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SC orders give hope to industrial plot allottees
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
There is finally hope for the aspirants of industrial plots in the city with the Supreme Court directing the Chandigarh Administration to give possession of these plots within the next two weeks to those who have already deposited the money. The orders of the apex court have come in a contempt petition that was heard on Monday.

The issue has been hanging fire since the allotment of plots in 1981, when 36 out of the 254 dissatisfied allottees challenged the allotments and the litigation that ensued reached the Supreme Court. On April 13 this year the Supreme Court had ordered that the administration gave possession by August 13 to these 36 applicants within the next four months in the existing Industrial Area, Phases I and II.

The administration could not give the possession of plots to 36 out of the 254 allottees cleared by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in its order observed that the administration would work out a manner in which draw of lots would be held between the 36 contenders.

The Supreme Court order read “The Administration of the Union Territory of Chandigarh shall complete the requisite formalities and carry out the directions made above in accordance with law within a period of four months from the date of this order and hand over the possession of the plots to the successful allottees”.

The Chandigarh Administration in its affidavit before the court had listed that only 32 plots were vacant for allotment in the Industrial Area, Phases I and II. Industrial Area, Phase I, has one plot each of one and a half kanal and one kanal, while the Phase II of the Industrial Area has three one and a half kanal plots, 18 one kanal plots and nine 10 marla vacant plots.

But the administration failed to implement the orders of the apex court and six months later the Estate Office held a public draw on October 21, 2004, that was video recorded. After the draw, 32 plots were to be allotted along with their specific numbers. The names of the allottees were published in many newspapers. But till date the administration has failed to issue the allotment letters.

Meanwhile, a contempt hearing that came up on December 13 the Supreme Court directed the administration to honour its earlier order of April 13 and give the possession of the plots to the allottees/drawees who had deposited the money 24 years ago within the next two weeks i.e. by December 27.



Couple held for selling blue film CDs
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 18
The police here tonight arrested a couple for selling and renting out blue film CD’s in Sector 20 and recovered over 100 CD’s of blue films from them — Rajiv Gupta and his wife.

Police sources inform that they had tip-off on the couple renting out blue films through their video parlour- Rhythm and Blues in Sector 20 market. They had been allegedly renting out/ selling these pornographic films even to children under 18, for the past three months, said a senior police officer.

A team of the police led by Station House Officer of the Sector 20 police station, Varinder Kumar, and Security Branch In charge, A.K. Sharma, made the raid. Mr Sharma, while posing as a customer, went to the shop and asked for three blue film VCD’s. He was handed over the CD’s and asked for Rs 100 (Rs 20 each as rental and Rs 40 as security).

The police party waiting outside rushed in and nabbed Mr Rajiv and his wife, who was also in the shop.

The police says that while a blue film VCD was being sold from the shop for Rs 30 to Rs 50 each, depending on the demand for each CD, it was available on daily rent of Rs 20. The accused reportedly also played one of the CDs for the cop posing as customer on his VCD in the shop. The police says that though he did not have any of the DPS school girl case CDs, they recovered the infamous CDs of the Jalandhar-based girl, shot through a webcam.

Other than the blue film CDs, the police has recovered almost 2,000 pirated CDs of latest Bollywood films from the shop. The couple has been arrested and booked under Section 293 of the IPC. 



36 porn CDs seized
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
The local police has arrested three persons from different parts of the city and seized 36 pornographic compact discs (CD) from their possession. Gaurav Yadav of Sector 40-C was arrested from his shop, K.K. Video, in the sector with a CD, while Sukhwant Ali of Mori Gate in Mani Majra was arrested with 30 CDs. Also, Raj Kumar of Buterla village was arrested with five CDs from the locality.

Three cases have been registered against them under Section 292 of the IPC in Sector 39 and Mani Majra police stations, respectively.Back


Haryana staff work on holiday to finish ‘urgent’ work
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 18
Amidst fears by Opposition parties that the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government in the state would pass orders in back dates, and thus violate the model code of conduct, a number of state government offices in the district remained open today.

Over 40 state government head offices are located in Panchkula, and most of the offices remained open today, in spite of Saturday being a holiday in state government offices.

A visit to these offices revealed that there was hectic activity in most of these offices.

Though senior officials in the government denied that they were attending offices to pass some orders in back date and maintained that they were attending offices in routine to finish their file work, the near full attendance in these offices belied their claims.

The vehicles parked in these offices revealed that be it the Babu or his clerk or attendants, it was a working Saturday for the employees.

The “best attendance” of employees was in the Shakti Bhavan- which houses the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam, the Haryana Power Generation Corporation, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam.

It was difficult to believe that it was a week-end holiday, going by the hectic activity in the premises.

A top official in the Haryana Power Utilities, when contacted, admitted that they had to finish “some urgent” work, which they could not finish yesterday, so he had called his entuitre office staff. He, however, denied that some letters of carrying out development works, or for some appointments were issued today.

Other than Shakti Bhavan, officials were also seen in the Forest Department, corporate office of Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation, Housing Board, the Haryana Pollution Control Board and the Irrigation Department. 



Police recruitment
Candidates with admit cards not allowed to take test
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, December 18
A number of candidates with the admit cards, who had cleared the physical test were not allowed to sit for the written examination held by the Chandigarh police in the police Lines in Sector 26 today.

The Chandigarh police had given an advertisement in newspapers on November 11 that the candidates who had passed the physical test should appear for a written test on December 18. It was also mentioned in the advertisement that no separate communication would be sent to the candidates and the candidates with the admit cards would be allowed to sit for the examination.

The admit cards of the disqualified candidates were torn by the officials after the physical test. The candidates were told by the officials that their names were not mentioned in the lists. Naveen Kumar from Sonipat, Rajwinder Kaur of Bhatinda, Rakesh of Panchkula, Mohinder Singh from Faridabad, Sukhwinder from Patran in Patiala district and Kesar from Hodal district alleged that they were not allowed to sit for the examination though they had the admit cards with them.

Mr Virender Singh Chahal, SSP ‘headquarters’ was not available for comments.

The sources in the police said 5500 candidates appeared for the written examination today. The one hour-long test started at 11 am. Mr Chahal conducted the test.

There are 230 posts of constable for which around 1.34 lakh candidates had applied.



Fog delays 5 trains, including Shatabdi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Rail traffic remained disrupted due to poor visibility levels across the region today. As fog grew dense right from Delhi to Ambala this morning, many trains were delayed causing inconvenience to passengers.

Ambala reported nil visibility this morning as did Palam in Delhi. On account of low visibility, five trains were delayed including the morning Shatabdi and the Jan Shatabdi, both of which reached an hour late than scheduled time. Against their marked arrivals at 11.02 am and 6.15 pm respectively, the trains came at 12 noon and 7.15 pm respectively.

The maximum delay was reported on the arrival of the Sadbhavna Express that comes from Lucknow to Chandigarh. Scheduled to arrive at 10.05 am the train came seven hours late, much to the harassment of passengers. Other trains to be delayed on account of weather changes were the Jodhpur-Kalka Express and the Paschim Express which runs between Mumbai and Kalka. Both these trains were late by three hours. Departure of trains was by and large on time.

Meanwhile, Meteorological office warned that fog and mist would persist for some days to come. Weather experts pointed out that many areas in Haryana recorded 500 metres of fog including Sarsawa. Hindan and Adampur also recorded a low visibility of 500 metres, while Bathinda recorded 700 metre fog. As for Chandigarh, it recorded haze with 2.5 km visibility this morning. The latest weather reports show haze in Ambala, and mist in Chandigarh and Patiala.



Tehelka trial: Sahgal admits to ‘slight breach of security’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Col Anil Sahgal, who is being tried for professional impropriety in the Tehelka case, today stated before the general court martial at Chandimandir that though he had asked his assistant P. Sashi not to interact with the Tehelka team, posing as arms dealers, he had not initiated any measures to ensure the security of important documents in his possession.

The military court showed him four documents bearing his signatures, which Sashi had allegedly passed on to the Tehelka team at his behest. He verified his signatures and the court apprised him of the secrecy clause contained in the documents, which prohibited the parties concerned to disclose their contents and made them liable for the legal action if the clause was breached. The documents, he said were not in his personal custody.

Colonel Sahgal stated that this amounted to “a slight breach of security”, but did not compromise national security. He maintained that the persons to whom he gave the information were novices and not bidders for contacts. Prosecution counsel, Mr Arvind Moudgil contended that a slight breach also made him liable for lapses.

In response to questions by the court after the conclusion of his cross-examination and re-examination, Colonel Sahgal admitted that it was “ungentlemanly” on his part as an officer to have had drinks with his clerk and be in the company of girls.

He stated that it was not prudent on his part to have given out the cost of hand-held thermal imagers from official documents. He further added that he had not apprised Narender Singh, posted with the Ministry of Defence (Finance), about the antecedents of Anil Malviya and Mathews Samuel and had given the officer’s reference to the Tehelka team only to get rid of them.

Defence counsel, Maj K. Ramesh told the court that the defence would now only examine one more witness, Mr Miland Kapoor, who is a technical expert on video films.

The defence had initially asked for 27 witnesses. The court has fixed December 21 as the next date of hearing.



Dr HM Swami appointed GMCH Director-Principal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The UPSC has appointed Prof H M Swami as regular Director-Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Sector 32. Prof Swami was appointed the officiating director-principal since August 27, 2003 at GMCH after previous director Prof S. B. S. Mann again joined the PGI.

Nine candidates were in the fray for the post of Director Principal, out of which seven candidates were from GMCH itself. Interview for the post was held on December 8.

Faculty of the medical college has welcomed the appointment.

Prof Swami, (55), joined the GMCH in 1992 and worked as the Head of Department of Community Medicine. Before this Prof Swami was the medical officer and registrar at the IG Medical College, Shimla. Back



Appointment of PEC Director next week likely
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The search committee appointed to look for a suitable candidate for the director of the Punjab Engineering College has sent its suggestion in a sealed cover. The committee was headed by the Adviser to the UT Administrator Mr Lalit Sharma. It met yesterday but kept the names in a sealed cover. The file for appointment of a full-time director will be cleared by the UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues.

Officials are keeping the names a secret. One of the requirements is that the applicants should be with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) background.

A decision on this is expected next week.



City resident dies in mishap
Our Correspondent

Kumarhatti, December 18
A Chandigarh resident was killed when a Maruti Car (CH-1Y-6394) he was travelling by rolled into 400-foot deep gorge near Timber Trail Resort on the Kalka-Shimla national highway this afternoon. 

The deceased was from Sector 35 of Chandigarh and was on his way to Parwanoo from Dharampur. Back



100 blankets donated
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
The Reality Outdoors, a social organisation, today donated 100 blankets to the Seva Bharti and Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, for poor and the orphans.

Blankets were handed over by Mr Ajay Mishra and Mr Mohinder Pal Singh of the Reality Outdoors to Mr R.P. Sharma and Dr Jiya Lal Handoo, officer-bearers for the Seva Bharti and Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation in their office in the PGI, Chandigarh.



Rs 100 printed wrongly
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
This Rs 100 note is not a fake note but is misprinted. The wire which should be near Gandhiji’s photo is inserted wrongly on the other side. Even the cutting of the sides of the note is flawed. The most glaring printing mistake is that “Rs 100” has been printed twice.

This note was brought to the notice of the newspaper by Mr R.K. Verma, a resident of Sector 19. He received it from a shop when he went to seek a change of Rs 500. Initially, he thought it to be a fake one but when he went to the bank, an official there told him that it has printing errors. He has refused to exchange it because he loves to collect unusual and freak things.



Khalsa Chetna march welcomed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 18
The Khalsa Chetna March which started from Paonta Sahib was given a very warm welcome by the local Shtabadi Purab Committee near YPS chowk here today.

The march, bound for Chamkaur Sahib, reached Mohali after passing through Panchkula and Chandigarh. Devotees gathered in large numbers on both sides of the road which was decorated for the occasion. Langar was served on the occasion.



Anganwadi workers plan rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Anganwadi workers and helpers from all over Punjab have decided to hold protest rally and demonstration at Jalandhar, the constituency of Minister of Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab Ms Gurkanwal Kaur against the "indifferent" attitude of the state and Central government towards their genuine and urgent demands.

The rally and demonstration has been planned for March 8, 2005, which is also the International Women’s day.

The decision was taken at the state level convention of anganwadi workers and helpers held here today under the banner of a Maulazam Union Punjab which was presided over by the state president of the union Ms Hargobind Kaur. 



Dharna by bank staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
Staff members of the Oriental Bank Of Commerce today staged a dharna at the Bank square in Chandigarh on a call given by the All-India Oriental Bank Employees Federation and the All India Oriental Bank Officers Association.

They were protesting against the situation arisen after the merger of Global Trust Bank with the OBC as they alleged that the merger had impaired financial situation of the OBC. The OBC, which had zero non performing assets (NPA), had been saddled with Rs 1500 crore of the NPAs due to the merger, they said.

Employees from Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh Participated in a rally after the dharna. Mr Yograj Gupta, Mr T.K.Datta, Mr Vinod Sharma and other union leaders addressed the rally.

Main demands of the employees were that the Central Government should compensate the OBC for the accumulated losses of the GTB by providing funds, action against the GTB officials should be initiated who have allegedly made serious irregularities for personal gains, wages and service conditions of erstwhile GTB employees be brought on a par with the OBC employees and contractual staff should be absorbed as permanent employees of OBC. Employees also demanded that appointments on compassionate ground be continued. The OBC employees have decided to go on strike on December 22 in support of demands. 



New twist to sexual harassment case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
In a new twist to the alleged sexual harassment case, the two women employees of the regional office of the Central Board of Secondary Education, Sector 32, who withdrew their complaint against the Regional Officer, Mr P.I. Sabu, today, claimed that they were being threatened by an employee who had master-minded the “drama”.

They maintained that the employee, a junior assistant, Harpreet Singh, was repeatedly threatening them for withdrawing their complaint against Mr Sabu. Coming out strongly in defence of Mr Sabu, the two women claimed that the other complainants were reluctant workers and never completed the task on hand.

“They would never finish the assigned work and would forever be complaining. They had been threatening to “set the officer right” for loading them with work and decided to go ahead when departmental enquiries were initiated against them,” they stated.

Meanwhile, Harpreet Singh, in a faxed note, alleged that Mr Sabu was threatening him for “supporting” women employees who had complained against him in Delhi. He added that he had an “unblemished” service record and had recently been posted to the answerbook cell.

“I could not have been posted to such a sensitive post if there was any doubt on my integrity. Mr Sabu himself has appreciated my hard work and I have successfully cleared my departmental examination,” the note says.

A few women employees yesterday had levelled allegations of sexual harassment by Mr Sabu, and faxed their separate statements to the Delhi office of the CBSE. However, Mr Sabu had denied the allegations and had clarified that the complaint had been instigated by two employees who had recently been transferred out of the Chandigarh office.Back


6 more women move NHRC against Sabu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Six women staff members today approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Regional Officer, Mr P.I. Sabu, facing charges of sexual harassment.

Meanwhile, another Class IV woman Scheduled Caste employee also accused Mr Sabu of sexual harassment and complained to the police for allegedly committing atrocities on her because of her caste.

In her complaint, the employee alleged that on December 14, Mr Sabu called her to his room and humiliated her.

In another development, the Lawyers For Human Rights International (LHRI) formed a fact-finding team, under its president, Mr A.S. Chahal, to look into the matter. In their complaint to the NHRC, the complainants alleged that they had been sexually harassed by Mr Sabu.

The women employees have also alleged the violation of Supreme Court guideline by the CBSE in not forming a grievance committee to deal with all complaints of the women staff members.



Panel to probe suicide bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Three days after an employee of Panjab University’s Chemical Engineering Department attempted self-immolation, the Administrative Committee of the Department, today, constituted a sub-committee to look into the matter and recommend action.

On the inquiry against the employee, Mr Bachan Singh, authorities pointed out that the former had been irregular in reporting for work in the past. He had also received some communication regarding default on bank loans and the full extent of his liabilities was not known.

The department authorities also said that one of Mr Bachan Singh’s colleague also alleged that Rs 1.12 lakh collected during admissions was lying with Mr Singh and was subsequently lost during the tenure of the previous chairperson.

This colleague later accepted responsibility for the lapse and apologised to a committee, and even deposited the money in the bank. The new chairman has directed the staff to accept no cash payments .

Mr Bachan Singh had attempted self-immolation. Hearing his cries, a few students and a professor arrived on the scene to put out the flames. He was later rushed to PGI where he is admitted with 65 per cent burns.



A double chunk of luck
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 18
A local industrialist got double lucky when he lost a briefcase twice and was able to recover it on both occasions. Mr Devinder Pal, who owns a pharma unit here, first lost his briefcase in the morning. He had gone for a morning walk to Yavanika garden where the briefcase was stolen from his car. Subsequently, he informed the police.

It was around 4 pm that he received a call from the police that his briefcase had been found.

The lock of the briefcase had been broken and all documents in the briefcase were intact. After getting the briefcase, he went to buy fruits from the Sector 18/ 17/ 7 /8 roundabout.

He parked his car on a roadside, and while he was buying fruit, someone told him that a child had taken out the briefcase from his car and was running away with it.

Mr Pal ran after the child, who had three adult companions, and after some chase, managed to nab the child. His companions, however, escaped.

The child, aged about seven, was then handed over to the police. Till the time of filing of this report, the police could not ascertain the name of the child. 



Snowfall near Chandigarh!
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, December 18
Snowfall in the plains, and that too near Chandigarh was a dream come true for people especially kids who had a gala time playing pranks and games at the Funcity amusement park, about 10 km from here, this evening.

Scores of kids enjoyed the ice games with their parents and friends.

The ice games, which include artificial snowfall, dancing, sledge ride, Santa Sledge, sloopy icy mountains, snow cave and snow blizzard, not only attracted residents of Chandigarh and its satellite townships but also families from Ludhiana, Patiala, Ambala and other parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

The visitors had an exciting time sledging down on specially designed icy-slopes. Youngsters were also seen enjoying the artificial snowfall.

The parents had a tough time in controlling their children from playing with the artificial snow.

The ice games will continue till January 7.



Three bodies found
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
Three bodies, including that of an infant, were found in different parts of the city today. Raj Kumar, a resident of Sector 46, was found dead in his house this morning. He was working as a lower divisional clerk in Garrison Engineering Company. He might have died one or two days ago, the police said. He was living alone. His family lives in their native Amb village in Himachal Pradesh.

His family members told the police that Raj Kumar was a habitual drinker. The deceased was not keeping well.

In another incident, Ajit Singh (70) was found dead in his Sector 40-B house this evening. He was living alone in his house. His neighbour informed the police. The police said he might have died last night following a heart attack.

The SHO of Sector 39 police station, Mr Hardev Singh said, Ajit Singh was physically challenged and eked out his living by selling incense in a booth in Sector 22 market.

In a separate incident, the body of a male infant was found on a heap of garbage near a rivulet in the Industrial Area this afternoon.

The infant was lying wrapped in a piece of cloth, according to the police. The body is kept at the General Hospital and the postmortem would be conducted tomorrow.



Suicide by watchman
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
A watchman committed suicide by hanging from a tree in a PWD building in Sector 39. The employees found him dead today morning. Lingam (50) lived in a Community Centre in Maloya with his wife, and suffered from a chronic disease who works in the same centre. The police said he might have hanged himself last night when he was alone in the building.

SHO of Sector 39 police Station Hardev Singh said the rope might have snapped or untie from the tree as the body was found lying under the tree. There were marks of rope around his neck and a part of rope was also found around it.

Lingam hailed from Chennai and had three sons who are settled there. The body was handed over to his wife. The police has initiated the inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in the Sector 39 police station.



Suicide by architect
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 18
A 24-year-old architect, Poonam, committed suicide by consuming poison at Pinjore yesterday. 

The police said that she had an argument with her family members and consumed poison at her office in Pinjore last evening. She was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where she died. 



Firm duped of 2.05 lakh
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
A man allegedly duped a company of Rs 2.05 lakh by submitting a forged registration certificate of a car. Mr Shammy Kapoor of Kotak Mohindra in Sector 9 reported to the police alleging that Mahesh Dutt got a loan of Rs 2.05 lakh from the company to buy an Indica car in February this year.

Mr Kapoor said Mahesh allegedly submitted a forged registration certificate. The company came to know about the cheating when it did not get any instalment from the accused and also no reply was given to their subsequent requests to pay the outstanding amount. The company made an inquiry about Mahesh and found that the address given by him was also fake.

The matter was reported to the police in July this year. The police in its preliminary investigation found that the accused had given wrong address and also produced a forged registration certificate.

A case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC was registered in the Sector 3 police station. No arrests have so far been made in this regard.

In another incident, Ms Vidya Devi of Sector 10-A filed a complaint against Janak Singh and his wife Ajit Kaur, both residents of the sector, alleging that they had taken Rs 2.50 Lakh from her promising her to send her daughter abroad in April 2003. She said they had not sent her daughter abroad and nor they returned her money.

The police said the woman had produced a cheque according to which Rs 65,000 were returned to her by the accused. The woman alleged that the rest of the amount was not given back to her. She filed a complaint in this regard in August, 2004.

A case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 3 police station. The SHO of Sector 3 police station told Chandigarh Tribune that the police was investigating the matter about the non-payment of rest of the amount. No arrests have so far been made in this case.



Rs 20,000 stolen from scooter’s boot
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
A house in Sector 45-C was burgled while Rs 20,000 were stolen from the boot of a scooter, the police said here today. Mr Bhaskar Pandey of Sector 45-C filed a complaint that two gold chains, two gold earrings and one silver anklet were stolen from his house during day on December 16. A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

Mr Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 46-A reported to the police that Rs 20,000 were stolen from the boot of his scooter (CH-03-F-0546) yesterday. The scooter was parked in Sector 32 market. A case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

Scooter stolen
Mr Manmohan Singh of Milk Colony, Dhanas reported to the police that his scooter (CHR-5212) was stolen from Housing Board Colony in Dhanas on December 13. A case of theft was registered.

The police arrested Krishan Kumar of Pipliwala Town in and Harjit Singh of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra from level crossing near Kishangarh road, last night. The police said they were carrying stolen iron board of Municipal Corporation in a rickshaw. A case was registered against them in the Mani Majra police station.

Liquor seized
The police arrested Gurdev Singh of Phase II, Ram Darbar from the same locality and recovered 40 quarters of whisky from his possession. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered.



Gold ornaments, cash stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 18
Gold ornaments and Rs 1,000 in cash were stolen from a house, while a car and a jeep were stolen from different parts of the city yesterday. Ms Sarita Kumari of Sector 20 filed a complaint to the police that a gold locket, a gold ring, a gold ‘tikka’, two pairs of gold earrings, two gold bangles, a pair of gold ‘kundals’, some other articles and Rs 1,000 in cash were stolen from her house yesterday.

A case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 19 police station.

Vehicles stolen
Mr Devinder Singh Sidhu of Sector 21 reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH-03-M-3873) was stolen from Sukhna Lake parking, yesterday.

A case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 3 police station.

Mr Arya Veer of Sector 21 filed a complaint that a vehicle, Scorpio (HR-61-(AG)-2643), was stolen from his house during night of December 15.

Mr Mohamad Ilias of Shanti Nagar in Mani Majra filed a complaint to the police that a car battery, three silver pans, a stove, a pressure cooker and some other articles were stolen from his house during the night of December 15.

A scooterist, Mr Pritam Singh, of Sector 47-D suffered injuries when an Indica car hit him at Sector 46, 47, 48 and 49 roundabout on December 15.

He was admitted to the GMCH-32. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 31 police station.

The police arrested the driver of the car, Gurpreet Singh, of Phase I, Mohali, and later released him on bail.



Emotions dwarf business at UBS reunion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Nostalgia reigned at the reunion function of the University Business School, Panjab University, here today, as students from various batches got together at the Evening Studies Auditorium. Bear-hugs were exchanged and managers from various companies took time off from the function to catch up with the latest in the lives of their friends.

While the evening belonged to the "seniors" who freely interacted with students presently studying at the department, offering tips and valuable advise based on their experience in the industry, the mood was clearly one of bonhomie all the way.

The senior-most alumni of them all, Mr S.P. Oswal, Chairman of the Vardhaman group, also the chief guest of the function and a pass out of the 1966 batch, recalled his stay in the department and the days on the campus.

He told the students to concentrate on details if they wanted to go high up the ladder of success.

He advised," Have an eye for details rather than just going into the market armed with a degree. It will take you far. In stead of being over-confident at the time of passing out, the students must learn to treat the degree not as an end but a beginning since practical training and experience add to the learning experience."

Former students of the 1979 batch were felicitated with mementoes after a brief round of introductions.

While the Chander Mohan Singh Memorial award, instituted in the name of a former student, went to the topper of the MBA (HR) course, Ms Shivani Gupta, the award for the "Most Potential Manager" of the MBA (general) course was bagged by Ms Aditi Jain. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 24,000 and a gold medal.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, presided over the function which was attended by the faculty of the department and the present students also.



Beopar Mandal submits memo to Union Minister
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM), led by Mr Jagdish Arora, yesterday submitted a memorandum regarding the Rent Act notification by the Chandigarh Administration to Union Urban Development Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, in New Delhi.

Accompanied by the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the Senior Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), Mr Pardeep Chhabra, the delegation also apprised Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, about the notification, which, it alleged, had been taken without the concurrence of the Home Ministry.

Both ministers assured the delegation that the Centre would evolve a formula to help the traders, a press note claimed here.


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