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PU reopens to heavy rush
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Panjab University reopened to heavy rush and chaos today after a long weekend as students wanting to seek admission as private candidates thronged the basement of the administration block to buy the forms and submit their fee.

Tempers frayed and accusations were hurled after students alleged that the authorities had not taken enough measures to help them and ease the rush. The last day for submission of forms is November 10.

Authorities, however, argued that the university had opened just for two days during the past 10 days and that they had already relaxed the date from November 3 to November 10.

“It is a festive season and the university had been closed on account of that. However, students were aware of that and they still left it for the last day. It is not our fault alone,” said a staff member at the fee collection counter.

Students, on the other hand, argued that the university should have made extra arrangements to cater to the rush. “I have come all the way from Abohar, but now I will have to stay back till tomorrow to submit my form,” said Akashdeep Kang.

Many students demanded that the date be further extended.

A heavy rush was also witnessed at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, where students gathered to submit the forms for the UGC NET examination.

Authorities attributed the rush to the extended holidays last week. The result of the UGC NET exam, conducted on June 26 this year, has not yet been declared.

Many such students were also seen filling out forms as they were yet to receive their previous UGC NET result, which added to the rush.



City contributes 7th gem to Team India
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Finally the big day has arrived for Chandigarh’s 20-year-old speedster, Vikram Rajvir Singh, with the announcement of his name in the national ODI team for the remaining two matches of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.

This is a big day not only for him and his family but also for City Beautiful. He happens to be the seventh international cricketer produced by the city. Other six being Kapil Dev, Yograj Singh, Chetan Sharma, Ashok Malhotra, Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Mongia.

Interestingly, Vikram Rajvir Singh, popularly known as VRV in the friend circle, will make his debut as a fast bowler from the city after 21 years. The last was Chetan Sharma, who joined the team in 1984, the year when VRV was born.

Elated over his selection in the squad, VRV termed it as the best news of his life. “I could not describe personal as well as my family’s happiness and excitement in words,” said the 6’-4” speedster.

“This was the moment, we have been waiting for the past two years,” said VRV, a product of DAV School.

Revealing his strategy for the forthcoming international matches on the phone just before taking off to the match venue, he said, “If I got a chance in the playing eleven, I would concentrate on speed and swing bowling, which are my forte. However, I would not do any extra efforts to improve my batting. Rather, I would prefer to bat in my normal way.”

His selection in the team is not a surprise if his performance in the last season is any indication. At present, he was part of the North Zone team, playing in the Duleep Trophy.

In the match played against East Zone, he put up a brilliant all-round performance.

He pocketed four wickets and put on valuable 48 and 42 runs in the two innings.

Last month, in the Challenger Trophy at Mohali, he could not do well with ball and claimed only two wickets in two matches. However, he managed to attract the attention of the selection panel and former medium pacers like Javagal Srinath with his speed, pitching and ability to swing the ball even in adverse conditions.

However, he dazzled the cricket world with his performance in the last Ranji season where he claimed 30 wickets in just six matches with five wickets haul for three times.

In a match against Hyderabad, he dismissed seven for 75. This included the wicket of star batsman V.V.S. Laxman. It is said his speed ranged between 135 and 140 kmph.

Another achievement of this college going cricketer was his selection as one of three cricketers, sponsored by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the prestigious Border-Gavaskar scholarship at Brisbane, Australia, this year.

He also represented India in the under-19 Asia Cup-2003 held in Pakistan and in the under-19 World Cup-2004 held in Dhaka.

The selection of VRV has sent waves of joy among the local cricket fraternity.



Tribune Follow-Up
Medical report confirms torture of theft accused
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The alleged Chandigarh Police brutality on Rakesh, a Bapu Dham youth accused of theft, has been confirmed with the medical report of the victim showing multiple injuries.

A board of doctors set up by a local court recently to examine Rakesh had revealed that the youth had received injuries on several body parts which might take several days to heal.

Even as the medical report had virtually indicted the policemen, the top brass of the Chandigarh Police is reportedly yet to make up its mind about the quantum of punishment to the erring cops.

This is despite the fact that the Lawyers of Human Rights International (LHRI), the NGO which had taken Rakesh’s case, had written a “letter of resentment” to the local IGP demanding punishment to the “guilty” cops.

Meanwhile, Rakesh, who is still undergoing treatment at the Sector 16 General Hospital, has been provided financial assistance by the Blood Diseases Hospital Society, Sector 23, according to his mother, Ms Asha Devi.

It may be recalled that Rakesh was allegedly tortured by the Sector 26 police station personnel for almost a week last month. The Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted his plight prominently on page 1 on October 24.

Rakesh had alleged that he was picked up by the Bapu Dham police personnel in connection with a theft case against him.

“At the Bapu Dham police post, I was pressurised to confess to a Rs 45,000 theft. When I refused I was beaten up mercilessly with wooden rods and leather belts and threatened with dire consequences for making the torture public”, Rakesh, who could barely stand, had alleged.

He was later shifted to a guest house in Darua village and beaten up with wooden rods. When he regained consciousness he allegedly was dumped outside a house in Khudda Lahora village, it was alleged.



First confirmed case of dengue in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Following a confirmed case of dengue fever in the city, the UT Health Department has finally realised the need to take preventive measures to combat the disease.

Officials of the UT Health Department made several visits to the Sector 38 (West) today. Intensive cleanliness drives were undertaken in the sector from where Shruti, a 26-year-old woman, was admitted to the PGI as a suspected dengue patient.

Lime dusting and anti-malaria spray was done in the area. According to Dr S.S. Cheema, Nodal Officer, UT Health Department, 100 samples taken from the neighbouring houses had been sent for testing.

Meanwhile, Shruti, who is also pregnant, is reported to be in a stable condition with no fever and appearance of rashes.

Four dengue cases have been reported at the PGI so far. Out of these, three were confirmed by the doctors. The first case was reported on October 4 when Preeti, a 14-year-old-girl from Hoshiarpur, was admitted to the PGI.

This was followed by 19-year-old Arushi from Delhi, who was discharged on October 27. The patient was found to be suffering from dengue.

At present, two dengue patients are admitted to the PGI. Shruti, who was admitted to the PGI after undergoing a test at Sector 22 Medicos, has been confirmed to be suffering from dengue. Her IGM test was weakly positive.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Sunita from Saharanpur is also a suspected case of dengue.



Robbers claiming lives for paltry sums
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, November 7
Incredible but true! People are being murdered in Chandigarh for a few hundred rupees. In fact, the city is fast turning into a haven for robbers having no qualms about bludgeoning people to death for as less as Rs 600 or for money to buy liquor.

Though exact data of such cases is not available with the Chandigarh Police, sources in the police headquarters say as many as 16 cases of murder have been registered till October this year. In a substantial number of these cases, robbery for small amount was the direct or indirect motive behind the killings.

In a majority of cases, the assailants did not use any arms or sharp edged-weapons. Rather, the victims were bludgeoned to death with concrete slabs or other blunt objects.

Giving reasons, the sources say such murders are normally not planned. It is the “temptation of the instant” that drives them to commit the crime. They rob and then fearing identification, they kill.

In one such incident that occurred on October 28, the local police found an unidentified body of a man in his 30s from a forest area near the Bapu Dham Colony.

The victim had gone to answer a call of nature when the assailants attacked him. Investigation carried out by the police did not rule out the possibility of robbery being the motive behind the murder.

Quoting another incident, the sources say on May 1, Sector 18 resident Brij Rani was found in a pool of blood by her neighbours. The victim’s gold ornaments were found missing.

Later, the police arrested electrician Punit Mittal on the charge of killing the old woman under the influence of liquor.

The police later claimed that Mittal, in all probability, committed the crime for money to buy liquor.

The accused reportedly told the police that he wanted to have more drinks and decided to go to the victim’s house to collect money. On finding the woman alone, the idea of robbing her crossed his mind, said the police.

Similar was the fate of an Inspector with Punjab’s Food and Supply Department Maskeen Singh.

His mauled body was found beside his motor cycle near the Markfed office in Sector 35 in August. The police arrested three rag-pickers in connection with the murder.

In this case also, the accused told the police that they had no intention of killing the victim. They just wanted to rob him. Apprehending identification, they smashed the victim’s face with heavy concrete slabs before taking away Rs 600 and other belongings.

Analysing the trend, a socio-psychologist teaching in a city college says declining values in today’s materialistic world, where money is more important than human lives, is leading to the malady.

The problem can be solved to a great extent by inculcating human values in the young innocents.



Kalam to grace HC golden jubilee function
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 7
A gala function on December 10 will mark the culmination of the year-long celebrations of the golden jubilee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh.

The President, Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, is learnt to have conveyed his consent to be the chief guest at the day-long function being organised by the High Court. Many other dignitaries, including the Law Minister, Mr Hans Raj Bhardwaj, the Chief Justice of India and Mr Justice Y.K. Sabharwal are also expected to grace the occasion.

It was on March 19, 1955, that the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the court complex at Chandigarh after it was shifted from Shimla. Before that the Punjab High Court, as it was known then, functioned at Shimla.

One portion of the High Court complex was designed by Chandigarh’s planner Le Corbusier. However, a lot of additions/alternations — not all of them to the liking of puritans — have taken place in the High Court complex.

Sources say that apart from the main function, some other functions are also being organised to commemorate the occasion.

Already, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association has organised two musical evenings to mark the occasion. The Wadali brothers and Hans Raj Hans regaled the legal community with their performances in the High Court complex. The association has also held a blood donation camp in which over 100 lawyers and judges donated blood.

“This is not all. We have also decided to bring out a souvenir containing articles by members of the bar containing articles on issues concerning the legal fraternity. We are hoping to get the souvenir released by the President on December 10,” disclosed Mr Atul Lakhanpal, President, Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

Incidentally, even the Punjab and Haryana High Court is learnt to have constituted a committee to bring out a pictorial biography of the High Court. Sources associated with the effort said the biography, which was likely to be modelled on the lines of the one brought out some years ago by the Supreme Court of India, would contain a lot of pictures.

“This High Court building is in itself a piece of modern architecture. The biography will highlight each and every nuance associated with the complex, its construction, its heritage value and its architecture,” said the source.

The biography will also have write-ups by judges, present and past, who have sat in the august chambers of the High Court, senior advocates and some eminent personalities of the region.

The governments of Punjab and Haryana, as also the Union Territory of Chandigarh, have also been roped in for the celebrations.



Prime Minister’s visit to Chandigarh rescheduled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
There is a change in the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s engagements in Chandigarh on November 9. His visit will be restricted to just two hours. As per the new schedule the Prime Minister is scheduled to land here at 9.45 am on Wednesday and again board the special aircraft at 11.55 am. The Prime Minister will deliver the inaugural address of the P.N. Haksar memorial lecture series at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here.

The Prime Minister was also scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Biotechnology Park at Dera Bassi, 20 km from here, which has been postponed. Mr Gurmeet Singh Bhatia, Managing Director, Punjab Biotechnology Park, said the foundation stone laying ceremony had been postponed.

The Prime Minister is also to release the newly developed software for Urdu and Punjabi languages developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) , Mohali. The function was to be held at the Bhargava Auditorium, PGI, here. Senior officials of the C-DAC maintained that the function was to be held as per schedule and no cancellation had been conveyed to them so far.



Panchkula land records to be accessible online
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
Taking a lead in the region, land records of four tehsils in Panchkula district will be accessible online by the end of December.

While other districts in Haryana are struggling to get the land records of at least one tehsil online, Panchkula is all set to be the first district in Haryana to have its digitised land records. Other than the land records of Morni, most of the digitised record of rights (jamabandi) of the other four tehsils in the district have already been integrated with the land records process. Because the land consolidation of Morni is disputed, this sub tehsil will continue to have manual land records.

Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh informed TNS that the integration of the digitised jamabandis has been completed in all 52 villages of Panchkula, 23 of the 30 villages in Barwala and in 40 of the 113 villages in Kalka. The online registration of land records for the 34 villages of Raipur Rani has also started.

This integration of registration of property with the land records of the remaining villages in Barwala and Kalka, and in the 34 villages of Raipur Rani is being done at district headquarters here. By the end of December, anyone owning property in these tehsils can get updated information about the jamabandi, girdawri (in case of agricultural land), change in mutation, or a copy of the record of their land online.

Called Haryana Land Record Information System (HALRIS), a modified version of Haryana Registration Information System (HARIS), this consumer friendly system will link registration with mutations so that mutation notice can be generated immediately after the registration of document. This scheme also ensures that the record of rights (jamabandi) is generated automatically and a copy of the jamabandi (nakal) will be issued to the public immediately at the tehsil level.

Jamabandi editing; new jamabandi entry; jamabandi printing; jamabandi nakal; mutation entry; mutation verification; mutation sanction; mutation incorporation; mutation printing; revert mutation — all will be online. This also replaces the manual deed- writing with computer generated deeds, which in turn have a linkage to registration. The digitised registration (HARIS) for all 67 tehsils and 45 subtehsils of Haryana was completed six years ago. This helped remove delays in providing the services and office record maintenance, besides removing problems related to management of voluminous documents.

Officials say that while HARIS led to an increase in revenue from stamp duty by 40 per cent, it forced Collectors/Deputy Commissioners to restructure their collector rates segment wise, control area wise and prime area wise. However, this simple digitised registration proved to be a stand-alone system, and a need was felt for integration with land records.



Now, pay regular challans at e-counters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
All traffic challans can now be paid at the e-sampark centres. Earlier, the challan payment at e-sampark centres was restricted only to sticker and postal challans.

The information was confirmed by Mr Vivek Atray, Director Information Technology, here today.

The facility has started at all existing e-sampark centres. This was announced at the inauguration of the eighth centre at the Industrial Area, Phase I, by Mr R.K. Rao, Deputy Commissioner.

Now, the challans can also be deposited online. The e-sampark centres have currently tied up with the UTI for online payments. Earlier, the problem was that with normal traffic challans, the police kept in custody the registration papers or the licence of the defaulters. These were returned after the fine was paid. Now, it has been decided that the challan payments will be accepted at e-sampark centres and the papers will be returned to the defaulters at their residence addresses through courier service.

Mr Atray said new services, namely disbursement of old age, widow and disabled pension, acceptance of application forms of the Chandigarh Housing Board, online payment of traffic challans and payment of telephone bills of HFCL Connect have been added on the e-sampark facilities for the benefit of the public.

At least 7,000 persons will benefit from the facility of old-age pension disbursement through sampark centres. Earlier, the beneficiaries had go through a longer process for getting pension.

Mr Atray said 70 Jan Sampark Kiosks would be opened in various sectors and villages to supplement the e-sampark centres as part of the e-Governance Plan.

Among others present on the occasion were Ms Amandeep Kaur, Director, Social Welfare, Mr P.S. Shergill, Director, Industries, Ms Swati Sharma, SDM (E), and Ms Balwinder Saini, Senior Architect.



Army to hold promotion exams for officers online
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
In the backdrop of the armed forces imbibing information technology in a big way, the Army will shortly begin holding certain promotion examinations as well as entrance tests for prestigious courses on-line.

This is part of a policy on e-learning being implemented in the Army in a networked environment. The e-learning policy is an off-shoot of the force's recently adopted network centric warfare concept, which interlinks headquarters and field formations on a data network for real time flow of information during operations, training and war games.

Citing policy letters circulated by Army Headquarters to various formations, sources said in about two years, promotion examinations like Part-B and Part-D for officers and entrance tests for institutions like the Defence Services Staff College would be held online. He said modalities as to how the tests would be conducted were being worked out.

In fact, the recently issued Doctrine of the Indian Army also stresses on the use of IT and e-learning process for training personnel. Efforts should continue to ensure increased use of simulators, computer-based training packages and promotion of self-education and interactive e-learning, the doctrine states.

Instructions have been issued to all training establishments to identify professional subjects suitable for e-learning and digitize them to make interactive computer-based training packages.

These packages would then be hosted on network servers of all command headquarters from where formations and units down the line can access them. Directives have been issued for creation of requisite infrastructure at formation headquarters for optimum utilisation of these packages.

The e-learning project has been divided into three phases, with the first phase already under execution. The endeavour of the project is to have completely interactive virtual classrooms.

The Army has already introduced interactive multi-media based training courses in some institutions. This also includes courses in tactics, military history and map reading as well as technical subjects associated with the Corps of Electronic and Mechanical Engineers and the Signals.

As the Army introduces a non-contact, distance learning process through a networked environment to train troops spread over a vast area, it has established a network-based command and control post. According to reports, the command post has been set up at the Corps level at Jalandhar. It will be involved in integrating, analysing and disseminating information as the principal tool to decision-making. Information to the post will flow in real time through observation posts, surveillance equipment unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites.



Chhat puja pollutes Sukhna
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Despite the ban imposed by the Chandigarh Administration on throwing puja material into Sukhna Lake, a sea of devotees today assembled on the banks of the lake and performed Chhat puja. They not only took a holy dip, but also performed ceremonies, thus polluting the lake.

However, this time the devotees could not have a free hand in performing rituals as the Administration had taken strict measures to check it.

Chhat festival is the biggest Hindu festival in which the sun is worshiped in the morning and in the evening.

A visit to the lake revealed that devotees performed rituals by offering flowers and puja material to the sun god. Flowers, fruits, grains, diyas, straw baskets and hawan material were seen floating on the water.

Environmentalists are worried. They say this is not a healthy practice as puja material not only pollutes the water body but also threatens the existence of organisms.

The lake has good aquatic fauna with nearly 37 fish species belonging to 12 families.

Prof B.K. Das, a former Professor of the Department of Geology, Panjab University, says the puja material results in pollution and growth of micro-organisms in the water body. Pollution depletes dissolved oxygen in the water, suffocating the organisms.

Professor Das, who had studied the ecology of the lake in 1997 under a project sanctioned by the Department of Environment, UT, says since the lake is rainfed, the chances of pollutants getting dissolved in the water is bleak. The shrinkage of the lake due to deposition of silt and accumulation of pollutants can be dangerous to the lake ecology in the long run.

Most of the puja material contains chemicals that are carcinogenic to the aquatic species. Even foodstuff enables the growth of parasites that are one of the main causes of fish deaths.

Since a large number of diyas are placed on the surface of the water, the oil in the diyas leaks into the lake. It forms a thin layer on the surface of the water, which obstructs atmospheric oxygen from dissolving into the water.

Says Mr S.K. Sharma, president, Environment Society of India: “There is need to spread awareness about the dangers of pollution. As the Administration cannot stop the devotees to perform rituals, it can ask them to do it an environment-friendly manner. Even the Administration can identify an area where the rituals can be performed and ask the devotees to pay a small fee. The money is to be used later for cleaning the area.”



Fauji Beat
Paratroopers have done the country proud

RAISED in October, 1941, in Delhi, Indian paratroopers completed 64 years of their existence in October. After Partition, Headquarters 2 Airborne Division, 50 Para Brigade and 77 Para Brigade, came to India’s share. We retained only 50 Para Brigade in the restructuring programme. The brigade comprised three distinguished battalions — Para (Punjab), 2 Para (Maratha) and 3 Para (Kumaon).

In 1952, these battalions were detached from their regiments to form the Parachute Regiment. This regiment has grown to five parachute and five parachute (special forces) battalions. Another Parachute Brigade, i.e. 51 (Independent) Parachute Brigade, was raised in 1965, but it was disbanded in December 1974.

In December 1961, the paratroopers spearheaded the advance into Panjim and played a major role in the liberation of Goa. Thereafter, in all wars that India fought, even in Sri Lanka, the paratroopers brought glory to the country.

Only the 1965 war is being briefly mentioned due to the paucity of space. The paratroopers showed their mettle in the Rann of Kutch, Hajipir and Wagah sectors. For its valiant action in Hajipir, 1 Para was given the battle honour of Hajipir and theatre honour of Jammu and Kashmir.

Similarly, 2 Para was awarded the battle honours of Jhangar and Naushera and 3 Para was awarded the battle honours of Srinagar (Shalanteg) and Poonch.

Don’t degrade ex-servicemen

Naik Jagjeet Singh, Sena Medal, who retired in 1979, is undergoing treatment for a bullet injury in the Civil Hospital, Mansa. As reported, the husband of his village Sarpanch shot at him with a revolver from a close range.

Having failed to get a case registered with the police for more than a month, this 65-year-old war veteran has complained to the DIG, Faridkot Range, about the inaction of the police.

The culprit is allegedly moving about freely because of his political influence. When the SHO of the area was contacted by a press reporter the other day, he said the culprit would be arrested in a day or two, but he failed to explain the reason for the delay.

This is one of the many cases, which clearly brings out that the ex-servicemen do not get justice because most of them neither have political influence nor money. Is this the “reward” for their sacrifices for the country?

Be it a war, counter-insurgency, floods, accidents, earthquakes or any other crisis, it is the Army that comes to the aid of people.

This case is a sad reflection on our civil administration and reminds the veterans of the British days when they were highly respected.

Sad reflection on Army

A large number of armed officers, JCOs and other ranks go to the courts to seek justice, which is denied to them by the Army authorities.

Take the case of the A.V. Singh Committee report, which was implemented for the officers up to the rank of Colonel in December, 2004. The significant aspect of the report is that the first selection grade rank has been shifted from Lieutenant-Colonel to Colonel. This implies that the Lieutenant-Colonel, who do not make the selection grade for Colonels, will retire as time scale Colonels on completion of 26 years of service.

The officers of the Army Medical Corps (AMC), the Army Dental Corps (ADC) and the Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) were left out of this provision. After waiting for a few months, they approached the Press as Lieutenant-Colonels, who have completed more than 26 years of service, were still waiting for their selection board to be held for Colonel.

Eventually, one of them went to the Delhi High Court for the delay in implementation of the A.V. Singh Committee report.

The Ministry of Defence has issued the orders for the AMC, ADC and RVC officers now after a delay of 11 months.

— Pritam Bhullar



UK delegation calls on Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality, UK, Tony McNulty called on Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today.

He was accompanied by Minister and Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission, Mark Runacres and other senior officers of the British Embassy.

General Rodrigues and the delegation discussed various issues of general interest, including immigration, agriculture and economic and social development.

During the interaction, the Governor emphasised the need for major initiatives to give boost to partnership endeavours in agriculture, dairy farming, food processing, education and information technology.

General Rodrigues told the visiting ministers that the city had drawn an ambitious road map for providing opportunities to young boys and girls to upgrade their skills and utilise their potential here, so that they were not tempted to migrate to other countries.

He said innovative programmes had been initiated in universities and various management colleges here to impart technical know-how and skills to the youth with an aim to providing them with a support structure to undertake various productive ventures.

The Governor emphasised that Punjab had achieved a major breakthrough in the agriculture sector and other allied fields and the state was emerging as a progressive and vibrant investment destination with a good supportive infrastructure.

He said crop diversification had been given top priority by involving agriculture scientists and experts in the field.

He added that European standards were being followed in food processing, agro-processing, post-harvest technology and dairying sector.

He said the Chandigarh Airport would be upgraded to international standards and the city would be developed as an export hub for fruit and vegetable market, which will serve the whole region.

The delegation showed keen interest in the technology ventures and agro-business priorities and assured the Governor of making sincere efforts to promoting trade and business relationships.



Sectors 17, 34 to have multi-level parking lots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to develop multi-level parking lots in Sectors 17 and 34, and has identified sites for the purpose.

A parking site has been proposed behind showrooms in Sector 17-F near the electricity substation.

This will be a four-storeyed parking lot having two basements, one ground floor and one terrace wherein some food courts shall also be provided. This multi-level parking lot will accommodate approximately 550 cars.

Similarly, one site has been identified near the State Library building in Sector 34.

This multi-level parking lot will house approximately 300 cars and is being executed shortly.



NHPC celebrates raising day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Limited celebrated its raising day here today. Addressing NHPC personnel on the occasion, the Executive Director, Mr M.M. Madan, discussed the status of the works of various projects being executed in this region. He expressed satisfaction over the progress of the works and said some of these were ahead of schedule.

Family members of NHPC personnel also attended the function. A variety entertainment programme and games were also organised. Prizes were given away to the winners as well as the participants of various events.



Landlord accused of hiring goons for eviction
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
A resident of Swatik Vihar in Mansa Devi Complex here has accused his landlord of forcibly trying to get the house vacated, with the help of goons.

In a complaint to the Mansa Devi Police, Mr TS Chahal alleged that his landlord forcibly entered his house in today afternoon, when his wife, Anoop and son, Harnam, were alone. He alleged that the landlord brought five goons with him, and they tried to put their own things in the house.

Mr Chahal also alleged that the landlord and his wife goons also misbehaved with his wife. The latter raised an alarm. Then she along with Harmanbegam filming the sequence of events on the camera. As they screamed for help from the neighbours, the landlord and his men fled away.



Power theft detected

Chandigarh, November 7
The Enforcement Wing of the UT Electricity Department today raided a complex in Industrial Area and detected a case of theft of power.

Sources said that the Enforcement Wing had carried out a raid on plot number 349, Industrial Area, Phase I, and detected the case of power theft. The police has been informed for registration of a case. — TNS


Chandigarh Calling
Saying it with blossoms

The character of the city is changing and for the moment the pace is not slow and steady but rather fast. Close to the heels of an IT park in the north of the city, now comes a Fashion Technology Park to the south of the city in Mohali’s Sector 90. The park is a response to the opening up of the global fashion market to the Indian industry. The park will serve as a nucleus for diverse components of the fashion industry to come together for mutual benefits. So now not just Mohali, the entire region can look ahead to fashionable times. But one thing that one would like to tell the fashion gurus that fashion is not the prerogative of the rich. Tribune photographer Manoj Mahajan has brought this lovely snapshot of three South Indian women with well-combed hair adorned by seasonal blossoms. Here is a traditional statement of fashion: Saying it with blossoms!

Donor couch

Making voluntary blood donation a pleasant and comfortable experience has been at the core of all blood donation drives. Taking a lead in this direction, the PGI Blood Bank has got imported donation couches. As per the international specifications, blood donation should preferably be made while in a reclining position. But due to paucity of funds to have donor lounges, in India donors are made to lie flat on beds while donating blood but now with these couches voluntary donors can comfortably donate blood and it is also easy for the doctors to monitor the whole process. In case a donor feels giddy the position of couch can be adjusted immediately and there is also proper measurement of the amount of blood collected in the bags, inform doctors at the blood bank. And going by the reactions of donors, the three hydraulically operated couches being used in the blood bank have made blood donation a very comfortable experience.

Noise-free Divali

Many areas of City Beautiful witnessed less noisy Divali this time compared to last year, thanks to anti-cracker campaigns launched by schoolchildren.

According to figures released by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, this Divali was less noisy. However, the figures said noise levels were still above the safe limits in most of the areas. To monitor the impact of crackers on the air and noise pollution, the committee had set up seven monitoring centres in the city. The centres were established in Panjab University, Sectors 22, 29 and 9, Kaimbwala, Kajheri and Mani Majra.

Mr S.K. Sharma, president, Environment Society of India (ESI), attributes this to increase in awareness among the masses, especially children. He says between Dussehra and Divali this year the ESI had conducted anti-cracker campaigns in 66 schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. This time the emphasis was laid on lectures and debates during the morning assembly rather than taking out rallies.

Beyblade mania

This Divali child was overhead saying to his father: “Papa mujhe pathke nahi chaiye, mujhe beyblade lena hai” (Dad I don’t need firecrackers, I need a Beyblade). On being asked why he wanted a Beyblade, in came the reply: “I love Beyblade cartoon and I want to play like them.” Beyblade is one of the most popular cartoon shows among children these days. The use of a Beyblade by Tyson, Sky, Max and Robert entices them to imitate their favourite characters. Children want Beyblade to play with their friends as they feel they last much longer than crackers.

Karaoke fun

Shoppers in Sector 35 had a lot of fun singing Karoaoke when a company campaigning for its products got them to sing old numbers from Hindi films. People rushed to get a chance to sing to the tune with the words displayed on the monitor. Well, a bit of song and dance cheers everyone around.

Contributors: Geetu Vaid, Vishal Gulati, Rajiv Bhatia, Lovkesh Kumar and Nirupama Dutt



Double murder: ex-minister’s brothers surrender
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
The main accused in the Hangola double murder case, Kashmira Singh and Sadh Singh, today surrendered before the Raipur Rani police. They are the brothers of a former Minister, Mr Balbir Singh.

The accused have been booked under Section 302 of IPC, after they had shot dead two villagers, Ajmer Singh and Nirmal Singh, on October 31. The accused had also injured two other persons, Gurnam and Gurmeet.

As much as 173 acres of shamlat land had been leased out to the accused for a year in February last year. They were given an extension to use the land till June, on the pretext that their crop was standing on this land. However, they failed to vacate the land and instead got a stay from a local court. The villagers later got the stay vacated, but the litigation was on.

Some of the villagers had also sold off their share of the shamlat land to Kashmira and Sadh Singh. A few days back, it was decided that the accused would be allowed to keep the land they had purchased, but would have to vacate the remaining land. However, on October 31, when the villagers were passing by this disputed land, the duo, along with five others fired at the villagers, killing two of them.



2 motor cycles stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 7
Mr Mahesh Kumar of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, has reported to the police that his Hero Honda motor cycle (CH-03-R-8675) was stolen from the parking lot of Shanti Kunj, Sector 16, on Sunday.

In another incident, Mr Shiv Kumar of Kajheri village lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his motor cycle (CH-03-F-1721) was stolen from outside a park in Sector 36.

Caught stealing moped

The police arrested Surinder Singh of Maloya Colony on Sunday on the allegation of stealing a moped.

Sources said Mr Janak Raj of Dadu Majra village had alleged in his complaint that he had caught the accused red-handed while stealing his moped from his residence.

A case has been registered.

House burgled

Ms Pargat Kaur of Sector 35-D has lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a gold chain, a wrist watch, a mobile phone, Rs 3,000 and some other articles were stolen from her residence on Saturday night. A case has been registered.

Held for gambling

The police arrested four persons on the allegation of indulging in gambling on Sunday.

Sources said Dalip Kumar, Chander Pal, Viran, Shankar and Amit Kumar, all residents of Sector 56 LBS Colony, were arrested from the same locality on the charge of gambling at a public place. The police recovered Rs 715 from their possession. A case has been registered under the Gambling Act.



Lecturer’s suicide: in-laws still at large
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 7
The police has not been able to arrest any of the four persons booked in connection with the case of alleged suicide committed by a resident of Sector 71 here on Saturday even while raids are being conducted at various places.

Amardeep Kaur, who worked as a lecturer at a college in Chunni village, had allegedly consumed some poisonous substance and breathed her last in a private hospital.

The police had booked her husband, Ajit Pal, father-in-law, Charanjit Singh, mother-in-law, Harinder Kaur, and sister-in-law, Jyoti. They had fled from the town soon after the death of Amardeep Kaur.



BoB launches one-stop loan shop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
A new retail loan convenience shop, the Baroda moneyplex was launched at the Sector 22 branch of Bank of Baroda today. Mr M.L. Ohal, AGM, accompanied by Mr Ram Singh Deputy Regional Manager, BOB, dedicated the moneyplex to the customers of BoB and people of the city and the surrounding areas.

The moneyplex is a one-stop shop for retail solutions, operating out of branches, catering predominantly to the personal segment. Dedicated resources are deployed in the form of competent and trained personnel state-of-the-art technology platform and simplified processes to provide every customer a hassle free and fast service.

The improvements made in the loan processing and delivery modules would ensure express approval of retail loans in a 48-hour timeframe. The bank has placed its 29 retail loan products competitively and transparently . Additionally during the current festive season, all processing and documentation charges on retail loans are waived.

Bank of Baroda today launched 51 more Baroda moneyplex, across India - all on a single day. This takes their moneyplex tally to 82 across the country.


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