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13-yr-old dies on way to school
Autorickshaw overturns at a sharp bend
Our Correspondent

Wailing grandmother and mother of Vikas Mahajan at the Sector 25 cremation ground on Thursday in Chandigarh.
Wailing grandmother and mother of Vikas Mahajan at the Sector 25 cremation ground on Thursday in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Chandigarh, February 19
The city today lost 13-year-old Vikas Mahajan, member of the NASA Kids Club, when he fell off an autorickshaw in Sector 34 while going to take his exam at Manav Mangal School, Sector 21.

Vikas Mahajan (13) died after the autorickshaw he was riding turned turtle. There were four children in the auto when the accident took place. Another child sustained minor injuries.

According to police sources, Vikas was sitting along Raju on the driver’s seat and he fell when the vehicle took a sharp turn near All-India Radio, Sector 34.

Vikas sustained injuries on his head.

A passerby rushed him to the PGI, where the doctors declared him ‘brought dead’. The accident took place at 8 a.m.

Mr Vimal Kumar Mahajan, Divisional Engineer, BSNL, reportedly told the police that he did not want a case against the autorickshaw driver.

He said the driver had been taking Vikas to school for the past four years and it was “just an accident”.

Sanchi, Class XI student of Vikas, said: “My brother recently won top positions in the Bournvita Quiz competition and also the Maggi Quiz contest. He was a brilliant student”. Vikas cracked jokes with me in the morning and promised that we would play in the evening,” she said, tears choping her voice.

The body of Vikas was handed over to his family without a post-mortem after the father of the child refused to lodge a complaint.


Murder accused escapes from PGI
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 19
A murder accused escaped from the PGI last night to become the 12th jail inmate since 1992 to flee from the institution.

Vijay Pal Singh, who was admitted to a surgical ward on February 11, was found missing from his bed number 39 on the third floor of C Block, at around 7.30 pm yesterday.

A complaint was lodged by a nurse at 11.30 in this regard.

Vijay Pal Singh of Ramgarh village in Panchkula was accused of burning his wife to death in July last and was wanted in another murder case in the Chandi Mandir police station. He hails from Bareilli in Uttar Pradesh.

Havaldar Sushil Kumar and constables Ramdhari and Kripal Singh in whose custody Vijay Pal Singh was, have been placed under suspension by Panchkula SP Ranbir Sharma.

The escapee has been booked under Sections 223 and 224, IPC.

He reportedly told the police personnel on duty that he was going to attend the nature’s call and did not return.

The police personnel did not bring the matter to the notice of the police for hours.

Vijay Pal Singh allegedly burnt his wife to death in July and was to be taken on production remand on February 23 in another murder case.

The Chandigarh Police said a large number of jail inmates in the region were being referred to the premier healthcare institution without intimation to the local police.

As per the norms, one police personnel has to be with the jail inmate round the clock while others stand guard outside.


Experts recommend proactive approach against hacking
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
In the backdrop of constant emergence of new threats to information system infrastructure, a military style proactive approach against hacking into computer networks has been recommended by experts associated with e-security.

A paper “Applying military doctrine to network security”, authored by Professors Maninder Singh and Seema Bawa from the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, has expressed the need to adopt methods that prevent hacking rather than taking post-hacking measures.

“Security methods presently in use are reactive in nature,” Maninder Singh told The Tribune here today. “Enforcement agencies back-track to the hacker, but only after he strikes,” he added. The use of existing methods like firewalls provide a certain level of security to the system administrators, but they also exhibit shortfalls, he said. Firewalls, for example, act as “traffic cops” and they cannot evaluate the contents of a package.

Presently, only reactive measures are being used by network operators worldwide, though a few organisations in the West may have adopted proactive measures. Proactive measures with dynamic adaptations and passive fingerprinting capability are aimed at preventing hackers altogether from getting access to data on networks.

Just as in today’s warfare, where information is the key to success, proactive security system are used to collect information by dangling a bait to potential hackers. The bait is used as a decoy to distract adversaries from more valuable networks or machines and provide an early warning about hacking. This concept is similar to the use of “honeypots”, which too have some weaknesses.

“The solution,” Maninder Singh said, “Is to have an intelligent proactive framework for network surveillance which will eradicate major shortcomings of existing systems, including the honeypots”.

The envisioned system will also ensure that once an attacker breaks into the bait network, the compromised network cannot be used to harm other systems. Data captured by the bait network would also ensure detection and capturing all attacker’s activities, even if they are encrypted.

Meanwhile, Commander V.K. Jaitly (retd), Defence Consultant with Cisco Systems (India) Limited, told The Tribune that his firm too had developed an intelligent self-defending network to check breeches of security by hackers.


353 acres in Karoran, Nada declared surplus
Our Correspondent

Kharar, February 19
The SDM-cum-Collector (Agrarian) has declared 353 acres of land in Karoran and Nada villages belonging to Col B.S. Sandhu (retd), president of the Forest Hill Golf Club, and his two sons as surplus and ordered the Revenue Officer-cum-Naib Tehsildar concerned to take legal action for handing over its possession to the Punjab Government.

Orders to this effect were issued on February 17.

About 328 acres of the surplus land falls in Karoran village and 25 acres in Nada village.

The Collector (Agrarian), Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, ordered that the action be taken after giving due notice to Colonel Sandhu under Section 9 of the Punjab Land Reforms Act, 1972.

He, however, said Colonel Sandhu and his sons, Mr Parwinder Singh Sandhu, and Mr Devinder Singh Sandhu, could retain 21 hectares in “A” category in accordance with the Land Reforms Act.

The Naib Tehsildar brought to the notice of the SDM that Colonel Sandhu and his family members had purchased 381 acres and 12 marlas of land. Thereafter, Colonel Sandhu was intimated through notices by the SDM that the former should file a declaration under Section 5 of the Punjab Land Reforms Act, 1972, failing which he would face legal action.

The SDM also came to know that the 381 acres and 12 marlas of land was in the name of Colonel Sandhu, Dashmesh Educational Society, World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services and World Wide Immigration Consultancy Resort.

Colonel Sandhu had been issued a notice by the SDM office to make available the constitution and bylaws of the societies by February 13, failing which legal action would be initiated against him.

In his reply Colonel Sandhu said he did not own land. Instead, it was in possession of three societies in Karoran and Nada villages. According to Colonel Sandhu, the area includes 68 acres, 5 kanal and 18 marla barani land and 309 acres, 2 kanal and 14 marlas gair mumkin mountains in Karoran village and 25 acres, 6 kanal and 15 barani land in Nada village.

Colonel Sandhu contended that no part of the land could be declared surplus as about 310 acres area was under mountains and did not fall under the definition of “Land”.

As many as 51 acres of barani land could be owned under the law and the barani land in Karoran (68 acres) and Nada (26) villages was with the three societies. He presented court ruling in support of his statement.

However, after inquiring the matter, the SDM found that Colonel Sandhu and his family members had purchased 381 acres and 12 marla in Karoran village and the maximum purchase had been done in 1995-96 and 2001-2002.

The land was registered in the name of Colonel Sandhu as president of the societies which proved that the entire land owned by the societies had been purchased on the name of Colonel Sandhu and his family members.

And to hide this fact, the constitution and bylaws of the societies were not presented to the SDM despite repeated reminders.

It has been pointed out in the order that the land has a dam for irrigation, apart from several tubewells. Metal pipes have been laid in the area for irrigation purposes. 


Another court case against Ranbaxy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Haryana Health Department has launched another prosecution against Ranbaxy for allegedly projecting its product, “Revital” capsules as a panacea for health, vigour and vitality in TV advertisements.

A criminal complaint has been filed against the company by the Drugs Inspector, Panchkula, Mr Kamaldeep Dhawan, in the court of Mr Gulab Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Panchkula, who has issued summons to several directors of Ranbaxy for July 21 next.

Earlier, the department had filed a criminal complaint under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, on September 2 last against Ranbaxy for allegedly overpricing one of the medicines manufactured by it.

According to the complaint, the company manufactures Revital capsules as a dietary supplement and claims that it is a “food” and has no therapeutic or medicinal use as such. Mr Dhawan said the company should lawfully manufacture this product as a drug after obtaining a proper license.

He had clarified to the company that Revital contained an oriental medicinal herb, Ginseng. The World Health Organisation, the Food and Drugs Administration of the USA, the Medicine Control Agency of England and the Drug Regulatory Authorities of Germany had reported several deaths and serious adverse effects on account of non-prescription intake of Ginseng.

The Civil Surgeon of Panchkula, Dr Satvir Chaudhry, told TNS here today that representatives of Ranbaxy visited his office last month and claimed that the Drugs Controller-General of India (DCGI) had permitted their company to manufacture Revital as a dietary supplement in 1995. Haryana’s stand, however, is that the DCGI’s orders must be notified by the Union Government. Ranbaxy could not produce any notification.

The stand of the department is that the company has to follow stringent analytical procedures for ensuring the authenticity of Ginseng, which contains over 22 ginsenosides, a few of them toxic.

These had to be separated for absolute safety.

It was mandatory for the company to follow the procedure specified in the British Pharmacopoeia, 2002. It also says that prior to 1995, Revital was manufactured by Ranbaxy as a drug.

The department had also taken up the issue with the DCGI, protesting against the permission given to Ranbaxy. The DCGI did not respond.



Killer car impounded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Sector 34 Police Station today impounded the Lancer car (PB 04 H 0001) for being involved in a Sector 33 accident that killed Ravinder Singh on the night of February 16.

The mystery of the accident enhanced with the owner of the car, R.S. Rai, an advocate in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, denying that his car was involved in the accident.

DSP (South) S.S. Randhawa said the registration number of the car was mentioned in the FIR and the police would verify facts.

He said the car had been impounded on the basis of the FIR.

The police also denied that the car had been stopped by a PCR vehicle and let off the same night.

It said there was no delay in the registration of the case in this regard. Mr Rai claimed the car was parked in the drive way of his house at the time of the accident.


Police issues circular on Gurdeep Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Chandigarh Police today issued a “lookout” circular on Gurdeep Singh, who drove Jagtar Singh Hawara to safety near Sirhind.

The circular has been sent to all air and seaports to prevent Gurdeep Singh escape abroad. Gurdeep Singh has been missing since his car PIQ 927 was seized by the police for allegedly carrying the four Burail jail escapees from Mohali to a point in Sirhind.

The Punjab Police today said the real name of the Norway-based Sewa Singh is Massa Singh of Phagwara. Sewa Singh is the son-in-law of Babbar Khalsa International chief Wadhawa Singh, who is in Pakistan.

But Sohan Singh has turned to be one Satnam Singh (45).

The names of Sewa Singh and Sohan Singh had figured during the interrogation of Gurvinder Singh, alias Goldy, arrested by the Fatehgarh Sahib Police. The two had thrice sent money to Hawara in jail. The police is now making out a case for the extradition of the three.


Students break coke, Pepsi bottles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Activists of the Haryana Students Association (HSA) today attacked soft drink companies by breaking Coca Cola and Pepsi bottles at Students Centre, Panjab University here.

The protest organised against the sale of aerated drinks on the campus took place while the national youth festival, Jhankaar-2004, sponsored by Pepsi, was being inaugurated at the law auditorium.

The activists of the HSA emptied the bottles and smashed a handful of these at the Students Centre before proceeding to submit a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, the DUI, Prof S.K. Sharma, and the Registrar, Prof Paramjit Singh.

The President of the HSA, Vikas Rathee, said the authorities had been given one-week time to reconsider the lifting of the ban on the sale of cold drinks at the campus canteens.

“If the university authorities decide to allow the sale of soft drinks we will be forced to intensify the agitation and will not allow these in the canteens,” he threatened.

Meanwhile, the president of the local chapter of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), Nitin Goyal, said they were not opposed to any soft drink company sponsoring students' events. “We don’t mind the sponsorship of the events since it goes in favour of the students and helps organising these better. However, we do mind allowing the sale of the same on the campus”.


Ludhiana boys steal thunder at Jhankaar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Vivacious youngsters, rocking fusion music and a cheering crowd made for a heady mix at Jhankaar-2004, Panjab University’s national youth festival, which began at the Law Auditorium on the campus here today.

Bursting at its seams, the auditorium seemed too small to accommodate students who turned up in large numbers at the venue to witness the western dance contest. Thorough entertainment for the crowd, the performance by the five teams, left them mesmerised and asking for more.

While the all-boys team from Ludhiana, representing Punjab Technical University, stole the thunder. Attired in jeans and colourful shirts, sporting floppy hats, they performed the most difficult of steps with utmost ease to peppy music of “Aggression” and “Don’t Tell Me” among others.

The boys in black from Vaish College, Rohtak, too, earned a thunderous round of applause as they danced to a medley of Hindi music remixes. Cheered right through their performance, these students exuded energy in every step and every leap on the dance floor.

The host university was represented in the contest by two dance presentations made by students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology. The repeated slogans of UIET’s local cheer team charged the already full of life boys and girls who put their best foot forward as they took to the dance floor and vied for the first position.

Interestingly, the item presented by the team from the local DAV College, gave western dance an altogether new meaning. Dancing to Punjabi mix, the students improvised steps of the bhangra during their performance in the western dance contest.

While the western dance rounds generated the excitement that have been its trademark, the inaugural session elicited a lukewarn response from the students in the morning session.

Inaugurated by the Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh and an alumni of Panjab University, Mr Chander Kumar, the show was a mix of Hindi and Punjabi songs. Thakur Singh Bharmouri, the MLA from Bharmour, was the guest of honour. A classical dance item called Mangla Charan was performed to the chanting of mantras while the Saraswati vandana, presented by boys, was an instrumental item.

Rajbir Bhullar of the Department of English gave a melodious song “Layee vi na gayee te nibhayee vi na gayee” while Punjabi and Haryanavi folk dances were also presented besides a ghazal by Akshay Nath.

Contests in geet and ghazal were also held on day one of the youth festival. As many as 25 teams participated in the two categories.

As many as 15 teams from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi have arrived, nine more teams are expected by evening.


Channels go off air to viewers’ surprise
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 19
Major cable operators providing services to at least a lakh homes in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula kept the channels off air for five hours today. While operators responsible for this temporary cable blackout termed it as a “token strike’’ against consumers for “misbehaving” with workers, many residents chose to call it ‘‘syndicated blackmail’’.

According to cable network providers, the channels were kept off air in protest against the ‘violent, abusive and unruly’ behavior of consumers towards cable employees who collect bills. Sources, however, informed that over a lakh families were put to inconvenience because of a ‘personal dispute’ between a cable employee and a Congress leader based in Mohali, Mrs Narinder Pappi.

While a number of cable workers sat on dharna in ‘protest’ outside her residence in Phase XI here, their bosses chose to black out all channels from 1 pm to 6 pm. Consumers across the three cities remained oblivious as to why the TV screen were blank. Most cable providers kept their phones off the hook.

“It is nothing but syndicated blackmail. Just because big cable providers have a virtual monopoly here, they can afford to hold consumers to ransom for a petty incident that happened with one of their employees,” said Mr H.S. Sangha, president of the Residents Welfare Association here.

Future Communications operators providing cable services to over 90,000 houses in Chandigarh and another 10,000 in Mohali alleged that cable worker Dhiraj Kumar had been beaten black and blue by a group of persons in Phase XI when he snapped the cable connection to the house of Congress leader Narinder Pappi. ‘‘Mrs Pappi had not paid the cable, bill for the past six months and when finally Dhiraj cut the cable, he was surrounded by a group of boys of the locality led by her son Montu and beaten up”.

A police case was registered against these persons.

Mrs Narinder Pappi claimed: ‘‘We don’t have a cable connection from these people. So there is no question of paying bills. It is all made up. In fact, on February 15, my son had a minor scuffle with some boys with whom we reached a compromise. The following night at least 15 men came outside our house with swords and threatened me and my son.

“When they left, I rushed to the police chowki. After an hour, the boys returned. By this time, a large crowd had gathered outside my house since I am a political leader. Some people in the crowd caught two of the boys and beat them up. Dhiraj was one of them”.

However, representatives of Future Communications Limited, Siti Cable and Combined Cable Network, said their employee was beaten up for doing duty and demanded justice from the police.

‘‘The medico-legal report of Dhiraj is not fair. He was hit with sharp-edged weapons, but the medico-legal report says that he has been hurt with blunt weapons.

‘‘We want fair medical examination and impartial police action”, they say.


Land owners submit objections
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 19
As many as 100 land owners of five villages in Mohali today submitted letters of objection to the acquisition of their land by Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) authority at PUDA Bhavan here today.

The villagers, who landed at PUDA Bhawan in Phase VIII this morning, raised slogans against PUDA and submitted protest letters, stating that PUDA acquired their land at throwaway prices and sold it at exponentially higher rates, which was unfair to them.

The land owners of Sohana, Lakhnaur, Landran, Bermpur and Manak Majra villages have been protesting against the acquisition of their land since a notification to the effect was advertised by PUDA on January 24.

PUDA intends to acquire 690 acres in these five villages for carving out more sectors in Mohali.

The villagers have formed protest committees at the village level under the aegis of Sohana Sangharsh Committee. According to the PUDA notification, over 170 acres will be acquired in Sohana, another 209 acres in Lakhnaur, 21 acres in Landran, 124 acres in Bermpur and 162 acres in Manak Majra.

The Sohana Sanghrash Committee (SSC) had been formed to protest against the acquisition of land by PUDA for carving out Sectors 76-80.


Eco Notes
Banned fish finds ready market
Vishal Gulati

THAI magur, a fish species banned by the Government of India, is selling like hot cakes in the City Beautiful. Fish-sellers can barely keep pace with its demand.

In the Sector 21 market, it is available on demand and in Bapu Dham and Ram Darbar fish markets, it is available freely. Most of the sellers make good money selling it.

When this reporter, posing as a customer, approached Atul Fish and Chicken Shop in Sector 21-C and asked for Thai magur, the salesman said: “Since it is a banned fish, it is available only on demand. You give us some advance and we will arrange it. It will cost around Rs 100 per kg”.

“When customers, particularly Bengalis, are demanding Thai magur and every vendor is selling it, there is no question of doing illegal business. Every day we get the supply from private fish farms in Ropar and Ludhiana districts. Moreover, no official questions us about selling it. Even police officials are our regular customers”, explains seller Bihari Lal of the Bapu Dham fish market who is in this trade for the past five years.

“This species is quite popular among lower middle-class buyers. It is also preferred by fish-eaters because of fewer inter-muscular spines”, says another seller. At the Bapu Dham market, it was available at Rs 50 per kg on Thursday.

A carnivore, Thai magur grows under varying conditions. A native of the Niger and Nile rivers, it grows abundantly, even in oxygen-deficient water. “Introduced in India around 10 years ago as a farm fish, it feeds on poultry wastes. Most of the farms in the poultry-dominated areas are cultivating it. Though the Centre has banned it, farmers are getting seeds from West Bengal and Chennai”, explains Prof M.S. Johal of the Department of Zoology, Panjab University.

He says Thai magur is highly resistant and can survive extremes of aquatic de-oxygenation and even desiccation. Farmers usually dispose of a large quantity of fish overnight. It is sold in faraway markets as a ‘live’ fish. He says it is omnivorous with a marked tendency to feed on organisms dwelling on the river bed, fish and debris and if it slips into the ecosystem, it will destroy the indigenous species of fish.

Mr Vijay Kumar Dogra, Farm Superintendent, Fisheries, UT, admits that the species is being sold in the city, but he says he is helpless as he has no power to check its illegal sale.


All set for Festival of Gardens
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 19
The Festival of Gardens is about to bring fragrance to everybody’s life. Coloured flags are fluttering in the air as if inviting people for the festival. A dome-shaped entrance has been decorated with flower petals and garlands.

The preparations are going on round the clock. Around 800 entry forms have been sold out for the flower competitions for various categories — flower arrangements, cut flowers, potted plants and vegetable and food carving. An on-the-spot painting competition will also be held on February 22. About 200 entry tickets has been sold for it.

Results of garden competition in class D and E: class D (flower and plants grown in pots): D-1 aster — R.A. Mourya, Sector 4, (1), Cynthia Shera, Sector 20, (2); D-2 antirrhinum — Cynthia Shera, Sector 20, (1, 2); D-3 verbena — R.A. Mourya, Sector 4, (1), S.S. Gill, Phase 10, (2); D-4 salvia — R.A. Mourya, Sector 4, (1), R.S. Mourya, Ambala City, (2); D-5 brachycome — Sant Baba Sarup Singh, Sector 38 (West) (1), S. Marriya, Sector 10, (2); D-6 cineraria — Virinder Sharma, Sector 8, (1), R.S. Mourya, Ambala City, (2); D-7 carnation — Virinder Sharma, Sector 8, (1, 2);D-8 (collection of different foliage) — Rana Gurjeet Singh, Sector 4, (1), Mishu Kholi, Sector 9, (2); D-9 (collection of cacti) — Sushil Kumar, Sector 17, (1), D.S. Sharma, Sector 7, (2); D-10 (collection of succulent) — Sushil Kumar, Sector 17, (1), D.S. Sharma, Sector 7, (2); bonsai — Rupan Deol Bajaj, Sector 16-C (1, 2); D-15 (dianthus) — Virinder Sharma, Sector 8, (1, 2); D-17 (geranium) — Hans Raj Yadav, Sector 9, (1, 2); D-18 (kale) — Arbind Singh, Sector 10-B, (1), Virinder Sharma, Sector 8, (2); D-19 (marigold) — S.S. Gill, R.S. Yadav, Phase 10, (1), Virinder Sharma, Sector 8, (2); D-20 (nemesia) — S.S. Gill, R.S. Yadav, Phase 10 (1), Amitabh Mohan, Sector 38-C (2); D-21(nastratium) — S.S. Gill, R.S. Yadav, Phase 10, (1), Virender Sharma, Sector 8 (2); D-22 (petunia double hybrid) — Cynthia Shera, Sector 20, (2); D-23 (petunia single hybrid) — S. Marriya, Sector 10, (1), Cynthia Shera, Sector 20, (2); D-24 (pansy) — S.S. Marriya, Sector 10, (1), Virender Sharma, Sector 8, (2); D-25 (phlox) — Jaswant Lal, Phase 3, (1), S.S. Gill, R.S. Yadav, Phase 10, S. Marriya, Sector 10, (2); D-27 (rose floribunda) — Mishu Kohli, Sector 9, (2); D-28 (any other flower) — Virender Sharma, Sector 8, S.S. Gill, R.S. Yadav, Phase 10, (1, 2), Mishu Kohli, Sector 9, (2).

Class E (flower and plants grown in pots): E-1 (aster) — R.A. Mourya, Sector 4, (1), St. Xavier’s School, AG Punjab, Sector 17, (2); E-2 (antirrhinum) — CITCO, Sector 17, (1), CHB, Vatika Nursery, Mani Majra, (2); E-3 (verbena) — Gajendra Singh, Sector 9, (1), CHB (2); E-4 (brachycome) — CHB (1,2); E-5 (cineraria) — Meenu, Ambala City, (1), CHB (2); E-6 (carnation) — Vatika Nursery, Mani Majra, (1), CHB (2); E-7 (collection of different foliage) — Chief Administrator, HUDA, (1), CHB (2); E-8 (collection of cacti) — Chief Administrator, HUDA, (1, 2); E-9 (collection of succulent) — CHB (1), Chief Administrator, HUDA, (2); E-11 (dahlia) — Deltrone Limited, Phase 1, (1), CITCO, Sector 17, (2); E-12 (geranium) — CHB (1, 2); E-13 (marigold) — Deltrone Limited, Phase 1, (1), Director, PGI, (2); E-14 (nemesia) — Director, PGI (1, 2); E-15 (nastratium) — CHB (1), CHB, CITCO, Sector 17, (2); E-16 (petunia, double hybrid) — CHB (1); E-17 (petunia, single hybrid) — CITCO, Sector 17, (1, 2); E-18 (pansy) — Continental Limited, Phase 8, (1), Director, PGI, (2); E-19 (phlox) — CHB (1, 2); E-20 (rose, hybrid) — AG Punjab, Sector 17, (1); E-21 (rose floribunda) — Chief Administrator, HUDA, (1), Director, PGI, (2); E-22 (salvia) — Director, PGI, CHB, (1), Meenu, Ambala City, (2); E-23 (stock) — Gajendra Singh, Sector 9, (1), Director, PGI, (2); E-24 (kale) — Institute of Microbial Technology, Sector 39-A, (1), Vatika Nursery, Mani Majra, (2); E-25 (any other flower) — Institute of Microbial Technology, Sector 39-A, (1), Director, PGI, CITCO (2).

The results of the photography competition (professional category coloured and amateur category coloured) are: professional category — Pankaj Sharma, Sector 45-C, (1), Kamleshwar Singh, Sector 48-A, (2); amateur category — Choginder Gupta, Sector 21, (1) Sanjay Kaushal, Sector 8, Panchkula, (2), and Siddharth Bhardwaj, Sector 10, Panchkula, (3); consolation prize (in amateur category) — Subhash Sapru, Sector 15-B, and Sector 8, Panchkula.



Because of the Rose Festival starting on Friday, the following roads will remain closed for traffic (restrictions will remain in force till February 22) from 6 am to 9 pm.

Jan Marg - Museum Chowk to Traffic Light points on Sectors 16 - 17.

Small chowk near Shanti Kunj (Sector 16) to Traffic Light points on Sectors 16 - 17.

Entry from near Jagat Cinema, Sector 17 to Jan Marg.


Near B.D. Hospital, Sector 23; Open space near Shivalik Hotel, Sector 17; Near police station, Sector 17; Anand Theatre, Sector 17; Near Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16 and paid parking lots of Municipal Corporation.

Arrangements for Cultural Functions at Leisure Valley, Sector 10.


One way traffic system on the road opposite Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10 (entry from Petrol pump, Sector 10 side) from 4 pm onwards till different functions are over on all the three days.


In and around the Government Art College, Sector 10.


Division on communal lines discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Citing historical and colonial causes for Partition on the one hand and communal frenzy on the other, Prof Satish Saberwal, a sociologist and former teacher at Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Delhi, said the term “communal” signified conflicts throughout the 20th century and continued to do so now.

He was speaking at a seminar on “Anxieties, Complexity, Identities: The making of Muslims and Hindus in Modern India” organised by Critique, a students’ discussion forum, at Gandhi Bhavan, here recently.

In the 19th century, India grappled with caste order, medieval immigration and colonially-mediated encounter with Europe, he said. “It was a time of uncertainty and anxiety, and the search for security led to building of network on kinship, caste and such institutions as the mosque and the akhara. Ascendant groups acted assertively, adding to the anxieties of those in decline,” he said.

The ideologies emanating from the Arya Samaj, Deoband and similar centers were highly simplifying and were advanced with the matchless authority of scriptural traditions, he maintained. By the end of the 19th century, a bar of separation was beginning to harden between the Muslims and the Hindus and it was given political recognition in the form of separate electorate in 1909, he concluded.


He served man to serve God

IN consonance with his altruistic way of life, his last wish was to bequeath his body to the PGI, Chandigarh, for study and research so that even his mortal remains would be of some use to humanity. But God wished it otherwise for Aloysius L. Fonseca, a Jesuit priest.

He was destined to spend the evening of his life in war-ravaged Afghanistan to bring succour and relief to the helpless and the hopeless. And there the Lord called him for his eternal reward on February 8.

There was nobody to deliver a panegyric. Nor was there a funeral procession as his mortal remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjacent to the Italian Embassy. Perhaps, that must have been his untold wish.

Punjab has a solid reason to be grateful to Fr. Aloysius. The Balwadi programme he started in Ropar district in 1990 drove away the darkness of ignorance and lit the light of knowledge in the minds of thousands of children. He devised a system, which helped to bring such children into the mainstream. It envisages preparing pre-school children to go to regular schools, thereafter following them up with remedial classes to prevent them from dropping out so as to improve the educational standards in the rural areas. At present it is quite successfully working in 55 villages.

When Fr. Aloysius relinquished his charge in June 1997 his noble legacy of service was handed over to his worthy successor, Fr Joseph Kalathil, the former Provincial of Jamshedpur and the first Chancellor of Jalandhar Diocese, who is continuing the work with a plethora of other developmental activities for rural upliftment under the Guru Kirpa Society.

On February 15 thousands of people of different religions from far and near gathered at the Loyola School premises in Kotla Nihang village, which was his ‘karmabhoomi’. Leaders of Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Jains and Christians prayed and paid their last respects to a man who never thought of his own comforts, but always the welfare of others, who preached a message of love and service not so much by words, but by actions leaving thereby a noble legacy for the posterity to make it a better world.

— K.J. Thomas


Fuel saving devices launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Gujarat Pickers Industries Limited, Ahmedabad, today launched its fuel saving devices Gas+ and Fuel+ in Chandigarh.

The gadgets designed to conserve gas, petrol and diesel are based on the principle of high resonance magnetic frequency resonator for the purpose of ionization. The company claimed that more than one lakh units of Gas saving device have been sold all over India and has also been recommended for ‘‘Exemplary work for energy conservation award by PCRA- Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

When the device is installed on gas/fuel fractures the hydrocarbon chains in the passing fuel/gas causing the cluster of molecules to get more exposure to oxygen. This leads to improved burning or combustion of the fuel/gas and generation of considerably less air pollutants.

According to tests the Fuel+ increases the mileage up to 27 per cent and up to 33 per cent of LPG and CNG saving. It reduces emission up to 44 per cent, as per a press note issued by Mr Praveen Bali, Marketing Manager of the company today.

The gadget can be easily installed and is maintenance free. It can be used in all types of petrol/diesel driven vehicles.


Peace, harmony through couplets
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 19
They conveyed the message of peace, harmony and love across the border through couplets. Attending the Hind-Pak mushiara at an auditorium in Sector 29, seven Pakistanis and an equal number of Indian poets did not require speeches to tell the people that art and love can once again bring them together.

They sat on the stage and talked about love and affection that could transcend borders to unite people with similar tastes, likes and dislikes.

Their trip to Chandigarh was part of the ongoing efforts to bring citizens of the two nations together.

The programme started at about 9 p.m. As the audience eager to listen to their counterparts living across the border settled down, Navreen Sahibha uttered “Asi Jina ron taun darde rahe uni akh vich badal varde rahe”. Her recital was followed by couplets by G.S. Sindhra, also from Pakistan.


CTA to contest city LS seat

Chandigarh, February 19
The Commercial Tenants Association (CTA) will contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh constituency.

However, the name of the candidate has not been decided. In a statement, Mr B.M. Khanna, senior vice-president, CTA, deplored the indifferent attitude of political parties towards the Rent Control Act notification. The CTA has been demanding the withdrawal of the notification. OC


Tractor rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party organised a tractor rally to mark “Atal Sandesh Yatra” yesterday and reach out to villages in Chandigarh.

Former local MP Satya Pal Jain, addressed the rally.

The rally started from the BJP office in Sector 33 and culminated in Village Maloya. 


Valuables worth lakhs robbed from Sec 16 house
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, February 19
Armed robbers struck at a Sector 16 house and decamped with cash, jewellery, mobile sets and other valuables worth lakhs of rupees in a densely populated area today.

The gang of four armed robbers struck at the house owned by Mr Manoj Nangia, who runs an LPG agency in Chandigarh, around 8.15 am. They took away Rs 90,000 in cash, a car, gold jewellery, valuables worth lakhs of rupees after locking the family members along with their servants in the house. The robbers threatened the family with dire consequences if they informed the police.

Two of the four robbers stormed into the house and attacked Prem, a domestic help. They thrashed him and tied him with a cloth in the bathroom. They also subdued Sonam, a maidservant, with a firearm.

The robbers then entered the bedroom, where Manoj’s wife, Sunita Nangia, and daughter Deepti were present. They attacked Sunita and Deepti and forced them to hand over the valuables. The robbers also forced the family to tell them the password and later withdrew cash from an ATM. They locked the two in a store.

As they were about to flee, Mr Manoj Nangia, who had gone to drop his two other daughters at school, drove in in his Matiz car (CH-03C-9675). The robbers overpowered him and beat him up before driving away in his car. Manoj sustained injuries in the attack.

According to victims, the robbers were well built and spoke in Hindi and Punjabi. One of them sported a French beard.

Manoj’s daughter said she had seen a scooterist follow their car while her father was taking them to the school. She also saw the rider use a mobile phone.

Neighbours assembled at the house after the incident and informed Mr Manmohan Singh, a relative of the family, who resides nearby. Mr Manmohan Singh later informed the police.

A police team led by DSP (city) Rajesh Duggal reached the spot and inspected the house. A forensic expert was called in and policemen were deployed at the house.

In another incident, thieves struck at a Sector-4 house and took away cash, jewellery and valuables worth over Rs 1.5 lakh yesterday.

The house owner, Col S.P. Taneja (retd), along with his wife Sharda Taneja, had gone to pay their obeisance at a temple when the thieves broke into the house.

In his complaint, Colonel Taneja said the thieves entered the house after breaking open the lock of the main door. They ransacked the house and took away Rs 50,000 in cash, besides a gold necklace, gold bangles, wrist watch and some other valuables. They escaped from the backyard after scaling the boundary wall using a chair.

After receiving the information, a police team visited the house. A dog squad and forensic experts were pressed into service. The police has rounded up some labourers working in a neighbouring house for questioning.

Though the police has registered cases in both the incidents, no one has been arrested.

When contacted, Mr Ranbir Sharma, SP, said the police of neighbouring states had been cautioned and vigil at all exit and entry points to the district had been stepped up. Hunt for the robbers and the grey-colour Matiz car had also been launched, he added.


Thieves decamp with gold
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, February 18
Offering prayers on Mahashivaratri proved costly to a Sector 4 family as a gang of thieves struck at their house and decamped with cash, jewellery and other valuables worth over Rs 1.5 lakh in broad daylight here today.

The house owner, Col S.P. Taneja (retd), along with his wife Ms Sharda Taneja, had gone to pay obeisance at a temple.

In a complaint to the police Colonel Taneja said the thieves entered the house after breaking open the lock of the main door. They ransacked the entire house and took away a sum of Rs 50,000, a gold necklace, gold bangles, a wrist watch and some other valuables. They escaped from the backyard after scaling the boundary wall.

After receiving the information, a team of police personnel visited the house. A dog squad and forensic experts were also pressed in to service. The police has rounded up some labourers working at an under-construction house in the neighbourhood for questioning.

A case has been registered.


Four persons, including two members of a family, were injured in different road accidents here.

A resident of Sector 12-A, Premta, and her 11-year-old son were injured when a motorcyclist, Hemant, a resident of Sector 22 in Chandigarh, hit them on the road dividing Sector 12 and 12-A. Premta fractured her leg while her son suffered a head injury. The police has registered a case.

In another accident, 11-year-old Sudama fractured her leg when a motorcyclist rammed into her in Sector 20. She was taken to a hospital in Sector 6. The motorcyclist, fled.

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