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HUDA demolishes 250 jhuggis
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
Over 250 jhuggis were demolished, 10 shops near the entrance of the Mansa Devi shrine razed and tin sheds near the Mansa Devi Complex booth market demolished during an anti-encroachment drive launched by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) here today.

The drive was started at about 9. 30 in the morning and continued till late evening. A fortnight after HUDA had warned the residents of a slum colony in Saketri, they swooped down on the colony today and began the demolition of these illegal hutments.

The drive was launched to reclaim several acres of land near Saketri and Mahadevpura villages from slum dwellers.

Armed with a posse of enforcement staff led by Naib Tehsildar Bachchan Singh and over 50 cops led by Inspector Pritam Singh, the drive was carried out under the supervision of Duty Magistrate D.N. Malik. SDO Anil Dhull and Junior Engineers M.P. Sharma, Mr Jasbir Singh, Mr Ajay Bansal and Mr J.S. Beniwal of the survey branch oversaw the demolition process.

They warned the dwellers to vacate the land so that the demolition could be carried out. The land where the slum colony exists was acquired by HUDA three months back for carving out Sector 1 of Mansa Devi Complex.

An earth-mover was pressed into service for bringing down the temporary hutments. The drive was carried out peacefully after which the HUDA staff moved near the Mansa Devi shrine.

As many as 10 shops near the entrance of the shrine were also demolished. Several kiosks that had come up along the booth market were also demolished by the enforcement staff. The illegal encroachment near Nepali Baba Mandir was also removed.



Visiting cards of VIPs found on call girls
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
The security branch of the police and the Sector 20 police have busted a flesh trade racket and arrested nine persons, including six girls. The racket was being run by a brother-sister duo, Ram Mehar and Raj Bala.

The police say the gang was operating from a private guest house on the Panchkula-Zirakpur road. The girls were from Nepal, Lucknow, Sangrur and Sirsa. They were brought to the township and put up at the guest house. Ram Mehar would then strike deals for the girls and they would be taken to the decided place in a car by Ram Mehar.

Interestingly, the police has found visiting cards of several prominent politicians, businessmen and government officials from the possession of the girls.

The police says that it had been keeping a surveillance at the guest house for some time and after a decoy customer was sent there, the gang was caught. The police has arrested one Ramesh from Narwana and Raju Thapa, the guest house watchman. All accused have been booked.



Bonded with India
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

“Like the wind I run;

Like the rain I sing;

Like the leaves I dance;

Like the earth I'm still;

and in this, Lord,

I do thy will.”

Chandigarh, September 4
In many ways Ruskin Bond is like a mountain brook unobtrusive and unhurried — who has flowed gently over the years, cutting his own path.

Like the brook he is happy with his gurgling sound, unmindful of the roar of the oceans. There is also a clarity and sweetness in his voice which, like this stream once discovered, enchants the mind’s eye forever.

Bond’s imagination now gushes forth not in prose but in poetry. The romance with verse, which was now on and off, has now settled into a state of permanent bliss. Like his prose, his poetry too sparkles with innocence, awe and humility. It is simple, direct and emotive. Like with the man, you fall in love with his poetry at first sight.

Verse is Ruskin’s way of capturing fleeting moments — those that could not be woven into story either for adults or for children; those that could not be even lost to anything else in the world. Some such moments find home in his new anthology of poems titled “A Little Night Music”.

The ensemble establishes Ruskin as one of the few writers who can straddle the world of prose and poetry with equal ease and authority.

In Chandigarh to release the anthology, Ruskin Bond was spirited as ever. He said he adored prose, especially when he wrote it for children. In his patent style he said: “When I was a teenager, I took myself too seriously, so much so that I only wrote for adults. Only at 40 I woke up to children’s writing.”

For Ruskin, prose and poetry are no separate entities. Both help him constantly reinvent himself. No wonder his legends from India are as popular as his poems. His recent book, “The India I Love” — a collection of his writings over the past decade — has been a bestseller. His anthology of poems is tipped to be one.

The writer credits much of his inspiration to the serene environs of Mussorrie hills, his long-time home.

Flashing a reassuring smile as we trace his journey back to his schooldays, the storyteller says he used to devour books like there would be no tomorrow. He wrote for newspapers till the 1980s when the publishing industry came of age in India. But despite the celebrity status he has attained, Ruskin admits to having encountered phases of inadequacy as a writer.

“There was a constant fear of not being able to rise up to the mark or not being able to earn enough. I know of authors who succumbed to discouragements. I guess I was too stubborn to quit. Reading helped me persevere.”

Persevere enough to master poetry and prose. But Ruskin admits prose is more rewarding. “I barely got 50 pounds as award money for my first book. The same prize is worth 5000 pounds now. Marketing has glamorised literature. The only regret is that I have to promote my books now. But I remain happy seeing a Harry Potter among bestsellers. Thankfully, it is no longer unfashionable to publish children’s literature,” says the man, who has many miles to flow before finding his ocean.



Dependence on crude oil main cause of inflation
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
India’s dependence on foreign crude oil and rising international prices is one of the major causes for the surge of inflation in recent times. This was stated by a group of industrialists and professionals during a panel discussion on “inflation: implications on Indian economy” organised at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, here today.

Eminent professionals from manufacturing and services industries like Mr Satish Bagrodia, Chairman, Winsome Group of Companies, Ms Neena Singh, Vice-President and Regional Head, HDFC Bank, Mr Keshav Sachdev President, and C.E.O. DCM engineering products, Ropar, were the panelists Prof (Dr) B.B.Tandon, Director GJIMT, anchored the discussion.

Mr Satish Bagrodia mentioned that increasing prices of primary products due to delay in monsoons and demand for metal and other industrial raw material and semi-finished goods due to increased industrial activity had contributed towards the increasing inflation.

Ms Neena Singh identified the tendency of banks to promote retail loans as a cause for rising inflation. Mr K. Sachdeva believed that base effect was also a contributor towards inflation. He said in August-2003, the inflation was as low as 3.8 per cent. But weak monsoons, increased subsidies and more non-planned expenditure had contributed towards inflation.

The panelists believed that for regular growth of the GDP, inflation up to 5 per cent - 7 per cent was okay. They detailed the audience regarding efforts being taken by the government to curb inflation, like bringing down import duties on crude oil and steel.

All panelists agreed that India would have to reduce its dependence on foreign crude oil to curb inflation and the Government had to go in for efficient tax collection, remove subsidies and have a tighter monetary and fiscal policy in place.

Ms Neena Singh said a benign interest rate regime, a weak rupee, economic reforms, a strong Indian population, increasing salaries, outsourcing boom, decreasing transaction costs and investment-led growth would help India fight inflation.

Mr Sachdev believed that to curb inflation in the long run, we have to remove fiscal and revenue deficit, increase exports, improve productivity and efficiency, decrease the cost of production and make an attempt to provide cheep quality products.

Mr Karminder Jit Singh, co-ordinator, corporate relations in his introductory, address highlighted the importance of closer co-operation of industry and academia, in order to raise the standard of technical education in this region as this cooperation alone could bridge the gap between expectations of the industry and the delivery processes of educationists

Mr J.S. Bedi, Chairman, GJIMT, in his vote of thanks, acknowledged the support provided by senior industrialists and managers in providing quality management education to MBA students of the Institute.



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DAV spares parents from vote-gathering ordeal
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The DAV institutions have, finally, decided to spare the parents of its students the ordeal of skipping work to lend their ear at the “informal” vote-and-support garnering mission of the DAV candidate for the forthcoming Panjab University Senate elections.

At all three meetings at the DAV institutions here today, the DAV candidate for the graduate constituency, Mr D.R. Gupta, had to be content with addressing the teaching and non-teaching staff of the school and colleges. The voters enrolled under the “schoolchildren-as-vote-gatherers” campaign were nowhere to be seen.

Throughout the week, principals of the local schools and colleges could not decide whether to go ahead with the meetings as per schedule or to cancel these in the wake of criticism from all quarters.

After debating the issue, it was decided that while the meetings would be held as scheduled, but with staff of the respective institutions for the interaction, sources said.

When contacted, the Principal of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Dr Puneet Bedi, said that the college had held the meeting without the participation of voter parents. “Our teaching and non-teaching staff is substituting for the parents,” she said. At DAV College, Sector 10, it was the same story with Mr Gupta interacting with the staff during the meeting.

At DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, the Principal, Ms Rakesh Sachdeva, ensured that her entire staff was present at the meeting held in the evening. Along with the DAV fraternity, teaching and non-teaching staff, a few “well-wishers” of the DAVs were also invited at today’s show of strength. “These well-wishers are our extended family,” Ms Sachdeva justified.

Meanwhile, reacting to the issue of students enrolling voters, Senator Ashok Goyal alleged that the DAVs had been using its students for the past so many years. “It is not only unethical but unfair on part of the candidates fielded by the DAV managing committee. The fact that the DAVs are playing a great role in education certainly does not give them the right to “use” students and, through them, their parents and acquaintances for their own interest,” he added.



HC turning 50, big celebrations on cards
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 4
The Punjab and High Court will be completing 50 years in the present complex on March 19 next year. It was on March 19, 1955, that the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the court complex after the High Court was shifted from Shimla to Chandigarh.

"Before that the Punjab High Court, as it was known then, functioned in Shimla. Later, due to merger of erstwhile Pepsu in the State of Punjab, the High Court of Pepsu also merged with the High Court of Punjab," explains a High Court officer.

In order to celebrate its golden jubilee, the High Court authorities are planning a gala event in the third week of March next year.

While it is still not known if the UT Administration is also planning to do something to commemorate the event, Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy has already held informal consultations with office-bearers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association as well as six seniormost designated Senior Advocates.

Sources present at the meeting said that the Chief Justice wanted the event to be celebrated in a "big way". The dates of the celebrations are still to be finalised.

One portion of the High Court complex was designed by Chandigarh's planner Le Corbusier. However, a lot of additions/alterations - not all of them have to the liking of puritans - have taken place in the high court complex.

Among the dignitaries who will be invited to participate in the celebrations will be President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice- President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj and Chief Justice of India V.N. Khare.

"Governors and Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana and other VIPs as well as Judges of the Supreme Court will also be invited.

"Yes, a meeting was held recently where the proposal was discussed with us. The Bar will extend all assistance to the Chief Justice and other Judges to make the event a memorable event," said Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association Secretary MunishApart from Mr Jolly, other present at the meeting were Association President Anmol Rattan Sidhu, Punjab Advocate- General Harbhagwan Singh, Mr Hira Lal Sibal and Mr Gurdarshan Singh Grewal.

The Senior Advocates were also asked to suggest events that could be organised as part of the celebrations.

According to sources, the Advocate- General Harbhagwan Singh has already written to his counterparts in other states to be part of the celebrations.

A hot search is also on for a photograph of Justice Eric Weston, the first Chief Justice of the Punjab High Court, it was earlier known as High Court of East Punjab.

Messages have been sent to the Supreme Court, the Mumbai High Court - Justice Weston was First Pusine Judge there before being transferred to Punjab - and many other institutions to trace the picture of Justice Weston.

"While nothing is finalised so far, a booklet may be brought out to commemorate the historic event," said a Senior Advocate present at the meeting of the Chief Justice. 



Need to re-think on issues concerning
preventive detention: Setalvad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Leading lawyer and human rights activist Atul M. Setalvad today asked the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider several of its decisions in cases concerning preventive detention.

Delivering the keynote address on the topic 'Civil liberty in India and detention without trial', Mr Setalvad said that it was time the courts changed their outlook in such cases and Judges should be more zealous in protecting the liberty of the citizens.

The presentation was part of the week-long academic programme being organised by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, in memory of late P.N. Haksar, one of free India's greatest planners.

"The courts should not uphold every claim of the executive without putting it to tests," Mr Setalvad said in his address.

Saying that it is unfortunate that despite having suffered from draconian laws, particularly those relating to preventive detention, during the rule of the British, the India lawmakers have put many barriers on right to life.

"Magistrates in far too many cases permit a person to be detained in police custody for months to enable the police to complete their investigation. Magistrates also deal with remand cases in a mechanical manner. The situation is made worse because though the SC has more than once proclaimed that granting bail should be the rule, rather than an exception, courts in many cases refuse to grant bail," Mr Setalvad observed.

He also noted that Parliament has enacted laws of greater severity than the initial 1950 Act, all of which have widened the scope of power of detention.

Mr Setalvad also stated that he was critical of the SC judgement upholding the competence of Parliament to enact the Cofeposa, which gave an excessively wide definition of security of state.

"What the court had to consider was whether Parliament was competent to enact laws for preventive detention for individual acts of smuggling? Individual acts of smuggling cannot possibly affect the security of the State just as isolated acts of hoarding or theft cannot affect the maintenance of supplies of essential items," he said.

Today, a person can be detained for being suspected of hoarding matchboxes and soap or 14 quintals for foodgrains or smuggling paddy at night or even trampling the national flag, he said, adding that there was not the slightest necessity of resorting to preventive detention in such cases.

The SC has dismally failed in judiciously interpreting and confining the power of preventive detention given to the Executive, he added.

Mr Setalvad also stated that there were many provisions in preventive detention laws that were manifestly unfair.

Among the others who were present at the session were Punjab Human Rights Commission Member V.K. Sibal, Senior Advocate Manmohan Lal Sarin, former Vice- Chancellor of Panjab University Dr R.P. Bambah and Director of CRRID Rashpal Malhotra.



Success mantra for new lawyers
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 4
Mr Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today urged new lawyers to work hard and with patience in order to play an important part in the administration of justice.

Addressing 294 young people, who were today given licence to practice as lawyers, Mr Justice Surya Kant said that despite misgivings and wrong portrayal of the judicial system, judiciary continued to be a pillar of the country.

“This job will give you a lot of satisfaction. But, while carrying out your duties as lawyers or judicial officers, be aware of your responsibilities also. You have to be the watchdog of society,” the Judge said.

Giving his own example, Mr Justice Surya Kant, who became the Advocate-General of Haryana and later Judge of the High Court at a very young age, said that unless lawyers worked hard to hone their skills and knowledge, the path to success would remain tough.

He said that the three mantras to success in the profession were professional honesty, hard work and devotion to duty and patience.



Menace of small arms highlighted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
With nearly five to seven million small arm weapons in India, the civilians surpass even the military, police personnel and insurgents in keeping the small arms in the country.

The continuous conflicts in Jammu and Kashmir and North-east, the increasing movement of Naxalites and Maoist in Central India, mafia don culture in Maharashtra and the private armies in Bihar has led to the proliferation of small arms.

Revealing the statistics at a seminar on “Medical social impact of proliferation of small arms and light weapons,“ held at the PGI today, the honorary Director of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, Central India, Dr Balakrishan Kurvey said India had seen rapid growth in terrorist and insurgency movements since 1982, which also corresponds to the availability of arms on international black market in South Asia and South East Asia.

Citing the ills of the small arm culture and its easy procurement, the speaker said most of the world’s fights today are fought with the small arms that include pistols, automatic rifles, sub-machine guns, mortars and grenades.

“In modern armed conflicts, over 80 per cent of the casualties are the civilians and the 90 per cent of civilian casualties are caused by small arms.

As many as five lakh people die each year from wounds caused by small arms and the conflicts fuelled by small arms increase outbreaks of various diseases.

“All over the world, there are 639 million small arms. While the USA, Russia and China are the main weapon-producing nations, India falls under the medium countries along with 22 other nations of the world,” said Dr Kurvey, adding that the small arms reach India via the western countries to Afganistan.

Though the negative impact of the small weapons are enormous, the seminar reiterated that for the last 50 years, the international community has ignored the ramifications of the small arm trade, refusing to restrict this trade or ban its production.

The seminar, which was organised in collaboration with the Department of Forensic Medicine, PGI, also called for the increased role of the doctors in creating awareness about the effects of the small arms as their rampant use lead to proliferation of human injuries and morbidity.



Quake can strike city any time, warns expert
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

C.V.R.Murty Chandigarh, September 4
A study conducted on the seismic activity in the Chandigarh region, falling under zone IV, has indicated that it has already entered its “return phase” and an earthquake can strike anytime.

The city and its neighbouring towns of Mohali and Panchkula were within few kilometres of the fault lines passing in the lower Shivaliks. Amit Bose Some of the fault lines pass beneath an inhabited area in Pinjore.

Talking to the Tribune, Prof C.V.R. Murty, a civil engineering expert from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, said the past record of seismic activity of the region indicates that an earthquake strikes after a gap of 500 years and 600 years have already passed since the last seismic activity. Prof Murty was in the city to attend a seminar on “Role of architects towards seismically-safe built environment”.

“It is high time that the respective state governments sit together and implement the UNDP disaster risk management programme, supported by the Ministry of Home Affairs”, said Prof Murty. Under the programme, the state government have to conduct a study of the earthquake-resistance capability of the important buildings and conduct drills of the disaster management plans.

He admitted that in the past no attention was paid to provide earthquake resistance structures. Architects and civil engineers who designed and constructed the buildings had no formal training in the subject. While designing building in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula no attention was paid to make these resistant to earthquakes, he added.

Prof Murty, who has been regularly monitoring the seismic activity in the region, said there was an urgent need to upgrade the capabilities of the professionals through continuing education.

The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) has played a key role in the implementation of the disaster risk management programme. The IIA is holding such seminars in 40 cities across the country.

Another expert from IIT, Roorkee, Mr Amit Bose, said under the disaster risk management programme, the state governments had been asked to identify the buildings, including heritage monuments, which could be damaged due to an earthquake. Under the seismic zoning, the shapes of buildings and structural designs had been well defined but ignorance among the professionals delayed the implementation of the specifications. The level of ignorance on “behaviour” of buildings during an earthquake was high among the professionals. According to new zoning, there are zone II, III, IV and V. The last zone, V, is the most calamity prone.

He said there was an urgent need for professionals who specialised in retro fitting to make old structures earthquake-resistant. Meanwhile, during the seminar technical papers were presented on “ Role of Architects Towards seismically safe built environment’. The seminar was inaugurated by Mr Baljeet Rai, a former DGP of Assam. Mr Balbir Verma, Chairman of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA). Mr R.L. Malhotra, Chairman of the Haryana chapter of IIA, Mr Jatinder Sehgal, former Chairman of the Haryana chapter of IIA, Mr Aditya Parkash, Mr Jeet K. Gupta, Chairman of the Punjab and Chandigarh chapter of the IIA spoke on the occasion.



Seminar on legal awareness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The College Legal Awareness Society and the Alumni Association organised a seminar on legal awareness in the college campus here today. Mr Justice V.K. Bali was the chief guest and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar was the guest of honour. Mr M.L. Sareen, a senior advocate, delivered the keynote address.

The dignitaries spoke on the need of spreading legal awareness, importance of law and the need for legal awareness for students. Mr Sareen said law was like warfare.

Mr Justice Kumar emphasised on the need for students to know fundamental rights and duties. Mr Justice Bali said justice delayed was justice denied. Law was a part and parcel of everybody's life. A 30-minute question-answer session was held in which students of the college posed questions to the chief guest.

Dr A.V. Vaid, college principal, highlighted the role of the college . Mr Upkar Krishan Sharma, president, GGDSD College managing committee, honoured the legal luminaries.



Protest against ban on turban
by French Government

Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
More than 150 Sikh men and women today rallied in the township to protest against the French Government’s ban on headgear in their country. The protesters also raised the issue of Sikh women being forced by the Chandigarh traffic police to wear helmets.

Led by the SGPC member from Mohali, Mr Hardeep Singh, the protesters started the rally at Amb Sahib Gurdwara, and went up to the old marble market in Chandigarh.

Mr Hardeep Singh alleged that the insistence of the Chandigarh Administration on Sikh women wearing helmets was a result of a “ploy” by the anti-Sikh lobby in the Administration.

He said the Supreme Court had reserved judgement on an SLP filed by the SGPC in this regard. It was made clear in the apex court that the Motor Vehicles Act did not lay down the use of helmet by women drivers,’’ he said.



Cases of police atrocities to be probed, says Verma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, today assured the Lawyers of Human Rights International that cases of alleged police atrocities would be probed by the Administration.

The assurance was given when a delegation of the rights’ body accompanied by the victims of alleged police atrocities called on him. Justice Verma has sought comments from the IG on the issue of the alleged framing of innocent persons by the police.

The human rights body had earlier demanded an inquiry into the framing cases by an IPS officer or the CBI.

Citing police atrocities, it had alleged that a Sector 8 resident, Mr M.K. Jain, was booked by in the infamous case of rape of Shimla girl on August 15, 2000. Later he was acquitted as the rape did not took place.

Similarly, the Industrial Area police arrested Rajesh on the charges of killing his own son and extra-judicial confessions were allegedly obtained from him. Jai Dev Giri spent about six months in jail in 2003 on the charges of raping a minor girl. He was granted bail after the girl stated that she was Giri’s wife.

Later, Giri was reportedly shown as an accused in a murder case in 2004 and is lodged in jail. His long-standing property dispute with some persons, is stated be the cause behind his framing.

On May 8 this year, Ram Bahadur, a Maloya resident, was arrested on the charges of raping his own minor daughter on the “statement” of his wife, Ms Anju. Ram Bahadur. He spent two months in jail and was released when his wife stated in the court that she never lodged a complaint against his husband.



Piccadilly traffic lights continue to vex motorists
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, September 4
Chaos continues even after traffic lights were installed at the Piccadilly roundabout, as the lights have failed to counter the frequently occurring traffic jams and the resultant mishaps. The traffic lights were installed at this roundabout as an experiment. Before the installation of these lights, huge jams used to occur at this point. The installation of traffic lights solved the problem by reducing the proportion of traffic jams, but the problem still persists.

The roundabout is on the busy Dakshin Marg and falls on the National Highway 21. The magnitude of traffic load is higher on this stretch of the road. Also, heavy traffic of the Himalayan Marg further aggravates this problem.

As the roundabout has a large circumference, it takes a lot of time to circle around it. The time duration of the traffic signals for green light is 35 seconds. The green signal is given to the traffic at the opposite ends, simultaneously. As the traffic starts to flow in from both sides, the vehicles, which are to take the right turn, have to cover a long distance and by the time they reach the exit, the traffic from their left hand moves in. This creates confusion, as vehicles jostle with each other to move out of the maze. Situation aggravates during the office hours, in the morning and evening.

It is even harder for those who want to take a U- turn, as they have to drive around the full circumference of the chowk. They are stranded midway in traffic at three points.

Even an increase in the duration of traffic stop does not give the desired result, as the traffic starts accumulating in front of slip roads, blocking the way of vehicles that are to take a left turn to bypass the roundabout.

Sources in the traffic police say looking at the increasing vehicular traffic in the city, the roundabout itself has become a traffic hazard. A project of widening of road around the roundabout is ongoing, but it is only a temporary solution to this nagging problem.



Religion census report on Sept 6

Chandigarh, September 4
The Census Commissioner of India will release the “First Report of Religion - Census 2001” on September 6 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. Mr Tarlochan Singh, MP, and Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, will be the chief guest.

The report will provide basic data of the main six religious communities besides that of other religions and persuasions at the national, state and district-level by sex, residence and a few other important variables. — TNS



Spiritual play by ISKCON

Chandigarh, September 4
As a part of Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) will hold unique three-day “spiritual drama and dance programme” on the life of Lord Krishna at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, according to Akinchan Priya Dasa Prabhu, spokesman of ISKCON.

The programme will start from tomorrow at 7.30 p.m. with Krishna leela “Shakshi Gopal” by children of ISKCON devotees followed by raas leela.

On September 7, the programme will start with Mangla aarti at 4.30 a.m. followed by Tulsi aarti, Srinagaar aarti, guru puja, bhajan, kirtan and discourse. 



Child crushed to death, cop booked
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 4
A one-and-a-half-year old child, Kaka, was crushed to death by a Punjab police vehicle near Sector 7 Petrol station today.

According to the police, the accident happened when the police vehicle, which was coming from Raj Bhavan Chowk in an effort to save a cyclist went off road. The truck entered a cycle track and crushed the sleeping child, who was lying on the ground along his grandmother, Madhuri.

Madhuri a corn-seller and a resident of Kishangarh village, escaped unhurt.

The police has arrested the driver of the vehicle, Surinder Singh, who is constable in the Punjab police. A case under Section 279, 304-A of Indian Penal code, has been registered in Sector 26, police station.

Two youths hurt in mishap

Two youths who were riding a motor cycle were seriously injured on Saturday, when a mini truck hit them on the Sector 34-35 dividing road.

The youths who were on a motorcycle (CH-01-W-0189), were admitted to the PGI. Their condition is stated to be serious.

Youth dies in mishap

Anjum Goyal, aged 20, died in an accident near Rose Garden in Sector 16 late night.

He was going to Sector 16 on his motorcycle. He probably lost control over the vehicle. He received head injuries. His two friends, who were following him, took him to the PGI, where the doctors declared him dead.

Anjum was a final year student of BBA in SD College, Sector 32. He was living along with his friend in Sector 41. He belonged to Hisar. Anjum was the only son of his parents, he had two sisters.

Scooterist killed in mishap

Scooterist Shiv Kapoor, aged 33, was killed when he lost control over the vehicle while trying to avoid a stray cattle in Sector 19, here. He was coming from Baltana when the accident occurred. He received head injuries.

In another accident, a six-year-old boy died and his sister was injured seriously when a Maruti car hit them in Sector 11, here.

Deepu and his sister Neelam were playing along a roadside when the car hit them. Neelam’s condition is stated to be serious.



Immigration fraud
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
The immigration fraud case of Global Infolinks today took a new turn with the arrest of Mr Anand Sikka, father of the main accused and managing-director of the firm, Mr Rohit Sikka.

Mr Anand Sikka was arrested by the police and presented before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Gulab Singh, after warrants were issued against him. Mr Anand Sikka was the guarantor in the bail granted to the main accused.

However, the latter has absconded, Mr Anand Sikka was summoned by the court.

Mr Sikka was asked to deposit Rs 10,000 with the court as bail bond. Upon his refusal, the Judge ruled that he be sent to judicial custody for three months.

Burglary: Cash worth Rs 5000 and gold ornaments were stolen from the flat of a retired railway officer at Rail Vihar, Phase II, Mansa Devi Complex.

The employee, Mr Inderjeet Sharma was away to Ludhiana, along with his wife for the past one month.

The sweeper in the flats noticed the door of Mr Sharma’s flat open and informed the president of the society. The police was called, and Mr Sharma informed of the burglary. The entire house was ransacked. The accused had also left behind a knife. 



Fresh complaints against Broadway Foods
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
Fresh complaints have poured in against Mohali-based company Broadway Foods for cheating various firms in India of lakhs of rupees.

While an FIR based on three separate complaints has been lodged against the company, fresh complaints against the company from as far as Hydrabad, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have been received at the Mohali SP’s office here.

Most relate to allegations that the company dealing in food products and being run from an industrial unit in Phase VII, appointed various agents across the country after taking huge security deposits. While in some cases the company failed to hand over the products to the agents, in others it supplied sub-standard material.

It is also alleged that the firm supplied them sub-standard products and refused to cater to complaints made by the ‘agents’.

According to the SP, Mohali, Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, they have received four formal complaints against the firm and have registered a case against the company. Some other victims of the company have reportedly “settled” the matter and have decided not to approach the police. The police has arrested two persons in this connection while the managing-director of the company, Mr K.S. Bhardwaj, has obtained an interim anticipatory bail.

According to one of the complainants, Mr Vijay Bhatia of Raj Packers in Delhi, Broadway Foods had issued an advertisement in various papers and sought various firms to apply to become their agents, but later sent them sub-standard material.



1 killed in highway mishap
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 4
One person was killed while four others were injured when their Gypsy had a head-on collision with a Tata Qualis on the Kalka-Ambala highway near the local Fire Brigade station, here late last night.

According to the police, the victims were employees of the octroi contractor of the local municipal council and were chasing a private carrier which had allegedly not paid the octroi when their Gypsy (HP-34-2322) collided head-on with the Qualis (HR-37A-7261) approaching from the opposite direction.

Hailing from Kaleka area in Moga, Mr Nirmal Singh (22), driver of the Gypsy, died on the spot while his four other colleagues sustained minor injuries in the accident. The employees had reportedly taken wrong side of the highway when their vehicle met with the accident.

The Gypsy was fitted with a LPG cylinder but thankfully it did not bust.

The police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for post-mortem examinations and inquest proceeding has been started in this regard.

Residents of the area complain that the octroi collectors often violate traffic rules and take wrong directions 



11 more beggars held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 4
Intensifying its drive against beggars, the Chandigarh police arrested 11 beggars, including four women, from near Shiv Temple in Sector 19 here today. They have been booked under Section 3 of the Haryana Begging (Prevention) Act.

Electricity theft

The police arrested Harjit Singh, a paying guest in Sector 21, on the charge of electricity theft on Saturday.

Mr C.S. Grewal, SDO (Electricity), Division No 3, Sector 18, filed complaint against the accused. The accused has been booked under Section 179 of the IPC and Section 39 of the Electricity Act.

Liquor seized

The police has arrested two persons for carrying liquor illegally according to information released by the police on Saturday.

Mohinder Singh, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, was arrested from near Maloya bus stand and Narinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 56, was arrested from Palsora village. The police recovered four and five bottles of whisky from their possession, respectively. The accused have been booked under Sections 61, 1, 14 of the Excise Act.

Booked for gambling

The police has arrested Sunil Kumar, a resident of Colony No 5 for gambling near Shishu Niketan Market, Sector 22, on Saturday. The police recovered Rs 90 from his possession and registered a case under Sections 13-A, 3, 67 of the Gambling Act. The accused was later bailed out.

Thief arrested

Ajay Puran Singh, a resident of Miktan Daulat Singhwala Pabhat village, Patiala district, filed a complaint of theft against Balkar Singh, a resident of Badal village, Muktsar district.

He claimed he had caught the accused red-handed while stealing his purse containing Rs 9,500 at the Sector 23-24 traffic lights. A case under Sections 356, 379, 411 of IPC has been registered at the Sector 17, police station.



Sanchar Nigam launches IVRS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The Punjab circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today became the first circle in the country to launch interactive voice response system (IVRS) for the value-added services for its landline and mobile subscribers.

Launching the service here, Mr G.S. Bhatia, Chief General Manager Telecom, claimed that the user-friendly new service had been launched using the latest technology and the menu had been tailor-made to suit the local language.

While the service would be available to the landline subscribers on 1255111, the mobile users will have to dial 12508. The landline subscribers will be billed at Rs 1.20 per 30 seconds and the cellular users at the rate of Rs 3.60 per minute for the service, he informed.

The services, which will be available to subscribers include the BSNL Infoline, news, astrology, cricket, stocks, Bollywood, ringtones, contests and Times Infoline. Dating, music messaging and matrimonial services will soon be added to the service, which had been launched in collaboration with Times Internet.

The Principal General Manager Telecom of the Chandigarh Circle, Mr Satya Paul said keeping in view the tremendous response to the earlier BSNL schemes, the nigam expected good response for the new services.

Mr Bhatia said the tariff for the services was likely to come down depending upon the response from the subscribers.

The reduced cellular and STD tariff announced by the Chairman and Managing Director of the BSNL, Mr V.P. Sinha, will be implemented from September 10 in the Punjab Circle, Mr Bhatia added.



Market Pulse
Vision care
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 4
Bausch and Lomb, a visioncare, celebrated their 150th anniversary today. On the occasion, the company launched a scheme ‘you just’ can’t lose scratch card offer at Sector 17 for all those who wear contact lenses .

The scratch card guarantees a prize for all. Customers can also win prizes including Swatch watches, Apply I-pod and Sony home theatre.


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