Friday, December 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Commercial sites fetch Rs 23.31 cr
Tribune News Service

Highest bids in each segment of plot sizes



Auction price

SCO (II bay)  Sector 8 2.56 cr
SCO (I bay) Sector 32 82.10 lakh
Booth (27 sq yds)  Sector 37 17 lakh
Restaurant site Sector 40 35 lakh

* Average price Rs 47,480 per square yard

Chandigarh, December 27
The dynamics of freehold commercial property were evident at the auction for commercial sites today as bidding saw a huge increase. The craze to own commercial property in the city has only grown as the Chandigarh Administration netted a sum of Rs 23. 31 crore by auctioning 58 commercial sites, including booths, shop-cum-offices and other specified sites, here today.

This is about Rs 5 crore more than the last year when Rs 18.12 crore were collected by auctioning 46 commercial sites. Today’s collection of Rs 23.31 crore was about 40 per cent over and above the reserve price of these 58 plots that was fixed at Rs 16.60 crore. The average price, on a per square yard basis, works out to be Rs 47,780. This was Rs 7,522 more than last year’s average price of Rs 40,258.

This year, a total of 4,909 square yards of land was auctioned to bring in Rs 23.31 crore while last year 4,502 square yards of land was auctioned. Land auctioned under various plot sizes from booths to SCOs and godown sites have been taken into account while calculating the average rate, explained the Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) , Mr S.P. Arora.

Last year the Administration had netted Rs 27.43 crore by auctioning 102 commercial sites. This was 34.64 per cent, (Rs 6.76 crore), over and above the fixed reserve price of these plots calculated at Rs 20.67 crore.

Meanwhile, the Estate Office wing of the Chandigarh Administration, the auctioning authority, held back 59 sites, it had proposed for auction, due to the lack of good bids and also because several of the sites were not free from all encumbrances. Among the sites in heavy demand were the booths.

As this year the auction has been for freehold sites the Estate Office will not earn any lease money which was paid at the rate is 2.5 per cent of the auctioned value.

The highest bids was in the category of SCOs. A two bay SCO in Sector 8 was auctioned for Rs 2.56 crore. The per square yard rate works out to be Rs 76,666 for the SCO. A single bay showroom in Sector 32 went for Rs 82 lakh. Last time a similar site was auctioned for Rs 42.5 lakh. A restaurant site in Sector 40 measuring 133 square yard, was auctioned at Rs 35 lakh. A 27 square yard booth site in Sector 37 was auctioned at Rs 17 lakh. The per sq yard rate works out to be Rs 39,673.

This was the first ever auction of freehold commercial sites in the city after 30 years.


‘Harmony in changed world order must’
Tribune News Service

Shamsher Singh

Ramesh Bodh

Bikram Singh

Sargam Banger

Bhupinderpal Singh


Gurleen Kaur

Chandigarh, December 27
Peace in the country, in the context of the ongoing border tension between India and Pakistan, seems to top the agenda of youth for the year 2002. This was revealed by a cross-section of youth interviewed by The Tribune.

Shamsher Singh, pondering over books at the Panjab University library, said: “The key to a brighter future is in the hands of one who is an optimist. Peace in the world is most important in today’s situation”.

“There is very little possibility for a war between India and Pakistan because both countries realise that war will have a devastating effect, which would not be favourable to the populace in both countries.

Talking on the future of the changed world in the light of computerisation, he said: “Everything cannot be done on computers. So the craze is definitely going to decrease.”

Ramesh Bodh, basking in the sun on the roof of his hostel, says: “A peaceful world is the need of the hour for civilisations to reset social priorities and work for betterment of society. Differences among countries (including India and Pakistan) need to be resolved on the table because wars leave national economy shattered.

Bikram Singh Sandhu, an IAS aspirant, said: “I hope both India and Pakistan show restraint in the wake of the present situation because it has the possibility to escalate into a nuclear war, which will spell large-scale ruin. If Pakistan has showed signs of fundamentalism, India too has indulged in similar rhetoric several times”.

“One hope for the future is world economy on the rails. The world market was facing a major recession since some years. This has had a wide impact on society. Transparency is the biggest need of the hour, which needs to be added to accountability”.

Sargam Banger, a student of MBA, says: “The beginning of 2002 is likely not to be good for India in the wake of a war. The country needs to do a restudy on the issue, particularly in the context of the changed world order. The market situation does not have any hope for millions of youths wishing to commence their careers. Something needs to be done on this front”.

Sargam says: “One also wishes for an attitudinal change on the Punjab University campus. A significant section of students seem to come here for fun alone. They only want a good time and do not seem to be bothered about their future, what to talk about national concerns. Someone has to take the lead and work out possible pathways for a career. This can happen if ‘thinking students’ get together.”

Bhupinder Pal Singh Khaira feels: “The youth of the country need to be given a hope for their future careers. This will allow them to concentrate better on national and local issues, rising above their personal interests. The economy, however, in its current shape seems too tight a place for too large a number.”

“India should keep peace on top of its priority list and at the same time try to convince Pakistan to open its mind to a better understanding,” he emphasises.

Jasleen, a student of the English Department, feels that peace is the necessity of the day because it is high time we restudied the national scenario. There are problems in all major social fields, including education, employment, social settings and even politics. Priorities need to be reassembled and the legislature and the executive made more accountable.

Gurleen Kaur feels education is the most important area where the country should make bigger investment. The country invests far less than the ideal 6 per cent of the GDP on education. Lack of education is the rootcause of various social problems. The government despite opening government schools all over the country has not been able to solve the problem of illiteracy.

Besides mere planning, the government needs to introduce more strict steps to eradicate illiteracy, Gurleen added.


Community facilities bring relief but more needed
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

  • Sanitation privatised
  • Demolition drive by PUDA to remove encroachments
  • Foundation stone of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) laid
  • Test match between India-England held at the PCA stadium
  • Structures on the periphery regularised by the Punjab Government. But the decision stayed by the Punjab and Haryana Court.
  • A school student dies of drowning at a PUDA-run swimming pool
  • At least 200 daily-paid workers removed from service by the Punjab School Education Board.

SAS Nagar, December 27
Recession in the industrial sector had its effect on Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, even as the year 2001 attracted investment in crores through new development projects in the field of health, information technology and housing. The road links with other towns of Punjab improved further with the opening of a bypass on the SAS Nagar — Kharar road.

Starting community facilities brought relief to residents, but a lot deserves to be done. Social life witnessed a sea change as the opening timings of eating joints, restaurants, cyber cafes and clubs was extended by the administration.

A long-pending issue of the nuisance posed by inhabitants of rehabilitation colonies and unauthorised shanties, dotting the UT land along the border with SAS Nagar, remained unsolved. Efforts by the local administration to address the issue at a meeting with officials of the UT Administration and Housing and the Urban Development Department, Punjab, further buried the issue.

The year saw the ambitious Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link project, passing on the southern fringe of the town, picking up. The town also got a bulk material market and a grain market. While a number of projects, including those in the IT sector, were inaugurated, the foundation stone of two community centres, a head office complex of Sugarfed, PUDA, the Education Department, the Panchayat Department and the Local Government Department were laid — bringing the town closer to the status of being the mini capital of Punjab.

For the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), it was a year of accomplishments and setbacks. While commercial and residential property was disposed through auctions, a scandal in the issuing of occupation certificate (OC’s) in the local estate office saw suspension of some officials. The death of a school student by drowning in the PUDA-run swimming pool brought to light the mismanagement by the pool authorities. The incident forced the authorities to close down the pool.

PUDA launched a mammoth exercise( which was postponed on several occasions in the past few years) to clear encroachments on public land in the town. The drive was launched after the Anti-Encroachment Committee took the issue to the Punjab and Haryana High court. However, an association of corner plots went to the High Court and obtained a stay against the demolition orders.

A PUDA project in five new sectors ( from 76 to 80) was embroiled in legal wrangles before the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave it the goahead, barring the land of petitioners.

For the SAS Nagar Municipal Council, the year brought the differences between the ruling group and the Executive Officer to the fore. The Executive Officer, Mr K.S. Brar, was posted back despite the ruling group trying its best to stop it. The civic body finally got approval for its office complex at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore in Sector 68. The issue of mushrooming of kiosks in rehri markets dominated the affairs of the civic body as sanitation in the town was privatised.

In the health sector, the opening of Fortis Healthcare Institute brought to the town world-class facilities in cardiac healthcare. The issue of an asthma patient dying due to negligence at Government Civil Hospital showed the state of affairs there.



CAW cell registered 35 cases this year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
While the number of cases registered by the Crime Against Women Cell of the Chandigarh Police has registered an increase over last year, the number of persons arrested has seen a decline.

As per available information, the CAW Cell registered 35 cases this year. This is a 20 per cent increase over the 29 cases registered last year. A total of 490 complaints have been received by the cell this year.

Meanwhile, there has been a 57 per decline in the number of persons arrested in cases registered by the cell. This year 35 persons, including nine women, were arrested, whereas 83 persons, including 31 women, were arrested last year.

The police attributes the increase in crime against women to the breakdown in the traditional family structure. Generally, complaints received by the cell involve harassment of married women for dowry, misappropriation of dowry articles and marital violence.

The CAW Cell also disposed of 38 cases during the year, while as many as 35 cases are pending before it from last year. While 490 complaints were received this year — which are less than the 520 received last year — 59 complaints are pending from last year. This means 549 complaints are to be processed this year.

The cell’s efficiency in disposing of complaints is lower than last year. While it disposed of 509 complaints last year, this year’s figure is 472. As many as 77 complaints are still under investigation or inquiry.

As per available details, 182 complaints were resolved due to mutual compromise. In 71 instances, dowry articles were returned to the complainant, while 148 complaints were filed as non-cognisable offence. Besides, 36 complaints were transferred to other units.



Talk on steps to counter terrorism held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The NSS unit of SGGS College, Sector 26, organised a talk on “Terrorism in the Modern World”, here today, in which the speakers highlighted the tactics deployed to rope in students in terrorist activities while speaking on the globalisation of their activities as well.

The SP (Counter Intelligence, Punjab), Mr S.S. Mand, touched upon the various aspects of terrorist activities. He made students aware of various methods used by terrorists to attract youth to their organisations and gave tips on identifying the motives of terrorists. He stressed the need for an awareness movement and improving police- public relations as an effective measure to counter terrorism.

The DSP (CID), Punjab, Mr B.R. Gupta, spoke to the students about the different kinds of terrorism in various countries. He highlighted the problems being faced in forming common strategies against terrorism. The 10-day camp is being organised by Prof T.S. Brar and Prof Kulwinder Singh.

Meanwhile, NSS students of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised a colourful cultural programme at Khuda Jassu to educate the villagers on the issue of women empowerment.

Villagers in large numbers participated in the cultural programme marked by dances, songs and skits with messages of education and women empowerment.

The Director, NSS, Dr C.L. Narang, said it was important to empower women to enable them to fight for their rights which could be achieved only by educating them and spreading literacy. The Principal of the college, Ms Vijay Lakshmi, gave away prizes to winners of the cultural programme from amongst the villagers.



Hans Raj Hans sets up office in city
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Well-known Punjabi folk singer, Hans Raj Hans, has crossed another milestone with the establishment in the City Beautiful of a full fledged administrative and marketing office of his company, HRH Entertainers Pvt. Ltd.

Located at # 3491, Sector 38-D in the city, the office will look after the booking of concerts globally and the modelling assignments for Hans Raj Hans. Affairs of HRH Entertainers Pvt. Ltd. will be handled by Mr P.K. Khurana who, in his own right, is a well-known figure in the media world. HRH Entertainers Pvt. Ltd. has a website by the name of “” to facilitate updated information and immediate access.

The main office of HRH Entertainers Pvt. Ltd. is Jalandhar but Hans himself has been spending more and more time in Mumbai shooting new videos and recording fresh songs.

Hans Raj Hans is a name synonymous with Punjabi folk and Sufi music. Tall, fair and handsome, this young artiste with long curly hair has a God-gifted voice that encompasses a range of attributes and qualities that define greatness in the grand tradition of folk based Punjabi singing.

His intricate musical compositions and choice of lyrics has a universal appeal. Born at Shafipur, a small village near Jalandhar (Punjab), Hans hails from a humble Sikh farm worker family.

He drew inspiration from the street musicians and from the holy shrines which had a spiritual legacy. Ustad Puran Shah Koti once saw this young boy singing in his native village, and was surprised by his extraordinary voice and sweetness. He turned this child prodigy into a creative and mature singer. Slowly Hans acquired distinction and depth, and till today he is the true disciple of Ustad Puran Shah Koti, and possesses the quality of traditional Punjabi Sufiana music.

He sang for endless hours lonely in the sand dunes, in the green fields, in the ruins to express the feeling of his own soul. With years of practice and training he gets immediate recognition from the audience and he continues to mesmerise them wherever he performs. With his mystic sense of melody and rhythm, he is enriching the great Punjabi folk and Sufi music traditions. After passing high school, he joined D.A.V. College, Jalandhar.

He won distinctions in the Inter College Youth Festivals, but academic studies never attracted him. In the morning classes, he always dreamed of walking in the green fields and singing folk songs.

One day he did it. He left college and devoted himself only to music. Now his teachers were those grand masters who worked all their lives for the cause of music.

He listened to these living legends who enriched the various genres of music with innovative creations. He is also an A Grade All-India Radio (AIR) artiste. He has done a large number of television programmes.

His songs are popular on almost all the major national and international networks. He appeared as a protagonist in Punjabi feature film “Mehandi Shagna Di”.

Hans gave a guest performance in film “Vaisakhi”, and he had been a playback singer for more than 30 feature films in Punjabi and Hindi.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was so impressed by his range that he asked Hans Raj Hans to sing a song composed by Khan in Hindi feature film “Kachche Dhage”. Hans sang along with the Late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The duet “Ishke Dee Gali Vichon Koi Koi Langhda” is rated the top song of Hindi feature film “Kachche Dhage”.


Petite beauties set ramp on fire
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 27
The long anticipation and two day’s hard work of 20 aspiring models finally took shape as they walked down the ramp in skimpy outfits vying for the title of “Body Beautiful” at the poolside of Hotel Mountview in Sector 10. The round marked the opening of the three-day mega event “Face of the Year” organised by Model Creators in association with a pharmaceutical company in Hotel Mountview in Sector 10 here today.

Though majority of the participants had set foot on a ramp for the first time, the show for all four sub-titles that included “Body Beautiful”, “Miss Photogenic”, “Miss Beautiful Skin” and “Miss Beautiful Hair,” was held at two different venues carried out well without any hitch except for some veiled complaints from the judges who had to judge “Miss Photogenic” not on the basis of their portfolio but by looking at the faces of the models through two picture frames. What made the show different from other such events was that height was not one of the main criteria for entering the contest. “The event has been organised specially for those talented young girls who do come under the bracket of Miss India because of their short stature”, said Mr Sunil Bansal, the organiser of the event. “The show will help the participants to get entry into the world of modeling for tele serials,” he added.

“This is the first time I have ever participated in a beauty pageant as elsewhere I was turned down because of my short height,” said petite Rekha Anshu who came from Pinjore. Rekha was happy to be participating along with 19 other participants from Chandigarh and the nearby states.

Manisha, a student of St. Bedes College, Shimla, is another one who walked down the ramp for the first time in her life. “We were trained for two days about catwalk and other details and the whole experience was great fun,” she said rightly reflecting the views of the rest of the participants too.

The contest for two subtitles “Miss Beautiful Hair” and “Miss Beautiful Skin” were organised at VLCC, Sector 8. The result for all the sub-events will be declared on the final show to be held on December 29 at Hotel Mountview.



UT to focus on solar cooking
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
If certain ambitious plans of the Chandigarh Administration take off, by the end of next year, Chandigarh might be one of the few cities in North India making extensive use of solar energy for cooking, selling its waste tree leaves to enterprenuers to make briquettes and recycling its residential organic and inorganic waste for optimum use.

In a brainstorming session on how to make city residents more aware of renewable sources of energy, vermiculture and recycling of residential waste, the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, has decided, among other things, to make every city resident environment-conscious.

Ways of solar cooking, solar heating and solar lighting are going to be one of the prime foci of attention of the Administration. The Administration will be listing manufacturers for providing quality equipment for use of solar energy for cooking, heating and lighting.

“I realise that the traditional solar cooker has not had the desired results, but new varieties are now available and although the city does not have manufacturers of such equipment, manufacturers from outside are being shortlisted.”

A solar energy use equipment shop will also be tendered out by the Administration in the city, where all such material will be available at subsidised rates.

The Administration will be providing a subsidy to those who want to open a restaurant serving solar-cooked food in the city. “Solar cooking had to be popularised among housewives who would be only too glad to save on LPG and electricity costs using solar cooking and heating and even lighting devices,” said Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Science and Technology, UT Administration.

For treatment of organic waste from residences and hotels, restaurants and hostels, the Administration is also considering using an indigenous method developed by Mr Bhausaheb B Ingrole, Chief Executive, International energy consultancy, New Delhi.



“We will be in the mountain curves of Kasauli”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
As the sun, after smiling on the first year of the new millennium, disappears behind buildings on December 31, Vikram Batra and Vineet Batra, sons of a doctor-cum-businessman, will cut along the sharp mountain curves in a jaunty car on way to Kasauli, while there parents will be throwing a bash at their Sector 18 residence.

“The idea,” says BCA student Vikram, “is to do something different this year. Normally we go to the Golf Club with friends to shake rattle and roll till the hands of the clock meet, but this time we are planning to do something different. Four of us will be going uphill on the last day of this year. As soon as the clock strikes 12, we will park the vehicle and dance to bhangra music’s techno beat. But all the while we will make sure that no rules are flouted”.

Their parents, Dr Mahesh Batra, director of a group of companies, and Ms Manju Batra, plan to sit around a fire and talk their way into the new year along with close friends and relatives.

International badminton player Wing Commander (retd) Satish Bhatia, famous for his ‘baffling spin service’, also wants to bid adieu to 2001 along with his family.

“I am all excited about the New Year’s Eve for the simple reason that my son — five-times Air Force badminton champion — Flight Lieutenant Naveen Bhatia and daughter-in-law Gaurika Bhatia, along with daughter Aarti Verma, her husband Aman Verma and grandson Arjun Verma, will twirl all around a polished dance floor in a nice cozy hotel till the year ends”.




December 28 will see the release of “Style” and “Bawandar”. N. Chandra, the maker of “Ankush” and “Tezaab” is all set to hit the silver screen today at Jagat, Chandigarh. The film is produced, directed and written by N. Chandra and has newcomers in the cast.

Award winning television serial ‘Saaya’ actress Manashi Joshi Roy’s brother Sharman Joshi, Sahil Khan, Riya Sen and Shilpi Mudgal star in the movie. The promos of “Style” with their new style have already evoked good response from youngsters.

The film revolves around two young boys and two young girls. Basically, it is a college-based story with a touch of comedy, thrill and fun. The cast and technical team of the film ‘Style’ are all newcomers. Music directors Sanjiv-Darshan and lyricists Nitin Raikwar, Abbas and Tejpal Kaur are also amongst the youngest in the Bollywood.

Varsha Usgaonkar, Tara Deshpande, Shakti Kapoor, Vivek Vasvani and Vishwajeet Pradhan are in supporting roles. Cinematography by Manoj Gupta, art by Nitin Desai, editing by Prashant Khedekar - Vinod Nayak and choreography by Lolypop - Piyush are other credits of the movie.

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Vinod Doshi Presents and Smriti Pictures Production ‘Bawandar’ is producer-director Jagmohan Mundhra’s seven international awards winning film which will be released today at Batra, Chandigarh. The film has already aroused critical acclaim. This film is inspired by the true story of Bhanwari Devi of Rajasthan and explores issues such as feudalism. A gang raped rural low-caste woman is made to run from pillar to post in a judicial system corrupted by sexism, chauvinism, political opportunism and feudalism in the movie.

The film stars Nandita Das, Raghuvir Yadav, Deepti Naval, Govind Namdeo, Gulshan Grover, Ravi Jhankal, Mohan Bhandari and Manohar Rao, brother of former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. Other credits are screenplay by Ashok Mishra and Sudha Arora, dialogues and lyrics by Dr Hari Ram Acharya, and music by Grammy Award winner Pt Vishwamohan Bhatt. It is an eye-opener and thought provoking film with oppression of women as its theme. DP



Serve public, probationers told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today advised young civil servants to serve the public in the true spirit of being servants of the public.

The General was addressing the 10 IAS probationers who called on him at Punjab Raj Bhavan this morning. General Jacob said that in the new liberalised economy, civil servants would have to evolve themselves according to the changing requirements of the country. He said civil servants must come out of the mould of ‘Mai Baap’ culture and behave like public servants.

Advising the young officers to evolve effective grievances redressal system, the Governor said the officers should make it a habit to go to villages and remote areas to solve the grievances of the people on the spot. He said they should also camp in remote areas for a few days for effective grievances redressal system.

Earlier, the officers informed the Governor that they had visited Jammu and Kashmir. They would visit all union territories during the course of their probation.


He works with rare zeal

IMAGINE a poet, freelancer, engineer, artist, social worker and a CEO rolled into one. Well, that’s exactly what Mr Akhil Verma is. Akhil, CEO of A88 Solutions, at the age of 22, is a production engineering student at Punjab Engineering College. His aim is to set up a multi-solution corporate. He plans to fulfil his mother’s desire by creating good openings for professionals by encouraging entrepreneurship and discouraging brain-drain.

Already, his site ( is a popular youth portal having 24,000 members. ‘‘It has been appreciated by the United Nations and ranked No 1 by Google’’, claims Mr Verma.

A member of the FWA, Manchester, Akhil has innumerable awards to his credit. Chief of the NSS at PEC, he’s organised blood camps (a regular donor himself), awareness/literacy campaigns and surveys in slums as well as vanmahotsavas.

In an effort to share knowledge and expertise, he conducts Mock CET for students of North India and organises free coaching. His pencil portraits have been exhibited several times and he’s also published many poems and non-fiction articles as a freelancer.

Immensely inventive and hardworking, Mr Verma strongly believes in god and owes all success to his mother. Asked how he manages such stamina and zeal, he says: “There’s nothing you can’t achieve by hard work”. FOC


Clerk’s plea
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, December 27
A section of daily paid clerks today alleged that they had been removed from service despite their case still being heard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The clerks were recently removed from service by the management of the Punjab School Education Board.


Two killed in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Two persons have been killed in different road accidents during the past 24 hours. A Sector 49 resident Pintu died on the spot after his cycle was knocked down by a Tata 407 truck on the Sector 46-49 separating road. The truck driver fled the spot leaving his vehicle behind, which has been impounded by the police. A case has been registered.

In the second incident a Luna (CH-01-H-8954) being driven by Raj Kumar was hit by a truck near the New Mohali Barrier. He was rushed to the PGI in a serious condition, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police have arrested the truck driver, Kulwant Rai, a resident of Sector 37. He was later bailed out.

Thefts reported: Baldev Singh Guleria of Sector 23 has reported that his house has been broken into and a gold necklace, two gold rings, a pair of gold earrings and Rs 6,200 in cash have been stolen. A case has been registered.

Shashi Prabha Kapoor, Sector 14 resident, has reported that her house has been broken into and two wrist watches, a camera, two gold rings and Rs 7,000 have been stolen. The police has registered a case.

Vehicle thefts: Sandeep Soni, a resident of Sector 37, has reported that his scooter (CH-01-R-3329) has been stolen from his residence. Mani Majra resident Sachin Jain has reported that his scooter has been stolen from the PGI parking lot. The police has registered cases.

Burglary: Burglars broke into the house of an SDO (regulatory) of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), Mr Ranjit Kumar in Sector 23 here late last night. The burglars took away Rs 2,000 cash. The SDO was at home when the thieves struck. Residents of the area lament that several thefts have taken place in the area in the recent past.

Cash stolen:
Mr Ravinder, a Sector 4 resident, complained to the police that Rs 25,000 were stolen from the glovebox of his scooter on Thursday. According to him he had withdrawn Rs 45,000 from HDFC bank and went to the IDBI bank nearby to deposit Rs 20,000. He had put the remaining amount in the glovebox of his scooter.

He stated that four boys were watching him when he was putting the amount in scooter. “When I returned to my scooter, the lock of its glovebox was broken and the money was gone and even the four boys were nowhere in sight”, informed Mr Ravinder. However, no case had been registered till the filing of this report. In another theft incident, thieves took away music system from car of Mr Vishnu Dutt, a journalist and a resident of Sector 11, last night.


Member of inter-state gang of car thieves arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police has arrested a resident of Sonepat, Sanjay Malik, for his alleged links with an inter-state gang of car thieves. The accused was arrested from the Sector 7 market today. A car, which had reportedly been stolen earlier, had been recovered from his possession.

The police believes that Malik is a part of an inter-state gang operating in the region. He is stated to be involved in several other criminal cases. According to sources he is also wanted by the Punjab as well as the Haryana police.

His arrest is being cited as a major breakthrough in several cases, the police expects to make further arrests and recover more stolen property soon.


Murthy meets Jacob, company employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Mr N R Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the IT giant Infosys Technologies, who will address the 51st Annual Convocation at Punjab University here tomorrow, reached the city this evening.

He visited the Infosys office at SAS Nagar where he met company employees. Later, he met Lt-Gen JFR Jacob, Governor, Punjab, and UT Administrator.

A former socialist, Mr Murthy (55) is one of India’s richest men. Infosys Technologies, the company he co-founded in 1981, was the first Indian firm to be listed on NASDAQ in 1999.

Infosys, which became a public limited company in India in 1992, crossed the $ 400 million mark this year.

One of his country’s most admired men, Mr Murthy is popular for creating an employee-friendly atmosphere in his company with over 10,000 workers.

The company provides consulting and IT services to its clients spread across the globe. It has adopted an approach which focuses on new ways in business, combining IT innovation and adoption while also leveraging an organisation’s current IT assets.

Infosys has its Indian headquarters in Bangalore, whereas the US headquarters are located in Fremont, CA. It also has offices in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

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