Sunday, March 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Siti Cable reporter dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
A 25-year-old woman reporter with a local cable TV network, Siti Cable, died after being crushed under a rear wheel of a school bus near Kajehri village in Sector 42 here this morning. The victim, Simmi Marwaha, was declared brought dead at the PGI, Chandigarh.

The victim was dragged for a few yards along with her scooter before she was run over by the rear wheel of the bus and killed. The helmet, which she was wearing, was broken into pieces.

Driver of the bus Gurjeet Singh tried to speed away from the spot and was chased by two women scooterists to a distance before being signalled to stop. According to an eyewitness, Simmi, driving her Kinectic Honda (PB 10C 3867), and the bus (PB 12D 8342), carrying students of APJ Public School, Kharar, were coming from the Sector 39 side.

The students of APJ Public School were going to appear in the CBSE examination at a centre in Sector 35.

A police official said the bus driver apparently tried to steer the vehicle left wards and the scooterist was caught unawares. The victim had left her home in Phase 1 of SAS Nagar along with her brother Baljeet Marwaha.

According to information, Simmi had joined Siti Cable about a year ago. The victim was the eldest of the three children of the Marwaha’s. Apart from Baljeet (21), the second brother, Sarabjeet (23), works for Spice Telecom.

The friends and relatives of Simmi kept pouring in at the Sector 16 General Hospital where the body had been kept. The autopsy was done in the evening. The last rites of the victim would be performed at the SAS Nagar crematorium at 11 am tomorrow.

A case under Sections 237 and 304 A of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 36 Police Station.



No headway in judge’s son beating case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
In the case of a son of a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court being assaulted near the Sector 8 gurdwara last evening, the Chandigarh Police is yet to make any arrests.

The police has already registered a case on the statement given by the victim, Karanbeer.

In his statement, Karanbeer has stated that at least eight youths had come in two cars, a Balero and a Ford Ikon. The victim had given the registration number of the Ford Ikon to the police. The youths involved in the assault are said to be from well-placed families. A police official said arrests would be made only after investigating the case.

Meanwhile, condemning the attack on the son of a judge, the High Court Bar Association today demanded a high-level probe by a senior officer, not below the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police, into the matter. This, the members asserted, was essential for bringing the “guilty to the book”.

Describing the incident as “an example of complete lawlessness”, the members said, “If 10 youngsters can attack the son of a high court judge in the evening in a place like Chandigarh, what about the security of people residing in the rural areas of Punjab and Haryana?” They said steps for checking the law and order situation should also be taken with immediate effect.

Bar association vice-president Sukhjinder Singh Behl and secretary Sanjeev Man Rai said an emergent meeting of the executives of the association would soon be convened for discussing the issue.



Crucial Senate meeting on March 30
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Recommendations of the Panjab University's Board of Finance, appointment of the Dean, University Instruction, and the inquiry against finance and development officer M.G. Sharma are among the major issues to be debated upon during the meeting of the university Senate on March 30.

The 10 per cent fee hike applicable from the coming session and reservation of five per cent seats in all courses for students belonging to economically weaker sections are also expected to feature prominently during the discussions.

The Senate will also consider the recommendations of the Vice-Chancellor that fees for students admitted to the Department of Chemical Engineering under the NRI quota be increased from $ 4,000 to $ 5,000. Restructuring the fees for the courses offered by the University Institute of Engineering and Technology will also be discussed.

Directives of the All India Council for Technical Education on entry-level qualifications for undergraduate degree programmes in technical education, to be adopted form the forthcoming academic session, and the letter from the UGC regarding the criteria and terms to be adhered to in selecting university faculty members for promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme will also be placed before the Senate. The recommendation of the Department of Correspondence Studies to introduce a certificate course in Vivekananda Studies, will also come up for approval.

Promotions of readers and lecturers under the UGC's Career Advancement Scheme and confirmation of certain appointments is also on the agenda. Approval of the Senate will also be sought in case of several amendments made in the university calendar

Complete computerisation of the university's administrative office and disposal of old vehicles are also on the agenda.



Police-thief connivance alleged
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Alleging police connivance in letting off the thieves involved in the theft of a car from Sector 12-A, Panchkula, infuriated residents of the area staged a protest at the police barrier on Zirakpur-Kalka Highway, late in the night.

The residents, who reached the spot in large numbers where the car (HR-03-C 3471), which was stolen from Sector 12-A around 9.30 pm, had met with an accident alleged the police was hand in glove with the thieves, as instead of arresting the guilty, they had been let off. The residents alleged the three policemen on duty, who pulled the thief out of the car, took him to the barrier from where he disappeared. “How is it possible that a drunk thief could give the slip to three cops,” quipped a resident.

They said had it not been for the vigilant residents, the alleged connivance of the police with the thief could not have been established. The two drunk cops were later taken to a hospital for medical examination.

Almost 50 residents had assembled at the site of accident. The car had rammed into a Tata Qualis (HR-60-2776) belonging to Mr Sanjay Jain, a resident of Panipat. He was returning from Shimla with his family. “We were saved from a head-on collision as our driver took the vehicle on the ‘kutcha’ portion, but still our vehicle was hit,” said Mr Jain. He alleged that instead of catching the thief, the policemen on duty, who were drunk, started threatening them. They took the keys and the car documents from them occupants.

Capt Sushil Kapoor, resident of House No. 1024, said that it was at about 9 p.m that he discovered that the stereo from his car had been stolen. “While I was talking to my neighbour I heard that the car of Mr Gaurav Chawla, resident of House No. 1018 had been stolen,” said Mr Kapoor. While Mr Chawla immediately informed the police on the wireless about the incident, some of the people left for the barrier where the stolen car could have been intercepted.



Flexi fares have come to stay: IA CMD
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
“The response to flexi or apex fares introduced by the civil aviation industry in December, 2001, has been overwhelming as on an average as many as 1,000 to 1,500 travel on Indian Airlines planes on these fares every day,” says Mr Sunil Arora, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Indian Airlines.

Credited with introducing the concept of flexi fares in the country, Mr Arora, however, feels that the growth of the domestic civil aviation industry has been far from expectations. Mr Arora, an IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, comes from Hoshiarpur in Punjab.

The flexi fares have been able to redefine paradigms of the civil aviation industry in the country. Besides, there has been considerable improvement in customer care and on-board services of the airline.

In an exclusive interview with The Tribune here, Mr Arora said that the philosophy behind introduction of flexi fares was that the air fares had to market stimuli driven and not cost driven as was the belief earlier. So much so even some of the private airlines have extended their flexi fare schemes by a year.

Seasonality, sector to sector and distinction between peak and non-peak hours are some of the stimuli which determine calculation of flexi or apex fares. Most airlines now want that confirmed tickets should be bought 15 days in advance of the exact date of travel. The scheme, said Mr Arora, had been successful to the extent that it had taken away some traffic from both Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. This could be one reason for the Railways to reduce Rajdhani and Shatabdi fares and also offer seasonal discounts.

The success of the flexi or apex fares notwithstanding, the domestic civil aviation industry is confronted with some major problems. It has been either stagnant or the growth has been below the anticipated level. Unlike private airlines, Indian Airlines has also to operate on uneconomical routes to fulfil social and other obligations.

Indian Airlines has not added to its capacity. Between 1998 and 2003, it replaced some of its aging aircraft (A 300) and replaced them with airbuses (A 320). Six of the nine new airbuses have already joined the fleet and three are expected later this month. These are basically replacements for aircraft (A 300) phased out by the airline.

“The only addition to the capacity will take place when two more airbuses (A 320) come later this month or next month,” said Mr Arora.

Mr Arora said during last winter, there were some cancellations and delays in the Goa-Mumbai-Delhi-Chandigarh flight as the instrument landing systems at Chandigarh airport was perhaps not functioning properly.

“When I visited the Chief Minister and the Civil Aviation Secretary of Punjab, they promised to take up the matter with the Indian Air Force authorities concerned. I have already written a couple of letters to them in this regard and I hope next winter there would be no such problems. The flight is picking up very well,” he added.



Travel at old fares till March 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
The announcement about an immediate 15 per cent hike in domestic air fares notwithstanding, Indian Airlines has announced that any passenger who buys tickets on or before March 25 and starts journey on or before March 31 will be charged old fares.

According to Mr B.P. Nautiyal, Station Manager, Indian Airlines, here, all tickets purchased after March 25 will be at the revised fares, he added. According to Mr Nautiyal, the revised promotional fare for the Chandigarh-Delhi sector would be Rs 1,780 against Rs 1,605 at present. In J class, the revised fare would be Rs 4,225 against Rs 3,735 now.

For the Chandigarh-Mumbai sector, the new fare would be Rs 8,610 against Rs 7,550 now. In the J class for the same sector against the present fare of Rs 12,165, the revised fare would be Rs 13,920. Similarly, for the Chandigarh-Goa sector, the new fare would be Rs 11,215 against Rs 9,815 at present. In the J class it would be Rs 16,585.



Panchkula couple’s sons stranded in Gulf
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 22
For Mr Kidar Nath and his wife, Mrs Kamla Rani, residents of Sector 16 here, life has suddenly come to a standstill. With the US-led coalition forces having attacked Iraq on the night of March 20 thus beginning the second Iraq war, their retired and easy life here is once again beset with anxiety for their two sons settled in a small town on the Iraq- Kuwait border.

While their elder son Deepak Kumar’s family has managed to reach here last night, the other son, Kapil Dev, and his family are still stranded in Kuwait.

The old couple say that though they are happy to have at least Deepak’s wife, Anju, daughters Aarti and Upasna and son, Rahul here, they cannot but sit glued to the television sets to be updated about the latest on the war front, while at the same time pray for the well-being of Kapil and his family.

Both Deepak Kumar and Kapil are building contractors in the border town of Salmiya in Kuwait. While Deepak has managed to reach Dubai, Kapil, his wife, Sangeeta, and daughters — Vartika, Anamika and Niketa are still stuck up in Kuwait. “They had thought of leaving the Gulf after Anamika’s class X CBSE examinations got over.

But with the war intensifying, the family is unable to get air tickets to India. We do talk to them in Kuwait, but know that they are not safe there,” says a worried Mr Kidar Nath, who is also the chairman of the Kidar Adabi Trust.

While Deepak’s family was in the UK during the 1991 Gulf War, Deepak and Kapil Dev and his family were there in Kuwait. “It is like the ghosts from the past have again come back to haunt us,” says Mrs Kamla Rani, as she again flicks channels between the BBC, Star News and Fox News to know the latest.

Meanwhile, Mrs Anju and her daughters- Aarti and Upasna, who arrived here only last evening, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune, said that though they managed to leave Kuwait before the first air strike on Iraq by the coalition forces, the atmosphere in Kuwait had changed since early February, when the US President announced his intention to attack Iraq.

“The British and Americans had begun leaving Kuwait since then and most British and American schools have been closed, but their exodus began on March 18 onwards. I believe that none of these are now in Kuwait for fear of terrorist attacks against them,” says Aarti, who had recently landed herself the job of a teacher at an American school.

Her sister Upasna says that the large Indian population in Kuwait is still there because of their business interests. “In some cases, the families have come back to India, but the men have stayed back to look after their businesses.

Others who had young children thought of coming back only after their children’s board examinations got over. But with rumours of all passenger flights being discontinued in Kuwait and other countries surrounding Iraq, the Indians are very anxious.”



Call for protests against war
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
The All-India People’s Resistance Forum has called upon the people to raise their voice against the unjust American war on Iraq. Dr Darshan Pal, president of the forum, in a statement issued here today said the people all over the world had been holding demonstrations against this war. In India, people should exhibit solidarity with Iraq and should build up pressure on the USA to stop the war.

The forum has appealed to all the democratic organisations and individuals to step up protests against America. The forum has also urged the Union Government to take a clear stand against the war. “We should stand by Iraqis in their hour of crisis,” said Dr Darshan Pal. He said the way the allied forces had rained bombs, missiles etc on Iraq, it would lead to a large-scale destruction of Iraq and killing of thousands of innocent people there. He said the USA had no right to impose a government of its choice on the people of Iraq.



SAD rally against US action
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal today held a protest rally to condemn the aggressive action of the USA on Iraq.
Demanding immediate stoppage of war and providing all possible humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq, Mr N.S. Minhas, president of the unit, said the USA had violated all norms in connivance with a handful of allies.

A former Mayor and Municipal Councillor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, said, “The super power has violated the norms of international behaviour.” She said the world community should extend help to the Iraqi people on humanitarian grounds.



Chandigarh decks up for battle royale
Saurabh Malik

All you cricket buffs eager to watch the men-in-blue crush the Kangaroos for bringing home the World Cup, don't just repose on comfortable sofa sets in front of the television, pressing the remote control keys with anxious fingers, waiting for the action. Go, get up. Pick up the phone, now. Call up your favourite bar or pub, even restaurant, and make reservations for savouring the finals on giant screens, along with special cocktails and mocktails, besides sumptuous snacks.

Else, just drive down to the club in your jaunty jalopy. Sit across the round table with your pals. Push back the chair to stand up and applaud every time Saurav Ganguly hits the mass of leather across the boundary for a four, or hurls it up in the air for a six. And when he gets out, drown your sorrow in invigorating golden elixir with beads busting at the brim.

So folks, if you haven't chalked out your plans, do not be disheartened. You still have time to get out of your house. Initially, you could enjoy the match on the giant screens only in Hot Millions II, English Garden and couple of other places. But now, almost all the joints in the city have made special arrangements. This is not all. A bar in Sector 17 is planning to offer beer on house every time an Indian batsman hits a six. "We are working out the modalities," their senior manager asserts.

Others are offering special discounts on drinks every time an Indian player scores a century, in addition to the regular discounts for the guests during the "happy hour" extending from 11 am to 11 pm.

Okay, guys. Do not waste time. Dial up your friends. Take them to the eating and drinking joints. Remember to have a nice time. For a complete guide, just read on.

Catch the action live at Chandigarh Club. A giant screen has been strategically placed for the members and their guests. This is not all. President Ravinder Chopra asserts, "We are also planning to invite the Indian cricket team to the club for interacting with the members and other dignitaries after the players have brought home the cup".

You can also go to the Golf Club for enjoying the match, and drinks at subsidized rates, but only if you are a member. General Manager Col D.K. Sharma says, "We will make the evening memorable, you can be sure of that".

Aroma Hotel in Sector 22 has also made elaborate arrangements for the occasion. In fact, you will be able to taste Chinese food, besides special ice-creams and desserts, along with Tendulkar's big knock on the television sets. "We are organising a food festival on the occasion of World Cup finals," says Managing Director Man Mohan Singh Kohli.

Hotel Sunbeam in Sector 22 has also placed a giant screen in the restaurant and bar for you to celebrate every time Nehra sends the crestfallen batsman back to the pavilion with his head hanging on his chest.

At Classic Fusion in Sector 35, you will be able to have "a real nice time" without someone breathing down your neck. "For the finals, we will be restricting the entry so that the guests can enjoy the match without being disturbed," says General Manager Rajeev Kakkar. "We are also coming out with a unique offer. Buy two beers, get one free".

You will be able to savour free beer at Hotel President in Sector 26 also. "Guest buying three mugs of beer will get one free," says Managing Director B.B. Behl. "They will also be able to watch the action on television sets with big screens".

Special arrangements have not been made at Hotel Mountview in Sector 10 and Hotel Shivalikview in Sector 17, but you will be able to enjoy the match on television sets placed in the restaurants and bars.

If you are putting up in Panchkula, go to Red Bishop for tasting special buffet, along with mocktails and cocktails. You can also drive down to Gymkhana Club and watch the match on television sets. So folks, have a nice time.



Good luck India

Messages for World Cup final:

Today you are ready to repeat the events of World Cup-1983 final ..... go ahead. Gurinder, Sector 35-A, best of luck.

Bring pride to motherland, good luck. Have confidence and cocentration, the Cup will be yours. best of luck. Sushil Kumar of Patiala

‘Chak deo phate’, best of luck. Repeat 1983.

Bring home the Cup. best of luck India. Aman and Pooja Bansal

A leader born only to lead.

Twinkle twinkle Indian stars world may know what you are. Bhatia S.S, Sector 41-A, Chandigarh

‘Jeet kar aana’ from Kapil Rajpura.

Hi I am Amaneet Brar and I send wishes of ‘best of luck’ to my Indian team

Saurav banega bharat ka Gaurav. Deepak, Panchkula

Best of luck. Shaminder.

‘Vishav vijay par hai nikle, Bharat ke 11 sher dekhegi aaj duniya, 1 se barkar 1 hai ye aapne sher’.

Go get it. We are waiting for you with best luck.

Nation is eagerly waiting for World Cup. G.S. Namdhari, Rajpura. Good luck.

The heights U attain depends on depth of ur roots!come on India just play positively, Basics right, Cup can’t live without U guys. ‘Best of luck’. Rajat Vij, Chandigarh.

May God Almighty “bless India the World Cup 2003”!

Good luck India! Anket.

Men in blue make our wishes come true. Best of luck.

God bless our team and us with World Cup. Men in blue just get the World Cup.

Saurav keep it up and bring the Cup for which I wish my team best of luck. D.P. Soni.

Best wishes from myself and my God to the great Indian team.

Bravo! Do not disappoint your Mother India. By Shilpa.

Humko to hai poora yakin, hum jaisa koi nahi ... best of luck!!

Best of luck. Ruchi Sehgal

‘Do or die magar Cup jaroor lekar ayain.’ Yetan.

Good luck India. Vikram.

Success is that old ABC-ability, breaks, courage which is with you men in blue by Kiran Kalra.

“Yeh dil mange one Cup more ..... good luck India”. Raminder.

‘Bhaji chak do phatte dikha do ur such a lion’.

‘Apse croro logo ke aashay lagi hai unko nirash mat karna’, Pankaj Goel, Patiala.

Best of luck to demolish the Kangaroos. Er Sunil K. Jindal.

‘Lehron ke saath to koi bhi tair leta hai par asli insan wohi hai jo lehron ko cheerkar aage badhta hai. Sheela Panchkula.

Llets do it! Come on India ‘dekhado! Duniya ko hila do’.

History repeats itself blue brigade. Prove it again as we had done in 1983. All the best

East or west Indian’s are the best. Chak do phatey shero.

All the best go ahead. Bharat Grover.

God made the rose and dipped it into dew he kissed it with a blessing and made it into u.

‘Kar lo Cup mutthi main. Best of luck to the blue brigade.

‘Jase aaj hai spice har dil ki dharkan...World Cup hai har Indian ki dharkan. Best of luck to all Indian cricket team. Anirudh.

‘Jeet ke aana, World Cup sath lana’.

‘Haathi nikal giya pooch reh gyee; Cup India ke paar Australian team dekhti reh gyee’.

Camone India karlo World Cup mutthi mein.

Come on India dikha do.

Best of luck to Indian team.

‘Jab Sachin ka chala balla to Lee ho jai jhalla.’ Ajay Thakur.

Beleive in your self u can do it. Saptrishi and Sunita.

East or west India is the best. Mannu, Shally and Mishu.

Best of best luck to Saurav and his sena. Ramesh Raj.

‘Come on India karlo duniya meri jeb mein.

Best time has come. Let’s do it one more time. Saurav boy’s climb on Kangroos and grab the World Cup. Saurabh Kant Mehta.

Come on boys! Beat them and show them we r the best. All the best. Divya Roop Bakshi.

Best of luck 2 all Indlan team members. All the best. May v bring back the Cup after 20 years.

Chak Deo phate Australia de. Best of luck.

‘Jab Sachin karega batting tufani, Australia ko yaad ayegi apni nani.’

Best of luck to 11 darlings.

Best of luck. Abhishek Sharma.

Men in blue just get the Cup.

Best of luck, Indian team. Beat Australia “Kyonkii tum hi to ho desh ki dhadkan” Amit & Ritish.

Come on Indian tigers.

India is great.

‘Jeet ke aana. Gang of Guli. Best of luck. Praying for u.

Come on India ‘karlo duniya meri jeb mein’. C.K. Singla.

‘Saurav ki sena jeet ke aana.’ Tenu.

You are there to win .

‘Kar lo Cup mutthi main. All the best blue brigade. Uttam.

History repeats itself. Come on blue brigade. Show the world again. ‘Sab se age hongien Hindustani.’ Best of luck Asakshi.

‘Bar bar haan..bolo yaar haan, apni jeet ho..unki haar haan, koi hum se jeet na pave..chale chalo’..Cup is ours...Rupinder Singh.

A broken star asked me 2 choose between World Cup and mllion dollars. The way Indian team is, i choose million dollars coz we gonna win 4 sure.. Rupinder Singh.

“Nothing tastes sweet like success”. Let it be tasted sweetest in the “World Cup”. C’mon.

Hum honge kamyab humko hai yakeen...vande matram. Hemant Bajaj.

Men in blue, World Cup is for u. best of luck 2 u. Gagan Chandigarh.

Men in blue World Cup is for u. With best wishes Maninder Khanna.

Best of luck and bring home the Cup.

23 rd March Shaeed-e-Azam Baghat Singh attained martyrdom. Saurav u and your team must remeber this. Win u must and dedicate the cup to him.

Best of luck to Indian cricket team and also to s s s — Sachin, Shewag, Saurav and Harbhajan. Birdevinder Singh.

Best of luck to all team members. Gippy.

Best of luck. Shiv Sharma.

Best of luck. Abhishek Sharma.

‘Hey Ganguly! 20 saal baad itihas dohrao; India ko World Cup jitao. Deepankar Panchkula.

We are gonna win, cause winning really is the only thing.

‘Kar lo Cup kabze main’. Best of luck.’

Neeli uniform walo kar do Kangaroos ka dabba gol’ Sanjeev.

‘Chak deo phate Australia de.’ Best of luck.

Best of luck to Indian team. I have something to say: ‘Gali gali me nara hai World Cup hamara hai.’

Soda lemon ginger pop Indian team is on the top .... best of luck folks we are waiting to see you with the Cup.

Take revenge and bring world cup.

‘India-chak deo phatte, gadd deo jhande..India dee rehnee sada charhdee kala..!!’

Srinath tere hath ‘hamari aas. Gudu.

Get up and put ur shoulder on to the wheel to get us the Cup esteem. Krishan.

‘Har dil ki hai ye chahat, Cup he de sakta hai rahat’. Shilpa Kalra.

The World Cup is ours u will win n we the Indians will bask in its glory.

Best of luck!Pluto Singh.



Orders not to acquire Darshani Bagh areas: BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
The president of the local unit of the BJP, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, has claimed that the Governor of Punjab and Administrator of the UT Chandigarh, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), has ordered not to acquire the populated areas of Darshani Bagh, Mani Majra, and issued instructions to the Adviser to issue a notification regarding this.

He said a delegation of BJP leaders under his leadership met the Administrator today. He claimed that the Administrator had assured that a notification regarding this would be issued within two weeks.

Meanwhile, talking to Chandigarh Tribune over the telephone, a former MP and senior BJP leader, Mr Satya Pal Jain, lashed out at the Congress for misleading the people on the issue.

He said initially the notification for acquiring the controversial land was issued in 1992 during the Congress government at the Centre.

He said the resolution approved by Finance and Contract Committee of the local municipal corporation to exempt the populated area of Darshani Bagh from acquisition, which is to come up before the general house meeting of the municipal corporation later this month, was a mere eyewash to win the confidence of the people by playing cheap politics.



Bhagat Singh remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
The Chandigarh unit of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front took out a procession through various sectors of Chandigarh to commemorate the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.
Members of the front, wearing saffron turbans and carrying national flags, passed through various sectors on motor cycles.

They assembled at Sector-17 Plaza and paid tributes to the martyrs. Members of the front also took oath to follow the path shown by Shaheed Bhagat Singh and contribute towards peaceful coexistence and development of the country.

The front has urged the government to formulate policies to make India self-reliant and less dependent on western countries.



Cops to take special care of aged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
The Chandigarh Police will be taking extra care of senior citizens in the city.
Acknowledging the fact that aged persons were victims of fraudulent dealings, physical and emotional abuse, and easy preys for unscrupulous elements, the Station House Officer (SHO’s) were on Thursday asked to interact with senior citizens directly and through the resident welfare associations.

The field staff has been directed to pay special attention to the security of life and property of the aged in their respective areas.

These directives have been issued on the basis of the recommendations of the National Council for Older Persons (NCOP), a body which advises the Union government on the implementation of the National Policy on Older Persons.

The Superintendent of Police, City, and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDPO’s) have been asked to regularly monitor the implementation of the directives.



Scheme amended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
The Chandigarh Housing Board has made some amendments in the scheme for allotment of flats to the disabled. The last date for receipt of applications under the scheme has been extended from March 31 to April 30.

Keeping in view the representations from members of the public, some amendments have been made by the board. Now, there will be no minimum age bar of 18 years for mentally challenged persons and refund of earnest money will be made without any forfeiture, if the refund is sought before the draw of lots or if the allotment is surrendered within 30 days of the issuance of allotment letter.



Woman sustains burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
A 60-year-old woman of Postal Colony in Sector 37 received 90 per cent burn injuries when a stove on which she was cooking food burst.

According to information, the victim, Usha, lived in Sector 37 with her husband, who had retired from the Department of Posts. She was taken to the PGI. In her statement given to a magistrate, Usha has said she received burn injuries accidentally.



170 crates of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
In a major haul of liquor, a police party from the Darua police post today seized a truck carrying 170 crates of liquor being taken to Mauli Jagran. At lease four persons have been arrested under the Excise Act.

According to information, the truck (PB 10 Z 9694), being driven by Kulbir Singh Dhindsa, was carrying 170 crates of the IMFL. The consignment was being illegally ferried from a liquor shop near the railway station to a shop in Mauli Jagran. On being intercepted, the driver failed to produce any documents. Those arrested are Kulbir Singh, Sajjan Kumar, Anup Singh and Vakil.

In another case, Nanak Chand, a resident of Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, was arrested for possessing 100 pouches of whisky. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.



Judicial remand for Pinjore resident
Tribune Reporters

Panchkula, March 22
A resident of Abdulapur, Pinjore, Jaspreet Singh, who has been accused of attempt to murder was today remanded in judicial custody till April 5 by a local court here today.

It has been alleged that Jaspreet Singh had hit a scooter being driven by Mr Rajan Sachdeva of Sector 9 here in an attempt to kill Mr Sachdeva. He had also threatened Mr Sachdeva before fleeing the spot.

Held: Satyajit Singh of Housing Board Colony has been arrested allegedly for trespassing into house of a fellow resident, Mr Ved Prakash, and assaulting and threatening him. Satyajit Singh has also been accused of indulging in indecent acts. He was produced in a local court hereon Saturday and remanded in judicial custody.

Remanded: Om Prakash of Barwala who was arrested on Friday allegedly with 44 gram of opium was on Saturday remanded in police custody for one day by a local court.

8 injured: Eight persons were injured in three separate accidents in Ambala during the past 24 hours.

Five persons including four women were injured in a road accident on the Ambala-Hisar road, near Matheri Jattan village, here on Saturday. According to information their car turned turtle. Driver Sukhbir Singh, Ajmer Kaur, Surinder Kaur, Dalbir Kaur and Veero sustained injuries. Later they were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

In another accident, two persons were reportedly injured in an accident near Bal Bhavan, Ambala City, when the car in which they were travelling rammed into an electricity pole near a petrol station.

Saurabh of Panchkula was injured when his car collided with a truck on GT Road near Mohra village. The police has registered three separate cases.



3 hurt in clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
In a clash between two groups in Colony No 5 here, at least three persons, including a woman, received injuries. The injured were rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32.
According to information, members of a community were playing cricket on land adjoining the colony. Persons from another community entered into some dispute during the course of the game. The two groups had also clashed yesterday. The dispute resulted in members of one of the groups assaulting the others.

Those who received injuries are Subhash, Vinod and Sita Devi.


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