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Truckers’ stir: common man feels the pinch
Ground realities belie UT claims
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Claims of the Chandigarh Administration regarding normal supplies of essential commodities on the second day of the indefinite strike by truckers notwithstanding, the common man has started feeling the pinch as prices of vegetables showed an upward trend.

In fact, the strike is threatening to upset the family budgets in the days to come, with the threat of hoarding of essential commodities, including cereals, by unscrupulous traders looming large. The Administration, it seems, is yet to prepare any concrete action plan to check this malpractice.

In fact, an Administration press note claimed that supplies of fresh vegetables and fruits, and petroleum products, including LPG cylinders, were normal.

However, independent enquiries revealed that shortage of fresh vegetables had led to a price hike of at least 30 to 40 per cent, pushing these beyond the reach of a substantial number of city residents.

On the other hand, UT officials, including the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, who visited the grain market today, claimed that the supplies of potato, peas, banana, onion and banana were normal. The price hike, however, seems to belie their claims.

Sources said after yesterday's glut in the grain market, the supplies of apple from Himachal had come down considerably and growers were likely to face huge losses if the strike was prolonged.

On the transportation of essential goods, the Chandigarh Transport Association will allow supplies of only perishable goods and life-saving drugs for two more days, warned Mr Ajit Singh Kaler, the association president.

Terming the strike as total, the association claimed that no trucks or other commercial vehicles were loaded or unloaded in the city for the second day today.

The losses to transporters had been put at several crores and the situation would be reviewed tomorrow, Mr Rajiv Sood, association general secretary, said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner held a meeting with Market Committee officials and directed them to keep a check on the prices and hold meetings with retailers to maintain the price level.

He held a meeting with the transporters and requested them not to disrupt the supply of essential commodities to the city.

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NGO has a dig at PUDA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Samadhaan, an NGO, today criticised PUDA for its “erratic” functioning which was helping colonisers to dupe people to the tune of hundreds of crores through illegal land deals.

In a statement here, Mr R.P. Malhotra, president of Samadhaan, alleged that PUDA was aware of the modus operandi of such property dealers and colonisers, but never bothered to nip the evil in the bud while acres of agricultural land was being carved into residential colonies in connivance with the local authorities.

Local bodies were sanctioning plans and the PSEB was granting electricity conections without verifying facts with regard to the property. Not only that, the registering authorities of the respective areas, too, despite the Punjab and Haryana High Court restrictions not to register any sale deed of a plot measuring less than 1000 sq yards of an agricultural land, never bothered to go into the details while registering sale deeds of smaller plots.

The modus operandi of the illegal colonisers was to acquire a suitable piece of land from the land owner on a general power of attorney and sell the land into smaller residential plots to prospective buyers in total contravention of the high court restrictions not to register sale deed of any agricultural piece land measuring less than 1000 sq yards and of the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act 1996, which had laid down that selling of a piece of land into more than three parts by a single owner was a criminal offence.

Everything went unchecked and plots were being sold openly through attractive advertisements in the print media, plans were being approved by the municipalities of the concerned areas and electric connections were given by the PSEB, while the innocent buyers, knowing little about their fate, were at the receiving end of a sudden and unexpected action by PUDA authorities.

Taking the case of land falling within the municipal limits, any coloniser willing to develop a housing colony had to get the project approved either from the Town Planning Department of the state or PUDA. Bypassing the tedious process, the colonisers adopted shortcuts and the municipal authorities while sanctioning individual plans never bothered to check the location of the plots. The sanctioning authorities never bothered to establish whether the plot is located on a bona fide road/street of the area, on a road of an approved colony or anywhere on the road existing only on the plans of an unauthorised colony.

“Is PUDA really concerned about eradicating the menace of haphazard urban growth or is there something else behind the move?” he asked. PUDA had recently surveyed various locations in the state for its proposed residential projects and had also decided to acquire big chunks of agricultural lands, including one in Zirakpur, without caring about the Capital of Punjab Periphery Act 1952. In the wake of stiff competition offered by the colonisers operating in these areas in terms of quality and rates, the PUDA authorities had tried to create a scare among prospective buyers for “mustering clientele” for proposed projects. Instead of acting as a facilitator and a supervising agency, PUDA had proved to be a competitor to the colonisers operating in various parts of the state. The process deprived the buyers of quality housing on competitive rates in the absence of healthy competition under the prevailing conditions.

The ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, the Government of India, had issued clear instructions to the states’ authorities to formulate investor-friendly policies for removing procedural hassles for change of land use and approval of housing projects for infrastructural development but instead creating congenial atmosphere for upcoming colonisers, agencies such as PUDA were obstructing the tempo of development by creating unhealthy competition. “PUDA as a facilitator must act as a supervising agency by being vigilant against any unauthorised development, besides extending a helping hand to law abiding colonisers by streamlining the related policies so that affordable quality may be provided to the needy. The municipal authorities of the respective areas must check the status of the property before sanctioning the plans”, he said.

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PUDA GM’s kin to be quizzed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 22
The police has summoned mother, brothers and close associates of Mr Hardev Singh, GM, PUDA, arrested in the illegal colonisers’ case. Hardev Singh’s relatives would be questioned regarding the various assets owned by the family.

The police said that no further arrests in the case had been made. Hardev Singh is due to be produced before the Kharar Court tomorrow following the end of his police remand.

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Warden manhandles student, sent on leave
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
A warden of a boys’ hostel at Panjab University was sent on “forced leave” and his charge as warden was withdrawn after he allegedly manhandled and abused a resident student late last night.

The decision was taken by the Dean Students Welfare, Dr Nirmal Singh, on the spot after hostellers began a dharna outside the office of the warden, Dr Dayanand Garg, following the incident.

The hosteller, Yajvendra Yadav, secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), claimed that he returned from the library around 11 pm yesterday and was sitting at the main entrance of the hostel when Dr Garg asked him to go to his room. Yadav claimed that he told the warden that he had just returned from the library and wanted to hang around outside the hostel.

“At this, Dr Garg began abusing me, calling me names and ridiculed my caste. He even tried slapping me, threatened to call the police and have me arrested. At this, hostellers got together and began a dharna outside his office,” he maintained.

The students raised slogans against the warden following which the Chief Security Officer and the DSW were called in. The students complained that the warden misbehaved with resident students on one pretext or the other and demanded his removal.

On the demand of the protesting students, the DSW decided to ask Dr garg to proceed on leave till the dispute was resolved. The students submitted a written complaint about the incident to the police and the DSW today.

However, Dr Garg said the students’ account of the incident was not true since Yadav had tried slapping him when he asked him to go to his room last night.

“There had been a theft in the hostel yesterday evening and I got a call from the watchman about it. I reached the hostel at 10 pm and called in the police. When it went to inspect the room which was broken into, I saw Yadav and Vijay Sharma, another hosteller, having a good laugh. After the police left, Yadav started following me around the hostel and I became skeptical,” he said.

“When I told him to go to his room, he started abusing me and tried hitting me. After that, ABVP activists kept me confined to my office for two hours while policemen watched them as mute spectators. When the DSW came, I was asked to give in my application which I did,” Dr Garg claimed. The DSW was not available for comment.

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3-year-long lockout of JCT ends on August 27
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 22
In what would be a boost to Mohali industries, the three-year-long lockout of JCT Electronics Limited here, will be lifted on August 27. JCT, the flagship company of the Thapar Group, one of India’s largest industrial conglomerates, has decided to revive its sick unit in Mohali.

An MoU to this effect was signed today between the company’s representatives and members of the JCT Employees Union. As part of various clauses, the first set of its former employees will be starting maintenance and repair work within unit’s premises in Mohali’s Industrial Area on August 27.

Members of the employees’ union revealed that according to the MoU a majority of the employees are expected to get their jobs back but a fresh set of service terms has been laid down.

As many as 953 employees of the company and another 149 of those who had applied for the voluntary retirement scheme, are expected to be re-employed but sources said fresh applications would be invited for the VRS. Most of the employees who get back would be getting an average salary of Rs 4,000 per month and the cost to company per employee would be Rs 5,440.

Some employees said from August 27, the employees who would enter the unit for maintenance work would be paid full wages while the others would be paid Rs 1,000 per month as allowance till October 31. By October 31, the company is expected to start production but if it can’t, the allowance would be increased to Rs 1,500 per month, per head.

Every former employee of the company would be paid Rs 13,500 for the lockout period.

The MoU was signed in Chandigarh today between by Mr Sushil Gupta, General Manager (Works) of the company and Mr Adesh Tyagi, president of the JCT Employees Union, in the presence of the Director, Department of Industries Punjab, Mr Sanjay Kumar. Mr A.K. Sharma, Senior Manager (Personnel and Industrial Relations) was also present from the management side.

JCT’s Mohali plant established in 1986 had pioneered the production of colour picture tubes in India. It was set up in technical collaboration with Hitachi.

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Commanding Officer faces corruption charges
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
At a time when the Army was deployed along the international border with Pakistan under a war-like situation, the Commanding Officer (CO) of an engineer regiment allegedly used war stores to get his own house constructed in Rajasthan. The CO now faces trial by a general court martial on charges of corruption and misuse of official machinery, it is learnt.

Sources revealed that the incident pertained to Operation Parakram, when the said unit, holding specialist bridging equipment, had been moved from Chandimandir to north-western Rajasthan. The matter came to light when a written complaint in this regard was forwarded to Headquarters 2 Corps.

Charges against the CO include using TATRA vehicles in the unit to transport large quantities of bricks across several hundred kilometres to Jaipur and diverting equipment and war stores from the unit for his personal work. It was also alleged that he had also diverted unit manpower and rations meant for troops to Jaipur for the purpose. He has also been charged with "minor" misuse of regimental funds to the tune of several thousand rupees.

Following the complaint, a Court of Inquiry was ordered into the incident. The CoI conducted by the CO of an air defence regiment, reportedly found the officer blameworthy for lapses on his part and he was subsequently attached to an independent armoured brigade in Ambala for disciplinary action and recording of Summary of Evidence (SOE).

Sources said that during the CoI, the officer initially denied the charges, but later maintained that the TATRA trucks and other vehicles and equipment had been sent for training exercises. However, given the distances involved, stated to be around 450 km, it was not accepted. It is also alleged that he had despatched a bulldozer from his unit to his home town in Haryana for undertaking some works.

During SoE, which was completed about five months ago, the name of a brigadier also cropped up. Sources said that the officer had got the brigadier's caravan refurbished by using underhand means and a photograph of the caravan has been attached to the SoE proceedings. Caravans are used to accommodate senior officers during operations.

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Latest techniques make dialysis safer: experts 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Newer and better techniques which have emerged during the recent years have made dialysis a safe and acceptable form of treatment in chronic renal failures (CRF) cases in India.

This was brought out at an educational seminar for chronic renal failure patients and their attendants organised today by Fortis Hospital, Mohali, as a part of its outreach programme, in association with Baxter (India). The endeavour of this educational programme, according to Dr Gurbir Singh, Medical Superintendent, was to apprise patients and their attendants about the various myths and facts about CRF.

About 50 patients and attendants attended the seminar, which was conducted by Dr. P. K. Prashar, DM, Nephrology, at the hospital.

Chronic peritoneal dialysis (CPD) has been initiated as a treatment modality for chronic renal failure patients in the Indian subcontinent since 1990. Over a period of nine years both continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis (CCPD) have emerged as accepted forms of renal replacement therapy in our country. Although there were government restrictions on import of dialysis fluid until 1993, the availability of locally manufactured fluid in collapsible bags had facilitated the expansion of the programme to the far corners of the country and in neighboring countries, said Dr Prashar.

Initially,a majority (78 per cent) of the patients who were started on this programme were diabetics with other co morbid conditions who were dropouts from haemodialysis and unfit for transplantation. Both CAPD and CCPD have been used for all age groups and for men and women. Peritonitis rate was one episode every 18 patient months. With the introduction of new connection and disposable sets the incidence of peritonitis is dropping down. The major cause of dropout is cardiovascular death followed by peritonitis. Malnutrition is a major problem in both CAPD and haemodialysis patients.

The programme has been expanded and there are over one thousand patients on this treatment in the country. The introduction of CPD had a major impact on the treatment of renal failure in India.

He observed that "for every one million population about 150,000 new cases of CRF (chronic renal failure) occur in India annually and for our country's one billion population there would be 1,50,000 new cases every year.

Most of the patients reach us at a very advanced stage of renal failure. Regular health check-ups can help detect a renal problems at a very early stage and therefore, can be medically managed. Also, ignorance of renal stones in the region is the main reason for CRF. These should be treated at an early stage to avoid any injuries to kidneys. "

Dr. Gurbir Singh, Medical Superintendent, said that the Fortis would soon install two more dialysis machines to meet the requirements of dialysis patients. This would also enable all OPD patients to get their dialysis done on the same day and even in emergency hours.

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CBI quizzes former PGI chief in shop allotment case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
A large number of official documents have been taken from the PGI by a team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from New Delhi in connection with the controversial shop allotment case at the institute. Sources said the team also quizzed a former Director of the PGI, Prof S.K. Sharma, on why he allowed the “wrong orders” of the then Union Health Minister, Mr C.P. Thakur, to come into force for allotting a chemist shop to Capt Parminder Singh at much lower rates.

The CBI has already registered an FIR against the former Union Health Minister, who was also an ex officio member of the PGI.

Sources said when allegations of favouritism surfaced against Mr Thakur in shop allotment in 2001, a three-member committee was set up by the PGI, comprising Prof R.J. Dash, and two former professors of the institute, Prof R.N. Kataria and Prof A.K. Bannerjee. It is learnt that while the two former professors gave a report against the Union Minister, it was only Professor Dash who favoured the shop allotment to Capt Parminder Singh by Mr Thakur.

A chemist shop, owned by Capt Parminder Singh, near the Super Bazar in the PGI complex had come under controversy after it was alleged that Mr Thakur had favoured the owner by allotting him the shop at the previous lower rent. Though the lease of the shop expired in December, 1977, on a monthly rent of Rs 360, Parminder allegedly continued to occupy the shop till 2001, when he was finally evicted. The PGI authorities then initiated the process of inviting fresh tenders for the shop.

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Monkeys having a field day in northern Sectors
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, august 22
A new ‘gang’ is active in the northern Sectors’ of the city. The members of the gang are not humans but monkeys.
Residents of Sectors 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 26 are facing the problem of monkeys for more than a year. The monkeys move freely in these Sectors and are creating numerous problems for the residents. Not only are the common people of these Sectors, but also the influential people are living under constant threat from these animals. The Punjab Raj Bhavan, Haryana Raj Bhavan, UT Guest House and the residence of the Adviser to the Administrator are part of the area.

According to the residents, they cannot go out because of the fear of animals attacking them. The children are a panicked lot as they cannot go out to play. The children with some eatable in their hands are the most vulnerable lot.

Shenaz, resident of Sector 26, said they could not dare to venture out because of the fear of monkeys attacking them. They keep their doors shut, as the monkeys trespass into their homes and create nuisance. The animals open up their refrigerators, take away eatables, have their fill and then strew their homes with the leftovers. They scatter the things and pull the bed sheets from the beds.

The school children, elderly people, morning walkers and pedestrians are the soft targets for these mischievous animals. The monkeys assault them without any fear. Two school children, Atul and Nikhil were held up by a few monkeys in the morning, today. Luckily, a cyclist who was passing by had a stick with him. He goad away the monkeys and rescued the children.

Sandeep Sharma, resident of Sector 26, said the monkeys saunter freely everywhere. They destroy their lawns by plucking flowers, mutilate the vegetation and create all sorts of chaos over there. They could not hang their wet cloths to dry in the open, as the monkeys tear them or take them to the tree tops.

The residents say the monkeys jump over the roofs of their cars causing dents. They also tear the seat covers of two-wheelers, which are parked in the open. The monkey even throw flower pots from the balconies. This could result a fatal injury to somebody standing beneath.

The residents say that one year ago there were five-six monkeys, and now they have grown into more than hundred in numbers.

When the issue was taken up with the Deputy Conservator of Forest and Chief Wildlife Warden of the Chandigarh, Mr Ishwar Singh, he admited that they were aware of the menace. He said they went to the locality from where complaints we received regarding the monkey menace and sent their experts to lay traps to catch the animals. He said since monkeys were smart animals, so the possibility of catching them were not much higher.

They hand over the detained animals to the People for Animals (PAF), and the veterinaries at the PAF sterilise the potent monkeys among them.

He said it was not advisable to use tranquillisers on the monkeys in residential areas, as a missed shot could lead to fatal injury to human beings.

He held the public responsible for the menace as people offered food to the animals out of reverence, as monkeys are believed to be the incarnation of the Lord Hanuman.

When enquired about the increase in the population of monkeys, he reasoned that the city was surrounded by forests and it was we who had entered into their region. Moreover, in the recent past the PGI and the Punjab University authorities had taken steps to drive away the monkeys from their premises. The PGI had deployed a langoor to keep the monkeys at bay. That was why such a large number of the monkey were roaming in these sectors.

He added that they could set the animals free only in the forests of Nepli and Kansal, which are under the UT area. Since this was not a vast area, the animals came back on their own.

Some wildlife experts opined that this was a national level issue, as because of be large-scale urbanisation, the natural habitats of these animals were fast receding. There was a greater need of wildlife sanctuaries to cope with the present problem.

As far as the danger of rabies is concerned they said, the monkeys were not the carriers of the virus.

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Residents see red as schools eat into green
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Parks and green belts are going to be a thing of the past in certain Sectors. With the Chandigarh Administration reportedly allotting parks to private schools to shift them from residential areas, residents are up in arms against the move, which, they allege, will play havoc with the green cover of the city.

A case in point is a green space in Sector 11 adjoining the boundary wall of the YWCA, which had reportedly been allotted to Sanawar School.

Once the school building comes up on this piece of land, children and senior citizens will be deprived of a green space for playing and strolling, fear concerned residents.

And this is not for the first time that open spaces in the sector have been eaten away by institutions. “This is the only land that lies unoccupied. Should this too disappear, it will be a sad and tragic day for the sector,” rued Prof P.L. Mehra, a resident of the Sector.

Although hardly well-maintained, the park at least provided some space for the young and the old to relax for some time. The Administration’s decision, residents say, will deprive them of this basic amenity. They have urged the Administration to shift the school to some other suitable place.

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Onam celebrated at Sector 19 church
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), inaugurated Onam celebrations, organised by the Chandigarh Malayalee Association, at Catholic Church, Sector 19, here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Verma said Onam was the most popular festival of Kerala, which was celebrated with communal harmony, universal brotherhood and equality.

He said during his stay in Kerala for two years as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court he had actually participated in the weak-long celebrations of Onam.

He said the most remarkable feature of the festival was that it was celebrated by all, not only Hindus but also Christians and Muslims, who are living in Kerala.

Appreciating the initiatives of the association for organising the festival, Justice Verma said he was pleased to know that Malayalees with their dedication and sincerity had become a vibrant intellectual group in Chandigarh and they were dominant in virtually every sector. Justice Verma appreciated the organization of such social and cultural activities to keep the younger generation nearer to its roots.

Earlier, the association submitted a memorandum to the Governor for direct trains between Chandigarh and Thiruvananthapuram.

On the occasion, Prof Balwant Singh, Managing Director, Desh Sewak, Dr John V. George, ADGP, Haryana, and Rev Fr. Thomas Anhjanikkal, Vicar General, and Mr P.V. Sudhakaran also spoke.

The Governor enjoyed a cultural programme which included Thiruvathirakali, a traditional dance item of Kerala.

Thiruvathirakali, also known as kaikottiikali, is a graceful and symmetrical group dance of women. Stories from the epics based on Sanskrit texts are recited and interpreted in Malayalam. The narrations are enlivened with thandava dance rhythm and bodily postures which are derived from natyasatra. It is a simple and gentle dance with “lasya” element predominating.

Typically dressed in Kerala style with mund and neriyathu and the hairband bedecked with jasmine garlands, the women dance in a gay abandon, singing melodious thiruvathira songs reputed for their literary flourish.

There was another group dance performance by Abrina, Kenci, Abhishek Rafel and Tonney which drew appreciation. S. Ray Chaudhary played the mouth organ with passion.

A traditional Onam feast followed the function.

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Patent awareness  workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
A one-day patent awareness workshop was organised by the Patent Information Centre (PIC), Punjab State Council for Science and Technology and the Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Programme, Panjab University, at the campus, here today.

The Regional Director, All-India Council of Technical Education, Dr S. Lakshminarayana, emphasised that universities and research bodies needed to change their mindset in order to respond to the challenges of globalisation and increased trade liberalisation.

The in charge of PIC, Dr Neelima Jerath, said that the centre was involved in disseminating information on intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the region and helping scientists file patents. Patent search facilities, free of cost, were available to researchers and innovators from educational institutions and a nominal fee was being charged from private entrepreneurs. She spoke about various provisions of the IPRs and stated that scientists usually published their papers before filing patents by which they lost patentability and commercial benefits of their work.

Dr N.S. Tiwana, in his presidential address, said that IPR issues had been introduced as a compulsory part of the curriculum of vocational and technical institutions in Punjab and this needed to be extended to post-graduate students and R and D personnel also. 

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Devotees escape with minor injuries
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 22
Over 35 devotees of Mansa Devi today had a miraculous escape with minor injuries after their tractor-trolley turned turtle this evening near the Sector 49 petrol pump.

Seven women, a child and four men were taken to the GMCH Sector 32 with minor injuries. The devotees were returning to Badiali village after offering prayers at the shtrine when the accident took place.

A witness said that the accident occurred when a Tata Sumo grazed past their vehicle which led to the accident. However, the police said the accident was caused due to a tyre burst in the trolley.

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Tree plantation drive at Golf Club
Tribune News Service

The Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, plants a sapling, launching the tree plantation drive at the Golf ClubChandigarh, August 22
The tree plantation drive at Chandigarh Golf Club was launched today with the Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, planting the first sapling.

Mr Gurjit Singh Lehal, Captain, Chandigarh Golf Club, promised to plant 1000 trees in the Chandigarh Golf Club — 500 this year and another 500 next year.

The president of the club, Lt-Col (retd) A.P. Singh, thanked the Punjab Governor. According to Dr G.S. Kochhar, Chairman, Media, Publicity, Protocol and Magazine, Justice Verma said the Golf Club had done its best in maintaining the greenery of the City Beautiful. He was hopeful the entire city would soon look as green as the Golf Club.
The Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, plants a sapling, launching the tree plantation drive at the Golf Club on Sunday.  — A Tribune photograph

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Session on human approach to management
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
The CII will organise a session on “Human approach to management” to be conducted by Swami Ishwarananda of the Chinmaya Mission on August 24 at its headquarters here.

The purpose of the Chinmaya Mission is to provide the wisdom of Vedanta and practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to the society, according to a press note issued by the CII. Swami Ishwarananda is a software professional who had been working as a management consultant in Bangalore. He joined the mission in 1986.

He had conducted seminars and camps in the University of California, San Diego, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and University of Texas, College Station in the USA.

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Animal check-up camp held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
An animal check-up camp was organised today at Khuda Alisher village by The Art of Living Foundation (Chandigarh chapter) under its Divya Samaj Nirman programme. More than 80 animals were treated for various surgical and medical disorders by a team of veterinary specialists, including Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr Parminderjit Singh, Dr Guriqbal Grover, Dr B.K. Juneja, Dr Anil Sharma and Dr Pirthi Sharma.

Dr Sharma highlighted various useful practices to be adopted for better results in the animal husbandry field. Medicines free of cost were also distributed to farmers. Ms Vijay Singla, a volunteer  of the foundation, also  spoke on the  occasion.

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Three held for gambling
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 22
The city police has arrested three persons on charges of gambling and one for possessing illegal liquor, according to a press note released today.
The police yesterday arrested Kamal Dev of Sirvi village, Shimla district, HP, Mohan of Eathargarh village, Fathehgarh Sahib district and Balbir Singh of Sour village, Tehri Garwal district (Uttaranchal), from ISBT, Sector 17, for gambling at a public place and recovered Rs 350 from their possession. The police has registered a case under Sections 13, 3, 67 of the Gambling Act.

Viney Pal Singh, a resident of Dhanas, was arrested yesterday from near Petrol Pump, Madhya Marg, Sector 17, while carrying four bottles of illicit liquor. The police has registered a case under Sections 61, 1, 14 of Excise Act.

Theft cases: The Chandigarh Police has registered one case of vehicle theft and two other cases of thefts in the shops, in different parts of the city, according to a press note released today.

Neeraj Sharma, a resident of Sector 29, reported to the police that his motorcycle (CH-03-N-0223), was stolen outside Saint Soldier School, Sector 28 on August 19. The police has registered a case of theft under Section 379, IPC.

In another incident of theft, Ramesh Kumar complained to the police that 40 sets of artificial ornaments, one digital camera and one mobile phone, have been stolen from cabins of SCO 1012-13, Sector 22-B, during the intervening night of August 20-21. The police has registered a case under Sections 457, 380 of IPC.

In another incident, Avinder Swami said that four expensive suits were stolen from his shop No. 21 in Sector 9, during day time, on August 20. The police has registered a case under Sections 454, 380 of IPC.

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Woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 22
A young unmarried woman yesterday committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her Ram Darbar home.
Police sources said, Monika (25) used to supplement the family’s paltry income by stitching clothes at home. Her father, an asthma patient, had not been working for the past one year while her three younger brothers did not have any permanent source of income.

According to the police, Monika hanged herself from the ceiling fan with a dupatta. She was alone at home at that time. Her mother, Phula Devi, who works in a canteen of a school, was away to her job. When Phula Devi returned home from her job she found the body of her young daughter.

Poverty and household problems were believed to be the reason behind this act, said the police.

According to her neighbours Monika was a sincere and a hard-working woman. She helped her family by stitching clothes. Parents of the woman requested the police against conducting a post-mortem. The body has been handed over to her family. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC.

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Another shop burgled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
A day after burglaries in three shops in Sector 22, the burglars struck again today in Sector 8-C, stealing electronics goods estimated to be worth Rs 5 lakh. The burglars entered SCO 147-148 through an opening for the exhaust fan, broke open the inside locks to open a shutter with rods and lifted video cameras and mobiles phones last night.

The owner of the shop, Mr Naresh Kumar Juneja, noticed the burglary in the morning when he came to open his shop. The police called a team of forensic experts and sniffer dogs to get clues about the pattern of the thefts. The modus operandi in the burglaries in Sector-22 and 8 seems to be the same. The police has increased patrolling. In a separate incident, some persons entered the house of a Sub-Inspector in Gobindpura in Manimajra and demolished a room in the backyard. Sources said the plot was registered in the name of the wife of the Sub-Inspector. The police has not yet registered a case.

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PO arrested after 3 years
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 22
The city police has arrested Raju who remained elusive for three years after stealing Rs 90,000 from a shop in the Grain Market, Sector 26.
He had been declared a proclaimed offender in 2002.

Raju was arrested last night from Nathupura in Delhi. He was today brought to Chandigarh and produced before a court which remanded him in police remand for three days.

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