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Nominations for student body poll filed
Tribune News Service

PUSU candidate Rajwinder Singh Lucky speaks to his supporters after filing papers at Panjab University, Chandigarh
PUSU candidate Rajwinder Singh Lucky speaks to his supporters after filing papers at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, September 21
Candidates for various posts of the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council and the post of department representatives filed their nomination papers at their respective departments even as campaigning ended here today.

An injured Gurparvez Singh Sandhu “Shellay”, who had been discharged from the hospital to undergo a CT scan, reached the Law Department to file his nomination papers as the ABVP presidential candidate.

He was accompanied by a large number of supporters. Shellay was helped by one of his friends in filling various columns of the papers since his injured right arm made the writing difficult.

While SOPU candidate, Ranjit Singh Raju, filed his papers at the Anthropology Department, Rajwinder Singh Lucky of the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) filed his papers at the Law Department. Later, Lucky addressed a rally at the department.

After scrutiny, the lists of all candidates were displayed at the various departments for objections. The final list would be displayed tomorrow at the office of the Dean Students’ Welfare. The displaying of lists was delayed as there was no power supply on the campus.

When contacted, the Dean Students’ Welfare, Dr Nirmal Singh, said the lists were to be displayed at respective departments and not at the DSW office today according to the schedule. “We will only get the final lists of the panels. These will reach us by tomorrow,” he added.

The DSW added that he was not in a position to extend the campaigning by a day. “Last year we accepted their demand since students’ bodies had got only a week for campaigning. This year they have already got 10 days for the same,” he stated.

Meanwhile, gates of the girls’ hostels were closed as campaigning came to an end. Students’ organisations came in processions to these hostels but were not allowed to enter. They carried out their campaigning from outside the hostels before dispersing.

The panels of the three parties are as follows: PUSU: president — Rajwinder Singh Lucky; vice-president — Ankita Thakur, general secretary — Gautam Lal; and joint secretary — Abhishekh Puri.

SOPU-HSA-NSUI; president — Ranjeet Singh Raju, vice-president — Kanika Chauhan; general secretary — Vikas Rathee; joint secretary — Gurmukh Singh. ABVP-HSA: president — Gurparvez Singh Sandhu ‘Shellay’; vice-president — Abha Gupta; general secretary — Pervesh Kumar and joint secretary — Vikram.



Students of Theatre Dept to boycott poll
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Frustrated with the indifferent attitude of the university authorities and the students’ councils over the years, students of the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, will boycott elections this year.

Twentythree students of the department unanimously decided to boycott the poll, to make themselves heard. For a department that has churned out big names in acting right from Anupam Kher, Kiron Kher, Mita Vashisth, paucity of funds, lack of staff and infrastructure are now plaguing it, taking a toll on the morale of students.

“The university should close our department if it cannot provide us with grants. The students’ council also never puts up our case before the university authorities. We are certainly not here to vote for a council which always turn a deaf ear to our demands. None of the parties have thought it fit to include our demands in their manifesto,” they added.

Claiming that the parties were more bothered about targeting vote banks rather than addressing issues. “Just because our number is small, these parties think our votes won’t make a difference. We will make them realise that 23 votes is a lot when the margin between winning and losing is slender,” they added.

“Our department is placed second after the National School of Drama. We neither have drinking water and nor a canteen. Our stage is broken and, during summers, with only two pedestal fans, practicing becomes practically impossible. Our grants, too, have been reduced over the years,” the students rued.

The open air theatre is dotted with overgrown grass, the bushes need immediate pruning and over-grown grass has taken over the open space.

The students also grudge the fact that while the council goes about organising cultural shows and inviting singers, the department’s home productions have no takers. “We also want to stage a play but are told that the council will watch it before it is passed for the final round. They are not well-versed to understand art and artistes. How can they sit on judgement? Resentment has been brewing for the past many months. So, boycotting the elections is the only way to make us heard,” a student from Bihar said.

Today, for the first time, one of the organisations’ approached them for support though campaigning has been in full swing for nearly a week. This, too, has added to their frustration. “We don’t come last, however small our number. By boycotting these elections, we will have the last laugh. Next time, these very organisations will make sure that we are not taken for granted and things will begin to look up for us as well,” they claim in unison.



Keen contest on cards for Student Council poll
Tribune News Service

Front row (from left): Shamsher, Gagandeep Aulakh and Karuna, who have been elected unopposed to the students council of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh
Front row (from left): Shamsher, Gagandeep Aulakh and Karuna, who have been elected unopposed to the students council of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Election campaigning at its peak: Students of Government College, Sector 11, take out a rally on the college premises
Election campaigning at its peak: Students of Government College, Sector 11, take out a rally on the college premises on Tuesday. — Tribune photographs

Chandigarh, September 21
It would be a keenly contested election to the Students Council in most of the city colleges, scheduled for September 24. The prominent student bodies, Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), would play a crucial role in deciding the fate of the candidates.

To ensure victory, the student bodies have entered into alliances with student unions of respective colleges. A clear picture of the candidates in the race emerged today, as it was the last day of filing nominations. At the GGDSD College, Sector 32, the presidential candidate of the SOPU-NSUI alleged that supporters of PUSU forcibly prevented him from filing his nomination.

At Government College, Sector 11, the contest is between the NSUI, Government College Students Union (GCSU) and PUSU. Anurag Dhillon is the presidential candidate of the GCSU, Sandeep Singh is the candidate of the NSUI and ISU from the college. The ABVP is contesting independently from Government College, Sector 46, and DAV College, Sector 10, with Maink Asija and Gurbeer Brar as the presidential candidates, respectively. In other colleges, the ABVP is lending support to college level unions.

At the Guru Gobind Singh College for Men, Sector 26, the fight is between the Khalsa College Student Union and the Chandigarh Students Union. At DAV College, Sector 10, the NSUI has fielded Manmohan Singh Jalta as the presidential candidate, which means the contest is between the NSUI and the ABVP.

The panel headed by Prerna of the NSUI is at an advantageous position in the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, as the candidate of PUSU could not file the nomination papers. A large number of PUSU supporters from Panjab University reached the spot in support of the girls but in vain.

At Government College, Sector 46, the SOPU-NSUI panel, headed by Amanpreet Chatha, is in straight fight with candidates of PUSU and the ABVP.

In some of the colleges, the class representatives have been elected unopposed.

Meanwhile, SOPU-NSUI candidate prevented from filing nomination at GGDSD College, Sector 32.

Leaders of the NSUI today alleged that when their presidential candidate for the college, Sardeep Singh, along with his friends left the university in his Scorpio vehicle, supporters of PUSU chased him and pelted stones at his vehicle. As a result, he got late in filing his nomination as he had to take a longer route to reach the college. A covering candidate filed nomination papers in place of Sardeep Singh.



ABVP promises fee concession for poor students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Violence free campus, creation of student-teacher forum, linking of university placement cell with employment exchange and fee concession for poor students are some of the promises made by ABVP in its election manifesto released at Panjab University, here today.

The extension of reading room and outer section, uniform rules regarding issuance of books in all departmental libraries, extended timing for departmental libraries during the examination season, besides latest books for all departmental libraries, are the other promises.

The other resolutions include the revision of syllabus for the MCA programme on yearly basis “keeping in view the latest developments in computer and information technology”, along with provision of computer rooms in “all departments for imparting non-examination based computer education”.

As far as hostels are concerned, the party members have promised cyber cafes and photostat facilities, besides postponing the attendance timing in girls’ hostels for the convenience of those involved in lab and research work. Sharing of room rent for students sharing rooms is also a part of the manifesto.



Jain’s charges baseless, says YC chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The front organisations reacted sharply to the allegations that one of the two groups supported by the Congress was involved in the attack on ABVP candidate, Gurparvez Singh Sandhu ‘Shellay’ last night, levelled by former MP and senior leader of the BJP, Satpal Jain, here today.

President of the Youth Congress, HS Lucky, said that the charges were baseless and that Mr Jain should have thought twice before levelling baseless allegations. “It seems he cannot see beyond the Congress hand in anything and everything. We condemn his statement and hope he will not indulge in petty politics in future,” he said.

Local president of NSUI, Nitin Goyal, also joined issue and said that since the accused had not been identified, Mr Jain should not have named the Congress.

“It could well be a case of personal rivalry. We condemn the attack on Shellay and want the police to bring the culprits to book at the earliest,” he said.

Owing allegiance to the HSA, Chand Singh Madan, also expressed surprise over the fact that at the peak of campaigning, the ABVP presidential candidate had chosen to leave the campus. “There is something fishy. There is absolutely no justification for Sandhu to be driving around the city with his friend when so much was to be done,” he said.

Meanwhile, the ABVP condemned the role of other students’ bodies, who instead of raising their voice against the attack, had chosen to call it a “stage-managed” attack.



Police tightens security on PU campus
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, September 21
With the recent incidents of violence pertaining to the university student council elections, the Chandigarh police has turned the campus into a cantonment with a heavy deployment witnessed all around.

The police has made the security arrangements equipping the staff with anti-riot gear in the wake of the violent past of the university elections.

Despite the arrangements in the university, an alleged assault on the ABVP presidential candidate, Gurparvez Singh Sandhu (Shella), on Monday, has spurred a re-thinking in the police to beef up the arrangements across the city at a time when the electioneering has charged the atmosphere among young political rivals. The police registered a case under section 147, 148, 149, 323, 324, 506 and 43 of the Indian Penal code in Sector 11, police station on the complaint of Gurparvez.

The city police has deployed around 100 policemen, who will keep round the clock eye on the developments taking place at the campus during the election campaigning.

The police was apprehensive about violence considering the cases of attempt to murder, assault, criminal intimidation, rioting and hurt being registered during the last two student council elections.

The police also got alert when a former leader of the university Harbir Singh was allegedly murdered. His student politics rival Kiranbir Singh Kang was allegedly involved in the murder.

In the backdrop, the police started a psychological war registering six cases of defacement against almost all parties involved in the elections. Raids on hostels are continuing every now and then.

The Deputy Superintendent of Chandigarh police (Central), Mr S.C. Sagar, and the SHO of Sector 11, police Station Mr Mani Ram Kadian, are supervising the security arrangement at the campus.

Mr Mani Ram Kadian said that policemen are deployed on all the three gates of the university who will take note of the visitors coming to the university. The police has deployed one riot control vehicle, one section of tear gas, one bus, one truck, two Gypsies and two motor cycle borne cops have been put in service to handle any untoward incident in the campus. He further said that the police patrol vehicles move along with the rallying students in the campus.

The police conducted regular raids on the boy’s hostels to catch the outsiders staying in the hostels without permission.

The police has also deployed seven lady police constables who are stationed at the girls hostels from 8 am to 11 pm.

Mr S.C. Sagar, DSP said that the policemen should be stationed at every polling booth on the election day to ensure that the election process should go on peacefully. He further said that police has made special security arrangements for the victory procession also. He further said that the police is also checking the pubs and restaurants to observe student activities there. The roadside vendors and pranthawalas near the campus have been asked to stay away for three days. He said taking the precautionary measures the campaigning at the campus is only allowed till 10 pm.

The DSP said that all posters were removed from the campus and the student organisations are cooperating with the police and are not pasting the posters.



Marriya, Hermit among 8 principals elected to Senate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Six principals supported by the anti-establishment group in Panjab University and two principals of the pro-establishment group were elected to the Senate after counting concluded for the principals' constituency at the Gymnasium Hall, Panjab University, here today.

Those elected include Dr A.C. Vaid, Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharam College, Sector 32, Dr B.C. Josan, D.A.V. College, Abohar, Dr Gurdip Kumar Sharma, G.G.D.S.D. College, Hariana (Hoshiarpur), Ms Harmit Kaur, Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, Mr S. Marriya, D.A.V. College, Sector 10, Dr Suresh Tandon, Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, Khanna (Ludhiana), Dr Tejinder Kaur, Guru Nanak College for Girls, Muktsar.

A total of 53 votes were polled for this constituency while the quota was fixed at six votes.

For the lecturers' constituency of affiliated arts' colleges of PU to elect eight ordinary Fellows, Mr Dinesh Talwar of DAV College, Sector 10, and Mr Jarnail Singh, DAV College, Hoshiarpur, were declared elected after the first round of counting.

They secured 329 and 210 first preference votes, respectively, in an election which had 209 votes as quota.

A total of 1949 votes had been polled of which 75 were invalid.

Mr SS Hundal of Guru Nanak College, Moga, reached the 209-mark in the fourth round of counting.

The counting was still in progress till the filing of the report.

Once those elected to the Senate from the lecturers' constituency are declared, counting for the graduates' constituency would begin.



Newly elected Senators of Panjab University



Young man killed in mishap
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 21
A Sector 11 resident of Panchkula, Ankit Sabarwal, (24), the only son of his parents, here today died when a truck allegedly hit his motorcycle from behind near the Durga Nursery in Manimajra.

Ankit riding a Bullet motor-cycle was going home for lunch after visiting the liquor shop near Durga Nursery. He had gone to the shop to collect payment of the liquor company he is working with.

As soon as his bike came on the road, the truck hit him from the side throwing him on the road. The eye witnesses said that the rear tyre of the truck crushed Ankit’s helmet covered head.

Ankit, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 16, where the doctors declared him brought dead. He was wearing a helmet when the accident occured. Ankit was working as a market executive in a liquor company. His father is a Superintendent in the Public Works Department (Building and Road), Haryana. He was unmarried. Ankit was expecting his marriage after his younger sister was married. The truck driver Jagjit Singh from Shambu in Patiala District has been arrested and the vehicle impounded.

A few of Ankit’s friends were also standing at the shop. Ankit had taken leave from them to go home for taking his lunch.



CTU changes time of local route buses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Keeping in view the changed closing time of shops in Sector 17, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), has also changed the time of last bus leaving thea ISBT, Sector 17, a CTU spokesperson said today.

* Route No 10: Last time 9: 10 pm from ISBT, Sector 17 to Mohali, Phase XI via Sector 21, 20, 30, 29/30, 31/32, 33/46, 45, 46, 47, 48/49, 48.

* Route No 30: Last time 9: 10 pm from ISBT, Sector 17 to Nada Sahib via Sector 17/22, 22/23, 22, 21, 20, 20/30, 19/17, Sector 27, Grain Market-26, Mani Majra, Panchkula.

* Route No 30-B: last time 9: 25 pm from ISBT, Sector 17 to Sector 4, Panchkula via Sector 17/22, 22/23, 22, 21, 20, 19/27, Sector 27, Housing Board, Sector 10/15 Panchkula, 11/12, 5/4.

* Route No 39: Last time 9.30 pm from ISBT, Sector 17 to Mohali Phasease XI via Aroma, Sector 22/35, Kisan Bhavan, Attawa, Sector 37/41, 41/40, Badheri, Mohali Barrier Phase VI, Phase-I, II Phase VII, Bus Stand Mohali, Phase X, XI.

* Route No 149-A: Last time 9: 05 pm from ISBT, Sector 17 to M. Devi via Aroma, Sector 21, 20, 19/27, 27 Grain Market, Modern Complex, Mani Majra.



Alagh for national water resources plan
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 21
Many regions of India would be short of water by 25 per cent of the required norms by 2025 and to tackle the problem there was a need that improved technology be integrated with water management systems for each of the agro-climatic sub-regions of India.

This was stated by Prof Y.K. Alagh, founder president of the Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), and former Union Minister for Power and Planning, while delivering a lecture on the next stage of water planning in India. Prof Alagh quoted the report of the National Commission on Integrated Water Resources Development, the Planning Commission studies and UN studies done by Mr Krit Parik and him.

He said improved canal delivery system, conjunctive use of water and management of aquifers was known to have succeeded. He argued for a national water resources plan with responsibilities worked out at a level of three to five districts and resources provided to back up public — private initiatives since investment in such projects had a very high rate of return. Prof Alagh said private investment in water by farmers was expanding both in India and China. Legal system, new organisational strategies for farmers, community managed system and collateral financing systems of incentives and dis-incentives needed to be replicated and policy priorities laid down to solve emerging conflicts.

He said recognition of water rights of users would mean that while large projects would have a role, the transfer of water across river basin would be more limited than earlier thought. Prof Alagh gave examples from the Meckong River Commission and the Ihesau Pemmeula to show how the water rights of farmers could be balanced by equity for resolving disputes. He suggested that in the long run, regions and countries which worked with first principles of a sensible kind tended to succeed in resolving conflicts to their advantage. He also suggested that water strategies and distribution system that emerged from such principles should be implemented only after compensating affected people by providing resources for water resources and designing adjustment programmes to protect their standard of living.

Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, Principal Secretary, Irrigation Department, Punjab, who chaired the session, was of the view that there was need for systemising water resources with active participation of the people.

Prof G.S. Bhalla, former member, Planning Commission, said the state should take the responsibility of providing drinking water to every citizen and initiate policies which could moderate the conflicts interests in favour of the poor.

Dr Pramod Kumar, Director, IDC, was of the view that there was a need of balancing historical rights with the equity principle.



CAT employee granted higher scale
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal(CAT) has granted the benefits of higher pay scales to one of its employees under the assured career progression(ACP) Scheme.

In their order, Justice OP Garg, Vice-Chairman, and Mr S.K. Malhotra,Administrative Member, allowed the original application(OA) filed by Mr Raj Pal, a photocopier with the CAT. The Bench directed the CAT authorities to grant higher pay scale with effect from August 9,1999 with all consequential benefits within three months.

They also rejected the orders of authorities concerned rejecting the claim of the complainant to the higher grade.

Mr Raj Pal, was appointed photocopier CAT on deputation basis in April 21,1986, and was confirmed as such in February 12,1993. His representations to grant him higher pay scales on a par with the lower division clerk were turned down.

In his OA under Section 19 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985, Mr Raj Pal pleaded for the grant of benefits of the ACP scheme by placing him in the pay scale of Rs 4000 — Rs 6000.



Red Cross employee serves 6 years beyond retirement age
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
In a bizarre case, an employee of the UT Red Cross continued to work for six year beyond his age of retirement, as the Chandigarh Administration did not had any record of his age or his personal details. Now the Administration has got an FIR registered against the employee.

The employee, Mr S.K. Nazir, has finally been retired from service after he failed to come out with an evidence to prove his age. The retirement order says if Mr Nazir can prove his age within Government norms of employment, his case will be re-considered. The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Red Cross, Mr Arun Kumar, confirmed that an FIR had been registered against Mr Nazir and he had been retired from service.

Actually the Administration woke up to the reality of this episode by accident. It all started when the Administration decided to merge St John’s ambulance with the Red Cross. Since salaries for employees to both organisations were given by the Government the idea to merge was better co-ordination. Now Mr Nazir was the sole employee of the St John’s ambulance and had been working for years. The Red Cross officials asked Mr Nazir to hand over the record. The entire process took a while.

The Red Cross officials went to take over the record and in the records found a copy of an FIR in which the date of birth of Mr Nazir was mentioned as 1940. Alarmed at this, Red Cross officials asked Mr Nazir come with record of his age as the St John’s Ambulance as he was the sole employee and was responsible for maintaining his records. Mr Nazir did not reply. The Administration decided to retire him from service.

Today the Red Cross got an FIR registered against Mr Nazir saying it was his responsibility to maintain the records as he was a one-man organisation before the merger with the Red Cross.



Disease, hard cutting turn trees into dead wood
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 21
Hundreds of ornamental trees planted by the Horticulture wing of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in various parts of the township have withered away because of multiple diseases and malformation, and hard cutting of trees.

Sources in the Horticulture wing inform that over 40 per cent of a total of 600 makhan trees (Sapium Sebiferrum) planted by the Horticulture Department on the dividing road of Sectors 5 and 6, road between Sector 7 and 8, and near Majri chowk, are withered over the past two years. There is stunted growth in most of the surviving trees, and barely a few green trees can be seen on these roads, amidst rows of barren stems sticking out ugly heads.

It is learnt that these trees were planted in the township almost 25 years ago. Over the years, most of these trees failed to show healthy growth and many of the surviving trees are infested by termites.

Officials in the Horticulture Wing of HUDA say that though makhan trees have relatively short life compared to other trees, the death of such large number of trees was primarily because of hard cutting of the tree tops by Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) authorities.

“With the high tension and low tension cables passing over the trees, the UHBVN authorities have been hard cutting the trees, instead of pruning them. The irregular cutting of stems invites borers, which later stunts their growth,” say officials. Officials also reason that this particular variety is deciduous (shed their leaves in winter) and remains dry in winters, so they were thinking of replacing these with some evergreen variety. “Termite attack on these trees is also responsible for their withering away.

Though we made efforts to save these trees by spraying insecticides, fungicides and adding manure, but to no avail,” says the Superintending Engineer, Horticulture, Mr Jogi Ram.

The Horticulture Wing is now replacing the dead trees with Alstonia scholaris and Pilkhan. “Initially, we had planted Alstonia saplings in between two dead makhan trees.

Later, we realised that Pilkhan was a better bet as it was better suited to the environment,” says Mr Jogi Ram. It is learnt that almost 300 saplings of alstonia have already been planted between the dead makhan trees, and Pilkhan saplings are now replacing the remaining withered trees.

Other than the makhan trees, the 500- odd Kachnar trees planted by the Horticulture wing in Sector 5 are also being replaced because of their slow growth. Officials say that almost 400 Alstonia saplings have replaced the kachnar saplings planted in this sector a few years ago.

Officials also inform that during this year, they had set a target of planting 30,000 saplings in the township, and over 25,000 saplings of Alstonia, Sterculia Alata, champa, bottle palm, ficus panda and ficus benjamina have already been planted in reserved green belts and the newly constructed golf course in Sector 3.



Lack of amenities in judicial complex: NHRC writes to Chief Secy
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 21
Acting on a complaint filed by two Panchkula based lawyers regarding the lack of basic amenities for under trials in the judicial complex in Panchkula, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC ) has written to the Chief Secretary, Haryana, asking him to ensure that the facilities are provided and an action taken report sent to the commission within six weeks.

A copy of the letter written to the Chief Secretary, Haryana, was also sent to the lawyers, Mr Manoj Arora, and Mr Ashish Goyal. The duo had complained to the commission in this regard.

Both lawyers have also filed a petition in the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ms Sneh Prashar, on the pitiable condition of public conveniences in the courts complex. A notice was also issued to the Deputy Commissioner and the MC President by Mr Prashar.

The court has now directed the Municipal Council to depute a permanent sweeper in the courts complex, and the Public Health Department to ensure the upkeep of these amenities on a regular basis.



PSIEC staff hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Employees of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation ( PSIEC), including those from the Mandi Gobindgarh unit of the corporation staged a dharna in front of Sector 17 Udyog Bhavan, on the first day of the chain dharnas to be staged till September 29. The call had been given by the PSIEC Staff Association, who have been agitating for the fulfilment of their demands.

Their major demands include filling of vacant posts by promotion, release of ex-gratia, merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance in basic pay, regularisation of services of daily wage and work charge, putting a stop to unproductive expenditure, increase in the business of the corporation, restoration of allowances.

Leaders who addressed the employees criticised the management, who has failed to keep promises. Even routine matters such as promotions, 50 per cent merger of DA in basic pay and regularisation of services of daily wage/work charge employees, which were well within the right of the Managing Director have not been referred to the Board of Directors or the government again for necessary action, they alleged. They also criticised the Industry department for its pick and choose policy as all other corporations such as PSIDC, PFC had already released these benefits.

They have warned the authorities that the agitation would continue till the fulfilment of demands.



Army, border police officers discuss security-related issues
Tribune News Service

Chief of Staff, Headquarters Western Command, Lieut-Gen P.K. Grover, addressing Army and Central Police Organisations Conference in Chandimandir
Chief of Staff, Headquarters Western Command, Lieut-Gen P.K. Grover (second from right), addressing Army and Central Police Organisations Conference in Chandimandir on Tuesday.

Chandigarh, September 21
Senior officers from the Army and Central Police Organisations (CPO) based in the region discussed issues of mutual importance at their annual conference held at Chandimandir Cantonment near here today.

Besides senior officers from Western Command, top functionaries of the Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Reserve Police Force and Border Wing (Home Guards) from Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh attended the conference.

Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Western Command, Lieut-Gen P.K. Grover, presided over the conference, a statement issued here said.

The agenda included discussions on issues pertaining to cooperation and training between the Army and CPOs and other security related matters.

During the 1965 and 1971 wars and Operation Parakram in the recent past, the Army and CPOs worked shoulder to shoulder for a common purpose of defending the national borders and the same spirit of cooperation continues to be nurtured.



Lidder takes over as Chief of Staff Headquarters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Lieut-Gen Hardev Singh Lidder assumed charge as Chief of Staff Headquarters, Army Training Command (ARTRAC), at Shimla today, a statement issued here said.

He takes over from Lieut-Gen R.R. Chand.

Commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1967, General Lidder was decorated with the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal earlier this year for having led Operation Sarp Vinash against Kashmiri militants in the Surankote forests.

He has held several prestigious command and staff appointments, including those in counter insurgency environment.

He has also served as Military Attache in the Indian Mission to the United States for 3 years.



General Dass to visit NCC camps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The Additional Director-General, NCC, Major-Gen Rakesh Dass, will visit several NCC camps being organised in the region and review NCC training and activities during a five-day official visit beginning tomorrow.

Besides a briefing by the Deputy Director General Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, Brig D.S. Dhillon at directorate headquarters here tomorrow, General Dass will visit National Integration Camps being held at Kufri near Shimla and Nilokheri near Ludhiana.



Rubber band found in bun
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 21
A Mohali resident of Phase II here discovered a rubber band in a bun he had bought from a milk booths near his house. Mr Pawan Kumar Sharma told the Chandigarh Tribune that he had bought a packet of two buns from the milk booth near his house number 585, Phase II here this evening.

However when he was about to consume the bun he realised that a complete rubber band was embedded in it. He thought it to be a piece of tutty fruity that these buns normally have,’’he said. Mr Sharma went back to the shop but was told by the shopkeeper that he should complain to the persons delivering these buns to the shop in the morning.



Three held under Excise Act
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 21
The city police arrested three persons from Hallomajra village and another one from Palsora village for carrying illicit liquor, according to information by the police today.

Gobind, Davinder Kumar and Sunil Thakur — all residents of Hallomajra village were arrested in separate cases from the same village. The police seized two cases of Officer’s Choice whisky and one case of Every Day whisky from Gobind’s possession, two cases of whisky and one case of rum from Danivder’s possession and 26 quarters of Hero whisky, four quarters of Commando rum and five quarters of Old Fox whisky from Sunil’s possession. Three cases have been registered against the accused under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of Excise Act in Sector 31 police station.

The police arrested Naveen Bhadur, a resident of Palsora village from near Government School, Sector 52 on Monday. The police seized whisky from his possession. A case under the Excise Act was registered against him in Sector 39 police station.

Scooterist killed

Scooterist Pushpinder Singh, resident of Phase 3B-1, Mohali died at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Monday morning. His scooter was hit by a Maruti car (number not known) near Mataur chowk on September 19. Jasbir Singh, resident of Phase 7, Mohali, who was riding pillion, was also injured in the accident. Both victims were rushed to the PGI, where Pushpinder succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

A case under Section 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered in Sector 36, police station.

In another incident, cyclist Prashadi Yadav, a resident of Palsora village was killed when a mini truck (PB-12-D-9086) hit his cycle at Sector 39, 40, 55 and 56 roundabout on Monday.

He was taken to the PGI where he later died. The truck driver fled from the spot. Prashadi Yadav hailed from Bihar and was working as a Painter in the city.

The police has registered a case under Section 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC in Sector 39, police station. The body was handed over to the relatives after post mortem.

Hit and run

Mohinder Pal, a resident of Sector 43, was hit by a Maruti car (PB-11-7473 temp.) near Sector 40-41 small chowk, today afternoon. The car driver fled from the spot after hitting the pedestrian. He was a property dealer.

The victim was rushed to the PGI, where his condition is stated to be serious as he is unconscious. A case has been registered under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC in Sector 39 police station.

Mahinder Mohan, a resident of Sector 20-C, filed a complaint against the driver of Karola car (PB-11-X-5614) that the accused driver sped away after hitting his scooter near the traffic light of Sector 19-27 on August 23. Mahinder was injured in the accident and was admitted in GMCH-32.

A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused in Sector 19 police station on September 20.


Dharam Singh, a resident of sector 41, filed a complaint against the another scooterist Swatantarjit Singh of village Badheri, who hit his scooter at Sector 37, 38, 40 and 41 roundabout, last night.

Dharam Singh, a resident of Sector 41-A got injured and was admitted in the PGI, he is still unconscious. The police said that Swantantarjit was drunk when the accident occurred. A case has been registered against the accused in the Sector 39 police station.

Dowry case

Rajwant Kaur, a resident of Sector 43 filed a complaint against her husband Prabhjot Singh, a resident of Indira Vihar, Mumbai, that the accused has taken more than Rs five lakh from her parents. She married him on October 29, 2000. A case under Section 406 of the IPC has been registered against the accused in Sector 36 police station.

Scooter stolen

Gurmit Singh, a resident of Sector 34 reported to the police that his Kinetic Honda scooter (HR-01-C-1199) was stolen from Sector 34 market on Monday. A case of theft has been registered in Sector 34 police station.



Man held for bribing police officials
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 21
A local resident’s bid to bribe police officials has landed him in jail. Addressing a press conference here, Mr Rajesh Duggal, DSP (City), said Mr Daryao Singh, Inspector, and Mr Ashwani Kumar, ASI, were approached by a person posing as Bobby at the Sector 20 Police Station tonight . Bobby wanted them to exclude the name of Purshottam from an FIR registered against the latter under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.

In return, Bobby offered Rs 50,000 to them. He also handed over an “advance’’ of Rs 15,000 to the police officials in the presence of Mr Sham Sundar, a resident of Sector 18, and promised to pay the remaining amount tomorrow, Mr Duggal claimed.

However, after his arrest under the Prevention of Corruption Act for bribing the public servants, it was found that Bobby had faked his identity and he was indeed Purshottam.

Purshottam, along with manager of a local hotel Anil Kumar and two call girls from Jalandhar, were booked by the police on Sunday night under the Act. While Anil Kumar and call girls were arrested, Purshottam had given the police a slip.



Youth run over by train
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 21
A youth was run over by the Sadhbhavana Express, 2 km from the Chandigarh Railway Station this evening. The incident took place near the Haryana CID Police Line in Panchkula. The police suspects that the youth allegedly committed suicide. The mutilated body of the youth has been taken to Kalka Hospital and efforts are being made to establish his identity.


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