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Students protest against indirect elections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Raising slogans against the Chandigarh Administration, students under the banner of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), organised a rally at Matka Chowk here today and attempted to disrupt the traffic flow on the Madhya Marg.

Students of Khalsa College, Sector 26, DAV College, Sector 10, and the Government College for Men (GCM), Sector 11, proceeded in the form of a procession to Matka Chowk before holding the rally there. Demanding that the administration reconsider its decision to hold indirect elections, the protesting students threatened to boycott the process of elections to the students’ councils of colleges.

The spokesman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), Amandeep Singh, told Chandigarh Tribune that they would wait for the decision of the DPI (Colleges), expected tomorrow. The committee has already stated that it has been able to get in writing the support of the principals of DAV College, GGDSD College and the Khalsa College for Women.

A group of students forced its way into the GCM and tried to disrupt the classes. However, they were pushed out of the campus with the help of the police. The presence of police personnel in other colleges dissuaded the protesting students from entering those to enforce a strike.

The DPI (Colleges) had informed members of the JAC that a decision on their demand would be taken tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the NSUI, led by its president, Nitin Goyal, and general secretary Rajesh Kumar met the Home Secretary. A decision on the issue is expected from the administration tomorrow. 



Campus goes to the polls on Sept 24
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council will be held on September 24, the last working day before the university closes for its weeklong break. Announcing the date, the Dean, Student Welfare, Dr Nirmal Singh, at a press conference on the campus here today, said the students would be given three days to remove the posters pasted all over the campus, failing which police case would be registered against them under the Defacement Act.

Releasing the code of conduct for the elections, Dr Nirmal Singh said publicity material would be limited to the distribution of pamphlets and cards and the putting up of banners. The pasting of posters, however, would have to be confined to the steel boards provided for the purpose.

Canvassing in the girls’ hostels has to end at 9 pm while it would be allowed in the boys’ hostels till 10 pm. While banning heavy vehicles on the campus for electioneering, the code of conduct also disallows the use of loudspeakers and processions of vehicles for campaigning.

Canvassing would be stopped 72 hours before election, at 5 pm on September 21, and outsiders would not be allowed to campaign on the campus. Another important clause states that intimation of rallies and processions in which the gathering is expected to be over 500 has to given in advance to the Dean, Student Welfare.

The nomination papers of the contesting candidates would have to be countersigned by the Chairperson of the department concerned. No electioneering would be allowed in the classes.

Dr Nirmal Singh welcomed the step of the UT Administration to make the college elections independent of the university elections. “In the letter we have received from the Home Secretary, it is clearly stated that the DPI will coordinate college elections while we will manage our own affairs from now on. This would stand us in good stead since, from the next year, we will be able to hold our elections as and when we want. The letter also adds that colleges will hold indirect elections,” he stated.

He said the decision had been taken last night in consultation with the Registrar and after making sure that the staff and ballot boxes would be made available for the elections.



SOPU starts campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) started its campaign for elections to the Panjab University Campus Students' Council (PUCSC) with a procession on the university campus today.

This procession, a show of strength by nearly 300 activists, went from department to department, urging students to vote for SOPU. Comprising jeeps and cars as well as activists on foot, the procession finally culminated at the Students Centre.

The president of SOPU, Ranjit Singh Raju, said the procession had been taken out to show the strength and support that the organisation had from the students. ‘‘We will plan the election strategy in view of the code of conduct released by the university,’’ he said.

As the cavalcade of four- wheelers and two-wheelers reached the Students Centre, traffic on both sides of the road came to a halt as election fever took over and activists cheered their president all the way to Students Centre.

Meanwhile, Critique, a students' discussion forum, claimed that university politics had turned into poster politics and the parties were trying to put the ‘‘best faces’’ forward to lure voters.

The spokesperson of Critique, Yogesh Snehi, alleged that hostels had turned into party dens and alcohol was flowing freely. They also alleged that illegal residents were turning the hostels into virtual dance clubs. They demanded immediate action to check these developments in the hostels before the situation went out of hand.

The Security Officer, Mr R.K Singh, said while the security men were keeping a vigil on the campus, the Chandigarh Police had been assigned the job of maintaining peace on the campus.



Engg students block traffic
Protest against university rule
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 14
Students of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, and the Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, blocked traffic on the Kharar-Banur road here today in protest against certain rules of Punjab Technical University, which has debarred them from taking admission to the fifth semester without clearing all subjects of the first semester.

The students raised slogans against the university and also burnt an effigy of its Registrar. They demanded that such rules should be abolished, else they would be forced to lose one year. Students said the traffic had been blocked only for half an hour, just to send a message to the authorities that if their demands were not met, they would be compelled to intensify the agitation.

Vishal, one of the students, said he had a “reappear” in maths in the first semester, which he could not clear till the fourth semester. But now the university rule had debarred him from getting registered for the fifth semester. He said the new rule was applicable only to students who had taken admission in 2002 and their batch was the first to be affected.

He said a few students had met Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Minister for Technical Education, Punjab, on Friday in Chandigarh regarding the problem. She had said a meeting of the Board of Governors was scheduled to be held on September 17 and a “favourable” decision was likely to be taken.

Another student, Preet Anmol, said 31 students from the Landran college and 46 from the Tangori college were adversely affected. He said throughout Punjab there were nearly 1,100 students facing a similar problem.

Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chairman of Chandigarh Engineering College, told Chandigarh Tribune that the students were at fault as they had been unable to clear the “reappear” in the first semester even till the fourth semester. Moreover, the college could not do any thing in this regard as it was bound by the rules of the university. He said he had asked the students to attend coaching classes at the college, for which no fee would be charged, for clearing their pending subject.

The Principal of the college, Mr G.D. Bansal, said the college had made a request to the university to hold a special examination for the affected students at least two months before the examination of the fifth semester and declare the results early so that the students did not lose a year.



Flesh trade racket busted, 10 held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
The anti-extremist cell, along with the security branch and the local police, conducted an unusual and dramatic raid here this evening. The raid, the police claimed, led to the busting of a vice ring that had been operating in Panchkula, Chandigarh and Parwanoo.

The police said six women and four men were arrested on charges of immoral trafficking. However, two of the women arrested claimed that they were ‘husband and wife’. The younger of the two, a 22-year-old woman, claimed that she was the ‘husband’ of the 24-year-old woman.

High drama took place on the Panchkula-Zirakpur road in Sector 20 around 6 pm when an Assistant Sub-Inspector, posing as a customer, struck a deal with the members of the gang, who were sitting in a Maruti van (DL-2CN-2700). As soon as he handed over Rs 2,500 to one of the women and flashed the headlights of his car, two police vehicles swooped down on the gang.

The 10 accused, including four men — Girish, Sanjay Sharma, Badal and Mani Ram — the police claimed, had driven from Delhi. The men acted as pimps and guards for the women and would bring them to the city after striking deals for them on telephone or through contacts in Delhi.

The police booked the accused under different sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act. They claimed that two other key members of the gang were still at large and raids would be conducted to nab them.



Driver’s body found by the roadside
Our Correspondent

Lalru, September 14
A taxi driver, who was reportedly abducted and his Tata Qualis taken away by two unidentified youths from a local taxi stand, was found shot dead along the Ambala-Pehowa road in Jansui village, near Ambala, this morning.

The police said the body of Sukhdeep Singh, alias Deepa (25), a resident of Jaroth village, was found lying along the road in Jansui village by passersby, who informed Naggal police station. The Naggal police had a tough time in identifying the body. A note was found on the body that related to Lalru police station, which was contacted and the body identified.

Drivers at the Lalru taxi stand said two turbaned youths had hired the Qualis (HR-38FT-8778) for Pehowa last evening. They had said they wanted to shift a patient from Pehowa to Chandigarh.

A son of a post-office employee, Mr Sher Singh, Deepa was plying his taxi from Lalru Mandi for the past couple of months.



Child drowns in tank
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
A three-year-old child drowned in a water tank constructed outside an under construction house of former SDM, Panchkula, Mr Inder Singh, in Sector 4 Mansa Devi Complex today. The child, Govinda, was reportedly playing near the water tank, while his parents were working as labourers at the site.

He accidentally fell in the water tank and got drowned. Another labourers, who had seen the child fall in the tank, immediately rushed to his rescue. The child was fished out from the tank. He was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where he was declared as brought dead. 



Long wait for justice getting longer
60,000 cases pending in District Courts
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Litigants’ wait for justice at the District Courts is getting longer with over 60,000 cases pending and scores being added to the backlog everyday.

In fact, owing to the shortage of judicial officers and staff, the pendency can only but rise, giving sleepless nights to litigants. The huge backlog ensures that very little time is devoted to decide the cases.

According to sources, even if the present cases were taken up for decision on a priority basis, it would take years before the current backlog is cleared.

At present, the courts have one Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) and Additional CJM each, besides 10 Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates. There are four Additional Sessions Judges and one District and Sessions Judge at the top.

Two vacancies of Judicial Magistrate are reportedly lying vacant, following the booking of the previous incumbents on corruption charges.

Other wings of the courts are also struggling with staff shortage.

Advocates say that thousands of summary-proceeding cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act and summary trial cases (traffic challans) take up a large chunk of the courts’ time. The challan cases, which are taken up in the post-lunch session, take the most time.

Since notices are to be issued even in the civil cases under the provisions of the Civil Procedure Code, the number of pending cases mount, with litigants being the sufferers.

As a way of reducing pendency, lawyers suggest that the challan cases should be exclusively handled by a special magistrate so that other courts’ time could be saved for important cases. “Deputing a special magistrate for the traffic challans would take the burden off other judges,” says Mr Arvind Thakur, an advocate.

Since no major point of law is decided in the challan cases, these could be dealt with by a magistrate, says another advocate. 



IMTECH, Florida varsity sign MoU
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The Indo-US joint research got a shot in the arm today with the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) entering into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the prestigious University of Florida.

The MoU was signed by the IMTECH Director, Dr Amit Ghosh, and the Dean of the International Centre of the university, Dr Dennis C. Jett, in the presence of Dr Andrew O. Ogram and Prof Raghavan Charudattan from the university and Dr Naresh Kumar and Dr Rakesh Jain from IMTECH.

Later, talking to The Tribune Dr Jett said the MoU would go a long way in fostering cooperative efforts between IMTECH and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences of the university as both were engaged in the pioneering research in the fields of environmental science, microbiology and cell science.

Terming the research and development (R&D) infrastructure in India, particularly IMTECH, as “world class”, Dr Jett said the MoU was aimed at developing funded-research in both the countries. Our earlier collaborations with Bangalore University had paid rich dividends and there was a scope for collaboration in the filed of plant pathology, Professor Charudattan pointed out.

He said while the indirect costs of the projects to be carried out under the agreement, such as staff salaries and institutional infrastructure would be met by the parent institutions of the participating scientists, the additional budgetary allocations would be raised from the industry, international agencies and foundations.

The collaboration would pave the way for future projects as the in today’s world nothing could be achieved in isolation.

A lot of common ground existed between two institutes and it was desired to promote exchange of faculty and students, Dr Ghosh hoped.



Hotelier commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
Dejected by his wife’s betrayal of faith, a 45-year-old hotelier, Pawan Kumar, committed suicide by hanging himself at his Sector 4 house this evening.

In his suicide note, Pawan Kumar has said that he could not bear the shock of being betrayed by his wife. “... I also wanted to take the lives of my two children, but could not sum up the courage to end their lives. So I am wilfully committing suicide...” reads the suicide note found by the police.

Pawan Kumar’s wife, Anju, was murdered by her paramour on June 17 this year. The paramour, Rajbir, who was a friend of Pawan, was arrested by the police on August 4. The police said that Asha was having an affair with Rajbir and the latter murdered her following an argument when she evaded the issue of her separation from Pawan Kumar. The victim was alone at the house when she was murdered.

Pawan runs a hotel in Ambala and was at the hotel while his brother Dilip and the latter’s wife, Aarti, had gone for shopping. The couple’s two children — 14-year-old Anurag, and eight-year-old Sugandha were visiting their maternal grand parents in Patiala.

Though the police had initially initiated inquest proceedings, investigations later revealed that she was strangulated to death by Rajbir. A case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered against Rajbir and he was arrested.

The police said that today Dilip was away to the hotel in Ambala and the two children were playing with their friends. Sugandha came inside the house for a while and found her father hanging from the ceiling. She immediately called out to her aunt, Aarti, who in turn called her husband, Dilip and some neighbours for help.

The police was later called and they took the body of the victim to General Hospital, Panchkula.



Hindi fortnight observed
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Air Officer Commanding 3 BRD, Air Cmde S P S Virk, inaugurates Hindi fortnight at Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Air Officer Commanding 3 BRD, Air Cmde S P S Virk, inaugurates Hindi fortnight at Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Chandigarh, September 14
Several programmes are scheduled to be held during the Hindi fortnight, launched at 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) here today to promote the use of Hindi in official work. Inaugurating the fortnight, Air Officer Commanding 3 BRD, Air Cmde S P S Virk, called upon the depot personnel for maximum use of Hindi in day-to-day official work, specially in official correspondence.

A competition of recitation of self-composed poems in Hindi was also organised. Flt Lt Vikram Chaturvedi, JWO R.S Yadav and MWO Bharat Ojha, were declared as the first three winners, respectively. Other competitions to be organised during the period include essay writing, translation, story writing and debate.

The Rajbasha Pakhwara being observed at the HUDCO Regional Office, Sector 34, from September 1 concluded with the celebration of Hindi Diwas on Tuesday. Various contests, including noting and drafting, Hindi essay writing, reciting Hindi poems, were held. Most of the officers and other staff members participated in the contests. The Regional HUDCO chief, Mr P. S. Khurana, the deputy chief (projects), HUDCO, Mr A. K. Bhatnagar, and Assistant Director and member Secretary, Nagar Rajbhasha Karyanvayan Samiti, Chandigarh, Mr Surinder Sharma, distributed the prizes. The prizes winners were Mr Rajeev Bhandari for noting and drafting, Mr Vikram Goel and Ms Bhawna for Hindi essay writing and Mr S.C. Mohan for the best Hindi kavita path.

As part of the Hindi Divas programmes, the Department of Hindi, Panjab University, organised a lecture on “Sabki Hindi” here on Tuesday.

The speaker, Prof Maithili Prasad Bhardwaj, said Indian civilisation had played a major role in the Independence struggle, uniting Indians and binding them together through journals and other published matter.

PANCHKULA: The Hindi Society of Government College, Panchkula, organised a handwriting and a poetry recitation competitions on the occasion of Hindi Divas on Tuesday.

Dr O.P. Sihag, Principal, presided over the function and told the students about the significance of good handwriting. Ms Manju Singh, a lecturer of Hindi, said Hindi should not be restricted to such celebrations only. The results in order of merit are: Handwriting contest: Anita Rana (B. Com II), Shiva Sihag (BA I) and Sunaina Sharam (BA I).

Poetry recitation: Vanita (BA I), Mahendra (B. Com II), Sandeep (BA III) and Sandeep (BA I).

Ambala: To observe Hindi Divas, a poetry recitation and a declamation competition were held at DAV Public School, Model Town, Ambala City. The Principal, Ms Meenakshi Dogra, said students from nursery to class V participated in the competitions. She said the students put in a good performance. Meanwhile, Ms Vandana Sood, English and social studies teachers of the school, was honoured by the Lions Club Mid Town. She was honoured for her contributed in the field of education. 



Chautala flags off jatha
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala flagged off a jatha of devotees from Nada Sahib Gurdwara here today. The jatha had brought sacred water from Sodhra village in Gujranwala district of Pakistan, the birthplace of Bhai Kanhaiya, to mark the 300th anniversary celebrations of Bakhshish Divas of Bhai Kanhaiya.

The sadbhavna yatra would pass through various districts of the state and culminate at Sirsa on September 18, where the statue of Bhai Kanhaiya would be unveiled. The Chief Minister said people should follow the ideals of Bhai Kanhaiya so that the feeling of universal brotherhood could be created, resulting in peace and harmony in society.

A warm reception was accorded to the jatha at the gurdwara late last night. It was received by officials of the district administration and representatives of religious bodies. Devotees from the region had gathered here to participate in the celebrations.

The jatha reached the gurdwara en route from Anandpur Sahib, where sacred water of Harmandir Sahib and Gurdwara Santokhsar had been mixed into it. The Cultural Affairs Department presented a skit on the life of Bhai Kanhaiya by the Punjabi Natak Akademi.



Art of Living 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation will hold a three-day international summit on ‘‘Corporate Culture and Spirituality’’ in Bangalore from November 19 to 21.

‘‘The summit will focus on awakening the corporate consciousness, thus transforming the way business is done,’’ the foundation's travel teacher and Mumbai-based representative, Mr Naushad Thariani, told mediapersons here today. Sri Sri's strong belief is that ''trust is the breath of business, ethics its limbs, to uplift the spirit its goals''. Hence, discussions would mainly revolve around ''how to maintain our ethics and increase our profitability.''

As many as 1000 delegates, including eminent personalities from the business world, spiritual leaders and medical practitioners would attend the summit. Prominent among those who will participate in the panel discussions are Mr Narayan Murthy of Infosys, noted heart specialist, Dr Naresh Trehan, tennis star Leander Paes, Ms Naina Lal Kidwai of HSBC, said the foundation respresentative, Mr Ashok Khanna.

Mr Thariani said: "Besides group discussions, deliberations and case studies, there would be sessions on de-stressing therapy, guided meditation, satsang and conclaves that would explore means by which every delegate would contribute positively to the summit.

The sessions at the summit have been planned to drive home the point that ethics and spirituality in business enhance the competitive edge, and the company's foundation based on trust and ethical transactions creates wealth through sustainable competitive advantage''. 



Flag Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Flag Day was celebrated today in Chandigarh by the local branch of the National Association for the Blind .

Mr Vinod Chadha, president of the local branch, along with office-bearers called on the UT Adviser, Mr Lalit Sharma, to pin the first flag to commence the week-long event. The flags are distributed at a very nominal cost of Rs 2 in schools and other places to bring about awareness among the public about the capabilities and problems of 13 million blind persons in India.

The activities implemented by its state branches are in the areas of education, rehabilitation, vocational training, employment, research, aging homes for the blind, community-based rehabilitation and prevention and cure of blindness.



Auto-rickshaw drivers call off strike
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 14
Auto-rickshaw drivers, who were on an indefinite strike since September 9, called off strike this evening after a Congress leader requested them to do so.

Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu asked the protesting auto-rickshaw drivers to call off the agitation as the authorities concerned had given an assurance that they would not be harassed by the Chandigarh police any more for plying their vehicles in the union territory. The persons affected raised slogans in favour of Mr Sidhu for helping them sort out the problem.

A delegation of auto-rickshaw drivers went along with Mr Sidhu to meet the Punjab Chief Secretary in Chandigarh regarding their problems.

A memorandum was also presented to the Chief Secretary.

The delegation later met the Home Secretary, Chandigarh, who gave an assurance that auto-rickshaw drivers would not be harassed any more.

Mr Sidhu said Mohali, Chandigarh and Panchkula should be considered as one zone and auto-rickshaw drivers should be allowed to ply freely in the area. He said a meeting of the authorities concerned of Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana, which was pending for the past six months, was now scheduled to be held tomorrow. The auto-rickshaw drivers had been asked not to overload their vehicles.

Members of the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Auto-Rickshaw Union said the Chandigarh police harassed them when they took passengers to Chandigarh.

They were not allowed to ply in the union territory and the police often impounded their vehicles, which they had to get released after paying 
heavy fines.



BJP city chief meets Verma

Chandigarh, September 14
The local president of the BJP, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, today met the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), to highlight problems being faced by city residents.

Mr Mahajan said the people were agitated over the long power cuts. TNS



Woman booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 14
The Chandigarh police has registered a case of fraud against a woman, on a complaint filed by the Assistant Estate Officer, Sector 17, who had got a booth allotted in her name by submitting fake documents.

Ganga Devi, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, applied for booth 48 in the Sector 22 market on April 10, 1995. She gave a fake affidavit in support of her claim to the booth the same day that she had been selling fruits and vegetables from that booth for a long time. She was allotted the booth on March 17, 1998.

When the Estate Office came to know about this, the matter was reported to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Sector 30. The CBI conducted an inquiry into this matter and found that Ganga Devi had submitted a fake document. She was found guilty of suppressing facts to obtain the booth fraudulently. The police registered a case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code.

Vehicles stolen

Mr Satinder, a resident of Sector 41, reported that his Maruti car was stolen from near Gurdial petrol station, in Sector 22 yesterday. The police registered a case of theft.

Mr Harbans Singh, a resident of Sector 18, filed a report that his motor cycle was stolen from his residence yesterday. The police registered a case in this regards.

Ms I.P.S. Lamba, a resident of Sector 38-C, reported to the police that his motor cycle was stolen from Industrial Area, Phase II yesterday. The police registered a case of theft.

1 held for gambling

The police arrested Shan Mohamad, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, for gambling at a public place and recovered Rs 325 from his possession yesterday. The police registered a case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Rajesh, a resident of Sector 38-A, from near Prajapati Bhavan, Sector 37, while carrying liquor illegally yesterday. The police seized eight bottles of whisky from his possession and booked him under Section 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.



Man wanted for 17 years arrested
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 14
A special team of the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Vijay Kumar Bhalla, who was wanted in a bank fraud case for the past 17 years, here yesterday, according to the CBI.

The bureau had investigated a case of fraud in the State Bank of India, Sector 17 main branch, in 1987 against Vijay Kumar. A charge sheet was filed in the court of the Special Judge, CBI, Chandigarh. The accused did not join the investigation and absconded and the court declared him a proclaimed offender on March 26, 1992.

After that, several attempts were made to arrest him. He had left the city with his entire family after selling all his belongings.

The CBI constituted a special team headed by Sub-Inspector Prahald Singh to arrest Vijay Kumar. After surveillance for a month at various places in Ludhiana, Faridabad and Delhi, the team learnt that the accused was living in Vikas Nagar, Neemach, Madhya Pradesh. However, the team could not arrest him as he escaped from there also. However, he was tracked down and arrested in Chandigarh yesterday. The team had also looked for him in Mohali and Kanpur.

The accused was produced in the Court of the District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh, and sent in judicial custody.



Punwire theft: case registered
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 14
The police registered a case here today in connection with the theft of goods from locked units of Punjab Wireless Systems Limited (Punwire).

The case was registered on a complaint lodged by Mr B.K. Srivastava, liquidator. Though the exact nature of the property stolen could not be ascertained, it is presumed that the loss was not less than Rs 1 crore.

Mr Rakesh Agrawal, SP, said a complaint has been received from the liquidator about two and a half months ago. In the complaint it has been mentioned that electronic equipment used in wireless systems and some defence-related equipment were stolen from two units of Punwire that were locked about two years ago.

The liquidator had stated that the theft had come to notice when the factory was opened for auction. The SP said it was to be seen whether the factory was locked in the presence of an authorised person.

The police has asked officials concerned to give a list of the items stolen and their market value. The liquidator has put an evaluator on the job, but a report in this regard is awaited. It is learnt that a chartered accountant, who prepared the inventory of Punwire, is involved in the process.

The case has been registered under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.



Body found at railway crossing
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 14
The body of a middle-aged person was found in a mutilated condition at the railway crossing in Mani Majra here this morning.

The victim, Prem Chand, a resident of Jalalpur village of Nawanshahr district, was identified by his relatives. The General Railway Police today got a phone call in the morning that a body was lying at crossing 132 near Mani Majra. The police got the address from the papers found in the victim’s pocket and contacted his relatives.

The General Railway Police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC and handed over the body to the relatives.



Tribune employee’s car stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The Maruti car (CH-03A-1236) of Mr Ashok Kumar Arora, an employee of the The Tribune, was stolen from the Sector 35-C market here last night.

Mr Arora had gone to the office of a telecom company for some personal work at around 8.20 p.m. However, when he returned after about 20 minutes, he found his white-coloured car stolen from the spot.

A case has been registered.



One killed in road accident
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
A 24-year-old man, Mukesh Kumar, was killed while his friend, Pawan Kumar, was seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a tipper from behind. The two friends were reportedly going from Nahan to Nalagarh when the accident took place. While Pawan was driving, Mukesh was pillion-riding. The errant driver, however, managed to escape.


A 46- year-old woman, Usha, received 80 per cent burn injuries following a stove burst at her Haripur village residence today. She was rushed to the General Hospital and from there she was referred to the PGI.



More power for industry sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The Federation of Small Scale Industries, Chandigarh, in an emergency meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr M.R. Mittal here today, discussed the power situation and power cuts imposed on the industry in the city.

The federation urged the UT Administration to reduce the power cuts imposed on the industry to minimum levels as the industry was already passing through a difficult time and these power cuts would further cripple it. This would also create unemployment, leading to a law and order problem.

It also sought more restrictions on the use of power for unproductive works. It was pointed out that many banks and shopping centres were consuming electricity to the tune of 100-300KW on running air-conditioning plants. On the other hand, 10 small-scale industry units consume 200-250 KW of electricity. It was suggested that by imposing necessary restrictions on the use of AC by commercial establishments, 10 industrial units employing 100-150 persons would be able to run their units and make worthwhile contribution to the state exchequer.

Further, as sign boards outside these commercial establishments consume lot of electricity, their use could also be banned. As a result of the saving, the peak load hour restrictions could either be removed or at least reduced to minimum, the federation demanded. The general secretary of the federation, Mr Rajeev Gupta, has in a release appreciated the stand taken by the UT Administration with the Central Government on the cut imposed on power being supplied here from the Central quota. 


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