C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Team Pak ruins India’s party
‘Big game’ escapes hosts through third slip, yet carnival spirit lingers on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
In the end, the jam-packed house went back with the consolation prize: that they had witnessed the best-ever fightback by Pakistan in recent memory.
But they had come this morning charged with the scent of victory. However, as the day progressed, a sense of deja vu set in. Pakistan put up a historic fight and closed play with all the honours pinned on their green caps.

The despair in the Indian camp was obvious and could not be contained. Slogans such as ‘bhala bora kuch to karo, toro yeh jori’ and ‘hey Saurav, kuch krishma dikha, hum bor ho rahe hain’ rent the air.

But the draw at Mohali could not take away the spirit of bonhomie that dominated the landscape for five days. “I will never forget my stay here,” said MoHammad Qadir from Lahore as he put a friendly arms around his Indian friend. “Cricket has won. We have won. Our friendship has won.”


* An old man who was sitting in the terrace pavilion said “Panch din ki ladai ke bad natija phir nahin nikla, yeh kya game hai?” (After five days of fighting, no results has come, what kind of game is it?). He further said, “The last four days, I watched the match on TV but today I came with the hope that India would win and finish the match by lunch. But now at 3 pm, I am leaving the stadium with shattered hopes.”

* The gate management again collapsed for a major part of the day. Parents with small children and old persons had to struggle to get in. Worst was when all the gates were closed at around 1.15 pm and the spectators who wanted to go home after lunch were told to stay put. When asked, a police official said, “SSP sahib da hukam hai.”

* A retired Sikh defence officer was heard telling his wife, ‘People have lot of stamina to sit all through the day. Really, it is astonishing. I am not able to look at the ball clearly. It is better to watch it on TV.”

* Tattoo artists did brisk business inside the stadium. A few of them waited outside the stadium hoping to get a ticket so that they could also get inside and make a quick buck.



PCA’s apathy shatters potter’s labour of love
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 12
Only a few days ago, Vishnu Prajapati, the obscure potter from a small colony in Chandigarh had hit national headlines for the ingeniousness of his self-assigned task — the creation of a massive ceramics bat for the winning team of the Mohali Test match.

But the labour of Prajapati’s love was meant to be lost. Only if he had any clue to what the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) authorities had in store for him, he would have entered the stadium with a heart prepared for all. But he was unprepared to take the killing indifference which players and the PCA authorities meted out to him.

For a good two hours, Prajapati camped at the gate of the stadium, guarding his 21-foot-long bat which was supposed to find space in the repertoire of PCA. But as fate would have it, he managed the entry only at the cost of attention. With no one from the authorities’ side caring to glance over him or his work of passion, he stood in the centre of the stadium unattended.

To his utter amazement, he was accosted by none — neither the PCA nor the players. A jilted Prajapati had this to say to The Tribune today: “I hoped some multi-national company would come forward to support my cause or at least the PCA would value my effort. Somewhere in my heart I also craved for the players’ attention and hoped they would spare sometime to sign my bat. But nothing happened the way I had presumed.”

As the revelry of the match waned and silence took over the stadium space, Prajapati stood on the compound all alone, calculating the quantum of loss which he had incurred.

“The bat cost me Rs 70,000. For a man of humble means like me, this amount means much. You can well imagine how much commitment and risk went into this assignment. But here no one is bothered about anyone’s loss. The PCA has shown me a cold shoulder and I am not going to knock at its doors again. An artist’s worth lies in his recognition. I have not been recognised. What will I do with the money even if I get it now?”

While Prajapati assesses his losses, the PCA is busy celebrating its effort well made. Somewhere in the joy of celebrations, a lofty purpose has been lost!



Cricketers visit fans’ homes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 12
In first-of-its-kind event, Pepsi today took the cricket fever sweeping the city to a new high by taking some of the popular Indian and Pakistani cricketers to homes of consumers here.

Vaishanavi Rama Krishna and Ruby Thakkar played host to Pakistan Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and local favourite Yuvraj Singh while Pakistani batsman Yousuf Youhana and Indian pacer Zaheer Khan visited homes of Varuna Bakshi and Jairith Singh.

The consumers got this opportunity to host the cricketers at their respective homes by emerging winners of Pepsi’s innovative consumer promotion, which was launched prior to the first Test match between India and Pakistan. All the consumers in Chandigarh had to do was SMS ‘Badipyaas’ along with their khufiya card serial numbers and names of cricketers they wanted to visit their homes. In addition, cricket fans in other cities in Punjab also participated by sending an SMS ‘thirst’ along with their khufiya card serial numbers and the name of cricketers they wanted to meet.

As one of the main global partners of the ICC Champions Trophy in England last year, Pepsi added a lot of fun and excitement through the ‘Toss ka Boss’ consumer campaign, whereby top 15 winners accompanied team captains to the pitch for the toss during the matches. Pepsi took another 50 winners on an all-expense-paid trip to England to watch a Champions Trophy match.

Some more consumers, including those from other cities in Punjab, got to meet Pakistani allrounder Shahid Afridi and rising Indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan at Mountview Hotel. A half-an-hour chat session was held with them. All the winners got a chance to question the cricketers. The questions ranged from favourite dish to girlfriends. Though Shahid Afridi didn’t get a chance to see much of the city but he found Chandigarhians very warm and friendly. Interestingly, winners were also asked to guess few things about them. Those who gave the right answer were given prizes. Later on, they signed autographs and got their pictures clicked with the winners.



Women’s greetings overwhelm guests
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Destitute women from Burail village today contributed their bit to the Indo-Pakistan friendship by making hundreds of special “rainbow greeting cards” on the theme of peace and conciliation. Designed over a period of time, the cards were released today by Director Social Welfare UT, Ms Madhavi Kataria.

Present on the occasion were Indian and Pakistani guests who were overwhelmed by the gesture of these women, enrolled with Kasturba Gandhi Kendra, an outfit which seeks to better their lives by imparting vocational training to them.

The kendra came into being on February 22, the death anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi. Its objective is women’s empowerment by way of financial and moral support. The organization has the support of the Gandhi Smriti and theDarshan Samiti, New Delhi.

Currently it is helping poor women of Colony No 5 and Burail village produce different types of handmade items. The finished products will also be marketed by them. Interestingly, rainbow greeting cards, like the ones released today, are the very first among the kendra’s productions. And the authorities chose a very special day (the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March) to release the special cards.

The moods were naturally upbeat, with the women attracting the attention of hosts and guests alike at Dev Samaj College of Education where Ms Kataria released the cards formally. The event was meant to add another dimension to the ongoing revelry of the cricket match. And these cards with familiar and revered motifs like the Indian Tricolour and the Pakistani National Flag became the right symbols of peace across the border. In their own humble way, women from Burail today celebrated people to people contact by presenting the cards to the guests from Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion Ms Kataria said the beautifully handmade cards made by women of Chandigarh symbolized the fact that common people on both sides were fed up with violence and the atmosphere of antagonism. “They want friendship, peace and normalcy,” she said. Dr. Satinder Dhillon, Principal, Dev Samaj College of Education and Patron, Kasturba Gandhi Kendra chose to make references to the Dandi March.

She said, “It was on March 12, 1930 that Gandhiji took his first step on the historic Dandi March to break the Salt Law. And this march was one of the most powerful expressions of voluntary action as Gandhiji mobilised thousands of people across the country to volunteer to take part in the protest against the unjust law.”

Today’s programme was also organized to recall the significance of Dandi March in the present context. Ms Dhillon said a similar mobilization and volunteer action was needed today to tackle various social evils ruining the texture of society and the world. “These cards are small gestures, but they reflect a great effort, not only in the direction of women’s emancipation but also in the direction of stronger Indo-Pak ties,” she said.

Students and teachers from Pakistan, gathered for the event, also shared their aspirations for peace with the faculty and students of Dev Samaj College of Education. They stressed the need to have greater people to people contact and exchange programmes. Friends from Pakistan then expressed their gratitude to the people of Chandigarh for all the love and care they had shown.

They were also presented with the greeting cards, sponsored by Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation, Chandigarh Administration. Many of these cards will be distributed to other Pakistanis currently on a visit to India which is hosting the cricket match series.

For the women at Kasturba Gandhi Kendra, the designing of the cards has been nothing less than a challenge, as they said, “We have laboured hard to give the cards their current appeal. We are also making some more cards on a similar theme.” The cards thus made on the theme of Indo-Pak friendship will be sent to Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi, where they will be put on sale at Gandhi Smriti (the National Gandhi Memorial, where Gandhiji spent his last 144 days) and attained martyrdom.



I have fallen in love with India, says Pak guest
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 12
The euphoria over cricket is over in the city with the conclusion of first Test match that ended in a draw. The match played between traditional rivals India and Pakistan at the Punjab Cricket Association ground, here, evoked lot of passions and emotions. The match also provided an opportunity to remove misunderstandings from the minds of people of both countries.

Thousands of visitors from Pakistan crossed the Wagah and said they have fallen in love with India and its people in just six days. Naved Khan from Lahore said “ I am overjoyed to come to India. It was a dream come true.”

The respect, comfort and hospitality shown by Indian people during these days was tremendous, he added. The people here not only opened the doors of their houses to accommodate them but their hearts also to shower the love on them.

The Punjab Government also came forward to make the visit of Pakistani guests memorable. It laid out a red carpet for all guests and made every possible arrangement for their comfortable journey right from the Wagah border to Chandigarh and from here to their further destinations like Agra, Delhi, Ajmer, Shimla or Amritsar. The Indian Government conceded every genuine demand made by guests and the most important one was the extension of visas to the cities outside Punjab.

Besides these many corporates, shopkeepers, hotels and restaurants gave heavy discounts on their products. Some reputed hospitals, dental clinics and even a famous salon offered free services for these visitors.

Free show of films were also organised for Pakistanis in Fun Republic. A dinner was hosted by Mr Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, besides many parties thrown by Chandigarhians for them during these days.

Said Tahir from District Bahawalpur: “ We have visited many places, saw movies and had good food and enjoyed our lives but spent only Rs 50 each till this day and this is unbelievable as people did not allow us to pay. “ The purpose was to see India along with friends Naved and Babar Ali.

Mohammed Rafiq and his younger brother who were on their first visit to India said: “In Pakistan people have many misconceptions about India being a not friendly country but now we would present the real picture of this country and its people.” We all want to visit here again with our families”, he commented. As this high profile series provided a big opportunity for the people of both countries to come close now all were of the same view that visa restrictions should be removed or atleast be made easy.



PU Syndicate decides to hike tuition, admission fees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Panjab University Syndicate has decided to increase the tuition and admission fee in all the departments of the campus by 10 per cent for the academic session 2005-06.

At a meeting held here today, the syndics agreed on the annual hike despite strong resistance by a section of students and university fellows. In addition, 5 per cent fee hike is also slapped on the students who will take admission in the university departments under NRI\NRI-sponsored category. The decision, however, will not be applicable to the self-financing courses in PU like the engineering courses in the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and the five-year integrated law course, which already has a high fee structure.

In another decision, the Syndicate has decided to increase the rents of suite in its guesthouse at Dingle Estate, Shimla, only for the retired employees and not for the serving employees. The Syndicate did not approve the original proposal of the committee, which had recommended the flat increase from existing Rs 50 to Rs 100 per day per suite for all the occupants. In the decision taken today, the serving faculty and employees of the university can avail the rooms at Rs 50 per day, the senators and the former staff would have to pay Rs 75 per day and others have to shell out Rs 250 per day per suite to stay in the guesthouse.

The syndicate has also accepted the one man committee report by Prof V. K. Mahajan, in which two employees of the Regional Centre, Ludhiana, have been found guilty of drinking alcohol at the Director's residence in October 20, 2004, while the director was away. The members have decided to serve a show-cause notice to the two employees, Kuldeep Singh and Ashok Kumar, and were unanimous on dismissing the employees from service.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof K N Pathak, has also ordered the constitution of a committee to look into the instances where the senators have opted to faculties, which are completely unrelated to their core qualifications. PU had earlier prepared a list of eight senators, including the Chandigarh Mayor Mrs Anu Chathrath who were found to have completely deviating from their core subjects while opting for academic faculties.

The Syndicate has also approved 22 appointments in various departments and has given approval for starting M Sc Nanotechnology (with 10 seats) and ME Electronics and Communication (with15 seats) from the forthcoming session. The recommendation of allowing only those students who got at least 50 per cent marks in the first year for getting admission in the second year has been turned down by the members.

The department of theatre will have eight more seats in 2005-6 seats and the department's request of paying Rs 250 to 500 per lecture to the guest faculty has also been approved.

The Syndicate has also decided to serve a show-cause notice to the erring colleges who made wrong admissions in the previous sessions. This includes Rayat college of Law, Department of Urdu and Department of Punjabi and couple of other colleges in Punjab.



Passing Thru

Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria, Pakistan cricketer

How do you find Chandigarh?

It is a marvellous place to live. It has beautiful surroundings which give better look and feeling.

Would you like to go in for shopping and for whom?

Yes I have a long list of things to buy and after the match I would like to buy garments, footwear, sarees, jewellery and other things. I will also like to purchase the things for which Chandigarh and Punjab are famous.

Did you enjoy the food in Mountview Hotel and elsewhere?

Yes, It was nice and delicious. I must say, people serving food were courteous and I enjoyed with my fellows.

Was this your first visit to Chandigarh?

Not only Chandigarh but to India also. My forefathers belonged to Gujarat but I could never get the opportunity to visit India. But I am thrilled to be here and also in other parts of India during this tour. I also visited a few temples here which gave me great feeling.

How about Mohali stadium and the crowd’s response?

It is one of the best stadium I have ever seen. It was nice playing here and the Indian crowd was very energetic and supportive.

— Arvind Katyal



Laloo is still their favourite
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The imposition of President’s rule in Bihar has evoked a mixed reaction among Biharis in the city. But Punjabis are jubilant over a Sikh Governor getting a chance to rule.
A majority of Biharis in the city, comprising migrant labourers, are politically quite aware. Also, quite a few were critical of politicians in general, but had a soft corner for Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav because “he understood problems of the poor and empathised with them”.

Considered to be otherwise politically cognisant, those in the city are too engrossed in earning their livelihood and not really bothered about what is happening back home. But still most of them have a candid reaction to the political developments in Bihar.

“All politicians are same when it comes to doing something for the poor, yet we find that Laloo is somewhat more approachable and understands the problems of the poor,” says Gokul Prasad, a resident of Gopalganj district.

Sukhdev Yadav, a plumber from Kishanganj district, had a different observation to make. He said: “Imposition of President’s rule is no solution. So much money is spent in every poll and if the poll results throw up a fractured verdict, there should be constitutional remedy that prohibits the same set of people contesting again. Why should the same set of leaders be forced upon the people after they have been rejected once,” he argues, but leaves it to the constitutional experts to work out modalities to implement such an arrangement.

There are others whose reaction shows indifference. “What can we do, these are games of politicians, I have come all the way from Katihar district to earn a living and save some money to take back. I have heard that the Rashtriya Janata Dal has failed to form the government as Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan refused to help Laloo form a government.”



IAF man moves CAT on recruitment issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
An IAF sergeant Tejbir Singh, today moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) seeking directions to the Chandigarh Police to allow him to appear in the physical examination and written test being held for recruitment of Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) under the ex-servicemen category in the police force.

The applicant, who is due to retire next month from the IAF, said in his plea that he had been disqualified from appearing in the examination as he was still in service. The tribunal issued notices to the Union of India and the Senior Superintendent of Police, Headquarters, and Chandigarh Police.

The applicant pleaded that the respondents had issued an admit card and had called him for physical efficiency test and measurement test on February 22. But the respondents refused to conduct his physical test. The applicant had also produced a No Objection Certificate from the IAF under the government policy of resettlement of defence personnel. The Zila Sainik Welfare Officer has endorsed the stand of the Sergeant. 



Flower festival inaugurated in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 12
The 19th Flower Festival was inaugurated amidst a riot of colours at Town Park today.
A large number of people not just from the district, but also from Chandigarh and neighbouring areas of Himachal, visited the festival on the first day today.

Though the flower festival here vied with the flower festival at Mohali, and of course the season’s obsession — Indo-Pak Test match — the flower festival got its fair share of visitors by the evening. The bright weather helped bring in crowds, who thronged the venue to experience the beauty of spring.

Haryana Urban Development Authority, the organiser of this two-day annual spring festival, had gone all out to ensure that the Town Park was colourfully decorated. Students from various schools had made beautiful rangolis for a rangoli competition. Competitions in classic cut flowers and flower arrangements were also organised in specially crafted tents.

The festival was inaugurated by Chief Secretary, Haryana, Mr Sunil Ahuja, who was accompanied by Chief Administrator, HUDA, Mr Alok Nigam, Administrator, Panchkula, Mr T.K. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Neelam P. Kasni, and top officials of HUDA and district administration. They were taken around the Town Park.

Mr Sunil Ahuja appreciated the flower display as well as cultural items being staged by members of the Kala Chetna Manch. Artistes from Punjab and Haryana were roped in for the festival. Various traditional folklore of Punjab and Haryana were presented. The festival was marked by number of competitions and an exquisite flower and plant show. The results of the various competitions are given as below.

A1: Fresh flower arrangement: Ayesha, Panchkula, Miss Kiran Panchkula, Mrs Neelam P. Kasni, Panchkula.

A2: Dry flower arrangement Ratika Sharma Panchkula, Col Amarjit Panchkula.

A3: Mixed flower arrangement: Ms Palwinder Bains, Panchkula, Vijayeta Chugh, Panchkula.

A4: Arrangement of flowers: Miss Simu Tandon, Col Amarjit, Panchkula.

A5: Arrangement of flowers: Ayesha, Panchkula, Gogi, Panchkula.

A6: Bunch of fresh flower arranged in a vase or bowl: Nitika Sharma, Panchkula, Isha Sharma, Panchkula.

A7: Bunch of dry flowers: Ankur

A8: Floral arrangement for central table: Ram Asrey Moria, Chandigarh, Parabu Mali, Chandigarh.

A9: Most artistic bouquet: Gurmeet Singh, Chandigarh, Ram Chander, Panchkula.

A10: Most artistic garland: Ram Kirpal Moriya, Chandigarh, Durga Parsad Moriya, Chandigarh.

Class B Cut Flowers

Open to individuals only

B1: Gladiolus: Sanjay Kumar Kansal, Baba Sarup Singh Ji, Chandigarh.

B2: Sanjay Theraja, Panchkula.

B3: Carnation: Kuldeep Singh, Chandigarh, Sanjay Kumar Kansal.

B4:Antirrhinum: Kuldeep Singh, Chandigarh, Girdhari Lal, Chandigarh.

B5: Lupin: Santosh Kumar, Chandigarh, K.L. Easwaa Nawan Shahar.

B6: Stock: Rakesh, Chandigarh, Girdhari Lal, Chandigarh.

B7: Aster: Sobh Nath, Chandigarh, Simranjit Singh,Chandigarh.

B8: Sweet peas: Meenakshi Khurana, Panchkula, Sanjay Kumar, Kansal.

B9: Pansy: Algua Ram, Panchkula, Ram Shankar, Chandigarh.

B10: Rose Hybrid Tea: Parabu, Chandigarh, Baba Sarup Singh Ji, Chandigarh,Ram Kirpal, Panchkula.

B11: Rose Floribunda: Aman Deep, Chandigarh, Sarwan Pal, Chandigarh.

B12: Rose Floribunda: Sanjay Thareja, Panchkula Girdhari Lal, Chandigarh, T. Easwar, Nawanshahr.

Class C Cut flowers

Open to all including institutions

C1: Gladiolus collection of 4 different varieties: Punjab State Warehousing, Chandigarh, Chandigarh House Board, Chandigarh.

C2: Gladiolus Collection of 3 different varieties: Chandigarh House Board, Chandigarh, Punjab State Ware Housing, Chandigarh.

C3: Dahlia: Chandigarh House Board, Chandigarh, The Gurukul, Panchkula, Citco, Chandigarh.

C4: Carnation: Punjab State Warehousing Chandigarh, Chandigarh Housing Board, Chandigarh.

C5: Antirrhinum: Citco, Chandigarh, Director PGI, Chandigarh.

C6: Paney Exhibition Blooms: Chandigarh Housing Board, Chandigarh, Punjab State Warehousing, Chandigarh.

C7: Continental Device, Chandigarh.

C8: Gerbera (double) CRRID, Chandigarh, Ranbaxy Labs Ltd. Nawanshahr,

C9: Stock (branching) Director PGI, Chandigarh, CITCO, Chandigarh.

C10: Stock (non branching) CITCO, Chandigarh, Chandigarh Housing Board, Chandigarh.

C11: Clarkia: Ranbaxy Lab Ltd, Nawanshahr, CITCO, Chandigarh.

C12: Salvia: CITCO, Chandigarh, Sahil Chandigarh.

C13: Petunia double: CITCO, Chandigarh, CRRID, Chandigarh.

C14: Aster: CITCO, Chandigarh, Continental Device Indl Ltd, Mohali.

C15: Lupin: CITCO, Chandigarh, Ranbaxy Lab Ltd. Nawanshahr.

C16: Sweet peas: Director PGI, Chandigarh, Punjab State Warehousing, Chandigarh

C17: Rose hybrid Tea: Punjab State Warehousing Co, Chandigarh, CITCO, Chandigarh, CRRID, Chandigarh.

C18: Rose floribunda: Director PGI, Chandigarh, Director PGI Chandigarh.

C19: Any other flower not mentioned above: Chandigarh Housing Board, Chandigarh, Command Hospital (WC) Chandimandir, AL Chemist Lmt, Dappar.

Rangoli Competitions:

Junior category: Ashima, Arti, Ritika, Deepali; Vinita, Vandana, Satnam, Pragati, Ritika Modi

Senior category: Himani, Anchal, Diksha, Priyanka; Surbhi, Vasundhara, Pronna, Kiran Yashika, Heena, Metica.

Open category: Manpreet Kaur, Seema Goyal, Shilpa Goyal, Abhitosh Kumar; Harsh Popneja, Anju, Bhushan.

Best out of waste

Ritika, Panchkula, Milan Sharma, Ramgarh.

Age group 11 to 13 years: Deepak, Panchkula, Satnam, Panchkula.

Age group 12 to 18 years: Hargun, Panchkula, Swati Sharma Panchkula.

Fancy dress competition: Below 6 years group: Pashim Gujral, Panchkula, Akanksha Panchkula, Kolambi Gulati, Panchkula.

6 to 12 years age group: Youraj Panchkula, Gagandeep Panchkula.

Abhilash Girdhar/Sunil Kumar, Jaimil

Mehndi competition:

Age group below 12 years: Himani, Panchkula, Sonam Panchkula.

Age group 12 to 16 years: Saloni, Panchkula, Jyoti Sain, Panchkula.

Age group 16 plus: Ruchi, Panchkula. Mamta Panchkula.

Open category: Taruna, Panchkula. Vikas Kamboj, Panchkula.

Painting competition: Schools Age group 0 to 6 years:

Shriam (Gurukul) Abhinav (NBN School); Open category: Age group 0 to 6 years: Anushka Anand, Vaibhav Gupta, Aryaman.

Schools: Age group 6 to 12 years: Ranjana Yadav (Satluj School); Gurinder Yadav (Satluj School) Arshita Sharma DAVP School, Open Category: Age group 6 to 12 years: Jasleen, Drishti Gulati.

Schools: 12 to 18 years group: Sanpreet (New India School), Poonam (New India School) Inderjot (NBN School), Open category: Age group 12 to 18 years: Ritika Kamboj, Abhitosh.



Two-day Mohali flower show begins
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 12
Two-day flower show Guldasta started amid riot of colour and festivity at Silvi Park in Phase X here today. The show was organised by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) in association with the municipal council.

The second flower show of the town was inaugurated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh. Kharar MLA. The MLA said the town would get an environmental friendly atmosphere in coming days. The parks in the town should be well-maintained. On their part people should make efforts to make their surroundings green and clean.

Mr Yashvir Mahajan, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, said the show had received 386 entries in the flower categories while 200 and 54 entries had been received for paintings and photography, respectively. He said popular artistes like Jazzy B and Sardul Sikandar had been invited to regale the audience in the evening tomorrow. The musical evening would be compered by Satinder Sati.

Floral display of various kinds was witnessed at the show which was thronged by a large number of enthusiastic people. Fun arrangements for children had also been made. A cultural programme, “Nanhe Kalakar”, was organised today in which students from a large number of schools took part.

The Generation Saviour Association had also put up a stall displaying posters which conveyed that use of tobacco was harmful. Ms Amteshwar Kaur, president of the association, said a film on the ille ffects of the use of tobacco, sent by the World Health Organisation, would also be shown in the evening.

Various competitions were organised as part of the flower show. Following are the results of the competitions: photography: Randeep Singh (“Reflections”) 1st; Gagandeep Kaur (“Happiness”) IInd; Seety (Cry of my past) IIIrd.

Group dance: Green Field Public School Ist; Amandeep Public School IInd; Dance: Preetpal Kaur Ist; Ramandeep Sekhon IInd; Folk song: Ramandeep Sekhon Ist; Solo dance: Lawrence Public School Ist, Government Model School, Sector 35, Chandigarh IInd; Amandeep Public School (consolation).

Mix dance: Swami Ram Tirtha Public School Ist; V.K. Public School (consolation).

Gardens (Residential houses of one kanal): Mr Balbir Singh Gill, Phase X, I: Mr Daljit Singh, Phase X, and Col. Gurmeet Singh, III-A, IInd.

Gardens (Houses of 10 marlas and above): Col Makhan Singh, Phase VII, Ist.

Kitchen garden: Col Gurmeet Singh, II-A, Ist.

Best maintained schools and college campus: Anees Public School, Sector 69, Ist; DAV Public School, Phase X, II.

Best gardens: Government, semi-government, institute, factories and commercial houses): Quark City, Phase VIII Industrial Area, I; Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. and Joshi Auto Zone, Phase VII Industrial Area, II.

Best maintained open spaces: Bhagat Puran Singh Environment Care Society, Phase XI, II.



New Rotary Club chief
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 12
A Rotract club was formed in DAV College, Sector 10 by President Baldev Aggarwal of Rotary Club, Chandigarh today. Ms Avneet will be the president of this club. The principal of the college, Subash Marriya assured the president all support to students for community service. Professor Umesh Vinayak committed to motivate more students participation.

The members who are installed with the president Ms Avneet are Shweta, vice-president, Nipun, Secretary, Jyoti, Joint Secretary, Tarun Gupta, Treasurer, Jatin Kapoor, Director, Deepika, Director, Purshotam, Director, Prashant, Director, Harminder Singh, Sargent at Arms. 



Red Cross collect Rs 50 lakh for tsunami-hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The UT Red Cross Society has collected nearly Rs 50 lakh for of Tsunami affected areas. Mr Arun Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, said major contributions come from the police (Rs 16 lakh) and Agricultural Marketing Board (Rs 5 lakh).

Property Consultants have contributed more than Rs 2 lakh, the Lalit Kala Academy (Rs 1,44,500), the Welfare Society, Sector 15 (Rs 1,41,850), the LPG Distributors Association (Rs 1 lakh), the Sanitary Dealers Association (Rs 92,000) and the Theatre Art Manimajra (Rs 1 lakh).

The DC said that Mr Vijay Passi, a resident of Sector 5, has donated Rs 1 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. All donations have been forwarded to the Prime Minister’s office. A draft of Rs 3,90,454 has been forwarded to the office of the Deputy Commissioner.



Sewadar injured
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, March 12
A sewadar of Gurdwara Nabha Sahib located along the Zirakpur-Patiala road was injured after his hand got trapped inside a machine (meant for preparing flour) in the gurdwara kitchen, here today.

The injured Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Dyalpura village, was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh. His condition is said to be stable.

Mr Gurbaksh Singh, manager of the gurdwara, said that Jaswinder Singh’s right hand got trapped inside the machine following which he received fractures. He was serving in the gurdwara for the past two months.

The police has started investigating the matter.



Medicines donated
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 12
Poor patients facing difficulties due to shortage of medicines at the Government Homoeopathic Dispensary, Dera Bassi, the management of PCPL, a pharmaceutical manufacturing industrial unit, donated ayurvedic medicines today.

Mr Avtar Singh, director of the unit, and Mr Ravinder Chaddha, today visited the dispensary and donated the medicines.

Earlier, Dr Sukhwant Singh, MO of the dispensary, had requested Mr Avtar Singh for the medicines.



Girl consumes disinfectant, hospitalised
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, March 12
Sanjana, a 25-year-old girl, from Shazadpur locality, was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, after she consumed disinfectant this morning.
She was rushed to the hospital by her parents after her health started deteriorating.

The doctors administered her medicines following which she vomited out the poisonous substance. The girl was discharged from the hospital in the evening. 



Liquor contractor’s gesture
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Mr Satyapal, who has been awarded contract to sell liquor in Rajasthan today announced that he would plough back profits to teach Indian children about ancient Indian texts. The liquor vends in Rajasthan are not auctioned but given through draw of lots.



One held for stealing cycle rehris
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 12
Two incidents of snatching were reported in the past 24 hours in the city while the police arrested one accused of stealing two rickshaw rehris, yesterday.
Miss Parminder Kaur of Sector 38-West reported to the police that two motorcycle-borne persons snatched her bag containing passport, a driving license and Rs 1,000 in cash from near Cremation Ground, Sector 25, yesterday. A case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.

Also Ms Arman Bhoparai of Sector 36-D filed a complaint to the police that two persons riding Enfield Bullet Motorcycle snatched her purse containing one watch, two mobile phones, one ATM card and one debit card from Sector 36 market. A case under Sections 356, 379 and 34 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.

Arrested for stealing: The police has arrested Jag Lal of Colony No. 5 from his residence and recovered two rickshaw rehris from his possession, yesterday. The police said the accused had stolen the rickshaw rehris from Vikas Nagar and SBS Colony during the night of March 10. A case was registered in the Mani Majra police station.

Scooter stolen Mr P.K. Manocha of Sector 19-C reported to the police that his LML Vespa scooter (CHI-3705) was stolen from his residence during the night of March 10. A case was registered in the Sector 19 police station.



One held for theft
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 12
With the arrest of Vishal, alias Pawan (19), today, the local police claimed to have solved two cases of thefts committed in the showrooms of Sector 22, recently.
The suspect was arrested from Bajwara village. He was released from the jail in January this year after he served a sentence in connection with thefts he committed in Sector 35. The police following a tip-off arrested the accused today.

The police could not recover the stolen property as he had hidden the things in the shrubs in the open area near Markfed building. According to the police, the things were lost during the municipal corporation’s drive to clean the area of shrubs, recently.

On February 26, he broke into the showroom (1101-02) in Sector 22-B and stole dry fruits and Rs 4,000 cash and in another incident on March 3, he stole 15 mobile phones and Rs 15,000 cash from a SCO (2461-62) in Sector 22-C.

About the modus operandi of the accused, the SHO of Sector 17 police station, Mr Nanha Ram Kadian, said: “He would bend grills of the windows on the rear wall of the showroom after removing the glass and passed through it.”

Vishal hails from Haldipur village in Sultanpur district in Uttar Pradesh. He was temporarily living in a makeshift dwelling in front of Piccadilly Hotel.



4 held for illegal mining
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 12
The police has arrested four persons for illegal mining of sand, here, today. More arrests are likely, the police said.
The police and Forest officials today raided forests covers of Nepli and Kansal choe and arrested Ram Karan, Kaka, Subash and Parkash-all residents of Kaimbwala village while they were carrying out with illegal mining. The police also impounded four tractor-trailers including one carrying sand.

The SHO of Sector 3 police station, Mr Kulwant Singh, said that the accused were taking Rs 700 per trailor and the practice was going on illegally of late. He further said more arrests are likely of such people as the police has information that there are other persons involved in illegal mining. The mining is also posing a treat to Sukhna Lake.

The accused were produced in a court here, which remanded in to judicial custody. A case under Sections 379 and 511 of the IPC was registered in the Sector 3 police station.



Cash, jewellery stolen
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 12
Rs 1 lakh in cash, gold jewellery and a bank credit card were stolen from a house in Phase VII.
The crime came to the notice of the house owners when they returned home from Delhi today morning. The thieves probably came from the front courtyard and entered the building by damaging a wooden door.

Mrs Mohinder Kaur said that when they entered the house they saw things lying scattered everywhere as the cupboards had been searched. She said the thieves took away Rs 1 lakh, which had been given to them as earnest money for the sale of land in Pinjore. A gold kara, chains, rings etc and the ATM card of her husband, Mr Jagir Singh, were also stolen.

She said that the family had gone to Delhi on Tuesday and came back today. The theft had been brought to the notice of the police. 



Razing godowns to ‘affect’ freight movement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Owners of godowns in Daria village have stated that they are paying around Rs 1.5 crore as sales tax per month to the Chandigarh Administration and demolishing their structures will mean revenue loss to the Administration.

Quoting figures, the traders said the raw material from the godowns was being supplied to around 4,000 industrial units in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The sales tax being paid to the Administration on steel per month was around Rs 60 lakh , on cement it was around Rs 40 lakh, on coal the tax being paid was around Rs 40 lakh, said Mr Sarabjit Singh, owner of a godown.

The owners of the godowns said demolishing their structures would adversely affect the movement of the freight from the Chandigarh railway station to different cities in the north. Due to their location, adjacent to the railway station, the godowns are being used to store tonnes of freight being ferried by goods trains. 



Biz Clips

KFC flagship brand: Ms Sharanita Keswani, Director, KFC Marketing, was in the city on Friday to showcase this flagship brand of the company. “It is our theme for the month. Freshly prepared several times daily, this dish is crisp and crunchy on the outside and juicy and succulent inside. To cater to the Indians’ palate, the chicken is marinated in spices and covered with a crunchy, double breaded coating,” explains Ms Keswani. — TNS

Floral boutiques: Ferns ‘N’ Petals, a Delhi-based company dealing with floral boutiques made its entry in Sector 10, Chandigarh on Saturday. The boutique will offer fresh cut flowers and unique flower arrangement. — OC


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