Saturday, January 5, 2002, Chandigarh, India 


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Rotational power cuts begin today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
Rotational power-cuts will be imposed here from Saturday, according to orders issued here today.

In order to maintain discipline in the northern power grid, all areas of the city will have these rotational power-cuts. Power supply to a selected area will remain suspended for 30 minutes. This will be repeated in another area for 30 minutes, followed by another area for the same time and so on.

Meanwhile, the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), wrote a letter here today to the Union Power Minister, Mr Suresh Prabhu, to seek an immediate restoration of the power-supply quota from the non-allocated quota of the Central power projects and the eastern power grid. This will give an immediate relief to Chandigarh that has been overdrawing power, much to the annoyance of the Northern Region Electricity Board (NREB).

The Chandigarh Administration has decided to adopt certain measures for curtailing the hike in demand for power due to severe cold in north India that has resulted in overdrawing.

Peak-load-hour restrictions on industrial consumers in the Industrial Area Phase I and II will be from 6 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm every day. This will include shutting off industrial feeders the moment there is overdrawing.

Half-hour rotational power cuts will be imposed in various sectors here between 7 am and 11 am. Besides, the staggering of weekly off-days for industrial consumers in the Industrial, Area Phases I and II will continue.

The power cuts will be as follows: 7 am to 7.30 am — Sector 29, 42, Daddu Majra, Makhan Majra, Raipur Khurd, Hallo Majra and Behlana, besides parts of Sectors 19, 20, 22, 27, 30, 32, 37, 38, 39, 41, 44, 45, Burail, Badheri, Batrela, Palsora and Attawa.

7.30 am to 8 am: Sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,33, 40, 43, 46, 48, 52, 61, Maloya, Kajheri and Kaimbwala, besides parts of Sector 7, 8, 9, 11, 24, 32, 38, 39, 44, 45, 47.

8 am to 8.30 am: Sectors 10, 14, 15, 25, 28, 31, Air Force Station, the CSIO, Kishangarh, Bhagwanpura, Areas N and K, Khuda Ali Sher, Khuda Lahora, Khuda Jassu, Sarangpur and Dhanas, besides parts of Sectors 7, 11, 16, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 47 and the Industrial Area.

8.30 am to 9 am: Mani Majra Town, Shivalik Enclave, Bapu Dham, Mouli Jagran, Modern Housing Complex, BRD, Ram Darbar, Raipur Kalan, besides parts of Sectors 7, 26, 27 and the Industrial Area Phase I.

9 am to 10 am: Sectors 17 and 18, besides parts of Sectors 8, 9, 16, 19, 21, 22 and 23.

10 am to 11 am: Sectors 34, 35, 36, besides parts of Sectors 20, 21, 22, 23, 37, 41 and 45.



Badal’s picture removed without a fuss
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The picture of the Punjab Chief Minister and the head of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, kept in the Mayor’s office, was taken away by the chief of the local unit of the party, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar.

Mr Riar took away the picture installed when Ms Harjinder Kaur of the Akali Dal was the Mayor. The Congress, that won the Mayoral elections, had indicated that the picture could be removed.

The local chief of the SAD took away the photograph in the absence of the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi. However, a senior Congress leader and councillor, Mr Subhash Chawala, was present when the photograph was removed. Ms Joshi and Mr Chawla have praised the SAD leader for solving the photograph controversy in an amicable manner.

Mr Riar, however, alleged that his party rival, Ms Harjinder Kaur, had left the photograph in the room apparently to let Mr Badal be humiliated by the Congress.



City SP to interact with Tony Blair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has selected the Chandigarh Superintendent of Police (Operations), Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, among the “Young Achievers” to interact with the British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, in Bangalore.

The Regional Director, CII, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, has invited Mr Dhaliwal to Bangalore during the Partnership Summit there from January 5 to 11. Another option with Mr Dhaliwal is to take advantage of the video-conference facility for interaction from Mohali, which has been linked up for the event. The other cities extended such a facility include, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysore, Delhi and Hyderabad.

This is for the first time that a police officer has been selected for the “Young Achievers Session”. The Session is tomorrow at the Infosys Technologies Campus, Bangalore.

Mr Dhaliwal, a 1997 IPS officer, has already received the Vice-President of India’s Trophy for the Highest marks in alround assessment in 50th batch (Golden Jubilee batch) of the National Police Academy, Hyderabad in 1999. He is also the winner of Prime Minister’s Silver Cup Essay competition for 2001, when posted as ASP, Chandigarh.



Kulkarni coordinator of PU genome study centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
Prof S.K. Kulkarni has been appointed interim coordinator of the National Centre for Human Genome Studies and Research, Panjab University, reliable sources said here today.

The centre will be functional from the forthcoming session. It will offer a four-semester MSc course. Interestingly, the PGI and IMTECH are collaborating with the university for the project.

The University Grants Commission in a letter to the university has communicated “a grant of Rs 90 lakh to the university separately under the scheme for the establishment of a genome studies centre”.

It has been pointed out that the university will not spend this money till the university submits a specific year-wise plan of work for the first two years spelling out both teaching and research activities. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, has been appointed coordinator of the centre by the UGC.

Prof Pathak said Prof Kulkarni, being from the related academic background, was the best suited person to take over the charge. 


Pvt schools introduce theatre as hobby course
DPI (Schools) says no to theatre in govt schools
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, January 4
Much to the jubilation of the theatre activists here, a few private schools have introduced theatre in classrooms as a hobby course, which according to them could be the last resort to popularise this ailing art among the coming generations.

Theatre is doing poorly in the city as compared to other cities like Kolkata because there is a lack of audience who understand theatre, says Rohit Batra, a theatre activist who taught theatre in St. Kabir Public School as a hobby course for about a year. “Theatre is a tough art and audience has to have a clear idea about the expectations from a good production,” he adds.

“Teaching theatre to schoolchildren would at least produce quality audience in the coming years who would know how to appreciate quality acting on the stage, if not produce good actors,” says Rohit. He will shortly be teaching the aesthetics of theatre as a hobby course to the students of YPS, SAS Nagar.

St. Kabir Public School, Sector 26, introduced theatre as a hobby course two years ago for an entirely different reason. “Theatre helps building up confidence among the students, thus contributing to their overall personality,” says Mr J.P.Singh, Principal of the school.

“Theatre is a complete therapy that helps in mental and physical growth of the students,” says Zulfiqar Khan, a city based theatre activist who has been running a night school for the slum children for the past 12 years . His stage productions with slum children have been drawing applause from the audience. “It will also help absorbing theatre graduates from the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, who are otherwise forced to leave stage acting for TV channels to earn their livelihood,” he adds.

“Theatre helps eliminating stage fright and imbibes a sense of self confidence that cannot be attained through text book teachings,” he says adding that theatre needs to be introduced as a full fledged subject.

However, subject or hobby course, the government schools have not been lucky enough to experiment with the wisdom of theatre so far. And with the administration harbouring a negative attitude towards introducing theatre as either a hobby course or a subject, there is no ray of hope insight for having it as a part of the school curriculum.

“Though theatre is an effective medium of teaching, introducing it as a subject or a hobby course will make it loose it’s charm,” says Mr D.S.Saroya, Director Public Instruction (Schools). “School events like annual functions or other cultural activities give enough opportunities to the students to show their natural talent in acting,” he adds.

So it is sad news for both school teachers and parents who are waiting for introduction of theatre in government schools for different reasons. “Theatre is so beneficial as a personality building aspect, if the management and the government introduces it in the curriculum, I would be the first one to introduce it in my school," says Ms Sumati Kanwar, Principal of government-aided IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21.

“Theatre can channelise the energy of the youth which is otherwise wasted on anti-social activities,” says Ms Indira Dhingra, Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, echoing the same sentiment as many other school teachers who welcome the idea of introducing theatre as a hobby course.



Dr Sodhi Ram reinstated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University has revoked the suspension of Dr Sodhi Ram and reinstated him as Controller of Examination with immediate effect.

This was communicated in an official note signed by the Registrar here today. Dr Sodhi Ram was placed under suspension on June 9, 2000. There were allegations of his role in a paper leakage case and the case was even taken up by the CBI. The university Senate, however, unanimously resolved not to prosecute Dr Sodhi Ram.

Confirming the news, Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, said that Mr Ashok Raj Bhandari, who held the office of Controller of Examination currently, would be in charge of the examination for the current academic session since he had been associated with the total process.



PUDA to revive demolition drive
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, January 4
After lying low for a few weeks, the enforcement (periphery) staff of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) will again launch the encroachment removal drive.

During November last, the enforcement staff had started an exhaustive exercise of razing structures which had been constructed after November 3,2001. The drive had reportedly been launched without giving notices to the violators after the HC had stayed the operation of an order of the Punjab Government to regularise constructions in the periphery till November 3, 2001. The Chief Administrator of PUDA, MR KBS Sidhu, said after seeking legal advice it had been decided that the demolition would be carried out after issuing the mandatory notices to the violators.



CISF officer in CBI net
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
A Commandant of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has landed in the CBI net.

According to CBI sources, Mr J.P. Thakur, Commandant, CISF, at the Jyotipuram Hydel Project, was caught red-handed while allegedly demanding and accepting Rs 8,000 from Head Constable Jyoti Singh on the pretext of helping him get the notice issued to him for dismissal from service withdrawn.

The sources said while the trap was laid for the Commandant and he was caught red-handed at Jammu on January 2, a couple of constables and Head Constables also appeared before the CBI team to complain that the Commandant had been allegedly extorting money from them.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the Commandant, the sources said.



Employees threaten to intensify agitation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
Bank employees in Punjab today observed strike to protest against what they described as inhuman and barbaric treatment given by the Stanchart Bank Management.

According to a press note issued by the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, these employees were protesting against their illegal, coercive and malafide transfers.

These employees had refused to accept VRS out of linguistic area in violation of the Sastri Award. Clearing houses throughout the state remained paralysed and instruments amounting thousands of crores of rupees had been blocked.

Mr T.K. Dutta, secretary of the federation, said a mass rally was held at the Sector 17 Bank Square. It was addressed by Mr N.K. Gaur, joint secretary of the All-India Bank Employees Association, Mr Devinder Singh, president of the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees, and several other leaders. During their speeches these leaders said during the past six years, the SCB Management had introduced VRS for the fifth time and twice during the last year as a management policy to wipe out the existence of award staff.

Mr Gaur urged the government to intervene failing which bank employees throughout the country would be forced to intensify the agitation. Office bearers of the AIBEA would shortly chalkout further programme of action, including boycott of Standard Chartered Bank Management.



She has many firsts to her credit

MS Kamla Sharma, councillor from Ward 6, has many firsts to her credit — first Mayor of the city, the first woman activist of the UT BJP, first president of the UT BJP Mahila Morcha. Born at Kadian in Gurdaspur district on September 5, 1944, Ms Sharma was married in Una district of Himachal Pradesh after graduating in Hindi (Honours).

The former Mayor had been arrested several times by the police of different states during the Ram Temple movement, ekta yatra to Srinagar, the Doda bachao movement and the Punjab bachao movement.

Ms Sharma had been in the forefront to get houses to industrial workers on the no-profit, no loss basis in 1977 and collection of donations to the flood-hit in 1978. A member of Seva Bharti, the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Sevika Samiti, the Red Cross Society and the Society for the Care of the Blind, the Brahamin Mahasabha, the Advisory Committee of the Chandigarh Administration, the Education Committee of the Chandigarh Administration and the Police Sadbhavna Committee, Ms Sharma is one of the two sitting BJP councillors who survived the recent electoral rout. Ms Sharma is the chairperson of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Advisory Board.

An NSUI product who was written off when discharged of the presidential responsibility of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress, Chandermukhi Sharma has established himself in the senior category of the party winning the election by a whisker.

A staunch supporter of former Indian Youth Congress President Manish Tiwari, Sharma was rehabilitated as general secretary of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee before being nominated by the party to contest from ward number 1, held by the Chandigarh Vikas Manch supremo Harmohan Dhawan’s wife Satinder Dhawan.

SharMa succeeded in drawing the attention of people through innovative marketing and advertisement, his occupation.

In 1978 he won the President’s Scout Award, represented India in the World Youth and Student Festival in Korea in 1989.

He has also been a member of the Chandigarh Consumer Protection Council and the Punjab University Film Society.



‘Raksha sankalp abhiyan’ of BJYM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) here today began an exercise to mobilise the people for a war against Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism.

A number of BJYM activists led by its chief Satinder Singh, the BJP local unit ad hoc committee convener, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, and former local unit president, Mr Dharampal Gupta, held a demonstration this evening.

Banners in the demonstration read, “Ltihas to badalte aye hein, ab bhoogol badalna hei, Tiranga ab Islamabad aur Lahore mein ferayange”.

The political war cry by the youth wing of the BJP has come at a time when the international community is fearing a war between Pakistan and India, resulting in diplomatic gains to India and may bring electoral gains to the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and other states.

As part of the rashtra raksha abhiyan launched on Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s birthday on December 25, the BJYM activists started collecting Re 1 each from the people, apart from their signatures on a pledge of do-and-die.

The local unit of the BJYM, which has appointed incharge for all 20 wards and has set a target of 11,000 signatures by January 23, the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

The pledge circulated for signatures said: “We all Indians, swearing in the names of martyrs and Mother India as witness, vow to sacrifice everything for the security, integrity and unity of the country.”

The pledge is being signed with a Re 1 donation towards the families of martyrs. The demonstration was staged at the Sector 20-30-32-33 roundabout.



Marwaha is MC sr vice-president
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, January 4
Sinking differences, the aspirants in the ruling group in the SAS Nagar municipal council today managed to retain the post of the senior vice-president when Mr NK Marwaha, a councillor from Phase 3B1, was elected to the post by a margin of 10 votes. The voting was done by raising of hands against the earlier practice of secret ballot.

Mr Manjeet Singh, a councillor of the opposition group, was again elected as vice-president after he polled eight votes for the post of the senior vice-president. Earlier, Mrs Indu Sehgal was the senior vice-president. A total of 27 members, including the MLA from Kharar, Mr Daljeet Kaur were present. The vote of Mr Amrik Singh, Tehsildar, was cancelled after he raised his hand in support of both contestants.

As the developments in the past few days indicate, at least two councillors , Mr Phool Raj and Mr S.S. Barnala, were said to be desirous for the post of senior vice-president. But reservations against the two in the ruling group prevented them from coming to the fore.

Certain municipal councillors in the ruling group said the president of the ruling group, Mr Kulwant Singh, held a close-door meeting in which Mr Marwaha was decided upon as the consensus candidate. After the meeting began, Mr Amrik Singh Mohali said the candidates should be elected on the basis of consensus — a point contradicted by councillor Mr BB Maini, who sought that the procedure of voting should be followed. A councillor said the ruling group insisted on voting by raising of hands as the dissidents, if any, among them would be exposed.

The candidates elected as senior vice-president and vice-president since the creation of the SAS Nagar civic body are as follows:


senior vice-president



Bhupinder Singh


Manjeet Singh

Kulwant Singh


Kulwant Singh

Manjeet Singh


Amrik Singh Mohali

Manjeet Singh


Indu Sehgal

Manjeet Singh


NK Marwaha

Manjeet Singh



‘Defer implementation of parking fee’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
A deputation of bank employees and other financial institutions including the LIC today called on the Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to protest against the decision of introducing paid parking in the Bank Square.

A press note issued by Mr B.S. Gill, Convener, Joint Action Committee, against paid parking, said the Mayor was told that it would add financial burden on people. The deputation pleaded with the Mayor that at least Bank Square area should be exempted from paid parking. Mr Gill said the Mayor was told that each family would be required to keep a budget of Rs 400 to Rs 500 per month only for paying parking fee.

He claimed that the deputation told the Mayor and the Commissioner of the municipal corporation to defer the implementation of parking fee in the city for the time being. The decision to introduce parking fee would lead to a wide spread resentment among all sections of residents, he said.



Samiti chief’s poll on Jan 14
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The election of the chairman of the Panchayat Samiti would be held on January 14 at the Block Development Officer’s office in Sector 17 here.

This was announced today during the swearing-in ceremony of 14 of the 15 Panchayat Samiti members. The oath was administered by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Gurmail Singh.

Ms Lata Sharma could not be sworn in due to her indisposition.

While Meenakshi and Jasbir Kaur took the oath in Hindi, P .C. Sharma took it in English.

Surinder Kaur, Mohinder Singh, Shingara Singh, Jagir Singh, Bhupinder Kaur, Bhupinder Singh Badheri, Amrik Singh, Dayal Singh, Sudarshan Kaur, Hukum Chand and Didar Singh took the oath in Punjabi.

While the Congress seems inclined in favour of Mr Badheri as chairman, Mr Didar Singh is likely to contest with a tacit support of the BJP.



Lohri stalls make appearance
Shashi Pal Jain

Preparations have begun for the Lohri festival. The main bazaar of Kharar is dotted with stalls. Those selling winter sweets like the traditional "rowris", "gachaks" and groundnuts are the star attraction.

These delicacies have become the poor man's substitutes for popcorn which is yet to become popular in this area. It has become a habit for the people of this town to go on an evening walk and enjoy these delicacies just as those in towns and cities enjoy popcorn. Come chilly winter, the migrant labour sell these sweets every evening in the entire stretch from the post office, the main bazaar up to the Arya college road. Couples especially enjoy the delicacies during their evening walks.

Even the cinema hall complex here has groundnut and rowri stalls. Popcorn is yet to establish its roots in this small town. The migrant labour have been playing an important role in this trade. Scores of labourers have migrated from Mathura in UP and other places known for these items. They bring these items from UP at a cheaper price and make a quick buck taking advantage of their high demand here.

The local dealers are happy with the sales although the peak season is yet to come. Mr Ganesh Kumar Goel, a delighted wholesale dealer, says, "the local population prefer local shops as we have established our goodwill and reputation over the years. Even though our rates are slightly on the higher side, when it comes to quality, we are the best".

Although there is less chance of adulteration, the rules regarding hygiene are being flouted. The roadside stalls are especially vulnerable to dust and other contaminants as these items are seldom covered.



Villagers protest against police role
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 4
Hundred-odd residents of Bargodam village, near Kalka, today converged here to protest against the alleged partisan role played by the Kalka police in a case involving the vice-chairman of the Kalka Block Samiti accused of kidnapping and assaulting three persons yesterday.

These residents demanded that the police arrest the accused, Ashok, and his 15 henchmen, who were allegedly unleashing a reign of terror in villages, near Kalka.

They accused the police of being hand in glove with the accused and said that in spite of yesterday’s incident, they were roaming freely.

It is learnt that Ashok along with Mukesh, Bindu, Raju, Shoki, Pammi, Bhadur Singh, Bhagat Ram and others, assaulted Gurdas Ram, his brother Harmesh Chand, and Babu Khan, sarpanch of Bargodam. It is learnt that Ashok had a dispute with the complainants.

According to information available, Gurdas had a minor altercation with Ashok some 15 days ago. Yesterday’s events were reportedly a fallout of the previous altercation.

It is learnt that the accused, who were travelling in a jeep (HR-32A-008) first picked up Babu Khan from Gidrawali village and assaulted him. Gurdas was picked up from an electronics shop in Pinjore and assaulted. He was then thrown out of the jeep.

They later assaulted Harmesh, brother of Gurdas.

The police has registered three separate cases of assault and kidnapping.

These people had gathered near the Secretariat this morning and only dispersed after an assurance by DSP J.P. Dahiya and ASP Vikas Arora that appropriate action would be taken against the accused.



A boon for night birds
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

You feel like relaxing in a five-star setting? Go to Round The Clock Coffee Shop at Hotel Mountview, Sector 10. No need of a tie and black suit. You can even walk in your shorts, straight from the health club across the lawns. Enjoy the verdant extensive lawns, full of flowers as you sip tea/coffee and munch sandwiches and experience the piped music playing in airconditioned environs. Yes no curtains or blinds come in the way of the tables and glass walls separating the shop from the lawns.

But be prepared. All this luxury comes for a price (though not as much as the ‘real’ five-stars). In the absence of any competition, this CITCO-run hotel enjoys the top slot in hospitality in the city. No wonder, international cricketers, film stars, beauty queens and other celebrities, all prefer to check in here.

In fact, it was to fulfil the criteria of this prestigious label that the 24-hour coffee shop was set up in 1993, perhaps the first such venture in the city (today, a couple of more hotels offer this facility). It has indeed come as a boon for the night birds. Besides the adventurous lot, those who drive down here after midnight are usually people wanting to unwind after a late night shift at work, hotel guests landing late in Chandigarh and, at times, a boy wooing his girlfriend with a candle-lit romantic meal.

Lending a modicum of organisation is the division of the menu according to the hours of the day. While breakfast is served from 7.30 am to 10.30 am, mini-meals are available from 1 pm to 3 pm and 8 pm to 11 pm. The midnight menu comes into force after 11 pm. Snacks and beverages are, of course, always ready round-the-clock.

The breakfast menu comprises a nourishing mix of fruit, milk and cereals that ensures you start the day in a great way. By the way, the morning meal is complimentary for the room guests. From a choice of Indian, American and Continental delights, you take a pick of dosa/dade/idli, paratha, poori/pav bhaji, danish pastry, croissants, eggs with ham/sausages and hash brown potatoes, baker’s basket with toast, jam, marmalade or honey to be dipped with tea/coffee/hot cho-colate/juice/lassi/shake. Farm fresh eggs, as you like them and hot/cold cornflakes or porridge are the options for the calorie-conscious.

Daytime favourities include prawn cocktail, chicken tropicana, tempting tureens, sandwiches and burgers as well as the thirst quenchers.

The mini meals (for lunch and dinner) comprise an assortment of veg and non-veg dishes served with rice. The midnight menu are sandwiches, pakoras, eggs, pav bhaji etc.

The food and beverages manager, Mr Praveen Goswami, with a degree from the USA and experience with Le Meridien, Delhi, says that they have been getting a positive feedback from the customers, with the hotel netting a Rs 7 crore profit. While renovations continue off and on, he informed that the on their agenda was the setting up of an eco-friendly garbage disposal system.



Working for rights of common man

ONE of the most outstanding students of Punjab Engineering College, Jitin Talwar, passed out with a degree in mechanical engineering last year. As convener of the Students Council, PEC, Jitin organised PECFEST 2001, coordinated the college’s NSS activities and remained secretary of the PEC speakers club.

Jitin was one of the few PEC students to be picked up by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) through campus selections but Jitin chose to pursue studies in law. Currently doing his first year in law in Panjab University, Jitin says that the reason he opted for law as he feels that there is what he belongs and has the ability to reach the top in the profession. Presently, Jitin is working towards bringing up a Legal Awareness Forum which will raise legal issues and act as a watchdog for the rights of the ordinary people. TNS



Braille remembered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 4
Students of the Institute for the Blind presented colourful items, including patriotic songs, drama and speeches, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Louis Braille here today. Louis Braille invented the Braille script for the education of visually impaired. The manager of the institute highlighted the importance of the day. He said, ''Braille is a system of dots with its help the visually impaired can read and pursue their studies."



Schoolgirl ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
An 18-year-old girl, Jasmine Kaur, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her residence in Sector 28 today, according to the police.

The police said that a suicide note had been recovered from the spot. The note states that she was unable to perform well in two of her plus two class examination papers, as a result of which she was ending her life. She was a student of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20.



1 dead after falling into ditch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
A 35-year-old resident of Palsora, Shankar, was killed after he fell into a ditch along with his bicycle while he was returning home last night. The ditch was reportedly dug during the day while the road was being repaired. The deceased, who was a tailor by profession, was rushed to a hospital in Phase-VI, SAS Nagar, where he was declared brought dead. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

Liquor seized
The police has arrested a resident of Colony No.5, Kani Shah, from the Jail road barrier and recovered 20 pouches of Hero whisky from his possession. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against him.

Driver booked
The police has booked a Haryana Roadways driver, Swaran Singh after a passenger, Suresh Rana, a resident of Kansal, fell from the bus (HR-03-A-0460) near the CITCO petrol pump. The passenger was injured and admitted to the PGI.

Vehicles stolen
A Sector 33 resident, Saninder Singh, has reported that his Hero Honda motorcycle (PCP-8813) has been stolen from his residence. A Sector 22 resident, Himat Kaur, has reported that her LML Vespa scooter (CH-01-U-2420) has been stolen from Bajwara market in Sector 22. The police has registered cases.

A Sector 21 resident, Krishan Dev Vaid, has reported that his shop on the Old Mansa Devi road has been broken into and cash amounting to Rs 10,300 has been stolen. The police has registered a case.


Theft cases
Five cases of theft, including two cases of vehicle theft, have been registered in the district during the past 24 hours.

Mr N.K. Gupta’s car ( HR- 06K- 0007) was stolen from Sector 5 yesterday. Mr Balwant Kumar’s car stereo ( HR-03B- 5399) was reportedly stolen while it was parked near Gymkhana Club on January 1.

In another incident, a woman, Ms Rajkumari, has been accused of stealing power. A case of theft has been registered against her and the UHBVN has imposed a penalty of Rs 15 191 on her.

A number of caboles were reportedly stolen from a showroom in Kiratpur village during the night intervening January 2 and 3. A case under Section 379 of IPC has been registered.

Unknown miscreants are alleged to have stolen the uniform of CPL Anil Kumar and some cash from his quarter in the Western Command Headquarters in Chandi Mandir. A case has been registered in this regard in Police Station Chandi Mandir.

A truck hit a car (CHF- 4900) near the Zirakpur road yesterday. A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered in this regard.





Nippon Audiotronix Limited has tied up with Maruti Udyog Limited for designing, manufacturing and sales promotion for Maruti-Nippon Mobile Security.

The Maruti Mobile Security has features like 2 Button 433.9 MHz remote tansmitter, long-range remote, remote lock/arming remote/unlock/disarming, door/trunk/bonnet protection, personal protection alarm (panic alarm), mute lock/unlock, trunk release, L.E.D. status indicator, personalised pin code, valet mode by remote and switch, permanent siren chirp enable/disable, starter immobiliser etc.

The product is priced at Rs 5,000 for car equipped with central locking and Rs 5,500 for those without central locking. TNS


Stryde has launched a range of shoes inspired by the fashion industry of Tuscany. The shoes are made out of high quality nappa and styled keeping in mind the discerning customers.

After selling to the fashion and quality-conscious markets of western Europe, the USA and Far East for the past 25 years, Tata International Limited is set to revolutionise domestic leather fashion wear industry. TNS


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