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Chandigarh Club’s bar licence cancelled, fined Rs 50,000
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
The Chandigarh Administration today cancelled the bar licence of the Chandigarh Club, a leading social club of city for period of three days and also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the Club. The licence of Blue Ice, a prominent city bar, was suspended till the police gave clearance of the law and order situation. 

* Chandigarh Club: Fined Rs 50,000 and licence suspended for three days

* Blue Ice : Licence suspended indefinitely till police clearance.

* Golf Range: Fined Rs 15,000, no suspension of licence.

Meanwhile the Chandigarh Golf Range was imposed fine of Rs 15,000 and warned with suspension of licence if the error is repeated. The two clubs — Chandigarh Club and Golf Range — will have the right to appeal before Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Arun Kumar. In case of Blue Ice the only condition will be clearance from the Police.

All three places had been raided by Excise and Taxation Officials Rajeev Choudhary and Rajesh Aery on Sunday night. The matter had come up for hearing before the Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Mr Inderjit Singh Sandhu, who passed the orders in this regard this evening.

The action has come against the Chandigarh club for allegedly allowing a party on its lawns where liquor meant “for sale in Haryana CSD” was being served. The club was also found to be serving liquor at places which are not covered under the licence of the club. The club management also failed to produce the sale and stock register, claims the orders of the Chandigarh Administration.

The bar of the Chandigarh Club shall remain closed from tomorrow and the suspension shall be revoked on or after December 19 on payment of penalty. This will be the first time in the history of the club that the bar will close down as penalty.

In case of Blue Ice, which is owned by the family of Congress leader Venod Sharma, the suspension starts from tomorrow. The Police had written about a spate of brawls inside the premises of the Blue Ice. The SSP had written to the Excise Commissioner, who is also the Deputy Commissioner of the city that four FIRs were registered in the past few months and the licence should be cancelled.

In case of the Golf Range it was found that it was the first offence of the club when it was found that liquor from Haryana was being served. The club has been let off with a warning. The same could not apply in case of the Chandigarh club as the latter had been committing similar irregularities in the past.



Akademi awards presented, despite lack of funds for prizes
Bank of Punjab sponsors prizes; saves the day for Akademi
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
This year’s annual award ceremony of Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi was different from earlier ones in more ways than one. To begin with, it was delayed by eight months due to non-release of akademi’s funds by the Punjab Government. The cash strapped Akademi waited in vain for the government to oblige it with funds and when no finances came, it struck collaboration with the Bank of Punjab which sponsored this year’s prize money of Rs 31,000 each for six awardees in various categories.

“Let’s make Punjab shine”: Rodrigues

The last word, of course, was General Rodrigues’s who hailed art as the best expression of a civilization’s aspirations. Calling for the promotion of regional talent, the Governor said he was not pleased to hear that Indian artistes had to go abroad to seek praises. “That only means we have not developed good attitudes and potentials here. This lack needs to be addressed sooner than later. Why should our artistes benefit other societies with their talent? We must encourage them to stay here, share their aspirations and interact more frequently with us. We have to make Punjab shine and we have to do it ourselves because no one else will do it for us,” General Rodrigues said.

While the trend of corporate houses furthering the cause of arts was welcomed, the government’s attitude was questioned, though subtly, with almost all Akademi officials, including Chairperson Jaspal Bhatti, asking it to release the due funds.

In presence at the annual award giving ceremony was Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) who gave a patient hearing to the complaining office-bearers of the akademi and also made himself available to present a special memento to Mr D.P. Singh of Bank of Punjab, which literally saved the day for the Akademi.

Earlier General Rodrigues presented awards to this year’s winners Dr Atmajit for theatre; Master Harbhajan Singh for promotion of folk dance; Barkat Sidhu for the service of folk music; Ragis Giani Gurcharan Singh and Giani Avtar Singh for contribution to Gurbani music and Manmohan Singh for the promotion of Punjabi cinema. Conducting the stage at Tagore Theatre this evening was Dr Rajpal Singh, secretary of the akademi.

Among the highlights of the evening were some purposeful remarks made by Dr Atmajit who raised the valid point of “survival of dramatists” in India. “We show you free theatre, but have you ever thought how we survive?” he questioned the gathering giving it much food for thought. Film maker Manmohan Singh demanded more film training institutes for the north, especially Punjab.

Master Harbhajan Singh who has nurtured the art of bhangra with his sweat and has also made himself available for instruction in schools, vowed saying, “I will never let blots come upon my art. I will keep it sparkling clean as this white shawl that you have bestowed upon me,” he said, inviting applause.

The awarded Raagis called for the purity of Gurbani keertan while Barkat Sidhu chose to remain quiet, only to enthrall the audiences with the magic of his voice later. He was followed on stage by Manpreet Akhtar, whose voice has created ripples in Bollywood. Also present at the show was Mr D.S. Jaspal from the Cultural Affairs Department of the Punjab Government.



Help mishap victims without fear
Police told not to question good Samaritans
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
Good Samaritans wanting to help accident victims lying on the road will not face uncomfortable questions from the cops. If an accident victim has been brought to the hospital for treatment, he or she will not be questioned by the police.

The Chandigarh Administration, last week, issued directions to the police that the person escorting the injured to the hospitals should not be questioned about his identity.

The Home Department has made it clear that the police personnel on duty at the police station or the hospital should not insist on the escorting person to reveal his identity or address. Also the person may know nothing about the accident and under no circumstances, the person helping the road accident victim be detained at the hospital for interrogation. The only question that will be known to the person is the spot from where the injured was brought.

The Home Department’s directive says it has been observed that people who help accident victims face harassment at the hands of cops. This has developed an attitude in which people hesitate to help accident victims and take them to the hospital. This leads to loss of humans lives.

Further sensitising the cops about accident victims, the Administration says the injured has to be removed to the hospital at once by the quickest means without waiting for procedures. In case of fatal accidents, the first effort should be to take the injured person to the hospital rather than declaring the injured as dead on the spot. There should be no delay on the part of the police which should not wait for things like jurisdictional formalities.

The Administration has been directed by the Union Ministry of Shipping and Road Transport to issue the guidelines to ensure that members of the public are educated that here is no fear in helping road accident victims.

For the doctors, the directives are clear, treatment of the injured has to start before the arrival of the police or for the completion of legal formalities. 



Administrator for workable traffic plan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues today gave officials 15 days to come up with a workable traffic plan for proper implementation, with little inconvenience to public.

Expressing concern over the rising accidents, the Administrator said traffic violations must be checked but at the same time there should be no harassment of public and law-abiding citizens.

He said the functionaries to have a vision of the needs of the future and strive for implementing the projects in time-bound schedule.

Chandigarh needs micro-level long term planning, thoughtful evaluation and detailed feasibility studies should form the basis of infrastructure development to ensure the sustainability and utility of the projects. He was commenting after the presentation on infrastructure development made by the Chandigarh Administration in U.T Secretariat, here today. He said development of a City is a dynamic thing and could not remain static.

He said that line losses in the power sector should be reduced to international standards and the people should be educated to make optimum use of these valuable sources. He said that water losses are also on the rise and there should be a system to regulate and ensure its proper utilization. 



PGI softens stand on yellow card
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
The Post Graduate Institute (PGI) here, in a press statement, has said that all heads of the departments of the PGI were empowered to recommend a patient “poor-free” in case he\she does not carry a yellow card.

The press note said this had been done not to hamper treatment of the patients. The PGI had asked the poor patients to produce a yellow card, (indicting that they are below the poverty line) to avail the free treatment at the hospital.

The PGI adds that the step has been taken to check the misuse of the poor free facility.



Domino effect! 
City spurs real estate price in Zirakpur
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, December 15
Chandigarh's loss has been Zirakpur's gain in terms of the land prices which have shot up meteorically in the last one year, courtesy the unprecedented hike of property prices in the city beautiful.

With the real estate prices in Chandigarh going beyond the reach of the common man, people interested in buying commercial and residential property are moving towards the periphery, causing land prices and sales of plots to pick up considerably.

The hike in the property prices in Chandigarh has directly had a bearing on the property in peripheral areas and this trend has almost doubled the property prices in Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat limits in last over one year.

With the coming up of various housing colonies in this area and property available at affordable prices, Zirakpur is fast emerging as a major hub of property dealings in this part of the region.

Located along the Chandigarh-Ambala and the Panchkula-Patiala highways, this satellite town has become a prime destination for the middle-class families which can have 'dream' homes and flats in various housing colonies and residential societies.

A survey by the Chandigarh Tribune revealed that while residential property has witnessed a hike of approximately 80 per cent, the prices of commercial property e shot up by 100 to 120 per cent in different housing colonies.

The properties in colonies which have been approved by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) and located along the highways have also witnessed a drastic hike.

Inquiries from various colonizers and property dealers revealed that the sky-rocketing property prices in Chandigarh, availability of residential and commercial property on affordable prices in Zirakpur and PUDAs proposal for setting up an Urban Estate near Zirakpur, have contributed immensely to Zirakpur's growing popularity as the common man's new destination.

Mr Sunil Banda, general manager of Silver City, a housing colony in Zirakpur, claimed that the prices of residential flats have doubled in last six months.

"A three bed-room flat that was costing Rs 7.20 lakhs in October is being sold at a premium of Rs 2.5 lakhs, presently.

With the advent of investors from other cities, the property prices in Zirakpur have started gradually attaining new 
height beyond the common man's reach," he pointed out.

Mr Narinder Sharma, proprietor of housing colonies Defence Enclave and Savitri Enclave, said the rates of plots have been increased to Rs 5000 per square yard from Rs 2,500 per square yard in last over a year.

The majority of buyers, who invested in his colonies, belong to Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Kalka, Ambala, Rajpura, Patiala and surrounding areas.

"Apart from this some big investors from Bathinda, Delhi, Gurgaon and other metropolitan cities, who are engaged in buying residential plots, sale of flats and land in bulk have also been boosting the property prices," claimed Mr Sharma.

"The main reason of the property price hike in Zirakpur is the involvement of various businessmen from Nabha, Samana, Patana, Bathinda, Budlada, Ludhiana, Khanna and some other cities who purchase land by pooling money and develop multi-storey buildings here.

They are selling flats to the buyers at affordable rates which subsequently has affected the 'demand and consumption ration' here," claimed Mr Pawan Bansal, a managing director of Motiaz, a construction company.

"The property prices in this area would shoot up again, since some big investors are coming up with shopping malls in Zirakpur soon," felt Mr Bansal. 



Muskan murder case
Killer was in a dilemma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
The alleged killer of Muskan, Dildar, had decided to put off the murder plan when the call girl suddenly pushed him on the ground in the bathroom of the hotel.

“I thought it will be difficult to overcome this strong woman and decided to call off the murder plan and run away front he room,” Dildar is said to have told the police during the interrogation. During scuffle in the bathroom suddenly Dildar hit Muskan on the head with his kara, then on the face, eyes and lips and downed her in the bathrub police sources said.

Dildar allegedly murdered Muskan for the love of Shruti. His old father is fighting against the cancer and a brother is hospitalised after an accident with none to take care of them.

Police sources said the investigation, was based on details of persons who could be suspects.

It was at 4 pm on December 11 night when auto-rickshaw driver Kulwinder revealed that the woman who died and was earlier dropped at Shivalikview was Muskan.

The police traced Kulwinder by a call made on his mobile number (98141-53100) from room number 402. Investigation about the call led to the police to the mobile company to find out the address of the person. The address of Kulwinder was found to be of Antaran village in Punjab. The police sought details of Kulwinder in which two local calls of Sector 38 cropped up.

Sub-Inspector Nasib Singh tracked dawn on these callers on the mobile phone of Kulwinder.

The second call identified the driver and gave a hint of his address in Daddu Majra. Kulwinder tried to mislead the police saying that he dropped a man, a woman and two children at the Shivalikview. The police carried out a search in Sector 38 (West) house of Muskan and seized a sim card mentioning IEMR number of Muskan’s mobile.

Photographs and phone numbers were also seized from the room of Muskan except for a singer’s identity nobody could be identified. From the IEMR number it was traced that mobile number 98729-25026 could be her number and was confirmed when Kulwinder said he had got a call from Muskan from this number at 1130 a.m.

The police started studying the call details. Another mobile she earlier used was 98150-36160. This number had got a call from 98158-85572 on December 8. The man turned out to be an NRI customer. There were several calls from this phone to Muskan she stopped at another hotel to make “arrangements” for this customer but when she could not do so, she proceeded to Shivalikview. Another mobile number was detected from the calls made by Muskan. This number had a 1452-second-long conversation with a person in Mohali. The questioning lead to the revelation of a number of a girl called Sheetal. The police showed him photographs of girls recovered from the room of Muskan. The person from Mohali identified her as Sheetal, alias, Shruti. The police found out this girl had been earlier arrested in an immoral trafficking case.

There was no call from Shruti’s phone after 6 pm to Muskan. But there was a call to Baroda from the mobile of Muskan and one to Shruti. This number had figured in the diaries of Muskan. The police did not have any address of Shruti in Delhi. The police also suspected a man whom Muskan loved. He was called to join the investigation. The police zeroed in on Shruti who had to come to the city to appear in the court in connection with a case.

During her questioning the police kept her mobile phone on. A woman in Gujarati said Sebby wanted to talk to her. The police had seen his name in the diaries of Muskan. Shruti kept on misleading the police saying that she did not know the man. She gave different versions about the man. Later Shruti, revealed that it was Dildar calling on the phone.



Tehelka case: Sahgal’s grilling continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
Colonel Anil Sahgal, accused in the Tehelka case today admitted before a military court that he had divulged certain technical information pertaining to procurement of Hand Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI) to operatives of tehelka.com who were posing as arms dealers.

He also admitted to leaking some information discussed at an in-house conference attended by senior officers.

During cross-examination by prosecution counsel, Mr Arvind Moudgil, Colonel Sahgal stated that he had told the Tehelka team that the HHTIs were supposed to function within a certain temperature limit. He added that he may have learnt about the information during an in-house conference with senior officers.

The accused stated that he could not recall as to why he shared the information with civilians. He also denied that he had initiated a talk about commission after he learnt that they were prospective supplier of HHTIs.

The prosecution also tried to discredit the accused's contention that he had been totally intoxicated when he had enjoyed the company of call girls. After showing him the relevant video clips, Mr Moudgil questioned him that if he was in an inebriated condition, then how could he remember to put on his spectacles, remember a telephone number and dial easily.

The accused also denied suggestions put to him by the prosecution that he had contacts with women of ill-repute and used to act as an agent for them by misusing his official position.

The trial took an unexpected turn, when the accused submitted a blank stamp paper as evidence in support of his contention that he had been interacting with the Tehelka team in connection with renting out his house to them and not for any other reason.

Colonel Sahgal stated that the stamp paper had been bought by his brother-in-law in Jabalpur in September, 2000 and had been given to him in Delhi with the advice that any deal to rent out his premises be executed on stamp paper.

The prosecution, on the other hand, contended that the act of the accused was illegal and violated provisions of the Stamp Act as a stamp paper bought in Jabalpur could not be used for executing deals in another state. The prosecution submitted that the court impound the stamp paper and initiate appropriate action against the accused.

The accused denied any knowledge about the provisions of the Stamp Act and any violations thereof.

The cross-examination will continue tomorrow.



Treatment of gall bladder cancer different in Japan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
Back after attending the 19th World Congress of International Society for digestive surgery at Yokohoma, Japan, the two delegates of the six-member Indian contingent say that the information gathered at the Japanese functioning has lessons in store for India.

Prof S.M. Bose, a former Head of the Department of Surgery, at the PGI who chaired the special session on “Advanced Gall Bladder cancer’’ at the World Congress talks about the difference in treatment of the gall bladder cancer in India and that in the countries like Japan.

Talking to The Tribune, Prof Bose says while in Japan extended surgeries are being done extensively where along with the infected gall bladder, other infected organs like the pancreas, part of liver are also surgically removed, the extended surgeries have so far eluded the Indian hospitals.

“The reason for us not going in for the extended surgeries is because many a time, the patients arrive at the hospitals at the last stage where no such surgery is possible.’’

Gall bladder cancer is among the commonest cancers in India and its prognosis is poor all over the world.

He says that though the gall bladder cancer was prevalent in the north-western states, including Punjab and Haryana, the number of cases have really reduced these days due to increasing number of surgeries undertaken for the removal of the gall bladder stones.

Prof Bose was also a part of the symposium on Hepoto-biliary trauma where he demonstrated the ‘non-operational’ management of trauma victims of liver injuries. He presented his study on 125 patients at the PGI who, after receiving liver injuries, were managed without any operation and the merely nine of these patients required surgeries later on.

Ludhiana-based laproscopic surgeon Dr Kuldeep Singh, in his keynote lecture at the Congress says that while in Japan, the patients before undergoing surgery, are tested for a number of basic tests, the same does not exist in our country.

In fact, he says that since the Japanese are capable of spending a lot of money on the hospitalisation, they undergo each and every test, which can be avoided in the Indian scenario where both the money and the time is limited.

“I had presented in my paper that it is safe and easy to perform gall bladder surgery within 48-72 hrs of patients getting pain of gall bladder. The complicated gall bladder surgeries are also treated with laproscopy with expertise.

“There is a high incidence of cancer stomach cases in Japan than any country in the world. The Japanese surgeons have evolved their own classification of categorising the cancer patients and their approach and treatment has been excellent. They have achieved the best results in the world because of their radical approach in cancer stomach patients,’’ he adds.



Notice to Punjab, Haryana Chief Secretaries
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to the Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana as also the Adviser, Chandigarh Administration, in a contempt petition moved by Mohali-based Citizen Welfare Federation.

The petitioner has prayed for initiation of contempt of court proceedings against officers for not complying with directions issued by the High Court on October 31, 2003.

In its plea for contempt of court proceedings against the officers, the federation, through its President B.S. Tej, has stated that despite High Court orders, no action has been initiated to check the polluting of the “barsati nallah” running through Chandigarh and Mohali.

The petitioner has stated that the High Court had directed the Governments of Punjab and Haryana as also the UT Administration to constitute a three-member committee to examine the issue of discharge of residential and industrial waste into the nallah.

The committee was to go into the issue by keeping in mind public interest and suggest remedial measures.



Encroachers defy authorities with ease
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
Repeated attempts by the enforcement staff of the Chandigarh Administration to clear encroachments from the government land in different parts of the city have come a cropper with the encroachers staging a comeback.

A case in point are the encroachments on the prime land near the gurdwara in Sector 38(West). Barely a few months of their removal, the illegal settlers are back with a bang cocking a snook at the laid-back enforcement staff.

Even as the administration looks the other way, residents of the largest housing complex of the Chandigarh Housing Board(CHB) are at the receiving end of the jhuggi dwellers. Even after spending lakhs of rupees on the purchase and renovation of their flats, they are forced to live in insanitary conditions, they alleged.

“The area stinks as open defecation by the illegal settlers have made our living a nightmarish experience,” alleges Brig AJS Behl(retd), general manager of the Panchkula Golf Club and a resident.

Brigadier Behl said that after repeated complaints by the residents, the encroachments were removed during the tenure of former UT Administrator, Justice OP Verma. However, in the absence of any follow-up action, the situation was back to square one.

Terming the encroachments as “nuisance” a resident complained that petty thefts were on the rise in the area. Unidentified persons, who roamed the area, posed a security threat, he added.

The residents alleged that the active involvement of the authorities concerned was the main reason behind the situation. This, coupled with authorities’ lenient attitude towards the encroachers, was giving a fillip to the activities of the illegal settlers, alleged Mr PK Sharma, another resident.

And with a view to protect the “freed land” from encroachers, he demanded the fencing of the area by a barbed wire. A routine follow-up of the encroachment drives and strict action against the encroachers, who settled in the area again, were the need of the hour to check illegal immigrants into the city, he demanded.



Counselling must for harassed girls
Swarleen Kaur

Maneesha, a class nine student of a city school, was a topper throughout when all of a sudden she began scoring low marks.

Her parents started exerting pressure on her to perform better. In no time teachers, too, went on a ‘scolding spree’. 

Tricks to deal with the situation

If the girl is carrying a bag or keys then hitting the keys or the bags strongly on the neck, nose or on the face of the miscreant helps. But one thing is very important that women should have confidence. Most of the time fights can be won by the confidence only. 

Listen to intuition

Listen to your intuition and avoid lonely places.

Involve your family and friends in your daily routine.

Keep on changing your travel routes.

If the class mates are harassing you then just seek the help of counsellor of the school immediately.

Try to get the names and address of the miscreant then immediately inform the police.

Parents should keep an eye on their children if they are not behaving normally.

Be confident and careful on the road.

Girls, if they are supportive to each other on the spot of occurrence, can help check this problem.

When her final exams drew nearer, she said she was not in the right frame of mind and could not therefore appear in them. The scenario of their daughter's bleak future made the parents sit up and seek counselling.

In a counselling session, the girl broke down. " A group of boys used to follow me and pass vulgar comments everyday on the way back home which is just 20 minutes walk from the school. Once, they blocked my way and attempted to molest me," she told the counsellor.

Subsequently, behavior therapy, counselling and personality development sessions were given to her. It took a lot of time to revive her lost confidence.

Passing obscene comments about young girls is very common in our society. But what is not known is the magnitude of damage it afflicts on the girls' psyche.

" It leaves a deep impact on the psyche of adolescent girls. It becomes difficult for them to handle the particular situation. They also become isolated. In such cases usually self- esteem and self-respect suffers a lot.

"The girls’ confusion regarding her behavior towards men deepens. The power of decision-making weakens. Aversion towards males grows manifold. She becomes hateful towards them. If such cases are not treated in time, these problems linger forever," revealed Ashupriya, a student counsellor with many schools.

Ritu, a plus two student of a government school in a session with another city-based psychologist Vandana Narula, disclosed the unbecoming behavior of the school management on the issue.

Her sports class instructor during the practice session tried to “touch" her many times. When she told her parents, they 'very prudently' asked her to leave her favorite sports.

Her two more friends were being ‘molested’ by him in a similar fashion. Though they complained about him to the Principal but no action was taken. Probably, reputation factor outweighed rationale.

The school management does not consider this aspect and teachers prefer to brush it aside since the issue is not directly related to the studies.

"Very few parents come for counselling in this connection. Most of the time, the problem is not recognized. Instead the girl is told to "mend’’ her behavior and remain modest and subdued.

"Of course the final solution lies in making efforts to have a healthy society. But that definitely requires introspection on our part and see what can be done", Vandana Narula, stressed.

President of All India Anti Terrorist Front, Chandigarh branch, Rajesh Sharma, who has conducted various free self defence training camps in various parts of the city, insists that women should take training in self -defence.

It is a misconception that the fight can be won with the physical force only. There are many techniques to win the fight which doesn’t need physical power but only few tactics. 



Raising Day of Quarter Centurions celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
The Quarter Centurions, an air Defence Regiment celebrated its 45th Raising Day some where in the Western Sector today. A number of functions, including a sainik sammelan, officers mess functions and a barakhana marked the occasion. A large number of serving as well as retired officers attended the celebrations.

Addressing the sainik sammelan, the unit’s Commanding Officer, Col Ravi Kumar Gupta lauded all ranks for their efforts in taking the regiment to pinnacles of glory in every sphere of activity. Tributes were also paid to Gunner Ajay Minhas, who was killed in action while serving with the Rashtriya Rifles.

Raised on December 15, 1959 at Deolali, the unit has taken part in all major campaigns, including Operations Ablaze and Riddle in 1965, Cactus Lily in 1971, Trident in 1987, Rakshak-II, Operation Vijay in 1999 and Operation Parakram.



Guard civil rights, Sharma tells cops
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 15
Mr Lalit Sharma, Adviser to UT Administrator, today exhorted the UT police to act like a guardian of civil rights.

Mr Sharma was addressing a gathering of nine DSPs and 27 Inspectors of the UT police on the concluding day of first two-day refresher course at Police Headquarters, Sector 9.

Mr Sharma asked the police officers to discharge their duties in a responsible manner, adding that the police must take the rights of accused into consideration during the investigation.

He lauded the city police for its working and said the contents of the course were impressive and would serve the purpose.

Mr Shrama said the police should work towards improving its image by working in the interest of society.

Mr Rajesh Kumar, IG, UT, expressed hope that the course would help the police in keeping itself abreast of the ever-changing world.

Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, Mr L.S. Sidhu, SP (Operations) and Mr Amitabh Dhillon, SP (Traffic and Securities), were also present on the occasion.

During the refresher course, Mr B.C. Rajput, member, Punjab Human Rights Commission, shared his experiences, while Dr Prem Raput, officiating Director, Women Resource and Advocacy Centre, Chandigarh, called upon the police to guard the rights of women and children.

Mr Sanjiv Kalara, DIG (Traffic), Punjab, asked the police officers to join hands with public to curb crime.



Gurdwara clash: SHO finds support
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 15
A section of the Ratwara Sahib Gurdwara management today came out in support of the Mullanpur SHO, who has been transferred to the police lines, Ropar, by the SSP, Ropar.

SSP (Ropar) S.P. Singh had yesterday transferred the SHO Mrs Raka Ghira and ASI Gurcharan Singh for "improper handling of a clash between two rival groups at the Ratwara Sahib Gurdwara in Mullanpur on December 10".

The vice-chairman of the Vishav Gurmat Roohani Mission Charitable Trust, Mr Karnail Singh, while appreciating the security arrangements made by the Mullanpur police for the peaceful conduct of the general body meeting, however, added that the meeting was first allowed to be held but was later disrupted by the police.

In a memorandum addressed to the Punjab Chief Minister, the Home Secretary and the DGP, Punjab, the vice-chairman has narrated the entire incident alleging the SP (D), Ropar, ADC, Ropar, and DSP, Kharar, were at the spot when the meeting was called to a stop.

He has stated that the meeting was scheduled only after a written permission for the same had been taken from the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, who had asked the local administration and police to make adequate arrangements for the peaceful conduct of the meeting.

The vice-chairman pointed out that they had also requested the police to ensure that no firearms be allowed in the meeting.



Chandigarh chapter of AeSI given Best Branch Trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
The Chandigarh chapter of Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) has been awarded the Best Branch Trophy for the year 2003-04. The award was received by the branch's secretary, Wg Cdr H C Choudhry from the AeSI president, Air Chief Marshal S K Krishnaswamy during its annual general body meeting at Pune on December 12.

Stating this here today, the Chairman of the local chapter, Air Cmde S P S Virk said that the award had been bestowed on the branch for its overall performance and its efforts at spreading awareness about aero-space activities. The branch initiated activities like aero-quiz and painting competitions on aviation themes, which have been espoused by the AeSI's other 16 branches.

Conducting a first-ever seminar on careers in aviation aimed at students and youngsters rather than professionals earlier this year was another innovative idea, he said. The branch set another precedent when it launched the first-ever student's chapter.

The society's vice-chairman, Wg Cdr D P Sabharwal (retd), said that the branch had also organised the Asian Regional International Space Settlement Competition.

Eight teams, including one each from Pakistan and Malaysia, have been selected for the semi-finals to be held at the American Centre in Delhi later this month. The winning team will go to Florida next year to participate in the finals being organised by NASA.

He added that the activities of the branch were being revamped and expanded to involve more participation from organisations dealing with aviation, including NCC and Central Scientifics Instruments Organisations. 



SCL staff resent move to convert firm
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 15
Members of the Semi Conductors Limited (SCL) employees union here today objected to the pending conversion of the company into a society by the Government of India. The union president, Mr Amrao Singh, said though they did not have any written proof of the said move, the employees had got this information from the management.

Addressing a press conference, the union members pointed out that the SCL management had in May this year, offered VRS to its employees. They alleged that the employers had used ‘coercive’ language in the notice announcing the scheme. The notice had reportedly stated that according to an independent survey as many as 185 employees of the company were surplus.

The general secretary of the union, Mr Jag Mohan Sharma, added that it was informally brought to the notice of the employees that the SCL, a Government of India undertaking, was being first shifted from the Ministry of Information Technology to the Department of Space following which it would be run not as a company but as a society. They added that this was being done to avoid the company from being declared a sick unit under the relevant Act of 1985.

Showing resentment against the move, the employees today stated that they feared losing their jobs and privileges. The members demanded that the SCL be run as a company and not as a society.



Admin to launch ‘sampark’ project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
It has been decided by the Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration to carry out a special drive for the senior citizens card, disabled persons card and registration of tenants and servants at the sampark centres located at Sector 43, Sector 18 and Manimajra.

These transactions can be carried out till 8 p.m. every day. The sampark centres are also open on Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm apart from all working days.

Payments of bills for electricity and water, and other services like the registration of births and deaths, sale tax payments and bus passes can also be carried out during these timings on all working days and on Saturday.

The help line/enquiry number for the Sampark Project is 9815147500.



Pensioners’ Day to be celebrated tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 15
The Pensioners’ Day will be celebrated by the Coordination Committee of Central Government Pensioners’ Association (CCCGPA), Chandigarh region on December 17. According to Mr Rajpal Sharma, Secretary General of the CCCPGA, the above day will be celebrated in the auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Problems of the pensioners will be discussed and resolutions to this effect to be passed.

Elderly persons who have rendered service for the Welfare of Pensioners and Senior Citizens will also be felicitated on this occasion.



Musical tribute to Ma Sharda
S.D. Sharma

As a part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Ma Sharda, the Ramakrishna Mission organised a devotional music soiree at the mission auditorium on Wednesday.

Ma Sharda, the divine consort and first disciple of Ramakrishna remained the guiding light of the monastic Order till she left her body in 1920.

Call it a divine blessing that the otherwise acutely stammering voice of the lead performer Dr Raja Chatopadhyay weaved the magic of melody with his mellifluous renditions of soulful bhajans. Holding a doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry Dr Raja is a research scientist and a trained classical vocalist.

Opening up with a shaloka, Raja bared the melody of raag sur malhar through a devotional offering “hey dayamayi Sharda”. The devout audience felt peaceful as Raja immersed them in the devotional fervour with renditions of “Patit Pavani” in raag malcops.

He introduced a variety in taal spelling melody with Jago janani maa in jhap tal of 14 beat rhythmic pattern. Raja went on delighting the audience with bhajans like “Sharda Jag jivini Shubdayni” in raag shivrangini in teen tal. He doled out more bhajans in the tranquil atmosphere.

Swami Gehnanant Maharaj blessed the audience with his presence. The celebrations will continue till December 18th at the same venue. — OC



Police never sought bribe, says Brigadier

Chandigarh, December 15
Brig M.P. Singh today denied that he had accused the Chandigarh police of demanding money from him. Brig M.P. Singh and his son were released on bail by a court yesterday. The Brigadier told the Chandigarh Tribune that he never accused the police of demanding money from him. OC



One held, smack seized
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 15
The Kharar police seized 15 gm of smack from a Kharar’s resident. The operation was carried out by police station in charge Bhagwant Singh and nabbed Ranbir Singh alias Rana for possessing smack. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Two held

The police has nabbed two persons for stealing manhole covers in phase XI here. Rajinder Kumar and Ashu were arrested following a complaint from Mr Jarnail Singh a resident of phase XI about the theft of gutter covers in the sector. Stolen covers were recovered from them.



5 green trees felled
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 15
Certain residents of Phase VII here today felled five healthy trees near house numbers 363 and 364. The trees were fully grown and planted on PUDA’s land in Phase VII.

Sources added that a complaint by some on-lookers was made to the Horticulture Department of PUDA. Officials of the department also visited the spot and are expected to issue notices to the residents.

Residents reportedly told the Horticulture Department officials that the trees were planted by the residents themselves but were now the branches of these trees were getting entangled in the electrical wires resulting in black-outs during storms. They added that they had requested the Electricity Department to rectify the matter but since no action was taken they decided to cut the trees on their own. 



Naib Tehsildar booked for cheating
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 15
Naib Tehsildar, Mohali, Sucha Singh has been booked by the police for allegedly cheating an 86-year-old man of Chilla Manouli village, Pritam Singh.

The main accused in the case, Karamjit Singh, also a resident of the village, reportedly sold five acres of land belonging to Pritam Singh using his power of attorney and the registry of the sale was done by the Naib Tehsildar.

The police here is yet to arrest any of the six persons booked in the case registered last week.

According to Pritam Singh, who can barely see and hear due to old age, Karamjit Singh allegedly took his thumb impressions on a large number of documents on the pretext of filing some papers in PUDA.

Karamjit Singh along with his uncle and village lambardar, Sher Singh, allegedly used the power of attorneys to sell parts of Pritam Singh’s land.

“Two acres were sold first on November 30 and then three acres on December 9.

The same day, we brought the matter to the notice of Naib Tehsildar, who told us to go to the patwari to get the power of attorneys cancelled. While we went to meet the patwari, the Naib Tehsildar registered the sale of our land,” said a relative.

He added that the Naib Tehsildar was told that Karamjit was using an unauthorised power of attorney to sell land and no request from Karamjit for the sale of land be entertained. Yet the Naib Tehsildar reportedly went ahead with the registration of sale in the afternoon.

The police had booked the notary public and another lawyer along with Sucha Singh, Karamjit Singh and Sher Singh in the case.



Truck, scooter stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 15
A house was reportedly burgled in Mani Majra while a truck and a scooter were reportedly stolen from the city, the police said here.

Mr Ram Avtar of Mauli Jagran complained that one gold ring, three silver coins and Rs 2200 were stolen from his residence on December 13 night. A case under Sections 380 and 457 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.

Vehicle stolen

Mr Dharam Pal of Chakk village in Bilaspur district reported to the police that his truck (HP-69-1532) was stolen from Transport Area in Sector 26 during night on December 13. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 26 police station.

Mr Mandeep Khurana of Sector 70, Mohali filed a complaint that his LML Vespa scooter (PB-27-A-2200) was stolen from Kaimbwala village on November 6. A case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 3 police station.

Mobile phone stolen

Ms Pushpa Khurana of Sector 34-D reported to the police that her bag containing a mobile phone, a driving license and Rs 1500 was stolen from her car, which was parked near sector 23-24 dividing road on December 14. A case of theft has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.

Water meter stolen

Mr Raj Kumar of Sector 24 reported to the police that one water meter was stolen from his residence during night on December 13. A case of theft has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.



Apni mandi on Tuesdays also
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
Second “Apni mandi” shall be held on every Tuesday commencing from December 21 in Sector 39. This will be in addition to the apni mandi on Saturday.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Agriculture Marketing Board, Arun Kumar said phariwalas shall also be allowed to sell their produce in the mandi and they will be charged Rs 30 while the farmers coming from neighbouring areas will be charged only Rs 10 per day.

Fish sellers shall also be allowed to sell their produce in the apni mandi.


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