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Chandigarh Club vote counting tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The counting of votes to elect the executive body of the Chandigarh Club will be held on October 17, following an order of the Delhi-based Company Law Board today.

The counting shall commence at 10 a.m. and Mr Neeraj Chaudhary, an advocate, will attend the counting as the court representative.

The board has, however, ruled that the results of candidates who would win with less than 10 per cent margin would be withheld till a decision was taken on November 4.

It may be recalled that votes for the club were cast on April 3. The counting had been stayed as the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed that results should not be declared till the board decided on the matter of legitimacy of some members who had been enrolled as voters.

Some members had protested at the time of polling that several members were not life or permanent members under the ceiling of 5,000 laid in this regard. Hence , they were not eligible to vote as per an Article of the association of the club. They had claimed that these persons had been made members on old membership numbers to make them eligible.

The committee appointed by the board to look into the matter submitted a report on September 27. It stated that 461 members of the club were not eligible voters and they had been given old membership numbers.

The board further said the counsel for the petitioners had submitted that in view of the irregularities the election should be declared null and void.

The counsel for the respondents submitted that there was no mala fide intention to allot the vacant slots to members as and when they applied on creation of a vacancy. He said fresh elections would cost about Rs 15 lakh and as the petition was not an election petition a workable solution had to be found. The case was adjourned for November 4.

Meanwhile, Mr K.C. Gangwal of the Principal Bench of the board in today’s order gave a detailed process on how to tackle the problem of these invalid votes while going ahead with the process of counting.



MC panel to decide on Sector 22 fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The matter related to the granting of permission to the Market Welfare Association (MWA) of Sector 22 for holding a shopping festival was referred to the Finance and Contract Committee (F & CC) of the Municipal Corporation here today. However, the festival to be organised by the MWA of Sector 17 has been given the go-ahead. This would be subject to the approval of the F and CC.

Meanwhile, the Sector 22 association has decided to move court against the decision of the corporation to withhold permission for the festival. The Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Pradeep Chhabra, said the decision to refer the case was taken in view of the tussle between the booth-owners and the shopkeepers of the market and the traffic chaos the festival would lead to.

“We don’t want to be party to anything which might create a law and order problem later on. The F & CC would give its decision after taking into account all these considerations,” he stated.

He confirmed that the Sector 17 market association had been allowed to hold its festival since there was no mutual problem among the shopkeepers. “They had deposited Rs 1 lakh as they had done in 2003 and wanted to set up two stalls. Also, since it is held in the Plaza it will not affect traffic flow. Their case has been approved, though the F & CC will take a final decision on the rent that will be charged from them,” Mr Chhabra added.

The president of the association, Mr Arvind Jain, said in the civil writ filed in the high court here today they have challenged the withholding of permission to them as also the basis on which permission has been given to other associations.

The association in a press note said the permission letter along with a cheque for Rs 31,000 was deposited with the MC office on October 8.

Since the Mayor, Ms Kamlesh, left the city the next day permission could not be sanctioned. Yesterday, the MC office returned the cheque without deciding on the issue of granting permission and directed the association to remove all structures in the parking, claiming these to be arbitrary and illegal. “The Senior Deputy Mayor is intentionally creating trouble for us and siding with the booth-owners,” Mr Jain claimed.



M S Shoes owners’ bail plea shot down
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.S. Baswana, yesterday dismissed the petition for anticipatory bail of Pawan Sachdeva and two others, owners of MS Shoes, in a fraud case.

In his order the Judge observed that acceptance of the petition seeking bail “shall tantamount to giving a long rope to persons like the petitioners to misuse the concession given under Section 438 of the CrPC.” It may be recalled that another local court had issued arrest warrants against the above said, besides Sadhana Sachdeva and Krishna Sachdeva, wife and mother of Pawan, respectively, on September 24.

On the complaint of Mr M.L. Goel, a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against the accused by the Sector 17 police station in 1998. In 1999 their petition for anticipatory bail was accepted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

However, in pursuance of that order the accused never appeared before the trial court despite the efforts of the investigating agency. Their addresses were also found to be wrong.

Meanwhile, Mr Goel, in a representation to the IG, alleged that the Sector 17 police station SHO had not marked arrested warrants, issued on September 24, to the Economic Offences Wing.

Even after Mr Baswana’s order, no action was taken by the SHO, Mr Goel said, urging the IG to intervene to get the arrest warrants served on the accused.



HAL begins flight trials of two indigenous Su-30s
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

K.P. PuriChandigarh, October 15
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has started flight trials of the first two Sukhoi-30 frontline combat aircraft to be assembled indigenously and expects to deliver these aircraft to the IAF in this financial year.

"The first aircraft to be assembled in the country was test flown on October 1, with the second aircraft following suit a few days later," HAL Managing Director K.P. Puri told The Tribune here today.

The Su-30s being assembled by HAL were of the MKI series, which were upgraded versions of the Su-30s delivered to the IAF earlier by Russia. The earlier aircraft would also be upgraded to the MKI version, which were specially tailored to meet the IAF requirements. Over the past three years, HAL had been putting the required infrastructure in place.

Six Su-30s would be assembled over a 15-month period starting from the next financial year, with a subsequent increase in the annual production, Mr Puri said. Production would peak at 12 aircraft per year, which was expected to continue up to 2017. About 140 Su-30s would be licence-manufactured by HAL.

Another major project under way at HAL was the production of 37 Jaguar interdictor aircraft, which would add to the IAF's strike capability. These were of the upgraded version, which incorporated a glass cockpit and a digital navigation and attack suite. HAL was also upgrading the IAF's existing Jaguar fleet.

HAL had also handed over two upgraded versions of MiG-27 close support aircraft to the IAF for trials and requisite feedback before work on the upgradation of the fleet was taken up. The upgraded aircraft were being evaluated for various flight and combat parameters. About three squadrons were to be upgraded initially with work expected to commence next year.

Mr Puri disclosed that the entire work on MiG-27, which involved integrating an advanced navigation and attack suite and upgradation of avionics, had been done indigenously by HAL in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

HAL was also tapping the export market for the Dhruv advanced light helicopter and was exploring the possibility to sell these to Chile, the United Arab Emirates and some African countries. It had already sold two Dhruvs to Nepal and had sent four choppers on a 25-day trial stint to Chile, whose requirements were projected for 10 choppers. A high-level HAL-IAF team left for Chile two days ago in this regard.

It had delivered 31 Dhruvs to the Indian armed forces, who had projected a requirement for 300 choppers in this class. With one Dhruv costing about Rs 30 crore, HAL hoped to rake in about Rs 9,000 crore from the defence establishment over a period of time.

Mr Puri said while there was a tremendous civilian market for Dhruv within the country, it had not been fully explored as yet, though the chopper was certified for civilian use last year. Central government establishments, state governments, security agencies and private industry offered a sizable market for Dhruv, two of which had already been procured by the Jharkhand government.



Dr Pawan Kapur is CSIO Director
Tribune News Service

Dr Pawan Kapur Chandigarh, October 15
An Eminent scientist, Dr Pawan Kapur, today took over as the Director of the Central Scientific Instrumentation Organisation (CSIO).

According to a press note, Dr Kapur’s areas of specialisation included intelligent instrumentation, process automation, soft-computing, bio-medical engineering, modelling and simulation and electronic perception analysis.

A recipient of several top awards, Dr Kapur has over 80 research papers to his credit.

Besides, he has guided over 50 students in their dissertation apart from having four patents, six products and four book chapters to his credit.



Sonal explodes Ahilya myth
Aditi Tandon

Sonal Mansingh knows her art too well. No wonder she uses it almost effortlessly to talk everything from religion to philosophy. But most importantly, she draws from the rich text of Indian classical traditions to focus people’s attention on issues as vital as dance and its definition.

“My guru used to say that you must be discerning enough to differentiate between a monkey and a dancer. The former also dances but what is it that sets you apart from him,” said the danseuse on a visit to Chandigarh on an invitation from SPIC MACAY today. “That was the first time I woke up to the soul of dance. I realized art would bless me only if I persevere with all my heart. Dance is not something momentary like these item numbers. It lasts for an eternity, even beyond because it is the force of life itself,” she said before commencing her recital at Government College for Girls, Sector 11 this evening.

Rooted to the traditions of bharatnatyam and odissi, Sonal Mansingh has always made her own interpretations of dance texts. Even today, she cleared doubts that cloud the mythological episode of Ahilya. “We have often heard that Lord Rama touched the stone with his feet and the stone took the form of Ahilya. That is not true. Firstly, because Ahilya was the wife of a rishi, and was herself famed as the “Manas Putri” of Lord Brahma.” The code of ethics would not have allowed Lord Rama to touch Ahilya with his feet. That would tantamount to disrespect. Also Ahilya was not morally weak as is projected to be. She had attained the knowledge of the universe and she was not prepared to be written off by her man, Gautam Rishi. So she consciously conquered her senses to set herself into stone which rose to life at the touch of Lord Rama’s hands. He was actually seeking Ahilya’s blessings.”

As the danseuse exploded myths, one looked the reality in the eye and also attained a fresh insight into her sets of values. Calling the stage her life, she said classical art was rich with the flow of knowledge, thought and discipline. “Every classical art has its strengths which lend it a unique charm. The values that enrich our traditions cannot be explained in definitions. As for dance, it is a generic term which conceals a world of knowledge. When I began learning dance, I only sought to master its grammar. It was only through gurus that I learnt there was more to dance than movement. Today dance, to me, is an eternal source of bliss, a way of life.”

That Sonal Mansingh has hit the zenith of her career is clear from the fact that the President of India recently nominated her as Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi. The only two women who headed the Akademi earlier were Indira Gandhi and Kamla Devi Chatopadhyay. Through her dance recital today, Sonal again proved that age was no bar in her pursuit of excellence. She took the audience along as she presented the “Mangalacharan” and another classic piece delineating the “navrasas”, as contained in the Ramayana. TNS



Controversy over info flow ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The controversy over the Block and Panchayat Development Officer writing a letter restraining free flow of information to the elected panchayat members was sorted out today.

The issue was settled following the intervention of the senior officials of the UT Administration.

The local leaders of the Congress were explained that though the BDPO was the executive officer, however, the elected members had complete freedom to seek information about funding and progress of various schemes.

The BDPO was given a long briefing by the senior officers and asked to restrain from taking such steps, sources have pointed out.

The Deputy Commissioner when contacted confirmed that the matter had been "sorted out" and both parties are satisfied.

It may be recollected that the local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, had raised the matter in the two-day round table conference on the Panchayati Raj in Union Territories, last week.

It had created a furore over the role of the officialdom in allowing freedom to elected members. It was presented as a case of officials trying to run down the elected members.



MC tightens up on safai karamcharis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The sanitation inspectors would be answerable to the Municipal Corporation authorities for the absence of the safai karamcharis from duty in their respective areas.

The safai karamcharis, too, would be marked absent in the register if they play truant during duty hours.

This was decided at a meeting of the Sanitation Committee of the Municipal Corporation held here today.

The meeting was held to decide on the course of action against safai karamcharis who had been repeatedly found absent from duty during the surprise checks conducted by the authorities during the last two week and fix responsibility for the same.

The committee members also decided to take strict action against any safai karamcharis found absent from their duty from now on.

The MC Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, said the sanitation in the city, though good, could be improved further.

The sanitation inspectors and supervisors, presenting their report, said all safai karamcharis were on duty when they carried out their surprise checks.

The Chairman of the Sanitation Committee, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, who carried out these checks in various sectors of the city and found some employees absent from duty, said the leaders of the sweepers' union must play an active role in ensuring that all safai karamcharis perform their duty.

The Medical Officer (Health), Dr G.C. Bansal, also said the Union should be more vigilant in performing their duty.



Work for people, Justice Roy exhorts lawyers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
Stressing the need for Bench-Bar partnership, the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, today called upon the legal fraternity to work for the benefit of the public.

Addressing members of the District Bar Association (DBA) at the District Courts here, Mr Justice Roy said the legal fraternity played a major role in the protection of the democratic set up in the country.

Terming the Bar as a “nursery for judges”, Mr Justice Roy exhorted the judicial officers and lawyers to keep the interests of justice-seekers foremost in their mind while performing their duties.

Earlier, Mr C.M. Munjal, Chairman of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Council, detailed various development works undertaken by the council.

He claimed that the Punjab Government had agreed to allot land for the construction of 500 flats in Mohali for lawyers having no residential property in the city and the surrounding areas. On behalf of the council, Mr Munjal also contributed Rs 25,000 for the DBA Library.

In his welcome address, Mr Sajal Koser, DBA president, underlined the need for early completion of the new judicial complex in Sector 43.

The DBA vice-president, Mr A.S. Gujral, proposed a vote of thanks. Among others, Mr Justice Roy was received by the District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla.

Meanwhile, the Lawyers for Human Rights International in a representation to the UT Administration, copies of which were given to Mr Justice Roy, demanded that the court of the Sessions Judge should be declared as the human rights courts under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.



Remote sensing can help farmers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
A special lecture on “Rethinking Rural Development: Space Technology Inputs” was organised by the ICSSR’s north-western regional centre, Panjab University, here today.

A senior scientist and in charge, Training, National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad, Dr R.K. Gupta, stated that rural development was a theme of interest for government institutions, academic bodies and NGOs.

Last date extended: Panjab University has extended the last date for receipt of examination forms without late fee for BA/BSc/BCom /BBA/BCA and MA-I, II courses for candidates appearing in private capacity in the annual examinations slated for 2005 from November 3 to 16.

However, the last date for receipt of examination forms without late fees in case of regular and college candidates will remain the same, as already notified. The examination forms (including the cost of form and examination fee) will cost Rs 870 each for undergraduate courses and for postgraduate courses Rs1,040 for subject without practical and Rs 1,860 for subject with practical. These can be obtained from the university sale counters from October 18.

Meet: The University Business School (UBS) will organise its Chandigarh Chapter meet at Sip‘n’Dine, Sector 7, on October 17 at 7.30 p.m. It has also invited people from the industry — HDFC Bank, Reliance Infocom, Trident Industries, Airtel, Tata Rallis, Tata Chemicals, CII — to name a few. 



Mansa Devi shrine overflows with devotees
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 15
Devotees continued to throng Mata Mansa Devi shrine to pay obeisance on the second Navratra here today. While nearly 35 lakh devotees offered prayers yesterday, their number was greater today.

Long queues were witnessed throughout the day at the altar after which they visited the Patiala temple within the complex.

Artistes of the District Public Relations Department from Kurukshetra sang hymns, while folk artists from Gujarat presented their dance.

This is for the first time that a cultural programme is being organised on the occasion of Navratras at the temple complex.

Devotees offered over Rs 1.9 lakh in cash at the shrine on the first Navratra.

Giving details of the offerings made at the shrine, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam Pradeep Kasni, said six gold and 24 silver ornaments, 30 kg desi ghee, five steel utensils, two ceiling fans and two sarees had been offered to the Goddess.



Industrialists allege police inaction
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 15
Industrialists of Industrial Area, Phase I, are sore over alleged police inaction against a group of persons who assaulted an industrialist and snatched his gold chain on September 30.

The matter was brought to the notice of Inspector General of Police, Mr Rajesh Kumar, today by a delegation of the Federation of Small Scale Industries, led by Ravi Prakash Kansal, a senior BJP leader.

The delegation claimed that police inaction had led to panic in the area as the accused were roaming about freely in the locality, according to a press note.

The incident occurred when the accused allegedly snatched the gold chain and phone of Mr I.B. Puri of M/s Puri Engineering Works, shed No. 136-140/40, Industrial Area, Phase I, on the evening of September 30.

He received injuries in the attack and was also medically examined at the General Hospital.

According to the memorandum, Mr Puri had identified Vijay Kumar and Hari Nath for their involvement in the crime. Though the police arrested one of the accused, it allegedly let him off by showing him as minor in its records.

They alleged that the police did not arrest the accused even after four days of filing of the complaint.

The delegation also raised finger at Sub-Inspector Ram Singh for not doing enough to arrest the accused.

A memorandum pertaining to police inaction was later submitted to the IG.



Sainik sammelan marks 61st anniversary of EME
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
Several functions, including a sainik sammelan, barakhana and pagal gymkhana, marked the 61st anniversary of the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) in the Western Sector today.

A solemn ceremony was held at the Western Command War Memorial, Veer Smriti at Chandimandir, to pay homage to those who had laid down their lives in the line of duty.

Major-Gen A.K. Kher, Head of the EME branch, Western Command, along with Major-Gen Gurdayal Singh (retd) and Brig W.S. Choudhary (retd), paid floral tributes at the memorial, a defence release said here today.

A social get-together was also organised at the Shivalik Officers Institute, which was attended by a large number of serving and retired officers and their spouses. The GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh, was the chief guest on the occasion, a statement issued here said.

Raised in 1943, the EME Corps provides engineering support to Army establishments concerning the maintenance and repair of sophisticated weapon systems, including tanks, guns, radars, radio equipment and helicopters.

The Corps is also having its 8th Reunlon at Secunderabad in November this year. Besides the presentation of the colours to the Corps by the Chief of the Army Staff, a number of adventure activities have been planned to mark the occasion.

These include a mountaineering expedition to Mount Shivling, white water river rafting on Teesta, hot air ballooning from Baroda to Bhopal, motorcycle rally on the Golden Quadrilateral and bicycle expedition from Meerut to Secunderabad.



Vermi-compost plant commissioned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
A vermi-compost plant was commissioned at the Chitkara campus on the Patiala-Chandigarh Highway today.

Vermi-composting is the process in which red wiggler worms are used for decomposition of organic materials. The final product that these red wigglers produce is an organic fertiliser. Chitkara is the first institute of its kind to have a systematic and planned waste management programme.

In the coming days, students of the institute will educate farmers in nearby villages about benefits of vermi-composting. Vermi-compost can be used as planting soil for trees, vegetables, shrubs and flowers.

When used as mulching material, it ensures that minerals are absorbed directly into the soil when it is watered. It can insulate plant roots from extreme temperatures, reduce erosion and control weeds.

It is packed with minerals essential for plant growth, such as concentrated nitrates, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

The benefits of vermi-compost are immediately visible. It makes plants grow faster and stronger. It is a much better product than the best available artificial fertilisers.

According to Dr Madhu Chitkara, Director, Chitkara Educational Trust, “Vermi-composting is eco-friendly and cost-effective. Waste management is the need of the hour and the setting up of the plant reflects our commitment to create awareness on such environmental issues.”



MiG pilots, technicians given training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
About 90 technicians for MiG-27 aircraft and some pilots of MiG-23 MF aircraft were trained on technical and engineering aspects of these aircraft at a course, the valedictory function of which was held at the Mig-23/27 TETTRA School at the Air Force High Grounds near here today.

Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Maintenance Command, Air Marshal P.K. Desai, who was the chief guest urged IAF personnel to remain professionally updated and take on the challenges of the future. He also felicitated those who got exceptional grading during the course and awarded medals and trophies for excellence.

The Station Commander, Group Captain P.P. Khandekar briefed Air Marshal Desai on activities of the station.

The air marshal was also shown a trainer shell, animation packages and oil flow meter fabricated by the school. A compact disc on aero engine removal and a booklet on tool kits were also released on the occasion.



Sarin Moot Court Competition
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 15
The first All India Annual Sarin Moot Court Competition is being organised at the Army Institute of Law (AIL), here, on October 16 and 17.

Mr Veer Singh, Director-General (AIL), said at a press conference here today that 22 teams from all over India were participating in the preliminary rounds on October 16.

Out of these, four teams would be selected for the semi-finals to be held on October 17.

The winner team would be given the “Sarin Running Moot Trophy” introduced by Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation. The winners would also be given cash prizes ranging between 5000 to Rs 15,00.

The Director-General said the competition would be inaugurated by Mr. Justice B.P. Singh, Judge, Supreme Court of India. Mr Justice V.K. Gupta, Chief Justice of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh would preside over the valedictory function.

He said judges of the High Court and eminent professors would preside over different benches at the moot court competition.



Close shave for cashier
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 15
A cashier of the State Bank of India branch, in the Phase VII of the Industrial Area here, had a narrow escape when a gun of the security guard went off accidentally yesterday.

A .12 bore gun of the security guard went off when the barrels hit the wall as he hurriedly turned around to see what was happening in the cabin of the cashier, upon hearing some persons making arguments there. The pellets from the cartridge, fired from the gun, hit the cashier’s counter. However, no customer was around the cashier’s counter when the incident took place.

A team from the head office of the bank in Chandigarh today came to Mohali and inspected the weapons. It was found that the gun that went off was very old and a spring in it was loose

The police came to know about the incident today and went to the spot.



Drive to check traffic violation
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 15
To check traffic violations and entry of strangers into the town, a drive was launched by the police here today. Under the drive, two phases would be sealed each day by the police to carry out the required checks.

Mr Rakesh Agarwal, SP, said the police today sealed Phase IV and III-B 1. A number of NGOs, besides the police, carried out the nakabandi.

During the drive, the police would check traffic violations, wrong parking in market areas and also try to verify strangers moving about in the town.



Panel visit deferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 16
The scheduled two-day visit of the Parliamentary Committee of Planning Board to Chandigarh has been postponed.

The 31-member committee, headed by Former Union Minister and leader of the BJP Sushma Swaraj, was to visit on October 26 and 27.

The visit will now take place in November and the exact dates will be conveyed later, said sources in the administration.



Book released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) today released a book, “Civil Society and Democracy”.

The book, edited by Carolyn M. Elliott, is a compilation of articles by experts — both Indian and foreign. Member of Punjab State Human Rights Commission V.K. Sibal was also present on the occasion.




Chandigarh, October 15
A large number of devotees from different parts of the region attended the religious discourse of Acharya Sudhanshuji at the open ground, near the furniture market in Sector 34-B here.

It was attended by a large number of prominent citizens of India, including former Chief Justice of India G. S. Singhvi, Justice V.K. Bali, and Mr S.K. Verma, DGP, Punjab. TNS




Chandigarh, October 15
The management of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sector 19, has condemned Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s for his utterances against the Prime Minister. The sabha has demanded that Mr Modi should apologise to the Sikh community. TNS



Minor abducted
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 15
The Chandigarh police registered a case of abduction of a minor girl on a complaint made by her mother.

The complainant, a resident of Indira Colony in Manimajra reported to the police that Shipu of Kachhipur village in Yamunanagar district had abducted her 17-years-old daughter from Manimajra Housing Complex, on October 4.

A case under Sections 363 and 366 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Manimajra police station.

Man held

The city police has arrested a man who was caught while picking a pocket at ISBT in Sector 17.

Mr Surinder Singh a resident of Dadu Majra Colony caught Parminder Singh of Pipliwala town, Manimajra, from near shop no. 25 at the ISBT, on October 4. The wallet contained Rs 300. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered in sector 17 police station.

Scooter stolen

Mr. Chander Prakash of Sector 8-B has reported to the police that his scooter (CH-03-C- 3804) was stolen from Sector 22-C, yesterday. a case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in Sector 17 police station.

In another incident, Mr. Sudesh Kumar of Bapu Dham Colony reported that his scooter (CH-03-8333) was stolen from his residence on October 13 night. A case of theft has been registered in Sector 26, police station.

Liquor seized

Nek Bhadur of Palsora village was arrested with 24 bottles of Soorma whisky from Sector 56, yesterday. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.


The local police arrested Basant Kumar and Shetty of Bapu Dham Colony from a park in the same locality for gambling yesterday. The police found Rs 1670 from their possession.

A case under sections 13, 3 and 67 of the gambling Act has been registered.



Woman immolates herself
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 15
A woman allegedly set herself ablaze using kerosene around 11.45 pm last night. She received 65 per cent burns. According to the police, Asha, 25, had an altercation with her husband, Rajinder Kumar, over his excessive drinking.

The couple lives in a house in Sector 27, where she works as a maidservant. Her husband is a rickshaw-puller.

The landlord of the house heard the cries of the woman and rushed to the servant quarter in his house. He saw that Asha was engulfed in flames while her husband was making efforts to douse the fire. He rang up the police. The police took her in the PCR vehicle to the PGI where doctors said she had 65 per cent burns.

No case has been registered yet.



Liquor seized

Chandigarh, October 15
Nek Bhadur of Palsora village was arrested with 24 bottles of Soorma whisky from Sector 56, yesterday. A case under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered in Sector 39 police station. TNS



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JEWELLERY RANGE: An exclusive range of diamond jewellery, Timeless Collection, was launched at Sant Ram Mangat Ram Jain Jewellers, Sector 17, on Wednesday. The store also celebrated its 44th year of operation in the city. The store is also offering ‘Diamond for diamond’ scheme on the collection. The new collection is available at Rs 3,000 onwards. OC

CARNIVAL: Hero Mindmine, an English Language and Call Centre Training Institute and part of the Hero Group, organised a carnival at its Chandigarh centre in Sector 34. It was attended by existing and former students. Students presented skits, dance shows and fashion shows on the occasion. TNS

TRAINING PROGRAMME: Cadence Designs Systems, a San Jose-based leading global Electronics Design Automation (EDA) Company, conducted one-week training programme for engineers undergoing advanced postgraduate diploma at Vedant (VLSI Design Education and Training) Institute established under the aegis of Semiconductor Complex Limited, Mohali. Over 60 VLSI design engineers attended the modules on ‘RTL Synthesis’. TNS

SEMINAR: The Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, in association with Global Voice, a training organisation, announced the launch of a personality development programme for college students here on Friday. A seminar was conducted in the college by Global Voice. A large number of students participated in an interactive session. Dr Kuldeep Singh, Principal, SGGS College, addressed the students. Mr Ashish Nagrath, CEO, Global Voice said the programme would commence from November 1. TNS

RESTAURANT INAUGURATED: Celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor inaugurated his restaurant, Yellow Chilli, a franchisee outlet, in Sector 9, Panchkula, here on Friday. He claimed that dining at the restaurant would be a ‘superb culinary experience’. He said he chose Panchkula over Chandigarh because he believed in ‘doing things differently’. “I like challenges and chose Panchkula because everybody recommended Chandigarh,” he said. Mr Vinay Mahajan, owner of the restaurant, also spoke on the occasion. TNS

ROAD SHOW: NCR Corporation, a technology company, along with the Bank of Punjab, on Friday organised a road show in the city to demonstrate the first India specific ATM ASAN in its new form — the mobile ASAN. Mobile ASAN offers one-stop and cost-effective solution to banks. It also takes the facility to the consumer’s doorstep. Mr Ashish Awasare, business development manager of NCR, addressed reporters on the occasion. The model at the road show demonstrated ASAN installed in a Maruti Versa. TNS

HINDI SAMAROH: Punjab National Bank, Northern Zone, organised a zonal-level Hindi Samaroh here on Friday. Mr B.P Chopra, general manager, presided over the function. Zonal Rajbhasha Shields were awarded to the best Hindi branches of different regions. These included New Grain Market Yamunanagar, Nandha, Gatauli, Dhanaura Jagir, Nangal Moondi and Samrauli. Regional Rajbhasha Shields were awarded to branches at Industrial Area, Sectors 27 and 23, Maloya; Pinjore, Chandi Mandir, Morni, Kalka, Chhapra Kathgarh, SSI Ambala, Model Town, DAV College, Ambala; Jalbera; Indira Market, Jagadhri; Saharanpur Road, Yamunanagar, Manakpur, Chhappar Thana, Deodhar and extension counter at the Ambala railway station. Individual winners and those of the inter-school on-the-spot painting competition were also given prizes. Earlier, three teams representing all regions participated in a quiz. The Chandigarh region secured the first prize in the head office Raj Bhasha Shield competition 2003-2004. TNS

EXHIBITION: A range of designer suits, sarees is on display at an exhibition held at a shop in Sector 9-D. Available in vibrant colours these have thread work, sequin, aari, parsi work to add to the festive glitter. The fabric used is chiffon georgette. Other artifacts include wooden boxes, wooden trays and metal baskets. OC


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