Saturday, September 6, 2003, Chandigarh, India

 

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Campaigning picks up on PU campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Campaign activity for elections to the Panjab University Campus Student Council blossomed into a colourful display of banners and posters a day after the visit of the President to the city.

A rival camp of the outgoing council group of the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) led by Gurparvez Singh Sandhu pitched its tent in front of Hostel No I and the Haryana Student Association (HSA) led by Pawan Singh established its office in front of Hostel No II. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad led by Saurabh Joshi pitched its tent in front of Hostel No II although “its formal inauguration will be done tomorrow”. The Sandhu tent was inaugurated by Mr Tripit Rajinder Singh Bajwa, a Punjab Minister.

The scene of colourful stickers on vehicles of the students campaigning in queues of cars was eye-catching. Campaigners could be seen riding in open jeeps. The size of the groups of each organisation going to different departments too has increased.

The PUSU team led by its president Malwinder Singh Kang, and the outgoing president of the student council, visited various departments, including Law, Punjabi, Economics and Mass Communication. Kang said “I do not want to criticise anybody. I am just highlighting the work done during the tenure of the last council and the issues ahead. Let the students decide with calm heads”.

The team of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) led by Khushbaz Singh Jattana, the presidential candidate, had more than 30 boys and girls. Jattana made a visit to the Law Department in the morning which was followed by a quick trip to nearly all teaching departments in the Arts and Science blocks.

Sandhu is speaking against violence on the campus. “If you hit someone, he will hit you back and this will continue unabated until there was a unilateral decision to bury all differences. Let us work for student welfare”, he said while addressing a group at the party tent.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) too spoke against the incidents of violence on the campus, particularly in relation to the student activism. Science departments were the main areas where campaigning was carried out by the organisation during the day.

The confusion over the real PUSU, however, continued even today. The group led by Malwinder Singh is registered as PUSU while Sandhu said he had gone to the court against this group claiming that his group was the legitimate PUSU.

Both the parties were called to the office of Mr S.C.Sagar, Deputy Superintendent of Police. But no solution could be worked out. Sandhu said “we will write PUSU(Gurparvez Singh Sandhu) let Kang use PUSU(Kang). Let the voter decide the real leader”. Kang on his behalf said his organisation had been registered as PUSU so there was no question of the university letting anyone else using the same name.

Prof Nirmal Singh, the Dean Student Welfare, said he had no connection with solving the controversy over the real PUSU. “It is an internal matter of the organisation. The university is only concerned about the council”, he added.

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Students’ bodies recycle manifestoes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Students’ organisations on Panjab University campus have not reframed their election manifestoes ever since the elections recommenced in 1997.
This is one of the findings of a unique initiative taken by the Critique, a students discussion forum at . The forum had conducted a 'fact finding on the nature of politics during elections to the campus council'.

‘‘The items of demands and proposals were exactly the same for all these years. In 2002-2003, the items were just jumbled and the overall manifestoes remained the same", a note said.

‘‘Academic pursuits do not figure in the manifestoes of the contesting parties. Interestingly, the quality of research and issues like focus on seminars, inter-disciplinary interaction between issues of humanities and social sciences on one hand and the natural and physical sciences on the other, have been absent", the note said.

The Critique has suggested that ‘‘although the organisations have taken up the fight against the fee hike, such attempts should not be ritualistic; politics should have value-based academic issues; campus politics should evolve, improve and create a collective understanding for a larger purpose; and gender equality must be a predominant concern because more than 60 per cent of students on the campus are women".

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PGI pays more for security
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Even though PGI might cry foul about paucity of funds for its projects, but when it comes to making excess payments it cares two hoots, without bothering to make recovery of the monetary loss or hold somebody responsible for the lapse.

An excess payment of over Rs 20 lakh was made by the PGI to the Prehari Security and Detective Private Limited, who had been entrusted the responsibility of sanitation and cleanliness of the institute from March, 2001 to March 2002. Though the agency was supposed to recruit 315 personnel for sanitation work in the PGI, it was found that this number was less by at least 20 to 50 persons every day.

The most interesting aspect being that despite an enquiry being conducted into the matter by the PGI, nobody has been held responsible for the lapse so for. “The enquiry was nothing more than an eyewash. Have you ever heard of an inquiry, which despite admitting that excess payment was made, does not hold anyone responsible,” quips a senior PGI official.

Intriguingly, though an inquiry was conducted into the matter, no assessment was made about the exact excess payment made to Prehari by the PGI. It is estimated that this amount would be over Rs 20 lakh, and though Prehari had given a bank guarantee of Rs 6 lakh, they had been given the entire payment, so chances of recovery, were bleak, remarked an official.

Sources at the PGI said the most surprising fact was that despite the PGI sanitation officials bringing it to the notice of the Medical Superintendent that the total number of persons were not being deployed by Preheri security agency, no action was taken. The matter, in writing was brought to the notice of the officials not once but on a number of occasions.

“As per the clause in the agreement, an amount equal to double the salary of the total number of people, found to be absent from duty was to be taken as penalty from Prehari,” disclosed an official. Infact, the contract to Prehari continued for almost three months beyond March, 2001, since the contract had not been awarded to a new person on time.

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Pak to release 16 youths on Sept 8
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Sixteen Indian youths belonging to Punjab and Haryana, who have been languishing in various jails of Pakistan, will be released on September 8 instead of September 6 as scheduled earlier.

All these boys have already completed their sentences for straying into Pakistan without proper travel documents.

Those being released are Gurpreet Singh (Shahkot), Kuldip Singh (Jalandhar), Manminder Singh (Hoshiarpur), Shiv Kumar (Nawanshahr), Harvinder Singh (Hoshiarpur), Kehar Singh (Begowal), Satnam Singh (Gurdaspur), Rajwinder Singh (Patiala), Harmesh Lal (Nawanshahr), Sukhwinder Singh (Ambala), Bachittar Singh (Kurukshetra), Balwinder Singh (Kurukshetra), Inderjit Singh (Ambala), Surjit Singh (Kurukshetra), Sarvjit Singh (Kurukshetra) and Rakesh Singh (Yamunanagar).

According to Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, President, International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar, the release of these youths has been confirmed by the Union Ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs.

These youths were allegedly duped by travel agents of Punjab and Haryana who had charged exhorbitant amounts from them on the promise of sending them to European countries. As these agents had used the land route, these boys were pushed back from the Turkish border. These “intruders” were then pushed into Iran from where they were gradually forced into Pakistan via Afghanistan.

Mr Bhullar said efforts were being made to get three other Punjabi youths released by September-end.

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Teaching kids in nature’s lap
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
In these times when schools are run on commercial considerations, it is difficult to relate with the concept of education that thrives more on the understanding of earth and its environment and less on the mundane aspects of schooling. More difficult is to imagine that a school could be run entirely with support from environment and it could educate students in the very lap of nature — sometimes through training in organic farms and forested lands; sometimes through experimentation in laboratories.

Sholai School, situated in the beautiful valley close to Kodaikanal in the Palani hills of Tamil Nadu, is one school that balances educational and environmental concerns. Established by Dr Brian Jenkins, a believer in the J. Krishnamurty’s approach of non-coercive education, the school is set in the sylvan grounds of the Centre for Learning, Organic Agriculture and Appropriate Technology (CLOAAT) which is so self-sufficient in energy that it is not connected to the Tamil Nadu Electrical Grid. The school offers education by taking children to nature, where they save its resources by harvesting water, generating energy through solar photo-voltaic panels, micro hydroelectric and biogas plants and wind generators.

In the city today, Dr Jenkins, who has won the Rashtriya Ekta Award of the Global Economic Forum for his “Outstanding individual achievements and distinguished service to the nation”, termed his project as, “inspired by seers like J. Krishnamurty, who emphasised an inner awareness of the contents of consciousness without clinging to dogmas so as to set the man in a state of affectionate compassion for all beings.”

Having taught for 14 years at the J. Krishnamurty Educational Centre, Brockwood Park, UK, Dr Brian first mapped Sri Lanka and Nepal in search for an ideal location. He then travelled 7000 km in India, before selecting the current site, which is in the vicinity of the Reserve Forest Area. Dr Brian even married a tribal from Kodaikanal, who now manages his school’s kitchen.

Said the educationist, “After constructing buildings from rammed earth and bricks, I began converting 100 acres, into organic farms which grow organic coffee, pepper, banana, seasonal fruits and exotic vegetables. We have the best teachers and are linked to the National Institute of Open Schooling.” Out of 70 acres, Sholai has 30 acres of organic farms, where children also learn to convert waste into manure.

Said Dr Brian, “We are establishing a well-researched healthy sustainable farm that provides fresh foods to children. Most farm is agro-forested and grows various fruit trees, timber trees and shade trees.

On the academic front, the school offers all subjects, besides skills like woodwork, pottery, designing, carnatic music and homeopathy. Interestingly, Sholai has one teacher for every seven students. Says Dr Brian, “In the spirit of J. Krishnamurty’s teachings, we discourage coercion. Children learn by experimenting, building roofs and furniture.

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Secretariat to have complaint box
Tribune News Service

The UT Administrator, Chief Justice O.P. Verma (retd), took a serious view of the fact that certain government houses had not been allotted for the past four years as access roads, electricity and water connections to them could not be provided at the time of their completion. The condition of these houses has deteriorated and thieves have stolen doors, windows and other accessories. Justice Verma has asked Adviser Virendra Singh to file a report in this regard within a week.

Chandigarh, September 5
City residents will soon be able to put their complaints and suggestions in a box to be put up outside the UT Secretariat in Sector 9. The UT Administrator, Chief Justice O.P. Verma (retd), will himself deal with the complaints. The complaints should bear the name of the complainants. This would become operational from September 15.

The box would be opened only under the supervision of the Administrator and complaints would be scrutinised at his level only.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of senior officers chaired by Justice Verma. A series of measures to bring transparency and accountability in the Administration were also taken.

Justice Verma asked the Adviser to facilitate single-window system at public dealing offices for the convenience of the public.

Justice Verma asked the Adviser to take necessary steps to accelerate computerisation of all offices and link them to a main server through a wide-area network. He said a person approaching a dealing clerk should be discouraged as this affects their working.

Similarly, data from all departments, boards and corporations is being collected to make a list of officers on current duty charge. The list would also indicate the date from which the officers have been working on current duty charge and suggest steps, if any, taken by the department concerned to fill up a post.

Stressing the need to expedite the allotment of dwelling units to eligible squatters, Justice Verma asked the Deputy Commissioner to issue a public notice for the eligible squatters of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony and Palsora Colony so that they could submit their papers within 21 days. After 21 days the Estate Office would supply a complete list of eligible squatters of these two colonies to the Chandigarh Housing Board. The Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board, was asked to expedite the allotment process.

The Adviser informed the Administrator that astroturf at the Sector 42 hockey stadium would be laid on October 15.The Adviser was also asked to immediately notify an appellate authority under the Gratuity Act so that grievances could be attended to immediately.

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Villagers lay siege to SP’s office
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 5
Over 200 residents of seven villages in the Raipur Rani block laid siege to the office of the Superintendent of Police, Mr Ranbir S. Sharma, in protest against the lodging of an FIR against 13 villagers. They demanded its withdrawal.

A case of rioting was registered against Anil Gautam, Sarpanch of Kakrali village, Brijpal, Sumer Chand, Raj Pal, Ram Pal, Ashok Kumar, Raghbir Singh, Nathi Singh and Ran Singh of Natwal village and Padambar Singh of Babalpur village at the Mauli police post two days ago. They were booked after 200 residents of Toda, Natwal and Kakrali had blocked a road in protest against the housefly menace in the area and erratic power supply.

The villagers, including men and women, came in five tractor-trailers to the Mini Secretariat here. Their representatives met the SP and urged him to get the FIR against the villagers withdrawn. They also alleged that the names of certain villagers who had not even participated in the dharna had been included in the FIR. The SP reportedly assured them that the FIR would be withdrawn only after the SDM had completed the enquiry into the case. He asked the villagers to maintain law and order.

The villagers later met the SDM, Panchkula, Mr Inder Singh, and complained about the housefly menace. Mr Kabal Singh of Kakrali said the poultry farms near Barwala and Raipur Rani had not sprayed an insecticide to check the menace. The villagers added that the poultry farm owners were throwing away the feed on the roads, which had led to the increase in the population of houseflies.

Mr Ved Prakash of Kakrali said the power supply to the villages was erratic and some villages had to remain without power for more than 48 hours at a stretch. The SDM assured them that action would be taken in this regard.
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Encroachment by Punjab Police
Dhaba, petrol station on Administration land
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
A petrol station and a dhaba have been operating from land belonging to the UT Administration without any permission and without the knowledge of the Chandigarh Administration for the past few years.

Seems unbelievable but is true. The case was unearthed after the Deputy Commissioner and the Additional Deputy Commissioner conducted a raid there a few days ago and issued notices asking for removal within 15 days. Both the “projects” are being run by the Punjab Police. They are located near the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat in Sector 1.

Actually the petrol filling station and the dhaba are being run on land where the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) was stationed during the days of militancy. The area is about 3 acres and is prime property. Official sources said the Punjab Police was living in time wrap of the militancy period when it needed everything at its doorstep due to security reasons. If they need land for their personnel then they should get the space allotted or get it on lease. If some canteen has to be run for the personnel then it can be run as a mess and not a full fledged dhaba since the land had not been given for any commercial activity. Interestingly, the dhaba derives the name from the PAP and is called “PAPCOS.”

The petrol station is used for filling up petrol in the cars and jeeps of the police department. Again, official sources said, this was a hangover of the days of terrorism. The vehicles can very well be refuelled outside. A petrol pump in the vicinity of such a high security area can become a security hazard. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, confirmed that notices have been issued.

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Fabulous evening with Kalam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Basking in the glory of having “successfully” organised an interaction session between the President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and city school teachers, it was a relaxed day for the officials of the UT Administration while school staffrooms were abuzz with talk of last evening’s “memorable” experience, here today.

Recalling yesterday evening’s session, lucky teachers who managed to make it to the PGI Auditorium, tried to recreate the mood, the talk and the man in their narration to left behind colleagues.

While studies took a backseat in most schools, the celebrations of Teachers’ Day provided an opportunity to school teachers to sit together and catch up with what they had missed out on.

Terming it as a lifetime opportunity, Ms Aruna Bhardwaj of DAV Public School, Sector 8, said, "He was fabulous and the evening couldn’t have been better. Though I did not get an opportunity to ask a question, I was mesmerised by his talk. I tried to do justice to all the subjects he spoke on while telling my colleagues of the evening.”

Motivated by the speech of the President, Ms Nitika, a teacher at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, added, "His talk was very inspiring and he tried to tell us that the role of the teachers went beyond that of a nation builders. I was touched by his every word, especially the poetical touch to it. In the morning, we had anxious staff members waiting to get a first hand account from us.”

With some schools sending four teachers while others being allowed 10 teachers for the session, those who could not manage go to the session were a little sour and tried to make up by taking as many inputs as possible. Though they did understand that all teachers could not have been accommodated in the hall, they said they would have loved to be there, to get the feel of things and hear the President address them.

Meanwhile, though routine work did carry on in the Administration, heavy agenda meetings were scheduled for another day. Happy with their performance at yesterday’s session, they took it easy though, here too, discussion on the Dr Kalam episode kept them busy.

After being on tenterhooks for a couple of days and on duty for almost the entire day yesterday, the police, too, was visibly relaxed though not off duty. A constable posted at Transport Chowk said that with the VVIP visit over without hassle, they had breathed a sigh of relief. “All this is hardly anything compared to the tension and pressure we are under during a VIP’s visit.” he explained.

Meanwhile, at PGI, the venue for the interaction, cordoned off last evening with heavy deployment of police, things were back to normal. Vehicles moved around the entire campus without restriction and the PGI Security, also used during the President’s visit, was back at its place.

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Tibetan support conference begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The third All-India Tibet Support Group conference being organised by the Indian Core Group for Tibetan Cause started at Agarsen Bhavan here today. More than 200 delegates representing various Tibet support groups from at least 15 states of the country participated.

The inaugural session of the conference also saw participation of at least 20 members of state Assemblies of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, besides local supporters.

Mr Brij Bhushan Tewari, a former member of the Lok Sabha, presided over the inaugural session. Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, a former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, and Mr Pema Jungney, chairman of Tibet’s Parliament-in-exile, were also present.

Dr N.K.Trikha, convener of the Indian Core Group for Tibetan Cause, presented the report of activities and the status of the group. Mr Pema Jungney, while thanking the supporters for their continued support in the time of “crises”, sought their active support for the initiative of Dalai Lama in declaring Tibet as a zone of “Ahimsa” (non violence).

Lama Chosphel Zotpa said there was a significant improvement in the Tibet support movement but it needed to be further strengthened at the grassroots level. He also said unless Tibet was declared as a zone of “Ahimsa” there was no security for India.

Mr Indresh Kumar, patron of the Himalaya Parivar and the Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch, said Tibet was never a part of China. He said while dealing with China, India should always remember the era of “Hindi Chini bhai bhai”, which was followed by an unwarranted aggression.

Mr Dhumal supported the government’s stand on the recent Sino-India declaration and praised the Indian Foreign Minister for refuting Chinese lies on their own soil. He assured continuous support to the Tibetan cause in future.

Mr Brij Bhushan Tewari said Indian support to Tibet was unequivocal. Mr Pema Jungney presented each of the dignitaries with a citation and a Tibetan flag as a souvenir. A discussion session was held after the inauguration, which was attended by members of the Tibetan Parliament that included Thubten Phelgye, Dawa Tsering, Dolkar Lhamo and Penpa Tsering.

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PANCHKULA DIARY
75 jhuggis razed in Sector 3
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 5
The Enforcement Wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) demolished around 75 illegal jhuggis that had come up in a green belt area in Sector 3 this afternoon.

The drive was peaceful and was led by the Estate Officer, Panchkula, Mr Ashwani Kumar. Around 4.5 acres of land, from Majri chowk to Sports Stadium, under encroachment was reclaimed by the authorities.

The enforcement staff was accompanied by the police to maintain law and order. The land for which a stay had been granted by the courts was spared, while encroachments in the remaining area were removed. A JCB machine was used to raze the illegal structures.

Meeting: The district-level coordination committee for the prevention of female foeticide held its monthly meeting today under the chairmanship of Civil Surgeon, Dr Satbir Chaudhary. During the meeting, the committee reviewed the steps taken regarding the working of ultrasound centres in the district and decided to put up paintings at public places to create awareness amongst people regarding the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act.

Money disbursed: The Haryana government disbursed an amount of Rs 19,500 among 39 beneficiaries of Raipur Rani block under the Integrated Child Development Programme during the last month. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam Pradeep Kasni, said under the Balika Samridhi Yojana, bank accounts had been opened for 10 newborn girl children belonging to families living below the poverty line.

Agitation intensified: The District Taxation Bar Association has decided to intensify its agitation, which has been going on for the past 10 days. The lawyers have been protesting against the alleged rude behaviour of a clerk with a senior lawyer and demanding action against the clerk. The association will meet the Chief Secretary, and the Chief Minister to apprise them of the problem.

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Awards for those caring for mentally challenged
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 5
Nominations for the 12th Rotary Indian Award on ‘’Caring for the Mentally challenged’’ have been invited by the Rotary Awards for Service to Humanity (India) Trust. The award, to be presented in recognition of excellence, result-oriented performance and commendable achievements in caring for mentally challenged, carries a cheque of Rs 2 lakh and a citation.

Voluntary organisations and individual social activists, engaged in programmes and activities aimed at caring and rehabilitation of the mentally challenged people in the country having to their credit outstanding contributions in the area, are eligible to apply.

Last date for the receipt of nominations, according to Convener Trustee O.P. Vaish, is October 10. For copies of the announcement brochure and other information, the Project Director can be contacted at [email protected]

Nominations should be based on consistent pursuit and not just one or two achievements, howsoever outstanding. The nominees should have worked for at least 10 years or more in the area of caring for the mentally challenged. In case of an organisation, it should preferably be recognised by Rehabilitation Council of India or any other equivalent body. The nominations must be supported by copies of complete documentary evidence, including copies of publications, articles, photographs, if any. 

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Public speaking workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
After a series of workshops on English speaking and personality development, the British Library, Sector 8, is again organising a special workshop on effective public speaking. To be conducted by an eminent personality in the field, the workshop will be held tomorrow and day after.

The two-day workshop is specially designed for senior managers and others, who may be good and fluent readers of English and have a good knowledge of English grammar, but lack the confidence while speaking in public gatherings. The British Library has designed the workshop keeping in view the requirement of professionals who fall short of words while making public presentations.

The various topics that will be dealt with include how to welcome a gathering, how to introduce a programme, how to introduce a chief guest, how to give a vote of thanks and how to prepare a good and impressive speech.

The workshop will also cover posture, gesture, eye contact and body language. Registration in the workshop will be done tomorrow on first-come-first-serve basis.

The workshop will be held in the library in Sector 8.

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Snag in tracks delays Shatabdi
Our Correspondent

Dappar, September 5
The Kalka-Delhi Shatabadi Express was delayed for over one and a half hours due to the interlocking of track plates at the Dappar railway station here today.

The train has been delayed on the Chandigarh-Ambala section of the Kalka-Ambala railway line for the past two days, putting thousands of passengers to inconvenience.

An official in the Railways said the problem was arising because of short circuit, which makes the fish plates of the track loosen up. He added that the trains were delayed due to repair work being carried on the track here.

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Monsoon session to last two days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The forthcoming monsoon session of the state assembly will last two days. Official sources said a proposal submitted by the government to the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the assembly, stated that there might be one sitting of the assembly in the afternoon of September 9 and two sittings the following day.

Eight Bills and the supplementary grants for the past and current financial years were listed as business for the session, the sources added.


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Officers verify facts on cows’ death

Chandigarh, September 5
In the case of death of 22 cows in Paonta Sahib, a team of officers of the Administration led by the Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Mr G.K. Marwaha, today visited the Tajewala barrier and the Lal Dangh in Paonta Sahib. Mr Marwaha has been asked by the UT Administrator to inquire afresh into the whole episode.

The officer along with the Tehsildar, Mr J.C. Sharma and the SHO, Paonta Sahib, Mr Khazan Singh, went to different spots. A Ranger of Forest Department at Chachrauli was also quizzed by the inquiry officer. TNS

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Man held for forging signature
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) of the Chandigarh Administration today registered a case against Romi Atwal of Ram Darbar at the Sector 17 police station, for forging the signatures of a Motor Vehicle Inspector, Mr Ravinder Singh, for getting a regular driving license.

An official of the RLA, doubting the signatures of the testing authority after tallying and subsequent inquiry, found them forged.

The accused admitted that he had engaged a person called Chand Bir for the purpose.

Mr Ravinder Singh also confirmed that his signatures were forged.

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Networking knowhow must reach common 
man: Justice Verma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (Retd), today underlined the need for making network technology affordable so that its benefit could reach the common man.

Speaking after inaugurating a two-day national symposium on “Emerging trends in networking and mobile communication” at Punjab Engineering College here, Justice Verma said network technologies had broadened and enhanced access to information throughout the world. Business enterprises were connected through local area networks, wide area networks and Internet across the globe. He said this had not only transformed the way the people communicated, but also of doing work, business, seeking information and learning.

Justice Verma said networking technologies had changed the fundamentals of the work culture by having an impact on every area of work field, including entertainment industry, stock market, medical technology, banking, retail marketing, space technology and diagnostic technology. The Governor said this advancement had also resulted in greater transparency in the systems operation and individuals had more control over their organisations.

Justice Verma said the operation of stock markets in India was an example as its operation had become more transparent and millions of small investors now had a direct access to it. “In the medical diagnostic field, doctors are treating and operating patients sitting in another country. Business process outsourcing, made possible by adoption of these technologies, holds the key to the growth of India’s export earnings and provide job opportunities to the unemployed youth,” he commented.

The Administrator said when networking was combined with mobile communication, it became the most powerful technology combination ever developed. The task was to build and develop tomorrow’s networks and empower humanity by ensuring that mobile communication was accessible and affordable to all, he added.

Underling the need for making benefits of networking technology reach the common man, Justice Verma said that towards this end, Chandigarh had been fully networked and this distinction was not enjoyed by any other city in India. Twentyfour fully networked Information kiosks were being made operational, which would enable residents to deposit electricity and water bills, pay taxes, renew licenses, registration certificate and download different forms. It would enable the people to register complaints, and have the access to details about any property in the city, he added.

The Administrator said India had come to be recognised as a prominent “information technology” country in the world. Cutting edge mobile communication technologies had been deployed. There was an ever present need to bring together scientists, engineers, technologists, service providers and industry to closely interact and update themselves with these advancements so that technology applications were made to its optimum potential.

Justice Verma said mobile communication was playing a key role in enhancing access to basic telecommunications services, particularly in developing nations. During the past 10 years, mobile communication industry had grown many folds, helped by digital and RF circuit fabrication improvements, new large-scale circuit integration and other miniaturisation technologies. These had made portable radio equipment smaller, cheaper and more reliable.

Prof K.K. Aggarwal, Vice-Chancellor, GGS IP University, New Delhi, and president, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, who presided over the function, dwelt on the role of teachers in society and underlined the need to revamp the educational system.

Mr Prithpal Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL, in his keynote address said there had been a tremendous growth in the field of telephony and now even remotest corners were connected.

Others who spoke included Dr Baljit S. Kapoor, Principal, PEC, Dr Neena Gupta, convenor of the symposium, and Mr A.K. Dimri, Senior Scientist, CSIO.

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Selling books for a song
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 5
A book for everyone at an affordable price is what Value Books Private Limited promises to booklovers of the city. After luring customers in the ongoing trade fair in Parade Ground, Sector 17, with heavy discounts, ranging from 60 to 90 per cent, the company plans to open a permanent outlet in the city.

Addressing mediapersons at a city hotel today, Mr Gurbachan Singh, one of the directors of the company, said the main aim of the company was to provide students, scholars and professionals with books of world’s best authors at an affordable price. Floated by four partners, with G.S. Mel Dhaliwal, Ravi Grewal and Darshan Singh Sahsi being the other three, this Delhi-based company collects books for all ages and professionals from the USA and Canada.

“We buy unsold books from US and Canadian publishers at reasonable prices and since we import these in large numbers we can afford to sell these on heavy discounts, keeping a margin of 5 to 10 per cent,” said Mr Gurbachan Singh. The result is unbelievable. A book on medicine that costs around Rs 10,000 in the open market is being sold for just Rs 500 and a complete set of encyclopaedia is being sold just for Rs 3000.

Though the company mainly deals in educational books, it also has a collection of cookery, child care, hair care, health care, kitchen gardening, fiction and non-fiction books. “In our hunt for books we also have collected rare and antique books like a collection of work by Shakespeare published in 1889 and a few others over 100 years old,” remarks Mr Gurbachan Singh.

Looking at the high demand for educational books in the city, the company will open a branch here soon. “In Chandigarh, 50 per cent demand is for educational books, followed by children books and books falling under fiction and non-fiction category. It is vice versa in Delhi. Considering this, we are going to stock our outlet here with more of educational books”, said Mr Gurbachan Singh.

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BIZ CLIPS
Watch-designing workshop from today 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Twenty students from fashion designing institutes will participate in a 10-day watch design workshop commencing at Ethos from tomorrow.
The faculty of the workshop would include experienced and leading design professionals from the watch industry including Vikram Vijay Kant from LVMH group, Sheetal Chauhan from Swatch group, Rajiv Kaul from Kamla Dials and Devices. The students, for practical knowledge would be taken for a tour to one of watch component manufacturing units.

Cream launched: Schwabe India, the world leader in homoeopathic solutions, has launched its latest product in the exclusive TOPI range. Topi Arnica is a specialised homoeopathic cream for day-to-day traumatic problems such as bruises, rashes, sprains, muscular aches and pains. The company is planning to introduce more topical products in the near future.

Topi Arnica is well equipped with essential homoeopathic ingredients that are clinically proven remedy for bruises, sprains, soreness, muscle pain and sports injuries. The specially formulated homoeopathic tincture improves the local blood supply and accelerates healing of injuries. The cream is anti-inflammatory, increases the rate of reabsorption of internal bleeding and reduces pain. Topi Arnica is a special formulation, which ensures higher absorption and beter stability. Topi Arnica is available in a 25gm pack for Rs 25. The product is available at exclusive Schwabe outlets across India and at all homoeopathic drug stores.

Going herbal: Godrej Consumer Products Ltd a major player in the FMCG industry is going herbal with Godrej Herbal Powder Hair Dye. The new introduction in the hair colour segment is made with the safety and goodness of natural ingredients like amla, reetha, shikakai and mehendi. These natural ingredients enhance the quality of hair. Amla acts as a natural hair darkener that improves his growth, Mehendi is a natural colorant and conditioner, while Shikakai and Reetha act as a natural cleansing agent and enchance hair growth. Godrej Herbal Powder Hair Dye is ideal for consumers who want hair-nourishment as well as hair color. Many consumers use additional products to provide hair-care and prevent damage. The new product from Godrej’s stable will provide one-stop hair-care solution, as it will nourish the hair besides giving it a long-lasting colour.

Numero Uno: In response to the increasing demand for an easy and international look, Numero Uno has launched the Numero Uno ‘‘loose fit’’ jeans for men and the ‘‘straight’’, skinny fit for girls. The newly introduced loose fit for guys, offers a more relaxed and easy look. The pair fits snugly on the hips and extends to comfortable loose legs. The straight leg fit for girls, is reinvented by giving it a lower rise and closely fitting leg. These fits conform to the latest international trends the suggest a hip a ‘n’ happening lifestyle!

Available in a wide variety of denims, such as cross hatch, slub denim and multi-count denim, the men’s range is available in a huge range of washes. The new colours on offer include, washes and warm tints such as chocolate, walnaut, terracota etc. The straight fit for girls is available in a wide range of denims like lycra denim, slub denim, cross-hatch, ring denim and dirty denim. The washes being offered are tint sandblast, desize denim, indigo wash and vintage indigo wash.

Eyewear collection: TAG Heuer, the famous watchmakers since 1860, known for its technological and sporting timepieces, has unveiled its first prestigious sports eyewear collection: 'Sport Vision'. The uniqueness of 'Sport Vision' is the purity of its lines and the perfect integration of its components, creating the ultimate streamlined shape and is dedicated to the most demanding users.

TAG Heuer, is distinguished by its unique positioning born from the fusion of prestige, performance and avant-garde design. For 'Sport Vision', the Avant-garde design is created by the famous British designer Ross Lovegrove.

Reliance: As part of its ongoing efforts to offer Reliance IndiaMobile customers wider choice and value propositions, Reliance Infocomm Ltd today announced the availability of the CDMA 2000 1X Nokia 2280 handsets at all its Reliance WebWorld stores across the country, under the Monsoon 501 Hungama scheme. Now Reliance IndiaMobile (RIM) customers will be able to choose between three CDMA handset brand options including the already available LG and Samsung models.

With its soft-edge stylish design, white LED backlight, attractive interchangeable Xpress-onÔ color covers, calendar, alarm clock and downloadable ring tones, the Nokia 2280 offers a wide variety of lifestyle and personalization options. Other key features include a built-in phone book that supports up to 250 entries, high-speed data support and full text messaging capability including predictive text input.

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AirTel winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
AirTel today announced the winners of the Airtel Cal and Fly Scheme. They include Mr Mohan Keshav Sharma and Mr Rahul Bhatia from Punjab and Mr Puneet Garg from Haryana. The winners will fly to Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai as per their choice.

The contest was launched in August and all customers, who made international calls, automatically entered into a lucky draw.

Mr Garg student from Sirsa, after winning the contest said, “This will be a great opportunity for me to interact with students of other countries and help me in overall learning and education.”

Mr Sharma, who works in an industrial plant in Patiala, said.” Apart from sightseeting, I will see some big factories overseas.”

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