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Two women assaulted, walled in
Muslim family pays for not shifting door
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 12
Two women of a Muslim family were allegedly attacked in their house by more than 10 persons of the Gujjar community of Haripura Hinduan village, 5 km from here, today.

Roshni Begum and her sister-in-law Hasina were the only ones at home when the attackers thrashed them and allegedly stripped their clothes. They also reportedly blocked the main door of the house by constructing a brick wall after locking them in.

In a complaint to the police, Roshni Begum alleged that the villagers, armed with sticks and sharp-edged weapons, attacked them while her husband, retired Army havildar Sahib Ram, was not at home.

She also complained that villagers had been harassing the family for the past couple of months and had directed them to shift the main door of the house to the other side of the structure. The door at present faces a Hindu place of worship.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Sahib Ram claimed that since his was the only Muslim house in the locality, villagers had been harassing them.

“They had also tried to attack our family earlier and it was reported to the police on September 9. The police took it lightly, which boosted them and we have had to bear the consequences,” claimed Sahib Ram.

He said hearing the women’s cries some villagers of their community rescued them after breaking through a wall. The injured Roshni Begum was later admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, while Hasina was discharged after first aid.

Family members alleged that the police rounded up a few villagers but let them off later.

Meanwhile, the police has recorded the statement of Roshni Begum and Hasina. Station House Officer, Dera Bassi, Amarjit Singh Ghuman was not available for comment. However, ASI Ram Saran, who is investigating the case, said action would be taken against the suspects.



Prima donna of city’s underworld
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service


Chandigarh, September 12
The City Beautiful has many distinctions to its credit but the latest one is on the dubious side. A woman now controls a mafia that deals in drugs, illicit liquor and other crimes.

Kamala is a matronly 50. For the last three decades she has been in the field of crime, starting her career as a petty thief. But over the years, she has consolidated her position by outgunning her rivals and has finally emerged at the top of the underworld heap.

Kamla, who was recently arrested for trafficking drugs, lords over the crime world of the city with at least 17 cases of burglary, illegal sale of liquor and drugs sale registered against her.

These cases, however, do not include those registered against her in other police stations in Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Patiala and Ambala.

The woman, who is a registered bad character in the Sector 39 Police Station along with her husband’s sister Bala, is known for browbeating witnesses against her. The woman’s son, Mukesh, is lodged in the jail in Komal murder case. Her daughters Nirmala and Sunita are also suspects in the eyes of the police. The sources in the police said the woman probably has won over the murder victim Komal’s mother who is believed to have given an affidavit which might lead to Mukesh release on bail.

The woman is not alone in this field as her daughters, son and even sons-in-law are under observation of the police for their suspected activities in drug peddling.

Though for record Kamla has a business of arranging mares for wedding processions, yet her record speaks volumes of her alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

A police officer who has dealt with her said the woman is daring, fond of liquor, abusive and threatening but at the same time has a fairly good understanding of law to find loopholes to escape punishment. If she comes to know a police officer is after her, she will pile up complaints against him before the senior officers to demoralise him. She does not hesitate to win over complainants or witnesses against her by hook or by crook, he said.

Kamla and Bala were striking earlier in tandem. She could be cruel too as was revealed by her daughter’s complaint to the senior officers. Her daughter had alleged that Kamla had got her husband implicated in a drug sale case as they had developed some differences. However, an inquiry by a senior police official has not found any merit in the allegations saying both the women seem to be involved in crime and are levelling charges against each other. Komal who was murdered was also allegedly working with Kamla but did want to continue.

Kamla has been in and out of jail. According to the police, in the most of the cases in which she was convicted, she had burgled houses during day time by breaking locks with an iron rod.

A case of theft was registered against her in 1984 when she burgled a house in Sector 15. She has been convicted in two more cases registered in the same year for burglaries in Sector 11. According to the police, the stolen property in most cases was recovered from Ludhaina and Ambala. She was most active in burglaries in the 80s with cases being registered against her every year then. As theft was not a profitable trade, the woman turned to the sale of illegal liquor in which she was booked in 1999. Then the woman don was drawn into a more lucrative illegal business of drug trafficking for which she was arrested in April 2003. But she continued the illegal business and was again arrested in September this year.

The police feels the woman is a major source of drug supply in the city but sells it in small quantities to escape a stringent punishment.



A chhoti si asha near fulfilment
Gitanjali Sharma
Tribune News Service

This is the story of four destitute orphans and the grit and determination of a middle-class housewife to bring some cheer into their lives.

Today, the eyes of the children sparkle with happiness as you mention their “aunty”, Ms Nutan Shukla, who fought bureaucratic hurdles and sitting-over-files babus to have a plot of land allotted to them in lieu of their jhuggi, which was demolished in October 2002.

The woes of the children, however, are not yet over. They don’t have funds to begin construction, which as per law should start within three months of taking possession of the land. Nonetheless, the soft-spoken Ms Shukla remains determined to see the children safely sheltered in a house. She hopes that organisations and individuals will come forward to offer monetary help.

The children, Bindu (15), Aarti (14), Munna (13) and Guddu (8), are currently living with their maternal uncle in a dilapidated makeshift structure, with plastic sheets for walls and a roof that is unable to keep rainwater away.

The kids lost both their parents in 1996. While the mother passed away during childbirth, the father died due to cancer. Since then, their uncle, a rickshaw-puller, has been their guardian and sole provider.

The siblings came in contact with Ms Shukla, a resident of Sector 24, when Bindu, desperate to earn money, approached her for some work in 1999. Though Ms Shukla couldn’t think of employing the frail 10-year-old, she allowed Bindu to do small jobs in the house so that she could make an earning.

Eager to do more for the needy child, Ms Shukla got her as well as Aarti admitted in the Sector 24 Government High School. She also shifted Munna from a school in Sector 25 to his sisters’ school, and put the youngest, Guddu, who was then three years old, in a crčche.

The children continued to live in their parents’ jhuggi in Sector 25, till it was demolished. Suddenly on the road, they found themselves without shelter and warm clothing. Again, Ms Shukla came to their rescue by arranging clothes and bedding for them. A number of persons, says this housewife, came forward to donate warm clothing so that the children could bear the winter ahead.

Ideally, the allotment of land in lieu of the jhuggi should have come as a matter of course, as all those whose jhuggis were demolished were being given a piece of land. But the children’s case was conveniently given the go-by since they had no one to pursue it. They were also did not have the requisite papers.

Once more, Ms Shukla took it upon herself to demand for the children their due. It took her numerous trips to the Estate Office and several meetings with officials over a period of two years to finally get the allotment letter for the land.

“If there were unfeeling and unhelpful people, there were also cooperative and obliging men and women,” says Ms Shukla. A notary at the office refused to charge her even a penny for about 20 affidavits that he made for the children.

Getting the parents’ death certificates was no small task either, for the exact dates were not available. Mercifully, since Ms Shukla had got the children admitted to school, she had most of their papers like their birth certificates and proof of residence.

The allotment, given in July this year, came with depositing Rs 6,000. This too Ms Shukla collected by way of contributions from friends, neighbours and acquaintances.

The amount to be collected this time is large. About Rs 50,000 is required for the construction of one room and a toilet.

Though Ms Shukla is unsure of how the sum would come by, her resolve to support the children doesn’t waver. She gains strength from the work already accomplished. Bindu, who plays mother to her siblings, has taken up tailoring classes after completing Class V; Aarti, temporarily out of school for TB treatment, would soon return to school; Munna, in Class VIII, aims to be a doctor; and Class-I student Guddu, who has never known parental love, now dares to dream about “apna ghar.”



3 Bar Council members show concern over judges' tussle
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 12
Three members of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, including an office-bearer, today expressed concern over the failure of Mr Chief Justice and other judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to resolve their differences.

They also alleged that the failure of any of the Judge, except Chief Justice Mr Justice BK Roy, to participate in yesterday's inaugural function of the new office of the Bar Council was due to continuing problems between the Judges ranged on the one hand and Mr Chief Justice on the other.

However, the Chairman of the Bar Council, Mr C.M. Munjal, told The Tribune that the views expressed by three of his colleagues in the Council were theirs and that the Bar Council did not subscribe to the same.

The three members of the Bar Council - Vice-Chairman B.M. Vinayak and members Harsh Rai Dhanda and Navtej Singh Toor - said that they would take a delegation to the President of India and Chief Justice of India and ask them to interfere in the matter.

"Despite proper invitations, not even a single Judge, except the Chief Justice came to our function. We think that the tussle between the Judges is still not over. This is sending a bad signal to the public," Mr Vinayak told mediapersons.

He also stated that they would raise the issue at the meeting of the Bar Council at the earliest opportunity.

Meanwhile, Mr Munjal said while the views expressed by the trio were their own, the Bar Council would certainly discuss the issue threadbare if somebody raised it.



Congress focuses on youth through new code of conduct
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Congress party is on a mission to awaken the youth to their social responsibility. To begin with, it means saying an emphatic no to dowry. Under a new code of conduct circulated to its frontal organisations, including the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Indian Youth Congress (IYC), the youth would play messengers of peace and instruments against prevailing social evils.

In the new role identified by the party for the Mahila Congress, the Congress Seva Dal as also the IYC and the NSUI, these frontal organisations would actively associate with issues pertaining to social work, environment and women.

"Step one of the entire exercise would be to create awareness among youth through rigorous campaigns. Once this is done, we will have special cells in place to ensure its implementation.

Any disobedience of these conduct rules would invite the same kind of punishment as is specified for violation of party ideology," the Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, Mr P Sudhakar Reddy, also involved with running the Congress frontal organisations, said.

An action plan in case of disasters, epidemics and communal riots is also being finalised. "We want our organisations to give back manifold to society whatever they take. While they will be asked to watch the national interest and take up public causes, top priority has been accorded to redressing matters pertaining to the people belonging to the Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribes," he added.

Lending a secular dimension to these organizations, they have been asked to celebrate and participate in festivities of all communities and religions.

Another move of the party in the direction of fulfilling social responsibility would be to open "Women Grievances and Redressal Cells" at national, state and district levels.

These cells would comprise a seven-member committee comprising four women.

Earlier, at a press conference held at Rajiv Bhawan, Sector 35, Mr Reddy said that a change in the leadership of frontal organisations was on the cards. "The Youth Congress president cannot be over 35 years while the age limit for NSUI is 27 years. We are in the process of identifying suitable candidates," he said though he refused to name the front runners for the posts.

He also said that the frontal organisations would not take the insults to the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, lying down. "We are ready to counter these through democratic ways. Stooping to such levels speaks volumes of the frustration of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Sangh parivar who are bereft of issues," Mr Reddy stated.

On Ms Uma Bharti's "Tiranga march", Mr Reddy opined that the BJP was playing politics using the Tricolour.

"If this march comes as a threat to the secular and democratic fabric of our country, we will give a suitable reply," he.

However, he did not elaborate on the party's strategy for the same though he asserted that Ms Uma Bharti would be made Chief Minister once the state elections in Maharashtra were over. 



SPIC MACAY needs financial fuel to flow smooth
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, Sept 12
Never has SPIC MACAY allowed adversity to dilute the zeal behind its missions. For years, the institution has been engaged religiously in the task of taking youth closer to their roots. By far, its accomplishments have been heartening and its blueprint for the future achievable.

But 26 years down the lane, the movement is beginning to feel some pinch - the one that is caused when there is enough will to execute a project but no money to buy merchandise. In Chandigarh to preside over SPIC MACAY's Annual North Zone Convention at Panjab University, Prof Kiran Seth, the man behind the mission, shared with The Tribune some concerns that demand immediate attention.

But before he does that, one gets to taste the real flavour of SPIC MACAY which has always welcomed newness so long as it serves classical customs. Having spread the might of Indian classical traditions around, the organisation has now reactivated its long dormant world heritage chapter, the Society for Promotion of World Heritage among Youth (SPWHAY). SPWHAY will revive dying arts like the Kungchu opera of China, the Noh theatre of Japan, the Kabuki custom, the Gregorian chants, to mention a few.

The reactivation of SPWHAY followed a SPIC MACAY delegation's recent visit to Pakistan where a heartwarming exchange of performing arts took place. "We will hold Pakistan Heritage Series in India in which we will invite Ajoka Theatre group and another group of Sufi singers," informed Prof Seth.

"We are struggling on the finance front. Last year we held 1600 events in 190 countries in India and abroad. The money that goes into such arrangements is astounding. We need to strengthen our resource base at zonal level. We are planning to constitute an advisory board for the North, on the lines of the one we have at Delhi. Dr Manmohan Singh is on our board, so are some executives who guarantee monetary support. Money must flow for the movement to proceed without hiccups," he said.

Another concern is the growing alienation between volunteers. Prof Seth added, "We started on the promise of faith, but the movement having spread so much it is becoming tough to touch base with all volunteers. We are going in for a major organisational tightening up to retain the personal flavour of the movement."

Even on the level of content SPIC MACAY is witnessing a churning.

Besides taking Virasat into another year by involving exponents like Girija Devi (vocal) Alarmelvalli (B haratnatyam) and Ram Kailas Birana (folk music), the organisation is now diversifying. This year it will promote the concept of "Holistic Food Mess", developed by Prof S.D. Sharma of IIT, Delhi. Explained Prof Seth, "This food has an ayurvedic base, but it has been modified to suit modern tastes. IIT, Delhi, has a holistic food mess. We recently set up two such canteens at AND College, Delhi, and Sarwan Public School, Delhi. We will have weeklong holistic food camps in Chandigarh and other northern areas this year. The idea is to encourage institutions to replicate the model."

And while all other programmes like the scholarship scheme continue, Prof Seth is also contemplating documentation of some classical traditions. But for funds, this task would have been accomplished long ago. It has to be seen if the mission gets enough financial fuel to survive on.



Classical music to heritage walks, SPIC MACAY offers all

Classical music concerts, a rich fare of folk arts, film shows and heritage walks are some of the many offerings which SPIC MACAY will make this season.

Progressing towards their target, SPIC MACAY’s volunteers met at the faculty house of Panjab University today during the annual zonal convention for the North, comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

The highlight of 2004 would be heritage walks, especially by the Chandigarh chapter of the organisation, which has many other vibrant plans and personalities to introduce under its Virasat series this year. Dedicated to Munshi Prem Chand, this year’s Virasat series will see some new exponents.

There are also the familiar practitioners of dance and music like the legendary Girija Devi for classical vocal recital and the inimitable Chini Bas Mahata for Purulia Chhau.

Among the musicians who will enrich students with their presentations and lecture demonstrations are Yashwant Bua Joshi (classical vocal) and Chand and Farid Nizami (folk music) and Rama Shreya Jha (vocal).

The instrumentalists to perform are Ustad Shujaat Khan, Niladari Kumar on the sitar and Pandit Bhajan Sapori on the santoor. In classical dance, Shovana Narayan (kathak), Sonal Mansingh (odissi), Alarmelvalli (bhatarnatyam) and Mrinalini Sarabhai (bharatnatyam) will perform.

SPIC MACAY also decided to organise camps in meditation, besides holding shows of documentary films. Also on the anvil are talks by artistes like Anjolie Ela Menon and Raghu Rai. Habib Tanvir will continue his support to the movement. Puppetry presentations will be made by Koga Kamat and Anurupa Roy.

Prof Seth, who was in the city to preside over the convention, added that SPIC MACAY’s scholarship scheme is aiming at school students. This year the interested candidates can apply till February. The organisation is also holding two special orientation sessions at B. Ed College and Government Art College, Sector 10, tomorrow, besides declaring its weekly meeting schedule — every Saturday at 4 pm at the Students Centre Coffee House, Panjab University.

New office-bearers were also elected. While Mr Harish Bhatia handed over the charge of chairman, Chandigarh chapter, to Prof Akshay Kumar, Dr Vijaya Singh was appointed treasurer. She took over from Dr J.M. Jerath. Dr Jerath and Mr Bhatia will be advisers for the scholarship scheme. TNS



Security guard stabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
A security guard was stabbed in the abdomen this evening by a person who wanted an entry into a house in Sector 21 to meet his wife working as a servant.
The security guard, Shailender Kumar, was operated upon in the GMCH and is stated to be out of danger. The alleged attacker, Amar Singh, was arrested. The police is also questioning Shiv Murat, another suspect.

The police said Amar Singh accompanied by Shiv Murat reached the house in an inebriated condition and wanted to meet his wife. Shailender Kumar, who joined the duty two months back, refused to let him in. The situation became tense when an altercation took place between the two. Amar Singh then allegedly stabbed Shailender Kumar with a kitchen knife.



Punjab, Haryana Ratan Awards conferred upon 10 intellectuals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The All-India Conference of Intellectuals (AICO) has conferred Punjab and Haryana Ratan Awards on 10 intellectuals for their achievements in their respective fields at the Bhargava Auditorium, P.G.I. here today.

The five distinguished persons who were given the Punjab Ratan Awards included Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University Prof K. N. Pathak, Director of Postgraduate Institute (PGI), Chandigarh, Prof K. K. Talwar, Director of CSIO, Chandigarh, Dr R. P. Bajpai, Mayor of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh Mrs Kamlesh, and President of the Municipal Committee, Gobindgarh, Mr Joginder Pal Singla.

The Haryana Ratan Awards were conferred on Member of Parliament from Rohtak Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University Dr Ram Prakash, Proprietor of Gopi Appliances, Ambala, Mr Rajinder Nath, Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Shoes Mr Adesh Gupta and Advocate- General, Haryana, Mr Ashok Aggarwal.

The Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator Justice O. P. Verma(retd) inaugurated the award ceremony.

In his inaugural address, the Administrator called upon intellectuals to carve out their role and see what were the factors which had been holding back the development of the country as after 56 years of Independence the country was yet to become a developed nation.

The Governor of Haryana, Dr A R Kidwai, presided over the function while Chairman of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Dr Suraj Bhan and President of the AICO, Dr Bhisham Narain Singh, were the other dignitaries who were present on the occasion. In his emphatic speech, Dr Suraj Bhan stressed on raising the standards of higher education in the country and urged the Indians to strive harder for their goals. 



Ex-Punwire employees  block traffic
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
Reviving their stir against the Punjab Government, members of the Punjab Wireless Limited Employees Union today held a protest rally, blocking traffic for over an hour, at Balongi Chowk here. Over 500 former employees of the now-closed company raised slogans against the government for having not kept its promise to revive the company.

It was decided at the rally that the union would intensify the agitation and gherao the offices of the MD, Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, Mr Vishwajit Khanna, and the OSD to the core committee constituted to revive Punwire, Mr Malkiat Singh.

Union leaders blamed the government for the rejection of its request to stay Punwire’s sale by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. According to the Union President, Mr Shahid Ahmed, government counsel failed to produce the revival plan before the court, leading to the setback. The leaders pointed out to employees that the government’s failure in procuring a stay on Punwire’s sale had proven the government’s disinterest in the matter.

Demanding that the government place all relevant facts before the court so that the it was aware of the true picture, the union warned the government that in case a decision was not taken in favour of the employees, a door-to-door campaign against the Congress government would be undertaken by employees in the areas where elections were due.

On September 9, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had dismissed an application filed by the Punjab Government seeking a stay on the sale of Punjab Wireless Limited (Punwire). The PSIDC had moved the application in the court following a decision to this effect taken on July 20 during the second meeting of the core committee. The committee, headed by Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, Punjab, had decided to ask the court for a six-month stay on the sale of assets of Punwire in view of the fact that the government was seriously examining the possibility of the company’s revival. The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, who has mooted the idea of Punwire’s revival, had also been removed from the core committee.



Arrest of bull ‘transporters’ demanded
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 12
Activists of various Hindu organisations today demanded the arrest of four persons allegedly involved in transporting bulls from this part of the region to eastern states.

The activists demanded the immediate arrest of Sher Khan, Haji Iqbal Ahmed, Haidev Ali and Allias, residents of Muzzafarpur in Uttar Pradesh, who were booked by the Dera Bassi police under the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, on the charge of transporting over 600 bullocks to Bihar and West Bengal.

Addressing mediapersons, Col Dharamvir Singh (retd), vice-president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Punjab, demanded that like Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, Punjab should also form a law under which transportation of cows to the states where cow slaughter was allowed should be banned.

Mr Ajay Bhardwaj, party spokesman, alleged that three injured bulls that were in police custody in an enclosure adjacent to Ghaggar railway station in Mubarakpur village, had been found missing.

He added the animals might have taken away by transporters in connivance with police personnel.

The activists also demanded the possession of the bulls so that the animals could be sent to cattle ponds.

They alleged that the “gang” was active in this area in smuggling cows to West Bengal and subsequently to West Asia.

After seeking permission from the administration for transporting the bulls for agriculture purpose to other states, the gang members had been purchasing animal from various mandis and smuggling them for slaughter, alleged Mr Satish Kumar of the Cow Raksha Dal, Punjab.

The police has already registered a case under Section 4 (A) of the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act against Sher Khan, Haji Iqbal Ahmed, Haidev Ali and Allias, but no arrest has been made so far.



Probe ordered into journalist’s arrest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Rajesh Kumar, has ordered an inquiry into the arrest of a local journalist, Dinesh Goel, on July 28 in a false case.

DSP Devinder Thakur of the Economic Offence Wing has been asked to conduct the inquiry.This was stated in a statement issued by the Press Secretary of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists, Mr Sanjay Malhotra, here today.

The inquiry officer has to go into the allegations of Mr Goel that he was arrested without being informed about the charges, ill-treated in police custody and not allowed to inform his family about the arrest.

Mr Thakur is also to inquire why the police stepped up its activity against Mr Goel a day after a delegation of journalists met the Administrator, Justice (retd) O. P. Verma. The delegation led by Mr Vinod Kohli had met the Administrator on August 2. The delegation had drawn the attention of

the Administrator to the activities of certain police officials and targeting journalists.

Mr Goel had gone to the District Court on July 28 to appear in a personal case and was allegedly threatened with dire consequences by his opposite party. Mr Goel reported the matter to the ISBT, Sector 17, Police Post in-charge, Mr Jaspal Singh. Mr Jaspal Singh instead of acting on the complaint arrested Mr Goel.

Sub-Inspector Jaspal Singh and Assistant Sub-Inspector Dharamvir then allegedly slapped Mr Goel and snatched his mobile phone. The two police officers did not allow Mr Goel to contact his lawyer, family and senior police officers. Mr Goel alleged that he was not presented before a Magistrate before being sent in judicial custody for three days.

The Union demanded removal of the accused officers from their present posts and a fair inquiry .



Need for energy-efficiency building codes stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Punjab Minister for Housing and Urban Development, today urged the planners and architects to adopt an eco-friendly approach in designing buildings.

Inaugurating a national-level seminar, “Towards sustainable architecture,” jointly organised by Architecture+Design, an architecture journal, and the Saakaar Foundation, Mr Puri stressed the need for taking up energy conservation at the grassroots level. The use of solar and wind energy in such activities as lighting and cooking should be promoted in a big way, he added.

In the technical session, Mr Anil Misra, secretary of the Solar Energy Society of India, advocated low-energy designs at the initial stage of building projects.

Lighting is a major consumer of electricity in both commercial and residential buildings, followed by heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. In that context, day-lighting in buildings is very important.

He explained that recent trends in building design indicated high energy consumption due to their lower efficiency in the absence of conservation standards in the country.

Prof S.P. Jain, a scientist from the Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, said in India more houses were constructed with limited resources and neglected the integration of energy-efficient features at the initial stage due to the cost factor.

Mr Surinder Bahga from the Saakaar Foundation said that the seminar aimed at identifying new ideas for sustainable architecture. Energy-efficiency building codes should be made mandatory in the building bye-laws, he stressed.

A former Principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Dr S.S. Bhatti, chaired the technical sessions. Mr Jit Gupta, Chairman of the Chandigarh and Punjab chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects, and Mr Suneet Paul, Editor of the journal, also spoke.

A representative of Jindal Mectecno, sponsor of the event, also gave a presentation of their product range.



More autorickshaw drivers to join stir
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
Autorickshaw drivers from Panchkula, Dadu Majra, Dhanas and other nearby areas will join the strike of autorickshaw drivers at Mohali tomorrow. The strike by the SAS Auto Drivers Union here entered the fourth day today.

Autorickshaws coming from Chandigarh were not allowed to enter Mohali by the striking drivers.

This led to inconvenience to schoolchildren and office-goers in the township. Over 200 of the 650 autos in Mohali were used to carry children from the township to schools in Chandigarh. Autorickshaw drivers were undergoing losses to the tune of Rs 1,200 per day due to the strike.

Claiming that the strike was successful, Mr Rajinder Singh Randhawa, president of the union, said the stir would be intensified. He warned that autorickshaws trying to enter the township would be broken.



Labourer run over by Shatabdi
Our Correspondent

Lalru, September 12
Deepak Kumar (25), a migrant labourer from Sultanpur in Bihar, was run over by the Chandigarh-Delhi Shatabdi Express on the Kalka-Ambala line in Lehli village early this morning. He was crossing the line.

According to the railway police, Deepak was putting up with his uncle in the village and was in search of work for the past few months.

The police removed the mutilated body and sent it to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for post-mortem. 



BSP rally on Sept 14

Chandigarh, September 12
The Chandigarh unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will hold a rally here on September 14 to protest against indecent remarks made in a Hindi daily against the BSP working president, Ms Mayawati. A party leader, Mr R.P. Doger, said on September 14, the party workers would gather in front of Shivalikview Hotel, Sector 17, and march towards Sector 17 plaza to burn copies of the newspaper. — TNS



Body found hanging
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
A 40-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging in a tin shed in a vacant plot in Sector 4 here today.
Ram Prasad, a dhobi by profession, was reportedly suffering from depression and was drunk last night before he slipped away from his house in Haripur village, near here. The police says that after he left his house, he came to his shed adjoining the government school in Sector 4 and hanged himself.

His wife, Bimla, said that he was under depression and had created a scene last night after he came home drunk. “However, I took him inside and put him to sleep. In the morning, I found him missing. Looking for him I went to our tin shed about 6 a.m. and there I found him hanging,” she said. The police suspected foul play as the height of the shed is less than five feet and the man’s feet were touching the ground. The body was sent to General Hospital for a post-mortem, where the cause of death was confirmed as asphyxiation caused by hanging. 



2 held for attacking shopkeepers
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
A father-son duo alleged to be involved in the attack on a hardware shop yesterday was arrested by Kharar police today. Four persons, including three shopkeepers, had sustained serious injuries when a group of customers allegedly attacked them with swords and batons at a hardware and sanitary store in Kharar yesterday afternoon. An argument over the payment of outstanding dues by the customers was said to be the cause of the altercation.

Two persons Gurmail Singh and his son Lakhmir Singh were arrested today. They along with another accused, Ranjit Singh, also a son of Gurmail Singh, had allegedly attacked the shopkeepers when they asked them to pay money.

The injured Vijay Kumar, his brother Yogesh Kumar, nephew Deepak along with one of the accused Ranjit Singh were admitted to the Civil Hospital.



Two chains snatched

Chandigarh, September 12
Two chain snatching incidents and a case of purse theft have been reported in the city.
Nisha, a resident of Sector 24, reported that two scooterists had snatched her gold chain in the Sector 23-C market.

Raj Mahajan of Sector 7-C reported that her gold chain was snatched in the Sector 7 market. Anita of Mani Majra reported that Sohan of Panchkula along with others allegedly stole her bag containing cash, one gold ring and documents from near the Housing Board chowk. Sohan has been arrested.— TNS



Car stolen 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Mr R.P. Aggarwal, a resident of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, reported that his Fiat car was stolen from his residence on Friday.

Arrested: Deva, a resident of Sector 18, was arrested while allegedly stealing a cycle of Rajinder Singh from the Sector 34 market.

Liquor seized: Manoj Kumar of Kumhar Colony and Jatinder of Maloya were arrested from Maloya for possessing seven bottles of liquor and 13 quarters of liquor, respectively.


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