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Low turnout for MC bypoll
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Barring a few incidents of ferrying of voters by rival candidates, the byelection to Ward No. 11 of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) passed off peacefully with about 37pc voters casting their votes.

The voting picked up as the day progressed with 7,423 voters (total voters 20,193) casting ballots till 5 pm in the ward comprising Sectors 20 and 33. However, Sector 20 recorded a higher percentage of voter turnout at 40 per cent with Sector 33 reporting a turnout of about 26 per cent only.

* Total voting percentage is 36.76pc
* Percentage in Sector 20 is 40 per cent
and 26 per cent in Sector 33
* The lowest voting was recorded at polling station No. 15 in Sector 33(20 per cent)
* The highest voting was recorded at polling station No. 10 in Sector 20 (51 per cent)
* Counting will be held on November 30 at 8 am

A visit to various polling stations revealed that queues were missing at a majority of the 27 polling stations. Officials said the highest polling (51.40 per cent) was reported from polling station No. 10 in Sector 20 and minimum (20 per cent) from polling station No. 15 in Sector 33.

Terming the polling as “absolutely peaceful”, the State Election Commissioner for UT Chandigarh, Mr M.P. Tyagi, said the voter turnout was less than expected because of prevailing marriage season. The counting will be held at Government College of Education, Sector 20, on November 30 at 8 am and the result was expected within few hours, he added.

However, notwithstanding Mr Tyagi’s claim, the BJP, in a press note, has alleged that Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, a Punjab Cabinet Minister, tried to influence voters in favour of Congress candidate H.S. Lucky.

On the other hand, Mr Lucky refuted the allegations saying that they were made out of frustration as the BJP feared defeat in the election.

The BJP has also alleged that the presiding officer and the polling officers of the Booth No. 98-A did not adhere to the directions of the Election Commission regarding the identification of voters. There was also tension over the ferrying of a 70-year-old voter in Sector 20 with the police first impounding a vehicle and later releasing it.

The police made elaborate security arrangements which seemed to have prevented untoward incidents. Besides, a returning officer, two assistant returning officers, 135 polling personnel, 30 reception officials and 80 counting personnel had been deployed for the smooth conduct of the polling.

The election to the ward has been necessitated due to the resignation of a BJP councillor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta. As many as five candidates, including Mr H.S. Lucky (Congress), Mr Girdhari Lal Jindal (BJP) and Dr O.P. Verma (Chandigarh Vikas Manch) were in the fray. 



Fog brings the first feel of winter
Tribune News Service

Sudden foggy conditions in the city mystified even the officials of the meterological department in Chandigarh on Sunday evening.
Sudden foggy conditions in the city mystified even the officials of the meterological department in Chandigarh on Sunday evening. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, November 28
Winter literally came unannounced this evening as the atmosphere wore a misty blanket. After a fairly dry day, the sudden change in weather phenomenon towards dusk surprised one and all. So much so that the local Meteorological Department was also surprised over these significant alterations.

The officials, who had not forecast misty/foggy conditions for tomorrow, withdrew their forecast late tonight and said mist may prevail if the weather conditions don’t change.

The visibility dropped considerably towards the evening and though the weather officials insisted the conditions were more misty than foggy, in certain areas the latter phenomenon seemed to be more pronounced. The visibility in most areas was not more than 1500 metres (mist). In some places with dense green cover, the visibility was just about 800 metres, thus causing fog.

Weather officials added that the entire North-Western region would be witnessing misty conditions tonight. Amritsar would be the worst as far as visibility goes as it is a plain area (categorised for meteorological considerations). The sudden drop in temperature coupled with the absence of cloud cover over the sky in the North-Western region has caused weather changes which may or may not persist till tomorrow.

Said Mr Puran Chand, Duty Officer at the local Met office, “As per the data received from Air Force station, we were expecting a cloud cover. Whenever there are clouds, misty conditions don’t prevail. However, we have witnessed a sudden dispersal of medium and high clouds. This, coupled with the fall in temperature has caused mist. This is not fog. But we cannot say what the forecast would be. If the weather remains clear, the mist may continue. Otherwise our forecast will hold good.”

Minimum temperature for today was 10.8° Celsius.



13-yr-old schoolgirl commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 28
A 13-year-old schoolgirl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a fan at her house in Sohana village yesterday. According to the police, the victim, Sudarshan, was depressed and was suffering from a neurotic disorder for many years.

Sudarshan was found hanging from the fan hook with a rope by her father Ved Pal yesterday evening.

Sudarshan was living with her father and 22-year-old brother on rent in Sohana for the past eight years. She was studying in class V at Government School in the village. Ved Pal, who works with a marriage band group, told the police that Sudarshan had been in a state of depression ever since her mother died. “My wife died some years ago and Sudarshan was unhappy since then. She started suffering from epileptic attacks and was also mentally disturbed. She had lost interest in work and studies and would not understand many of the things told to her,”’said Ved Pal.

The police said Sudarshan went to the school yesterday but came back home without her bag. “Her house shares a wall with the school and came home in the middle of the school hours may be to pick up something or eat something. She never went back to the school.

Instead she decided to kill herself,” said a police official investigating the case, adding that Sudarshan’s school bag was later brought home by some other children.

The SHO, Sohana police station, Mr Vinod Sharma, said inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPc had been initiated. “The family is sure that the girl has killed herself. It called us almost four hours after the girl had been brought down.

The body had distinct marks on her neck. We talked to the landlord Mr Gurdev Singh, who said that he did not hear anything in the house that would make as if something wrong had taken place,” he said.

When asked if some incident in school had triggered the act, Mr Sharma said he would be investigating this angle once the school opens on Monday.

“We have already asked the father of the girl if he thinks that there was some foul play in his daughter’s death. He is sure that she killed herself,” said Mr Sharma.



Devotee crushed to death under chariot
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 28
A 35-year-old woman was crushed to death under the chariot of Lord Jagannath during a rath yatra passing through the town today.

The incident took place around 8.30 pm when the yatra was passing the road dividing Sectors 10 and 11.

The victim, Ms Nidhi Batra, a resident of Sector 10, had joined the devotees here along with her mother-in-law.

The police said that as she was walking along the chariot, she was possibly pushed by someone, and she fell down.

Before she could get up, she was crushed under the wheels of the chariot. The woman was rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6, where she was declared dead.

The victim leaves behind two children — a son and a daughter.

The two-day rath yatra was organised by ISKCON.



Sukhna silt drowns all solutions
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News service

A silt island in the Sukhna Lak
A silt island in the Sukhna Lake.

Desilting work in progress in the Sukhna Lake.
Desilting work in progress in the Sukhna Lake. — File photographs

Chandigarh, November 28
The Sukhna Lake is undisputedly one of the most important landmarks of City Beautiful. Unfortunately, it has lost nearly 70 per cent of its capacity over the years due to silting. Annual reviews of the situation portray a dismal picture. Since its birth in 1958, the silt level in the lake has risen by almost 28 feet. Numerous shramdaan exercises and efforts by residents of the city and the Administration have failed to restore the lake to its original depth. In the absence of any futuristic planning, the very existence of the lake is under threat.

Several experts have submitted reports to the Administration, but at best only a fraction of the silt that flows into the lake during monsoons is removed in the annual de-silting programmes. From the initial water spread in the lake estimated at 563 acres in 1958, it was found to be around 366 acres two years ago. Put in simple words, the Sukhna Lake is dying.

A former Chief Engineer in the Punjab Irrigation Department and Director, Irrigation and Power Research Institute (IPRI), Amritsar, Dr G.S Dhillon, says annual surveys conducted by the IPRI on the silting in the Sukhna Lake have determined the pattern of silt deposit on the lake bed. From El (elevation above mean sea level) 1126 feet at the deepest level in 1958, the bed at present is at El 1163, a raise of about 37 feet at some places.

The capacity of the lake has come down from 8710 acre foot in 1958 to 4161 acre foot in 2002. But in certain years the water flow has gone done considerably. He says the lake is not only shrinking but also stinking due to the decay of weeds in it.

The problem of silting is nothing new. Soon after the commissioning of the lake, it was found that the lake was receiving a rather large amount of silt. The gates of the intake shaft were buried in silt within a year. No effort has been made since then by any agency or the Administration to remove the silt and open the gates. Experts have suggested that the entry of water into Sukhna should be regulated through “sedimentation tanks” operating on the principal of a “silt pond”. One such proposal, known as the “Khosla report”, was given serious thought in the early 1960s, but soon dropped for reasons unknown.

Subsequently, a large number of check dams and grade stabilisers were built in the Kansal and Suketri catchment areas. This initially checked the silt, but as the catchments filled up, sedimentation in the lake rose from 430 acre foot in 1969 to 510 acre foot in 1970. The situation has been getting worse ever since. In 1987 and 1988 scanty rainfall resulted in the surfacing of silt islands. Efforts by the media and the Jaspal Bhatti-led Nonsense Club highlighted the issue that put the then Adviser, Mr Ashok Pardhan, into action and shramdaan programmes were organised to carry out de-silting.

Recent hydrographical survey reports indicate that after the 1988 floods, the capacity of the lake dropped to 2970 acre foot, a mere 34 per cent of the original capacity, putting the annual average loss at 2.2 per cent. But the building of the rowing channel and peripheral embankment on the northern boundary of the lake a year later somewhat improved the situation, gradually bringing up the storage capacity of the lake to 4161 acre foot some time ago.

Mr Gurbax Singh Mann of Mann Global Research and Development Technologies has also suggested a plan to save the Sukhna Lake. The two-point plan advocates restricting the entry of silt combined with the removal of the silt from the lake with the help of the flow of water. He has sent a detailed plan to the Administration, hoping that someone with authority would react. He has suggested the construction of an M-type reservoir and two outlets. The project, he claims, can be implemented at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. Not a very high cost if it works.

If immediate long-term measures are not taken, in a few years the lake might begin to resemble a large pond and eventually be part of the city’s history. 



Lala Lajpat Rai remembered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 28
More than 300 students from 18 schools of urban and the rural areas of the city participated in the Inter-School National Anthem and Patriotic Song Competition organised by the Servants of the People Society at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15 here yesterday. As a part of the ongoing 76th Martyrdom Fortnight celebrations of Sher-e-Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai, the society has organised various events to mark the day.

Earlier, Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, inaugurated the competitions and recalled the sacrifice of Lala Lajpat Rai in the our freedom struggle.

Mr Onkar Chand, Chairman of the society, also highlighted the role of Lalaji in the freedom struggle saying that he succumbed to the lathis and blows showered upon him by the British on November 17, 1928.

A former DGP of Punjab, Mr P.C. Dogra, who was the chief guest on the occasion, appreciated the students’ participation in the contest. Mr Dogra also gave away the prizes to the winners.

Apart from the students and members of the society, various prominent personalities and linguistics were also present on the occasion. 



Categorise violations of building bylaws, says social group
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Samadhaan, a pressure group for social change, has suggested a formula for the categorisation of the violations in the UT buildings for enabling the residents to go for hassle-free, need-based changes.

In a representation to the Administrator, the Samadhaan president, Mr R.P. Malhotra, pleaded that since 1952, when the bylaws were formulated, everything about socio-economic structure of the city had drastically changed. The city boundary had been shrunk following the reorganisation of Punjab and Haryana in 1966.

Such conditions, making the housing accommodation literally unaffordable even for the middle class, were forcing the occupants of smaller houses to create additional accommodations on the same premises either by internal partitions or encroaching upon the open area of the plot, the Samadhaan felt.

A pragmatic approach towards the basic needs of the people by relaxing the bylaws and at the same time retaining the true identity of the city’s architecture was the need of the hour. For this besides increasing the percentage of permissible covered area, a liberal approach for allowing the need-based internal changes should be considered, it suggested.

Giving a blueprint for changes, it said while using the building or during the process of construction an owner may feel the need of various internal changes such as a slight shift in the position of a cupboard/door/window. The need-based changes within the building, conforming to architectural norms and without affecting the safety of the structure of the building, should not be treated as the violation of bylaws even if the construction differed from the sanctioned plans.

And under the second category, minor changes in the elevation, an additional room in the rear courtyard, projections/cantilevers marginally wider than the sanctioned width, ornamental changes in compound wall gates and other such minor violations, which did not affect the overall façade of the surroundings, may be compounded by charging a one-time nominal composition fee.

It may be pointed out that the case of the cantilever had repeatedly been recommended as after allowing the full coverage of first and second floors in marla houses there was hardly any open space left for drying clothes etc.

Mr Malhotra felt that under the third category, serious violations such as the violation of the front line of zoning plans-construction of a room in the front courtyard-should be treated as non-compoundable violations.

The sanctity of the master plan and the sustenance of the architectural beauty were the foremost task of every Chandigarh resident. A policy of strict implementation of building bylaws should be envisaged for the last category of the violations, he added.



Dalit panel to launch helpline
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
On the occasion of World Human Rights Day, the Dalit Rights Protection Forum, Punjab, will launch the “Dalit rights protection helpline” in Kharar on December 10.

According Ms Parminder Kaur, general secretary of the organisation, the helpline will be started with financial assistance from the National Campaign For Dalit Human Rights, a national-level NGO. It will be a monitoring centre for complaints of human rights violations, discrimination and other forms of atrocities on the Dalits and other weaker sections of society.

A free legal aid cell will be made operational in a phased manner. The recording of the calls received will be maintained and the complaints be attended to promptly.

Dr Harbans Lal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Government of Punjab, would be the chief guest.

A candle light procession will be organised.



Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
A two-day Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra organised by the Chandigarh branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) concluded at Panchkula today.

The annual 16th rath yatra was taken out in the city beautiful with great preparedness, enthusiasm and devotion.

Thousands of ISKCON devotees from all parts of the country and abroad had come for the rath yatra and it looked like a real cosmopolitan affair.

A procession of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladev and Devi Subhadra arrived on rath in Sector 17, in the afternoon where these were offered 56 bhoga offering. After the bhoga offering, aarti was performed.

The rath yatra started at 1 pm from Sector 17, Plaza, when Mr Pawan Bansal, MP, inaugurated the yatra and a number of sanyasis started sweeping the road before the rath with golden brooms while other devotees began pulling the chariot carrying the deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Devi Subhadra and Srila Prabhupada, the founder acharya of International Society for Krishna Consicousness.

Local people turned out in large numbers and joined the devotees in pulling the chariot. The steel rath with telescopic multi-layer colourful canopy to adjust the height, which had been painted in bright colours and tastefully decorated with flowers, banana and mango leaves proved to be a unique attraction for all. A large number of devotees were busy in sankirtan. Many volunteers were seen distributing small packets of prasadam to all the participants and onlookers.

Aartis were performed and bhoga offerings were made at about 25 places on the 7 km long route of the yatra.

The rath yatra which passed through Sectors 18, 19, 9-27, 20-30, 20, 21, 22, 22-23 concluded at the ISKCON centre in Sector 36-B, at about 7 pm where about 7,000 participants were treated to a sumptuous feast.

On the concluding day the rath yatra started from the NAC Market, Mani Majra, passing through various sectors of Panchkula and culminated at the Shiv Mandir in Sector 9. 



Global summit takes up immigration issues
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, November 28
The globalisation of the world economy and the world’s labour markets has put India in a commanding position due to its large workforce. In such a scenario, immigration lawyers have a crucial role to play to facilitate the orderly and legal movement of talent across international borders. This was the consensus among lawyers participating in the just-concluded second global immigration summit.

According to Mr Malhotra, a city lawyer among 200 delegates from across the globe who participated in the summit in New York, said the summit was focused on the post 9/11 scenario with special reference to immigration in about 50 nations. “Thinking Beyond Borders”, as the summit was called, was organised by the American Lawyers Association in cooperation wit the International Bar Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, London.

The summit discussed issues related to security and terrorism and their impact on the new visa controls. Issues pertaining to less skilled and essential workers were also discussed. Besides, issues concerning family and citizenship, comparative asylum/refugee law practices and dual nationality were also discussed.



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BJP collects donations for repair of roads
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 28
cash-strapped Municipal Council (MC) need not worry. The BJP has come to its aid. The BJP Councillors and senior party leaders today collected donations for the local body, so that the roads in Sector 10 could be repaired.

Led by Councillors Mr V.K. Sood, and Mr CB Goel, district BJP President, Mr B.K. Nayar, and state BJP Treasurer, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, the BJP workers formed a group, and stopped all commuters. They were carrying a donation box, and asked the commuters on the road in Sector 10, opposite Anupam Sweets, Sector 11, to donate money for the MC.

The BJP leaders told the commuters and residents of Sector 10 that the MC had no funds for carrying out the repair of roads. They exhorted the residents to donate money, which would later be presented to the MC, to begin the repair of roads in the sector.

The BJP leaders also garlanded potholes on the roads in Sector 10, in order to earmark these accident spots. They said garlanding the pot holes, they were earmarking spots that commuters should avoid for their safety.

The protest followed a report carried in the columns of Chandigarh Tribune, in its issue dated November 26. The newspaper had highlighted how the council had spent crores of rupees in the name of development works, but the condition of roads, street lights, parks, stray cattle menace etc. had gone from bad to worse.

Later, Mr B.K. Nayar and Mr Gian Chand Gupta, said the MC had spent crores of rupees in the name of development, but the works undertaken by the local body were not being carried out efficiently. “Till date, a sum of Rs 35 crore has been collected by the MC as various taxes in Panchkula, but there is no record of the expenditure.

Since a change in the government is inevitable in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Haryana, the MC has already collected house tax for the next year,. and we fear that this money too, will go down the drain,” they said.

The BJP leaders also criticised the system of allotting tenders for various works by the MC.

They said no meeting of the MC house was called, and the tenders were allotted without getting consent from the MC House. 



In-laws force AIG’s widow to live in gurdwara
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
After her pleas allegedly failed to move the Chandigarh police, Ms Malwinder Kaur, widow of a Punjab police officer, is planning to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court to facilitate her entry into her matrimonial home.

Her husband Harpreet Singh Grewal was AIG (Security), Punjab, when he died of cancer in February. She went into depression following his death and had to be admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, here, for a long time. Meanwhile, her mother-in-law too died, leaving behind a will purportedly to have been made in favour of her daughters (sisters-in-law of Malwinder).

The beneficiaries of the will filed a probate application before the Chandigarh District Judge, who transferred the case to the Additional District Judge, Mr Tejvinder Singh, ordering the parties to maintain “status quo in the will”.

On an application moved by Malwinder, Mr Tejinder Singh held that a perusal of the District Judge’s order “shows that there is no specific injunction passed by the District Judge, which restrained her from entering her matrimonial home.”

Malwinder alleges that despite this clarification from the court, the police is not helping her in exercising her right to enter her matrimonial home on the plea that the case was sub-judice.

Now she stays either in various gurdwaras of Chandigarh or with her parents in Rangoowal village in Ludhiana district. 



Condition of troops’ families to be improved: Anupama
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Ms Anupama Singh, wife of the Army chief designate Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh, today said that her priority as the Army’s first lady would be to improve the quality of life of the families of troops. She said that her focus would be on the welfare of war widows.

Terming her husband’s elevation to the top post as a matter of great honour and privilege, she said she would do her utmost to uphold the trust and responsibility given to them. She will be taking over as president, Army Wives Welfare Association, when General Singh takes over as the Army Chief on February 1.

Ms Anupama is the daughter of Colonel Narinder Pal Singh, and Mrs Prabhjot Kaur, both accomplished writers. She had met General Singh at Pune in 1970 during the New Year’s eve, when the General, then a Captain was doing a course and her father was posted there. They got married the next year.

They have a son, who does business in France and is married to a French girl, and a daughter, Urvashi, married to a telecom professional and residing in Delhi.

Her first love is painting, with other interests being applied arts and outdoor sports, specially golf. Alongside painting, she diversified into designing handicrafts, artefacts, furniture and tapestry. Besides doing designing projects for clients the world over, she is also doing projects for the Ministry of Textiles. She runs a design studio of her own creations.



PUDA for separate rly ticket counter
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 28
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) would make a fresh move to provide the township with a railway ticket reservation counter. Having agreed in principle to give space free of cost to the Railways, PUDA authorities have now decided to select a suitable site in the middle of the township for the same.

The move comes in the wake of a demand made by Mohali residents to PUDA Chief Administrator (CA), Mr A.S. Chattwal, highlighting the dire necessity of a railway tickets-reservation counter here.

The residents, led by Mr H.S. Sangha, president, the Mohali Development and Residents Welfare Association, had pointed out to the CA that residents had to travel over 20 km to Chandigarh to book tickets.

The issue of the ticket-reservation counter here had been prolonging for the past two years. In July 2002, following a long-standing demand of residents, PUDA’s Mohali office had sent a proposal to the PUDA headquarters recommending the provision of space at a nominal rent for a ticket-reservation counter.

The headquarters turned down the proposal. They stated that the Railway Board was paying Rs 10,000 per month as rent to the UT administration for the use of administration’s space at the Sector 17 inter-state bus terminus, adding that the board should pay a similar amount to PUDA for the use of its space at Mohali.

The board officials on the other hand clarified that according to the latest set of instructions issued on February 2002, building and setting up of a passenger-reservation counter will be provided free of cost by the user as per designs provided by the Railways.’

However, the issue was resolved in February 2004, when the then PUDA CA, Mr Sanjay Kumar, agreed to give space free of cost to the Railway authorities in one of PUDAs vacant commercial built-up sites to set up a computerised reservation counter. But the proposal was rejected by the Minister for Housing and Urban Planning, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri who wanted that the site be sold by PUDA and not let out.

The CA, Mr A.S. Chattwal today said he had been apprised of the demand and an alternative site was being suggested for the counter and a fresh proposal sent to the minister.



Panel seeks early possession of plots
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 28
Members of the local Allotment Sangharsh Committee met today at Chandigarh and decided to fight for an early possession of their plots in sectors 76 to 80 in Mohali. The committee comprises 3,900 allottees who had been given letters of intent by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority for the allotment of plots in these sectors in 2000 but have not got physical possession.

President of the committee Sucha Singh Kalour said 3,950 plots of various sizes in the new sectors were approved and a draw of lots was held in March, 2001. Successful allottees had paid 25 per cent of the allotment price to PUDA and it was promised that physical possession of the plots would be given by December, 2002.

Mr Sharanjit Singh, general secretary of the committee, said some part of the sectors had been given to the Radha Swami Satsang and the Housefed Punjab.

Mr Bhupinder Singh Somal, organising secretary, said the allottees were suffering for no fault of theirs but due to a court case between the farmers and PUDA. Some of the allottees had been living in rented accommodations, he added.



Lions club organises free camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The Lions Club, International organised a free ear and hearing checkup camp at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, here today. The ENT specialist, Dr C. Mahendru and his team treated more than 120 patients in the camp, who were also given free medicines for the minor ailments.

Municipal Councillor and president of Citizen's Welfare Association P.C. Sanghi inaugurated the camp. A team of seven members led by the chairman managed the camp.



Digital cameras, computer stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 28
Mr Sandeep Pundeer reported to the police that one computer, two digital cameras, one monitor, one keyboard and some other articles were stolen from his shop in Sector 32 during the intervening night of November 26-27. The police said the thieves entered the shop by breaking open the locks.

A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Vehicles stolen

Mr Manmohan Singh of Sector 44 has filed a complaint that his Maruti Esteem car (CH-03-M-3786) was stolen from parking area in Sector 34 on November 26. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Mr Inderpreet Singh of Sector 7 complained that his motor cycle (CH-03-H-8801) has been stolen from near the Golf Club, yesterday. A case was registered at the Sector 3 police station.


Shanti Devi, a resident of Indira Colony in Mani Majra, was hit by a scooter (HR-36-C-0014) near Haryana Wine Shop in Mani Majra, yesterday. The scooterist sped away after hitting her. Shanti Devi received serious injuries and was rushed to the PGI. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Two held for gambling

The police has arrested two gamblers from Hallo Majra last night.

Sanjiv Kumar of Hallo Majra and Bau Lal of Colony No. 4 were arrested while gambling at a public place. The police recovered Rs 1500 and 600, respectively, from their possession. A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station.



Groom attacked at pre-marriage party
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 28
Pre-marriage celebrations turned violent in Ram Darbar last night when four or five boys of the locality allegedly attacked the groom one day ahead of his marriage.

The groom, Sonu, was attacked by the boys when he tried to prevent them from creating nuisance at the party.

According to the police, Sonu had thrown a dance party at a ground in Ram Darbar. Relatives and friends of the groom were dancing when Suresh, Rohtash, Rajesh, along with their friends, came there and started creating nuisance.

Sonu tried to dissuade them but they started abusing him. When Sonu’s uncle Sudhir intervened, Suresh and his friends attacked them with swords and batons. Relatives of Sonu pelted Suresh and his friends with stones and bricks. They caught hold of Suresh but the others escaped.

Suresh was handed over to the police. The injured were admitted to the GMCH-32. A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station.

Sonu was discharged from the hospital today and he left for Merrut in Uttar Pradesh for his marriage, the police said. 



9 kg poppy husk seized
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 28
The police today arrested Kuldeep Singh during a special naka by the Pinjore police, and seized 9 kg of poppy husk and 48 bottles of liquor.

The accused was arrested round 4 am today, when he was going on a scooter (PB-12-9185) near Tanda Johruwal village. On searching him, the police found the narcotics and liquor in his possession and arrested him.


A team of the Patiala police today raided a house in Sector 10 here, and arrested Mr Satish Dutt in a dowry harassment case. His daughter-in-law, Ms Sukhbir Kaur, had accused him and her husband, Mr Vijay Dutt, of harassing her. The victim had been married for three years, and had a two-year-old daughter. She alleged that her father had paid Rs 1.50 lakh as dowry at the time of marriage, but the accused were again demanding Rs 1.50 lakh and a car.

The victim, who was accompanying the police, also took away all her belongings from the house.


A 35-year-old resident of Chandigarh, Mr Gopal Krishan, was assaulted by five persons at a restaurant in Sector 5 today, when he had gone to meet his estranged wife and daughter.

Mr Krishan had alleged that his was assaulted by one Suresh and four others, at the behest of his estranged wife, Meenashi. He alleged that he had gone to meet his daughter Ridhima, but as soon as he reached the restaurant, he was beaten up.

He was later rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6, for treatment.

Two injured

Two women — Pooja and Shabnam — were injured after they were hit by a speeding car on the road dividing Sectors 4 and 5. The two women were riding on a motorcycle, when a car, reportedly being driven by a Major stationed at Chandi Mandir, hit the motor cycle. 



Scooterist hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 28
The car of Anu Chathrath, a councillor of Municipal Corporation Chandigarh, hit a scooterist near the lights point of Sectors 15 and 16 on Friday. The scooterist, Mr Arun Kumar (31), of Khudda Lahora village was seriously injured in the accident and was hospitalised.

The police today registered a case two days after the accident against Parveen Kumar, the driver of Fiat Palio car (CH-03-H-1064).

Meanwhile, speculation was rife over the delay regarding the registration of a case.

The police said that Arun Kumar was not fit to give his statement, which caused delay in the registration of the case. Anu Chathrath was on the rear seat of the car.

Mr Mahipal Narad, father of Mr Arun Kumar, said that Arun was going back to his home in Khudda Lahora village on November 26 at around 5 pm after visiting him in Sector 23. He stopped at the Sector 15-16 lights point. He moved on after getting the green signal. Suddenly a Fiat Palio car that was coming from Madhya Marg took a sharp turn towards Sector 15 and hit Arun's scooter. Arun fell on the road and received serious injuries. He was rushed to the hospital.

Mr Mahipal further said that Arun got 15 stitches on his chin. His two teeth were broken and he also received injuries on his head and hand.



Private parties to be invited for IT park
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 28
Following two failed experiments to establish information technology parks as joint ventures, the Punjab Government has now decided to invite requests from interested parties to establish an IT park on 15 acres in Mohali. The scheme for the same was given a nod by the project approval board during its meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

The Principal Secretary, Industries and commerce, Mr S.C. Agarwal, told The Tribune, This land is not to be given to any specific company. We are going to, through open tenders, invite requests from interested companies, who want to set up an IT park oran an-IT enabled services centre here. We could either give the whole 15 acres to a single company after the bidding process or we could cut it out into small plots and allot these to different companies.’’

Mr Agarwal added that the government would also be formulating an IT park policy for the state that would regulate the establishment of IT parks and govern their working.

A IT-cum-knowledge park was to be established on this land in 2000 in collaboration with the Mahindras, but the project failed to take off. The foundation stone of 200 crore Mahindra knowledge park was also laid in December 2000.

Following this, last year this land was offered to Larsen and Toubro Limited for the establishment of an IT park.

Sources said this project too fizzled out. Many plans regarding the establishment of an information technology training institute on this land were also made but none saw the light of the day.

At Patiala, 20 acres had been demarcated for an IT park by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) within the integrated township being developed as a counter-magnet to the National Capital Region.

The Sources added that encouraged by the response to Quark city established over 46 acres in Mohali, a large number of IT companies had started showing interest in the state and the recent visit of the Chief Minister to Bangalore too would bring in some of the IT majors to Punjab.

However, the state faces a stiff competition from both Chandigarh and Haryana. In Chandigarh 111 acres has already been developed into an IT park and the biggest player has been Infosys, which has decided to shift its operations from Mohali to its own 20 acres of space in the Chandigarh Software Technology Park. 


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