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Eleven file nominations for Mohali MC poll on day one
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 17
The filing of nomination papers for the municipal elections, scheduled to be held on July 30, started on a slugglish note here today even as the election scene in the town has started warming up. Only 11 prospective candidates filed their nominations papers for the civic body poll at the office of the Municipal Council here today. Out of the candidates who submitted their papers to the SDM-cum-Electoral Registration Officer, Mr Sandeep Hans, nine are new faces.

Out of the former municipal councillors, only Mr Phool Raj Singh and Ms Prabhjot Kaur Sodhi filed their nomination papers today. Both are contesting the elections for the third consecutive term this time. While Mr Phool Raj Singh will be contesting from ward no 11, Ms Sodhi has filed her papers from ward number 22.

The nine new faces are Ms Gurbachan Kaur Nanda , a resident of Phase VI, who has filed her papers from ward number 1, Mr Balwinder Singh, another resident of Phase VI who will be contesting from ward number 2, Ms Indu Jolly, a resident of Phase IX, has filed her papers from ward number 13, Ms Sudesh Duggal, a resident of phase IX, has also filed from ward number 13, Mr Harshdeep Singh, a resident of Phase XI, has filed from ward number 21, Mr Jaswant Singh, a resident of Phase XI, has filed from ward number 14, Mr Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Sector 71, has filed his nomination papers from ward number 30, and Mr Dinesh Kumar and Ms Seema Aggarwal, both residents of Sector 71 , have filed their papers from ward number 26.

Out of the 11 prospective candidates who filed their nomination papers today , two were covering candidates.

The authorities concerned do not expect a rush of prospective candidates for the filing of nomination papers even tomorrow. A number of prospective candidates are interested in filing their poll papers on Wednesday, and as such, a heavy rush was expected that day.

The prospective candidates are working overtime to win over the maximum number of voters. They are going from house to house with copies of voters’ list, confirming the number of votes in each house and also wooing voters . They are also distributing election material while making tall promises . It is reported that prospective candidates are also busy throwing liquor parties.

Election offices are being set up with the polls being just a fortnight away. Banners have also been put up at some places in the town. However, they will not be allowed to put banners or posters on public property. Even in the case of private property, prospective candidates could not deface it without taking the approval of the owner. 



Rodrigues for panel on periphery’s development
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today called for instituting a high-level committee of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to ensure effective coordination for the harmonious development of the periphery of Chandigarh and to achieve a sustainable process of urban transformation by balancing social, economic and environmental goals. The distinctive character of the city must be maintained at all costs while pursuing developmental strategies, he said.

He was presiding over a meeting of senior officers, including the Adviser, the Home Secretary, the Finance Secretary, the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, the Chief Executive Officer, Chandigarh Housing Board, the Chief Architect, the Chief Engineer and the Deputy Commissioner to discuss the development of the city’s periphery here.

General Rodrigues said that Chandigarh, being the capital city of Punjab and Haryana, catered to the needs of the residents and also thousands of people especially the employees coming from adjoining states for their day-to-day business, thus putting the services in the city under tremendous stress.

General Rodrigues asked the officers to make a detailed analysis of the existing infrastructure in different areas, including water supply, and draw up a long-term plan for the future needs of the people in the next two decades.

He also asked for the preparation of a blue print of the infrastructural requirements and the ancillary support systems of the Sarangpur institutional area which is proposed to accommodate the film city, education city, amusement park, biotech park and other institutions in that belt.

He further said that the administration has the major task of rehabilitation of slumdwellers and a detailed analysis needs to be made for providing various basic civic amenities to them in the proposed settlements that will be given to them on a rental basis.

With a view to revitalise villages in the periphery of city, he asked for speeding up the planning process by integrating existing architecture and other features to modernise the development of each village.

He said that a major thrust area of the administration is to de-congest traffic. As a long-term measure, the mass rapid transport system is the only answer.

Stressing the need for optimal utilisation of land in the city, he said that a survey should be conducted to identify the available open spaces in the city to make their judicious use.

The meeting discussed various issues for planning of the periphery area, the upcoming trends of development, existing land use, development of Sarangpur institutional area, industrial and warehousing godowns, the urban renewal of villages and the IT park development.



Witnessing a suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The level crossing near the Manimajra Housing Complex was closed as usual with people crowding the crossing a little after mid-day, waiting for the Kalka-Ambala passenger train to pass. Suddenly there was a commotion. People began to shout and shriek. Cries of “Stop the train - there is a man on the track” rent the air. Within minutes, as hapless people waited in their cars and on their two wheelers for the gate to open, the train slowed down and finally came to a halt.

A human body, still and lifeless, lay between the tracks, almost complete from the head to the torso. As one looked below, his legs had been severed below the knees. The man wearing a white shirt and brown trousers, supported by a belt was dead. Shocked onlookers parked their vehicles in the middle of the road for a closer look.

Most of them did not know how to react.

It took the police at least 45 minutes to reach the spot, after which the train was allowed to proceed. The man was later identified as a resident of Sector 45. The Government Railway Police identified the victim as 45-year-old Jang Bahadur.

The incident took place at around 12.45 pm. The police recovered the registration certificate of the victim's scooter and informed his family.

Traffic on the road remained blocked for hours as the police took time to remove the body from the track. Meanwhile the police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. The body has been sent to the General Hospital Kalka for post- mortem.



One held for bid to cheat bank
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The local police today arrested a Sector 37 resident on the allegations of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy for trying to dupe State Bank of India, branch in Sector 22 by encashing two stolen cheques from the bank. The police said his accomplice was still at large.

Giving details of the incident, sources in the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police, said the accused, Mohan Modgil, of Sector 37-D was arrested on a complaint lodged by Mr S.R. Bhardwaj, the Chief Manager of the State Bank of India.

The police said Mr Bhardwaj, in his complaint reported that Modgil had a current bank account in his bank. In 2003, Modgil, requested the bank to encash two cheques of Rs 3,98,700 and Rs 9870 withdrawn on Central Bank of India, Jalandhar. As Modgil was their customer, Mr Bhardwaj, using his discretional powers credited the amount in Modgil’s account. Later, when the bank sent the cheques to Central Bank of India, Jalandhar, the same were dishonoured.

The Central Bank of India informed the State Bank of India that the cheques belonged to their customer, who had already requested the bank to stop payment on his cheques citing the reason that his cheques had been stolen.

Subsequently, State Bank of India approached Modgil asking him to return the money. He, however, allegedly began dilly-dallying and did not return the money that he had fraudulently credited to his account.

Fed up with his behaviour, Mr Bhardwaj lodged a complaint with the police. After conducting preliminary inquiries, the police found that it was an internal matter of the bank and the bank should take action against the accused. However, it was only later, that the police took action on the complaint following directions from senior police officers. 



State-of-the-art science centre in the offing
200-acre land earmarked in SAS Nagar for Rs 500 cr project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Planning Commission has approved, in principle, the setting up of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Punjab, which would strive for global standards of excellence in science education and research.

The proposed institute would be one of the three such new centres, the other two being set up in Kolkata and Pune. Giving this information here today, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, and In-Charge, Higher Education, said the Punjab Government had decided to allocate 200 acre of land at Sector 81 in SAS Nagar for the purpose.

The land was being developed by the PUDA and the total project cost, besides the cost of land, was Rs 500 crores.

She said the only science institute existing in the country was the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, which was fully funded by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

She further informed that the institute would actively forge strong relationships with existing universities and colleges in their neighbourhood and share faculty, resources and infrastructure to give a definite push to the science education and research.

Mrs Bhattal said the institute would have academic programmes in physical sciences, chemical sciences, mathematics, material sciences, environment and earth system sciences, life sciences and computer sciences.

In addition to the above-mentioned programmes, the institute would also admit postdoctoral fellows.

When fully established, the total strength of the integrated MSc programme in each discipline would be 1,000 and of the doctoral and postdoctoral programmes about 1,055. Thus, the institute would have the total student strength of 2,055.

Mrs Bhattal further disclosed that the institute would integrate under-graduate education, postgraduate education and research work under one umbrella.

The institute would also interact with national laboratories and other research institutes to develop a synchronous environment for research that would transcend rigid administrative structures and also encourage inter-disciplinary research.

She said many areas of basic sciences eventually evolved as applied sciences like Lasers, Super Conductivity, Semi-Conductors, Nano-Material etc. Research in such areas could generate sizeable revenue.

The institute would also contribute to the creation of a highly competent and trained manpower that would be a major catalyst for technological human resource revolution, inevitably impacting the economic growth of the country.

Mrs Bhattal said the President of India, in his address to the Parliament on February 16, 2006, indicated that the Government of India had decided to create new centers of excellence in basic sciences, on the lines of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in Kolkata, Pune and Punjab.

The Union Government is investing substantially in the science and technology to promote domestic research and development, both public and private, so that India can emerge as a significant player in the knowledge-driven era.

These institutes will work with partners across the world to promote the development and utilisation of knowledge through collaborative efforts. 



Chandigarh to have IT hardware park
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
“The UT administration aims to position Chandigarh in the forefront of the knowledge revolution in the country. Phase - II of the Chandigarh Technology Park is shortly to get SEZ status and the city will soon have an IT Hardware Park also. WiMax, the latest broadband wireless technology for Chandigarh, making the entire city wireless enabled is also on the cards”.

This was disclosed by Mr M S Brar, Chandigarh’s Director IT, during an interactive session on “Insights to the IT Policy and STPI / SEZ plans of the Chandigarh Administration” being held at the CII complex.

The session was organised with an objective to facilitate industry interaction with the Administration in order to seek resolution to the pressing issues and to create an environment for technology companies to flourish and prosper in and around Chandigarh.

The participants also deliberated on the issues like allotment of land in phase -I of the Chandigarh Technology Park, legal hurdles in the SEZ status, labour issues, rules regarding power vis-à-vis IT industry etc. with the Director IT.

Earlier, Mr Partap Krishan Aggarwal, Chairman CII Chandigarh Council and Managing Director, IDS Infotech briefed participants about the newly formed IT Panel under the CII Chandigarh Council. He said the Panel aimed to work closely with the Administration to enhance the growth of IT industries in Chandigarh. Mr Puneet Vatsayan, convener IT panel, CII Chandigarh Council and Managing Director, Mobera Systems, discussed the initiatives of the panel.

Over 20 CEOs representing IT companies in Chandigarh including Netsolutions, Safaltek, Virsa, Dr IT Planet, Connoisseur etc participated in the interactive session. 



India losing $ 1 billion a year to piracy,
says Microsoft Director

Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Information Technology industry in India is losing close to $ 1 billion annually because of rampant software piracy. It is estimated that 72 per cent of the software in India is pirated.

This was revealed by Mr Rakesh Bakshi, Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft, during an interview to The Tribune, on the sidelines of the International Conference on Information Science, Technology and Management (CISTM).

“There is an urgent need to draft strict legislation to control piracy, which is not just eating out the profits in the IT industry, but is also a deterrent for the IT companies who are planning to set up shop in India.

“This is one of the reasons that the capital investment in IT in India is lesser as compared to Sri Lanka and also why most Indians, who want to develop their own software, prefer setting their operations in Silicon Valley than in India,” he said.

Mr Bakshi said a survey conducted by the BSA-IDC had revealed that though the piracy rate was almost 74 per cent for three years, this year the software piracy by companies had declined marginally to 72 per cent.

“What is more worrisome is the piracy by individual users who download the software and pass it on to friends and others. There is no survey to check this piracy, which is much higher than the piracy by other companies,” he added.

“In India, the intellectual property is not respected and piracy defeats the purpose of any competition.

“Through the three levels of imparting education; enforcement (against piracy by conducting raids), by use of engineering techniques (most products carry anti piracy techniques like hardware locks, use of passwords to download software etc), we have been able to bring down the piracy levels,” said Mr Bakshi.

“Countries like China and Malaysia have already enacted several anti- piracy laws to help the IT industry. India, too, has to take initiatives in this regard if it wants to emerge as a key IT destination,” he said.

He said NASSCOM had now taken up the cudgels against piracy and a National Institute Against Piracy and Counterfeiting had been set up by FICCI, but it was still a long haul to control piracy. 



10 years jail for NRI, 2 others
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
A Non-Resident Indian (NRI), a city-based advocate and another person, who were convicted by a local court on July 14, were today sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Devinder Singh, a resident of 14 Balenoy Avenue, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Ajay Malik, a resident of Sector 18-B, Chandigarh, and Lingraj, hailing from Orissa and working at Malik’s guest house in Delhi, were arrested by the local police in 2003 along with 80 kg of contraband. The contraband was estimated to be worth Rs 50 crore in the international market.



Chandigarh Calling

The Victorian buggies, popularly known as Victorias, belong to Mumbai town. Remember that delightful film of old called Victoria No: 203 in which Pran and Ashok Kumar do a comic act and diamonds are hidden under the Victoria lamp. A high point for tourists in Mumbai is to ride the old buggy. But a Victoria in the city is certainly a curiosity. Tribune photographer Manoj Mahajan clicked on it happily. It was here for some film shoot. Looking at the picture one wishes that there would be one here at least for all times for wouldn’t it be fun to go riding on it along the Sukhna Lake road. Are the tourism people listening?


Actor John Abraham came calling to the city last week looking every inch the lean hunky machine that has girls all across the country in raptures. Our region, well represented by pretty young things from as far away as Amritsar, were no less enchanted by the sight of a single John casting his dimpled smile all around. “Audience” is a term he uses for his fervent supporters because “fan” he believes “is a self-loving term and none of us actors should forget we are here because of all of you,” he beamed. Needless to add the “audience” went berserk — with joy!

Sweet fun

Not only do restaurants have innovative ideas, sometimes individuals too can dare to be different and have fun. A lecturer recently decided to host a dessert party after dinner and it was a super sweet success. In fact, the guests who came after dinner at about 9.30-10 pm could take their pick from cake, trifle pudding, rasgullas, rasmalai, phirni and ice cream with fruit. While the hostess and the guests both were relaxed, conversation flowed until it was time to say sweet dreams. Another executive, single but ready to mingle, loves having a soup party, thanks to soups out of a packet. All he does is get some croissants, bread sticks and patties. For more spice in your life, try a pakora party in the monsoon. All you have to do is make a batter and vary the veggies, paneer or even boiled eggs. A die-hard votary of single-dish parties, a local housewife hosts paranthas/pancakes and puri-aloo get-togethers. Try it in the rains.

Who cares!

An old man of 68, working as a cobbler in Sector 70, Mohali, is mostly found busy in his shop, which is no bigger than the size of an armchair, made of rags supported by two bamboos on either side. Greenery is his immediate neighbour as his small shop is in a vacant plot, which includes berries and thorny bushes. The scorching heat pierces through the curtains. He says, it has added no trouble, as he has no time to be troubled. It is his skill, which keeps him busy. He does not worry that his six children do not care for him. He has pushed away all the bother and is contented with whatever he has. He has turned his tale of woes into a happy song.

Go green

With the onset of monsoon, a number of NGOs and social organisations have started planting saplings in the city to increase the green cover. In one such programme organised by the Lions Club Chandigarh (Host), the club planted saplings in Government School, Khuda Lahora. Various medicinal plants, including neem and amla, were planted by schoolchildren. The aim of planting medicinal plants was to educate the children about their importance. The students also pledged to take care of the plants. These organisations surely deserve a pat on the back for their eco-friendly drive.

Contributors: Aruti Nayar, Gayatri Rajwade, Vishal Gulati, Navneet Kaur and Nirupama Dutt



Law on cyber crime favoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The fourth International Conference on Information Science, Technology and Management reinforced the need for a comprehensive legislation to deal with cyber crime here today.

Mr D.P. Singh, a legal expert on cyber laws in India, said cyber crime had various dimensions, ranging from e-theft of small information to big and confidential information, from simple infringement of privacy to serious cyber stalking, from offences of individual hacking to institutional hacking and from minor swindles to major frauds.

He said the IT Act, enacted to facilitate and legitimise e-commerce, was not sufficient to deal with cyber crime.

Later in the day, the information technology panel of the CII held a discussion on practitioners’ approach to security, in which the key message was that security would determine the growth in the information technology sector.

The participants stressed on compliance and regulatory issues as global interest in outsourcing had increased.

Companies were looking at efficient ways to increase their rate of investment by outsourcing to developing countries, but security remained a vital issue of concern.

Highlighting the need to train and educate people on data security, Mr Anuj Mahajan, CEO of Kaldesk, said the security issue was linked to the expenditure, the type of data and the ethical standards of the person concerned.

He advocated the importance of value systems and investment in research and development.



Officials violating information Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Officials in the Estate Office of the Chandigarh Administration continue to violate provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005, blatantly.

The Act clearly says information has to be supplied within a month of receiving an application on a plain paper with the requisite fee at the designated counter.

The Act empowers the information seeker to get a penalty imposed on the information officer.

The Administration had designated the Central Assistant Public Information Officer and the Central Public Information Officer to provide information under the Act.

Irritated at the indifference of the officials concerned towards giving information, the Forum for Public Affairs had moved the appellate authority under Sections 19 and 20 of the Act.

According to the forum, information regarding any building violation at the Fun Republic, floor-wise information of office use, recreational use and public use, allowing of commercial activity in corridors, prescribed conversion charges and charges deposited with the Estate Office had been sought.

In a separate application, the forum had sought information on building violation notices under Sections 8, 20 and 15 from January, 2004, to December, 2005.

Mr Chander Mukhi of the forum said they had been denied the information.

Information regarding sensitive posts in the building branch, the enforcement wing and the Estate Office had also been sought earlier.



Woman killed in roof collapse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
An elderly woman in her mid-70s was killed following a roof collapse at her Burail residence in the wee hours today. Fortunately, her grandsons, who were sleeping with her, had a narrow escape.

Sources in the Sector 34 police station said the accident took place at Balmiki Mohalla in Burail village at around 3: 30 am today.

It was a kutcha house and a part of the roof, under which the victim, Ajmer Kaur (75) was sleeping, collapsed. Ajmer kaur was buried alive and while her two grandsons, who were sleeping near her escaped unhurt and they raised the alarm.

Neighbours evacuated the victim after a lot of efforts. Ajmer Kaur was rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries. 



Fauji Beat
Army in dire need of stress buster

THAT 430 officers and men in the armed forces have committed suicide since 2002 should make the top brass sit up and think hard on this problem. Such an alarming figure creates fear psychosis among troops apart from giving rise to certain misconceptions about the Army life in public mind.

What Army urgently needs is to put in place a proper stress management system, like the one that exists in the armies of developed countries.

A pre-deployment assessment of troops for stress disorders and depressive trends needs to be carried out by mental health experts. They should also shape their responses, especially of those who are more prone to stress.

A stress management team of psychiatrists should be constantly at work during the period of deployment to monitor the response of troops and give them psychological support by timely counselling. Such teams should become part and parcel of the units in areas where troops are deployed to fight insurgency over a prolonged period. The existing patchwork setup is not of much help. The need is to create a proper organisation to combat stress.

The Army should also revive the good-old “buddy system” where every two men in a section/troop worked, ate and lived together and shared all their problems. This kind of sharing can prove to be a great stress buster.

Empower NCC

One cannot think of a better way of combating the shortage of officers than by making the National Cadet Corps (NCC) a feeder organisation for the defence forces. No doubt, a sizeable number of NCC cadets get selected to the Army. But this is not enough. The need is to make the NCC compulsory for all able-bodied students in schools and colleges.

This will not only make a larger number of trained youth available for the Army’s selection boards but also give a wider choice to the Army to make up for its shortage. It will also provide the country with a trained and disciplined manpower to fit into various other jobs.

To prepare the NCC cadets who hold a ‘C’ certificate for the Services Selection Board (SSB) interviews, the NCC Officers Training Academy, Kamptee, is doing a great job by running a 10-day Services Selection Board Screening Course, also called Personality Development Course, for these cadets twice a year.

This course trains and motivates NCC cadets to join the Army. It also provides useful guidelines to them to face SSB interviews. The recent such course at the NCC Academy was attended by 89 cadets from all over the country.

Military uniform

There was a time when Army uniform was highly revered by public and its dazzle drew the youth to the defence forces. Little did one imagine then that one day this uniform will be made the dress of doormen at hotel, restaurant and big shops. This shoddy practice not only degrades the military uniform but also poses a grave security risk.

The wearing of military uniform or any item, which resembles the military uniform, by civilians is a cognizable offence under Section 114 of the Cr PC/IPC. Yet no action is taken against offenders by the police. Why is the Army allowing the degradation of its uniform?

Rather than feeling helpless in persuading the civil authorities to stop this wrong practice, a case should be taken up by Service chiefs with the government. Under no circumstances should this practice be allowed to continue.

— Pritam Bhullar



Dharna to protect rights of vendors
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 17
A dharna was organised by the Dalit Rights Protection Forum outside the office of the DSP here today in protest against police inaction and to protect the fundamental right of vendors.

Ms Pushpa Salaria, president of the forum, said the police had failed to provide identity cards to vendors so that they could operate in different parts of the town to earn their livelihood.

She said that an arbitrary and illegal order was passed by the police in February, 2004, restricting the entry of rehriwallas in the residential areas. Since then a number of representations were made to the higher authorities but no action had been taken so far.

Ms Salaria said that in May, 2005, more than 250 verification forms were deposited with the police for the making of identity cards but nothing had been done in this regard. 



No headway in murder case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 17
Even as five days have passed since the murder of an elderly couple, Narsingh and his wife Mohinder Kaur, in their house in Khangesra village near Barwala was reported, the district police has failed to make any headway in the case.

Though the police has been working on various theories for establishing links to find the culprits, nothing concrete has yielded till date.

Mr Balbir Singh, Superintendent of Police, claimed that the police has been investigating various possibilities and motives behind this blind double murder. The police has also seized some revenue records for its investigation.

The SP said that the couple had earlier complained to the Deputy Commissioner that some persons after ‘showing’ them dead had tried to grab their land. “We have arranged for the complaint from the DC and are working on various clues to nab the culprits,” he claimed.

According to the villagers, the murdered couple was involved in litigations and often used to appear before a court in Chandigarh. A neighbour of the victims recalled that a day before their death, the couple was seen returning from Chandigarh.

It may be recalled that the bodies of the victims were found lying on their cots in their house on July 12. The police had initially suspected it to be a suicide case but the postmortem examination conducted at the PGI, Rohtak, later confirmed that the couple was strangled to death. 



SBI’s clarification

Chandigarh, July 17
The State Bank of India, Sector 17, has said that they had not supplied the mutilated currency notes to Mr IS Chauhan on July 10. Reacting to the news published in these columns on July 15, regarding 25 (100 denomination notes) being given to Mr Chauhan, the bank said that the notes were brought back to the bank after two days, and bore the stamp of Chandigarh State Cooperative Bank. He was, however, offered exchange of the mutilated notes as per RBI rules. TNS



Property dealers hold emergency meeting

Panchkula, July 17
Members of different associations of property dealers today held an emergency meeting over the increase in the collector rate of HUDA land to Rs 7000 per sq meter. They also discussed the increase in the collector rate by the district administration to Rs 18,000 per sq meter.

The association threatened to move court against the increase in the collector rate.

The property dealers pointed out that the rates were almost double than Panchkula as compared to that in Chandigarh where the rates were very low.

Due to the increase in collector rates, the number of registration deeds has also fallen drastically per month, thus affecting development of Panchkula adversely. Moreover, the sale and purchase of land and property have virtually come to a standstill, claimed Mr Hemant Kinger, president of Panchkula Public Peace and Welfare Association. TNS



City police to screen film on underage driving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Chandigarh police will screen ‘Ladla Driver’, a film, made by Jasraj Bhatti, a student of DAV College, Sector 10, on underage driving at the Children’s Traffic Park and different schools in Chandigarh.

Earlier, the film was selected in the student category at the Katha Asia film and documentary festival, New Delhi. The film has also received tremendous response at its trial runs at two prestigious schools of Chandigarh, St John’s High School and Bhavan Vidyalaya.

The 18-minute film has been directed by Jasraj Bhatti and it was scripted by Jaspal Bhatti. Mr H.M. Singh has composed the music for the film. The cast includes Gurpreet Saini, Brijesh Ahuja, Gurkirtan, Sanju Solanki, Surjit Kaur and Vinod Sharma among others.

The film has been produced by Jaspal Bhatti Productions.

Mr Jaspal Bhatti said that with the film being screened at the Children’s Traffic Park and different schools, it would go a long way in popularising the message that underage driving must be curbed at all costs. Though the theme has been treated in the film in a comic way to attract young school children, the message it carries is serious.

The Haryana Government is already screening the film in its Volvo buses, schools and local cable networks.



Woman suffers burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
A 38-year-old woman suffered 60 per cent burn injuries following a stove burst at her residence early this morning here. Quoting the victim's family, the police ruled out the possibility of any foul play behind the incident.

Sources in the Industrial Area police station said the accident took place at around 6: 30 am, when the victim, Minaz, was making tea for her husband on a stove.

It is alleged that when Minaz was pumping the stove, it suddenly burst and she caught fire. Hearing her cries, her husband, Suleman, and their two children poured water on her to douse the flames.

The victim was shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where her condition was stated to be unstable.

In her statement, she held no one responsible for the incident, said Inspector Baljit Singh Chaddha, the SHO of the Industrial Area Police Station. 



EC at it again!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Election Commission of India is at it again. It has affixed the photograph of another person on the identity card of Mr Kasturi Lal, a resident of Sector 30 here.

In fact, the wrong photograph is not the only mistake in the identity card.

The identity card mentions that Mr Kasturi Lal lives in Sector 30-A. However, he lives in Sector 30-B.




Car financier held on forgery charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The police arrested Inderpal Singh, a resident of Sector 22, on the allegations of misappropriation and forgery.

The police said the accused had facilitated Mr Ajay Partap Singh, a resident of Sector 49, in getting a car loan from ICICI Bank, Sector 9, here. He reportedly, took 10 blank cheques from him. He later used one of the cheques for withdrawing Rs 8 lakh from the complainant’s account.

Giving details of the case, sources in the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police said a case of misappropriation of funds and forgery under Sections 406, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered. The accused deals in the sale-purchase of old cars and has his office in Sector 22 under the name of Gurukirpa Car Finance Company.

Mr Ajay Pratap in his complaint reported to the police that he had purchased an Indica Car in 2004 and Inderpal told him that he would get him a loan of Rs 1.50 lakh from ICICI Bank, Sector 9. It was further alleged that Inderpal asked him to hand him 10 blank cheques saying that he would deposit the instalments to the bank. However, the bank does not demand more than five cheques and that too not blank.

Sources said the matter came to light when the bank dishonoured the cheque for Rs 8 lakh citing insufficient amount in the account as the reason. The accused then sent a legal notice to the complainant.

When Mr Ajay Partap Singh contacted the bank he was told that they did not demand so many cheques from him and it was only the accused who had misinformed him and had taken more cheques from him.

Newborn girl’s body found

The body of a newborn girl was found in Colony Number 4 here last evening.

Mr Akhtar of K-Block in Colony Number 4 found the body lying near the sanitary box in the locality.

He informed the police, which took the body into its custody and shifted it to the Sector 16 General Hospital.

A case under Section 318 of the IPC for concealment of birth by secret disposal of body was registered.

Liquor seized

The police arrested two persons on Sunday for possessing and selling liquor illegally.

Kamaljit of Sector 25 was arrested from near the road separating Sectors 24 and 25 and a search led to the recovery of six bottles of countrymade liquor.

Shami of Mauli Complex, Mani Majra, was held from the market in the locality while selling liquor illegally and the police recovered 10 quarters of countrymade liquor.



Scooter stolen
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 17
A resident of Phase VII complained to the police that her scooter was stolen from the market area.

According to the police, Ms Pooja Kaur had parked her scooter near the ICICI Bank in the Phase VII market and went to do some shopping. When she came back, she found the vehicle missing.

The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC in this regard.



Stolen CDs seized; 3 arrested
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 17
The local police today arrested three persons from the Zirakpur-Kalka road today.

According to a press note issued here today, the arrested persons are Kamal, Bir Pal and Om Vir, all residents of Mauli Jagran village in Chandigarh. A large quantity of CDs, costing about Rs 35,000, were recovered from them. These CDs were allegedly stolen by them from the Industrial Area, Chandigarh, Kalka, Pinjore and Panchkula and Zirakpur.



SAP-GRC expansion from August
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The SAP-GRC, a newly created unit of the SAP, engaged in enterprise resource planning solutions, will expand its facilities in Chandigarh from next month.

The Virsa Systems, engaged in governance, risk and compliance solutions, which had set up its Asia-Pacific operations at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park here in March last, had recently been acquired by the Germany-based SAP.

The company had now be taken over as the Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) unit of the SAP as SAP-GRC.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune on the sidelines of the International Conference on Information Science, Technology and Management at the CII here today, Mr Rakesh Bhatia, Centre Head, Virsa SAP, said the company would recruit about 10 persons in August.

He said the unit here would develop compliance calliberators — specialised software to prevent internal risks and financial frauds.

Virsa had two clients in India — Tata Motors and Dr Reddy’s Labs.

With this acquisition, the SAP hoped to generate huge profits in the US market.



Free baggage allowance up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Jet Airways has revised the free baggage allowance for students travelling to London from India between July 1 and September 30.

Students can now avail themselves of 46 kg as total free baggage allowance, as against the existing 40 kg.

According to a Jet Airways press note, free baggage is applicable only upto London on outbound journeys.

Passengers have to present their student visa at the time of check-in to avail themselves of free baggage allowance.

The free baggage allowance cannot be availed of on discounted group fares and any piece of baggage should not exceed 32 kg in total weight.



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