Thursday, August 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Contract mess brings CBI sleuths to PGI
Bungling worth Rs 26 cr alleged
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The CBI today conducted a raid on the PGI in connection with alleged bungling in awarding of three contracts worth Rs 26 crore to a Delhi-based firm, Ms Omaxe Construction Private Ltd., for the construction of Advance Eye Care, De-addiction and Cardiac Centre buildings without securing the approval of the competent authorities.

Sleuths of the CBI, headed by the DSP, Mr H.R. Chopra, seized a large number of documents from the office of the Superintendent Engineer (Hospital), apart from visiting the site of construction to verify if there was any violation in the specifications as per the agreement. An advance of Rs 1.20 crore was allegedly given to the company against the terms of the agreement.

According to sources, Rs 37 lakh was given by the PGI for the purchase of tools and machinery without submission of any purchase documents. “Interestingly out of this amount, Rs 26 lakh was given for the purchase of items valued at less than Rs 5000 contrary to the provision of the agreement ,” said an official.

On physical verification, the CBI found that Rs 20 lakh, a JCB machinery for excavation purpose, hypothecated to the PGI, was not found at the construction site. It was found that the use of a mechanical patching plant was allowed by the PGI Engineering Wing, while as per the agreement computerised automatic patching plant was to be used to ensure proper percentage of cement.

“We undertook physical verification of about 200 fire extinguishers installed in the New OPD building and Advance Paediatric Centre, as we had specific information that duplicate ones had been installed instead of the approved one from a reputed company,” revealed one of the members of the raiding party. He added that most of the fire extinguishers had no ISI mark or serial number, which could put human lives at risk.

The CBI party took the Engineering Wing of the PGI by surprise when they raided their office at about 11.30 a.m. The representatives of the UT Engineering Wing were also summoned to PGI by the CBI at the time of the raid. 


Gold rakhis with diamonds, rubies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, august 21
Rakhi is no longer a festival when the brother has to part with a hefty amount, as sisters are more than willing to shell out money to buy expensive ornamental rakhis, including those in silver and gold, to adorn the wrists of their brothers.

Though the local jewellers in the city have so far not caught on to the Delhi trend, where gold rakhis studded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, are the latest trend, but there are many who have attached a price to their rakhi, by substituting it with a gold bracelet. "During the past few days, the sale of our gold bracelets have suddenly gone up almost four times," says the owner of Talwar Jewellers, Sector 22.

Though none of the local jewellery stores have come out with special rakhis, Tanishq is selling gold rakhis with different coloured ribbons for a price ranging between Rs 495 to Rs 995. “Last year we had introduced rakhis in silver and seeing the good response we have them in gold this time, with almost a dozen buyers daily,” says Mrs Arvinder, manager of the Tanishq store, Sector 17.

Gilli has also brought out rakhis in silver and gold, but it is the cute little rakhis in silver from a British company, Fraser and Haws, available at all the Archies Gallery in the city, which is very unusual. These silver rakhis are priced between Rs 275 and Rs 500.

While these expensive rakhis with a price are only for the wrists of the grown-up responsible brothers, there is a whole range of rakhis adorned with teddy bears, Disney characters , little toys and musical rakhis to charm the fancy of the little darlings.

No doubt the latest trends are very much visible in the rakhis available in the market, but there are many who still wish to adhere to the more traditional and ethnic threads, which have the fragrance of chandan beads. The demand is not just for rakhis alone but attractive thalis, which have all the requisites, including small colourful pouches of kum kum, rice and sweets.

The small shops and stalls, selling the normally priced rakhis are, however, doing the most brisk business. They have rakhis priced between Rs 2 and Rs 40. “ I feel that it is not right to put a price tag on a rakhi, as it is the reflection of the sentiments and bonding between a brother and a sister,” remarked Seema, who chose a simple red silken thread for her younger brother.

The Archies rakhis at Rs 15, in a three fold envelope, makes the task of mailing much more easier, as one only needs to put in a small personal note and paste stamps. These rakhis are particularly popular with the college going teenagers, especially the hostelers.

The leading sweet shops in the city are being thronged by women folk, as they want to pick up their brother’s favourite. “There is maximum demand for motichoor ladoos, with angoori pethas, mal puas, rasgulla and kaju burfi, being the popular demand,” said Mr Neeraj Bajaj, owner of Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17.


Handcrafted ties that bind
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Students of Strawberry Fields celebrated Raksha Bandhan by making their own rakhis and tying them on each other. It was with a lot of enthusiasm and energy that they approached the exercise. In an informal setting the significance of the festival was discussed and children were encouraged to talk of what they perceived the occasion to be. The idea of making their own rakhis was exciting. Themes were identified and consensus arrived at. Each class chose a subject of their choice. The two-and-a-half-year-olds in Play Class opted for colourful butterflies in flight. Nursery went in for adventurous aeroplanes. Lower KG decided to lend some drama and action by going in for pirates and UKG felt it would be a good idea to replicate a character from a comic book. So it was bunny rabbits for them.

According to Aveena Sekhon, the craft teacher, the kaleidoscopic images, which emerged at the end of the day’s workshop where children used paper, sparkle, colours and glitzy star cutouts was a result of unleashed creativity. The sense of involvement was complete. Most of all, the sentiment behind the festival was apparent when they tied their chords of love and friendship to each other. Proudly showing off their creations they seemed to be silently pledging their togetherness. Some went so far as saying that they had found brothers and sisters “forever”.Back



HC asks Admn to file status report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Acting on a petition filed by a Shimla district resident who was allegedly raped after being drugged, Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Chandigarh Administration to file a status report regarding investigation. The Judge also fixed August 28 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

In her petition, the alleged victim sought directions to the respondents to protect her life and liberty. Accusing the Chandigarh Police of unnecessarily harassing her, the petitioner further asked for directions to transfer the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The police, she claimed, had “failed to react and investigate the matter in a proper and an effective manner”. The delay in investigation, she submitted, was “facilitating the criminal”.

Giving details, she stated that the “investigation was being handled by a probationary Sub Inspector”. This, she added, “went a long way to show the seriousness with which the police was handling the matter.”

Claiming to be just 21, the petitioner submitted that she had boarded the car of Sector 8 resident M.K. Jain from Sector 20 on August 14 but had lost consciousness after consuming a cold drink purchased by him. Later, she had found herself in Sector 16 General Hospital where she came to know about the rape.

Arguing on her behalf, the counsel for the petitioner stated that Mr Surinder Sharma had seen the petitioner being thrown out of a car at around 11 pm that day and had reported the matter to the Chandigarh Police.

Justifying the action of a human rights body — Lawyers for Human Rights International — in taking her away from the General Hospital, counsel asserted that the petitioner had requested the members to “help her in securing her life and liberty”. He added that the petitioner “left the hospital against the wishes of the doctors as she was nursing the feeling that they were not relieving her due to the pressure by the Chandigarh Police”.

Meanwhile, the local police has sent a notice to the victim's legal counsel. The notice directs the girl to be present at her Sector 44 residence or her present whereabouts may be intimated so that notice may be got served upon her, said police sources. The victim reportedly left for some place in Himachal Pradesh after filing a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

Meanwhile, the police has failed to make any headway in the alleged rape case as the accused, M.K Jain, is still at large.Back


Kashmiri Pandits to boycott Assembly poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the city and surrounding areas have decided to boycott the Assembly poll in Jammu and Kashmir in protest against the failure of the Centre and the Election Commission to provide them an opportunity to exercise their franchise in the city Punjab and Haryana.

This was communicated in a memorandum to the BJP National General Secretary, Mr Arun Jaitley, during his visit to the city last week by the local Kashmiri Pandits settled after displacement in the city and surrounding areas.

The local body of the Pandits — Kashmiri Sahayak Sabha — called upon the government to ensure the update of voters’ list, rectify the usage of the term “Tarak-e-Skunat’’ (voluntary surrender of citizenship) and create conditions so that members of the displaced community could participate in the elections, its President B L. Sadhu said.

Mr Sadhu said the city and surrounding areas had around 5,000 displaced Kashmiris.

The Panun Kashmir Movement representative said in the memorandum that the community was displaced, dispersed, territory-less and exiled, with the people living like a rufugee in their own country.

The angry voice of the community assumes importance in the wake of the Election Commission of India’s effort to set up booths for the displaced people around the country.

The community alleged that a large number of minors who left Kashmir at that time had become eligible for voting but their names had not been listed in the voter lists.

The community also alleged that it had not been consulted on the issue of elections either by the Election Commission or by the Centre or the state government in this regard.


4 kids hurt as truck hits school van
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 21
Four students of Class II of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, were injured, one of them seriously, when a van in which they were travelling overturned after colliding with a truck this morning on the road dividing Sectors 35 and 43 this morning. There were about eight kids in the van at the time of the accident.

According to police sources, the accident occurred at around seven in the morning. A case has been registered under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC against the driver of the truck, who managed to escape from the spot.

Eight-year-old Yushita Dalal, a student of Class II, received injuries on head and bruises on her body in the accident. She was taken to the GMCH, Sector 32, from where she was shifted to the PGI, where her condition was said to be stable yet serious. The other three students, who received injuries were identified as — Malvi Rekhi, Vidhushi and Meenu. They were discharged after first aid from the GMCH.

The Principal of the school, Sister Elsy, visited the children in GMCH in the morning. Talking to the TNS, she said she had spoken to some doctors at the PGI who had assured her that Yushita would be given the best medical care. When contacted, a senior official of the Education Department said the school authorities could not be directly held responsible for such accidents as they have no dealings with bus operators.

Yushita is undergoing treatment at the PGI. Her mother, Ms Manju Dalal, said she received a telephone call about the accident. Yushita is the only child of her parents. Her father, Mr R.K Dalal, is an employee in the Oriental Insurance. 


PUSU and SOPU cross swords
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The Panjab University Students Union has pitched its ‘battle-tents’ against the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) at the Law Department here today.

PUSU is seeking the university to re-admit the president, Malwinder Singh Kang, whose admission was cancelled due to not attending the required 33 per cent lectures in the first 10 days. His case was later recommended to be allowed by a high -levelled committee. SOPU on the other hand is saying that Kang had submitted a fake medical certificate as reason for failing to record the required attendance. Either his admission should be cancelled or all other students whose admission has been cancelled on the same ground should be re-admitted.

Both the tents are placed at a distance of about 15 yards from each other near the entrance gate to the department. There is a ‘bandobast’ of the UT police to prevent any untoward incident. Certain students from each organisation are sitting on a ‘dharna’ which both parties claim is indefinite.

The university, meanwhile, has announced no formal decision whether Kang will be re-admitted as per recommendation of a high-powered committee or whether his admission stays cancelled as per decision of the board of control of the department. The department chairman is understood to have met the Vice-Chancellor once yesterday again stating the department stand. A meeting was also underway this evening.

The university is, however, still to decide wether a final decision to this regard can be taken immediately or the case will have to be decided by the syndicate or the senate.

Harveer Singh, president of SOPU, while addressing a press conference said: “the medical certificate submitted by Kang should be made public and should be thoroughly checked by competitive agencies for its authenticity”. If found guilty he should be prosecuted under section 420 of the IPC.

Harveer Singh said “ if our rights are suppressed we will go to court and the strike will continue in the interest of the student community”. He said the allegation that “SOPU submitted an application saying Kang had submitted a false certificate even before he was called by the board of control was false. We had submitted the complaint only because Kang was present in most of the rallies during the period under question and could not have been medically unfit”.

Kang said he was open to verification of the authenticity of the medical certificate. He said other deserving students whose admission was cancelled should also be admitted. He said he attended rallies and met the authorities during the period under question because of student interests and also attended classes when his health permitted.


Indians prone to heart ailments
Homecoming for cardiac surgeon
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
“Even though the masses in India have very little access to basic health facilities, it is the cancer of corruption in the medical system which needs to be eradicated,” remarked Dr Arvind Agnihotri, a renowned Cardiac Surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital, USA.

The sentiments echoed by him stem especially from the fact that very few Indians have access, awareness and the means to afford proper medical facilities. “I feel very strongly about the issue of corruption in the Indian medical system, as there is prevalence of kickbacks, and it is only if the patient becomes pro active and seeks the best by empowering himself with basic medical knowledge that things can improve” remarked the young doctor, who is particularly excited to come back to his true home.

As someone born at Ludhiana, who has lived all his life in the USA, barring the first two years, he is particularly excited about his association with his home state, as he will be serving as a primary consulting cardiac surgeon for the partnership that the Fortis Hospital has with Partner Hospitals in Boston.

Specialising in cardiac surgery, he says there is a higher prevalence of heart diseases amongst Indians, as it has been observed that they are at a disadvantageous position because of smaller coronary arteries, as compared to Americans or Europeans. “As per studies conducted, Indians are prone to heart ailments due to a number of factors like genetic and environmental and it is by avoiding smoking and taking a healthy diet that it can be kept under check,” he said.

“I feel being part of this team from the USA, which has affiliation with Fortis Heart Institute, has given me a purpose to come back to my roots, which should have a positive influence for my home state, Punjab,” he says reminiscing his toddler days at his grandmother’s house in Ludhiana.

Though the second generation Indians in the USA, have a culture within a culture, but most of us would be more than willing to return something to our country, he says. “Though the percentage, who would want to come back to India, permanently would be small, but they all share the opinion that India is a very vibrant place, which is undergoing rapid transformation,” he clarifies.

He ends on the note that he would definitely want his son to learn his mother tongue and feel connected to his roots, which he never got an opportunity to do.


Delhi cops to question Madhu today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 21
The unavailability of woman cops in the district police prevented the Delhi police from questioning Madhu Sharma, wife of IG Ravi Kant Sharma, this evening.

It is learnt that the Delhi police had called up Ms. Sharma around 6 pm , informing her that they wanted to question her regarding the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case. Since her husband, IG Ravi Kant Sharma, is the main suspect in this case, the Delhi police wanted to grill her about the former’s whereabouts.

It is learnt that the police has now informed Ms. Sharma that they would question her at 12 noon tomorrow.


Employer duty bound to guard rights of women staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
When dealing with cases of sexual harassment at the workplace, the woman has a right to be heard alone and if she is not satisfied the victim has the right to approach the Apex Committee on such cases, said the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, while addressing a workshop on awareness of Rights and their Protection against Sexual Harassment at Workplace at UT State Guest House, Sector 6, here yesterday.

Ms Nanda further said it was the duty of the employer to prevent or deter the commission of acts of sexual harassment and to provide the procedures for resolution, settlement or prosecution of acts of sexual harassment by taking all steps required.

The Department of Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration, had organised the workshop. Ms Priya Narula, Advocate of Delhi High Court and Coordinator, Human Rights Law Networks, deliberated on the legal aspects of sexual harassment at the workplace. She said on August 13, 1997, the Supreme Court had passed a judgment called Vishaka Guidelines on sexual harassment at the workplace.

It provides a definition of sexual harassment, mechanisms to redress complaints of sexual harassment and steps to be taken by the employer and other responsible persons towards the prevention of such incidents at workplace.

The guidelines, Ms Narula said, direct employees to set up a complaint committee on sexual harassment to which women can direct their complaints. The complaint committee should have a woman chairperson, women as 50 per cent of its members, a third party representative, either an NGO or a person familiar with the issue of sexual harassment at work should be on the committee, she added.

Discussing the psycho-social aspects of sexual harassment, Dr Vidhu Mohan, Honorary Secretary, Indian Council for Child Welfare, said any unwelcome sexually determined behaviour such as physical contact and advances, demand or request for sexual favours, sexually-coloured remarks, display of pornography and any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature are sexual harassments if these occur at the place of work or wherever work relations exist even outside the work premises.

Touching upon the main reasons for sexual harassment, Dr Mohan said social structure which allows men to assume they have power over women, low economic status of women in the workplace, fear of job loss, hostility and social stigma which prevents women from breaking their silence about sexual harassment at the workplace are some of the reasons for sexual harassment.

Talking about the impact of sexual harassment, Dr Mohan elaborated that sexual harassment creates psychological impact such as anxiousness, nervousness, depression, low self esteem and suicidal tendencies. Emotional impact, namely, anger, disgust, fear, shame, guilt, confusion, powerlessness, revulsion and sense of violation also take birth in the sexually harassed women, she said. 


Jacob inaugurates SDM’s office
Tribune News Service

Area of SDM, East, CTU workshop Industrial Area Phase I Sectors 7, 26, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, grain market, Police Lines, Industrial Area Phase I, entire Manimajra, NAC, Modern Housing complex villages, Darua, Mauli Jagran, Kishangarh, Raipur Kalan and Makhan Majra.

Facilities :
  • New vehicles of people in the area will be registered here.
  • All revenue, executive and quasi-judicial work of area.
  • Issuance of residence certificate.
  • Matters relating to late issuance of birth and death certificates
  • Voter list verification.
  • Concerned patwaris and tehsildars will sit here.

Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), yesterday inaugurated the Subdivisional Magistrate’s (East) office in the building of CTU workshop in the Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh.

This office means the SDMs of respective areas will now sit in their own areas for better accessibility to the public of that area. At present the SDM (East) sits in the DC office in Sector 17.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, informed the Administrator that with the opening of this office, the work of the Deputy Commissioner and SDM office had been decentralised. He said in the new office of revenue, executive and quasi judicial work of areas pertaining to the SDM (East) office would be dealt with locally. The SDM (East) would be sitting in the office and he would be holding his court in this office only. He said that concerned patwaris and tehsildars of area under SDM (E) would be sitting in this office.

In order to decentralise the vehicle registration and decongest the vehicle registration branch, Sector 17, dealers and financers dealing with new vehicles will be asked to get their vehicles registered from the office from SDM (East.). Residents of the area falling under SDM (E) would be issued residence certificate from this office only. Similarly, matters relating to late issuance of birth and death certificates would be dealt here. The voters, list verification of areas falling under SDM (E) office would be also done in this office. Verification for the purpose of rehabilitation schemes under areas falling SDM (E) would be done in this office.

Sarpanches of the area, councillors and industrialists who were present on the occasion thanked the Governor for fulfilling their long pending demand by opening this office here.Back


BJP to protest proposed hike in water charges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The BJP will soon launch an agitation against the Congress on the proposed hike of water charges this week apart from issuing a charge-sheet on its eight-month rule in the Municipal Corporation and ‘’failure’’ of the Congress MP Pawan Bansal.

A meeting of top leaders of the local unit of the BJP has been called on August 25 to discuss a strategy on these issues.

A charge-sheet is being prepared to expose the Congress on its reported promise of a ‘’no tax regime’’ in the corporation and alleged corruption in the Municipal Corporation indicated by reports of councillors pressurising officers, party National Executive Member Satyapal Jain told Chandigarh Tribune today.

The charge-sheet is also going to target Mr Bansal for keeping mum on allegations of irregularities in the allotment of land to the Heritage Society, with which the local MP and the political secretary to Sonia Gandhi, Ms Ambika Soni, are associated.

The former local MP said the Congress was thinking of a hike when it had failed to provide safe water to residents of Sector 52, leading to the spread of cholera and had failed to handle road repair, water logging, and sanitation, displaying party’s incompetence.

Mr Jain accused the Congress MP and the party in the Municipal Corporation of ‘’mishandling additional funds’’ provided by the BJP-ruled Central Government.

He said the people had already been taxed twice through the imposition of paid parking and property tax and the third burden in the shape of a hike in water charges was going to be slapped on the people by the Congress.

Mr Jain said the hike in taxes was surprising at a time when the Central Government and the Chandigarh Administration had sanctioned an additional grant of Rs 17 crore to the Municipal Corporation.

The local unit President, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, Leader of the BJP in the Municipal Corporation, Ms Kamla Sharma, a senior leader, Mr Purushottam Mahajan, and Mr Mahajan’s predecessor, Mr Dharampal Gupta had yesterday issued a statement opposing the proposed hike.


Panchkula Red Cross adjudged best
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The Panchkula district unit of the Red Cross Society has been adjudged the best in Haryana in extending services to needy people.

This was revealed at the annual general meeting of the Haryana unit of the society held here today under the presidentship of Governor Babu Parmanand.

The Haryana Red Cross Membership Challenge Shield, Haryana Red Cross Fund Raising Challenge Shield, Priya Grover Voluntary Blood Donation shield and St John Membership Challenge Shield were also given to the District Red Cross and St John branches of Panchkula.

The Governor is President of the Haryana unit of the Indian Red Cross Society. The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, who is also the Chairman of the society, and the wife of the Governor, Mrs Sudesh Kumari, were also present in the meeting.

The Governor, his wife and the Chief Minister presented 128 shields, medals, plaques, souvenirs, special souvenirs and other prizes to various institutions and individuals for their outstanding performance in different activities conducted by the society.


Cartoons with a sting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The PPSC scam has finally struck an artist’s mind! Translating into art the consequences of a scam which has shaken the faith of the entire country, city-based cartoonist Chander Malhotra today justified his art, which is first supposed to reflect the society and later supposed to offer pleasure.

Choosing not to revel in the beautiful world of colours, while the face of the society stands blotted with ugly spots, Chander Malhotra today opened for public his third solo exhibition of cartoons, “Public Service on Commission”, at Kala Gram. Drawing content for his very-stingy show from the PPSC scam which hit the nation hard, both in the head and in the heart, Chander Malhotra, has put up pen and ink cartoons, although in his repertory he has many colour cartoons as well.

Mounted on the gallery walls are satires in black and white. From the first work to the last the whole show captures the entire PPSC affair in art, reflecting its grave consequences for the public through the medium of subtle artful satire, which stings the moment it is viewed and read.

A doctor by profession, Chander Malhotra, has been working on the theme for long. Sensitive as the theme was, it required a sensitive handling too. As the artist said today, “ The show is not a personal vendetta against anybody but an expression of public agony against corruption in society. That is what we, as artists, need to do. I see it as a way to spread public awareness.”

This cartoon show is perhaps Chander Malhotra’s boldest attempt. Having participated in various cartooning contests in youth festivals during his college days, he later went on to structure many cartoon shows on relevant themes. As far as Malhotra’s credits go, they are long enough to invite attention. Apart from over 60 awards upto the inter-university level, he has also won nine rolls of honour.

His first exhibition in 1987 during the Chandigarh Festival was organised by North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) and inaugurated by the then Governor S.S. Ray. For two years he ran a regular column with an Indian daily and then held his second show at Shimla during Himachal Utsav, again organised by NZCC in 1989. The third exhibition in 1992, titled “Miles of Smiles”, was organised at Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh. Then, inspired by the steep rise in prices of onions in 1997, he structured another show titled “The True Tears”, which was shown at IndusInd bank art gallery in Sector 8, Chandigarh.

The present show is being organised by the NZCC and can be viewed till August 30, between 10 am and 7 pm. It was inaugurated by Mr Ashwini Sekhri, after Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh’s visit was stalled due to some reason.


4 flats vacated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Coming down heavily on people who misuse flats, a team of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) got four flats vacated for alleged misuse in the Maloya rehabilitation colony here today.

The flats had been allotted to slums-dwellers more than 12 years ago. Eight shops had been functioning in these flats. The owners were given a notice to reply within 30 days.

During the hearing with the Secretary, CHB, there plea was rejected and they were served an eviction notice. Today the team got vacated the entire premises, including the shops and the area of the flats used for residential as well as commercial purposes. The flats were sealed and the CHB took possession. In the same area the CHB will be evicting about 20 persons. They have been given time for 48 hours to either close down the shops or face eviction.


Ex-servicemen meet SP in assault case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 21
A delegation of the Ex-Servicemen Grievance Cell, SAS Nagar, led by Brig Harwant Singh, visited the residence of Col S. Singh (retd) in Sector 12, Panchkula, on Monday. He was allegedly manhandled and assaulted by some residents of Ralli village on August 16. The grievance cell also urged the Panchkula Administration to take strict action against the assailants.

At a meeting of former defence personnel of SAS Nagar, Chandigarh and Panchkula, it was alleged that the Panchkula police took quite sometime in booking the accused and also did not register a case of trespassing and attempt to murder against the accused.

It was also decided to stage a dharna opposite the Panchkula DC’s office and the Chief Minister’s official residence if the “honour” of ex-servicemen was not restored.

The day and time of dharna will be decided later on.

Meanwhile, a delegation comprising Brig S.S. Khalon, Col H.S. Somai, Lieut Col Surjit Singh (president of the Residents’ Welfare Association, Sector 12, Panchkula), Wg Cdr I.S. Sodhi, Lieut Col J.S. Nakai, Lieut Col Sohan Singh, Mr Gurbaksh Singh Kahlon and others met Ms Charu Bali, SP, Panchkula and brought to her notice that the police had shown laxity in the case.

Lieut-Col Surjit Singh, in a press note, said the matter had to be taken seriously, as it was not the first time that a retired Army officer had been assaulted by anti-social elements.

The delegation also alleged that in the FIR, names of six to seven men and four women figured but the police had arrested only four persons.


Paid parking lot extended ‘illegally’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The parking contractor at the Anand Cinema complex today allegedly extended its area illegally to a free parking site inviting public protests.

The president of the Traders Association, Sector 17-A and B, Mr Kamaljeet Panchhi, said the contractor had extended the parking area to a site which was never auctioned.

He accused the contractor of using foul language against people who protested at the conversion of free parking into paid parking.

Mr Panchhi said the site was never advertised in the tender notice and the area did not have the signboard of ‘’MC parking.’’

He said, when challenged, the contractor could not provide the proof that the area was under the paid parking arrangement.

Mr Panchhi said the protest resulted in an altercation requiring police intervention. A delegation of protesters later met the Municipal Corporation authorities.

Traders claimed that the paid parking could not be imposed in the area as the complex had been handed over to a liquidator appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Ram Darbar residents get muddy water
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Residents of Ram Darbar fear the spread of water-borne diseases as they are getting muddy water supply.

The Ram Darbar unit president of the Bharatiya Valmiki Samaj, Mr Vir Sitaram Athwal, told Chandigarh Tribune that last evening also residents got muddy water supply like several times earlier.

He brought a bottle of water purported to have been collected from the supply line to show the colour of the water. He said a large number of residents had collected the water in buckets to show to MC officials the quality of water. He said unsuccessful attempts were made to contact officials of the Municipal Corporation.


Cheating case registered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 21
A case of criminal breach of trust and cheating under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC has been registered against Panchkula resident, Ashok Kapoor, as a cheque for Rs 61,000 issued by him was dishonoured by the bank concerned.

According to police sources, Ashok Kapoor purchased five air-conditioners for his shop situated in Sector 34. The complainant, Mr Navneet Sharma, a resident of Sector 4, Panchkula, reported with the police that Ashok paid Rs 19,000 in cash and issued the cheque for Rs 61,000 for the ACs but the cheque bounced.

Dowry cases
A resident of Sector 45, complained that her husband, Vinod Gupta, and father-in-law Bhagwan Dass, both residents of Dadumajra Colony, were harassing her for more dowry and even tried to outrage her modesty. A case has been registered under Sections 354, 406 and 498-A of the IPC.

Ms Sushma, a resident of Ram Darbar, reported that she was allegedly being harassed and maltreated by her husband, Shishu Pal, to bring more dowry, a resident of New Delhi. A case has been registered under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC.

PUSU activists held
The police has arrested two PUSU supporters — Kanwar Pal and Amolok — in a case of rioting, which had taken place at the Students Centre, Panjab University, in March this year. They were sent to judicial custody by a local court on Wednesday.

Couple booked
On a complaint of Mr Sunil Mahajan, a resident of Sector 19, a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against a Nayagaon-based couple, B.B. Arora and Prem Arora . The couple allegedly took Rs 2 lakh each from Anurag Kaushik, Dharamvir and Nishant on promise of sending them abroad. However, they neither send the three abroad nor returned the money.

House burgled
Mr Rajesh Mathur, a resident of Sector 23, reported with the police that his house was burgled on Tuesday and the thieves took away some gold items and Rs 5,000. A case has under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Car stolen
Mr Raman Gupta, a Sector 37 resident, reported with the police that his Maruti car (CH-01-Q-0072) was stolen from his residence on Tuesday. A case has been registered.

One arrested
Anil Kumar, a resident of Ropar district, was allegedly caught red-handed while stealing bicycle of Mr Amrik Singh, a Sector 30 resident, on Tuesday. Anil was arrested under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.


Pistol recovered
A pistol and a cartridge was recovered from a man on the GT Road, Ambala Cantonment on Tuesday.

CIA-I staff of Ambala recovered these from the possession of Suraj Kumar, a resident of Tundla village. Suraj Kumar has been arrested.


Six booked
Following the directions of a Panchkula court, the police has booked six persons of Jogewal Basti in Ludhiana for trespassing, beating up and threatening a local resident.

In his complaint to the court, Mr Pawan Kumar Sareen, a resident of Sector 2, had reported that Harbans Lal Kalra and others trespassed into his house and thrashed him up. A case under Sections 148,149, 325, 452 and 506 of the IPC has been registered.

Abduction case
In a case of abduction, the police has booked five residents of the Chouna chowk, Pinjore, on the directions of a court.

The accused namely Sanjeev, Deepak Mehra, Billu, Shakuntla and Krishan Chand have been booked under Sections 363, 366, 120-B and 506 of the IPC on the complaint of Ms Shankuntla, a resident of Shiv Colony in Pinjore.

Case registered
On a complaint of Ms Saroj Kumari, a resident of Rajiv Colony, Panchkula, the police has booked her husband, her father-in-law and a woman for dowry harassment.

A case under Sections 406, 498-A, 506 of the IPC and Section 34 of the Dowry Act has been registered against Rajinder, Roshan Lal and Karnailo Devi, all residents of Karnal.

Car stolen
Mr Rahul Kohli, a resident of Sector 7, has complained that cash and a stereo were stolen from his car (HR-30A-0002) that was parked in the courtyard on August 17.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered with the Sector 5 police station.

Held for gambling
The police has arrested Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Abheypur village, for playing ‘satta’. A sum of Rs 4,268 has also been recovered from his possession. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.


New model of 350 cc bike launched
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, August 21
When the motorcycle market is shifting its focus from 100 cc bikes to high-powered bikes, and Hero Honda and Bajaj Auto are trying to get a share in this growing segment, Royal Enfield, manufacturers of 350 cc bullet brand of motorcycles, has decided to introduce new models in the market to maintain its pace in this segment.

As part of its strategy to grab the growing market of high-powered bikes, the company launched its new model, Thunderbird 350cc cruiser, here today. The company claims that the new bike is designed ergonomically for comfortable long-distance riding without compromising on the city maneuvrability.

Mr R. Shankar, General Manager, Sales, said the company planned to sell 600 bikes of this model monthly, by the end of this fiscal year. The company would shortly launch road shows and test rides to promote the bike besides formal launching in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and other towns .

Thunderbird is powered by 350 cc and 4 stroke engine that would deliver 18 bhp and 5 speed heal-toe operated gears on the left side with right side braking and CV carburettor. It will be available in four exciting colours — Riveria, red, ocean black, purplish blue and silver ash.

He said Thunderbird would be the first ever bike from the company that would feature a conventional gear and braking system, making it convenient for 100 cc and 150 cc upgraders and aspirants, especially for those who wanted a powerful bike. The bike, without disc brake would be available , he said, at an ex-showroom price of Rs 67,750 in Chandigarh and Punjab, and the model with optional disc brake would cost Rs 71,750.

Promotion scheme

Hyundai Motor India Limited has launched unique promotion scheme for its Santro buyers, “Santro Lo, Bollywood go.”

Santro has from the beginning been associated with two icons — family and Shah Rukh Khan. Hyundai Motor India Limited is now gearing up to achieve market leadership by focusing on growing its marketshare in all segments. “Santro Lo, Bollywood Go” is a unique promotional event targeted at UP and Punjab customer centres.


Union demands security for truckers
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 21
The local Truck Union yesterday expressed grief over the murder of two truck drivers near Meerut on August 16 by some unidentified looters. The union leaders have demanded security for truck drivers. Mr Rajinder Singh Mann, president of the union, said Amar Singh and Bhim Singh had left for Ghaziabad on August 13 to deliver some goods there. 

Just before Meerut, the truck was stopped by some looters, who allegedly fired at the drivers, killing them on the spot. The attackers then took the truck along with the bodies to a link road and threw the bodies out of the vehicle.


Gaming and animation growing at fast pace
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Arena Multimedia, Asia’s leader in multimedia education with 260 centers in seven countries, today organised a seminar on “Games & Animation” at Government Museum Auditorium, Chandigarh, for students aspiring to make a career in this field and also for those who are taking up gaming and animation programmes.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rattan Gangadhar, animation artist – Discreet, said, “As a niche software company making software for revolutionising the art of film making and story telling, Discreet sees tremendous potential in the Indian multimedia industry. The multimedia industry has shown great buoyancy and growth at a time when the general market growth has shown signs of abatement. India has the inherent advantage of having low cost manpower, which has ensured a steady inflow of projects from countries such as the US where the cost of making an animated film is much higher than India.”

Arena Multimedia has alliances with leading software companies like Adobe and Macromedia. Recently, Arena signed up with Discreet, the global leader in integrated digital content creation, management and distribution tools. Arena Multimedia is the Discreet authorised courseware provider in India and provides extensive training on Discreet Animation and gaming courses.

The Indian Gaming industry is slowly but surely catching up with the average year-on-year growth of 50 per cent, the Indian gaming market could grow up to Rs. 500 crore over the next 3-4 years. With the growth of Gaming industry, requirement for skilled and talented games development specialists are bound to spiral. According to industry estimates, the nascent gaming industry in India is expected to absorb over 40,000 professionals by the end of 2002. The game industry recruiters require modelers, animators (2D & 3-D) programmers, game designers, level designers, game testers, user interface Artist and various other specialised roles such as Creative Director, Technical Director, Producer etc.

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