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PU accommodates principal’s request
Shifts daughter’s exam centre to his college
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The Panjab University authorities went out of their way to accommodate a college principal and Senator’s request to get his ward’s examination centre shifted to his own college on security grounds when university examinations took off yesterday.

  What the rules say

* A candidate seeking change of centre has to apply on a prescribed form and pay fee for it.

Permission may be granted in case of father’s transfer, or it is necessitated by ill-health of a candidate or by the Controller of Examinations to avoid hardship to a candidate.

The application will be entertained one month before the examination under normal circumstances or 15 days before exams in case of transfer of a government servant.

The principal of GGDSD College, Dr A.C. Vaid, requested the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, seeking change of the centre for his daughter Charu Vaid, who was to appear for a compartment exam recently and the permission came through as promptly despite no provisions in the university calendar.

The university had allotted Government College for Girls, Sector 42, as a centre for Charu Vaid to appear for her B.Com III paper of Tax Laws. However, the principal, perturbed by the spate of recent incidents which followed his denial on issue of roll numbers to some students and the subsequent beating up of his son in the market, says he had no option but to seek a change of centre for security for his daughter.

“Irked by my decision to withhold their roll numbers, some students, every evening, would cross my house hurling abuses.

The frequency of such “visits” increased after March 23. My son, who identified two boys in the local market, was beaten up by them,” he said.

University students’ association had also said I would not be allowed entry on the campus. In view of these threats, I moved an application with the university seeking change of the centre for my daughter to GGDSD-32 or for providing her security or to own responsibility for her safety,” Dr Vaid clarified.

He maintained that though his daughter appeared for the exam at his college, he had nothing to do with the examination, claiming Mr B.S. Mundi had been made the Controller of Examination. “Senators who are raking up this issue are not being fair to me,” he said.

Interestingly, while the examination centre was changed just before the paper, a letter had been sent almost 10 days back to the Vice-Chancellor, Senators and all newspapers office. It claimed that Dr Vaid was pushing for a centre change for his daughter and that the university should not allow it. This letter was circulated before the incident of his son being beaten up in the market. It added that Charu had failed to appear for her September chance for re-appear since she had been allotted GCG-11 as the centre.

Also, another Senator, Mr P.S. Sangha, had met the Vice-Chancellor to express apprehension about Dr Vaid seeking a change in his daughter’s examination centre.

Prof Pathak maintained that it had been done by the Controller of Examinations to “avoid hardship to the student” as is mentioned in the calendar. “I don’t remember Mr P.S. Sangha, mentioning the matter to me. There are many people coming to me everyday, it becomes difficult to remember everything everybody said. Also, I don’t remember when the application of change of centre was put up before me but it was changed,” he held.



Sunday Special
Hiss...s there are snakes in our Eden
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
In a bizarre incident yesterday in Sector 15-D, snake charmers caught not one or two but five snakes from a house.

Mr M.P.S. Chawla was in the house along with his grandchildren when his son Ginny Chawla wanted to check out a pile of rubbish which had piled in a corner of the house.

Ginny then called two snake charmers, asking them to check the rubbish. After feebly playing the ‘been’ the snake charmers insisted that there were snakes hidden in the pile.

The first one to be pulled out was nearly 5 feet long. They then declared that there were still several snakes there and the bargaining began. The rate was finally fixed at Rs 250 for the entire effort from Rs 500 per snake.

Five snakes were pulled out, hissing and twisting in the hands of the snake charmers. The family, stunned by the number and suspecting foul play, called up the Forest Department. “Rajkumar and Satbir, officials from the Forest Department, came over immediately and started slapping and manhandling the two snake charmers, claiming that they were not registered with the department and that the breeds of snakes pulled out were not the kinds which hide and stay. They took the snake charmers away promising to deal with them,” says Mr Chawla.

A while later when the family called up the Forest Department, their tune had changed. The snakes were dangerous and there was a pair of “naag-nagin” which could hide anywhere. They added that the snake charmers had actually done a good deed and should be paid for their efforts. In fact the department officials were going to a nearby forest to release the snakes.

When an attempt was made today to check the fate of the snakes, Ram Bahadur, the chowkidar on duty, stated, “No one is here, but yes, the snake charmers and the officials went together, saying that the snakes had to be released in the forest. They mentioned going to Nepli in this regard.

Capt Suresh Sharma, founder of the local snake cell, is very clear in his approach. “I cannot determine if the snakes were hiding or not unless I have seen the place. From what was described to me by the family, there is a possibility of it hiding but if the charmers lured the snakes out by blowing their ‘been’ — well that is just not possible.”

It is difficult to determine the gender of snakes by just looking at them, so the question of the Forest Department identifying the “naag and nagin” does not arise.


What to do in case of snakebite

  •  Keep victim calm and restrict his/her movement. If a person gets excited the blood circulates faster and the venom will spread quicker.
  • Do not waste time waiting for symptoms to appear. Rush to the doctor.
  • Inform a doctor in advance so that the anti-venom can be kept ready.
  • Do not self-medicate.
  • Wash the bitten area with soap and water. Do not use potassium permanganate.
  • Keep the patient warm and no alcohol should be given.
  • Cloth or tourniquet or band should be tied above the bite.
  • Do not cover the bitten area and do not attempt to suck the wound with the mouth. 



Bardhan all set for fourth term as General Secretary
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The Communist Party of India General Secretary A.B. Bardhan is all set to continue as the party’s chief for the fourth term, as there appears to be no other contender for the post.

The 19th Party Congress which concludes here tomorrow would formally elect the party’s General Secretary for a three-year tenure.

It would also elect 125 full-time members to the National Council and 13 candidates to the Council without voting rights.

As per the party constitution there has to be at least 20 per cent new members to the National Council and each state according to the number of membership has a fixed quota of members in the National Council.

The new National Council would elected the 31-member National Executive, of which nine will be elected to the Central Secretariat, including the General Secretary.

The appointment of Deputy General Secretary appears to be remote. Sources indicated that the name of Sudhakar Reddy, former student leader and second-time MP from Andhra Pradesh, was considered for the post. However, he declined to accept the offer as he expressed his inability to take up two responsibility at this juncture.

Sources indicated that the party leaders did not consider the name of any other person for the post.

Incidentally, Mr Bardhan was the Deputy General Secretary before he was elected as the party chief.

Only those persons are appointed as Deputy General Secretary whom the CPI feels that he/she should take over at the next party chief at the next party congress.

Sources also indicated that so far no major amendments have been suggested to the draft political report, draft political review report and the organisational report.

The only instance when the party’s members in the committee had to seek the vote of the members was when one delegate moved the resolution criticising the party’s central leadership decision to join the UPA government if all the Left parties did so. This resolution was defeated overwhemingly with only seven person supporting the resolution.



CPI to ‘positively consider’ JD (U) request
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The Communist Party of India today said it would positively consider” JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar’s move to form a non-RJD, non BJP government in Bihar, provided he leaves the BJP-led NDA coalition, and the new coalition government is not dependent on the support of the saffron party even from outside.

Talking to newspersons about the developments in Patna, CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said “the CPI would positively consider the request. But the first thing is he (Nitish Kumar) has to severe his ties with the BJP, and secondly, the government so formed should not be supported by the communal party.”

He said taking outside support of the BJP would mean that they would be “dictating the functioning of the government and blackmailing everyday.”

When asked whether the party has received the copy of the Common Minimum Programme prepared by the JD (U), he said the Bihar unit might have received it in Patna. When the leaders, who are here attending the 19th Party Congress reach their home state, they would discuss the issue and report to the central leadership for further action.

At the Party Congress a number of leaders from Bihar criticised the party’s central leadership for forcing them to join hand with the RJD in the electoral battle, which cost the party dearly and was reduced to a mere three seats.

They said the local unit of the party had been campaigning all along against the misrule of the RJD in the state and on the eve of elections, the central leadership forced the local unit to fight the assembly polls in alliance with the RJD, which dissolutioned the masses and the party workers.

Bihar unit leaders also criticised that the CPI was only talking of Left unity, whereas the CPM in alliance with the RJD worked against the party candidate in several constituencies, which had an adverse effect.

The JD (U) move is the lastest to break the impasse after President’s rule was imposed in the state as no party or combination had the majority to form the government in the state.

Report said that the JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar and the Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan today met at the residence of state Samajwadi Party President Dadan Pahalwan in Patna.

Paswan maintained that he will not take support from the BJP nor will lend BJP support.

The JD (U) has sent a copy of the CMP prepared by the party and personal letters to six anti-RJD parties, including the LJP, and 17 independents seeking their support for formation of a non-RJD Government in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar has sent the CMP and personal letter to the LJP, CPI-ML (Liberation), CPI, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) besides 17 Independents.

In the hung Bihar Assembly, the RJD has 75 MLAs. When it had staked claim to form the governmet it had submitted letters of support from the 10-member Congress, three Nationalist Congress Party MLAs, two Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs and a Communist Party of India (Marxist) legislator. However, the RJD and its allies are still 31 short of the magic figure of 122 in the 243-member House. The CPI has three members but had declined to give its letter of support until it was sure that they combination was in a position to form the government.



Job security for public servants harmful, says Uttaranchal Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Reconsider the decision of providing job security to public servants in India for weeding out corruption. Also formulate an in-house mechanism to discipline judges with deviant behaviour, said Uttaranchal Governor Sudarshan Agarwal.

In Chandigarh for delivering a lecture on “Transparency and Accountability in Governance”, the Governor today asserted, “Job security given to our public servants, freedom from scrutiny, and toleration of criminals in public life are important factors responsible for culture of corruption.”

The lecture was organised by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID). Panjab University’s former Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.P. Bambah, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, Mr H.K. Dua, were also present, along with Punjab’s Finance Minister Surinder Singla.

Describing constitutional protection accorded to public servants as “the biggest stumbling block in securing public interest”, he said immunity provided to them was, perhaps, the reason behind making public service lucrative for the corrupt and the unscrupulous.

Referring to the Constitution, he said, “There was an unstated assumption that men and women in public life would act in public interest.... However, the framers of the Constitution erred in assuming that successive generations of Indian leaders would possess the same moral fiber as they did.”

The Governor added: “The record of the past 57 years does little to justify the faith placed in them by the framers of the Constitution”. As such it was time to “take a hard look at Article 331 and other provisions of the Constitution that gave a public servant immunity and job security”.

Offering a solution, he suggested, “We must urgently enact a comprehensive right to information legislation both at the Centre and at the state level.... This will ensure that the common man is able to use information so far denied to him and expose those responsible for denying it.... A strong political will is required for the enactment of the legislation as no body wants a searchlight being focused on his or her activities.”

He said, “Ït was sad that even two years after the enactment of Right to Information Act, rules have not been framed. As a result, the provisions of the Act cannot not be enforced”. He added that to call the same as Right to Information Act was a misnomer as “the Right was implicit in the guarantee under Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution”. Quoting an assertion made by Mr Dua at another seminar, he said right to information should be referred to as “Duty to provide information”.

He added that men of highest integrity, calibre and reputation should man important institutions like the Lok Pal and the Lok Ayukt.



Law has to keep pace with changing times: SC Judge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
About one-third of law colleges and institutions in the country are proposed to be shut down because they do not fulfil requisite norms.

Stating this here today, Supreme Court Judge, Justice Arijit Pasayat, said the number of such institutions had risen from 40 in 1953 to over 500 in the recent times and most of them did not have the requisite infrastructure and proper teaching facilities.

He was delivering the inaugural address at the two-day National Moot Court Competition, organised by the Army Institute of Law at Mohali today. As many as 24 teams from around the country are participating in the competition.

Justice Pasayat said unfortunately today there was a big gap between what lawyers were expected to do in certain areas and what was actually done. This, he said, could be attributed to inadequate legal education and entry of unqualified, ill-equipped lawyers into the profession.

Stating that in a changed society the emphasis is on constitutional as well as public rights, he added that law had to keep pace with changing needs of society and old concepts had to give way to new ones.

In his presidential address, Supreme Court Judge, Justice H K Sema, said law students should approach their profession with a missionary zeal to render services to those who were yearning for justice. He lamented that equality and social justice still remained a distant dream to the poor and weaker sections of our society.

Stating that of late there has been a cut-throat competition and as a result there is survival of the fittest. He also enphasised that it was the duty of the legal fraternity to come to the aid of the poor sections of society.

Speaking on the occasion, Supreme Court Judge, Justice A R Lakshmanan, said awareness of human rights was an important part of the legal curriculum which made the law students equipped to fight for the rights of the people. He encouraged the concept of the moot court competitions, saying that it improved the oral advocacy skills of the students and gave them intellectual flexibility.

Preliminary rounds of the competition were conducted today and finals would be held tomorrow. Six moot courts have been constituted, each headed by a high court judge, with one advocate and law professor as members. Prizes will also be given for best speakers.



Worried about daughters, man ends life
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
Worried about the marriages of his three daughters, a man ended his life by hanging himself at his Dadu Majra house late last night.

According to the police, Beni Madhav (55) hanged himself last night after he sent his wife and three daughters to the PGI, where one of their relatives was admitted. He went to a room in his house and hanged himself with a dupatta from a ceiling girder. His wife had left food for him, which was untouched.

It was only in the morning that the suicide was detected after his wife came home at around 6 am. She knocked at the door, but there no reply. She then called some neighbours who broke open the door to find Madav hanging.

Madav had two autorickshaws which were hired by a company and had a regular income. He also drove an autorickshaw and had hired a driver for the other, his wife told the police. His family told the police that it did not suspect any foul play.



UT launches “Kaya Kalp” to brighten up anganwaris
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The Chandigarh Social Welfare Department has decided to give a facelift to all anganwaris centres operating in the city under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). This will be done with the support of the municipal corporation which can offer funds for the provision of infrastructure to poor sections.

Admitting that the conditions in anganwaris, meant to look after the children of economically weak couples leaves much to be desired, the authorities have committed themselves to a total revamp of each centre. The process will move under operation “Kaya Kalp” which will involve an overall restructuring of the centres. The idea is to make them brighter, friendlier and more desirable.

The decision follows the visit of Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), to the anganwari centres some time ago.

Presently, all anganwaris present a gloomy picture. Neither are the anganwari workers well-trained to instruct children in a manner that holds their attention, nor are the children inclined towards the education aspect which is critical to the scheme. Most anganwaris are housed in gurdwaras, tenements or community centres which are dilapidated and dull.

“In such a scenario, it would be foolhardy to expect the scheme to do well. We don’t want such an ambitious scheme of the Government of India to go waste. We will brighten up the ambience of every anganwari, reorient the workers so that they pay attention to children’s involvement and provide facilities which children look forward to,” Ms Madhavi Kataria, Director, Social Welfare Department, told The Tribune.

In the first phase, the department will engage students of Government Art College, Sector 10, to add life to the surroundings of the anganwaris. It will also segregate children of different age groups. Each anganwari will now run separate classes for two sets of children - one belonging to the age group of six months to three years and another belonging to the three to six years group.

A visit to the centres in Buterla, Palsora and Sector 41, meanwhile, confirmed the Social Welfare Department’s admission that the children were little interested in the pre-school component. They simply repeated their lessons, most of them cried at the very sight of strangers, few rushed for a cover as if someone had intruded upon their privacy.

“This is the attitude we want to correct,” said Ms Kataria, adding that “Anganwaris were born to facilitate children’s readiness for schools. We have centres in villages, slums and colonies, but regrettably in all these centres the conditions are rather poor. We will now provide new study material for children. The emphasis will be on visuals to attract their attention. We will also provide toys and water purifiers for each centre.”



Conditional NOC to Quark City on fire safety
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 2
The local fire brigade authorities have given a conditional no-objection certificate (NOC) to the multi-crore Quark City project which is still under construction here.

According to sources, a letter of the Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, Mr M.L. Kakkar, in this regard was sent to the Ropar Deputy Commissioner on March 22.

In the letter it was stated that the Fire Department had no objection to the F-2 and F-3 building plans of Quark City if Quark City India Private Limited, which was carrying out the construction activity, provided fire safety equipment in the buildings in accordance with the Petroleum Rules, 2002, Gas Cylinder Rules, 1981, the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules, 1998, the Environment (Protection) Act and Rules, 1986, and the National Building Code, 1983, (Part 4), sources said.

It was further stated in the letter that the NOC was being given on the condition that after the completion of the buildings and before putting these to use, a check would be got conducted by officials of the Fire Brigade office to see whether the equipment provided in the buildings conformed to the rules. Quark City India Private Limited would be bound to provide more equipment if fire brigade officials felt the need in public interest.

However, what happened to the serious issue regarding giving of NOC for fire safety to Quark City in connection with the site clearance, is not known.

The Deputy Commissioner directed officials of the local fire brigade on October 21 last year to visit the proposed building site and submit a report so that the matter of issuing an NOC to Quark City could be taken up further.

After visiting the site, the then Fire Station Officer, Mr B.S. Sandhu, sent a report to the Deputy Commissioner on November 19, last year in which he objected to the giving of NOC to Quark City on various grounds.

He had pointed out in the report that the construction activity was in full swing without any permission in that regard. It was stated that on one side of the buildings being constructed by Quark, an industrial unit run by Godrej was situated in which explosive gases and different types of oils were stored. Across the road Ranbaxy was setting up a plant. On the third side of the proposed city there was a paint factory. The raw material for that factory consisted of highly explosive items. On the other side, Quark was running a unit in which high speed diesel had been stored underground. The management of that unit had allegedly not made fire-fighting arrangements according to Part 4 of the National Building Code, 1983.

It was further pointed out that residential colonies, markets, theatres would be coming up in the proposed city and as such a large number of people would be living there and visiting that area. Keeping the above factors in mind, the fire brigade authorities had strong objection to the giving of the NOC to Quark City.

Mr Sandhu, who had raised the objections, was transferred to the Municipal Council, Sangrur, in February. Some days later, another Fire Station Officer, Mr Lakhwinder Singh, who had reportedly sought information from the MD of Quark regarding permission for the construction of high-rise buildings in Quark City, was suspended.



Passing Thru

What are your achievements in the field of motor sports?

Tutu Dhawan
Tutu Dhawan, Regional Director, Federation of Motor Sports Club of India, New Delhi

I am the winner of the 1985 Himalayan Rally and the 1988 Great Desert Himalayan Rally. I have yet to break the record of fastest timing on the route from Leh to Srinagar via Kargil. I have participated in many international rallies in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Kenya, African Safari and Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in England.

How do you compare the present rallies with the previous ones?

There is a lot of difference and more exposure now. When we started, there were no federations and only like minded people assembled and formed the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India in Chennai with no sponsors. There was hardly any media coverage.

Are we adopting the international safety standards in these rallies?

The safety standards are the same the world over only the execution may differ.

— G.S. Paul



Pedal to cycle of health
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Start the day on a positive note — cycle to work! Does that sound tough? Okay, how about an ‘eco-friendly’ cycling trip to the outskirts of the city, to stop and smell the flowers before the hustle and bustle of vehicular fumes chokes your decision?

Twenty-five ebullient cyclists and two NGOs came together this morning to do precisely this!

The employees of Quark in Chandigarh, in tandem with ‘Greenpeace’ and ‘Green Tire’, cycled 12 km to Perch Dam, to advocate cycling as an environment friendly means of moving around and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Netarpal Singh from the NGO Greenpeace office working on the outreach programme on environmental awareness, facilitated this programme for Quark. He said, “The aim was to create awareness about living in a pollution-free atmosphere by cycling instead of using cars”.

According to Mr Pramod Sharma, director of Yuvasatta, the parent NGO of ‘Green Tire’, a study done by the Department of Community Medicine at the PGI has indicated that 45 per cent of people over the age of 30 suffer from blood pressure and hypertension. This indicates an unhealthy lifestyle and every third death in the city is a result of a heart attack. He said that Chandigarh was “an ideal modern city as it is the only one that has built cycle tracks in recent times”.

‘GreenTire’ provided the cycle power, supplying 20 cycles for the long ride ahead. Pramod Sharma, director of Yuvasatta, flagged the ride by referring to the cycles as “Gandhiji’s new spinning wheels since we promote Gandhian thought in our NGO”.

The employees of Quark displayed a lot of enthusiasm, Prerna Kalra, part of the Human Resource team at Quark believes her “office is conscious of good health and we are also aware of our environment. We encourage car pools, hobby classes for the staff and their families for gardening and are also working on other environmental activities through an environment club”. She adds with a smile, “This may not be easy, it will be good fun”.

Surabhi Sharma thinks this concept of “exploring places and cycling around should be promoted”. This is why she is a part of the volunteer team today.


Advantages of cycling

  •  It is the most energy efficient form of travel ever devised, with zero pollution and no noise.
  •  It reduces chronic heart disease and obesity
  •  It tones up muscles and enhances stamina, improves respiratory health and resultantly cyclists are less likely to have diabetes, heart attack and strokes.
  •  It can add up to two years to your life



Conserve environment, urges Magsaysay awardee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The MC Mehta Environment Foundation (MCMEF) today organised a workshop to involve teachers in environment conservation strategies across the country. The workshop, held at the Golden Jubilee Hall, Panjab University, Chandigarh, featured deliberations on the “State of environment — challenges and solutions”. It witnessed participation of teachers from 130 schools across Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Environmentalist and Magsaysay awardee M.C. Mehta said India was passing through a critical phase due to environmental degradation. He said almost all rivers and lakes had been polluted due to the discharge of toxic effluents.

He emphasised that teachers could play an effective role in the protection of environment by providing environmental education to students and locals.

Inaugurating the workshop, Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, PU, said coming generations would be thankful to Mr Mehta for his efforts to provide clean air and water. He said the PU was the first university to have included environment as a subject in graduate and postgraduate classes.

Mr N.S. Tiwana, Executive Director, Punjab State Council of Science and Technology, spoke about the state of environment in Punjab and about low-cost techniques to check pollution.

Prof Rajendra Joshi from the NCERT, New Delhi, gave an overview of the model syllabus framed by the NCERT for environmental education while Prof Dhillon, former Dean of Institutions, Punjabi University, Patiala, gave a motivational talk. 



Action initiated against chemists
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 2
Four days after the district administration issued a notice for the demolition of two chemist shops at General Hospital, Panchkula, the process of getting the shops vacated by the chemists was started today.

The Deputy Commissioner, had ordered on March 28 that the two chemist shops be removed. The order followed repeated complaints about the working of the shops. Last month, the owner of one of the shops, Mr C.P. Sharma, had a scuffle with the Medical Superintendent, Dr Subhash Sharma.

These shops were allotted by the INLD government and have been in the thick of controversy from the beginning. 



Of kriya yoga and spirituality
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The atmosphere is one of serenity. Rugs on the lush grass and kriya master, Yogiraj Siddhanath Gurunath sitting amid his disciples.

On his fifth visit to the city, Gurunath, as his disciples fondly refer to him, speaks affably to everyone present, answering queries on faith with love and patience.

Here to share the knowledge of the ancient science of hamsa and kriya yoga, he talks of kriya yoga as an evolutionary process.

Jyotii Subramanian is a teacher at the Chandigarh centre and talks of a faith that gives freedom of prayer. “You can sit whenever you get the time, when you want to and for as long as you want to. The emphasis is on the internal here.”

Are you a guru? Gurunath smiles, “I do not know that. I come here to teach, to share what I have experienced. They (the followers) call me that. To me a guru is one who brings to light the gravity of hidden spiritual knowledge inherent in man.”

What is the faith? “It is the soul cry. Humanity is the only religion, breath one’s only prayer and consciousness one’s only God,” he says.

“We are bound by the fact that we are born humans and that is our binding religion,” he says. 



Seminar stresses on library automation
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
The British Library, Chandigarh, organised a seminar on ‘Librarianship in the New Technological Era: Opportunities and Challenges” at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, today. Nearly 100 library professionals from public school, institutional, university and college libraries took part.

Prof H.R. Chopra, Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science, Panjab University, was one of the main speakers on the occasion. He spoke on automation, digitalisation and information technology in Indian libraries. 



SSP wants liquor vends to be removed

Chandigarh, April 2
The SSP has taken up the matter of the removal of liquor vends operating in the Kaimbwala area with the Deputy Commissioners of Chandigarh and Ropar . The SSP in a press note stated that the police had reported that both liquor vends in Kaimbwala village had encroached on the land of the village. As the area is deserted, it is frequented by a large number of people who like to drink in the evenings. — OC



ITBP officer retires
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Ranvir Singh Chauhan, Assistant Commandant, ITBP, retired after putting in a service of 36 years on March 31.

During his service, he was awarded with President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Director General’s ITBP Insignia.



3 shopkeepers held with 777 pirated VCDs
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
The local police today arrested three shopkeepers from Ram Darbar and seized 777 pirated VCDs from them.

According to the police, Mr Dinesh Kumar of Phase 7, Mohali, had lodged a complaint alleging that Santosh Kumar, Rajesh and Lakhwinder Singh, all residents of Phase II, Ram Darbar, were dealing in pirated CDs.

The police conducted a raid on their respective shops and recovered 777 pirated CDs.

Vehicles stolen

Mr Vijay Kumar of Sector 22 reported to the police that his Maruti Car (CH-03-C-4991) was stolen from Sector 35 market on March 31.

In another incident, Mr Kamal Kishore of Sector 40 has filed a complaint the that his Hero Honda Motorcycle (CH-03-F-8405) was stolen from his residence during the night of March 30.

Mr Rama Nand Singh of NAC, Mani Majra reported that his LML Vespa Scooter (CH-01-P-0335) was stolen from the same locality.


Mr Krishan Dutt of Palsora village reported to the police that two gold chains, one pair of gold ear rings, one gold ring, one gold nose pin, and some silver ornaments, including cash Rs 5,000 were stolen from his residence during the night of March 29.

A case has been registered.



Man duped of Rs 15 lakh in flat deal
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, April 2
The police has booked a couple for allegedly duping a man of more than Rs 15 lakh. Complainant Rameshwar Kumar of Sector 45-A alleged that he had given the amount to the couple buying for buying their flat. Then they cancelled the power of attorney made in favour of his son Rajesh Kumar after taking the amount from him.

Mr Rameshwar in his complaint to the police alleged that Rosline, wife of Rajwant Singh, a resident of Sector 19, was known to him. She told him that her husband, a member of the Pepsu Co-Operative House Building Society, was in dire need of money and wanted to sell his Category-A flat in Sector 50-C. She also told him that the construction of the flat was in full swing and it would be completed by September, 2004, and it was free from all sorts of encumbrances.

Mr Rameshwar said the couple induced him to buy the flat and he finalised a deal for Rs 8,90,000 plus the amount paid up to date - July 12, 2004 to the society which was Rs 3,82,000 -and an agreement was executed on the same day after the complainant paid Rs 2,00,000 as earnest money.

He further said he gave Rs 1.5 lakh on July 23, 2004, and another Rs 1, 66,410 through a cheque on July 28, last year. Thereafter, he alleged that the accused did not give him the possession of the flat and requested him to extend the date for full and final payment.

Later the accused asked him to give Rs 4 lakh more, then the complainant asked them to at least give him a power of attorney. Mr Remeshwar said after paying Rs 4 lakh the accused gave him a power of attorney and a will in favour of his son on August 31.

Mr Rameshwar said on December 28, he was shocked to see the name of the accused on the defaulter list published by the society in a newspaper mentioning that an amount of Rs 6, 46,816 with interest was outstanding against the accused. The accused tendered an apology and asked the complainant to pay the amount which he did.

To the utter shock of Mr Rameshwar, on January 11, 2005, he came to know that the accused had cancelled the power of attorney. When he asked the accused they denied of having cancelled it. As the complainant produced records of the cancellation of power of attorney that he obtained from the office of Sub-Registrar of the UT, the couple told him to do whatever he wanted to do. They also refused to give back the amount he had paid to them.

The UT SSP marked an inquiry to Economic Offence Wing which had registered a case of cheating against the couple under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC. 



One held for abducting minor
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
The police arrested a father of three children with a minor girl he had abducted from near The Tribune Chowk in the wee hours of the morning today.

According to the police Hari Ram Shah (24), a resident of Faidan village had abducted a minor girl of his neighbourhood on March 31. The father of the girl reported to the police that his 14-years-old daughter, who is a class VI student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, had gone to her school to get her result when she was abducted.

The police said that during preliminary interrogation, the accused revealed that he had taken the girl to Sirsa. The police received information about his whereabouts and laid a trap in the city and arrested him. The girl was sent for medical examination and later handed over to her family members. The medical reports of the girl are awaited.



Action sought against travel agent
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 2
Residents of Mataur village gathered outside the police post in Phase XI and demanded an action against a travel agent who was not providing any information about two of the five persons sent abroad.

They complained that the family members of two persons did not know whereabouts and were worried. They alleged that the travel agent instead of helping them in this regard was allegedly threatening them. He had even lodged a complaint with the police against them.

It is reported that the travel agent had taken more than Rs 6 lakh from each of the five persons on the pretext that they would be sent to Spain and also provided employment. It is alleged that Hukam Chand, Vipin Kumar, Sumit Kumar, Rajesh Kumar and Ashok Kumar were then made to take a flight for another country instead of Spain. It took months for three persons to reach Spain who were having a tough time there. However, nobody knew where the other two persons were.

The family members of the two persons said that whenever they went to the travel agent to inquire about the two persons they were told that the two were fine. They even told them not to lodge a complaint with the police. When they started going to the office of the travel agent time and again he allegedly started threatening them and also lodged a complaint with the police against them.

The police said that the complaints had been received from both the parties and the investigations were on.



Godown wall collapses, girl buried alive
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, April 2
A six-year-old girl was buried alive when the wall of a partially demolished godown came crashing down on her in Bhabhat village near here, this morning. Dilsara Thapa, was playing near the godown when the tragedy occurred at about 11 am.

Dilsara, daughter of Ram Singh Thapa, was buried alive when a 20-foot concrete cantilever and a brick wall of the godown collapsed. It happened when she caught an iron rod fixed with the cantilever.

Following the news, her father with others rushed to the spot and subsequently the police was informed.

Efforts of those assembled at the site to extricate the body proved futile and an earth mover was pressed into service. The body was exhumed after over half hour.

The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital Rajpura, for a post-mortem examination.

Mr Thapa complained to the police that his daughter died because of the negligence of the godown owner. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered.



Held for delivering underweight LPG cylinder
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
An aware customer today caught a deliveryman of a gas agency while he was allegedly trying to give him weight LPG cylinder. He weighed the cylinder before the deliveryman with his own weighing machine and found it underweight by 1.7 kg.

Thereafter he called the police and handed him over to it. The accused reportedly admitted before the police that he had delivered such cylinders before he was caught today.

Mr S.K. Ojha, a resident of Sector 18, said he had made complaints to the company but it did not pay any heed. Today also when he told Bharat Lal, the deliveryman of Shivalik Gas Agency, Sector 26, that the cylinder seemed to be underweight as usual, he denied it. Mr Ojha then weighed it before him. 



Goyal, Aggarwal CII chairman, vice-chairman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Mr Krishan Goyal and Mr Partap K Aggarwal were elected chairman and vice-chairman of the CII Chandigarh Council for 2005-06 at its annual meeting held at the CII here today.

Mr Krishan Goyal is the Chairman and Managing Director of Modern Dairies Ltd, a Rs 110-crore turnover company engaged in manufacturing and marketing of dairy products. He is also the Managing Director and CEO of the Modern Steels Ltd and the Chairman of Chandigarh Infotech Centre Ltd. Mr Goyal is also a member of the Board of Governors, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, and Member, Administrator’s Advisory Council, UT Administration, Chandigarh.

Mr Partap K. Aggarwal is the Promoter and Managing Director of IDS Infotech Ltd, a global IT solution and BPO company, and promoter and director of Delta Information Services Ltd., a company providing education, training and global learning solutions.

A recipient of the International Understanding and Friendship award from IFS Society, Mr Aggarwal is a certified quality management trainer of Philips Crosby and Associates, USA.


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