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New transfer norms for KVs out
Stress on transparency
Payal Pruthi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The much awaited new transfer guidelines for Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) have been announced. The latest guidelines, besides giving more powers to assistant commissioners, also promise to be teacher-friendly.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr S.S. Sehrawat, Assistant Commissioner, Chandigarh Region, said the new guidelines had been framed keeping in mind the needs and interests of both teacher and school. He added that an element of transparency had been included as from now onwards schoolwise vacancies in KVs outside priority areas would be displayed on its website.

According to the latest guidelines, in KVs where teachers are in surplus, action will be taken to reduce such surplus to zero. All teachers of a category working in KVs having a surplus in that category will be notified that teachers of that category in requisite numbers need to be transferred out to eliminate the surplus and it will be ascertained whether any of them is willing to be transferred out to other KVs within the region having vacancies in the relevant category. To the extent possible, the surplus will be eliminated by transferring willing teachers.

The guidelines further state that if the surplus still remains, then persons will be identified for effecting administrative transfer to the extent of such remaining surplus and this will be done on the basis of highest “station seniority” of teachers not belonging to the CDA category.

Interestingly, the new guidelines provide for rounds of counselling before the Regional Transfer Committee to provide an opportunity to teachers to express their choices. Also, the Assistant Commissioner can now make intra-regional transfers of the kind like mutual transfers or administrative transfers on the grounds of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance up to the level of PGTs.

Taking into view posting with an employee spouse, the guidelines state that the request for transfer to join an employee spouse either at the same station or at a nearby station will be considered. In the event of a tie among the same category of spouses, a woman employee would be given preference over a male employee.



13 lucky for RLA, fetches Rs 70,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
Number 13, also known as “unlucky number”, today fetched the highest price at an auction bid of numbers of the new series (CH 03 W) for registration of vehicles by the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) in the city.

The number fetched Rs 70,000 against the nearest bid for number 1 which got Rs 53,000. Interestingly, the number does not figure in the numbering of sectors in the city and Panchkula. “Numerology is not as simple as counting 13 alone. The number also has CH-03 which when added is a good combination,” Mr Bhupinder Singh, one of the bidders at the site, said.

He said, “Numerology is not the sole factor in taking any particular numbers. There is a sentimental value and certain other factors. It can also be seen as an inference to ‘tera tera’ pertaining to the religious text of Sikhs.” The number was bagged by Mrs Neetu Garg. Surprisingly, the number had four bidders which was the highest for any number today.

Number 1 was taken by Indian Polymer Industries. The price fetched in the auction bid this time is much less than earlier. The number had then fetched Rs 3.05 lakh for CH-03V and Rs 5 lakh for CH-03U.

Mr Jagdeepak Singh Gill bagged number 2 with a bid of Rs 17,500, Mr Rabbin Saini got number 3 for Rs 16,500, Mr Anand E. Joshi got number 5 for Rs 15,400, and Mr Bhim Singh paid Rs 50,000 for number 7.

Dr Akhil Bhargava from Silver Oak paid Rs 10,300 for number 7000 and Mr Birinder Singh paid Rs 10,000 for number 1100. The other numbers which were auctioned are 19, 45, 13, 502, 555 and 1313.



Secretariat security “breached”
Pradeep Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The security at the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat came under sharp focus today with two motorcycle-borne youths straying into the high-security zone, giving anxious moments to security agencies.

The duo — Sanjeev, a resident of Kalka, and Sunny Mittal from Pinjore — were riding a Bullet on the road leading to the Secretariat in the morning when they were signalled to stop by traffic police personnel for routine checking. However, apparently to avoid being challaned, the youths accidentally drove into the complex.

Sources said armed CISF personnel were caught unawares by their entry as they crossed two checkposts unchecked before reaching at a stone’s throw from the office of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The Chief Minister was, however, not in the office at that moment.

As it dawned on security personnel that the security had virtually been breached, the gun-totting personnel got into action and surrounded the duo and apprehended them.

In the meantime, the message was flashed to the Police Control Room about the incident and police parties from the Sector 3 police station reached the spot. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.K. Rao, and the SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, also reached the spot.

After the arrest, the duo was taken to the police station and questioned. After verification, they were let off. No motive was attributed to them.

The sources said the duo’s entry into the high-security zone was just “an accident” and was in no way a planned exercise.



Woman concocted story about son’s kidnapping: police
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 20
The police today claimed to have exposed a kidnapping drama conceived by a woman to get Rs 3 lakh as ransom from a brother of her father-in-law.

According to the police, Gurmel Kaur admitted in writing before the police that she had concocted the story of the kidnapping of her son, Karambant Singh, to get Rs 3 lakh from Mr Mohinder Singh, a brother of her father-in-law.

Mr Mohinder Singh was looking after the family as the husband of Gurmel Kaur lived in Italy and she was living at Mauli Baidwan village with her two children.

The police said in a press note that the kidnapping story was drawn up in connivance with an auto-rickshaw driver, Swaran Singh, as Gurmel Kaur had to pay a sum of Rs 1 lakh to a person living in Jalandhar. When Swarn Singh was questioned in connection with the crime, he could not give convincing answers. Even Gurmel Kaur could not tell the police the exact spot from where the child had been got freed from the kidnappers.

Gurmel Kaur had complained to the police that on March 16 Karambant Singh, a student of Class IX, had gone to appear in an examination at Guru Nanak Public School in the village, but did not come back. In the evening she had got a phone call that her son had been kidnapped and Rs 3 lakh was demanded by the kidnappers for releasing him. She was asked not to talk about the kidnapping to anybody failing which her son would be killed.

She had stated in the police complaint that she had then hired a private vehicle to go to Chandimandir to get her son released after paying the ransom amount. When she reached Chandimandir she was taken in a black car to some place by the kidnappers who then freed her son after taking Rs 3 lakh. Her son was in an unconscious state at that time.

Mr Vinod Sharma, SHO, Sohana, said when he enquired into the matter he suspected some foul play. On properly questioning the two persons the plan got exposed.



New liquor excise policy to net Rs 39 cr ore
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 20
With the declaration of the new excise policy by the government for the allotment of wine shops, there is enthusiasm among those who want to apply for the allotment of wine shops.

Mr L.A. Khan, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, told The Tribune that the quota of 27,67,561 proof litre had been allotted to the district, of which 20, 34,510 litre would be of country wine, whereas 7, 33,051 proof litre would be of English wine.

He said the Excise and Taxation Department would earn revenue to the tune of Rs 39. 30 crore. He said in the towns the price of a wine shop would be Rs 45 lakh and in rural areas Rs 15 lakh and Rs 30 lakh, respectively, as per population. He said the aspirants could apply up to March 24 and must submit their applications at the AETC office.



2 foreign nationals, Indian held with heroin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The zonal unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) here yesterday seized 4 kg of heroin from two foreign nationals and one Indian. The accused, M. Isiomia and V. Ojerahi, from Nigeria, and Harvinder Singh from Punjab, were arrested by bureau sleuths near the Punjab Engineering College where they had assembled to take the delivery of the contraband, the Zonal Director of the NCB said here today.

The preliminary investigations revealed that the contraband reached India through Indo-Pak border as the packets were having peculiar markings like 999.

This is the third significant seizure of heroin by the local office in the region. The contraband was sourced from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.



Recruitment scam in Army
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The trial of an army jawan by summary court martial has blown the lid off a recruitment scam where an Army Medical Corps officer allegedly used to take bribes from candidates to get them through medical tests.

Sources revealed that the accused officer, a major, was tried and convicted by a general court martial last year. The Army has issued the convening orders for the jawan's trial and this is expected to commence shortly.

The officer was detailed for medical examination of candidates during a recruitment rally organised for the Territorial Army near Pathankot. He had allegedly asked the jawan, who was working as his sahayak, to find candidates who did not clear their medical tests and ask them for money to get through.

The officer had been caught red handed while accepting Rs 22,000 in a trap laid by army authorities after the military intelligence and senior officers got wind of the illegal activities and detained the jawan for questioning.

In fact, the officer was officiating in place of a regimental medical officer who was on leave. Excerpts of the case records reveal that the officer had confessed accepting the money from the jawan. He had maintained that his brother had been murdered a few years ago and that he had wanted to buy a pistol for the safety of his family.

Sources said that the officer had asked his sahayak to demand at least Rs 10,000 per person who wanted to pass medical tests. According to statements made by the jawan, he went to a nearby STD booth and during his conversation with the booth owner, he came in contact with a civilian who said that he knew of such persons. The civilian gave in two token numbers and Rs 20,000. He handed over the money to the major, who asked him to deliver it at his house.

Over the nest two days, the jawan was given several token numbers along with money. At one instance, he was asked by the major to get two boys from Rampur and Kathua, who would be cleared in all the tests for Rs 50,000 each.

A few days later, he was accosted by the intelligence while doing his rounds in the market and taken to Pathankot. About Rs 19,000 were recovered from his person.



PGI Director receives Padma Bhushan
Tribune News Service

The PGI Director, Prof K.K. Talwar, was today honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the country, for his contribution to the field of medicine in Delhi today.

Professor Talwar is the second PGI Director after Dr P.N. Chuttanni to be awarded with the Padma Bhushan, according to PGI sources.

Professor Talwar, who is heading the Department of Cardiology at PGI, told TNS here on Monday evening that the award gave him a feeling of satisfaction that whatever work he had been doing had been recognised.

Asked if his colleagues at the PGI Chandigarh could look forward to celebrations on the campus, Professor Talwar said: ``The award was announced in January. I intend having a celebration but it will not be tomorrow.''

Born in Payal village of Ludhiana district, Professor Talwar graduated from Medical College, Patiala. After completing his MD Medicine and DM in Cardiology from PGI, Chandigarh, he moved to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1980 and worked there till 2004.

Professor Talwar is also a recipient of the Dr B.C. Roy national award, Ranbaxy research award for clinical research and Amrut Modi UNICHEM award of Indian Council for Medical Research.

He has been credited with initiating the technique of endo myocardial biopsy at AIIMS and has used it extensively to study various tropical heart muscle diseases. This unique contribution has earned him membership of Scientific Council of Cardio Myopathies, World Health Federation and Asian Region of Global Physicians Network on Myocarditis and related disorders and Fellow of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.



Chandigarh Calling

Narinder Singh "International", a city tourism promoter, is seeking help of the administration in setting up camping sites for tourists. The issue needs a special mention during times when Chandigarh Administration was making all out efforts for promoting the city as a tourist destination. Khuda Lahora village was identified for rural tourism. Narinder Singh feels that the city has no tourism sites and the concept is a big success all over the world. The camping sites will be of great help to tourists travelling in their conveyances and carrying heavy luggage. He met Mayor Surinder Singh, along with two British tourists and presented his case for tourist camping sites in the municipal limits. The Mayor has assured the delegation that the matter would be looked into.

Dial a prayer

The devout can now dial a prayer. Jesus Calls, a Chennai-based non-profitable charitable organisation serving humanity for the past over 35 years, has launched a new round-the-clock interactive voice response service (IVRS) to offer prayers for those who seek God's divine intervention. All one has to do is to dial the helpline--(044) 2461 9999--for listening to 15 different prayer topics and choose the one which is appropriate for the occasion. Individual prayer requests can be left at the end of the session, which will be attended to, personally, according to Mr Tony M Jawahar, Director (Media). Happy praying!

Lyrical lad

Who says you need a proper ambience to be creative? Meet Sukhchain Sandhu, who works with King Broilers in Sector 35. The lad weighing your food products might have just returned to his job after penning lyrics. Weaving words in poetry form is a passion that struck him since his childhood. One of his lyrics ''yaarian tere naal laa ke ki khhatiya'' is running on top of the popularity charts on the television channels these days in the voice of Satbir Dhillon. Another of his songs ''khul gaye ne dat payo peg Patiala'' has featured in the music album Roop Kunwara. He has written for at least half a dozen more different albums. Three cheers for this lad whose motto is ''never say die''.

Mama's boy

For hunky English county cricketer Usman Afzaal, true womanhood is epitomised by his mother no less. In the city as part of the expert commentary team for the Test match between India and England for the recently launched English news channel 'Times Now', it is mother who gives him that "nice warm feeling" when the chips are down. "She is the best housewife in the world--a mother in the true sense of the word--for she is always there for us when we get back." And we thought Bollywood actress Amrita Arora alone made his heart go aflutter!

Laughter picnic

The benefits of laughter, even if be generated artificially, in busting stress have been scientifically proved. So much so that even doctors have started participating in the evening laughter picnics in town. So the Fragrance Garden in Sector 36 finds people laughing their hearts out. While Wednesday evenings it is pure laughter, on Saturday evenings members have started serving light refreshments as birthday treats.

Money savers

Rain on Holi played a crucial role in saving the revellers' money. Most people did not have to spend money to enjoy synthetic rain dance parties as the rain god really showered grace, enabling people to enjoy this Holi without spending even a single penny. So rain on Holi was not too bad, after all.

Ground for war

After 58th year of Independence, the Punjab Cricket Association again became a ground for war between Britons and Indians for five days. But this time the war, between Barmy Army and Bharat Army, was restricted to slogans only to back up their respective cricket teams at the PCA stadium, Mohali, for the second Test of India-England series. Members of both the 'armies' were armed with flags, banners, masks and trumpets (see photo). Of course, the merrily flowing beer also played a major role to keep the spirits of the 'soldiers' high. In the course of cheering up their teams, both the armies indulged in war of words many a time.

Every time Kumble leg-spun the ball in India's favour to bowl his way into fame, the Barmy Army could be seen chewing their nails incessantly, and nervously. And when Sehwag slammed the ball hard across the boundary, it sent them rushing out of the stadium, right into their hotels for packing their cheering-up ammunition before leaving for Mumbai. Jai Hind!

Drag-flicking a trend

Sports lovers across the city are fast losing their blues, literally. And are going in for orange, yellow and other hues of excitement, gladly (see photo). Yes, folks! Right after the Premier Hockey League (PHL) matches in Sector 42 hockey stadium, more and more youngsters are shedding off the blue uniform of Indian cricketers and are donning cheerful colours of the hockey stars.

Fashion and sports have always been inextricably united. Somehow, the events play a major role in pulling the crowd to the happening spots. It was observed during the recently held PHL or Indo-Pak hockey Test series at the stadium that hockey's lost glory in terms of medals tally may or may not have revived, but the game has never been so popular and glamorous.

The players were in their dazzling best and also succeeded in setting a trend. A large number of people of all ages are still seen wearing tees, caps and bandana of their favourite hockey teams. If you also wish to buy the stuff, go to Adidas stores.

Contributors: Sanjeev Singh Bariana, Pradeep Sharma, Gayatri Rajwade, Sunil Minocha, Rajiv Bhatia, Akash Ghai and GS Paul



Public outcry against increasing liquor vends
Tribune News Service

The second attempt by the Excise Department to issue licences to liquor vends witnessed a poor response with only 63 applicants applying for 81 vends today, the last day for filing applications.

A total of 77 vends had failed to find bidders in the last auction. Four new vends were earmarked by the Administration later on. It is likely to organise the third draw of lots shortly after the draw for the current applicants on March 22.

All vends in the category A had been auctioned last time. These are located in the prime areas, including Sector 17, 22 and 35.

The vends in the category B have also witnessed enough bidders in the second attempt. The country liquor vends are still left out, reliable sources said.

Chandigarh, March 20
Residents of the city and the market associations are raising their voice against the increased number of liquor vends in the city, particularly because of their location.

Proximity to public places, educational institutes and religious places ,besides other areas, are being cited as the biggest reasons for demanding a change in their location. Public inconvenience and alluring more youth towards liquor are also being argued as reasons demanding a change in their location.

Residents of Sectors 11, 15 and 37, besides certain others, are voicing their concern over the increased number of liquor shops and 'ahatas' in the city under the new liquor policy in the name of licensing against the earlier policy of auctioning, which had lesser shops.

Mr B.L. Luthra, a former Superintending Engineer, in a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, today has sought the transfer of the liquor vend in SCO Number 4 in sector 15. "Like many others, I got shocked and disappointed from a banner in SCO 4 that an English wine and liquor shop was to open there. The road leads to Panjab University. SD mandir is only 198 yards from the site".

Mr Luthra said the road also leads to DAV School for Girls and Lajpat Rai Bhavan. Children from different sectors cross the path daily. The area has a higher density of population and a liquor shop here will only affect the safety of the commuters on roads and even on their vehicles. Residents have threatened to close the shops in case the liquor vend sites were not shifted.

Residents and shopkeepers of Sectors 11 and 37 have also expressed their apprehensions over opening of vends in "already congested areas".

Official sources confirmed that they had received representations from certain sectors and said the matter was being looked into.



World Consumer’s Day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 20
The World Consumer’s Rights Day was celebrated by the Consumer Protection Forum at Baba Sheikh Farid ITI in Phase VIII Industrial Area here today.

The Director and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) stressed that at the time of making purchases one should ensure that the item had an ISI or BIS mark on it. A number of items bearing a duplicate ISI mark were also being sold in the market.

Mr Anil Kumar, scientist “E” (Director), BIS, Chandigarh, released a pamphlet prepared by the forum which had important information about the Consumer Security Act.



Need to save forest wealth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), the Governor of Punjab and the UT Administrator, has called for a sustained programme for the promotion of our forest wealth through its sustainable management, strict enforcement of measures provided in law and mass awareness campaigns, adding that the conservation of flora and fauna is very essential for the ecological balance.

In a message on the occasion of the World Forestry Day, General Rodrigues said the Administration had already launched a Green Action Plan for planting more trees and improving the quality of existing plantations. He said that special measures have been taken for the control of pests attack on trees and replenishing and conserving the bio-diversity of nature spots like Leisure Valley, our Reserve Forests, Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary and Sukhna Lake.



DRDO to get land for lab

Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to allot land near 3 BRD, adjoining the defence area, to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for establishing a Central laboratory facility.

The laboratory will carry out applied research in developing cold arid agro-animal technologies suited to this region, thereby transferring the developed technologies to farmers of Ladakh to augment the availability of fresh food items — vegetables, meat, milk, poultry items for troops stationed in Ladakh sector. The benefits of this technology will also accrue to local farmers.

The site measures 2 acres with built-up area of 14,520 sq ft and ground coverage of 40 per cent. TNS



Pawan Bansal honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The Rajasthan Parishad on Saturday honoured Mr Pawan Bansal, Union Minister of State for Finance, and Mr Rajendra K. Saboo, a Padma Shri awardee.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gopal Das Bagri, president of the parishad, appreciated the efforts by Mr Bansal in bringing the city on the international map.

A founder member of the parishad, Mr Ramswaroop Chandgothia, termed Mr Saboo as a great personality, who brought laurels to the city by becoming the president of the Rotary International.



Mr Chandigarh contest on March 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association will organise the Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championship on March 26 at DAV College auditorium, Sector 10, here.

Weighing of contestants will be held on March 25 at the association’s office from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.



1 killed as scooter hits pole

Chandigarh, March 20
Banke Lal, a local resident, was killed when his scooter hit an electricity pole in Sector 31 here this evening.

According to the police, the deceased lost control on his scooter before ramming the two-wheeler into the pole. The helmet, the scooterist was wearing, came off after hitting the pole. He sustained serious head injuries after hitting the road.

He was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead. — TNS



Rs. 1.55 lakh stolen from locked car
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 20
A sum of Rs 1.55 lakh was stolen from a locked car parked in the market area in Phase VII here today. The victim chased the culprit who managed to escape in an Esteem car.

Mr Bachan Singh, a resident of Phase II, said he had withdrawn the money from the Bank of Punjab in Phase VII. He kept the money in the car and later parked the vehicle near Canara Bank in the same area. He went to the market to ease himself. When he was coming back he stopped on the way at the office of the National Property Dealer to talk to someone even though he kept an eye on his car in which the money was lying. Soon he saw that a middle-aged person opened his car with a key and ran away after stealing the money.

Mr Bachan Singh further said when he saw a stranger opening his car he raised an alarm and even ran after him. The thief, however, went and sat in an Esteem car in which two persons were already waiting for him. Before he could pull the thief out of the car, the three of them sped away towards Phase III B 2. Two of them were sitting on the back seat of the car which had Delhi registration number. The thief was more than 40 years old, while the person driving the Esteem car was in his 30s, he added.

He said he immediately informed the police control room. Later, he went to the Phase VIII police station and filed a written compliant.

Mr Manmeet Singh, SHO, said the area was sealed soon after the police was informed about the crime. Even the police control room in Chandigarh was flashed a message in this regard. He hoped the police would soon to able to nab the gang. He said the police had registered a case under Section 380 of the IPC in this regard.



Experts see India as retail destination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
“Retail Link 2006”, an international conference on building the right environment for brands and consumers, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Punjab State Council, got off to a flying start with Mr K. R. Lakhanpal, Punjab Chief Secretary, making a clarion call for enabling the present bullish trend in the retail industry a win-win situation for all in the chain from producers to retailers.

“The services sector in India constitutes more than 50 per cent of the GDP which, in itself, is indicative of the buoyant retail industry in the country. With CII Retail Link 2006, the industry of the region has got a renewed thrust and will enhance its competitiveness in the domestic and global markets,” he said.

Mr Lakanpal released a study “Retailing in Punjab: 2010 and beyond”.

In her presentation, Ms Barbara Wold, author and business strategist from the US, said new opportunities were on the horizon and the retail industry had enormous prospects of growth in India.

Talking about critical issues, which needed to be examined, Ms Barbara said, “The interest in retail is based on the projections made recently by various studies indicating India emerging as the world’s futuristic retail destination which would invite a lot of investment in the industry. However, the challenge is not to start a new venture but to manage it well for consistent growth.”

Mr Sujit Kumar, conference chairman, said the economy was growing by 8 per cent a year and India’s growth rate could actually exceed that of China by 2015. With the changing face of the Indian economy and as a result of Indian retail, the consumer was in for a rapid transformation.

Mr Ajay S. Shriram, Chairman, CII, Northern Region, said: “The retail industry is at a historic juncture. Owing to a liberalised economic regime and rapid urbanisation, the paradigm has changed and the malls phenomenon is here to stay.”

Talking about the research findings of CII — Images Report on “Retailing in Punjab: 2010 and beyond”, Mr Sandipan Singh, Vice- President, Marketing, Images Retail, said, “The report indicates how the socio-economic health of the state, especially the pattern of private consumption expenditure and also the pattern along which urbanisation takes shape in the particular region, are the basic determinants of retail potential that the region promises.”

Earlier, setting the tone of the conference, Mr M. C. Munjal, Chairman, CII, Punjab State Council, said, “India is emerging as the world’s largest business hub and is being rated among the top 10 FDI destinations.”

Mr Harpal Singh, Vice-Chairman, while concluding the inaugural session, said, “CII’s Retail Link has added a new dimension to the whole concept and given a global as well as local perspective on the subject. The conference has provided a unique platform to learn about different facets of recent advancement in the sector.”



Biz Clips
Kalka SBOP issues maximum ATM cards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The Kalka branch of the State Bank of Patiala has earned the distinction of issuing the highest number of ATM cards in Haryana.

Mr S.C. Dhall, Senior Manager of the branch, said they handed over 100 ATM cards to customers today. With this the branch had issued a total of 4,600 ATM cards, which was highest by any bank branch in Haryana, he claimed.

He said the staff of the branch was doing aggressive marketing to attract customers and retain the existing ones, Mr Dhall said.

Battery range

Fine Metal (India) today launched its new range of batteries manufactured by using the latest Japanese technology. Mr Ved Rajpal, Managing Director of the company, said the batteries had been reasonably priced. The consumer could experience high-cranking power at normal and low temperatures. These gives greater protection against bumps and vibrations in addition to high reliability and low degradation rate, said Mr Rajpal.

The batteries come with a one-year warranty and can be recharged within seven hours, he said.

Expansion plans

The Industrial Organics Limited, suppliers of industrial chemicals, organic chemicals and drugs, is expanding its capacities. The proposed expansion will cost about Rs 65 crore, which is partly being financed by the term loans from banks and the issue of securities through a public issue.

Mr Varinder Gupta, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the company, said here that the expansion was being undertaken since the company had achieved a frontline position in the domestic segment and was contemplating entering into the export market.

For its energy efficient efforts, the company was awarded the 2nd National Energy Conservation Award-2005 in the chemical sector by the Ministry of Power last year, Mr Gupta added.



Numero Uno opens at Fun Republic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The shopping mall and multiplex culture is here to stay, said Mr V.Y. Masih, marketing manager of the Hi Fashion Clothing Company which manufactures the Numero Uno clothing line, here today.

Speaking at the launch of the Numero Uno exclusive showroom at Fun Republic, Mani Majra, Mr Masih said, we will place a complaint redressal system at the showroom.


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