Sunday, June 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Plan to augment power supply to Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 29
Taking a lead over neighbouring Chandigarh, a 66 kv ring main circuit is being planned for Panchkula. This system of having alternate transmission lines is being set up for the first time in the region.

Sources in the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) told TNS that the ring main circuit would connect all existing power sub-stations and proposed sub-stations in the district. This would ensure an alternate transmission system for supplying power in the district, in case one of the high tension (HT) transmission lines develop a snag.

The project, which will be executed by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, will be executed at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore. Mr R. K. Jain, Director (Technical), Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, when contacted, said a main circuit , joining the 220 kv Ramgarh-Madanpur sub-station to the 132 kv Pinjore sub-station and the 66 kv line from Dhulkot, forming a ring, would be completed by the end of this year. Another 100 MVA transformer would be installed at Ramgarh to make this circuit possible. A 100 MVA transformer is already functional here.

It is learnt that the new circuit will be installed at a circular distance of about 25 km. A number of towers will also be erected en route from Pinjore to Madanpur. Sources say because the HT transmission lines will pass through the Army cantonment area in Chandimandir, they will also require permission from the Ministry of Defence .

Since the transmission line from Ramgarh-Madanpur sub-station is the main source of power supply to the township ( 36. 5 MVA of the total demand and supply of 70 MVA for the township) , the dual carriage way is first being made here, say sources.

It may be noted that the power supply to the township is through two main sources — a 132 kv sub-station at Pinjore, which gets power supply through the Central Pool from the Ropar Thermal Power Plant; and the 220 kv sub-station at Ramgarh- Madanpur, which gets its supply from the 400 kv sub-station of the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) at Abdullapur in Jagadhari through Shahabad.

Earlier, there was a seasonal source of power supply to the township from Bhawa in Himachal Pradesh, which supplies power to the sub-station at Ramgarh. However, power supply through this sub-station has been more or less stopped.

The other transmission line from the 132 kv Pinjore sub-station to the sub-station in Sector 1 here, will be converted into a double circuit by the end of the year. This line supplies 28 MVA of power to the township through the Sector 1 sub-station here.

The UHBVN also proposes to augment its 6 MVA transformer in Industrial Area here to 12. 5 kv capacity; 32 MVA of power supply is also assured with the commissioning of Mansa Devi Complex and Kalka sub-stations. Another 16 MVA of power supply will be available from the proposed sub-station in Sector 3 here. Thus 54. 5 MVA of additional power will be available for the district by the next year. Officials say this would help meet the demand of the district for the next five years. 


Police accused of shielding park owners
Case registered against lifeguard
Nishikant Dwivedi

SAS Nagar, June 29
The Ropar police today registered a case of negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC against the lifeguard and not the owners of the Thunder Zone amusement park in the case relating to the drowning of a six-year-old boy in the park yesterday.

Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, SSP, (Ropar), said investigations were on and persons responsible for the tragedy would be brought to book. ‘‘If the family has any grievance against the police they can come to me’’, said the SSP.

Rishab Kapoor died in the wave pool of Thunder Zone Amusement and Water Park, situated on the SAS Nagar-Sirhind road, allegedly due to negligence of the park’s management. But the police, in its wisdom, has registered a case against the lifeguard, Harjinder Singh. The child’s family insisted that the management should have been held responsible for the death, but the cops preferred to book the employee. A police official claimed that an FIR was registered as per the complainant’s version. Family members had alleged that at the time of the incident, there was neither a doctor nor any arrangements of first aid.

Mr Umesh Chopra, maternal uncle of Rishab, who is a complainant, said he insisted that the management’s name should be included in the FIR, but the cops did not listen. ‘‘The cops said after investigations if the management is found guilty, it will be included into the FIR’’, said Mr Kapoor.

Mr Sanjay Kapoor, father of the deceased, alleged that the Punjab Police was taking side of the management of the park. ‘‘It is the duty of the management to provide doctor and ambulance. The police is taking side of the management and the FIR is just an eye wash’’, alleged the victim’s father.

On the other hand, Mr Manjit Singh, executive director of the park, said that first aid and doctor were there at the time of the mishap

The aggrieved family was also agitated over the fact that nobody — either from the government or the park’s management — met them. In the meantime, Rishab was buried in the Sector 25 crematorium after an autopsy was performed at the Kharar Civil Hospital. The father and grand-father of the victim reached here last night from Phagwara.


PGI cath lab non-functional
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The working of the Department of Cardiology in the PGI is virtually at a standstill with its cath lab not functioning for over a week. Even as patients are being told that the cath lab machine is out of order and repairs are on, sources in the PGI state that external sabotage and intra-departmental politics could be the two important reasons having led to the situation.

Having waited for over a fortnight for his angiography, a 64-year-old patient shifted from the PGI ‘s Cardiology Department to a private heart centre in the city today.

And he is just following the exodus, which is on from the department’s ward, where patients are fast losing patience with various explanations being doled out by doctors, nurses and technicians on duty why their treatment is not moving forward.

Posing as a patient waiting for the angiography of a relative, this correspondent was told by a person on duty at the cath lab that the machine was out of order and repairs were on. She informed that the company which had provided the machine had sent its technicians to repair it but since it is likely to take time, the best option available was to go to a Mohali-based cardiac centre or to a centre in Sector 34.

Sources said that the machine, which had been procured by the department about two months ago was indeed out of order a fortnight ago but had been repaired. Now the matter was that the manufacturing company was demanding an installation certificate, stating that all was well with the machine but the department was refusing to give it. Due to this the company had simply stopped the machine from being used.

However, sources add that the department’s internal politics, too, is one of the reasons why the company is not being given its installation certificate.

While one senior faculty member wants the machine to be installed in CCU, another wants it to be installed in place of the old machine (which being the demonstration model of this machine has been taken back by the company). 

Another set of sources point out that more than internal politics, external sabotage factor wherein the manufacturing company might have been asked by some of the city’s private heart centres to insist that they will allow the use of the machine only after getting the installation certificate might be at play.

With the company and the department at loggerheads regarding the installation certificate, its the patients who are at the receiving end and whether by design or by chance, the city’s private heart centres are making a fast buck.


Another ice-cream unit closed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The city’s fourth ice-cream factory was closed down here today by the local health authorities after they found that the products being manufactured by the factory were highly adulterated and not fit for human consumption. Food inspectors of the UT Health Department had collected samples from the factory, M/s Anand Ice Cream and Ice Candy, owned by Mr Umesh Singh. According to the report of the public analyst, the products of the factory are highly adulterated.

A personal inspection by senior food inspector M.K. Sharma revealed that the products were being manufactured in unhygienic conditions and did not meet the requirement of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act. Moreover, the premises on which ice cream was being made, was also being used to do iron and welding work and there were no wire gauze doors to prevent dust or flies from coming in. The utensils being used by the firm were rusty and chipped.

The UT Department of Health has closed down three ice-cream factories functioning in and around the city on similar grounds in the past two months. The quality of products was checked by the criteria laid down in the PFA Act. All these manufacturers were using sub-standard raw material and also non-permitted sweeteners in some cases.

The ice-cream manufactured by Anand, Om Snowtop and Shaktiman units contains less than prescribed quantity of various contents like fat, protein etc. 

Icream Anand Om Snowtop Shaktiman Prescribed limits
Milk fat 2.89 4.98 5.82 3.77 10
Protein 3.0 3.78 3.0 2.6 3.5
Total solids  19.12 3.12 34.72 20.80 36
(all figures in percentage)



Petition on number plates dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
A local court today dismissed a petition filed by the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD), Mr N.S. Minhas, against the UT Administration, Inspector-General of Police(IG) and In charge, Traffic Line for restraining them to issue challan till the administration provides high-security registration plate(HSRP).

Opposing the petition, the counsel for the UT Administration today filed a reply in the court that the petition moved by the president of the SAD was not maintainable before a local court. The counsel further added that the decision regarding HSRP (High Security Registration Plate) was passed by the Central government and the petitioner did not make it party in the case. Moreover, the court had no jurisdiction to take up the matter as the decision of the central government could only be challenged either in the High Court or in apex court.

Mr Minhas had filed a petition against the UT administration, IG and Traffic Line for restraining them from issuing challan to the city residents till the administration provided HSRP number plates to the owners of vehicles and also to withdraw the notification regarding the change of colour of number plates.

Mr Minhas had filed the case for temporary injunction, directing the UT Administration, Inspector-General of Police(IG) and In charge, Traffic Line(Defendants) under order 39b rule 1 and 2 read with Section 151 Civil Procedure Code for temporary injunction restraining the defendants issuing the challan. 


2 linemen electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 29
An assistant lineman was electrocuted, while another received serious burn injuries , while they were doing maintenance work on a transformer at Barwala this afternoon.

Mohinder Singh (40) died on the spot, while Sardara Ram received severe injuries, when the current began to flow accidentally in the line they were repairing. The power supply through this transmission line had earlier been stopped in order to carry out the maintenance work.

The incident took place around 1 pm this afternoon. The two victims were rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6, where Mohinder Singh was declared as brought dead. His post-mortem was conducted later in the evening and his body handed over to the family. The other victim, Sardara Ram , was stated to be in a serious condition.

The Sub-Divisional Officer, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Mr R.K. Bhardwaj, said that they were still clueless on how current began flowing in the transmission line. He said current from another transmission line could also have accidentally passed into the line here. The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the Cr P C. 

Another city resident electrocuted
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
Within 72 hours, the Mani Majra area of the city, witnessed its third death due to electrocution. Hardev Singh (33) was electrocuted when he came in contact with a dessert cooler in the late hours here today. According to police sources the accident occurred at about 11 pm in the Mariwala town, Mani Majra, and Hardev Singh was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 16, but could not be saved. 
Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC are likely to be initiated into the incident.


Legal awareness seminar
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
In order to generate legal awareness among the masses, a legal awareness seminar was organised by the UT State Legal Service Authority in collaboration with the councillor of ward No. 5, Ms Shyama Negi, at Dadu Majra colony today.

The Member Secretary, UT State Legal Service Authority-cum-Judge Permanent Lok Adalat, District Courts, Mr Sant Parkash, presided over it. He informed the audience that the authority provides free legal aids and service to the persons or parties, which are involved in legal disputes.

While addressing the gathering, Mr Parkash, said the disputes were settled amicably by way of compromise between the parties at pre-litigative stage on receiving a complaint or an application from any person or the party. However, if no compromise is arrived at between parties, the matter remains open to be taken up by the judicial courts.

Mr Parkash, further added that two Lok Adalats are functioning on the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises and district courts complex, Sector 17, daily under the aegis of Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi, Executive Chairman of the authority, apart from holding special Lok Adalats after every three months in a year.

Giving details about the benefits of the adalat, Mr Parkash added that the litigants were required to submit a simple application on a plain paper without any court fee to the UT Member Secretary, State Legal Service Authority.

He added that on receiving such applications the authority issues summons to the other party for hearing both the disputes in order to arrive at a settlement by way of compromise through the adalat. The revenue matters, motor accident claims, compound criminal cases and complaints under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act are also taken up by the adalat through the authority and for amicably settlement. 


Monsoon keeps date with city

Chandigarh, June 29
The southwest monsoon kept its date with the Union Territory of Chandigarh today and caused widespread rains at a number of places during the past 24 hours, reports said.

However, the 15 mm rainfall early this morning notwithstanding, people in and around Chandigarh today again sweated under torrid humid conditions, though the maximum stayed two degrees below normal at 36°C. The relative humidity touched 98 per cent in the maximum and 48 per cent in the minimum.

The entire catchment areas of the Sutlej and Beas in Himachal had widespread rains. Kasol, Shimla and Sundernagar were virtually deluged with 78.4 mm, 67.6 mm and 52.4 mm rain, respectively. The rain waters entered several low-lying houses in the state Capital which reported the maximum of 24°C.

Nangal dam recorded 28.9 mm rains. Solan, the midway town along the Kalka-Shimla highway, received 26.4 mm rains. Pandoh (36 mm), Sunni (30 mm), Barthin (24.5 mm), Kahu (22.2 mm), Bhuntar (14.7 mm), Sujanpur Tira (9.6mm) were among other main stations reporting rains.

According to the Weather Bureau, the southwest monsoon is likely to cause moderate to rather heavy rains at many places in Himachal and adjoining areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Besides, western disturbances moving over J and K and adjoining Pakistan are likely to cause rains at a few places in Punjab and Haryana over the next 48 hours. UNI


Police acquires new radars
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
The UT traffic police has acquired two ‘‘modern and sophisticated’’ speed-checking radars. The police claims the new radar are capable of jamming ‘radars jamming’ instruments used by certain motorists to alert them about the presence of traffic cops armed with speed radar.

The traffic cops were given demonstration of the radar at the traffic lines Sector 29, here today. The new radar can provide instant printouts of the speed of vehicle on which it is targeted in addition to date and time. The police claims that the printouts can help reduce the arguments between the motorists and the cops. These radar can be used on motor cycles and jeeps and requires a 12-volt battery. The cops have now six speed-checking radars.



Tuitions taxing students

This millennium, still in its infancy, but one that was ushered in with a bang, has brought in its stride a student who stands in sharp contrast to his counterpart of yesteryear. It is indeed perplexing why smiling, radiant joys of childhood have been transfigured by tension and anxiety writ large on the faces of our teenagers.

Education, they say, has taken its toll leaving students overburdened and at the crossroads. But many questions as to the validity of this statement come to the mind. Is not this burden, anxiety an indecisiveness of one's own making? Are not parents, to a great extent, responsible for throwing their child into the quagmire? The grassroot level is seeped in sordid murkiness. A three or four-year-old taking 'tuitions' or 'coaching' to gain entry into an 'elite' school of the parent's choice — the very idea sounds preposterous, but is nevertheless the truth of a student’s entry into the fold of formal education.

Tuition was unheard of till the 80s but the stark reality facing today’s student is that his education needs to be supplemented alongside his educators. Neck and neck competition and the spirit to thrive, so to say the survival of the fittest, has led to many a parent and student choosing a meandering path for their flesh and blood, thereby making him another contender in the rat race. Enmeshed so, this vicious cycle of tuitions gets embedded into the very soul of his existence, so much so that he reaches a point of no return. This 'tuition mania' has furthered many other concepts, incapacitating and immobilising students’ right thought process.

Self-questioning, self-study and individualistic decision-making has been sidelined and 'coaching' has become the catch phrase and talk of the town in the present scenario. Surprisingly, today’s student, with panache and verve, chooses to go to the highest bidder for private coaching, his intelligence quotient notwithstanding. Unfortunately, precious time is wasted before the bitter truth comes knocking at his doors that tuitions have in no way sharpened his intellect but by then it is too late to make amends.

The fast pace of life, working couples, career-oriented mothers, nuclear families — all these have resulted in less time for interaction between parents, teachers and the youngsters. All these coupled with certain discrepancies in the system, variable test approach of examining bodies have led to students' bleak future, imbalanced and in doldrums. Classroom teaching is neglected, having been misled by the fallacy that private coaching can help gain entry into professional colleges. This misconception has found a deep-rooted entry into the minds of parents and children alike, courtesy those making ultimate gains out of the ignorance of the blessed ones.

Mrs Khushinder Sharma, Principal, Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh

Tribune’s triumph

Kudos to The Tribune. Close on the heels of my letter “Water being wasted” (Chandigarh Tribune, June 2), I am happy to inform the readers of The Tribune that the authorities have removed the tap in question very recently.

This water tap was provided for the benefit of the securitymen of a VVIP occupying Bungalow No. 386 in Chandigarh’s Sector 30-A and adjacent to the Green Belt which is managed by the Chandigarh Administration. Even though the VVIP and his securitymen had shifted to another place about two months back (the bungalow has since been lying vacant), the water tap was allowed to be misused. In the process, precious water was being wasted. And no one seemed to be bothered about this. Not even those residing nearby. Even the regular stream of visitors to the Green Belt seemed to be least concerned about this.

I am very happy that my letter in The Tribune had opened the eyes of the authorities. First they made the tap defunct, as suggested in the letter, and now they have removed the tap altogether. Who says The Tribune does not care for important local problems such as this? And I will be failing in my duty if I don’t thank the authorities too for having done their duty with the attention it deserved.

Jagjit Singh, Chandigarh

Vacant HUDA plots

Ever since the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) was set up 30 years ago, a number of plots which were allotted/sold to public in different sectors of Panchkula at that time, have been lying vacant. They are half-built, becoming a nuisance to neighbours and others. These vacant plots have been converted into a dumping ground, emitting foul smell and attracting pigs, goats, cows and dogs. They have also become a breeding ground for flies and mosquitoes.

In this regard, Mr Bansi Lal, former Chief Minister, deserves appreciation. He initiated stringent action against such plot holders who failed to complete the construction work and occupy their houses within a specific timeframe. But soon this fiat vanished into thin air after he lost the gaddi.

I appeal to the HUDA/Haryana Government to serve confiscation notice on those allottees who fail to construct houses within a timeframe. They should be told to complete construction within three to six months or re-sell them through public auction or by any other appropriate means to needy ones.

O.P. Walia, Panchkula

Mansa Devi museum

I, being an art lover, am really very happy to learn that Panchkula’s Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board has proposed to collect various images and sculptures of the mother goddess in her various manifestations for the theme museum to be constructed near the temple shortly. The very objective of the project is praiseworthy and deserves the unstinted help and cooperation of one and all. The devotees and others having faith in other religions should also contribute to such a noble venture. Philanthropists and others should liberally contribute to such novel projects.

However, the authorities have not examined one point. They should not fall into the trap of inviting quotations as enough talent is available in the region for delivering the goods. Such monumental works of art should be executed only by commissioning artists, specialising in the area. The tragedy with such artists is that they do not hanker for work and generally go unnoticed by their fellow citizens. If the world community can spot such devoted artists, it should not be difficult for the Mansa Devi Board to commission them for the entire project on their terms.

The experience of the Punjab Government in establishing the “Khalsa Heritage Complex” could be of some help. It is certainly a wonderful project executed with meticulous care. However, it will be appreciated if the casting is done in bronze or better still in “Ashta Dhatu,” which will last for more than a millennium.

P.S. Sawhney, Chandigarh


Fish found dead
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, June 29
A large number of fish were found dead under mysterious circumstances in an artificial lake of Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park here this evening.

Sources in the zoo revealed that over 20 fish weighing from 2 to 5 kg were found floating in the lake by a zoo employee at about 5 pm. The sudden death of the fish has put a question mark on the competence of the zoo management.

It may be recalled that the fish were released in the lake by the Punjab Fisheries Department about four years ago as a feed for migratory birds.

Dr Vinod Sharma, Chief Warden (Zoos), Punjab, confirmed the death of the fish. He said three fish had been preserved for postmortem examination and rest were buried. The zoo authorities have netted out the dead fish from the lake.

‘‘We have informed Mr Shavinder Singh, Chief Warden Fisheries, Punjab, as the department had released them in the lake. The exact cause of death could be known only after the postmortem reports”, said Dr Sharma.

He claimed that the fish died as their population had increased manifold in the past three years. This further reduced the oxygen content in lake water which led to the death of fish. 


Police settles 248 cases
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
The police said it had settled 248 disputes at ‘Alternative Complaint Resolution’ camps at four places here today. Registration of four cases was recommended at these camps.

In a press note issued here today, the Police Department said 37 cases of matrimonial and family disputes, 26 of tenancy disputes, 4 of property disputes, 42 of cheating, 60 of harassment, besides a number of miscellaneous ones were solved at the camps.

The camps were held at the police stations of Sectors 17, 34 and 26 and the EOW Woman and Child Support Unit. Persons present at the camps included Mr S.S. Randhawa (DSP, Central), Mr S.C. Sagar (DSP, South), Mr Surjit Singh (DSP, East), Mr B.D. Bector (DSP, EOW) and Mr Asa Nand (DSP, Crime), besides Inspectors and the SHOs concerned. Mr Sant Parkash, member secretary of the State Legal Service Authority, and Mr Parag Jain, SSP, also visited the camps.


Bank staff protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Employees of various banks organised demonstration here on Thursday in protest against the new voluntary retirement scheme, introduced by the Bank of India management and its anti-employee policies.

Addressing the employees, Mr N.K.Gaur, general secretary, Punjab Bank Employees Federation, said the work load on workers had already increased after the implementation of VRS in Bank of India in December 2000. As many as 8,000 employees had taken VRS resulting in increased work load and deterioration of customer services.


Robbed car traced in Uttaranchal
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, June 29
The Ikon car robbed from an industrial unit owner here was traced in Joshimath (Uttaranchal) today after the victim received a telephone call from that town purportedly from one of the suspects.

Mr Rajinder Garg, a resident of Panchkula who runs a factory in the Phase IX Industrial Area here, was robbed of over Rs 1.80 lakh in cash, a mobile phone and his Ford Ikon car by three criminals here on June 25.

Mr Garg told Chandigarh Tribune that he received a telephone call around 6 a.m. today. The caller, who was speaking in Punjabi, asked Mr Garg whether he recognised him and informed him that he was leaving his car near Joshimath. Mr Garg said he also got to know the number of the telephone from where the call had been made as he had the caller ID facility on his own phone.

Mr Garg then immediately got in touch with the Ropar SSP, who contacted his counterpart in Chamoli (Uttaranchal). He also dispatched a team to Joshimath, including police personnel, a factory manager of Mr Garg and the manager of Paras Lodge in IIIB2 here (where Mr Garg was locked up in a toilet for nine hours by the criminals). Mr Garg said that his recovered car had now been impounded by the police.

Meanwhile, the police has not arrested any of the culprits so far. It released sketches of the three suspects involved in the crime. According to sketches, they had beards and wore turbans. One of them, according to the police, was aged 24 or 25, slim, smart looking, fair complexioned and 5 ft 11 inches in height. The second was aged 23 or 24, had a wheatish complexion and was 5 ft 6 inches tall. The third suspect was aged 22 to 24, slim, sharp-featured with a wheatish complexion and 6 ft 1 inch in height. The SSP could not be contacted on his mobile phone.


Pickpocket arrested
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
Kingoo, a resident of Delhi, was arrested by the police allegedly for picking pocket of Mr Kewal Singh, a resident of Sector 21, here yesterday. It is alleged that Kingoo committed the crime in the Sector 17-E market yesterday. A case has been registered under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.

The police registered two cases under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC yesterday. A motorcyclist, Dewant Goswami, a resident of Sector 38 West, was injured after his vehicle was hit by a Tata Sumo near the Sector's roundabout on June 21. Another scooterist, Davinder Singh, a resident of Sector 15, was injured after being hit by a Maruti car on June 22.

Dowry harassment case
Ms Parveen, a resident of Phase 3-B 2, SAS Nagar, complained to the city police that her husband Sukhwinder Singh and in-laws were harassing and maltreating her demanding more dowry. She was married to Sukhwinder Singh in November 99. A case has been registered.

Vinod Kumar, who runs a shop in Badheri here, was arrested for allegedly playing a porno video at his shop here yesterday. He was booked under Section 292 of the IPC.

Car lifted
Mr Sunil Kumar, a resident of SCF 24, Sector 21, reported to the police that his Maruti car (CHO3 A 6890) had been stolen from his residence here yesterday. A case has been registered.

Held for stealing
The police has arrested Vikas Puri, a Sector 21 resident, for allegedly stealing a battery, here yesterday. He was booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.


Canter hits bike
Balbir Singh was injured when his motor cycle was hit by a canter (HR-68-0276) at Chandi Mandir on Friday. A case under Section 279 of the IPC has been registered.

Three booked
Amarjit, Sunil and Indra have been booked on the charge of assaulting a woman, Reeta, in Old Panchkula. A case under Sections 452 and 323 of the IPC has been registered.

Gas cylinder stolen
A gas cylinder was stolen from the house of Mr Sushil Kumar from Sector 2 here on Friday. The house-owners were away at the time of the incident. In another case, the stereo of a car (HR-06-J-0079) was stolen from Pinjore.


Intense infighting in MIA
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, June 29
Intense infighting has broken out in the Mohali Industries Association (MIA) with a section of the members today demanding a re-election to the Executive Committee in view of yesterday’s “unconstitutional” poll even as the committee headed by president B.S. Baidwan rejected the charge.

Last evening there were unruly scenes outside the venue of the annual general meeting in Association Bhavan in the Phase VII Industrial Area and the police had to be summoned.

Many members were prevented from entering the building where the “general house” of the MIA passed a resolution granting one-year extension to the committee headed by Mr Baidwan.

Even as Mr Baidwan and members of the opposing group, including former president S.S. Sandhu, said today that no political parties were behind the ongoing tussle in the MIA, it appeared that a split could be imminent if the situation worsens.

Mr Baidwan told a press conference today that he had no objection to the holding of the re-election if a majority of the members so desired. He said the situation created by certain members last evening was unwarranted and uncalled-for.

He felt the root cause of the problem was “misinformation and miscommunication”. Only those members were prevented from entering the meeting venue whose association dues were pending.

Letters had been written to members well in advance asking them to clear their dues before the annual general meeting, but nearly 95 of them had not done so before the deadline.

Mr Baidwan said the resolution giving one-year extension to the Executive Committee was passed following a request from a large number of members. The resolution was approved by a majority of the members in accordance with Rule 52 of the MIA’s byelaws.

However, Mr Sandhu and other members of the opposing group, who described the re-election as illegal, said the procedure for clearing dues had been made unduly cumbersome. There must be some reason for the rising resentment amongh members against the extension to the committee. Members should be heard and their grievances removed, Mr Sandhu said.

Mr Sandhu said the annual general meeting should be held again and the re-election held since a “ majority of the members” favoured this.

Another member of the opposing group, Mr Subhash Mahajan, alleged that former president R.S. Sachdeva prevented many members from entering the venue of the MIA meeting yesterday. After Mr Baidwan and his group left the venue, the members of the opposing group wanted to hold a meeting there, but found that the electricity had been switched off. He wondered why no record had been maintained regarding the number of votes in favour of and against extension resolution.


ATM Inaugurated

SAS Nagar
Dr C.L. Kaul, Director of the local National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), inaugurated the 29th ATM of the State Bank of Patiala at its Phase VII branch here on Saturday.

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