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Excise notices to five breweries for overpricing
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
After losing a legal battle in the apex court over arbitrarily charging more than the wholesale rates of beer, more trouble seems to be awaiting manufacturers of some of the popular beer brands being sold in the city.

The UT Excise Department has issued notices to at least five breweries for charging in access of the usual pricing and not issuing cash memos to retailers.

Sources in the liquor trade say due the access charging by some of the breweries, around Rs 1 crore of the retailers was lying with beer companies.

A senior official says representatives of the companies have been asked to appear before the department officials on November 8 and explain their position.

Violations of the conditions governing the grant and operation of wholesale licence (2006-07) may result in cancellation of the licence.

For the past few months, the UT Excise Department has been pressing upon the companies not to increase the ex-brewery price (EBP) without getting it approved from it.

Following the standoff, the breweries withdrew their brands from vends across the city. Instead of following the department guidelines, the companies started overcharging from retailers and went in for litigation.

After losing its case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, one of the breweries approached the Supreme Court. But the apex court recently rejected the special leave petition (SLP) of the brewery.

On a previous occasion, the Collector-cum-Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner had pulled up the liquor companies for not issuing cash memos to retailers.

Chandigarh Wine Merchants Association president Sat Pal said the issue was being taken up with the companies

Under the rules, the power to control pricing was inherent with the Commissioner of Excise and no such right had been given to the licencee.

The licencee is not entitled to fix unilateral rate for selling beer/IMFL. As per Clause 67 of the policy, wholesale licencee has to submit his rates and cannot increase these without the approval of the Excise and Taxation Commissioner during the respective year.



Wrong putt lands NRI in jail
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
The Golf Club, Sector 3, witnessed high drama today when SDM (Panchkula) Varinder Dahiya and Commissioner, Higher Education, V.S. Kundu were abused and threatened by an NRI, Mandhir, playing golf at the club.

Trouble started when Mandhir executed a wrong shot to which other members objected.

Irked at the objections raised by the SDM and the Commissioner, Mandhir, accompanied by his wife, retaliated by using filthy language against them and even threatened them with dire consequences for “meddling” in his game.

Even on disclosing their identity, the NRI kept up his vitriolic attack, as caddies and other members looked on.

He even charged at the two officers holding his club. He was, however, intercepted midway by security guards.

Soon after the incident, the SDM went to the police station and registered a case against the NRI.

The NRI was booked under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC.

Mandhir was remanded in judicial custody after being produced in a court.

Mr Dahiya said the NRI’s family approached him to work out a compromise. “They wanted to pay in dollars as compensation for the misbehaviour. I was determined to bring the NRI to book since nothing is more important than one’s self-esteem. We could have hit back at him, especially when Mr Kundu is a black belt himself. However, we chose not to react and instead inform the police,” he added.



General Naidu’s wife to perform today
Tribune News Service

Niharika Naidu
Niharika Naidu

Chandigarh, November 5
When the Army Wives Welfare Association of the Western Command (Headquarters) organises a musical evening at Raina Stadium, Chandimandir, tomorrow it will be a show with a difference. One of the star participants in the show will be Mrs Niharika Naidu, wife of Lieut-Gen M.L. Naidu, Commandant, College of Combat, at Mhow.

Mrs Naidu, a talented singer, has won laurels in many a cultural event before. She will perform with her troupe to join a select band of Army Generals’ wives who give live performances for the welfare of defence personnel and their families.

The event is being organised by Mrs Daljit Singh, wife of the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command, Lieut-Gen Daljeet Singh. Both Lt- General Daljeet Singh and Lt-General Naidu will be in the audience to watch Mrs Naidu perform.



Passing Through

Do you agree that trade between India and Russia has taken a set- back after the breakup of the Soviet Union?

Dr Andrey Volodin, Professor, Moscow State University, Russia
Dr Andrey Volodin, Professor, Moscow State University, Russia

Yes it is true. Entrepreneurs are dissatisfied. Though the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, targeted the Indo-Russian trade at $ 5 billion by 2008, I am skeptical that this can be achieved in that period. This is, however, possible if both governments come up with a couple of monumental projects of mutual trade. This will break the sluggish circle.

What other suggestions do you give?

Though trade can be enhanced at the level of individual entrepreneurs, individual states can tie up with states in Russia. Trade between China and Russia is more because of a common border, but with India an increase in communication and better coordination between the Central governments and federal states can facilitate trade.

What about exchanges in the field of education?

There was a time when the number of students coming from India to study here was huge. But it has gone down over the years. But efforts are being made to revive a better exchange between the two nations in the field of medicine, social sciences, physics, chemistry etc.

Any specific plan in the pipeline?

We are setting up a Russian-Indian centre for advanced studies at Moscow State University. This centre will tie up with CRRID in Chandigarh for bi-lateral projects. Also, if Panjab University here is interested in joining hands with us, they are welcome.

— Chitleen Sethi



Gurpurb celebrated with fervour, gaiety
Tribune News Service

Langar was served to mark the occasion of Gurpurb at different gurdwaras in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Langar was served to mark the occasion of Gurpurb at different gurdwaras in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Chandigarh, November 5
Fervour and gaiety marked the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, in the city and its surrounding areas today.

At the end of akhand paths, special kirtan darbars, featuring eminent ragis, Sukhmani Sahib societies and schoolchildren were held at almost all gurdwaras. Special discourses on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev by eminent Sikh scholars and historians were also organised.

Community kitchens —langar — were also held at all gurdwaras.

A special congregation was held at the historic Gurdwara Nadda Sahib in Panchkula where thousands of devotees turned up to pay their obeisance to the first Sikh Guru.

All gurdwaras, some shopping centres and houses of the devout were illuminated at night.



3 lakh devotees visit Nadda Sahib
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
Gurpurb was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety at gurdwaras of the city today. Long queues of devotees could be seen at gurdwaras, which were specially decked up for the occasion. Special programmes of shabad kirtan and gurbani were organised at gurdwaras while community kitchens served langar all through the day.

Devotees flocked to Nadda Sahib in large numbers since 1.30 am to offer prayers. While over three lakh devotees offered prayers at the gurdwara, over a lakh had langar in the afternoon.

When the rush on the road leading to Nadda Sahib became unmanageable, the police diverted all four wheelers from the light point in Sector 1 to Sector 21.

At the gurdwara, too, devotees were all over the place as parkings were bursting at their seams and the premises were choc-a-bloc-with families.

“We were not prepared for this kind of rush. It is much more as compared to last time. Queues have been growing ever since we opened the doors to the devotees past midnight,” the manager said.

Outside the gurdwara, the celebrations took the form of a fair, where devotees took time to stop over and roadside vendors did brisk business by selling pictures of the Sikh gurus, flowers, booklets, scarves and other mementoes associated with the celebrations amidst heavy police deployment.

A special parking to accommodate vehicles of devotees was made keeping in mind the chaos at the venue.

Police personnel diverted traffic to the parking, even while some devotees managed to go past the barrier and park on the roadside.

Celebrations marked Guru Nanak's birth anniversary at the gurdwaras in Sectors 4, 7, 12, 15 and Mansa Devi which began with kirtan. Langars were also held on the premises and thousands of devotees enjoyed the food.

By evenings, the sky was lit up with crackers while people lighted their homes with fancy lights and earthen lamps.

Shopkeepers wooed people with special offers and some even distributed sweets. Various social organisations also held small functions in the city.



PG body demands amendment to notification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The Paying Guest Accommodation Owners’ Welfare Association has urged the UT Administrator to amend the September-2006 notification wherein houses below 10 marla have been disallowed from providing paying guest (PG) services.

The administration has been urged to maintain status quo till a final decision in this regard is taken.

Maj R.S. Gujral (retd), president of the association, said the city was growing as an educational and commercial hub, as a result more and more young people had started working and living here.

Underlining factors like availability of PG accommodation vis-à-vis demand of the same, especially Sector-wise demand in the city, the association has drawn the attention of the administration towards the socio-economic realities underlying the genesis and growth of the PG services in the city.

The number of houses providing PG services in 10 marla and above segment in the city is around 385, while those of under 10 marla is around 528 houses.

Despite the requirement, the notification will result in shut down of PGs running in small houses and affect around 6,000 persons using this facility.

Another aspect of the matter — in the context of availability of such accommodation — is topographical peculiarities of town planning.

As per the notification, the concentration of PG accommodations need to be concentrated in limited pockets of the city.

“The number of residential houses of less than 10 marla is concentrated in southern Sectors as compared to northern part of the city.

“Between Sectors 1 and 17, the aggregative number of 10 marla and below houses is only 128. Between Sectors 18 and 21, such houses are 914 in number. Between Sectors 22 and 36 the number is 2,985. However, residential units of 10 marlas and below between Sectors 37 and 47 are around 4,122,” said Mr Gujral.

It is not out of place to mention here that there is a chain of coaching centers, offices and branches of various corporate employers that have opened up in the city.

The bar on running of PG facility from below 10 marla houses will hit the beneficiaries of such accommodation hard.

The existing arrangement will simply be modified into tenancy agreements, leaving the residents to fend for food themselves.

Such arrangement is not feasible for girl students who usually reach house late at night from their tuition or work.

The Sector-wise availability of PG accommodation is another material aspect that needs to be highlighted.

The exclusion of below 10 marla houses from the PG eligibility criteria, as contemplated in the impugned notification, will inevitably lead to concentration of activities in the area that have only 10 marla or above accommodation.



“Military solution” no answer to Taliban
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The second day of the international seminar on “Peace and Development” organised in the memory of late PN Haksar by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here today saw discussion on the issue in the context of the SAARC region.

“The Taliban poses the single biggest threat to the region, more than Al-Qaida. It finds support in south-east areas of Afghanistan and resonance in Pakistan’s tribal belt,” said Lt-Gen Talat Masood (retd), former Defence Secretary, Pakistan.

Lt-General Masood said while the Taliban could be defeated in the short term later they regrouped. “It is like winning the battle and losing the war. A long-term solution to the Taliban problem does not lie at the military level but in the political, social and cultural realm,” he said.

Speaking on “Non-government organisations in peace and development in Sri Lanka: positive impacts and challenges”, Ms Ramanie Jayalatika from the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, critically assessed the role of NGOs in the development of Sri Lanka. She gave details of instances where there was lack of coordination among NGOs during tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka. She further said NGOs were plagued with conflict and lack transparency.

Speaking on “Threats to peace and development and war against terror as a weapon of controlling the world”, Dr Syed Shahid Husain said war against terror had replaced cold war as a global pre-occupation.

“The new strategy justified by the war on terror reaffirms some of the United States most self-defeating policies. Muslims have been demoralised. They do not hate the freedom that the Americans enjoy, but they certainly hate American policies,” he said .

Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, spoke about terrorism as a deterrent to peace and development. In his presentation titled “Terror in the mind of God or God in the mind of the terrorist”, Dr Ahluwalia suggested a multi-pronged approach towards solving the problem.

Mr Andrey Volodin from Moscow State University talked on “Globalisation vs sovereignty: substitution of paradigm”. He concluded by saying that the idea of a development state was deeply rooted in a state society consensus that originated with the Meiji restoration of 1868.

“The development state as an idea and an institution is hardly existent in contemporary Russia. Nevertheless, the absolute imperative of sovereignty that has recently acquired a status of national consensus will push the Russian society elites and masses alike in the direction of instituting an indigenous version of development state,” he added.



Facilities elude residents of Shalimar Enclave
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Wild growth in the Shalimar Enclave at Zirakpur speaks volumes about the maintenance of the complex.
Wild growth in the Shalimar Enclave at Zirakpur speaks volumes about the maintenance of the complex. — A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur, November 5
The Residents’ Welfare Association, Shalimar Enclave, has again urged the builder to provide assured facilities in the complex situated on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway.

The residents highlighted that though the site plan of the Shalimar Enclave approved by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) had provision of several parks, community centre, streetlighting, metalled roads, paved parking in the shopping area, two bridges on the sewerage drains, yet most of the facilities eluded the residents even after years.

Mr G.S. Saini, association president, alleged that metalled roads are non-existent and streetlights non-functional. In the name of the waterworks, there is only a shallow tubewell for supplying drinking water. Also, there is no sewerage treatment plant as required by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).

Moreover, the space earmarked for the community centre was sought to be changed to a school, apparently in violation of the PUDA approved plan, alleged Mr C.S. Pundir, general secretary.

It may be recalled that Shalimar Land Projects Limited had launched an intensive media campaign to attract the prospective buyers. The amenities to be provided included a reserved area for parks, a community centre and waterworks and underground connections for water, sewerage, cable TV and telephones.

The brochure also promised green surroundings. However, a visit to the complex revealed that a portion of the housing complex was under a wild growth contrary to the claims of the builder.

While the residents remain at the receiving end of the builder, PUDA also seemed to have washed its hand off the whole issue. A communication from PUDA to the association informed that since the record of the promoter/builder had been seized by investigating agencies for the ongoing inquiries against him, PUDA was unable to initiate any action against him.

Meanwhile, Mr Prem Chand Singla, the builder, could not be contacted at his two telephone numbers, 98761-66662 and (0172)-2566796, despite repeated attempts.



Anti-India sentiment no major poll plank in Pakistan
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Lt-Gen Talat Masood (retd)
Lt-Gen Talat Masood (retd)

Dr Najmuddin A. Shaikh
Dr Najmuddin A. Shaikh

Chandigarh, November 5
Lt-Gen Talat Masood (retd), a former Defence Secretary, Pakistan, today stated that the anti-India sentiment was not going to be a major plank during the 2007 elections in Pakistan.

Lt-Gen Masood was talking to The Tribune during the second day on the international seminar on ‘Peace and Development’ organised in memory of late P.N. Haksar by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here today.

“The biggest problem that President Parvez Musharraf facing is of legitimacy and for the people of Pakistan the fact that the military is still the main pillar of power. It is looked upon as the greatest hindrance to the democratisation process,” he said. He added that despite many odds however, President Musharraf had managed to bring about macro economic stability in the country.

What asked about General Musharraf’s changing positions regarding India that had led to a feeling of mistrust in the mind of an average Indian, Lt-Gen Masood said, “His ‘flexibility’ of approach towards India had led Pakistanis to believe that he was engaging Indians at the cost of the welfare of his own people,”

A similar statement was made by Dr Najmuddin A Shaikh, a former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan today during the seminar when he said, “This charge on General Musharraf about shifting positions vis-a-vis India needs to be pondered. In fact within Pakistan, he is contending with the perception that his overtures towards India were not eliciting an equal response from India.”

In his formal presentation, Dr Shaikh strongly put across the Pakistani perspective of Indo- Pak relations. He said advances had been made in people-to-people exchanges and trade. “But in Pakistan these are seen as part of the Indian agenda. On issues of interest to Pakistan, including first and foremost Kashmir, there has been no discernible progress. The security agreement on pre- notification of missile test was seen as mere formalisation of an already existent informal notification. There is no movement on Pakistani proposals for a balanced reduction of forces or on other measures designed to reduce the risk of an advertent war and wasteful defense expenditure,” he said.

Talking about the perceived threat that the two nations pose to one another, Dr Shaikh said, “Should we be sagacious enough to agree on a restraint regime in both the conventional and nuclear field that address the differing security concerns of the two countries but without a exaggerating the threat? The answer is obvious. Pakistan has proposed a restraint regime. Clearly it is of greater benefit to Pakistan, which has a much smaller resource basin. But no one should doubt that it is of benefit also to India. If we are not playing ‘beggar thy neighbour’ the Pakistan proposal deserves serious consideration and substantive discussion,” he said.

Discussing the Indian contention that the Pakistani Government is behind the terrorist incidents taking place in India, Dr Shaikh said, “The blame game serves no one’s interest. Let there be recognition that the groups which are making things difficult for India and Pakistan can justify it because they claim that nothing is emerging from the peace process, that is, to Pakistan’s advantages. Rather they say the process is being used to further India’s interests. I don’t believe that this is true but there is no denying the fact that such a perception exists and it works to the disadvantage of those who have been, and continue to be, advocates of normalising Indo-Pak relations,” he said.



‘Vyaktitav ka Prabhav’ released
Tribune News Service

Veteran journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik (left) releases a book, “Vyaktitav ka Prabhav”, written by Manoj Singh (right) at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on Sunday.
Veteran journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik (left) releases a book, “Vyaktitav ka Prabhav”, written by Manoj Singh (right) at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 5
“Maana ki parindon ko par hua karte hain… Khwaab mein udna koi gunaah to nahin….” Manoj Singh wrote these lines for a reason. As the compilation of his journalistic essays — Vyaktitav ka Prabhav — was released by veteran journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik at Chandigarh Press Club today, the gathering knew what Manoj Singh meant when he said: “I soar in dreams”.

For BSNL Deputy General Manager posted in Chandigarh, today was a big day — a day when he saw his dream turn into reality.

The book, for its part, is not the first literary venture of Manoj Singh. He already has two works to his credit.

These include “Chandrikotasav” — an anthology of 134 poems penned around the many hues of man-woman relationship — and “Bandhan” — a tale of travails of a schizophrenic and his family.

Where Manoj Singh’s earlier works were inspired by fiction, his latest book is about real events and their impact on real people’s lives.

In this one, he has compiled 50 of his journalistic essays on his reaction to Mumbai blasts, take on Air Deccan, response to ragging, corruption and some other ills that ail the society, and his perception about the works of celebrities like Khushwant Singh and Sardar Sobha Singh.

Dr Neerja Sud, Head of Hindi Department, Panjab University, analysed the published works of the writer and congratulated him for his take on current events.

Mr Vaidik was all praise for Manoj Singh’s ability to present a heady mix of perception and sensation in his work published by Unistar Books.

Among others present were eminent litterateur Ramesh Kuntal Megh, Chief GM, BSNL (Punjab Circle), Rajender Singh and Dainik Tribune Editor Naresh Kaushal.



Uttaranchal Divas celebrated
Tribune News Service

Girls perform folk dance on the occasion of Uttaranchal Day at Shanti Kunj, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Girls perform folk dance on the occasion of Uttaranchal Day at Shanti Kunj, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 5
Shanti Kunj played host to folk dancers and singers who brought the culture of Uttaranchal alive at a special event organised here today.

The occasion was the celebration of Uttaranchal Divas and the presentation was full of events that reflected the nuances of the culture of the Kumaon valley.

The event was organised by the local Kumaon Sabha and was attended by the Education Minister, Uttaranchal, Mr Narinder Singh Bhandari.

Ms Madhavi Rawat, vice chairperson of the National Literacy Mission was also present. The chief guest on the occasion was Mr Alok Negi, member of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, Uttaranchal.

Artistes who made the evening worthwhile by their music presentations were Bishan Hariyala, Anand Koranga, Ajay Dhoundhiyal, Manohar Mai, Kalpana Chauhan and Veenu Kautish.

The presentation by Himalayan Cultural Troupe, Ramnagar (Nainital) was well received. State Education Minister congratulated members of the Kumaon Sabha for keeping the culture of the state alive.

Mr Vachan Singh, President of the sabha, later thanked the visitors and guests for making the show a success.



Mishap death: woman alleges police inaction
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
Tarika Madan, a resident of Sector 16, has alleged that the police is trying to hush up the accident case in which her father, Ramesh Kumar Nagpal, died on the spot.

She maintained that even a month after the accident, the police had failed to produce a challan against the person driving the car which hit Nagpal.

“The incident took place on the night of October 1, the same night when I got married. He was hit by a Maruti Esteem, HR 26 M 9858, near the Apni Mandi around midnight where he breathed his last. My uncle was with him at the time of the accident. We gave the car number to the police and said that we can identify the driver and also the other man with him,” she alleged.

While the FIR was registered the same day and the car was also impounded, no arrests were made. “The police did not even bother to get its facts straight. After much persuasion, they called the car owners and my uncle identified the man driving the car that day. Since then, they have again decided to sit on the matter and have not presented a challan in the case,” she further alleged.

She also alleged that eyewitnesses were being pressurised to save the real culprit.



Patient needs help for kidney transplant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Mr Jitender Kumar, a resident of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, has been suffering from renal failure for the last two years. Diagnosed for renal failure, Jitender Kumar was referred to the AIIMS, New Delhi.

The family failed to carry on his dialysis at the AIIMS because of financial crisis. In hope of better treatment in Chandigarh, he was admitted to the PGI here on July 26.

Though his mother, Ms Indira, has decided to donate her one kidney to him yet the transplant could not be carried out as the family has no money for the treatment.

The patient has also received a grant of Rs 50,000 from the Prime Minister’s office.

His parents have been staying in Hari Sarai in the PGI since July 26.

The family desperately needs financial assistance. Donors could contact Mr Surjit Kumar, a brother of the patient at 09855582554.



Chandigarh Vikas Manch announces election panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Harmohan Dhawan today announced the election committee for the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) comprising M.P. Kohli, B.K. Sood, Digvijay Kapoor, Davinder Singh Koka and Ravi Ahuja.

Applications have also been invited from party workers who wish to contest the election. The last date for submission of application is November 9. A fee of Rs 1,000 will have to be submitted along with the application.

Mr Dhawan said the party’s agenda was to beat the Congress, fight price rise and do away with the property tax. “We would like a tax-free regime,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Pawan Kumar has resigned from the Congress and joined the CVM (youth wing).



Man booked for duping Rs 3.5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The police has booked a city resident on the allegation of cheating two Mohali residents of Rs 3.5 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Sources in the police said Mr Gurjit Singh and Mr Vijay Kumar of Sohana village in Mohali district have lodged a joint complaint alleging that Kamaljit of Sector 43 had taken Rs 3.5 lakh for sending them to Malaysia on work permit.

They further alleged that the accused took them to Bangkok, where they stayed in a hotel. Kamaljit left them in the hotel saying that he was going to Malaysia to arrange for their work permit and would come back after four-five days. However, he never came back. They also came back to India.

The matter was reported to the police and a case of cheating under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered in this regard. The Economic Offences Wing of the Chandigarh Police is investigating the matter.

Case registered

Mr Avadh Naresh Pathak of DC Model School, Gobindpura, Mani Majra, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that V.K. Aggarwal and Tapan Aggarwal of Sector 15, Panchkula, assaulted and threatened him on Saturday at the school premises. A case under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC has been registered.


An unidentified cyclist was seriously hurt after being hit by a Santro car (PB-02-AP-7789) near the Sectors 46, 47, 48 and 49 roundabout on Friday. He was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, in an unconscious state. The car driver reportedly sped away from the spot.

In another accident, Mr Vishal Gupta of Sector 7, Panchkula, suffered injuries after the car he was travelling in collided with a truck on October 29 at the Sectors 46, 47, 48 and 49 roundabout. He was rushed to the GMCH.

Two separate cases of causing hurt due to rash and negligent driving have been registered in the various police stations in this connection.



Peon found hanging in hotel room
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
A peon in the Ministry of Home Affairs was found hanging in a hotel room this evening.

According to the police, 38-year-old Chandan Singh who is a resident of Jam Nagar in New Delhi, checked into Tiwana Guesthouse in Burail last night at about 10 pm. According to the hotel staff, he ordered a quarter of whisky. He ordered breakfast in the morning too.

However, hotel staff did not see any sign of activity till this evening. When the hotel staff got no response from the room, they contacted the police who broke open the door, only to find Chandan hanging from the TV stand which was mounted on the wall.

Chandan, according to the hotel register, was here on an official visit. According to preliminary investigation, the police suspect it to be a case of suicide, though they have found no suicide note from the room.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Efforts are being made to contact his relatives in New Delhi. The body has already been sent to GMCH-32.



Two cars recovered
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
Three Maruti cars were reportedly stolen from different sectors of the city here today. Of these, two cars were found at some distance from where these were “picked up” while one car is still “missing.”

While one car (HR 01 G 0033) was reportedly stolen from outside the Gymkhana Club, Sector 6, it was found parked at the General Hospital, Sector 6. The other car (HR 01 E 4073) was stolen from outside a private nursing home and found on the same road.

The third car, belonging to Mr Malkiat Singh, a resident of Sector 2, was stolen from outside his house where it was parked. The incident took place this morning. However, it is still to be recovered.

The two cars recovered by the police were found abandoned after the police flashed a message about the cars. Special nakas were set up to nab the culprits and recover the cars. However, while the police is clueless about the culprits, the recovered cars have been handed over to the owners.


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