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Rotational power cuts from today 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
In an important decision, the Administration has decided to impose rotational power cuts in the city from tomorrow. A detailed chart of the cuts was released today. According to an official note, the cut will be imposed on domestic, commercial and industrial users alike. The evening peak load restrictions will be imposed daily from 7 pm to 12 am for industrial units.

The department has decided that Punjab and Haryana Raj Bhavans, the high court, the PGI, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, General Hospital, Sector 16, and all water works will be exempted from the cuts.

The power position will be reviewed everyday by the electricity wing and depending on the power position, the cuts will be reviewed. Government offices have been asked not to use air-conditioners.

The rotational cuts will be imposed after a gap of two years. Residents in the southern sectors have been complaining that the department is showing a bias in imposing cuts by excluding northern sectors.

Meanwhile, residents continued to witness unscheduled power cuts even today. Supply to parts of Sectors 38 (West), 36, 40, 42, 47 and 39 remained suspended for a few hours.



Enforcement staff pelted with stones
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 21
Followers of a Nepalese ‘baba’ pelted stones on an enforcement team of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) that was on an anti-encroachment drive adjacent to the Mansa Devi temple here today. The followers and local residents also raised slogan against the Chief Minister and the HUDA. Members of the enforcement team sought protection at the Mansa Devi police station. The driver of a tipper pressed into service, who sustained injuries, was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6.

The irate mob also smashed two vehicles and stole fuel from a vehicle. The enforcement team, led by Naib Tehsildar Bachan Singh and Junior Engineer Karam Chand, was attacked when it approached unauthorised structures, erected by the followers for tethering cattle, to pull those down.

The enforcement team was not accompanied by a police squad as a majority of policemen were deployed to provide security to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was in town.

Drivers of a truck and a tipper sped away from the site for safety while the protesters stole fuel from a tipper that could not be removed from the spot.

The police booked at least six persons for disrupting government officials from performing duty.

A case was registered on the complaint of Mr Bachan Singh and Mr Karam Chand.



MC to implement building bylaws in villages
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 21
The local Municipal Council has geared up to come down heavily on haphazard construction activity going on in villages within municipal limits. Building bylaws are being implemented to check illegal construction.

Residents in the four villages falling under the jurisdiction of the civic body have become a law unto themselves with PUDA or any other authority having no powers to check the haphazard construction. Illegal construction is going on unabated in Mohali and Shahimajra villages though the pace of haphazard construction in Madanpur and Matour villages is comparatively low.

After the bylaws are implemented, the residents of the villages will have to get the building plans cleared from the council before undertaking any construction activity. The civic body has prepared a detailed proposal in this regard and objections will be invited from the residents of the villages after the proposal was given the required publicity.

The most thickly populated part of the villages falling within the Lal Dora will be declared as the core area which has a gross density of 250 persons living in per acre. In this area, a resident owning a plot of 100 yds or less will be allowed to cover the entire area under his possession, while the building bylaws will apply in the case of bigger plots. Even in the area falling in the outer revenue limits, a resident will be allowed to construct only 70 per cent of the plot area. In cases where construction is being done for commercial activity, the owner will be allowed to cover only 50 to 60 per cent of the area depending on the size of the plot.

It was noticed by council officials that though PUDA was exercising control over the buildings in the developed sectors and the PSIEC was looking after construction activities in the industrial area, there was no authority to exercise a check on construction in the villages.

When contacted, Mr Amarjit Singh Sekhon, Executive Officer, said he wondered why the council had so far not implemented building bylaws. Had this been done earlier haphazard construction would not have taken place in the villages.

He said once the building bylaws were implemented the council would ask the residents who had carried out construction in the past two or three years to get their building plans approved from the civic body.



Councillors to go abroad on “study tours”
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
It is official now. Councillors of the Municipal Corporation of the city will be shortly visiting foreign lands to study the working of the civic bodies there to suggest improvements here.

The corporation has planned three separate sets of the "study tours," including Dubai and Islamabad, Singapore and Thailand and Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. The tour itinerary for Thailand includes Bangkok and Phuket.

When questioned about why not visit Indian cities instead of going abroad, a former Mayor, said: "Chandigarh is among the best planned and the best maintained cities in the country. We need to be looking forwards. The cities on the tour programme this year are examples of best-maintained cities in the world. We might bring something that can be copied in the City Beautiful".

A senior official said: "All councillors have been asked the options to plan the travel schedule. In case there are sufficient number of volunteers for each different set, the packages can be planned separately. In case there were negligible takers for any tour set, the venues might be cancelled".

The teams will compile their reports on their return journey. The achievements of the civic bodies there, the possible changes in the city here and the ways of achieving the goals will be spelt out in the report which will be prepared by the corporation. The report will then be forwarded to the Chandigarh Administration for a possible follow-up action on the schemes found feasible here, sources said.

A senior councillor said:"It was wrong to think that the corporation will be making any big budgetary expenditure on the foreign tour. In fact, a ticket to Malaysia costs less than travelling to Thiruvananthapuram. The tourist agencies are offering very affordable packages. In any case, we are not going for a holiday trip. An effort is being made to study the systems better than ours and pick the things that can be implemented here".

Reliable sources said that the MC had a provision of study tours in its budget . The provision this year had been increased to Rs 15 lakh as compared to Rs 10 lakh last year. The councillors have already visited Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa and Mysore as part of the study tours on earlier occasions.

The details of the tour plan and the scheduled dates will be announced very soon.



CGA bar licence suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The UT Excise Collector today suspended the bar licence of the golf range of the Chandigarh Golf Association for seven days from April 24. The licence was suspended under Section 36 (C) of the Punjab Excise Act.
The club has been directed to abide by the provisions of the excise laws, failing which the licence would be cancelled.

The orders were passed by the Excise Collector after considering the reply of the club. The club was issued a show-cause notice on April 18 for the breach of terms and conditions of the licence. The notice had been served after the ruckus was created by VIP brats in the bar on April 9, said the Excise Department



No sale of milk without licence: DHS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The Director Health Services (DHS) has told milk vendors, wholesalers and manufacturers (both loose and branded) in Chandigarh to obtain licences for the sale of milk.

The licences can be procured by submitting an application to the Licensing Authority (PFA, Community Health Centre, Sector 22, Chandigarh) and paying a prescribed fee.

The DHS also said the Health Department would carry out a campaign from May 1 to take penal action against defaulters by challaning them for not having PFA licences.

As a deterrent, samples of milk from various sources would be seized to prevent supply of adulterated and synthetic milk to consumers.

The DHS had been receiving complaints about the sale of unhygienic milk from time to time.



Recruitment scheme for Central forces revised
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The Central government has revised the recruitment scheme for constables in the Central police forces (CPF). This has been done to provide more job opportunities to youth from border states and militancy affected areas.

According to a report released by the Ministry of Home Affairs earlier this month, 20 per cent of the vacancies in border guarding forces will now be allotted to border districts which fall within the responsibility of the force concerned.

Border guarding forces include the Border Security Force (Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders), Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (Sino-Indian border), Assam Rifles (Indo-Myanmar border) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders).

Besides, 20 per cent of vacancies in these forces would be allocated to areas affected by militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern states, as well as Naxal-affected areas. The districts affected by militancy shall be notified by the government from time to time.

In forces other that border guarding forces like the Central Reserve Police Force and the Central Industrial Security Force, 40 per cent of vacancies would be allotted to militancy and Naxal-affected areas.

There are seven Central police forces operating under the Home Ministry, accounting for over seven lakh personnel. Owing to emerging security scenario calling for increased involvement of Central forces, their strength has risen steadily .The ministry has spent about Rs 8300 crore in maintaining these forces.

Recruitment in Central police forces is done from across the country. Already the government is undertaking a large- scale expansion of these forces. According to the report, total strength of the Central forces is being brought up to 634 battalions. Since the project began, the strength has gone up from 430 battalions to 588 battalions. There is a five-year outlay of over Rs 3700 crore to modernise these battalions.

Women to comprise 10 per cent police forces

The Home Ministry envisions increasing the number of women in the police forces to 10 per cent of their strength. The Bureau of Police Research and Development has also outlined a revamp in the training curriculum of women police personnel to include topics like combat training, gender sensitisation and operational duties.

All state police forces have women constables in their cadre, but as far as Central police forces are concerned, only the CRPF has women constables, comprising two Mahila Battalions. Recently, the National Security Guards inducted 50 women commandos. In other Central forces, the role of women personnel is confined to medical staff and ministerial category.



Passing thru

Adam Seuss
Mr Adam Seuss, International Relations Consultant, South Bank Institute, Brisbane, Australia

What brings the Australian delegates to Chandigarh?

We are here for the BN Mega Education Expo. As Chandigarh is the education centre for students from different states we are here to generate awareness among them about the courses being offered in Australia and also undertaking on the spot admissions. We will also be going to other cities in Punjab and Haryana.

What is the scope for Indian students in Australia?

Indian students have immense number of opportunities to study and settle in Australia. As many as 78 per cent of the population is above 68 years of age. Australia is looking for young students from India.

After getting education from Australia what are the job opportunities for Indian students there?

After the successful completion of their degrees in Australia the students can get a lot of jobs in Australia itself and become a part of the working force there or come back India.

What kind of courses can Indian students opt for in Australia?

The sought after jobs in Australia are in the field of accounting, hospitality, professional cookery, hair dressing, and nursing.

—Chitleen K. Sethi



I am innocent, says forest official
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 21
An Indian Forest Services officer, Mr Harsh Kumar, who has been booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly allowing violations in the controversial Forest Hill Golf Resort, has shot off a letter to the Director, CBI, claiming that he has been wrongly implicated.

In his letter, Mr Harsh Kumar has alleged “the recommendations for de- notifying the areas was, in fact, sent by Ms Gurbinder Chahal, a former Punjab cadre IAS officer, in the year 2000. She was then the Secretary Forests and Wild Life, Government of Punjab”, Mr Kumar has claimed. “I was not even connected with the case and have been dragged into it by leaving aside the officials, who let the construction to come up in the first instance.’’

He maintained that he had stated in his second report: “It was for the government to denotify the area or take action under the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900”. He went on to add:”Rather in my second report I have clearly mentioned that till the notification of the PLPA exists, these areas will be regulated by the forest laws.’’

He says his name should be deleted from the case. Mr Harsh asked the Director, CBI, that to look into the matter as wrong facts were shown in the inquiry and his name was mentioned in the regular case.

Mr Harsh mentioned in his letter that he was earlier inquiring into the affairs of the Forest Hill Golf Resort. Maintaining that he was in no way connected with the its development and construction work, Mr Harsh said he was not posted in district Ropar as Divisional Forest Officer or Conservator of Forests in that area. He claimed that Mr J.S. Samundri and H.S. Gujral, both IFS officers, levelled allegations against him in the regular case.

It may be recollected that the CBI conducted raids at the residences of two senior Punjab cadre IAS officers, Mr S C Agarwal and Mr K B S Sidhu, and two Indian Forest Service officers, including Mr Harsh Kumar and Mr Jagjit Singh Samundri on April 13. 



IMA course mates get together
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
For members of the Indian Military Academy's (IMA) first post- Independence course, it was a walk down the memory lane as those settled here organised a get-together here today.
There are seven members of the course settled in Chandigarh and they all attended the event along with their wives.

"We feel at home with eachother as we have been through thick and thin together," Maj Gen Avtar Singh (retd), a gunner who fought the 1965 Indo-Pak war in Jammu sector said. "It is always a pleasant experience to share old memories, talk about various things and bring eachother up to date," he added.

The course had a large strength, but it was reduced as the British left and most of the Muslim cadets went to Pakistan. "It was an emotional farewell to those who went over to the other side. They were sent off with love and affection," Maj Gen Rajendra Nath (retd) said. The cadets bound for Pakistan were driven to an airfield near Saharanpur, from where they were airlifted to their destination.

In the end about 140 gentlemen cadets passed out from its hallowed portals. The parade was reviewed by the then Defence Minister, Mr Baldev Singh. It was also the last course at the IMA to have British officers and instructors.

The duration of the course was also reduced to one-and-a-half years from two years. This was because of the trouble brewing in Jammu and Kashmir and the Army needed more officers on the front. During Partition, cadets also undertook security duties in Dehradun.

Brig I. K. Singh, who took part in all three wars against Pakistan stills remembers the stern British sergeants who put the cadets through their paces. "They were highly focused and sincere about their job," he said. "Though they were very strict, they were also humane and had a humorous way of ticking you off if you made a mistake," he added.

Other veterans who attended the event included Lt Gen Bhupinder, who retired as the GOC-in-C, Central Command, Brig I.K Kaushal, Brig H .S .Sodhi, Brig H.S Grewal and Col S.S. Sant.



IAF exercise concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
A week-long IAF exercise involving various fighter aircraft concluded today. The exercise, code-named Cobra, was conducted by the Western Air Command. IAF officers termed the exercise as routine training activity designed to validate operational concepts and hone the skill of fighter pilots.

According to sources, several IAF fighter bases in the region were involved in the exercise. Besides aerial intercepts and counter air manoeuvres and high speed handling, aircraft also carried out simulated ground attack runs and interdiction missions. The exercise had started on Monday.

MiG-21, MiG-29 and Jaguars were among the aircraft deployed for the exercise, though transport aircraft did not actively feature in the event. Air-to-air refueling was also practised, with IL-78 tankers from Agra hovering in the skies over Punjab.



City backs Greenpeace in turtle campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Over 200 persons from the city have joined the Greenpeace India in calling on the Prime Minister of India to defend the endangered Olive Ridley turtles. As a part of its international ‘Defending the Oceans’ campaign, the Greenpeace yesterday kicked off its petition campaign in Sector 17 where it showed a documentary on endangered turtles in Orissa.

The idea is to mobilise support for the cause of endangered Olive Ridley turtles of Orissa and condemn authorities for prosecuting the three Greenpeace activists, witnesses to the turtle genocide, under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Ashish Fernandes, Oceans Campaigner for the Greenpeace said, “It’s time the Prime Minister realises the urgency of the situation. When state authorities shrug off their responsibility for the annual turtle genocide in Orissa, the Olive Ridleys’ only hope is that the Central Government takes immediate action to protect their population and habitat.” His voice found a ready resonance in the city today.

Significant to the Greenpeace campaign is its timing, as 2006 is being observed as the United Nations Year of the Turtle. Yet ironically, the Greenpeace volunteers in Orissa have documented over 2,000 dead turtles along the coast from Ramchandi to the Jatadhar river mouth. The vast majority of these deaths have been caused by illegal fishing, particularly trawling, in no-trawling zones. And while wildlife conservationists are doing their bit in Orissa, national-level efforts are a must to save the turtles, they feel.

Damage control, however, had to begin from Orissa where the Greenpeace activists protested outside the office of the Chief Wildlife Warden on April 3, only to be told that the Forest Department was handicapped due to slim support from the state government.

The Greenpeace then escalated its campaign, with a protest in New Delhi on April 14. This one ended with three activists being charged under the Wildlife Protection Act for possessing evidence of the ongoing turtle massacre in Orissa. The evidence — carcasses and skeletal remains of turtles — were laid at the doorstep of the Orissa Chief Minister’s residence with the demand that the state government commit itself to containing turtle mortality in the next nesting season.

The activists, after being held at the Tihar Jail for three days, were released on bail. However, unfair charges against them are yet to be dropped. If convicted under the act, they could be sentenced to three to six years in jail.

Speaking during the petition campaign in Sector 17 market today, Satyendra Mishra of the Greenpeace, Chandigarh said, “It’s unimaginable that the Indian Government should choose to prosecute those who speak up in defence of the endangered turtles.

The protest aimed to shake the government out of slumber and move them to action — not against the Greenpeace Ocean Defenders, but against the many threats posed to turtles, especially in this, the UN Year of the Turtle. It’s heartening to see the support we’re getting from the concerned citizens of Chandigarh, because every signature counts as a reminder to this democratically elected government, that Indian citizens expect them to protect the Olive Ridleys.”

The Greenpeace will conduct its petition campaign in eight Indian cities in all. After two days at Chandigarh, the campaign will move to Mumbai.



Rs 4 crore for IT network in UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The Chandigarh Administration’s plan for setting up a wide area network for the Union Territory of Chandigarh has been approved by the Government of India. It has sanctioned Rs 4 crore for the project.

The UT Administration will budget an amount of Rs 3 crore additionally for the project in the next five years.

It will provide the administration and other government agencies with enterprise-wide and intra-state network services.

They will also improve services to residents through efficient and transparent administration. Information technology in UT will provide effective implementation of ICT, support solutions for e-governance and bring governance closer to the public.

It will establish a reliable horizontal and vertical communication corridor within the UT administration and make governance more productive and compatible for electronic transactions.

The proposal for setting up wireless connectivity using WiMAX technology is also a part of the project.

NIC has been entrusted with the responsibility of prime implementation agency for establishment, operation and maintenance of network as integral part of NICNET.

Already, most of the government buildings housing departments which are providing citizen-centric services are maintaining their owns Local Area Network (LAN) and connectivity with the NIC to, Network and Data Centre (NDC) in the UT Secretariat. Some of the prominent buildings are the UT Secretariat, Municipal Corporation, Estate Office, Additional Town Hall building etc.

The project will benefit all e-governance plans of the administration and will ensure that the connectivity is provided to all parts of the UT.



Dharna by 11 political parties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
A dharna, under the banners of 11 political parties of Chandigarh — the BJP, CPI, SAD, Nationalist Congress Party, BSP, CPM, Samajwadi Party, Janta Dal Secular, Janta Dal United, RJD and the Janta Party — was held near Governor House here today.

A press note said leaders of all political parties, panches and sarpanches participated. The Indian National Congress did not participate in the dharna.

Speakers condemned the Chandigarh Administration for acquiring land and sending notices for demolishing houses constructed by Deep Complex residents.

“The residents have constructed the houses after selling their domestic articles and taking loans. If their houses were demolished the residents would be ruined badly,” they said.

The speakers included Mr Devi Dayal Sharma, Mr R.S. Sandhu, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, Principal Gurbachan Singh, Mr Mohammed Sehnaz and Mr Jagtar Singh Bainipal. They asked the Administration to withdraw notices and regularise the houses.



Public Relations Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The National Public Relations Day was observed by the Chandigarh Chapter of Public Relations Society of India at a function held at Chandigarh Press Club today.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Renuka B. Salwan, Chairperson of the Chandigarh Chapter, informed that the National Public Relations Day is observed to highlight the growing role of public relations practice in the society today, as well as to make its practitioners aware about their professional responsibilities. The theme of the interactive session was “Tomorrow’s India:Communication Perspective”, she said.

Mr Dipin Preet Singh, Vice President PR of the Centurion Bank of Punjab, who was the guest of honour, said that the PR practitioners must bridge the gap between the organisation and its stake holders, and ensure proper flow of truthful information.

The Managing Director, Core Communications, said that the professionals must adhere to the ethical norms of practice and must upgrade their knowledge and skills to manage communication professionally, effectively and efficiently, for their organisations. He underlined the need for accreditation of PR practitioners in the country and standardisation of PR education for which PRSI is making endeavours at the national level.

Mr Piyush Gupta, Corporate Communications Manager, Reliance Infocomm, New Delhi, said that the credit for making a strong brand image of any organisation or product goes to a PR professional. Prof H.S. Dilgir, former chairperson of the department of Mass Communications, Panjab University, Ms Sneh Popli, CEO, Themes Communication, Capt Balwant Gurunay, management trainer, also spoke on the occasion. 



Bihu to be celebrated with fervour
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 21
The Assam Foundation, a forum of Assamese, residing in the city and vicinity, is organising a cultural evening to celebrate the “Rangali Bihu”.
The festival is to be celebrated on April 23 at the Rock Garden. It will be inaugurated by Nek Chand, creator of the garden.

The special attraction will be a Bihu dance performance by 15 members who will come from Delhi.

The local artists will also join in. Residents of Assam and Northeastern states settled in Chandigarh and around will attend the festival in large number. A press note issued by Mr T.K. Hazarika, secretary-general of the foundation said.



Governor’s call to save environment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today called for a mission with massive community participation to make Punjab and Chandigarh eco-friendly regions and to set an example for the rest of the country.

In a message on the eve of World Earth Day, General Rodrigues said the occasion had a special significance, as mother earth provides a well-equipped support system for human life, the animal kingdom and all kinds of flora and fauna. This day not only zibute to the beauty and vitality of nature but also reminds us of the need to renew our commitment to save our living planet.

General Rodrigues further said that the objective of celebrating this day every year should not be taken as a mere ritual, but it must show our serious concern towards our environmental heritage and chalk out effective strategies for saving environment.



Become role model for kids, says Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), called upon academicians and educationists to actively participate in the process of the growth of the nation and be instrumental in social change and progress.

“We must put India first and feel pride in being true Indians. We must become role models for our children to guide their endeavour, for serving society better’.

After releasing a book, “Changing Panorama of Life Since Independence”, written by Prof R.L. Singal, at Punjab Raj Bhavan, here today, General Rodrigues said “The task before us are so challenging and daunting that we can not afford to sit back and watch as helpless citizens in sheer frustration.”

Prof R.L Singal, the author of the book on the occasion said he had tried his best to highlight the socio-economic and political changes in the society, during the past six decades after Independence and their impact on the lives of the people.



Readers Write
Irritating power cuts

Power cuts have become a regular feature in Panchkula. Daily between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. power cut for a duration ranging from half-an-hour to an hour is common now-a-days. The Chief Minister has announced recently that Panchkula will be made one of the prestigious IT cities in this part of the country. Accordingly, the Haryana Government has started the process to set up a state of art IT city.

But the authorities have forgotten that electricity has a vital role to play in setting up IT city. Erratic supply and regular power cuts will result in major IT players looking for alternate places although other sops are available. Power cuts during the examination time---that too in the early morning hours--- is deplorable. If power cuts are unavoidable, the authorities should change its timing so that studies of students during exam times will not be affected. Will the NHVPN authorities wake up and do the needful ?

D. Reghu, Panchkula

Future role for Sukhna Lake

Some fifty years ago, Sukhna lake was constructed for providing recreation to the residents of Chandigarh. Since then, the demand for drinking water for the city has been rising. In order to meet the same the exploitation of a replenishable water body like this lake is bound to be the first choice. It is already contributing something to its underground reservoir by recharging it through natural means. This can be increased manyfold by installing battery of recharging bores on its periphery. In fact, the supplementing of drinking water may become its primary role. This will be something enviable for the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana as these states also want some similar method for recharging their rapidly depleting under ground reservoir. The only difficulty in achieving this objective is the threat to the life of the lake itself. For the last 50 years a huge quantity of silt has been entering the lake and getting deposited on its bed. This can be removed in just 60 days with the help of a fool proof scheme costing less than Rs 1 crore. Full details of this scheme have been with the government for more than a year. This golden scheme should have been adopted long ago. But better late than never, the needful should at least be done before the next rainy season and the lake allowed to perform its future as well as the traditional roles for the benefit of the residents of Chandigarh.

S.P. Malhotra, Panchkula

Stray dogs, plastic bags and open incinerators

The state of sanitation in Sector 71, Mohali, is at the lowest ebb. There is no garbage collection arrangement and no garbage dumping sites. Open spaces, footpaths, parks are common dumping sites. For this, the residents are also to be blamed as they are not willing to shell out Rs 25 per month to private garbage collectors and prefer to throw their garbage bags at any place convenient to them. Open spaces and area around the central park are strewn with plastic bags full of garbage. Stray dogs pick up the bags thrown around the footpaths and tear open those scattering the garbage in front of houses. These unofficial dumps are open incinerators as someone sets those on fire and the smoke keeps polluting the air all around. Two major dumping places are the open space in front of the booth market and around the fencing of central park. The residents of HIG flats and houses adjacent to the park think it convenient to throw their garbage bags along its wire fencing. The open area along the periphery of park has become an open latrine, thus making the life of walkers miserable. They come to inhale some fresh air, instead they have to go with this stink.

Another menace is the multiplying number of stray dogs in the area. Now a few families of theirs with 8-10 pups have made the central park their home. They merrily sleep on the walking track to the utter inconvenience of the walkers. As a lot of small children also come to the park to play, theirs is a grave danger of dog bites. A watchman who used to be seen earlier is no more there to shoo the dogs out of the park. Some residents also contribute to the stray dog menace in the name of PFA by pampering stray dogs, unmindful of the inconvenience to others, but doing nothing to control their population. The authorities concerned must promptly look into these ever increasing problems.

Lieut Col Bhagwant Singh, Mohali

Road link ignored

The road passing between Phase I and II (adjoining Franco Hotel) going straight to Sector 40\41 Chowk is ignored by the last 3 years. In July, 2003, after demolishing dairies an d temporary houses in the Chandigarh side (village Palsora), mapping for the road was done immediately and even after 3 years no road has been made. It is only half a kilometre road which connects Mohali to Chandigarh directly from Franco Hotel ( Phase I and II) dividing road to Chandigarh, Sector 40-41 chowk.

The CTU buses are also going through Sector 56 (Phase 6) because of non-availability of road .Residents are facing problems. They have to go to Chandigarh either via the furniture market or through Palsora.

A JCB machine was noticed cleaning the area recently but afterwards no one has came again. All the roads connecting Chandigarh and Mohali have been constructed but this is the only one left.

D.S. Saini, Mohali

Bus shelters

The Chandigarh administration has introduced grid system of the buses and every now and then we come across news items that people are facing difficulties and they are still not able to understand the routes of the buses. I am not a frequent user of the local buses but what I have come to realise is that it may have slipped from the mind of the Administration. It has built several new bus shelters but right from Sector 20-21 light point and up to Sector 18-7 roundabout, there is not a single bus shelter. Same is with the other side--- from Sector 19 bus stop up to Sector 11. It shows that Sector 18 has no bus shelter on it's side. The Chandigarh Administration must pay attention to this.

Sanjeev Kumar, Chandigarh

Detour for fuel

After the bridge on Kajheri was completed around three years ago, the road from Civil Secretariat in Sector 1, Chandigarh, to Sector 77, Mohali, became the longest stretch that connects the city with the town. But this road, which divides Sectors 16-17, 22-23, 35-36, 42-43, 52-53 and reaches Sectors 76-77, is without a petrol station, which forces motorists to travel an extra mile to refuel their vehicles.

If two petrol stations, one on the either side of the road, are set up, it will not only prevent undue harassment to the motorists, but also save fuel.

Gurmukh S. Girgla, Mohali



Residents resent school in park

Chandigarh, April 21
Residents of Sector 19-D have been protesting against the Administration since April 16 for allowing a school in the park. The residents are staging dharnas in shifts from 8 am to 10 pm everyday.

Mr B.S. Gill, president, Residents Welfare Association, said: “A school has been shifted to the site of the park from Sector 27. The venue has swings, railing and benches and is the only place for community activities in the area.” — TNS



Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Mrs Sushil Devi (62), mother of Mr Rajesh Bakhshi, Sectional Head, The Tribune, died here on Friday after a brief illness.  She is survived by four sons. Another son, Mr Bhupesh Sudan, is a junior clerk in the Advertisement Department. Her cremation will take place at their native village, Panjalasa, Tehsil Narayangarh, Ambala, on Saturday at 11 a.m.



Journalist bereaved

Chandigarh, April 21
Ms Anita Sharma, sister of city-based scribe, Neelam Sharma, passed away after a prolonged illness today. She was 27, and employed as an architect with the Chandigarh Administration. TNS



Sitar maestro Sen dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Sitar maestro and music teacher at the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Piyush Kant Sen, succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Wednesday. He had met with an accident a week ago and had sustained serious injuries. He is survived by his wife and two children.
A condolence meeting in his memory will be held at the Kali Bari temple on April 30.



Four booked for forgery
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 21
The crime branch of the Chandigarh police has booked four persons on the charge of selling a plot in Sector 35 by forging documents.
Sources in the crime branch said Mr Birinder Singh of Amritsar district reported that he had lost the documents pertaining to his plot located in Sector 35.

He had brought the matter to the notice of the Estate Office immediately.

After some time, he had received information from the Estate Office that a city resident, Mr Arvinder Singh, approached it to get the plot registered in his name.

During questioning, Mr Arvinder Singh had revealed that he had purchased the plot from Prem Kumar, Kashmir Singh, Sohan Singh and Ashok Kumar.

Mr Arvinder Singh had failed to furnish details and proper addresses of the accused.

Six booked: Six persons have been booked for allegedly embezzling funds of a religious organisation. Sources in the Industrial Area police station said Mr P.N. Goal, vice-president of the Sirdi Sai Samaj, Sector 29, lodged a complaint that Anil Kumar of Sector 12, Panchkula, S.K. Jain of Sector 32-D, Ramesh Kalia of Sector 44, Manoj Goal of Sector 45, Vimal Rao of Sector 45 and V.K. Narula of Sector 28, who had been working with the institution, had withdrawn money and silver and gold ornaments by forging documents.

He alleged that the accused had hatched a conspiracy and cheated the institution by tampering with its documents.

A case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy was registered in this connection.



Couple booked
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 21
The police has booked Naresh Arora and his wife Geeta of Sector 37-A here for forgery and cheating on the complaint of Mr Sanjiv Kalia of Sector 16.
Sources in the police said the couple had purchased a plot (159) in Industrial Area, Phase II, on power of attorney and sold it for Rs 71 lakh to Mr Kalia after receiving Rs 11 lakh as earnest money.

Instead of mentioning Mr Kalia’s name in an application form seeking no-objection certificate from the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the couple obtained it in Vijay Arora’s name.

The police registered a case of forgery and cheating under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC.



Shopkeeper beaten up
Our Correspondent

Krishan Garg
Krishan Garg

Chandigarh, April 21
Business rivalry took an ugly turn when a shopkeeper along with his friend allegedly beat up the son of another shopkeeper with rods in the Sector 28-C booth market today. Eyewitnesses said the boy was beaten up mercilessly and was let off when other shopkeepers intervened.

Mr Krishan Garg, the victim’s father, reported the matter to the police. He said the accused thrashed his son Abhishek Garg (21) around 7.30 pm.

On the complaint of Mr Garg, a DDR was registered at the Sector 26 police station.



Beer prices likely to go up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Prices of different brands of beer are likely to rise by at least Rs 2 per bottle in the near future. This follows the new rate list recently submitted by beer companies to the Chandigarh Administration.

Sources in the Excise and Taxation Department confirmed that the slight price increase would be announced soon. But they added that to be doubly sure that the companies were not un-necessarily hiking the prices, the comparative prices from the neighbouring states like Punjab, Haryana and Delhi would be procured by the administration.

In the revised rate list of Ex-Distillery Price submitted by the companies, it has been mentioned that marketing expenses, L1 expenses and additional costs had forced them to hike prices. As per the new rate list, a hike of Rs 52 per case in the case of strohs, and Rs 54 in the case of Haywards and Royal Challenge has been sought. A hike of Rs 61 has been sought in the case of Castle Lager. This year, the excise duty has been hiked from Rs 2 to Rs 3 for light beer and from Rs 4 to Rs 6 for strong beer.

The administration had directed the manufacturers of liquor and brands not to increase the prices of their products till any decision on the issue was taken by the department.

The orders had been passed in light of the allegations by the retail sellers of liquor that the companies had increased their landing prices and counter denial by the companies. However, some of the allottees claimed that the companies were selling the same beer at lesser price than the prices quoted before the administration.



Discussion on Sensex levels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
A panel discussion was organised by the Chandigarh Management Association on making money at Sensex levels of 12000 here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mihir Kothari, head, Private Client Group, Motilal Oswal Securities Limited, Mumbai, said that the stupendous rise of the markets from 2600 points in year 2001, to 12000 points now, have attracted both foreign and domestic capital flows.

“The striking factors for the rise in sensex was that the larger part was led by high foreign participation from year 2002-04, and domestic mutual fund participation in 2005. There is a huge scope for the percentage of domestic savings flow into Indian equities, though staying disciplined in investment is the key,” he said.


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