Monday, August 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Government Museum in for major facelift
New sections on dinosaurs, evolution, pottery
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
In a month’s time, the Government Museum in Sector 10 will have further enriched its form and content. Following UT Administration’s comprehensive strategy to uplift the status of the museum and bring it at par with the best museums in the world, the authorities have started working towards further beautifying the museum’s collection and adding fresh sections to it.

In line with the UT Administrator, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob’s decision to make the city beautiful culturally and historically more vibrant, the museum authorities are all set to document history in style. The first major development is the addition of three new sections to the Natural History Museum in Sector 10. In a short time from now, the Natural History Museum will comprise three wings, titled The Dinosaurs of India, Evolution of Man through Ages and Nature in Art.

Sharing exclusive information with The Tribune, the Director of the Museum, Mr V.N. Singh, today said the UT Administration had appointed two experts to oversee the conception and development of new sections. The experts were Dr Ashok Sahani, Professor in Geology with Panjab University, who would look after the content and development of The Dinosaurs of India section. Another expert appointed by the UT Administrator was Dr J.C. Sharma, former Professor in Anthropology with PU. Dr Sharma would be in charge of the research to be conducted for Evolution of Man through Ages section. Both experts had been included in the Museum Advisory Committee which was reconstituted on August 1. Work on three new sections was going on in full swing, he added.

For the Nature in Arts section, many precious donations have been made. Mohali-based Mr Joginder Singh, who retired as Hawaldar from the Punjab Police, has donated 61 self-embroidered Chinese works for the new section dedicated to nature. All these works have been executed in a rare Chinese technique by Mr Joginder Singh, who presented these to the museum last week.

Meanwhile, research on the Dinosaurs of India and the Evolution of Man sections, is already going on. The Dinosaurs of India section will be enriched with paintings, posters, fibre glass and plaster cut models of dinosaurs, glass lights, models of dinosaurs' eggs, habitat and body form. Original fossils are also being procured. The Evolution of Man section will also have all above-mentioned features, along with hand and stone tools that marked the early ages of man.

Dr V.N. Singh further informed, "We are extensively touring Central India and the Shivalik Ranges to procure materials for the Evolution of Man through Ages section." The above-mentioned collections would be supported by museum's own ensemble. He informed that the Dinosaurs of India section would be ready for inauguration by October.

The museum is further in for a major uplift, with 100 pieces of pottery collected and procured from all over the world now adorning its pottery section.


PU to re-admit PUSU president
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Panjab University will re-admit the Panjab University Student Union president whose admission was cancelled recently for not having secured the required attendance of 33 per cent in the first 10 days of the current academic session.

The Law Department had cancelled the admission of Malwinder Kang for not having attended the required number of lectures. It was also pointed out by the department that the medical certificate submitted by him to the department was “fake”.

It is learnt that a decision with regard to revoking the order of the cancellation of admission was taken by a high powered committee which met under the chairmanship of Justice D.V. Sehgal. Other members included Dr M.M. Sharma, Mr Ashok Goyal, both fellows and Prof Bal Krishan, Chairman of the Law Department. Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath, another fellow, however, did not attend the meeting.

It is worth mentioning that the department had also cancelled the admission of six other students. However, those cases did not come up for deliberations at the meeting.

The committee has recommended cancellation of the order of the Board of Control of the department terminating the candidature of Kang. However, in order to protect the rights of the student who was next on the waiting list and had been admitted, the university will create a special seat for Kang, as per the sources.

The committee has decided that the facts regarding the case, which needed to be clarified, will be taken up in details before any further action. It is pertinent to mention in this regard that one of the main reasons for the cancellation of his admission was that he had allegedly submitted a fake medical certificate.

Kang had denied the fact and said he had said he was being treated by a doctor of General Hospital, Sector 16, and would submit the certificate later. The certificate on his record belonged to a private nursing home. The department senior authorities maintained that the document had been submitted by Kang but he denied it altogether.


Raiding parties sent to trace suspect
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
In the case of alleged kidnapping and rape of a girl in her 20s, who was later abandoned near the Sector 33 petrol pump on August 15 last, the Chandigarh Police has sent raiding parties to trace the suspect in Delhi, Panipat and other places in Haryana, where some relatives of the main suspect, Mr M.K. Jain, reportedly live.

The police is also working on the theory of involvement of more than one person in the crime. Though the victim in her statement before the illaka magistrate had named the owner of Kodak Computers in Sector 20, M.K. Jain, for being involved in the case.

Sources in the police said the actual number of people involved in the crime would be revealed only after the arrest of the owner of the computer centre. Mr Surinder Sharma, a resident of Sector 45, who had called up the Police Control Room had said he had seen the victim being thrown out of the car and he had chased the vehicle for some distance.

So far the investigations by the police were centred on the statement given by the victim. “ Since there was no second eye witness in the case, the police had to rely on the statement given by the girl”, said a police official adding that the chemical examination of the clothes of the victim and the swab samples were today sent to Patiala.

A thorough search of the car, which was reportedly used in the crime, had not revealed any circumstantial evidence. However, removing evidence like the glass in which the cold drink was offered or other circumstantial evidence to evade police suspicion is not being ruled out. The police suspects that the victim had been raped somewhere in Chandigarh.

Regarding the statement of the suspect’s family that he had returned home after playing golf and he had used Zen car, the police official said till the arrest of M.K. Jain, nothing could be said. The police is said to have verified the antecedents of the victim from the Himachal Pradesh Police. She is said to be hailing from Rampurbushair in Shimla district.

The victim, who is still under observation at the female ward in the Sector 16 General Hospital here was said to be reluctant to contact her parents. She has reportedly called her uncle on mobile.


Housing colony structures demolished
Bipin Bhardwaj

Panchkula, August 18
Coming down heavily on illegal colonies and other structures, the district administration today carried out a major demolition operation at Shalimar Estate, a housing colony, located in Alipur village on the Panchkula-Naraingarh highway, about 25 km from here.

The housing colony was coming up over 52 acres of agriculture land in the village for the past some years in violation of the Punjab Scheduled Land Regularisation and Development Act. The structures were demolished under Section 41 of the Act.

The coloniser had reportedly violated norms relating to the construction of the colony within a 2 km area in circumference from the outer boundary of the Industrial Area in Barwala developed by the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation. The area has been declared as “Notified Controlled Area” by the state government recently.

During the five-hour operation, main and internal roads, and a sewerage line were dug up besides removal of streetlight poles and signboards indicating the location of main attractions of the colony by an enforcement team of the administration, headed by Mr M.S. Yadav, Sub-Divisional Magistrate of the area. There were two police companies and a riot control vehicle to avoid any untoward incident.

This action of the administration shocked scores of investors who had invested in plots from their hard-earned money.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Ms Geeta Prakash, District Town Planner, said Mr R.K. Aggarwal, the coloniser, was given showcause notice under the provisions of the Act and was asked to reply within seven days from the issuance of the notice. He was also given a seven day notice warning him about the demolition, she added.

The authorities also said that the coloniser had continuously been advertising in print media for long to attract customers through wrongful means, which he could not unless by getting the colony regularised from the Town and Country Planning Department.

Mr Sanjay Sharma, brother of a Delhi-based investor Ms Saira Sharma, said they had approached the proprietor for a 6-marla plot after going through an advertisement in a newspaper in Delhi.

After corresponding to the company, they deposited Rs 30,000 in the first instalment and then got a “plot allotment” letter after making the payment of same amount. The coloniser asked them to make payment in instalments and assured them that they would get possession of the plot after three years. By then the colony would be developed completely, it was stated.

Mr Sharma was on his way from Manikaran to New Delhi and decided to have a look at the colony where his sister had purchased a plot. He was surprised to see the police and public gathered and approached the authorities there and enquired about the incident.

Mr Mohinder Singh, a local farmer who was also approached by the coloniser for land, alleged that R.K. Aggarwal, had been cheating investors from far-flung areas advertising it as a “Exclusive Modern Township”.



INDEPENDENCE DAY celebrations this time had a unique flavour. This even as protocol was breached on a few occasions. The good part first. To start off, two days ahead of August 15 it rained continuously bringing the temperature down.

The Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), did a jig when a cultural programme was being presented by school children. For the first time the Chandigarh Administration took a bold step that it will not honour any of its employees for meritorious services, as being done in the past.

Those to be honoured included cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Mongia and golfer Chiranjeev Milkha Singh. The three could not attend the function due to their own schedules, but were gracious enough and called up the officials to explain their positions. The awardees included weightlifter Nirmal Singh and a blind girl Robina Shiekh, whose collection of poems has come in for praise from even the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee. At the function, the Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, accidentally occupied the chair reserved for her boss, General Jacob. Red faced officials rushed in to arrange another chair. Before the second chair could arrive Ms Nanda was back to her own chair thus saving the blushes.

In the evening very few of the civil servants were in the ceremonial attire, that is the bandhgala. A senior IAS man commented either that the practice of the bandhgala should be done away with or be followed to the hilt.


Very rarely do IAS officers get a termination notice. But this has happened in the case of Dr Dilraj Kaur, who was serving in Chandigarh as Assistant Commissioner ( under training) between July, 2001, and May, 2002.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the officials of the IAS training academy at Mussoorie conducted a summary enquiry for the period she was in Chandigarh and submitted the report to the top officials from where the termination notice was served. The enquiry had found her acts as serious “ misconduct”.

As a patchup bid the woman IAS officer came to Chandigarh last week and asked a few middle-level officials to vouch for her “good work”. This was strange as the report was to be sent by top functionaries. Slowly word spread around and The Tribune , in its local edition, broke the news about the acts of the IAS officer.

Unusual scrutiny

Gays, if any, in the city will be put under an unusual scrutiny for the first time. Exotically termed MSM (men having sex with men) their ilk will of course, not be the only one to be put under the microscope of a survey, planned by the UT AIDS Control Society.

Female sex workers, truck drivers, street children, eunuchs and intravenous drug users are the other categories, which would be screened as part of an exercise of “mapping” the City Beautiful, to pinpoint the existence of sex workers in various pockets .

The exercise is being undertaken as part of the guidelines of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), to identify the high-risk target population for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

It would be for the first time that mapping of MSM would be undertaken in the city since medical experts regard them as potential carriers of STD.While the exercise of mapping is yet to start, it would be an interesting revelation for the city denizens if the gays make their presence felt in the survey.

Docs at risk

Call it a professional hazard , but it comes at the cost of putting their life at risk. In a tragic revelation, that is still sinking in a worried medical fraternity, dozens of doctors and paramedics treating HIV infected persons in the region have been exposed to the threat of contacting the killer disease.

The medicos explain it in terms of “accidental pricking” , which makes the threat of getting infected real, if not treated immediately. There have been instances when the unfortunate medicos, who have had an accidental prick come rushing to the PGI, for treatment as in the smaller towns the treatment and medicines are rarely available.

Tool kits

In order to make the inmates selfreliant and better citizen the Burail jail authorities in collaboration with the Jan Shikshan Sansthan and Municipal Corporation have provided 25 tool kits to inmates who have completed six-month course on scooter repairing and refrigerator and airconditioning.

The kits were handed over to Mr D.S. Rana, Superintendent, Central Jail by Mr Arjun Kamboj, Director-Incharge of the Sansthan and Mr B.S. Thakur, Section Officer, MC. These tool kits will be given to jail inmates on their release from the jail so that they may be able to start their own work immediately after release.

No info, no strike!

Students of Panjab University who sat on hunger strike in Model Burail jail had to face embarrassment when they came to know that the authorities were not aware about their strike.

After two days of their hunger strike the jail authorities informed the students that before observing a strike they have to inform the jail authorities about their agitation.

Police on hire

Now hiring cops of the Chandigarh Police for escorting cash of different government departments of Punjab and Haryana has become a costly affair. Acting on recommendation of the Chandigarh Police, the Chandigarh Administration has revised the rates.

To hire an Inspector, now the charges are Rs 640. Similarly, the charges for a Sub Inspector, an ASI, Head Constables and a constable have been fixed at Rs 621, Rs 507, Rs 436 and Rs 365, respectively.

The force at the revised charges would also be available for private security. A police official says that if the duty exceeds five hours during the day time and four hours during the night hours, the charges would be double. The police was also contemplating to provide force for exhibitions and melas but at a price.

Party time

It was party time for the inhabitants of Senior Citizens Home, Sector 43, as it was the birthday of Mrs Harbans Kaur Brar, widow of an army officer. Her grand-daughter had thrown a party for her and the other inmates who are otherwise forgotten.

The inmates of the home cheerfully wished the graceful lady, who turned 72. Her last birthday was celebrated in the command hospital as she had a fractured leg and is still recovering from it. She has been here for over a year and has to stay at the home as her four daughters are happily married and busy with their families.

Mrs Brar dressed in a beautiful white suit, sat cozy with her grand-daughter Rachna and her friend Bhavneet, both students of BA part III, while all the other inmates feasted on the delicious samosas, gulabjamuns, and of course, chocolate cake.

The occasion was made even special by a beautiful violin recital by another inmate Mr G.S. Saini. He played, ‘Hum Tumse Mohabbat Karke Sanam’, and then on special request came ‘Jane Kahan Gaye Wo Din’, which left some of the inmates with a heavy heart. Mr S.S. Sachdev also sang a song, ‘Sapnon Mein Mujhko Pyar Mila’, to grace the occasion.

Cops on test

The Punjab Police is learning its lessons well. The Mohali Police organised a written test for its employees asking them some basic questions about their profession. While for some of the 180 policemen who sat writing for more than two hours it was a tortuous experience, for many it was a cakewalk. Whatever their feelings, it was certainly amusing to watch dangerous looking Punjab Police men sitting like children on benches of a school on a Sunday afternoon and writing answersheets.

Cribbing goes on

Slum colonies in these parts of the region are probably the most spoilt lot. After two cases of acute diarrhoea were reported from one of such colonies in Mohali, the complete set of civic authorities was at their doorstep offering them the best possible medical help, clean drinking water and cleanliness. And yet the leaders of the colony were not happy.

Cribbing constantly about how heartless the civil hospital doctors were in not having paid for their medication, the leader type of the colony was clearly vying for power leaving the hospital authorities feeling sheepish. Maybe a kick in the rear to some of these leaders would have solved the epidemic problem in the colony better.

In any case, the way the recent outbreaks of various diseases have been handled in the city and its periphery, has been rather commendable. Considering that those living in the slums really don’t care two hoots about either cleanliness or that their habits can cause disease to others, the health authorities did a good job. And what the UT Adviser did was much needed. A good shout to these people and passing orders that if they do not keep clean, action will be taken against them.

Patience personified

Patience is a virtue not many policemen are acquainted with. But the SP Mohali seems to be amply endowed with this quality. In a recently held meeting with the senior citizens of the township the old men and women were relating their list of woes. Every list went on for at least 20 minutes and by the end of three hours, half the hall was empty and the rest sleeping.

But our Superintendent of Police was all ears, taking down notes and giving the right facial expressions to make the speaker feel that he was being heard attentively. A nod here, a smile there... all well done.


About two years ago a bridge on the seasonal “Patiali ki Rao” on the entrance of the city from Kalka and Chandigarh railway stations was inaugurated. But its aesthetic design does not match with the city beautiful says a spokesperson of the Environment Society of India (ESI). One explanation could be that the new bridge was an extension of the old bridge.

Now the Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (HAFED) has adopted the central verge and is engaged in landscaping and beautifying this area. The other central verge towards the Chandigarh side awaits sponsors.

There is another serious problem on this road. If you are motoring towards the city, as you approach the bridge, you will feel the jerks due to bumpy road. One has to drive carefully till levelling is done by the engineering department. A signboard “Road bumpy-drive carefully” can also be of some help.

Naag Panchami

As the month of August starts, so do the preparations for Naag Panchami. Snakes are captured in suffocating bags, kept in tiny boxes, are starved, have their teeth violently yanked out, many have their mouths painfully sewn shut and are brought into cities.

The snake’s venom duct is often pierced with a hotneedle, causing the snake’s glands to burst. Some snakes go blind because of the “tikka” applied on their hood during pooja, when it trickles into their eyes.

Lilyn Kamath of World Wide Fund for Nature India says: ‘The snakes are extracted from their burrows. Their mouths are stitched, their poison sacs punctured and fangs broken. They are then kept in earthen pots hung from trees until Naag Panchami.’

Because they are starved and kept thirsty, the snakes consume the milk offered to them. Nothing could be farther from their natural diet. Milk causes the snake severe dehydration and allergic reactions, and often dysentery. Most die as a result. Says naturalist Vijay Awsare: “The festival has always left behind a trail of dead and mutilated cobras. Nowhere have we heard of so many snakes being killed on one occasion”.

The snake’s skin is sold and made into a leather purse or belt. Some captured snakes are sold to hospitals and colleges for dissection or for a miserable lifetime cramped in a dark box only to be taken out for venom milking.

Another misconception is that snakes sway to music. However, snakes are deaf, and actually spread their hoods and sway in tandem to the movements of the snake charmer in an effort to defend themselves, an action which causes them exhaustion and terror.

If you see a snake charmer, you can book a complaint against him under the Wildlife Act as well as the 1960 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. As per the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, it is a crime to catch snakes do business with them or even own them. Under Section 11, Sub Section 1 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960: it is illegal to torture, cause unnecessary pain, or suffering to an animal: wilfully and unreasonably administer any injurious substance to an animal: keep or confine any animal in a cage or any other receptacle that does give an animal reasonable opportunity for movement; and illegal for an owner to fail to provide sufficient food, water, or shelter.

Inside job

As the competition among the newspapers to break news hots up in the city, the managements of some private business houses are employing wards of retired or serving bureaucrats as correspondents.

This, in the long run, would ensure regular channels of news from the bureaucracy.

A senior scribe told sentinal that such a practice had proved fruitful in getting inside information from the police.

Restricted area

Sector 10 is not considered to be a very safe area for girls. It is often said that any girl passing by that area, which houses a local boys college, should do so at her own risk. Only last week, a girl riding past the college on her Kinetic Honda landed herself into big trouble.

As she was striding past a group of boys on her vehicle, someone from among the group tried to get closer to the vehicle and catch hold of the girl’s arm. Although the girl managed to rescue herself while maintaining the balance of the scooter, she could not prevent a horrible scratch on her forearm, which started bleeding. Since such incidents have become common in the Sector 10 area it would be in the fitness of things to instal some police check posts there. That is the only way to check hooliganism, lest the girls should consider the area as “restricted.”




Loose wiring poses threat to residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Another danger is looming large over the Hargobindpura locality of Mani Majra, which faced a flood like situation recently, with most of the electricity wires passing through houses.

The wires are just a hand’s stretch away from houses posing a danger to residents, but there is no alternative as a large part of the locality does not have space for erecting poles.

The electricity department got as many as 150 complaints on the day when a wall of one of the houses gave in under the weight of wires.

The department personnel are now hooking the same line to another house where it will be tied to a cantilever.

Mauli Jagran, which also has similar wiring arrangement, however, was at greater risk due to kundi connections, a lineman said.

He claimed the lines were not dangerous as these were insulated thrice with leather, steel and PVC layers leaving little scope for a person or a wall to come in contact with a live wire.

Another problem is that of shortage of staff. The staff catering to 85,000 population of Modern Housing Complex, AWHO, Gobindpura, Mori Gate, Valmiki Mohalla and half the motor market has only 20 per cent of the required strength.

Most of the staff included administrative staff sparing few for field work. The department does not have proper infrastructure with the linemen and assistant linemen running around on cycles.

Staff of the centralised complaint centre launched on Friday had problems dealing with complaints when the lines were shut for carrying out repair.

Members of the staff said complaints were repeated at the centralised complaint centre and a person had to write these at the area centre before passing them on to the staff.

The centralised complaint centre needs to be informed before the department takes up a major repair work.


PUDA quotes astronomical sum for cattle pound land
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 18
The bid by the PUDA authorities to drive a hard bargain on the allotment of land for a cattle pound in the town has left municipal council officials tearing their hair, adding to the woes of residents troubled by stray animals.

PUDA has been quoting amounts which can only be termed as astronomical for a piece of land for developing a facility which it should have provided of its own volition as part of the town’s basic infrastructure. The latest letter received by the council from PUDA a few days ago quotes a figure of about Rs 72 lakh for 2 acres of almost worthless land which forms part of a choe.

The council has estimated that there are between 2,000 and 3,000 head of stray cattle in the town which not only are a traffic hazard but also damage property. In fact, a local organisation has even approached the court against the stray animal menace.

The council has been pressing PUDA for the past about nine months to allot land for the cattle pound. The PUDA authorities, who had agreed to provide 2 acres for the purpose in November last year, have been haggling over the price without even pausing to think that the facility is not only for the common good but that its own poor planning is responsible for its absence.

At first PUDA accepted Rs 1 lakh as token money from the council and agreed to give 2 acres for the cattle pound on a cost basis. The general house of the council then adopted a resolution clearing the proposal on the purchase of the land. Then in May this year PUDA decided to allot the land at the rate of Rs 1, 758 per sq yd, with the total cost coming to more than Rs 1.70 crore. The council straightaway decided not to shell out such a large amount from its kitty.

It is reported that PUDA then came up with a figure of Rs 12 lakh per acre for the same piece of land, but the council again showed its reluctance to accept the offer. Then came the recent letter from the PUDA Chief Administrator offering the land at the rate of Rs 750 per sq yd (a total of about Rs 72 lakh). According to indications, the council proposes to reject the high price at its next general house meeting.

Mr Kulwant Singh, council president, said today that the civic body was fed up with the attitude of PUDA, which had shown little interest in the cattle pound project. If the rules permitted, he said, the council might acquire land for the purpose on its own. He said it was the duty of PUDA to provide the necessary infrastructure. In fact, at the time of the allotment of plots to residents, the cost of the plot included the cost of providing the infrastructure. He said the market price of the land being offered by PUDA in the choe area was only between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh per acre.

The council senior vice-president, Mr N.K. Marwah, said the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had promised to provide land for the cattle pound with the council paying only a token amount of Rs 1 lakh. He said the existing cattle pound had a capacity of only 100 animals. Even though residents were facing problems, the council had no arrangements to keep all impounded animals. In fact, the PUDA authorities, who were responsible for developing the town, must set up the facility and hand it over to the council for maintenance.


Ex-servicemen’s body to raise strength
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Social Brotherhood Group of the All-India Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, at a meeting here today, decided to raise its strength by enrolling more members in the group from September 1.

The membership is open to the retired (up to the rank of Honorary Officer only), who are well settled, have their own conveyance and a residential telephone number. Only those ex-servicemen are given chance of membership who are interested in doing social work without any financial benefits, according to Mr Bhim Sen Sehgal, Chairman of the association.

The group had been formed with a view to project the bonds of brotherhood in the ex-servicemen community in particular and society at large at time when there is a complete degeneration of social and humane values.

Members of the group visit not only the ailing ex-servicemen and their families, but also senior citizens.The list of the group is circulated periodically among the members.

A meeting of the group is held every Saturday at which its activities are reviewed.


Booklet to educate farmers released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 18
“Debt Trap — Don’t Kill Yourself, Don’t Sell Your Land, Go to the Court”, a booklet prepared by the Movement Against State Repression (MASR) was released in Chandigarh today. The booklet, in Punjabi and English and free of cost, was simultaneously released by Ms Aman Sidhu, Mr Inderjit Singh Jaijee and Dr Gurmit Singh. The booklet advises farmers and labourers what steps to take so that they did not sell off their lands.

The MASR was planning to distribute the Punjabi version of the booklet in rural areas and the English version in the states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. A Hindi version of the booklet was also under way and would be distributed in states like Haryana, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh.

According to a press note of the MASR, it will release a list of more than 450 suicide cases from Sangrur district’s Moonak sub-division.

The MASR is a non-political voluntary action group working chiefly in the field of human rights.

The note claimed that their investigations into a large number of suicides by farmers had made it clear that the burden of debt had driven many farmers and farm labourers to end their lives. It was not uncommon to see debtors surrendering their land to repay loans to money-lenders or commission agents.


Vanamahotsava celebrated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
The vanamahotsava at Madanpur Group Housing Society , Tribune Mitr Vihar, was celebrated in association with Gurukul School, with great enthusiasm today.

Mr S. D. Bhambri, former IAS Officer and General Manager, The Tribune Trust, was the chief guest. He planted a sapling in the school campus alongwith residents of the society. The DFO Kandi Project, Mr B. S. Khokha, was also present alongwith Ms Rajni Thareja, Principal of Hans Raj Public School.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bhambri urged the gathering to plant more trees and to launch a campaign to save the environment. “God had created environment and human beings to stay in harmony with each other. However, there is an imbalance between the two,” he said.

Students of Gurukul School presented a cultural programme on this occasion. They also staged a play on saving environment.


Jhulan yatra celebrations begin
Tribune News Service
ISKCON devotees give a swing to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha on the occasion of "Jhulan yatra" at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
ISKCON devotees give a swing to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha on the occasion of “Jhulan yatra” at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, August 18
The local chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organised a religious function to celebrate the five-day annual “Jhulan yatra” festival at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36, here today. The function will conclude on August 22, according to Akinchan Priya Dasa Prabhu, a spokesman for the local unit of ISKCON. The programme started at about 7.30 p.m. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple on the occasion.



Residents threaten stir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Up in arms against the decision of the administration to allow the construction of a private school at the site of the Children’s Park in Sector 21, the residents of the area have threatened to initiate a legal action and launch an agitation in case the matter is not reconsidered.


Booked for stealing power
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
A Mani Majra resident has been booked by the Chandigarh Police for stealing power. According to information, an SDO (Electricity), Mani Majra, caught Ms Neelam Sachdeva allegedly stealing power. The suspect allegedly quarrelled with electricity staff. A case under Sections 353, 379 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 39 of the Electricity Act has been registered.

Scooter, car stolen
Vikas, a resident of Sector 40, has lodged a complaint that his scooter (CH 03 J 9355) was stolen from Sector 17. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered. In another case, Harkrishan, a resident of Sector 38, has reported that his Maruti car (CH 03 H 0309) was stolen from his residence.

Purse snatched
A scooterist snatched the purse of Ms Rajinder Kaur from Shastri Market in Sector 22 on Saturday. The complainant said the purse contained jewellery items. A case under Sections 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

Man beaten up
Mr Ajay Kumar Pandey, a resident of Sector 24, has complained that he was allegedly beaten up and threatened by Vinod Singh, a resident of Sector 21. The suspect has been arrested and booked under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC.

Couple hospitalised
A couple and their three-year-old child were injured when a cycle on which they were riding was hit by a truck near Mauli Jagroan on Sunday. The man who was driving the cycle, Puran Chand, received head injuries and was admitted to the PGI along with his wife, Radha, and daughter, Krishan.

Two persons namely Pardeep Kumar and Harinder Singh have been arrested for eve-teasing from Sector 55 and Sector 22, respectively. Both have been booked under Sections 292 of the IPC.


Bag stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
National Saving Certificates and Vikas Patra, valued at around Rs 1.50 lakh, cheques worth Rs 15,000, and some research papers were stolen from a bag lying in a car outside a house in Sector 43 late last night. The bag belonged to Mr Anil Grover, Professor of Astrology at Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan here.

According to the information available, the Professor in a complaint lodged at the Sector 36 police station said the thieves had removed the bag from his Maruti Car (CH-03-7039). The bag contained the cheques of fee of the students of Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, admission forms of students, affidavits and papers of his seven years of research.

The police has registered a case under Section 279 of the IPC.


Girl recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
A minor girl, who was kidnapped one-and-a-half-year ago from colony No 5 here, was today recovered with the arrest of Moti, alias Ajay, from Partapgarh in Uttar Pradesh. The suspect was declared a proclaimed offender on May 11, 2001.

According to information, Moti had taken the girl to Uttar Pradesh on the pretext of marrying her. He was today sent to 14-day judicial remand by the Duty Magistrate.

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