Thursday, October 10, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Suspected dengue cases up
UT considering fogging operations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
With the total number of suspected dengue fever cases going up to 10, the UT health authorities, after dividing the city into four zones, are considering fogging operations in the high risk areas so that intensification of vector control measures can be undertaken.

With three fresh cases being referred to General Hospital, Sector 16, from the Mani Majra Civil Hospital, the total number of suspected dengue fever cases had gone up to 10. “Seeing the falling blood platelet count of three patients , Paras Nath, Lokesh and Swaraj, we have sent them to the General Hospital,” disclosed a doctor at Mani Majra Civil Hospital. The doctors at the Mani Majra hospital screened 30 patients today. According to doctors the condition of the seven suspected dengue fever patients reported during the past two days was stable. A regular watch was being kept on their blood platelet count. “Seeing the falling platelet count of Shakti Chand, the doctors at the General Hospital, today administered him platelet rich plasma,” said one of the doctors. “Yesterday itself his platelet count had fallen to 37,000, which is close to the lowest limit of 30,000”.

The health authorities, jointly with the Municipal Corporation, today chalked out a strategy to undertake surveillance and detection of cases falling under the category of dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever, apart from cleaning up the Mani Majra area. “Each of the four zones will be headed by a Zonal Officer, who will monitor various parameters like the type of fever, platelet count health education activities and intensification of vector control measures with chemicals and larvicides,” said an official spokesperson

The authorities identified the high risk areas so that a consolidated report could be collected on a daily basis. Making the pathologist services available round the clock, a close watch was being kept on the number of suspected cases at either PGI or the Government Medical College and Hospital.

Special efforts would also be made to educate the residents to keep their coolers and other containers clean and dry and the overhead tanks covered.

The health authorities said that the piled up tyres at the Motor Market, Mani Majra would be removed, as they provided ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.Two mobile teams had been made available , so that they could be pressed into service as and when required.

The serological test report of the suspected dengue fever cases was still being awaited from the PGI. Though the confirmatory report would be received only after a few days, the authorities are expecting the provisional report, in a day or two, added a doctor at GH. The General Hospital, had to depend on the PGI, even for the supply of platelet rich plasma, as the equipment for making it was not there. 


Defence civilian complains against cops
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 9
Defence civilian 55-year-old Balwan Singh has complained to the Mani Majra police that he was beaten up by two UT cops on the evening of October 6 but till date he does not know whether an FIR has been registered or not.

On the other hand, Mr Mastan Singh, SHO Police Station Mani Majra, when contacted claimed that Mr Balwan Singh’s complaint was with the police, his medical examination had been performed but he never turned up for the X-ray examination. However, he assured that he would contact Mr Balwan Singh personally. Police sources said that only after the X-ray examination it would be known under which Section(s) of the Indian Penal Code the FIR would be registered. The sources blamed the complainant for delay in the investigations.

Narrating his tale of woes to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Balwan Singh, a resident of Mani Majra, said that on the morning of October 6, he was siting outside a shop in Mani Majra. Two cops reached there, another person who was sitting on a chair next to him, vacated his chair for the cops but he(Balwan Singh) did not. He alleged that then cops started glaring at him.

Mr Balwan Singh further alleged at around 9.30 pm on October 6, he was stopped by two cops and without any reason they started beating him. ‘‘I was returning home from a party and was a bit drunk,’’ said Mr Singh and added, ‘‘Two cops stopped me and asked if I was drunk’’. He told them the truth. ‘‘The moment I told that I had consumed two pegs of liquor, they started beating me up’’. There were bruises on his body and he claims that those were the result of the beating.

Though Mr Balwan Singh admitted that he was not sure if the cops who beat him up were the same who had earlier in the day ‘glared’ at him. He said he would not be able to identify the two cops. He claimed that he was so terrified that he returned home and reported the matter to the police the next day only.

He is serving as Sanitary Supervisor, Station Headquarter Chandimandir, lives alone in his rented house in Mani Majra, while his family lives in Rohtak, Haryana. 


E-governance comes to Panchkula
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 9
Panchkula becomes the first district in the state where revenue and other land records would be available on the Internet. The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said here today that the state had drafted six ambitious IT projects. The Haryana farmers could now check their land records at

The other projects that have been launched include the 2-mbps lease-line-based Chandigarh-Panchkula WAN link, a website for the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, the Pension Schemes Management Information System (MIS), computerisation of employment exchanges, a website for forms and procedures and a geographical information system for Panchkula district.

The 2-mbps lease-line Chandigarh-Panchkula Wide Area Network is part of the Haryana Statewide Area Network (HARNET) project. The project would improve connectivity between various offices of the Haryana Government in Panchkula and Chandigarh.

The interactive website for pensioners would cover beneficiaries of various pension schemes like the Tau Devi Lal old-age pension scheme, widows pension scheme, National Old-age Pension Scheme and physically handicapped pension scheme. It will also cover financial assistance for destitute children.

This project would be implemented in six districts — Panchkula, Sirsa, Hisar, Rohtak, Gurgaon and Sonipat — and extended to the remaining 13 districts in a phased manner. The URL for this project is

Mr Chautala also launched a project for online registration at employment exchanges.


7-yr RI 13 yrs after murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Thirteen years after a local person succumbed to injuries sustained during a brawl on the Panjab University campus, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave the prime accused seven years of rigorous imprisonment, here today.

The verdict came in an open court on an appeal filed by the Union Territory against the orders of an Additional District and Sessions Judge acquitting the prime accused, Arun Sharma ‘Chappal’, of the murder charge. The Bench comprising Mr Justice R.L. Anand and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the accused.

The case against Chappal had been registered under Section 302 of the IPC after Anil Mohanta, the man he had injured, had died in the PGI. The Judges said: “The respondent caused a bodily injury that could cause death, therefore, he can safely be convicted. The judgment of acquittal is set aside and Arun Sharma is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for seven years.”


Chinese envoy clarifies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
The Ambassador of China to India, Mr Hua Junduo, has clarified that during his recent visit to Amritsar, he did not directly comment on the J&K elections, still less using the word “satisfactory” as reported in these columns on October 8.

He said he made the following statement to the media at Amritsar: “According to Indian media reports, the elections in Jammu and Kashmir went on well. I would like to emphasize that this was reported by Indian media. As you know, China did not send any observer to Kashmir as some countries did, so it is difficult for us to comment.”


Green belt full of rats, snakes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
A closed down Municipal Corporation store and thick bushes around it in the Sector 46 green belt are bringing rats, snakes and people to defecate to the sector.

Bushes and vegetation are thick and tall enough for a human being to hide around the store.

Hundreds of empty drums lie just adjacent to the market in the green belt between Sectors 48 and 32 and passing through Sector 46.

Residents complain that the people from Burail village and construction workers in the sector have been using this part of the green belt to answer nature’s call.

The availability of rats is inviting snakes to this area and posing danger to the residents.

The store has been there for the past 20 years and it has been officially taken under the green belt.

The entire area of the store has been covered by railings and a jogging track is even passing through it.

Parts of the green belt have been developed in Sectors 48 and 32 but only Sector 46 part has been left unattended.

Former president of the Residents Welfare Association R.A. Prabhakar said the store had been there despite it not functioning and probably a piece of land had been given to shift it.


Crime against women on the rise’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
A workshop on “Sexual harassment of women at workplace” was organised by the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the Estate Office here yesterday under the leadership of Ms Seema Handa, Law Officer-cum-Chairperson of the complaint committee.

It was attended by committee members and women employees of the DC office and Estate Office. Ms Handa said: “Sexual harassment at workplace is co-related with general crime against women in society and gender bias. In spite of increase in education the crime rate against women is increasing day by day both in urban and rural areas. Such incidents are by way of dowry deaths, molestation and rape cases.”

“There is no court or an organisation which has prevented the occurrence of crime or which can restore her dignity which she has lost. Usually such crimes are committed due to psycho-logical reasons and the motivating factors behind such crimes are lust, expression of hate or revenge. Sometimes, the exploitation of women even takes place by the men through the misuse of their power and position which is an up growing trend these days.”

“The molestation of women and other crimes take place all over the world but the rate of occurrence is much higher in male-dominated societies then in societies which believe in the equality of sex. In the past the women were not permitted to got out of the house but now with the changed times majority of women have taken up jobs in various sectors and organisations and have to work with all kinds of men. Hence it is necessary that some kind of security and a safe environment should be provided to the women at workplace. Working women have always been looked by men with lower eyes, in spite of the fact that the Constitution provides the guarantee of gender equality and right to live and work with human dignity.”

Ms Handa also explained the definition and causes of sexual harassment and also discussed the rights of a working woman who has been harassed.

Mr I.S. Sandhu, Additional Deputy Commissioner, while addressing the women employees said the formation of such complaint committee was a positive step which would definitely bring positive results. He said the rules and guidelines were meant for the welfare of the people and these should not be used as a weapon against others. Mr K.K. Monga convened the workshop.


Differences in Cong come to fore
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, October 9
Differences among Congressmen came into the open when the Kharar MLA staged a protest at the inauguration of the new block of the Civil Hospital by the Punjab Health Minister here today.

Mr Birdevinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, was put off by the presence of Ms Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, an OSD to the Punjab Chief Minister, who had come along with Mr R.C. Dogra, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, to attend the function.

The MLA, along with his supporters, boycotted the function and sat outside the pandal. His supporters raised slogans against Ms Garcha.

Mr Birdevinder Singh alleged that Ms Garcha had opposed him at the time of elections and now she was interfering in his constituency. Was she trying to be over and above the MLAs who was supporting the government, he asked. He said all party workers felt that persons who had opposed the Congress should not be allowed to sit on the dais. A revolt would spring up if MLAs were sidelined in their constituencies, he added.

The MLA said to his dismay, he found Ms Garcha accompanying the health minister who even garlanded her “completely forgetting the protocol”. “I cannot tolerate this kind of indignation, he said.

The invitation cards, that had been printed for the function, did not have his name. When he objected to it, the cards were reprinted with his name on them, he added.

Mr Birdevinder Singh, however, addressed the gathering after repeated requests. In his address, too, he hinted at the bitter relations he had with Ms Garcha. He said if the doctor was aware that the patient was suffering from an allergy what would be the patient’s condition if the doctor himself brought an item causing allergy near him.

Ms Garcha, who remained cool through out, said she had not opposed the MLA at the time of the elections. In fact, she along with workers, had worked hard to make the Congress win in the area. She said had she opposed him, Mr Birdevinder Singh would not have won the elections because he had got very little time for convassing and he was new to the people of this area.


Advani makes brief halt in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Lal Krishan Advani here today had brief stop-overs during his visit to and fro Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.

Mr Advani reached the Air Force airport in the morning and spent about 10 minutes meeting dignitaries present there.

Mr Advani was received at the airport by the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), his Haryana counterpart Babu Parmanand, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and the City Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi.

Punjab Chief Secretary Y.S. Ratra, Haryana Chief Secretary A.N. Mathur, Adviser to the Administrator Ms Neeru Nanda and UT Home Secretary R.S. Gujral were also present at the airport.

BJP national executive member Satyapal Jain and the local unit president of the BJP Yashpal Mahajan availed the opportunity to hand over a memorandum to the Home Minister, apparently highlighting the problems of the city.

The Mayor urged the Deputy Prime Minister to approve the recommendations of the Second Delhi Finance Commission and Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Home Ministry to improve the financial position of the corporation.

She pleaded that the Home Ministry immediately approved the recommendations which have also been cleared by the Chandigarh Administration. The Mayor said an early release of funds would provide the corporation the much-needed money to undertake development work.


Tibetan youths honoured
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 9
Twelve Tibetan students, today earned distinction of ‘national heroes’, for succeeding in highlighting Tibetan issue. They were honoured by the Tibet Youth Congress (TYC), Dharmsala at a function organised in their honour here today. The students, including six girls, were released from the Burail Jail yesterday.

The students were presented ‘white scarf’ which is presented only to religious leaders and famous personalities. The vice-president of the TYC, Mr Tanzim Samphel, said the students had put their careers at stake for highlighing the problems of Tibetan people. Meanwhile, the RTYC regretted the inconvenience caused to the system as a whole and expressed its concern on the build-up of aftermath situation for the Administration.

It may be mentioned that the Tibetan students had been arrested by the UT police on October 4 after a group of about 60 Tibetan youths under the banner of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC), Chandigarh, raised slogans against Chinese rule in Tibet after entering the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 on October 3. The incident took place minutes before the Chinese Ambassador to India, Mr Hua Junduo, was to inaugurate a photo exhibition on Chinese heritage monuments.


Hindi fortnight concludes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 9
A cultural programme and prize distribution function marked the conclusion of the Hindi fortnight celebrations of the PGI here.

Presiding over the function, known dancer Madan Lal Koshar said that the medical science was the only profession which has a unique combination of the both Hindi and English language. He also released “Guldasta”, a collection of poems written by Dr Chetna Vaishnavi. The Director of the PGI, Prof S.K. Sharma, expressed his happiness over the manner in which the Hindi fortnight was celebrated and urged to maximise the use of Hindi in government works.

The following persons who participated in the various competition held during the fortnight, were given prizes (in order of merit): Hindi writing and handwriting — Mamta Kalra, Pravin Tripathi, Alka Gupta and Sushmita Kaushik; Hindi noting and draffting — Narinder Kumar Prarthi, Asha Vinayak, Bhupinder Singh and Chetna Vaishnavi; picture based Hindi story writing — Ved Vayas, Deepika, Chetna Vaishanvi and Janak Dulari; Hindi knowledge — Mamta Kalra, Manju Aggarwal, Rajkumari Sharma and Seema Goel; memoirs — Vineta Sharma, Kanta Gaur, Pravin Tripathi and Thakur Das; paragraph writing — Meena, Nidhi Bhatnagar, Binay Krishna Sarkar and Sandeep Goel; translation — Gangesh Jha, Shiv Kumar Kaushal, Vikas Malik and Ms Monica Sharma; on-the-spot allocation — Geetanjali Gera, Shrutigya Dharmana, Varpreet Kaur and Mr Suresh Pal; essay writing — Vikas Malik, Pankaj Jindal, Ishwar Chand, Mukesh Kumar and Deepika; debate — Rajani Sharma, Varpreet Kaur, Prof Kartar Singh and Deepika; poetical recitation — Rashmi Arora, Sandeep Sinha, N.K Popali and Ms Suman Sharma; book reading — Priyanka, Bal K. Murgeshan, N.K. Popali and Binay Krishna Sarkar and in Hindi typing competition — Ravinder Kumar, Kum Prashad Kaphle, Sunita Rana and Rajani Devi.

Anita Kiran, Shakuntla Saini, Rajani Devi, Sukhdev Singh, Satish Kumar and Vipin Kaushal were also awarded for using Hindi in daily work. Later a cultural function was also held. 


Modgil heads BJYM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Within a day of the newly nominated BJP president Yashpal Mahajan being authorised to reconstitute morchas and cells of the organisation, Mr Mahajan replaced Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president Satinder Singh with Mr Davesh Modgil. Mr Singh had been included in the executive committee of the Union Territory unit earlier.

The new general secretary of the BJYM will be Mr Naveen Kochar. Mr Mahajan took the decision in the wake of the newly appointed executive committee members arming him with a resolution to reconstitute morchas and cells. The BJP president was also authorised to fill the vacant posts in the party.

The new executive in its introductory meeting here today decided to meet twice a month beginning from October 13.


Awareness drive on fake currency
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Punjab National Bank organised an awareness programme on soiled and fake currency notes, in its Sector 22-D branch here today. 

Mr Arvind Jain, president of the Sector 22 market association, praised the PNB for coming up with such an innovative programme, which the traders of Sector 22 would find useful. Mr Harwant Singh, Zonal Manager of the PNB, said soiled notes were being exchanged in the Sector 17-B branch of the bank.


PUDA auctions commercial sites
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 9
The Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) fetched more than Rs 7 crore at the auction of 15 commercial sites in Sectors 70 and 65 here today. Exemplary transparency marked the auction held under the personal supervision of the Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, and the Estate Officer, PUDA.

While seven SCO sites were sold in Sector 70, eight SCF sites were sold in Sector 65. The highest bid went up to Rs 55.5 lakh for an SCO in Sector 70, the reserve price for which had been fixed at Rs 46,17,810. The reserve price for the SCF site in Sector 65 was fixed at Rs 3,38,500 and the highest bid went up to Rs 47.25 lakh.

Following slackness in the bidding by the end of most of the sales, one SCO site in Sector 70 was withdrawn by the presiding officer.



Mr Vikram Katyal, a resident of Sector 6, has been nominated member of the Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee, Panchkula.

The committee, an advisory body, will deal with matters relating to income tax, wealth tax, estate duty, gift tax and Expenditure Tax. His term will be for two years. OC


CIA arrests UT staffer
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 9
Parmod Thakur, an electrician in the UT Electricity Department, was today arrested by the CIA, allegedly with certain parts of a Suzuki motor cycle, which was reported be stolen from Sector 32 on October 3 here.

Parmod (21), who is said to be a drug addict, got the job on compassionate ground after his father, Prem Sagar, died in January, 1999. His father was an SDO in the Electricity Department.

The police claims that with his arrest several cases of thefts are likely to be solved.

Meanwhile, Yaspal, a resident of Dhanas and porter at the ISBT, Sector 17, was allegedly caught red handed while selling liquor. On a tip off, the police, using a decoy customer, nabbed the porter. The police claims that he used to buy liquor from liquor vends and used to sell it to the bus drivers and other persons at the ISBT. Eighteen bottles of liquor were also seized from his possession, claimed the police. Back


5 cops booked in suicide case
Our Correspondent

Lalru, October 9
Following directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the police has booked two Sub-Inspectors and an Assistant Sub-Inspector with the CIA Staff, Ambala, for forcing a resident of Alamgir village, near here, to commit suicide.

SI Hari Ram, SI Ram Sharan and ASI Gurnaib Singh were booked under Sections 306, 342, 365 and 308, IPC, on the complaint of Ms Rumalo Devi, widow of Mukhtiar Singh, who had committed suicide after being allegedly tortured by the CIA Staff in 1996.

Sources in the police said that the victim along with his two companions, Baldev Singh and Prem Singh of Sarseeni village, were picked up by the Ambala CIA Staff in connection with a theft case and were reportedly tortured.

A couple of days after the three were picked, the Sangrur police busted a gang of robbers and recovered goods from them for which the three were detained.

Members of Alamgir, Sarseeni and Tiwana villages had also given a representation, holding the three innocent, to the senior police officials but to no avail.

Feeling humiliation, Mukhtiar Singh committed suicide after jumping before a train on the Kalka-Ambala track near Lalru in 1996. 


Theft in Markfed office
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 9
Mr J.S Brar, Executive Engineer, Markfed, Sector 35, reported that the central processing unit (CPU) and keyboard of a computer were stolen from the Markfed office here yesterday. Interestingly, the theft took place during the day time. A case under Sections 457 and 379, IPC, has been registered.


Electronic home appliances’ Mecca of city
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Without it, entertainment in the lives of the city residents, albeit through electronic gizmos, toys, eating out and exercise equipment, could not have been thought of.

A shopping corridor with so many specialities in a market stretching from Nagpal Sweets to HMT showroom and accommodating one of the best in the fields of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, hotels, electronics, toys, exercise equipment and children's garments, has acquired an enviable place in the city.

With Administrator Lieut General (retd.) J F R Jacob's efforts to give the city a night life coming a cropper, the market remains one of the few places in the city having already been providing the city night life.

The working class and house wives get some relaxation here by eating out late evening or in the night.

The market, the first of the city to bring music and comfort to the lives of the people through the sale of electronics, is one of the biggest contributors to the exchequer with tax volume probably touching Rs 200 crore, if LG and Whirlpool are also taken into account.

Shops themselves are not doing any mean business roughly contributing around Rs 60 to 70 crore per annum to the government kitty.

Each one of the shopkeepers here is an income tax payer.

Market draws around 2500 to 3000 visitors every day.

It provides jobs to at least a thousand persons.

A large number of Charted Accountant firms are working from here.

It is a rare market combining business with intellectual pursuits with one of the biggest and the most active book centre-cum conference halls, Punjab Book Centre, being in the market.

Shops like Tehal Singh's Chicken, Singh's Chicken and Chicken Walllah, Sai Sweet, Nagpal Sweet, Divyadeep Bhoj and Piccadily hotel and Chop Stick provide visitors a mouth watering delight. These chicken shops are so popular that a tourist to the city also would not like to miss them and are known across the region.

Rama Stores known for cycles, exercise equipment and catering to the need of children between zero and ten years of age is a one-stop-shop known in the region.

The market has over ten major shops of electronics being concentrated in it giving it a recognition of an electronic market of the city.

One of the electronics shops Surendra Radios claims to be amongst the first electronic shops in the city and Arvidra Electronics is also a big name in the field.

Mr Surinder Singh of the Surendra Radios remembers he was amongst the first comers to the market in 1978-79 along with four or five more shopkeepers.

He said the plots here were auctioned in 1974-75 but shops could only be built around 1978-1979. Mr Singh said the second shop in the market for electronics was Amar Krishan which was later closed.

Mr Singh who has been active for the cause of the market, said this road now stretching up to South End in Sector 35 had become the biggest electronic market of the city.

Mr Virender Mahajan of the Rama Stores said due to its proximity with the Inter State Bus Terminus, the market was attracting a large number of customers from Himachal apart from other states. Several commercial exhibition halls have come up in it.

A shoe shop Mcgreen which came from karol Bagh of Delhi has now settled in this market finding a good response to its sale. Despite such big names being there in the market, it has not yet acquired a posh look. Though there may not be rickshaw goods carriers in the market, yet a visitor may have to waste time in finding a place to park a vehicle.

It keeps bustling even in the night not only because of the chicken shops but it also has become a virtual point of departure for tourist buses going all over the region in the night.

A visitor in a hurry is frightened to see a number of cycles and two wheelers parked in a confused manner blocking space for bigger vehicles.

Children's Toy Land is also an attraction for visitors in the market but its owner A P Singh said the government was ignoring a fact that toys which had become brain food were attracting as high a tax as 8.8 per cent, which is detrimental to the growth of the future citizens of the country.Back


* The biggest is parking management in the sub-sector market.

* Space behind Sai Sweets and across the road on the roundabout of sectors 17, 18, 21 and 22 has not been utilised to solve the parking problem.

* Public toilets in the market are not properly managed despite being on private contract and lack the quality for the consumers to use them.

* Despite the place being known for night activity at the eateries and buses, the functioning of the street lights on the front side is erratic.

* Most of back lane lights are not functioning.

* The parking area has not been re-carpeted for decades.

* The position of the petrol pump in front of the Aroma Hotel sometimes becomes a traffic hazard as the people illegally go back in the reverse direction towards the petrol pump.

* Tiles of pavements have not been changed for years.

* The road and the open space behind the Sai Sweet is a potential danger for children as the open space and road run parallel and children might meet with an accident while playing.Back


Britannia launches promotional scheme
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 9
Britannia Industries Limited, yesterday launched ‘Britannia Khao, World Cup Jao,’ a product-promotional scheme, in the city.

Mr Vinod Tiwari, General Manager of the Delhi branch, said the scheme would be implemented from October 16. The company would offer an exciting opportunity to 100 Indian consumers to witness a match between India and Pakistan on March 1, 2003, in South Africa, he added.

“The offer is valid, on some selected products throughout the country. Wrappers of these products will carry certain number of ‘runs’. By collecting wrappers equivalent to ‘100 runs’ one can get a ‘World Cup ’03 scratch card’ from any of 8,000 authorised Britannia Centres”, said Mr Tiwari.

As many as 35 centres have been opened in the city and 350 centres in Punjab, he added.

Mr V.K. Jaipuriar, Marketing Manager, said the company had embarked on this promotional scheme to reiterate its long-standing association with the cricket. 


Spice launches cricket game
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 9
Spice Telecom today launched Howzatt — a cricket based SMS game for the India- West Indies cricket series. Launching the service, Mr Rohit Malhotra, vice-president, sales and marketing, Spice Telecom, disclosed that one could send SMS ‘HZT’ to 3232, and could win various prizes. The prizes included LG vacuum cleaner, LG 29” TV, LG DVD player, wallet sets and autographed T-shirts. He said for playing the game, standard SMS charges would apply. 

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