Sunday, September 1, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Datesheet waits for student poll
‘Principals of uncertainty’ take little risk
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Uncertain of the date of the students’ council elections that is to be finalised by the UT Administration, most college principals are yet to prepare the schedule for the September examinations of first-year students.

“We want to hold the examinations before the elections, since the post-election college environment is not good for conducting tests. However, this can happen only when the election dates are announced,” says Mr S.C. Nijhawan, Principal of the Sector 46 Government College.

Though the examinations have not been announced in the Sector 42 Government College for Girls as well, its Principal, Ms Vijay Lakshmi, says: “The college authorities will have a meeting to come up with a date in the first week of September. The student elections are also a matter of concern, since these can disrupt the examination schedule.”

The Sector 26 Sri Guru Gobind Singh College has, however, announced the dates. The examinations there begin on September 18 and conclude on September 26. “Our aim was to finish the examinations before the PU supplementary examinations began. However, we will change the dates according to the election schedule,” says Mr P.S. Sangha, Principal of the college.

In the Sector 32 GGD SD College as well, Dr A.C. Vaid, Principal, has announced the examination dates. “We can’t have more delay, since marks of these examinations will be added to the final scores. The sooner we finish these, the better, since we are still uncertain of the election dates,” he says.

In the Sector 36 MCM DAV College, the elections are central to all planning. “We have not even given the issue a thought, since we have to conduct only one-hour tests. Peaceful conduct of elections is what is on our mind,” said Ms Usha Gupta, Principal of the college.

Panjab University had reintroduced September tests, but left the evaluation to the colleges. The University Grants Commission lays down a rule for continuous evaluation, under which, 10 per cent of the marks scored in internal examinations will be added to the final score at the end of the year. While 4 per cent of these marks will be taken from the September-examination scores, 6 per cent will come from the December-test scores.



1 lakh unemployed in richest Indian city
All due to obsolete courses
Manoj Kumar
Tribune News Service

Biggest employer ignored

  • Service sector has 70 per cent share in the city’s economy, but no trained manpower here.
  • No new courses in banking, insurance, tourism, marketing etc.

Chandigarh, August 31
Most new jobs here are being created in the service sector (IT, telecom, insurance, banking, tourism, marketing, trading etc.), but the UT Administration still spends a bulk of its education budget on obsolete polytechnic and arts courses. Professional institutions here that offer training for joining the service sector are few, forcing students to register themselves as unemployed after graduating from heavily subsidised institutions that offer traditional courses.

On the other hand, employers in the service sector are unable to find suitable employees. Experts say that the Administration’s failure to discontinue traditional courses and introduce the required ones has affected the career prospects of the city youth.

Data collected by the Economical and Statistical Wing of Chandigarh shows that the city has the highest per capita income in the country (above Rs 45,000 per annum), but about 1 lakh persons here are still registered as unemployed. Most such persons do part-time jobs at low wages. By the year 2000-01, out of Rs 4,175.68 crore gross domestic product of the state at current prices, the production in the service sector was estimated at Rs 2,949.7 crore (about 70 per cent of the total production, including Rs 193.57 crore by the transport, storage and communication, Rs 554 crore by the banking and insurance and Rs 557 crore by the real estate business).

The share of the secondary sector (industry, construction activity and power and water supply sectors) in the city’s economy has increased marginally from 26.36 per cent to 27.23 per cent between the years 1993-94 and 2000-01. The share of the primary sector (agriculture and forestry) has declined from 2.8 per cent to 1.37 per cent in the same period. Experts say that, in this period, most jobs have been created in new fields.

Dr A.C. Vaid, Principal of the Sector 32 GGD SD College, says: “The education system has failed to keep pace with the job market. Though courses in biotechnology, functional English, computer science and management have been introduced, the system has failed to produce trained manpower for the new jobs.”

Out of the 87,780 unemployed youth (most of them working part time or full time at low wages) who registered with the employment exchange in 2000-01, 48,270 were untrained youth, mostly matriculates to college graduates without supplementary skills. The unemployed also included about 10,000 persons with technical qualifications.

Employers in the service sector want the Administration to close down some of the ITIs, polytechnics and arts colleges that have served the purpose. The city has more than 20,000 seats in arts colleges, 1,000 in the ITIs and about 7,000 in postgraduate courses. The courses have few takers in the job market.



Gun goes off, kills cop
Tribune News Service

Blood stains  at the entrance of the Sector 5 police station, Panchkula, where a police constable was killed
Blood stains (inset) at the entrance of the Sector 5 police station, Panchkula, where a police constable was killed, following an accidental shot fired from his own rifle. —A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, August 31
Mystery shrouds the death of a constable in the Sector 5 police station late last night.

Dev Raj (38) was on duty outside the Sector 5 police station last night. It was around 11 pm when a bullet was fired from his point 303 rifle. The bullet pierced through the chin of the victim and passed through the head. The police has termed the incident as an accident.

Senior police officials say the rifle held by the victim was uncorked. “The trigger was accidentally pressed by the victim and he died on the spot. He was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where he was declared brought dead” said the Additional Superintendent of Police, Ms Bharti Arora.

The Superintendent of Police and other senior police officials reached the police station after hearing the news. Since the victim was staying alone in the barracks on the police station premises, his family in village Saroa, near Garh Shankar, was immediately informed.

His wife, Ms Kuldeep Kaur, along with other members of the family, had arrived here. Members of his family said they got the information about the accident around midnight. They reached here around 4 am.

A post-mortem examination was performed in the morning. After the police initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC, the body of the cop was taken away by his family for performing his last rites at his village. He is survived by a son and two daughters.

Dev Raj had joined service in 1984 and had been posted at Panchkula for the past eight years.



Warrants against two in fake stamps case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Arrest warrants have been issued against two persons, Sarfaraz and Sachin in connection with the one-month-old case of seizure of counterfeit stamps worth at Rs 2.16 crore by the Chandigarh police. Both the suspects, hailing from Karnataka, used to bring the fake stamps from Delhi.

A team from the Industrial Area police station, which had gone to Karnataka, had verified the addresses of the two suspects, but they could not be located.

Sources in the police said that during the course of investigations, the main suspect in the case, Abdul Karim Telgi, who is said to be in judicial custody in Maharashtra, would be brought on a transit remand.

The police busted the interstate gang involved in the sale of counterfeit stamp papers operating from a Sector 35-based office, Quick Services following a tip off that the gang was trying to escape to Delhi after winding its operations in the city. The main suspects in the case, Gopi Nath Nayyar, Sahil and Sanjay, were arrested.

A police official said clients of the company, Quick Services, included insurance companies and other private institutions in

Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The entire operation was being run by Karim Bhai, who was behind the nation-wide network of sale of counterfeit stamps and revenue papers worth Rs 700 crore.

The modus operandi of the company was to show a fake vendor licence to their customers. The money was accepted in form of cheques.

A case under Sections 258, 259, 260, 420, 467, 468, 474, 473 and 120 B of the IPC was registered at the Industrial Area police station.



Heritage land issue: BJP challenges Cong 
for a debate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The local unit of the BJP led by former MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain and its president Mr Yashpal Mahajan, today asked the Congress for a public debate on the issue rather than level personal allegations.

The BJP today asked the Congress chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to seek resignations from her Political Secretary Ms Ambika Soni and Congress National Secretary and local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, for getting a piece of land for running a school by ‘’influencing’’ officers. When asked who were these officers, Mr Jain said, they would reveal the name within one week and send a detailed complaint to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The last date for receiving applications was extended and various other benefits were given to the Heritage society, he alleged.

“Ms Sonia Gandhi must apply the yardstick of political propriety to her own party in this case before seeking resignations of BJP ministers on petrol pump and land allotment issue,’’ the BJP national executive committee member and in charge, Uttaranchal, Mr Satyapal Jain, said at a press conference this afternoon.

Mr Jain sought to involve Ms Sonia Gandhi in the affair asking her whether it was proper for a senior Congress leader like Ms Soni to draw benefits from two places — at Delhi as a Rajya Sabha member and at Chandigarh as an allottee of land claiming to be social worker in the later case.

Stretching his argument of political ‘propriety’ Mr Jain asked the Congress reply to the fact that the land was allotted for the running of a school to those people who neither individually nor collectively had anything to do with matters related to education. Mr Bansal should have been fighting to get lands for genuine education institutions.

Mr Jain asked the Congress leaders why there were only family members in an education society and none of the educationists in the city, even those owing allegiance to the Congress, was thought to be able to be included in the society. He asked the Congressmen to refrain from making personal attacks.

He said the 10 acres of land in Dera Bassi was owned by Mr Yashpal Mahajan and his sons. This was purchased in January 1995 and by linking the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Lal Krishan Advani, the Congress was spreading false rumours. These were to divert the attention of the members of the public. The party also would have no objection if Mr Bansal and his society would have purchased private land, he added.

Meanwhile, the local unit president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurpratap Singh Riar, today demanded that the case of land allotment to the Heritage Society led by Mr Pawan Bansal and the issue of land ownership near Dera Bassi by a BJP leader, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, be handed over to the CBI for a probe.



BJP meeting on land allotment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The BJP has called a special meeting of the ad hoc committee tomorrow to chalk out a programme for intensification of an agitation against the allotment of land to the Heritage Society involving the Political Adviser to Ms Sonia Gandhi, Ms Ambika Soni, and the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal.

The agitation will also highlight the ‘’betryal’’ of the Congress with the people of the city by imposition of paid parking, property tax and hike in water charges.

A party release indicated that the battle for the cancellation of plot allotted to the Heritage Society would continue for months.

The release said, “The committee will discuss as to how the agitation is to be sustained for days and months.’’ The party also held discussions on the preparation of a prabhat pheri in Sector 40 on September 1.

The party has already started mobilising public on the issue of land allotment culminating in the first phase into a dharna in front of the Municipal Corporation yesterday.

The allotment has already been challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court through a public interest litigation.



CVM supports Cong in MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Congress consolidated its position in the Municipal Corporation with two of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) councillors toeing its political line.

While the BJP was holding an expose-Congress rally outside the MC office against the hike in water charges and land allotment to local MP Pawan Bansal, CVM members Devinder Singh Babla and Vijay Singh Rana criticised the BJP for “preparing for Lok Sabha elections.” The CVM general secretary Mr Babla said, “Mr Jain was dragging the whole party into a baseless affair keeping in mind the Lok Sabha elections.”

Mr Rana was also present in the Mayor’s chamber, along with Mr Subhash Chawla and other Congress councillors.

Mr Babla, when asked whether the party members were going to join the Congress, said “We support the party on issues and there was no merger in the offing.”

The three-member CVM had earlier supported the resolution for suspending two BJP councillors, Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Ms Kamla Sharma, for disturbing the House proceedings.

The open support of the CVM councillors has come as a shot in the arm for the 13-member Congress in the MC.

Four members of the BJP and the SAD have now been completely sidelined in the House as nine nominated members had been unitedly opposing “disturbing and regressive tactics of the BJP.”



Ex-servicemen ‘being denied’ free treatment facility
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The All-India Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare Association has alleged that the General Hospital, Sector 16, and city dispensaries, were charging for services from ex-servicemen. This despite the fact that the Administration had issued directions regrading free treatment for ex-servicemen.

Mr Bhim Sen Sehgal, chairman of the association, said instances have come to light where the ex-servicemen and their families are being charged for the treatment in the General Hospital, Sector-16, and its allied dispensaries. Such charges are collected as registration fees and for carrying out various tests. This is occurring as most of the medical officers and staff are not aware of the instructions issued by the Chandigarh Administration regarding the free treatment of ex-servicemen pensioners.

It is for the general information of all the ex-servicemen pensioners and their dependents that they are entitled to free treatment in the General Hospital Sector 16, Chandigarh, and its allied dispensaries in the UT, Chandigarh on Punjab pattern as per the instructions issued by the Administrator Chandigarh, to the Secretary, Health, Chandigarh Administration. The first instruction had been issued in 1989 and a reminder of the same was sent by the Director, Health Services, to Association in 1995.

A communication in this respect was also received by the association from the Director, Health Services, Chandigarh Administration. Hence, all the ex-servicemen pensioners and their entitled dependents are advised to avail the free treatment facilities available in the General Hospital, Chandigarh, as well as its allied dispensaries.

The-ex-servicemen are not required to pay any registration fee or any charges for various tests being conducted, including ECG, X-rays, and further they are entitled to get free prescribed treatment if available in the store of the hospital or the respective dispensary.

To avail this facility, the ex-servicemen pensioners are required to produce the discharge book with pension book or any other documents issued by the District Sainik Welfare officer, Chandigarh or the All India Ex-servicemen Welfare Association as a proof of the fact that the concerned individual is an ex-servicemen pensioner only, the association said.



Ex-servicemen welfare panel holds meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Social Brotherhood Group of the All-India Ex-servicemen Welfare Association held a meeting here today to discuss issues related to ex-servicemen and gave suggestions.

Members of the association urged the association to take up a few points with the Central Government, Mr Bhim Sen Sehgal, chairman of the association said.

One of the main demands was that ex-servicemen pensioners be provided free specialised treatment for heart diseases, cancer, renal diseases and hip-knee joint replacement for which there was no provisions for ex-servicemen pensioners. At present no such treatment is provided to the ex-servicemen either at the Military Hospital or Civil Hospital except those who are covered under medical insurance scheme.

Provisions should be made for re-imbursement of expenses incurred by the ex-servicemen pensioners and their families for their treatment at the Civil Hospital of recognised repute as at present no such facility is being given to them.

The Government of India should increase the pensions of the senior citizens ex-servicemen after crossing the age of 65 and 70 respectively by 5 per cent and 10 per cent on the pattern of the Punjab government for pensioners.

Lastly the members suggested that all community centres situated in ex-servicemen-dominated sectors be handed over to the association of ex-servicemen as there is no place for entertainment or holding meeting by the ex-servicemen and their families.



‘City ready to convert to LPG as auto fuel’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The environmentalists, if not the Administration or the Judiciary, should be alarmed by the fact that two wheelers and other vehicles have started increasing pollution levels in the city.

Experts say that since the city enjoys highest per capita income in the country, people should be prepared to pay a ‘little extra’ to enjoy clean air.

The alternative fuel, they say, is not just the CNG or unviable batteries but the LPG which causes much lower pollution than diesel or petrol.

Mr N.K. Puri, Director (marketing ), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), said the corporation was ready to provide the LPG as an alternative fuel for Chandigarh and other cities provided the administration or the judiciary made it mandatory. Courts have already issued guidelines for nine cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, for using alternative fuels.

Mr Puri was in the city today to launch branded ‘power’ petrol and 5-kg LPG cylinders in the region.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, he said, ‘‘Once the government deregulates LPG prices, it may emerge as an alternative auto fuel provided the government or the judiciary made it mandatory. Since there were no supply constrains due to abundant supply in the neighbouing countries, the corporation can provide it in cities like Chandigarh.’’

He said that the total domestic production was 7 metric tonne against a demand of 7.5 lakh tonne. However, at the western and southern coasts there were sufficient facilities to unload LPG from other countries from where it could be supplied to this part as well.

Mr Puri claimed the HPCL was targeting the rural markets for the LPG. It had launched 5-kg LPG cylinder for this segment and ‘power’ petrol for discerning vehicle owners.

The company had also launched its retail brand ‘Club HP’ to offer additional services to customers at selected outlets which would provide quick-care point, digital air towers, vehicle finance and payment through ICICI credit cards.



Flight safety trophy presented
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta, today called upon the Army Aviation Corps to remain battle worthy with excellence in flight safety norms. He was addressing the annual Army Aviation Corps conference held at the Western Command Headquarters in Chandi Mandir today.

General Mehta presented the flight safety trophy to 14 Reconnaissance & Observation flight for having been adjudged the best flying unit in the command zone for the year 2001-2002. Maj P. K. Mishra received the trophy on behalf of his unit.

The trophy is awarded on the basis of operational proficiency and flight safety achievements. The General felicitated the R&O unit for the honour bestowed on it.

The Chief of Staff, Lieut-Gen H.S. Kanwar, who chaired the conference, congratulated the Army Aviation Corps for carrying out an excellent job during the year. Army Aviation, with its effective deployment and performance in Operation Parakram, would prove to be a force multiplier in future operations.

He also emphasised the need to promote flight safety which was an end product of synergised efforts of the aviators and the ground staff involved in operation environment.

Senior officers from the Army Headquarters and representatives dealing with aviation matters attended the conference.



Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations
Tribune Reporters

KRISHNA ARRIVES: Devotees light lamps in ISKCON Temple, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Saturday, to mark Janmashtami. — Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, August 31
Even though majority of city residents had celebrated Janmashtami yesterday, a large number of devotees thronged Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math in Sector 20, besides the Sector 36 temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), where the jubilations were held today.

After the sunset residents saw Sree Krishna and Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabu’s ‘leela’ at the math. So much was the rush that the traffic almost came to a standstill and cops had a tough time controlling vehicular movement.

In Sector 36, Janmashtami celebrations started with ‘Mangla aarti’ at 4.30 am followed by a ‘nagar kirtan’, ‘sringaar aarti’, and ‘guru puja’ of founder Acharya.

A two-hour discourse on Lord Krishna was followed by ‘kirtan’, ‘pravachan’ and distribution of ‘Krishna prasadam’ along with ‘Srila Prabhupada’ and ‘deep daan’ by 108 families.

The main attraction of the programme was the ‘108 kalash abhisheka’ in the evening followed by ‘mahaabhisheka of Sri Radha Madhav’ at midnight. Prasad was also distributed at midnight.

PANCHKULA: Various schools and social organisations today celebrated Janmashtami with religious fervour.

At DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, tiny tots presented skits, dance sequences and devotional songs. Attired in colourful costumes as Radha, Krishna and gopis, students looked stunning.

Janmashtami celebrations were also organised at the Sri Sanatan Dharam Radha Vrindavan mandir, Sector 12. A ‘prabhat pheri’ was held in the early hours of the morning followed by ‘aarti’ and ‘kirtan’.

A Krishan ‘raas leela’ was also held.



Paramour behind bars, woman in Nari Niketan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
It was a ‘love story’ which landed a 23 year-old paramour of a married woman behind bars. The youth, Avtar Singh, a resident of Baterla village, had allegedly eloped with the married woman, hailing from Garhwal in Uttranchal and her two children in April 2001.

The woman, Makni Devi alias Madhu, was living with her husband and children in a rented house of Jasbir Singh, father of Avtar Singh. Within few months the youth developed extra marital relationship with the married woman and eloped with her. They started living at Anandpur Sahib. The name of the woman was changed to Jaswinder Kaur and her two boys, aged three years and seven years, were converted to Sikhism. Avtar Singh started working with a private company at a salary of Rs 3000 per month.

According to the police, the suspect had been declared a proclaimed offender at the Sector 39 Police Station on December 10, 2001. The man and the woman were living in a rented accommodation of Rs 300 per month at Anandpur Sahib. On getting information, Avtar Singh had been arrested. The husband of the woman, Rajinder Singh, working at hotel in Sector 20, refused to accept his wife, the police then today sent the woman to Nari Niketan.



Sector 16 market — home to rickshaw-pullers

SECTOR 16 in Chandigarh is known for its VIP status. However, the condition of the market complex in this sector is so pathetic that it looks like a slum or a dirty village. The whole market is flooded with rickshaw-pullers who cook food, take bath, wash clothes and sleep in the complex.

If you go there early morning, you will really feel pity for the rickshaw-pullers who carry water-filled bottles and look for a place to attend nature’s call. Some of them brush on the roadside, some take bath while others cook their meals. One can see an array of wooden benches lying next to the boundary wall of the Gandhi Samarak Bhavan in which all their stoves, beddings, clothing and utensils are stored. In the evenings, the verandah of the market gives them shelter to sleep. It is very difficult for late evening customers to move in the market freely. It becomes very odd for ladies to pass while a person is lying or moving about just in underwears.

These pheriwalls make the footpath dirty and crowded. Somebody sells bananas, eggs, vegetables while some make paranthas. They also contribute to noise and air pollution.

I request the authorities concerned to look into the matter and relocate them at some other place.

Parvinder Jit Singh, Chandigarh

Checking cholera

Cholera has not yet been contained in Chandigarh. There are apprehensions that it may spread to areas where sanitary facilities are far from satisfactory. The authorities should examine whether the samples of stool of the patients show cholera vibrio organism which is the causative agent, though the disease may resemble other waterborne diseases like acute dysentery, loose stools and gastroenteritis. There is need to set up a task force to contain the outbreak, lest it will take the shape of an epidemic.

The creation of slums around Chandigarh with no effective sanitary facilities is one of the reasons for the outbreak of cholera. Vibrios enter through the oral routes, generally through the medium of food and drink. Therefore, the following preventive measures are necessary to contain the disease.

First, the authorities should ban indiscriminate defecation in the open. Prompt action in this regard is a must so that flies do not come in contact with the night soil and thus prevent their breeding.

Flies are mainly responsible for the spread of cholera as they make the food infected by mechanical transmission. Secondly, effective control of flies should be done at vulnerable places by spraying DDT etc. Thirdly, the use of boiled water for drinking purposes/washing dishes etc., is a must. Fourthly, the isolation of cholera cases and segregation of contacts is of high importance. Fifthly, all sources of water supply must be fully protected and chlorinated before they reach the common taps or the people.

Sixthly, the food should be cooked well and properly protected from flies, dust etc. Seventhly, people should avoid food that may cause indigestion. Food in a state of decomposition will have to be discarded. Eighthly, anti-cholera inoculation should be arranged on a war footing in the infected areas. The vaccine takes five days at least to develop effective immunity. And finally, there is need to spread awareness among people about cholera and other diseases through public health education programmes by the government and voluntary and community organisations.

N.C. Chopra, Chandigarh

Littered streets

The report that the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has decided to come down heavily on litterbugs is encouraging (Chandigarh Tribune, August 7). The authorities will be issuing challans to the residents violating the provisions of sanitation by-laws. This is indeed a praiseworthy step.

In SAS Nagar too, people have the habit of throwing garbage in the open. One can see bags of garbage, kitchen waste in front of the houses, flats, apartments and even on the middle of the roads. Our Chandigarhians have not spared even the well-maintained parks. Only a few residents hire the services of private men for proper disposal of garbage.

The authorities concerned at SAS Nagar should take steps for the proper disposal of garbage. Those violating the rules in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar or Panchkula should be fined so that they do not throw garbage at public places, roads or street corners. SAS Nagar has an educated and advanced society. People should maintain cleanliness so that they are not forced to obey the laws in this regard. I also request the residents not to throw garbage in the streets/ parks nor allow others to do the same so that the beauty of Chandigarh and SAS Nagar does not suffer.


Ignoring merit

It was a pleasure to see talented children dancing in Chandigarh’s Tagore Theatre on August 23. As a viewer, I could see the hard work done by children, pains taken by teachers and the initiative taken by the school authorities to prepare their students for the dance competition organised by Kandhari Beverages. The colourful costumes, heavy jewellery, catchy music and the children’s faces full of expression made the environment lively and impressive.

However, at the end of the competition, we got a rude shock for which we were not prepared after such lovely performances. The prize distribution was a farce and it appeared that the authorities had made up their mind before the start of the function to whom they should give the prizes. The deserving participants like team “C” were totally ignored so as to accommodate near and dear ones of the people who had a say in deciding the prizes.

Not only the adult audience but even the innocent children noticed it and we, as a neutral audience, could not accept this. Through this letter, I would like to make the readers of The Tribune and others aware of such partial decisions made by learned people acting as judges.

Bhupinder kaur, Harpreet Kaur and Avinash Khepar, Chandigarh

Bitter experience

I had a bitter experience when I was travelling from Ambala cantonment to Jagadhri on August 27 by the Yamunanagar depot bus No 1025. My tickets bore the number (656862 of Rs 20 denomination and 787667 of Rs 3). However, I could not reach the destination due to the breakdown of the bus near Saha. I, along with co-passengers, Mr Daljit Singh and Mr Satish Kumar, boarded another bus on the advice of our bus conductor who signed on the back of our tickets and stopped the bus (No CH-01G-8817 of CTU).

Surprisingly, we were forced to buy tickets for the remaining destination of our journey by the CTU bus conductor for no fault of ours. Our repeated pleas to the conductor that we have already purchased tickets were in vain.

Balbir Singh, SAS Nagar

Student politics

Schools, colleges and universities are temples of learning and knowledge. But politicians have spread the net of their dirty tricks in these sacred institutions also. The present atmosphere at Panjab University and the ongoing hunger strike by different student organisations are avoidable.

Forcing authorities to fulfil unjustified demands through agitational methods is totally against the spirit of the hunger strike. Students should refrain from such activities as they will lose precious time and their studies will be affected.

Mehak Minhas, Chandigarh



Kids section for British Library
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 31
The British Council Library is going to introduce a children section as also few other services.

A team from the British Council, New Delhi, comprising Mr Greece Conecher, first secretary, State, British Council, India and Mr Justin Gilbert, Deputy Director, State, South Asia, visited the British Library recently.

The team has okayed the plan for extension of the library both in terms of space and services provided by it.

“Now we are on the lookout for a proper place to house the library which, with its new additions, will need double of its present space,” said, Mr Sushant Banerjee, manager of the library.

Other than the children section, major attractions of the new library include an increase in the number of membership and opening of centers for International English Language Testing System (IELTS), English Language Teaching (ELT), Young Learners English (YLE) and Basic English Teaching.

The library will also organise an open house session on September 7 to give detailed information on various scholarships and training schemes.

The schemes include the British Chevening Scholarships for 2003 which provides over 120 scholarships for the Indian students and the professionals to study or train in the UK.



Parents’ association flays MCC, Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
A meeting of the Residents Welfare Wing of the Chandigarh Parents’ Association was held here today in which residents criticised the working of the Municipal Corporation and the Chandigarh Administration.

Both came under criticism by members of the association who said that the bodies had completely failed to maintain cleanliness, roads, parks, and street lights in the city and villages within the jurisdiction of Chandigarh.

Demanding immediate attention, the members said there were no street lights in many sectors for the past two to three months, including main roads. No repair work had been carried out despite repeated requests, they said.

The city was stinking due to the wrongly positioned garbage bins which were not cleaned for days together, thus giving a foul smell in the area, they added.

Stray animals like cattle and dogs caused accidents and dog-bite incidents were on an increase.

Parks for the children were mostly occupied by police personnel and in same places, the residents had also encroached upon these.



Indian economic centres ‘prime Pak targets’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
In any future war with Pakistan, India’s economic and industrial centres will be the prime enemy targets, opined Ms Monica Bibbly Sood, chairperson of the National Unity and Security Council, while delivering a talk on “ How real is the threat of Nuclear war from Pakistan here yesterday.

The growth of India into a strong industrial nation would spell doom to the economic supremacy of the western World. The nuclear war looked imminent because the genesis of the ideological conflict lay in the economic differences.

No nation can win such a war, however, peace-loving or neutral, she added.



R.S. Gujral
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The UT Home Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, will be away for one week for training starting on September 2. In his absence, the Finance Secretary, Mr Karan Avtar Singh, will look into urgent matters, if any, an order of the Chandigarh Administration said yesterday.



Booked for defacing public property
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
A special drive to check defacement of public property has been initiated by the Chandigarh police. At least two cases under the Defacement Act were registered at the Sector 3 police station today.

A case against the panchayat of Khuda Ali Sher for sticking posters of wrestling bout near the Sukhna Lake and another case against Gaytri Tutorials of Sector 14 have been registered. According to information, all police stations have been instructed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi, to check the defacement of public property in the city.

Action was being taken only against advertisers sticking circulars, notices and handbills on the signboards, road signs, sector guide maps, besides bus stops and other places where public information had been scribbled. A police official said action was being taken under the West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act as extended to Chandigarh.

The decision to act against the violators is significant as the police had received a number of complaints against the concealment of information under the posters and bills. In their complaints, the residents alleged that besides ruining the city’s beauty, the posters had made it impossible for commuters to read sector numbers painted on the signboards and the bus shelters.

The violators were liable to be fined Rs 500 to Rs 1000 or sentenced to simple imprisonment for three months in default of payment.



CTU driver booked for cheating
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, August 31
A case of cheating has been registered against a CTU driver. He has allegedly taken Rs 15,000 from a resident of Darwa village on a promise of getting the latter’s son enrolled in the public transport.

As per a complaint lodged by Mr Surinder Kumar, General Manager, CTU, Bhura Singh, Driver (No. 296), had taken the amount from Mr Kali Dass. A case has been registered under Section 420 of the IPC.

Held for eve-teasing: Darshan Kumar, a resident of Sirsa (Haryana), and Rinku, a resident of Hallo majra village, were arrested from near the PGI and Math Mandir, Sector 20, respectively, on charge of eve-teasing on Friday evening. Cases under Section 294 of the IPC have been registered.

Scooterist hurt: Mr Om Prakash, a resident of Sector 49, was injured after the scooter he was riding was hit by an unidentified vehicle near traffic-light point of Sectors 20 and 30 on August 28. He was admitted to the PGI and a case registered under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.

Case registered: The police has registered a case against two unidentified persons on the compliant of Subhash Chander, a domestic help in H.No. 298, Sector 11, Chandigarh. The complainant has reported that two unidentified persons were wandering on the roof of the above said house on the night of August 29 with an intention of theft. A case has been registered under Sections 457, 380 and 511 of the IPC.

Theft case: Mr Deepak Kalra, a resident of Sector 15, has lodged a complaint with the police that someone has stolen a mobile phone, a wallet containing two ATM cards, a PAN card, two cheques for Rs 1,500 each, some other documents and Rs 300 from his residence on the night of August 28. A case has been registered.

Liquor seized: Jagan Nath, a resident of Nayagaon, Ropar District, was arrested with 40 pouches of liquor from Sector 11 on Friday evening. A case under various sections of the Excise Act has been registered.

Cop injured: A constable of the Chandigarh police, Raghbir Singh, was injured when the scooter he was driving was hit by an Ambassador car (CHB 1491) near the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 18 and 19 here on Saturday. However, two children of the constable escaped unhurt. The driver of the car managed to escape with the vehicle. A case has been registered under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.

Schoolboy injured: A 10-year-old student of a local school was seriously injured when his left leg accidentally came in the chain of the rickshaw in Sector 4 here this afternoon. The victim, Shanti Saroop, was returning from school when the incident took place. The victim has been admitted to the PGI with a bone fracture.

Vehicle stolen: A Sunny moped (CH-01R-5837) of Mr Kalyan Singh Chauhan, an employee of The Tribune, was reportedly stolen from a parking lot near Sector 20 Post Office around 10 pm on Saturday. The police has been informed. 



Trade fair at Parade Ground
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
For those who wish to have a taste of shopping and some entertainment at the same place, Parade Ground in Sector 17 is the place to be for the next nine days. Beginning on Friday, the Exhibition Movers have organised a big cultural and consumer event at the venue, which is now wearing a very colourful face. Apart from a host of stalls housing consumer goods and electronic goods, there is also a full-fledged arrangement of cultural extravaganza, as each day a group of Punjabi singers will perform live at the venue.

Today saw a great rush at Parade Ground, which is also providing a wonderful shopping experience in so far as auto parts and auto accessories are concerned. There is also a whole variety of building material, furniture, and eatables, of course.

After a day of shopping the venue turned into a big cultural venue in the evening, with Punjabi singers Sukhwinder Sukhi and Hardev Mahinangal presenting a string of famous Punjabi songs, not only from their own albums but also from those of other singers.

The fair and carnival for kids will be on till September 8, when it will conclude with performances by Jagtar Jagga, Geetu Geetanjali, Gurbax Shaunke and Iknoor.



Max Life launches policy
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Max New York Life, one of India’s leading life insurance companies, today launched a level term policy, thereby enhancing its product portfolio of risk protection solution.

The company had recently started its operations in the country. The company, a joint venture between Max India Ltd and New York Life, a Fortune 500 company, is one of the leading private insurance companies. It has established a wide distribution network with 11 offices across nine regional centres across India. It has also set up a Centre for Operational Excellence at its head office in Gurgaon, and is operating through its agents in the region.

Mr Anuroop Tony Singh, CEO and Managing Director, Max New York Life Insurance Company, claimed that the policy offered complete risk protection with a guaranteed death benefit at an economical rate. He said for a male aged 30 years taking a sum assured of Rs 10 lakh for a period, the premium was as low as Rs 14,940. He said theirs was the only company to offer single premium option for 20-year and 25-year terms.

The life term policy is available for 5,10, 15, 20 and 25 year periods and/or up to the age of 60 years of the consumer. The minimum sum assured would be Rs 2.5 lakh and maximum being Rs 5 crore. Any person within 18 to 55 years of age is eligible for the policy.


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