Saturday, July 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


UT curtails security for Judges
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The Chandigarh police has decided to withdraw or curtail the security of few sitting and retired judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, politicians and other VVIPs. Orders in this regard were issued earlier this week.

The Department of Home Affairs of the UT Administration had recently reviewed the security of VVIPs by calling a meeting of the Protection Review Group. The meeting, which focussed on threat perception of VVIPs, was attended by the Inspector-General of Police and officials of the UT Intelligence (CID) and the Intelligence Bureau.

The SP (Security), Mr A.S. Dhillon, refused to give details of the decision on the pretext that ‘such matters are kept secret’. However, he confirmed that a decision regarding this had been taken as per the directions of a committee of the group.

On the other hand, sources in the police revealed that it had been decided to withdraw security personnel from the residence of Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, a former President of the All-India Youth Congress. “It is a sheer wastage of manpower by deploying extra personnel at his residence as he is already having a Z-plus security cover,” commented a senior police official.

Among those from whom it has been decided to withdraw security personnel of the UT police include Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, who has been promoted as a judge of the Supreme Court, Mr Justice V.K. Jhanji, who has been transferred to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, and Justice S.S. Kang, former Governor of Kerala.

According to sources, Mr Justice Jhanji has approached the UT Administration to retain the security personnel deployed at his residence here as his family was still living in the city. He has maintained that since he has been transferred to a disturbed state, it is essential to provide adequate security to his family. Our correspondent tried to contact Justice Jhanji, but he was not available for comments.

The security review committee had recommended curtailing of the security cover of a few sitting high court judges as per the present requirements.

The UT police has decided to curtail the security cover of the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, and sitting judges Amar Dutt, G.S. Singhvi, Swatantra Kumar, M.L. Singhal, J.S. Narang and A.K. Goel.


Water position comfortable
Early morning ban still stays
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The Municipal Corporation keeps its ban on early morning washing of cars, floors and watering of gardens technically in force despite a “comfortable” water supply position.

The traditional ban, brought in force to curtail the demand of water during the summer, had been imposed from April 15 but has not yet been officially lifted.

The ban is imposed to keep the demand in tune with 65 MGD of water available against a demand ranging between 90 and 100 MGD during the summer.

An official says the ban is technically kept till September 1 to keep a cushion for a season in which the rainfall is not sufficient. However, another official says if the month of July has been recorded as the coolest in the last five years and the rainfall till today is more than double than the last year, there is no need to continue with the ban. July, till today, has recorded 292.8 mm of rainfall against around 134 mm last year.

He also said it was always well within the powers of the corporation to re-impose the ban of the supply whenever it was required.

One senior official feels though the ban technically stays but there will not be any notices or challans issued now.

The Public Health Wing of the Municipal Corporation feels it is not necessary that the ban is lifted on July 15, a date when the ban is reviewed every year.

It seems the water supply situation in the city this season has been better than previous years due to a strict monitoring of water level at least four times a day in four waterworks and regular pumping of water in the Sector 39 main waterworks.

Apart from this, the Municipal Corporation also finds a situation where it does not have to provide water to thousands of people who have been displaced because of a massive demolition drive.

If the challans were to indicate the availability of water, the corporation this year seems very comfortable as none of the violators has been challaned this season against hundreds in the previous years.

The corporation, however, has issued more than 300 notices for the violation of water by-laws during the season but the compliance of consumers on the violations pointed out in the notices was prompt enough not to attract any penalty, officials said.

Three other factors are also being considered contributory to reducing the demand of water — the hike in water charges, introduction of electronic metres and the penalty being allowed to be charged through water bills.


Maloya woman dies of diarrhoea?
Tribune News Service

Unhygienic conditions: People in Maloya fill water from a tap right next to a mobile toilet, while pigs move around.
Unhygienic conditions: People in Maloya fill water from a tap right next to a mobile toilet, while pigs move around. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, July 18
Following the reports of the death of a 35 year-old woman, Shanti Devi, of Maloya, the Health Department rushed a team of health officials to the area late tonight where over 24 persons are learnt to be suffering from diarrhoea.

It was on the morning of July 15 that Shanti Devi fell ill with acute diarrhoea and started vomiting. “By about 5 p.m. her condition worsened and when we took her to the General Hospital, Sector 16, the doctors declared her brought dead,” her husband Raj Kumar, who is a rickshaw puller, said. She is survived by three children, Ruchi (11), Amit (10) and Priyanka (2).

He said the Administration had made no proper provision for drinking water for about 30 families living in tents and jhuggis in a garden in Maloya. “Despite, assurances by the Administration that we will be rehabilitated nothing has been done for the past two years as we continue to live in deplorable conditions,” Raj Kumar added.

About 12 other persons in the area are suffering from diarrhoea and gastroenteritis for the past few days. They alleged that so far no health team has visited the area to provide them with chlorine tablets or clean the place and spray disinfectants to prevent breeding of mosquitoes and flies.

Interestingly, the Director, Health Services, Dr C.P. Bansal, said he was not aware of any such death. “We have a dispensary at Maloya but no such case has been brought to my notice by the doctor posted there, but we will send a team of the department to look into the matter,” he said when contacted at home late in the evening. Later, he rushed a team of doctors, headed by nodal officer J.K. Kalra, to the area.

Meanwhile, a visit to the area revealed that people were using water for drinking and cooking from a tap right next to a mobile toilet. Some of them were seen lined up with their containers in front of the water tank attached with the mobile toilet.

“There is neither any provision for safe drinking water and the place is full of pigs reared by people living in the housing colony,” said one of the resident.

Moreover, the people said despite taking medicines from private doctors they were still suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting.


Suitor behind Simran’s murder?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Disheartened over the possibility of Simran’s marriage with somebody else, a suitor of her is suspected to have planned her cold-blooded murder. Simran, a 23-year-old girl, was murdered in broad daylight at her residence in Sector 22 yesterday. Meanwhile, the post-mortem examination of the dead body has not been conducted as yet.

Spurred by vital clues, the local police has zeroed in on few youths who could be behind the murder. However, no one has been called up for investigations so far.

Sources in the UT police revealed that an advertisement seeking a suitable life partner for Simran had appeared in a newspaper a couple of weeks ago.

“Somebody wanting to marry her might have read the advertisement and got disheartened over the possibility of Simran’s marriage with somebody else” is the possible theory of murder the police is trying to establish.

Mr S.C. Sagar, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Central), when contacted over the telephone confirmed that the post-mortem of the dead body has not been conducted. “It has been delayed on the request of victim’s parents. They had said that Simran’s brother, who was on his way back home from the USA, would like to see his sister’s face for the last time,” he said.

Adding that Simran’s brother was expected to be back home by tomorrow morning, he said the post-mortem would probably be conducted the same day.

In reply to a question, the DSP said that initial investigations into the case would formally begin after the post-mortem examination. “We need to talk to the parents of the girl before initiating investigations to get an idea about her close friends,” he said.

Meanwhile, another official of the UT police said all key suspects in the murder were male acquaintances of Simran like her former class fellows and youths in her relations. “The police has managed to dig out few names and addresses of boys who might be routinely coming in contact with Simran,” sources said. They were likely to be questioned after talking to the parents of the deceased.

It may be mentioned that the police has recovered a prose from Simran’s room. A police official said the contents of the prose indicates that someone was close to Simran and was interested in marrying her. The police has indicated that it will go through the records of the computer that was found open when the police team took into possession the dead body of Simran. The investigating team will also check the e-mail account of Simran.


UT will not promote any DSP
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
With less than a fortnight to go for the retirement of Superintendent of Police, Mr Baldev Singh, the Chandigarh Administration is not inclined to promote any of the existing Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) of Chandigarh Police to the rank of SP. This will block all promotional avenues for the existing DSPs.

When Mr Baldev Singh retires on July 31, one of the DSPs will be transferred and posted as DSP, Headquarters, to handle the work of Mr Baldev Singh, who is presently working as SP Headquarters, well placed sources in the Chandigarh Administration confirmed. In case an official is posted against the rank of an SP, it has to be from the Indian Police Service and none among the present lot of 11 DSPs of the Chandigarh Police will be given a promotion. All these DSPs including Mr Baldev Singh, had been appointed ASIs and have risen through the cadre by way of promotions.

In the past the DSPs had demanded that they be given IPS rank within Chandigarh, as is the practice in the states. This was declined by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

An official pointed out that Mr Baldev Singh was DSP of the Chandigarh Police and was promoted about five years ago as SP in his own rank and pay (ORP) at the time when Lieut Gen B. K. N. Chhibber (retd) was the UT Administrator.

This means Mr Baldev Singh enjoyed the powers of an SP but was never formally promoted to that post and for matters of pay he was a DSP. In the intervening period, it may be recollected that the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled that the system of giving ORP-based promotions was wrong. Subsequently several officials were reverted to their original posts in Punjab and Haryana.

When the court ruling had come about two years ago, the Chandigarh Administration, sources said, had thought it was not in the right spirit to revert Mr Baldev Singh to the post of DSP, as this would have meant humiliation for him. His designation as SP was seen more like a reward for his long standing powers of gathering grass roots information. As a matter of routine, the SSP takes a briefing about the crime situation from Mr Baldev Singh, whose prowess lies in having the history of all crimes in the city on his fingertips.

Since DSPs serving in Chandigarh have no promotional avenues as IPS officers, the lone post of SP, Headquarters, is coveted among them. Mr Baldev is also a DSP from the same cadre. The next three as per seniority are Mr Bhagwan Das Bector, Mr Surjit Singh and Mr Devinder Singh Thakur. Mr Surjit Singh will retire on December 31.


Sukhna 6.5 feet below danger mark
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The water level of the Sukhna lake has reached 1156.5 feet, 6.5 feet below the danger mark, with the city recording 13. 8 mm of rain today.

The total rainfall till today in July has aggregated to 292.8 mm.

The weather in the city turned pleasant at 29.4°C, five degrees below normal.

The minimum temperature remained comfortable at 25.4°C.

With humidity remaining between 83 per cent and 98 per cent, it is likely to be intermittent rains and cloudy sky tomorrow according to, the Meteorological Department.

Ambala recorded a maximum of at 29°C and a minimum of 24°C after receiving 6.1 mm of rainfall today.

The temperature of Ambala hovered around six degree below normal.

Patiala received heavy rain recording 59.4 mm pushing the maximum to 27.5°C, eight degrees below normal.


Mahila Cong to gherao Parliament on July 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) will lay a siege to Parliament on July 21 in support of their demand seeking reservation for women in legislatures.

This was announced here today by the AIMC vice-president, Ms Krishna Mohini, at a press conference here today.

Ms Mohini held meetings with leaders of the local unit of the Mahila Congress led by Ms Lalit Joshi and that of Haryana led by Ms Anita Yadav. She said the AIMC had also started collecting signatures of women to muster support for the Women’s Reservation Bill pending in Parliament.

Ms Mohini, who is also in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Haryana, Punjab, Union Territory of Chandigarh and Himachal, said the AIMC would also submit signatures collected from across the country to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, on July 22.

The Congress leader also lashed out at the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for allegedly indulging in vindictive actions against its state Mahila Congress President and MLA Anita Yadav.

Ms Mohini said the state units had sent 1,01,010 signatures to the AIMC president, Ms Rita Bahuguna Joshi, to be forwarded to President Kalam. The vice-president of the Mahila Congress appreciated the Chandigarh unit saying 15,000 had been collected by it during the last few days.

Ms Mohini accused the ruling BJP of being reluctant to get reservation for women in legislatures saying when it imposed the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), no all-party meeting was called in before passing it in a joint meeting of Parliament.

Ms Mohini held the meeting of the Haryana unit of the Mahila Congress where the matter of Ms Anita Yadav came up. Office-bearers of Haryana Mahila Congress and district presidents attended the meeting.


PUDA guidelines on public dealing
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 18
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has formulated guidelines to streamline public dealing at the Estate Office here. Other than limiting public dealing time to two hours each day, people will now be required to follow certain procedures to get information from the office.

The decision follows a controversial ban by the Estate Officer, Mr T.K. Goel, on the entry of public beyond the first floor of the office building here. The Estate Officer had announced that no one, including property dealers, would be allowed into the building beyond the first floor. This had led to widespread protest from the public with the property dealers even threatening to launch a protest against the Estate Officer.

According to sources, a set of instructions were issued today by the Additional Chief Administrator (ACA) following complaints by a property dealers’ association.

The Estate Office will now be open to public from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on each working day. Anyone who wants to scrutinise documents and files will be allowed after an application to this effect is received and their names are noted down on a register being maintained for the purpose. Property dealers will have to produce an authorisation letter from the owner of the property before being allowed to scrutinise the documents. For any complaint and follow up of cases the Estate Officer and other senior officials will be available during the timing already mentioned.

The ACA, PUDA, SAS Nagar, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, stated that “Estate Office records are very vital and cannot be made accessible to everybody. At the same time it is important that before a transaction takes place a buyer is entitled to ascertain the title and the status of the property. In the interest of transparency a procedure to inspect the document by an authorised person of the owner has been laid down during these restricted hours.”

Stating that the new procedure will be better streamlined once PUDA shifts its various offices to the new PUDA Bhavan, the ACA pointed out that the procedures laid down today would be implemented with immediate effect.

The sources stated that the move will check corruption.


Fashion designing comes naturally to her
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, July 18
City girl Nikita Bhandari has made it big in the world of fashion. Just 22, her exclusive range of designer wear is much sought after in the elite circles of Delhi. Her world is the ultimate in boom towns of the region, including Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar. The reason: She has been experimenting with new forms of communication by way of clothes through brand name — Korn.

It all comes naturally to her. Being associated since childhood with fabric knitting, yarn spinning and modern stitching units, besides yarn dyeing, she launched Korn, an acclaimed brand name in clothes. After doing a two-year course in fashion merchandising from an institute in New Delhi, she got associated with her family business of hosiery export in Ludhiana. But later on she realised that apart from her family business there was ample scope for contribution to the fashion world. It was then she decided to launch her own designer wear.

Nikita believes: “I did innovative experimentation in terms of designs, colours and surface ornamentation. Cool casual stuff with bright colours including blue, turquoise, red and whites, are my favourites. They cannot be matched with. Throughout, the main target was the elite women who constantly believe in looking elegant and sophisticated.”

She started with her dream project from Amritsar, moved to New Delhi before coming to City Beautiful “to re-write the fashion rules for Chandigarh youth. She adds: “The youngsters can relate to the apparels we offer. There is no doubt about it”.

Giving details, she adds: “Keeping in mind the fashion consciousness invading the youngsters, apparel for different seasons are based on themes. After finalising the themes, the colours and designs are blended accordingly on the different stuff’’.

With autumn season approaching, she has come up with a trendy collection of crew neck T-shirts, short tops, sandblasted and tinted denims, besides spaghheti tops and semi-fitted shirts.

The new designs, colours and surface ornamentation is done on cotton knitwear, voiles, georgettes, woven fabrics and pigment washed fabrics, according to the theme of ‘music’ for the season. ‘’The main inspiration has been my father who encouraged me throughout my career. In fact, the entire family supported me in my endeavor. They inculcated in me the desire to do something creative after breaking free from the routine.”


Literature by neoliterates
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The UT Adult Education Department is all set to redefine the contours of its adult literacy programme by involving slum and colony women and men in the creation of “model literature for neoliterates.” In a few days from now, thousands of slum women and men enrolled across 385 adult literacy centres in Chandigarh will be actively engaged in the publication of a newsletter, to be financed and conceptualised by the Department.

The idea behind the scheme is to empower men and women in real sense of the word by enabling them to write stories and poems they have waited all their life to write. Working on this idea, the department has already asked people studying in its adult literacy centres to send their outpourings to them. The first phase, which has generated immense interest among slum and colony residents attending literacy classes, involves the collection of contributions. These contributions can be of any nature — a poem on rain or on friendship, a photograph of a work which a slum woman has created, a reflective piece on trails and tribulations of life, and so on.

Another reason behind publishing the newsletter by inviting voluntary contributions from people belonging to lower income strata of the society is to develop and create model literature which neoliterates would be interested in consuming. Ironically, there is no ideal literature available for neoliterates, who neither fall in the category of children, nor of the advanced learners. For long, they have been depending on comics like Champak, which are below their maturity level.

Sharing information on the project, Ms Madhavi Kataria, nodal officer for National Literacy Mission in UT, said, “Our centres are imparting literacy to over 25,000 women who live in colonies and slums. We have a very small number of men. They are fast learners and are bright in various ways, but they have been trained by circumstances to supress their talent. However, the kind of literature available for them in libraries does not match their mental level. We are not comfortable with offering them Champak and Nandan comics in the name of literature. So we have decided to involve them in the creation of their own literature. They will write stories, poems, share experiences, create rugs or shawls or whatever they want to. We will feature their creations in the newsletter. This will virtually empower them.”

The idea is to also generate greater interest in adult literacy awareness mission of the Government of India. Once people become a part of the creation of literature by way of publication of newsletters, they will realise the benefits of literacy.


Kids paint at Forest Hill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Heavy showers could not prevent young painters from various schools across Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar from participating in the much awaited on-the-spot painting contest, organised at Forest Hill Resort this morning.

Despite persistent rain, about 623 children from various schools turned up to paint on various themes and contest under different categories. For a balanced contest the organisers had divided children into four sections. Themes for each section were also varied — “Monsoon” for children of classes below VI; “Environment” for children of classes VII and VIII; “Your surroundings” for students of classes IX and X; “Landscape” for students of classes XI and XII.

After a given time of one hour, the results in the kids category were announced. In this section Simran stood first, Seerat and Abhey stood second and third respectively. Winners (in the order of merit) in classes V and VI category were Nidhi Mahajan from Bharatiya Vidyalaya, Shivani Sharma from Bhavan Vidyalaya and Shikha from KB DAV, Sector 7. Jasleen from Mount Carmel was awarded a consolation prize.

In classes VII and VIII category, Mohit Kumar from Mount Carmel was declared first, Neha Bansal from KB DAV, Sector 7 came second and Aditya from Bhavan Vidyalaya stood third. Baldev Negi from Mount Carmel, Deepika Khanna from Moti Ram Arya School, Jasleen Kaur from St Soldier School bagged positions in the order of merit, in classes IX and X category. Arshdeep Singh from Mount Carmel bagged the consolation prize.

Finally, results (in order of merit) for classes XI and XII are — Anshul Sharma from GGSS School, Preeti from Bhavan Vidyalaya and Amandeep Kaur from Government Model Senior Secondary School. Kritika Sharma got the consolation prize.


More kundis removed in Mohali
Our Correspondent


The PSEB authorities have got a case registered here today against Girdhari, Shanti and Sanju Bijliwala on charges of helping residents of Amb Sahib Colony in theft of energy. The ASE has written a letter to the police to register a case against Gorakh Nath, a resident of a jhuggi colony near Dara Studio in Phase VI, for helping residents to use kundi connections. It is alleged that he was collecting Rs 100 from residents of each dwelling unit for helping them in theft of energy.

SAS Nagar, July 18
As a follow-up action the officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board carried out an operation and removed kundis from the Amb Sahib Colony, adjoining Phase XI, here today.

As many as 15 kundis were moved by employees of the board which had been connected to low voltage lines passing from the area. It is learnt that the length of each kundi was about 30 metres.

The earlier operation had been carried out on July 16 when employees of the board removed about 100 metres of cable which had a thickness of 50 mm. The cable had been connected to the high voltage lines passing from the area.

The Ropar Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Seema Jain, who had held a meeting with Municipal Council, PSEB and PUDA officials yesterday had asked the power board authorities to see to it that kundis did not appear again in the colonies from where they had been removed. She had also directed them to check Guru Nanak Colony in Phase XI in this regard.

It is learnt that the JE of the area had brought to the notice of the SDO concerned that kundis had resurfaced in the Amb Sahib Colony. A plan was prepared and operation carried out around 12.30 p.m. with the help of 25 police personnel.

It is learnt that the police had to stay in the area for some time even after the operation had been carried out because the residents of the colony had threatened to break the windowpanes of the houses falling opposite the colony as they were under the impression that the operations were being carried out on the basis of complaints made by those residents.

Mr K.S. Sidhu, Additional Superintending Engineer (ASE), PSEB, said that the drive against power theft would continue and cases would be registered against the guilty.



Estate Office: where clerk is the king
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Not for nothing has he earned the sobriquet of clerk badshah of the UT Estate Office. Estate officers come and go, but he remains where he always was: at the fulcrum of the key office — as powerful, knowledgeable and abrasive as ever. The stay of an estate officer of the union territory, usually an IAS officer on deputation from Haryana, averages two and a half years. And by the time, he familiarises himself with the ins and outs of the office, it is time to go.

Clerks on the other hand are here for a life time of service. There are employees who have been serving in the Estate Office for the past more than 32 years and have worked with as many as 17 estate officers. Little wonder nothing can get past the clerk badshah. It is he alone who can wade through more than 70, 000 files clogging the musty record room and come up with the right piece of advice. And a note written by him on the file can seldom be countered even by the estate officer.

The UT Estate Office has only 270 employees but the set-up is so powerful that the whole of the UT revolves around it. There is hardly any aspect of life in the UT which does not involve the estate office. It deals with the sale and transfer of residential, commercial, industrial, educational and institutional properties besides the offices of the various government and other semi-government departments. Another wing, called SDO (Buildings) deals with the violation of building bye-laws. Yet another cell deals with the misuse of buildings. It also has an enforcement wing which regularly moves against illegal colonies, slums, roadside vendors, rehri markets.

Another segment of the office deals with the acquisition of land and other related functions. It is also a major revenue earning department of the Chandigarh Administration and earned as much as Rs 131.75 crore as against the target of Rs 130 crore fixed for last year.

Mr Arun Kumar, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer took over charge of his assignment about two months ago and is still familiarising himself with the functioning of the estate office. But the Assistant Estate Officer, Mr Ashwani Kumar, says that several steps have been taken to streamline the functioning of the estate office and make it people-friendly. A single-window system has been introduced under which any case submitted to the estate office has to be disposed of within 45 days. The entry of the general public into the office has been restricted to just one hour a day from 12 noon to 1 p.m. to enable the staff to concentrate on disposal of files. A close circuit television system has also been installed focusing primarily on the record room following complaints that property files went missing at crucial moments.

However, those visiting any wing of the Estate Office say that it is anything but people friendly. As Mr Amarjit Singh Sethi, general secretary of the Chandigarh Nagrik Sabha puts it, the staff is generally rude, indifferent and unhelpful and seems to enjoy the discomfiture of the visitors. “Their attitude is not how to find solution to a problem presented by the residents, but how not to. On the whole, it is a frustrating experience.

“The single-window system can hardly be termed as a success because the babudom which dominates the estate office has found a way to defeat the main intention of the Administration: it holds up the file for 44 days before sending it back to the person concerned with some query or the other”.

Frequently, one wing of the Estate Office does not know what the other is doing. In one case, Mr Sethi says, a property was ordered to be resumed in January, 2003 for alleged violation of building byelaws but the owner was not informed about it till the end of June. In the intervening period, the land acquisition officer, who deals with these cases, continued to hear arguments by the owner for the grant of extension in time for the regularisation of the violations. He was also in communication with the SDO (B) for a formal report so that extension could be granted.

Mr Ashok Bansal, another social worker, feels that nothing much should be expected out of the estate office unless the administration simplified the bye-laws and rules. “Can you believe that as many as 35 NOCs are required before a building plan is cleared by the Administration? Steps should also be taken to computerise the records so that there is no confusion and duplication of efforts”.


Forest Dept providing saplings free of cost
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
In order to maintain the green cover of the city, the Forest Department of Chandigarh Administration is providing saplings of trees free of cost.

These will be made available at following forest nurseries: Hallomajra Nursery on Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway; Nursery at Forest Rest House in front of railway station; Kishangarh Nursery at Kishangarh village; Forest Nursery in Patiala-ki-Rao Forests (behind Panjab University) and Forest Nursery near Boat Club.

All educational institutions (schools and colleges), government and non-government institutions organisations, farmers and city residents can collect saplings as per their requirement and plant those. This is the right time for plantation as the Monsoon is at its peak.

To take full advantage of rainy season, complete plantation should be done by July 31. Before planting, clean the place by clearing grass and weeds. Remove stones, and pebbles from the soil taken out of the pit and mix two parts of top soil with one part of manure i.e. the ratio of soil and manure should be 2:1, a spokesperson for the Forest Department said.


Ministers plant saplings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Saplings were planted by Punjab Ministers during the Vanamahotsava celebrations held at the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, here today.

The Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, inaugurated the function by planting a sapling.

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was scheduled to inaugurate the function, could not attend due to some reasons.

Later, a touch screen ( kiosk) system, which would provide information on the Vidhan Sabha, was also inaugurated by Mr Lal Singh.

Among others who planted the saplings were Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Mr Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, and Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker. 


Mohali sanitation work to cost Rs 99 lakh
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, July 18
The sanitation work in the town, which has been allotted to a single agency, begins tomorrow.

A conditional allotment letter for a period of three months has been issued by the Municipal Council to the contractor even though the contract had been signed for one year. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 1.04 crore and the work has been allotted for Rs 99.90 lakh.

Mr Kulwant Singh, president of the council, said the work period of the contractor would be extended only if his work was found satisfactory by the councillors and the public.

The president appealed to the public to help him in keeping the town clean and they could do so by dumping their garbage at earmarked sites. He said if residents noticed some person littering the area, a complaint in this regard could be made to the civic body.

The sanitation work would include sweeping of the roads, lifting and dumping of garbage at the earmarked site.


Haj pilgrimage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The last date for receiving applications from Chandigarh-based pilgrims interested to go on Haj pilgrimage has been extended till July 25.

A pilgrim can send application along with a bank draft for Rs 10,550 drawn in favour of the State Haj Committee, Chandigarh, to Mr I.S. Sandhu, SDM-cum-Coordinator of the committee, room No. 18, 1st floor, Estate Office Building, Sector 17, Chandigarh.

The application form can also be collected from the Superintendent, Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Chandigarh, free of cost.


Seminar on Netaji
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The Netaji Probe and Research is organising a seminar on “What Happened to Netaji: Reconstructing India as per Netaji’s way” on Sunday at Gurmukh Singh Musafir Hall, Sector 24 here.

Netaji’s nephew Subrata Bose, MP and All India Forward Block general secretary Bebabrratta Biswas’ and a close associate of Netaji’, Col Pritam Singh (retd) will also participate in the seminar.


We can live without food, not water

With the publication of this page on conserving water, we are hereby closing this column. We regret not being able to publish the views of scores of other schoolchildren on the subject. — Editor

WE all know that water is one of the most important natural resource for sustaining both plant and animal life. So, it is our duty to conserve this natural resource in order to save life on the blue planet that is earth.

But, to our utter dismay we see the misutilisation of this valuable natural resource everyday and everywhere.

A few steps like storing the rain water in tanks and water aquifers, judicious and economical use of water in our day to day chores like washing and bathing can be a great step.

Parents and teachers ought to teach the youngsters the importance of water. Cartoons, T.V. programs, video clippings and small skits based on water conservation can also help in creating awareness among people. Everyone should plant a tree on birthdays If millions of Indians join hands and save a little water everyday, the crisis can be met.

Gurjot Singh, Class VII, St. John's High School, Chandigarh.

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Water is the essence of life that makes our earth a unique plant.

But since the very beginning of human civilisation, the 'self purifying' and 'self cleaning' capacity of the environment started deteriorating.

We use water in bathing, cooking, washing, recreating and irrigation, among others. We can conserve water by using less water and avoiding wastage at home. If water is left running while we are brushing our teeth 38 litres of water will be wasted per person.

Water used for washing of clothes can be used for washing cars and scooters. We can conserve water by using better methods of irrigation. Drip irrigation supplies water to the roots of plants drop by drop instead of filling the entire field with full of water.

If we do not throw dead bodies of humans, animal and their ashes into the river and avoid excessive use of fertilisers, water pollution can be prevented.

Proper arrangements must be made for disposal of industrial wastes, treatment of sewage also prevent water pollution. Rain water can be collected and put to judicious use.

Thus, water is precious, save it, or else our survival is in danger.

Divya, Class VII, Carmel Convent, Chandigarh.

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Water is the 'elixir of life'. We have to make sure that even poor people get their minimum necessary requirement of pure drinking water.

Apart from avoiding wastage of water and repair of leaking pipes the following steps should be taken to conserve water: collecting rain water, cutting down on swimming pools when there is not even enough drinking water for the poor, using water from the tubewells for lawns and kitchen gardens. Punishing defaulters for violating the rules on water conservation would also check wastage.

Aniket Saharan, Class IX, Army School, Ambala Cantt.

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Fresh, clean water is an extremely precious resource and would become a novelty if water is not conserved and wastage checked.

Eight out of 20 river basins in our country are already water deficit. In 200 districts, the ground water levels have reduced anywhere from 20 ft. to 1000 ft. in past 20 years. Communities, both urban and rural are thirsting for water.

We have made no serious effort to utilise and conserve the rain water. India receives 1869 billion cubic meters of water flows annually, 85 per cent of which flows into the sea. Indiscriminate use of ground water is turning green lands into pockets of barrenness and salinity. Inadequate water charge to the consumers cause water wastage.

If water scarcity is not to become a dreadful reality we must immediately alter agricultural buying and pricing policies that discourage water guzzling crops, convince village communities to grow only such crops that do not deplete local water resources, start paying higher rates for the water we consume, start harvesting and conserving natural water flows at community level, increase both government and private investments for building, preserving and distributing water flows.

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Qudrat Paul, Class VII, St. Anne's Convent School, Chandigarh.

Water is a prime natural resource, basic human need and precious national asset.

The purity and quality of water is of primary concern to human beings as it is directly related to his domestic needs and economic activities. Nature has given us plenty of water but even then there is a shortage of water because we have misused and polluted our water recourses to a get extent.

The surplus water in the rainy season causes flood while draught may occur in the dry season.

The management and conversation of water includes integrated water shed plans for drinking, irrigation and industrial uses, flood control, transferring surplus water to water deficit basins by inter-linking of rivers, hydro-geological survey to identify over-exploited areas, artificial charging of the ground water, mass awareness programmes by public and private agencies.

A leaking tap must be repaired immediately because if it leaks slowly it wastes 400 litres and a fast drips wastes 3000 litres per day.

Manonit Kaur, Class IX, Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh.

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'Water water nowhere, and a lot of thirst to quench' appears to be the most befitting remark on the eternal problem of water rarity, predominantly in the rural locales.

The meteoric population growth is now supplemented by another terrible predicament that needs to be rectified as soon as possible. Arid lands, desiccated water tanks and parched throats are what the habitants of the rural segments in India frequently witness. The problem of water paucity has risen because of us and the solution lies with us as well.

To begin with, rain water harvesting should be made a compulsory practice Along with that, drip irrigation should be introduced to reduce wastage of water.

To complement these, small dams can also be constructed on canals and rivulets. In areas of acute water shortage, mobile tankers would prove to be very helpful.

The need of the hour is to join hands and fight this crisis since together we can make a difference.

Shrinkhla Narula, Class XII, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh.

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Water covers 75 per cent of the surface of our planet because of which Earth is often called the ‘Blue Planet’. Two third of our body is made up of water. Hence water is essential to life.

Only one per cent of the Earth's water is available for drinking purpose. Sadly even the limited source of water supply is contaminated by chemicals, metals, micro organisms and other pollutants.

Access to adequate and safe drinking water has become a challenge despite several steps taken by the Government in this regard.

Every drop of water matters a lot. We should not let taps open unnecessary without need. Unknowingly we waste litres of water daily. We should put a brick or filled plastic bottles with stop cork inside our flush-tank. By doing so, almost one litre of water can be saved.

If half of our daily city population adopt this method then approximately two lakh one thousand seven hundred seventy one, litres of water can be saved. The Chandigarh administration is planning to replace the old flush tanks with small sized tanks.

So, now it our turn to co-operate with our Government and save water because water is the balm of life. Remember, "If you save water, you are saving your life."

Hima Chaudhary, Class VI, St. Stephen School, Chandigarh.

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In today's world, enough water is not available to most of the population to meet even the basic needs. Though nature has provided us sufficient quantity of water, we are misusing it. As a result millions of people are dying without it. Existing water resources are polluted by throwing garbage, industrial waste, bathing, washing and other human activities.

Each and every drop of water is to be conserved. Water used for washing can be reused to clean the cars, floors and watering the plants.

Use of small capacity flushing cistern in toilets can also help to save water. Avoid over-flowing of overhead tanks and turn off the tap when not in use.

One of the methods of solving water problem in the cities is rain water and roof water harvesting.

By connecting the outlet pipe from roof top to divert collected water to well or tubewell or bore well, rain water can be stored for use later.

Intelligent use of water, rain water harvesting, new methods of irrigation, by growing more trees can help in conserving water.

Mayan Malik, Class IV, St. Anne's Convent School, Chandigarh.

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Many of us don't realize that water is the scarcest resource in the world. Of the total water available on the earth only 0.0007% is available for human consumption.

According to world wildlife funds statistics 1/5th of the equatorial forest were lost between 1960 & 1990. As a result 31,000 plants and animals species face the threat of extinction. The world environment day theme for the year 2003 is water — two billion dying for it! This theme has been chosen to support the United National International year of Fresh — water. It calls on each of us to help safeguard the most precious gift we got from the nature.

For meeting the demand of drinking water, we should adopt the processes like sedimentation, filtration, chlorination.

Ours being a primarily agrarian society calls for educating the farmers about judicious and prudent use of water and the ill -effects of flood irrigation, careful crop planning which is, less water consuming where water is scarce.

Sprinkle and drip irrigation system should be used in agriculture. Reviving the old methods of digging wells and community tanks should be adopted.

Nidhi Sharma, Class VI Our Lady of Fatima Convent High School, Patiala.

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The entire India faced problems of shortage of water this summer. Before wasting water we should realise what it is costing us. We, as responsible citizens, should try to save water wherever we can, whether it is at home, public places or at schools.

To conserve water certain advertisements should be given on TV, radio and newspapers, so that people should become aware of saving the most precious resource on earth. New techniques should be invented, so that the water which is not proper for drinking can be used in some fields.

At home, we must use a bucket to bathe instead of showers which result in a lot of wastage.

Ramneek Multani, Class IX, Guru Nanak Public School, Chandigarh.

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Water is nectar for mankind and one of the natural resources given by God. With the increase in population and fast depleting natural resources, the time has come to save water.

We can conserve water by making underground tanks or wells so that rain water can be stored in them through the drain pipes to save it from wastage and evaporation.

We should also set up more and more water purifying stations in view of purifying dirty water for reutilization. We should give importance to afforesation which is a prerequisite for checking wastage and plays a major role in bringing rains.

Dinesh Singh, Class XII, Govt. Model Sr. Sec School, Chandigarh.

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With the onset of summers, the requirement of water shoots up. This problem is more acute in villages. Unchecked pollution from industries and wrong use of underground water has resulted in lowering the water table and wells are gradually drying up. Even fresh water springs are unfit for human consumption.

Earthen dams which require very little investment, can be built. This water can be used for farming as well. Children should be made to understand the important need of water at junior level. Both in rural and urban areas, overhead tanks should be made in such a way that rain water harvesting is possible. Disconnection of water supply should be the only punishment for anyone who wastes water.

Adhiraj Dhawan, Class VII, St. Stephen's School, Chandigarh.

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Water is the most important thing for the survival of mankind. Nowadays, water is being wasted. As a result, it cannot reach the small villages which are very backward.

We can check water wastage by not being extravagant with usable water.

Harnessed rain water can by used for generating electricity, watering plants, fisheries, tourism.

The government should restrict the number of wells and tube-wells because as their number is increasing the level of ground water is also decreasing.

So, let us make the citizens of our country aware of these things and conserve as much water as you can and never feel shy to do such things.

Manikaran Singh, Class VIII, DAV Model School, Chandigarh.

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Water is one of the five tatvas we are all made up of. Our blue planet is 70 per cent water. Despite the fact that there is more water than earth surface our geologists' predict water shortage in the coming years.

We are all aware that potable water is being wasted. Since we ourselves are the culprits, we have to ensure that there is no wastage of water.

Very simple measures like closing the tap after use, using a bucket for taking a bath instead of a shower, using minimum water for flushing helps in minimising consumption.

Rain water harvesting is another effective method to conserve water. This will certainly help to raise the water table. Similarly, the pollution of rivers should be checked. Effluents of industries should be properly treated before discharging it in the rivers.

Amrita Singh, Class VIII, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Ambala Cantt.

Water fills the oceans, rivers, and lakes, and is in the ground and the air we breathe. But most of it is salty while whatever is available for consumption is being used up at a very fast rate due to our carelessness. On an average, each person in a developed country uses about 200 litre of water a day in the home.

People have found many ways to desalinate ( remove the salt from water ) seawater. Desalination offers hope of relieving water shortages near seacoasts. These processes produce fresh water from salt water. Freezing, which is a kind of desalination, removes the water from the salt. Rainwater can be stored in underground tanks and can be used later for irrigation. Rivers should be controlled by building dams so that during monsoons excess of water is routed through canals for irrigation. It will also control floods and generate electricity.

Trees have the capability of holding water and releasing it during transpiration. But some illiterate people believe that by setting these forests on fire, we can bring rain and prevent scarcity of water.

Every car washing station should have a water recycling plant so that more cars can be washed by using less water. We should try our best to use water economically.

Sahil Katyal, Class IX, St Anne's Convent School, Chandigarh.

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Since the "Save Water" campaign started appearing in The Tribune, I have started looking around and noticed a few places where water can be saved.

Domestic help is in the habit of opening the taps full throttle, while washing utensils, filling of water coolers and then moving to attend to other jobs, leaving the water overflowing. Similarly water used for mopping and car cleaning is thrown out as dirty water. This water can be reused in a number of ways including watering of plants. While helpers need to be educated on these issues, each student must plant a sapling to promote afforestation.

Stanzin Rabyang , Class VIII, Saint Soldier International School, Chandigarh.

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Water is the most precious gift that God has given to us. Yet some people are deprived of this gift because of carelessness and selfishness of the others. Every morning when I go out for cycling,, I see people watering lawns and washing cars without even thinking that of people who do not even get water to drink.

Moreover, some people living on ground floors do not care for those who live on the upper floors. They keep taps running even if water keeps flowing down the drains. This results in water not reaching the upper floors.

If we all pledge to stop wasting water and start caring about those who do not get sufficient water even for drinking, then things can improve.

Aman Kharbanda , Class V, YPS, Mohali.

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It is quite true the water shortage is the biggest problem today. Unless we take some steps, the problem cannot be overcome. Water in which food is cooked should not be drained but used for watering plants and while washing utensils, the tap should not be kept running.

Air conditioners should be used less frequently since they increases temperature and consequently there is more evaporation of water.

Linking of rivers will solve the problem of drought in some areas and flooding in other parts. We must harvest rain water by making check dams on all possible water sources.

We should have a long term policy to protect our earth from global warming so that adequate rains are available for each and every region.

Shivani Pal, Class IX, Bathinda.

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Earth is filled with two-thirds of water, but only two per cent of it is potable. Next to air it is water without which life is not possible.

We should use water economically for washing utensils, cars and watering lawns.

Small children shouldn't be allowed to take a bath alone as they waste too much water. It is the duty of parents to teach their children the importance of water.

It is observed that in many schools most of the taps leak and do not close properly which leads to wastage of water. So it is the responsibility of the school authorities to make sure that the taps work properly.

In public places also, care should be taken to prevent the leakage of water. Since plants help in conserving water so we must grow more and more plants. We all should join water saving campaigns.

Nikita Sharma, Class VII, St Stephens School, Chandigarh.

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Water has become a major problem in cities and villages. It is fundamental to the very survival of every human being, rich or poor, urban or rural life without water is impossible.

There has been 1100 to 1200 causalities in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat only because of absence of water whereas people in other states are wasting water.

Children in school should be taught how to conserve water. A lot of water is wasted in a bathrooms and kitchens. This water should be reused for other purposes.

Harman Singh Grewal, ICSE-2003

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Imagine life in your home with no taps and no toilets. This is how more than two billion people in the world have to live. Such conditions cause severe health hazards and people, particularly children, do not survive. We know ours is an agrarian economy and there is great need of channelising the water properly through dams and other methods.

Most of the water reserves have been polluted or are shrinking due to the irregular patterns in rainfall and the increase in population.

We all should try to make judicious use of water at the time of performing domestic chores and try to create awareness in the society about how to make proper use of water.

Peeyush Aggarwal, Class X, St. Peter's Academy, Patiala

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We all talk and write a lot about conservation of water but we forget about the wastage of water we make. If we stop wasting water, I believe there will be excess of water every where.

We all waste water while brushing and bathing and cleaning our houses. Washing of cars can be done once a week, where as people prefer to wash it even twice a day.

Last week, I was in Kolkata and was astonished to learn that there are no water charges in West Bengal. In fact water should be heavily charged for to ensure it is not wasted.

Every year, schools should undertake tree plantation drives at various locations and a campaign to educate the public for saving water should be undertaken at the level of the government.

Mahima Mehta, Class VII, Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh.

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To save water is the need of the hour. We can begin saving water in our homes and this can be extended to a larger area.

At our homes, water wastage starts in the morning, when we brush our teeth. We can use a small mug instead of using the taps. We can water our plants in our homes using water used earlier for washing veggies, cereals.

We can use rainwater. At commercial level, in hotels, underground water reservoirs can be used.

According to reports, more than 70 per cent of rainwater in India is wasted. The government should devise ways to ensure this wastage is checked and the water is utilised. By the time govt. does its share, we should start saving water at individual level.

Prateek, Class X, Sri Aurobindo International School, Patiala.

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Pollution has its origins in the Latin word "poluere" which means contamination of any feature of environment.

Water is one of the most important resource we have. Poor management of existing water resources can lead to running out or atleast shrinking of these resources

Developing countries like India need to work on the sustainable ways to manage their natural resources. Traditional habit of discharging untreated sewage and chemical wastes directly into rivers, lakes, estuaries of oceans for eventual assimilation into environment is no longer acceptable. This would solve a lot of our water problems and make more water available for mankind.

Vaneeta Singh, Sant Nagar, Patiala.

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There has been one substantial element - "JAL" which has sustained life on Earth. Water is he necessity of life; it's the driver of nature's cycle.

With the population explosion, ever mounting domestic, industrial and agricultural consumption all natural resources especially water are heading towards exhustion, putting our survival at stake.

Effective steps for water conservation need to be undertaken. Grow more trees to improve the hydrological cycle. Comprehensive ground and surface water protection programs need to be launched. Designation of critical ground water areas will also help. Conservation can delay desalination. So let’s come together to help nature to help us.

Ruchi Sharma, Class XII, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh.

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Water is truly a wonderful substance. Plants and animals can survive for a very short period without water. We should control the increasing pressure of population on our natural resources. Rain water should be properly harvested in the tanks s and afforestation to maintain and increase the water table should be undertaken. Waste and sewage water from industries should be treated in water treatment plants and should be recycled.

Vidushi Gupta, Class VII, St Anne's Convent School, Chandigarh.

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Though 70 to 75 per cent of the earth's surface is water yet only three per cent of it is fit for human consumption. But many people are unaware of this. They use water resources as dustbins. Rivers, ponds, oceans, etc are ruthlessly punished by throwing tonnes of sewage, garbage, etc into them. In fact, the pure water is turned into poison that causes fatal diseases like cholera. Lessening of rains and drying of wells are further causing a water crisis. The only way to save India from water crisis is to follow "Reduce Reuse, Recycle and Restore" principle. Not only should we reduce our water consumption by not using pipes to wash cars, etc. We should utilize dirty water by giving it to plants. Dirty water of rivers and oceans ( specially) should be recycled and again made fit for human consumption.

Sukrit Singh Shah, Class IX, Vivek High School, Chandigarh.

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Although water is nature's most wonderful, abundant and useful compound, yet it is the most misused one. Out of the total water consumed by human beings, more than 50 per cent of it is consumed by industrial activity and only a small portion is used for drinking purpose.

Water can be conserved by using and reusing water, substituting a bucket for a hose, constructing earthen dams to collect rain water and harvesting this water during the monsoon season.

Eshani Khandpur , Class VI St Kabir Public School, Chandigarh.

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The Mercury is surging high and demand for water is shooting up too. Truly stated-- "A stitch in time saves nine." So, man should realise the worth of water and utilise it in the most optimum manner instead of using running water to wash cars and water lawns.

Now, as the problem of water shortage has become more poignant, the need is to conserve water in contour trenches and reservoirs. Further, the pipelines carrying water to the cities should be checked for any kind of punctures so that there is no wastage. Digging holes in the ground and tunneling them so that water can be conserved in them and protected from foreign elements is another alternative.

Let's take an earnest pledge to discard wasting water or else our earth would twirl to another venus or ..mars.

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Komal Gulati, Class XII, DAV Model School, Chandigarh.

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Everyone is aware of the fact that human activities have caused a serious problem of water paucity.

The first and foremost step that can be taken in this direction is to minimise wastage. More than 50 per cent of the fresh-water available is lost due to wastage. Activities like watering gardens, washing vehicles, construction of buildings, etc should be performed by recycled water. Deforestation has proved very fatal on mankind . As such, more and more trees should be planted.

Also, awareness programmes should be launched and special workshops should be held with regards to water crisis. Their is a lot of ignorance prevailing on the ways in which common man can conserve water. Educating the masses should be done at the sector level so that the message reaches one and all

It is the sole duty of the individuals and the society to conserve water. We need not wait for anyone to make a beginning. Every step taken in this direction will prove worthy for mankind. Just remember, it is now and never and that there is no tomorrow.

Rhythem Pahwa, Class X, Stepping Stones School, Chandigarh.


Vehicles stolen

CHANDIGARH: Ram Avtar Bansal, a local resident, has reported that his Maruti car (CH-01-Q-0206) was stolen on Tuesday night. It was parked in front of his residence.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Harwinder Pal Singh, a resident of Sector 34-C, has reported that his Toyota Qualis (HR-61-HQ-6476(T), was stolen on Wednesday night. It was parked at his residence. A case has been registered.

Arun Kumar, a resident Patiala, has reported that his mobile phone was stolen from his car, which was parked in front of the District Courts Complex, Sector 17, Chandigarh. A case has been registered.

Cash snatched

Bali Ram, a resident of Sector 29, has reported that two motor cycle-borne persons snatched cash Rs 700 from him on Thursday near the Tribune chowk. A case has been registered.

Case registered

A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 17 police station on the complaint of Ms Sanjay Sharda, a local resident, against accused Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Sector 46, who was caught red-handed while stealing a car stereo from his car. The accused has been arrested in this case.

Assault case

Hari Singh, a resident of Kajheri, has reported that Krishan Kumar and his father, Jai Kumar, both residents of Sector 52, allegedly assaulted him and his wife, Ram Wati, at his residence on Wednesday. A case under Sections 323, 325 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. Both the accused have been arrested.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Balwinder Kumar, a resident of Nawan Gaon Tapuria village in Nawanshahr districts from the ISBT, Sector 43, on Thursday and seized 25 pouches of liquor from his possession. A case has been registered.

Five injured in accidents

Five persons were injured in two accidents here on Thursday. Two persons, who were seriously injured in the accidents, were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Four youths, Kailash, Santosh, Vajinder and Satinder, in the age group of 20 to 24 years, were injured in a truck-car collision. Satinder, whose leg was fractured in the accident was rushed to the PGI. The accident took place on the national highway near Housing Board Colony.

In another accident, an auto-rickshaw overturned on the Kalka-Chandigarh road, 1 km from here. Gabriel Murti, who was injured in the accident, was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Purse snatched

SAS Nagar
Two-scooter borne youths snatched a purse from a woman here today.

Ms Naresh Pathak, a resident of Phase IV, had alighted from a local bus and walking towards her house when the crime took place. It is reported that the purse contained cash and documents. The youths were wearing helmets. The police is investigating the case.


Woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
A 35-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Sector 44 this morning. This is the sixth case of suicide in the city in the past one week.

The body has been sent to the General Hospital, Sector 16, for a post-mortem examination.

The woman has been identified as Seema. Her husband Ram Gopal said she had been suffering from depression for the past few months. She was alone at the house when she hanged herself.


New mobile phone models to hit market
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 18
Inaugurating a “Nokia Care” centre here yesterday, Nokia India Managing Director Sanjeev Sharma said the company would be setting up a “Mobile Entry Product Department” soon. “This would provide cheap and reliable phones, costing around Rs 2,500,’’ he asserted.

Mr Sharma said the company would launch four new models by the year-end, besides marketing digital fun cameras. The fun camera could take at least 300 photographs which could be sent to multi-media messaging services enabled phones, he revealed.

Giving details about the mobile phones, he said the new models would be Nokia Engage, Nokia 6220 with data feed facility, Nokia 6000 with in-built video camera and Nokia 3300 with MP3 and FM radio.

Mr Sharma said a network of 140 after-sale service centres too would be set up all across the country. In Punjab, the centres would be located at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Patiala.

Replying to a query, Mr Sharma said Nokia was importing mobile phones and there were no immediate plans of manufacturing them within the country. He attributed this to the ‘’penetration’’ in the Indian market, which he said was a slow as two per cent compared to as high as 70 per cent in some of the Asian countries, including Indonesia and China.

He said at present India had an organised and unorganised market of one million sets, which was insufficient for setting up a manufacturing unit.

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