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Room allowed in backyard
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Agreeing to a long-standing demand of city residents, the Chandigarh Administration today allowed construction of a room in the rear courtyard of all houses in Chandigarh. The demand to allow balconies projecting out by 3 feet has, however, been turned down.

The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, has cleared the proposal and a final notification will be issued this week, said official sources while confirming the development.

Following today’s development, an additional 150 sq ft of space in the rear courtyard can be utilised for green house/ storage/W/C/bath/toilet in houses measuring 15 marlas and less and are governed by frame/architectural control. Those who have already carried out construction can get the same regularised.

The order shall apply to houses which are more than 1 kanal and are governed by architectural control. The permission is subject to payment on a per-square-foot basis.

Almost all house owners have built a small store in he rear courtyard. Several of them have been served notices for unauthorised construction.

This move will permit people-friendly changes in the designs of thousands of city houses. About a year and a half ago, a special committee had recommended two major changes. Once the notification is issued, the changes carried out by house owners can be regularised and more than 20,000 houses owners are waiting with bated breath for this notification.

The Administration had formed a committee to study need-based changes and it met for the first time in September last year. After studying about 28 suggestions, only two were forwarded on December 6 last year. The Chandigarh Administration sought several clarifications before agreeing to two demands.

Permission to construct balconies projecting out by 3 feet in the 15 marla and less houses has been rejected. This has been done as a balcony projecting out by 3 feet on a street having 10 marla or 8 marla houses can alter the street picture and rob the city of its open character.

It all started in June last year when the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, announced the setting up of a committee to study the changes required in a house for modern-day living. 



Singers rule at PU zonal fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
It was a day of light vocal and instrumental music on the second day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival-2004 being held at DAV College here today. Singers from different colleges were at their melodious best.

The results of the various contests held today are:

Classical music vocal — GCG (Sector 11) 1, MCM DAV (Sector 36) 2 and DAV College (Sector 10) 3.

Quiz — DAV College (Sector 10) 1, PU campus 2 and GGDSD College (Sector 32) 3.

Drawing — Dinesh Kumar 1, Anand Sharma 2 and Namarata 3.

Poster Making — Sandeep Kaur Walia 1, Manish 2 and Vandana 3.

Clay modeling — Varinder 1, Parvesh 2 and Aditi 3.

Cartooning — Jasraj Bhatti 1, Baninder Kaur 2 and T. Mutup 3.

Poetry recitation — Harleen Kaur 1, Sirjana 2 and Rajnish 3.



Vulgar remark: student told to quit school
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The authorities at Government Model Senior Secondary school, Sector 16, have come down heavily on a 12- year-old boy of Class V for allegedly being party to an act of writing a vulgar remark on a piece of paper.

In the middle of the session, the father of the boy has been asked to withdraw his child, failing which he would be blacklisted. “My boy was not allowed to sit in the class today and the in charge of the junior section advised me to withdraw my child from the school”, said the father of the boy, Mr Raj Bhadhur.

He said his child was being victimised and he was not involved in writing the vulgar remark. He said he was not given a second chance to explain his position and neither any effort was made the school authorities to handle the case in a manner.

“The action has left my son shaken. In this impressionable age, the school authorities should make an effort to counsel a child and give an opportunity to improve”, said the father.

In a written complaint he said the in charge had told him to withdraw the child a few days ago. Instead of handling the case in a proper manner, my son was asked to stand in the sun, he added.

Talking to TNS, Mr Ram Kumar, Principal of the school, said he would have to inquire into the matter from the in charge of the junior section, Ms Maninder Kaur. He said student could not be removed in such a manner. “If there is any such complaint, the procedure is to call the parents and counsel the child before proceeding further”, he added.

The victim told TNS that some boys in the class had written a vulgar remark on a piece of paper which was seen by a girl of Class VI. The girl handed over the paper to the in charge. “ I was told that I am part of the group which wrote the remark. The writing on the paper did not match with mine”, said the boy. 

Students need expert handling

The Regional Officer of the CBSE, Mr PI Sabu, when asked for the board’s procedure, said since students were in their impressionable age, counselling should be done by a mature teacher. The students should be given an opportunity to reform. Any wrong handling could disturb the child’s psychology. 



Bomb gets police security!
Bipin Bhardwaj

Neembuan (Dera Bassi), October 26
Round-the-clock deployment of 10 police personnel and an ambulance to guard a live bomb for the last fortnight on the bed of a seasonal rivulet has not only affected policing in the subdivision but has also hit preliminary medicare services offered to victims of various accidents on the killer Ambala-Kalka highway.

Deployment of the cops since October 9 has reduced the police strength of the Mubarikpur police post, affecting its functioning adversely.

Moreover, the cops, guarding the bomb, have been spending their duty hours on the riverbed in an ambulance, owned by the National Highway authorities, meant for carrying accident victims on the Kalka-Ambala highway. The mortality rate in highway accidents had witnessed an increase, sources in the police said.

Contrary to its claims of having conducted raids on various steel and steel product manufacturing units in the Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Lalru areas, the police had not visited even a single industrial unit so far, sources in the police revealed.

However, Mr Sharma, DSP, clarified that no explosive was found during searches to the steel manufacturing units in the subdivision.

He admitted that policing in the subdivision had been suffering, with the deployment of cops for guarding the bomb for the past 16 days. He added that a team of defence personnel had inspected the bombs after visiting the site twice but no action had been taken so far.

The bomb on the bed of the seasonal rivulet was found within a week of the discovery of such bombs in Gazhiabad and other cities.

The presence of the live bomb on the bed of the rivulet has become a cause for concern for residents of villages who used to graze their cattle in the area.

Villagers complain that they have been facing difficulties in restraining their cattle from going near the bomb, lying hardly 5 yards from the road which they have to cross.

Efforts to contact the defence authorities proved futile. 



For him, honesty is the best policy
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
A local rehri wala’s honesty prompted a local advertisement agency person to search for the New British Labour Party on the Internet. The advertising man, Shalin, told the Chandigarh Tribune that a rehriwala approached him in Sector 22, saying that he had found a purse lying on the road near an electronic shop in the market. He had come to the shop to deliver goods.

The purse contained dollars, pounds, driving licence, membership card of the Labour Party and other documents.

When none came to claim the purse, Shalin thought of making a contact in Britain through the Internet. The documents belonged to Balwinder Singh from Britain. There was no local connection of the person nor any local address. Shalin searched on the Internet and found the New Labour Party. He tried to find an e-mail address of Balwinder Singh, but in vain.

He then sent an e-mail to the party and the vehicle registration authority of Britain, hoping that if Balwinder was still in the country he would contact him.

After making efforts Shalin gave back the blue coloured purse to the rehriwala. Who expressed reluctance to keep the purse. Both decided to give it to a tea vendor, who has been there in the market for the past number of years, so that someone might came looking for it.



On mission from UK
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Five women members of the UK-based Nek Chand Rock Garden Foundation are here on a unique mission to preserve and maintain city’s one of the main attractions, the Rock Garden.

The members, Elyse Eales, Amy Williams, Francisca Prieto, Kate Riddihough and Katie Pettitt, arrived in Chandigarh on October 19. They are staying at the Rock Garden where they spend most of their day tending to the sculptures created by Nek Chand and clearing the litter thrown around by visitors.

“We try to gently educate visitors on the necessity of keeping this world famous monument clean,” says Elyse.

“Armed as we are, with our conspicuous litter bags and hand gloves, visitors cannot miss us. And sometimes we make a show of picking up garbage to attract attention of those who litter and shaming them into not throwing the garbage. Many a time, parents point us out to their children and tell them to learn from us,” she adds. Vandalism has become a big problem at the Rock Garden which attracts nearly 4, 000 visitors every day, according to Nek Chand.

Many of the isolated nooks and corners of the sprawling garden have been turned into lovers’ lanes and rendezvous points where boys and girls do not stop at just holding hands even in the presence of other visitors. “This has become a big problem,” he says.

Many visitors jump over walls and statues causing damage to them. A few others lean against statues while getting themselves photographed, causing damage to them. Some visitors try to take away stones and waste material embedded in the statues as souvenir. Graffiti on the walls is another nuisance which has been on the rise lately.

The visitors from the UK plan to stay here for about a month. They have spent past few days in repairing some of the dolls created by Nek Chand. They now plan to examine other sculptures in the garden and carry out repairs, wherever necessary.

For all of them, it is their first visit to the Rock Garden. “It is the experience of a life time,” they say. “We could never imagine the charm, beauty and scale of the garden created out of waste we throw out of our houses every day. 



Sampark centres to accept passport forms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
City residents can deposit passport application forms at Sampark (e-governance centres) from tomorrow. The first centre to start accepting the forms will be the one in Sector 43. By Monday, passport forms will be accepted at the other two centres also.

Once the passport application form is accepted at the Sampark centre, it will be sent straight for police clearance. Once the police clearance is obtained, the form will be sent to the passport office for the preparation of the passport.

Starting from November 1, the Sampark centres will also accept water and power bills following clearance from the Reserve Bank of India.

Orders in this regard have been issued.



IT raid on 2 Meena Bazar showrooms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The Income Tax Department today raided two showrooms of a prominent readymade garments seller, Meena Bazar, at Sector 17, here and at the Notified Area Committee (NAC) market in Mani Majra.

According to sources, the raid conducted by officials of the Range II of department, was aimed at checking discrepancies in stocks. The details of the stocks were being compiled to determine tax evasion.

Terming the raid as search under Section 133-A of the Income Tax Act, 1961, the sources claimed that certain documents were taken into possession to tally with the tax statements.



42 cases of power theft detected
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 26
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials conducted raids on the premises of consumers in nearby villages today. Fines totalling about Rs 2.5 lakh were imposed for power thefts and for drawing load more than that had been sanctioned.

The team of the board detected 42 cases of theft and 45 cases where power was being drawn in excess of the sanctioned load.

As many as 30 employees, including nine SDOs and two executive engineers, raided areas adjoining Nayagaon, Mullanpur, Karoran, Parol, Ratwara Sahib, Paintpur, Behlolpur, Jhampur and Desumajra.

Similar raids were conducted by PSEB officials on October 9 and a fine totaling about Rs 5.5 lakh was imposed on defaulters.



UT, MC employees stage dharna
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 26
Employees of various departments of the Union Territory and Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, held a dharna at Matka Chowk here today. The Federation of UT Employees and Workers, Chandigarh, gave a call in support of their demands and to protest against the callous attitude of the Administration in this regard.

They were demanding the restoration of 1966 service conditions for UT employees, grant of bonus to the UT employees on the Central pattern, regularisation of the services of daily wage workers and merger of 50 per cent of dearness allowance in basic pay.

A memorandum was also submitted to the Adviser to the Administrator by the agitating employees. 



2 houses, shop burgled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 26
Two houses and a shop in the city were burgled during the past 24 hours, the police said here today. Jaipal from the kabari market in the Industrial Area filed a complaint that his servants Joginder Singh and Ajay from Barwas village in Khusi Nagar district of Bihar made away with Rs 65,000 from his shop. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered in the Industrial Area police station.

Anil Chandola of Sector 33-B reported that a pair of gold rings, a mobile phone and Rs 4,000 were stolen from his house. A case under Sections 379 and 454 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

In another incident, Om Parkash Khatkar filed a complaint that Rs 4500 and jewellery were stolen from his house. The police said the extent of loss of jewellery could not be ascertained as the wife of the complainant was not here. A case of theft has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.

Motor cycle stolen

Aswani Kumar of Sector 23 reported that his motor cycle (CH-03-M-6877) was stolen from Government College, Sector 46, on October 20. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

4 arrested

The police arrested a man for carrying liquor illegally, another one for gambling at a public place and two women for begging yesterday.

Shankar of Sector 25 was arrested while carrying 48 bottles of rum and 12 bottles of whisky in his jeep. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.

Mangesh Kumar of Burail village was arrested from near his residence while gambling. The police recovered Rs 300 from his possession and booked him under Section 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act in Sector 34 police station. He was later bailed out.

Amrita and Parchama of Sector 25 were arrested from the Sector 18-C market while begging. A case was registered against them under Section 3 of the Haryana Prevention of Begging Act, 1971, in the Sector 19 police station.

Burglar held

The crime branch of the Chandigarh police today arrested a 20-year-old suspected burglar from near Sector 24-C.

Manu of Sector 24-C was allegedly involved in a recent burglary in the city. The police had information that he had stolen gold recently. The police has taken him to several jewellery shops. The police said he might have been involved in more than one cases of burglary in the city.

1 held

The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested Billu of Janta Colony today on the charge of theft. The police recovered a gas stove, a gas regulator and other stolen articles from him.

The police will produce him in the court tomorrow.


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