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Kingpin’s brother helped cops identify kidnappers
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , July 1
The Chandigarh Police used the alleged abduction kingpin in India, Tarsem Singh’s brother to get the names of kidnappers from the US-based mastermind Jasbir Singh through a trick.

The California and Chandigarh Police have decided to exchange the evidence against Jasbir Singh and kidnappers in India. The California Police has asked Chandigarh Police to hand it over the interrogation details and the taped conversation between the parties involved. The Chandigarh Police has asked for the tape that was produced as evidence against Jasbir Singh.

The Chandigarh Police had already sent a copy of FIR on fax and details on e-mail under the signature of IPS Sanjay Kumar Jain to the California Police. The Chandigarh Police also sent newspaper clippings to the California Police. The Chandigarh Police is making out a case for the extradition of Jasbir Singh in the kidnapping case from the U. S.

Jasbir Singh, however, today escaped arrest by appearing in a California court in connection with the case related to alleged assault on his wife Kiran.

The California Police did not arrest him in the kidnapping case feeling that there was a need to directly link him with the kidnapping which could be done by furnishing the interrogation details of the arrested persons and also the tapes of negotiations between the kidnappers and the wife of Lekh Raj before a California court. The Chandigarh Police is sending this material soon.

The trick led to identification of three of the four kidnappers — all hailing from Hoshiarpur. The police persuaded the brother of one of the alleged kidnappers Tarsem Singh into getting the names of the persons who abducted Lekh Raj on June 28 from his house in Sector 15. Tarsem’s brother had said that his brother was not involved. He agreed to get the police the names of those who carried out the operation.

Tarsem’s brother found out from Jasbir Singh that Gurdev Singh Nihang, Ravinder Singh alias Pinku (a Marketing Board employee in Dasua) and Lakhwinder Singh alias Lakha, all from Hoshiarpur district, allegedly kidnapped Lekh Raj.

These names have also been confirmed by the arrested driver of the vehicle used in the kidnapping, Harjinder Singh, and the owner of the vehicle Satwinder Singh. The police is waiting for the arrest of one of the kidnappers to find out if Tarsem had any link with the kidnapping. Tarsem had been denying his role saying that he was known to Lekhraj but was closer to Jasbir Singh, who was his childhood friend.

The driver of the vehicle, Harjinder Singh, during the interrogation said that the kidnappers informed him about their plan when the vehicle had reached Ropar from Dasua. Harjinder Singh also said that he was forced to be part of the kidnapping plot as the kidnappers had threatened him with dire consequences in Ropar, the police said.

He told the police that the kidnappers first reached the Industrial Area branch of SBI possibly to plan kidnapping of Lekh Raj from the branch itself. Two kidnappers went inside the bank and two stayed back. They told the driver that they had to get a draft made. But they immediately came back asking the driver to paste a paper on number plate on the front and mud on the rear number plates. They reached Sector 15 and one of the kidnappers knocked at the door of Lekh Raj, while others were waiting. The kidnapper who knocked at the door kept Lekh Raj engaged in a conversation over getting a bank draft corrected.

Meanwhile, the others reached there and bodily lifted Lekh Raj to dump in the vehicle. The driver confirmed to the police that the kidnappers made Lekh Raj to sign several blank papers. When they were having food at a dhaba near Hariana town in Hoshiarpur, the wife of Gurdev Singh rang them up saying that the Chandigarh Police had reached Gurdev’s house. The kidnappers got panicky, Again the wife of Gurdev Singh rang up to inform them that the Punjab Police was also asking about them and that pickets had been put up in the area.

This led the kidnappers to take internal roads. They slept in the night near Una. The kidnappers tried to contact Jasbir Singh but he did not respond apparently knowing that his phones were being tapped. They woke by a call from Raju at 4 am asking them to release the hostage. Jasbir Singh said his job had been done.

About 10 km away from Una, the kidnappers handed over Rs 250 to Lekh Raj and asked the driver of the vehicle to go back as they had hired another taxi which also seemed to be driven by a person from Dasuya.

The driver said the kidnappers did not even make payment to him. Lekh Raj had said that after a phone call from Jasbir Singh, the kidnapers became so soft on him that they handed over their gun and a kirpan to him.

However, the possession of the weapons has not been confirmed by the driver.

After he was deserted by the kidnappers, the driver of the vehicle rang up the Taxi Union president of Dasuya narrating to him the entire story. The union president asked him to reach Dasuya and hand over the vehicle to the police. The driver, however, left the vehicle and went underground. The taxi union president handed over the vehicle to the Punjab Police and informed its owner. The driver was handed over to the police by the Panchayat.
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Govt schools reopen to thin presence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Humid conditions ensured thin presence of students as the local government schools opened after a month-long vacation. Taking a cue from their counterparts in private schools, whose vacations are scheduled to end next week, some students preferred to remain at home.

Those who attended classes were in a relaxed mood and exchanged notes on places they visited during the vacations. A teacher in a government senior secondary school told Chandigarh Tribune that some students were yet to return after the vacations. Apprehending thin presence of students, some teachers were also on leave.

Officials in the UT Education Department said the school timings would remain the same.

Meanwhile, the Education Department is all set for counselling to admit students to Class XI. On the first day of the counselling tomorrow, students of the reserved categories will be admitted. The counselling will continue till July 17. 
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Sacred Heart student dies in accident
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 1
A meritorious girl student of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, was crushed to death and her mother sustained severe injuries when a truck rammed into a scooter they were riding on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway in Mani Majra this afternoon.

The girl could have been saved had she worn a safety helmet, said the eyewitnesses.

The commuters and other residents of the area complain that since after the functioning of a multiplex in this locality, the vehicular traffic has increased to manifold, thus making the road accident-prone.

The police has not installed any traffic light at this point to streamline the flow of traffic.

The number of accidents has increased at this intersection in the last six months in the absence of permanent traffic police personnel here.

Residents and the road users have demanded a traffic light point here so that precious lives could be saved 

Jaspreet Kaur Bindra (15), a student of Class XI, and her mother, Mrs Ravinder Kaur, Bindra (45), were riding their way back home, located in Shivalik Enclave, Mani Majra, from General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, when the truck (HR-37-7247) rammed into their scooter (Kinetic Honda CH-01-6980) from behind.

After the collision, both the riders collapsed following which the girl died on the spot due to severe head injuries, while her mother had a miraculous escape who sustained injuries on her forehead and other body parts.

According to eyewitnesses, Mrs Ravinder Kaur was driving the scooter while Jaspreet Kaur was riding pillion without helmet. The truck driver sped away from the scene. Soon after noticing the accident, a gentleman sounded the alert and chased the truck for a long distance on his scooter but failed to stop the vehicle and nab the truck driver.

Passersby and other persons of the locality assembled at the spot and rushed the injured Ravinder Kaur to the General Hospital in Sector 16, Chandigarh. Later the body of the girl was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Jaspreet Kaur was a meritorious student of her school and had secured 93.2 per cent mark in matriculation examinations conducted by the CBSE in March, 2004. Her parents were preparing Jaspreet Kaur to sit for IAS examination, a member of the family revealed.

Soon after the news of the accident spread, family members and other relatives started reaching the hospital. Her father Davinder Singh Bindra, a former manager with a tyre manufacturing company, was unconsolable at the hospital.

The police has registered a case of negligent driving causing grievous injuries against the truck driver at the Mani Majra police station.
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Hardip threatens to sue Mann Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 1
Former member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from Mohali, Mr Hardeep Singh, and now an Independent candidate in the forthcoming committee elections, today warned his contenders to stay away from making wild and personal allegations against him.

In a press conference organised here today Mr Hardeep Singh asked his main contender Maan Singh Sohana to prove his allegations within 24 hours or he would file defamation suit against him.

Mr Maan Singh Sohana had alleged before the press that Mr Hardeep Singh had used SGPC money to make a film. ‘‘I have not used a single penny of the SGPC. I had given SGPC a proposal but it did not agree. So I took help from like-minded friends and we created something which had never been done by any other Sikh organisation,’’ said Mr Hardeep Singh.

Mr Hardeep Singh added that he would approach the courts if Mr Maan Singh did not apologise to him within the next 24 hours. ‘‘I will file a defamation suit against him if he does not apologise," he said. ‘‘It is Mr Maan Singh who has stooped down to bringing in personal remarks in the campaign. If I want I too can point it out to the voters that Mr Maan Singh got baptised only 15 days ago in Amritsar and that his children have shorn their hair and wear earrings,’’he said.

Mr Hardeep Singh alleged that Mr Maan Singh misinformed the Election Commissioner about the fact that he was a baptised sikh in order to file his nominations. ‘‘After filing his nominations he rushed to Amritsar to be baptised. He started his campaign on a lie,’’ he said.

Mr Hardeep Singh issued a press note listing the names of the presidents of various gurdwaras in Mohali who are supporting him in his campaign. This included Mr Tarlochan Singh Loch, Mr Surjit Singh Maan, Mr Balwinder Singh, Mr Kabal Singh, Mr Dalip Singh Mali and Mr Devinder Singh Rana.
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BAMS aspirants’ ordeal continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The ordeal of aspirants for the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) course at Sri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, continued for another day as none of the college representatives turned up for the admission counselling at Government Medical College, Sector 32, today. More than 50 students and parents, who had come from far off places for admission in the general open category at the GMC, were confounded by the indecision over the fee structure the college would adopt.

The Punjab member secretary, Mr Satish Chandra, today wrote to SD Ayurvedic College, asking it to charge a fee of Rs 50,000 as decided by the Panjab University Syndicate. The college management, however, still remained adamant on charging more fee.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the Vice-President of the college, Dr Naresh Mittal, said, “If we charge Rs 55,000, we cannot provide quality education, nor can we give salaries to our staff. Either the administration should allow us to have 50 per cent management seats, or it should let us charge Rs 81,600 as the annual fee.”

Meanwhile, the centralised medical admission counselling committee, headed by its coordinator and Director-Principal, Prof H.M. Swami, today conducted the admissions to SD Ayurvedic college without charging the fee. In all, the names of 31 students were cleared and recommended for admission to SD Ayurvedic College at the counselling session, but they have been asked to submit the fee at the college itself in the absence of college representatives. It is a deviation from the norm where the fee is deposited at the time of the counselling itself.

The controversy over the fee issue started yesterday when SD Ayurvedic College decided to charge Rs 81,600 per student as the annual fee at the time of counselling while the fee mentioned in the common prospectus was only Rs 55,000.

Parents and students, who had gathered outside the office of Professor Swami this evening, rued that even as the names had been cleared for admission and their original documents were with the counselling authorities, they were still in the dark about the fee or if the college would accept the admissions at all.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Professor Swami said he knew the problems being faced by parents. “We have now asked the parents to deposit money at the college itself within two days. If the college fails to do so, the authorities will take action,’’ he said. Earlier in the day, Professor Swami met the UT’s Medical Education Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, to sort out the matter. 
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Liberhan hurt in accident, admitted to hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Justice MS Liberhan, Chairman of the Liberhan Commission, which is probing the Babri Masjid demolition case was admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, here, after he met with an accident near Ghanaur town in Sonepat district early morning today.

Doctors attending to Justice Liberhan told The Tribune that he had a fracture in his left leg, which was operated . The Justice has been recovering in a private ward of the hospital.

The accident occured at around 5 am when Justice Liberhan was on his way back from Delhi to Chandigarh. As his Lancer car reached near Ghanaur town, it was hit by an Indica car. Justice Liberhan was then admitted to the Prem hospital in Panipat and was accompanied by the Superintendent of Police, Panipat , Dr Suman Manjri. After getting the first-aid from the hospital, Justice Liberhan left for Chandigarh.

Other occupants in the car, including Ms Janki Sodhi, sustained minor injuries, while Justice Liberhan's personal assistant and the driver escaped unhurt.

Incidentally it was only yesterday that the Liberhan Commission probing the sequence of the events leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, had completed the oral arguments and the evidence after more than 11 years of its constitution.
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NCC introduces changes in girls' training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Major-Gen Rakesh DassNational Cadet Corps, while increasing the strength of girls on its rolls, has also brought in changes in the girls' training curriculum to bring it at par with standards applicable to boys.

"Our endeavour is to raise the strength of girls to 33 per cent of the total strength," the Additional Director General, Major-Gen Rakesh Dass said here today. "Presently, girls make up for just about 17 per cent of the strength," he added.

General Dass made a brief stopover here while on the way to Shimla on an official visit. He assumed his present assignment about a month ago and is touring Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh to inspect NCC establishments.

General Dass said that towards this extent, the NCC was going in for mixed battalions, comprising boys as well as girls. A specified number of vacancies in boys' units will be filled by girls, though some aspects of the training will be undertaken separately.

Though no time frame has been stipulated to bring the girls' strength to 33 per cent, the visiting General said that they intended to do so as soon as possible. In some states it could be achieved quickly, while it could take time in certain states.

He said while girls' training curriculum had been modified as a large number of girls opted to join the services, he added that there had been demands from girl cadets that some vacancies should be reserved for C-Certificate holders in training institutions, as is the case with boy cadets.

NCC is replacing the existing World War-II vintage .303 bolt action rifles with 7.62 mm self loading rifles. These will also be introduced in girls' units for drill purposes. Earlier girls' units used the small calibre .22 rifle based on the .303 rifle.

General Dass also said that the NCC would try to get more out of the states, whether it was in terms of financial contribution, giving preference to NCC activities or incentives to cadets. "We feel that cadets must get dividends from NCC and his efforts and incentives given to him must be recognised," he said.

He said that the scope of NCC activities would also increase, with more cadets taking part in social activities like AIDS awareness campaigns, cleanliness drives, ecological protection and blood donation.

An all-woman's expedition to Mount Everest is also scheduled for next year, in which NCC girls would be taking part, General Dass said. The expedition, which was earlier an all-NCC show, would now include women Army officers as well as some girls from Ladakh.
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Sharma to serve on National Security Advisory Board
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Dr. S.K. SharmaDr. S.K. Sharma, Dean, University Instruction, Panjab University, and the President of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, has been invited by the Prime Minister to serve on the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) for a period of two years.

NSAB is an important wing of the National Security Council which advises the government on security-related issues. A communication to this effect has been received from Mr. J.N. Dixit, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister.

The founder Director of the Energy Research Centre, Panjab University, Dr. Sharma, has converted Chandigarh into a city with the highest per capita alternative energy user in the Asia Pacific. He has been a visiting Professor to the University of Forida, USA, in addition to being an active contributor to programmes pertaining to energy conservation globally.

Professor Sharma has done pioneering work in Thermal Energy Storage, Indoor Air Quality, Energy Conservation and Energy Management. As a Commonwealth Secretariat Expert and Consultant to various foreign countries, he has been instrumental in transferring technologies in Asia Pacific, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Dr. Sharma’s contribution can be gauged from the survey conducted by the National Council for Agricultural Research which states that the research conducted by his Centre in improving cooking stoves has resulted in saving 7 million tonnes of wood per year in addition to saving 7 million families from pollutants equivalent to smoking 200 cigarettes per day.

Winner of Surya Award (National Award for Promotion of Rural Energy Technologies) and Best Teacher Award, Dr. Sharma’s work under National Programme on improved environmentally efficient cookstoves resulted in Haryana bagging eight national awards.
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COMMUNITY

MC to develop 150 acres in Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
About 150 acres of vacant land in Mani Majra will be handed over to the Municipal Corporation and developed in accordance with the concept of Chandigarh. The issue was discussed at a coordination meeting of senior officers today.

The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, asked the Municipal Corporation to give final touches to the development of vacant acquired land in Mani Majra.

Meanwhile, Estate Officer was asked to transfer 150 acres of land in Mani Majra in phases to the Municipal Corporation. The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr M.P. Singh will send a final plan for the development of 150 acres so that the area could be developed expeditiously.

Justice Verma said the Mani Majra area should be planned in accordance with the conceptual plan of Chandigarh. Besides, housing colonies should also have best education facilities and high-tech institutions in the area, he added.

Expressing concern over the fact that cycle tracks constructed all over the city were not being optimally utilised, Justice Verma said the Chandigarh Traffic Police should launch a concerted drive to divert all slow moving traffic on the tracks. The Chief Engineer was asked to remove obstructions, if any, on the tracks expeditiously.

The Administrator expressed concern over a lax enforcement by various authorities as far as the issue of encroachment of verandahs of various shopping centres was concerned. He said these encroachments, though temporary, were nuisance to the public and were obstructing the movement of pedestrians. The Administrator said goods kept by the shopkeepers or hawkers that were creating nuisance to the general public should be removed.
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Uninterrupted power supply to Panchkula
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 1
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) proposes to install two additional sub-stations here, each having a capacity of 32 MVA. The sub-stations will increase the availability of power in the township to 186 MVA.

Officials in the UHBVN say while one 66-KV sub-station is proposed to come up in Sector 20, the other will be set up either in Sector 16 or 17. Initially, the capacity of the sub-stations will be 16 MVA each, and it will be increased over a period of time. Other than this, a 66-KV sub-station in Sector 3, with a capacity of 7.5 MVA, is likely to be commissioned this month. It will ensure that an alternative system of power supply to the township is complete.

The ring main circuit, joining the 220 KV Ramgarh- Madanpur sub-station to the 132-KV Pinjore sub-station and the 66 KV line from Dhulkot, forming a ring, would connect all 10 existing sub-stations and proposed sub-stations in the district . This would ensure an alternative transmission system for supplying power in the district, in case one of the high tension transmission lines develops a snag. The Executive Engineer, UHBVN, Panchkula, Mr M.R. Murari says, “After the sub-station in Sector 3 is commissioned, the circuit (transmission lines) will be placed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the township.”

Panchkula is the second urban settlement in Haryana to get a ring main circuit, after it has been commissioned in Faridabad. The circuit has been created to facilitate the development of IT Park in Mansa Devi Complex. As of now, the district has a daily requirement of 15. 89 lakh units for approximately 97,000 consumers.

The power to the township is through two main sources — a 132-KV sub-station at Pinjore , which gets power supply through the central pool from the Ropar Thermal Power Plant; and the 220-KV sub-station at Ramgarh- Madanpur, which gets its supply from the 400-KV sub-station of National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) at Abdullapur at Jagadhari through Shahabad.
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Frequent power cuts fume residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Residents of Kansal village are beginning to feel the heat of the regular unscheduled power cuts in their village. Ruing that the Electricity Department has been implementing 12-hour cuts in their village, they said that repeated pleas to address their grievance have fallen on deaf ears.

“The electricity office has been unable to give any satisfactory answers as far as the power situation is concerned. Their only one line answer is that the order comes from Patiala and they can do nothing to help us out,” claims a villager.

While power situation is at its worse in the village, the trouble of the villagers has doubled with water supply, too, suffering on account of the frequent power cuts. The village has four tubewells of which two have been out of order for a couple of years.

The other two are not sufficient to cater to the requirements of the village. Water is made available for just over an hour every morning. At that time, too, the water pressure is low and people get only enough time to store water for drinking purposes. The villagers have been told that the problem would ease slightly after the arrival of the monsoon in the region.
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Memorable experience for Chandigarh Eagles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
It was a memorable experience for members of Chandigarh Eagles, an association of retired officers from the Army's Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), as they got together for a social evening at the Defence Services Officers Institute here last evening.

About a hundred officers, including some invited serving officers along with their wives, were present at the occasion. Among those present was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J J Singh, and his father, Col Jaswant Singh Marwah (retd), an EME officer who had been commissioned into the British Indian Army in 1943.

The seniormost Eagle to be present was Brig W.S. Choudhary, a 1947 commissioned officer, who, by virtue of his seniority is president of the local chapter of the association. The gathering included the Major- General, EME, Western Command, Major-Gen A.K. Kher and three retired general officers.

The social get-togethers are hosted periodically by retired officers in rotation.
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Pawan Bansal visits madarsa
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 1
The local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, today visited a madarsa in Manimajra and assured the students that he would work towards upgrading the institute.

He also interacted with the students.

His association with the madrassa is not new. In fact, the building was constructed in 2003 with the MP’s Local Area Development Fund of Rs 2.84 lakh given by Mr Bansal.

The madrassa was set up in 1975, but English medium were introduced from April 1 for junior students.

There are nearly 300 students in the madrassa from Class I to Class 8. They are instructed in Hindi and are taught languages, including Arabic, French and Urdu.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Pawan Bansal said: “I will also work for the development of the children”.

Madrassa’s general secretary Maulvi Shakil Ahmed and secretary Imran Khan were present during the function.
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Free foodgrains for senior citizens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Aimed at providing food security to the aged and destitute, the Chandigarh Administration has announced a scheme to distribute 10 kg of foodgrains to the senior citizens free of cost.

All senior citizens who are eligible for old-age pension under the National Old-Age Pension Scheme but not been getting the same are being covered under the scheme, the Director Food and Supplies, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Arun Kumar said.

He urged upon the senior citizens to avail benefits under the Centre-sponsored scheme Annapurna.

Mr Arun Kumar said the eligibility criteria for the beneficiaries would be that the applicant should be above the age of 65 years in case of men and 60 years in case of women.

The applicant should be a resident of Chandigarh for the last three years and his/her monthly income should not exceed Rs 1,000 per month, if one of the husband and wife was alive, and if both were alive the monthly income should not exceed Rs 1,500 per month.

He said other details of the scheme could be obtained from the office of the Department of Food and Supplies, basement annexe of the Municipal Corporation building, Sector 17, Chandigarh.
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Mango mela from July 10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The 13th Mango Mela will be organised from July 10 to 11 at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, near here, by the Haryana Horticulture and Tourism Departments.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said apart from organising competitions for different varieties of mangoes and their products, a number of other competitions would also be organised during the festival.

He said in all, there would be four categories for the contests. In category ‘A’, there would be a contest of commercial varieties of mangoes for organisations, departments and universities. In category ‘B’, there would also be a contest on commercial varieties of mangoes, but it would be open to individuals only. The contest in ‘C’ category would be for products made of mango and it would be open to organisations, departments, universities and manufacturers. In category ‘D’, there would also be a contest of mango products, but it would be open to individuals, including housewives.

He said entries for the contests of mangoes and their products would be received at 7 a.m. on July 10. The judging would be done at 2 p.m. and the festival would formally be inaugurated at 5 p.m. The other attractions of the first day included rangoli and decoration of mango seeds. Pop singer Harjeet Harman and Harleen Kohli would perform at 7 p.m. which would be followed by fireworks at 8 p.m.

He said the attractions of the second day would include fency dress competition, cooking of various mango dishes, mango cut-out competition, tambola and a competition on eating mangoes. The prizes would be distributed the same evening at 5.30 p.m. Pop singer Shankar Sawhney would also perform.
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Teams to check quality of polythene bags
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A campaign to stop the use of recycled and sub-standard polythene bags starts tomorrow. Four teams with micro-meters have been constituted to judge the quality of polythene bags.

The Deputy Commissio-ner, Mr Arun Kumar, at a meeting with officers of the Environment Department and the municipal corporation, directed the teams to check manufacturers and retailers at various places, and said anybody found using sub-standard polythene bags would face action.

Use of colour and poor-quality polythene is considered a health hazard and it pollutes the environment and also spoils foodstuffs. It also chokes sewerage and water-supply pipelines. 
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Mahavir is coop society administrator
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
In view of complaints received by the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Chandigarh office, against the Labour Bureau Employees Cooperative Society, Mr Arun Kumar, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Registrar, Cooperative Societies, today appointed Mr Mahavir Singh, Tehsildar, as administrator of the society who will take charge of the society and initiate the process of elections.

The DC used his powers conferred by Section 27 of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Act, 1961, and superceded the managing committee of the society.

Complaints had been received regarding use of sub-standard material in the construction of houses, not holding any meeting of the general body of the society for the past three years and not conducting elections of the society. 
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Electricity Dept employees float union
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Employees of the UT Electricity Department today formed a new union under the name and banner of the UT Electricity Employees and Workers Union Chandigarh.

The new union said there had been a great resentment amongst the employees regarding the implementation of the orders of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) for re-casting of seniority list of assistant lineman, linemen on the basis of the PSEB, employees recruitment regulation, 1972, and grant of promotions from the retrospective effect.

The outburst of the resentment today resulted into formation of the new union. All workers and employees were of the unanimous view that Mr Bhag Mal Rana, general secretary of the UT Powermen Union, had failed to get the demands accepted. The following have been elected office-bearers of the union: chairman — Mr Bal Krishan; president — Mr Hans Raj; general secretary — Mr Ravinder Goel; senior vice-president — Mr Prem Singh Bhandari; vice-president — Mr Gurmail Singh; joint secretary — Mr Kashmir Singh; cashier — Mr Roshan Lal; and organising secretary — Mr Tajinder Joshi.
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Tribune Trust officers’ body

Chandigarh, July 1
The following have been elected office-bearers of The Tribune Trust Officers, Association: president — Mr S.C. Sinha; vice-president — Mr L.S. Chaturvedi; general secretary — Mr D.D. Sundriyal; finance secretary — Mr Rajinder Mohan; and office secretary — Mr Munish Kalia. Mr Indraj Singh, Mr Kulwinder Singh, Mr Sandeep Dhall and Mr Tejender Pal have been elected executive members of the association. TNS
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Osho meditation camp today

Panchkula, July 1
The Osho Dhara Trust, 58, Industrial Area here will organise a meditation camp tomorrow to mark the gurupurnima celebration. It will include experimentation with numerous musical and Tibetan meditations. Swami Anand Vairagya will conduct the camp. A book exhibition and “connecting with nature” session will be the highlight of the day. OC
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Lord Shiva aarti
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 1
Sri Radha Krishan Temple Sector 14, will organise Lord Shiva aarti every evening during the month of sawan. Shingar aarti will start on July 2 and will continue till August 30 from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. 
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CRIME

Retd Colonel, kin duped of Rs 2 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A retired Army officer, his father-in-law and brother-in-law were allegedly duped of Rs 2 lakh by a man, his wife and their son in the name of investing their money in a multinational company.

Colonel G. S. Chhatwal (retd) of Sector 11, Chandigarh, complained to the Crime Branch that S. S. Satija, his wife Janaki Rani and son Mukesh Satija took Rs 60,000 from his 82-year-old father-in-law J. S. Kochar, Rs 50,000 from his brother-in-law G. S. Kapoor, Rs 40,000 from his wife Mrs Mala Chhatwal and Rs 50,000 from him.

Mr Chhatwal alleged that the trio befriended them before getting Rs 2 lakh for investment in what he called a multi-national company, Net Khazana. They were also promised that they would get a monthly income of Rs 10,000 from the investment. No receipt was issued for seven days. The trio allegedly also gave them cheques to get the money back if the money was not invested. This happened in August and September, 2003.

Mr Chhatwal alleged that neither the money was invested nor returned. When they presented the cheques at the bank they found that the accounts of the S.S. Satijas had been closed. The victims said they tried to contact the Satija family but their address turned out to be fake.

Mr Chhatwal said he later came to know that the trio was running a family business from World Trade, New Delhi. The name of their business venture is Shanti Info Media, according to the Chhatwal.
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Student fails in exam, ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A 19-year-old son of a labourer from Mauli Jagran today committed suicide after failing in Class X examination of the Punjab School Education Board for the third consecutive time this year.

The victim, Lucky, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his house in Mauli Jagran when the police was called.

No suicide note has been recovered from the spot.

Lucky’s father Balkar Singh and his mother were away when the incident took place. Balkar told the police that his son was upset after he again flunked in the examination.
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Property dealer booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A Sector 44-B based property dealer A.C. Chhabra was today booked for allegedly cheating a woman of Sector 20 in a property deal.

The complainant, Ms Avtar Kaur, alleged that she struck a deal with Chhabra for a 10-marla plot, house number 1274, in Sector 44-B, for Rs 34 lakh.

She gave an advance of Rs 5 lakh to the property dealer who claimed that US-based property owner Suman had authorised him to sell the plot and that she would be present at the time of registry of the land.

However, Suman did not turn up. Ms Avtar Kaur demanded the money back from the property dealer who returned only Rs 2.5 lakh and refused to give back rest of the amount.

A case of cheating has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.
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Ex-police official’s wife held, released
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 1
The police released on bail Sharanjit Kaur, wife of a former Additional Inspector-General, who was arrested tonight on charges of causing an accident leading to the death of one of the victims.

According to the police, the car involved in the accident was also impounded and released through court orders this morning. The accident took place here on Monday leading to the death of Manjit Kaur, a 53-year-old resident of Sector 27, Chandigarh. Manjit Kaur’s husband, Sukhdev Singh, who was also hurt in the accident, is fighting for his life in the PGI.

The police said the car was registered in a house in Sector 39, Chandigarh, was, however, in the name of Sharanjit Kaur. The car was impounded from the house of the retired police official, Mr Mohinder Singh, in Mohali. The AIG’s wife, Charanjit Kaur, is working with the Punjab Technical Board.
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Girl consumes poison, survives
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 1
A 14-year-old girl resident of Gobindgarh village tried to kill herself by consuming poison today. The police rushed the victim, Sonia, to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where her life was saved.

According to the SHO, Sohana, Mr Vinod Sharma, Sonia lives with her mother, Pal Kaur, in the village. Her father, Nek Ram, had died some years ago. Sonia suffered from a medical problem and was “mentally disturbed”.
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BUSINESS

Chandigarh to set up apple mandi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Apple growers of Himachal Pradesh will be able to get good facilities when they come to Chandigarh for selling their produce. The Chandigarh Administration today announced that it would set up a special state-of-the-art mechanised mandi for the benefit of apple growers. About 300 trucks laden with apple come to Chandigarh every day during the “apple season”.

The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd) today asked the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, to submit a plan for the construction of modern state-of-art, mechanized “apple mandi” in Grain Market - in Maloya. This mandi located on the road entering from Ludhiana into Chandigarh is expected to be operational from next year.

Chandigarh has emerged as the nodal marketing and distribution centre for Punjab and Haryana for the apple crop.
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State Bank Day celebrated
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, July 1
The SSI branch of the State Bank of India here celebrated State Bank Day today.

Sweets were distributed among disabled soldiers at the Paraplegic Home in Phase VI here.

Mr G.P. Khetarpal, Chief Manager, distributed the sweets among all patients who suffered injuries in the Kargil and other wars and also among members of their families.

CHANDIGARH: The State Bank of India celebrated Bank Day here. The bank, which succeeded the Imperial Bank of India on July 1, 1955, has global operations covering 54 offices in 28 countries. As part of the celebrations, the bank will organise a musical evening by Shubha Mudgal at Jamshedji Bhaba Auditorium, NCPA, Mumbai.
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