Saturday, May 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Discounts cost liquor traders dear
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The ongoing bonanza for beer guzzlers may not last very long as liquor contractors in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar are heading for a loss of about Rs 3 crore or Rs 10 lakh daily if the discounts persist. Beer is selling at about Rs 20 a bottle as compared to Rs 50 a bottle last year. In the southern sectors of Chandigarh, beer is selling between Rs 25 and Rs 30 a bottle.

The real discounts are in Mani Majra area near Panchkula in Haryana. One can actually haggle over the prices which are lowered when supplies are adequate and hiked a bit when supply is short. Competition between traders in Manimajra and Panchkula has fueled the discounts.

Interestingly, sale of beer has increased five times since last year. In the past one month, sales have touched about 50,000 bottles every day whereas it was about 10,000 to 15,000 bottles last year. Sources in the trade say if beer is sold at Rs 20 a bottle then liqour traders in Chandigarh lose Rs 2 per bottle. Since vends are offering beer at virtually throw-away prices, business has shifted to vends offering discounts thus affecting other liquor traders in the city. The overall loss of revenue when compared with that of the last year touches Rs 10 lakh daily.

Consumers are surprised over the discounts being offered. It is the ego clash between two liquor cartels each hell bent upon finishing the other which has resulted in discounts. Even by selling beer at Rs 20 a bottle, traders in Haryana are not making losses as they have to pay lesser duty and taxes. However, the lowering of rates in Panchkula affects liquor business in Chandigarh thus it compels traders to lower rates of liquor here also.

Sources in the trade see the ongoing price war as a conspiracy of bigger liquor tycoons to keep the small fish out of the business in the future. The price war may virtually leave a few traders with nothing in their pockets. Mr Satya Pal, one of the oldest liquor traders in the city, says trade will be ruined if things continue like this. He predicts that the rates will have to go up. However, this he says, will depend on how deep are the pockets of traders who are bearing losses.

Meanwhile, the Hotel Association of Chandigarh has it own grouse. Under the new excise policy, these have been directed to procure liquor and beer from the vends falling in their respective areas. This has given the vends a monopoly over the sale of beer which is sold at Rs 20 a bottle but is sold at Rs 30 a bottle to the hotelier. After paying taxes, it costs Rs 37 a bottle and is sold at no less than Rs 45 to Rs 50.

Mr Ashok Bansal, general secretary of association, said the administration should intervene in the matter as the price war was affecting the trade. He demanded that hotelier should be allowed to procure beer and liquor from wholesaler or retailer within Chandigarh and not be restricted to vends in their respective areas.

Mr Satya Pal also says the price war and restrictions on purchase have affected hoteliers’ business and they should be allowed to procure liquor from any place.

Is beer pasteurised?

Is the beer selling at throw-away prices in Chandigarh and Panchkula pasteurised? Source indicate that most likely it is not. To prolong the shelf life of beer and to prevent it from fermenting, it needs to be pasteurised. This is done by keeping it at temperatures ranging from 6°C to 70°C. The process takes about 21 days to complete. With demand being so high, there is every chance that the pasteurisation process is being overlooked to keep up the supplies. Non-pasteurised beer is not bad for consumption. It only has a shorter shelf life than the usual six-month period. Liquor companies and sellers seem to be confident that they will be able to sell off their stocks before fermentation sets in to spoil the taste of beer.



Nine-year-old dies after falling in open manhole
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 17
A nine-year-old boy, Ashok, died after drowning in an open sewerage manhole in the market parking lot of Phase IX here this afternoon. The body of the victim was taken out of the blocked sewerage manhole in the evening after family members of the victim noticed slippers of the victim lying near the manhole.

A lurking danger

Today’s incident of the death of a nine-year-old was a tragedy waiting to happen. A round of the town reveals that at a number of sites, the manhole covers were either missing or required urgent repairs. At some places the storm water gullies were broken. The work of the maintenance of the storm water gullies and sewerage is looked after by the Public Health Department on behalf of the SAS Nagar civic body.

The police has booked officials of the Public Health (Sewerage) and the Municipal Council for not covering the manhole, which led to the drowning of the boy.

According to information available, the victim was noticed playing near the site of the mishap at around 12.30 pm. When the boy did not return, the father of the victim, Hari Singh, started searching for him.

A parking lot is being developed around the sewerage manhole. The victim’s father is working as a labourer with the contractor entrusted with the work of laying the parking lot. The President of the civic body, Mr Kulwant Singh, said the police had erroneously named the civic body in the issue, as the parking work was being done on behalf of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority. The contractor should have properly covered the open manhole from all sides with barricades, he said.

The DSP, Mr H.S. Bhullar, said strict action would be taken against the erring departments. As per norms, an accident-prone site has to be properly marked with signs, e.g. in case of laying telephone cables, a ‘keep away’ sign has to be put up. But no such procedure was followed in this case.

Inquiries reveal the sewerage line has been blocked for the last over one year and the public health department had filed to clear the blockade. An official of Majestic Hotel, which is located a short distance from the site of the mishap, said repeated requests to the department to clear the lines had fallen on deaf ears.


PGI Director can reign in peace... till 62
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The long-drawn controversy raging over the past two years, regarding the age of retirement of the PGI Director Prof S.K. Sharma, has come to an end with Parliament being informed that the age of retirement of Prof S.K. Sharma is 62 and not 60 as was being alleged by various groups of people.

Answering a starred question placed before the Rajya Sabha last week, the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr C.P. Thakur, stated that there had been no irregularity in the appointment of Professor S.K. Sharma as Director, PGIMER, and that he was appointed on the recommendations of the special selection committee approved by the institute body held on January 5, 2002, for a term of five years or till he attained the age of superannuation, whichever was earlier.

The answer further states that, ‘Since the superannuation age of the member of the teaching faculty of the PGI was raised from 60 to 62 in the PGI vide PGIMER Chandigarh notification dated 24.2.1999, accordingly, Professor S.K. Sharma, who was selected to the post of the Director from the teaching faculty was appointed up to the age of 62 and this was done by the Central Government under rule 7(3) of the PGIMER 1967 with the approval of the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet.’

The question, put up by Mr Kirpal Parmar, MP, had stated, ‘whether it is a fact that the Members of Parliament and the PGI Union Chandigarh have drawn attention regarding the present Director PGI Chandigarh, who has shown the age of 62 in place of 60 in the notification by manipulating the PGI Act and the decision of the Governing Body; and if so, the officer responsible for mis-recording the decision and whether any action has been taken against him?’ The answer to this question was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on May 6, 2002.

According to sources, the PGI Employees Union, had complained to various members of the PGI Governing and Institute Body alleging that there had been rewriting of the age of superannuation of the PGI Director at some level.

According to one such complaint, the employees had alleged that the special selection committee meeting, held on January 5, 2000, that had appointed Prof S.K. Sharma as the Director PGI, had stated that ‘the Director has been appointed for a term of five years or till he attains the age of superannuation, whichever is earlier.’ The complaint further states that the Institute Body meeting, held the same day approved the appointment of Prof Sharma and repeated that he ‘has been appointed for a term of five years or till the age of superannuation whichever is earlier.’ Later, according to these employees, on the action-taken note of the Institute body meeting and the Director’s letter of appointment, the words were changed from ‘period of five years or the age of superannuation whichever is earlier’, to, ‘a period of five years or till he attains the age of 62, whichever event occurs earlier.’

With this answer to the Parliament, however this controversy of the age of retirement of the PGI Director is likely to come to an end. According to sources, an enquiry had even been held against a joint secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to investigate whether he had misrepresented the Institute Body’s decision while issuing the appointment letter to Prof Sharma.


Tagore Theatre in need of repair
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Way back on August 2, 1994, about 50 renowned dance exponents and critics, attending a kathak seminar in the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, had to shift the venue after power supply in the main hall failed. The supply could not be restored in the absence of a generator on the theatre premises.

Meeting on renovation pending

Further investigations revealed that some UT Administration officials, who are part of the Tagore Theatre advisory committee responsible for reviewing its maintenance, had engaged a local architect, Siddhart Wig and a National School of Drama member, Robin Das, to give suggestions with regard to its renovation. Proposals were submitted on April 1, this year, but a meeting is pending. These proposals include — landscaping of outer area, opening of cafeteria in basement, canteen renovation, provision of stalls housing theatrical items; and revamping of technical systems.

Seven years down the lane, this lone cultural centre of the city which is used to stage an average of 416 shows in a year, still does not have a generator. Right from the wooden planks which have fallen off the display board provided at the gate of the theatre to mention the day's engagements to the ineffective air conditioning plants — the theatre is awaiting urgent renovation.

Over the past 10 years, the city has emerged as a major cultural centre but no efforts have been made by the authorities to upgrade outdated sound and light systems still operational in Tagore Theatre, which is the only available indoor auditorium in the city (the Bhargava auditorium in PGI is let out, subject to the will of PGI authorities). The two main speakers installed in the Tagore auditorium have not seen significant replacement ever since the day this theatre opened for the public in November, 1961.

According to sources, there was some upgradation in the sound system in 1980, but the situation has not been reviewed. In 1991 the amplifiers were changed but the speakers continue to be outdated. Mostly, people who use the theatre for functions have to hire the latest sound system on a additional cost of Rs 5,000 per day.

Investigations revealed that the Tagore Theatre's sound system has mixers with 12 channels whereas the latest Boss sound technology (costing about Rs 1.50 lakh) has about 18 channels. The lighting equipment, though still usable for theatre, is not fit for dance items. Many a time, bulbs are insufficient or missing; coloured dimmers are not available. The power situation is no different. In the peak of summers, the theatre's airconditioning plant is highly ineffective. Mr Thakur, manager of the theatre, informed that there were three AC plants but they required replacement. The demand for a generator has also been pending for many years now.

Most of the cultural groups and private people who hire the hall complain that although the Administration had revised the rates of booking, it had not cared to provide equivalent facilities. The booking charges are — Rs 1500 from amateurs artists; Rs 5000 for professional theatre; Rs 10,000 for fashion shows, seminars, business meets, film shoots etc.

Theatre director Dr Atmajit Singh who hired the hall last year and again this year in March to stage his production said, “I paid Rs 10,000 to borrow lights from outside. Entry into the hall is never restricted. Costly sets are under constant threat of damage. Green rooms are not upto the mark; nor is the sound system updated.” Similar were the views of Gursharan Singh, who keeps hiring the theatre, “The theatre’s condition is deteriorating. The Administration needs to look into this problem.”

Mr M.L.Koser, secretary, Pracheen Kala Kendra, added, “Even after paying the booking charges one has to spend from the pocket. Internationally famous artistes keep visiting Chandigarh for performances. Being the only available Auditorium, Tagore Theatre needs to be revamped on the lines of the Kamayani auditorium and the Sri Ram Centre, Delhi.” Mr Aditya Prakash, the creator of the hall, is also not satisfied with the way it is being maintained. he said, “The theatre does not need decoration; it needs theatrical organisation which is absolutely lacking.” It is pertinent to mention here that Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Padmashri Raja Reddy, world famous Kuchupudi exponent, who performed in the city in March, commented about poor airconditioning in Tagore Theatre.

UT Chief Engineer Mr Puranjit Singh, incharge of Tagore Theatre maintenance, when contacted said that the demand for a generator would soon be met. “We have power supply from two sources at the theatre. Normally there is no problem. But a generator should be there. The air conditioning problem will also be solved,” he said.


Truck hits scooter; 2 of family killed
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, May 17
Two members of a family from Chhat village were killed while the third sustained serious injuries in an accident involving a scooter and an unidentified truck on the busy Chandigarh-Patiala highway about 2 km from here this morning.

According to sources, Mr Jagat Singh, his 13-year-old son Balwinder Singh and nephew Ranjit Singh met with an accident when an unidentified truck hit the scooter they were riding. Balwinder Singh died on the spot while his father Jagat Singh breathed his last at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Ranjit Singh got his leg fractured and was admitted to the hospital.

Sources said the truck hit the scooter while overtaking a tractor-trailer loaded with husk on the highway. The truck driver sped away from the spot after the incident.

Mr Jagat Singh was running an electronic goods shop at Zirakpur market and was on his way along with Balwinder Singh and Ranjit Singh to open the shop at about 8 am.

Balwinder Singh’s body has been sent to the civil Hospital Rajpura while that of Jagat Singh to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, for postmortem examination.

The police has registered a case against the truck driver but no arrest has been made so far.


From pillar to post for pensionary benefits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
It is not only the residents who are at the receiving end of the cold attitude of the Chandigarh Administration. Retired employees of the Administration, now in the evening of their lives, are being virtually made to beg for pensionary benefits which they deserve and have been approved through legal battles also.

Strangely, the Administration is running two pension schemes for its retired employees. One scheme is for people who retired before April 1, 1991, and the other for those who retired after that date. The benefits vary vastly and those who retired before 1991 enjoy lesser benefits despite being older in age. The two schemes are also in blatant violation of a five-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court. In 1983 the bench had ruled that a cut-off date cannot be fixed and in the same judgement had said “ Pensioners form a class as a whole and cannot be micro classified by an arbitrary unprincipled and unreasonable eligibility criterion” .

There is no way out for the pensioners as no one seems to listen to them as they have been caught between a wide band of red tape which no one is ready to untangle. Officially it is learnt that the case for clubbing all pensioners for providing equal benefits has been sent to the Union Government for clearance by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

General Secretary of UT Pensioners Welfare Association R.S. Sood, who retired in 1984, pleads “we have neither the money to fight court cases nor do we have the enegry to battle with the might of the UT Administration in our present physical condition.”

Similar is the plight of about 500 employees who retired before April 1, 1991. All these pensioners are about to touch the age of 70 and were originally employed in joint Punjab. When the reorganisation of states took place in 1966, some were given the option of either joining UT or Punjab. In some cases the option was also not given. This was true for people who were employed in the technical and ministerial staff of various colleges.

A notification was issued on November, 1, 1966, bringing all employees under the Central Civil Service Rules for all purposes. On January 13, 1992, the Government of India, after persistent demands of employees, issued a fresh notification whereby all the service conditions were brought under the Punjab Civil Service Rules from April 1, 1991. Simultaneously, the Government of India repealed the provisions of its earlier notification of 1966.

Instead of bringing all pensioners under the provisions of the Punjab Civil Service Rules, the Administration preferred to divide them in two factions, one who retired before April 1, 1991, and the other who retired after that date.

President of the association H.S. Dogra explains that time and again the Administration has been requested to bring all pensioners under one umbrella, however, nothing has happened.

Pointing out the callous attitude of the Administration the association said certain adversely affected pensioners had moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). CAT had decided in favour of the pensioners, The Administration, instead of implementing, the order moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Now it does not cost the Administration anything whereas the pensioners who are nearing 70 years of age have to follow up the cases inspite of their physical and financial condition.

Retirees before April 1, 1991

* Medical allowance Rs 100

* No re-imbursement for indoor treatment

* No scheme to grant old age pension

* No scheme for travel concession

Retirees after April 1, 1991

- Medical allowance Rs 250

- Re-imbursement for indoor treatment 

- A fixed percentage is paid as age increases.

- One month's basic is paid once in two years.



A police station or a company godown ?
Bipin Bhardwaj

Dera Bassi, May 17
In alleged violation of the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the walls of the local police station have been turned into a huge advertisement display boards for the last over six months.

This is not only in violation the court orders against displaying or painting advertisements on the walls of public toilets, guide maps, kiosks and dumping sheds, but also the orders against erecting hoardings, signboards and banners along the National Highways and the roads leading to bus-stands and railway stations in Punjab and Haryana states, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Issuing directions in the traffic management and pollution control case, Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar of the High Court had earlier ruled that the two states, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh, may construct public toilets and other structures but shall not paint or display in any manner whatsoever the advertisements on the walls. In his detailed one page order, the Judge also directed that the authorities shall also not display advertisements on the main roads or on the roads leading to the bus-stand and the railway station.

The High Court had also passed an order on August 6, 1999, that hoardings, signboards, paintings, neon signboards and other paintings should not be displayed within a distance of 100-metre facing the National Highways and 50 metres from the traffic roads other than the national highways.

The local police station, located hardly 15 yards away from the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, has been painted by a soft drink manufacturing company. Instead of implementing the directions, they are flouting these with impunity.

In a visit to the area The Tribune team found it difficult to notice whether the building was housing a police station or a godown of the company. The name of the police station was hardly visible.

Moreover, a number of signboards, hoardings and banners have also come up along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway in violation of the court orders. Various dhaba owners, liquor vends, colonisers, farm house owners and other traders have displayed signboards and banners in gross violation of the court orders.

Following the directions of the High Court, it many be recalled that the building and roads wing of the Punjab and Public Works Department had removed thousands of hoardings, signboards, banners displayed by various advertising agencies and companies along the Chandigarh-Ambala, Kalka-Patiala and Chandigarh-Ropar highways three years ago.

When contacted, Mr Paramraj Singh Umraonangal, Senior Superintendent of Patiala Police, said that the walls of the Dera Bassi police station might have been painted unknowingly. “If there would be any violation of the High Court orders, the advertisements would be removed tomorrow,” he added.


Consumers sweat it out to pay power bills
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 17
Resentment prevails among electricity consumers against the PSEB’s decision to accept cash payment of power bills only at the main office in the industrial area here.

Consumers from all over the town, especially from far off areas like Phases IX, X and XI, are facing great inconvenience as the main PSEB office is located in an out-of-the-way area. Many of them also have to queue up at the payment counters for long periods. There are no fans under the sheds where consumers have to stand.

Dr Deepika, a resident of Phase X, who had come to deposit her power bill today, said the collection centre in Phase IX had been closed. She had to hire an autorickshaw and reach the Phase-I collection centre, thinking that she could pay her bill there. However, at that centre, cash payment was not being accepted. Only cheques for over Rs 2,000 were accepted.

Dr Deepika said she then had to take a lift from another consumer to reach the industrial area PSEB office. After depositing the bill, she said, she would have to walk some distance in the summer heat to find a vehicle to reach home.

Another consumer in the long queue, Mr Pawan Jalali, said the PSEB’s step to centralise the payment of bills in cash was a mistake on part of the board. It seemed, he said, the board authorities felt that they could take any step without bothering about public inconvenience.

The Executive Engineer, Mr Balbir Singh, said the decision had to be taken because the police had not provided security at the cash collection centres. After the crime on April 23, when about Rs 10 lakh in cash was looted from PSEB employees near the Punjab National bank in Phase-VII, the women staff were reluctant to be put on duty at cash centres. In fact, one woman employee had even refused to work at such a centre without proper security.

Mr Balbir Singh said the police provided security at the cash collection centres for about a week after the looting incident, but later told the PSEB authorities to make their own security arrangements. He said cheques were being accepted at the Phase IX bill collection centre.

The Superintending Engineer, Mr J.S. Sekhon, said he was not aware of the decision to centralise cash collection and would inquire into the matter. He appealed to the consumers to pay their bills through cheques. He gave an assurance that cheques for any amount would be accepted in the area within his jurisdiction. It would take two or three days’ time to get the decision implemented. He also said that he would get boxes put up at the collection centres for depositing cheques by consumers who could not stand in queues at centres. However, the responsibility in such cases would be that of the consumer.


Clash over shamlat land, 13 injured
Our Correspondent

Lalru, May 17
As many as 13 persons, including three women, belonging to two different political groups were injured in a clash over illegal possession of shamlat land in Jaroth village near here today.

Sources said tension prevailed in the village today as the Block Development Project Officer had visited the village yesterday, receiving a complaint about illegal possession of the village shamlat land by some villagers.

After heated arguments, members of both the groups came to blows and even pelted stones and used sticks against each other in clash, following which, over a dozen of them sustained injuries.

In the clash Amar Singh and his ‘group members’, Gurdev Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Gurmet Singh, Inderjit Singh and Ajaib Singh sustained injuries. Members of the second group include Balbir Singh, Jaspal Singh, Jaipal singh, Ranjit singh, Kamlesh Devi, Santo Devi and Satya Devi.

Gurdev Singh, who was injured seriously has been taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 in Chandigarh, while others have been admitted to local Civil Hospital.

The police has booked six persons, including a woman, for their involvement in the clash. Those who have been booked include Ranjit Singh, Suresh Kumar, Ramesh Kumar, Jasbir Singh, Jaipal Singh and Soma Devi. Though a case has been registered in this regard but no arrest has been made so far.


Seminars on science of yajna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The Global Gaytri Parivar, Shantikunj (Hardwar) will organise Scientific Spiritual Expo-2002, congregation of intellectuals, here from May 24 to 26.

This was stated by Mr Chander Mohan Sharma, zonal convener at a press conference here today. Seminars and workshops will be organised on the occasion. The subjects include stress management, vegetarianism, science of yajna, value-based education system, science of subconscious mind, herbal healing, art of living and a call to women and youth.

Dr Pranav Pandya, head of the organisation and Chancellor of Dev Sanskriti Vishava Vidyalaya, will remain in the city for three days. Representatives from local NGOs and spiritual leaders are expected to participate in the deliberations.

The Parivar was founded by Pandit Shriram Sharma (1911-1990). He has over 3200 books to his credit. A postal stamp has been established as an autonomous universty with the approval of the Government of India.


Cool ‘pool’ break before vacations
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 17
Little ones of Little Kingdom Nursery School, Sector 8, chilled out at a pool party which was organised on the last working day before the summer break of the school was declared. Children who came in their party dress played in the splash pool on the school premises, besides taking part in dance.

The school is also organising a 10-day summer workshop for children from May 20 for children between 3 to 12 years of age. The workshop will focus on art and craft, dance, music and language skills.

Parwanoo: Tiny tots of various local schools had a whole of a time at a water games programme organised at the Hotel Windsmoor terrace top swimming pool today. Himachal Primary School and Eicher School students took part in the programme.

In addition to this, the children participated in poster-making and paper boat-making activities. They spent the whole day dancing and playing games.


High-handedness by police alleged
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 17
A case of highhandedness of police officials, allegedly at the behest of a minister of Himachal Pradesh, left a local resident stranded at Parwanoo for hours.

Mr Shashi Kant, a local resident, has allegedly refused to give way to the official car of the Himachal Minister for Youth and Sports and Excise, Mr Praveen Sharma, coming from the opposite direction, in the midst of a traffic jam near Parwanoo barrier.

Mr R.P. Malhotra, a resident of Sector 8, who was a witness to the entire incident, said the minister was irate at not being obliged by Mr Shashi Kant.

Holding Mr Kant responsible for the jam, the minister allegedly made sure that Kant’s car was impounded. The occupants of the car — Mr Kant, his brother and sister-in-law — were left stranded on the road.

It was only with the help of Mr Mukesh Sharma of Solan and Mr. Malhotra that the family managed to reach back home at 1.30 a.m.


Drive against use of black films, lights
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Following directives issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday, the traffic wing of the local police today began a special drive to check unauthorised use of black films and red lights on vehicles plying on city roads.

According to the police, the drive was started at 5 p.m. and was expected to continue till late evening. As many as 14 ‘nakas’ were set up by the police in Sectors 9, 10 and 11 on the first day. Cops were seeing ripping down black films being used on vehicles without permission.

Police sources say that the drive will continue for a few days and ‘nakas’ will be set up in different parts of the city each day.


Camp for girls
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 17
Thirty girls were examined at a special camp for adolescent girls organised at the RCH Office building in Dhanas village. Dr Neena Goyal addressed the participants. Lectures were also delivered on precautions to be taken in adolescent age.

The Indian Council of Social Welfare, Chandigarh Chapter, is running a reproductive and child health services programme at Dhanas and its adjoining colonies, including Aman, Chaman, Ambedkar, Housing Board and Milk Colony.


Footpath workers to hold rally
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 17
A meeting of the footpath workers’ Rozgar Bachao Samiti was held yesterday at Ravidass Bhavan, Sector 20. The meeting was presided over by Mr H.S. Gambhir, president of the smiti.

It was decided to organise a massive rally in front of the Municipal Corporation office, Sector 17, here, on May 23 to remind the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation of the inordinate delay in implementing the “genuine demands” of the workers already accepted by the administration. The demands include issuing identity cards, providing pucca fabricated booths to workers and stopping harassment of workers by the police and the enforcement staff of the corporation.

The rally will be addressed by the Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Ms Lalit Joshi and former MP, Mr Pawan Bansal.


Mechanics sore over removal of tools
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 17
The Chandigarh Car Accessories Dealers Association has alleged that the Estate Office was removing tools and materials of roadside auto mechanics without any prior notice or warning.

At a meeting held yesterday, the association alleged that in the garb of cleanliness drive, the Estate Office was only harassing roadside auto-mechanics. The association members under the leadership of Municipal Councillor, Ms Harpreet Kaur Babla, also met Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator, and submitted a memorandum. The members also claimed that accessory dealers were not causing any pollution either. They urged the Adviser to direct the Estate Office not to harass the shopkeepers.


Play cancelled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The presentation of the play Goodbye Swami, scheduled to be held at 7 pm tomorrow at Tagore Theatre, has been cancelled on account of death of a close relative of one of the artistes. Intimation with regard to the presentation of the play will be given later.


Woman knocked down by scooter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
A resident of Colony No 5, Ram Bedi, was injured after she was knocked down by a scooter near the road dividing Sectors 44-51. She was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Hospital.

The police has arrested the scooterist, Kishan Lal, a resident of Patiala and impounded the scooter (PB-39-0140). A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code for rash and negligent driving and causing injury has been registered.

Motocyclist injured: Sector-20 resident Vikas Verma was injured after his motorcycle was knocked down by a car near the Aroma Hotel in Sector 22. He has been admitted to the Sector 32 Government Hospital. The car driver sped from the spot. Police has registered a case.

Arrested for defacing walls: Police has arrested a resident of Sector 23, Mohammed Yashir Shah, for pasting advertisement posters at the local bus stop in Sector 26. He has been booked under provisions of the Prevention of Defacement of Public Property. He was later released on bail.

Kidnapper booked: Police has booked a resident of Ropar, Shiv Rattan, after a resident of Burail lodged a complaint with the police that the 6-year old daughter of his brother-in-law was abducted by the accused from his residence. A case has been registered.

Case registered: A case of abducting a minor has been registered against one Raj Kumar, whose address is not known, after a resident of Mauli Jagran reported that the accused has kidnapped his minor daughter from the same colony.

House burgled: A resident of Hallo Majra, Arvind Kumar has reported that his house was broken into and some gold jewellery, a watch and Rs 6,000 in cash were stolen. Police has registered a case.

Car stolen: Sector-23 resident B.S. Singla has reported that his Maruti car (HR-18-8888) was stolen from his residence. Police has registered a case.

Motorcycle stolen: Sector-61 resident Gurwinder Singh has reported that his Bullet motorcycle (CH-03-0890-T) has been stolen from Sector 21. A case has been registered.


Two booked for cheating: The police has booked a Sangrur-based industrialist and his two employees, including a manager of the industry, for allegedly cheating a local industrialist of Rs 21,90,000.

According to the police, Tarlochan Singh, chairman-cum-director of Rai Agro Industries in Sangrur, Amarjit Singh, manager, and Deepak Walia, an accountant of the unit, have been booked under Sections 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC with the Sector 19 police station on the complaint of Mr Ramesh Kumar, a director of the Amar flour mills in Industrial Area, Phase I Panchkula.

Cyclist hurt: Mr Aulakh Ram, a cyclist belonging to Hangola village near Raipur Rani, was injured by an unidentified motorcyclist. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered by the police on the complaint of Mr Rajendra Kumar of the same village.


Kidnapped girl recovered from rickshaw-puller
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The local police today recovered the minor girl, kidnapped by a resident of Burail last month, and brought her here from Ludhiana. The kidnapper, Ram Lakhan, a rickshaw-puller, has also been arrested.

According to the police, six-year-old Mona had been kidnapped by Ram Lakhan from her relatives’ place at Ram Darbar on April 17. The accused kept the girl at his house in Burail for a few days before taking her to his sister’s place at Ludhiana on April 26. A Chandigarh police team was sent to Ludhiana this morning to recover the girl.

The accused told the police that he knew the girl’s family and some time ago, the girl’s mother along with her four children had come to stay with him at Burail. She suddenly left him without telling him, but used to come to his place whenever she was maltreated by her husband.

On April 16, the girl’s father along with another person had come to his place, where they consumed alcohol. They then took him to Ram Darbar, where he was beaten up by several persons. His money and rickshaw were also taken away by the assailants.

The next day, the accused told the police, he had kidnapped the girl out of vengeance while she was staying with her relatives at Ram Darbar.


Patwari booked for stealing ballot papers
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 17
A patwari of Jalandhar has been booked for allegedly stealing ballot papers from the Government Press in Phase 6 here. The ballot papers are being printed at the press for the forthcoming municipal council elections in Punjab.

According to information, a government employee, Tejinder Kumar, was deployed for checking the number of ballot papers published for the municipal elections of Jalandhar civic body. The theft was detected when the security guards at the gate of the printing press found seven ballot papers from the employee’s pocket.

A case under Section 381 of the IPC has been registered against the patwari.


Wet wipes for skin care in summers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Importing world class body care products for women and babies for the past two years, Amex International based in Chandigarh has become a name to reckon with. The brainchild of Mr Ashok Mehta Amex International has received tremendous response to their entire range of international products.

With scorching summer sun at its peak, Amex International has launched an extensive range of facial cleansing products from Fresh’n Soft, Turkey. These are highly soft and gentle but effective enough to remove any stains or oil from skin. All these are alcohol-free (hence no reactions or rashes on skin)Fresh’n Soft Wet Wipes are available in a resealable chocolate-sized pack of 20 wipes (handy to be carried in purses) and oval-shaped box containing 100 wipes.

To clean gentle skin of babies, Fresh’n Soft Baby Wet Wipes are also available in economy range packs of 80, 160 and 240 wipes. Chocolate-sized highly convenient travel pack of 12 luxury cloth wipes and extra thick wipes in easy-to-carry pack of 42 are also available. Super luxury cloth wipes in box packing of 80 wipes and refill-cum-easy-to-carry pack of 80 wipes have also been introduced. The refreshing fragrances are just irresistible

Fresh’n Soft Make-Up Removal Wipes is another highly useful product. These are alcohol-free, pH 5.5 balanced, with vitamin E and extract of Chamomile and available in a pack of 20 thick and soft wipes. Just one wipe guarantees the removal of whole make-up and cleanses the face and moisturises it too.

Amex International also imports Tessa tissue paper products from Indonesia. Facial tissue paper in travel packs is the latest addition to the range of tissue handkerchiefs, table napkins and toilet rolls. Available in six packings of four colours each (perfumed/non-perfumed), Tessa is the biggest range of tissue paper handkerchiefs available in India. All products are made from virgin pulp, and hence no rashes. These contain no brightening agents, chemicals or colouring dyes. These are highly absorbent but non-sticky. All products are available in four attractive colour packs.

Automotive institute: The Canadian Institute for Computer Science and Technology (CICST), Mohali, has decided to launch the Canadian Automotive Institute (CAI) here shortly.

The Automotive Marketing programme is of three-year duration (six semesters), and aimed at individuals who expect to assume entry- level management positions or become entrepreneurs in the Automotive Industry. Also on offer are certificate programmes in Automotive Retailing and Automotive dealership. These part- time certificate courses have been designed for individuals working with the industry and are looking for opportunities to enhance their careers without leaving their jobs.

Canadian Institute is an extension campus of Georgian College, the second largest Co-op education college in Canada. Established in India in September 2000, the college at present has a strength of 250 full- time students. The state of-the-art facilities and modern teaching methods ensure international quality education. The New Programme Director, Mr Bruce Condie has been actively involved in the planning and development of several new programmes and educational activities. He has been responsible for the successful running of 600 adult ESL classes in Toronto. He has been actively involved with the Georgian College International centre prior to taking over as the Programme Director in India.

As an extension campus of Georgian College, the CICST is offering many unique courses in India, which include North American Education in India at approximately 25 per cent of the expenses as compared to education in Canada, Co-op Education, which is a valuable hands-on work experience plus exposure to good jobs.

Lottery: The eighth draw of Playwin Sikkim Super Lotto held yesterday, at Gangtok, Sikkim, fetched Rs 31,374 for each of the 192 players who matched 5 of the 6 numbers drawn. The winning numbers for this draw are 7, 12, 15, 32, 42 and 49. The new game of fortune was launched on March 5, 2002. Millions of people play this game every week hoping to turn their fortunes around.

Since the Rs 7.09 crore jackpot was not hit, the jackpot for this week stands at a phenomenal Rs 8.61 crore. This is the highest ever gaming jackpot amount in India breaking the previous record of last week’s Super Lotto Jackpot amount of Rs 7.09 crore.

The next draw would be held on May 23 with the jackpot rolling over to Rs 8.61 crore. The winning numbers would be announced on the game show Khelo Number Khelo on May 23 on Zee TV between 9 and 9.30 p.m

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