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Household expenses under IT Dept scanner
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Your household expenditure is under the scanner of the Income Tax Department.

“Acting on a directive of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the department is creating a database of high expenses incurred by taxpayers. The field officers have been directed to pick up cases for detailed scrutiny during 2006-07 on the basis of low household withdrawals, Mr P. Sahi, Commissioner of Income Tax-I, Chandigarh,” said here today.

“This means the returns already filed for the assessment year 2005-06 will be picked up for scrutiny if low household withdrawals are noticed. Taxpayers have the option till March 31 to revise their already-filed returns,” she added.

Officials highlighted that the income shown in the return of the taxpayer must be sufficient to support expenses incurred by him. Further, there must be sufficient withdrawals from the taxpayer’s bank account or from other disclosed sources for meeting the household expenses.

“In many cases, it is noticed that the total amount spent on children’s education, including coaching and tuition fee, electricity, motor car maintenance, travelling and club memberships, far exceeds the total income disclosed in the income tax return,” the officials added.

Ms Sahi said the department had urged the trading and professional organisations to impress upon their members to give correct information in their returns to be filed during the remaining period of this financial year and during the financial year 2006-07.



Holi revellers thrash cop
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 16
Except sporadic incidents of brawl, Holi passed off peacefully in the city on Wednesday. The police said no major incident was reported from any part of the city.

However, three inebriated Holi revellers thrashed a constable in Sector 30 following which the cop was hospitalised.

Sources in the Industrial Area police station said the cop sustained serious injuries. He was admitted to the Sector 32 GMCH with a broken jaw and other injuries.

It all began, when constable Dharam Singh, who was on duty near the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Bhavan, objected three youngsters, Ramesh Kumar of Sector 20 and Sandeep and Amit (both real brothers) of Sector 30, from creating nuisance. They not only refused to budge, but also assaulted the constable. They allegedly hit him with a stone on the left side on his jaw and started beating him up.

It was only after a patrolling police party reached spot that the constable was rescued. The police nabbed Ramesh and Amit, while Sandeep managed to flee. The constable was today operated upon in the GMCH and his condition was stated to be stable.

Resident assaulted

Citing another incident of vandalism in which two persons were arrested for assault, the police said Rahul Singla of Sector 22 and his accomplice, Vikrant Tulli, were taken into custody for thrashing a Sector 22 resident in his house on Wednesday. It was reported that Rahul Singla was going on his motor cycle when Munish Verma of Sector 22, who was in a car, hit Rahul's motor cycle from rear. Rahul sustained injuries.

Thereafter, Rahul chased Munish and trespassed into later's house and thrashed him. Munish's uncle Ravikant Verma reported the matter to the police and also alleged that the accused had damaged his car. The police has booked Rahul, Vikrant, Rippen Kaushik and Sunil in the case. Rahul and Vikrant were arrested by the police. The police has also booked Munish for rash and negligent driving.

510 challaned

Putting breaks on lawlessness, a spokesman of the police said the police issued 510 challans for various violations and impounded 42 vehicles. In order to be transparent, the cops were seen on Sector 35 road recording the events on their video handy cams before issuing challans. 



Holi colours soak tricity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The city celebrated the festival of colours yesterday as young revellers painted it red with colours of gulal. In fact, enthusiastic shrieks of ‘Holi hai’ mingled with the roar of engines and constant din of trumpets as they broke traffic rules left, right and centre.

The imposing presence of so many men-in-khaki on the streets, especially along the geri route, was no dampener for them. Because camouflaged under colours they rode past the drenched crowd on their single-cylinder flying machines with bandannas protecting their hair.

The geri route and the southern sectors were the venue of prime celebrations. Open Gypsies with giggling damsels roamed the area between Sectors 9 and 11, overtaking guys on scooters with faces painted silver. In Sector 10, they stopped. To buy eggs and to savour beer and whisky.

Some tipplers, too, consumed excess liquor and were seen lying on the road.

The guys stopped their cars with “Holi hai” written with colours in front of hotels and restaurants in Sector 35 to shake, rattle and roll as the high wattage car stereos blared out bhangra music.

Some even went uphill to celebrate the festival.

As Panjab University was out of bounds, Holi was “just for the hostellers”. Those who stayed back to enjoy the festival away from their families, went from one hostel to another, making it a day to remember.

Girls, however, had their reasons to complain. Their hostels, they alleged, were converted into jails. “As cops and security guards maintained vigil, the hostels were virtually inaccessible,” the boys also grumbled

Some of the maidens, from behind the closed windows of their mini-limousines, also stopped to pick up beer from the road-side vends at some places. Not to drink, but to go home and wash hair, all coated with colour.

Mohali: Though rain tried to be a spoil for Holi lovers, residents of the town still celebrated the festival with great enthusiasm. Revellers, armed with water pistols and balloons, took to the streets on their motor bikes. Small children, as well as elders, also celebrated the festival in their own way.

However, some residents of a nearby village, Sohana, chose to play with ash and animal bones.

Instead of colours, ash was smeared on faces of a number of villagers and skeletons of animals were hung outside houses and even kept on top of vehicles in the village as part of Holi celebrations.

Villagers say that this tradition had been going on for the past more than 40 years. This was done to save the village from evil spirits. This way of celebrating Holi was not liked by everybody in the village. In fact, it had been stopped, by the police some years ago but now again some people had started following the old tradition.

Though some lawlessness prevailed in parts of the town during the festival, the police failed to take any action.

Panchkula: Incessant rain failed to dampen the spirits of Holi revellers, who, in spite of a downpour, came out of their homes to celebrate the festival.

Dressed in shorts and T-shirts, their faces painted silver, and armed with water guns, groups of revellers could be seen wading through ankle deep water in various sectors.

As the sky finally cleared up, it was celebration time all around. Riding scooters and zipping past in open jeeps, the young and the not-so-young were out to make most of the lost time.

If the Sector 7 market remained the all-time favourite destination for the young revellers, the Sector 11 market was also on the geri route.

The police had made elaborate arrangements and at many places, PCR jeeps could be seen chasing the revellers. The traffic wing of the police had a tough time. Challans were issued to a number of traffic rule violators.

About 30 persons were rushed to the General Hospital and private hospitals after they were injured in brawls, fights and road accidents. Some of these were later referred to the PGI. A few cases of head injuries were also reported.



UT lowers VAT on liquor
Tribune News service

Chandigarh March 16
In light of the reduction in the value added tax (VAT) on liquor announced by Punjab and Haryana, the UT Administration has also decided to lower the tax.

A meeting was today called by senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration to discuss various aspects related the fallout of the liquor policy announced by neighbouring states.

Sources said officially the exact amount of VAT to be charged was not decided today. “It would be nominal so that there was no liquor smuggling from across the inter-state border,” said a source in the Excise and Taxation Department.

Going by the relief given in form of Excise Duty, VAT and licence fee announced by Punjab and Haryana, the prices of different brands of liquor in the city would be more those in the neighbouring states.

Sources in the Administration confirmed that hectic parleys were being held to bring down the landing price of liquor in the city. An effort would be made to bring parity in the prices.

The policy of licensing is being followed in states of Maharashtra, Goa, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Since the licensing has been introduced in UT and Haryana, Punjab is expected to follow the suit. 



Former IMA cadet gets compensation
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
After having been awarded stipend which was due to him for his stay in the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Cadet Navin Gulia, who suffered paralysis during training, has now been granted compensation for years of harassment he suffered to get his dues.

‘‘The Delhi High Court took strong exception to the government’s conduct. It observed the IMA recommending the matter several times, the government. refused to release the money and made a disabled and paralyzed person run from pillar to post and ultimately approach the Court," the cadet's counsel, Ms Jyoti Singh, told The Tribune.

‘‘The court also observed that mere payment of stipend does not end the chapter as Gulia has to be compensated for the harassment caused to him for so many years for claiming what he was entitled to,’’ she added. The amount of compensation is yet to be decided by the court.

During an obstacle course competition at the IMA, he got seriously injured which left him completely paralyzed chest downwards. The incident occurred in April 1995, about a month before he was scheduled to get his commission.

On account of this, he remained in hospital from till July 1997, when he was finally released from the Army on medical grounds. For the entire period he was considered as a gentleman cadet and held on the supernumerary strength of the IMA.

The IMA put up the case to Army Headquarters several times from 1998 to 2000, stating he should be paid stipend for the entire duration of two years in accordance with the Army’s policy.

The IMA authorities even wrote that Army Headquarters was unnecessarily delaying the release of the money in a case, which was very tragic and deserved lot of compassion. Army Headquarters, in a letter dated September 9, 1998 confirmed that stipend should be paid to such cases withdrawn on medical grounds, but for the next six years no money was released.

Finally in 2003, he filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court. Initially the Army took the stand that the policy was silent for such cases. When the petitioner brought on record letters by Army Headquarters showing their confirmation for payment in such cases, the Army changed their stand and stated that the rules were ambiguous.

The Army contended that in fact Army Headquarters had no objection but the Controller of Defence Accounts was turning down the claim in the absence of sanction from Ministry of Defence. It was also stated that Gulia was held on supernumerary strength but only for accounting purposes ‘‘as a piece of paper’’.

The court also summoned the Controller of Defence Accounts to be personally present in the court and explain on what basis they were meeting out this kind of treatment to a severally disabled person.



Envoy for UK-Punjab partnership
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The United Kingdom is exploring the possibilities of business partnership with Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh in the fields of agriculture and Information Technology. The UK is willing to extend expertise to Punjab in the fields of agro-processing, supply chain management, quality certification and scientific methods to boost agricultural productivity and value addition. The British High Commissioner to India, Sir Michael Arthur, has said that he was very hopeful of a positive outcome from this initiative.

Sir Michael, who led a team of British businesspersons to the city on an exploratory visit, told The Tribune that his meeting with the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana and the Administrator of Chandigarh was very encouraging. He said that he was very hopeful that everyone one would benefit from this collaboration. ‘‘Punjab is becoming globally important due to its high agricultural growth. Britain has the expertise in the field and we want to enter into a partnership, and we are trying to find a way to work together’’, he said.

Britain he said, imports about 20 billion pound sterling (US $ 40 billion) worth of food annually. There is a huge market that could benefit the farmers, agro-processors as well as the intermediaries from this region, if this partnership succeeds. He said that the kind of partnership that businesspersons from the UK were looking for would not be limited to the sale of value added products to Britain, but would take them to the markets in the entire European Union (EU), besides other parts of India.

He disclosed that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) had been signed with an independent agency to work out a framework of this partnership. The High Commissioner was accompanied by members of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Trade Mission to India, comprising of businesspersons with a strong agrarian focus.

The delegates include representatives of some of the very best of agribusiness service providers that the UK has to offer. This includes research and technical development, cold chain logistics, food security, education and training and agribusiness solutions for the public and private sector.

During the current visit of the mission to India, the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce (FICCI) and the British Agrifood Consortium (BAC) will sign a cooperation agreement.

Reacting to the changes in visa rules by the British Government, Sir Michael said, ‘‘modifications in visa rules was an ongoing process, once the amendment to the UK visa rules come into practice, it make travel for bona fide visitors, tourists etc simple and easy. At the same time, the new visa rules would be very tough on people trying to abuse the system’’. The British High Commission had granted 3 lakh visas last year and the numbers is expected to rise by 25 per cent, he said.

Reacting to a question on Indo-UK relationship, the High Commissioner said: ‘‘Relationship between the two countries has never been better. The Prime Ministers of the two met recently and declared the two nations to be strategic partners in the fields of energy, security, war against terrorism and environmental issues, besides other areas off mutual concern. UK-India relationship has never been so good’’. He further added that the UK was supportive of the US-India nuclear deal and had nothing to worry about India seeking titanium supplies from Russia.



UK seeks partnership in ‘second Green Revolution’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
A high-level British delegation was in the city today to explore business opportunities between the two countries. The delegation, led by British High Commissioner to India, Sri Michael Arthur, participated in a business seminar jointly organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Punjab Agro Industries Corporation and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). Both, captains of Indian industry and British delegates expect to reach some agreement.

Talking to the delegates from both countries, Sir Michael lauded Punjab for its lead role in India's Green Revolution and referred to the interest of the state government and the private sector in taking forward the agrifood industry.

Stressing the need to make the domestic farm sector globally competitive, Mr Brahm Mohindra, Chairman, Punjab Agro, in his inaugural address called for interaction between the visiting delegation and the Indian side to help find effective solutions to support the Punjab farmer in his transition from grain cultivation to horticulture. Mr Mohindra was referring to the vision of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to transform Punjab into a leading producer and exporter of fruits and vegetables from India.

Mr Himmat Singh, Managing Director, Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, chairing the technical session raised three issues that the state would like to address such as traceability and food safety, cold chain and logistics and developing the right varieties of crops having export markets. He suggested that the delegation should look at solutions in this area. Talking about the opportunities for Punjab, Mr. Himmat Singh said that that the farmer from Punjab can get a yield of 50 to 60 tonnes per acre through diversification as compared to the six to eight tonnes he gets through wheat and paddy at present.

Earlier, Mr Rajan Kohli, Deputy Secretary-General, FICCI, highlighted the already existing cooperation avenues between Indian and the UK in the sector. Mr Kohli referring to the newly signed MoU between FICCI’s specialised body Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry (CIFTI) and British Agrifood Consortium (BAC) of Hull and Humber of Commerce, UK, urged the delegates to make use of this vehicle to further their business interests with UK.

The CIFTI-BAC MoU tie up will provide diagnostic services to the Indian industry and facilitate market understanding and trade opportunities.

FICCI is already working towards a capacity building programme for the industry on pesticide residue and antibiotics monitoring, good laboratory and practices etc under the JETCO initiative.

Providing glimpses of UK’s strong agrifood industry, Prof Colin Dennis, CEO, Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association, pointed out the potential that the UK market holds. nearly 21 per cent of the consumer expenditure in the UK goes into the purchase of food and the sector is the largest in manufacturing in the UK.

Presentations were also made by other members of the delegation representing TMA Consultancy, Samskip Group, Royal Agriculture College, Mylnefield Research, Punjab Agriculture University etc.



Rodrigues for farm, trade pacts with UK
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Appreciating Indo-British bilateral economic & trade ties and joint endeavours at different levels, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, today emphasized the need for long term collaborative initiatives and vibrant partnership in agriculture growth, marketing of agriculture produce, sharing of technologies to enhance yield and setting up food processing units for mutual benefit of farmers and business and trade community.

Sir Michael Arthur,who led a delegation of British  businessmen, addresses a  gathering of Indian businessmen in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Sir Michael Arthur, who led a delegation of British businessmen, addresses a gathering of Indian businessmen in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

In a meeting with a high-level delegation led by British High Commissioner, Sir Michael Arthur, at Punjab Raj Bhavan here today, General Rodrigues told the delegation that there are huge opportunities for cooperation, in a wide range of fields, which can contribute substantially to strengthen economic and commercial ties and give a fillip to agri-related trade and business relations.

The Governor stressed that Punjab had achieved a major breakthrough in the agriculture sector and allied fields and the state was emerging as a progressive and vibrant investment destination with a good supportive infrastructure. He said that crop diversification had been given top priority by involving agriculture scientists and experts in the field and that a state farmers' commission has been set up under the chairmanship of an internationally famous scientist, to coordinate the farm ventures and related activities. He sought the cooperation of the British entrepreneurs, especially in the areas of food processing, agro-processing, post-harvest technology and dairying. He said that ''we are also upgrading the Chandigarh Airport to international level and developing Chandigarh as an export hub for fruit and vegetables, which will serve the whole region, including Jammu & Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Western Uttar Pradesh and North Haryana.''

The Governor informed the High Commissioner that Chandigarh Administration had also set up a World Class IT Park, with Special Economic Zone facility. He said that the major focus of this global project would be the promotion of socio-economic programmes to benefit all sections of society.

General Rodrigues said that sincere efforts are being made to revive the Punjab economy by enhancing the income of the small and marginal farmers through value addition and encouraging them to adopt various allied agri-related professions like dairying, fish farming, poultry. He said that farmers are hardworking and enterprising but they are under deep debt because of deficiencies in our marketing system and the non-availability of food processing facilities.

He said that large numbers of Punjabis live in UK and they can also contribute their endeavour.

The British High Commissioner, Sir Michael Arthur, and the other members of the delegation took a keen interest in the various programmes and assured that the collaboration by the UK companies in various fields will be of immense benefit as we have shared interests in the global trading regime and competitive ventures.

The other members of the delegation were Mr.Neil Hargreaves, CEO, Leatherhead Food International, Mr.Pauline Wade, Head, International Trade, Hull & Humber Chamber, Mr.Craig Wilkinson, International Agriculture & Technology Centre, IATC, Stephen Lillie, Director Trade & Investment & Counsellor, British High Commission Mr.Martin Raven, Director International Sector Group UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) London, Mr.Matthew Southwell, India Desk UKTI London, and Mr.Ken Hunt, Export Promoter & India Consultant, UKTI. 



2 teachers lose cool
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Two teachers of Government High School, Khuda Lahora, today had a fight in presence of students and one of them even slapped and scratched the other with a pen.

Interestingly, the school headmistress, Ms Ravi Grover, who was present in the school at the time of the incident, said she came to know about it only when the one of the two teachers involved sought the help of the police.

According to witnesses, the two JBT teachers, Surinder and Yogesh, entered into a fight over some issue.

Yogesh, who was earlier suspended by the Education Department for slapping two teachers at Government High School, Hallomajra, said he had gone to the class to collect his car keys when Surinder accused him of making false complaints about him to the headmaster.

He said he had ignored the comments and left for Hallomajra from where he was called when the police reached the school premises.

Surinder, on the contrary, alleged that he was slapped by Yogesh in the class and was also scratched by his pen just because he had asked him to be in the school and check the papers of class V.

The matter, he said, was reported to the headmistress, who refused to take any action and said such incidents do take place in the school.

Meanwhile, the headmistress said Surinder was not hit by Yogesh and the entire incident was cooked up by him.

She said the entire incident had been manipulated by Surinder in connivance with Anil, a former teacher in the school, and two others, Shivdutt and Ramkishan.

According to her, Anil had an affair with a schoolteacher which Yogesh had disclosed. As a result, he was implicated in a false incident. She added that Surinder had been missing from the school after the recess and never approached her with a complaint.



Need to channel hydro-power generation stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Hydroelectricity generation has to be developed in a proper manner to bridge the gap between demand and supply in the country, especially in the northern region, said Chairman of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) Rakesh Nath.

He was addressing delegates at the inauguration of a two-day national seminar on “Challenges in hydro-power generation”, here today.

Mr Nath said hydroelectricity was free from cost escalation and was most viable for the country at this juncture.

He promised to immediately talk to the Central Government on removing all obstacles in the growth of hydroelectricity generation in the country.

The seminar is being organised by the Indian Institute of Plant Engineers and attended by chairmen of leading hydroelectric companies of the country.

Chairman of the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) S.K. Garg said there was a need to have long-term loans and finances available to power developers.

Engineers discussed various problems of hydroelectricity generation like geographical constraints and shared their experiences besides suggesting solutions.

The issue of rehabilitation of evicted people was also discussed. The use of modern communication systems to manage remotely located dams was also highlighted.



UT, where is the interest?
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
On October 15, 1982, former Indian Air Force official Lalit M. Gulati applied for an industrial plot to set up a small unit for manufacturing low tension insulators.

The application was made pursuant to the UT Administration's rehabilitation scheme for unemployed ex-servicemen. Along with the project profile, he also deposited Rs 14,000 as 10 per cent advance in lieu of the 2,000 sq. yard plot that he was applying for. He was promised "quick action" and put on the waiting list. Over 23 years later, on February 8 this year, the UT Administration returned his deposit by way of a cheque for Rs 14,000. No reasons were given for the move.

All that the accompanying letter signed by a superintendent in the office of Estate Officer, Chandigarh, says is that as per the decision of the Chandigarh Administration, the amount deposited by Mr Gulati for allotment of industrial plot was being refunded to him.

A visibly upset Mr Gulati now plans to move the court against the "shabby" treatment meted out to him.

"Is this how they should treat those who served the country? Had I invested the money in even government bonds, it would have increased at least five times. And, what is the reason for this sudden decision? Don't have a right to know?" he wonders. Interestingly, in November, 1991, when Mr Gulati wrote to the Estate Office, seeking that his case be expedited, he was told that interview of applicants for four kanal land had not been started by the allotment/screening committee. "You will be informed as and when it starts," the Estate Officer assured him.

However, in the same letter, he was told that he could apply for a refund, if he so desired, as there was no likelihood of allotment of plots to "unsatisfied applicants".

"I made many rounds of the Estate Office, asking when my case was expected to be processed. Each time, I was assured of action. If they didn't have land, why did they sit on my money?" he asks.



CHB flats draw on March 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The Chandigarh Housing Board will decide the fate of applicants in the assured allotment scheme of flats in Sector 49 next week. Sources said the list of the allottees was likely to be drawn on March 21.

Reliable sources said 10 flats had been reserved for assured allotment in each category of flats. There are approximately 100 applicants for the one-bedroom and 150 applicants for two-bedroom flats in the assured allotment scheme.

There are 112 and 116 flats in the categories of one and two-bedroom flats for which the draw of lots will be held in April. Five flats have been reserved for the assured allotment on the ground floor of both categories.

A senior officer said: "The CHB will now peruse the list of those offering higher prices for an assured flat. The lists will be prepared for the top 10 bidders in separate categories.”



PUDA yet to install machinery at waterworks
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 16
Although the testing of the water pipeline of Phase IV of the Kajauli waterworks has been done by the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has failed to install the required machinery for the supply of additional water to the town.

Mohali is to get its share of 2.5 mgd (million gallons a day) of water from Phase IV of the scheme. This additional water is to be pumped from the Sector 57 water treatment plant after PUDA installs machinery for this purpose. The Phase IVpipeline is yet to become operational as the final decision on the distribution of water had not been taken by the Punjab Government.

The testing of the Phase IV water pipeline was done two days ago. The line had been tested once earlier also by the Department of Public Health. It is learnt that the Phase III water pipeline of the Kajauli waterworks needed some repair and as such officials concerned diverted the water through the Phase IV pipeline so that the required testing could be done. Officials were satisfied with the working and said that the Phase IV pipeline was supplying fully clean water.

According to sources, officials of the DPH had been writing letters to PUDA authorities for the past more than six months for installing the required machinery at the plant so that when the Phase IV pipeline got operational the additional water could be immediately pumped out for use by residents. PUDA has neither installed the machinery nor bothered to respond to the letters written in this regard.

PUDA had constructed the water treatment plant in Sector 57 for supplying canal water from Phase III and IV pipelines of the Kajauli waterworks to the residents of the town. While a part of plant had been completed by PUDA for supplying water from Phase III pipeline to Sectors 63, 64, 65, 70 and 48C, the work of installing machinery in the remaining pump chambers was lying pending.

When contacted a PUDA officials said on condition of anonymity that the estimates for the work had been sent for technical approval after which tenders for installing the required machinery would be floated. 



Civic staff concerned over ‘losing’ MC building
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 16
Even as officials of the Punjab Government inspected the building of the Municipal Council in Sector 68 here to see if offices of district officials could be housed in the newly constructed building, employees of the civic body got together to chalk out plans to save themselves from being thrown out of the recently acquired building.

It is learnt that commissioner of the Patiala division, along with the Deputy Commissioner, visited the Municipal Bhawan to see if the offices of the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP could be housed in the building after Mohali was formally made into a district on April 13.

Mr Avtar Singh Kalsia, president of the Municipal Karamchari Union, said that employees welcomed the decision of the government of making Mohali into a district but they feared that the government wanted to take over the building of the civic body to run district-level offices. 



Dy CM to lay stone of Bishnoi temple

Panchkula, March 16
The Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, will lay the foundation stone of a Bishnoi temple and dharamshala at Sector 15, Panchkula, on March 25.

The function would be presided over by the chief patron of the All-India Bishnoi Sabha and Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Bhajan Lal.

The secretary of the Bishnoi Sabha, Hisar, Mr Banwari Lal Lamba, said the temple and dharamshala would be constructed in an area of 2,000 sq m, and the triple-storey building would have 25 rooms, two dormitories and a big hall in the basement.

The president of the Bishnoi Sabha, Panchkula, Mr Achint Ram Godara, said a jagran would be performed on the night of March 24, on the construction site. Religious discourses would also be delivered by eminent personalities of the Bishnoi samaj.

He said the dharamshala would not only serve the purpose of students of the Bishnoi samaj, but also that of the students from other communities, who would be allowed to stay there and pursue their studies. — TNS




  • Apropos to the report "Rubby wins project display event in Panache 2K6" published in these columns on March 12, the correct name of the winner is Robby Nair. — TNS
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Car thefts: clerk held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 16
The Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police today arrested a woman clerk in the registration authority in Kharar on charge of preparing fake passing certificate of vehicles.

The police said the woman was hand-in-glove with the inter-state gang of car thieves, which included seven Punjab Police constables.

Sources in the Operations Cell said the accused, Karamjit Kaur, a resident of Phase V, Mohali, had been working as clerk in the SDM office in Kharar and also the registration authority of the transport wing.

It was alleged that she used to take Rs 1,000 per file to pass the vehicle for registration without verification. The police has also seized some incriminating documents from her possession.

The sources said the arrest was effected following disclosures by two of her associates — a typist and a tout — who were arrested by the cell on Tuesday.

She would be produced before a local court tomorrow.

Shop burgled

Jai Inder Pal of SCO No. 111-113 in Sector 17 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that 10 mobile phones and some mobile phone battery and chargers had been stolen from his shop.

The burglary came to light when he came to his shop this morning and found the glasses broken.

A case has been registered.

Held for assault

The local police today arrested a Dadu Majra Colony resident on charge of assaulting an enforcement official of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC).

Sources in the Sector 17 police station said Sanjay Rana, Inspector in the Enforcement Wing alleged that Anoop had threaten and assaulted him while he was removing encroachments this afternoon.

The police arrested the accused after registering a case.



Clash over land at Nada
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 16
Tension prevailed at Nada village, falling under Naya Gaon police station, when two groups clashed over a piece of land today.

Tempers ran high and members of both groups attacked each other. They indulged in stone pelting. It is reported that some persons sustained minor injuries while clothes of some persons also got torn in the clash. However, the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

The police said that there was a dispute over a piece of land between two groups, both of them claiming to be the owners. Both the parties had finally reached a compromise. A fresh demarcation would be done to know the exact ownership.

Mr Harvinder Singh said that he owned some land in Nada village. A part of the land measuring 6.17 kanal was in the name of his wife, Mrs Surinder Kaur. He alleged that owners of the WWICS were trying to grab his piece of land as it adversely affected the continuity of their land.

He said that he was informed by one of his employees this morning that fencing had been done around the land in question. He soon left for the village where people had gathered. He alleged that his supporters were attacked by members of the other group.

However, Mr Rajiv Bajaj, estate manager of the WWICS, said that the piece of land belonged to the WWICS and Mr Harvinder Singh was allegedly trying to grab it. He said the land had been clearly demarcated by the revenue authorities for which mutation had also been done. He alleged that Mr Harvinder Singh was not interested in a fresh demarcation which was to be done today to clear all doubts. Mr Bajaj said that Mr Harvinder Singh allegedly created tension by bringing some persons along with him to stop demarcation work.



No clue to man’s death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 16
Mystery shrouds the death of a middle-aged man, whose body was found in a nullah near Suraj Theatre yesterday.

The police said the victim could have fallen in the nullah. Around 35 to 40 years of age, the man was wearing brown pants, striped shirt and a sweater.

The police has failed to identify him and his post-mortem examination has not been conducted.



Karnataka Bank ATM

Chandigarh, March 16
Karnataka Bank Ltd, a private sector bank, opened its 67th ATM on its branch premises here on Tuesday. Bank General Manager N.S. Chakkera inaugurated the ATM at SCO 2917-18, Sector 22C. TNS


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