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Teenager nabbed for old woman's murder
Hunt on for 2 more youths
Victim was gangraped
Empty bottle of white 'correction' fluid led to culprits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
An empty bottle of white "correction" fluid has led the police to the culprits who allegedly ''raped'' and murdered a 71-year-old woman in Sector 15, here.

The bottle, used for inhaling some intoxicant by the accused, was found near the decomposed body of the woman, Sarla Rani Anand. This led the police to narrowing down their suspicion on drug addicts in the neighbourhood, finally zeroing in on the victim's 16-year-old neighbour.

Once arrested, the minor named his other two accomplices and confessed to have committed the crime. The police today disclosed that it had solved the sensational murder case with the arrest of this juvenile.

The police said similar vials were found from the house of the accused and this confirmed their suspicion about the boy's involvement in the crime.

The police added that the boy, living in the house just behind that of the victim's house, planned the entire operation, along with two others, with a view to raping and subsequently robbing her.

After holding preliminary investigations into the matter, the police said the three were used to inhale the white fluid. They first gang-raped the aged victim and then strangulated her before decamping with the valuables.

They, however, committed the mistake of leaving behind the vial of white fluid and a used condom. The police claimed that during investigations they found two more used condoms and several other bottles of white fluid on the terrace of the boy's house.

The police said generally this substance was used by teenagers. The police had been looking for drug addicts of the similar age groups in the vicinity for the past two days, and the recovery of the empty vials and used condoms led the police to the accused.

While addressing mediapersons the DSP (Central), Mr S.S. Randhawa, said the accused was arrested from the Sector 15 market while he was returning from a stationery shop after buying the white fluid.

He was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate and was later sent to the Sector 15 Juvenile Home. During the preliminary questioning, he revealed the names of two other accomplices aged between 18 and 19 years, who were also drug addicts.

According to the DSP, the boy said they had planned the entire episode and were waiting for an opportunity to strike. On August 31, they entered into the victim's house at around 9 pm and committed the crime.

About the identity of other two accused, he maintained that disclosing it at this stage would hamper their investigations. He, however, claimed that the police would soon lay its hands on them. They were reportedly disowned by their families and sleep in the corridors of shops during the night.

The father of the minor boy, a driver, expressed ignorance about the entire episode. He said his son had quit studies long back after he failed in class 8th. He also said he was unaware whether his son had taken to drugs. When asked about the whereabouts of his son during the past few days, he said his son had gone to meet his maternal grandparents in Solan.

The police claimed that it recovered two gold bangles, two ear rings, two tops, two fixed deposits, a mobile phone set and an ATM card belonging to the victim from the possession of the boy.



PU Elections
Nominations end on dramatic note
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The hectic day of filing nominations at the Panjab University ended with high drama at one of the hostels for girls, with a supporter of one party alleging that a supporter of another party had slapped her and stuck her party's sticker on her face. The late evening incident brought the presidential candidates of the two contending parties and the university authorities to sort out the matter and defuse the ensuing tension.

The day began on a bad note for the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) when it was discovered that at least six nomination papers filed by the party's candidates could be rejected since there were anomalies in the filing of the papers.

These reportedly included the papers of SOPU's candidate for the key post of general secretary Sahil Goel, his covering candidate Guriqbal Singh and four other candidates for the posts of department representatives of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET). The cases of these six candidates and two others from other parties have been sent to an election tribunal for a final decision which would be known tomorrow.

The DSW, Dr Naval Kishore, said the candidates, including the presidential candidates of the various parties, filed their nominations in their respective departments today. "The total number of nominations cannot be ascertained since the nominations are filed in the departments. The list of eligible candidates would be with me tomorrow morning and once the withdrawals are over by tomorrow evening we will be putting up the final list of the candidates in the fray at my office at the Students Centre," he said.

Members of the SOPU party also released their manifesto today. The presidential candidate, Mr Dalveer Singh Goldy, stated that they would work towards the cleanliness of the campus and also fight for better facilities for the students. "The largest departments in the university like the UIET and Chemical Engineering etc do not have canteens. Also we are against the 10 per cent hike in fee,” he said. The day ended with members of the PUSU alleging that a SOPU supporter had slapped their supporter who was cross-questioning SOPU presidential candidate Goldy when he came to the Mata Gujri hostel to address the students at about 9pm. The "victim", a PUSU supporter, student of one of the science departments, said she was in the gathering when a SOPU supporter who is also in her hostel came and slapped her and also stuck a party sticker on her face. The matter was brought to the notice of the warden and PUSU party members led by Mr Rupinderjit Singh Mann came to the hostel in support of the girl followed by the SOPU President Goldy.



Protests, festivities mark Teachers’ Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Even as students in city colleges held a host of programmes to wish their teachers on Teachers’ Day, members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) wore black badges and held condolence meetings to mourn the death of Prof Sabharwal of Madhav College, Ujjain.

Dr Jagwant Singh, general secretary, PCCTU, in a letter written to Dr Manmohan Singh demanded that the case should be handled by CBI and guilty should be punished through a fast-track court.

DAV College, Sector 10

Members of the DAV College Teachers Union also observed a protest day on Tuesday. Its president Anil Sarwal pointed out that the UT Administration had not accepted their demands of deduction of provident fund on total salary, implementation of earned leave, encashment and transparency in financial dealings.

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Teachers at MCM DAV College did not to attend the cultural show organised by the students to commemorate the day. They wore black badges, showing solidarity with the family of Dr Sabharwal. While the teachers insisted that they had not attended the function due to the Ujjain incident, sources added that the teachers had been wearing black badges and carrying on a silent protest ever since the students of the college went on strike over the alleged slapping incident that took place in the college.

Some students of the college today added that they had in their classes apologised to the teachers for the strike.

Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran

Functions were organised in various departments to celebrate the day. Chairman of the college Satnam Singh Sandhu and president Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal congratulated the teachers. Special incentives and increments were given to all those teachers of Chandigarh College of Pharmacy who had shown good results in the university exams. Chandigarh College of Hotel Management issued appreciation letters to all those teachers who had contributed to various extra-curricular activities in the college. A function in the memory of Dr S. Radhakrishnan was organised at Chandigarh College of Education for Women.

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At the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management students of food and beverage service and food production clubs dressed up as teachers and conducted the classes. Elaborate menus for lunch and high tea had been prepared by the kitchen club and a puja theme was also set up at the Athithi Training Restaurant. A cultural programme too was held after lunch in the auditorium. Principal Navin Kumar Nanchahal was present on the occasion.

GGDSD College, Sector 32

Celebrations here were marked by speeches by some teachers and faculty members of the college. They shared their thoughts, experiences and feelings about the nobel profession. Principal A.C. Vaid motivated his colleagues to work towards providing a value-based quality education to all students.

Government College for Education, Sector 20

Mr Jitendra Mohan, visiting Professor, psychology and social health research unit, University Malaysia Sabah, and Ms Harjit Vasudev, former director, RIE, Chandigarh, delivered talks. Prof Mohan, a psychologist, suggested to the students that they should remember three eternal principles for effective teaching: never stop listening, never stop learning and start living the learning.

Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36

Prof Asha Sethi, consultant, Jan Shiksha Sansthan, was the chief guest. Prof Sethi highlighted the qualities of a teacher. A cultural program was presented by the new batch of students.

Government Home Science College, Sector 10

Students celebrated the day by putting up a cultural show for the teachers. Several surprise games were also organised.

To express their love and gratitude for the students, the teachers gave the students a unique return gift in the form of a DJ dance party at the end of the function. The teachers also joined the students.

Regional institute

At the Regional Institute of English, Sector 32, trainee teachers felicitated the teachers. They arranged a colourful cultural programme. The Director, Dr Sharda Kaushik, addressed the trainee.

GCG, Sector 11

Students of psychology honours of the college organised a project, '“Guru-shishya relationship: desired characteristics in a teacher” on the occasion. The aim of this project was to ascertain the most desired characteristics in a teacher and rank them in order of preference. As part of Teachers’ Day celebrations, the best message contest was organised. The winners were Parul Shah, Alka Goel, Preeti Gupta

GCG, Sector 42

Students of Geography Department of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, organised different activities in honour of their teachers. Principal Inderjit Kaur shared her views during the function. The Department of Hindi in collaboration with the State Bank of India organised a poetry competition. Sixty students participated in it. The winners were Nidhi, Parminder, Kenny, Preeti and Narinder.

Dayanand College

Postgraduate students organised management and marketing games in which the faculty participated. Dr P.K. Vasudeva, Principal, spoke on the occasion.

Government College

The postgraduate Department of English organised a function to mark the day. Dr A.N. Garg, Principal, urged the students to develop an inquisitive mind and partake knowledge at the behest of their students. Prof Bhupinder Singh, Dean, College Instruction, brought out a newsletter.



Tributes paid to Dr Radhakrishnan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Teachers' Day was celebrated with fervour in the school. A speech was delivered on the importance of this day by Mr Rajesh Kamal, vice-principal. There was fancy dress competition for junior sections. Senior students presented a colourful programme. Games were organised for teachers and in the end prizes were given away to the winners and the best teacher.

Stepping Stones School

Paying gratitude to their teachers, students of Stepping Stones Sr. Secondary School celebrated Teachers Day with great enthusiasm. The children of class VI to X of the school put up a variety show including dances, solo song, plays and games for their teachers. The star item of the show was children imitating their teachers. 'Teachers We Love You' was the message displayed in this colorful presentation. Teachers, all dressed up in their best displaying the excerpts of life history of Dr. Radha Krishnan. To mark the day an Inter House Debate was conducted. The Principal Ms. Navneet Kaur gave the winners prizes. She appreciated the efforts of the students and also threw light on the relationship of teacher and taught. Teachers also shared their unforgettable experiences as a teacher with their students.

Vivek High School

The students performed a superbly choreographed dance number by the students of VI. They lit up the floor with their graceful movements and enquired of the appreciative audience - 'where's the party tonight' This was followed by a quiz which led the teachers in a _flurry .They had to sing, dance, emote and much else - laughter filled the air as the staff put in an earnest effort toward gathering points for their respective 'Houses'. The House Bulletin Boards sported a positive look - these were enlivened with photographs of the teachers and messages galore adorned them.

Sacred Heart School, Sector 26

The heartian's celebrated teacher's day this year in a unique manner. They used the theme fusion to show their love for the teachers by blending the classic with the modern. The celebrations began with a one hour prayer meet conducted by the Principal, Rev. Sr. Sebastina, and the teachers. Scripts of different faiths were read out. Next was the program organized by the cabinet & students with various performances showing the transition from old to new in thoughts, attitude and culture with various songs, dances and plays. Adding to the program was the unusually hilarious comparing by Lolka Kutty, Beauty on Duty, her friend Lavanya and Pidu Singh the great. The show ended with lunch for the teachers.

St Johns School

It was a Teachers Day celebration with a difference. Putting in special effort were the school band, who organized a surprise performance for the teachers. They also recorded a special CD for the teachers called the soaring eagles it consists of 16 songs, sung and composed by the school band, with help of their teacher Michelangelo Francis. The idea informed the student's was the principals Mrs P Cheema idea, however the execution which took about two months was the students initiative. A learning experience is how the students describe it. "We have now realized what team work is all about," stated a student Vibhu Agnihotri a student. The teachers were later given a copy each of the CD. According to the principal the CD's would later be available to the students of the school for internal circulation.

Later about 90 teachers of St. Johns School enjoyed a brunch at McDonalds before going to see "Munnabhai Lage Raho" - all courtesy the St. Johns Old Boys Association (SJOBA). The Principal of St. Johns, Ms. P Cheema summarized it all with her statement.

St Stephens's School

Students of St Stephen's School organized a cultural programme to pay respect to their teachers. The function started with lighting of the lamp by Mrs Vasudeva, who has been teaching in the school for the past 25 years. In the end teachers played a session of dumb charades, which was thoroughly enjoyed by them. The programme ended with a sumptuous treat by the school

SD Public School

Teachers Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at the school. The students greeted their teachers and presented lovely cards to them. The senior students presented a bhangra dance for the teachers. Some entertaining games were also played. The teachers were also presented gifts on behalf of the school management.

Government High School

Students of the school is association with Panjab University celebrated teachers day in the school premises. Teachers, students and social workers participated in the celebration. Dr CL Narang former director NSS in his key note address said it is unfortunate that students and teachers relations are reaching a stage like the one witnessed in Ujjain. Principal Jatinder Kaur of the school also addressed the students. The programme was sponsored by the state Bank of India where Mr VK Mittal manager honoured distinguished teachers and students.

Kendriya Vidyalaya

Teachers day was celebrated in the school with full zest and enthusiasm. The programme started with a floral tribute paid to Dr Radha Krishnan by the principal Dr Mrs SP Shergill. Class XII students were the pupil teachers of the day with their colourful dresses. Later a party was organized where SBI representative honoured the teachers who had presented 100 per cent results in class X and XII. The day ended with a tug of war between the students and teachers.

Guru Nanak Public School

Teachers day started in the school with a shabad. The senior students acted as teachers for the day. A cultural programme was also put up by the students. The programme ended with a speech by the principal Mrs Jasminder Singh, she highlighted the role of a teacher in shaping the personality of students. She also presented bouquets of flowers as a mark of appreciation for their hard work.

Mount Carmel School

Various competitions were organized by the school at 'LECMA-3 BRD, Air Force Station as part of teachers day celebrations today. Students of class V to X presented an entertaining cultural programme on the occasion which included western dance, play, mask making, etc. A welcome speech was also given by the head girl of the school.

Govt Model School

Teachers from different government schools were honoured by Bharat petroleum, regional office in the school today. Twenty-two teachers from different schools were short listed by a panel of educationists. The Chief guest for the day was Sumanth Kumar, area marketing manager and Mr Ashwani Kumar DPI Schools. A cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.

Delhi Public School

A special assembly was held on the occasion, in which the principal Ms Sunita Tanwar led the school in prayer. A cultural programme was also organized as part of the special assembly where students presented a skit and a group song.

Vatika High School

Students of Vatika High School for deaf and dumb, sector 19-B celebrated teachers day in the school campus. Students organized painting competitions on the life of Dr S Radhakrishan. Mrs Kamal BJ Singh, president Vatika High School for deaf and dumb, sector 19 explained the importance of teachers day and laid emphasis on the simplicity and dedication of teachers. Ramesh Kumar, principal of the school thanked the teachers for being so supportive.

Panchkula: Teachers’ Day was celebrated at KV-2, Chandimandir, here today. The former Principal of the school, Ms Rama Sharma, was the chief guest.

The programme started with floral tributes to Dr Radhakrishnan followed by “guru mahima” by students. Principal Alka Gupta congratulated the teachers. Medals and certificates were awarded to winners of various sports events that concluded recently in Chandigarh. — TNS



20 teachers honoured
Tribune News Service

Teachers’ Day celebrations at Golden Bells Public School, Mohali, on Tuesday.
Teachers’ Day celebrations at Golden Bells Public School, Mohali, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, September 5
Teachers’ Day was celebrated at Shivali Public School with fervour. The school honoured 20 teachers with appreciation award, shawl, citation and Rs 2,100 each.

Among those honoured were Ms Gurkiran Nalwa, Ms Navjot Dhindsa, Ms Dass, Ms Tejinder Kaur, Ms Chitra, Ms Sarabjit Kaur, Ms Anuradha, Mr Bikram Singh, Ms Divya, Ms Manjeet Kaur, Ms Punita Bindra, Ms Satpal Kaur, Ms Malvinder Kaur, Ms Daljeet Kaur, Mr S.S. Sahani, Ms Baldeep Kaur, Ms Deepika, Ms Renu Sharma and Ms Bansal by the chief guest, Dr Kharak Singh, Mr D.S. Bedi and Ms Bedi.

A declamation contest was also organised for teachers. The winners were Ms Anisha Ghuman, Ms Aarti Sood and Ms Inderjeet Kaur.

Sherwood Convent

Students of Sherwood Convent School presented flowers and cards to teachers. Poems and speeches dedicated to the teachers. The students also performed dances.


A spectacular show was put up by students of Yadavindra Public School. All items were the outcome of hobby classes that students attended throughout the year.

The audience was mesmerised by the performance of Kalyani and Deepinder Bhangu. YPS theatre team staged “Hindustan” directed by Zubin Mehta.

Kathak dance by Ms Renu and solo song by Ms Manjit Dhyani was delightful.

Shastri Model School

Teachers’ Day was celebrated at Shastri Model School. Mr Rajinder Singh Rana, MC president, was the chief guest and Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, DEO-Elementary, presided.

DAV school

Dr Radhakrishnan’s birth anniversary was celebrated at DAV Senior Secondary School with enthusiasm.

The function started by paying tributes to him. Teachers presented a mesmerising cultural programme while students performed Punjabi dances, recited poems, sang songs and delivered speeches.

Principal Jaya Bhardwaj emphasised on the need for inculcating the spirit of dedication, devotion and discipline among students.

Golden bells

Students of Class X of Golden bells Public School presented a colourful programme to commemorate the day. The director, Col C.S. Bawa (retd), appreciated the show and congratulated the teachers.



Teachers’ Day
Teachers, students have fun-filled day
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 5
To commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Saravapalli Radhakrishnan, students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, celebrated Teachers’ Day with great zeal. The day started with the recital of the verses of Kabir and Rahim.

Students sang songs and made a speech highlighting the importance of this day. Students of Class X acted as teachers and managed all classes. The Principal and senior teachers played fun-filled games and antakshri.

The Principal, Ms Bhatnagar, congratulated students for their flawless management of the school. Bulletin boards were decorated to mark this occasion and best boards were awarded prizes. A colourful giddha by the girls and bhangra by the boys of the Classes IX and X marked the grand finale of the day. Teachers were applauded for their contribution in the field of education.

Students of St Soldier Divine Public School, Sector 16, participated in a special assembly. Dr Radhakrishnan was remembered in speeches and was followed by a variety programme. A dance competition was also held. In another competition students acted as their teachers.

At Satluj Public School, Sector 4, the day started with a special assembly in which the roles of the teacher and taught were reversed. Teachers participated in several fun games and were awarded by the students. The students also presented titles to their teachers.

Teachers’ day at Chaman Lal D.A.V Senior Public School, Sector – 11, was marked by a cultural programme which included poem recitation, songs and messages. A seminar on “Reinventing Teaching” was also conducted for the teachers in the school by a team of psychologists from IPAT GUIDE, a leading institute in the field of counselling. Mr Rajneesh Garg, Director (IPAT GUIDE), conducted the seminar.

Mr Garg stressed that since new class of students have evolved who are much more aware and exposed to the changes around, there was an urgent need to shift away from rote methods. Teachers were taught to deal with different types of children, specially gifted, hyperactive and children with learning disabilities.



Nahar’s gesture to students on Teachers’ Day
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Lalru, September 5
Teachers’ Day, birth anniversary of the former President S. Radhakrishan, proved to be a special day for the students of Government Elementary School, Hassanpur, near here, today.

As part of its social commitment, the management of the Nahar Group of Companies today distributed uniforms and shoes among the 255 students of the school. Besides, the company officials announced that two rooms, a boundary wall and sports stadium would be constructed in the school by the management.

The Chief Executive, Mr SS Aich, and the Assistant Vice-president, Mr Naveen Sharma, and the village Sarpanch, Mr Gurvinder Singh, visited the school in the morning to distribute the material.

At the initiative of the Managing Director, Mr Kamal Oswal, the company was planning to distribute study material and uniforms to the students of the adjoining villages. Besides, the schools would be linked to vocational education with a view to providing employment to the students, the company executives added.

Appreciating the gesture of the group, the school Headmistress, Ms Bhupinder Kaur, highlighted the achievements of the school.



Cultural programme by students
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 5
Kendriya Vidyalaya, GC CRPF, Pinjore, celebrated Teachers’ Day today. Principal, Bhupinder Kaur paid tributes to Dr Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan. A cultural programme was presented by students.

The teachers were awarded appreciation letters for their 100 per cent results in Class X.

More than 20 saplings of medicinal and ornamental trees were planted by the Principal and teachers.

New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula, also celebrated Teachers’ Day. Senior students, dressed in sarees and suits, taught classes. Principal, Sharda Gupta presided.



Teachers protest in front of DEO office
Our Correspondent

Members of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, protest on Teachers’ Day in Mohali on Tuesday.
Members of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, protest on Teachers’ Day in Mohali on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, September 5
The Mohali district unit of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab, staged a protest in front of the office of the District Education Officer on Teachers’ Day here today.

The teachers from the district wore black badges and said Teachers’ Day was celebrated only as a formality by the government. It did not hold significance for them as they were otherwise “harassed” throughout the year.

They said the move of the government to privatise education was not in public interest as children belonging to economically weaker sections would be deprived of education.



HUDA gets notice in plot allotment case
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 5
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for September 25 on a petition challenging the allotment of one acre plots at Panchkula for group housing co-operative societies.

The petitioners, Vijaya Bank Employees Group Housing Society and the Professors Group Housing Society, both of which were declared successful in the recent draw of lots but denied allotment for want of availability of specified size of plots applied by them, have alleged that the process was changed to suit some others.

They have prayed for directions to quash the allotment of one acre plots and to allot a plot of an acre or half an acre to the petitioners.

During preliminary hearing today, counsel for the petitioners told the court that while HUDA has allotted an acre plot to the Unique Group Housing Society, which has MLAS and MPs as members, and to another society by merging two half-acre plots despite the fact that in the draw of lots these two societies had been successful only for a plot of half-acre each, the same yardstick was not applied in their case.

While the Unique Group Housing Society had applied for allotment of an acre’s plot, the petitioners had applied for a plot of half acre each but were declared successful for an acre’s plot each. However, the authorities conducting the draw declined the allotment on the ground that they had not applied for an acre’s plot and that half acre plots had become unavailable.

Their counsel argued that if MLAs and MPs could be allotted an acre plot by merging two half-acre plots, it could have been done in their case also by bifurcating an acre plot which came to be drawn in their name, in two half acre plots.

After hearing the counsel, the Bench, while issuing notices, said the allotment would be subject to the outcome of the writ. The hearing will now resume on September 25.



Woman seeks action against daughter’s in-laws
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 5
A resident of Phase IV here has alleged that her former NRI son-in-law has given matrimonial advertisements in which no disclosure has been made of his being a divorcee. Besides, a case of dowry harassment had been registered against him here.

Mrs Paramjit Kaur said yesterday that on the complaint of her daughter , Mrs Gurjot Kaur Mann, the police had filed the FIR on June 5, 2004, against her then husband, Mr Riqbal Singh Sidhu , parents , sister and uncle for dowry harassment under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC. She said the police had so far failed to take appropriate action against those named in the FIR.

She claimed that Riqbal Sidhu’s family had given the matrimonial advertisements in two English dailies here on August 20 and 26. She suspected that these were given by the former in- laws of her daughter and a response was sent using a fictitious name in order to know the identity of the advertiser.

In the FIR Mrs Gurjot Mann had said that she was married to Riqbal Sidhu in 2002. She alleged in it that her life had been “ruined by my in-laws because I could not bring a hefty sum of money as dowry as demanded by them in cash or kind.” She further alleged in the FIR that her in-laws had demanded £ 30,000 and she was also given a severe beating for not bringing sufficient dowry. The Brentford County Court (UK) had on the basis of Mrs Gurjot Mann’s complaint issued a power of arrest under the Family Law Act, 1996, against Riqbal Sidhu on January 31, 2003.

Mrs Gurjot Mann’s mother demanded action against the persons named in the FIR registered at Mohali.



Fashion park will be eco-friendly, says CEO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The fashion technology park to be set up over 14 acres in Mohali will be an eco-friendly project and will be self-sufficient to deal with water and sewerage treatment.

This was stated by the promoters of the park while giving a presentation to officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board and Town and Country Planning Department, before the public hearing for environmental clearance for the project.

The structural aspects, green architecture, water treatment facilities, fire-fighting system and solid waste management were discussed.

The promoters said the park would present an eco-industrial model where a community of manufacturing and service businesses in the fashion industry would collaborate to improve the economic performance.

Mr J.S. Kochar, CEO of the park, said it would also have a residential area, an amphitheatre, a retail and business area, other than knowledge centre.

“We have incorporated all the components to ensure zero emission/discharge and maximum benefits for sustainable environmental development,” he said.

He said 33 per cent of fly ash would be used in the structural design of the building.

Mr Malwinder Singh, member secretary, PPCB, suggested that fly ash should also be used for laying roads inside the park. 



Badheri residents irked over MC order
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Residents of Badheri village today staged a dharna and raised slogans against the Municipal Corporation and the area councillor, Mr Kuldeep Singh, for passing wrong orders to erect mild steel railings in the public parks adjoining Ekta Market.

They lamented that since the village bylanes were narrow, the residents had to park their vehicles on the road passing in front of the Ekta Market.

The erecting of mild steel railings close to the road would further decrease the parking space, they said. “We had requested the MC to erect the mild steel railings at least 10 feet away from the road as had been done in case of parks in the same village,” said Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, a former sarpanch of the village.

It was further pointed out that due to narrow bylanes, there was no adequate parking space.



Reply sought from MC on open manholes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The Forum for Public Affairs under Section 7(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, yesterday demanded a reply within 48 hours from the municipal corporation about various issues concerning open manholes/pits/gullies and uncovered water tanks in the city.

The questionnaire has come following the death of a four-year-old boy who fell in an uncovered tank on September 1. It was also pointed out that a woman died last year after she fell into a manhole.

Mr Chandermukhi, president of the forum, said: “We have given the list of questions to learn about the ground realities of MC care in checking manholes”.



DC recommends action against hotels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The Deputy Commissioner in a communication to the Director Health Services, has recommended action against hotels and restaurants which were found lacking in maintenance and cleanliness.

The Administration had constituted three teams to find out the standard of hospitality, maintenance and cleanliness standards. The teas had recently submitted their findings.

Mr R.K. Rao, Deputy commissioner, said detailed inspection report of all hotels and restaurants had been sent to the Director, Health Services, for action. It had been found that most of the hotels and restaurants had been lacking in cleanliness.



Welfare society thanks PM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The Welfare Society of Authorised Originals of all UT Villages today thanked the Prime Minister for brining out the rehabilitation scheme under economic development at the national level.

Mr H.S. Billing, general secretary of the society, urged the Prime Minister to implement the new scheme within a stipulated time frame. “We urge Dr Manmohan Singh to direct the Chandigarh Administration to allow oustees to have houses at subsidised rates,” he said.



1 dead, 6 hurt in 2 accidents
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 5
One person died and six others were injured in two separate accidents in the district here today. Three more persons were injured in other crime incidents since last night. While Tikka Ram, an employee of the Public Health Department, died in a collision between a scooter and a truck on the Ghaggar bridge, a head-on collision between a truck and a Canter left four people injured. Two of them, the driver and conductor of the Canter, are stated to be critical and admitted to the PGIMER.

Rampal of Bhagwanpura village and Ranbir Singh of Tabar village, now admitted to General Hospital, Sector 6, were coming towards Panchkula from Ramgarh. On the way, they met Barwala resident Tikka Ram, who urged them to give him a lift till Panchkula since he was getting late for office to which the duo agreed.

However, on the Ghaggar bridge, their scooter collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction. While Tikka Ram died on the spot, the other two were brought to General Hospital, Sector 6, where they are undergoing treatment.

The second accident which took place near Kot village this morning left four people injured on which one is critical. Pawan Kumar and Sudhir, in truck number HP 11-3698, carrying cement, were on their way from Daldaghat to Kala Amb while Shamsher, driver of canter HR 63 A 7208, alongwith a conductor, was on his way from Barwala to Panchkula.

Near Kot, the two vehicles had a head-on collision in which Shamsher and his conductor were seriously injured and admitted to PGI. The other two escaped with minor injuries. However, as a result of the accident, the road from Panchkula to Ramgarh was blocked for over half-an-hour, putting commuters to a lot of inconvenience.

Last night, an elderly couple, returning from a marriage on their scooter from Pallavi hotel in Sector 5, were hit by a speeding Scorpio allegedly belonging to the chairman of the Pinjore Block Samiti. The couple, SK Mittal and Lata Mittal, residents of Sector 15, were hit by the Scorpio. While they were thrown off the scooter and on to the divider, the occupants of the Scorpio stepped up the speed, dragging the scooter for over a kilometre.

The speeding Scorpio was followed a few people from the public and a PCR van. While the vehicle was being chased, its tyre burst at the Sector 2 roundabout and the occupants fled from the scene, leaving the Scorpio behind. The couple were admitted to the General hospital, Sector 6, and were referred to PGIMER.

In yet another incident, a student of Dera Bassi Engineering College, was stabbed in the stomach by three men on motorcycle at Madanpura in Sector 26, this morning while he was on his way to college. A resident of Sector 10, he was stopped by three men on a motorcycle who asked for directions. He stopped to explain them the route when one of the three men took out a knife and stabbed him before snatching his motor cycle and leaving him by the roadside, writhing in pain.



One injured in accident
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 5
One person was seriously injured in an accident involving two cars at the Chawla chowk late last night. While one car was coming from the Chandigarh side, another was coming from the Ambwala chowk side when the accident took place.

The Indica got badly damaged and its driver was trapped in the vehicle. He was taken out of the car by some persons and later taken to hospital.

The driver of the Swift car fled from the scene.


The police has booked a resident of Phase VII on charges of wrongful restraint, voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation.

According to the police, Ms Namita, a resident of Ludhiana, had complained that she had come to the women’s cell in Mohali in connection with a complaint filed by her against her husband Kamal Setia.

She said after finishing her work when she was waiting for a bus at the Balongi chowk her husband came there and slapped her. She then went to the office of the women’s cell but she was stopped by her husband near the gate and threatened with dire consequences.



10 held for forcible occupation of land

Lalru, September 5
The Lalru police today arrested 10 persons on the charges forcible occupation of land in Bhagwasi village, near here.

Acting on the complaint of Mr Bansi Lal Mehta, Sarpanch of Bhagwasi village, the police arrested Jatinder Kumar, Vijay Pal, Jaswinder, Varinder, Balbir, Jaspal, Bhupinder, Krishan Kumar, Rajesh and Chandi Ram.

The police said the accused persons allegedly made an attempt to forcibly occupy the land when its demarcation was being done in Bhagwasi village today. A country-made weapon was also seized by the police from their possession.

A case under various Sections of the IPC and the Arms Act has been registered. TNS



Guard assaulted

Panchkula, September 5
The president of the Residents’ Association of the Army Flats in Mansa Devi Complex, Col Prem Kumar (retd), today submitted a complaint of assault against a tenant to the police. In his complaint, he said Manish Kumar, a society guard was assaulted by the tenant. — TNS



‘Dil Apna Punjabi’ gets tax waiver in UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
UT Administration has granted a two-week waiver on entertainment tax to Manmohan Singh’s latest Punjabi film “Dil Apna Punjabi.” The film producers will not have to pay any tax on collections from Chandigarh for the given period.

A complete family film, “Dil Apna Punjabi” has been produced by Kumar Turani and Ramesh Turani of Tips. Its music has been composed by Sukhshinder Shinda and lyrics are by Babu Singh Mann. The film, running in three cinema halls in the city (Fun Republic included) stars Harbhajan Mann, Neeru Bajwa, Mehek Chandel, Dara Singh and Kanwaljit, among others.

Film’s production manager Darshan Aulkah told Chandigarh Tribune today that in Chandigarh, the film would be exempted from entertainment tax for two weeks, from September 8 to 22. 



Policy holders honoured

Chandigarh, September 5
A customer meet was organised by the Life Insurance Corporation of India here today as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the week.

On the occasion, policy holders who had been paying their premium regularly for over 25 years were honoured by the Senior Divisional Manager, Chandigarh division, Mr Mahendra Kumar. TNS



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