Tuesday, July 16, 2002,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


When power supply fails, traffic lights won’t
Tribune News Service


The Chandigarh Police has written to the engineering wing to increase the circumference of the rotary of Sectors 21,22,34 and 35. This will force the vehicles to negotiate more turning radius, thus reducing accidents. The slip roads on all four sides of the rotary will have to be merged with the road running around the rotary, said an official of the traffic wing.

Chandigarh, July 15
July 15: The traffic lights at the junction of Sectors 15 and 16 remain non-functional for more than three hours due to power failure.

July 14: There is chaos at the traffic junction of Sector 29 and 30 for more than 30 minutes owing to a power failure.

July 11: The traffic lights at the junction of Sector 18 and 19 remain non-functional during the peak traffic hours. A scooterist and cyclist have a near miss.

Such scenes are common at many of the 28-odd traffic junctions in the city. Officials of the Chandigarh traffic police admit that due to sudden power failure the traffic lights are switched off, causing accidents, which prove fatal sometimes. Though no data is available with the police, officials say that in absence of the traffic signals, motorists try to cross the traffic junctions from every side ignoring all traffic rules and safety measures.

Due to shortage of staff with the traffic police, the police finds it difficult to post cops wherever there is power failure.

To tide over this problem, the Chandigarh Police is seriously contemplating to get installed a backup system of power at traffic junctions in the city. Apart from ensuring uninterrupted power supply, the proposed system will help reduce the number of accidents, feel officials.

Already correspondence has been initiated with a private company in this regard. Once approved, the electrical wing of the Chandigarh Administration will be asked to get the new system installed. It will involve upgrading the existing traffic signals at a cost of around Rs 4 lakh per traffic junction.

An official said the new system would also save a considerable sum of money, otherwise spent on energy bills. Initially, the system would be installed at some busy traffic junctions.

An official of private company, offering the new system, said the traffic lights would continue to function despite a power failure if this system was installed. He said 9000 watts of power was consumed at each traffic junction by the existing system and an expenditure of Rs 272 was incurred on the power bills for a day. After installing light emitting diodes (LED), the power consumption would come down to 450 watt daily and bills of energy consumption would come down to around Rs 25.



Red tape delays digital timers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The much-hyped scheme to have digital timers on major traffic intersections in the city has run into a big band of red tape. This even as the company was ready to provide the equipment free of cost, however, the digital timer was supposed to have a small space for advertising.

The initial offer from the company had officials excited and they were ready to get them installed at the Government Press traffic light point and at the Transport Area traffic point. The timer is a device which displays how many seconds are left for the traffic light to go green from red. This curbs any impatience on part of the drivers and curbs the habit of drivers needlessly pressing the throttle.

Such a system is working very well on major intersections in Delhi and have come for praise from motorists.

About two months ago, a company made an offer to the Administration. Now various formalities have held back the device for which the city was waiting for. Babus have raised questions like who will foot the power bill? Is all this allowed under architectural procedures? Does it infringe upon an archaic law which bans of setting up advertisements on streetlight poles and traffic light poles?

Well the officialdom, it seems, has no answer to such inane queries raised by the clerical hands dealing with the file.

A few days ago, an official of the company to provide the digital timers approached senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration but nothing came out in these meetings also.

It is not that such red tape has cropped up for the first time. Two years ago, installation of illuminated sector maps were proposed in the MC, but nothing was done.



Cop’s gun used in Mohali shootout
Found on two arrested men
Tribune News Service

  • Citizens should follow basic safety precautions.
  • Shopkeepers should avoid counting cash in public.
  • Established cash-carrying routines should be changed.
  • Introduce neighbourhood-watch schemes, where every five houses should have a common emergency alarm system connected to bed-switches in each house.

SAS Nagar, July 15
The police has arrested two persons — Lakhvir Singh and Bhupinder Singh — on the charge of perpetrating the shootout in Phase IX here on July 13. The arrest was made near the YPS Chowk here and the gun used in the attack was also found on them.

At a press conference here, the Senior Superintendent of Police at Ropar, Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, said the confiscated .38 bore gun was the service weapon of an Assistant Sub Inspector, Rajinder Singh, who was posted at the Police Lines of Fatehgarh Sahib. This meant the ASI might have been involved in the crime.

“The ASI has been absent from duty for some time and, according to the information with the police, he is in connivance with the attackers,” said Mr Bhullar. He praised Mr Gurcharan Singh, the SHO of the Phase VIII police station, and his team for catching the accused within a day of the crime. Efforts are on to arrest the ASI and some other leads are also being followed.

According to the police, these arrested men are, perhaps, carpenters or small-time timber traders, who visited Bay 64 — Sandhu Enterprises (plywood dealers) — at about 8.15 pm on July 13, posing as customers. One of them took out a gun and asked the shop owner, Mr Harpreet Singh Sandhu, to hand over the cash. Mr Sandhu had a scuffle with him, during which, the man fired at him. Mr Sandhu ran out of the shop and raised an alarm, during which time, the youths escaped on a scooter.

Lahkvir Singh belongs to Badali village and Bhupinder Singh is of Balongi village. The police has impounded a scooter, allegedly the getaway vehicle, and registered a case under Sections 307, 392 and 511 of the IPC against the accused. Meanwhile, the SSP said salaries of the SPOs, unpaid for the past four months, had been released and the police was acquiring breath analysers for checking drunken driving.



Shy and coy on first day in college
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Submissive and coy, they were all at sea on the first day of college. Just out of school, students of the first year suppressed their excitement of beginning college life as they walked into the college gates only to be lost in the meandering corridors and various blocks.

While teaching work did not take off in most colleges, the first year students had a “feel” of the college as they searched their way to their respective classrooms and took down the time-tables.

In most colleges, offices and staffrooms were the centre of activity as students made all their enquiries of classrooms and teachers from there. The day, for most, passed off quickly and without the hassles involved with being freshers.

While a ban on ragging had been informally conveyed to students in city colleges, senior teachers were seem hovering near canteens, in corridors and classes to ensure there was no violation of the orders. The presence of teachers at almost all crucial spots contributed a lot in making the freshers feel at home and at ease in the new surroundings.

In GCG-11, while seniors chose to skip classes on the first day, first-year students seemed very keen on attending classes as they made frantic queries and enthusiastically awaited their teachers.

In GCG-42, they went about noting time-tables and searching for their classrooms, trying to familiarise themselves with their new environment. In MCM DAV College, Sector 36, a special assembly was held for the new entrants.

Beginning with a prayer to invoke the blessings of the Almighty, it was followed by a patriotic song to rouse the national spirit. The Principal, Ms Usha Gupta, welcomed the students and apprised them of the rules and regulations of the college.

The NSS Director, Panjab University, Dr C.L. Narang, and incharge of NCC girls batallion, Lt Col Dalbir Singh, addressed the students and highlighted the meaningful role women can play in society. The students were motivated to join the NCC and explained its role in moulding the personality of students.



Zipping to college with new-found freedom
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Flappers of the world — dressed to advantage in swanky knee-length skits with twin tantalising slits — today zipped their way into college life in jaunty jalopies after bidding adieu to confining realities of school.

Liberated from the detestable shackles of loathsome uniform, they hovered over the geri route flaunting a bare-to-dare attitude, savoured the compelling winds of change beneath their newly discovered wings of freedom, took a deep breath and landed in the college campus for mugging literature on the very first day of new session.

Stepping down from a sporty semi-limousine, Tamana, with silky tresses nicely piled up in a bun, adjusted the slits of her skirt with fair manicured hands, strategically. Encountered no problem in the process. “I have been mastering the art of smoothing the cuts all through the vacations”, she blabbered.

Fear of ragging was the last thing on Tamana’s mind — like with so many other damsels. Indifferent towards the not-so-appreciating eyes of the seniors, they knocked their way down to the canteens in high-heel ankle boots teamed up with long-breath-inviting pygmy skits.

“In days that are no more, freshers, with beads of fright lining their brows, would have trudged their way to the college campus in floral suits,” asserted final year student Neerja. “This is not all. They would have nicely oiled their hair in an attempt to get away from the bullies without inviting attention”.

Today, it was different. “Salwar-kameez — covered with the rust of antiquity — was neatly tucked away in some remote corner of the bedroom closet,” claimed her chum Zahira Khan. “Demoiselles, in alluring micro-minis, sashayed down the college corridors even on first day to new session”.

Others with eyebrow-raising dads chose capris, even crop pants — snazzy trousers rolling down just below the ivory knees. The ones with “c-ool” embroidery, hugging the legs with strings or elastics, were the hot favourites.

Among the “serious learners” was Radhu. As sun’s high-wattage beam focused on her, the first year reed-thin model-turned student twirled around the campus in hand-beaded blouse woven in cotton. Her “comrade in good and bad deeds” Tanu Sidhu accompanied her in a top with velcro tape.

“Buttons are passé,” she explained passing her bleached fingers through peroxide blonde hair. As she stopped low to pick up a pen, her arm brushed against Subhadra roaming about in quarter sleeve shirt. “Long sleeves look so outdatish,” she maintained.

In formals, you had ankle-length close fitting dresses with lycra stretch strips running vertically along the sides. Zany short or sleeveless kurtas too looked decent. A little miss had even draped sandwashed crepe saree. “It looked odd, but then some girls have the tendency of overdoing things,” remarked Tanu.

Also in vogue were pastel colours. “Everywhere you looked you could see camel, beige and earthly browns,” said Zubina, another under-grad. “For maidens crazy about bright hues, fluorescent orange, peach and even electric yellow offered the right tinge”.

Throwing away the golf caps, they gently placed fisherman hats. “It looks simply wonderful,” commented first year under grad Ruhi. “Not only has the hat shielded me from sun’s crushing onslaught, it has also imparted a fresh look”.



Notice of motion to PUDA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Taking up a public interest litigation filed by an SAS Nagar-based social organisation, on the basis of a Chandigarh Tribune report, seeking a comprehensive inquiry into their complaint regarding the use of sub-standard material by the Punjab Urban Development and Planning authority, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for October 7.

In its petition taken up by the Bench headed by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, the Punjab Services Anti-Corruption Council had added that the substandard material, included cement, steel and even sand, was used in the construction. It had also sought a probe into the "arbitrary appointments on contract basis for giving undue benefit to favourite officials".

Quoting the news item appearing in Chandigarh Tribune on July 23 last year — "Concrete track caves in", the organisation had contended that a portion of a footpath, and an embarkment of the Leisure Valley choe were damaged soon after inauguration.

Counsel for the petitioner had added that as per their information the Vigilance Bureau had sent a copy of the complaint along with relevant documents to PUDA "to investigate their own sins" and as such an independent inquiry for unearthing corruption worth crores of rupees was necessary.



Enough power, but poor distribution
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 15
Despite having enough power at its disposal, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam does not have a reliable distribution system to ensure un-interrupted supply.

Undersized wires at majority of the points, lack of planning in erection of transformers and high tension and low tension lines at initial stage is proving to be the bane for the local power department. The heat and humidity in the past few days has led to excessive and constant withdrawl of power, leading to frequent breakdowns.

There is a single 66 KV low-tension transmission line from most of the 200 KVA transformers, as against a minimum requirement of two to three load carrying lines.

Sources in the UHBVN reveal that there has been unplanned installation of transformers and erection of lines at initial stage in the township. They allege that the Horticulture Department has not left one side of the road free of cultivation for installing transformers, which have been installed in a haphazard manner. With tree cover on both sides, these often cause breakdowns by damaging the overhead transmission lines.

It is also learnt that the conductors ( wires) here are undersized. Though the conductor size should technically be 100 mm square, but at the time power supply network was being designed for the township, these conductors were not available. However, these undersize conductors have now been replaced with 50 mm square conductors on 200 km of high-tension and low-tension lines here.

Officials in the department also concede that they had never anticipated such increase in load. It is learnt that the consumption has increased by 2 lakh units during the past 15 days alone. Also, the load has increased by almost three lakh units (from 12 lakh units to 15 lakh units) during the past one year. With such increase in demand, the system has been strained.

Because of this overloading of system and undersize wires, there have been frequent breakdowns in various sectors. The power supply in Sectors 2 and 4 remained suspended for over six hours on Saturday night, primarily because the load on the transmission lines had doubled. As against the requisite load of 100 amperes, these 11KV lines were carrying 286 amperes of current. Last week residents of Sectors 16 and 17, too, had to sweat it out for almost two nights because of this overloading.

Officials say that they are now planning to distribute the load from all feeders carrying more than 100 amperes load.



Farmers undo effort to save zoo animals
Bipin Bhardwaj

Chhat Bir, July 15
Following erection of iron grills and wire mesh on the two drainage holes of the Banur canal by authorities of Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhat Bir, over 50 farmers of Banur area assembled and allegedly lifted the grills last night giving an open invitation to wild animals and stray dogs to enter the zoo premises.

This has further exposed the zoo animals to attacks of wild animals and put the zoo authorities in a quandary.

Sources revealed that 50 farmers in tractor-trailers descended on an end of the canal at Satabgarh village, and scaled the outer wall of the zoo and removed a temporary wire mesh put by the authorities to restrain the wild and stray animals from entering the zoo premises. They then went to the second down stream and removed the wire mesh there, too.

Dr Vinod Sharma, Chief Warden (Zoos), Punjab, said that stray dogs had already killed more than 10 animals after wriggling their way through the drainage holes since July 12 last year.

The zoo had lost a number of precious and exotic animals since the Drainage Department turned a blind eye towards their demand to find out a permanent solution to the problem, he said.

Meanwhile, the farmers who had been camping at Satabgarh village for irrigating their fields, denied the charges. They said none of them entered the zoo premises. They, however, said that employees of the Drainage Department deployed there had helped them remove the wire mesh. The authorities of the Drainage Department have denied the allegations.



City exceeds target in small savings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Savings movement in the country, since its inception, has been building up the economy and the Small Savings Department has played a major role in it, said the UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar while speaking at a function to observe the annual “Payroll Savings Day” here today.

The DC appreciated the role of employees and workers who were contributing under this scheme regularly. Payroll Savings Day is observed to encourage the habit of savings among the salaried class.

During the year 2001, 2002, employees in the city alone had saved Rs 99 crore under various small saving schemes. The target was Rs 85 crore and in the past five years, Chandigarh had exceeded the target each time.

The function was held at the Central State Library and organised by the National Savings Organisation in collaboration with the Directorate of Small Savings, Chandigarh.

The Joint Secretary Finance, Mr Dalip Kumar, asked all departments, group leaders, cashiers and agents to make more efforts to cover all the employees and workers under this scheme. This will not only benefit the employees it would also benefit in the development of the nation.

Explaining the history of the small savings movement, Mr M.K. Malhotra, Regional Director Small Savings, said, the Government of India had introduced this scheme in 1958 in the private sector. The same was applied in the public sector and the government sector in 1960 and 1962, respectively.

The District Savings Officer, Mr B.S. Dhaliwal while delivering the progress report , apprised that this payroll saving scheme was functioning in 184 offices with 49,000 employees as members.

During the function, three payroll savings groups were awarded trophies. The Chandigarh police got the top prize followed by the Ordnance Cable Factory, Chandigarh, and CTU-Depot III.

Meanwhile, the National Saving Organisation (NGO) celebrated Payroll Savings Day here today to encourage the habit of saving among the salaried class directly from their wages.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Hem Raj Kapoor, Regional Director, NSO, Haryana, informed that the state has collected net payroll amount of Rs 1,308 crore against the target of Rs 1,222 crore during 2001-02. He said more than 3.37 lakh people of 3,000 groups were contributing about Rs 2 crore every month under the payroll scheme in the state.

Presiding over the function, Mr Chaman Lal, Information Officer, Press Information Bureau (NR), Chandigarh, urged the employees to open their accounts and save amounts under different small saving schemes.

Mr R. Budhiraja, Joint Director, Small Savings, Haryana, commended the efforts of different group leaders to encourage the employees of their organisation for savings.

Later the group leaders were given prizes on the basis of their performance. In addition, first three women agents of the Panchkula district, who had shown outstanding performance during the special campaign organised for Women Saving Day celebrations, were also awarded. Among these Ms Sudha Aggarwal got the first prize followed by Kusum Bansal (second) and Ms Neena Goyal and Ms Usha Goyal got the third prize.



Enforcement staff ‘helpless’ in doing job
Tribune News Service

  • Biggest encroachers in Sectors 15, 37, 38, 22, 7, 8, 27, 28 and Grain Market.
  • Enforcement Committee directs the department to remove all (big and small) encroachment.
  • Politicians’ promise eschewing interference.
  • Staff wants more police, staff and equipment and two shifts to do the job.
  • A harsh policy may be adopted in 10 days.

Chandigarh, July 15
The Enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation here today expressed its helplessness in clearing public land from being misused in sectors 15, 37, 38, 22, 7, 8, 27, 28 and the Grain Market due to lack of coordination with the police, understaffed department and shortage of equipment.

These problems were narrated to the Enforcement Committee of the Municipal Corporation, chaired by the Congress Leader, Mr Subhash Chawla, which is going into the encroachment removal effort.

The committee, which is likely to file its recommendations in 10 days for the improvement in the functioning, here today invited inspectors of the department to understand their problems in removing encroachments.

The inspectors were told to remove encroachments of all kinds and not to target the poor rehri vendors alone.

Inspectors said rehriwallahs were being booked frequently to meet the quota of challans fixed by the Municipal Corporation.

Inspectors were assured by the committee that there would not be any interference from politicians in their effort to restore the public land to the people and clean the city.

Mr Chawla said the today’s meeting was the last before the submitting the report to the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi. Recommendations would be finalised in consultation with all members.

The enforcement staff said if certain requirements of the staff were met and political interference stopped, they would be able to check the menace.

The staff suggested there should be two shifts of the staff, 8 am to 4 pm and 12 pm to 8 pm, number of the staff should be increased, vehicles carrying at least 10 persons should be given to them, a JCB and a crane should always be with the staff and it should be provided with motor cycles.

The staff also demanded regular designation of inspectors, police protection, more dedicated police staff and coordination with police beat staff.



Notice on selective demolitions
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 15
A local social organisation has moved court against the Administrator, the Mayor and the Adviser to the Administrator, seeking a stay on the demolitions conducted from time to time. It accuses the Municipal Corporation and the UT Administration of carrying out selective demolitions.

In its legal notice to these authorities, the organisation has said that these authorities should carry out demolitions in a planned manner. It has dared them to conduct demolition drives Sector 1 onwards under the supervision of a central committee and be impartial. It says that violators should be punished regardless of their status.

A 100 per cent compensation has been sought for the persons whose houses have been razed without notices. Another charge is that demolition drives have affected common man and spared the VIPs like the IAS and IPS officers. “Administration’s bulldozers have never moved towards an area where the VIPs live, though encroachment of public pathways is rampant there,” the body says.

Mr Bhim Sen Sehgal, president of the body, says that the Administration’s top brass is guilty of encroaching upon public land outside their houses. Rooms for adjusting security guards have been built illegally, but no action has ever been taken by the Administrator, the Adviser or the Mayor in this regard, he says.



Shimla unfolds Army’s excellence in acting

THE Army not only fights wars well but also achieves excellence in several other unfamiliar fields. Col Newnham Davis wrote in early 1838: “Simla is the Mecca of amateur actors in the East and its Amateur Dramatic Club (ADC) is probably the best equipped amateur club in the world.” The history tells us that the Army started promoting acting in Shimla in the early 1830s. Major-Gen G.H. Addison, who was president of the Simla ADC, wrote on March 15, 1937: “It seems clear that plays were performed in 1837. What is quite certain is that the present Gaiety Theatre was opened in 1887. Maj P.H. Denyer is one of the most distinguished of the present day producers and actors. His performances in such plays as ‘Loyalties’, ‘Interference’ and ‘Mary Rose’ will long be remembered.”

That the tradition of amateur acting in Shimla has continued t live can be seen from the high standard of plays staged by the Army with the cooperation and participation of the civilian members. Because of the rush, each play is staged for a few days and one day is reserved exclusively for the schoolchildren. The speciality of the Gaiety Theatre auditorium is that even a whisper can be heard in it without a loudspeaker, which is used only for singing.

Welfare of separated families

Security, no doubt, is a very important factor in the Army, especially during a war or when the Army is deployed for a war-like situation such as the “Operation Parakram”. But totally shutting all military telephones to the public has its own demoralising fallout on the Army families.

There have been cases during the current deployment where tragedies struck separated families but they could not inform their soldier husbands due to snapping of communications with all military units.

In one of the many such cases, the wife of a soldier lost her mother. A letter will take quite a few days to reach her husband and a telegram would also take as much time because it too has to go through APO. When the grieving wife came to this writer, he could not find a cut-and-dried solution to her problem immediately. However, that particular command headquarters under which the soldier was serving was contacted through someone and requested to send a signal to the CO of the soldier. This worked and the wife heaved a sigh of relief when her husband arrived to share her agony.

The answer lies in notifying one telephone number in each military station on which compassionate cases of this nature can be reported by the affected families. It should not be forgotten that welfare of separated families is the responsibility of the Army authorities. Let there be no doubt that when the Army is actually fighting a war, no wife would expect her husband to come home for any emergency.


It was camaraderie that impelled the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, to visit his old paltan, 2 Sikh, the other day. “It is a homecoming for me. I have a century-old relationship with this paltan. My father and grandfather have served this regiment....” Nice of Capt Amarinder Singh to have taken gifts along with him not only for his own battalion but also for the other units of the brigade.

It is after a long time that Punjab has got a Chief Minister who, having himself gone through it, knows what sacrifices a soldier makes for the country. This reminds one of Mr Partap Singh Kairon, who, having been bitten by his enthusiasm, put on Army uniform during the Chinese aggression in 1962 and visited the troops in Leh with a large quantity of gifts for them. In his address to them, he put his and his state’s services at their disposal. And he proved this in action. Even a jawan could see him anytime in his office. He always helped them with a smile.

Drinking a toast

It is a custom to drink a toast at regimental dinners and regimental guest nights in the officers’ messes to the health of the President of India, who is also the Supreme Commander of the armed forces. Why is it call a toast? Major Edwards mentions in his book “Military customs” that in the olden days it was customary to put a toast in the wine cup before drinking because it gave the liquor a better flavour. Thus, the name has travelled down from that time.

Pritam Bhullar



Strike militant camps’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The Kashmir Sahayak Sabha here has demanded military strikes on the militant training camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

An emergency meeting of the Kashmiri Sahayak Sabha Trust, Chandigarh, was held yesterday in the Kashmir Bhavan, to condemn the killings in Qasim Nagar of Jammu.

The sabha wanted the Central Government to impose President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, bombard POK-based camps of militants and move the Army in Pakistan to destroy these camps.

Ms Nancy Ganju, vice-president of the All India Kashmiri Samaj, Delhi, and trustee of the sabha, appealed to the US President, Mr George Bush, and the British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair to declare Pakistan a terrorist state.

The sabha observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to those killed in Qasim Nagar of Jammu on July 13.

The Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha also demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir and give the security forces freedom to deal with militants. The morcha sought an investigation into the incident.

The Chandigarh Mukti Morcha president, Dr Arvind Kumar Mishra, asked the Central Government to sack the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah.



MC workers threaten strike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The Municipal Corporation Road Workers Union, Chandigarh, has decided to organise a mass sit-in strike on August 8 to protest against the delay in the implementation of their demands.

The union president, Mr P. Kamraj, said despite the Administration having approved several demands, many officers were putting hurdles in the workers’ welfare measures.

Workers are demanding taking them in the corporation on deputation from the Administration, issuance of uniforms for the past two years and payment in lieu of gum boots and rain coats.

They are also demanding the filling of vacant posts of munshi, mate and welders from amongst the daily wagers.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Coordination Committee of Government and MC Employees and Workers, UT, Chandigarh, met the Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda, to know the status of the corporation employees being considered on deputation. A press release from the committee said Ms Nanda told them that the Administration was taking up the matter with the Central Government.



5 injured in clash
Our Correspondent

Lalru, July 15
Five persons, including three members of a family, sustained injuries in a clash with some other persons in Batauli village, near here, late last night.

Sources in the police said that a group of villagers, including Naib Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Jagdeep Singh, attacked with sticks and sharpedged weapons Kulwinder Kumar, Zorawar Singh, his brother Sohan Lal and mother Raj Rani at about 9.30 pm.

As they raised the alarm, two neighbour, Kulwinder Kumar and Sanjeev Kumar, rushed to save the family and they too were beaten up.

Seriously injured Kulwinder Kumar was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where his condition is said to be serious. Zorawar Singh, Sohan Lal, Raj Rani and Sanjeev Kumar were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

The exact reason behind the clash could not be ascertained.

On the complaint of Sohan Lal, the police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code against Naib Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Jagdeep Singh. No arrest has been made by the police so far.



MCC councillors visit green belt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
A team of Municipal Corporation councillors and officials visited a park-cum-parking in a green belt in Sector 30 here today.

The Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, the Chief Engineer, Mr V. K. Bharadwaj, the Executive Engineer, Mr Mukesh Anand, and the Finance and Contract Committee members, Mr Subhash Chawla, Mr Sant Singh, Mr Vijay Rana and Mr P. C. Sanghi, surveyed the green belt.

The Municipal Corporation has called Nirankari Mandal representatives tomorrow for further talks.

The matter will be decided by the Finance and Contract Committee at its next meeting likely to held next week.

The request of the mandal was made to the Chandigarh Administration after the visits of the Adviser, the IG and the SSP and was referred to the Municipal Corporation.



Cong workers join BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
“A number of present and former office-bearers of the Sweepers Union Kalyan Samiti and the Kabir Samaj, Sector 25 Kumhar Colony, have deserted the Congress to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” claimed a press note issued by the BJP here yesterday.

Those who joined the BJP were a former president of the union, Mr Zile Singh, the general secretary, Mr Yashpal, the joint secretary, Mr Subhash, the vice-president, Mr Ram Diya, Mr Om Prakash, Mr Daya Nand, Mr Maha Singh, Mr Nathi Ram, Mr Som Pal, Mr Suresh, Mr Phool Kumar and Mr Jai Bhagwan.

The samaj chairman, Mr Ram Bhagat Indora, the vice-president, Mr Giani Ram and Mr Suraj Bhan were others who joined the BJP.

A Congress general secretary said he did not know that these people were primary members of the party, but they were certainly not office-bearers at any time.

The local unit president, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, a former BJP MP, Mr Satyapal Jain, a councillor, Mr Rajesh Gupta, and a former Mayor, Mr Kewal Krishan Adiwal, welcomed the newcomers to the party fold.

The BJP leaders said the joining of these leaders indicated that the BJP was attracting the labour class and its base was broadening.

Mr Jain said the days of the Congress in the municipal corporation were numbered.



Woman dies under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
A 24-year-old woman, Neeru Bala, a resident of Sector 22, was declared brought dead at the Sector 16 General Hospital. According to information available, the victim after consuming food was sitting on a chair and suddenly fell unconscious.

The victim was employed as clerk in the Western Command Headquarters at Chandi Mandir. Hailing from Nangal, she was living with her two sisters. On being brought to the Sector 16 hospital, she was declared brought dead. A police official said the cause of death would be ascertained only after the autopsy. The police does not suspect any foul play.

Money stolen: Rs 65,000 were stolen from the glove box of a scooter in Sector 15 here on Monday. According to information available, a government employee, Mr Parkash Chauhan, withdrew Rs 25,000 from Punjab National Bank, Sector 8, and later withdrew Rs 40,000 from another bank in Sector 15.

After withdrawing the money, he felt some problem in his back and went to a Sector 15 doctor for check-up. While he was being examined, unidentified persons stole the cash from the glove box of the scooter. The police has registered a case.

Three injured: Three persons were injured in two separate road accidents in the city on Monday. A motorcyclist, Dinesh Kumar, and women riding a Bajaj Scooty were injured when a Tata Sierra hit their vehicles from the back on the road dividing Sectors 35 and 43. The woman, Neelam Pasricha, was admitted at the emergency of the PGI here. The driver of the Tata Sierra fled from the scene.

A police official said the driver fled towards SAS Nagar.

Burglary bid: Burglars broke in the Sector 20 branch of the HARCO bank on Sunday. According to information available, the burglars entered through the exhaust vent of the building. The DSP (East), Mr Surjeet Singh, said no loss was reported by the bank authorities. No damage to the bank locker has been reported.

Bid to outrage modesty: The police has registered a case for a bid to outrage the modesty of a girl (resident of Sector 52) and house trespass against Majit Singh, a resident of Sector 52. He allegedly tried to outrage the modesty of the girl on the night of July 11 after trespassing into her house.

Theft cases: Mr N.K. Bhanot, a resident of Sector 8, reported to the police that his wireless set along with its battery and Rs 1,000 were stolen from his car parked at his residence on the night of July 13. A case has been registered.

Thieves reportedly broke into a Sector 22 house and took away a briefcase, two wrist-watches and certificates some time between July 12 and 14. The house was unoccupied during the period, said Mr Hoshiar Singh in his complaint. A case has been registered.

The police has registered a case under Sections 325 and 34 of the IPC against Bagha and others for causing injuries to a woman, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, here yesterday. The complainant, Mr Ajay Kumar, alleged that the woman was injured after she was beaten up by the accused on July 2.

Ms Babita Jhaba, a resident of Sector 10, Panchkula, reported that her Bajaj Chetak scooter (HR-03A-2813) was stolen from Chandigarh yesterday. A case has been registered.

The police arrested Sanjay, Om Prakash and Ram Mehar from different parts of the city here yesterday and seized 146 pouches of liquor from their possession. Three cases were registered under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.


28 booked: On the direction of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Panchkula, the Sector 19 police today registered an FIR against 28 persons, including six government officials, for alleged illegal sale of 8,910 square feet of land at Railley village. The court had given the directions on July 11.

The booked officials include Ashwani Sharma, tehsildar, Panchkula; Vandana Disodia, naib tehsildar, Morni; Gulwant Singh Virk, tehsildar, Ambala; Ishwar Chand, Sub-Registrar, Shahabad Markanda; P.C. Saini, Sub-Registrar Office, Financial Commissioner, Chandigarh and Raj Kumar, Auditor, Panchkula. They have been accused of aiding the other accused in selling off the property, which was not owned by the latter.

Mr Jagdish Kansal, a resident of Chandigarh, pleaded in the court that he owned the land at Railley village.


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