Sunday, March 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Zimbabweans shop and chomp
Tribune News Service

The Flower brothers of Zimbabwe — Andy and Grant
The Flower brothers of Zimbabwe — Andy and Grant — and pace bowler Heath Streak, being received with bouquets at a showroom in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

SAS Nagar/Chandigarh, March 9
On the eve of the second one-day tie, the Indian and Zimbabwean teams spent their day in contrasting styles. The Indians remained in the hotel.

The boys from the region spent time with family members and friends who visited them.

On the other hand, members of the visitng team played golf, went to fast food outlet ate pizzas, shopped in Sector 17 and even got pizzas packed for other members.

Both teams went for practice under lights as the game in S.A.S. Nagar tomorrow is a day and night encounter. Both the teams spent close to four hours each.

Ace off spinner, Harbhajan Singh, could be seen doing a workout with his Ranji team mates from Punjab. The Zimbabwe captain, Stuart Carlisle accompanied by the assistant coach, fast bowler Travis Friend and the physio played gold.

Another group went to eat pizzas at a fast food outlet while others shopped.


Power back up ...

The PCA stadium can be fed from three sources to maintain power supply for the day-night game. PCA boss, Inderjit Singh Bindra said there was one supply source from the massive Bhakra power house and another from Ropar Thermal plant and also the routine power supply to the township. In case the first two fail the supply will be diverted from residential areas.

As clouds hovered over the stadium today, the local met office said there was possibility of rain tonight.

The electronic score board will not operate and it was today covered with huge banner by Spice featuring cricketer Harbhajan Singh. Instead two manually operated score boards in opposite direction to each other will work. A huge clock has been put up atop the electronic score board. 

The schedule

Hours of play: Pre-dinner session:2.30 pm to 6 pm

Dinner break: 6.00 pm to 6.40 pm

Post-dinner session: 6.40 pm onwards.

The gates to be thrown open at 1 pm.

Our sports reporter adds from SAS Nagar:

Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, to inaugurate while closing ceremony will be by Lieut-General J.F.R. Jacob (retd), Governor Punjab.

The final XI will be chosen from: India (14 members): Saurav Ganguly (captain), Rahul Dravid, S.S. Das, V.V.S. Laxman, Dinesh Mongia, Mohd Kaif, Sanjay Bangar, Ajay Ratra (WK), Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Sarandeep Singh and Tinu Yohanan.

Zimbabwe (from 12 member): Stuart Carlisle (captain), Alistair Campbell, Douglas Mariller, Andy Flower, Travis Friend, Grant Flower, Heath Streak, Dion Ebrahim, Tatenda Taibu, Gary Brent, Craig Wishart, Douglas Hondo. Umpires: SK Tarapore (Bangalore) and A.Bhattacharjee (Kolkata). Third umpire: C.A. Pratap Kumar (Chennai). Reserve Umpire: V.N. Kulkarni (Bangalore). Match referee: John Reid (New Zealand).



Traffic arrangements

Due to security reasons persons with tickets for gate numbers 3 to 7, 9 and 15 of the PCA Cricket Stadium can approach the venue from Ambwala Chowk while the entry to gate numbers 1, 2, 10, 12 and 14 will be from the Guru Nanak Colony Chowk.

The parking for ticket holders for gate numbers 3 and 9 will be near the Punjab School Education Board in Phase VIII. Ticket holders for gate number 5 will park in the Leisure Valley area or a part of the Sports Complex near the nullah. Parking for gate numbers 1, 2 and 4 will be in the Sports Complex area apposite the stadium. Parking for gate number 15 ticket holders will be in another part of the complex.

Parking for gate numbers 10, 12 and 14 will be in the market area of Phase X. Ticket holders for gate number 9 will park near the residential area behind the stadium. OC


Language jumble in maths paper
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 9
It was a rude shock and confusion for the students appearing for the mathematics examination of Matriculation conducted by the Punjab School Education Board at the local Jain Senior Secondary School, here today.

Due to sheer negligence of the board authorities and the Superintendent of the examination, the students who had opted for Hindi medium were given question papers in Punjabi medium.

There was chaos in the examination hall when the examinees were handed over question papers in Punjabi medium. Moreover, a flying squad, that was present in the school, asked the students to hand-over the ‘‘wrong’’ question papers to them as the squad were arranging the question papers in Hindi for them.

Teachers, who were accompanying the students, complained that the authorities failed to arrange the question papers in Hindi medium and further delayed the student by over half an hour.

Sources said the board authorities had sent lesser number of question papers in Hindi medium to the centre while the question papers in Punjabi medium were in excess.

Mr A.C. Agnihotri, Principal of A.C. National Public School, Zirakpur, revealed that the authorities neither translated the questions in Hindi from Punjabi for the student who were not knowing Punjabi. Moreover, no photocopies of Hindi medium papers were arranged for the affected candidates. The students finally had to attempt the Punjabi medium question paper and answer in Hindi, added Mr Agnihotri.

Parents of the affected students have demanded re-examination of the mathematics paper for the centre.


Legal aid delayed
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, March 9
This is not an isolated incident. There have been many more such cases which challenge the very foundation of the so-called legal-aid system operating in the local courts.

Today the question only became more loud, with three already bailed out women from Madhya Pradesh remaining confined in jail for 22 additional days in the absence of a surety in their favour. For Sangita, Ram Kali and Pappu Bai, it was just another spell of punishment, but it was a blot in the face of the state and its legal aid system.

The three women were returned to Burail Jail for 22 days simply because no legal aid counsel came forward to help them when help was required. After the bail orders were announced by the court, the essential bail security, which had to be furnished by counsels recruited and paid by the state, remained missing, resulting in “avoidable confinement” of these women and a violation of their fundamental right to liberty.

The accused were in judicial custody since their arrest on January 22, 2001. Sangita (50), Ram Kali (40), Pappu Bai ( 35) were granted bail on February 14, but they remained in judicial custody till today in the absence of surety by the state counsel.

Pappu Bai, a resident of Rushiya village police station Purwai, district Badisha, Madhya Pardesh and other two were arrested by the city police on January 22, 2001 under section 15 of the NDPS Act, and they had been in judicial custody since then. The police had claimed that it had recovered 51 kg poppy husk from the possession of the three.

A legal-aid cell had also been made operational in the model Burail Jail on November 9, last year with a view to provide effective and timely legal assistance to inmates informed the Superintendent of the jail, Mr D.S. Ranna. He added that the legal cell in the jail had been established with a view to provide effective and meaningful legal assistance.

But in this case things seem to be the other way round. Release orders of the three were sent to the jail after their relatives came from Madhya Pradesh and arranged surety for them. The three were released after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25, 000 each.

One of their relatives, Meena, while talking to this correspondent said the three belonged to very poor families. She added “Pappu Bai, is a mother of two girls and son and the parents of her husband are old. They are not in good condition to look after the children”.

The Supreme Court judgement in a Hussainara Khatoon Vs State of Bihar case for “rights to legal aid” for needy people had ruled that without legal aid a person suffering from economic or other disabilities would be deprived of the opportunity to secure justice. The right to free legal service is therefore clearly an essential ingredient of fair and just procedure and must be held implicit in the guarantee of Article 21(Life and Liberty).


Brainstorming session on India’s vitality
P.P.S. Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
When a galaxy of celebrities engage in cerebral exercise to understand the vitality of a nation, exploring its strengths and weaknesses, one does not expect ego-sparks to fly but looks for signs of pollination of ideas.

That is precisely what one saw on the opening day of a two-day brainstorming session on ‘’ Vitality of India’’ at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) in collaboration with the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies. CRRID Director, Rashpal Malhotra, introduced the subject.

A virtual who’s who of India — scientists, economists, sociologists, agriculturists, historians, politicians and bureaucrats—participated to find answers to vexing and vital questions: Where does India stand in the comity of nations? Where is India headed for? Does it have the potential and dynamism to live, develop and power for continuing to move forward? etc.

The discussion was initiated by Dr Armand Clesse, Director of the Luxembourg Institute, who explained the concept of the project and also why india was selected. Vitality can be used for the success or failure of a nation and numerous challenges it faced enabling it to support life through tangible assessment of physical and mental energies.

Dr Raja Ramanna, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Member, Atomic Energy Commission, who chaired the session, dwelt on the theme by including the role and influence of science, religion and spirituality on vitality. He re-traced the path India has covered since Independence and challenges it had faced, heights it had scaled and technologies it had adapted to give the nation and its people vitality to survive and sustain.

But Historian, Prof. V N Dutta, Director, Centre for Studies in Global Change, Dr Bhabani Sen Gupta and Director, Institute of Economic Growth, University Enclave, Delhi, Dr B B Bhattacharaya, presented opposite view. They expressed concern on—Why India had one-third population living below the poverty-line? Why widespread illiteracy and poor human resource development? Why the sorry state of science? Why nervousness is creeping everywhere? Why the sense and essence of time is missing? Why nation is caught in the web of uncivil wars? Is it not a shame to have occurrences like those in Gujarat? What is India and what is Bharat?

Dr Gupta said, ‘’Yes, India has vitality —vitality in the ability to survive’’.

The distinguished participants, drawn from multiple-disciplines shared concerns, aspirations, expectations and exasperation, trying to reach consensus in the light of sociologist, Dr Andre Beteille’s question of how ‘vitality’ is to be identified, defined and measured. He wanted to understand the ‘’focus’’ of the session. And there were scholars like Prof. M. Zuberi, who eulogised the atomic implosion done by India. Some women participants wondered when the rights conferred on women would be translated into action. Some wanted serious introspection.

The brainstorming session presented many mixed views, rich in content, low on rhetoric. There were moments of euphoria and despondency depending upon the issues raised by the participants, who spoke on the diversities and disparities, potentiality and weaknesses of India. But one could see common refrain emerging, despite the line down the middle that divided the gathering, that India during its dynamic transition from hierarchical society to a democratic society has seen conflicts but faced the same with fortitude. Such turbulences were but understandable. Yet, India continues to move forward.

Some of the participants were Dr Sergei Ivanovic, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow University, MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, Chairperson, Public Enterprises Selection Board, Mr T.K.A. Nair, former PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr G.S. Kalkat, Mr Salman Haider, Mr P.H. Vaishnav, Prof. R.P. Bambah, Mr D.S. Bains, Mr H.I.S. Grewal, Prof. K.L. Tuteja, Prof. Bharti Warivwalla and several others.


More flights to South Africa
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
In another step towards the promotion of tourism, South Africa is planning to increase the number of flights between Mumbai and Johannesburg shortly. The fastest growing tourist destination in the world offers excellent investment opportunities in tourism related projects, said Mr D.K. Pillai, Deputy High Commissioner, while addressing a seminar on tourism organised by the South African High Commission here today.

Highlighting the tourist attractions in SA, he said Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Pretoria, Capetowm, Sun City, Louis Trichardt,Blyde River Canyon Natural Reserve, Pilgrim’s Rest, Barberton, the Garden Route, Hermanus, Durban, The Wild Coast and various other splendours of SA would be any tourist’s dream destinations.

He said the surge in demand throughout tourism chain had put pressure on South Africa’s existing capacity, inspiring a flurry of development of new conventional and sectional titled hotels, serviced executive apartments, lodges, golf estates and wild life friendly tourist accommodation. International investment in this sector had been substantial and the government there is encouraging the same, he added.

Investment opportunities present a very positive scenario with the long term growth prospects for domestic tourism being excellent as the sector will benefit from expanding income base of the emerging black middle class . “The fastest growing sector within the industry is eco-tourism, which has tremendous investment and development potential, while adventure, conference, cultural and sports tourism offer exciting growth opportunities”.

While around 25,000 tourists from India visit SA every year, there are attractive tourist packages available and we plan to add many more shortly to promote tourism inflow, he said.

The Minister for Arts, Culture and Sports, Limpopo Province, Ms M.R. Semenya, said cultural exchange programmes were being actively organised by SA so that people of India and South Africa could know more about their rich traditions and wonderful geographical locations. Ms Maite E Nkoana, High Commissioner to India, also addressed the gathering. 


Morni to have wildlife sanctuary
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
The Government of India has finally given its nod to the Forest and Wildlife Department, Haryana, for creating a wildlife sanctuary at Morni . This proposal had been gathering dust for the past more than one decade.

Well-placed sources in the Forest and Wildlife Department here informed that the stage is all set for notifying the wildlife sanctuary here in lieu of changing the status of two sanctuaries — Saraswati Forest, which falls partly in Kaithal district and partly in Kurukshetra and spread over an area of 4400 hectares; and, in Bada Ban in Jind in an area of 400 hectares. The status of these two sanctuaries will be changed to that of conservation reserves.

The nod from the standing committee of the Indian Board for Wildlife came on February 26, during a meeting of Forest Department officials from various states. Sources in the Forest and Wildlife Department here informed that the committee had met in New Delhi in order to decide on the denotification change of status of as many as 30 wildlife sanctuaries all over the country.

It may be noted that the Apex Court had earlier banned denotification of any forest or wildlife sanctuary in the country. Thus the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has proposed an amendment in the Wildlife Act, in order to add two new categories in forests, inform sources. These are conservation reserves (which are rich in flora and fauna) and community reserves (where the community participates in protecting and enhancing forests).

It is learnt that the issue of developing a sanctuary at Morni was discussed earlier at a meeting of the Indian Board of Wildlife held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister on December 21, 2001. This proposal was then deferred for the next meeting, held on February 26.

Sources inform that the area of the sanctuary proposed at Morni will be approximately 4882 hectares (around 12,000 acres). This area includes Khol Raitan, protected forest area in Belwali, Mandana, Asrewali and Bir Ghaggar. Originally the Wildlife Wing of the Forest Department had earmarked an area of the over 50,000 acres, including 14 different bhojs in Morni. They were, however, asked to shrink the proposed area under the sanctuary to 12,259 acres.

Meanwhile, the Department of Forest has been pressing for the setting up of the sanctuary here as the area has rich flora and fauna. Other than fruit trees, herbs, shrubs and other vegetative growth is also present here. The last Wildlife census, done in the year 1997, has also revealed the presence of leopards, sambhars, wild boars, barking deer, wild boars, jungle foul and a wide variety of birds in this reserved forest.

On the other hand, both Saraswati forest as well as in Bada Ban, both of which are irrigated forests, the cover comprises timber like sheesham, kikkar, eucalyptus et al. The fauna in these forests as well as the terrain is less suitable than in Morni, informed a senior official of the department. 


Women councillors form forum
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The formation of a forum for women councillors from Punjab was announced at the first state convention on ‘Women in urban governance’ here today.

The convention was organised by the Centre for Women Studies of Panjab University in collaboration with the British Council and the Department of Local Governments (Punjab).

A 21-member steering committee will organise the first meeting in SAS Nagar. The details will be worked out under Dr Pam Rajput, director of the centre.

The declaration of the women councillors today recalled ‘ the commitments made at the international conferences at Beijing, Istanbul and the CIDA convention where a large number of women issues figured concerning larger interests, constitutional guarantees, national policy on empowerment of women and on women’s role’.

Dr Veena Nayyar, a member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes and president of the Women’s Political Watch, who was the chief guest on the occasion said there was a need for identification of goals which needed a clear planning in that direction.

Society and nation should be built on vision of equality of man and woman. Both the wheels should move together, she added.

Dr B.C. Gupta, Financial Commissioner (cooperatives), said that women were not at all represented in a large section of the cooperatives. An amendment was needed in the constitution of the co operatives, both at the state and the national level.

Dr Rajput said that women participants told their success stories in the existing conditions, some of them which were purely inspirational.

They also identified barriers and new strategies needed particularly in relation to auditing the budget and gender budgeting.

Prof R.J. Hans Gill, Dean, University Instructions, presided over the function.


Relaxation in NZ immigration rules
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 9
The New Zealand government has relaxed its immigration rules, as a result of which more students can avail themselves of education facilities in New Zealand. This was disclosed by the managing director of a local education centre, Mr Rohit Kumar Gupta, here today.

In a press note, he added that they were concentrating on recruiting students for New Zealand. According to the press note, the director of Aoraki International College in Timaru, New Zealand, Mr Adrian Kerr, said, “New Zealand courses are recognised all over the world, including in the UK, the USA and Canada, for the purpose of procuring a job as well as for further studies.” Mr Kerr was in the city today for meeting educational consultants.

“The number of students from China is increasing in New Zealand day by day. In fact, the number of students from India is also increasing everyday. Indian students are mostly doing courses in business management, computing, automobiles and tourism,” he claimed.

Mr Kerr added that the college staff was providing all kind of support to the students from the beginning. He added that education in New Zealand was cheaper than in Australia. 


Wave pool at Funcity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Funcity will soon have the region’s first wave pool which is being constructed with know-how from ACPL, Mumbai. Waves upto 1.25 metres will be generated and the effect of sea along with beach will be created for the public.

Apart from this lots of new attractions are planned for the public. Special care has been taken of the filtration system. The Technology is being supplied by Novatech, Mumbai, market leaders in filtration technology. Wunder Water, the wet park at funcity will reopen on March 10. Wunder Water consists of five pools, 14 slides, activity pool and lots of other attractions.

The main water slides are multilane white slide, crazy cruise, black typhoon tunnel, mini aqua-trail, float slide, activity pool, splash pool and lazy river.


Advani, Modi ‘should resign’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Veteran freedom fighter and founder president of the Bharatiya Khidmatgar Party Dr Desh Raj Bhangi has urged the Union Home Minister, L.K. Advani and Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi to resign on grounds following riots in Gujarat.

Dr Bhangi said that Mr Advani and Mr Modi had failed to protect lives of hundreds of people killed in riots and they should quit for failure on this front.
He said that seeds for communal riots in Gujarat were sown following Mr Advani’s rath yatra in the 1990s. Dr Bhangi has requested the National Democratic Alliance partners to put pressure on Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee to dismiss the Gujarat Government.


Police team leaves for Mumbai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Chandigarh Police has dispatched a special team to Mumbai to take custody of a murder accused, arrested by the Mumbai Police, a few days ago. The five-member team headed by a Sub-Inspector left today after obtaining production warrants from a local magistrate. The police had received a letter from the Oshi Bara Police Station in Mumbai yesterday, informing it of the arrest.

The accused, Ashish Arora, is wanted by the local police in the case of murder of his brother-in-law Joginder Singh in Sector 23 on September 28 last year.

His brother Sanjay, has already been arrested by the police here. According to the police, the accused is also wanted by the local police in several cases, while he is wanted by the Panchkula Police in 14 other case.


Man dies in truck-car collision
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
A 28-year-old man was killed in a road accident near Chandimandir late last night. He was killed, when his car was crushed by a truck (HP-07-4461), when he was going to get his car refuelled.

Police sources informed that Rajneesh Gupta, a resident of Sector 15 was killed near the crusher zone in Chandimandir around 11.30 p.m. He was reportedly going towards Pinjore in order to get fuel for his car.

The truck driver fled from the spot leaving the truck behind. The police has impounded the truck and a case under Section 279 and 304-A of IPC has been registered.

Girl recovered: A minor girl, who had allegedly been abducted by Shyam Sunder on February 26, has been recovered by the police from Ahemdabad. The accused has been sent on a judicial remand till March 22.

The girl had allegedly eloped with the accused and a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC had been registered. The police had been looking for the two since then and had visited several relatives of the accused in order to trace them. The two had gone to Delhi by bus and then to Ahemdabad by train. They had rented a chawl in Ahemdabad and were staying there.

Car recovered: The police has recovered a car (RJ-13C-2050) from near Durga Nursery in Chandigarh. The car had been stolen from Sector 17 and belonged to Mr Anshul Goel.

Burglary: Unknown miscreant (s) allegedly broke into the shop of Mr Hira Lal in Budanpur on the intervening night of March 7 and 8 escaped with cash and goods. A case under Section 380 and 457 of the IPC has been registered.

Robbery: Mr Lalit Verma has accused Rakesh, Manu and Shamsher of robbing him of a mobile phone and Rs 4000 cash. The accused had threatened him with a knife. The police has registered a case in this regard.


One killed: A 32-year old person, Arvind Kumar, was killed after being knocked down by a scooter near the Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra today. The deceased, an employee of the Punjab Food and Supplies Department, is the son of an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the local police. The police has arrested the scooterist, Mohan Singh,a resident of Sector 7 and registered a case against him.

Foetus recovered: The police recovered a 4-5 month foetus from a pile of garbage in Palsora today. Based on the complaint of Bhola Ansari, a resident of the same colony, the police has registered a case.

Assaulted: Sushil Kumar, a dry cleaner in Mani Majra, has complained that he was thrashed by a special police officer (SPO) on the security detail of a DIG with the Punjab Police. The complainant has alleged that he was beaten up by Pan Singh after a dress belonging to the DIG’s wife was said to have been damaged during dry cleaning. The DIG, Mohammad Mustafa, is residing in Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra. The police has registered a DDR and are writing to the Punjab Police to initiate action against the SPO.

Two held: In different incidents, the police has arrested two persons for bootlegging. A resident of Khamano, Jasbir Singh was arrested from the Sector 17 ISBT and 200 pouches of Hero Whisky were recovered from his possession, while Kashmira Singh, a resident of Palsora, was arrested near the Sector 35 petrol pump with 32 pouches in his possession. Separate cases under the Excise Act have been registered against them.

Stolen: Rajesh Sharma, a resident of Mani Majra, has reported that his servant, Sunil Mishra stole Rs 14,000 in cash and 25 milk crates from his shop in the same locality. The police has registered a case and has launched a manhunt for the accused, a resident of Machilla village in Uttar Pradesh.

Snatching: Kala Rani Singla, a resident of Sector 38, has reported that an unknown scooterist snatched a locket from her neck while she was watering plants outside her house. The police has registered a case.

Car stolen: Pardeep Kumar, a resident of Panchkula, has reported that his car (HAG 2803) has been stolen from Sector 17. The police has registered a case in this regard.

11 held: The police today arrested 11 persons, including seven women, from Palsora for allegedly blocking traffic and creating a nuisance in a public place. According to sources, they have been booked under Sections 107 and 151 of the Indian Penal Code. A fight between two women, which snowballed into a controversy among the locals is said to be the cause of the fracas. 


ATM inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Mr P.R. Sankaranarayanan, Executive Director of Federal Bank, today inaugurated the bank’s first ATM here.

“This is in tune with the bank’s mission of massive expansion in computerisation and providing the latest of benefits to the customers”, he said. The bank currently has 28 ATMs and has embarked upon an ambitious plan to establish a network of inter-connected online ATMs to 50 by June this year through a central switch, said Mr Sankaranarayanan.

“With this”, he said, “the bank will be able to offer anytime anywhere banking services to its customers and it will also supplement the bank’s existing Internet and mobile banking services”. Using the in-house developed secure technology platform, the bank is geared to offer instant electronic funds transfer facility through its countrywide network, he said.

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