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9 civil services aspirants barge into MP’s party
Arrested, remanded in police custody
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Nine civil services aspirants last night barged into the ladies sangeet party of the daughter of a Congress MP from Punjab, Ms Santosh Chaudhary, at Aroma Hotel.

Two students from Patiala, Ranjeet Singh and Devinder Singh, who were allegedly in an inebriated condition, gatecrashed into the party and insisted on dancing with the gathering, which included family members and friends of the Congress MP, along with Orissa Chief Minister Navin Patnaik’s niece and film actor Pran’s grand-daughter.

When the personal security staff of Ms Chaudhary stopped them, they called seven others through their cellphones. As soon as the group of hooligans swelled, a scuffle ensued in which one of the security personnel of Ms Chaudhary sustained minor injuries.

Ms Chaudhary alleged that she remained holed up for hours in a room along with girls but the police help came very late despite having made four phone calls to the residence of the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Gaurav Yadav. Ms Chaudhary said she was afraid that the girls would be harmed by the hooligans. Mr Yadav said he was on leave yesterday.

Narrating the incident, Ms Chaudhary said the hooligans sought to attack her MLA husband, Mr Ram Lubhaya. The MP said when one of her daughters found out that these persons were outsiders, she called her mother’s security guards, who caught Ranjeet Singh and Devinder Singh.

Ms Chaudhary said before the incident, a car was stolen between 8 and 11 pm and one of the police personnel from the Sector 22 police station was already at the site when the drama was taking place.

The group of hooligans “made merry” in the presence of a Sub-Inspector, Harmeet Singh, who had come to the spot in connection with the theft of a car from the parking area of the hotel. The car owner, Sq-Ldr I. S. Narang (retd) had come to attend the ladies sangeet of Ms Chaudhary’s daughter, who is getting married on November 2.

The Sub-Inspector posted with the Sector 22 police post had been sent to the Police Lines and a departmental inquiry has been ordered to probe his failure to handle the situation and call other police personnel in time.

The civil services aspirants —Ranjeet Singh, Devinder Singh, Satwinder Singh, Paramvir Singh, Parvinder Singh, another Ranjeet Singh, Varinder Singh, Sultan Singh and Naseeb Singh — were arrested last night and today remanded in police custody for two days. One of the arrested is related to a DSP in Garhshankar. Ranjeet and Devinder had claimed they were DSP and Inspector of the Punjab police when they were stopped from entering.

They have been booked on the charges of rioting, trespass, obstructing official duty, impersonation and intimidation.

The police has also seized a Wagon-R and a Maruti Zen used by the hooligans.

The police said the students first reached the gate of the banquet hall of Aroma Hotel but were sent to the Aroma Restaurant which operates throughout the night. Somehow, two of them sneaked into the banquet hall where a party was in progress. They were allegedly in an inebriated condition.

When they were cornered by the security staff of Ms Chaudhary, one of them called their other friends who had gone towards the restaurant. The suspects told the police that two of them landed into the party because they wanted to use its toilet.

While Ms Chaudhary claimed that the police was late to respond, the latter said its vehicles had reached the spot within three minutes of the complaint made at 12.27 am. The SHO, Mr Satbir Singh, reached the spot at 1.05 am and the DSP, Mr S.C. Sagar, followed him within minutes.

Mr Satbir Singh said the police had immediately started a hunt for friends of the two caught by the security staff of Ms Chaudhary and succeeded in nabbing them during the night itself. The IG, Mr Rajesh Kumar, and the SSP, Mr Yadav, today visited the MP at her Sector 15 residence. 



College students march to PU
Announce strike against fee hike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Students from a number of local colleges marched to the office of the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University here today in protest against the proposed fee hike from the forthcoming academic session and the varying fee structure in colleges.

The protest march started in two groups, one from Government College for Girls, Sector 42, led by Gurparvez Singh Sandhu, president of the Panjab University Students Union (Shellay), and another one from the Government College for Men, Sector 11, led by Karanbir Singh Kaler, president of the student council of the college. Small groups marching towards the campus merged opposite the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

A joint action committee of student leaders from different colleges and the campus was announced. The committee, in a press note, said, “In wake of the proposed fee hike in various colleges of Chandigarh, representatives of city colleges have declared an indefinite strike.”

A delegation comprising Gurparvez Singh Sandhu, Mr Nitin Goyal, president of the National Students Union of India, Ranjeet Singh Raju, president of the Students Organisation of Panjab University, Saurabh Joshi, general secretary of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Karanveer Singh, president of the Government College for Men, Sector 11, and Arun Dhiman, president of the campus unit of the ABVP, met the Vice-Chancellor. The JAC strongly condemned the “policies of the government and PU which were driving away middle-class students”.

The NSUI held a meeting with regard to the hike in fees announced by the university recently. “It was felt that a sudden rise in fees would mar the chances of poor students. Education in PU is already expensive as compared to other universities”, a press note said.

Gurparvez Singh Sandhu led a majority of the protest rallies from the local colleges which reached the Vice-Chancellor’s office in the end. First the students went to the Government College for Girls, Sector 42. This was followed by a visit to MCM DAV College. Here the rally received negligible support.

Another rally covered GCG, Sector 11, GCM, Sector 11, and DAV College, Sector 10. “ Even if colleges claim that some classes were held, there will be no denying the fact that classroom teaching was marred substantially”, a student leader said.

In a press note, Sandhu highlighted the demands of rollback in fee hike and uniformity in fee charged by different colleges, (particularly private. There was a vast fee difference between private and government colleges, it was pointed out.

The Panjab University Students Union, which holds the office of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, also held a meeting to take notice of the proposed fee hike by the university. The meeting was conducted by Mohan Singh Sran, chairman, and Rajneesh Sareen, a senior leader.

The hike was condemned and a threat was issued for a mass agitation in a planned manner. In the first phase, the PUSU has launched a signature campaign which will be followed by submission of a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor. “In case the demands are not met, PUSU will resort to a complete strike till the students’ demands are met”, a press note of PUSU said.



Lalit Sharma's appointment as Adviser held up
Tribune News Service

Sequence of events

  • In the first week of August, the Home Ministry decides to remove the controversial Mr Virendra Singh from the post of Adviser.
  • The name of Mr Lalit Sharma, Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh, is finalised.
  • He is not posted here as no replacement could be found to be posted to Arunachal.
  • On September 10, Virendra Singh is suddenly removed and UT Home Secretary Raminder Singh Gujral is made Adviser.
  • Just days before Divali, the ministry decides to send Mr Baleshwar Rai to Arunachal and finally post Mr Lalit Sharma to Chandigarh.
  • Now Baleshwar Rai has put his foot down, saying that he will not go to Arunachal.

Chandigarh, October 31
It may take a few weeks more before an officer is posted to Chandigarh on the important post of Adviser to the Administrator. For the time being, the appointment of Mr Lalit Sharma, whose name was cleared by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs last week, has been held up.

A 1971 batch officer of the UT cadre of IAS, Mr Sharma is presently the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh. He was to be replaced by Mr Baleshwar Rai, a 1970 batch UT cadre officer in Arunachal Pradesh.

Mr Rai recently sent a petition to the Government of India stating that he did not want to go to Arunachal Pradesh as he was nearing retirement. Thus, he can get a place of posting of his choice in the run-up to the retirement, sources said. Even as the ministry is yet to decide on Mr Rai's petition, the government is in the "election mode". With elections in crucial states coming up, things like postings tend to take a backseat, a source said.

There has been no decision on Mr Rai's petition and nor have the formal orders to post Mr Sharma as Adviser been issued. It was expected that the new Adviser would be posted by now. When contacted on the phone from Delhi, Mr Rai refused to comment, saying that ‘‘nothing has been conveyed to me officially. I can only react when the government hands out the order to me.’’

Sources said Mr Rai was right as the All-India Civil Service Rules permitted an officer who was within two years of retirement to choose his place of posting. This does not mean that he can choose his posting but that the can choose the city of posting, claiming to plan his post-retirement life. Mr Rai is presently posted as Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Labour, in Delhi. He has served as Chief Secretary of Goa and also as Adviser in the early 1990s.

The name of Mr Lalit Sharma was cleared for posting in August but the orders could not be passed as his replacement was not found, which would have completed the chain of transfers.

In the meantime, the matter regarding the transfer of the previous Adviser, Mr Virendra Singh, heated up. On the night of September 10, he was transferred and Mr Raminder Singh Gujral was posted as Adviser to the UT Administrator. This happened when the Home Ministry, in a sudden move, transferred Mr Virendra Singh. The latter, a 1969 batch IAS officer of the UT cadre, had been appointed Adviser to the UT Administrator after being under suspension for more than two years and this was his first posting after being reinstated.

On May 13, 2000, the CBI had registered a case of corruption against him on the charges of having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income and for abusing his official position as public servant for accumulation of huge immovable and movable assets. He was then posted as Principal Secretary, Training and Technical Education, Government of National Capital Region, New Delhi.

Mr Virendra Singh had been posted to Chandigarh on January 8 this year. He was under the scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigation for having acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. 



Anup Jalota strikes a divine connection
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Getting the elite Chandigarh audience to hum divine tunes calls not just for a great deal of perfection over the art of song, but an equal deal of perfection over the manner of presentation. Our quintessential devotional singer Anup Jalota perfected himself on both fronts during his delightful presentation at Nehru Bhavan in Sector 24 here where he reflected the nuances of bhajan singing during his two-hour-long recital.

The most engaging feature of Anup performance was his inimitable style that drew on timeless tales from the Hindu mythology, placing the audience almost face to face with scriptures. Through his utterly delightful modulations of voice and melodious resonance, he brought home the very purpose of bhakti — something which he himself feeds on all the time.

As the singer earlier commented, “I don’t just structure melodies, I structure tales, which make all our religious scriptures from the Ramayana to the Bhagwad Gita worthy of the attention they command. I believe in passing on divine verses written by Bhakti saints, who placed life in the best perspective possible”.

No wonder then that Anup rendition of Kewat katha from the Ramayana amazed the audience thoroughly, so much so that the singer drew a tremendous response when he ended his divine narration. The bhajan was worded perfectly, “Kabhi kabhi Bhagwan ko bhi bhakton se kaam pade, jaana tha Ganga paar, Prabhu kewat ki naav chadhe....”

During his rendition of this bhajan, Anup brought out the charm of a selfless bond between Lord Rama and the kewat, who won the divine favour by his humility and grace. Describing the episode where Lord Rama, upon alighting from the kewat’s boat, makes an offering of a ring to him, Anup sang, “Prabhu ne di naav utrai, kewat bole nahi Raghurai....”

Then came a string of bhajans, packed with mellifluous tunes so typical of Anup presentation style. Accompanied by Peeyush Pawar on the santoor, the singer picked bhajans from his golden repertoire. These included, “Aisi laagi lagan Meera ho gayi magan”, “Jag mein sundar hain do naam, chahe Krishna kaho ya Ram”, “Laaga chunri pe daag chhupaoon kaise...” and many more.

Where the bhajans mesmerised the gathering with their purity, what appealed more to them were the knowledgeable interspersions, which bared the very philosophy of life. During his presentation, Anup told tales, posed questions, one of which was: “Jal se patla kaun hai? Kaun bhoomi se bhari? Agan se tez kaun hai? Kaun kajal se kaari?” Soon after the question came philosophical answers, set to music, “Jal se patla gyan hai...paap bhoomi se bhari...krodh agan se tez hai ...aur kalank kajal se kaari....

Dotting the recital with profound details, worded by saints like Tulsidas and Rahim, Anup made the programme put together by the Durga Das Foundation, The Tribune and The Spice Telecom worthwhile.

An added attraction to the enchanting evening was a tastefully decorated stage, which glowed with the divine radiance that flowed upon it from the precincts of a temple located in the backdrop. The compering by Sukanya Balakrishnan fitted the scheme of perfection well.



Treading the divine path
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
In these times when noise levels keep knocking our bodies out of tune, there are some genres of music that place the lost rhythms back into our system so that the affair of melody that life is may flow on forever. Among these genres is bhajans, where Anup Jalota reigns supreme, thoroughly enjoying every bit of magic that his sobriquet, “bhajan samrat”, spells.

Fifty years of service to the idiom of bhajans have uplifted Anup Jalota so much that he can now easily pass painful moments by. Before commencing his recital at the Nehru Bhavan in Sector 24, where he performed for the Durga Das Foundation, Spice and The Tribune today, he confessed, “Divine music heals wounds. It sees you through moments of trial. It diffuses pain as if pain never befell you. I sing paens to God because he helps me fight the worst moments in my life, the heart transplant surgery of my wife Medha being the latest such moment.”

With peace settled on his face, Anup made a pretty picture of musicality that comforts and caresses. After learning music from his father Purushottam Das Jalota, Anup chalked out a devotional path for himself. “I took up MA Hindi so that I could perfect the first tool I had to sculpt the image of my music. Passion for Sanskrit followed. Then I devoted time to scriptures I wanted to render. I have set to music all religious texts, from the Ramayana and the Gita to the repertoire of Bhakti saints. Now I am working on the Vedas with the help of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who feels Vedas can’t be sung. I am learning to chant them. I am also producing a film, Nishaan.”

Most inspired by Rama, Anup said: “I have always wished to lead a ‘ammaya’ life. My dabblings in the Ramayana helped me do that.” With a voice capable of justifying film songs and ghazals, Anup never allowed himself the temptation of being led away from the infinite. “I stuck to divine verses not only for myself, but also for people, who want to consume value-based music. The market for ghazals is contracting because their form stands distorted. Now bhajans are a rage because they take people back to their roots. I have diehard fans in Trinidad, West Indies, Surinam, where people collect my bhajans for posterity. For them my idiom spells peace more than anything else.”

Despite acceptance in, “Ek duje ke liye” in which he rendered “solah baras ki”, Anup never felt the urge to go back. He says, “ I had offers from Laxmikantji, but I had chosen my destiny. Even now I love to sing from temple precincts. My best album has been the one which has songs first rendered in Hare Krishna temple, Bombay.” Once critical of allowing Pakistanis to perform in India, Anup is now treading the peace path. He recently joined Ghulam Ali in concert. But he still says, “I wish Pakistan could welcome us as we welcome their artistes — with an open heart.”

While he prays for Indo-Pak peace, he continues to preach the same through his music. Maintaining the purity of ragas, he adds, “Whenever I used to hear the concert of vocalists, I realised they always concluded not with ghazals, but with bhajans. Bhajans were classical. So I chose them over ghazals, My indulgence will never change.”



Even 30-year-old can have dementia
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Something as simple as Vitamin-B deficiency, alcohol abuse or even hypothyroidism could give you symptoms of dementia, generally associated with old age.
“The imaging of the normal aging brain can be used to find the cause of dementia, which in majority of the cases results due to brain shrinkage, due to advancing age,” explained Dr Michael S. Huckman, an internationally renowned interventional neuroradiologist, working at Rush Medical College, Chicago.

Dr Huckman, who is here to attend a conference on Interventional Neuroradiology being organised by the Radiodiagnosis department, PGI says dementia can occur before you age but not every aged brain will have traces of the disease. “Even a 30 year old could suffer from impairment of mental abilities because of alcohol abuse, drugs, AIDS, organ transplantation, use of steroids, vitamin-B deficiency or even hypothyroidism mainly due to suppressed immune system,” he disclosed.

It is through imaging of the brain that one can rule out dementia and look for other factors which could result in memory loss and inability to remember familiar faces, names and places. "Dementia resulting due to vitamin B-deficiency or hypothyroidism is reversible and treatable and imaging of the brain helps us in ruling out the disease due to brain shrinkage, which cannot be cured,” he said.

Citing example Dr Hutchman, said even repeated head trauma, such as that experienced by boxers or an infant who at the time of birth did not get adequate oxygen (asphyxia) could suffer from dementia. “Efforts are being made to differentiate and categorise different form of dementia, which could present as a symptom in a number of diseases like Alzheimer, which has no cure,” he said.

Dr Hutchman, said 1 per cent of the population above the age of 40 years, 10 per cent above the age of 65 years, 40 per cent above 85 years and 90 per cent above 100 years have been found to be suffering from dementia. Highlighting another aspect of dementia, he said majority of the patients suffer from the apathy, where they are not even willing to accept that they are facing problem of memory loss. “Since they do not realise that they have lost a part of their memory, they become highly irritable when they are reminded about their disease, which could be static, progressive or reversible,” he said.



Cong councillors in defiant mood over property tax 
Tribune News Service

What they want

  • Levying of property tax at 2 per cent.
  • Exemption to sports person, freedom fighters, shops in rehabilitation colonies, rehri markets, health clubs and gyms.

Generate resources

  • While Congress and the BJP leaders indulge in blame game on the issue of property tax, the facts speak otherwise.
  • The Chandigarh Administration has told the corporation that it would drastically cut down on budgetary support if the latter did not generate resources. The corporation gets matching grants on the revenue it generates. The Union Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation has been pressing upon the corporation to generate its own resources.

Chandigarh, October 31
Perturbed over the political implications regarding the imposition of property tax on commercial and institutional property in the city at 5 per cent, councillors of the ruling Congress in the Municipal Corporation are in a defiant mood.

Hectic parleys are being held by the ruling group councillors to take the issue head on. Sources in the corporation did not rule out the decision being challenged in the court.

Upset over the decision of the Chandigarh Administration by not keeping the property tax at 2 per cent, the Congress Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, said, “We will oppose the 5 per cent property tax at the next General House meeting”.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Chawla claimed that it was conspiracy on part of BJP leaders to embarrass the Congress in the next general election. The local BJP leaders were ensuring that the Central BJP leadership prevailed upon the Chandigarh Administration in taking anti-people decisions.

He said the Administration had twice rejected the proposal of 2 per cent property tax recommended by the General House.

Justifying his allegations on the BJP leadership, the Mayor said on one hand the Centre leadership was not giving its nod to the recommendations of the second Delhi Finance Commission, which had stated that 17 per cent share of the total revenue of Chandigarh should go to the corporation. At present the corporation was getting around 13 per cent — which comes to around Rs 85 crore.

“If calculated at 17 per cent it comes to around Rs 100 crore for the current financial year. We would not to have levy property tax if we get 17 per cent share”, said Mr Chawla, adding that despite the Administration accepting in principal to accept the recommendations of the commission, the Centre was not clearing the file. Even a former UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), had written a letter to the Centre on the issue.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation has recommended reduced property tax on industrial units here. Mr Chawla said he had talked to the Commissioner in this regard and some steps were being taken. At yesterday’s meeting of the House Tax Assessment Committee, 30 per cent rebate to the industrial units had been recommended.

The sources said the industrialists lamented that the criteria of charging the tax on covered area was wrong. Instead of charging according to per sq ft area occupied, it should be levied on the plot area.

Reacting to the issue, the BJP local unit has condemned the applicability and collection of the property tax on commercial property in Chandigarh. In a joint statement Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, president, BJP Mr Pushotam Mahajan, vice-president said at the time of contesting elections the Congress-ruled corporation had promised tax-free rule to the people of Chandigarh. The city residents were already buried under various other taxes, they added.

The BJP has asked the Congress to withdraw the imposition and collection of property tax from those owning commercial property in Chandigarh.

In a representation to the UT Administrator, the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, has opposed the decision to impose the tax. The general secretary of the chamber, Mr A.L. Aggarwal, said the industry was reeling under recession and there was no incentive to the units in Chandigarh as compared to the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. 



PUDA, building contractor at loggerheads
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 31
Even before the PUDA bhavan here could be formally inaugurated, the building contractor and PUDA authorities are at loggerheads as to who is to be blamed for the over one year delay in construction.

According to sources, while the contractor has alleged that mismanagement and constant change in the original plans by PUDA has caused them a loss of over Rs 60 lakh, PUDA on the other hand has warned the contractor that in case they are unable to finish the work within a stipulated period they will be penalised Rs 85 lakh.

Built at a cost of over Rs 32 crore, as many as eight agencies are involved in the construction of the building, which is being projected as one of the best buildings in Punjab. The work with a certain architectural plan was commissioned in July, 2001, to Delhi-based Era Construction Company at Rs 15 crore, which was to finish the work in 14 months.

According to the contractors, they had ended 55 per cent of the work by March, but then PUDA changed the complete plan, including the outer face and the interior. Work got stopped on the building for over four months. “We had to break the aluminium work on two floors to accommodate the new plan. More-over, with the introduction of glazed curtains and central air conditioning plant two more agencies got involved. Till they finish the work we cannot handover the building,” pointed a manager with the contracting company, who requested not to be named.

The contractors point out that since the plans were changed everytime a new head took over PUDA, they were unable to finish the work in 14 months and the ensuing delay had caused them a loss of Rs 5 lakh per month since September, 2002. ‘‘But we are stuck. Had there been any other company they would have dragged PUDA to court and demanded the cost of delay,” added the manager.

The PUDA authorities formed a fault-finding committee within days of shifting into the building last month. This committee was to get the details of the extent of incomplete work and the various faults with the construction. This committee under the chairmanship of Mr Rajiv Moudgil, Director, Quality Control, PUDA, submitted a list, following which the contractor was allegedly warned that he was liable to be penalised for Rs 85 lakh for not completing the work in time. “This is a routine procedure. The contractor is given a deadline and he has to finish the work by that date. And in case he falters he is penalised in accordance with the agreement clause,” explained a senior official in PUDA’s engineering wing.

Interestingly, the contractor has still not been given a copy of the report of the committee.

According to the contractors, they have to hand over the complete building by December 18. “We should be given a period of 45 days after the last agency leaves the premises to hand over the building in perfect condition. But with the offices having shifted and the AC work still on, we are doing more repair work than construction,” the manager added.



Indians’ shaving frequency ‘lowest’
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Most Indians shave only once in two to three days. Even though they have a strong beard growth, their shaving frequency is among the lowest in the world, says an extensive study of Indian shaving habits conducted on behalf the American multinational, Gillette.

Shaving frequency in India is 1.7 times per week against 1.9 times in China, 4 times in Russia, 4.1 times in Poland, 4.9 times in the US and 5 times in Germany. Also, the usage of twin blades for shaving is just 10% in India, 25% in China and 99% in the US.

Lack of ready access to running water in bathrooms is also influencing the Indian shaving habits, says the study. Only about 25% of Indian self-shavers have access to running water. Most shave with a mug of water.

The result was clogging of hair in the twin blades with longer beard lengths due to infrequent shaving and lack of use of running water to flush the gap between the twin blades. Clogging of hair in turn led to poor quality shaving and faster use up rate of twins as de-clogging was achieved through a variety of means that spoilt the blade edges. Two in every three shavers who tried out twins reverted back to the low-end double edge.

Little wonder, the Indian market remains predominantly double-edge with 90 per cent of users continuing to use the conventional flat blade due to unique shaving habits.

According to Mr Manoj Kumar, Regional Business Director, Grooming and Personal Care, India and South Asia Gillette India Limited, “a new product, called Gillette Vector Plus, has been created keeping in mind the shaving habits of a large number of Indian consumers, especially those who use double-edge blades. Infrequent shaving leads to longer stubble/hair and that coupled with use of still water leads to clogging of twin blades for people who shave infrequently. Gillette Vector Plus with 2 Gillette blades and a unique push clean button has been designed to address this and offer the consumers a smooth and close shave. They can now enjoy a good shaving experience at an affordable price.”

Gillette Vector Plus follows the immensely successful launch of Gillette Vector in China. Gillette Vector was upgraded incorporating, for the first time an anti-clogging push clean technology. 

Hairy tales

  • Every shave eliminates approximately 65 mm of hair i.e. 450 grams every six years.
  • A man during his lifetime spends 140 days (5 months) shaving 8.25 meters of hair from his face.
  • If one did not shave, one could have a beard of up to 9 meters long.
  • The beard’s condition is noticeably influenced by atmospheric conditions.
  • A beard that is used to a certain climate will be harder to shave after a sudden change of temperature or increase in humidity.
  • Shaving does not alter the growth of hair.
  • The speed of growth may vary according to seasons; beards grow faster in summer than in winter.
  • Always shave first thing in the morning because at that time your face muscles and skin are completely relaxed and in optimum condition for shaving.
  • Use warm water to wet your face, hydrate the bristles and expand the pores.
  • Gel shaving helps to soften and lubricate hair, while moisturising and protecting the skin from the friction of the blade.
  • Leave the foam on your face for a few minutes to further soften the hair and ease the processes of shaving.
  • Use both hands while shaving. Pull the skin upwards with one and, while with the other move the razor in the opposite direction.
  • Choose a razor that will give you optimum closeness without the irritation of nicks or cuts. Razors with twin-blades or triple-blades give the closest, smoothest shave ever as they are equipped with moveable heads that adapt automatically to the curves of the face.
  • Splash your face with cold water once you finish shaving to close up the pores.
  • A moisturising or shaving lotion is the perfect complement after shaving. Gillette after-shave gels and lotions enrich skin with specially incorporated moisturisers, thereby conditioning the skin and leaving it feeling smooth and revitalised.



Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 31
Led by the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Mr H.S. Hanspal, several senior Congress leaders and ministers today paid tributes at Punjab Congress Bhavan to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Among those present on the occasion were Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Lal Singh, Mr Sardool Singh, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Mr Avtar Henry, Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Mr Raghu Nath Sahai Puri, Mr Santokh Singh, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi and Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, all ministers, and Mr Hans Raj Joshan, a Parliamentary Secretary, according to a press note issued by Mr Raj Pal Singh, Secretary, Media, PPCC.

The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) organised a function to observe the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi here today. The CTCC president, Mr B.B. Behl, presided over the function.

Paying tributes to the former Prime Minister, Mr Behl said she never succumbed before communalism. In spite of political and economic problems faced by the country, she ensured that the farmers and the poor did not suffer, he said.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member of Parliament, said it was due to the farsightedness of the former Prime Minister that Pakistan was defeated in the Bangladesh War.

Today’s function was also attended by Mr Ram Pal Sharma, Mrs Sureshta Mehta, Ms Rajni Talwar, Mr Pawan Kumar, Mr Phool Chand, Mr H.S. Lucky, Mr Nitin Goel, Mr Banarsi Dass, Mr Mukesh and Mr Raj Nagpal. A number of councillors, Mr Lalit Joshi, Ms Pushpa Sharma, Ms Kamlesh, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma and Mr Sohan Lal Vaid, were also present.

FATEHGARH SAHIB: The District Congress Committee on Friday observed the death anniversary of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Hundreds of Congress workers attended the function held to pay tributes to the departed leader.

In his address, Vaid Hari Krishan, President, DCC, recounted the achievements made by the country under her leadership. He urged the Congress workers to follow the path shown by great leaders for the integrity and unity of the country. He condemned the anti-national forces responsible for the killing of Indira Gandhi.

Mr R.N. Sharma, Mr Samsher Singh, Mr Pardeep Malhotra, Mr Joginder Singh Maini, Mr Devinder Kumar Makhan, all senior Congress leaders, also spoke at the function.

After the function the Congress leaders distributed fruits in Leprosy Colony, Sirhind.



Board told to sink tubewell
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, October 31
Issuing notice of motion on a complaint filed by the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board to continue sinking of a tubewell on a piece of disputed land adjacent to the Lohgarh police post here.

Though the case in this regard is to come up for arguments before the court on November 7, the court has ordered that the work on the tubewell be continued.

Earlier, the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat had filed a petition before the court, saying that Mr Satinder Singh Dhaliwal, a resident of Chandigarh, had been trying to grab land. The petition also states that Mr Dhaliwal has got the stay orders from a sessions court against a Punjab Government ruling, which later was set aside by the high court.

The Nagar Panchayat further said the said land was earmarked for the sinking of the tubewell for the general public and the civic body has already allocated funds for it. The decision was taken by passing a resolution in the House of the civic body.

It may be recalled that the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat on September 9 had removed some unauthorised structures from a piece of shamlat land adjacent to the Lohgarh police post.

Following the anti-encroachment drive Mr Dhaliwal allegedly in connivance with the local police attacked Mr Nainder Sharma, president of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, and fired shots at him.

Villagers also opened fire at the assailants, accompanied by a Sub-Inspector (SI) and two Home Guard jawans from Dera Bassi police station. Taking a serious note of the incident the Senior Superintendent of Patiala Police had suspended SI Rattan Lal following the allegations.



Shanda Shasti celebrations
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 31
The marriage of Lord Murugan was celebrated with traditional South Indian traditions and fervour as a part of the ongoing Sri Shanda Shasti celebrations. Priests from Kanchipuram and Tamil Nadu came to conduct the marriage.

Different kinds of sweets were made and the temple was decorated for celebrating the occasion. According to the organisers, a rath yatra will be taken out on November 1 from Sri Ayyappa Temple in Sector 47-C. The procession will culminate at Sri Karthikeya Swamy Temple in Sector 31-D.



Citizens’ plea on judge

Kharar, October 31
Mr K.K. Sharma, president of the Kharar Citizens Welfare Council, has demanded that an additional judge should be posted here keeping in view the existing load of cases in the courts.

In a press note issued here today, he has urged that the third court which was closed sometime ago should be reopened. He demanded that a new Bench of the Additional District Judge should be created. OC



Woman commits suicide at Kharar village
Tribune Reporters

Kharar, October 31
Harpreet Kaur (24) of nearby Mundi Kharar village that falls in Kharar municipal limits allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the hook of a ceiling fan of her house yesterday night.

The brother of the deceased, Mr Gurpreet Singh, has informed the Kharar police that all family members, except Harpreeet, had gone out to attend a marriage. When they returned home late in the night they saw Harpreet hanging from the hook. He informed the police that the deceased was mentally upset for the past many days.

The police was informed about this and the body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Kharar, for post-mortem. The police has started investigations after lodging a report under Section 174, CrPC.

BODY FOUND: The police has recovered the body of a middle-aged woman from a pond at Naniyola village on Friday in the Naggal constituency.

According to the police, the deed was identified as Radha, a resident of Naniyola. The police said the deceased was stated to be under depression. It could not be ascertained whether the woman had committed suicide or had incidentally fallen into the pond.

The SDM, Ambala, visited the incident site. The police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital for post- mortem and is investigating the case.

JEWELLERY LOOTED: One unidentified robber looted jewellery weighing 23 grams from a shop on Friday evening by putting chilly powder in the eyes of the owner of the shop.

According to information, at 6.30 in the evening, a bearded youth came to the Shri Nath Jewellers shop located on the Prem Mandir road at Ambala City. He told Honey Verma, the owner of the shop, that there was a wedding in their family and he required a gold jewellery set for it. The jeweller showed him a set weighing 23.100 grams. The youth asked him to show more sets. The youth selected one set and told him that his elder brother was reaching there and would finalise it.

But, after a few minutes, he said his brother might not come and he himself would make the final selection. When the shopkeeper again showed him the jewellery set, the youth put chilly powder in his eyes and fled away. The jeweller shouted for help and a number of shopkeepers chased the robber, but he managed to give them the slip.

The SHO, City Police, Mr Vijay Mehta, rushed to the spot. Police teams were sent in search of the robber in nearby markets, but no clue was found in this regard. A case has been registered. 



Boy crushed under oil tanker

Dera Bassi, October 31
Jatinder Singh (17), a resident of Daffarpur village, was crushed to death when an oil tanker rammed into his cycle from behind on the Dera Bassi-Ramgarh road, near Mubarikpur, here today.

According to the police, Jatinder was riding his cycle towards the Ramgarh market when the tanker (HR-02GA-0157) hit his cycle knocking him down. The driver of the tanker fled from the scene after the accident.

A case has been registered under Sections 297 and 304-A of the IPC. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for a post- mortem examination. OC



City to be projected as IT destination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Projecting the city as a destination for the information technology (IT) industry will get a boost in the next few days. A team of the Chandigarh Administration will be stationed in Bangalore for the annual IT fair it.com, which begins tomorrow.

This year Chandigarh will sponsor one of the main events ‘‘ trends in global outsourcing’’. This will be a day-long conference where experts from all over the world will air views. Five conferences will be held.

Showcasing the potential of Chandigarh will be a team headed by the Information Technology Secretary, Mr Karan Avtar Singh. The visit by the Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), has been cancelled.

The Administration will project the fact that a recent survey had placed Chandigarh as No. 1 with respect to human development index and per-capita income. The power and telecom infrastructure is far superior to most Indian cities. A business magazine has rated Chandigarh as one of the best cities for investment and this will be projected.

Chandigarh has infrastructure for the IT park and the space for big and small units.

Another area for focus will be biotechnology. A number of national-level institutes like the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), PGI, Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) and Panjab University are present in the city.The latest move to allow the use of world class labs of IMTECH will also be announced. The fact that DLF has been appointed as developers of the built-up space will help attract more companies to the city.

Already some of the biggest names of the IT industry like Microsoft, Infosys, Dell , Convergy’s among others are in the city or are in the process of coming. Microsoft has signed an agreement with the Chandigarh Administration.

Software exports from Chandigarh are presently at Rs 100 crore.

The work force available in the city, which is highly qualified and skilled, will also be projected.



Max New York launches two policies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Addressing the needs of the evolving life insurance market in India, Max New York Life Insurance Co Ltd has launched two new policies — Stepping Stones and Life Gain Plus.

This takes the company’s portfolio of policies to 13. It also offers nine riders. The policies and riders can be customised to more than 400 combinations.

Stepping Stones is a policy specifically aimed at parents looking at securing the future of their children.

The product design ensures periodic paybacks fulfilling needs at various life stages of a child and also has a built-in waiver of future premiums in the case of the death of the parent. The unique features of Stepping Stones are that it offers an additional 30 per cent of the sum assured on maturity and it gives the customer the flexibility to choose the tenure of the policy — from 11 to 26 years — depending on the child’s age.

Life Gain Plus is a limited-pay endowment plan that requires the customer to make limited-term premium payments and yet enjoy full-term coverage and benefits of a regular endowment plan.

The unique features of Life Gain Plus are that it guarantees double the sum assured in case of the death of insured after five policy years.

The policy offers a one-time guaranteed addition of 10 per cent of the sum assured on maturity to take care of any other unforeseen expenses.

Anuroop ‘Tony’ Singh, CEO and Managing Director, Max New York Life Insurance Company, said with the launch of the two policies, the company had the most comprehensive policy offerings in all consumer segments in the marketplace—whole life, term, retirement and children.

“The new policies are an extension of our philosophy of offering a whole range of policies designed to meet the different needs of our customers at various life stages. Parents in India today want to ensure that their children get the best of everything and Stepping Stones fulfils that need,” he said.



Fortune captures 18 per cent market
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Fortune range of edible oils has captured 18 per cent market share as per AC Neilsen ORG Marg, August 2003. Fortune has surged ahead of brands such as Sundrop (Agrotech), Sweekar and Saffola (Marico), Dharma (DOFCO) and Godrej. Fortune has emerged as the single largest brand of edible oils in the country.

According to Mr Angshu Mallick, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Adani Wilmar Ltd, “the total edible oil industry in India is pegged at $ 10.78 billion with total annual consumption of 11.50 million tonnes, while the edible oil indusry is growing at 6 per cent and branded refined oils at 12 per cent”.


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