Sunday, December 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Little enthusiasm, low voter turnout mark MC poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
An estimated 35 per cent of the 7,06,000 voters here today chose to exercise their franchise in the Municipal Corporation elections which passed off largely peacefully barring few complaints of impersonation, ferrying of voters and the pick-and-choose attitude of the police and administration.

ELECTION ENTHUSIASM: Naresh Kumar, a physically challenged resident of Sector 25, Chandigarh colony, on his way to cast his vote for the MCC poll on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Polling, this time, was around 10 per cent lower than that in the 1996 polls probably because of the severe restrictions imposed by the Election Commission for electioneering and due to the inflated figure of number of voters.

The maximum percentage of polling, 52.3 per cent was registered in Ward number 18 comprising Ramdarbar, Industrial Area-II and Sector 52 and the lowest was registered in Ward number 6 from where BJP’s first Mayor, Ms Kamala Sharma was protecting the BJP’s citadel.

Ward number six registered approximately 20 per cent polling, according to official information.

Elections for 10 panchayats and 2 gramsabhas witnessed polling to the tune of 48 per cent, with a minimum being 43.3 per cent in Khudda Alisher and Khuda Lahora. Behlana village registered 61 per cent polling.

The SSP, Mr Parag Jain, had to rush to Hallo Majra with reinforcements after reports that non-Punjabis were massing in thousands against Punjabis on allegations and counter allegations of bogus voting by both parties.

Police rounded up as many as 13 persons, most of them for allegedly attempting to cast bogus votes. Most of those rounded up were migrants.

The Congress candidate from ward number 1, Mr Chandermukhi Sharma, filed a complaint against the Chandigarh Vikas Manch candidate, Sandeep Singh for allegedly banging his car against that of a Congress candidate and the police not taking note of it. A case of accident has been registered. Followers of the two candidates allegedly clashed last night and a few were also injured. Both sides have lodged complaints against each other.

The Samata Party candidate Mr. Prabhjit Lamba, standing against the Mayor, Ms. Harjinder Kaur, alleged that the police let off one Gurmeet Singh Badheri who was allegedly attempting to cast a bogus vote in favour of the Mayor.

The Congress rival of the Mayor, Mr. Kamaljit Panchhi, said that as many as 500 bogus votes might allegedly have been caste by the Mayor’s supporters.

BJP, Congress and Rashtriya Raksha Dal candidates from ward number 13 accused CVM candidate, Ms. Harpreet Kaur’s supporters of attempting to ferry voters and resort to bogus voting. They also alleged that certain people were threatened.

A Nationalist Party candidate said that the police was allegedly blocking voters of non-BJP parties 10 minutes before the close of polling at 4 p.m. at a Sector 19 booth and allowing BJP supporters. The EC guidelines was today thrown to winds at certain points with voters being seen ferrying.

Ward number 8 registered approximately 40.7 per cent voting, ward number 9 around 24.1 per cent, ward number 13 about 27.4 per cent, ward number 15 about 38 per cent, ward number 19 around 30.6 per cent and ward number around 43.5 per cent. Ward number 1 candidates informed that around 27 per cent votes were cast.

Colonies and villages this time too remained more involved in the elections casting higher percentage of votes than developed areas in sectors.

The low percentage of votes may upset calculations of political parties.

Chandigarh Vikas Manch candidates from ward number 18, Bapudham and ward number 10 seemed doing well, with those interviewed after casting their votes, favouring them.

Congress candidates from Bapu Dham and ward number 15 were able to make their presence felt on their election counters.

The Election commission is likely to release official figures ward-wise tomorrow and over all figures have not yet been received.

Sumera Arora complained that her vote had been cast by some man in ward number 9.


Notwithstanding a month-long election build-up by various political parties in the city, polling at the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections remained subdued. The total percentage of polling was barely 35 per cent.

In some of the sectors, the polling was as low as 18 per cent.


The polling station at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium was set up on the third floor, which caused great inconvenience to voters. Some of them were seen cursing the Chandigarh Administration for deciding this place as a polling station. Some old men returned home without casting their votes.


Contrary to the usual belief that men indulge in impersonation, two women were nabbed while polling bogus votes. Ms Simran, a resident of Phase VI, Mohali and Ms Manju Sharma, who polling her vote at polling booth No 397, were nabbed by the police. The Chandigarh Police has registered cases under section 171-D.F. IPC against them.


The Joint Election Commissioner, Mr D.M. Khaneta, did not order repoll in any of the wards. Election was closed this evening.


In Sector 33 there was lowest percentage of voting. Until 3.p.m the total voting was less than 17 per cent.


Contrary to the ban on the opening of shops and markets, some of the shopkeepers did roaring business during the day. Juice-sellers, cigarette hawkers and tea stall wallahs also had a good day.



Rs 77-cr Centre package for pending city projects
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
A Rs 77-crore package has been agreed upon by the Union Finance Ministry for various pending works and projects in Chandigarh.

According to sources in the Administration, the ministry has agreed to the demands after a delegation of the Administration along with officials of the Union Home Ministry held a high-level meeting in Delhi a few days ago. A formal letter to sanction the sum is expected anytime.

Who gets what

*Rs 15 crore for the BBMB to clear long-standing arrears.

* Rs 54 crore for the payment of land acquisition made in Phase III sectors.

* Rs 5 crore grant-in-aid for the Municipal Corporation.

* Rs 1.89 crore grant-in-aid for Panjab University. 

Most important is the Rs 5-crore grant-in-aid for the cash strapped Municipal Corporation. This will help bail out the MC from its present financial mess. The MC has been asking the Administration for a share in excise and revenue collections for a long time to meet its expenses but the money has not been allocated.

In the past five years , the budget of the MC has witnessed a gradual cut from the Centre with each passing year. The idea was to make MC self-sufficient. The recent move has been the imposition of paid parking, which in Sector 17 alone has netted Rs 1.16 crore for the MC.

Another Rs 1.89 crore has been sanctioned as grant-in-aid for Panjab University. This has to be passed to the PU by the Chandigarh Administration. The PU has been asking for more money from the centre as it is a Central university. A sum of Rs 15 crore in the package is aimed at clearing Chandigarh’s outstanding arrears with the Bhakra Beas Management Board, a major power supplier to Chandigarh. Interestingly, the BBMB has been showing arrears running into crores of rupees as it wants 29 paise per unit at the minimum rate for the 3.5 lakh units it supplies each year. Chandigarh has been insisting that it will pay only 5.63 paise, the rate applicable for other partner states. About 15 per cent of city power comes at subsidised rates and another 50 per cent comes at global rates from the BBMB.

A demand of Chandigarh seeking partner status after the reorganisation of states in 1966 has been a tricky one. Chandigarh’s case has always been on the back burner with no political backing.

Another chunk of the package, Rs 54 crore, has been sanctioned for the payment of land acquisition made in villages of Chandigarh. The Administration has acquired about 350 acres and this requires crores of rupees to be paid to the land owners. A few weeks ago the Land Acquisition Officer had sent a letter to the Administration, seeking funds for disbursement. Parts of the package are also for other smaller projects.

Since Chandigarh has no political pressure to exert, this has reportedly come about largely due to the pressure built up by Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) on the Finance and Home Ministries. The good performance of Chandigarh in revenue collection was highlighted. Last financial year, Chandigarh had collected Rs 82.73 crore surplus — excess of income over expenditure.


No final nod yet to N-plant in Punjab
P.P.S Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
No final decision has yet been taken on setting up a nuclear power plant in Punjab, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman Anil Kakodkar told TNS in an interview. He was here to participate in a panel discussion of heads of various apex bodies at the 76th annual meeting of the Association of Indian Universities and Vice-Chancellors’ Conference that concluded at Panjab University today.

The nuclear power project was to be a joint venture of the PSEB and Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd (NPCIL). The project envisaged the setting up of a 220 MWe reactor that would have taken five-and-a-half years for completion. The site selected was Drauli in Sangrur.

There were murmurs of protest with physicists at Guru Nanak Dev University even submitting a memorandum to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, opposing the setting up of the nuclear power plant because of fear of radiation, nuclear waste and tritium posing a threat to humans and environment.

To a question if Punjab was the right choice, Dr Kakodkar said: “A nuclear power plant is location-neutral. There are prescribed site regulations and preference is given to sites away from the coalfields’’.

At present India’s nuclear power programme had 14 operating reactors, including two boiling water reactors and 12 pressurised heavy water reactors. At least two such were under erection at Tarapur in Maharashtra with an installed capacity of 500 MWe. As per NPCIL plans, nuclear power capacity is to be raised to 20,000 MWe by 2020.

Dr Kakodkar said increasing use of nuclear science in medical science, agriculture, industry and basic research was essential. Since the conference has expressed its concern over declining quality of research, he emphasized the need for “horizontal growth’’ of nuclear science since there was a decline in its study.

Acknowledging a decline in research, the AEC Chairman said there were several factors but the aim should be to go for excellence. There had to be an integrated link between higher education and research. All research must have societal value.

India was a nuclear power today. And given the advances in science and technology, there was no room for any complacency because of the competition triggered by the two. Dr Kakodkar said nuclear science had enabled genetic engineering as well and gave the examples of “breeder seed’’ of ground nut, black gram and “urad’’ dal that had been developed. The research institutes and universities must adopt “bottom-upward’’ approach to take maximum benefit of the AEC.

Turning to the youth, Dr Kakodkar said the need of the hour was to channelise their energy and inculcate in them “self-confidence’’ and “empower’’ them through skills.

Prof R.N.K. Bamezai at JNU, New Delhi, is working in human genetics section of the School of LIfe Sciences. His major research in the mid-70s was on pre-natal diagnosis of genetic defects or chromosomal disorders. Gradually human genetics became a subject of intense interest to him. He was in Chandigarh today as part of the project to set up a course in human genetics that Panjab University is introducing from the next academic session. A grant of Rs 1 crore has been given to the university for this purpose.

Dr Bamezai said human genome study would help in medical science as well as therapeutics and drug production. He favours creating awareness about human genetics among the people as also research workers through disciplines like molecular biology, human genetics etc.

Dr Bamezai said two important aspects of human genome study were ethics and social values. There was also need to dove-tail diagnostics, therapeutics and ayurveda with human genetics studies.

Dr Bamezai is engaged in studying the genetic disorders of chromosomes by integrating these with molecular science. His focus is on understanding chromosome susceptibilities to infectious diseases, leprosy and hepatitis. For hepatitis he has adopted “candidate gene approach’’. Likewise he is studying the sporadic breast cancer and familial breast cancer genes.

Dr C. Chellappan had a different agenda for the conference. As a member of the National commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, he exhorted the Vice-Chancellors to pay heed to the issue of reservations since the commission was there to defend and oversee the implementation of the constitutional safeguards provided for the SCs and the ST. The safeguards extended from reservation in admission to educational and professional institutions as also in services at the central and state universities.

Dr Chellappan says that the scheme of reservation is at present based on the executive instructions. From time-to-time, the UGC issued instructions on reservation. At times these were ignored. He hoped the Vice-Chancellors would pay more heed.

He recalled the manner in which universities tended to find excuses to side-step reservation issue and wants the Vice-Chancellors to clear the backlog on reservations. Dr Chellappan raised the issue of “false’’ caste certificates. The universities must be cautious of this and report to the commission. There was need for giving due representation to the SCs and the STs on the apex bodies and Senates and Syndicates, of the universities.

Dr Kishor Kunal of Mithila, Darbhanga and Dr Ramamurti Sharma of Sampoornanand, Varanasi, wanted the issue of introducing and promoting of “Jyotirvigyan”and Sanskrit in its linguistic, literary and spoken forms to get priority and official support.

The spirit of scientific inquiry and the need for preserving India’s heritage, the two suggested, required immediate steps in this direction.


Cold-shouldering VCs, Punjab style
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Haryana that literally hijacked the Association of Indian Universities and the Vice-Chancellors Conference floored the delegates with its hospitality and honour.

Contrast this with the short-shrift, shabby treatment meted out by Punjab to them.

Insiders told TNS that on December 5, there was an invitation to ‘’dinner’’ on behalf of the Punjab Chief Minister to all participants. The venue was Punjab Bhavan. Imagine the plight of the distinguished guests who did not find anyone to receive and greet them there on behalf of the Chief Minister, who was hospitalised in New Delhi.

Even after all guests had arrived there was no sign of any government functionary, save one Director (Hospitality), who walked in around 8.45 p.m. There was neither the Minister of Higher Education, nor the Secretary, Higher Education, not even the DPI (Colleges) what to speak of others. The guests had dinner and trooped out, unwelcome.

The Punjab Governor gave an "At Home’’ at Raj Bhavan on the day of inauguration of the conference on December 6.

The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Mr R.S. Chaudhary, feted the delegates to a dinner at Pinjore Gardens on December 7. Imagine who all were present those to receive the distinguished guests? The Haryana Governor and Chief Minister and several top bureaucrats. Mr Om Prakash Chautala personally received each Vice-Chancellor and made sure they were looked after well. Someone walked up to him and while thanking for the hospitality remarked “Why don’t you take over as the Chief Minister of Punjab as well?” The short speech by Mr Chautala was also much appreciated.

This morning, December 8, Mr Chautala invited all Vice-Chancellors to a breakfast meeting at his residence. It was a memorable event, remarked many delegates. The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, hosted a lunch at Raj Bhavan today.

That a state like Punjab, known for hospitality, should ignore such an important event is not easily comprehensible. So much for the serious concern that Punjab occasionally shows for education and state of the universities. But for the presence of the Vice-Chancellors of Punajb Technical University and Guru Nanak Dev University others did not turn up from Ludhiana and Faridkot. The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor made a brief appearance when the Governor inaugurated the conference.


Imposter nabbed at VCs’ conference
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
An imposter posing as a University Grants Commission official at the four-day Vice-Chancellors Conference at Panjab University was nabbed on the last day here today.

Confirmed sources said that Mr R.K.Singh, the Chief Security Officer of the university, had kept a tab on him from the first day. He was nabbed at lunch at Haryana Bhavan. Interestingly, when questioned, the “UGC official” did not even know what UGC stood for.

A complaint has been filed with the Sector 3 Police Station, sources said.

The man, who was wearing the tag of Prof C.L. Kaul, when questioned spoke with a strong Urdu accent. A diary that he was carrying showed a Batala address. When his residential number was called it was confirmed that he stayed in Batala, after having migrated from Jammu several years back.

The imposter had been staying at the IMTECH Guest House throughout the national conference. He was even carrying a name-tag. Sources said that he feigned having lost his bag and got another one, besides certain other items.

Sources revealed that he was earlier thought to be a spy. However, on verification it was discovered that he was an imposter. The imposter is also thought to be in the ‘business of selling fake degrees”, sources said.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr R.K. Singh said “the behaviour of ‘Professor Kaul” looked suspicious right from day one. He looked out of place at most of the venues because he could not interact freely with others. While others could be seen discussing some of the academic issues at the conference, the imposter was looking for things that he could take away”.

Mr R.K. Singh said “The imposter first went to the counter and took a batch displaying his name. He then went again and feigned having lost his bag. When he went to get another gift packet, the security tab on him grew stronger.

When questioned as to what profession he belonged to, the imposter could not give a concrete work profile. He could not even respond as to the location of the headquarters of the UGC, nor to the areas of discussion that had come up at the conference.

At the Raj Bhavan of Haryana today, Mr R.K. Singh contacted security. Later on, during questioning, he broke down and accepted that he was an imposter and was from Batala and not the UGC.

A senior university official said that, “There were certain moments during the conference when suspicions arose about his authenticity. He could not even pretend talking anywhere near the expected standards of the educated class he was representing at the UGC. However, none of the organisers bothered to cross check thinking no one would attempt such a lie”.


PU tie-up with Distant Education Council likely
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Panjab University is considering a tie-up with the Distant Education Council to make teaching-learning more effective in the university’s Department of Correspondence Studies.

Prof H.P.Dikshit, President of the Association of Indian Universities, said at the closing of the 76th annual meeting of the AIU and the All-India Vice Chancellors’ Conference here today.

Professor Dikshit said he had discussed the issue with his faculty. Even the PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N.Pathak, and faculty had shown a positive response during a round of talks. The finer details remain to be worked out before the signing of a formal memorandum of understanding.

Prof K.B.Powar, secretary-General of the AIU, said “in case of a tie-up there was no fear of any clash of academic interests of the two institutions. The effort would definitely upgrade the existing facilities”.

Professor Dikshit said even if no agreement of a tie-up was reached, the Distance Education Council was planning to open a regional centre in the city. A centre opened recently at Khanna and had shown very positive results. The university will be supplied with the best study material and it will also air radio programmes with special emphasis on Punjabi.

Professor Dikshit said the conference had organised a rare interface for the Vice-Chancellors and heads of the apex bodies. The Department of Science and Technology announced that 75 per cent of the department grants were spent on research in universities. The Department of Bio-technology has decided to set up centres in ‘many universities. The Department of Atomic Energy is considering programmes for ‘horizontal growth’ enabling the centre to be closer to the universities in research activities which have witnessed a downfall.

Professor Powar underlined the AIU’s drive for upgrading PhD research activities all over the country. It is being considered that at least one paper on research should have been published in a good journal.

The AIU role in gradation of degrees of foreign institutions seeking admissions to Indian institutions was also highlighted. The AIU has an equivalence committee to study the gradation. Professor Dikshit recently visited Germany for an education exchange programme and an agreement is also being worked out with Australia.

It was pointed out that this year all 19 participants in the International Olympiad of Mathematics and Sciences had bagged prizes. The country had been ranked sixth among 86 countries.


Cruel fate
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 8
It was a tragic end to a happy occasion. Just as Manju Joshi (39), a resident of Sector 32 here, after meeting her parents who were sitting in a bus bound for a town in UP, was about to get down from the bus, she was crushed to death by the vehicle while it was reversing at the Inter State Bus Terminus in Sector 17 this afternoon. As per police sources, Manju Joshi received a phone call from her brother, staying at Shimla, this morning that she could meet her father and mother at the ISBT at around 4 pm. Her parents had boarded an Uttar Pradesh Roadways bus from Shimla for Pithoragarh and the bus had a stoppage at the ISBT.

Manju, an employee at the post office of Phase-I, SAS Nagar, met her parents along with her husband, Mr P.P. Joshi, son and daughter. When they all were with the parents in the bus, the driver started reversing the bus. Police sources said that Manju thought it was time for the bus to leave and she tried to alight and was crushed under the rear wheel.

She was immediately taken to the PGI in PCR gypsy where she was declared brought dead. A case has been registered under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC. The bus driver was said to be at large.


The appeal of interior designing

Interior designing is not just moving a few pieces of furniture from one corner to another, according to Parminder Ranauta, a first-year student of interior designing from the National Institute of Fashion Designing, Sector 8.

Interior designing is an integral part of architecture, says Parminder. “And we designers have to deal with landscaping as well,” she adds. A few of her classroom projects have already found customers in the city.

“This profession has become a real challenge for us as we have to create the illusion of making small flats into spacious ones as this is an era of smaller flats rather than big luxury houses,” says Parminder, who chose interior designing over journalism because of it’s creative appeal.

Parminder is more interested in using light pastel colours for her decorations. “In a sub-tropical country like India , light colours gell well with the weather, imparting a soothing and calm look.” A graduate from the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Parminder is determined to make it to the top. “I would like to work for some good firms in the initial stages of my career after I finish my course here next year, but later on I would like to start my own firm in designing,” says Parminder.


Odyssey of repulsion
Rajiv Kaplish

Wild boars shredding humans to bits; a child on a flight being offered parts of male anatomy as food — the landscape of “Hannibal” (Kiran) is swathed in hues which are essentially red. The images that dot it brim with raw power and radiant optimism. The wind that blows across is ululating.

The remake has the raw emotions of the devilish Dr Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins), who devours human flesh with the consummate ease of someone munching popcorns on a holiday. The feline feminine charm of FBI agent Clarice Starling ( Julianne Moore), whose strength oozes out of a regimen of discipline and clarity of purpose. The sinister designs of Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), Lector’s sixth victim, who, though hideously disfigured by the wily doctor, uses his resources to exact his revenge.

If the cannabalism of “The Silence of the Lambs” was awe — inspiring, the guttural roars of the sequel are gut-wrenching. Raunchy at times, riveting at others, they nevertheless reverberate through this no-holds barred odyssey of terror which gets repulsive by the minute.

The denouement is singularly unpalatable and grotesque with Hannibal slicing out the upper skull of Justice Department official ( Ray Liotta), the tormentor of agent Starling, who, he thinks, needs to be taught a few lessons on propriety. He not only shows his victim and a morphinated Starling the lobes which deal with courtesy but also cuts them out with precision, fries them in the pan and feeds his bloodied captive. Mercifully, the movie ends there, though by now a number of viewers have felt like throwing up.

“His genius undeniable, his evil unspeakable, his name....”, read the blurbs of the film. “Cannibal”, they should have added.


Unauthorised kiosks spring up again
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, December 8
Unauthorised mushrooming of kiosks in the rehri market of the Phase 3-B1 market is reported to have once again picked up with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) undertaking a fresh survey of occupants in the market. At least 380 pucca booths have to be constructed by the authority under a rehabilitation package for kiosk-owners.

Already construction of around 139 booths in a vacant pocket, adjacent to the market, had begun. The occupants of the kiosks would be shifted in phases, so that the construction of the booths did not stop. All the pucca booths are to be completed within a period of six months.

Officials in the local civic body said in the past few days, some of the kiosk-owners had been selling space in the market to ensure that when the PUDA team surveyed the market, the occupants could get registered. According to information available, the single-storeyed booths have to be constructed in two blocks. An earlier proposal to construct double-storeyed booths had been shelved. The size of each booth has been increased to 63 sq feet from the earlier size of 36 sq feet.

The estimated cost in constructing the booths was around Rs 80 lakh. The allotment rates would be worked out after including the cost of the land and the construction costs. The civic body is supposed to charge ‘tehbazari’ (enforcement fee) from kiosks owners. Logically, an increase in the number of kiosks should mean more revenue for the civic body, but the truth is different.

Instead of an increase in the revenue, the council has even failed to realise tehbazari (enforcement fee), running into lakhs of rupees from the shopkeepers in the rehri markets. In many cases the tehbazari has not been paid for the last over two years. The enforcement officials put the figure at around Rs 10 lakh

A kiosk in the market attracts a premium of up to Rs 3 lakh, depending upon its location. Investigations reveal that the pardhans or those owing the kiosks fragment their temporary structure in two or three parts on the basis of tehbazari receipts.


For healthy hair, think positive: Habib
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, December 8
Whenever you ask Javed Habib the secret of great styling, he never fails to make a mention of Morris International School in England. A nine-month stint at the Institute changed Javed’s outlook towards the ‘art and science of hair styling’, as he chooses to call it.

Today, as inheritor of a hair-styling tradition being preserved and spread in Delhi’s Habib Training Institute, Javed is all set to diversify his business. Chandigarh features on top of his priority list and is set to be home to a Habib Institute. Javed, who was in the city today to inaugurate the first kids parlour at Femina Plus in Sector 44, spoke about the new line of Habib salons which are due to come up in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Chandigarh. He stated specifically that the salons would have trained Habib personnel, in order to ensure uniformity.

Javed also gave out some very significant tips about hair growth. Dismissing the trend of oiling hair for growth, Javed said this was an old myth. “Hair growth depends on internal health. It is effected directly by the thought process. Anyone who thinks positive will have great hair. Hair texture speaks a lot about personality.” He warned against dandruff which, he said, was the only cause of hair fall and greying hair.

As for trends in hair styling, Javed said, “hair must compliment the personality. There are no generalisations. Globally colouring has become a rage and it is also the biggest industry of the future. People no more want streaks of colour. They are going in for combinations like burgundy and copper or burgundy and gold.” The bottomline, he said, was styling for convenience. “That is the reason perms are out. They will never come back now,” he said.

Javed admitted that styling the hair of kids is the biggest challenge, “The ambience must be made children-friendly. Hair styling for kids is limited. Much experimentation is not possible. So one must be able to generate interest.”

Habibs has come up with a line of cosmetics which are yet to be introduced in the North. “The problem is that there are no training institutes. The hair stylist must realise that the most important quality he needs to possess is attitude. The way you handle hair is very important.”

Meanwhile, Javed demonstrated a style on his wife, Shaheen, who was accompanying him to the city. A Jamshedpur girl, Shaheen has now joined Javed and is looking after cosmetology at his salons. She is also into styling hair. Interestingly, Shaheen was Javed’s client before marrying him.


Telephone exchange inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
A 4,000-line 5ESS main exchange was inaugurated by Mr Prithipal Singh, Director (Operational), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, at SAS Nagar today.

The inaugural speech was given by Mr Prithipal Singh and Mr S.C. Choudhary, Chief General Manager Telecom, Punjab.

The new exchange will have features like ISDN, video conferencing, hotlines, PRI data circuit, high speed Internet etc. “The facilities will be available to the subscribers from this exchange and the RSM in Phase X and Industrial Area Phase VII connected to it”, he said.

Around 3,000 lines working from the existing E10B exchange will be transferred to this switch in phases. Mr R.C. Vaish, Principal General Manager Telecom, Chandigarh, and Mr K.K. Sarangal, GM, Mohali, were also present on the occasion.


A complex with unique architectural design
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, December 8
The head office complex of the Local Government Department, the foundation stone of which was recently laid in Sector 62 here by the Union Minister for Urban Development and Poverty, Mr Ananth Kumar, will have a unique architectural design.

Covering an area of 1,25,000 sq ft with a basement park of 25,000 sq ft, the complex would be distinctive in term of concept. The organic shape of the main block with a tower on each side would give it a monumental effect to the whole structure. The design selected would ensure natural lights and ventilation. Each floor would have a ramp for the handicapped persons. There is a proposal to make the building centrally air cooled.

The auditorium with the complex has been planned for a capacity of 500 persons. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 10 crore . The Local Government has been allotted an area of 2.98 acres. An official of the department said the complex would accommodate the office of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the State Urban Development Authority, the Chief Vigilance Office, the Town Planning Office and various offices of the Local Government Department.


Construction activity halts
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, December 8
A concerted drive by the enforcement( regulatory) staff of PUDA to check unauthorised construction activity in the periphery of Chandigarh is having the desired impact as major construction activity in these areas has come to a standstill. A mechanism of revisiting the villages in the periphery seems to be working.


Body hails approval of rules
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
The Chandigarh Nagrik Sabha yesterday hailed the decision by the Chandigarh Administration approving “Chandigarh Sub-Division of Building Rules-2001”. These rules would permit sub division of a building.

In a signed statement, Mr Chaman Lal Sharma, Mr Amarjit Singh Sethi and Mr Tej Bans Singh Jauhar, president, general secretary and secretary of the sabha, respectively, stated that these rules would go a long way in solving major housing problems in the city. These rules would also help professionals to own commercial buildings for their professions.

They appealed to the administration to allow more than one division of the floor of an SCs.


3 held for consuming liquor on ‘dry day’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 8
The local police arrested three persons from an ahata of a liquor shop in Sector 39 for consuming liquor on a ‘Dry day’ declared by the Election Commission in view of the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh elections, last night.

Those arrested were Partap (address not known), Kanwar Pal, a resident of Sector 29 and Ambika, a resident of Dhana.

Meanwhile, Gobind and Pardeep Kumar, both residents of Sector 24, were arrested from a Sector 22 market for consuming liquor at a public place. All five persons were arrested under various sections of the Excise Act.

Assaulted: In a complaint before the police, Lachman Dass, a resident of Pipliwala town, Mani Majra, alleged that Chander Shekhar Pandey and Jaleel Ahmed, along with other persons, assaulted and threatened him. The complainant also alleged that window panes of his Tata Sumo car were also broken by the accused in the incident, which reportedly took place at 11.20 pm last night at Indira Colony, here.

However, one of the accused in the above case, Jaleel Ahmed also lodged a counter complaint to the police, that he was assaulted and threatened by the above complainant along with his accomplice Manohar Singh at about 11.20 pm at Indira Colony.

Two cases under various sections of the Indian Penal Code have been registered.

Theft: Mr Naresh Garg of Industrial Area, Phase - II, also reported to the police that Rs 3,700 were stolen from his plot on Thursday night. A case of theft has been registered.

Vehicles stolen: Dr Mangla Dogra, a resident of Sector 19, reported to the police that her Santro car (CH-20-T-439) was stolen from her residence on Thursday night. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

One killed: A resident of Ludhiana, Surinder Pal, was killed and four others were injured when a car collided with a truck near the Sectors 45-46 barrier on Thursday evening. All the injured were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where Surinder Pal was declared brought dead. The injured included a person travelling in the truck. The police has arrested the truck driver, Ajay Sharma, a resident of Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, and has impounded the truck. A case has been registered.

Illicit liquor: The police has arrested three persons in different incidents for carrying illicit liquor. Indro Devi, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, has been arrested with 14 pouches of Hero whisky, while Jeevan Lal and Beeru, both residents of Nehru Colony, Sector 52, have been arrested with six bottles of Sunny whisky in their possession. Separate cases under the Excise Act have been registered against them.

Two held: Two persons have been arrested from the Poultry Farm Chowk in the Industrial Area for allegedly consuming liquor at a public place. The accused have been identified as Pramod Kumar, a resident of Colony No 4 and Shiv Chand, a resident of Behlana. They have been booked under the Excise Act.

Purse snatched: Kiran Sethi, a 40-year old visitor from Delhi, has reported to the police that her purse containing a mobile phone, a heavy diamond set, a credit card, Rs 16,000 and other documents was snatched by car-borne persons in Sector 35 this afternoon. According to the police, the Maruti car used in the incident was the one reported stolen yesterday. This is the fifth such incident in the city in recent times where stolen cars have been used to snatch ladies’ purses.

Vehicles stolen: Sector 39 resident Ashok Kumar has reported that his Maruti car (CH-01-Q-4262) has been stolen from the parking lot near Mehfil Hotel in Sector 17. The police has registered a case.

Sector 4 resident, Saroj Puri has reported that her car (CH-01-V-6943) has been stolen from her residence. The police has registered a case.

A resident of Police Colony, Sector 17, Suresh Kumar, has reported that his motor cycle (DBX 1006) has been stolen from his residence. The police has registered a case.


No clue in petrol pump murder case
Our Correspondent

Kharar, December 8
Inspite of the best efforts made by the police no clue to the culprits who shot dead a salesman at a petrol pump in Kurali and looted cash worth about Rs 1500 yesterday has been found so far.

Mr Rupinder Singh, DSP, Kharar, who is camping in Kurali ever since yesterday told this correspondent that the police had prepared sketches of the culprits and circulated them in various police stations and have almost identified the gangs suspected to be involved in this crime.

He said that six police parties have been sent to various places and some suspected persons have been rounded up. He hoped to arrest the culprits soon. Meanwhile the police has verified and checked all motorcycles the type of which was used in this crime in the area.

Mr Rupinder Singh has again requested petrol pump owners in the district to follow up already circulated instructions regarding security steps at the petrol pumps including installing alarm, bolting of room from inside from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and advised them to employ one armed guard.


Car stolen from Sector 5 market
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, December 8
Thieves struck in the Sector 5 market here this afternoon and took away a car (PB-31A-0005).

The owner of the car, Mr Rajinder Singh, said that he had parked the vehicle outside a restaurant where he had gone for lunch. He found the car missing on his return after one hour.

Expressing his disappointment with the behaviour of the police, Mr Singh complained that cops in Sector 5 police station refused to register an FIR but assured him that a wireless message had been flashed to all exit points of the town.

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