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Hockey upstages cricket
Stadium overflows with fans, thousands go back disappointed
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Hockey overshadowed cricket for a day as more than 40,000 persons turned up to watch the India-Pakistan tie today afternoon, forcing the organisers to close the entry points to the stadium. This left thousands of fans outside the stadium with invitation cards in their hands.

The stadium can hold no more than 30,000 persons. The rest had to be turned away and these included bureaucrats, leading citizens of the city, former sportspersons, journalists and also officials of the Chandigarh Administration.

Thinking that a few people would turn up to watch the match on a working day at 1.30 p.m, the Administration had asked the schools to send in students for ensuring a filled-up effect in the stadium. But it turned out to be otherwise.

People started pouring in the stadium by 1 p.m. This not just included the die hard hockey enthusiasts, but families with water bottles and umbrellas in hand also queued up for the encounter. Dr Raman Abrol , who had come with his five-year-old son, said he wanted the little one to witness the clash between India and Pakistan.

All gates of the stadium were closed by 1.30 p.m. as the stadium was packed to its capacity. Fearing a stampede-like situation, the police reacted sharply as the crowd was much more than their expectations. The cops did relent only once to accommodate the DGP of Haryana, Mr M.S. Malik.

Inside the stadium things were hotting up. For Pakistan, Ghazanfar Ali scored in the 23rd minute. The crowd clapped mildly but waited for an equaliser. Sandeep Michael responded for India in the 33rd minute by scoring a brilliant field goal and sending the crowd in raptures.

Cricket had taken a back seat today. Nobody asked for the score even as the Australians playing India at Bangalore had lost four wickets by that time.

Everybody who was anybody wanted to get in. Youths jumped over the eight-foot high iron fencing as passions could not be held back even under threat from the policemen’s lathis or the possibility of getting hurt. Policemen could shrug their shoulders and do nothing to accommodate even those with a “sifarish”.

It was only after the half time that the crowd outside the stadium started melting away ruing their bad luck at having missed the match. Traffic policemen posted along the entry points advised people to go back once the gates had been closed.

The atmosphere inside the stadium was electric. Each time the Indian forwards took the ball near the Pakistani goal post, a deafening roar gripped the entire stadium.

The entire match was watched by the Governor of Punjab and Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai, and also his Adviser for the UT, Mr Lalit Sharma. 



Administration caught unawares
Tribune News Service

Hundreds of hockey fans mill around outside a gate of the stadium in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Hundreds of hockey fans mill around outside a gate of the stadium in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Chandigarh, October 6
While today’s hockey match between India and Pakistan proved a crowd-puller, it also exposed the unpreparedness of the authorities in managing such a huge crowd besides their lack of expertise in guessing the crowd response to the match.

Firstly the stadium is oddly located to accommodate parking of vehicles. When the match got over there was a huge traffic jam. At the start of the match the organisers were not prepared for such a huge turnout. Senior officials admitted in the evening that tickets could have been sold to regulate entry.

The police was ill-prepared. Major rush was at gate number 1 which is main entry point. This was for the invitees. Instead of checking the passes at a distance away from the gate of the stadium, the cops chose to check the invitations at the gate thus adding to the confusion among the people. Plans of several people who have taken leave, or had taken a break from their business came to a nought as the number of invitations was more than the number of seats allocated for the invitees.

As thousands of people thronged the stadium, it was just lucky that a stampede did not occur.

The Chandigarh Administration has approved of floodlights at the stadium. However, the Rs1-crore project has been held up. But seeing the rush of spectators for today’s tie officials wanted that the project be speeded up. A former hockey player said one could imagine the response had the match been on a weekend under floodlights.



Pak players laud warm welcome
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, October 6
As India and Pakistan played out an intense game to end in a draw at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here chaos spilled to the roads.

The traffic police had a hard time while managing the traffic on the road. People parked their vehicles in nearby parks or wherever they got space. Many parked their vehicles in front of the houses blocking the way of residents.

Inside the stadium there were few fans with sporting spirit. They waved flags of India and Pakistan painted on the same piece of cloth. Thousands got together to cheer the Indian team. Naturally support for the Pakistanis was hard to find.

While talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Akhtar Rasool, former captain of Pakistani Hockey team, said, “There is always an advantage for the home team. Anyway it was a part of the game and we were 30 persons, including the team from Pakistan. We received a warm welcome in India.

Today’s match was very interesting. I like Chandigarh very much and it is a planned city like Islamabad. Now the relation between the two countries are getting better and everyone wants peace now”.

Many schoolchildren came to watch the match. Gurpreet, a student of Hockey Academy, Sector 42, said, “I like the Pakisatni vice-captain Sohail Abbas, especially the way he drags the ball.”

A six-year-old girl of Saint Soldier School said, “Hockey pasand hai tabhi to aayi hoon.”

Famous TV comedian, Bhagwant Mann, watching the match said “I am here to watch good hockey and I like Sohail Abbas for his style of playing. “Sadly for Mann, Abbass could not break the world record of scoring maximum number of goals. Mann was mobbed by people who wanted to hear jokes.



Appoint world-class hockey coach, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The Indian hockey shall continue to rank in seventh or eighth position unless a world-class coach is appointed by the Indian Hockey Federation, according to Sundeep Misra, a sports analyst.

Addressing members of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, Sundeep Misra said that Indian hockey could be put back into world class position only if the selection process was devoid of all politics and an international coach was 

He said the IHF had not taken serious note of the offer of Australia’s Richard Charlesworth, world’s top-most coach, whose only precondition was that the selection process and all sub-junior and junior fixtures be handled by him for the next two years, in a four-year contract.

He lamented the utter neglect of the game in the country with no respect for the players, and lack of professional management. Since 1994 over 180 hockey players in the country have been replaced, he said.



Teacher beats up students for quitting tuition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Three students of Saraswati Public School, Dhanas, were allegedly beaten up with sticks by their mathematics teacher here today. The students claimed that their teacher had been slapping them for the past three days on one pretext or the other, but today, in a fit of rage, he beat them up with sticks.

The victims, Navjot Singh, Karan and Harish Sharma, of class X while narrating their story, said that they had been taking tuitions after school hours from the mathematics teacher. Dissatisfied with their tuition classes, they changed their teacher, which angered the latter, who began targeting them in class.

Today, he asked the three boys whether they had done the homework he had assigned them yesterday. When the students told the teacher that he had given them no homework, he took out a stick and beat them up in front of the entire class. The arms and hands of all three students were badly bruised.

“After we had studied with him for a few days, we realised the tuition as not benefiting us. All of us decided to quit taking tuition from him and shift to a new teacher. However, when we told him that we were not interested in studying from him, he became vengeful,” Harish said.

Adding that the teacher openly singled them out in the class, Harish added that their problems started from the very next day. “He would slap us two-three times in his class for no reason but we did not complain to anybody. However, today he took out a stick and began hitting us after which we immediately left the school and came back,” the students stated. Scared, these students told their parents that they don’t want to go to school and have even decided to leave the school and seek admission elsewhere for fear of being hit again.

Meanwhile, school principal Vijay Krishnan said he had received no such complaint from any of the students. “If the teacher has meted out corporal punishment, he will be dismissed from service tomorrow morning. Also, we don’t allow our teachers to take any tuitions. They can’t takes classes outside school. If the maths teacher was doing so, it is a very serious matter. However, the school can’t be blamed for something an individual has done in class. I will get to the root of the matter and take strict action,” he added.

Almost a month ago, this school was in news for the beating up of a girl student by her classmates on the order of a teacher. As punishment for not adhering to orders of the teacher, the girl was slapped by fellow students! 



Make education meaningful for girl child, says ICSE Chief Executive
Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
“One generation of fearless women can transform the nation. If we want children to be fearless, innovative, creative and committed, we need to remove the ‘unfreedoms’ that confront the girl child. This was stated by the Chief Executive Officer of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE), Mr Francis Fanthome, while talking to TNS on the sidelines of the Regional Summit on Quality in Education organised by the CII (Northern Region) here today.

At present, with only 22 per cent girls going to school and just about 8 to 10 per cent of the girls completing school education, to achieve this objective will remain a distant dream. Therefore, we should strive to make education meaningful and reorient it for the benefit of the girl child in the context of the “new age” and its “empowering mechanisms”.

This will go a long way in making the girl child an ignited mother who, in turn, will inculcate the required competencies and capabilities in her children to succeed in the Knowledge Age, he added.

“Children must be creative, they must have the capacity to think and capacity to do,” said Mr Fanthome as the onus of addressing this long felt need not only rests with the schools but also parents and teachers.

The ICSE, on its part, has already made a beginning by making it compulsory for its students appearing for the Class X examinations to opt for one application-based subject, besides five others.

The step taken last year gives them an option to choose from among 22 subjects such as computer applications, agriculture applications and environment applications etc.

Unlike other boards, theirs is the only board where the thrust is on making creativity and skills an integral part of the school curriculum, he adds, while claiming that ICSE schools are better because they offer a pragmatic range of choice groups. The ongoing changes in syllabus also focus more on a practical approach than rote learning.

The acquisition of practical skill in any field will address the issue of the capability of children to do things in real life situations, he said. Different children succeed differently, keeping this in mind the board had six years ago introduced greater flexibility in the choice of subject. The council is constantly trying to correlate the curriculum to the needs of the children and without increasing the workload.

Teachers’ training is another crucial issue to be addressed in the present scenario. And the council is in the process of revitalising the in service teachers training programme so as to help teachers upgrade their competencies and skills. In fact, schools also should start such teacher development centres with a view to enhancing the efficiency of their teachers and also send them for orientation programmes every six months.

Transparency and accountability is what we stress on in our examination system.

Making a point he said if the students were unhappy over their marks in any particular subject, the board authorises principals of schools concerned to see the students’ answer books for a recheck and if the student is still dissatisfied he/she can see also see the answerbook to be sure that the board has been fair to them.

On the issue of the debate over the syllabus of history books, he said “In the ICSE schools we follow an approach of teaching the subject in a manner that relates to the life of the children.”

The revision of syllabus in the council is an ongoing process and is done on the basis of the responses received from the school heads and subject teachers from time to time. 



HC to have new Judges soon
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court is likely to have five new Judges very soon.

According to sources, warrants of appointment of the five are being issued soon and they will in all likelihood take oath before the end of this month.

The five are judicial officers of the rank of District and Sessions Judge and their elevation had been recommended sometime back.

The five are Faridabad District and Sessions Judge Nirmal Yadav, Punjab and Haryana High Court Registrar General Pritam Pal, Ludhiana District and Sessions Judge Baldev Singh, Punjab Legal Remembrancer M.M. Aggarwal and Special Judge of Central Bureau of Investigation, Patiala, S.N. Aggarwal.

With the retirement of Mr Justice S.S. Grewal on October 1 and transfer of Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar to the Delhi High Court, the strength of the Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has come down to 26.

The sanctioned strength of the High Court is 53 but there has never been any time when the entire strength has been appointed.

The last time lawyers of the High Court were elevated to the Bench was in January, 2004.

In view of the huge backlog of cases, there has been a demand on many occasions to increase the number of judges by at least 10. But, this demand has so far not been seriously considered.

"The Supreme Court collegium and the Union Law Ministry should take steps to bring down the vacancy in the Bench.

The average litigant is the biggest sufferer due to the fact that all posts have not been filled. It is high time the Union Government expedited the appointments and also asked the High Court collegium to recommend names in the lawyers' quota," said a senior advocate. 



Disability pension granted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Casual leave is to be treated as "on duty" in the case of armed forces personnel seeking disability pension for injuries sustained while on leave.

This has been brought out in a legal notice served upon Army Headquarters by a retired JCO, following which his pensionary benefits were released.

Naib Subedar M.C. Joshi, who had injured his knee while he was on leave and was subsequently boarded out of service on medical grounds, has now been granted disability pension after he had to resort to legal recourse. He was serving at Ambala.

"Injuries sustained while on casual leave even if the affected person is away from his unit can be attributed to military service for the purpose of claiming disability pension," Lieut-Col S S Sohi, president of the Ex-Servicemen's Grievances Cell, who had taken up Joshi's case with Army Headquarters, said.

"The Punjab and Haryana High Court too has ruled favourably on this," he added.

Joshi had fractured his knee in June, 2001, after he fell down in his bedroom at night during a power blackout.

A court of inquiry later opined that Joshi was not at fault for his injury and the injury was attributable to military service.

Though he wanted to continue in service, Joshi was placed in low medical category and discharged after having rendered about 22 years of service.

Despite the recommendations of the Army authorities and opinion of specialists, the Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) at Allahabad rejected his disability and denied him pension, stating that his disability was neither attributable nor aggravated to military service.

Following this he approached the Ex-Servicemen's Grievances Cell for assistance.



Expert opposed to linking of rivers
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Rising temperature, global warming and pollution of water resources of the world are wrecking havoc with the environment.

However, by 2030, the world, especially the Indian sub-continent, would experience a 10 to 30 per cent increase in rainfall in the summers.

"This increase in rainfall, a consequence of rising temperature, would lead to floods during the three summer months when the south-west monsoon is active.

Subsequently, this would have a fallout on the winter rains which would be reduced considerably, leading to prolonged dry spells after the floods.

This, in turn, would affect agriculture and soil fertility," stated Prof KS Valdiya, INSA Golden Jubilee Professor at JL Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, in an interview to The Tribune.

He was in the city for a two-day seminar on "Recent Advances in Himalayan Geology" at Panjab University, here today.

Adding that there were no solutions to deal with these inevitable changes, Prof Valdiya said that the only chance to salvage the situation was to prevent and check river waters from being polluted.

"We are doing everything to make our rivers dirty and dry. Nothing is being done to check this, whatever the government might claim.

This is the tragedy of our time and we are all watching this as mute spectators, even contributing to polluting rivers in more ways than one.

All civilizations came up along the rivers and collapsed once the rivers dried up. The fate of our civilization is going to be the same if this goes unchecked for a few more years," he maintained.

While drying up river beds pose a serious threat to existence of mankind, global warming leading to melting of glaciers was an even graver problem the sub-continent would be faced with in the coming years.

Quoting from an Indian study on the Gangotri glacier, Dr Valdiya explained that the glacier had melted at the rate of 25 m in four years.

"This is fairly fast depletion of our frozen assets. A Chinese study has also found that snow on Mount Everest had receded by 1.3 m during the years 1966-99.

This is leading to raising sea-levels. Coastal parts of India and Bangladesh would be submerged by this rising sea-level though there is no clear evidence of when this can be expected," he claimed.

Pointing out at another area of concern, Dr Valdiya held that changing the course of the rivers and proposed linking of rivers would also spell disaster for mankind.

"Changing the natural course of the river to suit needs of the settlements is taking a toll on the ecological health of the country and the world.

Also, I am opposed to linking of rivers since no river has 'extra' water to spare.

In fact, such a transfer would only disturb the natural balance," Prof Valdiya explained.

He also disapproved of uprooting people for constructing dams.

"Building high dams only leads to submergence of agricultural areas and destruction of settlements.

Uprooting people doesn't seem such a good solution only to store water," he remarked. 



Rathore to visit Chandimandir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Major R.S. Rathore, who shot to fame by becoming the first Indian to win an individual silver Olympic medal earlier this year, will be visiting Chandimandir on November 1.

His visit is expected to serve as a platform for inspiration and motivation for others to take up competitive sports.

Major Rathore will also be visiting a few formations under the Western Command and interact with army shooters and youngsters interested in the sport. Officers said that Major Rathore was extended an invitation as the GOC-in-C, Western Command, himself a marksman who had won an army shooting championship in Delhi recently, was keen on promoting shooting activities in the command.

Shooting facilities are being set up at several stations and youngsters are being encouraged to take up the sport.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Major Rathore was commissioned into 9 Grenadiers (Mewar). He took to competitive shooting just six years ago when he was 28.

He had trained extensively at the Army Marksmanship Unit, based at the Infantry School, Mhow. He was ranked fourth in the world in 2003-04.

He also excelled in the Commonwealth Games, 2002, the Asian Shooting Championship, 2003 and Afro-Asian Games 2003, besides winning two bronze medals in the World Shooting Championship, 2003.



Scholarships announced for Indian students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The New York branch of the International Punjabi Society has decided to institute 10 scholarships for students from India to enable them to pursue higher studies in the USA.

This was announced yesterday by Mr Jaspal Singh Kandhari, President of the Punjab and Chandigarh branch of the IPS on his return here after attending the annual conference of the IPS held recently at Los Angles.

In a talk with TNS, he expressed the hope that the scholarships would go a long way in helping promising students in getting the best possible education.

The head office of the IPS in New Delhi would soon lay down guidelines for the award of scholarships and invite applications.



SBI staff return Rs 54,000 to stamp vendor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Three State Bank of India Treasury Branch employees returned Rs 54,000 to a stamp vendor a day after he lost the money at a public place in Sector 17 here.

Prem Pal Singh Sood was dusting bench to take rest when he found the money last evening in black coloured polythene bag.

Mr Sood informed his colleagues Ashok Dhingra, Surinder Sharma and branch manager N. K. Soni. Mr Sood had to leave from office to pick his wife last evening but he left the money in the hands of Dhingra, Sharma and Soni. They counted the money with the help of machine and kept waiting for the person who had lost it.

Stamp vendor Mohinder Pal Singh, was shocked last night when he tallied his account before dinner. The vendor was in a dilemma and did not tell his plight to his wife who is a heart patient. But his daughter saw that he was not having food and she persisted with her queries. Mr Mohinder Pal Singh told all to his daughter. The daughter kept consoling her father but the old man could not believe that he would get back the money. He was sure that he had lost the money at the cash counter of the Treasury Branch or somewhere in the same office. He did not report the matter to the police. Sleepless Mohinder Pal Singh reached the branch in the morning today before safai karamcharis could start cleaning. Agony was on his face when he approached Dhingra. He told the SBI officer that he had lost his money last evening. Dhingra assured him that his money would be found without indicating that the money was already with him. Dhingra, to ascertain that he was the right person, started asking him how much money it was and of what denomination. He also asked him where was the money kept. What Mohinder Pal Singh said satisfied Dhingra. The bank officer called his manager and other employees today and informed that the stamp vendor seems to be the rightful claimant of the lost amount. All agreed to return the money to Mr Pal.

The stamp vendor was happy with tears of joys to watch the sentiments of bank employees who felt happy.

When Sood was asked if greed did not overcome him, he said, “Probably I was happier to have returned the money than even the loser getting it back. It was a feeling which he experienced never before — may be of a life-time achievement which anybody can do if opportunity comes his way and determination is there .” Sood said “for a man dealing in cash to the extent of Rs 2 to Rs 3 crore every day, currency is just like pieces of paper.



City’s waste management best: report
But facts speak otherwise
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Garbage litters the ground near the Sector 20 mosque in Chandigarh.
Garbage litters the ground near the Sector 20 mosque in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, October 6
The State of Environment (SoE) Report may have rapped Chandigarh for its poor air quality, but it rates the city’s waste disposal management among the best in the country.

Investigators say the practice of waste segregation, as applicable here, is not being adopted in most cities of the country. Segregation of waste into recyclable and organic waste, they say, helps control pollution largely.

The report released yesterday begins with the proud proclamation of Chandigarh being the topmost livable city in the country. The source quoted is the 2003 Outlook Money-Indicus Analytics which considered 12 parameters, pollution being one.

Though experts maintain studies on characterisation of solid waste generated in Chandigarh are needed and waste segregation at the household level must be promoted, they add Chandigarh is faring very well on the front of solid waste management.

The visiting solid waste management expert from The Energy Resources Institute, New Delhi, Dr Suneel Pandey said, “The disposal of solid, biomedical and hazardous waste in the city is comparable to the best in the country”. This may be true given the fact that 300 or 325 tonnes of solid waste generated per day is successfully disposed of near Dadu Majra. Huge infrastructure is also in place — 45 bins of 6.5 cubic metre capacity, 485 bins of 4.5 cubic metre capacity; 75 bins of 1 cubic metre capacity. Three health supervisors, seven chief sanitary inspectors, 16 sanitary inspectors, along with over 2200 staff, work in this area.

Despite this, the disparity between the clean northern sectors and the invariably dirty southern sectors lingers. Litter, overloaded dustbins, improper waste collection and unsavoury sites of scavengers feeding on squalor are common to southern sectors like Sector 44, 33 and 32.

Sector 20 is particularly vulnerable in this regard. While at some places dustbins need replacement, at others collection needs to be monitored, as in Sector 33 dumping ground. Many dumping sites in these sectors are potential breeding grounds for fleas and rodents.

The report, however, does not focus on this area. Dr Neelima Jerath, who headed the investigation, explains, “northern sectors have low population density and high literacy as against southern sectors where residential growth is mushrooming. Naturally awareness levels of people vary.

“It is also not so easy to collect garbage from the flats in the housing colonies of Sectors 47, 48 and 49. People need to be involved in the task of waste collection or disposal. We also need to handle plastic better.”

More than half of the plastic in the city is contributed by packaging material. To control the menace MC framed “Chandigarh MC (ban on manufacture and usage of polythene bags and containers) Byelaws, 2000. Recycled plastic rules are being implemented in the city. The UT Administration has also prohibited manufacture; sale and use of polythene carry bags of thickness less than 30 microns.

Despite these, the use of plastic continues. Experts say volume of plastic in the form of bags must be reduced urgently. Leaf litter also must be managed better.

The Municipal Corporation is under pressure to upgrade its efficiency of municipal waste disposal. Officials maintain waste disposal may further improve with the recently sanctioned Demonstration Project for disposal of municipal solid waste. The project provides for scientific designing of existing landfill site. It will also include house-to-house garbage collection.

Biomedical waste

There are 474 biomedical waste generating units in the city. As per Chandigarh Pollution Control Board maximum waste is being generated by government hospitals. About 1,350 indoor and 300, 000 outdoor patients, including lab patients, visit city’s 451 medical institutions every month. The PGI, GH-16 and GMCH-32 generate 1200 kg/day of waste, 36 nursing homes generate 15 kg/day of waste. About 20 kg/day of waste is generated by about 350 small hospitals in the city. All these establishments have waste disposal measures in place.

Hazardous waste

There are 153 hazardous waste generating units in Chandigarh. Out of these the maximum waste is caused by the pickling industry. Chandigarh produces 835.68 metric tons/year of hazardous waste which is less than 20,000 MT/year which qualifies for construction of a separate hazardous waste disposal facility. Chandigarh has no common hazardous waste disposal site. Factories are storing waste on their premises, though they are not so well equipped to do so.



Market associations asked to maintain their areas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
After roping in residents to maintain parks, the Municipal Corporation has decided to involve the Market Welfare Associations in keeping the markets of the city clean.

At a meeting of the Sanitation Committee chaired by the Mayor, Ms Kamlesh, it was resolved that shopkeepers of all markets would be asked to place dustbins in front of their shops to ensure cleanliness.

The garbage collected in these dustbins would be emptied before the shops open the next day. Ms Kamlesh has sought the help from area councillors and has urged them to approach the market associations of their respective areas in this regard.

Quarterly prizes for the “best maintained market” had earlier been instituted as an incentive to make the markets cleaner. While a cash award of Rs 5,000 would be given to the best market, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 would be given to the second and third best markets respectively. Also, a cash award of Rs 1,000 would be given to the sweeper of the market which wins the first prize.

Meanwhile, taking up the issue of waste disposal from the residential areas, the Mayor asked the officials to speed up the construction of the garbage processing plant.

The Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, the Chairman of the Sanitation Committee, Mr Chandermukhi Sharma, the Councillors, Dr B.R. Verma, Mr Balraj Singh, Mr Jatinder Bhatia, were among those present on the occasion.

Vendors selling earthenware and pottery along the road dividing Sectors 24 and 25 have been asked to remove their articles and clear the site immediately. Since a cycle track has to be constructed along Vidhya Path, the instruction was issued by the Commissioner, here today. It was added that if the vendors don’t remove their articles on their own, the Enforcement Staff of the corporation would be asked to step in.



Safai karamcharis hold rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The drive by the Sanitation Committee of the Municipal Corporation to keep a tab on safai karamcharis deployed in different parts of the city continued, here today. Inspections were carried out in Sectors 37 and 38.

Accompanied by the area Councillor, Ms Kamla Sharma, the Chairman of the Sanitation Committee, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, and officials of the Health Department, inspected the areas and found six sweepers in Sector 37 and 12 in Sector 38 absent from duty.

While all those found absent would be treated on leave for that day, their salary would be deducted in case the same is repeated by them.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Safai Karamcharis Union held a rally against they not being treated as transferred employees of the corporation on deputation to Chandigarh Administration.

They also demanded the revival of abolished posts as well as scrapping of screening committees, giving bonus to UT employees, appointments on compassionate ground be started at the earliest and creating of new posts to cope with the present workload. 



Horticulture staff’s demands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The Horticulture Supervisory Staff Welfare Association today submitted a charter of six demands to the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation, requesting that the same be accepted within 30 days.

The meeting, held with president Jangsher Singh in the chair, has demanded release of bonus, revival of abolished posts, amendment to the recruitment rules, filling up of vacant posts, summer/winter uniforms to employees and grant of special pay and allowance to malis discharging the duties of drivers.

On amendment to recruitment rules, he said a memorandum was submitted to the Administration, in August 2004, where in, the association had opposed the move of exclusive provision of 25 per cent employees on deputation from Punjab and Haryana to various categories of posts under the recruitment rules. ‘’This provision must be deleted’’, he added.



Milk Colony residents flay Admin’s policies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Over 1,000 persons attended the general body meeting of the Milk Colony, Dhanas, held here.

Various speakers at the meeting appealed to the Chandigarh Administration to stop its `repressive’ policies and withdraw notices since it had failed to implement the provisions earmarked for the colony in its master plan for the area and the assurances given by the senior officers who had visited the area.

They sought amendments to rules pertaining to the colony in view of the change in the Capital of Punjab ( Development and Regulation ) and Building Rules, 1952, and the Chandigarh Leasehold Sites and Building Rules, 1973. They also wanted land rules to be changed from leasehold to freehold, transfer of plots to GPA holders, exemption from dairy work in exceptional cases, passing of revised building plans and withdrawal of notices.

Mr Amar Singh, Mr Jagir Singh, Mr Baldev Raj, Mr H.R.Gupta, Mr T.C. Sharma, Mr K.S.Gill, Ms Shyama Negi, Mr Gurnam Singh, Mr Ghanshyam and Mr S.S.Negi addressed the meeting.



Power lines may delay work of cattle pound
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 6
Though work on the two- acre plot allotted to the Municipal Council for a cattle pound is going on in full swing, officials doubt whether the civic body will be able to use the land, for the purpose for which it was allotted, at the earliest.

The work of constructing the boundary wall of the area has been completed and a shed construction which was likely to be completed by the end of this month.

It is learnt that the civic body has written a number of letters to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) during the past months to get the power lines shifted, that were passing from over the area, but so far the council has received no response from PUDA.

Council officials feel that using the cattle pound area, in which a transformer also stands, without getting the power lines and poles shifted from the plot could prove dangerous to stray animals.

It is learnt that PUDA had promised the civic body at the time of handing over the possession of the land that the power lines would be shifted by it.

Council officials are unaware whether any move in this regard had been initiated by PUDA as it had not been intimated about any progress.

Officials linked with the project said that the work of developing the cattle pound had been taken on priority because the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued directions to the council to check the menace of stray animals in the town. Similar directions had also been issued by the Principal Secretary and Director of the Department of Local Government, Punjab.

PUDA had sold two acres of land to the council for a cattle pound for Rs 30 lakh, the possession of which was given to the civic body in April.



Pulse polio awareness rally held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 6
Spreading message and educating people about ‘Polio’, students of Ryan International School, Sector 49, today held a Pulse Polio Awareness rally.

Accompanied by their teachers, doctors from the UT Health Department, the students carrying placards passed through various housing societies and colonies slum dwelling units in Sectors 48 and 49.

Mrs Poonam Sharma, school principal, said that the rally was organised keeping in view National Pluse Polio programme to be held on October 10.



‘Chant God’s names to attain salvation’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 6
Srimad Gopal Krishna Goswami Ji Maharaj, spiritual master of ISKCON , who had come from Russia to attend Bhagwan Jagannath Rathyatra held in Ludhiana recently, visited the city yesterday.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, he said, ISKCON’s aim was to show the path to the people of blissful life is free from anxiety, and spread the message of vedas.

While replying a question how his teachings are helpful to the youngsters, he said if youngsters led their life according to the teachings of vedas, then they could certainly attain higher values. We should educate them in such way so that they could maintain balance in their professional and spiritual life.

Talking about the “salvation”, Goswami Ji Maharaj stated easy way towards salvation in this age of Kaliyug was to chant the holy names of the Lord.



Husband, in-laws booked in dowry case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 6
Taisy Sharma of Sector 16 complained to the police that her husband Sumit Sharma and her in-laws all residents of Sector 12, Panchkula, harassed and maltreated her to bring more dowry. She married Sumit on December 2, 1999. A case under Sections 406, 498-A and 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Sector 17, police station.

Car stolen

Sahil Ram of Sector 42 reported to the police that his Fiat car (CHT-0366) was stolen from his residence during intervening night of October 4-5. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 36, police station.

Mobile stolen

Vanit Chawla of Sector 38-A filed a complaint that his mobile phone was stolen from his car that was parked outside his residence, yesterday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 39, police station.

Smack seized

Manik, a resident of Sector 23 arrested from the same sector with 330 mg of smack on Tuesday. A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act has been registered at Sector 17, police station.


The Chandigarh police yesterday challaned 273 traffic violaters and they issued challans to 97 buses, 24 vans, 136 other vehicles. Seven three-wheelers and nine other vehicles were impounded.



3 booked for embezzlement
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 6
The police tonight booked three officials of General Hospital here on charges of embezzling funds of the hospital. A case Under section 409 of IPC was registered against clerk Rajiv Kumar, Accountant Rakesh Kumar and cashier Parmod Kumar .

The three officials were found guilty of embezzling over Rs 10 lakh from the hospital accounts. The trio had failed to account for cash worth Rs 10,17,800, that they had received as fee for various diagnostic tests conducted in the hospital between April, 2003 and March 2004.

Police sources way that the complaint received from Health Department says that the fraud was detected by the Senior Medical Officer, Dr Subhash Sharma in may earlier this year. He had found Rajiv Kumar and Rakesh Kumar guilty of embezzlement. He then referred the matter to civil surgeon, Panchkula, who in turn forwarded the complaint to Director General Health, Haryana, A Committee of accounts officials was constituted who found that the two officials, along with cashier Parmod Kumar was involved in the fraud. 



Power cable stolen
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 6
Power cable, measuring nearly 2000 metres and weighing about 3 quintals, was stolen from poles falling under Nanumajra village, near here, last night.

The wires were reportedly cut from the poles after switching off power from the transformer. As such power supply to about five tubewells got disrupted.

It is learnt that during the past one and a half month, this theft had been fourth in the series. About five days ago power cable measuring 2500 metres was got stolen from poles falling in Sukhgarh village. In earlier cases, power cable had been stolen from Raipur (1800 metres) and Sohana (1700 metres).



One held in telecom case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The CBI here has arrested Janardhan Pal of Meerut from Ghaziabad in a telecom scam of 1992.

He had been evading trial since September last year. He was declared a proclaimed offender in January this year. He was allegedly involved in getting telephone out-of-turn connections on forged documents.

The CBI said a special team comprising, Sub-Inspector Prahlad Singh and Constable Joginder Singh arrested Janardhan Pal from Ghaziabad on September 1. He has been sent to remand in judicial custody by the CBI court in Chandigarh.

He was under surveillance by the CBI. 



Biz Clip

Mountain Dew on Wednesday brought the specially-designed car to the city to hand it over to one of the luck Dew consumers. According to Mr Lloyd Mathias, Executive Vice-President (Marketing), Pepsi Foods Pvt. Ltd.," consumers will have to guess the exact weight of the Dewmobile and send it in a duly filled entry form along with a Mountain Dew label to a designated post office box or drop it in specially-designated drop boxes placed across the city. OC


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