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Fans disappointed as Sachin, Sehwag miss milestones
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
It was an opportunity that will go down in the annals of history as a ‘big miss’. The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali lost a lifetime opportunity to become a part of history ‘where legendary Sachin Tendulkar hit the 35th century of his career’, but this did not happen. Luck was equally unkind to Virender Sehwag who missed his double ton, much to the disappointment of his wife Arti and thousands of spectators in the stadium.

Such was the impact of the double ‘tragedy’ on the spectators that many of them were seen leaving the stadium in dismay. Several people reportedly switched off their television sets in disappointment.

“I had specially procured passes for today’s game because I wanted to witness cricketing history. But it has been a big disappointment for me and my family”, said Ms Pooja, who had been following the match on television, but wanted to be present at the stadium to witness both Sachin and Sehwag reach their respective milestones.

Rahul and Monish, both cricket buffs, reached here from Jalandhar in the morning were so disappointed that both tore their tickets immediately after the dismissal of Sachin and returned home. “We came here to be part of a historical moment. We were sure that Sachin would score his 35th century. But now we are disappointed and in no mood to see the match”, they said.

Not only common people but also the VIPs who turned up to watch the game too went back disillusioned.

Mr Harcharan Singh Brar, the former Chief Minister of Punjab, visited the stadium along with his grandson Mr Karanbir Singh to see the Test match. He is very fond of the game. He watched the match very keenly and discussed the highs and lows with his collegemate Mr Julifqar Ali, with whom he studied in Chiefs College at Lahore. “The start was good but after that the game became dull”, he said. “Sachin missing his 35the century disheartened him a little bit as Sachin Tendulkar is one of his favourite players,” asserted Mr Karanbir Singh.



Sehwag repeats century at PCA stadium
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
The Punjab Cricket Association cricket ground in Mohali has proved lucky for Virender Sehwag, a dashing Indian opener batsman, who today became the 16th batsman to score a century at PCA stadium, Mohali. Moreover this was his second highest score in the almost 11-year history of PCA cricket. Earlier, Jimmy Adams of West Indies had scored 174 runs in 1994.

Another interesting fact was that Sehwag had earlier also scored a century in 2003 by scoring 130 runs against New Zealand. Other Indians who have so far scored centuries on this ground are: V.V.S. Laxman (104 runs against New Zealand in 2003), Deep Das Gupta (100 runs against England in 2001), Rahul Dravid (144 runs against New Zealand in 1999), Sachin Tendulkar (126 runs also against New Zealand in 1999), Saurav Ganguly (109 runs against Sri Lanka in1997), Navjot Sidhu (131 runs against Sri Lanka in 1997) and Manoj Prabhakar (120 runs against West Indies in 1994).

The players from other countries who have scored centuries while playing on this ground are: M. Attapattu (108 runs in 1997), Arvinda D’ Silva (110 runs against Sri Lanka in 1997), Richardson Richi of West Indies scored 145 runs in 2003. Three New Zealand batsmen, Lou Vincent (106 runs), Craig Styris (119 runs) and Craig Mc Millan (100 runs) also scored centuries in 2003.



Cricket to ek bahana hai...
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Cricket has taken a back seat. Thousands of Pakistani visitors who have flocked to the city to watch the cricket teams battling it out termed the game to be an excuse to visit India.

“Cricket to ek bahana hai, hamein dillon ko millana hain” is the slogan going around. The streets of Mohali which usually wear a deserted look, were full of fervour, especially at the gate of the PCA Stadium. Many could be seen, with the flags of both the countries painted on their faces, spreading the spirit of patriotism among the crowd.

Abdul Karim and his wife Salma want to own a house here. “You know, the domestic rate of electricity in Pakistan is Rs 7 per unit whereas it is just Rs 2 here,” said Salma.

“You have to shell out around Rs 4 lakh for the same Maruti car which you can own here for around Rs 2.25 lakh. Even a full faced helmet which you get here for Rs 300 is available for Rs 1500 in Pakistan. I will buy at least two helmets from here,” said Abdul, who runs a leather business in Lahore.

“If both the governments permit me I would purchase Maruti 800 right now to take it to Lahore,” Mohammad Ijaz, an MP from Lahore, said.

Ahmad is fond of reading ‘Stardust’ and purchased many old editions as well. It costs Rs 30 here whereas it is available for Rs 100 in Pakistan. He also purchased lot of posters of film stars.

“In Pakistan, an English daily costs Rs 14 and here you can get a 20 page newspaper for Rs 2 only,” Ahmad said.

Farooq Ahmad, an engineer by profession, who came to Sukhna Lake, along with wife Shagufta, said, “It was a wonderful experience to see this place.”

“I have never seen a place like Rock Garden before. It is really a unique idea. I urge both the governments to permit Nek Chand to develop a place like this in Pakistan,” wished Khanif Mohammad, an architect by profession.



Bukhari praises Indian batsmen
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, March 10
Money in cricket has grown manifold which is good for everyone said Rehman Bukhari, former chief of PCB, Pakistan who visited the Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, this evening. Bukhari, a former cricketer said in earlier days, players used to get a meagre amount in the Test matches. But excessive media coverage, specially of electronic media had induced sponsors to come forward and it has finally helped cricket to grow. Bukhari was accompanied by Justice S.S. Sodhi. Both were college mates in Aitchison College, Lahore.

Mr Bukhari said the Pakistan Cricket Board had provided the right kind of opportunity to its young players by including them in the team. In another two years these boys would be more strong. He said like India, Pakistan too faced the shortage of fast bowlers. Mr Bukhari said our current team comprised good number of talented seamers. He was all praise for the Indian batsmen and said they have proved to be better in all the departments of the game. He said despite rain batsmen played a fine innings be it Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid.

Mr Bukhari said cricket in Pakistan was played at mohalla level and children play on grass and later mature to hard surface. He says with cricket offering so much of money, sponsorships and publicity, youngsters in Pakistan were crazy of cricket.

Earlier, Mr Bukhari was shown round the school by principal Harish Dhillon. He was impressed with the new Kindergarten section building and the emphasis on sports in the school.



Visas of 700 Pak guests extended
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 10
More than 700 Pakistani visitors today got their visas extended to travel to various places in India. SSP Ropar S.P. Singh, said Pakistanis today were permitted to go to Agra Shimla, Delhi and Ajmer.

Last night at a dinner for Pakistani guests, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced that visas to places outside Punjab were being extended.

Morning saw a beeline of Pakistanis at the visa extension counter outside the PCA stadium here. With passports in hand, they were busy getting their papers in order, unbothered about what was happening inside the stadium.

Pakistanis demanded visas to all over the state and were allowed travel to Agra, Ajmer and Delhi to visit religious places. Many were given permission to
go to Shimla.

While many were happy some who returned disappointed. “I want to visit Mysore. I have seen it in so many Hindi films. I asked for a visa to visit Mysore. But the SSP said he would give it if I can come back till March 14. I don’t think I can,” said Mohammad Ilias, a Lahore based professional.

The SSP Ropar stated that majority of the visas were extended for Amritsar.

The SSP added complete office was functioning from the makeshift counter outside the PCA. Not everyone is getting a visa extension. We are being liberal but at the same time also careful,” he added.

Those who are being given extension have to first report to the SSP office there and when he returns to Mohali, he informs my office that he is back. Today I have reports of over 20 persons who have come back after visiting some parts of Punjab,”he said.

The SSP added that in case any of them moved in the state without an extended visa he is likely to get into very big trouble. “Such persons would be booked under various sections of the foreign act and jailed. The offence is non bailable and would not be released till a mutual understanding between the two nations is reached,” he said.

Pakistani visitors are here for the five day India-Pakistan match have visas of Patiala, Ambala other than of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.



Pak students feel it’s second home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Pakistani students interacted with their counterparts from Punjab at a function organised by the Nehru Memorial Government College Old Students Association, Mansa, at Kalagram here today.

While the students of the college showcased Punjabi culture by presenting a mix of folk songs and small skits as well as mono acting, eight students from Lahore and Azad Kashmir expressed their sentiments on being in India.

Effusive in their praise for Indian hospitality, the students said they were being welcomed with open arms wherever they were going. “It’s like second home. I haven’t felt I am in a foreign land since I came here. I have even made new friends and I intend to keep in touch with them even after I return to Pakistan,” says Ali Akbar.

The Pakistanis, armed with handycams and cameras, picturised the entire sequence of events from the warm reception to the cultural programme and the community lunch. They posed for pictures with students from Mansa college as well as the organisers.

Jashan Kalin and Uzbak Hussain said they wished the friends they made in India would visit them soon. “We want a chance to reciprocate the hospitality extended to us by the Indians. We are happy that the match provided us an opportunity to visit India. We will take back fond memories of the country and its people,” they remarked.

A member of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Dr Ajaib Singh, was the chief guest at the function. The president of the Old Students Association, Mr Rampal Dhapi, said the idea of the meeting was to show the students of the two sides the similarity between their language and cultures.



Students enjoy being ushers at stadium
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 10
Among the hoards who are thronging the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here, 20 students of the Yadvindra Public School stand out. Disciplined, uniformed and at their social best, this group of 10 boys and 10 girls is being the perfect ushers.

“Posted” at various VIP entry points in the stadium, these students will win you over with their smiles every time you walk through. And despite standing for over eight hours on their feet every day, they remain tirelessly vigilant.

“We are enjoying ourselves thoroughly. I think we are lucky,” said Gaganjeet who is on duty near the VIP lounges. “We are getting to see the match for free and also get to see the players from up close,” added Supreet who along with Harleen, Nimrat and Manpreet are doing the duty at the terrace stands.



For him match was excuse to get visa
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
On his first trip to India, Khaakzadah M. Anwar Kamal is full of admiration and awe for the overwhelming affection and warm hands of friendship that engulfed him as soon as crossed over to Wagah. And what has touched him most is the love that Indians have shown.

A resident of Lahore, Anwar Kamal came to India out of curiosity. “The match was an excuse to get a visa to come here. I have dreamt of visiting India since 1986.”

He claims almost every visitor had to give money to be able to walk across the border. On entering India, the contrast was evident. Anwar Kamal talks to the police and security forces running around, providing bedding and assistance and a helping hand right from Wagah to Chandigarh.

Anwar Kamal’s ode to India does not stop here. Wandering around the Sector 17 market, he met Chamanlal, a resident of Sector 41. Chamanlal on visiting Anwar Kamal’s hotel here was horrified at the dirt in the hotel room and offered his Pakistani friend a place to stay in his house.

Anwar Kamal is astounded by the freedom of movement for women, the freedom of speech and of prayer that he has seen in the city.

The Christians are an unappreciated minority in Pakistan and Anwar says it is only after Gen Pervez Musharraf’s condemnation of violence against them that they are holding their heads high.

He claims he has been to prison five times. He blames General Zia-ul-Haq and Nawaz Sharif for the intense “Islamisation” of the state in Pakistan.

“We were made to believe that if we are not Muslim we are not Pakistanis. I love my country irrespective of my religion.”

On his first evening with Chamanlal, Anwar visited a gurdwara where a granthi welcomed him with open arms.

“I wish the borders between the two countries would disappear and we could all be one family. I want to go back and tell my people that India is not the land of kafirs but the land of grace and courtesy. The love we have seen here is awe-inspiring.”



Pak guests treated to dance and dinner
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 10
It was dance and enjoyment for hundreds of Pakistanis, who had gathered at a restaurant here this evening. The men from across the border danced to the latest Hindi tunes and enjoyed sher-o-shaiyri, at a special feast organised by the restaurant.

The idea was to host the Pakistani guests for a free dance and dinner, as part of the restaurant’s second anniversary celebration today. The guests were first invited for a round of poetry, as poets from the region here recited their verses, and listened to their counterparts from Pakistan. The guests were served delicacies.

During the day, the Pakistani guests visited the Yadavindra Gardens at Pinjore. Inspite of the downpour in the evening, the Pakistanis went about these Mughal gardens and enjoyed seeing the lush greens.

Mr Malik Aneez from Lahore, who had come here as part of a 20-member group, said that the garden was like Noor Jehangir maqbara and Sheesh Mahal in Lahore. They were brought here by lawyers from Chandigarh.

Ijaz Khan (46), and Mirajddin (76), who were on their second visit to India, said that the garden was better than Shalimar Bagh.



Rehris selling eatables do brisk business
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 10
Owners of rehris have been doing brisk business in front of the gates of the PCA stadium here after the Municipal Council allowed them to stay put in view of unavailability of adequate food material for police personnel on duty.

A five-day cricket Test match between India and Pakistan is going on at the stadium.

A large number of rehriwallahs, selling various items like ice cream, sugacane juice, chaat and golgappas, fruit chaat, burgers, dal and roti, kulchas, etc, were seen doing good business. Most of the rehris were parked outside entry gate no 5 to gate no 14 of the stadium.

A council clerk, Kesar Singh, told the Chandigarh Tribune that on the first day of the match rehriwallahs were not allowed to operate from near the stadium. All of them were asked to leave the area. The council had to change its stand in this regard yesterday as police personnel on duty at the stadium requested council employees not to remove rehris from the area as they could buy eatables due to the unavailability of adequate food being provided to them by authorities concerned.

Mr Kersar Singh said it was then decided to issue tehbazari tickets to rehriwallahs and let them carry on the business for the convenience of police personnel. He said council had earned a revenue of more than Rs 2500 yesterday from rehriwallahs and today the earnings were expected to be more than that. He said the council was charging tehbazari at the rate of Rs 5 per square foot.

However, after a round of the stadium it was found that many rehriwallahs did not have the tehbazari receipts but were going on with their sales.

Some policemen from Tarn Taran said that they had to depend on rehris for food as they had been directed not to leave their duty points. It was difficult to get the food organised for police personnel. They had been asked to prepare a list of their teammates and later get it cleared from their in charge in order to get food. As such many of them decided to have food from their own pocket. One of them said that yesterday only one meal was given to police employees at midday. Today no food had been provided till 12.30 p.m.

Another police personnel from Sangrur said that the quality of food provided to them was poor. He said “puris” served were very hard and it became difficult to chew them. Moreover, the food was very badly packed.



Match to begin at 9.30 am
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 10
Cricket match of the high profile Test series at PCA Stadium, Mohali, will start at 9.30 a.m. on Friday instead of 10 a.m. This was necessitated due to curtailed play and required overs could not be bowled, according to a press note of the Punjab Cricket Association.



Buffeted by fate, she lives on hope
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 10
The smile is warm, welcoming and trusting. Hope in her voice touches a chord somewhere, as five- year- old Anjali tells you that her visual impairment will soon be over and she, too, would be able to join school like other children of her age.

The wise say that children are harbingers of hope. We get to see one in Anjali- who despite blows of Fate believes, and takes you along in her faith that life is beautiful. Having been adopted twice... and later abandoned on both occasions, Anjali, aware that she has been rejected by “family”, immediately goes into her cocoon at the mention of her life before she came to Bal Niketan. After much cajoling she opens up, and speaks of her new life. She is looking forward to getting her vision back, as she adjusts in her new surroundings at Bal Niketan- a home for abandoned children and orphans.

“I am happy here. Krishna Didi and Bhabhi (the caretakers at Bal Niketan) take care of me, and teach me poems, alphabets and numbers,” she says as she gazes at you with her bespectacled right eye. “I don’t like the spectacles and the bandage on the other eye, but Didi says that if I do just as doctor uncle says, I will be able to go to school soon,” she says.

Its been five months since the girl landed at Bal Niketan. A couple- in their early 60’s from Khudda Jassu, village had come and abandoned the girl here. Suffering from severe malnourishment, she had decalcification of bones, and as a result had developed a limp in her leg. The couple claimed to have adopted her, but since their three children were not willing to adjust with Anjali, and they themselves were getting old, they were forced to abandon her.

The Bal Niketan authorities put the girl in the Shishu Greha- their adoption centre, and then decided to complete all legal formalities with the child’s “parents”. As the authorities set about making inquiries, the tragedy of Anjali’s life unravelled. “The couple who left her here, were actually friends of her adopted parents. After her adopted parents died and their sons refused to keep her, the couple took pity and took her in,” informs Dr Madhu Sharma, Honorary Secretary of Bal Niketan.

She says that they then approached the ‘brothers’, who, when asked for their consent agreed to give her for adoption and let Bal Niketan get her abandonment certificate. “However, when we asked to see the papers for adoption, we were told that Anjali was not legally adopted. The youth said that their parents wanted to have a daughter, and approached a poor pregnant woman in a hospital at Chandigarh. She agreed to give her baby, and no legal formalities were followed in this adoption. Their mother had died when Anjali was just one, and father in October 2003. The couple had loved her dearly, but their sons, who were in their late teens, were not happy to have another family member, and as soon as the parents died, they abandoned her” she adds.

But the child’s woes do not end here. Since the child’s real parents cannot be found to give their consent, Anjali cannot be given in a legal adoption. Strange, as it may sound, but Anjali is perhaps happy that she will not have to go through the turmoil of again. Ask her if she would like to be with a real family, and she gets panicky. “ I like being with other children here. They play with me, and Krishna didi loves me. I don’t want to leave this place,” she says. 



Deadly deformity dashes dreams
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Ten-year-old Rajwinder with her mother.
Ten-year-old Rajwinder with her mother. 

Chandigarh, March 10
Ten-year-old Rajwinder is silently heading towards death. At the mercy of Haemangioma, rarest of the rare diseases, which has no cure in medical sciences yet, she is praying hard lest the world of her dreams comes crumbling down.

Suffering from vascular malformation due to wrong development of blood vessels in the body, Rajwinder has developed unusually fleshy growths on the left side of her body. The deformity was established recently when Father Thomas K.J., a social worker running NGO Roshni at Rajpura, spotted the child and adopted her for further care. Rajwinder hails from Lopoke village, about 20 km from Amritsar.

In Chandigarh with Rajwinder today, Father Thomas said the doctors had inspired no hope in the case. The child, on her part, was brimming with energy which only innocence could beget. She still aspired for success, brilliant as she was.

"I study in a primary school in my village and my teachers love me a lot. Some people despise me for the way I look but I can't do anything about it," Rajwinder makes a simple statement, her eyes searching for reassurance.

Back home, her mother Bholi is awaiting her return. Says the child, "We came to see a doctor but he said the same thing which the doctor in Patiala said. I must take care of myself and not play too much." Meanwhile, Father Thomas has mobilised Rs 15,000 for the child's care. He is also in touch with the PGI for any breakthrough in the case, but chances are rare.

In Patiala, Dr Harish Sood has been following the case. He told The Tribune today, "I have not yet received any such case in many years. Already in an advanced stage, the deformity is spreading very fast, causing degeneration of body parts. The left upper limb is already infected and other parts are at high risk. The disease, unlike elephantiasis, is progressive."

It can also be fatal, especially if any of the infected portions sustains a cut or an injury. "In that case, the bleeding will not stop. Also gradually the child will develop non-healing ulcers all over the body," said Dr Sood, expressing helplessness.

The suffering of the child is further compounded by lack of money for treatment. Her father Raj Kumar, a rickshaw-puller in Lopoke village, recently borrowed Rs 20,000 for her treatment. He is still in debt. On daily wages (he rents a rickshaw for Rs 50 per day and barely earns Rs 70 a day), Raj Kumar is a shattered man. He has the responsibility of six children, including Rajwinder. And his misfortune is writ large on his face, as he says, "No matter how hard I work, I won't be able to save my child. I don't know what to do."

Doctors say the malformation in such a disease is congenital and incurable. It could have been cured when the very first growth surfaced on the child's body. But now the growth is irreversible. Nothing but a miracle can arrest it.



ITBP training to be more tough
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Revamping training to make it more intense and tough, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) is introducing new features in the curriculum designed to remove any fear psychosis in recruits.

Terming the new features as "confidence-building measures", Mr P.P. Singh, Deputy Inspector- General at ITBP's Basic Training Centre (BTC) at Bhanu, near here, said an individual might possess an intrinsic fear of water, heights, snakes or even firing live ammunition.

"Our methodologies are now focussing on identifying and removing any kind of fear in recruits," he said.

Among new facets of training at the BTC are wading through chin-deep water, swimming with one hand while holding a weapon above the water with the other hand and jumping into a pool from a height of 40 feet. It is proposed to increase the height to 100 feet. The jungle warfare capsule has also been modified, with more training time being allocated to this subject. A jungle survival course has been introduced and recruits are scrambled for simulated anti-terrorist operations in jungles at odd hours without any warning notice.

A new fully automated indoor firing range, with pop-up targets was commissioned at the centre a few weeks ago. This is designed to hone the recruits' reflexes and shooting skills in close quarter battle or hostage rescue situations. A new assault obstacle course has also come up at the BTC.

It has also been recommended that recruits having outstanding performance during training be groomed as instructors.

A National Training Centre for Dogs (NTCD) has also been established at the BTC. The NTCD will train dogs and dog handlers from the ITBP as well as other central and state police organisations. Besides training dogs in explosives and narcotics detection, tracking suspects and guard duties, the NTCD will also emphasise on training canines for search and rescue operations during disaster management.



258 recruits inducted into ITBP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
As many as 258 recruits were formally inducted into the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force at an impressive passing out parade organised to mark the completion of their training at the force’s Basic Training Centre, Bhanu, near here today.

Director General, ITBP, Mr K.J. Singh, reviewed the parade, commanded by constable Askok Kumar, and took the salute. He also gave away prizes to trainees who excelled in various fields.

He urged the newly passed-out “Himveers” to maintain high traditions of the force while executing any task. He also highlighted the role of the force, various tasks being undertaken by it to protect national security interests and the achievements of its personnel in various fields.

Later, he inaugurated the National Training Center for Dogs set up by the ITBP at the centre and a newly set up assault course.



Passing Thru

How much popular is boxing in Mauritius?

Jean Claude Nagloo
Jean Claude Nagloo, National boxing coach, Mauritius

Not exactly, boxing is not the first preference. Though there is a craze for sports, but people have a liking for football and athletics. Boxing comes after these.

What are people’s other interests?

Francophone games are popular. In these, only French speaking people can participate. Other interests are the same as in any other country.

Does the Mauritius government give due recognition to boxing?

Yes, it does. I have been decorated with President’s Distinguished Service Medal. It is the highest recognition in Mauritius. Apart from this, I was awarded “Coach of the Year” title only last year. We have never faced shortage of funds. Players of all sports are placed in government jobs.

How do you rate Indian boxers compared to your boxing squad?

Well, Indian boxers have great potential. India is very vast country where you can find many aspirants for this sport whereas Mauritius is a tiny island with little population and the choice gets limited.

Is this your first visit to Chandigarh?

Yes, the very first. But this is my third visit to India. I love the food and eat lots of chapattis with dal.

— G.S. Paul



Dharna by AIDS Society staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Agitation of women staff of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSACS) against the “erring” director gained momentum when the paramedical staff of Punjab came forward to support their cause. Women staff of PSACS had levelled serious sexual harassment charges on Dr G.S. Chahal, acting Additional Project Director of the society.

Today all staff members marched from their head office in Sector 35-C to the office of Director Health Services Punjab, Sector 34. Holding banners and placards in their hands they shouted slogans against the alleged 

The staff staging a dharna outside the office of Director Health Services Punjab accused the State Health Ministry of shielding the culprit. Explaining their plight they said the women staff had met Mr R.C. Dogra, Health, and Family Welfare Minister twice, Mr D.S. Guru, Secretary Health Punjab, Mr. K.B.S. Sidhu, Special 
Sectary Health cum 
Project Director, but no action had yet been taken against Dr Chahal.

Women on dharna also said they have forwarded written complaints against Dr Chahal to Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Punjab State Women Commission, DGP, Punjab, SSP, Chandigarh and Governor, Punjab. They added that they would continue to protest till heard.

Ms Sandhya had levelled sexual harassment charges against Dr Chahal when he was posted in Punjab State TB Control Society as State TB Officer. After having been indicted by the official inquiry committee, Dr Chahal even had to apologise to Ms Sandhya.



Tibetans burn Chinese flags
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement today observed the 46th Tibetan National Uprising Day. A demonstration was carried out in the city in which Tibetan students participated.

The demonstration, which started from the Panjab University campus, concluded at Plaza, Sector 17, after passing through Sectors 15, 16 and 22. The students with anti-Chinese placards in their hands were raising slogans against the Chinese regime. The students also burnt Chinese flags as a mark of protest.

The protesters recite Tibetan National Anthem followed by two minutes of silence to pay homage to the martyrs. The gathering was addressed by various human rights activists at Plaza, including Mr Arvind Thakur, general secretary, Lawyers for Human Rights International. Mr Liyaqat Ali Khan, another human rights activist from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, also spoke in favour of the Tibetan freedom movement.



Rodrigues stresses on focused change for growth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
A focused transformation in every field of activity is important to cope with the changing global scenario and the biggest problem in this process is to manage change. This was stated by the UT Administrator, Gen. S.F. Rodrigues (retd.), while inaugurating a seminar on “South Asian comprehensive security dialogue” jointly organised by the Delhi Policy Group and Panjab University yesterday. He further said that commitment, competence, ability and leaderships skills are imperative at all levels to mould mental barriers, to achieve the desired results.

“We must equip ourselves with the tools of modernisation and forward-looking programmes, and that we can compete with the rest of the world successfully,’’ he added.

The Administrator said we have reached the stage when we must learn to depend on ourselves and not look to others for help every time we are in trouble. He said we must depend on our own resources and move ahead with strength, confidence and self-reliance. He said there were certain areas, which we have to accept. The participation of the community in every endeavour, by winning its confidence and support, is very essential, he added.

“Fresh ideas, new methods, and new concepts which can work in our local environment must be taken into account and given practical shape for the evolution of the new India,” said the Administrator.

Lieu-Gen. R.V. Raghvan (retd), of the Delhi Policy Group said the subject of comprehensive security selected for project analysis covers various aspects of vital human interest. He said various individuals, social service groups, NGOs, youth and academicians have been involved in this exhaustive project to share their expertise, exchange prospectives and to build the knowledge-based project.

Professor K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, highlighted the achievements of the university and said the discussion of the project would enable the faculty and the students to get a new insight about the subject to pave way for innovative programmes.



Flower fest from March 12
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 10
The Flower Festival - 2005, is all set to take shape and attract hundreds of people to Town Park on Saturday.

Even as the cricket mania reaches its crescendo, the Horticulture wing of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is all set to celebrate the spring time here. Swings are being installed, greens are being spruced up, and flower beds are being cleaned.

This is the 19th flower festival being organised here by HUDA. The festival, on the lines of Rose Festival in adjoining Chandigarh, will be held on March 12 and 13. Cultural programmes will be held, besides competitions in flower arrangement, rangoli, painting etc. Cultural artistes from all over the region are being invited to regale the visitors at the show.

The results for best gardens in the city were announced today. The results are as follows:

Best Garden in 2 kanal house: First: 127, Sector 6 . Second: 122, Sector 6 and 323A, Sector 6. Garden in one kanal house: First: 66, Sector 8. Second: 280, Sector 6. Garden in 14 marla house: First: 283, Sector 4. Second: 219, Sector 12 and 425, Sector 7. Garden in less than 14 marla house:- First:- 541, Sector 10. Second: 184, Sector 8. Garden in School campus:- First: The Gurukul, Sector 20 and Hansraj Public School, Sector 6. Second: Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15 and Satluj Public school, Sector 4. Institution garden : First: HSIDC Apartments, Sector 14, second: Venus Remedies, Industrial Area Phase I.

In the Chandimandir cantonment area, Command House garden and Command Officer’s Mess garden won first prize in garden in 2 kanal house and garden in institutional area category, respectively. 



Board for more creches in rural areas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Several important decisions were taken at the 77th board meeting of the Punjab State Social Welfare Board held today. Under the awareness generation programme, the proposal of conducting 60 camps in 60 villages in 13 districts was approved. The camps will benefit 1,700 women and girls.

Ten proposals for 50 camps in 50 other villages were also recommended to the Central Social Welfare Board for sanction.

Under the Family Counselling Centre programme, the proposals of six institutions was approved. These institutions will run six family counseling centres in five districts, benefiting 5,200 women. Further, a proposal of three institutions was recommended for running Family Counselling Centre in three more districts. This would be subject to the approval of the Central Social Welfare Board.

The board also decided to have 78 creche units for benefiting 1,900 women in five districts. The chairperson of the board advised the members to motivate and activate voluntary organisations to take up the board/Government of India programmes for the development of women and children.



Baby show organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
As part of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) completing its 53 years of existence, a baby show was organised at the ESI hospital in Ram Darbar here today. Children of the industrial workers and the hospital staff participated in the contest.

The celebrations which began on February 25, concluded today with a baby show. Earlier, medical check up camp was organised at the hospital.



Foetus found in garbage heap
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
A six-month-old foetus was found from a heap of garbage in Mauli Jagran, yesterday. The police has arrested the accused, an unmarried couple.

According to the police a 19-year-old woman of Mauli Complex had affair with a 20-year-old man in her neighborhood.

The couple after abortion threw the foetus in garbage. A policeman patrol found the foetus in the afternoon. A search was conducted and the mother was arrested. She reportedly revealed to the police that she had an affair and her lover told her that he would marry her, but, when she became pregnant, she was asked to abort the pregnancy.

The police added, the suspected father denied the allegation and the blood samples of both the man and the woman had been sent for DNA test to establish the truth. On the involvement of a nursing home, the police is investigating.

A case has been registered. The couple was freed on bail.



Man hospitalised with burn injuries
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
A 20-year-old driver, Sonu of Rajiv Colony, allegedly tried to set himself on fire by pouring kerosene late last night. He was rushed to PGI in critical condition.

His father, Vikram Singh, reported to the police that his son set himself on fire at around 11 pm last night. Sonu locked the room from inside when his wife was not in the house. He said the neighbors heard his cries and called him. He along with other family members immediately rushed to Sonu's house, who was living separately from him. They broke open the door and took Sonu out and rushed to hospital. Meanwhile, his neighbours informed the police.

Mr Vikram further told the police that Sonu had also hit his head with a stone two days ago. He said that his son is a habitual drinker and also tried to end his life about three years ago.

A case has been registered against Sonu in this regard.


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