Tuesday, July 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Admn reduces stamp duty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The Chandigarh Administration today reduced the stamp duty on sale of property from 12.50 per cent to 6 per cent. This would now match the duty structure in the neighbouring Punjab.

  • Stamp duty reduced from 12 .50 per cent to 6 per cent.

  • Brings it on par with duty structure in Punjab.
  • May bring down practice of under valuation of property.
  • Encourage people to get property in their own names instead of giving general power of attorney.

The reduction in stamp duty would make selling and buying of property cheaper. It would prevent under-valuation of property and as a result would boost the revenue collection in the city as more people may now show the true value of the sale.

So far transactions under the Indian Stamp Act were at par with the neighbouring state of Haryana. Sources said under the Reorganisation of States Act, 1966, Chandigarh had to follow Punjab in all financial matters.

This issue had been raised several times by residents.

Sources in the Chandigarh Administration confirmed that the reduction in rates was formally okayed by the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob(retd), this afternoon. A formal order and notification would be issued in a few days.

Last year during the Chief Ministers’ and State Finance Ministers’ conference on tax reforms held at New Delhi, General Jacob had announced that the Chandigarh Administration was considering to reduce stamp duty on sale of property applicable in Chandigarh, in view of reduction of stamp duty in Punjab.

The Administrator had then promised early implementation but the scheme had hit several hurdles en route. This included a fear by the Finance Department which had expressed reservation that the reduction in stamp duty would result in loss of revenue. The final orders, to be issued by the Administration, would ask the Sub-Registrar to ensure that no property would be registered at under-valued rates and the collectors’ rate fixed from time would be changed.

Sources, meanwhile, pointed out the collectors’ rate — a benchmark for sale and purchase of property — would be hiked to offset any loss in revenue. The rate was under review and a new one would be announced soon. Collectors’ rate is fixed by the Administration to fix the minimum price of any property.


Cable men shock subscribers again
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 1
Cable subscribers in the region are in for a rude shock. The monthly cable tariff has been hiked by Rs 50 to Rs 75 from this month onwards.

The rates have been hiked following a hike in subscription rates by some pay channels since May and increase in connectivity charges of its package by the Star TV. While rates in Panchkula have been increased from Rs. 200 per month to Rs 275 per month, the rates in Chandigarh have been increased by Rs 50 from Rs 160 per month to Rs 210 per month.

It is learnt that Star TV has increased its connectivity charges by over 25 per cent. Also, Sony increased subscription of its package from Rs 22 per connection till April to Rs 40 now. Modi Entertainment Limited (MEL) has also increased its subscription to Rs 23. 75 , ever since TEN Sports was launched in April (this channel had the rights for Indian subcontinent to telecast the just concluded World Cup Football and the upcoming cricket tri-series in Morocco).

The cable operators in the region said that hike in rates here was in consonance with the revised rates all over the country, especially in the metropolitan cities. The rates in Delhi had also been hiked to Rs 360 per connection.

It may be noted that the cable tariff per connection had been hiked from Rs 150 to Rs 165 per connection in October 2001 and to Rs 200 in January this year, following the hike in connectivity charges to the operators by the pay channels. A lot of hue and cry had been raised in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and the township over the hike in rates. Now barely four months after the past hikes, the operators had decided to hike the rates yet again.

It was last year that Star Plus became the first channel to turn into a pay channel, charging a subscription fee of Rs 15 per connection. Later the channel introduced its package at Rs 30 per connection, which included all channels beamed by the Star TV. In January this year, this was hiked to Rs 40.50 per connection. This was followed by hike by Zee TV and Sony TV.

Mr Rajesh Sondhi, president and Mr Rajesh Sharma, treasurer of Panchkula Cable Network, when contacted said that operators were not responsible for frequent hikes in cable TV tariff, but because of the unwarranted frequent hike in subscription per viewer per month by different pay channels broadcasting companies.

“As of now 52 channels are being beamed by the operators in the region. Of these, 34 channels have now become pay channels and are charging between Rs 23.50 to Rs 42 per connection from the operators,” they informed. However, the operators were tight lipped about the imbalance in services offered to nearby areas and at comparatively low prices.

Mr Ravinder Singh Pali of Multi Network Private Limited, Chandigarh, a multi system operator for SITI Cable said that the monthly tariff was worked out on the basis of what each viewer had to pay to pay channel broadcasting companies, adding that their own incidental charges for services rendered.” If the capital investment on the infrastructure which has been laid down by the cable operator, its depreciation are taken into consideration, the monthly tariff will increase manifold.”

The cable operators said that with The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2002 , likely to come into force soon, the rates were likely to increase manifold.

Meanwhile, the cable operators also refuted charges of their giving subscription for less connections than they had. “The pay channel broadcasting companies release its signal to the operator only after considerable negotiations with regard to viewer connectivity, hence there can be no hoodwinking by the operators”, they said.


Star TV Package Rs 40.50
Zee TV Package Rs. 42
Sony Package Rs. 40
Star Sports/ESPN  Rs. 24
MEL (DD Sports and TEN Sports) Rs. 23.72



Stray dogs kill three fawns in Chhat Bir zoo
Holes in Banur Canal drainage
Bipin Bhardwaj

Chhat Bir (Patiala), July 1
Apathy on the part of the Punjab Drainage Department authorities resulted in the death of three male black buck fawns at the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park here this morning.

A pack of stray dogs reportedly entered the enclosure by wriggling their way through the drainage holes on the Banur Canal which passes through the zoo.

This is the fourth such incident since July 12 last year when the stray ‘‘hunters’’ entered the zoo premises and killed eight animals, including seven black bucks and a hog deer.

It may be recalled that three black bucks, including a newly born fawn, were killed by wild jackals which entered their enclosure in the zoo on July 11 last year. The wild jackals struck again at the same enclosure and killed a male animal on July 13 night. The jackals took the help of a tree which had fallen on the outer wall of the enclosure, to jump into it.

In April this year some stray dogs entered to the zoo premises through an open end of the Banur Canal and entered the hog deer enclosure after jumping over the boundary wall. A male animal was killed by the dogs this time.

This morning a pack of stray dogs entered the enclosure of black bucks through the drainage holes. The animals ran helter skelter for safety but unfortunately three male fawns, aged one to three months, lost their lives in the stampede.

The carcasses of the animals were buried after conducting postmortem examination this afternoon.

Sources said the entry of dogs in the enclosure was noticed by a keeper and an alarm was raised. Two zoo employees entered the enclosure and segregated the dogs from the black bucks. The dogs fled from the scene after jumping over the boundary wall of the enclosure.

The sources said enclosure was housing 13 animals, — nine males and four females. With the death of the three fawns the number of black bucks in this enclosure has been reduced to 10.

According to information available, wild animals and stray dogs enter the zoo premises through the canal when its water level recedes.

Highly placed sources in the Wildlife Department disclosed that since the very first incident when the dogs killed a hog deer, the zoo authorities and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest had given representations to the Chief Engineer of the Drainage Department of Punjab seeking urgent measures to check the entry of dogs and jackals through the Banur Canal.

The zoo authorities have also sought translocation of stray animals from the surrounding areas of the zoo.

When contacted Dr Vinod Sharma, Chief Warden (zoos) Punjab, confirmed the death of three male black buck fawns. He said that the dogs entered the zoo premises by wriggling their way through an open drainage hole on one end of the Banur Canal.

He said: ‘‘Zoo authorities are not authorised to put wire mesh or take other steps on either ends of the canal. If we do this , it would be in violation of the drainage Act. This is the job of the Drainage Department.’’

The Chief Engineer of Punjab Drainage Department and the Executive Engineer of Canals were not available for comment.

A visit to the zoo revealed that the zoo employees had swung into action to put temporary wire mesh on both ends of the canal from where the dogs had entered the zoo premises. A number of stray dogs could be seen roaming within the zoo premises. Some of the dogs were taking dips in water accumulated on the canal bed.


Parliament ‘yet to flay’ massacre of Sikhs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
While the US Congress and Senate have condemned bigotry and violence against Sikh-Americans in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11 last year, the Indian Parliament is yet to condemn the massacre of Sikhs in 1984, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, said today.

Mr Tarlochan Singh, who has returned from a tour of the USA and the UK, has circulated among all Sikh MPs copies of the resolutions adopted by the US Congress and Senate in this respect.

“To me it appears all the more intriguing that after cases of hate crimes were reported against Sikh-Americans, the Indian Government took up the matter with the US Government to express its concern and wanted safety and security of all Indian-Americans in general and Sikhs-Americans in particular. On the other hand, the Indian Parliament has not passed any resolution about the massacre of Sikhs in 1984,” said Mr Tarlochan Singh.

Mr Tarlochan Singh said the resolutions adopted by the Senate and the Congress expressed the anguish of every American after a few cases of hate crime were reported in which one Sikh was gunned down outside his store.

He added there was a sea change in the attitude of all “Sikh separatist” leaders of yesteryear as most of them were keen on getting an opportunity to visit India. “Even Dr Ganga Singh Dhillon has a change of mind now. The Union Government would do well to give them a one-time limited visa and watch their conduct before formally striking their names off the ‘black list’,” said Mr Tarlochan Singh, pleading that a chance must be given to those who pledged allegiance to their motherland.


She donates kidney, saves father’s life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
More than the satisfaction of having saved the life of her father by donating a kidney, 21-year-old Harpreet Kaur derives immense strength and pleasure in the fact that she has set an example for other families who look towards people outside the family to make the donation.

“Encouraged by my initiative and bold step, there are so many family members who have come forward to donate kidneys , which makes me feel that God specially chose me to show the path to others who are willing to pay the big amount for the donation,” says Harpreet, who is leading an absolutely normal life with one kidney.

She regrets that despite one’s own loved one needing a kidney transplant to survive, family members do not come forward. “Life and death is totally in the hands of God, so not even once did I hesitate before taking the decision," she says. With almost Rs 30,000 required for medicines every month, it is still a stupendous task for the family, whose only earning member will still take almost a year before he can get back to work.

It was only after the story of 45-year-old Amrik Singh, a tailor by profession, appeared in Chandigarh Tribune, that the family could get the kidney transplant , with the help of over Rs 2.50 lakh that came with the help of the liberal donations even from the most remote areas. Having cleared her plus two exams, though Harpreet is keen to pick up a job to keep the house running, her mother, Satwant Kaur, is reluctant as she does not want to take any chances with the health of the girl. With not even a single relative showing up to inquire about the health of Amrik Singh, Satwant Kaur feels that Harpreet has done what even a son would have hesitated to do, especially at a stage when most Indians consider daughters as burden. The family will still need some more financial help for meeting the cost of post-transplant treatment, as Amrik Singh’s creatinine level is very high, and the body is slow in accepting the kidney.

Amrik Singh’s is the second case at the PGI where it has been possible to undertake the operation due to the donations coming from the public. Encouraged by the positive response, Sunil Tiwari and Raj Kumar, both in their late twenties, and unable to meet the high cost of transplant, are awaiting collection of about Rs 4 lakh so that their lives can be saved. On the other hand, Lal Hussain, another patient from Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir, is well on his way to recovery as he prepares to leave for his native place, after an open heart surgery at the PGI, with the help of money which came in the way of donation. Lal, a poor labourer from J and K, could not have even dreamt of getting a bypass done, had it not been for the donations, which came in after his case was highlighted in newspapers.

With a lot many economically weaker patients approaching the PGI authorities for financial help, the need for having some NGO or a social organisation handling such cases is being felt. A body, with both social workers as well as medical experts from the PGI, could well handle cases, which need liberal donations from the public.


Sadbhavana Express makes a poor start
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
It came chugging into the Chandigarh railway station, but a bit too late on the very first day. The Lucknow-Saharanpur Express, extended up to Chandigarh, was supposed to arrive here at 11.30 am — as per the new time table released by the Northern Railways. The train, popularly known as the Sadbhavana Express, reached at about 1 pm — good one-and-a-half hour late.

Ignorant about the delay, waiting relatives and business associates had reached the station in time. They could not believe their ears when it was announced that the train was running late and that also on the first day of it being extended.

According to the Northern Railway authorities, the train was delayed at Saharnpur due to operational difficulties. Giving details, an official added that time was wasted as bogies had to be detached.

Despite the delay in arrival of the train, it was flagged off from Chandigarh railway station at 7. 05 pm — the right time — by the Deputy Station Superintendent, Mr V.K. Sharma. He was bestowed with the honour as he was the senior-most employee of the Ambala Division.

As per information, the train — two tier AC sleeper, also having general compartments, stops at Dhampur, Nijiababad, Roorkee, Saharanpur, Jagadhri and Ambala Cantonment before reaching Chandigarh.


Painters do brisk business
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, July 1
Getting the number plates painted from black to white was an expensive affair today — dearer than it was yesterday — before the expiry of the deadline.

As the residents, scared of getting challaned following their failure to get the background painted from black to white, waited patiently in queues for their turn, the painters unabashedly increased the rates by as much as Rs 50.

“Till June 30 — the deadline for getting the background changed — they were charging Rs 40 for pasting the registration number on the front and rear of the two-wheelers,” said Dhruv Verma, an executive working with a multinational. “For four-wheelers, they were charging Rs 100. But today, the rates were unceremoniously enhanced”.

Residents pushing their scooters and bikes in the unending queues were surprised to hear that the painters were charging as much as Rs 60 for two-wheelers.

The car drivers were the worst sufferers. “For getting the number plates re-painted in accordance with the new rules”, says bank employee Ripu Daham Singh, “I was forced to pull out Rs 150 from my wallets. Sheer exploitation — how else can you describe it?” Interestingly, the painters, who had declared the rates by hanging banners across the trees in front of markets and offices and industrial units were seen nicely folding the rate-list.

“Today, there was no need for them to advertise,” said Neeraj Yadav, working with a multinational marketing agency. “Customers, after locating them, were rushing in on their own, to get the job done. Getting the colour changed was more important, price was secondary. Beggars are not choosers, you see”. Catering to their demand and tempted by enhanced profits, the painters shifted their shops to parking lots, and outside some of the corporate offices and industrial unit in the city.

As if it was pre-decided, they descended upon parking lots all over the city. Armed with paint boxes and adhesive tapes, they reached corporate offices and factories with a large number of employees. Their concentration was more around the units situated in Industrial Area.


District gears up for flood control
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 1
The district administration has set up six base control rooms for flood control in rains. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, said control rooms had been set up at the block, tehsil, subdivision and district levels.

The four block-level control rooms have been classified under category ‘A’. Tehsil-level control rooms in Panchkula and Kalka have been placed in category ‘B’. The subdivision-level control rooms in Panchkula and Kalka will belong to category ‘C’. The telephone number of this control room here is 562135. “A police control room will also be set up in the office of the Superintendent of Police,” she said.

The Revenue and Development branch and the Drainage Department control rooms would have communication networks at key points. The Tangri point will be on the Barwala-Bataur bridge, where observers will have Walkie-Taikie sets for a quick report during any eventuality.

The DC said the wireless network of the Forest Department would also be used for transmitting reports of rainfall in the Morni Hills. The control room of the Forest Department would pass on this information to the control rooms at all levels. She said the DFO Morni at Pinjore had also been directed to have afforestation to check floods.

The Executive Engineer (Water Service) of Ambala will use the Irrigation Department telegraph network to sound flood alerts when the discharge exceeds 30,000 cusecs. The D-level control room will be alerted first, that will, in turn, call for police help in the affected areas. The onus of taking preventive measures will be on the B-level control room, where the respective SDO (C) will take all necessary action to meet the threat.

Ms Arora said eight flood-control schemes were in progress and Rs 21 lakh would be spent under these for the protection of ‘abadi’ and agricultural land at places like Lahroundi, Naya Nagar, Mandlya, Barwala, Berghati, Barona, the CRPF Complex at Pinjore, Tibbi village and Ber Wala. She said Naya Nagar, Naggal, Lehrendi, Johluwal, Maranwala, Rajipur and Rampur Suri villages in Kalka tehsil, Jallaha, Talanwali, Kazampur, Taprian, Bhud, Narainpur, Kheri, Barwala, Tibbi Majra, Parwala, Roorkee and Shampur in Raipur Rani subtehsil and Dhandarru, Bataur, Sultanpur, Jalauli and Natwal in Barwala subtehsil were sensitive in this regard.


10th anniversary of AN-12 phase-out held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
It was an unusual occasion where familiar faces met, exchanged notes, and recalled cherished moments they had shared when the AN-12, one of the country’s best transport aircraft with the IAF, was in service. And the occasion was the 10th anniversary of the phasing out of this aircraft.

Present in the audience were several pilots, navigators and engineers who recalled their experiences with this wonderful workhorse.

The most notable guest was Air Marshal T.N. Gadhiok, the first officer to command the newly raised AN-12 squadron way back in 1961. He came from New Delhi to join the ceremony.

They remembered how this sturdy plane was used not only for maintaining lifeline in Leh and Thoise but also for various other operations, including carpet bombing, medical evacuation.

Besides Air Marshal Gadhiok, Air Commodore D.S. Sabherwal (retd), Air Commodore Prashar (Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD) and the Secretary of the AN-12 Alumni Association, Wing Commander D.S. Bajwa (retd) made their presence felt at the anniversary where the wives of officers, too, chipped in with their experiences of this workhorse.


A programme for Army
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 1
Anamika with her bubbly voice and Hans Raj Hans with his ethereal, hunting one, complemented each other, making Shaan-e- Watan, a musical and entertaining evening. The programme canned by Zee Alpha Punjabi which they rightfully claimed “a programme all about the Indian soil” was dedicated to the Indian Army.

The programme started with Anamika’s self composed “Aman ke pujari”, celebrating the Indian spirit. It was not only her husky, high-powered voice that received thunderous applause from the audience but her glamourous image captured their attention too, albeit her singing in the track, while to Hans Raj Hans’s performance came as the second best.

Taking the thread from Anamika, Hans too started with serious, sober number “Mere desh nu mere takdir” followed by “Battan de sepaiyo” and Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s number “Suneo o kalma wale” before he leaped towards more popular numbers “Yaara sili sili ande hai hawa”, among others.

Anamika who came back on the stage after Hans Raj Hans did not disappoint the audience when she delivered her hit numbers one after another like “Kala sha kala”, “Kahi karta hoga” and a few numbers from her recent album, “Pyar Hai”. Complete with her dance troupe, Anamika demonstrated the energy which goes well with her kind of music.

Anamika, who has recently released two albums, “Pyar Hai” and “Cocktail” — a remix album — is on her way to create a new Punjabi sensation which is going to be released in another three weeks. “The lyrics is purely Punjabi folk but music treatment is altogether new. What scores the most here is the title which is catchy and was never ever heard in Punjabi music,” she said, refusing to reveal the name. Besides she is also working on an English album with famous American music director, David Lorenges.

But this is not where the surprise ends. Anamika is also directing a movie, “Rishte Ki Awaz” — a two-hour duration feature film based on relationships. She has written the script herself.

“I love writing and always wanted to direct a movie,” she says. So the venture combines both of her passion, but to learn the technicalities of movie making she is planning to fly to Los Angeles to work under some famous film directors.


Will Indo-Pak war be limited?

IN his lecture on “Indo-Pak Relations: Kargil and after” at CII, Chandigarh the other day, Gen V.P. Malik (retd), who was Chief of the Army Staff during Kargil operations, brought out that “the political aim given to us (for Kargil operations) was to get the intrusion vacated but not to cross the LoC”.

Touching on the Lahore Declaration and other events briefly, General Malik said Pakistan had planned the 1999-Kargil intrusion well in advance and had used a sizeable number of regular troops in the garb of irregulars. The Indian Army, he said, did a commendable job in evicting the enemy from the formidable heights.

In his graphic account of the Kargil war, he said there was complete synergy and consensus between various organs during the war. Whatever the quality of equipment, the Indian troops, he opined, would always give a good account of themselves.

Having returned recently from abroad where he had gone for a discussion on Kargil, he said if Pakistan persisted with its proxy war or cross-border terrorism policy, a limited conventional war, despite India and Pakistan having become nuclear states, cannot be ruled out. The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, who presided over the function, differed with General Malik, and said with General Musharraf having his finger on the nuclear button, a war with Pakistan may not remain limited.

During the Kargil war, General Malik paid frequent visits to the war front to gauge the situation himself.

Annandale helipad

A high-powered state government delegation led by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, convinced the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, the other day that the Army should hand over 121-bigha Annandale Ground Complex to the HP Government. This ground was leased to the Army in 1955. Though the lease period expired in 1982, the state government did not take it back because of the urgent requirement of the Army.

The state government has offered three sites to the Army in lieu of Annandale Complex for setting up a helipad. Incidentally, the Army has also been using this area as training ground for the infantry battalion located at Jutog. Generally, two rifle companies from this battalion stay here for training, living accommodation for them has also been constructed here.

Given to outdoor activities and known for improvisation, the Army is also utilising this area for promoting golf, for which, an ad hoc golf course has also been improvised in this complex.

The reasons given by the HP Government that this area will be utilised for national games, exhibitions, social and cultural gatherings, public meetings and rallies, are not convincing. For, the distance of Annandale ground being about 6 km from Shimla, it is not very practical to use it for these activities.

There is nothing to stop the politicians and bureaucrats from having their way. Whenever the Army improves an area, the bureaucrats led by the politicians turn their gaze to it and snatch it away from the Army. This is not the first such instance.

Pre-Independence Indian Army

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, undivided India’s massive volunteer army played a significant part in both the World Wars and her 1,60,000 war dead are buried and commemorated in 50 countries.

By the end of World War-I, 11,00,000 Indians had served overseas, of whom 60,000 were dead. The Indian soldiers had earned over 9,200 decorations, including 11 Victoria Crosses (VCs) in this war. In World War II, the Indian Army with 2.5 million men was the largest volunteer army, the world had ever seen.


The following important items have been recently introduced in the Canteen Stores Department (CSD).

Cars: Tata Indica, Metallic and non-metallic; Daewoo, Matiz SA and SG.

Electronic items: 3 CD changer; Sony VCD changer, Sony CTV with stereo and with flat screen, Kalyani Sharp CTV 21 inches.

Liquor: UDV whisky Gilbey’s, Green Label, UDV Christian Brothers Brandy and Haake Beck Premium Lager Beer.

Welfare of war widows

The Army has distributed 500 free LPG connections to war widows in Leh. A modern LPG bottling plant has also been set up near Leh. Apart from free LPG connections, war widows will get two-burner gas stove and free refill. No security deposit is charged from the beneficiaries.

Pritam Bhullar



Vinoba’s pupil seeks fall of ‘demonocracy’
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Mr Bal Vijay, former private secretary of Sarvodaya Andolan leader Acharya Vinoba Bhave and convener of the Khadi Mission, mooted the idea of forming an umbrella body of social workers to establish superiority of social forces over what Vinoba Bhave called their “demonocratically elected” representatives, here today.

“Vinoba Ji considered people’s power central to decentralisation of democracy for it to become a fulcrum of individual-to-individual vis-a-vis state relations,” said Mr Bal Vijay, who has provided a number of persons with employment through the mission. He said the proposed umbrella body could devise an electoral system that did not divide people.

Mr Vijay was here to launch the Jayprakash Narayan Centenary Sarvodaya Yatra in North India that will cross Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir to end at Pathankot on September 11, birth anniversary of Vinoba Bhave. The persons present at the launch included doyens of the khadi movement like Mr Som Bhai, Mr Amar Nath Bhai (president of the Serv Seva Sangh of Benaras) and Mr Yashpal Mittal, convener of the Prasthan Ashram of Pathankot.

The saintly figure asked citizens of Chandigarh to devote two hours every day to spreading the JP’s message of ‘Sampurn Kranti’. He also urged everyone to spend at least 25 per cent of their clothing budget on purchasing khadi and rural-industry products.

Mr Vijay, who accompanied Vinoba Bhave on his 14-year-long ‘padyatra’, said an umbrella organisation of non-political social workers would be a progressive social watchdog of democracy. The Sarvodaya leader said he had confidence in the nation’s youth who were, otherwise, being accused of ignoring social concerns.

He said the nation’s youth would do anything for the country if social leaders, education, family environment and society could provide them with a suitable ambience for it. Mr Vijay criticised those who he said were trying to turn the Indian culture of ‘Vasudev Kutumbkam’ (global family) into a narrow and sectarian culture. He said, in the age of science, politics and religion would have make way for science and spirituality.

He also called the present education institutions factories producing the unemployed and the dejected. He iterated the words of Vinoba that the fight should be against poverty, unemployment, injustice, exploitation and ignorance.


Industrialists threaten stir
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 1
The Panchkula Industrial Association has threatened to stage dharna from July 9 onwards against the alleged “anti-industry” approach adopted by the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

Mr S.L. Jindal, president, and Mr S.S. Goel, general secretary, of the association said industrialists of the township would stage dharna in order to mark their protest against the issuing of resumption notices to them. They also threatened to return their industrial plots back to HUDA, provided they were ready to take them back at the existing market price.

It is learnt that HUDA had earlier issued resumption notices to industrialists for carrying on additional work on their premises by either giving a portion on rent or for trading purposes. This tantamounts to misusing the site for purposes other than what it is meant for.

However, the industrialists plead that there is a large recession in the market making it difficult to run the industry properly. Also, no such restriction is imposed in Industrial Area at Chandigarh.

Mr Jindal, in support of his arguments, said certain people enjoyed political patronage. He said HUDA should withdraw the resumption notices and instead help the ailing industry in the township or they would be forced to shift their businesses to the neighbouring states of Punjab or Himachal Pradesh.


SDM seeks information
Our Correspondent

Kharar, July 1
Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, SDM, Kharar, in whose area Thunder Zone amusement park, where a six-year-old child was drowned on June 28, falls, has sought full information about the incident.

Mr Gill while talking to Chandigarh Tribune said he had asked the Naib Tehsildar, Kharar, to visit the amusement park today and submit a report. He said he had asked him to get full information about the permissions got by the park authorities and the safety measures being taken at the park. He said he would take action after the submission of report.

Meanwhile, according to information available, the Kharar police has booked only the lifeguard, who was on duty at that time, under Section 304-A of the IPC.


Probe panel term extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The term of the inquiry committee on the alleged theft in the Fire Department of the Municipal Corporation has extended till July 10, according to the chairman of the committee, Mr Surinder Singh, here today. The committee was to submit its report by June 25.

The committee had also been asked to make recommendations for the improvement of the fire-fighting machinery, apart from going into an alleged theft incidence of the equipment in “collusion” with certain employees of the department.


Tribune employee retires
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Mr Baldev Singh, senior-bromide paster of The Tribune, retired yesterday after putting in 41 years of service.

A warm sendoff was given to him today by his colleagues. Among others, Mr O.P. Arora, Additional General Manager, lauded his services to the institution and wished him good post-retirement life.


High-tension cable spreads fear
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Since Saturday night, residents of Sector 32-A have been living in fear. The cause of fear is a high-tension cable lying across the road. The cable was laid across the road to remove a fault which had occurred in the overhead transmission line. Residents said any cut in the cable can cause an accident. Till Monday evening, the cable was not put underground or overhead.


Robbing of industrialist: three held
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, July 1
Three youths were arrested today on charges of robbing an industrialist of over Rs 1.80 lakh and his Ford Ikon car here on June 25.

Mr Rajinder Garg, a resident of Panchkula who runs an industrial unit manufacturing precision metal sheet parts and components in Phase IX here, was forcibly deprived of the cash, a mobile phone and his car by three persons.

The Ropar SSP, Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, told media persons that the suspects were aged between 18 and 19 years. He identified them as Parveen Pal, a resident of Phase IIIB2 and student of B.Sc (information technology); Bikramjit Singh of Sector 71 and student of BA (part I); and Maninder Singh, a resident of Niamumajra village in Fatehgarh Sahib district who had studied up to Class XI and was now engaged in farming. Bikramjit Singh’s father works in a bank branch at Landran.

A sum of Rs 1.72 lakh, out of the robbed amount, was recovered from them. A police team has been sent to Uttaranchal to take possession of the car.

The SSP said the plan to rob Mr Garg was made about a month ago by Parveen Pal, whose father had been undertaking nickle-plating work for Mr Garg for about three years. The suspect approached his friend, Bikramjit Singh, with the plan who in turn roped in the latter’s cousin, Maninder Singh.

They followed the victim’s car to note down his Panchkula house number. They then got the victim’s telephone number from the phone enquiry.

The suspects then rang up Mr Garg to tell him that they were Northern Railway officials and wanted to have a Rs 5 crore contract with him for supply of fish plates for the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail project.

The three, who wore turbans on the day of the crime, asked Mr Garg to come to Hot Millions restaurant in Phase IIIB2. Then they took him to the nearby Paras Lodge. Parveen Pal called himself “SP (Surinder Pal)” while Maninder Singh said his name was “Jarnail Singh”. They threatened Mr Garg with a pistol and a knife. He was deprived of about Rs 1.80 lakh and was locked up in a toilet. They also took away his car.

The SSP said the robbers became clean-shaven after the crime and left for Joshimath in Uttaranchal. They parked the car in the parking lot of Gurdwara Gobind Ghat and informed Mr Garg on the phone.

A police team was sent to Uttaranchal which made inquiries and sent the relevant information back to SAS Nagar. The suspects were arrested here after they returned from Hemkunt Sahib last night, the SSP added.


Car hits tree, 1 killed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 1
A 32-year-old resident of Mauli Jagran was killed and his three-year-old daughter was seriously injured, when their car hit a tree on the Panchkula-Pinjore highway near Saket Hospital this afternoon.

The incident took place around 1 pm when the victim, Malkit Singh was returning to Dhamala village near Pinjore. He had come here to get his sick wife admitted to a Nursing Home.

It is suspected that the accident took place while the victim was changing the cassette in the stereo. He reportedly lost balance and the car went off the road and hit the tree. While he died on way to hospital, his daughter Nishu received serious injuries.

Three arrested
Three persons — Hukum Singh, Gurnand Sahni and Madan Lal — were arrested on the charge of gambling at a public place and Rs 8790 were recovered from them.

Girl abducted
A minor girl has reportedly been abducted by Bharat Bhushan from Sector 16. A case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC has been registered.

Cyclist dead
A 22-year- old cyclist, Sonu, died after he was hit by an unidentified truck on Dakshin Marg near Sector 29, here, on Monday. Sonu was a resident of Dadu Majra and was employed with a unit in Industrial Area. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered.

Purse, chain snatched
Two cases of snatching were reported from different parts of the city on Sunday.

Two scooter-borne youth’s reportedly snatched purse from a woman, a resident of Sector 10, in the late hours. Mr Sham Lal, reported to the police that the incident took place near Sector 10 petrol station and the purse contained Rs 1,000, a pair of ear rings and an anklet.

Similarly, two youths snatched a gold chain from Ms Rachan, a resident of Sector 46, near the sector’s rehri market on Sunday evening. Two cases have been registered.

An SAS Nagar-based couple riding a scooter was injured after the vehicle was hit by a Contessa car near Dhanas village on Sunday.

Amar Singh, a resident of Phase IV, and his wife, Manjit Kaur were taken to PGI. The car driver fled from the spot after abandoning the car which had been impounded by the police. A case has been registered.

A resident of Mani Majra, Mr Amrit Singla, reported to the police that two spare wheels of scooter, two bicycles, a solar cooker, winter clothes and 20 litre of kerosene oil were stolen from his residence here on Sunday. Mr Angrez Singh, a resident of Faidan village, here, reported to the police that an old engine of a matador was stolen from his residence on Saturday night. Two cases of theft have been registered.

Liquor seized
Four persons have been arrested from the area falling under Sector 39 police station under various Sections of the Excise Act and 90 pouches of liquor recovered from their possession.


Theft bid in AG office
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 1
Thieves reportedly broke into the Punjab Advocate General office located at the Punjab and Haryana High Court compound here last night. However, nothing was stolen.

As per police sources, the thieves broke the locks of almirah’s in the Cashier and Establishment Branch of the office but they did not find any thing of their “interest”.

The thieves were probably looking for cash, which was lying in safe and they could not break it, the sources added. A case has been registered.


Chips with Spanish Tomato Tango flavour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Riding high on the great growth of Lay’s this year, Frito-Lay India, the country’s largest potato chips manufacturer, has launched a highly successful tomato flavoured chip from its international portfolio — the “Spanish Tomato Tango” — across the country.

The Spanish Tomato Tango is an international seasoning made with delicious sweet and sour tomatoes, blended with select spices and herbs (pimentos, ginger, parsley and cardamom). The product is available in a new attractive pack depicting a zesty tango of red and yellow colour stripes, in three different sizes — 15 gms (Rs 5), 35 gms (Rs 10) and 120 gms (Rs 25). To enable consumers try out this new flavour, the 15 gm pack is being offered at a special introductory price of Rs 3.

While the new product is primarily aimed at consumers between the age of 13 and 20, it is expected to appeal to kids as well as adults alike. Research on the flavour popularity, prior to the launch, has elicited excellent response from the consumers across the country.

Launching the product, Mr Manu Anand, Managing Director of Frito-Lay India, said: “As the market leader of the chips category, Lay’s aims at driving the category growth by increasing consumption among existing users and attracting new consumers to the category. Our consumers have responded very positively to new the flavours and Lay’s would be launching more flavours backed by its international expertise on seasonings this year to truly delight the consumers”.

Herbal care for eyes

Sparkling and beautiful eyes say much more than mere worlds but this language is often dulled for the lack of proper eye care.

Most of us are not aware that we need to take care of our eyes regularly, especially now with our cities getting more and more polluted, with our jobs demanding longer hours before computers. Our modern lifestyle with little room for regular eye care leads to problems like red eyes, irritation, watery and tired eyes which if neglected may lead to eye infections and vision disorder. Self-medication of allopathic medicines which contain chemicals are problem specific and can harm and hurt your eyes, if used continuously. Using synthetic agents serve no purpose.

To make eye care simple, Ozone Ayurvedic has introduced ITIS, an ayurvedic eyecare drops made out of herbal extracts. Regular use of ITIS will keep your eyes cool, healthy, sparkling and bright.

Speaking on the launch of ITIS, Mr S.C. Sehgal, Managing Director, Ozone, said: “With our modern lifestyle making more demands on our eyes, eye problems are becoming pretty common. Allopathic cure to these infections are often short term and come with harmful side effects. We have therefore developed ITIS, an ayurvedic eye care solution which has been specially formulated for complete eye care. ITIS is formulated in absolutely sterile environment totally untouched by human hands and has camphor and rose water that soothes the tired eyes. Terminalia, belericha, honey and tulsi patra are analgesic and prevent eye infection while curcuma longa prevent inflammation. This eyedrop priced at Rs 22 will be available nationally through our extensive dealer network.”

Pepe’s khaki deluxe collection

Get ready to beat the heat with Pepe Jeans’ cool and light khakis and sail through the day’s sweltering heat this summer. The range this summer comprises cool, casual and comfortable clothes that keep you recharged and relaxed throughout the day.

Chetan Shah, Managing Director, Pepe Jeans, London, says, “Khaki Deluxe is a brand that represents the spirit of fun, adventure, outdoors and freedom.

Targeted at not only the young, trendy, hip-hop crowed but also young executives.” The khaki deluxe bottom wear is made of imported and blended fabrics like cotton nylons, nylon satin, stretch satin. Guys could choose from cargos, flat front pants, shorts, etc while the women have capris, low waisted, flat front trousers, shorts in earthy colours. The range starts from Rs 999 to Rs 1,299.

There is an exhaustive topwear range to choose from, sleeveless, short sleeve and cap sleeves T-shirts for both men and women. T-shirts in camouflage prints and distress prints are a big rage this summer. Colours for this season are pink, yellow, light orange, white, creme, bright checks, red, etc. The topwear is casual and chic for college and stylish for the evening and ranges from Rs 299 to Rs 749.

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