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Man jumps to death in District Courts
Tribune News Service

Satish committed suicide a day after World Mental Health Day was observed in the city where the people were guarded against the killer depression.

Members of Satish’s family said he was insisting on performing last rites of his wife, but the family of the woman objected to it, pushing him into depression.

Reeta was cremated by her family today. Satish had asked the police to let him go to cremate his wife. A mediator had sounded about his intention, but the family of the woman refused him permission to attend his wife’s last rites.

The police had assured Satish that it would ask the court if he could attend the cremation of his wife. The refusal worked as a spur for the accused to commit suicide.

The one-and-half-year-old son of Satish and Reeta is now being taken care of by an elder brother of Satish.

Chandigarh, October 11
A man in judicial custody jumped to death from the fourth floor of the District Courts Complex here today after he was refused permission to attend the cremation of his wife for whose dowry death he and his mother were arrested yesterday.

A team of the Sector 39 police station had brought Satish and his mother, Krishna Devi, to a local court to produce them before a judge when Satish wriggled out from the grip of constable Lakhbir Singh and jumped from the fourth floor, the police said.

DSP S.C. Sagar said the constable was holding the accused by the arm when the lawyer of the accused came to get his signature on a document. As soon as the constable released his arm for allowing him to sign, Satish, who was sitting on a bench, scaled a small wall on the fourth floor to jump to the ground.

His mother, Krishna Devi, was standing a little away when the incident took place. Krishna Devi was also produced in the court at the same time.

Lakhbir Singh tried to hold Satish while he briefly hung on the wall, but without any success.

Mr Dinesh Kumar Badhwar, an advocate who witnessed all this, said he was sitting in his chamber number 207 when he saw a man scaling the wall and then hanging from the fourth floor before releasing his hands. There was a big thud as Satish fell in front of the Bakshikhana on the court premises, he said.

He was taken to the PGI where he was declared brought dead.

An eyewitness, Mr Ramphal Jain, who also appeared in a separate court in connection with a dowry case, said the police did not make any effort to pull back Satish and within a minute he was lying in a pool of blood on the ground floor. His skull was badly damaged.

Seeing the death of her son, Krishna Devi fell unconscious in the court and had to be taken to the General Hospital where she was examined by a team of four doctors.

The members of Satish’s family said Krishna had not come to the city for the past seven months and her husband also avoided coming to the city.

A section of lawyers raised slogans against the Chandigarh Police on the court premises.

Satish’s brother Raj Kumar said the police had acted in haste in arresting his innocent brother. He alleged that SHO Hardev Singh and a Sub-Inspector Amarjit Singh had demanded money from them.

The claim was denied by Hardev Singh. Raj Kumar claimed that his sister-in-law and brother had a minor tiff over taking care of the child yesterday. He said Satish went to Panchkula after the tiff and Reeta allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Sector 41.

A case has been registered and the police has sent a report to the SDM. SHO of the Sector 17 police station Satbir Singh told reporters the preliminary investigation did not point towards any negligence on the part of four policemen accompanying the accused in the court.



Chief Justice orders inquiry 
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
Even as the functioning of the Chandigarh Police has come under a cloud following suicide by Satish Kumar at the District Courts here while being in the police custody, the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, ordered an inquiry into the incident today.

Justice Roy, who visited the court premises in the evening for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation, directed the District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, to submit the inquiry report within two days.

Relatives of the deceased and human rights activists have alleged that there was an ‘abetment’ to suicide by the police.

The very fact that Satish allegedly committed suicide while being escorted by the police, is likely to make going tough for both the Administration and the police in the days to come as strict instructions of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) would have to be followed in any investigation, reliable sources told Chandigarh Tribune.

It may be recalled that Satish and his mother, Krishna, who were arrested on dowry charges following suicide by his wife, Reeta, were remanded in judicial custody by a local court till October 25.

Since Satish was in the custody of the police, mental and physical torture by the police seemed to be responsible for creating circumstances leading him to take the extreme step, alleged Mr Arunjeev Singh Walia, a human rights activist and legal adviser of the Dalit Rights Protection Forum.

Moreover, according to the NHRC directions governing custodial deaths, besides informing the commission and the District Magistrate within 24 hours, a post-mortem examination of the body would have to be performed by a board of doctors constituted by the Medical Superintendent of the General Hospital, Sector 16.

The post-mortem examination would have to be video-graphed and a recorded copy would have to be submitted to the NHRC.

The SDM would conduct the inquest proceedings into the circumstances leading to the death, Mr Walia added.

In another development, the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, issued a notice to the SHO of the Sector 39 police station for tomorrow on a petition filed by Ms Krishna seeking interim bail.

On another application filed by Ms Krishna, she was allowed to be examined at the General Hospital, Sector 16.



Not first time in city
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The suicide by an accused on the court premises has jolted the police that finds itself helpless since the Supreme Court has done away with handcuffing.
There have been at least nine cases in the city of either an accused committing suicide or escaping while being escorted by the police.

Sources in the police said the suicide incident of today could have been avoided had the accused been chained to the belt of the police personnel.

They said it was unimaginable that a person would be suddenly gripped by depression to force him to end life.

According to the data available with the Chandigarh Police, three persons escaped from the PGI, two from the local courts and one each from the Sector 17 and the Sector 43 inter-state bus terminuses.

Gopal, an accused from Himachal, escaped from the police custody on February 5 this year while returning from a court in Manali to Nabha. He was later arrested in July.

Dhir Singh and Rajinder Kumar of Mukerian fled from the ISBT, Sector 17, while returning from a Delhi court. They were coming back to Hoshiarpur on February 17. They were rearrested in August.

Daler Singh escaped from the District Courts in April this year. He pushed a constable on the ramp of the second floor to escape. However, the constable raised an alarm and succeeded in rearresting him.

On 30 September, Mitesh Kumar of Kangra surrendered in the District Courts following issuance of a non-bailable warrant. However, he later gave the police a slip from the court. He was rearrested later.

On February 18, a murder accused from Panchkula escaped from the PGI where he was hospitalised. He could not be arrested since then.

Another murder accused, Amit Kumar, escaped from the police custody from the PGI on November 3, 2003. Two constables were suspended in this connection.

Another accused, Naginder Kumar, escaped from the PGI on July 20, 2002.

An accused from Himachal had also fled from the Sector 43 ISBT during that period.

According to police personnel, no special training programme has been started in the wake of the Supreme Court order banning handcuffing. They say it is not possible to assess that a person might commit suicide on being arrested by the police.



Rain cools haves, chills have-nots
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Caught in a downpour, Chandigarhians slow down their vehicles on inundated roundabouts and roads
Caught in a downpour, Chandigarhians slow down their vehicles on inundated roundabouts and roads on Monday.— A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 11
Moderate to heavy rainfall in the city and the adjoining areas today seems to have brought an early onset of the winter.

Normal life was thrown out of gear this evening with heavy rainfall forcing the residents to remain indoors. The flooding of the low-lying areas, particularly the slums, brought misery to the residents.

The city recorded a maximum temperature of 23.6 °C, which was 7 degrees below the normal temperature. The minimum temperature was reported to be 18.4 ° C.

Giving reasons for sudden rainfall and fall in the temperature, weather officials said western disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir and in the adjoining areas of North Pakistan were responsible for such weather conditions. This coupled with snowfall in the higher reaches of the hilly areas also brought down the temperature.

According to reports received here, Ambala recorded a maximum temperature of 25.2 °C and a minimum of 17.2 °C--which was lowest in the plain. In Patiala, the maximum temperature was 25.3 °C and the minimum 18.5°C

Sources said vehicles of the Fire Department were pressed into service to flush out water in the basement of Palika Bazar in Sector 19.

Panchkula: Normal life was disrupted in the township because of intermittent rain since morning. By the afternoon, roads in various sectors of the township were water- logged and vehicles were swishing through knee-deep water.

As water in the sectors along the Singh Nullah Choe- Sectors 2, 4, 12 and 12- A, and Sector 9 and 15 collected, a team of HUDA officials led by Superintending Engineer, Mr S.C. Malik, visited the areas to check the situation.

MOHALI: Water entered houses in some parts of the town due to rain. Many roads were also inundated in certain areas.

Residents of Phases I, II, V and X complained that water had entered their houses and shops. Water entered HL houses in Phase I and quarters in Phase II.

Water also entered many houses and shops in Phase X.

The worst affected was Phase V, which has been facing this problem repeatedly with the authorities not bothering to find solutions.

Mr Albel Singh Shyan, general secretary of the House Owners Welfare Association, Phase V, said a deputation of the Citizens Welfare Federation had met the Chief Administrator of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) on August 8 regarding the problems faced by the residents.

He said the Chief Administrator had ordered officials concerned to immediately release funds to the Public Health Department to carry out work for providing relief to the affected residents.

He said it was unfortunate that even after two and a half months the required funds had not been given for the work and water had once again entered the houses of residents.

He said fire brigade officials were called to pump out water from the area.



Fencing of border to be discussed
Pak Rangers-BSF talks today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
A 15-member delegation of Pakistan Rangers arrived here today for the biannual conference with their counterparts from the Border Security Force (BSF) on matters pertaining to management of the international border between the two countries and other issues of mutual interest.

The talks between the two forces, which begin tomorrow, will continue over the next two days. The 20-member BSF delegation will be headed by the Additional Director General (West), Mr A.K. Mitra and will include officers from the BSF Directorate General and frontier headquarters as well as a representative from the Survey of India.

Major-Gen Zaved Zia, Director-General Rangers (Sind), who is heading the delegation told media persons that among issues to be discussed is the Indian fencing of the border. It is well known that Pakistan has always been objecting to India fencing the border and the LoC.

Smuggling of humans and contraband, inadvertent crossings by civilians on both sides, matters pertaining to joint patrolling, and release and repatriation of Indian and Pakistani citizens lodged in each other's jails are other issues to be discussed. Also on the agenda are issues which could not be resolved by local commanders during their regular flag meetings.

Accompanying General Zia is Major-Gen Hussain Mehdi, Director-General Rangers (Punjab), three colonels, five lieutenant-colonels, senior representatives from the Survey of Pakistan and the Pakistani Narcotics Control Agency and a few junior officers.

Unlike the BSF, which is headed by a single person, the Rangers are headed by two Major-Generals of equivalent status, each independently controlling the area under his jurisdiction. Also in sharp contrast to the BSF, which is administered by officers from the Indian Police Service and its own cadre, Rangers is officered by Army officers.

The Pakistani delegation crossed over to India in the morning at Wagah. After visiting the Golden Temple, they were flown to Chandigarh in a special BSF Avro aircraft and have been lodged at Hotel Mountview, where elaborate security and hospitality arrangements have been made.

The BSF — Ranger biannual conference commenced this year after a gap of three years. The BSF delegation had travelled to Pakistan in April this year for the first conference to be held since the two countries came on the brink of war following the terrorist attack on Parliament in December 2001.



Pak seeks Punjab expertise to boost agriculture
Tribune News Service

Pakistan’s Minister for Agriculture and Marketing Rana Mohammed Kasim Nau
Pakistan’s Minister for Agriculture and Marketing Rana Mohammed Kasim Nau.

Chandigarh, October 11
Struck by the success story of Punjab agriculture, Pakistan has made up its mind to sign Indian experts in the lead role.
Pakistan’s Minister for Agriculture and Marketing Rana Mohammed Kasim Nau today revealed that they had decided to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Punjab Mandi Board here for the transfer of expertise in the filed of marketing and agriculture research. The memorandum, he claimed, would be signed on Tuesday.

The minister added that they were also considering the feasibility of signing another MoU with agriculture universities in Ludhiana and Hisar for the “benefit of growers” in Pakistan. “For the purpose, we would be visiting the two cities in the coming days,” he said.

The minister, along with four other delegates, was in India on a 12-day tour for studying the marketing system here. They were in Chandigarh after visiting Amritsar and Shimla.

The intention behind signing the MoU, the minister asserted, was to train agriculturists in Pakistan and to adopt the Indian marketing system. “The weather and the soil in both the countries was the same. Even the size of farm holdings was almost the same,” he said. “In Pakistan, 97 per cent of the land holdings were less than 12.5 acres in size. When everything was the same, why should the crops be different?”

Referring to the constructive role played by the agriculture sector in the economy of Indian Punjab, the minister declared that he had not seen “kuccha houses” during his visit to this part of the region. Besides, there were schools in all the villages, along with water supply schemes for the fields.

“All this was possible because of advancement in the agriculture sector. That is why we wish to adopt the strategies being employed here for bringing the green revolution in Pakistan,” he claimed.

Dwelling upon the positive features of Indian agriculture, he said, “Provision of subsidy to the farmers was a step in the right direction. Moreover, in Punjab, home to market link roads had been provided.

The procurement system with protection for paddy and wheat crop was also sound. This was not all. The concept of apni mandis, where the farmers could offer their produce directly without interference of middlemen, was good”.

Addressing a press conference this afternoon, the minister said both the countries were facing one problem — that of middlemen. “In Pakistan we were trying to rationalise their role as ending it altogether was not possible”, he claimed. “We are trying to provide pesticides, fertilisers, even diesel and other facilities, under one roof”.

Giving details of the system existing in Pakistan, the minister said President Pervez Musharraf had announced an agriculture package for the welfare of the farmers.

“As of now the agriculturist, unable to repay their debts, could not be arrested by the banks. Moreover, the banks were offering loans for livestock. No wonder, cases of suicides by the farmers was a phenomenon unknown in Pakistan”.

The minister added that diversification of crops was good for the farmers of both the countries. The opening of trade route via Wagah was not only “economical” it would also boost trade in the region”, the minister concluded.



Chandigarh Calling

Power men of Chandigarh, wake up! You have nothing to lose but your lethargy and save, in the process, precious lives. This photograph taken by The Tribune photographer Manoj Mahajan is a fairly common sight in Chandigarh.

The streetlight poles installed by the electrical wing of the UT’s Engineering Department have turned into ‘danger zones’, with exposed live wires posing a threat to human beings as also to stray cattle.

Drinking vs diabetes

Drinking and diabetes do not go together. This was made amply clear by an eminent endocrinologist, Prof D.J. Dash, during the course of his lecture at the Chandigarh Press Club the other day, much to the chagrin of booze-loving scribes.

When asked as to how much alcohol a diabetic could take, Professor Dash quipped that the intake should not exceed 60 ml (one large drink) a week. Red wine is better than white wine, but the consumption must not exceed 60 ml per week.

Whether the four large drinks could be clubbed together and had once a month, he warned that by doing so you had to choose between drinking and death. For once the tough-talking scribes were at receiving end, it seemed.

Red in face

Bureaucrats of the UT Administration turned red in the face when the Chandigarh Congress MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, launched a frontal attack last week on the ways of functioning of the Administration in the UT in the presence of Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer.

The occasion was provided by a discussion at a two-day round table conference on ‘Panchayati Raj in Union Territories and Panchayati Raj jurisprudence’.

As a matter fact, the tone for the conference was set by Mr Aiyer himself, who, during the course of his speech, criticised the attitude of the Administrators in the Union Territories in the country.

He described them as dictatorial and said it would be apt to compare them with Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani military dictator, in matters of day-to-day administration.

But while Mr Aiyer’s criticism of the administration in the UTs was general in nature, Mr Bansal’s aimed at the Commissioner of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Mr M.P. Singh.

Mr Bansal said the bureaucracy needed to change its mindset vis-a-vis people’s representatives, who were more often than not ignored. And as a proof, he produced a circular from the BDPO threatening action against those who approached him directly.

In a chat with mediapersons later, Mr M.P. Singh claimed he was not aware of the said circular and would take suitable action in the matter.

Science seminar

In a national-level science seminar organised by the National Council Of Science Museum (NCSM) last week, Devangana Kalitta of Assam stood first while Sourabh Shekhar, a student of the DC Model Senior Secondary School, Panchkula, won the second prize for Haryana.

Among the other prize winner states were Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh.

The seminar included a written aptitude test, presentation and a question round.

Sourabh impressed the audience in the presentation round and proved his mettle in the question round which included the questions like “What is the difference between science awareness and scientific awareness?”, “Why is Science Day celebrated on February 28.”

Sourabh was awarded monthly subscription of two science journals for two years along with an attractive science kit. He was also given a medal and a monthly scholarship of Rs 500 for two years.

The school escort teacher, Mr Anuj Sharma, was also given a medal of appreciation.

Music show

The Indian national Theatre that has been presenting the Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan every year since 1978 will stage its 27th feast of classical music shortly.

It has presented the best in Hindustani music to the people of Chandigarh all these years and stalwarts like Ustad Vilayt Khan, Gayan Samragyi Kishori Amonkar, Kumar Gandharv and Bhimsen Joshi have graced its stage much to the delight of music lovers.

The group has also introduced bright and promising musicians from time to time.

This year’s sammelan is scheduled to be held from October 29 to 31. It will feature, among others, Shruti Sadolikar, Rajendra Prasanna and Budhaditya Mukherjee, who has been called the sitarist of two centuries.

The Indian International Rural Cultural Centre, a society founded to take serious art and culture to all corners of the nation, is joining the Indian National Theatre this year and will be presenting Geeta Mahalik, noted Odissi dancer on the opening day.

The venue will be the Tagore Theatre and as usual, admission to all sessions will be free.

Education fairs

The city is fast becoming an important centre for foreign universities to look for clientele.

A few years back, metros were the focus of foreign universities, but with changing economic scenario and increased awareness, education fairs in the city have become a frequent affair.

In the past few months, universities from Australia, New Zealand, and England have landed in the city with their entire enrollment machinery. Documents, financial status and academic qualification are verified on the spot to give an assessment report to applicants.

Some private organisers of education fairs are targeting the city to offer economy package and scholarships to students opting for foreign education.

An organiser said foreign universities need not go to towns in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to look for student as a number of students come to the city to pursue higher education.




Bombshell not defused yet
Our Correspondent

Neembuan (Dera Bassi), October 11
Panic still prevails in Neembuan and nearby villages as the defence authorities failed to turn up for defusing the live bombshell for the second consecutive day, here today.
The bombshell was spotted on Saturday.

Mr Manmohan Kumar Sharma, DSP, Dera Bassi, said the defence authorities at the Dappar Ammunition Depot turned down their representation for defusing the bombshell.

They had been seeking representation from the Patiala DC for the purpose, he added.

An application in that regard had been sent to the SSP, Patiala, claimed the DSP.

Meanwhile, a police party from the Mubarikpur police post continued guarding the shell at the bed of the rivulet throughout the day.

Residents of surrounding villages said the shell might have been dumped by some scared industrialist following recovery of bombshells from other steel manufacturing industrial units in the country.

The villagers said they had been grazing cattle on the riverbed for decades, but no such bombshell was found earlier.



Water samples of Kumbra village fail test
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 11
Water samples collected by district health officials from Kumbra village have failed purity test and the water of the area has been declared “not potable”.

Taking a serious view of the situation the SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma, has directed the local SDO, Public Health Department (Rural), in a letter here today that clean drinking water should be supplied to the area and his office should be intimated in this regard.

In the letter he said it had come to the notice of his office that clean water was not being supplied to Kumbra village. The water being supplied to the area was not chlorinated and there was lurking fear among villagers that some epidemic might break out. He said his office should be informed immediately as to who was responsible for this lapse so that necessary action could be taken against him.

It is learnt that earlier by the Ropar Civil Surgeon had written to the local official of the department concerned informing that samples from Kumbra village had been collected by a team of officials from her office. These were later sent to the Bacteriologist, Punjab State Punjab Health Laboratory, Chandigarh and according to the report received from the laboratory all water samples had failed the test. She had urged officials to take immediate measures.

The water samples were collected on August 31. 



Water flows in village taps after 9 years
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 11
Residents of Giddarpur village remained deprived of potable water for about nine years due to lack of coordination between the field staff and those preparing drawings for related projects. This attitude has exposed the indifferent working style of government officials.

Mr M.L. Sharma, SDM, who went through the records related to a Rs 11.67 lakh project, estimates of which were approved by the Punjab Government on November 14, 1991, for supplying water to four villages of Chandiala, Giddarpur, Soi Majra, Gobindgarh, said here today that water could not be supplied to Giddarpur village because officials concerned had not laid part of the required pipeline.

It is learnt that the draughtsman concerned had shown in the drawings that a pipeline from E/1, E/2 and from E to E/2, meant for supplying water to a part of the village, had been laid down and the length of the pipe was 426 metres. But actually no such pipeline was approved nor laid by the field staff.

The records have shown that in 1992 the provision was for laying the pipeline from E to E/1, mearsuring 198 metres. The proposal of laying 426 metres of pipeline was part of the future extension. According to estimates preparted for the future extension, 90 mm pipe measuring 274 metres was to be laid from E to E/2 and 152 metres was to be laid from E/1 to E/2.

In the estimates prepared in 2002, a provision was made to lay this pipeline but the head office, by mistake had shown, that the 426 metres pipeline had already been laid and as such no provision for this pipeline had been given in the new scheme. Instead, estimates were prepared for laying pipes from E to E/3 and from E to E/4. This had been laid down and two taps are also installed on it.

The matter was brought to the notice by Mr Bir Divinder Singh, Kharar MLA, who visited the area, along with officials on October 8. He had received an anonymous letter from a villager, who had referred to MLA’s statements in which he had claimed that 130 of the 137 villages in Kharar had been covered under various water supply schemes. The villager had requested him to conduct a spot verification.

The observations made by the SDM would be sent to the Ropar Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Seema Jain. 



Plan for pre-paid metering of power
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 11
Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) proposes to ask its two power distribution companies — Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) — to run pilot projects for introducing pre-paid metering of power supply.

This was stated by the Chairman of the HVPN, Maj-Gen (retd) B S Rathee, while addressing a press conference today. Gen Rathee, who was a part of a delegation sent by the Government of India to South Africa for studying the pre-paid metering technology, returned yesterday, and said this technology would help in saving power consumption.

He said the technology was very successful in South Africa and the power department there, ESKON, sold power to the local bodies, which in turn sold pre- paid cards. He said the technology, when introduced in Haryana, would not only prove economically viable, but also reduce power consumption by 10 to 15 per cent. He added that as of now, dues worth Rs 1,700 crore were still pending from various categories of consumers in Haryana.

He said the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC)had already recommended that pre-paid metering be introduced and a survey was carried out at Panchkula and Gurgaon, but the public response was not encouraging. “However, we will put the proposal for running pilot projects in group housing societies under the UHBVN and DHBVN during the board meeting of the utilities later this month,” he said.

He added that they had now asked retired employees of the power utilities to help in detecting unauthorised (where meter is installed and power is consumed, but the consumer does not pay bill to the department) connections. We have formed committees to look into these unauthorised connections and submit a report to the department, which in turn will verify these illegal connections and take further action, he added.



Secretarial body dwells on mantras of success
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
Espousing the secrets of true success, the Institution for Secretarial Practices and Development (INSPIRE) said every individual has a hidden potential to reach any heights and it can be realised through self-belief only.

The views were expressed at the eleventh Annual General Meeting(AGM) of the institution at Panjab University.

Mr N.P. Amoli, secretary-general, INSPIRE, briefed the members about the activities of the institution for the year 2003-04.

Coinciding with the Annual General Meeting, a ‘ motivation ‘ session by Mr S.P. Babuta from S.P. Babuta and Associates, a chartered accountancy firm, was also organized yesterday.

Mr Babuta said “true success” could be achieved only by maintaining a balance between the professional achievements and health, happiness and peace of mind.

A successful career without these three essential factors was not a real success, he added.

He affirmed that every individual had the potential to achieve any level of success, but true conviction was the key to release this hidden potential.

Mr Babuta also shared his personal views and experience with the members of INSPIRE.

Inspire is a non-profit voluntary professional body of working secretarial practitioners formed for over-all development of secretarial profession.

Since its inception in the year 1993, INSPIRE is engaged in various activities and programmes aimed primarily at developing the professional competencies of its members through training and development programmes.

Earlier, Mr M.S. Bedi, chairman, INSPIRE, welcomed the faculty and the participants. He also briefed the members about the future plans of the institution.

A large number of INSPIRE members from various government departments, boards and corporations and also from the corporates attended the AGM.



Woman, grandson suffer burns
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 11
A 65-year-old woman and her four-year-old grandson received serious burn injuries when the woman accidentally put spirit, used as thinner, in the stove instead of kerosene.

The incident took place around 7 am in Mansa Devi Complex today. The woman, Seema Devi, was cooking food for the family. She asked her grandson, Raj Kumar, to fetch the can of kerosene lying in the other room. The child brought another can, which contained spirit.

The woman poured spirit into the stove and lighted it. The stove burst. Seema received 20 per cent burn injuries, while Raj Kumar was seriously injured. He received 40 per cent burns. They were rushed to the General Hospital.

As the child’s condition deteriorated at the hospital, he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Relatives of the victims alleged that Seema Devi was forcibly discharged from the hospital. They alleged she was removed from the bed in the Emergency Ward and put on a stretcher although her condition was serious.

“It is difficult for us to take her home in this condition and then bring her back here for dressing of wounds. But we were forced to leave,” said the victim’s son-in-law, Krishan.

However, the hospital authorities maintained that the victim’s wounds were superficial and that if an adult suffers less than 30 per cent wounds, he is not in danger.

The Senior Medical Officer, Dr Subhash Sharma, said domiciliary treatment was recommended for the woman as she had around 15 per cent burns. “In such cases, the chances of acquiring hospital infections is high, so we have discharged her,” he said.



Cigarette butt nearly cost him life
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 11
A 30-year-old resident of Indira Colony was seriously injured today when he inadvertently threw a cigarette butt near a can containing spirit, which was used as a thinner.

Mr Amar Singh threw a burning cigarette butt, which accidentally fell on the can containing spirit which resulted in his jhuggi catching fire.

He received 70 per cent burn injuries and was rushed to the General Hospital. Later, he was referred to the PGI. He was stated to be out of danger. 



Airmen's recruitment rally from Oct 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
A recruitment rally is being conducted the Air Force station, Adampur (Jalandhar), from October 18 to 20 for the youth of Punjab for selection of airmen in technical trades (group-X) in the Indian Air Force.

Details provided by the airmen's selection centre, Ambala cantonment, stated that candidates should have passed intermediate/ 10-plus-2 or equivalent examination with mathematics, physics and English with a minimum of 50 per cent marks in aggregate or they should have completed three years diploma in engineering (Mechanical/electrical/electronics, automobile/computer science/instrumentation technology) from a government recognised polytechnic.

The candidates should have been born between October 1, 1984, and September 30, 1988 (both days inclusive).

The selection test will be conducted for youths from all districts of Punjab. On October 18 a written examination and physical fitness test will be held and those qualifying the same will be interviewed and medically examined on October 19. 



Harbans Singh cremated
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 11
Former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Harbans Singh, who died yesterday evening after a brief illness, was cremated here today. He was 90. Justice Harbans Singh had also remained Chief Commissioner of Sikh Gurdwara Election Commission.

He is survived by three sons and a daughter. His pyre was lit by his son.

Serving and retired Judges, judicial officers, office-bearers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association and a large number of lawyers and people from all walks of life were present to pay their last respects to Justice Harbans Singh.

Earlier, work in the Punjab and Haryana High Court was suspended in the morning as a mark of respect to him. His death has been widely mourned.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court will hold a full court reference tomorrow morning at 10 am to mourn the death of Justice Harbans Singh.



CM mourns death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today mourned the death of Justice Harbans Singh (retd), who passed away here on Sunday. He was former Chief Commissioner, Sikh Gurdwara Election Commission.

In a message to the bereaved family, Capt Amarinder Singh said Justice Harbans Singh was a legal luminary and an eminent jurist, who discharged his duties and responsibilities with devotion, dedication and sincerity, says a press note.



Nine hurt in Sumo-truck collision
Our Correspondent

Lalru, October 11
Nine occupants of a Tata Sumo including two women were injured, three of them seriously, when their vehicle had a head-on collision with the truck on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway in Dappar village near here, this morning.

After primary medical assistance at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, six of the injured passengers were referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in Chandigarh. Two were discharged from the local hospital.

According to the police, the driver of the Tata Sumo (CH-03-0157), Mr Tarunjit Singh was carrying 10 passengers — Sandeep, his wife Saroj and son Simran of Kishanpura in Yamunanagar, Jaswinder Singh also of Yamunanagar, Suman of Ambala Cantonment, Harvind of Sonepat, Payush and Nipun from Ambala and Sanjeev of Barara — when it collided head-on with a truck (RJ-13-1G-0087) at about 9 am.

The condition of Tarunjit Singh, Harvind and, Nipun is said to be critical while Sandeep and his one-year-old son Simran were escaped unhurt. The truck driver reportedly fled from the scene.

Traffic on the highway was also disrupted for half-an-hour following the accident. The police has impounded the vehicles and started investigating the matter. 



Minor girl abducted
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 11
The local police registered a case of abduction of a minor girl of Manimajra.
According to the police, father of the girl Sushil Kumar of Pipliwala town in Manimajra reported that Ravi Kumar, resident of Sector 26, allegedly abducted his daughter on October 9. The girl had gone to a computer centre when she was abducted.

A case under Sections 363, 366-A and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Mani Majra police station. The police has sent a team to Palampur in search of the girl.

Assaulters held: The police has arrested two accused in the Kaimbwala assault case on Monday.

Krishan Kumar and a 15-year-old boy were arrested on a complaint made by Surjit Singh of the same village. Surjit Singh alleged that the accused assaulted him at his house. He was admitted to General hospital with injuries.

The minor boy was produced before the court on Monday and sent to juvenile home while Krishan is still in police custody.

Thieves arrested: The police arrested Inder Bhadur and Ram Kumar. both residents of Colony No 5, while they were stealing electricity poles near Matur chowk, late last night.

The police said the accused were also involved in earlier incidents of electricity pole thefts. The accused have been remanded in police custody.

Trespasser held: The local police has arrested Anil Kumar of Kumhar Colony on a complaint filed by Bablu of the same locality that the accused had trespassed into his house on October 9.

Bablu alleged that the accused had broken the door and windowpanes of his house and took away a music system.

A case has been registered under Sections 380, 427 and 452 of the IPC in Sector 11 police station.

Pickpockets held: The local police has arrested two persons at the local Grain Market under the Arms Act for possessing knives.

According to the police, Sham Bihari of Notala village in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh, and Ramesh Kumar of Behonipur village in Behreech district of Uttar Pradesh, were caught when they were trying to pick pocket of a person in the market, last night.

After a search the police recovered knives from them. Two cases have been registered against them under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at Sector 26 police station.

Stolen: Sushil Kumar of Sector 32 reported that his STD machines and two cordless sets were stolen from Verka booth, Sector 20-B, during the intervening night of October 9-10.

A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 19 police station.

In another incident, Mr Rohit Grover of Sector 35-A reported that a mobile phone, gold watch, wallet containing Rs 600 and some documents were stolen from his car, which was parked outside his residence, on October 5.

A case of theft has been registered at Sector 36, police station.

Held with liquor: The local police has arrested two men and a woman in different parts of the city for possessing liquor illegally.

Krishana of Sector 29-B was arrested with 15 quarters of whisky at her residence. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against her at Industrial Area police station.

Krishan Lal of Maloya Colony was arrested with 30 quarters of whisky at the Madrasi chowk in the same locality and Rakesh Kumar of Sector 56 was arrested with 60 quarters of whisky in the same locality.

Gambler arrested: Bhagwan Dass of Madrasi Colony was arrested at Bapu Dham Colony for gambling, on Sunday.

The police recovered Rs 350 from him and registered a case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act.



Chain snatched
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 11
In a daring incident of robbery, a gold chain was snatched from a woman, resident of Sector 71, here this evening.
The incident occurred when Mrs Geeta Malik was returning home from an STD around 4 p.m., when a scooter-borne person snatched her chain and fled.

She failed to identify the person as he was wearing a helmet. She was unable to note down the registration number of the scooter.



Two injured
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 11
A scooterist, Sushma Chauhan, of Sector 15-D was hit by a Maruti Van driven by Navjot of Phase 7, Mohali, near Sector 24-25 chowk.
Her two sons — Rahul and Lalit — got injured in the accident and were admitted to the PGI.

A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 11, police station.



BSNL GM held on graft charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The Patiala BSNL General Manager, Mr C.S. Kataria, was caught by a team of the CBI while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000.
He has been arrested. The CBI, in a statement said, the bribe was allegedly demanded for granting him a tender for collecting outstanding telephone dues.

The CBI anti-corruption wing here said that a relevant file for the tender has also been recovered from his office.

The search at his office and residence was on till the filing of the report.

Kataria is an Indian Telecom Services officer of the 1980 batch.



1 booked under Periphery Act
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 11
The local police booked a person under the Periphery Control Act today.
Mr S.K. Setia, Land Acquisition Officer had given a written complaint to the Senior Superintendent of police, Mr Gaurav Yadav, that the Nazar Singh of Hallomajra village sold small plots without any permission.

The SSP directed the police to investigate the matter. After a preliminary investigation a case has been registered against the accused under Section 12 of the Periphery Control Act- 1952 and Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC at Sector 31 police station.



Bank cracks down on defaulters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The Punjab and Sind Bank, Patiala Zone, has initiated action against habitual defaulters. It has taken over the possession of the properties of M/s Chandan Pan Products Ltd on October 4 under the SRFAESI Act, 2002, said an official statement.

It had auctioned the plant and machinery of M/s Ispat Structural Pvt Ltd at Mandi Gobindgarh on October 9 for Rs 1.29 crore through DRT, Chandigarh.

The bank had also initiated action against other major defaulters to whom notices under the Act already stand served, the statement added.


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