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Run over by car, man dumped in field to die
Tribune News Service

Not first incident

This is the second such incident reported in the township during the past fortnight. On February 19, Nasib Singh, a 48-year-old peon, was on official work when he was hit by a car. Offering to take him to hospital, the car driver picked up Nasib Singh and dumped him to die in a secluded place. His body was found by members of his family three days later.

Mohali, March 12
A daily-wage labourer was run over by a speeding car while he was sipping tea at a roadside kiosk here today. The culprits, instead of rushing the victim to a hospital, dumped him at a secluded spot to die. While the two men inside the car were at large, the vehicle involved in the accident was traced.

The incident took place early this morning when Kishen Lal (25), who worked as a daily-wage worker in a house under construction in Sector 68 was having tea at a stall in front of the house. Around 7.30 am, a speeding white Maruti Zen car got on to road berm, crashing into the tea stall. Kishen Lal was hit head on and he flew about 10 feet in the air due to the impact. He fell on a large stone being used for construction lying in one corner of the stall. One of his legs was fractured and his head hit the stone. Kishen Lal, according to onlookers, was breathing heavily when the two occupants of the car got off the car and picked him up.

“The two men were unscathed and while we were still calling for help from nearby houses, the two backed the car, which had entered the stall, and fled with him in the back seat. Initially we thought that they were taking him to hospital,’’ said, Hira Lal, the owner of the tea stall. Pointing to splashes of blood all over the tea stall, Hira Lal said while Kishen Lal was seriously injured, he escaped unhurt. He too was sitting inside the stall when the car crashed into it. ‘‘The stall came down with the impact,’’ he added.

Some eyewitnesses noted down the number of the car and informed the owner of the house where Kishen Lal worked. ‘‘We then started looking for Kishen Lal in various hospitals in Chandigarh and Mohali, but could not find him anywhere. Then we contacted the police,’’ said Mr Uttam Singh, the owner of the house.

Three hours after the incident, Kishen Lal’s body was found in a field at Nano Majra village in Sohana. The police was informed, who called for another daily-wage worker, Om Prakash, who identified the body. The police sent the body for postmortem, examination.

Eyewitnesses informed the police that the two men inside the car were young and while one was turbaned, the other was clean-shaven. The police traced the car to a house in Sector 66 here, but the house, according to the police, was locked. The police registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 304-A of the IPC and launched a hunt to nab the culprits. The victim belonged to Karoli, in Rajasthan and lived alone here. The police informed members of his family in Rajasthan. 



No ban on continuing MC works: Adviser
Nature of works not clarified: Mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The ongoing works of the Municipal Corporation will not be affected because of the model code of conduct coming into force in the wake of the forthcoming parliamentary elections. This has been pointed out by Mr Lalit Sharma, the Adviser to the UT Administrator, in a letter to Mrs Kamlesh, the Mayor.

The Mayor in a communication to the administration had sought clarification over the work manual in the wake of the code of conduct which came into force after the declaration of election dates.

It has been clarified by the Adviser that “in an emergency situation the competence of the authorities to respond is not in any way compromised. In case there is slightest doubt as to whether a particular action is prohibited by the model code of conduct, it will appropriate to seek the guidance of the Chief Election Officer".

The letter also reads that “The text of the model code of conduct has already been sent to the Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh. The broad idea behind the code of conduct is that official decision-making is not abused for electoral purposes". It has also been pointed out that " in my experience the Election Commission has always been reasonable when circumstances are fully explained to it".

Mrs Kamlesh said “I have no information regarding any communication to the Commissioner, however, the information that I have received is not clear on several counts.” The communication uses the words “continuing works”, however, the stage of continuation has not been clarified. “Does it refer to a sanctioned project? Does it refer to an ongoing project? Does it refer to a project cleared by the MC house?”

The Mayor said there are nearly a dozen projects, for which the finances have also been approved well before the announcement of the election dates. There is no clarification whether work on these projects could start.



Noise pollution goes unchecked
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 12
Even as societies organising cultural festivals in the town flout rules laid down by the administration and the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on keeping a check on noise pollution levels, the Deputy Commissioner's office is busy granting permission to organise such festivals. The office is apparently oblivious of the fact that neither the police nor the officers of the PPCB, who are supposed to enforce the rules are equipped to do so.

This is exactly what happened to a resident of Phase VII here some days ago. After having suffered loud music, blaring from a cultural festival being held at the Dasehra Ground opposite his house, he called the police to put an end to it. "My son studies in Class X and is having his exams. When the function continued beyond midnight, I called the police, who informed me that they did not know till what time the music could continue," said Mr Gurbir Singh. When members of the family threatened to call the SP to the spot, the police acted and the function came to an end at 1.45 am.

Mr Gurbir Singh and members of his family are now dreading a similar function, scheduled to be held tomorrow at the same venue. Sources pointed that the SDM had refused permission to the society organising the show on the grounds that examinations were on and in the absence of strong enforcement agencies, such festivals could not be held for at least another fortnight. "But the permission was granted by the DC office at Ropar," said a source.

Things started moving once Mr Gurbir Singh's problem was brought to the notice of the SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma. He and the DSP, Mohali, Mr Harpreet Singh, warned the organisers that in case the rules were flouted this time, it could lead to serious consequences, including the registration of a case against them. The nodal officer of the PPCB, Mr S.P. Garg, was informed by the SDM to keep a tab on noise levels during the festival. Residents have also complained about the use of loudspeakers in gurdwaras and temples in the wee hours of the morning. 



Chasing a dream, youth lands in jail
Our Correspondent

Lalru, March 12
Dalbir Singh A travel agent allegedly duped a resident of Jalalpur village Dalbir Singh of Rs 70,000 on the pretext of getting him a job of Rs 25,000 per month in Malaysia.
Narrating his experience to The Tribune, Dalbir Singh claimed that Guljar Singh promised him to get him job of Rs 25,000 per month in Malaysia. The travel agent took him to Kolkata by train in September 2003 and from there they flew to Thailand. The travel agent took him in a car dickey to Kualalumpur.

Dalbir Singh spent a month in Kualalumpur and was detained in a room along with other Punjabi youths in Batoli. Dalbir Singh made a phone call to his family in India and asked them to send money so that he could return home. The family sent Rs 22,000. His problems aggravated when he landed in Khunda Jail. His health deteriorated in the jail. Disappointed Dalbir Singh finally returned to India in February this year. Guljar Singh could not be contacted.



Big screens ready for big match
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, March 12
Finally the day has come for the ardent fans of cricket to sit glued to their television sets for the biggest sports extravaganza between India and Pakistan.
The day has been planned in a big way by various hotels and restaurants. Mr Rajiv Kakar, general manager of Hotel Maya Palace, said the ODI between the two arch-rivals would be shown on a projector. He said various cocktails and mocktails have been named after various cricketers’ skills like Zaheer Yorker, Tendulkar square cut, Rawalpindi Express, Imzamam’s pull. Mocktails has Dravid’s concentration and Ganguly’s lofted skills.

L’oreal Treslounge in Sector 8 has also put up a projector for its customers. Hotel Classic, which has a giant screen in its basement restaurant, will also be showing the match. The sound system is of top standards, said an executive of the hotel.

The PCA stadium, Mohali, which recently put up a huge screen in the stadium, has, however, planned to show the India-Pakistan match on March 16 when the second one-day international will be played.

Mr Surinder Singh ‘Baijee’ of Surindra Radios said they have a large projector in their showroom. As the showroom is in the heart of the city, they expected a huge rush of visitors.

Various showrooms have also introduced extra discount schemes on the match day.

Stars favour Pak!

The India-Pakistan one-day tie at Karachi will go in favour of Pakistan. These were the views of Mr TN Sharma, an astrologer in Sector 38, who said the Sun is in unfavourable state for the Indians at Karachi, so there was every chance that Pakistan would win. Sharma said had this tie been held somewhere in Punjab (Pakistan), Indians might have gained.

Even those involved in betting in the city have said that India would lose tomorrow’s match.

Meanwhile, cricket lovers in Chandigarh would be able to view Ten Sports through Siti Cable.



Shiv Sena wants Gen Hoon to contest from city
Tribune News Service

Lieut-Gen P.N. Hoon (retd)
Lieut-Gen P.N. Hoon (retd), Rajya Sampark Pramukh, Shiv Sena, Uttar Hindustan.

Chandigarh, March 12
The local unit of the Shiv Sena yesterday urged the BJP to allow its candidate to contest the local parliamentary elections. The name of Lt Gen P.N. Hoon, (retd), Rajya Sampark Pramukh, Shiv Sena, Uttar Hindustan, was announced at a press conference here yesterday.

“The Shiv Sena has informed the BJP that it would like to fight five to six parliamentary seats, besides those in Maharashtra,” a press note said. Saying that the demand was by Mr Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief, it said: “One parliamentary seat has been asked for in Chandigarh”.

General Hoon is responsible for the coordination of political and organisational activities of the party in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh.

“The Shiv Sena is one party that has always backed the BJP at the Centre. The Shiv Sena has an understanding for the distribution of seats only in Maharashtra. It is desired by the Shiv Sena that its policies are propagated in the whole country”, the press note said.



BJYM activists distribute BJP pamphlets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) distributed ‘prachar material’ of the BJP near the Government Press (Sector 18) on the Madhya Marg here today.
Scores of BJYM activists led by Davesh Moudgil, president of the local unit of the morcha, stopped the passersby and gave them reading material in support of the works done by the BJP in the past five years, besides the promises for the forthcoming election.

Moudgil said the NDA government led by Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee “has made marvellous progress during the past five years in every field. In order to make opportunities available to the youth of the country, the NDA government had constituted an independent commission”.

Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former Member of Parliament, met his party workers at Mauli Jagran village, SBS Colony and Mauli Jagran colony.



Bhajan seeks better security
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
In just over a month after accused in Punjab’s former Chief Minister Beant Singh’s assassination case tunneled their way out of the Burail jail, Haryana’s former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal today moved an application claiming that threat to his life had increased.

Referring to a communication received by him from a senior Punjab Police officer, Mr Bhajan Lal added that he was on the hit list of militants. As such his security should be beefed up. The petition will come up for further hearing on May 19.

In his petition, the former Chief Minister has sought directions for providing “necessary security cover by a Central agency”. Seeking directions to the Union of India, the Director General of National Security Guards, besides the state of Haryana, the petitioner had earlier claimed that the state was informed by the Central Government regarding the decision to replace the NSG security cover with the local police.

His counsel had added that the state had also been asked to inform Mr Bhajan Lal regarding the move to change the security arrangement following which he had forwarded representations to the Union Home Minister and the Prime Minister but had not received any reply.



Land allotted for NCC Nagar
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
With the state governments agreeing to allot land to the National Cadet Corps (NCC), the country’s premier youth organisation has floated the concept of establishing “NCC Nagar” in several places in the region. These nagars (townships) will house office complexes, mess, residential accommodation for staff, hostels for cadets and training facilities.

The UT Administration has already allotted 4.5 acres to the NCC in Sector 49, though it is yet to hand over possession of the land. The design for the layout of the complex has been approved by the Administration. Besides offices for the Chandigarh NCC Group and its units, the complex will have a parade ground, an obstacle course and a small firing range.

The complex will house about 150 cadets attending camps of training courses. Provision has also been made to have separate messes for officers and other staff, a CSD canteen, accommodation for single and married personnel and parking space for service vehicles.

Similarly, the Haryana Government is in the process of allocating land adjoining police and CRPF establishments in Rohtak while the Punjab Government is making land available for No.21 Punjab NCC Battalion in Kapurthala.

The NCC is also seeking 35 acres of land near Karnal and has also taken up cases with the Himachal Pradesh Government for allocation of land at Kulu and Shimla.



Security bureau to get President’s Colours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
As a mark of recognition of services rendered by it, the Special Security Bureau (SSB), a little known paramilitary organisation, is to receive the President’s Colours.
“We have assessed the performance of the SSB and have recommended it for the President’s Colours,” Director-General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Mr Sarabjit Singh, told The Tribune. Modalities about the presentation ceremony are being worked out by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The SSB is a unique paramilitary organisation in the sense that it is reported to be a specialised commando force as well as an intelligence gathering outfit.

Following the Chinese attack, the SSB was set up in 1963 to build up people’s morale in border areas and check subversion, infiltration and sabotage. Its charter of duties has since been amended and it has been given the responsibility of guarding the Indo-Nepal border. 



Nandrajog takes over as GOC
Tribune News Service

Lieut-Gen O.P. NandrajogChandigarh, March 12
Lieut-Gen O.P. Nandrajog has taken over as the General Officer Commanding, 10 Corps, in the western sector. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Major-General (General Staff) at the Western Command Headquarters in Chandimandir. He takes over from Lieut-Gen Mohinder Puri, who has moved to the Army Headquarters.

A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and National Defence College, New Delhi, General Nandrajog has seen action during the 1971 India-Pakistan war and the 1999 Kargil conflict.

He commanded 121 Independent Brigade during the Kargil conflict and was the GOC of a division in the western sector during Operation Parakram.



Spring festival begins today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 12
The 18th Spring Fest, to be organised by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA),will begin at the Sector 5 Town Park here tomorrow.
The two-day festival, which will be inaugurated by Chief Secretary, A.N. Mathur, will have rangoli, mehndi, fancy dress, best out of waste contests for school children and in the open category. Flower arrangements in different categories, best lawn contest and cultural programmes would be other highlights, HUDA Administrator C.R. Rana, said.

Meanwhile, following are the results in different categories of the best garden contests:

Open Category

Two-Kanal & above: Mr Algu Ram,121,Sector 6 (I); Mr Bhagat,323-A, Sector 6, and Mr Salik Ram, 127, Sector 6(II).

Institutions: Officers Apartments, HSIDC, Sector 14(I), Office Building, HSAMB, Sector 6(II).

1-Kanal: Ms Anu Goel, 66, Sector 8, and Ms Savinder Puri, 289, Sector 7(I); Mr B.S. Thakur, 280, Sector 6 and Mr P.S. Sidhu, 50, Sector 12(II).

14-Marla: Col D.C. Katoch, 219, Sector 12(I); Sudershan Jindal, Sector 159, Sector 10(II).

Terrace Garden: Ms Bhupinder Madan (I); Dr Sanjay Kalra(II).

Less than 14 Marla: Only second prize to Dr V.P. Sood, 184, Sector 8.

School gardens: Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15 (I); Hansraj Public School and the Gurukul, Sector 20 (II)

Cantonment Area

Two-kanal & above: Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh, Command House (I); Lieut-Gen P.K. Grover, 10, Pine Marg (II).

1-kanal: Brig Kuldeep Singh,7, Sector A (I); Maj-Gen Vijay Agha, 6, Pine Marg, and Maj-Gen Deepak Anand, Pine I (II).

14-Marla: Lieut-Col J.P.S. Mahla, 99, Sector A (I); Lieut-Col P.K. Yadav, 213, Sector B (II).

Less than 14-marla: Ms Arti Dalal, 6, Sector A (I); N/Sub A.K. Mishra, 716, Section (II).

Institutions: Hav Ramdas, RHQ Garden, WCSR (I); Officer Mess Garden, Link B. Ray, WCSR, and Station Headquarter(II).

Today at Spring Fest

S.No Event Time 1 Rangoli contest 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

2 Painting contest 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

3 Mehndi contest 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

4 Fancy dress contest 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

5 Best outofwaste contest 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Potted plants(open to individuals)

Pansy: Mr SS Gill (I); Mr Sobh Nath and Mr Sanjay Thareja (II)

Phlox: Mr Ram Kishore Morya (I); Mr SS Gill (II)

Aster: Mr Ram Piarey (I); Mr SS Gill (II)

Nasturtium: Second prize only for Mr SS Gill

Verbena: Maj-Gen A.S. Bakshi and Mr Bahiaya Ram (I) and Mr Sanjay Thareja and Mr Ashok Kumar (II)

Brachycome: Ms Reema Gupta (I); Mr Sanjay Thareja (II)

Geranum: Second prize for Ms Reema Gupta and Cynthia Shear

Cineraria: Mr Gurbaksh Singh (I); Mr Virender Sharma (II)

Antirrhinum: Ms Cynthia Shear and Mr SS Gill (I); Mr Ashok Kumar (II)

Salvia: Mr Sanjay Thareja (I); Mr Sobh Nath and Mr Ram Piarey (II)

Carnation: Mr Virender Sharma (I); Mr SS Gill (II)

Dahlia: Mr Niraj Pasricha (I); and Vijay Kumar and Mr Ashok Kumar (II)

Petunia: Mr Ashok Kumar and Mr Ram Kishore Maurya (I); Mr Ram Sufal Maurya and Mr SS Gill (II)

Rose HT: Mr Virender Sharma (I); Ms Renuka Gupta (II)

Any flora not mentioned above:Mr Virender Sharma (I); Mr Sobh Nath (II)

Cacti(collection of 4 kinds): Mr Vijay Kumar (I); Mr Vikas Malik and Mr SS Gill (II)

Succulent(collection of 4 kinds): Mr Vijay Kumar (I); Mr Sanjay Thareja (II)

Foliage plants(decoratively-trained of 4 kinds): Mr Cynthia Shear (I); Mr Ashok Kumar (II)

Collection of Bonsai plants: Mr Pankaj Sood (I); Mr VP Sood (II)

Collection of decoratively-traned bougainvillea: Piyare Lal (I); Mr Vijay KumarII)

Potted Plants (open to all,including institutions)

Pansy: CITCO (I); Director PGI (II)

Phlox: Second prize to Vatika Nursery, Mani Majra

Nasturtium: Director PGI (I); CITCO (II)

Verbena: Vatika Nursery, Mani Majra (I); Director PGI (II)

Brachycome: CITCO (I); Director PGI (II)

Geranium: CHB (I); Director PGI (II)

Cineraria: Director PGI (I); Continental Devices, Mohali (II)

Antirrhinum: Director PGI (I); Ms Meena c/o Chaman Vatika, Ambala (II)

Marigold(African): Director PGI (I); CITCO (II)

Marigold(French): Director PGI (I)

Petunia: Ms Meena c/o Chaman Vatika, Ambala and CITCO (I); CHB and VK Industries, Chandigarh (II)

Carnation: CHB (I); Ms Meenu c/o Chaman Vatika, Ambala

Nemesia: Second prize for Director PGI

Salvia: Director PGI (I); M/s Deltron, Chandigarh (II)

Dahlia in pots: CHB (I); Prinicipal Hansraj School and M/s Deltron, Chandigarh (II)

Rose HT: Director PGI (I); CHB (II)

Rose Floribunda: Second prizes for CHB and Director PGI

Any Annual not mentioned above: CITCO (I); Vatika Nursery, Mani Majra (II)

Cacti (collection of 4 kinds): Principal Hansraj School (I); CHB (II)

Succulent (other than cacti 4 different kinds): Director PGI (I); the Gurukul, Sector 20 (II)

Collection of climbing foliage plants (4 different kinds): Col DC Katoch (I); CHB and Director PGI (II)

Collection of non-climbing foliage plants (4different kinds): CITCO (I)


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