Saturday, August 16, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Verma announces housing schemes
Tribune News Service


  • The Chandigarh Housing Board to construct 708 booths in Sectors 18, 37, 38, 40 and 41.
  • 110 acres earmarked for housing schemes in Sectors 53, 54 and 55.
  • Administration to promote only hi-tech electronic and information technology, non-polluting industry.
  • Need-based changes in dwelling units of the Chandigarh Housing Board under study.
  • Augmentation of the water supply scheme phase-IV.

Chandigarh, August 15
In his maiden speech on the occasion of Independence Day, the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (Retd), today announced more housing schemes by the Chandigarh Housing Board in southern sectors and said the Administration would now focus only on hi-tech electronic and information technology-based industry.

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) would construct as many as 936 dwelling units in Sector 51. Land measuring 110 acres had been earmarked for housing schemes in Sectors 53,54 and 55. About 1700 houses would be constructed on 40 acres in Sector 63. The CHB had completed the construction of 1,056 tenements in Sector 56 under the rehabilitation programme for slum-dwellers. It had also constructed 472 pucca booths for vendors in Sectors 7, 8, 9, 11, 24 and 46. About 708 pucca booths would be constructed shortly in Sectors 18, 37, 38, 40 and 41.

The Administration was committed to further improving the city infrastructure and quality life of its citizens. A number of steps had been taken to enable residents of Chandigarh to lead a more prosperous and comfortable life, Justice Verma said.

A series of amendments had been notified in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings so as to give relief to residents of the area. Most architectural controls had been revised. The Administration had taken up the issue of need-based changes in the Chandigarh Housing Board dwelling units.

In the health sector a 25-bed ante-natal ward at General Hospital, Sector 16, was under construction. A seven-storeyed Block-C of Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, with 250 beds for various specialties, seven operation theatres, ICUs, CCUs, laundary and 39 private rooms would be functional by this September.

For further improving the power supply, a A 66 kv grid sub-station was being installed in Sector 47-C for the southern sectors.

Road network was being upgraded. Work on construction of additional carriageway was complete almost and so was the widening of the Chandigarh-Kalka road.

The Punjab Engineering College had been declared deemed university by the Government of India. Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology has also started two degree courses from the current session. The ITI, Sector 28, had been upgraded. It had been adjudged one of the best ITIs in the country, Justice Verma said.

E-governance was being implemented and all public dealing departments computerised. The Administration would focus on only hi-tech electronic and information technology, based non-polluting industry, besides export-oriented industry.

The Municipal Corporation had started “Garbage Bin-Free Sectors Scheme”. Steps were afoot for scientific disposal of garbage so as to prevent the contamination of sub-soil water. This project was the first of its kind in the country.

To meet the requirement of drinking water, a 10 (MGD) capacity water filtration plant at the Water Works in Sector 39 was near completion. For further improving the water supply in the southern sectors, a new high-pumping head had been installed at the Water Works in Sector 32. To check defecation in the open, 13 more Sulabh Sauchalayas were being constructed for the inhabitants of labour colonies.

The sports infrastructure in the city would be further strengthened. Handball courts at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, and a squash court at the Lake Club were under construction. Indoor basket ball courts, an all-weather swimming pool and an administrative block at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, besides a rural sports centre at the shooting range, in Sector 25 were the other projects planned.

During this year, 11 government middle schools had been upgraded and nine government schools converted into Model Schools. English had been introduced from Class I in all government schools.

Special focus was being laid on the development of villages. Kaimbwala village would be developed into a model village. The existing school in the village would be upgraded to the plus two level, a sports stadium would be constructed, storm water drainage laid, roads metalled and a shopping centre constructed. Later, the remaining villages would be developed.



Former neighbours meet at Raj Bhavan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Two former neighbours from Allahabad, both now high-profile men, met at Punjab Raj Bhavan this evening to exchange pleasantries on the occasion of Independence Day. The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd) met his former colleague from his day in the judiciary. The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, in a manner one would met one’s former neighbour.

The instant happiness of the two at seeing each other was evident at the Governor’s “At Home” programme with the distinguished residents of Punjab and Chandigarh this evening.

The road leading to Punjab Raj Bhavan was specially decorated for the distinguished gathering. Guards of the Chandigarh Police astride horses lined up on the pathway holding the Chandigarh Police Flag to present a royal aura to the occasion.

The ceremony began as the Governor along with his wife took the salute as the Punjab Police Band played the national anthem. Punjab Cabinet Ministers Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Chaudhary Santokh Singh and Chaudhary Jagjit Singh were among the first to greet the Governor.

The Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr Jai Singh Gill, besides other senior civil and police officers of Punjab were present at the function. A large number of freedom fighters had come to greet the Governor. Farmers from different parts of the state had also come to attend the function.


Mayor unfurls Tricolour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
The Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, Mr Subhash Chawla, unfurled the national flag at a function in the premises of the corporation office here today.

Listing the achievements of the corporation, Mr Chawla said the problem of waste management was the biggest challenge before the corporation. He said the Central Pollution Control Board was providing funds to the corporation for improving sanitation and for waste management. The Sahaj Safai Kendras were part of the Centre-sponsored waste management project.

Meanwhile, members of the Chandigarh unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party today celebrated Independence Day at the party office in Sector 33. Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former Member of Parliament, Mr BK Kapoor and Mr Purshotam Mahajan, both general secretaries of the local BJP unit, councillors of the party, Morcha presidents, and presidents of various party cells were present on the spot.

Mr Yaspal Mahajan, president of the Chandigarh unit, unfurled the national flag on the occasion.

Leaders of the party unfurled the national flag at Labour Chowk, Sector 44, Colony No. 4, Bapu Dham, Palsora and Hallomajra. Mr Kamla Sharma, leader of the Opposition in the Municipal Corporation, unfurled the national flag at Madrasi Colony, Sector 38.



Rs 110 cr for development of Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 15
The Haryana Government has decided to launch a number of new schemes, including construction of a dam, watershed and roads, at a cost of over Rs 110 crore so as to boost the pace of development in Panchkula.

This was announced by the Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr A. N. Mathur, while speaking at a function organised to celebrate Independence Day here today. He unfurled the Tricolour, inspected the parade and took salute from the contingents of the Haryana Police, Home Guard, NCC cadets and Scouts.

He said there was a plan to construct a 200-foot-high dam on the Ghaggar covering an area of 700 hectares, near Dewanwala village. It would cost Rs 75 crore and provide water for irrigation and drinking purposes. The spot would also come up as a tourist resort in the area.

There was also a plan to develop a lake near the Ghaggar on the pattern of Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake. He said a watershed, costing around Rs 35 crore, would also be constructed to improve irrigation facilities in Panchkula. A link road, connecting Panchkula with Chandigarh, would be constructed at a cost of Rs 85 lakh. It would be constructed between Sector 16 and 17 of Panchkula and Mauli Jagran village. He said primary health centers were also being set up in different sectors to provide health care facilities to the people at their door-step.

He said the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had decided to develop five more residential sectors in Panchkula. Three of these sectors would fall under the Mata Mansa Devi complex, whereas the other two would be in the Panchkula extension area. He said a herbal garden would also be developed in Panchkula to promote cultivation of medicinal plants.

He said the present government had spent Rs 140 crore on the development of Panchkula during the past three and a half years. He expressed satisfaction over the power supply situation in Panchkula district. He said over Rs 26 crore had been spent under the Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar programme to undertake a number of development projects in Panchkula.

While referring to the development of infrastructure for sports in Panchkula, he said a Rs 9-crore Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Complex had already been constructed. A Rs 14-crore air-conditioned indoor stadium was also being developed. The Olympic Bhavan was also fast coming up, he added.

Paying tributes to the freedom fighters, who suffered untold miseries to free the nation, he said the people of Haryana had also made a significant contribution in the freedom struggle of the country and later to safeguard its unity.

He said a number of brave soldiers hailing from Panchkula had also sacrificed their lives while safeguarding the unity and integrity of the nation. They included Major Sandeep Sankla, Deputy Commandant Joy Lal, Capt Rohit Kaushal, Major Sandeep Sagar and Major Depender Bhuchher.

He honoured 12 persons for their outstanding service to society. Those honoured included the District Commandant of Home Guards, Mr J.P.S. Grewal, and the Company Commandant, Mr Suresh Nagpal, who had been awarded President’s Medals in recognition of their exceptional services in civil defence. Both of them were given Rs 2,100 in cash. Rudra Mukherjee, a student of Class VIII, and Kirti Gehlawat, a student of Class VII, both from Manav Mangal School, were also awarded for their outstanding performance in yoga. Mr Surjeet Kumar, Sub-Inspector, was awarded for saving a kidnapped child and recovering Rs 1 crore from the kidnappers. Sub-Inspector Jai Pal and Executive Head Constable Vijay Kumar were honoured for nabbing a Nigerian national carrying 900 gm heroine. Constable Naresh Kumar and Darshan Singh were also honoured. Mr.I.P. Singla, District Small Savings and Publicity Officer, was given a cash prize of Rs 2,100 for his outstanding performance in promoting small savings scheme.

The district-level Chaudhary Devi Lal Kisan Purskar were given away by Mr Mathur to Mr Madan Lal of Naggal Jaluli village for the year 2001-02 and Mr Ravinder Singh of Bataur village for the year 2002-03. Each got Rs 25,000 in cash. Mr Mathur announced that all educational institutions, including government and private schools and colleges, would remain closed tomorrow in Panchkula district.

The contingent of the Haryana Police was adjudged as the best in the march past and Mr Desh Bandhu, Deputy Superintendent of Police, received the running trophy from the Chief Secretary.

Janender Public School

In the cultural programme presented on the occasion, the team of Janender Public School bagged the first prize by performing Rajasthani dance. An action song presented by students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, was adjudged the second best and a group song by students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 6, Panchkula, was adjudged the third best item.

DC Model School

At DC Model Senior Secondary School, an inter-house chart-making contest was organised as part of Independence Day celebrations. A GK quiz was also held for students of Classes VI to X.

Satluj Public School

A special function was organised to celebrate Independence Day at the senior wing of Satluj Public School. The function started with the flag hoisting and singing of the National Anthem. A cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.

Bhavan Vidyalaya

Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15. The national flag was hoisted by the school Principal, Ms Shashi Banerjee. The school choir group presented melodious songs and “Sare Jahan Se Achcha” and “Vande Matram” echoed on the school premises.

St Soldier School

The premises of St Soldier Divine Public School wore a festive look on the occasion of Independence Day. Dance and song sequences were presented as part of the celebrations and a skit on Jallianwala Bagh was enacted.

Holy Child School

At Holy Child School, Sector 2, the school Principal, Ms Neena Trehan, unfurled the national flag. The programme ended with children singing patriotic songs.

Army School

Army School, Chandi Mandir, also celebrated Independence Day with great patriotic zeal. The function began with the flag hoisting by the Principal, Lieut-Col N.R. Baherwal. It was followed by an impressive instrumental performance by the school music teachers. Group songs, dances, speeches and skit were also presented.

Blue Bird School

At Blue Bird High School, the students presented patriotic songs and gave motivating speeches on the occasion of Independence Day. The Tricolour was also unfurled in the school building.

Senior citizens’ home

Senior citizens celebrated Independence Day at Day Care Centre of Senior Citizens on Friday. A large number of citizens participated in the celebrations. Songs were rendered by Ms Achla Dingley, Ms Sutinder Trikha and Ms Negi. Patriotic poems were recited by Mr R.T. Joshi and Mr S.C. Mehta.

Saket Hospital

The Rotary Club and the Inner-Wheel Club, Panchkula, and Interactors from Bhavan Vidyalaya, celebrated Independence Day with physically challenged inmates of Saket Hospital, Chandi Mandir. Dr B.S. Dahiya, Director-General, Health Services, Haryana, was the chief guest. He unfurled the national flag. The inmates sang the National Anthem.

DAV School, Sector 8

DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Panchkula, celebrated Independence Day with zeal and enthusiasm. The function started with the recitation of shlokas followed by the National Anthem.

Students sang patriotic songs and recited poems on the occasion. A fancy dress competition was also organised. In the sub-junior category, Garima won the contest followed by Bhupinder and Simran in the second and third positions, respectively. In the junior category, Pulkit and Harsh shared the first prize while Sumit and Rahul shared the second prize.



City cops win overall march past trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
The contingent of the Chandigarh police won the overall trophy for march past during the Independence Day celebrations at the Parade Ground here today.

The following are the results:

March past: Overall award — Chandigarh police; march past (first among police contingents) — Chandigarh lady police; first among Home Guard, Fire Brigade and Civil Defence — Chandigarh Home Guard; first among NCC wings — NCC Boys Army Wing; first among Scouts and Guides — Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 23; first among schoolchildren — Mount Carmel, Sector 47.



Schools closed today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
All private and government schools in the city will remain closed tomorrow, announced UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma at the end of his speech on the occasion of the Independence day here today.

The Chief Secretary, Haryana, Mr A.N. Mathur, has declared a holiday in all education institutions, including government schools and colleges, in the district. The SDM, SAS Nagar, Mr M.L. Sharma has declared a holiday in all government and private schools in the township tomorrow.



Real-life hero awarded on Independence-Day
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
He is a real-life hero who makes daredevil acts look like child’s play. Mr Gulshan Kalra, a fireman with the UT Fire Department, wears the smile of a proud brave man. He was awarded the President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry at the Independence Day celebrations here today for saving the lives of more than 25 people, including women and students, in two fire incidents in the city.

Minutes after getting the medal from the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd ), Kalra said he was happy at saving the lives of people and was thankful to the administration for the honour conferred on him.

Recalling the fire incidents, he said on May 12, 2000, a fire broke out in a showroom in Sector 22. The place was stocked with mattresses, plastic and rubber furniture and items like folding beds etc. Firemen saved 10 persons, including students and instructors of a computer institute located on the second floor of the showroom, by bringing them down using a ladder. After saving the lives of people, firemen joined hands with the workers of the showroom owner to save goods worth about Rs 4 lakh. Leading the party was Kalra, not just by words, but by deeds, say his peers, who watched their colleague walk up to the podium today amidst claps from the crowd.

On December 5, 2001, the records of the UT Licensing and Registration Branch caught fire. These were kept on the ground floor of the Municipal Corporation building in Sector 17. The wind was blowing at a high speed and smoke and fire engulfed the entire building in no time. Employees ran out in panic.

For three employees of the Municipal Corporation, the rescue operation was akin to divine intervention. The employees, who were trapped in room number 209 on an upper floor, had panicked and had been unable to come down in view of the dense smoke in the building. Firemen picked them up in arms and brought them down through stairs. Kalra was a member of the team that rescued the employees.

Thirteen employees, including three women, who were trapped on the top floor, had earlier been evacuated using a ladder as the fire could not be put off despite consistent efforts for over an hour.

Everybody at the award giving ceremony wished we had more Kalras as real life heroes.



Haryana Press worker found murdered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
A 35-year-old inkman of the Haryana Cooperative Press, Mainpal Singh, was today found brutally murdered in front of 3419, Sector 45-D.

The head of Mainpal was smashed with a boulder separating his skull from his head. His body was spotted in a pit near the Sector 45-D creche in the morning by Sub-inspector Pyare Lal from the Burail Police post.

He is suspected to have been killed by a boulder found at the murder site. The boulder was blood-stained.

The murder cames only eight days after the CITCO murder in Sector 17. The police is clueless about the murderer and his motive.



90 per cent street kids in city still exposed to
chronic diseases
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Rape highest crime among children

India has the largest child population in the world with approximately 40 per cent population below the age of 15 years and 15.37 per cent between up to six years. The number of rape cases is the highest among all the crimes committed against children. Children up to 16 years constituted 15 per cent of the total rape victims in 2000-01. Though there is no authentic information about child prostitution, estimates suggest that 12.5 per cent of prostitutes in India are children. About 40 countries in the world have a commission or ombudsman for children. Now the government has constituted the National Commission for Children that will especially focus on children in difficult circumstances, children rendered vulnerable to exploitation, and those handicapped or disadvantaged in any way.

Chandigarh, August 15
For the seven-year-old Ramesh, who sweats it out all day searching for trash, freedom is a far-fetched concept. As he watches the Tricolour unfurl at several locations in the city, he asks innocently, “Why is everyone so happy today? Have we achieved something?”

Freedom has not yet found its way into the many pigeonholes inhabited by street children and their parents all over the city. Condemned to a life of hard labour and meagre return, about 90 per cent poor children of the city remain deprived of the fruits of freedom. Although no official surveys have ever been conducted to determine their numbers, NGOs maintain that there are about 20,000 street children in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, each desperately in need of help.

Shockingly, a recent mapping of high-risk AIDS groups conducted by the UT State AIDS Control Society revealed that 6,300 working children under 15 years of age are at risk of contracting AIDS. An interaction with health workers reveals that about 90 per cent of slum children suffer from chronic diseases like TB, leprosy, typhoid, malaria and jaundice. An all-India study by child expert N.S. Manihara revealed that venereal diseases were rampant among children above 14 years of age, and so was scabies and gangrene.

A survey of major slum areas like Sector 25, Mauli Jagran, Karsan Colony and Colony No 4, confirmed that the state of children was miserable indeed. These kids belong to the 3.5 lakh migrant population which has no access to the health facilities. Ragpickers are the most vulnerable because, apart from bearing rough weather, they also have to struggle to sell the scrap. The UT Administration has not provided them with a dumping ground.

A 1989 study shows that 39.3 per cent working children are paid inadequately and 34 per cent complain of being forced to overwork. Many children are lured into bonded work or “work camps” that they are unable to escape from, due to unscrupulous proprietors or middlemen. The executive director of the Voluntary Health Association, Punjab, Mr Manmohan Sharma, admits, “Ragpickers easily fall to sexually transmitted diseases. There is a rising incidence of promiscuity among these kids. It's time we establish a cooperative to market the scrap they collect. A Mumbai-based cooperative makes an annual sale of Rs 8 crore of cardboard made out of trash collected by ragpickers.”

Even as the situation worsens, there are some helping hands, like the Youth Technical Training Society (YTTS) which runs 12 teaching and creche centres for street kids. These are run in areas like Sanjay Colony, West of Sector 38, Sector 25, Colony No 4, Palsora, Mauli Jagran, Mansa Devi and New Indira Colony in Mani Majra. Lieut-Col R.S. Bedi of the YTTS said, “About 500 kids enrolled with us have joined government schools. About 1,200 kids are currently on the rolls. We have started Pustak High Schools to help kids reach higher levels.” The YTTS also runs three night schools in Sector 25 Government Girls School, Palsora Colony and Mauli Jagran.



CBI ‘questions’ Varinder Kumar in Bhardwaj case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Former Senior Superintendent of Police of Jalandhar Varinder Kumar has been called for interrogation in the case involving suspended UT Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj.

Gurvinder Singh Samra, a complainant in the case and himself facing several charges, at a press conference claimed that Varinder Kumar and he were today made to sit face-to-face by the CBI during questioning.

This is the first time Samra had named the former Senior Superintendent of Police after having given sufficient hints of his alleged involvement in the case earlier.

CBI investigating officer R. Upasak, refusing to give details, only confirmed that the former Jalandhar Senior Superintendent of Police had been called for “interrogation yesterday and today.” He also said they were made to sit together where Samra kept saying about their relationship and the former Senior Superintendent of Police of Jalandhar denying it. Mr Upasak also said Samra could not provide any proof of their acquaintance.

Samra levelled unsubstantiated allegations saying Varinder Kumar was allegedly putting pressure on him to help him in the case.

Repeatedly asked to give proof of his allegations, Samra said they would be given to the media soon but could not produce any proof.

Samra said Mr Kumar and he were today made to sit face to face by the CBI in Chandigarh office to know whether the former Senior Superintendent of Police of Jalandhar had any relations with Samra. He said Varinder Kumar still denied any relationship with Samra.

Samra claimed that within five days he would provide the CBI documents to prove that Varinder Kumar had been in touch with him.

Samra said the Senior Superintendent of Police had allegedly been pressurising him through his political friends and others to help him in the case involving judicial officer Bhardwaj.

Mr Varinder Kumar did not respond to several calls made to him on his mobile phone to know his version.



Customs clearance to be made speedy,
says S.S. Bedi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Providing speedy customs clearance on export items and reducing pendency of cases in appeal will be the new mantra, says the new Chief Commissioner of Central Excise and Customs, Chandigarh Zone, Mr S.S. Bedi. The work of the officers in the department will be regularly monitored by the Chief Commissioner.

After joining against the recently upgraded post of the Chief Commissioner, Mr Bedi has instructed the Joint Commissioners to weekly monitor the progress of cases pending for customs clearance.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Bedi said to provide an efficient and transparent system, every official would have to explain the reasons behind any delay in handling cases. “An effort on our part to give customs clearance on export items would encourage the industry and save the money of the investor.” The officers at the container freight station (CFS) are being asked to assess the documents of the exporters in a fair manner.

He said he would be personally monitoring the appeal cases which had been pending for over one and half year.

On revenue collection, Mr Bedi said steps were being taken to improve revenue collection on the trades covered under the service tax and on the items under the central excise in the key areas.

As the services covered under service tax had increased to 58 from four since 1994 and the service tax from 5 to 8 per cent, the department was launching a major exercise to encourage the service providers to get themselves registered. The names and contact numbers of the officers concerned would be put in advertisements, said the Chief Commissioner, adding that the department had collected a service tax of around Rs 113.22 crore during 2002-03 and against a revenue of Rs 33.84 crore from April to July last year, a revenue of around Rs 53.57 crore had been realised during the corresponding months this year.

Enforcing service tax would be the last resort as the people would be encouraged to voluntarily register themselves, said Mr Bedi.

The department had made customs collections of Rs 140 crore during 2002-03 and the target for the next financial year would be Rs 152 crore. Similarly, the collection under central excise was Rs 3374.69 crore during 2002-03 and target for 2003-04 had been fixed at Rs 3910 crore, Mr Bedi added.



Beware, there is a bone in the pizza
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
A visit to Pizza Hut in Bangalore turned out to be a nightmare for a city resident, Atul, who had to be rushed to hospital for the removal of a bone that got lodged in his windpipe.

Thirtyfive-year-old Atul, is currently residing at the Athma Shakti Vidyalaya, Bangalore, an institute helping people suffering from schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

“What has angered me is the attitude of the Pizza Hut staff who instead of owning up the lapse on their part, did not even bother to enquire about my son’s health,” said Col A.K. Mehndiratta, while talking to mediapersons at his residence in Sector 11 here.

Colonel Mehndiratta, who showed copies of his son’s medical reports, said had his son not been rushed to hospital, it could have been fatal.

Accusing Pizza Hut of not maintaining quality, he said a chicken pizza ordered by his son had a bone. His son had gone to the joint along with two students of Athma Shakti Vidyalaya, and a staff member on August 6.

“Efforts by my friends and staff of the vidyalaya to get in touch with the Pizza Hut staff members failed as they never got in touch with them as promised at the time of the incident,” he said, adding that after his son recovered, he would like to take legal recourse.

Meanwhile, Director Marketing (Indian subcontinent), Pizza Hut, Pankaj Batra said there was no question of any customer facing inconvenience at any of their restaurants, across the country. “As an extension of the kind of service we offer, all members at Pizza Hut are trained to be extremely responsive to customer need. We pride ourselves on our sensitivity to customer-related issues and take steps to make a customer’s experience at Pizza Hut a memorable one,” he said.

Colonel Mehndiratta said the incident had shaken his son who was now only on liquid diet.



Burail Jail inmates to get better healthcare
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 15
“As many as 500 inmates lodged in Model Burail Jail will soon have an access to the best medical facilities within the jail premises. Moreover, women inmates will have more spacious rooms as cheque for Rs 5 lakh was given to the jail authorities here today on the occasion of Independence Day,” said the Deputy Superintendent of the jail, Mr D.S Rana, at a function here today. The jail authorities are also expecting more grant from the UT Administration in the near future for various development works soon.

The fund was allotted to jail authorities from MP’s local development fund. The amount would be used to install X-rays machine, dental check-up machines and development of the interview room in the jail.

Giving details, Mr Rana said women inmates have increased manifold but the number of rooms remained the same. At present, more than 20 women were lodged in the less spacious wards in the jail. Mr Rana added that he had already sent a letter to the Administration for the expansion of women wards.

Giving details about development programmes already functional, Mr Rana said they have already started offering new courses of radio, television repairing and electrician, refrigerator and air-conditioner for male inmates and a mehndi applying course and pickles-making course for women inmates.

Meanwhile, a cultural function was organised to celebrate Independence Day. As many as 200 inmates participated in the function organised on the jail premises to pay tribute to the martyrs who had sacrificed their lives to send Britishers packing. A group of inmates sang a patriotic song, other performed various items to entertain the gathering. The jail authorities also arranged special food items for the inmates on this occasion. But all VIPs lodged in the jail remained in their wards during the function.



Beopar Mandal holds protest; nine traders detained
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Nine city traders were detained this morning in apprehension of breach of peace as they were assembling in Sector 16. They were released this evening. In a separate development, the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal organised a protest wearing black bands and downing shutters in Sector 17 this morning to register their protest against the amendment to the Rent Act.

In the evening, the mandal ruled out negotiations with the Administration. It may be recollected that the President of the Mandal, Mr Jagdish Arora, had said the mandal hoped that the UT Administrator would give some relaxation in the Rent Act which was amended on November 7 last.

At noon today when the mandal learnt that there was no such announcement by the UT Administrator, a dharna was organised at the Sector 17 Plaza. Protesters with their mouths sealed with black tape braved the rain to participate in the Dharna against ‘‘atrocities’’ on Traders.

The leaders were sore over the lack of concern shown by local parties on the issue.

Mr Jagdish Arora, president of the Mandal, announced the “battle will now be fought on the road with the help of all traders of the city”. He said the general body meeting of the mandal would called shortly to decide on further course of action, including indefinite bandh, and gherao of Parliament House.

Meanwhile the nine traders who were detained today were Col P.J.S. Mehta (retd), Mr Anil Bansal, Mr Anil Sukhija, Mr Jagat Ram, Mr Rajinder Wahi, Mr Aman Kansal, Mr Kaushal Sharma, Mr Surinder Prajapati and Mr Ashok Kumar. All were preparing for a protest at Matka Chowk under the banner of the Commercial Tenant Association. They were released unconditionally this evening.

Meanwhile the 12 traders arrested yesterday from near Matka Chowk were released from Burail Jail following the grant of bail by the SDM, Central.



Over 100 cows go missing
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 15
Over 100 cattle heads kept in the cattle pound at Old Panchkula went missing under mysterious circumstances last night.

The two contractors employed by the municipal council for rounding up stray animals said there were 123 cattle heads in the pound yesterday but in the morning, the animals had been taken away after the gate had been broken.

The watchman of the pound, Hukum Singh, and a truck driver, Bittu, along with three other labourers employed by the contractors, were sleeping on the terrace but since it started raining, they took shelter in a nearby temple.

It was only in the morning that they realised that the animals were missing after the lock of the main door had been broken. They informed the MC president, Mrs Seema Chaudhary, and Executive Officer O.P. Sihag. The police was informed later.

The contractors alleged that on several occasions dairy owners had forcibly got the animals released from them while they were rounding up the animals in Sectors 21 and 12-A and Mansa Devi Complex.



Tribune dy manager bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Chanan Kaur, mother of Mr H.S. Dhaliwal, a deputy manager with the Tribune group of publications, died here today. She was 90. She is survived by a son and a daughter.

The funeral procession will start from house number 3005-A, Tribune Colony, Sector 29, at 11 am tomorrow.



Police nabs juvenile burgler

Chandigarh, August 15
The police today nabbed a 14-year-old burgler allegedly involved in five theft cases. Pawan Kumar admitted to have been involved in a theft case in Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh as well. The police recovered eight mobile phones, a number of pairs of shoes, perfumes and cloths from the juvenile burgler, who has been sent to the juvenile home. TNS


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