Tuesday, August 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Display panels along highway pulled down
Our Correspondent

Dappar, August 18
More than 125 display panels put up in violation of the Forest Conservation Act along the Dera Bassi-Dappar stretch of the Chandigarh-Ambala highway were pulled down by an enforcement team of the Punjab Forest Department this afternoon.

The hoardings, banners, signboards and advertisement display banners had come up along the highway in the past over two years after being removed by the Punjab Public Works Department on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

This time, the Forest Department removed the hoardings on the directions of the Supreme Court, said Mr Sukhminder Singh, Forest Range Officer, Dera Bassi.

An enforcement team of 10 forest employees, equipped with a tractor-trailer, was pressed into service. It took almost five hours to pull down the display boards and other structures.

The violators were seen removing the hoardings and other banners themselves before the enforcement team targeted their establishments.

The hoardings nailed to trees on forest land along the highway, temporary structures, rehris and pharis were also removed during the drive.

The forest officer said the advertisement boards were put up by owners of liquor vends, dhabas, industrial units, cold stores, property dealers and other traders in violation of the Act. He said the department had warned the violators twice but to no avail.



Rent Act: association produces Home Ministry order
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Commercial Tenant Association, protesting against the amendment to the Rent Act, today reiterated that the Chandigarh Administration could not amend the Act.
The association today produced a 1975 notification of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) in connection with its claim. Interestingly, the Administration had amended the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949, under powers granted to it through the same notification of the MHA.

The notification of the MHA, dated January 8, 1975, says “ In pursuance of clause (1) of Article 239 of the Constitution the President hereby directs that the Chandigarh Administrator shall, subject to the control of the President and until further orders, also exercise the powers and discharge the functions of the Central Government under clauses (b) and (j) of Section 2, Section 3, Sub section (1) of section 15 and sub-section (1) of Section 20 of the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949 (East Punjab Act III of 1949), as modified and extended to the said Union Territory by the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act ( Extension to Chandigarh), 1974.”

The president of the association, Mr Arvind Jain, claimed that the words in the notification “... shall, subject to the control of the President..” meant that the Administrator had to take the consent of the President before making the amendment. The Administration had amended the act on November 7, last year, while quoting the same notification. Mr Jain also referred to another lacuna in the amendment.



Plans to celebrate golden jubilee of UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The UT Administration will celebrate the golden jubilee of the City Beautiful later this year.
A decision to this effect was taken here today at a meeting of officers presided over by the Finance Secretary, Mr Karan A. Singh.

The celebrations will be spread over several days and will be kicked off with a grand function on October 7, 2003. The Administration is trying to invite a VIP from Delhi to preside over the main function. Other events being contemplated include issuing of a postage stamp, a documentary film on the making of Chandigarh architects’ workshop, car rally, cultural programmes etc.

It was on October 7, 1953, that the first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, formally inaugurated Chandigarh. A public meeting was held in an open space adjacent to the civil secretariat to mark the occasion. The open ground has since been named Rajendra Park and lies between the Chandigarh Club building and the row of ministerial houses in Sector 2.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who conceived the project after Partition of the country in 1947, inspired the planners and builders of Chandigarh in the following words.” Let this be a new town, symbolic of freedom of India, unfettered by the traditions of the past...an expression of the nation’s faith in the future”. Originally built as the capital of Punjab, Chandigarh is now the seat of the governments of Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory Administration.



Another panel to look into one rank, one pension
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Central Government has set up a fresh inter-ministerial committee to examine the ex-servicemen’s demand for one rank, one pension. The step follows various recommendations by successive pay commissions and several high-level committees constituted by the Ministry of Defence to look into the matter.

Documents released by the government a few days ago state that the terms of reference of the committee are “to review the recommendations made by successive pay commissions and high-level committees in respect of armed forces pensioners vis-a-vis civilian pensioners and ascertain whether any further relief in the light of existing relatives or parities, duly keeping in view the financial implications involved, can be extended.”

The committee has been set up under the aegis of the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare in the Ministry of Personnel, Grievances and Pensions.

The demand for one rank, one pension has been raised by ex-servicemen at various levels over the past two decades. They are seeking uniform pension for those retiring at the same rank and the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement.

Pension to those who retired prior to January 1, 1989, is different from that of post-January (1986) retirees. Some measures taken by the government have narrowed down the difference.

The government has been taken to task by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence. In its recent report, the committee has noted that even after repeated recommendations made by the committee, the government has not taken a positive decision.

The committee has also rejected the government’s plea that accepting the demand may give rise to similar demands by other Central or state government organisations and will involve huge financial implications. The report states that the government is not taking into account the vast difference in service conditions of the armed forces and other government employees and has also failed to take into account the socio-economic problems caused by various factors like frequent transfers, serving in inhospitable terrain and disturbed family life.

According to government documents, the total financial implication worked out by the Defence Ministry for granting one rank, one pension is estimated to be Rs 521 crore per annum, in addition to the liability of dearness relief amounting to Rs 270 crore, which is expected to increase every six months. The total financial implication of the payment of arrears on this account would be around Rs 3,500 crore.



Dr Trehan contests claim of Fortis hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Claims made by Fortis Heart Care Institute and Multi Speciality Hospital about the first cardiac remodelling procedure being performed by it, for the first time in India, has sparked a controversy as some more heart institutes have disputed the claim.

The Executive Director of Escort Heart Institute, Dr N. Trehan, has said this procedure had been done by them almost two years back.

When contacted by “The Tribune” at Delhi, Dr Trehan said vascular remodelling was being done routinely at a number of hospitals all over the country. He added that this procedure was now being done in a number of combinations as further modifications and advancements had been made.

“In fact, I will present a paper in Thailand on the post-operative outcome of ventricular reshaping in 25 patients,” informed Dr Trehan. The paper will be presented, after two months at the 16th Biennial Congress of Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia. This is a new technique of septal ventricular exclusion that is able to preserve an adequate diastolic volume, at the same time creating a new left ventricular apex.

The study has been jointly done by Dr Trehan, Dr V. Kohli, Dr H. Wasir, Dr P. Jandial, Dr M. Mishra, Dr A. Karkelar and Dr Y. Mehta.

Dr Trehan explained that left ventricular surgical reconstruction had been advocated for patients with coronary artery disease and for poor ventricular function. He said the left ventricular reshaping of scarred septum by septal exclusion addressed to volume reduction to reduce the radius of curvature and consequently myocardial wall stress, thus improving the efficiency of the systolic pump based on Laplace Law.

Explaining this latest procedure, he said a patch is applied to the heart of a person who has had a cardiac arrest and damaged muscles. “The ventricle, which is pear-shaped, bloats up and looks like a balloon or a tennis ball, and with this the pumping capacity of the heart is affected,” he explained. To normalise the functioning of the heart, the shape of the ventricle needs to be restored.



Traffic chaos as lights go off
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 18
There was major traffic chaos at some of the traffic junctions of the city as the lights remained non-functional for at least one hour this afternoon. Luckily, there were no reports of any major accident and the lights were again ‘normal’ by the evening.

According to sources, beside others, traffic lights went haywire on the dividing road of Sectors 46 and 47, one at the Sectors 22 and 23, Aroma light point and Press Chowk, because of power failure.

Hundreds of commuters, including children returning home in their respective school buses, were inconvenienced. Reports said that at one point hundreds of vehicles were lined up at Press Chowk and the mess was cleared only after the traffic cops intervened.

Meanwhile, several residents called up Chandigarh Tribune and complained traffic cops posted at the ‘non-functional’ lights were just spectators and were not guiding the traffic. The allegations, however, were refuted by the police.



Notice to PU on admission quota
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Issuing notice of motion to Panjab University on a petition alleging earmarking of seats “to be filled up by way of institutional preference”, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that “admission granted to the last candidate on the basis of institutional reservation shall remain provisional.”

In his petition, taken up by the Bench comprising Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice S.S. Grewal, Guriqubal Singh had earlier claimed that the university had earmarked 16 per cent to 20 per cent seats. These were “to be filled by way of institutional preference from candidates who had graduated in B. Pharmacy from Panjab University.”

The petitioner had added that he was a graduate from Guru Nanak Dev University. Taking up the case, the Judges fixed August 20 as the next date of hearing in the case.



Bid to bribe MC chief: Oppn seeks probe
Tribune News Service

The contractor, Hari Narain Sharma, who had been evading arrest, today filed an anticipatory bail application in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhangoo. The court stayed his arrest and issued a notice to the state for August 20. 

Panchkula, August 18
The Opposition parties in the Municipal Council — Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — have demanded an independent inquiry into the MC President being offered bribe by a contractor, and demanded her resignation till the inquiry was completed.

Mr V.K. Kapoor, Mr R.K. Kakkar, Mr Naresh Rawal, Mr Dalbir Singh, Mrs. Jalmegha Dahia (Congress) and Mr C.B. Goel and Mrs Jagdamba Gupta (BJP) alleged that the incident appeared to be a gimmick in order to gain political mileage. “The fact that she allowed the man to leave after offering her a bribe, and took over four hours to decide and call the police speaks of some mala fide intention,” they alleged.

Two days after the MC President, Mrs Seema Chaudhary, had got the contractor booked on charges of offering her a bribe of Rs 25,000 on August 16, for renewing his sanitation contract, the Opposition Councillors today accused her of offering to give contracts to certain Councillors so as to keep them within the folds of her party. “At least three Councillors, who have been holding talks with us about joining the Congress, are being offered a bait in the form of contracts for various works by Mrs Chaudhary,” alleged Mr V.K. Kapoor.

The Councillors also alleged that the MC President had got a case registered against the sanitation contractor, Mr H.N. Sharma, because she had demanded more money than had been paid to her. “Yeh to bandar baant ka khel hai- EO Sihag aur President ke beech mein. (All this is the outcome of the distribution of graft between the Executive Officer O.P. Sihag and President Seema Chaudhary,) they alleged, while adding that the fact that the contractor had walked up to the MC President, also proved that he was hand in glove with the MC officials. They also demanded the resignation of Executive Officer and Junior Engineer of the MC.

They said that their decision to walk out of the last MC meeting over holding elections for constitution of various sub-committees had proved right. “We had demanded that sub-committees be made so that corruption could be curbed. But the MC President had then denied this as she wanted centralization of power, probably to usurp money,” alleged Mr R.K. Kakkar.

Taking a dig at Mrs Chaudhary and Mr Sihag, they alleged that while Mrs Chaudhary had got an air-conditioner fitted in her official car, even as the formal sanction for the same was awaited from the government, Mr Sihag had got a proposal passed in the MC for Rs 1.5 lakh for getting his house renovated.

Mrs Chaudhary, when contacted, denied all allegations and said that the only reason she had waited for four hours before informing the police was that she wanted to take her husband’s advise on how to go about it. “This was the first time that someone had walked up to me and offered me bribe and I didn’t know how to react,” she said.

She said that she had decided to hold elections for forming sub committees and ordered for fresh enlistment of contractors for executing various works.

Meanwhile, the staff of the MC today passed a resolution, praising her for taking a bold step in getting the contractor booked. 



Beautification of traffic islands begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Work on the beautification of triangular traffic islands and road berms around roundabouts in the city is in progress.
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) had identified at least 36 such spots in the city where the beautification work was being done, said an officer of the Horticulture Wing of the MCC.

Road berms in Sectors 15, 16, 23 and 24 have already been landscaped with ornamental shrubs. A wire mesh has been put around the area to prevent stray cattle from damaging it. A different pattern of landscaping was being adopted for each berm to break the monotony, said the MCC Chief Engineer, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj.

Mr Raghbir Singh, Executive Engineer of the Horticulture Wing, said the MCC would take water connections to maintain the berms and no additional funds were being spent on landscaping.

Inquiries reveal that the work of landscaping on the traffic islands has been entrusted to private parties maintaining the roundabouts . The private parties will be allowed to put up advertisements on the developed pockets of land.

The beautification work follows a high-level meeting of officials of the Chandigarh Administration and the MCC. It may be mentioned that the UT Administrator had directed officers to entrust the beautification of all berms in the city to various developmental agencies without any charge.

These agencies will develop and maintain the berms at their own expense and the Administration will allow them to put up their advertisements on a board of a specified size. In each Sector, four boards have been allowed on both sides of the road at a distance of 200 metres each.

Officers in the Administration said the campaign to green and beautify rotaries and berms of the city gained momentum after the broad’s conceptual guidelines for greening the berms were finalised. Of the 52 roundabouts, 26 were with the Administration and the rest with the corporation.



Survey to identify rain-affected points
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
A fresh survey will conducted to identify points in the southern sectors of the city which are prone to water accumulation during the rains. The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), issued instructions in this regard today at a meeting with senior officers.

The Commissioner, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, has been asked to submit a status report on the stormwater drainage system in the city, especially in the southern sectors.

At the meeting Justice Verma said there were reports that certain roads in the city, especially in southern sectors, either do not have a stormwater drainage system or have an inadequate system, resulting in damage to the roads. He asked the Commissioner to get the survey done of all roads in the city so that problem points could be identified and remedial measures could be taken at the earliest.

He said since the gradient of the city was from north to south all new sectors of Phase III should have stormwater capacity of 1 inch rain per hour instead of earlier planned capacity of 0.5 inch. Justice Verma said if required more stormwater drainage pipes should be laid. Meanwhile, he has also asked the Home Secretary to review the position of the local vacant government houses.

Reacting to the report that hundreds of such houses were lying vacant whereas people have been waiting for these for years, Justice Verma said the process of allotment had to be expedited. He asked the Home Secretary to submit the status report in this regard within a week.

Taking serious view of tampering of water pipelines, he said the corporation should take all measures to check this. The Commissioner stated that according to a recent survey 1,500 households were found to be tampering with pipelines. He said based on the reports of the survey and daily reports of the nodal officers concerned action was being initiated.

Justice Verma has also asked the Adviser to instruct the Engineering Department to take measures to maintain the cricket stadium. The Adviser informed the Administrator that the pitch of the stadium would be relaid by October.

The Adviser also informed the Administrator that the modalities of providing free medical treatment to those below the poverty line has been finalised. He said all these families would be issued cards in this regard.

He added that 10 new sulabh shauchalyas would be operational in the slums by next month.



Rainfall increases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The city recorded a rainfall of 1.2 centimetre as compared to .9 centimetre yesterday.
An officer of the Metrological Department said the rainfall was scattered across the city. While some areas experienced a heavy downpour, it rained less in other areas.



JCT colony residents save water connections
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 18
The Public Health wing of the Municipal Council here today ordered disconnection of water supply to the residents of JCT colony here following the non-payment of water bills to the tune of Rs 4.18 lakh.

Mr Inderjit Singh Kang, SDO (Billing) informed that the colony residents had not paid any water bill since July 2001 and the amount due to them had accumulated in the form of arrears towards the JCT company.

The residents on the other hand stated that their company had closed down over two years ago. Since they were jobless so could not pay the bills.

The residents also informed TNS that according to the house allotment letters issued to them by the company they were to pay only the electricity bill and the water bills were to be taken care of by the company.

‘‘This is the system being followed for over 10 years now. We do not even receive the bills. The JCT office here in Phase XI, received the bills and they pay them.

The notices which the Public Health Department has been sending regarding non-payment of bills too have reached the JCT office. We have no idea that the bills are pending.

It has come as a big surprise to us,’’ informed Mr Harish Gautam, a former JCT employee.

Families of over a hundred former employees of JCT are residing in the JCT Colony in Phase XI here and despite many notices from the company to vacate their premises these families continue to live here.

Some of these residents were also forced to vacate these houses some months ago following a drive by the company. But most of these houses were reoccupied by the former employees.

According to the colony residents, a team of the enforcement wing of the department along with policemen arrived in the afternoon to cut the connections to their houses.

But the matter was later resolved with the residents promising to pay the bills within the next fortnight.



Tableaux on Krishan-leela
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, August 18
Residents get ready to witness mythology unfold right in front of your eyes on Janamashtmi. No, not on the small screen, but in the temples spread all over city — through “moving” tableaux being erected after spending thousands of rupees.

Even though the birth of Lord Krishna is hours away, almost all the temples in the city are busy getting the tableaux erected. Most of them are going in for the “electronic” tableaux. In some of the institutions, as many as 10 tableaux are being set up. Each temple is spending something like Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh

“Why not? After all Janamashtmi is an important Hindu festival,” says Swami Tribhuvan, in city all the way from Mumbai in connection with the celebrations. “For the devotees of Lord Krishna, Janamashtmi is nothing less than Divali. That is the reason why the devotees are eagerly contributing for the erection of tableaux.”

No wonder, scores of dextrous hands are working round the clock to prepare the tableaux depicting his “multi-dimensional” personality and all the major incidents of the time. Most of the artists are from the city itself, even though in one or two temples artists from Brindaban are displaying their talent. Says city-based artist Raghvan, “For three days now, I have hardly eaten anything because I have been making tableaux with clay and wood.”

Agreeing with him, another artist Shankar asserts, “At present, we are giving final touches to the tableaux. Just a little paint here and there. They will be ready by Tuesday morning.”

Little wonder, as you enter the temples in the city, you see the glowing visage of young Lord Krishna. His hands, just out of a pot, are full of white butter ready to be savoured.

At Gaudiya Math Mandir in Sector 20, there is a massive tableau showing Lord Krishna as the saviour in the Draupadi cheer-haran episode. This is not all. There are tableaux showing Lord Krishna’s birth.

According to Vishnu Maharaj of the temple, “Over Rs 1 lakh was being spent on the Janamashtmi celebrations in 2003. Approximately Rs 50,000 was being spent on the tableaux alone”.

The scene is “worth witnessing” in the Sector 20 Shree Lakshmi Narayan Mandir. Pandit Raghu Bansh Jha asserts, “Maharaas of Lord Krishna has also been depicted, along with makhan-chori scene, besides Kali Nag daman”. In Sector 18 mandir also, hectic preparations were on to prepare the tableaux.



Symbol of bravery, sacrifice

Barki Memorial immortalises the war heroes of 7 Infantry Division
Barki Memorial immortalises the war heroes of 7 Infantry Division.

The Barki Memorial reminds one of the supreme sacrifice made by the soldiers of 7 Infantry Division in the 1965 war. Barki, a town situated at a distance of about 20 km south-east of Lahore, was held in strength by the Pakistani army. Its fall was a shattering below to the morale of enemy troops.

The foundation stone of this memorial was laid by the late Lieut-Gen Harbaksh Singh on September 11, 1969. The memorial was constructed in 1970 and the unveiling ceremony performed by Lieut-Gen H.K. Sibal. Every year a wreath-laying ceremony is held here on September 11 to commemorate the bravery of the gallant heroes of Barki.

Kargil fund: It is said that “a nation that does not remember those who laid down their lives for it cannot always remain a nation worth dying for”. The public in India contributed liberally for the welfare of defence personnel during the Kargil war. The fund, so collected, was Rs 500 crore, which was to be used for the victims of the war, their families and dependents and welfare of defence personnel.

Ironically, only Rs 139 crore out of this collection was transferred to the defence account. The rest of the amount was diverted to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Pensionary benefits: Cases continue to come to notice where ex-servicemen and defence widows are denied pensionary benefits that they are entitled to by banks and the defence pension disbursing officers (DPDOs). In almost all such cases the banks or the DPDOs do not take action on the instructions issued by the CDA (pensions), Allahabad.

A Brigadier’s widow from Patiala was denied enhanced family pension by the State bank of India, Patiala for seven years, despite having instructions from the CDA(P), Allahabad.

Engineers help villagers: The Naumuni nullah in Gurdaspur district used to get flooded because of heavy rains, rendering three villages — Kalanaur, Dorangla and Dostpur — inaccessible during the monsoon almost every year.

The absence of a bridge over this nullah prevented farmers from reaching their land, resulting in damage to crops year after year. When Army engineers came to know about the plight of the villagers, they decided to help them by building a bridge over the Naumuni nullah.

The construction of the bridge was started in November 2002. Despite a rise in the water level of the nullah due to heavy rains, the construction of the bridge has been completed in record time.

Col. Pritam Bhullar (retd.)



Coca-Cola claims 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The State Central Public Health Lab, Rajasthan, Jaipur, has cleared the soft drink samples of Coke under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, according to a press release faxed to this office by Coca Cola.

Thepress release said, the tests were conducted by Public Analyst, Rajasthan, and the results were submitted to the High Court of Rajasthan by the State Central Public Health Lab, Rajasthan, Jaipur, in a Public Interest Litigation.

The press release said that Coca-Cola India welcomed the speedy investigation by the State Central Public Health Lab, Rajasthan, Jaipur, into the quality of soft drinks.

"These independent results reconfirm the quality of the products manufactured in our plants and, we believe, will help to restore consumer confidence. We believe that a consistent professional testing protocol is necessary to serve the interests of both the consumers and the beverage manufacturers as we continue to work with government agencies for resolving the issue".

Fungus in Coke

Mr Ajay Bir Singh Sodhi, a resident of H.No 524, Sector 10, walked into The Tribune office with a sealed one-litre bottle of Coca Cola with a fungus-like matter in it.

Mr Sodhi said the bottle had been supplied by Coca-Cola through its home delivery service.

“When the bottle was delivered, along with five other bottles, no foreign substance was visible.

But after few days, a jelly-like matter started appearing on the surface of the liquid inside the bottle”, said Mr Sodhi.

He said that he contacted the company officials, who offered to replace the bottle, ‘‘but I did not accept the offer as it was a serious lapse on the part of the company and could have been hazardous to the health of my family,” added Mr Sodhi.



Women panel’s meeting on August 22
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
The Haryana State Women Commission has convened a meeting in the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Raipur Rani on August 22 to hear grievances of women.

Launched: The District Fisheries Department has launched an intensive training programme in fish farming for women of self-help group to encourage them to adopt the profession and become self reliant. As many as 10 women have already been provided training in fish farming and were given Rs 50 per day as incentive during the training period.

Janamashtami celebrated: Blue Bird High School celebrated Janamashtami with religious fervour today. The chants of Hare Krishna rented the air as tiny tots of pre-nursery sang bhajan. Children of nursery and KG presented a colourful dance based on religious hymns. Prizes were given to Abhishek and Bhavishya of pre- nursery as best-dressed Krishna and Ridhima of pre-nursery as the best-dressed Radha.

Blood donation camp: The Haryana Irrigation Employees Welfare Society (head office) will organise a blood donation camp on August 20 to celebrate one year of completion of the Sinchai Bhavan in Panchkula.

Citizens Charter released: Mr Abhey Singh Chautala, president of the Haryana Olympic Association and MLA from Rori Vidhan Sabha seat, today released the Citizens Charter of the municipal council. The charter, which has telephone numbers of the administrative staff of the MC and councillors, was released at a function in Sector 7 community centre this evening. The charter will be distributed free of cost to all 25,000 dwelling units in the township.


Police still clueless in Mainpal murder case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The police is still clueless about where the victim, Mainpal Singh, who was found murdered on August 15, spent four hours after he left the drink party at Hallomajra village.

It has not even found the victim’s cycle. Moreover, the motive behind the murder has not been established although the police has ruled out the involvement of a psychopath in the crime.

The police and the Crime Branch has, however, found the seven persons who were with the victim during the party. Most of them have been interrogated but it was not established whether he had enmity with anybody.

The relatives of the victim, including his wife Pinki, have also been to ascertain whether there was any dispute within the family or with neighbours.



Residents protest against shifting of dispensary
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 18
Over 100 residents of Phase IV, II, 3A and 3B1, led by municipal councillors, staged a dharna outside the Phase IV temple here today in protest against the proposed shifting of the government dispensary functioning inside the temple premises. The residents also blocked the traffic on the road outside the temple for almost an hour.

The residents are protesting against the shifting of the dispensary to its new building in Phase I. Stating that they would not allow the dispensary and its furniture to be shifted from the premises, municipal councillor Manmohan Kaur told mediapersons that the government should employ than shift an already functional one.

She, along with other councillors, including Manjit Singh Sethi, Mr Manmohan Singh and Mr Amrik Singh Tehsildar, led the protest.



Permanent home for rehab centre
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 18
The Defence Veterans Polyclinic was inaugurated at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Phase VI, here today. The Centre running from temporary accommodation since September last year shifted to its permanent eight room clinic today.

The General Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command, Lt-General S.S. Mehta who was to inaugurate the polyclinic invited 91-year-old Naik Amar Singh to do the honours. Naik Amar Singh is of the Royal Artillery regiment and retired in 1946 and a veteran of both the First and Second World Wars.

Established by Dr (Brig) M.L. Kataria and his team in September 2002, the polyclinic provides free consultation to patient by experts ex-military specialists besides providing free laboratory, X Ray, ECG, dental and dispensary services to Ex-servicemen and their families coming from Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib.

The polyclinic is also being supported by the Chandimandir Military hospital, informed Dr Kataria. 



Cow care policy mooted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Young Farmers Association has urged the Union Government to frame a “ cow care” policy at the national level. In a statement, Mr Jagdeep Singh Cheema, president of the association, said today that cows should be registered and their owners should be made responsible for their upkeep as part of the policy.

Expressing concern over growing cow menace in various parts of the country, Mr Cheema, said numerous cattle-related accidents were taking place everyday, claiming the lives of both cattle and humans. 



Saplings planted on hospital premises
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Over 100 saplings of different varieties were planted at the Government Medical College and Hospital during a plantation programme organised in association with Rotary Club Chandigarh.

The programme was inaugurated by the Director Principal, GMCH, Prof S.B. S. Mann. The saplings provided by Rotary Club were planted by Prof Raj Bahadur, Medical Superintendent, Prof S.K. Sharma, president, Rotary, Chandigarh Midtown, and Director, Energy Research Centre (Panjab University), and Dr V.J. Vohra, Secretary of Rotary, Chandigarh Midtown.



Police Medal for Ashok Negi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Deputy Commandant Ashok Kumar Negi of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force’s (Transport Battalion) here, has been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry for his performance during counter insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

During his two-year stay at Gandoh in Doda District, the officer led a number of anti-terrorist operations and his battalion eliminated 22 hardcore mercenaries. His quick reaction team busted about 10 terrorist hideouts, resulting in the recovery of a large cache of arms, ammunition, explosive devices and rations.



39 employees booked for frauding bank
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh Police today booked 39 government employees for fraudulently securing personal loans amounting to a total of Rs 27 lakh from the Consumer Finance Cell of the Punjab National Bank, Sector 22, here.

No arrest has yet been made. The police said the accused submitted forged salary slips, identity cards and form number 16 to get the loans and stopped paying instalments after the second one. The loan amount taken from the bank ranged between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh in all 39 cases.

The cases have been registered after the verification of documents submitted by the employees along with their loan forms.

When contacted the manager of the branch, Mr K.K. Monga, said the complaints had been made to the police by his predecessor in February.



One booked for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
The police registered a case of rape against Hushair Singh, a resident of Bhoj Koti in Morni here tonight.
He is accused of raping a minor of Bhoj Koti couple of months ago. The victim told the police that he had threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to the police.

However, after the girl was found to be pregnant she told her parents about the incident.

She also told the police that she was being abused repeatedly by Hushair Singh. A case under section 376 of the IPC has been registered.



BSNL launches answering machine service
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today launched free answering machine service (AMS) for its landline subscribers in Chandigarh, which would enable them to use voice mail without buying a new instrument. The subscribers would not miss any call and their messages would be protected by a password, said Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Chief GTM, Punjab Telecom Circle, here today.

Addressing a press conference, he said, “ This service is being lunched for landline subscribers in Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar and Kharar. For registration of the service, they would have to dial a toll-free number 152 on any working day. After registration, brochures containing detailed instructions would be mailed to them.”

The subscribers, he said, would have their own mailbox number (STD code plus phone number). For instance, in Chandigarh, for a landline number 632123, the mailbox number would be 0172632123. It would be protected by a five-digit password. Initially, the password would be 11111, which could be changed by the subscribers any time, he said.

To access the mailbox, he said, the subscribers would have to dial 9352. Once they have dialled the number, an automatic user guide would be played on phone which would help set up the mail box. Through this, the subscribers could set up their own passwords, record names and messages for the callers.

In case, a subscriber wanted to avail himself of the AMS under no-reply situation, he would have to activate the service by dialling 12229351. Once this was done, a special tone would be heard. After 8 rings on the phone, the calling party would automatically reach the mailbox. To deactivate the service, one would have to dial 1223. 



Mumbai restaurateur set to wow city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Mrs Shikha Nath, the restaurateur behind Copper Chimney, the famous chain of eateries from Mumbai, is in the city in connection with the opening of a branch here.
At a preview of the launch this afternoon, Mrs Nath said they had decided to storm the northern region with a string of restaurants. They already have one in Delhi. Soon, they will spread to Jalandhar and Ludhiana. The confidence has come from the success of the joints in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad and Muscat. Their place in London was recently closed.

The chain boasts of providing quality food brought by the Great Moghuls to India in style and great ambience as well as the Continental pastas and sizzlers. The reshmi kebabs and tikkas, the curried veggies and murgs, the rotis and parathas, pulao and gulab jamun are reminiscent of the golden period of culinary delights embellished with choicest spices and herbs.

Today, the delicacies are vouched for by the country’s rich and famous like the Ambanis and filmstars like Dilip Kumar and Waheeda Rehman.

“Quality is our watchword”, Mrs Nath informs. “We make sure that it remains consistent in all our branches with the chefs and captains brought from Mumbai”. She said that she found Chandigarh to be really beautiful. “ There is so much greenery and streets and roads are generally spick and span. As regards the ingredients which go into the making of various dishes, I feel that not only are they most costly but their quality also leaves much to be desired. Our chefs had to really hunt for the right kind of panir. But they could not do much with the dal maharaja which tasted a bit different due to the difference in the quality of water of Chandigarh”.



Honda mileage contest held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
As part of its second anniversary celebrations, Platinum Honda, organised the Honda Eterno Mileage Contest for its customers. The participants had to cover a 70-kilometre route. Starting from the Platinum Honda showroom in Sector 35, the contestants had to reach Dera Bassi via the Sukhna lake and Old Panchkula and return.

The winners in the order of merit are: Mr Devinder Singh, Mr Hardeep Singh and Mr Baljinder Singh. The rally was flagged off by Mr Sukhpal Singh, Area head of Honda sales. The winner clocked a mileage of 170 kilometre per litre and this is a record in the history of geared scooters, a release of the company claimed. All participants averaged a mileage of at least 85 km per litre. The idea was to drive in economy mode that is having a maximum speed of 50 km speed.


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