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Attempt to loot Sec 34 SBI branch
Robbers cut iron grills, escape after alarm goes off
Tribune Reporters

No lessons learnt

Though an attempt was made to rob the State Bank of India’s Sector 34 branch last year also, lessons were not learnt, apparently. The grill providing easy access to the bank was only reinforced, instead of plugging in the approach permanently with bricks and concrete. Even night watchman was not deployed. The police on their part failed to step up the vigil despite broad daylight robbery in Jalandhar.

Chandigarh, November 14
Less than five days after thieves looted Rs 67 lakh from a bank in Jalandhar, burglars made an unsuccessful attempt to rob the State Bank of India’s Sector 34 branch late last night.

Taking advantage of the bank’s “faulty” structure, the robbers reportedly managed to break in after cutting iron grills with the help of LPG cylinders. But the alarm system went off preventing them from entering the strong room.

The incident has brought into sharp focus the functioning of the Chandigarh Police. The thieves reached the bank with three LPG cylinders late at night without arousing suspicion of the cops deployed at almost all the intersections.

Incidentally, the bank is less than half a kilometer away from Sector 34 police station. The sources in the police headquarters added the Mohali Police had stepped up the vigil in and around the banks in the township after the Jalandhar incident. But no such measures were adopted by the local police.

Passing on the buck, the cops said the common wall between the bank’s lavatory and a public toilet made the branch vulnerable. They added that a similar attempt was made last year also. But except of reinforcing the grills in the common wall, nothing much was done. Not even a night watchman was posted at the bank, they said.

Giving details of the modus operandi, policemen present at the spot said the thieves entered the public toilet after breaking open the hasp. They succeeded in cutting the grill in the common wall with the help of gas cutters attached to the LPG cylinder before entering the bank.

After examining the site, the police said the thieves had enough time to act. They replaced the hasp of public lavatory’s door to prevent anyone from disturbing them. They reached the grill with the help of ropes after climbing over the wash basins.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the bank employees said they realised that an attempt to break in had been made as soon as they saw the cylinders and the ropes lying just inside the bank. Broken hasp of the bank’s toilet door only confirmed their suspicion. They added that the police was called by the bank’s Chief Manager, Mr K.C. Klair. Subsequently, a case of attempted burglary was registered by the police. Forensic experts were also called in to collect finger-prints from the spot.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that some clothes and tools, besides the cylinders, were left behind by the thieves in a hurry to leave.

The forensic experts claimed that the attempt was made by thieves ‘familiar’ with the bank’s structure and style of functioning. They added that the burglars had planned their move to the minutest detail, expect for the fact that they forgot all about the sensors on the strong room’s wall.

Quoting bank officials, the cops said there were not more than Rs 5 lakh in the bank at the time of the attempt. Regarding the earlier bid, they said the burglars tried to break in on November 26 last year. Though the date of the previous attempt was penned down on the strong room door, lessons were not learnt, apparently.



A mishap, a verbal duel and Rs 1.5 lakh gone
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 14
Thieves decamped with Rs 1.5 lakh from a car in Sector 7, this afternoon, when the occupants of the car were engaged in a verbal duel following a mishap. Besides, a Santro car was reportedly stolen from the city.

Giving details, police sources said Mr Jaspal Singh Cheema, a resident of Sector 68, Mohali, reported to the police that he had withdrawn Rs 1.5 lakh from a bank in Phase VII, Mohali, at around 12:15 pm. Thereafter, he came to the market in Sector 7 along with his daughter in his car.

According to the police, Mr Cheema’s Maruti car collided with another vehicle and they entered a debate. His daughter also left the car unattended and joined her father. Meanwhile, someone stole the money lying in the car and slipped away. After finishing the arguments, Mr Cheema went to the Industrial Area to make a payment to a car dealer. The theft came to light when he looked for the money to make a payment and it was not there.

A drama ensued when a dispute arose as to which police station will file the complaint. The Sector 26 police maintained that the crime was detected at Industrial Area and hence came under the jurisdiction of the police station there. Later, the UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Gaurav Yadav, intervened and directed the Sector 26 police station to register a case.

In another incident Mr Sachin Bhandari of Bhandari Mohalla in Batala lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that his Santro car (PB-18-R-1818) was stolen from the Sector 15 residential area on Sunday. A case of theft has been registered in this regard.



Crime Branch in charge shifted
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 14
The Crime Branch in charge was today transferred to the security wing, while six inspectors in the Chandigarh Police were shifted, including two senior sub-inspectors.

A spokesman of the Chandigarh Police said Crime Branch in charge Inspector Jagbir Singh has been transferred to the security wing. He has been replaced by Station House Officer (SHO) of the Sector 17 police station Inspector Satbir Singh.

Industrial Area SHO Moti Ram has been sent in place of Inspector Satbir Singh. The former has been replaced by Inspector Baljit Singh Chadha, who was earlier posted at the traffic wing.

Inspector Hari Kumar, earlier deployed with the operation cell, has been sent to the traffic wing. Inspector Bakhshish Singh has been transferred from the police control room and made in charge of the public grievance cell. Two senior Sub-Inspectors Baldev Singh and Surdarshan Kumar have been deployed with the police control room.



Hawara’s counsel attacked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Mr Arvind Thakur, a human rights activist who blew the lid off the alleged “benami” land transactions of certain politicians and police officers in Kansal village bordering Chandigarh, escaped an assault late last night.

While Mr Thakur, who happens to be the counsel of Jagtar Singh Hawara, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), escaped unhurt, his Esteem car (HR-03-B-8020) was damaged by the assailant.

The attack on Mr Thakur, a practising advocate in the district courts, sparked off protests from the lawyers with a delegation of the District Bar Association (DBA) led by its secretary Jaskaran Singh calling on the SSP, seeking strict action against the culprit. The general house of the DBA met in the morning and decided to suspend work for the day.

According to a complaint submitted to the SSP, it was alleged that at least four armed persons came to the house of Mr Thakur in Sector 44 here in a Scorpio around 11 p.m. when was locking the front gate. Even as the assailants tried to attack him, he took shelter behind the hedge.

When he raised the alarm, the attackers fled but not before damaging his car. It may be recalled that Mr Thakur and a senior advocate Mr A.S. Chahal, had received a threatening letter a couple of days back.

The complainant alleged that despite the fact that the advocate, accompanied by certain advocates visited the Sector 34 police station last night and this morning, no case has been registered so far. The police said it was investigating the matter.

The Lawyers of Human Rights International (LHRI) president, Mr AS Chahal, has demanded a high-level probe into the incident.



Better health services for women sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Calling for innovative approach to funding health services through promoting community participation and local finances, Chairman of the Department of Economics, Kurukshetra, Dr V.N. Attri said that budgetary allocations for community health centers and community-based programmes and services that address women' s specific health needs should be increased where necessary.

He was speaking on redefining the role of women in education and health at a seminar organized at the Centre for Research in Industrial and Rural Development (CRRID) here today.

Dr Attri suggested developing local health services, promoting the incorporation of gender-sensitive community-based participation and specially designed preventive health programmes.

He favoured identification of goals and fixing time frames for improving women's health. Implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes on gender-impact assessments using qualitative and quantitative data disaggregated by sex, age and other established demographical criteria and socio-economic variables was also recommended by him.

Calling for "reversing the pyramid" for redefining the role of women in health, Dr Rajesh Kumar, Head of the School of Public Health at the PGIMER here, said that this would entail increased women's participation in defining health priorities, planning solutions, policies and programmes and demanding accountability. Above all, he added, that the role and participation of women in health programmes at the grassroot level needs to be strengthened.

In her presentation on the status of women in the educational organisation and system in India, Dr Kuldip Kaur of CRRID said that the Muslim community is more concerned with religious education that the others. This has resulted in maktabs and madrasas increasing by the day.

She said that keeping in view the status of women in existing madrasas, there is a need for radical reforms. She said that social change is needed for reconstruction of the Muslim traditional system of education.

Speaking on the role of education in women's development in Punjab, Dr Bindu Duggal of CRRID said that though wide gaps exist between the stated goals and ground realities, significant progress made in women's education has enhanced her knowledge, awareness and ability to make decisions.

She said that only 7.6 per cent girls are enrolled in higher education and professional courses. The situation is the same for vocational courses and skill development programmes.

Highlighting issues pertaining to reproductive health and its psychological impacts, Dr Komila Parthi said that the existing women-centered programmes initiated by the government are focused on their contraceptive needs rather than reproductive health problems and its impact on mental health.

She said that women need an enhanced understanding and sensitivity training programmes to provide empathetic behaviour besides removing the "silence syndrome" attached to reproductive and psychological health problems.

In additional to antenatal care, enhanced family support and counseling sessions for pregnant women is required, she added.

Review of gender specific socialization patterns and initiation of a multi-level, multi-sectoral action plan by the government to deal with women's problems were suggested by her.



Dengue patient dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
While 20-year-old Sunil, who was admitted to PGIMER as a suspected dengue patient, died on Sunday night after being confirmed with dengue fever, his mother was discharged from the hospital today. The mother-son duo from Saharanpur were admitted to the PGI on Saturday as both were suffering from high fever and low-platelet count.

Meanwhile, a new suspected dengue case, a male from Saharanpur, was admitted to the PGI today. Also the patient admitted to GMCH, Sector 32, who hails from Derabassi, has been confirmed with suffering from dengue.



Passing Thru

Manmohan Singh Virdi
Manmohan Singh Virdi, Chief Architect to the Diwan of the Royal Palace, Muscat.

What are your views on Chandigarh?

There is openness but the city lacks character. It is easy to design a building but it is difficult to give it a specific character. The architecture is also marked by monotony. For example, it is hard to differentiate between government schools, colleges and hospitals. However, it is an economical style of architecture. Apart from this, Chandigarh also lacks the elements of culture and heritage as are found in Amritsar and other old towns in Punjab.

What other drawbacks do you see?

The traffic and parking arrangements are not satisfactory. The width of roads in the entire Chandigarh are the same irrespective of the traffic load. For instance, the stretch from Aroma hotel to the bus stand is almost always congested while many other roads have light traffic. Besides, parking areas are available but there is no proper utilisation of the facility.

What are some of the important projects with which you have been linked?

I keep coming to Chandigarh off and on. I was closely associated with the design of Punjabi University, and Muscat city. I also designed a Coca Cola factory. I have an industrial project in hand in Australia, where I will be going soon

— Kulwinder Sangha 



Chandigarh Calling

Festivity in the cool air: The month of November has been one of festivities. Diwali, Id and now Gurpurb. So even those who are not regulars make it a point to go to the gurdwara on the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Nanak Dev. For many it means wearing a trendy new salwar-kameez with a beautiful dupatta to cover the head, of course, and partake of the delicious langar. But there are volunteers who stay up all night to chop vegetables, knead dough and get the langar ready for the next day. Such are the people who do a faith proud.

Soup kiosks: Now that it is the ides of November and winter is setting in, soup kiosks have appeared all over the city. What is interesting is that the man who was selling lemon-water or ices is summer is now selling soup or boiled egg. It is the seasons and what they demand that determine the calling of these people who make a living selling things by the roadside. Roadside prices too are such that a common person can afford them. A bowl of nourishing chicken soup can come for as little as Rs 5.

Winter veggies: It is time now to say goodbye to ladyfingers and gourds of all kinds because the Apni Mandis are now displaying rich and tempting lot of seasonal vegetables. Saag with its mustard blossoms and then spinach too at prices much reasonable than they were a few weeks ago. Good old turnip is back and so are carrots. Cauliflower is cheaper and so are green peas and those who love to cook are having a great time planning interesting combinations as the dishes for November are ‘alu-methi’, ‘gajar-matar’ and the ‘gobhi parathas’, of course.

Of scribblers: There are a few things that drive one mad. Disrespect for art and creativity is one of them. One simply fails to understand why people belittle something they can’t ever create. Be it the biggies like Nek Chand who had to face the wrath of bull-dozers on his Rock Garden and the Italian sculptor who had to fight against attempts to bring down his famous Watt towers at California or an amateur writers me, who have to undergo a strange kind of humiliation until, of course, they get famous. Some may think that there are professions more lucrative than that of pen pushing, but a scribbler will be a scribbler come what may.

Tree tale: On going towards Modern Housing Complex, Chandigarh, after taking a turn from the petrol station one is surprised on seeing trees-lined along the road. Nothing wrong with this except that these trees are on the road itself. Not only this, on coming out of the complex and after taking a right turn you just miss hitting a big tree almost in the centre of the road. One thinks that the authorities concerned are getting experimental and want to try something new. Or is it thinking of giving that extra green on the roads. Good for the Administration, but this should not be at the cost of people’s lives. During night the trees reduce streetlights effectiveness considerably. Now it is up to you to save yourself, as the Administration wants to hone your driving skills.

Drilling woes: A section of Sector 21-C residents are quite a harassed lot these days. Courtesy the overzealous efforts of the administration to bore a tubewell. The drilling, which continued as a 24-hr affair for more than 15 days and now reduced to four hours daily, has wreaked havoc on the residents’ eardrums.The nerve-wracking burring and whirring emanating from mammoth machines has been especially tortuous for the elderly and babies exposing them to serious side-effects of the resulting noise-pollution.

Changed jingle: For five-and-a-half city-bred Armaan Luthra, a visit to the Essel World in Mumbai did not quite measure up to his expectations. Not because he had already seen most of its contents in Delhi’s Appu Ghar and fun parks in the city earlier, but for the fact that the jingle on the fun park- ‘Essel World mein rahunga mein, ghar nahi jaunga mein’ — was an exaggerated expression. So after seeing it all, he has come up with his own - ‘Essel World mein jaunga mein, ghar bhi aaunga mein’. So much for observations and creativity!

Mynas’ woes: A number of loudspeakers, which are soothing the ears of shoppers in Sector 17, are a source of disturbance for birds.

Organisers of the Shop Fest have installed a number of speakers on the trees. Some of the trees in front of Capital Book Depot are home to a plentiful of mynas. After the sunset, the music is a source of disturbance for them.

Myna, which is a “concrete” scavenger, can be heard chirping restlessly after the sunset due to noise of the music.

Dr Satnam Singh Ladhar, Principal Scientific Officer (Environment), Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, says the music after the sunset can affect their biological behaviour. He says the organisers should have avoided installing speakers on the trees as a majority of birds used them for nesting.

Critics say the Forest Department is liberal with the organisers for allowing them to install speakers without considering the adverse ecological effects. They say even powerful lights put up on the trees are affecting the dependent flora and fauna.

Contributors: Harvinder Khetal, Parbina Rashid, Vishal Sharma Paramvir Singh, Anandita Gupta, Nirupama Dutt and Vishal Gulati



Peeved at losses, Admn okays 60 pc hike in
collector rates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to affect a second hike this year for the collector rates on commercial, residential and agricultural property in the city.
The hike of about 60 per cent came in today after the earlier hike of about 50 per cent announced in July earlier this year.

The Housing Board flats, which were charged Rs 12000 per sq yard earlier, will now be charged Rs 19,200.

The collector rate of the urban residential property has also been increased to Rs 19,200 per sq yard.

The residential property in the category of cheap houses, which was charged Rs 7,50,000 earlier, will now be charged Rs 12,00,000 per sq yard.

The property in Shivalik Enclave (commercial), which was charged Rs 52,500, will now be liable to pay Rs 84,000 per square yards.

It was felt that low collector rates led to stamp duty evasion and administration lost lakhs.

The rates are fixed by the administration for different sizes and types of property. The rates also take into account the category of property, including the industrial, agricultural and commercial.

The rates are highest for the quite predictable areas in the city, including Sector 17, 35, 22 and around Madhya Marg.

The administration had constituted a special committee, including Mr I.S. Sandhu, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.C.Sharma, SDM (S), and Mr N.S. Brar, Assistant Estate Officer.



UK planning new point system for skilled Indians
Tribune News Service

Ranjit Malhotra
Ranjit Malhotra

Chandigarh, November 14
United Kingdom is deliberating a conscious shift in 'managed migration' that will largely affect potential immigrants from India.
A consultation document "Selective admission: Making migration work for Britain" is seeking inputs that would evolve a new point system for managed migration, i.e. routes to work, train or study in the UK. This will directly impact the large number of students, software engineers and the work permit holders of Indian origin wishing to go to the UK.

Disclosing this, Mr. Ranjit Malhotra, who has returned after attending the Fourth Global Immigration Conference, said once the new system is in place it will improve the chances of qualified professionals of getting into the UK in a much simpler and speedier way. But for those who do not fit the requirement, as perceived by the UK government, going to UK for any purpose would become tougher.

The consultation process, which finished on November 7, was organised in London by migration committee of the International Bar Association in cooperation with the American Lawyers Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, London.

The new system, Mr. Malhotra said, would look more at offshore processing and British Embassies and Consulates would be authorised to issue visas overseas itself, once the new system comes into force.

He said that Mr. Andy Burnham, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, was hopeful that the new system would be approved and adopted by the next year.

He disclosed that the UK government wants to do away with the lengthy process of issuing work permit under the present work permit application system. But at the same time the UK follows the best practice where the spouses of work permit holders can work freely under the present work permit regime.

There were also specialists' sessions on child immigration and adoption laws. Mr. Malhotra, the only speaker from India, while speaking on Inter Country Adoption in India highlighted that "There has been a growing demand for a general law of adoption enabling any person, irrespective of his religion, race or caste, to adopt a child. There is now a clear case for overhauling the existing adoption law in India. As far as the mechanics of inter-country adoption are concerned, all the major embassies in India are more than stringent in dealing with adoption applications. The refusal rates are very high. There is no room at all for compassion. The hurdles are almost insurmountable, causing lot of hardship to childless non-resident Indian couples."

He also emphasised the fact that registered adoption deeds, executed by non-resident Indians, under the provisions of the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956, were not recognised by Embassies of major jurisdictions, who in terms of their own immigration laws and policies insist on Guardianship Orders which have to be obtained from the Court.



33 pc quota for women in Parliament,
Assemblies sought

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The two-day fifth convention of the All-India Women Bank Employees and Officers concluded here today with delegates demanding 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state Assemblies.

Mr Lalitha Joshi, convener of the Women’s Council of the All-India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), presented an approach paper highlighting various issues and concerns of the women employees.

Later, the delegate session of the convention passed various resolutions, including the continuation of the struggles against Central Government’s attempts like the privatisation of banks, merger of banks and allowing FDI in the banking sector.

Hailing the recent wage hike agreement in banks, Mr CH Venkatachalam, general secretary of the AIBEA, called upon the women employees to take active interest in the trade union activities Mr Rajen Nagar, president of the All-India Bank Officers Association, wanted the banks to offer more positions to women in the policy-making bodies.

Over 400 delegates from 22 states participated in the convention, which deliberated upon various issues concerning women employees in the banking sector and the trade unions.



Fauji Beat
What ails ex-servicemen health scheme?

Little did the planners of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) realise at the time of launching it in April 2003, that the budgetary side of this gigantic project could be handled only by the financial experts. The result is that the scheme has fallen to a state of indebtedness.

Almost all empanelled hospitals are crying that the Army authorities are not clearing their dues as per the agreed procedure. Of several such examples, only two are quoted here. The ECHS authorities have not been able to clear the dues of Escorts Hospital, New Delhi, to the tune of Rs 10 crore. Fortis Hospital, Mohali, has not been paid Rs 8 crore, of which Rs 3.74 crore has been outstanding for more than 60 days. Its bills on an average, work out to Rs 2.5 crore per month of which not more than Rs 1 crore is cleared every month. At this rate, the arreas will continue to increase every month.

Add to this, the poor state of medicines supply because of the bankruptcy of the ECHS. Not only that, the equipment promised in the scheme is not being provided to the members. The hearing aids have not been provided even to those whose cases, duly recommended, were forwarded for sanction to the ECHS authorities more than four months ago.

Do we need any more evidence to prove that the scheme has fallen flat on its face? The only way to make this project viable is to hand over its financial control to the professionals.

Motivation to join Army

To attract the youth to the armed forces, the three wings of the defence forces have been holding interaction programmes at the schools and colleges for the past few years. At these sessions, the weapons and equipment are put on display to acquaint the students with the military hardware. They are also given a glimpse of the life in the armed forces.

No doubt, this is one way of luring the youth to the armed forces at a time when they are in their formative years. But a still better method would be to include essential information about our armed forces as also accounts of bravery of our war heroes in the schools textbooks.

At a grievances committee held at Dharamsala the other day, Major Vijay Singh Mankotia (retd), a Congress leader and an MLA had moved a resolution that all village schools in the district would be named after martyrs. He said all roads leading to the villages of those soldiers, who had laid down their lives for the country, would be metalled.

Today when we have very few takers for the armed forces, more and more such measures should be adopted in the country to motivate the youth to join the forces.

Seven sister’s regiment

Assam Regiment, also known as the “Seven Sisters’ Regiment”, has completed 64 years of its glorious history. It came into existence with the raising of its first battalion at Shillong on June 15, 1941, by Lieut-Col Ross Howman. Soon after its raising, the unit was sent to Burma to fight against the Japanese in World War II. From 1942-45, it won six battle and the theatre honour of Burma.

The Assam Regiment has grown into 13 battalions, two Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalions and a Territorial Army (TA) battalion. It draws its manpower from the seven North-Eastern states. Besides acquitting itself well in all the wars, it has taken part in the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka and UN Peace Keeping Force in Cambodia. The regiment has won seven battle honours, three theatre honours, six exclusive unit citations and several gallantry awards.

— Pritam Bhullar



HUDA removes 100 jhuggis from markets
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 14
As many as 100 jhuggis were removed from various market places in the township by the Enforcement Wing of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) today.
A team of Enforcement staff led by Junior Engineers, Mr Karam Chand and Mr R.P. Singla, along with 20 staff members of the Enforcement wing, took a round of various market places to check on encroachments. Jhuggis that had come up in the open spaces of the markets of Sector 14, 15 and 11, were removed.

The Enforcement team also visited the Sector 7 market to check encroachments in the market corridors. However, today being a Monday, the markets were closed. Sources say that the drive in Sector 7 would be launched again tomorrow. 



Tribune employee dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Mr Ramesh Chaudhary (51), foreman, Rotary, The Tribune, died here this evening due to heart failure. He is survived by wife, two sons, two daughters and mother. One of his sons, Vikas Kumar, is also working with the newspaper.
He will be cremated at his native village in Una district tomorrow.



Nagar kirtan taken out
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 14
A nagar kirtan was organised in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev here today.
The nagar kirtan, which was led by Panj Piyaras, started from Gurdwara Gobindgarh and after passing through various areas of the town culminated at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Phase XI. Schoolchildren, bands and dancing groups were among the participants. Arrangements for refreshments were made along the route of the procession.



Aujla in charge of gurdwara poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Chandigarh Administration has given the additional charge of Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections to Mr P.S. Aujla, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, during the tour period of Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections.



Pregnant woman’s death: nursing home under scanner
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 14
The Director-General, Health Services, Haryana, Dr Sushma Madan, has initiated an inquiry into the mysterious death of a pregnant woman at the Siddharth Nursing Home here.

Sources in the Health Department informed TNS that a four-member team comprising of Dr Veena Chugh, Director, Malaria, Mr G. L. Singhal, Assistant Drug Controllor, Civil Surgeon, Dr G. P. Saluja and Dr M. K. Garg, District Family Planning Officer, has been asked to inquire into the circumstances leading to the woman’s death.

A young pregnant woman had been admitted to the Siddharth Nursing Home in Sector12 A here on November 12.

The nursing home authorities said that the woman died while she was being operated upon for delivery.

However, suspicions were later raised that the victim had come for a late medical termination of pregnancy, and thus an inquiry was instituted.

The inquiry team today visited the nursing home and checked the records here. They also questioned Dr Mamta Chahal, owner of the nursing home.



Cyclists snatch bag from rickshaw riders
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 14
In yet another incident of snatching, two cyclists snatched a bag from a couple travelling in a rickshaw early this morning. Police sources said Pankaj and Prerna, a Delhi-based couple, told the police that they had boarded a rickshaw after disembarking from a bus.

As they reached Sector 37, two cyclists snatched their bag containing Rs 500, two mobile phones and some documents and disappeared. A case has been registered. In another incident, the police arrested a 21-year-old youth who was caught while snatching a purse from a woman on Sector 24-25 separating road. Giving details, the sources in the Chandigarh Police said Sudha Thakur a resident of Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh was going on a rickshaw when a personnamed Sushil Kumar resident of Sector 24 ran away after snatching her belongings. She raised the alarm following which the accused was nabbed.



Rs 20,000 snatched from petrol station employee
Tribune New Service

Panchkula, November 14
A youth who was riding a motorcycle today snatched a bag containing Rs 20,000 from an employee of a petrol station in Mansa Devi Complex. The incident occurred a day after a similar incident in Chandigarh.

According to the police a young boy approached the petrol station on the pretext of getting his fuel tank filled.

When the petrol station staff asked him for the money, after filling petrol in his mobike, he reportedly snatched the cash bag from the attendant and fled.

The petrol station staff raised an alarm and asked some passerby to follow the bike. But no one was willingly to take risk. A case of snatching has been registered at the Sector 5 police station.



Focus on manufacturing sector: Krishnamurthy
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

V. Krishnamurthy
V. Krishnamurthy

Mohali, November 14
It is not everyday that Mohali has an unassuming icon of Indian industries come visiting. Padma Shri (1973) Padma Vibhushan (1986) V. Krishnamurthy is an authority on the manufacturing industry and his tenure as chairman of public sector companies — Bharat Heavy Electricals, Steel Authority of India and Maruti Udyog Limited — is considered golden period of PSUs in the country.

Now Chairman of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) and member of the National Advisory Council, Dr Krishnamurthy has set for himself an arduous "but possible" agenda: To make the Indian manufacturing industry more competitive, to generate larger employment opportunities and to provide high quality goods and low prices.

"It is either now or never. We cannot have a better time to stand up and take notice of the fact that other nations, far less developed than us are leaving us behind in the manufacturing race. China's manufacturing industry contributes 35 per cent to the nation's GDP while we are at 17 per cent.

"India's economic growth since the early 1990s has focused on the services sector but manufacturing that could have created more jobs for the urban and rural poor has remained more or less stagnant. But it is still not too late. We are right now the youngest country in the world with tremendous potential. We are being looked upon as a major outsourcing destination in manufacturing," he said talking to The Tribune here today

The NMCC was constituted last year following the recommendations of the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP), Government of India to provide a forum for policy dialogue and to energise and sustain the growth of manufacturing industries.

"We have come out with a draft of national strategy for manufacturing, advocating changes in taxation and labour laws. The tax burden on the Indian manufacturing industry is very high. It needs to be brought down by at least 15 per cent. I have recommended that the entire gamut of taxes be consolidated into just two - a central VAT and a State VAT," he said.

While the report has gone into generic problems like power shortage and infrastructure development, sector specific reports are now being prepared.

"These would include automobile industry, the traditional skill based industries like handicrafts, handlooms etc., pharmacy, agro-based industry etc," he said adding that region specific industrial strategies would also being formulated.

"Punjab for example, should go full throttle into agro based industrial units like food processing," he said.


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