Thursday, June 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Admission hassles in store for students at PU
Last date of submitting forms precedes results
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service


  • Students will have to collect their results cards from their respective colleges and submit them once again to departments concerned after the declaration of results
  • Departments heads propose postponement of the last date of application
  • In case of non-availability of marks sheets, candidates may be forced to seek confidential result cards
  • Admissions to continue till approximately July 15, so classes cannot commence as per university proposal of July 1

Chandigarh, June 19
New admission seekers to Panjab University should be prepared for admission hassles this year because the last date of applying for admissions is a day earlier than the expected date of declaration of results of their qualifying examinations (BA examinations) in majority of the classes.

The university has fixed June 28 as the last date of submitting applications for the courses. But senior examination branch officials confirmed June 29 as the possible date of declaration of the final year of undergraduate results. This would mean that the forms that students fill would be ‘incomplete’ as the final merit of admissions was based on the lower class results.

Students, where admissions were based purely on merit of the entrance examinations, would be spared from the difficulty.

The complications also apply for admissions to students of the honours school in the arts stream. Here the results were expected a couple of days after the normal class results. Most importantly, the students could not make do with just the result gazette because gazettes did not mention marks in individual subject which were also important in calculating the final merit of each individual subject.

Students would now also have to take the trouble themselves to collect the results from the colleges and submit a copy to the departments concerned. This would mean that they would first fill the incomplete forms and then complete them on a second visit.

Students of continuing postgraduate classes could make do with result gazettes only.

Examination branch officials said, ‘‘Students were bound to face certain difficulties under the existing circumstances. Meanwhile, departments can a prepare a list on basis of the results gazettes.”

A department chairman, requesting anonymity, said the departments should be prepared for a postponement of last date of applying. Instead the examination branch should be contacted by the senior university authorities and an alternate date should be announced keeping the students’ convenience of all departments in their minds”.

Majority of the university departments have fixed the interviews in the first week of July. So, in case the last date of application could be forwarded by a couple of days, it was possible to stick to the planned admission schedule, it was felt. Results of majority of the entrance examination were also out, including the honours schools in sciences, mass communication and law to name a few.

Departments of social sciences this year would conduct admissions separately. The university had experimented with centralised admissions, a couple of years back.

The Department of Ancient History and Culture had planned interviews on July 9, the Economics Department had also planned interviews on July 9. Interviews in Political Science Department were fixed for July 8. History Department had also proposed July 9 as the date for interviews. Public Administration department had also planned interviews on July 8.

The English Department would conduct a written test for the 125 seats on July 2 which would be followed by interviews. The department had already displayed the sample paper on the notice board for benefit of the students. The Department of Mass Communication had planned admissions from July 8 to July 10.

The university had already declared the results of the entrance examinations at a commendable pace. The university had also made a commendable progress in timely declaration of the results since the past couple of years. The university only needed to speed up the delivery of marks-sheets to students, where the university was making use of the computers this year.


RPO extends facility to Panchkula, Ambala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
Residents of Panchkula and Ambala districts residents along with other districts of Haryana may not require coming to the city for submitting their applications for passport, as this can be done in the office of each District Commissioner of the State from July 15.

With this the Regional Passport Office (RPO) will completely decentralised it operations, as the facility has already been available in Punjab and Himachal since January this year, the Regional Passport Officer, Mr Arvind Kumar, told Chandigarh Tribune here today.

Panchkula and Ambala will be the first districts in Haryana to have the facility.

Mr Kumar said the Deputy Commissioners of Haryana had already been given training by the RPO to explain the passport making process and its procedures.

He said the software for the Haryana operations had been developed but required to be loaded in the personal computers at each of the district headquarters.

Mr Kumar said he would fix individual meetings with all District Commissioners to fix dates for the loading of the software.

These district passport centres will receive applications for new passports and their renewal.

With the district-level centres, an applicant will still have the option of applying with the RPO here as well as use the speed post facility. But Rs 100 will be charged for the speed post on an application.

The Regional Passport Officer, however, asked the people to approach the Deputy Commissioners’ offices as physically submitting an application will shorten the processing period and an applicant will certainly get the vital document faster than other modes.

In this arrangement, the Deputy Commissioners’ office is paid Rs 200 for each application as a processing charge by the RPO.

The External Affairs Ministry had allowed passport-making at the district level to decentralise the process and make it faster at the end of last year.

The Regional Passport Officer said the new computer printed passport applications being printed by certain authorised printers and their vendors were acceptable apart from those downloaded from the website on a paper of certain thickness.

The thickness of the paper is specified in the instructions on the Ministry of External Affairs website.

Meanwhile, The Tribune received complaints that the downloaded application forms were not being accepted by the RPO as these did not have any application number.

Mr Kumar clarified that such persons could meet him as the number on the application form did not have anything to do with the acceptance of the application but an application on a thin paper might be rejected.


Panel serves notice on MC, Mayor over garbage collection
Monica Sharma

Demands at a glance

  • Carry out massive cleanliness drive in Chandigarh and UT villages.
  • Place garbage collection bins and trash cans at earmarked places.
  • Replace the decaying cans and bins, remove garbage regularly instead of waiting for weeks.
  • Spray DDT and other disinfectants to ensure against the outbreak of epidemics.

Chandigarh, June 19
Disturbed by the failure of the authorities to ensure “general cleanliness” in the city, the Chandigarh Parents’ Association has served a legal notice to the Finance-cum-Health Secretary, Director, Health Services, Mayor Lalit Joshi and the Medical Officer of Health, besides the Municipal Commissioner, asking them to take effective steps for the removal of garbage strewn all over various sectors since weeks.

In their five-page notice, the association members have asked the authorities to carry out a massive cleanliness drive in the city and the villages falling within the Union Territory by placing trash cans at strategic points.

They also asked for the replacement of the garbage collection bins within the sectors and in the villages as these bins have “outlived their usefulness”. The members further added that at several places the bins had either been picked up by the Administration for replacement or had decayed over the years. The members also demanded additional garbage bins and regular removal of garbage, instead of the garbage being collected after a gap of several days or even weeks, resulting in foul smell. They demanded steps for the immediate removal of dead animals, killed by speeding vehicles, from the middle of the road. Failure to take effective steps could result in the outbreak of an epidemic, the members cautioned.

Giving details, the members claimed that city beautiful had turned into ‘city dirty’ due to lack of interest shown by officials dealing with the cleanliness process. Accusing them of “not performing their duties effectively and sincerely”, the members claimed that non-performance had been evident from the growing heaps of garbage within the sectors and even on the main roads.

“Perhaps, the authorities are only interested in keeping the residences of governors, chief ministers and other VIPs clean with a view to please their bosses and allow other areas of the city to go to hell.... The heads of those officials responsible for the cleanliness of the city should bow down in shame”, they have added.

Expressing surprise over the fact that garbage bins had not been provided even in some of the posh localities, association president

Bhim Sen Sehgal asserted that the residents, in the absence of trash cans, casually throw garbage which then is carried on by stray animals and strewn by high-velocity winds.

He added that the possibility of outbreak of an epidemic could not be ruled out as the authorities were not even spraying DDT or other chemicals and disinfectants.

Highlighting the inconveniences being encountered by the residents due to failure of the authorities to get the garbage regularly collected, Mr Sehgal claimed that even the morning walkers could not enjoy fresh air due to foul smell.

Granting a month’s time to the authorities to take remedial action “for protecting the lives of the residents”, Mr Sehgal concluded if any damage was caused to residents because of outbreak of epidemic or any other accident, it would be the responsibility of the health authorities, the Administration and the Municipal Corporation.


One killed, 3 hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Kharar, June 19
Navpreet Kaur of Chandigarh was killed while her father, mother and brother were seriously injured in a road accident near Daun village on the Kharar-Mohali road early this morning.

According to an FIR lodged by Mr Amarjit Singh, resident of 1003/2, Sector 45, Chandigarh, with the Kharar police, they were returning home at about 3.15 a.m. in their Cielo car (CH-03-0155) from Kharar side and suddenly a tractor came from a link road near Daun village and hit the car. They all were injured and rushed to the PGI. Navpreet Kaur was declared dead in the PGI, while his son, Navjot Singh (3) has been admitted to the PGI. The tractor driver ran away with the tractor.


CITCO training centre for slum children
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 19
Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (CITCO) will open a training centre for conducting cooking classes for the students of Ashiana School which is mainly catering to slum children of Janata Colony in Sector 25.

CITCO has decided to open a fully equipped kitchen to impart training in the art of cooking to poor students, said Mr S.P. Singh, Managing Director, CITCO. Besides supplying all necessary equipment, CITCO would also bear the entire expenses of running the kitchen, he said.

Chefs engaged in various CITCO-owned hotels and restaurants would come to the venue to train the children. In the beginning students would be taught about various Indian cuisines and the training would be later diversified.

The kitchen was likely to be opened within a month, he said.

Mr Zulfiqar Khan, a noted theatre personality who is known for his efforts for the welfare of slum children is all smile about the news.

“CITCO had, long ago, promised us to provide a training kitchen for the children studying in Ashiana School, but lack of proper place to house the kitchen was the main hurdle in the way” he added.

Last month, the Director Public Instructions (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat, allotted a room for this purpose in Sector 24 Government High School where Ashiana is functioning.

About 20 students of the school had expressed their willingness to join cooking classes, he said.

“The art of cooking can be mastered within a short time after which the boys stand a chance of getting employment in any restaurants or households as cooks,” he said.

Ashiana, the night school, mainly for slum children, came into existence about three years ago mainly due to the effort of Mr Khan. “I have been associated with the slum population for more than a decade now and during my attempt to educate children through theatre, I realised that formal education is a must.

However, as formal education is not likely to fetch them a respectable livelihood it was later decided to add cooking as a vocational course” he added.

Balbinder, Jhony, Vinod, Arun and Surjan, who are waiting eagerly to join cooking classes, say “We have learned about honesty, dignity and morality through theatre, but now by learning cooking we will get a chance to put these values into practice and lead a respectable life by getting jobs in this field.” 


Relief to power consumers
Tribune News Service


  • Voluntary disclosure scheme reintroduced till July 15, 2002
  • Executive Engineers of Haryana Power Nigams authorised to allow reduction in load of tubewell consumers
  • Students exempted from producing self-assessment certificates while applying for domicile certificates
  • One-time facility for converting horticulture connections into agro-power categories

Panchkula, June 19
The Haryana Power Utilities has taken some major decisions for extending relief to the power consumers in the state.

Ms Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry, Chairperson, Haryana Power Utilities, said here today that the Executive Engineers of the Haryana Power Nigams have been authorised to allow reduction in load of tubewell consumers. Earlier, these powers vested with the Chief Engineers of the nigams. This would facilitate prompt sanction of reduced loan of tubewell consumers.

She further stated that to avoid hardships to the students seeking admission in various institutions, the nigams have decided to exempt the students from producing self assessment certificate while applying for domicile certificates and Scheduled Castes/Backward Class certificates etc. The condition of producing self assessment certificate would also not apply to the consumers living below poverty line.

The Chairperson said some LT industrial connections (horticulture) are practically being used for agricultural purposes. It has been decided to allow a one-time facility for converting these horticulture connections into Agriculture Power Categories provided they make payment of the outstanding defaulting amount at one go.

On the persistent demand of consumers, the nigams have decided to reintroduce the scheme for voluntary declaration of unauthorised loan for domestic, non-domestic, industrial and tubewell consumers. The voluntary disclosure scheme would remain enforce till July 15, 2002, she added. Under this scheme all consumers would be able to get their unauthorised load regularised without any penalty. Upto 5 kw of load of domestic and non-domestic categories would be regularised by the nigams without fresh test reports from the applicants. The applicants would, however, be required to deposit the advance consumption deposit (ACD). All applicants would be required to apply on prescribed forms for regularisation of their unauthorised load.

The consumers of industrial category will be required to deposit ACD and service connection charges for the extended load. For HT industrial consumers, in case the consumer revises his contract demand, he will have to submit revised contract demand undertaking. The nigams would install additional distribution transformers to cater the load demand. The consumers will provide the metering equipment in case the same is not available with the nigams. 


Probe sought into ‘overpriced’ Kajauli project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
An inquiry by the Central Vigilance Commissioner, Mr N. Vittal, has been sought into the ‘’over-priced’’ Kajauli Water Works project, work on which is being done under the supervision of the Punjab Government on behalf of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh.

Vichitra Presstressed Concrete Udyog Limited, which had claimed in a Chandigarh Tribune story to do the job for Rs 6 crore less than the lowest price quoted, sent a letter to the CVC today asking him to inquire into the matter which might save Rs 8 to 10 crore of the Central Government. The project has been financed 100 per cent by the Central Government.

The company alleges that its independent participation in the bidding has resulted into the contracts going for at least 20 per cent less than in those cases in which the terms and conditions had not barred them from entering into bidding in other states.

The company had an alleged that main contenders had entered into a ‘’pool’’ to keep the prices high. In the pooling, the winner of the contract pays certain amount of money to his competitors for grabbing the contract.

The company said it had been demanding splitting the contract into electrical and pipe-laying work to have the advantage of competition but to no avail.

It alleged that the Punjab Government had fixed unreasonable standards of financial transactions to limit the competition among few companies and even an electrical giant Voltas could not independently participate in the bid.

The company said it had entered into partnership with Larsen and Toubro on the condition that the latter would not claim a margin of more than 5 to 7 per cent but the company ultimately offered a margin of 30 per cent for reasons best known to L and T.

The Managing Director of the company, Mr R.N. Aggarwal, said the company’s letter had even increased the saving to the company by at least one crore despite a spiralling effect of 10 per cent increase in prices of petroleum products. The letter to the CVC has been signed by Mr Aggarwal.

The company has also given copies of the letter to the CVC, Administrator, Advisor to the Administrator, Municipal Commissioner and the Chief Engineer of Punjab.


Gen Malik and Capt Amarinder differ on limited war concept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, and a former Chief of the Army Staff, Gen V.P. Malik, today publicly differed on the concept of limited war with Pakistan.

The occasion was provided by a talk on "Indo-Pak relations: Kargil and After" delivered by General Malik at a function held at the CII here. While the former Army chief said there was a need to develop "limited war" politico-military doctrine and responses to probable confrontation scenario with Pakistan, Capt Amarinder Singh felt that there could not be a "limited war" with Pakistan because war was unpredictable and could slip out of control any time.

General Malik said that in the changed Indo-Pakistan strategic environment, there was a greater likelihood of limited wars than an all-out war. A limited war implied limited political and military objectives, not hurting excessively at any one time, limited in time, space and force levels. A synergised politico-military diplomatic approach is essential from the very beginning. Military operations, diplomacy and domestic environment would have to be orchestrated with fine judgement for a decisive outcome.

"During the Kargil war, all these aspects were continuously monitored. There was complete synergy and consensus between various organs; political control, military actions — from higher directions to the execution in the field — and a pro-active diplomacy. The media, played an important and responsible role.''

There is also a linkage between deterrence and escalation. A war may remain limited because of credible deterrence.

''Leading from a sub-conventional conflict, a limited conventional conflict between nuclearised India and Pakistan cannot be ruled out. In such a situation, there will be a risk of escalation, testing of patience, nerves and rationality on both sides. This risk also forces the USA and other world powers to interfere in our domestic and inter-state squabbles."

Eversince Pakistan launched proxy wars, first in Punjab and then in Jammu and Kashmir, Indo-Pakistan security environment has continued to deteriorate. We were about a week away from war in 1986 and 1990, a few days away from escalating the war in 1999 and have been just a few hours away since mid-January this year. If Pakistan persists with its proxy war, or trans-border terrorism policy on Indo-Pakistan war cannot be ruled out. State-sponsored terrorism, due to the nature of socio-politics on the subcontinent, is a double-edged weapon.

Acquisition of nuclear weapons by India and Pakistan has not reduced or eliminated the probability of a war between them. A limited conventional war remains possible.

General Malik also said that the Kargil war had re-established political sanctity of the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K with the international community; and militarily, over the years, the defences of the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) in the Siachen sector, the LoC in the rest of J&K and international boundary had got linked. Any attempt to disturb the status quo and re-draw of the LoC or AGPL forcibly was more likely to lead to conflict all along the Indo-Pakistan border.

During the Kargil war, the political aim given to us was to get the intrusion vacated but not to cross the LoC. The international community endorsed this Indian position. The USA insisted on restoration of the sanctity of the LoC when Nawaz Sharif went to see him the day after Tiger Hill was captured.

If the Kargil war had not ended as it did, the possibility of Indian or Pakistani forces crossing the IB, as happened in 1965, could not be ruled out. In fact, we had adopted a deterrent posture along the rest of the LoC and the IB. Over the years, sanctity of the AGPL in Siachen, the LoC and the IB has got linked militarily. Any attempt by either party to re-draw the LoC or the AGPL by force can lead to retaliation and escalation of conflict elsewhere. The conclusion we can draw here is that whether Pakistan likes it or not, after Kargil, the durability of the Line of Control in J&K has increased.


HUDA to build archaeological museum
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 19
The State Archaeological Museum, which had been hanging fire for the past couple of years, will finally see light of the day. It has now been decided that the museum would be constructed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

A decision to this effect was taken last week at a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Commissioner, Town and Country Planning, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee. It was decided that the building would be constructed by HUDA after new building plans are drawn by the Architecture wing of HUDA.

At the meeting, which was also attended by senior officials of the Archaeology and Museums, HUDA and Architecture Department, it was decided that the museum be constructed in a phased manner within the next 18 months. It was decided that other than ensuring that the museum depicted all aspects of life from different parts of the state, it will be developed as an important tourist destination.

Earlier, the State Archaeology Department was to construct the museum on its own. The site for the museum ( about two acres) was earlier allotted to the department by HUDA. However, the project had reportedly been hanging fire because the estimated cost of construction, according to the original building plans drawn up by State Archaeological department, was high. The department had proposed to construct a three-storey building here.

When contacted, Director, Archaeology and Museums, Ms Navraj Sandhu, confirmed that the construction work had been assigned to HUDA. She said the money for construction work will be released from the planned fund of the state government. “In the first phase, Rs 1 crore has been released for the project,” she said.

It is proposed that the building will have an aspect ( face) depicting the ancient rural architecture of the state. The display in the museum will also be done in a scientific manner. All aspects of life — clothes, jewellery, utencils, besides other artefacts, will be displayed here. Sources inform that artefacts dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization which are in possession of the department, will be displayed here.

While a number of artefacts, statues and ancient manuscripts , dating back to thousands of years, are already in the possession of the Archaeology Department and stored in an underground cell in the department office in Sector 5 here, it is proposed to procure other such objects of historical importance from different parts of the state, to be showcased in this museum. It is learnt that various artefacts will also be brought here from the other museums at Hisar, Sirsa, Panipat and Bhima Devi temple at Pinjore.


Employee suffers due to callous Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
Has the Chandigarh Administration acted harshly in dealing with one of its employees? It may hold true in the case of Mr Dharam Pal Verma, who was employed as a sanitary inspector. His services had been terminated in 1996 without even a show-cause notice. Interestingly, the Municipal Commissioner who terminated him was not his appointing authority.

And if this was not enough. The inquiry was conducted under the rule 14 of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules while the termination was done under the Punjab Civil Services Rules. He was terminated allegedly for being absent from duty for nine days in October and November. Then an inquiry was conducted by the administration. He was exonerated and the report said that major penalty of removal from service was not required. Following the report, Mr Verma was also paid the dues for nine days on May 31, 1993.

Since his termination in February 1996, Mr Verma has not been issued a show-cause notice and all his pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Since then he has given 37 reminders to various authorities but to no avail. In 1999, the then UT Administrator, Lieut Gen B.K.N. Chhibber (retd), issued written instructions to the then Adviser, Ms Vineeta Rai, to give him a personal hearing and re-instatement be considered. The report she submitted was incorrect and did not place any facts before the Administrator, he alleges. “I was not given the chance to defend myself,” says an agonised Mr Verma.

Ms Rai had acted in an arbitrary manner which misled the higher functionaries of the Chandigarh Administration, he alleged. She misquoted the opinion of the then Legal Remembrancer-cum-Deputy Secretary Personnel. She said, “The communication to be collected by Mr Verma was a charge sheet whereas it was a show-cause notice relating to termination of his services.

The LR has opined that this minor lacuna does not have any particular relevance”. “No show-cause notice relating to termination has been served to me till date. The LR never used these words in his report on file”, alleges Mr Verma.

The Adviser also mentioned in her report “in the case of this official it was not the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules that were applicable but the Punjab Civil Services (P&A) Rules, 1970 and therefore, to remove this lacuna another charge sheet dated 2.3.1993 under Rule 7 of the above rule was issued.” This, Mr Verma says, was false.

Mr Verma was transferred on deputation to the Municipal Corporation in November, 1995. By that time he was under suspension for no assigned reasons. The then MC Commissioner, Mr M.P. Tyagi, did not allow him to join duty as sanitary inspector. Mr Verma alleges that Mr Tyagi terminated his services though he was not authorised to do so as he was not the appointing authority and legally the case should have been referred to the Chandigarh Administration. Mr Verma says, “I was not appointed by the MC and not for a single day have I served under the MC. Besides this, Mr Tyagi had no locus standi on the matter”.

An inquiry report against Mr Verma alleged that a show-cause notice was published in The Tribune dated March 16, 1995. This is incorrect as no such show-cause notice was published at all in the newspaper on that or on any other date. In the advertisement that appeared in The Tribune, Mr Verma had been asked to collect his charge sheet. He replied to this and was terminated without any show-cause notice and an opportunity to explain his conduct.


Bhagat Singh movies ‘changing’ beliefs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
Movies on Bhagat Singh are not only changing the historical perspective of impressionable minds but also of those who were a part of the freedom struggle as far back 1930.

Mr Anand Singh Bisht (91), who had been sent to Muradabad jail in Uttar Pradesh for participating in the freedom struggle, said he had been already suspicious of the ‘Mahatma Gandhi-centric’ history of the struggle but after watching these movies, he could now believe believing Bhagat Singh and his likes had driven the British away.

After watching one of the several movies on Bhagat Singh, Mr Bisht said “It was the armed freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and also lakhs of other unsung heroes who had got the country its freedom.”

He, however, did not dismiss Mahatma Gandhi’s justifiable role in getting the freedom struggle.

Mr Bisht said the films had again opened up a debate on the contribution of the unknown figures to penetrate the idea of freedom at the grassroots.

He explained that the value of the freedom could be better driven home among the new generation by linking the sacrifice of the immediately known names of their village or city. He said each village of the country had such names.

Having been associated with the Arya Samaj movement, Mr Bisht said the feeling for freedom was so strong at that time that his father had even allowed him to go to jail for the country.

He said the Arya Samaj in Garhwal only used to pick up volunteers to go to jail but if parents objected then they did not take such young people for the movement.

Mr Bisht, after viewing one of the movies, said the film made him realise that Gandhi had failed to protect a person like Bhagat Singh and had been “unfair” to the Hindus during the partition.

He, however, clarified the Mahatma had motivated teaming millions to join the struggle. But saying that it was only the influence of Gandhi that brought the freedom could be injustice to lakhs of those who made sacrifices unknown and unsung, he added.

Mr Bisht, a 100 metre, 200 metre and 400 metre award-winning sprinter, champion for 10 consecutive years in Panchkula in the old age category, said the youth of the country was forgetting Indian culture of simplicity and modesty.


Taxi Workers Union agrees to pay dues to MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
The Taxi Workers Union, Chandigarh, here today agreed to clear its pending dues of two and a half years at the rate of Rs 2000 for a parking space up to 2000 square feet and Rs 2,500 for those above 2000 square feet.

At a meeting here today between a committee formed by the Municipal Corporation under the leadership of Mr Pardeep Chhabra and a nine-member team of the union led by Mr Joginder Singh, the two sides agreed at the new rates, which is Rs 500 higher than the rates offered by the union in each category.

The 59 authorised taxi stands had not been paying any money to the Municipal Corporation since January 2000 at the rate of Rs 5000 and Rs 7,500 for the two categories and proposed Rs 1500 and Rs 2000 after losing the case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The taxi union also agreed to clear its dues at this rate.

The committee recommended the new rates to the Finance and Contract Committee for a final decision.

The decision is likely to make the corporation richer by at least Rs 35 lakh and will add Rs 1.25 lakh per month as income to the exchequer.

The committee directed the officials to remove around 50 odd unauthorised taxi stands in the coming days.

It also decided to ask the Administration to give the corporation new locations of taxi stands in the third phase of the city.

The committee said once the Administration responded to their demand, then the rehabilitation of unauthorised taxi workers could be considered.


Telecom staff seek registration of case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
The Telecom Engineering Officers Association, organised a dharna in front of the office of the Chief General Manager, Telecom Punjab, here today.

Addressing the workers, Mr Y.J.S. Sodhi, circle secretary of the association, demanded that an FIR should be registered against Mr Rakesh Kumar, GMT, Amritsar, and Mr Rajwinder Singh, SDO, Telecom, Tarn Taran, who have been held responsible for the suicide of a Junior Telecom Officer, Mr Ashok Kumar. The deceased had left a suicide note holding both of them responsible for his suicide.

The members have asked the CGM that a case should be registered against the accused under Section 306, IPC, otherwise the dharna would continue.


Tension in village over sewage disposal
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 19
Tension is prevailing at nearby Bulepur village over the proposal of throwing of sewage of the village into the residential area under Municipal Council, Khanna near a primary school and a religious place. A pond for storage of sewage is being dug by village panchayat. Affected residents alleged that the whole work was being done at the behest of a senior Congress leader of the city, higher officials of the local government and police officials of Khanna . The municipal council had already issued a notice to sarpanch of the village to stop the work in interest of public health.

According to information four acre area had been proposed by panchayat some time ago for the storage of sewage. If sewage line was laid to this place which is situated at the lower level which may effect the residents known to be the supporters of the village sarpanch. It is alleged that they forced the sarpanch to change the place. After which the sarpanch decided for the controversial place.

The controversial area is adjacent to the residence of noted Punjabi singer Sardool Sikandar, who also tried to stop the village panchayat but in vain.

Randhir Singh, a resident of the area, alleged that his land was also being dug by the panchayat. He said the land was marked by the revenue officials but the panchayat had thrown away the marked stones. He alleged when he tried to stop them was taken in police custody.

Another resident Charanjit Singh alleged that this move of panchayat would create serious health problems for the residents and students of the school . He said he was threatened when he opposed the move.

However, the sarpanch of the village, Ms Satwant Kaur, claimed that the controversial plot falls under panchayat. She said only two or three persons were opposing the move. She said a boundary wall would be built around the religious place. She favoured the move.

According to the notice served by the MC the said land came under the Municipal Council wide notification No 12091 (dated October 23, 1998) of the local government, Punjab. The executive officer of MC directed village sarpanch to stop the digging of pond. Copies of the notice were sent to SDM, Khanna, and Block Development and Panchayat Officer for further action.



Villagers serve ultimatum on Administration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
Dhanas village residents here yesterday served a 10-day ultimatum on the Chandigarh Administration to provide a sufficiently wide and concrete route from the village to sector 14. Failure to arrive at any decision on the issue will invite an agitation,’’ representatives of the village said.

A delegation of villagers, comprising Ms Poonam Sharma, president Social Welfare Society, Mr B.C. Aggarwal, president, Market Welfare Association, Mr A.S. Pathania, president, Friends Club, Ms Surinder Kaur, president Milk Colony, Dhanas, and Mr J. Singh, met the Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, to submit a memorandum in this regard.

A press statement issued by the residents of the village claimed that Ms Nanda had assured them to get the existing road repaired by June 30.

According to the memorandum, if the reply was not sent to the representatives of the people in 10 days, they would hold dharnas and rallies. The memorandum also claimed support for the cause from the panch and sarpanch of the area, but it did not bear their signatures. It said passing through the jungle was a horrifying experience and with the rains round the corner, ‘kucha’ road became slippery which resulted in accidents.


36-hr-old child found abandoned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 19
On oxygen and glucose at the Sector 16 General Hospital, a 36-hour old girl child has no one to call her own. She is said to be in perfect health and a woman policeman is her only caretaker eversince the child was handed over to the police. She was abandoned yesterday afternoon at the Missionaries of Charity Home in Sector 23. Wrapped in a worn-out towel, she was found by a sister at around 2:15 pm.

During the day, as many as 10 couples, including city doctors, interested in adopting the child, visited the missionaries. Sister Suniti had to turn them away since the child is with the police. “I told all of them to get in touch with the police personnel entrusted with her security and welfare,’’ she added.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Section 317, IPC, and are looking for the parents of the child.


Dharna against Punjab Budget proposals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19
Employees of the various Punjab government departments, boards and corporations organised a rally to protest against the Budget proposals, here today. Another rally was organised by the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union in front of Parivar Kalyan Bhavan, Sector 34, against the anti-worker measures announced in the Budget.

Addressing the employees, Mr Kulbhushan Kanwar, state president of the union, said that they would not allow the government to abolish allowances and posts. He warned the government to refrain from implementing the Budget proposals otherwise it would be responsible for the agitation.

The leaders further said that what to talk of giving more relief to its employees, the government seemed bent upon withdrawing the benefits already availed by them.


Traffic blocked
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 19
Vehicular traffic on the road leading to the Industrial Area, Phase VII from the Balongi bypass remained blocked for over 45 minutes after a motorcyclist, led by members of the public, protested against the rude behaviour of a constable on PCR duty.

According to the information, the policeman, Naresh Kumar, allegedly misbehaved with the motorcyclist. The policemen, however, contested that the motorcyclist had jumped a red light. The matter was later solved at the intervention of the SP (Detective), Mr PS Parmar and Inspector, RS Sohal.


Four held for stripping girl
Tribune Reporters

Dera Bassi, June 19
The police today arrested four persons, including a woman, M.S. Randhawa, Sandeep Sharma, Manju and Kulwant Singh, on a charge of stripping, molesting, beating and trimming hair of a girl of Gulabgarh Colony near here on June 13.

According to the police, the four were arrested by a police party headed by Mr Gurjit Singh, ASI, in Zirakpur. Manju and Sandeep Sharma are the residents of Chandigarh, MS Randhawa belongs to Mani Majra in Chandigarh, while Kulwant Singh is a resident of Rattangarh in Ambala.

Earlier, they were booked by the police under Sections 342, 354, 380, 452, 295A, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code on the complaint of the girl’s father.

The complaint had alleged that his daughter-in-law Manju and her three accomplices had entered his house and stripped, molested, beat-up and trimmed the hair of his daughter. The victim was alone at that time.

Cheating case: In a case of cheating the police has arrested Krishan Lal Verma. The police said that Krishan Lal was wanted in many other forgery cases and many cases were pending against him at the local police station. In a complaint Mr Baldev Raj, a jeweller in the same locality, has alleged that Krishan Lala Verma had cheated him by giving him fake jewellery. The police also said that the accused had also cheated a person of Rs 35,000 after promising him with a government job.


Theft: Four cases of theft have been reported in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

A Swaraj Mazda (PB-13E-1800) was stolen, while it was parked near a wine shop in Transport Area, Sector 26 last morning. Another Maruti car (CH-01U- 8625) was stolen from outside the Sector 45 residence of Mr M.S. Sodhi , during the night intervening June 14 and 15.

In the third case, Mr Pushpinder Singh has accused Mr Raj Kumar and Manoj of having stolen his motor cycle from the Fragrance Garden in Sector 36. They were later arrested by the police and the vehicle was recovered.

In another case, a resident of Janta Colony , Usha , was caught red handed while stealing iron pipes and gutter lid from the Sector 15 residence of Maj K.C. Chahal last morning. She has been arrested under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.

Four injured: Amar Pratap Singh and three women were injured when their car was hit by a tractor trolley (HR- 37A- 1572) on Tuesday. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered against the accused driver, Ravinder Singh.


One injured: Vinod Kumar was injured when he was hit by a truck ( HP- 11-4503) near the Sector 12/ 21 crossing on Tuesday. The accused ran away from the spot. A case has been registered.


Couple assaulted
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 19
A driver with the Department of Technical Education, Haryana, Mr Yajwinder Singh, received injuries after he was dragged out of his Sector 39 residence and allegedly assaulted by four persons here this evening. His wife, Ajmer Kaur, was also allegedly manhandled by the attackers.

As per information available, Yajwinder was a member of the now defucnt Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Society.

Most of the belongings of the society were already donated, but some of the items were yet to be given away. The persons, who allegedly attacked Mr Yajwinder, wanted to claim the items.

Ms Inderjit Kaur, sister of the victim, alleged that his brother was forcibly taken out of the house by the attackers.

He was later thrashed and abandoned nearby. Mr. Yajwinder was taken to General Hospital, Sector 16.

Meanwhile, Jagdish (24), a resident of Sector 37, was injured in a clash in the same sector this evening. He was taken to the PGI, said police sources.

No case was registered till the reports last came in.


Scooterist run over by truck
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, June 19
A scooterist Mr Satnam Singh, an Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) with the Punjab State Electricity Board, was today crushed to death by a truck at Madanpura chowk, here.

Police sources said that the victim, who was riding a scooter (CHM-3675), was hit by a truck (PBI-5785) killing him on the spot. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.

The police has arrested the truck driver, Baljit Singh, and impounded the vehicles involved in the accident. A case has been registered.



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