Thursday, May 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Masked robbers strike at midnight
Three injured in a series of robberies
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 8
In three separate robbery incidents three persons, including a couple and a women, were seriously injured when a band of armed robbers struck at Mohan Nagar Colony, Issapur village and a hut in an orchard, in this township late last night.

Armed with batons, the band of masked robbers first struck at a house in Mohan Nagar Colony at about 12.30 am. They injured the landlord, Mr Chaman Lal and his wife Arti. They then stormed to an orchard on the Dera Bassi—Ambala road, and assaulted eight members of a Muslim family residing in a hut. Before leaving the hut they hit Begum Naseema on the head and took away Rs 5,000 in cash and some silver jewellery.

After half an hour the gang struck at a tubewell in the fields of Issapur village, about 1 km away from earlier the spot, tied four Nepalese labourers and robbed them of Rs 9,000 in cash.

Sources said that the robbers entered the house after scaling down the boundary wall of Mr Chaman Lal’s house. They climbed atop the house from the backside and went down stairs and forcibly opened the door of the room where Mr Chaman Lal and his wife were sleeping.

Chaman Lal, who was seriously injured, was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, while Arti and Begum Naseema were discharged after treatment at the local Civil Hospital.

Ms Arti, while narrating the sequences of events,. said ‘‘Two masked Hindi and Punjabi speaking persons, were carrying batons in their hands forcibly entered our house. One of them flashed a torch on our faces and started hitting on our heads In the attack, Chaman and I sustained head injuries.’’

‘‘After my husband sustained head injuries and his head started bleeding profusely, another robber switched on the light. He tore a piece of cloth from the quilt, handed over it to me and asked to dab the wound,’’ Arti said.

‘‘They then directed us to handover the cash and jewellery. I took out all the gold and silver jewellery and Rs 5,000 and handed over to them. After taking the valuables they dragged me from my hair and also directed my husband to go to an adjacent store,’’ said Ms Arti.

‘‘After leaving the house they bolted the store and also locked the room where my son Harish and daughter Bharti were asleep,’’ she added.

She added, ‘‘Hearing cries the children raised alarm following which the neighbours assembled and the police was informed’’.

Mr Balwinder Singh Brar, DSP, along with his team, reached the spot. A team of forensic experts was also pressed into service.

The gang then struck at an orchard, owned by Mr Gurnam Singh, and beat up its contractor, Mr Jahoor Ahmed his wife Begum Naseema and other six members of their family, who were residing in a hut there. The robbers also took Rs 5000 and some silver jewellery from them, said Mr Ahmed.

They then stormed to a tubewell in the fields of Mr Basant Singh, sarpanch of Issapur village and tied up four Nepalese labourers, Ram Kishan, Jitan, Kheru and Barna Ram, and took away Rs 5,000, Rs 2,000, Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,000 from them, respectively.

Mr A.S. Dhindsa, SDM, visited all spots and assured the families that the culprits would be nabbed soon. After registering cases the police has started investigating the matter. 


College staff asked to file affidavits
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The local SGGS College, Sector 26, has taken a lead in demanding affidavits from all lecturers to check the tuition menace. The move came despite the fact that the college is not under the purview of the Punjab Government and is guided by the UT Administration and Panjab University in all service matters.

Sources said the management of the college, the Sikh Education Society, at a meeting last week, decided to go ahead with the implementation of the orders of the Government.

Following the decision, the Principal, Mr P.S. Sangha, wrote to the teaching staff in his college to submit affidavits within 10 days of the issuance of the letter. The letter was issued on May 4 stating the last date for submitting affidavits as May 13.

Though no member of the Sikh Education Society was available for comment, sources said the decision had been taken in view of the similar steps taken by other colleges being run by the society in Punjab. Since the society has demanded similar affidavits from its lecturers in Banga and Kadian, teachers of Chandigarh have been also asked to do the same to avoid discrimination.

The Panjab University Senate had termed tuitions by college lecturers as illegal in 1996-97 by amending a rule in the calendar under which teachers could carry on with tuition work outside college with the prior permission of the principal.

Meanwhile, college authorities’ demand for affidavits on non-judicial stamp papers of Rs 15 has not been taken well by lecturers. They claim that when the university has already banned tuitions and teachers of city colleges are not answerable to the Punjab Government, the submission of affidavits is pointless.

A lecturer of the college said, “The Principal knows exactly who is taking tuitions and no action has been initiated against violators of the ban despite the university ruling. How, can they expect a Punjab Government order to be of any consequence?’’


Factory peon brutally murdered
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 8
A peon of a factory was brutally done to death in the Phase VIII Industrial here Area last night.

The deceased, Dina Nath (36), had been attacked with sharp-edged weapons and his head had deep gashes.

Dina Nath, who hailed from Garhwal in Uttranchal had about 25 to 30 stab wounds all over his body. Signs of a scuffle have also been noticed. Blood in the room of the victim indicated that he had tried to put up a strong fight.

The murder came to light when one of the factory workers Gurjit Singh went to the industrial unit in the morning today and found the main gate lying open. When he entered Dina Nath’s room, which was near the main gate, he saw his body lying upside down in a pool of blood.

The worker immediately informed the owner of the factory about the incident, who in turn, called up the police. Soon after, the police reached the scene of crime and spent about two to three hours there. Mediapersons were not allowed to enter the factory premises.

Mr Ramandeep Singh Ahluwalia Manging Director of Suntime Energy Ltd, the factory where the crime had taken place, said he had employed Dina Nath less than two months ago. The deceased used to live in a room near the gate on the factory premises.

He said it appeared that Dina Nath had been killed due to personal enmity. He said somebody had come to meet Dina Nath and the two had food together last night.

He added that the police had asked for a dog squad and finger print experts. It is reported that the finger prints could not be lifted by the experts as they were very light.

Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Ropar after a visit to the scene of crime said according to preliminary investigation, it had been found that the killers were known to the victim and had access to his room. They had probably come to steal something from the factory and were looking for the keys which were lying in Dina Nath’s room. He said no keys of the factory were however missing.

Mr H.S. Bhullar, DSP, also suggested that the killers either had personal enmity with the victim or had come to steal something from the factory. He said a case under Sections 460 and 34 of the IPC had been registered and further investigations were on.

The body of Dina Nath had been sent to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem, which would be conducted tomorrow.


‘PGI Director cannot hold two posts’
S.K. Sharma to vacate the post of Head of Urology Dept
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Giving express instructions that the post of the Professor and Head of the Urology Department, PGI, be advertised as soon as possible, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has finally established that the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, who currently heads the Department of Urology as well, cannot hold two posts at the same time.

Stating that the PGI Director can either be the administrative head of the institution or the academic head of a department in the PGI, Mr Suresh Chandel, MP and member of the PGI's governing body, said this has been done following the pattern in other similar institutions.

Mr Chandel stated that the PGI has already been instructed to this effect by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and will soon be advertising the post of the head of Department of Urology which is to be considered vacant. This order of the minister to the PGI Director is in accordance with the Judgement of the Supreme Court in the case of Dr Kakkar vs AIIMS where the Supreme Court laid down the principle that for such senior posts a dual charge was not allowed. The same person could either be an administrative head of the institution or the head of a teaching-cum-research department.

It is expected that the interview of this post is also likely to be included in the interviews for the post of 14 professors postponed recently by the PGI following ill health of the PGI Director.

Answering questions, Mr Chandel, who is also a member of the selection committee, agreed that some of the PGI departments were understaffed and there was an urgent need to fill the posts.

Prof S.K. Sharma for the last two years has been following the tradition of the PGI that the Director continues to be the head of the department and spends a large amount of time attending to his patients in the OPD and the operation theatre. Some earlier Directors as also Prof Sharma have regularly participated in national and international seminars and presented academic papers. It is noteworthy that Prof Sharma has recently been awarded a big research project worth Rs 18 lakh by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Prof Sharma was to analyse genomic variations in population with kidney stone diseases.


Extend Red Cross movement to rural areas: Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab Governor, Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd), today underlined the need for expanding the network of the Red Cross movement to remote rural areas to benefit the 70 per cent population of India who is living in the villages.

Speaking at a state-level function of the World Red Cross Day organised at Ropar, 40 km from here, today, General Jacob said that this movement should not remain confined to urban areas and we should move towards rural areas to supplement the efforts of the government agencies.

Expressing concern over spread of tuberculosis, especially in the congested areas and slums, the Governor said that the Red Cross volunteers should fan out to slums and congested areas and identify the tuberculosis patients at an early stage. General Jacob said that we must launch a movement against this deadly disease otherwise it would become an epidemic.

Underling the need for providing proper dental cover in rural areas, General Jacob said that we must emphasise on preventive dental care as more than 60 per cent children of Punjab were suffering from dental ailments.

Urging the people to participate in the voluntary blood donation movement, the Governor said that it was imperative to make this movement success as we are collecting only 20 lakh units of blood against the requirement of 60 lakh units of blood.

Lauding the role of Punjab State Branch of the Red Cross for involving villagers in providing the first aid to pilgrims going to the Holla Mohalla Fair organised at Anandpur Sahib last month, the Governor said no voluntary movement could be successful unless and until it motivated the people to become part of it.

Earlier, the Governor inaugurated a dental exhibition organised to create awareness among people regarding dental hygiene. The Governor also inaugurated a blood donation camp. On this occasion, General Jacob honoured Mr Maurisis Ruscelli, an Italian orthopaediatrician, and other social workers who have been deputed by the International Red Cross Society to conduct surgery on polio patients.

The Governor also inaugurated a website in the office of Deputy Commissioner. The website provided a historic perspective of Ropar district and all information required by the general public. The Governor also paid a surprise visit to various branches of the Deputy Commissioner’s office and checked the pending files.

Mrs Seema Jain, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, gave an overview of the activities of the district branch whereas Capt Rajdeep Singh, secretary, Punjab State Branch, also spoke about the activities of the branch.

451 examined at medical camp

The Indian Red Cross Society, UT Branch, and Department of Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration, with the assistance of a team of doctors from the Sector 16 General Hospital and Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, organised a medical check-up camp at the Lions Dispensary, Ram Darbar, to commemorate the World Red Cross Day today. This was first of the 15 camps proposed to be organised in different parts of the city.

As far as 451 patients were examined at the camp. Doctors in the disciplines of orthopaedics, ENT, ophthalmology, psychiatry, general medicine, gynaecology and paediatrics were present. About 121 patients with eye problems, 82 with orthopaedics-related problems, 68 ENT cases, 29 cases of psychiatric ailment were examined at the camp for disabilities screening and further treatment or surgery. Besides, 110 patients were examined by doctors with general medicine, paediatrics and gynaecology specialisations. Out of the orthopaedically disabled persons, 50 have been detected suffering from over 40 per cent disability and their cases have been processed for issuance of disability certificates, pension and I-cards. These would be delivered at their homes through the community-based rehabilitation workers. In addition, 58 children were administered with hepatitis-B doses and 25 applications from physically challenged persons have been got filled up for grant of loans under the schemes for the benefit of the disabled.

All those who attended the camp including the patients, their attendants, workers, employees and doctors were provided with lunch and refreshments by Mr Alamjit Singh Mann, president of the Jindgi Welfare Society, Chandigarh.

Dr (Brig) M.L. Kataria, who is running free medical dispensaries at 16 different places in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, was present with his team of doctors.

The next camp is scheduled for 19.5.2002 (Sunday) at Government High School, Hallomajra. The following is the schedule for the camps — For Bapu Dham (High School, Bapu Dham — May 26), for Mani Majra (PHC, Mani Majra — June 2), for Mauli Jagran, Daria, Makhan Majra and Raipur Kalan (High School, Mauli Jagran — June 9), for Colony No 4, Industrial Area (Phase I) and Sector 29 (CITCO Community Centre — June 16), for Colony No 5, Burail, colony of Sector 45 (High School, Burail — June 23), Kajheri, colony of Sector 52 and Nehru Colony (High School, Kajheri — June 30), Palsora, slum cluster and Peer Colony (Government Primary School, Palsora Colony — July 7), for Maloya village and colony (High School, Maloya — July 14), for Dadu Majra colony and village (Senior Secondary School, Dadu Majra colony — July 21), for Dhanas (High School, Dhanas — July 28), for Sectors 24, 25, Kumhar Colony and Janata Colony (Government School, Sector 25 — August 4), for Indira Colony, Kishangarh and Kaimbwala (AWB/dispenbsary, Anganwari — August 11) and for Sarangpur, Khuda Alisher, Khuda Lahora and Khuda Jassu (Government High School, Sarangpur — August 18).


The District Red Cross Society organised a blood donation camp at Bal Bhavan, Sector 15, here on Wednesday in order to mark the World Red Cross Day. As many as 42 donors donated blood at the camp.

The Bharat Vikas Parishad, in collaboration with Bharat Petroleum Corporation, distributed school uniforms to 92 poor students of various government Schools. The secretary of the parishad, Mr P.K. Bansal, said that the parishad would also organise a function on May 12 at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, to provide books and stationery to 1,500 poor students . He also said that a free polio camp will be organised later .

Mr Suresh Kumar Goyal, ADC, Mr Rajesh Jogpal, City Magistrate, Mr M.S. Yadav, SDM, were also present on this occasion.

Meanwhile, the students of Firstep Montessori School on Wednesday celebrated the World Red Cross Day with a spirit of brotherhood. The Principal, Ms Madhu Trehan, explained to the children the work done by Red Cross volunteers. The students voluntarily donated eatables, toiletries, clothes etc., which were later distributed to poor patients in Government Dispensary, Mauli Jagran, and Civil Hospital, Mani Majra.


A blood donation camp was held at SA Jain Senior Model School, Ambala city, to mark Red Cross day.

A number of people donated blood at the camp. Mr Rajendra Garg donated blood for the 108th time.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr D.D. Gautam, honoured several persons for their social work. Those who were honoured included SDM Maheshwar Sharma, Ms Anima Jain, Ms Kiran Angra, Dr Deshbandhu, Mr Bharat Bhushan Jain, Mr N.K. Sharma and Mr A.K.Bhandari.

Painting and essay competitions were organised on the occasion. In essay, Rajvinder Kaur of PKR Jain School was first, Sheetal of PKR Jain School and Yogesh Raheja of SA Jain School were second and Megha Garg of Hargolal School won the consolation prize. In the painting competition, Saloni Gupta of DAV School was first, Shiv Kumar of Sohan Lal School was second and Rajnish of SA Jain School was third, while the consolation prize was given to Neha Bakshi of Hargolal School. 


‘Privatise garbage collection’
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Garbage littered across the city, despite municipality’s claims to the contrary, cries for measures like putting in place an effective door-to-door garbage collection system.

Part of the blame for the failure to ensure door-to-door garbage collection goes to the Municipal Corporation, which has failed to chalkout strategies to start the basic cleaning exercise. Only in few areas of the city does the system of daily door-to-door collection run by private individuals exist.

When contacted, MC officials said the system had never existed in the whole city and it was upto the responsible residents of the city to take an initiative in this regard. The Corporation could not take care of the entire city due to paucity of funds and monitoring problems. They, however, accepted that the regular cleaning-up system had been working in northern sectors.

There are examples of residents engaging private contractors for collecting garbage, for Rs 15 to Rs 30 per month per house.

The Sector-21 Citizens Association President, Mr. P. C. Sangi, who is also a nominated Councillor, has effectively put the method to use. Initially, there were a few hiccups as some residents of the sector were not very forthcoming in making payments, he admits.

Mr Sangi has made a useful suggestion for ensuring equal government-people participation that might go a long way in resolving problems of the city without depending upon government machinery.

He has given a proposal to the Municipal Corporation to take charge of collection of garbage collection fee and transfer ‘the job’ to NGOs and resident associations, which were ready to manage their own garbage collection by including the fee in the water bill. Mr Sangi said if this could be done, NGOs and resident welfare associations would happily take up the responsibility.

Experts said another measure could be that the Municipal Corporation provide residents with bio-degradable plastic bags, so that household garbage was collected in front of their houses and Corporation employees pick up the same from each house.

The need arises out of the tendency of the people not to take garbage to the bins in their vicinity and littering their locality or not throwing properly garbage in the bins provided.

Such a system had been introduced by Ms Babar Mallick in New Delhi through an NGO, which used to distribute bags to carry garbage and pick it up.

The system of individuals doing the same in many sectors requires to be modelled in a fashion where the private operators are bound by Corporation rules, to ensure that garbage would be dumped in to the Corporation bins.

Mr Sangi’s suggestion could also help the Corporation to make their new project of providing 10 garbage disposal centres in the city by June 6 successful. Garbage would be delivered at these centres daily through a network of associations and NGOs.

The garbage will be segregated by Municipal staff initially and later by private operators probably. Garbage, earlier a problem, could in the future become a source of wealth for the Corporation and the residents due to its potential for being turned into manure and electricity at the disposal stage.

The associations and NGOs could even take over the responsibility of sweeping and ‘gardening’ their localities, with the MC partially transferring funds for these responsibilities to the associations.

Mr Sangi has shown his readiness to take up this responsibility. Officials too, privately agree to such suggestions, but who will bell the cat?


Admn opposes Sidhu’s plea
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 8
Reacting to the plea of PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu to detain him in Model Burail Jail instead of Patiala where he has been presently lodged, the UT Administration opposed his request while filing a reply before a court here today.

The Administration stated in the reply that a number of cases were pending in Punjab against the accused and the court had no jurisdiction to order transfer of the accused from Central Jail, Patiala, to Burail Jail. The case will now come for hearing on May 13. 


Residents complain of muddy water
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 8
With the temperature soaring, complaints from consumers are being received regarding the deteriorating water supply position in the town.

The complaints range from the supply of muddy water to low pressure in various phases. However, consumers in certain pockets, including those in Phase V and X, have expressed satisfaction with the supply situation.

Some consumers are restoring to illegal measures like the installation of pump sets direct on the mainline while occupants of first floor and higher floors are being compelled to carry water from the ground floor. Others have opted or storage tanks on the ground floor to tackle the problem.

Mr Manjit Singh Sethi, municipal councillor who lives in Phase 3-A, said today that the supply position was poor in his area. On May 7, the position was better when the SDO concerned was making a round of the area but the water pressure dropped soon after he left. He said the water was muddy. “If about 1.5 litre of water is kept in a bottle for a few hours, one finds that around 20 gm of mud settles at the bottom.”

Mr Sethi said a number of consumers had been compelled to install pump sets to tide over the problem. Some of them had even installed these on the main supply line. Water in many cases was not reaching the overhead storage tanks of consumers.

Mr Manmohan Singh Lang, municipal councillor living in Phase VII, said the water pressure was better only on alternate days in the phase. A new tubewell had been sunk in the area but it was not proving to be of much benefit to the consumers as its discharge was inadequate and the water was muddy. As the water often did not reach the first and higher floors, their occupants are having tough time transporting water from the ground floor.

Ms Umang Preet, a student and first-floor resident of Phase IV, said the water problem cropped up every year during the summer. She said her family had been compelled this year to have a storage tank on the ground floor from where water had to be pumped up. However, clean water for drinking remained a problem. “My mother often has to get up around 3 a.m. to fill containers of drinking water,” she added.

Ms Manmohan Kaur, municipal councillor of Phase II, said she had received complaints from several consumers regarding the poor supply situation. The pressure was usually low and the water in many cases did not reach the first and higher floors. On many occasions overhead tanks in houses remained empty.

Ms Pramjit Kaur of Phase X said she was not facing a problem of water shortage. The pressure was adequate during the morning and evening supply hours

Ms Sita Devi, a former municipal councillor living on the second floor in Phase V, said there was a water problem for two or three days about a fortnight ago. However, there was no water shortage at present.


Rs 17.5 lakh compensation demanded for wife’s death
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, May 8
In an unusual development of what is now known as the Mohinder Kaur Case, Mr H.S. Tuli, husband of the late Mohinder Kaur, has claimed a compensation of Rs 17.5 lakh from the PGI on charges of negligence by some PGI doctors, leading to her death, through the UT Consumer Court.

Acting on a complaint filed by Mr Tuli, the consumer court has issued a notice to the Director of the PGI and other doctors concerned, who include the Head of Neuro-Surgery Department, the Head of Anesthesia Department and an Assistant Professor.

Mr Tuli stated in the petition that on March 7, 2001, his 69-year-old wife, Ms Mohinder Kaur, complained of a severe headache. After the CT scan revealed that there was leakage of blood in the brain, she was immediately rushed to the PGI and was admitted to the emergency ward at about 10 p.m under the supervision of a neuro-surgeon.

On March 8, 2001 till about 9 a.m all the tests as advised by the doctor were conducted at the PGI, including a Brain Angiography. Reports of the tests showed and confirmed leaking aneurysm in the brain. She was advised immediate surgery. Mr Tuli further alleged that despite the fact that there was an emergency and repeated requests by him to the doctors concerned no, operation was performed on March 8, 2001.

Later, on March 9, 2001 he again requested the doctors to conduct an operation upon his wife. But the doctors informed him that the operation could not be performed on account of the Holi holiday and non-availability of staff.

On March 10, 2001, the doctors informed Mr Tuli that the operation theatre was not available and as such the operation would not be performed that day too.

He alleged that on March 11, 2001, Mrs Mohinder Kaur, was admitted to the intensive care unit, but that too only after she was declared brain dead. He added that this was a case of leaking cerebral aneurysm not being operated upon for three days and four nights leading to the patient’s becoming brain dead and finelly being declared dead on March 14, 2001.

On a complaint, the city police started an enquiry at the intervention of the UT Administrator. The PGI too, appointed a one-man enquiry committee comprising Dr J.S. Chopra to look into the matter. By July, the Chopra committee had submitted its report but it was kept under wraps.

Repeated demands were made by some governing body members that the report of Dr Chopra be discussed in the governing body, but the report was neither made public nor discussed. As a result no action was taken upon the findings of the report.

Mr Tuli has now claimed a compensation of Rs 17.5 lakh that includes refund of expenses paid and charges incurred Rs (50,000), compensation for employment for attendant for looking after the household (Rs 2 lakh) compensation for loss of income and extra financial burden (Rs 5 lakh) and compensation for mental discomfort, harassment and loss of life of his wife (Rs 10 lakh).


Transparency is essence of democracy’
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, May 8
Public is firmly raising its head in dissent, this time not over a routine matter of official negligence, but over the national issue of ‘judicial accountability’. PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu messed up with morals at many stages, but along with him many respectable members of the judiciary also allegedly landed in the dock.

The public anguish is understandable and the reactions that surfaced yesterday and today were only expected. Dejected with the way some members of the ‘law-securing judiciary’ allegedly proceeded to bypass law and secure place for their wards in PCS (judicial), advocates of District Courts and different lawyers’ bodies demanded a high-level probe into the allegations.

Today’s reaction of advocates came close on the heels open demand for probe into the crumbling judicial system by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

Many organisations and advocates have also demanded a probe into the scandal and alleged that the order passed by the High Court has generated resentment among the general public. They appreciated the page one editorial No, My Lord by the Editor of the Tribune, Mr Hari Jaisingh, and ‘Point of Law’ by Mr Anupam Gupta”.

The President of the District Bar Association(DBA), Mr N.K Nanda, said, “The DBA will follow the decision of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Association. He added that in the democratic country like ours there was great need of free flow of information.

The president of the Voluntary Blood Donation Society of the District Courts, Mr R.K. Mahajan, said there was resentment among public, especially among lawyers. He added that the advocates had taken serious view of the PPSC scandal unearthed by the investigating agency. Mr Mahajan extended support to the Bar’s association’s resolution.

Meanwhile, the president of the Chandigarh unit of the Lawyers for Human Rights International, Mr Tejinder Singh Sudan, appreciated the role of media in highlighting the issue.

Another advocate Mr K.S. Lamba said, “As the crucial issue of judicial morality hangs fire, all eyes are set on the Supreme Court of India. The issue may invite a landmark judgment from the Apex Court of the land”.

Mr Rajan Malhotra, an advocate, said the law must be same for all and anyone found guilty should be punished according to law. He added, “if timely action is not taken against the persons involved in the scandal, people will lose the faith in the judiciary”

“The order passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, prohibiting the state of Punjab, the investigating agency and other respondents from disclosing details of the statements and confessions of the accused, besides the contents of the case diaries, has caused resentment among the general public, specially the advocate community” said Mr N.S Minhas, an advocate. He added there was an urgent need to disclose the name of the persons who were allegedly involved in the scandal.


MC officials back out, fail to name
‘interfering’ Cong councillors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Congress councillors here today ‘won’ a perceived officials-councillors tussle sparked off by reported allegations by certain MC officials that some Congressmen were ‘interfering’ in their official work.

The standoff, which began two days ago, ended with MC officials denying that they had made any allegations against any councillors as reported in a section of the media.

Resolving of the tussle, however, came as a relief to people of the city with the Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation being asked to institutionalise a monthly meeting of the councillors to monitor the progress of developmental work.

The meeting was attended among others by the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M. P. Singh, the Chief Engineer, Mr. V. K. Bharadwaj and other officers of the level of Executive Engineers.

The Municipal Corporation also issued an official denial of the media report, saying none of the officers had made these allegations and no meeting to lodge these complaints had taken place.

The corporation also sought to explain to councillors about its constraints in not having been able to take up developmental work due to paucity of funds and involvement of the supervisory staff in managing the paid parking lots after the contractor left it mid way.

The Congress councillor could only extract a promise from officials to hasten the developmental work and also confine themselves to their official conduct and desist from making ‘baseless’' insinuations.

The official denial of the report by the MC said that officials were reminded about circulars issued from time-to- time about their interaction with the media.

Contrary to the media report, each one of the officials was asked to name the Congress councillor, who had interfered with an intention of personal gains.

But none of the officers owned the reported statement.


Appease your palate at Sundaram’s
Harvinder Khetal
Tribune News Service

If it’s typical authentic South Indian food that you’re looking for, your search should end at Sundaram’s in Sector 35, adjoining Himani Hotel. Be it dosa-sambar or other delicacies, they all are dished out under the personal supervision of Ms Uma Maheshwari Sundaram to ensure the right flavour. That tradition is maintained in service by her husband. He explains that theirs is the only eatery in the city that serves food in pure Madrasi style: on the kela patta (banana leaf). An added advantage of this practice is that hygiene is doubly maintained, with the clean kela patta on the clean steel plate.

Incidentally, steel utensils are the other convention taken from the South. So, be it rasam or filtered coffee given in small-sized glasses (at least, Punjabis think so), everything comes in the shiny stuff.

The best part is that the South Indian couple and their team of cooks led by Jaganathan, who has over 33 years of experience in the South, has managed to lure not only customers from her land (settled here) but a good number of North Indians also make up her clientele.

What is the secret of the success of this venture that came up in February-end only?

Well, very reasonable prices, for one. While the snacks begin at Rs 20, the big thali (enough for two girls) costs just Rs 75 and other items are ranged in between. And the most important: the magic in the lady’s hands who churns out chutneys and vadas and sambar in typical masalas and herbs. No MDH or other readymade spices for her. Just as taught by her mother and granny, she grinds the mix of spices in the right proportions till the aroma invades her kitchen.

Yes. Her job begins early in the morning at 5 o’clock when she starts preparing the base for the idlis, dosas, uthappams etc that are later churned fresh in the restaurant. But, again, in keeping with our culture, she first takes a bath, then prays to God by breaking a coconut. After that there’s no respite. It’s non-stop work till 12 at night, including updating the accounts book.

In fact, it was appreciation for her culinary expertise from family and friends that prompted her to resign her job with the CII last year to set up an outdoor catering business. And its roaring success led her to open an outlet. Her husband, who also recently quit his job to join her, proudly proclaims that Uma has single-handedly catered to a party of 300 guests. They take orders for a group of minimum 40 persons (call 98142-11523). You get an unlimited quantity of idli, vada, dosa and uthappam along with dahi vada or coffee prepared in your home for Rs 70 per person. Anything else is extra.

It is said that the test of a good South Indian khana lies in its rasam and coffee. Just taste Sundaram’s and you are bound to credit them with full honours. While they serve a variety of dosas (plain, masala, rava, onion, coconut, cheese, butter, green) uthappams and rice (lemon, tamarind, curd, tomato), their executive and snacks thalis with a sprinkling of almost all delicacies remain the favourite.


Have fun in the sun this summer
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 8
An amusement and water park, “Thunder Zone,” is all set to be opened to the public on May 10.

Located on the SAS Nagar-Sirhind road, the amusement park is at a distance of about 6 km from the town and offers a wide range of thrilling rides.

Mr Manjit Singh, one of the executive directors, told mediapersons today that the dry and the wet parks were being opened simultaneously.

The dry park had amusement items like ‘Octopus’, ‘Swinging Chairs’, ‘Caterpillar’, ‘Colombus’, ‘Mono Junction’, ‘Sun ’n’Moon’, ‘Baby Train’, ‘Striking Cars’, ‘Splash and Music Bob’. Another item, ‘Mono Rail’, which would move around the lake at a height of 12 ft from the ground, would be introduced by the end of May.

In the wet park, the authorities have provided a kiddies’ pool, a slide pool and a wave pool. The wave pool will generate artificial waves of six different types, giving a virtual seaside effect.

Mr Manjit Singh said the second phase of the park would be completed in a year’s time and log huts, a ropeway and a sky balloon would be introduced then.

He said the park was spread over 11 acre and had come up at a cost of Rs 7 crore.

Mr Manjit Singh said some unique amusement items of international standard had been introduced for the first time in this region. The park had been so conceived as to maintain ecological balance. Stress had been laid to maintain proper hygiene. A sewerage treatment plant and a water filteration facility had been installed for the purpose. Rainwater harvesting techniques had been used in the entire landscapped area to ensure ground water re-charging.

Eating joints like Eats, Meal on Heel and Pizza Zone also form part of the amusement park. Pizza Zone is situated at the centre of a lake. 


GBA workers’ memo to Labour Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
A delegation of the Groz Beckert Asia (GBA) Workers union today submitted a memorandum to the Labour Secretary, UT, requesting him to resolve the conflict between the workers and the management on the issue relating to charge-sheeting of a few workers.

The workers, on the 29th day of their protest yesterday, started relay fast.


Sukhna’s desilting to begin on May 14
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Save Sukhna Lake Society, UT Administration, has decided to begin “Shramdan-2002” on May 14 at the regulator end of the Sukhna Lake. The opening ceremony will be inaugurated by the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob.

The administration has appealed to people to participate in “shramdan” daily between 6 am to 8 am. This year, special incentives will be given to the most regular volunteers. Mechanical desiltation through which most of the silt is removed will also begin on May 14.


Cop’s missing son found dead
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 8
The three-day search of Mr Mahinder Singh, a head constable with the Chandigarh police, for his missing son, Surjit Singh (25), ended tragically today when he was informed that his son had been found dead in the Leisure Valley, Sector 10. The police suspects Surjit has committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance.

Sources added that the deceased’s family suspects that he has been murdered. However, the family members could not be contacted.

According to sources, Mr Mahinder Singh, had reported to the police that his son had been missing since Monday. The police this afternoon received information that the body of a youth in his twenties was lying in the Leisure Valley, which was later identified as that of Surjit.

Police sources said that Surjit was working as a teacher in some school in Fatehgarh Sahib district and was having an affair with a girl, presently employed in a Sector 41 school. It is said that Surjit wanted to marry the girl. He was said to be mentally upset for quite some time. The body has been sent for post-mortem.


3 more arrested in murder case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 8
The police today claimed to have arrested three more persons involved in the murder of Harvinder Singh, a resident of Palsora. Harvinder was murdered on Monday night following a clash between two groups in the locality.

Those who were arrested are Ramesh, Ram Dass and Kamal. Another accused, Sanjay Haji, was arrested yesterday. Harvinder was hit on head with a kirpan.


Three vehicles stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 8
Three complaints of vehicle thefts were received from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours. The police also arrested one alleged car thief.

Ranjit Singh, a resident of Ambala, was arrested by the police yesterday and a Tata Sierra car, belonging to Lieut-Col K.L. Sharma (retd), a resident of Panchkula, was recovered from his possession. The complainant had reported to the police that the accused had stolen the vehicle from a parking lot in Sector 34 on Monday evening. Ranjit was arrested under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.

Mr Kamaljit Singh of Sector 47 reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH-01-Z-2553) was stolen from Sector 47 market yesterday. Ford Ikon car (CH-03-H-7839) of Mr Kulbir Singh, a resident of Sector 44, was reportedly stolen from his residence on Monday night. Mr Ram Singh, a resident of the PGI colony, also reported to the police that his scooter (CHL-6356) was stolen from Sector 35 on Monday evening. Separate cases of theft have been registered.

A resident of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, Mr Ram Jee, has complained to the police that he was assaulted and injured by three fellow residents and their friends on May 2. The complainant reportedly got a fracture in his finger. A case against the accused, Dalip, Santosh, Ram Asre and others, has been registered under Sections 323, 325 and 34 of the IPC.

Deepak, a resident of Sector 38, was arrested under various sections of the Gambling Act from near his residence here on Tuesday. He was allegedly playing satta. The police claimed to have recovered Rs 12,000 from his possession.


Labourer killed
A 17-year-old labourer was killed in a landslide near Rattewali village here today. It is learnt that the victim, Shinda, was involved in the mining on the Rattewali rivulet and had dug a pit almost 12 feet deep. He accidentally fell down in the pit and a huge mountain of sand , gravel and boulders that had been lying on the side came crumbling down in the pit. By the time the other labourers were able to lift him out of the pit, he had reportedly died of asphyxia.


Camps for assessment of sales tax
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Chamber of Chandigarh Industries has appealed to traders to avail of the benefit of camps being organised by the UT Excise and Taxation Department for deemed assessment of pending cases of sales tax upto financial year 1997-98.

The department in association with the Chamber would organise two-day camps on May 10 and 11 at the Community Centre in Industrial Area, phase I, stated Mr A.L. Aggarwal, general secretary of the Chamber in a press note today.

He said under this scheme, the entrepreneurs had to deposit Rs 100 per Rs 1 lakh of sales turnover every assessment year in the State Bank of India by Sales Tax Challan and there was no need of furnishing local or central sales tax forms like ST XXII, C forms, H forms etc. 

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