Saturday, August 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Teaching work remains paralysed on PU campus
Students burn VC’s effigy, want Section 144 revoked
Tribune News Service

Nine more Panjab University students who were arrested by the UT police for violating prohibitory order under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code were today granted bail by a local court. The students were granted bail on the furnishing bail bond of Rs 10, 000 each. Yesterday the court had granted bail to 14 PU students who were arrested by the UT police in the case.

The UT police had arrested 34 PU students from the VC office for violating the 144 CrPC on August 7. Later they were produced in a local court and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. 

Chandigarh, August 9
Teaching work on Panjab University campus paralysed today following a strike by students against imposition of Section 144, CrPC for the second day.

The two main student organisations, including the Panjab University Students Union and the Students Organisation of Panjab University, took out separate rallies to teaching departments asking students to quit their classes. This was followed by separate rallies at the Student Centre.

SOPU burnt the effigy of the Vice-Chancellor asking him to intervene in the matter and request the Administration to cancel the imposition of Section 144, prohibiting gathering of students in front of his office and the Administrative Block to press their demands. The SOPU crowd was joined in subsequently by PUSU. However, both held their subsequent rallies separately.

Harveer Singh, president of SOPU, said the university had not acted rightly by allowing the police action of arresting 34 students. While they have been bailed out, the rest are still in jail. “ We met parents of those students who said they had never thought of their wards ever going to jail as if they had committed some heinous or petty crime or a robbery”, Harveer Singh added.

Satinder Pratap Singh Dahiya, president of the Haryana Students Association, also addressed the gathering, saying the university action was totally uncalled for.

The local colleges reported regular teaching. Principal S.N. Singla, Principal of Government College for Men, Sector 11, said the teaching was affected for one hour only following which normal classes were held. The Principal of Government College, Sector 46, and Principal A.C. Vaid, principal of the local GGDSD College, said classes were not affected in their colleges.

Harveer Singh said students were not fomenting any trouble in the colleges at the moment.

Meanwhile, reacting to student unrest on the campus against imposition of Section 144 near the Vice-Chancellor’s office and the Administrative Block, Panjab University today “clarified that university authorities had been compelled to do this in the interest of the public, serious students and disciplined employees.”

The press release said: “of late some non-serious elements had started obstructing functionaries from per forming their duties and had made attempts to block entries to the offices, causing inconvenience to the visiting public as well as functionaries.”



City to have permanent Lok Adalat
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, August 9
The city will soon have a Permanent Lok Adalat, to deal exclusively with cases of public utility services such as transport services, telegraph, telephone, service in hospitals and dispensaries. The adalat, rules for which are being framed already, will handle disputes involving amount upto Rs 10 lakh. The decision to create a permanent Lok Adalat follows the amendment in the Legal Service Authority Act by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs.

The amended act is known as the Legal Services Authorities (Amendment) Act, 2002, as per the notification of the following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on June 11, 2002.

Executive Chairman of the State Legal Services Authority, Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi, while talking to The Tribune, informed that the permanent Lok Adalat would take up cases related with transport services postal, telegraph or telephone services, supply of power, light or water services to the public by any established system of public conservancy or sanitation or services in hospitals or dispensaries. It will also handle cases of insurance services and any other service which falls under the powers of Central or the State Government.

Talking about the conduct of the Lok Adalat, Mr Justice Sodhi said the permanent Lok Adalat would conduct conciliation proceedings and decide disputes under the amended Act. “The decisions will be inspired by the principle of natural justice, objectivity, fair play, equity and justice. They will not be bound by the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 or the Indian Evidence Act 1872. Every award of the permanent Lok Adalat under this Act will be final and binding on all the parties and persons claiming relief under them,” he said.

Mr Justice Sodhi further added that every award of the Permanent Lok Adalat under this Act shall be deemed to be a decree of a civil court. Every award made by the permanent lok adalat under this act shall be final and shall be called in question in any original suit, application or execution proceeding.

Giving details about the lok adalat, he added that a person who is or has been a district judge or additional district judge or has held office of a judicial officer higher in rank than that of a district judge, will be the chairman of the Permanent Lok Adalat and two other persons having adequate experience in public utility service will be nominated by the Central or the state government on the recommendation of the central or the state authority.

Other terms and conditions of the appointment of the Chairman and other persons will be decided upon by the Central government. Those interested in seeking relief under the adalat should can make an application directly to the Permanent Lok Adalat for the settlement of dispute. Such a dispute should not be compoundable under law, nor should the matter referred involve a sum more than Rs 10 lakh.



Six clerks shown the door
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
Six clerks recruited during the tenure of former UT Home Secretary N.K. Jain will be dismissed from service for wrong appointment.

The six have been served notices to take one-month salary and leave, well-placed sources confirmed tonight. The six, when they were recruited close to three years ago, had been shown to possess extraordinary typing speed. A complaint in this regard was referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The CBI conducted a typing test for these six and about two-and-half years ago and found that their typing speed was not what had been claimed. They were asked to come for another test after a gap of one month.

This time again their performance was not found to be satisfactory. A report of the CBI was submitted in this regard a couple of weeks ago.

The Chandigarh Administration’s order is based on the same report.



Silver doors to adorn Pracheen Shiv Mandir
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
Inspired by the delicately-crafted lavish silver peeths that adorn the precincts of Kashi Vishwanath Shiv temple in Benaras, the authorities of Pracheen Shiv Mandir in Sector 24 have recently procured two intricately-carved silver doors, which will now form a part of the oldest temple in the city. With this investment worth over Rs 1 lakh, the mandir will become the first temple in the region to have a massive silver collection in the form of two beautiful doors.

Designed and structured by master craftsmen from Jaipur, the doors spell beauty in every form. Although the order for making the doors, which will shortly be installed in front of the temple, was placed about two months back, they were procured from Jaipur on August 5. Since then they have been lying in the temple hall, waiting to be installed as per special Vastushastra instructions by Mr Navratan Dadhich, the President award-winner Vastushastri from Rajasthan.

As for the doors, they are delicate in structure and in spirit. Created out of 10 kg silver by three Jaipur-based master craftspersons namely Shankar, Ramavatar and Rameshwar, the doors bear motifs which carry spiritual relevance according to the Hindu mythology. The doors, each measuring six feet long and four feet wide, have been structured at a cost of Rs 1.25 lakh which were collected from the devotees by the temple authorities.

Talking about the concept and inspiration behind the silver doors in the mandir, the temple prabandhak, Mr Devki Nandan, said: “The idea has been borrowed from Kashi Vishwanath, which houses one of the 12 sidh shiv peeths in India. When we visited the pilgrimage last year, we felt like recreating the silver doors for our Chandigarh temple. By the grace of God, we have been able to gather funds and get the structures made from the best craftsmen in India.”

Mr Shyam Sunder, one of the members of the mandir committee, added: “Now while the doors are ready we are waiting to install them according to the principles of Vastushastra. Also we are planning to get a marble frame for the two doors. Most probably the mould, which will be intricately carved, will be made in Ahmedabad. We will bear Rs 1 lakh expenditure for the mould. We have also prepared a special kalash, layered with two tolas of gold. This will be installed along the sides of the two doors.”

Meanwhile, the temple authorities are also restructuring the compound.

They will also be installing a beautiful figure of Nandi in the compound, apart from closing the main door which falls along the T-junction, right adjacent to Nehru Bhavan. Interestingly, Vastushastra holds that no main entrance to any temple should fall along a T-junction.

It is a potential combination for accidents. Shortly, the entrance to the Sector 24 Shiv Temple will also be changed.



Rise in HIV cases at PGI
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
With a virtual surge in the number of HIV positive patients approaching the PGI from the northern region , the need for providing treatment at the various medical colleges and other health institutions in different states is being felt.

As compared to five years back, when there would be 1 or 2 HIV patients coming to the PGI for treatment every week, the number now hovers around 15 on an average.” Sooner than later we will have to standardise our protocol to shorten the stay of HIV positive persons at the PGI , but this would be possible only if the health institutions in the periphery come up with facilities to treat these infected persons.”opines Dr Ajay Wangchu of the Department of Internal Medicine , PGI.

There is no denying that even today there is a lot of social stigma attached to an HIV person in our society but the fact that there are inadequate facilities in the region compels people to flock to PGI. The doctors at the PGI feel that keeping in view the ever-increasing number of AIDS and HIV persons coming to PGI, efforts will have to be made to expedite their departure from here as PGI cannot afford to to have its beds clogged for too long .

Infact, the Department of Internal Medicine at the PGI, is undertaking a study on AIDS funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). “ The focus of our study is not only to treat HIV positive persons with cheaper drugs but also to defer the requirement of medicine till it is possible,” said Dr Wangchu.

He said that though the cost of medicines has come down from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,500 per month for treatment of HIV but in an under privileged country like India, even this reduced amount was unaffordable for the majority, more so as it is a life long medication. “ Almost 40 HIV persons were able to return to work after being treated with medicines which cost a mere Rs 10 per day during the course of our study,” he stated.

Dr Wangchu said that the results were encouraging as there had been an appreciable improvement as far as the weight , appetite and CD4 count of the HIV infected persons was concerned. Though a number of companies have come out with low cost medicines but even the 3 drug combination costs Rs 1,500, apart from other expenditure during treatment.

A large number of HIV persons come to the PGI for treatment from Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, North Rajasthan ,Uttranchal and western UP. The fact that the percentage of women suffering from HIV is constantly on the rise has necessitated the need for improved facilities in these states.

As per the statistics available with the UT AIDS Control , during the last one year 576 fully blown cases of AIDS came for treatment to the PGI, General Hospital and the Government Medical College and Hospital from the entire northern region. The percentage of women amongst this was almost 40.



AIDS awareness camp at Burail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
An AIDS awareness camp was organised for the inmates of the Burail Jail by the Indian Council of Social Welfare, Chandigarh chapter, in collaboration with the state AIDS Control Society, here.

A street play and a film for sensitizing the inmates of the jail was screened to spread the message on the issue of AIDS. The project Director, State AIDS Control Society, Dr N.M. Sharma, lectured the inmates on prevention and transmission of AIDS, with emphasis on safe sexual behaviour.

About 50 inmates attended the camp which began with an introductory lecture by Dr Sangeeta Jund, ICSW.



Cops to be honoured for prompt action
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
The Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh, today decided to honour the cops attached with the Police Control Room (PCR) whose prompt action resulted in seizing a Tata Sumo used in kidnapping two women last night.

According to the information available, a PCR stationed at the railway light point, Manimajra, received information that two women were being taken forcibly in a Tata Sumo ( CH 03 F 4685) which was heading towards Chandigarh from Mani Majra. The PCR alerted the control room and other PCR vehicles. A PCR at roundabout of Sectors 27, 28, 29 and 30 noticed the vehicle and it was rounded up at Gurdial Singh petrol pump Sector 22.

The officials attached with the two PCRs were Head Constables Didar Singh, Ranbir Singh and Constables Harjinder Singh, Gulzar Singh, and Home Guard volunteers Ravinder Kumar, Kuldeep Singh, Ram Mehar and Gulzar Singh.

The cops will be awarded commendation certificates( class -1) and cash awards varying between Rs 1000 and Rs 300.

Giving details of the incident, a police official said two women had taken lift in the vehicle from Mansa Devi Temple near Mani Majra. There were four men — Balbir Singh, Baldev Singh, both residents of SAS Nagar and Tilak Raj, a student of Law Department in Panjab University and Sukhwinder Singh were in the vehicle. The two women, aged 28 years and 23 years had two children with them. When the vehicle did not stop at the Housing Board roundabout, the women raised an alarm. On noticing this an onlooker informed the police control room.

Immediately, the PCR vehicles swung into action and ultimately the vehicle was rounded up in Sector 22. The women were rescued by the police and the four youths were arrested. A case under Sections 342, 354 and 363 of the IPC has been registered against the four persons who were remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

Meanwhile, the police is also investigating the credentials of the women who were allegedly kidnapped by the four youths. Talking to the TNS in the court, the youths claimed that they were members of the crime prevention society and gone there to investigate about incidents of flesh trade in the area.



India, Ukraine share common interests
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 9
The Punjab Government will seriously contemplate the setting up of a nuclear power plant using Ukrainian technology in the state. This was stated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, during the visit of the Ukrainian Ambassador, Mr Oleh Sementes, at Punjab Anand Lamps Industries (PALI), here yesterday.

Organised by the Mohali Industries Association (MIA), the visit of the ambassador was aimed at introducing various industrialists of the township to the Ambassador and discussing bilateral industrial and business opportunities, joint ventures, etc.

In his address, Dr Sementes stated that there was immense scope for Indo-Ukrainian partnership. Narrating the common features between India and his country, he added that 30 per cent of the Ukraine economy was agro based and ranked seventh in the world among steel producers. Their main items were wheat, sugar, sunflower. In addition, it had latest equipment used in agriculture operations and also agro-based food processing industries.

He also stated that the country had technology for power generation, including nuclear power, and had supplied equipment for Nathpa Jhakri Hydel Project in Himachal. He informed that Ukraine was also producing missiles and defense equipment.

He added that an industrial exhibition would be held in Ukraine in October and more than 100 Indian industries had shown interest in participating in the exhibition.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh, speaking on the occasion, recalled his visit to Ukraine two decades ago as a member of the parliamentary delegation to the USSR for world peace. He also stated that the meeting was useful in having identified areas of common interest between the two countries. Agriculture implements, seeds, power, industries, etc. were some of the areas that would be explored for joint ventures.

Earlier, Mr B.S. Baidwan, president of the Mohali Industries Association, while welcoming Mr Sementes stated that Mohali being the hub of automotive parts industry, IT, Health and Telecom had wide scope for bilateral trade with Ukraine.

A presentation by Mr K.K. Mishra, General Manger, PALI, was also made on the occasion. Mr Balbir Singh vice-president, MIA, proposed a vote of thanks.



City to have complaint redress cell
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 9
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is considering the feasibility of setting up a control room for prompt redressal of urgent complaints being submitted by the residents.

The development is significant as, according to sources in the corporation, the residents are continuously accusing the authorities of not immediately acting on their grievances.

In their complaints, the residents were alleging that in a large number of cases stray animals, crushed by speeding vehicles right in the middle of the roads, were not being removed for days together resulting in unbearable foul smell. They were also blaming the MC staff for not removing shattered glass strewn all over the road after accidents. Another complaint of the residents was that most of the times they were not even aware of the authority to be contacted for solving their problems.

“Keeping in view the grouse of the residents, we are thinking in the terms of setting up a control room,” says a senior Municipal Corporation officer. “This will enable us to solve the problems being encountered by the residents in their day-to-day living”.

Giving details, the officer says, “The control room will also help the residents in contacting the authorities concerned. As we plan to give circulate the phone numbers among the residents by advertising these in the local newspapers, the residents will not face any problem in calling us up”.

Meanwhile, continuing with their drive to improve sanitation and refuse removal services in the city, the Medical Officer of Health attached with the Municipal Corporation has claimed that “a strict vigilance was being maintained by the supervisory staff over the field staff working under their control with a view to secure optimum work”.

The officer has further claimed that “all drivers engaged in refuse removal services had been directed to perform their duties diligently so that there was no backlog of garbage in their respective areas”.

He concluded: “A proposal for constructing pucca platforms for garbage containers placed all over the city was also under process. It will ensure proper upkeep of the area around the containers”.

It may be recalled that in their legal notice, the Chandigarh Parents Association had asked the authorities to take effective steps for the removal of garbage strewn all over the sectors since weeks. The members had also asked them to carry out a massive cleanliness drive in the city and the villages falling within the Union Territory by placing trash cans at venerable, strategic and earmarked points.

They had further asked for the replacement of the bins within the sectors and in the villages as these have “outlived their lives”. The members had added that at several places the bins had either been picked up by the Administration for replacement or had decayed over the years.

* The corporation is considering the feasibility of setting up a control room for prompt redressal of urgent complaints.

* The development is significant as residents are blaming the corporation of not removing stray animals, crushed by speeding vehicles, besides shattered glass strewn all after accidents.

* Drivers engaged in refuse removal services have been directed to perform their duties diligently to ensure against backlog of garbage.

* A proposal for constructing pucca platforms for garbage containers is also under process.



30 participants honoured
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 9
Thirty participants of the Youth Club Development Programme, organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra in association with the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), Asia Centre, were given participation certificates at the valedictory function held on the CYP complex, Sector 12, here today.

The Technical Education Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, was the chief guest. He emphasised the need to provide a foundation and platform for the development of youth. He further said: “Youth is the most significant asset and has a strategic role to play in the transformation of society.”

Ms Raka Rashid, Regional Director, CYP, while presiding over the function said: “Youth symbolises courage, energy and activity and by channelising these virtues in the right direction they can shape up the destiny of the nation.” She urged the participants to strengthen the youth power for the reconstruction of society.

This five-day programme dealt with different relevant issues, including HIV/ AIDS, blood donation, environment and self-employment. Dr Ajit Saroya from the State AIDS Control Society spoke on HIV and AIDS awareness, while Dr Jagjit Kaur of General Hospital, Sector 16, spoke on blood safety and blood donation campaign.

Mr S.K. Sharma, president, Environment Society of India, delivered a lecture on environment protection and techniques of vermiculture, fisheries and kitchen gardening. Mr B.B. Lal, Project Coordinator of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, apprised the participants about formation of self help groups and micro credit financial schemes launched for the upliftment of rural and urban youth.

The participants under the leadership of Mr G.S. Bajwa, District Youth Coordinator, planted more than 50 saplings at the Centre. The programme concluded with a cultural show featuring group songs, bhangra and solo dance items.



Forum condemns PSEB’s proposal
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 9
The Consumer Protection Forum here has condemned the proposal of the PSEB to levy a surcharge on electricity tariffs beyond Rs 2,000 in a period of two months.

“The reported demand is without any basis and the PSEB is trying to cover its shortcomings”, said Col Angad Singh (retd), its general secretary. He said the PSEB did not have any local standi to demand an increase in surcharge as it had already made its recommendations regarding tariffs and so there was no need to make any additional changes.

He stated that the PSEB should take action to stop losses, pilferage and recover amount from defaulters rather than levy surcharge using under hand methods of increasing power bills.

Verka dealers’ complaint

In two complaints addressed to the Managing Director, Milkfed, a large number of dealers of the plant have alleged that a Verka contractor has not paid the company the amount it collected as fines from them for having sold the milk at the old rates.

The dealers stated that after the rates of the various Verka products were slashed in November last year, they had inadvertently continued to sell milk at the old rates and were fined by the contractor. But now they were not sure if the contractor, who had collected lakhs of rupees as fine, has deposited the sum with the company.

In another complain, the dealers stated that the contractor was charging Rs 25 for every depository copy of the bank for depositing the amount in the bank.

Resident’s plea

Mr Satnam Singh, a resident of Sector 71, has complained that the open space in the sector at the junction of Sectors 70, 71, Phase 3B2 and Phase 7 is being used by migrant labours and domestic servants to ease themselves in the morning. This space with high grass growing all over is also used by anti-social elements as shelter. Besides this, the space is breeding ground for flies and disease spreading bacteria.

He has suggested that the area be levelled, fenced and growth of congress grass and other bushes removed.

Blood donation camp

A large number of persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Rotary SAS Nagar at the State Bank of India’s branch in Phase VIII, here on Thursday. Mr Deepak Chawla, General Manager (Commerce Banking), SBI, Chandigarh, inaugurated the camp. He said the bank had always been participating in community service activities and contributing liberally to the cause of community welfare.


Application forms not available
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 9
A former Army officer and resident of Mansa Devi Complex here has alleged that the Army authorities are not interested in the welfare of its personnel (serving and retired ) and their next of kin.

In a letter issued here recently, Lieut Col L.S. Bedi (retd.) has said that applications had been invited under various welfare corpus schemes for educational scholarships, mobility equipment, financial assistance for children of war widows, war disabled soldiers, serving soldiers and ex servicemen.

The advertisements had clearly mentioned that specimen applications forms were available at all Command Headquarters, Area and sub-area headquarters, regimental centres and the Rajya Sainik Boards. However, even as the last date of sending the application forms on August 31 was fast approaching, these forms were still not available at the office of the Rajya Sainik Board in Sector 12 and at Command Headquarters Western Command.



Nek Chand, Dr Bhatti honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
The PWD (B and R) Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, today presented tokens of honour to three distinguished people from the city. At a function organised in the Chandigarh Press Club this morning by a city-based association, the Indian Arts, the three personalities were honoured for their respective contribution to the development of Chandigarh.

Padma Shree Nek Chand and a former Principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Dr S.S. Bhatti, were presented with the Nirman awards. Mr Nek Chand, the world-famous environmental artiste, was given the special award for the creation of the Rock Garden, which has put Chandigarh on the world map.

Dr Bhatti honoured for his distinguished role as a builder, academician and visualiser. The third awardee was Col R.K.Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Central Government Employees Welfare Housing Organisation.



Mayor to seek transfer of powers, funds to MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
A delegation of all councillors to be led by the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, will demand transfer of powers and funds to the Municipal Corporation from the Administrator, Lient-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd), on August 12.

This will be the third such meeting during the past one-and-a-half months to save the fund-starved Corporation from collapse. Councillors had earlier met the Second Delhi Finance Commission and Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, for the same purpose.

The Mayor has called a meeting of councillors before the one with General Jacob, to decide the agenda to be put up before the Administrator.

Meanwhile, the Congress has also started formulating a strategy to fight for funds to the Corporation and an informal meeting of the senior leaders of the party was being worked out.



Concern over rise in cable tariff
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 9
Members of the Resident Welfare Association, Sector-12, Panchkula, have expressed concern over the hiked cable charges.

At a meeting of the association today, they expressed concern over the lack of control over the rates fixed by cable television operators, which were totally arbitrary. There was also no accountability regarding the number of connections and the actual net revenue earned by the cable operators. Lt Col Surjit Singh, president of the association, who is engaged in the resolution of the cable television impasse, informed that the matter had been taken up by the Federation of the Welfare Associations of Panchkula. The federation was in touch with its counterparts in SAS Nagar and Chandigarh.

Residents also expressed their anger over poor telecast. They pointed out that only few channels were clear.



Scanty rain welcomed after dry spell
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9
A brief spell of rain in the city and its surrounding areas brought smiles to the faces of city residents who had been waiting for rain over the past several days while reeling under intensely humid and hot conditions. The showers did not affect the temperatures much, however, it helped reduce humidity and made the weather pleasant.

Showers lasted no more than 30 minutes in the first spell. A break of about 20 minutes was followed by another brief spell of rain.

And for once office-goers returning home from offices did not run for cover, rather they enjoyed the rain while driving away on two wheelers. The local met office said only traces of rain had been registered at the recording station in the Air Force base here.

Mr S.C. Bhan, Director of the local office, said such isolated showers have occurred in several parts. This does not mean that heavy rain is around the corner. No rain has been predicted in the next 24 hours.

By the evening hundreds of city residents thronged the lake, the Rose Garden and other places to enjoy evening stroll. Residents were out on drives.



2 mini-buses impounded
Our Correspondent

Lalru, August 9
During a special checking, the District Transport Officer (DTO) today impounded two mini-buses for illegally plying on the Zirakpur-Lalru route while a tractor-trailer was impounded for not possessing necessary documents.

Sources said the DTO on a tip-off, laid a trap on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near here and signalled the mini-buses, with registration numbers PAB-8377 and PB-11K-0728, to stop.

When asked about documents relating to the route and the permit, the driver failed to produce these.

In another case, a tractor-trailer carrying sand was also found to be plying illegally.

All three vehicles have been impounded and had been kept in the Lalru police station.



Truck hits feeder, power supply disrupted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 9
Power supply to almost half of the sectors in the township was disrupted for more than four hours this evening when an Army truck rammed into an electric feeder near the roundabout of Sectors 2 and 6. It is learnt that the supply to Sectors 7, 8, 9, 17 and 18 was disrupted when the high tension lines were damaged.

Eyewitnesses said the truck was moving at a high speed. It was coming from the Sector 4 side. A girl, Nitu Duhoon, a resident of Sector 4, who was coming from the Sector 5 side was also hit by the truck. Her legs were crushed and she received severe injuries on arms and head.



Charges against police torture victim quashed
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 9
The SDM has ordered quashing of charges under Sections 107/151 of Cr PC against Rakesh Kumar who had alleged yesterday that he had been falsely implicated by the police and subjected to torture.

Although the SDM was unavailable for comments, sources informed that he had earlier recorded the statement of Rakesh Sharma and had absolved him of these charges. It may be noted that the Ropar Deputy Commissioner had ordered an inquiry into the alleged torture of Rakesh Kumar, following a request by the SSP, Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.



A clarification

The cheque for Rs 1.75 lakh presented by Mr O.P. Arora, AGM, The Tribune, at the Chandi Kusht Ashram, Chandigarh, on August 8, 2002, for the welfare of lepers there, was funded by HelpAge India and not by the Tribune Trust.



5,000 liquor pouches seized
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 9
A major haul of country-made liquor was seized by the Excise Department here this evening. The liquor , almost 5,000 pouches, was being smuggled from Chandigarh to Panchkula.

According to information, Excise staff, led by ETO Rajiv Chaudhary, along with excise police team, led by ASI Raj Kumar, were on a naka near Sector 18 on the Panchkula- UT border when they intercepted a Tata 407 vehicle (HNX- 9680) entering the township. They found that the truck was loaded with 100 boxes of liquor, each box containing 50 pouches. The driver, Baldev Singh, has been booked under the Excise Act.

One killed: Rajbir was killed and another person injured when a tanker (HR-29B-7146) collided with a bus (CH- 01G- 5392) and a scooter (CH-01-7349) in Pinjore on Thursday. The victims were both riding on the scooter. The driver of the tanker has been arrested.

One arrested: The police has arrested Jagdish, driver of truck (HR-01-0815) , on charges of trying to block the road by parking his truck near the new Ghaggar bridge and causing disruption in the normal flow of traffic.

Booked: Naresh Kumar was arrested on charges of speculating at Old Panchkula on Thursday. He has been booked under various sections of the Gambling Act and a sum of Rs 510 was seized from him.

Burglary incidents: Two incidents of burglary were reported in the township during the past 24 hours. While cash worth Rs 2500 was stolen from a factory in Industrial Area, Krishna Traders, last night, cash and gold jewellery worth several thousands was stolen from a house in Sector 8 this morning.

According to information available, Mr Vinod Singla, a resident of Sector 8 had left for work along with his wife in the morning. Their children were also away to school when the incident took place. It was around 1 pm when the children returned and found the entire house ransacked. It is estimated that cash worth Rs 15,000 and gold jewellery were stolen.


Scooters stolen: A Kinetic Honda scooter (CH-01--0815 was stolen from near a temple in Industrial Area, Phase 1, here yesterday. A case under Section 279 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of Ms Rekha Gupta.

In another incident, Ms Neelam Bakhshi, a resident of Sector 22, has reported that an LML Vespa scooter (CH-01-Z-6500) was stolen from the parking of Gurdwara Sahib, Sector 34.

Cash stolen: At least Rs 30,000 in cash was reportedly stolen from a counter in GPO, Sector 17, on Wednesday. The police has registered a case under Section 380 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Raj Pal, an assistant in the office. In another case, Prof G.D. Pahuja, a resident of Sector 8, reported that Rs 10,000 in cash had been stolen from the almirah, after breaking the locks, when he was out of station.

Purse snatched: Chander Kanta Ahuja a resident of Sector 19, has reported that a person on a scooter snatched her purse containing Rs 5,000 in cash keys ID card and bank pass book, near PWD Rest House, Sector 19 yesterday. A case has been registered under Sections 356 and 379, IPC.

Assaulted: Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Kumhar Colony, Sector 25 has reported that Manoj, Harish, Parmod, Neetu, Raju all residents of the same colony assaulted him causing injuries besides threatening him. He was admitted to the PGI. A case under Sections 147, 149, 323 and 506, IPC, has been registered.



Woman’s body found
Our Correspondent

Lalru, August 9
The dismembered body of an unidentified woman migrant labourer was found on the Kalka-Ambala railway line in Sarseeni village near here this morning.

According to the Railway Police, driver of 488 up train noticed the body at about 5.30 am and informed the Railway authorities.

Later, residents of the area were called to identify the body. The villagers informed that the deceased along with her husband was residing in a rented accommodation in the village for some time.



1 killed, 3 hurt  in mishap
Our Correspondent

Kharar, August 9
One person was killed while three others were seriously injured when a truck hit a three-wheeler, PBR 4831, near the Kharar bus stand today.

The dead has been identified as Anup Singh.

According to information received from the Kharar police, the truck (PB-12-A-2305) hit the three-wheeler from the rear side and also a bus.

The Kharar police has registered a case under Sections 279/337/304A of the IPC against Amarjit Singh, driver of the truck.



Latest hair fad fails to attract city youth
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 9
The youngsters in the city seem to be reluctant to try out new trend in hair styling — hair binding in coloured threads — which is a rage with teenagers in other metropolis. Little wonder, the unique attraction of the ongoing craft exhibition — “Daskarita” — at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15, a hair binder from Rajasthan, has failed to make much impact on the visitors.

Shankar Lal Patwa, a traditional hair binder expected to do brisk business when he came to the city. The response had been very good at various fairs in New Delhi. But instead of being given a chance to demonstrate his skill, Shankar Lal is being bombarded with a volley of questions from the visitors.

“Getting a few strands of hair bound in colour threads culminating in beads is the hottest trend in places like Delhi and Bangalore, but the style is yet to catch up with the Chandigarh teenagers,” he said. During the past seven days since the exhibition was inaugurated, only a couple of girls have come forward to try out this, he said.

This new trend of wrapping stands of hair in specially dyed coloured threads owes its origin to the traditional ‘Paranda’ used by village girls. “To keep in pace with the international style mostly adopted by the people of the African race, we have come out with this new trend in India,” said Shankar Lal. “Since the past four five years this particular style has been most popular among the college going students in Delhi,” he added. Shankar Lal, who inherited the skill of paranda making and later switched over to hair binding has been a regular invitee at the Dilli Haat.

The task is done with simple devices like coloured threads and beads of different sizes and shapes. “These threads are specially dyed and remain so without loosing their sheen for months altogether,” said Shankar. Depending upon the choice of the customer, he uses either a single-coloured thread or multiple colours. The charges for getting one strand of hair bound is Rs 30.



Exhibition of textiles concludes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 9
A two-day exhibition of Maheshwari textile organised by the Rehwa Society concluded at Aroma Hotel in Sector 22 here today. The exhibition that aimed at giving impetus to the declining art, gave a platform to the traditional weavers of Rehwa to exhibit their cotemporary designs.

The exhibits gave a glimpse of the rich hand-woven fabric of Maheshwar, one of India’s oldest hand woven textile whose origin goes back to about 1500 years. A Maheswari saree, which used to be a status symbol for many royal families for centuries, has been going through a rough phase in the recent past.

The Rehwa Society, which has been working towards the revival of this traditional fabric, has employed more than 130 weavers, creating an awareness among people which has worked wonders for this dying art. To keep pace with the demands of modern day the range of textiles has grown, producing shawls, craves, beach wraps, draperies, table cloth and other consumer items.

The exhibition brought a wide collection of sarees, suit materials and dupattas in pure cotton to cotton mixed with silk and pure silk. Done in light pastel shades, the collection offered both normal wear and party wear dress material.




With high speed connectivity and personalisation as the new buzz words in today’s wireless world, Philips India Limited, a subsidiary of the Netherlands based Royal Philips Electronics, today announced the introduction of its new mobile phones portfolio with the launch of its internationally acclaimed “fisio” range. The new range includes 3 models, which offer bold designs and an array of features that incorporate the latest technology. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajeev Karwal, senior vice-president, Consumer Electronics, Philips India Limited said, “Through the fisio range, we have entered the fast growing mobile phones market in India”.


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