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Notices for resumption of 15 bhavans
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Notices for the resumption of property have been issued to the owners of 15 bhavans in the city. The Chandigarh Administration has found the land allotted on concessional rates to various social organisations was being misused for commercial activity.

These bhavans have been built on the land allotted for social purpose. But the owners of these bhavans were misusing these for hosting various functions.

Though such notices have been issued in the past, this time the Administration has decided to come down heavily on the violators.

To know the violation, a survey carried out by the office of the Deputy Commissioner revealed that the management of such bhavans was permitting the use of their premises for holding of marriage functions and other commercial activities in violation of the Chandigarh Lease Hold of Sites and Building Rules, 1973.

Some of the owners have been found to be running marriage halls with catering services also. In one case, a house has been built on a site earmarked for a bhavan. Owners rent these out for holding exhibitions as well.

On the basis of the survey, the resumption notices have been issued to 15 such bhavans, including the Law Bhavan allotted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

Already, the resumption proceedings of the sites allotted to Khukhrain Bhavan, Sector 35, and Ramgarhia Bhavan, Sector 27, have been resumed for violation of the building bylaws. The survey had revealed that 20 such bhavans were misusing the terms and conditions of their allotment.

As per the procedure, the allottee will be given a chance to appear before the officer concerned and explain his or her position and will even be given time to remove the anomalies. A senior officer said complaints had been received from city residents about such bhavans where functions carry on till late night, to the discomfort of persons living nearby.

According to sources, this is just the first lot of notices and more will follow. In some cases, complaints have also been made by the hotel lobby of the city as it is losing business due to such bhavans.

Lands to hotels are allotted on commercial rates or the sites are auctioned. whereas the land for bhavans is sold at much lower rates.

Notices have been issued to owners of following bhavans: Guru Ram Dass Bhavan, Sector 20 D; Sant Nam Dev Bhavan, Sector 21; Saini Bhavan , Sector 24; Garhwal Bhavan, Sector 29; Baba Makhan Shah Lobhana Bhavan, Sector 30; Aggarwal Bhavan, Sector 30; Jat Bhavan, Sector 33; Rajasthan Bhavan, Sector 33; Banga Bhavan, Sector 35; Parshuram Bhavan, Sector 37; Dr Ambedkar Bhavan, Sector 37; Mahajan Bhavan , Sector 37; Law Bhavan, Sector 37; Prajapati Bhavan, Sector 38 and Sood Bhavan, Sector 44.



It’s year-end, so work can wait!
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
All those who are thinking of getting work done at government offices in the city should better wait till 2006! Government offices are wearing a deserted look since Monday morning thanks to the use-all-your-casual leave syndrome that employees suffer from during this time of the year.

“Hoardes of employees wait for the last week of the year to avail their LTCs to travel to warmer places in India and ring in the New Year in style. This year the number of officers and other staff who have gone on leave is much higher as the New Year eve falls on a Saturday. Leaves have been extended till New Year which means work should get back to normal only by January 2,” said a senior officer in the Chandigarh secretariat.

And the poor fellows who have to attend office while many others are having a ball in Rajasthan and Kerala are ending up coming late to the office. “It’s because of the weather. It’s so cold. A super human effort is required to remove that quilt every morning. One gets up late and as a result everything gets late,” pointed outs Ms Savita Arora, employee of a computer centre in Sector 17.

And office holds no respite from the cold either. Blame it on the architecture of the government office buildings, but it is really cold inside most office rooms in the city. Even when the sun is shining brightly outside, the chill of the night lingers inside these rooms. And while lower rung employees end up enjoying the sun by standing outside, senior officials stay indoors with heaters and warmers for company.

But those in the city, specially the elderly, who chose the last days of the year to get some pending work cleared at government offices are just not impressed. “If you have decided to sit outside in the sun the entire day and not work then might as well take leave and sit at home,” said an irritated Mr Avtar Singh, who had come to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), for some work but had to return dejected.

The festive mood also is being blamed for thin attendance in offices. At least for the young who are already partying late into the night, don’t mind reaching bleary eyed to office the next morning. “It’s going to be one long party from Christmas to the New Year eve. My wife and I have been out every evening since Christmas. Either it is a dinner with friends or a dance evening discotheque, but there has been no respite from office. I have to reach my office at 9 am sharp every morning since I work with a private cellular company. Government employees ki to aish hai,” points out Sameer Khanna.

And if the message is still not clear, hear what the weather is saying-just chill chill chill.



3 held for snatching mobile
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 28
The desire to have an expensive mobile phone today landed three youngsters behind bars. The local police arrested three college students on the charge of snatching a mobile phone belonging to their classmate.

The accused, identified as Ravi Kumar, Attar Singh and Sandeep Chaudary, all residents of Sector 28-C, were arrested. They would be produced in court tomorrow.

According to the police, on December 24, Ravi Gakhar, of Phase III, Mohali, lodged a complaint that two unidentified scooterists snatched his mobile phone from the road separating from Sectors 7 and 26. He told the police that as he took out his mobile phone to take a call, two scooterists appeared and sped away after snatching his mobile phone. He could not note down the number of the scooter and only told the police about the make and the colour of scooter.

As the number of the scooter mentioned by the complainant was incorrect, the police worked on the timing of the call. It was found that the call was made by one of his classmates. The police picked him up and during interrogation, he named the other two accused. They reportedly admitted to having snatched the mobile phone. 



Probe sought into death of woman, child
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, December 28
A 32-year-old woman and her newly born child died at a local nursing home here last week. According to the nursing home, the incident took place due to a rare condition that caused extensive bleeding, causing death. Relatives of the deceased, on the other hand, alleged that proper care was not taken, that led to loss of blood and caused the death of the woman and her child.

The relatives alleged that to avoid hassles, the nursing home staff sent the bodies to the PGI. The nursing home has refuted this allegation. The trauma for the family of the victim did not end here. According to the husband of the woman, the Chandigarh police was now dragging its feet in investigating the case.

Demanding the registration of a criminal case, the husband of the victim, Mr Manmeet Singh of Sector 68, Mohali, working as a transport engineer with Reliance Infocom, filed a complaint with the UT Senior Superintendent of Police.

In his complaint, he stated that his eight-month pregnant wife Charanpreet Kaur, a lecturer at the Punjab Institute of Corporate Training, was admitted to a nursing home, in Sector 21, on December 19 after she complained of inconvenience. The doctors diagnosed her in an advanced stage of pregnancy and immediately admitted her. He further mentioned in his complaint that they had been visiting the nursing home since November and were consulting doctors there. Following prescription, they carried out the medical tests advised by the doctors. They were told that the pregnancy was normal.

He further alleged that on the fateful day, around 11 pm, Charanpreet complained of excessive bleeding and members of the family asked the doctors to shift her to the PGI, but the doctors assured them that a normal delivery would take place. At around 2.30 am on December 22, a son was born to Charanpreet. The child reportedly breathed his last after some time.

The doctors told members of the family that despite excessive bleeding, everything was normal and told them not to worry. Later they asked the family to bring two units of blood, which they did. After sometime, they asked for two more units of blood.

Mr Manmeet Singh alleged that at 4.30 am, the doctors called a van and shifted his wife to the PGI. The doctors and staff members of the nursing home left the PGI after dropping the patient there. They did not bother to get her admitted and did not give any reference slip. The doctors at the PGI declared her brought dead.

Alleging negligence by the doctors at the Deep Nursing Home, Mr Manmeet Singh said the doctors had not arranged blood beforehand. The child was reported normal in the tests and the reason behind the death of the child was not told. Judging the seriousness of the condition, the doctors did not refer her to a big hospital.

Refuting the allegations, Dr Kanwarjit Kochar, who dealt with the patient maintained that all proper care and treatment was given to the patient. She said the patient was suffering from a rare complication, known as uterine inertia-PPH, which was very serious. In this condition, the uterus fails to contract after the delivery and caused persistent bleeding. She was shifted to the PGI as the procedure of uterine artery embolisation was available only at the PGI.

When contacted, the Station House Officer of the Sector 19 police station said the matter was being investigated.



Minor booked for rape bid
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 28
A minor boy allegedly attempted to rape a seven-year-old girl living in his neighbourhood in Janata Colony, Sector 25, here this afternoon. The accused fled when people got wind of this deed.

Sources in the Sector 24 police post said the grandmother of the victim lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that a 17-year-old boy living in front of their house called the victim to his residence. A case under Sections 511 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code was registered.

The police said parents of the accused were not at home when he tried to rape the girl. Hearing her cries, her grandmother rushed to her help.

People gathered on the spot and the accused ran away. The police took the girl for a medical examination. Efforts to trace the accused were on.



Chandigarh to have series of water bodies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The city will soon have a series of water bodies, including a new lake that will be built in an area of about two and a half kilometres near the Botanical Garden on the Sukhna Choe. The Chandigarh Administration will also examine the feasibility and practicability of launching a floating restaurant in the Sukhna Lake with adequate ecological safeguards.

This was disclosed here today by the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Gen S.F Rodrigues (retd) while presiding over the first meeting of the UT State Board for wildlife. This, he said, would also give a fillip to eco-tourism and wildlife promotion.

Stressing the need for effective measures for preservation of the national wetland of the Sukhna Lake and for further enhancing its glory, General Rodrigues said that the original capacity of the lake would be promoted by appropriate measures and in lieu of that, the Administration would give 180 acres of land for adding to the forest cover.

He asked for the constituting of a committee of experts for suggesting ways and means for promoting a better habitat for migratory birds in the Sukhna Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. He said that the process of desiltation of the Sukhna Lake by professionals by four feet had already been started after a detailed analysis. He said that the rowing events should be promoted in its total harmony with the natural environments and without disturbance to the flora and fauna. He also called for creating separate areas for angling to promote fish ecology.

General Rodrigues later called for making wildlife preservation and promotion a mass movement, with increased participation at all levels and emphasised the imperative need to generate awareness among the people. Expressing his serious concern over the extinction of wildlife and rare species of birds, General Rodrigues said that though various rules and legal provisions to preserve wildlife were in place, what was lacking is their effective enforcement. He asked the Department of Wildlife and other enforcement agencies to strictly implement them by performing their duty with commitment and dedication.

General Rodrigues asked the officers of the Administration to conduct a detailed survey to identify the violations and encroachment on reserve forest areas in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. “There can be no compromise on this issue and a deadline should be fixed to identify violations and take corrective measures. We need people centric conservation approaches with the participation of all stake holders in the decision making and safeguarding of protected areas”. He also proposed the need for identifying a suitable Reserved Forest in the Shivaliks and suggested a small group be constituted to pursue this with the States concerned.

The Administrator further said that the process of preparation of the wildlife management plan of the Sukhna wildlife Sanctuary and management of other reserved forests under the Union Territory, Chandigarh, had already been undertaken and the work had been assigned to the Forest Research Institute, Dehradoon.

While participating in the issues discussed in the meeting on the Sukhna wildlife Sanctuary, wildlife management plan, eco-tourism and management of Sukhna Lake, the members of the board assured full and effective participation in various measures for preserving and promoting wildlife and forest in the Union Territory.



Still in transit camps one year after tsunami
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Even after one year of the tsunami that had devastated large parts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, life continues to be shaky for hundreds of people living in the islands, especially in the Campbell Bay area where Punjabi and Haryanvi families are settled in good number.

Except Gobind Nagar, all other villages- Joginder Nagar, Luxmi Nagar, Gandhi Nagar and Shastri Nagar- were completely wiped out by the tidal waves near Campbell Bay. However, the loss of life was not much in these villages. There were about 110 Sikh families, living in Joginder Nagar and Gobind Nagar, that was partially affected by the tsunami. Most of these families are of ex-servicemen from Nawanshahr, Nakodar, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar districts.

Inhabitants of the five villages continue to live in transit camps organised by the Administration of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The Government authorities concerned are surveying various locations to find out new sites at higher places for the rehabilitation of the residents of the wiped out villages. “ It will take at least two years more to rehabilitate these people”, a senior officer posted at the Campbell Bay told The Tribune on the phone.

He said that a large part of the land of these villages were still submerged in sea water. The submerged land would not become fit for cultivation for years, he added. “ The Government of India has sent its teams to find alternative revenue land for allotment to the displaced families”, he added. Besides, as many as 12 tribal villages were also badly affected near Campbell Bay, that is about 50 km short of Indira Point, the country’s southernmost tip.

The Union Government has enhanced the compensation for the farmers whose crops were completely damaged by the tsunami. For the damage to the paddy crop, the compensation per hectare has been raised from Rs 2000 to Rs 24,231 and for the damage to coconut crop the compensation has been enhanced to Rs 94,465 per hectare from Rs 4000.

The enhanced amount will be distributed in the next few days as officials concerned are preparing the lists. In the tribal villages, where land is not owned by name, it is very difficult to disperse compensation.

“For the past one year the weather has been playing the role of a big villain in the islands, the official said. “Because of the unprecedented rainfall, which has become almost an everyday phenomenon, during the past one year, “We have been unable to construct the road that was the main connection between Campbell Bay and Indira Point. At present only 4 km stretch of road is intact and the remaining 46 km has disappeared thus making it difficult for officials to travel frequently to the affected villages. “

The Government is now planning to set up temporary jetties in the areas to approach villages by the sea route”, said the officer.

At present, vegetables are selling at the rate of Rs 40 to Rs 60 per kg in Campbell Bay. Farmers, who have land at higher reaches, mostly grow leafy vegetables. For many months, the government provided ration and other items of daily use free of cost to those living in transit camps. But now it charges Rs 2 per kg for rice and wheat flour. Cooking gas, kerosene and other items are also provide at subsidised rates.

The Punjab Government, has given liberal financial and other help to residents of six villages of ex-servicemen. Cash amount of Rs 2.19 crore was dispersed by the Punjab Government among 219 families of ex-servicemen a few months ago. Baby foods costing Rs 9 lakh were also provided through the Army to the children of affected families by the Punjab Government.

Besides, women were also provided with clothes. And the Punjab Government has paid Rs 2.42 lakh as fee and other charges for two students, from the islands who are studying in YPS Mohali. The Punjab Government has also set up a trust with a revolving fund of Rs 2 crore to meet the expenditure on education of needy students of the islands. Besides , Rs 2 crore has been earmarked for repairing the buildings of seven schools situated at Katchal, Kamrota, Car Nicobar, Campbell Bay and Hut Bay. The Punjab Government has also reserved 1 per cent seats in government engineering and medical colleges for students from the islands.



Man cons bank, cell phone company
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 28
For a city that has more mobile phone users than anywhere else in the country, there is a warning for those who do not have a mobile connection: please check the statements of your bank accounts just in case someone’s mobile telephone bill is being paid from your bank account.

If the harrowing tale of Mr Raj Kumar Garg, a Mohali resident, is to be believed this is exactly what happened with him. Someone managed to link not one but three mobile phone connections to Mr Garg’s bank account. The mobile phone bills were debited from his account and Mr Garg came to know this only when he checked a routine statement of accounts issued by the bank three days ago.

“To my shock, money was shown to have been transferred to Spice and I do not even have a cell phone,” said Mr Garg. Though the amount withdrawn was Rs 1,100 only, a livid Mr Garg gave a written complaint to the bank and rushed to the cellular company.

According to Mr Garg, who has also lodged a formal complaint with the Mohali police, what unfolded was a dangerous game that someone had played with his family. “We found that a person had used my name and bank account number to apply for three separate post paid connections from Spice. The address he gave to the company was, however, not mine, neither were the signatures on the forms that the impersonator filled. The person also gave a passport sized picture of his along with a photostat of an identity card which carried the address of a Delhi company,” said Mr Garg, adding that they did not know the conman.

The three connections were traced and were reportedly activated on December 6 by the company’s dealer to the same man. According to Spice, this ‘customer’ provided them with an ATM use receipt slip as proof of the bank account number and an identity card to complete the formalities. The customer also duly filled the special form that authorised the company to debit the monthly bills from the bank account number.

This form was sent to the Punjab National Bank in Sector 17. “We have found that the signatures on the form that was received by the bank matched the signatures we had in our records of Mr Raj Kumar Garg,” said Mr C.J. Nayyar a senior manager in the bank not ruling out the possibility of someone having forged the signatures. Following this the mobile numbers was listed with the bank as a direct debit number for Spice and when the bills came, these were charged to Mr Garg.

But how did the conman gain access to the ATM use receipt that he attached as proof of the bank account number? “He must have taken advantage of my wife’s carelessness who uses the ATM card for the account and generally throws the receipt at the ATM counter itself,” 
said Mr Garg.

When asked if the mobile company had carried out a physical verification of the customer’s address, Spice officials refused to divulge any details, stating that investigations were still on into the complaint given by Mr Garg. Mr Garg, however, alleged that the company had not even bothered to ask the customer for proof of his residence. “In the form filled by the conman, he has given the address of a vague location in Mohali and the proof of identity has the address of a company in New Delhi. This should have sent alarm bells ringing for the company,” he said.



Encroachments by 30 junk dealers removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Over 30 junk dealers, who had illegally occupied prime land to operate their business, were removed by the enforcement staff of the Chandigarh Administration in Industrial Area, Phase II here today.

The drive was carried out with least resistance from the junk dealers, who otherwise spoke against the Chandigarh Administration had not allotted them suitable land for running their business.

Escorted by a strong posse of policemen, three JCB machines of the enforcement staff removed the junk dumped by a dealer all along the road leading to the Industrial Area. Sources in the Administration said around 25 temporary and permanent structures, put up the dealers, were removed.

Since a day’s notice was given by the enforcement staff, a number of dealers voluntarily removed their goods.

Members of the Junk Dealers Association said there were over 300 junk dealers in the city, who were giving employment to as many as 20,000 persons. In 1972, the Administration had constructed small booths for them. But due to their small size the booths were not acceptable to the junk dealers. The city was an important center for the collection and sale of junk.



Protest against PUDA over acquisition of temple land
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 28
Residents of Mataur village organised a protest against the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for alleged forcible acquisition of the land belonging to the historical Satya Narain Mandir.

Condemning PUDA for its activities, the protesters raised slogans against it and demanded that PUDA should not carry out any activity on the land belonging to the mandir.

Mr Rakesh Bansal, president of the Sri Sanatan Dharam Welfare Society, said the mandir was built on a land donated by Pt Bir Bhan. It was unfortunate that PUDA had acquired the entire land by taking NOC from the Ropar Deputy Commissioner. He alleged that PUDA had tampered with the revenue record for getting NOC for the acquisition of the land.

Mr Vijay Singh Bhardwaj, state secretary of the Punjab unit of the Vishva Hindu Parishad, said by acquiring the land belonging to the mandir PUDA had hurt the religious sentiments of the people of the area. He said PUDA had demarcated the area for constructing a road on the land in question but they would not allow PUDA to go ahead with its plan.

The Kharar, MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, visited the spot and assured the protesters that he would ask PUDA authorities to change the alignment of the planned road so that it was shifted a little away from the mandir area. He said according to records PUDA owned the land on which the road was to be constructed. 



Rs 250 cr more to be spent on roads, bridges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
About Rs 250 crore more will be spent this year on the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges and government buildings as compared to last year. A spokesman of the Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) said here today that the government would spend Rs 724.68 crore on this account as against Rs 480 crore spent last year.

He said Rs 140.3 crore was proposed to be spent on the maintenance and repair of roads out of which Rs 56.47 crore had already been spent till November last.

He said till November, 42.46 km of the national highways had been widened to two lane and 107 km had been improved at an expenditure of Rs 43.37 crore out of a budget of Rs 57.52 crore for the current year. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, 167 km of roads had been improved at an expenditure of Rs 33.27 crore.

During the current financial year 30 bridges and nine railway overbridges would be constructed at an expenditure of Rs 63.70 crore. Out of these 10 bridges at a cost of Rs 19.28 crore had been completed and work on the rest was going on. The department had also decided to take up work on five roads on a build-operate- transfer (BOT) basis. These roads were the Yamunanagar-Ladwa-Karnal road, the Buria-Khadri-Deodhar road, the Gurgaon-Faridabad road, the Ballabgarh-Pali-Dhoj road and the Chandi Mandir-Jallah road.



Hike in sewerage charges flayed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 28
The Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising welfare bodies from different areas of the town, and the local city committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI) today condemned the government for increasing water and sewerage charges in the town.

Office-bearers of various bodies demanded immediate withdrawal of the hike and said it was arbitrary and discriminatory. If this was not done then residents would be compelled to launch agitations and even go to court to get their grievance redressed.

Mr S.S. Jaspal, president of the Pensioners and Senior Citizens Welfare Association, while talking to mediapersons here said the hike was illegal and against Article 14 of the Constitution of India because it was discriminatory. It had divided water consumers into four categories depending on the size of the houses and different rates had been fixed for each category. He said rates should have been fixed according to the number of people living in each house and not on the basis of the size of the houses.

Moreover, the residents had already paid development charges in lumpsum at the time of allotment of houses. The government had no right to collect sewerage charges as the sewerage was a permanent asset and there was no recurring expenditure on it. When sewer lines got blocked residents had to get them cleared on their own.

Mr J.S. Gujral, president of the People’s Welfare Society, Phase III B 1, said water was being provided to Chandigarh by Punjab but even then water rates in Chandigarh were lower than those in Mohali.

Mr Harman Preet Singh, coordinator of the JAC, said the committee had decided to challenge the illegal notification in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, apart from adopting democratic measures to force the government to withdraw the hike.

Mr Mohinder Pal Singh of the city committee of the CPI, said there was resentment among residents in connection with the increase in water and sewerage charges. He said the elected body of the Municipal Council had gone back on its decision to implement revised rates after the residents protested in this regard. Now the government had once again issued orders to charge new rates which was totally unjustified.



Relocation of religious structures recommended

Chandigarh, December 28
The sub group on “Encroachment and unauthorised religious structures”, constituted by the UT Administrator has recommended relocation of unauthorised religious structures.

It has been proposed that the managements of such religious organisation be offered alternative land at concessional rates near the sites where the labour colonies are proposed to be shifted under the rehabilitation scheme.

In the report, which is being tabled in the January 2, 2006, meeting of the Administrator Advisory Council, the sub group has pointed out that since the administration was considering shifting of colonies, the religious sites in the colonies would lose their utility and it would become necessary to remove the structures.

Allowing religious sites near rehabilitation colonies would enable the persons living there to have a place for the expression of their faith.

It has also been sought that there should be a clear cut policy to check encroachment on government land and the SDMs should be made in charge of their respective areas so that accountability could be fixed.

Highlights of the recommendations of the sub group

  • Alternative sites to religious places at reasonable rates
  • Resident welfare associations to be associated with mechanism to check enforcement on government land
  • Fix responsibility on officials for dereliction of duty
  • Constitution of task force to check encroachment
  • Encroachments by rickshaws, taxis and three wheelers should be checked TNS



Vaishnavi’s books released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Four books written by Dr Chetna Vaishnavi, Associate Professor, Department of Gastroentrology, PGIMER, were released at a function held at PGIMER, here today. From tickling the funny bone to moving with the flow of verse, Dr Vaishnavi has tried her hand at penning down the different facets of life, capturing the lighter side and has done that with a lot of flourish.

“Jokes Apart,” a collection of 329 jokes formulated by the writer herself over a period of 35 years, is based on day-to-day happenings around her. She has either been a witness to the episode, or a party, or casually thought of a joke or impulsively created it.

Her second book, “Laughing Stock” is a collection of 61 hilarious pieces that emanate from the mirth generated by people around her. Most of these episodes have been taken from real life, of course, with some a pinch of wit and humour added by her. In this book she has shown another of her many talent by drawing the accompanying caricatures herself.

“Better for Verse” is her fourth volume of poems primarily written decades ago, interspersed with a few later ones. This collection of one hundred poems are thoughts penned down from childhood to her adulthood.

“Kashmir — the Gordian Knot”, a collection of editorials by B.K. Vaishnavi, her brother-in-law, has been edited by the writer. “At a very young age, he joined politics and became the first general secretary of the Youth Congress of Jammu and Kashmir. Later he left polities to protest against the Kamaraj Plan which was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir. This book contains his writings on the problems and solutions of Kashmir, compiled from his magazine, the Salook (which was later on renamed as Decide). It is a tribute to his memory,” she said.



Man on a mission
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, December 28
With a message to keep the environment clean, 49-year-old Ramesh Kumar Ramji Das Gupta, from Pune is on a silent mission.
Landing at The Tribune gate at 7 pm, Ramesh who originally hails from Ludhiana but is now settled in Maharashtra, has gone on five bicycle tours before.

Interestingly, on his fourth bicycle tour in 2003, he rode to Nepal. Now on his sixth bicycle tour, which he began from Pune on November 27, he had so far covered Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and now Chandigarh and will later move to Shimla, before coming back to Punjab for his onward journey to Vaishnodevi.

Ramesh says, this time the mission has been sponsored by Tata Indicom. He has been provided with a mobile phone by the company.

Ramesh says, whichever city he passes, he distributes handbills on save the environment to local people. He also discusses the benefits of using a bicycle with them. Ramesh says he hopes to complete his bicycle tour by middle of February 2006. But he will continue with his tours till his health allows him to do so. 



F-forms in short supply, traders cry foul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Traders in Zirakpur and Dera Bassi have complained that there is an acute shortage of F- forms in the Sales Tax offices in Punjab. They allege that since the past eight months they are facing shortage of forms.

They further alleged that though the respective Excise and Taxation Officers here had asked for these forms from the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Patiala, but nothing was done.

As per the latest amendment in Central Sales Tax by the Central Government, F- form has to be submitted every quarter for previous quarter sales. If the form is not attached then the sale tax assessees has to pay the sales tax for the whole branch transfer value. In this case while the sales tax assessees of Zirakpur were suffering without any fault of theirs, the Punjab Government was getting approximately Rs 250 crore annually as VAT /Sales Tax from Zirakpur alone, they complained. 



Woman alleges encroachment on her land
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 28
A resident of Jagatpura village has alleged that some persons of the area were trying to encroach upon a piece of land owned by her.
Ms Raj Kaur said in a complaint to the police that yesterday some persons forcibly unloaded trolleys of cowdung on the land in question.

She alleged that when she tried to stop them she was slapped and abused. Ms Raj Kaur said a case in connection with the land was already going on in the Kharar court. She demanded action against the guilty.



2 held for theft of pashmina wool
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 28
The police today arrested a truck driver and his assistant on the charge of decamping with a truck loaded with pashmina wool worth about Rs 40 lakh. The police recovered the truck and half of the stolen wool from their possession.

The police also arrested one person for gambling at a public place. Two persons were reportedly injured in two road accidents. The police said Aditi, alias Prince, the truck driver, and his associate Raj Kumar, both belonging to Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, were arrested from their respective villages.

Mr Noor Mohammad of Srinagar told the police that he hired a truck (HP-29-2418) from a Sector 26 transport company on December 3 for the transportation of 61 bales of pashmina wool worth about Rs 40 lakh. When the consignment was not delivered to him till December 23, he reported the matter to the police.

During investigation, it was found that the truck was taken to Pathankot, after which there was no information. During interrogation, they reportedly admitted that they had disposed of half of the bales.

Meanwhile, a pedestrian, Raj Laxmi of Sector 44-A, was yesterday hit by a car (PB-02-AM-4141) on the road separating Sector 31 and Phase II, Industrial Area. She was shifted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.

In another incident, a scooterist, Durga Lal of Sector 35-C, reported to the police that a car (DL-02-CH-7873) hit him near the roundabout separating Sectors 3, 4, 9 and 10 yesterday. He suffered injuries and was taken to the Sector 16 General Hospital.

The driver of the car fled from the spot, leaving his car behind. A case was registered. 



Legal resettlement firm launches operations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Comprehensive Counsel, an e-based legal resettlement company, launched its operations in India today. It is a Canada based company that has associate lawyers in each country that receive immigrants and students from India. The company will be having an office in the city to cater to the north with its services.

The company has been providing services abroad for the past 18 years. Its services include immigration services for skilled workers, family class and business class for education and employment.

Addressing mediapersons at Chandigarh Press Club, Mr Harry S. Mann, president, Comprehensive Counsel, said the company also boasts of an international legal counsel who would address all legal needs in India and abroad.

The company would be providing facilities for people seeking jobs to post their resumes online and to globally search the jobs too. They would also be providing employers keen to pick up people on their portal complete background checks and credential verifications.

Mr Kulwant Singh, director, Business Expansion, UK, said the office would be functional from the city and they would later expand in the rest of the country.


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