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Eight days on, Jaswal booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The local police today booked Brig J.S. Jaswal (retd), Director, Sainik Welfare, Punjab, on the charge of criminal intimidation and insulting the modesty of a woman on a complaint lodged by Ms Raj Kaur, working as clerk at his office.

Sector 19 police station SHO Sukhdev Singh Bhullar said the case was registered on the directions of senior officers after DSP (CID) Devinder Singh Thakur submitted his inquiry report.

A case under Sections 506 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code was registered in this connection.

Senior officers had taken legal opinion on the report and then gone in for the registration of a case.

The DSP had earlier recorded statements of both parties and staff members of the Directorate of Sainik Welfare during the course of the inquiry.

A police officer said the statement of the victim in such cases was enough to book the accused.

Ms Raj Kaur, widow of an army man, who had been posthumously awarded the Sena Medal, was given the job of clerk at the office on December 5, 2000.

She had levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Brigadier Jaswal during a press conference on December 26 last.

He had denied the charges, maintaining that she had been facing an inquiry for levelling caste-based accusations against Ms Surinder Kaur.

He had said she had levelled allegations of sexual harassment to cover up for that.

Ms Raj Kaur, mother of two, was presented before the media here by All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta.

She stated then that she had made representations on the issue to the Chief of Army Staff, the Kendriya Sainik Board, the GOC-in-C, Western Command, and the National Commission for Women, but received no response.

Her husband, Havaldar Gurmail Singh, was killed in action during Operation Rhino in Assam on August 22, 1997.



Caring two hoots for war memorabilia
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
Youngsters on the ‘geri’ route have little respect for traffic rules but this young man, Aman of Sector 15, doesn’t seem to have any respect for historical memorabilia either.

In an incident that took place in front of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Aman rammed his speeding car into the fencing around the Pakistani military tank placed there. The tank was captured during one of the wars against Pakistan.

According to the eyewitnesses, Aman, who was driving his Maruti car (CH-01-X-6016) at break neck speed reached the parking lot, where the tank was stationed. He tried to negotiate a turn without slowing down his vehicle and in the process lost control over his car and rammed it into the fencing.

Fortunately, the car struck the fencing and came to a halt before hitting the tank. It was after a lot of effort that the car, which was struck into the fencing, was virtually lifted by people to remove it from there.

Aman did not seem to show any regret for his action. The police was called to the spot. But the police officer let him go scot free and did not take any action against him.

According to the police, no case has been registered in the incident.



20 from city shine in CAT
No information available yet about two IIMs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
At least 20 students from the city have made it to premier business schools in the country, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Aspirants of MBA courses, who had appeared in the Common Admission Test (CAT), had a busy day today in search of results.

At least 10,500 local students appeared in the CAT, conducted by IIMs on November 19 last.

The results of IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata were declared till the evening.

Results of the IIM at Lucknow would be available on January 8, as announced on its website.

No information was available about the IIMs at Kozhikode and Indore, but was expected to be available in the next two or three days.

“The position about the total calls city students have received will be clear in a day or two, when other IIMs announce their results”, said Mr Hirdesh Madan, regional head, Bulls Eye.

The number of successful students was likely to increase in the coming days.

Saurabh Goyal, a student of the Chandigarh College of Engineering Technology, had 99.96 percentile and qualified in the three IIMs that declared results.

“I feel jubilant that I have scored so well. My hard work has paid dividends”, he said.

Aastha Sood, a student of the PEC, was the other student who got all three calls.

“I never expected such a good result because my CAT paper did not go on expected lines. I am excited as I have got such a good result. My parents are also happy about the result”, she said.

The list of students from Chandigarh included a wide variety of successful candidates.

A number of students with experience had got calls and the list included doctors and engineers.

Students had to start preparing for the next hurdle — group discussion and interview.

Students with more than 92 percentile and sectional balance could get a call from the UBS here.



Sec 23 resident, friend die in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
A Sector 23-D resident and his friend were killed in the wee hours today when a car they were travelling in and a jeep collided on the National Highway 21 near Nilokheri, about 18 km from Karnal.

According to UNI, the victims have been identified as Surender of Sector 23 and his friend Satpal, a resident of Jammu Tawi. Surender had gone to meet his in-laws and was on his way to Nilokheri.

The mishap occurred just when their car took a turn to Nilokheri and a jeep rammed into it.

The impact of the accident was so strong that the police had to call for a crane to take out the victims from the mangled remains of the car. Surender reportedly died on the spot while Satpal succumbed to his injuries in the Civil Hospital in Karnal later.



Watch out

Vijayant Malik, a trainee of the Sector 10 Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Academy, has moved to the third round of Boys’ singles of the ITF Junior World Ranking Tennis (Grade 3) Tournament underway at Sector 10 CLTA Stadium.

Spotted under the Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART), a specially designed programme to nourish the upcoming tennis talent, Vijyant was picked up by the CLTA from a village in Haryana at the age of 11 years.

As a member of India Junior Davis Cup team, Vijayant has played the international tennis circuit in Damascus, Syria, and Brunei, Malaysia. He also made his presence felt at Asia-Oceania closed Junior Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, in October.

During these tournaments, the ITF ranking of Vijayant in the under-18 age group has improved from 1700 to 479.



Passing Thru

What brings you to the city?

I have close links with this beautiful city, having lived here since many years. I am here for the launch of Pammi Bai’s Punjabi music album.

What hopes do you have for your movie Waaris at the Oscars?

A lot. It is a well made film and a lot of effort has gone into it. We are hoping it will receive a good response from the jury.

Do you think stringent laws are needed to tackle piracy?

Yes, certainly. Piracy is the biggest factor working against the fledgling Punjabi music industry. We have met top Punjab Government functionaries in this regard and have been assured action. Let us see what finally happens.

Is Punjabi music growing?

Yes. Look at the number of new entrants every month. If this sector was not doing well, why would there be so many new album releases. But, I must say, quality should not be sacrificed at the cost of quantity. Only the good will eventually survive. Money can produce a music album but much more is needed to sell it.



Last chance for making voter cards from today
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 3
Voters are being given a last opportunity to get photo identity cards made, which have been made mandatory by the Election Commission of India for the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. The last phase of the process starts tomorrow.

According to the Sub Divisional Magistrate-cum-Electoral Registration Officer, in 69-Kharar constituency, the work of making photo identity cards would go on till January 9. The authorities concerned have earmarked 27 locations where photo identity cards will be made on different days.

The locations are: Government Elementary School, Gharuan (January 4), Government Elementary School, Simbal Majra (January 5), Panchayat Ghar, Patiala (January 6), Government Elementary School, Rurki Pukhta (January 7), Government Elementary School, Daun Majra (January 8), Government High School, Desu Majra (January 4), Government Elementary School, Jhungian (January 5), Government Elementary School, Ballomajra (January 6), Government Elementary School, Balongi (January 7, 8, 9), Government High School, Chunni Kalan (January 4), Government Elementary School Majat (January 5), Government Elementary School, Popna (January 6), Government Elementary School, Cholta Khurd (January 7), Government Elementary School, Cholta Kalan, (January 8), Government Elementary School, Nogiari (January 4), Government Elementary School, Gudana (January 5), Government Elementary School, Gige Majra (January 6), Government Elementary School, Mote Majra (January 7), Government Elementary School, Tangori (January 8), Government Elementary School, Mauli Baidwan (January 4), Government Girls High School, Sohana (January 5, 6), Government Elementary School, Mataur (January 7), Housefed office, Phase X, Mohali (January 8), Dr B.R. Ambedkar Institute, Phase III B 2, Mohali (January 4), Government Senior Secondary School, Phase III B 1 (January 5,6), Punjab State Electricity Board office, house number 33, Phase III A (January 7) and Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II (January 8, 9).



Peak hours: 45 CTU buses kept off road
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
Waiting for Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses at the ISBT for more than half an hour in the evening is a part of the routine of hundreds of commuters.

In the peak hours (from 4.30 pm to 7 pm), the city bus stand virtually presents a fair-like atmosphere as hundreds of people have to wait for their buses to reach their destination.

“It is very difficult for ladies to travel in overcrowded buses as many unscrupulous people take undue advantage of the situation. Many a time, we have to miss our bus due to this problem and have to wait for a long time to get the next bus,” said Ms Sunita, a government employee.

Ms Shalini, who is working with a private firm at Ambala, rued that the long wait for buses at the bus stand was really very tiresome after hectic office work and a one-hour journey from Kalka. “It seems that CTU does not have enough buses. In the evening, all buses are packed to capacity at the bus stand. At most times, I have to stand and travel in the buses. The authorities should take the matter into consideration and start more buses on the ‘heavy’ routes,” said Ms Shalini, a resident of Sector 38 (West).

Surprisingly, more than 45 fully functional buses are standing off-the-road during peak hours. The shortage of staff is the reason quoted by the CTU officials for this situation. According to the CTU management, they are forced to park over 45 buses of the general route during the evening hours because the amount of overtime payments are more than the amount earned by the transport at that time, which cause losses to CTU.

Denying the official’s version, a CTU staff member said on condition of anonymity, “The problem can be solved by giving the staff overtime. The earning of the transport will definitely be on the higher side than the expenditure including the overtime payments.”



Chilly wind kept residents indoors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
In spite of the sun shining bright during the day, the chilly wind that swept the city in the morning and the evening ensured that the residents continue to remain indoors. There was a sharp difference in the maximum and minimum temperatures at 19. 4°C and 4. 2°C, respectively.

Officials in the Meteorological Department said the maximum temperature recorded today was little higher than what was recorded yesterday (18.6°C). The minimum temperature recorded was, however, around two degrees less than yesterday’s temperature of 6. 4°C.

In fact, the lowest minimum temperature in the region was recorded in the city, with Ambala recording a temperature of 4.3°C and Patiala braving the chill at 5.1°C. Residents of Patiala heaved a sigh of relief today as the maximum temperature rose from 9.6°C yesterday to 18.5°C today.

The Meteorological Department indicated a dry weather, mainly clear sky in the next 24 hours. The city is also likely to have thick mist in the morning and the evening. The early hours this morning witnessed heavy fog.

Buses and trains were delayed due to bad weather, much to the discomfort of the commuters. The fog disappeared around 11 am.

Meanwhile, a large number of press conferences, functions and public gatherings were cancelled today, as the people who were supposed to come from Delhi, Bangalore and other cities to attend these functions could not make it to the city. The press conference of the Ambassador of Croatia and the visit of actress Mahima Choudhary to a diamond store in the city were cancelled. All this is causing a lot of inconvenience not only to the organisers but also to the invitees. The organisers on their part were busy making phone calls, sending e-mails, and SMS to all invitees through out the day to avoid any confusion.

All events scheduled for today were postponed for the next two days.



Police awards youths for helping nab robbers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh police today awarded first-class certificates to seven youngsters, instrumental in the arrest of two robbers, who looted a Sector 16 resident of Rs 35,000 last night.

Mr Vivek Gogia, DIG, Headquarters and Intelligence, awarded Mr Manpreet Singh, Mr Nasir Qayoom Zargar, Mr Parmod Kumar, Mr Shailandher Singh, Mr Nitant Kumar Yadav, Mr Virender Sharma and Mr Sunil Kumar with first-class certificates and a cash reward of Rs 1000 each.

Mr Gogia also honoured the Sector 17 police station SHO Jagbir Singh, SIs Charanjit Singh Virk, Janak Singh and Dharambir, two head constables, eight constables and two home guard men.

The SHO said the accused admitted during interrogation to have stolen Rs 1.50 lakh from a house in Sector 39 about four months ago.

He said the police was trying to find out from where they had procured the countrymade weapon.

They were produced in a local court today, which remanded them in one-day police custody.



Officials authorised to lodge complaints of power theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
With a view to come down heavily on those stealing electricity using kundi connections in the city, the Chandigarh Administration has authorised officers of the electricity wing of the engineering department to lodge complaints with the Police in this regard. A notification to this effect was issued today by Mr S.K. Sandhu, Secretary, Engineering.

The electricity wing, in the process of removal of illegal kundi connections have caught quite a few offenders and have lodged FIRs against them. However, according to section 151 of the Indian Electricity Act, 2003, the court takes cognisance of an offence punishable under the Act only if a complaint in writing is made by the officers authorised by the Government or the Commission. Accordingly, officials have been authorised to lodge complaints with the police regarding the theft of electricity.



Allotment of govt houses: Applications invited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The House Allotment Committee, Chandigarh Administration, has invited fresh house allotment applications from employees of the Chandigarh Administration, Governments of Punjab and Haryana and Punjab and Haryana High Court for various categories of houses for 2007-08.

An application for the higher and lower categories of houses from the “eligible employees” in Form ‘A’ along with Form ‘D’ is to be forwarded to the office of the Secretary, House Allotment Committee, through Chief Secretaries of the respective states and the Registrar, Punjab and Haryana High Court, before January 31.

All officials, who had earlier applied and their names exist in the old seniority list for a particular category of houses, but have not been allotted a house, need not to apply again as their names will be included in the new revised seniority list.

Employees of the Governments of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh Administration and Punjab and Haryana High Court, working on regular basis at Chandigarh, Panchkula or Mohali are eligible for the allotment.

The employees of those departments of UT Administration who have their own Departmental Pool Houses shall not be entitled for the allotment of houses from Chandigarh Administration Pool.

For higher categories of houses, there is no such bar and any eligible employee working in eligible office may apply for it.



DIT to obtain ISO 9001 certificate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The Department of Information Technology (DIT), Chandigarh Administration, has decided to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification to harmonise its systems and procedures with international quality management systems.

The National Productivity Council, a premier consultancy organisation under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Government of India, has been engaged in providing consultancy and training for this purpose.

The NPC has started the required work to enable DIT to obtain both ISO 9001:2000 certification for the department as well as ISO 14001:2004 for the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP). The consultancy is likely to take six months after which the administration will apply for the requisite certificate.



40 teen clubs participate in workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The Nehru Yuva Kendra, Chandigarh organised a state-level workshop-Adolescent Development and Empowerment Project, at the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Centre, here today. The workshop, inaugurated by Mr P.H. Vaishnav, former Chief Secretary, Punjab, was attended by over 60 persons from Punjab and Chandigarh. The objective of the workshop was to focus on an all-round development of adolescents and to lay emphasis on their active participation in nation reconstruction activities. As many as 40 teen clubs have been formed in the villages of Chandigarh and in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab as part of this objective.

The Chief Guest, in his inaugural address said, the problem should be addressed in urban as well as rural areas. “We should think about the health, career, recreation and other aspects of an adolescent’s life,” he said.

In the workshop, Col Ravi Bedi, Dr Avnish Jolly, Mr G.S. Kajla, Mr Amarpreet Singh, Miss Lavlin, Mr Samson Masih, Dr G.S. Bajwa were the resource persons. The participants of this workshop included youth leaders from various youth clubs of Chandigarh and Hoshiarpur, peer volunteers, peer educators, national service volunteers and members of teen clubs.



British Library incorporates ‘Lifestyle’ section
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
If you are planning to make changes in your lifestyle this New Year, the British Library can prove to be the right place. Keeping in mind the needs of its members, the British Library, Sector 9, launched its ‘Lifestyle’ section here today, taking the tally of the total sections to 12. The new section boasts of more than 500 books on a variety of topics such as food, tourism, etc. Welcoming the guests, Mr Bipin Kumar, Manager of the library said, “The spotlight is now on issues that influence public lifestyles in general”.

Membership of the library for the public can be availed on 7 January 2007. The seats will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.



Parties join hands on Mayor issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
While all political parties are competing among themselves for the ‘coveted’ Ward No. 7 seat, the opposition parties seem to be joining hands in the House to elect a Mayor.

The BJP-SAD combine, the CVM and the BSP, which are in opposition in the House, are all contesting the election in Ward No. 7, besides the Congress.

In the MC House, interestingly, the BJP-SAD and the CVM have 12 seats together, same as the Congress. While the Opposition is joining hands to elect a Mayor of their choice, in Ward No. 7 they are raising slogans against each other. A formal announcement by the Opposition is expected tomorrow.

Meanwhile, there is discontent among the councillors regarding the fact that the Mayoral election is being held two days before the election in Ward No. 7. The election in Ward No. 7 is scheduled for January 14, while the election for the Mayor’s post is on January 11. The election shall be presided over by nominated councillor Dr A.P. Sanwaria.

The common feeling is that the elections should be held after January 14. “In a hung House every vote counts,” states a councillor. 



2 held for forgery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The police has arrested two agents of a local bank on the charges of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy for duping the bank by raising loan on fake documents.

Giving details sources in the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh Police said the manager of the ABN AMRO Bank, Sector 17 lodged a complaint alleging that Sunny Sahni of Sector 20, Panchkula and Nishi Kumar of Sector 19-A, Chandigarh, both working as agents with the bank, withdrew Rs 68,000 in cash and also raised a personal loan of Rs 2 lakh by submitting fake documents.

The bank told the police that the documents were submitted in favour of D.K. Sharma of Sector 19. The police after verifying the statement registered a case under various provisions of the IPC in this connection.

Car stolen

Mr V. Bhalla of Sector 44-B lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his car was stolen from his residence on Tuesday evening. A case of theft has been registered.


The police arrested four persons on the allegations of indulging in gambling from two separate places in the city.

The police said Devinder Singh of Sector 29 was arrested from rehri market for gambling. The police recovered Rs 1370 from him. In another incident, Abdul, Mohammad and Dinesh were held from Sector 29 for indulging in gambling. The police recovered Rs 125 from them.

Two separate cases under the Gambling Act have been registered.



12 booked for criminal intimidation
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 3
The police has booked a resident of Sector 71 along with 11 youths on charges of criminal intimidation, wrongful restraint, rioting and armed with deadly weapon.

According to the police, Mr Amandeep Singh of Phase VII complained that Harjit Singh and others allegedly beat him up and his mother, damaged his car and also threatened them with dire consequences.

Meanwhile, Ms Gurpreet Kaur of Phase IV complained to the police that someone had stolen cash and two mobile phones from her scooter which was parked outside a gurdwara in the area.

In another case Ms Balbir Kaur of Sector 66 told the police when there was nobody in her house someone broke into the house and decamped with Rs 45,000 and valuables.



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