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Jeweller booked for cheating people
Flees city with family
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 31
The police has booked the owner of Sahdeva Jewellers, Phase II here for defrauding a large number of Mohali residents of lakhs. The jeweller, known as ‘Prince’ is absconding along with his family and allegedly owes over Rs 45 lakh to his ‘gold kitty’ members. The FIR against the owner was registered by the police today.

Prince was running the jewellery shop in the Phase II booth market. The SP Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal, said Prince had been running a large number of ‘gold kitties’ which is a common system of selling jewellery. The system worked like any other kitty or chit fund. Prince would allegedly collect a small amount of money each month from a group of persons and then at the end of two years or any other fixed duration, would sell gold jewellery worth the total kitty amount due to each member. Members of the group met every month and would draw out the name of a member who would then get gold jewellery worth his share of money in the kitty including the interest.

“The system worked for over one year. Prince, we were told even sold jewellery to his kitty members. However, a fortnight ago, Prince allegedly absconded from Mohali, closing down his shop, with lakhs he had collected as part of the gold kitty. A host of complaints poured into our office. Till now we have received complaints of fraud worth Rs 6 lakh against Prince. But the complainants pointed out that since he was dealing in multiple gold kitties, the amount with which he has allegedly absconded could be as high as Rs 45 lakh,” said, Mr Agarwal.

The police conducted raids of Prince’s residence in Mohali but it was discovered that he had vanished along with his family over 20 days ago. We are expecting more people to come forward with complaints against this person and are also on the look out for him, said, Mr Agarwal.



Early moonrise adds to Karva’s festive spirit
Bangle sellers, henna artists make hay
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The moon was exceptionally friendly today. Much against the expectations of fasting women, it marked a rather early presence in the sky, adding the much-needed zest to the already festive spirits.

As against the last year, the moonrise was recorded an hour earlier today. The appearance was recorded at 7.40 pm, bringing joy to women who were anxiously awaiting their turn to offer holy water (“arg”) to their companion of Karva Chauth — a ritual that best defines a woman’s love for her man. Incidentally, tomorrow the moon will rise at 8.30 pm.

As the celebrations unfolded, the city temples looked like hubs of the entire festivity, with women choosing to break their fasts from the sacred portals of temples. The Shiv Temple in Sector 21 was unusually crowded today, with many married women flocking there to partake of the age-old Karva Chauth tale that stresses the significance of patience in a marriage.

It narrates the story of this much pampered sister of many brothers, who, unable to see their sister starving herself for her husband, arrange a fake, early “moonrise” for her. She throws the fast open but loses her husband because her wishes are turned down by the heaven, furious over disregard of ritual. She vows to appease the Gods by fasting more rigorously than any human can ever imagine. Pleased, the Gods grant her man back to her, thus lauding the role of her perseverance in matrimony.

Out of the temples, marketplaces were major centres of activity, with women looking for ways of spending time. Although commercial considerations weighed heavy on the festive spirit, it was quite clear that the ritual was here to stay at all costs. No matter how intensively women may shop to while away their time on Karva Chauth or how many films they may watch in this single day, they have the will to keep food and water at bay to ensure their fast ends purposefully.

In the entire Karva Chauth festivity, the maximum benefit was drawn by bangle sellers and henna artists who charged Rs 400 per hand for applying henna today as also on the eve of the festival.

For those who were interested in purchasing utility items for their homes, Shivalik View and Parade Ground were the best places to be.

The two venues are hosting mega exhibitions with the festive season in mind. While Shivalik View is flooded due to “Her World” which has the best to offer to women, Parade Ground has many visitors for the ongoing CII Fair.



Karva Chauth celebrated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 31
Karva Chauth was celebrated with gaiety here today. Women dressed in bright hues kept a fast to pray for the long life of their husbands.

The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad celebrated Karva Chauth with great enthusiasm at Pracheen Shiv Mandir in Sector 9. More than 250 women participated in the celebrations.

Dr Manisha, Principal of the Brahm Rishi Yog Sansthan, said the fast of Karva Chauth was first observed by Draupadi, for the safety of Arjuna , when he went to war with the Kaurvas. She also highlighted the importance of the fast.



5.25 kg male child delivered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A “jumbo” baby boy, weighing around 5.25 kg (13 pounds) by Charanjit Kaur, of Sector 20 here.

Delighted at the birth of their second “very healthy child’’ the couple believes that the newborn has broken all records and is the heaviest baby born in the city. “I have been getting calls from the officials of the Guinness Book of Records that my baby’s weight is among the record breaking category,’’ said Gurpal Singh Makkar, who is working as an Area Manager with a pharmaceutical firm, while talking to the Tribune.

The “healthy baby culture seems to have been a part of the family tradition for Makkars as their seven year old daughter, too weighed 4.5 kg at birth.

A faculty of the Department of Neonatology at PGI too agreed when asked said that “a baby weighing more than 5 kg is rare in the country".



Great rush for commission into Territorial Army
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
There has been a record number of applicants seeking commission in the Territorial Army (TA), the written test for which was held here today.

According to a statement issued here, about 4,000 candidates had applied, out of which about a thousand were shortlisted for the written exam.

These candidates, which included MLAs, doctors, lawyers, engineers and academicians, were from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh.

The intake is meant to cater to the Western Command TA units. During the previous entrance procedure, a little over 3,000 candidates had applied, out of which about 700 were shortlisted for the written examination.

Civilians who are gainfully employed in any profession can apply for commission in the TA. After a written test of shortlisted candidates, a preliminary interview board is held and those who qualify are sent to the Services Selection Board for final interview and medical examination.



Top priority to be given to information warfare
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
In the backdrop of information warfare assuming a key role in achieving strategic and tactical superiority in today’s battlefield environment, the recently set up Directorate of Information Warfare at Army Headquarters (AHQ) needs to be re-organised into a tri-service organisation to bring the Air Force and the Navy within its mandate.

High priority also needs to be accorded to acquisition and deployment of electronic warfare capabilities.

Stating this in its latest report, the Parliamentary Committee on Defence has stressed that this organisation should co-ordinate closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs and intelligence agencies so that information received from them can be effectively utilised not only against the enemy but also against insurgent groups operating in the country.

The Directorate of Information Warfare, headed by an Additional Director-General in the rank of a major general, was established in August, 2003, as part of the Directorate General of Military Operations at AHQ. Its functions include formulating policy and guidelines on all aspects of information warfare and monitoring its implementation.

It is understood that the directorate is also establishing its branches at the command headquarters level.

The committee also emphasised that the acquisition and deployment of electronic warfare and electronic counter measures should be given a high priority and steps must be taken for their indigenous development.

The committee’s remarks assume significance in the lights of the recent bomb attack targeting former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr Farooq Abdullah, and President of the National Conference, Mr Omar Abdullah, near Anantnag last week. Mr Abdullah had alleged that the jammer equipment meant to block radio signals used for triggering bombs was not functioning.

According to a Defence Ministry note, the employment of electronic warfare equipment in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the north-east has paid dividends during counter terrorist operations. The note, however, added that the indigenous development and manufacture of electronic counter measure and electronic counter—counter measure systems started late in India and therefore, high levels of sophistication in this field have not been achieved.

Various kinds of electronic warfare systems are currently deployed by the armed forces. some of these are indigenous and their import content varies from system to system, depending on their level of sophistication and the purpose for which they are deployed.



Bhopal tragedy unfolded — in frames
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Twenty years after the lethal gases escaped from Bhopal's Union Carbide factory to devastate generations, the tragedy still continues to unfold.

While 8000 persons had been killed in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, statistics show that about 30 persons still die from exposure-related illnesses in Bhopal every month.

These and many more chilling statistics define Bhopal which continues to reel under the impact of the tragedy that struck its unsuspecting population on the night of December 2 and 3, 1984.

For years, the world remained out of touch with the suffering of Bhopal's survivors, but it is now time to touch base with the present reality of the town where toxics still wait to be cleared from the Union Carbide factory.

Ground water is still being polluted with the Union Carbide refusing to accept criminal or civil liability of the crime.

Thanks to Greenpeace, which has been working with Bhopal survivor groups since 1994, the truth about Bhopal will soon be bared.

Some time back the NGO engaged celebrated photographer Raghu Rai to document the daily struggles of the survivors and their personal commitments to the campaign for justice.

Titled "Exposure - Portrait of a Corporate Crime", the exhibition has travelled the globe, familiarising people in Switzerland, the USA, the Netherlands and France with the gravity of the crime Union Carbide committed in Bhopal.

It is coming to Chandigarh on November 9 when a young survivor of the tragedy will open it for public.

Speaking about the project, which has been undertaken to address the issue of justice for Bhopal survivors, Greenpeace's Direct Dialogue Coordinator for the region, Mr Manish Kumar, said the exhibition was not a routine show of moments captured by the lens.

"It is Greenpeace's way of inviting the world to witness the Union Carbide's crime and Dow Chemical's (in 2001 Union carbide shed its name after merging with Dow) travesty of justice. We have also identified over 20 toxic spots across India where chemical pollution is affecting livelihood adversely."

The frames are telling in all respects as they reflect the grisly details of a crime that has left an indelible mark on the history of Bhopal. Raghu Rai had visited Bhopal a day after the Union Carbide gas leak of 1984 and had compellingly captured the immediate aftermath of the world's largest industrial disaster.

Recently, on Greenpeace's request, he again travelled through familiar roads of a "sick" town capturing the pains and hopes of survivors who are struggling against fading health.

The show opens with the frame that captures the burial of a newborn in the wake of the gas tragedy. Taken in 1984, this photograph had become the icon of the crime against humanity. Twenty years later, Raghu Rai has again seized moments that are heavy with a sense of loss.

There are queues of people awaiting compensation; there are pictures of miserable survivors; of doctors trying to treat hopeless cases; of social workers sick of witnessing pain of people, and more.

The show also features the truth of Bhopal as it shows innocent children playing on the Union Carbide factory premises where toxic chemicals are lying around and poisoning the lives of people living nearby.

Together the pictures create a gripping exhibition that highlights the continuing struggle for justice in Bhopal.

It is a reminder that Bhopal is still an ongoing tragedy and an icon of corporate irresponsibility.



Two held for duping one of Rs 8 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A Sector 35 resident was dumped in Bangkok by an immigration agent who received Rs 8 lakh from the former to send him to Canada.

A Mohali resident Jatinder Pal Singh complained to the police that he met Joginder Chauhan of Sector 35, in June 2002, asking him if he could help him go to Canada. Chauhan promised to send him abroad and demanded Rs 10 lakh for the purpose.

Jatinder Pal was advised to go abroad by his step-father who is settled in Germany. His step-father asked his son to contact Chauhan who had earlier sent a person from Badheri to Germany.

Jatinder Pal complained that Narinder Pal alias Niti of Sector 35, was also involved in duping him. Jatinder Pal was taken to Bangkok and there he was asked to make another payment of Rs 2 lakh. Jatinder Pal rang up his mother in Chandigarh asking her to make a payment of Rs 2 lakh to Balbir and Balwinder of Sector 35. She made the payment to them in Sector 35 but Jatinder remained stuck in Bangkok. Jatinder was to be sent aboard in May this year.

In the meantime, Joginder Chauhan died in China when he went on a business trip.

Balbir and Balwinder have been arrested.



Clash in hotel, 3 youths injured
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 31
Three youths were injured in a clash at Hotel North Park late last night, at a party.

The police says that three friends — Devinder, Parwinder and Neela had gone to the party, when they were apprehended by two other boys. An argument between the two groups got ugly, and they exchanged fistcuffs.

Soon, the other two boys went out, and called for their friends. About 10 other youth came to the hotel, brandishing swords and charged at Devinder, Parwinder and Neela. While Devinder received cuts on his arms, and Neela on his hands, Parwinder received serious head injuries.

The hotel security and management called the police, but by the time the police reached the spot, the accused had fled. The trio were rushed to General Hospital, from where Parwinder was referred to PGI, Chandigarh.

The police say that the reason behind the clash was that a girl friend of one of the accused was friends with one of the victims. The police has started investigation.



MC bypoll on Nov 28
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Byelection to Ward No. 11 of the Municipal Corporation will be held on November 28. Comprising Sectors 20 and 33, the seat had fallen vacant after former Mayor, Gian Chand Gupta, resigned as Councillor following his appointment as an office-bearer of the Haryana BJP.

A notification regarding the election is likely next week. According to the schedule, the election would be notified on November 2. The last date of the withdrawal is November 13, the counting of votes will be held on November 30.



MC to round up stray cattle
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 31
The municipal council has decided to take charge in order to deal with stray cattle menace in the township. Instead of contracting out the service for rounding up of stray cattle, the council will do the job on its own.

Officials in the council inform that the final nod for the council dealing with the stray cattle problem on its own, has been received from the district administration. The MC has decided to employ 20 persons on contract for doing the job.

For the past four years, the council has been contracting out the service for rounding up of stray cattle. In fact, this was the first service of the council to be contracted out. However, subsequent failure in bringing to an end the stray cattle menace in the township, has forced the council to now take charge. Earlier, this year, the municipal council had cancelled the contract with the contractor after four months, after he failed to round up stray cattle, especially from the sectors near the villages.

The MC president, Ms Seema Chaudhary, informs that the council will now hire 20 persons on contract to round up stray animals. “The Urban Development Department has given its consent to buy a hydraulic vehicle, which will be used for rounding up of animals and then leaving them at the cattle pound. Since it will take a month to procure this vehicle (at an estimated cost of Rs 7 lakh), we will hire a truck and use it to ferry the animals that are rounded- up,” she says.

Ms Chaudhary, also informs that the MC will spend the money from its budget for procuring fodder for the animals that are caught and kept in the cattle pound, besides the salaries of the labour employed and the fuel charges and maintenance of the hydraulic vehicle.

It may be noted that cattle menace here is responsible for many a road accidents, spreading of litter on the roads and also spoiling the aspect of the place. Dairy farming being an important avocation, stray cattle is found in abundance, especially in sectors adjacent to villages and slum and labour colonies. It is estimated that there are about 240 dairy farms and over 1,500 cattle head, in the township, including Mansa Devi Complex and the 13 villages of this town. The MC officials concede that of the 1,500 cattle head, at least 500 have been abandoned by the owners.

Meanwhile, the MC has finalised the site for setting up a dairy complex at Naggal village near Barwala. About 100 acres of land is available with the panchayat of this village, and the dairy complex will come up on 50 acres of land. The council is also likely to start work on creating a new cattle pound in Sector 28, by next month. One acre of land was allotted to the council by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) earlier this year, after the MC authorities maintained that the existing cattle pound in old Panchkula was too small. 



Proposal on Mohali’s first multiplex runs into rough weather
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, October 31
A proposal by a private party for setting up the town’s first multiplex has run into rough weather with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) and the Divisional Town Planner (DTP) refusing to give no-objection certificates for a change in land use.

Members of a committee set up by the government to look into the proposal by Dra Studio in Phase VI held a meeting here and presented reasons in writing, based on the laws and rules currently in force, which in effect went against the building of the multiplex. Those who attended the meeting included the Additional Chief Administrator of PUDA, the Estate Officer, PUDA, the SDM, the Assist Town Planner, the General Manager of the District Industries Centre, the Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, the Executive Engineer (Provincial Design-B & R), the SDO, Central Works Division, PWD (B & R), and representatives of the Fire Brigade and the state power board.

The management of Dara Studio had, in response to an advertisement put out by the government inviting investment of Rs 20 crore or more in the state to give a boost to tourism, proposed the setting up of a multiplex at the site. The multiplex, involving an expenditure of Rs 25 to 30 crore, was to include the construction of a four-screen theatre with a seating capacity of 1,000.

The proposal was submitted by Dara Studio in February with its management seeking permission for a change in the land use. Five acres had earlier been allotted by the government in 1976 for setting up the studio to encourage the growth of the Punjabi Film Industry.

At the meeting of the government committee, which was held on October 25 at the office of the local SDM, the representative of PUDA and the DTP said the multiplex involved commercial activity which did not fit in with the Master Plan or the zoning regulations. PUDA also said that it did not have the authority to change the land use, which could only be done by the state government.

Besides, the PUDA officials said that notices had been given to Dara Studio a number of times for using the building as a marriage place in violation of the terms and conditions of the allotment of land.

Sources in the DTPs office here said that another point which could go against giving the NOC to Dara Studio for the setting up of the multiplex was the Punjab Cinemas (Regulation) Rules, 1952. Under Rules 19 buildings shall not be within a radius of 1 furlong (about 200 metres) from recognised institutions like colleges and schools, places of worship, cremation grounds, graveyards, cemeteries or a public hospital, an orphanage or a thickly populated residential area. In the case of Dara Studio, Government College was located on one side while the paraplegic home, run by the Army, was on another.

Mr Amrik Singh Randhawa, son of well-known film actor Dara Singh, told The Tribune that the management of Dara Studio had submitted the proposal on the multiplex to the Manager of the District Industries Centre here in February. Since then he had met officials of various government departments in connection with the case, but they had not given any clear directions in this regard.

Mr Randhawa said the coming up of a multiplex here would make Mohali an important destination, apart from generating employment for a large number of persons. He said the Punjab film industry was now sick and permission to change the land use should not be denied to the studio management. He said he expected a favourable response from the government as the management was taking a risk by investing a huge amount for the benefit of the people of Punjab. He said that PUDA, too, should make changes in its Master Plan keeping in view the needs of the changing times.

He hoped that permission to change the land use would be given as had been done in the case of the Fortis Hospital and Quark in Mohali. 



Ranbaxy employee Jagdish Singh cremated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 31
Body of Jagdish Singh 38 year old technician with the company who died in the fire yesterday while trying to rescue other persons was cremated at his village Baroli, Anandpur Sahib here today. The ceremony was attended by a large number of his colleagues from Ranbaxy others than family and friends. Mr P. Bindra, senior vice-president, said the company would provide all assistance to the family of the deceased and announced that Rs 17 lakh would be given to the family as part of the compensation package.

On the political side, the head of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Mohali), Mr Harsukhinder Bubby Badal today demanded an independent inquiry by technical experts into the incident. ‘‘It has been noticed that Ranbaxy accidents are aggressively kept a secret by the management. We encourage industries in the state no industry cannot function at the expense of the lives of its workers. Ranbaxy has to ensure a more stringent accident safety plan for its plant here since it is surrounded by residential area. We demand that atleast Rs 20 lakh be paid as compensation to the person who died and another 2 lakh each to those injured,’’ he said.

“We would be taking care of those injured. We are taking care of their medical treatment in the Fortis Hospital. But we still have to decide about further monetary assistance,” said Mr Bindra. 



Fire Department to inspect chemical units
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 31
The Mohali Fire Department will conduct an inspection of all chemical units running in Mohali. This decision was taken by the department today in wake of the fire in Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical’s bulk drug plant here yesterday that led to the death of one person and injured two.

Mr B.S. Sandhu, Chief Fire Officer, Mohali, said over 12 major industries based in Mohali were using highly combustible chemicals for various operations. “These industries will be inspected for their compliance of fire safety norms so that accidents like the one we had yesterday do not occur,” he said.

Stating that the cause of the fire was still not known, the company’s management pointed out that the committee constituted for the purpose would file its report soon. “The fire was minor but we were unfortunate that we lost one of our employees in it. We are still assessing the material damage to the company,” said Mr Pushpinder Bindra, Senior Vice-President, Global Manufacturing, adding that international standard fire safety norms were being observed in the company. “It would be unfair to compare it with other industries in Punjab. Compared to other similar pharamceutical industries in India, its rate of accidents was lower,” he said.

Residents here were, however, not impressed. “After last year’s blasts and fire, we were assured by the company that measures would be taken to ensure that similar accidents do not recur. But yesterday’s incident points that the presence of this factory here is hazardous,” said Mrs Manmohan Kaur, Municipal Councillor. Demands that the factory should be shifted out of the population intensive area were also raised today. “The factory was, too, old to handle the hazardous operations that were required in the manufacture of drugs. It should be shifted out of Mohali,” said Dr A.P. Singh, a Mohali resident.

Highly combustible material used in the drying process and stored in the vicinity caused the fire to spread through two floors of the main building. According to those present in the factory, the fire began from the dryer room on the ground floor in the factory’s main building where the final products were dried before packaging.

“The medicine Pentazocine was dried before packaging. Steam pipes were used for heating but there was no direct source of heat in this area. The dryer was not operational when flames engulfed it while a helper was loading it. The fire spread from the dryer room to a store room on the first floor where it caused further damage, gutting everything,” said Dr Naresh Kumar, Vice-President, Chemical Manufacturing.

“Many other industrial units in the town use highly combustible chemicals and we will be after this Divali starting inspection of every such industry. Other than ascertaining their compliance to the fire safety norms, we will ensure that the employees are thoroughly trained to fight fire. Had the employee working at the dryer taken certain precautions, the whole accident that claimed a life could have been avoided,” said Mr Sandhu.



Motorists in top gear as fuel prices remain neutral
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The quibbling by oil companies notwithstanding, the Centre's decision today of not hiking the petrol and diesel prices soothed the frayed nerves of the city motorists and was widely welcomed.

Fuelled by the speculations of impending petrol and diesel price hike, the petrol pumps across the city and satellite areas had witnessed a heavy rush for the past two days.

The public-sector oil marketing companies had been seeking a revision in the retail prices owing to a sharp increase in the price of crude oil at the international level.

The crude prices have risen by around 30 per cent since July end when prices were last revised. Hence, there was a build up for a possible rise in prices today and the residents were geared up for the same.

There was a mad scramble to hoard the petrol and petrol pumps at Sector 21, Sectors 33 and 43, and Sector 9 saw unprecedented rush.

A senior official of the Indian Oil Corporation also confirmed that sales had shot up during the past two days.

Mr Mukesh, a car owner who was visibly elated over the govt decision, said, ``my monthly fuel bill would have gone up by Rs 500, eating into whatever little savings I am able to make.''

A majority of the city residents felt that had the prices of diesel gone up today, almost all products of daily consumption would have become costlier.

"The worst hit would have been the prices of fruits, vegetables and other edible commodities as their transportation from nearby townships is mainly dependent on trucks," said Mr Vinod Kumar, a grocery merchant.

Meanwhile, the representatives of various oil marketing companies claimed that they had suffered losses to the tune of Rs 3,600 crore in the past several months.

They rued that they had been forced to retail petrol and diesel at prices well below the cost to import or sell it.



Indira Gandhi remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) observed the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Ms Indira Gandhi, at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Sector 35, here today.

A blood donation camp was organised in her memory and the sacrifices made by the Nehru-Gandhi family were recalled on the occasion.

The CTCC president, Mr B.B. Bahl, recalled the contribution of the Nehru-Gandhi family towards uplifting the poor and down-trodden and the sacrifices made by them in promoting national integration.

"The family has paid with their blood for upholding the philosophy of the Congress party," he said.

The secretary, All India Congress Committee, Mr Vivek Bansal, highlighted the achievements of the Congress party under Ms Indira Gandhi.

He impressed upon local workers of the party to win back the confidence of the people in their party and philosophy by working at the grassroot level.

"This responsibility lies with the workers alone and is a part of the damage-control exercise to counter the misrule of the Bharatiya Janta Party in the last few years," he added.

The youth team led by the president of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), Mr Nitin Goyal, organised a blood donation camp.

A team led by Dr Jolly from the PGI ensured proper arrangements for 
the camp.

The Mayor, Ms Kamlesh, accompanied by councillors, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, Mr Surinder Singh, Mr Kuldip Singh and Ms Shyama Negi, Congress leaders, including Mr DV Manchanda, Mr Sunil Parti, Mr Arun Bitta among others also participated. 



Books on parenting a big draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Parenting has never been as challenging as it is in this age of gizmos. Concern for the child is no wonder on the top of parent’s priority, at least so shows the latest book exhibition of the British Library, which has been inspired by demands of readers.

“Worry” is the key issue everyone wishes to address. The display of books only confirms how stressful people feel in their pursuit of careers, homes and happiness.

To begin with, there are hundreds of books that teach parents how to abandon their egoes in the interest of children.

“Raising happy children: what every child needs their parents to know” by Jan Parker and Jan Stimpson greets the eye, so does “Why do kids do that?: a practical guide to positive parenting skills” by Richard C Woolfson.

Also laid out are works of fiction, which children could consider reading.

“The bone collector” by Jeffery Deaver is a hit in this segment.

Other books are “Raising good children” by Anne Jesper, “What worries parents: the 50 most common concerns of parents explored and explained” by Kristina Murrin and Paul Martin, “Listen to your child” by David Crystal and “Exceptionally gifted children” by Miraca Gross.

Another section features a collection of works that addresses psychological complexes people harbour at work, home and in relationships.

For those who wish to battle insecurities, there are books to boost self-esteem. “Come on, get happy: 365 ways to feel good” by Jonathon Lazear, “How to change your entire life by doing absolutely nothing”, “Ready for anything: 52 productivity principles for work and life” by David Allen, “Shut up and listen!: the truth about how to communicate at work” by Cary Cooper and Theo Theobald, and “If I’m so wonderful, why am I still single?” by Susan Page are some of the classics in this section.

Others include “Reinvent yourself: seven steps to a new you” by Fiona Harrold and “How to simplify your life: 7 practical steps to letting go of your burdens and living a happier life” by Lothar J. Seiwert.

Readers continue their romance with fitness, which has been extensively focussed in the collection of books on the subject.

From skin and face to inner beauty and mental health, books talk about everything.

Some of these are “Healthy skin” by Catherine Maillard, “The complete guide to exercise to music” by Debbie Lawrence, “The weight training handbook” by Wayne Viljoen, “Weights for women: a woman’s guide to exercising with weights” by Yolande Green, “Dynamic flexibility: warming up on the move” by Alan Pearson and “Walking for fitness” by Nina Barough.

“Ten minute hips and thighs” by Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy is an interesting pick from this shelf.

Last but not the least, there are tips for everyone who wish to refurbish their home. There are books that separately deal with decor of bedrooms, living rooms, even bathrooms.

The books include “Bedrooms” by Cara Greenberg, “Color” by Sally Clark, “First home soft furnishings” by Morwenna Brett, “Bathrooms” by Terence Conran, “101 ideas for kitchens” by Rebecca Tanqueray, among others.



HVP’s merger ‘to boost’ Cong prospects
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 31
The merger of the local unit of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) with the District Congress on October 29, will give a major push to the Congress, as it readies itself for the State Assembly elections.

Over 60 members of the HVP, led by Mr K.P. Singh, joined the Congress on Friday. Mr K.P. Singh is a Jat leader and enjoys the support of not just the Jats, but a large section of Punjabis as well as the trading community. 



BSNL staff for action against Reliance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The BSNL Employees Union, Punjab Circle has urged the government and BSNL management to file criminal charges against Reliance for cheating and fraud, causing loss of thousands of crores to BSNL, a public sector company.

In a release issued here today, the union has called upon workers in Punjab to organise protest demonstrations, general body meetings on November 3 demanding stringent action against Reliance.

The circle president, Mr R.L. Moudgil, has stated that for all incoming ISD calls from private telecom operators have to pay an Access Deficit Charge (ADC) of Rs 0.55 only. Reliance, by technically manipulating the ISD calls to BSNL has been cheating the BSNL for many months by paying ADC of local calls only, thus amounting to a loss of thousands of crores of rupees to BSNL. 



Labourer dies as wall caves in

Panchkula, October 31
A 40-year-old labourer from Chandigarh today died when the wall he was building at the Chandi Mandir Petrol pump collapsed.

Two other labourers Nayak (50) and Ramesh were admitted to the Sector 6 General Hospital with injuries. TNS



Vigilance awareness week

Chandigarh, October 31
The Office of the Accountant General (A&E), Haryana, has planned various activities as part of the “Vigilance awareness week” from November 1 to 6.

According to a press note, a seminar on customer care will be held at the Lekha Bhavan in Sector 33-B on November 4. The pensioners and GPF subscribers, intending to participate in the seminar, can send their grievances either through post or e-mail at http://www.aghry.nic.in.

A workshop on the “procedures and methods to redress the grievances of pensioners and employees of Haryana” is slated for November 5.

Various competitions like debates, essay contest, poster and slogan writing competitions will be other highlights of the week. TNS



New pay commission sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Government Pensioners Association, Punjab, has demanded the constitution of the new pay commission for employees and pensioners.

According to a press note, the Central Government had virtually started the process of the revision of pay scales and various allowances following the merger of the 50 per cent DA with the basic pay and the upgradation of 238 cities for the purpose of higher house rent allowance (HRA) and the city compensatory allowance (CCA).

The spiraling prices of the essential commodities and an increase in inflation has necessitated the setting up of the commission.



Tribune employee retires
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
Mr Ishwar Dutt Sharma (Rahi), Incharge, Time Office of The Tribune, retired today after putting in over 40 years of service.

Mr Sharma, who joined The Tribune at Ambala on October 7, 1964, was given a warm send-off by his colleagues here. Among others, Mr O.P. Arora, Additional General Manager of The Tribune Trust, while lauding his services to the institution, wished him well in life.



1 held for eve-teasing
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 31
The police has arrested Rajesh on the charge of eve-teasing. A complaint was made against him by, Ms Brahmwati, a resident of Sector 21, who alleged that he spoke indecent words to her daughter and teased her.

Arrested: The CIA staff arrested two persons — Prem Sagar and Vishal — from Swastik Vihar, on the charge of speculation. Cash worth Rs 3,100 was seized from them.

Thief nabbed: The police has nabbed Sandeep and recovered a bicycle and an LPG cylinder from him.

The accused was arrested after Nagendra approached the police and said a gas cylinder was stolen from his house.

During investigation, the police searched his premises, recovered the cylinder and a bicycle.

Accused later confessed that he had stolen the bicycle from Tek Bahadur in Sector 2.



One booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 31
The police here has registered a case of fraud against a Panchkula resident, S.K. Behal. The complainant Mr Om Prakash, a resident of Maloya Colony, told the police that Behal had defrauded him of Rs 2.25 lakh. The police is yet to arrest the accused.

Three arrested: Three persons were arrested by the Kharar police for smuggling liquor. As many as 300 bottles of liquor for sale in Chandigarh were recovered from the three. The three accused, Jai Bhagwant, a resident of New Delhi, Amarjit Singh, another resident of New Delhi and Jagjit Singh, a resident of Jind, were arrested by the police yesterday.

One booked: The police here has booked a Chandigarh resident for accident at Phase 3B1 here on October 25. The accident took place between a motor cycle and a Kinetic Honda near the Sacha Dhan Gurdwara. On the complaint of Hardeep Kaur, a resident of Patiala, the police registered a case against Akhil Bhanot of Sector 48, Chandigarh.



Bank manager’s briefcase stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A Sector 20-C resident allegedly stole a briefcase of a manager of the PNB in Sector 17 on Friday and next day tried to encash one of the stolen cheques in the Sector 17 branch.

The manager Sushil Kumar Singla had already informed of the disappearance of his cheque-book, ATM and other documents. Mahadev of Sector 20-C allegedly tried to encash the stolen cheque next day and was caught by the bank staff and handed over to the police.

Vehicle stolen
A driver employed with a Sector 22-based office stole the jeep he was driving and two computers. J.S. Arora of Sector 22 complained that his driver had allegedly stolen the former’s jeep on Friday.

Bike stolen
Sonu of Mohalla Tarkhanawala, Mani Majra, complained that someone stole his bike and Rs 20,000 kept inside the boot of the vehicle.

The bike was parked in front of booth number 9 in Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra.


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