Sunday, July 27, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PSEB detects 100 cases of power theft
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 26
In one of the largest drives undertaken on a single day, a team of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Mohali circle, conducted raids on various places in the city periphery today to check the theft of power and collected Rs 2.75 lakh as penalty.

Over 100 cases of power theft in various forms were detected during these raids. Other than overhead kundi connections, the raiding parties also discovered that electricity cables were hidden underground to steal power.

The raids led by Assistant Superintending Engineer, Mr K.S. Sidhu, started in the wee hours of today and a team of SDOs, JEs and line staff raided Naya Gaon, Kansal, Nadah, Mullanpur, besides the colonies falling in Naya Gaon.

“The extent of power theft was maximum at Naya Gaon where other than slum-dwellers many petty shopkeepers were stealing with the help of sophisticated equipment. The raids were successful but as the news spread that PSEB teams were raiding the villages, many persons hastened to remove the kundis,” Mr Sidhu said.

Other than these villages, colonies falling in Naya Goan, including Janta Colony, Dashmesh Nagar, Adarsh Nagar and Shivalik Vihar were also raided. At least 15 kundi connections, 46 cases of meter tampering and 37 unauthorised extensions were detected by the team. The culprits were penalised on the spot but as a part of the follow-up action, those caught today are liable to be booked under various sections of the penal code.

Many residents of the Tribune Colony in Naya Gaon were found to have spread underground wires for stealing power from the overhead cables. A 100 metre long underground wire was also unearthed from the colony.

“The raids were kept a secret. Even the local PSEB employees were not informed about the raids to rule out the possibility of them informing the power thieves of the areas. Moreover, these raids were simultaneous in all places so that information does not travel from one place to another. We had divided the team into 20 separate squads. The drive started at 4 am and continued till late in the afternoon. We carried out the raids without the assistance of the police,” Mr Sidhu said.


PUDA notices to 266 property owners
Residents plan to move court
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 26
At least 266 house owners here stand to lose their properties worth crores of rupees to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for no apparent fault of theirs.

PUDA has issued show cause notices to the owners of 266 residential houses and asked them to explain why the occupation certificates, issued to them by PUDA, should not be cancelled. Interestingly these occupation certificates were issued in December 2000 and by now, these houses are not just completely built and occupied by the owners for the past three years but had also changed hands many a times.

Explaining the situation, the notice states that PUDA had conducted an inquiry and found that the certificates issued by it in December 2000 were based on faulty reports filed by PUDA’s field staff and so the owners are now required to give reasons why their allotments should not be revoked.

Other than making these owners panicky the receipt of these notices has caused confusion. “The notice is self defaming. While conceding that it was the fault of PUDA field officers who issued occupation certificates to houses which were still not habitable, the notice goes ahead and seeks an explanation from the receiver of the certificate instead of the issuer,” a resident of Sector 65 said.

Interestingly, these notices have been issued after two years of the completion of the inquiry. The inquiry was conducted by the then Additional Chief Administrator (Headquarters), Ms Sonali Arora, who had filed her report in January 2001. After that no action was taken some PUDA officials were surprised when the matter was suddenly taken up and notices issued early this month.

According to sources, over 360 occupation notices were issued in December 2000 by then PUDA Estate Officers, Mr G.S. Ghumman, followed by Mr J.K. Garg. These notices were based on the reports filed by the field staff, a team of junior engineers who operate area wise. However, following newspaper reports, it came to light that the estate officers had issued occupation notices to persons who had not even begun construction on their plots. An inquiry was conducted and it was found that 266 houses out of the total of 360 were not in a habitable condition when the occupation certificates were issued.

While over a hundred of these houses are in Sector 71, an equal number of these are spread in Phase 3B1, 3B2 3A, XI and VII. The size too varies from a 200 square yard house to a 500 sq yard house. The first 26 set of these owners have now been asked to personally meet the estate officer from July 28 onwards.

“We have formed an association and will move the court,” said the owner of a house in Sector 71.


Candlelight vigil in Kargil martyrs’ memory
Tribune News Service

  • While a number of civilian organisations observed Vijay Divas in the memory of those killed while evicting Pakistani intruders from the Kargil Sector in 1999, the armed forces kept silent.
  • The Western Command’s official spokesperson said he had not received any information for dissemination to the media whether Vijay Divas was observed in military establishments or not.
  • The Central Government had decided not to take the lead in observing Vijay Divas this year in view of the recent developments in Indo-Pak ties.

Chandigarh, July 26
A candlelight memorial service to observe Vijay Divas in the memory of Kargil martyrs was organised by the All India Anti-Terrorist Front at Sector 17 Plaza here today. Amidst slogans of “Jai Hind” and “Vande Mataram”, tributes were paid to those who laid down their lives in the 1999 Kargil conflict. Local shopkeepers and visitors to the marketplace also joined the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, the president of the front’s local unit, Mr Rajesh Sharma, said the sacrifices made by the armed forces in protecting the country must not be forgotten. The front also flayed the Central Government’s decision not to observe Vijay Divas this year.

The students wing of the front also commemorated Vijay Divas by offering floral tributes at the Memorial of Martyrs at DAV College, Sector 10.


Former Punjab Governor Lt-Gen BKN Chhibber (retd) and president of the Senior Citizens Council H.L. Ratta pay floral tributes to martyrs from the region on Vijay Divas in Panchkula
Former Punjab Governor Lt-Gen BKN Chhibber (retd) and president of the Senior Citizens Council H.L. Ratta pay floral tributes to martyrs from the region on Vijay Divas in Panchkula on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

The Vijay Divas was observed by the Senior Citizens Council and other social organisations by paying floral tributes to the martyrs of the region. The former Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chibber, was the chief guest.

General Chibber, while paying tributes to Kargil martyrs, said though the war was short-lived, it was very crucial and many young officer made the supreme sacrifice for the nation. He admired the parents of the martyrs and said the government should look after them properly.

Maj Deepinder Bhuchar, Vir Chakra, Deputy Commandant Joy Lal, Second Lieut Rajiv Sandhu, Mahavir Chakra, Capt Deepak Guleria, Sena Medal, and Maj Sandeep Sagar were remembered for their valour and sacrifice. The families of most of the martyrs were present.

The occasion was marked by patriotic songs sung by film singer Devki Anand, Ms Achla Dingley and Ms Satinder Trikha. Mr Ram Tirath Joshi and Mr B.D. Kalia also rendered poems on the sacrifices made by martyrs. Wg Cdr H.L. Ratta, president of Senior Citizens Council, later thanked the chief guest.

Among others present on the occasion were the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam Kasni, vice-president of Municipal Council, Ms A. Waraich.


Computer dealers cheated of lakhs
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
A local computer trader has allegedly duped many computer hardware dealers of millions of rupees. A complaint has been lodged at the public window system of the UT police against him by the Association of Computer Traders and Professionals yesterday. However, the police is yet to register an FIR.

A senior official of the police confirmed that a complaint (reference No. 3477) of cheating has been received against Mr Jorden Loyal (29), son of Samual Loyal, proprietor Fair Brothers Marketing, Sector 20-C. “The police has initiated a preliminary inquiry into the fraud and subsequently the FIR will be registered”, said the official.

According to the complaint Fair Brothers Marketing owes Rs 63.10 lakh to 14 local computer hardware dealers. However, the total amount of fraud may run into several crores of rupees as Fair Brothers Marketing Company was the biggest supplier of Intel Computer processor in the north India besides, dealing in other hardware selling business.

The modus operandi was very simple. He used to buy computer hardware systems from the dealers and sell these in the market. Hardware systems were bought on credit from the market but payments were kept pending. Finally, when the payments ran into millions, he shut down the business, last week, and fled away.

As per the details available, Fair Brothers Marketing owes Rs 20 lakh to Ses Technologies (Sector 26), Rs 15 lakh to Redington India Ltd (Sector 20-D), Rs 10.59 lakh to Neotaric Computers (Sector 20-D), Rs 3.36 lakh to Techpacific India Pvt. Ltd. (Sector 34-A), Rs 5.00 lakh to Diksha Computers (Sector 20-C), Rs 74 thousand to Rashi Peripherals (Sector 8), Rs 1.08 lakh to Tricad Computers (Sector 22-B), Rs 1.7 lakh to IBM Pvt. Ltd. (Sector 32-D), Rs 1.75 lakh to Global Computers (Sector-22-D), Rs 1.08 lakh to Atlantic Technologies (Sector 20), Rs 1.19 lakh to KC Electronics (Sector 22-C), Rs 50 thousand to Pentium Computers (Sector 22-C), Rs 1.19 lakh to Supertech Electronics (Sector 35) and Rs 65,000 to Jorjy International (Sector 22-D).

The Tribune has also managed to secure photocopies of 34 cheques issued by Fair Brothers Marketing to various parties that bounced. The Fair Brothers operated their current accounts from Allahabad Bank, Sector 8 (Account No. 2056) and The Punjab State Co-operative Bank Ltd., Sector 20-D (Account No. 176).

Mr Amit Nanda of Diksha Computers alleged that the police was reluctant to lodge the FIR against Mr Jorden Loyal. “Earlier, the police even refused to receive the complaint at the public window system. Then, I along with few other computer traders met the Inspector-General and Senior Superintendent of UT police. The complaint was received only after their interference”, he said.

Police sources disclosed that the complaint has been referred to the economic offences wing of the UT police for preliminary investigations. “The FIR will be registered after preliminary investigation into the complaint”, the sources added. However, the police has so far not been able to trace Mr. Loyal for investigation.


Man stabbed, bag snatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Even as the top brass of the UT police was busy with its special drive launched today to check late-night crime in the city, miscreants struck as a police personnel and a man were found injured on the road in separate incidents.

Even as the entire UT police, including the IG, Mr Rajesh Kumar, and the SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, were moving on the city roads where 82 nakas had been put up, a stabbing and snatching incident took place at 10 p.m. near the light point between Sectors 18 and 19.

Puneet Gupta, in his mid-twenties was attacked by two youths who came on a motor cycle, wearing helmets. They stabbed him and took away his bag. When the incident took place, there was no police control room van or police personnel were in the vicinity.

Puneet was rushed to Mukat Hospital. Doctors at the hospital said there was a wound on his neck and he was discharged at 11.30 p.m., after being given medical aid.

A UT police personnel, Mr Sewa Singh, was found injured on the road dividing Sectors 18 and 21. He was rushed to the PGI, but was not in a position to reveal anything about the mishap.

Immediately after information about the stabbing and snatching incident was flashed, all entry points to the city were sealed by the police.


Special drive to check miscreants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Worried about the alarming rate of increase in crimes in the city, the local police today launched a special drive to check the movement of miscreants in the city during night.

An official spokesperson for the Chandigarh police, Inspector Jasmohan Singh, told Chandigarh Tribune that top officials, including IG Rajesh Kumar, SSP Gaurav Yadav, were themselves checking the movement of suspected persons during night.

He said the police established 80 checking points this night to put a check on the entry and movement of miscreants in the city. The drive would continue till 4 am.

During the past few months, there has been a tremendous increase in cases of murders, burglaries, thefts of vehicles, smuggling of liquor and other crimes in the city that has really put the credibility of the UT police at stake.

A senior official of the police revealed that there was a flood of complaints in the police headquarters against the negligence of duty by the patrolling staff during nighttime.

“Today’s exercise of the police will not only sound alarm bells to the miscreants but also help to ‘activate’ the PCR staff to be vigilant during the night time while performing their duty,” said the police official.

Hundreds of vehicles were checked while entering the city. Identities of hundreds of people were also verified. However, no one was detained when the reports last came.


Panjab varsity asks UT to reverse fee hike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Panjab University syndicate has asked the UT Administration to reverse the fee hike for the university and the local affiliated colleges announced recently. The issue sprung up in wake of the Punjab Government announcing a complete rollback on the proposed rates recently.

Mr Dilip Kumar, the DPI (UT), said that deliberations would be held at the senior level in the administration and a decision would be soon announced, sources said.

Highlighting the issue Prof Charanjit Chawla said a university could not have two fee structures, one for colleges in Punjab and another for the colleges in UT. It was also pointed out that the university should constitute a seven-member committee, as decided by the senate earlier, and recommend an alternate fees structure. Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath, Mr S.S.Virdi and Principal P.S.Sangha also spoke on the issue.

The university has decided to continue the commerce classes in the department of Evening Studies in the current academic year. The department had not started the admissions to the first year classes following differences with regard to the course not meeting the minimum work hour requirements in a week.

The syndicate has conveyed its displeasure to the department for not going ahead with the admissions despite a syndicate decision earlier. The department will continue with the five-day teaching schedule. In case the students faced problems with regard to completion of their syllabus, the Vice-Chancellor will have the powers to declare a six-day week.

The university has decided to continue with the facility of allowing private candidature for girl students in the current academic year. Principal Harmit Kaur, a fellow, had moved a resolution earlier seeking a ban on the practice saying its was against a University Grants Commission circular. The syndicate, however, decided to continue with the existing facility for girl students. It is relevant to mention that PU has decided to at least double the existing examination fee for private candidates. The private candidates will be required to provide adequate and satisfactory documentary proof of their permanent address as also an affidavit signed by a notary public or an oath commissioner verifying the correctness of the residential address.

The syndicate decided that teachers appointed for self financing colleges would be paid Rs 250 per lecture, both in private as well as government colleges. At the moment certain teachers were being paid Rs 125 only.


Raveena comes late, but captivates
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Raveena Tandon can manage to keep people waiting. So when she arrived about 40 minutes late than the scheduled time this afternoon, no grumbles were heard. The only reigning feeling was that of appreciation for the actress, who spilled every bit of maturity she portrays in each one of her performances.

Draped in an elegant brown that made her look ravishing, Raveena, for a change, did not start off the conversation from the usual Punjabi peg. Instead, she chose to compliment the French architect of Chandigarh for filling the city with his genius. Referring to Chandigarh as “a marvellously-planned city that can set example in town planning for other cities,” Raveena, who was here to inaugurate VLCC’s new look clinic in Sector 9, struck an instant rapport with the gathering.

After establishing a link, she began dabbling in things that concern her as an actress, who is socially and morally responsible to the system. No wonder Raveena is associated with the welfare of commercial sex workers back home in Mumbai. She was also the first among stars to have gone and entertained the wounded soldiers in the Kargil war.

As the conversation rolled, Raveena centred on the issue of crudity in Bollywood. “There have been occasions when I have felt embarrassed over my association with the film industry. A great deal of crudity has found its way into scripts and portrayal. There seems to be no end to the unsavoury trend that has begun to flow. We are taking the worst from the western culture and we have abandoned our roots. I will not defend the industry, though I am a part of it.”

Talking about the lost focus of films, Raveena recalled the days when she was starting to act. “It was a tough decision for our family. My father had always been a producer, director and because films were so much a part of our world I never thought I would go out of the way to make a career in films. It happened all of a sudden. There was opposition but my father left the decision to me, saying that my dignity lay in my hands.”

It’s this very dignity that Raveena has worked hard to keep. She has had her share of roles in the film industry. From an almost impetuous actress who struggled for credit about a decade back to a mature performer who walked away with the National Award for Daman recently, Raveena has gradually worked her way up the starry ladder. And as she carved a niche, she made sure that nothing typecast her. “That is exactly why I chose to transform. After purely commercial films like Andaz Apna Apna and others, I gave myself a break with mature performances.”

Known for her strong projection in women-oriented roles, Raveena is presently working in Sandhya, in an entirely different role. Making it clear that she would never be a part of frivolous productions that rest more on crudity and less on talent, Raveena said, “We will try to make a difference through our own production house. We are producing Pehchan, that features Vinod Khanna, myself and Rati Agnihotri.” The film, which is a courtroom drama, will be the second production of Raveena Tandon. The earlier one was Stumped, which came crashing down at the box office.

For her part, Raveena does not get into the mechanics of success. “If hits and flops affected me, it would mean that I have not played my part well enough in the past 10 years,” said the actress.


Raveena in city as ambassadress
Tribune News Service

Raveena Tandon who was in Chandigarh to inaugurate a beauty clinic
Raveena Tandon who was in Chandigarh to inaugurate a beauty clinic on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, July 26
Raveena Tandon made an appearance at Sector 9, where she inaugurated a VLCC beauty clinic this afternoon.

Playing a perfect ambassadress, Raveena talked at length about her association with Vandana Luthra, the owner of the VLCC, and her beauty saga that began over a decade ago.

“I still remember the days when I first met Vandana and her husband Mukesh. I did not know it was the beginning of a long-term relationship with this family, which was very nice and warm.”

Raveena Tandon while referring to Vandana Luthra said: “I would like to congratulate her team for helping millions look good and feel good by spreading the message of healthy living throughout the country.”

Vandana Luthra who was also present on the occasion talked about the effort involved in treating over five lakh people in the country of obesity.

Seemingly in a hurry, Raveena Tandon did not spend much time in taking a closer look at the operations inside the centre. She lighted the customary lamp and spent a few minutes interacting with the VLCC team inside the clinic.

Raveena talked of how important it was to look good. In a light vein, the actress said: “Unfortunately by the time I met Vandana, I had already lost a lot of weight. Otherwise, I was always quite a chubby character.

Everyone in my family called me a ‘ladoo’. Naturally when I announced my decision to enter the film industry, everyone was shocked to the hilt. They thought I was too fat to be an actress. But then, things were destine to be like they are today.”


Pop stars enthrall audience on Press Club’s Founder’s Day
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, July 26
With seven Punjabi pop stars descending on the same venue, things could not have gone any better for the music lovers here. They could immerse themselves in Bhupinder Kaur’s folk tunes, feel Harshdeep’s “Lambi Judai” or dance to the peppy beat with Ashok Masti, all in a single night. The occasion was ‘Sur Aradhana Award-2003’ which decided to honour seven Punjabi singers for their contribution to Punjabi music as well as to celebrate the 23rd Founder’s Day of the Chandigarh Press Club.

This Delhi-based cultural outfit nominated seven singing sensations of the region-Shankar Sahney, Ashok Masti, Arun Bakshi, Harshdeep Kaur, Surinder Ladi, Bhupinder Kaur and Deepak Dhillon — for their 14th annual award giving ceremony. The names were announced by Mr R.S. Sharma, General Secretary, Sur Aradhana, at a press conference in the club today.

However, the announcement of the award winners’ name was just a part of the package which was offered by Blaze Flash Couriers Pvt Ltd. in collaboration with the Chandigarh Press Club. The day saw many other activities like launching of “Shotz”-a ready to drink Vodka-based cocktail by McDowell & Co, a cassette release by Shankar Shahney titled “Kede Yaar Nu”. Finally it culminated in a spectacular show which was aptly titled “Sitare Punjab De”, featuring the seven singers.

The show was kicked off by Surinder Ladi with “Ishq Khumari” and “Tere Pichche” along with a bhangra team which was followed by Mohali-based singer Bhupinder Kaur who enthralled the audience with her folk numbers-the evergreen ‘Mirza’ and other hit numbers from her latest album “Ho Nahi Sakta.”

Shankar Sahney’s energetic numbers came next. Starting with the title song from his latest album “Kede Yaar Nu” and others like “12 Bore Di”, “Thore Jini Daru” and “Highway Di Gaddi”, the singer managed to charge up the atmosphere. The singer-turned actor who delivered hits like “Yaari Yaari”, “Kudi Kurmuri” and the hit song from the film ‘Champion’ “Jat Luteya Gaya” is all set to enter the world of Hindi pop with his new album “Tera Kya Kehna” (the Punjabi version of ‘Kede Yaar Nu’).

The show presented the latest singing sensation, Harshdeep, known for her latest album “Romantica”. Harshdeep presented her favourite numbers “Tu Mila to Mili”, “Lambi Judai” and “Alag Alag” with such clarity and precision that spoke of her years of training. Harshdeep’s “Lambi Judai” gave a new tint to the song which was originally sung by Reshma.

Adding ‘masti’ to the show was Ashok Masti whose performance is enough to set any stage on fire. Masti, who is known for his powerful stage presence has a number of albums to his credit. In tonight’s show he presented some of his hit numbers-”Masti hi Masti”, “Wah Bhai Wah”, Do Ghot Pi Lan De” and “Nach Sade Naal.”

Arun Bakshi who needs no introduction to the music lovers and cine goers was also present to add zing to the show. With the latest hit song from Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Ankhe’, “Patela jeb—-” and another 258 songs is all set to adorn a new avtar - that of a music director. Arun has recently given music for a film called “Nexus” and is more than willing to experiment with his new-found talent. “I would like to see my name featuring along with K.L. Sehgal, Kishore Kumar and S.P. Balasubramunium and I am working towards it,” says this singer turned actor. He presented a few of his hit numbers, “Tera Nam Di Japa Mein Mala” and his self composed song “Sadke Jao.”

Another newcomer Deepak Dhillon whose debut album “Manke” was released this month sang a few folk songs and a sad number “Ter Mera Ki Rishta.”


Jethmalani to traders’ rescue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The Commercial Tenants Association, a body of shopkeepers who have been protesting against the amendment to the notification to the Rent Act, will have the support of one of the country’s top constitutional lawyer, Mr Ram Jethmalani.

He will be coming to city on August 2 and will meet the traders and also professional like doctors and architects who are working from rented premises. A meeting of the association has been called tomorrow at Gulati Bhawan in Sector 33 to finalise the programme of the association.

Mr Jethmalani will talk on the alleged misuse of power by the UT Administration as for amending the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949, without having powers to amend it. In case of Chandigarh, which is a UT, all amendments are within the jurisdiction of Parliament.


Drive to check adulterated mustard oil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The UT health authorities have launched a campaign to check the sale of adulterated mustard oil, which could lead to a possible outbreak of dropsy.

Acting on the directions of the Central Government to check the sale of mustard oil, adulterated with argemone, a team of health officials have already started conducting raids. According to sources in the Health Department, 20 samples of mustard oil have been collected from various parts of the city. Though there has been no case of dropsy or patients with its symptoms reporting to any city hospital, but as a precautionary measure the raids are being conducted. The mustard samples have been sent to laboratory for testing and the result is still being awaited. The circular has been issued by the Central Government in view of dropsy cases being reported from some states, including Madhya Pradesh.


Patient dies as relatives look for stretcher
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 26
Relatives of an old woman who died while being taken to the hospital, created hue and cry at the General Hospital here, when they could not find a stretcher to take her to the Emergency ward from the parking area this evening.

It is learnt that Ms Prakashwati, a resident of Mani Majra, had been keeping sick for the past several days. As her condition deteriorated, she was taken to General Hospital by her husband, Mr Ramesh Sharma. However, as they reached the hospital they could not find a stretcher to take the patient to the Emergency Ward.

Though the hospital authorities maintain that they have about 10 stretchers, only one stretcher (that too with two missing wheels) was found near the Emergency Ward. Mr Ramesh Sharma, then had to carry the patient in his arms. However, by the time the patient was brought to the Emergency Ward, she had already died.

The hospital staff said other stretchers were taken by patients either to the mortuary or to other floors of the hospital. They also said they were in the process of procuring four new stretchers.


Threat to gherao police station
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 26
Residents of Barauli village have threatened to gherao the police station if the police fails to arrest three persons involved in a assault case. In a press note issued here, Ms Surinder Kaur, sarpanch of Barauli village, alleged that the police had failed to arrest Shamsher Singh, Karam Singh, Sabardin and some of their accomplices who were booked for assaulting Mr Shadi Ram and his wife on July 18.

The sarpanch alleged that the police had not arrested the suspects even though a case was registered against them a week ago. She said the villagers would gherao the police station if the police did not arrest them by Sunday.


Kirtan marks Guru's birth anniversary
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 26
Shabad Gayan and Kirtan by students marked the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Harkishan Sahib which was celebrated at Sri Guru Harkishan Public School in Sector 40 here today.

Starting the programme with a shabad gayan, children spoke on the life of Guru Harkishan. A detailed life sketch of the Guru was given by Mr A.S. Rawat, Honoraray Secretary of Guru Harkishan Education Society, Chandigarh. Children of Guru Asra Trust presented kirtan Ragi.

Ms Bindu Diljit Singh, Principal of the school, read out the school report. Justice Kuldeep Singh (retd), who was the chief guest on this occasion, awarded merit-cum-means scholarships to 28 children.

A vote of thanks was given by Mr Harinder Singh Giani, President of the society. Mr Chandan Singh, Member in Charge and other members of the society were also present on the occasion.


Girl raped
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
An unmarried girl in her mid-twenties from Gurdaspur district doing a professional course in the city was allegedly raped by a youth from her home district, late last night.

The UT police has registered an FIR under sections 376 and 506 of the IPC in the police station of Sector 34 and arrested the accused, Naresh Kumar, resident of Batala.

He was presently living in the city and was known to the girl. Police sources said Naresh Kumar later was produced before a local judicial magistrate who sent him to judicial custody till August 10.

The girl complained before the police that Naresh threatened her by showing knife saying that if she shouted he would kill her. She complained. She told before the police that she worked at STD PCO in Batala before coming to Chandigarh. Naresh often use to visit her residence in Sector-45A.

Her medical examination was conducted at a local government hospital in which rape was confirmed.


Body recovered from well
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 26
The body of a 60-year-old woman, resident of Naddha village near here, was recovered from a well in the village this afternoon. The victim, Chinto Devi, was reportedly suffering from depression and was missing since yesterday.

The police say that a local resident found her body floating in the well. A post mortem examination was done at the General Hospital and the body was handed over to the family.

Suicide attempt: A 30-year-old labourer from Ramgarh near here, attempted suicide by slashing his throat following harassment by his brother over a monetary transaction. The victim, Raj Kishore, was admitted to General Hospital, Panchkula. He alleged that his brother, Arjun, and two others — Karan and Feroze assaulted him last night in order to get Rs 5000 from him. The three had alleged that he owed them money and beaten him up to recover their dues.

Liquor seized: The police has seized 460 pouches of liquor, while the liquor was being ferried to Majri Chowk from Mani Majra in rehri. The suspect, Mukesh, said he was hired by two men to ferry the liquor and did not know the contents in the cartons.


Resident booked: The police has booked a resident of Sector 41, Rajwant Rana, for cheating several persons to the tune of Rs 11.66 lakh, running chit fund schemes. He was booked on the complaint of Ms Santosh Kalra, resident of the Sector and one of his alleged victim. Rana has been booked under Section 420 of IPC.

Theft: Mr Harish Kumar of Sector 20C reported that his black coloured Heor Honda motor cycle (HR 07D 8331) has been stolen from the Andhra bank parking lot in Sector 17 on July 24. A case has been registered.

Booked: Surinder Singh of Sector 56 was booked for driving his scooter on the wrong side of road near Tribune Chowk here yesterday. A case under Section 283 of IPC has been registered against him in Sector 31 police station.

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