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2 guest houses sealed for flouting rules
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
A team of the Enforcement Wing of the Chandigarh Administration today sealed two guest houses for alleged violation of building use. Hotel Paradise in Sector 7 and Hotel Platinum in Sector 35 were sealed by a team of the Administration this afternoon.

Officials said these guest houses had applied for change in the use of their premises. However, the case had been rejected as some misuse of these premises was found.

The guest house owners will now have to either get their building plans passed and pay the requisite conversion fee before they are permitted to operate.

This afternoon the team sealed all rooms of these hotels, besides sealing the premises.



Engg student attacked, hospitalised
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October 20
Certain armed youths assaulted a student of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, here today. The youths who were armed with sharp-edged weapons later were chased by students of the Institute. The victim Gurneesh Singh, a final year student of Electronics trade, was later admitted to the local civil hospital with injuries on head and arms.

According to eyewitnesses, a group of over 12 armed youths reached the institute in a Maruti Zen and an Indica car and assaulted Gurneesh after exchange of arguments among them. Talking to The Tribune Gurneesh said that he had an altercation with Nitesh and Bhatthal, students of junior classes on Tuesday. The duo with intention of revenge called some outsiders and assaulted him.

Eyewitnesses revealed that Bhattal informed Gurneesh that Nitesh had called some outsiders to settle the issue after compromises. They moved outside the premises of the institute and soon there was a fight. Hearing the noise, other students of the institute rushed outside the campus and indulged in clash for Gurneesh’s rescue. They also smashed the windowpanes of both the cars following which the youth fled from the scene, said Jitendra, a student.

Mr Amarjit Singh Ghuman, Station House Officer of Dera Bassi, said that the one of the assailant has been identified as Sunil, a student of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh. The police has booked Sunil and Nitesh, a student of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, and 12 others on the complaint of Gurneesh.

A case under Sections 323, 324, 506, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against them at Dera Bassi police station. No arrest has been made.



One held for having fake law degree
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Sector 17 Police Station team has arrested a person who had enrolled as a lawyer in the Bar Council on the basis of a fake law degree.

Vinod Kumar Goel was arrested from Mansa after being booked under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC. The case was registered on October 1 after an inquiry established that the degree procured by him from the Bundelkhand University was fake. The university confirmed that it had not issued any degree to Vinod Kumar Goel. The case was registered after the matter was reported to the police by the Bar Council which earlier had its office in Sector 17. The police Station North had already booked several persons in this regard. Goel claimed had done BA and LLB from the Bundelkhand University.

Goel denied that he had done practice after doing LLB on a fake degree.



Estate Office clerk held for graft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The CBI today arrested a clerk in the Commercial Branch of the Estate Office in Sector 17 while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000.

The CBI also conducted a search at the house of Yogesh Joshi after his arrest. A case has been registered against him, an official spokesman of the CBI said here today.

Narinder Kumar Mittal working with the Oriental Bank of Commerce complained to the CBI that Joshi was allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 7,000 from his wife for issuing a no-objection certificate to secure transfer of leasehold rights of booth number 46 in Sector 46-C, in her favour.

Mr Mittal complained that his wife had been making rounds of the Estate Office but the clerk was persistent in his demand. According to the conditions agreed, a sum of Rs 5,000 was to be given in advance and rest after the completion of formalities. Joshi will be produced in the court tomorrow.



3 pc more DA for UT staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Chandigarh Administration today increased the dearness allowance of government employees from 11 per cent to 14 per cent of the basic salary. The allowance shall be payable from July 1. The arrears will be paid in cash, a notification was issued today in this regard.

As per normal practice the boards of the corporations like Chandigarh Housing Board and the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Corporation will adopt the notification to give the allowance to their staff.

The increase in dearness allowance has been given on the Punjab pattern.



UT’s Dasehra holiday on Oct 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Dasehra Holiday in Chandigarh stands on October 22 (Friday), said officials of the Chandigarh Administration while dispelling doubts or confusion about the same. The Administration has already notified it as holiday several months ago and there is no confusion as such, said an official while adding that media reports had created the confusion and there was no shift as such.

The holiday has been declared on the same day in Haryana, Punjab and Central Government offices.



India, UK to hold war games in March
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Terming the current situation in Iraq as "very challenging", the British Chief of General Staff, Gen Sir Mike Jackson, said that it was quite uncertain when Allied forces would leave that country.

"There is no time frame for leaving Iraq even after the elections scheduled to be held in January are over," he said, while interacting with media persons during his daylong visit to Headquarters Western Command, Chandimandir, today. We are there to give a better future to that country," he added.

The United Kingdom has lost 68 personnel in Iraq, which included battle casualties as well as accidental deaths.

Taking military cooperation to a new high, India and the United Kingdom would be holding command-level war games in March next year, General Jackson said that this was for the first time that exercises of this level were being held by the two countries.

Christened Exercise Emerald Mercury, it would also involve the training commands of both armies.

General Jackson that India and Britain had an important bilateral programme underway and he had already held discussions on enhancing defence cooperation with the three service chiefs as well as the Defence Secretary. His visit, he said, was a follow on of the joint declaration signed between India and the United Kingdom during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the UK in September.

The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J J Singh, said that the visiting British Army Chief was briefed about the Western Command's assigned operational role, training activities and peacetime administrative matters.

In response to recent reports that the British Army was planning to increase the intake of Sikhs, General Jackson said that the doors of the British Army were open to all ethnic minorities and he would be happy to see an increase in recruitment of Sikhs.

The British Army so has about 75 Sikh troops on its rolls and it has also modified its dress code to suit their religion.

Wearing a paratrooper's maroon beret and battle fatigues without any accoutrements, he said that this was his first visit to India. In a lighter vein, he termed this to be an "embarrassment" as he said that he should have visited India earlier.

He is accompanied by his wife, Lady Sarah, and the British military attache, Brig I.D.O Rees.

He will tour the Line of Control In Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow and interact with local formation commanders there.

Meanwhile, Lady Sarah, who is also president of the British Army Families Federation, interacted with Mrs Anupama Singh, president of the Western Command unit of the Army Wives Welfare Association and also visited the Army Vocational Training Center in Chandimandir.



He detests playing negative roles
Swarleen Kaur

MEET Sooraj Thapar, television and theatre personality of ‘Ham Saat Aath hain’ fame. He is in the town to visit his sister who is married in Chandigarh.

He visits city every year when he is on pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi. On the way back the city provides him the much-needed homely stopover. Though he hails from Jalandhar but Mumbai takes the credit for his upbringing and honing up his talent.

Running his own production ‘Yatri’ theatre house, he is enjoying the television and theatre. “Television gives me a good money and brings recognition but theatre gives me satisfaction. The response of audience see with your eyes is a big morale -booster. Sooraj has done 18 Hindi plays and 750 live shows till now.

His latest play is 'The perfect husband’ in which he is playing double role along with yesteryear star Poonam Dhillon. It is for the first time that Poonam Dhillon has also acted in the play. It is two-hour long and has been directed by Nitin Jagdish.

The story of the play revolves around a woman’s search for the husband who comes to the near-perfect view that there can be no perfect husband. Till now the play ‘The perfect husband' has been staged for 12 times.

How does it feel when Poonam Dhillon gets more popularity?

“She is senior to me. It doesn’t really affect me because when we play on the stage then both of us get good response. It is really good to work with her,” he said.

He keeps on experimenting as you can see him in a comedy soap ‘Sifarshilal’ on Sab TV and playing a negative role in ‘Piya ka ghar’ on Zee TV.

“Playing a negative role is really dirty as you have to arouse your basal instinct to impart the energy to the character you are playing,” Sooraj said.

Most of the people are not ready to spend money to buy the ticket for the theatre. Spending on the movies rather comes easy to them. “They have this wrong notion that theatre is useless. Of course they form their opinion without seeing plays at all. But I think now the interest of people is catching up again than before,” he commented.

The deciding factor of his choosing roles is the script. He feels that both writer and actor are complementary for each other. If the actor grasps the character well and identity with it totally only then the outcome will be good.

Commenting on rich repertoire of English plays he said “they are good but how many people come to watch these plays decides the business. I think masses can relate to Hindi plays only as it is our mothertongue”.

Striking a philosophical note, he said playing the other person demanded that you keep your ego and liking aside and get into the character as soon as possible. Ultimately what matters is how much you are prepared to drop you ego sounds like a moral of a Panchtantra story!



‘Dishonest’ cops to be retired compulsorily
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Chandigarh Police has set in motion a process to retire compulsorily the corrupt, dishonest and inefficient personnel under the compulsory retirement scheme of the Punjab Police.

A list of 200 non-gazetted officers and 35 constables and head constables has been prepared for the consideration of the proposed committee. The committee to be headed by the SSP Headquarters, Mr Virender Singh, is yet to decide as to when it will meet. The meeting is likely to be held after the recruitment process of constables is over. Physical test of recruitment is scheduled to end on October 24.

The persons included in the list are those who have either completed 50 years of age or 25 years in service and have some adverse entry in the service record, the sources said. They said, however, most of those in the list are not the ones who have consistently proved to be either incompetent or dishonest or corrupt to attract this penal measure.

Surprisingly, the Chandigarh Police has exercised this penal measure only at the time of Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi who compulsorily retired two Sub-Inspectors.

The exercise this year was started after the matter came up during the senior officers conference held on October 12. This was one of the agenda items in the conference.

After the meeting, the police started the exercise and identified the person against whom the committee will consider action. However, a large number of those in the list have minor charges or had been issued censure notices.

The provision of the retirement is in the Punjab Civil Services Premature Retirement Rules, 1975.



Get MC nod for setting up stalls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Municipal Corporation here has directed the general public to take its permission before pitching tents on municipal land and public places for functions or for setting up stalls.

The direction comes in the wake of “encroachment” by the Market Welfare Association, Sector 22, which had installed a podium and pitched tents for organising its shopping festival without waiting for the decision of the corporation.

In a press note issued here today, the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, also urged the tent owners to inquire about prior permission from the organisers before pitching their tents.

The press note added that in case any tent was found pitched on municipal land sans permission, the goods would be seized and the tent owners would be held equally responsible for the violation.



Traffic disrupted for 2 hours
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October 20
Traffic on the Kalka-Ambala highway was disrupted for more than two-and-a-half hours as a truck got struck at the middle of the Ghaggar river bridge on the Kalka-Ambala highway in Bhankharpur village, this afternoon.

Vehicles line up along either sides of the bridge on the highway thus putting scores of commuters and passengers to a great hardship.

The long-route buses and the vehicles heading towards Chandigarh and Shimla were diverted from Dera Bassi to take the Mubarikpur-Ramgarh-Panchkula road to rejoin the Chandigarh-Shimla highway at Majri Chowk in Panchkula. Vehicle heading towards Ambala and Delhi were diverted from Zirakpur traffic light point to take the Zirakpur-Rajpura-Ambala road.

Passengers and commuters who had to take trains from Ambala Railway station were delayed for hours. Vehicular traffic was restored on the highway in the evening.



Complaint boxes to be set up at Bhabhat
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, October 20
Kharar MLA Bir Devinder today visited here and reviewed the development projects. The MLA also asked civic body officials to set up complaint boxes in Bhabhat village so that people might send him their grievances.

To prepare documents relating to the old-age pensions scheme, widow pension, besides providing fitness certificates to handicapped persons and some other benefits, the MLA also asked the Circle Development and Project Officer (CDPO) to conduct a camp in the village on October 26 for the convenience of beneficiaries.

While hearing public grievances in the village dharamshala, the MLA warned encroachers, who had taken over the common land, and directed the Subdivisional Magistrate, Dera Bassi, to conduct its demarcation.

The residents came up with complaints, including misuse of funds by the civic body in filling up deep pits with soil in the village, especially in the village stadium and reconstruction of walls at various places. Problems of repair of streets, defunct streetlights, broken roads, abandoned projects of lying sewerage system, absence of solid waste dumping area and shifting of cremation ground in the village were also taken up.

President of the village Mahila Mandal, Ms Santosh Kashyap, charged the civic body with step-motherly treatment in providing facilities in Mahila Mandal building.

The MLA also visited the premises of Government Senior Secondary School, Bhabhat, and directed the civic body to fill up ditches on the school playground and remove wild growth atop the school building. He also asked officials of the Punjab Sewerage and Water Supply Department to make arrangements for providing students potable water.

Earlier, Mr Raj Kishan, maintenance engineer of the civic body, read out a report listing development projects worth Rs 75.47 lakh completed in the past two years. He also revealed that the development works worth Rs 34 lakh were in progress and the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat had a proposal to spent Rs 40 lakh in future.

Besides municipal councillors of the area, Mr Narinder Sangha, SDM of Dera Bassi, Mr Girish Verma, Executive Officer of Nagar Panchayat, and officials of different government departments were also present at the meeting.



Army team scales peak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
An Army mountaineering expedition launched by the Western Command has successfully scaled Leo Pargial-II, also referred to as-point 6773. While six members led by Havildar Tara Chand reached the summit on October 17, a second team comprising 8 climbers scaled the peak on October 18. The 22,650 ft high Leo Pargial-II is the highest peak in the Zanskar Ranges of Himachal Pradesh.

The expedition consisting of 65 members, including six officers and led by Brig M.S. Gill was flagged off by Lt. Gen G.D. Singh, General Officer Commanding, Kharga Corps, from Ambala Cantonment on September 30.



Dharna by insurance staff

Chandigarh, October 20
The Chandigarh unit of the General Insurance Employees’ Association, Northern Zone held a fullday dharna at the regional office, sector 17, today. The employees were protesting against the callous attitude of the management and the Government of India with regard to their demands.

A demonstration was held during the lunch break in which large number of employees from the Oriental Insurance Company Limited, New India Insurance Company Limited, National Insurance Company, Limited and United India Insurance Company Limited. OC



CJA office-bearers elected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh Journalists Association.

Radhe Shyam Sharma of Dainik Bhaskar as President, Rajinder Dhawan of Dainik Tribune and Sanjeev Rampal of Dainik Bhaskar as Vice Presidents. Avtar Singh (Punjabi Tribune) is general secretary and Santosh Gupta of Sachha Netritva and Sunil Dutt of Dainik Tribune secretaries.

N.S. Mahara of Dainik Tribune treasurer and of Amar Ujala, Haresh Vasishtha, Ashok Malik, Amarnath Vasishtha and Jatinder Awasthi of Dainik Tribune were elected Exec. com. members



One arrested for kidnapping minor
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 20
The police has arrested the person who allegedly kidnapped a minor girl from Milk Colony, in Dhanas village, on October 15.

According to the police, the father of the girl had filed a complaint in the Sector 11, police station, yesterday that his daughter was kidnapped by Chotta Singh of Solkhia village in Ropar district. A case was filed under Sections 363 and 366 of the Indian Penal Code in this regard. The girl was handed over to her parents after a medical examination. The suspect was sent to judicial custody, today.

House burgled

Ms Chandar Prabha, of Sector 20-B, reported to the police that her house was burgled yesterday. The thieves reportedly decamped with Rs 2,000, 500 gram of silver and a wrist watch. A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered in Sector 19, police station.

Three held for stealing

The police has arrested three persons for stealing on a complaint filed by Tulsi Ram, Street Light Inspector of the municipal corporation.

According to the police, the complainant reported that he caught them while they were digging the ground to steal the underground electric wires.

Booked for assault

The local police has registered a case of assault against Jagmohan Singh of Sector 44-A and his accomplices for allegedly attacking students of M. G. Public School in Muzaffarpur in Uttar Pradesh, outside Piccadily Cinema on October 2.

According to the police, the principal of the school had send a complaint to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandigarh. They had reportedly beaten up the students as one of them accidentally broke the monogram of their luxury car.

3 looters held

A Sector 23 resident was last night looted at gun-point at the slip road near the Municipal Corporation office in the Sector 16 and 17 dividing road.

Ravi Bharadwaj was going to his house when a group of unidentified persons allegedly looted him of Rs 300, a silver chain and a mobile phone. However, the thieves were arrested within hours by a team of the Sector 17 police station led by SHO Satbir Singh.

Vikram Singh alias Raju of Rajpura, Ram Bahadur of Sector 25 and Chander Shekhar, a rickshaw puller at the Sector 17 bus stand, were arrested by the police along with three countrymade pistols and four cartridges.



Stereo systems stolen from 4 vehicles
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 20
Thieves decamped with stereo systems and cassettes from four vehicles in Phase XI early here today.

The thieves broke windows of five vehicles to gain entry. A stereo from one of the cars could not be stolen as the anti-theft alarm set off. While four of the vehicles were parked in a park one was parked outside a house.

Stones and half-burnt cigarette butts were found lying in cars. A stereo system was stolen from a Scorpio after cutting the wires. A stereo system along with a CD player was stolen from an Indica, owned by a police official.

One of the victims, Mr Amarjit Singh, said the criminals took away his stereo system and covered the car after committing the theft. Mrs Harpreet Kaur, wife of Mr Amarjit Singh, said she had heard the sound of the theft alarm around 2 a.m. after which she woke up her husband to check what was happening. Peeping from the window her husband saw that everything was in order. It was only in the morning that the family and others got to know about the thefts.



Gold ornaments stolen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 20
Gold ornaments worth rupees one lakh were stolen from two houses in BEL colony, Sector 14, while the occupants were away, here today. Neighbours at the colony and employees of the BEL factory, Mr Gulab Singh and Mr Sanjiv Gaura claimed that ornaments valued at Rs 35,000 and Rs 70,000 respectively, were stolen from their houses while they were away to work.

The thieves entered the two houses by breaking open the locks on the front doors. They ransacked the entire house and took away the jewellery. Narrating the incident, Mr Singh said that he and Mr Gaura left for duty this morning.

After them, their wives, teachers in a school, also left for their workplace. On returning home after duty, they saw the locks of the entry door broken, cupboards open and clothes lying on the floor.

While Mr Singh found the gold jewellery missing from his house, Mr Gaura reported that Rs 4000 cash along with jewellery was missing from his house.

A case of theft has been registered in this regard.


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