Tuesday, November 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


IAF officials prevent garbage dumping
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 25
In what has developed into a potential crisis situation for the Municipal Council here, tonnes of garbage collected here was brought back to the township following an unexpected decision by the Chandigarh Air Force Station officials to stop with immediate effect the dumping of garbage at the site allotted to the council by PUDA at Sohana village on grounds of it being too close to the outer marker of the Air Force station.

The move is unexpected as a meeting to resolve the matter was held on November 22 with the Chief Administrator, PUDA, during which it was decided that a new site be allotted to the MC for dumping garbage in compliance with the serious nature of objections raised by the Air Force station’s Chief Operations Officer.

According to MC officials, it was also decided to allow the MC to dump garbage at the site till a new site was found for the purpose. The MC was, however, told to cover the garbage with earth so that no birds got attracted to the garbage, causing a potential flight hazard.

The Air Force personnel posted at the guide building, near the outer marker of the station, prevented trolley drivers carrying tonnes of garbage from going in and dumping the garbage. The trolley drivers informed the MC officials who reached the spot but were told by the Air Force personnel that they would not allow any further dumping of garbage in the area.

Two trolleys full of garbage have already been sent back but the MC officials are more worried about tomorrow morning when almost 7 tonnes of garbage will be thrown out of the township. “We are following the decision taken on November 22. The Air Force station personnel were also there during the meeting and everything was decided in accordance with their wishes. We have no idea why we have not been allowed to throw garbage there today and whose orders are being followed. How are we going to handle the situation tomorrow?,’’ says an MC official.

Sources also state that the MC President will contact the Chief Operations Officer of the Air Force station tomorrow on the issue. A joint site selection visit of the MC with PUDA officers has already been arranged for November 27. ‘‘If a site is selected, we will shift the dumping process immediately, but till then we need a place to throw the garbage”, said the MC official. The Chief Operation Officer, Gp Capt Mathappan could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.


Protest against IAF put off
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, November 25
The Ilaqua Zirakpur Bachao Committee has postponed its protest against the ban of constructions within 900 m of the defence installations for 15 days, after an assurance of the help from Ms Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala.

Members of the Ilaqua Zirakpur Bachao Committee on a chain fast in front of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat Office on Monday
Members of the Ilaqua Zirakpur Bachao Committee on a chain fast in front of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat Office on Monday.

Seven members of the committee — Mr Dharam Singh, Mr Davinder Singh, Mr Sukhdev Singh, Mr Haripal Singh, Mr Gurmeet Singh, Mr Nakshatra Singh and Mr Mohinder Singh — who were on a chain fast, broke it by accepting juice from Ms Sheelam Sohi, a member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, who was here on the behalf of Ms Preneet Kaur. Earlier, the MP said she had received a representation from the committee on the restrictions imposed by the Department of Local Government of Punjab and the Indian Air Force.

She said she would ask the Secretary of the Department of Local Government and the Chief Secretary to hold a meeting with the IAF authorities and members of the committee to find a solution that posed no threat to the national security.

“In case the meeting fails to yield a positive result, the issue will be taken up with the Ministry of Defence,” she said.

A delegation of the committee members led by Mr Jaspal Singh met Ms Preneet Kaur today and told her how inhabitants of 30 villages had been affected by the restrictions. The MP was in Dera Bassi to distribute grants to government schools under the Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan.

Meanwhile, Mr Narinder Sharma, general secretary of the committee, said the agitation would be intensified if their problems were not solved within 15 days.

The agitators from the 30 affected villages and various colonies, with members of the Dera Bassi unit of the Human Rights Watch, assembled in front of the office of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat and stopped the civic body staff from doing their work.

Those who spoke at the gathering included Mr Dalip Singh, a former sarpanch of Lohgarh village; Rana R.S. Virk, a retired DSP; Brig G.S. Brar (retd), Col K.K. Bir Singh (retd); Mr K.K. Verma, president of the Zirakpur BJP unit; Mr Sher Singh, Mr Nitan Sood, Mr Narinder and others who have been affected by the decision.


Deemed varsity status for PEC on cards
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The Punjab Engineering College (PEC) here is all set to get the status of a deemed university, while the case of upgrading the Central Polytechnic in Sector 26 here into a full-fledged engineering college has been stalled for this session year.


  • PEC will be on a par with any other university.
  • Better quality of education with higher level of technological inputs for students.
  • Budgetary allocation from the Central Government will remain more or less the same.
  • More autonomy in functioning with the Chandigarh Administration retaining some control.
  • Service conditions for teachers and other staff will remain unchanged.

The status of a deemed university for Punjab Engineering College is likely to be granted at a meeting of the University Grants Commission (UGC) scheduled for Wednesday. Once the board of the UGC okays it, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will issue a formal letter as well as circulate the guidelines laid down by the UGC.

Sources in the education sector said the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has declined to grant the status of engineering college to Central Polytechnic. The grounds cited by the inspection committee are that the polytechnic lacks basic infrastructure like exclusive laboratories and space to house more classes and run additional courses.

Two regional committees of the AICTE earlier had inspected the polytechnic. The UT Administration had accordingly told the AICTE that additional construction was on which would create more space.

A sanction to upgrade Central Polytechnic in Sector 26 into a full-fledged engineering college was granted by the MHRD subject to approval from the AICTE. The Chandigarh Administration in its appreciation had started that the institute was spread over 34 acres and was set up in 1959 and had all facilities to handle the work of an engineering college.

Meanwhile, in the case of PEC, the upgrade means better quality of education. More autonomy will be provided for decision making on academic, financial and planning matters. The move will also make PEC eligible for grants under various UGC schemes and projects that require focus. PEC in its new status will also be eligible for a countrywide World Bank project, which entails improving technical capabilities of various institutions.

The upgrade & of PEC will mean that city students who so far enjoy 85 per cent reservation in seats, will now enjoy 50 per cent reservation, which is the minimum prescribed standard. Students and their parents can, however, heave a sigh of relief as there will be no fee hike, as the budgetary allocation will continue from the Central Government on the same level as now for PEC . ‘‘There is no question of a fee hike,’’ said a well-placed source, while allaying fears about autonomy. Besides, all service conditions will remain the same for employees and teachers.

PEC will be the second institute in the region to get the status. The other being the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala.

The administration had made out a case that the issue of upgrading PEC to a national institution level had been lying pending for the past 40 years. In January, 2001 the MHRD had rejected an idea to upgrade PEC into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).


PU Reader jumps to death
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 25
A Reader in the Punjab University Department of Physical Education, Nikhil Syal, jumped to death from the top floor of his Sector 15 house early today. His wife, Prof Pushpinder Syal, is Professor in the PU Department of English. Nikhil was also looking after the university swimming pool. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Nikhil Syal, 55, fell on a vacant plot adjacent to the house (371). His younger son, Rohit, was at home at the time of the incident and it was he who rushed him to the PGI, where doctors declared him dead, at about 11.15 am. There were injury marks on the back of his head, that he had apparently sustained due to the fall.

According to Nikhil’s father-in-law, Nikhil’s wife was out of the house to mark papers when it happened and she rushed to the PGI on receiving the news.

The reason behind the suicide is not clear, though, in a suicide note that the police found on his body, Nikhil had said that he had “lived enough”. The signed three-line note was addressed to the Station House Officer of the Sector 11 police station.

Relatives and friends of Nikhil Syal said he had been rather normal before the incident. He had gone to the gymnasium in the PU for his regular exercise and met his students and friends on the university ground. He also had tea with a sports coach.

Puneet, elder son of Nikhil, who works in Mumbai, has been informed and he is expected to reach home tonight. Prof Pushpinder Syal was not available for comments. A post-mortem examination of the body will be performed tomorrow and the body will, then, be handed over to the family for last rites. R.D. Syal, late father of Nikhil, had retired as a Reader in the PU Department of Mathematics.


Dumping fine to be paid with water bill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Those dumping debris on municipal land will have to pay a fine of Rs 500 along with their water bill and errants from the second time onwards will have to pay Rs 20 per day from the first fine.

This has come as an agenda item before the November 29 meeting of the corporation.

The agenda was placed before the Mayor in the wake of a confusion in the municipal corporation as to how the recovery of the fine will be made despite bylaws permitting slapping of a fine on those who dump debris.

An agenda item likely to weaken resistance against rationalising user charges after calculating cost and improving tax collection will also be placed before the House. The Central Government has offered a grant of Rs 1.4 crore to the municipal corporation out of a fund of Rs 500 crore for taking these measures. The fund has also been created for the local bodies to introduce double accounting system to check pilferage of money.

The House will discuss "recovery" on former Mayor Gian Chand Gupta for allegedly keeping in abeyance its decision of imposing paid parking, which Mr Gupta rejects saying he had been issued a no objection certificate to clear him of any dues.

Mr Gupta has sent a question on why the corporation was not taking any action against parking lot contractors for allegedly violating the terms and conditions of the paid parking.

Inquiry report on cholera spread will also be placed before the House. The House will discuss the formation of a Mohalla Sanitation Committee to start a new experiment for the cleanliness of the city. A report on the settlement of the audit objections till March 2001 will also be placed before house.


Traders start relay fast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Reactions to the recent amendment to the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949, continued today as traders under the banner of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal started a relay fast in Sector 17 while a social organisation called for total scrapping of the rent act saying even the limit of Rs 1,500 should be done away with. A nominal statutory increase in rent should be implemented and a special court for rent case be constituted, demanded the organisation.

The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, today said there is a need to have rent regulatory authority on the lines of the regulatory authority for the telecom sector which will ensure a minimum period of stay for the tenant. Mr Bansal admitted that laws cannot be static and have to change with times, however, in this case the amendment was worse than the disease. If earlier the landlord was at the mercy of tenants, the reverse of it was true now.

This morning the traders, who now have the support of the local unit of the Congress, started off their relay fast. The first batch included Mr Jagdish Arora, Mr Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, Mr Radhe Lal and Mr Balwinder Singh. They were joined in by the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal and the president of the local unit of the Congress, Mr B.B. Bahl.

Later in the evening the main shopping area in Sector 17 wore a ‘‘ dark look ’’ as traders switched off all neon signs and show lights displaying the names of their establishments. This fast will continue till the notification is withdrawn. The traders claimed that Mr Bansal had promised support for any kind of demonstration by the traders outside the Parliament. Meanwhile Mr Bansal said that he has asked for a special mention of the rent Act in the Parliament session.

Meanwhile, the governing body of Samadhan — a pressure group for social justice — resolved to demand for total repeal of rent Act in Chandigarh to maintain social balance. Protection to the tenants paying less than Rs 1,500 per month was meaningless as they are not the weaker section of society thus the very purpose of protection is defeated. However, if the protection has to be given it should be given to new tenants paying Rs 1,500 or less rent. They, too, should be governed by a fixed statutory increase so that the protection should be for a limited period of time.

The members of the governing body of Samadhaan are of the view that the old tenants enjoying protection under the rent Act are rather a privileged class of tenants as by paying a very meagre amount of rent they are able to give a stiff competition to those shopkeepers who are paying the prevailing market rents. As the gap is huge and a recurring expense the process helps in creating wrong conditions in the market. The money is pocketed by individuals without any benefit to the society. Besides incurring heavy losses to the state exchequer by way of income tax, the law as such also amounts to social imbalance and major hindrance to overall development of the country.

Samadhaan, feels highly concerned about the misgivings created by a section of commercial tenants and appealed to them to have overall national interest in mind as the step is initiated to give a kick start to the sluggish economy of the country. The step shall surely bring the Indian trade, business and industry out of long drawn recessionary conditions.

A fixed statutory increase shall further help in creating harmonious and cordial tenant-landlord relationship thus easing the courts of heavy burden of dispute cases, as the landlords shall feel secure by getting their due in a normal course.


Landlords form committees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Faced with an agitation by a section of traders against the notification on the Rent Act, the Property Owners’ Welfare Association here yesterday decided to broaden its base forming 10 sector-level committees to organise property owners.

The association has decided to form such committees in each sector to counter tenant traders’ opposition to the notification.

The association’s general secretary, Mr R.P. Malhotra, today called a meeting of the office-bearers of the newly formed sector-level committees and lashed out at the leadership of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, which is starting a relay hunger strike from tomorrow to demand the withdrawal of the notification.

Mr Malhotra sought to assuage feelings of tenants asserting the agitators were creating unfounded apprehensions amongst them.

He said the association was keen on watching the interest of safety and security of an owner and an assured return to the investor in the real estate.

The office-bearers of the sector-level committees said the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal had divided the city residents between landlords and tenants and were disturbing social cohesion.

They asked the mandal whether it had taken its landlord members into confidence before going on strike.


How one cop will police 550
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 25
To be seen is to be functioning — is the new mantra for the district police, as it sets the ball rolling for curbing flesh trade, drug peddling liquor smuggling, gambling and betting.

All exit points of the district have been sealed and permanent checkpoints have been set up at various places. The floating population is being screened at these points to stop mischievous elements from entering the city. Improvements, are being brought in the electronic-beat-patrolling system.

The fact that the township has, a highly porous border goes to the advantage of criminals, who can escape to Chandigarh on one side and Punjab on the other within 10 minutes of committing any crime here. The escape to Uttaranchal (via Kala Amb) or even Himachal Pradesh is an hour’s drive from the township.

“Though the strength of the force is too thin in proportion to the increasing population, effective policing has to be done with the available strength,” said the Superintendent of Police, Mr Ranbir Singh Sharma. The police has still managed to bust four flesh-trade rackets, a fake currency racket and gangs of ‘satta’ operators in the past fortnight.

The police authorities, in a proposal sent to the Haryana police headquarters, has sought at least 200 policemen to be added to the district force, to meet the growing demands of policing. These personnel will be put on traffic duty and general patrolling.

At present, the district police has about 750 personnel and the department, is reportedly, short of about 150 constables from its sanctioned strength. Out of the remaining 600 personnel, only about 450 are available for routine work, if munshis , readers, and office staff are excluded.

While about 100 of the 450 policemen available for actual policing are posted at Kalka, Pinjore, Morni, Barwala and Raipur Rani, a meagre squad of 350 is available in the township that has a population of about 1.80 lakh. Chapter II of the Punjab Police Rules applicable to Haryana says that the police-to-population ratio should be 1:450 in towns with population above 30,000. However, the ratio in Panchkula is 1:514, while the ratio for the district is 1:550.

The policing here is also being revamped by telling the Station House Officers and heads of police posts to devote at least five hours at police stations each day to redress public grievances.

Meanwhile, the police has also sought help from the police modernisation fund to improve its infrastructure. It has sought funds for purchasing a speed gun, breath analyser, overhead projector and a jeep trolley for carrying bodies, besides a colour television and a VCR for training policemen. He has also sought high cross belts, nose mask, hand gloves and night-safety jackets for its traffic wing.


Panel rejects hike in sewerage cess
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The Water Supply and Sewerage Committee here today for the fourth time rejected the increase in sewerage cess on the pattern of SAS Nagar and withdrew commercial charges of water from STD and PCO operators working from their residences.

The committee finally refused hiking the cess in this fiscal year after having linked the hike with grants coming from the Chandigarh Administration on earlier three occasions.

It asked officials not to bring the agenda item back to the committee during this fiscal year, sources told Chandigarh Tribune.

The STD and PCO operators working from houses being used for residential purposes will now have to pay domestic charges, which are cheaper than commercial rates charged earlier.

Discussing as many as 31 agenda items involving an outlay of Rs 2 crore, the committee passed most of the items with the condition that they would be informed as to whether the department had the money for the projects and that the committee would fix priorities of projects in future.

Councillors are considering the decision as a major victory for them as the priorities were earlier being fixed by officials.

The committee passed a water supply scheme with an outlay of Rs 50 lakh for Mani Majra, Rs 20 lakh for a scheme in the Motor Market of Mani Majra, between Rs 72 and 75 lakh for four tubewells, including those in Hallo Majra, Palsora and Sector 21. A toilet block in Sector 29 D Market and renovation of one in Sector 23 were also cleared.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Kuldeep Singh, succeeded in getting clearance for projects of Pandit Colony, Kuldeep Singh Colony and Nehru Colony. The committee also passed the issue of acquiring a Maruti van for collection of cash while rejecting two Maruti cars and a gypsy for the department.


UV-ray machines for octroi posts sought
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 25
The Municipal Council here has demanded ultraviolet-ray machines to check fake currency to be placed at various octroi posts manned by council employees. This demand along with a sanction of Rs 3.8 crore from the MC annual budget comes, up for discussion at the monthly meeting of the council scheduled to be held on November 28 here.

According to the agenda listed by the council, the council is losing a substantial amount of money collected at the octroi posts in the form of fake currency. Thus there is need for currency checking machines to be placed at various posts points where the money received can be checked by the staff on duty.

The council will also demand the sanctioning of Rs 3.82 crore from its annual budget for various maintenance works in the township. These include, other than maintenance of roads, cleaning of kerb channels, dressing of road berms, addition of rooms in some government schools, fixing of guide maps etc.

The council will also discuss the sanctioning of an amount of Rs 3.85 lakh for the purchase of 1,000 litres of foam concentrate for the local fire station. The fire station is catering to the entire district and has ended its stock of foam concentrate used in various fire fighting operations.

The meeting will also discuss the inquiry report filed by Mr Vinay Mahajan, on a complaint against a senior clerk of the council, Mr Amrit Lal. According to the report attached with the agenda of the meeting, the clerk has been absolved of all charges and found not guilty by the inquiry officer. The clerk was charged with allegations regarding some audit objections and dereliction of duty.


Security in banks examined

SAS Nagar, November 25
The police today conducted surprise checks on various big banks in the township to assess the effectiveness of their security arrangements.

According to Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, SP, SAS Nagar, while most of the banks had adequate security arrangements, there were some which had no security arrangements at all.

According to the police, a bank was found to be using its security guards for paper work, while in another the bank's security guards did not even know how to handle a rifle. A security guard was standing on duty inside the bank rather than outside, while in some, only a single guard was employed when two are required.

The SP has instructed the banks to conduct proper training of the security guards on a regular basis as they have a tendency to get dulled in their alertness while doing the day-to-day security work. The police also instructed the bank officials to keep the rifles of the security guards in working condition. TNS


Pak flag burnt; Mufti’s ouster sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The local unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has demanded the resignation of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for his “failure” to provide the minority community in the state with safety.

In his reaction to the second terrorist attack on Raghunath Temple, the VHP, unit president, Col Dharamvir (retd), and the unit secretary, Mr Satinder Singh, said Central rule should be imposed in the state in the wake of terrorist attacks and the government’s “soft” approach towards terrorists.

The All-India Anti-terrorist Front burnt an effigy of the ISI and the Pakistan flag here today to register its protest against the Pakistan sponsored terrorism.

The BJP local unit president Mr Yashpal Mahajan, and the Nationalist Congress Party local unit president Mr Gurbachan Singh, also condemned the terrorist attack on the temple.


Yeoman’s service to ex-servicemen

MORALE of ex-servicemen and their widows also affects the morale of serving soldiers.

There is no better example of this than the services being rendered by the Helpline to boost the morale of the retired faujis. You can contact it on telephone numbers 589624 and 867624 round the clock for help in case of any medical emergency, welfare matter, pensionary benefits, etc.

After our write up of October 1, on the services rendered by the Helpline, a few more cases have been picked up at random for the information of the ex-servicemen community.

A retired Colonel with O-blood group was to undergo a heart surgery at Mukat Hospital in Chandigarh on November 11. Since he was having difficulty in getting the required number of units of blood of this group, he approached the Helpline and the Army arranged blood for him. The CDA (P), Allahabad, had not granted the special family pension to a late Major’s widow after the introduction of the Fifth Pay Commission provisions. When she approached the Helpline in October, it got the pension revised.

A Captain on not receiving Rs 50,000 from the Army Officers’ Benevolent Fund on attaining the age of 75, got this amount on November 11. A Subedar Major and Honorary Captain from Sangrur who brought his son for treatment at the Command Hospital did not have the dependent card for his son’s treatment. He was helped to get the treatment done. The widow of a sepoy, who expired at the Command Hospital on November 18 was provided with a funeral van to take the body of her husband to Solan at a concessional rate of Rs 5 per km.

Political parties betray ex-servicemen

Political parties have betrayed the ex-servicemen in the past. The Congress to say the least, has been totally cold towards their demands. During Congress rule, the ex-servicemenstaged a dharna at Boat Club in New Delhi, followed by a protest march to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s residence in May 1984. Then in 1986, they resorted to fastand courted arrest in front of Parliament House. After which, then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi granted them an audience on November 5, 1986, and appointed a “high-level committee” to consider their demands. One of the several recommendations of this committee was the automatic placement of ex-servicemen in civil organisations until the age of 58. But no action was taken on this.

On assumption of office as Prime Minister in 1989, Mr V.P. Singh said in his TV address to the nation that his government “stood committed” to the one rank, one pension demand. The then President, Mr R. Venkataraman, had also made a similar commitment in his TV address in December 1989. The Jaffa Committee appointed to look into the matter gave a bureaucratic burial to this demand.

Mr George Fernandes said at Anandpur Sahib on April 10, 1999, that one rank, one pension demand had been accepted “in principle and its implementation was a matter of only a few days”. The rest is history.

Delta Force

The Delta Force, which was raised to counter insurgency in Doda district of Jammu in 1994, celebrated its ninth raising day recently. The motto of the force is “a bullet for the militant and heart for the innocent”.

The responsibility of this force, which is headed by Maj-General Prakash S. Chaudhary, is to combat terrorism in the entire Doda district. This district, comprising rugged mountains and thick forests, spreads over an area of more than 11,600 sq km. Until September 1994, the militants had a firm grip over this district. This force has not only provided security to the people in the district but has also infused confidence among them.

Till October last, the Delta Force eliminated 877 hardcore militants and seized 815 lethal weapons apart from a large quantity of ammunition and explosives. The personnel of this force had won 621 awards, including an Ashoka Chakra, three Kirti Chakras and 17 Shaurya Chakras in the past eight years.

The Delta Force also help the local population by organising civic action programme under the Operation Sadbhavana.

Pritam Bhullar



Aspiring cops not allowed in
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
A large number of candidates for recruitment in the UT police were not allowed to enter the examination centre at Police Lines in Sector 26 here today, as they had “reached late”. The physical examination of candidates for 200 posts of constable began here.

The administration had advertised the test timings in newspapers and all applicants had been told that they would not be allowed in after 7 am. Some of the applicants who could not make it to the test, later, reached the police headquarters in Sector 9 here to lodge protest. However, their complaint was not entertained.


No water supply in Sec 39 today

SAS Nagar, November 25
The Executive Engineer, SAS Nagar, has through a press note stated that due to leakage in one of the pipelines supplying water to Sector 39 water works, the pumping through this pipe shall remain suspended for repairs tomorrow from 8am to 8pm. TNS


Flesh-trade racket busted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 25
Tightening the noose around those involved in flesh trade, the police busted a racket operating in Kalka late last night. Two call girls were arrested and booked under the Immoral Trafficking Act.

It is learnt that the police had received secret information regarding the gang operating from house nos 411 and 204 of Kurari Mohalla in Kalka. While one of these women was acting as a tout and supplying women to her clients , the other was working for her. The former was supplying women to clients in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

The tout was reportedly taking a 50 per cent share of the other women’s earnings. The police sent a decoy customer to these women with Rs 1,000 in cash. After the decoy had struck a deal, the raiding party led by DSP Ratan Singh nabbed them.

This is the fourth flesh trade racket busted by the police in the past fortnight. On November 19, the police had arrested three girls and their two “ aunties” from Sector 4. Two other men were also arrested along with them.

Earlier, the police had arrested 11 persons , including three women, allegedly involved in flesh trade. All suspects were arrested by a team of police led by DSP Desh Bandhu and Sub-Inspector Haripal Walia from Abheypur village. Other than the woman operating the gang, two teenaged girls from Rajasthan and West Bengal were arrested. As many as eight of their customers were also arrested.

All suspects were booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.

On November 11, too, the police had busted a flesh trade racket and arrested three persons, including two girls, from Sector 19 here. A trap was laid and the three accused — a 19-year-old girl from Ambala, another 19-year-old girl from Abheypur village here, and Naveen, a resident of Sector 12-A — were arrested.


Satta King’ nabbed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 25
The police today nabbed Ashok, alias, Satta King”, Ashok from Sector 19, while he was making a receipt of payment for a satta transaction.

The accused had earned this title for himself after he had taken stock of the entire satta business in the region. He was operating in Dera Bassi, Zirakpur, Lalru, Chandigarh and Panchkula.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Ranbir Sharma, said the accused running satta racket in the guise of running a cement store in Sector 19 here. “ He was making his receipts while standing near his car ( PB-70- 3979) when he was arrested by the police, “ he said.

Ashok has been booked under different sections of the Gambling Act and on charges of disrupting a government official from performing his duty.

Other than this, the police also arrested Leelu Khan, Chotte Lal, Sant Ram, Dhanpat, Gufran, alias Mian, Praveen, Krishan, Babbal and Madan Pal on charges of speculation from Old Panchkula.


The police yesterday booked Deepak Sandhu, a resident of Sector 7 here for allegedly driving his scooter on the wrong side of a road near the Leisure Valley in Sector 10. He has been booked under Section 283 of the IPC.

Gold ring stolen
Ms Sudesh Kapoor, a resident of Sector 44, reported with the police that someone had stolen a gold ring from her residence. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered.

The Maruti car (JH-12A-1069) of Mr Anil Kumar, a resident of Pinjore, Haryana, was allegedly stolen from Sector 16 here yesterday. Chander Singh, a resident of Ram Darbar, Phase I, reported that his Yamaha motor cycle (CH-01F-5444) was stolen from Mani Majra on the intervening night of November 22 and 23. Two cases have been registered.


Body cremated
The police yesterday received the body of an unidentified Sikh youth near the Sahoran village on Kharar-Kurali road. According to the police, he was crushed by an unidentified vehicle. The youth was cremated here today. The police has registered a case under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC.


Thermal innerwear launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Neva Garments Ltd., the company which pioneered the concept of thermal innerwear in India and controls more than 20 % share of the overall Thermal Innerwear market, has launched its complete range of thermal innerwear i.e. Neva Eleve, Neva Quilt & Neva Esancia for men and women in different price segments.

The company also announced its expansion plans for the domestic as well as international market. Launching the new range, Mr. Vishal Jain, Executive Director, Neva Garments

Ltd. told TNS that”four years ago, Neva was the first company to launch international quality thermal innerwear with CPS technology under the brand name Neva Quilt. At that time, thermal was relatively a new concept, but thanks to our continuing efforts, today it’s a fast growing market in India. Over a period of time, thermal as a concept has evolved and the credit goes to Neva. We at Neva have always believed in high quality and try to understand the customer needs”. “Our new range of thermal innerwear also encompasses all the ingredients of a superior product i.e. premium quality, light weight & skin-friendly fabric & warmth to shield the body from shivering cold.”

Mr Jain further said, “ Now, we have a complete range of thermal innerwear to cater to all the price points in the market. Neva Eleve & Neva Quilt (market leader in their respective product categories) are catering to the premium and upper segments of the market, while Neva Esancia is targeted at the middle class segment & will offer these consumers with quality product at an affordable price, who until now had no choice but to go for inferior quality cheap thermal innerwear, messy thick flannel/fleece.”

Drug launched

In its continuous endeavour to promote better health, Claris Lifesciences Ltd. introduces yet another new product in transplant therapy “Cyrin (Cyclosporine Oral Solution). Cyrin is an immuno suppressive drug which suppresses immune system of the body to support kidney transplant. Kidney transplantation is a remedy for renal failure? It takes care of the problem for once and all.

“Claris is the first Indian company to manufacture Cyrin with alcohol based formulation. Cyclosporin molecule is hydrophobic in nature and thus it gives imbalanced bioavailability. Claris invented a unique HLB system (hydrophilic Lipophilic balanced solvent system) that gives solution to problem of imbalanced bioavailability by offering uniform globule sized micro emulsion of cyclosporin in serum which is a critical success factor in transplant therapy” said Mr Pankaj Singh, head Indian Operation, Claris Lifesciences Ltd., at launch of Cyrin.

Winter workwear

Allen Solly, rated the best apparel brand in India, is launching its winter workwear collection for men and women. This collection includes sweaters, jackets, pullovers and gilets in a range of styles, fabrics and colours. The winter workwear collection is available at all Allen Solly stores across the country and caters to the need for warm and fashionable winter apparel.

It has not been very long since Allen Solly announced it’s successful launch of women’s wear, which captured a major share in the women’s apparel market, and caters to the ever- changing needs of the working woman. This novel initiative taken up by the brand winter workwear is focused on the fashion forward and reflects contemporary fashion.


Vehicle launched

Mahindra and Mahindra on Monday launched its new vehicle Bolero sportz at Fort Resorts, Nalagarh.

The launch ceremony was conducted in a unique and innovative way. A select group of customers were invited with their families to Nalagarh and were given a demonstration of the vehicle. They earlier gathered at Mahindra dealership, M/s Swami Automobiles, Chandigarh, and from there they drove to Fort Resorts in a caravan of 20 vehicles. Various entertainment competitions were also held.


Lack of quorum prevents Apni Mandi meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The Apni Mandi Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh failed to hold its scheduled meeting today for lack of quorum for the third time in the year and second time in a row, putting a question mark on its existence.

Today’s meeting was postponed after members namely Ms Shyama Negi, Mr Dildar Khan, Mr Harjinder Kaur and Ms Amar Kulwant Kaur did not turn up. The Chairperson, Ms Pushpa Sharma, Mr Pardeep Chhabra and Mr Kuldeep Singh only came for the meeting. The last meeting of the committee was also abandoned with the quorum not being completed.

The committee was to take a decision on what should be done about the illegal presence of ‘rehris’ and ‘pharis’ in the mandis causing revenue losses to the corporation. The relocation of the Sector 37 Apni Mandi was also scheduled to be discussed in the meeting.

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