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Amritsar man caught with 10 kg heroin
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh Zonal Unit of Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) made a major breakthrough when its sleuths arrested an Amritsar resident from the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), Sector 17, late last night and seized 10 kg of heroin from his possession.

Giving details of the seizure, sources in the NCB said officers in the NCB deputed sleuths at the ISBT on Tuesday night after a tip-off. The bureau had information that Gurmukh Singh of Amritsar was on a bus from Amritsar to the city and would disembark at the terminus around 12 o’clock.

The sources added that around 1 am, the sleuths spotted a person and after his search seized 10 kg of heroin. The accused had concealed the contraband in his luggage.

The preliminary investigations revealed that the contraband was sourced from Pakistan or Afghanistan having typical stamp markings like 7777, 888, aeroplane, triangle, lion, eagle.

A case under Sections 8, 21 and 60 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 has been registered against the accused and further investigations are on.

The NCB had earlier seized 26 kg of heroin along with a Chinese pistol from the border area of Amritsar district in December, 2005 and arrested two persons.

A spokesperson for the NCB stated that the Chandigarh Zonal Unit in coordination with the state police had organised 12 drug law enforcement training courses at various places in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.



Security stepped up on R-Day eve
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
A day before the Republic Day celebrations, the Chandigarh Police launched a massive operation to verify the antecedents of recent settlers in the city today.
Peaceful protesters were also asked to shift from Madhya Marg and other places in view of the celebrations in Parade Ground, Sector 17.

The city was virtually converted into a police cantonment with policemen taking out flag marches throughout the day.

Sources in the local police said search operations were carried out at inter-state bus terminuses in Sectors 17 and 43.

Besides, special checks were carried out at the railway station, hotels, motels, guest houses and dhabas all over the city.

Stepping up its late-night vigil, the police also set up special checkpoints and intensified patrolling throughout the length and breadth of the city.

Security was particularly tight on the roads leading to different venues of celebrations, including schools.

A senior officer added that personnel belonging to the Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police, along with Home Guard personnel and other policemen, had been deployed.

As a result of the beefed-up security, a large number of residents, had to face inconvenience. Some of the residents complained of “unnecessary frisking”.

The sources said the emphasis of the verification drive was on slums and colonies. The intention was to rule out the possibility of “anti-social” elements planning and carrying out subversive activities after settling down in the city.

Senior police officers also asked landlords to inform the police about the antecedents of their tenants, including paying guests.

The police also warned them of strict action in case of non-compliance of the directions.



MC’s ‘murky’ challan for wastewater
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Officials of the Municipal Corporation today left a challan slip at a house that read: “Refused to put the name/servant”. Sounds confusing?
To make the matter worse, when the owner of the house approached officials of the Health Department for wrongfully issuing the challan on her residential address, she was told that since it had already been issued she could go to a court and contest it.

This “rude” treatment of the Health Department was meted out to Gick Garewal, a resident of house No. 3066, Sector 21-D. The challan was issued by officials of the Municipal Corporation around 10.10 am for “throwing wastewater on the road” under the CMC bylaws, 1999.

However, Ms Garewal claimed that the water had not been thrown by her or any member of her house and was in fact coming out from a side alley.

“The MC officials issued the challan without any investigation or even listening to my servant, who was present at the house when the officials visited. They in fact spoke rudely to him when he informed them that the water was coming from the side alley.”

Even more interesting is the fact that while the officials were quick enough to issue challans (even if wrongfully) for wastewater in alleys, they seemed to have overlooked a puddle right in front of their office.

When contacted, S.R. Aggarwal SE, Public Health, said they would look into the matter. When questioned about the water in front of his office, he said when he left the office this evening there was no water.



Accused’s father dies in court; police blamed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 25
Disturbed over the alleged implication of his son and Shiv Sena (Hindustan) activist in a dacoity case by the local police, Om Parkash Arora, a resident of Sector 7, died of heart attack here today.

Arora (50), father of Ravinder Arora, one of the accused whose bail application was to come up for hearing at a local court, developed chest pain while present at the court complex. He later died at the Sector 6 General Hospital.

Meanwhile, several Hindu organisations blamed the police for the death of Arora, who they alleged developed depression in the wake of the false implication of his son. “The heart attack is the result of Ravinder’s implication on the false complaint of Rajiv, a resident of Ambala”, Mr Vijay Singh Bhardwaj, spokesman of the Punjab unit of the VHP, alleged while talking to reporters.

Hindu organisations would file a complaint against Rajiv, the VHP leader said, adding that they would also start an agitation against the police.

Ravinder, along with 12 other activists of the Shiv Sena, was arrested on the charges of dacoity on January 21. They had blocked traffic near Old Panchkula in protest against an alleged attack on Sandeep Kapoor and Suresh Chauhan, president and general secretary, of the state unit of the Shiv Sena, respectively.



Allegation mischievous, says Cong
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee in a press note here today termed “mischievous and defamatory” the allegation against Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, that he had obtained membership of the Chandigarh Golf Club by allocating Rs 5 lakh out of the MPLAD fund.

“The allegations have been made without knowing that the MP only makes the recommendations. Thereafter, the Deputy Commissioner considers the same and gives sanction for the incurring expenditure. The allegations have been made to achieve narrow and mean political ends. Mr Bansal has never visited the Golf Club”, it said.



Confusion over holiday
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
While many of the private schools have already notified about the holiday on January 27 following Republic Day celebrations, government schools have not done the same so far. Last year too a great deal of confusion prevailed among the students on this account.

However, Mr Yogesh Tiwari, a parent, said in order to avoid confusion among students and teachers about holiday the authorities should announce the same on radio as no newspaper would be delivered on January 27 due to holiday on January 26. 



Varying bus fares confusing commuters
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
While the new bus routes, fares and new look tickets on the grid system of local services having begun to sink in the mind of the local population, those travelling to and from adjoining states are a shocked lot because of the varying bus fares on different state transport buses.

At the moment tickets on a CTU bus travelling outside the city costs at least Rs 4 less than a majority of other state transport undertakings.

The ticket for Delhi on a CTU bus costs Rs 125 while the same distance on ticket of the Haryana or Himachal Roadways costs Rs 129. Ticket till Patiala costs Rs 36 on PEPSU Roadways while the same on a CTU costs Rs 32. CTU is charging Rs 83 for the distance till Shimla while Himachal Roadways is charging Rs 89.

CTU had issued the notification regarding the changed fare structure of CTU buses from January 23 onwards in connection with the commencement of the grid system. Earlier, the maximum charge on a route in the city was Rs 9. Now this has led to subtraction of Rs four on the fare calculated from the ISBT. Senior officials of CTU said that a copy of the new notification specifying the rates had already been forwarded to the concerned state governments.

Except the enquiry of Punjab Roadways, no enquiry of other states in the city confirmed any knowledge about the new notification. The official on the counter of the Himachal Pradesh Roadways said: “We have no information about any notification and cannot make any amends till an order from the higher authorities”. The officials at the counter of the PEPSU Roadways said, “We have our head office at Patiala and are unaware about receipt of any notification from the UT Administration to this regard”.

Mr Amit Sharma, a research scholar at Panjab University, said “I travel from Patiala frequently with regard to my work on compiling thesis in my doctorate degree. Some conductors are charging me Rs 32 while asking for Rs 36 or Rs 38. I can understand the rates are changed because of the new notification in the CTU. However, the same should have been communicated to the concerning state governments well in advance. The state governments on their part should have responded immediately”.

The officer on duty at the enquiry counter of Punjab Roadways said, “We have received a copy of the new notification and have reduced Rs 4 in the bus fare till Patiala and corresponding changes also been made on the other routes as well.”

A senior officer of CTU said, “We had forwarded the notification to the concerned state governments as soon it was notified. There is no confusion regarding the new rates because the rate difference has been made on the part of bus travel and charges for the UT only. This does not effect the collection of the states. We expect all state roadways to respond at the earliest.”



No-confidence motion against Bhandari
on February 15
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 25
Twenty three of the 31 councillors in the Municipal Council House here, including vice-president Kuljit Waraich, today gave a notice for no-confidence motion against MC president Tarun Bhandari.

Fourteen councillors — Renuka Rai Walia, V.K. Kapoor, Dalbir Singh, Jalmegha Dahiya, R.K. Kakkar, Naresh Rawal, Mohinder Singh, Om Prakash, Amoljeet Kaur, Manvir Gill, Pawan K. Mittal, Randhir Badhran, S.S. Goel and BJP councillor C.B. Goel — met Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh and submitted the notice.

The notice has also been signed by six INLD councillors — Vikas Chaudhary, Kuljit Waraich, Amar Singh, Mahinder Singh, Gomti Prasad and Randhir Singh Malik. The other three are BJP councillors C.B. Goel, V.K. Sood and Jagdamba Gupta.

The councillors have pleaded that MC president Tarun Bhandari has lost the confidence and majority in the House and requested that a meeting of the MC be convened.

Brijendra Singh has appointed SDM Panchkula Virender Dahiya as the administrator.

He has now convened a meeting of the House on February 15, where Tarun Bhandari will face a no-confidence vote.

With the notice having been submitted, there is a renewed frenzy in the political scene.

The 10 councillors of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the council are again set to play a major role. In fact, it was only because of these INLD councillors that Mr Bhandari had succeeded in scuttling the previous no-confidence motion served on him in September, last year.

When the MC meeting was called then, the INLD councillors had abstained from voting, thus saving Mr Bhandari.

Though Mr Bhandari, when contacted by TNS, said his party colleagues, affiliated with Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, would again be unsuccessful, the other side claimed otherwise.

State secretary of the Congress and close confidante of Chander Mohan, Ravinder Rawal, said this time they were prepared to oust Mr Bhandari.

“The issue on which we are opposing him is corruption and he has no majority in the House,” he said.



Real estate is big business
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The desire of people living in rented accommodations to own houses, easy availability of property at comparatively reasonable rates in the fringe areas and the Punjab Government’s reported move to regularise colonies in Chandigarh’s periphery have resulted in blooming business for land developers and promoters cutting colonies along the outside edge.

Raids by the Income Tax Department on the offices and residents of real estate developers on Thursday are a testimony to this effect.

Though the developers may eventually end up explaining the presence of Rs 3 crore reportedly seized during the raids, the sources in the Income Tax Department say the amount only indicates how profitable the real estate business is for these colonisers.

This, perhaps, explains the existence of so many real estate dealers in the outside edge. Leave Chandigarh and move towards Naya Goan, Mullanpur Garibdass and even Zirakpur. You will find small-time property dealers operating from booths every few metres. An estimate says that the number of property dealers have almost doubled during the past two or three years.

The sources say though huge profit margins have led to the mushrooming of property dealers in the periphery, it has encouraged “big time” property dealers in Chandigarh to opt out of the business and carve colonies in the fringe areas after registering themselves as land developers and promoters.

A senior officer in the UT Administration says some of these developers are behind the “synthetic” hike in property rates in Chandigarh.

Giving details, the officer says the developers form cartels and buy properties in the city at “extremely high rates” during auctions. The intention is to push the property out of the common man’s reach so that he opts for plots and flats in the colonies carved out by them.

The officer says besides high property rates in Chandigarh, the Punjab Government’s approach towards constructions in the periphery areas also has contributed to the growth of real estate business in the outer areas.

Elaborating, the officer says the state government has already announced regularisation of structures constructed in the periphery before the cut-off date of November 1, 2005.

Over and above, the state government is considering the feasibility of regularising another 2,500 colonies.

“Once the colonies are accorded legal status, the prices will obviously sky-rocket. Realising this, a large number of residents are indulging in speculative buying, besides purchasing property before it is too late. 



Environment-friendly plastic in the offing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
If things work out, very soon Indians will have an environment-friendly and cheaper version of the plastic that is in use these days. Many states, including Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, have already banned the use of plastic bags as they are non-biodegradable and, therefore, harm the environment.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in association with some other government organisations, is currently in the final stages of the steps to produce the environment-friendly plastic from "bagas". "Bagas" is the pulp that remains after sugarcane is passed through machines to take out its juice for making sugar.

"The plastic that will be produced from this waste will be biodegradable and, hence, usable. What's more, we will also be able to put this sugarcane waste to proper use," remarked Prof R.A. Mashelkar, Director-General, CSIR.He was interacting with mediapersons after delivering the IMTECH Foundation Day lecture here today.

Professor Mashelkar is also Secretary, Department of Science and Industrial Research, Government of India.

Not only this, he disclosed, the CSIR and the Central Leather Research Institute were also currently in the final stages of the development of the process to replace the chemical process by the biological process, which would not affect the 

"The chemical process being used now for the treatment of leather is highly polluting. The new process, which is in the final stages of testing, will produce leather, which will be environment-friendly," Professor Mashelkar said.

Talking about the ongoing efforts in the country on the Research and Development (R&D) front, the CSIR chief said the Union Government was planning to increase the share of R&D in the Budget from the current 0.9 per cent to 2 per cent. "This will translate into a major boost to the Indian R&D scene," he added.

He, however, observed that the government would have to re-emphasise the areas where this money would be used and ensure that it was used judiciously.

According to him, the focus areas could be health, literacy, water, energy, etc. "Technology has not just to be taken to the poor but also used to improve their conditions," he said.

Professor Mashelkar said the pharmaceutical industries scenario in the country was definitely looking up since the new patent regime came into force. "Now, since we do not have a licence to copy, it has led to an increase in R&D investment by companies. Also, the number of companies coming to India to set up their R&D bases has gone up considerably. To top it all, the Government of India is going to pump in Rs 150 crore every year for the R&D in the pharmaceutical sector," he disclosed.



Paschim Express rescheduled today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The Paschim Express (2925) will be regulated to the Hazrat Nizamuddin station due to the Republic Day parade in New Delhi tomorrow. A few other trains passing through the Tilak bridge between 10.30 am and 12 noon too have been rescheduled for tomorrow.

The two trains, the Ujjaini Express (4309) and the Karnataka Express (2627), will be regulated at the Hazrat Nizamuddin station till the passage of the parade, while the Jhelum Express (1078) and the Kerala Express(2626) will be regulated at the New Delhi station. The Sealdah Rajdhani Express(2313), the Ranchi Rajdhani Express (2439), the Magadh Express (2401) and the New Delhi-Dehra Dun Jan Shatabdi Express will be regulated at Shahibabad/ Ghaziabad.

The Shalimar Express (4646) will be diverted to run via Shaibabad-Delhi Shahdara Delhi-New Delhi.

Meanwhile, the timings of the 1SUN/2SUN Saharanpur-Nangal Dam passenger train will be revised from tomorrow (January 26). The train will depart from Saharanpur at 6.30 am instead of 6.20 am to arrive at Nangal Dam at 12.45 pm instead of 12.55 pm. For return service the 2 SUN will depart from Nangal Dam at 2 pm to arrive at Saharanpur at 8 pm instead of 9.15 pm the same day.

Meanwhile, according to a press statement issued by the Northern Railways, the Bikaner-Delhi-Guwahati Avadh Assam Express (5610) scheduled to leave Bikaner on January 27, 28 and 29 will be short terminated at New Jalpaiguri instead of Guwahati. The Guwahati-Delhi-Bikaner Avadh Assam Express (5609) scheduled to leave Guwahati on January 29, 30 and 31 will originate from New Jalpaiguri instead of Guwahati. 



‘Need to inculcate self-esteem in women’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
A two-day workshop on “Gender equality - equal wings” organised by the Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension in collaboration with the Education and Careers Applied Research Establishment concluded yesterday.

Dr Mrs Nalina Jiwani, Director, Baha’i office for Advancement of Women, New Delhi, provided the resource support. She used a systematic approach to bring a change in the attitude and perception about gender equality in participants. For this, she administered different modules to men and women separately and together.

Mr B.S. Bhullar, Chief Project Director, EduCARE, said women were viewed as the weak gender but by educating, training and providing equal opportunities, they could work and serve the community in a far better way.

He said his NGO would provide intervention and affirmative programmes through Project IDEAGirls and 
Project GLOBAL Peace for disadvantaged women.

Dr Mrs Sween, Director, CACEE, PU, said with awareness and support, women could become equal partners. What was needed was that the talent in women was encouraged, appreciated and recognised.

Dr Anil Sarwal, Senior lecturer, DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, said effort needed to be made by both men and women to achieve gender equality. Dr Prabha Vig, Project Officer, CACEE, PU, also spoke.

Ms Kirti Saini, Project Manager, EduCARE- India said inculcating self-esteem in woman was a must for gender equality.

It was only through a clear understanding of the self that she could perceive herself in a positive way and gain self-confidence.



Gangar appointed Special Secy, Revenue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The Punjab Government today appointed Mr H.S. Gangar as Special Secretary, Revenue, after being promoted to the IAS cadre by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on the directives of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

Though Mr Gangar was promoted to the IAS cadre in 1998, the ministry declined to promote him on the ground that he had already retired from the Punjab Civil Services.

In the case before the tribunal, he had alleged that by the DoPT move of not complying with the directives of the tribunal, he was being denied a two-year extension as he would attain the age of superannuation for IAS on January 31, 2006.

After failure on part of the DoPT to comply with its orders, the tribunal had issued bailable warrants against a former Secretary, DoPT.

After the compliance report was tabled by the ministry, the former Secretary was discharged on January 19.



Fire Dept gets its act together
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
With the skyline of the city all set to change, the Fire Department of the municipal corporation is finally sitting up and taking action to ensure all is well when you visit high risers.

According to a notice issued 10 days ago, officers of the department will be checking government institutions like the GMCH-32, General Hospital (Sector 16), Panjab University, colleges, and hotels for their preparedness in case of a fire and the condition of the fire-fighting equipment. A report for the same will be submitted next week.

Based on the report, the Chief Fire Officer, Mr H.S. Khandda, would issue notices to the institutions to upgrade or change their equipment. If serious violations are found, the building can be sealed.

A few months ago, violations by CITCO in Hotel Shivalikview had come to light, where the emergency exits were found to be sealed. Similarly, violations in the DC’s-office had also come to light where empty fire-fighting equipment boxes were seen lying vacant in the open. The situation at the AG, Haryana, and Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, were also found to be the same.



Traffic restrictions for R-Day
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
Ahead of the Republic Day function, the traffic wing of the Chandigarh Police has imposed certain restrictions on traffic flow and planned diversions from certain roads near the Parade Ground, Sector 17, and near the Punjab Raj Bhavan.

The road stretch from the roundabout of Sector 16,17,22 and 23 to the rotary near the Gurdial Singh petrol station, Sector 22-A, on the Udyog Path, from the crossing Sector 16 and 17 up to the roundabout of Sector 16, 17, 22 and 23 on Jan Marg and from light point near Lyon's Restaurant, Sector 17, up to Parade Ground will remain closed for vehicular traffic from 7 am on January 26 till the function at Parade Ground is over.

Parking for general public in the parking lot in front of the market of Sector 22-A will not be allowed from 7 am onwards. The VIPs and the senior officers, who have been allotted car parking stickers, will be allowed to enter from roundabout of Sector 16,17,22 and23 on Udyog Path and should park their vehicles in front of the Sector 22-A market.

The general public will be allowed to park their vehicles in Sector 22-B and near the Blood Disease Hospital, Sector 23-B, on the rear side of Neelam Cinema in Sector 17, in the parking of Football Stadium and Circus Ground in Sector 17.

All long route buses coming from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and other places have been diverted towards ISBT Chowk from Bajwara Chowk, and Piccadilly Chowk via Himalya Marg.

The Chandigarh Traffic Police has also imposed restrictions for traffic around the Punjab Raj Bhavan for the “At Home” function. The road stretch from the roundabout of Sector 5,6,7,8 up to the T- point near Golf Club and from the T-point near the Punjab Raj Bhavan onwards and towards the residence of Adviser to the Administrator will remain closed for general public from 2 pm till the function is over.

Vehicles with pink car parking stickers are to be parked at the rear side of Adviser's residence. These will be allowed an exit in front of the entry gate of the Punjab Raj Bhavan. The self-driven cars of senior citizens with pink stickers are to be parked in the Mini Zoo area.

Those having green stickers can use the road from Sector 7 and 8 turn to park their vehicles in the parking area adjacent to the Advisr’s residence in Sector 7.

The traffic police has requested the members of the Golf Club to use the road from Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, to reach the from 2 pm.



Bravery award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to award Commendation Certificate to Ms Kirandeep Kaur, daughter of Mr Harvinder Singh, for act of bravery as she saved the life of Mr Baljinder Singh who was drowning into the Sukhna Lake on September 14, 2005.
She will be awarded at the Republic Day function tomorrow.



President’s Medal for ASI
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
An ASI of the UT Police, Mr Sheesh Pal has been selected for the President’s Medal for meritorious service this year. The award will be conferred upon him tomorrow.

Sources in the police said ASI Sheesh Pal had joined the UT Police as a constable in July 1976. Known for his dedication, he has got 26 commendation certificates along with cash prizes. He had saved several villagers from drowning in the Sukhna Lake choe in 2003 when the tractor trailer they were travelling in was washed away.



Tribune union’s silver jubilee function today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
To mark its silver jubilee, The Tribune Employees Union will hold a cultural programme for the employees of The Tribune Trust and their families on the premises of Tribune Model School, Sector 29, here tomorrow. The function will start at 1 pm.

Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, will be the chief guest of the function. Dr R.P. Bambah, a Trustee, and Mr Surinder Singh, city Mayor, will also grace the occasion.

Singers Shankar Sahni, Indian Idol finalist Ravinder Ravi, Karan Jasbir, Lakhwinder Lucky, Harjit Herman, Satwinder Lovely, Gagandeep, Bawa Sushil, Amar Virdi and comedians Ranvir Rana and Khyali Saharan will entertain the audience.

Bollywood actress Deepshikha and model Aman Dhaliwal will also attend the function.

The blood donors of the union will also be honoured.



‘Kundi’ connections removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
In a special drive, the Electricity Department of the Chandigarh Administration today removed more than 200 illegal kundi connections from Sanjay Colony and over 140 removed from the Mouli complex.
The drive was carried out with the help of the Chandigarh Police and no untoward incident was reported, a press note said.



Press Club function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The Media Adviser to the Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr B.I.S. Chahal, will release the Chandigarh Press Club magazine, diary and calendar at the club on January 27 at 12 noon.



PS-19 declared best

Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh Administration has declared police station, Sector 19, as the “Best Police Station” for the activities performed during the year 2005. A press release here today said it would be awarded trophy on the occasion of Republic Day function tomorrow. TNS



Woman arrested with smack
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
The UT police today arrested a woman for carrying 20 gram of smack. A jeep and a car were stolen from the city in the past 48 hours.
Besides this, one person was held for allegedly indulging in gambling.

The UT police’s special crime investigation cell arrested 50-year-old Soni, a resident of Janata Colony, Sector 25, and seized 20 gram of smack from her. Police sources said the accused had been booked on similar charges earlier also. A case under Section 21 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act has been registered against her at the Sector 11 police station.

Vehicle stolen: Mr Mohbeen Alam of Colony No. 4 in a complaint to the police alleged that his Max Pick Up jeep (CH-23-T-5835) was stolen from Shanti Nagar in Mani Majra on Monday night. In another incident Mr Jatinder Singh of Sector 42-C lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that his servant Raju had stolen his Indica car (CH-03-S-9360) from Sector 35-B on Monday.

Two cases has been registered at various police stations in the city in this connection.

Gambling: The local police has arrested Mahinder Kumar of Dadu Majra Colony from the same locality for allegedly indulging in gambling at a public place on Tuesday. The police recovered Rs 315 from his possession.

A case under the Gambling Act has been registered in this regard.



Man caught for theft

Mohali, January 25
A resident of Nayagaon, who was allegedly caught by residents while stealing stereos and other items from cars after breaking the windows, has been handed over to the police. He had allegedly stolen valuables from eight cars. OC



Showroom for women launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Hero Honda today launched “Just4her”, the first exclusive showroom for women customers of “Pleasure” in Chandigarh. The showroom was inaugurated by Mr Sanjay Bhan, zonal head-north, Hero Honda Motors Ltd., and Ms Parnita Garewal, leading women golfer.

Apart from female service supervisors and sales executives for attending to women customers, the ‘Just4her’ outlet in Sector 8 will also provide ‘Anytime’ pick-up and emergency service on a 12 hr basis. If the actual user of the scooter is a female, she will be eligible to join the Lady Rider Programme - a woman’s club initiated in the industry.

Mr Sanjay Bhan said this was the most fuel-efficient scooter in the scooter segment. “It comes equipped with the tuff-up tube - a technology which offers an immediate remedy in case of a tyre puncture by secreting an anti-puncture sealant gel. With such diverse features, Pleasure will help Hero Honda cater to a much wider customer base, thereby strengthening its undisputed leadership in the two-wheeler industry. Self-start will be offered as a standard feature in the scooter. Its light and zippy body has been designed specially for women customers,” he added.


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