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Flesh trade racket busted; eight held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
The Security Branch, Panchkula, along with the Sector 20 police busted a flesh trade racket operating in Sector 15 here and arrested eight persons, including five women. The racket was being run from a guest house here.

The police says the owner of the guest house, Kabul Singh, had recently bought a house in Sector 15 for Rs 55 lakh. “The owner is a resident of Pehowa. He was earlier working in Germany. After returning here three months ago, he bought the house and converted it into a guest house. However, all kinds of nefarious activities were going on in the guest house,” said a senior police officer. He added that a room of the guest house was rented out to these women and their clients for Rs 400.

The Security Branch, Panchkula, received secret information about a flesh trade racket operating in the guest house. Led by Inspector, Welfare, Mr Purshottam Lal Handa, and Mr Ashwani Kumar Sharma, both of the Security Branch, along with the Station House Officer of the Sector 20 police station, Mr Sultan Singh, the team sent two decoy customers to the guest house.

The police says that a deal was struck with the manager of the guest house, Parveen Kumar. It was then that the police raided the premises and arrested five women, including the gang leader, a 25-year-old woman from Mani Majra. All these women are in the age group of 18 to 22 years and had been in the trade for sometime now. All these women cited economic reasons for getting involved in flesh trade. While two of these women are from Mani Majra, two are from Indra Colony, and one from Sector 26, Chandigarh. The police also arrested Kabul Singh, Parveen Kumar and another employee at the guest house, Ajay. 

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Kohli has 2 murder convicts for company
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
High-profile criminal, Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, accused of raping and killing British teenager Hannah Foster, has out-of-the-ordinary company inside Burail Jail. His two cell mates, who are convicts, are said to be deeply religious persons, who pray regularly inside the cell.

These convicts, who have turned to religion, are said to be carrying out their morning “path” while praying regularly. It is not known if Kohli has joined in or not, sources in the jail said. However, it is not known if living so close to these two has had an effect on Kohli or not. In any case he is forced to listen to the religious chants and prayers of these men.

Since movement outside the cells is forbidden for jail inmates, Kohli’s company for a more than 22 hours a day are his fellow inmates — Harpal Singh and Sucha Singh. They have been specially selected by the jail authorities. Both of them are serving life term under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code in separate cases.

In jail parlance the two are seen as “sharif bande” due to their religious bent of mind.

Kohli has been provided with special guards from among the jail staff to keep an eye on him so that he does not try to commit suicide. Last week an undertrial involved in a kidnapping case had slashed his wrists with a mirror while inside the bathroom to kill himself. Jail authorities have banned mirrors now.

In the case of Kohli, the cell has been kept free of any object and the idea of having these two convicts also is to keep an eye on him.

Inside jail, Kohli prefers to speak in Punjabi, officials who have been interacting with him reveal. He is not very comfortable in Hindi and speaks English only when spoken to. Still the first preference is Punjabi. He is having normal food cooked in the kitchen of the jail and has made no demands for any extra facilities so far. 

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Rights body seeks to provide Kohli legal aid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) today decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court for demanding an interview with Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, suspect in the rape and murder of British teenager Hannah Foster, with a view to providing him legal aid.

This follows the dismissal of an application filed by the LHRI in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Ms Paramvir Nijjar, here today. The CJM ordered that the request for legal aid should come from Kohli himself and the rights body had no locus standi in the case. The rights organisation will move the High Court on Monday as the suspect has every right to have counsel of his choice, Mr Arvind Thakur, general secretary of the local unit of the LHRI, said.

In his application before the CJM yesterday, Mr D.K. Moudgill, who appeared for the suspect in the remand proceedings, pleaded that in view the nature of the case more advocates were required to provide defence to the accused.

Mr Arvind Thakur, Mr Navkiran Singh and Mr T.S. Sudan prayed that they might be allowed to visit Kohli in Burail Jail to get instructions for providing him defence and getting the power of attorney.

The application claimed that Mr Thakur had met Kohli when he was being produced in the CJM's court on August 12 and he had requested for legal aid.

The suspect was unable to arrange for defence counsel as his wife and children were in the UK and because of police pressure his brothers had also refused to help him. As his mother was bed-ridden, his father was not in a position to provide him any help, it added.

On a CBI plea, Ms Nijjar had yesterday remanded Kohli in judicial custody till August 18.

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Kohli discharged in criminal case
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
Maninderpal Singh Kohli, accused of the rape and murder of British teenager Hannah Foster, was today ‘released’ by a Kharar court in the criminal case registered against him at Mohali. However, Kohli, currently lodged at Burail jail on a plea of the CBI, would remain in judicial custody in Chandigarh under various provisions of the Extradition Act.

Kohli was produced before Kharar SDJM Poonam Ratti following the end of his 14-day judicial remand. The Punjab police told the court that during investigations into the fake passport case registered at Mohali that it had found nothing incriminating against Kohli. The police thus sought Kohli’s discharge from the case.

The SDJM ordered the release of Kohli from judicial custody and issued a notice to the complainant. Mr Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, for August 23. She also directed Kohli to appear in the court on that day. Since Kohli was in the custody of the CBI, the CBI was directed to produce Kohli on August 23. The SDJM asked Kohli to furnish a personal bond worth Rs 1 lakh, which he did.

Kohli was arrested on July 15 from Siliguri, West Bengal. Kohli was brought to Punjab on July 27 and produced in a Kharar court the next day. He was sent to police custody till August 5. The Punjab police produced him in court on July 31 and asked for his judicial remand. Kohli was sent in judicial custody to Patiala jail till today. The CBI took over Kohli’s custody from the Chandigarh CJM on August 12. He had been lodged in Burail jail till August 18.

Kohli’s parents and brothers were accused in a fake passport case registered at Mohali. According to an FIR dated March 25, lodged by the former Superintendent of Police, Mr Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, Maninderpal Singh Kohli had, during his 10-day stay in Mohali from March 18 to March 28, last year, tried to get a fake passport made. An FIR (number 67) had been lodged against Jagjit Singh, Amritpal, Ishtpreet, Iqbal Kaur, five unidentified persons and Onkar Singh, a resident of Delhi, under Sections 212, 216, 420, 465, 466 and 120 of the IPC.

While Amritpal had been discharged by the police, Ishtpreet was in judicial remand till August 31.

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Police sharp shooters for I-Day function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Keeping in mind the security threat, sharp shooters of the police will be positioned on top of main buildings surrounding the parade ground in Sector 17 during the Independence Day function here.

The buildings around the parade ground are the District Courts, Central Administrative Tribunal building, Shivalikview Hotel and also the market in Sector 22-A opposite the parade ground. Besides positioning the sharp shooters, the Chandigarh police will seal off the roads around parade ground to prevent any “Fidayeen” attack. The SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, clarified there was no specific threat of “Fidayeen” attack in Chandigarh but we have beefed up security.

The police has carried out intensive searches in serai’s, guest houses, inter-state bus terminus, and random checking of vehicles besides patrolling by staff. The police is also rounding up people for checking and verification. The thrust of the checking is on peripheral areas. 

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Harbhajan, Gursevak, 118 teachers to be honoured
Tribune News Service

Harbhajan Mann
Harbhajan Mann

Gursevak Mann
Gursevak Mann

Mohali, August 14
Punjabi singer-actor Harbhajan Mann and his singer brother, Gursevak Mann will be given special awards at the Independence Day celebrations in Mohali tomorrow. The two, both residents of the township, will be honoured for their role in preserving and promoting Punjabi culture internationally.

Harbhajan Mann, whose Punjabi films ‘Jee Aayian Noon’ and ‘Asan Noon Maan Vatana Da’ have been super hits among the Punjabi population across the world, has recently recorded his solo music album. Gursevak Mann, already an established singer himself, is now waiting for the release of Banana Brothers, his first acting venture.

Other than the Mann Brothers, as many as 118 teachers along with 24 children will also be honoured during the celebrations. The SDM Mohali, Mr M.L. Sharma, said other than teachers and students, the Principal of Shastri Model School, Mr Ram Lal Sewak, would also be honoured. He added that over 4000 students and Mohali residents would participate in the celebrations.

The ceremony will be held at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B1 where the SDM himself will hoist the National Flag. While a majority of the teachers who are being honoured on the occasion are working in government schools, a few teachers of private schools will also be honoured.

On the other hand, the students who would be honoured are mostly from the private schools, including Gian Jyoti Public School, Shivalik Public School and Gem Public School. Besides, a few students from Government Senior Secondary School, Golden Bells Public School and Shivalik Public School, Mohali. Many persons who have been donating blood frequently will also be honoured.

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5-year-old dies in scuffle between neighbours
Our Correspondent

Lalru, August 14
A migrant labourer couple lost their 5-year-old son while defending their neighbour from her husband who had become “aggressive after drinking” in Labour Colony, near here, last night.

Vinod Kumar, son of the couple, was accidentally hit on the head in a scuffle between his parents and members of the neighbouring family residing in the colony. Vinod, who was critically injured, was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours today.

According to colony residents, Vinod sustained injuries on his head while his father, Shahavir, and mother, Vidya Devi, were trying to defend their neighbour, Anita Devi, from her husband, Dina Nath, an employee with Steel Strips India. 

A migrant labourer couple lost their 5-year-old son while defending their neighbour from her husband who had become “aggressive after drinking” in Labour Colony, near here, last night. 

Vinod Kumar, son of the couple, was accidentally hit on the head in a scuffle between his parents and members of the neighbouring family residing in the colony. Vinod, who was critically injured, was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours today.

According to colony residents, Vinod sustained injuries on his head while his father, Shahavir, and mother, Vidya Devi, were trying to defend their neighbour, Anita Devi, from her husband, Dina Nath, an employee with Steel Strips India. Dina Nath was allegedly drunk and, under the influence of liquor, accidentally hit Vinod’s head twice with a spade, leaving him seriously injured. 

Narrating the sequence of the incident to Chandigarh Tribune, Shahavir, father of the boy, alleged that Dina Nath had been drinking since morning and started assaulting his wife, Anita Devi, in the evening. Hearing her shrieks, Vidya Devi, with Vinod in her lap, went to her neighbour’s jhuggi and tried to defend her, “Dina Nath attacked me with a spade which accidentally hit Vinod on his head”, she said.

Ram Rattan, another jhuggi dweller, said Dina Nath used to drink and then thrash his wife daily. The colony residents were fed up of this and they had to intervene often, he added.

The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem at the GMCH today.

Mr R.K. Bhardwaj, SHO of Lalru, said the colony residents also gave Dina Nath a sound beating after he hit Vinod. He was also admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

Meanwhile, the police has arrested Dina Nath and a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against him at the Lalru police station.

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‘Preservation’ work begins on priceless tapestry
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
In a belated move, the UT Administration has begun some preservation work on the priceless tapestry that was removed from the courtroom of Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice sometime back.

This follows news reports carried in The Tribune on July 31 and August 1.

However, experts who have seen the job say that the preservation job is at best an "ad hoc" arrangement and a "half-hearted step" that is aimed at just giving some sort of fungal treatment to the tapestry.

"As per my information, somebody from the Government Museum, Chandigarh, has been treating the tapestry. But, no other step is being taken to prevent the tapestry from getting destroyed. I mean, what about the stitching of the wornout patches, most of them the results of ducts being carved out in the tapestry for the mouths of the air-conditioners?" asks one such expert who did not wish to be identified.

If the ongoing preservation work on the tapestry leaves much to be desired, the condition of two huge tapestries that were removed from the walls of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha in October, 2002 - for proper preservation and being replaced by new similarly-designed tapestries - will leave you shocked.

Lying in one corner of a hall in the Vidhan Sabha complex, these two tapestries are in a multi-fold condition, something which is strictly not allowed for such heritage items.

The folded tapestries have been "preserved" in polythene bags and nobody has made any effort to shift them to cleaner environment to keep them in proper manner.

All these tapestries were designed by Chandigarh's planner Le Corbusier.

"What can we do? These have been lying here for the past many days and we are not supposed to move them," said an employee of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.

When The Tribune photographer tried to take photos of the tapestries, he was stopped. He, however, managed to click some despite the diktat.

It may be recalled that The Tribune has also revealed how in 1994, callous government officials of Punjab and Chandigarh removed a huge tapestry from a wall of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and sold it as junk. The tapestry has not been recovered so far.

As for the two tapestries in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, the UT had some years ago decided to preserve these and replace them with new, almost identically-designed tapestries.

An order was, therefore, placed with a Chandigarh firm. However, the new tapestries were nowhere near the original designs.

As for the old tapestries, orders were given to preserve them. "But only time will tell if the UT Administration is serious about preserving the city's heritage," remarked an expert.

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Tehelka case: Col Sahgal seeks leave for daughter’s marriage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The Army is yet to respond to an application submitted by Col Anil Sahgal on July 3, seeking leave to attend his daughter's marriage later this month. Colonel Sahgal is being tried by a general court martial here in the tehelka case.

An emotional Colonel Sahgal appealed to the court to grant him leave or adjourn till August 28 to enable him to make necessary arrangements and attend the function. The court observed that it had no powers to grant leave and he should approach the convening authority for the purpose.

Colonel Sahgal said that after forwarding his application, he had also written to the authorities concerned in this regard, but so far nothing had happened. He also maintained that the court's co-ordinating officer, Capt Rajneesh Gupta had been removed, which affected his communication with the authorities concerned. The co-ordinating officer is responsible for forwarding all communication from the accused to higher formations.

Earlier, Col Harish Chawla, Director, Ordnance Services (Armaments) at Army Headquarters deposed before the court. He stated that he had thoroughly scrutinised all documents in his branch and there was no record available to show that the accused had sought permission from the Military Intelligence Directorate to meet with representatives of foreign firms. He also said when he had assumed charge of the aforementioned post, he was not provided with a list of files and documents maintained in the branch.

Colonel Chawla today admitted that a pamphlet containing instructions on procedures to be followed by army personnel while meeting foreign nationals was available in the Master General of Ordnance's Branch and other sections at Army Headquarters, which was contrary to is earlier deposition.

The prosecution counsel, Mr Arvind Moudgil informed the court that secretary of the Phukan Commission of Inquiry would be arriving here along with original video tapes and related documents on August 16. The tapes contain footage of Army officers allegedly demanding and accepting bribes and are to be produced as evidence in the court. The court has fixed August 17 as the next date of hearing.

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More noise, less debate in House
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
While the divide within the Congress councillors was clear at yesterday’s meeting, a striking feature of the House proceedings was that most of the time was wasted on futile discussions. As against approving three items in six hours, five items were passed by the House in 20 minutes.

The items on apni mandis and reducing the term of the Finance and Contract Committee took up most of the time. On apni mandis, councillors sat on judgement about whether it was right to allow phariwalas inside the mandis. In the end, the House resolved what had been proposed in the beginning: that the contractors be allowed to run the show in day markets.

For the first time, the nominated members were divided. The issue pertained to reducing the term of the Finance and Contract Committee from five years to be co-terminus with that of the Mayor. Three hours were spent on the proposal before it was accepted.

A lot of time was spent on deciding if the House had the right to vote on the issue. Once this was resolved, the House could not decide on the pattern for voting. Some favoured raising of hands while others wanted secret ballot. The verbal duel took an ugly turn when Mr Subhash Chawla shouted at the Secretary, Municipal Corporation, Mr Kulwant Singh Kalson, for announcing that the House vote to decide the pattern of voting, meaning that voting for voting would be held! After that, Mr Kalson left the meeting.

Once this was through, Mr Pradeep Chhabra, Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, and other Congress councillors left the meeting despite the fact that the all-important property tax item was next on the agenda.

The local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Bansal, present in the morning session, acted as a binder for the divided Congress. All councillors, whichever faction they came from, chose to maintain discipline and his suggestions were heard in pin-drop silence. No sooner had he left that the disputes started all over again.

Interestingly, Mayor Kamlesh, deserted by Congress councillors while deciding on the voting for the Finance and Contract Committee, found support from unexpected quarters. The BJP-INLD-SAD combine supported her strongly in holding a secret ballot to decide the matter.

The discussion on property tax began with only 14 members of the 29-member House present. It was passed by only 10 members in 15 minutes.

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Suris get their car back following compromise
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 14
The car impounded following the beating of Amit Suri by policemen four days ago was today returned to the family following a comprise with the cops yesterday.
Both the parties have taken back the complaints filed against each other, following which the car driven by Amit Suri on that day was returned.

According to Amit Suri, a teenager, the police has tendered a written apology, assured the family cooperation and stated that it holds no grudges against them. The Suri family tried to avoid taking calls from the media today.

Mr S.S. Randhawa, DSP-South, said that apart from the compromise he was investigating the case and would report the outcome of the case to the higher authorities.

Amit Suri was beaten by police personnel in full public view on August 10. He had been signalled to stop by a police party, but he tried to flee. He was intercepted by the cops at the Sector 20-30 roundabout. Thereafter the police allegedly thrashed him and his parents, whom he had called. People gathered at the spot opposed the police action and blocked the traffic in protest.

The next day UT Administrator O.P. Verma assured the irate residents of Burail village early action.

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Ramgarh Fort door tallest in country
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
It is official. The door of the Fort at Ramgarh is the tallest door in the country higher than even the gate of Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. The latest edition of the Limca Book of Records which is the Indian equivalent to the Guinness Book of Records, lists the entry of the “tallest door” at page number 204.

The wooden door guarding the 350-year-old Ramgarh Fort near Chandigarh measures 37ft in height and 14½ ft in width.

The “Buland Darwaza” at Fatehpur Sikri stands 120 ft tall, including the steps and the constructed area but the actual door is only 23 ft. The door at the Bathinda fort in Punjab is 26 feet high.

Interestingly, the doors of forts and palaces were kept exceptionally tall in previous centuries so that the rajas sitting on elephants could enter without dismounting. Hence they were often called hathi deorhi.

The door of the fort is a replica of the original door, which was built 300 years back by the Chandel Rajput dynasty but broken during the 1857 mutiny. The replica was reconstructed in late 1980, by Kanwar Mohan Singh, a scion of the former ruling family of Ramgarh, is now a part of the premises converted into a heritage hotel. Each of its two panels weighs 21 quintals despite which, it can be easily closed and opened. About 2000 man-days were spent in putting the new door together with 343 custom-made copper plates and 343 spikes on it.

Spikes were used on the doors in olden days so that these could not be broken by an attacking army with the help of elephants banging their heads on it.

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MC decision on tax draws flak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The decision of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh to impose 3 per cent property tax on commercial property has come in for severe criticism from different quarters.

The president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, Mr Jagdish Arora, said the decision went against the pre-poll promises of the Congress. He demanded the resignation of the Mayor, Ms Kamlesh, for her failure to protect the interest of the traders, who whole-heartedly supported the Congress during the last Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP spokesman, Mr Kehar Singh Koundel, said the Congress-ruled MCC had betrayed the trust of the residents of Chandigarh by imposing the tax. He also criticised the local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, for his failure to protect the interests of general public.

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Mohali MC to have 5-storeyed building
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 14
The architectural plan for the new main office building of the local Municipal Council has been cleared and tenders are being invited for the construction work. The building will have, apart from a basement, five floors above the ground floor, built on a 1.10 acre plot in Sector 68 here. The covered area of the basement will be 19, 162 sq ft while that on the other floors will be 71,932 sq ft. The building has been planned keeping in mind the open-office concept with a number of work stations and a computer on every table.

It has been planned to keep the central courtyard green. The building will also have a dome made of fibre glass for additional light. It will have double-glass insulated structural glazing, with the glass being reflective and toughened and blue in colour. 

A conference room will be constructed on the second floor for seating 80 persons. The offices of the president, the executive officer and the municipal engineer will be on the second floor. A mini conference room has also been planned on the ground floor with a capacity of 25. An extension counter of a bank will also be located on the ground floor. The building has been planned keeping in mind further expansion at a later stage. If the scope of work increases or the council becomes a corporation, there will be no space constraints. 

A proposal for central air conditioning is also on the cards as had been recommended by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. The fourth and fifth floors will be completed at a later stage.

Prequalification tenders had been called by the council and companies had been shortlisted. Financial bids for the construction of the council building were invited a few days ago. As the required number of participants did not turn up, tenders will be invited again from the shortlisted firms.

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Real estate developers’ convention from Sept 10
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 14
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI) announced today at a press conference the forthcoming CREDAI National Convention, NATCON 2004, in New Delhi. CREDAI is an apex body representing associations of pan-India real estate and housing developers. It is supported by the Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Government of India. It will also organise a threeday exhibition, Property 2004, from September 10 along with the NATCON 2004.

While addressing mediapersons, the Vice-President, CREDAI, Mr Jitendra Thakkar, said, “Our mission is to provide an integrated platform to pan-India developers to understand their needs and devise strategies to meet the challenges the industry faces.”

The key participants in NATCON 2004 will include nationwide members of CREDAI real estate developers, officials of Urban Development Authorities, state government representatives and Central Government officials.

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IAF contingent to return on Aug 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The IAF contingent participating in multi-nation exercises in Alaska is scheduled to return to India on August 17. The contingent will touch down at Ambala and will be received by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy.

According to IAF sources, a demonstration of the IAF’s mid-air refuelling capabilities will also be organised on the occasion. The Air Chief will also address IAF personnel on the occasion.

Six Jaguars deep penetration strike aircraft from squadrons based at Ambala had proceeded in June to participate in Exercise Coop Thunder 2004. Also accompanying them were two IL-76 strategic freighters, one of them from a Chandigarh-based squadron and the newly acquired IL-78 aerial refuelling tankers.

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Encroachments removed in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
The enforcement wing of HUDA yesterday launched an anti-encroachment drive in various parts of the township. Most market places where shopkeepers have encroached upon corridors outside booths by placing their wares were taken to task.

The drive was undertaken under four Junior Engineers of HUDA. The drive began from Sector 5, where the enforcement staff removed some kiosks near Sinchai Bhavan.

Accompanied by about 20 personnel of the enforcement staff, they then removed encroachments from corridors of markets in Sectors 2 , 9 and 15. The encroachments on road berms outside the Sector 9 rehri market were also removed.

Jhuggis were also removed on the vacant land from the road dividing Sectors 14 and 15, and near Majri Chowk. A number of goods were also confiscated by the enforcement staff. 

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Bharat Jyoti Award for Dr G.C. Bansal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The Medical Officer Health, Dr GC Bansal, has been awarded the Bharat Jyoti Award by the India International Friendship Society. He was informed about the award through a letter from the society. The award will be presented to him at a function in Delhi on September 11.

He has been given the award for successfully implementing the “garbage bin-free sector” plan in 14 sectors of the city under a project of the Central Pollution Control Board. In sectors under the scheme, the department has set up Sehaj Safai Kendras (SSKs). While sectors are made bin-free, garbage bins are placed at the SSKs. 

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Chopra is Additional Union Government standing counsel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Mr Naveen Chopra has been appointed as Additional Union Government standing counsel for conducting Union Government’s cases before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Mr Chopra was recently also appointed Additional Union Government standing counsel for Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Chandigarh Bench.

Mr Chopra’s tenure will be for three years. He has presented papers on international terrorism and human rights and the extradition treaty at a seminar in New Delhi.

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Poster-making contest
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 14
The Burning Brain Society, Sector 17, will conduct a poster making competition. The theme of the competition will be “Bad effects and consequences of tobacco”. The society has invited entries for the competition from all over the country.

Ms Jyoti Joshi, media coordinator of the Burning Brain Society, said all two-dimensional medium of art are eligible for participation in two categories for participation. There shall be one competition segment, open for people upto 25 years and the other is non-competition segment open to all age groups. The competition will be held in association with The Tribune and BSNL.

All participants shall be getting participation certificates and the winners shall also be getting cash prizes besides the trophies. The best posters shall also be printed in the form of cards, posters and many other forms and circulated all across the country. Last date for submission of entries is September 28.

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Panchkula Diary
Book on Osho released
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
Mr R. S. Chaudhary, former Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, released a book, “Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic” by Osho, at a simple ceremony at Osho Dhara this evening.

The ceremony was attended by litterateurs and disciples of Osho. Mr BD Kalia “Humdard” conducted the stage. Ma Amrit Sadhana, Editor of Osho Times, was also present on the occasion, and spoke about the philosophy of Osho. She said Osho had devised meditation techniques to get rid of the stress of everyday life and find peace within.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Arshi, Professor and Head, Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi, and Mr N K Jain, a former judicial officer, also spoke on the occasion. Later, a video of Osho was also shown to the audience.

About 50 activists of the Bajrang Dal, led by Mr Sandeep Kumar today celebrated Akhand Bharat Divas by organising a rally in various parts of the township. The activists began the rally from Durga Mandir, Sector 7, and travelled by cars and scooters in Sectors 7, 8, 9,10, 11, 12, 12-A, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

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Book on Halwarvi to be released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
A book on the late Harbhajan Singh Halwarvi, edited by Mr Sham Singh and Mr Kehar Sharif, will be released on August 18 at Press Club. Mr Halwarvi, Editor of Punjabi Tribune, passed away last year. Dr Joginder Puar, Editor, Desh Sewak, will preside over the function.

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Social worker dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Sat Pal (90) a prominent social worker, died at Ahiya Pur village in Hoshiarpur district last week. The kirya ceremony will take place at the community centre in Sector 47-D, here on August 16.

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Cattle menace claims another life
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 14
The stray cattle menace led to the death of a scooterist last night. Deepak, a resident of Sector 37-D here, was returning to his home late in the night when his scooter, it is learnt, collided with some stray cattle near his home. He was taken to the PGI where the doctors declared him brought dead. The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC at the Sector 39 police station.

Suicide: Parvez Ahmed, 24, a resident of Palsora village, committed suicide at his home this afternoon.

According to the police, he hanged himself from the ceiling fan with a duppata, when his wife had gone to take bath. It is learnt that he was a drug addict and he may have taken this extreme step because of non-availability of drugs. He did not leave behind a suicide note. He was married last year.

He was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 16, where the doctors declared him brought dead. The police has registered a case under Section 174, CrPC at the Sector 39 police station.

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Three car thefts reported
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 14
The city police has registered three cases of car theft, according to a press note released today.
Rati Gupta, a resident of Sector 23-C, filed a complaint that her black Scorpio jeep (CH-03-P-7006) was stolen from her residence on August 12. A case of theft under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at Sector 17 police station.

Sunder Mani, a resident of Sector 16, Panchkula, filed a complaint in Sector 26 police station that his Maruti car (CHK-4270) was stolen from Grain Market, Sector 26, on August 6. A case has been registered under Section 379, IPC.

In another incident, Jaspreet Kaur of Sector 37-B reported that her Fiat Uno car (RJ-13-C-8766) was stolen from the High Court parking area on August 13. A case Section 379, IPC, has been registered at Sector 3 police station.

Gambling: The local police yesterday arrested Ashok Kumar, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, for gambling at a public place and seized Rs 920 from his possession.

A case under Section 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered at Sector 26 police station. 

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Mubarikpur industrialists face PSIEC apathy
Bipin Bhardwaj

Mubarikpur (Dera Bassi), August 14
More than 50 industrial units in the Industrial Focal Point here have been facing indifferent attitude of the Punjab State Industrial Export Corporation (PSIEC) for the past many years.

Certain industrialists of the area alleged that the PSIEC had failed to provide them basic civic amenities like adequate water supply, proper sewerage, good roads, streetlights, proper dumping place etc. They alleged that there had been an acute shortage of water for the past three years.

A majority of the industrial units have been suffering huge losses since these need gallons of water a day.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Robin Nakai, owner of a laundry, complained that they were facing a lot of inconvenience as water was supplied in odd hours.

An overhead water tank with a storage capacity of 22,000 litres (total daily consumption of water in the area 15,000 litres) has been lying unfunctional for the past two years, thanks to a defected sluice valve. Pleas to the PSIEC for the repair of the valve have yielded no results, he added.

Mr R.C. Kalia, general secretary, Dera Bassi Industrial Focal Point Association, Mubarikpur, said potholes had developed on the internal roads while sewers had been choked and the streetlights lying non-functional for the past a couple of years.

Listing their grievances, the association had also given representations to the Punjab Chief Minister and the Managing Director of the PSIEC , but in vain, added Mr Kalia.

Mr Karnail Singh Bhanwra , Executive Officer of the PSIEC, admitted that the sluice valve had developed a fault some time ago. However, it had been replaced along with two damaged pipes today, he said.

He, however, held the industrialist guilty of not paying various charges fixed by the government from time to time. Since the government lacks funds, the condition of the area could only be improved if the industrialists pay charged imposed on them, he said.

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Bank denounces defaulters publicly
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
In a novel method to recover loans, employees of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank today resorted to public announcements and sloganeering against their defaulting creditors. Whether or not this leads to the defaulters paying up, it certainly led to serious public humiliation and embarrassment for the defaulters.

More than five employees of the Phase II branch of the bank here moved around the town's markets and residential areas with placards in their hands asking their creditors to pay back. Accompanied by a dholi, the employees stood outside the shops or establishments of the defaulters and made public announcements regarding the amounts pending. The dholi helped draw the attention of passers by.

According to sources, over 50 persons in Mohali have to pay over Rs 50 lakh to the bank borrowed as loans for car, house, etc. Despite the bank's repeated efforts, these persons have not paid back the loans even though most of them are in a position to.

The bank's method seemed to have worked. According to the sources, most of the 10 defaulters visited in the morning paid up either in cash or in the form of cheques.

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Patriotic spirit at Sector 17 Plaza
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 14
The patriotic fervour gripped the city residents at weekend cultural show at Sector 17 Plaza on Saturday evening. Duplicate of Shahrukh Khan, Nana Patekar and Sachin Teldulakar kept the festive spirit alive throughout the show. Three of them were from “Junoon Sursangam” a troupe from Bombay, who gave the wonderful performance on the Independence Day eve.

The show began with patriotic song “Mera rang de basanti chola” in which three of them gave an interesting performance.

Then the duplicate of Sharukh Khan gave a solo performance on the tunes of “Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani” which drew a lot of attention. The tunes of “Suno gaur se duniya walo” brought the best dance movement from duplicate of Sachin Tendulakar.

In the duet round look-alike of Shahrukh Khan and Nana Patekar performed on “Raju ban gaya gentleman” which was appreciated by all.

Then three of the artistes unleashed patriotic feeling when they danced on “Vande Mataram” tunes.

The show was organised by the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh Administration, and the Oasis Events.

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Seminar held on digital printing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Digital printing may be the future, being economical and capable of printing variable data. The printing industry in the region can take advantage of this highly profitable business opportunity.

This was pointed out by Mr Rajeev Ahuja of Xerox Corporation while participating in a seminar-cum-catalogue show organised in Chandigarh as a run-up to a specialised print exhibition of northern India, “North Print” , to be held here from September 25 to 27 at the Parade Grounds.

Another phenomenon in the global printing industry was CTP (computer to plate). Mr Ajay Aggarwal cleared all doubts on topics like thermal versus UV or visible light, viability of CTP and the transition from traditional films. Mr Aggarwal stated that with the colour pages in newspaper as well as commercial printing increasing day by day, the demand to print quickly and accurately was increasing.

Mr Pankaj Goswami of Scitex Vision threw light on the signage industry. He said the potential in the signage industry could be judged from the fact that, in India, still 60 per cent of the signage business was done manually and could be more effectively done digitally.

At ‘North Print’, global and national exhibitors would display their latest offerings to the region. State-of-the-art industry related machinery and equipment, software, hardware, inks and consumables, paper and other substrates, latest print techniques and technology would be exhibited. The exhibition would be of immense value to more than 7,500 printers (offset, flexo and packaging/converging), 5,000 individual entrepreneurs who take on printing jobs on a contract basis, 10,000 screen printers, 700 advertising agencies, 2,500 converters and around 50 newspapers present in this part of the country.

It would be a common platform to converge a local expertise, original ideas, latest technology, upbeat offerings, state-of-the-art equipment and improved business prospects for the equal benefit of the participants as well as visitors. 

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New cheque clearing operation at SBOP Kalka
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The Reserve Bank of India has permitted the main branch of the State Bank of Patiala, Kalka, to be a member of the Chandigarh bankers clearing house. The SBOP will start its new cheque clearing operations from August 16. This move means cheques issued from Kalka or enchased in Kalka will be treated as local cheques in the city. Account holders in the bank will be issued MICR cheque books which have numerical codes, said the Branch Manager, Mr S.C. Dhall.

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