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Verification of migrant labour: 2,000 videographed, 20 detained
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 27
In one of its biggest drives ever, the Mohali Police today carried out surprise checking and verification campaign of thousands of migrant labourers living in unauthorised colonies and villages in and around the township.

The campaign that lasted four hours started at 5 in the morning and was conducted by around 200 policemen from Mohali, Kharar and Morinda. Over 2000 labourers were videographed and registered by the police as part of the verification drive.

The police also rounded up 20 persons from these places who were later taken to the police station for questioning. The police has recovered a number of vehicles including cars and two wheelers that were without proper registration documents following the raids.

Five separate teams of policemen led by the SHOs cordoned off Mataur village, Kumbra village, Lambian village and the Shahid Bhagat Singh and Shahid Udham Singh colonies this morning. A door to door search was carried out by the policemen. None of the migrant labourers were allowed to leave the colony or the village till the campaign was over.

“During the door to door search, the police teams took note of all those residents whose standards of living did not match with their known sources of income. For example many of these people had cars and two wheelers and other had expensive electronic items,” said the SP Mohali, Rakesh Agarwal who supervised the drive. “Those who had vehicles without proper papers were told to leave these at the police station,” he added.

Following the search, all male migrant labourers above the age of 12 were collected together and video-graphed one by one. More than 1200 migrants were queued up in the Mataur gurdwara and government school. Every labourer spoke out his name, his father’s name and permanent address before the camera. After being video-graphed, each labourer was registered by the police. The name and address was again noted down on a register along with a thumb impression of the labourer. Mr Agarwal said verification of addresses would be done from the police stations in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Uttaranchal from where a majority of these persons hail.

“Such a campaign has more than one purpose. We now have a data bank of all these persons and it would help in solving criminal activities that take place in the township. Two months ago, we had done a similar campaign on a much smaller scale though for Guru Nanak Colony and the phase VI colony. We realised that small crimes like burglaries, gambling vehicle thefts etc decreased following the drive. This also means that these drives have an effect also on the criminal elements in these colonies,” he said.

Interestingly, the police at some places ‘fooled’ the labourers to collect at one place so that they could be video-graphed. “We were told that we would be given plots by the government and only those whose names are there is the register and whose photos were there in the camera would be considered for these plots.” said Ram Bhaj, a resident of Mataour village.

Some others thought they would be issued identity cards by the police. “The police would give us I- cards and these help a lot in getting jobs,” said Badri Nath.



DC seeks Market Committee chief’s explanation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Deputy Commissioner Arun Kumar has taken the chairman of the market Committee, Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, head on.

Mr Badheri a leader of local unit of the Congress is close to local MP Pawan Bansal. For years he worked in the Venod Sharma camp of the Congress.

The DC, today called for an explanation of Mr Badheri for allegedly misusing the official vehicle allotted to him. Also in a separate letter he levelled allegations of financial irregularities in collection of fee from (commission agents) in Sector 26 and sought a reply.

Mr Badheri, campaigning for Mr Chander Mohan in Panchkula, said he was unaware of any such development and could not comment on the matter. Local MP Bansal refused to comment on the matter. Sources, however, added that senior Congress leaders have been apprised of the matter.

In the letter seeking Mr Badheri’s explanation, the DC has said that the vehicle (CH-01-G-0023) allotted to the chairman of market committee was being used for purposes other than the specified use. The letter says the vehicle was taken to Delhi without permission. The vehicle had used more than the ceiling of 150 litres of fuel in one month. The log book had cuttings and the vehicle was not parked in the office premises after office hours.

In another letter the DC has asked the Secretary of the market committee to explain the official position of the Chairman with regards to a complaint that a fee of Rs 1,000 was being collected from each commission agent while a receipt of Rs 100 was being issued.

Sources in the Market committee said tension had been brewing in the market committee for the past three days. Secretary D.S. Balouria reportedly took away the keys of the vehicle of the chairman. This was objected to by Mr Badheri. Subsequently Mr Balouria was removed and Mr Jai Ram was appointed.



A gift of hope for visually disabled students
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Visually disabled students of Chandigarh will soon have a ray of hope in their lives. With the Dr Amrik Singh Cheema Trust Foundation spearheading an ambitious project designed to enhance the competence of the visually handicapped in the city, the day is not far when most such students graduating from local colleges will have a bright future awaiting them.

Trust officials made a humble beginning today by equipping seven visually disabled students from Chandigarh’s government colleges as well as Panjab University. The facilities extended to them have a thoroughly vocational purpose, with each student getting a shorthand machine, guide stick and a Braille slate to build his capability. All these students have earlier been associated with the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26.

Overwhelmed by the support of trust chairman Jagdeep Singh Cheema and his wife, the students made several gestures of confidence. They smiled; they posed for camera and also demonstrated the equipment which, if properly used, can go a long way in helping them earn a livelihood in the future.

The equipment was distributed by Mr Pritpal Singh Sidhu, in charge of the District Disability Rehabilitation Centre, Patiala. It has been made available under the ongoing project being sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

As for Mr Cheema and his wife, it was an occasion to feel happy. For about four years now, Mrs Cheema has been offering voluntary service at the Institute for the Blind. She has also helped several visually disabled students by recording about 100 audio tapes based on the syllabi of various subjects like history, political science, geography, and even English.

Said Mrs Cheema: “The biggest challenge for these students is learning their course. Most of the syllabus keeps getting updated but the new versions are not available in Braille. We help the students by recording the new syllabus in audio albums.”

The students could not agree less, as Jai Singh, a BA I student of Government College, Sector 11, said: “Studying the syllabus is nothing less than a challenge. Had it not been for the audio cassettes and the computer software now available for our learning, it would have been very difficult for us to clear the exams. But more than the academics, it is the vocational training that matters. With the shorthand machines we can hope to earn a decent living in the future.”

Ajay Kumar, pursuing BA II in the same college, said more grants were needed for visually handicapped persons who struggled a lot to get a job. Agreed Mr Cheema: “The focus should be on enhancing the level of their education. More NGOs must come forward if this has to become a mass movement.”

Interestingly, five of the seven students are learning vocal music. But all of them admit this stream will not ensure them a job. As Deepak Sharma, a student of vocal music at Government College, Sector 11, said: “We have all enrolled in typing classes. Music will gratify our passion but will not help us earn our daily bread. We have a better chance of getting jobs if we practise hard on the shorthand machines which we now have.”

Gradually, these students will be given computers and Braillers so that they are fully equipped to handle their disability.



Fire in plastic crockery factory
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 27
Goods worth Rs 2 lakh were destroyed in a fire that took place at a factory in Industrial Area, Phase VII here this morning. The factory manufacture plastic crockery and a large amount of raw material was lying inside the premises when the fire started. However, since the factory was yet to open for the day the labour was sitting outside the unit when the fire broke out.

According to factory owner, Sapna Malhotra the fire started due to a blast in another factory unit that she shared the premisese with. However according to the fire officer Mr B.S. Sandhu who reached the spot, the fire started due to a short circuit within Ms Malhotra’s unit.

Ms Malhotra said she and her husband Sunil manufactured crockery in the rented unit at E-129 Phase VII here. She said the fire took place due to a short circuit inside her unit since the electricity wires for all the other units in the same premises went through her portion of the factory.

Mr Sandhu pointed out that loose electricity wires were dangling inside the factory and most of these were not even properly stuck on the wall sides. He added that the unit did not have any fire safety appliance in place.

Mr Nand Lal Verma, a foreman of A.R. enterprises, the other unit in the same premisese said a similar accident had taken place a week ago in the same unit. A live electricity wire fell on of the employees and he fainted, said Mr Verma adding that a small fire had also taken place inside the same unit some time ago.



Another feather in Dr T.S. Kler’s cap
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
He had a humble beginning and battled hard to complete his school education. His daily test was to reach school, 5 km away from his Amargarh village, near Khamano in Fatehgarh Sahib, walking barefoot on a kutcha path.

One day, he came to school wrapped in a home-spun shawl. His teacher insisted that he should remove it. But he resisted for a while. At last, he had to remove the shawl. His sweater was full of holes. On seeing it, the teacher realised that he had hurt the boy by his action.

The boy was Dr T.S. Kler, one of the most sought-after cardiologists, now in South-East Asia. The same Dr Kler for whom the Union Government, announced Padma Vibhushan award on January 25. After passing primary level at his village school, he did 8th class from Government School, Manneli.

Then, he joined Government High School at Kakrala Khurad. At this school, an honest advice by a dedicated teacher, Mr Bakshish Singh, changed the life of Dr Kler for ever.

" A few days before the summer vacation, Mr Bakshish Singh joined our school. He was not happy with our performance. He told us that there would be no vacations for us and that he would take our classes without charging any money", Dr Kler said.

" He saw something in me and asked me what I wanted to be. I told him that I wanted to be an engineer as it had been suggested by one close relation. However, the teacher said that he would like to see me as doctor. That day, I changed my mind and decided to b a doctor", Dr Kler added.

He joined A.S. College, Khanna, and used to cover a distance of about 32 km on a cycle to attend classes daily. It was very tough but he was determined to achieve his goal. As students in the college declared strike that continued for about two months, he shifted to DAV, College, Chandigarh, to do pre-medical. He got scholarship almost in every class right from the beginning.

He got admission in MBBS in the Government Medical College. Later, he did post graduation and doctorate at the PGI and then proceeded to the UK to complete his membership of Royal College of Physicians. Though, he was well established in the UK yet he came back to India to join the Escorts Hearth Institute and Research Centre. In 1993, he went back to the USA as senior research fellow.

Dr Kler has many firsts to his credit in India and also in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He established first state of the art Electrophysiology Department in India and pioneered the implantation of implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) in April, 1995, in India. In May, 2000, he implanted the first heart failure device (Biventricular pacemaker) in South-East Asia. In April, 2002, he was the first doctor to implant Combo Device in South-East Asia.

Dr Kler, who is Director of Cath Lab and Arrhythmia Services of Escort Heart Institute at Delhi and Director of Escorts Heart and Super Specialty Institute at Amritsar, is also the first doctor to start the Radiofrequency Ablation Programme in Sr Lanka and Bangladesh.

As he is born in farmlands of Punjab, he has started a" Kisan Yojna" scheme for providing treatment to poor farmers on concessional rates. Likewise, he has done so for teachers.

Even being on the top, he has not forgotten his roots.



Tribune tsunami collection crosses Rs 1 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The Tribune Trust today dispatched the second instalment of Rs 39.53 lakh, collected for the tsunami victims by “The Tribune Tsunami Relief Fund”, to the Prime Minister Office (PMO). This has taken the total contribution towards the relief fund to Rs 1,06, 53,993.

Hundreds of donations, through cheques are still pouring in. The Tribune has been publishing the names of all those who have donated Rs 500 or more to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. So far 3,767 names have been listed in the columns of the newspaper.

An official of the organisation will personally deliver the second instalment of cheques at the PMO tomorrow. The donations include Rs 5 lakh donated by The Tribune Trust and Rs 1 lakh from the Tribune Trustees. Employees of The Tribune have also decided to contribute their day’s salary towards the fund.

The Tribune offices in Chandigarh, Delhi and across Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have so far received 6,000 cheques for more than Rs 500, besides numerous cheques and drafts for smaller denominations. The Tribune will continue to send the donations received by it to the PMO office on a regular basis so that the money meant for the rehabilitation of lakhs of people reaches them quickly.



Passing Thru

Vivek Shauq, actor
Vivek Shauq, actor

It has been reported that your relationship with Jaspal Bhatti has come to an end.

It is a rumour. Jaspal Bhatti and I share a very special relationship. It is just that at the moment he doesn’t have any assignment for me, so we are not working together. But when he has something for me, I will definitely join him.

How many projects do you have in hand right now?

I have more than enough projects right now. There are many movies, including “Jurm”, “Yaraan Naal Baharaan,” “Nalayak” and Zameer”.

Since you are famous for your comedy roles, can you give some funny comment now?

Oh! I am thoroughly professional. I take money to make someone laugh.

What is basically required to make someone laugh?

The skills are God gifted but these can be polished. One should have a good sense of humour and be spontaneous and able to react at the right time. I want to say that I am not doing only comedy roles now. But I want to change the image and deliver something emotional to the audience.

What is you philosophy of life?

While trying for the best, always be prepared for the worst.

— Swarleen Kaur



CHB’s demolition drive called off following protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The demolition of illegal additions in the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) dwelling units in Dadu Majra Colony today sparked off a protest from the residents.

The protest, supported by activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), forced the CHB enforcement staff to call off the demolition drive.

Earlier, a CHB team, accompanied by a heavy police force, descended on the colony around 11 am and started demolishing the structures, which had allegedly been built by encroaching on government land.

Even as the team demolished concrete structures in at least four houses, a large number of residents assembled alleging that the board was adopting a “pick-and-choose” policy. They also alleged that no prior notices were given by the board for removing the encroachments.

Meanwhile, the BJYM activists, gathered there, alleged that the CHB was resorting to the demolition of houses on the pretext of removing encroachments. A tense situation forced the team to call off the drive.

Led by Mr Narinder Chaudhary, district president, the activists alleged that the Congress was a mute spectator to the demolition and anti-encroachment drives in the city.

Before the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had promised that no demolition in colonies and villages would be allowed.

However, after winning the elections, the party seemed to have forgotten its pre-poll promise, local BJP spokesman, Mr Kehar Singh Koundel, alleged.

A press note threatened that the party would launch a “massive public movement” against the Congress if the harassment of the people on the pretext of removing encroachments was not stopped.



Corporation to take up ‘pollution-free’ projects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Enthusiasm and patriotic fervour marked the Republic Day celebrations at different functions in the city yesterday.

Addressing a function after the flag-hoisting ceremony on the premises of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), the Mayor, Ms Anu Chatrath, stressed that basic amenities should be provided to the residents keeping in view the special character of the city. The officials and councillors should work for the development of the city in a transparent manner, she said.

Listing the achievements of the civic body, Ms Chatrath said the fourth phase of the Kajauli Water Works, which was intended to bring 20 million gallons of water (MGDs) to the city, would take care of the water-shortage problem. Similarly, the completion of the 2 MGD underground water reservoir at the Sector 39 Water Works would improve the water supply in the city.

Saying that the repair of the V-4, V-5 and V-6 roads was being taken up on a priority basis, the Mayor said the construction of the bus queue shelters in certain parts of the city was being taken up on the built-own-transfer (BOT) basis. Similarly, 40 public toilets would also be run on the BOT basis.

A heavy-chain bulldozer had been requisitioned for cleanliness of the dumping ground at Dadu Majra and the corporation had initiated a major drive to spruce up certain gardens such as the Garden of Shrubs in Sector 44, Nehru Park in Sector 22 and the Terraced Garden in Sector 36.

The MCC, she said, would promote “pollution-free” projects and the main emphasis would be on the civic body raising its own resources for undertaking developmental works.

The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) celebrated Republic Day at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan in Sector 35. The CTCC chief, Mr B.B. Bahl, highlighted the role of the AICC President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, in bringing back the Congress to power at the Centre.



35 booths near Balongi village razed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 27
About 35 booths, constructed illegally near Balongi village, were demolished by the enforcement wing of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) here today.

Though a large number of persons gathered at the site when the demolition operation was in progress, hardly any resentment was noticed. They, however, said that why had PUDA not taken any action when the construction activity was going on. The booths had been constructed about four months ago and several PUDA officials passed this way but never bothered to take any action.

Mr Pritpal Singh, a resident of Balongi village, said that PUDA had allocated areas to various junior engineers (JEs) to monitor that no illegal activity was going on in their areas. The JE who did not stop the construction of booths here should be held responsible. The PUDA authorities resorted to demolitions only after the construction was completed and many booths had been given on rent.

Mr Baljinder Singh said the land measuring 4 kanals, 6 marlas, on which the booths had been constructed, fell in Badmajra village and had been purchased by a contractor, Mr J.S. Riar, from Mr Tarlochan Singh of Balongi village. He said that he worked with Mr Riar. He said that no notices had been served by PUDA before taking action. He said that nearly Rs 2 crore had been spent on the purchase of land and constructing booths here. He said the affected persons would be approaching the court.

Ms Isher Roop Kaur, Estate Officer (Regulatory), PUDA, who supervised the demolition process, said the booths had been demolished as they had been constructed in violation of the Periphery Act. She said that show-cause notices had been issued in connection with the violations and the persons had been called even for a personal hearing. But nobody had turned up. Thereafter, demolition orders were passed which had not been received by those indulging in violations. Action was taken only after giving them 30 days time. She said that no structures were allowed at a distance of less than 300 ft from the main road.



Rise in sugar price artificial, says Shanta
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
A former Union Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Mr Shanta Kumar, has alleged that the price rise of sugar has been artificially created by the Congress government to benefit the powerful sugar lobby.

Mr Shanta Kumar was speaking to mediapersons here yesterday. He was in Kalka to address an election meeting in favour of the BJP candidate, Mr Sham Lal Bansal. He criticised the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for the rising prices of essential commodities, and said that the Congress was anti-poor.

He said the sugar stocks in the country were to the tune of 250 lakh tonnes and only 185 lakh tonnes were disbursed. Therefore, the price of sugar was now at Rs 21 per kg, as compared to Rs 13 per kg last year. “If the government were to release five lakh tonnes of sugar in the open market, the price will automatically come down to Rs 16 a kg.,” he said.

He said the BJP was not indulging in vote-based politics. “The issues before the party are clear. We are fighting against corruption and parivarvad (promotion of family members in politics) that is true of the Congress and the INLD. The voters are sick of these and realise that the BJP is for corruption-free and development-oriented governance,” he said.

Mr Shanta Kumar rued that politics in the country had gone off-track. “Instead of being a vocation for serving the masses, it has become the best means of earning millions”. He also said that the criminalisation of politics had further led to the decline in governance.



Territorial Army to have armoured regiment
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
With emphasis being laid on expanding of scope and role of the Territorial Army (TA), the citizen's army, as it is popularly known, is expected to get its first armoured regiment this year. Presently, the TA primarily comprises infantry units. An artillery regiment is stated to be raised next year.Sources said that an armoured unit was being raised under the aegis of the Western Command TA Group and its "has to be raised this year itself". The unit is expected to be based in Punjab.

Surplus Army equipment would be used to equip the unit. Older generation T-55 and Vijayanta tanks, a limited number of which are still in the Army's inventory, would be used for raising the regiment.

"Besides having a reserve armoured unit, the armoured TA regiment would also be able to provide trained manpower for regular armoured regiments if the need so arises," an officer said.

The regiment would be affiliated with the Armoured Corps School and Centre, Ahemdabad. Infantry units in the TA do not have a separate identity, but are affiliated with various infantry regiments. The uniform and colours worn by TA troopers (except shoulder titles) are the same as that of the regiment to which they are affiliated.

Sources said that more Armoured TA regiments were stated to be raised later. Also in line are artillery, air defence and engineer units for the TA.



Hit by vehicle, sambar injured seriously
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
For over six hours, a female sambar, hit by a vehicle on the Panchkula- Kalka highway, sat writhing in pain amidst curious onlookers. Reason: non-availability of a veterinary doctor or a vehicle to ferry the injured animal to a veterinary hospital.

Sources in the wildlife wing of the Forest Department say that while the government veterinary doctor was away to participate in the election rehearsal, the canter of the Forest department was unavailable as it had been used to prepare a tableaux of the department for the Republic Day parade yesterday.

The Forest Department does not have any veterinary doctor. In case of an animal getting injured, it takes the help of veterinary doctors from the Animal Husbandry Department. The veterinary doctor at Pinjore was on election rehearsal duty, so the animal lay unattended for hours. Forest Department officials later called a vet from neighbouring Chandigarh, but it was only after six hours of the accident that a doctor was available to treat the animal.

The female sambar, about three years of age, was reportedly hit by a vehicle at about 5 am today. It received serious injuries on its legs and back, and its tail almost got severed (the skin on the tail was ripped off the bone). “The injured animal lay on the road for almost an hour, and just before day break, it managed to get up and move off the road, in some bushes,” said a PCO owner, who was the first to spot the injured animal and inform the police, who in turn flashed the message to the Wildlife officials around 7.30 am.

As the day progressed a number of people heard about the injured sambar and rushed to the spot to catch a glimpse of the animal from the wild. Aware of the human beings surrounding it, the animal slowly moved away from the road side and went and sat in the nullah flowing nearby - perhaps to keep the human beings at bay. It was around 8. 30 in the morning that two wildlife officials, Ishwar Singh and Ramesh Kumar, reached there and slowly lifted the animal from the nullah and took it towards the nearby Chandimandir forest area.

However, it was only around 1 pm that the animal finally received medical aid. The vets injected some antibiotics, scrubbed its wounds with anti-septics and then released it in the Chandimandir forest area.

Wildlife officials say that the animal had a 20 per cent chance of survival, if it were taken to the vet hospital. “A wild animal has a better chance of survival in the forest, where it can mingle with the other animals of its species. We first saw its pugmarks coming from the Chandimandir forest, and so released it there,” said an official.

Since April 1, 2004, as many as 17 sambars have strayed into the residential areas/ roads of Panchkula. Of these 12 were rescued by wildlife officials, and five died of injuries sustained after they were hit by vehicles plying on the roads.



Governor hosts at home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S. F. Rodrigues (retd), was at home on Republic Day to distinguished citizens of Punjab and Chandigarh on the lawns of Punjab Raj Bhavan.

The invitees from different walks of life started converging on Punjab Raj Bhavan before the start of the ceremony to greet the Governor. The pathway of Punjab Raj Bhavan was decorated to receive the dignitaries. The ‘At Home’ function began as the Punjab police band played the National Anthem.

Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh was first to greet the Governor. Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr B.K. Roy, GoC-in-C, Western Command, Lt-Gen J.J. Singh and Senior Defence and Civil, and Police Officers of Punjab and Chandigarh Administration, Vice-Chancellors of Punjab University and Punjab Agricultural University were present at the function. Office bearers of all political parties greeted the Governor on this occasion.

The Governor and his wife, Mrs Jean Rodrigues, greeted the august gathering. General Rodrigues interacted with freedom fighters and retired Army officers. The Governor said that the nation was proud of the sacrifices made by freedom fighters. 



Dharna by PSSF members
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 27
Members of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation organised a dharna at Matka Chowk in Sector 17 here, today.

Employees of various departments, boards and corporations in the state participated in the dharna led by Mr Sucha Singh Khattra, state president of the federation. The protesters demand suspension of privatisation move by the state government and payment of full grade recruitment against over 1 lakh vacant posts in various departments.

Addressing the press, Mr Vedprakash, general secretary of the federation, said the Punjab government had been withdrawing public services like as education, health, electricity, water and sanitation from its departments, boards and corporations. The employees were sore that the government’s failure in releasing salaries of teachers and other employees for the last three months.



Brahma Kumaris adopt village
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 27
Kambali village, near here, has been adopted as the first village of Punjab under a novel project “Call of the time — swachh, swarnim, gramin bharat” by the Prajapati Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya.

A large number of Brahma Kumaris and Brahma Kumars went to different corners of the village and cleaned the streets and other localities. Villagers were inspired to keep their homes, streets clean in order to save themselves from the spread of diseases.

BK Meena, In charge of the Rural Development wing of Mohali Ropar circle, inaugurated the project and said that all efforts would be made by Brahma Kumaris to develop the village as a model with the cooperation of villagers.

BK Prem, In charge of centres in Ropar district, said here today that the first phase of the project was launched yesterday. The aim of launching the project was to implement numerous programmes of cleanliness, health awareness, drug de-addiction etc.



Nirankari Mandal donates Rs 21 lakh
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 27
The Sant Nirankari Mission, Chandigarh, today donated a sum of Rs 21 lakhs in the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

The cheque of the financial aid was handed over Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister, by a delegation of the Sant Nirankari Mandal in New Delhi, a press note issued by the Sant Nirankari Mandal, stated.



Police’s new phone number
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 27
People now can access the Chandigarh Police at 2741900 instead of 2741100. This new exchange number has four auto hunting lines.



Youth dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
An 18-year-old youth was killed in a freak accident in a quarry in river Ghaggar yesterday. The victim was mining the river bed material, when a truck off loaded the gravel and it fell on him. The incident took place near village Dhaluwal.

Three cars recovered

The police today claimed to have recovered three cars — two Indicas and one Zen from Lakhwinder Singh and Ashwani Sethi. The police had arrested them on January 17 and claimed that they were running a car theft racket. The accused along with five others would steal cars here and sell them after preparing their false registeration certificates.

The two accused were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, and sent to police custody till February 5.

Woman accuses son of theft

A woman, Parvati, has accused her son Brij Mohan of stealing her gold pendant worth Rs 20,000. She has alleged that he stole her pendant from her Sector 19 residence on January 25. Accused was arrested by the police last night and the pendant recovered from him.



Couple held for attacking MC staff
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 27
A couple allegedly attacked Municipal Corporation officials and stray cattle-catching party of the Health Department, who caught their two cows from Sector 25.

According to the police, Ram Singh and his wife Amro Devi of Dhanas village attacked the MC employees when they caught their two cows from Sector 14 and 25 dividing road, yesterday. The MC employees received minor injuries in the scuffle. The matter was reported to the police and the police arrested the couple. A case under Sections 353, 332 (preventing a government employee from discharging his duties), 147, 148 and 149 of the IPC was registered in the Sector 11 police station. The couple has been remanded in the judicial custody for 14 days.

Five vehicles stolen

A car, a jeep and three scooters were stolen from the city in the past two days.

Dr O.P. Kataria, Reader, Pharmacy Department, Panjab University, has reported that his white Maruti car (CH-03-F 1674) was stolen from the university on January 25.

Mr R.K. Garg of Sector 22-A has reported that his Mahindra jeep (CH-03-P 6577) was stolen from Sector 22 on January 25. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

Mr Banwari Singh of Phase II, Ram Darbar, has reported that his scooter (CH-01-V 5377) was stolen from Phase I, Industrial Area, on January 25. A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station.

Mr Vinay Kumar of Sector 35 has reported that his scooter (CH-01 7551) was stolen from Sector 19 on January 25. A case of theft has been registered.

Mr Sukhwinder Singh of Mani Majra has complained that his scooter (CH-01-S 7124) was stolen from Mani Majra on January 22. A case has been registered.

Seven held

The local police has arrested seven persons from various parts of the city and recovered 42 bottles of different brands of liquor from them during the past two days.

Panna Lal of Colony Number 4 was arrested from the same locality with 21 bottles of Everyday whisky on the eve of Republic Day. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against Panna Lal at the industrial area police station. Another person, Deepak Kumar, alias Sonu, of Badheri village was arrested from the same locality with six bottles of Officer’s Choice whisky. He was booked under the Excise Act at the Sector 39 police station.

Jaswant Singh of Sector 22 was arrested yesterday from near Gurdial Singh Petrol Pump, Sector 22-A, while carrying three bottles of McDowell No1 whisky. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. Rakesh and Vijay Kumar, both residents of Burail village, were arrested from near Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 45 with seven bottles of Officer’s Choice whisky last evening. Both were booked under the Excise Act at the Sector 34 police station.

In two separate incidents, the local police arrested Tita of Sector 38-A and Subhash of Sector 38 from their houses. The police recovered three and two bottles of Everyday whisky from them respectively. Two separate cases were registered against them at the Sector 39 police station.



Woman booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 27
A woman was booked by the police for cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.

According to the police, Anjali, who was running a finance company in the Phase II market, had allegedly taken Rs 1.69 lakh as commission from Mr Shiv Dayal, a jeweller based in Chandigarh for getting a loan cleared for him from a bank.

She, however, neither got the loan cleared for Mr Shiv Dayal nor returned the money taken as commission.

The police has registered a case under Sections 420, 406 and 120B of the IPC in this regard.



2 held for stealing vehicles, 4 cars recovered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 27
The police here loday claimed solving eight cases of vehicle thefts registered in the city in past four years with the arrest of two accused lodged in the Nabha Jail, Patiala. The police has recovered two Maruti Zen cars, two Maruti cars, two motor cycles, a scooter and a moped from their possession.

The police sources said Vijay Sharma of Jhujhar Nagar, Badmajra in district Ropar and Om Parkash of Bangaran Chungi in Uttar Pradesh were found to be involved in various vehicle thefts cases in the city. The police said that both accused were lodged in Nabha Jail in connection with some cases filed against them in the Punjab.

The police procured production warrants of the accused from a local court on January 24. The local police after taking the accused in the custody from the jail authorities produced them before a court and the court remanded the accused to the police custody till January 28.


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