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Fires destroy khair trees, wheat crop on 20 acres
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 7
Hundreds of Khair trees and wheat worth thousands of rupees was destroyed in separate incidents of fire today. Caused by stray cinders carried by the strong winds, at most of these places the fires spread very fast crossing acres in minutes. However alert farmers and villagers managed to bring the fire under control before it could damage life.

While hundreds of khair and white fir trees were destroyed in a major fire spread over 40 acres of forest land in village perch near here, a farmer in village Landran lost a large part of his standing wheat crop to a fire that gutted his 20 acres of land today. In an almost similar incident a farmer lost his crop on 33 bighas of land at Daryapur Dhaler Khurad village in Sangrur district. In another incident a plywood manufacturing unit in Mohali caught fire destroying Rs 15 Lakh worth of wood.

According to Mr Gagandeep Singh, forest officer Kharar, range, a major fire broke out in village perch this afternoon. The fire seemed to have been caused by cinder from a nearby village by the winds. The fire quickly spread through 40 acres of thick but short forest. The fire raged for six hours before it was brought under control manually by the villagers and forest guards.

He added that the fire tenders were of no help since there was no way to reach the forest. “The fire was controlled by isolating it from nearby fields and the rest of the forest. It started on one side and spread over 40 acres. The khair trees were destroyed along with the white firs. Our officers along with the villagers and daily wage labourers snuffed the fire out from one corner to isolate it. After it stopped spreading it simply burnt itself out. No loss to life has been reported. We are also hoping that there is no damage to wild life inside the forest,” said Mr Gagandeep Singh.

The forest in perch is privately owned but managed but the Punjab Forest Department under the provisions of the Punjab land preservation act 1900. “We might be able to revive the burnt khair trees as these are sturdy. But the fir is an entire loss.”

In another incident, a farmer Nasib Singh in village Landran lost his wheat crop on 14 acres of land. The standing crop was ready to be harvested but apparently caught fire due to a spark flown in from a nearby transformer. The fire spread quickly due to the wind and by the time the villagers in the nearby fields rushed to the spot the fire had gutted most of the wheat crops. The farmers used tractors to cut off the filed under fire to stop it from spreading. “They quickly cut off the crop on both sides and levelled the ground in a long strip. When the fire reached there it went out,” explained an eye witness.

In another incident, an a fire caused reportedly due to a spark produced in a combine harvester working in the fields at Daryapur Dhaler Khurad village in Sangrur district left wheat crop in more than 33 bighas of land charred completely.

According to Dr Indu, SDM at Malerkotla, wheat crop standing in the fields of Mr Kuldeep Singh (27 bighas) and Mr Tirlochan (6 bighas) was burnt in a fire caused reportedly due to a spark produced in a combine working in the fields of Sukhdev Singh. The fire broke out in the evening.

The losses could have been massive had the farmers from neighboring villages not volunteered to join the rescue operations conducted under the supervision of Mr Mukesh Kumar Executive Magistrate, at local office of joint sub-registrar.

Meanwhile, property worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed in a major fire that broke out in an industrial unit in Phase I here early this morning.

The fire that broke out around 3 am soon became uncontrollable as the wood lying in the unit had caught fire. However, no loss of life has been reported.

Nearly 50 workers of Universal Wood and Steel Industry, who were sleeping in the rooms on the premises of the factory, had a narrow escape. A number of them hailed from Bengal and Nepal.

Machinery, building, some raw material and part of finished products got destroyed in the fire. The total loss was estimated to be between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. The factory manufactures plywood boards.

High-rising flames and lots of smoke had engulfed the unit. The fire brigade team reached the spot at about 3.15 am. Soon two fire engines were also called from Chandigarh to fight the flames. The situation was so bad that even fire brigade employees panicked for a while. There was a fear that fire might soon spread to other units as well. The wind blowing at that time made the situation worse. Six fire tenders had been pressed into service which had to be refilled two to three times each.

The Tribune team, which reached the site soon after, found it difficult to enter the factory due to lot of smoke and high temperature in the area. The smoke present in the area was leading to a feeling of suffocation, apart from affecting the eyes. The owner of the factory, Mr Surjit Singh, tried to stop this correspondent from going into the unit on the pretext that it was risky.

The SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma, reached the scene to take stock of the situation. A number of police personnel, along with two SHOs, had also reached the factory.

According to fire brigade officials the fire probably started from near the boiler unit on the premises and soon spread to other areas. The cause of fire was, however, not known though Mr Labh Singh, a relative of the owner of the factory, said the fire took place due to a short circuit. He even claimed that only 15 workers were sleeping in the factory.

The fire came under control after about an hour but the exercise to put off the smouldering parts went on till about 7 am.

The fire was first noticed by Keshav Ram, a chowkidar working at the office of the Punjab State Electricity Board in the area. He immediately rushed to wake up a lineman who later informed the fire brigade.

Mr Jagjit Singh, lineman, told Chandigarh Tribune that he initially thought that there was some problem in the power lines. But soon he saw huge flames rising from the unit. He said that he immediately switched off the 11 kv feeder as the power lines were passing from near the factory. He switched on power only after the fire came under control.

Mr Maninder Singh Toni, from a nearby unit, said stones were thrown on the residential quarters on the premises of the factory in order to create a sound to wake up the sleeping workers. They, however, managed to come out of the factory before the fire spread to other areas but were not able to remove all their belongings from the rooms. According to workers, there were about 10 rooms in which they were sleeping.

Mr Devinder Singh, sub fire officer, said that the unit did not have adequate fire fighting arrangements. The fire extinguishers had chemical foam, instead of mechanical foam, which was not used these days. He said the factory had a water tank but the pipe connecting the tank was only of 1 inch diameter which was no use. He said that the factory had been given a notice about two years ago regarding inadequate fire fighting arrangements.

Mr K.C. Sood, another sub fire officer, said that there was a fear that the fire might spread to the adjoining CIIS building in which a number of vehicles were parked and the institute also possessed a large number of computers.



This Indian idol is still praying hard
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Abhijeet Sawant’s moment of glory has only begun. And if the power of prayer is anything to go by, it may well last forever. At least for today, India’s first idol wants to hold on to this one sweet thought lest the bitterness of past returns to break the spell of glory.

Until a few months ago, Sawant was just another singer with dreams of golden discs. Today he has music at his command. But the new entrant to the hall of fame is leaving nothing to chance. His fingers are still crossed, as they were on the day of final judgment when he faced Amit Sana in the test of musical skill.

Recalls Sawant, who was in Chandigarh today, courtesy Sony TV, “It was a strange feeling. For a major part of the contest, we were together, but suddenly we were all by ourselves, practising the same songs for the judges. The best part of the process was its friendly tinge. We were never jealous of each other. Competition existed, but healthily”.

Sure it did. Had it not, “Aapka Abhijeet Sawant” would not have featured all Indian Idol finalists. The album is rich with the lyrics of Sameer, music of Biddu and Raju Singh. It has themes that are romantic, reflective and provocative.

“The best part of the album is a song which all 11 finalists are singing to spread awareness regarding HIV/ AIDS. There are romantic songs and still others like the title song “Mohabbatein lutaunga” which remind you of my moment of victory,” says Sawant who is most in love with the last song. It was this song which proved a fortune-turner for him.

Since the day of victory, Sawant’s fortunes have been soaring, but the rooted Mumbai boy has not lost sight of the ground. He remembers to thank his fans and his music guru Bhavdeep Jaipurwale. “I will return to my guru for training, once the travel schedule is over,” says Sawant, for whom travel has never been as much fun as now.

Many things have changed past success, but the best change has been financial comfort admits Sawant who won a one crore contract and a luxurious car as prize. “Victory has many manifestations, but the most evident in my case is the end to financial struggle. I come from a humble background. My parents and sister can now be comfortable forever. For my part, I am happy because I have won recognition as a singer and an opportunity to play back”.

At home with his new-found life and look, Sawant has responded incredibly well to the call of glamour. As he sings his way into the heart of Indians, he must be ready for any twist of fate. The fruits of success can seem distant, unless cared for. And Sawant is posted of the fact. Eager to act in films though, he is conscious of the fact that it is the song that brought him glory. “I will act only if I get roles that suit my image. I would certainly like to act in my videos,” says a determined Sawant, on a roll for now!



Strong, dusty winds sweep city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula woke up to blustery weather with strong winds scattering shed leaves in all directions, upturning collected garbage and scattering signposts all over the city.

The gusty wind soon turned into a whirling duststorm, uprooting two trees in the bargain, one in front of Mountview Hotel in Sector 10 and the other in the market of Sector 22 D. The weather also caused frequent and unscheduled power cuts as the city went into a dusty tailspin.

According to the Meteorological Department, the maximum windspeed recorded today was 70.3 kmph at 9:01 am.

The maximum temperature recorded today was 35°C and the minimum temperature was at 27.4°C. The maximum temperature did not see much change from yesterday’s 36.6°C falling only by a degree and a half today.

A westerly disturbance over north Pakistan and adjoining Jammu & Kashmir and an induced upper air cyclonic circulation over central Pakistan and adjoining north-west Rajasthan and south-west Punjab is causing the change in the weather.



Vat ‘leads’ to shortage of medicines in city
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
The next time you go to a chemist shop in the city and are denied a common medicine, do not be surprised if the shop owner expresses his inability in helping you due to shortage of supply.

Under the uncertainty over the value added tax (Vat) the supplies of most of the medicines in the chemist shops in the city are hit, with most of the shop owners saying that the stocks may not last for another week if the current situation continues.

The problem persists as the wholesalers are not purchasing stocks of medicines waiting for the tax to be reduced from 10 per cent to 4 per cent under Vat and the stocks are not reaching the shops, who are managing with their old stock of medicines.

“The pharmaceutical companies are not releasing the stocks of medicines as there is still uncertainty over the introduction of Vat in the city. While some of the medicines, including the inhalers, vitamin capsules of certain companies, insulin and anti-depressants drugs, are already in short supply, the existing stocks of other medicines may also not last for more than a week in all chemist shops in the city,’’ says the general secretary of the Chandigarh Chemists Association, Mr Vijay Anand, while talking to The Tribune here today.

Though several speculations of the rise in prices of the medicines after the introduction of Vat are rife in the market, Mr Anand assures that even under the Vat the ultimate consumer will not be affected much as far as prices of the medicines is concerned. Some medicines may actually cost less to the customer, he adds. Chemists say that while some pharmaceutical companies are selling the stocks others are not, which is currently leading to the shortage of a few drugs in the market.

Meanwhile, the manager of a leading pharmaceutical company says that the situation thus arose as the wholesalers have not made any purchases of the medicine stock in this period but added that the situation is fast improving in the city. “In some companies, the date of achieving the targets by their sales staff and medical representatives, which was earlier March 31, was extended to April 10, which means that all the sales that were to be made in March itself were not done. Moreover, some chemists are also not purchasing the stock of medicines themselves fearing that they may lose on the tax amount in case it is lowered,’’ he says. 



He detects corporate frauds
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
For Mr Jasvir Gill, Chief Executive Officer of Virsa, currently Silicon Valley’s hottest company, the setting up of a software development and customer unit in north is like a dream come true.

The company helps big corporate houses detect their internal financial irregularities and frauds. With the largest customer base in the compliance and controls software market, Virsa is one of the fastest growing companies and a thought-leader in the industry. “We are now looking at the Indian market,” says Mr Gill, an alumni of Punjab Engineering College and the Regional Computer Centre.

Virsa software helps detection of internal and external audit frauds. Deficient internal controls can negatively impact entire business from share price to investor holdings, market share and sales cycles. “It can even affect your freedom. Jail time shouldn’t be part of your retirement plan,” quips Mr Gill.

“We look for companies that are big enough to use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems like SAP, Oracle and People Soft. India is an upcoming economy. It is important for the country to develop confidence among investors,” adds Mr Gill.

Mr Gill, who migrated to the USA in 1985, says that Virsa was founded in 1996 after the Enron and World Com scams had rocked the financial world. Following the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley Law, we developed a software which allows the user to enforce sound financial and operational controls. It helps companies not only to minimise frauds but also restore confidence of investors in the company.

According to a McKinsey study, companies with good corporate governance enjoy premium up to 14 per cent. Another parallel study indicated that 6 per cent of the annual revenue of major companies was lost in internal frauds.

“When we came out with our first version of software in 2003, it had instant acceptability. Now we have 175 clients, including IBM, Kodak, British Petroleum and Gillete, worldwide. Our turnover in the last quarter was $ 8 million which makes us the hottest company in the Silicon valley today.

“Though our Board of Directors wanted to set up a software development and customer support centre in Bangalore, I insisted on making Chandigarh or Punjab as the hub of our Indian operations. Belonging to a village, near Kurali, I have my roots here and know the potential of the region well,” says Mr Gill.

He says that Virsa has a tie-up with the PWC — one of the world’s top four audit companies. 



Whither superstition? courtroom 12A again
changed to 13
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 7
Early last year, the number of the Punjab and Haryana High Court courtroom number 13 was changed to 12A. Though the reason for this change was never spelt out, it was widely perceived that it had something to do with superstition.

Some days ago, in yet another unexplained move, the numbering of the courtroom was again changed back to 13. While High Court officials were not forthcoming on the reason behind the sudden move, indications are that the High Court action was the result of a petition in this regard.

In their petition filed through advocate M.S. Rahi, Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, Dr B.S. Dhillon, Dr Kehar Singh, Mr Bhag Singh Ankhi and Mr Gurbachan Singh Kalsi had prayed for directions to respondents to restore the name of the courtroom back to 13.

Saying that while the reason for changing the number to 12A was not revealed, it pointed to superstition and triskaidekaphobia, the petitioners claimed that the same was against the spirit of Article 51 A(h) of the Constitution.

Incidentally, all the petitioners have been leading lights of Punjab, with Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, who retired as Prof and Chairman of the Guru Gobind Singh Chair, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), having remained Secretary of the SGPC also.

The petitioners stated that they had been coming to the High Court for quite some time and the number of the courtroom 13 was changed only some months back. "It is not understandable on what ground and what basis the number of courtroom has been changed from 13 to 12A. It seems that the same has been changed due to superstitious belief," the petition read.

They also stated that such an act was not permissible in view of the Constitution as also the fact that under the law laid down by the Supreme Court no religious superstition can be projected through the act and conduct by any branch of the State and much less the judiciary.

Giving a brief history of the importance of the number 13 for Sikhs, the petitioners stated that even Guru Nanak Dev had special fondness for the number. The decision to change the number to 12A hurt their religious sentiments, the petitioners stated.

Referring to Article 51 of the Constitution, the petitioners stated that sub-clause (h) clearly mentions that it is the duty of every citizen to "develop the scientific temper, humanism, and the spirit of enquiry and reform".

The petitioners also pointed out that there were courtroom number 13 in all High Courts and the Supreme Court. Changing the number to 12A distorts the vision of the Constitution.

However, a couple of days back, when the petition came up before the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta, it emerged that the number of the courtroom had already been changed. On this, the petitioners withdrew the petition and it was ordered dismissed as withdrawn.Back



Passing Thru

What bearing does high literacy level has on society?

Kerala boasts of 100 per cent literacy which has ensured good social status for its people. This is despite the fact that they have low incomes and no industry to turn to for employment.

In the absence of employment opportunities, what is the fate of students passing out from schools of Kerala?

Most of the students move out just after they complete Class XII. However, the few who stay on for their graduation certainly leave after college in search of jobs. Most of them go abroad while others settle in various parts of the country. That is why Keralites have spread all over the world and, yet, are a very well-knit community.

Is there any flip side of high literacy levels?

Literacy has made the Malyalees a very aware community. Crime rate is low and even the smallest incident gets reported. However, one thing that hampers studies and work in Kerala is frequency with which strikes and ‘dharnas’ are organised on the most trivial of issues.

— Geetanjali Gayatri



A silver lining for 4 orphan siblings
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 7
Her childhood is lost forever. As she takes charge of her own life... and of her three younger siblings, Harvinder Kaur seems to have come to terms with the loss of their parents... and having to spend their growing years in an orphanage.

But even in adversity, Harvinder and her sister, Ravneet (9) see a silver lining. The fates has been cruel to the two sisters and their younger brothers — Navjot (8) and Navdeep (6). They lost their mother three years ago, and now their father, Amar Singh, died of a heart attack on March 26. Being rendered orphans, they had received offers for adoption from many a good Samaritans. However, Harvinder refused these offers, and, instead, pleaded that they should be allowed to stay together. “I did not want to lose touch with my siblings. They are all that I have,” she says.

All of 13 years, but Harvinder is far mature than her age. Her slight frame notwithstanding, she appears to be strong from within. “My sister and brothers ask me of Papa will come back. I just tell them to behave properly, not to beg for anything, and study hard, so that Papa is proud of us. He would have liked it this way,” she says rather solemnly.

Their father, Amar Singh was a postgraduate in political science from Panjab University and had made three unsuccessful attempts to clear the civil services examinations. Disillusioned, he took to several small business, including trade of acupressure equipment. However, of late, he had lost money and was rag picking to make both ends meet. In spite of his financial status, he was sending his children to school.

Since the children wanted to stay together, the UT Social Welfare Department had zeroed in on Bal Niketan — an SOS Children’s Village where all four siblings could be accommodated. The children arrived here with their guardian and neighbour, Babu Singh, his wife Lakhwinder Kaur and daughter Aman. After their father died, all relatives had shied away from making an appearance, thinking that they could be asked to take away the children.

When none came forward, Babu Singh, an employee in the UT Social Welfare Department, stepped in and promised to take care of the children till a suitable home could be found for them. “I tried to contact the maternal uncle of these children, and asked him to at least come for the bhog ceremony of Amar Singh. But they never showed up. I was scared for the safety of the children, so I offered to keep them at my residence, till a suitable home could be found for them,” he says.

At Bal Niketan, the honorary secretary, Dr Madhu Sharma, said arrangements had been made for sending all children in schools. “Our focus will be more on Harvinder. Till date she has been focussing on her younger siblings — cooking for them, feeding them and in the process, her physical growth was stunted,” she said.



Bus service rekindles hope in Mirpur refugees
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, April 7
The crossing over of border by passengers of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus today reminds Mirpur refugees — who did not get any claim for 57 years — of the pain of Partition and neglect.

Welcoming the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus, Dr Sansar Chandra (88), a city-based scholar and refugee from Mirpur district of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), said: “It is good that the road link joining the two capitals has been put to use after a gap of 57 years. This is an all-weather road and is best suited for a link between the capitals.”

Dr Sansar Chandra crossed over the border after the tribesmen invaded Kashmir in November, 1947. Terming the bus service a beginning toward improving relation between the neighbours, he said: “The bus will provide people the opportunity to revisit their homeland from which they were forcibly ejected. I will like to visit my homeland again, even though I am 88 years old now.”

Expressing his desire to reopen the closed road link between Jammu and Mirpur, Dr Chandra said he wanted to see his motherland, where he spent the initial 30 years of his life.

He added that the Jammu-Mirpur road would cut short the distance between Lahore and Jammu, as Sialkot was just 11 miles from Jammu and Lahore around 60 miles from Sialkot. He said the current road link from Jammu to Lahore was via Wagah.

Dr Chandra, however, expressed apprehension that the route could be used by terrorists to sneak into the Indian territory.

Mr Daljit Singh, president of Mirpur Association, also welcomed the bus service. He said: “Mirpur was the biggest district of the erstwhile Jammu province and the most unfortunate one as well. I could not recall a single family who had not lost one or the other member during Partition.”

Mr Daljit Singh added that they did not have any relatives left in the PoK but their property there was never swapped with India.

Mr Daljit Singh had lost three brothers during the invasion. However, he still cherishes a dream to see his motherland. He said if given a chance he would go there with a hope of meeting someone known to him from his younger days.



Digging of road by colony residents irks villagers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Residents of Nada village have complained that a resident of Professor Colony in Naya Gaon had damaged a road linking Naya Gaon with Nada village to lay an outlet for sewage generated from the colony.

The road had been constructed by the PWD with financial aid from the World Bank two years ago.

In their complaint, members of the Nada Gram Panchayat said the road was dug with the help of JCB. The residents of the colony wanted to throw the sewage in Nada choe. They said though they prevented the persons from damaging the road, the illegal work was started at the instance of certain police officials.

An official of the PWD said the colony residents had been asked to stop the illegal activity. The outlet has been closed, he added. Further action would be taken if the road was again damaged.



Tributes paid to Pope
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Reverence and gratitude marked a special prayer held at St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, here today to pay homage to Pope John Paul II who died on April 2. All students, teachers, Principal Sister Rose George and manager Father Stephen offered flowers, prayers and hymns.

Father Stephen paid tributes to the Pope, calling him the messenger of peace because he reconciled and united various people in disagreement around the world.

Rally: A rally was organised by students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, as part of the literacy campaign under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan programme here today.

The rally was flagged off by Ms H.K.Bhatia, Principal of the school. A speech was also delivered by the Principal on awareness among the students and parents.

Under the campaign, the students are also given free books, stationery, uniform and mid-day meals by the Education Department and the Chandigarh Administration to make it a complete success. The rally started from the school and passed through Sectors of 46, 47 and 48.

Pulse polio rally: As many as 150 students of Government Model High School, Sector 29, organised a rally in connection with pulse polio campaign here today. Dr Sanjay Singla and staff of the ESI Dispensary, Sector 29, participated in the rally which was flagged off by Principal Ms Shobha Kapoor. 



1,000 cops for civic bodies election
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, April 7
The police has deployed 1,000 police men and 264 home guard jawans for law and order during Panchayat Samiti and Zila Prishad elections to be held on April 9. To keep watch on electioneering, 16 police patrols have been constituted and five teams of reserved police force formed to meet requirement in emergency.

According to Dr R.C. Mishra, SP, additional force would be deployed at 31 poling stations declared hypersensitive in the district.



Circus show from today
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 7
Asiad Circus is in town. Show will be tomorrow circus is on Punjab tour. With over 200 artistes and 70 items it has four elephants, horses, parrots and 20 dogs to perform.

General Manager of the 30-year-old circus K.K. Misra said the circus would stay in Mohali. Other than the 40-feet high trapezes show which the high point of the circus, there are four women daredevils would perform on motorcycles. There is breathtaking jeep jump, performed by a woman artiste.

Russian ring dance, the China plate act the African for dance, every item is bound to fill with wonder promises. We have artiste from famous but now defunct Gemini Circus performing acts here,” said Mr Lalit.

But is the use of animals not banned? “No not these animals, only tiger and lions bears and monkeys. We have permission for the animals brought here.”, said Mr Misra.

Four elephants Nalini Romini, Ramkali and Lakshmi are taken take of and decorated by their companion a 60-year-old mahout Mullan Mian. The elephants are going to ride a cart, walk on a ball and even pray!

Circus is has also a joker. Shoud Alam, a three feet-tall “joker” has working with the circus for 22 years. A married man, Alam is glad he joined the circus when he was just 13. “The other three jokers are also like me but I am the shortest. I met my wife here in the circus. She is a cycle acrobat. We fell in love and married. I have daughter Shaziya who is six and she is, I have a son Shaukat who is now gone to Nepal with my wife.”, he says. 



Woman cop gets award

Chandigarh, April 7
The UT, IG Mr Rajesh Kumar today gave Commendation Certificate Class-I and Rs 1000 to Raj Bala, the lady Head Constable of Chandigarh Police. 

She brought laurels to the police by winning gold medal in 21 km race event at the 26th National Master Athletics Championship held at Chennai on February 24-26. TNS



Computer, AC destroyed in fire
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 7
A fire damaged computer, an air-conditioner, a computer printer among other articles in a Sector 36 house, today.

According the fire officer of Sector 32 Fire Station, they received a complaint at around 7 pm that fire spread in a house (1019) in Sector 36. He said, the fire spread in two rooms of the house, on belonging to a tenant. The fire engine reached at the spot and managed to bring the fire under control. But, by that time some of the goods were burnt. 



Man booked for harassing wife
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 7
The local police has booked a man and his parents for allegedly harassing his wife Sudesh Kumari of Kandela village in Jalandhar district.

She alleged that her husband Harraj, his father Harbhajan Singh and his mother Gurmej Kaur — all residents of Sector 40-A here, were harassing and maltreating her to bring more dowry.

She was married to Harraj six years ago.

A case has been registered. 



Lake Club ex-GM booked again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Former General Manager of the Lake Club Madhu Beri , who was released on bail on March 30, has been booked again for the fourth time for allegedly cheating three persons including an NRI.

One of Beri’s former employee colleague Supriya has been arrested in this connection. Two fresh cases were registered against Beri in the Sector 3 Police Station.

As per the police, Beri allegedly received Rs 50,000 from NRI Inderjeet and issued a receipt of Rs 30,000 to him. Radhuvinder Singh was issued a receipt for Rs 600 despite getting Rs 6,700. Dr Gurinder Brar was issued a receipt of Rs 1200 despite having made a payment of Rs 16,500.

Beri’s colleagues Raj Kumar, an accountant, and a receptionist Ramanjit Kaur arrested.

Beri was arrested on March 13 and released on bail on March 13.



Five held in attack case
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, April 7
The police today arrested five persons for their involvement in a attack case here. The five — Kulbir Singh of Dappar, Baldev Singh and Channan Singh of Ramgarh Rurki, Gurcharan Singh, alias Pappu, a former president of the Dera Bassi Truck Union, and Mehma Singh of Haibatpur — were earlier booked by the police on the complaint of Mr Charan Singh, a resident of Bhankharpur village.

A case under Sections 341, 323, 324, 506, 146, 149 and 326 of the IPC was registered against them at Dera Bassi police station on January 2.

The arrested would be produced a Rajpura court on Friday.


Injured: Two car-borne unidentified youth were injured, one of them seriously, when a branch of a tree came crashing down on their vehicle on the Kalka-Ambala highway in Gholumajra village, near here today.

According to eyewitnesses, the tree branch came crashing down on the vehicle on highway because of strong winds leaving the car occupants injured. Following the accident, the residents of the village reached the spot and rescued the injured.

The injured were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.



Five booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 7
The police has booked five persons, including two women, on a charge of cheating. All the booked persons are residents of Phase IX.

The police said that a complaint had been lodged by Mr Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Sector 55. In the complaint he had stated that the five persons had duped him and four others of more than 11 lakh rupees on the pretext of sending them abroad.



Woman’s murder: servant yet to be nabbed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 7
Deepak Bahadur Thapa is wanted by the police in connection with the murder of Harpreet Kaur in Sector 68 here on April 4.

According to the police, the Nepalese servant of the family, is suspected to have been involved in the murder. The police said that he was trying to cross the border and enter Nepal.

The police said that anybody having information about the suspect should contact the Mohali police on phone numbers 2225755, 2266871, 2210151, 9815192808 and 9872238400.



One hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 7
One person was injured when a Tata Sumo jeep and a light commercial vehicle, Tata 407, collided at the PTL chowk here early morning today. It is reported that there were eight persons in the jeep when the accident took place. They, however, escaped unhurt. The driver of the jeep, whose front portion got badly damaged, fled from the scene after the accident.

According to the police, the driver of the truck, Sukhwinder Singh, got minor injuries as the vehicle overturned. The truck, which was going from Chandigarh to Moga, was loaded with heavy items like submersible pumps and boxes of medicines.



Ajay Shriram elected CII chief (north)
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Mr Ajay S. Shriram and Mr Adesh Gupta were elected Chairman and Deputy Chairman, respectively, of the Confederation of Indian Industry (northern region) here today.

Mr Shriram is Chairman and Senior Managing Director of DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited (DSCL) and chairman of its subsidiary companies.

Mr Shriram has attended for programme management development at the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

Mr Shriram is a director of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, Paris (IFA), and is chairman of their agriculture committee. He was chairman and is a director of the Fertlizer Association of India. He is a member board of governors of the Doon School, Dehra Dun; Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, and member governing body, of Shriram College of Commerce, New Delhi.

Mr Adesh Gupta is Chief Executive officer of Liberty Group. The group’s core business is design, manufacture, marketing and retailing of footwear in the domestic and overseas market. The group also has business interests in ceramics, chemicals and automotive component.

Mr Gupta has been associated with CII and has served at different capacities for a long time. He was chairman, CII Haryana state council in 2001-2002. 



Hefty rise in liquor price

Chandigarh, April 7
Low and medium priced liquor brands and beer witnessed hefty rise in price after liquor contract for the year saw an unprecedented rise in the auction.

Deputy Commissioner Arun Kumar and even the liquor contractors said the rise in the price had been between 5 and 15 per cent and they could not have any legal control over the prices. Mr Arun Kumar said that the government could only decide minimum prices.

The contractors said the rise in the prices is not much. However, a survey revealed that costly brands whose sales is comparatively low have not seen much rise in the prices. A bottle of beer which sold for Rs 50 has seen a hike of around Rs 20.

The whisky brands at low end like Red Knight, Royal Stag, Macdowell and Bagpiper have seen a rise of between Rs 25 and 30. While brands like Teachers, Smirnoff and Royal Challenge have seen little hike. TNS


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