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Revenue stamps being sold on black market
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Stoppage of sale of revenue stamps by the post offices in the city has led to their sale in open black market. The general public is left either to go to the UT Treasury Office in Sector 17 or buy the stamps in black. Treasury Office sells stamps only up to 1 p.m.

Earlier the stamps were available at more than 20 outlets in the city post offices.

At least three vendors selling general stationery and forms for various entrance tests in front of the General Post Office, Sector 17, keep a quota of stamps in reserve. A Re 1 stamp is available for Rs 2 with the vendors operating here.

“Why single out post-office vendors only,” asked a vendor adding: “Stamps are available at a number of other offices in the city. The only reason is unavailability at the post offices and the public looking for easier avenues.”

Another vendor, justifying him said: “We are not making big profits. Look at the inconvenience that we save the people from who will have to travel to treasury office for making a purchase of revenue stamps. I don’t think there is anything wrong in this.”

Revenue stamps are needed for official documents, mainly regarding personal statements in property transactions and a large number of other legal matters. The stamps are currently available only at the Treasury Office in Sector 17. A large number of people are making the purchase in black market from stationary vendors.

One of the officials on duty at the Treasury Office, was arguing with a customer when The Tribune correspondent visited the office today. “I know you are seeking tickets worth Rs 250 because you will sell it in black later. You are seen at this counter frequently. Don’t indulge in illegal activity otherwise even I will get a bad name in the office.”

Certain customers were complaining about the absence of a sun shade at the counter and about the pestering flies flying around.

An official on duty said: “We understand the problem of the public. Our counter opens only from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We have only two staff members for the job. We have to look after all other issues relating to our office in the afternoon. You will be surprised to know that the person giving the revenue stamps today has been brought here on request from other department because our man has gone on official duty.”

The official said: “The trouble started about five months back when the postal department started asking for a share in profits from the sale of the stamps. They are demanding a higher share than suggested by our office. The matter should be sorted out at the earliest because general public is facing problem.”

Mr Ram Sharan, a bank employee, said: “I don’t mind paying a little extra for revenue stamps that I get from the vendors near post office because it saves me from a lot of inconvenience and travelling. The authorities and not the vendors should be blamed for the public inconvenience.”

Mr Amit Jindal, a businessman, did not agree with Mr Sharan. “Blackmarketing is illegal. Ignoring even one instance means giving justification to others,” he added.

The official on duty revealed that “stamps worth Rs 200 are handed out straightaway. For a purchase of above Rs 200, the party concerned has to submit a request on the letterhead of the organisation concerned”.



2 PSEB linemen suspended, JE transferred
Bir Devinder warns against absenteeism
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 17
Two assistant linemen of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) were suspended and a junior engineer transferred when they were reportedly found absent from duty during a surprise check conducted by the MLA Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, at the various public offices here this morning.

According to Mr Bir Devinder Singh, the two linemen Satish Kumar and Bhola Yadav were supposed to be on complaint duty at the Bhago Majra village complaint centre but were absent from duty along with the junior engineer, Harmohinder Singh. Resident of nine villages wanted to complain that there was no electricity in the area for one complete day but the complaint centre was flocked since yesterday morning. Hundreds of villagers collected outside the complaint centre this morning and informed the MLA about the problem.

The MLA called the villagers to the SDOs office and recorded the entire incident. The SDO, Mr Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, was asked to restore electricity to nine villages while the Executive Engineer, Mr Gurcharan Singh, of the Zirakpur division, was asked to take action against the erring employees.

Mr Bir Devinder also said that the complaint system in the centre needed to be well defined. It was decided that other than having a complaint register at the complaint centre, an extra complaint register would be given to sarpanch of every village where complaints could be booked.

Earlier, the MLA conducted surprise visits to all the government dispensaries in Mohali. At the Phase 3BI dispensary, he found the entire Class I and Class II staff absent from duty.

“Dr P.P. Singh Bath, Dr Amrit Kaur, Dr Kritika, Dr Suman Lata were not there in the dispensary at 8.30 in the morning. Reporting time is 8 am. Other than these Sarabjit Singh and Ramesh Rani, both pharmacists were also absent,” said Mr Bir Devinder Singh. At the Government Panchkarma Dispensary, Mr Bir Devinder found Dr Chandra Mohan Ghai and Mr Sukhvinder Singh absent.

“I would be writing to the Secretary, Health Punjab, and the concerned Civil Surgeon to take strict and exemplary action against these doctors and the other staff members,” said Mr Bir Devinder.

Issuing a warning to those indulging in absenteeism, Mr Bir Devinder Singh said: “Absence of a doctor would be construed as having caused pain and agony to the waiting patient and actions would be taken accordingly. Every official is required to be in the office on the notified time. No one would go spared.” He added that he would be visiting public offices every day from 8 am to 10 am.



Rodrigues for making city truly modern
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Fed up with poor upkeep of Sector 17, the Chandigarh Administration today decided to take matters in its own hands and announced the launch of a beautification plan for the city centre.

The sector is with the Municipal Corporation and focus will be on a clean environment, sanitation and cultural and recreational activities. This includes new tiling in the plaza and total revamp of the fountains which were once the pride of the city.

The plan was finalised by the UT Administrator Gen. S.F. Rodrigues, (retd) at a high-level meeting with the senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration and the leaders of trade and business community.

General Rodrigues further said: We are introducing an innovative and comprehensive programme for developing Sector 17, as a hub of various activities. Necessary guidelines will be issued by the Administration after discussions with a group of officers comprising Home Secretary, Finance Secretary, Chief Architect and Chief Engineer besides leaders of the trading community and other intellectuals.

He staled that the action plan would be based on these guidelines and final shape would be given to this plan in the next meeting to be held by the end of this month. He said a monitoring system would be evolved to constantly review the success and implementation of the plan under Deputy

Soliciting the cooperation and active support of the trading and business community in making Chandigarh a truly modern and beautiful city, General Rodrigues said that everyone should individually take the responsibility of keeping their establishments clean and free from encroachments. He demanded that the vehicles used by the shopkeepers and other employees must be parked at earmarked places to avoid congestion. With a view to making the ‘city centre’ a showcase of cultural and recreational activities, General Rodrigues appealed to traders to sponsor cultural and recreational shows throughout the year. This, he felt, would attract visitors and tourists. He said the Administration will extend all help to them in this regard.

General Rodrigues further said: “We have great potential and human resources. It is our collective responsibility to give a bright and prosperous future to the young generations we should plan for providing them with a healthy livingstyle, better education, medical and recreational facilities. We must create opportunities for productive employment and livelihood for them.

He said there was a scope for creating a water sports -cum-theme park and a film city in Chandigarh.



Army orders probe Tampering of Tehelka record
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The Army has ordered an investigation into claims made before a military court by a key witness that statements made by him during the recording of the additional Summary of Evidence (SOE) in the case of Brig Iqbal Singh have been manipulated

The Army has sent the original hand-written additional SOE recorded in the case of Brig Iqbal Singh to the Government Examiner of Questionable Documents at Shimla for forensic examination, it is learnt.

During his deposition before the General Court Martial(GCM) trying Brigadier Iqbal Singh for professional impropriety in the tehelka case, former tehelka.com staffer Aniruddha Bahl had maintained that he had given answers to certain questions only in "yes" or "no", but certain words and sentences had been added to them.

On examination of the SOE, the court had observed that the fullstops in the statements had been converted into commas and the colour of the ink and the size of the handwriting after the commas was different.

The court, thereafter, directed that the additional SOE be sealed and sent to the court's convening authority, in this case, the General Officer, Commanding 2 Corps, for investigation. The court also directed that the report of the investigation be placed before it through a competent witness on the next date of hearing. The court will re-assemble on July 11.

The investigation is being done by the General Officer Commanding, 40 Artillery Division, who is the accused's commanding officer. The officer who was blamed for manipulating the statements is presently commanding an artillery brigade in the Western Sector.

Speaking to The Tribune, Aniruddha Bahl, who had been in charge of the sting operation, said it had come to his knowledge that the court's convening authority and the accused had been course-mates at the National Defence College and apparently knew each other. In this light, he added, he had reservations on the fairness and objectivity of an in-house inquiry by the Army.

Meanwhile, sources reveal that some of the court members had received several telephone calls from Army Headquarters and Headquarters 2 Corps after the controversy cropped up, which, the sources added, suggested that they were being pressurised to underplay the issue about tempering with the SOE.

The prosecution counsel, Mr Arvind Moudgil, when contacted, maintained that the matter was very serious and had a direct bearing on the outcome of the trial.

He added that he expected the Army to take a fair and objective view of the matter.



Passing Thru

Khurshid Khowaja
Dr Khurshid Khowaja Director Nursing Services Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

What brings you to the city?

I am here to attend an Indo-Pak symposium on “Impact of Nurse Patient Ratio on Hospital Safety”. This is the second time I have come to India. The first time was in 1998 when we had come to attend a training course for nurses.

What is the main concern of your profession in Pakistan?

Nursing profession being followed in India and Pakistan is basically similar but the entire system is based on research in nursing techniques carried out in western nations. Nurses in India and Pakistan should get involved in evidence-based research.

What kind of research?

We should have our own research based on the conditions that exist in hospitals here both in private and public sector. We cannot apply the same principles that are followed in hospitals abroad to the conditions here. The nurses of this region have to take the lead in evidence-based research.

How is your profession looked at in Pakistan?

Till some years ago it was not considered a good profession but now with the demand for nurses rising abroad, parents in Pakistan are now preferring this course for their daughters.

— Chitleen K. Sethi



College Call
Where empowering women is the motto
Swarleen Kaur

  • B.Ed counselling is scheduled for July 20 (joint counselling) with three universities (Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University and Panjab University)
  • M.Ed prospectus will be available from June 20 and last date of submission is July 20 and Interview date for M.Ed will be July 25 and 26
  • Admission depends on the results of B.Ed

Chandigarh, June 17
Recognising the strength of women, the Dev Samaj College of education for Women, Sector 36, has chosen value-based education as its guiding mantra.
Established in 1981, it visualises women as a vital element of Indian social set-up.

With the strength of 225, the college is offering one-year courses in the B.Ed and M.Ed streams. There are 200 seats for B.Ed and 25 for M.Ed. It is the only college which offers an option of taking Environment Education in M. Ed.

In the domain of social service, the college shoulders its responsibility quite well. In collaboration with city-based NGOs, it keeps on conducting various programmes with a view to create awareness among people on social issues.

The college is equipped with well-stocked library, legal services cell, human rights education cell, music club and social service club.

It has not lagged behind in undertaking extra curricular-activities. Various painting competitions and poster-making contests organised by it from time to time have seen active participation of many a youth.

Along with a non-governmental organisation, ‘Yuvstatta’, it has conducted cycle rallies and skits also.

Even the college’ prayer focuses on doing good to human beings.

The college publishes its magazine, ‘Div Dipti’, every year. This time the theme of the magazine is ‘Harmony within four kingdoms’.

It is based on the philosophy of Bhagawan Dev Atma ji whose belief was that to live in peace one should have relation with all four kingdoms. These four kingdoms are inanimate, animal, plant and human.

The institution is being run by Dr Satinder Dhillon, principal, and she has been elected as a senate member of all three universities in Punjab i.e. Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.



BA (social sciences) a non-starter
even after two years

Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Despite a green signal given by Panjab University’s Academic Council, the much-awaited three-year BA honours (social sciences) remains a non-starter this forthcoming session. PU’s supreme academic body has devoted its several precious hours in the long winding discussions in the last two years, but now most of the members do not even know the fate of the course which does not find a mention in the list of courses offered by PU in session 2005-06.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof K N Pathak, however, said that for want of any willing coordinator to manage the course, the BA integrated course had failed to take off. ``No faculty member has come forward to become its coordinator and take responsibility of running the course. However we are still considering when to start the course as planned,’’ added the VC.

Mooted to be a three years specialised degree course and claimed to be the first of its kind in the region, BA (social sciences) was designed to have integration of topics from all major streams of social sciences including history, political science, sociology and public administration. A few chapters of subjects like philosophy were also proposed to be a part of the curriculum of the novel integrated course of BA (social sciences).

After several rounds of discussions at various university meetings, it was further added that the undergraduate course would lead to postgraduation in MA honours (social sciences) of two-year duration. Since the university was not to get any grant from an outside agency to run the course, it was agreed upon by the members to utilise the existing faculty of the social sciences departments to teach the course, which was to be run in the campus initially.

As the sessions pass by (the course had already been discussed in academic council meeting in year 2004 and 2005) the once novel idea appeared stale to the members now. ``The course, even if is introduced, would not be a success as there are no secured job opportunities available to the students after completing the BA integrated course. The demand for humanities and social sciences courses is already waning and the new courses in these areas can prove to be a disaster,’’ says a local college principal and member of the Academic Council as well.



Ambala DAV College to start new courses
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 17
DAV College (Lahore) Ambala City principal, Mr J.S. Nain today said that B.Sc. (Biotechnology) is offered only in their college in Ambala.
Mr Nain said that B.Sc. (Biotechnology) is a prestigious course. “There is a high merit for the B.Sc. Biotechnology course,” he said.

Among post graduate courses, DAV College is offering MA English, MA Hindi and M.Com. In the undergraduate courses, DAV College is offering B.Sc. Biotechnology, B.Sc. Med, B.Sc. (Non-Med). B.Sc. (C.Sc), B.Sc Electronics, B.Sc. Electronics Equipment Maintenance, BCA, B.Com, B.Com vocational with computer application and BA (Geography, Home Science, Economics, History, Pol Sc, English, Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit).

The college has applied for a number of career-oriented courses. The courses for which approval has been sought includes watershed management, fashion designing, food preservation, travel and tourism, tissue culture, vermiculture, apiculture, plastic technology, desktop publishing, risk management, sales and marketing, human resource management, finance management and accounting practice procedure. These courses will be offered at certificae, diploma and advance diploma.

DAV College, Ambala City, is the first college of the DAV management and it is located near Jagadhari Gate. It is spread in an area of 15.59 acres having a sprawling playground and multi-storeyed academic blocks for Arts, science, commerce and postgratuation. The college has three computer labs, one electronics lab, three chemistry labs, three physics labs, three biology labs, one biotechnology lab, one home science lab and two geography labs.

The college has a well-stocked library containing 59,000 books, including a collection of old and rare books. A conference hall with audio-visual facilities is there to hold seminars, workshops, group discussion and lectures.

Two separate sports complexes have been built for providing indoor and outdoor facilities. The college has a basketball complex, hockey arena and indoor badminton hall. Routine university and inter-university games are periodically held.

The college had NCC, NSS, women cell, sports, Arya Yuva Samaj and Dharam Shiksha, moral education and co-curricular activities. The college is also offering 27 scholarships to deserving and meritorious students.



Three Ambala lads shine in IIT examination
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 17
Three Ambala students have cleared the prestigious IIT entrance examination.
They are Anish Mittal, Ankush Sharma and Yug Kumar. Anish Mittal, a student of Riverside DAV Public School, has secured 2532 rank in IIT.

He has got 108 rank in AIEEE and secured 28 rank in DCE. Advocate Dalip Mittal, father of Anish Mittal, said that they were delighted with Anish’s result.

Ankush Sharma has secured 2774 rank in IIT. He has also got 576 rank in AIEEE and 95 rank in DCE.

He had got 87.6 per cent in the Class XII board exams. Yug Kumar has secured 1914 rank in the IIT entrance examination. 



Career-oriented courses gaining popularity
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 17
Career-oriented courses are increasingly gaining popularity among admission seekers. The courses have been tailored keeping in mind and job market requirement.
In SD College, Ambala Cantt, three certificate courses have been upgraded to the diploma level this year. The certificate courses are marketing, international trade management and office management.

SD College Principal Dr Desh Bandhu said that career-oriented courses are appropriate for the students.

“A student, over a period of three years, can either opt for an additional advanced diploma or a certificate and a diploma,” he said.

Dr Desh Bandhu said that these career-oriented courses are inter-disciplinary.

Government College, Ambala Cantt, is also offering new add on courses. The courses are diploma in tourism, guidance and counselling and information technology. A new undergraduate course of mass communication and video production is also going to be started this year.

Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantt is offering a couple of new courses this year. The post graduation courses are PG Diploma in Business Management, PG Diploma in Guidance and Counselling, PG Diploma in Journalism. Beside, at the graduation level, the courses being offered are Bachelor in Tourism Management and BA with Physical Education.

The certificate courses which have been introduced are for Guidance and Counselling, Script Writting and functional English.



Mohindra College balancing studies, sports
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 17
The Government Mohindra College, one of the oldest college in the region, is marching ahead in both academics as well as in field of sports under the guidance of its Principal, Dr Daljit Inder Singh Brar, who was also a national-level gymnast.

This college, established by Mohinder Singh, a forefather of the present CM, in 1875, had ever since kept on with the changing times adding new courses and infrastructure.

The college management was constructing a state-of-art multipurpose auditorium, which would have a seating capacity of 600. It was in the final stage of completion. Dr Amarjit Singh Marwah, an NRI had donated Rs 25 lakh for the building while the rest of the money was being arranged from the parents teachers fund.

The college had recently started many add-on-courses, sponsored by the UGC. These courses were in agro services, plant bio-technology and clinical diagonistic techniques.

Mr R.K. Goyal, Lecturer, public administration, said that “new courses have immense employment potential and students can take them as additional subject at graduation level”. He added that besides these courses the college also planned to start B.Sc (biotechnology), PGDCA, MCA from the next academic session.

The college, which was the first to get accredited with A+ grade from the NAAC in Punjab, had always remained first choice among the students of city due its low fee structure and highly qualified teaching faculty. The faculty consists 32 doctorate and 57 M.Phil holders. The college was successfully running BA with 20 optional subjects.

This college, which had introduced postgraduation as early as 1912, was offering MA in political science, history, Punjabi, Hindi and English. Mr Goyal said that students of this college in last session had bagged many top positions in the university and every year students of this college got selected in various competitive examinations. He added that besides achievements in academic field, the college was doing well in sports.

The principal said that the college was particularly focusing on promotion of sports. He said that they were working for raising the level of sports infrastructure. On the cards was the renovation of the swimming pool. He said that the college had already excellent infrastructure for other games, the kind of which was available in only select government colleges across the state.

The Government Mohindra College, which has heritage status, was declared a model college by the Government of Punjab.



Admissions made hassle free
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 17
Punjabi University, Patiala, seems to be fully geared up to make the admissions procedure hassle free for the students this year and has taken numerous measures in this regard.

The Enquiry and Information Centre, located at the university’ main gate, is fully operational and is providing a number of facilities under one roof relating to the admissions. Its setting up has meant that students and their kin face less embarrassment.

The incharge of this centre, Mr Gumail Singh, said that work, including the sale of prospectus, depositing of fee, admission enquiry, attestation of forms are all done under one roof earlier, students and their parents had to face a harrowing time wandering here and there to get the work done. He said that nobody had to wait for more than half an hour to get his or her work done.

The enquiry centre is particularly helpful to students coming from the rural areas as they are unaware of the location of various department in the university. Now, all the information is available to them just at the entrance of university.

This year the university has also started several new courses such an include Diploma in Forensic Science, Sociology, Mass Communication and Insurance. Apart from this the Diploma in Space Science has been reintroduced Postgraduate diploma in mass media research has been introduced for the first time, disclosed dean, Academic Affairs, and officiating Vice-Chancellor Mr S.P.S Virdi.

Mr Virdi stated that the University has introduced a system, in which a graduate would be allowed to join any M.A if he or she clears the entrance test. However, priority would be given to the candidates who have these subjects at the graduation level.

He added that it will be the university’s endeavour to make admissions hassle free and the enquiry centre has reduced 75 per cent of the rush inside the university. He said that to make the filling of forms easy, the university has allowed self attestation on the university’s admission forms.

Professional courses like MBA and MCA where last year placements touched a new high, a entrance test would be conducted by the University for which the authorities have already got the nod of state government advertisement regarding this soon be appearing in various newspapers.



Modi college introduces new courses
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 17
Multani Modi Degree College here has introduced various new courses as well as subjects at the graduation level.
The college this year has started various employment oriented courses.

The newly added Diploma in Dress Designing and Tailoring would be providing employment opportunities to the students in the corporate sector as helping students to set up their own ventures. Similarly the management has added another unit of Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) consisting pf 30 students based on the increasing demand of the students.

The college has also introduced various elective subjects at the graduation level which include sociology, psychology, public administration, defence studies and physical education. The principal of the college Dr V.K. Sharma, said that these new subjects would be helpful to those who wish to appear the in the civil services and other competitive examinations for which this college had already got accreditation from Punjabi University.

As this was the age of information technology, the courses relating to this field like bachelor of computer application (BCA) and bachelor of management and information technology (BMIT) have got a good response. In fact so good was the response that all seats in these courses had already got filled.

Apart from these courses, the college was already successfully running BA, B.Sc courses while PGDCA and B.Com courses remained popular with the students keeping in view their employment potential. Dr Sharma said that next year the college would be starting many job oriented diplomas apart from setting up a state-of-art library.



Lal dora issue to dominate civic poll
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
In the run-up to the elections to the 10 wards of the Zila Parishad, representing 18 villages in Chandigarh, the issue of unauthorised structures outside the lal dora in villages is set to be the main issue.

A number of persons whose names are in the voter list live outside the lal dora. Such constructions, around 2500 as per the record of the Chandigarh Administration, have been dubbed unauthorised. Residents, who also polled during the last zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections, have been demanding that their structures should be regularised.

Some of the potential candidates for the elections admit that it is an issue. Mr Hukam Chand who plans to contest from Khuda Ali Sher and Kaimbwala, said: “We would urge the villagers to unite on the issue of houses out side the lal dora. No house will be allowed to be demolished “.

Mr Didar Singh, Chairman of the panchayat samiti, who lives in Hallo Majra, said there were around 2000 voters out of a total of 10,000 voters in the village, who they demand the regularisation of their houses, during elections.

The joint action committee of residents is geared up to grill the candidates on the issue. During the outgoing term, members of the Zila Parishad had been sympathising with us but no concrete outcome came out , they said.

The residents allege that 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 figure of such houses was much more than that disclosed by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr S.Regupathy, in Parliament last month. As many as 2659 houses in Chandigarh have been built without prior approval.

Mr B.S.Rawat, general secretary of the association, 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.

These houses fall outside the lal dora and are also out of the municipal limits. As the figures quoted by the committee, around 35,000 families are living outside the lal dora. 



Restoring city’s heritage building
Nirupama Dutt
Tribune News Service

S.D. Sharma
Architect S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, June 17
The forgotten heritage site of the city on the Madhya Marg in Sector 19, the makeshift building in which Le Corbusier sat down and made the master plan for the city, is now in the process of being conserved.

It was designed by Corbusier's cousin, architect Pierre Jeanneret, and built in 1952. This first building of the city is hardly visible through the greenery surrounding. The eye just skips it to glance at the more imposing block standing by its side. Just a little effort and one is face to face with this long slim and elegant structure which has been housing for long the UT Forest Department and Rural Development offices.

But sitting in a rundown, fanless room of the dilapidated empty portion of the structure, a conservation architect, young Sumedha, is busy translating the building into detailed drawings. This is the first step towards the conservation of this building that will eventually be turned into a gallery to display the architectural memorabilia of the city.

Sumedha has been given this assignment by S.D. Sharma and Associates to whom the project has been entrusted by the newly formed Chandigarh Perspectives group headed by Chief Architect Renu Sehgal.

S.D. Sharma, who has taken up this challenging task, has fond memories of this building where he began his career. Looking back, he says: " The building of Chandigarh opened up doors for many like me who were seeking a career in architecture and town planning. I took up my first job as a junior architect in 1954.

We had the good fortune of learning from the masters. In fact, I owe all I gained in life to Chandigarh. Thus, this project is one after my heart."

Sharma recalls that this building had a thatched roof at first, but insect problems arose and it was changed to asbestos. The restored building would be a tribute to Corbusier, Jeanneret , Jane Drew and Maxwel Fry, the European architects who realised the dream of Chandigarh.

Along with them was a team of bright Indian architects like Eulie Chowdhury, Jeet Malhotra, Prabhawalkar, M.N. Sharma and Aditya Prakash. The latter two are still living in the city and have played a role in the Administration's decision to conserve this building rather than demolish it.

The conservation of this building also raises questions about the changing concept of heritage. Born to an ancient civilisation we are used to having scattered around us buildings that have seen thousands of years. So it does seem amazing that a city as young as Chandigarh should boast of a heritage site.

Sumedha, who was earlier working for the Taj Mahal Conversation Collaborative, says: "As far as the Archaeological Survey of India goes, a building to be given the title of heritage must be at least a 100 years' old.

But now conservation architects are recognising modern heritage and this building is a classic example of it." Sumedha, an alumni of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, did her course in conservation architecture from The School of Plannin and Architecture, New Delhi.



Protest by ESPL staff against retrenchment
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 17
A rally was organised by employees of Electronic Systems Punjab Limit (ESPL) here today in protest against the retrenchment of employees by the management.
Representatives of the local unit of the Trade Union Council (TUC) also participated. Mr Jaswant Singh Mataur and Mr Karnail Singh, president and general secretary, respectively, of the TUC, said politicians were not supporting the employees who were fighting for genuine demands. He said it was unfortunate that they approached the employees only at the time of elections.

The president and the general secretary of the Electronic Systems Punjab Employees Union, Mr Kultar Singh and Mr T.P. Singh, respectively, appealed to the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter. They also demanded action against officials who misled the government in connection with the ESPL, saying that the company was facing losses. They said the company had been earning profits for the past six years and was working without taking any financial help from the government.

The employees alleged that the management was not obeying the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The employees were not being taken back by the management even when the court had granted a stay on their retrenchment.

The employees met the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, in this connection. The MLA assured them of help.



Weekend Getaway
Freak out to explore nature’s bounty
Vishal Gulati

Are you a school-going student fed up with textbooks, revision, home assignment, and all? Here is an offer for those of you who want to get closer to nature.

The Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal spot where you can spend hours in spotting and identifying birds, butterflies, beetles, reptiles, mammals and a variety of flora and fauna.

Spread over 2,600 hectare, the sanctuary is located in the foothills of the Shivaliks.

The Department of Forests and Wildlife has created eight nature trails, ranging from 2 km to 8 km, in the sanctuary. These trails crisscross through flower-rich patches, woods, hills, choes and water bodies. One can witnesses an interesting kaleidoscope of insect and bird life here.

Butterflies, which are called bio-indicators, can be seen flitting across the paths. Seventy-eight species belonging to nine families have been recorded by Dr V.K. Walia of the Department of Zoology, Panjab University, in and around the sanctuary.

Dr Walia, an entomologist, says during these scorching days, butterflies hide themselves in branches of trees and move out only when the sun loses its sheen.

The avifauna diversity of the sanctuary is also quite rich. During winters, the sanctuary is agog with activities of feathered guests. In this season, a number of resident birds (that stay close to their nesting areas), including the peacock, the red jungle fowl, the cuckoo, the parrot, the bulbul, the myna, the kingfisher, the hoopoe, the nightjar and the lapwing can be spotted.

In the morning, one is greeted by a myriad of ventriloquial sounds. From a distance one can see parrots and other birds in flight.

While strolling in the sanctuary, one should get alert if there is a hiss, don’t panic. You may have inadvertently intruded into the territory of a serpent. Cautiously move away from that spot.

In the sanctuary, one can encounter a few species of the snake like the Russell’s viper, the common krait, the saw-scaled viper, the cobra and the rat snake, and a variety of reptiles.

The sanctuary supports wildlife, including the sambar, the spotted deer, the pangolin, the wild boar, the jackal and the jungle cat.

There are 12 watchtowers and three rest houses — Kansal log hut, Kansal inspection hut and Nepli inspection hut. However, there is no electricity supply.

Permission of the Chief Wildlife Warden is a must for visiting the sanctuary. There are two entry gates, the Kansal gate and the Nepli gate.

You can visit the sanctuary anytime during the day. Forest guards are also trained to guide you.




Mohali, June 17
The SSP Ropar today shuffled some SHOs. While Tirlochan Singh SHO, Phase VIII, has been shifted as SHO Mullanpur Garibdass, Mr Bhagwant Singh, SHO Mullanpur Garibdass, has gone to Chamkaur Sahib. Mr Gurjit Singh would be SHO Phase VIII Mohali. TNS



Another flesh trade racket busted, 2 held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 17
In its ongoing drive against prostitution in city, the Crime Branch of Chandigarh Police today busted another gang of flesh trade operators with the arrest of a pimp and a woman. This is the fifth such raid conducted by the police in a week.

The police arrested Bittu Vishal, alias Dabbi, the pimp and Renu, the woman and registered a case under Sections 4, 5, 7 and 8 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act at the Sector 39 police station. Dabbi, a resident of Sector 40, had been keeping the woman as his concubine and using her in the flesh trade. He was living on her earnings.

The police, acting on specific information laid a trap to net a gang involved in flesh trade and was operating near Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, here. Accordingly, a decoy customer was sent with the marked currency notes to strike a deal with the operators. A shadow witness was also sent to hear the conversation of the “deal”.

The raiding party requisitioned the services of one member of Social Welfare Advisory Board who has been designated to act as a witness in cases relating to offences of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. As the plan one member of the board joined the raiding party and remained present throughout the raid and it subsequent proceedings.

The decoy customer went near the spot where one “pimp”, who was also working as a delivery boy for the prostitutes, was found luring the customers for prostitutes. The decoy customer then asked for one girl from Dabbi who reportedly promised to bring one shortly and deliver him. The deal was struck for Rs 8000 for a night. The decoy customer gave Rs 300 in advance and the payment was made through marked currency notes of Rs 100 denomination.

After some time, Dabbi brought one girl, whose name was revealed as Renu, a resident of Sector 40-C, Chandigarh. Acting upon the pre-fixed signal by the decoy customer, the police party of crime branch headed by DSP Om Parkash and Inspector K.I.P. Singh, accompanied by a board member, swooped upon them. During the search of the girl by woman Constable Darshana Devi and of man all marked currency notes were recovered from the possession of “pimp” and the prostitute. 



Lake Club ex-GM booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 17
Former General Manager of Lake Club Lt-Col Madhu Barri (retd) and his personal assistant Supriya Jindal have been booked for duping an advocate of Rs 18,000 on the pretext of issuing him a membership card of the club.

A case under Sections 420, 408 and 120-B, IPC, had been registered yesterday but no arrest had made in this regard so far.

According to the police, Chandigarh-based advocate D.B.S. Bhullar had lodged a complaint with the Director Sports Council, Chandigarh, alleging that he had given Rs 18,000 to Supriya Jindal on behalf of Lt-Col Barri to issue him a membership card of the club.

The Director conducted an inquiry into the matter and found the accused guilty. He informed the UT SSP about the matter.

The SSP ordered an inquiry and on the basis of an inquiry report, a case of cheating has been registered.

It may be recalled that Lt-Col Barri had reportedly resigned from his job in September, 2003. He had been booked by the UT police in several cheating cases in which financial transactions undertaken by the club were not recorded.

Earlier, the authorities had found misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 80,000. The amount taken for the swimming pool had not been deposited with the bank account of the club. The accused had used duplicate receipts to embezzle the funds, the police said.



Car, motorcycle stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 17
A car and a motorcycle were reportedly stolen from the city in the last 24 hours, the police said here today.
Mr Rakesh Saini of Sector 22-D lodged a complaint with the police that his Maruti Car (CH-03-J-8383) had been stolen from his residence on the night of June 15.

In another incident, Mr Deepak Gupta of Sector 15-D reported to the police that his Hero Honda Splendor motorcycle had been stolen from Sadar Bazar, Sector 19 on Thursday. Two separate cases of theft have been registered in this regard in various police stations.

Three held: The police today arrested three persons and recovered six stolen manhole covers from their possession.

According to the police, two brothers, Ramesh Kumar and Naresh, residents of Ram Darbar, and Vikas of Sector 52 were today arrested from Sector 52 while they were carrying the stolen manhole covers on a rickshaw rehri. A case has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.

Mobilephone stolen: Mr Hukam Chand of Mauli Jagran filed a complaint with the police that his mobile phone had been stolen from his car which was parked at his residence, yesterday. A case has been registered.

Engine stolen: Mr Harpal Singh of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, reported to the police that an engine of a three-wheeler and its gear box were stolen from a shop in Ram Darbar on the night of June 15. A case has been registered.

Injured: A pedestrian, Mr Roshan Lal, of Bapu Dham colony, suffered serious injuries after being hit by a motorcycle near Panchayat Bhavan in Sector 18. He was admitted in the General Hospital, Sector 16.

The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the motorcyclist, Sanjay Sharma, a resident of Pipliwala Town in Mani Majra. He was later released on bail.

Eve teaser held: The local police arrested Jitinder Verma of Sector 39-B for eve teasing near DC Office in Sector 17 on Thursday. A case has been registered in this regard.



A fiesta for kitchen aficionados
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
From cooking pots to flavoured tea, Kitchen 2005, CII’s exhibition on modern kitchen concepts, is a veritable fiesta designed to beat the heat and lure kitchen savvy aficionados into its fold!

The exposition inaugurated by Mrs Jean Rodrigues, wife of Chandigarh Administrator Gen. (Retd.) S F Rodrigues, at the convention centre in the city today, has a whole range of consumer appliances like food processors, electric chimneys, gas ranges, water purifiers, toasters, microwaves, mixers & grinders, dishwashers even cutlery organisers, along with some innovative products like a Rs 40-carpet cleaner and a Rs 100 insect repellent designed to last for two months at a stretch!

Manish Kumar, proprietor of JMB Cleaning Aids, manufactures plastic brooms, mops, glass cleaners and wipers. “We design and develop our own range of cleaning equipment so much so that the modern day vacuum cleaner drew its inspiration from our carpet cleaner!”

Arti Mehta, a housewife in Sector 22, has been a regular visitor to the expo ever since it launched in Chandigarh seven years ago. “I supplement my kitchen with the latest technological developments every year. This year I am interested in the electric tandoor which is a handy item to have as the food cooked in this is healthy.”

The expo is a solid concept to expose consumers to contemporary technology, latest kitchen gadgetry and gizmos and bring in newly developed accessories and equipment to revitalise the kitchen. The trend ,however, does not stop here; on display are a host of other unusual household products.

Synthetic polymer soil which help to nourish indoor plants, floating candles which last for 20 hours when lit, teacups that can be placed directly on the burner and microwave and oven proof dishes from a small spoon to a cooking pot, the variety is mind boggling.

Rakesh Malhotra of Pioneer Furniture specialises in umbrellas, gazebos and cast iron and treated rubber wood furniture and garden furniture. “All our products are weather proof and so make for a good buy in the variable Chandigarh seasons. Even if it rains, these benches and chairs will not get ruined,” claims Malhotra. Although the prices for this range are on the higher side, the finish is clean and the products have some ‘funky’ designs in cast iron.

Kitchen cabinets with stained glass windows, glass tables, painted screens, bug repellents, cheesy coffee mugs; the commodities are all there.

The exhibition will be on at the CII headquarters in Sector 31 till June 20 from 11 am to 9 pm.



Petrol stations closed on June 20

Chandigarh, June 17
All petrol stations in Chandigarh will remain closed for 24 hours from midnight of June 19/20 to June 20/21. The Chandigarh Petroleum Dealers Association has unanimously decided to participate in the strike, the call for which has been given by the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders (FAIPT).
The strike call has been given to press for the implementation of the demands of the dealers, which are already under consideration with the government. — TNS


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