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VC delegates exam-conduct powers to dept chairmen
Chitleen K Sethi

Chandigarh, November 3
In a move to streamline the examination system, the Vice-Chancellor has delegated powers from the examination branch to the department chairmen.

The chairmen will now be responsible for the conduct of the examinations, evaluation and compilation of results. The examination branch of the university will only be notifying and declaring the results.

Talking to The Tribune, the Vice-Chancellor Dr R.C. Sobti, said this had been done mainly to reduce delay in the declaration of results. He said the new system would be applicable only to the university campus departments and not its affiliated colleges.

The examination branch of the university will receive the examination forms and issue roll numbers, following which the entire conduct of the examinations in the departments will be taken over by the chairmen. The chairmen will get the evaluation of the answersheets done and the results of the students will be compiled in the department itself. The final results will be then sent to the examination branch for final notification and declaration.

The Vice-Chancellor further pointed out that the department faculty members had also been asked to route all communications to him through the chairmen. He added that it had been noticed that many faculty members were sending leave applications, complaints, etc directly to him without informing the chairpersons.

Mr Sobti has also shot a circular to various administrative offices of the university pointing out that many of the normal working procedures that are no longer used should be revived. In the circular dated October 30 he has asked for compliance reports on the instructions that had been issued during his visits.

He has ordered that every employee, on transfer should complete the process of handing over and taking over of the charge and a copy thereof must be placed in the personal file of the officer/s concerned. The service book of an employee should be a complete index of his movements, promotions and incentives granted, if any.

Every paper put up to the higher authorities for approval/sanction should be sent in the old record file on the issue; the superintendent will be responsible for the maintenance of the records. A register should be maintained by the establishment branch, particularly for the officers of the rank of Superintendents/ PAs , ARs and DRs , indicating the total number of posts available, persons working against each post transfer of persons.



Ward reservation brings joy to some, sorrow to others
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The much-awaited reservation of wards of the Municipal Corporation was took place by draw of lots today.

The ward numbers 5,6,7,11 and 23 have been reserved for the Scheduled Caste category out of which ward numbers 5 and 6 have been reserved for woman candidates in the Scheduled Caste category.

The ward numbers 2,8,15,17,19 and 26 have been reserved for woman (general) candidates.

The State Election Commissioner, Mr S.P. Marwah, supervised the draw of lots for the reservations of wards in the presence of various political leaders, councillors and their supporters in the UT guesthouse.

A little drama unfolded initially when he announced the wards reserved for the Scheduled Caste category on the basis of the SC population.

It was pointed out by Mr Sandeep Singh, general-secretary of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch, that the wards were not being properly announced and thus requested that the percentage of the SC population per ward should be re-calculated.

The confusion ended after half-an-hour when officials again calculated and announced the wards.

The reservation of the Scheduled Castes wards has been done on the basis of percentage of the SC population, while the reservation of the SC women and general-catergory women wards has been done by way of lots. The remaining wards fall in the general category.

Tense moments were witnessed as the draw of lots was taken out and wards were announced. Many councillors jumped with glee as was the case of Ms Anu Chatrath who yelped with joy on hearing that her ward no 2 was one of the wards reserved for woman (general) candidates.

Quite a few were disappointed too as they realised that their ward had been reserved as was the case of Mrs Shyama Negi, Senior Deputy Mayor, whose ward was declared reserved for the SC woman candidate after the draw of lots.

Later in a meeting held between the Election Commissioner and the leaders of various political parties, it was decided that MCC elections would be held either before December 4 or after December 14. It was pointed out by all that there was a heavy rush of weddings during December 4 till December 14.

There was also unanimity in asking the Election Commissioner to hold the elections on a working day. Various leaders were of the opinion that the day of elections should not be Friday or Monday so that it cannot be clubbed with Saturday, Sunday and made a long weekend.

Mr Marwah said he would keep all of this in mind and would announce the date soon.

He also said the day the notification was made the nominations would start and the day the date of election was announced the code of conduct would come into effect. 


The areas under the Scheduled Caste category are:

1. Ward no 5, which includes areas of Sectors 25, Kumhar Colony, Janta Colony, Sector 25 (West), LIG Colony, Dhanas, Milkman Colony and Housing EWS Dhanas, Site & Service Dhanas, (Aman, Chaman & Ambedkar Colony).

2. Ward no 6 covers Dadu Majra Colony, Dadu Majra and Shah Pur

3. Ward no 7 covers Maloya, EWS Colony Maloya, West of Sector 39 and Grain Market.

4. Ward no 11 covers Sectors 53 (Nehru Colony), 54, 55 (Housing Board), 55 Indira

5. Ward no 23 has Karson Colony, Phase II Ramdarbar, Indira Awas Colony, Hallo Majra, Bair Majra, Faidan-Burail and Char Taraf-Burail,

The areas under women (general) candidate category are:

1. Ward no 2 covers Sectors 12, 14, 15 and Khuda Lahora Colony,

2.Ward no 8 covers Sectors 37, 38 and 38 (West)

3.Ward no 15 covers Sectors 34, 35 and 44

4. Ward no 17 covers Sectors 18, 19 and 21

5. Ward no 19 covers Sectors 26, 26-E, Bapudham Trang, Camp II Phase II, Sector 26-E, Transport Area, Sector 26-E, EWS Housing Board, Bapudham Trangt Camp I, Phase I, Bapudham, Trangt Camp III, Phase III and Madrasi Colony (HUTS)

6.Ward no 26 covers Dhillon Complex, Motor Market, Pocket No. 8, Darshani Bagh, Subhash Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Pipliwala Town, Gawala Colony, Indira Colony, Indira Colony (Rehabilitation), Old Indira Colony, Race Course and IT Park. 



8 injured in factory fire
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, November 3
As many as eight persons were injured, three of them seriously, in a major fire at a chemical factory on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road this morning.

The fire broke out in one of the reactors of J J Chemicals around 8 am. At that time 15 workers were working on the factory premises. As the fire spread on the roof of the room they were working on was ripped apart, informed one of the injured worker, Santosh Kumar.

Chaos prevailed as the workers ran helter skelter. While some of the workers received splinter injuries, others were injured when the roof collapsed on them.

The injured workers were first shifted to a local nursing home. Of them, Rama Kant, Major Singh and Jagpal Singh sustained serious burn injuries. They have been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Two fire engines from the local fire station battled for about four hours to put out the blaze. The exact cause of fire could not be ascertained immediately. Property worth several lakhs of rupees was destroyed in the fire.



Child’s death: police says case based on docs’ report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Reacting to the allegations levelled by Lovepreet’s family that the police had registered a wrong case of murder against the victim’s uncle, the Chandigarh Police today issued a statement clarifying that the action was taken on the basis of medical reports prepared by the PGI doctors.

The police officials clarified that no attempt had been made by them to pressurise any person to give any statement.

Investigation of the case would be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the law and further appropriate legal action would be taken accordingly, they said.

A spokesman of the Chandigarh Police stated that the initial information regarding the incident was provided by the relatives of the deceased child to the PGI doctors on duty on October 30.

The doctors, in accordance with the established practice, sent the written information to the police post at the PGI. The written information sent by the doctors mentioned “assault”. Subsequently, a case of murder under Sections 307 and 302 of the IPC was registered against Malkiat Lal on October 31 on a statement given by Sandeep Bhagat, the victim’s uncle.

The police further added that the post-mortem report of the victim mentioned that the death was caused due to shock received as a result of head injury caused by blunt force.

Subsequently, when Malkiat Lal was admitted to the PGI, the relatives of the deceased told the doctors that he had some psychiatric illness and was undergoing treatment.

Besides this, it was also admitted by the wife and son of Malkiat Lal that the latter got violent on October 30 in the evening and injured his nephew, Lovepreet.

The information was given to the PGI doctors by them, which had been incorporated in the medical legal record book of the PGI.

The police maintained that being duty bound to lodge a case after receiving information regarding commission of a cognizable offence, they acted accordingly. Thus, Malkiat Lal was booked in the case of murder for the death of Lovepreet.



Interim relief for UT staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Chandigarh Administration has decided to grant interim relief at the rate of 5 per cent of pay/pension (including dearness pay/dearness pension) with effect from November 1 to employees of the Union Territory on the Punjab pattern, a press release said here today.

The interim relief will be treated as pay for all intents and purposes. The amount of interim relief will be absorbed in the pay revision to be allowed by the government of Punjab on the recommendations of the fifth Punjab Pay Commission.

It has also been decided to enhance fixed medical allowance from Rs 250 to Rs 350.



Police evicts protesters from Matka Chowk
Rallyists shift to new site near cremation ground
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
It was an ‘exodus’ for the protestors at the Matka Chowk here today. The venue, which was witness to hundreds of agitations by the people of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, was today got vacated by the local police.

The District Magistrate, Chandigarh, on Thursday banned the holding of dharna and rallies at Matka Chowk, the city’s Boat Club for disgruntled government employees, unemployed youth, trade unions, farmers and political parties. The Chandigarh Police reached the chowk early in the morning and directed the agitators to move to the site designated for holding dharnas and rallies near the Sector 25 cremation ground. The prohibitory orders were issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code by the district magistrate.

Some of the protestors were staging dharnas at the Matka Chowk for the last several months. The protesting youths, who were selected by the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) in 1993, but had not yet been given appointment letters, were a disgruntled lot, when they were asked the evict the place.

Mr Prabhjot Singh, representative of the PAP agitating men, said the state government and the UT Administration acted in a callous manner while forcing them to shift to a jungle area. Ruing over the indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned, he said, “The state government had denied us jobs and the UT Administration had taken away our right to protest by sending us in an abandoned area, where there is no one to listen to us”.

He further added that when they dug up the ground, bones and ashes came out of it. There was no other facility there as the place was surrounded by jungle area inhabited by insects and snakes.

Mr Prabhjot Singh, while cursing the Punjab Chief Minister, said, “He will have to pay for his atrocities one day. He cannot suppress our voice by getting us shifted to jungles”.

The protesting daily wagers and workcharged staff, who were staging dharna for the last 273 days, were a dejected lot. Mr Karamjit Singh Behla, one of the representatives of the PWD action committee, said the state government would not succeed in suppressing this voice like that. He asserted that they would not leave their struggle in the middle and would continue with it till it reached its logical end. He threatened that they would pitch in their tents in front of the Chief Minister’s residence in Patiala.

Similar was the stand of the unemployed linemen from Punjab. They declared that they would now move to Patiala and stage their protest in front of the Punjab State Electricity Board’s office there.

The UT employees, who were on a dharna for the past 693 days, went to the new venue and pitched in their tents there. They were demanding hike in bonus and Central Government service rules in place of the Punjab Government.

Matka Chowk remained a favourite site for protestors due to its close proximity with the seats of power—- the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat and the UT Secretariat. On an average 350 rallies were held in 2005 alone. Residents of the city were put to inconvenience due to the road blockades during protest at the Matka Chowk. 



Passing Through

Dr Shashi Prabha, Department of Education in Science and Mathematics, NCERT, New Delhi.
Dr Shashi Prabha, Department of Education in Science and Mathematics, NCERT, New Delhi. 

How is NCERT associated with the State Science and Population Education Exhibition?

This exhibition was academically and financially supported by the NCERT. I have come here as an observer to analyse this exhibition. NCERT provides various guidelines like how to evaluate the exhibition, what should have been the topics. At the same time, there are no hard and fast rules but flexibility is there where children are free to use locally available material.

On what idea is this exhibition based on?

In this exhibition, the children portrayed various problems of the society like environmental issues, conservation of electricity, to develop other methods of energy resources. It provides them an opportunity to develop new innovative ideas to use them further with the amalgamation of science and technology in solving solve the problems of society.

How science and technology can help solve the problems?

Science, technology and society are inter related. This type of education is very helpful in building a strong character among children who will serve the society in times to come. The students are creating awareness about social issues like HIV AIDS, prevention against other diseases, global warming, promotion of biodiversity etc.

How helpful are these type of exhibitions in building them good human beings?

It is not only for the content development of the subject but it helps developing various values among them like curiosity to learn, courage to question, respect for others’ judgement, developing scientific attitude, interact with society properly in the area of globalisation. Since science is based on logistic principles, it is very helpful in instilling honesty and truthfulness in children, more of a holistic learning, I suppose.

— G.S. Paul



Watch out

Vivek Atray Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Tourism and Public Relations, has flown to London to participate in the World Travel Mart which commences from November 6 to 9.

Mr Atray will be part of the Indian pavilion at the mart. The Administration is making allout efforts to woo foreign tourists, particularly in the field of medical tourism.

He will focus on the website "City Tourism". Besides giving details of tourist sites, the website has also listed various hotels. The list is not complete, yet it is an important tool in making advance bookings at a number of places. 



In Town

Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral will be in Chandigarh tomorrow to deliver the inaugural address at the “International Conference on Peace and Development” being organised by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development. The conference is being held in memory of P.N. Haksar, a renowned statesman.

More than 70 distinguished delegates from abroad and India will participate in the conference. Prof Subhash Chakravarty, Lt-Gen Talat Masood and Mr Ashok Parthasharthy will be presenting papers during the first session while Mr Salman Haider will preside over the session.



5 more suspected dengue cases reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Five new cases of suspected dengue were reported to the PGI in the past 24 hours. Four of them are from the tricity while four dengue patients, undergoing treatment at the PGI, are in critical condition.

According to the UT Health Department, as many as 769 cases have been reported from the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, the PGIMER, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and the Fortis Hospital in Chandigarh. Out of them, 470 confirmed cases of dengue belong to Punjab, Haryana, UP, Delhi and Uttaranchal.

The number of confirmed cases from the city had reached to 134. The investigation of certain positive cases detected on Friday was in progress.

The fogging operations were carried out in Mariwala Town, Pipliwala Town ,Manimajra, Dadu Majra Colony and Modern Complex Manimajra of Chandigarh. The Zonal Officers have been asked to keep a watch on the abrupt increase in fever cases in their respective zones, the Health Department said.



Books on self-improvement sell the most in India: Chowdhry
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Books on self-improvement sell the most in India which has emerged as the third largest country in the world in the publishing of books in English. The US and UK are the number one and number two country respectively.

" But the time is not far when India will beat the US and UK to be at the first place. As many as 20,000 titles of English books relating to general topics such as fiction, politics, cookery, health and yoga are published in the country. In all the book publishing industry is worth Rs 7,000 crore with about 70,000 titles every year", says Mr A.S. Chowdhry, President of the Federation of Publishers and Booksellers Association of India. In an interview with The Tribune, Mr Chowdhry, who is here in connection with a book fair starting here tomorrow, said that after Hindi, the most titles in vernacular languages are published in Tamil.

He said that there was a big demand for books on health improvement, ayurveda, yoga, cookery and nature cure in the country. People preferred to read utility books which could improve their life in any manner, he added. There were 4,000 members of the federation, said Mr S.C. Sethi, who is organiser of the book fair and former president of the federation. Export of books from India is picking up fast. In a short period, exports of books had gone up to Rs 470 crore said Mr Chowdhry, who himself is a leading exporter of books in Delhi. And the world's major publishing houses were turning to India to get their books published because the quality of printing was as good as any other part of the world.

" To get printing orders from leading publishing houses of the world, there were owners of 30 printing houses, including Ajanta, Thomson and Gopson, from India at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany", said Mr Sethi. " It is profitable for publishers to get books printed in India and to sell the same in the international market", added Mr Sethi. Gujratis settled abroad also import books in huge number in their mother tongue.

International publishing houses such as Penguin and the Pearson Group have started getting their books published from India, said Mr Sethi. Every year, as many as 60 book fairs were held in the country. However, this trend had not caught the imagination of the northern states such as Punjab, Himachal and Chandigarh.

About 100 publishing houses would put up their stalls at the book fair here that would continue till November 12.

Mr Sethi said that he had information that in the 4,000 retail centres to be set up by Reliance, each would have one book corner. "Many other big houses are planning to set up chain of book stores across the country, he added.



Forest Dept creating confusion on NAC: BJP
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 3
BJP leaders have criticised the Punjab Forest Department for allegedly creating confusion among residents by objecting to the notification of Nayagaon and adjoining areas as the Notified Area Committee.

Mr Vineet Joshi, member of the national executive of the BJP’s youth wing, and Mr Khushwant Rai Gigga, president of the Mohali district unit of the BJP, while addressing a joint press conference here today, lamented that the Forest Department did not even have the basic information about the issue. The Forest Department’s claim that the Indian Forest Act would be violated or breached by formation of NAC in Nayagaon was totally baseless and misleading. They said that neither Nayagaon nor 470 other villages of Punjab were under the Central Forest Act.

Strongly condemning the confusion being created by vested interests in the Punjab government especially the Forest Department, to stop the notification of the NAC status to Nayagaon, Mr Joshi said that the Forest Department was opposing such moves allegedly to keep its vested interests alive in the whole area.

Mr Joshi said that there was no legal hurdle whatsoever in Nayagaon being declared as a NAC. Further, any forest area falling in a wider area anywhere in the country could be part of a Notified Area Committee or a panchayat or a district or a state. The presence of forest land in a particular area was simply not a disqualifying hurdle in declaring its status as NAC or a district or a state.

The BJP had taken up the case of repealing the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) and delisting areas of 470 villages out of PLPA earlier also. Even Nayagaon was under PLPA but any land under PLPA or Forest Act could be declared as a nagar panchayat. The PLPA applied to land where threat of land erosion was there, but just as Chandigarh in vicinity, with 40000 houses Nayagaon had no such threat. Hence it should be brought out of purview of PLPA, added Mr Joshi.



Buying bread, beware!
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The next time you buy a loaf of bread or a milk packet, better watch out for the manufacturing date. You are likely to find food products manufactured tomorrow available in the markets today.

The practice, that has become a norm, raises serious doubts about the quality of food/dairy products being sold in the city. It is in gross violation of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, which seriously views "misbranding" of food products. Perpetrators of such acts can face imprisonment of six months up to three years and a fine of Rs 3,000, if found guilty.

Strangely, the Local Health Authority (LHA) is not yet aware of this trend, courtesy lack of consumer rights' awareness about the issue. Hardly anyone bearing the brunt of such practices knows what to do to bring defaulters to book.

Actually, a lot can be done, as Dr Arvind Vij, who had one such experience yesterday, now plans to do.

Mr Vij picked up a Britannia white bread from a Sector 33-D confectioner yesterday. Like other consumers, he did not check the product's manufacturing date. It was only when his son fell sick after consuming some slices then he read the contents on the wrapper.

To his shock, he had bought on the morning of November 2 a bread manufactured on November 3! "I immediately realised why my son had fallen sick. The bread was stale. Who knows when it had been manufactured? The manufacturer cheated us," said Dr Vij, who brought the bread to The Tribune office last night so that it could be photographed in time to authenticate his claim.

Meanwhile, Dr Vij's son recovered from gastroenteritis only tonight — after being on medicines for almost two days. But every consumer might not get lucky with health, considering stale food and milk products are being passed off as fresh these days.

The Act, for its part, is very strong. It states: "The article being sold by vendors is treated as adulterated if it is not of the nature and quality demanded by the purchaser". In case of food/dairy products (breads, milk packets, etc), consumers demand freshness. They don't want manufacturers to cheat them by selling old products as fresh — as in Dr VIj's case.

Food Inspector Sukhwinder Singh agreed, "We can take action in two events, if the wrapper does not bear correct manufacturing and expiry date (Rule 32) and if it contains misleading statements (Rule 37) as in Dr Vij's case."

How to proceed

Consumer should write a formal complaint to the Local Health Authority or Director, Health Services, UT, who sit in General Hospital-16.

  • Food Inspectors concerned will then take samples from grocers and get them tested from public analysts. Consumer will have to pay a prescribed testing fee.
  • The fee will be refunded, if the sample fails lab test. A case will be registered and filed in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court.
  • Offenders can get six months to 3-year jail or Rs 3000 fine.



Talk on electoral politics held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The Department of Sociology, Panjab University, organised a talk on electoral politics and economic reforms in globalising India.

In his presentation, Dr Ashutosh Kumar, Reader in the Department of Political Science, underlined the pitfalls of the celebration of a minimalist form of electoral democracy.

Economic issues even while getting considerable space in the parties’ manifestoes get swept away by the politics of populist sectarianism actively pursued by the political parties in a globalising India.

Despite a broad agreement among national parties like the Congress and the BJP about the need to pursue economic reforms, reflected in their manifestoes, they have failed to become central to their electoral campaigns.

Dr Kumar lamented the fact that the participatory upsurge of the historically disadvantaged groups would become meaningless when it coincided with the shrinkage of public arena for contestation over the issues that related to their well being.

He added that the claim of Indian democracy being fairly mobilised sounded hollow when the electorate were not engaged in the debate about the policy option and thrust areas, as revealed in the survey data. Both as an idea as well as in practice, economic reforms measures seemed to be imposed from above as parties appear to be dictated by the media and the bureaucracy while chalking out their election manifestoes that seem disturbingly similar in form and content as far as the socio-economic issues are concerned. The basic purpose seems to confirm to the conditionalities put up by the global funding agencies. 



HUDA to computerise records
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 3
For the convenience of the allottees, the Haryana Urban Development Authority(HUDA) has decided to computerise its records.

Announcing this at a press conference here today, Mr SS Dhillon, HUDA Chief Administrator, informed that an amount of Rs 1 crore had been spent on the project which was being implemented in collaboration with the ICICI and the UTI Bank. An amount of Rs 320 would be spent on each file and there would not financial burden on the allottees, he added.

To begin with, the project would start functioning from Panchkula in about 20 days time and subsequently it would be extended to Gurgaon, Faridabad and Ambala besides the other districts.



Nagar kirtan held
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 3
A nagar kirtan was organised here today in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

The nagar kirtan started from Gurdwara Gobindsar in the morning and after passing through Phase I, Madanpur Chowk, 3/5 chowk, from near Gurdwara Amb Sahib terminated at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Phase XI, in the evening.

A large number of devotees, school children and others participated in the nagar kirtan which was led by Panj Piyaras. A beautifully decorated palanquin carried Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Arrangements for refreshments enroute were made by devotees. 



Drug addict caught with stolen goods
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Alert residents of Sector 21 here caught a youth red-handed while he was decamping with household articles stolen from a sealed house (1293) this afternoon.

He was later handed over to the police which took him in its custoday.The residents alleged that the same youth had come on Thursday afternoon also and they had immediately informed the local police but no action had been taken in this regard.

The cops only paid a cursory visit, “inspected” the house in their own style and went away without deploying anyone there. Ms Jasbir Kaur, a resident of house number 1296, told the Chandigarh Tribune that she saw a youth scaling the backyard boundary wall of her house. 



DGP’s pilot Gypsy collides with car, 5 hurt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Five persons, including four of Punjab Police security persons of a pilot gypsy escorting the Punjab DGP, Mr S.S. Virk, were injured, one of them seriously, their vehicle when collided head-on with another car coming from the opposite direction on a bridge over the Sutlej at about 8.30 pm here today.

The accident took place when the DGP, Mr Virk, was on his way to Chandigarh after attending a function on the occasion of the national hockey championship held in Jalandhar.

One of the seriously injured ASI was referred to GMCH-32, Chandigarh, while other four, including three police persons Lakhwinder, Ranjit Singh, Charanjit Singh and driver Manmeet Singh, were admitted on the Civil Hospital here. 



5 nabbed for counterfeiting currency
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 3
The police has arrested five persons on the charge of counterfeiting currency notes. They had allegedly made purchases worth about Rs 30,000 by using such currency .

Inspector Tejinder Singh of the CIA and Mr Gurdeep Singh, SHO, Zirakpur, raided the house of Mangat Ram and arrested the persons involved in the scam. The police also seized a printer/scanner, CPU, keyboard, monitor, mouse and fake currency notes of 500 , 100 and 50 denomination, paper used for printing fake currency, scissors, stamp pad, rubber stamp bearing the photo of Mahatma Gandhi, etc.

The arrested persons are Mangat Ram, a resident of Shatabgarh village, Amarjeet Singh, of Sector 56, Chandigarh, Mohan Singh, Kiran Kumar, and Karnail Singh all residents of Manauli village. They have been booked under Sections 489-A, B and D of the IPC.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Naunihal Singh, SSP, and Mr Varinder Pal Singh, SP (City), said on questioning it was revealed that Amarjit Singh, who was in the Army, was running a PCO in his house. He even had a computer. About three months ago Amarjit Singh allegedly printed a currency note which he later used for making purchases. Later, Amarjit Singh got Karnail Singh, Mohan Singh and Mangat Ram also involved in printing fake currency.



2 FIRs for violating Periphery Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The UT Administration today lodged two First Information Report (FIR) against unknown persons for violating the provision of the Periphery Act and encroaching upon public land.

Apart from taking legal action, the administration carried out demolition drive on a 13-kanal-chunk of land in Maloya village. An official disclosed that some people had raised temporary structure for a gurdwara. There was an alleged dispute over the land as one section was claiming it to be a graveyard site while the other section claimed land had been donated for gurdwara.

An official said those managing the gurdwara had been given adequate time to remove the temporary structure. After the deadline ended, the enforcement staff today removed the structure. A notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act had been issued for acquiring land.

However, residents of the area claimed that demolition was carried out as those managing the graveyard had an objection to the presence of a gurdwara there.

“Today they had to bury a dead member of their community so the administration was called to prevent any communal clash between the two groups. There is a dispute regarding the ownership of the land”, said those managing the gurdwara. The residents lament that the administration was adopting double yard stick in tackling violations. The structure of the Radha Soami Satsang had also been raised in violation of the Periphery Act. But no demolition had been carried out there.

Meanwhile, the enforcement staff also demolished the structure of a mandir which had come up on public land in the Industrial Area. The structure, adjoining the Needle Factory, had come up after being demolished. 



Woman, accomplice held in duping case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The police today arrested a Sector 40 resident and a Zirakpur woman for allegedly duping villagers from Punjab on the pretext of getting them loan against properties. The police said the accused had duped over 15 villagers of Rs 1.50 lakh.

The police said Rajinder Bhasin of Sector 40 and his associate Preety of Zirakpur were arrested today after they were booked in a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy. A complaint was made in this regard by Mr Balwant Singh Nadiyali of Rajpura.

Mr Balwant Singh told the police that the accused had taken Rs 10,000 for a loan of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 20,000 for a loan of Rs 10 lakh. The matter came to light when villagers reported the matter to him, saying that they were not given loan and even the money given to the accused had also not been returned.



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