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Arjun Singh okays IIM for city
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 27
The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Mr Arjun Singh today gave the nod for the setting up of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Chandigarh.

The minister was accompanying the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research held here this evening. Responding to a request by Union Minister of State and member of Parliament from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal, Mr Arjun Singh said an IIM would be established in Chandigarh.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bansal said:"The tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula boast of many institutes of excellence. Other than the establishment of the IISER, the foundation stone of which has been laid today, we have the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) ,where we are standing, the PGIMER, IMTECH, Panjab University and the CSIO, all of which are pursuing excellence," he said.

"The world is looking towards India as the powerhouse of economic development in the 21st century and the region has immense potential in the filed of finance and banking," he said, adding that a request had been made for the establishment of an IIM in Chandigarh which needed to be looked into.

The minister's response that "utmost efforts would be made to ensure that Chandigarh gets an IIM" was received with a round of applause.Punjab Governor and UT Administrator General (Retd) SF Rodrigues beamed with joy as he joined the applause at the acceptance of his brainchild(IIM).

The proposal for the establishment of an IIM in the city had been forwarded to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development in February this year. When contacted, the DPI Colleges. Mrs Raji P Srivastava, confirmed that a proposal had been sent but an official response was awaited from the ministry.

"Space has been reserved for an education city where sites are proposed to be offered for the establishment of centres of excellence in the field of management education, design and international languages, among others. The proposed education city is situated on the Chndigarh -Mullanpur road in Sarangpur," said Mrs Srivastava.

She said the proposal for an IIM basically focussed on the fact that Chandigarh already housed a university and several colleges, technical institutes and schools.

"The Chandigarh Administration is keen on seeing the city become home to educational institutions of excellence. With the need for management personnel being constantly fuelled by an upward-looking economy, the gap between the demand for trained graduates and availability of seats in management schools needs to be bridged," said Mrs Srivastava.



Affected farmers stage protest
Move to acquire land for science institute
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 27
Villagers in large numbers today staged a protest against the move of the government to acquire land for the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research and other projects here before ensuring farmers a stake in development and a rehabilitation package.

Organised by the Kissan Hit Bachao Committee, the protest was held in Sector 81 land proposed to be acquired for the institute, the foundation stone of which was laid by the Prime Minister today. A large number of men, women and children from villages arrived in tractor-trailers and other vehicles to the protest venue. Many of them carried black flags and raised slogans against the Punjab Government and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in protest against the “forcible” acquisition of land, resulting in the uprooting of the farmers.

The protesters at the “Chilla chalo rosh rally” said the opening of the science institute on the land of Chilla, Mauli Baidwan, Kumbra, Raipur Khurd and Manauli villages would be illegal as till date the ownership and possession of the land was vested with the farmers concerned. The acquisition was in violation of the PUDA Act,1995, and certain constitutional provisions. The land, they further said, was still under litigation.

The protesters had drawn up a memorandum of demands to be presented to the Prime Minister through the district administration.

Mr Tejinder Singh Jakhar, president of the committee, said the Punjab Chief Minister was himself fighting to get certain state properties freed for personal advantage, but was uprooting farmers by “forcibly” acquiring their land at throwaway prices. He said the Chief Minister was making claims of creating two lakh jobs for unemployed youth through special economic zones and mega projects. Land was given to Quark at a very low rate in Mohali but the company had failed to create any jobs for local people.

Mr Jakhar further said farmers of five villages- Chilla, Kumbra, Mauli Baidwan, Raipur Khurd and Manauli would not allow the government to aquire Mr Jakhar further said farmers of five villages- Chilla, Kumbra, Mauli Baidwan, Raipur Khurd and Manauli would not allow the government to aquire their land till a comprehensive land pooling scheme was introduced. He said farmers wanted a plot measuring 1125 square yards in the residential area and another plot measuring 121 square yards in the commercial area in lieu of each acre of land that was acquired by the government which would be given free of any cost.

The protesters said they were not against development but against the “forcible” acquisition of land which had resulted in large-scale unemployment.

In the memorandum, the committee has requested the Prime Minister to direct the state government to introduce the land pooling scheme , to establish a regulatory body to ensure delivery of farmers stake in development and rehabilitation package before acquisition of land, farmers be granted due representation in the regulatory body and a committee constituted to frame the land pooling scheme and land acquisition proceedings in five villages of Sector 81 be suspended till the declaration and delivery of stake of farmers in development.



Motorists caught in traffic jam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The two-day visit of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today resulted in inconvenience to hundreds of motorists, especially office goers, as the busy roads in the city were blocked for short intervals to allow a safe passage to the cavalcade of VVIPs.

The PM’s aeroplane landed at the Chandigarh airport around 3.30 pm. Those driving home after attending their offices were the worst affected as the road connecting the Punjab Raj Bhavan, Sector 5, with the PCA Stadium, Mohali, remained blocked for over half an hour to allow cavalcades of VIPs to reach the venue of the evening function, the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Sector 67, Mohali.

“Before the PM’s caravan had to pass, the road was blocked for the passage of vehicles of some Union ministers and several Punjab ministers. I remained stranded at the Sector 45 and 46 traffic junction for over 20 minutes”, said Mr Ashwani Kumar, who lives in Sector 48.

The roads leading from the PGI to Panchkula (Madhya Marg) and from Tribune Chowk to the Sector 26 Transport Chowk (Purv Marg) were not blocked for long periods.

For the PM’s visit, at least 1000 police personnel, including sharp shooters, were deployed all along the route. The presence of police in police stations was thin.

After landing at the airport, the PM was welcomed by Capt Amarinder Singh, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Mr Bhupinder Hooda and Dr A.R. Kidwai.

The entire area around the Punjab Raj Bhavan was sensitised. In the evening, the entry of visitors to the Sukhna Lake was barred due to security reasons.



Citizens’ Audit
Day markets lying unused; booths unallotted
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Lakhs worth of built-up infrastructure for day markets at different places in the city lies unoccupied by the Estate Office of Chandigarh Administration.

Hundreds of booths spread over Sectors 42, 39, grain market and Mani Majra have not been allotted till date, more than four years after the constructions were completed.

All the centres are dirty with waste of animals and even human faeces. "The venue stinks," said Ram Kumar, a vendor in Sector 26. "Is there no social audit pertaining to expenditure and the time frame in policy implementation of the administration schemes?" he added.

The site in Sector 42 stinks of human excreta. Shopkeepers in the adjoining market and the daily customers are naturally a peeved lot. The entire complex presents a ghastly sight. Mr Narinder Singh, a local resident, said, "I heard the day markets even at grain market were not allotted yet. It is strange to see costly infrastructure lying waste in a city where a common man was begging for site, even a one room tenement."

A big portion of the special market inside the grain market is occupied with sacks of supplies of the traders. "We don’t have any permission. We are stacking the goods on our own. The place has at least some utilisation now. Earlier, it was full of foul smell which made it impossible to even breathe there", said Ram Narain, a trader.

The scheme for allotment of built-up booths was announced by the UT administration in 1991 and the construction work started in 1993, said a senior official. "We have already built and allotted the sites in Sectors 7, 8, 9, 11, 18, 27, 23, 15, 22, 19 and 22. The allocation of sites in Sector 43 is nearly complete. The bajwada market will be shifted to Sector 41 shortly. Work for sites in Sectors 37, 38 and 46 is under way, he added.

The administration built double-storey structures in Sectors 8, 9, 11, 24 and 18 while the sites in the grain market, Sectors 39 and 42 are single storey. The administration is considering work on the sites in Sectors 28, 29, 44 and 45, sources said.

The administration has shifted the work of issuing licenses to rehris, animal driven carts and rickshaws to the Municipal Corporation.

A senior official of the Estate Office said, "There were minor hiccups in clearing the allotment. The 146 sites in grain market will be cleared within a week and other sites will soon be cleared as well."

The official also said, "The original allotment included mainly the applicants of 1991. It was discovered that a number of them had left the trade or were no longer interested. The process of identifying the suitable allottees has taken some time."



Watch out

Bhupinder Singh Sr
Bhupinder Singh Sr

Former Team India cricketer, Bhupinder Singh ‘Senior’, an Inspector in the Central Excise and Customs here, will continue to be a part of the panel of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which is responsible for selecting national senior teams for various international events, including Test matches and one-day internationals (ODIs).

The BCCI at its annual general house meeting in Mumbai today reposed its faith in this all-rounder for yet another term. He also accompanied Indian team to Pakistan in January this year as a national selector.

Bhupinder Singh will represent the North Zone. He played for India in two ODIs at Sharjah against United Arab Emirates and Pakistan in 1994. He not only played for Punjab in Ranji Trophy for a number of years but was also a part of the team that lifted this trophy in 1993.



Passing Through

Dr Akash Gulalia
Dr Akash Gulalia Social Behavioural Scientist, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

What are your concerns regarding scientists addressing HIV/AIDS vulnerability of mobile populations?

The foremost concern is planning strategies to reach these populations which are always on the move. Truck drivers are in the high risk bracket because of the time they spend away from their families. We also want to cover female sex workers, who are seldom trafficked through the railways. Most of the time, they are taken away in trucks, so that no one can detect them.

What interventions have you developed to create HIV/AIDS awareness among truck drivers?

We are working with truck drivers in Delhi. Our project aims at removing stigmas about HIV. Drivers usually abstain from testing because they are shy. Cultural barriers prevent them from talking openly about condoms. We are working on dealing with such issues.

What are the tools you are using?

We are working in close association with students of the Delhi School of Social Work who are helping truck drivers in chosen locations in Delhi to make songs and films based on themes. Once truck drivers come together as groups and talk about the use of condoms, they realise that the subject is not so stigmatizing.

How do you measure the success of such strategies and what are your plans?

Many NGOs working in the HIV sector like the Naaz Foundation in Delhi has replicated our model. That shows the strategy is working. We are here to learn from the studies which state governments have conducted in the area of migration and its connection with the HIV risk. We are planning to feed the National AIDS Control Organization on the issue so that future policies could address it. — Aditi Tandon



Delimitation redraws battlelines
No cakewalk for most councillors
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
It will not be a cakewalk for most of the sitting councillors in the forthcoming elections to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The fresh delimitation of the civic body boundaries, which will now have 26 wards, has redrawn the battlelines for the people's representatives.

It has been a sigh of relief for at least four of the sitting councillors, Mr Pradeep Chhabra, Mr Rajesh Gupta, Mr HS Lucky and Ms Harjinder Kaur, as the physical boundary of their wards remain almost the same. For others it means a lot of leg work as their wards have been heavily pruned to fulfill the population criteria as per the norms of the Election Commission.

At least three wards, No. 24, 25 and 26, have been carved out from two wards represented by the Mayor, Mr Surinder Singh, and Mr Balraj. In ward No.1, represented by Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, Sectors 2 and 11 have been taken out and included in Ward No. 2 which earlier covered Sectors 12, 14 and 15 and is represented by Mrs Anu Chatrath. In Ward No.4, represented by former Mayor Subash Chawla, Sector 36, has been included.

An official said an effort had been made to streamline the boundary of the wards. Citing an example, he said the residential area of Ram Darbar, across the Chandigarh-Morinda railway line, has been clubbed with Indira Awas Colony, Hallo Majra, Faidan, Char-Taraf-Burail, Tatar Pur and Karson Colony. Industrial Area, Phase II, on the other side of the railway line hadbeen clubbed with Sectors 31, 47 and 48.

The wards represented by Mrs Kamla Sharma, Mr Kuldeep Singh and Mrs Geeta Chaudhary have been pruned and three new wards carved out of their areas. Thanks to the 50,000 plus population in Burail and Sector 45 and Colony No.5, the wards represented by the Chandigarh Vikas Manch candidate, Mr Vijay Singh Rana, now has Burail and Sector 45 only.

Each ward would have between 20,000 and 43,000 voters. In the last MC election to 20 wards, the number of electorate in some of the wards was up to one lakh, against the EC norms of a maximum of 50,000 voters in a ward.

The SC population in different wards varies between 1000 and 20,000, the highest figure of 20,000 being in ward No.5 (Sector 25 Kumhar Colony, EWS Colony, Dhanas, and other nearby areas) and 10, 675 in Ward No. 6 (Dadu Majra Colony, Dadu Majra and Shahpur)

The inclusion of five more villages, Hallomajra, Kajehri, Palsora, Maloya and Dadumajra, which now form part of six new wards, has raised the hopes of political leaders hailing from rural areas. "In light of the delimitation, there could be several contenders within the Congress for the party ticket", observed a councillor.

The notification to increase the number of wards to 26 and reservation for different categories had already been notified.



First passenger train arrives in Mohali
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, September 27
The first passenger train from Chandigarh to Morinda was welcomed at the local railway station with fanfare by a number of officials, municipal councillors and others here today.

The train which was running behind schedule, stopped at the railway station here for about five minutes. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Punjab, and Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar, MLA, who were in the train were received by the SDM, Mr Sandeep Hans, Executive Officer of the civic body, Mr Amarjit Singh Sekhon, President of the council, Mr Rajinder Singh Rana, former president of the council, Mr Harinder Pal Singh Billa, municipal councillors and others.

Slogans were raised in favour of the Punjab Government , Mr Kang and the MLA.

The train later reached the Kharar railway station where it was received by Mr Charanjit Singh, president of the Kharar Municipal Council, some municipal councillors, sarpanches from a few villages and others. Sweets were distributed and great enthusiasm was noticed among those present.

Ropar: Officials of the district administration today welcomed the passengers of the first train that reached the Morinda Railway Station on the Chandigarh-Morinda rail line which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Minister of Tourism and Animal Husbandry, Mr Jagmohan Kang, and the MLA, Anandpur Sahib, Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, also boarded the train from Chandigarh and reached here.

Mr Kang said with this new track, a large number of people would be able to visit Anandpur Sahib and Bhakra Dam in Nangal.

Those greeting the passengers included the ADC, Ms Bhavna Garg, and the SDM.



Sec 4 cordoned off for PM’s visit
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 27
Every road leading to the Sudan household in Sector 4 is dotted with policemen and every terrace in their lane has a cop watching over the road. Security in the sector as also the city has been beefed up in view of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to their house to offer condolences to the family.

A thoroughly personal visit, the Prime Minister’s association to Prof M.L. Sudan, who passed away last week, dated back to their days of postgraduation. “They were together at the University College, Hoshiarpur, where they both studied economics. Since then, they never been out of touch with each other,” says Col Sandeep Sudan, Professor Sudan’s younger son, presently posted in Jammu.

A photograph of the Prime Minister with Professor Sudan, clicked during the former’s last visit, stands on a side table just in front of a portrait of Professor Sudan, who retired from the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration, Mussorie.

Living all by himself in his house, Professor Sudan was also involved with a lot of social work and would often help out at an orphanage. “My mother passed away 11 years ago. Since then, he has kept himself busy at the orphanage. Some days back, he was admitted to the Command Hospital with renal failure and died of a heart stroke,” the son remarked.

His elder brother, Mr Randeep Sudan, an Andhra-cadre officer, is presently posted with the World Bank in Washington. Professor Sudan was also a consultant with the Asian Development Bank.

The Prime Minister is expected to come to their house around noon. In anticipation, the police cordoned off the sector. Business in the market along the road leading to their house came to a virtual halt as the police diverted pedestrians and vehicles to another direction.



Durga Puja festivity in full swing
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, September 27
Divinity, religion and mythology are an integral part of the living culture of India.

Durga Puja— undeniably the greatest autumn festival of the Bengalis— is celebrated worldwide. The occasion symbolises the triumph of good over the bad as Goddess Durga destroyed evil forces to save mankind from demons on this day. Etymologically, the Sanskrit word ‘Durga’ means ‘fort’ or a highly protected place difficult to reach, which implies that the goddess is an incarnation of celestial power.

As the myth goes, Durga fought alone to eliminate the powerful demon Mahishsur and others. So the devotees eulogize the courage and spirit of the goddess and seek inspiration to fight present day demons.

The preparations for the festive event are in full swing at four prime centres in the city. NK Das, president, Kalibari, Sector 47, said Durga Puja celebrations commence on Sasthi (sixth navratra) with ‘Puja Bodhan’, a traditional welcome to the Goddess and Her family comprising of goddess Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya, to their maternal home. Their immersion in Ghaggar or any other river on dashmi signifies their going to heavenly abode. During the few days of puja, deities adore the temple. Devotees perform puja, chandipath, mahabhog, sandhya arti and render devotional musical. Thousands of devotees visit the temple for puja and community lunch during the festival.The Kalibari established in 1971 is also engaged in many welfare activities.

Noted artists, Shushumita Chatterjee and composer Debhanjan Haldar of the Sa re ga fame will present ‘Agmani’ and other cultural items.

Another organisation Bangiyan Sanskritik Sammilani in Sector 35 also organises puja festivities in the city.

The Sree Sree Durga Puja committee comprising of mainly Air Force personnel has also erected a huge pandal at the Sector 31/47 junction. The elaborate arrangements made under the care of their president Wg. Commander Debjit Mishra can accommodate 3500 to 6000 devotees, claims A.K. Sen Gupta, the secretary.

Bengali goldsmiths in the city have made arrangements near the Sector 37 temple for the festival. President Shanti Majhi rued the attitude of the Parsuram temple committee for not accommodating them in their premises this time.

Similarly, Bangiya Parishd in Panchkula is all geared up to celebrate the event near the Sector 17 temple. The Deputy CM of Haryana, Ch. Chander Mohan, will grace the culmination ceremony according to S.S. Aich and Sumanta Ghosh of the parishad.



Protesting veterinary pharmacists lathicharged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
At least 200 unemployed veterinary pharmacists and employed veterinary pharmacists, members of the unemployed Pharmacists Union, were today lathicharged at the Matka Chowk here when they tried to cross the barricades. At least two dozen protesters were hurt, while seven were arrested and let off in the evening.

While the unemployed pharmacists were demanding jobs, the employed pharmacists were demanding redesignation of their jobs. Trying to disperse the gathering, the police first used water cannons on the protesters and then resorted to a light lathicharge. Failing to disperse the gathering, DSP (Central) S.S. Randhawa then ordered arrests.

Hearing this, the protesters scattered and started running for cover towards Sector 17. The police personnel followed them and hitting them with lathis, rounded off seven of the protesters while injuring a few.

One of the protesters, Mr Harpreet Singh from Bathinda, was rushed to the Sector 16 hospital and was stated to have broken his arm. Fearing arrest, he was later shifted by his colleagues to a private hospital in Mohali. Mr Randhir Singh, a veterinary doctor, was also hurt and taken to hospital. The protesters were arrested under Sections 107 and 151.

In light of the Prime Minister’s visit to the city and to ensure that the protesters did not create any trouble, the police personnel went a step further and went to the extent of dispersing and arresting the protesters from the office of the Directorate of Animal Husbandry in Sector 17, in front of which they were protesting.

According to Mr Gurcharan Singh Brar, general secretary of the union, speaking from Bathinda, veterinary pharmacists blocked traffic in various districts of Punjab, including Bathinda, Sangrur and Gurdaspur, to protest against today’s incident. He stated that the Deputy Commissioners of the various districts requested the UT Administration to let off those arrested.



Arms amputated, Gurnam can’t earn a living
Police took no action against kidnappers: wife
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
“Had the police taken the initiative on time, the arms of my husband could have been saved. After receiving telephone calls from the kidnappers demanding Rs 2 crore as ransom, I approached the Pinjore police station and narrated the sequence of episode. Instead of taking action on my complaint, the police officials directed me to take up the issue with the Railway Police at Ambala,” said Ms Saroj Devi, wife of Mr Gurman Singh, a resident of Vasudevpura in Pinjore.

Holding back her tears, Saroj Devi said Gurnam Singh was the only earning hand of the family. With both his arms amputated, it had now become hard to earn livelihood for the family, including two sons and a daughter, she said with choked throat.

A daily wage labourer, Gurnam Singh (40), was allegedly kidnapped by a gang of four persons while he was guarding a truck loaded with polythene bags near Yamunanagar on September 22. Gurnam Singh had been accompanying Baldev Singh, the truck driver from Barotiwala in Solan, to deliver polythene material to Bulandshahr.

Gurnam Singh, who is admitted to the ortho ward on the fourth floor of the Block-C of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, recalled that he was guarding the truck (HP-12A-5833) when a white jeep with four persons, dressed in white caps and white dresses, forcibly made him to sniff a handkerchief at about 2 pm. “When I regained my consciousness, I found myself in the Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantonment,” he claimed.

Mr Jaipal Singh, a maternal uncle of the victim, said Gurnam’s family members received a couple of calls saying that he had been kidnapped. “The caller were also demanding a ransom of Rs 2 crore for his release, adding that he was in a train compartment but did not know his whereabouts,” he said.

“We also traced the telephone number of the caller from telephone exchange and found that the first call was made from Saharanpur and the second from Ambala railway station. Immediately, we left for Ambala and got in touch with the railway police and subsequently with the district police and finally located Gurnam Singh lying in a critical condition at Civil Hospital, Ambala Cantonment,” he narrated.

“The kidnapper had chopped off his right arm near from the shoulder-joint. His left hand was also chopped at the palm. Doctors at the hospital had to amputate his hand from the wrist to avoid spreading of infection,” Mr Jaipal Singh said.



Prosecution’s last chance to present witness
Attempt on Sumedh Saini’s life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
In a case against Devinder Singh Bhullar, who allegedly conspired to kill former SSP of Chandigarh, Sumedh Singh Saini by trigerring a bomb blast targeting Mr Saini’s convoy in Sector 17 in 1991, the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.S.Baswana, today gave the prosecution the last opportunity to present its witness, Mrs Paramjeet Kaur.

The witness had gone abroad and had also not appeared before the court on previous hearings. While giving the last opportunity to the prosecution, Mr Baswana fixed the next date of hearing for October 26. It was at the house of Mrs Paramjeet Kaur that Devinder along with others had allegedly hatched the conspiracy to the kill the SSP.

On the last hearing, the prosecution had suffered a major blow when a prosecution witness, Mr P.R. Mehta, a General Manager of PNB Bank, retracted his previous statement of having seen Bhullar. Earlier, Mr Mehta had stated that Bhullar had purchased an Ambassador car in auction. The car was used in triggering the blast.

It may be mentioned that a few days back, the local courts had framed charges in the case. After dropping charges under TADA against Devinder Singh Bhullar by the previous District and Sessions Judge, the Chandigarh Police had filed a fresh challan to the accused. A case under Sections 302, 307, 427, 216 and 120 B of the IPC and the Explosives Act against Devinder Singh Bhullar, Manjeet Singh, Manmohan, Navneet and Gurjant Singh. Both Gurjant Singh and Navneet are already dead.

In 1991, the accused was booked for a conspiracy to kill Mr Saini. In February this year, the District and Sessions judge, Mr M.M.S. Bedi, held that the charges under the TADA Act were not maintainable.

Then the police had alleged that that Devinder Singh Bhullar along with others had hatched the conspiracy at the residence of Partap Singh and Gursharan Kaur in SAS Nagar. Pratap Singh and Gursharan Kaur were released by the court on bail, whereas Bhullar is in Tihar jail. A former engineering professor, Bhullar already faces death penalty awarded by the Delhi High Court and confirmed by the Supreme Court in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case in which the then Indian Youth Congress leader, Mr M.S. Bitta, was gravely injured.

The Delhi Police and the Chandigarh Police appear to be following different sets of rules while bringing Devinder Bhullar from Tihar Jail to Chandigarh district courts. While two or three policemen from Delhi brought him to Chandigarh, the level of security and the strength of the Chandigarh Police accompanying him to the courts was much higher.



Tourism Day celebrations a multi-cultural affair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
It is not very often that one encounters such a fine mix of presentations. At the World Tourism Day celebrations held at Sector 17 Plaza this evening, music was the king.

On display was the finest talent from different parts of the city. While on one hand were performances by professional dance troupes, on the other were students trying who put their best foot forward. And not very suprisingly, one of the best presentations of the day came from students of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, who performed bhangra in true folk tradition. Another dance they presented was a Rajasthani folk dance (jeera) which injected the ambience with vigour that is so typical of performing art traditions from the desert.

The celebrations, jointly spearheaded by the Centre for Carnival Arts and Chandigarh Tourism, were laced with presentations of varied hues. Another presentation came from a group that performed Himachali dances like Khat and Deepak. Challaya folk dance from Uttaranchal also formed a part of the cultural fare at the Plaza today. These dances were organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC).

The Haryana Cultural Welfare Department made a pleasing contribution to the show in the form of Panghat and Falgi dances that remind one of the folk traditions of the state. The South Indian community also participated in the event with full zeal, bringing to the audience, the delightful treat of traditions like Bharatnatyam and Thiruvathirakali. Chandigarh residents, originally from Kerala, also shared the success of the show, which was sponsored by The Tribune.



Tourism Day gift: camping sites near Sukhna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The UT Administration has agreed to a long-pending demand that can positively impact tourism potential of the city. On the occasion of the World Tourism Day today, the UT Administration formalised its opinion in favour of camping sites near the Sukhna Lake. The idea is to promote low-cost board and lodging across the city.

The Director, Tourism, UT, Mr Vivek Atray, said camping sites would be developed by CITCO. “Right now we are reviving an old two-acre plot, which served as a dumping ground years go. Located near the Sukhna Lake, the area will be ideal for camping sites, which CITCO will develop.”

The UT Administration installed outside tourist spots special panels describing their importance. The places covered included the Rock Garden, the Rose Garden, the Sukhna Lake, the Shanti Kunj, the Government Museum and the Chandigarh Architecture Museum.

Celebrations were held at the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management. UT Home Secretary Krishna Mohan and Mr Atray were present.



Transferred staff not to be posted back to EO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The issue of posting officials on public dealing posts for more than three years in the building branch of the UT Estate Office has once again attracted the attention of the Chandigarh Administration.

In a missive sent by the office of the Finance Secretary to the Estate Officer on September 21, it has been mentioned that since the Administration has been receiving various written complaints and there had been adverse reporting in the sections of the media, it had been decided no transferred employee should be posted back to the Estate Office.

The Administration, after examining the report of the employees in respect of their previous tenures of service in the building branch, including the existing period of posting, had asked the Estate Office and Chief Engineer to make changes as per the policy.

The missive also mentions complaints against Mr Brij Mohan and other staff of the building branch. Mr Chander Mukhi, president of the Forum for Public Affairs, said as per the guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission, no employee could be posted for more than three years at a post.



Stone of Maharana Pratap Bhavan laid
Tribune News Service

Lalru, September 27
The Punjab Government will bear the full cost of the Maharana Pratap Bhavan to be built here, Vice-Chairman of the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC) Deepinder Singh Dhillon said here yesterday.

Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of the bhavan, Mr Dhillon paid tributes to Maharana Pratap, who waged a struggle against the oppressive Mughal empire.

The struggle of Maharana Pratap was not against any particular section of society but against the oppressive regime, which had made the lives of people difficult, Mr Dhillon observed.

The Punjab Government had launched special programmes for the uplift of all sections of society, including the Rajputs, he claimed.

He also handed over a cheque for Rs 6 lakh for the construction of the bhavan.

Earlier, Mr Dhillon was honoured with a turban, a sword and a memento by the organisers.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were M.K. Sisodia, Shiam Singh, Geetanjali Gujjar, Iqbal Singh, Prem Singh, Randeep Singh Rana, Uday Singh Rathore, Dhoom Singh Rana, Ombir Singh Rana, Kuljit Singh Randhawa, Dr Harsh Kushwaha and Sohan Singh Bhatti.



World War-II veteran passes away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
World War II veteran Maj P.D. Sharma passed away at the age of 93 this morning. A resident of Chandigarh, he had joined the British Indian Army in 1939 and served with the Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as part of an armoured brigade in Africa and Malaya.

Later, he got his commission in 1947 and also served during the 1962 Indo-China skirmish and the 1965 Indo-Pak war. He retired in 1966. His two sons retired from the Air Force and the Army.



Attacked by neighbour, man succumbs to injuries

Chandigarh, September 27
A 32-year-old resident of Ram Darbar, Bawinder alias Bobby, succumbed to his injuries at the GMCH, Sector 32, here this evening. He was admitted to the hospital after he was seriously injured in an attack allegedly by his neighbour, Parveen, and his three other accomplices.

The assailant, Praveen, who was the neighbour of the deceased, had an old enmity with him. Today when Bobby came home after dropping his mother, Bala Devi in Sector 21, Parveen along with Sanjay, Bunty and Joginder allegedly attacked him with lathis and baseball bats.

The police has registered a case of murder against the suspects who have absconded. The entire family of Parveen, was absconding, said a police official.

According to information, a few days ago the family of Bobby had a fight with the Parveen’s family. But the matter was solved with the intervention of some neighbours.

About a month ago, Bobby along with three other brothers had been called to the Sector 34 police station in connection with the case of mobile snatching. They were let off after the victim did not identify any of the brother for being involved in the incident. When the brothers reached home, Parveen’s family allegedly started teasing them, leading to tension.

The deceased used to work in a furniture shop. — TNS



Student killed in mishap
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 27
A college student was killed after he was run over by a truck on the Kharar-Banur road.

According to the police, Tarun, a resident of Samana, was run over by a truck when he fell from a tractor. Tarun was a student of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, and had taken a lift on the tractor coming from Banur. Soonafter, the tractor was hit from the rear by a truck. Tarun fell off the tractor. He was run over by the truck.



3 students hurt in clash

Chandigarh, September 27
Three students were injured in a clash between activists owing allegiance to the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

While a case of assault and rioting was registered against the president of the college unit of SOPU, Sukhmeet Singh, and 20 other activists, no arrest were made so far.

SOPU activists led by Sukhmeet Singh forced their way in. Brandishing swords, they challenged the ABVP activists, mostly hostellers, sitting in front of the Shaurya Bhavan. In the presence of three cops, they unleashed terror by attacking students associated with the ABVP. — TNS



Stolen goods recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Two employees of a firm — Bharat and Hoshiar Singh — were today arrested by the police for allegedly stealing goods from the consignments booked by different companies for delivery to their clients. Stolen goods worth lakhs of rupee have been recovered from them.

They were caught while stealing goods near Sector 32.



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