Thursday, October 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU to monitor monthly classroom attendance
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Classroom attendance of students will be displayed on notice boards on a monthly basis in departments of Panjab University, says one of the prominent recommendations of a committee.

The main aim is to update students on their attendance and make them more conscious about the importance of classes which is more pertinent in the background that the university this time has decided to adhere to 75 per cent minimum attendance against the earlier requirement of 66 per cent. The main purpose of the recommendation is seen as a ‘corrective by timely informing the students’. The practice already exists in the Law Department.

  • PU will display monthly attendance of students on the notice boards.
  • A copy of the self-appraisal reports will also be sent to Dean, University Instructions.
  • The university will study the actual workload of the teachers in the light of the UGC recommendations.
  • The University Grants Commission has recommended mandatory 75 per cent attendance in classes to be eligible for university examination. The university did not comply to the student agitation to this regard recently.
  • A lecturer and senior lecturer is expected to teach 16 hours a week, while a professor or a reader is expected to teach for 14 hours. However, a professor busy in a research project will be exempted for two hours.

The committee members included Prof V.K. Gupta, Prof R.K. Kakkar, Prof D.N. Jauhar, Prof Satya P Gautam, Prof R.D. Anand, Prof S.C. Vaidya and Prof Shelly Walia, among others. The committee was constituted to “ enforce and monitor the attendance record of the students, to go through the time-table of the teaching departments and also the workload of faculty members as per the UGC norms as also to monitor the submission of self appraisal reports”.

The committee has also recommended that each teaching department will forward a copy of the self appraisal reports of teachers to the DUI who will sign the report. The main aim here is seen as timely submission of reports by the teachers. The university faced a lot of problem, initially at least, in receiving a copy of self appraisal reports from teachers.

A circular of the university attached with the committee agenda said “the direct teaching hours of senior lecturer and lecturer was 16 hours and that of reader and professor was 14 hours. However, a relaxation of two hours in the workload may be allowed to professors who are actively involved in research, extension and administration”.

The committee was also informed about the university withdrawal of certain privileges created for the students in January, 1992. The withdrawn provisions included authorisation of the Vice-Chancellor to condone 10 lectures in various papers to the best advantage of the candidate in addition to the authority vested in the chairman of the department. Another withdrawn provision originally read: “The Syndicate may, for reasons to be recorded, make any further relaxation as they deem fit in cases of extreme hardship beyond the limits”. The senate had taken a decision to this regard in December, 2001.

The committee has sought that the withdrawal of lecture condonation should be informed to the students at the time of admissions and their signatures should be received on the subject.

The UGC circular also asks for teachers to be present in the teaching department for at least five hours daily. The university accepting the circular is one thing. However, the practical aspect of the issue is another. Under the current set-up where the academic interaction hardly extends beyond the four walls of a classroom, teachers would be hard pressed to make innovations in their schedule, it is felt.


Bridge gap between haves & have nots: Jacob
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 2
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today underlined the need for taking concrete measures to end the disparity between under-privileged and privileged sections of the society.

Speaking after paying glowing tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri at a function organised at Gandhi Samarak Bhavan, here today, the Governor lamented that even after 55 years of independence old prejudices against the under-privileged sections of the society still exist. “We are yet to develop potential of under-privileged children living in the slums and rural areas”, General Jacob observed.

Speaking on the relevance of teachings of Gandhi in the modern world, General Jacob said “today we live an age where there is disbelief, mistrust, suspicion, tension and fear. Under such as environment the relevance of Gandhiji’s principles and teachings are of great importance”.

General Jacob said Gandhiji’s principles were for eternity because he gave us the priceless gifts of self-respect and the matchless weapon of “satyagraha”. The Governor said Gandhiji’s principles of communal harmony; religious co-existence and brotherhood were still relevant. He said Gandhiji led struggle against oppression, prejudice and racism first in South Africa and then in India. General Jacob announced a grant of Rs 35000 for Gandhi Samarak Bhawan.

Appreciating the efforts of Gandhi Samarak Bhavan for propagating the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, General Jacob said contribution of Gandhiji in world’s polity has been understood by the world.

Earlier, the Governor took a round of the exhibition and also paid floral tributes to Gandhiji and Lal Bahadur Shastri on this occasion. General Jacob joined the people and spent sometime weaving cotton thread on ‘Ambar cherkha’ (Ambar spinning wheel).

NSS volunteers of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, celebrated Gandhi Jayanti at the college campus and Palsora colony, adopted by the college unit for a 10-day camp. The volunteers addressed the children of the colony, informing them of the teachings and contributions of Mahatma Gandhiji. Poetry, prayer recitation, drawing and story-telling contests were organised for the children. Later, sweets and prizes were distributed among them. A declamation contest for NSS volunteers on “NSS as Gandhiji’s vision” was held.

A one-act play, titled “Pradushan,” was staged by the NSS unit of GDSD College, Sector 32, to mark Gandhi Jayanti at the college campus.

Addressing the NSS volunteers, the Director, NSS, Dr C.L. Narang, said industrialisation and urbanisation had become a threat to human existence. The volunteers pledged to work for environmental conservation, eradication of illiteracy. The programme was conducted by Karanpreet Kaur, a student of BA III.

Meanwhile, expressing concern over the incidents of communal violence in Gujarat — Mahatma Gandhi’s home state — students from various city schools, besides those from rural Punjab, have pledged to live by the ideals of the Mahatma for building up a prosperous country.

The students also attended an inter-faith prayer service, which was addressed by leaders of Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Christian communities. They exhorted the congregation to pray for the welfare of the country and for getting rid of the communal virus. The programme was organised on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti at Shivalik School, Sector 41 under the aegis of the Guru Kripa Society.

Addressing the gathering, Chairperson of Social Welfare Advisory Board Kamalesh Gupta said due to the lack of time and a growing materialistic approach, residents were ignoring their ethical and moral responsibilities but Gandhiji’s cherished dream could be fulfilled only by adopting the ideals of brotherhood, unity and love. Shivalik School Principal D.S. Bedi was also present on the occasion.

Political and social organisations remembered Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Mr Gurbachan Singh observed a fast at Sector 17 between 12 noon to 4 pm in protest against the Government forgetting ideals of the Father of the Nation.

The Samajwadi Party’s meeting to celebrate the day turned into a condolence meeting with the information that its senior leader Kapil Dev Singh died in the morning in the Delhi.

Party’s president Shivi Jaiswal said the country and especially the party had lost one of the true followers of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mr Kapil Dev Singh was secretary-general of the party and had been a minister in Bihar in the Janata Party regime. The Samajwadi Party paid tributes to the Father of the Nation.

The Congress celebrated the function at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan in Sector 35 and in Bhagat Singh Colony.

Speaking on the occasion, the MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee President, Mr B.B. Bahl, said as per the path shown by the Mahatma, the party would continue to fight communalism to prevent the country from disintegration.

Senior leaders, including Mr Shyam Lal Gupta, Mr Rampal Sharma, Mr Subhash Chawla, Mr J.N. Shastri, Mr Parampal Matharoo, Mr Phool Chand, Ms Rajni Talwar, the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Surinder Singh, the Deputy Mayor, Mr Balraj Singh, Ms Anu Chathrath and Ms Shyama Negi, both councillors, also spoke on the occasion.

The All-India Anit-Terrorist Front displayed a huge cut-out of the Mahatma with his favourite hymn “Ishwar, Allah tero name, sabko sammat de bhawan.”

Members of the front took a pledge to maintain non-violence, national brotherhood, communal harmony and peace as per the teachings of the Father of the Nation.

The Samata Party led by Mr Hemraj held prayer meetings to celebrate the day.

The Seva Dal of the Congress had a separate programme under its president Surinder Bhatia to celebrate the birth anniversaries of the great leaders of the country.

The Mazdoor Sudhar Sabha led by Mr Ram Avtar took out ‘prabhat pheris’ in Sectors 32 and 33 and administered an oath to 400 persons not to take liquor.

The Deputy Mayor, Mr Balraj Singh, a Lok Adalat member, Mr R.L. Sabarwal, and a freedom fighter, Mr Bakhtar Singh, also spoke on the occasion.

Snacks and fruits were distributed to over 40 children at Bal Niketan in Sector 15 here by the Lions Club Chandigarh Vishal as part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.

According to club president D.S. Kohli, the club members have decided to donate a music system for the entertainment of Bal Niketan inmates. Club advisor and Principal of Tagore Niketan College Kamal Arora offered free education facility in his college to any inmate who wanted to go in for higher studies.


SHASTRI REMEMBERED: Tributes were paid to Lal Bahadur Shastri, a former Prime Minister and great freedom fighter, at Shastri Model School here on Wednesday.

Besides schoolchildren and teachers, senior citizens also participated in the function. Mr Rajinder Sharma, president of the Affiliated Schools Association presided over the function.


BKU lifts dharna from city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) and other kisan wings of the Leftist parties, which were staging protests here for the past 10 days, lifted their dharna today and decided to suspend their agitation.

A decision in this regard was taken after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh assured a delegation of the unions that the state government would implement the demands that concerned the state government. The Chief Minister has assured that efforts would be made to convince the Centre that those farmers are paid adequate compensation who had made distress sale of the paddy.

Mr Pishora Singh Sidhupur, president, and Mr Gurmeet Singh Dittupur, general secretary, of the Bharti Kisan Union ( Ekta) in a joint statement said the Chief Minister had agreed to release bonus of Rs 30 per quintal on paddy sold last year to farmers in a phased manner. The government would also withdraw all cases registered against the farmer leaders.

The Chief Minister has also written a letter to all the SSPs that the police would not intervene in the money disputes between farmers and commission agents. Further, efforts would be made to ensure the supply of canal water at the tail-end of distributories. However, Mr Pishora Singh said, a meeting of the unions would be held on October 11 to take stock of the situation. He said, ‘‘We have decided to suspend the agitation for the time being and to lift the dharna after the assurance of the Chief Minister. The future of the agitation would depend upon the government’s action.’’


Legal aid cell a boon for jail inmates
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, October 2
A “Legal Aid Cell” set-up in Burail Jail has been providing effective and timely legal assistance to poor inmates lodged in the jail. As many as 150 undertrials have been provided free legal aid of advocates at State expenses, financial assistance, expenses for documentation, for summoning of witnesses and other incidental expenses connected with litigation.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Law Officer, Ms Reeta Singh, in charge of the legal aid cell in Burail Jail, informed that as many as 150 undertrials have taken legal help so far. She added that undertrials usually seek help in getting bail from district and High court. Moreover, she also helped undertrial by writing application for them to seek legal help from courts. Giving details about the functioning of the legal aid cell, she added after getting application from the undertrials, these were sent to the UT State Legal Service Authority.

The Superintendent of Burail Jail, Mr D.S Rana, said at present as many as 470 undertrials, including 27 inmates were presently lodged in Burail Jail and many of the deserving inmates were seeking help from the legal aid cell. He informed that as per the Article 39(A) of the Constitution a separate legal aid cell has to be established in every jail in order to provide effective and meaningful legal assistance to the prisoners. He added that after getting information from the member Secretary, State Legal Service Authority, the legal aid cell in the jail was set-up on the Legal Service Day on November 9 last year.

The UT State Legal Service Authority(SLSA), Member-cum-UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Sant Parkash, informed that the SLSA has been providing free legal aid in District Court, Model Burail Jail, High Court to a member eligible for the free legal help. Those eligible include a person with disability, member of Scheduled Caste/Schedule Tribe, a victim of human trafficking or beggar, an industrial workman, woman or a child, having annual income less than Rs 50,000 per year.

It is learnt that recently a number of undertrials who were involved in petty crimes were released after they sought legal assistance from the cell. The officials concerned of cell referred their cases to the Jail Superintendent, Mr D.S Rana, who then referred the cases to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal. After taking up the plea in a special court held in Burail Jail, many of the undertrials were released by the UT CJM, Mr C.L Mohal. The CJM released them after they confess guilt and stated before the CJM that they will not indulge in such types of petty crimes were released after they sought legal assistance from the cell. The officials concerned of cell referred their cases to the Jail Superintendent, Mr D.S Rana, who then referred the cases to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal. After taking up the plea in a special court held in Burail Jail, many of the undertrials were released by the UT CJM, Mr C.L Mohal.

The CJM released them after they confess guilt and stated before the CJM that they will not indulge in such types of petty crimes in future. The CJM released them after convicting the sentence they had already undergone.

Those who were released after being convicted include an undertrial, Vijay Kumar, who had been in custody since July 15, 2002 stealing a rickshaw, another undertrial, Kuldeep Rai, who had been in custody since March 26, 2002, for stealing bangles was released after he admit his offence and promised that he would not indulge in such offence again. Another undertrial, Mohan Lal, who had been in judicial custody since July 27, 2002 for stealing television was also released after convicted and sentenced him the imprisonment he had already undergone.


Fine arts diploma sought for deaf and dumb
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
About 400 deaf and dumb persons, their parents and guardians, social workers and professionals associated with their rehabilitation from all over the region attended the annual day function of the North Zone Deaf and Dumb Society here today.

While welcoming the chief guest and the invitees, Mrs Salochana Ahuja, president of the society and an outstanding teacher who won the national award for the welfare of deaf and dumb persons, briefly mentioned the activities and achievements of the society. She stated that the society had been instrumental in providing education and training to deaf persons in vocations like beautician, cane furniture making, candle making, tailoring etc. The society also makes efforts in arranging employment and self-employment for deaf persons.

It is pertinent to mention that Mrs Ahuja and Ms Rani Tiwana are running a school for deaf children in the city for the past many years. They intend to take up an ambitious and promising education and training programme for the young deaf children, but due to non-availability of an appropriate building and other infrastructure they find it difficult to give shape to their dreams.

The society is constantly taking up the demand with the Chandigarh Administration for the allotment of a suitable site. The society intends to organise training programmes in areas like information technology, computer, fashion technology and fine arts etc.

On the occasion of the annual day celebrations, the deaf children presented an impressive cultural programme. Bhangra, dances and skits were the main attractions during the cultural programme. Mrs Manju Lakhanpal, Commissioner, Income Tax, Chandigarh, was the chief guest at the function. Mrs Lakhanpal appreciated the good work being done by the society and the professionals associated with the society. She appreciated the creativity and talent exhibited by the children.

During the function, parents and guardians of deaf persons and adult deaf and dumb persons highlighted a few much-needed initiatives which are required to be taken up by the governments of concerned states and union territories. In view of the potential contribution of deaf and dumb persons in the area of fine arts, they demanded that a diploma in fine arts be instituted for deaf and dumb persons in the Government College of Arts Chandigarh.

A large number of parents have already submitted a memorandum to this effect to the Chandigarh Administration. It is pertinent to mention here that such a diploma programme for the deaf already exists in College of Art at New Delhi, which offers diploma in fine arts for the deaf students in the areas of painting, sculpture and applied art.

The deaf and dumb persons face a lot of difficulties in availing themselves of various facilities and incentives meant for their welfare. At present, a deaf and dumb person is required to get separate cards made for availing himself of each facility. They demanded a multipurpose disability card which should be considered adequate for incentives like travel assistance, exemption in income tax, railway concession, disability pension and other financial incentives.

Disabled persons from Chandigarh are given 50% travel concession only within the geographical area of Chandigarh. In the adjoining the state of Haryana 100% travel concession is granted to disabled persons in all buses of Haryana Roadways, irrespective of their destination. Similar facility needs to extended in all CTU buses on all short and long routes.


Mountview Hotel staff ‘may be involved’ in theft
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
The police is yet to make headway in the yesterday’s theft from rooms of three foreign nationals in Mountview Hotel in Sector 10 here. The CITCO management had tried to ‘‘compensate’’ its foreign guests by providing them with new laptop and palmtop computers and has also given Rs 50,000 in Indian currency.

An official of the CITCO claimed that outsiders were involved in the theft. However, he admitted that involvement of the Hotel staff could not be ruled out. It is learnt that the cops also visited the residence of one Navdeep Bedi, who had earlier been arrested allegedly for committing theft in CITCO-run Shivalikview hotel in Sector 22, but in vain.

Meanwhile, the police today questioned several employees of the staff in connection with the theft. The police would be also examining the guest register of the hotel. The police has been told by Naresh, a hotel management trainee and Rishi Pal, an employee, that they saw the culprits. According to them two youths in their mid twenties had come out of room No 224 at around 12 noon. The alleged theft had taken place in room Nos 223, 224 and 320 of the hotel.

As there were no signs of forced entry into the room, the police suspects that keys left by the guests at reception were used in the theft. The police is also suspecting the involvement of hotel employees.

The CITCO purchased two laptop computers pegged at Rs 1.20 lakh each, a palmtop computer for Rs 35,000, a mobile phone instrument for Rs 8,000 and gave it to the foreign guests. Besides, Rs 50,000 were also given to them. When contacted, Mr S.P Singh, MD, CITCO said the computers, phone and money had been given from the sundry account of the CITCO.

Yesterday burglar(s) broke into three rooms of Mountview Hotel and had allegedly decamped with expensive electronic gadgets and currencies of different countries, amounting to Rs 1.8 lakh in Indian currency. The total loss to the foreigners was estimated to be about Rs 4 lakh. The three foreign nationals - a Britisher and two Canadians, were in the city in connection with a Punjab Government project on food processing.


Ex-servicemen ‘battle’ for free cure facility
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, October 2
It's a battle they have not succeeded in. At least till now. In a reply to a representation, Medical Superintendent of Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital has informed All India Ex-servicemen Welfare Association that the facility of free treatment was not being provided to them and their dependants as separate orders were required to be issued by the Chandigarh Administration in this regard.

The representation was addressed to hospital authorities after Medical Superintendent-cum-Joint Director Health Services directed the medical staff to comply with the instructions issued 13 years ago by the Chandigarh Administration granting free medical treatment to ex-servicemen pensioners and their dependants in Sector 16 General Hospital and its “allied dispensaries”.

In their representation, association Chairman Bhim Sen Sehgal had added that free medical facilities to ex-servicemen and their dependants should be extended in light of the instructions.

Reacting sharply to the rejection of their demand, Mr Sehgal has now addressed a legal notice to UT Administrator Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) and, Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, Health Secretary and other authorities asking them to make provisions for free medical facilities for ex-servicemen and their dependants in Sector 32 hospital also.

Going into the background of the issue, he stated that the Chandigarh Administration had ordered free medical treatment in Sector 16 Hospital and its allied dispensaries on the recommendation of a high-level committee set up for looking into the problems being encountered by ex-servicemen. As the facilities were not being provided despite clear-cut instructions, the matter was taken up by the Association following which instructions involving Sector 16 Hospital were issued, but not regarding the GMCH Sector 32 Hospital.

Mr Sehgal further claimed that the Government Hospital had not come into being when the decision on providing free facilities to ex-servicemen and their dependents was taken up initially and as such instructions should be issued now.

He added that a large number of ex-servicemen were currently residing in the southern sectors and it was not convenient for them to go to Sector 16 every time they required medical assistance.

It may be recalled that the MS, in a circular issued to Senior Medical Officers and Medical Officers, had written: “It has been observed and brought to my notice that instructions are not being complied with properly. These instructions, allowing free treatment to the ex-servicemen pensioners and their entitled dependants, be brought to the notice of all Senior Medical Officers and Medical Officers, besides the medical staff including clerical staff, for compliance”.


Central excise collection touches Rs 35 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The central excise collections from the Chandigarh range have more than doubled from Rs 17 crore in 1995-96 to Rs 35 crore during 2000-01. Yarn, steel and tractor parts units were the major contributors to the excise duty, besides some pharmaceutical units, said Mr Anil Kumar Gupta, Joint Commissioner, Central Excise Division, Chandigarh, here yesterday.

He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the new office for the Chandigarh range. Mr V.K. Sharma, Chief Commissioner, Central Excise, Chandigarh, inaugurated the New Range Office for superintendents, Central Excise Range I/II/III and IV at SCO 173-174, 2nd floor, Sector 17-C here.

Mr Sharma said the need for new office for ranges had arisen as a consequence to the recent cadre restructuring in the Central Excise Department. A new post of Chief Commissioner for the Northern Region comprising UT, Chandigarh, Punjab, HP and Jammu & Kasmir has been recently created. He urged the staff to settle in the new office at the earliest.

Mr Gupta disclosed that over the past few years, the excise collections has increased. At present, about 225 units were registered with central excise, besides 350 registered dealers and 40 software and export oriental units.


Few takers for HUDA industrial plots
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
Despite having invested crores in Industrial Area here, Haryana Urban Development Authority is yet to achieve what it had planned, with property owners and industrialists being unhappy over scattered development.

Check List

  • Only 300 units functional among 800 industrial plots in Industrial Area, spread over two phases.
  • Most of these industrial plots being used for purposes other than manufacture of goods. This is against HUDA norms for allotment.
  • Industrialists say lack of proper infrastructure, strict adherence to trades as shown at time of allotment and transfer policy has marred development here.
  • This lack of development has also affected real estate prices in Industrial Area.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had created Industrial Area here to give boost to the local small-scale industry, for catering to local needs. Twenty five years down the line, HUDA has failed to evoke a good response for its development.

It is learnt there are a total of 800 industrial plots of different sizes (1 kanal, two kanal, four kanal and one acre) in Industrial Area — Phase I and II. However, only 300 units are operational. A recent survey by HUDA authorities showed that most of these plots were being misused by allotees and instead of manufacturing units, hardware shops, schools, educational academies, computer training institutes and health clubs are functional here.

Also, a number of allottees have rented their plots and two or three business ventures are being run from one plot, against HUDA norms for allotment. Recently, HUDA had started resumption proceedings against such allotees. However, they raised a banner of revolt against HUDA and proceedings were stalled.

Industrialists allege lack of proper infrastructure, strict adherence to trades as shown at the time of allotment and transfer policy has marred development here. Mr S.S. Goel, General Secretary of the Panchkula Industrial Association says , “HUDA is following repressive policy towards Industrial plot holders, even as we suffer from the non-availability of infrastructure.”

Even shopping complexes created by HUDA in two Industrial phases have failed to pick up. While a number of shops, SCO ‘s, booths and showrooms in Industrial Area Phase I have failed to pick up. In the Phase II shopping complex, a lone booth is functional.

This lack of development has also affected the real estate market of industrial plots. Property dealers say during the past two years, there is almost a 25 per cent decline in property rates here.

They say a number of industrial plots are on offer here, at relatively low prices as compared to Chandigarh, but there are no takers.

Depending on location, a one kanal plot is available for Rs 12 to Rs 20 lakh and two kanal for anything between Rs. 18 to 30 lakh. The bigger plots, they say, were purchased a long time ago for investment purposes and are not on offer.


Removal of Narendra Modi sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A section of Sikhs, Muslims and Christians here today joined hands to demand from the President of India, the Chief Justice of India and the United Nations the removal of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for presenting “minorities in a poor light as part of a conspiracy to disintegrate India.”

‘’Mr Modi should be immediately removed for terming minority women as factories of child production and President’s rule should be imposed in Gujarat,’’ chairman of the Central Coordination Committee of All Gurdwaras and Sikh Institutions, Gurpartap Singh Riar, said here at a press conference.

Mr Riar was flanked by president of the Muslim Welfare Society, Khalil Ahmed, and Pastor Kishore Gill of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Sector 41, both of whom supported Mr Riar’s demand.

The minority religious leaders also demanded to try Mr Modi under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) for spreading “hatred against a section of society and conspiring to disintegrate the country by whipping up communal passions.”

The leaders said that they would seek time in the near future from President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for submitting a memorandum seeking Mr Modi’s dismissal.

They also said that the chief minister should tender an apology to women of the country, in general, and those of minorities, in particular, for demeaning them only to the role of “factories of child production.”

The leaders strongly condemned “state and private terrorism” in Gujarat and elsewhere in the country.

Seeking to counter canards against minorities, they shot questions at Mr Modi to expose who was spreading communalism.

They asked Mr Modi why the VHP leaders, who have refused to accept the government or Supreme Court’s decisions on the disputed land in Ayodhya, were still at large despite rejecting the Constitution of India.

They also asked Mr Modi whether he could prove that minorities had not fought for the honour of the country in four wars the country had with Pakistan and China.

The religious leaders said why President’s rule was imposed in Punjab during the terrorism days and why it was not imposed in Gujarat despite lives of the people being under constant threat.

They also asked why the Lok Sabha had not passed resolutions condemning the 1984 and Gujarat massacres. The leaders said if minorities were a threat to the country, would Mr Modi tell us where they should go and what they should do.

Pastor Gill said ‘’We have been praying for the unity and peace in the country.”


Peace doesn’t suit leaders: Sardar Anjum
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Politicians have no right to use religion as a tool for the promotion of vested interests, which unfortunately, happens to be a reality in the current scenario,” said noted poet Sardar Anjum while addressing a press conference here today.

Sardar Anjum showed a copy of his book “Haseem-e-naaz” (House of Love), which will be released tomorrow. This is his 23rd publication out of which 12 are in Punjabi, seven in Urdu and four in Hindi. “This book is likely to land me in trouble as the protectors of different faiths cannot digest my views,” he said. The government should understand the importance of culture as culture is the builder of civilisations, he said. He recited a couplet. “ Main kahan se pesh karta ek bhi sachcha gawah, jab-zurm bhi aapka aur aap ki sarkar thi’ to make his point.

Regarding the “Kashmir issue, he said: “Kashmir will continue to burn till the people wake up and react to the situation. Peace does not seem to suit the political leaders. In Punjab, poverty and incapability of the government were the main reasons of trouble during the days of terrorism, he said.

Hans Raj Hans and Vinod Sehgal will also feature at tomorrow’s function.

Dr Sardar Anjum is a former chairman of the Punjab Arts Council and a former faculty member of Panjab University. He is a recipient of the Padmashree award and was presented the Punjab Ratna award in 2001. In the same year, Ms Hillary Clinton presented him with the award of the “International Peace Foundation, New York”.

The press conference was organised under the aegis of Pracheen Kala Kendra.


Pilot to be cremated in Goa
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
While his death came as a jolt to them, Lt-Commander Rajesh Saini’s parents received another shock when they were informed today that the moral remains of their son could not be brought back for cremation to the city.

According to information, a mass cremation would be held tomorrow in Goa since the bodies of naval personnel had been badly burnt.

The inconsolable mother of the pilot, Ms Neelam Saini, said: “I was at least able to have a last look of my son, Ajay, before he was consigned to flames. This time, I am deprived of this too since ill-health does not permit me to leave station. But, then, everybody says there is nothing left of him’’. Ms Saini is an arthritis patient and her husband, Warrant Officer, G.S Saini (retd.), is a heart patient.

Though the family was hopeful that the body of Rajesh would be flown to the city for last rites, disappointment was writ large on the already gloomy faces of the relatives at the Sector 35 residence of the officer as the news of a mass cremation for all dead came in.


BJP seeks CBI probe into SCOs’ auction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A BJP delegation here today demanded from the Administrator, Lieut General J.F.R. Jacob (retd), a CBI inquiry into the auction of SCO 178-179 in Sector 9, repatriation of the presiding officer of the auction to his home state cadre, seizure of records and cancellation of the auction.

These demands were made jointly by BJP President Yashpal Mahajan, former Mayor and Councillor Gian Chand Gupta, Councillor Rajesh Gupta and a senior leader Purushottam Mahajan who met General Jacob to present a memorandum.

The Administrator told the delegation that the record had already been seized and the matter would be looked into seriously and immediately, a BJP press note said.

The delegation told the Administrator that the local MP Pawan Bansal and Mayor Lalit Joshi were allegedly giving shelter to the suspects in this case making a CBI inquiry a necessity.

The delegation suspected that the Congress was behind the ‘’fraudulent’’ auction. It said the passage of a unanimous resolution had proved that there had been bungling in the auction which the Congress did not accept till the meeting of the House was convened.

The memorandum said there was a need to expose those who were playing behind the scenes.


All-party meeting on Siau murder
Our Correspondent

Kharar, October 2
A meeting of leaders of various political parties will be held tomorrow at 5 pm in the local Civil Rest House to formulate further course of agitation keeping in view the failure of the police to arrest Mr Kiranbir Singh Kang, senior vice-president, SYAD (B), against whom non-bailable warrants has been issued by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ropar, in the Siau murder case.

Prof Balwant Singh, secretary, CPM, Punjab, said a meeting was held here on September 21 in which it was decided to give seven days’ time to the police to arrest Kang otherwise the leaders would stage a dharna in Kharar.

The local MLA, also supported the cause. A five-member panel of local advocates which has been formed to extend free legal aid to the family of the victims would also participate in the meeting.


Scrap periphery control Act: MLA
Our Correspondent

Kharar, October 2
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA from Kharar, has urged the Punjab Government to immediately scrap the New Punjab Periphery Control Act as it was not only creating many problems for residents of villages in Kharar and Mohali areas but had also become a permanent source of collection of money for PUDA officials.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, he said that the villages were not getting power connection due to this Act, as PUDA was not giving them the required permission. He said the Punjab Government has itself violated this Act and established SAS Nagar and Zirakpur Municipal Committee. There was no reason for villagers of Kharar to suffer because of this Act, he added.

He said the Act had become a source of corruption as many PUDA officials often issue notices to villagers, and when they were paid bribe, they kept the matter pending.


MLA upset over dirty toilets
Our Correspondent

Kharar, October 2
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, was very upset when he saw dirty toilets at the Civil Rest House here before addressing a press conference yesterday. He pulled up the staff and in charge of the rest house for this lapse.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh was very upset when he saw dirty buckets and pieces of soap in the toilets. He immediately called the officer in charge of the rest house and questioned him about the deplorable condition of toilets. The in charge reportedly told him that he was having no funds to purchase items required to maintain cleanliness. He said they could not even pay the electricity bills of the rest house as they did not have any funds. The MLA asked the officer to give him a written complaint in this regard.


Awareness trek on wildlife protection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
To spread awareness about conservation of wildlife, the Hindustan Scouts and Guides, in association with the Department of Forests and Wildlife, and the Indian Council for Environmental Education, organised a trek in Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary today.

More than 100 scouts and guides, from different schools of the city, participated in the trek, flagged of by Mr H.S. Kharab, Soil Conservation Officer.

Mr Ajay Chaubey, state secretary, Hindustan Scouts and Guides, explained to the students the need for conservation of wildlife.

Mr R.S. Dutt, state commissioner, Hindustan Scouts and Guides, and Dr Vikas Kohli, general secretary, Indian Council for Environmental Education, also participated in the programme.

This was the inaugural programme for Wildlife Week-2002 by the Hindustan Scouts and Guides. Besides this, a painting competition on October 4 and a wild life protection rally on October 8 will also be organised on the same theme.


BSNL lucky draw scheme winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today held the lucky draw here for those telephone subscribers who had no outstanding dues against their telephones and cleared the payments till September 30.

The draw was taken out by Mr R.C. Vaish, Principal General Manager, Telecom. The first lucky winner was Dr Devinder Kaur Johal with telephone number 272364. She will get prize money in the form of India telephone cards worth Rs 5,250. The second and third draw were arranged for those subscribers who had cleared old arrears.

These were won by M/s Kathuria Medicals and Mr Dalwinder Singh with telephone number 2610471 and 222602, respectively. The draw was taken out by Ms Navita Sekhon, GM, Finance, and Mr K.K. Sarangal, GM (SAS Nagar and Panchkula).

SAS Nagar STD code

The BSNL has plans to introduce new STD code for SAS Nagar as 01888 from the existing code of 0172.

According to Mr R.C. Vaish, Principal, GMT, Chandigarh: ‘‘The subscribers will be entitled to call stations using 95 as per the facilities extended to the subscribers of the Kharar range.

The dialing scheme for Chandigarh subscribers will change and they will have to prefix 91 with the telephone number and vice versa for Chandigarh subscribers. However, the local call charges will remain same”.


Senior Foreman of Tribune retires
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Mr Shiv Mohan, Senior Foreman of The Tribune Group of Publications, retired on September 30 after putting in 39 years of service.

A warm send-off was today given to him by his colleagues.

Among others, Mr R.N. Gupta, General Manager, lauded his services to the institution and wished him well.


Tribune employees bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Mr Kishori Lal Kaushik, father of Mr Vijay Kaushik, Mr Ashwani Kaushik, both Tribune employees, died here today after a brief illness. He was 81. He is survived by four sons and a daughter.

The funeral procession will start from 3042, Tribune Colony, Sector 29-D, Chandigarh, at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow.


Road needs repair

Kharar, October 2
A portion of the Kharar-Sacrulapur road, opposite Government High School Sacrulapur is in a very bad condition for the past more than 10 years, making it very difficult for any person to walk over it.

The portion is always filled with dirty water and residents of about 20 villages and schoolchildren face a lot of problems. OC


Case of murder against three
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 2
The police has registered a case of murder and causing hurt by means of poison with an intent to commit an offence against Krishan, Dilbag Singh and Sunil. They have been charged with killing the husband of Ms Kamla, a resident of Manav Colony, Saketri. The body of the victim was found in a field and a case under Sections 328, 302 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.

The police has also registered a case of attempt to murder, kidnapping, house trespass and other sections of the IPC against Mohan Paswan and Rounaki, both residents of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, Chandigarh. Mr Ashok Dass, a resident of Sector 8 has accused them of trying to kill his son threatening his wife and attempting to kidnap his children. A case under Sections 307, 363, 452, 511, 506 and 120B has been registered on the direction of a local court.

Cars stolen
Mr Navdeep, a resident of Sector 22-B, Chandigarh, reported with the police that his car (CH 01S 0771) was stolen from a parking lot in Sector 6 in the evening of September 30. Mr Gurdas of Mani Majra also reported that his car (CH 01 4782) was stolen from Panchkula. Two cases have been registered.

Arrested for assault
The police has arrested one Randhir Singh of Kaheri village for allegedly assaulting and threatening Ms Durga Devi, a fellow resident, here yesterday. Ms Devi reportedly received injuries and was taken to the GMCH, Sector 32, for treatment.

Held for stealing spare wheels
Three persons, Parminder Singh, Didar Singh, both residents of Ropar district, and Surinder Pal, a resident of Sector 24, were arrested allegedly while they were removing spare wheels from scooters parked at a parking lot in the PGI here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mr Navjeewan Singh, a resident of Sector 47, reported with the police that all the four tyres of his Maruti car, which was parked at his residence were stolen on the night of September 30.

Mr Naveen, a resident of Panjab University campus, reported that his scooter (CH 03J 4192) was stolen from his residence on the night of September 29.

460 gm of opium recovered
The CIA staff has arrested Kirpal Ram, a resident of Uttar Pradesh following the recovery of 460 gm opium from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. He has been remanded in police remand till October 3 by the court of Judicial Magistrate, Kharar.

Liquor seized
The police arrested Sanjay Kumar and Raj Kishen last night from near Garhi Kotahan village and seized 60 bottles of liquor from them.

One arrested - The police has arrested another accused, Amit Sethi, in the dacoity at a jeweller’s shop in Sector 9 in 1999, from Patiala.


Burn injuries
Two girls, Isha (9) and Twinkle (12), suffered burn injuries when an iron rod they were playing with got entangled in a live electric wire. Both were taken to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, and later referred to the PGI. While the former suffered 35 per cent burns, the latter suffered 60 per cent burns.


Three hurt as trucks collide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Three persons were injured and one feared dead in an accident near the ITBP, Bhanu, when two trucks collided head-on late on Tuesday night. While one truck was going from Panchkula towards Ambala, the other was coming from the opposite direction.

According to eye-witnesses, the absence of street lights made the matter worse. Police sources confirmed that three persons sustained serious injuries on their heads. They were rushed to Kaiser hospital in Sector 21. Till the time of the filing of the report, one person was still trapped under the wreckage. A small crane was first pressed into service, but was unable to do the job. Subsequently, another crane was rushed to spot.


Forgotten twin of Bajwara market awaits customers
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

A forgotten twin of Bajwara 22 C market, the L-shaped Sector 22 C Market craves for a connection with its cousin Bajwara to survive and to attract customers. Haphazard parking, venders sitting under trees, mixed shops of almost all possible items, tourist buses, taxis, rickshaws and hundreds of bicycles parked welcome a visitor — or rather turn him away from it.

With the market opening immediately in front of houses in the back lane, it has become a source of permanent tension between shopkeepers and house owners.

Visitors number more than a thousand in the market every day. It stretches from the Sector 34-35-21-22 round about to Polyclinic and is partially one of the first markets to have come up in the city till the mid fifties.

Aroma Hotel and La Mona were among the early birds in the market, a part of which was developed in the mid-seventies by demolishing a parallel twin rows of Nehru and Shastri Markets stretching from Aroma Hotel to Chandigarh Hotel, Aroma Hotel Owner Manmohan Singh said.

Mr Singh's father Mr Darshan Singh was one of those who got these unorganised markets demolished, shops vacated and shopkeepers rehabilitated in the seventies.

However, the stretch between the Polyclinic and Aroma Hotel seems to have got a new thrust of development with new parking sites being created and recarpeting of roads done recently attracting buyers of fast moving consumer goods.

This side had earlier had not developed as a major business hub and used to be closed early at office times due to a presence of a large number of banks in the area.

Mr Manmohan Singh said but the area was developing now and the business activity was picking up.

The mixed character of the market makes it hazardous for the shopkeepers to make a guess of business volume but the number of visitors is certainly high due to a large presence of private and public sector offices in the area.

The shopkeepers in the market have found an interesting mutual benefit from the rickshaw pullers who stay in the corridors in the night and double up as watchmen to the shopkeepers and the businessmen in turn guard their belongings during the day when the wage earner takes to wheels during the day.

The entire stretch of verandah in front of shops has belongings of rickshaw pullers who have been in the market for around 15 years.

But the absence of toilets in the market seems to be causing a trouble to night dwellers who do not have any option but to defecate in the open somewhere, certainly not in the market, a shopkeeper said.

They, however, complain about the area being spoilt with the coming up of rag pickers' collection and sorting centre on the roundabout of 34-35-22 and 23. Shopkeepers feel threatened with the presence of these rag pickers saying while they make the market dirty, their presence also poses a danger to their goods.

A mixed market in terms of the classification of wholesale and retail and varieties of items, it does not see much of social cohesion due to a lack of common targets.

The Owner of the Bajaj Associates, the ACC Cement dealer, said he was amongst the first four or five shopkeepers in the market who came to it in 1976 but there had not been much of cooperation amongst businessmen in the market.

The lack of cooperation is evident from the fact that even this small market is split into two parts and there are two sets of people representing them.

Duly elected association has not been there in the market for years.

On one side of the market towards Chandigarh Hotel, Gupta Estates Owner J D Gupta has been active while on the other side Mr Gian Gulati of Gian Chand-Tarsem Lal Gulati has been taking up common causes.

Big names like Jagat Singh and Sons dealing in consumer goods, Raj Paper Products, Chawla Chickens, Gian Chand, Dharshan Lal distributors and Ludhiana Tents, among others, are adding to the strength of the market. Bajaj Associates owner said the market had more than 80 to 90 per cent of tenants with shops being run only by 15 to 20 per cent landlords. The market from Aroma to the Polyclinic has seen some turn around since few shops of fast moving consumer goods were opened in the area.

The market does not have any recognised association.



  • The virtual collection centre on the roundabout is posing a threat to the security of goods of the people and giving a very dirty look to the roundabout that is one of the most important places on the national highway and considered a gateway.
  • The roundabout has been witness to frequent traffic jams during the peak hours and creation of even slip roads, which are in a shambles, has not helped much in improving traffic conditions.
  • The roundabout needs to be permanently manned collectively either by authorities or by shopkeepers.
  • The roundabout has seen heavy water logging during this season further adding to further traffic jams.
  • A large number of rickshaws for carrying goods of shopkeepers stay parked in the market adding to the shortage of space.
  • Though support services like rickshaws are required but the market has to look for facilities for them.
  • The market roads have not been re-carpeted for almost 20 years creating virtual pits in them.
  • Public toilet in the market has not been working since long leaving the labourer present in the market and few shopkeepers also to urinate at places not meant for the purpose.
  • The disconnection of the market from Bajwara is resulting in a loss to both Bajwara and 22 C Market and there is a need to connect them along side the slip road on the roundabout by creating another reverse slip road.
  • Shops near Chandigarh Hotel have become unattractive as those coming by vehicles do not return towards them because of a dead end on the roundabout.
  • Certain period for the entry of commercial vehicles would give a boost to business.



LAUNCHED: Ozone Ayurvedics has launched a natural preparation, Kwik, for relieving pains and aches. It penetrates deep into the skin and provides quick relief from pain and inflammation. It is also effective for strains, sprains, low back pain, stiff neck and sports injuries, says Mr S.C. Sehgal, Chairman and Managing Director, Ozone Ayurvedics. TNS

NEW COLLECTION: Pepe Jeans has launched London Fever, a collection, re-emphasizing on the brand’s British pedigree. This season Pepe Jeans takes a cue from London. The collection displays a sketch of thoroughbred British style complemented by the characteristic youthful attitude worn by today’s generation that knows no fashion boundaries. TNS

KIDS WEAR: Personality Ltd, manufacturers of Weekender and Weekender Kids brands, in association with Warner Bros Consumer Products launched their new range of apparel with cartoon characters here on Wednesday. Launching the new wears at a showroom in Sector 17, Mr Govind Mirchandani, CEO and President of the company, said: ‘‘We are the sole licencee to market this merchandise in the country. Targeted at boys and girls between 4 and 10 years, the apparel would feature world-renowned cartoon characters like Tom and Jerry, Sylvester and Tweety, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck etc”. TNS


Dhingra is director of NISE
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The annual general meeting of Northern India Stock Exchange Ltd was held in Chandigarh on Saturday. At the meeting Mr Sandeep Walia, Mr S.N. Diwan, Mr M.L. Dhingra, Mr Sandeep Kumar and Mr Arun Goyal were elected as directors.

Another meeting of the board of directors of the exchange was held on Monday and Mr Walia was elected as president; Mr Dhingra as vice-president; Mr G.S. Saini as director (accounts); and Mr K.K. Arora as director (finance).

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
122 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |