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Can Punjab regularise constructions on UT’s periphery?
Only Parliament competent to amend Act: experts
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 26
Despite the move of the Punjab government to regularise unauthorised residential colonies in the state, the sword of Democles continues to hang over illegal colonies that have mushroomed all around the periphery of Chandigarh over the past years because of the Centrally-enacted Punjab Capital Periphery Control Act, 1952 that prohibits construction within a 16-km radius of the City Beautiful.

Legal experts have pointed out that decision by the state government cannot override the provisions of a centrally enacted piece of legislation unless it is repealed by Parliament.

However, in the last two decades, a large number of structures have come up in the periphery in violation of provisions of the Act. In a one time amnesty, the Punjab Government regularised all those structures that had come into existence by December 9, 1998. Prior to this 10,000 acres in the periphery had been declared as free enterprise zone where change of land use from agriculture to industry was permitted.

Succumbing to the growing opinion that the Act had lost its utility in the present day scenario, ruling parties in the state tried various ways to circumvent the Act. Keeping in view the sanctity of the Central Act, some of the moves of the government were thwarted by the verdicts of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,

On March 28, 2001, the High Court quashed the various notifications issued by the Punjab government to acquire over 10,500 acres in 29 villages to develop the new town of Anandgarh because the “site was not selected in accordance with law” and the impugned notifications “do not conform to the requirements of the statute”.

The same year in November, the Punjab Government decided that all the constructions that had taken place between December 8, 1998, and November 3, 2001, be regularised. Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) invited claims from residents in this regard and ordered and an aerial survey of the periphery. However within days of the proposal having been made public, the High Court stayed the move. The Judges also directed that “no construction shall be carried out or will continue in the area covered by the notice”.

In November itself, another notification was issued by the Punjab Government to declare the cluster of Karoran, Nada and Kansal villages as Notified Area Committee (NAC). This move too was stayed by the High Court. The petitioner in both these cases, Mr B Singh, a resident of Nayagaon, while seeking a stay on the proposed constitution of the NAC, pointed out that the states of Punjab and Haryana had ‘‘evolved a novel method to bypass and violate the Periphery Act by constituting NACs.’’

Meanwhile, the government in order to discourage further irregular construction in the periphery, took a policy decision in March 1999 not to release any electricity connections for any of the new constructions in the area. However, in November 2003, the High Court, without adjudicating on the legality of these structures, directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to start giving domestic power connections to new constructions as well.

The court simultaneously directed the Punjab government to formulate a policy to regulate the growth and development in the periphery. Following this a committee headed by the Chief Secretary, Punjab, was formed by the state government.

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7 receive burns in workshop fire
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 26
Seven workers received burn injuries when an LPG-run heating chamber of a painting workshop in the Industrial Area, Phase I, caught fire today. While two workers of Messers Avtar Autos, were discharged after being administered first aid, others have been admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, with below 50 per cent burn injuries.

“There was a blast; a tin shed blown up at least 15 feet high and a burning man came running and collapsing before him at the factory gate and then followed four others,” an eyewitness told the Chandigarh Tribune. He said they had been burnt beyond recognition before their burning cloths were taken off.

The police said when the seven workers entered the heating chamber in the morning and tried to light one of the eight burners in the chamber, the leaking gas caught fire.

Fire Brigade sources said it got a call from workers of an adjoining factory in plot number 306, Industrial Area, Phase I. The Avtar Autos is housed in the plot number 305.

The victims, Satpal of Mauli Jagran Brajesh, Jatinder, Mahesh and Kishore, all of Colony Number 4, are stated to have below 50 per cent burn injuries. The condition of Kishore, Satpal and Jatinder has been stated to be serious.

The Fire Brigade pressed two fire tenders in service to extinguish fire.

The DSP (East), Mr Vijay Pal, told Chandigarh Tribune that owner of the factory, Avtar Singh had been arrested and booked under Sections 336, 337, 338 (negligence endangering lives) of the IPC and Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

The DSP, said the heating system was unsafe and the owner did not took the safety measures required for such a mechanism. The police seized 3 cylinders and a controller.

Avtar Singh, however, blamed the workers for the incident who by entered the chamber with a makeshift torch of a twisted newspaper, despite there being a switch outside the chamber for lighting the burners. He said the burners could be lit through heaters fixed inside the burners.

Avtar Singh said he switched over to the gas-run heating chamber because of a high electricity cost and an erratic power supply four months back.

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Car owners cry foul over fuel
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 26
Over 10 cars were stranded after their fuel tanks were filled from a petrol station near Mansa Devi Complex this evening. While most of the vehicles did not start after the fuel was filled, others broke down a few hundred yards from the petrol station. The owners alleged that the fuel sold to them was adulterated, which led to a technical snag in their vehicles.

The problem started around 8 pm. These cars had come to Singla Filling Station, a Hindustan Petroleum outlet. “As soon as the petrol was filled, my car would just not start. Initially, I thought that there was a problem in my car, but then I saw that other vehicles, which had got fuel from here, also developed the same problem,” said Mr Varinder, whose Maruti car was stranded here.

Mr Tarsem Kumar, a trader from Sector 26, said that he was going towards Sector 26, when he stopped to get fuel from the station. “My Accent car went just about 200 yards, and then came to a stop. I called my brother, and we pushed the car to the petrol station. Here we saw eight or 10 other vehicles stranded. “

The owner of the station, Mr Setu Ram Singla, denied that there was any adulteration in the fuel. “We get fuel from the company and company trucks fill our oil tanks. The problem, if any, lies in the petrol supplied to us,” he said.

He added that he was getting the fuel from all these vehicles pumped out, and filling these with HP Power fuel.

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Love story heads for a happy ending
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
Is the love story of a local girl, Ridhima, who ended up in Nari Niketan here last year after allegedly being brutalised by her family, heading for a happy ending?

The answer seems to be yes, with the girl moving the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM), Mr Harbhajan Dass, for her release from Nari Niketan. She has prayed that she be released on August 28 on her “wish and will”.

In fact, in her application through her counsel and human rights activist, Mr Arvind Thakur, she contended that “she may kindly be allowed to place on record her birth certificate to show her age of majority.” Without elaborating on the reasons for leaving Nari Niketan, she said she had “found a suitable place to pass her life.”

However, Mr Thakur, who had been fighting her case even at the risk of threat to his life, said he was determined to get her married to her boyfriend Rajiv. The marriage is likely to be solemnised once the girl was released by the court, a confident Mr Thakur added.

On June 18 last year, Ridhima levelled allegations of being beaten up by her family and her maternal uncle at Solan because she was in love with Rajiv. After her dramatic escape from Solan on June 17 with a view to committing suicide in the Sukhna Lake, she got in touch with her lover, who asked her to get in touch with Mr Thakur.

Her family had repeatedly approached the court to take her custody. Following her refusal to go with her parents or relatives, she was sent to Nari Niketan.

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Pak law-makers coming to India on Aug 28
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
A high-level delegation of law-makers of Pakistan is coming to India later this week to have lessons in democracy. Law-makers from the neighbouring country, where democracy has repeatedly failed to take roots because of the might of the Army, will be landing in Delhi on August 28.

Pakistan’s mainstream politicians have always appreciated the functioning of Indian democracy and smooth transition of power from one political party or group to the other after elections. In fact, transfer of power from the BJP-led NDA Government to the Congress led UPA Government after the recent Parliament elections had made headlines in the Pakistan media. Political commentators in that country had raised the issue, urging politicians and military rulers to adopt the Indian system of democracy.

After spending about a week in Delhi, they would arrive in Chandigarh to have interaction with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Prof Darbari Lal, Secretary of the Punjab Assembly, Mr Nachhattar Singh Mavi, and others concerned in the state Assembly. They will also be calling on the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Sardar Muhammand Yaqub, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, will be heading the delegation, which will be comprising eminent politicians of the National Assembly as well as of the Provincial Assemblies in is ranks. Besides, there will also be eminent educationists and researchers associated with institutions of social sciences.

Informed sources said that members of delegation will hold first group meetings with special invitees on August 29, and the next day they will be having interaction with top officials of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha regarding rules of procedures in both the Houses of Parliament.

Mr G.C. Malhotra, secretary-general of the Lok Sabha, Dr Yogendra Narain, secretary of the Rajya Sabha, Dr Najma Heptullah, former Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and certain chairpersons of the standing committees of Lok Sabha would throw light on the functional aspects of Indian parliamentary system at the national level. The same day delegates will meet Mr Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, and go around the Lok Sabha complex.

Delegates will call on Mrs Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress, on August 30, and the next day they would meet the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition, Mr L.K. Advani, and senior media persons of leading newspaper and TV channels, besides having a meeting with the Pakistani High Commissioner, Mr Aziz Ahmed Khan.

The Pakistani delegation has particular interest in the Indian election system and its management at the national level. The Indian election system is the biggest in the world and most complicated to handle. Delegates would like to know how such a complicated system is being managed by the commission. They would be interacting with Mr T.S. Krishna Murthy, Chief Election Commissioner, Mr N. Gopalaswami, Election Commissioner, and former Chief Election Commissioners, Mr M.S. Gill and Mr T. N. Seshan.

After spending a week in Delhi, the delegation will arrive in Chandigarh on September 2 and meet the Chief Minister on the same day, besides visiting the Punjab Assembly complex. The next day, there will be group discussions with the Deputy Speaker and top officials of the state Assembly in Shivalik View Hotel. The delegation will return to Pakistan on September 4 via Delhi.

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Man alleges victimisation for exposing corruption
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
An ex-serviceman re-employed with Northern Railway as a clerk has alleged victimisation at the hands of authorities for reporting certain acts of corruption by railway officials.

In a detailed representation to the President as well as the Chief Justice of India, Ganga Bishan Malik, a resident of Jind, has alleged that he was forced to remain absent from duty for long periods and had demanded adequate compensation for financial losses and harassment suffered by him.

Speaking to The Tribune, he said that after he reported certain acts of wrong doing to the vigilance authorities while posted at Panipat in 1993, he was "secretly" transferred. The relevant orders and documents were not handed over to him and his attendance sheet was blocked. This way, he said, he was forced to remain absent till March, 1995. Thereafter, he was charge-sheeted for unauthorised absence, but later this period was converted to leave without pay.

Malik has also alleged that acrimony between him and the railway staff continued after he rejoined duty in 1995. He claimed that he was attacked several times and received serious injuries.

In June, 2000, he was again charge-sheeted for possessing certain official registers he had taken as evidence in support of his claims. He said that he was willing to return the registers if their receipt was duly acknowledged by the officers, which they refused. Since he did not return the registers unless the officials signed for them, he was not allowed to join duty.

In his representation, he has demanded that the railway authorities be directed to pay his salary from October, 1993, to March,1995, and from June, 2000, to February, 2002. He has also sought suitable claim for finishing the education of his children and pensionary benefits which were stopped. He has also sought action against the railway officials concerned for their acts of omission and commission.

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Way cleared for elevation of non-PCS officers to IAS
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today granted relief to a section of the non-PCS Class I officers and paved the way for their elevation to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

In a significant order, the Bench comprising Justice OP Garg and Mr SK Malhotra, Administrative Member, dismissed an application moved by the Punjab PCS Officers Association.

It may be recalled that according to the All-India Services Act,1951, two-thirds of the posts to the IAS are filled by way of selection through all-India Civil Services Examination. Of the remaining one-third posts,15 per cent, are filled by promotion from the non-PCS officers, who had outstanding merit and ability and had put in eight years in service.

A panel of five officers is prepared for selecting one officer to the IAS. The selection is only made after an interview by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). However, in case of the PCS officers eight years good service record is enough to be elevated to the IAS.

According to information, two posts for the non-PCS officers fell vacant in 1998-99. Even as the posts were yet to filled, the association filed an application pleading for stay on the filling of the posts.

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Cops to booby-trap snatchers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 26
Because of a rise in the number of snatching the police has decided to set up booby-traps for the snatchers operating in the district. Decoys will be deputed in different parts of the town, flashing gold jewellery to attract the snatchers. And just when they strike, they will be caught by the police.

The incidents of snatching in the town are occurring frequently and more daring. Even simple chain snatching are turning into dangerous incidents where the victims are now being threatened with weapons into submission.

Last night, three unidentified motorcyclists threatened a resident of Sector 17 with a knife and took away the gold jewellery she was wearing. The resident, Ms Sumitra Devi, said that while she was walking her baby in Sector 17, the three motorcyclists, coming through a vacant plot adjoining the main road, stopped her. The trio, armed with a knife, asked her for gold bangles, and fled after she handed over the bangles.

Last week a woman was robbed of her gold chain by two motorcyclists while she was taking her morning walk, on the road dividing Sectors 8 and 9. Another unsuccessful attempt to snatch a chain from a morning walker was made by two motor cycle borne youth on the road dividing Sector 16 and 17 last week.

Till July this year as many as 18 cases of snatching have been registered as compared to a total of 21 cases registered in 2003. Though the police says that the increase in snatching incidents has also been reported in neighbouring Chandigarh, but the chain snatchers operating in Panchkula seem to cock a snook at the police, and create a fear psychosis among the residents.

Says Mrs Reena Kapoor, a resident of Sector 15, “ I have stopped wearing gold jewellery, when I go out for a walk or to the market place. There have been a number of incidents where the culprits have snatched a chain on the pretext of asking for a particular address on the rise.”

Even as the residents blame the police for failing to prevent these incidents, the latter says that they have intensified patrolling. The Superintendent of Police, Ms Mamta Singh, says that PCR motor cycles have been deputed for taking rounds in the morning, and even during the day efforts are being made to ensure that the presence of the police is visible and the miscreants are contained.

While admitting that there is a shortage of almost 100 cops in the district, she says that they have now been sanctioned almost 70 police personnel. With the additional staff, we will be able to plug all entry and exit points, and set up more nakas in the city, she assures.

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Closure of bridge causes problems
Bipin Bhardwaj

Dera Bassi, August 26
More than a dozen villages of Punjab as well as of Haryana and scores of industrial units in the Mubarikpur-Dera Bassi-Lalru industrial belt have been facing problems following the closure of a bridge on the Dera Bassi-Mubarikpur-Ramgarh road since August 2.

The closure of the road has also been causing huge losses to the industrial units located in Mubarikpur, Dera Bassi, Lalru and nearby areas.

The Building and Roads wing of the Punjab Public Works Department (PPWD), has constructed walls on either sides of the bridge restricting the entry of four wheelers. The department has, however, allowed entry of two wheelers on the bridge.

The PPWD (B and R) has restricted the entry of four wheelers, including heavy vehicles, due to some technical reasons. The bridge, which connects Punjab with Haryana, had reportedly developed cracks. To ensure safety of the bridge and avoid any untoward incident, the department had closed it for the vehicular traffic, sources in the PPWD revealed.

With the closure of this link, three villages - Kakrali, Daffarpur and Morthikri — which fall in Punjab, have been disconnected the rest of the state. The residents of these villages have been facing inconvenience to commute to Mubarikpur and Dera Bassi for their routine works.

Similar are the problems of the residents of Ramgarh and a number of other villages that fall in Haryana. The villagers have to travel a long distance to cross either side of the bridge from their respective villages.

Scores of industrial units, located in the Mubarikpur-Dera Bassi-Lalru industrial belt, have been suffering huge losses since these units have to transport their goods (raw and finished) by travelling a long distance.

The vehicles heading towards Himachal Pradesh and Naraingarh in Haryana, which earlier used to take the Mubarikpur-Ramgarh road, now have to take either the Dera Bassi-Zirakpur-Panchkula road or the Dera Bassi-Barwala route to reach their respective destinations. The closure of the bridge has been causing a detour of 30-35 km to various road users.

The worst affected are the owners of stone crusher units in Mubarikpur village and surrounding villages. At present 35 stone crushers are operating from this area.

Mr Vijay Aggarwal, president of the Stone Crushers Association, said that owners of stone crushing units had been suffering an estimated loss of Rs 10 lakh every day. The closure of bridge has been causing a loss of about Rs 25 lakh to industries located in this part of the state, he added.

He also said that a delegation of the industrialists had already met the senior engineers of the PPWD (B and R) and submitted representations of their problems but to no avail.

Mr P.K. Kalia, Subdivisional Officer of the PPWD (B and R), was not available for comments.

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Truckers’ strike on but veg prices stable
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
The continuation of the truckers’ strike seemed to have little affect on the prices of the fresh vegetables in the grain market here today.

And with three trucks of onions hitting the market from Nasik here today, the price of onion came down to Rs 8-9 as against yesterday’s price of Rs 12-14 per kg.The fresh supply of onion virtually forced the traders, who had stocked it up during the last few days, to bring the commodity into the open market.

As the trucks from Himachal continued to ply, prices of vegetables dipped further. While potato was sold at Rs 8 per kg as against yesterday’s price of Rs 10, tomato’s price was Rs 18-20 per kg, much to the relief of the common man. Meanwhile, Mr Ajit Singh Klaer, president of the Chandigarh Transport Union, while claiming the strike to be total, warned the Himachal truckers not to ply their vehicles.

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Bus conductor made to apologise
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 26
A bus conductor of the Haryana Roadways had to apologise for his misbehaviour with a blind man, as an irate mob jammed the traffic at the ISBT, Sector 17, here today.

According to Mr Jagjit Saini, General Secretary of the Haryana Naterahin Jagrati Sangh, Surinder Lamba, the president of the Sangh, with four other companions, boarded a Haryana Roadways bus from Ambala, for Chandigarh. The conductor of the bus prevented them from boarding the bus, citing the reason that more than two persons are not allowed to travel free in the bus.

All five of them boarded the bus. The conductor Subhe Singh, was asked one of them to get up from the rear seat, to make space soon for him. Following this they entered into an argument, the conductor slapped one blind person among them. They made a call from their mobile and informed their fellows in Chandigarh about the incident. When the bus reached ISBT, their fellows surrounded the bus and jammed the traffic there. As the situation became tense the police has to intervene and a compromise was reached only after the conductor submitted written apology.

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Talk on oil and politics in Azerbaijan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
While Azerbaijan is using oil to develop its economy, it is also using it as a major tool of international diplomacy to balance its relations with major powers having interest in fossil fuels, said Dr Leila Alieva while delivering a talk on “Oil and Politics in Azerbaijan’’ at CRRID here yesterday.

Dr Leila, president of the Centre for National and International Studies, Baku, said that mixing of oil and politics was a complex task but her country was playing this game perfectly. Major powers like USA, European Union ( EU), Russia, had big stakes in oil politics, however, smaller countries like Azerbaijan had to be careful while playing oil politics.

Dr Alieva also saw a linkage between political stability and oil politics. She said that requirements of oil by major powers should not result in instability, and it was in their own interest to ensure stability in the areaif they wanted to be assured of supply of oil without interruption. She added that the BTC ( Baku-Tblisi-Cayhan) pipeline was also guided by these considerations.

Answering a question on the EU type of regional cooperation, she said that a European union of the Caucasus was considered but it could take shape only if there was a settlement of the border issue with Armenia. She blamed the former Soviet Union for the border dispute with Armenia.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Paramjit Sahai, Principal Adviser, Centre for Caucasian Study at CRRID, said that the setting up of the Caucasian Study Centre was aimed at CRRID diversifying into a new area in international affairs.

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Punjab should retain its water: Johl
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
“Territories are not permanent and can be changed by the government. The Punjab Government should ask for retaining its water, not on territorial grounds but base its demands on the indus water basin, which belongs to Punjab. Only then, a lasting solution to the water dispute can be found.”

This was stated by Dr S.S. Johl, a former Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of Punjab, at a seminar on. “The loot of waters of Punjab” organised by the Sikh Students Federation at Panjab University here today.

Mr G.S. Dhillon, a former Chief Engineer of Punjab, said one thing that various organisations and governments were trying to highlight was that the dispute was confined to the waters alone.

“In fact, that is not the true picture. Water-sharing would also imply sharing hydel power, which is the backbone of our industry,” he said.

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MC notice to contractors to improve amenities
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 26
The Municipal Council President, Ms Seema Chaudhary, today served a one-week notice to the contractors for improving civic amenities within the MC limits of the town.

Acting on a news report published in The Tribune on August 25, the MC President, sanitary inspector Sadhu Ram and contractors hired for maintenance of streetlights, rounding of stray cattle and sanitation works, took rounds in different parts of the town to assess the quality of services provided.

On several sector dividing roads, and internal roads of sectors, the streetlights were found to be non-functional. Mrs Chaudhary said that accompanied by SDO Navdeep Rathore, they went around various sectors last night and found that the main reason for non-functioning of the street lights was the loosening of cables because of the rains. She said that because of carbon deposition, a number of street lights were out of order. Fresh estimates would be made on repairing the loose cables, she added.

The MC President, while reiterating that the sanitation services had improved ever since they privatised the services, said that no garbage bins were found full or filth spread around these bins. “There was some problem, near the slum and labour colonies. Also, because of the rain, the sanitation services have been hit. But we have warned the sanitation contractor to pull up his socks and show positive results,” she added.

She said that the contractor for catching stray cattle had also been issued instructions to round up stray animals and impose fines on the dairy owners letting their cattle loose at night. The dairy owners had also been warned not to let off their cattle at night, as these could cause road accidents, she added.

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Farm produce status for wood demanded
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 26
Wood should be given the status of agricultural produce and the Central Government should also a announce a support price in this regard so that farmers could be encouraged to go in for such plantation.

This was stated by Mr Hans Raj Joshan, Forest Minister, Punjab while talking to mediapersons after inaugurating a plantation drive carried out by the Punjab Environment society at Khalsa College Amritsar Centenary Bhavan in Phase III-A here today.

The minister said that according to a survey 8.1 per cent of the land in Punjab was under forests and the government had aimed to increase the land under forests to 12 per cent by the year 2014. He said that the Central Government had targeted to bring 33 per cent of the land in the country under forests by 2018.

He said efforts were being made to bring 10,500 hectares of the land in Punjab under forests during the current financial year. To achieve this target it had been decided to carry out plantation in Ferozepore, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalalabad and Patiala districts. The civic bodies of these areas would be taken along to hold vanamahotsavs in different areas.

He said that the land which had been acquired for industrial purposes but had not been put to any use would also be brought under forests.

Mr A.S. Dogra, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Punjab, said the forest cover in the state had to be increased to maintain the ecological balance which had been disturbed. There was a lot of pollution in urban areas and as such it was necessary to carry out plantation drives.

He urged the Environment Society to prepare a project for greening a certain area and financial help in this regard could be given by the Central Government. But to make any project successful, it was necessary to involve the public in it.

Mr S.S. Sekhon, Chief Architect, Punjab, told the gathering that Dr M.S. Randhawa had great love for nature and he had got planted beautiful flowering trees wherever he went. He said the landscaping of Chandigarh had an impact on Punjab as well and now one could see flowering trees on many of the main roads.

He said the architecture of Chandigarh also had an impact on the urban and rural areas of Punjab, especially on farmhouses.

Mr P.L. Kaler, working president of the society, said that we are ignorant about the benefits of trees and that was why very little attention was paid to protect the environment and as such the atmosphere had become polluted.

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‘Tiranga march’ by BJP activists
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
A “Tiranga march” was taken out here yesterday by BJP workers, led by former BJP councillor Ranjana Shahi, to express support to the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms Uma Bharti, who surrendered in Hubli, in a case registered against her in connection with hoisting the National Flag.

The March started from the Press crossing and proceeded towards Raj Bhavan. The marching protesters were stopped by the police at the crossing of Sectors 18, 19, 7 and 8 beyond which Section 144 Cr PC had been imposed.

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Water supply to remain suspended today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
Owing to urgent repair of one of the pipelines supplying water from Kajauli Headworks to Sector-39 Water Works, Chandigarh, the water pumping through this pipeline shall remain suspended from 9 am to 5 pm tomorrow, a press note issued by the Water Supply Department said here today.

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One held on molestation charges
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 26
The local police has arrested one person for eve teasing and another on molestation charges, according to a press note released today.

The police arrested Subash Kumar, a resident of Sector 38, for eve teasing and using obscene language, on a complaint filed by a woman, in the market of Sector 10. The police has registered a case under Section 294, IPC.

A woman filed a complaint against Parveen Kumar, a resident of Mauli Complex under Mauli Jagran police station, of threatening her and tried to outrage her modesty, in the same locality, yesterday. The police has registered a case under Sections 506 and 509 of the IPC in Mani Majra, police station. The accused was later bailed out.

House burgled

The police has registered two cases of vehicle theft and another one of burglary, according to a press note today.

Kulwant Singh, a resident of Kharar, Ropar district, reported to the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-K-1605), was stolen from PGI Staff Parking, yesterday. The police has registered a case.

In another incident, Maninder Pal, a resident of Sector 70, Mohali, reported to the police that his scooter (CH-01-J-0982) was stolen from outside a house, in Sector 39, Chandigarh, on August 24. The police has registered a case.

Gulzar Singh filed a complaint in Sector 19 police station that a theft took place in his house on last night. The police has registered a case.

Four held

The police has arrested four persons for gambling and one for carrying liquor illegally, according to a press note today.

The police yesterday arrested Hari Mohan, a resident of Sector 55 and Ashok Kumar of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, from near Dharam Kanda Transport Area, Sector 26, for gambling at a public place. The police has recovered Rs 305 from their possession. A case under Sections 13, 3, 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered against both the accused. Both were later bailed out.

In another case, the police arrested Ramesh Kumar and Biram, both residents of Bapu Dham Colony yesterday from near Gurdwara Tibba Sahib, Transport Area, Sector 26, for gambling at a public place and recovered a sum of Rs 255 from their possession. The police has registered a case.

The police yesterday arrested one person for possessing liquor illegally. Ajay of Bapu Dham Colony was arrested from near Government High School, BDC, Sector 26. The police seized six bottles of whiskey from his possession. The police has registered a case. He was later released on bail.

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One held for theft
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 26
The police arrested a person wanted for several crimes and two others. Sudir Chaudhry a resident of Baltana village was arrested from near the community centre in Sector 22 for stealing Scorpio Jeep from Sector 23. He was remanded to in police custody up to August 27. Raghubir Singh, a resident of Sector 20, was coming out of Shimla Traders in Sector 22, after purchasing a mobile phone. Two youths snatched his mobile phone from near the Kiran Light Point, Sector 22, and tried to run away.

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CII workshop on business strategies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
As organisations all over the world face increasing pressure for a better performance, they have to rethink their business strategies and performance parameters to offer higher value addition to customers. A CII workshop in Chandigarh yesterday suggested that business process redesign and IT implementation could be a key to improve performance.

With the focus on doing things differently so that non-value added activities were minimised or eliminated, the workshop featured a presentation by renowned consultants Deloitte on the concepts, coverage, methodology, change management and management of such a process redesign project. Various concepts of lean manufacturing were also presented by Deloitte.

Underscoring that process redesign delivers results through effective implementation of IT solutions, Deloitte also shared nuances of IT strategy- and its linkages with business and process redesign, product selection and implementation management. Representatives from Escorts Ltd. shared their experiences in IT implementation through a case study presented at the workshop.

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