Saturday, September 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU in dilemma over charge against principal
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Panjab University is pondering over what to do with an allegation against a principal showing his age more than 10 years younger than his original.

Going by the seriousness of the allegations, strict university action is foreseen at the earliest. Mr Surjit Singh Randhawa, the principal under question of SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur (district Hoshiarpur), meanwhile, pleads innocence and terms the development as a handiwork of vested interests.


Highly placed Panjab University sources confirmed ongoing probe into difference in dates of birth in different documents of Mr Randhawa. While his joining documents as a Principal bear the date of 1954, there are certain other documents which carry the date of birth as 1965 and bear his signature, sources said. The documents were sealed following a complaint by a principal of an affiliated college.

Allegations submitted to the university and the Punjab government say the papers originally submitted by Mr Randhawa as an adhoc lecturer at Khalsa College, Gardhiwala, show his date of birth as April 2, 1954. He has a matriculation certificate from the Punjab Board in 1972. However, subsequently he allegedly obtained a fake matriculation certificate.

Co-incidently, the gazette of 1982 showed another one by the name of Surjit Singh, son of Teja Singh (which happens to be the name of the father of the principal under question). This one had the date of birth as May 27, 1965. Mr Randhawa allegedly used these marks. The candidate who is being impersonated is currently a Lance Naik in the Indian Army.

Using the new date of birth, Mr Randhawa has also allegedly obtained a commission in the NCC by “misquoting his date of birth”. He was actually ineligible for a commission in the NCC being above 35 years of age. Speaking of the academic record of the candidate under question, it has been pointed out that he was registered with Guru Nanak Dev University as early as 1971 but he finally graduated in 1986. He was still appearing for his BA examination after having passed his MA.

Certain members of the college management committee have asked the university to look into how did such a ‘man with such a poor academic record up to BA suddenly become so brilliant in MA and PhD’s. The letter points out that “ enquires regarding antecedents of Mr Randhawa were started by Punjab government in 1998-99. However, these were stonewalled by no reply to queries of the government. PU is also understood to have started an enquiry into the matter earlier.”

Highly placed sources at PU confirmed that the case is being perused at the level of the Registrar. Certain syndics are also reported to have been briefed on the matter and it will be voiced in the forthcoming Syndicate meeting which is subsequently followed by a Senate meeting later this month. The matter has also featured in one of the Syndicate meetings a few years back.

Mr Randhawa, however, terms all the allegations as a bundle of lies and not based on facts. He handed over to The Tribune what he claimed as the original documents signed by members of his selection committee. These show his date of birth as 1954. He said the allegations were being levelled by a group of teachers whose services had been terminated from a college where his wife was a principal. Mr Randhawa said he qualified for the NCC requirements under changed rules.

Mr Randhawa said he was being defamed and matric certificates did not have any bearing on his status as teacher in college.


Getting test reports a test of patience
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
It does not matter, least of all to the PGI authorities, if you are an illiterate from a remote village, as “self-sufficiency” is the rule if you are at the Emergency Ward to collect test reports of your patient. One has to struggle with bombastic medical terminology to get the right papers, dumped in a rack.

Throughout the day, it is a continuous struggle for people, some of whom succeed in laying their hands on the test reports of their patients, while majority of them look around helplessly for somebody to come to their rescue as there is no PGI staff to distribute reports at the bio chemistry and haematology laboratories, located in room numbers 23 and 24, in the Emergency Ward.

“It is a rare sight in a hospital and one has to see it to believe it. Utter confusion prevails when people jostle to get hold of their test reports, especially around noon time and after 5 p.m.,” remarked a doctor.

We are illiterates please help us to locate the test reports of Nanki Devi from this rack,” is how two women from a village in Haryana kept requesting people who were also struggling to get the medical reports of their patients. Any request to the PGI staff posted at the bio-chemistry and haematology laboratories for help goes unheeded as they are too busy to help anybody.

Notwithstanding the fact that majority of people who come to the PGI are from far flung rural areas of Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Uttranchal, the authorities have not bothered to depute staff to collect samples, get these to the laboratories and distribute the reports to the people later. “As utter confusion prevails at the reports-collection people generally take others’ papers, as there are generally more than one patient with the same name,” said a doctor.

Unable to find the test reports of his relative in the rack, Santhokh Singh from Una finally gives up. He, along with other persons who are trying to locate reports of their patients, say the PGI authorities should depute at least one person to avoid confusion and harassment to the public.

Mindless of the inconvenience to the people, the PGI authorities expect them to be familiar with terms like NICU, MMW, PGE, CCE, MMW, FMW, and NNN, which are written inconspicuously on the small enclosures in the report rack and, of course, in English.

The hospital authorities said one person had been deputed to distribute reports and take these to the wards, but he would be doing it only once a day. “I have been here for the past one month with my uncle, who has had a leg operation, but only once I saw that person on duty here,” said Seera from Bhatinda.

Doctors at the PGI are themselves critical of the system. They say that with tests being conducted round-the-clock there should be a proper system of receiving samples and distributing reports not only to avoid inconvenience to the people, but also to the doctors as reports generally get mis-placed.


BSNL officials in the dark over mobile service
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
With just about three weeks to go for the official launch of the BSNL’s mobile phone, no one in its Chandigarh offices seems aware of the basic facts like availability of SIM cards, tariff structure, booking amount or the coverage area.

Chandigarh is on the list of cities where mobile services will be launched on October 2. Sources in the department said since making of the announcement more than 500 queries were being received everyday about the service. All questions posed by users remain unanswered. Posing as a customer this correspondent tried to get information from offices of the BSNL in Sectors 34 and 17, but drew a blank.

Sources said the BSNL headquarters was yet to send a letter giving details of operations. The only source of information was the newspapers, but they were also silent about the operational matters. With not more than 17 working days to go from now till the launch, middle-level officials, who deal with the public, were themselves in a confusion over the issue.

The Principal General Manager, Telecom (PGMT), Mr R.C. Vaish, however, said the department would be able to meet the demand. To sell SIM cards, agents would be appointed all over the city and BSNL’s own offices would also offer SIM cards. The tariff structure was not yet known. About 1 lakh connections would be offered in Punjab, he said.

But what about round-the-clock seven-day-a-week customer care centres like those run by Spice or Airtel? Sources said the matter was still at the planning stage.

Meanwhile, today’s announcement regarding-web phone has added to the rush at the enquiry counters at the local offices of the BSNL. The new facility offers attractive and very cheap connectivity to foreign countries.


Lawyers end boycott
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
In just over a week after the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association resolved to boycott the court of the High Court Chief Justice for restoring work to three Judges, the members today reversed their decision and called off the boycott.

The members, in a general house meeting held in the afternoon, also decided to host a farewell party for the Chief Justice, Mr Arun B. Saharya, due to retire on September 14 on attaining the age of superannuation.

“Not only should a party be hosted, the Bar Association President, Mr Hawa Singh Hooda, should also ensure that it was attended by the Chief Justice,” the advocates asserted.

Addressing a gathering of over 400 advocates, the members, one after the other, insisted that the lawyers had nothing against the Chief Justice and as such they should end the boycott.

Referring to an earlier resolution, they added that a decision had previously been taken to throw a party in honour of every Judge, including the Chief Justice, who retired and as such there was no valid reason for the advocates to break away from tradition.

Earlier during the meeting, the members, appreciating the Chief Justice for submitting a report to the Chief Justice of India regarding the involvement of certain Judges in the PPSC recruitment scam, added that a fresh decision on boycotting his Court was required to be taken.

The members asserted that they had decided to boycott the court of the Chief Justice after he restored work to three Judges on August 28. At that time they were of the opinion that the three Judges had been exonerated by the Chief Justice and the action was called for. But now, in the changed scenario when the Chief Justice had indicted the Judges, the decision should be reconsidered.

Advocate Puran Singh Hundal asserted that the decision to boycott the CJ’s court should be reviewed as no advocate had any grudge against him. Agreeing with him, Mr R.S. Mittal added that the Chief Justice was not at fault and as such the advocates should be hosting a farewell party in his honour.

The members, in a resolution signed by over 170 advocates, had yesterday referred to a report published in The Tribune on August 29 about the final inquiry report being submitted by the High Court Chief Justice to the Chief Justice of India on the role of three Judges in the PPSC scam and had decided to call a meeting to discuss whether the earlier decision should be reversed.


Public sides with Manisha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Manisha Koirala’s efforts to secure her dignity by blocking the release of ‘Ek Chhoti Si Love Story’ seem to have been brought to a naught. Even after struggling for over a month to seek a stay on the release and screening of the controversial film in which director Shashi Lal Nair has allegedly used Manisha’s duplicate to shoot some “obscene sequences”, the film rolled on well and proper in Chandigarh today, just as it must have in many other Indian cities. About 96 prints of the film have already been released.
The controversial Shashi Lal Nair’s film ‘Ek Chhoti Si Love Story’
The controversial Shashi Lal Nair’s film ‘Ek Chhoti Si Love Story’, which has allegedly used Manisha Koirala’s duplicate for some obscene scenes, opened to a very lukewarm response at Nirman Theatre, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan 

The film was shown in the city despite the notice the Mumbai High Court yesterday served upon director Shashi Lal Nair, distributors Shingar Films and printmaking firm Ad Labs. The notice, issued by the Mumbai HC bench comprising Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice Dilip Bhosle, clearly required the distributors and the print makers not to screen the film until further orders with regard to the case which has been adjourned till October 5. Even while violating the court order in a way, the theatre owner, as of now, can conveniently hide behind the excuse that a copy of the order of Mumbai High Court had not yet to been received. They, however, admit that they were well aware of the turn of events in the case and also of yesterday’s court order. An employee of Nirman Theatre said, “Many tickets have been issued in advance. People are worried whether they will get value of their money. We are showing the film because we have no written instructions from the court. The day we receive such instructions we will stop the screening.”

Till then, however, the observation of the Mumbai High Court, which granted a stay on screening of the film for a month, can wait in line to be complied with. As for the film, it opened to an almost-full house in the first show which began at 12 noon today. Strangely, however, the much-controversial film, which invited the intervention of the National Commission for Women, could not maintain its magic as the day began to wane. So whereas the response to the first show was encouraging, the other three shows were just not convincing as far as securing profits go. Although the manager of Nirman Theatre could not be contacted, an employee informed that the film was not being welcomed much.

Most of those who came to watch the film today were youngsters, fascinated by the theme of the film which traces the love of a 15-year-old boy for a 26-year-old girl. Also, many others came just to quench their curiosity which had been aired after viewing the rage with which Manisha Koirala was fighting the film and its director. Most viewers, who came out after the first show, sided with Manisha Koirala, maintaining that some sequences in the film were obscene. A viewer said, “It shows a scantily-clad Manisha Koirala in certain shots. This is the first time we have seen Manisha in this mould. It is natural for the actress to feel offended.”

Many boys also endorsed the strategy Manisha Koirala adopted against the film director. Said one student, “Anyone in Manisha’s place would have done the same. We always feel the actresses are forthcoming to expose themselves in order to gain mileage. But this is the first time we are witnessing a reverse situation. The actress has given decent shots, but the director of the film has used her duplicate to add spicy sequences to the film, which is otherwise quite a loose film. The film is not a crowd puller anyways.”

As the battle goes on between Manisha Koirala and Shashi Lal Nair, the public is already giving its verdict in favour of the former. Perhaps Manisha should have listened to the advice of Shabana Azmi who said day before yesterday that Manisha should leave the decision to the audience.


Warm response to Jan Shatabdi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Months after announcement was made in the Railway Budget about the running of a fast train for the common man, Jan Shatabdi finally came chugging down the tracks from New Delhi in the evening today.

As the train — decked up with marigold flowers — rolled in, curious residents rushed forward to have a look at the train, which will take just over four hours to reach the New Delhi railway station from Chandigarh.

Talking to mediapersons soon after its arrival, Railway officials said the train would run between New Delhi and Chandigarh six days a week and there are nine coaches, including AC chair car, ordinary chair car and guards coach.

The train will start from Chandigarh at 9.15 am, pass through Ambala at 10.15 am and culminate at New Delhi at 1.30 pm. On the return journey from New Delhi, the passengers wanting to go to Chandigarh will have to board the Jan Shatabdi at 2.15 pm. The train will reach Sabzi Mandi at 2.27 pm, Panipat at 3.30 pm, Kurukshetra at 4.22 pm, Ambala Cantonment railway station at 5.15 pm and arrive at Chandigarh at 6.15 pm.

AMBALA: The speed and comfort of a Shatabdi coupled with an affordable fare seems to have gone down well with the ordinary chair car passengers of the new Chandigarh-New Delhi Jan Shatabdi.

The Jan Shatabdi, which was on its maiden run, reached Ambala cantonment railway station at its scheduled arrival time of 5.15 p.m.

Additional Divisional Railway Manager B.K. Sonawane, Senior DCM Anil Dullat and Station Manager Prem Prakash, besides other officers, were present at platform no. 7 as the train chugged in. Assistant Manager Ashok Sharma travelled on the train from Delhi to Chandigarh.

The passengers at the ordinary chair car compartment said that they were pleased with the concept of Jan Shatabdi since they would be able to reach comfortably and in time, by paying a slightly higher amount compared to an ordinary ticket in some other train.

“It is suggested that similar ordinary chair cars should also be introduced in other Shatabdis so that large number of people can benefit,” he said.

Those who were travelling in the AC chair compartment opined that the seats were more comfortable. “There have been some improvements and it is hoped that the Railways will continue to bring about positive changes,” a passenger said.

The railway officials said that the seats of the new Jan Shatabdi are ergonomically designed and the compartment is less noisy besides better heat insulation being provided in the AC chair car compartment.

While the train no. 2058 Chandigarh-New Delhi Jan Shatabdi leaves Chandigarh railway station at 9.15 a.m., it reaches New Delhi at 1.30 p.m. in the afternoon. In the return direction, the train no. 2057 leaves New Delhi at 2.15 p.m. to reach Chandigarh at 6.15 p.m. Enroute the train will halt at Subzi Mandi, Panipat, Kurukshetra and Ambala cantonment railway station.

The timings are going to be beneficial to the long distance travellers to or from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh as they will reach in time to catch the Rajdhani Express trains and other long distance trains. Similarly, long distance travellers reaching the various stations in Delhi in the morning hours will be able to take the return trip.

The new Chandigarh-New Delhi Jan Shatabdi consists of one AC chair car and six non-AC chair cars and the train will run six days of the week.


Banned eatables seized in raids
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
In less than a week of the Chandigarh Tribune highlighting the violation of prohibitory orders by the road side vendors surfacing in the city markets after 8 pm to sell banned products, the Prevention of Food Adulteration Enforcement Staff of the Chandigarh Health Department today conducted raids to apprehend the violators.

In all, about 44 containers of home-made ice cream and flavoured milk were seized from different parts of the city. This is not all. About 100 kg of powdered spices in loose form were also taken into possession.

Confirming the information, Senior Food Inspector M.K. Sharma said, ‘’In raids conducted on Thursday night, about 24 chipped and rusty containers of banned flavoured milk were seized from different sectors, including 32, 33, 45, 46, 47, 19, 20, 21and 22. About 20 containers of home-made ice cream were also taken into possession from ‘Apni Mandi’ in Ram Darbar”.

Giving details of today’s action, he asserted, “Raids were carried out in different sectors today also, including 27, 28, 29, 31 and 32, besides Sukhana Lake. There also, we were able to catch hold of vendors offering home-made ice cream and flavoured milk. This is not all. Action was also initiated against golgappa vendors. Water contained in earth and even steel containers was also thrown”.

He added that three crates of “banta bottles” being manufactured in neighbouring cities were also seized from Ram Darbar. “Action was also taken against the sellers of home-made ice cream being offered under the brand name of ‘King’. The ice-cream, quite popular in the city, was being manufactured at Zirakpur’.

Mr Sharma also revealed that about 50 to 60 kg of powdered spices in loose form were picked up from ‘Apni mandi’ in Sector 45 and labour colony. In another raid carried out in Ram Darbar ‘Apni Mandi’ about 40 to 45 kg of loose powdered spices were also seized. He further revealed that the sale of powdered spices in loose form was prohibited under the Rule 49 (24) it was going on.

The report, he asserted, would soon be submitted to the Director Health Services, Dr C P Bansal. The adulterated items were in the custody of the local health authority, Dr G. Dewan.

He asserted that despite heavy workload and paucity of manpower, the Prevention of Food Adulteration Enforcement Staff had successfully carried out the raids after 8 pm.

It may be recalled that Chandigarh Tribune, in its story, had earlier revealed that the fear of the authorities was the last thing on the minds of the vendors who openly violate the rules everyday after 8 pm as the enforcement staff of the health department was not expected to conduct raids after sunset.


Senior officials at loggerheads over voters list issue
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
Two senior administration officials here at loggerheads over Municipal Council electoral rolls.

With the District Development and Panchayat Officer, Mr Rajesh Jogpal, having suo-motu decided to scrutinise electoral rolls prepared under the SDM, Panchkula, Mr M.S. Yadav, as Revising Authority and later recommending verification of more than 12,000 votes, the undercurrents in administration have come out.

While the DDPO has written to the Deputy Commissioner that there is error in entry of 12, 444 votes (the names of several voters with similar antecendents have been duplicated) in electoral rolls for Municipal Council, prepared under the supervision of SDM, the latter has said responsibility cannot be fixed on him as he had only distributed voter list of Kalka Vidhan Sabha constituency into a ward -wise voter list .

In a two-page report to the Deputy Commissioner, the DDPO, with the powers vested in him , has referred the matter to Deputy Commissioner, claiming that 12,444 votes have erroneous entries. The report says that there are certain irregularities in preparing the electoral rolls as some entries have been added twice over in the same ward.

On the other hand, SDM M.S. Yadav has reportedly said since no door-to-door survey was done for preparing the list and only claims and objections were invited, he is not to be blamed for errors (if any). In a report to the higher authorities, Mr Yadav has maintained that he has added around 1,900 voters to the list and admitted printing error for about 500 votes.

The electoral rolls for Municipal Council elections here, scheduled towards the end of year, were prepared in May earlier this year, with SDM, Panchkula being made the revising authority. As many as 1. 08 lakh voters were identified in various wards of Panchkula Municipal Council.

Meanwhile, the State Election Commission has asked the Deputy Commissioner, under Rule 13 of the Haryana Municipal Elections Rules, 1978, to rectify the erroneous entries.


Property tax likely in Oct
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Tax on commercial and government property is likely to be imposed in October with the Property Tax Committee preparing all ground for the matter to be put before the Municipal Corporation in this month’s meeting.

The committee today finalised grouping as per rent potential, zoning, bylaws and booklet for tax-payers.

As per zoning, all sectors will be divided into A, B, C and D sub-sectors for the purpose of calculation of rateable value.

The city has been divided into five groups with the Group I only having Sector 17, Group II Sectors 22, 34 and 35, Group III Sectors 7, 8, 9 and from 19-26, Group IV will comprise Industrial Areas and Group V clubs, schools, hotels, petrol pumps, cinema halls and other business activities not covered in other groups.

The rateable rent of the basement will be 50 per cent of the ground floor, first floor will be only 20 per cent of the ground floor, second floor 20 per cent of the first floor and further floors will have 15 per cent of this.

In another meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee it proposed the all powerful Finance and Contract Committee of the Corporation should be for one year and the House should elect members of all other committees.

As per the present arrangement, the Mayor has been empowered to nominate members to committees while the term of the Finance and Contract Committee is not yet decided.


MC rejects proposal to hire recovery van
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 6
The proposal to hire a recovery van for the police to tackle the problem of wrong parking was unanimously rejected by the general House of the Municipal Council at a meeting held here today.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, who also attended the meeting, said the police could make its own arrangements in this regard. He said the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, should be informed about the decision so that she could take up the matter with higher authorities.

At a meeting held in June, the Ropar Deputy Commissioner had asked the Municipal Council to purchase a recovery van for the police. The house had cleared the proposal at an earlier meeting, but the Director, Local Government, had not given the necessary sanction in this regard.

Then at a meeting held here yesterday, the Ropar ADC, Mr Vikas Garg, directed the civic body to hire a recovery van for the police.

The meeting started on a discordant note as the Opposition councillors wanted to know from the President, Mr Kulwant Singh, why their wards were being discriminated as far as development work was concerned. In a fit of anger some of them left their seats and went near the President’s table saying that they would not let the meeting proceed until they got an answer.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh appealed to the Opposition members to cool down and maintain the decorum of the House. He also told them to maintain the dignity of being a member of the House. He said he, along with the President and council officials, would visit the wards of Opposition members to see what development work had been carried out in their wards.

The house cleared the proposal of writing a letter to the Deputy Commissioner requesting her to make arrangements for providing land for the cattle pound. At a meeting held on August 16, Ms Jain had said that if the council felt that the rate at which PUDA was providing land for the cattle pound was high, the civic body could write to her to make some arrangements. She could then make efforts to acquire land in some village adjoining the town at a lesser rate. PUDA had decided to give two acre of land for the cattle pound to the council, but it was demanding much more than the market price of the land and the civic body was reluctant to purchase the land at that price.


Schoolchildren bowled over by Chautala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The scales are clearly tilted in favour of the ruling “greens” of Haryana. Going by the “popularity vote” cast by students of Vivek High School, Sector 38, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, emerged as the most impressive of speakers and the green turbans hogged the limelight during this monsoon session.

While the aim of the visit by school students was to give them a feel of the Vidhan Sabha, the students seemed over-awed by the Chief Minister’s witty repartee as well as his ability to manoeuvre words to his own advantage.

Though hot for the Opposition to handle, Mr Chautala won the students over with a single remark in which he advised the members of the Assembly to behave themselves in the presence of “school children who are the future of tomorrow”. From then on, they noticed only the man who had acknowledged their presence in the Assembly.

“They used amusing language, Haryanavi Hindi, that’s what I would call it. We managed comprehending only a part of all that was going on. The MLAs were all over the place and they gave the Speaker a tough time,” narrates Bhanu Ahluwalia who attended the Zero hour.

Still excited about her visit, Stuti Bhatnagar recalls, “The leaders waved their hands in an attempt to be noticed and speak but the politeness with which the Chief Minister went about answering queries was certainly no match. The Speaker, too, without bias, allowed each one to put across his point.”

Not wanting to comment on the behaviour of politicians inside the Assembly, Sumet Soni said that the MLAs put across their arguments very well. “I wasn’t able to recognise anybody but I am certain I ended up learning much more than I would have studying books,” she added.

Sanampreet Singh, who visited the Assembly in the second batch of students during the zero hour, claimed, “The Chief Minister stood out among the crowd. A class apart, he gave the Opposition no chance to criticise him on any occasion. I was bowled over with his style. No other leader left a mark in the Assembly.”

Describing the visit as “ultimate”, Manavpreet Singh echoes similar feelings and adds that most of the MLAs gave logical arguments and spoke well though they did make a mess by going on and on while presenting their side of the story.

All students were of the unanimous opinion that the toughtest job was that of the Speaker who tried to control the MLAs screaming on top of their voices in an attempt to be noticed and outdo the other. They also agreed that the Speaker did manage to succeed to a limited extent though there was no stopping.


Police to seek ISO certification for woman support cell
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Chandigarh Police has decided to get ISO-9001 certification for its Woman and Child Support Unit. The process for getting the certification had been initiated and teams from the Bureau of Indian Standards and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), said the Superintendent of Police (Operations), Mr HGS Dhaliwal, here today.

Talking to mediapersons, he said the Chandigarh Police was among the first organisations in the country to go for the certification. Initially the certification was for the Woman and Child Support Unit as it was a public dealing unit. Mr Dhaliwal said the certification agencies had told the police to do the needful before the inspecting teams came. The entire process is expected to take two to three months.

He said the certification would enable the department to develop, implement and improve the effectiveness of a quality management system and to enhance customer satisfaction. Success of the officials at the Woman and Child Support Unit in disposing of 60 per cent of the complaints has resulted in selecting the unit for the ISO certification.

To meet the certification standards, the police had initiated the process of building work stations writing case diaries on computers and paperless work. He said other units of the police like traffic challaning branch, recruitment process and the economic offence wing could be included under the certification at a later stage.

The SP said the were being trained about all the laws governing woman and child, sensatisation and training of counselling and working knowledge about computers.


Stress on tackling drug addiction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Stressing the need for the adoption of a holistic approach towards tackling the evils of drugs and alcohol amongst youth, a workshop was organised by the Drug Awareness and Counselling Centre at the Lajpat Rai Bhavan here today.

Inaugurating the workshop, the Secretary of Servants of the People Society, Mr Onkar Chand, said there was an urgent need to create awareness amongst our youth to keep away from the menace of drugs, alcohol and tobacco as the situation was alarming.

The workshop was attended by 25 senior representatives from the local industry and NSS programme officers of colleges. Dr Hardeep Singh, a psychiatrist, spoke about the high incidence and ill effects of drugs and alcohol.

The participants at the workshop were asked to organise awareness sessions in their colleges and industrial units for which the services of counsellors of Drug Awareness and Counselling Centre will be available.


MC to spend 9 cr on projects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Municipal Corporation will spend Rs 9 crore in the next three months on development projects belying the impression that development during the period was going to come to a halt.

The Rs 9 crore of expenditure on development was assured by the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, to the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, at a special meeting.

The meeting was called in the wake of a Chandigarh Vikas Manch Councillor, Ms Harpreet Kaur Babla’s demand to the UT Administrator, to either release funds immediately or dissolve the Municipal Corporation.

The meeting was also attended by the Chief Engineer, Mr V.K. Bharadwaj, and the Congress leader in the Municipal Corporation, Mr Subhash Chawla.

The Mayor said the Commissioner informed her that Rs 5.5 crore had already been spent on development and works of Rs 3.5 crore were already under way.


Andolan plans membership drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Azadi Bachao Andolan and the Servants of the People Society in a press release here on Wednesday announced that the two organisations would work in unison for a series of lectures on national issues.

The Andolan is planning a series of meetings and a membership drive. Prof Vishnu Prakash Srivastava, convenor of the Delhi branch , will address two seminars, one on September 6 at DAV College, Sector 10 and the next one on September 7 at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15.

The two organisations have got together following a “decision taken at a meeting in Jaipur convened by the Sarv Seva Sangh on August 4 which was attended by like-minded organisations, including ABA, to work together on common causes”.

The press note added “some 12 years ago, a group of intellectuals influenced in the main by Gandhian thought established at Allahabad an organisation called the Azadi Bachao Andolan in order to work towards a more just world order.”


Inquiry sought into auction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The BJP councillor, Mr Rajesh Gupta, today sought an inquiry into the auction of a commercial site much below the rate it was said to be fetching in the January 23 auction.

Mr Gupta, an observer in the January 23 auction, said the bid for SCOs 178-179 in Sector 9-D had been put at Rs 1.85 crore but was rejected by the officer incharge.

The same site on August 28 was given at a bid price of Rs 1.34 crore at a loss of Rs 51 lakh, Mr Gupta said in a letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh.

The BJP Councillor said when he, as an observer, asked the officer incharge why the bid of Rs 1.85 crore was rejected against a reserve price of Rs 1.65 crore, it was explained that the site should have been auctioned above Rs 2 crore.

The reduction in the price came after the Finance and Contract Committee reduced prices for the February auction by 20 per cent after the Municipal Corporation informed members that the price reduction was required for selling of certain sites whose auction failed in the previous auctions.


Reflectors fixed on cycles, rickshaws
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
The police today began a special drive of putting reflectors on rickshaws, cycles and hand carts in order to avoid accidents at night.

Reflectors were put on 350 rickshaws, 250 bicycles and 50 hand carts free of cost.

Reflectors were also put on heavy vehicles after recovering the cost from owners. The Additional Superintendent of Police, Ms Bharti Arora, DTO Jagtar Singh and other senior police officers were present on the occasion.

It was also decided that the police would go to schools and put reflectors free of cost on bicycles of school children.


298 vehicles challaned
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
The District Transport Officer challaned 298 vehicles and recovered a fine of Rs 5. 24 lakh during the last month.

The department has also earned a revenue of Rs 11. 47 lakh during the last month. As many as three school buses, 13 private buses, 30 three wheelers and 91 illegal maxi cabs were challaned.


C.N. Dhar
Tribune News service

Panchkula, September 6
Mr C.N. Dhar, Executive Director of HMT’s Tractor Business Group has been elected to the Governing Council of All-India Management Association for the term 2002 - 2004.

He will be representing corporate and institutional members in the apex body that is committed to promote professionalism in management cadres and the academics.


Dr Chahal is IVA vice-president
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 6
Dr Gurcharan Singh Chahal, Director, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, has been elected vice-president of the Indian Veterinary Association (IVA), a national apex body.

According to an IVA press release issued here, Dr Chahal, who was elected at the 28th general body meeting and national seminar on biological threats and disaster-management role of veterinarians held at PAU, Ludhiana, has been instrumental in starting a disease eradication project funded by the Central Government. Rinder pest, a fatal disease of cattle, has been eradicated from Punjab. The state has been declared an “RP-free zone”. Another project started during his tenure is the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Jalandhar.

Besides, the IVA said, the proposed Herd Registration Act had also been approved by the Punjab Chief Minister and was awaiting legal sanction.


One crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
A resident of Kedarpur village, Ramji Das Kohli, was crushed to death by a speeding truck (HR-37-5438) near Jullah village yesterday. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the driver, Sajjan Singh, who has been arrested.

Kidnapping charge
Mr Mohan Lal, a resident of Bhagwanpura village, has accused six persons of having kidnapped his 80-year-old father. Mr Mohan Lal has alleged that his father, Arjun Singh, had gone to a doctor in Barwala on June 21, but has not returned as yet. He has accused Chand Singh, Shyam Singh, Ravinder Singh, Om Pal, Jagdish and Gurmeet Singh of having kidnapped his father over a land dispute. He alleged that they had even threatened his father with dire consequences. A case under Section 365 of the IPC has been registered.

The police arrested Sushil Kumar from near Housing Board, Sector 14, on Thursday on charges of drinking at a public place. He has been booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.


One held
The Chandigarh Police has arrested Amit Kumar, a resident of Bihar, for stealing a bicycle from the parking of Anand Complex in Sector 17. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 Police Station under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.

In another case, Saurav Mitra, a resident of Shivalik Enclave, Mani Majra, reported that his Maruti car was stolen from the market of Sector 22. Besides, a car stereo was stolen from a car parking in front of a house in Rajiv Vihar, Mani Majra.

Ms Sunita, a student of Panjab University, in a complaint lodged with the Sector 36 Police Station said the registration certificate of her LML Trendy Scooty and her driving licence were lost in Sector 42. The police had lodged a daily diary report and is investigating the matter.

Four held
Four persons, Naresh Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Joginder Singh and Sunil Kumar have been arrested by the Chandigarh Police for gambling behind a house in Dadu Majra Colony and Rs 1,085 cash was recovered from their possession.


Theft case
Cloth worth about Rs 2,50,000 was allegedly stolen from a cloth shop situated on the Landran Road, Kharar, in the wee hours today.

Mr Gurmeet Singh, owner of the shop, said incident occured between 2.30 a.m. and 2.50 a.m. He said he was informed by the chowkidar about the theft at about 3 a.m. He along with some neighbours reached the spot within minutes and found that half of his shop was empty. The chowkidar informed him that the thieves were about a dozen in number and they had come in a truck, and when he started shouting they ran away along with the cloth. A case under Sections 457/380 of the IPC has been registered.


14 held in murder case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
The Kalka police has arrested all accused in the gruesome murder of Radha Krishana at Paploha village near Kalka.

Fourteen persons — Amar Chand, Sucha Singh, Gomi Devi, Shyam Chand, Bhajan Lal, Devi, Kesho Ram, Ramesh Kumar , Jai Singh, Amro Devi, Sita Ram, Resho Devi, Mehar Chand, Sohan Singh and Kaushalya Devi have been arrested under Section 302 of the IPC.

They had murdered Radha Krishan a few days ago and had hung his body on a tree in the fields, 2 km from the village. The body, with its head severed , was found on Sunday. He was reportedly murdered for his involvement in the murder of Mangu Ram , head of the family of the above mentioned accused.


Goods worth 70,000 stolen from Sec 11
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
Cash and goods worth Rs 70,000 were stolen from a house in Sector 11 today. The burglary came to light only around 9 pm, when the owners came back from work.

Mr Ramneek Kaushal, a resident of Sector 11, has alleged that miscrent(s) broke into his house in Sector11 from the rear side and took away a computer, Rs 15,000 cash and gold jewellery. Mr Ramneek, his father and mother are all working and had left the house early in the morning.


Liquor seized
The police arrested Jaspal Kaur, a resident of Amb Chhapa village, for possessing 18 bottles of country-made liquor here on Thursday. A case has been registered.


Rape victim’s statement recorded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Statement of the victim in the alleged rape case, which was today recorded before a judicial magistrate, could decide the further course of action by the police.

The police said the copy of the victim’s statement made before the magistrate was not made available to them. The DSP, South, Mr SC Sagar, who is the investigating officer, said he was not aware of the contents of the victim’s statement. However, sources said certain police officials had unofficially ascertained the contents of the victim’s statement.

Legal lumanaries were of the view that the statement of the girl could be crucial to prove there theory of the case being a frame up. The statement could also have bearing on the bail application of the main suspect, Ram Lal, which was coming up for hearing in the local court tomorrow.


IBM to launch road show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
IBM India Limited has launched the IBM Bazaar, a 19-city roadshow, as part of its ongoing commitment toward providing efficient IT solutions to small and medium businesses. This road show is being organised by IBM in association with its business partners with the objective to provide businesses and professionals with affordable IT solutions to address their business growth. The road show would be held at Hotel Mountview in Chandigarh from September 7 to 8. The objective for the IBM Bazaar is to establish IBM’s presence and availability in local markets in the B, C and D class towns.

Entertainment in vehicles

Blaupunkt now offers a large number of new high-end components to provide motorists with an individual entertainment package that goes on the road.

In car-video has already been a tradition for many long years at Blaupunkt: Since the 1980s, the Hildesheim-based company has been designing video and TV systems for coaches, trucks and trains, including the high-speed ICE trains operated by the German railway company (Deutsche Bahn AG). Now the engineers and entertainment experts have gone one step further and are offering the most modern equipment designed for retro-fitting in passenger cars and recreational vehicles.

These new components have been developed to satisfy a wide variety of demands made by a growing target group. This includes customers with a particular interest in technology who are keen to make innovative additions to the audio system installed in their vehicles as well as dads who want to make long-distance trips more enjoyable for their offsprings seated in the rear of the vehicle or business people who would also like to take advantage of the transmission of moving pictures while on the move.

Goodlass Nerolac Paints

Goodlass Nerolac Paints Limited, has announced its corporate strategy for the season. The new strategy reveals a distinct thrust on its corporate brand, ‘Nerolac Paints’, reinforcing the company’s leadership position and also reiterating Nerolac’s commitment as providers of complete Paint solutions to their customers.

According to Mr. H.M. Bharuka, Managing Director, Goodlass Nerolac said, “after a hiatus of nearly two years, we are reinforcing our corporate image by giving a new look to our corporate campaign, the earlier one already having won the hearts of the customers.” Goodlass Nerolac Paints had stopped its corporate advertising and embarked on a strategy of building individual brands in the past few years. This was initiated with the launch of company’s premium exterior paint brand, ‘Nerolac Excel’ and continued with ‘Nerolac Allscapes - 24-karat’ interior emulsion and the economy exterior paint ‘Nerolac Suraksha’, all of which have been success stories in their respective categories. The new corporate campaign rolls out in the first week of September.


Dara Singh visits Indian Oil outlet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Renowned wrestler and film celebrity of yesteryear, Dara Singh, visited Indian Oil’s company-owned company-operated retail outlet along with the Chief Divisional Manager, IOC, Mr M.L.Toora.

Dara Singh was impressed by the standard of housekeeping and services offered and the state-of-the-art facilities being provided at the retail outlet. Mr Toora informed to Dara Singh about various services being offered to the customers at the outlet. Dara Singh personally checked the quality and quantity of fuels and praised the IOC for making available equipment for voluntary check by customers of the quality and quantity of fuel.

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