Monday, June 30, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


80 pc polling in 3 blocks
Minor incidents of violence, poll countermanded at 2 villages
Chitleen K. Sethi and Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Some of the results are:

Balwinder Kaur (Mullanpur-Garibdass), Kuldip Singh (Makran), Dr Pavan (Kailon), Harbans Lal (Samalakhi), Sebedar Bhajan Singh (Chappar Chiri), Malkit Singh (Theri), Randhir Singh Dhira (Chungian), Balwinder Singh (Sugghar), Sher Singh (Majat), Wazir Singh (Bathlana), Kuldip Singh (Peer Sohana), Amarjit Kaur (Lakhnaour), Labh Singh (Popana), Nirmal Singh (Bhajoli), Rana (Cholta), Manjit Kaur (Saneta), Kuldeep Singh (Machipur), Manjit Singh (Tangoor), Prem Singh (Kulra), Kala (Kurali), Randhir Singh (Badi), Jaswinder Singh (Sekhar Majra), Jaswant Kaur (Manoli), Sukhwinder Kaur (Kandala), Gurcharan Singh (Landran).

A women casts vote at a polling booth during the panchayat elections at Mullanpur Garibdass
A women casts vote at a polling booth during the panchayat elections at Mullanpur Garibdass village in Ropar district on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph.

SAS Nagar, June 29
Inclement weather notwithstanding, villages in Kharar, Majri and Dera Bassi blocks witnessed an overwhelming response to the panchayat elections, which concluded here today. While 78 per cent voting was recorded in Kharar block, Majri block had 80 per cent and Dera Bassi block 85 per cent.

Minor incidents of violence, confusion over ballot papers, voting timings and allegations of bogus votes were reported from some villages. But according to the police and the administration, elections in these blocks were peaceful.

As the first set of results started pouring in, Congress workers claimed that majority of their supporters had swept the poll. The involvement of SAD workers at villages remained subdued throughout the day.

Elections at Jeoli village, Dera Bassi block, were countermanded following violence in which five persons were injured. Election to the post of panch at Badi village was countermanded following the death of one of the candidates Harjit Singh. Elections to the other posts started late at the village with rumours rife that polling had been stopped. Some candidates even alleged that one of the candidates for the post of the sarpanch got selective voting done in the last hour of polling.

Unlike last year’s Assembly poll, today problems were sorted out amicably, but at some places, however, the police had to intervene.

Villagers started queuing up at their respective booths even before 8 a.m. when polling started. At small villages like Parol, Chahar Majra and Slamaptpur most of the voters had exercised their franchise by 1 p.m.

On the other hand, there was heavy rush on polling booths at bigger villages like Mullanpur-Garibdass and Naya Goan even at 2 p.m. At these villages supporters of candidates had erected tents and had pressed vehicles into service to bring voters. At Mullanpur-Garibdass a supporter of a candidate, whose election symbol was a pigeon was seen sitting outside a polling booth with two caged pigeons. Policemen later chased him away. According to information gathered by the TNS team, the location of the polling booth had to be changed at Choti Karoran village while at Jhujar Nagar and Budh Majra unruly scenes over bogus voting allegations were witnessed in the morning.

Sources stated that villagers in Sohana complained that a large number of ballot papers had wrong names against election symbols. Ballot papers were changed and the polling restarted in the afternoon. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, SAS Nagar, Mr M.L.Sharma, however, stated that no such incident had been reported to him. The SDM added that the results of Raipur village had been withheld. Since villagers had stamped more than one symbol out of confusion re-election would be ordered, he said. Results started pouring in at 6 p.m. “Choti Karoran’s result was the first to come. By 10 p.m. all results should be out,” the SDM said.

According to Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, SP, SAS Nagar, who was the over all incharge of the security arrangements in two blocks, the elections went of peacefully. “The Election Commissioner, Punjab, visited polling booths at Gharuan and Roorki accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner. He was satisfied with the arrangements,” he said.

Of the 155 villages falling in the Kharar block, 24 villages have chosen their sarpanches and panches unanimously and elections were held at 131 villages. Fortysix booths in the block had been listed as sensitive, most of which remained peaceful, ”Mr Bhullar said. “The only serious incident of violence occurred in a post election scuffle at Chajeri but as per information available no one seems to have been injured, "he said.

In Majri block 20 polling booths had been listed as sensitive. In the Dera Bassi block of the 122 villages elections were held at 106 villages with 16 villages having chosen the panchayats unanimously. “Other than Jeoli, where elections were disrupted following violence, elections in the block have been more or less peaceful, "said Mr Manvesh Sidhu, SDM, Dera Bassi.



Liquor flows free

Chandigarh, June, 29
Liquor overflowed in villages as jubilant supporters of candidates who emerged victorious in the panchayat poll held processions on the beats of “dhol”. As the results started pouring in in the evening, there was free flow of liquor in most of the villages. The ban on the sale of liquor by the district administration on the polling day notwithstanding, the enthusiastic supporters got their stocks from Chandigarh and SAS Nagar. OC



PU directive on lecture shortage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Each teaching department of Panjab University will display the list of candidates who run short of the minimum required attendance every month on the notice board in the forthcoming academic session.

A decision to this effect has already been circulated formally among students applying for admissions. The university, meanwhile, is continuing with the requirement of 75 per cent attendance in classroom, tutorials, seminars and practicals as stipulated by the University Grants Commission.

The message to students is interesting in the context that majority of the departments do not display the monthly attendance reports on the notice board. A large number of such cases often appear at the end of an academic session. The chairman condones certain lectures. In case the student is still short in lectures, the case is sent to the university Syndicate.

It is also a known fact that several existing attendance norms are being flouted in routine in several departments on the campus. One such example is the regulation that reads “every student shall attend his classes on all working days unless granted leave of absence by the Head of the department. If a student remains absent from his classes for a continuous period of seven days, his name will be struck off from the rolls. Provided that he may be allowed admission in accordance with rules.”

The university has communicated that it is not bound to start a course or continue a course where the number of applicants is less than 10. The university is also “not bound to run M Phil course where a minimum of 15 candidates are not available for admissions. The university will also not start a new M Phil course if minimum of 10 candidates are not available for admissions”.

The fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstance except in case of refundable security amounts. The fee can however be adjusted within the teaching departments of the university if the students seeks admission in the same year.

A student selected for admission is required to submit a medical certificate of physical fitness, which can be obtained from the Chief Medical Officer of the university.

Admissions of students who fail to attend at least 33 per cent of total lectures delivered and practicals held in all papers during the first 10 days will be cancelled. Following this, the names of the candidates whose names have been struck off will be put on the notice board and the students will be given four days to give a justification.



Will city follow in Delhi’s footsteps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The Delhi Government’s recent decision to offer 2 per cent concession in stamp duty to women buyers on the purchase of property has generated a lot of curiosity among real estate circles. A section of people here also feel that the Chandigarh Administration should follow suit.

Bank officials admit that in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar working couples are taking house-building loans, but very few men would like to take loans in the name of their wives.

Says a women Chief Manager of the Punjab National Bank, "Most of our borrowers are men. Though women accompany their husbands but the final decision regarding loans is taken by men. Perhaps it is the mindset of the Indian male that hampers the purchase of property in the name of women in the family. However, I think if the Administration takes a similar step, it may encourage families to buy property in the name of women.”

Mr Jasdeep Toor, an advocate at the Punjab and Haryana High Court admits frankly,“ Even in love marriages most men will offer an excuse when the question of property ownership arises. In fact, they are uncertain about the longevity of the relationship. However, some men in their forties may buy property in the name of women only to evade taxes.” He does not forgets to mention that he has purchased a house in the name of his wife.

Interestingly, a section of the men think that women can’t take care of property matters.

Says Ms Sangita, a resident of Sector 40, “I feel that since women do not take interest in property matters their husband do not involve them. But a move to offer some incentives in buying property in the name of women would help change the trend.”

A senior official of the Chandigarh Police says: “We come across a number of matrimonial disputes in which families do not agree to give women their share in the ancestral or jointly purchased property. Even in cases where property has been purchased in the name of women families prefer to pay cash instead of giving up the property.”

He admitted that only a section of men had changed their attitude. 



Squall, rain hit power supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
A squall accompanied by rain hit the city today disrupting power supply to most parts of the city. The squall with a velocity of 92 kmph uprooted a number of eucalyptus trees. Most of these trees fell on power supply lines thus disrupting electricity supply to various areas.

Telephones services were also affected in Sector 43 here.

Power supply in Sectors 35, 22, 21, 34, 18, 8, 9, 20, 33, 32 and 40 remained affected for several hours due to falling of trees on power supply lines.

Around one-fourth of the city was badly affected, while almost the entire city experienced intermittent power breakdowns.

Around 10 trees fell on power lines in Sectors 3 and 4 alone, while one tree reportedly fell on a power line in Sector 34.

The fall of around 60-foot-tall eucalyptus tree on the main 33 kv substation in Sector 34 damaged five insulators and two top hammers affecting the supply to many sectors. Another 33 kv substation in Sector 18 was hit when the squall damaged one of the poles.

Powermen had to struggle for four hours to restore the supply from these two substations.

Meanwhile, the rainfall on the third consecutive day in the city eased water supply position. The Municipal Corporation is considering to review the ban on the watering of lawns, washing of cars and floors in the morning.

The corporation Chief Engineer, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, asserted that there were no complaints of waterlogging in the city. He said the municipal body this year had taken up the clearing of road gullies and storm water drainage ahead of the scheduled.

A rainfall of 38 mm was recorded in Chandigarh, while Patiala, Ludhiana and Ambala received 14 mm, 3 mm and 9 mm rainfall, respectively. The average fall in temperature in the entire area was around 4°C.

While Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 33.2°C, 5°C below normal. Maximum temperature at Ambala and Patiala remained 3°C below normal.

Official of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited said increase in the number of complaints was a normal phenomenon during the rainy season.



Sukhna to get silt excluder
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

What is the new system ?

It is a series of V-shaped blocks placed along side each other. Each block is about 10 feet deep. It will be built at the point where the Sukhna choe enters the lake. Water will first hit the concrete wall and then flow into the next concrete block. The process is then repeated. About eight to 10 blocks will be put up. The silt will settle down and the water will flow into the lake. A special system will connect all blocks and will take out the silt from the regulator end. 

Chandigarh, June 29
A silt excluder, which separates silt from water, will be installed at the Sukhna lake to stop the silt from coming into it.
The project will be ready by the next monsoon, an official confirmed, while explaining that such silt excluders have been working satisfactorily at various dams.

The Administration had asked the Punjab Irrigation Department to prepare a design of a silt excluder, which has already been submitted. Once the design is approved a team of UT engineers will go to various dams in Himachal Pradesh to study the upkeep of the system.

The cost of digging up of the lake bed each year runs up to Rs 20 lakh with machinery from various neighbouring states and the Army being put to use.

Well-placed official sources said the project would cost between Rs 1.5 crore-Rs 2 crore.

The lake is fed through the Kansal and Sukhna choes, which have a high silt content in their waters. The lake is fed by rainwater, which comes down from the adjoining hills. The rivulets act like a natural drainage system during the rains and brings in enormous amount of silt. So much so that the lake has lost about 33 per cent of its pond capacity. 



8 protesters held for order violation
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, June 29
Eight persons, including four women, who had announced to show their dissent against the withdrawal of the Rent Act, were arrested from Sukhna Lake for violating the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Those arrested included family members of the Commercial Tenants Association activists, including its leader Mr Arvind Jain. The traders, who announced to show their protest by wearing shirts carrying slogans at the lake condemning the November 7 rent notification, said the police even picked up their children. The arrested were booked for allegedly violating the prohibitory orders.

Mr Arvind Jain, Ms Nisha Jain, Ms Sunaina Jain, Ms Cheena Jain, Bhimsen, Mr Om Prakash Vasta, Mr Varinder Vasta and his wife were arrested and taken to the Sector 3 police station.

A large number of policemen were deployed at the lake to keep an eye on the traders. The protesting traders converged on the lake along with their families from different directions, making it difficult for the police to track them.

When traders who had been keeping the police on its toes for the past three days through their protests came to know of the arrests, they virtually laid a siege to the police station alleging police “excesses”.

They said the police action was unwarranted. They contended that they had not formed a group of five or more persons and a family could not be taken as a group of protesters.

Entry to the police station was sealed till the arrested members remained there. Mr Jain, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune, said the police was denying them of the their Constitutional right to protest against the notification that was a “death warrant” for the traders of the city.

The police said the activists and their families were carrying posters to express their protest. Mr Jain said he was picked up along with his family from the rear end of the lake and had not done anything unlawful.

Another protest was witnessed at the Housing Board chowk where protesters in around 175 cars reportedly gathered in protest against the Rent Act, Mr Jain said.



Lawyers focus on terror threat to immigration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The 57th annual conference on immigration laws was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from June 18 to 22. Organised by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the conference was attended by more than 2,500 American immigration lawyers and lawyers from foreign jurisdictions, including Canada, Australia, EEC member states and select South-Asia countries.

Giving details of the conference the Chandigarh delegate, Mr Ranjit Malhotra, who specialises in areas of immigration law and international law, said the conference notably focused on the elimination of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service and the creation and functioning of the Department of Homeland Security and its three new immigration bureaus. Charged with the administration of American immigration laws, these three bureaus — the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE), and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP) — keep a check on those coming to America.

There were significant discussions about the recognition of the ongoing effects of September 11. It was analysed that the threat of terrorism, is now firmly imbedded in the national psyche, and immigration is now viewed in that context. There were concerns that over the course of the past year, “immigration lawyers have witnessed heightened scrutiny given to what seems like every aspect of every case, and many foreign nationals have been subject to special registration with, in many cases, its attendant degradations”.

The upshot of these discussions, was how these developments shape the education of the American Immigration bar, especially in a year without any significant legislative or regulatory overhaul? This year’s conference, with its multiple of sessions, conveyed not only what the law and regulations say, but also engendered critical strategic thinking.

The notable feature of this year’s annual conference was active participation of senior officials of the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Labour and Department of Justice. In the normal course, these senior state officials are inaccessible. These key players gave valuable insights about the evolving structure, policy, decision-making and implications of navigating cases of applicants.

The core curriculum also deliberated upon adjustment of status vs consular processing, asylum, basic immigration tools and concepts, immigrant visa processing family, special immigrant and DV lottery, employment-based options, inadmissibility and removability, naturalisation and citizenship claims, non-immigrant visas and business visas.

Mr Malhotra, the Indian delegate, was invited by AILA to speak on immigration options for the new hires in the Indian context and the working of consular processing of major embassies in New Delhi, especially in the light of the fall-out affects of September 11. There were more than 300 AILA member speakers in the sessions spread over five days.

The conference concluded on June 22 with an invitation to attend the next annual conference in Philadelphia in June, 2004.h




Come admission time and it is perhaps the principals who feel most harassed. With a virtually never-ending stream of visitors with "sifarish" for getting their wards admission, it is a battle of wits for most college principals in the city.

Visitors come to principals' office through a known or influential person's reference, often trying to appease the principal or teachers by showing reverence, deference or being nice and sugary. Some try to impress the principals by boasting about their contacts with highups, their influence and achievements or the potential and capability of their children.

Besides visitors, it is also the telephone bell, both at their offices and homes which is keeping them on their toes. Principals say that they receive dozens of calls every day from politicians, bureaucrats and friends as well as influential people for getting some student admitted.

A principal said there had been a couple of instances when they had been offered favours, gifts and even "help" to the institution in return for admitting a particular student.

What awareness?

We may have come a long way as far as awareness about reproductive tract infections (RTIs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is concerned, but we still have a long way to go. When the situation boils down to reality, there is not so much awareness actually. For long now, a large number of NGOs working in the city to spread awareness regarding such infections, have been facing a great deal of problems in motivating people to come out of their enforced shells by breaking the stigma.

A week back the voluntary workers of one of these NGOs working in the area of RTIs faced a peculiar situation. They had organised a camp at Khuda Ali Sher to distribute free medicines to people suffering from RTIs. Such was the level of stigma among people that although they gathered in good numbers to listen to the workers, who were disseminating information on RTIs, they were just not willing to walk up to the volunteers sitting in the camp and ask for free medicines meant for them. Despite repeated assurances by the workers, people did not have the heart to walk up to the camp and ask for medicines to cure a reproductive tract infection. Most of them said, "Please write the medicine for us. We will go and buy the same later."

If this is the level of stigma attached with RTIs, one can well imagine what the case with sexually transmitted infections would be like!

Thankful Om

Success has not spoilt Om Puri a bit. When he visited Chandigarh recently to announce that he had accepted the trusteeship of the Harpal Tiwana Foundation, he was more than just modest. In fact, throughout his hour-long interaction with the media, he kept thanking either Harpal Tiwana for having made him what he is or the media for being around on the occasion dedicated to the memory of Harpal Tiwana. Not just that, he also referred to the media with great respect and said: "You have the power. We are here for a purpose. The purpose is to preserve the culture of Punjab by taking Harpal Tiwana and his works as a base. Now we want to set up a foundation which will further the objectives which Harpal Tiwana could not complete during his lifetime. We need support and we need funds. The response to our gesture will be determined by the power of your writing. Please take care."

Impressive to the hilt, Om Puri virtually swept the scribes off their feet by praising them incessantly.

Demolition charge

The other day, one rickshaw puller asked his regular customer, a mathematics school teacher, to pay him Rs 15 instead of Rs 10 that he was charging every day. The school teacher was shocked to hear that and asked him, “How could you hike charges by 50 per cent in a day.” He shot back: “This is not a hike due to any price rise. You should consider it as jhuggi demolition charge.”

He told her that his jhuggi in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony had been demolished. Now he was staying in Zirakpur and was paying Rs 1,000 monthly rent for a single room.

Benefits from competition

Some of the smart cellular subscribers are getting full benefits from the competition among cellular subscribers. They take a connection from one company and after enjoying full service for a month or so, they decline to deposit their bills.

Company officials say that when they warn to disconnect their connections, they threaten to shift to some other network. In this manner, they enjoy the service for another month and not pay bills even for the second month. When the company finally disconnects their connection, they actually shift to the second network.

Interestingly, some of the habitual defaulters have successfully come back to the first company by giving wrong address or taking the connection in the name of some other person.

Microsoft Star

Mr Aman Deep Garg, a software engineer at SPIC Microsoft Centre of Excellence, located on the Punjab Engineering campus, has been awarded the best contributor to MSDN user group award in one of the six awards presented by Microsoft (India) on Developers’ Nite on June 19 in Delhi.

He is a founder-member of the Chandigarh net users group. The reward is the recognition of his voluntary contribution to the promotion of net by means of presenting seminars, sessions and other activities to assist his peers who share a passion for technology and the spirit of community.

Mr Garg has also been awarded with the title of Microsoft India Community Star for demonstration of technical expertise and his ongoing willingness to share the experience within the technical community of Chandigarh. The Microsoft India Community Star is a recognition programme that strives to identify dedicated individuals within technical communities. A Microsoft India Community Star is someone who is awarded for voluntary contributions within technical communities and demonstrates technical expertise by providing a high quality of community participation.


The Chairman of the Pind Bachao Committee based in village Badheri here, which had demanded 50 per cent reservation for women in Indian Parliament had also sent a copy of his letter to Mr Blair. Now a reply from 10 Downing Street says: “The Prime Minister has asked me to thank you for the resolution, the contents of which will be carefully noted.” It may be re-collected that the committee had passed a resolution on March 8, the International Women’s Day, demanding 50 per cent reservation for women.

The letter sent to Mr Angrez Singh Badheri has been signed by Mr J.O’ Connell in the Direct Communication Unit. It further says: “Mr Blair has asked me that your letter be passed to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which has particular responsibility for the matter you raise so that they are also aware of your views.”

Mr Badheri, while expressing happiness over the response from the British Prime Minister, said he would have been happier had Indian Parliament taken note of this.

Daljeet Jaijee

Punjab cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1967 batch, Ms Daljeet Jaijee, bids goodbye to the IAS fraternity on June 30. She has been a contributor of poems for The Tribune. Ms Jaijee is the wife of human rights activist and former MLA, Mr Inderjeet Jaijee.

A woman with multifaceted talents, Ms Jaijee has penned a book on poems on life. This goes into print soon. In the IAS she has held important posts in tourism and rural development and even been on deputation with the Planning Commission of India.

She is also a painter and put up an exhibition in Delhi. Ms Jaijee loves travelling. She writes for the Punjab IAS offcers newsletter “The Occasional Fife”.

Drawing therapist

Colours convey all. And so does the selection of hues. But Aligarh-based drawing teacher Alka Singh has learnt the art of describing one's personality through his or her choice of colours by practice and hard work. And by virtue of this art she has come to be known as drawing therapist.

She found a good opportunity of displaying her art of describing the personality traits of children recently in Chandigarh.

Alka Singh put up drawing material at a stall in the Kids Carnival. She offered drawing outline or paper-sheets to the children and asked them to add colours to it. Drawing outlines were that of a family, icecream etc. And then she described the personality of the child concerned to his or her parents on the basis of the colour selected by him or her. And claims she, parents were astonished to find all those traits in their child. Than she gave a piece of counselling too to the parents — university, college teachers, doctors and psychiatrists et al — on how to improve the personality of the child concerned. This, according to Alka Singh, was first of its type programme in the City Beautiful.

Alka Singh found the response in Chandigarh fairly good and she wants to pursue her drawing therapist career more vigorously now.


The new route to Panchkula had surely come as a relief for those who had to bear the long traffic jams while going to or coming back from their respective places of work daily. But for the residents of the Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, there is no respite as the level crossing there has become a traffic bottleneck.

The narrow corridor into the Mani Majra market presents a chaotic scene every time a train passes through. As soon as the gates of the level crossing are closed the long queue of vehicles chokes the area on both sides.

With hardly enough space for two buses to cross simultaneously, the place is not at all capable of accommodating all the vehicles that gather there. As soon as the train passes and the gates are opened all hell breaks loose. This often results in flared up tempers and angry snarls as everyone tries to wriggle through the traffic without any respect for rules.

Apart from leaving scratches on vehicles, this narrow stretch is a sure recipe for getting high BP.

This narrow stretch needs to be widened in accordance with the flow of traffic here that has increased manifold over the past few months.

— Sentinel



Dissidents discuss Mayor’s issue with Sonia
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Failing to get the Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla’s alleged brawl in the Chandigarh Club, discussed in the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), Mr Chawla’s opposition camp in the party has raised the issue before the All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Ms Sonia Gandhi and other senior leaders in New Delhi.

The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) general secretaries Sunil Parti and Chander Mukhi Sharma, CTCC members Shreshtha Mehta and Kewal Krishan yesterday met Ms Gandhi, party general secretary in charge of Chandigarh Mrs Mohsina Kidwai and political secretary to Ms Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, and raised the issue of the CTCC not doing anything against the Mayor.

Asking for the confirmation of the Chandigarh leaders’ meeting with Ms Gandhi and other central leaders, Mr Sharma confirmed the meeting.

Another group of six party leaders belonging to the former Union Minister Venod Sharma also reportedly met Ms Gandhi on the same issue, sources told Chandigarh Tribune.

Sources said the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee president, Mr B.B. Bahl, had also reached Delhi and met central leaders including Ms Kidwai. Mr Bahl’s meeting with Ms Kidwai followed the meeting between the Chandigarh leaders and Ms Gandhi.

The local MP Mr Pawan Bansal, who had reportedly ruled out a meeting of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee on the issue after his return from Pakistan, is also told to be in Delhi. A section of the party leaders opposed to Mr Chawla say the local MP had reached Delhi on learning about a meeting between Ms Gandhi and four leaders from Chandigarh.

The meeting between Ms Gandhi and the four local Congress leaders reportedly lasted 18 minutes.

The response of Ms Gandhi on the complaint of the four leaders is not known.

The four local leaders reportedly informed Ms Gandhi that a former Congress Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goel, had to resign after being accused of supplying soap to the municipal corporation from his business establishment.

The four anti-Chawla leaders gave details of the alleged brawl of the Mayor in the card room of the Chandigarh Club to the Central leaders alleging that the conduct of the Mayor was not fit to hold the post.

Repeated attempts to contact Mr Bansal and Mr Bahl in Delhi failed.



MC may hire consultant for leasing butchery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The Municipal Corporation is considering a proposal to hire a consultant to look into the possibility of making financial gains from its slaughterhouse, by leasing it out to meat processors and exporters that could enhance the returns. The matter will come up for discussion before the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) on Monday. The MC has recently received two offers — from M/s Blue Cross Consultants, Gurgaon, and M/s Centre for Integrated Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, New Delhi — for leasing out of the slaughterhouse to them.

After receiving these offers, the MC realised the economic potential of the slaughterhouse and felt that it could be run in four shifts of four hours each.

Presently, the slaughterhouse is being run/maintained by the MC and is run in one shift of four hours only. Dr G.C. Bansal, Municipal Officer Health (MOH), said the cost of fuel consumption had added up to the expenses of the slaughterhouse after the modernisation of its plant. “The new plant and machinery is presently under guarantee period, so the maintenance/repair is not much but is likely to come out as an additional liability,” he said.

He further said after the modernisation of the slaughterhouse, the regular expenses had increased to the tune of Rs 63,400 per month on account of pay to additional staff of 12 butchers and fuel used in the generator set and boiler. According to the agenda of the F&CC coming up for discussion, “The leasing out process being a totally new area of work, the MC will need to hire a consultant for drafting the terms and conditions”.

Mr Subash Chawla, Mayor and Chairman of the F&CC, said: “The MC has felt the need to lease out the slaughterhouse for its optimum use that will not only make it financially viable but also revenue generator for the MC.”

Earlier also, the agenda was put before the F&CC for discussion but could not be discussed in detail following difference of opinion among members. The firms had both offered consultancy for preparing the terms and conditions of leasing and preparing tender documents and advertisement for receiving bids from interested parties and also material for advertisement for the purpose of bidding.

Apart from this, M/s Blue Cross Consultants has also offered to provide consultancy to assess the technical feasibility of rendering the plant for carcasses utilisation centre.



Rainwater enters hutments; residents breach plinth
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 29
The construction of a new link road from Panchkula to Chandigarh, which will also separate two sectors from the slums, is likely to flood hundreds of hutments in the neighbouring Rajiv Colony during heavy showers.

The road is being constructed over a channel of a seasonal rivulet flowing between the slum colony and Sectors 17 and 18 here. With the channel being blocked by the road, water in the channel is now flowing back towards the main course of the rivulet. Heavy showers today led to water overflowing into over 100 hutments.

HUDA had begun work on this road last month, after this was approved by the state government and the Chandigarh Administration. The road separating Sectors 16 and 17 will be extended and run along the seasonal rivulet passing behind Sectors 17 and 18. A culvert will be constructed over this rivulet and connected to Hallo Majra.

The HUDA authorities have laid plinth on the road on most of the area in its boundary. Just as the extension of the road begins, the plinth has also been laid on a channel of the seasonal rivulet passing nearby. This had an unprecedented fallout and water collected on the one side of the plinth laid for extending the road, started flowing backwards into the main course of the rivulet.

The flooding of houses led residents of the slum colony to breach the plinth laid on the road alignment. The councillor from Rajiv Colony, Mr Dalbir Singh, said that with water flooding their houses, they had no option but to remove the plinth so that the water passed through the channel. He said the authorities could lay drainage pipes beneath the road so that water flow in the channel is not disrupted.

It may be noted that HUDA had earlier decided to develop eight acres of land in Sector 17 as a residential and commercial area by extending the road separating Sectors 16 and 17, so as to separate Rajiv Colony and Indira Colony from Sector 17. This road will also provide an alternate linkage to Chandigarh by meeting with Madhya Marg at the railway light point via Hallo Majra village.



Cops on administrative posts to do night patrolling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The police personnel working on administrative posts will now have to do night patrolling at least twice a month.
In a drill held last night to test the new strategy, shortlisted police personnel were asked to set up nakas at different points in the city.

“The decision taken by the Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh, aims at brushing up the skills of those who remain out of active policing for long periods. The practice is being followed in Delhi and Mumbai,” said a senior police personnel.

Though the top brass of the city police had made an effort to mobilise force for maintaining law and order, by rough estimates only 40 per cent of the 4,000 personnel were available at police stations, he added.

“It is the target section of the personnel performing administrative duties in the Police Headquarters, Police Lines, CID, Security, Economic Offences Wing and other units, whom we want should be doing night patrolling at regular intervals,” he said.

Under the new strategy, the city, on selected days, would be virtually flooded with police personnel. Apart from nakas by the personnel working on administrative posts, nakas would be set up by personnel posted at various police stations.

Last night, about 170 nakas, including 80 by the personnel from the respective police stations, were set up. The exercise aimed at providing sense of security to the public.

In another decision, being already implemented, the personnel performing the duty of night Munshi and those in the malkhana, would have to undertake night patrolling at least twice a week.



3,100-km expedition on wheels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The last Shangrila — 2003, a motorcycle expedition to upper reaches of Ladakh, is being organised by the Chandigarh based Team Ocha - Ve Motorcycle Club from August 17 to September 6. Nearly, 60 participants are expected to take part.

The 3,100-km odyssey will take the riders across Pir Panjal, Greater Himalaya, Sanskar and Ladakh ranges and through Sarchu and more plains of the Rhupsu valley in Changthan, which is part of the Tibetan Plateu. They will negotiate 12 mountain passes, some of highest motorable points in the world, and traverse the Indus river belt.

The theme set for expedition is to respect nature so that the future generation may continue to enjoy the wonders of the planet, appreciate and safeguard the natural bounty of the country. 



Learning martial arts must for women’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 29
A 16-day residential camp on personality development, organised by the education wing of the Rashtra Savika Samiti, Punjab, at Sharda Sarvhitkari School, Sector 40, concluded today with a function in which all 180 girls participated.

Addressing the participants, Ms Pramil Nidhye of the samiti, said the camp was designed to help the participants to achieve a balance between physical and mental activities. She said to awaken society against cultural or economic invasion or internal problems like terrorism, women had an important role to play.

Emphasising the need for the women to be independent financially and physically, Dr Suman, state assistant secretary of the samiti, said formal education was not enough to achieve that. “All of us should know the basics modes of self-protection and for that learning of judo and karate is important,” she said.

Among others who spoke on this occasion were the chief guest, Ms Urmila Gupt, Ms Suchinta Khurana, Director, Principal, Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22.



Shun bad habits, Jain seer to cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Acharaya Alok Muni has advised police personnel to stay away from bad habits, concentrate on a simple life style, to refrain from the corruption and desist from misuse of power bestowed upon them by law. He was speaking at lecture on moral values held at the Police Lines in Sector 26 here yesterday.

The lecture also included a small lecture on techniques of meditation.

A spokesman for the police said the lecture was first in the series of lectures to be held for the personnel of the Chandigarh Police.




The water-table in India is depleting at a fast rate and it is a cause of concern for all of us. Water is the basic need of all human beings. No one can survive without water.

Mankind is fully responsible for the depletion of water resources. The main reasons being the cutting of trees, wastage of water while doing daily chores and ignoring leakages from taps and water pipelines.

Water conservation is not the responsibility of government agencies only, rather every individual should involve himself in the effort. Everyone should plant at least one tree. Vehicles should be sponged clean with a bucketful of water rather than using a hose that results in water wastage.

Taps should not be left running while brushing or shaving. Every effort should be made to check water wastage in homes. Leakages should be plugged immediately and government agencies should conduct periodic checks to prevent leakages from pipelines. Water should be used judiciously. Stringent laws need to be framed for violators of rules. Above all, the government should construct check dams to harness rainwater.

Akhilesh Khosla, Class IX, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula 



Dr M.L. Jalota dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Dr M.L. Jalota, a renowned homoeopath of the city, died here yesterday.
He was the first government homoeopath doctor in region, who popularised this system of medicine.

He retired as Assistant Director, Health, and also held the office of the Registrar.



Cop arrested for confining girl 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
A Punjab Police constable was today arrested by the Chandigarh Police for illegally confining a minor girl in his Sector 38 house. The suspect, Wilson Kumar, was arrested from his native village in Batala (Gurdaspur) where he had gone to cast his vote in the panchayat elections.

Wilson had brought the girl to his house on the pretext of employing her a domestic servant at his Sector 38 house. The wife of the constable, Lovely, works as a nurse in PGI here. The victim, aged 15 years, has been sent to Nari Niketan by the area magistrate after her medical examination at the Sector 16 General Hospital.

Inquiries reveal that the girl, hailing from Murgian Wala Mohalla was living with her parents, two sisters and two brothers in Batala. The father of the victim is a rickshaw puller and her mother works as a domestic help. The constable brought her to the city on June 22. The girl was promised Rs 1000 per month and clothes. Lovely was at work when the girl was brought home. After cooking food she went to sleep. Wilson slept in another room with his nine-year-old daughter.

After some time, Wilson tried to get fresh with her. The girl raised an alarm and the constable threatened to eliminate her. The next morning when the victim narrated the story to Lovely who refused to believe her.

The couple locked the girl in the house. On June 29, when the couple was away the girl escaped and approached the police. A police party from Sector 39 police station went to Batala to arrest the constable. A case under Sections 342, 376 and 511 of the IPC has been registered.



In-laws booked in dowry case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The Women and Child Support (WCS) unit of the Chandigarh Police has booked a Yamunagar-based family for harassing their daughter-in-law and forcing her to bring dowry.

The husband of the victim, Narinder Kumar Vohra, who works as manager in a hotel in Japan, has also been booked by the police.

According to the information, the victim, who is employed as an Assistant PRO in a government department, got married to the boy about three years ago. After staying for a week with the girl, the boy left for Japan. Once the sponsorship papers of the girl were cleared, she went to Japan and returned after a week. Then again she went to Japan along with her in-laws and again returned after one-and-a-half month.

The girl in her complaint to the police alleged that her husband had an extramarital affair. After counselling in the case by the local police failed, a case was registered against Narinder and his family members.



Two held for cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
In a complaint to the police, a Sector 18 businessman, Mr Harbilas Mishra, has alleged that Charanjit Singh, a resident of Kajehri village, and Montu Gupta, a resident of Baterla village, duped him by giving a wad of fake currency notes amounting to Rs 5,000.

The victim said after he was handed over the wad, the cheats asked for Rs 500 from him. Later, he noticed that the wad contained blank papers. Both the suspects have been arrested by the police under Sections 420 and 120 B of the IPC.

Cases of theft: Mr Shiv Parshad, a chowkidar in the Sector 61 market, reported that a pair of silver taps, a silver chain, and Rs 10,000 were stolen from a newly constructed showroom in the market. A case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

In another case, Nirmal Kaur, a resident of Sector 41, reported that Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Kangra, and Sajjan Kumar, a resident of Sector 41— both tenants — stole household articles from her residence on the night intervening June 15 and June 16. A case under Sections 380, 441 and 506 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

In yet another case, Raj Kumar, a resident of Kaithal, was caught red-handed while stealing a bicycle yesterday. The police has registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC on a complaint by Prem Sagar, a resident of Hallomajra.


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