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Damaged pipeline leaves city taps dry
Power supply remains erratic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
City residents who are already reeling under the heat wave had to go without water today as one of the three main water supply lines carrying drinking water to the city had to be repaired for damage. Water supply went down by 50 per cent, of which 30 per cent was caused by damage to the pipeline. Also, power transmission continued to be affected with breakdowns throughout the city.

The city, which requires 90 to 100 million gallons a day (MGD), already faces a shortfall of around 35 MGD, as the availability of water is not more than 65 to 67 MGD. Today, the shortfall shot up to 50 per cent, as another 17.5 MGD was lost due to the damage. Supply was not expected to normalise till tomorrow evening, officials repairing the pipeline said.

The pipeline, which originates around 35 kms from here, near Kajauli, on the Bhakra mainline canal, was breached near Mankheri village, around 20 km from here. A three-foot hole was found in the concrete pipe, which was caused by pressure at a leaking joint. Engineers of the Municipal Corporation struggled to repair the pipeline throughout the day. The XEN on the site said: “We expect to complete the repair by midnight tonight.” Full water supply is likely to be restored by tomorrow, he said.

The area where the pipeline got damaged has clayey soil, which was causing further delay. The team had to dig around 30-foot area to expose the hole.

Each of the three supply lines caries 20 million gallons of water. This adds up to 60 MGD. Out of this, 52.5 million gallons are meant for Chandigarh, while the rest, 7.5 MGD, goes to Mohali. Another 15 MGD is supplied to Chandigarh through tube-wells.

Overhead tanks in most parts of the city went dry due to no water supply. The worst hit were people living in flats of the Chandigarh Housing Board, as low pressure prevented water from reaching tanks installed on the third or fourth floor. Residents used booster pumps to pump water up.

Meanwhile, residents felt the heat last night when power supply to large parts of the city was affected for more than 30 minutes. Residents of Sector 33-D, who had to go without power for more than 15 hours yesterday, had to again face erratic power supply throughout the night.

Engineers will meet tomorrow to present their opinion on improving city’s internal power distribution system.


Slum-dwellers prevent sealing of hand pumps
Cholera case detected; water tankers denied
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 22
Even as the Ropar Health Department today pressed the panic button following the detection of a cholera case from a slum colony, apathy on part of the local Municipal Council brought the Health Department’s efforts to a grinding halt.

Residents of various slum colonies in the township prevented teams of doctors led by the Ropar Civil Surgeon, Dr Rana Harinder, from sealing hand pumps in their colonies for want of alternative arrangements for drinking water. In spite of repeated written communications to the Council Executive Officer, the council authorities refused to provide water tankers to slum-dwellers.

While the council authorities insisted on issuance of orders to this effect by the Ropar Deputy Commissioner, colony residents said they could not allow sealing of their only source of drinking water. As a result, the team of doctors had to return without sealing of hand pumps.

“We have been given time till Monday morning by the team of doctors. On Monday, the health authorities will seal the hand pumps, if needed with the help of the police. However, in case no alternative arrangements for drinking water are made by the council, we will not allow them to shut off our only water supply,” said Mr Sarbdev Bhardwaj, president of the Shahid Udham Singh Colony, here.

A meeting of heads of all 12 slum colonies here was held later in the day and it was decided to gherao the council office on Monday if the council failed to make alternative arrangements for drinking water supply.

Yesterday, a five-month-old female child of the Balmiki colony was detected with cholera. Admitted to the Cheema Medical Complex, Phase IV, yesterday, the patient, Rekha, was discharged today.

When contacted, Dr Rana Harinder said though the confirmation report would be received from the PGI on Monday, requisite steps had been initiated to curb the spread of the disease.

“Officials have visited the colonies where water samples had failed tests. But since residents did not have any alternative sources of drinking water, we gave them chlorine tablets and educated them about drinking only boiled water,” she said.

The council President, Mr Kulwant Singh, said the council could not supply water to illegal colonies till there were specific orders from the DC. However, Dr Rana Harinder said a special meeting on the prevention of water-borne diseases was held a fortnight ago, under the chairmanship of the Ropar Deputy Commissioner, during which it was decided that the Municipal Council would have to make alternative arrangements in case the Health authorities declared water at certain places unfit for consumption.

“If such a meeting took place, then we will send water tankers tomorrow,” said Mr Kulwant Singh.

Verma issues directions

The Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, today instructed the Health Secretary and the Commissioner Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, to take immediate preventive measures, keeping in view the detection of a cholera case in a slum of Mohali. Justice Verma instructed the Commissioner to activate all nodal officers, especially in charge of various slums, rehabilitation and congested areas, and ask them to take regular water samples from these areas. He also directed them to seal all sources of unsafe water. Justice Verma asked the Health Department to take strict action against those who sold cut-fruits in the open. He also directed officials to conduct raids on illegal units manufacturing ice cream, candies and “banta” cold drinks. Justice Verma also directed the Health Department to raid various sectors to ensure that unsafe food products, which may cause Cholera, were not being sold in the market.


Landlord’s son rapes 15-year-old
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a son of her landlord in Khuda Lahora village, near Panjab University campus, early this morning.

The suspect, Satnam, 19, allegedly used a sword to make the girl submit while he committed the crime in his room in the same house, according to the police.

Satnam later allegedly made a murderous attempt on the life of the girl’s brother when he confronted him over the incident. The police arrested Satnam on the charges of rape and attempt to murder.

According to the police, the girl had gone to Satnam’s room on the first floor of the house to collect milk at around 4.30am. Satnam is a milk seller and the girl’s family, which lives on the second floor of the house, had been buying milk from him. Besides selling milk, Satnam was learning photography.

This morning, when the girl reached his room for the milk, Satnam asked her to sit down and wait. Not suspecting anything, the girl made herself comfortable in his room. At this point, Satnam removed a sword hanging on the wall of his room and pressed it to her neck.

The girl was taken aback, but before she could react, Satnam bolted the door from inside and threatened to kill her if she raised any hue and cry. Using her dupatta, he tied her hands and then allegedly raped her. After threatening her against speaking out, he let her go. The moment she was out of the room, she started crying and reported the matter to her family members.

Infuriated, her brother reached Satnam’s room and punched him in the face. At this Satnam attacked him with the sword and inflicted several injuries and fled from the house. In the meantime, a crowd had gathered near the house and the police was called. Satnam was arrested from near Mullanpur Garibdass village in the evening. He will be produced in a local court tomorrow. The girl’s brother, who was admitted to General Hospital, Sector 16, was discharged in the evening.

After a medical examination of the girl and her brother, a case under Sections 376, 365, 342, 307 and 506 of the IPC was registered against Satnam. The parents of Satnam live on the ground floor and his brother lives with his wife in a room adjoining Satnam’s. The girl, a class VIII pass, lives with her parents and two brothers. 


Get CBSE results on Web, e-mail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
This year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has allowed students to receive their results at their respective e-mail addresses after they get themselves registered on the websites of the board. The board is hosting the results on the websites www.results.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in with technical assistance of the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The schools can get their respective results by feeding their school code and e-mail ID on the three websites.

The students can also view the result on the following websites — www.htpace.com, www.results.sify.com, www.amarujala and www.Southindia.com.

The board is also disseminating its results through the interactive voice response system (IVRS). The telephone numbers of the NIC through which the results can be accessed are: (a) NIC: 011-24357270, 011-24357274 for subscribers in other parts of the country

(b) dialNet Communication Ltd on behalf of MTNL/BSNL: 1250 102- in Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Ludhiana, Kanpur and Indore for BSNL subscribers

95- STD code-1250102- in all other parts of India for BSNL subscribers by including the STD code of the nearest city given above.

The results can also be accessed through short message service (SMS)

a. CBSE roll number — all GSM cellular network (powered by Indiatimes.com) send SMS to 8888

b. CBSE roll number — all GSM cellular network (powered by NDTV) send SMS to 6388

c. CBSE roll number — all GSM cellular network send SMS to 4545

d. CBSE roll number — all GSM network send SMS to 7827

e. CBSE roll number — BSNL (Chandigarh) send SMS to 6666

f. CBSE roll number — Hutch, Idea, SMART, Reliance send SMS to 5556

g. (i) CB10 roll number — from any reliance CDMA phones send SMS to 1234 or 3926

(ii) CB 12 roll number — send SMS to 1234 or 3926

The BSNL has decided to provide CBSE results along with subject-wise marks. Landline subscribers in Gurgaon can listen the results by dialing 1250102 while subscribers in the rest of Haryana will have to dial 951241250102. The subscribers can SMS the desired roll number to 6666 to get the result. The results will be available from 8 am.


Results of Chandigarh region candidates
out in first phase
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Due to various reforms introduced in the evaluation of answersheets by the CBSE’s regional office here, around 75,000 students in the Chandigarh region will be among the first in the country to get the results of the Class XII examination.

The Chandigarh regional office of the board, along with the regional offices at Ajmer and Chennai, will declare the results tomorrow. The number of students appearing from the region, comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, are much more than those from Ajmer (40,000) and Chennai (30,000).

Chennai used to declare the results in the first phase and the results of the Chandigarh region used to be declared in the second and third phase. This year, the regional offices at Delhi, Allahabad and Guwahati will declare their result in the second phase.

Sources in the board said due to restructuring of the mechanism for storing and encoding answersheets in computers, the result of the Chandigarh region was ready by May 15. The All-India Engineering Entrance Examination had resulted in the delay in the declaration of the results.

This year, it was decided that the secrecy centre would not be in the same city every year. Last year, when the case of tampering with answersheets was detected, it was found that a city should had functioned as the secretary centre for seven consecutive years.

The board also decided that the secrecy team, generally comprising retired professors and lecturers, would be changed every year. The chief secrecy officer and secrecy officers had been asked to ensure that minimum time was spent from the moment the packets containing the answer sheets were opened on their encoding before being dispatched. A three-tier security system had been devised.

For the last seven years, the same set of persons were involved in decoding the answer sheets and guidelines were not being adhered to strictly. The evaluation, filing of award list, comparison of answer-sheets with the award list, feeding of data in computers and processing of results had been done in efficient manner, said a board official.


Brigadier's book on adventure sports
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Unknown to many people, India is an excellent destination for adventure sports, be it trekking, hang gliding, skiing, white water rafting, scuba diving, mountaineering or cross country driving.

A book, "Adventure Sports" written by a retired, Mohali-based brigadier aims to give youngsters and adventure enthusiasts an idea of the different adventure sports and facilities available in India and how to pursue them.

"The book gives a glimpse of some adventure activities and how to participate in them," Brig T.P.S. Chowdhury said. "The purpose of the book is not to make readers expert in a sport, but to explain the basics and inculcate the spirit of adventure in them," he added. The book, he claimed, was the first of its kind to be published in the country.

Published by the National Book Trust, the recently released 370-page book describes about 25 adventure sports and activities, each contained in separate chapters, which can be pursued in the country. Separate chapters are also devoted to sports institutes, awards and visit to the north and south poles.

The book also contains numerous illustrations, explaining equipment used in each sport and the correct method to handle them and also stresses upon safety measures which need to be followed. Technical terms associated with sports are also explained. Addresses of clubs and institutions associated with each sport are also listed in the book.

Brigadier Chowdhury, who was commissioned into the Bombay Sappers in 1962, had led the Army's first sailing expedition around the world during 1985-87 on a single-mast boat, Trishna. He had started work on his book in 2001 after retirement.

"After the expedition, the crew was tasked to go around the country and deliver talks at educational institutes on adventure activities, when I realised that there was very little matter available on adventure sports in India," he said. "It was then that I decided to write a book, but could pursue my idea only after retirement," he added.


Great feat by two city students
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Two city students have been successful in indigenously producing a nano-sized carbon derivative and nanotube, which are extremely small-sized components having immense application in the scientific and industrial sectors.

This is perhaps for the first time in the country that these materials have been produced by students. Nano-sized materials have a diameter equivalent to one billionth part of a metre.

The project was undertaken by Irinder Singh, an M.Sc. (physics) student at Panjab University and Dilpuneet Singh, a final-year metallurgy student at Panjab Engineering College. The entire research work was done at the university here.

"Nanotube, which is a recent scientific discovery, has immense potential in fields such as defence, space, medicine, aviation, electronics and instrumentation," Dr V K Jindal of the Physics Department, who supervised the students' research said. "The student's work is important because the department is planning to add a new course on nano-technology in its curriculum," he added.

Nanotube and C-60 are important because of their mechanical strength and special electrical properties. Despite their size, they are said to be several times stronger than steel.

Though nano-tubes and the carbon derivative (C-60) is used by several research and development institutions in the country, they are by and large imported. These are also very expensive, with 1 gm of high quality C-60 costing about $ 600.

The production of these components is a beginning towards commercial production in the country. Presently, just a handful of countries, including Japan, the United States, Germany and he United Kingdom produce these materials.

"The technology still needs to be refined and developed further," Dr Jindal said. "So far we were just trying to see if we could develop these components locally. There is still a lot of scope for experimentation," he added.

The technique used by the students to produce the carbon derivative and nano-tube, however, is not new.


Sikh politics needs second look, says Vichar Manch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The City-based Panthic Vichar Manch has termed the appointment of Dr Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister a historic and momentous event, after which Sikhs now need to have a fresh look at their future policies and political alignments in the background of the new realities.

Principal Bharpur Singh and Col Jasmer Singh Bala (retd), president and General Secretary, respectively, of the manch, said in a written statement here today that Sikh political parties and organisations should be aware of the truism that there was neither a “permanent enemy” in politics nor a “life-long” relationship.

Mrs Sonia Gandhi, President of the Congress, had taken a significant step towards the improvement of relations with the Sikhs by appointing Dr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister.


12 pc maximum rate of interest, societies told
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
All local cooperative housing societies have been asked to charge not more than 12 per cent interest on dues to be paid by their respective defaulting members. This will come into force with immediate effect on delayed payments being collected by the societies.

The Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Mr Arun Kumar, has issued the order under Rule, 45 of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Rules 1963. The order has been issued to settle disputes arising out of varying rates of penal interest being charged by the different societies. Societies have been charging between 12 per cent and 24 per cent rate of interest.


Sohana faces water shortage
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 22
Members of the Sri Badri Narayan Welfare Committee, Sohana, working in the village for its uplift for the past 12 years, have complained of acute water shortage in the village.

Villagers complain there are three government tubewells to supply drinking water, but two of them are non-functional. The one that is working is not sufficient to meet the demand. Members of the committee say water is released only at night and even then the pressure is very low.

“Villagers are forced to stay up late in the night to store drinking water. Some even bring water from outside on scooters, cycles or rehries. We have approached the authorities a number of times, but there has been no response,” says Mr Pradeep, an office-bearer of the committee.

The condition of power supply in the village is also bad, says Mr Pradeep. “Power cuts are frequent and unannounced,” he adds.


Golf clinic organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Chandigarh IT Club launched by the Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) under the aegis of the Department of IT, Chandigarh Administration, held its monthly meeting at the CGA Golf Range yesterday.

A golf clinic-cum-putting tournament at CGA Golf Range was organised with the best professional coach in town – Jesse Grewal lending a few golf tips to the Chandigarh IT Club members.

A small putting tournament was also organised. Fun contests were held and prizes given to the winners.


42-yr-old woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
A 42-year old resident of Sector 11, Kamla, ended her life by consuming some poisonous substance at her residence here this morning. Though no suicide note has been found, poverty and domestic tiffs are believed to be the cause behind the incident.

As per the police, Kamla consumed the poisonous substance around 9.30 am and started vomiting. She was rushed to a hospital by her husband Ram Lakhan, where she died. Mr Ram Lakhan is a gardener and lives in an outhouse in the sector.


Student hurt in clash, 7 booked
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 22
The police today booked seven students of the Canadian Institute of International Studies here following a clash between two groups of students of the institute, in which one student was injured.

According to sources, the two groups were sitting in the cafeteria at the institute yesterday and an argument ensued, after which members of one group went away. Later, however, they caught a member of the other group, Digvijay Singh, and bashed him up. While the attackers left the institute after the incident, Digvijay was given first-aid by the institute authorities.

The police, on a complaint of Digvijay Singh, registered a case of rioting and causing injury against seven students — Sagar Gill, Sukhpreet Singh, Sumit Ghumman, Gurpreet Dosanjh, Gurinder Singh, Charanjit Singh and Sandeep. Mr Jas Mann, institute director, said an inquiry had been ordered and details would be known on Monday, when the students returned to the institute.


Co-accused held in dancer’s murder case
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 22
The local police today arrested Narinder Singh, co-accused in the murder of 34-year-old dancer Harjit Kaur. Narinder Singh had helped Pritpal Singh, Harjit’s brother, in stabbing her to death at her residence in Phase VII on May 12.

On May 20, the police had arrested Pritpal Singh, who confessed to the crime had stated that he did it to save his family honour.

The DSP, Mr Harpreet Singh, said Narinder Singh surrendered before the police today following police pressure on his family. “Narinder Singh was equally involved in Harjit’s murder and he has also admitted to have committed the crime with Pritpal,” said Mr Harpreet Singh.

Describing the sequence of events that led to the murder of Harjit Kaur, the DSP said while Narinder held Harjit, Pritpal stabbed her in the stomach twice. She tried to struggle out of their grip but finally fell on the floor. Then Pritpal slit her throat to ensure that she was dead.

Harjit was a professional dancer and though her husband was not averse to her profession, her parents and siblings did not like her work. They had two children who lived with Harjit’s in-laws in a village. She along with other girls performed at marriages and initially her husband Kuldip used to accompany her. But the image of her being a married woman did not suit her profession and limited the scope of her career. Highly ambitious, she started lying that she was unmarried and the children were in fact of her dead sister who is dead. She would even introduce her husband as her younger brother.

On May 5, Harjit had a panchayati divorce at Mohali and she informed her aunt in her village. When her younger brother came to know of the divorce he felt that his sister had brought shame to his family. Harjit, was found murdered at her rented one-room set in Phase VII on May 12 by her landlord, a retired Colonel.


56 public complaints settled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 22
At a public complaints settlement camp held at Sector 17 police station, the police claimed to have settled 56 complaints of different nature today.

Complainants, witnesses and persons against whom complaints had been made were present at the camp. Besides others, all SHOs of the Central Police Division and DSP S.C Sagar were present. In all, 23 complaints related to money transaction, two landlord - tenant disputes, a cheating case, six property disputes, 22 miscellaneous complaints and two complaints of threatening and harassment were settled off during the five-hour camp.


Seven persons were arrested on Friday from different parts of the city for satta gambling. All of them have been booked under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act.

Rs 1.55 lakh stolen

A labourer, engaged by Sector 35-based Dr Rohit Grover, allegedly stole Rs 1.55 lakh kept in the house on the night of May 13. However, the family discovered the theft only on Friday. The police has recovered about Rs 87,000 from the house of the labourer, who is still at large.

According to Mr Rishab Grover, son of Dr Grover, two labourers were engaged to renovate their house. Dr Grover’s wife is also a doctor. The money was lying in a bag. The police investigations in the matter revealed that the labourer had done lot of shopping using Rs 500 currency notes (most of the stolen money was in form of Rs 500).

A case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC has been registered.

In separate incidents, two vehicles were reported to be stolen from different parts of the city.

Mr Raghbir Singh of Sector 30A complained to the police that a Maruti Gypsy (CH - 01 - G - 0850) belonging to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and parked at his residence was stolen on the night of May 20. A Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH - 01- J - 9289) of Mr Bisakha Singh was reported to be stolen from Sector 38 (West) on Friday.

Cases have been registered. 


Bank opens branch at engineering college
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 22
The State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ) opened its 135th ATM counter and branch at the SUS College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, here on Thursday.

Mr K.R. Srikantan, Managing Director, SBBJ, inaugurated the branch. Mr J.S. Sidhu, Chairman SUSCET, Tangori, was the chief guest. This is the second ATM and first off-site ATM of the bank in and around Chandigarh. Six ATMs of the bank are already operational in Punjab and Chandigarh.

The DGM, SBBJ, Mr K.N. Kalra, welcomed the guests after which Mr K.R. Srikantan delivered the inaugural address and apprised audience of the achievements of the bank. He was followed by Prof S.K. Girdhar, Principal, SUSCET, who lauded the efforts of the bank. He urged the bank functionaries to introduce more facilities for SUSCET staff and students in the future.

Mr J.S. Sidhu talked about the new projects being undertaken by the college. Mr N.M. Jain, AGM, SBBJ, proposed the vote of thanks.

Talking to mediapersons later, Mr Srikantan said networking of the bank’s branches was in progress and more than 300 branches were presently on the SBI connect network. “Services like the state bank electronic payment system (STEPS), which enables electronic fund transfers instantaneously, was under testing and would be introduced within three month at these branches, he added. Also an on-line tax accounting system was being introduced in the banks to facilitate direct tax remittances by customers.

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