Wednesday, November 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Professor know thyself
Self-appraisal scheme for PU faculty
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
As a step towards promoting introspection among teachers, Panjab University has decided to introduce the practice of self-appraisal for teachers with immediate effect.

Prof K.N.Pathak, the Vice-Chancellor of PU, confirmed the university move while talking to The Tribune. However, there would be a “slight modification” in the original plan, he added. The original performa was designed according to the “University Grants Commission guidelines, as per the notification dated December 24, 1998”.

“Without any ill-intentions, the scheme is seen as a catalyst in cultivating a sense of greater self-responsibility among teachers. It will also encourage introspection, that is definitely going to be beneficial in maintaining and achieving higher academic standards, and will give a boost to the five star status accorded to the university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Committee”, a senior professor said.

The performa seeks information on “the number of lectures delivered, outline of papers taught, information on receiving any feedback from students, on having utilised the feedback and whether the courses being taught by the teacher related to his research.” The performa has also sought specific information relating to goals set in teaching of the courses, methods used to ascertain progress made by students and methods evolved for continuous assessment of students.

The university plans to give special weightage to research activities. The university has sought information regarding list of publications during the period May 2001 to April 2002.The university has also sought specific information relating to present interests, details of participation in seminars and conferences, experience of interaction with colleagues and suggestions for strengthening such interaction. The university has sought information related to other academic activities including participation in summer workshops, refresher courses and extension lectures besides others.

The university has also sought information about participation and contribution of teachers in the university bodies, participation in conduct of university examinations, setting of question papers and evaluation and also about future plans.

A senior student leader said, “Self assessment was probably a modification of a scheme, which had meant to assessment of teachers by students some time back. It did not get the nod by the university because of several lacunae in the scheme. The self-appraisal scheme has several benefits if carried out in the true sprit. Much depends on the seriousness with which the forms are filled by teachers. It would inculcate a habit to working better, at least at the sub-conscious level, when teachers know their work reports will be read by others”.

A teacher said that the scheme of self-appraisal was acceptable. However, certain issues needed to be deliberated upon, especially the details relating to report on the work.

A university report says that “ at the end of the academic session, members of the faculty are required to complete the self-appraisal forms individually and return them by April 30”.


Punjab Govt ‘nudging’ Nayagaon boundaries?
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 27
After issuing a draft notification to constitute a Notified Area Committee (NAC) in Nayagoan, the Punjab Government is learnt to have initiated a move to redefine the boundaries of the proposed civic body to benefit certain “resourceful” persons having land, protected under the provisions of the Forest Act — a fact denied by officials.

Some bureaucrats, police officials and politicians had stakes in the area. It is learnt that objections had been filed by persons who had been left out while demarcation of the boundaries of the proposed NAC. A committee, headed by the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, has made a fresh proposal to include the entire land of Karoran (Choti and Baddi Karoran) and Nadha villages, which includes vast tracks of agricultural land protected under the Forest Act.

In the draft notification issued by the Local Government on November 15, around 2000 acre of land in the two villages was included in the NAC. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, said the change of land use would be restricted in the forest area under a master plan of the NAC. The recommendations of the committee had been sent to the Secretary, Local Government.

Sources in the Local Government said the Chief Secretary had forwarded some of the objections, including those of Dashmesh Educational Society, developers of a tourist resort at Karoran village . The society has around 152 acre of land in the village.

An official of the State Forest Department said the land was protected under the Land Preservation Act, 1900, Indian Forest Act 1927 and the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. At least 3,700 acre of land of Karoran village was closed under sections 4 and 5 of the Land Preservation Act. Out of it, around 300 acre was agricultural land, notified under the Land Preservation Act. The land notified under the Forest Act had not been entered in the revenue records.

Sources said the Forest Department had written to the Local Government about the inclusion of forest land within the limits of the civic body. The government is said to have told that the change of land use would not be undertaken. The Regional Conservator of Forest, Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, Mr D.K. Sharma said use of the land for non-forestry use was not allowed and the state government was custodian of the land. “Including the land in the NAC did not violate the provisions of the Forest Act till the change of land use was not undertaken. Any violation would attract strict action from the Central Government, “he added.

Mr Devinder Singh Sadhu of the Dashmesh Educational Society, said land, owned by the society was contiguous with the limits of the NAC. “We have 152 acre of land, of which the golf course and other resort-related facilities were being developed in around 70 acre of land which is agricultural land as per revenue records. The rest of the area was lying untouched”.

He sought that the government should adopt a practical approach to make some basic regulations to check haphazard growth in the area. “We are willing to abide strictly by all rules and regulations. The society had been representing at different levels since 1998 to allow change of land use on agricultural land but to no avail. Other people had been given licences for change of land use in the periphery”.


Punjab, Haryana owe Rs 8.52 crore to PGI
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The governments of Punjab and Haryana owe a whopping Rs 8.52 crore to the PGI on account of maintenance charges of 200 beds in the hospital. This effectively amounts to 5 per cent of the PGI’s annual budget. Although both the state governments have agreed in principle to pay this amount to the PGI, the PGI authorities state that they are still pursuing the matter with the Chief Secretaries of both the governments for payment of these arrears.

The governments of Punjab and Haryana were allocated 120 and 80 beds for admission of officers belonging to Punjab and Haryana, respectively, and fixed the annual charges of maintenance of Rs 11,600 per bed initially. The governing body of the PGI increased in July, 1990, the maintenance cost of beds from Rs 11,600 to Rs 64,500 per bed per annum with effect from April 1990.

The Punjab government agreed to pay the enhanced rate from April, 1998, and for the next two years paid the same. The government of Haryana, however, sanctioned payment of enhanced rates for the years 1998 to 2000 but till April, 2000, the PGI was still waiting to receive the amount.

The government of Punjab now owes arrears due from 1990 to 1998, an amount which totals upto Rs 438.24 lakh. The government of Haryana owes from 1990 to 2000, a sum of Rs 413.92 lakh to the PGI.

The five-yearly review report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India had also pointed out this non-recovery on the part of the PGI from the Punjab and Haryana governments. The PGI authorities state that both Punjab and Haryana have decided to start paying maintenance charges from the revised rates since 1998 but as far as the arrears are concerned, talks are on with the Chief Secretaries of both states for recovery.


Canvassing on, charges flow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The BJP today countered the Congress charges, accusing it of not working for the city under the term of its MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, who had allegedly let his MP fund lapse in the last term.

This came in the wake of the 35-point charge sheet of the Congress released by Mr Bansal yesterday. It had accused the BJP of being responsible for every ill in the city as the corporation, the Chandigarh Administration and the Union Government were all under the BJP.

As the main parties engaged in charges and counter-charges, individual candidates launched their door-to-door campaigns, with the BJP undertaking office opening and street-corner meetings.

The local Congress chief, Mr B. B. Bahl, led a procession from Pir Colony to Sector-40 and Mr Bansal held a meeting of all candidates at his residence this morning to review their campaign.

The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (INTUC) President, Mr Roshan Lal Goel, supported the party candidates. Mr Bahl appointed Mr Chamanlal Sharma convener of the finance committee, Mr Naresh Malhotra co-convener and Mr Balkishan Bansal member.

A former BJP Mayor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, visited the Chaitanya Math and did door-to-door canvassing in Sector-20-C.

The BJP adhoc committee convener, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, and a former MP, Mr Satyapal Jain, opened an election office of a former Mayor, Ms Kamla Sharma, in the Sector 37-D market. Mr Roshan Lal Jindal, the BJP candidate from ward 17, took out a ‘padyatra’ in the ward.

Mr Jain and Mr Mahajan accused Mr Bansal and a former Congress Mayor, Mr Rajkumar Goel, of neglecting the development of the city. They held meetings in support of SAD-BJP alliance candidates — Ms Harjinder Kaur in ward 9, Mr Swarn Singh Dhiman in ward 20, Ms Kamla Sharma in ward 6, Mr Gian Chand Gupta in ward 12, Mr Lalit Sanger and Ms Anita Tiwari.

The Janata Dal (United) candidate from Mani Majra, Mr Shamim Ahmed, in a procession went door to door in Mohalla Nagla Basti.

Mr Madan Lal Gupta and Ms Balbir Kaur, Independent candidates from wards 4 and 5, respectively, canvassed in their respective wards.

The Hindustan Labour Party extended support to Chandigarh Vikas Manch candidate from ward 19, Mr Shugan Chand, and attacked a former BJP Mayor, Mr Kewal Krishan Adiwal, as an outsider contesting from the ward.

A Samajwadi Party leader, Mr A.S. Chahal, campaigned in favour of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate from ward 15, Ms Rajkumari, and workers of both parties carried out a joint campaign.

The Democratic Youth Federation of India supported the CPI(M) candidates from ward 10, Ms Manjit Kaur, and Ms Rajkumari from ward 15.


Four dry days for MC poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Administration today announced December 6, 7, 8 and 11 as dry days to ensure free and fair polling for the December 8 Municipal Corporation elections.

Campaigning for the polls will end on December 6, polling will take place on December 8 and counting will take place on December 11, an official note said here today.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr. M. Ramsekhar, has directed all Excise and Taxation officers, police and magistrates to take steps to prohibit the movement of liquor from the adjoining areas of the city.

‘’No liquor shops, hotels, restaurants, clubs and other establishments selling or serving liquor shall be permitted to sell or serve to anyone on these dates,’’ the direction said.

The storage of liquor beyond prescribed limits will not be allowed and necessary checks will be carried out to enforce this, the DC said.


Support extended to Janata Party candidate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United), Janata Dal (Secular) and Lok Janshakti Party have extended support to the lone Janata Party candidate from ward 3, Mr Ajay Jagga, who is contesting as an Independent.

The SP President, Mr Shivi Jaiswal, the LJP President, Mr Jalil Ahmed, the JD(S) General Secretary, Mr R.L. Kochar, a representative of the JD(U) and Mr Jagga announced this at a press conference here today. Mr Jagga lashed out at the Congress for fielding a candidate from the ward who was allegedly involved in running a guest house. He said the BJP candidate, Mr Desraj Tandon, had not been seen by the people during the past five years.

He said local politics of both BJP and Congress had been fractured as the corporation had given an open display of groupism in both parties during the past five years. While the BJP had two groups, the Congress had many and had even split, he claimed.

The fight amongst the groups had led to the corporation not pleading its case strongly in the High Court, resulting in imposition of heavy parking fee, hike in power, water and sewerage charges, and proposal to levy property tax, he said.

Mr Jagga said the Chandigarh Administration had let the funds allocated to it lapse several times, the latest being the previous financial year, and the MC could not get it for development of the city, which was bursting at the seams due to lack of infrastructure, he rued. He accused the Chandigarh Vikas Manch and the Congress of putting up candidates from outside the ward.

Gupta joins RJD

A Congress rebel, Mr Satyapal Gupta, today joined the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by former Bihar Chief Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav and dared the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, to seek a fresh mandate to test his popularity.

Mr Gupta is contesting the election from ward 10 as an Independent and expects a contest between himself and the CVM candidate, Mr Vijay Singh Rana. Mr Gupta is eyeing the Bihari community in Colony number 5 after joining the RJD.

The RJD President, Mr V.S.T. Malik, said the party would be strengthened after Mr Gupta’s joining it and it would emerge as third force. He said a former Union Minister and party spokesman, Mr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, would come to support two candidates, Mr Bateshwar Singh from ward 18 and Mr Gupta from ward 10 in the first week of December.

Mr Gupta declared that if he won the election he would consider supporting the CVM led by a former Union Minister, Mr Harmohan Dhawan.

Bharat Kranti Morcha

Expelled BJP members, Ms Neena Tiwari, Mr Diwakar Pathak, Ms Santosh Sharma and Mr Bhagwan Dass Sangam, contesting the December 8 MC polls as Independents, today formed the Bharat Kranti Morcha (BKM).

The four, who had held positions in the party and in several social organisations, alleged that the BJP leadership had ignored the BJP National President, Mr Janakrishnamurthy’s recommendation for nomination to Mr Diwakar Pathak. The local leadership and the BJP National Secretary, Mr O.P. Kohli, did not give weightage to merit as recommended by the BJP National President and acted in a dictatorial manner.

They said an outsider, Mr Kanhailal Sharma, had been preferred to Mr Pathak. Merit had been ignored in cases of all those who had contributed to the party and society by being associated with several social organisations, they alleged.

Congress spokesman

The Congress appointed Mr Amarjit Sethi spokesman of the party during the MC polls. This was announced by Mr Pawan Bansal. Mr Sethi would send day-to-day campaign of all candidates, apart from informing programmes of all candidates the following day.


71 polling booths declared sensitive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
With 71 polling booths in the city being declared as sensitive, the local police is making elaborate arrangements for the forthcoming MC polls. The police has complied a set of standing operating procedures to be followed in matters relating to the elections and issued it to all police stations and other units concerned.

Mobile reserve forces have been formed and are stationed at the Police Headquarters. Equipped with anti-riot gear, these will remain on stand-by from 8 am to 8 pm. A reserve force each will be directly under the command of the IG, SSP and SP. The reserve forces are composed of personnel drawn from the Police Headquarters, the Police Control Room, Police Lines and the Special Security Bureau.

The Election Commission had also directed the UT Home Secretary to make available atleast eight companies of the police to ensure adequate security and law and order arrangements so that elections are conducted in a free and fair manner.

The police have already started search and verification operations in various colonies and villages in Chandigarh and its peripheral areas. The police is paying special attention to ward numbers 15, 18, 19 and 20, which are considered as sensitive since a large number of colonies fall in their jurisdiction. Trouble-prone spots have been identified and the deployment of force planned accordingly.

The police is also mounting additional vigil at all entry and exit points to keep a check on movements of anti social elements. While CID personnel have been deputed to gather information on underlying activities and trends, the Operations Cell has been tasked to keep a look out for any subversive elements or disruptive activities.

The traffic police has also been roped into the arrangements. Besides regulating traffic during rallies, they will also be responsible for ensuring proper parking of vehicles at venues of public meetings or rallies.

Adequate deployment of force and precautionary measures, such as erecting barricades and cordons, will also be taken by the police during rallies. The personal supervision of a subdivisional police officer would be required wherever the rally is massive.

The police has already issued a warning that requisite action would be taken against those found violating law and order or the directives issued by the Election Commission. The police have also warned persons against defacing public property as well as distribution of money, liquor or material gifts to elicit political mileage.


Expenditure ceiling announced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Election Commission today notified the election expenditure ceiling for panchayat poll candidates and asked them to file returns on day-to-day basis. The ceiling has been fixed at Rs 15,000.

The notification stated if a candidate failed to file return or gave erroneous details he or she could be disqualified. It further said expenditure incurred or authorised by a candidate should be supported by proper vouchers. However, facilities provided by government and government agencies need not be included in the expenditure details.

The candidates would be required to file expenditure returns within a month of the declaration of result along with an affidavit to the Returning Officer. The Returning Officer would display the expenditure account for public scrutiny within two days the receipt of returns. Any body could get a copy of account on the payment of Rs 10 from the Returning Officer concerned, it said.


Returning Officer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The State Election Commissioner of Chandigarh, Mr S. Malaichamy, appointed the Secretary, State Transport Authority, Mr. Chander Shekhar, as Returning Officer for election to fill vaccancies of panches fallen vacant due to death or resignation in the Kaimbwala Gram Sabha.


Lovers’ path bedecked with thorns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The banner loosely hanging on the bamboo poles outside the Sector 16 Rose Garden does not indicate much. It simply reads “India can be different, if we are not indifferent”. The message in the deep dark eyes of Ms Poonam Singh, editor of a Punjabi monthly is much more vivid: “I will not rest till two adults, willing to get married, are united”.

Determined to succeed, she does not mind dust camouflaging her black denims, does not even mind the winter sun playing havoc with her complexion. Has even helped the “boy” in filing a habeas corpus petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Holding placards with messages neatly scribbled in Gurmukhi, she says, “Sardul Singh, a labourer residing in Ajnala tehsil, and the girl, are both adults, but are being prevented from getting married. In fact, the girl is being kept in wrongful and unlawful confinement even though no case has been registered against her”.

Giving details, she reveals, “Both the boy and the girl were working for the well-known Preet Lari family residing in Preet Nagar. Initially, their marital alliance was fully approved by the two families, but later on, they came to know that the girl’s maternal uncle had a grudge against Sardul Singh’s family. Fearing disharmony between the families, the two approached us, the Preet Lari family, as we were their common employers and I was the de-facto guardian of the girl. The girl, subsequently, left everything behind and asked the boy to follow her. Just as the two were planning to get married, they were stopped by the girl’s relatives so as to enable them to arrange for a marriage acceptable to society”.

The girl and the boy, she claims, returned after being told that the same was being wished by her de-facto guardian. “A futile attempt was initially made by the girl’s family to take her away forcibly. Then in the dark of the night, she was actually taken away by cops to a police station at Lopoke. The detainee is now being tortured, but her relatives have failed to convince her against getting married to Sardul Singh”.

Regarding the habeas corpus petition, she says, “The relatives have been directed to produce the girl by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. We are waiting for her to tell the Court about her decision to get married to Sardul Singh”.


Ban orders on commercial establishments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The running of commercial establishments such as restaurants, pubs, liquor vends, discotheques, clubs and hawking by roadside vendors has been prohibited from 1 a.m. to 4.30 a.m. in Chandigarh.

The orders, issued by the District Magistrate, under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, shall remain in force till January 25, 2002. The order does not apply to coffee shops and restaurants in hotels.

Restaurant, pubs, liquor vends, discotheques and clubs will be allowed to run till 2 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, while cyber cafes will be allowed to remain open till 2 a.m. on all days.


Notice to park authorities
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 27
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has initiated criminal proceedings under the Punjab New Periphery Control Act, 1852, against the Managing Director of Doaba Amusement park, for raising illegal structures in the periphery. The amusement park is located at Sawara village along the Landhran-Chunni road.

Recently, the enforcement (Regulatory) staff of PUDA had demolished at least three structures of the amusement park. However, the enforcement staff found that repair work was going in one of the blocks.

The GM (Regulatory), Mr Hardev Singh, said a showcause notice under the relevant provisions of the Periphery Act had been issued in name of Manjeet Singh and Amar Singh. Both have been asked to appear on December 13 to explain their position. The criminal case has been filed in the Kharar court.


‘Good governance aim of rights panel’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
“Good governance is when people are made aware of what is expected of them,” says Justice J.S. Verma, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, maintaining that the task of the commission is not to find fault but ensure good governance.

Justice Verma was here to release the Punjabi version of the “ Compendium of Instructions on Human Rights” at a function organised by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission today. The compendium has been translated into Punjabi by Mr Rajinder Singh, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Litigation) of the Punjab police.

Tracing the background of issuing of instructions on human rights, Justice Verma held that the use of discretion had to be reduced to the bare minimum “as the rule of law does not exclude discretion but wants that it should be reduced to the maximum extent possible”.

Earlier, Justice V.K. Khanna, Chairman Punjab State Human Rights Commission, in his address of welcome appreciated the lead provided by the NHRC.

Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab, said that the release of the compendium had a deep meaning as the creating of awareness at the field level was very important.

The Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr Sarabjit Singh, said that it was important that these instructions reached the grassroots level staff in the language they understood well.

Also present at the function were Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, principal Secretary, Punjab, all members of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and the Advocate-General of Punjab, Mr H.S. Mattewal.

The Punjab Home Secretary, Mr Bikramjit Singh, while proposing a vote of thanks, wanted the human rights commissions to also pay attention to an important aspect of policing as persons who had assassinated police officers not only got out on bail but were acquitted in the criminal cases against them while a number of police officers were still facing trial for their actions in controlling terrorism in the state.


Top architecture award for S.D. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Mr Shiv Datt Sharma, an eminent architect of undivided Punjab, has been chosen for the prestigious Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for outstanding lifetime contribution to the field of architecture. The award is given by the Indian Institute of Architects, the apex body.

Mr Sharma, who was involved in the Chandigarh project right from its initial days, had also worked in the Department of Space, Bangaore as Chief Architect.

He recently designed the new OPD Block, the Advanced Paediatric Centre, the Emergency Block and the upcoming Eye Care Centre, all at the PGI here, besides designing the Institute of Microbial Technology and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Education and Research at SAS Nagar.

Mr Sharma is also the recipient of the J&K Architect of the Year award and 1998 the JIIA Snowcem Award for Excellence in Urban Architecture (1993).

Mr Sharma will be presented the Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal at the Indian Institute of Architects’ national convention in Aurangabad on December 21, Mr S.N. Kohli, chairman of the Punjab and Chandigarh chapter of the Institute, announced here today.


Carnival promises journey into fun
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The UT Administration is all set to inject magic into the air. Two days from now, the Leisure Valley in Sector 10 will be all decked up to suit the mood of vibrant activities which will mark the carnival, beginning here on November 30.

Name any spirited event and the same will feature in the three days laced with fun and frolic. The added attractions of this year will be the magic and puppet shows, the stick walkers feats, the funny costume characters straight out of comic strips. fun games, decorated kite flying events ...and many more. The final nod to the proposed list of activities given jointly by the CITCO and the Tourism Department was given today by the Secretary Tourism, Mr R. S. Gujral, who reviewed the meeting held to discuss modalities of the carnival.

In its final shape, the carnival will come across as an event made to suit every visitor. There will be a whole lot of tableaux, by renowned artists of the city, with Nek Chand topping the list as always. Interesting to note is the Administration’s effort to involve various government colleges in the list of organisations presenting tableaux. For food lovers there will be a whole set of savouries to choose from. Throughout the carnival, there will be a food festival running. The same will be marked by a food cafe to be set up with the help of private hotels, restaurants, Food Craft Institute, the Institute of Hotel Management and the CITCO.

Among the organisations adding the much-required artistic tinge to the ambience will be the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, CEVA, Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, Environmental Society of India and the Song and Drama division of the Government of India. Plays prepared by slum kids of Kumhar Colony will be especially enacted, apart from some events to be presented by the mentally and physically challenged children.

No evening would be complete unless complimented by music. The musical front will be taken good care of by Surjit Bindrakhiya and Sneha Pant. For blending the modern beats with folk, the Administration has also invited folk troupes from Punjab, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Jammu Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Bengal and Kerela.....Not just this, the famous migrant groups from Bhawalpur and Jhang will also feature during the carnival.

The carnival will be inaugurated by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob, on November 30 at 3 pm.


One killed, three hurt in accident
Our Correspondent

Kharar, November 27
One person was killed and three were injured in a head-on collision between a car and a truck near Balaungi village on the Kharar-SAS Nagar road today.

According to information, the accident occurred when the car, (PB-IOM-0562) which was coming from the Chandigarh side, and the truck (HP-23-3699), which was coming from the Kharar side, collided.

The driver of the car, Jaswinder Pal Singh, died on the spot, while his wife, Amrit Kaur, and his two sons — Gagandeep and Akashdeep — were injured.


Allotment of land sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh State Federation of Cooperative House Building Societies today regretted that notwithstanding its assurance to members of the cooperative house building societies to issue land allotment letters on or before Divali, the Administration had not issued the letters so far.

In a statement, Mr Sunil Parti, chairman of the federation, said the Administration did not appear to be serious to allot land to societies. He alleged the Administration had collected nearly Rs 50 crore from the societies and the interest earned on this amount was being used by the Chandigarh Housing Board for its own projects. He said the delay in allotment of land was unfair.

“If one goes by the pace the Administration is pursuing the matter,” said Mr Parti, “it will take a minimum of eight to 10 more months.” He said members of various cooperative societies were feeling frustrated and might demand refund of the money they had deposited. Mr Parti urged the Administration to develop the land meant for allotment to cooperative house buildings on priority. 


Improve literacy rate among women: Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob, PVSM, today underlined the need to upgrade the medical and education infrastructure in the rural areas to improve the quality of life of the people living in the remote rural areas.

Presiding over the annual general body meeting of the Indian Council of Social Welfare (ICSW), Geneal Jacob said there was urgent need to involve non-government and voluntary organisations in this task to provide universal coverage in these two crucial sectors.

Expressing concern over the low literacy rate, especially among women in Punjab, the Governor said “we must embark upon a special campaign to improve the literacy rate amongst women”. Stressing the need to take strict action against the perpetrators of female foeticide under the new Act passed by Parliament, General Jacob said the practice could be eliminated partially by bringing awareness, besides initiating punitive action under the law.

Speaking about the discrimination against the girl child in society, General Jacob said the discrimination was prevalent in society and girls were discouraged from going to school. He said the dropout rate of the girl child was 60 per cent and she was not vaccinated even against basic diseases. He called upon the NGOs to launch an education campaign drive in the rural as well as the urban areas to end this discrimination.

He said the ICSW must come out with a genuine fool proof placement system so that no agency, including orphanages, could misuse placement process commercially.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Dr Vinita Gupta informed the meeting that the council had given interest free loans through the Rotary Club to 10 beneficiaries during the past one year. She said the council sent more than Rs 50,000 for the Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund. She said that one computer centre, two creches and two family counselling centres had been sanctioned for Malout, Gidderbaha and Mohali and the ICSW had sanctioned Rs 5.22 lakh for these schemes. Ms J.K. Grewal gave a report about the activities of the council. 


‘Save power to generate power’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
There has to be a generation of one lakh mega watts of power within 10 years if India wants to attain its aim of providing ‘power-on-demand’ to its people . This is equal to what we have been able to generate in the past 50 years and requires an investment of Rs 4 lakh crore, said Mr A.A. Khan, CMD, Power Finance Corporation (PFC) during a presentation-cum-discussion organised jointly by the Ministry of Power and PFC here today.

The programme was part of the countrywide awareness campaign launched by the Ministry of Power for dissemination of information on power sector reforms, energy conservation and power theft. In the first phase of the campaign, road shows, discussions etc are being organised in all districts and state capitals. During these road shows presentations on power sector development, need for energy conservation, curbing of power theft and recent initiatives and efforts made by the government , will be conducted. As many as 2,000 such roadshows will be organised across the country .

Mr Khan said in order to add additional power various measures like development of national grid , improvement in transmission and distribution are required. “Acceleration of hydro- thermal projects would be helpful and in that regard, the hydro-thermal ratio- needs to be corrected from the existing 24:76 to 40:60”, said he.

There is a need to enforce grid discipline, strengthen distribution and create 60 ‘centres of excellence’ in distribution at district levels. Emphasising on the need to prevent power theft, he said the nation incurs annual loss worth Rs 20,000 crore due to theft of power.

Speaking about tariff rationalisation, he said progressive reduction of cross subsidies, reduction of transmission and distribution losses should be there and state government subsidies should be paid in advance.

On saving power, he said end-use efficiency could save power upto 15,000 mega watts. While use of energy efficient equipments could result in 30-35 per cent saving, energy saving by government and domestic users could help reducing consumption of power by 25 per cent to 30 per cent. 


Plan to expand cattle ponds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to facilitate opening of cattle shelter/goshalas where the cattle, not owned by any party, may have to be kept indefinitely by giving them full facilities of feed, medical care etc.

Stating this here today, an official press note said the cattle ponds in Sector 45 and Sector 25 would be expanded. The UT Administration has also formed the Chandigarh Animal Welfare and Eco-Development Society (CAWEDS), a non-government organisation (NGO), to manage cattle shelters, assist the Municipal Corporation and other NGOs working for the welfare of animals particularly deserted cattle in Chandigarh.

The NGO headed by the Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh Administration, Ms Neeru Nanda, will provide all possible help as and when needed.

The NGO will have provision for establishment and maintenance of shelter houses for looking after animals. The CAWEDS will also give grants to eligible voluntary organisation, universities, research institutes, schools, statutory bodies like Panchayati Raj institutions and the Municipal Corporation.

Financial assistance to the tune of 90 per cent of the approved cost of the project will be provided to the eligible organisation. An organisation desirous to apply for grant-in-aid under this programme may sent its application in the prescribed performa. On receipt of application for grant-in-aid inspection will be undertaken and the proposal will be duly processed.

Grants will be given in two installments. If the prescribed authority is not satisfied with the progress of the project, it reserves the right to terminate the grant-in-aid. 


Devotees throng temple
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The local unit of the Shyam Prachar Mandal, celebrated appearance day of Lord Khatu Shyam Prabhu, at Pracheen Hanuman Mandir, Sector 32, here today. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple on the occasion, according to Mr Jagdish Aggarwal, president of the mandal.

‘Sringaar’ ceremony of Lord Kathu Shyam, and lighting of ‘jyot’ by the president of the mandal was followed by offering of ‘bhog’ to the Lord and ‘aarti’. Pandit Mukesh Sharma of Pinjore and Shyam Charan of Gurgaon sang bhajans on the occasion.


Nagar kirtan
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
A ‘nagar kirtan’ was organised here today, as part of celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev’s ‘prakash utsav’, which falls on November 30. The procession passed through Sectors 7, 8, 9 , 10 and concluded at Sector 15 gurdwara. 


Poor water supply

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) should note that water supply to Sector 6 of Panchkula has gone from bad to worse. The authorities have no courtesy of informing the people about the cut in water supply well in advance so that we could store water.

There has been virtually no supply at all in the last few days. Those who stay in apartments are the most affected. Sometimes, all we get is a trickle at most. More important, only the flat owners residing in the first floor get this trickle. As we dutifully pay taxes, we deserve some courtesy from HUDA in the form of advanced information of likely cuts in water supply.


Street lights

Most of the street lights in Ambala city are not working. Why can’t the authorities look into the problem with the attention it deserves and replace those not working with new ones? Anti-social elements will have a free run under the cover of darkness if the authorities do not rise to the occasion and do the needful. Darkness in streets could also give a spurt to thefts, robberies and hit-and-run cases. Expeditious action is the need of the hour.

Ambala city


Two held, stolen goods recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
With the arrest of two persons, including a minor, the Chandigarh Police today claimed to have solved several cases of thefts reported from Maloya and Dadu Majra Colony during the past two months. The accused have been identified as Dharam Pal and Sohan Lal, both residents of Dadu Majra. Gold and silver jewellery valued at Rs 50,000, two batteries, a wheel of Kinetic Honda scooter, a pedestal fan and a music deck have been recovered from their possession.

According to the police, eight cases of thefts and burglaries lodged with the Sector 39 police station have been solved with their arrest, both of whom are history-sheeters.

Giving details, the police said the parents of Dharam Pal also have a criminal record. His father, Chhana Ram, has three cases under the Excise Act registered against him, while his mother, Indiro, has four such cases registered against her. On the other hand, Sohan Lal, who is still a minor, has been arrested three times in cases relating to theft and was earlier sent to the Juvenile Home by a local court. Both, Dharam Pal and Sohan Lal are neighbours.


One held on assault charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The police has arrested a resident of Colony No 5, Pramod Kumar, for allegedly assaulting an MC employee and a labourer engaged in road repair work near Mani Majra. The Sub-Divisional Engineer, Mr Tarlochan Singh, has lodged a complaint that his munshi, Parkash Chand, and a worker, Tikka Ram, were allegedly assaulted by Pramod Kumar and other labourer, Ravi, while road repair was going on at Bhara Mal Khooh.

One arrested
The police has arrested a resident of Phillaur, Hardeep Singh, for allegedly ramming his Indica car into an electricity pole in Sector 9. The accused was later bailed out. A case has been registered.

Two booked
Based on the complaint of Sector 8 resident G S Dhillon, the local police has booked two residents of Patiala namely Sukha and Param on charge of trespassing on the complainant’s house and threatening his son and daughter.

Case registered
The manager of a Sector 39 petrol pump, Rajinder Singh, has reported that the driver of a Maruti car bearing a temporary registration number sped away without paying for fuel worth Rs 800. The police has registered a case.

Theft cases
Sector 9 resident Ramesh Nikhaj has reported that about Rs 80,000 in cash has been stolen from his residence while he and his family had gone out. A case has been registered.

In second case, the headmistress of Government Middle School at Raipur Khurd, Baljit Kaur, has reported that the school building was broken into and a music system with amplifier, a mike with lead, a wall clock and some old documents have been stolen. The police has registered a case.

In third case, a superintendent with the Haryana State Energy Department, Raman Dev, has reported that a telephone instrument has been stolen from his office in Sector 26. As case has been registered.


4 accidents reported
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
Four accidents were reported here during the past 24 hours. While two scooterists were injured in an accident on the road separating Sectors 7 and 8 this evening, the other three accidents took place yesterday.

A scooterist and a pillion rider escaped with minor injuries when their scooter was hit by a car today. The accident took place at about 4 p.m. The driver of the car (a woman) fled from the spot.

A speeding truck (HR- 37A-1449) hit a buffalo in Chandi Mandir yesterday, injuring the animal. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving.

Mr Rakesh Kumar of Zirakpur escaped unhurt when his car (PB-08V-7299) was hit by a tanker (HP- 36-6001) on Kalka-Panchkula road.

In another accident, a truck (HR-01-5872) hit a tanker (HR- 29B-7146) near Sukhomajra village following which the tanker overturned. Later a bus (HP-12-4102) and a car (HP-12-5516) rammed into the tanker. As a result, a child and two women sustained injuries. Driver of the ill-fated tanker was also injured. The truck driver fled from the spot. 


Manpreet launches new product
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Super model Manpreet Brar launched the line of Schwarzkopf Professional hair product at a glittering function held at Hotel Mountview here today.

Top models of the city were a part of the function. The company is top of the line in hair cosmetics in Germany and is now introducing its range in India. These products include four different types of products with different effects on different types of hair.

Mr Shankar Sethu, general manger of the company in India, commented about the launch in the city that the hair market is developing fast and exposure to international products and techniques had made the consumers of the city open to trying different styles and different colour in the hair.

The company had also opened an akademi in Delhi to train professionals in hair styling, colouring, hair treatments perming etc using these products.

Schwarzkopf Professional is the brand of Hans Schwarzkopf. In India it is a division of Henkel Spic India Ltd.

All the products which the company uses are imported from Germany and are made available to the customers through saloons that are partners in the company.


Association officials removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
An emergency meeting of the executive body of the Property Consultants Association, Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, held here today decided to remove Mr R.P. Malhotra from the post of chairman, Mr R.K. Bhasin from the post of chief patron and Mr R.K. Gupta from the post of legal adviser of the association with immediate effect.

In a joint press note issued here, Mr Tarlochan Singh Bittu, and Mr Parmod Khaneja, president and general secretary of the association, respectively, said the step had been taken in view of ‘certain unwarranted activities’ by the three.

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