Friday, July 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PUDA bans use of parks for private functions
Allots specific sites in Mohali
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 11
The Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) has banned the use of public parks by SAS Nagar residents for personal functions. The PUDA has at the same time allocated specific sites in various sectors for use of residents for such functions.

The decision has been taken by the Additional Chief Administrator (ACA), PUDA, in order to reduce the misuse of public parks being maintained by PUDA at high costs.

Although PUDA does not have a policy allowing the use of such parks for public functions or disallowing such usage, the decision has been taken by the ACA himself, with an aim to maintain the beauty of these parks and as a first step towards environmental concern for the township.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the ACA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, stated that there was enough space available in and around the various residential areas which can be used by the residents for such functions. These include other than the 5 community centres, (3 already in use and 2 under construction), vacant plots and grounds in the sectors. PUDA has also listed some small parks within some sectors that can be used by residents for marriages etc.

“Parks are for the public to use as gardens for walks, exercise and for children. Even a single use of parks for functions can harm the complete look of the park with people leaving dirt sprawled all around and grass burnt in patches where the food is cooked. We are spending substantial amount of funds on maintaining the 300 odd parks in Mohali, so why spoil these parks when alternate sites are available? The community halls are specially designed in order to cater to the residents for such functions. Why don’t people use them more often?’’ says Mr Mahajan.

Interestingly enough, despite the fact that PUDA has built and is maintaining a majority of the 300 parks here, residents who wanted to use these parks for their functions paid the requisite fee to the Municipal Council who also gave permission for use of these parks.

PUDA has to, over a period of time, hand over these parks to the Municipal Council. Stating that the process of handing over these parks was already on, Mr Mahajan hinted that as soon as the Municipal Council is financially independent and in a position to spend large sums on maintaining the parks, the transfer shall begin. Two parks in the area are also being maintained by the Municipal Council, Mohali.


IT raids on paper firm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
Sleuths of the Income Tax Department led by Ms Geeta Bala, Assistant Commissioner, entered the premises of Diamond Copy House, a wholesale paper and board trading and manufacturing firm, in Sector 27, here this evening. The officials claimed that it was a survey to check the account books and the actual stock.

According to information available, the Income Tax Department had got specific information, that the firm, which has a turnover of crores of rupees, was not showing the actual trade in account books. The firm has two godowns in Mohali and a unit in Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh.

The Income Tax teams came in three vehicles and were accompanied by a team of the Chandigarh Police. The investigations started during the afternoon, when the team reached the firm’s showroom and asked Mr H.P. Singh and his brother Mr S.P. Singh, both partners, to assist in the investigations. However, they were not reportedly ready to hand over the computers.

‘‘It would be premature to make any statement regarding the disclosure of stocks or actual trade, but we are expecting that the disclosure of income would be anywhere up to Rs 50 lakh,’’ said an official of the team.

Mr H.P. Singh, and Mr S.P. Singh were not allowed to contact any other person, and their mobiles were switched off.


Ayodhya dispute takes new turn
Land title claimants reach compromise
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The land title claimants (local Muslims and Hindus) to the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya have struck a compromise and have decided to register it in court, virtually leaving the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas with no locus standi in the dispute.

“We have finalised the draft of the agreement allowing construction of the Ram temple at the present site in lieu of a mosque in the parikrama marg on ten acres of land,’’ Baba Dharam Dass told TNS here today after a press conference.

Mr Dass who has now formed the Vishwa Dharm Raksha Parishad along with Swami Haridayal Mishra, has also persuaded the Muslim defendants in the case to seek ban on the interference of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad through a contempt of court application. Swami Mishra was also present at the press conference.

Mr Dass was the owner of the disputed land before transferring it to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, formed by the VHP, and is fighting the title case with Mr Haji Mehmood and Mr Kasim Ansari.

The Mahant of Narwani Math, claiming to own the land and the Ram temple, had also got a separate registry done to nullify the April, 1986, registry transferring the land to the Nyas.

He said the parties involved in the case were going to get the agreement registered in the special court hearing the case on day-to-day basis in Lucknow.

The agreement has got nothing to do with the one brokered by the Shankaracharya on the behest of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, Mr Dass said.

A revised registry was presented to the Registrar on June 14.

Mr Dass and Mr Mishra, who have now launched a campaign to expose the VHP by mustering public support, said the break off came when they came to know the Nyas could not have got the land for the temple construction as per Section 6 of the 1993 acquisition of land by the Narasimha Rao Government.

They alleged that the VHP had not informed this to the trustees and surreptitiously got the Ram Janmabhoomi Nirman Samiti registered in Goa in November last year to get the land transferred to itself.

They alleged this trick was played by the VHP thinking that the Central Government which is favourable to the offshoot of the RSS would transfer the land.

Mr Dass said despite the Nyas being disqualified from getting the land, the VHP kept on collecting funds in the name of construction of the temple and hid the facts from the other trustees.

They accused the VHP leaders of misusing Rs 24 crore collected through shiladan from each village after the 1989 rath yatra of Mr L.K. Advani.

They sought the immediate arrest of the VHP leaders and Swami Ram Chandra Paramhans and urged the Central Government to open 13 other temples closed after the demolition of the disputed structure.


North Indian woman still bound by social barriers
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
With the less educated North Indian woman still bound by social barriers and male mindset as compared to her southern counterpart, the issue of female foeticide coupled with an unsatisfactory growth rate has focussed attention on the effectiveness of the ongoing family welfare programmes.


  • UT has a growth rate of 18 percent, with the male female ratio per thousand going down from 790 to 773 during the last decade.
  • Despite government claims of checking female foeticide, it is still going on , especially in the slum areas , where the migrants reside.
  • It is felt that stress on female literacy and their empowerment could be the real solution to the problem of population explosion rather than pumping in more funds into the Family Welfare programmes.
  • Having an area of 114 square kilometers , Chandigarh has the second highest population density at 8000, after Delhi.
  • The total population of Chandigarh as per 2001 census stands at 9.14 lacs.

With the dichotomy of having one of the highest per capita income (PCI) along with the best social development indices in the country, the Union Territory of Chandigarh is still grappling to match the almost zero level growth rate achieved by some southern states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu in Chandigarh which has a fertility growth rate of almost 18 percent and the male female ratio per thousand being at 773, the figures are not all too encouraging.

“Women in the North too desire a small family, but with their literacy and empowerment still lagging behind, they have little say in important decisions like family planning,” opines Mr Karan Avtar Singh, Secretary, Health, UT. He adds that by focusing on these vital issues the adverse male-female ratio and population growth can be brought under control.

He strongly feels that social reforms with an active role by religious leaders could bring about discernible results, as they had taken a positive stand on the issue of female foeticide. A large number of NGOs as well government agencies strongly feel that more than the Health and Family Welfare Department it is the social reforms that could be the real answer to the population explosion problem.

The Director, Health Services, Dr Rameshwar Chander, says that it is the problem of migrant population and slum dwellers, which has changed the entire scenario.” With over 500 migrant families coming to Chandigarh, every year for permanent residence, our problem worsens as illiteracy, poverty, female foeticide and the neglect of the girl child is very pronounced amongst them,” he reasons out.

Though the health authorities claim that the female foeticide has come down to a great extent ,with a strict check on the pre-natal diagonistic testing at all the clinics having ultrasound, the figures reveal that the male -female ratio has further gone down from 790 to 773 per thousand in the UT during the past decade.While this figure for Punjab is 793, the situation in Haryana is slightly better at 897 with Himachal being at a best of 897.

Government agencies as well as NGOs and social workers are unanimous in their view that it is by addressing the issues of women literacy, their empowerment and economic independence which could be the key solution to the whole problem.They reason out that Kerala’s negative growth rate can be attributed to the high female literacy rate, empowered and economically independent women, who have complete property rights with social evils like dowry being virtually non-existent.

The Director, Family Welfare, Dr M.P.Minocha, feels that the related issues like child health care, infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and malnutrition , need to be addressed along with the focus being on sterilisation, to check population explosion problem.

“In a country like ours where even the so-called educated lot, consider the girl child a liability and burden, the answer lies not just alone in dealing with it as a health issue but treating it as a social problem, which requires a combined effort by every segment of society,” is how a health official sums up the whole issue. They suggest that instead of pumping in more and more funds into the family welfare programmes, a better approach would be to take care of women education and their empowerment.

With a population of 9.14 lakh and the highest density in the country after Delhi, Chandigarh despite its best social development indices, has not been able to emulate the southern states, which have taken the lead in achieving zero per cent growth rate.


Youth exhorted to popularise small family norms
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, July 11
Meanwhile, a population race in which hundreds of city residents participated was flagged off by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today.

The race was organised on the occasion of World Population Day jointly by the Chandigarh Administration, Nehru Yuva Kendra and the NSS. The idea was to inculcate an awareness among people regarding the need for controlling population to maintain the pace of development in the country. Over 1,000 NSS volunteers participated in the race. Starting the race from the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium volunteers passed through Sector 16 and Sector 23 before concluding it at the stadium itself.

As many as 1,200 young volunteers of Sports Department and NSS participated in it. On this occasion, General Jacob interacted with the young volunteers and urged them to popularise the norms of small family and healthy style of life. He also advised the youth to come forward for the cause of the nation. He appreciated the organisers for arranging the event successfully. Two major objectives of the celebration were to focus on the issue of population and its unchecked growth to sensitise people, particularly the youth, to voluntarily participate in population awareness programmes.

The other officers present on the occasion were Mr Karan A. Singh, Finance and Health Secretary; Mr M. Ramsekhar, Deputy Commissioner; Mr Labh Singh, Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Punjab and Chandigarh; Dr Rameshwar Chander, Director Health Services; Dr M.P. Manocha, Director Family Welfare; Dr J.P.S. Sidhu, Joint Director Sports.

A number of functions were held on the occasion in various educational institutions, here on Thursday. In State Institute of Education, Sector 32, the Principal, Ms S. Tangri, said there was dire need to educate the future generation on controlling population and educating masses. She said education was a great contraceptive and could lead to national development.

In his keynote address, Dr Avneesh Jolly, said population education should become a component of school curriculum. He added that children should grow up with the full consciousness of small family norms and preservation of environment.

An on-the-spot painting contest was also organised for students of the Elementary Teacher Training Batch 2001-2003 on “Population and Environment”. The prize winners are: Geeta Rani (1), Ritu Gaur (2), Monika (3).

In Dev Samaj College of education, Sector 36, deliberations were held on the topic. Dr C.L. Narang, Director NSS, Panjab University, said all ills in society could be pinned down to population explosion.

The Principal, Dr Satinder Dhillon, said education and awareness were the only weapons to create awareness for control of population. Dr Jyoti Khanna said a sense of belonging should be created among social workers, teachers and students for target-oriented programme. Ms Agnese Dhillon said scientific temperament should be developed among students and people should be educated.

Dr Batani Devi said the craze for a male child was increasing with every passing day and doctors were minting money from sex-determination tests. This, she said, was a major cause of increasing population in rural areas.

AMBALA: To mark World Population Day, a declamation contest was held at Civil Hospital, Ambala City.

Students from six schools participated in the contest and they expressed their views about problems caused due to increasing population, a release said.

The Civil Surgeon, Dr S.L. Kaushik, said the population of the country was increasing at a high rate and had crossed the 100 crore mark.

Dr Kaushik said efforts were on to generate awareness about population control. He said in 1966, the population of Haryana was only 86 lakhs and now it was more than 2 crore.

In the declamation contest, Naiya of PKR Senior Secondary School was stood first, Monica of HPHD Mahila Training School second and Seema of Government Senior Secondary School, Police Line, third.

PANCHKULA: Manav Mangal School celebrated World Population Day by launching an awareness campaign among students. Various competitions in slogan writing, drawing and poster making were organised for the students.

As many as 700 children from different classes participated in the various competitions. Children expressed their views on the problem and methods for dealing with it through essays and poems. Interesting slogans like. “One child is better than four; otherwise taste of life will be sour, “and” if the population is more; unemployment issure” were penned by the students.

Mr Sandeep Sadana, Administrator of the school, stressed on the need to create awareness among youth about problems associated with rising world population. The results of various competitions are as follows:

Slogan-writing competition

First — Anubha; second — Ayush Gupta; third — Garima.

Drawing competition

First — Ravinder Kumar; second — Bharat; third — Shruti.

Meanwhile, the Family Planning Association of India, observed the day at Government Middle School, Railly, and as many as 198 persons attended the camp. A clinical counselling camp under adolescent health care clinic project was organised and 148 persons participated in this.


New twist to mechanic’s death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The death of a 20-year-old auto mechanic, Phool Chand of Mauli Jagran allegedly due to excessive beating by his employer, Shiv Shankar, has taken a new turn with the acquaintances of the victim claiming that the police post concerned was informed within a few hours of his death of the victim.

However, the police officials claim that they were informed about the death of the victim after the body had been taken to Radouli village, falling in Ambedkar Nagar of Uttar Pradesh. A case of murder had been registered at the Mali police station in Uttar Pradesh.

While the victim reportedly died at the PGI, the case was registered at Uttar Pradesh. A senior police official said the case was registered at Uttar Pradesh as the body was found there.

Investigations by TNS in Charan Singh Colony reveal after the youth died at the PGI, Chandigarh, on the night of July 4, the body was brought to the house of the victim’s employer, H. No. 955 in Charan Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran, Mani Majra. A friend of the victim, Ram Vant, said he had gone to the Mauli Jagran police post to inform about the death at about 3 am. But the employer who had allegedly beaten Phool Chand hired a Tata Sumo at around 4.30 am to take the body to his native village.

Ram Maran Gupta and Sandeep, who took the unconscious Phool Chand to a local doctor, Dr Bhardwaj, who referred him to the Sector 6 General Hospital before being taken to the PGI. The youth who took the victim to the PGI stated there that he had fallen from stairs because they were wary of the police intervention.

After the residents of the area and friends of the victim led by Mr Shambu Banerjee pressed upon the police for action against the suspect, an ASI along with Ram Maran Gupta went to the native place on July 7. The local police asked the Uttar Pradesh police not to dispose of the body without postmortem. The body, buried along the Majavi river, was exhumed and post mortem was done. A case was registered by the Uttar Pradesh police on the statement given by victim’s father, Harpal, who said that his son had been poisoned to death.

Ram Maran Gupta, who was present when the body was exhumed said some parts on the body had turned black. The post mortem was done on July 9 and he reached Chandigarh yesterday.

A police official claimed that postmortem report had not indicated the death due to injuries. To be sure of the cause of death, the Chandigarh Police would base its investigations on the basis of vicesra report. The police official said while the locals claimed that the youth was beaten here, the father of the victim in his statement had said his son had been poisoned.


Power crisis ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
In the past two days, things are looking up on the local power front. The availability of power has gone up. The Power Trading Corporation (PTC), which had suspended its assured power supply of 25 mega watt on July 1, has restored the supply.

This after the UT Electricity wing reminded the PTC that it had entered into a purchase agreement for three months and the supply was crucial to keep the system running and minimise power cuts. There had been no in-built clause in the agreement between the Administration and the PTC for levying any fine, so the PTC had to keep its commitment at all costs, official sources said.

The PTC, sources said, had arranged the supply from a generating station in Uttaranchal. Earlier, the PTC had arranged the supply from the Western power grid but it was suspended due to imposition of Availability Tariff. The tariff fixes the rates on the basis of time for which power is drawn.

Meanwhile, work to link the Sector 32 sub-station with the Sector 34 sub-station is to ease off load from the Sector 34 sub-station is to begin shortly. The wires, cables and joining material are collected from all stores of the Engineering wing. The distance between the two sub-stations is about 3.5 km. An overhead cable has to be strung through the poles which are already erected.


Rotational power cuts
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 11
A rise in demand of power today forced the authorities to shut down supply in several parts of the township. To keep the power distribution system under check, the authorities resorted to a 15-minute rotational power cut.

Various sectors, including 10, 15, 12, Rajiv Colony and Industrial Area, were powerless for 15 minutes each. This means supply to a selected area is suspended for 15 minutes. The power supply is restored in the area and simultaneously cut off in another area.

Sources in the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam said the load-shedding on the 16 MVA transformer at the Industrial Area sub-station was done today. “With monsoon still playing hide and seek and humidity increasing, there has been excess load on the distribution system,” said an official.

He said some load from this transformer would be shifted to the transformer at the Sector 1 sub-station and the prospects would improve. Meanwhile, the connecting wires at the Sector 16 transformer got damaged last night and residents of Sectors 16 and 17 were without power supply for almost one hour.


Raids on PGI canteens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The Food and Health Department authorities today conducted raids on the canteens being run by the Red Cross and private contractors at the PGI and issued challans to the owners.

A team of the department headed by Senior Food Inspector, Mr M.K. Sharma, raided two canteens being run by the Red Cross and issued challans for having dirty utensils and keeping eatables in the open. The canteen being run at the PGI shopping complex by a private contractor was also challaned for similar reasons.

Some samples taken from the canteen have also been sent for laboratory testing.


Raids on dhabas, ice-cream units
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 11
To tighten screws against the sale of eatables exposed to open and dairy and ice products the Punjab Health authorities today conducted a surprise raid on various dhabas, ice-cream and soda water-manufacturing units in the township.

A team of health department employees headed by the SMO, Dr Ram Kumar, visited various places and directed the traders to abide by the directions issued by the Sub Divisional Magistrate under section 144 of the Cr PC.

As soon as the team started visiting the sites dealing with eatables, dairy and ice products in the town, near the State Bank of Patiala branch, the rest of the traders put down the shutters of their shops which hindered the operation.

Earlier, Mr Amarjit Singh Dhindsa, SDM, had directed the SMO to conduct raids on such shops and other concerns dealing with eatables, ice and dairy products to ensure their sale posing threat to the common man’s health.


Jacob to visit UK
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The Punjab Governor, and UT Administrator, Lieut- Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), will be away to the United Kingdom on private visit for 15 days. His charge has not been handed over to anyone. The General leaves tomorrow before flying off to the UK on Sunday morning.


MPs to visit city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
A 25-member Parliamentary Committee on the welfare of scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will visit the city to know the status of employees from these castes.

The committee, comprising 20 MPs and five officials, will visit Shimla during the five-day visit.


INA veteran dead
Tribune News Service

Bhajan SinghChandigarh, July 11
Bhajan Singh, a British Indian Army Lieutenant, who revolted against the colonial power in France to join the Indian National Army, died here, yesterday. He was 83. He suffered cardiac arrest yesterday. He was cremated here today, family sources said. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Bhajan Singh joined the Indian National Army on May 27, 1942, and continued in the INA till 1945.


Gang of car thieves busted, 2 held
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 11
The police has claimed to have busted a gang of car thieves operating in the area from UP and Bihar and recovered three Maruti cars from their possession.

According to information available, father-son duo of Chanchal Yadav and Nathu Yadav, both residents of District Kushinagar, UP, were caught during picketing by the police near Cacho Majra in Ropar district.

During the intervening night of July 9 and 10, the police stopped a vehicle with four persons in it and since they could not produce the papers of the car, the police decided to question them further. While two of them ran away taking managed to escape under the cover of darkness, the other two revealed that they had stolen the car (CHO1M 9566) from Phase II on July 5.

On further questioning the two also revealed that two more cars — CHO1L 0779 and DAC 1441 — were also in their possession. The police recovered these cars from outside a closed factory in Industrial area where these had been hidden. While DAC 1441 was stolen day before yesterday from Phase 3B2, CHO1L 0779 was stolen from Phase 5 on July 6.

The two persons also informed that another car (CHO1Q3042) which was stolen by their gang from Sector 20 Chandigarh had been sold by the kingpin of their gang Hira Lal, a resident of western Champaran and Jawahar, a resident of Kushinagar, UP for Rs 60,000.

Those arrested by the police had been working as daily wagers here. Chanchal Yadav had been living in here for over two years and Nathu had arrived here six months back.

The thieves, were caught by a team of policemen led by Sub Inspector Mr Ramandeep Singh, SHO, police station, Sohana, during special night checking being undertaken by the District Ropar Police.


One more arrested in PUSU-SOPU clash case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 11
The police today arrested one more accused, Yadwinder alias Jaadu, in the five-month-old incident of group clash between the two main students organisations of Panjab University at the Student Centre on the campus. The police had earlier arrested three persons in this connection.

Earlier, on June 18, the police had arrested Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) and Harbir Singh, chairman of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and the outgoing president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council Santokhwinder Singh Nabha in the connection.

It may be mentioned that on March 16 activists of the two students organisations, PUSU and SOPU, had attacked each other with swords and batons, resulting in injury of two persons. On the same day the two student bodies had registered cross FIRs.

Absconder nabbed: A cycle thief, Surinder Singh, who had escaped from police custody while being taken to the district courts yesterday was arrested again today by a team led by the SHO of Sector 39 Police Station, Mr KIP Singh. A trap had been laid to arrest the thief.

The suspect was to be produced before the duty magistrate yesterday on the completion of his police remand. Earlier, a case against the accused was registered at the Sector 39 police station on July 8. Meanwhile, an ASI, Rajpal Singh, who was escorting the thief has been placed under suspension.

Vehicle theft: Four vehicles were stolen in four separate incidents in the city in the past 48 hours. Hardeep Singh, a resident of Sector 22, complained that his car was stolen from outside his residence. In another incident, a motorcycle (CH01 P 0421) was stolen from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23.

In another case, Varinder Bhardwaj, resident of Sector 22, complained that his Vespa scooter (CH01 M 9687) was stolen from outside Verma Dosa Centre, Sector 22. Besides, a scooter was stolen from Sector 47.

Snatching: Two unidentified scooter borne youths snatched purse from Nirmal Kaur in Sector 40. The purse contained Rs 2,000. The police has registered a case under Section 379 and 356 of the IPC.

Cheating case: Gian Singh Singla, a resident of Sector 8, Panchkula, complained that Suresh Singla of Mani Majra had cheated him in the purchase of a booth in Sector 22 of Chandigarh, The case is being investigated by the Economic Offence Wing.

Liquor seized: The local police has arrested Mohan Singh and Deepak Kumar for allegedly possessing 26 bottles of Indian made whisky and 99 pouches.


Rickshaw-puller commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 11
A rickshaw-puller, Mahesh Kumar (20), allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his Sector 28 residence here this evening. He was the son of a retired gardener. It could not be known why he took the extreme step. The police reportedly found no suicide note. A post-mortem would be performed tomorrow and inquest proceedings are likely to be initiated under Section 174 of the CrPC, police sources said.



Workshop on acne
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
VLCC, Chandigarh, is organising a two-day Acne Workshop to help not just the teenagers but all those who are faced with this problem.

During the workshop, beginning tomorrow, individual counselling will be provided to the registered clients. They will get free skin and hair analysis, besides acne treatment.

According to a spokesperson for the VLCC, acne covers a variety of skin conditions with a common enzyme producing factor, acne bacillus, which aggravates skin flareups. He added that the bacillus is present in all skin types but needs right conditions to activate.

Acne commonly occurs on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and the upper arms due to buildup of oil and dead skin in pores. If untreated, acne can leave serious and permanent scars.

Capsules launched

A Delhi-based concern, Slim Care Herbal Products, has launched “Snorex”, an ayurvedic snore control capsule, in the region.

According to the managing director of the concern, Mr K.L. Gupta, snoring is an unfortunate sleep discorder and can be treated.

He added that snoring is often a symptom of sleep Apnea, which is considered one of the most serious forms of sleep disorders and frequently associated with hypertension, stroke and other cardio-pulmonary problems.

Mr Gupta, said any condition or substance that promoted muscle relaxation or built up of fatty tissue, including alcohol, smoking, large tonsils, nasal obstruction, allergies and medications such as sleeping pills, soft pillows and obesity could cause the disorder.

Live auction

Ebony, a leading chain of department stores, along with Indiatimes will conduct first ever “Live Auction” of different products in Chandigarh. The auction will take place at the Ebony store on July 13. The auction bid will start from Re 1 and will include products like Ray-ban sunglasses, perfumes, deodorants, Swiss knives etc. The bidding will start at 6 p.m. and the products will be handed over to the bidders on the spot.

Speaking about the live auction, Mr B.S. Narula, Managing Director, Ebony Retail Holdings Ltd, said: “The auction will enable customers to buy products at a price that they feel is appropriate”.

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