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HC clears path for Naya Gaon NAC
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 13
Virtually clearing the decks for the formation of a notified area committee (NAC) or a nagar panchayat for Naya Gaon, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today vacated the stay imposed by it on the November, 2001 notification of the Punjab regarding the constitution of NAC.

The operation of the notification dated November 15, 2001, issued by the Department of Local Government, Punjab, notifying the grant of NAC status, was stayed by a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar till further orders on a petition moved by Dr B. Singh. The petitioner had challenged the legality of the notification.

The villages of Karoran, Nadha and Kansal were to be part of the proposed NAC, which was to have an area of around 2000 acres.

Incidentally, the Forest Hill Golf Club and Resort, whose demolition was ordered sometime back by the High Court, also falls in the same area. The club management has challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court.

Grant of NAC status will mean improved civic amenities for residents of the area. Large-scale illegal construction of houses and commercial complexes has taken in the area, with the Punjab Government twice regularising these constructions, first in 1998 and then in 2003.

Today, when hearing resumed on the PIL filed by Dr B. Singh, he sought the permission of the court to file an amended petition. Thereafter, following his consent, the Bench of Mr Justice J.S. Khehar and Mr Justice S.N. Aggarwal vacated the stay and adjourned the matter to August 3.

Incidentally, the Punjab Government is also learnt to have been pushing hard for constitution of NAC.

Minister for Animal Husbandry Jagmohan Singh Kang, in whose Assembly constituency the area falls, is scheduled to chair a meeting of officials and some law officers of the Punjab Government tomorrow afternoon to discuss the issue.

The meeting was finalised some days back and today’s High Court order would figure in tomorrow’s meeting. Grant of NAC status to Naya Gaon and other surrounding villages was part of Mr Kang’s election-time promise.



E-Revolution 2005
NASSCOM chief to address IT Conclave
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The three-day mega international IT event opens tomorrow at Hotel Taj in the city with the curtain raiser presentations on ICT: The New Frontiers for Business and Government.

Nearly 300 delegates from various parts of the country are converging to the city for this first of its kind IT event in this region that has been organised by the Chandigarh IT Department with active association of partner states of Punjab and Haryana.

The delegates arriving tomorrow will be taken for a round of the upcoming hi-tech Chandigarh Technology Park and later to another upcoming IT destination, the Quark City, at 4 pm, before returning to Taj for the curtain raiser presentation by NASSCOM’s President, Mr Kiran Karnik.

The IT Secretaries of each of the participating states namely Mr B.R. Bajaj, Principal Secretary IT, Punjab, Mr P.K. Chaudhery, Principal Secretary IT, Haryana, Mr N.S. Kalsi, Secretary IT, Punjab and Mr S.K. Sandhu, Secretary IT, Chandigarh will later participate in an interactive session.

This event provides an opportunity to some of the IT majors and other entrepreneurs to explore the city’s facilities and viability as an enviable destination, says Mr Vivek Atray, Director IT, Chandigarh.

The participating companies include Infosys, Dell, Wipro, Oracle, TCS and IBM, among others, with some of the senior most government representatives from the Centre and other states shall also be participating and making presentations, he informed.

The two-day show will be held on July 15 and 16 and will be jointly hosted by the Department of IT, Chandigarh Administration, NASSCOM, Government of India run Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and the Chandigarh IT Club. Cybermedia events will be hosting and managing the show.

The event will address the issues of industry-government partnership in IT applications for socio-economic development as well as the challenges of networking, connectivity, last-mile issues, bandwidth and wireless solutions.

The e-Revolution conclave shall have a professionally managed media centre to handle media queries at Taj, informed Mr Atray.

The media centre will have dedicated PC systems with Wi-Fi capabilities provided by HFCL Infotel, for outstation journalists to make use of it for filing their reports, while the digital photographs and video clips will be uploaded after each session for the media to make use of, he said.

Earlier, the delegates will be taken to the Chandigarh Technology Park in Kishangarh, and later to the Quark City in Mohali.



City bags ‘best e-governance state award’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Close on the heels of the recognition of Chandigarh as one of the leaders in terms of e-readiness by the Government of India, comes the “Best Overall e-Governance State Award,” announced by the Computer Society of India.

The convener of the award, in an e-mail addressed to the Chandigarh Administration, has conveyed that Chandigarh has been adjudged as the best overall state for e-governance in the country.

The Computer Society of India (CSI) organises the CSI Nihilent e-Governance Awards function annually, in which e-Governance Projects and overall initiatives are recognised.

A presentation was made by Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration and Mr Vivek Verma, Principal, System Analysis, National Informatics Centre, before the awards committee, consisting of senior Government of India officials and technical experts, in New Delhi. Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat also had their representatives at meeting.

The entire e-governance initiative of the Administration, including the e-sampark project, which has already been awarded the Golden Icon Award for e-governance by the Government of India and the forthcoming Jan Sampark Project (IT for Society), were highlighted before the committee.

The Human Resources Up- gradation Programme, Chandigarh — Training on Soft Skills (C-TOSS) and the I.T. Vision, 2010 document, were also placed before the committee.



Police to seek further remand of Hawara
Tribune Reporters

The Chandigarh police is yet to take a decision regarding Hawara’s stay after the completion of the remand period. Senior Chandigarh Police officers add that a notification earlier issued by the UT Administration prohibits accused in Beant Singh assassination case to move out of the jail.

As such, Hawara will have to be lodged there. Yet, so many police officers are not in favour of sending him to Burail jail. In fact, they are considering the feasibility of seeking the transfer of the trial to Haryana or some other state.

Chandigarh, July 13
Following its failure to extract “concrete” information from Babbar Khalsa International’s alleged chief Jagtar Singh Hawara even after interrogating him for over five days, the Chandigarh police has decided to seek his custody for full 14 days.

Hawara — brought to the city by the local police from Delhi on July 7 — was remanded to police custody the next day by a local court till July 16. Though three days are left before his police remand expires, the cops are not expecting “any major breakthrough”.

Describing him as a “hard nut to crack”, the sources in the local police say Hawara — also accused of being involved in 1995 assassination of Punjab’s former Chief Minister Beant Singh — is not likely to reveal much in the next three days.

“Hawara knows he has a few more hours to away before the court considers his case for judicial remand”, a senior officer says. “Only the pressure of five additional days of police remand can make Hawara blurb things.”

The officer adds Hawara has been subjected to sustained interrogation so many times in connection with different criminal cases that “he knows exactly how to wriggle out of uncomfortable situations”.

“In fact, Hawara knows the police and its methods like the back of his own hand”, the officer adds. “No wonder, he has been leaking selective information to the interrogating officers”.

He asserts that Hawara has so far not even told the police about the source of mobile phone which was in his possession before he managed to tunnel his way out of the jail in Burail village, along with three others, some 18 months ago.

So far Hawara has also managed to maintain silence about the involvement of prison staff and other sympathisers in the jailbreak case.

“Actually, Hawara can afford to take the entire blame on himself as he has nothing to lose,” the officer adds.

“You see, he is already facing trial for the assassination of a former Chief Minister. And if the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigating the case is to be believed, the evidence against him is clinching”.

The officer adds that the police will be seeking Hawara’s further police remand on the grounds of establishing his links with three other alleged Babbar Khalsa men taken into custody after his arrest, besides the recovery of “khurpa” and other implements used in the digging of the tunnel.



Kerala Kranti Express flagged off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Amidst a performance by drum artistes from Kerala, the Chandigarh-Kerala Sampark Kranti Express was flagged off by Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal, from the Chandigarh Railway Station here this morning.

The weekly train, comprising 18 coaches, will leave the station on every Wednesday at 8.45 am and arrive back on every Monday at 4 pm. The train will cover a distance of around 3400 km between the city and Kochuveli (Kerala) in 52 hours.

On its maiden return journey, the express train bedecked with flowers and Banyan leaves, chugged off from the station at 8.50 am. Dressed in the traditional Kerala attire, the women members of the Kerala Samajam, carried the sacred oil lamp in a decorated thali to welcome the Member of Parliament, who was the chief guest. With a sizable number of Malayalee population present at the station to celebrate the occasion, the festivity mood turned the station into a mini Kerala.

For Rajesh, a businessman, and his wife, Deepa, it was a dream come true as earlier they had to travel all the way to Delhi to catch a train for Kerala. Another passenger, Mr O.Varghese, an employee with a local school, who was going for counseling of his son, said he was overwhelmed by the special treatment given by the Kerala Sampark Kranti Express flag-off Organising Committee.

“Though the departure of the train was widely publicised, only 100 seats could be booked on the maiden return journey of the train. The reason was that the summer vacations of children were over “, said an officer of the Railways. The occupancy will go up in the coming months, he said.

After the Chandigarh-Chennai link express, it becomes the second long distance train to provide direct connectivity between the city and Southern states. The train has brief stoppages at Ambala cantt, New Delhi, H. Nizdamuddin, Kankanadi, Cannanore, Calicut, Shoranur, Trichur, Ernakulam, Alleppey, Kayamkulam and Quilon.

Mr K. M. Jayachandran, Convener of the organizing committee, said the number of III tier AC coaches and the quota of seats in the train should be increased. He said there was no need to provide six general compartments as it was difficult for the passengers to cover such a long journey in the ordinary compartments.

Before the flagging off ceremony, Mr Bansal said the running of the train was a welcome step in meeting the aspirations of the members of different communities living in the city. He said starting the train would turn out to a profitable proposition for the Railways. “ I want that more III tier coaches should be added to the train.

Residents of the city have demanded that to increase the occupancy on the train, more stoppages at Vasai Road (Navi Mumbai) and Mudgoan (Goa) should be added to the schedule. This will provide a direct connectivity for the tourists going to Goa or Navi Mumbai. The Chandigarh-Mumbai Paschim Express terminates at Bandra terminal.



Eye flu most common infection this season
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Acute conjunctivitis or eye flu is back in the city. In the prevailing humid and rainy conditions, this viral eye infection is keeping the city ophthalmologists busy as more and more residents are complaining of redness and irritation in their eyes.

“Eye flu is the most common infection among city residents in this season. At my clinic alone, three to four patients of eye flu on an average come every day. Cases of acute conjunctivitis multiply at the start of the monsoon and continue to bother residents till the rainy season is over,” says a city-based eye specialist, Dr Rajan Chugh.

A highly contagious viral infection, conjunctivitis is characterised by redness in eyes, irritation and sensation of pain, swelling around the eye area, discharge and watering eyes.

It spreads easily from one infected person to the other by physical contact, that is, by touching the other person, using his belongings and even through a simple handshake. However, contrary to the common belief, eye flu does not spread by merely looking into the infected person’s eyes.

“Its a myth that eye flu spreads by merely staring into a person’s eyes. The infection does not pass on in this manner. However, since the infected persons tend to rub their eyes more often, the infection spreads from their hands and through all the belongings that they touch after touching their eyes. So the carrier of the infection can even be the taps and doorknobs,” adds the doctor.

The experts add that the patients can wear dark glasses if they are infected with flu as the glasses tend to comfort to the eyes and save them from harmful sunrays and air pollutants.

Strongly advising against self-medication, doctors say that it will take around a week to 10 days for a patient to be cured of the eye flu. However, wrong medication, in the form of wrong administration of eye drops, can prolong the infection and it can take more than two weeks for a person to be completely cured.

“The golden rule of curtailing this common infection is that the infected person should not touch his eyes at all. Eyes can be rinsed gently with drinking water only. If children are infected, they should not be sent to school and minimum contact should be made with others. Precaution is the best way to avoid contacting the infection this season,” says Dr Chugh.



Mohali to have spinal injury centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
First phase of Regional Spinal Injury Centre, Mohali, which includes operation theatre, OPD and eight rooms for patients, would be functional by this year end.

Disclosing this here today Mr R.L. Kalsia, Secretary, Social Security, Welfare of Women and Children said that the Spinal Injury Centre, spread in 5 acres of land would be the second Institute of its kind in the northern India with specialisation in Spinal-related problems.

The first was functioning at Vasant Kunj in New Delhi. Mr Kalsia further said that the Centre at Mohali would cater to the needs of people from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Predesh, Jammu & Kashmir and union territory of Chandigarh. The fully equipped operation theatre, emergency and intensive care unit will be operational by December.



Passing Thru

Rohtas Goel
Mr Rohtas Goel, Chief Managing Director of the Omaxe Constructions Ltd, New Delhi

What is the biggest problem faced by the business in the country?

Red tape is the biggest hurdle in matters pertaining to business in the country. In our industry we still require 32 clearances before developing a project. What takes six hours to achieve in Europe, takes six months in India.

What are the suggestions for improvement?

We need to ease the complications of the paper work and related bureaucratic hurdles. The laws and regulation need to be simplified. One window clearance, rationalisation of procedures and consistency of rules in all states is the need of the hour.

What are the issues which need attention specially with regard to land purchase deals?

We need to quickly ensure computerisation of all land records. This will save a lot of time. Standardisation of measuring units, a common language, simple registration processes and speedy development of civic amenities in newly developed lands also need a special care.

Sanjeev Singh Bariana



Ind Area sampark centre to be operational soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
As a befitting sequel to the success story of the existing sampark centres in the city, the Union Territory is all set to have another centre functioning in Sector 47 within the coming fortnight. Work on the centre to be set up in Industrial Area, Phase I, is nearing completion.

The new centres of the Department of Information Technology will be in addition to the existing ones in Sectors 10, 15, 18, 23, 43 and Mani Majra.

The centres have emerged as a perfect alternate for easier consumer related services, particularly in making payments of routine bills. ‘Sampark Centre’ is a common platform for paying water and electricity bills, birth and death registration, bus passes, submission of passport forms and servant and tenant registration. One can also deposit sticker and poster challans at these centres.

Mr Vivek Atray, Director (Information Technology), said currently the centres caters to more than 70,000 residents of the city. He said “There is a very regular increase in the number of consumers and the figures will cross the one lakh mark soon as the concept is getting very popular among the residents of the city”. The centres are “very shortly” also going to accept the telephone bills.

Mr Atray said the first thing that strikes about the centres is the orderliness. These centres are open from 8 a.m. to 8 pm six days a week in comparison to much lesser working hours in the government offices and that also for only for five days in a week. The centres are currently run by SQL, a service providing agency in the IT.

A gatekeeper at the “Sampark Centre” in Sector 10 greeted the Tribune correspondent with a ‘Sat Sri Akal’ today morning. A lady at the reception was helping the bill payers with their queries. There were no queues. Only one customer stood at the counter. At least two were seated watching a programme on the television while another couple was reading the newspapers.

The centre has an officer of the rank of the supervisor. “He represents the government. He helps the citizens regarding technical difficulties in filling the forms or other queries”, Dr S.C. Dhawan, Assistant Director, Information Technology Department, said. The venue also has a computer which has a provision of clicking photographs. These are delivered “on the spot”.

Except for the passport forms which are available on payment, all other forms are available on the spot. UTI bank collects cash from the centres at least twice a day. The very next day the amount is deposited in the banks concerned.

The sampark centres are connected to the central server which is connected to the departments concerned. Forms meant for the departments concerned are submitted at the centres which forward them to the department heads.



Petroleum dealers to go on strike from July 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Perturbed over the “indifference” of the government and the oil companies towards its demand of raising commission, the Chandigarh Petroleum Dealers Association has decided to proceed on an indefinite strike beginning July 18.

Announcing this, the president of the Association, Col HS Kapoor, said they had been forced to resort to an indefinite strike despite the fact that it would inconvenience the public. Colonel Kapoor added,”Our commission is at an all-time low. It is down from 8 per cent in the 1960s to 1.8 per cent today. The oil companies expect us to maintain international standards while we get nothing in return.”

Colonel Kapoor maintained that out of this 1.8 per cent commission, they were not only required to provide facilities but the figure was also inclusive of losses suffered on account of escalation in working costs, losses in handling and evaporation.

“Our working costs have gone up by 35 per cent while we have the lowest commissions in the world. Pakistan pays a commission of 5 per cent, Nepal 4 per cent and Thailand 7 per cent. Since our commission is fixed, we are demanding a flat rate of 5 per cent as commission for petrol and diesel alike,” he said.

Colonel Malhotra also explained that among their other demands was a uniform rate of petrol and diesel throughout the country. “We want a uniform pricing policy since variations in price are only leading to smuggling at places where petrol and diesel are dearer. Variation in prices of diesel and petrol in Mohali, Panchkula and Chandigarh is one such example. However, the most glaring example is that of Mahe, a UT, and Kerela where variation of prices is to the tune of Rs 4.50 for petrol and Rs 2.50 for diesel. Petrol stations in Kerala are losing out to those in Mahe where the fuel is cheaper,” he stated.

The association had organised two token strikes earlier this year, one in April and another in June, and is now supporting the All-India Petroleum Dealers Association in its call for an indefinite strike. “We have been asking for a fair deal from the government. All these 10 years, they have failed to redress our grievances. This is the last resort,” he said.



MC chief seeks action against 7 councillors
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 13
The President of the local Municipal council, Mr Kulwant Singh, has demanded action under the municipal Act against seven councillors, belonging to the Opposition group, for levelling baseless allegations against him in order to defame him.

Legal notices have also been sent to the seven councillors on behalf of the council President asking them to withdraw the complaint filed with the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, and offer an unconditional public apology failing which he would file a case demanding damages to the tune of Rs 1 crore.

In a letter dated July 7, sent to the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Department of Local Government, Mr Kulwant Singh, said as the councillors had allegedly made false complaints against him to gain personal advantage, action should be taken against them under Section 16 of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911.

He said in the letter that baseless allegations were made against him in order to gain political advantage as the term of the council was expiring after four months and fresh elections were due. The move was a “political stunt” and the councillors allegedly wanted to tarnish his image in public in the coming elections.

He alleged that some of the councillors who had levelled allegations against him were themselves facing criminal cases. He further alleged that four councillors — Mr Amrik Singh Mohali, Mr Manjit Singh, Mr Sukhdev Singh Patwari and Mr Amrik Singh — had remained in police custody for some time during the past about a year and a-half in connection with criminal cases against them.

A case was got registered by the SDM against Mr Amrik Singh Mohali, Mr Manjit Singh and Mr Sukhdev Singh Patwari for allegedly tearing ballot papers during the election of the council president. The case was still lying pending in a Ropar court. A show cause notice was issued under Section 16 (1) (E) of the Punjab Municipal Act to Mr Manjit Singh Sethi for allegedly misbehaving with other councillors during a meeting.

Legal notices were sent to Mr Manjit Singh, Mr Amrik Singh Mohali, Mr Manjit Singh Sethi, Mr Sukhdev Singh Patwari, Mr Manmohan Singh Lang, Mrs Harbans Kaur and Mr Amrik Singh.

The legal notice dated July 5 stated that if the councillors failed to withdraw complaints filed with the Principal Secretary and got unconditional apology published in a newspaper within 20 days of the receipt of notices the president would file a criminal complaint under Sections 499 and 500 against all the councillors.

A copy of the legal notice has been sent to the Principal Secretary.



Delimitation panel yet to hold meeting
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 13
Even when the Delimitation Committee for the forthcoming municipal elections was constituted more than five months ago, not a single meeting of the committee had been held so far.

So much so that the members of the committee are also not aware why no meeting had been held so far and are eagerly waiting for the meeting to take place. Earlier, a meeting was scheduled to be held on March 4 but was cancelled at the last minute in view of the Indo-Pak Test match held on March 8.

It is learnt that authorities concerned now want that the entire delimitation work related to the municipal elections should be completed in the minimum time and if possible in one meeting of the committee.

The council has sent the drawings of the municipal limits to the office of the Director, Local Government, Punjab, which was reportedly preparing a draft in this regard. The work relating to the survey of the town was earlier completed by the employees of the Department of Local Government.

According to sources, no new area of the town is being added in connection with the municipal elections. In fact, 31 wards would be constituted as the population of the area had grown during the past five years. At present, the council has representatives from 27 wards in the House.

The 12-member Delimitation Committee was constituted by the Governor for the purpose of delimitation of municipal wards in the town. Notification in this regard was issued on February 3 by the Principal Secretary to the Government of Punjab, Department of Local Government, Mr B.R. Bajaj. Out of the 12 members of the committee of the committee five are municipal councillors.



Committee on paid parking holds meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
At an emergency meeting of the committee on paid parking held today in the office of the municipal corporation here, concern was expressed over the increasing incidents of high-handedness of parking contractors in then markets of Sectors 22 and 35. The members of the committee decided that weekly meetings between MC officials and the contractor concerned would be held to sort out the shortcomings

Some of the members, Mr Subash Chawla, Mr Pradeep Chabbra and Ms Harjinder Kaur, demanded immediate suspension of the paid-parking system in Sectors 22 and 35 till the shortcomings were removed. Other members present were Mr AS Kahlon, Mr Jatinder Bhatia and the Mayor, Ms Anu Chatrath.

The officials were told to hold weekly meetings to remove the shortcomings on a regular basis. To check the management of paid parking, the members paid a surprise visit to the Sector 35 paid parking area and found that gross violation of the term and conditions was taking place. The contractor was not issuing tokens to the users.

It was also decided to issue monthly passes for scooters (Rs 150) and cars (Rs 300). The passes would be valid for all the paid parkings in the city.



Disabled soldier gets pension after 10 years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
It took 10 long years for a retired junior commissioned officer to get his disability pension. Despite his poor medical condition, Subedar B D Garg had to run from pillar to post and seek assistance from ex-servicemen’s organisations to get his due.

He had been released from service in 1994 after being placed in low medical category while serving in Nagaland. In cold and humid conditions, he had suffered from essential hypertension for which he was admitted to a military hospital. A resident of Sangrur, he had joined the Army in 1965

After being posted to Mathura later, he was again admitted to the local military hospital for the same disorder. The medical board at the time of his release was of the opinion that Subedar Garg’s disorder was attributable to military service and recommended grant of disability pension.

The Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) at Allahabad, however, did not agree with the recommendations of the medical board, and rejected the disability pension claim. A subsequent appeal filed by him was also rejected.

His case was then taken up with the authorities concerned by the Indian Ex-Services League (IESL) and it was due to persistent efforts that the case was finalised in his favour and he got his pension along with all arrears.

“Since 1977, he had been serving in counter insurgency area and had long working hours,”: Lieut-Col Angad Singh (retd), secretary of IESL’s Ropar, who had pursued the case, said. “He was in charge of the field post office, and in those days of limited telecommunication, his task in the remote area had been onerous,” he added.



With no one to help injured blue bull bleeds to death
Bipin Bhardwaj

Chandigarh, July 13
After struggling for life for over six hours, a female ‘neelgai’ that had strayed into a field located in Industrial Area Phase-I, on Tuesday, succumbed to its injuries, late last night.

The animal that was being chased by wild dogs reportedly sustained serious injuries while leaping over a barbed wire fence around a tubewell. Residents of the area noticed the animal adjoining a gurdwara at about 4 pm on Tuesday.

A granthi of the gurdwara, noticed the scared animal that was bleeding profusely and he called the police control room. Meanwhile residents of the locality gathered to have a look at the animal.

Mr Yuvraj Singh, an eyewitness, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune, said they made repeated calls to the People For Animals, group in Chandigarh, and the officials of the Forest and Wildlife Department, but no one turned up till 11. 30 pm.

Though the police party reached the spot after half-an-hour but it could do nothing to save the animal. The injured animal that collapsed soon after it entered the fenced area was unable to stand up, revealed Mr Gurmeet Singh, a resident of the locality.

Teams from the PFA and the UT Wildlife Department reached the spot but till then the animal had succumbed to its injuries.

The carcass of the animal was buried by the Wildlife department nearby, this morning.



Silver jubilee celebrations of Press Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The Press Club of Chandigarh will be celebrating its silver jubilee on July 15. The foundation stone of the club was laid on this day in 1980 by the then Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh, Mr J.C. Agarwal, and since its inception the club has evolved as a major nerve centre and a collective symbol of the identity of the journalist community in the city and the region.

The governing council of the club has decided to begin the year-long silver jubilee celebrations by organising a seminar on “Challenges before the media in the post-Independence era” on July 14. Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, and Mr Prabhash Joshi, editorial advisor of the Jansatta, will be the guests of honour and preside over the function. Prof Navneet Singh Johl, head of the Journalism Department of Punjabi University, Patiala, will present a paper which will be followed by a discussion.

A cultural performance by Ashok Masti will see the continuation of celebrations on July 15.



Hydraulic ladder at UT Sectt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. S.F. Rodrigues (retd), launched a hydraulic platform-cum-turntable ladder at the UT Secretariat here today.

The machine costing Rs. 3.80 crore provided by the Government of India and a part of it contributed by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has been procured from Finland. It is equipped with ultra-modern fire-fighting and a rescue-operation system, capable of reaching a height of 42 metres.

The main technical features of this hydraulic ladder are that it extends from transport support to the maximum height in 110 seconds with a water-throwing capacity up to 30 metres. It has three alternative systems for its operation and has adequate safety measures. These include provision of oxygen supply in the cage for crew members and victims and protection from electric shock in case it comes into contact with wires. All the load-bearing hydraulic cylinders are filled with lock valves for preventing the retracting of the booms.



‘All not well’ with Mansa Devi Board
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 13
Ms Renuka Rai Walia, Councillor from Mansa Devi Complex, has alleged that all is not well in the Mansa Devi Shrine Board.

In a letter to the Chief Minister and Chairman of the Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, yesterday, the Councillor has alleged that donation boxes from the shrine have been removed and ad hoc employees’ services have been done away within and also highlighted the death of a sevadar at the house of a senior officer in the district when he was called for personal work of the officer.

Ms Walia alleged that the “donation boxes ” placed at the private bhandaras in the Mansa Devi Shrine complex were removed, except at two places.

However, the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Parveen Kumar, said these had been removed to bring financial accountability in the system, as the bhandaras were not giving any accounts of donations to the Shrine Board as was mandatory.

Ms Walia has sought the intervention of the Chief Minister on these issues and demanded that justice be done. 



Veteran psychotherapist passes away
Tribune News Service

Dr N. L. Dosajh
Dr N. L. Dosajh

Chandigarh, July 13
Dr N. L. Dosajh, who as a young man was inspired by Sigmund Freud, Jung, B. F. Skinner, and who personally interacted with Gardner Murphy, breathed his last at the General Hospital here on Wednesday. He was ninety. Author of over a dozen books on mental healing, he also devised his own D-Test which is a very useful tool in understanding the mental health of patients. In 1956, he was sent as a UNESCO Fellow to work at the International Institute of Child Study at Bangkok. Over a career spanning six decades, he was Principal of Government Training College, Dharmsala, Director Guidance Bureau, Punjab, Principal Government College of Education, UGC Research professor, and was Guest Professor at the PGI for over 20 years.

Although very well qualified in Western therapeutic methods, Dosajh realised that Indian tradition offered many effective techniques, and it was worthwhile including them in his therapy. Interaction with Shri Akhand Swami of Gangotri in the late 1930s, and Swami Sivanand in the 1950s further honed his skills.

He was also greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Akhilanand, Geraldine Coster, Shri Aurobindo, Mahesh Yogi, Bloomfield Harold and Kory Robert B. Using the foundations of western psychology and Indian systems, he fused yoga and meditation with psychoanalysis to create his own theory which he called a New Personality Theory.



Prestigious French award for city architect
Our Correspondent

M.N. Sharma
M.N. Sharma

Chandigarh, July 13
The Ministry of Culture and Communication, Republic of France, has awarded city-based Mr M.N. Sharma the most coveted French award “Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters”. The award is a tribute to his talent as an architect and establishment of fruitful relations with France. The award will be given to him at a special ceremony scheduled on July 14 which is also the National Day of France.

Mr Sharma, who has worked for the dignity of profession of architecture and the case cause of common man, is the recipient of many national and international awards for his contribution in this fields.



Rodrigues woos NRIs

Chandigarh, July 13
Gen S.F.Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab and the UT Administrator, has made an offer to NRIs and other industrial and business houses, to set up entrepreneurial partnership ventures in the city, with an aim to attract investment and to create jobs opportunities.

During an interaction with a delegation of a company developing Fashion Technology Park at Mohali led by Mr Hardyal Singh Mann, Chairman, here yesterday General Rodrigues said there was a major scope for making investments in the city, particularly in various service-oriented Sectors catering to the needs of the middle class and dis-advantaged sections of our society. — TNS



Water at low pressure
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 13
Water will be supplied at low pressure during the next 48 hours in many parts of the town as a main supply pipeline had got damaged.

Mr Gurpreet Singh, SDO, Department of Public Health, said that Phases I to VII would be getting water at low pressure. Water would be supplied only by running the tubewells and there would be no supply of canal water.

He said that the 24-inch pipeline coming from Chandigarh to Mohali had allegedly been damaged by the BSNL staff while carrying out digging work here this evening. The pipe was prestressed and would take time to get repaired.



Body of youth found
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 13
A decomposed body of a 25-year-old Nada village resident was found from Sukhna Choe near Kaimbwala village under the mysterious circumstances, last evening. However, the police while quoting the family of the deceased ruled out any foul play behind the death.

Sources in the police said, the body of Naresh, a resident of Nada village near Naya Gaon was spotted floating on waters by villagers from Kaimbwala village near Saketri temple from the choe between Nepli and Kansal. The deceased was reportedly in his undergarments. Villagers informed the police about the incident.

The sources added that the police recovered a purple colour Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle (CH-03-P-9796) from the spot besides, black trousers, a red shirt, shoes and socks. A liquor bottle and three glasses were also lying at a distance away from where the body was spotted. However, the police did not recover any document, which could help in identifying the deceased. The police traced the address of the deceased through the registration address of the motor cycle. The body was later sent to the General Hospital in Sector 16.

When DSP (central) P.K. Dhavan was contacted for his comments, he ruled out any foul play behind the death. He said the family of Naresh had not expressed any suspicion any body regarding the incident. He also added that the deceased was found dead in his undergarments, and reasoned that why should somebody undress the victim before killing him.

Mr Dhavan further said the post-mortem of report of the deceased stated that the death was caused due to drowning. However, to make the things clear the police has sent the viscera for a chemical examination to ascertain the exact cause of death.

The police has initiated the inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this regard.



Headless body of youth found
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 13
An unidentified headless body was found near the upcoming Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway track at Jagatpura village here today. The head of the victim, aged around 20 years, was found a few metres away from the spot where the torso was lying.

It appeared that the victim, suspected to be a migrant labourer, had been brutally done to death with a sharp edged weapon. There were signs of resistance by the victim as his sleepers were found lying nearby, said the SHO of Sohana police station, Mr Devinder Singh.

The police suspects that the victim had been brought there and killed before being beheaded by the assailants. Efforts were being made to ascertain the identity of the victim.

Since the construction of the rail track was in progress, the police was showing the picture of the victim to residents of the area. The weapon used to kill the victim has also not been recovered from the site.

The SHO said the postmortem would be done after two days.

A case of murder has been registered.



Thieves strike at BJP office
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, July 13
Thieves struck at the BJP office in Sector 2, hardly at a distance of 100 yards from a police post, and decamped with goods and cash worth thousands of rupees late last night. The thieves broke into the office in absence of its in charge, Mr R.N. Gupta.

Mr Gupta was admitted to the PGI due to some health reasons when the thieves committed the crime.

According to Mr Sham Lal Bansal, a senior BJP leader, the thieves entered the office after breaking the locks at the main door. They allegedly took away a sum of Rs 20,000 from a cupboard and some goods. The thieves left the entire office ransacked before fleeing.

On receiving the information, Mr Surjit Singh, Station House Officer, reached the site and a team of forensic experts, from Madhuban, was pressed to service.

A case has been registered.



No trace of missing boy
Our Correspondent


Chandigarh, July 13
Wait continues for the parents of 16-year-old boy, who had gone missing from city under mysterious circumstances four months ago.

Gulzari Lal, dejected father, said his son Shankar left his house on February 28 in the afternoon and did not come back. Gulzari Lal, a labourer was living in a house, where construction work was going on. He added that his son was also working with him.

Gulzari Lal said he originally belong to Sadarpur district in Madhya Pradesh and was in touch with his family members, who also have no clue to the whereabouts of his missing son. The matter was reported to the police and a daily diary report was registered on March 6 in the Sector 34 police station.



24 LPG cylinders seized
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 13
As many as 24 LPG cylinders stocked illegally in two houses were seized by officials of the Food and Supply Department during a raid here today.

According to Mr R.K. Mann, Food and Supply Officer, out of the 24 cylinders seized 12 were empty. He said the cylinders were stocked illegally by two persons in their houses on the Landran-Kharar road and used to illegally sell these in the black market.

He said that 12 cylinders were recovered from the house of Nachhatar Singh out of which only four were empty. The remaining 12 were seized from the house of Mrs Gurcharan Kaur.

Mr Maan said that the District Food and Supply Officer, Mr Rupinder Singh, accompanied the team at the time of the raid.


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