Saturday, September 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


External examiners for Panjab University practicals
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
To lend more seriousness and sound credibility to the conduct of practical examinations in the affiliated colleges of Panjab University, external examiners will be sent from the current session onwards.

A decision to this regard has been taken by a special committee constituted by the Vice Chancellor. How serious the university is in implementing the recommendations remains to be seen in the context that the science faculty in two meetings during the last academic session had decided that practical examination will be conducted by external examiners. However, during the examination earlier this year, the university had relied only on marks of the internal assessment.

The committee has gone to the extent of saying that in case the external examiner was unable to present himself for the test, the college will have to postpone the examination and plan an alternate date. The university has always taken the plea that less than required college teachers were available for practical examination duty in outside colleges. A senior fellow, however, maintains that the UGC had issued a circular in 1998 asking college teachers that ‘conduct of examination’ (both theory and practical), paper setting and evaluation had been made compulsory for college and university teachers. This had resulted in greater participation from college teachers. The university needs to be more strict in involving more teachers in the process, he said.

The committee members include Prof R.J. Hans-Gill Dean, University Instructions, Principal P.S. Sangha, Principal Tarsem Bahia, Principal R.S. Pawan, Dr Rabinder Nath Sharma, Prof Charanjit Chawla, Prof Akhtar Mehmood and Prof J.K. Gupta, besides others.

The need for external examiners has been made in the light of general feelings that teaching and evaluation by the internal examiners had rendered the whole exercise ‘worthless’ in many cases. Teachers often conducted only a handful experiments in the class and the examinations were based only on those. Colleges were neglecting purchase of adequate equipment in the laboratories.

It is worthwhile to mention that the academic audit of the colleges had pointed out inadequate maintenance of laboratories in a majority of the affiliated colleges. The committee has recommended that the examination will be based on a question paper which will be sent by the university. This will force the colleges to conduct maximum classes in practicals. At present the papers were set on the spot.

The university plans to set up zones for affiliated colleges. Each zone will be headed by a coordinator who will plan out the examination schedule. The matter will now come to the university house for clearance before final implementation.

A science teacher said more than merely examination, the exercise would force the colleges to conduct more practicals that was in the larger interest of the students. In fact, besides examination the university should devise methods to make the exercise more meaningful. Practical knowledge in the science subject was a reflection on the actual worth of a student which will help him in looking for a job. The whole system needed an immediate peep of the academicians.



PU to start diploma in Mass Comm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Keeping pace with the boom time in media, the Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University has introduced a one-year post graduate diploma in Mass Communication from the current academic session, a spokesperson of the Panjab University said. Till now the university offered only a two-year full time course and admissions were strictly through an admission test.

The course will provide guidance, understanding and basic skill needed for those interested in journalism and mass communication. A person who possess a degree in any discipline is eligible to join this course. The fee for the course will be approximately Rs 5,000. The medium of instruction will be English though candidates will have the option to take the examination in English, Hindi or Punjabi medium. The last date for the submission of applications is September 30 (without fee) and with a late fee of Rs 150 the last date shall be October 25.

The PU spokesperson said the course provides for ample job prospects in newspapers, radio, TV programming , production houses, TV satellite channels, multi-media production houses, advertising agencies , public relations agencies, media related government departments and media consultancy firms, among other options.



Company director held in lottery fraud case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Hardly a week after the Chandigarh Administration gave its nod to transfer a case of fraud in Punjab Online lottery to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), one of directors of a company which had bid for the operation of the lottery was arrested by the Delhi Police from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the wee hours of this morning.

The Punjab Finance Department got a case registered with the Chandigarh Police on September 1 last following it suspected that a private company identified as venture Business Advisers Private Limited Consortium had attempted to cheat the state government by furnishing bogus, invalid and forged bank guarantees at the time of signing agreement to run the operations of online lottery.

Sources in the Delhi Police said the suspect, Maneesh had landed at the airport at about 3 am and was immediately arrested by the Delhi Police. According to the information available, the Chandigarh Police has written to the Airport Authority of India about the promoters of the company.

After the arrest of Munish, a fax message was reportedly sent to Chandigarh Police. A team of Chandigarh Police had reportedly gone to Delhi to question the suspect, who had reportedly got interim bail. However, no official of Chandigarh Police was available for comments.

In the case registered by the Chandigarh Police, the name of M/s Venture Business Advisors Pvt Limited, comprising Jupinfotex India, Mumbai, BSBK Pvt Ltd, Bhilai and Souncraft Industries, Mumbai, had given the highest bid. The bidder through its signatory has submitted a bank guarantee alleged to be issued through State Bank of India, Mumbai. The bank guarantee was valid for six months against the requirement of validity for the entire period of the agreement. Thereafter the above said agents submitted another bank guarantee through Western Cooperative Bank, Mumbai, for one year — which was renewable for seven years.

The Punjab Lotteries Department during its course of investigations found that the bank guarantees had been forged from Western Cooperative Bank, Mumbai.

The issue has already seen a lot of heat between the Chandigarh Administration and the Punjab Finance Department over the handing over referring the case to the CBI without consulting it. The Finance Department has decided to raise the issue before the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The lottery case along with the infamous rape case and another case involving a Haryana Minister had been referred to the CBI by the Chandigarh Administration.



PGI projects may face financial crunch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
With the PGI authorities having been left with no option but to spend Rs 115 crore out of the total Rs 200 crore approved by the Union Health Ministry under the 10th Five Year Plan, on liabilities of the Ninth Five Year Plan, the various ambitious projects launched by it might have to face severe financial crunch.

Terming the approved outlay of Rs 200 crores by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the 10th Plan (2002-07), through its letter dated July 18, as grossly inadequate, the PGI will raise the issue at a meeting of the Standing Finance under formulation of the 10th Five Year Plan ( 2002-07) of the Institute.

Under item no. 11 of the agenda prepared for the September 28 meeting, it has been mentioned that the liability on account of purchase of machinery and equipment under the Ninth Plan was Rs 115 crore. It has been stated that only token provision has been made for new schemes proposed to be taken in the 10th Plan, as there was constraint of funds. Some money would also be spent on the continuing schemes of the Ninth Plan to be completed in the next plan.

It is further stated that the estimated requirement of additional funds under the plan would be assessed during the mid-term appraisal and the government will be asked to provide it. The new schemes include the Advanced Neuro Sciences Centre, New OT Complex, Molecular Medicine and Bio-information centre, upgrading of Community Medicine Department to School of Public Health, upgrading urology to advanced urology centre and modernising Animal House.

As per the observation made by the SFC at its meeting on December 21, 2001, the PGI has made year wise phasing of expenditure during the Tenth Plan, as it was difficult to spend the plan funds during the initial years. While a sum of Rs 94.84 crore would be spent on continuing schemes of the Ninth Plan, Rs 65 crore would be spent for developing various departments, including liability of equipment ordered in previous plan. However, a sum of Rs 40.16 crore has been allocated for new schemes proposed under the Tenth Plan.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has allocated Rs 94.54 crore under non-plan allocation for the year 2002-03 to the PGI. The PGI has anticipated an income of Rs 20 crore during the current financial year, making the non-plan allocation of Rs 11.45 crore.

In February, the centre also allocated Rs 25 crore under the plan for the current year. The budget estimates for the current year would be placed before the SFC for approval. 



Anant Chaudas
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 20
Anant Chaudas was celebrated by devotees with great enthusiasm and religious fervour at Digambar Jain Temple in Sector 27, here today.

According to a press note, the devotees started the celebrations early in the morning. The devotees offered prayers to Bhagwan Vasu Pujya. A folk-tale giving details of Anant Chaudas was also narrated by Virag Shastri from Jabalpur. Later, a shobha yatra was taken out in which hundreds of devotees participated. The function concluded with ‘aarti’ at night.



Private firm bids for sold property
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Phulkari Estates Private Limited, whose NRI Managing Director Mangat Verma had alleged that his offer of Rs 1.85 crore was rejected by the presiding officer in the January 23 auction and the same property was sold for Rs. 1.34 crore in another bid, today offered Rs 1.5 crore for the property in Sector 9 and pulled up the BJP for politicising the issue.

This was communicated to the Finance and Contract Committee, which after discussing the new offer and legal opinion against the cancellation of auction of SCO 178-179 in Sector 9 decided to refer the matter to the Municipal Corporation House scheduled to meet later in the month.

The representatives of the Phulkari Estates Private Limited, Mr N.K. Nayyar and Mr R.L. Goel, hiked their offer with a promise of 10 per cent advance deposit to Rs 1.5 crore from the September 18 offer of Rs 1.4 crore.

The two representatives said they could not make the same offer of Rs 1.85 crore as there had been a slump in the market during the intervening period between today and January 23, 2002, when the offer was allegedly rejected.

The bid winners, Mr Amit Jain and Mr Rajeshwar Jain, warned that they would go to court if the corporation cancelled their auction saying it was a contract between the buyer and the Municipal Corporation and cancellation could only be resorted to when there was a violation of terms and conditions.

Another NRI bidder, Mr Puneet Jain, also came for today’s proceedings and said bids of Rs 1.7 crore and later Rs 1.85 crore were made before him by Phulkar Estates Private Limited but were rejected saying bids below Rs 2 crore would not be accepted despite the reserve price of Rs 1.6 crore.

Phulkari Estates Private Limited in a press note also came down heavily on the BJP saying. “We only appeal to the leaders not to degrade the matter to a political warfare but only to take it as an example to bring about systemic changes in the process of fixation of the reserve price and the preparation of the bid sheet even for an auction that is subsequently withdrawn for any reason whatsoever.”

The note also said: “We earnestly feel that any effort to derive political mileage out of this will not be in the interest of either the city or the Municipal Corporation.”

It will also not serve the purpose of those who want to exploit the issue, the note signed by Mr R.L. Goyal, the director of the company, said.

Virtually disowning the BJP, the note said: “We brought the fact to the notice of the councillor of ward number 12 but we are now surprised to find that this matter had wholly been given an unnecessary and uncalled for political colour.”



Karmapa hopeful of early solution
Dalai Lama's envoy's talks with Chinese
Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, today said that he was hopeful of a positive outcome from the talks held at Beijing between the envoy of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and the Chinese Communist regime, for an early solution of the Tibetan issue.

The 17-year-old spiritual leader, who heads the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, said that though he was not aware of the actual details of the recent talks, he was confident that there would be an early solution to the problem so that lakhs of Tibetan refugees who had been forced to flee their homeland could return back. ‘‘The exact details would be made public only once the envoys report back to the Dalai Lama,’’ he stated.

Ever since the envoys of the Dalai Lama, including his own brother, went to China to hold talks with the Chinese regime, the Tibetans have been pinning their hopes on a positive outcome so that their four-decade-long struggle could come to an end, paving the way for their return to Tibet.

The Karmapa, while on his way back from Kolkata, stopped in the city to break the long journey from Delhi to Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile. He had gone to Kolkata on the invitation of the Mahabodhi Society of India for the 138th birth anniversary celebrations of their founder.

Talking to TNS, he ruled out any possibility of his shifting from Dharamsala to any other place in India. ‘‘The reason for my landing in India was to go to the traditional seat of the Kagyu sect at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, and that remains my ambition and as such I have no plans to shift elsewhere,’’ he clarified.

It was on January 5, 1999, that the Karmapa had taken the world by surprise when he made a sudden appearance in Dharamsala, after fleeing from Tibet. Ever since, there has been speculation from time to time about his shifting to another place. ‘‘I do have plans to set up a monastery or institute for my followers somewhere in India, but I do not know when this will materialise,’’ he said, without disclosing the destination.

In reply to a question if he would act as a mediator between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government for an early solution to the Tibetan problem, he said that he could not think of doing so as he had yet to settle down properly in India.

The Karmapa also said that he was undertaking religious education from his guru, Tai Situ Rinpoche, at the Gyuto Monastery, near Dharamsala.



PM urged to honour commitment
Jagjivan Ram's daughter opposes eviction notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The All-India Samata Movement President and daughter of the late Union Minister Jagjivan Ram, Ms Meira Kumar, today urged Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and 17 of his ministerial colleagues, who had demanded in 1990 along with 381 MPs to maintain the late leader’s memorial in the present house, to honour their commitment now.

‘‘Mr Vajpayee and 17 of his ministerial colleagues had demanded on March 15, 1990, that 6 Krishna Menon Marg, the official residence of Babuji since 1952, be made his memorial and now they should honour their commitment instead of serving an eviction notice,’’ Ms Kumar told reporters here.

Ms Kumar said as soon as Mr Ram's wife, Indrani Ram, died on April 14 this year, the government sent an eviction order on May 14 despite the place having remained Babuji's memorial for 15 years.

Ms Kumar said she had already sent her belongings to a private house and was ready to hand over the keys to some authority which guaranteed safety of the national treasure housed in the functioning memorial.

She said 190 MPs, including the Leader of the Opposition, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Convener, Mr George Fernandes, again wrote a letter on July 1 repeating the same demand.

Ms Kumar released a letter to the press signed by Mr Vajpayee.

When asked whether she would organise protests to oppose the removal of the memorial, she said: ‘‘I hope the Prime Minister will honour his commitment.’’

Ms Kumar, however, said crores of sympathisers of Babuji could not be stopped from protesting if efforts to remove memories of a great son of the soil were made.

When asked about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha's opposition to Ms Sonia Gandhi on the basis of her foreign origin, Ms Kumar said the issued had already been settled and there was no merit in raising it again.

Stressing that her organisation was working in the social field and was apolitical, Ms Kumar said her colleagues of the movement would soon decide whether they should contest elections in Himachal Pradesh and other assembly elections.

When asked if she would again go back to the Congress, Ms Kumar seemed non-committal, saying as of now she maintained equi-distance from all political formations.

In support of her claim that the official residence of Mr Ram was already functioning as a memorial for 15 years, Ms Kumar showed photographs of Presidents of India and Prime Ministers attending official functions in the house.



Making a house would drive you nuts
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Want to construct a house in the City Beautiful? Think again. As many as 39 channels are involved in clearing a building plan by the UT Administration. And the procedure for sanctioning the plan is so complicated, repetitive and cumbersome that it may take months together to have your plan cleared despite the recent amendments liberalising the bylaws.

The UT Administration appears to have finally woken up to take cognizance of this fact and has invited suggestions for simplifying procedures and cutting down red-tapism.

The present channels are as follows:

1. Dairy clerk in the Estate Office, 2. receipt clerk of residential/ commercial/industrial category, 3. estate office for ownership verification, 4. estate office for no dues verification, 5. back to receipt clerk, 6. to record room for plan file, 7. to draftsman for paper scrutiny, 8. to concerned inspector for site report, 9. to draftsman for working out the fine, if any, 10. to cashier for deposit of additional security, 11. to concerned draftsman for architectural objections, 12. to head draftsman for the re-check of such objections, 13. to SDO for verification and approval, 14. to despatch clerk for preparing the plans list for despatch to architect’s office only once a week, i.e. Tuesday, 15. to peon for handing over to Sector 9 architect office, 16. to receipt clerk of architect’s office for receipt no., 17. to concerned Chairman of the Planning Advisory Committee for receipt No. and dispatching to the concerned Architecture Department, 18. scrutiny and objection by draftsman of the Architecture Department, 19. rechecking by the architect of the Architecture Department, 20. to respective Town Planner/District Town Planner, 21. scrutiny and checking by draftsman of ATP/DTP, 22. rechecking by ATP/DTP, 23. to concerned chairman of the planned advisory committee, 24. to put up in the meeting being held every Thursday. Public Health and Fire Department objections raised by concerned officials, 25. presence of all 12 members essential. Otherwise postponed to the next weekly meeting, 26. if objections are raised to a plan, send it back to building branch of the Estate Office of Sector 17, 27. after attending to objections, it is again sent to the planned advisory meeting to Sector 9 only on Thursday by the private architect, 28. after approval of all the members and chairman, send back to the SDO Buildings, Sector 17, 29. to draftsman for calculating the composition fee, if any, before release, 30. to head draftsman for approval, 31. to SDO for approval, 32. to Estate Office for AEO approval, 33. to back to SDO, 34. to draftsman for collecting and issuing the composition fee, 35. to another draftsman for fixing approval-form and stamps etc, 36. to head draftsman for re-checking, 37. to SDO for approval and, 38. to despatch clerk for release to the private architect.

According to Mr Ashok Bansal, general secretary, Hotel Association of Chandigarh, the plan should be sanctioned “under one roof” with the following procedure. It should be received by a draftsman rather than the receipt clerk and should be accepted/returned after scrutiny of all the papers on the table itself.

2 Ownership verification should be confirmed from the computerised record and if this is not possible, a separate sheet for confirming ownership should be sent to the respective department.

3 No dues verification should be required only at the time of granting completion certificate and not during the sanctioning of a plan.

4 Inspector of site verification should be on a separate sheet and section 5 should be imposed only for zoning violations and not on any sanctionable and compoundable charges.

5 A qualified draftsman’s and architect/DTP members of the Architecture Department should function from the Estate Office with full on a regular basis.



Selja urges women to back Sonia
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
With the issue of foreigner status of Sonia Gandhi again coming up, the All-India Congress Committee Secretary, Ms Selja, today urged the local women workers to openly come out in support of Ms Sonia Gandhi.

Ms Selja, a former union minister and also the General Secretary of the All-India Mahila Congress, made the appeal here today at a party workers’ meeting to prepare for the October 1 ‘’Women Empowerment Meet’’ in Delhi.

Ms Selja said the issue of foreigner status of Ms Sonia Gandhi had been raised by politicians and Ms Jayalalitha to hide ‘’failures’’ of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre.

The former union minister hailing from Haryana said the Congress was the most sincere about the cause of empowerment of women and this had been revealed when the Bill for representation to women in legislatures came up.

She said the Congress was the only party which issued a whip to Members of Parliament in support of the Bill.

Ms Selja claimed that the Congress was ahead of other parties in providing representation to women in the team of party office-bearers.

She said the party had already given 26 to 27 per cent representation to women in the team of office-bearers. Ms Selja, however, said the party was still behind the target of 33 per cent representation.

With the consensus eluding on the bill for the 33 per cent representation to women in legislatures, the Election Commission had urged political parties to give 33 per cent nominations in an election to women candidates.

Another All-India Congress Committee Secretary and the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, said the mask of the BJP was exposed in the Gujarat riots in which wombs of women were allegedly torn to kill their foetuses.

Ms Selja also said the Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, was only a symbolic head of the government and the real powers had gone to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Lal Krishan Advani, who supported the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi.

The Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, welcomed Ms Selja and introduced her to women party councillors and Mahila Congress workers.

Yesterday, the All-India Mahila Congress President, Ms Chandresh Kumari, urged women to be conscious of their rights and demand them.

“The two Mahila Congress leaders came to the city as part of women empowerment meet in Delhi un which the Congress women elected representatives will take put.



Stress on maintaining ecological balance
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 20
Various aspects of environment came to the fore during the inaugural day of the two-day seminar-cum-workshop on “Environment Education: Issues and Concerns” held at the Government College of Education in Sector 20 here today.

Inaugurating the seminar-cum-workshop, Mrs Varsha Joshi, Director Public Instruction (Colleges), emphasised the need for building sustainable environmental reservoir and its banking concept to maintain ecological balance. Delivering the keynote address, Dr R.P. Bajpai, Director CSIO, said technology and civilisation had to find the meeting ground for the preservation of environment. Citing examples from local, national and international scenario, Dr Bajpai emphasised the need for spreading awareness to build culture along the environmentally friendly lines.

The first technical session dealt with Perceptions and Awareness in which two dignitaries — Dr K.K. Garg, Additional Director, Northern Regional Office of Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, and Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, SP (OPS), Chandigarh Administration — talked on relevant issues. Dr Garg highlighted the national awareness education campaign initiated by the Ministry of Environment, while Mr Dhaliwal urged teachers to involve students in preserving the environment.

The second technical session focussed on environment education and challenges in which Prof S.C. Jain, Chairperson, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, spoke on thermodynamics, energy conservation and pollution, while Dr S.C. Mann, Joint Director, Haryana Pollution Control Board, informed the participants about ‘clean technologies’ needed for checking pollution.

During the last technical session, recent trends in environment education were discussed in depth with the help of side and multimedia presentation by Mr Vivek Verma, Principal System Analyst from National Informatics Centre.

Earlier, Mrs Surinder Tangri, Principal of the college, while welcoming the guests, informed that awareness was the key to tackling environment related problems. The seminar would conclude tomorrow.



Jacob aghast at poor sanitation in colony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
For 150 families living in the police colony, Sector 20, life is about to change for the better. In the past three decades they have been living without any water connections in their toilets and kitchens. All pleas had fallen on deaf ears. Today the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), descended on the colony and was aghast at the conditions in a planned city like Chandigarh.

General Jacob later summoned the Acting Chief Engineer, S.K. Mehtani, to Raj Bhavan and asked him to submit a complete inspection report of the area. Mr Mehtani informed the Administrator that maintenance work of the houses has already begun and all complaints of the residents would be attended by October 31, 2002. “Let it be a Divali gift,” the General is reported to have told Mr Mehtani later on.

The visit by the General was part of the surprise visits paid by him to the foreign students’ Hostel, Sector 15, and College of Arts this morning.

General Jacob found the maintenance of the police colony poor. Residents complained about leaking roofs and seepage in walls. The balconies, which are common for the flats built like hostel-type accommodation, are crumbling. To bathe residents have to fetch water from outside, and the same is true for cooking and cleaning of dishes in the kitchen.

Residents told the General that toilets, bathrooms and kitchens in the houses of the police colony did not have water connections making their life hell. And this too in a city like Chandigarh.

Earlier, General Jacob had reached the foreign students hostel in Sector 15 without any notice. The Administrator wanted to see improvement, if any, in the hostel, after his last surprise visit one-and-a-half-years ago. The Governor reached the hostel’s main gate. It was locked. The Governor walked down to the kitchen without waiting for the gate to be opened.

He found the kitchen of the mess, full of slush with peels of vegetables floating around.

This was despite the fact that kitchen had been redone after his last visit but was not being maintained and cleaned by the contractor properly. Though gas stoves were being used by the contractor, cleanliness and hygiene of the kitchen left much to be desired. The Governor found the dinning hall also full of cobwebs and dirt-laden ceiling fans. The Administrator went to various rooms.

Students complained that worms were found in cooked rice being served to the students in the meals. Moreover, they were not getting full diet as per being served to other hostels.

Later, General Jacob paid a surprise visit to the College of Arts. The Administrator told the budding artists that before venturing into modern arts, they must understand the basics of conventional art. Appreciating the various works of the students, General Jacob said that “we must be cautious about the effect of light and shadow in the painting because they provide depth in a work of art.”


Jacob releases booklet on Project Sahyog
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
When the team of Members of Parliament visit Chandigarh on a two-day tour on Monday, they will be shown how Chandigarh is generating wealth from waste thanks to an effective solid waste management programme.

A colourful booklet on the subject was released by the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today. The booklet titled ‘‘Project Sahyog — Waste to Wealth’’ has been published by the Chandigarh Administration.

Speaking on the occasion, General Jacob said it was his endeavour to make the city an ideal city in respect of solid waste management. No city could achieve this goal without evolving a systematic and organised way of disposal of solid waste. Project Sahyog is a step taken in this direction.

Appreciating his Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda, for pursuing the project with a missionary zeal, General Jacob said in today’s world, management of waste was one of the most difficult issues, which each country was facing. It is, therefore, our duty to set an example by taking this initiative. Our city will soon be a model for others, he commented.

General Jacob said “through the execution of Project Sahyog, we are fulfilling the country’s commitment towards good, clean and healthy environment.” He appealed to the residents of Chandigarh to come forward and join hands with the Chandigarh Administration to promote this programme.

Prominent amongst those present on the occasion were the Adviser, Ms Neeru Nanda, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr M.P. Singh, Managing Director, CITCO, Mr S.P. Singh, councillors of Municipal Corporation Chandigarh and Members of various NGOs.



Shopkeepers complain against enforcement staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal and the Task Force Committee today complained to the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, and the Secretary, Municipal Corporation, Mr Sunil Bhatia, against the alleged high-handedness of enforcement staff.

The mandal vice-president and chairman of the Task Force Committee, Mr Kamaljeet Panchhi, along with Mr Satpaul Garg and Mr Subhash Sethi, met the Mayor and the Secretary after a visit to the spot in Sector 40 where clashes between traders and enforcement staff allegedly took place.

They said a case against traders was registered when the shopkeepers objected to their “illegal” behaviour.

These leaders urged the MCC and the Administration to issue guidelines for behaving decently with shopkeepers.



Khalsa Panchayat’s action flayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Khalsa conference today took exception to the activities of the Khalsa Panchayat by saying that any individual or organisation claiming to be a Sikh cannot challenge the decisions of Akal Takht.

As per the Sikh tradition, only Akal Takht has the authority to issue edicts. Mr Satwant Singh Anandpuri, President of the Khalsa Conference said the Khalsa Panchayat was guilty of lowering the dignity of Akal Takht. The panchayat had challenged the decision of the takht in the case of Baba Dhanwant Singh. The panchayat formed its own five member committee to deal with the subject. Mr Anandpuri demanded severe punishment for those associated with such a move of the panchayat.



Juveniles held on theft charge
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 20
The Crime Investigating Agency of the police has arrested a three-member gang of juveniles from Rajiv Colony on charges of theft.

The boys aged 14, 15 and 16 years respectively were arrested by the police during a special naka last night. As many as seven stereos were seized from them. The boys were reportedly stealing stereos for “living it up in style”.

They were presented before a local court and sent to 14 days judicial custody.

The police has booked a conductor of the Haryana Roadways, Dalbir Singh, on charges of fraud and cheating. The accused was selling old bus tickets to passengers travelling from Pinjore. Old tickets worth Rs 328 were seized from him. A case under Sections 409 and 420 of the IPC has been registered.

The police has arrested Ajay Kumar on charges of speculation and seized Rs 970 from him.

Two held
The police arrested Harbans Lal and Layak Ram on charges of drinking at a public place at the bus stand in Pinjore.


Chain snatching
A gold chain was snatched from a woman near the Community Centre in Sector 37 on Thursday. An unidentified youth snatched the chain from the victim, Raj Kumari, at about 9.15 p.m. A case has been registered under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC.

Two scooters were allegedly stolen in two separate incidents from the city on Thursday. According to information available, Ram Kumar, a resident of Manimajra, complained that his Vespa scooter was stolen from the parking site of Sector 34. In another incident Dr Rakesh Kumar, of Bathinda, complained that his scooter was stolen from Sector 10. Sunil Sharma, of Sector 40, lodged a complaint that a gas cylinder was stolen from his residence on September 17.

Nirmal Lal, of Kajheri village, has lodged a complaint with the police that Ashok Kumar, Vijay Kumar, and Vinod Kumar had assaulted him. He was admitted to the General Hospital in Sector 16. A case under Sections 323, 325 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.

Raj Kumar was arrested by the Sector 39 police for allegedly possessing five grams of charas. He has been booked under the NDPS Act.

Girl suffers burns
A 19-year-old girl of Daddu Majra colony was admitted to the PGI with 60 per cent burns this evening. According to the information available, the girl was working as a domestic aid in houses in Sector 15. The victim, Meena, in her statement before the magistrate stated that she was working in the kitchen of her house when a stove burst. The police is investigating the matter.

Two groups clashed with each other in front of the court premises here today. According to the information available, the members of the two groups belonged to Jalandhar and were armed with swords and a licenced gun. A resident of Lumbhra village in Jalandhar had filed a case against a local travel agent for failing to send him abroad. After the case was adjourned, the supporters of the two groups exchanged heated arguments outside the court premises.

Though no action was taken by the police in the case, a case under the Arms Act has been registered against Baj Singh for possessing a firearms. A police official, however, said Baj Singh was not related to either of the groups and was just a passerby.



Body found
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, September 20
The police has found body of an unidentified 60-year-old man in a nullah along the Ambala-Kalka highway in Dhakauli village near here on Friday.

The police said the blood was oozing from one ear of the deceased and there were injury marks on his body. The exact cause of his death could not be ascertained. A senior police official said possibility of a murder could not be ruled out. Meanwhile, after registering a case the police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for a post-mortem.



Hilti to open centre in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Hilti Group, a worldwide supplier of system solutions in the field of positioning, fastening, demolition and construction chemicals, is opening its centre in Chandigarh on October 3, according to a press note of the group.

A world technological leader with operations in more than 120 countries, Hilti believes in bringing its global expertise to the local industry. Hilti India, an ISO 9001 company, strives to offer the highest standards of quality, safety, application-friendliness and environmental compatibility to its customers. The company offers support to professionals in the construction industry through technical advice, application-product training, technical literature and after-sales services.



Japanese firm to open factory
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 20
Japanese multinational Musashi Seimitsu Industries Company Limited has decided to set up a project to manufacture automotive components at the HSIDC Growth Centre at Bawal in Rewari district.

The HSIDC is learnt to have allotted eight acres (32400 sq mtr) of land for this 100 per cent foreign direct investment project. In a ceremony held at the corporate office of the HSIDC, here today, an allotment letter was handed over by Dr Harbakhsh Singh, Managing Director of the corporation to a senior functionary of the India- based subsidiary of the company.

Musashi Seimitsu is engaged in the manufacture of automobile parts with manufacturing facility in eleven countries, including the USA, Thailand, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Hungry and Germany.

The company’s annual turnover during the last fiscal year was 72160 million Yen (approximately Rs 2829.39 crore). The proposed project involves manufacture of flat gears and related automotive parts as a dedicated vendor to Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Private Limited, Manesar.

The capital cost of the project has been estimated at Rs 62.74 crore, proposed to be financed by way of share capital of Rs 40 crore and term loans of Rs 20.27 crore from commercial banks. The main raw material for the project, steel bars and wires will be procured both from indigenous and imported sources.

When implemented, the project will provide direct employment to more than 500 persons in this relatively backward region of the state. The company is committed to start commercial operations and supply to Honda Motorcycles and Scooters by October 2003.


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