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PEC cuts quota for city students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The Board of Governors, Punjab Engineering College, decided that the all-India and Chandigarh quota for admission to undergraduate courses at Punjab Engineering College for the academic session 2005-06 would be 50:50. The quota was in the light of the recent Supreme Court order, whereby the earlier order of Punjab and Haryana High Court had been stayed. The high court had allowed admission as per the earlier quota of 85:15 for city students and those from outside, respectively.

The board approved the new academic structure at PEC. A committee constituted after the third meeting of the board studied the academic structure of the IITs of Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur and the present curriculum of PEC. On the basis of that, the committee came out with its recommendations, taking the best from all four academic structures.

Among other things, the new structure envisages broadband grading system, a system of internal examinations and complete transparency of the evaluation process. Before being accorded the deemed university status, PEC was following the regular percentage system.

Under the new system adopted by PEC, the students from the coming session would be accorded grades instead of marks. Also, they would be allowed to see their answersheets to bring transparency in evaluation.

Fixing the minimum qualification for teaching posts, the board approved that at the level of Lecturer, Ph.D. may not be an essential qualification. However, if candidates with Ph.D. qualifications are available, they may be appointed as Senior Lecturers with additional financial benefits. For the post of Assistant Professors and above, the minimum qualifications will be Ph.D.

The fourth meeting of the Board of Governors of the Punjab Engineering College Society was attended Mr Chandra Mohan, Chairman, Mr Krishna Mohan, Mr S.K. Sandhu, Mr Vivek Atray, Mr R.K. Chauhan, Mr Chandra Shekhar, Mr R.K. Saboo, Mr Krishan Goyal, Mr Vijay Gupta, Director, and Mr S.K. Suman, Registrar, as Member Secretary.



Sunday Special
In SC, UT had opposed site division
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The UT Administration’s policy on apartments in the city has seen many flip-flops over the years.

At one stage, the Administration even went to the Supreme Court (SC) to challenge a judgement of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that had set aside the rule that made fragmentation of any site or building in Chandigarh.

However, a few years later, the same Administration effected a change in the rule.

Till date, nobody knows what made the UT have this change of heart. Concern for the common man is ruled out as none of the apartments being constructed in the city is within the reach of the salaried class.

In 1992, the Chandigarh Administration moved the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which had declared Rule 14 of the Chandigarh (Sale of Sites and Buildings) Rules, 1960 as illegal, ultra vires and null and void.

The high court had also said that Rule 14 was beyond the rule making power of the UT and it was hit by Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution.

Rule 14 of the Act says that no fragmentation of any site or building shall be permitted in Chandigarh. And, the high court had struck down this clause.

Following the SLP, the Supreme Court held that in the given circumstances, it was not necessary to declare Rule 14 invalid as the high court had done. The SC order meant that Rule 14 remained.

Interestingly, during arguments, counsel for the UT Administration told the SC that the HC judgement would destroy the concept of a planned city that Chandigarh was.

The case in which the judgements were delivered pertained to the partitioning of a building in order to facilitate separate dwelling units in the same building.

Some years later, the UT Administration had a change of heart. The Chandigarh Apartment Rules, 2001, were framed and enforced.

Rule 3 of the 2001 Rules allowed division of buildings with distinct identifiable property with proportionate rights in common area. The Estate Officer was given the power of registering each such sub-division as an apartment.

Later in 2002, the same Administration, which once opposed scrapping of Rule 14, amended Rule 14 to permit fragmentation of sites and buildings in UT in accordance with Chandigarh Apartment Rules, 2001.

Legal experts wonder if UT could have amended the 1960 Rules, which were an offshoot of an Act of Parliament. Also, could Rules framed under an Act change the Act itself?

Also, the UT now allows full coverage of the second floor identical to the floors below, something that was not allowed in the zoning plan as envisaged under the Punjab Capital (Development and Regulation) Building Rules, 1952. For example, the zoning plan for Sector 16 D says that the covered area of the second floor cannot exceed 50 per cent of the ground floor covered area.

But, an under-construction building in the sector does not follow this. Experts ask if the zoning plan was changed to facilitate such action.

The decision to allow full coverage of second floor is reflected in an office order dated June 15, 2000 issued by the Administrator, UT.

Experts also wonder if a simple office order could have amended the zoning and building plan cleared by the Central Government.



Israeli smuggler seeks probe against NCB officials
Alleges misappropriation of Rs 10 lakh
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
An international drug trafficker, Lior Avi Ben Moyal, who was arrested with one of the largest narcotics hauls here by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in February this year, has sought an inquiry “at the highest level” into the alleged misappropriation of Rs 10 lakh by the NCB officials.

In an application to the UT Administrator, the Israeli drug smuggler alleged that the NCB showed a recovery of only 250 Euros though 20,000 Euros were seized from him after his arrest in February this year.

Lior was shown as arrested by the NCB on February 10 and he remained in its custody till February 23. Later, he was remanded in judicial custody and is now cooling his heels in the Burail jail

In his complaint, which was signed in the court of the Special Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, yesterday, Lior alleged that the NCB officials seized a number of articles and currency notes from him.

On April 11, Lior filed an application for handing over the said articles through his counsel, Mr Matvinder Singh. A reply was filed by Mr Ravi Kant Pawar, investigating officer of the NCB, on April 21.

“I was shocked when my counsel informed me that in their reply the NCB officials have admitted to having recovered from me only 250 Euros, whereas 20,000 Euros were seized after my arrest,” Lior claimed.

“It is my hard-earned money and it is required to be returned to me or my family, “ the complaint said while demanding a probe into the alleged misappropriation.

However, the NCB Regional Director, Mr Srikant Jadhav, refuted the allegations saying that the smuggler was using “pressure tactics” against the prosecution.

The recoveries from him at the time of the arrest were shown in the seizure memo and Lior, who is the mastermind behind the smuggling of 155 kg of charas, is obviously trying to mislead the court and general public, Mr Jadhav added.



Curtains for star nites, fashion shows at PU
Tribune News Service

1. Four colleges, including the Rayat College of Law, warned against doing wrong admissions of compartment candidates.

2. Ninety-page Hindi thesis sent back to the student for review.

3. Lecturers to give undertaking for not performing the simultaneous duty of invigilation and evaluation of exams.

4. Admission to B Sc home science open to students of all streams.

5. Committee set up to give improvement chance to LLB and LLM students.

6. PU loan of Rs 7.74 crore waived off.

Chandigarh, April 30
It's finally curtains for star nites and fashion shows organised by various departments on the Panjab University campus. PU Syndicate, at its meeting held here today, accepted the report of the committee headed by the Dean University Instructions (DUI), which strongly recommended against holding such shows, which are non-academic and do not involve university students.

Syndics further agreed that the PU should enact rules for holding any late night show on the campus. Recommending banning of such shows, the Dean Students Welfare, Prof Nirmal Singh, had said that the Students' Council and other student outfits use the PU platform for any cultural event to organise star nites and fashion shows, which are not funded either by the DSW office or the departments concerned and cause damage to the PU's infrastructure and spoil the academic atmosphere.

Among other decisions taken at the meeting, three colleges and a university department have been “warned” and “displeasure” has been shown for admitting students wrongly by violating the university rules. The colleges included the Rayat College of Law, GGN College Ludhiana, Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala and Punjabi Department at PU. However, disagreeing with “letting off the colleges with a mild punishment,” Syndicate member Ashok Goyal recorded his dissent and said that a strict action should be taken against the erring colleges.

The Syndicate has also decided to return the controversial thesis at the Department of Hindi to the candidate for revision. The members were unanimous in rejecting the original 90-page thesis but also decided to send a warning to two experts, who had earlier accepted it for awarding Ph D to the student.

Affiliation has been granted to seven colleges for starting B Ed courses. It has been decided to send inspectors for the periodic inspection in July to inspect the colleges.

Meanwhile, the agenda item on awarding 99 marks out of 100 for a student of the Music Department was withdrawn. Dr R.P.S. Josh questioned the increase in the number of students over the years but no increase in the staff. The resolution of Senator Prabhjit Singh on giving the same benefits to the wards of the employees of the Punjab Education Department as given to the wards of university employees was, however, not accepted and referred to the Senate.

Vice-Chancellor K.N. Pathak has constituted a committee to give a chance for improvement in LLB and LLM after a resolution for the same was tabled by Senator Ajaypal Singh Gill. A committee has also been constituted on deciding the ceiling for the telephone bills for VC, Registrar and other PU officials.

Students of the environmental sciences, who missed their exam due to the shortage of question papers, will be given a re-appear chance and admission in the home science courses is made open for all streams.

A hot debate took place on the simultaneous duty of invigilation and evaluation, which is being performed by some lecturers. It has been decided that the lecturers will sign an undertaking that they will not perform the two duties.



Badheri seeks apology from DC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, a former chairman of the Market Committee, has served a legal notice on the Deputy Commissioner demanding an unconditional apology from him and a local daily for “tarnishing his public image”.

Mr Badheri has alleged vindictive attitude of the Deputy Commissioner on several occasions during his stay in the office of the chairman of the Panchayat Samiti and the later Market Committee. He said his public image had been tarnished and no clarifications were given even later, despite his communication.

Mr Manjit Chohan, advocate, in his notice has demanded an “unconditional apology otherwise I am having clear instructions to file a criminal complaint as well a suit for defamation to the tune of Rs 5 lakh”. 



Passing Thru

Mr Subratta Bose
Mr Subratta Bose, Member of Parliament and nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s death. What do you have to say?

The Taiwan Government has come up with fresh evidence that there was no air crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945, when Netaji is believed to have been killed. Certain Indian researchers claim that Netaji was seen in Osma town in Russia in the year 1946. We are now pressing for the expansion of the term of Mukherjee Commission (probing the circumstances of Netaji’s death) by six months after May 14, 2005, so that the commission can search government archives in Russia.

Where do you see the future of All-India Forward Bloc?

There is a political lacuna in the country. The Congress, which has been in power for more than four decades, could not storm back to power on its own. Even the Bharatiya Janata Party could not gain a majority. Thus, All-India Forward Bloc, like other Left Parties, can be an alternative.

Do you think that the movie by Shyam Benegal on Subhas Chandra Bose is documenting history properly?

I haven’t seen the movie. Shyam Benegal had approached me earlier for help with historical facts. I hope he has been able to do justice to the subject.

— Ruchika M. Khanna



UT skyline for sale
Curb unplanned colonisation 
Ranjit Malhotra

Beginning today, Chandigarh Tribune starts a debate on the changing nature of city’s skyline. Should apartments be allowed on single unit houses? Readers are invited to write in their views to Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29 C, Chandigarh. They can also e-mail at [email protected]

Open spaces, areas reserved for greens, houses built under strict zoning restrictions and Le Corbusier’s vision in the planned city of Chandigarh may soon fade into oblivion. Flats or apartments in residential houses being developed at an expeditious commercial pace to be sold as money spinners for exorbitant sums by builders and property dealers are the order of the day.

While the Chandigarh Administration is busy enforcing the Periphery Control Act to possibly check and control illegal construction activity which has mushroomed silently around the City Beautiful and while the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is occupied with cleaning encroachments in the heart of the city, an alarming development which is gradually taking over the residential houses in the city is their conversion into apartments under the guise of floor-wise sale of such houses.

Both Chandigarh (Sale of Sites and Building) Rules, 1960, and the Chandigarh Lease Hold of Sites and Building Rules, 1973, explicitly prohibited fragmentation, sub-division or amalgamation of any site or building by a statutory bar. When in 1991, the Punjab and Haryana High Court struck down this prohibition, the Chandigarh Administration appealed to the Supreme Court and successfully got the validity of the rules upheld. The contradiction followed thereafter by the Chandigarh Administration changing its stand internally.

By the innocuous, silent and unknown Chandigarh Apartment Rules, 2001, the death knell was sounded by permitting the sub-division of residential houses. Though these Apartment Rules themselves have been made by the Administrator, UT Chandigarh under the Capital of Punjab (Development & Regulation) Act, 1952, these clearly contradicted and violated the earlier Building Rules made under the very same Act which strictly prohibited the fragmentation or sub-division of sites or buildings. Simultaneously, the UT Administration started issuing directions in the shape of office orders amounting to the amendment of the Building Rules and the zoning plans. One such classic blanket office order amending all zoning plans to allow the full coverage of the second floor in all sectors in the city aided and allotted the creation of apartment in residential houses.

Could this be done? Rules could be made for carrying out the purposes of Act. rules can be made for the regulation of proper planning and development in the city. New rules could not made to outwit, undo and negate the earlier Rules. By another stroke of pen, the old rules were amended by the Administrator, UT Chandigarh in 2002 to permit fragmentation in accordance with the apartment rules. Residential house dwellers living in the city for decades never realised the effect of this erosion of their rights. The auro and charm of residential houses in the city landscape is finished and wiped out.

What is the effect of such a change? A builder or a property dealer buys an old property, demolishes it and constructs apartments and advertises the sale of houses floorwise. Is the city geared to handle this in terms of public amenities? The supply of water, electricity, back-up facilities like drainage, sewerage, roads, parking, traffic congestion remain the same. What will be the result of such unplanned colonisation? More power cuts, more water shortages, chaos on roads and collapse of existing public facilities. Who loses? The residents of the city. Who gains and reaps the harvest? The builders and the property brokers. Who watches silently? The UT Administration in Chandigarh.

Are such volatile changes necessary in the name of need-based developments? It does not seem so. Step out on the fringes of Chandigarh. Innumerable flats have been constructed in and around Chandigarh in plots allotted to building societies by the Chandigarh Administration. Mani Majra, Mohali and Panchkula give added accommodation space with houses and flats. A question, therefore, arises. Should old residential buildings and Chandigarh be sacrificed on the altar? The question does not beg an answer. Let wisdom dawn on somebody to have a relook into the whole matter.

The writer is a lawyer.



Territorial Army’s infantry units being disembodied
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
About three-and-a-half years after the Territorial Army (TA) was mobilised during Operation Parakram, India’s military posture along the international border with Pakistan in the wake of the December, 2001, attack on Parliament, its infantry units are finally being disembodied.

Sources said initially two companies in TA infantry battalions were being disembodied.The orders in this regard were issued last month. Infantry battalions comprise five companies.

In December, 2001, all 31 battalions of the TA were mobilised. This was the first time since the 1971 Indo-Pak war that the entire TA was embodied. Even during the 1999 Kargil conflict, when regular forces had moved to their operational locations, the TA had not been called up.

Even after Operation Parakram formally ended in October, 2002, the TA battalions continued to remaine embodied. Instead of being disembodied, most of the battalions were sent to Jammu and Kashmir on counter insurgency duties.

Presently, 24 TA infantry battalions, about 77 per cent of its strength, is deployed in Jammu and Kashmir where their tasks include road opening, guard duties and escort duties. Several casualties have also been reported from TA battalions deployed in J&K.

The TA is a voluntary, part-time citizen’s force and is conceptualised to provide a second line of defence and relieve the regular army from static duties in the rear echelons in times of a national emergency or need.

The decision to deploy the TA in J&K had generated a debate in defence circles, with some being of the view that the TA was being deployed for a task for which it was neither trained nor equipped. Further, deploying TA for prolonged periods on the lines of the regular army was against the very concept of the TA.

Earlier, even the insurance cover for TA personnel engaged in counter insurgency used was very less vis-a-vis that of regular army personnel. The insurance cover of a TA jawan was only Rs 75,000 while that of a regular trooper was Rs 3 lakh, even though the service conditions and tasks of both were similar. It was only last year after the matter was reported in these columns that the anomaly was removed.



Policemen want govt to stop travel deduction
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The Chandigarh police is deducting nearly Rs 50 lakh per annum from the salaries of its around 4000 field staff to pay to the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) for what it calls free travel compensation.

This is a facility which hardly anybody uses locally despite the fact that a constable gets just Rs 65 paise a day as conveyance.

Though most of the field staff feel the pinch yet they do not want the withdrawal of the facility. It sometimes saves them bus fare when they travel outstation in the CTU buses. However, the staff admit that most of them do not use the facility locally as they have their own vehicles for local commutation. The sources said it was a welfare measure not a compensation as when the police team go outstations for summons and other official work they are given vouchers by the department. They don’t have to make any payment to the government bus operators because of vouchers.

Many policemen say the deduction is unnecessary as it does not help them in their official work nor they make an outstation visit every month. A sum of Rs 100 is deducted from the salary of each field employee every month for this purpose.

The sources said there are few police personnel who travel every day from areas surrounding the city and the facility largely benefits them. A section of the police personnel say the deduction largely helps the CTU not the police.

The deductions started in December 2003 when a similar decision was made by the Punjab Government. Chandigarh has been following the Punjab pattern.

The issue of doing away with the deduction was raised once during the tenure of Inspector-General of Police Bhimsen Bassi but it was rejected when most of the police personnel favoured the continuation of the facility.

The scheme in Punjab followed the state government’s decision to make a lump sum payment to Punjab Roadways for providing the travel facility to its police staff from the state government budget.

But the Punjab Government started deducting Rs 31 per month a person from 1988 and it continued till November 1992. From December it was raised to Rs 50 and it continued till July 1995.

But the government again made it completely free after 1995 till 1999 when the government started deducting Rs 100 a month per person. But for a year or so it was made completely free only to be reintroduced in December 2003.

Chandigarh kept on following the Punjab pattern in this regard saying it was merely a welfare measure, having nothing to do with the meagre conveyance allowance.



Budget night shelter’s renovation on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Rain Basera located in Sector-17 near the Bus Stand is being upgraded and improved to cater to people who are looking for cheap accommodation. They may be students, those appearing for exams or coming for medical examination.

Earlier, the Rain Basera was in a mess, conditions were unhygienic and its occupancy rate was not even 5 per cent. Now, the UT Red Cross has decided to run it after improving the conditions.

After an inspection of the repair works on at Rain Basera, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, said he proposed to spend about Rs 10 lakh on upgrading the toilets, fixing new lights, flooring, improving the reception area, installing water coolers, geysers, fans, fixtures and new beddings.

The new-look night shelter shall be made operational by the end of May, and will provide cheap accommodation for night stay.

The UT Red Cross is in the process of recruiting staff and making arrangements for stay of the visitors comfortable. To begin with, this will start with provision of two family suits and three dormitories with a capacity for about 60 persons and this would be doubled after some time. The tentative charges for the dormitories for a night stay have been fixed at Rs 30 per person while for a family of up to five members, staying in the family suite will cost Rs 100 for one day.

The night shelter will be run on a no profit no loss basis. Profit, if any, will be ploughed back to further improve the conditions.



Scheme to uplift urban poor on the anvil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The Congress-led UPA Government proposes to set up a National Urban Renewal Mission to provide basic amenities such as housing, water, education and health to the urban poor. This was stated by Union Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation Selja said here today.

The cooperation of all institutions working in the housing sector, including the cooperative housing societies, will be sought for preparing an approach paper for the mission, the minister said adding that 80 per cent people having housing problems lived in the slums.

The minister was addressing an orientation programme for the personnel of the Apex Cooperative Housing Federations of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir organised by the National Cooperative Housing Federation (NCHF) and Regional Institute of Cooperative Management (RICM).

Painting a grim picture of the housing scenario in the country, the minister said according to the 2001 census there was a shortage of over 3.01 crore houses in the country. And there was need to reconstruct “kutcha” dwelling units to make them worth living, she added.

The approach paper to the 10th Five Year Plan indicates that by 2007 there would be a shortage of more than 2 crore dwelling units in the urban areas. With that in mind, the ministry had set up a task force to review the housing policy of 1998. The common minimum programme of the UPA Government had laid special stress on the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers, she added.

The Punjab Minister for Cooperation and Horticulture, Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, informed that the Punjab Government had reduced the interest on cooperative loans from 14 per cent to 11 per cent and this would reduce the profit margin of the Housefed.

He urged the minister to advice the NCHF to lower the rate of interest being extended to the housing federations.



Police to check migration soon: Selja
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 30
The Union Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Employment and local Member of Parliament, Ms Selja, today said a national policy to control large-scale migration to urban areas was on the anvil.

The Minister was speaking to mediapersons during her visit to the township. She said urban slums were increasing and a need was fet to control migrations. “A proposal on these lines is also listed in the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA government,” she added.

Ms Selja was in town to participate in a function organised by the Balmiki Sabha in order to felicitate her. Mr Raj Kumar Balmiki, former Chief Parliamentary Secretary, demanded that alternate plots should be alloted to the slum dwellers in Rajiv and Indra Colonies. He also demanded that adequate civic amenities like drinking water and SC certificates should also be issued to the residents here.



Scheme to help physically challenged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The Social Welfare Department is implementing a scheme to provide assistance to physically challenged persons in purchasing aids and appliances. Under this scheme, the financial assistance is being provided to them.

The applicant should be resident of Chandigarh for a minimum period of three years at the time of submitting an application. Those physically challenged persons having an income upto Rs 8,000 per month from all sources are eligible for assistance. The maximum amount of assistance shall not exceed to Rs 20,000 persons who are in need of artificial aids, gadgets or tools to reduce the effect of their handicap can apply.

The application should be duly recommended by qualified doctor of government, semi-government, local bodies or government approved hospital for such assistance.

In the previous financial year, 54 beneficiaries availed themselves of the scheme and the department incurred an expenditure of Rs 9.59 lakh. The budget provision for the current financial year under the scheme is Rs 10 lakh. Details can be had from Director, Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration, Town Hall Extension Building, Sector 17-C or through telephone number 2708690.



Fire breaks out at singers’ function
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 30
A fire broke out at the local Shivalik Public School where singers Harbhajan Mann and Gursewak Mann were to give a performance this evening.

A tent put up behind the stage at the venue caught fire. Efforts were made by people who had come to attend the performance to put out the flames but in vain. Fire extinguishers, too, failed to douse the flames. A woman artiste who was getting ready for the performance was rescued. No one was injured. The cause of the fire could not be known immediately though fans suspected that it was caused by a short-circuit.

The function, “Satrangi Peeng”, had been organised by the Rotary Club at the school.

The function continued after the incident.



Function held on May Day’s eve
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
On the eve of May Day, the women cell of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation organised a function here today.

The Editor of Preet Lari, Ms Poonam Singh, while coming down heavily on the double standards of the West, said on one hand they were talking of globalisation and on the other had put restrictions on the outsourcing of labour.

Mr Davinder Singh, president of the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, paid rich tributes to the Chicago martyrs. Noted social activists, Shiela Didi and Mohinder Virk were honoured on the occasion.



Admn, MC staff stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Hundreds of employees from various departments of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation today organised a dharna at the Matka Chowk, demanding that their issues be heard by the authorities concerned.

Mr Rakesh Kumar, convenor, said the fast of the Coordination Committee had entered its 140th day but the administration seemed unmoved.

The charter of demands included regularisation of the services of daily wage earners transferred employees from the administration to the MC be treated as on deputation; stop purchasing of defective low floor buses; uniforms and travelling allowance to Class III employees; and restoration of technical scales to all technical employees, besides others.



Economic census from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The fifth economic census will be conducted in Chandigarh from May 1 to June 30. As many as 70 teams, comprising six persons each, would make a door-to-door survey to enumerate all entrepreneurial units in the territory, Mr Vivek Atray, Joint Secretary Finance, told reporters here yesterday.

Each household and enterprise in the public and private sectors would be visited by the enumerators during the census to be conducted with the collaboration of Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, he said.

The Union Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs 21 lakh for this purpose. The last economic census was conducted in 1998.



Raids to nab accused cops conducted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 30
The police conducted raids at several places to nab Sub-Inspector Verender Sharma and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ashwani Sharma, who have been booked on charges of corruption.

The Superintendent of Police, Dr R.C. Misra, said the police had conducted raids to nab the accused. “So far, they have managed to evade arrest, but we will arrest them soon,” he assured.

The two cops were booked late last night on charges of graft and criminal intimidation. The owner of an industrial plot in Panchklula, Mr Satya Dev, had alleged that the duo had raided his premises in December 2004, on the pretext of checking his bills. They had later demanded bribe from him. While SI Verender was the Station House Officer of Sector 20, ASI Ashwani Sharma was the in charge of security wing of the police. 



Sack of 2 councillors sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) today demanded the dismissal of two nominated councillors Mr KS Raju and Mr PC Sanghi for their “unparliamentary outbursts” at a meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) yesterday.

The CVM spokesman, Mr Sandeep Singh, appealed to the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), to dismiss the nominated councillors. Both these councillors, who are retired senior officers, should be ashamed of their “vulgar” behaviour, he said.

The nominated councillors should have set an example by their behaviour, the spokesman added.



Dainik Tribune staffer retires
Tribune News Service

Mr Anil KapilaChandigarh, April 30
Mr Anil Kapila, Deputy News Editor of Dainik Tribune, retired today after putting in 26 years of service.

He was given a warm farewell by his colleagues this afternoon. At a function organised at the Press Club, the Senior Associate Editor of The Tribune, Mr A.J. Philip, praised Mr Kapila for his professional conduct. The acting Editor of Dainik Tribune, Mr Naresh Kaushal, described Mr Kapila as an able journalist. He was also presented a statue of Goddess Saraswati. His wife Mrs Nina Kapila also joined the function and was felicitated.

Before joining Dainik Tribune, Mr Kapila was a lecturer at a college.



Treat for special persons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
A welcome party for 120 physically challenged persons from different institutions in the city was organised at Memorable Moments in Sector 35 here yesterday.

Mr Alamjit Singh Mann, owner of the restaurant, said the special children were treated to a sumptuous lunch.

He said such functions for the physically challenged persons were organised once a month.



Brigadier H.S. Gill takes over
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Brigadier H.S. Gill took over as the Deputy Director General, Punjab, Haryana Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC Directorate here today. A para-artillery officer, he was serving at Headquarters Eastern Command, Kolkata, prior to this assignment.



Burglars decamp with DVD player, ornaments, cash
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 30
A house was reportedly burgled of gold ornaments, a DVD player and cash Rs 11,000 today. In another incident two unidentified persons snatched a purse from a woman. The local police released this information here today.

Ms Kiran Sharma of Sector 35-A reported to the police that one Rs 11,000, gold chain and a DVD player were stolen from her residence during day-time on Friday. She reported that the thieves gained entry by breaking open the locks of the front door of her house. A case of burglary has been registered.

Purse snatched

Ms Rupinder Kaur of Sector 38-C lodged a complaint with the police that two unidentified motorcyclists snatched her purse containing Rs 2000, one bank pass book, a diary and other articles near Sector 24, 25, 37 and 38 roundabout yesterday. She was reportedly going on her scooter when the incident occurred. A case has been registered in this regard.


Mr Sukhdip Singh of Sector 28-D filed a complaint that his bag containing one mobile phone, one CD player, a credit card and other articles was stolen from his car yesterday. The car was reportedly parked in front of Bata showroom in Sector 17.

In a similar incident, Mr Naresh Bhatia of Sector 18-A reported that his mobile phone was stolen from his car, which was parked in the district courts parking in Sector 17 yesterday.

Similarly, Mr Harpreet Bajwa of Phase II, Mohali, reported that his mobile phone was stolen from his car, which was parked at the Sukhana petrol pump in Sector 28 yesterday. Three separate cases have been registered in this regard.

Bag stolen

Mr Vikas Goel, a resident of Advocate Society, Sector 49, filed a complaint to the police that his bag containing one mobile phone and some documents was stolen from his shop in Sector 40 on Friday. A case of theft has been registered in this regard.

Motorcycle stolen

Mr Subodh Diwan of hostel number 3, Panjab University, reported that his Yamaha Motor cycle (CH-01-K-0140) was stolen from the parking area of the hostel premises during the night of April 28. A case of theft has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.



Car thief arrested
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 30
The local police arrested Suraj (20), one the of the car thieves arrested by the police about a fortnight back, from the Chandigarh railway station this morning. Suraj gave the slip to the police on April 19, when the police party was taking him to identify a spot in Mauli Jagran.

The police said they had information that he was coming to the city by train from Uttar Pradesh. Following the information, a trap was laid at the railway station and the accused was arrested at around 8 am.

After giving the slip to the police on that day in Mauli Jagran, Suraj hitched a lift in a truck to Zirakpur and later boarded a train for Uttar Pradesh from Ambala. A police team was also sent to Pratapgarh in UP where his relatives lived. He was living at a bus-stop there and was forced to come back as he had spent all the money he had with him, said Mr Sukhwinder Singh, the investigation officer.

He was produced before a local court today and was later handed over to the Panchkula police as he had committed thefts in Panchkula with his accomplices. The other two accused were already handed over to the Panchkula police. 



Gangrape accused arrested
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 30
The four accused in the alleged gangrape of a 15-year-old minor girl at Majra Mehtab village have been arrested by the police. The accused — Sonu, Vinod, Sunil and Lok Raj — were produced before the court and sent in judicial custody.

The accused were arrested late last night. The auto-rickshaw used by them to take away the victim has also been seized. The girl had alleged that she was allegedly gangraped by these persons when she was going to meet her parents working in nearby fields.

Four injured: Four friends were seriously injured when their Santro car turned turtle while trying to overtake another vehicle on the Saha- Yamunanagar road. The victims — Ravi, Rahul, Sanjay and Sanjiv — were rushed to General Hospital here and are now stated to be out of danger. They were coming to Panchkula from Yamunanagar when the accident took place.


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