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Servant hacked to death in village
Our Correspondent

Lalru, August 28
A drunk farmer allegedly hacked to death a 40-year-old man in a cattle shed at Rani Majra village, near here, late last night. The police arrested Karnail Singh on the charge of murder later this evening.

Giving details, sources in the police said Binder Singh’s body was found in a pool of blood early this morning by his employer Sukhdev Singh.

Sukhdev Singh told the police that he went to the cattle shed around 6.30 am after Binder (40) failed to report for work at daybreak.

He found the body of Binder with multiple head injuries in the cattle shed. Binder Singh, a father of four children, was working as a farm labourer to earn his livelihood.

Sukhdev Singh reported the matter to the police and the police took the body into custody. The police said the deceased was hit thrice with a spade and his head was badly mutilated in the attack. The deceased was killed while he was asleep.

The body was later sent for a post-mortem examination to the Civil Hospital in Rajpura.

On interrogation, Mustan, a servant of Karnail Singh, told the police that his employer had been drinking last night and had allegedly hurled abuses at his neighbours and also thrown stones at the doors of some houses in the vicinity.

The daughter-in-law of Karnail Singh reportedly told the police that her father had also hurled abuses at her.

The police was also told that Karnail Singh, under the influence of liquor, had worn the slippers of Binder Singh after the alleged murder. The police has recovered the slippers from Karnail Singh.

The police also recorded the statement of the wife of Karnail Singh in which she alleged the involvement of her husband in the incident, the police said.

A case has been registered against Karnail Singh.



Storm wreaks havoc
Traffic, power supply hit in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
High velocity winds followed by rain wreaked havoc in the city today. Normal life was thrown out of gear for about an hour. Trees were uprooted and power lines damaged at several places causing disruption of traffic and power in various Sectors.

On the one hand where people on the roads struggled to drive their vehicles and guard against violently shaking trees, on the other exhibitors of various products at the ongoing Chandigarh Shopping festival in Parade Ground had a tough time protecting their exhibits.

The most apparent damage was caused in the Parade Ground, Sector 17, where around 150 stall owners suffered damages due to high velocity winds, which blew away tops of their tents.

Several exhibitors, including those who had displayed medical equipment like blood pressure monitoring machines and thermometers, watched the destruction of their products helplessly as winds brought down the entire structure.

Some of the exhibitors were injured following the storm while others rued lack of arrangement by organisers to ensure protection from inclement weather.

Some of them complained that the organisers had assured that the structures would be weather resistant, but all their claims were blown away by the wind.

Many alleged that around 40 security guards present at the ground did not come forward to lend a helping hand.

“We had to reassemble our stuff on our own,” said one of the owners who had displayed special mud-made animals in the fair. His creations, however, broke to pieces, each piece costing thousands.

With little hope of compensation, the owner sulked and wondered how the organisers of the festival got permission to hold the festival in the first place.

Irked at the behaviour of organisers, Mr Paramjit Singh of Gama International, a company dealing in medical equipment, said the UT Administration should ensure safety of products of exhibitors before giving permission to hold such shopping festivals.

“Thankfully only structures were damaged by the wind. People could also have been injured. Whose responsibility would that have been?” While most exhibitors wound up their stalls following the storm, others spent the day in resettling.

At other places, trees were uprooted in several residential complexes, especially those in Sectors 21 and 23. Roads were blocked following the fall of trees in the storm along roads separating Sectors 22 and 23, 20 and 21 and Sector 8.



Nayagaon rape case
Scribe, SHO held for conspiracy
Tribune News Service

Panchkula/Mohali, August 28
The special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police investigating a rape case registered at the Nayagaon police station arrested Gautam Dheer, a senior correspondent of the Indian Express, along with Jagjit Singh, former SHO of Kurali, on charges of criminal conspiracy late tonight.

While the reporter was picked up from his Panchkula residence allegedly by a group of 10 persons, only one in the police uniform, another team of the SIT picked up Jagjit Singh. The duo has been accused by the SIT of taking bribe on behalf of the accused in the Nayagaon rape case of the year 2003.

According to Col S.L. Dheer, father of Gautam Dheer, two unidentified persons first came to their house and asked for Gautam. “When he went out, they asked him if he recognised them, and said they wanted to discuss some news. Gautam ushered them inside the house, and just as he turned to go inside, other men descended from a Gypsy, forcibly bundled him in their vehicle and took him away.

“One of the persons, who was in uniform, said he was from the Punjab Police, and he was being arrested in a graft case. We then rushed to the local police, to inquire, if they had been intimated by the Punjab Police. The local police refused to entertain our complaint and also said that the Punjab Police had not informed them. Surprisingly, at 11 pm, the Panchkula police made a DDR entry, saying that they had been informed at 8.40 pm about the Punjab Police action,” he alleged.

However, sources in the SIT said Gautam has been booked on a complaint filed by Balkar Singh, father of the rape victim, who alleged that Gautam had on August 5 called the victim on her mobile telephone on the pretext of interviewing her and also allegedly browbeat her.

“We have mobile phone records to prove that this particular conversation took place. When the girl told her father about the call, he called Gautam again who then named another senior Punjab Police official and asked them to contact him. We have proof of both the phone calls,” said a senior police official investigating the case.

The SIT member also alleged that Gautam had “taken” Rs 5 lakh on behalf of the accused to help them while the SHO had accepted Rs 10 lakh.

A special team of the Punjab Police is investigating the alleged rape of a resident of Khuda Alisher, Chandigarh.

The incident took place in 2003.



Makhan safe in South Africa: police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/Mohali, August 28
Mohali based Makhan Singh, who was kidnapped almost a week ago in South Africa, is reportedly safe and the police in Durban, South Africa, is on the verge of a breakthrough, sources confirmed here tonight. The police here has managed to speak to a few persons in South Africa who shied away giving details but confirmed that Makhan Singh was alive.

Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day today the mobile phones of the alleged kidnappers in South Africa remained “switched off” or calls were not answered.

Police sources here said a breakthrough was expected tonight or tomorrow morning owing to immense pressure that had built up.

Various persons have been questioned in pursuit of the alleged kidnappers. One person in India has, through his own efforts, reportedly managed to trace a companion of Makhan Singh and claimed to have spoken to him.

The family has been in constant touch with South African authorities through their High Commission in Delhi. Makhan’s brother Sukhdev Singh today added that he had been assured by the Durban police that the case would be solved before the week ends and Makhan would be brought back safely.

Makhan had gone to South Africa 11 months ago in search of a job.

The alleged kidnapping took place in Durban and the caller had threatened to kill Makhan Singh if a ransom of Rs 15 lakh was not paid. His family then got another call Tuesday evening asking them to pay up the money at Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

This time, a person, identifying himself as Wasim Akram, from Durban made the call and the ransom demand was scaled down to Rs 7 lakh.

The family of the victim did not receive any communication from the kidnappers after that.

The Durban police had registered a case of abduction, an officer, Robin Singh, had told the family members over the telephone.



Body of second girl recovered from lake
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 28
The body of two-and-half-year-old Manpreet Kaur, whose mother jumped along with her two daughters into the Sukhna lake, was found floating at the lake this morning.

Sources in the police said the search operation was put off last night due to darkness and was resumed early this morning.

After a two-hour search, they found the body of the second girl floating on the water surface near the spot where her mother had allegedly jumped yesterday.

The body was later sent to the General Hospital and was handed over
to the family after a post-mortem examination.

Meanwhile, the police produced Gurdeep Kaur, mother of the two girls, before a local court, which remanded her in judicial custody till September 9.

Gurdeep Kaur was yesterday booked for murder and attempt to suicide under Sections 302 and 309 of the Indian Penal Code.

Gurdeep Kaur was saved by the police soon after she was noticed jumping into the lake along with her daughters.

The body of her four-year-old daughter, Jyoti, was recovered from lake after the incident.

The bodies of both sisters were handed over to their father after post-mortem examinations and cremated in the afternoon.

Gurdeep Kaur reportedly did not express her desire to attend the cremation of her daughters, said a senior police officer. He added that she remained quiet in the lockup.

Gurdeep Kaur, wife of a physically challenged tailor, in her statement to the police yesterday alleged that her mother-in-law was not allowing her to lead a peaceful life.



Cong factionalism hinders MC development work

Panchkula, August 28
The game of one upmanship in the Municipal Council between the two rival groups of the Congress supported Councillors, has ensured that no development takes place in the township.

For the past one year, the civic amenities in the township have gone from bad to worse- thanks to the infighting amongst councillors. If the year 2004 saw the development work suffer because of infighting between Congress and INLD-supported councillors, the residents of the township have suffered for want of basic amenities this year because of the internal politics of the Congress.

Defunct street lights, congress grass menace, stray cattle, pot holed roads and public parks that resemble waste lands - the township envisaged as the “Paris of India” is in a state of neglect. Residents have now been complaining that ever since the MC has been formed it has remained mired in political controversy.

The INLD-supported MC President, Ms Seema Chaudhary, was removed by passing a vote of no confidence in April this year. Mr Tarun Bhandari was elected President in June, even as the Councillors owing allegience to the local MLA, Mr Chander Mohan’s faction decided to keep away.

The MC House meeting was boycotted by the three BJP and Councillors owing allegience to Mr Chander Mohan. They had alleged that no agenda items related to development of their wards was included in the MC meeting.

A fortnight ago, MC floated tenders for various development works. But no rough estimates had been prepared before floating tenders; Some works which had already been done were included, and certain wards represented by the rival councillors were ignored. As the rebels raised this issue with the Administration, the opening of tenders was deferred.

Today, 16 Councillors (of the 31 member House), including MC President, Mr Tarun Bhandari, alleged that the rebel councillors were standing in way of development. — TNS



Cong infighting spills over to MC
Proves face saver for Sanghi
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Infighting in the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) has spilled over to the meetings of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC).

In fact, a clear division in the Congress came to the rescue of a nominated councillor, Mr P.C. Sanghi, at a special meeting of the MCC House held here on August 25 to seek his removal for his “misbehaviour” with certain councillors and officials.

While a section the Congress councillors, led by Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, a close associate of Mr Manish Tiwari, spearheaded the campaign against Mr Sanghi, the faction owing allegiance to the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, apparently stood by him and effected a “compromise”.

A piquant situation emerged as secret voting was sought for the removal of Mr Sanghi. While the Bansal faction did not want to openly side with Mr Sanghi, it was opposed to secret voting.

A former Mayor and Bansal loyalist, Mr Subhash Chawla, made it clear that he did not want to take part in voting and be apart of “bad precedent” being set by the MCC House in removing a nominated councillor.

At the same time, he picked holes in the resolution moved by 13 councillors saying that under this Section the councillor could not be removed.

Claiming that the presiding officer, the Mayor, had enough powers to “punish” any erring councillor, Mr Chawla, in a way, tried to devise a face-saving device for the Congress in the House.

If the voting had taken place, the party would have faced a lot of embarrassment inside and outside the MCC.

Even the Mayor, Ms Anu Chatrath, also seemed to be in favour of a “compromise” without secret voting.

Ultimately a “compromise formula” was worked out by Mr Chawla. Under the formula, the MCC House decided to send the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting to the UT Administrator for “appropriate action” against Mr Sanghi. At the same time, the resolution seeking the removal of Mr Sanghi was dropped.

This way, both factions claimed to have scored a victory. The councillors moving the resolution claimed that the sending of resolution against Mr Sanghi to the Administrator was a victory for them as they had only sought a discussion on the “misbehaviour” of the nominated councillor.

Similarly, the other Congress faction said at least the voting on the resolution had been avoided due to their efforts and a “compromise” worked out. This way they hope to assuage the feelings of certain nominated councillors.

Party sources said infighting was likely to intensify in the weeks to come in the run-up to the elections for the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor scheduled for January 1.

Both factions have several claimants for the posts. Last time also, intense lobbying was witnessed for the coveted post of the Mayor and ultimately the party chose Ms Anu Chatrath, a Bansal loyalist.



CAT order to UPSC, Chief Secretary 
Asked to complete process of appointment to IAS in 2 months
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, Union Public Service Commission, and the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to complete the process for appointment to IAS for the year 2001 and onwards within two months.

The orders were passed by the tribunal, comprising Mr L.M. Goyal, Vice-Chairman, and Mr Jasbir S. Dhaliwal, Member (Judicial), on an application moved by Mr Satwant Singh, Municipal Commissioner, Jalandhar, and Mr N.K. Wadhawan, Additional Director (Administration), Department of Industries and Commerce, Punjab.

The applicants, who are PCS officers of 1986 batch, had pleaded that the vacancies which arose in the years 1998, 1999 and 2000, because of retirement/ death of the recommended candidates before their appointment to the IAS should not be added to the vacancies determined for the year 2001. This would mean enlargement of zone of consideration. They had further prayed for filing of the vacancies by considering the eligible officers according to their eligible seniority during the years 1998, 1999 and 2000.

After hearing the arguments, the tribunal observed that it has been consistently observed that year-wise selection list should be prepared even when preparation of such select list was held up for whatever reason. A person who was eligible for consideration and appointment to the IAS at the relevant time can not be made to suffer merely because meeting of the select committee was not held and in the meantime the officer retired from service. Officers have been appointed to the IAS even after their retirement with all consequential benefits, observed the tribunal while referring to a number of judgments.

The tribunal also rejected a plea put forward by the government that Regulation 9 of the Regulations of 1955 had been amended on July 25, 2000, whereby it was made mandatory that only a member of the PCS could be appointed to the IAS.

In the order, the tribunal said by going through the selection list notified on February 25, 2005, it appears that it was another way to carry forward the vacancies of previous years and adding them to the subsequent years so that zonal consideration could be enlarged. The interpretation of Regulation 5 and 9 of 1955, as pleaded by the Union Government left a great scope of manipulation by having endless litigations and stalling the preparation of selection list and appointment of persons put on panel to the IAS.

The tribunal observed that no vacancy for the years 1998, 1999 and 2000 could be carried forward to 2001 and thus the number of vacancies for the year 2001 could be treated as only three. The vacancies for the remaining year’s years 2002 to 2005 as determined by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, through letter dated May 9, 2005, would remain undisturbed.



Pak NGOs fighting fundamentalism
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Religious fundamentalism, feudalism and poverty are three major issues in Pakistan at the moment. Of course, the role of the State and the character of the political system also dominate the thought process of the intellectual class and other socially and politically active groups there.

But what can certainly be described as a significant development is that a big fight has started against the feudalism, fundamentalism and poverty in that country. And the role of vanguards in that fight is being played mostly by “reds”, 
known as “surkhey”, in that country but are called Comrades in India.

Reds clearly dominate the countrywide network of NGOs in Pakistan. However, there are other socially committed individuals and groups which also run NGOs to promote certain causes good for humanity. At present, there are about 1 lakh NGOs in Pakistan and of these 55,000 are in Pakistani Punjab. Interestingly, most of these NGOs are funded by the bodies like the World Bank.

Though these NGOs are political in character and are active on various political fronts yet they never take part in power politics. “We never contest elections”, says Rana Shafiq-Ur- Rehman, Secretary-General of the Punjab NGO Coordination Council, an organisation having 980 NGOs in its ranks across the country.

“Moreover, power politics is a ‘grabber’ while an NGO is a giver”, says Rana Shafiq. When ever any charity organisation or an NGO has tried to enter power politics, it has faced doom. Famed cricketer Imran Khan’s example is for all to see. He started a charity group to serve cancer patients and later entered politics where he failed miserably.

Rana Shafiq, who runs an NGO called Green Circle Organisation (GCO), asserts that a big sustainable change in Pakistan’s society has started taking place at the grassroots level. Major network of NGOs has laid ground rules for membership. No person with a dogmatic religious leanings can be a member of these NGOs. It is essential to have a clear secular approach to be a member of these bodies. Also NGOs are supposed to enroll at least 33 per cent women as its members.

Like other parts of the world, the State in Pakistan, obviously under the influence of a new economic order, is abandoning its responsibility in service sectors like education. It is handing over everything to private sector that firmly sticks to the logic of profit and has no concern for public good. Marginal and small farmers, and other poor sections of society cann’t afford to send their children to public schools. That is where NGOs fill the vacuum.

“We set up schools and open dispensaries for such people”, he adds.

The agenda before most of the NGOs is a socio-economic uplift of the agricultural poor, propagation of organic and sustainable agricultural methods, increase in yield to achieve food security and environment conservation.

Organisations such as the Lok Sanjh, the Bibi Sanjh, and the Kisan Sanjh have been set up to achieve these objectives. “We have lot to learn from you and you have also lot to learn from us”, says Rana Shafiq. Obviously, In Indian Punjab, where farmers have been committing suicides, NGOs are playing no role at all on development front and in agriculture sector.



Passing Thru

What brings you to Chandigarh?

Dr Dan Berman
Dr Dan Berman,
South Asia in charge,
East West Center,
University of Hawaii

I am scouting for students, besides meeting with educationists, telling them of the opportunities available at the East West Center (EWC) for students, researchers and professionals.

Not many students can afford to study in the US.

The East-West Center at the University of Hawaii offers many scholarships to South Asian students. We specially encourage students from non-metros at the EWC.

How well reputed is the East West Center?

Several world leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr Montek Singh Ahluwali are EWC alumni.

What exactly is the EWC?

EWC was established to improve understanding between the US and countries of the Asia-Pacific region and it specialises in study of politics, economics, environment and population. Besides graduate and other educational programmes, EWC offers several short-term and long-term programmes in various disciplines, academic scholarships, fellowships, educational exchange and professional development programmes for journalists, educators and other professionals from private and governmental organisations.

— Naveen S. Garewal



Death hole-3
Admn, MC ‘ignoring’ open manholes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
City manholes continue to threaten residents while the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation continue to remain mute spectators. The attitude of the both is so apathetic that no comprehensive survey has been undertaken yet by the engineering departments of the Administration or the corporation to assess the extent of the problem of ‘missing manholes’, despite accidents causing harm to both humans and animals.

There is a row of open manholes on road dividing Sectors 29 and 30. Picture at one such manhole was clicked by The Tribune photographer where the work on widening of the road is continuing adjoining the open manhole. In the process, the drainage pipes have been broken by the bulldozer, ensuring that water would be accumulated at the next downpour. Once that happens, the open manhole will become even more dangerous and can easily cause an accident like the one in which constable Jaswinder Kaur died.

People say that the problem of open manholes is much worse in the southern sectors as compared to the northern ones because of many VIPs living in the northern sectors.



80-yr old not released despite term completion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Gurdev Singh, an 80-year-old man from Kaleke in Moga district, is a harassed man today. Even after completion of his life term under the TADA Act, the Punjab Government is dragging its feet on his release.

In fact, Gurdev Singh is not alone if the claims of a human rights organisation — Lawyers for Human Rights International(LHRI) — are any indication. It alleged that the Punjab Government had failed to release at least nine prisoners, who had already undergone their sentences under the Act.

Presenting 80-year-old Gurdev Singh, a resident of Kaleke in Moga district, before media persons here today, the organisation alleged that even his failing health had failed to move the authorities concerned. Gurdev Singh is currently on parole.

Terming their detention as a “grave” human rights violation, an office-bearer demanded the immediate release of all prisoners.

Meanwhile, the Shiromani Khalsa Dal also condemned the attitude of the government towards the plight of the prisoners.



Nek Chand’s health unstable 
May miss Unesco function in Switzerland
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The creator of the Rock Garden has been giving his admirers a tough time. Low on health and energy, he has been recuperating at the CCU of Fortis Hospital, Mohali, for a some days now.

Caretakers at the Nek Chand Foundation fear that it might hamper his prospects of travelling to Switzerland in September where he has been invited by Unesco for presentation of a rare award.

Unesco has selected a body of Mr Nek Chand’s alternative art works for a revolving exhibition in Europe - the first-of-its-kind honour for any 
Indian artiste.

Scheduled to travel on September 15 this year, Mr Chand might well have to postpone or cancel his visit if his health continues to remain unstable.

Four days ago, he was brought into Fortis Hospital with a severe breathing problem and was extensively monitored for detection of the ailment.

Earlier in May this year, Nek Chand was admitted to Escorts Heart Institute in Delhi where he underwent angioplasty.

For some months, the world famous environment architect has been harbouring a weak heart and medical experts have been working hard to strengthen it. In-between, surgery was also contemplated.

Although out of danger right now and fairly healthy, Nek Chand preferred to stay in Fortis today despite being given the permission of discharge by a senior consultant, Dr Jagmohan Verma, former head, Cardiology Department, PGI.

Working for Fortis now, Dr Verma told The Tribune today that several factors led to the worsening of Mr Nek Chand’s heart problem. “We have been observing him for 72 hours now and he is now in a position to go home. Here at Fortis, we did his angiography and decided he did not require any surgery.

He has a weak heart which can be set right with medication. We, however, advise he should remain away from extreme winter.”

While doctors say Nek Chand will show gradual progress, Nek Chand himself was not very convinced about his health. Deciding to stay back at the CCU, he, however, had company of many admirers from the Nek Chand Foundation.

Most have been awaiting the improvement in Nek Chand’s health for a long time now.

They have already overseen the dispatch of Nek Chand’s sculptures to Europe where Unesco dignitaries are awaiting the arrival of the famed Indian environmental artiste. Whether or not he goes, depends on his heart.



Women told to take the lead, serve society
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The day has come when women should take the lead to serve society, said Ms Nimmi Sandhu, chairperson, Lions Club International, District 321-F, while addressing delegates at Lions Bhavan, Sector 18, here yesterday.

She spoke at length of how women are mentally prepared to serve the downtrodden, especially children and old. She urged the women to join the force and lead a purposeful life. The president of the Lions Club Chandigarh Host said 10 women were eager to work for the poor. Ms Sandhu said such seminars would be organised in Ludhiana, Patiala and Bathinda.



Revival of Chief Commissioner’s post sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Demanding the revival of the post of Chief Commissioner in the city, the Chandigarh District Council of the CPI has expressed concern at the worsening law and order situation.

A resolution demanding 33 per cent reservation for women in all spheres of life was also passed at 12th conference of the council held here today. Besides, the implementation of minimum wages was also demanded at the meeting.

In his opening remarks, veteran Communist leader Bant Singh Brar stressed the need for Left unity to make the September 29 all-India strike a success.

Piara Singh Deosi came down heavily on the anti-worker policies of the Congress-led UPA government.

Devi Dayal Sharma was re-elected secretary and Karam Singh Vakeel assistant secretary. A 35-member district council was also selected besides four delegates for the Punjab Congress to be held at Jalandhar shortly.

Meanwhile, the conference demanded jobs for the next of kin of the deceased employees on compassionate ground and bonus for UT employees. It also demanded an end to indiscriminate anti-encroachment drives.

Demanding the provision of water, electricity and sewerage, particularly in slums, the meeting demanded houses on subsidised rates for industrial workers.

Opposing the introduction of the low ground clearance buses, the convention demanded identity cards and work places for footpath workers.

Veteran leader Hari Chand Kaura was honoured on the occasion.



Plot allotment news baseless: committee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Members of the Sectors 76 to 80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee at a meeting held here today discussed the issue regarding allotment of plots in five sectors.

Mr Sucha Singh, President of the committee, said in reply to a civil writ petition filed by the allottees in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Punjab Government and PUDA had given an assurance to the allottees that allotment would be made at the old rates.

He said PUDA had started the development works of Sectors 77 and 78 after completing the works in Sectors 79 and 80. Stating that a news report about the allotment of plots in five sectors was baseless as different civil writ petitions had been filed by the farmers, whose land was being acquired for further development of Mohali, were being heard by the high court.



Tree plantation in Sec 41-B
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
As part of the silver jubilee celebrations of the BJP, its youth wing — the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) — today organised a tree plantation campaign in the Sector 41-B park.

A former local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, who was the chief guest, underlined the need for environment protection for the future generations. 



Stone laid

Chandigarh, August 28
The Chandigarh Press Club will have a memorial hall named after Sikh historian Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, laid the foundation stone, here today. This will be a conference-cum-seminar room. — TNS



Readers Write
Overburdened medical services

Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and adjoining areas only have one premier medical institute (PGI, Sector 12) one medical college (GMCH, Sector 32), one General Hospital (in Sector 16), one Civil Hospital in Panchkula and another at Mohali. A number of private clinics have come up but reputed hospital are very few.

The Chandigarh Administration must attract reputed private players to open hospitals and share the load of crowded government hospitals.

The single General Hospital in Sector 16 is overcrowded as it is unable to cope with the number of patients coming from all over the region. In fact Chandigarh needs two more such General Hospitals or 10 OPD centres.

The Civil Hospital in Panchkula is adequately serving the present population of the township. But once new Sectors are developed, residents will need another such hospital.

The PGI remains overcrowded too with unending streams of patients coming from Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and different states, causing slackening of services at different levels. The process of registration, preparation of files (medical reports), medical tests reports, billing, etc. are still carried out by hand, which leads to inefficiency and delays. It is painful to see that hospital services are totally devoid of the use of computers.

Therefore, a patient shudders to think when his case is referred to the PGI for further treatment because of the ordeal he has to face there.

On the other hand, Civil Hospital do provide better patient care and have better arrangements for carrying out routine medical tests from a single window. But, the system of registration and preparation of reports of medical tests still don’t involve the use of computers.

In such a scenario, there should be an online service between the PGI, the GMCH, Sector 32, and satellite Civil Hospitals to enable doctors there to consult senior doctors for treatment of large number of less serious cases.

Once these facilities are introduced, most people will prefer to go to Civil Hospitals first for preliminary check-up and further advice leading to substantial saving of time, money and energy for the patients and their attendants.

R.N. Malik

Entrance test

Around two months ago a newly set up dental institute in Sector 25, Chandigarh — H.S. Judge Dental Institute, affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh — published an advertisement in leading newspapers about holding a test to fill 100 seats in the institute. Prospectuses were made available on the PU campus for Rs 1,300.

Around 2,300 medical aspirants purchased the prospectus and filled out forms. The candidates got admit cards for the entrance test, which was due to be held on July 30. Due to some reason it was postponed to July 10. But the date was again postponed. So far no date has been announced. If the institute is not ready to function yet, as some say the classes will only start from next session, what is the need to sell the prospectus?

The government should ensure that the classes are started from this session and entrance test is conducted soon.

Surinder Pal Singh
Dher, Anandpur Sahib

Milk adulteration unabated

This is with reference to a report published in Chandigarh Tribune on August 2 regarding adulteration in milk. The Health Department of the UT Administration has taken a good step that a milkman or vendor must possess a license to sell milk. The department has also warned to take penal action against defaulters by challaning them under the PFA  Act.

The synthetic milk is prepared by using urea, shampoo, salt refined oil and sugar. A sum of Rs 50 is enough to prepare 12 to 14 kg of milk .It is health hazard for human consumption.

According to the report ,80 per cent of milk sold in the city is adulterated. The Health Department of the Administration had taken samples of the milk many times earlier and it was repeatedly found that the milk was adulterated.

‘Health for all’ is the priority of the Government of India. It is seen that the milk vendors go to the dairies which is installed in the outer parts of the city for separating cream from the milk. It is detestable that milk is preserved by using urea and caustic soda to kill bacteria.

There are private laboratories in the foreign countries to check any kind of adulteration. If it is found adulterated, action is taken and punishment is given. If anyone wants to get adulteration of milk tested he or she may contact telephone nos 2700055 or 2700228 of the Punjab Dairy Development.

M.L. Garg

False prestige

This refers to a news item in Chandigarh Tribune which appeared on August 11 mentioning that a car number was auctioned for Rs 5.05 lakh. Such a practice of earning revenue seems to be unhealthy and should be stopped by the government as it only boosts the false prestige of rich individuals. If the government or public considers such numbers as “prestigious” then these should be allotted free to engineers, doctors, scientists, sportsmen, poets or others who contribute something for the country.

V.K. Kaura

Unsafe building

A building is being constructed by Kalra builders on plot no 306, Sector 1, (Part), Jail Land, Ambala City. The material being used in the construction of the building is of very poor quality. The walls are not being made of cement-sand strength required under the HUDA rules as well as of Haryana Government rules in respect of construction of residential buildings in the State. It poses grave danger to the lives of people who will reside in it.

My house share a common wall with house no 305. Mix of cement and sand is so poor that bricks can just be pulled out from the walls with bare hands. Unbranded iron has been used in the roofs and quantity of iron used is very less.

A resident 

NRI harassed

Despite the endeavour of the government, NRIs continue to be subjected to harassment in India. I am an NRI from New York, USA. During a visit in February, 2001, I wanted to operate my locker account at the Punjab and Sind Bank branch in B.O. Garkhal (Himachal Pradesh). However, due to problems with the lock, I was not able to operate it and all efforts to do so proved futile.

My wife visited the branch in October, 2004 and gave an application for replacing of the lock. In July, 2005, when I again visited the bank, I suspected foul play when I observed that my outer/extra lock had been changed. When the locker was broken open, to my dismay I found it nearly empty.

I have suffered mental agony besides loss of precious articles.

Ranjit Singh Ahluwalia,
Nalwa, Kasauli Tehsil,
Solan District



3 booked on EO’s complaint

Chandigarh, August 28
On the complaint of the Executive Officer, Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, the police has registered a case against three persons, including the president of New Generation Apartments Welfare Association, Dhakoli.

According to information received here, the Executive Officer, along with his staff, had gone to the apartments, situated at Dhakoli on the Zirakpur-Kalka road, to prepare an official report. However, they could not prepare the report in the wake of the resistance by certain residents.

As they returned to their office in Zirakpur, their official work was allegedly disrupted by three persons, including R.K. Saini, president of the association, and R.C. Bawa and R.K. Jinsi.

A case under Sections 353, 186 and 506 of the IPC has been registered. — TNS



One killed in car-truck collision
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 28
A 40-year-old man was killed and two were injured, when their car had a head-on collision with a truck near Pinjore today.

The incident took place around 11 am when a Santro car (HP-12A- 2231) was hit by a truck (PB-11A- 4821) coming from the Panchkula side. Ramesh Jain received serious head injuries and he died on the way to the hospital. Car driver, Daljit and Ramesh’s cousin, Manish Jain, escaped with minor injuries.

Cop in trouble: The misuse of official vehicles for personal purpose is not restricted to top government officials alone. A cop posted as a driver with a forensic official decided to pick up a police van without permission, to drop a relative at the Majri chowk.

Constable Satbir Singh took the van, used for ferrying prisoners. Police sources say that he was possibly in an inebriated condition, when he drove off from the police lines towards the Majri chowk.

The rashly driven police van hit a multi-axle vehicle, parked on the road. The driver of the vehicle, Mr Randeep Singh, complained to the police and a case has been registered against the cop.

Burglary: Cash worth thousands of rupees has been stolen from Pracheen Shiv Mandir near Ramgarh. The burglary came to light, when the temple priest, Kala Dhar, arrived for the puja at around 5 am. He noticed that the donation box had been broken open, and the cash was missing. The almirah kept in the temple was also ransacked. The priest reportedly told the police that the offerings from the donation box were removed once a month, and this had not been cleared for the past 25 days. The police has registered a case. 



One held for carrying liquor
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 28
The local police has seized 50 bottles of liquor from a car while the suspect managed to escape. In a separate case, one person was arrested for carrying five bottles of liquor illegally.

Sources in the police said they signalled a Maruti car (HR-01-A-0358) to stop last night in Sector 41.

On seeing the police party, the driver of the car ran away, leaving his car behind. The search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 50 bottles of whisky.

In a separate incident, the local police arrested Ravinder Singh of Sector 21-B for allegedly carrying five bottles of whisky from near the booth market in Sector 22.

Two separate cases have been registered under the Excise Act in this regard.

Thefts: Mr Pankaj Sharma of Kishangarh village filed a complaint to the police that his gold chain was stolen from his residence on Saturday.

In another incident, Mr Sushil Nijwan, Principal, Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, lodged a complaint to the police alleging that water taps were stolen from the school premises during the night of August 26.

In a separate incident, Mr Om Parkash of the Industrial Area reported to the police that a bag holding 15 kg of nuts and bolts and other electrical parts was stolen from his factory premises on Saturday.

Three separate cases have been registered in the various police stations of the city.



MS extends toll-free customer care phone facility
Tribune news Serve

Chandigarh, August 28
Keeping in view the fast growing PC market along with an increasing demand of Microsoft products and technologies, in the city and the surrounding areas, software giant Microsoft has extended its toll-free customer care telephone facility to Chandigarh. With the service likely to be available from September onwards, PC queries will just be a call away.

The customer care facility is now available in 27 cities of the country, including the metros and major IT hubs like Bangalore and Hyderabad. The city is fast emerging as an upcoming software market with a huge potential. The number of PCs has also grown phenomenally in the past few years, thus justifying the need to extend customer care to the residents here, say Microsoft officials.

All customers and partners of Microsoft in Chandigarh need to do is to dial the toll free number provided by BSNL to reach the company’s customer care. The customers without the STD facility will be able to access Microsoft’s toll free support number at local rates. If the customer’s query is within the scope of the service delivery area , the customer service agent will provide the necessary information on the phone itself.

With the help of this service, the customers can obtain information on product activation, Microsoft training and certification and the Microsoft certified partner programme.


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