Thursday, March 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Power cuts go, shortage remains
Tribune News Service

New situation

* No peak-load-hour restrictions for industrial consumers.
* No half-hour rotational power cuts.
* No staggering of weekly off days in Industrial area.
* Admn wants its 2 per cent power quota restored.
* Admn seeks 20 MW more for city’s summer need.
* If power is not give, rotational power cuts will return.
* Power capacity at Bhakra will go up from Sunday; good for city.

Chandigarh, March 13
The Chandigarh Administration withdrew restrictions on power usage in the city here today, but sought an additional 38 MW power from the Centre for the city’s need in summer.

The restrictions imposed in January will remain withdrawn till April 30 in view of the changed weather conditions and comfortable power-supply position, an Administration spokesperson said here today.

After the changes made today, the peak-load-hour restrictions on industrial consumers in Phases I and II of the Industrial Area from 6 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm has been withdrawn.

Half-hour rotational power cuts from 7 am to 11 am in city are also over. The staggering of weekly off days for industrial consumers in Phases I and II of the Industrial Area goes as well.

The relaxations are good till April 30, when the power-supply position in comparison with the allocation will be reviewed. The Engineering Department of the Administration said discipline showed by consumers had helped the department maintain grid discipline at the time of restrictions.

The Administration has asked the Union Power Ministry to restore 2 per cent quota for it, that comes out to be about 18 MW. The Centre had allocated about 2 per cent of the power from its non-allocated quota of 900 MW.

This was withdrawn in October, 2001, and as winter became harsh, the power was diverted to Jammu and Kashmir. The city’s peak requirement in summer is close to 190 MW and it manages with about 158 MW. The shortfall means imposing rotational power cuts in residential areas and staggering weekly offs in the Industrial Area.

Besides this, The Administration has also sought 20 MW additional power. The power generation capacity at Bhakra will increase from this Sunday, which is good news for the city that receives 3.5 per cent of all power generated there.


225 students get degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
Over 225 graduates were conferred degrees at the convocation and prize distribution function of the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today.

The awards of honour for excellence in academics went to Kavita Singh, and Shivani Garg for the BA and BCA streams. The roll of honour for excellence in sports went to Nirmala, while 24 outgoing sportswomen were given college colours. The rolls of honour for excellence in cultural activities were bagged by Simmi Ahuja (B.Com), Meghna Rana (BA III) and Deepshikha Malhotra (B.Com).

The NCC best cadet award went to Pooja and awards for best NCC wing were given to Kanchan (BA III), Roopa Kapoor (BA II), and Ravina Kapoor (B.Com) in the categories of Army, Navy and Air Force. Smriti Paul of BA III was adjudged best cadet in the NSS category.

In sports, Sharanjeet (BA III) was adjudged best athlete and Amandeep got the award of best sportswoman for winning seven awards in various inter-college championships of Panjab University. A former student of the college, Ms Harpreet Kaur, a PCS officer, gave away the prizes.

In his address, the chief guest, Mr R.S. Gujral, Home Secretary, called upon the students to aspire, excel and give their best to whatever they do.

Earlier, the Principal, Dr Harinderjit Kaur, welcomed the chief guest and read out the college report highlighting the achievements of various departments.


Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet come to town
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
As a rare treat for the city, prints of European masters, Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Monet have been unveiled at Art Folio in Sector 9, so lovers of art can prepare to sample the exotic fare.

The reprints have been arranged by Epiques, a division of Archies which has for the past 20 years, been dealing with vendors of art in Europe but only now decided to bring the reprints of European masters to various art galleries of India. In the collection, which opens tomorrow, are about 60 reprints of Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Monet and another contemporary artist, Kessler.

‘Hang Picasso’, as the ensemble has been fondly titled, predominantly features prints of original works by the master — including his famous nudes. A walk through the gallery served to remind the visitor of Picasso’s oft quoted remark, “I wish I could paint like a child.”

In fact, two of the prints on display revel in child’s innocence and could easily be mistaken to have been painted by a child. Rest of the reprints are about Picasso — the man and his moods. From Picasso to Vincent Van Gogh, the ensemble offers a wonderful experience to those who feel attached to art. Van Gogh’s sunflowers, lilies and many other works are now here for the public to view and even to take home. Monet’s prints also feature in all their majesty. The precision of prints is striking and one if left wondering over what the real work would be like.

Representing Epiques in the city today was Youhan Darrab Aria, chief officer, Logistics and Finance, Archies. He talked of the company’s passion for art, which was the inspiration behind this project of a rare order. He said, “The idea here is to contribute to the enrichment of the art scene in the country.

Our decision to enter the art print field is very recent. It was timed with Picasso’s show in Delhi. Although we had been dealing with art vendors in Europe for long, we will now be dealing with them at a different level. Such shows will be pursued with passion.

The first exhibition of reprints held in India Habitat Centre, Delhi in January was a roaring success.”

The achievement is noticeable, especially in view of the fact that getting reprints of masters like Picasso is almost next to impossible. One may find some, but at the cost of quality. In the present collection the frames have been done in two different styles.

Informed Aria, “They are from two different vendors. At present we are dealing in reprints with four European vendors — one each from England, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.”

From Chandigarh the show will be taken to Mumbai. 


JCT electronics lockout: workers stage protest
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, March 13
A temporary lockout was declared by JCT Electronics Ltd., even as workers staged a protest in front of the factory premises here today.

Hundreds of workers had gathered outside the factory showing resentment against the move of the management. Police force has been deployed at the gate for not allowing anyone to enter the unit.

When workers of the first shift reached the factory at 6 a.m. today they were stopped a few feet away from the gate by police personnel who told them that a lockout had been declared by the management and as such they could not enter the factory. A notice to this effect had been put up on the factory gate.

The notice, dated March 11, which has been signed by Mr K.K. Pandit, General Manager (Works), stated that for quite some time workers of both the CPT and DY units had been indulging in gherao and forceful detention of senior officials of the company, inside as well as outside the office. They had been shouting provocative slogans and threatening the officials with dire consequences. This had continued in spite of union workmen being advised both verbally and in writing, to desist from such activities.

The notice quoted various instances where workers had illegally detained senior officers and also threatened them with dire consequences.

The notice further stated that the management is compelled to declare a temporary lockout effective 6 a.m., March 13, 2002, till further notice in both CPT and DY units. This temporary lockout will be without wages”.

Mr Adesh Tyagi, president of the JCT Employees Union, while condemning the management for taking such a step, said that the allegations levelled against workers in the notice were baseless. Workers had never threatened senior officers, nor had anybody been detained illegally.

He said that production in the factory had been stopped in May last year and from June onwards employees had not got their wages. Wages even for the month of May had been given to them in December. It had become very difficult for the employees to make both ends meet.

The union leader said that in order to bring the problems of the employees to the notice of the management, some workers had met Mr Harish Thapar, General Manager (Personnel), on March 11. He had assured workers that the management would come out with some solution by April 7. It being a holiday on March 12, they had been surprised by the declaration of a lockout today.

Workers said that the profits earned by the management from the local unit had been invested in Baroda, where the authorities had started producing colour picture tubes.

The JCT Electronics Employees and Workers Union has appealed to the Punjab Government to pressurise the management to open the factory so that families of a large number of employees are saved from ruin.


PU Syndicate clears Rs 89.62-cr budget
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
Panjab University Syndicate today cleared an estimated budget of Rs 89.62 crore for the forthcoming financial year (2002-2003).

While the estimated budget is less than the total expenditure incurred this year, it is about Rs 3 crore more than the original estimates last year (Rs 86.62 crore). The “new and additional demands” for the forthcoming session are to the tune of Rs 2.80 crore, which is only 40 per cent of the total demands received by the university.

The Syndicate cleared the tentative budget estimates for the proposed university institute of engineering and technology. The institute has an expected income of Rs 2.15 crore ( on an assumption of full seats capacity utilisation). The expected expenditure will be Rs 1.96 crore.

A certain amount of money out of the 15 per cent interest incurred on the Fund for Higher Education and Research has been sanctioned for infrastructural development, including re-carpeting of approach roads and parking areas.

There were loud protests against the Punjab Government’s cut in university funding.

Panjab University has set up a standing committee to monitor the expenditure to be incurred under the College Development Council funds. The main activities identified under the revolving CDC fund include conferences for teachers and principals, workshops and financial help to students participating in related seminars.

The university Syndicate decided to set up a committee to re-examine working of departments which “have lost their relevance”, including the Evening Studies department.

The proposed course in 'Jyotirvigyan' generated a lot of discussion. It was decided that the course be first referred to the academic bodies for approval.

The university will also send a letter to colleges asking them to apply by March-end for diploma courses currently being offered only on the university campus. The university will see whether a college has the required infrastructure and facilities to run a particular course before granting permission.

The Panjab University Teachers Association submitted a memorandum to the syndics saying that “the role of the Syndicate and the Senate of the university is becoming a mere rubber stamp of the University Grants Commission, without any say in the matters; which means our autonomy is endangered”.

The Syndicate postponed any decision on the issue pertaining to the CAS scheme according to a UGC letter.


Encroachments removed from Sec 7 market
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 13
An anti-encroachment drive in the corridors of the Sector 7 market here was carried out by the Estate Office of HUDA this morning.

The shopkeepers were asked to remove their wares from the corridors in front of their shops. In some cases, the Estate Office staff also confiscated the goods displayed on the corridors. Crockery items, refrigerators and furniture items of certain eateries were confiscated by the staff.

The drive went on peacefully, except for a minor protest by a few shopkeepers. The president of the Sector 7 Market Association, Mr B.B. Kaushal, asked the officials for some time to clear the encroachments. He also pleaded that they be given some place in the corridors to display their wares.

The anti-encroachment staff was led by the Estate Officer, Ms Geeta Bharti. She was accompanied by SDM, Mr M.S. Yadav, ASP Bharti Arora and AEO, Mr Vijay Bhardwaj. They also visited the rehri market in Sector 7 and warned the officials to function only in the allocated space.

The officials warned the shopkeepers to remove the encroachments by the evening and said that they would again inspect the place in the evening. It is learnt that the AEO, Mr Bhardawaj, reportedly visited the market in the evening.


Bosnia — transit point for illegal immigrants
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
Tightening of immigration controls across the European Union (EU) is leading to a noticeable shift in the routes of illegal entry into the continent. Taking advantage of the shortcomings and weakness of a war-ravaged country, the Balkan republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina is now emerging as a major transit point for illegal immigrants, including a large number of Indians, into the EU.

According to United Nations reports, made available here by officers who were members of the International Police Task Force in Bosnia, 125 Indian nationals were listed as "unaccounted for" last year till September. A total of 236 Indians had entered the country through Sarajevo airport during the period while the records showed the departure of only 111 Indians.

Similarly, 58 Pakistani nationals, 32 Bangladeshis and 16 Afghans have also been listed as “unaccounted for” during the corresponding 10 months. The figures for preceding years were not available. A number of Nepalese and Chinese nationals also figure on the list, though the largest number of persons “unaccounted for” were from Turkey, Tunisia and Africa.

Several officers spoken to said Indian police officers on assignment to the UN mission frequently received requests for passport verifications of Indian nationals detained by the local authorities. The requests are forwarded to the seniormost Indian officer, who, in turn, passes them on to the Indian Embassy in Hungary for the purpose. Officers reveal that most of the passports received for verification belong to persons hailing from North India, particularly the Doaba and Mand belts in Punjab, which is known to be a hub of immigration activities.

The officers say that a majority of the persons seeking entry into the EU arrive in Bosnia as legitimate tourists on valid visas. During their stay, they come into contact with middlemen, which at times may be prearranged, to cross the Bosnia-Croatia border.

Quoting UN papers, sources say that the mafia, specially Italian and Russian, is actively involved in the illegal immigration business. A Japanese group, Yakuza, and a Chinese set-up called the "Snakeheads", besides countless "freelance" family groups, are also known for their involvement.

Bosnia has 245 legal border crossing points, out of which only about 50 are reported to be under the supervision of the State Border Service. Corrupt border guards and officials, high unemployment and a large informal economy in a warravaged country have contributed to illegal cross-border movement. A reported 50,000 illegal immigrants pass through the Balkans each year.

As per available information, migrants first make their way to Istanbul and then on to Belgrade and Sarajevo. From Bosnia they simply walk across the border to Croatia under cover of darkness or hide in the back of a vehicle crossing over. Another way is to cross the Sava, which separates Bosnia and Croatia by boat. After entering Croatia, they move on to Slovenia and then travel further into neighbouring countries like Italy, Austria or Hungary. Then it is the start of a new life.

Sources in the intelligence reveal that Bosnia is emerging as a popular choice as it is very easy to travel to and its own internal problems and weak law enforcement machinery are conducive to cross-border movement. "Several Muslim countries assisted Bosnia during the years of war and Bosnia, in return, gave visa-free visiting rights to nationals of some of these countries," an officer remarked. 


Security beefed up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
Following the ruling of the Supreme Court on Ayodhya issue, security around all religious establishments in the city has been beefed up.

At least one non-gazetted officer has been posted outside each religious place, along with back-up being made available from the police control room. Special instructions have also been issued to all concerned to keep a special watch on suspicious elements.


Police bands play melodious tunes
Tribune News Service

A member of one of the contesting brass bands wears an apprehensive look before blowing the trumpet at the third all-India police band competition being held at the CRPF Group Centre, Pinjore, on Wednesday.
Silence before the storm: A member of one of the contesting brass bands wears an apprehensive look before blowing the trumpet at the third all-India police band competition being held at the CRPF Group Centre, Pinjore, on Wednesday.
— Photo Pankaj Sharma

Pinjore (Panchkula), March 13
The third all-India police band competition was inaugurated today, amidst a colourful ceremony with the participating bands from different states and paramilitary forces playing their ceremonial tunes. The austere ceremony was held at the CRPF group centre, Pinjore, here this afternoon.

The ceremony began with pipe bands as well as brass bands playing their compositions . The bands marched to the venue playing their compositions and enthralling the audience. However, it was the Maharashtra police band that had the audience on their feet and asking for more.

The compositions of almost all participating police had the flavour of Indian tunes, reportedly composed by the members of the band themselves. In fact, most of the tunes are based on folk music which, because of its simplicity and originality, was liked by all.

The host team the CRPF, which also won the best police band award last year, also gave a wonderful recital both in the brass band and pipe band category. Interestingly, the traditional kilts worne by the pipe band of CRPF in red and black checks caught everyone’s eye.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. J.P. Verma, Additional Director General of Police, CRPF, welcomed the over 400 participants in these competitions. He said that bands formed an integral part of the forces and that the present form of regimental band was a legacy of the British Raj. He said that music of the bands had always been an effective aid to soothe temper and boost the morale of the forces.

Declaring the competition open, Mr. Verma released three pigeons in the air. This was followed by several bunches of brightly coloured balloons being released . Later, the group captain of the host team, Inspector Raj Kumar, administered the oath to all the participants.

It is learnt that as many as 16 teams from different states and paramilitary forces like the CISF, Assam Rifles, the BSF, the SSB and the host team of the CRPF are participating in the brass band and pipe band competitions. While most of the states and forces had sent in entries for both categories — brass band and pipe band — others like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and SSB are participating only in the brass band category.

While competitions in brass band will be held tomorrow, competitions in pipe band will be held on March 15. A public display of the brass band at Sector 17 Plaza , Chandigarh, will also be organised tomorrow.


Youths out to spread message of peace
Nishikant Dwivedi

Chandigarh, March 13
With the intent of spreading the message of ‘peace, brotherhood, environment protection, globalism, disarmament and action against international terrorism’, Mr Harinder Singh Flora and Mr Harjinder Singh, students of Diploma in Computer (IT), SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilourpur, Hoshiarpur, have set out on a world tour on motorcycle.

Motivated by Captain Vikram Singh, a Hoshiarpur-based social worker, the two motorcycle-borne youths would be interacting with people and authorities in as many as 86 countries spread over seven continents. The estimated cost of the tour, Rs 8 lakh would be borne by Lions International, District 321-D and other agencies. They also claim to have the ‘blessings’ of Mr M.S. Bitta, Chairman of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front. The two would be covering an estimated distance of 1,12,460 kilometers in 486 days.

“After completing the tour, we would enter the Limca Books of Records for covering so many countries on motorcycle”, claimed Mr Flora.

The ambitious or rather adventurous world tour was flagged off at Jalandhar on February 8 by Mr J.B. Singh Chaudhary, Vice-District Governor of the Lions International. The duo first motored to Kashmir via Pathankot and they reached the city today. Later in the evening they set out for Delhi, from where they will be going to Mumbai via Agra and then on to Kolkata. After Kolkatta, they will again come back on their motorcycle to Delhi to board a flight for Iran on April 4.

The two have already done an all India tour on motorcycle from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to spread the message of peace.

“We have already prepared a date-wise schedule of our world tour”, said Mr Harjinder. To spread their message to foreign countries, the two would be meeting and interacting with authorities of respective countries, apart from the Indian diplomats in those countries. ‘‘Before leaving the country on April 4, we would be meeting the Prime Minister and Home Minister in Delhi”, said Mr Flora. Though they had yet to take an appointment from the two VVIPs.

“We have been issued an authority letter from the Union Ministry of External Affairs that will take care of the paper work and visa for the countries to be visited by us”, said Mr Harjinder.

Sharing their experience in Kashmir, Mr Flora said, “Kashmiri people are fed up of terrorism and they want to live in peace. They expect the Union government to root out terrorism from Kashmir as has been done in Punjab earlier”.

They are moving on their Suzuki Fiero motorcycle with minimum luggage, a first-aid kit, some clothing, puncture repair tools. The two claim to have valid passports and international driving licenses. For their board and lodging and daily expenses, the two are dependent on Lions International.

The two have a message for Indian youths too, “The Indian youths must take time out for national development and they should work towards it”. Their parents were apprehensive about the ambitious tour. “But we were able to win their support”, said Mr Flora. 


Do’s for the summer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
As the weather Gods change course and city residents shed their woollens, paediatricians have issued first warnings to parents to start taking precautions to help their children tide over pre-monsoon and summer related ailments.

“The first to occur will be viral diahrroea. Drinking unclean water being the major cause. The child feels more thirsty and the tendency to drink water from roadside water tanks etc is high. Since most of the water available outside is not treated or clean, stomach problems leading to infection are common. One should either give the child a water bottle filled with clean home water and even boiled if possible or strictly tell the child to not drink water from outside.’’ suggests Dr Simrit Kaur, a private practitioner in Mohali.

Dr Surjit Singh, Additional Professor, Advanced Paediatric Centre, PGI, states that cases of dehydration increase during the coming months.‘‘Dehydration is most common and parents need to ensure that their child is drinking enough fluids. Nimbu pani is the best since it keeps the electrolyte level in the body maintained. But highly avoidable are open fruit juices available with vendors and even openly sold cut fruit both of which can cause bacterial/viral diahorroea.’’

Doctors also warn against heat strokes in the thick of summers in the months of May and June, but add that the city rarely has many children coming with such problems. ‘‘The city residents are aware of how much damage the sun can do in case the child remains in the sun outside. So one does not come across cases of hyper pyrexia or heart strokes, but reddening of the skin is certainly common as also which include certain heat-related allergies of skin,’’ says Dr Srikanta Basu, Sr Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Reiterating that there is a need to warn children about not drinking water outside and not eating at open food-vending joints, Dr M.P. Manocha, Director Family Welfare, UT states that only two ways of sailing through disease-free summers is to have lots of clean water and wear the right kind of clothes. ‘‘Multi-layered thin cotton clothes are the best during summers and ensure that the body is well-hydrated by drinking plenty of clean water.

It should not be adulterated with unclean ice etc. Fruit juices from vendors should be avoided.’’ he said.

Also prevalent during March and April is asthma caused by pollen and the harvesting season. Since this is an allergic reaction, one can simply try and avoid these as much as is possible suggest the doctors.

During summers

1. Drink plenty of clean water

2. Store food when it is fresh; avoid consuming old milk products.

3. Avoid consuming cut fruit products from roadside vendors/sweet shops

4. Avoid roadside fruit juices/water

5. Boil water for infants’ consumption.

6. Wear light coloured multilayered cotton clothes.

7. Do not spend long hours in the open under the sun.


The young should do social work

Komal Sharma, a confident second-year student of sociology in Panjab University, has topped each examination that she has taken. Having cleared eight levels of a French course, Komal can speak the language as well as her mother tongue.

However, this is not the only thing she is good at. Komal, who lives in Panchkula, is part of an NGO and actively involved in various activities of Bal Niketan there. Counselling children, spending time with them and organising various events has been her routine for the past many years.

Even after having done a part of her college studies in New Delhi and Mumbai, Komal still loves the city and wants to do something for those who live here. Her philosophy is: “It’s the young who should take up social work because they can do the most to make a difference to society.”

She, now, devotes a lot of her time to the Panchkula chapter of the Family Planning Association. Komal wants to work for the uplift of women, especially rural women, who need to be made aware of their rights.


Cong to support CPI candidate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
The Congress appears to have agreed to support the CPI candidate for the Malout Assembly constituency. Senior leaders of the CPI and the Congress met here today to discuss the issue.

As part of a pre election pact, the Congress had allocated the constituency to the CPI. However, elections could not be held there because of the death of the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate. Though no decision was conveyed to mediapersons, sources said the Congress had agreed to stand by its prepoll commitment to the CPI. The CPI has fielded Mr Nathu Ram while the SAD has fielded Ms Mukhtiar Kaur. Polling will be held on April 4.


CTYC threatens to sue Jain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) president, Mr H. S. Lucky, here today threatened to sue the former BJP MP, Mr Satyapal Jain, for defamation for accusing his party of being involved in Godhra kar sevak burning incident.

Mr Lucky, in a legal notice, sought an apology from Mr Jain within 15 days for reportedly alleging that a Congress councillor was involved in the Godhra incident.

The notice said the assertions of Mr Jain, reported in a section of the Press, were ‘’false, fabricated and politically motivated just to degrade the Congress and its members.’’ Mr Lucky termed Mr Jain’s reported allegation against the Congress as highly ‘’irresponsible’’.

The ad-hoc committee chairman of the local unit of the BJP, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, while reacting to the notice, asserted that the party stood by Mr Jain’s statement and Congressmen were allegedly found involved in the Godhra incident.


Board to monitor adoptions in UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
A seven-member board of control headed by Secretary, Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration has been formed by the Chandigarh Administration to streamline and monitor the adoption programmes in UT. This has been done under guidelines laid down by the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) to stop illegal adoption across the country.

Other members of the board are Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner Municipal Corporation, Director Health Services as well as Ms Ranjana Shahi, ex-councillor Municipal Corporation and Ms Oshima Raikhy, President, Punjab Istri Sabha. The Director Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration will be the Member Secretary.

Also under the Orphanges and Other Charitable Homes (Supervision & Control) Act, 1960, registration of all NGOs dealing with domestic adoption has to be ensured and adoption activities monitored.


Dogs kill deer in zoo
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, March 13
A three-year-old hog deer was killed by a group of stray dogs that entered an enclosure in the Mohinder Chaudhary Zoological Park today morning.

Sources in the zoo revealed that the dogs entered the enclosure housing a pair of hog deer and by the time zoo staff reached there, the ‘‘hunters’’ chased a deer to death. The incident happened at about 10.30.

According to Dr Vinod Sharma, Chief Warden (zoos), Punjab, the dogs entered the zoo premises through a dry canal that passes through the zoo. After entering the zoo, the dogs scaled the boundary wall of the enclosure and killed the animal.


Leprosy patients celebrate Shivratri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
The Leprosy Welfare Mission celebrated Mahashivaratri and the birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Dass at Guru Nanak Kushth Ashram, Ropar, today. Mr Prem Singh Bhutte, President of the mission, said that inhabitants of the ashram were given rations and other material by the mission. Besides, some cash was also given to them to buy clothes and other items.

Mr Prem Singh said a programme had been launched to educate the leprosy patients. They are being made aware of their rights. He said that most of such patients were migrant labourers who had come from Bihar and other states.

People should not hate such persons as the leprosy was a curable disease.


Workshop on infant mortality
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
The Registrar General, India, New Delhi will be organising an All India workshop on infant mortality in the country to deliberate on levels, trends and differentials in infant mortality in the country.

Demographers, public health administrators and medical professionals who are interested in presenting-paper in the workshop can contact the Directorate of census operations UT Plot number 2B Janganana Bhavan.


Scooterists hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 13
A scooterist, Dharamvir Kumar Rana, who lives in Dhanas, was injured when he was hit by another scooter, driven by Om Prakash, a resident of Palsora, last evening. Om Prakash was also injured and admitted to the General Hospital in Sector 16, along with Rana. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC was registered.

Scooter stolen
A Kinetic Honda scooter (HR-03A-3355) was reportedly stolen from the parking lot in Town Park on March 6. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Woman hurt
In another case of road accident, a woman driver was injured and admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, after the Hero Puch moped she was riding was hit by a Haryana Roadways bus near Hallomajra village at about 11.20 a.m. on Tuesday. The bus driver reportedly fled from the spot after abandoning the bus. The bus was later impounded and a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC registered.

Vehicles stolen
During the last 24 hours, the police received two complaints of vehicle thefts. A Dera Bassi resident reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH-01-E-4494) was stolen from Grain Market in Sector 26, on Tuesday. A city resident, Mr Vinod Kashyap, reported to the police that his LML Vespa scooter (CH-01-M-4443) was stolen from his residence on Monday night. Two cases of theft were registered.


Cheating charge
A woman has accused a Sector 10 resident, Anita Gupta of cheating and defrauding her. A case under Sections 406, 420 of the IPC has been registered. Ms Neera Yadav has accused Anita of cheating her when she bought shares from the accused on three occasions.


Govt officer caught accepting bribe
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 13
A senior Accounts Officer posted with the Controller of Defence Accounts, Sector 9, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation for demanding and accepting a bribe.

According to sources, Subhash Chander Arora, was caught red handed while accepting Rs 2,000 from someone in Sector 9 this afternoon. The CBI had laid a trap after receiving complaint from a shopkeeper.


City gets another coffee outlet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
Cafe Coffee Day, the Bangalore-based retail chain of cafe, has launched its first outlet in the city and 34th in the country. The outlet, located in Sector 35-C, was inaugurated today by Irina Brar top woman golfer of the country.

Hot favourites from its menu are Cappuccino and Cafe Latte. International coffees like imported Colombian Juan Valdez, Kenyan Safari and Ethiopian Qawah, are also served. Cafe Frappe and Tropical Iceberg are the hottest selling cold coffees.

Keeping the local flavour and palate in mind, the food menu has been created to include delicacies such as chilli chicken pizza, farm house pizza, veggie delight sandwich, chicken surprise sandwich etc. Desserts such as blind sates, oasis and a variety of sundaes, are also available. The coffee is reasonably priced between Rs 15 and Rs 35 while the food items are priced between Rs 20 to Rs 40.

Ms Sudipta Mukherjee, head, marketing, says, “Cafe Coffee Day is a place for the young and the young at heart. Our cafe offers great coffee and a wonderful ambience packed with good music”.

In the recently held competition for coffee-makers across the country at the India International Coffee Festival, 2002, Cafe Coffee Day walked away with all the top honours. In fact, the F and B coordinator from the Cafe Coffee Day, North India, won the first prize. He will represent India in the annual Worst Barista Championship, 2002, conducted by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe in Oslo, Norway.

It is not just a chain of cafe. It is part of India’s largest coffee conglomerate Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company Limited, (ABCTCL).

It most unique aspect is that it grows the coffee it serves in its cafes. It also invests in coffee research and contributes 15 per cent to India’s total coffee exports. 

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