Friday, February 14, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Police not given Manoj’s custody
Tribune News Service

Panchkula/Chandigarh, February 13
The controversial Haryana IAS officer, Mr N.K. Jain, has allegedly used his home turf to implicate Chandigarh based businessman and Manoj Pal, a relative of former Haryana Home Minister, Mani Ram Godara, in a case of abduction of a Shimla girl, who incidentally was the victim in the infamous Shimla girl rape case of Chandigarh.

This allegation was made by Manoj Pal , while talking to mediapersons , before he was presented in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr. H.S. Dahiya , in Panchkula court this afternoon. He said the FIR registered against him was politically motivated as he was associated with the opposition party - Congress.

Sources in Chandigarh police say that the registration of a case against Manoj Pal, a prime witness in the Shimla girl rape case in Chandigarh was meant to pressurise the witnesses of Chandigarh Police, on whose statements the frame up theory in the rape case was based. The UT police has taken a serious note of this development in the neighbouring Panchkula. Highly placed sources, without going on record said this was aimed at scuttling their (Chandigarh Police’s) investigation.

The matter is now being taken up at the top level with the counterparts in Haryana. Officials in Chandigarh Police now apprehend that the other witnesses presented by the police could also be similarly framed. This would certainly affect the trial of rape case in Chandigarh district courts, they said. The businessman, M.K. Jain, has gone underground since yesterday. His son, Mr Aman Jain, told the TNS that they were contemplating legal action against the Panchkula police.

Manoj Pal said though he knew N.K. Jain, while the duo were lodged in Burail Jail, Chandigarh, he said he had never met M.K. Jain- who is also accused of kidnapping the girl from Amartex Chowk, Panchkula on February 8. He ridiculed the Panchkula police of implicating him in the case by saying that he was in collusion with M.K. Jain, whereas the initial investigations by the Chandigarh Police had shown him as being involved in the conspiracy to frame M.K. Jain, along with N.K. Jain . He had later turned approver in favour of M.K. Jain.

He also alleged that he was being physically tortured by the police in order to force him to confess to kidnapping the 23- year-old girl. “The police also made me sign certain blank documents and even got the prosecutrix to the Sector 19 police station today and asked her to identify me as Manoj Pal, “he alleged.

The police, however, received an egg on its face, when the CJM, Panchkula, refused to give them the custody of Manoj Pal, while dismissing the prosecution plea for remand to recover a revolver, car used in kidnapping and certain other documents. The defence counsel pleaded that the prosecutrix had given different statement to the police and to the court in her statement recorded under section 164 of the Cr. P.C.

The girl, in her statement to the police had said while she was coming to Panchkula from Chandigarh bus stand in an autorickshaw, she was abducted by two persons who were following her in a black-Colonel car. She said two unknown men picked her up and took her in the car, where Manoj Pal and M.K. Jain were seated. Manoj Pal threatened her with a revolver and asked her to withdraw her case against M.K. Jain, she has alleged. She has also stated that they blindfolded her, gave her tea laced with a sedative, kept her in illegal confinement for two days, took away her jewellery and later on February 11, all four accused, including Manoj Pal, released her on a deserted road. This FIR was registered on the night intervening February 11 and 12 at 1. 15 am.

Interestingly, the statement made before the CJM on February 12, under Section 164 of the Cr. P. C., the prosecutrix has said Manoj Pal was not present when she was released. The defence pleaded that the prosecutrix had changed her statement, when she realised that Manoj Pal had been in police custody in a separate case on charges of theft from February 9 to 12.

When the court asked the police regarding different statements made by the girl, the defense pleaded that the cop taking the statement of the victim was sleepy . When the court pulled up the prosecution, they pleaded that the cop recording the statement was unwell and thus the mistake. The court earlier gave the police two hours time to initiate recoveries, as the prosecution had pleaded. However, when the police came back at 5 pm, they pleaded for police remand of the accused on the ground that recoveries could not be initiated as the other accused had been alerted by media reports of the case.

However, Manoj Pal was sent to judicial remand on the ground that the owner of the revolver and car was M.K. Jain, so Manoj Pal was not required further. The court ordered the Investigation Officer to first get his medical examination done in General Hospital, Panchkula. The judge ruled that the accused had shown his person in the court and had marks on his chest and back. He said the doctor examining the accused would report back about these injury marks, when the defense pleaded malafides of the hospital staff in examing the accused.

Meanwhile, a bail plea moved by Baldev Singh, one of the accused, alleged to be involved in a rape case of Shimla based girl was today dismissed by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Ms Sneh Prashar, by the UT District Court. The counsel for the applicant pleaded that the two persons— Ram Lal and Narvir — alleged to be involved in the case had already been granted bail by the High Court therefore the applicant too deserved the concession of bail.

Claiming that the applicant deserved the concession of bail, the defence counsel further argued that victim in the case had made statement in the court that she was not raped by the applicant or any other persons alleged to be involved in the case by the police.


There seems to be uncanny similarity in the Chandigarh rape case and the Wednesday’s Panchkula episode

* The Chandigarh Police says the conspiracy of the rape case was hatched at a hotel in Sector 21 of Panchkula. Again in the Panchkula episode, the girl was kidnapped and dumped in Panchkula.

* In the Chandigarh case, the victim girl was given cold drink laced with an intoxicant. In the Wednesday's episode the girl was given tea again laced with an intoxicant.

* The witnesses in the Chandigarh rape case are at the receiving end as far as the Panchkula episode is concerned.

* Officials of the Chandigarh Police say that they had enough evidence to prove that their witnesses were being intimidated repeatedly.

* On February 7, the victim in the case had moved a plea in a local court for making arrangement for safe passage when she had to appear before a magistrate in the Chandigarh district courts. Keeping in view the threat, the victim appeared in the court escorted by private security men on February 8. This private security, however, does not figure anywhere in the Panchkula episode.



HC notice to Punjab in torture case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to the State of Punjab through Home Secretary, SSPs of Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur and SHOs of Sadar police stations of Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur to file a reply in the case of police torture of three persons of Jalandhar within 10 days.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) also directed the ADGP (crime), Punjab, to get the investigation in another case conducted by an officer of the crime branch not below the rank of SP.

Three persons, Sanjiv Kumar, alias Shibbu (22), Vippan Kumar (20) and Roshan Lal, alias Rajan (26), who were allegedly tortured by Jalandhar and Garhshankar police personnel and suffered multiple injuries, were admitted to the Government Hospital, Sector16 here last night. Lawyers for Human Rights, a human rights organisation constituted by eminent advocates of the high court, had provided free legal service to the victims in this case.

The three torture victims today filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court under Section 482 praying for their medico-legal examination and the registration of FIRs against those who had tortured them. They also demanded an appropriate compensation and action as per the directions of the Supreme Court in D.K. Basu case. Considering the merit of the case, it was scheduled for today itself.

After hearing the case, Justice K.S. Garewal issued a notice to the State of Punjab. The court also directed to prepare the medical examination report at General Hospital, Sector 16.

Meanwhile, a separate complaint filed by Shashi Sharma, a human rights activist of Jalandhar, in PHRC against the State of Punjab, SSP Jalandhar and SHO, Division No 4, Jalandhar, for implication of Shashi and his friends (torture victims) in a “false case” under Section 307 of the IPC came for hearing today. Taking a serious note of the complaint, Justice N.K. Arora, Chairman, PHRC, directed the ADGP (crime) to get the investigation in FIR under Section 307 of the IPC lodged against the torture victims at Jalandhar on February 1, 2003, conducted by an officer of the crime branch not below the rank of SP.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh police flashed a message to the Garhshankar police to come over to Chandigarh to record the statements of torture victims admitted in the hospital. When the reports last came in Garhshankar police personnel arrived in Chandigarh but had not yet recorded the statements of the victims.

All three victims were shifted to the trauma ward this morning after preliminary medical aid. Doctors said they had suffered internal injuries. However, medical reports were still under preparation.



19-yr-old raped, 1 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
A 19-year-old married woman of Mandi Gobindgarh, was allegedly raped by an auto rickshaw driver in a hotel in Burail village in the wee hours of this morning. The victim, who had alighted from a Haryana Roadways bus at the Sector 17 Inter-State Bus Terminus was “virtually” hounded by at least seven miscreants before being taken to Burail. The police, however, said the woman had been raped by one person, Rakesh (23) who had been arrested.

The woman had come from Narnaul and was inquiring about any late bus service to Mandi Gobindgarh. An eye witness to the episode at the bus stand, Mr Hawa Singh Gujjar, said he had alighted from the Haryana Roadways at the bus stand along with the woman at 11.30 pm last night. On seeing the woman inquiring about the bus for Mandi Gobindgarh, Mr Gujjar offered his assistance.

In the ensuing moments, some miscreants approached the woman to help her out. When Mr Gujjar opposed them, he was threatened with a knife. He then raised an alarm and called up the Police Control Room (PCR).

He alleged that the police had named just one miscreant as it wanted to save the others. The police, however, denied the allegation. A police official said investigations revealed that the woman had been raped by Rakesh Kumar, an autorickshaw driver. A medical examination of the woman was conducted at the Sector 16 General Hospital. A case under Sections 366 and 376 of the IPC has been registered against Rakesh.



Students lock up Law Dept head’s office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
The office of the Chairman of Law Department, Panjab University, was locked up by the students who have been refused permission to join their next semester today. Teaching work at the department was also affected due to this.

More than 40 students have been denied admission in their next semester for failing to have the required attendance in the earlier semester. These students were allowed to appear in the examination following a “liberty” granted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. However, when students went to join their next class they were refused permission by the department.

Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the university Students’ Campus Council and Khusbaz Singh Jattana, president of the Students Organisation of Panjab University, addressed a press conference saying that the situation had arisen out of “personal vendetta” by certain faculty members.

Kang said similar problem had arisen in the departments of sociology and political science. Following a Syndicate decision both the departments conducted regular classes. However, the law department faculty did not comply with the Syndicate instructions. “Now we are being told that we were short of lectures in the last semester so we could not be enrolled as regular students in the next semester”, Jattana said.

The agitating students have threatened that the forthcoming university cultural programme slated for February 22 will stand cancelled in case the university did not ‘make the necessary amends’.

Kang said the situation had arisen out of “personal differences with me that was unfortunate. I am willing to forgo my admission in case the university allows admission to the rest of the affected students. This lot of students has genuine reasons where they were being denied the chance to continue their classes”.

Jattana said university records were full of cases where more than 100 lectures had been condoned earlier.

Jattana said in case the department was not ready to take any special classes the students should be given the option of attending the classes of the previous semester during the day or evening session, as the case might be.” We are not hampering the classes. Other students if they feel we are correct should join us”, he added.

Prof K.N. Pathak, the Vice-Chancellor, said he was yet to go into the details of the issue.



Cinema manager’s murder: a case 
of contract killing
Tribune News Service

Hardened criminals

At least nine cases of dacoity, robbery, the Arms Act and the NDPS Act have been registered against the members of the gang in Chandigarh.

* One of the assailant, Naresh Kumar, alias Bobby, a friend of Ranjit Bajaj, has been arrested twice. Recently, Naresh was arrested by the CIA in a case of auto-lifting.

* Police trying to ascertain the involvement of the gang in other cases.

* The assailants remanded to police custody till February 17.

Chandigarh, February 13
The Chandigarh Police today said the murder of the manager of the Kiran and Jagat cinemas, Harjinder Singh, who was shot on November 20 last year, was a case of contract killing. A gang of professional criminals had been hired by an assistant manager of Jagat cinema to eliminate his boss, said the Superintendent of Police, City, Mr Baldev Singh.

According to the police, the reason for the murder was professional jealously. The assistant manager, Ravinder Singh, saw the deceased as a hurdle in his way of earning money through wrongful means. The contract killers had been hired for Rs 5 lakh. So far, Rs 2.70 lakh had been paid in instalments.

The investigation of the murder case had been transferred to the CIA wing of the Chandigarh Police. According to the police, Ravinder Singh came in contact with Mohinder Pal Rana, a former contractor of cycle shed at Jagat cinema. He, then, met Ram Asra Yadav and came in contact with Om Parkash Saini. According to the police, as many as seven persons were involved executing the killing. So far, the police has arrested Ram Asra Yadav, Om Parkash, Sunil Kumar and Om Pal. Three other persons, including Ravinder, Naresh Kumar and Mohinder Pal Rana, are yet to be arrested.

The SP, City, said the assailants had purchased six countrymade pistols from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Three months before the murder, the assailants had conducted a recce of the area where Harjinder Singh lived. But it being summer, the strike was delayed. Three days before the murder, a Maruti car was stolen from Sector 37 and factitious registration number of Haryana was used on the day the killing took place.

Police officials said on the day of murder, Om Parkash Saini, followed Harjinder from Jagat cinema to Kiran cinema.

When the manager got down from his car to open the main gate of his house, one of the assailants, Sunil Kumar, called him and Om Pal fired a shot at him. Then, the assailants gathered near the Sector 20 Masjid before Sunil was asked to dispose off the car at Ambala.

The victim, Harjinder Singh, had told the police that he was shot at by two clean-shaven youths from point blank range.



Literary world loses its ‘darvesh’ 
Nirmal Sandhu

It is understandable why the English Press and TV channels, busy with cricket and Valentine’s Day celebrations, took little notice of the death of Davinder Satiarthy, a saintly literary figure, at the age of 95 in New Delhi on Wednesday. Literary masters of yesteryear are condemned to live in neglect in a fast-globalising society whose priorities have changed. Art and literature matter, if they sell. Though he wrote extensively in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English, Davinder Satiarthy had no saleable achievements and attachments the way Harwanshrai Bachchan had. He passed away quietly.

The sense of loss in Satiarthy’s death becomes immensely painful when one realises that the way society is shaping up, it is unlikely to throw up another one like him. Who can afford to devote a lifetime to collecting folk songs ?

Leaving education mid way in 1927, he traversed the length and breadth of the country as also Sri Lanka, collected some 20,000 folk songs and put them in book form for the convenience of those in the coming generations who may like to understand their cultural heritage.

Born on may 28, 1908, in the house of Lala Dhani Ram of Bhadaur in Sangrur district, Davinder gave up education early to lead a life on his own terms and in his own way. During his travels he met Rabindranath Tagore and later gave himself a Tagore-like look.

A vagabond often has vastly interesting experiences to share and anecdotes to tell. Interacting with commoners as well as literary greats of his time like Saddat Hasan Monto, Ismat Chugtai and Krishna Sobti, Davinder Satiarthy gathered rich experiences and put them in his books.

“Gidha” appeared first in 1935 and then came poetry collections like “Murka Te Kanak”, “Lak Tunnu Tunnu” (who can forget the title poem on a pair of parrots?) and “Dharti Dian Vaajjan”, short story books like “Sona Gachi”, “Paris Da Aadmi”, “Kung Posh”, “Devta Dig Piya” and “Tinnah Buhian Wala Ghar” apart from a novel called “Ghora Badshah”.

Satiarthy was a multi-lingual author despite irregular education! In Hindi he penned “Dharti Gati Hai” and “Brahmputra”, besides editing a Hindi journal “Aaj Kal”; and in Urdu he came out with “Gaaye Ja Hindustan”. In English he produced “Meet My People”, little realising then perhaps that most of the people he wrote about and for would forget him in his declining years.

But then a man like Davinder Satiarthy does not expect anything in return. He was not even given a Sahitya Akedemi award! And the loss is not his.

Notice the words like “dharti”, “murka” “ghar” and “my people "occurring in the titles of his books which reflect his sense of (or lack of) belonging. He left the warmth of a home to explore his land and its people, and thus maintained an extended family. He leaves behind a small, but awakened tribe of literary lovers.

Despite leading mostly an unsettled life, Davinder got married and, quite characteristically, renamed his wife as Lok Mata. With the emotional support of her two daughters, Kavita and Parul, she happily tolerated her restless husband and his literary pursuits. Without a regular income, one can imagine the difficulties that his wife must have faced in running a family in the turbulent post-Independence years.

One life-long regret that Davinder Satiarthy shared with those very close to him was that when his daughter, Kavita, died, he was miles away from home on one of his wanderings and could not be there to share her last moments. Despite such painful memories, he lived a different, but meaningful life and the literary world would always remember him in gratitude for what he did.



Let it all hang out
Tribune News Service

Enjoy, but don't create trouble

No, the not-so-young bachelor did not drive down to the Panjab University campus in a jalopy with impressive speakers booming the latest Punjabi numbers for "impressing the crowd". UT Administrator-cum-Punjab Governor Lt. Gen. JFR Jacob (retd) descended upon the Physics department in his white Merc, dressed up in an immaculate suit, his hat covering his broad fore-head. Was on his way to the department itself.

"Are you celebrating Valentine's Day?" he inquired from the blooming faces. "Sir, it's tomorrow," they replied gleefully. "Well", he asserted. "Celebrate, but don't create trouble lest the cops have to act". 

Chandigarh, February 13
All you guys and dolls, with young hearts palpitating for love pangs, do not allow uncompassionate creation to clip poor old Cupid's fluttering wings. Skip out of your house even if dad has issued prohibitory orders. Let yourself loose. Drive down to a discotheque, or a night club, in your jaunty jalopy decked up with cheerful balloons.

Spot the shouldering love of your life. Give her a nice card with love message printed across in Hindi "just for a change". Capture the trophy of love with an expensive gift of affection and go around the world with that worried expression till she finds another love.

First of all. Empty the trash can of your memory for some real nice excuses to slip out of the house. Be sure, it's not going to be easy. Dad knows everything about "love hunters and willing victims". Instead, permit us to assist you.

Remember the ancient and honourable excuse of driving down to the hospital for presenting a bouquet of get-well-soon wishes to chum recovering from appendix operation? Be sure it will work. If you think lycra top over boot-cuts will arouse mama's suspicion, suggest birthday bash. The excuse will justify your flashy dress.

Sports day celebrations is also a good idea. Get out in the name of a noble cause. Tell them a blood donation camps is being organised in the college. Presence is must to boost the morale of generous friends.

If you are studying in an institute with inclination towards religious activities, say puja and havan is being held. "Ma'am urgently wants `History of English literature'" is another effective excuse for bluffing your way out.

Wedding party is a convincing alibi. You can walk out of the house after dressing up in a velvet gown. Also try going out on the pretext of attending Ankashkri, Mehendi and rangoli competitions. If nothing else works, say you have to pay the examination fee.

Once out, don't just waste affection on the geri route. Anyway it's going to be out of bounds for you in all probability. Read on for a comprehensive list of places to go.

Drive down to Aerizzona, Boondocks, Jailhouse rock, anywhere. Cut foot loose. Dance away your sorrows to the thumping beats of reverberating music. Jive in the afternoon till your heart, wildly beating against your chest, forces you to down. Else, dance into the night. Make sure you have the passes, and a partner, lest you are not allowed to enter Cupid's synthetic world of affection, divorced from reality.

Another thing. Do not even think of putting your arms around the shoulder of the reed-thin damsel twirling around the polished dance floor. If you pick up a fight or are caught acting fresh, bouncers deployed by the management will take no time to hand you over to the police.

Panjab University's Student Center remains the venue of prime celebrations. Just make sure you are not caught in a traffic jam. Also, hunt a treasure for your Valentine. Reach the venue near Planet M in Sector 17 at 3 pm.

Rush to CGA Golf Range for `Dil Se' Valentine carnival. Savour the sight of fire eaters. Get patterns traced on the canvas of your skin by tattoo artists. Go to Chandigarh Club with all your friends and have a real nice time.

Have a drop too much, nay, not of grasshopper, but nice coffee at the coffee bars. You can drive down to Barista, even Café Day, for Iced Café Mocha and mouth-licking sandwiches. Enjoy cocktails and mocktails. Have invigorating beer. Buy her a Red Indian, or else Bloody Mary. Go to English Garden, Down Under, Hotel Mountview bar..... Just make sure you are not rip-roaring drunk when you come out.

Enjoy mushroom, onion, cheese pizza, even chicken in a bun. Drive down to your fav' fast food joint. Play some cool music for her after inserting a coin in the juke box.

Else, cut along the sharp curves of life on way to Morni hills. You will not take more than an hour to reach the top. Just drive carefully. You can also go to Timber Trail. Drive on, reach Kausali. If you have enough time, you can even make it to Shimla. Just make sure near-but-not-so-dear relatives do not spot you, lest you are in trouble with your family. Last thing. 



Esprit's Valentine offer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
For all you people in love, there is a special Valentine offer from Esprit where gifts will be given on the purchase of any Esprit Timewear. Esprit is available at Ebony, Trendsmith, Ethos, Ram Chander Sons and Rajan Watch Co. This love package will include an Esprit "I love U" teddy bear and Esprit blinking heart, according to a press statement.

Mirza Tanners Limited, India's largest exporter of footwear and manufacturer's of Red Tape, has unveiled its latest offering, "Fashion Formals". Red Tape world-class high-fashion range of casual and seminar formal shoes has acquired an almost cult status among the target group. This range is crafted with the state of the art technology and constructed on TPR soles with supple genuine leather uppers and the shoes are styled keeping in mind protection, comfort besides style.

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Fashion show proves to be damp squib
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, February 13
Valentine fever might be catching up with the residents of Chandigarh but at SAS Nagar a Valentine’s eve event organised by the Country Club here turned to be a flop show.

Majority of the 1,000 seats were empty and according to some of the audience the show was not upto their expectations.

The fashion show started over two hours late during which the scanty audience were made to listen to songs sung by some of the upcoming local artists.

Many of the people who had come to watch the fashion show left before the show actually started. The organisers stated that fashion shows start in the evening and continue till late in the night, the show is bound to have other attractions like bhangra and live songs and pop music.

The fashion show was organised by an event management group called Jolly creations.

The first round of the fashion show started after 9 pm. According to the regular members of the club, the show organised today was far better than the ones organised at the club earlier. ‘‘At least the lighting and the sound is good. And regarding having started late, no one minds as long as they are entertaining us.’’ said a member.



Treasure hunt today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
Connect will organise a Valentine treasure hunt in Chandigarh and Ludhiana tomorrow. It will commence in Sector 17 in Chandigarh and Sarabha Nagar market in Ludhiana at 3 p.m. The event is supported by The Tribune.

There will be a cash prize of Rs 10,000 for the winner while gift hampers and vouchers will be given to every participant in the hunt. There are five treasure points located in various parts of the city which the participants have to identify correctly. The contestant reaching back first at the starting point after visiting all treasure points will be declared the winner.

A Valentine stall will also be set up at the start point where games and request songs will be organised throughout the day.



Dear cops, don’t be a killjoy

Among the many good things that the city has, geri route is one. When we talk about all other elements of the City Beautiful with pride, why should we single out this route which has, after all, not caused any major problem at any point of time. Although the UT police has again struck like the last year and has declared the route closed tomorrow, we still feel that there was no such urgency at all. There are many other ways of maintaining law and order and let me also tell you all. If things have to go wrong they will go wrong anyway. 



I have been going through this debate issue ever since it started in The Tribune. Actually one had never thought that the geri route would generate so much of interest one day. One had always passed by this route and liked it for the peace it offers. Walking through the vibrant route has always been a great pleasure simply because the route is associated with so much of vibrancy and delight.

I really felt bad that the police decided to seal this route tomorrow. We had many plans and we had wanted them to mature on the day we wait for the whole year. Now that the route is to be sealed, I wonder if views really matter.


I have no problem if the route is sealed or left open but yes as a parent and as a guardian of daughters I have a point to make. I am against any kind of subject which is given undue importance. I would like to share my feelings on this issue. At home every child is suddenly interested in what is happening on the geri route front. I must also tell you that those who never knew that there was any such lane called the geri route in the city, now know what the route is all about. Let us not talk about this issue anymore.

There is one route in the city which is called the geri route. And that is about it. I wish we could leave it at that.


I am literally pained over this development. I had never imagined that the UT police would repeat what it did last year. All through the year we had waited for this day. Not that omne wants to seek undue attention by being present along this route but yes, one wants to be at the most happening place in the town and that is the geri route. Now that all our plans have been dashed to the ground I don’t think there is any fun in making bones about the issue of geri route.

We hope that the next year brings some sense to the authorities who search for better ways to maintain law and order in the society.


Today’s youth is self-disciplined

Today, this hot issue is being deliberated upon. There are mixed reactions to the question whether geri route should be closed on February 14 or not? I opine that there is no need to close the geri route as the youth in today’s world is self-disciplined. No doubt, there should be police to check any untoward incident. But as a matter of fact, the geri route should not be closed. In the present scenario, young friends can meet anywhere, not compulsorily on the designated destination vis-à-vis geri route. This day should be observed for the very purpose it comes after a year. And, I am sure there cannot be any trouble in the presence of police personnel. 




ABVP protest

Chandigarh, February 13
The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi parishad in a press note issued here today said the way the Valentine Day celebrations were carried out in the city was infact a move in a planned manner to erode our (Indian) values, ethics and culture. It is unfortunate that the youth are swayed by such activates.”

Mukta Sharma the state vice-president of the parishad, said “Energy of our youth needs to be organised and channelised.” TNS



A guide for party hoppers

She is all mixed up. Isn’t sure if she should tie the laces of her dancing shoes at a discotheque, or lose her blues in a night club on St Valentine’s Day. For three days now she has been pacing her room alone, doing something she has never done before — use her tiny little brain for finding a solution.

Last year, it was fine. College student Misha had received just one invitation to a party. Had entered the fashionable world of dancing couples at a disc’ for jiving excitedly till beads of perspiration had dotted her brow.

In 2003, the situation is a little more complicated, much to her dismay. The pretty damsel has received so many invites, she is still undecided. In fact, her fragile ivory-chiseled fingers are “exhausted” after tearing the edges of cheerful envelopes with invitations to the parties.

She has consulted all her friends on the mobile, but in vain. Some say nightclub is better, other insist discotheque is the place to be in. Then there is a “private” bash being organised at the terrace of a friend’s residence. Most of her pals are going to attend that party. This is not all. The venues are spread in all directions, that’s the worst thing about the entire affair.

If your predicament is similar to Misha’s, worry not. Here is a complete “Party hopper’s guide” compiled just for your convenience. First of all, decide where to go, and where not to. Depend upon your instinct. Then chalk out the route. Make sure you do not proceed in one direction, go to another and come back to the first venue.

Instead, use your vote. Keep in mind the venue you wish to boogie nicely and properly. Plan accordingly. Search your memory and vote for crowded parties, instead of sparsely populated ones, so that you can have a nice time. You should also remember to carry all the invites, lest you are not allowed to enter. Guys should essentially be accompanied by girls because most of the parties are strictly for couples. If you have the invitation, you will find a lot of maidens seeking entry without passes. Just stand in front of the venue for about 10 minutes. The girls will approach you, without fail. Take them along.

Another thing. Please do not park your car in front of the entrance to the venue gate. Make sure you are not stranded at a party you hate to attend for long just because someone else has parked his vehicle behind your car. Walking a few hundred meters to avoid parking jams will not do you any harm. — Monica Sharma



Black's back with a bang

Black is back with a deadly bang on St Valentine's Day. And the reason behind its "excess" is not very hard to analyse. The simplicity and the slimming effect of the hue makes it a "hot favourite". This is not all. Black is the easiest colour. You can pair it with anything, anytime.

If you still haven't taken out the stuff you wish to wear on February 14, choose something in ebony, now. The alluring all-black outfit is sure to send his pulse racing and heart thumping.

Good Valentine's is on Friday because some of us are superstitious about wearing the colour on Saturday. Though statistics are not available either with the cops or with the sociologists, people believe the shade can lead to unnecessary complications on that day... just joking.

But before you leave behind the cozy comfort of your dressing room, just make sure you do not look like a "Black-cat commando" ready to pounce on the poor helpless revelers, instead of enjoying the day with them. Follow our simple head-to-toe tips and you will not go wrong, that's a guarantee.

First of all, take care that the attire you have selected for the big occasion contains some interesting textures. You can always go in for lace paired with leather, or satin paired with soft wool. Also, do not forget to tie a good attractive belt around your reed thin waist for that "wow" effect.

Another thing. Keep the apparel feminine. The clothes you wear should not be baggy, lest you look like a "big bag of black" rolling down the streets, unrestrained. Also wear nice, well-polished, dainty shoes along with the dress. Lastly, combine the shade with a vibrant, juicy lip hue, preferably in passionate red, for that hard-to-resist look.

Otherwise, go in for pink. It is all time favourite, besides being the official colour of affection and tenderness. You can always combine white and pink for that soft, yet stunning look that will make heads turn around in appreciation.

If you have any doubts about the magic of pink, wait for a few hours and feel the colour's presence on the geri route. You will find new fledged knockers in shocking or pleasant pink, zipping up and down the route, giggling away the blues and the grays.

Red and purple, both are a rage. No doubt about it. But then the shades do not look "stunning" on everyone. You should have the "right complexion" for donning the colours. Anyway, have a nice time folks, after all the occasion comes after 365 days.

— Saurabh Malik



Patron saint of lovers

There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D.Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.

Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.

In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.

Valentine's Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage.

The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia. The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honor of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavored to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration of this new feast. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

— A.S. Prashar



Drinks that will make you go oooh

To guzzle or not to guzzle is the question that bothers Tahira every time she goes for a ball. The passionate red drink in a Collin glass, placed in front of her, looks tempting as always, but not sure about the ingredients, she leave it without savouring. If your predicament is similar, here is a guide to cocktails and soft quenchers complied to make you enjoy your Valentine's bash without any apprehension.

Singapore Sling is gin with fresh lime, soda, rose and sugar syrup. You will be served the drink in a Collin glass.

Whisky Sour is nothing but whisky with egg white, sugar syrup and fresh lime. Savour it in a cocktail glass.

Tom Collins, well, it is gin mixed with fresh lime soda. Enjoy the drink in a Collin glass.

Gin Fizz is something like Whisky Sour, only in it, gin is blended with egg white, fresh lime, sugar syrup and soda. It is also served in Collin glass.

Bloody Mary is "best of all drinks". It is Vodka mixed with tomato juice, Capsico, Worcestershire, salt and fresh lime. Hey, serve the drink in an old fashion glass. Not just any sparkling cut-glass.

Screw Driver.... Okay, it is Vodka mixed with orange juice, sugar syrup and fresh lime. Taste it in a Hi-ball glass.

Planter's Punch. For preparing the drink, do not mix rum and cola. Add orange juice, pineapple juice and fresh lime. Have it in a Hi-ball glass like Screw Driver.

Gimlet is the simplest of all drinks. Just mix gin with fresh lime and savour it in a Cocktail glass.

Enough of cocktails. Now know something about soft quenchers also. Pineapple Fizz can be prepared easily. All you have to do is to mix pineapple juice with white of an egg and soda. Serve it in a Collin glass.

Virgin Mary is tomato juice with Capsico, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and fresh lime. Serve it in Rolly-polly.

Fruit Punch is simple to prepare. Just blend pineapple juice, mango juice, orange juice, fresh cream and ice cream for the drink of your life. Have a nice time. — MS



Chocolate love

You have said it with chuckling flowers. Expressed your affection with cheerful balloons. Now, it’s time for you to whisper sweet-nothings with chocolates. Gifts may come and gifts may go, chocolates remain a girl’s best friend. Any doubt? ask Rubina. The student will tell you all about the magic of chocolates.

“I simply love `em,” she asserts. “That’s the reason why I have firmly told my guy Neeraj to buy me a box of chocolates, along with whatever else he wishes to present”.

Little wonder, all the card shops are displaying chocolates on the glass-shelves. This is not all. A gift shop has even wrapped a cute little teddy, along with the chocolates, for the big day.

So kids, if you are still looking for gifts, buy chocolates. But before you go chocolate hunting, here is some valuable advise.If you simply wish to say `lets be friends’, walk up to a girl with an éclair in your hand. If you are already pals, approach her with a dairy milk chocolate for expressing love.

Give her a white chocolate as a symbol of peace if your eyes haven’t talked since quite some time. Present her a rum chocolate if you wish to go out for a dance party. Last thing, if you were once friends and are now sworn enemies, give her a bitter chocolate. — MS



Top 10 love quotations for your Valentine

Love Quote #1

"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Love Quote #2

"This is my commandment, that ye love one another."

Jesus, In John 15:12

Love Quote #3

"Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes. Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall and a preserving sweet."

William Shakespeare

Love Quote #4

"I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love."

Henry Ward Beecher

Love Quote #5

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."


Love Quote #6

"If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were."

Kahlil Gibran

Love Quote #7

"Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith."

Thomas Carlyle

Love Quote #8

"The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love."

Pearl Bailey

Love Quote #9

"Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world."

Wayne Dyer

Love Quote #10

"My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me."

Winston Churchill



Rise to flowers this Valentine

Special Flower Days

  • Floral Design Day is February 28
  • Flower Day is May 20
  • May is Flower Month
  • September 16 - 22 is Flower Week
  • December 8 is Winter Flowers Day
  • May 1 is Plant a flower day

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;”

Song of Solomon

Flowers are not just an affair of colours. They mean more than what they appear to mean. That is precisely why they have been extensively quoted in the most revered of spiritual documents ever created and produced on the face of the earth. They are emotionally comforting, visually appealing and medically healing. Thus, it becomes imperative to talk flowers on this bright day and also to learn about their significance. Did you know what the world-famous Easton's Bible Dictionary says this about the all-time favourite roses:

"Rose is one of the most beautiful of all flowers. It is a symbol of fragrance and of loveliness.”


Did you know the same flower would change meanings if it were of different colours. The next time you gift the very common tuberoses to your beloved, think twice, for it reflects dangerous pleasure. And if you wish to assert loyalty gift violets. For declaring love, use a tulip.


Rose, Pink: Perfect Happiness; Rose, White: Charm and Innocence; Rose, Red: Love and Desire; Rose-single red: I Love You; Rose-Burgundy: Unconscious love; Rose, white and red: Unity; Rose, Orange: Passion; Rose, Yellow: Joy and Gladness; Rosebud: Beauty and youth.


Carnation-red: Alas poor heart; Carnation-pink: I’ll never forget you; Carnation-purple: Capriciousness; Carnation-stripped: Sorry I can’t be with you; Carnation-white: Innocence; Carnation-yellow: Disdain; red: Alas poor heart; Carnation-pink: I’ll never forget you; Carnation-purple: Capriciousness; Carnation-stripped: Sorry I can’t be with you; Carnation-white: Innocence; Carnation-yellow: Disdain.


Chrysanthemum-red: Love; Chrysanthemum-white: Truth; Chrysanthemum-yellow: Slighted love.


Lilac-purple: First Emotion of Love; Lilac-white: Youthful innocence


Lily-orange: Wealth; Lily-white: Sweetness; Lily-yellow: Gaiety, walking on air; Lily of the Valley: Humility, Sweetness, Return of Happiness.


Tulip: Love and Passion; Tulip-red: Declaration of love


Daffodil: Regard, You are the only one; Dahlia: Dignity and Elegance; Daisy: Gentleness, Innocence, Loyalty and Romance; Forget Me Not: Faithful Love, Undying Hope, Memory, Do Not Forget; Gladiolus: Strength of character; Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty.

— Aditi Tandon



What's hot guide

Your anxious eyes, looking for something simmering, shift from one stuff to another. Yet you cannot make up your mind. There’s so much to choose from. Guessing what’s hot to don, and gift, simply curdles your brain. So kids, we have done the job for you.

For celebrating St Valentine’s Day, Saurabh Malik has compiled the juiciest and the smartest guide to all that’s best around.

The objects, places and life concepts are Chandigarh’s most wanted, the must-haves. Our head-to-toe beauty bonus rounds up the best buys, great solutions, make-up moves and instant ideas to perk up your dull routine on February 14, and even afterwards.

As you read on, the secrets of dazzling looks and party survival strategies will unfold, to make you the trendiest around. Preserve the issue, for we are telling you all about hip-chic tricks, and best places to shop, eat, hangout and have fun. 

Photos have been taken by Manoj Mahajan, Parvesh Chauhan, Pankaj Sharma and Pradeep Tewari.



10 electric essentials just for you

Are you still scratching your pretty little head with fair translucent fingers, thinking of burning-with-passion guise to set the afternoon ablaze on St Valentine's Day? Stop worrying. Tried, tested and loved, we have selected party glad-rags from favourite high-street stores to make Cupid blush on the big afternoon. Just for you, here is a list of 10 must-haves that will sass up your style.

1. Expose yourself to the passionate heat of cool parties. Forget previous year's purple salwar-kameez with rich zari work on the borders. Go in for long-breath-inviting short skirts. The ones with twin tantalizing slits on either sides are in. They reveal a bare to dare mood, no doubt about it.

2. Pick up a cheerful halter neck tops to go along with adorable baby skirts — embellished with nice ribbon piping. Sleeveless with beads are trendy, along with lycra spaghetti tops.

3. Bod-hugging tops, displaying li'l bit of your flat tummy, are simply gorgeous. Religiously put on charming tees with Indian God prints for that non-conservative look.

4. Remember to slip on net stockings before going out in an alluring dwarf skirt. Also put on high heel ankle boots for knocking down the city roads and street.

5. If minis excite a frown on daddy's weather-beaten wrinkled face. Worry not, you can still twirl around the polished dance floor illuminated by colourful blinking lights in tie-and-dye drawstring pants.

6. You can also set young hearts thumping for love pangs in lurex gowns. This is not all. Cut foot loose in wrap-arounds, even bright long dresses. Knee-length brocade dresses in floral shades are "wow".

7. Otherwise, wear something glittery dyed in the hues of affection. Latest scream among flappers of the world are short tops with antique work, besides shiny stuff embellished with sequence and cut danas in front and around the neck.

8. You can also zip up and down the geri route in a nice short top with twinkling stars over boot-cut trousers with slits. Boot-cuts have a "slimming effect" and give you that "electrifying look". Else, go in for formal suits with a lot of buttons.

9. Embroidered jeans, even trousers with a zardozi or beaded waistband are voguish. You can also go in for psychedelic trousers. They are the in-thing.

10. For cover, zip up a nice faux leather jacket. It'll give you that rugged biker-girl looks. You can also don denim, corduroy, even cotton, jackets. The Wild West jackets with multiple pockets in suede are also in. For globe trotter effect, you can wear Jodhpur jacket teamed with a jaunty beret.

Don casual close-fitting jackets and slim-cut coats over anything - sand blasted jeans, pedal pushers, even skirts with twin slits. But please, for heaven's sake, do not wear them over sarees and formal suits, lest you look weird. If you want to wear something formal, go in for nice embroidered jackets. Toss them in the air when tearing excitement breaks lose and the spirits are high even without booze. So gals, what are you waiting for.



Nine awesome add-ons

YOU have already taken out that embroidered skirt and tissue bustier for St Valentine's Day celebrations, but are still not sure of the add-ons you wish to don, along with the stuff. Here is a catalogue of nine add-ons to make your outfit swing on February 14, even after.

1. Add a little sparkle in your appearance by rediscovering a whole new self. Go to the arcade and buy yourself the look men just cannot say no to. First of all, get yourself a nice turquoise and silver bracelet.

2. Do not forget to bang with bangles. You can pick up hexagon bangles. Else, go in for ones with nice little `ghungroos'.

3. Put on the hanging hoops of charm swinging from cute little ears. They are setting the style amidst city dames.

4. Now go in for a suede cord necklace. It is the latest scream among the damsels.

5. If you feel like restraining your tresses from running in all directions, go in for a beaded elastic band, or a furry one. Even a stone bun pin looks chic.

6. Good ponytail holders, including the mirrored ones, are on display under the dazzling lights in the jewellry shops.

7. Also remember to carry a beaded bag. It is in, looks cool.

8. Stop looking at the gloomy world with dark gray eyes. Go in for cheerful tinted lenses.

9. Make scent your secret weapon. It is expensive, but worth the dough you pull out of your purse. That's all for now, folks.



Saying it with thorns

He presented her a bouquet of love, nicely wrapped in silvery paper, held together with an alluring red ribbon on February 14 last year. She acknowledged his gesture by passing fair fingers through silky tresses before turning her visage at 60 degrees. But allowed his affection to wilt even before the chuckling roses dried.

No wonder, in 2003, Satya has resolved to stop Dharkan's world from going round by throwing thorns in her way. If you also wish to gracefully whisper bitter nothings in the not-so-eager ears of your extinguished light of life, here is a complete catalog compiled just for jilted lovers.

1. Say it with thorns. Instead of handing over a bouquet, send her a pack of thorns sealed with a kiss of hatred. Just make sure you do not get into trouble with her family, lest you find yourself in the police station instead of celebrating the defeat of your love.

2. Buy her cauliflower. The vegetable may not be an emblem of indifferent passion in the strict sense, but will send across the message loud and clear to the object of your abhorrence.

3. Sending her a wreath of wilted flowers is not a bad idea at all. Be sure the dried-up flowers you deliver are the ones she loves. If you haven't prepared a bunch of decaying flowers, worry not. You can still buy them from any of the florists spread throughout the length and breadth of the city. They are making special arrangements for the occasion.

4. Post her a get-well-soon card on St Valentine's Day. Write `you have been sick for long time, hope you recover fast'. Address it to "Black-eyed Susan", or "Bitterroot", sign "Love-lies-bleeding" to portray yourself as a victim.

5. Burn old love letters and cards. Preserving them is useless. Why save the tokens of passion when ladylove has walked out of your life and is zipping down the geri route with someone else? Post her the cold ash with a smoldering goodbye-forever message neatly printed.

6. Shock her with an album that transmits electric current. It is a harmless gadget available in card and gift shops for less than 50 bucks. She will open the album and get the current of her life, while you can stand there and laugh your detestation out.

7. Buy her the gifts she holds in abomination. If she takes an aversion to mustard colour, present her a cheap pullover in the hue. Make sure it is not expensive. No fun wasting dough on lost love. Guys, all the best.



Eight proposals

Stalkers of the world, looking out for Cupid to ruthlessly hunt them down, stop shooting arrows of love in the dark alleys of life. Here are the 10 hottest secrets of becoming the willing victims of love, uncovered just to reveal the pleasures of going around with that worried expression.

1. Have you ever heard about the bullet theory of proposals? No, well you can count on us to show you the light. Pretty damsels are nothing more than sitting ducks and, of course, you are the big game hunter.

Little wonder, you are expected to stand on a pedestal and shoot proposals, like bullets, without discrimination hoping someone would receive the amorous message and die in your arms, to be reborn as a lover.

2. Before you practice, go to the arcade and buy yourself a lot of bullets, oops, cards. You can get them cheaper if you purchase them in bulk. Two dozen should be enough for St Valentine's Day.

3. Pick up the cards with care and affection. Do not rush through the job. Also do not go in for cheap greetings with filmi songs printed in bold letters. The cards should nice and attractive, preferably with little hearts strewn all over the envelope. The message should also be loud and clear.

4. Choose happy hunting grounds with utmost caution. No fun in following the hounds of your thumping heart with cops right behind. No, there is nothing illegal about handing over a card to someone on February 14, but then cops are cops.

5. Do not stop cruising damsels. Chances are they would not depress the brake lever to accept your card. Also, please do not attempt to strike conversation with girls commuting on rickshaws. It looks cheap.

6. Look straight into her eyes. Do not flutter your lids. If the transient light of your life is interested, she will pass fingers through her tresses.

7. Strike a conversation before giving her the card. Never ever utter "lets be friends".

8. Begin with a polite hello. Say "am sure I have seen you before". Else, catch her by surprise. Whisper, "hey, where's the cup of coffee you promised".



Hot 35 gift list

All ye folks with eager eyes desperately hunting for something nice for your inamorata on St Valentine’s day, get present perfect. Go through our ultimate what’s-hot guide complied just for you after shopping around the city.

But before you go on a shopping spree, listen to the advise our experts have to offer. Always remember, you do not have be a prince to act like one. Project yourself as a lavish spender by purchasing four gifts, instead of one, after spending the same amount.

If you have limited resources, do not buy a shining lycra top of poor quality for just Rs 200, go in for a cute little trinkets costing about Rs 50. Pick up a bouquet for the same amount. With the rest of the dough, buy hair bands and clips, along with a nice folder for carrying notes. The more, the better - that should be your policy.

Another thing. After you have selected with care the presents of affection, do not forget to wrap up the souvenir in cute imposing paper. Show off sometimes is as essential as the gesture. Even if the stuff is good, no one is going to accept it unless the packaging is striking - that’s the basic principle of marketing. So make sure that the award is nicely wrapped up. Also, tie it up with a ribbon. It looks inspiring.

1. Fifty one ways to say “I love you”. Tell her all about the deepest secrets of your heart through this handy booklet.

2. Wrist watches designed specially for the occasion in cheerful shades. An ideal gift for two of you.

3. One heart-shaped pendant cut into two with split “love you” message to be worn by both of you separately. The inscription is complete only when you are together.

4. Heart-shaped earrings. Costing less than 20 bucks, you can purchase them in bulk for your lady love.

5. Twin photo frames with heart motifs. You will never be away from his eyes. He can keep his, and your snap, in the frame placed by the bedside.

6. Photo frame that says “I love you”. Press the little button on the right hand side and the frame will utter the words on your behalf.

7. Album of love songs specially complied for the occasion. If he has a CD player, buy him a disc. Otherwise cassettes are there for you. Play the love songs while going for a long drive. He can listen to the music in your absence too.

8. Walkman is another good gift. He can listen to the songs of your choice while riding his bike to college every morning.

9. CD player. Good players are available in the market for less than Rs 3,000. You two will be able to laugh, and cry, together watching your favourite film.

10. CDROM video games to keep him from going astray in your absence. You can pick up one by pulling less than Rs 500 from your wallet.

11. Posters of her favourite superstars. Make her happy. Let her glue some other guys photograph, instead of yours, for a change.

12. Prettify her room’s wall with a pair of framed miniature paintings available in card and gift shops.

13. A sparkling ring. She can wear it forever and ever as a reminder of your tender love and affection.

14. Six-chain bracelets with dangling hearts as a love-you-forever symbol. You can procure one for less than Rs 150.

15. Beaded necklace with a sterling silver chain. She will wear your love around her beauteous neck on special occasions.

16. Cute and cuddly teddies are a girl’s best friend. She can hug him in your absence.

17. Soft toys are “so cute”. Gift her the ones with “I love you” message. She can hang it over her bed if living in a hostel.

18. Perfumes and deodorants for all those intimate moments when two of you are together away from the uncompassionate creation.

19. Let her feel the warmth of your relationship. Allow her to snuggle up in a nice pashmina shawl.

20. Wrap up your honey in a nice black georgette dress. You too can wear shirt and trousers in the same hue on February 14.

21. Cotton shirt with pearl buttons looks simply gorgeous. Watch heads turn in admiration as she walks down the street to meet you.

22. Classic long city jacket in leather available at 30 per cent discount only if you are sure the relationship will continue till next winters.

23. Boot-cut jeans if you do not have enough dough to buy something traditional.

24. Leather belts are trendy. Buy him one, pick another for yourself. The two of you will look simply bindaas.

25. Hand-woven hat, even a golf cap, for protecting complexion. Go in for bright colours while choosing caps.

26. A pair of sneakers so that she can sneak into your life with ringing the bells of danger that will awaken the neighbourhood.

27. Black leather shoes so that he looks formal in his trousers of matching hue while going for that big job interview.

28. Slinky black leather bag so that she does not lose her car keys again in her classroom.

29. Transfer resistant lippers that won’t kiss off. Be sure lipstick on your collar will tell no tales of stolen love.

30. A pre-paid cellphone card if she has a handset. The two of you will never be out of touch again.

31. Platinum-finish key rings if he drives a semi-limousine. Otherwise go in for cute little Uncle Scrooge and other Walt Disney characters.

32. Sun-glasses for protecting eyes from ruthless UV rays. Go in for the trendy ones. Remember to carry enough cash before shopping for one.

33. Towel set in bright hues is not a bad idea at all, specially if your guy is staying away from his family. It will prove useful.

34. A box of cigars if he is a heavy smoker with a request to quit smoking by Valentine’s Day next year.

35. Exercise bike is best if he has a tendency of gaining weight. You too can lose a few calories at his residence. A workout together is fun. So kids, what are you waiting for.



Potholes dot Jayanti temple road 
Our Correspondent

Jayanti Majari, February 13
Several thousand devotees who are expected to take part in the two-day annual mela starting on Saturday at the 560-year-old Mata Jayanti Devi temple here will have to wade through slush and grime.
The temple may soon be one of the protected monuments of the country as the Central Government has proposed to include its name in the list of protected monuments.

The entire stretch of the road from Chandigarh to the village is dotted by pot holes, slush and heap of garbage for the past several years. Villagers and visitors to the temple for long are demanding that the road should be relaid.

The bumpy ride begins once one take a right turn from the Chandigarh-Kurali road near the Mullanpur-Garibdass barrier towards the temple. The road users have to be extra careful while driving down the road and minor accidents on the road have become a routine, complained villagers. To make matters worse the condition of the road stretch from the barrier to Majari village is no better either.

Residents of the nearby villagers told this correspondent that several representations to the Punjab Government, including the local MLA Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, had been made in the past to repair the road but till date nothing has happened.

Incidentally, an earth fill gravity dam is also located in the village. Protected monument status to the temple, the dam and metalled road could attract large number of tourists.

A UK based NRI and Chairman of the Puri Foundation Britain, Mr Nathu Ram Puri, had recently announced a grant of Rs 1 crore for the temple. Though he had laid a condition — a charitable trust should be formed for the maintenance and management of the temple. No government official could be contacted for comments.



Restructure armed forces: Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
While terming Pakistan as the primary short term security concern with China being the main threat in the long run, the Punjab Governor, Lieut Gen. JFR Jacob (retd.), today said the Indian defence policy should be based on the assessment of the likely threats and force levels must be tailored to meet military threats that may emerge in the future.

General Jacob said any military assessment must take into account China’s geo-strategic and geo-economic interests in the region, while the Central Asian states and Afghanistan also have an impact on the strategic balance in the region. He was speaking at a seminar on “Dynamics of India’s security in north-western region — challenges and responses”, organised by the Centre for Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University, here today.

Suggesting that the land, air and naval forces should be restructured to make the armed forces cost-effective. General Jacob said this would call for trimming of non-essential manpower and increasing the firepower. Funding programmes will have to be phased over a period of years and the services must, therefore, accord priorities on the basis of “musts” “shoulds” and “coulds”, he added.

Cautioning about the nuclear build-up by Pakistan, the Governor said Pakistan had always linked its nuclear programmes to its claims on Kashmir. Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism and insurgency in Kashmir and the North-East is of increasing concern, he added.

General Jacob said Pakistan had the geo-military advantage of operating on interior lines. This gives it the capability of mounting a major offensive against India in a matter of days. It also gives her the capability of switching forces from one sector to another with great rapidity.

Emphasising on upgrading the Indian Navy, the Governor said Pakistan had disproportionately large navy considering her coastline of some 700 kilometres. It is developing the port of Gwadar near the Iranian border into a naval base with supporting airfield complex-naval and air force approaches to the Gulf through the Straits of Hormuz through which a large proportion of our oil supplies pass. Pakistan is expanding her surface, underwater and air arms.

Stating that nuclear China’s armed forces, the world’s third largest, are being continuously modernised, the Governor said an expanding infrastructure in Tibet created over the years; sizeable ground and air forces together with a capacity of rapid reinforcement enable China to be able to launch major offensive operations.

The Governor also cautioned about terrorist networks complimenting the efforts of the enemy during war and waging chemical or biological war, a threat against which our forces have to remain prepared also.

The keynote address was delivered by Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak (Retd), former Deputy Director, Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, who gave an overview of the current security environment and its implications for India.

Two technical sessions were also held, in which issues pertaining to the regional security environment and military threats emanating from China and Pakistan were discussed. At least 20 papers, authored by defence experts, have been presented at the seminar.



330 residents rounded up
Tribune Reporters

SAS Nagar, February 13
In a joint operation with the Chandigarh Police, the police here rounded up 330 residents of Guru Nanak Colony and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony on the Chandigarh-SAS Nagar border here today.

The police verified the whereabouts of the persons rounded up and issued them stranger rolls before releasing them.

According to the SP, Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, these operations will continue over the next few weeks in the other slum colonies bordering SAS Nagar. He pointed out that a complete and thorough combing of these colonies could lead to vital breakthroughs in a large number of unsolved cases of thefts and murders pending with the Chandigarh and SAS Nagar police.

The search and combing operation was conducted for four hours and in this operation two DSPs, four inspectors and more than 200 police officials participated.

5 held for not verifying: Five persons have been arrested under Section 188 of the IPC for not having verified information about their workers to the police in accordance with Section 144 of the CrPC.

Those arrested are Akbar, Baljinder Singh, Karnail Khan, Hari Singh and Jaspal Singh. Cases have been registered by the Sohana police station.

Sevadar held:
In a major breakthrough, the UT police has solved the case of theft in Radha Krishan temple in Sector 40 within 24 hours of the incident.

A large number of temple wares as well as jewellery of the idols were stolen from the temple on Tuesday. The police has arrested Ram Kumar of Palsora who earlier used to work as a sevadar in the temple and recovered the stolen articles consisting of ‘kanthi’ and ‘nath’ (gold items) and silver ornaments and utensils.

Body found:
The police found the maggot-infested body of a 60-year-old resident of Kakrali village in the TBRL area near Manakya village on Thursday. The deceased, identified as Ramshree, had reportedly gone to TBRL to collect firewood three days ago. However, she did not return. The police suspect that she could have been bitten by some poisonous bug/reptile.

Two arrested: Two other accused in the murder of Kalka taxi driver, Deepak Singh have been arrested from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Those arrested have been identified as Jatinder, a resident of Hanar Majra village in Saharanpur and Varinder, a resident of Saharanpur. They were produced before the court of JMIC on Thursday and remanded to police custody. A stolen Indica car has also been recovered from the taxi driver and the revolver used to eliminate him.

Kiosks removed: The Enforcement Wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority removed as many as 50 illegal kiosks in Abheypur village. The officials, later, also picked up building material being sold on the pavement of the road dividing Sectors 3 and 21. 



Auto-lifter held
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, February 13
An auto-lifter was caught red handed while trying to operate an ATM card at the Sector 9 counter of the Bank of Punjab here late this evening. According to information, Ms Jaspreet, after parking her scooter at the Sukhna Lake parking, had gone for a stroll.

Finding an opportunity, the auto lifter escaped with the scooter. A wallet containing ATM card was removed from the glove box of the scooter. When he was trying to draw cash on the ATM card, an official of the bank caught him and handed him over to the police. The thief could not be identified.



Hotel body seeks ban on ahatas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
Despite protest from residents, liquor shops and ahatas running from makeshift tin sheds may continue to function from their locations as the Administration is facing a paucity of space to house the liquor shops and purposes of generating revenue. The excise policy which is to be announced for the next financial year starting from April 1, in the coming couple of weeks may allow such shops.

The only possibility of this changing is if the UT Administrator, who has to approve the policy decides to go against bureaucratic advice on the matter.

Almost all liquor shops in the southern sectors are running from temporary sheds leading to resentment among residents and also protests by the hotel lobby, which claims that shops in tin sheds are spoiling business. Sources said even as pressure was mounting to do away with shops in tin sheds, paucity of space and need to generate more revenue from sale of alcohol will force the Administration to allow such vends. For long, liquor licencees have been complaining that they do not get places on rent as shopkeepers of adjoining showrooms object to a liquor shop.

The answer to this is that the Administration builds special showrooms for liquor shops and then lets them out to the licencees to run the shops. This is impossible on such a short notice.

A few days ago the Hotel Association of Chandigarh had said that liquor shops and ahatas have mushroomed having temporary-tin-sheds in the prime locations opposite the established hotel-Industry of the city resulting in a huge financial loss.

These ahatas have become regular restaurants and bars with air-conditioners, extravagant interiors and are serving the affluent section rather than the economically weaker section of society for which the Ahatas were originally planned.

Such temporary and other air-conditioned type Ahatas running without any regular bar or assessment fee cause huge loss to the government exchequer should not be allowed in the ensuring year, the association had said.

Other than the issue of shops in tin sheds, the excise policy will hinge upon what is announced by Punjab and Haryana, respectively. The issue of opening shops close to the border with Punjab may be solved as the Administration, is reportedly keen on pulling back the liquor shops and Punjab has been asked its opinion on the same.

Also figuring in the discussions on the policy will be the difficulty in the procurement and purchase of hotel bar liquor directly from L-2 licence holder of the respective areas rather than L-1 licence holder which was prevalent since last two decades. This has led to higher purchase price non availability of all brands and monopoly like situation, the hotel lobby has claimed.


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