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Cong councillors plan no-trust motion against MC chief
Tribune News Service

MC President, Ms Seema Chaudhary, said she had been holding talks with all councillors, and they were with her on the issue of development. Those who are planning the no-confidence move are doing so, thinking that the INLD government is on its way out.

Panchkula, February 6
Congress councillors are all set to pass a no-confidence motion against municipal council (MC) president during this week. With 18 councillors in a 31-member MC House, the Congress councillors say that they have already gained majority in the House. These councillors say that they could serve a notice on the MC president for a no-confidence motion within this week. A meeting of all 18 councillors is likely to be held within the next two days to discuss formalities of the no-confidence motion.

The Haryana Municipal Act, 1973, states that two- thirds of the strength of the House is required for passing a no-confidence motion against either the president or vice-president of the House. Thus, a total of 23 councillors have to sign the no-confidence notice, but a simple majority of any party (18 councillors) can pass the motion.

Sources in the Congress reveal that they are now holding talks with the remaining 13 councillors so that they gain two thirds majority and serve a no-confidence motion. As of now, the strength of INLD has been reduced to 10, which also includes the President, Ms Chaudhary, and Vice-President, Ms Kuljit Waraich. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has three councillors in the House.

Within two years of losing its power to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), there has been a resurgence of the Congress in the local municipal council here. From losing its men to the Indian National Lok Dal, to gaining majority in the council now, the local Congress has come a full circle. The INLD had managed to win support of 28 councillors in April, 2003 and thus formed the council under Mrs Seema Chaudhary as president.

The Congress was against the formation of a Council here, saying that Panchkula had not yet been developed by HUDA. The party had boycotted the polls to the local body in January, 2003 but its members, defying the party order had jumped in the fray. When 16 of the Congress men won the polls, the party was forced to throw its hat in the ring. However, with the powers that be in the INLD keeping its vigil and grip on this Congress citadel (Panchkula with a large number of Punjabi population has traditionally been a Congress citadel and always elected a Congress candidate to the state Assembly), the Congress men were forced to support the INLD. The return to the party fold began in August 2003, and since then the party has gained strength steadily. Within the past three months alone, as many as three councillors have joined the Congress. 



Industrialist proves good Samaritan to 402 bulls
Bipin Bhardwaj

Dera Bassi, February 6
A local industrialist has proved to be a good Samaritan for 402 bulls that had been languishing in open for the past over five months at Ghaggar railway station in Mubarikpur village, 2 km from here,

An animal lover, Mr Kewal Garg, today purchased the bulls, which were in the police custody (as a case property), from Mr Sher Khan, a cattle transporter, for Rs 2.5 lakh thus putting an end to the ordeal of the mute animals.

A formal agreement between the seller and the buyer was also signed in the presence of Mr A.S. Ghuman, Station House Officer of Dera Bassi, The sale and purchase deed was signed by the both following the directions of the Rajpura Court.

The bulls (465) were a case property in a criminal case pending in the court of Civil Judge (Junior Division) of Rajpura, Mr Kuljeet Pal Singh, against the cattle transporter since September 5, 2004

The bulls remained tethered at Ghaggar railway station and in the past five months their number reduced to 402. Some of the animals died while others were stolen from the police custody. The cattle were seized by the police from the cattle transporter while he was taking them to Howrah in a train.

Mr Garg announced to set up a “gaushala” on 5 acres in Mubarikpur village. Mr Garg has already set up a “gaushala” in Mukandpur village, housing about 300 cows.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Garg said he had made arrangements for the safe upkeep of the animals besides providing them regular medicare. He claimed that presently the bulls have been kept in a shed on a sick unit of the Industrial Focal Point, Mubarikpur. Later, they will be shifted to the new “gaushala”.

He asked the public to come forwards to curb smuggling of cattle for slaughter. Mr Garg expressed his resentment saying that the top politicians and bureaucrats have been turning a blind eye towards the rising cow slaughtering and smuggling to the neighbouring countries.

Mr Ramesh Gupta, former sarpanch of Mubarikpur village, said the top bureaucrats have been hurting the sentiments of the Hindus by permitting the cow smuggling in the country.

Mr Satish Kumar, president of Gau Raksha Dal, Punjab, and Mr Vijay Bhardwaj of the Vishva Hindu Parishad, honoured Mr Garg with a sword and a robe of honour.



Mystery over death of a newly married woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
A newly-married woman died under mysterious circumstances after taking medicine and an injection from a Mauli Jagran-based private medical practitioner. Sangeet on Friday complained of cold and cough and was taken to private practitioner Kuldeep Singh. After medication, condition of the woman deteriorated. She was again taken to the private practitioner who referred the woman to the GMCH where she died.

Family members of the victim kept the body of the woman in their house number 184 in Vikas Nagar and approached the police for the registration of a case. The Police took possession of the body and sent it to the General Hospital for post-mortem examination . The autopsy could not be done as today was a holiday. Post-mortem examination is likely to be done by a board of doctors to find out if the private practitioner was negligent.

According to the police, any action against the doctor could only be taken after the post-mortem report.

A social activist of the area Anil Dubey said that the private practitioner had removed a board from his clinic. Dubey alleged the private practitioner was treating the people without licence and that he did not have required qualification for the purpose.

The private practitioner, when contacted, denied any negligence asserting the woman could have died because of delay in taking her to the GMCH.

The private practitioner said that he was ready to face legal action if the injection he gave proved to be the cause of the death.

Husband of the woman, Shiv Prakash, demanded that the post-mortem examination be done by a board of doctors under the supervision of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate. The woman was married in June 2004. 



Cyclist killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
An unidentified cyclist was killed here today and two motor-cycle borne youths were injured, one of them seriously, when a mini-truck hit them. The accident took place near the Sectors 19 and 27 light point.

The cyclist is believed to have died on the spot but was declared brought dead in the PGI. The injured motor-cycle borne youths Rashid Ali (25) and Bilal Ahmed (22) of Sector 29 B were hospitalised in the PGI. Rashid Ali is still said to be serious. All three were taken to the PGI by the police.

According to the police, the accident took place as mini-truck driver Ram Sahay tried to overtake a CTU bus but could not control the vehicle when he saw a motorcycle and a cycle coming from opposite direction.

Eye witnesses said that the mini-truck (PB 10R 9715) first hit the Yamaha motorcycle (HYU 9840) and then cyclist. Driver of the vehicle Ram Sahay was caught and the mini-truck impounded.



CBSE ex-officials ‘misleading’ students on sample papers
Tribune News Service

Penalty for violating the service rules

If any retired group ‘A’ officer takes up commercial employment within two years from the date of retirement without obtaining prior sanction from the board, the government may withhold the whole part or part of the pension for such periods.

Chandigarh, February 6
Some retired officers of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have become a “problem” for the board. Using the board tag, the former officers had joined hands with publishers who bring out sample questions or these officers had joined publishing houses which are in the business of printing subject books of the board.

In an in-house communication, the board had asked its officers to be cautious of retired officers who misuse official machinery for vested interests.

The act on part of the retired officers was in violation of conduct rules for the retired Central Government employees, which said that the retired group ‘A’ officers could not take up commercial employment within two years of their retirement, without obtaining prior sanction from the government.

In one specific case, the Secretary of the board, Mr Vineet Joshi, through a public notice, advised the students not to get carried away by a misleading advertisement which assured that the maximum number of questions in the board exams 2005 would be from their pre-board sample question papers.

With the board exams beginning from March, a Delhi-based private publisher came out with sample paper titled ‘Together with CBSE exams 2005’. The sample papers were launched by a former Secretary of the board, Mr H.R. Gupta. Through an advertisement, the publishers had announced that 95 per cent to 100 per cent questions from their sample papers would be repeated in the board exams.

Reacting to the advertisement, the board, through a public notice, had urged the students not to get misguided by such advertisements.

Sources in the board said a retired officer of the board, who had joined hands with private publishers, was ringing up the managements of the affiliated schools urging them to recommend the books of the publisher.

To check the practice, the board, in communication to the Chandigarh regional office, said that certain retired officers were establishing contact with schools in the Chandigarh region to promote their own vested interests.

The officers concerned had been told not to allow misuse of official machinery or staff by the retired officers. If required the entry of such officers had to be restricted in the board premises.



Azim Premji reveals steps to success
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Focus. It is the secret for building a world class organisation. And, this advise comes straight from a man who catapulted Wipro to unprecedented heights. Mr Azim H. Premji, Chairman, Wipro, shared some of his experiences in the industry at a lecture on “Creating A World Class Enterprise With Diverse Growth Engines” at the CII, here today.

He also pointed out that the coming years held greater opportunities in sectors of pharmaceuticals, bio-technology, engineering and high-end services. “The number of pharmaceutical companies that have come to India in the last one year have not come in the last 20 years,” he stated.

Spelling out four steps to success in business, Mr Premji said that business houses must learn to compete and produce quality, have clarity of direction. The companies should take, build entrepreneurship sensitive to local cultures and nurture work task leaders.

Stating that these could serve as macro growth engines which propel the organisation, Mr Premji began by pointing out that India could come in for some competition from China in the coming years.

“Globalisation is irreversible and induces competitiveness. The pace of liberalisation, here to stay, will increase as business and social standards of the ball game change. Competition is becoming intense as more and more MNCs are setting shop, implying the industry has to be globally competitive and produce quality,” he said as the audience hung on to his every word in the packed hall.

Advising entrepreneurs to focus on their strength, he emphasised that they should chalk out the direction they want to take. “They should stay with it and not get distracted, always striving to be the best. If you are not the best, somebody else will step in and take over the position, “he cautioned.

In a lecture liberally peppered with his personal experiences in the industry, Mr Premji, laid emaphasis on planned exposure of executives to outside assignments. “I have not found any investment that brings greater returns than this. In its absence, people lend to inbreed and an industry becomes more of a monastery,” he added.

He suggested that India should design programmes to utilise the experience of the retired to reduce his dependence on accumulated wealth. “This will enable India to leap frog into the developed world. The greatest investments have to be made in education, human capital and healthcare,” he specified.

Mr Premiji said that the government, too, can play catalyst in development by providing industry the infrastructure it needs to grow.

Better legal framework and well-defined intellectual property rights, a mature democracy and high spending have can put India way ahead of China on the road to success, he maintained during the hour-long lecture.

Later, taking questions from the audience, Mr Premji said that the government should start privatising corporations selectively. “They should take the top 15 corporations and disengage them from the ministries. These should be put directly under the control of a board of directors drawn from the public and private sector and be made to deliver,” he opined.



Sant’s cleansing work goes on
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service,

Chandigarh, February 6
Four years seem like an inconsequential fraction in the sea of time, but for Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal of Sultanpur Lodhi, they have yielded fruits of a lifetime. In his village at Kapurthala, this saint-revolutionary has not only been running schools for orphans and the disabled, he has also been experimenting with local technologies to lay effective sewers and roads, thereby boosting local economy.

The epitome of Sant Seechewal’s developmental work, however, remains the restoration of the 160-km-long Kali Bein rivulet, known for its historic association with Guru Nanak who emerged from its waters to preach the principle of Sikhism.

In Chandigarh today to share his experiences, Sant Seechewal talked about how he fought the system to restore the dignity of the Bein which was full of weeds until few years ago. By some jerk of conscience, he had undertaken the mammoth task of purging the Kali Bein of its pollutants. Four years down the lane, he has accomplished what several district administration authorities with their entire fleet of engineers could not.

With his kar sevaks, Baba Seechewal has not only restored the pristine purity of rivulet, he has also safeguarded its banks with stones and boulders. Inspiring response, he has led people into building bricked roads on both the sides of the Bein. He has also planted trees around the rivulet which now shows no signs of its grime past.

After years of labour that involved pulling out hyacinths from the dirty river-bed besides scrapping out silt deposits, the rivulet is now holy as it sounds. And though its restoration recently made it to the list of nine most outstanding developmental works undertaken by Indians, its restorer is only concerned about the future challenge, not about the past glory. He however mentioned with pride how the President of India congratulated him for his task during the speeches made at international platforms.

But he still appeared less complacent and more concerned about the flow of polluted water into the Bein. In Chandigarh to interact with intellectuals under the aegis of Sahit Chintan, he talked about how he had succeeded in convincing villagers settled along the bank against polluting the Bein. He said, “Almost all villages have agreed to dig up ponds for storing dirty waters to keep the Kali Bein pure.” The problem, however, does not end here. A graver challenge is posed by the pollution of underground water.

“The natural source of water is under pressure due to pollution. People along the banks are diseased. We have been raising this concern. Also, there is a need to ensure the flow of pure water to the Bein,” he said. Significantly, Sant Seechewal and his community workers have already cleaned up the passage of the Kali Bein from its source at Dhanoa village in Hoshiarpur. The work started in 2003 near villages Budho Barkat and Gallowal. It is going on today also.

Thanks to the efforts, the silt that filled the passage of the rivulet has been drawn out to build the dikes. The surroundings have been landscaped and old trees preserved. A permanent water supply system has also been installed for the watering of the plants.



Model villages, still a distant dream
Tribune News Service

What the residents want?

  • Adequate parking space on the outskirts of the villages
  • Widening of internal roads
  • Proper street-lighting
  • Proper infrastructure with the corporation for maintenance of services
  • Separate funds for the villages

Chandigarh, February 6
Even as the Chandigarh Administration has proposed to include more villages under the Municipal Corporation, inhabitants of four villages — Attawa, Badheri, Burail and Buterla, which are under corporation — are at the receiving end due to poor basic amenities.

Demanding upgrade of basic amenities, residents have urged the administration to first develop the four villages as model villages before moving on to the next 18 villages in the city.

An agency to monitor the development in the villages was required, according to a councillor from Burail, Mr Vijay Singh Rana.

The existing population of the four villages was over 80,000, with the highest density of over 50,000 in Burail alone.

Due to influx of migratory population, the basic amenities had been chocked and providing additional services had become a problem.

As different agencies were involved in providing and maintaining different services, the basic amenities were suffering, said Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, president of the Congress (Rural) unit.

Mr Kushi Ram, a resident of Burail, said during rainy season houses got inundated as storm drains had not been completely laid, especially in Balmiki mohalla, Saini mohalla, and Lower mohalla.

There was no street-lighting and the state of sanitation was deplorable.

The corporation had not planned adequate parking areas on the outskirts of the villages, as the narrow alleys did not allow vehicles to reach the interior areas.

Mr Rana lamented that the internal lanes in Burail could not be laid since the contractor had refused to to execute the work on three different occasions owing to extra transportation cost for moving the raw material to the inner lanes.

He claimed that in the past three years, works worth Rs 90 lakh had been executed in Burail.

The councillor of Attawa, Buterla and Kajehri, Mr Kuldeep Singh, said more funds were required to make the villages model.

“There are no separate funds for the villages,” he lamented.

Though storm water drainage and sewerage had been laid in Attawa, Buterla and Kajehri villages, open drains had not been closed.



Breaches in ballistic lab’s boundary wall
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 6
Huge breaches all along the boundary wall of Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL) is posing a question on the security procedures being followed in this high profile defence establishment.

Along the National Highway-73 (Panchkula-Naraingarh), the outer boundary wall of the TBRL has as many as 10 breaches (from 15 feet to 3 feet in width). Residents of nearby villages easily make their entry in and out of the TBRL range, some with their cattle for grazing. Since there is a lot of wild growth in the Range, a number of people make their daily trip inside to collect firewood. The fact that there is no patrol along the boundary wall inside the Range only aids the villagers meandering inside.

Durra Ram, a resident of Bhanu village near the Range, informs that villagers fetching firewood from the defence area has been going on for the past many years.

“Earlier, people would enter the Range from near the two rivulets that flow through the TBRL area as no boundary wall has been constructed on these rivulets. Now, the boundary wall has collapsed at several places and people venture into the Range from these breaches. But the villagers never go near the office in the Range,” he says.

The TBRL is closely involved in the country’s nuclear weapons programme and integrated guided missile project. This is a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) set-up and is involved in testing and evaluating of various kinds of ammunition and aviation components. The Range is spread across almost 5000 acres and is enclosed by an over 20-km-long wall, with villages of Bhanu, Billa, Mankya, Asrewali and Ramgarh.

Officials at the TBRL say that the wall has not collapsed, rather breached by the villagers so that they can gain access inside to collect firewood or graze cattle.

“However, we have already requested our head quarters in Delhi for repairing the boundary wall and construction work by Military Engineering Service (MES) is likely to begin soon,” informs the TBRL Director, Mr V.S. Sethi.

He says that though the villagers trespass inside the Range, there is no security threat as the inner zone of the Range has multi-security systems. “We had also put glass shards on the boundary wall and put up fence at all places where the walls have collapsed.

However, the villagers always manage to push in,” he adds. This, however, fails to allay fears that anyone can easily enter the Range and make his way to the testing facilities in the TBRL.

Mr Sethi says that the TBRL authorities have also taken up the matter of encroachment of the 900 meters outer crust of the defence installation by civilians, with the district administration. “We have been assured by the Panchkula district administration that this defence land would be freed of all encroachments soon,” he said. 



48 Squadron celebrates 45th anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Bonhomie and festivities marked the 45th anniversary of the IAF’s No.48 Squadron becoming operational. It was on this day in 1960 that the squadron received its first flight of six Dakota aircraft and took to the skies.

An Officers Mess function was organised at the Air Force Station here, which was attended by a large number of ex-48 Squadron officers as well as serving officers based here. The Air Officer Commanding, 12 Wing, Air cmde T K Venugopal was the chief guest on the occasion. The squadron’s first commanding officer, Group Capt S S Jaspal (retd) was also present.

A cultural programme, which included group dances, songs and a parody, was also organised. Most of the items were presented by squadron officers and their families. Historic photographs and squadron memorabilia were also displayed on the occasion. Earlier, a special screening of “Kisna” was organised for squadron personnel and their families at a local cinema. A barakhana and a variety entertainment programme is scheduled to be held this week.

Presently commanded by Gp Capt Rajeev Sachdeva, the squadron was also tasked with undertaking relief sorties in the wake of the recent tsunami tragedy. Its aircraft flew out about 3,000 people from affected areas along the east coast as well as the Andamans, besides airlifting about 100 tonnes of load. The squadron also airlifted about 2,000 people from Jammu and Kashmir last month, who were stranded on the Jammu and Kashmir highway being blocked by snow. The squadron also set up a museum recently.

Raised at Srinagar on November 15, 1959. It got its first aircraft, the venerable Dakota, in February 1960. The squadron then converted to packets and in 1985 was re-equipped with An-32s. Popularly called “Camels”, the squadron is engaged in air maintenance of the country’s northern, mountain-bound regions, ferrying troops and supplies to guard the frontiers as well as maintaining a vital air bridge, when, the road link to Ladakh remains cut off in winters.



Amendment to Patent Act flayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Deploring the recent amendment to the Patent Act, 1970, by the UPA government, various constituents of the National Platform of Mass Organisations (NPMO) today decided to launch a “people’s struggle” against the “anti-people” policies of the government.

Addressing a convention on patent amendment here, Mr Deepankar Mukherjee, an MP of the CPM, alleged that the UPA government was continuing the “anti-national” policies of the previous NDA government.

The amendment to the Patent Act, two days after the winter session of Parliament, had proved that the decision was taken in haste.

Meanwhile, proposing a resolution opposing the amendment, Mr Raghunath Singh, general secretary of the Punjab State Committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), alleged that the amendment was a part of the globalisation and liberalisation regime dictated by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Calling upon people to launch a democratic struggle against the amendment aimed at benefiting the multi-national corporations (MNCs), the resolution feared that the prices of certain medicines would rise by over 200 per cent making the medicare out of the reach of the common man.

The president of CITU, Mr Balwant Singh, said the amendment would deal a death blow to the Indian agriculture as the MNCs would have a monopoly over a majority of patents of hybrid seeds and pesticides and insecticides.The existence of the agriculture research institutions, dairy institutions and software firms would be in danger as unfair trade practices by the MNCs would push them out of business.

Speaking on the resolution, Mr Vijay Mishra, CITU working president, alleged that lakhs of workers were already out of job due to the “anti-worker” policies pursued by the public and the private sectors.

Mr Rachpal Singh and Mr Lamber Singh Taggar, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, Mr Vasudev Jamsher, general secretary of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Mr Dev Raj, president of the Technical Service Union and president of the Students Federation of India (SFI), Mr Harmandeep Singh, were also among the speakers.



Passing Thru
What inspired you to be a sculptor ?

I am a creator. I like to experiment with things. I have been working for the past 35 years and yet I feel that I am learning. I like doing things which sound interesting and are difficult. Only a sculptor can tell you how hard it is to work with stones, but my biggest inspiration comes from late V.R. Khajuria, who taught me this form of art. I look up to Nek Chand who is an undisputed master of this field as evident in his creations.

What themes do you follow?

My favourite theme I would say is that of Ganesha. I like depicting various aspects on Lord Ganesha. However, every time I put up an exhibition my theme changes. I have a variety of themes to work upon, ranging from Shiv Shakti to animals, birds, insects and bulls.

What is the future of sculpturers in India?

It is bright. The older the art, more vibrant it becomes. Old is gold and that is what I thrive for. It is an amazing form of creation which will last for ever.

Does Chandigarh have buyers?

No, not yet. Chandigarh people do appreciate my work, however, there are hardly any takers for sculptures. I hope I succeed in making not only Chandigarh residents but also people from other places interested in my work.

— Nidhi Hurria



MC to auction sites for day markets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The Municipal Corporation has decided that sites for day markets in the city will be given through an open auction. The day markets in the city are planned at sites adjoining the ‘apni mandis’.

It has been decided that “applications will be invited and 10 per cent profit will be given to the contractor.” The sites will be auctioned to the contractors for professional lay-out and allied services. The corporation will not provide campus lighting. The contractor will be in charge of cleanliness and responsible for arranging tables, umbrellas besides the lighting, a councillor said.

The corporation has worked out a detailed plan for the day markets which will give it a more orderly look. Farmers will be given space in a common ground while vendors for other commodities will be given an alternate site.

Number of sites in a market will be fixed and no entries, without the requisite permission, will be allowed at the venue.

There is also a proposal for pathways inside the market area for comfort of the buyers.

The venues which will be host for the day markets are Sectors 15, 37, 43 and 45, besides others.

The existing site of the ‘apni mandi’ in Sector 33 is likely to be shifted to Sector 34.

The decision on open auction of day markets forms part of the proceedings of the meeting of the Municipal Corporation which met in December 2004. It was also decided that matters pertaining to security, mode of allotment, draw of lots and rates will be decided by the ‘Apni Mandi Committee’.

A senior member of the MC said that regulated space for the farmers and vendors at the site of the day-markets will mean less harassment at hands of the officials of the Municipal Corporation.

“We are often told that these poor vendors are harassed for sitting at a wrong place or on other trivial issues and they have to part with share of their paltry gains. Day markets are planned as regulated set-ups”, he added.Back



Workshop on vehicle number plates held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The Chandigarh Traffic Police-supported Traffic Awareness Organisation today explained to around 150 number plate painters and fabricators the standards of the number plates as per the law.

During a workshop, the organisation said if the standards set as per the law are flouted, the vehicle owners and even the painters and fabricators may have to face prosecution. The workshop was held in the Traffic Police Auditorium in Sector 29.

About 100 persons from general public were also present in the workshop to educate the people about the right sizes, looks and measures of number plates as per the Central Motor Vehicle Act, 1989. The Convener of the organisation Amar Manchanda explained in detail about the various relevant laws. He also showed model number plates to explain to the mechanics.

The coordinator of the workshop Sanjiv Tantia prepared the model number plates. Brigadier (retd) S. S. Nakai, a member of the patron body of the organisation, administered an oath to those present asking them to adhere to the rules.

Major General (retd) A. S. Kahlon, another patron body member, explained to the painters that their adherence to rules could bring down crime as the standards of number plate writing were set keeping in view their visibility. Detailed pamphlets were distributed to the audience giving them exact size and shape of the number plats.

The organisers of the workshop urged the number plate writers to keep the pamphlets always with them to follow the rules. They said if the pamphlets were kept safe even the customer could look at them and ensure adherence.



Jagannath rath yatra taken out
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 6
Hundreds of devotees of Lord Jagannath participated in the “rath yatra” organised by Sri Govind Dham, here, today.  These devotees, including women and children, sang hymns as they passed through the township.

The yatra began from the Sector 12 Govind Dham temple around 2 pm. Devotees pulled the rath, which carried idols of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra, Baldev and Sudarshan, all along the yatra which lasted for over four hours. Four men on horseback led the yatra, while a music band played religious hymns.

The yatra passed through the Sectors 4 and 12 road, Sectors 10 and 5 road and from Shakti Bhavan in Sector 6 turned towards the road dividing Sectors 7 and 8. The yatra concluded at Sector 12 after passing through the roads dividing Sectors 8 and 17, 9 and 16, 10 and 15 and 11 and 14.

The police had made elaborate security arrangements. Some tableaux had also been prepared.



Day temperature drops significantly
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Winter chill reappeared today as day temperature dropped appreciably over the past two days. While day before yesterday, the maximum temperature was 21.4 degree celsius, today it dropped to 17.4 degree. As compared to yesterday when the day temperature was 20 degree, the drop has been 2.6 degree. The temperature may fall further if cloudiness persists, said local Meterelogy office people.

The rains also, the weather experts said, were expected due to the weather systems hovering around the region. The most dominant weather system right now is the western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir adjoining Pakistan. “The system has now moved closer to Himcahal Pradesh causing the changes and the chill,” said a Meterelogy official.

The forecast includes rainfall and snow at many places in Himachal Pradesh, besides rain and thunder showers in Haryana and Punjab. In fact, hailstorm and thunder squalls are also expected in isolated pockets in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.



Residents of New Generation houses allege fraud by builder
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, February 6
Over 400 residents of the New Generation Apartments, a residential colony located along the Zirakpur-Panchkula road, have been allegedly deprived of all basic civic amenities by the developer of the colony.

Irate over the alleged high-handedness of Mr RM Singla, the developer, members of The New Generation Apartments Residents’ Welfare Society, today held a meeting. They alleged that the builder had been cheating them by making false promises. The facilities, promised before the selling of the apartments, had not been provided to them, despite charging additional money from them.

The members alleged that they had been deprived of the facilities like potable water, sewerage system, round-the-clock power, lift, etc. The high-rise buildings (under construction), loose hanging live power cables and activity of goons on the premises of the colony, have been proving hazardous.

While talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Manjot Singh Gil, general secretary of the society, alleged that the builder had been violating building bye-laws with impunity. He had been constructing buildings on proposed parking area space and a commercial complex on the space mentioned for a community centre in the colony. Moreover, the builder had planned to construct Phase-V, a block of the colony, on a piece of land belonging to Railways, he alleged.

Despite charging huge money for maintenance purposes in advance, the builder had ignored the maintenance works and was misusing the funds, alleged Mr R.K. Saini, president of the society. “The colony has five-to six storeyed building but not even a single fire fighting system has been installed there, pointed out Mr Saini.

Mr Singla, however, denied the allegations saying that he had sold the apartments after making the things clear, to the buyers. He claimed that the colony was under-developed and the things would be put right after some time.

He also claimed that the residents had formed the society illegally. A majority of the residents had not paid their dues till date. He alleged that Mr Saini, had no right to make allegations as he himself had not made full payment of maintenance charge till date.

Mr Singla also claimed that no byelaws had been violated, the construction was going on as per the master plan of the colony. “To save their skin the residents are leveling allegation against me”, he alleged.



Devotees take part in celebrations
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 6
Sri Radha Kalyanamahotsava was celebrated in the Sri Karthikeya Swamy temple, Sector 31-D here today where large number of Tamil and other devotees South India participated. Wedding of Lord Krishna with Radha will performed by reciting bhajans and prayers by Sri Shanker from Delhi.

The celebration concluded with a wedding feast consisting of South Indian delicacies. 




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