Friday, November 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Landlords will have the whip now
Admn attempts to reform and rationalise rent law
Tribune News Service


 * All properties which are rented for more than Rs 1,500 per month will be governed by the terms of contract between the landlord and the tenant.
 * This will cover commercial, residential and industrial properties.
 * This will affect more than 90 per cent of properties in the city.
 * This is part of the reforms in the urban sector initiated by the Union Government.


 * User charges will have to be imposed by the Municipal Corporation.
 * MC will make itself credit worthy and get itself rated by a credit agency.
 * A more efficient system of accounting will have to be adopted by the MC to project income and expenses.

Chandigarh, November 7
In a move that will change the way property is sold in the city, the Chandigarh Administration has notified that rented buildings and lands with monthly rent exceeding Rs 1,500 will not come under the ambit of the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949.

This means such properties will be strictly governed by the contract between the two parties. This will give sweeping powers to the landlords, who, otherwise, have to knock the doors of various courts. Now, if the contract says eviction can be effected after giving a notice of two months, the landlord can give two-month notice and proceed for eviction without going to courts.

The notification has been issued with a view to reform and rationalise rent laws in Chandigarh keeping in view the policy of the Government of India announced in the Budget speech of the Union Finance Minister this year.

The move will affect several thousand properties involved in disputes between landlords and tenants. The notification is an interim measure in the direction of rationalising the rent laws applicable to the Union Territory.

Meanwhile, the Administration is studying the rent amendments and legislations passed by other state governments, including Maharashtra, with a view to improve and rationalise rent laws. It is learnt that after the Maharashtra Government amended the rent laws, there has been a significant increase in investment in the housing sector in that state.

According to a spokesperson, the Chandigarh Administration’s objective is to boost investment in the housing sector and create ample housing in the city for all.

The Administration has done this as per the directions of the Union Ministry of Urban Development. The move is part of the five requirements spelled by the Government of India that will make the Administration eligible for a grant under the Urban Renewal Fund. The Administration will sign a memorandum of agreement with the Union Government to undertake reforms in the urban sector.

The present notification is a step in that direction. The Administration has already reduced stamp duty on registration of transfer of property deeds pertaining to immovable property from 12.5 per cent to 6 per cent. This was also among one of the preconditions imposed by the Union Government.

In the pipeline are three others things that will have to be carried out by the Municipal Corporation. The first is imposition of user charges on rational basis to make the MC financially independent. The MC will also have to make itself credit worthy. This means the MC will have to get an independent credit rating from an independent agency.

The MC will also have to introduce double entry system of accounting. This will make auditing much more easier. Once these three changes have been made, the Administration will be signing an agreement with the Ministry of Urban Development.

Meanwhile, Samadhan, a pressure group for social justice, has congratulated the Administration for its investor-friendly as well as people-friendly step towards reforming the rent laws in the city. The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, however, has criticised the move saying it will create panic among commercial tenants, who are running their businesses from rented accommodations.


HUDA resents dismantling of spur by PWD
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
The Haryana Urban Development Authority has resented the dismantling of protection works on the Ghaggar by the State Public Works Department (Bridges and Roads). A spur (an elongated structure built by using concrete-cement blocks, wire crates and the river-bed material on river banks to prevent floods) built by HUDA upstream of the Ghaggar, near the New Ghaggar Bridge, has been partially dismantled by a PWD contractor.

This person had, earlier, been given the contract for building guide bundhs along the banks. The PWD is building such bundhs on behalf of HUDA. The cost of the project is Rs 4.2 crore.

A clearance has been given to build 28 spurs along the river at a cost of over Rs 6 crore. Only a few of these have been built, so far, including the one that has, now, been partially dismantled.

It is alleged that the contractor has removed wire crates and cement-concrete blocks from this spur and this material is being used in the construction of guide bundhs. Sources say that at least 20 m of this structure has been dismantled this way. HUDA had built this spur only a few months ago at a cost of over Rs 10 lakh.

The contractor concerned is, allegedly, also using the river-bed material, which violates the contract.

The Mining Department has forbidden any mining on the river bed between the Old Ghaggar Bridge and the new bridge.

The PWD authorities say that the structure was blocking the draft for guide bundhs, so, it had to be dismantled. Mr R.K. Lohan, Executive Engineer of the PWD, when contacted, said: “This has been done on an experimental basis.

The contractor was asked to dismantle the spur and use the material for construction elsewhere.

HUDA has objected to this, but, then, it will have to remove the structure itself and bear the cost.”

Meanwhile, as the news of the dismantling spread, the Vigilance Wing of HUDA came into action and conducted an on-the-spot inspection last week. It was only then that the further dismantling of the structure was stopped.

The Executive Engineer (Division Number III) of HUDA, has, now, written to the Executive Engineer of the PWD regarding the objection. He has also sought details of the work on guide bundhs and told the PWD to seek HUDA’s consent before continuing with such works.


Watchman’s body found in gutter
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 7
The badly decomposed body of Chavi Lal Mandal, a 50-year-old watchman working in Sector 69, has been found by the police from a gutter near the house under construction where he was working. Chavi Lal had been missing from the place for the past one week.

According to information given by the police, Chavi Lal was murdered last week and his body was thrown into the gutter.

A case has been registered by the police against another watchman, Ranjit mandal, working in the house next to the one in which Chavi Lal worked.

Ranjit has been allegedly missing from his workplace since October 31, the day when the murder is suspected to have been committed.

According to Mohan Singh, a resident of Sector 24, Chandigarh, whose house is being constructed in Sector 69 and who had employed Chavi Lal, he had not seen the watchman since October 31 and when there was no news of him till November 3, a physical search of the house was carried out.

Blood stains were found and the police was informed which found the body in the gutter.

Chavi Lal's son identified the body and informed that they belonged to Kalasar village in Bihar.

A case was registered against Ranjit Mandal who, according to sources, belongs to the same village. 


Burail seizures: outside agency likely to probe
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, November 7
An outside agency is likely to be called in to probe the case of recent seizures in the Burail jail. On November 3, a cellphone, a sharp-edged weapon, a rope and Rs 44,000 had been seized from the barracks of three of the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case.

The Department of Home Affairs would determine the scope of the probe and the name of the agency, sources said. They also said this would be done keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the case.

Sources denied that there was any move to shift the undertrials to some other jail, as doing so would have an adverse impact on the trial. Since the case is being heard in a Special Court inside the jail, shifting the accused would mean a fresh trial before a new Judge at the new place. This would upset the logistics of lawyers, legal machinery, the CBI and the witnesses.

After the seizures from the barracks of Paramjit Singh, Jagtar Singh Tara and Jagtar Singh Hawara, the Superintendent of Model Jail, Mr D.S Rana, had submitted his inquiry report to the UT Deputy Commissioner and sought further probe by the UT police. He had also hinted at the involvement of some former employees of the jail in the incident.

The lawyers of the accused, at a press conference on November 6, had had alleged that the undertrials had been falsely implicated in the case. In a memorandum to the UT Finance Secretary and acting Home Secretary, they had demanded a judicial probe into the case.


Assamese held for extortion bid
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 7
The police has nabbed an Assamese claiming to be a member of the extremist organisation of his state on charges of extortion.

Shankar Singh, alias Vasu, alias Avinash, a 22-year-old resident of Karbianglang district in Assam was arrested by the police today after the SAS Nagar SP, Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, received information that he was trying to extort Rs 10 lakh from a family residing in Phase 3B2 here.

The accused had claimed that he was a member of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).

According to the information provided by the police, Shankar Singh had been working as domestic help since 1998 at the residence of Dr Amritpal Singh in Phase 3B2 but was asked to leave after the family members discovered that he was given to wrong habits.

After he was thrown out of the house, he wrote a letter to Dr Maninder Kaur, wife of Dr Amritpal Singh, claiming that he was a militant and demanded Rs 10 lakh from her.

In the letter he wrote that in case the money was not provided to him, he would kill her husband and children. He also wrote that he should be given another Rs 5 lakh for removed him from his job.

The police had registered a case with in 24 hours the Phase 8 police station SHO, Mr Pritam Singh, succeeded in nabbing him. The police is yet to verify his claims of belonging to the ULFA and is investigating the matter.


State to revive Patiala Heritage Week: Preneet
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
“Besides the cultural restoration of Patiala, development is also high on the agenda of the Congress government in Punjab, though historical and cultural enrichment is higher still. Having taken up the restoration of Qila Mubarak, the Punjab Government is, now, all set to rename the Patiala Heritage Week; the celebrations had been postponed earlier,” said visiting MP, Ms Preneet Kaur.

She said that the documentation of Qila Mubarak was on and the actual restoration would begin only after the government released the required funds. While the restoration of historic buildings in Patiala was only one of the many steps that the state was taking to make Patiala a magnet city, presently the focus was on reviving the Patiala Heritage Week celebrations, postponed earlier in the view of the Khalsa tercentenary celebrations.

Ms Preneet Kaur said the government was finalising the dates for the prestigious festival, which was a unique feature of Patiala. “Five years ago, there was a talk that the festival would be held, but the celebrations were put off due to some reason. Now is the time to revive the celebrations to boost the tourism potential of Patiala, a city with a rich cultural heritage and a richer line of folk arts and crafts,” she said.

In the week, to be organised shortly, as said by the MP, all arts and crafts of the region would be put on display. Focus of the festival would also be on music and dances of Punjab.

The Punjab Government had sought the world-heritage-site status for the historic Qila Mubarak, that had lost much of its grandeur. Among the experts working on its documentation was a former principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Col I.J.S. Bakshi (retd). After making many visits to the fort, Col Bakshi had, now, got down to documenting its various sections to prepare a presentation for the World Monument Watch. Ms Gurmeet Rai was also involved in the restoration work.


Ambala crash: two more die
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Five-year-old Shivani and Reshma, who had been admitted to the PGI after having sustained severe burns in the Jaguar air crash at Ambala, died late last night.

According to the PGI authorities the condition of Shivani’s mother, Manju (40), who has also sustained over 70 per cent burns, continues to remain critical. Both, mother and daughter had been brought to PGI on Tuesday, after the crash.

Reshma, a resident of Chandigarh, had gone to Ambala to visit her relatives when the mishap took place. She had been rushed to PGI after the crash.

Another victim, Brij Lal, who had sustained serious head injury, was discharged from the PGI. Two other victims of the Jaguar crash, Raj Kumar and Munnu, who had been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, have also been discharged. However, Munnu is still in the hospital as no one has come to take him home, said the hospital authorities.


La Martiniere College alumni meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The alumni of La Martiniere College, Lucknow, the only public school in the world to have won battle honours, will converge on the city tomorrow to have their first-ever reunion in this part of the country.

Though La Martiniere boasts of having produced many top bureaucrats, administrators, academicians, sportsmen, businessmen, industrialists and doctors of the country, some of the names that come to the mind immediately are those of Dr R.K. Pachauri, Chairman, TRAI; tennis great Leander Paes and his Olympian father, Dr Vaece Paes, industrialist Vijay Mallya, beautician Shahnaz Hussain, former Minister of State for Defence K.P. Singh Deo and politician Akbar Ahmed Dimpy.

Six of the alumni from this region — Mr Sudhir Mittal, Chairman, PSEB; Mr Mickey Gill, Mr George Shear (academician), Col SJ Singh, Mr Gautam Bhardwaj, Dr Vijay Mohan Kohli and Mr Ravi Virk have been putting their heads together to organise their first-ever reunion.

“We expect about 100 alumni from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh to attend the November 9 meeting,” says Mr Ravi Virk, chief organiser of the meeting. Those who want to join the reunion can contact Mr Virk (phone no. 601286).

Established in 1840 in accordance with the will of Major-Gen Claude Martin, a French who served East India Company and settled in what was then known as ‘Oudh’. The school has a special place in history as it won battle honours for the role played by its boys in the 1857 uprising.

La Martiniere College is spread over an area of 600 acres . In fact, three such schools were established. The other two are located in Lyons (France) and Kolkata. Incidentally, all three schools have separate wings for boys and girls.


Water supply may be hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Water supply to the city will be affected on Friday evening and on Saturday morning. Residents may face a problem of low water pressure. This problem will occur as urgent repair work needs to be carried out on the pipeline bringing water from the Kajauli headworks.


A ‘literal’ tribute to Banda Bahadur 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
It was a day of literal tribute to history. With yet another literary offering at hand, the Education Secretary to the Government of Punjab, Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, today reflected the urge that led him to the re-discovery of ‘Banda Singh Bahadur’, who brought the first Sikh kingdom to Punjab. Translated into “Banda Singh Bahadur”, Mr Bhatnagar’s latest book that has volumes in both Hindi and English, is the humane version of the warrior, whose name is synonymous with secularism.

Mr Bhatnagar’s six-month effort that involved extensive touring to Panipat, Rajouri, Gurdaspur and parts of Himachal Pradesh where Banda Bairagi had left his impressions, today ended with the MP, Ms Preneet Kaur, releasing his book and intellectuals of the order of Professor J.S. Grewal talking highly about it. As pointed out by Prof Grewal, who was chosen to make a comment on the work, “This book is not a historical work. It is rather a historical fiction which reflects the author’s understanding of the period of occurrence. A novelist always has one advantage over a historian. He can interpret facts on the basis of his understanding.”

Preceding Professor Grewal’s analysis of the work, vis-a-vis the towering personality of Banda Bahadur, was Prof Harish Bhatia’s narration of excerpts from the book. Arresting the very soul of the work, Professor Bhatia made an excellent narration of author’s words, portraying the three rasas that fill the book: veer rasa, hasya rasa and bhakti rasa. Earlier the beginning to the occasion was well made with Professor Narang rendering one of the many ghazals by Mr Bhatnagar in raga yaman kalyan.

Truly cinematic in form and structure, the book is already being rated as a unique attempt in that it reflects the humane side of Banda Bairagi, who ruled over Punjab between 1710 and 1716. Notwithstanding the strong overtones of fiction in the book, Mr Bhatnagar has taken care to list facts as they are.

Mr Bhatnagar even travelled to the places where seeds of the war of Sirhind were sown. He told the gathering later, “I read up all the works on the life of Banda Singh Bahadur, but there was something which I wanted to know for myself. It was this urge that took me to the places where the warrior spent his life. The idea was to base the book on research as far as one could.”

Also present was the Education Minister, Punjab, Mr Khushhal Bahl, who talked of the work with respect and mentioned that the writers in the region were not as well off as they should be. He also talked of the revival of the Language department which originated in Patiala. Taking the line of appreciation, Ms Preneet Kaur congratulated the author and talked about the past and present relevance of Banda Bairagi. She referred to history as “repetitive, whatever the age.”

As the formal function concluded, it was time to recount other literary offerings that Mr Bhatnagar had made. He has to his credit a booklet titled ‘Shiv Ram Milan’, an audio cassette of devotional music titled ’Shiv Ram Rasdhara’ (released in 1994), another audio album titled ‘Shiv ki holi’ (1996) and a book on poetry titled ‘Utsav’ (2000).


Beauty queen looks to a bright future
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 7
Miss India International 2001 Kanwal Toor is ready to adorn a new ‘avtaar’ — of a designer and social worker. And her new life starts tomorrow with a big bang as she takes ‘phera’ with city boy Anumit Sodhi, son of Political Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi.

“I am getting butterflies in my tummy,” said Kanwal, who looked stunning in a white designer suit for the ‘chunni’ ceremony at Chandigarh Club in Sector 2 here this morning. “After bright lights of Mumbai and Delhi, Chandigarh, a conservative city, would prove challenging in the professional front, but I have sorted out my plans for the future,” she said, looking everybit of the confident lady who won the Miss India International title in 2001 and later bagged the third runners up in Miss International 2001.

A designer herself, Kanwal’s plan includes opening up of a Life Style store in Chandigarh where customers will be shopping by appointment only. The speciality of the shop will not be just exquisite creations displayed by JJ Vallaya, Ritu Beri, Hemant Trivedi and others but every customer will get proper care and attention by a team of experts.

With her step into the married life ramp is going to take a backseat for Kanwal for sometime. “I am a designer first and foremost, so I will never be deprived of the glamour nor the creative satisfaction,” she said. Her own men’s partywear label by the name Ktoor (pronounced couture) which she launched after returning from Ms. International pageant in December 2001 is doing quite well in India, including Chandigarh, where it is on display at Kapsons.

With no secret dream to make it big on the silver screen, Kanwal is confident about making her new life a success. “I had been offered the role which Neha played in “Fiza” but I was not interested in acting in films then and even today stand on that ground,” she said.

And about her would be hubby, she said: “Though this marriage is purely arranged, I know Anumit for the last eight months now,” said Kanwal.


Jacob exhorts youth to learn from nature
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Young scouts and guides today presented a flag to the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), on the occasion of Flag Day of the Bharat Scouts and Guides India.

At a simple function, scouts and guides from various schools presented the flag and pinned the emblem on the blazer of General Jacob.

Speaking on the occasion General Jacob said the Bharat Scouts and Guides movement, which began in England in 1907 and was started in India by former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, on November 7, 1950, was initiated with the motto of motivating the younger generation to serve he public. He said members of the Bharat Scouts and Guides could help people by community-based programmes such as adult education and education of slum children.

Exhorting children to go on adventurous trips to forests, General Jacob said members of the Bharat Scouts and Guides should learn to take calculated risks and participate in trekking and hiking and learn more about nature. He said they could contribute a lot to society by participating in various community- based programmes such as AIDS awareness, leprosy eradication campaign, anti-smoking programmes and pulse- polio drives etc.

Meanwhile, a 12-day camp and annual training programme for 288 boy cadets and 185 girls cadets of senior and junior divisions from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh began today at the AF Station, High Ground near Zirakpur. It is being conducted by the NCC Group HQ, Chandigarh, under the supervision of Col Ashwini Sharma, chief training officer, and Lt-Col Surinder Kumar, camp commandant, under the aegis of Brig D.S. Dhillon, DDG Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.


Legal awareness seminar
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 7
In order to celebrate Legal Service Day and spread legal awareness among the weaker sections of society, a legal awareness seminar will be held at Government High School in Hallo Majra village, according to the member-secretary of the UT State Legal Service Authority and UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Sant Parkash.

Mr Sant Parkash said that a permanent Lok Adalat was also functioning daily in the District Courts Complex in Sector 17 where all the civil cases, including matrimonial disputes, bank loans, land acquisition cases, matters relating to industrial disputes, landlord-tenant controversies, revenue matters, motor accident claim cases and criminal cases of compoundable nature are compromised and settled amicably between the parties.

Giving details, he added that any party from any class of general public desiring any such case to be settled through the Lok Adalat can move an application to the court concerned for refering the case to the permanent Lok Adalat. A person even before going to court can also make an application on a plain paper without court fee and also send it by post to the authority for getting any dispute of any nature settled through the permanent Lok Adalat.


Privatisation move irks powermen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The working committee of UT Powermen today took a serious note of the Chandigarh Administration’s decision to privatise the Electricity Department and its decision to open tenders for privatising the street light under the control of Executive Engineer, Electricity (op) Division No 2, New Power-House Chandigarh on 25th November 2002.

Interestingly, the Secretary Engineering, Mr Karan Avtar Singh, has categorically denied any move of privatisation saying there is no move to privatise the handling of street lights by the Administration as it has plenty of staff and can manage on its own.

The working committee of the UT Powermen Union met today under the chairmanship of Mr U.S. Mohi, senior vice-president of the union. It unanimously decided to organise protest demonstration on November 25, against the Administrations decision to privatise handling of street lights. A dharna would be held outside the office of Executive Engineer, Electricity Operation Division No 2, Chandigarh.

The meeting discussed the long-pending demands of the electricity employees and also review the meeting held with the Chandigarh Administration before Divali.

It also decided to implement the decision of federation for any further agitational programme regarding the demands on which the 24-hour strike scheduled for October, 29 was deferred on the assurances given by the Administration.


Bank robbery accused identified: police
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
The police has claimed to have identified the four accused in yesterday’s bank robbery at Karanpur village near here and efforts are on to nab them.

Sources said the accused belong to a Patiala-based gang and have been involved in similar incidents in the region. The accused were identified by employees of Gramin bank and parties have been dispatched to nab them. Sketches of the accused have also been drawn.

It is learnt the leader of the gang, who was earlier serving a sentence in Punjab, is now out of jail and has been planning and executing such crimes.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Ranbir Singh, said he had directed police officials to approach banks, petrol pumps and liquor vends to instal burglar alarms and keep mobile phones in order to make contact with police control room in case of any emergency. 


Neighbourhood Watch Scheme to be launched
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
The Panchkula police will soon launch a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in the district in order to curb burglaries.

This was stated by Superintendent of Police, Ranbir Singh during his first interaction with mediapersons today after assuming office earlier this week. He said only public participation could help check the rising crime graph.

“We will hold interaction with residents and Resident Welfare Organisations here and ask them to be more alert towards suspicious elements in their neighbourhood.”

He said that like Chandigarh, where a neighbourhood watch scheme is in effect, all floating population entering into a particular area would be examined. Verification of tenants and servants would be strictly imposed and defaulters issued challans as per the provisions under Cr PC.

“All entry and exit points in the district would be sealed and nakas laid for effective policing.” The presence of the police should be felt in order to win the confidence of people.”

He said overhauling of the beat patrol staff and Crime Investigating Agency was on the anvil. Already separate teams for investigation, interrogation and raiding have been carved out in the CIA Staff to improve crime detection.


Seminars mark end of vigilance week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Seminars and talks marked the conclusion of the Vigilance Awareness Week at various institutes here today. The week was observed from October 31.

Technical Teachers Training Institute

The Technical Teachers’ Training Institute, Sector 26, displayed banners for creating awareness against malpractices which are anti-poor, anti-national and anti-economic development at selected places. The institute organised a paper-reading contest on “harmful effects of corruption” and “combating corruption”.

The results: Ms Sneh Lata Goyal (1), Mr K.L. Singla (2) and Ms Rama Chhabra (3).

Earlier, the week was inaugurated by Mr P. Shanker, Central Vigilance Commissioner, who administered the pledge to all employees of the institute.

Bhakra Beas Management Board

A seminar on vigilance awareness was organised at the Bhakra Beas Management Board Rest House, Sector 35. A magazine, “Ankush” brought out by the BBMB was released by Mr Rakesh Nath, Chairman, BBMB.

The Chief Technical Examiner, Central Vigilance Commission, Mr MP Juneja, and the Deputy Secretary, Mr Geeta Ram, gave their views on various aspects of corruption and vigilance. From the BBMB, Mr Jagbans Singh, Mr K.V.S. Thakur and Mr P.P. Wahi delivered talks on the subject.

Bureau of Indian Standards

The Northern Regional office of the Bureau of Indian Standards also held a seminar to observe the week. The Chief Vigilance Officer, Semi-Conductor Complex, Mohali, said celebrating a vigilance week was not enough to uproot the menace of corruption. He stressed the need for bringing about an attitudinal change in the personnel of the organisation.

In his welcome address, the Deputy Director General, Mr V.K. Kapoor, said that public vigilance could help the government fight corruption. All employees took the pledge to work with integrity and keep away from corruption.

United India Insurance Company

The regional office of the United India Insurance Company held a debate on “corruption-free Indian society-imaginary or reality” for college students. Amit Shivrain of DAV College, Sector 10, stood first, Meenakshi Verma of the GCG-11 second and Anu Brar of the same college was declared third.

This was followed by an essay contest for the employees of the company. The results are: Sudarshan Sardana (1), Harish Gambhir (2) and Mamta Bansal (3). Presiding over the function, the regional manager, Mr Brij Syal, said that an effective approach and restoration of social and spiritual values would help in combating the corruption.

National Insurance Company

The employees of the National Insurance Company took the pledge to guard against corruption. A seminar on “effects of corruption and guidelines to fight corrupt practices” was arranged at the conclusion. The regional manager, Mr Gurinder Raj Singh, welcomed the participants.


Book on Cariappa released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
A book on Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa , titled ‘‘ The man who touched the sky’’ and written by Edel Weis (Tejwant Singh) was released here today by the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut -Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd) .

Speaking on the occasion, General Jacob said that Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa was a legend in the Indian Army, and is still revered by the Jawans. Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa was a highly disciplined officer and a strict disciplinarian. Cariappa, the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Army of Independent India, was the right person to head the army in those turbulent days, he added.

General Jacob said that Cariappa gave stability, discipline and integrity to the Indian Army, which it is carrying till today. He said that Cariappa himself set an example for the whole Army. Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa was a courageous, outspoken and humane man till the end, which made him a champion of the Jawans and ex-servicemen.

The author, Tejwant Singh said he had tried to touch various aspects in the multi-faceted life of Field Marshal Cariappa to motivate the younger generation to learn from the personality of Field Marshal Cariappa.

The book has been published by Rupa & Co New Delhi, under the Charitavali series.. 


Sealing of parking lot angers traders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The illegal sealing of the entrance to a parking lot outside Anand Complex in Sector 17 here today resulted in a protest by shopkeepers, who marched to the office of the Municipal Corporation, demanding action against the executive engineer concerned.

The entrance to the lot that has not been auctioned, so far, was found sealed for all shopkeepers of the complex early today. About two months ago, the parking-lot contractor had put up a barrier there to collect unauthorised parking fee. It was, later, withdrawn after an agitation by traders.

Today, an emergency meeting of the Traders Association of Sectors 17-A and 17-B was called by its president, Mr Kamaljit Singh Panchhi. Here, all members of the body condemned the action of the officials concerned to show undue favour to the parking-lot contractor. Shopkeepers, thereafter, began an agitation and demanded that the sealed entrance be reopened.

They also demanded that the services of the executive engineer (XEN) concerned, who had ordered the sealing, be suspended. A delegation of the traders met the Chief Engineer of the MC, who said the entrance would be opened after a survey tomorrow.


Now, helping others get free
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, November 7
A rehabilitated drug addict has opened a centre for those who have become slaves of drugs.

Mr Amar Bedi, who remained hooked on drugs for 16 years, told mediapersons here today that the nightmare started when he was still in his teens. All efforts of his parents to wean him off drugs by taking him to various deaddiction centres failed to bring the desired results. But finally, with the help of Narcotics Annonymous, he was able to change himself and today he was leading a drug-free life.

He said since he had the first-hand experience of the nightmare, he now wanted to help drug addicts to come out of the dark world for which he had set up “Amarjot Foundation”, a drug counselling, de-addiction and rehabilitation centre.

He said at present he had eight patients and he was helping them to stay away from drugs with the help of a 12-point programme which had been approved by the WHO.


Conference on e-governance on Nov 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The first ever international conference on building effective e-governance is being organised at Chandigarh by the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab (MGSIPAP) on November 21 and 22. It is being jointly organised by the British Council and the Department of Information Technology, Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

The conference will focus on the best practices and case studies to demonstrate successful implementation experiences in India and abroad. The sessions include. e-service delivery — government to citizen, privacy & technology solutions. The conference will also include video conferencing with the members in the UK and also a technology showcase of e-governance applications and tools.

The eminent speakers include — Mr John Thornton, director of e-government, IdeA-UK; Mr N Vittal, Former CVC, Dr Rajesh Rajora of Gyndoot project, Dr Kiran Bedi, Mr Sanjay Jaju, among others.

There will be a major participation from the NGOs; financial institutions; government; industry, academics and others.


3 thieves caught red-handed
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 7
The police here has caught three thieves red-handed trying to tow away construction material worth thousands of rupees from the Phase IX Sports Complex.

According to the information provided by the police, watchman of the R.S. Construction Company, Ramesh Kumar, his father, Ram Kishore and brother, Lalit Kumar, all residents of Dadu Majra Colony, along with Ram Kishan were caught by company's foreman Charan Singh when they were towing away construction material in a rickshaw cart last night.

Charan Singh informed the police and three of them were arrested along with the construction material but Lalit Kumar managed to escape.

Theft cases

During the past 24-hour, at least two cases of burglary were reported from different parts of the city.

Burglar(s) reportedly broke into a shop in Sector 9 during the night intervening November 5 and 6 and decamped with Rs 28,000.

Sometime during the same period, burglar(s) reportedly took away brass material from plot No. 913A, Industrial Area Phase II.


Mr Mohinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 20, reported with the police that his scooter (CH01A 7400) was stolen from Sector 37 yesterday. Mr Anish Saini of Sector 42 alleged that car stereo, speaker, amplifier and some audio cassettes were stolen from his car, which was parked at his residence on the night intervening November 5 and 6. A Maruti car (PB65B 4904) of Mr Gurmeet Singh, a resident of SAS Nagar, was reportedly stolen from a market in Sector 44 here on November 5.

One injured

Mr Luxman Singh, a resident of Sector 23, was injured and admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16, after the scooter he was riding was allegedly hit by a auto-rickshaw in Sector 8 on November 5 here. Auto-rickshaw driver, Tejpal Singh, was arrested and later released on bail.

RBI employee dies

Pritam Singh (50), an employee of Reserve Bank of India, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence in RBI Colony, Sector 30, here this morning. As per sources, this morning when he did not respond to his neighbours knocks on doors, the door was forced open. The police suspects he died a natural death.


One electrocuted

A 35-year-old unknown man was electrocuted after his axe hit a 11KV line in Chandi Mandir this afternoon. The man had reportedly climbed a tree to cut fireweed, but his axe accidentally hit the overhead line and he was electrocuted. His badly burnt body was removed by the police at 4 pm and was later sent for post mortem.


Unknown miscreant(s) broke into a house in Sector 16 this afternoon and decamped with Rs 3,000. Mr Krishan Kumar, owner of the house said his wife was gone only for a few minutes, when the incident took place. The police have registered a case.

Labourer killed

A young labourer was crashed to death by a tractor-trailer within the ITBP campus in Bhanu this evening. The victim, Gaurav, was a resident of Chandigarh. The victim was rushed to the PGI where he was declared as brought dead.

Woman killed

A 36-year-old woman, Neelam was killed and her husband, Om Prakash, was injured when they were hit by a speeding truck (HYA- 8575) near Manakya village on Thursday evening. The truck driver fled away. The duo were brought to the PGI, Chandigarh, where Neelam succumbed to her injuries.


Two city residents win Marutis
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 7
Two city residents and one from Punjab have won a Maruti 800 car each in the lucky draw organised by the Sector 22-D market as part of its golden jubilee celebrations last night.

Details of the prizes given by the Sector 22 Market Association as per the lucky draw: Maruti 800 — Mr Rajpal (Sector 23), Ms Sahiba Raina (Sector 40) and Mr Aashif Rahul (Punjab); Bajaj Chetak scooter — Mr Rajainder Pal Julka (Mani Majra), Ms Balbir Kaur (Sector 9), Mr Surjit Singh (Sector 22D); LG 29’’ TV — Mr HR Nandwani (Sector 38); LG Air Conditioner — Ms Balpreet Kaur (Sector 24) and Ms Divanshi Sharma (Panchkula); LG 25” TV — Ms Tripta (SAS Nagar); Sharp music system — Mr Vicky (SAS Nagar), Mr R.K Sood (Sector 15), Ms Narinder Kaur (Panchkula); LG 250-litre refrigerator — Mr Gaurav Sabharwal (Sector 35); LG 230 litre refrigerator — Mr Dilbagh Singh (Sector 16).


Warmth across your home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Winter is back again. And to switch off the cold weather, Usha International has brought out oil-filled radiator from the Lexus range of home appliances.

The oil-filled radiator is compact and portable, and has three heating positions which are sure to spread warmth across your home. It’s adjustable temperature control helps you to adjust the temperature according to our needs. It is available in seven fin, nine fin and 13 fin options. It costs between Rs 4,690 and Rs 5,790.

PCS rolls out LCD monitors

PCS Industries Limited has announced the launch of its range of PCS Personal Computers with LCD monitors with multimedia at an extremely attractive price. This is inclusive of a 15-inch screen and speakers on the base. According to Mr Arun Bhattacharya, executive vice-president, (Channel), PCS Industries, the market for LCD monitors is expanding. The company will be targeting design studios, call centres and discerning home users for the LCD PC. The users in these industries typically spend long hours in front of the PCs and in keeping with the intensity and concentration they sit with while working PCS LCD monitor will safeguard their eyes against excessive strain due to constant glare.

Desk gear accessories

LaSalle, a world-renowned brand in leather portfolios and soft luggage, has announced the launch of a unique and extensive range of desk gear accessories. These include pen holders, coasters, photo frames, in-out trays, envelop holders and visiting card holders.

It is in leather and exemplifies outstanding quality and distinct, elegant styles. According to Mr Rohit Kapur, chief executive officer, LaSalle Products, leather desk gear accessories are a rage in the international markets today and are niche products”.


Industrialists’ appeal to government
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, November 7
The Industrial Welfare Association, Phase IX, has appealed to the government to come out with an industrial policy that gives some relief to the units in the state.

Mr Prabhjot Singh Sandhu, vice-president of the association, said the notifications issued by the government in the past two months had created a fear that the industry in the state would be totally ruined.

The Punjab Government had imposed 4 per cent and 8 per cent entry tax on yarn and paper, respectively. The step had created a sense of insecurity in the minds of industrialists. The position was such that units dealing in these two items would have to be either closed down or shifted to other states, he said.

A number of industrial units had become sick as they could not bear the burden imposed by the Punjab Financial Corporation by way of heavy interest, he said. The outstanding payment against small industrial units should be taken back in small instalments, he demanded.

Mr Sandhu said NRIs should be inspired to make investments in the state. For achieving this aim they should be given incentives in the real sense.

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