Thursday, November 28, 2002, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU to study fake admissions 
December 12 date of hearing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Cases detected for ‘spurious’ admissions on the basis of forged documents in all courses of the undergraduate classes in affiliated colleges will be summoned by Panjab University for a personal interview.

The university has fixed December 12 as the date of hearing before any final decision is taken. At least 25 cases pertaining to different classes have been detected.

The cases had been submitted to a special committee under the chairmanship of Dr Deepak Manmohan. Other committee members include Mr Rajinder Bhandari, Principal Harmit Kaur, Principal A.C.Vaid, Principal A.S.Dua and Dr Sodhi Ram, the Controller of Examinations.

The university will write to the colleges of the students under question and even their residences. Efforts will be made to know the genesis of the problem. Principal Vaid is learnt to have suggested an effort for registration of vigilance cases against the guilty.

The cases had been detected earlier. However, the committee was expected to go into the details of the problem. Interestingly, all the cases under question belong to different colleges located in the Ludhiana region of the university administration.

Of the total two cases pertain to Guru Nanak National College, Doraha; eight cases pertain to Kamla Lotia SD College, Ludhiana; four pertain to Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana; six cases pertain to GTB National College, Dakha; and one case each to Arya and SCD Colleges in Ludhiana.

It is pertinent to mention that the university Calendar(Volume II) clearly mentions under regulation 1 on page 17 that a candidate seeking admission on the basis of “ false representations relating to a previous examination not actually passed by a candidate” shall be disqualified for “three to five years from appearing in any examination as may be decided by the university”.

Senior sources in the examination branch said the modus operandi in majority of the cases were similar. Candidates under question submitted provisional marks-sheet on a paper which was similar to the university certificate. The problem arose when the detailed marks cards came. The officials detected difference of marks between the two certificates. Sometimes the results differed.

The official said there was a possibility of the forms of provisional certificates being smuggled out from the university administrative block, although the same could be printed anywhere. The documents were without any serial numbers which were added only after their submission to the university.



Bending, but not like Beckham anymore
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
If grace had a face, it would look like her. Attired in of red, Hema Malini looked like a charming portrait. Fresh and dignified, as ever, the dream girl has not lost even an iota of her dreamy visage. She has just passed on the legacy of beauty and art to her daughter Esha, who faces the challenge of being successful like her parents.

Tension filled Esha’s face as she responded to queries. “I have never felt obligated to perform better just because I was born to celebrity parents. My mother has shared all her experiences with me and I often find myself living her experiences. My parents are selfless and I believe it to be my real inheritance,” she said.

Pride shows on Hema’s face as she says: “Esha’s talent is only beginning to surface. She is a trained Odissi dancer, who understands the significance of art. As a dancer, she will always give a better performance than anyone else who is uninitiated”. Hema Malini has ensured that art finds a place in the lives of both her daughters, Esha and Aahna.

She has allowed her daughters to make their own choices. Esha did well as a football player, and her best shot was when she was selected to play for Maharashtra in nationals. Esha said: “I always had my father’s body — strong and athletic. In school, I was active in sport and papa always wanted me to pursue the game, but I settled for acting, though the love for sport still lives in me. I work out every day, keeping my date with fitness.”

The mother said: “It was tough for Dharmendra to come to terms with the idea of Esha acting in films. As he comes from a conservative Punjabi family, it was natural for him to question this option. The decision took long to come, but, now, Esha’s father is excited about her work. I can see Esha maturing as an actress, film by film.”

After ‘Na Tum Jano Na Hum’ with Hrithik Roshan, Esha is now working in ‘Chura Liye Hai Tumne’, in a challenging role. Here for the shooting of ‘LoC’, she has two projects in line, with Tusshar Kapoor and Abhiskek Bachchan. She is, however, most comfortable working with Hrithik. “Hrithik not only makes you comfortable, but also helps you. I want to do adventurous, fight-based roles because I think I can do justice to these,” said Esha. She has an urge to visit Sahnewal. “I visited Chandigarh last with my mother when she was shooting for ‘Ek Chadar Maili Si’, but I have no memories of it now,” she said. Hema said: “I love the green farmlands of Punjab; these remind me of Canada’s beauty.”

Blessed to have inherited the best of both parents, Esha remains unfazed by dirty games of the industry. “Competition is healthy to an extent, but it is important to realise the transience of success. Papa has taught me the importance of humility. I have friends in the industry and Kareena is the best of them,” Esha said. She has never attended classes at Hema’s Nritya Vihar Kala Kendra.

Hema said: “They take it easy with me. That is why it was important that they learnt from another guru, but the three of us often perform together.” For two years now, Hema, Esha and Aahna have been presenting classical-dance shows in Mumbai under the series ‘Parampara’. “I present bharatnaytam, while my daughters perform Odissi, which is more graceful and sculptural. It is an overwhelming experience to share a common performance space,” said Hema. She is always more jittery than Esha about Esha’s affairs.

“I am working on a film that traces the mother-daughter relationship. Esha and I will play ourselves and the script is being written,” said the actress, who is staging a comeback with Amitabh Bachchan in B.R. Chopra’s ‘Baghban’. Happy to be cast opposite Amitabh, Hema said: “The last film we did together was ‘Satte Pe Satta’. This one will be the tenth. Not that roles with him were not offered in between, but I was not inclined to play those. ‘Baghban’ is a sensitive story, sure to touch many hearts.”



An actor’s tryst with Batra’s heroism
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Vikram Batra Chandigarh, November 27
Even as Abhishek Bachchan gears up to play the role of late Captain Vikram Batra — recipient of the prestigious Paramvir Chakra the country’s highest battle honour — in the film ‘LoC’ the actor accompanied by the noted director J.P. Dutta is busy taking down tips about the mannerisms and lifestyle of Capitan Batra from his identical twin, Mr Vishal Batra and from his parents in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.

Twice in the past two days Abhishek Bachchan has held two meetings with Vishal Batra, who works in a private bank at a middle-level position and is presently posted at SAS Nagar. Meanwhile, J.P. Dutta, the director of the film, known for providing each little detail with accuracy in his movies like “Border”, has spent several hours at the Palampur home of the Batras where Captain Batra’s parents Mr G.L. Batra and Kamal Batra live.

The meetings are aimed at making the life of Captain Batra look even more authentic in the forthcoming movie “LoC” based on India’s recent clash with Pakistan in Kargil. Today the Batra family wait with bated breath to see how the valour shown by their valiant son in first capturing Tiger Hill and the critical Tololling feature is depicted by Bachchan.

Abhishek Bachchan Captain Batra had completed his graduation from DAV College in Sector 10 from where he had passed out in 1995. He then went on to complete one year as a student of MA English (session 1995-96) at the Panjab University before he was selected as an officer in the Indian Army. Captain Batra passed out from the IMA, Dehra Dun on December 6, 1997.

Mr Vishal Batra, exactly 14 minutes junior to his famous brother, says the idea of the actor and Director is to know about his friends in college and university and also his group besides the places they often visited. Knowing J.P. Dutta’s reputation it is clear that even the vehicle driven by Captain Batra during his young days will be same and even the atmosphere will be recreated.

Vikram Batra, made headlines all over the country when he laid down his life during the Kargil conflict, on July 7, 1999. Later on he was posthumously awarded the Paramvir Chakra (PVC) the highest bravery honour in the country. Today one of the peaks (peak 4875) he captured by making the supreme sacrifice is called ‘‘Captain Batra Top’’.

He had led the party which captured Tololling (peak 5140). Early morning, the victory message was conveyed with as high spirited ‘Yeh Dil Mange More’. The media loved it, the youth of the country stood up and cheered. Captain Batra, then a lieutenant, became a hero that very day with TV interviews of the bearded soldier from the war location.

It did not take long for the enemy to crack his code name: “Shershah”. They threatened him directly not to return to the top. But he did, after 10 days at the base camp. This time it was peak 4875, covering, the entire Leh highway and the very strategic point for the Indian Army. This was the last peak to be retained by the Indian Army at any cost. A seven-hour bloody battle followed. This one too ended in victory, but at a heavy price: the life of Captain Batra. He was shot at by a sniper while he was trying to rescue a junior officer.



Gen Jacob completes 3 yrs in office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
In the past couple of years, the face of the city has changed forever and it is noticeable. Be it provision for housing, upgrading infrastructure, development of southern sectors; better healthcare, improved care for the aged, simplification of government procedures, doing away with archaic building by -laws and not to miss the projection of Chandigarh as a hub of technology in North India.

The man behind the change is a one-man army. Leading from the front – just like he did in his youth in the Army — is Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd). The General, who is the Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh, is the face by which the Chandigarh Administration is now recognised. He completed three years of his tenure today. Gone are the days when the bureaucracy-led Administration rarely approached the previous Governors, who had their offices in Raj Bhavan and were almost inaccessible to people.

The first thing the General did on his arrival here was to have an office in the UT Secretariat, Sector 9, for a daily interaction with officials. Daily morning meetings still carry on with the same vigour as they used to when started with a lot of expectation on a cold December morning in 1999. Within months of his arrival, an unprecedented thing happened. The then UT Home Secretary, Mr N.K. Jain, was arrested. The General did not flinch and was unfazed by the controversy generated by the arrest.

When he started his surprise visits to various sites and offices, the bureaucracy had dismissed it as “naya naya shauk” (new craze). The visits still carry on with the same vigour. The eye for detail is as keen as ever and the team of officials, starting from his Adviser to the junior-most PCS or HCS officer, knows what the boss wants. Most of them have been virtually handpicked for the jobs at hand. Today members of the public know whom to meet. They may refer to him as General sahib, Governor sahib or plain Jacob sahib.

It was evident that the General knew what the public wanted when he adopted a transparent approach in using his discretionary quota for allotment of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats. He preferred merit ahead of discretion. Need-based changes were allowed in the CHB, benefiting 41,000 owners of flats. Stamp duty was lowered in the Union Territory, Chandigarh.

Significantly, general power of attorney holders were allowed to get the property registered in their name after paying stamp duty.

The Apartment Act was the next welcome step. Amendments to bylaws permitting need-based relaxation to residents of residential properties, amendments to bylaws relating to commercial properties giving permission for having partition in shops and use of residential space in shops for commercial purposes, all went down well with the city residents. Last year, when the Administration was selecting teachers, the instructions were clear — absolutely no one without merit and not even the usual “merit-cum-sifarish”. To ensure literacy of under-privileged sections of society, night schools were started. When the earthquake ravaged Gujarat, the General used his sources in the Defence to get 22,000 blankets airlifted to Bhuj the same night.

For long the Administration had been plagued with taunts on how the north-south divide was evident. A special and rather successful greening campaign was launched. He regularly conducts surprise visits to southern sectors. The outer Dakshin Marg (an important road link) is being six-laned.

In the past year or so, the General has virtually switched gears and is doing things at a faster pace. He pursued the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development to grant university status to Punjab Engineering College. He took a bold step by amending the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949. Taking personal interest, he pursued Infosys chief, the elusive N.R. Narayana Murthy, and succeeded in bringing the IT giant’s company to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The General said “During the past three years, I have endeavoured to improve the quality of life of all sections of people of Chandigarh and to make the city vibrant and the technology destination of north-west India.”



Raids on 3 marketing companies
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Police this evening raided three multi-level marketing companies Cossets in Sector 26, in Sector 9 and Best Internet Services in Sector 34 and seized their documents and computers.

Two cases in Sector 26 Police Station and one in Sector 34 Police Station have been registered.

The raids were conducted by the Economic Offences Wing of the police after the Reserve Bank of India approached the Chandigarh Administration.

Earlier, on November 20 the Joint Secretary Finance, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Dalip Kumar, had said action would be initiated against six companies which are direct selling companies.

The six companies he had named are: Golden Trust Finance Services;; Amway India Enterprises; Japan Life India; Best Internet Services and Cossest11s.

The Chandigarh Administration and the Reserve Bank of India had warned the public from investing in private non-banking finance companies which do not have permits to operate.

Issuing an awareness notice to members of the public the Chandigarh Administration said it had been informed by the Reserve Bank of India that 76 NBFCs in category ‘A’, 111 NBFCs in category ‘B’ and 2 NBFCs in category ‘C’ cannot transact business of non-banking financial institution. The registration of these companies has been rejected by the RBI.



Panchkula council elections on Jan 19
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
The long wait for first ever elections to the Panchkula Municipal Council is finally over. The state Election Commission today issued a notification for elections, which will be held on January 19, 2003, even as a large number of cases against the constitution of the council are still pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

As many as 1,05, 718 voters from 31 wards will exercise their franchise. The elections to the local body, constituted on January 26, 2001, are being held after two years since its inception. The notice for the elections will be published on December 5.

The schedule, as announced by the commission, says that nominations can be filed by various candidates between December 16 and December 21. It will be scrutinised on December 23 and revision applications against orders of the scrutinising authority of nomination papers can be filed between December 24 and December 27, by filing an appeal before the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula.

The notification further says that the objections will be dealt with by the Deputy Commissioner on December 28 and the nominations can be withdrawn till December 30. The Returning Officer will release the final list of candidates on the same day, after allotting the election symbols. The polling will take place in over 100 polling stations and the counting will take place immediately thereafter.

The voters’ list will be the same as the Vidhan Sabha electoral rolls as on January 31, 2002, plus an addition of nearly 1,950 voters who were added in the list subsequently. It may be noted that certain discrepancies with regard to duplication of votes , published earlier this year, were subsequently removed.

The council was constituted almost two years ago . As many as 31 wards in the various developed sectors (Sectors 2, 4, 6 to 12, 12-A and 14 to 19) were notified after 42 objections were received by the Deputy Commissioner. While 16 of these wards have been declared as general wards, 10 are reserved for women, three for Scheduled Caste candidates and two for Backward Class candidates.

The commission has also clarified that two-child norm for candidates will be applicable. The age of the candidate cannot be less than 21, he/she has to be an Indian citizen and a voter of any of the wards of the council.

During the past two years since its inception, the council has reportedly drawn flak from almost all quarters over the imposition of fire tax, house tax and professional tax. While the council will collect Rs 3.5 crore annually through house tax and fire tax, professional tax collections per year will be about Rs 15 lakh.



Local issues to dominate MC poll
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
Local issues are likely to dominate the election campaign for the Municipal Council elections here, announced for January 19, 2003. Sanitation, proper streetlighting, stray cattle menace, cable tariff issue, maintenance of roads - will be some of the major issues.

With Panchkula being regarded as a satellite township of Chandigarh, comparisons with the UT by the residents are inevitable. The major concerns for the residents are proper sanitation, maintenance of roads and doing away with stray cattle. With the township having a large number of floating population, law and order is also a major concern and thus an important issue for the forthcoming elections.

The Resident Welfare Associations and other citizen’s fora are also expected to play a pivotal role during electioneering here. Political observers feel that a triangular contest will be witnessed in most of the wards, with independents, candidates supported by political parties (Bhartiya Janta Party, Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Vikas Party) , and representatives of citizen’s fora fighting it out.

Though election schedule has been announced only today, the past one month has seen hectic politicking, with both Congress and INLD pulling away each other’s supporters and party workers. A membership drive was launched by most political parties — BJP and INLD, being the most vociferous in inducting new members. During the past fortnight itself, as many as 300 members have been inducted into the INLD, mostly from among the various Resident Welfare Associations- keeping in view the MC elections.

Meanwhile, most parties have hailed the announcement of elections. Mr Amardeep Chaudhary, Secretary of INLD, has hailed the decision , but said their candidates would fight the elections, but not on party symbol. He said main agenda of the party would be the overall development of the township.

Mr K.P. Singh, district president of the Haryana Vikas Party, said though they had been against the constitution of MC here, but they had realised their social responsibility now and would support candidates from outside. 



Rare honour for Dr Nagi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Dean and Head of the Orthopaedics Department at PGI, Dr O.N. Nagi, has been honoured with the prestigious Dr Lionel Henry Memorial Oration Award for the year 2002.

Established in the year 1983 in the memory of Dr L.H. Lobo, former Principal and Head of the Orthopaedics Department at CMC, Ludhiana, the award is given in recognition of life time achievement in the field of medical education. Prof P.N. Chuttani and Prof K.S. Chugh from the PGI have been the earlier recipients of this award.The award was presented to Dr Nagi, at the 20th Annual Function held at CMC, Ludhiana.

Being an active teacher, research worker and academician par excellence, Dr Nagi is a member of National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) and has also been awarded its Fellowship. The innovative surgical techniques developed by Dr Nagi have been included in standard texts of orthopaedics read all over the world.

His contribution in the field of orthopaedic surgery led to his nomination as Honorary Consultant for the Indian Army.He is the only Asian to be selected as Test Surgeon for new hip prosthesis, using the latest PEEK technology. Among the numerous awards conferred on Dr Nagi, is the Lifetime achievement award of ICMR apart from his election as President of the Indian Orthopaedic Association.



MC notices may disrupt cable operations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Cable TV operation is likely to be disrupted in the city early December with the Municipal Corporation issuing “final notices” this week for removing poles of cables pending their dues since 1999. This follows talks between the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, and cable operators ending in a virtual deadlock on the withdrawal of notices yesterday.

The notices warn of uprooting poles of cable operators if they do not deposit dues within 10 days of receiving the notices. The notice is said to be dated November 21.

The cable operators yesterday failed to get the collection of their outstanding dues stayed in their meeting with Mayor Lalit Joshi who assured them that if they deposited their dues their suggestions for amendments in by-laws could be considered. The Mayor also asked the delegation to give its views in writing for the matter to be placed before a proper forum and deposit the dues within the period of the notice.

Failing to attract any response to its last notice that was issued a couple of months ago, the Corporation had handed over notices to SDOs to serve them to 100 odd operators whose dues range between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per operator, sources told Chandigarh Tribune.

Enquiries from operators revealed that a few of them had already received notices. Three Multi System Operators (MSOs) had not been served notices as a case between them and the corporation is pending in local courts.

The notice has come as a surprise to the Cable Operators Association which had written a letter to the Mayor in May this year following a notice that before a final decision they should be heard.

The letter reportedly did not oppose the levying of ground rent on the cable operators but wanted the corporation to rationalise the provisions of the last House decision slapping Rs 1000 per month on each cable operator.

Giving an example of the flaw in the House resolution, the association vice-president Rajesh Sharma said the entire Mani Majra area had been considered as one sector despite it being carved out as two wards for the Municipal Corporation elections.

He said against this Khuda Lahora with 150 connections was also considered as one sector. Mr Sharma said the corporation had not yet specified where the poles could be put up and of what specification.

Mr Sharma expressed surprise over the fact that why the committee reportedly proposed to be formed on recovery from cable operators was not formed till now. He asked how the corporation would recover its dues from 4 Multi System Operators who had quit the business since the charges were levied in 1999?

Mr Sharma said 35 cable operators had deposited the money initially but stopped paying after the municipal corporation failed to recover Rs 1 lakh per MSO.



Garbage dumping site boundary shifted by 500m
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 27
The IAF-MC deadlock over the garbage dumping site at Sohana village ended here today. It has been decided to shift, by 500 meters, the site boundary from near the Air Force station’s outer marker to the south of the Patiala Ki Rao choe.

The decision was reached following a joint site visit by the IAF and MC officials, led by the ACA, PUDA, today. According to sources, during the visit it was discovered that the current site could still be used only if its north boundary was shifted by a few hundred meters away towards the south.

PUDA will however, have to however acquire fresh land beyond the area already occupied. The complete process will have to be repeated starting from land acquisition to handing it over to the civic body. Till then, the garbage can be dumped in the area approximately 13.3 acre, leaving 500 meters near the outer marker.

When contacted, the ACA, PUDA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, said: ‘‘The problem of the Air Force personnel is genuine as the place where the garbage is being dumped is right under the air funnel where various flights lose height. There is substantial bird activity there and it is most advisable to shift the location. We have decided to shift 500 meters of this land forward but certain modalities will have to be taken care of as the land belongs to people and they will have to be brought into the picture before such a decision can be finally implemented.’’

According to MC officials, the decision was found satisfactory by the Air Force station officials. ‘‘We are relieved that we have a place to throw the township’s garbage in and the process of simply adding some hundred meters is much easier than having to shift to an entirely new location,’’ said Mr Sarabjit Singh, AEO, MC.



‘Green’ dinosaur to add to Leisure Valley charm
Tribune News Service

Dinosaur mesh coming up in Leisure Valley
Dinosaur mesh coming up in Leisure Valley, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 27
A huge topiary of a Dinosaur will add to the attraction of the leisure valley here. The display having a height of 20 feet has a length of 15 feet and the width is more than 11 feet. This has been specially designed and assembled for the Chandigarh Carnival scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

A local manufacturer of play equipment and iron wire animals has come up with a unique and rare display. The firm has also made many other items such as giraffe, elephant, teddy-bear, camel, kangaroo, dancing peacock. All these animal figures will also be displayed at Chandigarh Carnival, 2002 at Leisure Valley. 




Land for Sikh centre sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A delegation of the World Sikh Foundation, led by Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, today submitted a representation to the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R Jacob (retd), to allot a suitable piece of land here to establish an international Sikh centre under the aegis of the foundation. The centre will work for excellence in academics such as legal studies, bio-technology, dental sciences, information technology, environmental sciences, rural and industrial development studies and human resources studies conforming to the world class standards.

The foundation is already engaged in establishing world Sikh universities in Ropar district and Sri Dasmesh University in Haryana for which both governments have given their approval in principle. It has already set an institute of career education at Zirakpur for competition courses. The SGPC and various Sikh organisations have been requested to provide funds for the institute so that free coaching can be provided to Sikh students for competitive examinations.

The foundation has also approached certain NRIs to seek their help for completing certain projects.



Former Secy of CEA dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Mr Partap Singh Ahluwalia, an eminent and distinguished engineer, died at Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness. He was 90 . He had retired as Chief Engineer and Technical Member of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), and successfully led numerous important projects, including construction of the country’s first 220-kva power line running from Punjab to Delhi. He was known for his technical competency, hard work and honesty. His accomplisments led then-President Rajendra Prasad to invite him to Rashtrapati Bhavan in recognition of these achievements.

He was then appointed secretary of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in New Delhi, and subsequently sent on deputation to Libya for assisting their projects for eight years. Thereafter, he moved to the USA along with his family and settled there.

He leaves behind one son, Mr Inder Mohan Singh , who is settled in New York and working there as Vice-President, Prudential Securities, and three daughters.



New facilities at DSOI inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Defence Service Officers Institute (DSOI), Sector 36, here has expanded and now it has a new restaurant, a banquet hall, a bar and facilities to play billiards. These new facilities were inaugurated today by the Chief of Staff Headquarters, Western Command, Lieut-General H.S. Kanwar, who is also the president of the governing body of the DSOI.

With this the first phase of the civil work of the DSOI building has been completed. A CSD extension counter at the DSOI is fully functional. It was also announced that the weekly tombola will be held on Sunday mornings. The convention hall, library and guest rooms of the DSOI will be developed in the second phase of the renovation work.



Keshav Chandra is DRM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Mr Keshav Chandra has joined as Divisional Railways Manager (DRM), Northern Railways, at Ambala Cantonment. A 1975 batch officer of the Indian Railway Service, Mr Chandra has 27 years experience with the Railways.

According to a press note issued by the Divisional Commercial Manager of Northern Railway, Mr Mahendra Singh Meena, Mr Chandra has worked in various capacities in Lucknow, Delhi and Ferozepore divisions. Trained in England, he has been on official visits to the USA and Romania, besides serving as an expert to Mozambiqnan Railway in Africa. Mr Chandra has donated blood more than 50 times.



Cinema raided for screening porno scenes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Police here today stopped the screening of an adult movie, “Bed Partners”, in Nirman Cinema on the allegations of it being screened with inserted pornographic scenes.

As per sources, the police seized the roll of the film and sealed the projector room. The police team comprising personnel from the CIA wing and Sector 34 police station also arrested three persons in this connection.

Around 100 persons were watching the show when the raid took place at around 6.30 pm. All spectators fled the hall.

According to police sources, the raid was conducted following a tip-off. The police, however, let viewers who attempted to run out of the hall go.

The police has arrested operator Anil Kumar, distributor Ramesh Kumar and supervisor Mohan Lal. Another operator, Ashok Kumar, managed an escape. The police was trying to contact the manager of the cinema, Vipin Kumar Khosla. A case under Section 292 of the IPC has been registered. 



4 theft cases registered
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, November 27
A Maruti car (CH03F 9688) belonging to a Sector 44 resident, Mr Sunil Kumar, was stolen from Oil Bhavan, Sector 19, here yesterday. Mr S.S Kalia, a Panchkula resident, also lodged a complaint that his Maruti car (CHF 3837) was stolen from Sector 17 on November 23.

Mr P.S. Goraya of Sector 49 reported that a stereo was stolen from his car from Sector 22, yesterday.

Meanwhile, Dr Manju Chawla, a resident of Kalka, reported that her Samsung mobile phone was stolen from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, on Monday.

Four cases of theft under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

Case registered: A resident of Sector 28 has registered a complaint that on November 22, occupants of car number CH03C 4116 tried to outrage the modesty of his wife. The police has registered a case under Section 354 of the IPC.

2 arrested: The police arrested Suresh Kumar of Dadu Majra Colony and Sunder Lal of Colony no. 2 for allegedly carrying liquor in an unauthorised manner yesterday. The police also seized 18 bottles of liquor from their possession. Two cases under Sections 61\1\14 of the Excise Act have been registered.

Poppy husk seized:
The police has seized 2.500 kg of puppy husk from the possession Harbans of Lal of Jandali village, near Ambala City. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Satta operators held: The police arrested three satta operators and five gamblers in the district, here today. According to the police, Raja Ram, the resident of Ambala Cantonment, Gobinda of Kesri village and Bhimsain of Ambala City were arrested for operating satta. The police seized Rs 1085 from their possession. Five gamblers were also arrested from Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment.



Letter ‘exposes rift’ between Beopar 
Mandal members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Voices of dissent against the ongoing protest by traders against the recent amendment to the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949, are being heard within the local business community.

A sector 26 based plywood trader, Mr Ajay Gupta, has circulated a letter to members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) in which he has alleged that the agitation has created a rift between the tenants and landlords. The Beopar Mandal being an organisation comprising both tenants as well as landlords should have taken both into confidence before taking up this sensitive issue.

The vice president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, Mr Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, said anyone doing such a thing was indulging in false propaganda and it could not harm the mandal.

The constitution of the mandal says the president and general secretary of various market associations can be members of the CBM. Mr Gupta was the president of the Chandigarh Plywood Dealers Association at one time and was part of the mandal. Since then he has been replaced by the current president of the mandal, Mr Subhash Sethi, Mr Kamaljit Singh Panchhi added.

He further alleged that Mr Gupta was on the lookout for cheap publicity and nothing else. Mr Gupta, by circulating such letters, is playing into the hands of property dealers.

On the other hand, he suggests the formation of a committee that should interact with all members individually and then meet the leadership of the mandal to apprise it of the sentiments of the members.

Mr Gupta has given a call for a mid-term poll of the mandal alleging ‘‘The present leadership has failed miserably to retain the confidence of majority of the members.’’

Members of the mandal shall come to its rescue and shall give a thought for an amicable way out, he hopes. Widespread resentment prevails among the members, especially the owners of rented property, Mr Gupta alleged.

Also a rift is being witnessed among shopkeepers in various sector markets as there is a mixed lot of tenants and landlords. The leaders of these associations who are the members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal are facing a peculiar situation, says the letter circulated by Mr Gupta.

Several of the owners had opted not to defy the bandh call given by the Beopar Mandal just for the sake of brotherhood and unity. Mr Gupta alleged that the issue has been hyped out of proportion pertinently for two reasons — for vested interests of a few leaders and for personal glorification with a sole motive to continue for the next term of the mandal.



New bank scheme launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The State Bank of Patiala has launched a scheme “SBP-Nyaya” to facilitate Judges and other employees serving in courts to raise personal loans on attractive terms.

On this occasion, a function was organised in the bank’s auditorium at Patiala in which Mr S.N. Agarwal, District and Sessions Judge, Patiala, was the chief guest. The Chief General Manager, Mr B.M. Jain and other top functionaries of the bank were also present. Mr J.R. Devgan, General Manager (Operations), gave details of the scheme, which will be of great help to judges and employees of courts.


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