Saturday, May 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Govt schools fare better than private ones
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, May 23
Three students from the city and its satellite townships shared the top honours by securing 92.2 per cent marks in the Class XII examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the results of which were declared today. They are — Anu Bhasin of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37; Kritika Mohan of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27 (both from the non-medical stream); and Barinder Singh, also of Bhavan Vidyalaya. (commerce stream).

In the second position was Shrutika Jain of D.C. Model Senior Secondary School, Panchkula, who scored 92 per cent in commerce, followed by Shefali Aggarwal of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, with 91.8 per cent in the non-medical stream.

Ramneek Narang of Vivek High School topped in humanities, scoring 88.2 per cent marks, followed by Harleen Rehill from Satluj Public School, Panchkula, who scored 88 per cent. Bhanvi Manchanda from Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, topped in vocational stream, aggregating 90.6 per cent marks.

As per details available, government schools in Chandigarh fared better than private institutions. While the 81.14 per cent students in government schools passed, the figure was 79.85 per cent in private institutions. Besides, over a dozen private institutes, there are 29 government schools, including model schools in Chandigarh that run plus II classes.

Over half the government schools in the city have registered an increase over the last year’s result. The best performance was shown by Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, which had a result of 98.49 per cent, with GMSSS, Sector 37 bagging the second place with a result of 97.99 percent, followed closely by GMSSS, Sector 35, with a result of 97.97 per cent. Among the senior secondary schools under the Chandigarh Administration the best performance was shown by Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, with a result of 91.57 per cent. Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, fared the worst among government schools, with just 38.11 per cent students being successful.

Commerce students cruise ahead in Panchkula

PANCHKULA: In Panchkula, it was commerce students in the six schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education who brought laurels to their schools when the Class XII results were declared today. Twelve of the 16 toppers in this township who have scored above 85 per cent marks, are from the commerce stream.

Shrutika Jain (92 per cent) and Shefali Narula (91.2 per cent), both from DC Model School, have secured the first and second position respectively, in the commerce stream in Panchkula. Both these girls have also secured the overall first and second position in the township, followed by Niti Sonia Chugh of Bhavan Vidyalaya and Nisha Sachdeva (both 90.4 per cent) from the commerce stream.

Harleen Rehill of Satluj Public School did Panchkula proud by topping the humanities stream in the region. Harshdeep Bhagat, also of the same school, secured 86 percent marks in humanities.

However, the students in science stream in these schools failed to make a mark. Namita Bansal of DC Model School (86 per cent) got the highest marks in non-medical stream, while Aruna Aggarwal, of DC Model School secured the highest marks (84.8 per cent) in the Medical stream.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, the toppers stated that they had not taken the help of tuitions for these examinations. “Being regular in schools and self-study for three to four hours each day is the only mantra for success in examinations,” said Nisha Sachdev, the commerce topper from DAV Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 8.

This year again DC Model School and Bhavan Vidyalaya have got a good result . However, Hansraj Public School and Chaman Lal DAV School were way behind in their Class XII results. With the cream of most schools in Panchkula shifting to schools in neighbouring Chandigarh , the school here generally take a beating in the Class XII results.

This year, there were just four students in the township who managed to get above 90 per cent marks and a mere 16 from over 500 students in these schools who appeared in the Class XII results managed to get over 85 per cent marks.



This topper aims for IIMS now
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
Barinder Singh, the ICSE topper of Class X in the year 2001, has done it again. This time he topped the CBSE class XII examination in Commerce stream scoring 461 marks out of 500 which amounts to 92.2 overall percentage. Barinder, a student of Bhavan Vidyalaya in Sector 27, is now convinced that his dream to join IIMS, Ahmedabad, is not far away.

“I want to do my MBA from IIMS and as the next step towards it I will enroll for B Com course from GGDSD College, Sector 32,” says a jubilant Barinder as he discusses his future plans with mediapersons who gathered at his residence.

Barinder believes in regular studies. “I used to study for two hours at home and for one hour at the tuition class everyday,” he reveals. Though this young scholar believes that tuition can help one in giving direction, yet it is the amount of self-study which helps one to succeed. Besides referring to the course books, Barinder also tried out a number of sample papers to prepare for the final exam.

A computer wizard, Barinder attributes his success mainly to his mother. “I am basically a lazy person but my mother always keeps urging me to study and do things beneficial for my career,” he says. His father Vijay Pal Singh Dimply is a local politician and his mother Adarsh Kaur is a housewife.


Supneet tops in SAS Nagar with 91 pc marks
Tribune Reporters

SAS Nagar, May 23
Supneet Singh Wadhwa of Shivalik Public School (SPS), Phase VI, has topped the township with 91 per cent marks in the Class XII CBSE examination. Sharing the second position in the township are Shweta of Shivalik Public School and Rupinder Kaur of Gian Jyoti Public School (GJPS) Phase II here with 86.6 per cent marks. Samridhi Chikersal of Gian Jyoti Public School has secured the third position in the township with 86.4 per cent marks. Ramandeep of SPS is fourth in the township with 85.8 per cent marks and Sumit Saini is fifth with 85.6 per cent marks.

Supneet Singh Wadhwa of SPS has topped in the medical stream in the township followed by Shweta of the same school. Samridhi of GJPS is third in the medical stream. In the non-medical stream, Rupinder Kaur of GJPS has topped the township followed by Ramandeep Singh of SPS. Sumit Saini of GJPS is third in the non-medical stream. Anubha of GJPS, has topped the township in commerce with 81.1 per cent marks followed by Nitika and Rupan of the same school.

Subject wise, Ravneet, a student of SPS has topped the township with 96 marks out of 100 while Amit Bhola a student of GJPS has topped in mathematics with 99 marks. Supneet of SPS has topped in Physics with 88 marks and is sharing the top position in physical education with Chetna and Angel of GJPS with 95 marks. In chemistry, Joydeep of SPS is first with 96 marks and in biology, Shweta is first with 95 marks.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, the toppers stated that they had not taken the help of tuitions for these examinations. “Concentrate while in school is what matters most,” said Rupinder Kaur.

Known for their neck-and-neck competition, the SPS and GJPS, both schools have recorded a good result this year. While the pass percentage at SPS is close to 100 per cent with just one student failing out of the total 99 students in Class XII, the pass percentage at GJPS has been 95.1 per cent with 409 students having appeared in the examination. At SPS, 14 students have scored above 80 per cent marks while at GJPS, 81 per cent have scored above 80 per cent marks.

AMBALA: Students of SA Jain Model School, Ambala City, have done well in CBSE Class XII examination.

According to a press note issued by the Principal of the school, Ms Anima Jain, 23 students had achieved merit positions in non-medical and commerce streams. In non-medical stream Shalini Gupta had secured 87 per cent marks while in commerce Gagan Deep and Vipul Jain achieved 83 per cent marks.

Similarly in the individual subjects Vipul Jain and Chandni had secured 98 per cent marks in accounts. In mathematics Shalini, Gagan and Vipul had got 92 per cent marks. In physics Prduman got 92 per cent marks, while Atul Aggarwal secured 83 per cent in business study and Anshul got 92 per cent marks in physical education.



Laurels for Kalka sisters

       Shrutika                Aditi

IT was double celebration for the Jains in Kalka as their two daughters — Aditi Jain and Shrutika Jain — both students of DC Model School have secured 88 per cent and 92 per cent marks, respectively. The sisters say that they studied together and this combined study gave them the winning edge. Aditi, who is a year older than Shrutika, said it was because of the efforts put in by their teachers and parents that they could fare well in the examinations. The siblings say that they want to serve the country by joining the Civil Services.


The mark of a winner

Harleen Rehill is on top of the world. A student of Satluj Public School, she has topped in the Humanities stream in Panchkula. Presently on a holiday in Pune, she told TNS over the telephone that it was self-study and being regular that helped her in attaining success. She says that it was the ever guiding spirit of her teachers and school Principal, Mr Krit Serai , that helped her attain success. She aspires to be a psychologist as “... study of the human mind is very fascinating.”

Goofs, chaos galore by technical varsity
No admit cards; lack of security regarding 
question papers irks candidates
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, May 23
Even as the dust over the All- India Engineering Entrance Examination controversy has barely settled down, aspirants sitting for various entrance tests to technical colleges have one more grievance in their kitty. This time the sufferers are the candidates of Combined Entrance Test (CET) conducted by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, many of whom did not receive their admit cards before the test.

As many as 3,000 students who appeared for the test today at 10 centres in the city were utterly confused about their status as a majority of them did not receive their admit cards. A notification issued by the university in The Tribune (dated May 22) also threw the centre authorities off the track as the notice empowered the candidates who did not receive their admit cards or their roll number through the Internet to walk in to any of the centres and sit for the exam.

“As per rule a university is suppose to print question papers equivalent to the number of candidates, so it is shocking to know that each centre has an unlimited supply of question papers to cater to any number of students,” said a parent.

Just after the news that the question papers were stored and distributed from the residence of the chief co-ordinator for CET- 2003, Mr Sandhu Singh, sans any security arrangement, the notification in The Tribune on May19 is just another pointer to the mismanagement and chaos which was unleashed by the University. Not only that another advertisement in the same paper (dated May 8) stated that the students who had opted for centres like Kolkata, Chennai and other places could take the test in Delhi.

Meanwhile, parents who gathered at various city centres like Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Khalsa College and five other centres, resented the callous attitude of the university. “We kept trying the contact numbers given in the prospectus for information but none of the phones ever rang and so we had no choice but to go to Jalandhar to get admit cards issued but even there the authorities could not help us. Though they flashed the roll numbers on the net but the information came as late as last night,” said a group of students who took the test at the MCM DAV College for Women Sector 36.

“Despite the fact that CET happens to be one of the costliest entrance tests in this region, it is sad that the PTU could not even give us the value of our money in terms of proper arrangement,” said a group of parents who waited outside the gate to make sure that their wards were accommodated in that particular centre. “As it is a child is bogged down by academic pressure and nerves before the exam and if on top of that they are subjected to such anxiety by the university itself, then it is truly unfortunate,” said another parent.

The co-ordinators of various centres too had a tough time placating the irate parents. “We tried to accommodate as many students as we could do going by just their roll number from the Internet and two verified photographs as we had about 20 extra question sheets supplied by the university and also in place of those who were absent today,” said Mr Baljit Singh Kapoor, Principal of Punjab Engineering College.

However, sources from PTU said the admit cards had been dispatched well in advance and added that it might be a lapse on part of the postal department for not delivering these in time, but the fact remains that the university charged for postal stamps worth Rs 22 for delivery by Speed post.


Gupta files application for regular bail
Our Correspondent

Non-bailable warrants against Bhardwaj

Chandigarh, May 23
Acting on the CBI plea, a local court today issued non-bailable warrants against suspended UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) S.S. Bhardwaj. The warrants were issued by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal. OC

Chandigarh, May 23
Pleading that the corruption case registered against him and the co-accused — suspended UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) S.S. Bhardwaj — by the CBI was false, fabricated and baseless, suspended Jalandhar’s District and Sessions Judge, R.M. Gupta today filed a regular bail application in a local court. The application will come up for hearing tomorrow.

Claiming that he had been falsely implicated in the case, Gupta stated in his bail application that from the contents of the FIR registered against him it was evident that neither he nor co-accused, S.S. Bhardwaj had demanded or accepted bribe from complainant Gurvinder Singh Samra.

He added that from the contents of the FIR, no charge of conspiracy could be made out against him. As per the version of the complainant, he had talked only with Bhardwaj, the co-accused, and there was no direct talk with him, he added. Even no statement of co-accused Bhardwaj was admissible against him, he said.

He said the CBI had already searched his property in Chandigarh and Jalandhar and had seized articles required by it. Moreover lockers belonging to his family members had also been searched by the CBI. Therefore, his custodial interrogation was not required and it was not going to advance the prosecution case in any way, he said. Talking about the complainant, Gupta said he did not know Gurvinder Singh Samra and had never come in contact with him. Stating that he deserved the concession of bail, Gupta added that he had been in the judicial custody since May 15, consequently not required for the purpose of investigation and interrogation.



Water-mixed petrol has customers fuming
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 23
A number of motorists who had got their vehicles refuelled at the Indian Oil Pump in Sector 14, Panchkula, were in for a rude shock today when they found that the fuel tanks of their vehicles had been filled with water rather than petrol.

Water had reportedly seeped into the petrol tanks causing inconvenience to over 20 customers and embarrassment to the dealer. A team of police had to seal the pump for almost six hours after residents complained of spurious petrol, mixed with water, being sold at the fuel station. The petrol supply was restored only at 3 pm after officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, accompanied by senior officials of the district administration, took away samples of the “fuel”.

The matter came to light around 7.30 am when some customers came back to the station and complained of engine problem after having a refill at the station. One of the customers, Mr R.K. Goel, had got a refill for Rs 500 in his car from the station and was on his way to Delhi. He came back to the petrol station and asked for examination of the fuel. It was then that the employees realised that somehow water had seeped into the petrol tanks and they immediately shut the supply.

Mr Sanjiv Kaila, dealer of the petrol station, said he himself had called in officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department. “We closed the supply immediately and it was restored after samples were taken,” he said

Some of the customers had to tow their vehicles here, after the vehicles stopped at some distance from the station after a refill. The staff and dealer of the station had a tough time pacifying the irate customers. The dealer refunded their money and also got a thorough check-up of the vehicles done. The District Food and Civil Supplies Officer, Mr Ram Gopal, when contacted, said the samples collected from the petrol station had been sent to the Indian Oil Corporation laboratory in Ambala Cantt. 


3 more stillborn cubs at zoo
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir (Patiala), May 23
After a struggle of more than 12 hours, zoo staffers were able to make the Royal Bengal tigress go inside a house of the tiger enclosure of the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological here late last night.

Besides this, the three cubs were also picked up by the staffers and released with their mother inside the house.

While talking to The Tribune, Mr Neeraj Gupta, Wildlife Warden, revealed that the tigress, after being closed inside the house, further delivered three stillborn cubs.

He claimed that the cubs born earlier were accepted by the mother and were being well fed.

A postmortem examination was conducted on the stillborn cubs in the zoo hospital today.


Verma working at BJP’s behest: Cong
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Member of Parliament Pawan Bansal and Mayor Subhash Chawla here today accused UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma of working at the behest of the BJP to defame the elected Congress MP and councillors by carrying out demolitions in an arbitrary manner.

Addressing a joint press conference to oppose the manner in which the demolition drives were carried out, they demanded a CBI inquiry as to allowed these encroachments to take place during the past 20 years.

Mr Bansal said the BJP had offered to regularise building violations in Delhi keeping in mind the Assembly elections due there and was applying a different yardstick in Chandigarh to put the blame on the Congress-ruled Municipal Corporation and the MP.

Washing off hands from the involvement of the Municipal Corporation in the demolition drives, the Mayor said he had written a letter to the Municipal Commissioner asking why the elected body was being ignored by the Chandigarh Administration.

Mr Bansal said the recent notification of the administration giving a 10-day notice to residents to remove their need-based construction was nothing but a “Tughlaki” idea. Mr Bansal said Municipal Corporation machinery was being used in the demolition drives without consulting the Mayor, apparently to put the blame on the Congress.

They said the Congress would not allow the carrying out of demolitions as per the notice of 10 days in houses in the city.

Mr Bansal said demolitions were being carried out without rehabilitation of the people who had been displaced.

They said the demolitions in the Housing Board housing would be a violation of the agreement reached between the Chandigarh Administration and the Housing Board Associations Federation to spare the need-based changes till July 1, 2001.


Wildcat architects rule the roost in Kurali
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Kurali, May 23
Thousands of residential and commercial buildings constructed in Kurali township since 1972 are unauthorised. All building plans or designs submitted to the local Municipal Council by the so-called architects during the past three decades have violated provisions of the Architects Act, 1972 that prohibits those designers not registered with the Council of Architecture to use the title and style as architects with any prefix or suffix to their designation and practice thereof.

Surprisingly, only one out of every six building designers registered with the MC possesses the required qualifications that entitle him to practice as an architect.

A gross violation of the rules laid down by the Council of Architecture has been going on in Kurali. A nexus between senior officials of this civic body and the so-called building designers, holding either a diploma in architectural assistantship or ITI certificate (draughtsmanship), during the past three decades could not be ruled out.

According to the rules and regulations laid down by the Council of Architecture, constituted under the Architects Act, 1972, only a degree holder in architecture can become a member of the council and only a member can practise the profession independently.

However, despite repeated warnings by the Council of Architecture and letters written by the Union Government to the state governments at regular intervals, gross violations have continued during the past three decades.

For the first time, the then Educational Adviser (Technical), Mr C.S. Jha, on behalf of the Union Government, wrote a letter dated February 19, 1982, to the chief secretaries of all states directing them to enforce the Architects Act, 1972 that had become a statutory legislation to all municipal corporations/ committees/councils and improvement trusts under their control. Even the 62 cantonment boards were asked to comply with the directions of the council.

Again, to further streamline the process of building designs the then Joint Educational Adviser, Mr M.S. Srinivasan, on behalf of the Union Government, wrote to all chief secretaries on May 28, 1984 asking them to issue instructions to the local bodies under their control to issue licences to only those architects who were registered with the Council of Architecture and not to charge any registration fee from them.

Mr V.S. Pandey, Joint Secretary (Technical), Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, also wrote a similar letter to the chief secretaries of all states and union territories on December 19, 2002 “to protect the general public from unqualified persons working as architects and ensure professional conduct of the practising architects”.

Sanjeev Kumar, a qualified architect having membership of the council, revealed that the Kurali MC had charged Rs 1,500 per annum as registration fee from him last year to empanel him in the list of “architects”. When the matter was raised with the government, the MC did not charge the renewal fee for this year, but it failed to return the last year’s fee. However, a senior official of the MC, when contacted, told Chandigarh Tribune that an inquiry had been marked into it. “A decision to refund the fee could be taken only after the inquiry is completed”, he said.

Meanwhile, sources in the MC disclosed that none of the architects on their panel had a degree in architecture, till 2002. Now, they only had one qualified architect. There are four so-called architects with ITI certificate (draughtsmanship) and one with diploma in architectural assistantship in the panel of the Kurali MC, regularly submitting building designs to the local body for approval.

Sources further revealed that at least 300 building plans have been submitted to the MC for approval during this year. Out of which the so-called architects, having no degree in architecture, have submitted 250 building plans. 


Another dispute at parking lot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Even as the five-day-old incident of armed gunmen of an Inspector General of Punjab Police thrashing up a parking contractor who “dared” to ask their boss to pay parking fee, near Gurdev Studio in Sector 17 here, is still fresh in memory of the people, employees of the contractor allegedly tore the logbook of an official vehicle of the Ministry of Defence in the same parking lot here today.

The vehicle (a white Gypsy with temporary number HRU 0327) was registered with the Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL), a unit of the Ministry of Defence. The occupants of the vehicle had not stopped to get a parking receipt. Enraged at the act of the driver of the vehicle, Gaini Ram, an employee of the contractor allegedly pulled the logbook that a woman officer of the TBRL was showing to him.

Enquiries reveal that the occupants of the Gypsy left after paying the money. But the Section Officer of the TBRL’s vehicle section returned to lodge a complaint with the Sector 17 police station. However, the police prevailed upon the parties and a compromise was reached in the evening. The contractor reportedly apologised for the rude behaviour of his staff.

However, the staff of the contractor said as per the terms and conditions mentioned in the parking contract, there was no special provision for government vehicles, including defence vehicle. They said the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation should clearly specify the rules so that such incidents could be checked in future.

It may be mentioned that in the incident in which gunmen of the IGP (Intelligence), Mr Shashi Kant, had bashed up the contractor, a compromise had been reached. The trouble had started when the IG drove in to the parking area in a white Maruti Gypsy (HRU 6629). The IG, who was at the steering wheel and was alone, did not stop the vehicle at the entry point. The contractor walked up to him and allegedly used abusive language while asking for the parking fee from the IG — a fact denied by the contractor. Apparently infuriated at the tone, the IG called his gunmen to teach the contractor a lesson.

According to sources in the police, complaints regarding misbehaviour by employees of parking contractors have become common. After the new contractors took over the paid parking lots in April this year, every day people come to them complaining about misbehaviour by the contractors and their men, they say. Yesterday, the SHO of the Sector 17 police station had called a meeting of the parking contractors over the issue and advised them to lodge a complaint with the police in case of any problem at the parking lot, instead of reacting in rage.


Preneet Kaur attends Bhagwati jagran
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, May 23
The SAD - BJP alliance had worsened the economy of the state by distributing funds unnecessarily. These funds were misused by the blue- eyed persons of the SAD-BJP government.

This was stated by Ms Preneet Kaur, wife of the Punjab Chief Minister and MP from Patiala, here last night. She was here to attend a Bhagwati Jagaran.

She also expressed happiness over lifting of a ban on the construction around 900 meters of the defence installations in the Zirakpur area.

The villagers presented a memento to her .

Mr Hardyal Singh Kamboj, district president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress, announced that block- level meetings of party workers would begin from May 24 onwards.

Mr R.R. Bhardwaj, Deputy Chairman ,Punjab Planning Board, Ms Sheelam Sohi and Mr Sahabjit Singh Sandhu, both members of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Jaspal Sigh, chairman, Sher-e-Punjab Sports Club, Zirakpur, Mr Amrit Pal Singh, president, Dera Bassi Municipal Council, Mr Pawan Sharma, Mr Gurmukh Singh and Mr Sunehri Lal, president, Zirakpur Shopkeepers' Welfare Association were present on the occasion.



Cool relief for two more days
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
Residents of Chandigarh can enjoy cool breeze for two more days. Showers last night brought quick relief as the city was sizzling at 43 °C, the highest temperature recorded in May.

Mr S.C. Bhan, Director of the Meteorological Department, said this rain was not related to the monsoon. It was the result of westerly disturbances.

The department has forecast rain in the next 48 hours in the region with dust storms and haze at isolated places.

Humidity may, however, go up in the next two days due to rain. The temperatures recorded in the major cities during the day were:

Chandigarh 32.4 °C

Patiala 32.5 °C

Ludhiana 34.4 °C

Ambala 33.4 °C


Industrialist Sahgal dead

Chandigarh, May 23
Mr T.K. Sahgal, one of the leading industrialists of the city, died today. He had been ailing for the past one year, Mr Vikram Sahgal, his nephew, said.

He had set up a meter-manufacturing unit in 1959 in collaboration with Hungary. He is survived by two sons and a wife. A spokesperson of the PHDCCI said, Mr Sahgal was the founding president of the Industries Association of Chandigarh which was established in 1962-63. TNS


Three held for murdering taxi drivers
Tribune Reporters

Rajpura, May 23
A failed businessman and his two accomplices have been arrested on charges of murdering two taxi drivers and stealing a Toyota Qualis.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramraj Singh Umranangal, while disclosing this said the accused who had been arrested in the case were Amrik Singh and Sukhchain Singh of Dhandhra village in Ludhiana and Kamalpreet, alias Goldy, also of Ludhiana. The SSP said Amrik Singh was earlier running a finance company in Ludhiana after returning from the USA.

He said Amrik Singh had recruited Sukhchain of his village and his maternal uncle’s son Kamalpreet to form a gang to rob vehicles. Giving details, he said the three hired a Maruti Zen car from Ludhiana in May after paying Rs 4,000 and reached Delhi. There they stayed at Shanti Palace hotel. He said the trio then hired a Toyota Qualis to take them to Fatehgarh Sahib for which they gave an advance payment of Rs 8,000.

Mr Umranangal said when the vehicle reached Faridpur Gujran village, near Rajpura, one of the accused asked the driver to stop so that he could ease himself. As soon as the taxi stopped, one of the accused shot one of the men with a Chinese revolver in the stomach. When the other man tried to struggle, he was shot in the ear. The accused then dumped the bodies of both the drivers — Manoj Kumar and Raju of Delhi — in an adjoining field.

He said the bodies were recovered after the Sarpanch of the village reported the incident. He said the accused were traced after a mobile phone which they had been using came into the possession of the police. Following this, the three were arrested yesterday.

The Rajpura Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr P.P.S. Thind, said the accused had tried to sell the Toyota Qualis at a car bazar in Delhi but failed to do so. He said they were intercepted when they were going to Chandigarh in a bid to sell the vehicle there.

Electronics shop robbed

AMBALA: A watchman partially foiled a robbery bid at an electronics shop in Ambala City on Friday morning. The incident took place at 3 am in Sector 7, Urban Estate, Ambala City. The watchman, Tula Ram, noticed that a person was trying to hide behind a tree. When he went there he was overpowered by two youths. They put sand in his eyes and took away his torch and cane. They then beat him up and dragged him to a toilet near the shopping complex. The watchman was tied up and left in the toilet. However, the watchman managed to free himself and informed the police. On seeing the policemen, the youths managed to escape in the cover of darkness. However, they managed to decamp with a mobile, a telephone set and mobile cash cards.


The red light atop the car of Mr Anil Vij, MLA, was stolen on Thursday. The theft took place at the Kingfisher tourist complex on the GT Road.

One killed

One person was killed and two others were injured in three separate accidents in Ambala. According to information, one unidentified person was killed on the GT Road near Ambala City when he was hit by an unknown vehicle. In another accident Ashok Kumar was injured when his scooter collided with a motor cycle. The police has registered a case. Sunil Kumar, a resident of Thumber village, was injured seriously when he was hit by a tractor-trolley.

Run over

A retired railway official of Ambala Cantonment was run over by a train when he was crossing the rail track near platform No. 3. The deceased was identified as Sikandar. The railway police sent the body to hospital for post-mortem.

15 arrested

KALKA: The local police has arrested 15 persons, including 12 women and three union leaders, for creating nuisance on the main gate of the Haryana Roadways Workshop while observing a strike on Wednesday. All arrested persons were produced before the Duty Magistrate who released them on bail.

Minor fire

PANCHKULA: A minor fire broke out in the rear end of the residence Mr Narinder Singh, a Senior Accounts Officer in Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board, residing just five houses away from the official residence of Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula. As many as two fire tenders were pressed into service and the fire was brought under control within a few minutes. It is learnt that the fire was caused by a short circuit.

Anish Garg arrested

The police on Friday arrested Anish Garg , an employee in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Panchkula, for his involvement in a challan stealing racket. According to the police, he in collusion with a former employee of the court, Vikram and two others, Somvir and Sunil, used to steal traffic challans deposited in the court and then sell them off.

Body found

PINJORE: The local police has recovered the body of a middle-aged man. According to police source, the body was found lying near a private hospital on the Pinjore-Nalagarh National Highway No. 21 A. The body was spotted by the president of the local Municipal Committee. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem. 



60-yr-old man waylaid, injured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The city police today claimed to have solved a case of attempted dacoity within 12 hours. at least five youths, all unemployed, were reportedly arrested by a team from the Sector 36 police station this evening for seriously injuring a 60-year-old resident of Sector 24, Garib Dass, after trying to rob him in the wee hours of the morning.

Inquiries reveal that the victim was taking the morning walk at 4 am on the road dividing Sectors 24 and 36 , when about six persons approached him on the pretext of asking the way to Sector 34. After the aged victim showed them the way, the youths asked him to hand over the cash and valuables in his possession. However, Garib Dass told them that since he was taking the morning walk, he did not have any cash.

Enraged at this this, youths armed with swords and knives attacked Garib Dass. The victim, with his face bleeding and wounds on his stomach walked back to his house before being taken to General Sector 16 Hospital in Sector 16. The victim’s of family lamented that after making futile attempt to call up the PCR, they took him to the hospital on their two-wheeler. The victim was discharged after being administered stitches.

Mr SS Randhawa, DSP (South), said the arrested youths had been identified. They had stolen eight swords from a shop in front of Sector 22 gurdwara. All assailants had been booked under Sections 397 and 398 of the IPC.

According to a police official, their involvement in other incidents could also be not ruled out. Investigations were on to ascertain their involvement in other incidents of crime.


Small-scale industrialists stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The small-scale industrialists of the city staged a dharna in front of the office of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) and Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) to express their resentment over an unprecedented increase in iron and steel prices so frequently that it becomes difficult for them to plan their production and prices in advance.

Addressing the meeting, Mr A.L. Agarwal, general secretary of the association, said the RINL and SAIL had increased the price of MS wire rode and rounds, the basic raw material for fastners and wire manufacturing SSI units. He said the price of MS round 20 MM from VSP (RINL) had increased from Rs 15,310 per metric tonne in December, 2002, to Rs 17,600 by March, 2003. The chamber urged RINL and SAIL to fix the prices at least for six months. Mr Vinod Mittal, president of the chamber, lamented that there was wide difference between the material supplied at depots located in Faridabad, Ludhiana and Chandigarh.


Stress laid on AC maintenance

Chandigarh, May 23
Industrial units and corporate offices could save a substantial amount and create comfort for their employees through proper maintenance of air-conditioners and ventilators. The energy bills as well as pollution level could be drastically reduced with proper equipment according to international experts on energy and air-conditioning who were addressing a day-long seminar on “Energy efficient air-conditioning and refrigeration systems” at the CII here on Wednesday.

At least 125 delegates from different industrial houses participated in the seminar. Making a keynote address, Mr Kris Krishan, President, Ruks Engineering, said,‘‘ The quality of indoor air could be substantially improved through engineered ozone systems. These systems offer savings in capital and operating costs as well as reduce fungi and microbes in the ducts”.

Mr Andrew Cooper, Manager, Asia Pacific HVRC of Danfosss, Australia, made a presentation on energy savings with the application of variable frequency drives in an air-distributor systems of HVAC plants.

The experts also discussed the utilisation of high-efficiency compressors for air-conditioning and refrigeration, energy conservation in air-conditioned space using enthalpy wheels, cooling tower water treatment and energy and water savings and demand control ventilation. OC

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