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Principal Kapoor chargesheeted
Gave ‘undue benefit’ to lab attendant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The Chandigarh Administration today chargesheeted the Principal of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, Dr Baljeet Kapoor, for extending undue benefit to a laboratory attendant of Punjab Engineering College.

It is for the second time that Dr Kapoor has been charge-sheeted. He was framed in December for allegedly recruiting around 20 persons in PEC on contract without following proper procedures.

The Principal allegedly reversed his decision to impose the “penalty of dismissal from service” to “compulsory retirement” against the laboratory attendant, Jai Pal Rawat. The date of compulsory retirement of the attendant was also delayed allegedly to allow him to complete 20 years of service and become entitled to retirement benefits.

The UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), approved the charge sheet before being issued today. Earlier, the administration had sought an explanation from Dr Kapoor in this regard.

Sources in the administration said the lab assistant in the Production Engineering Department at the college had produced a fake matriculation certificate to secure the job.

After conducting an inquiry into the role of the college Principal, the UT Home Secretary-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer has sought an explanation from him.

The attendant had joined the college as chowkidar in August, 1983. In September, 1990, he got selected against the post of lab attendant on the basis of a matriculation certificate of the Punjab School Education Board.

On receiving a complaint of the attendant producing a fake matriculation certificate, the Vigilance Department conducted an inquiry. He failed to produce any proof of having passed matriculation from the board. A copy of the inquiry report was supplied to the attendant on April 23, 2003. The attendant submitted his reply on May 8, 2003.

After considering the inquiry report and the reply of the attendant, the Principal issued a show-cause notice for imposing the penalty of dismissal from service on June 4, 2003. Then the attendant filed his reply on June 19, 2003.

The Principal, after referring to the inquiry report and reply of the attendant, decided on imposing the penalty of compulsory retirement on him.

Incidentally, the date on which the order of compulsory retirement was issued, the attendant completed 20 years of service. This made him entitled to retirement benefits, which ran into lakhs.



MC clears annual budget
Water, road projects get fair share
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The Municipal Corporation today cleared the annual budget giving top priority to water and road services in the city. A sum of Rs 21.25 crore was earmarked for recarpeting of roads, while the MC sanctioned Rs 15 crore for the completion of Phase IV of the Kajauli Water Works.

This is the first time that corporation has reported an opening amount of Rs 30 crore as a spillover from the expenditure of previous years.

Budget at glance

MC budget reports opening account of Rs 30 crore

Work on a major shopping mall in Sector 35 to start this year

MC clears a multi-storey parking in Sector 17

City to have a bird slaughter house.

MC collects Rs 1.75 crore as property tax from 2,673 business premises

The Kajauli Water Works is coming up as part of a scheme of the Central Government. Out of the total Rs 47.22 crore, Rs 31.28 crore has been allotted to the Punjab Government for works within its area.

Mr Subhash Chawla, former Mayor, said besides Phase IV the city should gear itself for works on the fifth phase keeping in mind the future needs of the city.

Ms Anu Chatrath, Mayor, said the MC budget totalled Rs 269.48 crore. Besides the opening amount of Rs 30 crore, the MC anticipated Rs 135.59 lakh from the UT Administration and Rs 103.25 crore from its own resources. MC resources included water bills, property tax and service taxes.

Ms Chatrath said March would be observed as “cleanliness month” and a special drive would be launched in this regard.

The budget received general approval of the House. Mr Jitender Bhatia said the corporation needed to make efforts to receive its full share of grants from the administration. Similar opinion was also voiced by Mr P.C. Sanghi and Mr Chawla.

Ms Kamla Sharma, BJP councillor, said adequate care had not been taken to tackle the problem of traffic. There was an immediate need for a flyover at the Transport Chowk and another one at the roundabout of Sectors 21, 22, 34 and 35.

Ms Sharma said a watch needed to be kept on villages and colonies surrounding the residential areas of the city because they affected life of a common man in these areas.

The MC also cleared the proposal of a hydraulic platform with turntable ladder for the fire services. A new electric crematorium was also been cleared by the House.

The corporation earmarked Rs 4.75 crore for development of councillor’s wards; Rs 2 crore for additional pipeline in the city; Rs 1 crore for development of town parks in Mani Majra; Rs 1 crore for services to villages under the MC; and Rs 2.75 crore for improvement of streetlights.

Mr Pardeep Chhabra, former Senior Deputy Mayor, said: “Greater emphasis should be laid on development of Sector 17. The place is a hub of commercial and tourist activity. Overall sanitation and changing the tiles are just a couple of areas which need immediate attention.”



PUDA budget Rs 1,100 crore
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 25
In a massive hike the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) would spend Rs 1,100 crore in the coming year as compared to Rs 306 crore that was to be spent for the year 2004-05. Out of this Rs 811 crore alone would be spent on the acquisition and development of new urban estates in the state.

According to a press note issued by the authority, the budget for the year 2005-06 was approved today at a meeting of the authority held under the chairmanship of Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, the Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab.

Massive capital investment in new urban estates at Zirakpur, Nawanshahar, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Sujanpur and Fatehgarh Sahib, including 3 new sectors at Mohali, has been planned for the coming year.

Capital expenditure amounting to Rs. 811 crore shall be funded out of PUDA’s internal accruals worth Rs 250 crore, term loans from banks and financial institutions worth Rs 250 crore and the rest out of the earnest money to be deposited by the prospective allottees.

Besides this, Rs 121 crore would be spent on development works in existing urban estates and Rs 37 crore has been kept aside for construction of mini secretariats at Kapurthala, Gurdaspur and Sub-Divisional Administrative Complex at Khamano. The authority also approved the construction of PUDA office complexes in Amritsar and Bathinda.

An outlay of Rs. 49 crore for construction of about 2450 houses of various categories (EWS, LIG, MIG and HIG) during 2005-06 has also been made in the approved budget estimates, out of which approximately 50 percent houses will be for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) sections of society.

The authority also decided to invite applications from the general public for allotment of residential plots of all sizes in the above said urban estates by launching new schemes.



UT Adviser to head steering committee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
In pursuance of the decision taken in the meeting of the secretaries and directors of economics and statistics held in December last year, the Advisor to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, will head the state level steering committee for effective monitoring and coordinating the various functions of the 5th Economic Census-2005 in UT, Chandigarh.

Other members of the committee are the Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, Joint Secretary Finance, Deputy Commissioner, The Commissioner MC, IG Police, Director Industries, Block Development and Panchayat, Director, Government of India, Member, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Director Social Welfare, Director Public Relations, Research Officer, Statistical Cell, Chandigarh Administration Member- Convenor.



Bitterness gone, lawyers give warm send-off to 3 Judges
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 25
A jam-packed house today bid farewell to three Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who have been transferred to other High Courts.

At a function organised by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, advocates showed solidarity, rarely seen in recent times, to make the last day of the three Judges — Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, Mr Justice V.K. Bali and Mr Justice V.M. Jain—unforgettable.


At the end of the farewell speeches, Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, better known for his strict attitude, surprised everyone by singing a few lines of popular patriotic song: "Kar chale hum hum fida jaan-o-tan saathiyo, ab tumhare hawaale watan saathiyo". 

And, the three Judges too chose to pronounce their verdict in the open: the love and affection showered on them by the lawyers of the association would always linger in their hearts.

"It has been 10 years and 10 months since I arrived in this High Court. But I never felt like an outsider. Wherever I am, the warmth and affection that I have received here will never go away. I am going to the Gujarat High Court as a representative of the Punjab and Haryana High Court," said an emotional Mr Justice Singhvi.

With the assembled lawyers, including a large number of senior advocates, cheering every word spoken by him, Mr Justice Singhvi also used the opportunity to cement bridges with the Bar. "Difficult times are behind us now.

In the past two weeks, the High Court has come out of the dark times of the past two years and I hope the Bar and Judges will work towards restoring the high prestige of this High Court," he said.

Mr Justice Singhvi, who joined here on April 28, 1994, also showered lavish praises on the young lawyers "who evolved before his eyes".

He also asked the judicial fraternity, including the lawyers, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the High Court on the grandest scale possible.

In his address, Mr Justice V.K. Bali, who has been transferred to the Rajasthan High Court, said having remained a part of this High Court first as a lawyer and now as a Judge, he had love for even the bricks and walls of the High Court.

"I will cherish my time here. Though I had my shortcomings, I loved everyone who is part of the High Court," he added.

Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, who will take over as Acting Chief Justice, was also overwhelmed by the huge response to the farewell party of the three Judges.

"The huge presence here is an indication of what the future holds for us. I feel everything is alright now," he said.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association president Anmol Rattan Sidhu presented the vote of thanks.

Later, Bar association secretary Munish Jolly, advocates G.S. Punia and Lekh Raj Sharma presented momentoes to the outgoing Judges.

In yet another first, the judicial officers of Punjab and Haryana posted in Chandigarh also organised a get-together to bid warm farewell to the outgoing Judges.



H.S. Bedi appointed Acting Chief Justice
Our High Court Correspondent

Justice H.S. Bedi Chandigarh, February 25
Mr Justice H.S. Bedi has been appointed Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He takes charge following the transfer of Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, Acting Chief Justice, today to the Gujarat High Court.

According to sources, the formal orders designating Mr Justice Bedi as the Acting Chief Justice have been issued.



Kidnapping drama ends peacefully
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 25
To teach a lesson to two boys suspected of harassing his sister, the brother of the girl allegedly kidnapped the boys from outside New Public School in Sector 18, here, this afternoon.

The kidnapping kept the police on their toes as the identity of the kidnapped boys, studying in Class IX, remained a mystery. The alleged kidnappers aborted their plan when the matter was reported to the police and the city border was sealed. It was only in the evening when the kidnapped boys were produced before the police by their father that a case of kidnapping and criminal intimidation was registered under Sections 363 and 506 of the IPC in the Sector 19 police station.

The incident came to light when the Police Control Room received a call from an eyewitness, Mr Toofan Singh, who saw the boys being allegedly kidnapped by seven persons who came in three cars. Mr Toofan Singh told the Chandigarh Tribune that he came to the New Public School, Sector 18 for an interview of his wife. He was waiting outside the school as the school gate keeper did not allow him to go inside the school with his wife.

Mr Toofan Singh said five persons, two in a black Hyundai Accent car (HP-18-A-2216) and three in a blue Indica car (CH-03-Q-4037) came outside the school at about 12 noon. When the two boys came out of the school, a Sikh boy came out of the Accent car and took the boys to the side and had a brief talk with them. At the same time, a white car came there in which two persons were sitting. The car came near the boys and they were forcibly pushed inside the car by the Sikh boy and they sped off.

He said he informed the police soon after and the police came to the scene within minutes. The boys were later dropped outside the school after an hour. 



PUDA, HUDA issued notice to complete allotments within 15 days
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion on a PIL seeking direction to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority (PUDA) to complete the processes of allotment of plots/flats within 15 days of the closure of schemes.

The petitioner, Public Interest and Common Cause Society, thorough its secretary Gaurav Goyal, has also sought directions to the two bodies to prescribe the time-limit for the allotment and mention the same on the application forms. It has also prayed that PUDA and HUDA be directed to make a policy for returning the application amount received by it within 30 days (that is, 15 days after a draw of lots) of the date of the closure of scheme. This, the petitioner has said, should be done as in the case of public issues by companies.

It has also prayed for the issuance of eight guidelines for the protection of applications' interests. The petitioner has also prayed that PUDA and HUDA be directed to deposit the money collected from applicants in separate bank accounts so that it is not used for other purposes. It has also sought the payment of interest if the organisation fails to return the application amount in the given time (15 days after the draw of lots).

Citing instances to buttress its claims, the society has stated that when the Chandigarh Housing Board invited applications for flats in Sector 51, it closed the scheme on December 10, 2004. The draws were conducted on December 31, 2004, and original demand drafts submitted by unsuccessful applicants were returned within a reasonable time.



Western Command’s new role in J-K operations
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Changes in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) being brought about by the creation of a new Army command may see the Chandimandir-based Western Command being involved in counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Western Command will now be responsible for an additional 200-250 km stretch of the international border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. Previously the Western Command, on whose order of battle were listed the Army’s most potent strike formations, was totally Pakistan-centric, with its AOR being Punjab and part of Rajasthan.

“We may get involved in counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir,” the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S. Pattabhiraman, told The Tribune during an exclusive interview. “We will, however, try to avoid getting into such operations,” he added.

The area to be taken over by the Western Command from the Northern Command will extend much beyond Jammu. This area includes Samba and Kathua, which in the recent past have witnessed terrorist activities.

Two divisions presently under the Northern Command’s Nagrota Corps are being moved under the control of the Western Command and a new corps, 9 Corps, is being raised to look after the area north of Pathankot.

“We have formed a committee and are working out an arrangement concerning our new responsibilities and tasks,” General Pattabhiraman said. The committee comprises senior officers from the Western and Northern Commands.

The Western Command will now be completely responsible for the strategic Shakargarh Bulge, which protrudes into India along the Pathankot-Jammu axis and poses a direct threat to National Highway No. 1-A, J&K’s lifeline. Earlier, this responsibility was divided between the two commands. This will also bring the command in full confrontation with Pakistan’s 30 Corps. “Earlier, we were dealing with just a part of this corps,” General Pattabhiraman said.

The Army Commander said there would also be a “little” reorientation of training for the troops in the Western Command to cater to the operational requirements in the J&K part of the command. The two formations being moved under the Western Command, 26 Division and 29 Division are already running battle schools to re-orient and train troops before induction in CT operations and these would be utilised by the Western Command if required, he added.

Once the new structure is in place, which is expected to take a couple of months, the Army will have three commands involved in counter-terrorist or counter-insurgency operations, the other two being the Northern and Eastern Commands.

Additional responsibilities notwithstanding, the Western Command’s prime responsibility remains training and equipping for a conventional war in the plains. “For us, the conventional arena is of utmost importance. We have a vast operational responsibility,” General Pattabhiraman said. “To achieve the desired end result in a conflict, the Western Command has to deliver and we training continuously towards this extent,” he added.



Charges framed against 2 CBSE employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Even as the Central Board of Secondary Education is yet to hand over the investigation of a five-month-old case of tampering with an answer book in its regional office to the Chandigarh police, two employees of the board have been charge-sheeted in connection with the case.

The two employees, Sanjiv and Rajiv, both assistants, were transferred from the regional office on the basis of a preliminary inquiry conducted in connection with the tampering of marks in an answer book. Then they were put on ‘compulsory wait’ till completion of departmental inquiry.

Sources in the office said the two assistants were in charge of the Answer Book Cell in the regional office. The preliminary inquiry by the board revealed that a supplementary answer book was attached with the original answer book of biology subject.

The students to whom the biology answer book belonged had been placed under compartment in the Class XII annual examination conducted in March, 2004.



Brain-dead persons’ organs better for transplants: docs
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Even the dead brain can bring life to many, if only relatives give their vital consent.

As doctors from Jaslok Hospital Mumbai, discussed their second case of a liver transplant at the 6th annual conference of the Indian Society of Neuro-anaesthesiology at the PGI here today, where a 58-year-old “brain-dead man’’ donated his liver to a 43-year-old patient recently, the lack of consent of relatives emerges as the main hindrance in carrying out more such transplants where the organs of brain-dead persons are utilised to save lives.

“Following the rules, a team of doctors declared this person brain dead as the brain was irreversibly damaged and could never be brought to life again. But his otherwise normal beating heart made him an excellent liver donor for a younger man. The surgeons and anesthetists played a key role in the transplant surgery which was performed with the help of experts from Stanford University, USA,’’ said Dr D. Dasgupta, Senior Consultant at Jaslok Hospital, while talking to The Tribune today.

While in India such procedures are rare, in the Western countries people are more acceptable to using the organs of the brain-dead persons.

The biggest challenge, says the expert, lies in convincing relatives of the brain-dead person that their patient can never come back to life despite a normal beating heart. “The transplant can only take place if the person’s brain is dead and his heart functions at a normal pace. The criteria laid for carrying out the transplants in the brain-dead person are very stringent and the surgeons can not move ahead without the consent of the relatives,’’ he says and adds that expert surgeons are required so that the receiver’s body does not reject the new organ.

The doctors clarify that brain death should not be equated to the state of coma that many trauma patients fall into. “There are cases when the persons even after remaining in coma for months and years successfully come out of it. All comas are not brain deaths. But we declare brain death in that case where there is irreversible damage to the brain and it can never come back to life,’’ explains Dr Mary Abraham, Head of the Department of Anaesthesia, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi. 



Passing Thru

Raja Randhir Singh
Raja Randhir Singh,
Secretary General, Indian Olympic Association

You have been recently conferred with Laureate of Merit Award? What does this signify?

This award was announced last Wednesday only in the 43rd executive council meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Lausanne (Switzerland). It is given to an individual for exemplary contribution in promoting Olympic movement.

What do you think of India’s performance in sports in times to come?

Indian sports is definitely improving. In the forthcoming 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, we are hoping to do better and also in the Doha Asian Games in 2006.

What in your opinion can be done to improve sports culture?

The hosting of world-level sports meets can give tremendous boost to Indian sports. In my view, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi will give a new direction to sports in India.

Will India get the 2014 Asian Games and 2016 Olympics?

Regarding Asian Games, India has a 100 per cent chance of getting the nod to host the 2014 Asian Games. For 2016 Olympics, we do have to make a bid and Government of India is fully supporting our cause.

Arvind Katyal



Rodrigues inaugurates Festival of Gardens
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 25
UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) inaugurated the Festival of Gardens today.

Novelty was, however, hard to find though the organisers tried their level best to put up an impressive show in “unity in diversity”. As many as 300 artists from all over India were in the city to participate in the fest.

Folk dance and music was the highlight of the celebrations, with Naga dance by children getting most cheers. The Administrator later released a special enveloped stamped with a rose motif. He also spoke on the occasion.

The brass and pipe band competition, in which about 10 band parties from the Chandigarh Police, ITBP, CRPF, Haryana Police, Punjab Police, PAP, Home Guards and Maratha Light Infantry took part was also inaugurated.

There was a group ‘chopai party’ from Haryana who performed ‘Naga dance’. Other crowd pullers were the joyrides and different stalls of consumer goods.

A green belt in Sector 44 developed in on area of 3.83 acre, meeting the requirements of southern sectors, was also inaugurated by the Governor later. Parking facility had been provided on both sides of the belt which include a separate entry for handicapped persons.

Meanwhile, visitors had a tough time trying to find a parking space outside the venue of the Festival of Gardens. Wary of wrong parking which would naturally invite the “unobliging traffic cops”, some visitors were stranded in the parking lot for as long as half an hour. Outside on the roads, people had a tough time getting to the sectors lying south of Sector 17. They were diverted and had to take a full circle to reach their destination.



Festival of Garden results
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 25
Following are the results for Class A, B, C and I regarding cut flower arrangement held on Friday during the Festival of Gardens-2005:

Class A: Arrangement with roses only— Ashita Singh, Sadhna Sangar 1;Arrangement with flower other than roses— Gogi 1; Arrangement with dry flowers— Ayesha 1; Arrangement with fresh foliage, Gogi 1; Arrangement of flowers on the theme of advent of spring — Gogi 1; Making of garlands — Kamal Sathi1; Making of Bouquets — Gurmeet Singh 2; Making of Rangoli (with flowers) Bindu 1; Making of rangoli (with rangoli powder) — Isharpal Kaur 1; Arrangement with rose only— Ashita Singh 1; Arrangement with flowers other than roses — Aarohi1; Arrangement with dry flower— Vasudha Kansal1; Arrangement with fresh foliage — Ashita Singh 2; making of rangoli (with rangoli powder)— Monika 1; Arrangement with roses only— Ankur Kansal Manav Mangal School 1; Arrangement with flowers other than roses — Jasmeet Singh1; Arrangement with fresh foliage — Ankur Kansal Manav Mangal School 1; Arrangement with flowers — Ram Sankar 1; Making of Bouquet — Ram Saran Mali 1; Making Gajras and Garlands — Ram Saran Mali 1.

Class B: Antirrhinum — Dr Ajit Singh 1; Aster — Sobha Nath 1; Stock — Principal S. Marriya 1; Carnation — S.S. Gill 1; Candytuft — Prabhu 1; Dahlia — Mrs Jaya Bhardwaj 1; Giadiolus — Ram Singh 1; Gerbera — Ram Singh 1; Lupin — Jaswant Lal 1; Larkspur — M.M.S. Raju 1; Marigold — 1; Pansy — M.M.S. Raju 1; Rose hybrid tea — S.S. Gill 1; Rose floribunda — S.S. Gill 1; Rose hybrid tea in three states unopen bud, semi-open and open — Ramesh 1; Rose hybrid tea collection of three named varieties — Jaswant Lal 2; Sweet Peas— Dr Arunanshu 1; Any other flower — S.S. Gill 1.

Class C: Antirrhinum — Regional Institute of Cooperative Management 1; Aster — Continental Device India Ltd 1; Stock — Director PGI 1; Carnation — P.S.W.H.C. 1; Candytuff — Director PGI 1; Dahlia — Regional Institute of Cooperative 1; Gladiolus — Ranbaxy Lab Ltd 1; Gerbera — HUDA Nursery 1; Lupin — Ranbaxy Lab Ltd 1; Larkspur — Ranbaxy Lab Ltd 1; Marigold — Institute of Microbial Technology 1; Pansy — P.S.W.H.C. 1; Rose hybrid tea — Director PGI 1; Rose floribunda — Director PGI 1; Rose hybrid tea in three stages unopen bud, semi-open and open — Ranbaxy Lab Ltd 1; Rose hybrid tea collection of three named varieties — Ranbaxy Lab ltd 1; Sweet Peas — CHB 1; Any other flower — Hotel Mountview 1.

Class I: Vegetable and fruit carving — Rupinder Kaur 1.

As a part of K L Saigal Birth Centenary Celebrations, Security Forces Brass and Pipe Band Contest on Rag bahar and basant bahar was organised and the first prize went to Haryana Police, Madhuban. Chandigarh Police won the second prize and third prize went to Central Reserve Police Force.

In pipe bands contest first prize went to Maratha Light Infantry and second prize went to Chandigarh Police. Indian Reserve battalion, patial won the third prize.



FCI employees stage protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
About 1,000 members of the Food Corporation of India’s Executive Staff Union today protested against the appointment of Mackinsey and Co, a foreign consultant on the restructuring of the FCI.

Also an attempt was being made to curtail FCI’s activities by handing over godowns to Central State Warehousing Corporations and the state warehousing corporations and proposal to roll back of superannuation age from 60 years to 58 years, they alleged.

Affiliates of the Class IV employees union led by S.S. Chatha and S.S. Bhatti, SC/ST staff welfare association and quality control staff welfare association, from all the districts of Punjab held a day-long mass dharna and demonstration before FCI’s regional office, Chandigarh.

Mr Megh Raj, regional secretary of the union in a statement issued today has alleged that the FCI management failed to evolve the norms of storage and transit losses of foodgrains, despite the written assurance of higher management that such norms would be laid down shortly. Mr Megh Raj also alleged that employees were taken to task even on minor issues while top officials directly associated with the supervision were spared. 



Workshop on female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 25
The Civil Surgeon, Dr Satvir Chaudhary, urged upon the anganwadi workers, local voluntary groups and youth leaders to spread awareness among public against the declining population of girl.

He was addressing a gathering at the district-level workshop on ‘Prevention of female foeticide and importance of girl child’ at Youth Hostel today. The workshop was organised by the local branch of Family Planning Association of India (FPAI). As many as 75 persons participated in the workshop.

Dr Chaudhary said that though the sex ratio in Haryana was 861 females for 1000 males, the ratio in Panchkula was abysmal at 820 per 1000 males. He said that social awareness was the only solution to stop this evil.

Mrs Usha Singla, honorary secretary and Mrs Reva Gandhi, honorary treasurer of FPAI, Panchkula, presided over the programme. Dr Sangeeta Pandita and Mr P C Sharma also spoke on the occasion. A pledge campaign on prevention of female foeticide was also held.



Arjan Dev martyrdom day now on June 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
In a partial modification of its earlier order the Chandigarh Administration has changed the dates for the restricted holidays on the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev which will now fall on June 16. Earlier the restricted holiday for it was on June 11.

The dates of Jor Mela would now be December 24, 25 and 26. Earlier this was 26, 27 and 28.



Body of newly married woman found from canal
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 25
The body of the newly-married Ranjeet Kaur of Kumbra village here was found from the Sirhind canal today. The body of her husband, Kuldeep Singh, was found yesterday which was cremated here today.

The body of Ranjeet Kaur was found from near Patran village falling in Patiala district by relatives of the couple. The point from where the body had been traced was almost 60 km from Sirhind where the car of the couple was found lying abandoned.

Kuldeep Singh and Ranjeet Kaur had got married on February 13. The couple was to go to Faidan village, near Sector 47, Chandigarh, on February 17, where parents of Ranjeet Kaur live. They both left Kumbra village in the morning but went missing under mysterious circumstances the same day. Their car was found lying abandoned near Sirhind canal the next day.

The relatives of the couple kept hunting for the two for a number of days but to no avail. The police then suggested them to keep a look out in the canal fearing some untoward incident. The body of Kuldeep Singh was found floating from near Jalkheri bridge yesterday.

Mr Balwinder Singh, DSP, told Chandigarh Tribune today that the relatives traced the body of Ranjeet Kaur at about 4 p.m. The body had been sent for a postmortem examination and would be handed over to members of the family tomorrow. He said the gold jewellery was found on the body. The dupatta of Ranjeet Kaur, which matched the suit she was wearing, was recovered from the car earlier. He said that the couple had committed suicide though the reason for taking the extreme step was not clear.

A migrant labourer had seen the couple roaming about in the area near the floating restaurant at Sirhind for a few hours. He had even seen them jumping into the canal holding each other’s hand. He tried to raise an alarm but nobody heard him.



Cash, documents stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 25
Cash worth Rs 5000 and some important documents were stolen from a car parked near the Sector 11/15 roundabout at 10 am today.

Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja, a resident of Sector 8, here told the police he had parked his Zen car (CH-18-1861T) near the roundabout, while he went to meet a relative residing nearby. When he came back after about ten minutes, he found that the glass of the window seat had been broken and a bag lying on the front passenger seat was missing.

The bag contained Rs 5000 cash, three cheque books and some other documents.

Journalist held:- The police arrested a journalist working with a Hindi daily at Pinjore on charges of misbehaving with government officials and intimidating them, while in an inebriated condition. The journalist, Raj Kumar Chandel, was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with an Excise Inspector, who was on duty at a naka near Pinjore last night. Raj Kumar was produced before the court of CJM, and remanded in one-day judicial custody. The CJM also gave a notice to state for tomorrow.

Injured:- A 38-year-old woman sustained head injuries, when she was hit by a speeding truck near Bharaili village today. The victim, Dayawanti, was reportedly crossing the road when she was run over by the truck. She was rushed to General Hospital, Panchkula, and later referred to PGI, Chandigarh.



Chd residents booked for firing
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 25
The police today booked a few residents of Chandigarh for allegedly firing at a resident of Phase VI here.

According to the police, Manu Sethi and others came to the house of Mr Birender Singh here on February 21 and allegedly fired at him.

However, he escaped unhurt.

The police said there was a dispute in connection with a club in Chandigarh between a friend of Mr Birender Singh and the persons who fired. Mr Birender Singh was trying to bring about a 

A case has been registered under Sections 336 and 427 of the IPC.



Woman held for carrying liquor
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 25
A Qualis jeep, a motor cycle and a scooter were stolen from the city while the local police has arrested a woman who was carrying liquor illegally, said press release issued by the police here, today.

Mr Hem Raj of Modern Housing Complex in Mani Majra reported to the police that his Qualis jeep (CH-03-C-1470) was stolen from his residence on the night of February 23. A case has been registered.

In another incident, Mr Chanderkesh Raina of Modern Housing Complex in Mani Majra complained to the police that his Hero Honda motor cycle (CH-03-D-5977) was stolen his residence on February 22. A case of theft has been registered.

In yet another incident, Mr Balbir Singh Negi of Sector 35-B reported to the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (UP-07-1490) was stolen from his residence on the night of February 17. A case of theft has been registered.

Liquor seized
The local police yesterday arrested Parmeshwari of Sector 29 with 20 quarters of whisky from near mango garden in the same sector. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered.

The police yesterday arrested Varinder Singh, Om Pal Singh, Naresh and Chander Pal - all residents of Bapu Dham Colony for gambling at public place. The police recovered Rs 370 from their possession. A case under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered.


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