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Loopholes in MC scheme for garbage collection
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The Municipal Corporation is faced with a peculiar set of problems in plugging the loopholes for an effective implementation of its scheme for garbage-free sectors.

The corporation has to largely depend on resident welfare associations (RWAs) for the disposal of house waste in sectors. The associations have to arrange on their own the staff for the collection of the waste. The funds are generated on the basis of contributions made by residents. It is important to point out that all residents do not pay the money for availing the services. In certain cases, welfare associations are victims of group rivalries.

Mr P.C. Sanghi, a counsellor, in a letter to the corporation, has said that “there is a greater feeling among the associations that the corporation had washed its hands off the responsibility of collecting and disposing the garbage by asking the associations to take the responsibility of doing so”.

Mr Sanghi has pointed out that one problem in garbage collection was that “ most of the residents were not in the habit of paying any charges to the RWAs for the collection of garbage. For the recovery of garbage charges, continuous backup from the MC is required to make the scheme a success. Such charges should be included in the water bill in the form of sanitation cess”.

He has also recommended that the corporation could as an alternate consider a proper house-wise vigil by sanitary inspector and Medical Officer Health (MOH) to either throw garbage directly in the bin at Sehaj Safai kendras (SSKs) or hire services and make payments.

Mr Subhash Chawla, the Mayor, said that it was not easy for the corporation to levy any fresh tax. “This move was unlikely to come from any political party. Instead of asking the corporation to take up the responsibility, the RWAs need to chalk out a fresh plan of action which could be discussed by the house,” he said.

Mr Chawla said one of the lacunae pointed out in implementation of the scheme was “overcharging by certain RWAs. There were also plenty of cases of residents not paying any charges, besides, group differences in welfare associations.

Mr Chawla said he was aware of certain parts in different sectors being totally neglected even by the RWAs where the garbage-free schemes were being implemented.

The matter which came up at the meeting of the corporation recently has not been decided in absence of reply from the MOH. The matter would be discussed in all details in the near future, it was pointed out by the Mayor.

Ms Harpreet Kaur, a counsellor, said the scheme had been well implemented in sector 27 with the cooperation of the local residents. The counsellors needed to keep in touch with the RWAs, personally oversee the implementation of the scheme and suggest changes, if required.

Mr Sanghi has suggested that the garbage-free scheme should be implemented only in sectors where RWAs and the counsellor concerned agree to take up the responsibility; the SSK design should depend on the requirements of the area and a proper drainage system was needed, particularly in rainy reason, to check dirty water that flows through the hole at the bottom of the bins. A list of sweepers should be given to the counsellors and the presidents of RWAs to coordinate the work done on ground with the official concerned, he added.



Hotels bear the brunt of new parking plan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The Chandigarh Traffic Police's effort to regulate parking in Sector 35 has resulted in a fall of revenue of some hotels, whose owners have demanded the imposition of paid parking in the place.

The parking lot has been segregated into sections for four-wheelers and two-wheelers, with cones fixed on the road on one side, depriving visitors space during the night time, the Chandigarh Hotel Association vice-president Ashok Bansal said today.

He said since the new parking arrangement was started, the revenue of hotels towards the north end of the hotel line had fallen by more than 50 per cent, as the entry from this end had been closed.

Mr Bansal said the market is daily witness to clashes between motorists as there is virtually no room for a driver to reverse one's vehicle.

As per the parking arrangement, the parking lot towards the main road is reserved for two-wheelers, while cars are parked in the opposite direction. The remaining cars are parked along the scooter parking, segregated through cones put up for demarcation.

When a driver reverses his car, it takes lot of time, and during this period, traffic in the circulation area comes to a standstill because of a narrow space being available for the manoeuvrability of cars. Mr Bansal said during the night when the activity picks up in the area, the space for two-wheelers cannot be used and there is again a traffic jam.

The entry of vehicles is from the South End side and the exit is from an opening in front of Barista. Another opening near the Metro Hotel has been closed to maintain one-way movement in the circulation area. As a result of the closure of the entry from the Metro Hotel end, visitors to a temple behind it have been deprived of parking space and this space goes waste, Mr Bansal said.

He said the closure of entry from this end goes against business sense as most of the visitors to hotels come from this direction.

Mr Bansal suggested that this end should be opened and the slip road could be allowed to go in the reverse direction to maintain one-way traffic in the circulation area.

Mr Bansal has written a letter to the Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Mr A.S. Dhillon, forwarding these suggestions.

He argued that a better solution to the parking chaos would be the imposition of paid parking in the area. Mr Bansal said it had been noticed that the imposition of paid parking in Sectors 17, 8 and 9 has resulted in an increase in business in these areas and the same would be applicable in this area also. Instead of the Chandigarh Police taking up the responsibility of managing parking lots, it should either be taken up by the Municipal Corporation or a private contractor.

It had been noticed that the imposition of paid parking might have led to a fall in the number of visitors but it has increased sales as serious customers find a place to park their vehicles, he added.



Migrants’ role in city economy significant, says study
Manoj Kumar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
City residents and bureaucrats may frown upon the increasing dominance of the migrant labourers in the city economy, but a study conducted by students of the Government College, Sector 11 has found that these people are playing a significant role in the city economy though they are finding it hard to get satisfactory jobs and expected wages in the City Beautiful.

The survey was conducted last month with a view to make the learning process more interesting and effective. Students of the Economic and Planning Society, were guided by Dr Kewal Kewal Raj, Head of the Economics Department. Anup Thapliyal, Harish Sharma, Gurpreet Singh, Sandeep Singh, Dildar Singh Kahlon, Rohit Kumar and Ashok Kumar.

The study has found that about 75 per cent of the interviewed migrants had come to the city, when they failed to meet their day-to-day needs at their native places. About 10 per cent of the respondents were influenced by their relatives working here and 15 per cent of the respondents said, they were attracted by the comforts and facilities available in the city.

Mr Balvinder Singh, Principal of the college, claimed that the study was conducted to dispel the general impression among the public about the negative role of the migrants in the city, and to make the students aware about the socio-economic conditions of the migrants. He said: “We would soon undertake another project to study the influence of children’s demands on corrupt practices of parents and vice versa.”

The present study has revealed that about 71 per cent of the migrant labourers had to face difficulties initially in getting work. Further, job opportunities and facilities for the migrant labourers have declined over the years. It pointed out that on an average the labourers were earning Rs 1,800 per month, though they had come to the city expecting that they would earn up to Rs 3,600 per month.

The study further revealed that declining job opportunities in the city for the migrants could be attributed to the fact that on the one hand the construction work had almost reached its saturation and the inflow of labourers had increased to the city. Further, demand for higher charges by a section of the labourers especially the rickshaw-pullers, discouraged city residents to avail of their services. But 71 per cent of the respondents said they were satisfied after coming to the city, as their financial conditions had improved. Besides buying consumer durables like television sets, refrigerators, bicycles and mopeds, they were deriving additional satisfaction from better educational facilities for their children and health facilities.

By and large, the study found that, the migrants were satisfied with the attitude of the local people towards them. But, majority of local residents blamed them for the rise in crime and pollution in the city. The study claimed that the economy of the city has benefitted a lot from the influx of migrants. They have played a significant role in the construction of the city and in offering transport and domestic help to the residents.

Regarding the problem of underemployment among migrants, the study has suggested that the rates of daily wages and rickshaw charges should be displayed at selected points in the city. Their leaders should convince them to work at reasonable rates to compete with the CTU buses and auto-rickshaws besides local labour. About their alleged involvement in criminal activities, it has called upon the administration to strictly implement the relevant laws. The study team felt that the migration to the city could be checked by adopting the President Growth Model and by providing urban amenities in the rural areas.



One more held in Shamina case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 28
Harjinder Kaur, a resident of Sector 47C, has been arrested today in connection with the Shamina death case. In-laws of Shamina have already been arrested, while her husband, Matloon Hassan, and daughter of Harjinder Kaur, are evading arrest, the police said.

Shamina was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, allegedly after being set ablaze by her husband and his parents in Sector 47 on December 23.



Congress celebrates foundation day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee celebrated the foundation day of the All India Congress at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan today. Mr B.B. Bahl, Congress Committee chief, presided over the function. Mr Pawan Bansal, MP and Ms Krishna Tirath, Deputy Speaker, Delhi Legislative Assembly, were the chief guests.

Lauding the role played by the Congress in the last century, Mr Bansal said it was the Congress which fought for the Independence while the BJP played a communal and fundamentalist role. He alleged that the BJP had not only ruined the country but had also brought back the dark days of pre-independence era.

Mr B.B. Bahl highlighted the sacrifices made by the Congress leaders including those by Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, and Ambedkar. He claimed that policies formulated by former Prime Ministers Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi brought allround economic growth and prosperity. It also helped in the industrialisation of the country. Mr Rajiv Gandhi was responsible for developing information technology. He alleged that what the Congress achieved in 50 years, had been destroyed by the wrong policies of the BJP led NDA government in five years. He said the country should be beware of persons like Judeos and those who called him clean like holy Ganges.

Ms Krishna Tirath, Deputy Speaker said the people of Delhi had rejected the BJP-led NDA government. She expected that in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, the voters will rise to the occasion to defeat the evil designs of the BJP. She alleged that the BJP dare not to announce the time of elections as it was scared to face the people. The Congress was fully geared up and as a disciplined force, we would follow our leader Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

Mr Ram Pal Sharma, vice-president, Mr Dharam Vir Manchanda, Mrs Lalit Joshi President, Mahila Congress, Mr H.S. Lucky, President, Chandigarh Youth Congress and Ms Shyama Negi also spoke on the occasion. Mr Sunil Parthi, General Secretary, Ms Kamlesh , Ms Anu Chatrath, Surinder Singh, Kuldip Singh, Balraj Singh, Chander Mukhi Sharma, Sohan Lal Vaid and Pushpa Sharma were among these present on the occasion.



NSUI distributes National Flags
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) today distributed National Flags among local residents, particularly children, to mark the 118th anniversary of the creation of the Indian National Congress here today.

The NSUI, under the leadership of Mr Nitin Goyal, president of the local unit, went to different places in the city with a group of students and distributed the National Flags. The team first went to Batra theatre where the LoC (Line of Control) is being screened.

They also went to railway station, ISBT and Dhanas village. Public gatherings were addressed at various places in the city by NSUI leaders. The underlying messages of the speeches were national unity and secularism.



Destiny devoured my son, says Uday’s mother
To attend army ceremony at Arlington
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Nearly a month after the death of her son, US Army soldier Uday Singh in Iraq, Mrs Manjit Singh is yet to fully come to terms with her shattered life.

As she prepares to fly out on Tuesday to take part in the official US Army ceremony at Washington in which Uday’s ashes will be interred at War Cemetery at Arlington which is also the final resting place of one of the US Presidents, John F. Kennedy, Mrs Manjit Singh says that the full impact of the tragedy is yet to sink in. The ceremony will take place on January 8. Uday’s father, Lt Col P. M. Singh (retd) from whom she obtained divorce four years ago, will be travelling separately.

‘‘I also plan to visit Fort Knox, Kentucky, where Uday underwent army training,’’ she said in an interview with TNS here today. There would be a couple of other ceremonies on January 25 during which she hoped to meet her son’s senior officers to know something more him about while he was in service in the army.

Uday’s aunt is organising a bhog of akhand path in his memory at Chicago, on January 17, which will be attended, among others, by the Governor of Illinois state.

‘‘Uday was born in Jaipur. So I wanted to have him a Rajput name,’’ she recalls. ‘‘Uday went to the USA in 2000. Shortly after that I obtained divorce from my husband. But I was in regular touch with Uday through e-mail throughout his stay in the US and Iraq. It was during his posting in Iraq that he was promoted to the rank of sergeant which required him to stand half out of a Humvee while patrolling. And it was during one of those patrols, with him standing half out of the Army vehicle, that he was struck by a bullet in the neck. So I often wonder if he had not been promoted, he would not have been killed.’’

Mrs Manjeet Singh belongs to a family of soldiers. ‘‘I am a daughter of a Brigadier. Both my paternal and maternal relatives are in the Army. My father, Brig H. R. Sandhu, led his brigade into Jessore in the Bangladesh war. I had as many as 17 relatives fighting in the war in 1971. All of them survived. None of them suffered even a scratch. And, here is my own son dying in a war in a foreign land…’’ she says with a sad smile.

Uday was her only son. She also has a daughter who is studying at Sanawar. After Mrs Manjit Singh obtained divorce, her husband who had taken premature retirement from the Army to run the family business of managing a petrol station behind Neelam Cinema in Sector 17, was given the custody of both the children.

She herself lives alone in her family house in Sector 15. ‘‘I don't know how I will manage my life…,’’ she says. Some time ago, she tried to get a job in Sanawar so that she could be near her daughter. But somehow she was not selected. At present, she is working in a wellknown jewellery store in Sector 17. Before that she had worked for a while in Ritu Kumar’s store, Trendzsmith and WWIC.



Aeronautical society targets corporates, youngsters
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Introducing a fresh breath of life into its functioning, the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) has adopted several new concepts, among them are concepts primarily focusing attention on the younger generation and targeting the corporate aviation section as well as specific educational institutes.

At the AeSI’s annual general body meeting held at Bangalore last week, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S. Krishnaswamy, who took over as the society’s president from HAL Chairman, Mr N.R. Mohanty, stressed that the society must have a youthful profile and encourage a greater number of youngsters to enroll as members.

Pointing out that the percentage of students or youngsters among the AeSI’s members was very low, the chief stated that keeping in mind the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s vision for the country by 2020, it would be better if the potential of the youngsters was tapped now that would yield results by that time.

At present, just about 1,500 out of the 7,500 members, were students or youngsters.

The society, which has an active presence in Chandigarh, had been organising several events such as quiz contests, painting and essay writing competitions for students here.

Briefing The Tribune here today, the society’s executive member Wg Cdr D.P. Sabharwal (retd) said that during the meeting, the virtual absence of the corporate aviation sector in the society’s membership was also pointed out.

Among corporate members, only the name of Jet Airways figured even though there were about a dozen private air operators in the country besides the government-owned Indian Airlines and Air India.

The fact that good business houses, associated directly or indirectly with the aviation sector in the country, were not members of the society, was rued.

It was interesting to note that international aviation giants such as Airbus Industrie, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, British Aerospace Systems and SNECMA of France were life members of the AeSI.

Similarly, some of the Indian Institutes of Technology were not members of the AeSI.

Besides two engineering colleges in the country, one at Chandigarh and the other at Chennai, the IITs were the only institutions which were offering aeronautical and aerospace engineering courses at the degree level.

The AeSI also offered student membership to students studying aeronautical engineering at the degree or diploma level.

The Air chief also recommended that the society be affiliated to international organisations associated with similar activities, which would lead to greater inflow of intellect and ideas.

One such example cited was the affiliation of the British Royal Aeronautical Society with NASA in the USA.

While pointing out that the society’s journal, Avia, had been adjudged as the third best in the world in terms of its content, the Air chief also suggested that the AeSI launched a website that met international standards and was updated regularly.



ALTHOUGH the Indian Science Congress (ISC) is 90 years old, it is only the third time in its history that its annual session is being held in Chandigarh from January 3 to 7, 2004, on the Panjab University campus.

The ISC held its 53rd session in Chandigarh in 1966 when Prof B. N. Prasad was the president. The 60th session was held at Chandigarh in 1973. The 91st session will take place after a gap of 30 years.

The ISC owes its origin to the foresight and initiative of two British chemists, namely Prof J.L. Simonsen and Prof P.S. MacMahon. It occurred to them that scientific research in India might be stimulated if an annual meeting of research workers, somewhat on the lines of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, could be arranged.

The first session of the ISC was held from January 15-17, 1914, at the premises of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta with Hon. Justice Sir Asutosh Mookerjee, the then Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University, as its president. One hundred and five scientists from different parts of India and abroad attended. From this modest beginning, the ISC has grown into a strong fraternity with more than 10,000 members. The 91st session is likely to be attended by more than 3,500 delegates from India and abroad.

The 34th annual session of the Indian Science Congress was held in Delhi on January 3-8, 1947 with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, as General President. Pandit Nehru’s personal interest in the Science Congress continued ever since and there had been hardly a session which he did not attend during his lifetime.

Fake currency

The city is ill equipped to check the influx and circulation of fake currency. Incidents of a currency go largely unreported because of legal hassles involved and harassment by the police.

Although many cash counting machines have been installed in big branches, these are only paper counting machines, not cash counting/note counting machine. These can’t detect fake currency.

Fake currency notes can be identified by checking the quality of paper, printing of watermark physically and it is a time consuming process. No cashier sitting on the counter wants to take a risk in the bank branches or big establishments.

In some cases even the RBI is not able to identify the authenticity of the currency.

Apart from reporting problems, the reputation of the person is also at stake. So fake notes are either burnt or returned to the customers which have been revealed by a number of cashiers/petrol pumps and big institutions, according to Mr S.C. Dhall, a banker in Chandigarh. Maximum number of fake notes are of Rs 500 and Rs 100.

The RBI has already organised a number of awareness programmes for banks, police officials and general public, but the matter has not been sorted out as to how to curb the increasing volume of fake currency.

Healthy trend

It is a positive sign that some bhavans which dot the city have started providing charitable health services. Taking a cue from Bharat Vikas Parishad-run diagnostic laboratory at the Sector 24 Indira Holiday Home, Sood Bhavan in Sector 44 has opened a similar laboratory where tests are conducted on a “no profit, no loss” basis.

Established under the supervision of Dr Rajinder Kalra, former medical superintendent of the PGI, and Dr M. L. Rattan, former lecturer, haematology, PGI, the lab conducts all types of bio-chemistry, haemotology, serology, urine and stool tests at rates which are much lower than those prevailing in the market. It is equipped with the latest computerised auto analyser.

According to Mr Surinder Sood, General Secretary of Sood Sabha, Dr Kalra is also available for consultation. Sood Bhavan also runs a homoeopathic dispensary and a physiotherapy centre at nominal charges, which are waived totally in the case of needy patients.


The two-day Conference of Nanotechnology (ICON-2003) organised by the Indian National Academy of Engineering at the CSIO last week proved to be a success in more ways than one.

The conference provided a useful platform to engineers in nanotechnology from India and abroad to exchange notes on the latest advances in this sunrise field of science. It also helped Indian scientists to look for a possible direction they would want the research and development in this field to take place.

It is well acknowledged that nanotechnology is going to be the next technological revolution that will have a profound effect on all industry sectors and application areas. This new technology, which aims at manipulating the matter at the atomic or molecular level, will have a tremendous impact on the way we work, communicate and live and is, therefore, billed as a major economic driver of the future.

As pointed out by Prof V. S. Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, nanotechnology may be in a nascent stage in India at present. But India’s strength lies in its large pool of trained manpower which can absorb any of the latest advances in the field of science anywhere in the world.

“We should keep ourselves ready for any breakthrough. If we have a trained manpower, we can succeed just as we have succeeded in IT,” he pointed out.

Winter fun

Ananda International, one of the city’s new schools set up under the technical collaboration of the Delhi-based Shriram group, has announced a series of day-long workshops this week (from December 24-30) for children in the age group of 3-13 years at their city office in house number 1551, Sector 38-B. Structured as independent sessions, participants have been promised a gentle exposure to some creative, intellectual, sporty and adventurous options.

According to Ms Nita Sukhija, Director of the school, they can have their pick by choosing Exploring Wilderness, wherein an adventurous trek in the Shivalik hills boys and girls will learn to manoeuvre hilly and rocky terrain and do some impromptu cooking on a jungle fire. In Design Studio, under the watchful eyes of painters, budding Picassos will conceptualise themes and translate their ideas into images of design and art using mixed media techniques.

For those looking to build their language skills there is Writer’s Den where a session on crossword puzzles, vocabulary building and word games would give them an extra edge to expressing themselves through the written word. If it is spoken English that needs sharpening, there is the choice of entering Speak Easy where a paper-reading exercise would involve participants in a subject which is topical and also give tips on pronunciation, diction and effective conversation.

For those who have been ardent fans of Black Beauty there is Flying Riders, an introductory session on horse riding. Parents often lament how their otherwise chattering children get tongue-tied in public and how they wished there was something that could help them overcome that awkward shyness.

In Masquerade, the craft activity of mask making followed by a theatrical improvisation, boys and girls will learn to come upfront and put their best foot forward. While enrolments for each of these workshops is on an individual basis, all students will be invited to a common party on the concluding day, she says.

Rare honour

A Chandigarh-based criminal lawyer and Deputy Advocate-General of Punjab, Mr Harpreet Sandhu, who has the distinction of being one of the few Indian lawyers to become member of the International Bar Association, United Kingdom, last week presented the lapel pin and insignia of the association on its behalf to the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Chandigarh, Justice O. P. Verma (retd) at Punjab Raj Bhavan.

According to the convention of the association, every new member has to place on record the membership certificate before the head of the state concerned and also present the insignia.

Justice Verma, appreciating the achievements of the young lawyer, hoped that with his becoming a member of association, he would be able to learn a lot from International Jurisprudence and utilise his international experience for the benefit of the people of Punjab.

Mr Sandhu informed the Governor that he had a useful meeting with Mr Kay Nehm, Federal General Prosecutor of the Federal Republic of Germany at Karlsruhe. He discussed the functioning of the office of Attorney-General and also problems being faced by the developing countries in the field of law. He also had a meeting with members of the Fourth Criminal Bench at the Supreme Federal of Germany, with the presiding Judge, Dr Mrs Tepperwien, and discussed the problem being faced in combating the emerging crimes especially the cyber crime, and international arbitration cases.

Justice Verma said that there was an urgent need to have a coordinated strategy to combat economic offences as well as cyber crime as white-collared criminals were duping the innocent population.

— Sentinel



Creativity needs protection, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The shift from wealth of territory to wealth of knowledge and its protection came in for discussion at a seminar on “Intellectual property rights and India” organised by the Totto Chan Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources Development in Sector 24 here today.

The speakers at the day-long seminar spoke on the need to create awareness about the law enforcement agencies, adding that from agricultural farming, the world had moved over to mind farming where creativity was being tapped and protected through the intellectual property rights (IPR).

The main speaker of the day, Dr Philips from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, spoke on the problem of piracy in copyrights and initiatives to deal with the problem. He said the formulation of the IPR was an important event since creativity needs protection.

“While piracy in copyrights is a problem in our country, the time to join hands with developed nations to protect and encourage creativity by enforcing the IPR has come. The Government of India has also worked up to this requirement and is creating awareness about the IPR,” he stated.

Stating that the IPR was aimed at protecting traditional knowledge and encouraging creativity, Mr R.S. Bains, an advocate, and Prof SK Chadha of the University Business School, Panjab University, enlightened the delegates about fundamental and current issues relating to the IPR.

Ms Aradhna Sawhney, CJM, highlighted the role of enforcement agencies in protecting the IPR. She emphasised that a proper legal framework along with training of legal personnel was required for the implementation of the IPR.

Dr Rajinder Kumar, also from the NIT, Kurukshetra, comprehensively traced the history of the development of the concept of intellectual property from the invention of the printing press to Internet. Making a futuristic analysis, he concluded that in the days to come, the IPR would become essential.

Earlier, the local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, while inaugurating the seminar highlighted the traditional knowledge in India and the need to protect it from piracy and emphasised the role of the government in this regard.

Justice A.S. Bains delivered the valedictory address, stressing the need for creating awareness about intellectual rights. As many as 100 delegates from the region attended the seminar.



Panchkula Crime Crime graph went up in district
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

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Panchkula, December 28
Policing in the district came under a sharp focus with a spurt of sensational murders, burglaries and snatchings. The police fared badly in investigation making residents feel unsafe.

The triple murder of K.L. Arora, his daughter-in-law Parveen Arora and nine-year-old grandson Anmol at their Sector 4 house on December 7 and the police inability in cracking the case brought its credibility under the scanner.

The murder of Suresh Bala by her domestic help Achint Bahadur and the subsequent suicide by the latter in April shook the city residents. The murder of a 60-year-old woman, Mori Devi, at Ramgarh village in February, where the assassin had chopped off her feet, also haunted the residents of peripheral areas of Panchkula as the police failed to solve this case.

Though going by the police’s own records, as many as 15 murders were committed in the district this year and eight of these were solved. But the fact is that the district was considered safe for disposing of bodies as in the case of Kalka taxi driver Pawan Kumar, whose body was found at Mauli.

The war between the local police and the Pinjore-based gang of Amarjeet Bawa, INTUC’s Himachal unit president, also dominated the crime scene. The police had cracked down heavily on the gang, bringing to an end their clandestine land-grab operations in Pinjore and Kalka. Bawa was arrested and released on bail. Though the police made desperate attempts to re-arrest him from Himachal, where Bawa enjoys a good political clout, the Himachal Police managed to free him on two occasions, leading to registration of cases against the Panchkula Police in Himachal and vice-versa.

The infamous rape case of a Shimla resident, which had rocked Chandigarh last year, spilled over to Panchkula, as the girl in question accused Chandigarh -based businessman M.K. Jain and Manoj Pal, nephew of former Haryana Speaker, Mani Ram Godara, of kidnapping her and keeping her captive. The case went into oblivion, though Manoj Pal remained behind bars for several months.

Other than this the two highway robberies, one in the wee hours of July 24 near Raipur Rani and another on the Pinjore-Nalagarh road in August, also proved the police laxity in patrolling, especially during night. The electronic beat system introduced last year, a system of ensuring that the PCR staff man their area at regular intervals, also proved to have little effect. A major burglary in the Pracheen Shiv Mandir in Sector 9, from where the miscreants had stolen almost 30 kg of silver ornaments, proved this.

The police crackdown on satta operators in lottery, those involved in liquor smuggling and gamblers was better than last year. As many as 210 cases of gambling were registered in the district this year. The nexus between the police and the criminals came to the fore when policemen posted at the Pinjore police station and in another case three SHOs, Sector 19 police station, were censured for pilfering drugs.



Rotary Club’s programme concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Seventyeight boys and girls in the age group of 14-19 years from six states and a union territory attended the four-day residential programme, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, RYLA-2003, hosted by the Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik. It concluded at Shri Jainendra Gurukul, Panchkula, today.

Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, was the chief guest at the programme which focused on leadership, personality and career development. Past Rotary International president Rajendra K. Saboo and district governor Kawal Bedi also interacted with the participants on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dua said India’s position in the world tomorrow would depend on the level of literacy they were able to achieve. He stressed that each child must plant at least one tree and groom it, thus installing pride in the positive growth. He said the participants were fortunate for being able to attend such a programme when millions of Indians were devoid of basic education.

Emphasising the importance of living, Mr Dua said, “When you give something it comes back to you manifold in terms of improved standards of society, which makes this world a better place to live in.”

Mr Saboo exhorted the children to change their mindset from being citizens of a developing country to that of a country which was on the threshold of being an economic power.

District Governor Kawal Bedi congratulated the children who braved inclement weather to attend the programme. She also asked them to spare a thought for the less privileged and to pledge to do something for them.

Rtn. Bachhiter Singh, president of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, the host club, welcomed the dignitaries and appraised them of the training modules through which the participants were put through.



Writers to visit Pakistan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
A troupe of at least 20 Punjabi writers from Chandigarh and Punjab will pay a goodwil visit to Pakistan in March.

This was disclosed by Dr Harcharan Singh, a wellknown playwright and President of the Kalman da Kafila, at a monthly meeting of the organisation held at Punjab Red Cross Bhavan.

The visit was likely to place in the second or third week of March. Similarly, an equal number of writers from Pakistan would also visit Chandigarh and Punjab next year.



CPI celebrates foundation day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The district council of the local unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) today organised a meeting to celebrate the 78th Foundation Day here today.

The meeting was presided over by Mrs Sheela Didi, a social worker. Others present on the occasion included Mr Avtar Singh Malhotra, Mr Madan Lal Didi, Mr Mohinder Singh Sambar, Mr H.S. Gambhir, Mr Mohinder Samber, Mr Lachhaman Das Gupta, Mr Devi Dayal Sharma and Mr Karam Singh Vakil.

Mr Malhotra unfurled the Red Flag of the party at the commencement of the session. Mr Didi gave a talk on the history of the party and stressed on the role of the party in the freedom struggle of the country.



Mohali Diary
‘Heer Ranjha’ to be staged today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 28
The Adakar Manch, here will stage the famous creation of Kaifi Azmi, ‘‘Film Heer Ranjha’’ at the Tagore Theatre Chandigarh tomorrow. The play, directed by Kewal Dhaliwal had been produced by the National School of Drama, New Delhi, during a workshop at Kurukshetra University. The play will be staged at 6 pm and will be in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. The music for the play has been rendered by Sushil Bothial. The play will be over presided by Mr Gursharan Singh and Dr Neelam Man Singh Choudhry.

Educational trip

Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77 here organised an educational trip for their students in senior classes to Barog. The tour consisting of over 80 students reached the destination by bus, train and by trekking through the deciduous forest. Mr T.G.S. Bopa Rai (Retired wing commander) welcomed the students and instructed them to refrain from taking drugs and remain close to nature.

Awareness camp

The Consumers Protection and Grievances Redressal Association organised a consumer awareness camp at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase 3BI here this week. Welcoming the audience the President of the Association, Mr N.S. Gill, stated that their organisation aimed to bring awareness among the consumers about their rights.

Mr N.S. Saini explained that approaching the Consumer Forum was a speedy and simple method of getting justice. Mr H.S. Walia, retired member of the district consumer forum explained the details of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, and the latest amendments made to it. Mr D.R. Sharma explained the system of standardisation of various consumer, goods and machinery. Mr M.D.S. Sodhi urged the consumers to organise themselves so that they can meet the challenges of an open economic society.



1 held for car thefts
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, December 28
Claiming to have busted an inter-state gang of auto thieves, the Panchkula police has arrested Amrik Singh from Bhainsa Tibba village near Mansa Devi late last night along with a stolen Maruti Esteem car (HR-05D-9161).

The police said that Amrik Singh was nabbed at a naka near Bhainsa Tibba while he was driving the stolen car. An active member of the gang, Amrik Singh along with his three accomplices — Gurvinder Singh and Gurnam Singh from Patiala and Harman Singh from Karnal — have stolen more than 30 cars from this area.

During questioning, Amrik Singh reportedly admitted that he was involved in various auto-theft cases in the city and surrounding areas. A trap has also been laid to nab Gurvinder Singh and Gurnam Singh and Harman Singh, the police claimed.

Amrik Singh was today produced before the court of Mr P K Yadav, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Panchkula, and was remanded to police custody till January 7.



1 arrested for theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The Police Station (North) today claimed to have seized goods worth Rs 1.1 lakh from a Naya Gaon resident, Sunil Kumar, who was arrested today in connection with a recent theft in Times Computers in Sector 8.

Sunil Kumar, son of Dinesh, was arrested today from Naya Gaon. He admitted that he had stolen goods from shop numbers 145 and 146 in Sector 8.

A monitor, a CPU, a UPS, two Connect phones and other accessories were seized from Sunil Kumar after his interrogation, the police said.

The police is trying to find out if he was involved in any other incidents of theft in the city.



Car impounded in Navneet assault case

Chandigarh, December 28
The police today impounded the Chevrolet car of the former High Commissioner of Ghana, Mr Daljit Singh Pannu, which has been identified by the police to have been used in the alleged assault on Ms Navneet Kaur, grand-daughter of late Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh.

Meanwhile, the police conducted raids on several places, including Punjab, to arrest the remaining two other accused in the alleged crime. Yesterday, a 17-year old boy was arrested by the police in this connection. OC



Intelligent network launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Spice Telecom has announced the launch of the state of the art V-7.5 Intelligent Network (IN).

It is loaded with a host of unique features such as pulse control, balance alert on screen and roaming maximiser.

According to Mr Ashok Goyal, president, Spice Telecom, the pulse control feature allows the customer to control his mobile expenses, as customers can now choose the pulse rate before every call depending upon the expected call length. For a short call, a customer can choose a one-second pulse and calls will be charged at only 5 paisa per second. And for the longer calls, he can choose 60-second pulse and the same will be charged at the usual Rs. 1.99 per minute.

A pre-paid customer can change the tariff from one-second pulse to 60-second pulse and vice-versa by dialling 777. Customer can change his pulse any number of times and this service is absolutely free.

In addition to pulse control Spice also announced the launch of balance alert on screen and roaming maximiser service based on the intelligent network.


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