Sunday, August 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU bans protests in staff residential area
Interest on employees’ PF slashed
Tribune News Service

Fact File

  • Interest rate on Provident Fund at PU slashed from 12 per cent to 10.75 per cent
  • Leave Travel Concession suspended to the university employees till further orders.
  • Residential areas of teachers out of bounds for protests, marches and rallies. Punishment could be rustication or expulsion.
  • 10 students disqualified for five years for submitting wrong confidential results
  • Teachers of private colleges allowed to attest university forms.

Chandigarh, August 3
In a major decision today, the Panjab University Syndicate today banned protests of any kind in the residential area of the staff members.

The decision has been taken with particular reference to a series of protests by students in the residential areas of teachers which also included marches to the residence of the Vice Chancellor at odd hours of the night during the recent past. Reliable sources said students are expected not to organise any march, protest or submit any memorandum at the residential quarters. The punishment could be expulsion or even rustication, sources added.

The Syndicate also decided to constitute a committee to see whether the calendar required any amendment for preventing rowdy elements from making it to the students council. Dr M.M. Sharma and Principal A.C. Vaid, among others, are learnt to have spoken on the issue.

The university Syndicate today slashed the interest on the Provident Fund of employees from 12 per cent to 10.75 per cent. The decision has been taken by the university to keep up with the slash in the bank rates.

The university Syndicate approved a circular from the Punjab government suspending the facility of Leave Travel Concession to university employees.

The syndicate also approved new interest rates on loans for housing and conveyance.

The university has decided to accept the recommendations compiled by a committee constituted following a resolution by a fellow in the university Senate regarding invigilation during examination. The Syndicate felt that it should be obligatory for university teachers to give examination duty.

The issue was raised in the senate by Dr P.P. Arya. The recommendations clearly underline the fact that the entire current examination set-up needs an overhaul. It is felt that the current system promoted selective preparation of the university examination. A continuous evaluation was a better solution. The committee felt that a severe punishment to the guilty would serve as a deterrent to others.

PU Syndicate decided to open up a regional centre at Ludhiana. It is a commonly known fact that Ludhiana was among the busiest centers of the university. The university had an extension library and the centre would cater to a big portion of the total university strength. The centre will start function from the next academic session (2003-2004).

The university Syndicate cleared appointments of as many as 13 teachers at the newly commenced University Institute of Engineering and Technology. The university appointed five part time doctors at the University Health Centre.

The university has disqualified at least 10 students for five years from the university examination for submitting wrong confidential results. These include five students from Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, and GTB National College, Dakha.

The Syndicate accepted the resolution of Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former Member of Parliament, asking for representation of the president of the non-teaching staff in the university senate. The Syndicate decided to allow teachers of private colleges to attest forms of students for admission at the university.

The Syndicate also decided to increase the seats of NRI quota. Students, however, can apply only on merit. A committee has been constituted to see the issue of concession in the NRI quota to wards of university employees.



Schools seek early allotment of sites
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 3
The Recognised School Managements Association, Chandigarh today pledged to put pressure on the Chandigarh Administration to speed up the process of allotment of school sites and resumption of the hefty charges levied by Estate Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Chandigarh Housing Board to those schools operating from residential premises.

Addressing mediapersons at a local hotel in Sector 35 here today, Mr S.D. Mahajan, vice-president of the association said the authorities had no right to impose a fine to the recognised schools in the middle of an academic session as their recognition continues to be valid upto the year 2002.

"Instead of allotting proper sites for these 25 recognised schools as promised earlier, the authorities have suddenly slapped their decision on them, creating a gloomy and panicky atmosphere for everyone concerned," said Mr Mahajan. "Some of the schools have been operating since 1968 from their present locations," he added.

Besides urging the administration for the extension of recognition, the members of the association pressurised for the allotment of school sites to the recognised schools on a priority basis, preferably in the same sector and allowing to continue upto primary standard in the present residential premises till their suitably re-habilitated.

The Administration kicked up a controversy when it issued a notice to the schools operating from residential areas asking the owner to pay a hefty sum on account for monthly charges to the tune of Rs 24,940, levied in view of existence of misuse in the premises for residential, commercial and institutional premises. The authorities fixed an amount of Rs 50 per square yard if less than 25 per cent of the site or covered area of building was misused, and Rs 100 per square yard if 25 per cent or more of the site or covered area of building is misused in the residential area.

Earlier, stating their grievances , the association had submitted a memorandum to the President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee,

Deputy Prime Minster L.K. Advani, Union Minister of Education Murli Manohar Joshi, Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT Chandigarh, Lt.-Gen. JFR Jacob and Chairman of Human Rights Commission of India, New Delhi.

Asking for an immediate intervention to stop ‘this wholesome slaughter of education system in Chandigarh’, the memorandum, which was sent by telegraphic message to all concerned, said that the ‘future career of 3500 teachers, supporting staff and 40,000 students studying in private schools functioning in residential buildings for the last 40 years, was doomed by the Chandigarh Administration by imposing a Draconian penalty to the tune of Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh which is likely to lead to the closure of these schools in the mid session’.



Star Plus package denied to viewers
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 3
40 per cent of cable subscribers in the town have been denied the viewership of the Star Plus package as the connection to Punjab Cable Services was cut here yesterday with the operator threatening to go to court against the step.

Mr R.B. Singh of Punjab Cable Services, said that pay channels like Star Plus were trying to dictate terms to various cable operators and wanted that the services to consumers be provided at a rate not less than Rs 200 per month.

He told mediapersons that the newly formed body, Cable Operators and Subscribers Forum, had decided to provide services at a nominal rate of Rs 110 per TV set per month. Different operators who were charging Rs 150 to Rs 200 were trying to create hurdles in the way of the forum.

He alleged that the Star Plus distributor of the Chandigarh region, who had his own network, got the connection to Punjab Cable Services cut. He further alleged that the distributor had his share in the business being run by some cable operators in the town and as such was not interested that the services to consumers be provided at a nominal rate.

He said that some rules for those who were running the pay channels and cable operators should be framed at the all-India level. At present there was no criteria of payment and no agency to monitor all that was going on. He alleged that the pay channels were trying to monopolise the business. Though at present only Star Plus was threatening others were adopting a “wait and watch policy”.

He said in case the forum was not able to provide the Star Plus package to the viewers, the cable charges would be brought down to Rs 85 per month. He said the forum had been formed for the benefit of the consumer who was being financially burdened due to unhealthy competition.

Mr B.S. Tej and Mr Amrik Singh Bhatti, members of the core group of the forum, said with the formation of the forum consumers and operators had gathered on one platform and they would fight for their rights. They said that some cable operators in the town were making efforts to suppress the movement.

Mr Tej said that bylaws were being prepared by the core group and the forum would become fully functional by August 15. The first meeting of the newly formed body was held today.


Police to play games with public
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 3
Residents of the township are in for a major treat with the police deciding to organise an police-public games soon. This was stated by the Superintendent of police, Mr H.S. Bhullar during a special ‘meet the press’ organised by the Mohali Journalists Association here today.

Addressing mediapersons, Mr Bhullar listed the achievements of the police in the past four months.

There were one or two unsolved cases, but these would be solved soon, he said. The case of the murder of an industrialist will be solved very soon. We have already identified the killer Swarn Kumar, as a former employees of the industrialist, but he is yet to be arrested. According to our information, he is employed at another place under a false identity,” he said. He also claimed that the police was very close to arresting the thieves who had snatched money from electricity board employees outside a bank in Mohali. Mr Bhullar appealed to the public to cooperate with the police in the process of verification of their tenant and domestic helps. He urged shopkeeper and hotel owners to give details of their employees to the police. He lamented that Mohali residents were not coming forth with information about their employees as a result of which small thefts had become a regular feature in the township.

He said the residents should realise that the police was for their service and it was also their duty to keep the police informed. ‘‘Everyone should remain alert and give correct information to the police about anything they think is not correct. But the information provided should be correct and quick. There are cases when the chain-snatching incidents were reported after a long delay, making it difficult for the police to catch the culprits,’’ he said.

Mr Bhullar who also introduced Mr Daljeet Singh, who had recently taken over as the DSP here. Mr Daljeet Singh, who is an international javelin thrower, was earlier posted at Mansa. He also spoke on the occasion.



Mystery shrouds child’s death
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 3
Garima Mehta (2) was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her house on the Panjab University campus here today.

Garima, daughter of a Panjab University employee, was found unconscious in her house in the evening. She was taken to the Advanced Paediatric Centre at the PGI, but was declared brought dead.

Sources in the police said the exact cause of the death would be ascertained only after receiving the post-mortem report. Inquires revealed that Garima’s father, Rohtash Mehta, was sleeping in the house. Later a panicked Mehta called the neighbours at around 5 p.m. after he realised that the child was not responding. A neighbour took Garima to the PGI emergency from where she was referred to the Advanced Paediatric Centre. The doctors there declared her brought dead.

Sources said Rohtash and Suman Mehta had tied the knot in 1997 and there were “some differences” between the couple residing in the B block on the university campus. They further revealed that last night the couple had an argument over some issue following which Suman left the house and went to the house of a relative in Sector 49, leaving behind the child. She returned around 7.30 a.m. but after finding that the situation was more or less the same, left the house again. The sources said after Suman’s departure, Rohtash, who is working in the administrative wing of the university, offered food to Garima in the morning and then again at about 12.30 p.m.

The sources further stated that after feeding the child, Rohtash went to sleep and later discovered that the child was not responding to his call.

The sources maintained that Suman was initially informed that her child was not well this evening. She learnt about Garima’s death only after she reached her university residence.

A senior officer in the police department confirmed the incident but saidit was “difficult to reach any conclusion at this stage”. He said though reportedly there were differences between the couple, it was no way an indication about the possibility of foul play in Garima’s death. He said the police had launched inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Village learns of soldier’s sacrifice
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 3
Subedar Major Sucha Singh (45) of 11 Sikh Light Infantry, posted at East Ashwani in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, sacrificed his life in the line of duty on August 1. He belonged to Behra village on the Dera-Bassi-Barwala road.

He and another soldier were killed at a checkpost in the Machhal Sector when a grenade fired from across the LoC exploded nearby. SM Sucha Singh was with another jawan, who belonged to Ropar

district, when the death came. After receiving the news from Jammu, Capt Kesar Singh of the District Sainik Welfare Board at Patiala informed the Deputy Commissioner, the Subdivisional Magistrate and the Deputy Superintendent of Police at Dera Bassi. The parents of SM Sucha Singh were also informed.

The SM is survived by his father, Mr Puran Singh, mother, Ms Surjit Kaur, his wife, Ms Balwinder Kaur, and four children. Mr Puran Singh had sent all three of his sons to the Army. After getting the information, the SM’s wife and children reached their native village today from Kanpur. When Capt Kesar Singh broke the news, a pall of gloom descended on the village.

According to the Army, before Kupwara, Subedar Major Sucha Singh was posted at Kanpur, where he had been staying with his family. He had been commissioned at Patiala and had serverd at Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Dehra Dun and Kanpur.

Mr Amarjit Singh Dhindsa, SDM, along with some other officials, visited the martyr’s house and promised all help to the family. Mr Dhindsa said the body would reach the village by midnight today and the SM would receive full state honours at his funeral tomorrow.



Confusion prevails over number of accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The Chandigarh police and the Rajpura police are on the trail of three absconding suspects of a burglary at the Sector 22 branch of the Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture and Diary Development Bank.

Three suspects in the case have been arrested — Satpal and Satwinder alias Sunny by the Rajpura police and Balinder by the Chandigarh police.

All this is leading to confusion as there seems to be discrepancies in number of persons involved in the burglary. While the Chandigarh police believes that three persons, Satpal, Balinder Kumar and Rasheed Ahmed, were involved in the case, the Rajpura police claims that five persons were behind the theft. Three persons, Rasheed Ahmed, Varinder and another accomplice, are yet to be arrested.

An amount of Rs 6.80 lakh was burgled from the bank on the night intervening July 28 and July 29.

Sources in the Chandigarh police said the case was, in fact, cracked by the Punjab police with the arrest of Satpal and Satwinder from Jansua village in Rajpura.

Rs 3 lakh and electronic goods worth Rs 30,000 were recovered from them, said a Punjab police official.

Yesterday, the Chandigarh police had arrested Balinder Singh (25) from Dadu Majra village here. The suspect was arrested while alighting from a bus near the village.

The Sector 39 police had recovered Rs 10,000 from Baljinder, who used to run a tea stall in front of the bank. A police official said the third suspect, Rasheed Ahmed, was also given Rs 10,000 to keep mum.



A day of celebrations for friends
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 3
It’s a day of celebrations for friends. But it has not yet achieved that much popularity as the Valentine day or Flowers’ Day have. Bharti, an MA (history) student of Panjab University, said, “Friendship Day has not gained much popularity, that is why people don’t celebrate it so much.” Karamjeet Kaur, when asked about Friendship Day, said she didn’t even know that it was Friendship Day tomorrow.

Mili, a final year student of law, said she was a grown-up girl now and she had no craze for such celebrations. Some students said the day, had, nowadays, become more “online”. “We just sit on the “Net” and send e-mail or cards to our fiends.” Kamalpal, an MBBS student from Patiala, said, “It’s more of a teenagers’ job not ours.” For him, whole of year should be celebrated as Friendship Day, and not just a single day.

Simran Matta, a postgraduate in economics, said, “The day is no more exciting. We don’t have good crowd”. But this time she would be celebrating it with her new roommate. She would buy her some gifts and cards. Nazia, an M.Sc final year student, said she had not yet decided how to celebrate the day. When asked about the excuse that she would be giving to her warden to move out, Nazia said, “Nobody asks us where we are going, so we can go anywhere at anytime, may be i’ll go for ‘geri’ or to lake.”

Rinki, who is doing her M.Sc in human genomic and research, said she and her friends would have a get-together. She said, “We are a group of 15 friends and we all have good intimacy, so we don’t think we will have any problem in celebrating the day.”

Himanshu, a student of law, said he, along with his friends, would be going on ‘geri’ route and to the Student Centre, as they expected to get many offers for friendship. Deepak Balyan, president of the ABVP, said, “For me the whole year is a Friendship Day.” Anita, a hostler, said, “Freshers are more excited about it than the seniors.”

Will Friendship Day be able to gain as much popularity as Valentine Day has? only time will tell. As of now, for youngsters, the best way to celebrate this day is to send a ‘mail’ or a ‘card’ through the Internet.



Anomaly in road tax fixation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
An anomaly in fixation of the road tax is making owners of nine-year-old four-seater vehicles to pay higher taxes than a person owning a five-seater or six-seater vehicle.

Interestingly, a large number of five-seater or six-seater vehicles are used for commercial purposes while cars are mostly used for private use. Logically five or six-seaters should attract more taxes.

To begin with, everything is in accordance with the notifications and the rates charged for new vehicles are correct. The trouble arises when a person having a car, which is more than nine-year-old, wants to pay one-time tax.

The tax in this case is Rs 900 for a car, while owners of five -seaters or six-seaters have to pay Rs 750. Major Dalip Singh Ghuman (retd), a city resident, has raised the issue. Why this error cannot be corrected? It is just a typographical error. Lakhs may have been collected by the Chandigarh Administration in the past few years because of this anomaly, he says.

“It baffles as to how the owner of a four-seater car can be asked to pay more than the owners of vehicles with higher seating capacity. No one in the Administration can explain this anomaly”, he says.

“The fee needs to be reduced to Rs 600. This will bring it in line with the fee charged for nine-year-old five or six-seater vehicles”, he adds.



Saini Forum poll not held, says RO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The Returning Officer for the Elections to the Northern India Saini Cultural Society, Mr Piara Singh Saini, today claimed that the news item in the Tribune which read “85 life members on Saini Forum” was incorrect. The elections are scheduled to be held on September 29, 2002 and Mr Joginder Singh cannot claim to be the President of the Society before the date of the election.

The election process for the election of the president of the Northern India Saini Cultural Society( Registered) was initiated on July 17 when Mr Charanjit Singh, MP, Mr Jaswant Singh, contractor, Mr Parkash Singh, MLA. and Mr Mohinder Singh filed their nomination papers before me, Mr Piara Singh added.

Mr Parkash Singh, MLA, and Mr Mohinder Singh, contractor, withdrew their candidature on July 23. In the fray were Mr Charanjit Singh, MP, and Mr Jaswant Singh. The election of president was to be held on July 28 and had to be postponed to September 29 on account of the representations made by Mr Jaswant Singh and several other life members regarding faulty method of proxy votes. This could cause clashes and disputes amongst the life members (voters). As such I was compelled to postpone the election to September 29 so that necessary formalities could be completed to avoid clashes amongst the members for fair and free election. 


No end to power cuts in Bartana

I would like to bring to the attention of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, through this letter, that the people of Bartana (Zirakpur) have been facing untold hardship due to endless power cuts in the region. We do not have power for almost eight to ten hours every day. These cuts fall in different categories — regular, scheduled and long.

Just as the monsoon is playing hide and seek with the people of this region, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), too, is making our lives miserable. The worst sufferers are both farmers and common residents. We do not know the reasons behind the indiscriminate power cuts in this region. Is it because of the PSEB’s difficulty in running the thermal plants because of paucity of funds or delay in the monsoon rains? But one thing is crystal clear. The major sufferers are residents of the urban electric feeders which have been installed along with the rural feeder. Compared with this region, power supply is apparently good in the other cities of Punjab.

The Zirakpur population has been steadily growing every month. Most of the people of this region were residing in Chandigarh, enjoying the infrastructural facilities and other civic amenities available in the city limits. Now they find it diffiicult to adjust themselves with the problems of this region, the most important being the long power cuts.

The Chief Minister may please note that the residents of Bartana, who will have to go to offices or for business in the mornings, are not able to sleep properly in the nights as the scheduled power cuts starts at 1.30 am. Making matters worse is the fact that the load shedding continues for long hours, well beyond the normal limit of two hours, i.e. 3.30 am.

I appeal to the Chief Minister to look into the problem with the attention it deserves and do justice to the people of this neglected region.

MANISH MALHOTRA, Tribune Model Gram, Bartana (Zirakpur)

Petrol malpractices

A few years ago, companies like the Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and the IBP Corporation had launched a special drive to check the quality and quantity of petroleum products dispensed through their petrol pumps. They conducted surprise checks through teams comprising oil companies officials along with representatives from various organisations. They had also collected product samples at random from petrol pumps to ensure the quality of products .In the process, they found discrepancies like poor quantity of petrol and 2T oil and underweight cylinders.

Two years ago, Adviser to UT Administrator Neeru Nanda had personally checked and found that most of the gas agencies in the city supply underweight cylinders. Even the CBI had also found petrol pumps supplying petrol less than the quantity required. There has been no change in the position and oil corporations do not seem to bother. In fact, they seem to have become a part of the malpractices.

The pump owners record the petrol reading in the mornings and collect the money in the evenings from the delivery boys on the basis of the actual selling of petrol in litres. But the problem is that they put less petrol and 2T oil for the day. The delivery boys use small cans and put less 2T oil .The loose selling lubricant is either adultered or of a poor quality. The customers are being cheated day in and day out.

The delivery boys say, they get Rs.1,200 to 2,000 each per month which is against the labour laws and official norms. The customers do acknowledge the services of three petrol pumps in the city. The petrol pumps in Sectors 9 ,21 and 33 run by Bharat Petroleum and the Indu-Burma Petroleum Corporation have registered maximum sales.

I would request the authorities of the Chandigarh Administration, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the oil companies to check the petrol pumps and gas agencies in the city, preferably through surprise inspection, and take action against the guilty so as to act as a deterrent. The action could be in the form of impounding the licence of the petrol pump owner for, say, six months.

M.L.GARG, Chandigarh

Celebrating Vijay Divas

Apropos of the report “3 years on Vijay Divas is damp squib” (Chandigarh Tribune, July 27), the saying “God and soldiers are remembered in times of crisis” perhaps no longer holds good for “Mera Bharat Mahan”. Instead, power, money and might are what count most today. As the Kargil conflict occurred three years back, the memory of our politicians, bureaucrats and people is too short to remember it.

Who is to be blamed for ignoring such an important national event? I feel, it is the armed forces and ex-servicemen themselves. Today, people’s importance stems from the vote bank they constitute, their lung power to shout slogans or indulge in collective hooliganism. Serving or retired personnel of the armed forces have none.

The Founding Fathers of our Constitution did plan to include a serving soldier’s vote in the form of postal ballot which is to be sent to the soldier’s unit. My kudos to the Army Postal Service which ensures delivery of mail to farflung areas in 48 to 96 hours. Why did the postal ballot method fail to click? The bureaucracy, at the behest of its political masters, ensures either late despatch of ballot papers or at the wrong address of the serving soldier. Thus, a serving soldier for a politician counts even less than a slum-dweller who can be influenced to cast his vote in favour of a particular candidate with a pouch of country-made liquor.

It is time our Army commanders and chiefs of three services forcefully raised the matter with the Government of India. Postal ballot papers with blank names and addresses should be sent to the units by the Command Headquarters and returned to the Election Commission after they are duly filled in by all ranks through the respective Command representative.

As regards ex-servicemen, specially the officers’ category, a Colonel or a General, honourably retired, would prefer to remain so. Being a third generation soldier, I have neither seen my father nor have I ever exercised my franchise during any election. The problem is that we refuse to hang our uniforms even after our retirement, leading isolated lives resulting in non-unity among ex-servicemen and our non-participation in matters of national interest.

The need of the hour for ex-servicemen is to get united, nominate our representative with a high degree of integrity without affiliation to any political party and all of us in their respective areas exercise our franchise in favour of such candidates.

I have no doubt that the Kargil Martyrs’ Day will neither be forgotten nor our soldiers will aimlessly sit in the borders because a political party’s future is at stake.

Lt-Col. A.K. UDASI (retd),Panchkula



Amnesiac woman sent to Nari Niketan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
An unidentified woman, aged somewhere between 35 and 40 years, who seems to have lost her memory was today sent to Nari Niketan by the SDM (east), Mr S. P. Arora. The woman was produced before the SDM by ASI Baldev Kumar of the Sector 19 police station. Mr Arora asked her certain questions which she could not answer properly. However, a name, “Jyoti Rohtaki” was found tattooed on her right arm.

The SDM ordered the woman to be shifted to Nari Niketan for at least 10 days as neither was she in a position to tell about her whereabouts nor was the police able to find any related information.

The police was further directed to give a “hue and cry notice” and get her photographs published in the newspapers.

The in charge of Nari Niketan has been asked to get her medical examination done.



Tibetans welcome freshers to city
Our Correspondent

Members of the Chandigarh chapter of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress
Members of the Chandigarh chapter of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress at a freshers’ party in Mohyal Bhavan, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, August 3
The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) of Chandigarh organised a Freshers’ Day to welcome members of the community who have recently arrived in this region, in Mohiyal Bhavan, Sector 24, here today. The freshers were introduced to the members of the congress. Mr Ugyen Tsewang, Information Officer of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights at Dharamsala and a former president of the RTYC, was the chief guest.

The body elected 14 new executive members and enrolled new members. The function concluded with a lunch and dance party. The participants also participated in party games aimed at bridging the gap between the old and the new members.


Boy missing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
Avinash Sharma, son of Rampal Sharma, resident of Dhalwari police station Amb in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, who had gone to his college at Bharwari on July 31 to find out about his result has not returned home since then. He was wearing blue t-shirt, black trousers and black sports shoes.

Avinash is 18-year old, about five ft, medium built and has wheatish complexion.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Avinash may kindly contact the Chintpurni police post or the police station at Amb. 



Disha group meeting on August 4
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 3
The Disha group of Alcoholics Anonymous is holing a public information meeting on August 4 at Ajit Karam Singh International Public School in Sector 41-B.

A member of the group said, “the meeting is being held as a part of celebrations of third anniversary of the group and is organised by recovering alcoholics, who share their experiences, strength and hope to solve the common problem of alcohol abuse and help other suffering alcoholics to recover from the fatal disease.”

Anyone who is suffering from alcoholism, can join the meeting. The anonymity of the members is maintained.



No Teej for council
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The Baba Sheikh Farid Blood Donors Council has decided not to celebrate the Teej festival this year. With the ongoing drought like conditions in many parts of the country, the council has expressed concern over suicides being committed by the drought hit peasantry in Punjab.

Mr G.S. Girn, general secretary of the council, said members would visit and share the grievances of the old-age people and the blind Members would also visit orphanages and institutions for destitutes.



Protest against rise in cable fee
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 3
Members of the Block Welfare Association (2023-2044) in Sector 45-C have decided to not pay the hike in cable fee said Mr Charanjit Singh, president of the association, in a press note here yesterday.

According to him, residents would prefer to discontinue the service rather than pay the hiked amount.



2 bank burglars in police net
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, August 3
In a major breakthrough, the Rajpura police busted a gang of burglars which had allegedly burgled a bank in Sector 22, Chandigarh, and seized Rs 3.05 lakh and electronic gadgets worth Rs 30,000 from them.

Disclosing this here today, Patiala district police chief Paramjit Singh Umranangal said the Rajpura police had arrested two persons, Satpal and Satwinder Kumar alias Sunny, who had allegedly burgled Rs 6.80 lakh from the bank.

He said both accused were arrested during a special drive by Rajpura Sadar SHO William Jeji.

He said the SHO and his team were patrolling near Jansua village when they got a tip-off that some persons were hatching a conspiracy to commit a burglary in Rajpura.

He said the police party rushed to the spot and nabbed Satpal and Satwinder. Three other persons present on the spot, including Varinder, Rashid Ahmed and an unidentified man, however, managed to escape.

Mr Umranangal said the accused had come to Rajpura in a Maruti car and during interrogation admitted to have broken into the bank along with their other accomplices.

The SSP also put on the display the tools used by the accused to break into the almirahs and lockers of the bank.

The SSP said besides this, the accused admitted having burgled Rs 8,000 and some silver and gold ornaments from Happy Jewellers in Sector 38, Chandigarh, besides money and liquor cases from wine shops at Raipur Khurd, Daddu Majra and Sector 39.

He said they also admitted to have burgled Rs 7,000 from a utensil shop in Daddumajra and Rs 50,000 from a departmental store in Mauli Jagran.

Both Satpal and Satwinder Kumar are residents of Ram Durbar in Chandigarh.

The police has launched a search to arrest their other accomplices. A case under Section 399 of the IPC has been registered.


Four vehicle thefts reported
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 3
The police has registered at least four cases of vehicle thefts in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

A Maruti car (PB-02N-7101) of Mr Ankur Mehta, was reportedly stolen from a paid parking lot near the DC Office in Sector 17 on July 31. A case has been registered against the contractor of the parking lot.

Mr Raj Basu, a resident of Sector 18, reported that his Maruti car (CH-03H-5337) was stolen from a parking lot of Leisure Valley, Sector 10, here yesterday. According to him, his mobile phone and Rs 1,000 were also lying in the car. A Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH- 01V-8888) of Mr Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Hallo Majra village, was reportedly stolen from near Raipur Khurd here yesterday. Mr Chaman Lal, a resident of Sector 24, has reported that his Maruti car (CH-01H-9485) was stolen from near Rehri Market of Sector 20 on July 31.

Chain snatching: An unidentified scooter-borne person reportedly snatched a Gold chain from the neck of Ms Kanta Devi, a Sector 40 resident, in Sector 40 at about 3.30 pm here on Friday. The snatcher managed an escape. On complaint of Ms Devi’s husband, Mr Roshan Lal, the police has registered a case under Section 379 and 356 of the IPC.

House burgled: Thieves reportedly broke into the residence of Mr Davinder Kumar in Sector 7 and decamped with four gold bangles, three pair of gold earrings, a diamond ring and some other gold items on Friday afternoon. A case has been registered under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC.

One held: A rickshaw-puller, Hardhawan Singh, was arrested by the police on charge of causing danger and obstruction in public way under Section 283 of the IPC. He was later released on bail.

SAS Nagar
Liquor seized:
In a major haul, the police seized as many as 2832 bottles of liquor from a truck during a special nakabandi undertaken with the help of excise staff, late last night.

The driver of the truck, however, could not be caught as he ran away the moment the truck was stopped by the police. The truck has been confiscated and a case registered.



Man run over by truck
Our Correspondent

Lalru, August 3
Mangu Ram (22) of Lalru village was crushed to death by a truck on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near here late last night.

Mangu Ram was coming back from Lalru Mandi when a truck rammed in to his motorcycle, killing him on the spot. He was the only son of his parents. The driver of the truck, Angrez Singh of Kangra has been arrested.The body was cremated today after a post-mortem examinations.



Contest to meet Hrithik and Rani Mukherjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
Here is a chance for the fans of Hrithik Roshan and Rani Mukherjee to meet their idols, by participating in the contest — Kwality Wall’s Mujhse Dosti Karoge Carnival, to be organised on Sunday at Fun City. The event is being organised simultaneously in five cities to celebrate Friendship Day.

Mr Amarjit Singh, one of the organisers of the programme, says,‘‘ The purpose of the carnival is to celebrate the day with inter-collegiate competitions that will provide a platform to the youth to display their talent and creativity before the audience.’’ He says, the Sphinx Adonis Events have tied up with Yash Raj Films to promote their release Mujhse Dosti Karoge. The movie is based on the friendship of three young persons — the roles being played by Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee.

The highlight of the day will be a Dosti Contest, where the lucky best friends will get a once-in-lifetime opportunity to meet their cine idols in Mumbai. Mr Vikram Waghray, Head ( Business Development), Sphinx Adonis Events, says, “The day-long carnival promises to be an out of the world experience for the youth. Besides enjoying water rides and various inter-collegiate competitions, the crowd can also boogie away to the pulsating music of Amit , Jhatka Remix fame DJ, at a beach party.’’ The event will also be held at Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.


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