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Cops cane protesting jobless youth
20 hurt in teargas, lathicharge; 8 women among 58 jailed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Unprovoked and brutal display of power allegedly displayed by the Chandigarh police at Matka Chowk this afternoon left more than 20 protesters of the Unemployed Action Committee Punjab injured. As many as 58 protesters, including eight women, were arrested and lodged in Burail Jail.

The injured have been admitted to Government Hospital, Sector 16. Three of them are reportedly seriously injured.

The incident occurred at about 1.35 pm when around 200 unemployed agriculture sub-inspectors, unemployed PTI teachers and unemployed veterinary pharmacists under the banner of the Unemployed Action Committee Punjab marched towards Matka Chowk to press for their demands. They are demanding regular employment.

Unprovoked and without issuing them a warning, the police allegedly teargassed the protesters. Interestingly, a tear-gas shell landed on SHO of Sector 17 Jagbir Singh standing there. Reacting to the gas, the SHO fainted and was helped by his colleagues.

He was later taken to Government Hospital, Sector 16, and administered oxygen.

Allegedly agitated by their own officer being injured, the police officials fired tear gas shells, used water cannons and lathicharged simultaneously, injuring the protestors. Four girls and six boys fainted immediately due to the onslaught.

The protesters once again had to face a similar onslaught.

When the policemen ran out of tear gas shells and the water finished in the tanks, they surrounded the protestors and beat them with lathis, giving them no space to run. A few persons were injured while jumping the barbed wires to escape the onslaught.

The incident, which lasted over about half an hour, saw 58 protestors being arrested under Sections 147, 148, 149, 332, 353 and 506 for rioting and causing obstruction. They have been sent in judicial custody at Burail Jail.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Inderjeet Sandhu was present on the spot. SSP Gaurav Yadav also later visited the spot.

Meanwhile, some local political leaders visited the hospital and the protesters’ base camp in front of the DPI (Secondary) Office in Sector 17 in the evening.



Getting a taste of own medicine!
SHO faints as teargas shell falls on him
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Indiscriminate use of tear gas shells by the Chandigarh Police on agitating unemployed youth from Punjab resulted in comedy of sorts when the first victim of the gas turned out to be none other than SHO, Sector 17 Police Station, Mr. Jagbir Singh. He was hit by an aluminium shell containing gas. After being hit and then been exposed to the gas, he lost consciousness.

Realising the 'error', security guards immediately surrounded him and carried him away from the spot where youth were agitating. But by the time he was rescued, he had already been hit by water cannons and his condition became worse.

He was taken to the Sector 16 General Hospital where he was put on oxygen and discharged after a thorough medical investigation.



UT okays road to Panchkula via IT Park
Bipin Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The proposal to formally open the alternative road from the Union Territory to Panchkula via Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP), which has already been constructed, has been given the green signal by the UT Administrator for its opening to traffic.

The link road will now ease burden on the road from Transport Chowk to main traffic lights.

Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), gave a go-ahead to the opening of the road linking the RGCTP with Panchkula, at Mansa Devi Complex, here today.

The road had been constructed earlier but not been opened formally due to certain clarifications with the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, pertaining to the grant of special economic zone (SEZ) status to the RGCTP.

The decision to open the road has been taken after the UT Administration received a clarification from the Ministry of Commerce, forwarded by the RGCTP to the Administrator.

The Administrator has also asked the Haryana Government to complete certain drainage works on the road to make it fully operational. The road also needs repairs at certain points.

The road will not only help local residents but also professionals working at the RGCTP commute between the two destinations.

They earlier had to go through traffic jams on the busy Chandigarh-Panchkula road during office hours.

Officers of the UT Administration and the Haryana Urban Development Authorities (HUDA) had been holding meetings on the issue for some time.

It may be recalled that HUDA and the UT Administration had been stuck in a deadlock over the construction of three roads linking Chandigarh with Panchkula.

While one link — Chandigarh-Mansa Devi Complex (MDC) road — has been finalised, proposals for two others are still in the cold storage.

Officials of the two sides had earlier decided on the construction of road linking MDC, Panchkula, with Chandigarh at IT Park at Kishangarh village; another linking Panchkula at Sector 18-17 with Chandigarh at Mauli Jagran and third linking Industrial Area (Bharat Electronics Limited), Panchkula, with Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway at Makhan Majra village.

While HUDA claims to have completed its stretch of the roads, the UT Administration is yet to do its part.

Welcoming the UT decision to open the new road, Panchkula Citizen’s Welfare Association president S.K. Nayar said it would provide relief to residents, especially to office-goers and students.

Ever since the formation of Panchkula in 1972, only one road had been bearing the ever-increasing burden of traffic.

The problem arose during rush hour i.e. mornings and evenings, he claimed.

“No doubt, the new routes have provided some relief on the main road, some more alternative routes are requited to tackle the problem,” claimed Ravinder Bhardwaj, a Sector 7, resident.



Possessing zeal to serve the poor
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
He's hooked, intoxicated and on a high. In his own words, Irland-born Californian Dr W. Frederick Shaw, in India now and perfectly at home, says heroin is simply no match for the kick that comes from the service to the poor.

This zeal to serve, thus, has lent wings to his project in SAS Nagar's Janta colony where he, along with his team of 11 volunteers, has entered practically every home, befriended every family and has led to an awakening about the importance of nutrition and sanitation, two subjects very close to Shaw's heart.

"Over 70 per cent of the children under five years in the colony are severely malnourished. That's a lot of numbers and surprisingly, it has nothing to do with a fund crunch in these families. They do not spend their money properly and that's what we are trying to change through our contact programme which has been on since November," Shaw explains even as residents of the colony flow in for a specially organised medical camp at Naya Gaon here today.

While simple things like making Oral Rehydrating Salts (ORS) at home, dealing with iron and iodine deficiency during pregnancy by medication are unheard of in this colony tucked away from the humdrum of city life, Shaw's NGO, Developing Indigenous Resources-India (DIR-I), is fighting prejudices like immunisation causes sterilisation and changing mindset to clean up dumps of garbage dotting the village landscape.

Slowly yet surely, the volunteers are ushering in a change but there's a long road ahead to traverse. "They refuse to understand that these polythenes lying all around the colony in the garbage lead to water stagnation and are excellent breeding grounds for mosquitoes, especially in the rainy season. The threat of dengue and malaria looms large but we are doing our bit to educate the residents and have a clean-up act in place for an epidemic breaks out," he says.

Appreciative of the cooperation, he has received from the district administration in the form of digging pits for garbage disposal, providing space to hold meetings or distributing free medicines during medical check-up camps, Shaw emphasises, "The colony is on the way to becoming a model for the others to replicate. It'll take about a year to shape up this colony. We are also now ready to take off in villages of Chandigarh and Haryana to address health issues."

A globe-trotter who has worked in different parts of the world in the most trying circumstances, Shaw says his programme is all about improving the quality of life for the poor community wherever he goes. "I've been able to make a difference so far. I see no reason why India should be different. I do social service because I believe somebody has to do it.

If somebody has to do it, why not me. I do it because it needs to be done. No other reason, no other motive," he concludes, smiling.



Chandigarh Calling
Telling tales from city streets

Who is a common person in sociological parlance? Well, the common person could be anyone from a teacher to a clerk; from a fruit seller to a beggar. They form the majority of the population but their stories and histories remain unheard. However this week Tribune photographer Karam Singh made a special effort to find out the story of a Rajasthani labourer turned beggar, Ganesh (see picture). His sorrow is that his first wife left him and their daughter and the second wife repeated a similar story. So now Majnu-like he roams the streets with his daughters begging. Come on man, get back to labour and rear your children for life is more than heartbreak.


The Voluntary Health Association of Punjab has made the effort of highlighting the malaise of female foeticide by bringing out some awareness-raising posters on the occasion of the Rakshabandhan festival. The poster shows a little boy sitting glum and the rakhi stands away from him shaped like a question mark. The message being driven home is that if female foeticide continues this way there will be no sisters and no rakhi festivity.


In this fast world, one has little time to lend a helping hand to someone in distress, especially on the road. The other day, a “rehriwala” was in trouble when goods he was carrying fell from his “rehri” in the centre of the road at the Sector27-28 traffic light point. He was unable to reload the flour sacks on the “rehri”, but no one came to his rescue for a few minutes. Finally, two youngsters on the motor cycle stopped their vehicle to help the poor “rehriwala” to reload the goods. The youngsters, Gaurav and Rajdeep Singh, are BA I students and want to join the police. Such persons are indeed required in the force.

Gender bias

The Chandigarh administration has taken commendable steps to improve the local bus service and the installation of bus shelters all over the city. But a funny and quite ironic situation can be felt at the Madhya marg road, sector 11. The road has two colleges and two bus shelters. But both the bus shelters are in front of the boys’ college and none in front of the girls’ college. Without a bus shelter and a time table, the burnt of bias is felt all the time by the girls, but the irony lies in the fact that majority of the boys from G.C. College do not use their stops. They in fact board their bus in front of G.C.G College, which sans a shelter.

Celebrating ‘786’

Dates make us remember about some good day or bad day. But certain dates that come once in 100 years are always memorable. This year August 7 (yesterday) happened to be a very lucky day for the Muslim community around the globe because it is 7/8/6 (786) “Saat Sau Chhiassi”. But what does that mean? It means “Allah Uh Akbaar”. The Muslims regard the number to be the luckiest one for them.


A marketing professional announcing categorically: “I don’t want an arranged marriage. It’s a package deal… with one boy there are too many ajeeb relatives free.”

A local wit on the controversy about Jaswant’s book:

“He Jas-want attention. That’s what you would well and truly call making a mountain out of a mole(hill) Or is it Tol Mole ke Bole!”

Malba dumping

The Administration has earmarked a number of low-lying areas in Sectors 29, 31 and 47 for dumping malba. The aim must have been to get these sites levelled so that development activities could be undertaken there, but the faulty execution is causing inconvenience to the public. The area behind the CII building in Sector 31 is a picture of administrative apathy and callousness of malba dumpers. One can see heaps of malba, which in most cases encroaches upon a good portion of the road itself. Around 3 to 5 feet width on each side of the road has been covered with heaps of malba, comprising concrete debris mostly. This is an open invitation to accidents. A driver caught unawares can be in for a big trouble, especially at night as the road is not properly lit. One wonders if only earmarking such sites is the end of responsibility on the part of the Administration. Is it not bound to monitor or at least conduct periodic inspections to check mindless malba dumping at these places? There is a need for taking immediate steps to check this menace. The violators should be challaned heavily so that the city remains beautiful.

Above law

Cops driving two-wheelers without safety helmet is a common sight. The men in uniform, who are supposed to be role model for society, are now cocking a snook at traffic laws by becoming more blatant in this regard. Recently, a helmetless cop was noticed driving a scooter on the busy Tribune Road with a mobile phone in one hand, showing utter disregard for his safety and of others. Now whom does one look up to when law-enforcers themselves turn into law-breakers!

Contributors: Aruti Nayar, Vishal Gulati, Akanksha Bansal, Rajiv Bhatia Nirupama Dutt, Sunil Kumar and Tarun Sharma



Rs 1,100 cr WB project for farm research
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The World Bank has approved a Rs 1,100 crore project to revamp, reorganise and reorient agricultural research with the objective of consolidation of food security, raising of the nutritional level and creation of more employment in the farm sector.

The project, christened the National Agriculture Innovative Project , will be implemented through the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). While the World Bank has given $ 200 million, $ 50 million will be contributed by the Union Government for the project.

There will be three main components of the project, Dr J.S. Samra, Deputy Director-General of the ICAR, told The Tribune here today. The first component related to effecting a change from the production to the consumption stage. He said earlier the entire focus of the ICAR as well agricultural universities and institutes was on the production of foodgrains, vegetables, fruits, etc. However, now production would not be the only target. The processing of foodgrains, vegetables and fruits would be given equal attention, he added. The focus would be on value-addition at the producer level to raise his or her income level.

He said that obviously the ICAR would act as a catalyst for change. The most important aspect of the project would be strategical research. A need had been felt to change the direction of research in the agricultural sector, said Dr Samra. With this objective in mind, agricultural universities and institutions would be strengthened. A sum of Rs 200 crore had been kept for this purpose.

He said the universities would be allotted a research project on the basis of their performance. They would be asked to compete to avail themselves of the project, he added. ‘‘Projects will be advertised and allotted to those universities which submit the best programme to accomplish the salient features of the projects", he added. Only 20 per cent of the projects would be sponsored and 80 per cent allotted on merit.

Dr Samra said the agricultural universities would have to be accredited with the ICAR before becoming eligible for the allotment of projects. The Union Government would soon frame a law for the accreditation of universities with the ICAR, he added.

At present, the ICAR had no authority to take action in the case of failure to implement a project by the university concerned, he said. When the law came into force, the ICAR would be able to take action against the defaulting universities. Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh would be major beneficiaries of this project.



Rodrigues for better life for children
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Impressing upon members of the State Child Welfare Council, the need to reach out and expand their endeavour, the Punjab Governor and president of the ICCW, Gen. S.F. Rodrigues, called for a major thrust to ensure growth and improvement in the quality of life of the children through an institutionalised mechanism, with an efficient support structure and monitoring system.

He emphasised the need for implementing various programmes, already in place with the focus on eradication of child labour, female foeticide, drug addiction, AIDS menace and imparting them quality education in educational institutions.

Presiding over the combined meeting of the general body and executive committee of the Child Welfare Council, here today, General Rodrigues said children were assets and it is our collective responsibility to identify and develop their potential through well orchestrated child care programmes, particularly for the disadvantaged and girl child.

Expressing his serious concern over the deteriorating health status of children, with deficiencies of malnutrition, anaemia, dental, skin, eye and mental problems, General Rodrigues called for evolving a constant health check-up programme of school children, with follow up monitoring systems by medical teams, to provide necessary treatment.

He stressed that simultaneous necessary steps should be taken to ensure a balanced diet, rich in iron, vitamins and minerals.

He said a survey was conducted under health check programmes revealed alarming figures of children suffering from these ailments and there was a need for more effective steps to further give a fillip to school health programmes.

General Rodrigues further said the problem of female foeticide, AIDS and drug addiction had assumed serious dimensions in the social system and called for adopting a multi-prolonged strategy to check these unethical practices.

He called upon the NGOs especially the Rotary and the Lions Club, to contribute effectively in this programme. He said rehabilitation of the affected people and disadvantaged children was equally important, by giving them vocational training in our schools, Bal Savika Centres, creches and other institutions set up for such purposes.

He maintained that the governments and corporate sectors must also provide them opportunities of employment in industrial and other productive sectors to enable them to earn their livelihood.

The Governor asked the Education Department to evolve a programme for training teachers, to tackle the problems of children suffering from various handicaps and ensure them special treatment and by mixing them with normal children.

It was decided in the meeting that the state-level Children Day function on November 14 would be held at Jalandhar, in which children from all over the state would participate.



Ordnance factories admn still function manually
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Thirteen years after the ordnance factories introduced computerisation to streamline their functioning, they continue to remain dependent on manual system for accounting and inventory management.

An audit review has revealed that the Production Planning Control (PPC) package developed to serve the purpose of manufacturing and accounting functions was introduced in 1993, but integration between the two has not been achieved.

“The system had deficient inbuilt validation checks because of which the integrity of data was not completely assured and the processing of transactions was sometimes found to be against business rules,” the recently released audit report observed. “In spite of having a large IT infrastructure in place, there was no proper disaster-recovery plan, rendering the infrastructure and functioning of the IT systems vulnerable to disruption,” the report further revealed.

There are 40 ordnance factories spread across the country, which produce the bulk of indigenous requirements for the armed forces, including weapons, ammunition, specialised equipment, combat vehicles and clothes.

It is interesting to note that the ordnance factory organisation commenced computerisation as far back as 1964 with an IBM 1401 computer and subsequently installing a mainframe computer at its headquarters in Kolkata. By 1993, modern computers were installed in all factories.

Test checks during audit scrutiny revealed errors like withdrawal of quantity in excess of authorisation, depiction of zero value for stores drawn, depiction of negative value of stock and unreliable last supply order rate.

Scrutiny of databases revealed “impossible” sequence of events such as the date of restoration of the system being before the date of its breakdown and the machine showing negative values for the time taken for their repair.

In some factories, the old system of “bin card” was still being used even though an online package had existed for a long time. Maintenance of manual bin cards involving duplication of work indicated inefficient utilisation of software and the IT infrastructure, the audit observed.



Community policing: residents hesitant to loosen purse strings
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, August 7
Even as the police is making efforts to get wider acceptance of the Community Policing scheme launched here over a month ago, many residents are reluctant to dish out the required money for the facility.

Hardly anyone seems to be in disagreement with the basic objective of the new scheme of providing increased security at the locality level, but when it comes to payment, residents are hesitant to loosen the purse strings .

"Give us security but at the minimum cost," seems to be the refrain, even though under the scheme the charges for providing night security by Community Police Officers (CPOs) is a mere Rs 50.

Such schemes can only succeed if there is all-out cooperation, by and large, from those living in a particular area apart from the local police itself. The residents gain in terms of a higher level of security; and so does the police in several ways, including establishing a closer rapport with residents and in terms of additional channels of information gathering.

Under the scheme, the brainchild of the SSP, Mr Naunihal Singh, the police has deployed CPOs in various areas of the town in order to check crime. There are 153 CPOs on duty at present. Residents had okayed the implementation of the scheme at a meeting held with the police on May 28 and the CPOs were deployed only in areas where residents’ welfare bodies had given the green light for the purpose.

Most of the residents gathered at the meeting with the police here on August 5 wanted the police to cut the charges being collected from them for providing security by CPOs.

The police claimed on the occasion that the number of thefts had come down drastically after the introduction of the new scheme. Statistics showed that in May 48 thefts took place in the town. The figure had come down to 27 in June and to 22 in July. The police also said that six theft bids were foiled by CPOs.

Col Balwant Singh, a resident of Phase VI, questioned the relevance of the uniform for CPOs for which money was collected from the residents.

Col Ranjit Singh Boparai from Phase X also asked at the August 5 meeting about the need for providing two uniforms in the summer and two in the winter to the CPOs and why residents should be made to pay service charges. He favoured a reduction in the money collected from each family for the scheme.

Mr Manoj Aggarwal from Sector 68 and Mr P.S. Virdi from Phase I said that the residents were happy with the scheme, but unhappy with the amount they had to contribute to make the scheme functional. They urged the authorities to decrease the charges collected from residents.

Mr Naunihal Singh, however, says that with the deployment of CPOs the residents were getting quality service. The SSP says there is a big difference between the service provided by a chowkidar and that by a CPO. A CPO is to be given a uniform to maintain “some status” and cannot purchase the uniform from the wages he is being paid, he adds.



Fauji Beat
1947 Army split and after

As August 15 draws near, one’s memory travels back to the time of Partition of the country. It was in August 1947 that a “divide” was created in the British Indian Army to form two separate armies-the Indian Army and the Pakistan Army. It was difficult to imagine how these two armies, which fought as one cohesive force in both World Wars made unparalleled sacrifices together and won a large array of gallantry awards could be so sharply split overnight. So much that by casting away their comradeship, they turned into bitter enemies. The rest is history.

What cannot be denied is that one of the best institutions that the British left in India at the time of Partition was the Army. Since the British officers manned the higher echelon of the Army at that time, Partition brought a palpable vacuum in it. To fill this vacuum, junior officers had to be catapulted to the senior ranks. Notwithstanding this, the Army gave a good account of itself in the 1947 Jammu and Kashmir War, which Pakistan forced on India in October 1947.

In 1948, the late General then Maj-Gen K.S. Thimayya as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 19 Infantry Division was responsible for the security of the valley. He had requested Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to give him just three more months to reach Muzaffarabad. Had Pandit Nehru acceded to his request, India would not have been facing the languishing Kashmir problem today.

Northern Command turns 34

The Northern Command has completed 34 years of its existence in July this year. It is the only command that was raised in an operational area at Udhampur. Not only that, it is the only command that has remained operational ever since its raising. Its first Army Commander was late Lieut-Gen P.S. Bhagat, who had won a Victoria Cross as a Second Lieutenant in the Abyssinian Campaign in 1941 in World War II.

It was after the 1971 war that the decision to raise this command was taken in the same location where 15 Corps was located earlier. Incidentally, 15 Corps had fought all the Jammu and Kashmir operational single-handed until 1972.

The Northern Command has been fighting a low intensity conflict since 1989 and there seems to be no hope of its cessation in the foreseeable future. Besides, the Kargil war in 1999 was another daunting task for this command, which it accomplished most credibly. The Army has suffered more casualties in the counterinsurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir than in all the wars it had fought since Independence.


As per the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), which was launched in 2003, 227 polyclinics were to be established in the country i.e. 104 at military stations and 123 at non-military stations. These polyclinics, depending on the estimated strength of ex-servicemen in each station, were categorised from type A to D. The strength laid down for type A is over 20,000, for type B from over 10,000 to 20,000 for type C from over 5,000 to 10,000 and for type D from over 2,500 to 5,000.

The last three years experience has shown that some of the polyclinics have to cater to a much larger number of ECHS patients than what their category lays down for them such as Chandigarh and Chandimandir polyclinics. They, therefore, need to be upgraded to a higher category so that they can get more medical staff and equipment to cope with the overload of patients. On the other hand, some polyclinics are in the higher category than what their patients’ strength justifies. They call for a downgradation to a lower category. For example, Gurdaspur polyclinic, which is type A, does not get more than 20 patients in a day. Similarly, Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib polyclinics, which are type B, hardly get 10 to 15 patients in a day.

— Pritam Bhullar



IT Park allottees can switch to leasehold category
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to allow Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park allottees to opt for leasehold category now and after the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status to the park expires, an exit route has also been provided so that their long-term proprietary interests are protected as the initial allotment was made on freehold basis.

A press note here today said with regard to previous allotments made by the administration, which were made on freehold basis, an option has been given to allottees to convert their allotment to leasehold for the period which will be coterminous with the letter of approval for the SEZ area. During the lease period, they will have to give a nominal lease of Rs 1,000 per acre.

This option can be exercised by the allottee within a period of three months of the date of notification of the amendment and he has to apply to the Estate Officer for the same.

Similarly, as and when the SEZ status to the RGCTP expires, the allottees will have another option to exercise within six months of the date of the expiry of the status of the SEZ and they will have the right to get their allotment reconverted into freehold again without any preconditions on a payment of Rs 10,000 per acre, which is to be paid at the time of reconversion.

However, to bring the CISP rules in conformity with the SEZ rules, all future allotments in RGCTP will be on leasehold only i.e. for a period of 99 years.



400 saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The Servants of the People Society organised a tree plantation drive at government schools of Kajheri, Maloya and Burail in collaboration with Eco Clubs of the respective schools and the State AIDS Control Society, UT. Over 400 saplings were planted during this drive.

Mr Mewa Singh, the chief guest at Government High School, Kajheri, inaugurated the herbal garden jointly made by the Eco Club of Government High School, Kajheri, and the Servants of the People Society.

In this herbal garden there are 85 medicinal plants and trees which includes Alobera, Bhrami, Kapur Tulsi, Bhring Raj, Ashwganda, Amla, Behera, Harad. He also planted a tree on this occasion.

Ms Neelam, Principal of the school, discussed the ways to make this garden more attractive. Those present on the occasion included members of the Eco Club, school teachers and volunteers of the society.



Foreign matter in Mirinda bottle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Mr Balkar Singh, a resident of Sector 28, was shocked to notice black colour foreign matter in a bottle of a soft drink which he purchased from a shop on Friday. Taking a serious note of this, Mr Balkar Singh brought the bottle to The Tribune office and alleged sheer negligence on the part of the company and its bottling process.

He further alleged that multinational companies had been feeding “sweet poison” to the consumers while the government was in a deep slumber.



Circuit House in Sector 1
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 7
The Haryana Government has decided to construct a state-of-the-art Circuit House — state guest house — shortly.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by the Haryana Chief Secretary last week. Sources disclosed that three acres of land has been earmarked for the Circuit House adjacent to the Deputy Commissioner’s official residence in Sector 1.

The architectural drawing of the House would be prepared soon and the Building and Roads Wing of the Haryana Public Works Department would likely take up the construction project, sources revealed.



Mohali police unearths fake job racket
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 7
The Mohali police has unearthed a major cyber racket involving fraudulent job offers with the arrest of four persons, including three Nigerians.

All four persons — Nirija Malik, Peter A.K., both residents of Vasant Kunj; George Amagbur and Ifeanyi Riches Samuel, both living in Arjun Nagar, Safdarjang Enclave — were arrested from New Delhi.

The police has recovered a laptop and mobile phones from them. Addressing a press conference here today, SSP Naunihal Singh said those arrested had allegedly been duping people by offering lucrative jobs in the UK.

Under a premeditated plan, an e-mail was created by two persons — Jane Pfeiffer (recruitment manager) and Graham Eagle (offshore and deep sea recruitment control).

From their e-mail account — [email protected] — jobs were allegedly offered for which curriculum vitae were invited.

Manpreet Singh, a Mohali resident who had recently completed his engineering course, received one such e-mail and walked into their trap.

He replied with his curriculum vitae and other documents and soon got a job offer for which he was reportedly asked to deposit £ 380 (Rs 33,560) in an account with the State Bank of India.

He was also asked to remain in touch with a local contact, “Dr Meyerpraise”, on the phone or through e.mail ([email protected]), claimed the SSP.

He added that Manpreet deposited the money in the account. But soon after the transfer of the money, “Dr Meyerpraise” allegedly started pressing him to deposit another £ 1,200 (Rs 96,000) for issue of traveller’s cheques.

Manpreet got suspicious when the local contact repeatedly insisted on the deposition of money.

He visited the website of the British Council and learned that he had been cheated.

The SSP said Manpreet Singh made a complaint to the police on August 3 after which a case was registered under Section 420, IPC. The SBI account was traced to Nirija Malik.



Father, son held for creating nuisance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The police arrested a resident of Dhanas and his son for allegedly creating nuisance after a scuffle with his daughter-in-law here today.

Sources said Mool Raj Roy and his son, Dewinder Kumar of Dhanas, were arrested after they were booked under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC.

Ms Suresh Kumari, the daughter-in-law of Mool Raj had reported to the police last night that the accused along with other family members assaulted her and her two children.

The police said following the scuffle, they called the police and the police took both parties to General Hospital, Sector 16, for medical examination. The police has booked both parties for creating nuisance.

Meanwhile, Suresh Kumari alleged that her husband had settled in the UK and her in-laws had been forcing her to take a divorce, which she refused. It was due to this, they tried to forcibly turn her out of the house along with her two children last night.

The police said they had booked the women of both parties under Sections 107 and 150 of the CrPC.



3 arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The local police has arrested three persons on the allegations of attempting to outrage the modesty of a woman and criminal trespass.

Sources in the Manimajra Police Station said Gagandeep Singh, Surinder Kumar and Sagar Kumar, all residents of Kishangarh village, were arrested for allegedly trespassing into the house of a woman with the intension of outraging her modesty during the intervening night of August 5. A case under Sections 448, 509 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.

One booked

Mr Harjinder Singh of Sector 11 reported to the police that Som Nath of Attawa village was caught red-handed while allegedly stealing cable on Sunday. The police recovered the stolen property from the accused and booked him under sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.

House burgled

Ms Uma Nijwan of Sector 22 lodged a complaint with the police and alleged that a TV, a cordless phone, two watches, a walkman and some other articles were stolen from her residence during the intervening night of August 4. A case was registered in this regard at Sector 17, police station.

Scooter stolen

Mr R.K. Ahuja of Sector 22 lodged a complaint with the police and alleged that his scooter (CH-01-Q-3508) was stolen from in front of his residence during the intervening night of August 5.



S-Class Merc sold for Rs 75 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
An S-Class Mercedes Benz (semi-knock down) was today sold to a city resident by Tai-Pan Traders for the first time in the city. The car, which is the ultimate in luxury, costs a whopping Rs 75 lakh.

The proud owner of the car, while requesting anonymity, said this was his fifth Merc, but the first S-Class Merc. “There is no comparison to this car, it is even better than the BMW,” he said.

And indeed so, the car has adaptive brakes with hold function and hill start assist, seven speed automatic transmission, direct select steering- wheel gearshift buttons, sliding glass sunroof, rear entertainment package (TFT screens, DVD player and headphones) etc.

Mr Sarabjit Singh Sodhi, Manager Sales, Tai-Pan Traders, said though the S-Class Mercs have been imported in India (as complete built units), the saloons (semi-knock down) are assembled at the plant in Pimpri, Pune.

“Though there are 25 S-Class Mercs in the city, this is the first S-Class SKD to be sold here,” he added.



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