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Students threaten to step up stir on fee hike
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service


  • Students to launch chain fasts in front of college campuses

  • Teachers unsuccessful in persuading students back to their classes

  • Principals to interact with students of their respective colleges 

Chandigarh, November 19
Striking college students today threatened to intensify their stir against the fee hike by beginning chain fasts in front of all city colleges from tomorrow.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the joint co-ordination committee of colleges, comprising the presidents of the students councils at the Panjab University this evening in the face of the non-cooperative stance of the UT Administration.

The president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, Malvinder Kang, said the action by students had been necessitated in view of the Home Secretary not giving a satisfactory response.

Verma defends decision

The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, today defended the fee hike in city colleges. He said the marginal hike in college fee was necessary to ensure quality education. There was no separate budgetary allocation for education and whatever expenses were being made were to be paid out of the tax payers’ money, he added.

The Administrator was attending a function at Sacred Heart School in Sector 26 here this evening. The time had come for parents to discipline their children and prevent them from going on strike to protest against the fee hike, he said.

The Chandigarh Administration today said it would not allow any miscreant to prevent genuine students from attending classes and parents and students had been advised that the students should attend classes. The Administration requested the striking students to attend classes regularly as absence from the college would not only adversely affect their learning and completion of courses but adversely affect their attendance.

“We went to submit a reminder to the memorandum on fee hike to the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral. We were told that the committee to be constituted by the Administration would be able to give a report in one month. We suggested the closure of fee counters in all colleges till then so that studies could get underway, which he turned down. We are only exercising whatever is in our hands,” he said.

The principals of private colleges in the city held a meeting to discuss the problem arising out of the month-long strike and resolved to interact with students of their respective colleges and convince them to get back to their classes.

Principal S.C. Marriya of DAV College, Sector 10, said the principals had also decided to expose the Senators behind the agitation at the next Panjab University Senate and Syndicate meetings.

Meanwhile, after yesterday’s announcement of the UT Administration to take action against students disrupting classes, council members, instead of sitting near the gates, hovered around college campuses urging students to continue the boycott of classes.

At Government College for Girls, Sector 11, the faculty was positioned at the college entrance to persuade students to get in. However, this did not help matters much, with students staying away from the gates.

In place of the college staff, police personnel took over at the adjoining Government College, Sector 11, where boys were forced to enter the college. They, too, could not be forced into attending classes and were let off. Consequently, in city colleges, another day passed without studies as the stalemate continued.

In private colleges, while students remained on the college campuses, they did not attend classes despite the presence of the faculty. Some members from every private college took leave to join a rally of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union in Ludhiana to press for the implementation of the pension-cum-gratuity scheme and protest against the failure of the Punjab Government to ensure regular salaries to the staff of non-government colleges.


Heartbroken youth commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Today the township recorded its fifth suicide in three months:

  • September 30: A 50-year-old resident of Phase VII, Kamaljit Singh, committed suicide following depression related to payment of pending loans.

  • October 9: Mukesh Kumar, a 20-year-old resident of Guru Nanak Colony in Phase X, committed suicide by hanging himself due to the family’s poor economic condition.

  • November 6: A 15-year-old domestic help Pradeep, working in Phase VII, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling.

  • November 17: A 25-year-old married woman, Harjot Kaur, committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her bathroom at her residence in Phase 3B2.

Mohali, November 19
A 25-year-old domestic help allegedly committed suicide here after the woman whom he loved turned down his proposal for marriage. The victim, Pappu, committed suicide today morning by hanging himself from the ceiling of the house he was working at Phase IX.

Pappu left behind a suicide note, which according to the police, stated that he loved Beena (name changed), who had refused to marry him, and instead his parents decided to marry him to someone else, so he was committing suicide.

Originally from Garhwal, Pappu had been working in Mohali for the past two and a half years and had been under depression for the past two months when his parents informed him that Beena’ parents had refused to marry her to him.

Pappu’s employer, Ms Anupama Thakur, told the police that Pappu had been talking fondly of the girl from the day he arrived in Mohali and wanted to marry her only. Since the girl and her family also lived in Garhwal, he was hopeful that his parents would be able to convince her to marry him. But things did not work accordingly and his parents fixed his marriage with some other girl in the village.

“Initially he had said yes to this match but he was not happy. He kept insisting on marrying Beena,” said Mr Gurmeet Singh, SHO, Phase VIII police station. Relating the incident, the police informed that Pappu had got up in the morning today and served tea to everyone in the house after which he went to a room on the top of the house. When he did not come for some time, a family member, Vivekanand Pandey, went upstairs to look for him and found him hanging from the ceiling of the room. The door was broken down and the police was called in which, sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

A suicide note was found near the body and a photograph of Beena was found in Pappu’s pocket. Written in Hindi, the suicide note started with saying that he did not want to blame anyone for his death but at the same time he wanted to tell that he loved Beena and could not even think of marrying someone else. So he was committing suicide. “Jo hamare the woh hamare na rahe,” said the note.

The police informed that according to the occupants of the house, Pappu had been a good worker and had come to Mohali with his brothers who were also working in the township.

His elder brother Shyam Lal was working as a domestic help in Phase XI and came to identify his brother’s body and said Pappu had been wanting to marry Beena for many years but she had always been rejecting him and had also on some occasions scolded him for pursuing her incessantly. He told the police that Pappu came to him last night asking him for his help in the matter but was told to forget Beena.

The police has informed Pappu’s parents in Garhwal and started inquest proceedings in the matter under Section 174 of the IPC.


Suspect gets bail in dancing girls’ case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 19
The UT police today suffered a major setback, as K.M. Muralidhar, one of the suspects in the case of trafficking of girls to Bangalore, was today granted bail by a local court on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 50,000 with a surety of the same amount. Muralidhar has been directed to surrender his passport in the court.

The suspect had pleaded that he had employed various girls for running business in a hotel-cum-restaurant in Bangalore. The girls who were employed from Chandigarh signed a contract with him. Thereafter they were taken to Bangalore with their consent as well as that of their parents.

Stating that the girls employed by him had not been detained, he alleged that the police had registered a false case on the basis of a complaint of Anup Kaur with a motive to blackmail him.

The police opposed the bail application on the ground that the girls were detained in Bangalore by the accused and were forced to perform stage shows. 


PGI to acquire cervix cancer detection device
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
In order to detect cervix cancer, the most common malignancy among Indian women at an early stage, the PGI will soon acquire the Rs 10-lakh human pappiloma virus (HPV) equipment, installed at only a handful medical institutes in the country.

Despite cervix cancer being the number one cause for considerable mortality and morbidity among Indian women, especially from the lower economic strata, there is no effective screening programme for its early detection. The sophisticated HPV equipment will be used by the Department of Cytology and Gynaecological Pathology for detecting cervix cancer at the pre-invasive stage when it is preventable.

“Unfortunately, we do not have a cancer-screening programme in India and after we acquire the HPV machine, we would want to take up a model study to assess the extent of the problem, as there is no data available on cervix cancer,” said Dr Raje Nijhawan, Additional Professor in the Cytology Department.

He explained that detecting tumours at the initial stage offered the best hope for complete cure and a normal life expectancy thereafter. Regarding the incidence of the problem, it was estimated that Indian women were five times more vulnerable to the problem than their European or American counterparts.

Studies undertaken in limited pockets in India, suggested that cervix cancer was more common among the lower socio-economic strata due to a number of contributory factors like poor hygiene, sexual activity at a young age and with a number of partners and more children.

“In the absence of a HPV machine, we undertake the pap smear test to detect cancer cells and by the end of the year we would have undertaken over 7,000 such tests,” said Dr Nijhawan. Explaining the advantages that HPV machine has over pap smear, he said there were no chances of the cancer lesions being missed out apart from the fact that those women who fell in the high risk group could be more alert.

Doctors from the Cytology Department have been visiting Kedarpur village in Haryana to collect samples for pap smear to see the incidence of cervix cancer. “Though we need to screen about 10 crore women in India who fall in the susceptible group to see the incidence of the problem but, seeing the high-cost factor, social taboos and lack of facilities we are keen to at least have a model study on about one lakh women,” opined Dr Nijhawan.

He said though the cost for knowing the HPV status of a woman would be almost Rs 1,000 but it was a foolproof method, where the problem would be detected right at the initial stage. Stressing the need for creating more awareness to tackle the problem, he said the social taboos, inhibitions and lack of facilities were a major hurdle.

At present the HVP testing facility is available only at 10 institutes in the country. The Cytology Department offers services like fine needle aspiration cytology, and exfoliative cytology to study the cells obtained from uterus, lungs, urinary bladder and gastrointestinal tract.


Chaturvedi for independent prosecution agency
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
“Instead of leaving investigation and prosecution to the police alone, states should have an independent prosecution agency which should be answerable to the high court and give a copy of its annual report to the legislature of the state concerned,” says Mr T.N. Chaturvedi, Governor of Karnataka, holding that “rule of law must prevail”.

“This independent prosecution agency need not be tagged with the institution of Lok Pal or Lok Ayukta and can be under Advocate-General’s office or created independently. The police cannot and should not be left with the investigation and prosecution work,” asserts Mr Chaturvedi, who had been Union Home Secretary as well as the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG).

Talking to The Tribune at Punjab Raj Bhavan this morning, Mr Chaturvedi said that “permissiveness to tickle with the rule of law” was the bane of many of our democracy. The nexus between criminals on the one side and politicians and bureaucrats, including policemen, on the other, was responsible for financial scams taking place every other day.

“Lack of will to enforce rule of law is apparent. Though democracy permits difference of opinion but the laws of the land should be in place in case of any deviation. Unfortunately, efforts to suppress or distort the law has created such a permissiveness that it has started assuming dangerous proportions for our democracy,” avers Mr Chaturvedi, holding that besides criminals-politicians nexus, criminals-bollywood links were getting stronger.

Mr Chaturvedi said that no one was prepared to believe that the police was not aware of what was happening around and what scams were shaping up. Referring to the Telgi stamp paper scam which has its origin in “Karnataka, the state of which I am the constitutional head”, Mr Chaturvedi said that role of politicians, bureaucrats and policemen came out in the open only after the Maharashtra High Court entrusted investigations to a special team comprising police officers of integrity.

Otherwise, investigations were prolonged. The first requirement of the law was that no one should be absolved of his responsibility and also there should be no needless pressure to protect anyone irrespective of his or her position or affiliation.

A career diplomat, who held various positions in the civil administration in the country, Mr Chaturvedi said that his main strength had been his respect for rule of law and “whenever I had to use my power, I always put myself in the position of a citizen before taking a decision.” Besides enforcement of rule of law, assertive public opinion was also very important in democracies.

Talking about the role of Governors in the present context, Mr Chaturvedi held it was unfortunate that the issue of “political persecution or political vendetta had now been raising its head more often than before.”

“Elected representatives of the people have the powers to get their policies and programmes implemented. But if they follow two oaths they take at the time of assuming power, such problems of victimising their opponents or subverting democratic processes would not arise.

“Under the Constitution, the Governor can formally and informally advise the State Government on issues where he or she thinks the political government was deviating from the Constitutional path. At the same time, the Governor has the power to seek information on any case. This power is enough to send a message to the elected government. I do not think that Governors should have more powers,” adds Mr Chaturvedi.

“Growing social and political consciousness and assertiveness of the people,” feels Mr Chaturvedi, present hopeful signs of flourishing Indian democracy.

For Mr Chaturvedi, who remained Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh from 1975 to 1978, his two-day visit to the city was “home coming”.

“Chandigarh has become a vibrant city with a cosmopolitan outlook. It is now a major educational and cultural centre. Partitioning of shops and houses and lot of construction activity have changed its face. I am happy that it continues to be very green and pollution-free. It is no more a city of stones, bricks and mortar but now it has its soul,” says Mr Chaturvedi.


Ex-councillor moves HC on cattle menace
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
In less than a week after a 23-year-old city girl succumbed to her injuries after being hit by a bull, former municipal councillor Ranjana Shahi has claimed that the stand taken by the authorities regarding the adoption of measures to tackle the stray cattle menace in the city was contrary to the stand it took before the media.

In an application, she has alleged that measures are being taken to solve the problem as per a reply-cum-affidavit submitted before the court, besides the statements made by senior corporation and administration officers. She added that the stand taken by the officials, appearing in the media, was totally contrary to what the corporation is doing. Apparently, from the newspaper reports, an impression has been given that the corporation has stopped doing anything about the menace because of the criticism it received in the Paonta Sahib cows-killing case.

The case will now come up before the high court for hearing along with a letter written by a relative of the 23-year-old victim. The court had earlier directed the issuance of notice to the states of Punjab and Haryana.

The court had also directed the administration and the corporation to “indicate steps taken to prevent the entry of cattle and stray animal in the city during night time”. Earlier during the proceedings, the court perused the suggestions made by Municipal Commissioner M.P. Singh and Deputy Commissioner Arun Kumar for checking and eradicating the menace in Chandigarh.

They had asserted that the problem could not be solved unless the states of Punjab and Haryana, controlling the adjoining cities of Mohali and Panchkula, were involved in the process of framing a comprehensive plan.


Red Cross to pay for treatment of cattle violence victims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
In view of the recent stray cattle violence resulting in injury and death, the UT Red Cross Society has decided to undertake the treatment of anyone injured by stray cattle within the municipal limits of Chandigarh and offer ex-gratia payment to those killed, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, said today.

The expenses incurred on treating injuries would be borne by the UT Red Cross Society. In the event of death, the Chandigarh Administration would pay an ex-gratia relief of Rs 50,000 to the next of kin of the deceased. Persons injured in accident relating to stray cattle can contact the UT Red Cross Society office.Back


Villagers oppose move on dairy plots, arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
About 54 persons from Maloya village were arrested today as they tried to stop a move of the Chandigarh Administration to shift milch cattle out of the city limits to their village located near Sector 39.

This gave a jolt to the Administration to shift the cattle by allotting land on lease to dairy owners and cattle rearers in villages falling outside sectors but are within UT. Though the Administration claimed tonight that 353 persons were allotted land for the purpose, the villagers said the land was “gau charand” (to be utilised for cattle fodder) and the Administration had no right to allot it to outsiders. The arrested villagers were booked under Sections 107 and 151, IPC. They were released in the evening on personal bail bonds.

The protesting villagers claimed that the panchayat before signing an agreement with the Administration for leasing out shamlat land, had not shown the resolution to them. They should have been given the first right to allotment and not the outsiders, they said.

The protesters also threatened if the Administration did not do anything in this regard, they would be compelled to intensify their agitation and approach court.

The Gramin Ekta Shakti of Maloya along with hundreds of villagers organised a protest in the village against the move this morning as officials of the Administration arrived to make the allotment.

The president of the Gramin Ekta Shakti, Mr Sanjeev Kumar Rana, appealed to the villagers to unite and fight for the right of the villagers.

The Administration had planned to allot lands to cattle rearers from Manimajra, Burail, Attawa, Butrela, Gawala Colony, Shahpur Colony, Rajiv Colony, Madrassi Colony, Bapu Dham in Maloya. Later in the evening, the Administration said the process of allotment of dairy plots on panchayat land in Maloya had been carried forward. A total of 353 persons who were found eligible as per the verification done by the staff of the Block Development and Panchayat Office had been allotted the plots.

In all, 154 plots of 150 square yards and 208 plots of 300 square yards had been allotted. The list of allottees was also being sent to the municipal corporation for action. The possession would be handed over to them immediately and they were expected to sign individual agreements with the panchayat by the 30th of this month. 


PUDA to review compensation to Sohana residents
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 19
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to review the compensation granted to residents of Sohana Village here for the 13 acres acquired by the authority to be given to the Mohali Municipal Council for use as a garbage dump.

According to sources, this decision was taken following a meeting of the villagers with the Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, here who recommended to the Chief Administrator PUDA, a review of the award granted to them. Sources stated that the ACA had said that he had checked the records of the land and visited the site and in view of the observations made it seemed that the award of Rs 2 lakh per acre announced in favour of the villagers was lower than what should have been. After the meeting was over, the villagers, however, informed that the ACA had recommended that they be paid a compensation worth Rs 7.5 Lakh per acre after the review was undertaken.

When contacted the ACA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan said that it was a quasi-judicial matter and he would not comment on it, while only confirming that he had given a report to the Chief Administrator on the issue after a meeting with the villagers held at his office here today. ‘‘A review in the matter can be undertaken by the government and in case the law allows the award can be changed.’’he said.

The problem of dumping garbage, however, still remained unsolved today. ‘‘There was still no guarantee that the villagers will allow the Municipal Council staff to use the land for dumping garbage. I came to know very late that the ACA, PUDA, had favourably recommended their case as promised. We will be restarting the collection of garbage from tomorrow morning and will try and throw it in the afternoon. Whether the villagers allow us or not we will come to know only tomorrow,’’said the MC President Mr Kulwant Singh.

The three day standoff between Sohana residents and PUDA over compensation amount was brought to a conditional end on November 15 following a visit by the ACA to the land site where the villagers were agitating who promised that the matter will be solved on November 19. However, the villagers said that garbage will not be dumped at the site till the matter is resolved according to their wishes.

As a result for nine days now, no garbage has been collected from the collection points in the township and heaps of dirt and filth are dotting the inter sectoral and main roads here. 


Shopkeepers, MC staff clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Shopkeepers of Sector 27 and the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation clashed today, resulting in the shopkeepers pulling down the shutters for more than two hours.

The shopkeepers were protesting against the highhandedness of the enforcement staff.

Mr Ravinder Bhalla and others went to meet the Commissioner of the MC. Mr Bhalla, a shopkeeper, in the market said that his car was parked in the market and he was changing the old battery with a new. He alleged that Mr Ajit Singh, an inspector with the MC came and issued a challan and took away the battery, saying no repairs were allowed in the market.

It may be recalled that automechanics from the market were earlier shifted and allotted shops in other markets. Today the shopkeepers said the action was wrong as Mr Bhalla was not carrying out any repairs but was just replacing the battery of the car which was normally done at the spot.

Area councillor Harpreet Kaur Babla and general secretary of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch, Mr Devinder Singh Babla, reached the spot also met the Commissioner.


Clue to Heena’s identity found
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 19
Mystery surrounding the death of Heena, who was found dead in Panchkula last morning, remained unsolved for the second day. However, the Chandigarh police received an anonymous telephone call today and the caller gave a telephone number of Delhi saying that information about Heena could be obtained from there.

The police when called up the Delhi number, it was told that Heena’s husband, Zaffar Malik, was lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with an attempt-to-murder case. The phone was first picked by a woman, who handed over the phone to a man.

The man in Delhi admitted that Heena was his distant relative and she hailed from Mumbai. When the police tried to contact the number for the second time, the call was not taken. A senior police official said a team for Tihar Jail had been sent to verify the fact.


Bottles of Mountain Dew found contaminated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Mr Sukant Gupta, Deputy Advocate-General, Punjab, had bought 24 bottles of soft drinks from a grocery store in Sector 10 today, out of which five bottles were of Mountain Dew.

‘‘I came home and started to drink a bottle of Mountain Dew but it tasted very strange. When I looked at the bottle, I saw a lot of grime floating in the bottle. I checked the other bottles and found that three of them contained similar particles,” he said.

He said he had bought the crate from the agency concerned and it offered to take back the bottles but Mr Gupta refused.


Four buses impounded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Four luxury buses plying unauthorisedly from the city were impounded last night by the State Transport Authority.

The buses had permits for stage carriage (which means they can ply when booked by one party), however, these were plying like regular buses where tickets were issued to passengers. The tickets also had phone numbers to facilitate bookings, said Mr Naresh Narwal the State Transport Authority (STA).

The buses belonged to Zimidara transport, Indo-Canadian transport, Chadda transport and Parmar transport. The STA also approached the court that the buses should not be released on ‘supardari’ basis. The STA would be producing records in the court to state how many times the buses like these had been impounded and let off only to return on city road thus causing a loss of revenue to the administration.


Police clears ETO in death case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
The Panchkula police today cleared Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) of the Chandigarh Administration, Mrs H. Brar, for having any role in the death of Mr Neeraj Kansal, who was found dead in Panchkula on September 26.

The charred body of 27-year-old Neeraj Kansal was found in the bushes along the Panchkula-Naraingarh national highway. His father, Ram Kumar, had then told the police that Neeraj was depressed after appearing before the ETO, Chandigarh, as Mrs Brar was allegedly demanding bribe from him. In the last week of October, his wife, Mrs Suman Kansal, had told the police that her husband was disturbed due to a family fued and that could have been a reason of his death.

The DSP, Panchkula, Mr Desh Bandhu, today sent a report to the SP, Panchkula, and also sent a copy to the District Magistrate, Chandigarh, saying whatever action Mrs Brar had initiated against Mr Kansal was according to law and she was not to blame. The police had earlier registered a case against Mrs Brar on charges of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC.

Neeraj along with his five brothers, was running a mattress manufacturing unit in Ram Darbar, Chandigarh.


National integration pledge administered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
On the commencement of Communal Harmony Week, the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr R.S. Gujral, administered the national integration pledge to the employees of the Chandigarh Administration at the UT Secretariat, Sector 9, here, today.

The employees pledged to work with dedication to preserve and strengthen the freedom and integrity of the nation and affirmed that they would never resort to violence and continue to endeavour towards settlement of all differences and disputes relating to religion, language, region or political or economic differences by peaceful and constitutional means.


Insurance policies for 242 underprivileged residents
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 19
As many as 242 underprivileged residents, putting up in the city, were today handed over insurance policies at an impressive function held at Pastoral Centre, Catholic Church, in Sector 19.

The Manav Vikas Samiti Catholic Church (Sector 19-A) had earlier procured a master policy, for the group of 242 persons living below the poverty line from the Life Insurance Company of India under the Jana Shree Bima Yojna.

The dependents of the policy holders, under the scheme, would get Rs 20,000 in the event of natural death. In case of accidental death, they would get Rs 50,000. The dependents would get Rs 25,000 in case of partial disability.

The Bishop of Simla Chandigarh diocese, Dr Jerald John Mathias, was the guest of honour. Addressing a gathering, he said, ''Manav Vikas Samiti will try to cover almost all the eligible people living in slums and villages around Mohali under the Jana Shree Bima Yojna''.

The chairperson of the UT Social Welfare Advisory Board, Kamlesh Gupta, said, "We will extend all kind of help to the society". She also applauded the role of social worker S.D. Kalia who helped and motivated the people to become members of the scheme.

The organisers added that under a linked scheme of the Life Insurance Company, children of policy holders studying from classes IX to XII would get stipend of Rs 100 per month from the next academic session. 


Harmilap Nagar Colony land to be demarcated again
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, November 19
The Haryana Urban Development Authority and the local administration today decided to conduct a fresh demarcation of the disputed land in Harmilap Nagar Colony in Bartana village here. This decision was taken by officials after visiting the spot this afternoon.

The officials decided to conduct the demarcation after changing their parameters into same measuring units (foot), which were varying since long. Land is being measured in bighas and vishwas in Punjab while kanals and marlas are the measuring units of land in Haryana. Because of variations in land measuring units, Punjab and Haryana could not draw the exact line indicating the actual boundary between two states, a revenue official with the Dera Bassi subdivision pointed out.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr M.S. Sidhu, SDM, Dera Bassi, and Mr Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Estate Officer, HUDA, admitted that a new line of separation would be drawn after comparing the revenue records of Panchkula and Patiala districts. They added that fresh blueprints (measuring in feet) would be prepared to conduct a fresh demarcation of the disputed land. The demarcation would be done within a day or two.

HUDA had served eviction notices on nine structures in the colony that had come up on the land belonging to Patiala. The year-long inter-state land dispute between Punjab and Haryana had put the families in a quandary over the legal status of their houses since both states had been staking their claim on the land. The land shares its boundaries with Bartana village in Dera Bassi subdivision of Punjab and Abheypur village in Panchkula district of Haryana.


Indira Gandhi remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) today celebrated the 86th birth anniversary of the late Indira Gandhi at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan in Sector-35.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, highlighted the achievements of the Congress and the government during the time of Indira Gandhi being the Prime Minister. While speaking on the occasion, Mr B.B Bahl, President of the CTCC called her an iron lady who ruthlessly suppressed terrorism and communalism in the country. 


Old couple duped of Rs 1 lakh
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 19
When Ludhiana-based, Mr S.D. Sharma, and his wife, Ms K.D. Sharma, senior citizens and pensioners, decided to purchase a house in Panchkula, little did they realise what was in store for them.

Today, duped by two property dealers of Rs 1 lakh, these sexagenerians are regretting the day they entered into a sale agreement for HUDA Employees’ Welfare Organisation (HEWO) flat 135 in the GH-03 Society, in the Mansa Devi Complex.

On September 7, seeing a print advertisement, they visited the site. The couple liked the flat and approached a Sector 18-based property dealer, to clinch the deal.

After negotiations, the property dealer introduced them to one Mr Walia, the owner of the flat. The old man entered into a sale agreement with Mr Walia and paid Rs 1 lakh as advance. The transaction was to be completed by November 7.

However, the deal was allegedly not executed by the property dealer till the said date. Documents with The Tribune and subsequent enquiries at the HUDA office revealed that the owner of the flat was Mr Himmat Singh, who had entered into a general power of attorney agreement with another party.

Mr Walia who was projected as the sole owner of the flat as per the sale agreement executed on an affidavit, is a Mani Majra-based property dealer. He had allegedly colluded with the property dealer.

“This is a case of impersonation and cheating. Both property dealers refuse to return my money now. I am a senior citizen and a pensioner. My hard-earned money has been lost while these dealers are passing the buck. What to talk of refunding the advance, they even fail to apologise,” says Mr Sharma.

The property dealers, when contacted, dilly-dallied and said they would return the money whenever they had it. On being asked how could Mr Walia enter into a sale agreement as the sole owner of the flat, the property dealer did not have a proper answer. A complaint has been lodged with Chandigarh police. Back


Woman clerk forges documents, held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 19
The police today arrested, Alka, a woman clerk of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), who had allegedly forged documents to obtain loans worth Rs 1.19 lakh from two different banks.

According to police sources, Alka, a resident of Sector 20 had obtained personal loans of Rs 80,000 from State Bank of Patiala's branch at Punjab and Haryana High Court and Rs 39,000 from Allahabad Bank's branch at Panchkula on forged documents. She had reportedly shown herself as superintendent at HUDA, Sector 17, on the salary slip which she gave to banks as part of documents and the salary amount shown on it was also higher.


3 cases of theft registered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 19
Two unidentified youths riding a scooter snatched a purse containing Rs 1,200 and some documents, including a driving licence, from Ms Punam Mittal of Sector 42 from near Attawa Chowk yesterday.

A resident of Milk Colony, Dhanas village, Ms Bhajan Kaur, accused Krishan Singh and Surinder Singh of Palsora Colony of stealing Rs 20,000 from a Maruti car here yesterday. At the time of the theft, the car was parked near the roundabout of Sectors 38 and Sector 38 (West). A case has been registered.

Two mobile phones and Rs 8,000 were reported to be stolen from a Sector 22 resident, Mr V.K. Monag, on Monay night.

Dowry cases: A resident of PGI campus, Ms Babli, reported that she was being harassed and maltreated by her husband, Balbir Singh, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, to bring more dowry.

Another city resident, Ms Mandeep Kaur, also levelled similar allegations against her husband, Sahib Singh and mother-in-law, residents of Amritsar.

Two cases under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC have been registered. 


Women beat up astrologer
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 19
An astrologer working from a house in Phase VII was beaten up by two women here today. According to the police, the astrologer, Pawan Kumar Bengali, was allegedly beaten up by the mother and sister of one of his clients, Aman, a resident of the same phase.

The police said Pawan Kumar had demanded Rs 2000 to help the sister of Aman get married. However, today, the girl’s mother and sister went to the astrologer and demanded the money back. When he refused, they started beating him up. The girl’s father also arrived at the scene and started beating him up.

Residents of the area intervened in the matter and the astrologer then assured the victims that he would return money. A case has been registered.


Goods worth Rs 20,000 were stolen from the Phase IX rented house of the Patiala range DIG, Mr I.P.S. Sahota. The matter came to light on Wednesday when his father, Dr Gurdev Singh, who was away to Jalandhar reported the matter to the police. According to the police, the thieves decamped with three tolas of gold, and linen worth Rs 2000. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.


Agreement on survey for IT industry signed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
With the objective of preparing a plan for upgrading the skills of the youth of Chandigarh according to the needs of potential investors in the fields of software and IT-enabled services, the Chandigarh Administration today hired the services of Hewitt Associates, a global player in the IT industry.

The Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC), under the aegis of the Department of IT, Chandigarh Administration, today signed an agreement with Hewitt Associates for conducting an analysis-cum-survey of human resources in Chandigarh.

The agreement was signed today in the presence of UT Administrator Justice O. P. Verma by Mr Vivek Atray, Director, IT, Chandigarh, with Mr Anupam Prakash, Director, Asia Pacific, Hewitt Associates.

The Chandigarh Administration, in its ITES policy, had stressed on the upgradation of human resources and to enrich the skill set of the youth of the union territory to provide them with high-level employment and to enable high-quality delivery for the IT/ITES industry. Chandigarh is at the top in the human development index ratings of states and union territories.

Chandigarh had received enormous interest in the recent past from leading technology companies for setting up their facilities here. To further the attractiveness of Chandigarh as a potential IT city, Chandigarh Administration aims at creating a large pool of trained resources for the IT industry.

Hewitt Associates is a global outsourcing and consulting firm serving Fortune 1000 clients worldwide through its 91 offices in 38 countries. Hewitt is a global leader in HR outsourcing and consulting.

Hewitt in India works with multinationals, Indian companies, public sector undertakings and Central and state governments. Hewitt specifically addresses the needs of state governments in the IT industry through its specific products.


Tibetan wares back in showrooms
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 19
After a gap of almost two years, residents of the township can again choose from the wares brought by Norling Tibetans.

The Tibetan refugee market has opened in two showrooms in Sector 9. It offers a wide variety of woollens—sweaters, shawls, jackets, mufflers, caps, hand-knitted socks, besides footwear, cosmetics, electronics, feng shui items etc. The market has been set by the family members of Mrs Tsering Youdon, alias Mrs Shanti, and they have together set up 15 stalls here.

These Tibetans have come here from Manali, Shimla and Kasauli to set shop in the plains and eke out their living.”The refugee Tibetan market used to be a regular feature in Panchkula till two years ago. We would set up our temporaray stalls in Sector 8 or 9 for the winter months, but because the rates of woollens were very competitive, the Beopar Sangh ensured that we were not allowed to set up kiosks here for the past two years,“ says Mrs Shanti.

She says that even this year, they had been allowed by the owners of Suraj Theatre to set up kiosks in Sector 1. “We had spent almost Rs 2 lakh to set up the kiosks, but the Beopar Sangh again complained and our kiosks were razed by the HUDA authorities, “ she complains.

Now, they have taken a newly built showroom on rent and set up the market. Though the customers have not yet started pouring in, the Tibetans hope for a better response in the coming days. 

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