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Thousands attend Mohali function
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 14
It was a red-letter day for the town as thousands gathered to witness the formal inauguration of Mohali as the 18th district of the state by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in Sector 62 here today.

Enthusiasm and joy for the historic event could be seen as the large gathering patiently kept waiting for the Punjab Chief Minister for about two hours, despite the heat, before he formally inaugurated Mohali as the new district by lighting a lamp.


  • CM lights lamp at inauguration
  • Keeps residents waiting for 2 hours
  • Hans Raj Hans, comedians regale
  • 220-kv grid substation stone laid
  • Grecian Superspeciality Hospital inaugurated
  • District Administrative Complex stone laid

Residents, not only from the town, but also the neighbouring areas reached the venue of the function. People came to attend the function in buses, trucks and even tractor trailers from nearby villages. They were entertained by Hans Raj Hans and other singers apart from a comedian duo, Jagtar Jaggi and Mand Hirdaipuri.

The historic event was marked by the foundation stone laying ceremony at two places and the inauguration of a hospital by Capt Amarinder Singh .

The Chief Minister first laid the foundation stone of a 220 kv grid substation in Sector 80 here.

Mr Y.S. Ratra, Chairman, PSEB, said that the work of the new grid substation would be completed by the end of October. A sum of Rs 18 crore was being spent on the project, including the cost of 4.59 acres of land purchased from PUDA.

He said that with the commissioning of the new substation with an installed capacity of 100 MVA, there would be relief to the load of the existing 220 kv substation which would result not only in a considerable improvement in the quality of power but would also provide uninterrupted and reliable power supply to industrial, commercial and agricultural sectors in the area.

The substation would also act as the receiving end for power from the Naptha Jhakri and other hydro projects in Himachal Pradesh, he added.

Capt Amarinder Singh later inaugurated the Grecian Superspeciality Hospital in Sector 69 here. The hospital will specialise in treating heart diseases and cancer in the region.

The Managing Director of the hospital, Dr S.S. Samra, told the Chief Minister that the hospital would offer services on a par with the PGI, Chandigarh, at a similar fee structure.

Dr Samra said that services like cardiac surgery, chemotherapy, trauma centre, orthopaedic surgery, general surgery, neuro-surgery and treatment for diseases related to females and children would be available at the hospital.

The hospital would also have 24-hour emergency services, intensive care unit (ICU) and neuro-intensive care unit (NICU). He said that the hospital would be offering free of cost consultation for heart as well as cancer patients for the next two months.

Before addressing a public rally in Sector 62, Capt Amarinder Singh, laid the foundation stone of the District Administrative Complex. The offices of the district administration will start functioning from this complex after the completion of the building. At present, the offices of the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP have been housed in the old PUDA building in Phase I.

The CM on the occasion also announced that the Civil Hospital in Phase VI will be upgraded from 50 beds to 200 beds.



More senior officials posted in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
The Punjab government today ordered the transfer of certain IAS and PCS officers. Most of the transfers have been ordered to fill newly created slots at SAS Nagar, which was inaugurated as a new district of the state by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Mr Ajoy Sharma has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) and Mr A.S. Miglani as Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) at SAS Nagar. Mr M.S. Narang has been transferred to PUDA as its Additional Chief Administrator at SAS Nagar.

Mr J.C. Sabharwal has been transferred to Chamkaur Sahib as SDM and Mr Sandeep Hans goes to SAS Nagar as SDM. Mr Parminder Pal Singh has been posted as Assistant Commissioner(General) at SAS Nagar. Mr Moneesh Kumar has been transferred to Patran as SDM. Mr Ravinder Pal Singh has been posted as Executive Magistrate and Mr Nachhattar Singh Brar as Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) at SAS Nagar.

The posting orders of Mr Yashvir Mahajan and Mr M.L. Sharma will be issued separately. Mr S.S. Channy, IAS officer, has been given charge of Secretary of the Department of Labour and Employment till Mr Vijay Kain joins at this post on return from leave. Mr Baldeo Purushartha, another IAS officer, has been posted as Secretary of the Punjab Public Service Commission at Patiala.

The Chief Secretary, Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, has been given additional charge of the Power Department by the government.



GMSSS-19 Principal takes Education Dept for ride?
Claims 100 pc results, honoured by Guv, but results not 100 pc
Payal Pruthi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
Taking the UT Education Department for a ride, the Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Ms Saroj Gupta, allegedly misrepresented the middle class results of her school as being 100 per cent. To top it, she happily received the honour conferred on her by the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), for cent per cent results of the school.

As reported in various newspapers, General Rodrigues on April 12 honoured the heads of different schools for achieving 100 per cent result in the middle standard examination. To this end, Ms Saroj Gupta was also honoured since her school too had been recommended by the Education Department as one with 100 per cent results.

However, the result gazette of the school came packed with a few shocks. Some students had failed in some subjects and the overall result of the school was certainly not 100 per cent. Reportedly, the school functions with three English medium sections and one Hindi medium section. While there were no failures in the English sections, the results of the Hindi medium section in the school was just 91 per cent. This fact was allegedly not brought to the notice of the authorities.

When questioned, Ms Gupta said the Hindi medium section was a full-fledged independent school and had nothing to do with the GMSSS, Sector 19. She added that the other school followed an entirely different syllabus and the instructional material too was different, though she was in charge of the school.

Interestingly, though the Principal claimed that the other school was a completely different entity, the independent school has no name, no independent premises, principal and staff. Reportedly, the Hindi section too is running from the same premises. The Vice-Principal, Mrs Rajinder Kaur, also admitted that there is only one school in the area.

A senior teacher of the school informed that the result of the school was not 100 per cent. The Education Department records too confirm that since 2001 there has only been one model school in Sector 19.

Meanwhile, DPI (Schools) D.S. Mangat said that though there is no name for the new school in which the Hindi medium students are studying, the department had declared it as an independent school.

It is alleged that the result of GMSSS, Sector 47, too, has been misrepresented by school Principal J.S. Basota who was also honoured by the Governor. Mr Basota too maintained that the result of the school is 100 per cent and the same is shown in the result gazette.



Marry inter-caste and get Rs 25,000
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to give Rs 25,000 to the couple which goes in for an inter-caste marriage in the Union Territory. The object is to remove caste consciousness among the people and to encourage inter-caste marriages.

Reliable sources said that the Administration has already issued a notification with regard to promoting inter-caste marriages which comes in "supersession of the scheme already issued on July 18, 1985" . The scheme for "Encouragement of Inter-Caste Marriage" will be applicable only once, and only for the first marriage, by the Social Welfare Department.

It has been pointed out that "both the spouses should be residents of the Union Territory and at least one of them should belong to the Scheduled Caste category". The couple will get Rs 15,000 in cash after the marriage and Rs 10,000 will be given in the shape of a joint account in fixed deposit which will not be redeemable before the expiry of five years. The application will be submitted by the beneficiary along with relevant documents, including registration certificate, photographs of marriage and caste certificates, besides others to the department.

It has also been pointed out that the age of the bridegroom and the bride should not be less than the minimum age prescribed in the law under which it has been solemnised. The marriage should be legally registered with appropriate authority or certificate from religious institutions or societies performing marriage ceremony is required.

Ms Amandeep Kaur, Director, Social Welfare, said that "we have got the notification with regard to the new scheme towards promoting inter-caste marriages, very recently, aimed towards social equality. We are chalking out the preliminaries in implementation of the scheme at the earliest."

Mr Harmohinder Singh Lucky, Deputy Mayor, said "the notification was a very welcome step towards promoting the inter-caste marriages for an open society. The development is a manifestation of the new social order because of changes in the life around. Particularly in the cities, the needs of life have changed with the changing times and is definitely going to have an impact on the normal life ahead."

It is worth pointing out that the administration is not issuing the SC certificates at the moment which has caused a lot of resentment in the UT. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the local Member of Parliament, said " the matter has been discussed at length at the Centre and very soon the UT will be issuing the certificates. There are certain problems being pointed out with regard to verification of proofs being provided by people while seeking the certificates. The UT has stopped issuing the certificates since 1997 and I have been flooded with a sea of representations to this regard.''



Doctor slain in Mubarakpur
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, April 14
A doctor was done to death at Trivedi Camp in Mubarakpur village, near here, by an unidentified person in the wee hours of today.

The deceased Dinesh Kumar Vishwas alias Bengali, originally from the 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, was sleeping alone at his house around 3 a.m. when he was allegedly attacked by certain unidentified person.After being overpowered, the doctor's throat was slit by a sickle. The police has recovered the sickle used in the murder.

Sources said after being attacked by the assailant, the victim cried for help. Hearing the cries, one of the neighbours, Mr Harish Chander Pathak, raised the alarm. In the meantime, the neighbours, including the landlord of the deceased, Mr Rajinder Singh, assembled outside the house.

However, the assailant, he escaped under the cover of darkness.

The deceased is survived by his wife, a daughter (4) and a son (2). The family was not in the house at the time.



6 new centres to tackle sexual abuse of children
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
Childline India Foundation — the Government of India’s telecounselling service for children in distress — has opened centres in six new cities in the north. These include Shimla, Gurgaon, Jammu, Ludhiana, Gorakhpur and Dehradun. Where the Childline - 1098 - has started operating in Shimla; in the remaining five cities the phones are yet to start ringing.

In Chandigarh recently to impart training to Childline volunteers from the north, North Zone Coordinator of the service Inu Stephen indicated a sharp rise in cases of child sexual abuse at homes and schools.

‘‘We have handled cases of minors abused by fathers, even grandparents. The most recent case is one of a three-year-old girl who was being sexually abused by her father. The mother stood by us through the trial. The man is now in jail in Bhopal,’’ said Stephen. In most cases, Childline volunteers manage to rescue children, though conviction of perpetrators is a rarity.

In the six new cities where the service has been started, problems of children are of varied nature as city specific mappings have revealed. While Gurgaon presents the problem of trafficking of children for sex trade, Shimla is becoming increasingly infamous for pedophiliac activities.

A United Nations Development Programme study conducted in Shimla confirms the abuse of minors by foreign tourists. ‘‘More and more children under 14 are being taken in as domestic labourers and are being abused sexually. The recent mapping by the Population Department of the state shows that an increasing number of under-14 children are falling in prostitution net. We have now started a project at Barwana in Bilaspur where the problem is particularly acute,’’ said Dr Sadhna Agarwal of Voluntary Health Association of Himachal Pradesh which is manning the Childline in Shimla.

In Ludhiana, Childline Foundation is disturbed by the vulnerability of children employed in industries, while in Dehradun trafficking of children for domestic labour is commonplace.

Gargi Saha from Childline India Foundation, Delhi office, says, ‘‘about 50 per cent of the calls are from children in need of emotional support; 20 per cent are from children caught in abusive situations at schools. But the issue of sexual abuse of children at home is the most distressing.’’

Recently Saha secured a landmark judgment against a father who had been raping his 8-year-old child. Said Saha:‘‘His wife and elder daughter had fled home long years ago. He was now living with three daughters — an 8-year-old whom he was sexually abusing, and two younger ones. When we learnt from the community that the man had been abusing his child, we intervened and rescued the children. A police case was registered in 2003 and we fought till the very end. But we were lucky because the child stood by her statement and the community also supported us. In fact, the child wanted her father to be hanged.’’

On November 11, 2005, a Delhi court convicted the man in the sexual abuse case of his daughter. He is now in jail while the rescued children are living in a Childline shelter in Delhi.

In the six new cities, Childline hopes to solve such complex cases by publicizing the phone line - 1098 - which is fast emerging as a trusted line of contact for children across India.



Teesta Setalvad for more accountable justice system
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
The fiery human rights activist , Teesta Setalvad, tore through the fabric of the criminal justice system of the country, emphasising it must be made more accountable to the people. "Our system needs to know it is being watched," she said.

In the city to receive the first 'Sardar Kulwant Singh Advocate Memorial Award' , constituted this year by the Lawyers for Human Rights International, at a function at Panjab University today, she spoke at length about the legal struggle for human rights in India.

"No cause or issue is less important. But if the common man sees no hope, it is a collective failure of political parties and institutions of democracy."

Talking about the common man's struggle against a corrupt, inefficient and archaic structure, Setalvad believes the system depends on "tiring out" the defender or the victim.

She believes that if the 1984 rioters had been dealt with effectively, the Bombay riots in 1992 would not have happened and the Gujarat "pogrom"could not have been "so easily planned by the ruling party in the state"

Reiterating the need to cleanse the judiciary for effective dispensation of justice, she said people needed to come forward and become aware of human rights issues within their neighbourhood, district and city groups for a start.

Speaking at length about the Best Bakery case , she said the issue was not about punishing Zaheera Sheikh for turning hostile twice, for "she is a mere pawn in the game", but the fact that, "Gujarat does not want the course of law to be followed. The message is to scare people off so that they cannot come forth."

Condemning all political parties for their wavering stands, she said "they don't really want justice to be done and that is the most daunting aspect."

The challenge, in her opinion, was to figure out how to develop a people's movement and to appoint human rights officers in every court and police station for accountability. 



Flaws in maintenance ceiling
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
The law is heavily loaded against the suffering wife and children of a man, who is guilty of neglecting them and not taking proper care of them. For under the CrPC, 1973, different states have fixed different amounts as the maximum that a man can be ordered by a magistrate to pay as maintenance to his wife and children.

Incidentally, the parents of a man, if they are not able to take care of their own financial needs, can also seek maintenance under Section 125 of the CrPC.

While originally, Section 125 of the CrPC fixed the maximum amount payable by a man of “sufficient means”, who is guilty of neglecting or refusing to take care of his wife and children, at not more than Rs 500, this ceiling was later repealed through an amendment under Act 50 of 2001. The amendment took effect from September 24, 2001.

This, therefore, left it to the discretion of the magistrate, before whom the application for the grant of maintenance is filed, to decide the amount payable by the neglecting husband. However, many state legislatures went ahead and carried out amendments to the CrPC, fixing the maximum amount that a wife and the children could get from the man.

Thus, a man living in Maharashtra, even if he is earning crores every month, can’t be ordered to pay more than Rs 1,500 per month, while a man residing in Rajasthan can be made to pay not more than Rs 2,500. But a resident of Delhi or, for that matter, Punjab, Haryana or Chandigarh, can be ordered to pay any amount under Section 125 of the CrPC, the main criteria being his financial status at the time of the order.

Says advocate Gurminder Singh:“Basically, the ceiling of Rs 500 in the original CrPC was fixed on the lines of Section 488 of the CrPC, 1898. The ceiling was done away as it was felt that in view of the rise in the cost of living index, the retention of the ceiling was not justified. But some states have fixed their own ceiling by passing state amendments to the CrPC.”

According to available information, Tripura, in 1999, fixed the maximum amount payable under Section 125 of the CrPC at Rs 1,500, while in Uttar Pradesh, the ceiling stands at Rs 5,000. Similarly, West Bengal has fixed a ceiling of Rs 1,500 on the amount payable as maintenance.

Remarks advocate Raman Walia: “A well-to-do resident of Chandigarh or Delhi can be asked to pay Rs 15,000 as maintenance to his wife. But the amount can’t be more than Rs 1,500 if the man is living in Maharashtra. This is a very flawed approach.”



Residents demand shifting of liquor shop
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 14
Up in arms against the opening of liquor shops, residents of Sector 18 here staged a protest against the Haryana Excise and Taxation Department and blocked the Panchkula-Chandigarh link road for over one-and-a-half hours, today.

The residents were demanding shifting of the liquor shop here which was causing inconvenience and nuisance for the past many years. They raised slogans against the authorities.

Mr Kuljit Singh, officiating president and Mr Ram Prakash, vice-president of Residents’ Welfare Society, claimed to have demanded the shifting of the liquor shop from the site for the past two decades. Since there was not much difference in liquor prices in Chandigarh and Haryana the shop could be shifted to another place, they said.

Traffic on the Chandigarh-Panchkula link road was disrupted and motorists were forced to take to alternative routes. Officials including the District Excise and Taxation Controller had to intervene. He assured the protesters that the liquor shop would be shifted soon.



Gold Wing rider couple zooms into city
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
Robin D. Diallo, First Secretary, Cultural Affairs, US Embassy in Delhi and her husband Khalil created several traffic jams driving from Delhi to Chandigarh on their 1800-cc Honda Gold Wing. It is a “moving couch”, they call their ‘monster’ bike.

Christened ‘Lady Blue’ by the Diallos, the bike with its customised additions, is a luxury vehicle no less. With a sound system, heating from the engine even for the grips, a reverse gear, automatic braking, headlights that come on automatically when the engine is started, a GPS system for navigating and lots of chrome plates, it is a cushion ride.

“There is even a Gold Wings Road Riders Association the world over with thousands of riders, although there are no members in India,” says a rueful Khalil.

Robin, who is the Cultural Affairs Officer in the Public Affairs Section at the Embassy, was here for an interaction with members of the Readers and Writers Society at DAV College where she spoke on English as a global language cutting across cultures.

Staying with their “good friend” Professor Anil Sarwal, lecturer at DAV College (the two families are off on a holiday to Shimla), she waxes eloquent about her love for language and literature.

“Apart from our common love for language, we are collaborating on a book on spoken English and personality development which looks at English as a universal auxiliary language, a link language, a global language,” explains the Professor. But why English? “Well, because the USA, India, Nigeria, South Africa and a host of countries around the world speak English due to the colonisation of the British,” says Robin “And because it is a heck of a lot easier to learn than Chinese,” she laughs.

Spoken by a quarter of the world’s population today, Robin and Professor Sarwal are hoping to create a book that will inculcate the right values, representing all cultures, including the colloquial structures that have crept into the language so that it becomes truly universal.

“Language is not just a tool of communication it is a tool for development, for evolution, it is about personal development and leadership and jobs and life skills,” explain the two of them.

Passions include how Robin and Khalil met and got married while working with each other in Guinea. Robin’s version is rather appealing. “It was the rock and roll music playing in Khalil’s office that got me interested!”

For this couple, bike and all, life is all about joy in every moment.



UT asks residents to cut power consumption
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
The Chandigarh Administration in a press statement issued here today has asked the general public to curtail the power consumption so as to help overcome the ongoing power crisis without letting to impose power cuts in the city.

The UT has no power generation of its own and is entirely dependent upon the firm/ad hoc allocation (to the tune of 235 MW) from the BBMB and various central power projects, the statement said, adding that the allocation includes 5 per cent from unallocated quota.

However, at present, only 88 MW to 145 MW of power is available against present peak demand of 186 MW. The present reduction in allocation is due to stoppage of eastern inflow of power and also reduced allocation out of the unallocated quota by the Ministry of Power.

The Administration has managed to arrange 50 MW of power through PTC at the rate of Rs 4.85 per unit for the period from July to September and 20-30 MW of power through NTPC at Rs 7.25 per unit for the period from April 10 onwards. The rest shortfall is being managed by overdrawing power at exorbitant rates from the Northern Grid.

In order to maintain grid discipline, NRLDC does not allow overdrawing power from the grid. Accordingly, the supply from Nalagarh substation was switched off on April 7 thereby affecting power supply to the city.

All-out efforts are being made by the administration to get the allocation restored so that power cuts are not imposed in the city.



Power cuts to continue: Ratra
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 14
Power worth Rs 3,300 crore is being purchased from outside sources to meet the shortage in Punjab, said Mr Y.S. Ratra, Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), while talking to newspersons here today.

He said there was an overall power shortage in the country, especially in the northern region. He said the Sangroli–Rihand transmission line was down for the past one month and it would take another month to set it right and as such only 25 per cent of power could be availed of from the eastern sector.

Mr Ratra, who was in the town in connection with the foundation stone laying function of a 220 KV grid substation in Sector 80 by the Chief Minister, said power cuts were being imposed on industry on rotation basis. Even farmers were being given power to run tubewells only for three hours a day as there was less demand. He said more power would be provided to the farmers during paddy season in June.

He said the Lehra–Mohabbat stage II had also “slipped by six months”. At present, the power supply was 684 lakh units per day against the demand of 750 lakh units.

The chairman said the Prime Minister had announced that Punjab would be provided 1,500 MW from Chhatisgarh. Another 168 MW would come from the Shahpur Kandi project. He said the Centre was coming up with mega projects in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh out of which Punjab would be provided 1200 MW of power. When asked about power theft cases, Mr Ratra said last year the board was able to earn Rs 200 crore by detecting cases of theft.



Fake shootout a publicity stunt: INSO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
Members of the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) have accused PUSU and SOPU of bringing a bad name to Panjab University and the students community by adopting cheap tactics to gain publicity, disregarding the welfare and interests of the students.

“INSO as a student organisation criticises any act of violence and condemns gimmicks such as fake shootouts to gain students sympathy,” he said.

Rajat further added that at this point of time when examinations were on, PUSU and SOPU leaders were busy accusing each other to gain publicity, overlooking the need of the hour.



Post-mortem of custodial death victim conducted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 14
After much controversy, the post-mortem of Irfan, who had allegedly died in police custody, was conducted at the PGI, Chandigarh, late last night.

The post-mortem could be conducted after the PGI authorities constituted a panel of three doctors comprising Prof R.K. Vashisht, Dr Ashish Bhalla and Dr Yogendra Bansal. Earlier, the police recorded the statements of Usman, another under-trail in the case, in the presence of Capt Vinod Sharma, Tehsildar of Ambala.

Meanwhile, family members of Irfan have written to the DGP, the IG of the Haryana Police and the SP of Panchkula police demanding action against the police personnel for torturing him in jail. The family has also demanded stringent action against the officials of the Central Jail, Ambala, for their negligence and not providing immediate medical care to Irfan.

Irfan and Usman, both hailing from Uttar Pradesh, were arrested by the Panchkula Police in a theft case and were lodged in the Ambala jail.



Fire safety week begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
Tributes were paid to firemen who lost their lives in action during fire fighting operations on Martyrs’ Day at the fire station, Sector 17, today. The fire department of Municipal Corporation also started a fire safety week from today.

After unfurling the flag and taking a round of the guard, Mayor Surinder Singh said that earlier the day was observed as Martyrs’ Day, but now the day is observed as fire prevention and fire safety week throughout the country.

During this week, the nation pays its tribute to those valiant officers and men, who have sacrificed their lives in the cause of safety, welfare and prosperity of their countrymen and national property.

Among others present were Mr O.P. Popli, Additional Commissioner, Mr H.S. Khandola, Joint-Commissioner-cum-chief fire officer, Mr M.L. Sharma and S.K. Gosain, both station fire officers,

Meanwhile, during the function, a minor fire reportedly broke out at a shop in Sector 22. Two fire tenders were rushed immediately to the scene. The fire was caused due to a short circuit. No loss of life was reported while goods worth Rs 20,000 were reportedly destroyed.



Cong councillors are into liquor trade: BJP
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
Just when the elections to the local Municipal Corporation are due this year some councillors have taken fancy to the lucrative liquor trade in the city.

At least three leaders of a main political party, including two councillors, are having stakes in the liquor business, said Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former MP from Chandigarh.

By entering into the liquor business, the councillors seemed to have taken a cue from their counterparts in Punjab and Haryana, he added.

“We have come to know about that certain Congress leaders, including councillors, have stakes in the liquor business in the city. We are inquiring into the matter and will reveal the names soon”, Mr Jain said.

He said on one hand the Congress councillors were protesting against the location of certain liquor shops and on the other hand some of them, their friends and relatives were investing in the liquor business.

It, however, is not surprising that none of the councillors accepts to have any stake in the liquor business at all.

“It is not that just councillors, there are people from other professions like chemists, agriculturists, glass manufacturers, who have also entered the city’s liquor scene. The end to the monopolistic liquor trade in the city has encouraged new entrants with new ideas to attract customers”, Mr Sat Pal, an old player in the liquor business, said.

Some residents claimed that their complaints about tipplers and their activities were falling on deaf ears.

“Whether a liquor shop is owned by a councillor or he is a sleeping partner, we want that our grievances should be heard”, said a resident of Sector 20 D, who had been protesting against the opening of a liquor shop and an ahata in the Sector 20 rehri market.

Mr H.S. Lucky, councillor of the area, said he was ready to go with Sector 20 residents to the administration for the relocation the liquor shop to a proper place. “ It is wrong that the shop had been opened in the rehri market. It should have been opened in a showroom and I am also against the opening of liquor shops in sheds”, he added.

Residents of the area alleged that a councillor had stakes in the Sector 20 D liquor shop. The owner of the liquor shop had opened a window towards the main road and tipplers drink liquor in the open. I am a registered lawyer and could not do any other business, Mr Lucky said.



SI found guilty of dereliction of duty
Golf range ruckus case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 14
The fact finding inquiry marked to probe into the role of Police Control Room (PCR) officials in the incident of ruckus created at the Chandigarh Golf Association on April 9 held a Sub-Inspector guilty of failing to control the situation. The inquiry also pointed out lack of alacrity on the part of the official, who even failed to call in reinforcement, to control the situation.

The UT SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, had entrusted the inquiry to the DSP (East), Mr Vijay Pal Singh, on April 11 after the media highlighted the incident. The SSP had directed him to submit the inquiry report within two days.

A spokesman for the UT police said today that the inquiry officer found the conduct of Sub-Inspector (SI) Jaspal Singh, in charge of the PCR vehicle, not up to the mark and unbecoming of a police officer. The report said after getting information about the incident at the CGA at 12:25 am on April 10, the PCR vehicle reached the spot within four minutes. At the same time an emergency officer of Sector 26 police station reached there. After reaching the spot, SI Jaspal Singh failed to secure the presence of the accused and they left the spot in the presence of the police.

The reports further revealed that the SI also failed to verify the antecedents and the addresses of the accused and let them go scot-free. Pointing out the inability of SI Jaspal Singh to react to the situation in a proper manner, the report mentioned that he also failed in his duty to call in reinforcement.

Agreeing with the report, the senior police officers of the Chandigarh Police ordered a regular departmental inquiry for a major penalty against Jaspal Singh for his misconduct and dereliction of duty. The inquiry has been entrusted to the DSP (crime), Mr Om Prakash, who has been asked to complete the inquiry within a month for further action. The senior officers said a major punishment up to dismissal from services and forfeiture of increments could be imposed on the delinquent officer.

Meanwhile, even as four days had lapsed, the police failed to trace the whereabouts of the accused in this case. The three of the five accused mentioned in the FIR were identified on the basis of revelations made by Sukhwinder Singh Mann, a Mohali based industrialist.



Newly-wed woman ends life
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 14
A 22-year-old newly-wed woman allegedly committed suicide at her Mauli Jagran residence here this morning. The victim in her suicide note held no one responsible for this extreme step.

Sources in the police said the victim had been identified as Lalita. She was found hanging in her bedroom by her husband Parveen Kumar at around 6:45 a.m.

Parveen told the police that when he got up in the morning he found his wife missing. He then looked in the kitchen, but she was nowhere. But when he entered his room again, he was shocked to see her hanging from ceiling fan hook with a dupatta.

Lalita and Parveen got married on March 1. Parveen works at a dry cleaner’s shop in Sector 27. Lalita penned the suicide note on a looking mirror in the room.



3 more global firms come to SPIC centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
The Department of Information Technology through the Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) has allocated place to three more international companies in its incubation facility located at the SPIC IT Centre at Punjab Engineering College, an official press not said here today.

The companies include American Agencies, which is a 30-year-old company in the USA and has its core competency in collections in the USA. The second company is Accelcia Technologies, again a US-based company, which will be shifting their back office operation to Chandigarh. The third company is Aptitude LLC, a UK-based company.

The SPIC IT Centre’s incubation facility has been a major force in developing IT in the city. With this approval the number of small and medium companies located in the SPIC building has risen to eight. More than 15 companies have benefited from the incubation facilities provided by the Department of Information Technology. 



Mobiletech showcases telecom revolution
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 14
The three-day “Mobiletech 2006”, a unique technology event showcasing the telecom revolution, got under way at the CII in Sector 31, here, today.

Mr Vivek Atray, Director IT, Chandigarh Administration, and Dr Sanjay Tyagi, Director and Centre Head, Software Technology Park of India, inaugurated the event. The exhibition is being organised by Masterline, a renowned name in the smartphone technology and telecom phone cards’ manufacturing, in association with the Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration, and the Software Technology Park of India.

Talking to reporters, Mr Naressh Nandha, Managing Director, Masterline Print Media Private Limited, said their ambition was to provide better and broader services to the exhibitors and visitors.

A concurrent event “plug & play” encompassing the elements of voice, video and data to deliver the next generation wireless world is also being held.

The “plug & play” is an event featuring voice, video and data elements to showcase the next generation digital world.

The combined exhibition features over 30 stalls from leading brand names from varied fields like Reliance, Canon, O2, Sony, Nokia, BSNL, Panasonic, LG, Hutch, Toshiba, Samsung and Lenovo-IBM.



Connect’s lucky draw winners

Chandigarh, April 14
Connect on Wednesday announced the winners for its ‘Connect to Malaysia’, lucky draw contest, organised for its subscribers. The winner of the first prize, Ms Anu Sharma from Ludhiana, won free tickets for two to Malaysia.

The winners of the second prize, Mr Gurmeet Singh from Bathinda, Mr Sukhdev Singh from Jalandhar and Mr Sukhjit Singh, won a DVD player each. Also, 30 third prizes of silver coins were announced. TNS


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