Tuesday, November 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Nagar kirtan palanquin falls on teenagers;
kills 1, hurts 5
5 villages lose Gurpurb joy to freak accident
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 18
The Gurpurb joy of five villages was marred when Randhir Singh, 16, a boy of Khuda Ali Sher village, was killed and five others were injured when a palanquin and the other wooden items they were bringing to the village for the ‘nagar kirtan’ procession fell on them late yesterday. One of the injured, Gurshant Singh, is said to be in a critical condition in the PGI.
  • Randhir Singh Randhir Singh, 16, of Khuda Ali Sher
  • An accident had left his father mentally unfit.
  • Was supporting the palanquin when it came crashing down on him, crushing his stomach.

The articles were being carried on a tractor-trailer from the Sector 22 gurdwara. One of the wooden articles got struck in a pole near the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, making all other articles come down on the boys in the trolley.

The death made five villages — Khuda Ali Sher, Kansal, Naya Gaon, Karoran and Nada Sahib — cancel the ‘nagar kirtan’ procession that was to be taken out today. All those who have been hurt are also teenagers.

The accident occurred at about 11.30 pm yesterday and Randhir succumbed to his injuries in the PGI at 6 am today. Gurshant, who suffered injuries on his legs and the head, is still in a critical condition. The other injured were discharged after they had received first-aid in the Sector 16 General Hospital.

Mr Pavitar Singh, father of Randhir, is not mentally fit since an accident that happened about six months ago. Members of Randhir’s family told reporters how, while taking a turn towards the village, the accident had happened. Randhir who was supporting the palanquin, saw his stomach getting crushed under it, while the impact threw four other teenagers to the ground.

Gurpreet Singh, elder brother of Randhir, sustained injuries on his legs and hands in the mishap. On his complaint, the police registered a case under Sector 304-A of the IPC against the driver of the tractor-trailer, charging him with causing death due to negligence. Randhir leaves behind his father, mother, brother and grandmother.


Lights dazzle on Gurpurb eve
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 18
The preparations are on for celebrations on Guru Nanak Birthday and the city is busy decorating houses and shops with lights. If you aren’t part of the excitement, so far, it’s time for you to move out and see lighting on houses, with bulbs blinking gleefully. Even the trees have been tastefully decorated.

“Most persons have hired professionals for getting the houses decorated,” says Mr Ranjivan, an electrician. “There are persons who have spent over Rs 10,000 each on lighting; got the job done before Divali. Electricians were told not to remove these lights until after Gurpurb.”

Shops had been decorated with marigolds at the entrances and devotees thronged gurdwaras on the eve of Gurpurb. A large number of devotees were in gurdwaras since early today, to listen to ‘kirtan’. At many gurdwaras, frequent appeals were made to the devotees to maintain decorum and peace.

The gurdwaras that stood out were the ones in Sectors 8, 19, 20, 40, 34, 11, 21, and 39. The decorations were a topic of discussion among devotees. Meanwhile, the Punjab Governor and the Union Territory Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, urged the citizens to follow the path shown by Guru Nanak Dev.

General Jacob said: “Guruji was an apostle of peace, who epitomised universal brotherhood. The day gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our faith in the teachings of the Guru and work for peace and communal harmony.”

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has also sent everyone Gurpurb greetings.


Traders hold protest rally
Call for Chandigarh bandh on November 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Traders of the city under the banner of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal today organised a car and scooter rally to protest against the recent amendment to the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949.

The traders gave a call for a Chandigarh bandh on November 21 saying this was the first step after which the traders would come on roads to protest.

Starting from Neelam Cinema the rally passed through various sector markets of the city where traders gave a good response to this awareness rally of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal.

The beopar mandal claimed that its officials had spoken to local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, to raise the issue during the winter session of Parliament which commenced today. However, due to the debate on Gujarat the zero hour just did not come up.

In the afternoon the rally consisting of hundreds of traders on cars and scooters took off from Sector 17 and passed through almost all markets of the city gearing up the traders for a long-term fight with the Administration. At several places traders of various markets made the rallyists stop and raised slogans besides distributing snacks and drinking water to them. The rally consisting of long rows of cars and other vehicles in between blocked the traffic at various crossings and demonstrated against the rent Act.

The rally was led by Mr Jagdish Arora, president of the mandal, on a specially made-up mini truck. Several trader leaders, including Mr Diwakar Sahoonja, chairman, Rent Act Committee of the Beopar Mandal, Mr Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, Mr Rohit Sood, Mr Prem Kumar, Mr Digvijay Kapoor, Mr S.S. Purba, Mr RP Gupta, Mr PL Mahajan, Mr Charanjiv Singh, Mr Rajesh Kapoor, Mr Baldev Goyal and Mr Subash Sethi of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal were also present.

The rally culminated in Sector 44 where members of the Market Welfare Association received the slogan-shouting rallyists .

All along the route the Chandigarh Police had made elaborate arrangements and cautiously followed the rallyists throughout the route.

Earlier the local BJP leadership held a meeting at the house of a prominent BJP leader of Punjab wherein they extended full support to the just cause of traders and appealed to the government to withhold the notification till a more balance model rent Act was evolved by consensus.

Meanwhile the president of the local unit of the SAD, Mr N.S. Minhas, said the amendment to the rent Act was a welcome move of the Chandigarh Administration. If the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal wanted any rectification it should challenge the notification in a court of law instead of blocking traffic and harassing commuters.


Easy money-making firms, watch out
Manoj Kumar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The Chandigarh Administration is contemplating action against some companies in the city under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes ( Banking ) Act, 1978. These companies are allegedly involved in the exploitation of its agents and consumers in the name of direct selling. The Administration has also decided to create awareness about these companies as per the suggestion of the Reserve Bank of India.

According to information available, thousands of youth from the city and surrounding towns have been trapped by some easy-money-making schemes in the name of providing employment These companies, claiming to be subsidiaries of MNCs, have collected crores of rupees from the youth in the name of security and registration fees and are asking them to sell products directly to consumers at astronomical prices.

Some of them have also opened their offices in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Shimla, Jammu and Gurgaon. While officials of the Punjab government claim ignorance about the presence of any such companies, the Finance Department of the UT, acknowledges there presence.

Mr Dalip Kumar, Joint Secretary, Finance, says the administration has decided to create awareness about such companies and take suitable action against them as per the provisions of the law. According to official sources, these companies could be booked under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes ( Banking ) Act, 1978, for exploiting their agents and consumers.

As per Section 3 of the Act, no person shall promote or conduct any prize, chit or money-circulation scheme or enroll a member to any such chit or scheme promising remittance of money in pursuance of the scheme. They can be punished with imprisonment for a term up to three years.

However, Mr Kalyan Ranjan, Manager, Corporate Communications, Amway India Limited, claims that some companies might be exploiting the youth and consumers, but his company is functioning after getting a clearance from the Ministry of Finance. The youth are asked to join voluntarily after making an initial investment of Rs 4,400 and their commission depends upon the volume of business, he says.

He says the company has recruited at least 75,000 youth in Northern India of the total three lakh active agents in the country and is doing a business of Rs 625 crore, annually. Mr Pradeep Sharma, one of the agents of the company, however, lamented,‘‘ Amway promises to provide products at the market rate, but due to higher prices of the products and doubtful quality, most of the agents are not even able to earn Rs 300 monthly.’’

According to information available, these companies have collected security deposits of Rs 4,000 to Rs 70,000. Enquires made with some companies reveal that these innocent youth are asked to sell products at astronomical rates such as a tooth brush for Rs 109, fairness cream for Rs 1,335, car wash solution (500gm) for Rs 279, herbal shampoos for Rs 500 and a mattress for Rs 80,000. Some agents, asking not be quoted, urge the Administration to take action against these companies.


IAF objects to dumping site
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 18
The Air Force Station, Chandigarh, has objected to the allotment of a garbage dumping site to the SAS Nagar Municipal Council by the Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority (PUDA) in Sohana village here. The site, according to the Air Force authorities is near the outer marker of the airfield and garbage dumping has increased manifold the bird activity in the area posing a serious flight safety hazard to military and civil flights.


If any person contravenes any provision of ... rule ... prohibiting the slaughter and flaying of animals and of depositing rubbish; filth and other polluted and obnoxious matters within a radius of 10 km from the aerodrome, a reference point shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to one year; or fine which may extend to Rs 2,000, or with both.


In a recent incident an aircraft on approach for landing while flying overs the garbage dump had a bird hit and had to execute an emergency landing: COO, 12 Wing Air Force.

In a letter addressed to Mr D.P. Reddy, Chief Administrator, PUDA, the Chief Operation Officer, 12 Wing Air Force, Gp Capt J. Mathappan, has demanded that dumping of garbage be stopped with immediate effect and cleaning of the area be done as soon as is possible.

According to sources, PUDA has asked the Municipal Council to stop dumping garbage there but, according to the civic authorities, this order cannot be complied with till an alternative site is allotted to them. A meeting to decide on a suitable solution is scheduled for November 22.

The site measuring 13.3 acres in Sohana was allotted to the Municipal Council by PUDA a few months back and since the paper work was to take months, the Municipal Council had started dumping more than seven tonnes of refuse the township produces every day.

According to the Chief Operation Officer, the garbage is being dumped near the outer marker of the Chandigarh airfield. ‘‘The outer marker is a navigational aid which is located in approach funnel of the main instrument runway at the Chandigarh airfield. The garbage has attracted birds, resulting in substantial increase in bird activity in this area. The increased bird activity poses a serious flight safety hazard to military and civil flights operating from Chandigarh,” states the letter to PUDA.

The Air Force authorities had also brought the matter to the notice of the Municipal Council directly and the SDM in September and a joint visit to the site was organised in October but apparently no action was taken in the matter.

Sources say PUDA has asked Municipal Council to take the necessary action in the matter but the Municipal Council is now in a state of fix with no other area left to dump garbage. ‘‘Where are we supposed to take the township's garbage? We have been asking for a site for years now,’’ says an MC official. The ACA, PUDA (SAS Nagar), Mr Yashvir Mahajan, however, states that the matter has been brought to the notice of PUDA now and the necessary action will be taken to solve the matter.


South Africa key player in Indian Ocean politics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
South Africa is the biggest hole in the chapter of cooperation among the countries in the Indian Ocean which needs to be plugged to secure unblocked regional cooperation which today had become an order of the changed world under new economic forces.

This was opined by all the experts in the inaugural function of the Indian Ocean Research Group Association at Panjab University here today. The conference on “The Indian Ocean in a Globalising World: Critical Perspectives on the 21st Century” is being organised by the Department of Political Science and the Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University.

Prof Kenneth McPherson of the South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in his inaugural address said in some ways the case of South Africa would illustrate the real problems facing the majority of Indian Ocean states particularly with respect to supporting the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation, whose presence had waned today. Unlike the Asia-Pacific region, the Indian Ocean region does not include a large number of major world economies.

Ms Penny Wensley, Australian High Commissioner, expressed a similar concern for regional cooperation with specific reference to South Africa. The priorities of the country touching the Indian Ocean need a re-look from a changed world order of the day.

Mr Hari Jaisingh, editor of The Tribune, said there was need to look at the issue in a perspective of the changed world order under the GATT agreement which was an inevitable event of the future. A bigger economic zone will emerge where interests of South Africa would have to be watched. South Africa at the moment is not sure on whose side it was, whether clearly on the West or the East. It needs to understand that a regional balance will have to be struck in the general interest of humanity.

Professor McPherson said: “Initially South Africa was keen supporter of the concept of regional cooperation and pushed the concept ahead of India and Australia. In part, the South African initiative was driven by a general desire to ‘come from the cold’ after the collapse of the apartheid regime. Due to hardheaded reassessment by the government and business groups in South Africa concerning limited human resources and national priorities, the Indian Ocean slipped down the list of national priorities.

“The waning of enthusiasm has been reflected around the region and one is now forced to ask if ORC-ARC has anything to offer other than an official annual forum at which regional trade ministers meet? If the ORC-ARC is to survive it needs to be reshaped and given new impetus by governments currently prepared to give it a little more than lip service,” Professor McPherson opined.

Mr Jaisingh said the India Ocean should be of interest not merely to people of the coastal region but to minds of people of the rest of the country as well for which a reorientation of the minds was of prime importance. It should never be forgotten that the water boundaries of the sub-continent were the lifeline, directly, for a major part of the country and indirectly for the rest of the country. Also there was a need to change the general perceptions regarding defence whose mention only generated a talk about the Army or the Air Force. Frontiers held by the Navy were no less stronger than any other front, even in terms of the area covered.

Mr Jaisingh said any study would be incomplete without its practical implications. The policy drafters should first have familiarisation of the coasts of the country and neighbouring lands. Smaller nations are no doubt very important in any deliberation, however, the key players in the region first need to put their heads together and chalk out a future plan of action of regional cooperation.

Ms Wensley said the new group was a very significant undertaking under the changed economic scenario. South Africa needs to be roped in for a more significant talk of regional development in the Indian Ocean.

Prof Sanjay Chaturvedi, Chairman of the Political Science Department, proposed the vote of thanks.


Indian Ocean Research Group

In order to provide a research umbrella for social sciences and policy-oriented research in the Indian Ocean rim, a new organisation, the Indian Ocean Research Group, came into being on Monday.

Prof Sanjay Chaturvedi, Chairman of the Political Science Department at Panjab University, and Dr Dennis Rumley of the University of Western Australia, Perth, are the men behind the idea that shaped into a reality.

The principal objective of the group is to act as a facilitator and coordinator on the nature and impact of human uses of the Indian Ocean, with the overall objective of realising peace, cooperation and ecologically sustainable development in the Indian Ocean region. The group will also encourage research networking, facilitate dialogue between cultures and civilisations in the region and act as a resource base of data and information.


Beant Singh trial: accused call off strike
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, November 18
The accused in the Beant Singh trial case called off their fast after being persuaded by the President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, two days ago in Burail Jail. This was revealed by highly-placed sources in the UT Administration.

According to information, Mr Mann met the three accused in the Model Burail jail on November 16 and thereafter, the accused called off their fast and were shifted to another barracks. One of the accused, — Jagtar Singh Hawara — had been on fast for the past 15 days and another accused, Paramjit Singh, for the past two days when Mr Mann met them.

Hawara went on strike on November 1 in protest against the confinement of another undertrial in smaller barracks. Later on November 3, the jail authorities reportedly seized a mobile set, Rs 44,000 and some other articles from the barracks of the accused. Thereafter the three — Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh — were lodged in smaller barracks and the special facility provided to them under B category was withdrawn.

Sources revealed that Mr Mann also met the Superintendent of Police (Jails) to seek better facility to the accused and shift them to other wards. But the jail authorities said the decision in this regard could only be taken by senior officials of the UT Administration. Thereafter, Mr Mann went to meet a senior official of the administration and discussed with him about the conduct of the accused in the jail. Mr Mann assured the official that the accused would not interfere in the rules and regulations. Thereafter, the jail authorities were directed to shift the accused in another barracks and provide normal facilities to the accused.

The Superintendent of the Model Burail Jail, Mr D.S. Rana, confirmed that Mr Mann had visited the jail and had advised the accused to call off the strike. He added that Mr Mann had assured the authorities that if they would be shifted to another barracks and provided better facilities the accused would call off the strike. Mr Rana added that Mr Mann, then, offered a glass of juice to the accused. Thereafter, the hunger strike was called off.


Mobile toilets mooted near slum colonies
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 18
The local Municipal Council proposes to introduce mobile toilets at various places near the slum colonies here, for ensuring better sanitation facilities here.

Sources in the council said that Rs 9 lakh had been earmarked for buying six mobile toilets — both six seater and 10-seater. These toilets would be placed at three places (two toilets at one spot), in Sector 12- A market, Railla village and Kharag Mangoli village during the first phase.

Officials in the Municipal Council, who have just taken over sanitation work from the Haryana Urban Development Authority, said a resolution for purchasing these mobile toilets had been sent to state government for approval so that residents of sectors adjacent to these slum colonies could get relief from unhygienic conditions caused by the jhuggi dwellers here.

Officials say that these were being introduced on an experimental basis and if this experiment yielded results, more such toilet vans would be purchased and placed in open spaces to avoid the use of these spaces by these slum dwellers as open toilets. They said that it was proposed to privatise the maintenance of these mobile toilts at a reasonable price so as to ensure its success.

Open tenders would be called soon from different companies for purchasing these toilets. Mr O.P. Sihag, Executive Officer of Municipal Council ,said that this was the first time that mobile toilets were being introduced in the township. A few years ago, Sulabh International, had constructed toilets near the two biggest slum colonies- Indira Colony and Rajiv Colony. But over a period of time the population in these colonies swelled and the toilets were inadequate.

The problem was also grave in the open grounds on the Sector 5 and 6 dividing road, open land between Rajiv Colony and Sector 17, near Sector 3 and other places where these slum/labour colonies had come up. While HUDA was itself planning to have public toilets in Sector 5 here the MC was planning to buy new toilets and placing them in different areas.

Besides, the MC was planning to purchase 40 garbage containers for residential areas and 75 for market areas ( of the ratio of 1for 25 shops). These would be placed at fixed places. In addition, 50 wheel barrows for carrying garbage, two refuse collectors, one tractor trolley, one dumper placer and one skid loader machine would also be purchased.


Sehaj Safai Kendra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Sehaj Safai Kendra under the Sahyog project was opened in Sector 8 here today. Mr M.P. Singh, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, inaugurated the kendra, constructed as combined effort of the Environment Department, CAWEDS, the Municipal Corporation and the Residents Welfare Association of the sectors.

Sahyog has been launched by the Chandigarh Administration for introducing the best management practice for the disposal of municipal solid waste. In addition to various residents of the area, Mr Puranjit Singh, Chief Engineer, Chandigarh Administration, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, and Mr P.J.S. Dadhwal, Additional Director, Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration, were present.

Mr M.P. Singh also handed over the 12 rehris to the councillors of Sectors 27, 8, and 21 for the transportation of municipal solid waste. These rehris have been provided by the Chandigarh Animal Welfare and Eco-Development Society, Chandigarh.


Cariappa was a macro model of soldiering

THE late Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa, known as the “Father of the Indian Army” was the first Indian to get King’s Commission in the British Indian Army. In the old visitors’ book at the officers’ mess of 4 Guards (1 Rajput), you can still see his name as 2/Lt K.M. Cariappa, which he wrote on joining the unit after commissioning.

Steeped in the traditions of the Army, he emerged as a macro-model of soldiering and had many firsts attached to his name. He was the first Indian officer who became Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion and was also the first Indian to have become a Brigade Commander. He replaced Lt-Gen D. Russell (a British officer) as GOC-in-C Western Command in January 1948 during the J and K operations and was the first Indian to have become an Army Commander.

Not only that, he was also the first Indian officer to have become the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Army. Later on, this post was re-designated as Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) and was also downgraded from number two to 13 in the Order of Precedence.

Having been highly impressed by the British Guards, the Field Marshal (then a General) selected four oldest battalions of the Indian Army i.e. 2 Punjab, 1 Grenadiers, 3 Raj Rif and 1 Rajput and transformed them into 1 Guards, 2 Guards, 3 Guards and 4 Guards, respectively, to form a Brigade of the Guards.

In 1986, General Cariappa was granted the rank of a Field Marshal. Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa passed away on May 15, 1993 at the age of 94.

Accommodation project stalls

There is an acute shortage of married accommodation in almost all the cantonments in India. This has been affecting the morale of the Army for the past many years. As it is, a soldier cannot live with his family for the better part of his service. But the least that he expects is that during his short peace tenures, he should be provided accommodation so that he can live with his family.

Having tried hard for many years, the Army authorities had finally succeeded in getting about Rs 18,000 crore sanctioned for this project a few months ago. After the government decision to build 1,98,881 dwelling units for the armed forces personnel at 231 stations in four phases, the first phase to build accommodation at 81 stations, which is to be completed by 2005-2006, is being taken in hand now.

Since this accommodation is to be constructed in the cantonments, the Ministry of Defence had asked the Army Chief in September last to get the bungalows and land in the cantonments vacated from the civilians. Although, compensation is to be paid for the bungalows and land to the civilians, they have resented this move in almost all the cantonments. As of now, the resumption of old grand bungalows in Ambala, Ferozepore and Jalandhar cantonments has been opposed by the civilians who are taking their cases to courts for stay.

Once the legal battle starts between the Army and the civilians in the cantonments, it will continue for years. Sadly, this will put the new accommodation project in jeopardy.

CSD liquor

The Canteen Stores Department (CSD) has opened its canteens all over the country to supply general stores, grocery and liquor to servicemen and ex-servicemen at concessional rates.

Liquor sold out from canteen is not only much cheaper as compared to its price in the market but is also believed to be free of adulteration. The Army authorities enforce strict checks on the sale of liquor. For, if it falls into the unauthorised hands, the Army gets a bad name.

Eye camp

For the first time, an eye camp was held in the Gurez-Tilel valley in Kashmir by the Army and the J and K State Health Department the other day.

The medical teams examined 181 cases in five days. Army doctors helped surgical teams from the Health Department in screening the patients and providing pre and post operative care.

Pritam Bhullar



C’wealth award for GS Bajwa

Chandigarh, November 18
Gurmail Singh Bajwa, the man behind the yuva chetna in Punjab, has won the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Award for excellence in youth work for 2001-2002.

The award will be conferred on Mr Bajwa on November 20 in Singapore. The award ceremony will later be followed by a two-day regional follow up meeting of the national youth councils. The Commonwealth Asia Centre has officially intimated the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Mr Bajwa about his selection for the prestigious award. TNS


Sub-Inspector held on bribe charge
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 18
The police today nabbed Sales Tax Sub-Inspector, Mr Subhash Kaushik, on the charges of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 50 from a truck driver for letting him pass from the sales tax barrier at Ramgarh.

The police had received a complaint about the accused demanding bribes from truckers ferrying sand and other river bed material. The complainant had reportedly told the police that they would take Rs 50 from the truckers instead of Rs 100 and let them pass through without paying sales tax. The official had further employed a resident of Shiamtu village, Surinder, who would bait the truckers and issue hand-written receipts for truckers.

DSP (Headquarters) Desh Bandhu was informed and a trap was laid for the accused. The truck driver from Chandigarh, Davinder Singh, was used as a decoy. A Rs 50 note, after being marked was given to him.

The accused took the money and issued a hand-written receipt for Rs 50. He was immediately nabbed by the police along with Surinder Kumar.


2 cases of theft
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 18
A Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH01Q 7330) of Mr Anil Sharma, a resident of Sector 37, was reported to be stolen from Sector 22 yesterday. A resident of Samrala reported that car stereo from his car parked near Raipur village was stolen on the night intervening November 16 and 17. Two cases of theft have been registered.


Mr Pannu Kumar, a resident of Burail village, has alleged that he was beaten by Lalji, Mahesh, Bujarat and Sunil, all residents of the same village on November 16. The complainant reportedly sustained injuries. A case under Sections 147, 149, 323 and 506 of the IPC has been registered.

Mr Dharam Pal of Indira Colony, Palsora, has also reported that he was beaten up by Jarnail Singh, Sat Pal and two other persons on November 10. A case under Sections 339, 323 and 506 of the IPC has been registered.


Mr Ashok Kumar, a resident of Dadumajra, and his father-in-law, Lakshma Dass, were injured and admitted to General Hospital, Sector 16, after the rickshaw they were riding was hit by an unidentified motorcycle in Sector 38 on November 15. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.


Chain snatched

In yet another incident of chain snatching, a young girl was robbed of her chain this afternoon. One of the miscreants snatched a chain from Ms Antim in Sector 16 this afternoon and then fled away with his two accomplices who were waiting at some distance on two scooters. The police has registered a case under Section 356, IPC.

One killed

A pedestrian, Debu, was crushed to death by a motor cycle (HP-14-3868) near Surajpur bridge last evening. The police have registered a case under Sections 279, 337, IPC.

Two held

The police has booked Sanjiv Kumar and Manoj Kumar in two separate incidents on charges of drinking at a public place.

Liquor seized

The police seized 12 bottles of country-made liquor from Randhir Singh from a village in Raipur Rani area. He has been booked under the Excise Act.


4-yr term in attempt to murder case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 18
Two residents of Fatehgarh Sahib, Kuldip Singh and Jaswinder Singh, were today sentenced to four years' rigorous imprisonment by the Additional and Sessions Judge in a case of attempt to murder.

It was alleged that the accused, who were in a car, had hit three students on the university campus. One of the students was seriously injured in the accident.


Lohgarh resident crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, November 18
A 60-year-old resident of Lohgarh village, Sher Singh, was crushed to death by a truck on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near here, today.

According to the police, Sher Singh was riding a scooter when a truck (HR-56-0824) rammed into his vehicle from behind leaving him dead on the spot.


PHDCCI seeks Rs 500 cr market development fund
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( PHDCCI) has urged the Union Government to set up a market development fund with a corpus of at least Rs 500 crore to support the small-scale industry.

In a memorandum submitted to the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), the apex financial institution for the development of the SSI sector, it has urged to chalk out a planned strategy for increasing the share of the SSI in total exports from the country.

Mr Beant Singh, resident director of the PHDCCI, said despite significant share in employment and state economy, the SSI sector had been ignored by successive state and Centre governments. SIDBI and other supportive institutions should provide assistance in developing markets for the SSI sector. Instead of providing any subsidy, they should facilitate technological upgradation in the industry, he said.

The chamber suggested to set up a technology bank with a technological upgradation fund for specific sectors within the SSI. On the pattern of textile modernisation fund, this fund could be used to strengthen the linkage of large and small scale enterprises. The market development fund should be used, said Mr Beant Singh, for diversification of the exports of SSIs and evolvement of a bold marketing strategy to promote the brand image of the Indian SSI products.

The chamber has demanded that district industrial centres should involve industrial associations and chambers to organise training and reorientation programmes for SSI entrepreneurs. It has assured full support for any such venture started for the welfare of small entrepreneurs.

Appreciating the new credit guarantee scheme, the PHDCCI has urged the Reserve Bank of India to ensure that commercial banks did not charge more than 7-8 per cent as the final lending rate from the industry in general and the SSI in particular.

Welcoming the SIDBI’s initiative to launch state and regional-level venture capital fund with the participation of state governments, Mr Beant Singh lamented that venture capital was not easily available to very small and tiny units.

The chamber noted there was a need to set up more venture capital funds in high-growth sectors such as IT, biotechnology and food processing. In the note submitted to SIDBI, Mr Beant Singh felt the government should encourage the banks to entertain venture capital funding to SSI units.


Thumb-sucking children, beware
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Good news for mothers. After years of loosing patience over children’s thumb-sucking and nail-biting habits, Fem Care Pharma has launched a deterrent liquid for breaking this habit.

Femite is applied in a small quantity on the thumb and nail of the child, twice a day. The extremely bitter taste of Femite discourages the child from sucking his or her thumbs and biting nails. Femite is recommended by doctors and can also be used to wean a child from bottle-feeding and breast-feeding.

Habit of prolonged thumb sucking can cause many problems, including calluses on thumb, speech problems and flared upper front teeth.

Immigration to Australia, New Zealand

Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) has tied up with two immigration experts, Mr Bob Fenwick and Mr Shaun Kerrigan, to provide complete services, including immigration, placement and settlement to aspirants who wish to settle in Australia and New Zealand.

“The immigration aspirants, who do not qualify in Canada or the USA can meet the criteria to go to Australia as the country needs skilled workers and businessmen have wider chances and opportunities in New Zealand with comparatively low investment”, said Mr Devinder Sandhu, senior director, WWICS, in a talk with mediapersons, here today.

“The WWICS has tied up with Australia, New Zealand and the USA to provide special packages of immigration, placement and settlement services. The company has also tied up with the NIIT and the NIS to provide computer education, marketing skills and personality development as per international standards,” he said.

New range of shirts

Arrow has announced the launch of unstainables, a new range of shirts based on nanotechnology. Unstainables is a range of shirts and trousers that users nanotechnology to lend the fabrics a stain-repellent property while allowing the fabric to breathe.

“It’s an amazing technology… It’s an amazing fabric,” said Mr Darshan Mehta, president, Arvind Brands. “We are delighted to be the first company in India to launch a collection based on nanotechnology.”

The collection has been launches through a technical collaboration with Nano-Tex, a USA-based Burlington company which has patented the technology on fabric.

The range includes cotton shirts priced at Rs 1495 and trousers priced at Rs 1695 at Arrow showrooms, leading departmental stores and menswear retail outlets. The properties of the range are that it repels liquids, resists stains and wrinkles and is machine washable. The technology gives the product permanence and durability so that it stays the same even after 50 washes.

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