Sunday, February 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Kalpana was made for big things: teacher
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Shock and disbelief was the reaction among city residents familiar with the name and accomplishments of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman to travel into space, when the news about the space shuttle returning from a mission bursting into flames while re-entering the earth’s atmosphere this evening spread around.

Hi-flying Kalpana, an alumni of Punjab Engineering College’s Department of Aeronautical Engineering here, was a mission specialist among the seven-member crew onboard the US space shuttle, Columbia, which was on a 16-day research mission to study how heart and lungs function in space as well as how the nervous system control them.

The Columbia is reported by NASA to have burst into flames and disintegrated at an altitude of about 63,000 metres about 16 minutes before its scheduled landing time. Mission controllers had lost all contact with it at about 7.30 p.m., IST. This was the 42-year-old astronaut’s second space mission. In her first mission she travelled 6.5 million miles, completing 252 orbits around the earth.

She had visited Chandigarh in April last, when she had interacted with students of her alma mater and was also honoured by the college. A banner, depicting her association with the college, was also presented to her along with a letter of best wishes from the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.)


IT refund scam: CA surrenders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
In a dramatic turn of events, Chartered Accountant N.K. Garg, who is wanted by the police in a multi-million scam of claiming income tax refund on the basis of fake TDS certificates, surrendered in the court of the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, here this morning.

Officials of the police were taken by surprise when they were informed of the CA being sent to judicial custody. In the last two days, the police had conducted raids at his suspected hide-outs to arrest him. Searches were conducted at his house in the past two days.

The police got a whiff of the development after he was sent to the Judicial Magistrate. After hearing the plea of the counsel, the CJM issued a notice to the Investigating Officer concerned for February 3. N.K. Garg has been remanded in judicial custody till February 3.

Mr Rajan Malhotra, the counsel for Mr Garg, pleaded before the Magistrate that his client came to know about the case after going through the newspapers that the UT police was looking for him. Therefore, he decided to surrender before the Magistrate. The counsel pleaded that Mr Garg was a heart patient and therefore a lenient view should be taken.

A police official said the police remand of the suspect would be sought after being procured in the court on February 3.

Meanwhile, the police has sent teams to Mumbai and Delhi to verify the details of the companies against whom the Chartered Accountant claimed income tax refund on the basis of fake TDS certificates. The police has also received information about the bank accounts in his name.

The official said the scam would be exposed only after the CA was questioned by the police.


Police remand for Colonel
Our Correspondent

Kharar, February 1
Ms Preeti Sahni, Judicial Magistrate, today remanded the CEO of Punjab Digital Systems, Col Manmohan, and 2 others — Raj Kumar Arora and his wife Samricha Arora — in police custody till February 5.

Mr Charanjeet Arora, public prosecutor, and Mr Darshan Singh, SP Vigilance, pleaded for police remand of all the accused and alleged that they had formed bogus firms and caused losses worth lakhs of rupees to Punjab Digital Systems, a unit of the Punjab Government.


Tribune flag-bearer of public opinion: Pathak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Mr Justice R.S.Pathak (retd), Chairman of The Tribune Trust, today called upon members of The Tribune family to unitedly face the challenges mounted by the competition.

Speaking at a simple but solemn function here to mark the 123rd Founder’s Day, Justice Pathak said this was not the time “when we can sit back and relax with a feeling of self-satisfaction and self-congratulation. The period before us is full of threatening challenges, the challenges of keen competition backed by resources which seem so much greater. But I say to you, and I say it with a sense of responsibility, that not all those resources can prevail against the united will of this Tribune family”.

The function was attended besides Justice Pathak by all other trustees, including Mr R.S.Talwar, Dr R.P. Bambah, Mr Justice S.S. Sodhi (retd) and Mr N.N. Vohra.

The Tribune, Justice Pathak observed, had an historical responsibility to the people of this region. “It is a powerful medium of public opinion and expresses the thinking and emotions of the people. In doing so, it maintains the traditions and high principles of a free newspaper. If despite ups and downs of history, The Tribune has survived, it is because of its staunch adherence to those traditions and principles. It is gratifying to note that The Tribune has never succumbed to the seductive temptation of commercial profit and advantage, but has concentrated wholly on its duty to its reading public. This has won for it the affection and attachment of successive generations of its readers, who have responded with loyalty and attachment which is infinitely more precious than all the wealth of riches”.

Sometime ago, when the question was mooted as to the manner in which they should observe the Founder’s Day this year, whether in the usual way by a formal function to which the celebrities of Chandigarh were invited, “it was decided that we should deviate from that practice, and instead we should meet with out staff and employees together as members of The Tribune family. It is this feeling of the family that is so special about The Tribune establishment. It is this unique feature that distinguishes The Tribune from most other newspaper organisations.

“In celebration of Founder’s Day, our thoughts go back to that great statesman and visionary, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, who, over 120 years ago, conceived of a newspaper which would pursue a liberal policy, provide independent and impartial news, without bias or prejudice, freely or fearlessly.

“During the agitation in Punjab against the British rule, The Tribune earned the esteem of the leaders of the freedom movement. It was a powerful voice against the repression of British imperialism. Since then, there have been other periods in its history when it has passed through almost insurmountable difficulties. There were the uncertain days of Partition when it was difficult to tell what the next day would bring. There were still other challenges later when the personal security of The Tribune staff and employees was put to test. But all through it, The Tribune has kept alive its faith in its future. And how has this been accomplished? By the unfaltering and unhesitating loyalty to The Tribune of its staff and employees. They, who had eaten its salt, stood steadfast and solidly by it. By their sweat and their courage, The Tribune has carried on, conveying its message to the people of this region that despite all difficulties, it would continue to serve them. Today, that torch has been passed on to you, and it will be your sacred duty to keep the flame lit and to take The Tribune to even greater heights.

Justice Pathak also assured the employees that the Trust would “ever be receptive to their needs and to the removal of their difficulties. “It is imperative to remember that we live in a world caught in the racing sweep of tremendous changes. Our tomorrows will be different from our todays, Just as our todays do not resemble our yesterdays. All challenges can be met by the rising strength of a united purpose and an indomitable will. Demonstrate that in your work, in the discharge of your responsibilities and in total dedication of your efforts and The Tribune will triumph”.

Mr Hari Jaisingh, Editor, said that the Tribune was not a mere newspaper. It was an institution representing a movement of ideas. There was a need for a second vision, drawing inspiration from the vision of the founder. The Tribune had a rich tradition and high credibility. It had a very committed readership and the challenge lay in catering to it in the present day environment of fierce competition. Mr Hari Jaisingh also acknowledged the total commitment of the workers of The Tribune who had the potential to face any challenge.

Mr R.N. Gupta, General Manager, in his remarks observed that “while retaining our mission, we should also keep ourselves abreast of contemporary reality and requirements”. He also underlined the need to espouse the cause of the downtrodden and the disadvantaged sections of society in keeping with the mission of the newspaper.

Mr Balbir Singh Jandu, president of The Tribune Employees Union, said that The Tribune had faced a series of challenges in the past but had managed to come out on top every time with the combined efforts of its employees and the management. The greatest asset of the Tribune was its readers. and it was because of them that the Tribune had met all challenges in the past. In future too, it would overcome all challenges. Herein lay the secret of success of The Tribune.


Lake project out, dam project in
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 31
The whopping cost of constructing an artificial lake on the banks of river Ghaggar has led to the project being shelved. Instead, a low-height dam being constructed on the upstream of the river will now serve the purpose of recreation through water sports, besides recharging the ground water level.

Highly placed sources in the State Irrigation Department informed that they have now decided to embolden the low-cost dam project so as to develop it from the point of view of encouraging tourism by including water sports , providing fishing sites, recharging the ground water and providing drinking water to Kalka, Pinjore, in Chandimandir cantonment area and Panchkula.

The low-height dam would also help in controlling floods in the downstream of the river, especially in large areas of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.

It may be noted that the project of constructing a lake here, on the lines of the Sukhna lake in Chandigarh, was envisaged by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, last year. Since then, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and officials of the State Irrigation department conducted several surveys along the Ghaggar to identify the site.

Other than being a major tourist attraction in the district, the construction of lake would have also recharged groundwater and thus sustained the already depleting ground water table.

The issue of the declining water table in the district is a major cause of concern. It is believed that at the present rate of fall in the water table and the withdrawal through tubewells, the ground water reserves are not going to last for more than 20 years.

However, the Irrigation department after conducting a survey said that the project would have cost an exorbitant Rs 35 crore. “A low-cost dam on the river bed is estimated at Rs 40 crore and would also serve the purpose of providing drinking water to various parts of the district.

Thus it has been decided to go ahead with the construction of this low-height dam,” said a senior official in the Irrigation department.

He informed that the project report for this dam would be submitted to officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority within a fortnight.

This dam will be constructed on the upstream of Ghaggar river bed, near Amravati Enclave, and will be made covering an area of approximately 6 square km, which will be bigger than the Sukhna lake area.

The officials are also positive over solving the problem of silt deposition in the dam . They say that water would remain in the dam for 10 months and the silt deposition here can be removed in the remaining two months.


Bahuguna foresees water crisis 
Mind-set, land-use must change
P.P.S. Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Magsaysay Award-winner, Sunder Lal Bahuguna, is deeply worried about the impending water crisis that India might face in the near future. His concern stems from reports that glaciers of the Himalayas are receding due to rise in temperatures and may eventually disappear.

Since most of the rivers originate in the Himalayas, impending crisis could be serious for the country, where over exploitation is depleting water resources and where overuse/wastage of water is a common practice.

Quoting experts, Mr Bahuguna today told TNS that Gangotri glacier may become extinct by 2025. Then the Ganga will be only a ‘’monsoon river’’.

Strongly opposed to Tehri Dam on Bhagirathi, the mainstream of the Ganga, Mr Bahuguna says, ‘’Tehri region is seismically fragile’’. An earthquake or landslide could wash away the dam, howsoever strong, causing wanton destruction downstream. In the event of such an occurrence, consequences could be cataclysmic. This would result in Rishikesh coming under 260 metres water within 60 minutes, Haridwar under 232 metres within next 20 minutes and in the next 12 hours, western UP plains, including Meerut, will be washed away up to Bulandshehar. He cites the example of Vijont Dam in Italy, which tumbled down due to landslides in 1963, washing away 2,400 unsuspecting people living downstream.

Tehri Dam, incidentally, is the highest dam in Asia at 260.5 metres. It was conceived in mid-70s. Despite having been opposed by several experts committees, work never stopped. It has cost the exchequer over Rs 6,000 crore. He argues that when there will be no water in the river, how will power be generated?

Mr Bahuguna is against construction of dams across rivers. For power generation, several alternatives are available. The best to use rivers for hydro-power is to make effective use of the ‘’run-of-the-river’’ and tapping falls, rather than ponding the water and by greening the Himalayas.

This 76-year-old environment-monk, is today much worried about Punjab where water crisis could have serious implications. To save Punjab from going dry, it is imperative to ensure an effective ‘’tree cover’’ in the Himalayas.

His mantra to water crisis is ‘’3-As’’ — austerity, alternatives and afforestation. Unless there is drastic austerity in the use of water and alternatives are found to water-guzzling activities, domestic or industrial or agricultural and afforestation done with right type of trees, water availability will become more scarce, sooner than later.

As founder of the ‘Chipko’ movement, this environmentalist now propagating greening of Himalayas sees ‘’tree’’ as the saviour of mankind, as it provides ‘’fuel, food, fodder, fiber and fertilizer. It is not just timber and commerce; it is a life-giver’’!

Agriculture, he says, is an inter-play of soil and water, the main capital. ‘’We are converting this natural capital into cash by destroying tree cover in the Himalayas’’. Today, soil has become ‘’addicted’’ to fertilizers and water. This ‘’industrialisation’’ of agriculture is doing great harm to soil health. Therefore, the two must be conserved, economised and re-charged.

For this to happen, change of mind-set in the government and change in the land use pattern is imperative.


Rain in plains, snow in HP upper reaches
Beneficial for mustard crop

Chandigarh, February 1
Many places in Punjab and Haryana had rain while upper reaches of Himachal received snow since yesterday.

Life in the city was affected following incessant rain at 42.5 mm till this morning. Schoolchildren and office-goers were the worst hit.

People in the city and large parts of Punjab and Haryana greeted the sun, peeping through overcast skies in the afternoon after three days of intense cold wave conditions caused by widespread snow in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal.

Driving in the winter rain in parts of Chandigarh and adjoining Mohali, particularly for two-wheeler owners has become dangerous as slush has formed along the roads following falling off of leaves from trees.

Ambala and Rohtak in Haryana also had rain at 34.7 mm and 2.8 mm, respectively. Hisar received light rains at 0. mm. However, the minimum temperatures at these towns and other places in the region stayed well within or above normal, according to the Meteorological Department here.

Manali in Himachal received fresh snow (19 cm), the Weather Office said, adding it also snowed at the Solang Nullah area (35 cm), Patsio (19 cm) and Dhundi (46 cm).

Rain lashed Shimla (19.8 mm), Nahan (11.4 mm), Pandoh (6 mm), Rampur (12.5 mm), Sunni (8.2 mm), Kasol (13.2 mm), Kahu (24.8 mm), Nadaun (20 mm), Sujanpur Tira (9.8 mm), Guler (32 .0 mm), Nagrota Surian (29.0 mm) and Gamrur (27.6 mm).

In Punjab, Patiala received maximum 49.5 mm, Amritsar had 7.9 mm and Ludhiana got 13.6 mm rainfall.

Palam (10.6 mm) and Safdarjung (14.2 mm) in Delhi were also lashed by rain, the Weather Office said.

They have forecast light to moderate rain or snow at isolated places in Himachal, while light to moderate rain is likely at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana over next two days.

SHIMLA: The mid and higher hills of Himachal continued to reel from intense cold wave conditions even as the region had some respite from snow and rains on Saturday.

The entire tribal belt and other higher reaches experienced intermittent snow on Friday night while the mid and lower hills were lashed by rains accompanied by icy winds.

The night temperature hovered around the freezing point in Shimla and other midhills while the tribal valleys of Lahaul, Spiti and Pangi groaned under biting cold wave conditions with temperature staying fourteen to 25 degree celsius below the freezing point.

The high altitude tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Dhauladhar ranges in Kangra, Churdhar mountain ranges in Sirmaur, Rohtang Pass (13,0,50 ft) Kunzam, Saach and Chansel passes had heavy snow last night, intensifying cold wave conditions in adjoining hills and valleys.

The Hindustan-Tibet National Highway remained closed at Narkanda and the vehicular traffic was routed via Basantpur and Kingal.

The Chopal area of Shimla district remained cut off due to heavy snow while several roads in the interior of Shimla, Kula, Mandi and Chamba districts were blocked due to snow and landslides.

JAMMU: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, only road link between Kashmir valley and the rest of the country, was thrown open for vehicular traffic after the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) cleared it of snow and mud. BRO Commandant Col C Padmanabhan told PTI from Udhampur.

Colonel Padmanabhan, who looks after 300-km-long highway, said the road link is through for two-way traffic, after the BRO cleared blockades caused by heavy snowfall and landsides at Jawahar Tunnel and other places.

All 138 vehicles carrying 600 stranded persons have reached their destinations in Srinagar and Jammu, official sources said. Colonel Padmanabhan said allowing traffic between Jammu and Srinagar was job of state traffic police, which had not allowed traffic to ply on the highway since yesterday.

The police control room officials said vehicles would be allowed to move to Srinagar only after clearance from highway traffic police.

At Zoji La, highest point on the 434 km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, which was closed for six months in November last year, experienced four and half feet of fresh snow in the past 48 hours, they added.

DALHOUSIE: Dalhousie had first heavy snow of this winter at 45 centimetres. Upper reaches of Dalhousie hills like Kala Top and Khajjiar have had 120 centimetres of snow according to official reports. It has started attracting tourists from the plains.

The Pangi valley in Chamba district has been cut off from the rest of the state. Life has been hit in the alpine terrains of Bharmour following heavy snow, disrupting the transport services in the interior belts.

The Deputy Commissioner of Chamba, Rahul Anand, has advised the people residing in the mountain ranges to be careful while coming out of their houses, taking care of the avalanches.

Widespread rain in the last few days has brightened the prospects of rabi crop, especially mustard crop in Haryana.

A spokesman for the Agriculture Department said the recent winter rain had provided needed irrigation to the standing rabi crop. Farmers would benefit to a large extent since one crop irrigation level will be saved with the recent rain.

He said the production targets of 95 lakh tonnes of wheat and 8.50 lakh tonnes of mustard sown over 20.50 lakh hectares and 6.02 lakh hectares, respectively, would be achieved. Agencies


January coldest in recent years
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Was January the coldest month in recent years ? If the available statistics are any indication, it was.

On most days of the month, both maximum and minimum temperatures remained 3 to 8°C below normal. For example, for the month of January in a city like Chandigarh, the normal maximum temperature is around 20°C while the minimum is 8°C.

Punjab and Chandigarh have successfully made up for deficient rainfall in the first 29 days of the last month with incessant rain since January 30. Against 11 mm recorded till January 29, the region received about 50 mm rainfall thus taking it beyond the average or normal rainfall of 32 mm for the month of January.

For Chandigarh, the coldest night was on January 10 when the minimum temperature dropped to 1.4° C. On January 15, Hisar was the coldest place in the plains with the night temperature touching 0.5 degrees C. On the same night, Ludhiana recorded its lowest temperature of 0.9°C. On January 23, the night temperature in Ludhiana was 1.4°C.

It was only around and after January 20 that the maximum temperature in the plains started hovering around 20°C with minimum or night temperature still continuing to be far below the normal of 8°C. At most places in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, it varied between 0.7°C and 4.4°C.

Though the meteorologist s admit that this January has been the coldest in past two decades, they could not explain the cause for a sudden shift in the weather, especially after a virtual drought , a dry winter swept the region.

It was during the later half of last week that a western disturbance as an upper air system moved across Jammu & Kashmir and neighbourhood and induced low pressure area over west Rajasthan and neighbourhood, says meteorological experts.

It was during eastward passage of these systems that widespread rainfall and snowfall occurred in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The weather was further aggravated with incessant rains since Thursday morning in the plains of Punjab, Haryana and parts of Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, thus making January the coldest month in recent decades.

The weather experts say that rainfall has been in excess of normal in east and west Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Punjab; and normal in Himachal Pradesh.


City police alerted on auto theft
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Vehicles stolen from the Northern region, including the city, are finding their way into the markets of neighbouring South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations. Specifically, such vehicles were landing in Nepal through Western Uttar Pradesh and in Bangladesh through North-Eastern states.

Sources in the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) said the issue of shifting of the markets for stolen vehicles was discussed at an inter-state coordination police meeting held recently at Sonepat, Haryana. Senior police officials from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh had attended the meeting.

The officials of Uttar Pradesh and other states concerned have been asked to keep a vigil on such vehicles passing through the international border. Information gathered by agencies tracking the stolen vehicles has revealed that the cartel(s) involved in the disposal of such vehicles was finding it hard to sell them in markets of Chandigarh, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir after the states began sharing information on the stolen vehicles through the vehicle coordination system of the NCRB. A market for the stolen vehicles had also mushroomed in states like Maharashtra and Karnataka, considered to be safe by organised gangs running the cartel.

The Chandigarh Police has also reportedly being alerted about the shifting markets for stolen vehicles. Though the subject was not in purview of the police as it involved diplomatic channels, sources in the police said concerned at the increase in the incidents of auto thefts in the city, a prolonged strategy to check the thefts was on the cards.

Apart from further improving the coordination with the neighboring states, an active policing in the vulnerable areas was being planned.

Data reveals that the city is the hub of auto thefts.

The maximum number of auto thefts, 151, took place in sectors under the Central police station. Though the paid parking in Sector 17 has resulted in decline in incidents of theft, a record number of 113 vehicles were stolen from the sectors falling in the jurisdiction of Sector 34 police station. A total of 613 vehicles were stolen during the last year.

It is learned that the police had written to the contractors manning paid parking(s) in the city to train the personnel manning the parking(s) in checking incidents of auto thefts.

A better coordination with the finance companies was also on the cards. The sources said the finance companies had been asked to provide details of the vehicles.


MC asks PUDA to hand over community centres
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, February 1
The Municipal Council (MC) here has asked the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to hand over the various community centres in the township to the civic body for use and maintenance. A letter to this effect has been sent to the PUDA office here and a decision on the matter is likely to be taken during the next joint meeting of the two bodies.

According to MC officials, the community centres are not being put to use they were originally planned for. ‘‘Community centres are for the people to put to general use like hold meetings, festival gatherings, read newspapers and books and interact with eachother not just as baratkhanas like PUDA has made these out to be,’’ states Mr Kulwant Singh, President of the Council.

PUDA has constructed over 10 community centres in various sectors of the township. These centres are taken on rent by the residents for marriages. The centres are also being maintained by PUDA at their expense. The MC officials however state that PUDA is obliged to hand over these centres to the civic body for maintenance. Most of these community centres, in Phases like I, II, III IV and V, were built many years ago.

Once under the Council, the officials intend to start libraries in a small portion of the centres along with giving these out for art and cultural activities and other community gatherings.

For the residents too, the idea of the community centres being put to regular use seems welcome. ‘‘Specially after PUDA has banned the use of public parks for private and public functions, the least they could do is to stop keeping the community centres under lock and key.’’said Mr Albel Singh Shyan, general secretary, Citizens Welfare Council, here.

The Additional Chief Administrator (ACA) PUDA, Mr Yasyvir Mahajan, stated that he had yet to receive any communication regarding this, but was open to take any decision in public interest.’’


Simplify’ conversion of leasehold property
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The executive body of the Samadhaan a pressure group for social justice, held a meeting today.

Regarding the conversion policy, Samadhaan said the leasehold system had been totally done away with by the Administration and with the government auctions being held on freehold basis, a simplified and reasonable formula for the conversion of existing leasehold properties to the freehold ownership was the need of the hour.

Apart from rationalising the existing conversion policy on the residential properties, the commercial and industrial properties falling under the leasehold system should also be provided with a viable conversion formula by paying one time nominal conversion charges. Besides, relieving the residents of paying the annual ground rent regularly, the step shall also help in saving the state expenses being incurred on the collection of ground rent and maintenance of record etc.

On the transfer policy, Samadhaan said most of the houses below the size of 10 marla in the southern sectors fall in the category of non-transferable properties. As a result, all transactions in these categories of exchequer in shape of stamp duty also cause a lot of inconvenience to the intending buyers as they are unable to raise loans from the financial institutions in the absence of ownership title. Many of these have to opt for colonies on the periphery of the city.

Same is the case with Chandigarh Housing Board dwelling units and flats where the general power of attorney not the original allottee, is entitled to apply for a transfer. This means before the transfer, an intending purchaser is required to make full payment to the seller for obtaining GPA.

Samadhaan fails to understand that why the allottees of smaller properties are deprived of such a benefit when the Administration can allow the transfer of leasehold commercial and residential properties at a fee, a spokesperson said.


Military farms celebrate 114th Corps Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Military Farms Department of the Indian Army celebrated its 114th Corps Day at the Western Command Headquarter, Chandimandir, near here today.

Felicitating the personnel of the department on the occasion, the GOC-in-C Western Command, Lt Gen S.S. Mehta, lauded the modernisation drive undertaken by the corps leading to cost effective milk production, processing and distribution.

Lt Col J.P.S. Mahla, Director, Military Farms, Western Command, congratulated the officers and staff for the commendable work and expected the farms to achieve higher level of milk production and efficiency in the future. He said these farms alone produce and supply about 85 lakh liters of milk annually to the troops. There were a large number of cows which produce over 40 kg milk in a single day. The highest yield of 50 kg in a single day had been recorded from cow at Ambala.

The Department of Military Farms was raised on February 1, 1889, when the First Military Farm was set-up at Allahabad. This was infact the beginning of organised dairy farming in the country. Today, it owns 25,000 crossbreed cattle at about 40 locations all over the country and produces about 370 lakh kg of milk annually.


Book exhibition at Art Folio

Chandigarh, February 1
Over 1200 titles have been displayed at an exhibition of art books organised by Capital Book Depot at Art Folio in Sector 9 here. Books on display cover subjects like photography, music, Indian and western art, architecture, textiles, landscapes, interior decoration and travel.

A seperate section has also been devoted to culinary skills. Among the more exotic books is a title by M.F. Hussain on his venture “Art and Cinema”, of which only 1,000 copies have been printed and every copy has been individually signed by the artist. The books are being offered at discounted prices. TNS


Workshop at BCL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
British Council Library (BCL), Sector 8, will organise a special workshop on personality development for the members of the library. The workshop is part of the process that marks the induction of self-development section.

The workshop will be conducted by Prof Jitendra Mohan, Director, Centre for Excellence, Asia. It will be held between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on February 4. Registration is being done at the library.


Central Club poll campaign on
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 1
Door-to-door campaigning and hectic lobbying are on for the forthcoming elections of Sector-9 Central Club after a gap of about 10 years. The elections are scheduled to be held on February 2.

For the contestants, and their supporters, it is nothing less than a festivity.

Three candidates are contesting the elections for the president’s post. They are Maj J.S. Sekhri, Capt Biren Suri and Mr S.K. Kakkar. For the vice-president’s post, the contest is between Mr Varinder Sharma and Mr T.R. Malhotra.


EXIM form
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, February 1
Following in the footsteps of the Mohali Industries Association, members of the Industrial Welfare Association Industrial Focal Point, Phase IX, here have resented the introduction of the EXIM form. Members on Thursday met under the chairmanship of the president of the association, Mr Avtar Singh Walia, and appealed to the government to promote industry in Punjab rather than ruin it.


Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, February 1
A 52 year old assistant engineer working in the Irrigation Department, Punjab, allegedly shot himself dead at point blank range early this morning here. The deceased Tarlochan Singh Dhillon was residing in Phase VII here and apparently killed himself at the back of a shopping complex near his house. Tarlochan Singh was apparently suffering from depression regarding the failed marriage of his son.

According to the police, the incident happened between 7 and 8 am while his wife Jagdish Kaur was still asleep in the house. Tarlochan Singh left the house with the .12 bore gun, he owned and shot himself at the neck from point blank range tearing off a large part of his head. The police was informed when the first shopworkers arrived for the day and found Tarlochan Singh lying in a pool of blood.

Tarlochan Singh had been working with the Central Mechanical Centre of the Irrigation Department as an engineer in Sector 17 and was due to retire in another six years. His two children, daughter Ritu, and son Sarbjit are both settled in Canada where some of Tarlochan Singh’s other relatives also stay.

According to a relative of his wife, Tarlochan Singh was disturbed regarding the divorce proceedings of Sarbjit. He had been talking about it to his colleagues and relatives.

His family doctor Mr G.S. Brar also informed that Tarlochan Singh had been on anti-depressant drugs and was constantly worried about his son’s welfare.

Although the body of Tarlochan Singh has been taken to the civil hospital for post mortem.

The SP, SAS Nagar Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, was of the view that it was a case of suicide.


Body with stab wounds found
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
A body of a mid-forties man was found lying near the Laxmi Narain Mandir, Sector 44, here this morning. There were three stab wounds on the body — the grevious one on the back.

On receiving a call Police Control Room (PCR) vehicle personnel took the bleeding victim to the GMCH, Sector 32. However, he was declared brought dead. The body had been noticed by a passer-by.

The police feels that the victim’s body was thrown near the mandir after being murdered at some other place. “Had the victim been stabbed on the spot the quantity of blood spread all over the place would have been more”, said a police official.

The deceased was wearing a track suit , but no slippers. The forensic team did not go to the spot as rain had washed off the foot prints of assailants.

An autopsy of the body would be done tomorrow

A case of murder has been registered at the Sector 34 Police Station.

The police has recovered a blood soaked quilt, a mattress and some other clothes near House No 2334 in Sector 44.

The house is located at a short distance from the spot where the body was found. Sources in the police said that the items had been used to wrap the body before it was dumped near the mandir. The clothes were thrown near the house before the body was dumped near the mandir.


City resident held for defrauding youth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
A police team from Gurdaspur today arrested a Sector 15 resident for defrauding a youth of Rs 1. 20 lakh on the pretext of getting him recruited in the Chandigarh police. Sita Ram( 50) had allegedly taken the money from Sarabjit to get him recruited in the Chandigarh police as a constable.

Rs 80,000 more were to be paid after the recruitment. The father of Sarabjit, Mr Swaran Singh, who accompanied the police team to Chandigarh, told TNS that he came in contact with Sita Ram through a Jalandhar-based acquaintance. The money was paid about four years ago when an advertisement for recruitment appeared in newspapers.


Mr Bhagmal Rana, a resident of Sector-19C, has reported that his Maruti car (No. CH01-L-1226) was stolen yesterday.

The car was parked in front of MC office. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in this regard.


Mr Om Prakash, a rehri owner of Burail village, was injured on being hit by a crane in Sector-45, last evening. He was admitted to GMCH-32. His condition is said to be out of danger.

Crane driver Davinder Kumar Yadav was arrested. Later, he was released on bail. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.


The police has arrested Rajinder Singh, of Manimajra near Government Girls School, Sector-18, and Shiv Bhagat of Sector-41 from Sector-40 on charges of eve-teasing.

Two cases under Section 294 of the IPC have been registered.


The police has arrested Rajveer Singh, of Palsora colony from Hallo Majra and seized 40 pouches of smuggled whisky from his possession.

A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against the accused.



The police has booked Anil Arora on charges of supplying opium to an accused in a case. Anil had reportedly supplied 220 mg of opium to Ashish Arora while the latter was being taken to the Burail jail in Chandigarh .

He had been brought here by the Chandigarh police in a case registered against him here.


The police HAS arrested of Sector 11 on the charge of passing indecent remarks on girls in Sector 5.


The police HAS arrested Raj Saini and Mahendra Singh from a place near Gari Kotahan village and seized 140 bottles of liquor from their possession.


A scooter was stolen from near Sector 8 HUDA office yesterday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.


The police today seized 35 gm of smack, valued at Rs 2.5 lakh, from the possession of Charanjit Singh near Palsora colony today.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered by the CIA wing of the police.


A proclaimed offender (PO), Sandeep, wanted in a case of assault and an accident was today arrested by a police team from the Sector 3 police station.

He will be produced in a local court tomorrow.

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