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5 new villages in MC limits
Formal notification soon
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Chandigarh Administration is all set to include five new village to the municipal limits for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation elections later this year. The villages to be included in the MC limits are Hallo Majra, Kajheri, Palsora, Dadu Majra and Maloya.

Confirming the development, a senior official of the administration said that the move was part of the administration's decision to include all the UT villages within the municipal limits in a phased manner.

"No cut-off date for the entire shift has been provided at the moment. However, the process will be completed at the earliest", the official said.

The administration had sought an opinion of the corporation. A formal communication confirming the approval has been granted by the corporation.

"The addition of new names to the list needs to be notified by the administration at the earliest in case the names are to be included in the elections later this year", a senior official of the MC said.

The official said "the names need to be included at the earliest because a lot of ground work needs to be done, particularly with regard to identifying the area, marking the wards and approving the voters list. The process needs detailed ground work. So we are expecting a formal notification at the earliest".

Inclusion of five villages in the list of MC wards will mean that a total of 13 villages will be left out which will be included in a phased manner.

The remaining villages include Raipur Khurd, Raipur Kalan, Daria, Kishangarh, Mauli Jagran, Badheri, Behlana, Faidan, Khuda Ali Sher and Sarangpur, besides others.

There will be an increase in the number of MC wards which are currently only 20.The MC is also set to include new sectors in its list. They are Sectors 48, 49, 50 and 51.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Minister of State for Finance, is known to have perused the matter since long at the highest levels.

A senior councillor said "one of the biggest changes by including all villages in the MC limits will mean a reprieve from the 'lal dora' for the residents of the villages. Currently, the issue needs to be settled by the Centre where the matter concerning change in land use is on the hold for a long time. The issue of the wards are settled by the MC house".

A former Deputy Mayor said "the Zila Parishad has no chairman from the past more than a year. The panchayats have negligible powers so inclusion in the MC wards will definitely mean more public participation concerning decisions for their villages. One of the natural developments with inclusion of the villages in MC limits will be an increase in the land prices".



Jumping case: girl succumbs to injuries
Police registers a case of abetment to suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Sangeeta, a 19-year-old girl, who jumped from the fourth floor of a house in Sector 46 here on May 1, died at her Sector 52 residence this afternoon. She remained bed-ridden and was operated upon several times.

"It was at around 1 pm that Sangeeta complained of uneasiness. She vomited twice. After that her condition deteriorated rapidly and all of a sudden she breathed her last at around 3 pm," Ramesh Kumari, Sangeeta's mother, said while talking to mediapersons. She said she had vomited earlier, but as they did not suspect anything serious, they did not shift her to hospital

The body has been sent to the Sector 16 General Hospital for post-mortem examination, police sources said.

Shaken out of slumber after the death, the local police today woke up to take action against her neighbours, who were allegedly blackmailing her, by registering a case of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The police has arrested Maya Devi, Saroj and Leelo. However, Sonu is reportedly still at large.

The police had earlier registered a case of criminal intimidation and for committing an offence punishable with life and other imprisonment under Sections 506 and 511 of the IPC.

A domestic assistant, Sangeeta, had jumped from the fourth floor of a house in Sector 46, where she had gone to meet her aunt on that fateful day. She sustained multiple injuries. She was booked in a case of attempt to suicide after her father told the police that he scolded her for her wayward manners. He later changed statement after Sangeeta clarified her position to him, the sources said.

The local police drew flak over its functioning. Her parents repeatedly accused the police of going soft in taking action against those responsible for the extreme step taken by her daughter.

Samander Singh, her father, had lodged a complaint at the public window in Police Headquarters in Sector 9, seeking intervention of the UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Gaurav Yadav, alleging that the accused should be booked for rape as they had blackmailed her daughter after exploiting her sexually.

A senior police officer asserted that they had subjected the victim to a medical examination, but the rape was not confirmed. Therefore, no action was taken against the persons named by her father.



Mohali to have police station to deal cyber crime
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab Police will set up the first police station at Mohali to deal with cyber crime. The services of cyber experts will also be taken for solving the cases.

This was stated by Mr G.D. Pandey, Inspector-General (Crime), Punjab, here today. He was presiding over a session organised by Symantec India.

Mr Pandey said police personnel would be trained in dealing with the cyber crime.

“We will be drawing cops from different districts and train them in handling cases,” he said, while adding that the number of cyber crime cases reported in Punjab was minimal.

The session was aimed at informing and educating individuals, small/mid-sized business and large enterprises about the importance of security.

Mr Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director, Symantec India, talked about the future of information security.

Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Public Relations, UT, also addressed the session.



Orissa’s skipper laments lack of govt support
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
After knocking down the rival teams in as many as seven matches, the skipper of Orissa football team Shradhanjali Sahu has all the reasons to smile.

In today's final of the third edition of the Junior Girls Under-17 National Football Championship at Football Stadium, Sector 17 here, her team avenged last year's defeat from Manipur to become champion.

"Last year we lost by 0-4 at the hands of Manipur in the finals. So beating the toughest team by 1-0 to lift the trophy is just like a icing on the cake", said jubilant Shradhanjali.

Giving credit to all the team members and the coach Binod Mulia for the win, Shradhanjali said that they were sure of their victory as in all the matches her team performed very well.

"In the tournament, my girls scored 45 goals without conceding a single goal", said Sharadhanjali, a Class 10 student of Government Girls High School, Unit IV, Bhubaneswar.

Expressing her views on the status of the game in her state, Shradhanjali said, "Football is quite popular there. A lot of girls play the game in my home town. But it needs government attention as most of the players belong to poor families."

She seemed a bit sad over the indifferent attitude of the government towards the sportspersons. "When we won the second slot in last year's junior national championship, the government gave all the players just Rs 2000 each on return".

She seeks good financial support along with government job for players so that they felt encouraged. "At the moment the government provides very little help to the sportspersons. Even senior level players can not get jobs on the basis of their performances, which is sad", stated Sharadhanjali, whose main aim is to play for the country at senior level.



Mohali MC poll
Candidates go all out to woo voters
2 booked for causing noise pollution
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 27
With the polling day close at hand on Sunday contestants have stepped on the gas, wooing voters and leaving no stone unturned to grab a berth in the town’s Municipal Council which ranks among the prestigious in Punjab.

Despite failing to stir up much enthusiasm for the poll among voters in general, the candidates are going all out to capture power in the civic body with an over Rs 20 crore annual revenue.

Banners and posters have appeared all over, including on public property, rickshaws fitted with loudspeakers zigzag through streets blaring out messages from contestants and, of course, the ubiquitous cellphones too have come in handy for SMS messages appealing for votes, often to the annoyance of recipients. Small meetings of residents are sometimes held to influence voters, but house-to-house campaigning remains the most common way of garnering votes.

Contestants have pitched shamianas in courtyards of larger houses for supporters. Extra chairs and other furniture and food have been arranged. Often cars and other vehicles are seen parked outside the houses.

The “wedding-like atmosphere” is often unmistakable at such locations. But there is a difference. The official check on poll expenditure is compelling candidates to avoid the ostentatiousness of many a Punjabi wedding.

In a bid to gain the maximum mileage many candidates are reported to be ignoring the 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule fixed by the authorities for loudspeaker use and also turning the town into an eyesore with posters and banners affixed to poles , walls and trees.

The municipal staff are having a tough time desperately going from place to place bringing down such ugly manifestations of the ongoing electioneering. The din often rises in a crescendo at odd times of the day disturbing the sick and the elderly and students engrossed in exam study.

In what residents found to be a strange action, two persons were booked by the police for causing noise pollution. Instead of taking action against the poll candidates concerned, Jai Singh, a resident of Jhungian, and Mukesh Kumar, a resident of colony number 2, were booked for making poll announcements on loudspeakers at a very high pitch. They were booked under Section 188 of the IPC and Section 4/5 of the Noise Control Act.

Liquor, too, is playing a part in changing the fortunes of contestants, particularly in villages falling within the municipal limits. Small liquor parties organised by candidates in the urban areas too have been reported.



One-to-one contest at five wards
Our Correspondent

Amrik Singh   Kulwant Singh

Mohali, July 27
Five wards will witness one-to-one contest during the municipal elections being held here on Sunday.

Out of the five wards witnessing a direct contest, women are in the fray in three wards. There are a total of 31 wards for the elections.

Mr Amrik Singh, who had remained a municipal councillor for two consecutive terms, is contesting against a newcomer, Mr Kulwant Singh Kaler, from ward 17.

Mr Amrik Singh has not spelt out any new promises for wooing voters. Instead, he has only been highlighting the works he had got done in his wards during his two terms to win voters.

Mr Kaler, who has reportedly been fielded by opponents of Mr Amrik Singh, has promised better facilities in ward on being elected. Among the poll promises made by him is to provide better supply of water and power to the area, maintenance of parks, setting up of a library in a park, tackling the problem of stray animals and helping the poor in the area.

Ward 15 is also witnessing one-to-one contest where Mr Gurnam Bindra Singh is contesting against Mr Kulwant Singh, a former president of the Municipal Council.

Among the women candidates, Ms Amteshwar Kaur, a former councillor, is contesting against a new entrant, Mr Rajwinder Kaur, from ward 16.

There is a one-to-one contest in ward 7 and ward 10 as well but all candidates in the two wards have entered the political arena for the first time.

While Ms Amarpal Kaur is contesting against Ms Gurpreet Kaur in ward 7, Ms Ginder Kaur is contesting against Ms Harvinder Kaur from ward 10.

The contestants are focusing on the overall development of the areas falling in their wards. The poll promises include better water and power supplies, proper maintenance of roads, parks, green belts and streetlights, better drainage system and end to the problem of stray animals.



Be fair, EC tells polling staff
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 27
The staff on poll duty should act in a free and fair manner and not come under any pressure while performing their duties during the municipal elections being held here on July 30.

This was stated by Mr C.L.Bains, state Election Commissioner, who was in town in connection with the final rehearsal carried out by the polling staff at Shivalik Public School here today.

He said that if he received any complaints that the polling staff was indulging in favours serious action would be taken against the erring employees, including police personnel.

Though most of the staff put on poll duties earlier acted in a responsible way, it was only a small percentage of employees who brought a bad name by being partisan.

Polling agents of the contesting candidates would be allowed to set up their tables only at a distance of more than 100 metres away from the polling booths. Contestants would not be allowed to transport voters in their vehicles.

He said that voters must carry some identification documents like ration card, driving license, PAN card, passport or voter identity card with them when they come to cast their votes.

In case of some compliant of bogus voting, it would become easier to identify the voter by the presiding officer who would have the power to handle such complaints.

When asked why action was taken against rickshaw pullers and not contestants in connection with noise pollution during electioneering, Mr Bains said that such a case was not in his notice and he would enquire into the matter.



Illegal pump sets removed in Burail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Cracking down on illegal handpumps and motor pump sets, the Municipal Corporation today removed eight pump sets installed directly on the distribution and connection pipelines. Also, six underground hand pumps installed by the owners of the houses within their premises were also made dysfunctional during the three-hour drive in Burail village.

A team comprising a sub-divisional officer, a junior engineer and enforcement staff cover a part of Burail village while the rest of the public was given one day to remove the handpumps installed illegally on the water pipelines.

As many as 99 samples of water taken from various colonies and 22 samples of drinking water taken from Burail village were found fit during the routine checking by the Public Health Department of Municipal Corporation.

The Health Department launched an extensive campaign in Hallomajra village and Daddumajra colony to check the spread of water and vector-borne diseases. Special squads were pressed into action for ensuring treatment with insecticides and chemicals for the prevention of mosquito and fly breeding in both the areas.

Dr S.S Chemma, Assistant Director, Malaria, and Dr H.C Gera, Nodal Officer, personally monitored the field operations, held group meetings and educated the residents about preventive steps to control the spread of water-borne diseases.

All refuse points were treated with lime and dust. About 4,000 chlorine tablets were distributed and a special drive was also launched in Hallomajra.

Meanwhile, the Medical Officer Health, Municipal Corporation, challaned five persons and gave notices to two persons in various colonies of the city under the Epidemic Disease Act.

The team destroyed 56 kg cut fruit and vegetable and 2.5 kg sweets and other eatables while another 9,000 tablets of chlorine have been distributed in various sectors of the city today. In addition, 142 kg ice and ice candies and 18 bottles of soda water were destroyed by the MCC.



Newspaper staff seek new wage board
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees’ Organisations held a rally in front of The Tribune office here today in support of their demand for setting up new wage boards.

Addressing the rally, the confederation convener and president of The Tribune Employees Union, Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu, while demanding the setting up of the wage board, said various unions would fight to the finish for the purpose.

He also flayed the sack of 362 employees of the Hindustan Times and demanded their reinstatement.

Mr Raj Kumar Srivastava, president of The Indian Express Employees Union, criticised the indifferent attitude of the Union Government towards their demands.

Mr Vinod Kohli, president of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists(CPUJ), asked the workers to wage a relentless war for the setting up of the new wage board.

The president of the Chandigarh Union of Journalists, Mr Haresh Vashishth, stressed the need for unity among the workers to press their demand for the setting up the new wage board.

Terming the wage boards as the Constitutional right of the newspaper workers, Mr Anil Gupta, general secretary of the The Tribune Employees Union, said in view of the inflationary trends there was urgent need to set up the wage board.

Later, a delegation of the confederation submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor for forwarding it to the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, various units of the CPUJ submitted memorandums to the respective DCs and SDMs for their onward transmission to the Prime Minister for his intervention in setting up wage board.

The last wage board submitted its recommendations in 1998 and a majority of the newspaper establishments had not yet implemented its recommendations necessitating its early constitution, the memorandum added.

The memorandums were submitted in Ludhiana, Bathinda, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Faridkot, Ropar, Jalalabad, Samana, Kharar, Moga, Raikot, Abohar, Kapurthala and Tapa Mandi.



Bahl remains CTCC chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh July 27
Mr B.B.Bahl will continue as the president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee as per the latest list released by the AICC high command, a press release said here today.

The vice-presidents include Mr Rampal Sharma, Mr Subhash Chawla, Mr Surinder Bhatia, Mr D.D.Jindal, Mr Pawan Sharma, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, Mrs Shrestha Mehta and Mrs Baljeet Sodhi.

The general secretaries of the CTCC include Mr Satpal Gupta, Mrs Kamlesh, Mr Sunil Parti, Mr D.S.Babla, Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, Mrs Anu Chatrath, Mr Mukesh Bassi and Mr Ravinder Singh Palli.

Mr Jagat Sharma is the treasurer while Mr J.N.Shastri and Mr Amarjit Sethi are the spokespersons. Mr Surjeet Chaudhary is the president of Urban-I, Mrs Pushpa Sharma of Urban-II and Mr Manmohan Singh of Urban-III.



‘Govt’s failure to remember Kargil martyrs a shame’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today described the failure of the Punjab Government to remember the martyrs of the Kargil war yesterday "as a shame and an act of disgrace by a government headed by a former Captain of the Indian Army."

Mr Badal said this was just another instance of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, allowing crucial events in the nation's history to go unnoticed. It was hard to believe that as a former soldier, the Chief Minister would be so indifferent to an occasion which had such an important place on the nation's calendar of heroism and which had such deep emotional meaning for the families of the brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the sake of the country, said Mr Badal in a statement here.



529 file IT returns at post offices
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
As many as 529 tax assesses filed their tax returns today at different post offices across the city. Today was the second day of the facility started by the Postal Department following an agreement with the Department of Revenue.

On the first day, 66 applications, maximum at the Sector 17 General Post Office (GPO) were received. ‘‘We expect the number of tax assesses using our counters to increase manifold as the residents become aware of the facility’’, said a senior official of the Postal Department.

A decision on opening the counters on Sunday has, however, not been taken as yet. The arrangement between Postal Department and Revenue Department has been worked following a one-day strike call given by the Income Tax Employees Federation on July 31.



26 challaned under Epidemic Disease Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Municipal Corporation challaned 26 persons and gave notices to 30 in various colonies of Chandigarh under the Epidemic Disease Act yesterday.

The Medical Officer Health destroyed 110 kg of cut fruit/vegetable and 50 kg of sweets and other eatable articles. As many as 4,000 tablets of chlorine were distributed among residents in various sectors today. In addition to that, 235 kg of ice-cream and 50 kg of sugarcane have been destroyed by the corporation.



Five hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 27
Five persons were seriously injured when a Maruti car and a van collided head-on near Naggal village on the Panchkula-Naraingarh road this morning.

According to sources, the Maruti car was on its way from Naraingarh to Chandigarh for the admission of Kulwant to the PGI. Besides Kulwant, the other occupants of the car, who were injured included Sonu, Jaipal and Sanjeev.

Roni Singh and Ramneek, who were on their way to Haridwar from Pinjore in the Maruti van, were also injured seriously.



Brewery plea on beer price
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Dewan Modern Breweries today stated that last year they were selling Godfather 10000 beer at a fixed rate of Rs 250 per case, which was being further sold by L-2 licensee to the bars (L-3/L-4 licensees) at Rs 650 per case.

Accordingly the retail price of beer in the market was between Rs 80 and Rs 90 per bottle. As per the Excise Policy, the requirement is that the wholesaler has to submit his rates to the department in the beginning of the licensing period, which cannot be increased without the prior approval of the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Chandigarh, during the currency year.

This year, Dewan Modern has submitted their rate at Rs 350 per case, which is supplied to L-3/L-4 licensees at this rate. And the retail price of Godfather beer is Rs 40-50 per bottle. At the sale price of Rs 350 per case, the consumer was getting a bottle of beer for between Rs 40 and Rs 50 per bottle, indicating that the market rates are 40-50 per cent less than last year.

The company has also filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, challenging the authority of the department in fixing the maximum price. The petition states that the department can only fix the minimum price.

In view of the fact that this year the price for beer for the consumer is 40-50 per cent less than last year, the any pressure by the department is not called for.



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