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City residents may face power cuts
Admn chalks out plan to tackle crisis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
If the present dry spell continues, power cuts in the city are imminent. The Chandigarh Administration has drawn up a plan to impose power cuts on rotational basis in urban areas. Weekly closed days of various markets will also be changed to save power.

  • Staggered weekly off days for industries and main shopping centres in various sectors.
  • Peak load hour restrictions on the Industries from 7 pm to 10 pm.
  • In case adequate relief is not provided by these restrictions, then rotational power cuts would be imposed on residential areas between 9 am and 6 pm.

Sources said the power situation will hinge upon hydro power generation at Bhakra, Nathpa Jhakri, Pong and Ranjit Sagar projects. With low inflows of river waters, the hydro projects are not running to full capacity.

The power situation was reviewed today at the senior officers conference (SOC). The allocation of power to the city is 218 MW. However, the actual availability is only 133 MW due to reduced generation. Meanwhile, the peak demand in the city is 226 MW. To cover up this huge deficit between demand and supply, power worth Rs 20 lakh is being purchased daily.

Due to new guidelines imposed by the Northern Region Electricity Board: if overdrawal is occurring at a frequency below 49 Hz, it amounts to grid indiscipline and invites punitive action, Chandigarh had to pay fines on this account in the past one month.

On account of failure of monsoon, the overdrawal of power from the grid has increased substantially. This situation has further worsened due to stoppage of power inflow from eastern region due to floods. Also the Power Trading Corporation (PTC), which has a tie up with the Chandigarh Administration for supply of power from other sources, has stopped its supply due to the nationwide power crisis.

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Panchkula residents sweat it out
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 27
It was a long and hot day for the residents of the township, as the power regulatory measures announced by Haryana Power Utilities came into force from today.

Though the scheduled power cut from 6 am to 12 noon was not imposed today, electricity played hide and seek throughout the day. The power cuts were imposed almost throughout the day from 6 am, for half hour intervals, except from 9.30 to 12 noon when the power was completely switched off.

The compulsory holiday on industrial units was also partial, as was the ban on closing all commercial establishments in the market places after 8 pm. The street lights remained off till 9 in the evening, and were then switched on.

Most of the government offices based in the township showed compliance of the order passed by the Haryana Power Utilities, banning the use of air conditioners in the offices. Shakti Bhavan, which houses the offices of Haryana Power Utilities led by example by ensuring that no ACs were switched on. The adjoining building of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), too, showed compliance of the orders. Air conditioners in most offices of the Mini Secretariat were off throughout the day, barring the registration branch in the SDM office.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) today announced a one hour relief for the township so that the water supply was not affected. From Wednesday, the power cut will be imposed from 7 am to 12 noon, and from 5 pm to 7 pm in the evening.

The only industry in the town having an electricity load of over one mega watt, BEL Factory, too has been given relief and they have been allowed the use of 5 per cent of the supply so that the demand for drinking water in the factory was not affected.

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MLA’s bodyguards rough up students
Daughter complains of ragging
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
An introduction to a Punjab MLA’s daughter cost dear to few of her classmates at the local Government College for Arts. A ragging-wary first year student, Gunjan, Pathankot MLA Ashok Sharma’s daughter, called up her father when her classmates asked her to introduce herself today. Mr Sharma reportedly sent his Punjab police bodyguards to the college in Sector 10. The Punjab police personnel allegedly roughed up Rahul, Vikas and two other students. Vikas fell on the ground while escaping from the policemen and sustained injuries, the Principal of the college, Mr Braham Prakash, told the Chandigarh Tribune.

A number of students of the college gathered together when the policemen came to the college. When students protested against the “overreaction” by the MLA’s bodyguards, Mr Sharma came to the college himself and sought to find out what had happened. When male classmates of his daughter convinced him that it was merely some confusion over introductions among students, Mr Sharma expressed regret over the incident in front of the students, the Principal said. Mr Sharma was apologetic about the incident. The students were allegedly beaten up with riffle buts by the policemen.

Mr Braham Prakash said both the MLA and Gunjan started expressing regrets over the incident and virtually came to tears when Gunjan’s classmates clarified their position.

Vikas had an accident while he was trying to escape the bodyguards of the MLA when he ran into a car.

The Principal said the incident spread panic among students, adding that there was no complaint of ragging. The police also reached the spot but no complaint was registered by both parties.

The incident reportedly took place in the canteen of the college.

When contacted, Mr Sharma denied that his bodyguards had roughed up anybody in the college.

He said his daughter took admission in the college this year and had been complaining about harassment for sometime, “I happened to be in the city today and today also she complained”. Mr Sharma said he himself went to the college and asked her classmates to adjust with her.

Else she would either drop out or leave the college.

Mr Sharma said the students and the Principal of the college had a meeting today and everything had been settled amicably.

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Non-model schools’ standard to be raised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Under an ambitious plan, non-model schools in Chandigarh will be brought up to the standard of model schools. The medium of instruction, however, will remain Hindi in these schools. This was decided at a meeting to review the working of the Education Department here today.

Not only will the infrastructure be improved in all non-model schools, even in computer education these schools are being given preference this year.

The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today gave directions to the Education Department to make concerted efforts to bring the education level as well as infrastructure in non-model schools on a par with that of model schools to bridge the gap between the two.

The Administrator said talented, hardworking and motivated teachers should be posted to non-model schools, who could work with a missionary zeal to raise the standard of these schools.

Expressing concern over the poor maintenance in certain non-model schools in the city, Justice Verma said the Education Department should also depute “visionary and hardworking” Principals to non-model schools.

The Engineering Department is also being directed to focus its efforts on upgrading the infrastructure in these schools and their proper maintenance. The Chief Engineer has been asked to clear the wild growth in the Sector 31 school and prepare a plan for the completion of a boundary wall of that school.

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Mother appeals to Kalam to expedite her son’s return from Pak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
As the nation observed the fifth anniversary of the victory in Kargil, a mother made a feverent appeal to the President for expediting the process of bringing back her son languishing in a Pakistani jail as a prisoner of war.

In a letter written to the President, Chhotto Kaur, a resident of Kot Bhai near Muktsar, has stated that she feared to imagine the plight of her son, L/Nk Jagseer Singh, who went missing on September 17, 1999. He was undertaking de-mining operations in the Kargil Sector when he was captured by Pakistani troops.

His whereabouts since then were unknown till he wrote to his family from the Hadiala Central Jail in Rawalpindi in June, telling them of his plight. Another jawan from his unit, Mohammad Arif, was also captured along with him. Their unit, 108 Engineer Regiment, declared them as deserters and withheld all benefits to the families which shattered them.

"The tragedy is not that Jagseer is a POW or that he may have suffered because all this was in the line of duty, but the fact that he was declared a deserter and criminal charges were initiated against him by the Army by filing a police case," Chhotto Kaur told media persons here today.

She said that on account of this, the family had been coping with the social stigma as well as domestic problems for the past five years. "The police raided our house on innumerable occasions and humiliated us," she said. Jagseer's father died soon after his son went missing. Jagseer's wife left the family, leaving behind a three month daughter for Jagseer's 56-year old mother to raise as best as she could.

The girl, Kuldeep Kaur who is now five-year-old and was present here along with her grandmother, expressed her eagerness to meet her father, of whom she has only heard about or seen in old photographs.

In his letter, Jagseer had asked his family to meet senior officials and the local MLA so that the process of his repatriation could be hastened. He had also written that a large number of Kashmiris and Punjabis were being held in Pakistani jails and conditions were quite bad.

The MLA from Gidderbaha, Mr Manpreet Badal, who was accompanying the family, said that he was trying to seek an appointment with the President as well as the Defence Minister and External Affairs Minister to ensure that the POWs were repatriated as soon as possible. He feared that the matter, if not pursued vigorously, it could be months or perhaps even years before the POWs were released.

Jagseer's maternal uncle Kulwant Singh as well as younger brother Jagmeet, who were also present, said that the Army authorities had visited them once and they had released about Rs 50,000 to the family.

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Two-wheeler drivers find parking in Sector 34 dicey
Bipin Bhardwaj

Chandigarh, July 27
Employees of various government and private offices have been feeling harassed by traffic police personnel on duty in the Sector 34 parking areas.

A parking lot in front of the Allahabad Bank branch in the sector has been proving a trap of sorts for the owners of two-wheelers.

Most affected are those who come from outside the Union Territory for work in various important offices, including the Regional Passport Office, BSNL, banks and educational institutions, located in the sector.

They complain that the police has put up confusing boards in the parking lots that do not convey the instructions clearly. There are certain areas specified within the lots in which one is not supposed to park. However, this does not become clear to a first-time visitor to the area.

The “No parking” boards fail to specify the area in which parking is prohibited, says Mr Rajiv Walia, a bank employee. He also alleges that the home guard jawans and traffic police personnel at the site, instead of cautioning the drivers before they park in a no-parking zone, tow away their vehicles later.

Mr Varinder Singh Ahluwalia, a Sector 44 resident who visited a bank on Friday morning, found his scooter missing from the parking lot in the afternoon. After searching for his scooter for a while, he finally discovered that it had been taken away by the traffic police.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Ahluwalia said he was fined Rs 200 for “wrong parking”. He added that the signboard there did not mentioned where the parking was prohibited. Moreover, the police personnel on duty did not stop him when he was parking his scooter there, he claimed.

Vehicles from these parking lots are towed away to a space behind Piccadilly Cinema. An owner can get his impounded vehicle released only in the evening as the officials authorities are available at the site only after 3 pm.

When contacted, Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic), said he would direct the person in charge of the area to look into the matter tomorrow and solve the problem at the earliest. “The Chandigarh traffic police is meant to care for the public and not to harass them,” he added. 
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Pandemonium marks MC meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Over four hours of pandemonium at the meeting of the Municipal Corporation ended with adjournment of the House after one of the nominated councillors suddenly fell ill during the proceedings, here today.

While all agenda items were left untouched, the issue of paid parking, hanging fire for three months and causing a loss of lakhs to the Municipal Corporation, was postponed for another month in a meeting where the Opposition staged a walkout, raising slogans of “shame, shame”.

The meeting began on a noisy note, with councillors of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Ms Kamla Sharma and Mr Gian Chand Gupta, raising the issue of Congress councillor Bajraj Singh, who “was being allowed to go scot-free” despite having accepted a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a building contractor. Once the Opposition got going, there was no stopping them as they jumped from one contentious issue to another, not letting the proceedings to begin, and, in the end, the meeting proved to be an exercise in futility.

The Mayor, Ms Kamlesh, assured the House that everybody would be allowed to speak on the matter after the agenda items were over, urging the councillors to get on with the agenda. However, as soon as the minutes of the last meeting came up for confirmation, the Opposition disagreed with whatever was recorded.

Right from the Mayor’s quota of 10 per cent in the recently approved housing scheme for Mani Majra to challenging the statement, as recorded in the minutes, that Mr Gian Chand Gupta had turned down the responsibility of managing the affairs of the community centre in his ward, the items took up almost two hours.

Finally, it was decided that the Mayor’s quota would be put on hold till the video recording of the last meeting was screened to confirm whether or not it was passed by a majority. For the community centres, at the suggestion of Ms Amar Kulwant Singh, it was decided that the matter would be referred to the Art and Culture Committee for framing a policy within 15 days to deal with their management.

This was followed by question hour, where a Congress councillor, Ms Lalit Joshi, said she was not satisfied with the responses to her queries about encroachments in the green belt and road berms in industrial areas. A lot of dust was raised on the issue, with Ms Joshi and other councillors alleging that they were being misguided with wrong information before the officials finally admitted that a survey was in progress and the actual position would be known only after it was completed.

Mr Subhash Chawla demanded information about why 50 safai karamcharis, to be recruited last month, were not taken despite being interviewed for the same. The Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, explained that since sanitation levels were “reasonably okay” in the city and on account of financial crunch, he had decided new people were not needed. He, however, denied that there were pulls and pressures for recruitment.

Done with this, the Mayor decided that the agenda ought to be taken up first to discuss important issues which needed time. Hardly had she said this that the Opposition led by Chandigarh Vikas Manch councillor, Mr Vijay Singh Rana, raised their voices against the decision.

He had sought information about whether the Mohalla Sudhar Committee, Ram Darbar, the Mayor’s ward and being run by her husband, was a registered one. The reply was there was no record of the same, quoting which the councillors demanded to know how the MC had been making payments to this committee for the last one-and-a-half years. The Opposition, including councillors of the CVM, the BJP and the SAD, staged a walkout while raising slogans against the Congress.

They returned after lunch, rejuvenated. The ruckus continued and nothing was audible in the din that followed, prompting the mayor to call in the marshalls to lead the Opposition councillors out of the House. This, too, added to the confusion and the councillors came into the well of the House.

Amidst the confusion, Ms K. Atmaram, suddenly fell ill and fell down from her seat. As every councillor rushed to her, the item in question was forgotten and the search for the ambulance began. However, after with a while, a few sips of water, Ms Atmaram was back on her feet and was led out of the House. The Mayor returned only to adjourn the meeting.

Sidelights

The meeting of the Municipal Corporation House, though devoid of substance, was not without the usual colour, providing some light moments to the councillors despite the confusion.

* The marshalls remained on their toes all through. They were repeatedly called in to lead the councillors of the Opposition out of the House. As soon as they came in, the ‘noisy’ councillors, unwilling to leave, chose to sit down quietly.

* The local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, an ex-officio member of the House, stayed away from the meeting for the third consecutive time.

* As soon as Ms Atmaram took ill, the councillors were by her side, helping her sip water, fanning her, rubbing her feet and counting her pulse. The Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, and the Joint Commissioner, Mr Kulwant Singh Kalson, were immediately on their mobiles, locating an ambulance and asking for a stretcher.

* When the question on why the corporation had not recruited safai karamcharis despite interviewing over 550 candidates came up, Ms Anu Chatrath sought an explanation on why no shortlisting exercise had been carried out. A smiling Commissioner told her that there was no basis on which the safai karamcharis could have been shortlisted.

* Mr Subhash Chawla saved the day for the Mayor, who came under fire for release of payments to the unregistered Mohalla Sudhar Committee of Ram Darbar. Since Mr Chawla’s question preceded that of Mr Vijay Singh Rana, who had raised this issue, Mr Chawla said if the question hour was extended, the Mayor would have to answer the second part of his question before moving on to the next councillor.

* Nominated councillor, P.C. Sanghi, speaking on the quota for Mayor in the housing scheme at Mani Majra, said his experience had shown that the introduction of quota would turn the Mayor’s office into an “adda” for property dealers and promote corrupt practices. He alleged that some “vested interests” were at work and the scheme would fail on account of the reservation. After protests by Congress councillors, especially Mr Surinder Singh, who raised the issue, Mr Sanghi agreed to withdraw his remarks”.

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Markets remain open defying orders
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 27
Markets of the entire town remained open after 6 pm here today despite orders issued by the Punjab Government for their closure in view of the power shortage.

A visit to various markets showed the usual rush of customers and shopkeepers were busy carrying out their business in violation of the orders.

It is learnt that some shops in Phases I and VII closed around 7.30 pm though in other areas the markets functioned as usual. Some shopkeepers agreed that the power shortage was a genuine problem but nobody was ready to take the first step to close down his shop.

Mr D.N. Singla, president, Market Welfare Association, Phase II, said they had only read in newspapers that markets would close at 6 pm but no orders in this regard had been received from any quarters so far. He said there was no problem in closing the shop if the orders were implemented in uniformity throughout the town.

Another shopkeeper of Phase II, Mr Rajan Munjal, said the problem of power shortage was genuine but the way out was not proper. He said when customers came out for shopping in the evening, it saved power as they switched off the power in their houses.

Mr Iqbal Singh, president, Phase V Market Association, said some officials of the PSEB had visited the market in the evening and said power was not to be used after 6 pm, though shopkeepers could use inverters and generator sets to run their establishments.

A shopkeeper of Phase III B 2 said a shop inspector had asked shopkeepers in the area to close their establishment after 6 pm from tomorrow.

Mr V.K. Mahajan, Additional Superintending Engineer, told The Tribune that the government had issued a notification under which all shops in the state were to close at 6 pm and the PSEB was following that notification. He said a warning had been given to shopkeepers in the town on the first day today and strict implementation of the notification would be done from tomorrow. He said it was difficult for the PSEB authorities to inform every shopkeeper in this regard. He said if from tomorrow any shopkeeper was found making use of power after 6 pm his connection would be cut for two days.

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MC office to remain in rented building
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 27
A proposal to continue its office in a rented building for a period of another two years after hiking the rent amount by 7 per cent would come up for discussion at the meeting of the Municipal Council to be held here on July 29.

The council had an agreement with the owners of the building (SCF 58, Phase VII) on July 1, 2002 for a period of two years which expired last month. Till June the owners were paid a monthly rent of Rs 37,450 per month. According to the old agreement, rent was to be hiked by 7 per cent after the expiry of two years. As such a new agreement with the owners would have to be done for a period of two years.

According to another proposal, a new agreement would have to be done for the buildings (SCF 55-56) in which council offices were housed as the building had been sold by the owners. The new owners were ready to give the building on rent according to old terms of the agreement.

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Encroachments removed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 27
The Ropar district administration, today removed encroachments on the government land belonging to the agriculture Department’s seed farm at Phul Kala village near Ropar.

In the presence of Duty Magistrate and heavy police force, officials of the Agriculture Department took back the control of 33 kanal of encroached land worth lakhs of rupees by ploughing the land.

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Jhuggis removed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 27
The enforcement wing of the Estate Office today removed over 30 jhuggis near market places in Sector 15 and 20. The enforcement staff led by Junior Engineer Joginder Beniwal also removed the rehris parked near the markets.

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Labourer held on rape charge
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 27
The police here today arrested, Rahul Choudhry, a 22-year-old daily wage labourer on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl, a resident of Badh Majra village yesterday.

The accused lived in a rented house in Madanpura Village and worked as a daily wageearner According to the SHO Phase VIII, Mr Jagjit Singh he was arrested from his house in the village by the police this morning.

The accused informed the police that he was working in house number 616, Phase VI and carrying out repair work there.

According to the police, the victim, was lured into the house by Rahul. Rahul promised to get her a job in the house.

He then took her upstairs and allegedly raped her. The police has booked Rahul under sections 363, 366, 376 of the IPC.

Clarification

Based on a briefing by the local police, the place where the alleged rape took place was inadvertently mentioned as house number 516 Phase VI in these columns yesterday.

The incident, took place in house number 616, Phase VI.

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Cash, goods worth Rs 25,000 stolen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 27
Cash and goods worth Rs 25,000 were stolen from the Sector 17 residence of an Accounts Officer with Dairy Development, Haryana, while the family was away to Gurgaon for three days.

The burglary came to light this morning, when the family of Mr R.K. Gupta returned home after three days. While Mr R.K. Gupta is posted in Jind, his younger son, Sumit stays here. He had reportedly gone to Gurgaon to receive his elder brother, who flew in from the USA. On returning home, the family found the house ransacked and cash worth Rs 15,000, silver utensils, gold ornaments, camera and four watches stolen.

The miscreants had reportedly made their entry through the front of the house. While the lock on the main gate was intact, they broke the bolt of the main door and forced their entry into the house. All rooms in the house were thoroughly searched, including the almirahs, bed boxes and trunks.

Said a shocked Mr Gupta: “The burglars had a good time in our house and must have worked at leisure. They had a feast with the sweets lying in the fridge and cold drink from the refrigerator, and we found the left overs on the table.” The family informed the police when they discovered the burglary and an FIR was later registered.

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Child hit by car, dies

Chandigarh, July 27
A seven-year-old child of Sector 53 was killed when he was hit by a car in front of the community centre yesterday. Vijay Kant (7), son of Mr Man Manohar Murali, was playing with two other children in an open area near the community centre. He suddenly crossed road while two other children stayed back when they saw a car coming towards them.

The police arrested the driver of the car, Mr Harjinder Singh, of Mohali and bailed him out later. TNS

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2 arrested for carrying weapons
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 27
The police arrested two persons near Saketri village last night and seized some arms and ammunition from them. Two of their accomplices, however, managed to escape. The arrested persons have been identified as Sanjay and Suraj. Three swords, a revolver and eight cartridges were seized from their possession.

8 remanded

Eight members of a gang, who were arrested by the CIA Branch on July 24, were produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Gulab Singh, today. The accused — Kewal, Sanjeev, Gurcharan, Harpreet, Kuldeep, Gurwinder, Amit and Parminder — were produced in the court after a two-day police remand.

The police had arrested them while they were allegedly planning to commit a robbery in Sector 4.

The police pleaded that the remand be extended as they suspected their involvement in other heinous crimes. The judge sent them to one-day police remand.

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Valuables worth 70,000 stolen
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 27
Valuables worth Rs 70,000 from a house in Phase V here today. According to the police, thieves broke in while the owner, Ms Jaswinder Kaur, was away.

They scaled the rear wall of the house and entered the through a first-floor door after climbing over a tin roof in the backyard.

Ms Jaswinder Kaur told the police that she returned home at 1pm and found the house door locked from inside. She called her brother who entered the house and found it ransacked.
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Liquor seized; 1 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
A Kurukshetra resident was today arrested and 24 boxes of country-made liquor were seized from his possession at the Zirakpur border. Ashok Kumar of Haripur village in Kurukshetra district was allegedly smuggling the liquor to Haryana in an Indica car (HR-7F 8626). The car was stopped at Zirakpur by the local police. During search of the car, the liquor was recovered.

The woman who allegedly committed suicide before a train yesterday has been identified as Saroj Bala, wife of Mr Mangal Dass of Sector 41-B, Chandigarh. The family members told the police she was under depression depressed because of illness since long.

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Power bill payment machine trial a success
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 27
The first electricity bill payment machine (BPM) installed by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on an experimental basis at its office here was successfully tried today.

According to Mr V.K. Mahajan, Senior Executive Engineer here, the machine has been used by over 500 power consumers since yesterday. The automatic machine is successfully accepting both cheques and cash. The consumers are given a receipt in return. This facility will be available round the clock at a later stage but for now it is available only for a limited number of hours.

Every transaction made through the machine during the trial is being monitored by the machine manufacturing company’s engineers.

The first BPM was installed at the Mohali circle office as part of a pilot project last month. The machine looks like an ATM machine and also functions essentially the same way. The consumer feeds in his account number, given on the bill. The machine displays the bill amount on the screen. If the payment is to be made in cash (rounded off to the closest zero), the consumer slips currency notes of specific denominations into the machine through a slot. The machine recognises the notes and when the full payment is received, a receipt is issued.

The machine also accepts cheques and issues a receipt through a separate window. The interactive machine works on touch-screen technology and the consumer is directed through the whole transaction. Consumers will have the option of interacting with the machine in English, Hindi or Punjabi.

Tata Infotech, a Bangalore-based company, was asked to install one machine on a trial basis, following the success of which the board would buy more machines. Initially, only 10 such machines, costing the board Rs 5-10 lakh each, will be installed in various cities in Punjab.

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LIC conference
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The LIC of India, pension and group schemes, North Zone, organised the first conference of marketing officials at Panchkula today. Mr S.Chakrapany, Executive Director, along with Mr Nilesh Sathe, Chief (P&GS), SBU, presided over the conference. Mr Ashok Shah, Zonal Manager, North Zone, and Mr Dinesh Pangtey, Regional Manager, P&Gs and Mr N.P. Chawla, Senior Divisional Manager, Chandigarh Division also graced the occasion.

Managers and marketing officials from north zone comprising Punjab, Haryana, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi and Rajasthan attended the conference.

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BIS interactive session from today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 27
The Mohali Industries Association (MIA) will hold an interactive session with Mr K.K. Sharma, Deputy Director-General, Bureau of Indian Standards, Northern Regional Office, and other officers about the services provided to the industry in the fields of standardisation and quality control, acquisition of ISO certification, etc on July 28 at the local PCA Club.

About 15 officers from the bureau will participate in the programme. This will provide a good opportunity to entrepreneurs to know about the services rendered by the bureau and to interact with its officers.

In the changing industrial scenario in the wake of globalisation, the WTO regime, etc, the need to lay emphasis on quality management is of paramount importance for an industry to face the ever-growing competition in the domestic as well as the global market. “The MIA has set a target that all its members should acquire ISO certification by 2005,’’ said Mr Gurmeet Singh, president of the association, here today.

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