Wednesday, January 29, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Move to shift slums, rehabilitate residents
Adviser asks ADC to identify sites
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Coming down heavily on the unrestricted growth of slums, Mr Virendra Singh, Adviser to the UT Administrator, in his first major meeting, the bi- monthly senior officers conference, today asked the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr I.S. Sandhu, to prepare a plan to shift small pockets of slums spread across the city into one place thus giving the city a cleaner look.

Senior officers’ conference

  • Additional DC asked to identify which slums to be removed and inhabitants shifted.
  • Open spaces to be identified for proper commercial use.
  • Departments asked to provide updated lists of court cases.
  • Some funds for building of polytechnic sector 26 transferred to PEC.
  • Spending on development works under the Capital plan to be speeded up.

Also the ADC has been asked to draw up a list of slums dwellers who will be evicted and shifted into the newly built tenements. The plans will be based on the requirements of land of the Chandigarh Administration. This means the shifting of slums into tenements will be based on needs of the Administration. For example prime land in Sectors 50 and 51 is blocked by the city's largest slum "Colony Number 5".

These lands are required by the Administration for the co-operative housing societies and also the slum falls on the Vikas Marg which is proposed to be the future exit route of the city. As many as 16,000 slum dwellers scattered across the city are to be rehabliatated and the first lot of 1,000 tenements is ready for usage. Other than these huts have come up in small open spaces near the Industrial Areas and also adjoining the village.

The issue of slums was keenly discussed as the Adviser, who joined duty about 20 days ago, took keen interest in sorting out the matter.

Besides, the new Adviser also asked all Heads of Departments of Chandigarh Administration to furnish updated computerised list of all court cases and progress report for making schemes to provide barrier-free environment for the disabled. The status of Plan and Non-Plan expenditure, recoveries and revenue receipts was also discussed. Several development projects under the capital project which are behind schedule have been asked to speed up now instead of going on a spending spree in late March. Notably some funds earmarked for building of the additional block of the polytechnic will be transferred for works at the Punjab Engineering Colleges. The work at the polytechnic is in the initial stages while work at the PEC is required to be speeded up.

The SOC also discussed filling up of reserved posts, night shelters, audit paras and to renovate the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, and deliberated on the issue of utilising open spaces of the city. The Chief Architect has been asked to identify open spaces for proper commercial utilisation. It was brought out that several open spaces on the master plan have been earmarked as reserved but the utilisation is not in total.


1 kanal plot in Sec 19 fetches 80 lakh
Admn nets Rs 8.99 crore in auction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Chandigarh Administration netted a sum of Rs 8.99 crore by auctioning 21 residential sites and one nursing home site at an auction here today. The Estate Office wing of the Chandigarh Administration, which was the auctioning authority, held back several of the plots due to lack of bids these included 28 residential sites and four nursing home sites.

The craze to own one kanal plots in the central sectors was evident as three one kanal sites in sector 19 were auctioned for Rs 80 lakh, Rs 72.40 lakh and Rs 70. 25 lakh, respectively. The reserve price for these varied between Rs 56. 58 lakh and Rs 55.90 lakh.

The average overall price by calculating the sale of all plots on per square yard basis works out to be Rs 13, 097. In December last year the price was Rs 12,672. Just a month ago nine one kanal sites could not be auctioned due to lack of good bids. Six of these sites were in Sector 38, three in Sector 40 and one in Sector 46.


Highest bids in each category, or size of plot

Size of plot Location Price auctioned at

1 kanal
10 Marla
Nursing Home

Sector 19
Sector 40
Sector 33-C
Rs 80 lakh
Rs 36.61 lakh
Rs 1.0 crore
Average price on a per square yard basis : Rs 13,097. In December 2002 this was Rs 12,672. and in 2001 this was Rs 12,144.

In the ten marla (250 square yard) segment the highest bid was for a Sector 40 plot which was auctioned at Rs 36.61 lakh. Last year the highest bid in this category was Rs 38.50 lakh. The bids in case of 10 marla plots saw a decline as prices had touched the Rs 40 lakh mark two years ago.

In case of nursing homes a site on Sector 33-C was auctioned for Rs 1 crore. In December last year a site in the same location was sold for Rs 1.05 crore.



Joshi’s stress on global parivar
395 get degrees at PU convocation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
“The 21st century started with the legacy of a multi-dimensional crisis which encompassed every aspect of our lives and now faces the great challenge of providing an appropriate paradigm which would resolve this crisis.”

Stating this while addressing the faculty and students at Panjab University during its 52nd convocation here today, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, said the complex matrix of problems consisted of degradation of environment, rapid erosion of values, a cynicism about institutions, alienation of younger generation as typified by their rejection of tradition, insecurity, disparities between and within the nations, poverty amidst plenty and several other disruptions like global terrorism plaguing nations all over the world.

Remarking that with all tools at its command, mankind was unable to provide an adequate response to these problems, he added, “Attempts were made to deal with each component of this matrix separately without realising that all these components strongly interact with each other.”

Earlier, Dr Joshi inaugurated the new building of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology, which has been named as the Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall.

As many as 395 students were awarded degrees and medals at the convocation, which was presided over by the Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd). A majority of the recipients were girls. Out of 280 students who received degrees, 172 were girls, while out of 115 medal winners 92 were girls.

In recognition of excellence in the field of medicine, an Honoris Causa Doctor of Science was conferred upon Dr Ranjit Kumar Chandra, University Research Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

An eminent paediatrician, nutrition-immunologist and philanthropist, Dr Chandra is an alumnus of Panjab University and has also served as senior resident at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, here.


PU pension scheme to be considered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The scheme for grant of pension to employees of Panjab University, which has been hanging fire for some time, will be taken up for consideration afresh by the centre.

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, while meeting a delegation of university teachers and members of the Joint Action Committee here today, reportedly assured them that the situation would be "reviewed" by him and matter of making finances available would also be taken up with the Ministry of Finance.

Later, however, the minister told mediapersons that the matter for implementing a pension scheme was out of his hands and the final decision on the matter lay with the Home and Finance ministry.

Members of the Joint Action Committee told the minister that if money for granting pension to all ex-employees was not available, then some funds should be earmarked so that the working employees can be covered.They also urged the minister that the HRD ministry should form a financially viable scheme.

Dr Joshi also reportedly agreed that Super Selection Grade would be given to professors who are carrying out outstanding research programmes in their respective fields. The proposal for granting Super Selection Grade was floated about a year ago by the UGC and is currently lying with the HRD Ministry. The proposal covers all universities.


Develop machine to detect fake currency, CSIO told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) will develop fool-proof machines for the detection of fake currency.

This assurance was given by the CSIO Director, Dr R.P. Bajpai, when Union Science and Technology Minister Murali Manohar Joshi here today asked the organisation to develop a machine for the purpose.

Intervening during a presentation, the minister said the machine would also offer a big market to the scientific organisation.

Dr Bajpai immediately accepted the minister’s suggestion saying that “We will soon get back to you.”

Giving the presentation, Dr Bajpai unveiled the capabilities of the organisation in developing anti-infiltration devices for border management and urged the minister to help the organisation market these capabilities.

Dr Bajpai said the organisation had developed an array of devices which could be installed on the borders to check infiltration. He said the cost of these equipment would be one-thirds that of those being offered by Israel.

The minister also asked the CSIO Director to develop certificate, diploma and degree courses in technological applications which the University Grants Commission (UGC) would approve as courses to be taught in universities. Dr Joshi also asked the organisation to develop courses to be beamed on the technology channel launched by the minister.

An agreement for the transfer of technology of the head-up-display (HUD) CSIO and the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) was signed in the presence of the minister who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The technology has been transferred by the CSIO for use in MIGs, Jaguar, Advanced Light Helicopter by the BEL at Rs 1.5 crore and 3.5 per cent royalty.

The minister laid the foundation stone for a new building for the Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC) offering diplomas and will now be upgraded to B. Tech level in many unconventional fields.

The minister formally inaugurated Bio-Molecular Electronics and Nano Technology Lab in the CSIO, a state-of-the-art seismic observatory and laid foundation stone for 20 type III houses for employees.

The minister asked the CSIO to organise a symposium on evolution and life sciences as the year completes 50 years of double helix and 25 years of the test-tube baby.

Dr Bajpai said by the end of the year the organisation would have filed 22 patents. The organisation has developed 51 technologies and 23 of them have been transferred.


Red tape delays work on centre for thalassemics
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Even as hundreds of thalassemic patients in the region eagerly await the completion of the Rs 4-crore Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at the PGI, red tapism and bureaucratic hurdles are becoming a stumbling-block in its way to completion, even as Punjabis continue to be a high-risk group for this genetic disorder.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Centre (BMTC) could be just another project for the PGI, but for parents of hundreds of thalassemic patients it could bring a new lease of life for their children. “Though the project was to be completed by the end of the 9th Five Year Plan in March, with repeated objections by the Procurement Wing and series of meetings it is unlikely that we can meet the deadline,” said a senior official.

In fact, construction work at the site, which housed the maternity ward earlier, has been erratic. “Even though the project is not plagued by financial constraints, repeated objections, clarifications and shuttling of files from one office to another is a major hurdle,” remarked a PGI doctor. He added that procuring the equipment at this stage, when construction work is incomplete, would be of no use and would invite more objections.

Members of the Thalassemic Children Welfare Association (TCWA), with 340 members from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttaranchal, had also met the PGI authorities, requesting them to speed up the work on the BMTC. The PGI officials, when asked about the cause for delay and tentative completion date, refused to divulge any details.

With very few centres in the country having bone marrow transplant facility, this is the only curative treatment for thalassemia with almost 70 per cent success rate. No hospital in north of Delhi has this facility and once it is offered at the PGI.

The cost too is likely to be far less than at many other places.

While in private hospitals it could cost anywhere around 20 lakh, in government hospitals and institutes like the CMC Vellore it costs around Rs 10 lakh. However, with a long waiting list it takes quite some time before one can undergo the three-month-long bone marrow transplant treatment at Vellore.

Popularly known as the Mediterranean anaemia, it is believed that thalassemia followed the route taken by Alexander via Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Middle East into India. “The intermingling of races is thought to be one of the causes with certain communities like Parsis, Sindhis, Punjabis and Lohanas constituting the high-risk group,” explain medical experts. With the risk factor amongst the Parsis being as high as 18 per cent, the Punjabis are amongst the top five communities that are more vulnerable to the disease.


F&CC presents Rs 183-cr budget
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today presented a Rs 183.48 crore budget before the House with an increase of more than Rs 18 crore over that of the last year without any concrete measures proposed for resource mobilisation.

The corporation had passed a Rs 161-crore budget last year, which effectively came down to Rs 150.15 crore in the revised estimate due to lack of resources. The revised estimates were presented before the committee.

The committee approved a hike of Rs 12.47 crore in the plan head over Rs 45 crore of the last year and around Rs 8 crore increase in the Rs 118-crore budget for the non-plan head. The committee passed Rs 2.2 crore for the ward development fund of councillors. It set aside Rs 10 crore for the fourth phase of Kajauli waterworks. Rs 7 crore were proposed for road construction, almost doubling the last year provisions.

Rs 3.5 crore will be spent for purchasing a hydraulic ladder for the evacuation of trapped persons from high-rise buildings.

The committee approved Rs 1 crore for the purchase of pipelines for improving water supply in the city. Rs 1.5 crore were approved for sewerage treatment plants in Sectors 48 and 65. Rs 1.55 crore were approved for the development of rehabilitation colonies.


Official rigmarole delays NRI’s project
Nishikant Dwivedi

Chandigarh, January 28
Procedural delay in transfer of a land for the construction of an Institute of Engineering and Technology in Mullanpur Garibdass village, Kharar subdivision, may force an NRI funding the Institute to divert the money to some other project.

“The Punjab Chief Minister himself is interested in the project and all senior officials, including Mr S.K. Sinha, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, are cooperating but the project is being delayed because of the cumbersome official procedures and government formalities’’, lamented UK based NRI and the Chairman of Puri Foundation (UK), Mr Nathu Ram Puri, who has proposed to finance the project. He said if the land was not transferred to the foundation by March end the money allocated for the Institute would have to be diverted for some other activity immediately. As per sources the government is considering to transfer a piece of land in the village to the foundation for setting up of the Institute on a lease of 99 years on nominal rates.

Mr N.R. Puri, however, said he would not withdraw from the project despite the delay. He said the government should have understood the potential of chain reaction of NRI funds flowing in social sectors and even delays would strengthen the apprehensions of NRIs about the procedural delays in the country.

He had made announcement regarding setting up of the Institute in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister while the latter was in the village to inaugurate a school building last year. The building was constructed by the NRI at a cost of Rs 1.20 crore and was later handed over to the government. “The proposed institute will be unique and for that a lot of planning is required. I want the institute to become functional from the next academic session. This means the foundation stone of the institute should be laid by February end’’ said the NRI.

When asked if he was frustrated because of the cumbersome governmental procedures, he said, “Right now I am not but if the land is not transferred by March end I will be frustrated” and added “I have been assured that the land will be transferred at the earliest”.

Today he had a meeting with Mr S.K Sinha, Principal Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister, and other senior official officials of the Punjab Government in this regard.

Mr N.R. Puri said he had received numerous telephone calls from other NRIs settled in USA and other countries who too were interested in doing something for their native places. “All of them ask me about the procedures which I followed for constructing the school building in Mullanpur,” and added “businessmen do not have time and the governments here can utilize their resources by simplifying the official procedures easy”.

Mr Arvind Puri, Chairman of Rural Area Development Committee, Ropar, who was also present in the meeting urged the government to expedite the transfer of land to the foundation. “The entrie area will benifit from the institute as children will get a chance of higher education in their neighbourhood”, said Mr Arvind Puri.


Order to drain away water from Naya Gaon colony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Acting on a petition seeking directions to Punjab and other authorities for taking administrative measures to drain away contaminated, sewerage and rainy water accumulating in Janta Colony in Naya Gaon near here, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that the needful should be done with in eight months.

Disposing of a petition filed by resident Ravi Dutt Badyal, the court observed: “The petitioner seeks the issuance of a writ directing the respondents to take immediate administrative measures for the disposal of contaminated, sewerage and rainy water collected in Janta Colony, causing damage to 10,000 houses of residents of the locality”.

The Judges further observed: “Punjab’s senior Deputy Advocate-General Ms Charu Tuli has produced on record the report of rough cost estimate framed by engineer Rakesh Vij. On the basis of the report, she states that a permanent arrangement for the disposal has been made. But in the very nature of things as also for the reason that it shall require acquiring of some land belonging to Chandigarh, it will take time. It is stated by her that temporary arrangements are not possible in as much as the water could not be drained out to a nearby pond as people residing near were raising objections”.

The Judges concluded: “We find that the request by state counsel, on the basis of instructions given to her, merits consideration particularly when for a permanent arrangement, even land is required to be acquired. In the totality of the facts and circumstances of the case, we make the permanent arrangements time-bound. Let the needful, the disposal of contaminated, sewerage and rainy water, be done within eight months....”


Winter rain keeps its date
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Rainfall measuring 8.4 mm turned the weather pleasant but deprived the people of sunlight during the day.

However, it seems the biting winter is on its way out with the day temperature soaring to 19.8°C and nights also getting comfortable at 8.2°C.

Weathermen, however, warn that the winter is not yet technically over.

The sudden change in the weather was caused due to a westerly disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and a cyclonic circulation over Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Tomorrow the sky, is likely to be cloudy and nights are likely to be warmer.

Rain that started last night was recorded in nearby places of Ludhiana (19.8 mm), Ambala (10.8 mm) and Patiala (5 mm).

Minimum temperature in Patiala was recorded 11.9°C, Ambala 10.2°C and in Ludhiana 10.4°C.

The Meteorological Department has forecast mist or fog in the morning and partly cloudy sky afterwards.


Elections to MC posts on Jan 31
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, January 28
The elections to the posts of Senior Vice-President and Vice-President of the municipal council will be held on January 31. The term of the two incumbents had expired on January 3.

The special meeting for the holding of the elections has been called by the SDM on the directions of the Ropar Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain.

Even though no group of councillors has announced its candidates for the posts, it is likely that the post of the Senior Vice-President may go to a woman councillor from the ruling group headed by Mr Kulwant Singh, President of the council.

Among the aspirants for the post of Senior Vice-President are Mrs Prabhjot Kaur Sodhi, Mrs Amteshwar Kaur, Mrs Inderjit Kaur and Mrs Daljit Kaur.

Even though four councillors from the ruling group are interested to become Senior Vice-President of the civic body, only one of them will be fielded on the day of the elections.

It is learnt that the ruling group had organised a meeting some days ago where voting was held to decide upon the consensus candidate. The votes cast in favour of different candidates were put into a packet which was sealed and later handed over to the President. The President will reportedly open the packet only half an hour before the elections on January 31. Whosoever got the maximum number of votes will be announced as the candidate for the post of Senior Vice-President.

However, Mr Kulwant Singh has denied that voting had taken place to decide upon the candidate. 


33 Youth Cong men detained, let off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
As many as 33 members of the local unit of the Youth Congress were detained by the Police while they were trying to submit a memorandum to the visiting Union Human Resource Minister, Mr Murli Manohar Joshi, near the Teachers Training Institute in Sector 26 here last evening.

Members of the Youth Congress alleged that they were prevented by a police team led by the DSP, Mr S.C. Abrol. Workers of the Youth Congress were taken to the Sector 26 police station and detained for over two hours before being released. Mr H.S. Lucky, President of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress, who was among the persons detained said they were released after the MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and other senior leaders reached the spot. A number of Congress workers gheraoed the Sector 26 police station.

In the memorandum, members of the Youth Congress had objected to the appointment of Mr Yash Pal as Chairman of the Teachers Training Institute.


Do we need to display military might on R-Day?

India became a republic on January 26, 1950. Since then the day is celebrated with gaiety and military might every year. Last year the Army did not take part in the Republic Day parade because of large-scale deployment on the border for Operation Parakram.

It is pointless to display our military might in this era when every country knows what we have, thanks to a major breakthrough in the information technology. In any case, military might should be proved on the battlefield, rather than exhibiting it on the parade ground. Incidentally, India, barring France, is the only democracy in the world which focuses on its military might on a day of national rejoicing.

No doubt, the Republic Day should continue to be celebrated, but not in this manner. It should be celebrated as a day of rejoicing over our achievements, rewarding the deserving for their work and by honouring our brave soldiers for their gallant actions.

Military bands

The beating of retreat at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi by bands, both brass and pipe, from the Army, the Navy and Air Force on January 29 every year is considered one of the best functions of its kind in the world.

Training centres of all arms and services are authorised brass bands and most of them also have pipe bands. Apart from this, almost all infantry battalions have pipe bands, which are manned by medical platoons. Military bands have a special significance in a soldier’s life for martial music is known to have inspired soldiers during the war. In the olden days, battles used to commence at the sounding of reveille in the morning and came to a halt at the sounding of retreat in the evening.

Though reveille and retreat have no significance for the battles of today, they are still sounded as a routine. The reveille announces daybreak when the flag is hoisted at the unit quarterguard and the retreat announces cessation of daytime activities at the sunset when the flag is lowered at the quarterguard. There are several bugle calls to pass certain orders in units such as officers’ call, JCOs’ call, havildar majors’ call and so on.

The bands form part of ceremonial parades and other military functions. Their enthralling music adds glamour to regimental dinner and guest nights, mess parties, social gatherings and sports events.

Officers’ messes

Most old regiments in the Indian Army depict their traditions and heritage through their officers’ messes. Some of the trophies, silver pieces and other proud possessions in the messes of the old regiments give a glimpse into their history, dating as far back as 200 years.

The custom of presenting silver pieces to the messes by officers on important occasions is continuing. On joining a regiment or unit after commissioning, a young officer is made to acquaint himself with the background and history of all trophies and other possessions of the officers’ mess. It then becomes his duty to familiarise the visiting dignitaries and guests with the history of the regiment and its rich traditions with the help of these trophies and other pieces.

Some regiments take pride in retaining certain old fittings of the days of yore in their messes. It is interesting to see the old hand-operated fan in the Bombay Engineering Group Officers’ Mess, Pune. The earlier generation would remember that this fan was operated by a person from outside the building. One end of the rope was tied to his leg to prevent him from going to sleep. For the moment he fell asleep, the momentum of the fan would move the rope to and fro to wake him up. Pritam Bhullar


Self-development section opened at BCL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
For those who wish to feed their passion for knowledge, the British Council Library (BCL) plans to offer more. With a brand new section on self-development to add to its collection, the library is wearing a charm.

The library ready to set up more sections to suit the interest of all kinds of readers and is also planning to implement the step change project of the British Council in India, which is working to realise the members’ demand to provide for online resources in the library. By September, the library will be ready with a full-fledged text database which will be available to every member online.

Online resources will shortly be developed and provided for in the areas of medicine, management, engineering, science ad technology, fashion and interiors, said the library Manager, Mr Sushant Banerjee.

A remote-access facility for members is also being worked out. With the approval of the British Council in India, whose Director Edmund Marsden today inaugurated the self-development section in the library, the remote-access facility would soon be extended to members.

Mr Banarjee said the library was now looking for online membership. He said the medical practitioners and lawyers could get the benefit of online membership as they would be able to access the database sitting at home.

In order to provide the best references to readers, the library will also soon be shifted to a fresh location. Mr Marsden announced the library would soon shift to another location to provide greater space for storage and addition.

Mr Banerjee said: “I always wanted to have a special section of books and references for children. As service providers, we cannot neglect the most vibrant section of our population,” he said.


MC to get tough with road diggers
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, January 28
The local Municipal Council is going to be up in arms against the organisers of functions who damage roads. Strict action is being proposed against the offenders, including tent house owners.

The council authorities will not hesitate to even register cases against the violators under the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911, for causing damage to the property of the civic body.

Mr Kulwant Singh, President of the council, said yesterday that residents who unauthorisedly put up shamianas on roads in front of their houses invariably caused damage by digging holes to put up the tents. Parks were meant for holding functions but such people preferred otherwise unnecessarily causing damage to roads and putting people to inconvenience. Among the offenders, he said, there were organisations which put up welcome gates on roads during private functions. Such bodies, too, would not be spared.

He said the council made efforts to keep the roads in the town in a good shape but the attitude of the people was not positive.

When asked about possible damage during the holding of government functions, he said in such cases it was usually the council which made the arrangements. Its officials made sure that the work was undertaken with care and roads were not damaged.

Meanwhile, the council authorities have warned tent houses owners in various markets in the town not to use the parking area in front of the markets to spread out tents for keeping other items. Efforts are also being made to clear the verandahs which the shopkeepers have encroached upon.


MC impounds mini truck
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The local Municipal Corporation has impounded a mini truck (CH01 R 8857) and challaned its owner for allegedly dumping debris at an unauthorised site near the round-about of Sectors-23 and 15.

The corporation’s House had recently passed by-laws for imposing penalty on these dumping debris at unauthorised sites.

The corporation warned that any vehicle found dumping debris would be impounded and its owner challaned. It also urged the residents to remove their debris within seven days it they don’t want to be penalised.


Cable tariff hiked by Rs 25
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 28
The Panchkula Cable TV Association has announced to hike its cable tariff by Rs 25 per connection. Thousands of cable subscribers will now have to shell out Rs 300 per connection per month as compared to Rs
275 being charged earlier.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the association held here today evening. It was also decided that the subscriber would have to pay an additional Rs 15 per connection as service tax .

The hike follows increase in connectivity charges (per connection charges) by the five pay channels. It is learnt that while Sony Package had increased its subscription from Rs 40 to Rs 55 per connection, after including HBO channel in its package. Star Sports-ESPN package had increased its subscription per connection from Rs 24 to Rs 32, and Zee Package had increased its subscription from Rs 42 to Rs 50 last month. Star Package has followed suit by increasing their charges from Rs 40. 50 to Rs 63 per month; and DD Sports-Ten Sports have increased their monthly charges from Rs 22.75 to Rs 26.55.


Police teams to visit medical institutes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
On the issue of registration of cases against bogus medical practioners in the city, the Chandigarh Police is sending police teams to the medical colleges and medical institutions concerned in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The police would verify the authenticity of the medical colleges and institutions from where the bogus medical practioners have procured their degrees. Sources in the Health Department said the police swung into action after the matter was referred to it by the Director Health Services.

On the other hand, a police official said the cases had not been registered as the information provided by the Health Department on the medical practioners was insufficient. Information about the place from where the “quack” concerned had procured his degree and the subject of the violation under the Indian Medical Council (IMA) Act had not been given, said the official.

Inquiries reveal that cases are registered under the relevant sections of the Medical Act as applicable to the Allopathy, Unani and Homoeopathy systems of medicine.


Our Correspondent

T.K. DuttaChandigarh, January 28
A Special Assistant with Oriental Bank of Commerce's regional office, Mr T.K. Dutta has been appointed by the Central Government as Workmen Director on the bank's Board of Directors.

According to a press note issued by the Bank's Deputy General Manager, Mr Datta has been appointed with effect from January 27. He was honoured at a function held at the bank's regional office where the employees greeted the new Workmen Director.


Boy killed in mishap
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, January 28
A 15 year-old boy who was pillion riding on a scooter died when an autorickshaw hit his scooter near the railway traffic light point here this evening. The driver of the scooter, Chote Lal, received minor injuries.

They were coming from Mauli Jagran to get an LPG cylinder from a gas godown near the railway light point when the mishap took place. Both were residents of the Mauli Complex. The deceased, Rajesh, was declared brought dead at the PGI here. The driver of the autorickshaw escaped from the spot. A case under Sections 279 and 304 of the IPC has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Thefts: A wrist-watch, a gold chain and Rs 8,500 were allegedly stolen by a domestic help, Dhian Singh, from a house in Sector 2 here. According to a complaint lodged by Ms Kulwant Kaur, the theft took place while she was admitted to a hospital.

Under trial caught: The Burail jail authorities today caught an undertrial who was carrying about 11gram of smack on the jail premises. According to sources, the undertrial, Nirmal Singh, was caught by the jail authorities during a checking at the entrance of the jail after he was produced in a local court in a murder case registered against him.

The Superintendent of the Model Burail Jail, Mr D.S. Rana, said the undertrial was caught with smack. Mr Rana added that a case against the undertrial had been registered.


5 arrested: The police has arrested five persons in three incidents under various Sections of the Excise Act. The suspects — Ghulam Singh, Ram Swaroop, Mahendra, Karam Singh and Darshan Lal — were arrested within the past 24 hours.

One Booked: The police has booked Tarsem Lal, the driver of a truck near Shiamtu village on charges of hindering the smooth flow of traffic by parking his truck on the road.


Small-scale units resent day-off policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
An emergency meeting of the executive of the Federation of Small Scale Industries was held today under the chairmanship of Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, to discuss the issue of staggering number of day offs in the industrial area due to power supply situation.

Members expressed their resentment over the decision of the Administration to resort to weekly day offs and peak load hour restrictions for the industry. The industry had been suffering a lot because of power shortage. In different meetings held with officers of the Administration, the industry had time and again requested that first of all the policy of staggering number of day offs should be implemented in commercial areas.

As far as peak load hours restrictions are concerned, the commercial areas can be asked to close down early, so that the production of industry should not suffer the federation suggested.

If the Administration closes down a big industry during day time there will be no need for resorting to staggered weekly off-days for the rest of industry.

The General Secretary of the federation, Mr Rajeev Gupta said, in the last Industrial Advisory Committee meeting, the Adviser to the Administrator, complimented the industry for bringing the electricity losses to the minimum in the industrial area. Now, instead of being rewarded, the industry has been penalised for honestly paying the electricity bills. Moreover, industrial units are interlinked and different day offs in different areas effects the efficiency of the industry. The small scale industry is already passing through a period of recession and for its existence it needs the support of the Administration, he added.

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