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Illegal constructions at farmhouses bulldozed
Tribune News Service

A JCB razes unauthorised construction at the Bhinder Farms in Chandigarh on Tuesdday.
A JCB razes unauthorised construction at the Bhinder Farms in Chandigarh on Tuesdday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 12
The Chandigarh Administration today bulldozed unauthorised constructions at four farmhouses, including Bhinder Farms, located on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road.

Bhinder Farms was the worst affected as huge structures built by the owners across it were torn down in the drive.

The Administration swung into action at three other farmhouses — Chadda Farms, Khandelwal Farms and Balwant Farms. Owners of these had carried out unauthorised constructions which were removed. These three were not being rented out for parties or marriages but were for the personal use of the owners.

The team of the Administration also demolished 10 other premises being used as godowns or shops. These were located on agricultural lands at Behlana village. The godowns and shops were primarily store houses for Chandigarh-based traders.

The Land Acquisition Officer, Mr S.K. Setia, said notices had already been served on these farms and godowns for allegedly changing the use of land from agricultural to commercial. These were in violation of the Periphery Control Act, he added.

This was the third time in as many years that the Administration has targeted farmhouses which were being let out for holding marriages. The Administration had announced that it would identify areas and permit farmhouses for holding marriages and parties. But nothing has happened in the past more than one year since the Administration started identifying land in this regard.



Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Heavy rain since yesterday damaged roads and private property at several places in the city and its nearby areas. While some parts on the periphery of Chandigarh remained waterlogged throughout the day, roads caved in at some other places posing potential threat to the life of passers-by.

The total rainfall in the city since yesterday was 129.6 mm. Downpour wreaked havoc along the road opposite the Chandigarh Airport. Movement of traffic was seriously hampered after the road was washed away in the rains.

Residents of Behlana, a locality near the Airport, had a hard time clearing their houses of rain water. Until about the evening today, waterlogging continued there, as it did in several parts of Ambala where inundation was heavy on account of 84.8 mm rainfall during the past 24 hours.

Apart from causing water logging, the spell of heavy rain literally destroyed the road fabric in many parts of the city.

In Sector 47, a large portion of the outer road leading towards Mohali caved due to heavy rain. The authorities reportedly jumped into action, lest there should be any damage to life and property.

Water stagnation was witnessed in most of the colonies in the city for nearly the whole day today. Roads between sectors were also affected due to rain, which was the heaviest in Chandigarh as compared to that in its nearby towns.

While Chandigarh received the highest rainfall of 129.6 mm between 8.30 am yesterday and 8.30 am today, the corresponding measurements for other cities are: Kalka (80 mm), Panchkula (20 mm), Ludhiana (46 mm), Patiala (20.5 mm), Nangal Dam (112.2 mm).

The temperature continued to drop due to heavy rain. From 24.6°C recorded on October 10, it came down to 23.6°C yesterday. This was seven degree below normal. In comparison to yesterday, the temperature rose today to 27.2°C.

Met officials said although there was no forecast of immediate rain, the night temperature would continue to dip for some more days.



Bail for dowry death suspect
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, today granted interim bail to Ms Krishna Devi, a suspect in the dowry death case of Reeta and the mother of Satish, who jumped to death from the fourth floor of the district court yesterday.

According to information, the police did not oppose the bail application of Ms Krishna Devi, who was granted bail till October 31.

The police had booked Krishna Devi and Satish on the charges of harassing Reeta for bringing more dowry. While Satish had jumped to death while being escorted by a police party at the courts yesterday, Ms Krishna Devi, was sent to General Hospital, Sector 16, for a medical examination.



Only one out of six dowry complaints genuine
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Only one out of six complaints of dowry demand, are genuine Surprisingly, such complaints are being made even in those cases where there have been love marriages. Reeta who hanged herself on Sunday and her arrested husband Satish, who committed suicide on Monday, had a love marriage.

A perusal of the cases registered with the local Child and Women Support Unit (CWSU) also reveals that 75 per cent of love marriages are failing due to, among other things, complaints of dowry demand.

An interesting fact which has emerged in the cases of harassment and dowry is that only six out of an average of 70 complaints in a month result in the registration of a case and remaining one are either settled through mutual understanding or given up due to lack of evidence.

Only one in six cases, dowry demand is supported by evidence, the sources in the CWSU told the Chandigarh Tribune.

The sources said the complainants had gathered an impression that unless a demand of dowry was not made against the other party, the police would not consider entertain them.

Many cases of harassment (which includes mental torture) and dowry demand, however, are solved with a compromise if the boy's family makes a payment to the family of the girl.

Only in 30 per cent cases, there is a prima facie evidence of dowry demand but in all cases, the aggrieved party claims that the boy's family was demanding dowry and harassing the girl, the sources.

Commenting on the yesterday's incident, some police officers said matrimonial disputes had to be dealt with caution. There are chances that one of the aggrieved party can accused the police of being biased towards the other. In Reeta's case the police worked in a haste as it normally do if a girl commits suicide.

In another recent case, the Manimajra police took some time to arrest family members accused of poisoning their daughter-in-law. The police said evidence suggested that there was nobody at home at that time to hint that the girl might have been poisoned. But when the girl died in the hospital, the police had to arrest the entire family of the boy.

The sources said in a large number of a disputes dowry cases were being made to recover the money spent on the marriage.

The police officers, however, clarified that this do not mean that the evil of dowry had been eradicated as there were genuine complaints also.

Unemployment, lack of understanding, impotency, inappropriate employment, and infidelity are emerging as factors that are leading to marital discord.



112 suicides last year, could be more
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
As many as 112 suicides were reported in Chandigarh last year. But the figure is an underestimate as a large number of suicides still go unreported, say government officials.

A continuing medical education programme on ‘Prevention of suicide and co-occurring physical and mental disorders’, was organised here by the local branch of the Indian Medical Association to mark World Mental Health Day.

Prof B.S. Chavan, Head of the Psychiatry Department, Government Medical College and Hospital, said many people who committed suicide had visited medical officers and family physicians for treatment of mental disorders. However, a large number of these people received either no treatment or received inadequate treatment.

A brief survey of the families of the suicide victims revealed that majority of persons who committed suicide had depression, were addicted to alcohol or drugs, faced marital discord or chronic physical illness, he said. The Department of Psychiatry, GMCH, was making efforts to initiate preventive measure, he added.

The session was chaired by Dr C.B. Bansal, Director, Health Service, UT, Chandigarh.

Dr Neeraj Nagpal, president, IMA, and Dr Ajay Duseja welcomed the members and introduced the theme.

Dr Ajeet Sidana, senior lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, GMCH, gave a description of various calls received at the Aasha Suicide Prevention Helpline (telephone numbers : 2667782-83) in the past six months.

He also informed the member that in addition to 24-hour telephone counselling, the department was also providing crisis intervention for patients facing suicidal risk through community team.

During a panel discussion, Prof B.S. Chavan stressed on mind-body approach in treating physical disorders. He stressed the need of proper mental health.

Prof Atul Sachdeva, Head of the Department of Medicine, GMCH, shared his experience in treating patients of diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. 



Differences crop up in BSF-Rangers talks
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Issues pertaining to the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir dominated the talks between the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers at the biannual conference, with sharp difference cropping up between the two sides, it is learnt.

While the Indian side insists that the stretch of the common border between the two countries in the state other than the Line of Control is the demarcated IB, the Pakistani delegation, in accordance with the country’s long standing policy, refuses to recognise it as the IB.

According to sources, Pakistan is referring to the stretch as a “working boundary”. This, sources said, implies that Pakistan may not honour pacts and treaties applicable to the IB in respect of that stretch. Holding flag meetings, erecting and maintaining border pillars are among activities which could be affected because of this.

Fencing of the IB and the LoC by India to check infiltration was another major topic of discussion. Pakistan has been strongly opposing the Indian move to fence the border and install flood lights alongside.

The Indian delegation is being headed by the BSF Additional Director General (West), Mr A.K. Mitra, while the Pakistani delegation is being headed by Director General (DG), Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), Major-Gen Javed Zia, who is accompanied by DG Pakistan Rangers (Punjab), Major-Gen Hussain Mehdi.

The Pakistanis arrived here yesterday and the two-day, closed-door talks commenced this morning. A joint press conference is scheduled for October 14.

The Pakistani side is also learnt to have revealed that there has been a massive increase of inflow of narcotics from Afghanistan over the past year because poppy cultivation has started again after the fall of the Taliban.

The production of poppy in Afghanistan was stated to be about 400 metric tonnes.

Both sides reportedly agreed that cross border narcotics trade was continuing and some arrests and seizures had been made on either side. Details on this points were exchanged.

Another issue taken up was the identification and repatriation of a BSF jawan, who had gone missing in 1971. The jawan was “sighted” in a Pakistani jail by inmates who have since been repatriated.

As far as inadvertent crossings by civilian population on either side of the IB is concerned, it was felt that those caught by the border guards should be returned to their respective country there and then rather than being taken into custody and initiating a repatriation process later.

It is learnt that during the past few months the BSF returned about 45 such persons.

Sources said that the talks were held in a cordial atmosphere and no surprise or fresh issue cropped up.

Most of the agenda points were wrapped up today itself and these would be reviewed tomorrow, before the visiting delegation goes around on a sight-seeing tour.



Prof Nagi honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
O.N. NagiProfessor O.N. Nagi, Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh, was honoured with the prestigious “Late Prof B. Ohri Oration” for his numerous contributions in the field of orthopaedic surgery at the two-day annual conference of the Madhya Pradesh Chapter of Indian Orthopaedics Association which concluded in Ujjain on Sunday.

Ohri Oration was started in 1986 to pay regards to Prof Brindaban Ohri, the seniormost surgeon of MP state. Prof Nagi was also the chief guest for the inauguration ceremony of this conference where more than 300 orthopaedic surgeons from MP and adjoining states participated.

The Health Minister of Madhya Pradesh applauded the achievements of Prof Nagi and advised all orthopaedic surgeons to emulate his professional achievements.

This honour comes to Prof Nagi for his ability to transform innovative ideas into reality in the field of orthopaedic surgery.

Prof Nagi in addition to being a trustee for India to the International AO Foundation, is also at present occupying the highest chair as President of the Indian Orthopaedic Association. This year Prof Nagi is also the Chairman of the organising committee of the 49th annual conference of the Indian Orthopaedic Association to be held at Agra in December 2004.



Madhya Marg needs crossings for pedestrians
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Several hundred pedestrians and cyclists put their lives to risk each day when they cross the busy Madhya Marg. In the absence of any under ground subway or overhead passage they are forced to cross the road from unauthorised openings or jump over the iron railings.

No provision on the Madhya Marg has been made for people to cross over. Starting from the PGI to the traffic lights near Panchkula it is one continuous iron railing with the only break for the roundabouts. And sadly there is no plan of the Chandigarh Administration or the municipal corporation to build any such subway or overhead pass. Senior officials confirmed that there was no plan as such.

There is an immediate need for providing a crossing for pedestrians at two places on the road between transport chowk and Panchkula. The first one should be around 500 metres ahead of the transport chowk and the second one should be at the spot point where the road from the Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra meets the Madhya Marg near Kalagram. The police on its part has identified these spots as accident-prone.

Each day during peak hour at 9 am and then at 6 pm hundred of labourers working in the industrial area cross over the railings not only putting their life at risk but also putting to risk the lives of other road users.

Small pedestrian passages have been provided at some places on the Madhya Marg. However, to cross the road one needs the dexterity of an athlete. 



Sanskrit scholar honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has conferred on Dr M.D. Pandey, an illustrious Sanskrit scholar from Panchkula, the prestigious Uttaranchal Sanskrit Academy Award.

The award, presented to him at Harwar sometime ago, carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000. The prestigious award has been presented to him for his contribution to the field of Sanskrit literature, which has few takers these days.

Known for his art of simplification, Dr Pandey has authored some plays in Sanskrit. Experts rate his works as extremely significant to Sanskrit literature, as they are simple and comprehensible. For his part, the scholar believes that Sanskrit is not a dead language, but it needs to be cast in a different mould now.

A research scholar from Panjab University, Chandigarh, did his Ph.D on the Sanskrit dramas of Dr Pandey.



Hold poll for Ward No 11: Riar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, president of the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD), today demanded immediate election to the Ward No 11 of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh(MCC).

Speaking to reporters here, Mr Riar said the party would launch an agitation if the notification for the early election was not issued by the authorities. He said the party would contest election on its own. The seat had fallen vacant following the resignation of a BJP councillor recently.

Since the functioning of the MCC was governed by the provisions of the Punjab Municipal Act, more financial and administrative powers should be provided to the local Mayor, he added.



Green activists hail Nobel for Wangari
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
A meeting of the environmentalists, social activists and young volunteers has hailed the decision to confer the Nobel Peace Prize to a Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathhhhai.

Mr S.K. Sharma, president, Environment Society of India, said it was the victory of ‘green issues’ and this was the first time that a Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded for tree plantation, which simply means that the world community has realised the importance of trees for securing a living environment.

An environmentalist and a tree lover, Mr Vikramjit Singh, said it was very encouraging to see a simple and humble lady getting the highest prize and her contribution in mobilising women to plant more that 30 million trees across Africa is really inspirational.

Ms Sita, a peace activist from Switzerland, said that now world over more and more people were recognising that living peacefully did not only mean living in peace with man alone but nature also formed an important part of existence.

Sharing his views, Mr Pramod Sharma, coordinator, Yuvsatta, said with Wangri Maathai’s getting Nobel Peace Prize, a new dimension had been added to peace, as this would further motivate people not only in Africa but in the whole world to plant more and more trees.



8 Light Cavalry to observe anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
One of the oldest armoured regiments of the Indian Army, 8 Light Cavalry, will be observing its 217th anniversary from October 21 to 23.

The anniversary celebrations will also coincide with the regimental reunion at Ambala.

What makes the reunion significant is that it is being organised after a gap of almost 20 years.

Reunions are normally held every fifth year. A host of serving as well as retired officers of the regiment, including the Colonel of the Regiment, are expected to attend the reunion.

Besides a special sainik sammelan, a barakhana for the troops, officers mess function, reunion dinner, display by dare devil motorcycle riders and a band concert are being planned to mark the event.

The Regiment was raised in 1787 as the 8th King George V's Own Light Cavalry.

It has taken part in several campaigns and wars, both in the subcontinent as well as abroad.



Community centre: BJP leaders meet DC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Local BJP leaders have met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, and Mr M.P. Singh, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, and submitted a memorandum regarding the inauguration of a community centre in Sector-45 by the city Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Led by the president of the local unit of the BJP, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, Leader of the Opposition in Municipal Corporation, Ms Kamla Sharma, and a councillor, Mr Rajesh Gupta, they said in 1998 BJP MP Satya Pal Jain sent a proposal to approve this community centre and later his proposal was accepted by the Municipal Corporation and the foundation stone was laid by the then Union Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

While Mr Jain gave Rs 5 lakh for the construction of the community centre from his MPLAD fund, Mr Bachhan Singh, former BJP councillor from this Ward also gave 5.26 lakh to the community centre.



Dept of Post to verify electoral rolls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The Department of Post has undertaken the upgrading and verification of electoral rolls on behalf of the Election Commission of India through its delivery post offices. This was stated by Mr L.K. Puri, Chief Postmaster General of the Punjab and Chandigarh circle here yesterday.

He was addressing a customers’ meet at Haryana Nivas, Sector 3, here. He said the department had also taken up a project regarding the provision of civic amenities in rural areas on behalf of the Census Department.

Claiming that various postal services were getting encouraging response, Mr Puri said Rs 19.46 crore were realised through these services in 2003-04 as against a target of Rs 18 crore.

An amount of Rs 70 lakh was realised as service charges for the collection of electricity bills in Punjab, he added.

Detailing future plans for business development, he said two state speed post centres — Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala — would be upgraded to national network. The department had also tied up with Oriental Insurance Company for marketing its non-life insurance products through postal employees, he added.

The major bulk mailers of the department, including Reliance Infocomm, ICICI, BSNL, Regional Passport Office, were honoured on the occasion.

The services of the managers of the National Speed Post Centres at Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and the State Speed Post Centres at Sangrur, Hoshiarpur and Ferozepore were also appreciated on the occasion.



Fauji Beat
Can Air Force manpower be trimmed?

The Air chief, Air Chief Marshal S. Krisnaswamy, has thought of reducing the manpower of the Air Force by training its personnel for multi-skills. This, he feels, will make the Air Force more effective within the current budgetary constraints. Theoretically, the new idea seems laudable. The success of the proposal will, however, depend on the results that it produces.

The Army has tried to reduce its manpower several time but with little success, if any. A concerted effort was made to increase the “teeth to tail” ratio in the late-sixties. It did produce some results but at the cost of efficiency. So much so, that a keen Director Staff Duties (DSD) at the Army Headquarters in 1968 took a cue from other tanks (having a crew of four) and reduced the Sherman tank’s crew from five to four. The Armoured Corps protested against this decision for it still had 54 Sherman tanks in service at that time.

This unsound decision had to be reverted after much pleading with the Ministry of Defence (Finance). While slashing transport fleet of the Army Medical Corps (AMC), then field hospitals were left with no vehicle for the COs. They were left with no option but to go on official duties in ambulance vehicles.

Our proposal to reduce the Army by 50,000 personnel in the late-90s was unrealistic. For, on the one hand we were planning to reduce the Army and on the other we were raising more Rashtriya Rifles battalions, which are manned by the Army.

A band that creates history

The 3 Dogra pipes and drums band, which has won the Western Command band competition at Ambala recently, is known for its high standard of performance. Raised in 1900, it has created a history by winning several competitions.

It was adjudged as the best band at the Army Day Parade in 1965 and was awarded the chief of the Army staff’s commendation card. In 1976 and 1977, it won the Eastern Command band championship and was awarded the Army Commanders Commendation Card.

This is second time that the 3 Dogra band has won the Western Command band competition. Earlier in 1998, it had won the Command competition at Ferozepore.

Band competitions were started a number of years ago to improve the standard of the Army bands. This was subsequent to creating a post for an inspector of bands at each command headquarters. His job is to run short refresher courses for bands, apart from supervising them.

Punish the guilty, not innocents

If an ex-serviceman was caught by the police while selling medicines, issued by a military hospital, in the market, strict disciplinary action should be taken against him. For the offence of one person to make the whole ex-servicemen community suffer will be very unfair.

In the Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, there is already a strict control over the issue of medicines. Unless a specialist examines you and records medicines in your medical notebook, no medicine is issued to you. In case of chronic diseases, he also records that you will be reviewed after three months.

You can draw the medicines after every 30 days by getting the prescription from the medical officer on duty, by showing this record, for only three months. Thereafter, unless you go for review, no medicines will be issued to you. This is a fool-proof method and any further restriction on this will cause untold misery to the aged exservicemen. As it is, already about 1,500 outpatients visit this hospital everyday.

Discipline in canteens

A few incidents of misbehaviour by ex-servicemen in the canteens have come to notice in the past couple of months. The other day an ex-signalman abused and threatened the Manager (a retired Lieut-Col) of Sector 21 canteen, Chandigarh, in full view of his staff. The reason was that when his wife had entered the canteen with three non-entitled ladies, the canteen staff objected to it.

The Army authorities should not condone such incidents of indiscipline; otherwise the canteen staff will get demoralised and become ineffective. These incidents have become more common ever since the canteens have started exercising strict control.

Pritam Bhullar



Ramlilas with Rights message
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Ramlila, the story of triumph of good over evil, is going to be different this year.

Perhaps for the first time in the history of the city, the organisers are all set to rope in NGOs to create awareness about human rights violations and social ills afflicting society.

The organisers of the ramlilas, which commenced at about 50 locations in the city from tonight, said the awareness campaign would go a long way in tacking various social ills in society since Ramlila was watched by thousands of the residents, a majority of them from lower strata of society.

These sections of the society were most-prone to the violations of the human rights by the vested interests, organisers informed.

Mr Subhash Kataria, president of the Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Mahasabha, confirmed that a sustained campaign was being launched to highlight such issues as violation of the human rights, the atrocities on the weaker sections of the society, voluntary blood donations, environmental concerns and awareness about the AIDS.

Mr Arunjeev Singh Walia, legal adviser of the Dalit Rights Protection Forum, Punjab, said the NGO would educate the audience, who were prone to victimisation by the state agencies and the vested interests, about their rights. Talks, hand bills and personal contacts would be the main tools to spread the message, he added.

Meanwhile, a "Ram baraat" would be organised from Sector 28 to Mani Majra on October 16.

The Mahasabha would also organise competition for best ramlila in the city and award cash prizes of Rs 3,100,Rs 2,100 and 1100 to the best three entries . 



Security beefed up for Navratra mela
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 12
The district police has made adequate security arrangements for the Navratra mela at Mata Mansa Devi shrine, beginning from October 14.

An official press statement said a temporary police post would be set up at the shrine, and a heavy contingent of cops had been requisitioned to beef up the security measures.

Two watch towers had been set up, and nakas would be set up at 13 places in Mata Mansa Devi Complex. A team of six gazetted police officers, 113 non gazetted officers and over 700 cops would be on duty during the nine day fair, it added. 



Hyderabad MC chief visits MC office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
“We are fighting for our Constitutional rights and want to empower the common man with rights that are due to him,” said the Chairman of the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Mr B. Venkat Reddy, during his visit to the Municipal Corporation office in Sector 17, here yesterday.

He, along with a team of 12 councillors and officials arrived in the city after visiting the MC offices of Delhi and Shimla as a part of their North India tour.



Haryana Roadways staff lodge protest
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 12
The Haryana Roadways Workers Union today protested against the anomalies in giving over time to the bus drivers and conductors by displaying black badges at the Chandigarh, Panchkula and Kalka depots.

They demanded the construction of bathrooms and toilets in the workshops and staff rooms for the employees.



Car thief nabbed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 12
The Chandigarh police today achieved a major success as it arrested a notorious international car thief involved in more than 25 cases of theft of the luxury cars in the region.

Rakesh Kumar, hailing from Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, was living in Kajheri village on a rented house and was kingpin of the gang operating from the city. The gang, though primarily active in Karnal and Panipat, also operated from various others parts of North India.

The gang initially stole all types of cars but subsequently zeroed in on luxury diesel cars like Hyundai, Assent, Scorpio, Indica etc and disposed them off at Siliguri in West Bengal from where these were further taken to and sold in Nepal.

Rakesh was caught after the arrest of his associate Dalip Panday of Munirka, Delhi, who revealed the names of his gang members. Dalip was arrested by the city police from Kushi Nagar in Uttar Pradesh on September 27.

The police recovered a Scorpio Jeep (CH-03-P-7777) from his possession. The vehicle was stolen from Sector 22, in September.

Rakesh worked as a painter at various shops in Delhi in his earlier life. There, he came in contact with Raju who was working as a mechanic. The duo stole a car from Uttam Nagar in Delhi in 1996. They disposed off the car in Siliguri.

Subsequently, Rakesh came into contact with Shanker, Ravi and Sanjiv and a few other members of the gang of car thieves. Afterwards, they all started stealing Maruti cars in Delhi.

In 2001, they stole a Scorpio jeep from Mahabir Nagar in Delhi and took it to Siliguri and delivered it to Ranjan and his other associates.

They then switched over to stealing the luxury vehicles which were demanded by Ranjan in Siliguri. Ranjan sold these vehicles after forging the registration certificates in Siliguri.

The police said Rakesh confessed that he and his associates Sanjiv and Shankar had stolen five Scorpio jeeps from the city. He said that they had delivered the vehicles in Siliguri to their gang members.

Rakesh also disclosed that Siliguri was a haven for disposal of stolen vehicles as it was easy there to get prepared the duplicate documents of the stolen vehicles.

Moreover, the vehicles were easily transported to Nepal and Bhutan and other states of North-East from this place, he said.

The accused would be presented before the court tomorrow.



Boy crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 12
Mahesh (13) was crushed to death by a truck in industrial area here today. The child was reportedly going to the market when the truck while reversing crushed him.

Man dies: A man who was travelling in a Haryana Roadways bus from Pinjore died just 15 minutes after he boarded it.

The police says that the victim as soon as the bus reached Chandimandir he complained of chest pain. He was rushed to the General Hospital here, where he was declared dead. The police found some cash in his pocket and two sets of keys. However, no documents to ascertain his identity have been found.

Injured: A work mate in Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN)got burns when he went to check an electric meter at a house in Power Colony, Industrial Area, this afternoon.

Tejinder Singh reportedly opened the meter when a fire erupted and he got injuries on his face and arms. 



Two vehicle thieves held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 12
The Crime Branch of the police has arrested two persons for stealing jeep.

According to the police Rajpal of Burail village and Rajnish of Sector 46 were arrested for stealing a Qualis Jeep.

The vehicle was allegedly stolen from Sector 15 in July this year. They were driving the vehicle with a fake number plate.

The police said that they were using the vehicle to smuggle liquor.

Rajpal was working as a security guard at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, while Rajnish was working as a driver at a taxi stand in Sector 40. A case has been registered.



Small savings scheme officers, agents honoured
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 12
The Haryana Chief Secretary has asked the officers associated with small savings to encourage people to invest in various small saving schemes.

The Chief Secretary, Mr Sunil Ahuja, was addressing the prize distribution function of the small savings scheme here today. He said Panchkula had bagged the first position in the state for drawing maximum response to such schemes. He said Rs 236 crore had been invested from the district in various schemes during 2003-04.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brijendra Singh, said 80 per cent of the target had already been achieved for the year.

Mr Ahuja also honoured the officers and agents who had made commendable performance in this regard.

Among those who were awarded were Ms Kusum Bansal, Ms Neetu Malhotra and Mr Sanjay Kumar under the Standardise Agency System Scheme; Ms Reeta Singla, Mr Ashok Goyal and Ms Tripta Sharma under the Public Provident Fund Scheme; and Ms Kusum Bansal, Ms Asha Rani, and Ms Tripta Sharma under the SPKBY scheme. 



Industry fest at HMT Club on Oct 16, 17
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 12
The Small Industries Service Institute will organise an industrial fair, Industry Fest, at the HMT Club, Pinjore, on October 16 and 17. As many as 80 small-scale industry are expected to participate.

This was stated by the Director of the institute, Mr Suresh Yadvendra, while addressing a press conference here today. He said small-scale industry catering to the Railways, defence and ancillary units of the HMT will participate in the exhibition.

He added that students of engineering colleges of Chandigarh and Haryana have been invited to visit the fair.

Talking about the institute, Mr Yadvendra said the institute has adopted 25 units — brass utencil units in Jagadhri, basmati rice-shelling units in Karnal, scientific instrument units in Ambala and units specialising in engraving work on brass utencils at Rewari — and is providing them technical know- how. 



ICICI Home Utsav begins
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 12
A three-day long ICICI Home Utsav, a mega property show opened at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17 today.

Top builders of the city are taking part in the event. More than 1000 properties are on notice to help people to take the right decision. The bank is offering free personal accident insurance on the spot sanction.



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Watch launched: Tissot has launched its Tissot-T race at Ethos, Sector 8, here. It has been designed on different elements of mountain cycling and the high-speed motorcycle. It is water resistant up to 50m/ 165 feet and also scratch resistant. It comes with 316L stainless steel and carbon case along with a rubber strap for safety. The new range is priced between Rs 15,050 and Rs 15,950 in India. OC 


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