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In-laws set woman afire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
A 24-year-old woman was allegedly set afire by her minor brother and sister-in-laws after pouring kerosene oil on her at her Sector 7 residence this morning. She was sustained 80 per cent burn injuries, said the police.

Sources in the Sector 26 police station said the victim, Vidhyawati, a housewife, alleged in her statement recorded before a magistrate that her in-laws had been harassing and maltreating her to bring dowry. She alleged that her 16-year-old sister-in-law and 12-year-old brother-in-law poured kerosene on her before setting her afire. Her husband Rakesh Kumar, who is working in a private company in Barnala, and his mother were not at home at that time. The incident took place at around 8 am.

The police has registered a case of attempt to murder, including cruelty against married woman and criminal conspiracy under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code in this regard against her husband and her in-laws. The police said efforts were on to arrest the accused.

The sources said after hearing cries, neighbours rushed to the victim’s help and finding her engulfed in flames reported the matter to the police.

The police shifted the victim to the Sector 16 General Hospital from where doctors referred her to the PGI.

Vidhyawati, haling from Uttar Pradesh, in her statement told the police that she was married to Rakesh about 15 years ago. She said she was living with him for the past over five years. The couple is issueless.



MC identifies monsoon trouble spots
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has completed the survey to mark the expected trouble spots for the residents during the forthcoming monsoon. Related emergency services, particularly fire tenders and other machinery to drain out the water, will be kept on the waiting.

Majority of the roundabouts on the city roads are the most predictable trouble areas during rains and certain spots, including the 21-22-34-35, Sector 17, 34-35-43-44 and 24-25-14-15 roundabouts, besides certain others, are mostly travellers' nightmares.

Senior officials said that other areas identified as the potential venue for water "flooding" were opposite Yatri Nivas in Sector 15-C(nearly 10 feet below normal ground level), 15-D, Kumhar Colony and one corner of Panjab University. The residential quarters of Judges in Sector 24 also fell in the area with potential danger of water overflow. A big portion of Bapu Dham colony is in shape of a saucer, which leads to water logging. The lane of houses at the back of South End Hotel in Sector 35 has also been marked as a potential danger area. The residents have made certain ramp constructions, yet the water threat will continue even this year, sources said.

"Nothing much can be done about these areas because these are convergence points and in case the rain is heavy, the traffic is often stuck up and it is common to see two-wheelers conking off out of service", Mr R.C.Diwan, Executive Engineer , said.

Mr Diwan pointed out that the city had a North to South gradient which was very marked at certain points so it was natural that residents face certain difficulties in case of heavy rain. The city drainage is designed for a 15 mm per hour rainfall capacity. In case of heavy rain the sewers get slow leading to public inconvenience. He said the difference between the North to South gradient can be gauged from the fact that the difference between Sector 1 and Sector 47 was 150 feet.

The MC has started the process of clearing the drains already and at least 32 sectors have been completed. As many as 10 Junior Engineers and four SDOs have been put on duty as heads for different teams and the process is likely to be completed by the third week of June.

It was pointed out that the services of the roads wing are being taken to clear the points where the water of the drains enter the choe. Polythene and other waste which block sewers is being removed. "We don't have constructions like Mumbai, nor do we expect as heavy rains. Ours is a planned city. However, things become uncomfortable for public in case of very heavy rains", a senior official said.



Petrol stations run dry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Even as the city is reeling under the impact of the steep rise in fuel prices, over a dozen petrol stations in the tri-city ran dry in the morning.
Sources say that many oil companies did not send their tankers to the filling stations last night, so that these could be sold at the revised rates. Owners of petrol stations said that even at the Panipat refinery and depots in Ambala and Sangrur, the tankers were filled only today, and thus the pumps got their supply late, resulting in several pumps running dry for a few hours.

Meanwhile, the hike in fuel prices has come as a shock to the city residents. Most of the residents blamed the government for frequent price hikes, saying that this would adversely affect their monthly budget. 



Thieves decamp with gold, cash
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
Thieves decamped with gold, cash and other items from two houses here when the owners were out of station.

Mrs Pritam Kaur, a resident of Sector 68, said she had gone to Batala in connection with some work a few days ago and nobody was at home. When she came back today she saw that her house was ransacked and thieves had taken away cash and other items.

Mr Jaswant Singh, a resident of Sector 69, complained that thieves had taken away two gold sets weighing about 10 tolas, Rs 9,000 in cash and other items from his house. The theft came to his notice today when he came back from Nawanshahr where the family had gone in connection with a death. The police is investigating the matter.



HC lawyer goes missing in Ropar
Car found near canal
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 6
A practising advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Rajesh Gumber, a resident of 39-A Chandigarh, has gone missing from here under mysterious circumstances.

His car (CH-03Q-0473) was yesterday found near Bhakra canal near Ehmadpur village around 10 pm by a police party. His mobile phone, wallet, ATM cards and other belongings were found in the car.

Suspecting that the lawyer had jumped in the canal, the police today called in divers to search for him in the canal.

The police is uncertain about the fate of the lawyer as no suicide note has been found either from the scene or the car.

The police said the lawyer’s wife, Bandna, who lives in Sector 39 A, Chandigarh, lodged a complaint this morning stating that her husband had left the house around 5.30 pm yesterday saying that he was going to his friend’s place in Sector 11.

But when she did not hear from him for some time, she called Rajesh on his mobile phone around 8.25 pm. He answered and told her that he would return soon.

Later when she again called him to know the reason for further delay, Rajesh did not respond, although his mobile phone was on.

Rajesh’s father Swaran Singh told the police that his son was mentally stable and had no reason to suspect that he had jumped in canal.

He has asked the police to look into the possibility of foul play behind the disappearance of his son.

“The car of the lawyer was locked when it was found abandoned near the Bhakra canal. We broke the window to search the car. His belongings, including mobile phone, were found in the car,” SHO (Sadar) Varinderjit Singh, who is investigating the case, said.

From the call record of the lawyer’s mobile phone, it has been established that Rajesh was in Ropar when he received his wife’s call at 8.26 pm yesterday.

The lawyer had also sent a message to his wife that he was coming home soon.

“We are examining the call record to know whom he called and from whom he received calls before he went missing,” the SHO added.

“We are investigating all angles and have deployed divers to search for him in the canal,” he concluded.



Passing thru

Peter Tighe
Mr Peter Tighe (from Paris) Assistant Zone Director, Matrix

What brings you to the city?

I am here for the promotion of Hair Raiserz which has recently opened in Chandigarh. This is my first visit to the city.

Which kinds of hair styles are famous in India?

Regarding hairstyle, long hairs are preferred by women while up to shoulder length by men. Mainly good texture makes your hair look stylish and good. It gives shine and smoothness to hair.

What you would think about hair colouring?

Colouring makes hair look beautiful. These days chocolate and red colours are mostly used by the people. But one must choose colour which suits his complexion and skin tone. Good quality chemicals should be used so that hairs are not affected in a negative way.

Are you providing any special facilities in India?

We are in a process of employing professionals from abroad here for training purpose. That will enhance the quality of staff and will bring accuracy. We have set up laboratories where scientists are working for developing products specially to suit Indians. — OC



BJP’s dharna against petrol price hike
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, June 6
In the wake of unprecedented rise in petrol and diesel, the Chandigarh BJP activists led by their president Yash Pal Mahajan held a protest demonstration today in front of the office of Congress Bhavan sector 35.

The protestors sat atop horse carts, with scooters and cars loaded in it. Then they marched towards Congress Bhavan in Sector 35.

The police stopped the procession from going ahead near the Sectors 34-35 roundabout. The BJP workers held a demonstration there.

Addressing the demonstrators, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan said the Congress had raised the prices of essential commodities in an unprecedented manner.

The Congress-led government had raised the petroleum prices six times during the last two years. They demanded that the price hike should be withdrawn.



Police grills wife of Dy Mayor 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Harneet Singh, wife of Deputy Mayor H.S. Lucky, and one of the suspects in the theft case of expensive clothes from a showroom in Sector 17 in April, this year, today joined investigation following the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Sources in the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police said Harneet Singh along with her husband and counsel came to the Crime Branch to join the investigation at around 4 pm. The court has directed her to join investigations till June 8.

Senior police officers refused to disclose the details of the interrogation saying that it would adversely affect the investigations. Sources said Harneet was interrogated by a sub-inspector and a woman police officer about her involvement in the theft of clothes from the showroom.

The officials have asked Harneet to come on Wednesday. They would also call Jaspal Kaur Bhattal to join investigations.

The local police had booked Harneet and Jaspal Kaur Bhattal under Sections 380 and 34, IPC, claiming to have sufficient evidence to believe that the two women were hand in glove with Raju, a salesman of the garment store.



Mohali power supply better, claims PSEB
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
All villages falling under the Mohali circle have been provided with power supply on the urban pattern.
Mr Surinder Pal, Deputy Chief Engineer, said 313 villages had been provided power supply as was being done in urban areas. He said earlier villages were getting power supply only for a few hours when the three phase power supply was released for tubewells. As such the residents of all these villages were facing problems. Now the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had separated the tubewell supply from that of the residential area.

He said residents of the town were being provided better power supply as compared to last year. No feeder in the town, at present, was overloaded. Residents of Phase VII faced power supply problems earlier which had now been solved. He said as many as 22 new 11 kv feeders had been set up. Three new 66 kv grid substations, had been set up in Phase VIII, Sector 68 and Dehri village. The fourth grid substation would come up in Chaula Khurd village. Mr Surinder Pal said 15 per cent more power was needed for consumers of the Mohali circle.

Giving a breakdown of the load profile, Deputy Chief Engineer, said 36 per cent of the entire load was being consumed by the domestic sector and 45 per cent by the industrial sector. The power consumption by the commercial sector was 10 per cent against the consumption of 6 per cent by the agricultural sector.

He said the load growth had increased by 7.65 per as compared to last year. The connected load last year was 790 mega watt which had gone up to 851 mega watt this year. The power consumption had increased by 13.81 per cent.



Coming, Army’s new combat fatigues
Vishal Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The Indian Army is all poised to don new colours. Rattled by the growing misuse of its combat fatigues by terrorists, the Army has ordered the production of new fatigues which would be available, by November, only at the ordnance factories and not sold over-the-counter.

The new combat dress would be slightly lighter in colour as compared to the existing one and would have distinct Army insignia — four crossed swords with a lion in middle — embossed on it.

A top Army source in New Delhi told The Tribune over phone that the proposal to introduce changes in the combat fatigues was okayed at a commandars' meeting, about a year back, during the former chief, Gen N.C.Vij’s tenure and was being implemented now.

He said the reason for introducing the change was to stem the mounting Army casualties due to the rampant misuse of the fatigues by terrorists. Also, the easy availability of the combat dress at sundry shops was a ready invitation to its misuse.

“The new fatigues are being prepared by a firm which will hand over the produce to ordnance factories in the next three to four months.

“So, by November, the Army would be ready to wear new combat dress which would be available at ordnance outlets only,” he said.

Incidentally, the existing fatigues are almost 30 years old and it is high time the Army got a change introduced.

“High-quality would be the forte of the new dress and will ensure better camouflauge,” the source stressed.

In fact, the emphasis was on the design which removed the new fatigues from the idea of ceremonial military dress or leather-booted authoritarianism, 
he said.

He added that the new dress offered space and carried the signature of a world-class design.

It is noteworthy that Army fatigues are readily available all over the country in the gross violation of rules relating to their sale and purchase.

A casual probe across the city reveals that a complete makeover from a civilian to a battle-ready soldier costs as little as Rs 800!



Jack & Jill Hilltop kids plant saplings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
As a step to celebrate World Environment Day, kids of Jack & Jill Hilltop Club planted numerous saplings in Jayanti Majri village, 6 km from the PGI, yesterday. A workshop in this connection for kids started on May 22 and ended on the eve of World Environment Day. The rustic environment was relished by the children, who learnt how to rough it out along with adventure and fun.

Started by Mrs. Sunaiyna Dass, Principal, Vivek Nursery and Prep School, and Divya, coordinator of this club, this venture was started to let the kids break free from all the tensions. As Mrs Dass says: "Nowadays kids are too involved and bogged down by studies. They have forgotten how to have fun. Indoor games can't be compared to the outdoor ones, which actually give a true learning experience to the kids. This workshop gives an opportunity to know what the real world is.''

Dramatics is also a part of their adventure curriculum where Chandigarh's famous theatre group, Manch Tantra, teaches the young kids about theatre.



Govt bows to contractors’ demands
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
The Haryana Government has accepted certain demands of the Hot Mix Plant Contractors Association for which the contractors had been boycotting tenders till the end of this month.

Members of the association hold a meeting with the Engineer-in-Chief of the Haryana Public Works Department (Building and Roads), Mr Raja Ram Sheoran, yesterday, and made him aware of their grievances, informed Mr Sham Lal Bansal, vice-president of the association.

Mr Bansal claimed that a majority of the demands had been accepted. The demand for increased rates of bitumen, cement and steel during the ongoing works had been accepted, he said, adding that the decision of “not quoting” the government tenders had been withdrawn.



Exhibition of books

Chandigarh, June 6
An exhibition of over 200 books was put up at the State Library, Sector 34, here to mark World Environment Day. The subjects covered were air, water and noise pollution, waste management, environment laws, forest resources, energy resources, global warming, sanctuaries, environmental economics, global warming and organic farming. TNS



Low water pressure

Panchkula, June 6
With the mercury rising, the low water pressure in different sectors of the city has been putting the residents to a lot of inconvenience during the past couple of days.
According to some residents, the situation was worse on the upper floors. While the pressure on the ground floor was normal, the residents of the first and second floors are the worst affected. Residents of Sector 10 seem to be the worst affected. TNS



Protest against MC

Mohali, June 6
Members of the Municipal Water Supply, Horticulture and Field Workers Union held a protest in front of the office of the civic body in Sector 68 here today.
The protesters alleged that the Executive Officer of the Municipal Council (MC) had adopted an indifferent attitude towards their problems and failed to meet their genuine demands. They said their demands should be fulfilled, failing which they would intensify their stir against the council. OC



Bid to steal overhead cable 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
An attempt to steal the overhead electricity cable led to the power disruption on the Chandigarh-Ambala section on June 3. The evening New Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi Express was stranded for about an hour at Zirakpur.

The facts have come to light following an inspection carried out by the traction rolling distribution (TRD), a wing of the electrical wing of the railways. A complaint has been lodged with the Railway Protection Force.

Sources in railways said the moment the unidentified thief threw a wire on the overhead wires, the supply tripped from the Ghaggar sub-station which feeds power to power traction moving on the Chandigarh-Kalka section. Though the wire did not break, sparking started at the spot near railway over bridge at the railway traffic lights in Mani Majra. The Shatabdi was near Zirakpur when the supply tripped and the train stopped.

Though the remote sensor at Ambala noticed the fault, the exact spot could not be pinpointed. A passerby, who noticed the sparking, informed the railway officials who corrected the fault. For a stretch of about 22 metres where the sparking took place, there is a caution for the railway driver to pass at slow speed.

The Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer, Mr Y.P. Singh, said the power tripped due to an attempt of theft. He said a complaint had been lodged with the police.

In the past similar incidents have been reported from Panipat and other places in Haryana.



Two women pickpockets held
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
Two migrant women labourers were caught and were handed over to the police after they allegedly picked the pocket of a local resident today.
According to reports, Gurvinder Singh, who had withdrawn Rs 15,000 from a bank in Phase III B 2, stopped at a chhabeel at Gurdwara Sacha Dhan Sahib to have sweetened water.

As he was having the chhabeel, the two women allegedly picked his pocket and ran with the money towards a tempo parked nearby. Gurvinder along with a friend caught the women and later handed them over to the police. The police identified the women as Rita and Anita, residents of Nera Kheri in Bihar. They were now living at Kurali, near here, and were working as labourers.

The police reportedly recovered Rs 10,000 from the two women. A case has been registered. 



Wallet stolen at GMCH-32
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Mr Chandan Suri, Marketing Executive, The Tribune, lodged a complaint with the police that his wallet was stolen at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here this afternoon. The wallet containing his driving licence, registration certificate of his motor cycle, ATM card, identity card and some other important documents, was stolen while he was in an elevator in the hospital.

Mr Suri has requested that whosoever finds his wallet should return it to The Tribune Office in Sector 29-c or contact him at his mobile phone: 98149-47777.

Chain snatched: Two unidentified scooterists snatched a gold chain from a woman in Sector 34, late last night. Besides this, two cars were stolen from the city in the past 48 hours. Elsewhere, the local police held a person on the allegations of carrying 26 grams of smack.

According to sources, Ms Davinder Kaur Puri of Sector 45 reported to the police that two unidentified youngsters, who were on a scooter, snatched her gold chain weighing five tolas from near Sector 34, on Monday night. A case has been registered in this regard.

Vehicle stolen: Mr Naveen Gera of Sector 37 lodged a complaint alleging that his Maruti car (CH-03-V-0397) was stolen from his residence during the night of June 4. In another incident, Mr Kiran Saini of Sector 38-West filed a complaint with the police alleging that his car (HR-07-5919) was stolen from the Kiran cinema parking lot on Monday.

Smack seized: The police arrested Balla of Sector 38 from near government tubewell, Sector 38-West, for allegedly carrying 26 grams of smack on Monday. A case under Section 21 of the ND PS Act has been registered 



HOA officials booked
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
The district police has booked a director and a cashier of the Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) in a case of misappropriation of funds and cheating. The two, H.S. Bhadu and Bhupinder Singh, director and cashier of the association, respectively, have been booked under Sections 406 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code.

They have been booked on a complaint by Mr Anand Singh Dangi, vice-president of the newly elected HOA. In his complaint to the police, Mr Dangi alleged that the duo came to the office of the association on May 6, before Mr Naveen Jindal was elected the president of the association, and took away the official documents along with other records.

He also alleged that they did not return the documents to the office of the HOA even after repeated representations. 



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