Sunday, April 28, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU allows 15 colleges to offer vocational courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Panjab University has allowed 15 affiliated colleges to offer vocational courses from the forthcoming academic session. As many as 20 courses have been allowed.

A decision in this regard was taken at the Syndicate meeting of the university today. The colleges will first have to be cleared by the inspection committee and also get a No Objection Certificate from the government. These courses were earlier allowed only on the campus.

Students appearing in the CA (Intermediate) examination who were complaining of a clash of dates with the university examination on May 8 can heave a sigh of relief. The university has decided to announce an alternate date for the examination on a Sunday.

The university has decided to give a special examination to students of the environment studies at the undergraduate level who missed their chance recently. The Syndicate approved that the certificate of having attended seven lectures in the subject in the session 1999-2000 be submitted to the university by colleges by May 31. Results of students who did not pay their fee but appeared for the examination will be declared if they paid their fee by May 31.

Students of MFC who could not clear their compartment in the permissible chances of the university will be given a ‘golden chance’ to clear their compartment. Students of RSD College, Ferozepure, who had received a wrong paper of BBA will be given another chance.

The Syndicate decided to give 5 per cent free seats for meritorious students of the weaker sections in the University Institute of Engineering and Technology which commences from the forthcoming academic session. The AICTE circular regarding increase in intake of seats has been adopted.

The new academic session commences from July 1. The summer vacation is scheduled from May 12 to June 30. Regular teaching will commence from July 15 onwards. The Syndicate has given authority to the Vice-Chancellor to constitute the investment committee which will look into use of the university funds.

Principal A.C.Vaid put forward the item of giving an increment to staff of the non-teaching wing who made an improvement in their academic status by going in for a higher degree. The matter has been referred to the Board of Finance. Principal Vaid also spoke on the issue of following UGC guidelines for payments under the Career Advancement Scheme without any additional conditions. This has been accepted and teachers will get benefits of the ‘feeder grade’.

The Syndicate also carried the suggestion of Prof Chawla to have at least two paper setters in each paper. There are slight amendments in the original suggestion. Instead of two papers each, these examiners will submit one paper each.

The Syndicate has also decided to allow non-teaching members to enroll for the Ph.D degrees. The classes of M.Ed. (Evening) will be kept in abeyance. The university has decided to increase the passing percentage in Environment Studies to 33 per cent from the existing 25 from the forthcoming academic session.

The Syndicate noted that the university had been given the status of Centre for Potential in the subject of biomedical science for a period of five years. The Syndicate approved reservation for ‘Kashmiri displaced persons’ with weightage in admissions

The Syndicate condoled the death of Prof Iqbal Nath Chaudhary, a former Fellow and a secretary to the Vice-Chancellor, who passed away recently.

Uproar over Pammi’s arrest

The meeting of the Syndicate was rocked over the arrest of a senator Paramjit Singh Pammi, who has been picked up by Punjab Vigilance for his alleged connivance in corrupt deals of the arrested Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) chief Ravi Sidhu.

The house was divided on the issue.

It was pointed out that when action could be taken against the teachers, non-teachers and even students for misconduct, the Fellows should not be given a clean chit in such controversies. Mr Satya Pal Jain, Principal A.C. Vaid and Principal Tarsem Raj Bahia spoke on the issue.

Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath said that till the case was decided by the judiciary, the Senate should not comment on the case. It was discovered that the university calendar was silent on such an issue concerning a Senator, reliable sources said.



Cheema remanded in police custody
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
Less than 24 hours after J.S Cheema, former CIA Inspector of Chandigarh Police, surrendered before the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), he was today produced before a local court by the CBI in the afternoon and was remanded in police custody till April 30.

Policemen on duty in various other cases probably forgot that Cheema was being produced in the District Courts as an accused and not as an Inspector of the Chandigarh Police. They saluted him as they would normally do to their seniors.

The court allowed the lawyer of Cheema, Mr S.P.S. Bhullar, to be present during interrogation with the condition that he would neither be allowed to ask any question nor interfere in CBI's working.

The accused, accompanied by a battery of lawyers and his relatives, was produced in the court of the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, at around 2.25 p.m. The CBI counsel, V.K Sharma, argued that custodial interrogation of the accused was required in order to recover a sum of Rs 50,000 taken as bribe by the accused and to know where he had invested the money.

The CBI counsel further argued that the custodial interrogation of the accused was also necessary as the CBI had to recover incriminating documents from the his possession. More over the bail plea moved by the accused had already been rejected by both a lower court and Punjab and Haryana High Court, the counsel added.

Arguing that the custodial interrogation of the accused was must, the CBI counsel informed the court that a lower court, while dismissing a bail plea, had observed that the custodial interrogation of the accused was necessary. He said the accused had remained at large for more than a month, therefore did not deserve a lenient view.

On the other hand, the defense counsel argued that the accused was falsely implicated in the case. There was no need for the custodial interrogation of the accused as he had surrendered before the CBI on April 26 evening and spent 24 hours in their custody.

Denying the allegation levelled by the CBI counsel, the defense counsel argued that the accused had not absconded. Raher the accused sought legal aid and had moved a bail plea in a lower and High court.

Claiming that he was falsely implicated in the case, the defense counsel argued that the CBI had registered a simple case of one item bribe under Sections 7, 13 (1)(d) r/w 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Therefore neither was there any ground nor any occasion for proceeding to unearth material that could be used for declaring that the accused was possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The case was neither registered under the Section 13(1)(e) of the PC Act nor had the section been inserted in the FIR, as per the information available. He further argued that the CBI had raided the house of the accused in Sector 17, his father’s house and a farmhouse but failed to recover anything. Therefore the accused was remanded in judicial custody.


Emergency services on city roads poor: experts
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
It is the middle of the night and a serious accident occurs. The victim needs to be transported to hospital. A police patrol van arrives and untrained policemen come to his rescue, lifting the victim like ‘‘a sack of potatoes’’ and ‘‘dump’’ him in the small space available in the Maruti Gypsy. The victim is lucky to reach the hospital alive.

More than 10 fatal accidents take place on city roads each month and experts in trauma management feel that the city has a poor system of emergency response.

* The city ambulances are not connected through wireless.

* Most of the ambulances are not in working order.

* City ambulances are ill-equipped; some of these do not even have a first-aid box.

* The police PCR vans, the first to reach an accident site, also end up transporting the victim to the nearest hospital.

* A majority of policemen manning these vans do not know how to lift an accident victim correctly; or how to stop bleeding.

Hundreds of accident victims are lifted in the same manner — like a sack of potatoes — which either causes death or results in permanent disabilities.

Experts in trauma management feel that the city, despite topping in the recently released countrywide human development index, lacks a well oiled public emergency response system for accident victims. The ambulances are neither stand-by nor networked, many of these are not in working order and most are ill-equipped.

The cops do their best but they have no stretcher, no means to lift the unconscious victims and absolutely no medical training to handle such cases. They are just being the good Samaritans without knowing that one wrong step could be decisive for the victim. Even a matter of life and death.

Pointing out the drawbacks of the system, Dr Arunanshu Behera, of the PGI, says ‘‘worse is the fact that city hospitals have no concept of trained para medic staff, who all over the world handle ambulances or emergency response stations like police vans.’’

He was talking to Chandigarh Tribune at the two-day Trauma and Disaster Management, Continuing Medical Education (CME)-cum-workshop, which started at the PGI here today.

Dr Behera stated that those from the system who reach the accident victim first should know exactly what is to be done. Starting from picking up the victim right and utilizing the time which it takes to reach the hospital, the paramedics can do precious life saving procedures like resuscitation, stop the patient from bleeding, endo tracheal intubation to prevent airway obstruction. ‘‘These are things any person can learn easily. All that is required is training,” he said.

Prof N.M. Gupta, of the Department of Surgery, PGI says that there are three situations in which an accident victim dies. ‘‘One is immediate death, in which one cannot be of much help. The second is death of a victim after two to three hours of the accident. In such a situation, if the victim gets correct medical support, most patients can be saved. The third is when a patient dies after some weeks of infection.

Illustrating his point, Prof Gupta who is a renowned expert in oesophagus surgeries, states that with some of the latest techniques available, surgery can save precious lives, but only if the victim is transported to the hospital within the crucial first two hours.

Prof S.M. Bose, Head of the Department and the organising chairman of the workshop, stated that more than 2000 people die each day of trauma in the country. ‘‘What is needed most urgently is public awareness about how a single effort of theirs can help save the life of the person lying on the road. From the PGI side we are ready to take up training of the emergency duty staff in the city on how to handle an accident victim. We can create a team of trainers who can then further train people all over the region, and once this becomes a regular feature, deaths due to trauma can be considerably brought down.’’he said.


Kashmir a hump in Indo-Pak ties
Talks only way out, says former Pak Foreign Secretary
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
“We have to have a starting point and a dialogue is the only way out,” says Mr Najmuddin A. Shaikh, a former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, maintaining that it would be naive either for India or for Pakistan to say that Kashmir was not a hump in the sordid relations between the two neighbours.

“Resumption of dialogue is also necessary for prioritising issues for improving bilateral relations,” he said, holding that it is important for the entire south Asia, and above all people of both India and Pakistan “ to have amity and harmony”.

“We should build our relations not on our differences but on our commonalities so that we resolve our differences peacefully,” opined Mr Shaikh, currently on his maiden visit to the city. A career diplomat, he retired a little more than two years ago. He lives in Islamabad, occasionally dabbling in journalism with a weekly column on international relations in The News, a leading English daily of Pakistan.

A friend of Mr Salman Haider, a former Foreign Secretary of India, Mr Shaikh is here on his invitation to participate in a three-day seminar on “Comparative approaches to conflict resolution” organised by the CRRID here.

“I have been to India several times, but never to Chandigarh before. My diplomatic career took me to several countries, including Iran, Iraq, the USA, Canada and the erstwhile Soviet Union,” he explains, hoping to see a bit of the city during the next 36 hours before he leaves for New Delhi on his way back home.

Mr Shaikh had an informal exchange with the Ambassador of Ireland to India who played an important role in the Good Friday agreement reached during the time of Mr Heath as Prime Minister of Britain.

“In my view, the two salient points of the Good Friday agreement were that the British Prime Minister realised that there could be no military solution to the problem .Other striking point was that it was based on the consent of the people.

“Though such agreements cannot be replicated but some details or ideas be drawn by others, including India and Pakistan, in resolving their long standing issues. The circumstances are different . Both parties must have their positions clear on the issues responsible for the sordid relations,” he says while referring to how this agreement could be used in resolving the Indo-Pakistan conflict.

“There is an impasse after the Agra summit. I personally feel that it is New Delhi which has to break the impasse and respond positively for the resumption of dialogue,” says Mr Shaikh, claiming that Pakistan has indicated its willingness for the same.

Justifying Pakistan’s stand on not handing over 20 persons on the submitted by the Indian Government to its counterpart months ago, he says: “How can a government respond positively to a demand which is neither supported by law nor evidence. Unfortunately, Pakistan does not have an extradition treaty with India and even if it had, certain laid down procedures have to be followed. The requirements normally include a decree of court, irrefutable evidence against the individual concerned. Once a request, properly documented is received, it has to be put before the magistracy before extradition is allowed. Letters to the Interpol alone are not enough.”

“The hostile relations between India and Pakistan are responsible for holding back our progress, our fight against poverty and our inability to give our people good healthcare and good facilities.”

On the referendum in Pakistan, Mr Shaikh says “Unfortunately, people had misunderstood General Pervez Musharraf. His January 12 speech made his stand clear. He is not going back on his stand maintaining that a bigger jehad is against ignorance and poverty. The call for such a jehad has to be given by the state and not individuals.

“He is clear in curbing extremism. There is probably a blip in his campaign against extremism which will disappear soon. There is no reason to disbelieve him or his stance against extremism,” says Mr Shaikh.

Referring to Pakistan Foreign Minister Abdus Sattar’s image of a hardliner after enjoying the reputation of a “moderate diplomat” during his assignment in New Delhi, Mr Shaikh says that there has been no change in his stance.”Rather, he keeps asking his friends as to why they call him a hardliner now.”


Is police shielding Cheema?

Chandigarh, April 27
Is the local police shielding Inspector J.S. Cheema, who is in the CBI custody in an alleged case of corruption? Even after 41 days of the booking of Cheema, the police department is yet to suspend him. According to sources, a head constable of Chandigarh Police, who maintains the records of suspension of police officials, reportedly told CBI sleuths that as per police records Cheema was not under suspension. It is contrary to the claims made by the police that Cheema had been put under suspension on March 17, three days after Cheema was booked by the CBI.

The head constable was summoned by the CBI under Section 160 of the CrPC nearly two weeks ago. There he told the CBI that Cheema had not been suspended. The question remains as to why senior officers confirmed to the media about his suspension. The sources also informed that the accused had received a full salary during this period.

Sources revealed that a government official is deemed to be suspended after 48 hours of his arrest. And if the accused had not been suspended by the police department so far, the department will have to suspend him on March 28 as he was formally arrested by the CBI on April 26 evening. Counsel for the accused S.P.S Bhullar said J.S. Cheema had already been suspended by the police. The IG, Mr B.S. Bassi, could not be contacted for his comments.


HUDA’s commercial centre a distant dream
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 27
Despite having invested crores of rupees in the city’s commercial centre in Sector 5, the Haryana Urban Development Authority is yet to achieve what it had planned, with property owners and traders being unhappy over the scattered development here.

Conceived on the lines of Sector 17, Chandigarh, HUDA authorities had planned to develop the sector as the main commercial centre in the city. However, the commercial activity here, almost 20 years after HUDA began developing this sector in 1982, is limited to two odd hotels, a cinema hall, a few shops and public and semi-public buildings.

Senior officials in HUDA agree that haphazard development of commercial centre is responsible for its current state. A senior official, on condition of anonymity, said HUDA was unable to get a good price for various SCOs, showrooms, petrol pumps and public and semi-public buildings in this sector. “Also, the fact that HUDA authorities have been developing this sector in small pickets rather than concentrating on one part and then expanding it, has failed to attract investments here,” he said.

It may be noted that property scene in Panchkula had seen a dramatic increase during the heydays of militancy in Punjab and land prices had sky rocketted. A large number of people from the neighbouring state had begun investing their money here in order to escape terrorism. However, the return of normalcy there brought stagnation in land prices here.

With HUDA itself unwilling to lower the prices, there are virtually no takers for the commercial sites in this sector. Sources say that commercial sites ie SCOs and showrooms up for auction hardly ever find a taker. Even the site of Post and Telegraph office earmarked here has not been acquired by the government because of the lack of commercial activity here.

City Centre, created by HUDA at a cost of over Rs 1 crore here, has failed to take off because of lack of development. It may be noted that the centre, which has a restaurant as well as commercial plaza, has failed to woo any taker. The authorities had earlier invited international fast food giants like Mc Donalds and Pizza Hut to take the City Centre restaurant on lease, but they declined the offer, apparently as the project was not economically viable for them.

Even now the authorities have repeatedly invited tenders from hoteliers and restaurateurs for taking up the restaurant on lease. However, after the tender was allotted twice to different persons at Rs 1.99 lakh per month, the parties concerned later decided not to go ahead with the tender. They even had their earnest money forfeited.


Jacob seeks report on waste disposal project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), yesterday asked the company to prepare a detailed report on technology and utility evaluation of the waste disposal-cum-power project being mooted at the Dadu Majra dumping site by the municipal corporation.

The Managing Director of the company, Terrosafe Technologies Private Limited, Mr O.P. Nambiar assured the Administrator to present the report within 40 days. Mr Nambiar’s assurance came after a technological demonstration before the Administrator. The Administration would neither give any commitment nor any money for the preparation of the report.

The Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, Chief Engineer of the UT, Mr Puranjeet Singh, Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation, Mr V.K. Bharadwaj, and Medical Officer (Health), Mr G.C. Bansal, were among those present during the presentation.

The MD said plasma gasification vitrification technology converts both inorganic and organic waste into power and vitrous tiles used as building material with no adverse effect on environment. The technology can disassociate atoms in any organic material into simple gases like hydrogen and carbon monoxide while simultaneously melting all the inorganic material into a glassy slag to make bricks and tiles. The technology does not leave any waste after disposal. The Sanitation Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh had already cleared the project with condition that it would only provide five acres of land to the company. The company will supply power at rates decided by the Government of India.


UT tops in national human development
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The Union Territory of Chandigarh has topped the list of states and union territories with a human development index (HDI) of 0.674, according to the first national human development report prepared by the Planning Commission of India and released by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Chandigarh maintained its top position in terms of the human development like in 1981, while Bihar continued to remain at the bottom of the list. The report indicates that Bihar made marginal progress during the eighties on all eight indicators of human development considered for developing the index. In the case of rural areas, the attainment is low even in the early nineties. The failure of the education system, even in the urban areas to retain children for the complete or a substantial duration of schooling stands out in terms of low attainment.

Delhi, which was third on the list in 1981, moved to the second position with the HDI of 0.624, whereas Kerala moved down from the second to the third place.

Similarly, Goa moved up from the fifth slot to the fourth position, but Manipur, which was fourth in 1981, slipped downwards. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands moved up from 11th place to fifth on the list, while Pondicherry improved its ranking from 12th in 1981 to sixth in 1991.

Chandigarh has earlier been ranked third in the country for business and investment by Business Today magazine. The HDI for the union territories improved from 0.394 to 0.574 in 1991.



Club fee hike resented
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
Members of the Chandigarh Club have resented the increase in the charges levied for swimming from Rs 500 to Rs1000.

According to some members, the amount of Rs1000 per month for swimming was a bit harsh. They lamented that the session this time was delayed by 15 days even after increasing the charges. The guest charges have also been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 50 per day.

Meanwhile, the President of the club, Mr Ravinder Chopra, giving details about the increase in the charges, said, ‘’We have spent about Rs 10 lakh on the over all development of the swimming pool. New filter plant from Germany has been installed. An additional swimming pool for children is the new attraction at the club. Land scaping has also been done. Renovation of the bathrooms have also been carried out. The whole light system has been changed and fountains have been installed which have cost us about Rs 1 lakh.”

On the demand of the members, two more coaches and one life saver have also been employed. The guest charges have been increased deliberately. “This is because we don’t want to entertain guests due to the rush of our own members.”


Miss India World to visit city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
Femina Miss India World-2002, Shruti Sharma will visit the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Chandigarh, to mark the event of NIFD’s technical collaboration with Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University on April 29. The students pursuing short-term courses will organise a special theme-based dance party on this occasion.

Shruti Sharma, a graduate in sociology and a sports person, who will be representing India at the Miss World-2002 contest will interact with students to inspire them and give them tips on fashion. Shruti, besides winning the prestigious title, has already carved a niche for herself in the modelling world.

NIFD, which started its journey from Chandigarh in 1995 has progressed to 130 centres all over the country. The institute after collaborating with Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University will provide degree courses like B.Sc. Fashion Design, B.Sc Textile Design and B.Sc Interior Design.

The institute has developed a special curriculum for the three-year degree programme to be offered to the students after +2. The courses have been formulated to meet the demand of the fashion industry.


‘English newspapers overshadow Punjabi dailies’
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, April 27
The journalism as a career in Punjabi did not command due respect as it had been overshadowed by the English newspapers. These views were expressed by the participants during a seminar on “Challenges before Punjabi journalism” organised by the Mohali Working Journalists Association.

Holding the politicians and people responsible not giving the due respect to the Punjabi newspapers, Mr S.S. Dosanjh, former head of the Department of Journalism, Punjab Agricultural University, said it was a general opinion that news published in a Punjabi daily did not have the desired impact when compared to an English daily. A correspondent of an English daily had a better access to the top brass as compared to his counterpart of a Punjabi daily.

He said a negative aspect with the Punjabi journalism was that it focused more on commentative journalism given less space to reporting. Another aspect was that Punjabi language was linked to Sikhism. Due to limited reach of the Punjabi dailies, the advertisers preferred English and Hindi dailies.

Mr Harbhajan Singh Batallavi, Additional Station Director, Akashvani, Jalandhar, said people were reluctant in admitting that they read Punjabi dailies. While the Punjabi dailies were kept in bedroom, the English dailies were displayed in the guest room, he added.

Mr Ram Arsh, a former official of the Public Relations Department, Mr Ajit Salani, Chairman of the Mohali Working Journalists Association, Mr Sham Singh, a Deputy News Editor in Punjabi Tribune also spoke on the occasion.


No uniform policy for MV Act

This has reference to the report (Chandigarh Tribune, April 7) in which a person whose Maruti car met with an accident was refused insurance claim on the ground that he was driving the van holding driving licence for car/jeep and the van was considered to be a light motor vehicle (LMV). And to get a driving licence for LMV, one is required to give driving test on a mini-truck. This reminds me of a Hindi phrase “Andher nagri chaupat raja” . There is one Motor Vehicles Act which specifies various provisions relating to vehicles. The authority for registering a vehicle, the authority to issue a driving licence, the authority to challan are all government agencies and the insurance companies are also government companies. Then why different interpretation of the same Act by these people differently? Is there any reason except to cause inconvenience to the common man? The officers of different states/departments interpret the provisions of the Act in their own way. This creates problems for the common man. But who is bothered?

My son bought a Tata Sumo one year back. On enquiry, he was informed by his licensing authority that a car driving licence was valid for jeeps, and Sumo was a variant of jeep. He drove the vehicle for one full year and one fine morning was caught by an officer at Panchkula for driving the vehicle without proper driving licence. He was informed that every vehicle having a seating capacity exceeding five persons was a Light Transport Vehicle (LTV) and a car driving licence was not valid for them. He has stopped driving.

In another case, our friends from Delhi carrying attested photocopy of car registration certificate were challaned near Shimla. On their plea that there was some Central Government notification in their favour and the Delhi Government had accepted it, they were told by the officer on duty that if they wanted to argue, he would give them a date to appear in the court for doing the needful, otherwise they could pay a fine of Rs 200 and go. Now the poor people had no option but to pay the fine. Had they opted for the first choice, they would have spent much more on travel, their time and expenses of the court. Is this not a way of harassing people?

There should be a uniform policy of challaning people all over the country. The Central Government should come out with a clear interpretation of the various driving rules and they should be made applicable to all the states and union territories. The important rules written in simple language should be printed in a book form and sold by the traffic police at various points. Drivers who break the law should be fined but challaning people for the sake of collecting funds or for counting the number of challans is bad. Why harass the common man?


Electricity bills

The Electricity Department of the Union Territory of Chandigarh has been issuing electricity bills on the basis of average for reasons best known to them. We the residents of Pushpac Complex, Sector 49B, Chandigarh, are greatly disturbed over this attitude of the Chandigarh Administration. At the time of occupation, we were directed to buy only electronic electricity meters (Rs 3,500 for each installation). And now, without visiting the flats and taking the meter reading, the electricity staff sit in the office and collect the tariff on an average basis. We are afraid if this practice is allowed, a huge sum will get accumulated at the determined gap of time and it will be very difficult for us to pay huge tariff.

If the average was the guiding principle for tariff collection, why did the authorities force us to go in for electronic meters? Even normal meters could have worked well. Each owner was forced to spend Rs 6,000 per flat.

We appeal to the authorities concerned to ensure that electricity bills were issued on the basis of the actual meter reading and not on average. The meter readers should be instructed to visit the flats, jot down the meter reading and then prepare the bills.


Modify the rule

I would like to bring to the attention of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh a serious problem regarding the rules of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) on construction of walls for residential houses. PUDA is no doubt providing good urban land to people for constructing houses. This is particularly helping middle class families who do not have a roof over their head. PUDA rule that all the three walls should be constructed common with others is no doubt good as this helps in the maximum utilisation of the land. But experience suggests that this has become a major problem for the residents as PUDA is apparently not having any role on the matter.

As things stand today, whoever constructs his house first will have to construct the walls. When a neighbour starts constructing his house, he has to pay the cost of the wall to the first person. The problem arises when the second party refuses to pay the cost of the wall. The first party is helpless and the PUDA authorities do not come to his rescue. The problem could be avoided if the PUDA authorities insist on the second or third party to submit a ‘no dues certificate’ from the first party towards the remittance of the cost of the wall.

The Chief Minister and the PUDA authorities should note that this has become a major problem in all PUDA localities, LDH, JUC, PTA, Mohali etc. If the rule is modified by inserting an explicit provision for submission of a ‘no dues certificate’ from the first party, it would not only avoid friction between the neighbours but also promote peace.



Booked for forging documents
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
The police has booked Jasbir Singh, a resident of Sector 44, for allegedly selling a Tata Sumo to a Sector 40 resident, Mr Manjit Singh, on forged documents. In his complaint, Mr Manjit Singh told the police that he had bought the vehicle (PB - 12 - C - 3248) from the accused for Rs 2,31,000. A case under Sections 420, 461, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPC has been registered.

Cheating case: A Khuda Alisher resident, Ms Rumal Kaur, has alleged that Vidya Wati of the village took Rs 4 lakh from her against the promise of sending her son abroad. In her complaint, Ms Rumal told the police that neither her son was sent abroad nor the money returned to her. A case under Sections 420 and 120B of the IPC has been registered against Vidya Wati.

Traffic cop hit: A traffic constable, Mohinder Singh, was hit by an unidentified motor cycle at the traffic light points of Sectors 17 and 18. The cop was on duty at the time of the accident. The motor cyclist managed to escape from the spot. A case under Sections 279, 337, 332 and 353 of the IPC has been registered. In another incident, Mr Krishan Kumar, a resident of Police Colony, Sector 17, was injured after he was allegedly hit by a scooter near MCC office on Friday night. The scooter rider was also injured. Mr Kumar admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16, while the scooterist was admitted to the PGI. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.

Cars stolen: Dr Veena Dhawan, a resident of Sector 4, Panchkula, reported to the police that her Maruti car (CHF-941) was stolen from the PGI campus on Friday afternoon. Mr Rajinder Singh Kalsi, a resident of Sector 20, also reported to the police that his Maruti Zen car (HR-08-D-0086) was stolen from Sector 8 on Friday night. Mr S.P Mahajan, a resident of Sector 22, reported that his scooter (CHS - 7868) was stolen from near his residence on April 17. Three cases of theft have been registered.


Liquor seized: The police has arrested Ravinder from Bajewala village and seized 10 bottles each of Sixer Whisky and Officers Choice whisky from him.
TWO ARRESTED: Inderjeet Singh and Jitendra Singh were arrested last night while they were going on a stolen motorcycle near BEL factory. They had removed its registration plates.

Cyclists injured: A cyclist, Tara Chand Munjal, was hit by a three wheeler ( HR-37-9339) on Nalagarh road last night. Another unknown cyclist was hit by a car (HR-02K- 0059) in Khairwali village yesterday.

3 held: The police has arrested three persons on charge of gambling at a public place and seized Rs 3,910 from them. While two persons, Subhash Chand and Sunil Kumar, were arrested from Bir Ghaggar, another person, Sushil Kumar, was arrested from Panchkula and Rs 2,030 was seized from him.

Dowry case: Ms Roshni Rani has accused Solan-based Navdeep, Yash, Rajni, Meena, Dinesh and Veena of harassing her for bringing less dowry. A case under sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC has been registered.


A futile chase
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
Two scooterists ran to catch a car thief in the wee hours of Friday but did not return! Police sources said the two scooter-borne persons were also accompanying the thief.

According to sources, a thief stole the car from a locality in Sector 22 at around 3 am on Friday. However, he was noticed and a hue and cry was raised. Two persons on scooters nearby told the persons raising the alarm that they would follow the thief and started a chase for the car. When they did not return for long, the people realised that the scooter-borne persons were total strangers. The police and people believe that the scooterists were also with the car thief. A case has been registered.


Woman burnt to death
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, April 27
A 23-year-old woman of Rurka village was allegedly burnt to death by her in-laws near here on Saturday. The victim, Nirmal Kaur, was doused with kerosene. She is survived by a two month-old girl child.

A police official said the victim was being harassed by her in-laws to bring dowry. A case under Sections 304-B, 307 and 498 of the IPC has been registered against the husband, Balbir Singh, and other members of her in-laws family. No arrest have been made so far.


Boy crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
A 12-year-old boy, Swaran Kumar, resident of Mani Majra, was crushed to death by Shatabadi Express here this morning. According to police sources, Swaran along with his brother was trying to cross railway line near the Modern Housing Complex. His brother crossed the track but Swaran came under the wheels of the speeding train.


Tupperware performers felicitated
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
About 900 star performers of Tupperware India, a US-based direct seller of premium plastic food containers, were felicitated by the senior vice-president Mr Christian Skroder and other senior members of the company who came down to the city for the annual summer celebrations organised at Kisan Bhavan in Sector 35 here today.

“India is one of the largest market for the tupperware products with a growth rate fluctuating between 50 to 60 per cent per annum,” said Mr Skroder who is looking after the marketing side of Tupperware in China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey and Poland.

Giving tips on product demonstrations, Mr Skroder said besides creating job opportunities for women of this region tupperware is also providing it’s dealers the exposure in the marketing field by enfolding them within a large learning network. There are learning cells in every town where the members can get valuable tips on selling a product, he said.

When asked why only women have come forward for the dealerships in this region, Mr Skroder said in the other countries men have contributed in the growth of tupperware in a lesser percentage. In India where the kitchen is solely a woman’s domain, women are best suited for selling of these products, he said.

Tupperware which made an entry into the Indian market and simultaneously in the northern region has recently launched a wide range of products for kids called “Tupperkids” that includes toys to ice cups, dinner tumbler with straw, spill proof tumbler and lunch box. Looking at the Indians’ need to store spices,tupperware is also going to launch another range of products in the near future.

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