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Crime branch to probe Dr Babita’s death
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 7
The suspected suicide case of Dr Babita Kaura, Assistant Professor, PGI, took a dramatic turn today when the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Gaurav Yadav, handed over the inquiry into her death to the DSP, Crime Branch. The inquiry was marked after the recent Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) reports did not rule out foul play in her death.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Chandigarh police had yesterday issued a look-out circular for Dr Deepak Kaura, husband of Dr Babita Kaura, his sister Deepali Kohli and her husband Sanjeev Kohli. The passports of all three have been impounded.

The report opined that Dr Babita could have been pushed from the third floor of her Sector 24 residence during the night of January 18. The CFSL had sent its report to the Chandigarh police, claiming that circumstantial evidence ruled out that she had jumped to death on her own on January 18, this year.

The CFSL report, prepared after an exhaustive study of this high profile case, said that “deceased could have fallen”, but “did not jump”. The viscera examination of the victim had revealed a high alcohol content (437 mg per cent). However, investigation based on questioning from the victim’s friends and relatives indicated that she was not in the habit of taking alcohol.

The Chandigarh police had sent back the report to the CFSL to re-examine the entire case thoroughly. Senior police officials also claim that there are certain other discrepancies in the CFSL report, though they declined to reveal these.

Though Dr Babita died under mysterious circumstances, her family members, including her father and sister, an IAS officer, had refrained from levelling any allegations and instead asked for a through inquiry into the matter.

The Chandigarh police had pinned its hopes on the CFSL reports as the post mortem report which came after five days had failed to pin point the exact cause of death.

What happened on the January 18 night

Dr Babita Kaura’s body was found lying in a pool of blood around midnight. She was rushed to the PGI, where she was declared dead. She is survived by her husband Dr Deepak Kaura and two children.

Dr Babita, was with the Department of Immuno-pathology and her husband runs a private nursing home in Sector 15. Dr Babita’s children — son Karan (12) and daughter Annie (5), were inside the flat when their mother reportedly took the extreme step. Deepali, a sister of Dr Deepak Kaura, was also in the flat when the incident occurred.

Deepali told the police that Dr Babita was sitting with her in the bedroom of the Sector 24 flat around 11: 45 pm. She left the room saying she had to make a phone call. After a few moments she heard the slamming of a door. She ran to the drawing room and to the balcony of the house, but could not find her. Then she went downstairs in the park in front of their house to look for her sister-in-law thinking she might have gone away in her car. She saw Dr Babita lying in a pool of blood on the concrete floor.

The father of the deceased, Mr Sant Kumar Jindal, had told the police that there was no rift between the husband and the wife at present.

Dr Deepak Kaura, her husband, was with his parents in Sector 19 at the time of the incident. He had left his Sector 24 residence 17 minutes earlier. The police had found unused food in the house indicating that the family did not take dinner before Dr Babita is suspected to have committed suicide.



Powers of DC restored
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The Chandigarh Administration today restored the powers of the newly appointed Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.K Rao thus finally ending the controversy over the transfer of the previous DC Mr Arun Kumar.

When nine days ago Mr Rao was stripped of these powers it was seen as sequel to the war of words between the Administration and the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, over the shifting of the previous DC.

Today orders were issued to restore the work of Commissioner, Excise and Taxation, and also the Estate Officer, to Mr Rao. The move comes almost nine days after Mr Rao was stripped of these very powers.

Mr Rao was appointed as DC of Chandigarh replacing Mr Arun Kumar. On May 28 the Administration had taken away the important works of Mr Rao and distributed the same to two other officers. Mr Rao joined on May 30 and the Administration had a change of heart by then and said that Mr Rao would be given back the charges after one week when he judges the work load.

Work of the Estate Officer of Chandigarh had been then handed over Chief Executive Office of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Mr Amarnath, while the work of Commissioner of Excise Taxation was given to Mr Sanjeev Sahai , Chairman of CHB.

Unlike the DC of other districts, in Chandigarh the main work of the DC is revenue collection through excise and sales tax besides also Estate matters. Otherwise, there is very little meaningful work.

Traditionally for the past 39 years, since 1966, the work of the Estate Officer and the Excise and Taxation Commissioner has been handled by the Deputy Commissioner. Today’s orders mean the vast powers vested with the DC by virtue of being the Estate Officer and the Excise Commissioner, stand restored. Also in a separate order the work of developing the villages has been taken away from Mr Rao and handed to Mr Sahai. This has been done as Mr Sahai in his capacity of CHB Chairman has at his disposal the services of the engineering wing.



Court moved against “wrong diagnosis” by doctor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Mr M.N. Sharma, a resident of Sector 40, has moved a local court seeking action against the doctor of a reputed hospital in Sector 17 for alleged wrong diagnosis.

In his complaint, Mr Sharma alleged that following pain in his abdomen, he went for a check-up to Dr Raj Kumar Sharma. He was prescribed a hernia operation, costing about Rs 40,000 by Dr Raj Kumar Sharma.

However, when opinion of another consultant surgeon and urologist, Dr P.N. Gupta, was sought, it was reported that there was “no hernia” problem.Even a check-up at the PGI also corroborated the opinion of Dr Gupta and he was told that no surgery was required.

The application sought action against the doctor and the hospital under Sections 386, 420 and 506 of the IPC. It also sought directions to the police under Section 156(3) of the CrPC. for initiating action against the doctor.

Meanwhile, Dr Sharma, when contacted, said he stood by his opinion which was arrived at under the prevailing circumstances and information provided by the patient.

Dr Sharma claimed that the patient was examined on March 30 and the estimate for the proposed operation—Rs 40,000— was given to the son of the patient, who visited the hospital on April 1.

It is a normal practice to provide estimates to the patients for arranging finances and all the expenses incurred by the patients were credited to accounts of the hospital, he claimed.



Exam jitters leads to suicide by woman
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 7
Getting jitters before exams, a 24-year-old woman ended life this afternoon at her Sector 28 residence.

According to the police, Meenu Kadian allegedly hanged herself with a dupatta from a ceiling fan around 2 p.m. Pooja, younger sister of Meenu, told the police that at 1:30 p.m. Meenu received a date-sheet of an engineering examination in which she wanted to appear. After getting the date-sheet, Meenu reportedly got depressed and told Pooja that she was not prepared to take the examination. Thereafter, she reportedly went to her room and also refused to take lunch. Pooja left her alone thinking that she was tense and did not want to disturb her.

The suicide came to light when at 3:10 p.m. Pooja went to Meenu’s room and found her hanging from a ceiling fan. She immediately raised an alarm and her mother, a housewife, who was sleeping in the other room rushed to Meenu’s room. Both then cut the dupatta and lowered Meenu from the ceiling fan hook. But that time Meenu was dead. They informed the police about the incident and the police took the body into possession and sent it to the General Hospital, Sector 16.

Meenu was working in the lab of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, and had joined in February. Her father Balwan Singh is a clerk in the Haryana State Electricity Board.

The police said the post-mortem examination of the body would be performed tomorrow. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this regard.



Land enough for Jatropha, bio-diesel
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
India should learn from countries like the USA, Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan, etc, which are switching over fast to bio-diesel as the cost of fossil-based diesel has zoomed in the international market.

Suggesting this, Mr M.K. Anna Sahib Patil, former Union Minister for Rural Development, told TNS here yesterday that there was great scope for producing bio-diesel in India as 63.5 million hectares of barren land was available in various areas to grow Jatropha, a tropical plant from the seeds of which bio-diesel was extracted. In fact, not only bio-diesel but also high-quality glycerine could also be produced by processing Jatropha seed oil.

Mr Patil, who did his MS in chemical engineering from a university in Louisiana (USA) and worked on a research project on bio-diesel for years there, said that as a Minister in the NDA government he had prepared an elaborate project for implementation in the country to increase the production of bio-diesel. There was a proposal to cover 20 million hectares of barren land under Jatropha in various states.
Farmers were to be given Rs 30,000 as subsidy per hectare. For this purpose, a proposal of Rs 1,400 crore was prepared. Though this proposal could not be implemented fully, certain states like Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, MP, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Haryana started Jatropha cultivation in a big way on motivation by the Centre.

However, the present UPA government had done nothing yet to promote the production of bio-diesel. He guessed that the diesel price in the coming two years would soar to Rs 45 per litre in the country. “The price of crude oil, which is hovering above $50 per barrel in the international market at present, will cross $75 per barrel in the next two years”, he added.

Asked about the economics of producing bio-diesel, Mr Patil said that earlier Jatropha seed was available for Rs 4 to Rs 6 per kg in the national market but now its price had gone up to Rs 14 per kg. Because of the rise in the seed price, the per litre production cost of bio-diesel, which was earlier on Rs 14 per litre, was more than Rs 25 per litre now. However, it would come down once the seed became available in bulk, he added.

Mr Patil said that the need of the hour was to make the country self-dependent in diesel. He said energy security would be the biggest factor in the near future in determining the development of various nations. Countries insecure on the energy front would be in trouble, he added. In India, about 2 million tonnes of diesel worth Rs 6,000 crore was consumed by the Railways alone. India’s diesel import bill was in the range of Rs 1,18,000 crore. And the rise in the price of diesel was having a cascading effect on the prices of all goods.

Mr Patil said that “as India’s future lies in bio-diesel, the Union Government should immediately come out with a comprehensive policy to promote its production in the country”. He said for setting up a plant of one-tonne capacity to extract oil from Jatropha seeds, Rs 10 lakh was required. Some enterprising farmers had installed such units in Haryana and other states.



PEC gears up for new admissions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
It's a year of firsts at Punjab Engineering College this academic session. PEC will admit students as a deemed university for the first time this year in a ratio of 50:50 quota for city students and "outsiders". The quota was in a ratio of 85:15, providing greater reservation for city students.

The sale of prospectus for PEC begins from June 9. The last date for submitting forms has been fixed for June 30 after which counselling will be held for the various streams depending on the scores in the entrance tests.

The admission to PEC will be jointly held with University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, College of Engineering and Technology and Chandigarh College of Architecture.

These will be available at the cash counters of State Bank of india at three locations in the city. Costing Rs 200, the forms can be bought from the SBI cash counter at PEC, Sector 12 and from the SBI branch in Sector 7 as well as Sector 22. The forms would also be available on the Internet at www.pec.ac.in for the nine courses on offer.

These include aeronautical engineering, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and electronic communication engineering, mechanical engineering, metalurgy engineering, production engineering and information technology. A total of 385 seats in the courses are available.

Continuing with the earlier trend, seats in the electronics and computer science department are most likely to be filled up first, given their high rating among students and their growing popularity. Metalurgy is among the last options of most students and the seats in this course are usually the last to be filled up.



College Call
Govt College of Art set for changeover
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, June 7
Government College of Art, Sector 10, will be refashioned. The Chandigarh Administration has decided that the college will be upgraded during the forthcoming session 2005-06, to make it one of the leading art college of the country. The Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, has approved the proposal.

Block C of the college which is at present occupied by Punjab and Haryana offices will be vacated within a month or two and this land will be used by the college for expansion of its art-related activities. With latest technology, networking and free Internet facility for students, it is expected to provide an impulse to creativity with a unique blend of technology and artistry. For photography students there will be studios with latest technologies.

The refashioning of the art college which has strength of 250 students is being reviewed by a committee headed by the Principal and consisting of lecturers of the college. Other experts will also be associated with the committee from time to time. Special budget an allocation for this process is also being sought from the Finance Department.

The college is an institution for advanced training in visual arts (creative and applied leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This four year full-time degree is divided in two parts, foundation course and specialisation course.

The foundation course is of one year of duration and is common to all students. In specialisation courses which are of four years duration the students are trained in graphics (printmaking), painting, sculpture and applied art. The college also started a two-year course in Masters in Fine Arts last year. It has 40 seats.

Mr Brahmaprakash, Principal of the college, feels that with the start of MFA the students of the region stand to benefit.

Sixty per cent seats will be filled from the UT poll which comprises of city students and 40 per cent will be filled through the general pool.

The college is also running a four year 'special diploma course in fine arts' for deaf and dumb and mentally challenged persons. Only four seats are available for this course-one seat in each disciplines, including painting, sculpture, applied arts and graphics (printmaking) with the proviso that the mentally challenged persons will be eligible for seats only in the painting and applied art.

These students will study the practical subjects prescribed for the BFA course but will be exempted for theoretical part. Minimum qualification to get admission to this course is secondary school certificate with minimum of 40 per cent marks.

The college maintains its own library which stocks a good collection of books of art and craft. The college also provides hostel facility for boys and girls. Apart from this the college has a stationery shop and has a facilities for regular games and sports.

Six students of the college have been selected in National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, for different post graduate diplomas. Another student has been chosen for a three-month residency in South Africa. One student has been selected for Charles Wallace Scholarship of British Council while another has gone to the USA on residency grant.



DAV’s Physical Education students in for a grind
Geetanjali Gayatri and Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, June 7
The DAV College, Sector 10, has roped in three outside agencies so as to kick start its four-year Bachelors in Physical Education (BP.Ed) course.

But the arrangement with the three different agencies means that students will literally have to run from pillar to post to breast the tape finally.

In fact, hiring is the name of the game at DAV College as it readies to inaugurate its BP.Ed course in the coming academic session.

After having "secured" an approval from the Panjab University, the college has tied up with three outside agencies — Panjab University, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) and Cinder Track in Sector 7— for practicals to tide over the first session of this new course.

Under the arrangement, students will be shuttling between college and these agencies for their theory and practical classes.

They will attend classes at college, go for a dip to the Panjab University swimming pool, practice backhand and forehand shots at CLTA and go for a jog to the Cinder Track.

And if you think the authorities don't realise the inconvenience, think again because they have bought a bus to ferry the students. All this, however, comes at a cost which is a whooping Rs 27,000 annually.

Against this, the Government College, Sector 11, which is in the second year of running this course, is charging Rs 12,935 and offering in-house "services" for most of the practicals while an athletic track is under construction.

The Govt College boasts of its own swimming pool, tennis courts and has spacious grounds.

The Administration has sanctioned another Rs 3 crore to the college for the physical education course in particular.

However, one thing that goes in favour of the DAV College this session is that there is a 50 per cent reservation for girls for the course. In all, it is offering 50 seats.

The Government College, Sector 11, in contrast, has closed its doors to the girls for this particular course despite admitting them to a number of other courses.

Mr Daljeet Toor, convener of the inspection committee constituted by PU, said,"We have put a condition on the DAV College to have books in Hindi, English and Punjabi languages on the subject to cater to students from all kinds of backgrounds.

"Besides, the college should have the required equipment, a lady teacher on the staff and a separate library to which they have agreed."

The committee told the college to admit girls also which it had not done, said Mr Toor.

The college has also been advised to lengthen its swimming pool from 25 m to 50 meters and the work is already underway.

The Principal of DAV college , Mr S.C. Marriya, said," Infrastructure is not such a big issue since we have the best faculty at our college. We have been winning the Sir Shadi Lal Championship for the last 34 years for general efficiency and excellence."

He explained that the students had been using the university pool and grounds for practice all these years.

"Now, we have bought our own bus as well to ensure the students are not put to any inconvenience. We hire the services of the best coaches and our annual sports budget is over Rs 40 lakh. The fee is high because it is a self-financing course unlike the one offered by the Government College," Mr Marriya added.



Private schools prefer own students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Contrary to the ideology of government schools which admit in students from all quarters irrespective of their backgrounds during admissions to Class XI, private schools of the city prefer to keep to themselves.

They have faith in their own students and choose to admit them to their own schools after Class X rather than opening admissions and taking in students from other schools. As one Principal puts it, “Most of these students have been with us right from the beginning and understand the rules of the school. If fresh admissions are made, it would mean going over the entire exercise all over again. Also, our own students are aware of the style of teaching, know the ins and outs which is very essential for a conducive learning environment.”

Most schools have gone ahead with teaching Class XI students much before the declaration of the Class X CBSE results and already held classes for over a month. They are willing to take some “outsiders” to fill the vacant seats.

At Carmel Convent, Sector 9, there are only a handful of seats available for students from other schools. Since the number of applications far exceed the number of seats, the school authorities conducted an entrance test. The result will be displayed on June 9.

Shivalik Public School has 140-odd seats in the streams of science and commerce. While sale of prospectus is on in this school, the last date for submission of forms is June 10 after which the authorities will put up a merit-wise list of selected candidates.

Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, admitted students as early as February based on the performance of the students in Class IX and X. Classes of students admitted to Plus one are in full swing.

Kailash Bahl DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, too, has devised a scheme under which its own students have been admitted to 60 percent of the total seats.



NSUI sets up guidance cell at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) has set up a Students’ Guidance Bureau at the enquiry office, adjacent to administrative block, Panjab University, Chandigarh, today.

Mr Hans Raj Josan, Forests Minister, Punjab, inaugurated the camp. Nitin Goyal, president, NSUI Chandigarh, stated that NSUI volunteers sitting in the bureau would help the students in the admission procedures, result-related problems, hostel admissions, etc.

Shelly Sharma, general secretary, NSUI, Chandigarh, said the admission forms for Panjab University departments were available at the NSUI bureau free of cost for the students, which otherwise are priced at Rs 250 along with the handbook of information, which is not compulsory to be bought. These forms are not available without the handbook at the PU counter, resulting in unnecessary burden on the pockets of the students applying for more than one courses or the continuation students applying for admission to second or third years of their courses.



BDS entrance test on July 3

Chandigarh, June 7
Panjab University will hold the entrance test for the newly introduced four-year-bachelor of dental sciences (BDS) course on July 3 in Chandigarh. The course will be run at the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and is subject to the approval of the Dental Council of India.

The prospectus along with the form will be available from June 13 at the State Bank of India counter, PU, and the main branch of the SBI, Sector 22, Chandigarh. The forms will also be available at Civil Lines, Ludhiana, and Parliament Street, New Delhi.

The last date of receipt and depositing of the duly filled forms by hand and by post is June 24 up to 5 pm in the gymnasium hall, PU campus. The office of the Controller of Examinations, PU, stated today that the roll numbers would be issued by hand on the spot to all those candidates who deposit the form personally at the gymnasium hall. However, for candidates who will send the forms by post, roll numbers will be delivered by post.

1. Date of entrance test: July 3

2. Date of availability of forms: June 13

3. Last date of submission of forms: June 24

4. Place of submission of forms: gymnasium Hall, PU. TNS



Admissions to ayurvedic, homoeo colleges

Chandigarh, June 7
With increasing emphasis on alternative medicine, the ayurvedic and homoeopathic colleges in the city are upbeat about admissions during the forthcoming academic session — 2005-06.

Both colleges — SD Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, and Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26 — along with Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH -32) will hold the first round of counselling for admissions on June 30 for general category students at GMCH-32.

The counselling for reserved category candidates will be held a day in advance and candidates who do not get a seat on the first day, can try their hands again on July 2. TNS



Finance Commissioner’s directive results in anomaly
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 7
A communication issued by the Punjab Finance Commissioner’s (Revenue) office to the Ropar Administration, reportedly allowing registration of sale of land sized less than 1000 square metres in the periphery controlled area, has led to a dichotomous following of rules within the same area that spreads beyond the Ropar district into Patiala also.

The communication from the FCR’s office was forwarded by the Ropar Deputy Commissioner’s office to various tehsils in Ropar district last month.

Following the communication, various tehsils in Ropar block started registering sale deeds of areas less than 1000 square meters, but their counterparts in Patiala, in the absence of a similar communication, cannot do so for the periphery areas falling under their jurisdiction.

Interestingly, following the communication, the number of registries that take place in a day in the tehsil offices in Ropar has gone up manifold.

In the Majri block alone, where the tehsil caters to over 88 villages and all of which fall within the periphery controlled area, the number of registries has gone up from 20 a day to over 150 a day.

A similar increase was reported from the Kharar block that has over 100 villages falling within the periphery area and the Mohali block that has 82 villages falling within the periphery controlled area.

However, when contacted, the tehsildars in Dera Bassi and Rajpura, both Patiala district blocks that have almost 200 villages falling within the periphery controlled area, clearly stated that since no orders had been issued to them to allow such registries they were refusing such requests.

When asked about the communication, the Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, Mr Tejbir Singh, said: “How can we do a similar thing? We have received no letter from the FCR’s office to allow registration of sale deeds of land which measures less than 1000 square meters in the periphery controlled area falling within Patiala district. In fact, we had some years ago given an affidavit to the court stating that no registration below the area of 1000 square metres was being done in the periphery controlled area. After that I do not recall having seen any letter that changed the situation.”

Sources pointed out that the communication that was forwarded to the tehsils by the DC Ropar’s office on May 5, 2005 was in fact a letter that had been issued by the FCR’s office way back in October, 2004.

On receipt of the orders, the then DC Ropar, Mrs Seema Jain, had reportedly reverted back to the FCR with a request to reconsider the decision.

“However, following the legal opinion that was sought by the FCR office, the letter was sent back to my office,” said Mrs Seema Jain.

When contacted, Mr Suraj Mal Bhatia, Deputy Secretary (Revenue) who had issued the letter in October 2004, said he was not posted in the Revenue Department any more and did not recall if a similar letter was issued for Patiala as well. 



Project managers to monitor development
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
In modern corporate management style, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to appoint project managers for all future development projects to track the pace of development and keep tracking and monitoring the projects.

The project managers will be from amongst the middle level officials as no private participation has been envisaged. This plan for future development of Chandigarh is the idea of the UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd).

The need for project managers has come about as the Administrator wanted clear monitoring of each project in a time bound manner. As part of the future planning the Administration has plans for a 11 storey office complex in Sector 17.

Keeping in mind the needs of the southern sectors, a sports complex, a planetarium, a hotel-cum-resort, and a 100 bedded hospital have been planned. A five star hotel is also proposed in Sector 35. A commercial belt along Vikas Marg, has been planned, which will house shopping malls, offices and hospitals. Besides, a convention centre in Sector 42 has been proposed.

Also there is a plan to have more golf courses, environment parks, sports activities, recreational zones and also a 600 acre IT township.

The most notable is the development of areas around villages. Realising that villages in the Union Territory were more like urban areas, the Administration proposes to earmark about 10 to 15 acres of land adjoining each village (about 200 acres in total) for the future expansion of villages except Kaimbala and Khuda Alisher which fall in the north of Chandigarh.

Another 573 acres has been proposed for residential units, which will be planned as self sustainable pockets, with requisite infrastructure. This includes 154 acres near Dhanas village, 152 acres near Dadu Majra and 67 acres near Sarangpur.

This is to accommodate needs of the city in terms of institutional areas, recreational areas and technology habitats and also on subsequent residential needs.

The green buffer zone around the city will be retained in the form of forests, environmental parks, amusement parks, golf courses. Near Dhanas village sports facilities such as equestrian sports, motor sports, riding clubs, race course etc near village Dadu Majra and Maloya. The possibility of another lake near village Dadu Majra is being examined along with other recreational facilities.

An extension of Information Technology Park in an area of 600 acres, near Kishangarh has been proposed. Approximately 550 acres towards the north west of the capital near Sarangpur, has also been kept for the institutional zone and 20 per cent out of this area will be kept green.



Heatstroke claims life

Chandigarh, June 7
One person died due to heatstroke at Dabwali in Sirsa district, even as there was some relief to the people of the North from the sultry condition today.

A report from Sirsa said a man aged about 60 succumbed to heat yesterday. His body was found near the Food Corporation of India godown.

Meanwhile, temperatures today dropped by a few degrees at many places in the region.

Chandigarh recorded a high of 40.2 degrees Celsius, while Ambala recorded three degrees below normal, 38.4 degrees Celsius. Hisar, however, was hot recording a high of 42.4 degrees Celsius. Karnal had a high of 36.7 degrees Celsius, which was down by three degrees from normal. Safdarjung in New Delhi recorded a high of 38.5 degrees Celsius, down two degrees, according to the Meteorological Department here.

Amritsar recorded a high of 38.8 degrees Celsius, while Ludhiana registered a maximum of 38.5 degrees Celsius and Patiala 38.6 degrees Celsius. All temperatures were recorded three degrees below the normal range.

The maximum at Srinagar dropped by five degrees to record 23.5 degrees Celsius, while Jammu was also cooler by three degrees from normal at 38.2 degrees Celsius.

Shimla had a pleasant day recording a high of 25.3 degrees Celsius.

The Met attributed the change in weather to several weather systems active over the region. — PTI



Harrowing time for woman with cops
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 7
Samrity, a garment designer of Sector 15, had a harrowing time this morning. In her first brush with the UT police, Samrity was reportedly forced to get out of her car to show the traffic policemen on duty her car documents.

Not dressed properly as she had left her house in a hurry, Samrity refused and also informed the police that she did not have the documents with her at that time.

Samrity told Chandigarh Tribune that she had to leave her home in a hurry following an unfortunate call as the mother-in-law of her aunt had expired this morning. She had to reportedly gone to Panchkula in her car to drop her aunt early this morning.

Samrity said she was only wearing a night gown. On her way back home at 11:15 am she was stopped by the traffic police at a naka near Kala Gram for overspeeding. The cop asked her to produce documents, which she had not with her at that time, to which Inspector Parmod Kumar Vashisht allegedly asked her to come out. When Samrity expressed her inability the cop allegedly started hurling abuses at her and used filthy language. She then told them that she could not come out as there was no woman police officer there, but the police officer refused to budge. Scared at the behaviour of the police, she reportedly locked her car from inside and remained in the car for three hours till a woman police officer arrived at the spot. Samrity further alleged that she requested the cop to give her his mobile phone so that she could call her brothers and get the documents, but the police officer refused to listen to her pleas.

After that she was taken to the Traffic Police Lines, Sector 29, with a woman police officer. From there she called her brothers. When asked about the incident, Mr Arjun Singh Jaggi, DSP Traffic, while refuting the allegations said he was aware of the incident, but the policemen had not used any filthy language and did not misbehave. He said she was released after issuing a challan. (Name changed following request from complainant)



Panchkula administration asked to rehabilitate safai karamcharis
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 7
The chairperson of the National Commission of Safai Karamcharis, Ms Santosh Chaudhary, today asked the district administration to rehabilitate safai karamcharis of the Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, whose hutments had been razed by the administration in a demolition drive.

Ms Chaudhary visited the shrine complex today, accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Praveen Kumar, SDM, Verender Dahiya and Estate Officer, S.P. Arora. She asked the administration to build the houses for safai karamcharis within the next three months.

The administration, however, stuck to its stand that they would not tolerate any illegal encroachment. Officials insisted that they had the requisite orders to evacuate the safai karamcharis from the government land. The safai karamcharis, however, said there was no order in this regard.

The issue was brought to light before the commission by the Mansa Devi Complex councillor, Ms Renuka Rai Walia. Following her intervention, the commission decided to hear the grievances of the karamcharis today.

The karamcharis alleged that their hutments (about 15) were razed on May 18 by the enforcement wing of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). They alleged that they had been staying here for the past many years. They alleged that no notice was given to them and that they were paying rent to the shrine board and thus were legally using the premises for residential purposes.



PSEB employee dies repairing transformer
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 7
Ramji Dass, a lineman with the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), died in Hoshiarpur village near Mullanpur Garibdass while repairing GO switches atop a transformer in the village.

His workman Naresh Kumar, who was assisting him, was also seriously injured and was rushed to the PGI.

The 55-year-old victim seemed to have died following the head injury that he incurred during the fall from top of the transformer following the electric shock.

A resident of Kairpur village in Kurali, Ramji Dass was due to retire from the board in a few years.

Sources added that an assistant lineman, Mr Kuldip Singh, informed the police about the incident and the police had started inquest proceedings as per the CrPC.

When contacted, Mr Bhagwant Singh, SHO, Mullanpur Garibdass, said the two had reportedly taken adequate precautionary measures to avoid an accident. The two were from the Majra substation and were working on the Sialba feeder line when the accident took place.



Seminar on waste management
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 7
A seminar on municipal solid wastes and their management and handling was organised by the Environment Protection Society in connection with World Environment Day.

The seminar, which was organised at Sanatan Dharam Mandir, was attended by over 30 participants.

Mr S.R. Chaudhuri, president of the society, said in a press note here today that it was resolved to urge the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to provide adequate garbage dumping grounds at nominal price to the local Municipal Council. He said PUDA’s regional plants were faulty as no suitable places were earmarked for dumping municipal wastes.

Mr Chaudhuri traced the development of environment law in India since UN conference on human environment at Stockholm in June 1972. The inability of the council to effectively manage and handle 50 to 60 tonnes of household and other garbage generated in the town was also discussed at the seminar.



Readers write
PU’s BDS course

This refers to the news item “PU BDS course from this session” (Chandigarh Tribune, June 2, 2005). The report wrongly says that “Dr Krishan Gauba of the Oral Health Centre, PGI,” will be one of the members of the committee constituted to run the Dr H. S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, going to be launched by Panjab University from this academic session. The representative from the PGI is Prof H. S. Chawla, Head, Department of Oral Sciences. Prof J. K. Gupta, DUI in the university, will be the committee’s chairman.

The commencement of the BDS course is subject to approval by the Central Government. The fee structure will be finalised in consultation with various university bodies when the admissions will be made.

Akhtar Mahmood, Professor-in-charge, Dr H. S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, Chandigarh

Railings around park

Before the formation of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), the Administration had got installed railings in the park opposite 13-types government houses (No. 810 to 813, 814-825, 833-837 and 843 to 841) in Sector 7, Chandigarh. In June-July, 2004, some labourers came there and removed the railings.

On enquiry, they said the same was being done as per the orders of the SDO/XEN (Horticulture), MC, Chandigarh. They also said that new railings would be fixed there shortly. Mr Pardeep was the contractor for the work, they added.

Although more than nine months have passed since then, no railings have been installed. This is causing inconvenience to residents. The horticulture authorities at Sector 8 were informed about it many times, but to no avail.

We demand that railings be installed at the earliest.

Residents Welfare Association, Sector 7, Chandigarh



Photographers’ club office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 7
The Friends of Photography (FOP) at its general body meeting held here has unanimously elected its founder president Adit Agarwala as the patron of the club.

The members of FOP also unanimously elected Mr V.S. Kundu as its new president.

The other office-bearers of the FOP are:- general secretary — Mr Subhash Sapru; joint secretary — Mr Amar Deep Samra and treasurer — Mr O.P. Gupta.

It was also decided that Mr B.S.Sodhi, Mr Deep Ram Bhatia, Mr B.S.N.Reddy, Mr Inderjeet Premi, Mr Bharat Gupta and Mr Neatynder Khanna will be the members of executive committee of the FOP.



Free driving classes for unemployed

Chandigarh, June 7
The Chandigarh Scheduled Caste Backward Classes Minorities and Financial Development Corporation has tied up with Joshi Auto Zone’s Maruti Driving School, Industrial Area, Phase II, to provide free driving classes to unemployed youth belonging to the weaker sections of society. These youngsters belong to Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and dependents of safai karamcharis.

According to Mr Neeraj Bhatia, Manager of the Maruti Driving School, “The this endeavour has been the result of efforts made by Mrs Madhvi Kataria Director for Social Welfare and Managing Director of the corporation.” — TNS



A clarification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
In the news item “11-hour suspension of rail traffic on June 11” appearing in the Chandigarh Tribune on June 7, it was wrongly mentioned that June 11 is a Sunday. Actually June 11 is Saturday. The error is regretted.



Car, scooter stolen; house burgled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 7
A car and a scooter were reportedly stolen while a house was burgled the city in the past 24 hours, the local police said here, today.

Mr Prem Nath of Giani Zail Singh Nagar in Ropar district reported to the police that his Maruti car (HP-58-0121) had been stolen from APC parking in PGI campus on Monday. In another incident, Mr Baljinder Singh of Phase III, Mohali, lodged a complaint with the police that his scooter (CH-01-X-3856) was stolen from Sector 22, yesterday. Two separate cases of thefts have been registered in this regards.

House burgled

Mr Ranjit Singh of Sector 52 filed a complaint to the police that Rs 4000 was stolen from his residence after breaking locks during day time, yesterday. A case has been registered.

Held for stealing

Two persons, Lavkush and Kazir, both belonging to Uttar Pradesh were caught red-handed while stealing a desert cooler from a house in Sector 22-C yesterday. The watchman of the locality, Mr Rajinder Kumar of Mataur village in Mohali reported the matter to the police after nabbing them. A case has been registered in this regard.


The local police arrested Ravinder Singh of Colony No IV from Phase I, Industrial Area and Rakesh Kumar of Maloya village from the market place in Maloya for gambling at public place, yesterday. The police recovered Rs 1225 and Rs 260 from their possession respectively. Two separate cases under the Gambling Act have been registered in the various police stations of the city.



Vendor found dead
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, June 7
Mr Bhajan Lal, a rehri vendor, was found dead on a cot near Bains filling station in Bhabhat village on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road this morning.

Hailing from Rajasthan, Mr Bhajan Lal had been suffering from jaundice for a month. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, a couple of days ago and was later referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

The police has taken the body into custody and a started inquest proceedings in this regard.



Booklet on immigration released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
"Thousands of clients settled abroad" — if this is what travel agents are promising, beware. Chances are that they are lying to you. For, no one can manage to settle "thousands" of people across the seven seas. These and many more warnings are contained in a booklet released by Punjab's Minister of Revenue, Rehabilitation, Relief, Resettlement and NRIs Amarjit S. Samra.

The booklet "Immigration Without Tears" has been published by Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) to protect "the general public from the malfeasance of impostors and fly-by-night operators mushrooming in the country".

The booklet adds that ability to represent to the visa authorities and subsequent follow-up is again a claim that needs to be checked carefully. For, only permanent residents or citizens can represent your immigration case.

It also warns the residents against getting misguided by much publicised claims of knowledge about job market and placement. It adds:: Before you decide to immigrate to any country, consult the country's official website or talk to a reputed consultant".

Speaking on the occasion Mr Samra, meanwhile, said many people from the Doaba region had settled abroad. This was inspiring youngsters to explore opportunities abroad, but unfortunately they were being misguided by travel agents and illegal immigration consultants.

WWICS Chairman-cum-Managing Director Lt-Col. B.S. Sandhu (retd) said the booklet provided broad parameters for the people to check the authenticity of the immigration companies before engaging them, to protect themselves from frauds.


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