C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S

MC, Health Dept join hands to take on cholera
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh and the UT Health Department have come together to prevent the outbreak of cholera in the city.

In a significant step taken to sanitise vulnerable spots, the MC has started removing handles of hand pumps in slum areas and colonies to prevent people from consuming contaminated water.

  • Water samples taken; hand pump handles removed
  • Drive against cut-fruit vendors launched
  • 9 lakh chlorine tablets arranged

Past experience shows a significant relation between cholera outbreak and the consumption of water unfit for drinking.

Besides monitoring the component of water sources all over the city, the MC has alerted health inspectors and directed them to deal sternly with cut-fruit vendors, who are likely to spread the infection.

In a drive held against the vendors under the Epidemic Disease Act today, MC’s Public Health wing destroyed around 250 kg of cut fruit exposed to dust and flies.

Raids were also conducted all over the city to seize and destroy eatables kept under unhygienic conditions.

Confirming this, XEN Public Health and officiating Medical Officer Health, MC, R.C. Dewan said persistent appeals regarding the threat that cut fruits posed to the health of people had fallen on deaf ears.

“We are going into an overdrive against the vendors now. There is no other way,” he said.

It may be mentioned that sale of cut fruits and other eatables, even ice, stored in unhealthy conditions is banned in Chandigarh till December 31. A notification to this effect is under effect.

The MC has further evolved a five-prong strategy to deal with the imminence of cholera, which came to light when a case was reported in General Hospital-16 from Colony No. 4 around three days ago.

The patient is now responding positively to the treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the MC has arranged nine lakh tablets of chlorine for further distribution to residents of slum and rehabilitation colonies.

Around 20 health inspectors have been deployed in the field to ensure that the tablets reach the population at risk.

The distribution will happen in all demarcated zones of colonies that have blocks.

Documentation and quantification of disbursed tablets will also begin from tomorrow to ensure that help is reaching those who need it, Mr Dewan said.

Anti-Malaria Officer, UT, H.C. Gera told Chandigarh Tribune today that an intensive operation had been started in slums and colonies to nip the infection in the bud.

“We are deploying personnel in all colonies, including Colony Nos. 4 and 5, Nehru Colony, Dadu Majra, Mauli Jagran, Vikas Nagar and Bapu Dham Colony. Chlorine tablets are also being distributed,” he said.



Warning bells sounded on city infrastructure
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Official data released by the Chandigarh Administration as a part of “Chandigarh in Figures 2005” has sounded warning bells for need of a comprehensive planning for the future of population, settlements, healthcare, roads, vehicles and several other fields.

Data indicators

  • The city has a total area span of 114 square km and the population density is 7900 per square kilometre already. The matter gains importance in the context of expected figure of 17.06 lakh by 2026 against roughly 10 lakh today.
  • The hospital number is constant at 49 since 2002. The number of patients has increased by more than six lakh during the same period.
  • There is hardly any change in the number of 35 hotels in the city from the past five years despite doubling of the number of the foreign tourists.
  • Experts feel that limited roads and burgeoning traffic means necessity for a mass rapid traffic modes like the monorail currently under consideration.

The data reveals a population of 10.27 crore in 2005 and the number is expected to touch 17.06 lakh by 2026. The population was 1.20 lakh in 1961 and 4.51 lakh in 1981. The density of population is 7900 per square kilometre which is the second highest in the country.

The data is relevant in the context that the total area of the city is 114 square kilometres only. The design of the city as a part of the master plan by Le Corbusier has left very big open spaces in the north. As a result, the southern belt today has the highest density of population made possible with group housing societies. As an important indicator, the Chandigarh Housing Board plans a ten-storeyed housing society in Sector 63.

The number of indoor and outdoor patients in government hospitals has gone up sizeably from 24.36 lakh in 2002-2003 to 30.69 lakh in 2004-2005. The number of hospitals including ayurvedic, allopathic and homoeopathic, has remain constant at 49 during the period. The administration is considering a hospital in the south. Yet, the data indicates the need for greater healthcare in future.

Experts feel that the city also needs to modify its traffic flow on the roads. As a simple fact, the number of cars\jeeps has increased from 10121 in 1982 to 1,62,263 in 2005 and the number of two-wheelers has multiplied at least seven times during the same period. The UT is working seriously on its project of rapid transport system using a monorail. The CTU has employed more than 100 low floor buses recently. An AC bus service is also on the anvil.



Turning odds into opportunities
Slum children attend national children’s meet in Mumbai
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
From the slums of Chandigarh to the venue of national conference on children’s rights - Rahul, Bhanu Priya and Nagma have come a long way. Not even in their dreams had they envisioned that they would one day get a chance to voice collective concerns of children from their region. But here they are — set out for as many bigger roles and responsibilities.

The meet, organised recently in Mumbai by Childline India Foundation, sought participation of children from diverse and difficult backgrounds. From Chandigarh, Rahul, Bhanu, Nagma made it to the list of selected candidates along with Archit, the only child participant who comes from a normal, privileged background. The children hail from different centres of Youth Technical Training Society (YTTS) which has been sponsoring the education of underprivileged children in Chandigarh for several years. YTTS is also recognized by Childline India Foundation.

As for Rahul, Bhanu and Nagma, they live in the slums of Mauli Jagran where their parents work either as daily wagers or domestic helps. But a conversation with them shows that they have learnt to turn odds into opportunities.

In control of their lives, they talk about the future with hope and heartiness. Even at the meet where 300 children were present, they gave candid opinions on issues of health, education, policing, housing, child labour and trafficking, and these views were expressed in full view of personnel from allied services like police and ministries.

On many of these opinions, the National Charter for Children will now be framed for the Ministry of Women and Child Development to implement. YTTS in charge Ravi Bedi points out, “Childline India is preparing the draft, which will soon be submitted to the government.”

Ms Sangeeta, city coordinator for Childline, who accompanied the children to Mumbai said, “The meet was unique insofar as it encouraged traumatized and deprived children to open up and share their pain. Children were divided into groups and each group was asked to deliberate on a certain issue. The best part was that each group was facilitated by an artiste who helped children to prepare a skit, a song or any other presentation on the topic under discussion. The voices of children were recorded so that policies of the government could be altered to regard them.”

While the National Charter for Children is still being worked upon, the four child participants to the national children’s meet are back into their daily routines. But the memory of the experience will take a long time to fade.



‘Denied hot meal’, man sets himself afire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Annoyed by the alleged refusal of his wife to serve him hot meal, a 40-year-old resident of Sanjay Colony, tried to commit suicide by setting himself afire late last night. The man sustained 60 per cent burn injuries and was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

Giving details, sources in the Industrial Area police station said Bal Mukand, a labourer, had an altercation with his wife over meal late in the night.

He was reportedly in an inebriated state at that time. Incensed at the refusal of his wife, he threatened to set himself ablaze.

His wife did not pay heed to his threat, at which he set himself afire by pouring kerosene over himself.

His wife raised the alarm and soon neighbours gathered at the scene and the police was also called in.

The police shifted him to the GMCH, where he is fighting for life with 60 per cent burn injuries.

A case of attempt to suicide under Section 309 of the IPC has been registered against him. Bal Mukand had lost his young son in a road accident around a month ago.



Parents proud of Rathore’s feat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
For Air Marshal D.N. Rathore and his wife Shiela, it was an exhilarating moment to watch their son, Wg Cdr Ajay Rathore, fly the President. They sat glued to television at their Sector 35 house here to watch their son execute a 40-minute sortie with the President in the rear seat.

“It was gratifying to watch the way everything was handled”, Air Marshal Rathore said.

“I can understand the implications of such a sortie. It means so many things in so many ways”, he added.

“Ajay called up a few minutes after he landed and we had a brief chat”, Ms Rathore said.

“He wanted to know whether we watched it and we told him that we saw it. We were proud and happy”, she added.

They had gone to Pune recently for attending the squadron’s golden jubilee celebrations.

“We had discussed the event. The station was geared up for it”, Air Marshal Rathore said.



Passing Thru

Veer Pal Kaur, former shooter and coach of ace shooter Avneet Kaur Sidhu
Veer Pal Kaur, former shooter and coach of ace shooter Avneet Kaur Sidhu

What does the sport demand?

Anyone who is indefatigable, focussed and has sharp accuracy can be a shooter. Our aim is to prepare him/her mentally and to create interest in the sport. Besides, we train them in basic skills, which will help them achieve success at the big stage.

What is the ideal age for a beginner?

A person aspiring to become a shooter should start at the age of 10 to 12 years. Reason, weapons used in the sport are heavy and require the aspirant to be healthy.

Any other rising star besides Avneet?

Avneet, the gold medallist in Commonwealth Games 2006 at Melbourne, has been doing well in the arena and now we have Shefali Tomar, who participated in the World Cup at Germany in 10m Rifle event. Lakhbir Sidhu and Soman Preet are the other rising stars.

Your expectations from the government?

Though shooters have performed well recently, we have been facing certain hardships. Shooting is a very expensive sport. We provide 10 shots a day on an average, whereas 50-60 shots should be given to each shooter build stamina.

— A Correspondent



Car pool fashion catching on
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Economy is the mother of all necessities. The fuel hike has achieved what remained an observation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the subsequent failed attempts of the Chandigarh Traffic Police to encourage car pools in the city. Several office goers have come together after the fuel hike earlier this week and decided to share a vehicle to work.

Car pool has suddenly become a big hit with all those who live around 10 km or more from their homes. Several people living in Panchkula and working at Mohali have suddenly come together for travelling to work or leaving children for summer workshops. Similarly, some people living in Mohali and working in Chandigarh’s Industrial Area have come together for the purpose.

Mr Laxmi Kant, a senior technologist at the Government Medical College and Hospital Sector 32 has started sharing his car on alternate days with Mr Kashi Nath, also working at the medical college. “From Sector 39, it makes no sense to travel 18 km both ways all by yourself when your colleague staying next door is going to the same place as you go to work”, says Mr Kant, who adds that the money saved each day pays for the fruit he brings for his children.

Similarly, Mr S.K Chaudhry, a Panjab University employee has pooled his car with two neighbours who work at the PGI and in the local engineering college. Mr A.K Agnihotri, one of the co-sharers with Mr. Chaudhry says: “The only way we can beat the price hike is by reducing our expense. With three of us sharing the vehicle, we find no difficulty in doing so, especially since our office working hours are the same”.

Even though the classes of Ms Kamani Joshi, a student pursuing a course in Computer Animation at CDAC in Mohali and her friend do not start and end at the same time, but the two prefer to wait an hour or two for each other to share the pillion of their scooters. “With the money we save, we can go for a movie of dine out once a week without any extra financial burden”, says Ms Joshi.

In its observation in a case titled Namit Kumar versus UT Administration, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has observed that car pools should be encouraged. Subsequently, the Chandigarh Police put up the advantages of car pool on its website, citing the example of car pools in Mumbai, highlighting its advantages. But all this did not make much difference on the Chandigarh commuters.

Some schools in Chandigarh like St. John’s have already taken an initiative in this regard. St. John’s has issued car pool sticker to those cars that bring a group of children to the school to park inside and for others we try to fix up things so that not too many cars gather at the same time.

Car pool not only saves money but also helps in reducing pollution. Mumbai became the first city in the country “to shift gears from whining about traffic and pollution to driving a sensible eco-friendly campaign”.

Websites like www.indiaeyewitness.com/services/pool.asp and www.indiamoto.com help people locate others who are interested in sharing their commute in a carpool or share a ride. These groups are promoting car pool and sell the concept by telling people that they not only save money on parking, petrol, besides advantages like reducing driving stress and travel time.



Home-delivery scooters continue to flout norms
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The Chandigarh Traffic Police is apparently ‘helpless’ when it comes to initiating action against the high and mighty, blatantly throwing traffic rules and regulations to the winds.

Nothing else can explain it better than the sight of VIPs moving about in the seclusion of curtained cars. This is not the end. Home-delivery scooters which belong to quick-food joints, owned by influential residents, too, are blatantly flouting the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act by fitting ‘heat entrapment’ boxes in place of pillion seats.

And then, there is the parking lot in front of Mehfil Restaurant in Sector 17. The parking lot was originally auctioned for two-wheelers only, but is being used for parking cars and other vehicles, illegally.

Interestingly, the violation has been going on for years right under the noses of senior Municipal Corporation authorities, yet no action was initiated.

After a report was carried in these columns, the authorities “swung into action” and removed the board displaying parking charges for vehicles other than two wheelers. The contractor continued to flout the contract conditions by charging motorists for leaving behind cars and other four-wheelers, but the authorities were just not bothered about it.

Similarly, the State Transport Authority (STA), Chandigarh, woke up from its slumber after realising that a news-report on home-delivery scooters was being carried in these columns.

They challaned as many as 13 scooters fitted with the ‘heat entrapment’ boxes on the first day, but that was the end of the drive. In the process, the residents got the impression that the entire exercise was nothing but an "eye-wash", but again no one was bothered about it.

When contacted in this regard, Mr P.S. Shergil, Secretary, STA, Chandigarh, said the matter was being looked into and the owner of Hot Millions had approached the STA with a representation demanding exemption for carrying out alterations in the scooters to fit ‘heat entrapment’ boxes. Besides this, they also met the UT Home Secretary.

However, Mr Shergil termed the modifications and the use of scooters for commercial purposes as illegal because the two-wheelers were registered as private vehicles. Mr Shergil further added that the Home Secretary has asked STA to give its comments on this issue. When asked about his comments on the issue, Mr Shergil said he was yet to study the case.

Legal luminaries assert that the entire exercise of seeking comments was in futility. They added that the fast food joint should have first sought permission and then carried out the modifications. In this case, the vehicles are violating the rules. As such, the authorities cannot simply sit back and say they are waiting for clarification in the matter from the Home Secretary’s office.



Sangharsh panel members stage dharna
Our Correspondent

Mohali , June 8
Members of the Plot Allotment Sangarsh Committee, Sectors 76 – 80, staged a dharna outside the office of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority ( PUDA) in protest against the failure of the PUDA authorities to give possession of plots allotted about six years ago.

The protesters had planned to burn an effigy of the Punjab Housing Minister to show their resentment against the government but did not do so as the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, assured them that he would take up the matter with authorities concerned and find out a solution at the earliest.

The protesters said if they were not given possession of the plots in the next 20 days, the allottees would be compelled to gherao the residence of the Housing Minister on June 29.

Mr Sucha Singh Kalour, president of the committee, said a court had given stay orders only on 7 per cent of the land while PUDA had possession of nearly 93 per cent of the land acquired for developing Sectors 76 – 80.

He claimed that plots had been allotted to 3,950 persons who had even deposited 25 per cent of the money which amounted to Rs 88 crore.

He alleged that even though PUDA was not giving possession of the plots to the allottees, it had allotted land from the same area to Judges and Officers Enclave, Punjab State Electricity Board, Housefed and others where development work was going on at full swing.



Shatabdi stranded for half an hour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The evening Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi Express (2012) and the Himalayan Queen were today stranded at the Chandigarh Railway Station for over half an hour when the supply to the overhead electricity cable was disrupted following a fault at Dappar, about 30 km from here.

The supply failed when the pantograph (an antenna which touches the overhead wires) of an electricity locomotive reportedly got entangled in the overhead electricity cable, following which the supply tripped.

An electricity tower wagon was rushed from Chandigarh to repair the fault. Railway officials ruled out the possibility of another attempt to steal the cable.

“Since the supply comes from Dhulkot through the Ghaggar substation, the traffic movement on the Chandigarh-Ambala section was disrupted,” said an official. Power was disrupted on the Chandigarh-Ambala section of the railway track on June 3. Then an inspection was carried out by the Traction Rolling Distribution, a wing of the electricity wing of the Railways, which revealed that an unidentified thief threw a wire on the overhead wires.



SAD blasts Congress for ‘anti-people’ policies
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 8
The general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Banur MLA, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today blasted the Congress-led UPA government and the Punjab Government for their “failure” on all fronts.

Addressing a rally organised at Handesra, near here, today, the Akali leader alleged that the recent steep hike in the prices of the petroleum products had demonstrated again the “anti-people” stance of the Congress.

Alleging that the Amarinder Singh government had failed on all fronts, the former Finance Minister alleged that the development works had come to a standstill in the state. In fact, the state government was compromising on state’s interests as was evident from the government’s decision to offer land to the Reliance Industries.

Calling upon the party workers to prepare for the coming Punjab Assembly elections, Capt Kanwaljit Singh claimed that the people of Punjab had already made up their mind to throw out the “inefficient and corrupt” Congress regime.

Speakers came down heavily on the government’s decision to hike the prices of the petroleum products, which would have inflationary effect and push the essential commodities out of the reach of the common man.

Mr Nirmail Singh Jaula Kalan, an SGPC Member, Mr Amrik Singh, Mr O.P. Sharma and Mr Bhupinder Saini were also present on the occasion.



Civic body plans to redress grievances
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 8
The Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat has chalked an elaborate plan to redress the grievances of the residents. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting presided over by a senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and Banur MLA, Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

The meeting was attended by 11 of the 15 councillors owing allegiance to the SAD, including the president, Mr NK Sharma and vice-president, Ms Manisha Malik.

Under the plan, the councillors would redress the grievances of the residents at the nagar panchayat office on the working days from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Similarly, Zirakpur has been divided into four zones and the area councillors, along with the president and the vice-president, would visit the zone on every Saturday the on-the-spot redressal of grievances.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh urged the councillors to lay special emphasis on the development works, which he alleged, had taken a back seat during the Congress rule.



Kang calls on agitating pharmacist

Chandigarh, June 8
The Punjab Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development and Tourism Minister, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, today called on Mr Ravinder Singh Pheruman, an unemployed veterinary pharmacist who is sitting on an indefinite fast for the past many days and is presently admitted to the local General Hospital in Sector 16.

The unemployed veterinary pharmacists are protesting against the decision of the Punjab Government of not recruiting them on regular basis. The director Animal Husbandry Dr. B.S. Sidhu, also accompanied the minister. Mr Kang exhorted the unemployed pharmacists to shun the path of struggle and assured them of employment. “The Punjab Government will make it sure that in no way the pharmacists are exploited by the service providers”. Keeping this in view, he said, Capt. Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab and the Cabinet had constituted a high-level committee, which would fix the remuneration of the staff to be recruited by service provider. TNS



MC president pooh-poohs charges
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 8
Reacting to the allegations of irregularities in allotting tenders for the re-carpeting of roads, Ms Manveer Kaur Gill, newly nominated president of the Panchkula Municipal Council, refuted the charges alleging that rival councilors were jealous.

She denied having violated norms while allotting tenders to a construction company. Many construction works, offered by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to the company were in progress so the question of blacklisting the company did not rise.

She made it clear that the tenders for re-carpeting the roads were allotted to Akriti Construction and Development at its lowest bid.

It may be recalled that 10 rival municipal councillors of the civic body, in a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, had alleged irregularities, favouritism and violation of norms by the MC chief while allotting tenders worth crores of rupees.

The councillors, Mr R.K. Kakkar, Mr Mahendra Singh, Mr C.B. Goel, had alleged favouritism in allotment.

They claimed that the HUDA had already blacklisted the company. 



Demand for Nanakshahi calendar up, says SGPC member
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 8
The SGPC has failed to provide Nanakshahi calendars to residents of the town and as such these had to be printed locally to meet the demand.

This was stated by Mr Hardeep Singh, member SGPC, while addressing a press conference here today.

He said the SGPC had made only 200 calendars available in the town. As a demand for many more had arisen, 10,000 Nanakshahi calendars were printed for the local residents. The calendars were sponsored by the Mohali Industries Association.

He said a series of programmes were organised in connection with the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev.

The programmes started on June 3 and would go on till June 17. A shaheedi shatabadi march would be organised on June 14 which would start from a gurdwara in Phase VI and after passing through various parts of the town, would culminate at a gurdwara in Sector 71.



Ekadashi celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The local chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON) celebrated Nirjala Ekadashi with a difference at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, here today.

After mangla aarti at 4 am, hundreds of ISKCON devotees perform japa yoga for at least eight hours and did not even consume water and food during the period.

A chabeel was also arranged on the occasion and hundreds of passers by had a taste of sweet water mixed with milk and prasad.



Petrol price hike condemned
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 8
The Consumer Protection Forum today condemned the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

The forum president said the prices had been increased five times during the last two years and the hike affected the prices of other essential commodities putting an unnecessary financial burden on the common man.

The forum requested the Central and state governments not to put an unreasonable burden on the common man, failing which, the governments would have to face the consequences in the next elections. 



Bank employees honoured
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 8
The State Bank of Patiala, Haryana zone, honoured 13 officers for their excellent achievements in the area of “SBI Life” and “Cross Selling” in a function organised at the zonal office of the bank in Sector 5, here yesterday.

Mr Sudhiranjan Sinha, Deputy General Manager, presented mementos to all team members for their outstanding performances. Team ‘E’ comprising Bharat Bhusan, Ashok Kochhar, Harish Mehta and Dinesh Jain stood second at the all-India level.

Members of other teams which comprised Rohit Monga, Harish Gossain, Raj Kumar, Bina Joshi, Ajeet Singh Shah, Neeraj Sood, S. K. Narang, Subhash Sharma and Ritu Bansal were also honoured by Mr Sinha.



Panchkula Press Club office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 8
Mr Dayanand Choudhary and Mr Sanjay Mehta were unanimously elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Panchkula Press Club, here today.

The elected office-bearers of the club later nominated Dr Sohan Lal Sharma as convener while Mr Surinder Bhatia, Mr Kapil Chadha and Mr P.P. Verma were elected advisors, Mr Rakesh Gupta as senior vice-president, Mr Arvind Goel and Mr Jaipal Singh as vice-presidents, respectively.

Other officer-bearers include: organising secretary—Mr Sat Narayan Gupta; joint secretary— Mr Rohit Rohila; treasurer— Mr Sant Arora; public relation officer— Mr Vikrant Mohan Sharma; members of the executive committee— Mr Vinod Sharma, Mr T.D. Pandey, Mr Harkesh Sharma and Ms Shashi Arora.



No headway in missing girl case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Sayona Dutta, a 16-year-old girl of Sector 32 was allegedly abducted by some unknown person from the city on June 4. The police has sent police parties to various places in Punjab and Haryana but has failed to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of the girl so far.

Sources in the Sector 34 Police Station said that Ms Anita Dutta, the victim’s mother, reported to the matter to the police. A case was registered in this regard on June 5.

The police said they were making efforts to trace the girl and was verifying the mobile call details of the victim and the antecedents of the persons whom she had contacted over her phone on that day. The police has flashed messages to airports in this regard.

Ms Dutta, the victim’s mother, who was under a state of shock, said that the whole family was living under terror over the sudden disappearance of Sayona. She however, did not express doubts over anyone specifically involved in the incident.



Camp opens
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 8
A five-day summer camp on Indian culture and spirituality organised by the Chandigarh and Haryana district of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, in Sector 9, was inaugurated here yesterday.

Mr Rajinder Singh, state president of the organisation, stressed the need for adopting human values in life.

He claimed that the aim of the camp was to create moral and spiritual awareness among school and college students.

Mr S.C. Dheer, district president of the organisation, said experts from various fields would deliver lectures and interact with participants during the camp.



Gurdwara’s plea to Housing Secy
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 8
The management of Gurdwara Sacha Dhan, Phase III B-1, has urged the Secretary, Housing, Punjab, not to allow judicial courts to function from the community centre in the area.

Mr Niranjan Singh and Mr H.S. Syal, president and vice-president, respectively of the gurdwara, met the Secretary along with a deputation in this regard and told him that there was a proposal to house judicial courts in the community centre next to the gurdwara.

The functioning of the judicial courts was not in the interest of the gurdwara and a school running on the same premises.



MC teams monitoring water quality
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The local municipal corporation has constituted different teams for monitoring the quality of water supply in the city, an official press note said here today.

Senior officials of the corporation have been deputed for checking residual chlorine, turbidity and for bacteriological analysis during the supply hours in the morning and the evening. No water sample has failed in the test so far.

The Medical Officer, Health, has deputed four tractor-trailers for cleanliness and lifting of garbage with 40 sweepers to carry out the job.

Sarpanches and panchayat samiti members had been issued a circular to take a stock of the sanitary conditions in their villages and carry out special cleanliness drive.



Advocate’s body not yet found
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 8
There is no clue to the missing advocate, Rajesh Gumbar. He had left his car and belonging near the Bhakra canal.

The police has intensified the search of advocate in the canal with recovery of suicide note yesterday that strengthened its belief that he had jumped into the canal.

The car of the advocate hailing from Sector-39, Chandigarh, was found abandoned on Monday night by the police.

The divers continued to search for the advocate but so far had not been able to trace him.



No water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The water supply to certain portions of southern sectors will be affected tomorrow on account of certain repair work near the main junction of Sectors 37\40, an official press note said here today.

There will no water supply in the afternoon and will be low supply in the evening.




Panchkula, June 8
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Jalvayu Vihar Awas Kalyan Samiti: Air Cmdr (retd) A.S. Mann — president; Mr Kashmir Singh — vice-president; Sqn Ldr (retd) Rachh Pal Singh — secretary; and Comdr (retd) Nishan Singh — treasurer. TNS



Shortage of beer far from over

Chandigarh, June 8
Despite the UT Excise and Taxation Department categorically telling representatives of liquor companies not to form a "cartel" against the administration for not agreeing to increase the EDP (Ex-Distillery Price), the shortage of beer continues in the city.

Officials claimed that though they were trying to resolve the issue with the breweries, they had no mechanism to control the Maximum Retail Price (MRP). — TNS



Four cars stolen in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 8
Four cars, three of them brand new, were stolen from Phases VI and VII last night. Three cars were stolen from one pocket of Phase VII after midnight and all had temporary registration numbers.

According to reports, Mr Surjit Singh complained to the police that an Alto car, belonging to his brother-in-law, Mr Gurmeet Singh, was stolen from his house.

He said he saw the car around midnight, but when he came out in the morning, he found the vehicle missing. Mr Gurmeet Singh was staying in the USA.

A Tata Safari was stolen from another house in the same lane. Ms Bachan Kaur, who returned from the USA a few days ago, complained that the vehicle was parked in front of the house at night, but was not there in the morning.

A Santro car, bearing a temporary registration number, was stolen from the same locality last night. The owner of the car, Mr Satpen, who lived in a second-floor accommodation, said the vehicle was parked in front of the house last night, but was found missing in the morning.

An attempt was made to take away the car of the person living on the first floor of the same house, but the thieves could not do so as the security alarm in the vehicle got set off.

Mr Parveen Sharma, a resident of Phase VI, complained that his Maruti Zen car was stolen last night.

The police registered cases under Section 379 in connection with the thefts and was investigating the matter.

Mr Naunihal Singh, SSP, said it was unfortunate that a number of thefts had taken place in the town. The police was aware of the situation, but such crimes could not be stopped in one go.

He said there was a gang of thieves operating in the town. Its modus operandi was to identify and target brand new vehicles.

To ensure the safety of property, the police would launch a campaign tonight to pre-empt any further attempts to commit crimes by the gang. Some vital clues had been found and the police was hopeful of making a breakthrough soon.

The SSP said since such a campaign included extensive checking and verification, it might cause inconvenience to the public. He appealed to the residents to extend cooperation to the police in this drive. He said residents should increase their vigilance and ensure that their vehicles were parked and secured properly.



Dowry victim’s husband, sister-in-law held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The police yesterday arrested the husband and sister-in-law of Vidyawati, who was allegedly set afire by her in-laws at her Sector 7 residence on Tuesday.

Sources in the Sector 26 police station said Rakesh Kumar, the victim’s husband and his sister Kamlesh were arrested on the charges of attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and cruelty against a married woman on the basis of the statement of the victim recorded before a magistrate.

The victim suffered 80 per cent burns and is struggling for life at the PGI.

Vidyawati had alleged that her in-laws were 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 works in a private company in Barnala, and his mother, were not at home at that time. 



Purse snatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Two unidentified scooterists snatched a purse from a woman in Sector 34 here this afternoon.

Sources in the Sector 34 police station said Ms Jaswinder Kaur of Sector 55 reported to the police that two unidentified youngsters snatched her purse in Sector 34 around 12.30 pm.

Liquor seized

The local police arrested Khushi Ram of Kajheri village from near the Mataur barrier on Wednesday and recovered 12 bottles of countrymade liquor from his possession.

Car stolen

Mr Ajit Singh of Sector 20 reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH-03-H-0300) was stolen from the Sector 22 market on Tuesday.



Tourism panel reconstituted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The Chandigarh Administration has reconstituted the Chandigarh Tourism Advisory Committee for a period of one year to promote tourism in the region under the Chairmanship of the Home-cum Tourism Secretary, Mr Krishna Mohan.

The Advisory Committee will comprise the Deputy Commissioner, the Senior Superintendent of Police, the Managing Director, CITCO, the Director, Rural Development, the Director, Tourism, the Director Tourism-Punjab, the Director Tourism-Haryana, the Director Tourism, Himachal Pradesh the Principal General Manager-BSNL, General Manager Tourism-CITCO, officers representing Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Deccan Airways, Station Superintendent, Chandigarh Railway Station, Col H.S. Sandhu, Mr B.B. Behl, both from President, Hotel Association of Chandigarh, Mr Manmohan Singh, President , Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh, Mr Ashok Bansal, General Secretary, the Hotel Association of Chandigarh, Mr H.S. Bajaj, Bajaj Travels, Mr G.S. Sobti, (Canadian Consulate), Dr Inderjit Kaur Walia, (Director Health Services) and Regional Director, CII.



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