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5,000 chicken die in poultry farm
Official claims starvation caused deaths; villagers fear bird flu
Tribune News Service

Barwala (Panchkula), April 28
Panic gripped the Barwala area following the deaths of 5000 chickens in a poultry farm located in Kami village near here this morning. Apprehending a case of bird flu, poultry farmers and villagers got panicked thoroughout the day.

Receiving information regarding the deaths of chicken in Himani Poultry Farm, the authorities of the district administration, including the Deputy Commissioner and Director of Animal Husbandry, visited the spot.

According to sources, chicken had been dying for the past two days. The matter came to light after the residents noticed foul smell being emitted from the poultry farm. They informed the Subdivisional Magistrate, Panchkula. The news spread like wild fire and the district administration virtually camped in the village.

A team of veterinary doctors conducted post-mortem examinations and sent blood samples of live and dead birds to Jalandhar to detect if the chickens died because of "bird flu" or any other disease.

H.C. Disodia, Financial Commissioner, Animal Husbandry, Haryana, claimed that the birds died due to starvation and negligence of the farm owner. He made it clear that no signs of contagious disease were found during post-mortem of some birds.

K.S. Dangi, Director of Animal Husbandry Department, said poultry farm owner Rajiv Thappar had not fed the birds for the past couple of days. Moreover, the chicken were also not provided water. A sharp rise in the mercury had proved a fuel to the fire, he added.

Mr Dangi claimed that the farm housed over 25,000 birds, including 5000 growing stock of 10-15-week-old. Over 17,000 birds in the farm were healthy. "Had it been a case of any contagious disease like bird flu, the entire livestock would have finished till date", claimed Dangi.

He claimed that Thappar had not buried and dead chickens thus violating the norms. Legal action would be taken against him, he added.

The district administration has also decided to check all 120 poultry farms in the district for which six teams of doctors were constituted. The checking drive would be launched from Saturday onwards.

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Poultry trade recovering from bird flu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
With the bird flu scare subsiding, the prices of poultry have again started rising. On Thursday, the dressed broiler was selling between Rs 75 a kg and Rs 85 a kg. At the upmarket shops, it was selling for Rs 85 a kg. However, the retail price of eggs was Rs 1 per piece.

Owing to a gap between the demand and the supply, the rate of dressed broiler is expected to go up to Rs 125 a kg, said Mr Rajinder Mittal, general secretary of the North India Poultry Farmers Association. A number of small poultry farmers had closed down their business in the aftermath of the bird flu scare, he added.

At the Peshwari Super Market, Sector 19, dressed broiler was selling for Rs 75 a kg. A few weeks ago it was being sold for Rs 50 a kg, said the shopkeeper. The price of mutton has increased from Rs 130 a kg to Rs 175 a kg. At the Shimla Broiler shop, Sector 21 meat market, broiler was selling for Rs 75 a kg while mutton price was Rs 130 a kg.

Mr Vijay, president of the Sector 21 Meat Market Association, said the rates were expected to increase in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Mr Rajinder Mittal said undressed broiler was being sold between Rs 35 a kg and Rs 40 a kg. During the bird flue scare undressed broiler was selling between Rs 8 a kg and Rs 10 a kg.

“The reason for an increase in price”, says Mr Mittal is due to culling of young birds following bird flu scare. 

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Water issue: walkout at MC meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The issue of securing 20 MGD water in the fourth phase of Kajauli waterworks led to heated arguments between the Opposition and the ruling Congress councillors during the General House meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation here today.

After failing to get a satisfactory reply from the Mayor on the time frame in which the issue would be resolved, the Opposition staged a walkout. The Opposition said the Congress had failed to fulfill its promise of giving 24-hour water supply. The issue of water overshadowed the 10 agenda items that were placed before the House.

Soon after the meeting started, the issue of getting additional water from Kajauli was raised by Mr Subash Chawla. He said despite the corporation incurring huge expenditure on laying of pipes, water had not reached Chandigarh.

The former Mayor wanted to know the time in which the issue would be settled and whether the matter had been taken up with the Punjab Government at the level of the Mayor. The reply was that the Mayor had requested the MP to intervene. The officials said since the matter was under correspondence between the Administration, Punjab and Haryana, no reply was available.

Mr Chawla said if the issue was not settled, it could become a political issue during the next assembly elections in Punjab.

Ms Kamla Sharma of the BJP said it was a serious issue. Mr Jatinder Bhatia, another councillor, said water pressure to the houses of the Punjab Government should be lowered. The Mayor, Mr Surinder Singh, said he would meet the Punjab Chief Minister for finding an amicable solution to the problem.

The Mayor said the MP was busy in the marriage of his son. The Opposition councillor expressed concern over the delay on the part of the Administration and the MP of not taking up the issue with Punjab.

The issue of MC not being able to get matching grant during the year 2005-2006 was also raised by Mr Chawla. The Mayor said he would take up the issue with the Administration.

Other issues approved during the meeting were the disposal of slaughter house waste as per the Biomedical Waste Management and Handling Rules, 1998, imposition of paid parking in the transport area, review of the reserve price for the auction of hotel site in Sector 35 etc.

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No protests against demolitions for
4-laning of “killer stretch”

Encroachers, too, lend a helping hand
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 28
Demolitions usually spark off protests. However, the ongoing demolitions in the township to make way for the four-laning of the 35-km "killer stretch" of Zirakpur-Ambala are unique in the sense that they seemed to be having owners' tacit approval.

In fact, with the alleged encroachers also chipping in for the removal of the encroachments along with the government machinery, the work on the ambitious project is being speeded up. With the cutting of thousands of trees also going on simultaneously, the traffic bottlenecks along the highway would be a thing of the past when the four-laning is completed in over two years' time.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the SDO of the Central Works Division, Mr Arshdeep Singh, informed that the department had sent out a clear message to the shopkeepers that structures on the government land would have to demolished. The affected shopkeepers were prevailed upon that four-laning project would be in public interest, following which a number of shopkeepers demolished the structures themselves, he added. After demolitions in Zirakpur, the authorities would demolish about 36 structures in Dera Bassi, it is learnt.

Recently, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has slapped demolition notices on 148 shopkeepers on both sides of road in Zirakpur.

Till recently, the felling of trees and the demolition of the shops posed two major challenges before the authorities concerned for the four-laning project. The demolition of shops was supposed to kick up a storm with the shopkeepers, including the influential property consultants, opposing them. However, as the demolition is proving to be a smooth affair, the project seems to be on track.

The completion of the project, which entails the building of over 2 km flyover at Zirakpur, three major bridges, besides the service roads, will remove major traffic bottlenecks on the highway. With thousands of vehicles passing through the road everyday, accidents are a routine affair, making this a "killer stretch". In fact, a major portion of Zirakpur township would get under the flyover as it would stretch from near the Silver City Extension to near Mayur Hotel on the Chandigarh side.

The four-laning of the road will also reduce the travelling time between Chandigarh and Ambala. While currently close to one hour is spent for travelling between the two cities, the four-laning would reduce the time up to 30 minutes, much to the relief of the harassed commuters.

Currently, in the wake of the encroachments on both sides of the road on Zirakpur, traffic jams are an everyday affair. The flyover at Zirakpur, the sources said, would take care of traffic jams.

It may be recalled that the four-laning project had been hanging fire for at least for a decade now inconveniencing commuters. It was during the previous NDA regime that the project was approved under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP). The then Minister for Surface Transport and National Highways, Maj-Gen BC Khanduri (Retd), had performed the "bhoomi poojan" of the project over two years back.

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Man held for bigamy
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
It is a classic case of “all that glitters is not gold”. A city-based girl learned this lesson only after being duped by an already married man, the father of three-year-old child, who married her by flaunting his wealth. The bluff came to light when she made a phone call to his village after he did not turn up for some days and the phone was answered by his first wife.

Acting on her complaint, the Women and Child Support Unit (WACSU) of the Chandigarh Police today arrested the accused, Ramesh Rana of Behlorpur village, near here, along with his brother, Naresh Rana, and his friends, Jai Veer and Jatinder Kumar.

They were later produced in a local court, which remanded them in police custody till May 1. A case of rape, cheating, theft and criminal intimidation under Sections 376, 420, 380 and 506 of the IPC has been registered in this regard.

The victim alleged that the accused took away her gold jewellery and other articles along with marriage photographs.

The in charge of the WACSU, Inspector Ajaib Singh Somal, said the victim, a graduate and a resident of Sector 20, told the police that she was working as a senior sales and finance consultant with a city-based auto dealer in Phase I, Industrial Area, here. She said the accused Ramesh Rana used to visit the auto dealer to purchase an SUV.

During the visits, they got acquainted with each other and a relationship developed. She alleged that Ramesh lured her into marriage claiming to be a bachelor. He drew a rosy picture of his life claiming to be a rich man and pressurised her for early marriage saying he was going abroad shortly.

Trapped in his web of deceits, the girl informed her family and on March 2, they got married in a temple in Sector 37, said a police officer. Ramesh Rana stayed at the girl’s residence for about a week and then left for some days.

After some time, he came back and the victim asked him to purchase a Qualis for her. The accused purchased the vehicle and took is away saying he would ply it as a taxi, but he allegedly sold the vehicle and did not come back to her.

The victim told the police that the truth came to light when she tried to contact Ramesh at his village following his long disappearance.

To her shock, Seema, the first wife of Ramesh, told her that Ramesh was not only married, but also had a three-year-old child. Following this, the matter was reported to the police.

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Jasbir’s kin allege murder
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
Mystery shrouds the death of 32-year-old Jasbir Singh, a mechanic, whose decomposed body was recovered on last night in his rented accommodation in Sector 34, here.

The post-mortem was conducted today at the Sector 16 General Hospital. When asked about the post-mortem report, the SHO of the Sector 34 Police Station, Mr Ram Gopal, said, “A board of doctors carried out the post-mortem today. They did not give definite opinion at this stage and recommended a viscera examination to ascertain the exact cause of death. However, the board reported that no external injury was found”.

A team of experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory was also called to the hospital to examine the body. Sources said that the police was verifying the mobile phone call details of the deceased and it was found out that he had talked over his phone on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, confusion prevailed among the relatives of the deceased as the investigating officer did not allow them to see the body. The relatives alleged that they were shown some other body which was decomposed and beyond recognition. Mr Teja Singh, confused father of the deceased, said he could not recognise the body. It was his son Sarabjit Singh and Mr Shyam Lal, Jasbir’s friend, who had confirmed the deceased’s identity. Shyam Lal said it was 100 per cent Jasbir’s body as he recognised it from a scare on the deceased’s arm.

Describing the body he alleged it was a “murder” as the eyes protruded from the skull and the tongue was also sticking out indicating that the deceased had been “strangulated”. The head of they victim had badly swelled, he alleged.

The relatives also rued the insensitive attitude of the Chandigarh Police. Mr Shyam Lal and Mr Malkiat Singh, an uncle of the deceased, were seen requesting the police to allow them to see the body to clear their doubts, but, Sub-Inspector Shamsher Singh remained adamant and kept on saying that they would show the body after post-mortem. It was only after numerous persuasions that he allowed them to see the body.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Sarabjit Singh said Jasbir had met them on Tuesday and after that they had no information about him.

Mr Chander Parkash, an acquaintance and an employee of HMT, said Jasbir Singh was an expert mechanic and there was a very thin possibility of his being got electrocuted while working.

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10 special trains for summer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
To clear the extra rush of passengers during the summer holiday, the Northern Railway has decided to run 10 special trains with 354 trips to various destinations. The special trains will run till the first week of July.

The Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway Mr Rajiv Sexena, said the railway had decided to increase the passenger-carrying capacity of the New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express, New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express, Seldah-Amritsar Akal Takht Express, Howrah-Kathgodam Express, Malda town-Delhi Farakka Express ( via Sultanpur) , Malda Town-Delhi Farakka Express (via Faziabad), New Delhi-Mumbai Central Rajdhani Express, Mumbai Central- Hazrat Nizamuddin August Kranti Express.

He said the following special trains had been started: New Delhi-Jammu Tawi-Super Fast special train, Hazrat Nizamuddin- Mumbia Central Rajdhani, Delhi-Rae Bareli tri-weekly special train, New Delhi-Guwahati train, Dehradun-Kathgodam, New Delhi-Howragh tri weekly, Dehradun-Howarh, Dadar-Varanasi Dadar Daily summer special, Lokmanaya Tilak Terminus-Varanasi tri weekly and Ahmedabad-Varanasi tri weekly train.

Meanwhile, three special train will be started May 1 on the Kalka-Shimla rail section. Mr M.S. Chalia, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Ambala Division, said, “ We are keeping a watch on the reservation chart and are adding coaches to the existing trains, depending upon the requirement. 

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Kaavya’s act — “morally reprehensible, unpardonable”
Writers reflect on the plagiarism episode
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Kaavya Vishwanathan Chandigarh, April 28
Kaavya Vishwanathan’s literary fortunes have dwindled too fast. From honour to disgrace, this Harvard graduate has seen too much life in too little time. And she has mostly seen the unsavoury bit — courtesy the games she played with readers.

Until a few days ago, she was being hailed as the darling of the literary world, the perfect expressionist who has brain enough to impress a fastidious publishing industry in the US. But before the glory of “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life” could become permanent, cracks surfaced and the façade of falsehood came crashing down.

The splinters fell in the face of publishers — Little, Brown and Company — who might well be thanking their stars that the news prevented the second in the two-book deal from getting started. The graduate for her part must be learning to handle plagiarism — something she might well have tried to hit the ground running much before she otherwise could have.

Or so feel some writers, though the majority doesn’t want to give her any benefit of doubt. They would rather she atoned for her act which “could not be possible except with intention”. Harvard Crimson has showed how at one point Kaavya’s book contains a 14 word passage that appears verbatim in McCafferty’s book “Sloppy Firsts”. At others, her literary expression managed to get so close to McCafferty’s that there seemed no difference between the two. This happened on eight occasions — a frequency high enough to challenge Kaavya’s worth as a writer in the first place.

Humra Qureishi, Delhi-based author and columnist, agrees, “This streak is abnormal, and this act unpardonable. A writer stands out for his/her individual thought processes. It is his perception and expression to situations that set him apart from the rest. Otherwise the world is the same. Kaavya’s act, if proved, will create a divide between her and her readers. The episode is upsetting indeed.”

But author Anees Jung does not read malice into the graduate’s act. Surprised at first, she says she does not know how Kaavya took passages from another writer’s work. “It is wrong to take anything from anybody, but perhaps because she is so young and so full of admiration for the person she has read that she took passages without thinking about the consequences. I don’t think this is plagiarism. We need to study the definition of plagiarism before commenting on the issue.”

The definition too is clear: “Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty, specifically the unacknowledged use of another person’s idea (s), information, language or writing. It is a serious academic offence. Seen against this backdrop, charges against Kaavya become graver as her book contains several passages that are identically phrased as those in McCafferty’s 2001 novel reflecting on a similar adolescent theme. No wonder Kaavya’s literary career is being held as “over”.

“It better be”, asserts eminent Urdu litterateur Dr K.L. Zakir who has witnessed the damage that plagiarism has done to Urdu poetry. “There have been people who have lifted the verses of legends like Ghalib, added a few lines and attributed the creation to themselves. It is sinful to do so, unless of course the writer borrows a phrase for reference in his own work. In such a case, credit must be given,” he says.

Several other writers think alike, though some like Dr Naresh have a stronger opinion. An author of 62 Hindi books, Dr Naresh blames the malady on ineffective laws. “The law should have strong punitive measures against such acts of omission. Stealing a writer’s line of thought is like stealing someone’s child. It should be discouraged at all costs because it also leads to pseudo writing, which is even worse.”

Whatever the outcome of the Vishwanathan episode, it has again brought the focus back to an issue no writer worth his salt would ever want to be associated with.

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CII opposes job reservation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has taken a clear and unambiguous stand on the issue of reservation as Indian Industry is opposed to reservation in any manner, but would be more than willing to engage affirmative action.

This was stated by the Chairman of CII Northern Region, Mr Adesh Gupta, here today.

He said that in order to draw a blueprint within eight weeks, a Task Force on Affirmative Action has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr J.J. Irani, Director, Tata Sons Limited. “The focus of CII will be on education, skill development, employability, entrepreneurship and social development,” he said.

He said the CII would be implementing its Nirman North programme, under which they proposed to establish a common economic zone for the northern region. “We need to evolve Public Private Partnership projects for infrastructure of northern states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal,” he said.

Mr Gupta said there was need to develop a shared vision for industry and development of all northern states.

In agriculture sector, he recommended crop diversification, better market linkages, development of food processing and availing of credit and micro finance. “We already have six rural business hubs, and propose to increase these to 25 in all the nine states, in the coming months,” he said.

Mr Harpal Singh, Chairman of CII Punjab Region, said there was also need to initiate power reforms in order to help in the growth of the economy. The focus should be on controlling the transmission and distribution losses, while the new power projects come about, he said. 

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IMA criticises attack on medicos
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The IMA, Chandigarh branch, yesterday strongly criticised the police action against peacefully protesting medical students in Delhi. While saying that Mandal Commission aftermath should not be repeated, the members said reservations in higher studies and life- saving professions like medicine was a highly retrogressive step for the growth of country’s economy.

Dividing the country on the basis of caste years after Independence and promoting brain drain is a highly objectionable policy, they said, adding that the underprivileged should be brought into the mainstream.

Factually speaking, reservation in jobs goes against the interest of the underprivileged youth who see this support in the form of a crunch and become over, dependent, they said.

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Decks cleared for NCC complex in Chandigarh
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Decks have been cleared for establishing an NCC Complex in Chandigarh, with the UT Home Secretary issuing necessary directions in this regard to the departments concerned.

According to sources, the foundation laying ceremony of the new complex, to come up in Sector 49, is tentatively scheduled for July 15. The complex will house all establishments of the Chandigarh NCC Group, including office accommodation for units, residential quarters, officers’ mess and training area.

At present, the Chandigarh NCC Group is functioning from the hostel premises of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) in Sector 26. The Group comprises four units, one each of the army, air and naval wings and a girls’ battalion, with a total strength of about 4,000 cadets from 26 schools and colleges. It is the oldest organisation in Chandigarh, with its history going back to 1917.

The NCC group had been under pressure from the CCET authorities to vacate the hostel, which had been allotted to the group years ago. In 2003, the UT Home Secretary intimated the NCC authorities to vacate the premises, but since there was no suitable accommodation available, extension was granted. In the meantime, the decision to allot land for an NCC complex kept lingering.

NCC was initially offered 4.5 acres of land in Sector 49-C, but it was later reduced to 2.6 acres following realignment of a major road passing through the area.

The allotment of land for the complex comes in the wake of a policy decision made at a high level meeting at South Block, New Delhi in 2003. it was then resolved that all states create cohesive NCC complexes capable of housing an entire group and its units, including training infrastructure.

NCC is funded jointly by the central and state governments. It is the responsibility of the state government to provide accommodation of NCC units within their respective states.

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Passing thru

Mark Walker, First Secretary, Education Services, British Council, New Delhi
Mark Walker, First Secretary, Education Services, British Council, New Delhi

What do you have to say about the education system in India?

The best part of the Indian education system is its diversity. The country has world-class educational institutes. And most important aspect is that parents as well as children recognise the importance of education and as such work very hard.

Any negative aspect noticed in the system?

I have heard that there is a tendency of classes being teacher-focussed rather than being student-focussed. Under the modern education system, more focus should be laid on students.

What differences do you see in students from Indian schools and those in the UK?

Students in India are more committed to education and are aware that it is going to play an important part in their lives in the future. In the UK, students are more complacent about their future. The discipline in Indian classrooms is outstanding and students have respect for their elders, but it is not so in the UK.

Kulwinder Sangha

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MCC moots separate processing plant for meat garbage 
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The clear stand by a company setting up a garbage processing unit in the Union Territory not to take any slaughter house waste in the treatment process has prompted the Municipal Corporation to come up with a bio-gas plant.

The MC proposes to set up a bio-gas plant of three-ton capacity based on slaughter house and vegetable waste. The plant will generate about 6-7 cylinders of bio-gas (19 kg each or 18-20 KW electricity which can be used for operation of slaughter house). The MC was moved to take up the option because the MoU, signed with the M/s Jai Prakash Associates, clearly stated that “no slaughter house waste will be supplied to the company along with the solid wastes”.

The corporation estimated the rough cost of the project at about Rs 40 lakh. Once the matter was cleared by the General House of the corporation, the MC would be soon floating the tenders seeking ‘expression of interest’.

It was pointed out that as per the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules; disposal of slaughter house waste, along with the solid waste, was not permissible. Once the processing unit was commissioned, the MC would find it difficult to dispose the waste.

The corporation has one modernised slaughter house in the Industrial Area. Approximately 1000 kg of waste, along with 100 kg waste of meat, is generated in the city, daily. Presently, the slaughter house waste is being dumped in the Dadu Majra Dumping Ground which was against the waste disposal rules.

The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee advised the MC to submit an action plan for disposal of meat waste. The MC contacted the PGI, General Hospital, Sector 16 and GMCH, Sector 32. All three institutions expressed their inability to handle the meat waste, sources said.

Dr G.C.Bansal, Medical Officer Health, met the MOH, Pune, where small bio-gas plants have been set-up and are functioning satisfactorily. Another similar plant of 20 tonnes capacity has been set-up by the Municipal Corporation, Vijayawada, which also gave a satisfactory report regarding functioning of the plant.

The main proposals of the slaughter house disposal plant include: capacity to treat three tonne combined waste of slaughter house and vegetable market yard; an area of 400 square metres; 3500-4500 litres of water daily; and no foul odour from the plant. The company will also be responsible for operation and maintenance of the plant, sources added. 

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100 acres needed to relocate dairies
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Administration is looking for suitable land to rehabilitate around 20,000 cattle heads being reared in illegal dairies across 18 villages. These villages do not come under the jurisdiction of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

About 100 acres of land was required to relocate these milch cattle, said sources in the Administration. The office of the Land Acquisition Collector and Rural Development has been asked by the Administration to check out the availability of land.

Though other modalities like terms and conditions for rehabilitating the dairies was yet to be worked out. It could be on the pattern of the milk colony set up by the Administration on the outskirts of Maloya village.

In Attawa, Burail, Badheri and Buterla villages, around 2,000 cattle heads have been already shifted to Maloya village milk colony.

The owners of milch cattle have been given plots measuring 10 marla and 1 kanal on rent by the Chandigarh Administration.

Sources said since the Administration was toying with the idea of setting up model villages, these illegal dairies were an eyesore and a stumbling block in the upgrading of basic amenities.

“Once these dairies move out, we can plan villages as envisaged by the subgroup of the Administrator’s Advisory Council,” said a senior official.

The subgroup constituted for the development of UT villages has recommended remodelling of the hub of the villages and to do away with the unhygienic conditions and haphazard growth.

Sources said the relocation could be at more than one place seeing the requirement of the land. The villages where the maximum numbers of milch cattle were being reared were Hallo Majra, Dhanas and Sarangpur.

Mr Subash Chawla, a former Mayor, while referring to the moving out of dairies from the four MC villages, said after initial reluctance, the cattle owners were a happy lot as the rate of property had gone up.

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Mohali roads to be widened,
parks to be given to MC

Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 28
Certain roads in the town will be widened to ensure smooth flow of traffic while the parks will be handed over to the Municipal Council for maintenance.
This was stated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar MLA, while addressing a press conference here this evening.

He said he had held a meeting in this regard with senior officials, including the Deputy Commissioner, the Chief Administrator, the Additional Chief Administrator of PUDA, the Administrator of the civic body and the SDM.

He said it was decided that the road leading from Balongi village to Phase XI and then from Phase XI to Tribune Chowk be four-laned. The Chandigarh Administration would also be requested to respond as part of the area fell in the Union Territory. He said this road would be used as a temporary bypass. Certain other roads would also be widened.

The MLA said all parks in the town would be transferred to the council for maintenance. PUDA would have to arrange funds so that the maintenance of these parks was completed by the time of handing over. The work of streetlight maintenance would also be handed over to the council, he added.

He said a facelift would be given to all markets in the town. The parking areas would be widened and wherever required greenbelts would be done away with. In the first phase, only the areas up to Phase VII would be covered under the project.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh said Matour, Kumbhra, Sohana, Lakhnour and Kambali villages would be provided with proper sewerage and water supply facility and the work would be done by PUDA.

He said Sector 71 was facing water shortage. The authorities concerned had been directed to feed the area with canal water supply so that the problem was sorted out. They had been given three days for the work.

The MLA said the government would be asked to clear the case of the civic body regarding the extension of municipal limits. Special development plans had been drawn up for Madanpura, Mohali, Shahimajra and Matour villages.

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Man threatens to sue bank over telemarketing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
A resident of Phase X, Mohali, is a harassed person. For the past about two years, Mr N.S. Bal has been at the receiving end of the telemarketing agents of a leading private bank.

Despite repeated representations to the bank authorities to stop the “harassment” by its telemarketing agents, Mr Bal’s ordeal continues with the agents calling at the odd times. He has now threatened to move court against the bank.

“The situation has gone from bad to worse as the frequency of calls by the agents has increased over the past few weeks. Despite refusal to take the call from one agent, another would ring up a little while later. This only shows that the bank has distributed my landline and mobile numbers to a number of agents,” Mr Bal alleged.

In a representation to the Sector 8 regional office of the bank, Mr Bal has alleged that he was even challaned by the Chandigarh police while attending a call from one of the agents.

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Akademi announces awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi yesterday announced its annual awards in the categories of painting, graphics, sculpture, photography and drawings. Among the winners in various categories are — Anand Shinde (painting), Sanjay Kumar (graphics), S.M. Dhami (photography), Gauri Sharma (drawing), and no award in sculpture category.

Student winners Megha Katyal and Sonika for painting, Ravi Prakash for graphics, Jaswinder Singh for sculpture, Suresh Kumar anmd Mala Goyal for photography, Harkanwal Kaur and Vikas Bhardwaj for drawing.

Commendation awards went to Bhumika, Vibhuti, Reeti, Rohit, Shiven Tanwar and Guriqbal Singh.

The jury comprised Dr B.N. Goswami and Sidharth.

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Sangeeta Mehta’s bhog held

Mohali , April 28
The bhog of the well– known Punjabi film actor, Sangeeta Mehta, took place in the Sanatan Dharam Mandir in Phase IX here today. Sangeeta Mehta had died on April 17 in the PGI, Chandigarh, after a prolonged illness.

Mr Joginder Kumar, brother of the late actor, said she lived with her younger brother in Mohali and remained admitted to the PGI for long as she suffered from a number of health problems.

She had played prominent roles in films like “Put Jattan De”, “Anakh Jattan Di” , “Guru Manyo Granth” and “Jat Te Zameen”. She had also played important roles in various plays like “Sanjog”, “Kis Ka Haath” “Baby” and “Maaskhore” . OC

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Encroachments cleared in Raipur Kalan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The demolition squad of the Estate Office today cleared encroachments on about 10.50 acre in Raipur Kalan village here today. The land has been handed over to the Municipal Corporation for setting up a gaushala.

Initially, about 22 acres was to be handed over to the MC. But the owners of the 10 acres got a stay from a court. The stay was vacated yesterday after which the demolition was carried out today. The demolition drive was completed in two hours. 

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2 more PCS officers join Admin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Two more PCS officers today joined the Chandigarh Administration on deputation for two years. The officers, Mr Daljit Singh and Mr Amit Talwar, joined the administration. Though the two officials are yet to be given departments, Mr Talwar is likely to join as Assistant Estate Officer in place of Mr N.S. Brar, the outgoing AEO.

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Two held on impersonation charges
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
Two persons were arrested on the charges of impersonation after they were caught red-handed by the Railway Recruitment Board officials here, during the verification of the documents. It was alleged that the one of the accused had send someone else to appear for him in an examination conducted by the board last year in September while the other accused had arranged the examinee for the original candidate.

The police has arrested Kalu Ram Meena of Alwar district in Rajasthan along with Bacchu Singh, who arranged a person for Kalu top appear in the exams. A case under Sections 419, 420 and 34 of the IPC has been registered in this regard.

Sources at the Railway Recruitment Board in Sector 8, said a test was conducted by the board in September last year for the post of supervisors in Jammu and Chandigarh. Kalu Ram, then 
allegedly did not himself appear in the exam and hired a person who appeared in his place in the exam.

Today the board had called for 15 persons for verification of their documents. During verification the officials became suspicious when the photograph of Kalu Ram did not match and he also failed to give satisfactory answers.

On seeing him being caught Bacchu Ram, the agent, allegedly fled from the spot thus confirming the suspicion. The board employees chased him and nabbed him at the Sector 17 ISBT. The matter was later reported to the police, which arrested the accused after registering a case. 

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House burgled, Rs 5,000 stolen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 28
Close on the heels of a burglary in a showroom of an electronic goods located in the Sector 11 market, burglars struck at a house located in Sector 9 and decamped with cash and other valuable worth thousands of rupees.

The burglars broke into the house in the absence of the owners, Mr Gopal Kishan Hooda, and his family who had been to Hardwar.

Mr Hooda was shocked to see the locks of his house broke open after he returned late last night.

According to Mr Hooda, the burglars took away a sum of Rs 5,000 in cash besides silver glasses and other ornaments.

Though the case was reported to the police in the morning but neither the dog squad nor the forensic expert team had visited the house till late in the evening.

Snatched: Two motorcyclists snatched a gold chain from a woman in the Sector 12 market in broad daylight here on Friday.

According to Mrs Puneet, the victim, two youths, who were riding a motorcycle bearing a Chandigarh registration number, snatched her gold chain when she was returning home from her friend’s house.

The motorcyclists sped away as soon as she raised the alarm. The police has not registered any case in this regard.

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Goods worth Rs 1.5 lakh stolen

Mohali, April 28
Thieves decamped with goods worth about Rs 1. 5 lakh from a factory in the Phase VII industrial area here last night .
According to reports, thieves entered the building by breaking the rear wall and decamped with tractor parts and parts of some machines. Footprints and prints of the tyres of a rehri were noticed at the back of the factory by its owner. It appeared that after breaking into the unit the thieves loaded the items into a rehri and disappeared .

Injured: One person got injured when two trucks collided near the Kumbra chowk in the wee hours here today.

It is reported that Devinder Singh, the driver of the truck, coming from Yamunanagar, was taken to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The driver of the truck coming from the Sohana side had fled from the scene soon after the accident. His truck was loaded with scrap.

Traffic problems arose due to the accident as both the trucks had overturned . The police had to divert the traffic in the area. OC

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Boy dies in mishap
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 28
A 13–year–old boy was killed after he was hit by a Punjab Roadways bus in Phase VIII here today .
According to the police, Ravinder Singh, who worked as a hawker, was coming from the direction of Phase XI and the bus was going towards the bus stand when the accident took place. Ravinder Singh got seriously injured and was taken to Fortis Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries .

The family of the deceased hailed from Gurdaspur. The police has registered a case under Section 279 and 304 A of the IPC in this regard on the statement of Mr Mohinder Singh .

The driver of the Punjab Roadways bus has been arrested by the police . 

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