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ICSE class X results
Sports, being focussed led Mohit to top
Tribune News Service

First three in city

Mohit Manchanda — 95.7 p c (St Kabir School, Sector 26)

Ravneet — 95.3 p c (St Kabir School, Sector 26)

Sabia Jindal — 94.8 p c (St Xavier School, Sector 44)

Chandigarh, May 18
Playing lawn tennis and focus on overall development played a key role in the success of Mohit Manchanda, the city topper in the Class X ICSE examination results which were declared this evening.

For this prospective robotics engineers, to score high in the ICSE examination never meant slogging over the syllabus books. “Rather it means being focussed, having knowledge of the happenings around and exploring all fields of life and perfection in studies comes naturally”, believes the topper.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune at his Panchkula residence, Mohit, a student of St Kabir School, Sector 26, said he was satisfied with his performance. Already preparing for the IIT -JEE, the topper said playing lawn tennis gave him the mental and physical fitness required for a sound mind. “ I have been playing lawn tennis at the CLTA complex since class seven”. Mohit’s father, Mr Satpal Manchanda, said hard work and being focused was behind the success of his son.

When asked about the mantra for success, Mohit said: “Aim to become a good, smart, intellectual individual, focus on overall development and play sports to have a sound mind in a sound body”.

Another student of St Kabir School, Ravneet Singh, is another budding sportsperson who has managed to score second rank in the city.

Participating in quiz contest, declamation contests and other contests which judge mental ability is nothing knew to this potential engineer who has also started preparing for the IIT-JEE.

“ Both Ravneet and Mohit play sports and have done proud to the school”, said Mr J.P. Singh, Principal of the St Kabir School.

It was celebration time at the Sector 44 residence of Ravneet. Accosted by his father, Dr Jaspal Singh, a physics professor at Malwa College at Bondli Samrala, mother, Ms Jasjeet Kaur, a swimming coach and brother, Amitoj, the topper said he had aimed for more marks and could go for rechecking.

Ravneet has tried his hand in different games, won gold medals in national quizzes, and got a gold medal in an evaluation test for Indian school conducted by the University of New South Wales. “ I have been playing quizzes since class fourth”, he added.

His mantra for success is that always revise the topics covered in class and regularly do home assignments. A student is a reflection of the inputs put in by the teachers and parents, he added.

A girl of St Xavier School, Sector 44, Sabia Jindal, has ranked third in the city by scoring 94.8 per cent marks. Visibly satisfied with her performance, she said would go for the IIT-JEE, before preparing for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). She has been participating in quizzes and painting contests.



St Kabir, St Xavier’s students shine in Class X exam
Tribune News Service

Sabia Jindal, Sahil Singla, Jasmeet Bhalla, Parul Jaiswal, Shamit Monga, Abhishekh Kamra, 94.8%, 94.16%, 94.5%, 93%, 93.5% and 92.5%, respectively
Sabia Jindal, Sahil Singla, Jasmeet Bhalla, Parul Jaiswal, Shamit Monga, Abhishekh Kamra, Abhijit Singh, Madhvi Aggarwal 94.8%, 94.16%, 94.5%, 93%, 93.5%, 92.5%, 91.1% and 90.6% respectively.

Chandigarh, May 18
In the result of Class X, ICSE examination, students of four schools, St Kabir, St Stephen’s School, Tender Heart and St Xavier, have achieved high percentage.

Sahil Gupta
Sahil Gupta 94.7%

Gagandeep    93.6%
Gursharan Sidhu
Gursharan Sidhu

While the first, second and third positions have been secured by Mohit Manchanda (St Kabir), Ravneet (St Kabir) and Sabia Jindal (St Xavier), the fourth position is shared by Sahil Gupta (St Kabir) and Ashish Khullar (St Stephen’s) with both scoring 94.7 per cent marks.

Mr H Carver, Principal of St Stepehn’s School, said there were 21 students with 90 per cent marks and above.

Mr J.P. Singh of St Kabir School said the school had given 100 per cent result for the past 26 years.

There were 20 students who scored between 90 per cent and 95.7 per cent marks.

The Principal of St Xavier’s School said that there were six students with 90 per cent and above marks.

In the Class XII result, the toppers were Supreet Sandhu (85 per cent- Commerce), Mamta Panwar (79 per cent- Commerce), Paramvir Singh (75 per cent-Science) and Smridhi (74.8 per cent- Science).

Ms Prem Suri, Principal of Tender Heart School, said the school had achieved 100 per cent result. Jasmeet Kaur with 94.5 per cent marks had topped in the school followed by Sahil Jindal with 94.16 per cent marks.





Ramandeep Neetu of YPS secures 94.16 per cent
Our Correspondent

Ramandeep Neetu
Ramandeep Neetu 94.16% 

 Karan Chhabra
 Anuj Duggal

Karan Chhabra
Karan Chhabra

Mohali, May 18
A girl, Ramandeep Neetu, topped the list of successful candidates of Yadavindra Public School (YPS) here in the ICSE examination held this year by securing 94.16 per cent marks (all subjects). Ten students of the institution obtained more than 90 per cent marks in the examination.

Anuj Duggal and Gurtej Singh Saini came second and third securing 93.67 per cent and 93.16 per cent (all subjects), respectively.

As many as 112 students appeared in the examination. All cleared the examination, with 100 students securing the first division.

Ramandeep Neetu was all excited on hearing about her result. “I am very excited,” she said. “I did not take the exams too seriously and depended a lot on my teachers. I took tuitions in maths and science, excluding biology, simply because other students were doing so.”

Ramandeep Neetu said she was not very regular in her studies but put in more effect when the examinations were approaching. She gave credit for her excellent result to the God, her parents, teachers and friends.

The others at the YPS who got above 90 per cent marks were Simarjit Singh (fourth), Shivani Singla (fifth), Kushagar Kakkar, Simarpreet Singh Kalra, Sarthak Gupta and Karan Chhabra.

An interesting achievement overcoming odds was that of a girl who had been suffering from fever for the past two or three years. Monisha Ahuja made it in the examination with 74.33 per cent marks.

The Vice-Principal of the YPS, Ms Komal Singh, said the results announced by her institution were based on the marks obtained in all subjects and not merely the best five, as was being done by certain schools to show a higher percentage. She said that unlike in other schools, subjects were not bifurcated in Class X and maths, science and computer application was compulsory for the students.

At St Xavier’s School in Mohali’s Sector 71, Niharika secured highest marks with 91 per cent (best of five subjects). As many as 40 students appeared in the examination, with 39 securing the first division.



ISC exam: Nehmat Kaur, Abhinav Goel excel
Our Correspondent

Nehmat Kaur
Nehmat Kaur 94%

Abhinav Goel
Abhinav Goel 90%

Mohali, May 18
Two students of Yadavindra Public School (YPS) here obtained 90 per cent or more marks in the ISC examination conducted this year.
The results which were announced today placed Nehmat Kaur in the first position. She secured 94 per cent marks in the commerce stream. Abhinav Goel obtained the top position in the non-medical category with 90 per cent marks.

In the commerce group, Anirudh Singh stood second with 87 per cent marks, while Ashmeet Kaur Bedi and Harneet Mann were bracketed third with 80 per cent.

In the non-medical group, Harvinder Singh and Harmandeep Singh Brar secured the second and third positions with 83 per cent and 82 per cent marks, respectively.

However, in the medical group the marks were lower than in the other categories. Jaspreet Kaur got the highest marks (75 per cent), while Rameshwar and Jasleen obtained 74 per cent and 69 per cent, respectively.

Vice-Principal of the school Komal Singh said it was the first time in the history of the school that students had got 90 per cent and above marks in the ISC examination.

A girl, Manika Aggarwal, who suffered from 75 hearing impairment, put up a brilliant performance with 71 per cent marks in the commerce stream.

As many as 44 students appeared in the examination. All were declared successful.



Municipal Corporation begins
regulating cable network

Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May18
Following recovery of pending ground rent since May, 2003, recently, the Municipal Corporation has initiated another move to regulate the entire cable network in the city. In the first step all cable operators have been asked to submit an affidavit specifying their areas of operation.

The cable operators are required to submit the affidavit, signed by a first class magistrate, within three days. The corporation office will later verify the facts and strict action will be initiated against the parties supplying wrong information.

A senior officer of the corporation said: “The MC had collected Rs 22.50 lakh last week which was handed over by the defaulters after a warning. It has, however, been discovered that certain cable operators were paying the rent by not specifying their actual area of operation. A cable operator is supposed to pay Rs 1000 per month per sector. An affidavit is a legal document and would facilitate action against defaulters.”

The affidavit will specify the area of operations in different sectors. Each operator is required to “accept” that he will be penalised in case operating in areas other than specified in his papers. He will be required to seek prior permission of his area of operations. The operators are not allowed to transfer their rights to other operators without prior permission.

The form will also require a detailed plan or sketch showing route map of various poles erected on the municipal land. The plan showing the route of cables is required to be submitted within a week.

Cable operators are not happy with the “unilateral decisions taken by the corporation”. An office-bearer of the Chandigarh Cable Operators Association said that “despite repeated requests they had never been consulted before taking any decisions. Different Mayors in the past have assured representation to operators in the MC committees. However, nothing has been done”.

He said “each cable operator was paying the same ground rent. Khuda Lahora village has about 150 connections in all. The Manimajra area has more than 10,000 connections. He, too, pays the same amount as his counterpart in Lahora. This is not fair.”

The corporation official said: “The association of the cable operators has not given any concrete proposals for regulating the cable network. The corporation will take into consideration any proposal which is in public interest and also of help to the operators. As far as the question of uniform rent is concerned, it must be pointed out that cable operators in Sectors 1-6 are required to pay only Rs 500 per month because their area of operation is much less compared to others. Other problems can also be looked into over the discussion table in case there is something in black and white”.



Case against former sarpanch
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
A former sarpanch of Hallo Majra, Tejinder Singh, was today booked by the local police on charges of misbehaving with and manhandling cops under the influence of liquor yesterday. He allegedly tore the uniform of police personnel.

He was booked under Sections 332, 353, 186 and 506 of the IPC. He was produced in a court today, which sent him to judicial custody.

However, his mother, Ranjit Kaur, alleged that her son was being falsely implicated in the case by Mr Kewal Krishan, SHO, Sector 31 police station. She alleged that the police had forcibly put alcohol in his mouth to show that he was booked under the influence of liquor.

Narrating the incident, Ranjit Kaur said Tejinder was coming from Dera Bassi on motor cycle after making a land deal last evening. Tejinder had Rs 2.5 lakh with him which he received as earnest money for the land deal and a mobile phone. Tejinder was stopped by a police party in the presence of Mr Kewal Krishan.

She alleged that the policemen took Tejinder to the police station and beat him up.

She added that the cash and the mobile phone of her son had been missing since then. She said her son was admitted to the General Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Mr S.S. Randhawa, DSP (South), when contacted, said all allegations were baseless. Tejinder had manhandled and misbehaved with the policemen in an inebriated condition. He was medically examined and the reports also confirmed that Tejinder was under the influence of liquor. He added that family members of Tejinder were making false statements.

Meanwhile, the gram panchayat of Hallo Majra stated in a press note that many cases were pending against Tejinder.



Furniture unit gutted in fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
A big portion of the two-storeyed furniture factory in Industrial Area, Phase II, was gutted in a major fire here this evening. Huge flames could be seen leaping in the air from a distance. Furniture and accessories, except in Plot number 304, were doused in the fire.

A labourer trying to save whatever he could from the massive fire said that the fire tenders were slow in arriving on the scene which resulted in big loss. He said the fire started in the lower storey. Fire officials contradicted the allegation saying that a fire tender from Ram Durbar immediately reached the spot. Soon tenders from the Fire Stations in Sectors 32, 17 and Industrial Area, Phase I, also reached the venue and controlled the fire. “The fire tender which came from Sector 17 had the capacity of four in one. The total loss should not be more than Rs 40,000”, the official said.

It was pointed out that the stockings in the furniture factory were more fire prone in the hot weather. “The stock of furniture, rexin, foam, cloth and plywood is naturally fire prone so nothing much that could be done,” the official said.

A fire official said “We had the fire tenders carrying out the operation from the front and the rear of the compound. This restricted spreading of fire to the adjoining factories which also stored furniture.”

Certain labourers could be seen trying to salvage whatever they could under the cover of huge flames. At least two policemen also ran inside the compound while fire was on. “We had gone inside looking for any human trapped inside. The flames were very high and it was impossible to go inside deep. We made an initial check and returned when we saw no one in danger”, one of them said.

It was pointed out that a short circuit was the possible reason for fire. The fire official said that “nothing definite could be said till a formal report was filed after investigation”.

Mr M.L. Sharma, acting Chief Fire Officer, said the furniture complex on fire did not have the required fire fighting equipment installed. Such an incident should serve as a warning sign for other industrial units to ensure installing the fire fighting equipment.



Ex-employee of Lotteries Dept booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
The police here has booked a former employee of the Haryana State Lotteries Department of the Chandigarh office on the charge of duping the department of more than Rs 35 lakh.

Mr Raj Kumar Sharma, Joint Secretary, Government of Haryana, Finance Department, lodged a complaint to the police, alleging that Rajbir Singh, an assistant of Sales Officer at Lucknow was posted at the Chandigarh office of the Haryana State Lotteries Department in 1993 and 1995. During his posting at Chandigarh, Rajbir Singh embezzled money to the tune of Rs 35, 15,200, as he did not deposit the money received by the sales of lottery tickets in Haryana.

About the delay in the registration of the case, sources in the police said the matter kept on pending because of jurisdiction problems. Officials of Haryana wanted to register the case with the UT police, as the accused was working in the Chandigarh office of the department. No arrests have been made in this connection so far.

The sources further said that Rajbir Singh was also booked by the police in a similar cheating case several years ago in which he had duped the department of Rs 1 crore.



90 per cent deliveries carried out by
untrained midwives, says expert

Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Prayaas, an institute for children with disabilities, run with the help of PGIMER, will soon have state-of-the-art equipment. It is establishing a computer centre to help children with communication difficulties and learning disabilities. The centre is being established with the help of grant provided by the State Bank of India. Dr Walia helps in the developmental aspects of the institution by raising funds and creating networks.

Brij Nandan Singh
Dr Brij Nandan Singh

Chandigarh, May 18
He believes in improving the overall system without blaming individuals and institutions. That is, perhaps, the reason why Dr Brij Nandan Singh Walia chooses words with care and caution when he says more can be done for the disabled by the Centre and the state governments than what is being done at the moment. However, the Chandigarh Administration is doing quite a bit for them.

As a step towards improvement, he suggests the adoption of measures to prevent disabilities. In the very first place, the facilities at the tehsil and district- level hospitals need improvement to reduce the prevalence of brain damage, he says.

Dr Walia knows what he is talking about. For, the former Director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has become the only Asian in 2005 to be enrolled as the Fellow of Royal College of Pediatrics and Childcare.

He talks about the sordid realities of life from his Sector 11 clinic.

"Currently, so many hospitals in districts and tehsils do not even have a separate unit where new-born babies can be monitored for jaundice, anoxia and congenital defects. If detected early, the babies can at least be referred to main hospitals for proper treatment".

Giving details, Dr Walia says, "In case the bilirubin rises beyond a certain level, it damages the brain, leading to cerebral palsy, as well as deafness. The problem in a large number of cases is irreversible".

As far as the reasons are concerned, he says accidents, congenital defects, burns and polio can lead to the problem. Besides this, improper handling of deliveries is another reason.

Elaborating upon his contention, he says in India 80 to 90 per cent of the deliveries are carried out by untrained midwives at homes. In case of improper handling, it can lead to brain anoxia or damage, besides cerebral palsy.

Regarding the facilities for physically challenged, he says the disabled are the most ignored people in the country. "We pass laws, but seldom implement them. Otherwise also, we are lagging behind in the techniques of treatment. Though the latest technology in electronic consumer goods is transmitted to India in no time, the advancements in the field of treatment take their own time to reach India."

Quoting examples, he says, "In foreign countries, we have computer mobility aids that stimulate exact movement required for walking. The muscles contract automatically, making the person walk. Then there is a machine which reproduces any text in braille for enabling the blind to read. This is not all. Coclear implants, costing Rs 8 to 10 lakh, enable even born deaf to hear. Also, a chip planted behind the retina and a mini-camera in front of the eye enables the blind to see".



BJP forms panel on Municipal Act amendment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
In the wake of the failure of the Congress-dominated Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) to finalise the amendments to the Municipal Act, the Opposition BJP today formed the “Municipal Act Amendment Committee”.

A press note issued here alleged that the Congress was not serious in framing amendments to the Act as was demonstrated by yesterday’ meeting of the MCC. Not to talk of any decision on the amendments, which were received from the Government of India over two years ago, the meeting had to be adjourned on account of want of quorum.

The BJP rued that no representation had been given to the other parties such as the BJP, the SAD and the CVM in the Legal Affairs Committee by the Mayor.

While Mr B.K. Kapoor will be the chairman of the committee, Mr R.L. Arora has been nominated as convener of the committee, constituted by the party president, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan.

Ms Kamla Sharma, Mr Rajesh Gupta, Mr Prem Sagar Jain, Mr Kewal Krishan Addiwal, Mr Kanhya Lal Sharma, Mr O.P. Goyal, Mr Mata Ram Dhiman, Mr Antar Singh Brar, Mr Ravi Prakash Kansal and Mr Kehar Singh Koundel will be the members of the committee.

The committee will finalise its report within 30 days and send the report to the Ministry of Urban Development of the Government of India through the Chandigarh Administration.



June 30 due date for filing TDS returns
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
The Finance Act (No 2), 2004, has made it mandatory for all government tax deductors to file their TDS/TCS returns in computer media. The due date of filing of TDS returns for financial year (FY) 2004-05 is June 30. Mentioning of new reformatted ten digits alpha numeric TAN in all TDS returns is mandatory and no returns will be accepted without it. No TDS returns in paper format of government departments will be accepted by Income Tax Department, according to a press release issued here today.

E-TDS returns can be filed with any of the four TIN facilitation centers where applications for allotment of TAN can also be made.

All drawing and disbursing officers and heads of offices of Central and state governments have been advised to obtain TAN and file their returns in the electronic format well before the due date. Tax deductors can contact O/o CIT(CO), CR Building, 4th Floor, Sector 17 E, Chandigarh tel No. 2722186, 2716884 for any assistance in this regard, said the release.

To computerise the TDS functions and dematerialise TDS certificates, a new procedure has been introduced for deductions made on or after April 1, 2005, under which where the tax is deducted on or after April 1, 2005, the person deducting tax shall be required to file quarterly statements under Section 200 (3) for the periods ending on June 30, September 31, December 31 and March 31 in each FY to the prescribed IT authority or the person authorised by such authority.

While annual TDS/TCS returns relating to deductions up to March 31, 2005, will have to be filed by June 30, quarterly TDS/TCS statements under Section 200 (3) will have to be filed for deductions for and from April 1. The quarterly statements for quarter ending June 30 will be due on July 15, 2005.



Respite for zoo animals
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
With a rise in the mercury, animals at Chhat Bir Zoo, located along the Chandigarh-Patiala highway, around 20 km from here, are beating the heat by consuming glucose-mixed water and watermelons.

Besides making some changes in their food, the zoo authorities have provided animals with air-coolers and thatched huts to protect them from heat.

The authorities have added new feeding bowls in the enclosures of birds, lions, Himalayan bears and some other animals.

Special arrangements have been made to procure 20 quintals of watermelon, a rich source of water, for tuskers daily.

Cages in the aviary section have been covered with jute mats and water is being sprinkled over these to bring the down the temperature.

The authorities have also made arrangements for providing water round-the-clock in pools in different enclosures. To meet the water requirement, a new tank has been constructed in the aviary.

The zoo authorities have also fitted a water-cooler in the enclosure housing a pair of ghurral, procured recently from Kufri.

When contacted, Mr Kuldeep Kumar, Zoo Director, said various arrangements had been made to protect the animals from soaring heat.

Water-coolers had been installed in different enclosures and cages so that the animals could be protected from scorching heat.

Round-the-clock water supply had been provided in different enclosures to keep animals like Himalayan bears, sambars and black bucks cool, he said.

Dr Nirmal Singh, zoo veterinarian, said glucose-mixed water was being supplied to animals.



26 housing units demolished
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 18
In a demolition drive initiated by the Mansa Devi Shrine Board in association with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), as many as 26 housing structures were demolished today which had been built on the government land even before 1993.

During the demolition drive launched at 6.00 am under heavy police force led by the DSP Rajesh Duggal, the unlawful encroachers of the government land behind the Patiala Mandir were given sufficient time for safe custody of their belongings.

The drive was supervised by the top district and Mansa Devi Sathal authorities, including Panchkula ADC Praveen Kumar, SDM Virender Dahiya and revenue officers.

The encroachers were warned by the shrine board to vacate the land and the pleas of 14 illegal occupants were rejected by the lower court in 1998 and later by the Additional Sessions Judge on February 22 this year. The sources confirmed that out of the total illegal constructions 12 belonged to the junior staff of the Mansa Devi Shrine Board who had, however, not gone to any court.



Digging of back lanes by Airtel resented
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
Residents of Sector 8 resent digging of paved back lanes by the Airtel telecommunication company. The residents have expressed concern over opening of the steel gates of service lanes which can be a security threat.

Mr S.S. Kalsi, president of the Householders Welfare Association, in a letter to the Commissioner of the municipal corporation,” Airtel officials had approached us a few days ago for laying telephone cables in the back lanes behind our bungalows. We did not permit them. They said they had the required permission from the Administration and that they would restore the back lanes to the original shape after laying the cables”.

The association has sought correct information on the permission. It has demanded that it should be avoided to dig the back lanes.



Sector 9 shopkeepers observe bandh
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 18
Shopkeepers of Sector 9 market today observed a bandh following assault on the owner of M/s Bahar and Sons by a woman financer and her two accomplices last night.

Sources in the police said that a Panchkula based financer Ms Vandna along with her two accomplices reached the shop to get money, which she had lent, from the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper and the financer indulged in arguments over the issue and the women slapped him.

In her complaint to the police, Ms Vandna alleged that the shopkeeper misbehaved with her which prompted her to slap the man. The shopkeeper alleged that the woman and her accomplices assaulted him.

A delegation of the shopkeepers of the market today demanded inquiry into the case. They gave a representation to the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police, seeking identification of Vandna’s accomplices.



Flesh trade racket busted
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 18
The police has arrested seven persons, including two teenaged women, from a hotel for their alleged involvement in a flesh trade racket operating from the area in wee hours today.

On a tip off, a police party conducted raid on Hotel Sartaj, located on the Kalka-Ambala highway in Dera Bassi and nabbed Dhaneshar Singh, Ashok Kumar, residents of Bhainsa Tibba locality in Panchkula, along with two women. One of the women hails from Nepal and resides in Sector 22-A while the other woman is a resident of Behlana village in Chandigarh.

The police has also arrested the hotel owner Amar Nath Saini, his son Bhupinder Singh and the hotel manager Sartaj Singh.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Manmohan Kumar Sharma, Deputy Superintendent of Police, said that the women had been operating from the hotel for the last a couple of days. He also claimed that the main pimp in the racket Poonam, a resident of Sector 22-A, Chandigarh, had sent the women to the hotel. The women were charging Rs 3000 per customer for a night and the money was divided among the hotel owner, the pimp and the women.

Cases under Sections 3,4,5,6 of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act have been registered against them at Dera Bassi police station. The arrested would be produced before a Rajpura Court tomorrow.

The police claimed that some other persons involved in the racket would also be arrested soon.



Woman carrying pistol held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
The police arrested a woman carrying an illegal country-made pistol, while a house was burgled here today.
Mamta alias Dolly, of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran was arrested and a countrymade pistol and two live cartridges were seized from the road at the back side the Police Lines, Sector 26, yesterday. The police said Mamta was coming from Mani Majra, last evening with a carry bag. A police party deployed at the anti-snatching picket stopped her on suspicion and a search of her handbag led to recovery of a pistol and two cartridges.

Mamta was produced before a local court today which remanded her to one-day police custody.

House burgled: Mr Sandeep Pandey of Sector 32 reported to the police that Rs 35,000 and gold jewellery were stolen from his residence during the night of May 16. He told the police that the thieves got entry by breaking open the locks. A case has been registered.

Scooter stolen: Mr Surjit Singh of Sector 29-A reported to the police that his scooter (CH-01-B-9175) was stolen from Sector 22 on Tuesday. A case of theft has been registered.

Gambling: The police arrested Shan Mohammad of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, from the same locality while gambling at public place, yesterday. The police confiscated Rs 1,140 from his possession and registered a case under the Gambling Act.



A silly way of losing car
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, May 18
A Panchkula resident literally drove his car to a prearranged site so that it could be easy picking for auto thieves. Unbelievable? But it is true.
The story may sound stranger than fiction but Mr Varinder Singh of Sector 11, Panchkula, fell for the silliest of ploys, and lost his car in the bargain.

According to the police, Mr Singh received a call on his mobile from an unidentified person yesterday claiming that he had found some documents belonging to him. The caller said that if wanted his papers back he should come down to an SCO in Sector 34, Chandigarh.

Thinking the caller to be a Good Samaritan, Mr Singh drove his Maruti Wagon R Car (HR-05-W-0030) to a parking lot near the Passport Office in Sector 34 yesterday evening.

After searching high and low for the caller, Mr Singh returned back to the parking area only to find that his car had gone missing. The police said that the auto thief had made the call from a PCO and efforts are on to trace the identity of the caller. A case has been registered. 



Attempt to commit suicide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
Inder Singh (21), a resident of Mauli Jagran, was admitted to the PGI in a serious condition after he allegedly attempted to commit suicide at his residence this morning. His family members expressed ignorance about the reasons behind the incident. The police has registered a case of attempt to suicide against Inder Singh.

According to the information, Hari Singh, father of Inder, noticed him hanging from a ceiling fan with a dupatta at around 7 am. He immediately raised an alarm. Other family members gathered at the spot. He was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 16, from where the doctors referred him to the PGI. His condition is stated to be serious.

Hari Singh told the police that his son had taken drinks last night, but they did not notice any thing wrong with him.

Inder Singh is married and has a son.



Proclaimed offender arrested
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
The Economic Offence Wing of the Chandigarh police today arrested a travel agent, who was declared a proclaimed offender in 2004 for duping two Mohali residents of Rs 5.75 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad in 2003.

According to the police, Victor Sandhu, a resident of Sector 23, was arrested from Sector 17. A case of cheating was registered against Victor and another accused Sushil Kumar under Sections 406 and 420, IPC.

A complaint was filed on January 13, 2003, in this regard by Mr Budh Singh, a resident of Mohali, alleging that Victor and Sushil Kumar had taken Rs 5.75 lakh from his two relatives, Ranjit Singh and Gurpreet Singh, on the pretext of sending them abroad. The accused had neither send them abroad nor returned their money. Sushil Kumar was arrested after the case was registered, but Victor remained elusive since then.



‘India has more potential than China’
Tribune News Service

The interaction with Mr Lee A. Brudwig was so timed that most of the senior bureaucrats and captains of industry could not attend the same as they left for Canada with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, this morning for the “Made in Punjab “ Show. Only three or four senior bureaucrats and few industrialists were present at the meeting. 

Chandigarh, May 18
The potential for expanding economic relations between the USA and Punjab is substantial, ranging from traditional agriculture to establishing high technology-based manufacturing sector linkages, said Mr Lee A Brudvig, Minister Counsellor of Economic Affairs, US Embassy, who was in the city today.

Addressing an interactive session on Indo-US Business Relations: Focus Punjab here today, he said transformation of India on account of its IT revolution and economic liberalisation since the decade of 1990s had made the US to look at India. India was fast emerging as a big hub in the international economic scene and India perhaps had more potential for new opportunities than China now.

Keeping in view India’s importance the US administration had now accorded “Economic Dialogue Status” for propelling two-way economic relations, he said. Economic relations in the form of investments and trade constitute important elements in the bilateral relations, particularly because India now is the second fastest growing economy in the world and US is the world’s largest economy.

Mr Lee emphasised on the importance of accessing long term funds for infrastructure development from the US market. The US looked forward to opening up of the retail trade sector, liberal banking policy and real estate opportunities in the immediate future for attracting the foreign investment from the US. The other emerging areas are defence cooperation, food processing, pharmaceutical and IT services.

Another emerging sector for expanding economic relations is tourism on account of open skies agreement he said while adding that coupled with effective marketing by the tourism trade substantial expansion of two-way tourism was projected.

US sees”India advantage” is in its trained manpower and young working population which takes decades to develop. This offers long term business opportunities. Comparing India with China, Mr Brudvig said since the capital output ratio in India is higher vis-a-vis China, there is more efficient use of scarce resources. While India has better human capital, China has better infrastructure.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Secretary and Director of Industries, Punjab highlighted the pro-active initiatives of the state government to attract overseas investment. The state has already become an attractive destination for leading IT companies, with Wipro also ready to invest in Mohali, near here. Punjab also has an edge in machine tools and sophisticated automotive components which offers an opportunity for meeting the demand in the US markets as well.

The Managing Director of Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, MR Himmat Singh highlighted the opportunities for expanding agro-business and agro exports from Punjab on account of the diversification of agriculture. Talking about the project of Tropicana which they have undertaken with US collaboration, he said the government was committed to create more such agri-business opportunities.

Mr R.S Sachdeva, Co-Chairman, Punjab committee of PHDCCI said although Punjab was primarily an agrarian state, the future lies in the development of industry by harnessing the synergies in agriculture and industry through development of agriculture-based industry, besides rapid development of service and knowledge-based industry.

Earlier, Mr Ashok Khanna, Past President, PHDCCI, gave an overview of the multi-faceted relations between the two countries, ranging from political and strategic to economic and commercial. He quoted figures to show that US is India’s largest trading partner, which accounts for 18 per cent of India’s exports and 6 per cent of India’s imports. He said the US could take advantage of the skilled manpower available in India and India could benefit from accessing the US software market besides making use of its technology.

The interactive session was organised by PHDCCI for a first hand assessment by the US Administration for expanding Indo-US business relations with a special focus on Punjab.


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