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Case against 6 student bodies
Defacing PU campus
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
The Chandigarh police today registered cases against the six student organisations of Panjab University for defacing the campus by pasting posters at public places.

The police registered cases against the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU), the Haryana Students’ Association (HSA), the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the Himachal Pradesh Students’ Association (HPSA) and the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), for violating the code of conduct laid down by the university authorities for the election.

The cases have been registered against the organisations and unions under Section 3 of the Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act at Sector 11 police station.

Even though the police registered cases against the organisations, it refused to cooperate in removing the posters. The job was carried out by the university staff since the students’ bodies had already said that they would not be able to spare hands for it.

All posters removed from walls of the departments, roundabouts and tree trunks were seized by police personnel, who supervised their removal.

Meanwhile, hectic campaigning went on as usual on the campus all through the day as activists, camping in election offices, took turns to seek votes for their organisations.



ABVP forges alliance with HSA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) inaugurated its election office near hostel No. 2, here today. It also announced an alliance with the Haryana Students’ Association (HSA) led by Dharmender Balhara.

After the office was opened by Mr Girdhari Lal Jindal, an industrialist, the ABVP candidate for the post of president, Gurparvez Singh Sandhu (Shellay), said that their main issue would be to provide security for girls on the campus.

The secretary, ABVP, Saurabh Joshi, said that the president of the outgoing council had used his office to fulfil his political ambitions instead of working for the students, who had chosen him.

Later, Dharmender Balhara, accompanied by other office-bearers of his party, extended his support to the ABVP, which agreed to field Parvesh Kumar of the HSA for the post of general secretary. Former president of Government College, Sector 11, and an activist of the HSA, Sajjan, said that the decision of the SOPU-HSA alliance had been taken by a couple of activists and it was against the sentiments and interests of the HSA.

Meanwhile, today being a holiday in the departments of the university, all students’ organisations focused on campaigning in the hostels. They approached the voters personally and sought votes for their respective panels.

In cars and on two-wheelers, the hostellers hopped from hostel to hostel all through the day and dispersed in the afternoon. However, the campaigning was in full swing in all the hostels in the evening.



  PU veterans do back-seat driving
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Experience is the difference between winning and losing elections. So believe the various students’ organisations of Panjab University who have roped in their party seniors to campaign for them this election season, guide them through the highs and lows of politics and be there for moral support till the winner is declared.

And, these seniors are no strangers to university politics or students. They are well-known faces on the campus who have seen it all and still wield influence over particular groups or in certain departments.

They are holding office on the campus or are aggressively involved in student activities.

Now, they are the real players in the game, guiding their pawns to victory. At least that is the effort of the entire exercise, whatever the results be.

Saurabh Joshi, a former student leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and now secretary of the city unit of the party, was instrumental in the merger of the Panjab University Students Union (Shellay) with his organisation two weeks ago.

A popular face on the campus, he now has his hands full, planning election strategies. He is being helped by Mukta, a former vice-president of the campus unit of the ABVP.

The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) relies heavily on Dyal Pratap Singh Randhawa, Ajay Pal Singh Gill, founder member, and Khushbaz Singh Jattana. “They are our assets; we can count on them for support. Though they are out of university politics now, they are using their contacts to garner support. It is amazing to see the respect they command from those who have been on the campus since their days. We are using their experience and clout to our advantage,” says SOPU president Ranjit Singh Raju.

While they are working overtime behind the scenes, they will be actively involved in campaigns and rallies of SOPU once the elections to the graduate constituency of the Senate are over.

The recent split in the Haryana Students Association (HSA) is also being attributed to a Punjab Law Officer who has been actively hobnobbing with SOPU seniors to work out an alliance. The group led by Dharmender Balhara maintains that former party president Bhupinder Singh Bhuppi will campaign for the ABVP-HSA combine shortly.

The Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), too, turns to its seniors when it comes to preparing the game plan for the elections. “Most of our former party presidents are now associated with the Congress. We look to them for advice. However, the last president of our party, Malwinder Singh Kang, will campaign for us once his Senate election is over,” states Rajwinder Singh Lucky.

Other faces in this election are the local Youth Congress president, Harmohinder Singh Lucky, also a former student leader of the campus, and Breet Singh of the ABVP among others.



Polling for PU Senate today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The graduate constituency of the Panjab University Senate, biggest constituency of the highest decision-making body of the university, goes to the polls tomorrow. A rehearsal for the elections was held at all booths today.

With over a lakh voters, all former students of the university, voting will be carried out at 266 booths established all over the region, from Jammu and Kashmir to Delhi and Ganganagar to Dehra Dun. Chandigarh alone has 34 booths.

The university has already despatched election material and staff for the elections. Polling will be held between 9am and 1 pm and again between 2pm and 5pm. Sealed ballot boxes would be brought to the gymnasium hall of the university on September 20 and counting will begin on September 21 evening.

Against 36 candidates for 15 seats of the constituency in the elections held in 2000, this time there are 35 candidates in the fray. While over 55,500 votes were cast in the last election, 8,585 of these were declared invalid.

This year the front runners include three-time Senators Ashok Goyal and Rabinder Nath Sharma, BJP candidates Dharinder Tayal, Ashok Sachdeva and Parveen Sharma, Dr Mukesh Arora as well as three candidates sponsored by the DAV managing committee.

The principals’ and lecturers’ constituencies of affiliated colleges will also go to the polls tomorrow. While their results will be declared first when counting begins on September 21, all results of the graduate constituency are likely to come in by the evening of September 24.



College poll schedule notified
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
With the Chandigarh Administration announcing the date of direct elections to the Students Council in city colleges, the managements of different colleges today notified the election schedule. A majority of the colleges have decided to receive nominations on September 20 and 21, the declaration of candidatures will be on September 22 and the elections will be held on September 24.

Votes will be cast from 10 am to 1 pm. However, at DAV College it will be from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Mr Anil Sarwal, Dean, Students Welfare, of DAV College, said students were currently being allowed to campaign during the free period as the internal examinations were going on.

In most of the colleges, pre-election alliances are in the process of being finalised. In the Government College for Men, Sector 11, the Government College Students Union (GCSU) has entered into an alliance with the NSUI to field Anurag Dhillon as the presidential candidate. The group has the support of SOPU.

In DAV College, the NSUI has forged an alliance with SOPU. In Khalsa College, the Khalsa College Students Union and the Chandigarh Students Union (CSU) are pitched against each other.

A set of guidelines regarding the conduct of elections has been forwarded by the DSW to the college principals. The help of the police would be sought in maintaining law and order.



In the footsteps of a Sufi
Dramatist to get Baba Farid Foundation Award
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh

Chandigarh, September 18
Eminent playwright Gursharan Singh has been chosen for this year's Baba Farid Foundation Award.

This is the first time someone from the region has been considered for the prestigious award, presented for outstanding service to humanity. He already has the coveted Kalidas Samman to his credit.

Instituted nine years ago by the Baba Farid International Trust which undertakes projects to spread the message of Sufism as enshrined in the timeless verses of Baba Farid, the award carries a prize of Rs 51,000 besides citation.

Earlier, it has been presented to philanthropists like Bhagat Puran Singh, who founded Pingalwara and who offered a yeoman's service to destitutes in the region and Sai Ali Bukhari, a missionary who worked extensively in Pattan, the birthplace of Baba Farid at Multan in Pakistan.

This year's award will be conferred upon Gursharan Singh on September 23 at Faridkot, where Baba Farid Festival is underway.

For Gursharan Singh, the honour comes not just as a recognition of the work he has done for women's empowerment, but also as another reason to pursue his mission with a renewed zeal.

As a man of letters, Gursharan Singh has long been concerned with the plight of women in contemporary India. Half of his literary creations highlight issues critical to women's rights and dignity.

A strong votary of gender equality, Gursharan Singh is known to have pursued challenging tasks, including launching a drive to ensure that like the names of fathers, those of mothers should also be recognized in all academic certificates issued to students by educational institutions in Punjab.

In an interface with The Tribune today, Gursharan Singh recalled how he had launched the drive demanding that children be allowed to suffix mothers' names also.

"I have two daughters who have always given me enough reasons to smile. Through my creative pursuits I want to spread the message that women deserve to be respected.

Most of my dramas centre on the plight of women which is the same in all societies, irrespective of borders.

I see no difference in the status of women in India vis-à-vis abroad. The so-called liberation operates at a superficial level. Deep down, the problems are grave.

Women are still chided if they dare to speak their minds," said the dramatist who has regularly been holding a theatre festival to commemorate the International Women's Day every year.

Had it not been for his consistent efforts, the Punjab School Education Board would not have accorded recognition to mother's names on students' certificates for important classes like V, VIII, X, XI and XII.

Soon after the School Board accepted Gursharan Singh's demand, Panjab University followed suit. Ask the playwright-director how it feels to taste the fruits of success and he laughs off the query.

"The credits must go to our daughters. I hear girls have bagged 108 positions out of the top 132 in various exams in Punjab."



Aurobindo institute to offer courses on quality of life
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Pradeep Narang
Pradeep Narang

Chandigarh, September 18
It is a strange, unheard of a blend of two parallel worlds that guides Mr Pradeep Narang, Chairman of the Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry, in everyday life.

While seers may rant and rave about the glaring differences in materialism and spiritualism, their contradictions et al, Mr Narang sees no dichotomy between the two.

"Sri Aurobindo never differentiated between these two "isms". Giving up the comforts of family life and rushing off to the jungles in search of salvation is old-fashioned spiritualism.

Spiritualism means connecting to the God within you. We can very well establish this connection by staying in society," he emphasises.

He was speaking to The Tribune on the sidelines of a national seminar on "Sri Aurobindo's Vision of the Future of Humanity" organised by Panjab University in collaboration with the society and the IIAS, Shimla, here today.

"Spiritualism is about connecting the whole consciousness to perfection within. Our youth need to understand this connectivity for peace of mind. In fact our society is involved in propagating this message through camps.

At these camps, contrary to public opinion that the young are indifferent towards anything to do with religion, philosophy and spiritualism, we found them more receptive to discourses in comparison to the older generation," he maintained.

With the Aurobindo Society, a spiritual, charitable institute, already involved in education, heath publications and women's issues in a big way, Mr Narang said that the latest on their agenda was setting up an institute to offer short courses for improving quality of life of individuals.

"Under our health programmes, in addition to the regular medical camps, we try to teach people to establish a balance between their physical and mental health.

However, through the short courses, we will try to teach people ways of enhancing the quality of their life, bringing about attitudinal changes and making them steady emotional beings," he said.

While work on setting up the institute is already on, the society is busy collecting funds for the same.

"This venture will be our offering to the Mother and will come up at the headquarters of the society in Pondicherry.

Mr Narang added that in the 15 "experimental" schools run by the society all over the country, they were striving to drive home the principals of Sri Aurobindo and their applications in daily life.

"We are doing so within the restrictions prescribed by the CBSE course we are following in our schools. We are focussing on the growth of a child to understand deeper values of life.

Towards Indian music and dance, we are contributing our mite by preparing CDs of evolution of sound, on the force behind movement and how it expresses divinity," he held.



Sri Aurobindo’s integral humanism favoured
Tribune News Service.

Chandigarh, September 18
The inaugural session of a two-day national seminar on “Sri Aurobindo’s vision of the future of humanity” began at Panjab University here today.

The seminar is being jointly organised by the university in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, and the Sri Aurobindo Society to observe the 125th anniversary of the Mother, Sri Aurobindo’s wife.

Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, PU, underlined the new vision of human religion, nationality and humanism propounded by Sri Aurobindo. Prof Pathak said Sri Aurobindo’s integral humanism could provide a new direction to mankind in search of peace and harmony at the global level. Prof Pathak emphasised that zeal, fervour, ethical values and the spirit of nationalism and humanism, which helped India gain its precious freedom, were the need of the hour.

In his inaugural address, Prof D.P. Chattopadhyaya, Chairman, Centre for Studies in Civilisation, New Delhi, highlighted the need to see Sri Aurobindo as a great spiritualist and humanist in the universal legacy of great prophets such as Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Guru Nanak among many other great seers.

He said Sri Aurobindo’s integral humanism, internationalism, vision of spiritual evolution of humanity to divinity is worthy of emulation by all civilisations and cultures.

In his keynote address, Mr Pradeep Narang, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry, highlighted on the contributions of the Mother and her views on cosmic spirituality, manifested through the works and life of Sri Aurobindo. Prof Bhuvan Chandel, Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, chaired the first technical session in which Prof Sachindanand Mohanty presented a paper on “The ideals of human unity” and Prof Sudehchander Tyagi presented a paper on “Prophet of Nationalism”.

Prof Chandel paid her tributes to the poetic and spiritual vision of Sri Aurobindo and his insights into the foundation of Indian culture. She concluded that Sri Aurobindo was one of the greatest philosophers and thinkers of the last century, whose works need to be carefully studied for achieving the goals of inter-cultural harmony and spiritual liberation.



Promoting international legal interests
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Ram Niwas Mirdha
Ram Niwas Mirdha

Chandigarh, September 18
Age has posed no barriers to Indian Society of International Law's President Ram Niwas Mirdha. No wonder, even though former Union Minster is around 80, Mr Mirdha's zeal for promoting "international legal interests" has taken him to places.

This time, his zest brought him to Chandigarh. As Mr Mirdha revealed that his society was playing host to second international conference being hosted at New Delhi, his enthusiastic eyes sparkled with exuberance.

Adjusting glasses enclosed in a thick black-frame, Mr Mirdha said the four-day conference was scheduled to be inaugurated on November 14.

Sitting in the office of local lawyers Anil and Ranjit Malhotra, Mr Mirdha added that the conference was being organised to provide a forum for in-depth discussion of emerging trends in international law. Not only the practitioners, but also teachers and scholars of international law would benefit.

Giving details of the conference, Mr Mirdha said the focus would be on international investment law, WTO and intellectual property rights, besides areas of private international law.

The United Nations and Emerging World Order, international terrorism, human rights and humanitarian law, along with international law of environment and sustainable development would also be discussed

Mr Mirdha added that international law celebrities, including Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Judge Mohammed Bedjaaui, Judge Hisashi Owada, Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Georges Abi-Saab, Dr Kamal Hossain, Prof Rudiger Wolfrum and Prof Wang Houli had already confirmed participation in the conference.

Besides them, 80 foreign dignitaries would also deliberate in the sessions.

The conference being organised at the India Habitat Centre is expected to be inaugurated by the Vice-President, Dr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

The first international conference was held by the society in October, 2001, in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by the then President of India, Mr K.R. Narayanan.

He also invited members of the legal fraternity in the city to actively participate in the conference.

Mr Mirdha complimented the lawyers for their active role in suggesting changes and reforms in different branches of law.

This, he added, had in turn helped the society to make fruitful recommendations to different ministries for bringing about suitable changes in different legislations.

Mr Mirdha, is also the President of the World Federation of United Nations at Geneva. He heads the Indian Society of International Law founded in 1959 and launched by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The federation’s office is housed at the V.K. Krishna Menon Bhavan adjoining the Indian Law Institute at New Delhi.



Flaws in Corbusier’s plan, say experts
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Acclaimed as a masterpiece of architectural planning by Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is not without its share “architectural flaws” if a survey conducted by a leading architect firm is to be believed.

Commissioned by the Saakaar Foundation, the survey comes out with certain startling facts about the wrong orientation of buildings and the underutilisation of sunlight in the commercial hub, Sector 17. The survey concludes that while over 35 per cent of the buildings are “wrongly oriented”, about one-fourth of the total area of Sector 17 is “underlit”.

Pointing out serious structural deficiencies in the sector, the survey says that of the 1,16,9768 square feet area, 3,01,947 square feet are “underlit”, which comes to 25.8 per cent. Electricity worth Rs 1.59 lakh is wasted during daytime per month on account of this, it says.

In the survey, carried out in 33 of the first 38 sectors, it has been found that of the 28,218 buildings, 10,061 are wrongly oriented (having wrong sun and wind directions). Sector 22 tops the list with 1,350 of the 3,144 buildings having a wrong orientation. On the other hand, only four of the 1,462 buildings in Sector 35 fall in this category.

Calling for major changes in the building byelaws to make the buildings, particularly the new ones, harmonious with the environment, the survey has stressed the need for sustainable architecture to save fast-depleting energy sources, as buildings consume about 40 per cent of the energy.

“The sun is an inexhaustible energy source. There is an urgent need to redefine the criteria for designing buildings, where comfort level can be achieved without much expenditure on conventional energy,” says Mr Surinder Bahga of the foundation.

He has urged the Chandigarh Administration to include professional architects in any proposed committee to amend the byelaws so that the future buildings could have the “right orientation”. Certain changes in the building byelaws governing Sector 17 could go a long way in saving precious electricity and utilisation of solar energy, Mr Bahga adds.



Unauthorised passage
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, September 18
Driving on the road separating Sectors 32 and 31 road is risky because of an unauthorised passage in the boundary wall of the Government Medical College and Hospital.

The passage is made to make way for the trucks which carry the construction material as the construction work is in progress in the hospital. The other vehicles which come regularly to the hospital and the visitors also use this passage to go in and out from the hospital. The vehicles pass through this open portion of the boundary wall round the clock and in the night time, it might lead to a serious accident.

The trucks with the heavy loads of construction material take time to enter through this opening, resulting in traffic snarls and traffic blockades.

The problem was aggravated as this road was also in use as a bypass for heavy vehicles. Long-route buses for the Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sector 43, were also diverted from the roundabout of Sectors 29, 30, 32 and 31 on this road.

Mr H.S. Kandhola, Joint Director of the GMCH, said construction was in progress at the hospital. Asked that it was causing inconvenience to traffic on the main road, he kept mum.

The construction would go on till September 22. The DSP Traffic, Mr Jaspal Singh, said such openings and passages were clear violation of the law and were dangerous. He said appropriate action would be taken in this regard.



Turban issue: procession in city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat today took out a procession in the city to protest against the ban on wearing turbans in France and to show support to the Sikhs living in France. It gave a memorandum for the President of France to Mr Bruno Palashimself at the Alliance Francaise in Sector 36.

The convener of the panchayat had contacted members of the Sikh Brotherhood in France following a news item about the settlement of the turban issue in France. He said the Sikhs in France had denied such news. There was grief and anger in the minds of Sikhs over the statements.

Schoolchildren, men and women took part in the march. The procession passed through Sectors 34, 35 and 36.



Farmer loses 5 buffaloes to disease
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18
As many as five buffaloes have died of a mysterious contagious disease in Kambala village here during the past week. The animals belonged to one person in the village. While one of the buffaloes died today, the surviving stock is also suffering from the same disease.

Villagers, fearing the spread of the disease, have informed officials of the Animal Husbandry Department, which has deployed a team of veterinary doctors to access the situation and control the disease.

According to farmer Jagir Singh, he had bought one buffalo last week from a farm in Kaloli village, near Banur, which had fallen ill. It had high fever when it died. Following this, another buffalo died with similar symptoms. He says the buffalo he bought was not immunised against haemmorric septicemia H.S. (gal ghotu).

However, veterinary doctors have ruled out the disease as the cause of death. “It does not seem to be HS as the initial test reports have been negative. But the final reports take over 72 hours. Moreover, Jagir Singh’s stock of over 20 buffaloes was immunised against the disease. Till now, we have not been able to trace the disease causing organism, but the surviving buffaloes are responding to some medicines we are giving,” points out Dr R.K. Arora, Senior Veterinary Officer, Mohali.

Deputy Director, Husbandry, Ram Singh had visited Jagir Singh’s house and suggested change in fodder. While initially the buffaloes seemed to respond to the change in feed, most of them continued to suffer from high fever. It was earlier suspected that the buffaloes had died due to poisoning, but the post-mortem report ruled that out, says Dr Ram Singh.

Blood, urine and stool samples of the remaining buffaloes have been collected. The first results of the various samples will be received by Monday. The samples have been sent to the Regional Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar.



Broke actress needs help
Tribune News Service

Sangeeta Mehta
Sangeeta Mehta

Chandigarh, September 18
A former queen of Punjabi stage, Sangeeta Mehta, has been reduced to a shadow of her former self, leading a life of penury and dejection. She had dominated Punjab’s theatre scene and had ventured into Punjabi films in the 1970s.

The lead actress of the Punjabi film “Guru Manio Granth”, released in 1979, and “Luna” of Shiv Batalvi’s play “Ki Dosh Si Luna Da,” Sangeeta is battling chronic renal failure. Her kidneys have failed, leaving her to rely on dialysis for survival. Having lost her only emotional support, her husband, A.D. Mehta, three years ago due to Parkinson’s disease, Sangeeta regrets that despite a fair amount of money earlier, she is penniless today. “Things deteriorated after my son and daughter-in-law separated. My daughter-in-law took away all our savings, more than Rs 1 crore, which nearly killed me. I have nothing today,” she says.

A recipient of an appreciation award by the UT Administration in 1982 for her contribution to theatre and films, and with many felicitations to her credit by bureaucrats and Governors, the 54-year-old actress has survived on the help rendered by the fellow artistes. “Mehar Mittal, who now resides in Mumbai, has extended a lot of help to me. Jaspal Bhatti and his wife have been very helpful,” says the actress, adding that due to technical lacunae, she has not been receiving her husband’s pension, who was the Senior Secretary to the Governor of Haryana.

“I need money for survival,” says Sangeeta. Pending bills of the doctor from whom she has been getting her dialysis done twice a week haunt her. She is now looking for some of her admirers to lend her a helping hand. She resides in 3115/1, Sector 45, and her telephone number is 2665333.



Red and Black Awards planned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
The Burning Brain Society, Sector 17, today announced that it would be presenting “Red and Black Awards” to coincide with the awards instituted by a tobacco company in the name of one of their cigarettes. Mr Hemant Ramtirth Goswami, chairperson of the society, informed that the “Red and Black Awards” shall be given to government functionaries who had failed to enforce the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. It will include people involved in surrogate promotion of tobacco products and consumption of cigarettes in public places.

Mr Hemant said: “We made a video film highlighting the violations and approached the police and the Governor; we petitioned the Prime Minister and other government functionaries; we also made formal complaints with the police and have done everything to wake up the government from their slumber but nothing seems to work so we thought to point out the people responsible for such inaction and this gave birth to the idea of Red and Black Awards,” said Hemant.



Neighbourhood scheme in Sector 21
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
Mr Rajesh Kumar, IPS, Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh, inaugurated Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, for Sector 21 today at a function held in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21.

A souvenir was released by the IGP in the presence of Mr Virinder Singh Chahal, IPS, Senior Superintendent of Police, Headquarters, Chandigarh, Mr Gaurav Yadav, IPS, SSP, Chandigarh, Mr Amitabh Dhillon, SP, Traffic and Security, Mr Vijay Pal Singh, DSP, East, Mr Prem Singh Malik, SHO, Sector 19, police station, Mr P.C. Sanghi, president and office-bearers of Sector 21 Citizens Welfare Association and other presidents of the various welfare associations.

The souvenir would provide important information regarding individual security, thefts, burglaries, vehicle security, traffic hazards, rash driving, noise pollution, drug abuse, contact numbers of police officers, list of senior citizens and the developments made in the sector in the last three years.



Wife deserter in judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18
Raj Kumar Sethi, a Mohali resident arrested on charges of deserting his wife and running away with all her gold and cash, was sent to judicial custody by a Kharar court here today. He was arrested at Gurgaon yesterday and brought to Mohali this morning, where an FIR had been registered against him on the complaint of his wife.

A relative of the girl, Dalip Sethi, SHO of the Focal Point police station in Ludhiana, today told the Mohali police that the woman had been married to Sethi due to poverty. Sethi had visited her house in Ludhiana with Kamaljeet Singh, a resident of Sector 70 in Mohali, whom he called his uncle. “Although I told her father that I did not like the boy, today I do not blame them. She is more then 30 years old and there is no steady source of income. This uncle did not turn up on the day of their engagement.’’ he said.

Kamaljeet Singh, an interior designer, who had finalised the marriage, told the police today that he had met Sethi a month ago when he had come to his home to complete formalities for a personal loan. ‘‘Sethi told me that he was an orphan and asked me to accompany him to meet the family of a girl. I expressed my inability and did not accompany him. But then, on another pretext, he took me to Ludhiana,’’ said Kamaljeet Singh.

Sethi got married on August 17, but Kalamjeet Singh did not attend the wedding. On September 13, the woman was ‘left’ her in the middle of the night.

Theft: A house help working with a family in Phase 10 here decamped with gold, cash and other valuables worth Rs 40,000 last night. According to the police, the owner of the house, Mr Deepak Srivastava, had gone to Panchkula to visit his father leaving his house help Subhash to take care of the house. On his return he found the house ransacked and Subhash missing along with the valuables. A case has been registered.



1 held for assaulting neighbour
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
Shiv Charan, a resident of Mauli Complex, Mani Majra, reported to the police that his neighbour Soraj Pal alongwith three-four unidentified accomplices attacked him and his wife at their shop on Friday morning.

According to the police, Shiv Charan alleged that Soraj and his accomplices came to his shop and demanded money to buy liquor. When Shiv Charan refused to give them money, they started beating him up. His two teeth were broken in the assault and he sustained other grevious injuries. His wife also received minor injuries as she intervened to save her husband.

Shiv Charan said further in his complaint, that he lost his gold chain and cash worth Rs 10,000 in the attack.

The police got him medically examined and registered a case under Sections 325, and 392/34 of the Indian Penal Code at Mani Majra, police station. Soraj Pal has been arrested while his accomplices are still at large.

Vehicles stolen

Param Preet Singh, a resident of Pathankot district, reported to the police that his Hero Honda motor cycle (PB-35-D-3166) was stolen from GMCH-32 parking, on September 3. A case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in Sector 34, police station.

In another incident, Sanjay Bhatnagar, a resident of Sector 19-D filed a complaint that his scooter (HR-04-4231) which was parked in front of Punjab National Bank, Sector 17, had been stolen. A case of theft has been registered in Sector 17, police station.

Liquor seized

The local police has arrested Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Nehru Colony, Sector 52, for illegally carrying 20 quarters of Hero whisky on Friday. The police seized the liquor and booked the accused under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.



Plot sale: criminal case against sarpanch ordered

Chandigarh, September 18
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, UT, to register criminal cases against Sarpanch Sita Ram of Kishangarh village, his brother Dhani Ram and three others from Manimajra for the illegal sale of small plots by misusing the general power of attorney.

Sarpanch Sita Ram and his two brothers Pritam Singh (Chairman, Market Committee, Chandigarh), and Shadi Ram and his son Ram Kumar have already been booked for cheating under Section 420 and 120-B, IPC, Section 12 of the New Punjab Capital (Periphery) Act-1952, Section 82-A of the Registration Act 1908.

According to sources, the Deputy Commissioner has directed the SSP to register cases against accused Jagtar Singh, Harminder Singh and Jaswant Singh- all residents of Manimajra, under Sections 5, 6 and 11 of the New Punjab Capital (Periphery) Control Act-1952. According to this Act, no body can change land use without informing the Land Acquisition Officer.

It is learnt that the administration has brought it to the notice of the SSP that Jagtar Singh, a resident of Manimajra, had acquired a general power of attorney from Gurdev Singh and Jaswant Singh and allegedly sold small plots.

On the other hand the residents of Kishangarh village have been on a chain strike since August 11 in protest against the administration’s action. The villagers demanded that the administration should cancel the false cases registered against them. — OC



Teenager found dead
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
The body of a 16-year-old girl was found under mysterious circumstances at her house in Darua village today.

The police received a phone call around 2 pm about the incident. She was taken to General Hospital, Sector 16, where doctors declared her brought dead. Jyoti was not keeping well of late and was undergoing treatment.

The police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC at the Industrial Area police station.



Purse snatched
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 18
Lavleen Kaur, a resident of Panjab University campus, Sector 14, reported to the police that two unidentified youths snatched her purse containing cash Rs 10,000, a gold necklace, a pair of gold earrings, two credit cards, driving licence and identity card of Bar Council of Maharashtra from near Shanti Kunj, Sector 16, on Friday.

A case under Sections 379 and 356 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in Sector 17 police station.



Fresh vegetables for buyers, stink for residents
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, September 18
The weekly ‘apni mandi’ held every Saturday in Sector 33-C has become a pain in the neck for at least 15 to 20 families. Held along the rear of their houses, the mandi not only causes unhygenic conditions but noise pollution also.

As there is no toilet facility in the mandi, vegetable vendors use the backwalls of these houses as urinals. To make the matter worse waste and leftover leaves and vegetables are burnt the next day and the ash flies into the houses.

Foul smell keeps on emanating from heaps of garbage which are neither collected nor burnt.

In the absence of a proper parking space near the mandi, people who come to buy vegetables park their vehicles on the road, leading to traffic jams. After 5 pm the movement of traffic virtually becomes impossible with scores of scooters and cars parked along the roadside.

Shoppers even park their vehicles in front of the houses thus blocking the way of residents.

Capt N.P. Singh (retd), a resident of Sector 33-C complains that though apni mandi is meant for farmers only but a lot of unauthorised vendors also sell their wares there. Goods ranging from clothes, utensils, kiryana goods are sold at the mandi in violation of the rules. Interestingly, you can find an STD booth too. He also said the vegetable vendors consume liquor and create nuisance at night.

When some vegetable vendors were asked to show their identity cards they couldn’t produce it and said that the Municipal Corporation staff had issued a challan and had taken their things away.

Tejinder Pal Singh, another resident said we settled here to spend our life peacefully but this mandi has become a nuisance for us. Even the tenants don’t like to stay here for long. Residents have demanded that mandi should be shifted to some other location.

Ms Kamlesh, Mayor, when contacted said the vendors who sell their products without a valid licence would be fined. The terms and conditions are being finalised. Those vendors would be categorised under “Day market’ scheme.

Sant Singh, Municipal Councillor said, “I am aware of the problems of the residents. We will submit a memorandum to administration that until we find an appropriate place for the mandi we should discontinue it. But it is for the administration to decide”. 



Biz Clips

NEW CAR LAUNCHED: Indigo Marina, the fifth model from Tata Motors, was launched in the city today. Indigo Marina is positioned as a stylish, spacious, premium feature car in the ‘C’ segment for mainstream usage. Promising the luxury of a sedan and the convenience of a multi-purpose vhicle, the car is priced in the range of Rs 4.26 lakh to Rs 5.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Chandigarh). It debuts with three models of petrol and two of diesel in five colours. The Indigo Marina is powered by 1.4 litre PS petrol engine and the 62 PS turbo-charged diesel engine.

DIAMOND JEWELLERY: An array of sparkling diamond jewellery is on display at an exhibition put up by ‘Aastha’ at hotel mountview, Sector 10. Exquisite craft and artistry, international quality jewels which are a perfect blend of contemporary modern looks and ethnic designs are on display at the exhibition.

CRAFT EXHIBITION: Keeping in mind the artistic taste of the customers ‘ All crafts exhibition’ and sale offers a wide range of lamps, wooden sculptures, wall brackets, tableware, sandalwood and lamps shades. These are available in bronze, brassware, stoneware, sandalwood and rosewood. The exhibition in on at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15. Brass lamps with peacock, parrot and swan are the another highlight of the exhibition. The exhibition also offers gem stone and artificial jewellery, Thanjavur paintings, showpieces, kancheepuram silk and cotton sarees. The exhibition has been organised by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, an undertaking of the Tamil Nadu Government. The exhibition is on till September 26.

BRIDAL SHOW: In view the wedding season the latest trends of bridal makepup were displayed in a mini bridal show held at Loreal Tress Lounge, Sector 8, yesterday. Make-up tips were also given to brides to be. “It is very important to know the type of the skin before applying make up” said proprietor of the shop Munish Bajaj.

SCRUB SOAP: Nature’s Essence Pvt Ltd, an aroma-based beauty products manufacturing company, has under it brand name “Magic” launched a scrub soap, designed to make skin look radiant, soft and silky. It combines almond, sandalwood, oatmeal and neem to give the users the effect of glowing and polished skin.


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