Monday, September 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Water samples from Dadu Majra, Palsora 
found contaminated
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Notwithstanding tall claims of the Municipal corporation of Chandigarh and the health authorities of keeping slum areas clean and providing them with “safe” drinking water, barely two months after the outbreak of cholera in the Palsora and Dadu Majra areas, residents here are being supplied with contaminated water supply, not fit for human consumption.

Even the outbreak of cholera in the Palsora and Dadu Majra localities last month, leading to hospitalisation of several people has not made things better for the residents who continue to live in the same filthy, unhygienic surroundings with drinking water contaminated with coliform bacteria.

Water samples collected from taps, getting supply from the tubewells, during laboratory analysis indicated heavy contamination. The bacteriological analysis of water sample from Palsora, conducted at Haryana Government Laboratory in Sector 11, indicated coliform contamination of 79 per 100 ml. Even though the level of contamination in the water sample from Dadu Majra was less at 33, but analysts termed the samples unfit for human consumption.

Last month cholera had resurfaced in the Palsora and Dadu Majra localities as several residents, majority of them children, had to be hospitalised. Earlier in July two deaths were reported in Sector 52 due to cholera.

Though the sample collected from Sector 52 did not have coliform bacteria, it had appreciable quantity of sediments, whereas drinking water should be free from it. “Though we make it a point to drink water supplied by MCC tankers at times we are left with no option but to drink the water from the tubewells,” says Sunita, a resident of Sector 52.

The position is no better in Palsora. “We try and take precautions to avoid drinking water from handpumps, but what do we do about children, who invariably drink this very water,” rues Surider in Palsora, as children playing in the street quench their thirst with the contaminated water from a handpump. Though, a warning has been written on the handpump not to use its water for drinking purpose, there are many who are still consuming it.

Water sample collected from a tap in a dhaba in Dadu Majra also indicated very high presence of coliform bacteria. When asked, the owner of the dhaba said like majority of the people, he too was using this water for drinking.

With the monsoon receding, the authorities seem to be sitting relaxed, feeling that the worst was over, since it was during the rainy season that there was maximum fear of outbreak of water-borne diseases. But as far as the filth and unhygienic conditions prevailing in these areas was concerned, the situation was deplorable.

These areas, be it Sector 52 or Palsora, are a picture of complete neglect with heaps of garbage, cow dung and stagnant water all around. The residents said claims of authorities at the time of outbreak of cholera had proved hollow as nobody was bothered about the problems plaguing their areas.

The MCC Chief Engineer, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, when contacted said that as per the test conducted at various laboratories the water was found to be fit for human consumption, with no contamination. He said had the water been contaminated people would have fallen sick in large numbers. 



Cable operators out to woo subscribers
Plan to lay optic fibre cable
Ruchika M. Khanna

Tribune News Service

Cable subscriber assaulted

A resident of Sector 4 here, Mr Ashish Kumar Sharma, was reportedly assaulted by employees of a cable operator this morning. He had gone to settle tariff charges, when an altercation broke out between him and men of the cable operator over the amount he owed to them. Later, Mr Sharma was assaulted.

It is learnt that Mr Sharma had gone to make a payment of Rs 500 for three months, but operator’s men asked him to pay Rs 75 per additional TV set at his residence, which the latter refused. A DDR has been registered at the Sector 2 police post.

Panchkula, September 22
Threatened by residents’ upsurge against enhanced cable tariffs, operators have decided to upgrade their services. From ensuring uninterrupted transmission to providing latest technology, operators are going all out to woo customers and put “ cable war” behind them.

It is learnt that cable operators here propose to lay an underground optic fibre cable for transmission of services in different parts of the township. They have already sent a proposal in this regard to the Haryana Urban Development Authority for approval.

Sources in cable industry inform that this project is being undertaken by the Panchkula Cable Network (PCN) and they have offered to pay a sum of Rs 6 per metre of cable being laid — a competitive price as is being charged from Reliance Industries and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. These two companies have already laid optic fibre for telecommunication network. The cost of this project is estimated to be over Rs 30 lakh.

The optic fibre project plan has been prepared by NIG, Delhi, and North America Private Limited, Delhi, and cable will be laid from sector to sector, beginning from a centralised office of the PCN in Sector 16, according to Mr Rajiv Gupta of Panchkula Cable Network.

However, delay in transfer of powers from the Haryana Urban Development Authority to the Municipal Council here has stalled their expansion plans. Operators say that both bodies maintain that giving by permission for laying fibre cable is in the purview of the other too, as a result they cannot begin work.

They say that the UT Administration and the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation have already given permission to lay underground cable to their counterparts in Chandigarh, with Siti Cable replacing 75 per cent of its overhead cables with underground network. They say underground optic fibre cable will ensure that transmission line is not cut, cable theft is reduced; and, problems of faults in amplifiers is reduced. As a result transmission problems, especially in Panchkula Extension and Mansa Devi Complex , will be reduced.

It may be noted that monthly cable tariff had gone up Rs 75 to Rs 50 from July onwards. The rates were increased following a hike in subscription rates by some pay channels from May onwards and increase in connectivity charges by Star TV. The rates had been increased from Rs 200 per month to Rs 275 per month.

As of now 52 channels are being showcased by operators here. Of these, 34 are pay channels and these channels are charging anything between Rs 23.50 and Rs 42 per connection from the operators.

A lot of hue and cry was raised in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and the township over the hike in rates. With residents and cable operators at logger heads, a number of residents began supporting a private cable operator by handing over the connections to main operators — the Panchkula Cable Network and the Panchkula Cable TV Association . Residents had also been complaining of deficiency in services by these two associations. It was then that these associations offered to give connections of 36 non- pay channels at Rs 30 a month.



Senate meeting: academics take back seat
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Service matters concerning teachers and non-teachers dominated the Panjab University Senate meeting here today. Of the total, nearly 30 items pertained to appointments, confirmations and other service matters of the university employees. More than 20 items pertained to affiliation of colleges.

For the first five hours not even a single academic issue pertaining to student education directly came up for discussion except for a stray mention. Two hours after the lunch break, the meeting deliberated largely on service rules.

The Senate witnessed heated exchange of words. Dr Keshav Malhotra, Prof P.P.Arya and Prof R.D.Anand expressed certain differences over contract appointments in the University Institute of Engineering and Technology. Prof Charanjit Chawla expressed his difference of opinion.

In the question hour the issue of recruitment of teachers in colleges following the Punjab Government’s reservations was discussed. The Senate decided to communicate to the government its compulsions of making certain need-basis appointments. Prof Satya Pal Gautam said teachers should be taken into confidence while approaching the government.

The issue of the rejection of the name of Dr Kewal Singh as Director of Sports consumed an hour. Finally it was decided to refer the matter to the Syndicate once again. Mr Satya Pal Dang and Mr Rajinder Bhandari, among others, wanted the university to regulate the proceedings of the House.

Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, while agreeing that a lot of time was being wasted, said: “There were certain speakers who only wanted to speak”. Prof S.S. Kumar said the university needed to initiate certain corrective methods in conduct of the house.

Principal P.S.Sangha said a number of college teachers had not been paid salaries for the past eight to 10 months; Prof P.P.Arya spoke against the UGC circular seeking the abolition of vacant posts in the non-teaching wing.

The university decided to stick to the attendance requirement of 75 per cent for students to qualify for the university examination. A lot of arguments were given against the circular. However, the university said the decision was following the UGC circular which was ‘mandatory’.

The Senate decided to send a letter to Prof M.M. Puri, a former Vice-Chancellor, who is accused of financial misappropriation during his tenure. He is expected to reply with in a month failing which a criminal case could be recorded against him.

Prof Charanjit Chawla said an a FIR should be lodged against him. Justice D.V. Sehgal, Mr Ashok Goyal and Mr R.S. Verma also wanted quick university action.

Meanwhile, Prof Puri in his letter to the university said: “I again reiterate that it is absolutely necessary to have the relevant record and documentary information unambiguously spelt out without delay. The failure of the office to promptly do the needful is delaying resolution of the problem is causing me unwarranted harassment.”



Rape case: more arrests likely
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
More arrest(s) in the rape case of a girl from Shimla are on the cards. After lying low for a week after the arrest of a Head Constable, the Chandigarh Police is likely to proceed against a Haryana bureaucrat whose name has figured “prominently” in the alleged frame-up case.

Sources in the police said no prior permission from the higher authorities was required before proceeding against the bureaucrat. Vital evidence regarding contacts between the suspect, Ram Lal and the bureaucrat and other circumstantial evidence was being arranged in order. The investigating team was reportedly looking for some evidence solid enough to nail the bureaucrat.

The decision of the Haryana Government to suspend the bureaucrat could also speed up the investigations in the case. The cops were reportedly waiting for the Inspector General of Chandigarh Police to return from leave before any action against the bureaucrat was taken.

The sources said the suspect-turned-victim, of MK Jain, who was granted anticipatory bail by a local court, is expected to join the police investigation by tomorrow. A blood sample of MK Jain was expected to be taken to ensure that no flaw was left in the police theory of the case being a frame up. The DNA sampling of the Jain’s blood would be matched with the traces of semen found on the girl’s clothes.

Already the traces of semen and blood sample of one of the suspect, Surinder, had been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for DNA sampling. A senior official of the Chandigarh Police said the CFSL authorities were expected to provide the results in the coming days.

The main suspect, Ram Lal, during his interrogation had said that a Haryana bureaucrat and a cop were “actively” involved in the rape frame-up case. The involvement of Ram Lal, Surinder and Baldev could become secondary in the frame-up case. For proceeding against a bureaucrat allegedly involved in a criminal case, the investigating agency does not require permission from the higher authorities. The police can straight away proceed against a bureaucrat, provided there was clinching evidence. As per the criminal procedure code (CrPC) the investigating agency is required to submit the full report of a case before the criminal court concerned and it was for the investigating officer to satisfy the concerned court.



Pot-holed road causes trouble for commuters
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 22
Scores of commuters and pedestrians are suffering due to deep potholes on the Mubarikpur-Ramgarh stretch of the old Ambala-Kalka highway, thanks to the Punjab Public Works Department (PPWD) which has apparently turned a blind eye towards the maintenance of the road.

The condition of about 3-km-stretch of the highway is so bad that motorists and commuters are forced to take alternate routes. Worst affected are industrialists and local residents who have to face the problem daily.

In addition to this, a narrow bridge on the highway which connects Punjab with Haryana is also in a bad shape. The upper layer of the bridge has peeled off at various places and iron railings are missing from some points while the bitumen from the bridge surface has almost worn off.

Traffic jams are a routine feature on the bridge which further puts commuters to inconvenience. Students and office goers often get delayed because of traffic jams.

Drivers are often seen avoiding potholes and in return getting rammed by vehicles from the opposite direction.

And residents of the nearby areas complain that motorists often leave their lane putting those coming from the opposite direction in trouble.

The number of accidents has also gone up in the past couple of years on this particular stretch of the highway.

Mr Vijay Aggarwal, president of the Stone Crushers Association, Mubarikpur, complained that heavy traffic had worn off the road surface in just one year and one to two feet deep potholes had appeared on the surface.

During rains mud accumulates in the potholes which further multiplies the problem. The speeding vehicles soil clothes of pedestrians as they cross over potholes filled with mud during rains. In summers cloud of dust surrounds those passing the bridge, said Mr Singla.

Office-bearers of the Stone Crushers Union and the Dera Bassi Industrial Association said that they have given a representation to the authorities concerned several times but in vain.

They said the authorities had told them that as per government rules, damaged roads could be recarpeted only after a gap of five years.

Mr Krishan Pal Sharma, a member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, demanded that the government take a serious note and the road be repaired on a priority basis.

Meanwhile, all efforts to contact the PPWD authorities, till late in the evening, proved futile.




CITY residents seem to have taken to the dull autumn in a bright way. This is evident from the beautiful hues of red, pink, yellow, green and blue that are ruling the fashion scene in the city.

The otherwise staid surroundings of the city are now a sharp contrast to the riot of colours currently witnessed in the city. A visit to any public place in the city, be it the Sector 17 market, the university or the lake — men and women, young and old, are seen sporting the latest colours — ashes of roses ( shade of pink), lime green, aquamarine, canary yellow and crimson. However, black still remains the favourite for all age-groups and both genders.

What is surprising, say the local fashion pundits, is the way even the men have taken to bright colours. They predict that it is men’s clothing that is more riotous than women’s clothing for the ensuing winter season. Canary yellow, green and various shades of pink remain the favourite colours.

It is learnt that the men’s shirt is getting shorter and boot-cut trousers (that have slight flair at the ends) are the favourites. In women’s wear, the salwar-kameez makes a comeback, with the shirt getting shorter and salwar having more flair or slim pants to go with salwars. Fashion gurus claim that while there is little alteration in women’s clothing this year, it is men’s clothing that is ready for a complete changeover.

Sharma back in news

This tale sees no end. Just when mediapersons had written off Ravi Kant Sharma and packed their bags from outside his residence in Sector 6, Panchkula, the story has again hit the headlines.

“The lull before the storm,” this adage seemed fit after family members of suspended IG Ravi Kant, main suspect in the Shivani murder case, stopped calling impromptu press conferences with waiting mediapersons outside their house. And the storm did come, when Delhi police cops , in a desperate attempt to reach to Ravi Kant , began attaching his property in Gurgaon, Deeg village in Shahabad and Panchkula during this week.

The day the Delhi cops swooped down at the Sharmas residence here earlier this week, they brought the journos back to “madam’s” doorstep. IG’s mother changed her will, bequeathing all her property (movable and immovable assets) to younger daughter, Sudha Joshi and then the Haryana Home Department, too, decided to tighten its noose by framing a charge sheet against Sharma.

It is still is a long wait — at least for the mediapersons.

Unique surgery

With a majority of the heart centres refusing to take the risk of operating on three valves of Mrs Harpal Kaur, who had undergone a valve replacement in 1987, it was at Mukat Hospital that an innovative technique was used to perform the operation.

It was 15 years after undergoing a prosthetic heart valve replacement in 1987, that Mrs Harpal Kaur, a 42-year-old resident of Ambala, started having problems. The risk of operating on three valves the second time was so tremendous that she was refused surgery by many heart centres.

Finally it was Dr S. Jindal, who along with Dr A.N. Ghosh and Dr Upender R. Singh, successfully undertook the challenge. The operation was done by connecting the patient to a heart-lung machine.

While this technique is still awaiting acceptance for publication in medical journals, the patient is recovering well at Mukat Hospital.

Free legal aid

Those who cannot afford costly litigation can now avail themselves of the services of an advocate in the District Courts and the Punjab and Haryana High Court. This information was given by UT Additional and Sessions Judge-cum-Judge Permanent Lok Adalat, Mr Sant Parkash, during the special Lok Adalat held in the district court.

He added that the UT State Legal Service Authority had been providing free legal aid to the weaker sections of society including those in custody, protective home, juvenile home, psychiatric hospital or nursing home, a member of the Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe, a woman or a child, an industrial workman or a person whose annual income from all sources does not exceed Rs 50,000 are eligible for aid.

AIDS awareness

With a view to spreading awareness about AIDS among jail inmates lodged in Burail jail, the Indian Council of Social Welfare in collaboration with the state AIDS Control Society effectively conveyed the message through a documentary film show and a play presented by the mask theatre. It also entertained the inmates with folk songs on the theme of AIDS. The organisation informed the inmates about transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS and STDs with emphasis on safe sexual behaviour.

Media’s favourite

His commitment and dedication to his leader notwithstanding , Mr Inderpreet Singh Sandhu, the low -profile spokesman of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann), is a “selfless worker”.

Though he has been associated with Mr Simranjit Singh Mann for more than a decade now, he has always preferred to take a back seat. Popular with the Chandigarh media, it is he who invites and hosts most of the Press conferences by his leader.

Son of late Rishbeg Singh Sandhu, an international hockey and kabaddi player, Inderpreet Singh Sandhu is a staunch supporter of “integrity, transparency and commitment to the public cause” in politics.

“My father had been a staunch Akali. Almost all leaders came to him for advice. He never entered electoral politics. He was a man of principles and never deviated from his path,” says Inderpreet.

It is probably his grooming that makes him a low profile dedicated political worker. “I find Mr Simranjit Singh Mann to be a man of principles, honest and committed to the welfare of people of Punjab in general and the Sikhs in particular. It is why I have a long association with him,” says Inderpreet maintaining that he has never ever made a demand on his leader.

A product of local Government College and Panjab University, Inderpreet mainly looks after his ancestral property and continues to pursue agriculture as his main vocation.

Be careful

The slip-road that comes after the roundabout of Sectors 35, 34, 22 and 21 has become a hazard for passers-by. While passing by this route one has to be very careful as both sides of the road have been encroached upon by migrant families. They do their daily chores, from washing to bathing and also cooking, on the pavement. Small children playing on the road is a major cause of accidents.

Due to the absence of street lights on the road it is riskier at night. In addition to all these, there has now become a big hole in the road which has narrowed the road. All these make this crossing accident-prone.

Bicycle patrol

The movement of conscientious citizens against the introduction of patrolling on bicycles by Chandigarh Police at Sukhna Lake got a boost when the local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, and several others also declared their support to it.

After eminent citizens, including a former Chief Secretary of Haryana and several ADGPs of Punjab Police, made a representation to the Administrator of Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), against the patrolling on bicycles at lake, others too sent a supplementary letter to General Jacob.

Those who have signed the second memorandum include Mr J.S. Bawa, former Director, CBI, Mr S.S. Brar, former DGP, Haryana, Lieut-Col G.S. Brar (retd), Lieut-Col R.S. Padda (retd), Mr D.S. Jaspal, Mr R.L. Kapoor, Mr Sanjay Kumar — all IAS officers belonging to Punjab cadre — besides Dr S.K. Sharma, Director, PGI, and several eminent lawyers and jurists, including Mr T. S. Cheema, Mr R.P. Sawhney, Mr Rajinder Singh Chahar, Mr N.K. Nanda, Mr Chaman Lal Sharma, Mr Gopal Krishan Chathrath, Mr H.S. Hooda and Ms Amrita Atwal, a PCS officer.

They felt patrol on bicycles would break the serene and peaceful environs of the Sukhna enjoyed by regular strollers. “Walkers find the place soothing to the nerves, and the walk by the side of the Sukhna is most soul uplifting,” they said in their letter urging the Administrator that “effective steps should be taken to maintain the unique nature of the lake and enforce strictly the restrictions like not taking dogs or vehicles etc there. If the police feel the necessity of increased policing, they can increase the number of foot patrols or introduce mobile patrolling on the parallel road. But cycle patrolling should never be allowed on the lake side,” they added.




Mukherjee comes to rescue of MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Home Ministry, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, here today assured the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, of taking up issues of non-issuance of SC certificates and Central Government’s delay in releasing money to the municipal corporation as recommended by the Second Delhi Finance Commission.

‘’The issues raised by Mr Bansal will be taken up with the Home Ministry, which controls the Chandigarh Administration,’’ Mr Mukherjee told a gathering of party workers at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan.

Mr Mukherjee’s assurance came in response to Mr Bansal’s allegation that the Home Ministry had not yet given clearance to release money to the Municipal Corporation despite the Chandigarh Administration’s approval of recommendations to the Union Government.

Congress Working Committee member Pranab Mukherjee is leading the Parliamentary Committee on Home Ministry in the city to go into issues between the Chandigarh Administration and the Union Government and the Chandigarh Administration and municipal corporation.

The Union Territory had been dried of funds during the BJP regime claiming that during his tenure as Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, an average of Rs 3 crore of additional Central grant had been given to the city annually, he said.

Mr Mukherjee came in defence of All-India Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi whose foreign origin was still being made an issue.

Lashing out at the BJP for selling-profit making public sector undertakings, he said the economic condition of the country had always faced a slump when the non-Congress governments took over.

The Congress leader sounded confident that the party would win the Gujarat elections whenever they were held and it would substantially improve its tally in Jammu and Kashmir, the elections of which could pave the way for ending terrorism in the state.

Mr Pawan Bansal said the BJP government had been going slow on transferring powers to urban local bodies and panchayats as per the Constitutional amendments brought by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee President B. B. Bahl asked Mr Mukherjee to ensure that PSUs were not sold on throwaway prices. Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress President H.S. Lucky said the ‘’tainted BJP government at the Centre’’ would be dethroned by the people whenever elections were held.

The Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, said the delay in releasing grants was affecting development of the city and asked Mr Mukherjee to look into the matter.

The Mahila INTUC President and a councillor, Mr Shyama Negi, came down heavily on the BJP for raking up the issue of Sonia’s foreign origin. The INTUC President, Mr Rampal Sharma, urged the CWC member not to let opportunist outsiders join the Congress which was inching towards wresting power.



Students come to kidney patient’s aid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The students, faculty members and staff of Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College have come to the rescue of Uma Jha, a resident of Dharbanga in Bihar, who has been awaiting a kidney transplant at the PGI for the past six months, due to a financial crunch.

It was after Uma’s story was published in newspapers that the students decided to help her out, even if it was only a part of the Rs 1.50 lakh that was required for the transplant. The Principal of the college, Dr K. Baldev, said that a cheque of Rs 11,100 had been handed over to Uma, to help her out.

It was after a year of her marriage that 24-year-old Uma started having medical problems. Sensing that a large amount of money would have to be spent on Uma’s treatment , her husband and in laws sent her to her parents home. Though her younger brother, Keshav, was more than willing to donate a kidney to save the life of his sister but paucity of funds was the major problem.

Though, financial help has come in from a number of individuals and organisations, but the entire amount of Rs 1.50 lakh, required for transplant has not been collected so far.



Be careful with 100-note wads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has advised the public to exercise caution while accepting wads of 100 of currency notes in daily transactions.

The RBI has cautioned that people tend to accept wads of 100 currency notes branded with stamps of bank branches without examining the notes, thinking that these would have been prepared and issued by the banks.

There are reports that some unscrupulous elements have been preparing wads of 100 of currency notes containing some incomplete or half notes cleverly prepared by sticking paper on the left side where the wad is stapled.

Such wads also contained printed labels of the bank branch. These stamps are either deliberately smudged or in one case, where it was clear, it transpired that no such branch existed.

Cable operators wooing customers

Threatened by residents’ protest against enhanced tariff, cable operators have decided to upgrade their services.

From ensuring uninterrupted transmission to providing latest technology, operators are going all out to woo customers and put the “cable war” behind them.

Cable operators here propose to lay an underground optic fibre cable for transmission of services in different parts of Panchkula. They have sent a proposal in this regard to the Haryana Urban Development Authority for approval.

Sources in the cable industry inform that this project is being undertaken by the Panchkula Cable Network and it has offered to pay Rs 6 per metre of cable being laid, a competitive price as charged by Reliance Industries and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ( BSNL).

These two companies have laid optic fibre for telecommunication network. The cost of this project is estimated to be over Rs 30 lakh.

Water unfit for consumption

Notwithstanding the tall claims of the Municipal Committee and health authorities of keeping slum areas clean and providing these with “safe” drinking water, barely two months after the outbreak of cholera in Palsora and Dadu Majra areas, the residents here are being supplied contaminated water supply, not fit for human consumption.

Even the outbreak of cholera in Palsora and Dadu Majra localities last month, leading to hospitalisation of several people, has not made things better for the residents, who continue to live in the same filthy, unhygienic surroundings, with water contaminated with coliform bacteria for drinking purpose.

Water samples collected from taps, getting supply from the tubewells, during laboratory analysis, indicated heavy contamination.

The bacteriological analysis of water sample from Palsora, conducted at Haryana government laboratory in Sector 11, indicated coliform contamination of 79 per 100 ml.

Even though the level of contamination in the water sample from Dadu Majra was less at 33, but the analyst termed both the samples unfit for human consumption.

It was last month that cholera had resurfaced in Palsora and Dadu Majra localities, as several residents, a majority of them children, had to be hospitalised.

It was earlier in July that two persons died due to cholera in Sector 52.



Brisk walking contest for elders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The Chandigarh police will organise a senior citizens’ brisk walking competition in collaboration with the Senior Citizens’ Association on September 24. The competition is also open for senior citizens from outside the city.

The contest has been divided in four age groups — (men): 65 to 69 years, 70 to 74 years, 75 to 79 years, and 80 to 84 years; (women): 60 to 64 years, 65 to 69 years, 70 to 74 years and 75 to 79 years. The distance varies for each age group.

The race would begin from near the Sukhna police post at 7.40 am.

Meanwhile, the road stretch on Uttar Marg, from the roundabout near MLA flats Sectors 3 and 4 to the roundabout of Sectors 5, 6, 7 and 8, would remain closed for traffic on September 24 from 7 am to 10 am. The motorists going to Punjab and Haryana High Court, Civil Secretariat, Vidhan Sabha and Sectors 4 and 5 would have to use alternative routes.



Ex-Foreman of Tribune dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Mr Dev Raj Malhotra, a former Foreman of The Tribune Group of Newspapers, died here today. He was 70.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son, who is an employee of The Tribune. The funeral procession will start from 3035-A, Tribune Colony, Sector 29-D, at 10 a.m. tomorrow.



Doc held for molesting patient
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 22
The police has arrested a doctor, Dr Chandra Mohan from Dhandardu village, on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman patient.

The accused had reportedly been called to examine the woman, when he misbehaved with her when he found her alone inside the house. The police has registered a case under Sections 354 and 506 of IPC.

Fraud: The police has booked Rajan Kansal, a resident of Chandigarh, on charges of cheating Devendra Mahajan of Rs 5,000. The latter had sold his Contessa (HP-22-2999) in 1996 for Rs 2.15 lakh, but paid him Rs 2.10 lakh, with a promise of paying the balance amount later. However, he has not paid the balance amount. A case under Sections 406, 420 and 506 of IPC has been registered.

Chain snatcher held: The police has arrested Rajesh Kumar, a member of a chain snatchers’ gang, from near Majri chowk. He has been booked under Sections 356 and 34 of IPC.

Three arrested: The police has arrested three persons — Khushi Ram, Ram Prasad and Shiva — on charges of stealing iron railing from Budanpour park. They have been booked under Section 379 of IPC.

CHAIN SNATCHED: Two scooter-borne youths snatched a gold chain of a woman at Ambala cantonment here on Sunday. The police has registered a case against the unknown youths. Mr Gopal Krishan, a resident of Gurgaon, had come to meet one of his relatives. When he was going back toward bus stand on a rickshaw, along with his wife, two youths came on a scooter and snatched her chain. OC



2 Haryana tourism employees held on rape charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
A 30-year-old woman of Hallo Majra was allegedly raped by two employees of the Haryana Tourism Corporation (HTC) at a Haryana Government-run guest house in Sector 2 here last night. According to the information available, the two persons, Resham Singh and Surinder Singh, are employed as drivers with the tourism department.

Sources in the police said that the two persons brought the married woman to the guest house on the pretext of providing her with a job in the tourism department. The two then raped the woman in a room of the guest house, Puffin. The two suspects have been arrested by the police and a case under Sections 366 and 376 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 3 Police Station. The case was registered after the woman narrated the incident to the police.



One killed, four hurt in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 22
One person was killed and four others were injured in five separate accidents in the district within past 24 hours.

A Canter driver from Shimla, Dil Bahadur, was killed and three others were injured when a Canter and a truck collided with each other near Pinjore on the National Highway 22 at around 2 am today. The injured, cleaner of the Canter, Ruma Singh, trader Hazara Singh and driver of the truck, Tara Chand have been admitted to various hospitals.

The Canter ( CH-03J- 3335) was ferrying apples from Shimla and the truck (HP-06-3077) was ferrying bricks from Pinjore to Kalka. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of IPC.

In another accident, three persons, Jatinder, his wife Poonam and son Tejal, were injured when their cycle was hit by a car (CH-01M- 2834). While Jatinder and his son escaped with minor bruises, Poonam was seriously hurt.



Rahul’s body yet to be found
Our Correspondent

Kharar, September 22
The police has not yet succeeded in locating the body of five-year-old, Rahul, of Mundi Kharar village. It may be mentioned that Rahul was allegedly killed by his stepfather Harvinder Singh by throwing him in Bhakra Canal, near Morinda. The accused was arrested by the Kharar police after a case was registered under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC. He is under judicial remand till October 4.

Sub Inspector Balkar Singh, in charge of the Kharar city post told “Chandigarh Tribune” yesterday that the police had visited many villages situated near the canal and enquired about the body of Rahul.

He said the police had seized the scooter on which the accused took the child to the canal. He said the police had also seized the lunch box of Rahul. He said the accused had confessed the crime in an extra-judicial confession before two prominent persons.



Youth assaulted in Golf Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
A 20-year-old youth of Mani Majra, Gur Fateh, was injured when he was assaulted by at least four youths at the Golf Club last evening.

According to information available, the victim had come to the club to attend a party when four youths, Javinder, Simrat Javinder, Bharatveer, Sunni Ghai and Saran, assaulted him with bottles and rods. A case under Sections 324, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. 



Chandigarh chapter of National HRD 
network launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The Chandigarh chapter of the National Human Resource Development ( HRD) network was launched at the northern headquarters of the Confederation of Indian Industries ( CII ) here yesterday.

The programme was sponsored by Omam Consultants Private Limited.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr Santrup Misra, Director, Birla Management Corporation, said, “Over the past few decades, the HRD sector has emerged as an important part of the industry. Earlier, the HR departments, were just considered fit to interact with the union leaders and to keep the record of workers in a unit, however, they are supposed to play a critical role in the management of all the economic activities of the industry at the global level in the context of growing business complexity,divergent aspirations of the workers and opportunities for collaboration.’’

In his key note address, he asked the HRD students, practitioners and consultants to appreciate the changing character of the profession. The impact of liberalisation and information technology had created new opportunities and challenges.

Appreciating the efforts of the local industrial units to promote the professional human resource management, he said that budding HR professionals would have to develop network competence, project management skills, facilitation and individual consultancy. They should however, be prepared for the decline of status of the profession, like finance, marketing, once it achieved a certain level.

Calling upon the young students of the HRD, he said, they should prepare themselves as a strategic thinker, problem solver and global sourcing. They would have to emerge as think tank themselves. Among others, Prof Udai Pareek, and Mr P. Dwarkanath, regional president of the National HRD Network and Director, HR, Glaxo Smithkline Beecham, also addressed the gathering.



Are you being short-changed by your bank?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Next time you go to a bank in the city to withdraw a packet of currency notes, be careful. You may be short-changed. The packet, even if sealed, stapled and stamped, may not contain the full amount you have asked for. If the packet is composed of 100 rupee notes or 500 rupee notes, there is more than a fair chance that it does not contain the full amount.

Chandigarh is the most densely banked city in Asia. It has about 200 branches of nationalised and private banks.

According to sources in the banking industry, thousands of transactions take place in these banks every day. Complaints of packets of currency notes, handed over to customers by bank cashiers, not containing the full amount of money have become commonplace. “It has become an everyday occurrence”, concede the sources. “People accept packets trusting the bank cashier only to realise that it does not contain the full amount they had asked for”, they say.

Despite on increase in number of such cases, complaints are generally not forwarded to the police. “There is a conspiracy of silence on the part of banks and customers”, says Mr S.C. Dhall, a wellknown banker of the city. “Banks tend to settle the matter within the four walls of their premises by making good the shortfall in a packet, if detected, while customers hesitate to go to the police to avoid harassment”.

But the situation is alarming enough to prompt the Reserve Bank of India to sit up and take notice. In a circular issued recently, it has advised the public to exercise caution while accepting packets containing 100 pieces of currency notes in daily transactions.

The RBI has cautioned that people tend to accept packets of currency notes, bearing stamps of bank branches, without actually counting or examining the notes. There are reports that some ‘unscrupulous elements’ have been preparing packets of 100 pieces of currency notes containing some pieces of incomplete or half notes, cleverly made up by sticking paper on the left side of the note packets where it is stapled. Such note packets also carry printed labels of bank branches. The stamps branded on printed label purporting to be that of a bank branch are generally deliberately smudged. In one case it was found that there was no such branch existed.

To discourage such fraudulent attempts, the RBI has advised public to check currency packets, even if they bear bank stamps. There are also complaints of counterfeit money, especially Rs 100 and Rs 500 notes.



IIMM celebrates annual day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The local branch of the Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) celebrated its 18th annual day here on Sunday. It was attended by the representatives of leading industrial units namely Swaraj Mazda, Punjab Tractor Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited, Swaraj Engine, Ranbaxy Limited,, Max GB Limited, Semi-Conductor Limited, Gujarat Ambuja, GNA Limited, Indswift Limited, Godrej Limited, and Dabur Limited. More than 150 delegates from Punjab. Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh participated. Dr J.S. Bhatia, Director, Centre for Electronic Design and Technology of India, was the chief guest and Dr Naresh Kumar, vice-president, Ranbaxy Limited, was the guest of honour. Mr Basanarajaih, General Manager, Bharat Electronic Limited, Panchkula, was given the outstanding CEO Award on account of his excellence performance during the year. The Outstanding Material Management Award was given to Mr Sushanta Chaudhary, Manager, Dabur Limited, Baddi. Among others, Ms Richa Madhukar, Prof Ravi Shankar from IIT Delhi, Mr Anil Syal, General Manager, Safix, New Delhi, made presentations. In all more than 10 companies demonstrated their industrial products at various stalls. Dr Naresh Kumar, vice-president, Ranbaxy Limited, appreciated the role of the IIMM in fighting and conquering recessionary trends. Among others, Mr M.K. Bhardwaj, national Senior Vice-President of the institute, Mr S.K. Sharma, Vice-President of the Northern Division of the institute, Mr V.K. Jain, former President of the institute also spoke on the occasion.

Hero Honda launches Ambition

The Hero Honda launched its new model Ambition here on Sunday. Ambition, powered with 133cc and 11 bhp engine has all the features of the modern technology. On the occasion, Mr Sandeep Singh Virk, the owner of Regent Automobiles, claimed that it was a genuine bike with 79 kmpl millage at a top speed of 110 kmph,under test conditions. It was also empowered with a special and unique feature — advanced micro process ignition system (AMI) — that would help deliver the unparallel combination of power, top speed and fuel efficiency. He said the Ambition model would be available in nine vibrant colours, including black, blue and chilly green metallic. TNS

New business printer

TVS Electronics has announced the launch of a business printer, TVS PROTON. The printer, by replacing the traditional CPS (characters per second) metric with BPM (bills per minute), promises to be the world’s quickest bill printer, generating 10 bills per minute, thus making it 20 per cent faster. The new millennium styling, roll paper feeder, re-inking of ribbons through the ink bank market opportunity technology makes it the most innovative transaction printer in the world. TNS


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