C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Bansal’s driver enters a row with shopkeepers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
Outgoing MP Pawan Bansal’s driver was allegedly beaten up today by a shopkeeper in Mani Majra main market. A section of businessmen in the market, however, claimed he had hurled abuses at them and threatened them along with a group of persons.

The incident took a political turn with Mr Bansal and BJP President Yashpal Mahajan and General Secretary Purushottam Mahajan marching to the Manimajra police station.

Mr Bansal’s driver, Mewa Singh, complained that he had been beaten up in the market by some shopkeepers while Mr Sanjeev Goel and others complained that the driver had got a group of Mr Bansal’s supporters to threaten them even after the latter had apologised for his behaviour.

Mewa Singh said, he had parked his car in the market in front of Mr Sanjiv Goel’s shop as Mr Bansal held a meeting in the market.

Mr Goel asked him to park his car elsewhere. When told it was the MP’s car, the shopkeeper “abused” him and “slapped” him.

Mr Goel maintained that it was the driver who had abused him. He said the driver called the gunman of Mr Bansal. The matter was resolved when the shopkeepers took the driver to Mr Bansal, who apologised for his behaviour.

Mr Goel said a few minutes later, a group of people, identified as Mr Bansal’s supporters, came to the market, threatened the shopkeepers and abused the policemen trying to intervene in the matter.

The police said the driver of Mr Bansal had a swelling on his face.

A section of shopkeepers have threatened to down the shutters tomorrow if the police fails to arrest those who allegedly threatened them.

They have threatened to block traffic on the Chandigarh-Kalka road.

The police has yet to register a case.

The Congress leader and Senior Deputy Mayor Pardeep Chhabra alleged that Mr Geol was a stooge of the BJP candidate, Mr Satyapal Jain. Mr Chhabra said the BJP upset over a successful public meeting of Mr Bansal had indulged in this “desperate” act.

The BJP President, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, however, denied involvement of the party, saying it was a matter between the driver of Mr Bansal and the shopkeepers.


Man arrested for stealing car within hours of crime
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 17
A Mohali resident was allegedly caught within hours of his stealing a Maruti car from a Sector 34 house in the wee hours here today. He was allegedly trying to steal another car in Sector 22 when the first one developed a snag.

Joginder Singh allegedly stole the car (CH-01E-5269) from house No. 1505 in Sector 34 last night. Around 2 am today, while he was moving around in the car in Sector 22, the car developed a snag. He made a futile effort to start it, but when he could not do so, he tried to steal another car from the area.

A woman, who was helping her child in studies, saw Joginder Singh fiddling with a car. She raised an alarm. He tried to make an escape, but the area watchman overpowered him. In the meantime, the crowd also gathered on the spot and Joginder Singh was handed over to the police, which secured his one-day remand from a local court.


City Beautiful to Film City
Two big banner films being shot in the city
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Ashutosh Rana (seated in the left) plays a Pakistani general during the shooting of Anil Sharma’s film, “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo”, in Chandi Mandir on Wednesday.
Ashutosh Rana (seated in the left) plays a Pakistani general during the shooting of Anil Sharma’s film, “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo”, in Chandi Mandir on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Ashutosh Rana and Vishwajit Pradhan were in Chandi Mandir for the whole day today. they shot a sequence for Anil Sharma’s “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo”, set in the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Unlike J.P. Dutta, Anil Sharma managed the permission to shoot in the cantonment area. Most of the troops in his film are real and so is the heavy artillery. During his shoot, Anil Sharma managed quite an audience today. Army personnel turned up in huge numbers, along with their families, to watch the actors in action!

Gufi Paintal, Sushant Singh and Vivek Shauq, who feature in Suresh Pahwa’s “Kuchh Gadbad Hai”, were on their way to Ludhiana for Zee Antakshri shooting today.

Antakshri will have a special episode on the cast of “Kuchh Gadbad Hai”. Gufi and Sushant talked about their roles in the film. Sushant, who played Sukhdev in “The Legend of Bhagat Singh”, will be the hero in the new flick.

Chandigarh, March 17
It literally poured stars all this day, with almost every actor worth the salt in Bollywood heading for the City Beautiful. Preity Zinta, Gufi Paintal, Sushant Singh and Vivek Shauq landed at the Chandigarh Airport this afternoon. Not to miss the mention of Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra, Anil Sharma, Ashutosh Rana and Vishwajit Pradhan, who are already here shooting for their films. Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan will arrive tomorrow, further strengthening the star list.

With so many big names dotting the Chandigarh horizon, confusion over who is here for what is natural. The city is hosting two big-banner film units currently. While Anil Sharma of “Gadar” fame is in Panchkula, with his cast, including Ashutosh Rana and Vishwajit Pradhan, Gurdas Mann and Juhi Chawla, just having finished their schedule in Sohana village.

Occupying Naya Gaon and its lush green locales are Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra, who will be joined by Rani Mukherjee and Shah Rukh Khan shortly. Today, it was Preity Zinta’s turn to join in. Tomorrow, Shah Rukh is expected to arrive. As for Preity, attitude is one thing that she still flaunts in plenty. And whether she admits it or not, tantrums get the better of her sometimes. This day was no exception to the norm. The leading lady of the recent blockbusters made it a point to tell the onlookers that she was the “star for the moment”.

Escorted right from the time she alighted from the Indian Airlines flight this afternoon, Preity made brief halts at every checkpoint. It seemed as though Yash Chopra had warned her of the star-struck Chandigarh crowd, which would not mind waiting for hours to catch a glimpse of her. After all, Yash Chopra took long to convince journalists yesterday that he would make his stars available for interface once his work was over.

Though the director had said he would fix up interviews and personally inform everyone, the apprehensive mediapersons took no chances. They were there to receive Preity and photograph her, though she went about hiding her face for strange reasons. Virtually throwing herself into a vehicle, she was literally “covered” by Punjab Police cops.

Later she shot at the Forest Hill Resort for Yash Chopra’s film. This yet-untitled film draws on Punjabi culture, which explains why Yash Chopra chose a Punjabi location. An unusual triangle, the film seems to be all about mystery, as no one associated with it is willing to talk much about it.


Guidelines on public spending
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service


Order of the Election Department says

* No funds to be released till May 10.
* No tenders for new projects.
* If tenders have been invited, there can be no allotment of work.
* If work has been allotted, then work will not start.
* If work has started, it should not stop.
* However, no funds can be released for work done after February 29 when the code of conduct came into being.

Chandigarh, March 17
Guidelines on spending public funds were released today by the UT Election Department. Though these do not say it in so many words, development works will virtually come to a stop.

The guidelines say work which has been started should not stop. However, it also says no funds can be released for work done after February 29 when the elections to the Lok Sabha were announced and the model code of conduct came into force.

Sources said this would mean all development work will come to a grinding halt in the city as no funds to contractual agencies will mean no work.

This includes public utility works like re-carpeting of roads, erecting new streetlights or sinking of tubewells.

The guidelines will apply to works carried out by the Municipal Corporation as well as the Chandigarh Administration. A major chunk of the work is done by the MC. These will also apply to funds released for various projects under the MP Local Area Development Fund (LADF’s). Work on unauthorised openings onto main roads in the city was being carried out from the LAD funds. The Administration as well as the MC floats tenders inviting bids and allocates work to the lowest bidder.

A letter by the Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Arun Kumar, was received in the office of the Mayor, today.

The Mayor, had in a communication to the Administration sought clarification over “work manual” being done in the wake of the code of conduct.

It has already been clarified that “in case an emergency situation arises and there is a doubt as to whether a particular action is prohibited by the model code of conduct, it will be appropriate to seek the guidance of the Chief Election Officer, Mr Karan Avtar Singh.”

Today’s communication explains what “continuing works” mean.

The question now is since a dozen projects under the MPLAD funds were approved well before the announcement of the election dates, whether work on these projects can be started.

Municipal Commissioner, M.P. Singh in a letter, had sought information on the matter.

In case of the works initiated by the Administration not much clarification may be required as the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Karan Avtar Singh, also holds the charge of Secretary, Engineering.


Dhawan’s entry upsets BJP, Cong calculations
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
The entry of Mr Harmohan Dhawan, a former Union Minister, in the electoral arena as a nominee of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) led by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has upset the calculations of both the BJP and the Congress party, the main contenders for the Chandigarh parliamentary seat, and forced them to revise their poll strategies.

Mr Dhawan is no longer the political force he was when he entered power politics 20 years ago as a nominee of the Janata Party and lost his first parliamentary election to late Congress leader, Jagan Nath Kaushal. Five years later, he was elected from Chandigarh and went on to become a Minister at the Centre. His political fortunes have been on the decline ever since, even though he continues to command considerable influence in UT villages, labour colonies, rehri markets and poorer and backward sections and certain Sikh voters.

This is what makes him invaluable to both the BJP and the Congress which have been trying to do their best to woo him to their side. As a matter of fact, leaders of both the parties were “sure” till late last night that Mr Dhawan would prefer to join them instead of contesting the poll on his own. Even this morning, when the news about Mr Dhawan’s decision to contest the election as an INLD candidate became common knowledge, leaders in both the camps tended to view it with disbelief and preferred to adopt a wait and watch approach.

Significantly, Mr Dhawan has claimed the support of not only Mr Chautala but also that of SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. This means that local unit of SAD will be asked to support him. This is, however, contested by the BJP which says that the SAD has an all-India electoral alliance with the BJP. Therefore, there, is no question of Mr Badal supporting the candidature of Mr Dhawan in Chandigarh. His presence in the electoral arena has, therefore, forced both the BJP and the Congress to redraw their poll strategies.

Ideology has never been a strong point with Mr Dhawan. He started out in the Janata Party before joining the Janata Dal, then followed Mr Chandra Shekhar into the Samajwadi Janata Party before finally joining the Congress party in 1999, only to quit it after some time to form his own Chandigarh Vikas Manch. The BJP was, therefore, sure that Mr Dhawan cannot go back to the Congress. Hence, its attempts to lure him into the BJP through Union Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandez.

But as Mr Dhawan put it in an interview with TNS here today, it was his support for the Congress party in 1999 which largely ensured the victory of its nominee, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, by a small margin of less than 6, 000 votes against a powerful opponent like the BJP stalwart, late Krishan Lal Sharma.

“I got nothing in return from the Congress. Therefore, why should I work for somebody else’s victory this time too? Although I have been under considerable pressure from the BJP to join it, I will prefer to work for ensuring my own victory by contesting as the nominee of INLD.


250 BSF companies for poll duty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
The Union Government has directed the Border Security Force (BSF) to earmark 250 companies for undertaking security duties during the forthcoming general election.

According to BSF sources, the force will be deployed in 17 states during the election period. The deployment, to be done in phases, will involve over 32,000 BSF personnel.

The BSF, which is country’s largest central police organisation, will have greater presence than the Central Reserve Police Force, which has been directed to deploy 225 companies. One BSF company comprises about 130 personnel.

BSF officers said that the exact deployment pattern would be worked out near the elections and meeting with representatives of the state police forces were to be held shortly.

Besides the north-eastern states, the BSF will provide security cover for polling booths in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

The force, which has a sizeable presence in Jammu and Kashmir recently de-inducted eight battalions from counter insurgency duties in the state and these have been re-deployed to their original locations. BSF officers said that some of them might also be mobilised for election duties.

About 40 companies are being sent from battalions under the command of the force’s Punjab Frontier.


718 farmers taken into preventive custody
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 17
As many as 718 Punjab farmers affiliated to the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) were taken into preventive custody after they blocked traffic, near the Sector 16 cricket stadium roundabout here this afternoon. All of them were later, let off.

The farmers today threatened to disrupt movements of train on the Kalka-Chandigarh route but they were pacified after the senior police officials intervened. However, they marched to the roundabout and blocked the traffic. The chaos near the roundabout continued for 20 minutes. When they did not lift the blockade, they were taken to the Sector 17 police station. While the police was carrying out its paperwork, the farmers held a rally near the police station.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Chief Minister called a delegation of the BKU for talks. The police later released all of them.


Low water pressure hits life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
Residents of various parts of the city today complained of low water pressure since Monday evening. Residents of certain areas in Sectors 38, 38(West), 36, 35, 34 and 21 have complained of problems in water supply.

Mr Atul Moudgil, a resident of Sector 38, said “I live on the second floor and there has been no water since morning”. Mrs Neelam Gupta, a resident of Sector 28, said the residents had not been warned of water crises. “We have learnt that there will be water scarcity for another day. The corporation should have informed us and made alternative arrangements.” Mrs Neelu Kaur, a resident of Sector 38(West), said the water pressure had been low in the entire area.

A councillor said “ water scarcity now is a warning for the trying times during summer. The MC has made big claims about having increased the timing for water supply which will be best tested during summer”.

A press note of the Public Health Department, Mohali, said “due to urgent repair work of one of the pipelines supplying water from Kajauli headworks to Sector 39 water works, Chandigarh, water supply will remain suspended from 5 p.m. on March 18 to 5 p.m. on March 19.”


Waiting for result even after 3 years!
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 17
Over 30 physically challenged candidates, who appeared for an examination for the post of patwari about three years ago, are still waiting for the result.

The candidates alleged here yesterday that repeated representations to the authorities concerned had been of no use. The candidates met the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and the Revenue Minister, Mr Dhirpal Singh, yesterday. However, they failed to get any assurance on the declaration result, said Mr Netarpal Singh, a candidate.

In 1999, 33 persons had undergone one-year training at Patwar Training School, Hisar, at their own cost.

However, in the subsequent examination held at the Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Chandigarh, only one of the candidate was declared successful and the rest were found “ineligible”.

Again in 2000, they were asked to undergone one-year field training to become eligible for taking the examination. The examination was held from March 26 to 27 in 2001 at Chandigarh. Since then, they have been running from the pillar to post for the declaration of the result.

They alleged the tall claims of the Haryana Government regarding the welfare of the handicapped had taken a beating following harassment being faced by them. Since all candidates were unemployed, they have been facing a lot of difficulty in meeting their day-to-day expenses, they alleged.


ASI misbehaves with SHO?
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 17
Two local policemen have locked horns over one's interference into another's territory. The SHO of Dera Bassi police station has allegedly been abused by his junior who happens to the in charge of Lohgarh police post in Zirakpur.

Sources said Gurjeet Singh, an ASI, allegedly misbehaved with G.P.Singh, SHO, on the issue of conducting an inquiry into a land dispute at Nabha village.

On the complaint of the SHO a daily dairy report (DDR) has been registered with the Dera Bassi police station against the ASI. A complaint has also been lodged with the SSP, Patiala, in this regard. In his complaint the SHO stated that the ASI misbehaved and abused him on the night of February 28 in an inebriated condition.

Mr Manmohan Kumar, DSP, Dera Bassi, while admitting that the incident had taken place, said the complaint had been sent to the SSP.

When contacted Mr A. S. Rai, SSP, Patiala, expressed his ignorance saying that no such complaint has been received by him as yet. He made it clear that cops found indulging in any criminal activities or helping land grabbers and encroaches, would not be spared.

He, however, added that after receiving the complaint an inquiry would be conducted and stringent action would be taken against the guilty.

Mr Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Nabha village, in a complaint to the DSP and the SSP had alleged that the ASI had been shielding a villager, Sukhdev Singh, in constructing a boundary wall on his land.

The DSP had marked the complaint to the SHO, who in turn, had visited the village for an on-the-spot inquiry on February 28. In the meantime, Kuldeep and Sukhdev had a scuffle on March 16.

Later, Sukhdev complained to the police, and the in charge of the police post allegedly favoured Sukhdev and registered cases against seven persons from the other party, including Kuldeep Singh.


Camp to make women aware of their rights
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 17
Talks and demonstrations on creating awareness about AIDS and HIV, besides malaria control, adulteration and immunisation, were organised during an eight-day awareness camp at Dadu Majra village. Employment opportunities and steps essential to preventing suicides were also discussed.

The camp, which concluded today, was aimed at elevating the social and mental status of rural women. It was sponsored by the Chandigarh Social Welfare Advisory Board (CSWAB) and conducted by the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA).

According to the project secretary, Ms Brijinder S.D. Singh, the residents were also made aware of income-generating projects, including mehndi application, soft toy making and supply of tiffin boxes.

She added that special attention was paid to AIDS /HIV awareness and need for strict imposition of ban on female foeticide. Social worker Veena Sharma said village women were made aware of their rights, including right to be born, to nutrition, education, employment, marriage and property.

The Mahila Parishad, Chandigarh, also organised an awareness generation camp at Bapu Dham Colony as a part of the “World Women Week celebrations”. Former Mayor, Ms Kamla Sharma, presided over the opening ceremony.


Admn begins removing hoardings
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 17
Following the directions of the Election Commission, the district administration has started removing the hoardings highlighting the achievements of the Chautala government.

The action of the administration follows the orders from the state government. A huge hoarding on the Zirakpur-Kalka road was removed by officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

There are over 100 such hoardings in the district, which will be pulled down in the coming days.

Besides impinging on the Model Code of Conduct, these hoardings also violated the directions of the Supreme Court and the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Piccadily chowk gets traffic lights
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 17
To ease traffic congestion at the Piccadilly chowk on Dakshin Marg here, the UT Administration has installed traffic lights on the chowk. The lights became functional from this evening.

“The lights have been installed on an experimental basis,” said an official in the UT Engineering Department and added, “There is no proposal to remove the roundabout in the near future.”

Traffic jams, especially in the mornings and evenings have become a routine affair at the roundabout.


US Embassy spoils love story
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
An American, Ruta Singh, lands in India to meet her Indian e-friend Deepak Singh and marries him in a gurdwara in Dehra Dun in December, 2001, little realising that post 9/11, visa clearance stood between their union.

Mrs Ruta Singh’s two children studying in a school here want to go back to the U. S. but the U.S. Embassy has doubts about her second marriage to an Indian. It has to refuse her husband a visa.

Mrs Ruta Singh says objections by the U. S. Embassy are flimsy.

“The insensitivity of the Embassy is tearing apart our family life. Ruta Singh has got another bombshell with her lawyer from New York advised her to return to the U.S. to prevent her domicile being considered abandoned” in which case she will not be able to sponsor her husband.


2 city residents to go to Pak on mobikes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
Two city residents are part of a delegation which will go to Pakistan on motorcycles through the Attari-Wagah border to watch a one-day cricket match between India and Pakistan on March 21 at Lahore.

Mr Balbir Singh Saini and Mr Pradeep Chakravarty will ride their Enfield motorcycles from Delhi to Lahore. The duo left the city today for Delhi.

A group of about 40 Indian motorcyclists will go to Pakistan. Mr Saini, a banker, said he and Mr Chakravarty, who is an executive with an information systems company, were members of a Chandigarh Bullet club called Road Survivors.

Each motorcyclist will be riding single.

Mr Saini has also participated in a motorcycle rally to Goa in January this year.


Army officers have a get-together
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
For officers who had passed out from the Officers Training Academy in March 1979, it was a memorable trip down memory lane as they congregated in the city to observe the silver jubilee of their getting commissioned into the Army.

About 40 officers and their spouses attended the function. Besides serving officers, those who were released from the service on the completion of their engagement period were also present.

Several of the officers, who are now at the rank of Colonel or below had made it a point to come down from operational areas in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere to attend the get-together. Others came in from different parts of the country.

The officers were from the 27th Short Service Course. The course had produced 180 officers, but not everyone could make it due to professional reasons. The current whereabouts of many, including those released after completion of five-years service, could not be ascertained by the organisers.


Awareness camp for women voters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
The local wing of the Mahila Morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party organised an awareness camp for women voters of the city at Mauli Jagran here today. Mrs Asha Verma, Mrs Sashibala Jain, vice-chairmen and Mrs Renu Arora addressed the gathering.

Mrs Jain claimed the NDA government had introduced a number of reforms for welfare of the women.

Mrs Asha Verma said the BJP-led NDA government had made gas connections and telephones available on demand. This was a major achievement in terms of upgrading living standards.


Spring Fest begins
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 17
The Spring Fest-2004 began at the Bhargava Auditorium here today. The five-day annual cultural festival is being organised by the Association of Resident Doctors, PGI. The festival began with a “press conference” in which participants were questioned by the audience.

It was followed by an item of non-stop speech. Inaugural function was held in evening with lighting of lamp by the PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma.


Three booked for attempt to murder
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 17
The police has booked three persons on charges of attempt to murder. According to the police, Sunita, Mamta and her husband Satinder, all residents of Guru Nanak Colony here, were arrested last night for allegedly trying to kill Pappu, resident of the same area.

The police said some days ago Satinder had lent his auto-rickshaw to Pappu who failed to return it on time. One of Satinder's neighbour saw Pappu with the auto-rickshaw near the Punjab School Education Board and he informed Satinder. In a fit of rage, Satinder brought Pappu to his house and locked him in and beat him up.

He allegedly tried to slash his neck with a sharp-edged weapon. Pappu was somehow rescued by neighbours who rushed him to to Government Medical College and Hospital where he is still admitted.

Satinder told the police that Pappu had himself tried to slash his neck. On a complaint given by Babli, wife of the victim, the police has booked Satinder and his wife Mamta along with another woman of the colony Sunita under Sections 307, 311, 341 and 342 of the IPC.

The three were sent to the police remand till March 19 by a Kharar court today.


Man held for killing labourer
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 17
Five days after the incident, the police here today arrested a person for running over a daily-wage labourer, Kishen Lal, and dumping him at a secluded spot to die.

The police has also recovered the car (PB 65B 5071) involved in the accident. According to the police, the accused is Jagjit Singh(27), resident of H.No 2035, Sector 66. The police said Jagjit Singh had confessed to have caused the accident. However, another person accompanying him in the car that day, identified as Dinesh Kumar, is yet to be arrested.


Hawala operator married thrice
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 17
With each passing day, more skeletons are stumbling out of the extraordinary life led by suspected hawala operator with three identities caught by the Mohali police on March 10. Sources stated that Balhar Singh, alias Dalbara Singh, alias Avtar Singh, in fact got married thrice and had wives in the USA, the UK other than the first one he married in India but divorced her once he went to the UK.

According to sources in the police, Balhar Singh had managed to reach USA by forgoing the documents. He was arrested and jailed for three months. He continued to live in the USA and got married to an American woman. But he left her and went to the UK where he remarried. But he deserted his third wife also. Following, the jail break in the UK, Balhar Singh fled to Canada where he met a Punjabi Jarnail Singh.

Balhar Singh had escaped from a jail in England where he was lodged on the charges of having opened fire in public during his stay there.


Ugandan student held for theft

Chandigarh, March 17
Androw Kanto, a citizen of Uganda, who is persuing a BBA course through the Correspondence Studies of Panjab University was today arrested for allegedly stealing a TV set and two fans from a house in Sector 39 where he was living as a tenant. Acting on the complaint of House owner Mr Bhadhur Singh, the police has reportedly recovered the stolen property from Kanto. OC


Cable operators urge MC to waive rent
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
The local cable operators have urged the municipal corporation to waive the proposed rent, which is to be charged from November 1999 onwards. Instead, they have agreed to pay full rental charges from June 2003.

The corporation charges a rent of Rs 1000 per month from each cable operator. A majority of operators, out of the 80-odd, are yet to clear their dues. The authorities have repeatedly issued notices warning the operators of strict action, including the confiscation of poles on the municipal land.

An association of the Siti Cable operators met Mrs Kamlesh, the Mayor, in this regard. Mr Rajnish Khanna, convener of the union, said “we are willing to pay the entire charges from June 2003 onwards as per the charges levied by the corporation. We have met Mr Subhash Chawla, former Mayor, and requested him the same.”

Mr Sukhwinder Singh, a cable operator, said no clear information had been given about the relevant by laws.

“Even the authorities did not provide appropriate information. We have agreed to pay full charges from June 2003 onwards as discussed with the former Mayor”.

Mr Sunil Mahajan, cable operator, said certain cable operators had made full payment to the corporation. Some operators had been complaining that the officials were not accepting the charges from June 2003 onwards saying they wanted the amount for the earlier years also.

Mr Sidhu said the corporation should make provision for charging the rentals, along with the electricity bills, or make special booths.

Mrs Kamlesh said she would look into the madder. The cable operators were likely to be allowed to deposit the rental from June 2003 onwards. As far as the case for the rentals from November 1999 onwards was concerned, the matter would be referred to the corporation house, she said.

The note of the corporation signed by the Additional Commissioner reads that “ MC has resolved to charge ground rent from the cable operators in a meeting held on November 30, 1999”.

In a letter dated March 3, 2004, the cable operators have been told to deposit the arrears withing 15 days from the date of issue of the notice.


IT Dept to hold seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
The Income Tax Department, Chandigarh, will organise a half-day seminar on March 22 at 2.30 p.m. at CII to educate tax payers on various aspects of tax deduction at source (TDS).

The seminar will be inaugrated by Mr Vijmay Khanna, Chief Commissiner, Income Tax, Chandigarh, and senior officers of the Income Tax Department will address the seminar and answer taxpayers queries. Information about provisions of e-filing of TDS returns by corporate entitles will also be provided. The last date for filing of TDS returns by companies is March 31.

HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | National Capital |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |