Tuesday, July 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


MCs reluctant to take stray cattle by the horns
Tribune News Service

July 27: Arvinder Kaur , wife of an Army officer, was killed when a stray cattle rammed into the scooter being driven by her husband, Lieut Col R.S. Gill, at the Sector 18 roundabout. The cattle was being chased away by a fruit vendor operating nearby, when it rammed into their scooter. Her husband also sustained injuries.

July 28: Ramesh Garg, a Chandigarh - based businessman was killed when he rammed his car into the Sector 32- 33 roundabout , while trying to avoid a stray cattle, at about 2. 30 am .

  • Two months ago, another young person was killed in Panchkula because of stray cattle menace.
  • In 1999, a woman was killed when she was attacked by a stray cow in Sector 15 Apni Mandi in Panchkula. The cow had attacked the woman and ripped its horns through her stomach.

Chandigarh, July 29
A large number of incidents where stray cattle have caused accidents, are reported everyday in the region. This despite the fact that Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula are among the of best planned urban satellites in the country.

With vast tracts of agricultural lands surrounding the UT and its satellite townships, the stray cattle menace cannot be avoided. Much to the chagrin of the residents, who have become victims of this menace , and pleasure of animal rights activists, transporting of stray cattle from here to slaughter houses in Kolkata and other eastern states having leather business, has become rather a cumbersome process.

With strict restrictions being imposed on transporters, which includes obtaining of licence from the Animal Welfare Board and getting sanction for number of animals that can be transported in a truck, the cattle menace is here to stay.

Right from rounding up stray cattle, to letting it off or taking it to cattle pounds, the whole process is not just expensive but impractical due to monetary and infrastructure limitations faced by the local bodies.

CHANDIGARH: The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh does not have any mechanism to force people to register their cattle exposing itself to the registration of cases under Section 289 of the Indian Penal Code.

With situation getting worse every year due to an increasing cattle population, a countrywide phenomenon, an expert suggests that nothing short of ‘allowing slaughter’ can solve the problem that is now becoming a big drain on country’s resources.

The expert do not want to be identified for fear of inviting wrath of a certain section of society. To make the matters worse, use of oxytocin injections to increase milk output, has fast increased the number of unproductive animals, especially cows, which are left to fend for themselves by their owners.

The injection decreases the productive life of a cow by almost half leaving it useless for the remaining part of its life, sources in the Municipal Corporation claim.

Though the Municipal Corporation has bylaws about the rearing of the cattle but none of the cattle rearers meet any requirements for these bylaws. Due to this reason it has virtually been banned in the city and villages under the UT and MCC limits.

The question of registration of the cattle does not arise in the Union Territory because of a virtual ban but the MCC, to which this issue had been transferred in 1997, do not have wherewithal to handle the situation.

As a result of failure to manage the cattle the authorities of various cities of the surrounding areas, have been illegally transporting the stray cattle to territories outside their jurisdiction.

The police can take action against the owner of the cattle but there is never any proof who owns the cattle. The registration of cattle can fill this gap but MCC officials say they do not have manpower and resources to undertake this massive exercise.

The Cruelty Against Animal Act has also tied the hands of the Municipal Corporation in dealing with the cattle menace, sources said. The Municipal Corporation is also exploring various means and resources by deciding to have gaushalas instead of cattle pounds where the owners of the animals will not come to get them back.

If the cow can be effectively used as a resource, the corporation may be able to largely deal with the situation as even unproductive cows could prove to be a resource for the Municipal Corporation. If the corporation shows the way, even owners of cows can tap those resources. The National Animal Welfare Board chairman, Mr Gumanmal Lodha, has suggested to the corporation to send experts to Nagpur to learn to make cow a resource.

The corporation is also feeling elated after the cow urine has been patented in the USA for curing certain types of cancer.

Citizens also need to make it a movement by donating money for the fodder of the cows. Temples in the city can help the authorities in tackling the problem by collecting food for cows and the Municipal Corporation can lift it to carry it to gaushalas.

Residents must also restrain themselves in giving food to cows as it leads to the spread of cows in the city. The residents should instead donate fodder at temples.

PANCHKULA: The township’s Municipal Council has proved to be quite a toothless body, as far as managing the cattle menace is concerned. With the MC adamant at not renewing the licence of the contractor engaged in rounding up the animals because of laxity in service, the contractor has allegedly stopped whatever little work he has been doing.

The MC officials concede that ever since they have launched their campaign against the contractor — of imposing fine of Rs 100 for each stray cow found in the township a fortnight ago, till date, a fine of more than Rs 75,000 has already been imposed on the contractor, which means that 750 stray animals have been found on the city roads. As a result, a large number of accidents caused by these animals are being reported.

The stray cattle menace, other than being responsible for many a road accidents, also spread litter on roads. Dairy farming being an important profession in the state, Panchkula, too, has stray cattle in abundance. Panchkula is estimated to have 177 dairy farms and over 1,500 cattle heads in Mansa Devi Complex and the town and also in 13 villages of the township.

Officials inform that a proposal has been mooted to amend the Haryana Municipal Act and the Municipal Account Code for allowing people living in urban estates to be issued licences for keeping animals at their residences. Sources inform that it is also proposed to hike the fine imposed on dairy owners who let off their cattle to roam on the roads. It is proposed that the fine be increased from anything between Rs 200 to Rs 500, which will be paid to the respective civic bodies.

Meanwhile, the MC has also decided to identify 55 acres of land outside the town for setting up a dairy complex. All dairy farms in the town will be relocated in the new complex and the menace of stray animals will be further reduced. The proposal for setting up this dairy complex is now pending with the Director, Panchayats for final clearing.

SAS NAGAR: Here, the problem stems from the fact that people living in the various villages of the township rear cattle for milk and dairy products. At least twice a day, the cattle are let loose with just one person tending to them. With residential areas coming up at places where the cattle were earlier brought to be reared, the cattle are now posing serious traffic hazards and often lose their way into the intra-phase roads into residential areas and public parks. The problem is not new for the authorities. Well aware of the problem, Municipal Council (MC) officials, whose duty it is to keep the township free of stray cattle, have been trying for long to find a solution to the problem.

Just rounding up stray cattle requires at least five men to do the job. The process of rounding up is laborious and even dangerous and the MC officials have to follow certain rules laid down for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

For keeping of stray cattle, ideally every township should have its own cattle pound. SAS Nagar has a small cattle pound and can accommodate only 10 to 12 cattle heads. The MC has been demanding a 2-acre piece of land from PUDA at nominal rates to be used as cattle pound. The matter of PUDA giving this land to MC is still awaiting a decision.

Finance-starved MC is also facing the problem of feeding the rounded up cattle. Since the majority of the cattle rounded up is stray, either lost or let off to die and thus unwanted, it falls on the council to provide them with fodder each day.



Home Ministry seeks details of seizures 
in stamp scam
Tribune News Service


  • More counterfeit stamps worth Rs 6 lakh seized from a rented accommodation in Khuda Lahora village.
  • Chandigarh police teams to go to Pune to know the source of printing of fake stamps.
  • Police is tracing the calls made on the mobile phones by the gang members. Some SIM cards recovered from them.
  • Intelligence agencies investigating ISI involvement in the stamp scam.

Chandigarh, July 29
In a multi-crore scam of counterfeit revenue, postal and insurance stamps unearthed by the Chandigarh police yesterday, the Union Home Ministry is learnt to have sought information about the seizures.

Counterfeit revenue, postal and insurance stamps worth over Rs 2.16 crore had been recovered from the possession of three members of the Abdul Karim Telgi gang. Gopi Nath Nayyar and Sanjay Arora, both arrested, headed the operation in the northern states. The kingpin of the gang, Abdul Karim, lodged in Pune jail, is already involved in the Rs 2,200-crore fake stamp and stamp paper racket.

Sources said central intelligence agencies were investigating the possibility of the involvement of the ISI in running the scam. The entire operation was designed to give an economic blow to the country, said the sources in the intelligence agencies. Selling counterfeit stamps worth Rs 2,200 crore would mean a loss of crores of rupees to the government.

The gang is said to be operating in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh police today recovered more counterfeit stamps worth Rs 6 lakh from another members of the gang, Suraj Parkash, who had taken a room on rent in Khuda Lahora village here to store the stamps. The driver of a Tata Safari vehicle, Surjeet, and Harmesh, a member of the gang, were arrested by the Industrial Area police today.

A police official said that during interrogation of the arrested gang members it was revealed that Suraj Pawar, Sachin, Sarfraz and Sanjay Arora had taken rented accommodation in Sector 33 here. Raids on the Sector 33 house did not yield anything.

Suraj Pawar, Sachin and Sarfraz are said to be absconding for the past 15 days and had not gone to their Sector 33 house since then. The company, Quick Services, had two offices, one each in Sectors 20 and 35. Earlier the company had taken a rented accommodation in Sector 8 about one-and-a-half year ago but had vacated it within six months.

Meanwhile, three members of the inter-state gang who were arrested by the Chandigarh police for their alleged involvement in the fake stamps racket crore were today remanded in police custody by a local court. The three accused — Gopi Nath Nayyar, Sahil and Sanjay — were produced in the court of the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Ms Harpreet Kaur, in the afternoon who remanded them in police custody till August 2. The police sought the police remand of the accused in order to recover more fake stamps from Mumbai.



Sukhna waters take their toll of human lives
Choe bed, regulator end particularly vulnerable
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Even as the UT Administration's ambitious plan of conducting wet dredging in the Sukhna Lake hangs fire, the Sukhna choe is fast emerging as a potential death-trap. After being responsible for the slow death of the lake, the choe is now proving to be a killer stream in its own right, having claimed many lives over the past some years, the latest being that of the seven-year-old Sunil Kumar from Kishangarh village yesterday.

Although deaths due to drowning have occurred at various points all along the lake, the regulator end is much more vulnerable since last year when an uncontrolled flow of water caused a deep scour pit in this area. Experts in the field point out that the pit, about 20 to 30 feet deep, was not filled up and is still harboured by the lake around its regulator end area. Filled up with fine clay, which turns marshy whenever filled with water, the pit becomes all the more dangerous.

Unaware of the massive depth of water at the spot, villagers, who visit the lake either to swim or to bathe their cattle, drown in the lake. Further, sources inform that the bed of the lake near the regulator end is very stony. Unlevelled as the bed is, it is quite possible that the swimming children hit the stony bed, sustain injuries and die. Investigations conducted by the Chandigarh Tribune reveal that 22 deaths have occurred due to drowning in the lake over the past five years (1997 to 2002). Most of the cases, however, go unreported.

In most of the cases, the bodies have been recovered at a gap of more than a day. The maximum gap ever reported in the recovery of a body was in the case of Surinder Kumar of Dadu Majra who had drowned in the lake on December 1, 2000, and body was recovered on December 7. FIRs registered with the Sector 3 police station, under which the lake area falls, are living records of how people, including children, women and elderly, have often slipped into the lake and drowned. The area of the lake where the start tower for the rowing course and the aligner's platform stand erected is also very unsafe. Although some cases of drowning have occurred under the influence of drugs or poison, most of them have occurred under avoidable circumstances.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune today, Lil Bahadur, father of Sunil Kumar, who died due to drowning yesterday, alleged that there is very poor patrolling of the police in the upstream area. "There should be 24-hour patrolling. My child is dead. May be others are saved," he said. Oblivious of Sunil's death, many young boys from Bapu Dham Colony, Kishangarh and Saketri had gathered at the regulator end this afternoon to swim. Said a 10-year-old Vishwanath from Sector 26, "We come here regularly to beat the heat. We don't know how deep the lake is."

Meanwhile, for better patrolling of the lake, the Police Department has decided to provide six cycles to the police personnel deployed at the lake police post. Said a constable on duty, "We have no binoculars to keep a wide watch. If we see a child swimming in a vulnerable area at a far away point there is no way we can reach him. Now that we have cycles, we can hope to function better." Another way to save lives could be erection of boards stating the correct depth of the lake at the most unsafe points.

Meanwhile, the Chief Engineer, UT, Mr Puranjit Singh, when contacted, said that there was no structural problem in the lake which could have resulted in deaths due to drowning. He said, "It is very difficult to stop children from entering into the lake and swimming."



Rush for filing income tax returns
Assessees satisfied with arrangements
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Despite heavy rush of income tax assessees to file returns, most of the people are feeling satisfied with the arrangements made by the department.

A visit to the Institute of Engineers in Sector 19 today, where the department has made arrangements to collect the returns for the past many days, revealed that people were happy with the arrangements. Capt Nirmaljeet Singh, an assessee said, “Unlike previous years, the department has made better arrangements this time. Despite heavy rush, I was able to file my return within no time.”

Mr A.K. Luthra, Income Tax Commissioner (I ), along with Ms Hardeep Kaur, Chief Income Tax Commissioner, visited the centre to assess arrangements. He instructed the officials to speed up the process of collection of returns.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, he said though the department was witnessing an increase in the number of returns as compared to that in previous year, yet the additional manpower and planning had made it easier for people to file returns.

He said about 90 per cent of the assessess had filed returns last year, and notices were issued to the remaining after scrutiny. Some had already filed their returns and the action had been taken against the rest. A section of the assessees had also been transferred to other cities in the meantime.

Mr Jaspal Singh, who came from a senior secondary school in a village to deposit returns of his colleagues, said he had faced no difficulty despite rush. Insiders in the department said though the department was suffering from shortage of staff, yet junior staff was posted at the camp to collect the forms. The department has opened separate counters for SAS Nagar, Industrial Area and other wards. About 1.25 lakh returns, out of the total 2 lakh assessees in Chandigarh, have already been deposited with the department. The department will accept the returns till July 31.

The officials said they were stressing on the collection of maximum number of returns with minimum difficulty to public. The detailed scrutiny would be done by the department later on. The refunds would be given only after scrutinising and feeding data in the computer network. Chandigarh has been selected as one of the cities where all income tax data would be computerised, said a senior official.

Some women, however, complained that there was no separate queue for them. Others suggested that department should make arrangements for adequate cold water and fans in this hot weather.



Jacob visits cholera-hit areas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Cholera in the city may have been aggravated due to lack of planning on the part of the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation.

In Sector 52, where cholera cases have been reported, pipes carrying sewerage and water run alongside thus increasing the chances of contamination.

Normally, sewerage pipes and water supply lines are on opposite sides of a road. But the MC does not have Rs 2 crore required to re-lay the pipes.

This morning, the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob(retd), after returning from the United Kingdom went straight to the cholera-hit areas.

He was told that the design of houses was faulty with sewerage and water pipe running closely. Besides this, encroachments by residents of the colony on the public land, who have built toilets above water pipelines, seem to have caused cholera in Sector 52 and Dadu Majra.

When the General asked on what could be done, the MC Commissioner said that money was required to re-lay the pipes.

General Jacob was told that houses in this rehabilitation colony had adjacent kitchens and toilets.Now, a two-member committee, comprising MC Chief Engineer V.K. Bhardwaj and Chandigarh Housing Board Chief Engineer S.K. Jain, had been constituted which would given technical recommendation on segregating the pipelines and altering the design of these houses to prevent reoccurrence of the disease.

Residents also complained about menace of pigs besides the lack of a dispensary and a school in the area. The Administrator assured that a mobile dispensary would visit Sector 52 to distribute medicines to the patients everyday. He said he would also look into the issue of a separate school for Sector 52.

The Governor appreciated the steps taken by the MC in providing potable water and said that separate arrangement should be made for providing water to cattle in the area. He said the MC should launch a special drive for pigs. He also visited various tube wells and houses in the area .

Later, the Governor visited Sector 16 General Hospital where Dr Rameshwar Chandra, Director Health Services, informed him that 258 patients with cholera symptoms were admitted in the hospital, out of which 227 had been discharged .

He said that 37 confirmed cases of cholera were admitted and since past three days no fresh cases had been reported and the situation was under control.

Dr Rameshwar Chandra said there was no shortage of medicines or intravenous fluids for patients and doctors and para-medical staffs were working round-the-clock.

The Governor asked the Director Health Services to submit a proposal for an additional block in the Hospital. Dr Rameshwar Chandra said a 24 bedded maternity block in Sector 16 and 30 bedded maternity block in Sector 22 were ready for inauguration.



Cholera issue may rock MC House meeting
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The meeting of the Municipal Corporation scheduled for tomorrow is likely to have a shadow of the cholera outbreak in the city with three prominent councillors forwarding agenda items with an intention to ‘fix responsibility’ for any alleged ‘lapse’.

A BJP councillor and former Mayor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, the leader of the Congress in the House, Mr Subhash Chawla, and a nominated councillor, Dr K.S. Raju, have asked questions which have been converted into agenda items for the House meeting.

Mr Chawla has sought the local Congress councillor, Mr Kuldeep Singh, and the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, to clarify the position and to force an action against anybody found guilty of negligence in the entire episode of supply of contaminated water. The opposition has charged Mr Singh and the Mayor with neglecting complaints of Sector 52 residents.

The leader of the Congress has sought records about Mr Singh giving samples of ‘contaminated’ water and Mayor’s requests for a follow-up, to rebut the attack of the opposition especially of the BJP, the Samajwadi Party, the Janata Party and Shiromani Akali Dal Councillor Harjinder Kaur.

The Congress is, however, hoping to wriggle out of the situation due to an inquiry instituted by the Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda. The composition of the inquiry with only one representation from the corporation against two from the Chandigarh Administration would also ward off doubts over the inquiry, sources said.

The Congress, however, seems to have been thrown off-guard on a resolution moved by the BJP Councillor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, seeking House’ vote on requisitioning entire record of recruitment of firemen recently.

Mr Gupta has moved the resolution under Section 52 (sub-para 4). Documents have been sought within seven days leaving the Congress in a dilemma whether to go with Mr Gupta or oppose it.

The Congress might draw a flak for seeking to scuttle the inquiry headed by its own councillor and creating doubts about the integrity of the party leadership.

Another important agenda item has been forwarded by Ms Harjinder Kaur seeking permission for area supervisors and sanitary inspectors to impose charges for malba and garbage removal and charge them in water bills.



AWWA focus on cancer detection

THE medical science has taken a great leap forward over the years, so much so that a disease that was incurable a few decades ago can now be easily cured. Despite these advances, there are some diseases that have not yet been fully cured. For example, tuberculosis (TB), considered to be a deadly disease at one time, was almost eradicated about three decades ago. But is has surged back with a vengeance and takes a toll of five lakh people every year.

The Western Command Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), which is headed by Ms Madhu Mehta, organised a three-day health camp at Command Hospital in Chandi Mandir in the third week of July on cancer detection for about 600 women over the age of 35 from Army units in Chandi Mandir. Besides checking up the women for various types of cancers and related diseases, emphasis was laid on timely detection and treatment by a team of Command Hospital doctors. Preventive measures for cancer and AIDS were also brought home to visitors through a photo exhibition. Such camps, it is felt, should also be held at lower formations.

The grabbing game

A grabbing game seems to have been set in motion by the Himachal Pradesh Government and the Army happens to be at the receiving end.

The Annandale helipad complex at Shimla is with the Army since 1955 for operational and training purposes. But the Himachal Pradesh Government is reportedly all set to grab it from the Army. Insiders say that the real reason (not expressed openly) is that a political bigwig in the state wants this complex to set up a cricket stadium for personal reasons.

The second target of this game will be the green room, which was established by the Army before Partition on the first floor of Gaiety Theatre on the Mall. This is the only place in Shimla which provides club life to its members with a proper bar and catering facilities. A favourite haunt of the members, the green room has 860 members. All officers of the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) are its group members. Besides, the membership list includes many serving and retired defence officers, senior IAS officers and a few others. Defence officers who visit Shimla can become temporary members by paying Rs 250 per week.

RIMC reunion

Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun, a nursery of Army Officers, celebrated its 80th reunion recently. What made this reunion different was that it was for the first time that an old student of the college, General S. Padmanabhan (Chief of the Army Staff), was the chief guest on the occasion. Another special feature of this reunion was the first-ever horse show by the cadets because riding was introduced at the RIMC only last year.

Welfare of separated families

It was brought out in this column on July 16 that in case of a tragedy at home, the separated families could not inform their soldier husbands speedily because all military telephones were made inaccessible to the public ever since December 2001. What was suggested was that at least one telephone number in each military station should be notified on which urgent messages could be passed for further transmission to the units concerned. It is nice of the Army authorities at Chandi Mandir to have notified two military telephone numbers (868761 and 589921) for this purpose in Chandi Mandir.

Army surplus vehicles

Serving personnel who are retiring within six months with pension and members of ex-servicemen’s cooperative societies with not less than 20 members can apply for allotment of Army surplus vehicles through the Directorate-General Resettlement, West Block-4, R.K. Puram, New Delhi. This facility is also available to the ex-servicemen and soldiers’ widows who are neither re-employed nor gainfully resettled.




Helping women to help themselves
Kiran Deep

The helpline is available at phone number (0172) 896299 between 2 pm to 4 pm from Monday to Thursday. The address of the organisation is Human Rights Law Network, 3177/2, Sector 44, Chandigarh. 

Chandigarh, July 29
Victimised women can now share their problems with legal professionals without revealing their identity and that too, free of cost. The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), a non-government organisation, has introduced a helpline for this purpose in the name of ‘Samvaad’.

In an interview with Chandigarh Tribune, the coordinator of the organisation, Ms Veena Kumari, said the main purpose of the helpline was to provide free legal assistance to vulnerable sections of society and women. She said its main objectives were to promote awareness about legal rights so as to enable people live a dignified and peaceful life, to fight against human rights’ violation and to enlighten them about various social evils and suggest appropriate solutions for the same.

She said, “The helpline enables women in distress to share their problems with legal experts who suggest them legal remedies. If required, personal meetings can be arranged between the victim and our legal counsellors. The service is available at phone number (0172) 896299 between 2 pm to 4 pm from Monday to Thursday. However, we are in the process of extending the timings and days of the service. Till now a number of women have been helped by the HRLN, Chandigarh, through this service.”

She said the organisation had filed many complaints regarding human rights’ violations in the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), and public interest litigations in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The organisation had also taken up the case of mentally challenged persons before the PSHRC.

“The organisation has been holding workshops for women to make them aware about remedies available in case of dowry harassment, domestic violence, matrimonial disputes, property disputes, sexual harassment at the work place, besides informing them about rights at the time of arrest, the procedure regarding registration of FIRs. They are also being informed about the adverse effects of sex-selective abortions,” she said.



Information drive launched
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 29
The need for neat and clean surroundings was emphasised by members of the Citizens Awareness Group during its “Information and education campaign” launched in Rehabilitation Colony, Sector 52 .

The chairman of the Citizens Awareness Group, Mr Surinder Verma, said, “Awareness is imperative for control of cholera.

The residents must keep their surroundings neat and clean. Residents should not purchase eatables exposed to dust and flies and should consume clean water for drinking.”

“The Municipal Corporation should repair the drainage system and make provisions for the removal of garbage to avoid reoccurrence of the epidemic, he added.

The president of the Social Welfare Society of Rehabilitation Colony in Sector 52, Mr B. S. Kumar, said there was an urgent need to repair the internal roads and the drainage system so that dirty water did not stagnate in low-lying areas.

According to a press release, ORS packets and chlorine tablets were distributed.



Cassowary dies at Chhat Bir Zoo
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, July 29
Preservation of wildlife in Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park received a major setback following the death of a male cassowary, an Australian bird, today morning. With the death of this 30-year-old bird, the zoo has lost one of its attractions. The multicoloured feathered bird was living a lonely life since long.

The carcass of the bird has been sent to Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, for post-mortem examination. Old age is being suspected to be the cause of the death, the zoo authorities said.

Meanwhile, a female Himalayan bear was seriously injured by her two male partners in their enclosure this afternoon. The zoo staff assembled for the rescue of the animal. After segregating the animals, the zoo veterinary staff had to perform operations, for over three hours on the animals to save her life, the zoo authorities added.



Office-bearers elected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The election of the Income Tax Employees Federation Group ‘C,’ North-West Region, was held here yesterday. The following were elected office-bearers: president— Mr Prikshat Vasudeva; circle general secretary — Mr Sudhir Khanna; vice-president — Mr Dharam Pal Chaudhary; organising secretary — Mr Gurdial Singh; finance secretary — Mr K.K. Gupta and joint secretary — Mr R.S. Dhami. Mr Gurchain Singh, Mr J.S. Mankotia, Mr Subhash Taneja, Mr Binder Singh and Mr D.S. Narwal were elected additional joint secretaries of the circle.

The conference was inaugurated by Mr Jagmeet Singh, MP, and attended by Ms Hardeep Kaur, Chief Income Tax Commissioner, North-West Circle and Mr K.K.N. Kutti, national secretary of the federation.



Four held for drug-trafficking
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 29
The police has arrested four persons for drug-trafficking and seized liquor in bulk in past three days.

Two Saharanpur-based persons, Hari Kishan and Sanjay Kumar were arrested with 41 bottles of whisky at the separate nakas on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Zirakpur late last night.

Sources said they were carrying 24 and 15 bottles, respectively, when caught by the police. A case under the Excise Act has been registered at the Dera Bassi police station.

On July 27 two drug peddlers were arrested by the police from different places with 15 kg poppy husk and 75 pouches of country liquor.

Sham Lal, hailing from Yamunanagar, was arrested by the police from Chhat village bus stand with 15 kg of poppy husk. He was carrying husk in a gunny bag. A case under the Excise Act has been registered. Later, he was produced in a Rajpura Court and was remanded in 14- day judicial custody.

In another case, Gobind Ram, a Lalru resident, was arrested for possessing 75 pouches of country liquor. According to the police he had been booked under the Excise Act for the second time.



Jewellery, cash stolen from Sector 36 house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Mr Baljit Bedi, a resident of Sector 36, complained that someone stole 170 gm of gold jewellery and Rs 18,000 from her residence yesterday after breaking open the lock.

In another case, Mr Nishawar Singh of Sector 37 complained to the police that Monu Bhatti entered his house and took away a watch after breaking open the lock of an almirah. The suspect has been arrested.

Cars stolen: Two Maruti cars were stolen in separate incidents in the city during the past 48 hours. According to information available. Mr Pawan Kumar Gupta, a resident of Sector 22, lodged a complaint with the Sector 7 police station that his Maruti car (CH-01-D-2489) was stolen from outside his residence on the night of July 27.

In another case, Mr Karanvir Singh, a resident of Sector 28, complained that his Maruti car (CH-01-K-9946) was stolen from a house in Sector 33. The police has registered cases under Section 379 of the IPC.

Arrested: Two persons, Ahmed Ali and Bura, were arrested for stealing solar charger from the residence of Mr Krishan Kumar, a resident of Sector 15. A case under Sections 279 and 411, IPC, has been registered against them on a complaint of Mr Krishan Kashyap.

Seized: Mr Charan Singh, a resident of Rurki, was arrested with 4 kg of poppy husk at the ISBT, Sector 17. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Body found: The body of a 55 year-old man was found hanging from a mango tree in a garden near the Tribune Chowk here today. Police sources said he had probably committed suicide. No sign of any injury was found on the body.

The deceased seemed to belong to the middle-class family, said a police official. The body of the deceased was sent to the Sector 16 General Hospital for postmortem. The identity of the deceased was yet to be ascertained Yesterday, a rickshaw-puller was found dead near the Tribune chowk.

Dead: Jeevan Singh, a resident of Indira Colony, who was hit by a bus (CH-01-C-5839) on the road dividing Sectors 10 and 15 on July 27, succumbed to his injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital early this morning. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A, IPC, has been registered.

One arrested: The police has arrested Jagdish from Sector 16 on the charge of speculating and seized Rs 445 from him. A case under various sections of the Gambling Act has been registered.

Cars recovered: The police has recovered two cars — an Indica and a Maruti — from the gang of car thieves led by Pavan Kumar which was busted by the Special Cell earlier. A CNG cylinder, a tool box and a stereo were also recovered from another gang member, Pradeep.

Car stolen: A car (CH-01-W-1649) was stolen from the parking of Prabhat Hotel on the night of July 27. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered.

Scooter recovered: The police late last night arrested a Sector 55 resident on the charge of having stolen a scooter and a motor cycle. The accused, Rajan, was driving the motor cycle and coming to Phase X when he was stopped by the naka party. He, however, sped away and was followed by the police and caught at a short distance.

The accused was unable to produce the papers of the motor cycle and on interrogation, the accused informed that the motor cycle (CH-01-C-6707) was stolen from a house in Mohali. He also informed that a scooter (CH-01-Y-3195) was stolen by him from house No. 165, Sector 26, Chandigarh.



6.90 lakh stolen from cooperative bank
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
A sum of Rs 6.90 lakh has been stolen from the safe of the Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture and Dairy Development Bank, Sector 22, here.

The cash was meant for the salary of the employees for the month of July. The police revealed that the thieves were already inside the bank when the premises was locked from outside on the last working day, Friday. The theft was noticed today when the bank staff came to the office after two holidays. A case has been registered on a complaint lodged by bank manager Bharat Singh.

The thieves escaped after breaking open an iron grill. The roles of night chowkidar and a peon were being probed by the police.



Scooterist killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Lalru, July 29
Jasmer Singh, a resident of Pratapgarh in Kurukshetra, was crushed to death by a tanker in Kurli village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway late last night.

According to the police, Jasmer Singh was riding a scooter (HR-01-7D-7813) and was on his way to Chandigarh when a tanker (CH-01-Y-5212), heading towards Ambala, collided head-on with the scooter, leaving Jasmer Singh dead.

The driver of the tanker reportedly fled leaving behind the vehicle. The police, after informing the family of the deceased, sent the body for a post-mortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Rajpura.

The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A, IPC



Cable tariff cut in SAS Nagar
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 29
There is good news for residents of Phases 9 and 10 here. The rates of cable connections have been slashed from Rs 150 to Rs 110 each following a demand from the residents.

This was informed by Mr Amrik Singh, municipal councillor from these sectors, who was presiding over a meeting of representatives of residents and the cable operators here today.

The cable operators declared at the meeting that they would slash the tariff by Rs 40.

Panchkula: Upset over the dictatorial attitude of the cable operators, various resident welfare associations have decided that they will not pay the enhanced tariff.

A meeting of the various associations was held in the Radha Madhav Mandir in Sector 4 here last evening under the leadership of Brig R.S. Sharma (retd), president of the Federation of Welfare Associations, Panchkula. The representatives of the various associations also jointly decided to encourage a private cable operator who had earlier offered to provide individual connections at the rate of Rs 150 each.

It is learnt that there was resentment among the residents over the dictates issued by the operators who have asked residents to either pay Rs 275 per month or get their connections disconnected.

Mr Hemant Kinger of Sector 2 pointed out that the federation should hold meetings at different places along with the associations in order to create awareness among residents against this unwarranted hike. He said that there was an anomaly in the cable rates being charged here, in Chandigarh and in SAS Nagar.

Meanwhile, the Cable Consumer Action Committee, Sector 38, Chandigarh, too expressed its displeasure over the 100 per cent increase in the cable tariff and resolved to surrender their cable connections forthwith. As many as 631 documents requesting disconnection have been forwarded by the committee to the cable operators.

Mr S.D. Kalia, Vice-Chairman of the committee, said that all associations affiliated to the Federation of Sectors Welfare Associations will hold a meeting on August 4 at Sainik Rest House to chalk out their line of action for keeping a check on operators.



Range of fans launched

Usha International has launched a range of new fans, Sonata. These fans are currently available in 48” sweep and would soon to be extended to 56”, 46” and 36”.

Sonata comes with a balanced body which ensures a wobble-free performance. Its safety-locking arrangement gives extra protection.

Available in white and brown, the fans are available in plain and decorative models. Priced at Rs 1245 for the plain and Rs 1295 for the decorative version, the fans come with a two-year guarantee.

Godrej Fairglow

Godrej Consumer Products Limited has relaunched Godrej Fairglow. With an improved product blend, new packaging and graphics, the cream has key benefits of “blemish-free fairness”.

Godraj Fairglow is available in packs of 75 gm and 125 gm for Rs 11.50 and Rs 18, respectively.

Tumble top washing machine

Having gained a substantial market share of 20 per cent in the top-loading tumble-wash category within the launch year itself, Kenstar has targetted an 80 per cent growth in sales for 2002-2003. The company is close to achieving its sales target of 20,000 units in 2001-2002 for the 5 kg fully automatic model and plans to sell 36,000 units in the coming year.

Beer launched

Amberro, an international quality beer has been launched in Chandigarh. The name Amberro is derived from the words amber and beer.

Amberro is expertly brewed with superior quality malt. The hops used in the brewing process of Amberro are imported. Extra care is taken to ensure consistency in packaging quality of the product. Amberro will be available in 100 per cent amber-coloured glass bottles since the Amber coloured glass protects the beer from the detrimental effects of UV light.

Amberro is available as Amberro Strong that has an alcoholic content less than 8.25 per cent v/v. This will now be available at all retail outlets, permit rooms, bars and restaurants across the city. TNS



Marble association sore over Admn’s ‘inaction’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Unhappy over the loss of trade due to four unauthorised marble markets in the city, the Chandigarh Marble and Stone Dealers Association, comprising traders of Sector 7, today alleged that the bureaucracy was hand in glove with political leadership for allowing such markets to flourish.

The city had four unauthorised marble markets, on the road dividing Sectors 51 and 52, the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road, the Chandigarh-Panchkula road, and Dhanas, which were spoiling trade, alleged Mr Mahavir Prasad, president of the association, while addressing mediapersons.

The government is suffering revenue losses due to these markets. Removing a portion of the market on the road leading to SAS Nagar, did not have the desired impact as the retailers started business elsewhere, he said. Notices were issued under the Periphery Control Act but the Administration did not take any action, Mr Prasad said.



Kinetic pays tributes to war heroes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The nation may have forgotten to celebrate the Indian victory over Pakistan in Kargil sector three years ago, but the Kinetic Motors paid tributes to the war heroes here today by presenting scooters to victims of the war.

Sepoy Surjit Singh and Sepoy Kuldeep Singh, saluted General V.P. Malik (retd) when he presented the keys of the scooters to them. They had lost their legs in mine blasts while fighting with the enemy in Kargil war in the Poonch sector.

Surjit Singh, from 7 Dogra Regiment, told the General that he had lost his limb while patrolling in the war zone. Kuldeep Singh from 8 Grenadier, said he lost his limb in a mine blast. The third recipient, Sepoy Ayodha Ram was seriously injured while attacking the Pakistani post in Chakra in 1971. He told the General that he was finding it difficult to meet the daily needs of his family with Rs 2,500, his monthly pension.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Navneet Mehra, Regional Manager, Kinetic, said, ‘‘Our soldiers have always stood in the need of hour. It is our small gesture to recognise their service to the nation by helping them to lead a near total life.’’ Mr Ashwani Anand, MD, Anbros, informed that they were offering special rates for their products for serving people through the CSD.


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