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And they can’t even keep cattle off roads?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The city’s roads are crowded with them but the administration doesn’t seem to notice. It is, in fact, so busy doing “important” meetings that a real threat to the life of the residents has not caught their attention so far.

Unfortunately, however, the number of cattle on the city roads is multiplying rapidly. Of course, the residents of all sectors and four village under the control of the Municipal Corporation are not allowed to keep any cattle. And, the corporation claims to have shifted nearly 900 heads of cattle to a “gaushala” in Delhi.

But over the past few months, the increase in the number of cattle on city roads has led to a number of road accidents, some of which have proved fatal.

A national-level survey conducted in October, 2003 put the number of stray cattle in the city at 4,376. The official figures have put the number of domestic cattle at around 7,500, which also includes the land in UT villages.

Official sources pointed out that majority of the stray animals were bulls. “Bulls are violent so they cannot be housed in the available cowshed. There have been more than a couple of incidents where they broke the walls,” they said.

Mr M.P.Singh, Commissioner, MC, said as it was practically impossible to check the inflow of human population, it was similarly difficult to check the inflow of stray cattle. There were several practical difficulties attached to the task, which also need to be addressed before any action plan was initiated, he claimed.

The city has three cattle pounds. The total housing capacity is about 650 cattle. Consequently, the remaining cattle have nowhere go other than roam on the streets. Ms Kamlesh, Mayor, said besides shifting cattle to pounds in Delhi, no other concrete plan was currently under consideration.

Officials point out shortage of staff as the main reason for widespread cattle menace. There are only 12 supervisors against the required 40, and around 1,400 staff members against the required strength of about 3,300.

Mr Arvind Jain, president of the Commercial Tenants Association, said it was wrong for the MC to make “silly excuses over staff shortage. The main problem is that the issue is not being tackled professionally. To name just one possibility, railing along pavement can prevent cattle from coming on to the roads.”

Mr Pradeep Chhabra, senior deputy mayor, said stray cattle came mainly from the adjoining areas of Mohali and Panchkula. The Municipal Corporation did not have adequate staff and it was a bit too much to expect from the local police to check the menace.

Mr Daya Singh Ratra, a local resident, said the corporation had been talking about constructing a larger “gaushala” for a long time but nothing had happened on ground. Besides Delhi, efforts should be made to enquire about sending cows to other “gaushalas”.

Dr G.C. Bansal, Medical Officer Health, said the corporation had cleared Badheri and Burail villages for cattle pounds. Work at Attawa village had stopped because of the model code of conduct coming into force in the wake of elections. He, however, admitted that cattle from Mohali and Panchkula and villages continued to stray into the environs of the city.

Dr Bansal said the MC had three pounds in sectors 25, 45 and Industrial Area, Phase I. These were already overburdened.

An official communication said: “The MC is continuously undertaking ‘vigorous measures’ to contain the menace of stray cattle in the city. Between January 1 and March 31, this year, as many as 1,270 stray cattle were caught. Out of these, 494 have either been auctioned or released after fine. The corporation has recovered Rs 2,69,950. As many as 456 cows and bulls have been shifted to Delhi this year, taking the total figure to 895.” The communication also points out that “presently all cattle pounds and gaushalas are full to their capacity”.


Evading creditors, woman jumps from third floor
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 1
A 21-year-old “financial consultant” operating from Phase I here today jumped out of a bathroom window on the third floor of a showroom in an attempt to evade angry “creditors” waiting in her office. The woman, Beant Kaur, alias Asha, suffered grave head injuries besides fracturing her arms and feet. She has been admitted to the PGI.

Asha, a resident of Suron, village, Rajpura, along with her partner Kulwant Sharma, also from Rajpura, used to run National Finance Company from SCO 25, Phase I, here. Involved in chit fund and financial consultancy deals, the two, however, parted ways three months ago. The office remained closed and Asha went underground allegedly without clearing her dues with the creditors.

This afternoon, Asha had come to check in on her office when she was “seen” by one of her creditors, Naveen. Naveen approached her and insisted on being paid his money.

He also informed other creditors and around five of them gathered at a neighbouring office on the third floor in the market. Asha’s receptionist Rekha too reached the spot to demand her salary for the past three months. Once cornered, Asha was allegedly threatened by creditors to pay up. She requested to go to the bathroom, from where she jumped out of the window.

According to eyewitnesses, Asha lay unattended for over 10 minutes before a vernacular press journalist working in an office in the market came to her rescue and took her to the Civil Hospital in Phase VI from where she was later shifted to the PGI.

The police recorded Asha’s statement at the hospital. She told the police that she got frightened as the creditors threatened to beat her up and hand her over to the police. So she jumped to save herself and not to commit suicide.

She also informed that Naveen had been earlier working with her and Kulwant but three months ago when Kulwant left the office, she found it hard to manage the business, so she chose to stay away. Naveen was working as an agent for the company in Himachal Pradesh and the three were involved in booking loans and chit funds, charging two per cent processing fee from their clients. The police said Asha, in order to avoid her creditors, also changed her name and that of her company.

Naveen told the police that Asha owed him a sum of Rs 70,000. He along with some other creditors has also given a written complaint to the police, which is also following the case. The police stated that though seriously injured Asha is in the condition to talk, it is yet to register a case in the matter. ‘‘A case will be registered after thorough inquiry into the incident,’’ said a senior police official.


Bail saves Lake Club ex-GM
Gets embroiled in embezzlement case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh Police today sought to arrest former General Manager of the Lake Club Lieut-Col Madhu Berry (retd) for allegedly embezzling Rs 15,47,013.

However, the police had to beat a hasty retreat as Colonel Berry procured an anticipatory bail. He has now been served a notice to join investigation till April. Sources said the police party had gone to his house in Sector 32 to make an arrest in connection with the embezzlement case registered today on the complaint of Joint Director Sports J.P.S. Sidhu.

He has been booked under Sections 408, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC at the Sector 3 police station. During the investigation carried out by DSP Devinder Singh Thakur, it was found that the former General Manager of the Lake Club had allegedly indulged in gross violation of rules, accounting norms and tempering with records.

In one instance, a letter of the Carrier airconditioning company on which Berry first rejected their offer of fitting 10 air-conditioners, was overwritten by him and noted “accepted”.

The police has come across several instances of causing loss to the club during his tenure between 2001 and 2003.

The air-conditioning company told the police that it had not given any quotation to the club. Berry purchased 10 ACs for Rs 4.88 lakh and an estimated loss of Rs 47,800 was suffered by the club.

The club also mentioned a payment of Rs 27,500 to a Charted Accountant, who claimed that he had not been made the payment.

Berry has also been accused of causing a loss of Rs 6 lakh to the club while booking space for parties.

The former General Manager of the club has also been accused of causing a loss of Rs 40,000 on account of royalty to CITCO.

The police said Berry had also made an excess payment of Rs 3.5 lakh to the club employees, which he kept without taking any approval from competent authorities. He caused a loss of Rs 41,500 on account of DJ, tents and lighting. He allegedly made an excess payment of Rs 67,500 as telephone bill without the approval of competent authorities.

The police said a loss of Rs 31,500 was detected in bar. A sum of Rs 62,500 was embezzled in the sale of cold drinks.

The investigation also found out that a sum of Rs 96,850 as entry fee was not deposited in the account of club. Purchases worth Rs 79,324 were made without the approval of the competent authorities.

Berry also allegedly made payments totalling Rs 1,37,238 without getting any bills from suppliers or service providers.

The complaint against the former General Manager of the club had been given at the public window of the Chandigarh Police on November 27, 2003. The case was handed over to the EOW, which registered the case after verifying the facts provided in the complaint. The registration of the case has followed a number of complaints being given to the police. The police has now tagged these complaints together.


Tohra to be remembered for his reforms: Governor
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, April 1
The death of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, SGPC, was condoled by different political parties besides the Governor of Punjab here today.

Justice O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab, in a press note expressed “deep shock over the demise of Mr Tohra. Punjab has lost a guiding force of the Sikh panth. The jathedar will be remembered for his pro-active approach for initiating reforms in the Khalsa panth”.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Congress candidate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, paid tributes to the departed leader. He said Mr Tohra was a towering figure of the country who through his hard work, commitment, dedication and intellect had inspired respect in the minds of others. He was a true believer in oneness of mankind.

Mr Satya Pal Jain, BJP candidate, and Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, president of the local unit, have expressed grief. A condolence meeting was held in the party office. Mr Jain said Mr Tohra was a true patriot and a symbol of Hindu-Sikh unity. Mr Tohra had come to the BJP office on March 21.

The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has expressed sorrow over the passing away of the “great Sikh leader”. “Mr Tohra rendered his entire life selflessly with a clean political image which was a rare achievement,” a note of the party said.

Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, president of the District Congress Committee (Rural), and Mr Harmohan Dhawan, INLD candidate, have expressed grief.

The Shiromani Akali Dal held a meeting at gurdwara, Sector 15, to condole the death of the great leader. A two-minute silence was also observed.

Mr Joginder Singh Sawhney, a former member of the SGPC, has also sent his condolences.

The Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Prof K.N. Pathak, said Mr Tohra was a visionary who acquired eminence on account of his honesty and good deeds. Professor Pathak said the country had lost a great leader who had the capacity to motivate and inspire others.

AMBALA: Tributes were paid to Mr Tohra. His body was taken by road from New Delhi to Punjab. When a cavalcade passed through Ambala, flowers were showered on the body.

Haryana minister Jaswinder Sandhu, Naggal MLA Jasbir Mallour, Deputy Commissioner H.S. Malik and SP Mohd Akil laid wreaths. A contingent of the Haryana Police reversed their arms and fired in the air as mark of respect.

Among others, Ambala Cantt MLA Anil Vij, Mr Sukhdev Singh Gobindgarh, Mr Kartar Singh Takkar, Ms Veena Chibber, Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, Mr B.S. Bindra, Mr Ashok Jain and Mr Om Prakash Malik paid rich tributes to Mr Tohra.

PATIALA: Capt Kanwaljit Singh, a former Finance Minister and SAD-BJP candidate from the Patiala parliamentary constituency, expressed grief.

In his condolence message, Capt Kanwaljit Singh said that Mr Tohra was the pivot of Akali politics.

The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, condoled the demise of veteran Akali leader at a meeting. A two minutes silence was also observed.

Members of the Indian Ex-Services League Punjab and Chandigarh also expressed sorrow. The president of the league, Lieut-Col C.S. Dhillon, said the leader would be remembered for his contribution to religious-political development in the state.

Members of the Rashtriya Ekta and Akhandta Forum and the Sudhar Sabha also condoled the demise of the Akali leader.

FATEHGARH SAHIB: Condolence meetings were held at various places in the district to mourn the death of veteran Akali leader and SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Addressing meetings at Sirhind, the Principal of BBSB Engineering College, the Principal of MG College and the Principal of BZSF Senior Secondary School expressed sorrow over his death and lauded his services for setting up these institutions. All these institutions were closed after paying two minutes tribute.

Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, received the funeral procession when it entered the district and accompanied it to Tohra village.


Rural schools continue with dismal show
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jabrot (Panchkula), April 1
It is the academic performance which no other school would like to emulate. Keeping their reputation “intact”, the students of local Government Middle School have again reported nil performance in the Class VIII examination of the Board of School Education, Haryana, results of which were declared yesterday.

And the residents of the village are up in the arms against what they described as “step-motherly” treatment meted out to the rural schools in the lower Shivaliks by the Education Department. This was despite tall claims by the department that the results had been better than the previous years.

Even as all seven students of the local school failed in the examination, the performance of other government schools is no better. While 28 of the 29 candidates of a school in Hangoli failed to pass, only 2 of the 17 students of the Dabru Tara school were declared successful.

The reasons for the lacklustre performance are not far to seek. The woeful lack of teachers ensures that the academic activity takes a backseat. For instance, the primary and middle section of the Jabrot school is manned by a single teacher each.

A physical training instructor (PTI) teaches all three middles classes with the other teacher being transferred. How can a PTI teacher teach other subjects, asked an angry Mr Partap Singh, Sarpanch.

Claiming that the villagers had approached the District Commissioner (DC) and the District Education Officer (DEO) for the appointment of requisite teachers, he said the official response had been that teachers would be posted when they were available with the government.

Infrastructure had been the other problem as till recently only one room was available for the middle section. Two rooms had been added recently, the villagers informed, adding that absenteeism was rampant in the area.

Ms Poorni Devi, president of the Mahila Mandal, said whenever they had approached authorities for the posting of teachers, the villagers had been asked to arrange the plying of the buses coinciding with the start and closure of the schools. With single teachers ruling the roost, it is a day off for students when the teacher is on leave or put on other administrative duty, she added.

Meanwhile, the students are at their wits’ end in the current situation. A student who failed twice, Ishwar Singh, said he had decided to abandon his studies and take agriculture. What is the fun of studying when the required subject teachers are not available, he asked.

The DEO, Ms Phool Khatri, when contacted, conceded that there was about 30 per cent shortage of teachers in the district and remote areas had to bear the brunt of the shortage.

The problem would only be solved with the appointment of new teachers. The teachers also avoided “unsuitable stations” as they were not well-connected to towns, she added.


Research should not suffer, says new PGI Director
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The new PGI Director, Prof K.K. Talwar, today said despite the fact that the institute was burdened due to heavy patient rush from the region, research must not suffer. For this the doctors would have to put in their maximum efforts.

Interacting with mediapersons, Prof Talwar, who assumed charge as the 10th PGI Director yesterday, said all aspects, including hospital services, research and academic activities must be improved so that the best possible medical services are offered to people, who have immense confidence in institutes like the PGI.

While admitting that the PGI faculty and resident doctors were burdened due to patients being referred here from the region, he said efforts would be made to decrease the pressure. But in the medical profession the doctors had no choice but to put in their maximum right from morning till night. “The AIIMS is a much bigger institute with expanded facilities along with undergraduate classes so the faculty there is bigger but gradually the PGI will also grow,” he responded when asked about the faculty shortage.

While admitting that there was a paucity of funds, he felt that methods could be devised to generate funds. He said there were a number of institutes which provide liberal funds for scientific research and for this projects must be submitted.

“Being a cardiologist myself, I would want that the facilities in this faculty here are on a par with any other world class institute,” he stated while interacting with mediapersons. He said since very few people were able to afford treatment at private hospitals, the PGI should offer the best.

He said AIIMS had been flooded with queries from Britain and African countries about cardiac surgeries but the waiting period there was very long. “This could be possible only if the facilities are upgraded and are on a par with international standard. Promoting health tourism would no doubt help in the generation of funds, which could be utilised for upgrading facilities for the poor people but first we need to a provide all this to our own people,” he opined.

Talking about the evening OPD, which made a brief appearance at the PGI, he said the concept was no doubt good, but institutes like AIIMS and the PGI were already running special clinics in the afternoon.


Fans delighted over historic win
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, April 1
Historic win against Pakistan in the first Test after 50 years has once again reaffirmed the faith that India is still the best side in world of cricket. Past more than three weeks have seen more jubilation at one point or the other for the fans. In the city and elsewhere, after every win, readers and those associated with cricket always wanted to air their views on the performance of our cricketers. The views were shared by eminent cricketer and fans:

Desh Prem Azad, says: “ The credit of this magnificent win certainly goes to Rahul Dravid and a fine blend of bowling and batting which gave exemplary performance on a foreign land. It was more than five decades back when the team, led by Vinoo Mankad, had visited Pakistan and they could not win a single Test. But Irfan Pathan, Balaji and other bowlers who did so well that now rest of the crickwet playing countries of the world would be scared of Indian cricketers both in batting and bowling. Recent victories in Australia, West Indies and England and now in Pakistan have further enhanced the image of India in world of cricket’.

Ranjana Shahi, a lawyer and a former BJP councillor: “Indians played a mighty first innings putting pressure on Pakistan. It shows the true team spirit which brushed aside the challenge of Pakistan without the presence of skipper Saurav Ganguly. Earlier, India has proved their ability to demolish Pakistan in the one-day series. The present cricket series with Pakistan could be termed as one of the most exciting in recent times and helped in building cooperation and better ties with both countries.’

Saurabh Arora, a national-level school cricketer: ‘The win at Multan will be long remembered when on the fourth day, Indian bowlers took 13 wickets. The run-out of Inzamam by Yuvraj was one of the finest things. Since their skipper was the backbone of the Pakistan batting, the team lost its balance when he was out for a duck.

Rubal Soni, student of St John’s High School, “India had won the inaugural Test played in 1952. After that India played 20 Tests in Pakistan of which five were laot and 15 drawn. The declaration by Rahul was done in the team spirit and the stupendous batting by Virender Sehwag could never be forgotten. Sehwag has emerged as the hot favourite for next two Tests and has also proved more than like Rahul and VVS Laxman.

Sanjeev Talwar, a businessman: Test victory would emerge as one of the inspiring factors for the rest of Test series. Since Pakistan will try to stage a comeback in the next Test beginning on April 5 at Lahore, Indian players should further flex their muscles to tighten their grip on the Pakistan team and should try to clinch the series. Even Sunil Gavaskar commented that his chest was swelling with pride. Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan was also heard saying on TV that “look at the body language of Pakistan cricketers who succumbed to superb Indian side.” 


Change in rail traffic due to repair work
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Due to an urgent repair of bridges between Lalru-Dhappar and Lalru-Dhulkot on Chandigarh-Ambala rail section on April 3, the rail traffic on the section has been regulated.

The Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Northern Railway said on April 2, the Delhi-Kalka train will terminate at Ambala and the Kalka to Delhi train will originate from Ambala as per the schedule timings. On April 3, the shuttle train ( 1 UC/2 UC) between Chandigarh and Ambala has been cancelled.

The CPRO said for the convenience of the passengers, the Northern Railway had made special arrangements at Chandigarh, Kalka and Ambala stations. Air-conditioned and ordinary buses had been arranged on April 3 at Ambala, Chandigarh and Kalka to ferry passengers between Kalka and Ambala who had already booked their tickets to travel by AC and sleeper coaches of the following trains: (2012) Kalka to New Delhi Shatabdi Express (2012), Kalka to Bandra Link Express (2926A), Chandigarh-New Delhi Jan Shatabdi (2058), Chandigarh-Lucknow Express (4232), Kalka-New Delhi Shatabadi (2012), New Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi Express (2011), Bandra-Kalka Link Express (2925). The trains would run as per the original time schedule.

For other affected trains, special arrangements have been made at the station where trains will terminate and refund of untravelled portion can be taken. Northern Railway has nominated Special Duty Officers, Mr Dasaunda Singh at Chandigarh, Mr R.K. Jain at Ambala and Mr R.K. Dutta at Kalka to assist passengers. They will be available in the station master’s chamber at these stations.



He cycles to keep environment pollution free
Nishikant Dwivedi

Inspired by the ‘Mission 2020’ vision of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Ram Chander Pannu, a Sub Inspector with the Chandigarh Police, abandoned his scooter and started commuting on a bicycle. The idea was to save on petrol and keep the environment pollution free. He also stopped taking conveyance allowance from the Police Department. ‘‘When I am not using scooter, why should I take the allowance’’, said Mr Pannu. He claims that he has motivated over 200 persons to switch to bicycles.

This is not all. Whenever he gets time form his official duty, he goes to schools in the city and neighbouring states and tell the students about the Mission - 2020 vision and environmental pollution. He contributes Rs 51 from his pocket for setting up a ‘save environment committee’ in each school he visits. ‘‘The schools later organise painting, essay and slogan writing contests related with environment. Students also contribute to the fund and then prizes are given to the winners of the different contests’’, informed the Sub-Inspector. He is doing so for the past four years now. He also teaches the children about the traffic rules.

‘‘The Mission - 2020 of Kalam Sahib and Vajpayee Sahib changed my life. I took a vow that I too will contribute to make India a developed nation’’, informed 53-year old Mr Pannu. ‘‘It came to me as a shock that our country owes several hundred thousands of crores to foreign countries.

I stopped taking conveyance allowance from my department so that the money could be used for other more important works’’, said Mr Pannu, who wants his two sons and daughter to grow into ‘true Indians’. He started updating himself about the ozone layer, noise pollution and water pollution. ‘‘What ever I learn from books, speeches and newspapers, I try to pass it on to youngsters especially children living in colonies’’, informed the cop on bike. ‘‘I try to inculcate feeling of patriotism among the students. When children of colony meets me, instead of saying ‘Good Morning or Hello’ they say ‘Jai Hind’’’. said Mr Pannu.

The sub inspector with a message ‘cycle chalao, ped lagao, pradushan hatao’ hoisted on his green bike has now become a known figure in the city. He admits that when he started moving on the cycle with the message board, people used to think him crazy. ‘‘But their attitudes have changed. Even my senior officers also appreciate me for my efforts’’, claimes Mr Pannu.

He proudly displays his photographs with environmentalist Sunder Lal Bhaguna published in various newspapers. ‘‘Mr Bhauguna is my guru’’, said Mr Pannu. 


Ex-serviceman alleges discrimination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
A handicapped ex-serviceman has alleged discrimination by the Punjab Waterworks Department during regularising the services of ad hoc workers by the department.

Sukhpal Singh has been working as a helper fitter with the waterworks at Mohali on daily wages for the past 11 years but his services have still not been regularised. This is despite the fact that the services of a large number of other daily wagers have been regularised just after a few years.

Sukhpal had earlier served with the Army for about nine years when he was forced to quit service. Soon after leaving the service, he lost his left hand. His service period in the Army did not entittle him to any pensionary benefits.

In June, 1993, he joined the Punjab Waterworks as a daily wager. “He has completed over 11 years’ service, but despite repeated applications and requests, he has not been made a permanent employee so far,” Lieut-Col S.S. Sohi (retd), president of the Ex-servicemen’s Grievance Cell, said. “On the other hand, 83 similar daily wagers some of them with just three years’ experience, were regularised all over Punjab recently,” he added.

The cell has now taken up his case with the Chief Secretary, Public Health Department and the Executive Engineer of the division concerned at Mohali, urging them to regularise the services of the ex-serviceman so that he can support his family. The cell has pointed out that Sukhpal is also not being considered for appointment in the state government departments under the 13 per cent job quota reserved for ex-servicemen.


Book on Guru Ravidas
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 1
A book on Guru Ravidas by Jasbir Jassi, who is at present residing at Panchkula, is scheduled to be released at Hardwar on April 4.

According to a press statement issued here by the local Shri Guru Ravidas Naujawan Sabha, the book, “Satguru Ravidasji — Life and Message,” will be released at Bhagwan Ravidas Ashram at Hardwar.

Jasbir, who has been a Notary Public for many years in Vancouver (Canada), has in his book focussed on 40 shabads and one shlok in Guru Granth Sahib besides the contents of 23 granths to present the message of Guru Ravidas.


Jethmalani’s rally on April 4
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Mr Ram Jethmalani, a Member of Parliament, will address a public rally at Plaza, Sector 17 on April 4. This was announced by Mr Arvind Jain, an Independent candidate for the local seat in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, while addressing a press conference here today.

Mr Jain who is also the president of the Commercial Tenants Association said he was contesting the election because the leaders of political parties over the past two decades had failed to live up to expectations of the local residents.

Mr Jain said the city usually witnessed a polling of about 50 per cent. “The remaining half the city comprising mainly the traders and the intelligentsia refrained from casting their vote. I am going to put an agenda for public welfare and expect them to walk out of their homes to the polling stations in my favour”. Mr Jain said Mr Jethmalani was a worthy counsel and would help traders in opposing the Rent Act Notification, UT building bye laws and leasehold on commercial properties. Mr Jethmalani will speak on these issues at the rally.


BJP fooling public, claims NSUI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Claiming that the BJP was fooling the public with its “India Shining” campaign, activists of the local unit of National Students Union of India (NSUI) organised a demonstration at the Student Centre, Panjab University, here today, to expose the false claims of the BJP.

Organised on April Fool’s Day, the demonstration saw activists holding placards with slogans stating “Gujarat bleeding — India shining?”, “Attack on Parliament-Bharat Uday”, “Starvation deaths — Feel good?”.

The president, Nitin Goyal, said the BJP deserved the best befooler award of the year, alleging that the campaign was nothing more than a bundle of lies.

He said the higher education was becoming “elitist” and beyond the reach of the common man with exorbitant fee structures and no jobs had been created despite the tall claims made by the BJP. Other office bearers of the party also spoke to condemn the campaign which had used up public money for publicity.


Vulgarity on TV channels opposed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 1
The Sabhyacharak Talmel Committee here has opposed vulgarity on television channels.

The general secretary of the committee, Mr Sanjivan Singh, said the channels were being viewed in homes and the showing of vulgar scenes on them would have a harmful effect on the younger generation. 

He said it was the duty of political parties to put an end to the vulgarity. He demanded that the parties should mention the issue in their manifestoes for the coming Lok Sabha elections.


Motor cyclist hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 1
Jarnail Singh, a middle-aged resident of Sector 68 here, was seriously injured when his motor cycle banged into a standing bus. The accident took place at the Phases VII and VIII light points this evening. 

Jarnail Singh, riding a motor cycle banged into a bus of Mallikpur Engineering College. Jarnail Singh fell from the motor cycle. He was admitted to a private nursing home in Phase VII.



Mr J.P. Singh is the chairman of the working committee of the Independent Schools Association, Chandigarh, and not as published in these columns a few days ago.


8 duped of 1 cr by local firm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Three promoters of a Sector 34-based Paradise Solutions Private Limited, which claims to handle a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) account of a US-based company, were today booked for allegedly duping eight persons of around Rs 1 crore.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh Police has recommended the registration of a case against Jatinder Handa, his wife Mamta Handa and Vinod Chaudhary in this regard.

The company had initially demanded a deposit of Rs 2.5 lakh from each of the complainants for giving them data entry job work of Rs 1 lakh every month. All complainants were paid Rs 1 lakh in the first month but later the payment was stopped. During the course of business dealing, the three alleged accused had been luring eight persons to re-invest the earned amount with the company for getting more work than that was initially promised.

As a result, each of them instead of taking the earned amount, ploughed back the earnings from the company in the hope they would have a higher return. The investors were reportedly promised that the job work would be given in proportion to the amount invested.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW), during the investigations, found out that one Manjula Kalia of Hamirpur had given the accused Rs 25 lakh to get the job work in proportion to the investment.

Mr S.K. Harjani, Director of the Harjani Infotech Solutions Private Limited, Industrial Area, Phase II, told the police that he had given Rs 33 lakh to the accused; Vinod Kumar Malhotra of Sector 11-B had given Rs 2 lakh; Brig S.S. Ahluwalia of Sector 16 gave Rs 6 lakh; Param Sharan Singh Goraya from the Messers Leading Minds Private Limited, Sector 49, gave Rs 2.5 lakh; Jatinder Singh, a partner in the Messers Data Matrix Consultant, Sector 26, invested Rs 15 lakh; G.S. Randhawa, proprietor of Messers Ransons Reliant Solutions of Mohali invested Rs 12.5 lakh and Manjit Singh Dhillon, a partner in Messers Scot Infonet Technology, Sector 34, had invested Rs 5 lakh.

No arrest has yet been made, the police said.

The complainants reported that the accused had put out an attractive advertisement in the newspapers to attract deposits. 


Dowry case: Now husband alleges harassment
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 1
The case related to the alleged dowry harassment of a resident of Ambala, Ms Ritu, has taken a new turn today after her NRI husband, Mr Naresh Shorey, alleged that the girl and her family had been harassing his family for money.

Refuting girl’s allegations, Mr Shorey, in an e-mail to The Tribune, claimed that soon after her return to India in February, 2003, Ms Ritu started demanding money to send her brother abroad for higher studies and for his parents’ school business.

In August, 2003, Ms Ritu along with several persons came to our house and threatened my parents, the Bahrain-based software engineer said. The family had filed five criminal cases against Ms Ritu and her family and the matter was brought to the Panchkula SP and the National Human Rights Commission.

He claimed that she had also filed a case of restitution of conjugal rights in September, 2003, which was later withdrawn. Her family and two other persons had filed a case under Section 498 of the IPC with a view to extract money from our family, the NRI added.

The order of the Ambala court only denied anticipatory bail to my family, he said, adding that it did not prove the allegations of Ms Ritu. She is making allegations to sidetrack the five criminal cases against her family, Mr Shorey said.


15 injured in clash
Our Correspondent

Lalru , April 1
More than 15 persons were injured in a clash between two groups of Aganpur village residents, near here, this afternoon.

According to eyewitnesses, the problem was simmering since February 28 after certain youths belonging to the group of Mr Balbir Singh, Sarpanch, passed obscene marks on a granddaughter of a former Sarpanch, Mr Ranjit Singh.

This afternoon members of both groups clashed and used sticks and besides hurling stones at each other. In the clash, Balkar Singh, Pyari Devi, Ram Rattan, Jagtar Singh, Sonu, Kuldeep, Rinku, Succha Singh, Ajaib Singh, Angrejo Devi, Palo Devi, Bant Kaur, Sampuran Singh and Jagtar Singh sustained injuries. The injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

Meanwhile, the police has registered counter cases under Sections 341, 323, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code with Lalru police station. No arrest has been made in this regard so far.


Scooterist dies in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, April 1
A scooterist died on the spot after his head hit a road divider when his scooter skidded on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway at Bhankharpur village, near here, last evening.

According to the police, Jaswant Singh, a resident of Motemajra village in Ambala, met with the accident when he was riding his scooter (CH-03H-2700) from Chandigarh towards Ambala.

The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital at Rajpura for a postmortem examination. The police has started inquest proceeding in this regard.


Theft in Sector 23 house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Thieves reportedly decamped with cash and belongings worth more than Rs 1 lakh today from house No. 3017 in Sector 23 during the day.

The house is situated on a busy road.

A Sub-Divisional Officer in the Bhakra Beas Management Board, Mr G.C. Kalia, reported that thieves had stolen Rs 60,000 in cash, two VCRs, two cameras, jewellery, a suitcase and clothes from his house. The thieves had removed the hook holding the lock of the main gate of the house.

Mr Kalia reported that he had gone on duty. His wife, working as a teacher in a Sector 22 school, too, left for the job. His son had also gone on his job when the incident happened.

One of his neighbours came to his house at 2 pm and noticed that somebody had broken open the main gate of the house.

Mr Kalia said his son was recently married and his daughter-in-law’s jewellery and saris had been stolen. 


One held for defrauding firm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The Economic Offence Wing of the Chandigarh Police today arrested a Sector 45 resident, Rajwant Singh Gill, in connection with an alleged fraud of Rs 3.5 lakh.

He was produced in a local court which sent him to jail till April 15.

Gill was accused of embezzlement in an Industrial Area, Phase I-based Nangal Spun Pipe Company along with Ashok Datta and V.K. Mehta.


1 held for kidnapping minor
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 1
A resident of Maheshpur village, Nanhe, was today booked by the police on the charges of kidnapping and outraging the modesty of a minor girl of the same village.

According to the complaint of Mr Rakesh Kumar, Nanhe lured the girl with the promise to marry her. She was allegedly kept in a hutment at Baddi for over a week. The police today recovered the girl and handed her over to her parents after a medical examination. A case has been registered.


2 consultants held for cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The police today booked two persons associated with the Sector 17-based Hallmark Management Services Immigration Consultants for allegedly cheating two persons.

Gurvinder Singh of Nawanshahr and Gurdeep Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib complained that S.S. Saini and P. Mishra working with the consultants had taken Rs 2 lakh each from them to send them to New Zealand. But the High Commission of that country rejected their travel documents.

They also alleged that the two had not returned their money when they asked for the refund.

The complainants said the two had assured them a job in New Zealand.

The complainants said following the payment of money they got an appointment letter from Whata Whata Contractors Limited, Hamilton.

Their so-called employer company also sent them forms for applying for visa.

Six months later on August 6, 2003, they got a letter from the New Zealand High Commission intimating them about the rejection of their visa applications.


Big response to Reliance exam result service
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
An innovative service offered by Reliance India Mobile to view the UT board examination results on the mobile phones yesterday received an overwhelming response.

As many 2, 65,000 hits were scored. These included 2,57,462 hits on R World and 7, 450 SMS for Haryana class eighth results.

According to a spokesman for the company, the results could be viewed on the mobile in two ways: Link on the R-world menu and SMS-based service (1234 and 3926).

The services were launched on March 31 at around 7 am. The service received an overwhelming response because it was the only service in the country where one could see one’s results on the mobile. There was no need to send any SMS or wait for the SMS reply.

R-world is free till-date and does not cost customer. It is also fast and efficient. It is free-flowing without any congestion.

NIC.net, the government website went down around 9 am because of heavy load. The BSNL had to shut down the service since the results and the format were wrongly displayed and had to be shut down for almost two hours from 10.30 am to 12.30 am.

Additionally, if a candidate went through R-world, he could view as many as five results in one hit. 


Goyal re-elected Chairman of CII city council
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Mr Krishan Goyal, was re- elected Chairman of the CII, Chandigarh Council, for the year 2004-05 at the first meeting of the newly elected council today in Chandigarh. 

Mr Goyal is the Chairman and Managing Director of Modern Dairies Ltd, a Rs 110-crore turnover company engaged in manufacturing and marketing of dairy products. 

He is also the Managing Director of Modern Steels Ltd and the Chairman, Chandigarh Infotech Centre Ltd.

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