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Heated debate over Mayor’s trip to Germany
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
As expected, heated arguments over the propriety of the trip of the Mayor and his team to Germany to see functioning of a garbage-processing plant dominated the meeting of the municipal corporation here today. The details of the trip findings remained in the background.

The debate revolved on the worthiness of the visit. It was argued that the report mentioned that the plant would produce a byproduct, fluff, along with pellets. “We were told the machine will produce only pellets,” certain councillors pointed out.

Mr P.S. Aujla, Commissioner, clarified that “fluff was the raw material for pellets. It does not make a difference to us what they make till the time it caused pollution. They have assured us on pellet production. In any case it was a fuel which they will carry to their cement plant in Himachal Pradesh.”

The matter was taken up by Ms Kamla Sharma of the BJP and Ms Harjinder Kaur of the Akali Dal. The main grievance of the councillors was why their question on the plant was not made an agenda item.

This was followed by a question by Dr B.R. Verma, a nominated councillor, to which even Mr Surinder Singh, Mayor, did not have a satisfactory answer. Dr Verma is associated with the project since its inception. He was the chairman of the sanitation committee in 2002 and was in the same capacity now. He said his main grievance was the way in which the trip was planned. “I had said in January that I was not fit to undertake a long tour because of medical reasons. Much before this tour in March, I had told the Mayor that I was now fit. Still, he did not find it fit to communicate to me.”

Mr Chandermukhi, a Congress councillor, questioned differences in the terms and conditions in the MoU and the project to be actually carried out. He said the pictures of trip showed no functional plant but only machinery. Similar objections were raised by Ms Amar Kulwant. Mr C.K. Sawhney questioned the trip on the ground that the team had no experts.

Mr P.S. Aujla said he had details of the entire project which any councillor could come and see. Mr K.S.Raju said, “We should appreciate the project being undertaken in the city, which will have a big impact on the future waste management of the city.”

Ms Shyama Negi, Senior Deputy Mayor, had a heated exchange of words with the Mayor when she spoke on the trip. She stated that she was the area councillor and had been assured time and again that no trip would go without her. She had held a press conference earlier, saying that “I was duped and sent on a trip to Bangalore and behind my back the Mayor went abroad along with his chosen ones.”

Mr Surinder Singh said, “I would not have taken you in any case.” Ms Negi then said, “I will only like to know why the trip was a kept a secret.” A cross-section of councillors of all political parties and senior officials said, “The issue was not about propriety of the trip. It was only why certain interested councillors had been left out on a foreign trip.” This was refuted by Ms Negi when a mention was made on the floor of the House.

Meanwhile, the House agreed to the inclusion of new areas in the MC limits, which included Darshni Bagh (Mani Majra), Sectors 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56, besides certain parts of Sector 48.



Admn fails to hand over parking lot to MC
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Four years after a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the Chandigarh Administration to vacate the underground parking lot in front of the Estate Office, Sector 17 and hand it over to the Municipal Corporation to make it functional, no effort has been made to comply with the orders.

The parking lot had to be vacated in three months. Rather, the underground parking is being used as a store by the Election Department and the other half is being used as record room by the Building Branch of the Estate Office.

Another underground parking for two wheelers in the vicinity of the Estate Office is also lying in disuse. A portion of the parking slot meant for two-wheelers has been used to place a generator set and a rest room, while the other half is also being used as a store. The entry to both the parking has been locked by the officials concerned.

Hundreds of visitors come to the Estate Office, housed in the Town Hall Building, and other offices of Excise and Taxation department, Social Welfare Department, Election Department, Pollution Control Committee, Science and Technology, Regional Employment Office, and some other offices located in the Town Hall Extension Building.

The parking lot for official vehicles has seldom any space as private vehicles of the government employees are parked there. The vehicles with the 'parking authorization' issued by the Estate office do not find space in the official parking.

A ramp leading to the Town Hall Extension Building is being used to park vehicles of Excise and Taxation Department. The ramp leading to the underground parking is being used for parking of two wheelers. As a result, the visitors park their vehicles along the road leading to the flyover on the bridge market.

Enquiries reveal that about 1000 vehicles are parked daily in the paid parking lots in the vicinity of the estate office. Due to shortage of space, two to three vehicles are parked in a row by the private contractors. The Traffic police have put up a 'no parking' board on the road but to no anvil. The situation is equally bad in the paid parking lot in front of the 30 Bay Building.



Tragedy waiting to happen
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
As if electrocution of three buffaloes in Sector 43 two days ago is not warning enough, there are several open junction boxes and live wires across the city that are waiting for similar accidents to take place. The only difference is that this time it may be a child or even an adult human being.

With the monsoon round the corner, the danger posed by these electric death traps has increased manifold. Naked electric wires and poor streetlighting has been causing fatal accidents in and around the City Beautiful over the years, but only piecemeal measures have been taken after the accident occurs.

The problem exists throughout the city, on roads, in the posh northern sectors as well as the southern ones. The Tribune lensman clicked the accompanying picture of the open junction box, exposing naked electric wires close to the Sector 29-C market within minutes of leaving on an exploratory drive.

In Sector 28, electric poles bearing high tension wires and the supporting wire are still there in the middle of the road, causing difficulty to both cyclists and pedestrians.

With the monsoon approaching, the danger posed by open manholes has also increased. But in terms of open manholes, the southern sectors have more open manholes compared to the northern sectors. Open manholes were noticed opposite the market in Sector 20, besides a house in Sector 30 and many others at the turn of roads. Those beside the roads sometimes prove fatal for two-wheeler drivers unable to negotiate turns.

Just adjoining the CPWD main office in Sector 7 (close to H.No 1148, Sector 7-B) a big pit has been dug in which several children have fallen and many elders have got their limbs broken.



‘Sick’ truth of Mohali Civil Hospital
Child with locket in throat turned away after long wait
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 30
It took a brave father and the local MLA to lay bare the "sick" truth of Mohali Civil Hospital. The hospital doctors allegedly made a child who needed immediate medical attention first wait for over three hours without providing any help, only to ask him to "get out" later.

Mr JP Tripathi, a resident of Mohali, had to rush his five-year-old son Adarsh to the hospital at about 9.15am yesterday. The child had swallowed a locket which had blocked his throat and he could not breathe properly. The child was in immense pain was crying incessantly.

"Before attending to them Dr K.S. Uppal, an ENT specialist, first asked him to get a registration slip made. Then Dr Suri, an anesthesia expert, attended to them and told them to wait for three four hours during which they were not to feed anything to the child. He also told them that the obstruction in the child's throat would be removed," said Mr Bir Devinder Singh, who visited the hospital with the SAS Nagar Civil Surgeon this morning following a complaint by Mr Tripathi.

"The child was not given anything to ease his pain or condition. Mr Tripathi waited for over three hours. But when the child's condition became unbearable, he approached Dr Uppal. Once again he was told that the hospital's operation theatre was being disinfected and no operations would take place. He told them to leave without even referring them to any other place," said Mr Bir Devinder Singh.

Mr Bir Devinder further related that Mr Tripathi tried to talk to Mr Suri but he was talking over his mobile. "He shouted at Mr Tripathi and told him to get out. The poor father rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh and the child was treated in the emergency. Within 15 minutes the child was relieved and the locket was removed from his throat," said Mr Bir Devinder Singh.

Mr Tripathi, along with the MLA and the Civil Surgeon, confronted the Civil Hospital doctors this morning. "All they could do was to hang their heads in shame. The hospital's medical staff is already notorious for referring most of their patients to Chandigarh to keep their burden light but yesterday they crossed all limits of responsibility," said Mr Bir Devinder Singh.

The MLA has written to the government regarding the incident and also recommended that an enquiry be held into the entire incident action taken against the erring doctors. The Civil Surgeon would be holding the enquiry and the report would be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh.



Curbing construction near airfields
Notification to be issued soon
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
A fresh gazette notification by the Central Government to restrict constructions in the vicinity of Air Force stations and sensitive military installations is on the anvil. The earlier notification, which prohibited constructions up to 900 metres from the perimeter wall or fence of a sensitive military installation, expired in 2002.

‘‘In view of the expected notification, we have received instructions from higher authorities to take up the matter with the local administration, asking them to exercise caution while granting permission or issuing no- objection certificates for construction in the vicinity of Air Force stations,’’ Air Officer Commanding, 12 Wing, Air Cmde T.K. Venugopal, told The Tribune.

He said the Air Force would be writing to the UT Administration in this regard shortly. The Air Force had also written to the administration last year after the earlier notification had expired, urging it to limit constructions around the Air Force stations due to security reasons.

It is not yet known whether the new notification will stick to the earlier 900-metre prohibitive zone or issue revised limits. Consultations in this regard are underway between the Ministry of Defence and Air Headquarters.

Construction around sensitive military installations, which also include establishments like ammunition dumps, was prohibited as a security as well as a safety measure.

Air Force officers say that there has been noticeable construction activity around the airfield’s periphery after the earlier notification had expired and the Central Government had failed to renew the notification or extend it.

The problem of constructions in the airfield’s periphery, most of them illegal and unauthorised, affects several sensitive Air Force stations around the country. Prominent among them are Chandigarh, Ambala, Halwara, Pathankot, Pune, Agra, Hindon, Adampur and Gorakhpur. There are places, including Chandigarh, where civilian constructions touch the perimeter wall.

Constructions close to sensitive installations have serious security as well as flight safety implications, Air Force officers said. Constructions, particularly in the runway’s ‘‘funnel’’, that is the approach path of an aircraft, gives rise to bird activity. Brick and concrete structures in the funnel also affect surface pressure causing turbulence and wind shear, which affect smaller aircraft.



CM misleading public on PSIEC land: union
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Members of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) Union on the second day of their mass hunger strike alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was misleading the public regarding the status of the PSIEC land which was being given to Reliance.

Addressing a rally in front of Udyog Bhavan, Sector 17, here today, leaders of the association G.S. Oberoi, Gurdip Singh, Mahan Singh, Balbir Singh, Gopal Dutt Sharma, S.K. Bhanot and Baljeet Singh stated that the PSIEC land at Malout had to be allotted to over 70 applicants.

They added that these applicants had also been interviewed.

Mr Chander Shekhar, general secretary, CITU, addressed the rally and condemned the anti-public policies of the Congress government in the state and alleged that the government was making policies to benefit the big industrialists.

The employees are protesting against the decision of the Punjab Government to give away the PSIEC land at Abohar, Mansa, Malout, Tanda, Muktsar and Goindwal Sahib at throwaway prices.

More than 100 employees observed a 24-hour fast during the past two days.

Mr G.S. Oberoi said the employees would intensify their stir and an all-party convention would be held on July 7 at Udyog Bhavan.



Admn bans functions at Sukhna Lake
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
For the promotion of better habitat for migratory birds and to upgrade the overall ecology of the Sukhna Lake, the Chandigarh Administration today decided to ban practice of holding functions, ceremonies at the Sukhna Lake as it causes a lot of littering and sound pollution, which not only pollutes the Lake water but also disturbs the migratory birds.

The Deputy Commissioner has been asked to meet concerned groups and decide an alternative for holding such ceremonies and functions. The enforcement agencies have been asked to take strict action against those causing littering and sound pollution in an around the Lake.

It has also been decided to install fixed and covered dust bins at the Lake as the swinging and open bins are damaged by dogs at night causing litter and nuisance to early morning walkers.

To further boost the roosting facilities for migratory birds and promote eco-tourism, more water bodies will be developed inside the Lake reserve forest without tree felling and an aquatic park will also be established for the overall development and improvement in the ecology of the Lake.

In order to reduce the inflow of soil in the Lake and provide a good habitat for wildlife in the Sukhna WildLife Sanctuary, soil and moisture conservation measures supplemented with afforestation activities will be continued in the catchment area of the Lake.

In place of concrete structure standing on the island in the Lake, a project is being drawn for further improvement of the island which will include a musical fountain also.

It has also been decided that the Environment Department will conduct regular tours of the students to the Sukhna Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Botanical Garden and other reserve forest areas to impart environmental education to students.

The Chandigarh Administration had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary, Environment and Forest, Mr S.K.Sandhu, to advise on the promotion of better habitat for migratory birds and to upgrade the overall ecology of the Sukhna Lake.



Changes approved in Mohali, Zirakpur master plan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Punjab Regional Town Planning and Development Board yesterday approved the amendments in the outline master plan of Mohali and Zirakpur in accordance with the controlled area plan of periphery of Chandigarh.

The changes were approved at a meeting of the board chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. A spokesperson of the Punjab Government said consequent upon the newly approved master plan, the board also approved the change of land use and change in alignment of sector roads of outline master plan of Mohali and the outline master plan of Zirakpur.

Within the ambit of new master plan, the board also approved to keep the same external development charges for old and extended limits of peripheral town of Zirakpur.

The board also approved the project of M/s Renaissance Build Company Ltd. in Rampur Kalan, Kishanpur and Kurari villages as a part of outline master plan of Mohali. The board also approved the change of land use of 186 acres of land on the Zirakpur-Patiala Highway. The proposed project by Shourya Towers Pvt. Ltd. at Bathlana village and Ansal Township in Mohali over an area of 350 acres had also been approved.

Apart from these, two other projects of M/s Ireo Funds Ltd and mega housing project of Intercity Promoters Pvt. Ltd. were also approved by the board.



Protests against MC policies

Chandigarh, June 30
The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today held a demonstration against the anti-people policies of the Congress-ruled Municipal Corporation in front of the office of the corporation here today.

The demonstration was led by Mr Davesh Moudgil, president of the morcha. He condemned the “anti-people and anti-poor policies of the Congress party ”. Mr Bal Krishan Kapoor, state unit general secretary, Mr Ramvir Bhatti, state unit secretary, Mr Vijay Uppal, district unit president, Mr D.D. Tripathi, mandal president, and Mr Jasjyot Singh, BJYM general secretary, were also present on the occasion. TNS



Air Chief Marshal Tyagi visits BEL
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
During his first visit to Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Bangalore, Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi reviewed the ongoing Air Force projects taken up by the company.

Briefing mediapersons, Mr K.B. Sharma, Manager, Marketing and Public Relations, BEL, said Mr Tyagi visited the radar division and inspected short and medium-range radars Flycatcher and Battle Field Surveillance, respectively.

Mr Y. Gopala Rao, Chief Managing Director of the BEL, along with senior scientists of the company took Mr Tyagi around and showed him the military communication, telecom and broadcast systems divisions and the solar cell manufacturing unit. He also took a round of the Central Research Laboratory at the BEL.

Mr K.B. Sharma further stated that the defence PSU of the company had also got nine non-official part-time (independent) Directors. With the appointment of these professionals the BEL Board has now fulfilled the guidelines of SEBI and the Department of Public Enterprises.

The newly appointed Independent Directors include Mr Bhupindar Singh, former CMD of the State Trading Corporation of India, Prof N. Balakrishnan, chairman of Information Science and Services Division, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Professor (Electrical Engineering), IIT, Chennai, Dr M. Rammohan Rao, Dean of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Mr K.G. Ramachandran, former CMD of BHEL, Dr V. Bhaktavatsalam, former MD of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited, Mr Goverdhan Mehta, former Director of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Mr S. Sadagopan, Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, and Dr S.P. Parashar, Director of IIM, Indore. Apart from this the company has seven wholetime directors.



Electricity Dept’s warning to cable operators
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The Engineering Department today asked all cable operators to remove unauthorised TV cables from electricity poles in different parts of the city within three weeks to prevent any fatal accident in the event of a high-tension electricity cable coming in contact with that of the cable operators’.

Such a contact can damage household electronic equipment. Keeping these things in view, the cable operators have been advised to place the cables underground after taking permission from the Municipal Corporation, failing which action would be taken under sub-section 1(a) of Section 138. The punishment for violation is imprisonment for up to three years or a fine up to Rs 10,000 or both.



Post disabled on important seats: Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Implementing the Disability Act, the Chandigarh Administration today asked all administrative secretaries, heads of departments, boards and corporations under its jurisdiction to post willing disabled persons on important seats involving establishment matters, public dealings.

They have further been directed to provide the required assistance to the disabled by their colleagues so that they may feel encouraged to realise their potential while performing duties.



Tribune employee retires
Tribune News Service

Hem Chand Jain
Hem Chand Jain

Chandigarh, June 30
Mr Hem Chand Jain, Composing Supervisor, The Tribune Group of Publications, retired today after putting in 39 years of service. He joined the organisation at Ambala on November 2, 1967.

Mr Jain was given a warm send-off by his colleagues.

Mr O.P. Arora, Additional General Manager, The Tribune, lauded his services to the institution.



Protest by Central Bank staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
With a view to mobilising support for the nationwide July 11 strike, employees of the Central Bank of India today held a demonstration here.

Addressing protesters, various speakers said if the genuine demands of the employees were not met, the staff would go on strike on July 11, they warned.

The decision to stop benefits under the staff welfare schemes should be reviewed, a press note said here today.



‘Doctor’ kidnaps minor girl
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
A case of kidnapping of a minor girl by a self-styled doctor and his alleged wife has come to light from Janata Colony in Sector 25, here. The doctor, his 'wife' along with the minor girl, employed by him for a nursing course, disappeared from the colony on Wednesday.

The police today registered a case of kidnapping under Section 363 of the IPC in the Sector 11 Police Station after the victim's sister lodged a complaint alleging that her 13-year-old-sister was kidnapped by one Sunil Kumar, the self-styled doctor. The matter was reported to the police after victim's family failed to trace them on their own.

Ms Somwati, the victim's sister, in her complaint alleged that on Sunday, a man claiming to be a doctor came to their colony and took a house on rent. In his mid-thirties, he told the residents of the colony that he would impart nursing training to colony girls. After the completion of the course he would employ the girls in his clinic that he was going to open in Sector 10 shortly.

Falling prey to the allurement seven-eight girls joined the course. He was accompanied by a woman in her twenties, whom he claimed to be his wife. The woman had an 11-month-old girl with her.

She further told the police that in the meantime her sister came to meet her from Muzafarnagar. On seeing her, Sunil approached her offering a job for her sister to look after his 11-month-old daughter.

He said as both he and his 'wife' were working they could not take care of their daughter. He promised to give Rs 1100 per month to her sister for the service.

"I agreed to his offer and sent my sister to him for work. On Wednesday, he asked me that he was going to hospital along with his wife and wanted to take my sister along. Believing him to be a responsible man having a family, I allowed my sister to go with them, but they have not turned up till today" said Somwati unable to control herself.

Somwati informed the police that since Thursday Sunil's mobile phone was switched off. He had locked his clinic and some of his belongings are lying in his room.

When contacted, the police said efforts were on to nab him.



Ex-minister’s son, friends held for bid to kill cop
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 30
The police has arrested Sukhjinder Singh, son of former PWD Minister Sucha Singh Langah, and his four friends for an attempt to murder. The five allegedly bashed and later tried to kill policemen who tried to stop a fight between the five.

The five Sukhjinder Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Gursharan Singh and Amardeep Singh have been arrested under Sections 307, 353 and 186 of the IPC.

The incident happened just after midnight last night when constables Om Parkash and Sewa Singh on duty in Phase 3B2 received information that five men were fighting in the market outside City Lodge. The constables reached the spot and found that the men were in an inebriated state and were having a loud argument. "The five had come to hotel in a Skoda car (PB 10BK 0094) and had also earlier misbehaved with a City Lodge waiter," said Mr Rajinder Singh Sohal, SHO Phase I.

"The two constables tried to placate them but instead they started hurling abuses at the policemen, threatening them that they would lose their job once their government came to power in the state. Constable Harnek Singh and Lakhbir Singh also reached the spot. Harnek Singh again tried to pacify them but they started manhandling him.

They held him from the collars and tore his uniform. They threw him on the ground and started kicking him. When the other policemen tried to save him, they started beating them up too. Harnek was still lying on the ground surrounded by these men when one of them got into the car and started driving towards the constable," said Sohal.

The policemen alleged that the car driver then tried to run over the constable. By this time the other cops had called for more policemen and the situation was brought under control. The five were arrested. "The medical examination of the five has proved that they were inebriated," added Sohal.

The police added that while three of Sukhjinder's friends were from Malout, Amritsar and Lambian, Sukhbir Singh is the son of local Truck Union president Ranbir Singh Dillon.

Bad day for cops

In another incident, two motor cycle-borne youths hit a beat constable when he signalled them to stop at a naka point. However, after slowing down the two speeded suddenly, hitting the constable who fell. The two, Mohan Lal and Panna Lal, both residents of Nehru Colony, Chandigarh, were later apprehended at the next light point and arrested under sections 252 and 332 of the IPC.



Man found dead; woman ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Two deaths were reported in the city today. A middle-aged man was found dead in his Sector 41 house under mysterious circumstances this afternoon while in another incident, a 20-year-old married woman allegedly hanged herself to death at her Darua village residence here this morning.

Talking about the first incident, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) (South), Mr K.I.P. Singh, said, “As no visible injury marks were found on the body, things will only get clear after the cause of death is ascertained by a post-mortem. Meanwhile, we have initiated inquest proceedings and are waiting for the relatives of the deceased to record their statements.”

The deceased has been identified as Ram Kishan Gupta, a clerk in the Haryana AG office. The death came to light this afternoon, when his neighbours, finding the door opened till afternoon, went inside to enquire as they did not notice any activity and found him lying listless on a bed. Ants were moving on the body and blood stains were found on his clothes as well as on the bedsheet. The cooler in his room was on. They reported the matter to the police at around 1.30 pm after which the police reached the spot.

There was no sign of struggle at the spot. The deceased was lying on his back with his hands over his chest. The neighbours told the police that they had seen Ram Kishan last night at around 10 pm. They also told the police that the maid came to deceased’s house this morning, but went away after finishing her job and did not mention about the death. Ram Kishan’s wife Poonam, along with her two sons, had reportedly gone to meet her parents in Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) on June 15.

The police has called Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) experts to inspect the spot. A team of crime branch officials also examined the spot.

The SHO of the Sector 39 police station, Mr Nanha Ram Kadiyan, said, “We have informed Ram Kishan’s wife about the death. She is in Dharamsala and is expected to reach here late tonight. The post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow after her arrival and the body has been shifted to the Sector 16 General Hospital.”

Giving details about the incident of suicide, sources in the Industrial Area police station said 20-year-old Kiran was found hanging from the ceiling fan by her husband, Joginder, at their Darua village residence this morning here. Shocked at the sight, he immediately reported the matter to the police.

Though no suicide note was found, the police said the parents of the victim ruled out the possibility of foul play behind the death. They told the police that Kiran had been in depression of late.

Joginder told the police that they had slept in the same room and when he woke up at around 5 am, he found her hanging from the ceiling fan hook with her sari. They had got married in February this year.

The police handed over the body to the relatives after a post-mortem and initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code in this regard.



Man duped of Rs 53 lakh, 3 Zirakpur men booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The police booked three Zirakpur residents on the allegations of duping a city resident of Rs 53 lakh, which they had taken for a plot that was already sold.

Sources in the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police said, Chatter Singh of Phase I, Industrial Area, lodged a complaint about four months ago, alleging that Surinder Jain, his brother Ravinder Jain and his son Raju Jain, all residents of MS Enclave near Zirakpur had entered into an agreement with him to sell a plot. The accused had allegedly taken Rs 53 lakh from him for the deal, but it was only later Chatter Singh realised that the plot was already sold by the accused to someone else.

The sources said the a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code was registered on the basis of inquiries by the EOW.

3 held for stealing

The police today arrested three UP residents on the allegations of stealing goods from a factory in Industrial Area last night.

Sources in the Industrial Area Police Station said Rajinder Kumar, Rajesh and Ashok Kumar, all hailing from Uttar Pradesh were arrested this morning from Industrial Area following a complaint of theft lodged in the police station. Mr Deep Chakravorti of Phase I, Industrial Area lodged a complaint alleging that dyes and a cycle were stolen form his factory last night. Acting on the complaint, the police nabbed the accused from a naka. A case was registered in this regard.


Surinder Kumar of Sector 9-A lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that Rattan Lal, his servant, along with his daughter, stole Rs 3 lakh and a wrist watch from his residence on Thursday. A case under Section 381 of the IPC was registered in this regard in the Sector 3 police station.

Vehicles stolen

Ravinder Kumar Jindal of Sector 21 reported to the police, alleging that his Scorpio SUV (CH-03-W-5677) was stolen from the residence on June 29. In another incident, Mr Rahul Rana of Sector 15 filed a complaint with the police, alleging that his Hero Honda motor cycle (UP-11-F-5668) was stolen from near Nirman cinema in Sector 32 on Wednesday. Two separate cases of thefts were registered in the Sector 19 and 34 police stations.


The police arrested Sanjay Kumar of Mauli Jagran complex from near a wine shop in the locality on Thursday while allegedly indulging in gambling at a public place. The police recovered Rs 250 from his possession and registered a case under the Gambling Act.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Gobind Kumar of Hallomajra village from Phase I, Industrial Area, on Thursday and recovered three bottles of wine from his possession. A case under the Excise Act was registered against the accused.



Five hurt in group clash
Tribune News Service

Lalru, June 30
Five persons, including a Punjab Home Guards jawan, were injured in a group clash in Tofapur village, near here, today.

According to the police, the clash took place in the wake of a property dispute in the village. Sarban Ram (70), one of the injured, alleged that he and other members of his group were attacked by the other party, which was armed with sharp-edged weapons.

Sarban Ram, Rati Ram, the Home Guard jawan,Sham Lal,Darshan Singh and Mohinder from attacking party sustained injuries in the clash. Of them, Rati Ram was injured seriously and admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh.

On the complaint of Sarban Ram, the police registered a case against five persons — Mohinder, Fakiria, Sheo Ram, Dharampal and Charan Dass. No arrests have been made so far, the police added.



Admn flayed for delay in reducing VAT on 89 items
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has criticized the Chandigarh Administration for reducing VAT on 89 items five months late. This has resulted in financial loss to the traders.

Mr K.S. Panchi and Mr J.P.S. Kalra, vice president and general secretary of the Beopar Mandal, said the decision to reduce the VAT should have been taken on January 25, 2006, the day when Punjab announced to reduce the tax.

The Mandal has made several representations to the authorities concerned. Office bearers of the Beopar Mandal lamented that the administration had failed to give publicity about the registered dealers regarding the ITC claims based on fact sheet submitted on February 14. Though the verification of the ITC claims had been carried out within 60 days, the department is asking for verification after six months.

The Mandal has demanded that after adjusting the refund of ITC of 25 per cent in the first quarter, the remaining 75 per cent should be refunded in one instance with interest as was done by Income Tax Department.



Housing project launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Reliant Infrastructure today launched a Rs 100-crore mega housing project,World1, promising contemporary styling, imposing architecture and luxury living in Mohali.

Mr Hamrit Singh Chawla, Director, Reliant Infrastructure, said here today that under the project, 400 luxury apartments would be constructed on a sprawling 10.5 acres in Mohali, on the Landran-Kharar road, near the upcoming Mohali Golf Club.

The firm has engaged renowned architecture firm Sachdev Eggleston Associates of New Delhi and Axiom Realtors Private Limited to take care of the marketing aspect, Mr Chawla informed.

With nearly 50,000 professionals expected to come for IT jobs in the Chandigarh region in the next two years, the demand for housing had increased manifold, said Mr Chawla.

The World1 complex shall have well-equipped two and three bedroom apartments with every conceivable facility to cater to the urban family’s needs, including 100 per cent power backup, security, satellite TV service, WiFi Internet connectivity, club house, tennis court, swimming pool and jacuzzi, food court, basement parking and department store.

As regards affordability, the families shall have the option to go in for either the fully-equipped ready-to-move-in apartment, or buy a semi-finished one which they can furnish as per their own budget and needs, Mr Chawla added.



BSNL plan

Chandigarh, June 30
The Punjab circle of the BSNL today introduced a new promotional scheme for its prepaid customers.

Under the scheme, the customers can get validity of 365 days and full talk time on recharge coupons of Rs 1,000 denomination activated from July 1, according to a press note issued here today.

Besides, the BSNL has reduced the monthly rental of “One India” plan from Rs 299 to Rs 225 from July 1. In addition, the customers can also get 25 free calls under this plan. — TNS



Oriental office in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 30
A new divisional office of the Oriental Insurance Company will be opened at Mohali tomorrow. It will be inaugurated by the Chief Regional Manager of the company, Mr G.C. Gaylong.

The new office will be headed by the Divisional Manager, Mr Rajesh Sharma.

It will cater to the general insurance-related needs of the people of Mohali, Ropar and Nangal.

It will be the 16th divisional office of the company under its Chandigarh Regional Office.



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