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1 dead, 86 bus passengers hurt
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 4
One passenger was killed and 86 were injured, 27 of them seriously when two buses had a head-on collision in Gholu Majra village on the Kalka-Ambala highway, 5 km from here, this morning.

While 26 were admitted to the GMCH, two critically injured were rushed to the PGI in Chandigarh. The unidentified woman, aged 50, was declared brought dead at GMCH Sector 32 Chandigarh. Thirtyfive injured passengers were discharged after first aid at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

Out of the 26 injured, 14 have been admitted to the surgery department and the rest to orthopaedics department, GMCH.

Eyewitnesses said a Jaipur-bound bus (RJ-14-IP-4802) of the Rajasthan depot hit a cyclist and then collided with a Punjab Roadways bus (PB-12B-9915) belonging to the Roopnagar depot coming from the opposite direction at 8.15 am.

The collision was so forceful that the front portion of both buses was damaged. Drivers and passengers sitting on the front seats were trapped in the mingled remains of the vehicles.

A majority of victims travelling in the buses belonged to Jaipur, Delhi, Gurgaon, Indore, Pipli, Mulana Ramgarh, Bareli, Kurukshetra, Kharar and Chandigarh.

Hearing a loud thud, employees of nearby industrial units, passersby and passengers of other buses crossing the spot stopped and swung into rescue operation.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Bhupinder Singh, a driver with Punjab Roadways, said on being trapped in the traffic jam, they saw a bus of their depot involved with an accident. Along with the conductor, he rushed to save the driver, Jaswinder Singh, trapped in the damaged bus.

Mr Nirmal Singh, a milk vendor, local people helped in extricating the victims and sending them to hospital on private vehicles. An ambulance from the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, and vehicle of the highway patrol were used to transport the injured to hospitals in Chandigarh and Dera Bassi.

Dr Ram Kumar, SMO, Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, along with his team of doctors and paramedical staff, attended the injured. The injured were taken to the GMCH, Chandigarh, in an ambulance of the local hospital.


Woman robbed by youths posing as power staff 
Tribune News Service

A policeman inspects bloodstains at the residence of Mrs Veena Rani (right) who was robbed and beaten up badly in Sector 70, Mohali, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph.

Mohali, August 4
In a daring daylight robbery, two youths armed with a fake revoler, robbed a 59-year-old woman of gold bangles in Sector 70 here today. They gained access into the house posing as electricity board employees while the victim, Mrs Veena Rani, was alone in her flat.

The incident took place at 12.30 pm. Two men rang the door bell at Mrs Veena Rani’s house on the first floor in Sector 70. They told her that they were electricity board employees and had come to check the electricity meter. They asked for the meter box lock. She handed them the keys through the main door.

The SP, Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal, has appealed to Mohali residents not to entertain unknown persons. They should not allow salesmen, junk buyers, courier delivery men, telephone, electricity, or cable repair men into their houses.

Within minutes, the two returned and demanded they be allowed to check various electrical appliances being used in the house.

The moment they came inside, one of them took out a revolver and pushed her. She fell on the floor. One of the men held her down feet while the other hit her on the face and head repeatedly. She began bleeding from the nose and fainted. They kept asking her for keys to the almirahas, said Ajay Goyal, the victim’s son.

The two carried a set of pliers with them and hit Veena on the head with them.

Since the main door was ajar, the two seemed to have left in a hurry from the flat. They did not touch anything else in the house.

They left the fake revolver behind but took a set of house keys with them. “Now we are scared that they might attack our house again as they have the keys to all rooms,” said Mr Badri Prakash, the victim’s husband.

Mr Ajay Goyal said he, his wife, his elder brother and his wife were at their workplaces when the robbers struck. “I had gone out for training to Chandigarh and had left home in the morning,” said Mr Badri Prakash.

Mrs Veena Rani told the police that the attackers were young — one was about 35 years of age and the other was 25. One wore a turban while the other had shorn hair. The two spoke both Hindi and Punjabi. Mrs Veena Rani was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. The SP, Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal, rushed to the site after the incident with the SHO, Phase VIII, Mr Sukhjit Singh Virk. Back


Operation clean-up picks speed
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, August 4
Broken branches, fallen trees, pot-holed and caved-in roads, mud and grime on the roads — this was the scene in City Beautiful today. The city ravaged by yesterday’s record rainfall was a picture of disarray this morning. This was before the Municipal Corporation and UT Administration stepped in for a clean-up and repair operation.

With road repair and sanitation being top priority, labourers were deployed early in the morning to carry out patchwork of roads. In Sector 22, CII, Halo Majra and Sector 17, labourers attended to caved in roads along the berms, leading to traffic jams which continued all through the day. While no surveys were carried out to assess the damaged roads, the Chief Engineer, Mr S.K. Khanna, said repair work was on at all damaged portions of roads in the city. “We have not earmarked any special funds for repair work. These are being carried out as a routine exercise since damage in the city has not been much. Colonies and villages were the worst hit. The UT Administration is responsible for that area,” he stated.

However, he admitted that the drainage system had failed to take the “load” of rainwater but justified by adding, “It was a record rainfall. The drainage system cannot be blamed for failing. We were prepared for monsoon but not for a deluge,” he said.

Stating that the first big downpour is usually a test to check the efficaciousness of the drainage system, he said it had helped the department to gauge the problem areas in the city.

“This rainfall has shown us wherever there is scope for improvement. Keeping the pointers given by yesterday’s heavy showers in mind, we will undertake a special drive to clean up the blocked drains. Once the repair of roads is complete, this is next thing on the agenda,” he maintained.

Teams of the Engineering Wing of the Chandigarh Administration carried out a detail survey all city roads and services today to assess the damage caused by the record breaking rainfall yesterday. Also the Tehsildaar will conduct a survey of all damaged houses. The residents will be paid some compensation.

The Chief Engineer, Mr V.K. Bhardawaj, said an exact estimate on the damage would be known only by tomorrow.

“This morning the first priority was to send out men and machines to clean up the debris on the roads. The debris can cause serious accidents as two wheeler riders can slip”, he said.

Besides this the repair of the road and culvert in Kishangarh has started. The portion of the newly widened national highway, is also being repaired. The embankment of the Patiali-ki-Rao, in Maloya and Dadumajra villages is also being strengthened. This had breached yesterday and timely action to plug the breach had saved hundreds of houses.

Yesterday the Administration had announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 to families of those dead and a sum of Rs 5,000 was paid on the spot.

PANCHKULA: Hundreds of residents who had suffered the deluge after yesterday’s rain welcomed the clear skies today as they set about assessing their loss.

Residents of Rajiv Colony, who were the worst hit by the rain yesterday, after a seasonal rivulet passing around the colony, flooded the area today staged a dharna and blocked traffic at Sector 7/8 17/18 roundabout. Over 150 residents of the colony, led by Municipal Councillor Dalbir Singh, blocked the road for almost 40 minutes in the evening to protest against the snapping of drinking water and electricity supply. They were also demanding compensation for the family of Agya Pratap, who had been washed away yesterday.

These residents had earlier met the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam P. Kasn, and had sought a compensation and restoration of the water and electricity supply.

The DC assured them that power and water supply would be restored soon and said free langar for them would continue at Sector 17 and 15 government schools.

Water tankers have also been stationed near the colony for ensuring drinking water supply.

Meanwhile, the colony remained submerged in knee-deep water.

In spite of repeated appeals by the district administration, the persons protesting refused to leave their houses and move to the relief camps.

A number of NGO’s came to their aid. Prominent among these was the Jeevan Mukt Mission, which distributed food to the residents in the colony. Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja of the mission informed that he had gone to three schools — Blue Bird School, Sector 16, Bhavan Vidyalaya and Government Girls School, in Sector 15 — today morning and had asked the school children to donate the food that they had brought for lunch.

This food was then distributed among the residents of the slum colony. The MC president, Ms Seema Chaudhary, too, arranged for food for these residents.

Meanwhile, a team of HUDA officials, led by the Chief Engineer, Mr K.K. Bhugra, took a tour of the township to assess the damage. At several places where the roads had caved in, he ordered that the work should be completed soon.

The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam officials too assessed the damage caused because of the floods.

The loss was estimated to be about Rs 7 lakh. About 40 electricity poles have been damaged and five transformers were damaged.


8 trains on Kalka-Ambala section cancelled
Bipin Bhardwaj

Lalru, August 4
The rail track in Saddopur village has been damaged following the sinking of a span of one of the bridges and washing away of protective spurs of another concrete and soil from railway lines in Lalru, Bhankharpur and Dhakauli (Zirakpur) have been washed away. A visit by The Tribune team to Saddopur village revealed that a flooded rivulet had damaged bridge (No 246), near Gate No 106. A portion of a “pully” on the railway line, about 1 km from the bridge, had also been washed away.

Railway officials today conducted a survey of the site.

Northern Railway today cancelled eight trains on the Ambala-Kalka section. The trains that have been cancelled include 4095/4096 Nizamuddin-Kalka-Nizamuddin Himalayan Queen Express, 2011/2012 New Delhi-Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, 2925A/2926A Bandra Terminus-Kalka-Bandra Terminus Paschim Link Express, 2057/2058 New Delhi-Chandigarh-New Delhi Jan Shatabdi Express, 2005/2006 New Delhi-Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, 1UC/2UC Ambala-Cantonment-Chandigarh Shuttle, 1UK/2UK Kalka-Ambala Cantonment Shuttle and 303/304 Delhi-Delhi Passenger.


Youth drowns in seasonal rivulet
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 4
A 22-year-old youth drowned in a seasonal rivulet flowing near Kheri Gujran village, here today. Jasbir Singh, accompanied by his brother, Jaswinder Singh, were trying to cross the rivulet to get some grass for their cattle when the incident occurred.

While Jasbir Singh drowned in the rivulet, his brother was able to swim to safety. However, by the time Jasbir Singh was fished out of the water and taken to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, he had already died.


PGI OTs closed for second day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The operating theatres at the fifth floor of the PGI remained closed for the second successive day today. After heavy rains yesterday, the hospital authorities had closed the OTs after they started to leak. Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, the authorities said that the repair works were yet to begin and the OTs may remain closed for some more days. The Director, PGI, Prof K.K. Talwar commented, ``We are aware that it is a regular problem that the PGI has to face. We are working towards finding a solution.’’

Meanwhile, surgeries were carried out in the fourth floor of the Nehru hospital along with the surgeries performed in the emergency wards.

The GMCH Sector 32 too could not escape the affect of the rains. The sources in the hospital said that water had entered the laundry unit of the hospital in the basement of the Block C of the hospital yesterday and the surgeries in the Block C OTs were postponed. 

Check-up camp for flood victims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Apollo Clinic, Sector 9, Chandigarh, a subsidiary of Apollo Hospitals group, will hold a free health check-up camp tomorrow for the benefit of flood-affected persons in Kishangarh area.

Doctors along with paramedical technologists will carry out free blood tests if required for speedy diagnosis and therapy, according to Dr (Col) D.S. Grewal.Back


Residents sweat it out in sultry weather
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Sultry weather conditions are back in the city and the adjoining areas. After two days of pleasant weather, residents again sweated it out under humid conditions even as normal life limped back to normal. Residents woke up to a sunny morning. This was in sharp contrast to yesterday, when the life was crippled following a record 30 cm of rainfall. In fact, till well past midnight last night, the residents thronged various tourist spots to enjoy the ambience and cool breeze.

The Sukhna proved to be the biggest crowd-puller as the people made a beeline for the lake to enjoy the twinkling lights of Kasauli in the background. The Rose Garden, the Shanti Kunj, the Fragrance Garden and the Terraced Garden also drew sizeable crowds.

However, people’s joy seemed to be shortlived as the day advanced, the people felt harassed in the sultry weather which was compounded by a power failure in several sectors. The maximum temperature was only about 0.8 degrees celsius above as against yesterday’s 33 degrees celsius and minimum temperature at 22.2 degrees, which was about 4 degrees below than that of yesterdays. However, a maximum humidity of 98 per cent compared to yesterday’s 88 per cent made residents’ lives miserable.

On the flip side, life returned to normal with offices, commercial establishments and educational institutions reporting good attendance. The staff of the Municipal Corporation, and the Chandigarh Administration were busy trying to put various amenities in shape after yesterday’s devastating rain.

The Meteorological Department has forecast partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain. However, the residents are taking this with a pinch of salt as the department had faltered on the weather forecast time and again.


PU don pays for construction dept’s apathy
Tribune News Service

The leaking roof of Prof A.C. Julka’s house on Panjab University campus caused extensive damage on Tuesday.
The leaking roof of Prof A.C. Julka’s house on Panjab University campus caused extensive damage on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph.

Chandigarh, August 4
While yesterday’s downpour exposed the tall claims of the Municipal Corporation about its preparedness for the monsoons, the Construction Department of Panjab University, was no better. 

Prof A.C. Julka of the Department of Economics and his family had a tough time saving their belongings as there was massive leakage in his house on the campus. 

Dr Julka had complained about the leaking ceiling on August 2. But delay on the part of the Construction Department caused massive damage in his house.

He plans to take up the matter of “inaction” on the part of the Construction Office with the Vice-Chancellor to ensure there is no laxity on their part in attending to any complaint.


Mansa industrialist duped by couple
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
An industrialist from Mansa, Mr Hari Ram Garg, could not resist a temptation of getting his Rs 15 lakh loan from Punjab Financial Corporation (PFC) taken over by a less interest charging company in November last year.

An opportunity came his way through a newspaper advertisement put out by a city-based couple. But his impatience to retire a high cost loan led him into a trap apparently laid by the couple to dupe him and possibly many others. Mr Garg gave the couple Rs 14,500 fee and documents to get the loan, which was then taken at 15 per cent per annum interest rate, settled with a cheaper loan. Mr Garg approached the Sector 20-based couple.

He has been after the couple for months to either get him a fresh loan or return Rs 14,500 given as fee to them.

The office, in which the couple met Mr Garg last year and promised to arrange a fresh loan at around 8 per cent per annum of interest, is closed.

The couple also seems to have left their house in Panchkula in which they claimed to live before the deal was struck, Mr Garg who had been trying to contact the couple told Chandigarh Tribune here today.

Mr Garg alleged that the couple might have collected money from several persons for making available finances at a cheaper rate of interest to settle loans taken earlier on high interest rates. He alleged that’s the reason behind the couple changing their place of operation. Even the mobile numbers given to customers earlier were not active now.

Mr Garg said two complaints were lodged against the couple but no case had yet been registered so far.

The industrialist said he first reported the matter to the Chandigarh police on March 27, 2004, and again on June 4, 2004 but he did not get any copy of the FIR in the matter.

Mr Garg said he was given a visiting card of a life insurance company but when he checked up with the company, it informed that there was no agent by the name mentioned on the visiting card. Mr Garg was running from one office to another to find out the new address of the couple. Mr Garg took the service tax number of the couple from the Central Excise Department but the address on the service tax registration was similar to one given to Mr Garg.

The victim says that he would try to find out the address of the couple and their company from the Income Tax Department where addresses are mentioned in the Permanent Account Number (PAN).

Mr Garg, who has a cold rubber plant at Mansa, said the advertisement put out in the newspaper was very attractive and tempting. He said there were a large number of loanees who would like to benefit from a low interest rate regime now to get their old loans taken over by a financier who provides finances at cheaper rates.

Mr Garg said the couple contacted him last in February saying that his loan was not approved. Mr Garg asked them to return the fee in that case. The victim said the finance agents had contacted him through a PCO on Mr Garg’s mobile phone. With no action coming, Mr Garg has now returned around 5 lakh of loan through other means to lessen his burden.


Provide vocational education to disabled: Pant
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 4
Children who have been deprived of education due to various reasons should be served with dedication. The mission of promoting education has to be borne in mind while discharging one’s duty.

These views were expressed by Mr M.C. Pant, Chairman, National Institute of Open Schooling, at an orientation programme for the coordinators of various institutions held on the premises of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) here today.

Mr Pant urged the coordinators not to indulge in commercialisation as such a step would defeat the very aim of providing education to dropouts. Nobody should be allowed to misuse the system. Impersonation should be totally ruled out. Giving mere certificates would have no meaning if the students did not possess adequate knowledge. The aim should be to make students competent and ideal citizens 
of the world.

The chairman said a student should not be encouraged to indulge in copying. In order to curb this menace there was a need for regular evaluation of students. He said efforts were being made for promoting self education. Self-learning was a very important form of learning. A child could achieve results in self-learning provided he was given help from time to time. Proper guidance had to be provided with a flexible state of mind.

Mr Pant said there were nearly 3 crore children in the age group of eight to 14 years who were without the basic education. The Sarv Siksha Abhiyan had been started but still it had not been possible to provide basic education to every child. He said our target was to provide education to 6 crore children who could not acquire education due to various social, economic or other reasons.

He said providing education to physically challenged children was our topmost priority. We could assist any organisation that was interested in helping such children in the field of education. We would identify areas in which vocational education could be provided.

Mr V.J. Williams, Director (Evaluation), said the National Institute of open schooling was the largest open school in the world and nearly 4 lakh students would be appearing in the examinations this year. But it was to be kept in mind that the growth kept pace with the quality of education.

He said the number of children who could not get the basic education ran in crores and if they were left like that, they could become a law and order problem for the country. Awareness had to be created in this regard and all states should come forward to set up open schools.

Mr Williams said earlier students were examined in their own study centres but the results in this regard were very disappointing as copying was helped in a big way. Now examinations would be conducted only in those centres which were trustworthy.

Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman, PSEB, said the institute should properly coordinate with the education boards of different states. He offered to provide all sorts of help to the institute.


PEC raises retirement age of faculty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
In its first meeting, the Board of Governors of the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) Society today increased the age of retirement of its faculty from 58 years to 62 years. The Board also decided to constitute a search committee to appoint a Director. It also approved the constitution of the Finance Committee and the Selection Committees.

The counselling for undergraduate seats at the PEC, Chandigarh College of Architecture and the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology for session 2004-2005 shall be held from August 9 to August 12. The admission will be carried out subject to the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court where the case is scheduled to come up for hearing on August 11.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Lalit Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, here today. The Board also decided to include representatives for the Union Ministry for Human Resource and Development and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in the Finance Committee.

The increase in the retirement age of the Faculty to 62 years on the IIT pattern will be a major boost as the PEC can get better people. This will also give four years of extra service to the present professors.

Meanwhile, the decision to increase the retirement age of the other staff from 58 years to 60 years on the IIT pattern was deferred till the next meeting.

The constitution of various committees like the search committee for the Director will be headed by UT the Adviser. The finance committee will also be headed by the Adviser in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board.

As per terms and reference of the memorandum of agreement between the PEC and the Union Ministry for Human Resource and Development the Chairman of the Board has to be a person of international or national repute. This switchover will take place in the next few months.

The meeting was also attended by Mr R.S. Gujral, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary, Technical Education, Mr Karan A. Singh, Finance Secretary, Prof. K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Mr Vivek Atray, Joint Secretary, Technical Education, Mr Krishan Goyal, Chairman, CII (Northern Region), Mr Rajeev Bali, Chairman, PHDCCI, Dr R.P. Bajpai, Director, CSIO, Mr Vikram Sahgal (Members) and Dr Baljeet Kapoor, Principal, Punjab Engineering College (Invitee).Back


Installation Day of Guru Granth Sahib
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The National Commission of Minorities (NCM) has asked state governments all over the country to celebrate the Installation Day of Guru Granth Sahib falling on September 1.

Commission Chairman Tarlochan Singh has requested the state Chief Ministers to “utilise the occasion for highlighting the spiritual message of saints and fakirs”.

Giving details, the Chairman has asserted that Guru Granth Sahib revered by the Sikhs as a living God, contained verses of 15 Hindu saints and Muslim fakirs. Since the saints and fakirs belonged to different parts of the country, the Commission was asking all the states to celebrate the occasion for promoting communal harmony, brotherhood and oneness of God.


B.C. Roy awardees tell their experiences
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Visibly pleased Prof K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, who received the B.C. Roy National Award, shared his vision of transforming the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here today. He received the award from the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, at a ceremony organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday. The director talks of making technological advances and conducting research in new areas the focus for the institute.

“We have to work towards attaining technological expertise in various areas, including research in cancer and genetic and molecular medicine,’’ says Prof Talwar. He adds that the PGI is working towards provision of separate burns unit, liver transplant surgery, gamma treatment in neurosurgery and separate department of research in genetic and molecular medicine.

Drawing comparison with the AIIMS, New Delhi, where Prof Talwar was a Head of the Cardiology Department before being appointed the PGI director in February this year, he says that the difference between the two institutes in terms of services provided lies in the infrastructure of the two cities and latest technological advancements made in some of the departments. “There is a heavy rush of patients in the PGI. Even though the emergency has a provision of 150 beds, we are accommodating 300 patients at a given point of time. On the other hand, Delhi has big hospitals to take care of many serious patients and the entire rush is not directed towards the AIIMS,” says Prof Talwar. But as a dedicated faculty, he says that despite the work pressures, the doctors have to do their job.

Expressing the need of furtherance of research, the director says that more and more outside agencies should be roped in for funding of the research projects, while the PGI’s own fund allocation should mostly be diverted towards the research projects of the junior faculty. “Talks are going on for funding most of the research projects through the outside agencies like CSIO, the DST and the Department of Biotechnology. We want to focus on research conducted by the junior faculty,’’ he adds.

The Head of the Department of Surgery, Prof J.D. Wig, also a recipient of the B.C. Roy Award says that it is the hard work that the people in this profession have to put in throughout their careers to achieve success. Prof Wig, who is serving in this Institute since 1976, says the department has made several advances over the years in terms of providing various facilities to the patients. The provision of high dependency ward for critical patients is in the pipeline. Commenting on the new areas of research, Prof Wig says that these days the emphasis is on molecular research in various types of cancers.

Equally pleased is Dr Digambhar Behera, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGI, who received the award for the clinical research in lung cancer and the effect of air pollution, especially on women. Dr Behera, through his research has highlighted the risk of women suffering from lung cancer after being exposed to polluted air while using the LPG and kerosene gas stoves and cow dung for cooling.

“Now we are working on molecular and genetic research for finding better treatment for the lung cancer patients,” says Dr Behera.


Poor planning leads to collapse of school wall
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur Garibdass (Kharar), August 4
Poor planning led to the collapse of wall of a stadium in a school here yesterday in the flood waters. The wall was built under the Panchayati Raj scheme by the Punjab Government less than two years ago.

The school is located less than 5 km from the PGI.

The building of the school, Munna Lal Puri Government Senior Secondary School, was built from funds from UK-based NRI Nathu Ram Puri, a former resident of Mullanpur.

The wall was coming in the path of the gushing flood waters. Mr Arvind Puri, chairman, Youth Welfare Sports and Health Club , Mullanpur, said the local Panchayat had pointed out that no exit for rain water had been made and the wall was blocking the flow of water.

The flood waters virtually mowed down the wall and damaged the ground of the school which had been jointly prepared by the Puri Development Trust, Mullanpur , the Youth Welfare Sports Club and the village Panchayat. The ground had been prepared four months ago.

Mr Mohan Lal Jund, panch of the village demanded that the ground be repaired by the Government and asked for an inquiry as to why the wall had collapsed. 


Ropar SSP admitted to Fortis
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 4
The SSP, Ropar, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, has been admitted to the Fortis Heart Hospital here. The SSP reportedly suffered a massive heart attack yesterday at Ropar while he was in his office.

While no one from the SSP’s family agreed to comment on his health, sources said he was in the Intensive Care Unit till this afternoon. The Fortis hospital authorities refused to comment.

Mr Rakesh Agarwal, SP, Mohali, said that he had visited Mr Surinder Pal Singh in the hospital yesterday, where he had been admitted for tests. He had been admitted following exertion and would be discharged soon, he added.


UT Admn to reward SSI entrepreneurs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Industries Department, Chandigarh Administration, has decided to confer State Awards on the eligible entrepreneurs of small scale industrial units to give due recognition to their achievements.

The first award consists of Rs 15,000 while the second and third awards consists of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively.

The last date for receiving the application for the same has been fixed as September 30 . The application form for this award is available in the office of General Manager, District Industries Centre, UT, situated at 39, Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh .

The awards shall be given on the basis of performance of the small-scale units in the past three years and the units, which have been given the same award in the preceedings three years, will not be eligible. Further the office-bearers of various industrial associations, which are members of the Jury constituted for the selection of units, are also not eligible to apply under this scheme.


Cyclist crushed under truck
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 4
An unidentified cyclist was today crushed under a Municipal Corporation truck (CH-01-1063) near the Piccadily roundabout. The truck hit the victim’s cycle from behind between Kisan Chowk and Piccadily Chowk.

He was taken to the General Hospital where he was declared dead, on admission. The driver of the vehicle, Charan Singh, was arrested. Later, he got bail. “S.K.” is tattooed on one of the hands of the victim who was around 35 years of age.

A case under Sections 279, 337 and 308 of the IPC has been registered. As per the driver, the cyclist crushed under the truck when he abruptly changed track while going towards the Piccadily roundabout.

Car stolen

A Fiat car was reportedly stolen from Sector 8 and a scooter from Sector 34.

Mr Ashish Ghai of Sector 8-C, complained to the police that his Fiat car (CHC-8474) was stolen from the residence during the night of August 1. A case of theft has been registered under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code.

In another incident of theft, Darbara Singh of Burail village complained that his scooter (CH-01-A-3753) was stolen from Sector 34 complex.

3 scooterists hurt

Three scooterists were reportedly injured in separate accidents in different parts of the city. Bhola Yadav of Colony No. 4 was hit by a truck (HR-38-G-0174), in Phase I of Industrial Area. He was admitted to the GMCH-32 and later referred to the PGI. A case under Section 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered and Sushil Kumar, truck driver, arrested. He got bail later.

In a hit-and-run case Lakhbir Singh of Sector 34 was hit by a Maruti car (HR-41-7585), in front of the police station, Sector 34. The victim received injuries. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.

In a similar incident, a scooterist, Ms Navneet Sondhi of Sector 37-B, was hit by a car (CH-03-E-1361) at Sector 37 and 38 chowk. She received injuries and was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Scooter stolen

Thieves took away an LML Vespa scooter (CH-01-J-2775) from the courtyard of a house in Sector 44-D, on Tuesday morning. In his complaint to the police, Mr Vasudev, scooter owner, said the scooter was parked outside his house. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC.


BSNL centre opens in Sec 20
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Taking a cue from the private operators, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) decided to open its Customer Service Centre in Sector 20 from 8 am to 8 pm from today and offer several services under one roof for the convenience of general public.

The centre, which was inaugurated today by the Chief General Manager Telecom, Punjab Circle, Mr G.S. Bhatia, would offer several facilities, including telephone bill collection, booking of landline and mobile telephones, re-charge coupons, India Telecom Cards, and Sanchar Net for seven days a week.

Later, talking to reporters, Mr Bhatia informed that extended working hours would be introduced in all service centres of Punjab by September-end. The Punjab Circle was also in the process of adding over 9 lakh mobile connections to its existing subscriber base, he added.

Saying that the public-dealing time was being increased with a view to reducing the burden on the existing service centres, Mr Satya Pal, Principal General Manager Telecom, Chandigarh, said that the timings of existing four service centres would be extended in a phased manner.

Currently there are four service centres functioning in the Chandigarh Secondary Switching Area(SSA) at the Central Telegraph Office in Sector 17, the Telephone Exchange Building in Sector 34, the Telephone Exchange Building in Phase IV of Mohali and the Telephone Exchange Building in Sector 5 of Panchkula.

Answering a specific question, Mr Satya Pal claimed that there was no staff shortage and BSNL was “re-orienting staff” to spare them for the extended working hours in the service centres.

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