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MoU for new power station signed
Improved supply to Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Power supply to Mani Majra will improve as the Chandigarh Administration today signed an agreement with the NTPC Electric Supply Company Ltd for creation of a 66 KV sub-station.

With the coming of 66KV sub-station, Mani Majra, not only the quality of power supply would improve but also the department would be able to cater to the rising power demand of the area. The project cost was estimated to be to the tune of Rs 9.71 crore. The agreement had been signed by Mr S.K.Sandhu, Secretary (Engineering), on behalf of UT Administration and Mr Biswanath Mukherjee, Additional General Manager NTPC.

The construction activity on the project would start immediately, as the project was scheduled for completion by August 2006. At present, the area of Mani Majra, comprising of Mani Majra Town, Modern Housing Complex, Mauli Jagran, Bhagwanpura and other adjoining villages were being fed from the 33KV sub-station, Mani Majra with an installed capacity of 23 MVA, which was running on optimum capacity.

The new sub-station would solve the low-voltage problem and fluctuation besides creating big margin for the release of power-load to the newly-built commercial area of Mani Majra and the adjoining areas.



Rain gods show mercy at last
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
An overcast sky and a springing breeze caused many celebrations amongst the heat-dampened residents of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula today. The maximum temperature dived down to 36.6º Celsius, a drop of 7º from this season’s highest temperature of 43.6º C on Sunday, June 5. The minimum temperature recorded was 28 degrees.

After a sweltering week gone by, Monday saw some stray clouds and at night the rain gods finally consented with a sprinkling of rain. The day witnessed a drizzle in many areas though the Meteorological Department says the city did not receive any appreciable rain. Despite lightening streaks running across the skies, the rain was negligible. Ludhiana, two hours drive from the city, however, recorded 8 mm of rain today.

A look back at the last five years reveals that except for 2003, which was an exceptional year in terms of the heat wave that swept Northern India, all other years from 2000 onwards have recorded a distinct cooling off in day temperatures around this time albeit for a few days.


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A partly cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thundershowers is forecast for tomorrow as well.



UT police to interrogate Hawara
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
The Chandigarh police today sent its team, including a DSP and Inspector of Operations Cell to interrogate dreaded terrorist, Jagtar Singh Hawara, who was arrested by the Delhi police from Patiala, yesterday.

The UT police is keen to know the role played by the jail staff and others in abetting the escape of terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara, along with Jagtar Singh Tara, Paramjit Singh Bheora and murder accused Devi Singh of Pauri Garhwal from Burail jail during the intervening night of January 21-22, 2004.

Hawara and others had dug up a 100-feet long, 14-feet deep and two-feet wide tunnel in the Burail jail and escaped through it. The Chandigarh police is said to be in constant touch with the Delhi police after Hawara was arrested.

Interestingly, Narian Singh Chaura, who made the escape of all of them possible from the jail, was released on bail, a few days ago. Senior officials in the police said tonight that the Chandigarh team would be asking him about the plan of his associates. The police was hopeful of finding the other three also.

The arrest of Hawara by the Delhi police has raised a question mark on the performance of intelligence agencies of Chandigarh and Punjab. It is said that the Delhi police got vital clues about Hawara from the two terrorists arrested by them in connection with recent incidents of blasts in cinema houses in Delhi.

A team of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) was investigating the tunnel dug up by Hawara and his accomplices, but till, date they could not bring out any substantial aspect in the sensational jail break case. Now with the arrest of Hawara the police is hopeful of establishing missing links in Hawara’s escape from jail. Hawara was reportedly in possession of a mobile phone in jail. 



Notice to CBI to produce Hawara
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
A local court today issued notices to the Chandigarh Police, the Punjab Police and the CBI regarding the production of main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, for June 11.

The counsel for the accused alleged that the Chandigarh and the Punjab Police were hiding the accused at Patiala. 



Special economic zone status for IT park
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry formally approved special economic zone (SEZ) status for the Chandigarh Technology Park (CTP).

The Government of India has sent a communication to the Chandigarh Administration conveying approval for product-specific SEZ for the park.

At a meeting held in New Delhi on April 25, a large number of applications from various state governments and private developers from setting up of SEZ were considered.

Mr S.K. Sandhu, Finance Secretary -cum- Secretary Information Technology, and Mr Vivek Atray, Director Information Technology, had presented the case for the SEZ status for the Chandigarh Technology Park at the meeting. 



Homelike amenities for girls in hostels, but at a price
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, June 8
Girls get prepared. Hostel life is not about an adventure or ticket to spend time as you wish. Or to fly as high as you want. Far from it, these ‘study homes’ are not so sweet. Many city college hostels are not the place where you can relax totally after a hard day in the classroom. Moreover, in their bid to keep you secure, hostels take away your freedom by imposing many restrictions.

In almost all city college hostels, after 5 pm the girls have to get back to the confinement of their respective hostels. It will be prudent for those foraying into the hostel life for the first time to take some tips on self-control and discipline as a lot of restrictions are bound to chain them to their hostel rooms.

Besides, Days of outing, shopping, timings of eating, sleeping, and watching television will be fixed for them.

This session many city colleges are gearing up to provide all possible homelike amenities to them.

Dev Samaj College for women, Sector 45, has introduced a hostel from this session. There will be only two outings in a month for them. It will provide guest room and modern facilities to them. Arrangements will there for the parents who want to stay overnight.

Huddled in hostels, distant students long for home comforts. GGDSD College, Sector 32, provides some good homelike facilities, “The college has a recreational hall, gym, dining hall and have home theatre. Girls can have unlimited amount of fruit one time. In breakfast too, they can opt for milk and fruit. Indoor games are there to tempt the students. On Sundays they are allowed to pay a visit to their guardians or can go out. Dr A C Vaid, Principal of the college said,” We are very strict with the rules and if a student is found breaking the rules, then we simply strike off his or her name from the college”.

The selection of the girls for hostel at MCM DAV College, Sector 36 is done purely on merit basis. This time the college has climbed down from its quota of high restrictions.

Earlier students were not allowed to do a course outside the hostel premises. But now if parents give the permission and a proof on the course enrolment is offered, then the permission will be granted.

Puneet Bedi, Principal of the college said: “We apply only those rules on the girls which are applied at homes by parents. We don’t impose any hard dos and don’ts as such. But we try to take care of students in a way that they remain balanced. We also take them for excursion trips”.

At Guru Gobind Singh College for women, Sector 26 the special attractions are Home theatre, indoor games. geysers, mess hall, modern kitchen and gurdwara.

Among a host of festive events are the birthday celebrations and Freshers night. With two days outing in a month, a night out with their guardians is also permitted.

Even in Government College of girls sector 11, and Government college sector 42 have almost the same facilities. These colleges have also their quota of restrictions for the girls. The GCG-11 has tied kept 125 seats for girls at Home Science College, Sector 10 and has also few seats in Polytechnic College, Sector 10.

Government College (Co-education), Sector 46 has tied up with Home Science, College and offers more than 15 seats to the girl students.

Almost all city colleges receive double the applications than the seats and the selection of the girls for the hostel is done on merit basis in most of the colleges. 



MCM DAV College offers new courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
A whole new gamut of innovative courses is being offered by the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, in the forthcoming session.

With its focus on job-oriented courses, the college is introducing M.Sc. (IT), post graduate diploma in computer applications and B.Sc. in microbial and food technology (subject to PU approval) from the forthcoming session 2005-06. The college is already offering four B.Sc. courses - in medical, non-medical, food and quality control and vocational sciences.

The college is also starting M A (English), MA (Sociology) and PG diploma in fashion designing and PG diploma in mass communication from this session. In addition, an elective subject of fine arts is added to the list of options offered at the undergraduate level.

“As is the case every year, we are trying to offer a variety of job-oriented courses to the students. Our aim is to provide instant job placement to our students,” says Principal Dr Puneet Bedi. MCM DAV is starting three new add-on courses — cosmetology and beauty care, video reporting and communicative English from this session.

The college also plans to move away from its image of a strict disciplinarian to that of “self-imposed and mental discipline” this session. “We do not want the students to be governed by strict discipline but we want to inculcate in them a sense of self-discipline which they can carry with them even when their teachers or guardians are not around’’ says the Principal, who adds that the recent experiences of inviting the members of the opposite sex to the college premises during food fests were a great success.

Under the innovative vocational course, the college is starting a three- year course in Home care nursing. ``The course will be open for all those who have passed their senior secondary. We are offering diploma in care of elderly people, infant and child acre and hospital management under the course,’’ says the principal. Under its community reach programme, the college is taking the initiative to offer a one-year course of computers for the housewives. ``As a college, we have a responsibility towards the society at large. That is why we are going to start a computer course for those housewives who want to bridge the gap between their knowledge and the new techniques now available,’’ says Dr Bedi.

MCM DAV college has an intake of 3,500 students and more than 900 girls take admission every year in BA I. With two units of B Com (140 seats each, the students who have secured 80 percent or more in their Class XII exams are able to take admission in commerce.

“We also witness a huge rush for the 500 seats in the hostels. Merit is the sole criteria for admission in the college hostel,” adds the Principal. 

New courses offered by college this session
1. MA English, Sociology

2. M.Sc. IT, PG Diploma in Computer applications

3. PG Diploma in Mass Communication.

4. B.Sc. (microbial and food tech) and PG Diploma in Fashion Designing ( PU approval awaited)

5. Add on courses in cosmetology and beauty care, video reporting and communicative English.

Cut off percentage in B.Com I last year — 82 percent

In take in BA I — 900

Total hostel seats available — 500. 



Staff room to make way for seminar hall at GC-11
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
Lecturers of the Government College, Sector 11, will soon be deprived of the joy of sitting together, sharing a thought or just plain interaction. For their staffroom, which hitherto provided a common place for lecturers, will soon be decimated.

There is a move to convert the staffroom into a seminar hall. To be equipped with latest gadgets, the seminar room will present an all-modern look.

What is causing heartburn among lecturers is that they will be denied of a place to sit together and share their opinion concerning the college affairs and issues concerning them.

They visualise it as an anti-lecturer move.

A lecturer criticising the move, on the condition of anonymity, said: “To do away with the staffroom is wrong. Staffroom is a must in a college. This has been done on purpose so that the staff can’t unite to raise their voice for a common cause.”

However, Mr Pahlad Aggarwal, Principal of the college, pooh-poohed the criticism he said: “The staffroom used to remain empty most of the time. Moreover, we now intend to provide some more facilities to the staff. In lieu of the staffroom, we have allotted 22 separate rooms for staff members in their respective departments.

DPI (colleges) D.S. Mangat expressed his ignorance on the issue.



Admission rush yet to pick up in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 8
The “poor-cousin” tag of the city vis-a-vis Chandigarh refuses to diminish with time. This is evident from the fact that while most private schools of Chandigarh are through with their admissions, their counterparts in Panchkula have applicants only trickling in for seats.

The Principals attribute this to the fact that government schools of Chandigarh are yet to begin admissions. This translates into the fact that schools of the city will have to keep their admissions open till after mid July to take in students who can’t find a stream or school of their choice.

This year, however, the positive aspect of admissions will be that with the reduction of the UT pool and general pool in Punjab Engineering College from 85:15 to 50: 50, city students will have little temptation to run to Chandigarh schools. At least that’s the hope the schools are banking upon. They have, however, already gone ahead with their classes by admitting their own students.

The Principal of DAV School, Sector 8, Ms Santosh Bhandari, says: “We have all three streams of science, commerce and arts in our school with 15 seats each for outside-school students. The sale of prospectus is on and the admissions will be based on merit alone. We will not conduct an entrance test of our own.”

At Satluj Public School, Sector 4, the new session will begin on July 1 and the school will keep accepting students till then. “We will take in students in all three streams even after that if there are some vacant seats. We have a cut-off of 70 per cent in science, 65 per cent in commerce and 50 per cent in arts. Sixty per cent of our seats are already full,” he maintained.

Hansraj School, Sector 6, will close admission to Class XI after July 15. “We will wait till admissions in government schools of Chandigarh are over. We have decided on cut-off of 60 per cent in science and 50 per cent in commerce. We have a total of 40 seats in each,” Mr Vijay Sharma, Principal, explains.

DC Model School, Sector 7, is the only exception which has practically closed admission to Class XI.

Admissions are also on at Chaman Lal DAV School, Sector 11, and Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 15.



PU makes PhD entrance tough
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The PhD entrance test conducted by Panjab University (PU), is up for major changes this session. The aspiring research scholars will now have to prove their mettle through a revised exam pattern. Under the new pattern approved by the university, a separate section has been introduced that will test the “research aptitude” of candidates by asking question on various aspects of research methodology.

Acting on the feedback given by chairpersons of various varsity departments, who observed that the current pattern did not test the research skills of the candidates, PU has reduced weightage for objective-type questions from 50 to 40 per cent and more descriptive and short answer-type question have been introduced from this year.

The entrance test has also been advanced by three months and will be held in August this year. “We are going to hold the entrance test in August-end this year and not in November as was the practice ever since the test was introduced three years ago. The final date, however, will be decided soon,” says the Dean, University Instructions, (DUI) Prof J.K. Gupta.

Under the new pattern, entrance test will have three separate sections. In section I, candidates will be asked 40 one-mark objective-type questions, in section II (short answers), candidates will have to attempt 10 questions out of 20, each question will be of 3 marks, and in the last section (descriptive answers), two questions, each of 15 marks, will have to be attempted. There will be internal choice in the last section. While each section will be of one-hour, there will be no negative marking.

Earlier, there used to be two sections — one of objective question (50) of 2 marks each and another section of long answers in which students were required to attempt 4 out of 10 questions, each of 25 marks.

While students already find clearing the entrance test a tall task — a fact that comes through the poor success rate of students — the new test, more closer to the UGC-NET exam, is going to test the students knowledge more thoroughly.

“The existing test pattern had been continuing for three years, and we wanted to review it and make it more suited to the requirements. The PhD entrance test is helping PU in a big way as we are able to weed out non-serious students from enrolling for research,” adds Prof Gupta.

New pattern for PhD entrance test

Section I (objective type):

40 questions — one mark each

Section II (short answers):

10 questions — 3 marks each (10 out of 20 questions to be attempted)

Section III (descriptive):

Two questions — 15 marks each (internal choice with each question) Total marks for the test — 100.



It’s boom time for xerox business
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Admission season is round the corner and guess who’s smiling? It’s the photostat machine owners and all because admission time comes loaded with work, business and lots of money.

Examinations and admissions — these are the only two seasons that give photostat machine owners a reason to rejoice and happy times have just begun for and are here for the next three months or so.

At this time of the year, photostat business booms and is up by almost 10 times. It has begun picking up gradually. Shopkeepers of Sectors 14 and 15 gain the most during this period. With admission forms already available for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, students are flocking the campus with their certificates.

With easy availability of xeroxing machines on the campus, most of them prefer to get their documents xeroxed on the campus or at shops in the adjoining Sector 15. The shopkeepers, on their part, stretch their work hours to accommodate as many clients and even hire extra photostat machines and workers to deal with the rush.

One such shopkeeper, Mr Jaswinder Singh, says, “The number of students coming in for photostat becomes almost unmanageable. It is at this time that we suspend all other long-term assignments of typing and binding thesis or other research material. The idea is to attend to the students first and enable quick disposal of work.”

While there are a handful of customers at each of the shops on the campus, shops in adjoining Sector 15, which houses a number of paying guest students and is only the next populated after the campus as far as students are concerned, are also doing brisk business. “The photostat work of documents and certificates has just begun to flow in. At present, my business is around 40 to 45 per cent and it is coming from permanent clients,” states Mr Vijay Mahajan, owner of Durga Graphics in Sector 15.

At Bakshi Communication, photostat machines are in operation mode. “My business is yet to pick up. Come mid-June and the place is packed like a tin of sardines, everyone wanting his work done on priority. The workload during admissions doesn’t even leave time enough to have our lunch and the rush continues from morning till night,” an employee maintains.

Admission time means non-stop work, duty for hours on end and time enough for feeding endless reams of paper to the machine and pulling these out.

However, it’s also the time that business for the xerox machines owners is at an all-time high, earning them in three admission months more than their earnings put together in the rest of the year.



85 pc UT pool quota in city colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
City colleges will continue with the 85 per cent quota for the UT pool for this academic session. The UT Home Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, said the proposal of a 60:40 ratio in quota for UT pool and general pool students was only suggested at a Principals meeting recently. “There is no move to introduce it from this session at least,” he said.

Since the prospectus of most colleges had already been printed, the Education Department did not think it feasible to initiate the change this session. “We will study the proposal exhaustively for the next academic session. As far as this session is concerned, we will continue with the 85:15 arrangement for the UT and general pool respectively,” the Home Secretary stated.



Semester system for MSc IT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Panjab University is introducing the semester system in M Sc (IT) from the forthcoming session 2005-06. The duration of the course will be two academic years comprising of four semesters.

The examination of the first and third semesters will be held in December/January and the examination of the second and fourth semesters will be held during May/June every session.

According to the university officials, the candidates who have passed BCA/B Tech/BE (computer science) from PU or any other recognised university shall be eligible to seek admission in M Sc (IT). 



General visits Territorial Army Headquarters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S. Pattabhiraman, visited the command’s Territorial Army (TA) Group Headquarters here today.

On his arrival, he was received by the TA Group Commander, Brig G S Dhillon, and was introduced to other TA officers posted there, a statement issued here said.

He conducted the Army Commander around the Group HQ location and briefed him on the various tasks and projects entrusted to the TA in the Western Command Zone.

The Army Commander was also apprised of the progress on raising of an Ecological Infantry Company for the National Highway Authority of India in Delhi and the proposed raising of an Ecological Infantry Battalion for Himachal Pradesh.

Appreciating the good work done by the Terriers in the Western Command Zone, General Pattabhiraman stressed upon the importance of the Territorial Army as the citizens’ army.



Fresh survey of houses outside ‘lal dora’ sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The joint action committee of residents, living outside the lal dora in the 18 UT villages, today urged the Chandigarh Administration to conduct a fresh survey of houses outside the lal dora in UT villages.

The actual number of houses was much more than the figure of 2659 houses being given by the administration. Members of the committee said the number of built up houses was over 4000.

Pointing to an exercise to count the houses in Hallomajra village, which began in December last year, the committee said the Municipal Corporation had directed the Hallomajra sarpanch to carry out the number exercise in the village.

Members of the committee said as per the consolidation of the village done between 1952 and 1960, a number of houses had come up outside the lal dora, including those in the extended abadi deh.

The committee said it was wrong to state that the houses outside the lal dora had been constructed without prior permission as relevant permission had been given by the authorities concerned from time to time.

As per figures quoted by the committee, around 35,000 families were living outside the lal dora in UT villages.



Defence must have separate pay commission

Why shouldn’t the armed forces have a separate pay commission when their terms and conditions of service are totally different from those of the other services? The defence services have projected this point to the government many times without success. The result is that the former continue to suffer from several disadvantages, especially in pension. For, the majority of them cannot earn 50 per cent of their pay as pension because of early retirement.

A jawan is retired in his thirties. How does then the government expect him to complete 33 years of service to earn his full pension? The same is the case with the JCOs. Providing a few years weightage of service to young retirees still does not make them to complete 33 years of service.

A civilian employee who retires at the age of 58 to 60 years completes his 33 years, gets the advantage of higher salary and consequently gets a higher pension. Granted that the armed forces personnel have to retire earlier for keeping the Army in young profile. But then they should be compensated with higher pensionary benefits. Besides, whenever the pension is enhanced, it should also be made applicable to all the pensioners, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Kasauli holiday home

The concept of holiday homes took birth during World War II to give rest to the battle weary troops for a few days. We too started a holiday home for two to three years in 1949 in Srinagar for the troops located in J&K. A few years ago, the Northern Command opened a holiday home in Dalhousie for giving rest to the Army personnel committed to quelling militancy in J&K.

We also have holiday homes for the officers both serving and retired at some of the hill stations such as Gulmarg, Srinagar, Shimla, Kasauli, Mussouri, Nainital, etc.

The Army Holiday Home at Kasauli is very popular with the officers and their families in this region. For, it is at very convenient distance from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. It has 11 small and four large suites, which are very well furnished and equipped with refrigerators, TV sets, crockery and cutlery and all the essential utensils, plus cooking gas for the kitchenette.

During the season i.e. in May and June, there is so much of rush that it is just not possible to find any accommodation in the holiday home unless the booking is made in January or February.

Refund of ECHS contribution

The final orders for claiming the excess amount paid by the members of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) have been received. These orders are applicable only to those ex-servicemen who became members on or after April 1, 2004. The reason for this is that 50 per cent DA was merged with the pension on this date.

The refund will be claimed on a contingent bill. The members are advised to go to Station Headquarters Chandimandir, with the ECHS card/receipt, pension paying order and bank certificate specifying pension, including 50 per cent DA. In addition, a copy of the Military Receivable Order showing the amount deposited in the State Bank Treasury Branch should also be carried.

A portrait of significance

The portrait, painted by Mr Simon Elwes, dominates the anteroom of the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre Officers’ Mess in Delhi Cantonment. It is called the ‘Legacy’. It depicts the father, widow and the young son of Company Havildar Major Chhelu Ram.

The father looks proud, the young widow proud and sad. The son, dressed in high-collared white tunic carries his father’s Regimental cane, wears his (father’s) turban and displays the Victoria Cross on his right breast.

The Legacy is the most proud possession of the regiment. The replicas of this portrait have found a place of pride in various messes across the world.

Pritam Bhullar



IT help centre

Chandigarh, June 8
An Income Tax Department ‘help centre’ for small taxpayers was inaugurated by Mr Hemant, Contractor, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, Chandigarh circle, on the premises of the State Bank of India in Sector 17 today. This centre will help small tax payers in filing their income tax returns, calculation of tax, and filing of chalan and will provide necessary guidance. The centre will be operational till November 30 this year. OC



Tributes paid to Sunil Dutt
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
Tributes were paid to Sunil Dutt, former Cabinet Minister and actor, at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today.

Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chibber (retd), former Governor of Punjab was the chief guest at the function. Dr K.L. Zakir, Secretary of the Haryana Urdu Academy and chairman of the Jan Shiksha Sansthan, presided over the ‘samman smaroh’.

A two-minutes silence was also observed.



Student beaten up; inflicts injuries on self
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
A Panjab University student, who was beaten up by four other students on the campus yesterday, inflicted injuries on himself to strengthen his case against the four students. He was later booked by the police for an attempt to suicide case.

According to the police, Gaurav Sharma, a student of IV semester of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) reported to the police that Amrinder Singh, Harpreet Singh, Nimrat Singh along with another unidentified person attacked him today with baseball sticks.

Acting on a complaint filed by Gaurav Sharma, a case under Sections 506 and 34 IPC has been registered in the Sector 11 police station. A constable, Jatinder Singh took Gaurav to the General Hospital, Sector 16, for medical examination.

In the hospital Gaurav reportedly went to the toilet and inflicted wounds on his ribs with a sharp-edged object. Later the police registered a case of attempt to suicide against Gaurav under Section 309 IPC in the Sector 17 police station.



Sarpanch assaulted, robbed
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 8
Five persons were injured in four separate incidents in Dera Bassi subdivision in the past 24 hours.

According to police sources, some armed persons attacked the Sarpanch of Jarot village late last night. Mr Maan Singh, the Sarpanch, was driving his car back home after a medical camp when the armed persons, about 10 in number, stopped him in Jharmari village on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway.

They also robbed him of cash and jewellery worth thousands of rupees and left him injured. The injured Mr Maan Singh was admitted to the Civil Hospital at Dera Bassi, with injuries on his head and other parts of the body. A case has been registered at Lalru police station.

In another incident, Mr Nakshatra Singh, a resident of Devi Nagar, was critically injured by a group of villagers in Devi Nagar, this afternoon. The victim had been putting up in Chandigarh for the past some years after his son was missing from the village.

Sources in the village said Mr Nakshatra Singh had approached the SSP Patiala to conduct an enquiry to find out the circumstances that led to the elimination of his son. Apprehending involvement of some villages in his son’s disappearance, Mr Nakshatra Singh had named some residents in his complaint. Sources in the village said Mr Nakshatra Singh’s son, was in love with a girl of the village and had gone missing after her marriage. The Dera Bassi police has started investigating the matter.

Restraining some youngsters from fighting proved costly for Mr Rupinder Singh, a resident of Bhankharpur village, as he himself was hospitalized.

Mr Rupinder Singh sustained injuries when the youngsters assaulted him with a bat in a school ground. The injured was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. The police has started investigating the case.

In a freak accident, two unidentified occupants were injured when the Scorpio (UP-77B-7373) in which they were travelling dashed against a road divider on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway opposite the local hospital in the wee hours on Wednesday.

The injured after getting preliminary medicare escaped from the hospital leaving behind the vehicle. The police later impounded the vehicle after removing it from the highway in the morning.



Two houses burgled; scooter stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
Two houses were burgled while a scooter was reportedly stolen from the city, the local police said here today.

Dr Kuldip Solanki, a resident of Sector 11, lodged a complaint with the police that a gold chain weighing 12 grams, one gold locket, one gold bracelet and four gold rings were stolen from his residence. Mr Solanki told the police that he was away from May 21 to June 7.

In another incident, Mr Kuldip Singh of Sector 52 reported to the police that Rs 4000, one gold necklace, two gold ear rings and two gold rings were stolen from his residence after breaking open locks during daytime on Tuesday. Two separate cases have been registered in this regard.

Liquor seized

The local police today arrested a Hallo Majra resident and recovered 48 bottles and 36 nips of illegal liquor from his possession.

According to the police, Raju of Hallo Majra village was arrested from the Housing Board Chowk in Mani Majra this afternoon. He was carrying a sack in his hand and a search of the sack led to recovery of illegal liquor from his possession.

In a separate incident, Chander Pal of Nehru Colony, Sector 52, was arrested from the same locality, yesterday. The police recovered eight bottles of country wine from his possession. A case under the Excise Act the has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.

Scooter stolen

Ms Garima Bawa of Sector 35-A filed a complaint with the police that her Kinetic Honda Scooter (CH-01-D-5546) was stolen from Sector 35 on Tuesday. A case of theft has been registered.


The local police arrested three persons for gambling at public place, yesterday.

Suraj Mal of Kumhar Colony was arrested from Sector 25 for gambling. 



Money stolen from car
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 8
A person has complained to the police that a sum of about Rs 40,000 was stolen from a car in Phase VII here today.

It is learnt that the complainant had withdrawn the amount from the ICICI Bank and kept the bag containing the cash in the car. He then went to the market in connection with some work. When he came back he found the bag containing the money missing.

The police is investigating the matter.



Purse snatched
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 8
The purse of woman living in Phase IX was snatched near Gurdwara Amb Sahib by two scooter-borne youths here on Sunday.

Ms Sonika told the police that she was carrying a mobile phone, ATM cards and Rs 3,000 in cash in the purse.



UT Admn to offer industrial plots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The Chandigarh Administration will be offering a total of 176 industrial plots of various categories such as 3 kanal, 2 kanal, 1.5 kanal, 1 kanal, 15 marla and 10 marla, in the industrial area phase III in Darua and Raipur Kalan.

These 176 plots are in the first phase of the development planned for the upcoming industrial area.

The Chandigarh Administration plans to set up an industrial area, Phase III for which it has acquired 153 acres of land in Mauli Jagran and Raipur Kalan in 2003. Besides the industrial plots ranging from 10 marla to 3 kanal, there is a plan to have adequate areas for community facilities, parking and other infrastructure, including sewerage treatment plant.

Already some of the plots have been given by draw of lots to the applicants in Industrial Area Phase III. For the remaining plots a decision is yet to be taken as to what will be the procedure of allotment.

Nearly 91 acres of land in Raipur Kalan has been proposed for development in the first phase of Industrial Area. The rest of the area measuring 62 acres is low lying.

The demarcation of the first phase has already been completed and development of infrastructure is being provided. After completion of development work in the first phase, the development of second phase will be initiated. Though the scheme is being proposed in a phased manner, the tentative layout plan of the area comprising 153 acres has already been prepared, including industrial, residential, commercial areas and community facilities.

The industrial area is coming up in the vicinity of industrial area, Panchkula, and a 200 feet wide road named as route No 2 has been proposed to link the industrial areas of two cities which leads from Hallomajra to Industrial Area, Panchkula. Not only the Industrial Area but people of southern sectors of Chandigarh will have easy access to Panchkula from route No 2. A green buffer zone has been proposed along the road link in public interest.


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