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CBI raids houses of 2 FCI officials
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 9
Raids were conducted by CBI officials on the houses of two FCI officials living in Phase III-A and Phase IV here today in connection with the Rs 700-crore rice scam.

While one team headed by a DSP raided the house of Mr Amarjit Singh Brar in Phase IV, the second team raided the houses of Mr M.S. Sarang in Phase III-A. It could not be confirmed whether any arrests were made by the raiding teams but they had reportedly been able to collect some incriminating documents.

Mr Brar had reportedly gone for a walk when the raid was conducted. He, however, did not return home after his walk. It is alleged that he must have been informed by a member of his family about the raid.

Mr Brar is posted at Moga and keeps coming to Mohali where his son and daughter-in-law live. While the ground and the second floor accommodation of the house owned by Mr Brar here has been given on rent, his son Jaswinder Singh was living along with his wife on the first floor accommodation.

Mr Sarang worked as a District Manager at Ferozepore in 2004, a period during which the rice scam happened. The raiding team reportedly gathered some documents from the house of Mr Sarang. An investment consultancy firm was reportedly being run by Mr Sarang in Phase X. It is learnt that the CBI officials had planned to raid the office of that firm also.

Raids which started around 7 a.m. went on for most part of the day. These were conducted in such a secretive manner that even the neighbours were not aware of it.

Mr Sumit Sharan, SP of the anti-corruption cell of the CBI, visited both houses where raids were being conducted. Interestingly, the SP as well as other members of the raiding teams did not talk to mediapersons. 

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Cops ‘tapping’ phones of judges, lawyers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Names of two judicial officers, including a District Sessions Judge figure in the list of six telephone numbers for whom the Department of Chandigarh Telecommunication has sought a payment of Rs 13,000 from the UT Police for providing ‘phone records’.

One of the names, in whose the name the telephone is installed, is Mr M.M.S. Bedi, Sessions Judge this name has been cleared for elevation as Judge to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The second judicial officer on the list is Mr Tejwinder Singh, Additional Sessions Judge.

The telephones are installed in the names of the offices they hold. The lawyers who figure on the list are Mr Amar Singh Chahal, president of the Lawyers for Human Rights International, Mr Arvind Thakur, general secretary, and Mr Navkiran Singh and Mr Tejinder Singh Sudan.

Talking to the Tribune, Mr Arvind Thakur, said that in a communication to Deputy Superintendent of Police (Security Intelligence), the office of the Chandigarh Telephones, had sought Rs 13,000 as charges for “phone records”.

“The charges for our phone records, of course, do not pertain to normal telephone call details. This either could pertain to tapping of our phone lines or procuring telephonic transcripts. We want a clear reply and reasons why our phone records are being sought”.

The organisation has sent a representation, seeking intervention of the Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator. A copy of the demand for money from the Deputy SP (security\Intelligence), Chandigarh Police, sent by the Department of Telephones has been forwarded to the Chief Minister’s (Punjab) office, besides the IG and SSP of the Chandigarh Police and the DGP of the Punjab Police.

Mr Thakur said: “tomorrow we are going to seek a reply from the departments concerned under the Right to Information Act as to why our telephones were being kept under watch”. A senior official of the Chandigarh Police did not confirm whether the police had sought information with regard to the telephone records of those on the list.

He, however, confirmed receiving communication with regard to payment for the telephone records and said “we are looking into the matter. We will like to confirm the authenticity of the letter, before saying anything”, he added.

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Rude shock for new house occupant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Sudhir Kumar, a stenographer at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, got the shock of his life when he received a water-cum-electricity bill issued by the Municipal Corporation for Rs 47,043 within a week of moving into his new government accommodation in Sector 39-D.

Even more shocking, however, was the statement of MC officials at the waterworks office in Sector 37 to “pay up the bill and we will see the rest later”.

Interestingly, the combined electricity and sewerage bill has been issued for the period between June 29 and December 5 — a period when Sudhir was not even allotted the house, let alone occupying it.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Sudhir said he took possession of the house (No. 3108-B) on December 5 and moved into it on December 18.

“The possibility of getting a bill for a period before December 5 is unquestionable as the meter was installed only on December 8.”

However, what surprised him the most was that the backdated bill bore his name and address. He rued that requests to see where the error lay had fallen on deaf ears.

But with the due date of paying up the bill, January 18, drawing closer, Sudhir is worried that his connection will be cut and there is no solution in sight.

Superintending Engineer, Public Health, S.C. Aggarwal said they would look into the matter and a probe would be initiated.

“We will look into the matter. There is a possibility that the charges of the previous occupants has been billed to the new residents or some other error. Either way, the matter would be looked into.”

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Beware! Depression is in the air
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Foggy days, plummeting mercury and a sun that usually forgets to peep out from behind cloudy skies bring in loads of depression for the weary soul. The grey and gloomy mood of the season weighs heavily on troubled minds who further withdraw into a shell only to aggravate their internal conflicts.

Psychiatrists maintain that the lack of sunshine and the tendency to stay indoors has a negative impact on the already troubled minds. “Dejected people fall prey to internal depression which is more serious in nature as compared to depression caused by external factors. It’s the feeling of hopelessness and worthlessness that gets compounded, leading to depression,” says Dr B.S. Chavan, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

The lack of vibrancy in the air and inclination to inactivity further encourage a depressed person to stay aloof, while the mind dwells on negative feelings and aspects. “He’s practically cut off from everybody, a loner residing in his own world where he doesn’t see himself as somebody who matters or somebody who can make a difference to another’s life. Staying aloof and cut-off is one big indicator that gives away a depressed person,” adds Patiala-based Dr Satish Thapar, a consulatant with Oswal Cancer Hospital, Ludhiana.

Dr Chavan maintains that other giveaways of a person suffering from depression are lack of interest and pleasure in routine activity, lack of sleep and appetite, negative feelings of hopelessness and blaming oneself for all that goes wrong.

“Family and friends should look out for these key indicators in people prone to depression since winters is the time when the problem is at its peak. For any slight indication of depression setting in and before it goes out of hand, a doctor should be consulted,” he empahsises. In such a situation, the family members, on their part, too, can be of help in their own small way—by encouraging the depressed individual, involving him in activity and conversation and just being around, always.

While treatment is the only solution to depression, doctors also maintain that prescribed medicines should be given only under supervision and these, too, should be out of the reach of the patient. 

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Pyres lit amid pall of gloom 
Pathankot-Mukerian road mishap
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 9
Six members of a family who were killed in an accident on the Pathankot- Mukerian road yesterday were cremated amid a pall of gloom here today.

It was a heart-rending scene as a nephew of one of the victims lit the pyres. Though there were six bodies, three pyres were lit. One was of Dr Surinder Sharma and his wife Sunita, the second of their son Naveen and his wife Roshini, and the third of Dr Sharma’s daughters, Purnima and Kavita. The pyres were lit by Mr Prashant Sharma, a nephew of Dr Sharma.

Six members of the family living in Phase XI here were returning from Vaishno Devi when their Maruti car collided with a truck, killing all car occupants.

For the mother and sister of Dr Sharma, it was a tragedy too deep for tears. Mrs Pushpa Sharma, mother, and Mrs Madhu Sharma, sister, had not only lost a son and brother, respectively, but five more members of the family were snatched by the cruel hands of death.

Mr Prem Singh and Mrs Harbans Kaur, father and mother of Mrs Roshini Sharma, were inconsolable. They had solemnised the marriage of their daughter on November 18 less than two months ago.

The gathering of mourners at the cremation ground was smaller than expected at such a time of grief. The mourners were mostly from the Phase XI locality where Mrs Pushpa Sharma lived.

The SDM, Mr Mohal Lal Sharma, was not present at the time of the cremation. He sent a Naib Tehsildar on his behalf who gave him of Rs 5,000 to the mother of Dr Sharma.

Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, attended the cremation.

Mr Lalit Sharma, son-in-law of Mrs Pushpa Sharma and husband of Mrs Madhu Sharma, who lives in Sector 66 here, made arrangements for the cremation. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, he said Mrs Pushpa Sharma had lost one son, Adarsh Kumar, who lived in Phase III A to bullets of terrorists on April 25, 1985.

Mr Kuljit Singh Bedi, president of the local unit of the Congress, said he would request Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Punjab Chief Minister, to take up the matter with the Chief Minister so that compensation could be given to the mother of Dr Sharma.

Mr S.S. Barnala, a former councillor from Phase XI, said he had requested the minister to take up the matter with the authorities concerned and recommend strict against those responsible for the accident.

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School timings changed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Owing to severe cold conditions, the Panchkula Administration today declared holidays for three days in primary government and private schools beginning January 10.

The Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, has also decided to advance school timings by half-an-hour in the morning for both double as well as single-shift schools from Tuesday in all government as well as aided schools.

The timings have been changed from 8 am to 8.30 am for the single-shift schools and from 7.30 am to 8 am for the double-shift schools. The closing time of the schools will remain unchanged.

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Passing Thru


Rupesh Kumar of Kolkata, winner of ITF junior tennis title

Were you expecting the ITF title?

I was quite confident from the beginning. Though I had to play some tough matches, I managed to perform pretty well. One needs to adjust to the surroundings to give one’s best.

Your current ITF ranking is 48th in the world. Any plans for this year?

The more I play in ITF tournaments, greater are the chances of moving up. I am hopeful of reaching first 25 players by the year-end.

What is your ultimate aim?

Definitely to reach the pinnacle. I would love to play in the Indian Davis Cup team and I am working to achieving that goal. I have the desire to bring laurel to my country.

How do you assess the CLTA Tennis Stadium here?

It is perhaps one of the best in the country. It has produced many talented players who have further secured top ranking in their respective age groups. Playing and coming to Chandigarh is always a lovely experience.

— Arvind Katyal

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Expert for creating scientific temper for social change
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
“When our sacred books, our myths, our rituals claim to make statements of objective facts and express propositional truths about nature, scientists and intellectuals have an obligation to assess their claims from set standards of evidence,” said Dr Meera Nanda, Fellow, Templeton Foundation, USA, delivering a special lecture on “Reclaiming Scientific Temper for a Secular Culture in India” at Panjab University today.

Stating that there was a need to create secular culture, Dr Nanda added that secularism could be created or sustained without the cultivation of scientific temper as part of social change.

“If we want secularism, we have no choice but to create a secular culture. Just having secular laws would not make our society secular since laws and constitutions need to have the willing consent of the people. If we want secular culture, we have no choice but to actively and consciously bring scientific methods and theories to bear upon many of our common sense assumptions about nature, people and God. In other words, we need to reclaim scientific temper since secular cultures do not emerge automatically with economic and industrial development,” she said.

Stating that scientific temper was motivated by the belief that human reason can be used to combat ignorance, Dr Nanda pointed out that scientific temper had became synonymous with enlightenment wherein the philosophy of empiricism was to be taken out of the labs and applied to everyday life leading to the development of a spirit of questioning and skepticism.

“However I also believe that there are many aspects of our lives where strict objective rules of evidence do not apply. Like love, poetry and faith in God as source of hope, scientific temper is about creating new standards of evidence, new standards of truth and new standards of human wellbeing,” she said, quoting the famous “be ye lamps on to yourself”.

“If we want to reclaim scientific temper then it is not enough to teach science just as a set of abstract theories or clever experiments or as use of gadgets like telescopes and computers. These theories and methods have to actively confront the alternative theories and methods our religious myths, cultural symbols and rituals provide. Teaching science by itself is not enough: it has to become part of a worldview that connects with people’s overall understanding of how the worlds works,” she said.

“While it is normally believed that modernisation would lead to a decline of social significance of religion, when we look around us there is a complete reversal of this belief. It has been noticed that religiosity is growing among the rich, the more educated and the upper castes,” she added.

There is a growth of what Dr Nanda termed as pseudo-science: when science is used to validate beliefs in gods, rituals etc. “Anecdotes do not make science, coincidences do not make science, scientific language does not make science,” she said.

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SAD protests against farmers’ eviction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Members of the Shiromani Akali Dal today staged a dharna at the Matka Chowk, Sector 17, against the eviction of Sikh farmers from Kashipur (Uttaranchal).

The protesters said the Congress had always been indifferent to the Sikhs.

The party demanded the sacking of the Congress government in Uttaranchal.

They added that if the land of the affected farmers was not returned they would intensify their agitation.

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Jain targets govt over demolitions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Former MP and senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain has accused the Congress-led government at the Centre of carrying out large-scale demolitions in the city — something, he claimed, had never happened before.

He was addressing people at a religious programme organised on the occasion of “Prakash Utsav” of Guru Gobind Singh at Dadu Majra, where 14 religious places, including temples, a gurdwara and a masjid were demolished last year, yesterday.

He said the Congress-led government had left bigwigs untouched, and instead targeted poor people by demolishing their houses.

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Fauji Beat
Health scheme success lies in patient satisfaction

In his message with the first Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) newsletter issued last year, the Chief of the Army Staff General J.J. Singh had said that out of 17 lakh pensioners as on April 1, 2003, only one lakh had become members of the scheme.

Ironically, despite the ECHS being the best health scheme, the percentage of pensioners opting for it continues to be low. This is because of dissatisfaction of the patients about the non-availability of medicines. The real victim of the “blame game”, between the military hospitals and the polyclinics, which is wrecking the scheme, is the patient.

To say that the medicines are not supplied by the hospitals because of the faulty submission of demands by the polyclinics is not correct. The records clearly show that in certain months, the polyclinics did not get more than 30 per cent of the medicines demanded by them from the hospitals. This fact needs to be checked by the higher headquarters to know where the fault lies. It is only then that they can take corrective measures. Unless this is done, the blame game will continue and the patients will continue to suffer.

Mercifully, because of the receipt of the ECHS funds, the medicines supply is better now. But for how long this will continue cannot be said.

IMTRAT Officers’ Mess

After completing an arduous journey on foot, horseback and yak to Bhutan via Sikkim and Tibet in 1958, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi stayed in this historic building (see picture). At that time, there was no proper road link between India and Bhutan.

In 1962, when we established the Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT), at Haa Drong in Bhutan, this building became the Officers’ Mess of the IMTRAT. Situated at an altitude of 9100 feet, the building, depicting rich Bhutanese architecture, is primarily made of timber with wooden floors and mud walls to add a touch of warmth to it. The mess building has undergone several modifications over the years. But it has retained its ethnic heritage.

TA’s part-time character

The Territorial Army (TA) was raised in 1949 as a part time force to relieve the Regular Army of its static duties during a national emergency. What goes to the credit of the TA is that besides relieving the Army of its static duties during various emergencies, it has acquitted itself commendably in low intensity conflict (LIC) in J&K and even in Sri Lanka as part of the peace keeping force in 1987. Now a few TA battalions have also been deployed in the North East.

The TA rules clearly stipulate that a person who wants to join this force should already be gainfully employed. This is essential to maintain the part time character of the TA. The requirement, however, can only be met if the TA officers set an example in this. At present, no bureaucrat, engineer or doctor opts to join the TA. If they come forward to join this force, more and more of their subordinates will also join the TA.

It has also been seen that some of the departments show reluctance to spare their employees, who are members of the TA, to attend the annual training camps with their units. There are also employers who do not spare the TA personnel when their units are embodied for deployment. To enable the TA to function efficiently, the government should ensure strict compliance of the TA Act by all the departments and organisations in the country.

Refund of ECHS contribution

Before the downward revision of the contribution for the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), those who became members of the scheme on or after April 1, 2004 and had applied for refund of the excess amount paid by them, are still waiting for the refund. This is creating lot of dissatisfaction among the members.

— Pritam Bhullar

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‘Gajrela’ lands 8 in hospital

Panchkula, January 9
The savouring of a sweet, ‘gajrela’, by eight members of a family, hailing from Mani Majra, proved costly for them after they suffered food poisoning here this evening. The sweet was brought by Manish from a confectioner in the main market of Mani Majra.

According to sources, all family members were admitted to the emergency ward of the General Hospital as they vomited continuously. However, their condition was stated to be stable.

The Mani Majra police has been informed about the incident by hospital authorities. OC

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Chandigarh Calling
Bringing people closer to the Army

It was a different exhibition experienced by the city people as it did not display the home appliances, electronic goods or clothes but exhibited the battle armoury at the army grounds near Kalagram, Manimajra. The city people thronged to see the tanks, Bofors guns, radars and bridge equipments at the exhibition, which was organized by Indian Army under the name ‘Know your Army’ for last Friday to Sunday. Children, who came with their parents, were very excited and evincing a lot of interest especially, in the Russian tanks and field guns. After seeing their enthusiasm Army personnel also allowed them to enter in the tanks. The visitors also appreciated the horse and dog shows, held in the evenings. Many felt that such exhibitions not only provided information but also helped imbibe the spirit of patriotism in children.

Flash forward

Dr Qais Aslam, an economist from Lahore, believes in looking at the world with a futuristic viewpoint rather than looking at it from the past. When it comes to the trade and economy, one has to look beyond comparative advantage and delves into the concept of mutual advantage, says this Chairperson of Department of Economics of GC University, Lahore. So charge up and grab the windows of opportunities when they are still there, he asks us.

Tourist spots

The Chandigarh’s Tourism Department may be dreaming big, but even the basic facilities continue to elude the tourists at various tourist spots. A case in point is the lack of facilities at the Sukhna Lake as a colleague experienced the other day. In spite of standing in a queue twice, the colleague failed to get boats for boating in the lake bringing embarrassment to him before his guests. The waiting period for getting the boat was about one hour, he was told by the staff. Interestingly, if the written instructions are to be believed, the boating time of half-an-hour started immediately after buying the tickets. If this is the state of affairs, one can imagine how the Chandigarh Administration, particularly the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), can promote the cinematic tourism. The Chandigarh Administration is toying with the idea of setting up a Film City to market the city as Chandiwood. Well, the ordinary tourists and residents are more concerned about the basic amenities than ambitious tourist projects of the administration. It is high time the administration got down to the basics. Perhaps we could expect a better fare in the new year!

Eye-opener

For 65-year-old German environmentalist, Dr Heiner Kluge, his first trip to India was quite an eye opener. His visit to the City Beautiful did not just remind him of his hometown Dresden but also solved the puzzle as how come, separated by continents and oceans, the inhabitants of America and India share the same name—Indians. And guess what solved the mystery of the missing link. A bhangra dance programme! “Oh, it’s the similar kind of noise they both make,” was his instant reaction.

Health data

Chandigarh Administration is working on creating a common database for all the government hospitals including the PGIMER, in the city. Health centres in rural areas and comparatively less equipped areas will be linked to the top hospital for immediate reference. The final aim is to help both the patients and the doctors.

Medical and technical experts will first draw a broad parameter of the work area to be covered under the system. The data will help compile entire medical history of individuals, right from the birth followed by his experiences in his health. All efforts will be made to make the work site very simple to handle. The administration might soon be issuing ‘Smart Cards’ containing personal details for all.

Hockey high

The ongoing Premier Hockey league (PHL), which is being played in the newly floodlit Sector 42 Hockey stadium, has generated lot of interest in local sport lovers. One could notice large number of parents living nearby converging to watch the live hockey euphoria in action. But hockey, which is our national sport, has finally got a boost. The free entry to the stadium is a good idea. As one of the spectators at the stadium said on Sunday: “Hockey is excitement no matter who wins. But in cricket, one sits for many days and finally they say the match is drawn.”

Off track

The view from Sector 47 has been witnessing a change for the past few months. A few bridges have come up for the Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway track and soon a few trains will be witnessed running on the track. But even before the track has become operational, people have started using it for other purposes. The residents of the villages nearby have found it to be a cleaner replacement for their fields. Men are seen squatting alongside it by day and women find it convenient to use it for defecating using the darkness of the night.

Contributors: Akash Ghai, Parbina Rashid, Sai Vaidyanathan, Arvind Katyal, Pradeep Sharma & Sanjeev Bariana

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Thieves strike at gurdwara
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, January 9
Unidentified burglars struck at the Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Sector 7 here last night and decamped with Rs 15000 kept in the steel box (golak) before the Darbar Sahib in the main hall.

They discarded the coins worth Rs 500. The theft came to light as the gurdwara sewadar, Gurbhagh Singh, opened the shrine door for the usual ‘Nitnem parkash’ a little before 5.00 am today morning.

The devout ‘sangat’ was taken by surprise and panic gripped the residents.

The gurdwara committee president, Mr Kuljit Singh, had reported the matter to the police which reached the spot immediately and initiated investigation. On the initiative of the police, the forensic experts from Kurukshetra took footprints and handprints from the iron rods used to break open the cash box.

Meanwhile Partap Singh, vice-president of gurudwara, said thieves gained entry by breaking the window on the first floor of the building and used a rubber waterpipe for coming down to main hall.

The two iron rods used were lying on the first floor of the shrine building under construction. The clear footprints which the burglars left on the carpet as they entered the darbar hall barefoot and lifted by the police may help in tracing the culprits. Incidentally, there is no chowkidar at the gurdwara which can help avoid such eventualities.

It may be mentioned that the burglars had made an unsuccessful bid to break open the steel cash box in the same gurdwara about 9 months ago and also in the Ram Mandir located in Sector 2 on December 30.

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Agency owner’s house raided

Chandigarh, January 9
A team of Central Excise and customs today raided the house of an advertising agency owner in Sector 35-D and seized the papers pertaining to the advertising agency. The raid was conducted on the basis of a complaint of service tax evasion by the said agency owner. OC

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Jewellery, cash stolen

Mohali, January 9
Gold jewellery, cash and other valuables were stolen from a house in Phase VI here. Nacchatar Singh complained to the police today that thieves took away 10 tolas of gold, Rs 40,000 in cash and other valuables from the house. OC

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Two held on cable theft charge
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 9
The police has arrested two Panchkula residents on a charge of stealing telephone wire worth about Rs 2 lakh from IT Park. In another incident, a mobile phone was stolen from a house in Sector 40-D. Elsewhere, a three-wheeler driver was injured after being hit by a mini-truck.

Giving details about the arrest of two persons on the theft charge, sources in the Manimajra police station said Mr Harjinder Singh, an engineer, lodged a complaint with the police that 2,500 metres of telephone cable, worth about Rs 2 lakh, was stolen from IT Park on Sunday. Acting on the complaint, the police arrested Kishan Chaudhary and Bhramdev of Panchkula in this connection. The police recovered the stolen property from their possession. During interrogation, they confessed to the crime. They were produced before a local court today, which remanded them in police custody till January 12.

Mobile stolen

Mr Kailash of Sector 40-D reported to the police that his mobile phone was stolen from his residence on Sunday. A case of theft has been registered in this regard.

Driver hurt

Mr Parmod Kumar of Mauli Jagran Colony suffered injuries after the auto-rickshaw he was driving hit by a mini-truck late last night. The mishap took place near the housing board traffic lights point. The victim was taken to a primary health centre in Mani Majra. The police has registered a case of causing hurt due to rash and negligent driving against Indersan, the mini-truck driver.

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3 labourers killed in wall collapse
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, January 9
Three Bihari labourers were killed in a wall collapse in the Shivam 
Cinema area on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway here last night.

Panic gripped the area with other labourers working in the stone crusher, where the accident occurred, running helter-skelter. Ram Ashish, Aniruddh and Munna died on the spot. They were living here alone as their families were in Bihar, police sources said.

An eyewitness said he saw the wall crumbling down. Before they could be provided any help, the labourers died. The badly-mutilated bodies were extracted by onlookers with the help of the police, he added.

Sources said efforts were being made to contact the relatives of the deceased in Bihar. The investigation would make headway only when the realtives arrived here. Large-scale construction activity is going on in the township with hundreds of apartments coming up. Hundreds of labourers, particularly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, work here.

There are hardly any safety norms being observed by construction workers, residents alleged.

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UTI launches scheme

Chandigarh, January 9
The UTI Mutual Fund today launched a new equity-oriented scheme, “UTI leadership equity fund”.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajesh Bhojani, Vice-president (Sales), said the scheme would invest at least 65% of its corpus in the top five leading companies of the industry keeping in view their turnover, market share and market capitalisation.

During the year, the UTI Mutual Fund would add several new schemes to its product basket to satisfy varied investment needs of the investors, Mr Arvind Mittal, Regional Sales Head(North), informed. TNS

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Lucky winners

Chandigarh, January 9
Col H.S. Bhagat, a resident of Sector 43, has won the first prize of a trip to Thailand in Shop ‘n’ Win offer of Punjab Stores, Sector 9, here.

The second prize, a colour TV, went to Mr Gurdip Singh of Phase VI, Mohali, and the third prize, an expensive wrist watch, to Ms Sukhpal Singh, a resident of Sector 5 here.

The contest was organised as part of completion of 45 years of the store, a press note said. TNS

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