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Police launches massive clear-up operation
Illegally parked vehicles towed away
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Even though the Chandigarh Police today initiated action in the illegal parking matter, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is yet to move against the parking lot contractor. So far senior corporation authorities have not even initiated the process of issuing a notice to the contractor despite the presence of documentary evidence.

Chandigarh, December 12
Swinging into action after allowing the problem to persist for almost eight months, the Chandigarh Police today launched a massive operation to prevent parking of four-wheelers in a lot demarcated for two-wheelers in front of Mehfil restaurant in the city’s downtown.

Reacting to a news-item carried in these columns on the illegality committed by the contractor in allowing the parking of four-wheelers in the lot, the traffic wing of the local police and the regular men-in-khaki jointly cordoned off the area with the help of nylon ropes.

An interceptor vehicle, a tow-truck and a strong posse of cops was also deployed at the spot. This was not all. Road signs warning motorists, leaving behind four-wheelers, were also installed all along the parking lot. Another signboard mentioning the registration number of vehicles towed away by the police was also set up. At least three vehicles were in fact taken away by the police in the initial hours of the drive.

The entire operation was carried out under the direct supervision of UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gaurav Yadav. The Station House Officer (SHO) of the Sector 17 police station, Mr Jagbir Singh, was also present at the spot.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, the SSP said the police have taken all necessary measures to prevent the misuse of the parking lot. Instructions in this regard have already been issued to the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) and the SHO concerned.

He added that the local police was committed to work for the people and the force would continue to take steps for preventing inconvenience to the residents in the future also.

Giving details of operation clear-up, the sources in his office said it started at about noon and continued through out the day. Initially some showroom owners and motorists objected to the move on the ground that the business would suffer, but they were, subsequently, convinced by the cops.

Commenting on the entire exercise, a commuter unwilling to be quoted, said: “A similar operation was carried out by the police earlier also but the entire thing lasted for just one day. After that policing took a back seat and it was normal chaos. Let’s hope the cops are serious this time”.



PGI Fracas
Lab staff fume, authorities fret and patients fear the worst
December 18 protest unwarranted, says Director
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Its a threat that is scaring the 1500-odd very sick patients admitted to the PGIMER and thousands of others who visit the hospital everyday.

Come December 18 and PGI medical technologists, a critical part of the hospital services, will proceed on mass casual leave to press for acceptance of their demands, holding patients and their relatives to ransom and bringing crucial services to a grinding halt.

And, the PGIMER Director, Prof K.K Talwar, terms this protest as ‘‘unjustified and uncalled for’’ especially when a pro-employee establishment is pursuing their cause at various levels. Almost terming it as a blackmail, Prof Talwar says,‘‘This wilful absence from duty is criminal and will only increase the risk to the lives of indoor patients. Are their demands more important than the lives of patients under our care? Also, there is no provocation to resort to such extreme measures especially when their issues are being tackled.’’

While the authorities have taken up the issue on behalf of the association with the Ministry of Health in accepting the ‘‘justified demands’’, this is being made out as a war between the association and the authorities which it is not the case.

‘‘Decisions which have to be taken at ministry level take time. Their demands can’t be met overnight. We have issued a circular to all Heads of Departments clarifying the status of each of their demands. The idea is to present facts in the right perspective so that the technologists do not see through the ‘jaundiced’ vision of a handful of leaders. They must realise that they are an essential part of the hospital and we cannot do without them,’’ he emphasised.

The technologists, too, are a divided house on the issue of crippling services whereby all tests at PGIMER will come to a halt if they decide to go on leave.

‘‘The leadership of the association is under fire and a handful of them are only trying to deflect the spotlight from them by using such tactics. They must realise that seriously sick patients who cannot afford private hospitals and labs come to us. They can’t wash their hands off their responsibility,’’ he added.

The institute has already agreed to implement a Group Insurance Scheme as is applicable to the Central Government employees, filled up vacancies and given representation in various committees.

The Director adds that extending patient-care allowance to Class B technologists and counting of service of research scholars from the date of appointment as contractual employees as also special overtime rates were among the issues under consideration.

‘‘Most of the issues are pending with the Health Ministry which can’t look at PGIMER in isolation and has to calculate the wider ramifications of all such decisions. We also are following up the demands and can only appeal to the technologists to refrain from adopting such measures,’’ he said.

The General Secretary of the association, Mr Ashwini Munjal, who is spearheading the protest says,‘‘We have given over two years to the Director to settle our issues and nothing has happened so far. Let him have an open debate and explain how 99 per cent of the demands of the association have been met while ours have not been considered till date. We don’t even have a platform to air our grievances. We have no alternative but to proceed on leave.’’

So, while this tug-of-war continues between the authorities and the association, patients will yet again have to bear the brunt for no fault of theirs.

The authorities, however, are hopeful that good sense will prevail and they’ll be able to dodge patient inconvenience with the support of ‘‘right-thinking and patient friendly’’ technologists.



Local lad does India proud
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 12
When The Indian golf team bagged a silver in the Asian Games at Doha yesterday, the jubilation echoed in the Chandimandir military station, home of one of the golfers, Anirban Lahiri.

His father, Col T. K. Lahiri, is presently posted as the Senior Adviser, Gynecology, in the Command Hospital. He had moved to Chandimandir only a few months ago. His mother, Dr Navanita Lahri, is a former professor of English, now working as a senior executive with a multi-national.

“The team award is a matter of intense pride for the country as well as the Army and families of the players,” Dr Navanita said. “We really hope that others will draw inspiration from the performance of sportsmen who have kept the Tricolour flying and help imbibe the spirit of competitiveness and a desire to excel,” she added.

Incidentally, just a few days before leaving for Doha, 19-year old Anirban had extensively practiced at Shivalik Golf Course, Chandimandir. Members of the golf course say that at times he used to practice up to 10 hours a day.

Golfers close to him reveal that he was initiated into golf when he was about seven years old by Col Gurdial Singh (retd), Secretary of Shivalik Golf Course during the period he was posted in Roorkee, Uttaranchal. His father also used to play golf.

Local golf coach Jesse Grewal had also provided him with last minute teeing lessons before he left for Doha. Anirban was also a runners-up in the Samarvir Sahi Golf Cup conducted by the Indian Golf Union at the Chandigarh Golf Club in November. He has participated in international tournaments in Japan, South Africa and China.

One of his friends and teeing partner, Navjosh Singh, a former national golfer said that the grit and determination displayed by Anirban is something every sportsperson yearns for. “He has time and again proven his mettle under tough circumstances,” he said.

This was after 25 years that India won a team medal in golf. The silver is India’s second golf team medal in history after the gold in 1982. Another member of the team, Gaganjit Bhullar is also from this region, being based in Kapurthala. Other members of the team were Joseph Chakola and Chirag Kumar.



BJP releases manifesto
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
The BJP today released its manifesto ahead of the MC elections on December 20. The 31-point agenda covers issues concerning voters of all class and categories, including a pollution-free Chandigarh and tackling parking problems.

The manifesto was released by Mr Satya Pal Jain, former MP at the BJP office today. The manifesto states that the BJP will review the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act and will take steps for getting the Act amended with a view to making it more clear and providing specific

powers to elected representatives. It states it will also amend building bylaws to suit the needs of residents of Chandigarh.

One time relaxation internal changes in the houses all the need based changes made by people in their house, as they exist on 1-1-2007 so that the Delhi type situation is averted in Chandigarh has also been promised.

Review of property tax, solution to the problem of stray animals, identity cards to footpath workers, proper maintenance of government quarters etc are also mentioned.



Horse trading: BJP wants MC chief sacked
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 12
Joining issue with dissident Congress councillors after yesterday's expose, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) today sought a CBI inquiry into horse trading charges against MC president's husband, Mr Kulwant Gill.

Senior BJP leader Gian Chand Gupta also demanded Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan's resignation and dismissal of the MC President, Manvir Gill, within a week .

Addressing a press conference, here today, Mr Gupta, District Unit President, Ravinder Sehgal, Councillor VK Sood, among others, said,"We knew that something was awry in her election and the way she was chosen. However, there was no substantive proof then, that Gill had indulged in buying councillors. It is very unethical and we even staged a protest after her election."

They said they are keen on a CBI inquiry to know where the money for horse trading came from. "If Gill 'bought' so many councillors, she must have had a financier to fund the project. We want to know the person behind the scene," Mr Gupta emphasised.

He added further that the entire set up in the MC, given the choice of officials at the helm of affairs, has been aimed at "collecting funds".

"Since Manvir Gill was chosen under directions of the Deputy Chief Minister, he, too, should step down on moral grounds. Moreover, the MC has spent Rs 3 crores in the last one year. We want a detailed account of this expenditure as well," Mr VK Sood said.

"If the Congress is unmoved, we will resort to dharnas, jail-bharo andolans, and hunger strikes . We will plan our agitation and take the culprits head-on," Mr Gupta said.

When contacted, Mr Chander Mohan said he had no role to play in the horse-trading charges being levelled against Gill. "The BJP can proceed with the agitation. I have no reason to fear," he said.



Nominated MC members list awaited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has received more than 160 names, seeking appointed as its nominated mambers.

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has nine nominated members and the list each time reflects eminent personalities from different fields, including defence, administration, engineering, medical and education. There are reports of the administration having shortlisted 13 names for the final nomination.

Brig Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri (retd), a Mahavir Chakra recipient, features on top of the probable list of nominated councillors. He is a national hero linked with the famous ‘Longowal’ battle at 1971. Brig N.S. Sandhu (retd), is another prominent name for nomination.

From the administrative field, Mr R.N. Gupta and Mr Sadanand are the names figuring in the list. Dr A.P. Sanwaria and Dr J Verma, a former head of the cardiology department of PGIMER, are probable nominees from the medical field.

Mr Arvind Jain, president of Market Welfare Association, Sector 22-D, Mr Raj Kumar Mittal, president of an association in Sector 19 and Mr M.P.S. Chawla, President of the Chandigarh Industrial Association, feature on the list of nominated councillors from a business background.

Dr K.L. Zakir has a background of eminence in the world of literature and social service, and Dr Pramod Kumar Sharma of the Institute fo Development and Communication, feature prominently in the list. The names from the field of education doing the rounds include Dr Pam Rajput, known for her association with the Centre for Women studies in Panjab University, and Maj D.P. Singh, a retired principal of Government College, Sector 46.

The final list still awaits a clearance from Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), the Governor or Punjab and the UT Administrator.



BJSP to play decisive role in poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
The Bharatiyta Jan Shakti Party(BJSP) of Ms Uma Bharati will play a deciding factor in the formation of the next Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) after the December 20 elections, party general secretary Vishwanath said here today.



Ward No. 11

(Sectors 53 (Nehru Colony), 54, 55 (Housing Board), 55 Indira, Kamal and Adarsh Colony, furniture shops, Sector 56, Rehabilitation Colony Palsora and Palsora Village).

Manjit Singh - Congress

He is 63 years old and is contesting the MC elections for the first time. He is the vice-president of the District Congress Committee and is practising as an advocate in the district courts. He has been associated with the Congress for the past 26 years and this is his first foray into politics. If elected, he states he would improve sewerage, develop primary school and undertake development projects.

Kewal Krishan — BJPKewal Krishan — BJP

This 37 year old is contesting the elections for the second time. He has been associated with the BJP since 1990.This former Mayor is a graduate and diploma holder in journalism. He says development of the ward and reduction of crime would be his focus.


Bir Singh — CVMBir Singh — CVM

This 38 years old ayurvedic doctor is contesting the MC elections for the first time. He was a member of the Youth Congress and has been associated with the CVM for the over one year. If elected, he will solve the problem of sewerage blockage, develop a green belt and would set up an office for the submission of water and electricity bills.

Prem Shankar Bharti — NCPPrem Shankar Bharti — NCP

49 years old, he is contesting the MC elections for the first time. This class VII passout is a businessman and if elected, he will improve sanitation, streetlights and rehabilitate people residing in kutcha houses.


Jaspal Singh — BSPJaspal Singh — BSP

This 37 year old, is contesting the MC elections for the first time. He is a Class X passout and has been associated with the BSP for the past three years. This businessman says if he gets elected, he will get roads repaired and would try to make the environment clean and green.

Monavar — RJD

This 31 year old is contesting the elections for the first time. He is a Class VII dropout and working as a contractor. If elected, he will rehabilitate the colony dwellers and will make provision for potable water.

Ward No.12

(Sectors 43, 52, EWS LIG Colony, 61 and Kajheri)

Kuldip Singh - Congress

This 46 year old, is contesting the elections for the first time. A former Mayor, and councillor of Ward No 8, he says, if elected, he will work for the development of the ward.

Girdhari Lal — BJPGirdhari Lal — BJP

This 54 year old is contesting the elections for the second time. A graduate and social worker, he has been associated with the BJP for the past 16 years. A provision for basic amenities, inflation control and the development of ward would be his agendas.


Ajay Kumar — BSPAjay Kumar — BSP

This 42 year old will be contesting the elections for the first time. A BE (Civil) passout and government contractor, he has been associated with the BSP since 12 years. He says he will serve the poor and improve the green belt, besides getting internal roads repaired.

Anand Singh Tiwana — IndependentAnand Singh Tiwana — Independent

31 years old, he is contesting the elections independently for the first time. He is a graduate, former sarpanch, of Kajheri village and Chairman of the Market Committee, Sector 26. If elected, he will ensure street carpeting, maintenance of parks, parking facilities and public toilets.

Ward No. 13

(Sectors 49, 50, 51, (Nizampur Burail), Colony No. 5 , Sec 51 brick-kiln, Nizampur Kumbra, Sector 51, Sub-jail, Nimpur Kumbra and Sector 63)

Pawan Sharma — Congress

44 years old, he is contesting the elections for the first time. This advocate has been associated with the Congress for many years. He says, he will rehabilitate people residing in the labour colony and would ask for more funds for development of the ward.

Bhimsen Aggarwal — BJPBhimsen Aggarwal — BJP

36 year old, he is contesting the elections for the first time. He is a BA passout and is a whitewash contractor. At presently, he is the BJP state secretary and has been with the party for the past 21 years. If elected, he will ensure the overall development of the ward.


Ram Sanjivan Sharma — CVMRam Sanjivan Sharma — CVM

This 40 year old is contesting the elections for the first time. He owns an electronics shop and has been associated with the CVM for the past 22 years. This Class VII passout says if he wins, he will work for the development of the colony and complete all pending works.

Mohammad Usman — SPMohammad Usman — SP

45 years old, he is contesting the elections for the second time. He is a Class VII passout and is a councillor from the same ward. He is working as a building contractor and says he would continue the work which he had started during his tenure.

Ram Sumer Morya — BSP

This 40 year old is contesting the elections for the second time. He is a Class VIII passout and has been associated with the BSP for 15 years. This LIC agent says that if he gets elected he would ensure the development of the labour colony and parking areas in the ward.

Nazir Hussain — Independent

38 years old, he is contesting the elections for the first time. He is a Class V drop-out and a painter contractor. He will take up health-related issues if he gets elected.

Ward No.14

(Sectors 45 and Burail)

Satpal Gupta - CongressSatpal Gupta - Congress

59 years old, he is contesting the elections for the first time. He is Class X passout and his association with the Congress has been since 1973. He has held many prestigious positions in the party and given a chance, he says, he will build a city centre, toilets and revoke the no-objection certificate for electricity and water.

Sanjiv Kumar — BJPSanjiv Kumar — BJP

This 37 year old is contesting the elections for the first time. He is a mechanical diploma holder and astrologer by profession. His association with the BJP has been for the past 10 years and if elected, he will take care of the green belt, complete pending work and ensure elimination of no-objection certificate required for electricity and water.

Vijay Singh Rana — CVMVijay Singh Rana — CVM

42 years old, he is contesting the elections for the second time. This councillor is a graduate. An agriculturist by profession, he says, he would complete all his work and regularise housing board construction.

Jagir Singh — BSP

52 years old, he is contesting elections for the first time. This will be his first foray into politics. Graduate and retired government employee of Cooperative Bank, he says, he will work for poor families, improve sanitation and make provisions for parking in the ward.

Firsat Ali — SPFirsat Ali — SP

42 years old, he is contesting the elections for the first time. He is a Class X passout and has been working with the SP for six years. This dhaba owner says, if elected, he will make shelters for rickshaw pullers and will start a ration scheme for the poor.

Sagheer Ahmed — Independent

This 35 year old is contesting the elections for the first time. He is a Class X passout and an artisan. Elimination of no-objection certificate for water and electricity will be the focus of his agenda.



In Town

Mr Satwant Singh, a board member of Mercy Relief, a Singapore-based non-profit organisation providing humanitarian services, will be signing a memorandum of understanding with the International Punjabi Commerce of Service Industry for promoting youth and cultural tourism between Singapore and Punjab at Hotel Mountview on Wednesday.

Mr Satwant Singh will be signing the MoU on behalf of the Young Sikh Association and a Singapore Adventures Leaders Training leader. He is actively involved in community service and various sports committees.



Passing Through

You are referred to as a new-age management guru of sorts what do you specialise in?

I do not think I am a guru but yes my idea is to dissipate knowledge because I believe I am a medium to facilitate certain things. I train in organisational development, quality management and leadership skills. What I think makes me different is that I am a normal person who you can befriend and share your thoughts with.

How did you become a trainer?

By reading a lot, studying hard, exposure and interacting with over 15,000 people! Seriously though I have studied para-psychology, human resource development and NLP, I really believe it is not about qualification but about building a rapport.

Who has personally influenced you?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has. I was in a terrible car crash from which I escaped unscathed and that is when I got pulled towards him. — Gayatri Rajwade



CTU staff divided over Dec 14 strike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Employees of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) are divided over the issue of joining the December 14 nationwide strike.

The Chandigarh Government Transport Workers Union (CGTWU) today held a rally outside the office of the Director Transport, Phase I, Industrial Area, and urged employees to observe a nationwide strike on December 14. Members of the CTU United Front Employees Union (UFEU), however, announced that they would not join 
the strike.

The president of the CGTWU, Mr Jagdish Singh, said the strike was being called on a national level to express resentment on “anti-people” policies being adopted by the Central and state governments.

He said long-pending demands of the employees were not fulfilled and the administration had also been ignoring their demands.

They urged passengers to plan their journeys as buses would remain off the road from 12 noon to 2 pm on December 14.

The coordination committee of government and MC employees and workers organised gate meetings at different offices of the Municipal Corporation and Administration today to chalk out the action plan for the strike on December 14.

Mr Rakesh Kumar, convener, came down heavily on price hike and the absence of legislation on unorganised work sector.

Rallies were also organised by the UT Powermen Union Chandigarh and the Electrical Workmen Union.



Roadways staff protest against GM’s behaviour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Members of Haryana Roadways Workers Union held a protest outside The Tribune building this evening.

They were carrying torches and placards in their hands and were raising slogans against the alleged dictatorial attitude of the General Manager of the Chandigarh depot.

Leaders of the union stated that they held protests in Chandigarh, Panchkula and sub-depots at Kalka against the anti-employee stand of the General Manager. They alleged that the General Manager was victimising and harassing employees by suspending them, transferring them or through other means. They also stated that the General Manager had turned the depot into a battle place.

The leaders alleged that he had deposited the rent charged from shops at the bus stand after delaying it for over eight months, causing a loss to the state exchequer. They added regularities in the construction of the depot building.



Finally, airport authorities wake up to passengers’ needs
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Waiting to catch a flight will not be a harrowing experience any more as you can sip hot coffee and soup or enjoy from a range of combo meals available at the renovated canteen and that too while watching plasma TV showing your favourite channels.

Earlier, the canteen was worse than a roadside “chai wala”. The food served there had left many with a bad taste. Now the canteen contract has been given to Hotel Piccadily, Sector 22. You can now choose from among Indian and Chinese cuisines. Also available are a variety of bakery items and snacks.

The seating area too has been renovated. The rickety old chairs have been replaced with sofas on one side and chairs and tables on the other. Talking to TNS, Mr Suneel Dutt, airport Director, stated that they were hopeful that the changes would make the passengers more comfortable. “We have installed two plasma TVs and a flat-screen TV in the canteen area.

Coffee, tea and soup vending machines have also been put up all over the place, even outside the airport. Next on the anvil is wi-fi facility.

But the parking fee has been increased from Rs 20 to Rs 25.



Officials unperturbed over fire threat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Huge piles of scrap paper and wood adjacent to the wall of a power sub station in Sector 34, is a perfect setting for a major accidental fire. Officials of the electricity department, seem unperturbed about the issue, much to the fury of the residents.

"We have talked with the electricity department officials on several occasions, but to no avail", Mr Devinder Pal Singh, a local resident said.

"The high tension wires are capable of causing serious fire accidents", an official of the electricity department requesting anonymity said. "We have requested these scrap dealers several times, but they don’t listen to us", he added. A scrap dealer when asked about the issue said ,"We are not obstructing the life of the people and our rags are located at quite a distance from the wall."

An electricity department official however said, " There is no entry for people in the station and so there is no direct threat there".



Flights, trains running late
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Heavy fog delayed flights and trains coming to the city today. While two of the flights coming to the city were cancelled, the Indian airlines flight arrived two hours late. However, trains departing from the city were on time.

The Jet Airways and Air Deccan flights to the city from New Delhi were cancelled, while the Indian Airlines flight arrived more than two hours behind schedule .

The Howrah-Kalka train arrived two and a half hours late. The morning Shatabdi arrived at 1.15 pm in place of 11.20 am. Sadbhavna Express, which has been running late for the past two days, arrived two hours late even today. Himalayan Queen was one and a half hours late.



Scooter, car rally by newspaper employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
On a call given by the All-India Newspaper Employees Federation, the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees Organisation, Chandigarh, is organising a scooter and car rally on December 14.

The rally is being organised in support of a demand to set up a wage board for the newspaper industry. The confederation has also announced its decision to march from the UNI office to Parliament on December 14.

The Tribune Employees Union along with the Chandigarh Punjab Union of Journalists, the Indian Express Employee Union, the Chandigarh Journalist Association, the PTI Employee Union and the UNI Workers Union will also participate in the rally starting from The Tribune office gate at 10 am on December 14.



Careless digging snaps BSNL cable
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Over 150 BSNL telecom subscribers were inconvenienced in Sectors 15 and 16 today when the telecom cable was snapped by workers of UT Waterworks. It is learnt that digging by these workers caused damage to 800 pairs of underground primary cable in the area.



Detained or arrested?
Two juveniles in lock-up
Tribune News Service

SHO sent to Police Lines

The SSP, Mohali, today sent the SHO, police station, Phase-VIII to the Police Lines following the allegation of illegal detention of two juveniles. Besides, an inquiry by SP (City) Varinderpal Singh had been ordered.

Meanwhile the two juveniles were produced in a local court. They were sent to a juvenile home in Ludhiana in judicial custody till December 26.

President of the Chandigarh unit of LHRI, T.S. Suddan said the warrant officer would submit its report in connection with the case before the next hearing on December 18 in the high court. We will move bail applications tomorrow after obtaining a copy of an FIR, he added.

Mohali, December 12
An alleged case of human rights violations by the police came to light when a warrant officer appointed by the high court found two juveniles detained at the Phase-VIII police station during a raid late in the evening. After verifying the facts the warrant officer asked the police to release the two but the police refused to do so, claiming that the two were formally arrested.

Warrant officer K.L. Bansal recorded the statements of both juveniles and recovered the documents related to the case during a raid, which began at about 8 pm and continued till 10.20 pm.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered the raid while acting on a habeas corpus moved by the Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) with regard to the juveniles, one 14 and another 15, detained since December 8.

The police said the two were booked under Sections 307, 323, 324, 452 and 34, IPC, on December 7. The two had been arrested only after completing the formalities.

The LHRI said the family of the juveniles had appealed to us to get their children rescued.

The ASI, Satnam Singh, said the juveniles had been booked on December 7 for injuring complainant Anjali Arora, a resident of Sector 68.



Two arrested with 5 kg of charas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Two Nepalese residents were held with 5 kg of charas worth about Rs 2 lakh from Sector 17 today.

According to the police, Nand Lal (22) and Narinder Kumar (20) were arrested from near the fire brigade building and ISBT, respectively.

They told the police that they brought the contraband from Nepal, where its price is about Rs 20,000 per kg. They were taking it to Shimla where they work at dhabas for selling it for about Rs 40,000 per kg. Both have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.


Mr Onkar Singh of Attawa village sustained injuries when the autorickshaw in which he was travelling was hit by a car near the FCI turn in Sector 42 on Monday. He was admitted to the PGI. The police has arrested the car driver for rash driving.



Watches, cell phones worth 11 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Thieves decamped with mobile phones and expensive watches worth about Rs 11 lakh after breaking into a shop — National Watch House in Sector 22.

The owner of the shop, Mr Baldev Singh, told TNS that 180 expensive watches worth Rs 3.80 lakh, 110 mobile phones worth about Rs 6.90 lakh and cash worth Rs 50,000 had been stolen from his shop.

Mr Baldev Singh said the theft came to light when he opened his shop in the morning and found it ransacked. Shocked at the sight he rushed to the rear side of his shop and found the door locks broken. The police was informed about the incident, and cops reached the spot with forensic experts.

According to the police the thieves had gained entry after breaking an iron grill fitted in the ventilator of the shop. They broke open the false ceiling and entered the shop. The forensic experts have picked up finger prints from the glass of showcases and tables. A case has been registered in this regard.



Abandoned newborn found in fields
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, December 12
A newborn baby boy was found abandoned in the fields of Mubarikpur village, near here, today.

According to sources, the infant was wrapped in a polythene bag and had allegedly been abandoned in the fields belonging to the village sarpanch, Mr Chand Rana.The infant was first noticed by Sanjeev Kumar, who later informed another person Rahul Kashyap.Both of them later shifted the newborn to the local civil hospital.

The few hours old infant was given medical treatment by doctors at the hospital where he is stated to be in good health.

Meanwhile, a number of people visited the hospital to “adopt” the newborn. However, hospital sources said the newborn would be kept in the hospital for a few days and legal opinion was being sought for his adoption by needy couples.

The police has also registered a case in this regard.



Mason duped of savings
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 12
A mason was today duped of Rs 5000 by two persons while he was on his way to deposit the money in the bank. The victim Hari Ganesh said that this morning he had gone to the State Bank of India, Sector 10 branch to deposit his labour wages of the last three months.

“Outside the bank, I was approached by a man who said that he wanted my help to deposit his money in the bank. He was carrying a wad of Rs 1 lakh of he which was ready to pay Rs 40,000 to me for my service. He said that he had stolen the money from his employer’s who had refused to pay him wages for the last few months,” Hari Ganesh said.

“While he was talking to me, a second person also agreed to help out in depositing the money for which he too was promised Rs 40,000. For this, he asked both of us to pay whatever we had in our pockets. The other man gave Rs 1000 same the Rs 5000 that I had to ,” the victim explained.

What happened shocked the mason. Before he knew it, the other two men has fill vanished the scene with his money. The notes that were given to him were, blank sheets except for the first and last note.

He immediately informed the police, who have registered a case and are investigating the matter.



Two women injured in accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Two women were hurt in separate road accidents in various parts of the city.

According to the police, Ms Rita of Sector 41 suffered injuries after her scooter was hit by another scooter near Sector 36. She has been admitted to the PGI. The police has arrested Tirlok Singh of Mandi on the allegation of causing hurt due to rash driving.

In another incident, Ms Archana Grover of Shimla lodged a complaint, alleging that a Tata Safari rammed into her car in Sector 35 on Sunday. She sustained injuries in the mishap and was rushed to the Sector 16 General Hospital. Gurinder Singh of Sector 47 has been arrested in this connection.

Vehicle stolen

Ms Ritu Chowdary of Sector 11, Panchkula, has reported to the police that her Maruti car was stolen from the Sector 22 market on Sunday.

In another incident, Mr Satender Pal of Sector 36 lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that his motorcycle was stolen from Sector 36 on December 8.

Two cases of theft have been registered.



SBI’s branches inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Mr Yogesh Aggarwal, Managing Director (National Banking Group), State Bank of India, yesterday inaugurated the bank’s three redesigned branches in Chandigarh at Sector 22, Sector 31 and Air Force Station.

A person desirous of opening an account in these branches can walk away within 10-15 minutes with a kit containing a pass book, cheque book, ATM card and Internet banking ID/password.



Biz Clips

Reliance’s festive offer: Keeping in view the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations, Reliance Communications has launched an E-SMS card for as low as Rs 25, for its prepaid subscribers of Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Through the Card, which will be valid for 30 days subscribers can send maximum of 4000 SMSs. TNS

Mobile Tambola: Airtel announced the launch of the Mobile Tambola for its prepaid and postpaid customers in Punjab, on Tuesday. Customers can subscribe for it and get four tickets per week on a regular basis or opt for two tickets for a single game. The tambola numbers will be sent by SMS to the customer. To play, the customer needs to watch ETC Punjabi/Siti Buzz/Zee Punjabi at 8.30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays, where a scroll will display the numbers. The customer can claim his prize during the game by sending an SMS to 666123. TNS

Hutch achievement: Hutch on Tuesday, announced its landmark achievement of 1 million customers in Punjab, within a short span of 30 months of existence in the market, Mr Rajiv Kohli, CEO, Hutch-Punjab, said. TNS



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