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Another cable theft leaves 600 phones dead
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Barely a week after 2,000 telephone connections were dead due to a cable theft in the Industrial Area, Phase I, 600 of them in Sector 23 suffered the same fate again.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has suffered the losses, said it would take at least two days to restore normalcy. Around 3.5 metres of the telephone cable were stolen after digging up the ground in Sector 23 yesterday and since then the telephones have stopped functioning.

Officials of the department admit that the services have been severely affected due to very frequent cable thefts that have emerged as a major problem for the BSNL in the city. However, no solution is in sight so far.

“Cable thefts have become routine in the city and the department is incurring heavy losses each day. We also lodge a complaint with the police every time such an incident occurs but so far there is no favourable outcome,’’ revealed a senior BSNL official today.

Repair workers allege that private telecom companies are instrumental in causing damage to the telephones cables of the BSNL.

Meanwhile the problems for BSNL users continued in the other sectors as well. While the telephone services in Sector 23 were affected due to the cable theft, phones in Sectors 9 and 10 have been non-functional for the past two days due to telephone cable breakdown. More than 60 telephones have been dead and repair workers say that it would take another day for the telephones to start functioning again.

Only last week, portions of two main telephone cables, were stolen from the Industrial Area (Phase I), leaving over 2000 telephones in Sectors 27,29 and 30 dead for three days.

The reason cited for the cable thefts is the content of copper in the cables which are stolen after removing the manhole cover. A replacement of even a small portion of the cable results in huge financial losses. 



Inquiry marked into misuse of forest land
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The Punjab Forest Department has prevented unscrupulous elements from further diverting several acres of forest land to non-forestry use in Parch village.

Acting on a report published in Chandigarh Tribune about land protected under various sections of the Punjab Land Preservation Act 1900, in the village being “encroached” upon by a close relation of a highly placed official in the Punjab Government, the department has marked an inquiry in to the case.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), said the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Ropar, had been asked to probe into the case. Action would be taken against the erring officials, if any, he added.

Action would also be taken against those so occupying the land as per the relevant provisions of the law, said the PCCF.

It may be mentioned that a chunk of land adjoining the Shivalik Hills, including that falling on the embankment of parch choe has been ploughed with help of a JCB and fenced with a barbered wire. In the process of leveling the land, a number of trees and wild growth were uprooted. It is learnt that that Forest Department has also prepared a damage report.

To find any irregularity on the part of revenue officials, the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, has also asked the SDM, Kharar, to probe into the matter. She said demarcation of the ‘malkana mustarka khata’ land could not be done without consultation of other shareholders in the common land.

She said she had instructed the SDMs not to register a general power of attorney (GPA) in case the title of owner of the land was not clear.

Ropar police officials say as no cognisable offence could be made out of the complaint forwarded by the Forest Department against certain persons, it should file a case in the court.

As per the provisions of the Land Preservation Act, the permission for diverting the forest land to non-forestry use can be given by the Centre.

The occupants of the land had managed to purchase ‘malkana mustarka’ land from some right holders by way of general power of attorney (GPA) at Majri tehsil in the first week of this month. Villagers apprehend that the GPA could be changed again to keep the name of the VIP out of the limelight as the case has come to the notice of different authorities.

The entire land falling under ‘Hadbast’ No 349, measuring 2,653 acre, has been declared as closed area, including that of adjoining Seonk and Majrian villages. The fencing of the area was also a violation of the Wildlife Protection Act. As per the revenue record, the land in the area has been classified as ‘gair-mumkin-pahar’, ‘birani and gair-mumkin- choe’.



Grovers booked for maid’s death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 15
The police today registered a case of murder against the Grovers, in whose house 15-year old maid, Sheela, was found hanging in the bathroom in Mansa Devi Complex yesterday.

A case under section 302 of the IPC has been registered against Amit Grover and his wife K. Grover on the complaint of sheela’s, family. However, the police has not made any arrest and the couple was let off after questioning in the morning.

The girl was found hanging from the ventilator in the bathroom of the Grovers’ rented accomodation. Her father Bhukamp and mother Manu, however, alleged that she had been murdered.

Mrs Grover was reportedly in the house while and Mr Grover was away when the incident took place.

Today, a crime team and forensic experts visited the spot. Meanwhile, the post-mortem examination of the girl was also done today, which prima facie revealed that the cause of death was hanging. No external injury marks were found on the body, but the viscera has been sent for chemical examination at the forensic science laboratory, Madhuban. 



Absconding ASI nabbed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 15
An ASI, who fled from the police custody after being charged with corruption, was arrested today.

According to the police, ASI Balwinder Singh had earlier been arrested on a charge of accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from a resident of Sector 68 here on the night of April 11.

He was taken to the Phase VIII police station after his arrest from where he fled.

According to sources, Balwinder Singh, was in touch with the local police on the phone who kept pressing him to surrender.

According to the police, ASI Balwinder Singh and head constable Vijay Kumar had stopped Mr Varinder Verma, a resident of Sector 68 at a naka. Mr Verma was found carrying liquor.

Instead of registering a case against Mr Verma on a charge of smuggling liquor, the two allegedly demanded Rs 4,000 for letting him go.

The police had nabbed the ASI on a charge of accepting the bribe amount but the head constable fled from the spot.



SDM refuses to oblige PUDA
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 15
This could only be termed as bureaucratic optimism! The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today sent a letter to the SDM office here, requesting him to depute a Duty Magistrate for an anti-encroachment drive to be undertaken by PUDA within the office it self.

The drive scheduled for April 19, however might not take place since the SDM today reportedly “refused” to put any one on duty against his own office.

The SDM office functions from one of the buildings owned by PUDA in Phase I for which it pays rent to PUDA. While the office is on the first floor of the building, the veranda below the building is used by lawyers, typists, stamp duty vendors etc who function from their individual desks.

According to PUDA officials, other than the encroached veranda, the SDM office had over the past few months “started using” rooms lying vacant in the other parts of the building.

Sources in PUDA said following reports regarding this, notices were issued to the office and a fortnight ago, a team from PUDA’s enforcement wing went to the SDM office to “vacate” these rooms and the veranda. However, the team came back unsuccessful.

Today, another team, braced with a letter from the Estate Officer, met the SDM requesting for a Duty Magistrate to help them vacate the rooms and the veranda.

The SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma, said his staff had not encroached on any room in the building so there was no question of providing a Duty Magistrate to PUDA. “However, I agree that there are many persons sitting in the veranda who are not authorised to sit there. I have promised PUDA that a list of those who are sitting in the veranda without my permission would be provided to it. They can be asked to leave, he said.

Also , PUDA has been cribbing that the SDM office had not paid the enhanced rent. “The SDM office had been asked to shift to another PUDA building which is in a corner so that we could sell this building. However, the office is being renovated and computerised,” a PUDA official said.



B’desh scholars looking for witnesses of their history
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Two scholars from Bangladesh — Mr Muyeed-ul-Hasan and Mr Mamun-ur-Rehman are here looking for witnesses to the 1971 war of independence of Bangladesh.

Both had worked with the pre-1971 Bangladesh government in exile. Mr Muyeed-ul-Hasan as a confidant of Mr Taj-ud-Din, Prime Minister, and Mr Mamun-ur-Rehman, as the Secretary to Home Minister of government in exile. The latter quit civil service and worked for refugee welfare in West Bengal.

The CRRID has promised them all help in locating participants and witnesses to the war of liberation.

“We have promised them all possible help, including assistance in their research work,” says Mr Rashpal Malhotra, Director of CRRID. Mr Hasan has offered to set up a Chandigarh chapter of the project.

“After liberation of Bangladesh, we took four truckloads of valuable documents to Dhaka. These documents were either damaged or lost,” says Mr Muyeed-ul-Hassan.

In 1991 Mr Hasan set up the Centre for Research on Liberation War to document an account of how and why of the war. Following the French historians, the Centre decided to go to people to take their testimony. Based on peoples accounts the centre has completed 17 volumes, each of 250 pages and four books. A tough task for a private trust.

“Tomorrow we are going to Delhi to have a look at national archives.” We will be here by the month-end, says Mr Hasan.



Scientists find fertilizer compounds in cattle milk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The extensive use of chemicals in the cultivation of fodder is not only affecting the lives of animals adversely but also harming people in Punjab. This has been revealed in the latest report of the Indo-Canadian Project of Panjab University and the International Institute of Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, Canada .

“The consumption of fertilizers per acre has increased over the time to get the same or higher yield of fodder,’’ says the report prepared under the Principal Investigator and Chairman of the Public Administration Department, Prof B.S. Ghuman.

As many as 60 per cent of farmers that the researchers included in their study affirmed that fodder grown with chemical fertilizers was harmful to the cattle and to people who consume their milk. The fertilizer compound accumulates in the animal tissue and enters the higher food chain.

Nearly 20 per cent respondents said the that fodder grown with chemical fertilizers caused indigestion in cattle and 10 per cent reported chemical residues in milk.

“We have found that no one thinks that fodder sprayed with pesticides is good for the health of animals. The farmers reported adverse to moderate impact on animal health such as causing death, problems in conceiving and delivery, blood in urine, mouth ulcers, frothing in mouth, indigestion, effect on liver and milk yield among other problems,’’ added Prof Ghuman.

Linking the public health with the health of animals, the study says that if milk contains the residual of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and antibiotics then it becomes a source of diseases. The field studies have proved that the antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, etc are being liberally used and their residual is passed on to milk.

Dr Jo-Ellen Parry from Canada, who is here to hold workshops in villages for sensitising farmers, said that the government in Canada had banned medicines and injections that have harmful effects on animals and people. ``The main difference between the two countries is participation of the NGOs in making the people aware about the hazardous affect of livestock management,’’ she said.



Confusion over Ram Navami holiday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The Chandigarh Administration is yet to decide on having a holiday on April 18 on account of Ram Navami. The Administration is waiting for either Punjab or Haryana to declare a holiday, following which a notification will be issued.

The Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), and his Adviser Lalit Sharma were in Delhi today and that also delayed a decision on the matter. The Centre Government has declared a holiday.



Passing Thru

Ingrid Zaissenberger
Ingrid Zaissenberger, Chairperson, Indian Operations, FullPower Energy Drinks Pvt. Ltd

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— Gayatri Rajwade



MC introduces single shift in sanitation
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The Municipal Corporation is introducing a single shift system for ‘safai karamcharis’ engaged in sanitation of Sectors 8, 9 and 29 from May 1 onwards. Launched as a pilot project, the single shift system is being initially tried for a period of three months.

The decision follows an earlier recommendation of the Sanitation Committee. Councillors of the MC reiterated the complaint of the general public regarding the non-availability of the safai karamcharis in the afternoon shift. There is no disagreement on the fact that the afternoon shift records an abysmally poor attendance.

The change is being attempted as a measure to improve the existing work input of the sweepers. It is felt that long gaps during two work sessions in a day led to very few sweepers reporting for job in the second shift. The karamcharis are required to work from 6 a.m. to 12 noon in the morning shift, during summers, and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the afternoon.

The Sanitation Committee of the MC deliberated in details on the issue and agreed to the fact that the afternoon shift saw that a large number of the workers were absent. The MC House had agreed to the suggestion of the Sanitation Committee and recommended the introduction of the single shift system on an experimental basis.

Mr Chandermukhi, a former chairman of the Sanitation Committee, pointed out that during inspections it was found that a majority of the karamcharis were not present in the second shift. Workers’ union also put forward a proposal for the single shift system.

It was agreed to by the House that the summer working hours for the single shift be kept as 6 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and during winters the time be scheduled as 7 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Mr Subhash Chawla, a former Mayor, expressed his reservations on the issue. He said a similar demand could come from workers of other wings of the corporation. He felt that during rainy season the corporation work could suffer. The corporation should also prepare itself for any emergency incase it was starting the single shift system.

Mr P.C. Sanghi said he had observed on several occasions that the safai karamcharis were not present on duty during their second shift. He supported the single shift system to enhance the working of the karamcharis.

A senior official said that incase the corporation registered any improvement in the sanitation of these areas, the drive can be extended to other areas of the city.



List of UT-state works being drawn up
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Chandigarh is drawing up a list of important tasks that its needs to do in collaboration with adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana. These tasks relate to core areas of water supply, power, roads, garbage disposal and transportation.

Infrastructure in Mohali and Panchkula has to grow at the same pace and level of technology as Chandigarh, to ease pressure on various services in the city, say planners. A long list of issues is being prepared for an upcoming meeting of the inter state coordination panel between Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

One of the main works is road infrastructure. Chandigarh wants a bypass to be built in collaboration with Punjab. The plan is that the traffic coming from the Ambala side takes a left turn from Zirakpur and joins the highway back near Kharar, thus bypassing Chandigarh and Mohali. This will mean reduction in number of vehicles passing through Chandigarh. At present, all people destined to go to Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Una, Kulu, Manali, Dharamsala etc have to pass through Chandigarh.

On water supply front, Chandigarh needs more drinking water in future and the only way out is to have more pipelines running in from Kajauli located on the Bhakra main line canal. Already three phases of the project have been completed and these bring in 60 million gallons of water a day to Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. The fourth phase will be completed in July, adding another 20 MGD to the current figure. Now Chandigarh is aiming to start of Phases V and VI of the Kajauli water project. For that, permission to draw water is needed from Punjab.

Chandigarh has been generating huge quantity of garbage and there is no place left to dump it. The Administration wants Punjab to allocate some wasteland in a nearby village that can be used as a garbage dump. The Administration has promised to provide leveling of the area and finally providing coverage using sand and mud.

Another important issue is transportation. Around 1.5 lakh people come to Chandigarh everyday from Mohali and Panchkula to work in various offices here. Chandigarh plans to have a mono-rail system and need to link Mohali and Panchkula to ease out traffic congestion. Without a link to either of these two places, the monorail system is just not feasible and will serve no purpose.

Chandigarh authorities have even had meetings with the Transport Commissioners of the two states. So far, there has been no decision. In the meantime, it has been decided to link the three cities in seamless manner by having a common taxi system that will have AC cabs. A draft notification has been sent to the two states for formal clearance. 



Chased by dogs, blue bull takes shelter in farmhouse
Bipin Bhardwaj

Chandigarh, April 15
Chased by a group of stray dogs an adult blue bull took refuge in Haryana Forest and Wildlife Minister’s farmhouse along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway in Hallomajra village, about 5 km from here, this morning. The farmhouse is owned by Mr Venod Sharma, MLA from Ambala Assembly constituency.

A wild chase by the hungry dogs forced the injured animal to enter the farmhouse premises by jumping over about five feet highway boundary wall at 8.30 am. The rambling ‘wild bull’ finally entered a house-shed inside the farmhouse for safety as the groups of dogs even did not spare him there.

Mr Rameshwar Thakur, a worker at the farmhouse, noticed that the bull had strayed inside the farmhouse when his two pets doberman dogs, locked in their room, raised the alarm. He said that about five stray dogs were chasing the animal in a mango orchard.

The labourers residing inside the farmhouse assembled and managed to herd away the dogs with the help of their own pets.

“I informed Mr Rupinder Singh Randhawa, a close friend and caretaker of the farmhouse, at his residence in Chandigarh, who reached the spot immediately,” he added.

According to Mr Randhawa, after leaping over the beds of flowers and vegetables, the shocked animal finally entered a horse-shed, located in a corner of the farmhouse. The door of the shed was locked as soon as the animal entered inside, he added.

After procuring green fodder and water, the labourers served it to the animal and the ceiling fan of the houseshed was switched on. Mr Randhawa said the UT wildlife authorities had been informed about the incident.

“I have kept the animal in safe custody and offered it fodder. Since the animal is shocked, it has ignored fodder. I want the animal to be freed in the forest area,” said Mr Randhawa.

The UT wildlife authorities, when contacted, revealed that they had not received any information relating to straying in of a wild animal in any farmhouse. The authorities, however, said that the animal would be taken into custody tomorrow morning and then be released in the forest area after medication. 



Santosh Chaudhary pulls up HUDA, admn over welfare plans
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 15
The Chairperson of National Commission of Safai Karamcharis, Mrs Santosh Chaudhary, today pulled up officials of the district administration and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for failing to set up a monitoring committee of safai karamcharis, providing adequate drinking water in slum colonies and formulating a scheme to rehabilitate them.

Mrs Chaudhary was addressing a meeting of the district administration, Municipal Council, HUDA, and Social Welfare Department officials here today. She also sought an action-taken report from the administration over the recommendations made at a meeting in 2002.

The Chairperson also reprimanded the officials when she was told that they had not started schemes for safai karamcharis like the Ambedkar Awaas Yojana and other welfare schemes announced by the Central government. She directed that a monitoring committee be set up at the district level, asked officials to come up with a housing scheme for them and provide facilities like school, creche and anganwadis for these workers.

The sanitation contractor fired by the Municipal Council was also questioned by Mrs Chaudhary. Though he maintained that they were paying Rs 2,300 as salary to each safai karamachari and Rs 3,000 to the supervisors, Municipal Councillor from Rajiv Colony, who reached the venue, defied all claims and said the contractor was not paying more than Rs 1,600 as salary to the workers.

Interestingly, when Mrs Chaudhary wanted to speak to safai karamcharis some karamcharis were presented before her who parroted the claims of the contractor on salaries. Mr Dalbir Singh denied these claims and instead asked Mrs Chaudhary to take a visit to Rajiv Colony.

Mrs Chaudhary visited the slum colony and was appalled that there was no facility for drinking water and the water pipeline had been laid through a dirty nullah. About 50 per cent of the inhabitants here are safai karamcharis.

Earlier, she said millions of rupees meant for the welfare of these safai karamcharis had not reached them as state governments tend to divert funds for other uses. She rubbished the claims of various governments that scavengers had been rehabilitated.



Agnibaans celebrate 18th anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The Air Force’s 2224 Squadron, popularly called Agnibaans, celebrated its 18th anniversary here today. A barakhana, a blood donation camp, sapling plantation and a cultural programme presented by the squadron personnel and their family members were organised to mark the occasion.

At present commanded by Wg Cdr Ashwini Kumar, the squadron was raised at Baroda on April 13, 1987. In August 1996, it was moved to Mullanpur near here. It is responsible for providing air defence cover to Chandigarh and important establishments in its vicinity.

Greeting all officers, men and their families Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing, Air Cmde T.K. Venugopal, who was the chief guest, expressed his appreciation for the squadron’s achievements. Mrs Hema Venugopal inaugurated the Aakarsh Air Force Wives Welfare Association Complex, which comprises welfare facilities and a daily-needs outlet.



Bahl asked to clear stand on policy matters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Following show of inter-group dissent to Dr Manmohan Singh, and Mr Pranab Mukherjee, the divide in the local unit of the Congress continued to widen today.

The latest in the series of the ongoing tussle is a letter from a number of senior Congress leaders against the president of the local unit, asking him to clear “his stand on policy matters”. Mr B.B. Bahl is being dubbed as “anti-party” for his support to the UT Administration’s “anti-people policies”.

The Bansal group is showing dissatisfaction over “certain policies of the administration which have affected the poor”. But the Bahl group has praised the Administration for its “excellent work”.

The letter has been signed by Mr Ram Pal Sharma, vice-president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, Mr Subhash Chawla, general secretary, Mr Pawan Sharma, president of the District Congress Committee (Urban), Mr D.D.Jindal, DCC (Urban I), Mr H.S. Lucky, president of the city unit of the Youth Congress, Mr Pardeep Chhabra, former Senior Deputy Mayor, and Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, former chairman of the Market Committee.



60 traffic violators challaned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 15
As many as 60 challans were issued and four vehicles were impounded during a special drive last night in Sector 8 and 10, here.

The police also rounded up 10 persons for suspicious activities, who were later released after verifying their credentials, said the SHO of the Sector 3 police station.

Mr Kulwant Singh informed the Chandigarh Tribune that they had put six pickets in these sectors.

Two pickets were laid from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, while four pickets were laid between 11 pm to 4 am.

He said it were mostly youths who were involved in various violations like rash driving, driving without helmet and triple riding etc.



Rodrigues for central agency to check federal crimes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today advocated the creation of nationals agency to tackle serious federal crimes, which cut across state borders and could not be effectively tackled by the state alone.

The agency, could take up investigation of crimes relating to national security as well as serious crimes which involved two or more states. Speaking at the Chief Ministers’ conference on Law and Order at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, General Rodrigues emphasised the need for making law-enforcing agencies more capable for meeting the challenges of cross-border terrorism and organised crime. 



Malik elected Mohali Press Club president
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 15
Elections of the Mohali Press Club were held at Sector-71 here today. As many as 17 members of the club were elected unanimously for different posts. Harish Malik of Amar Ujala was elected president.



Ambedkar Jayanti celebrated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 15
Principal, staff and students of Ambedkar Institute of Careers and Courses, Phase 3B2, celebrated the Ambedkar Jayanti with gaiety and fervour here today.

The principal, Ms Rajwinder Kaur Minhas, said Dr Ambedkar was a great leader and an eminent educationist.



Devotion at Sukhna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Dawn at Sukhna Lake is a picture of serenity with bird calls filling the air. Today the early morning revellers were privy to scenes of devotion and prayers when a group of women offered diyas and flowers as part of the Navratra celebrations on throughout the country. The spring or chaitra (indicating the beginning of the month of chaitra in the Hindu calendar) Navratras are also referred to as Rama Navratras as the ninth day commemorates Lord Rama’s birth anniversary or Ram Navami. Pandit Ram Niwas Shastri of Sanatan Dharam Mandir at Sector 8 says that, “Saptami or seventh day of the Navratras began in the afternoon today and will last till tomorrow.”

The rituals on Saptami begin with an offering of prayers and flowers to the mother goddess Shakti or the cosmic energy.

The ceremonies for the last three days of the festival are performed with piety and faithfulness, especially by the women who fast and pray to the Goddesses to bless their families.

Malini Chopra, a housewife living in Sector 8 believes that religious observance of the last three days of the avatars is integral to the festival. “I only drink milk for these days and break my fast on Ashtami. I bathe before the sunrises and pray morning and evening.”

Navratri the festival of nights, lasts for nine days with three days each, devoted to the worship of the Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati as three different manifestations of the mother goddess.



Bhoomi pujan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The bhoomi pujan ceremony by the Gayatri Parivar was conducted in Bhopal Singh Stadium, Chandigarh, today as a precursor to the four-day 24 kundiya Gayatri Mahayagya to be held from April 21 to 24 at the same venue. This marked the formal preparation of the venue for the four-day event.

The place was cleared of all garbage by volunteers and purified by sprinkling of ganga jal and the chanting of the Gayatri mantra. A havan was also conducted at the site. 



Three held with smack
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 15
Three persons were arrested from various parts of the city for possessing smack while a minor boy was arrested for snatching a mobile phone, according to the information released by the police here, today.

Sikandar of Janata Colony, Sector 25, was arrested with one gram of smack from a picket point in the same locality yesterday. Another person Rajiv Nahar, alias Kala, of Sector 20-B, was arrested from Sector 23 market with one gram of smack and in another such incident, Gautam Thakur of Sector 22 was arrested from Sector 22 and 23 traffic lights point and the police recovered one gram of smack from his possession. All three accused were booked under the NDPS Act.

Minor held

A 15-year-old boy was caught while trying to snatch a mobile phone from Saudagar Singh of Sector 46-A from kisan mandi in Sector 45 yesterday. Saudagar reported the incident to the police, who later arrested the accused. A case has been registered.

Vehicle stolen

Mr Jagmohan Singh of Sector 34-C reported that his Santro Car (HR-22-E-0036) was stolen from his residence during the night of April 13. A case under Section of the 379 IPC have been registered.


A house was reportedly burgled in Sector 10 while its owner, Col S.C. Sandal (retd) was away to Banglore for more than a month. According to the police, a neighbour noticed a window of the house opened and reported the incident to the police. After inspection the police found traces of theft. The police informed Mr N.C. Sharma of Sector 20, Panchkula, a relative of the owner and registered a case on his complaint.

In another incident, Mr Surinder Singh of Sector 51-A reported that Rs 10,000 and a mobile phone were stolen from his residence on April 11. A case has been registered. 



Duplicate incense maker, 3 others held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 15
A Delhi-based incense maker was caught for allegedly manufacturing duplicate incense (dhoop) of a popular locally-made brand. The illegal trade surfaced when three salesmen — Gulfam, Dishant and Haider — were caught possessing duplicate dhoop by a local agent, the police said.

The salesmen of the duplicate product were caught when they tried to sell their product to an authorised dealer.

The police arrested the boys, who during interrogation, revealed the name of a Delhi-based manufacturer, Badri Prasad, who was later arrested from his manufacturing unit at Salimpur in Delhi. A complaint was lodged by Mr Banwari Lal of Phase II, Industrial Area, the original owner of the brand name. A case of cheating under various sections of the IPC has been registered.

As many as 50 cartons of duplicate dhoop were recovered from his possession. A local court, remanded him to police custody till April 17.



Go mobile with the latest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Companies like Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericcson, LG and others have on display the latest models of handsets, including the ones containing laptop and other features, besides a wide range of entry-level models for the common man at Mobiletek-2005, which began here today at the CII, Northern region, headquarters.

Nokia, which sells more than 50 models in the country, has exhibited its Nokia-1100 and 1108 colour screen models priced between Rs 2,600 to Rs 3,000, while Nokia-3200 enabled with a camera is available for Rs 5,500.

Samsung today introduced a slew of new cellular phones, including models that double as MP3 players. “Of course, most of them still include cameras, but music is the hot trend. One such model is D500, priced at Rs 19,500, which can store a few dozen tunes and has a sound booster to amplify the sound. Philips has also displayed a unique model with Tag-It features, whereby a person can send a handwritten message by scribbling on the screen and the same is available for Rs 9,900. Panasonic and Sony Ericcson have also put up stalls.

The event is being organised by Masterline.


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