Saturday, March 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Cricketers arrive for a game
Tribune News Service

Zimbabwean all-rounder Douglas Marillie
Zimbabwean all-rounder Douglas Marillie

Chandigarh/SAS Nagar, March 8
Indian and Zimbabwean cricket teams arrived today for their second one day match, a day-and-night event on Sunday, amidst tight security and the usual hustle and bustle associated with cricket teams.

The visitors went in for a formal net practice at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium at SAS Nagar, while the Indian team will practice at 9 am tomorrow. The Zimbabweans will go for a round of golf led by their Aussie coach, Geoff Marsh. The revelation by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that Saurav Ganguly was on the hit list had its own affect as security men threw a ring around the Indian captain.

Members of the two teams were accorded a traditional welcome on reaching the Airport and later at Hotel Mountview. The PCA Stadium here has been spruced up for the match, said the PCA Secretary, Mr Mohinder Pratap Pandove.

Visiting team skipper Stuart Carlisle in an informal chat with reporters here said morale of his team was high after a sensational victory over India in the first one day match at Faridabad yesterday. “My team members have good coordination. Their morale is very high,’’ he said when asked how he felt loosing the two Test match series but winning the opening one-day match.

He said the absence of Sachin Tendulkar from the Indian side would definitely give an edge to his team. He said Sachin was a class batsman by himself. He was yet to see the PCA pitch. However, team coach Geoff Marsh described it as good for batsmen and the bowlers alike.

The visiting captain said he faced no problem with umpiring during the two Test matches and the one day match. In reply to a question, he said changes, if any, in the team that won the Faridabad match would be decided after going through the ground conditions. “We will consider’’, he replied when asked whether Douglas Marillier, who helped them win the Faridabad match, would be upgraded. The two teams first drove from the Airport to Hotel Mountview. After a brief rest, the team reached the stadium in SAS Nagar here for net practice.

Arvind Katyal adds: As the floodlights were switched on, the visitors seemed thrilled to see it glow once again. Young boys outside the gate no. 8 were seen jostling with each other to have a glimpse of some of their favourites from the Zimbabwe team. One of them was heard saying, “Oye oh hai Taibu, chota jeha” (look there is Taibu, the short one). Taibu, the youngest member at 19, was likely to be the darling of the team when it plays on Sunday. Taibu had captained the Zimbabwe under-19 team in the World Cup under-19 meet. Media manager Love More held a long and interesting conversation with Mr Sushil Kapoor, the liaison officer of the Zimbabwe team, on Hindi vocabulary. The visitors were seemingly excited to see the movement of planes flying over the ground. 



The scoop man 

If there was one celebrity at the PCA ground today, it was Douglas Marillier, who virtually scooped Zimbabwe to an all time great win against India in Faridabad yesterday. The moment he landed at the Airport, curious onlookers and even former cricketers could be heard asking: ‘‘Woh scoop wala banda kaun hai’’. (Who is the one who scoops the ball). Marillier, an unknown figure in International cricket, used an unconventional scoop to score the win. The player did not disappoint as he practiced the scoop today much to the delight of photographers who clicked every move. Former cricketers could be seen carefully watching his foot movement while playing his peculiar shot.



Fracas on PU campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
A major fracas broke out on Panjab University campus after supporters of two students groups, armed with sharp-edged weapons and rods, clashed with each other near the Students Centre this evening.

Several persons sustained injuries and had to be taken to the Sector 16 General Hospital for treatment. Injured were identified as Vikramjit, a student of the law department, Jasjit Singh, Kanwar Pal and Bhim Singh. Vikramjit suffered injuries on his head and back, while Bhim Singh sustained hand injuries.

According to eye-witnesses, there was a complete chaos and terror for about half an hour around the Students Centre, despite the reported presence of the university’s Chief of security, Mr R.K. Singh, and other members of the PU security staff at the scene.

The incident occurred at around 4 pm when an argument between supporters of PUSU and SOPU snowballed into a fracas with swearing and abuses being hurled at each other. Swords, sticks and rods were brandished as each side challenged the other.

Eyewitness said just as the scene appeared to cool down and the warring factions began to back off, one of those present hit a member of the opposite faction with a ‘gandasa’ and things flared up again.

For the next several minutes it was virtually a free-for-all melee. Those who had no weapons picked up soft drink bottles, while some used brooms as weapons. Shopkeepers downed their shutters and all those not involved in the melee, especially a large number of girls, fled the spot.

The police later recovered two swords that had been left behind from the spot.

Eyewitnesses add that a large number of those involved were outsiders.

University sources say that members of SOPU had yesterday staged a dharna outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor, where some supporters of PUSU had come over and an argument had ensued.

Later, SOPU supporters lodged a complaint with the police against a number of PUSU members, including the PUSU president



Clear fee dues, have roll numbers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Panjab University is planning to issue roll numbers only to candidates who first clear their fee dues.

Besides the annual university budget, this issue is also likely to come up at the syndicate meeting scheduled later this month, reliable sources said. The proposal reads that ‘roll number cards may not be issued to the candidates unless they deposit their examination fee in full by the prescribed date’.

A final decision in this regard would save inconvenience to scores of candidates each year whose results are not declared due to non-clearance of fees. The Vice-Chancellor has recommended that in case of ‘Result Late’ due to non-clearance of fees, the exact amount of the fee that a student was required to pay should also be shown on the result gazette instead of ‘RL (Fee)’ only. This would save students of rounds to the administrative block.

The syndicate will also consider a committee proposal that ‘candidates who have appeared in various university examination up to September-October 1999 and not paid the required examination fee should be given three more months to clear their dues. It has been recommended that results of students who fail to clear their accounts by three months should be cancelled.

A Circular will be forwarded to the principals of affiliated colleges and a notice (without a separate intimation) will also be given to the press. The university plans to fix a maximum limit of two years (applicable to post 1999 cases) to clear their dues before the declaration of results. A three-month warning will be issued before the results were cancelled on the basis of non-clearance of fee dues.

Panjab University plans to set up a five to seven member committee to monitor the expenditure to be incurred under the College Development Council fund. 



Talks, talks, talks...
International Women’s Year
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 8
Discussions, seminars and talks on women empowerment, besides blood donation camps and street plays were today organised by NSS volunteers and other organisations in different parts of the city on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Students discussed rights, duties and liabilities of women during a discussion on ‘Woman in power’’ organised by the NSS unit of Sanatan Dharam College. The chief guest, Dr A C Vaid, advised the students to work for the progress and prosperity of the women community. ‘‘The respect and dignity of women should be the prime object for a developing nation,’’ he asserted. The function concluded with presidential remarks by Vice-Principal Meena Prabhakar who lauded the role of students. NSS volunteers of Punjab Engineering College also celebrated the Women’s Day with a discussion on the current status of women in society.

NSS volunteers of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, meanwhile, organised a cultural programme. The NSS Director, Dr C L Narang, who was the chief guest, made girls aware of their rights and the need for education as means of achieving their goals. The college Principal, Ms Harinderjit, appreciated the efforts put in by the volunteers and encouraged them to take up such activities in future also so as to improve the status of women. A cultural function was also organised by the NSS unit of Sector 46 Government Postgraduate College.

In Sector 20 Government College of Education, NSS volunteers and other students presented songs highlighting the problems faced by women in day-to-day existence. A comparison was also drawn between the difficulties faced by the urban and the rural women. College Principal Surinder Kaur Tangri appreciated the courage and understanding shown by some of the prominent women of today’s times.

The Principal of Sector 33 Government Model and Senior Secondary School talked about the role of ‘Women at home, society and in the country’. He said society was indebted to women who played a vital role in every person’s life. An essay writing and poster-making competition was also organised.

An inter-college declamation contest was organised at the Sector 11 Government College for Girls. The topics included ‘Women Empowerment — panacea for all ills’, ‘World would come to a standstill without Her’, ‘Female foeticide — a mother kills her daughter’, besides ‘Man-woman ratio — an imbalance’.

Over 226 units of blood were donated during a camp held at the Institute of Engineering and Technology. A paper-reading contest on ‘Empowering women through professional education’ and other topics was also organised.

The President of Footpath Workers Rozgar Bachao Samiti, Mr Ramesh Kumar Chandolia, organised a talk. Addressing a gathering, he said, ‘‘The government should take care of the downtrodden women. They should be given shelter, financial help, pension, free medical treatment and employment.’’

Concern over the problems being faced by women was expressed by Reader of Inderprasath College in New Delhi Dr Dalbir Kaur who was the chief guest at a function held by the Federation of UT Employees and Workers at Gandhi Samarak Bhavan in Sector 16. The function was inaugurated by federation's general secretary Bhagmal Rana.

A day-long workshop on citizens’ rights and law enforcement, with special focus on women, was conducted at Block Development Office complex in Majri village. It was organised by the Institute of Development and Communication in collaboration with the Department of Social Security, along with the Punjab’s Women and Child Development Department.

The participants included more than 150 sarpanches, block parmukhs, teachers, anganwadi workers and community leaders. The CDPO of Majri Block, Mr Harjeet Mahi, while elaborating upon the significance of the International Women’s Day, asserted that the government should take initiative for promoting collaborative ventures through umbrella schemes for improving quality of women’s life.

A seminar was organised on ‘Socio-economic status of Indian women and female foeticide’ at Raipur Khurd. This was organised by the Surya Foundation. Ms Madhavi Kataria, Director Social Welfare, was the chief guest.

Meanwhile, fruits and sweets were distributed to the inmates of home for destitute girls in Sector 15 by the Divya Anand Cultural Organisation. The Chandigarh Police too organised a number of events with the help of different departments and agencies. Declamation contests, workshops and street plays were among the major events. A workshop on ‘Societal stress — effects and cures’ was also organised at the Police Headquarters in the afternoon. The topics included ‘Women under stress’, ‘Spiritual insights into stress management’, ‘Couples and stress’, besides ‘‘Cures of stress’.

Sixty-year-old Kasturi was visibly impressed by the wide roads and clean environs on her maiden visit to the City Beautiful. Though she has spent the major part of her life, barely 45 km away from here in a nondescript village, Kakrali, she had never visited the place. Kasturi was among the 30-odd women from this village, who were brought here to celebrate Woman’s Day. This was done as part of the Comprehensive Health Service Programme by the Department of Community Medicine, PGI, Chandigarh. 



Hitting upon hypocrisy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
As always, the underlying message of plays of Sardar Gursharan Singh presented today at Tagore Theatre was social justice. The first presentation, brought jointly by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sahit Chintan and Chandigarh School of Drama, was titled ‘Kamlo’.

Based on Dharam Pal Sahil’s story ‘Insaaf’, the play was the story of a girl who molested by a boy belonging to an upper class.

Traversing various paths, the plot finally talks of the determination with which the lead character Kamlo fights out her battle. In the process she is to battle out not only her own family but also the police and other members of society, who pressurise her to give way.

The story was strengthened with performances by Mandeep Singh, Sunny Singh, Satnam Nagra, Bhawana, Pritima, Amrit, Jagjit, Jai Tang, Rakesh and Bashir.

The second play ‘Rakhdi Day’ also conveys the message of social equality in a very subtle manner.

The script reflects male tendency of making it good whenever there is a chance.

The story rests on two characters — the boss and his woman employee. The boss invites her over for a dinner on his birthday, but the girl shows him the door by presenting him a ‘rakhdi’.

The play featured Bhawana, Sandeep, Jai Tang and Gour Sharma.



Serving for four decades at city centre
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

You just couldn’t have missed it. Chandigarhians, whether old or new, will at once place Kwality Restaurant and Pub, Sector 17. Situated right in the heart of the shopping centre (adjoining the Bata showroom in the Neelam cinema row), one must have passed by it umpteen times. So much so, that you almost don’t notice. And why not? Been there since 1955, it’s one of the first few restaurants that came up in this city designed by Le Corbusier. In fact, those who’ve done their schooling in Chandigarh through the 70s and 80s, like me, will have pleasant memories associated with Kwality. Given the propensity of kids’ liking for licking edibles such as toffees and ice-creams, you’ll probably excuse me for remembering it as a joint where one got the creamy softy. A trip to Sector 17, whether to buy books, shoes or clothes, always held the promise and attraction of the frozen dessert dripped out of the nozzle of the machine in a snaky fashion to fill the biscuit cone — at affordable rates, no matter how large your group may be. That the practice continues to this day is not an exaggeration. The only difference is, today there are so many more joints offering the same stuff. Yes, Kwality was the first to introduce this melt-in-your-month stuff, in a convenient kiosk outside the restaurant in 1970. It’s just as well that the Lamba family pioneered this concept here. After all, it’s their uncle who runs the popular Kwality Ice-cream in Delhi (now, in collaboration with Wall’s). That, perhaps, also explains the name of the restaurant.

Those who have not visited the eatery would be familiar with its cuisine through its catering service. The Kwality and Grand caterers serve not only the UT, but also Punjab and Haryana. Their base kitchen is in the Industrial Area. Call 387191 or 98140-10237 to book orders at Rs 250 to Rs 400 per plate.

Elaborating on the changing eating habits, Mr S.K. Lamba, who has been into this business with his father and brother Vinod since its inception and is now joined by his son and nephew, says the youngsters are taking to fast food and pizzas in a big way. But Kwality remains a mainly family restaurant, minus the hype and hoopla of loud music, TV sets and pool tables dotting the joint.

The only changes they have made over the years are some renovations in the decor (a colourful band of tiles running along the middle of the walls and stained glass painting) as also adding Chinese and continental snacks and meals to their Indian menu. In 1996, draught beer came on the tables as Kwality got the license for a pub even as light classical music whets your appetite. Their chana-bhaturas remain the favourite with the clientele, despite the additions.

However, while it is good to keep up with the good old times, the Lambas could do well to spruce up their joint a bit more. For example, fresh flowers on the table make a better impact than the plastic ones. And may be, napkins could be laundered to a cleaner stiffness and the red fly swap on the cash counter kept somewhere in the drawer.



Ex-News Editor of Dainik Tribune dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Mr Joginder Bhatia, veteran journalist and former News Editor of the Dainik Tribune, died here today after a prolonged illness. He was 70 and had not been keeping well for almost two years.

Mr Bhatia was operated upon in the PGI, last year, but his condition started deteriorating after some time. He had to be admitted to a private nursing home at SAS Nagar on Tuesday where his condition worsened today. Finally he breathed his last at 7.50 a.m. He leaves behind, besides his wife, son and a daughter, both married.

Born on January 4, 1932 at Montgomrie, now in Pakistan, Mr Bhatia started his career in Urdu daily of Jalandhar. Later he shifted to another Jalandhar daily Vir Pratap (Hindi). He joined the Dainik Tribune, Chandigarh in August, 1978 and retired as New Editor in January, 1992. After retirement he continued contributing to the Dainik Tribune and handled two popular columns Jawab Hazir Hai and “Chitra Hamare, Samvad Tumhare”.

Mr Bhatia's funeral today was largely attended. Mr Vijay Saihgal, Editor, Dainik Tribune, Mr Radhey Shyam Sharma, former Editor, Dainik Tribune, Mr Ashok Malik (Chandigarh Journalists Association), Mr Vinod Kohli (Tribune Journalists Guild) and Mr Virendra Singh (Chandigarh Union of Journalists) paid floral tributes to Mr Bhatia. Mr Balbir Singh Jandu, president, The Tribune Employees Union and a large number of journalists and other employees of The Tribune Group of Newspapers, besides relatives and friends were present at the time of cremation.



CBI charge-sheets 2 Punjab officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 8
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charge-sheeted two officials posted in the office of the Punjab Accountant General (AG) for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from anganwadi workers.

According to the charge sheet, filed before a special CBI Judge by Inspector M L Kaushal yesterday, Audit Officer R K Singh and Assistant Audit Officer Prabhat Kumar had demanded Rs 10,000 from anganwadi workers of Ferozepore district in return for preparing a favourable audit report for their department.

Following a complaint filed by one of the workers, Saroj Rani, CBI sleuths then laid a trap and nabbed the accused persons red handed, while accepting the said amount.

They have been booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act as well as Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy.

It is further learnt that the AG’s office has also initiated departmental action for levying major penalty against the duo.

Assaulted: A Sector 20 resident, Paramjit Singh, was assaulted by several persons with sharp-edged weapons late this night. He was taken to the GMCH, Sector 32. The victim sustained injuries on his arms.

Man booked for fraud: The police has booked a resident of Sector 40 after the manager of Canara Bank’s Sector 40 branch reported that the accused allegedly produced fake documents for obtaining a car loan for Rs 3.6 lakh in March 2000. The manager further stated that the accused had only deposited two installments of Rs 10,000 each so far. The police has registered a case under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code for cheating, forgery and conspiracy.

Case registered: Palsora resident Nasib Singh has reported that Sat Pal, whose address is not known, had taken Rs 6,000 from him on pretext of providing him with employment. The complainant added that the accused had failed to arrange a job for and and also had not returned his money. The police has registered a case.

Rickshaw-puller held: The police has arrested a resident of Lucknow, Surinder Kumar, for plying his rickshaw on wrong side of a road near the sector 17 ISBT. A case has been registered against him for causing danger and obstructing public way.



Woman crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 8
A 38 -year- old helmetless woman scooterist was crushed to death by a bus near the bus stand this morning. Her two daughters were also injured in this accident.

Ms Sarabjit Kaur, accompanied by her two daughters - Charanjit Kaur, alias Tina (15) and Sukhmani Kaur (8), was going on a Kinetic Honda (HR-03D- 2725) around 11 am today. None of these victim were wearing a helmet. A Haryana Roadways bus (HR- 68- 0648), which was coming from Shakti Bhavan in Sector 6, was following this scooter .

The accident took place on the road dividing Sector 5 and Sector 9. Ms. Sarabjit Kaur, who was heading towards the Sector 9 market, reportedly took a turn for Sector 9. However, she lost the balance of the scooter. The bus, which was trying to overtake the scooter from the right- hand side, crushed the Kinetic with the central verge of the road. Police sources say that while Sarabjit Kaur died on the spot, her daughters were seriously injured.

They were rushed to the local Civil Hospital, where Ms Sarabjit was declared dead and Charanjit was referred to PGI, Chandigarh. The other girl, Sukhmani was given preliminary treatment .

The driver of the bus, Prem Singh, has been arrested. A case under sections 279 and 304-A of IPC has been registered against him.

The husband of the deceased, Mr Gurdev Singh, is working in Dera Bassi and was off to work , when the accident took place. A five-year-old son of the deceased had been left behind at their Sector 7 residence, when the victims had gone out. 


Youth’s body found
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, March 8
The body of a youth, hanging from a tree, was found by the police in the Leisure Valley here last evening.

The body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, for postmortem, which was done today. The viscera has been sent for chemical examination to Patiala.

It is learnt that the body was swollen, discoloured and was emitting foul smell. It appeared as if the death had taken place about a few days ago. Some strangulation marks were also found.

It is reported that the body of the deceased was identified by an uncle of the victim, who lives in Colony No 5 of Chandigarh. According to reports, Ramesh who was about 25 years old, had a tiff with one of his neighbours on March 3 and since then he was missing from the colony. It is also reported that the neighbour had threatened him with dire consequences.

However, the police had handed over the body to the Civil Hospital last night stating it to be a case of an unidentified person.



Immigration agent clarifies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
An Australian immigration agent, Robert K. Chellliah, against whom the local police has registered a case for allegedly attempting to defraud a number of persons on the pretext of sending them abroad, yesterday maintained that his company in Chandigarh is a legal entity and he is a registered migration agent.

In a statement issued through his lawyer, he has maintained that all his cases are totally transparent and open to scrutiny by the authorities. He added that none of the complainants against him have complained to the Australian High Commission or verified the facts from him or the High Commission.



Hazardous polythene: 5 arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The Medical Officer Health (MOH), Dr G.C. Bansal, here today booked five people for using hazardous polythene. Dr Bansal, along with other officials, also raided certain establishments in Sector 7 but nothing was recovered. Two each of those booked today belonged to Sector 26 and Industrial Area Phase-I and one from Colony number 4.



Prizes for car contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Maruti Udyog Limited will organise Maruti Treasure Trail, a contest, in the city on Sunday. It will be open for only Alto and Wagon-R owners and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The first prize to be won is a kitty of Maruti Genuine Accessories (MGA), second prize is a car stereo with remote control and third prize is a car security system. Consolation prizes will also be given to women winners and senior citizens.

The cars will be flagged off from the Lake Club by the UT Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral. The treasure trail is a combination of navigation skills, safe driving and fuel efficiency of the participant’s car. On Saturday, registration of participants and briefing of the event will be done at the Lake Club.

On March 10, the vehicles will be flagged off one by one starting at 8 a.m. A route map, tulip chart and vital clues for the treasure trail will be handed over to each participant. Each participant is expected to cover a distance of about 75 km in and around Chandigarh and they are expected to touch all checkpoints.

Specially appointed marshalls of MUL will check the time taken, distance covered and speed adhered to in keeping with the speed limits fixed by the traffic police. In the end, the total time, distance covered and average speed of each participant will be compared with the ideal timing and whoever is closest to it will be declared the winner. People who either drive fast or slow may earn adverse points. Each participant will get a tank full before the flag off and the total rally time will be a maximum of three hours.

The weightage for the various parameters is 30 per cent to mileage, 20 per cent each for time, speed and distance, besides 10 per cent for feedback.


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