Tuesday, August 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Pauper MC given share in revenue
More taxes will mean more grants
Tribune News Service


  • Additional Rs 13 crore for the MC.
  • About Rs 3.5 crore every year for the Zila Parishad and the Panchayati Raj institutions.
  • The UT Administration to bear the cost of energy for streetlighting.

Chandigarh, August 12
The Chandigarh Administration has agreed to increase the grant-in-aid to 17 per cent of the city’s tax collection, which will jack up the non-plan budget by Rs 13 crore and bring it to Rs 58 crore. With this, the financial mess of the Municipal Corporation will be sorted out and the MC will no longer be short of cash.

The increase will be accounted for in the revised estimates for this year’s budget proposals. The non-plan grant-in-aid given to the MC entails all mandatory expenses. At present, this is Rs 45 crore and will soon be Rs 58 crore to fulfill a long-standing demand of the MC that it be given a share in revenue.

The enhanced grant-in-aid will help the MC cover expenditure on all obligatory services it gives. The administration, following clearance from the Union Government, shall pay the streetlighting bills, that amount to over Rs 5 crore every year.

The MC, now, has an added incentive to raise revenue. Additional revenue will attract a matching 50 per cent grant-in-aid in case of fresh taxes and 25 per cent grant-in-aid in case of enhanced receipts. Matching grants will come by in the subsequent financial year due to time taken in budgeting and obtaining clearance from the Centre.

A team of municipal councillors led by the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, met the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), here today. General Jacob decided to accept in principle the recommendations of the second Delhi Finance Commission (DFC) on Chandigarh. The recommendations included devolution of funds to the MC and Panchayati Raj institutions here from April 1, 2002, to March 31, 2006. The increased aid and matching grants were part of the recommendations to make the MC self-sufficient.

Levying of taxes on residential and non-residential property has been treated as separate resource mobilisation measures for assessing the incentives.

For a long time, the MC has been saying that the Administration should bear the cost of energy for streetlighting. The commission has recommended transfer of 1 per cent of the Administration’s tax revenue to the Panchayati Raj institutions., which may be divided among the panchayats, panchayat samitis and the Zila Parishad in the ratio 7:2:1 and among panchayats in proportion to the population.

For the Panchayati Raj institutions, the second DFC recommends not only the devolution of 1 per cent of revenue that amounts to Rs 3.5 crore every year, but also a comprehensive infrastructure-development plan for rural areas.

By accepting the recommendations, the Administration is trying to strengthen the financial position of the local bodies.



Teacher absolved of molestation charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
One of the two teachers accused in the alleged molestation of girl students in St Peter’s School, Sector 37, was given a clean chit by parents, teachers and students of the school, here today.

A team of the UT Education Department led by the DEO, Mr Brahmjit Kalia, that visited the school in connection with an inquiry into the matter, said no student, teacher or parent had a bad word to say for Sanjay Bajaj.

“We spoke to girl students of Classes VIII, IX and X, 20-odd parents and staff members. It seems they hold him in high esteem though they are skeptical about the PTI Tyagi who has not been to the school for long. We will submit our report on this,” Mr Kalia said.

He added the matter had been blown out of proportion and the parents of the ‘victims’ had not turned up to give their side of the story to the visiting team. The two teachers accused in the case were also not present.

“Apart from the incident where a teacher put his arm on the shoulder of a girl student on April 22, there is no other instance of misbehaviour. Why the matter has been raked up now and why the parents of the girl were silent for so long is still not known?,” he added.

Accompanied by Ms Khushinder Sharma and Ms Suman Sharma, Principals of government schools of Sector 35 and 37, the team investigated the matter for nearly four hours.

The Principal of the school, Mr S. Khanna, said since the UT Education Department was conducting a thorough inquiry into the matter, he would not hold parallel inquiry and his decision would be based on the findings of the team.

It maybe recalled that a case of molestation of girl students of St Peter’s School, Sector 37, was registered by the Chandigarh police and two teachers, Sanjay Bajaj and S Tyagi, were booked on the basis of a complainant filed by parents of the students.

The trouble started when parents of the girl students stormed into the school premises demanding action against the two teachers. The parents asked the school Principal to produce the teachers before them.

Subsequently, a case under Sections 506 and 509 of the IPC was registered against the two teachers. The teachers were suspended from the school on charge of molestation of girl students.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh police today served a notice on the manager of the school for producing the two teachers at the Sector 39 police station.

A police official said as the management of the school had said that the teachers would remain in the school campus during the period of their suspension, the manager had been asked to produce them at the police station. Raids at the residences of the teachers, Sanjay Bajaj and Sanjeev Tyagi, had failed to yield any result, he said.

Sources in the police said the girls students in their statements recorded before the investigation officials had spelt out the tale of treatment meted out to them. A senior police official said the two teachers would be arrested in a day or two.



US national using fake I-card
IAF authorities notify field intelligence
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
A US national, who had been using a fake identity card of his brother, Captain K.I.S. Mann (retd), has sent the local Air Force authorities in a tizzy. The person, Mohinder Singh Mann, is believed to be on a visit to India.

The Air Force station here has notified its field intelligence unit and also sought information about Mohinder Singh Mann, who has been allegedly using his brother, Captain Mann’s identity. It needs to be verified if Mohinder Singh Mann visited sensitive places, sources said. The matter will be soon handed over to the police if it is established that he visited any place without authorisation.

Nothing was known of the case till the real Captain Mann, who visited India after a gap 13 years, only to find through friends that his name and Indian Commission number — 25687-A of the 65 Armoured Regiment — was being misused.

On July 25 he told the Air Force authorities that he had never applied for any membership of the Air Force Officers Institute, Sector 31. Captain Mann, who is settled in the USA for the past 13 years, said in his complaint that his name was being misused on a fake card of the Officers Institute to Mohinder Singh Mann.

The card assures entry to almost any place besides providing easy access to senior officers who come to socialise in the institute.

After Captain Mann’s letter the Air Force authorities did their own re-check of credentials. They found that the identity card of the institute had Captain Mann’s photo, his Army discharge number and other facts.

Speaking to The Tribune over the phone from the USA, Captain Mann said: “I have lodged a complaint as my identity is being faked. The matter was serious as this provide access to defence institutes. With the country being in a state of war vital information can be obtained and misused by anyone.” I have even asked the Air Force authorities to cancel the I-card, added Captain Mann.

The Air Force station here is the base for the 12 Wing and also the 3 Base Repair Depot and is considered very sensitive. Entry is restricted and monitored but with such an I-card one can get into any area where photography can also be carried out.



Shivani murder case
IG fails to join duty
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 12
Haryana Inspector-General of Police (Prisons), Mr Ravi Kant Sharma , who is the main suspect in the Shivani murder case, stayed away from duty at the end of his 10-day leave today.

Sources in the police department said that Mr Sharma had not applied for extension of his leave today. He had gone on leave following the reported confession of Sri Bhagwan in Delhi police custody regarding Mr Sharma’s complicity in the case on August 2. The IG had cited “personal reasons” for his leave then.

It may be noted that the Director-General (Prisons), Haryana, had earlier delivered two letters at Ravi Kant’s residence here, asking him to cooperate and join the investigations being conducted by the Delhi police. However, Mr Sharma’s whereabouts are not known even till today.

Highly placed police officials today said that since IG Sharma had failed to join duty today without any intimation, the state government would be informed in order to decide on taking action against him under the police service rules.

Meanwhile, efforts of the Delhi police to nab Ravi Kant failed to yield any results. The team today raided the residence of a local journalist in Ambala, believed to be close to Ravi Kant. More than 10 cops raided the residence of Subhash Sharma in the early hours today. The scribe was quizzed by the police for about 25 minutes.

The statement of the scribe was recorded and he was asked if he had arranged a lawyer for Ravi Kant in order to file an anticipatory bail application in a Panchkula court. Haryana police personnel also accompanied the Delhi police team.

His wife, Madhu Sharma, had yesterday informed newsmen that she had sought time from the Prime Minister to apprise him of the real position. She had also faxed copies of her petition to the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the National Human Rights Commission, alleging that her husband, who has a meritorious service record, was being framed in the case at the behest of the Union Home Ministry.

Earlier, the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Panchkula, had turned down Ravi Kant’s anticipatory bail application on grounds of territorial jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, a Delhi court today dismissed the application filed by Sri Bhagwan, a co- accused in the Shivani murder case, seeking termination of his police custody.

The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr O.P. Gupta, after hearing the application for conversion of the applicant’s police remand to judicial remand said that “the illegality, if any, in the arrest does not affect the power of the magistrate to grant remand.”

Turning down the defence counsel’s contention that Sri Bhagwan was kept in illegal custody for eight days before his arrest was recorded, the court observed that “the number of days in custody start with the magistrate to whom the accused is forwarded....”. It was further observed that the date of forwarding the accused and not the date of detention is relevant for counting the period of 15 days in custody.



Public Health Dept losing lakhs
Kulwinder Sangha

SAS Nagar, August 12
The Department of Public Health is losing lakhs of rupees a year with residents evading the payment of the due sewerage cess.

A large number of residents have not disclosed the exact number of toilet seats (WCs) on their premises in order to evade the bi-monthly cess. It is estimated that the evasion is at least Rs 5 lakh per annum. The cess for domestic WCs had been increased more than a year ago from Rs 10 to Rs 15 per seat and in the case of the commercial category from Rs 25 to Rs 30.

During the year 2000 the Public Health authorities had issued a notice along with the water bill stating that a general survey was being conducted to determine the exact number of toilet seats. It asked the residents to fill the form attached to the notice and return it within 20 days. The notice contained a warning that legal action would be taken in the case of wrong declaration by the resident. However, the response to the notice was not satisfactory.

It is learnt that there was a mere 11.5 per cent overall increase in the number of WCs as declared by residents. The areas surveyed excluded Sectors 68, 69 and 71 which came under PUDA.

The increase in the number of WCs after the voluntary disclosure scheme by residents was as follows (percentage rise given in brackets): Phase I — 89 (4); Phase II — 618 (20); Phase IIIA — 64 (4); Phase IIIBI — 157 (6); Phase IIIB2 — 177 (3); Phase IV — 340 (11); Phase V — 198 (8); Phase VI — 102 (4.5); Phase VII — 590 (15); Phase IX — 280 (8); Phase X — 309 (7); Phase XI — 270 (7); and Sector 70 — 96 (3). There was a total increase of only 3290 seats in the areas surveyed.

Public Health officials say the department could not undertake the inspection of premises itself due to shortage of staff.



PU students bailed out; to continue strike
Our Correspondent


  • The Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Mr K.N Pathak, accepts demands of the PU students partially.
  • The DSW assures the students that the university will take the matter of withdrawal of the Section 144 and case registered against 34 students, claim SOPU leaders.
  • PUSU has decided to continued their strike till their demands are met by the PU authorities.

Chandigarh, August 12
Students of Panjab University including the President of the Panjab University Students Union(PUSU), who were released from the Model Burail jail late this evening, have decided to continue the ongoing fast despite the fact that the Panjab University authorities have accepted their demands though partially.

The students, who had been lodged in the jail for violating the Section 144 of the CrPC on the PU campus, were released after they got bail from a local court. Soon after their release, the student leaders again sat on a dharna at the Students Centre.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Mr K.N Pathak, said, “Taking care of the students’ problem, we have accepted their demand regarding grant of re-appear chance to the students of University Business School.

The university is making every effort for the betterment of the students and they are welcome to discuss their problems with the authorities.”

The president of the Panjab University Students Union(PUSU), Mr Malwinder Singh Kang, after getting released from the jail, said, “I have decided to continue fast along with other students as the PU authorities have failed to fulfill their demands". The authorities are charging more fee from students of the Mathematics Department. And students who failed in the M.Sc (mathematics) were not allowed to get admission in the same class.”

He threatened to continue with the dharna unless their demands were not met by the authorities.

Talking to the President of Students Organisation of Punjab University(SOPU), Mr Harvir Singh, said a meeting of the representative of the SOPU, ABVP and HSA was held with the DSW in the evening and the DSW has assured that the PU authorities would take up the matter regarding withdrawal of the prohibitory order with the UT Administration.

The DSW has also assured that the authorities would also help the students in withdrawal of the case under Section 188, IPC, registered against 34 students for violating Section 144 imposed on the campus, he added.

Meanwhile, in a representation to the UT Administrator, the Chandigarh Vikas Manch(CVM) has urged that the case registered against 34 Panjab University students be unconditionally withdrawn. The CVM has also condemned the action of the UT Administration about imposition of Section 144 near the Vice-Chancellor's Office. 



Ghaggar at its lowest
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 12
With the rain Gods playing hard to please, Ghaggar, known for its turbulence, has witnessed the lowest-ever discharge during this monsoon.

Sources in the Irrigation Department said that highest discharge in the river this year was a mere 4,109 cusecs on June 29, as compared to maximum discharge of 82,625 cusecs last year. It may be mentioned that the average discharge in the river is between 50,000 cusecs to 80,000 cusecs during the monsoon.

With rainfall eluding Haryana and the catchment area in the Shivalik range, from where the river originates in Sarahan tehsil of Sirmour district, the water flowing down into the plains has been less. Rivers like Kaushalya and Jhajjara, which flow into the river at Chandimandir, too have had a poor discharge.

It may be noted that Ghaggar is a perennial river and the discharge in the summers is between 70 to 80 cusecs. The discharge during this summer was 80 cusecs. A visit to certain areas, along the river, by “Chandigarh Tribune” today revealed that the discharge in the river today was a mere 92 cusecs and the water was flowing from only two of the eight spans of the Ghaggar bridge, here.

Sources in National Highways that TNS that the capacity of the river near the Ghaggar bridge was approximately 1.20 lakh cusecs. However, the discharge in the river had often crossed this level, resulting in massive scouring of the bridge. As a result, the Ministry Of Surface Transport (MOST) had sanctioned Rs 24. 6 lakh this year for carrying out earth-digging work, creating cement concrete blocks (CC blocks) and wire crates around the pillars of the bridge to prevent scouring (erosion). It is learnt that CC blocks were laid at the spots where scouring was reportedly two to three-foot deep.

It may be mentioned that this 30-year-old structure has seen massive erosion as a result of the turbulent Ghaggar. The approaches of the bridge have always been under direct attack of this furious river, especially during the monsoons, when the discharge of water is maximum. During the last monsoon, one of the approaches of the bridge had been completely washed away.

Officials in National Highway said that each year, the cost of this protection and repair work around the pillars was an astronomical Rs 40 lakh. This year, they assure, that the CC blocks were being built of the highest quality material and at the lowest price.



Villagers rue lack of facilities
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 12
Residents of six villages, which fall in the jurisdiction of this subdivision, lack even the basic civic amenities.

The residents of Daffarpur, Kakrali, Morthikri, Pandwala and Sundran villages complain of being ignored and decry the inability of consecutive state governments to provide them regular power and water supply, telephone connections, dispensaries, veterinary dispensaries, post offices, banks and good roads.

Residents of Guru Nanak Colony in Daffarpur village, located on the Mubarikpur-Ramgarh road, about 5 km from here, complained of erratic power supply even though the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had installed a new transformer in the colony last year.

The villages are also facing water shortage and do not get sufficient supply to meet their daily needs.

Their woes do not end here. The Telecommunications Department stopped releasing new connections since 1998, despite many subscribers depositing security.

There are hardly any dispensaries in the area. The ones which exist lie in shambles. The condition of veterinary dispensaries is even worst.

The villages also lack post offices and banks and to avail themselves of these facilities, they have to go to Ramgarh, Mubarikpur or Dera Bassi.

The link roads connecting the villages and with the Dera Bassi-Mubarikpur-Ramgarh highway have deep potholes with hardly any bitumen on the surface, thus causing inconvenience to the residents besides damages their vehicles.



Helping paraplegics live meaningful life

The biggest curse of wars is that they leave many soldiers dead and disabled. For the past many years, militancy has been contributing its grim share to this curse, so much so that there is hardly a day when we do not get bodies of soldiers from J&K. Add to this, the accident cases which increase the number of the disabled.

Of the disabled, the paraplegics, whose lower half of the body, including legs, is paralysed, are the worst off. In the early 1990s, Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, had the best spinal cord injury centre in the armed forces with ultra-modern beds called “alpha beds” for paraplegic patients.

To cater to the medicare of these patients and to rehabilitate them, the Army had established a paraplegic rehabilitation centre (PRC) at Mohali a few years ago. This centre has the latest equipment to help the paraplegics to regain physical fitness as for as possible. Besides, the vocational training imparted in various skills at this centre enables both men and women to learn and earn at the same time. Making of schooluniform sweaters for Army Public School Dagshai and Military School Chail, wire — brushes for Punjab Tractors and caning of chairs are among some of the earning ventures pursued at the PRC.

The Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) helps in training the women inmates in their vocational training in this charitable institute.

Patients’ waiting time reduced

There is a large number of ex-servicemen residing in Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and surrounding areas. A sizeable number of them and their spouses being old are afflicted by chronic diseases. They have to visit Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, for specialists’ advice and medicines frequently.

The system that was followed at the Command Hospital to see a specialist on his prescribed out patient day (OPD) earlier was to register one self in the department concerned and then wait for one’s turn. One may not be lucky enough to get one’s turn the same day due to rush.

In case you needed medicines, you still had to go to the specialist and get a fresh prescription from him. Both these systems kept the patients waiting for hours together.

In the new system introduced the other day, waiting time for patients has been reduced considerably. How? The specialists do not go anywhere from their departments (not even for daily central tea break) until they have seen all the patients. As for the medicines, if you are an old patient and draw the same medicines every month, you don’t have to go to the specialist. Instead, you go to the reception counter and show your note book (containing prescription) to the nursing assistant there, who will make a prescription chit which the medical officer at the reception will sign. You then go to the dispensary and draw the medicines. The whole operation does not take more than 15 minutes as seen by this writer over an hour the one day.

Court cases

The Punjab Government has issued instructions to the administrative secretaries, heads of departments and deputy commissioners that the court cases of serving defence personnel should be heard expeditiously and disposed of speedily during their leave period in accordance with the provisions of Section 32 of the Army Act 1950. A copy of this communication has also been sent to the Punjab and Haryana High Court with a request to consider issuing similar instructions to various judicial courts.

Many instructions have been issued by the Punjab Government in the recent past to make “faujis” believe that they will start getting their due in the present dispensation, thanks to the Chief Minister. But what the simple “faujis” have to watch is the outcome of these instructions because the bureaucracy has its own way of working.

Ecological feat

The 129 Infantry Battalion (TA) has done wonders in the ecological field in the Jammu region by greening more than 2,383 hectares of land since June 1999. This unit has planted about 25,000 trees with 95 per cent survivability rate. It has also created a name in soil conservation and arboriculture.

The unit has trained over 700 JCOs and ORs of the Army, who in turn have provided ecological cover in their respective areas. For its spectacular success in ecology, 129 Infantry Battalion (TA) has recently been given “Indira Priyadarshini Vriksh Mitra” award by Mr K. C. Pant. What this experiment proves is that raising ecological TA battalions was a step in the right direction.

Pritam Bhullar



Black flag protest against allowance cuts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
On the call of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation, the employees of various government departments here and in other towns of Punjab organised black flag sit- ins by wearing black badges today to protest against the state government’s decision to freeze the DA and cut down other allowances. The employees’ leaders claimed that the week-long black flag protest marches would be held at all the district headquarters from August 12 to 20.

Mr Ajit Singh Baggri, president, Punjab Subordinate Services Federation, in a press release issued here today claimed that the protests were being held against the government’s decision to abolish 50,000 posts, ban on promotions, freezing of dearnace allowance and medical facilities and move to privatise different corporations.

The federation urged the government to withdraw anti-employee proposals presented in the Budget, and to start negotiations with employee unions immediately. Mr Kulbhushan Kanwar, president, Chandigarh-based Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, urged the government to implement the time-bound promotion scales uniformally after 4,9 and 14 years.

Among others, leaders of the Joint Employees Front, Mr Ranbir Dhillon, Mr Gurmail Singh Sidhu, Mr Uma Kant Tiwari, Mr Paramjit Singh Gandhi, Mr Kartar Singh Pal, Mr Karnail Singh, Mr H.S. Johal, Mr Karnail Singh Bhatti and Ms Malkeet Kaur also addressed the meetings.



PSEB employee unions call off strike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Employees Struggle Committee and Technical Services Union of PSEB decided today to call off their proposed strike to be observed on August 13. The decision was taken by the unions, after a successful meeting between union representatives and PSEB management held in the office of Labour Commissioner, Punjab, here today. The leaders of PSEB Employees Federation (AITUC), MSU, Thermal Employees Co-ordination Committee and Employees Federation, PSEB Council of Engineers also attended the meeting.

Mr Sanjay Kumar, Labour Commissioner, Punjab and the Council of Junior Engineers, PSEB, in separate press notes issued here today, claimed that the union leaders had given a call for strike for August 13, 2002, to protest against the management’s decision to deduct salary of employees. Some of the employees, who had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had already been granted a stay order.

Mr Kumar claimed that the perusal of the facts as submitted by both the parties indicated that the order of pay deduction had been passed by the PSEB management, without adhering to the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, as contained in section 9. So it was felt that it would be most appropriate for the management to withdraw the order.

Mr Sanjay Kumar said board employees were also agitated over the fact that while some employees had been paid full salary for July, 2002, but others were not. Management agreed, he said, to clear all the balance payments by September 10, 2002.

The union leaders agreed to withdraw the call of strike on August 13. Both the parties also assured to maintain industrial peace and harmony in the organisation in future also.



Not included in voters’ list
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 12
Two municipal councillors have alleged that the staff put on duty for preparing a revised voters’ list for the Kharar constituency were not making fresh votes in a number of cases.

Mr Amrik Singh said today that the staff members were not making votes for residents of houses which did not figure in the lists provided to them. He said in Phase XI, names of residents living in about 20 houses had not been added to the voters list. These residents lived in a row of houses numbering 845 to 879. Similarly, in Phase X also the names of residents living in house No. 2230, 2287, 2418, 2420 and 2421 had not been included in the voters’ list being prepared.

Mrs Harbans Kaur and Mr Amrik Singh have brought the matter to the notice of the SDM and requested him to give directions to his staff to ensure that the names of all eligible voters were included in the fresh list being prepared.



Shergill’s death condoled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
A condolence meeting in memory of Shamsher Singh Shergill, Additional Advocate-General, who died yesterday, was held at the office of the Advocate-General, Punjab, here today.

Paying tributes to Shergill, the Advocate-General, Mr Harbhagwan Singh, said Shergill was known for his politeness and helpful nature and had touched great heights in his profession.

A two-minute silence was also observed as mark of respect to the deceased.

Mr G.K. Chathrath, Mr M.L. Sarin, Mr Gurdarshan Singh Grewal and Mr H.S. Mattewal, all former Advocates-General, also paid tributes to Shergill. Former judges, senior advocates, law officers and staff of the Advocate-General office attended the condolence meeting.


Sewage water enters bank building
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 12
Sewage water entered the basement of the Bank of Punjab building in Phase VII here, causing inconvenience to all concerned.

Mr Avtar Singh Walia, owner of the building, had to pump out the water. He said the water had been entering the basement since yesterday which had damaged furniture and the stationery items in the building.

He said the sewer pipes in the area got choked quite often the water entered the building when the gutter in the area started overflowing. He said he had brought the matter to the notice of the Public Health authorities here but nothing much had been done. He demanded solution to the problem.


Resentment among phone subscribers
Our Correspondent

Kharar, August 12
Resentment prevails among 30 telephone holders of Green Enclave Colony in nearby Daon village over the issuance of telephone bills to them by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for the period from May 1 to June 30, 2002, although their phones had been lying dead since April 16.

Ms Bimla Kaur (phone 260399) said that how the department could charge rent for the dead phones and her bill even showed nine. Calls made on this phone. She said that even the BSNL wrote a letter to her on July 18 that the phone was lying faulty due to underground cable damaged by the PWD authorities while widening National Highway 21 from Mohali to Kharar. She has demanded that the BSNL should cancel all bills for this period. 



Muddy water for four months
Our Correspondent

Kharar, August 12
Residents of nearby Desu Majra village have been drinking muddy water for the past four months and the officers concerned did not bother despite repeated requests made to them.

According to a press note issued here today by Mr Kirpal Singh and others, the tubewell supplying water was installed here about two years back at a cost of about Rs 12 lakh. They have alleged that some technical problem was the reason of the muddy water.

They have threatened to follow the path of agitation if the department failed to take action within seven days.



Award for two cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Sub-Inspector, Yad Ram and Head Constable Shiv Kumar, both posted at the Sector 26 police station, have been awarded commendation certificates and cash award of Rs 500 each by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi. Both the officials have arrested 15 proclaimed offenders during the past two months.

The SSP, Mr Parag Jain, said the commendation certificates were awarded to encourage police officials to perform better.

Meanwhile, a proclaimed offender, Sohan Singh, who was wanted in a case of cheating and forgery registered in 1982 at the Sector 19 police station, was yesterday arrested by ASI Satpal . The PO has been sent to judicial custody. 


Body found on rail track
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 12
The body of 16-year-old migrant labourer Vinod Kumar was found cut into pieces on the Kalka-Ambala rail line in Devinagar village, near here, this morning.

According to the railway police, the boy was cut into pieces under some train late Sunday night. The victim was a resident of Mugrahi village of Kashinagar in Uttar Pradesh and was employed as a labourer in a local factory.



Cable tariff hike resented
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 12
A general body meeting of the House Owners Welfare Association, Sector 9, was held last night to discuss the course of action to deal with the hike in cable TV tariff. Mr S.C. Kaushal, president of the association, criticised cable operators for the “unwarranted hike” and suggested that a committee of cable operators and residents welfare associations be formed to discuss cable TV rates.



Two held for forging registration numbers
Tribune News Service


  • Concerned at the increase in the number of defaulters, the Chandigarh police to initiate a dialogue with vehicle finance companies, says SSP Parag Jain.
  • Police to help work out a mechanism to ensure that finance companies are not defrauded.

Chandigarh, August 12
A racket of getting vehicles financed on the basis of forged documents came to light today when two financed Tata Indica cars were impounded by the CIA wing of the Chandigarh police.

The cars were being run on fake registration numbers — the registration number of the one of the cars (CH-01-T-0875) had originally been issued to a Bajaj Chetak scooter and the file of the other car was said to be untraceable in the office of the Chandigarh Registration Authority.

According to the information available, the two cars with registration numbers, CH 01 T 0875 and CH O1 1196, had been financed and the persons possessing them had forged their numbers to evade the attention of their financers. In both the cases, two persons, Devinder (30) and Sandeep Ghai (26), have been arrested and case under Sections 429, 473, 482 of the IPC has been registered.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, said both the vehicles had not been registered after being financed. One of the vehicle had been financed from the Associate Finance.

Sources in the police said the new trend of getting vehicles financed on the basis of forged documents or running the vehicles on forged numbers had set the alarm bells ringing in the police circles. A number of persons after getting their vehicles financed changed their residential address. The list of defaulters purchasing vehicles on higher sale purchase could be over 1,500, said persons in the business of higher sale purchase.

In the last week of July, the police had arrested a key gang member, Bhim Sen, involved in forging registration number of vehicles in connivance with certain officials of the State Transport Authority, Chandigarh. A clerk of the Transport Authority was also questioned for “facilitating” the registration of vehicles on the basis of forged documents. He used to sell vehicles on forged registration documents.

Bhim Sen used fake income tax return forms (SARAL) while getting vehicles financed from private financial institutions. While forging the registration documents, a false affidavit and other fake proof of residence was attached. 



No headway in robbery cases
Our Correspondent

Lalru, August 12
The police has failed to make any headway in robbery cases in which masked robbers had struck at two houses in Sardarpura Colony and Rana Colony and injured three persons, including a couple, on Saturday.

The robbers had decamped with cash, jewellery and valuables worth lakhs from the two houses.

The police has not been able to find any clue about the robbers even after three days of the crime.

Armed with batons and iron rods, a band of masked robbers first struck at a house in Sardarpura Colony around 2.30 am. They injured the landlord, Mr Balbir Kalia, and his tenant couple, Mr Bittu Tiyagi and his wife, Ms Archana Tiyagi. Later they struck at the house of Mr Gurmail Singh in Rana Colony and decamped with cash, jewellery and other valuables.

The injured couple was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. They were later referred to the PGI as their health had deteriorated. They had received serious head injuries.

The police and rounded up about 24 migrant labourers from nearby areas for questioning soon after the incidents, but could not find any clue. A case under Sections 457, 459 and 380 of the IPC was registered at the Lalru police station.



Cash, valuables worth Rs 1.10 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 12
Cash and valuables worth Rs 1.10 lakh were stolen from the Sector 12-A residence of an employee of the PGI here yesterday.

It is learnt that Rs 15,000, gold jewellery worth Rs 50,000, silver ornaments and crockery worth Rs 10,000 and other valuables were stolen from the house of Mr N.R. Ahuja, during the night intervening August 10 and 11. The family was away to Delhi when the theft took place.

The miscreant(s) made their entry into the house through a broken window pane. It was only when the family returned yesterday that they came to know about the theft. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Liquor seized: The police has arrested two persons — Girjan Singh and Chinda, in two separate incidents and seized 22 bottles of illicit liquor from them. Both accused have been booked under various Sections of the Excise Act.

Theft cases: Kanwar Narinder Singh, a resident of Sector 23, said his CD player was stolen from his house on August 11. In another case, K.L. Gupta, a resident of 5739, Sector 38 West, complained that unidentified person has stolen battery from his Kinetic Honda from the parking area of Fragrance Garden in Sector 36. A similar case of theft of battery of Kinetic Honda has been reported from Sector 47.

One booked: The Sector 26 Police has registered a case of kidnapping against Mustaq, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, for allegedly kidnapping minor daughter of Man Ram, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony.



BPL launches CFC-free refrigerators
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The BPL Home Appliances Division of the BPL in collaboration with Sanyo, Japan, has launched direct cool refrigerator models, air-conditioners and washing machines. The company launched the eco-friendly chloro floro carbon ( CFC) free refrigerators that would not be harmful for the ozone layer, here yesterday.

Mr Yogesh Dutta, Marketing Manager, CBU ( North), claimed that the company was introducing for the first time in India non-CFC refrigerators in the range of 180 to over 230 litres. The refrigerator (180 litre) in the initial segment would be available at between Rs 7,990 and Rs 8,990. It would have additional features like oil-cooled compressor, door alarm, clean back and 11-litre water storage indoor itself.

He disclosed that the company had modernise its manufacturing plant at Bangalore. The company was also planning to enter into a contract with Godrej and other firms at Mohali to manufacture company’s home appliances for the north Indian market to cut down the transport costs.

Stuffed crust pizza

Pizza Hut today served up its new unique and innovative range of stuffed crust pizzas. When Pizza Hut introduced this range in 1995 in USA, almost half of America tried the product and since then the product has generated unprecedented repeat customers. This exciting product is now being launched in India.

An unconventional and fun product, the stuffed crust pizza has a crust that is filled with a ring of mozzarella cheese stuffed right into the crust, and then baked to golden perfection. This magically transforms the crust edge into a most delightful experience.

Eat it backwards!! Some consumers leave the pizza crust edges behind on their plates. The stuffed crust pizza turns this practice completely around! The melting oozing ring of cheese compels one to eat the pizza backwards — crust first. This practice is so much fun, that at Pizza Hut worldwide, it has become a ritual — a totally new way to eat pizzas.

Mr Sandeep Kohli, Managing Director, Indian Subcontinent, Yum Restaurants International, says: “Pizza Hut is about delivering the highest-quality products with unparalleled diversity in choice. Coupled with friendly service, you get an exceptional dining experience. Stuffed crust pizza is one of the most popular and innovative products in the pizza category worldwide and I am confident that this exciting product will be successful in India” 


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