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Poll toll: Chandigarh defaced
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The Assembly elections in Punjab have left public property in Chandigarh and its neighbouring villages defaced.

Though defacement of public property has never been an uncommon phenomenon in the city with cops turning a blind eye to the menace, the problem has only worsened with the announcement of the elections in Punjab .

In fact, the intensity of the poll process in the neighbouring state can be gauged from the number of posters and handbills dotting the city. Drive on the bridge in Sector 17 and you will find posters glued on the concrete pillars. Giving information about rallies and other poll-related meetings to be held, these posters are “complete” with snapshots of national and local leaders.

The situation is more pronounced in the area around and just ahead of Punjab Engineering College. Though most political parties have removed giant hoardings following directions of the Election Commission of India, posters, handbills and even banners continue to exist.

Despite some of the posters were glued much before the issuance of the election notification, yet the authorities concerned have done little to get them removed.

“If in the process the political parties are projecting a massive support base through these posters, the authorities are just not bothered about it,” says a local businessman, Mr Raman Chauhan.

Sources in the local Administration assert that the posters are removed from time to time but they surface again as a large number of Punjab Government employees, who works in offices here, frequent these areas.

They admit that so far the authorities have done little to initiate proceedings against the defacers even though “The West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1976” is applicable in the city and has even been published in the Chandigarh Administration Gazette of February 1985.

Quoting the provisions of the law, legal experts in the city assert the defacement of property invites strict punishment for the violators. “The law clearly states that interfering with the appearance or beauty of public property by way of damaging, disfiguring or spoiling structures, including buildings, huts, walls, trees, fences, posts and poles, amounts to defacement,” says a Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate.

“Yet the violations, cognisable and punishable with imprisonment, continue to mar the city’s beauty”.

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Admn wants Sec 15 old-age home back
Management, inmates feel shocked, alienated
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The fate of 31 inmates of the Sector 15 old-age home is hanging in the balance.

For long, they have been on tenterhooks due to a notice of exit the UT Administration has sent to the Lions Club Chandigarh Central, which has managed the home for eight years.

The notice has come as a shock to inmates, who have never had problems with the management.

They are surprised that no one asked them if they wanted a change.

They have now written to UT Administrator, requesting him to let them live the way they are living.

The letter, which they delivered at Raj Bhavan yesterday, reads: “We are very worried. We do not want change.”

As for the notice, it leaves much room for dissent.

First, it has come from the office of Director, Social Welfare (DSW), whereas the club is under agreement with Secretary, Social Welfare.

The Secretary, interestingly, was not aware of the notice when management members met him today.

He said he would check with the DSW.

Secondly, the notice cites no reason for the takeover.

All it says is: “It has been decided at the level of the Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator to take over the management of the Home for Old and Destitute People. You are hereby given a notice of three months to hand over the management under Clause 12 of the agreement.”

Incidentally, Ms Amandeep Kaur, DSW, when contacted on her cell, said she was in the field and would talk later.

Later, however, her cell was switched off, while her office people said she was on leave.

At their end, the management was distressed over the unceremonious way in which the notice had been worded.

The problem lies in the use of Clause 12 in the notice.

Dr B.S. Aggarwal, chairman of the managing committee, said: “Clause 12 says the Administration can take over if an inquiry establishes deterioration in management of the home. No such enquiry has been conducted. When we took over, we had 19 members. Now we have 31. That shows improvement. And yet this notice. We feel shocked and alienated.”

So did inmates. Ms Janaki Devi, who had seen the way Administration functioned before April 1999, when the club took over, said: “At that time, things were not half as good. Now we have everything we need. We do not want to be unsettled.”

Others, including Ms Jeet Rani, Ms Shanti Bansal, Mr Amir Chand, Ms Shakuntala Devi and Ms Mahinder Kaur, were equally anxious. “We want to meet the Governor and plead him to let us be.”

Is the issue of beggars the bone of contention?

Some club members feel that the move has roots in their refusal to accommodate beggars at the old-age home.

“There have been occasions when we have refused to lodge beggars. Beggars are under police custody and we do not have the required security to keep them. This home is meant for the elderly, who have peculiar psychological problems. You cannot shelter beggars and the abandoned elderly under the same roof”, Dr Aggarwal said.

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Law catches up with encroachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The enforcement staff of the Estate Office today demolished unauthorised structures coming up on government land at the Charan Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran here.

The structure, including a shop, were razed in the presence of the police.

After the demolition drive, henchmen of encroachers attacked the members of the family of the person who had complained against the unauthorised construction activity.

An FIR under Sections 147, 323 and 506 of the IPC was registered and three arrested.

The task force constituted by the district administration to keep a watch of vacant government land had failed to take cognisance of the construction activity.

A few months back, structures of a temple and a mosque had been demolished a few yards away from the site.

Mr R.K. Rao, Deputy Commissioner, said a case of cheating would be registered against those who had raised construction or sold the land.

An inquiry was also being initiated against those officials of the task force who had failed to report the violation.

A Vigilance case of fraudulent allotment of plots in the same colony on the basis of fake slips issued on behalf of a tehsildar was still pending.

At least 10 persons had been arrested by Vigilance in 2001.

When the colony was carved out in 1990, chunks of land had been kept between clusters of houses, said Mr Parvesh Kumar, a resident of the area.

After the Vigilance inquiry, the Estate Office did not take steps to protect the area, he added.

Thanking the district administration for acting on his complaint, Mr Shambu Barnerjee, chairman of the Colony Cell of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, said earlier, the police post at Mauli Jagran did not take cognisance of his complaint.

He said land grabbers had threatened to eliminate those who had been highlighting the illegal construction activity. The modus operandi was to get plots allotted on fake slips of the Estate Office.

A person was produced under a fictitious name and the plot was got allotted.

Several persons, including officials of the Estate Office, were under the scanner for selling government land to unsuspecting plot-seekers.

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Sports complex lacks basic amenities
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
It seems that the Chandigarh Sports Department just does not have its priorities right. Though it has set up in-house kabaddi and handball centres at the Sports Complex in Sector 42, it hasn’t as yet constructed changing rooms and toilets for players at these centres.

The department is spending crores of rupees on the construction of a multipurpose hall for sports activities at the Lake Club without completing these pending projects.

As the kabaddi and handball centres lack these basic facilities, over 150 sportspersons face a lot of difficulties. Around 40 kabaddi and 70 handball players, including over 60 girls, turn up daily for their training.

The girls are the worst affected as they are forced to change their kits before the start of their training session in the ‘kutcha’ houses, erected for the labourers in front of the handball courts.

Both the centres don’t even have a single toilet with a result that all kabaddi and handball players are forced to answer nature’s call in the open. Otherwise, they have to go to the main building of the complex, which is around 200 metres away from these centres.

“Besides seeming absurd, it is also dangerous to answer nature’s call in the open. As there is a huge growth of wild weeds, the danger of poisonous reptiles always looms large,” opined national level kabaddi players on the condition of anonymity. To make matters worse, no shelter has been set up near the centres to protect the players from rain.

Despite the lack of facilities, both centres have been producing many national and international level players. Kamini Gautam, a product of the handball centre, represented the country in the Asian Games held at Doha in December.

On the issue, the Joint Director of the department Mr J.P.S. Sidhu said, “We know about the problems being faced by the sportspersons. The proposal of erecting a changing room-cum-toilet near the centres is in the pipeline. The architect has visited the site and the work will begin soon.”

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2000 small-scale industries participate in ‘Chandikrit’
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, January 17
The three-day annual trade fair, “Chandikrit 2007”, being organised by the Department of Industries, Chandigarh, was opened to the public today. Mr Lalit Sharma, Advisor to UT Administrator, inaugurated the fair.

About 50 stalls have been set up in which different items manufactured in Chandigarh have been displayed. An organiser of the event said about 2000 small scale industrial units and nine medium and large scale units in Chandigarh are participating in the event.

The exhibition is an annual feature that has been taking place since 1987. In a cultural show organised as part of the opening ceremony, students of the Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, performed in a band, the Moti Ram School presented a welcome song and children of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, presented a giddha.

A quiz competition on January 18 and an on-the-spot painting competition on January 19 are also being organised.

‘Learn to earn’

With an objective to uplift the poor and the downtrodden, especially women, the Social Welfare Department, Chandigarh Administration, in collaboration with SC, BC and Minorities Financial Development Corporation, organised an awareness camp at the Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, here today.

Mrs Jean Rodrigues, wife of the UT Administrator inaugurated the camp. While interacting with women and youth, Mrs Rodrigues urged them to actively participate in welfare and training projects as the emphasis was ‘learn to earn’.

A large number of people from the area participated in the camp. The camp focused on educating and making needy people aware of the benefits available to them under various schemes. The camp also featured various activities that help in improving the quality of life of people from weaker sections of the society.

Forms for various schemes were also collected at the camp. 160 persons submitted applications for old age pension, 21 for widow pension, 15 for disabled pension, 12 for disabled identity cards and 75 people applied for loan under the SC BC Corporation and Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation. Mrs Amandeep Kaur, Director, Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration, was also present on the occasion.

Disease control

The directorate of the National Vector Born Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) started a two-day training programme for pharmacists at the Training Hall, Additional Deluxe Building.

In the programme, pharmacists from different hospitals and dispensaries will acquaint themselves with different techniques that give early warning signals for the prevention of these diseases.

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Passing Thru

Y.V. Anand Kumar
Y.V. Anand Kumar, head, Customer Service and Parts, Escorts

How is the new engine and gear oil Suraksha, launched by Escorts different from other engine oils?

Suraksha oils are engineered to protect and enhance longevity of tractor engines and transmission in varied temperatures and climatic conditions. These are genuine engine and gear oils for the complete range of Escorts tractors and are at Rs 16 per litre, cheaper than other engine oils. We have launched these in Punjab and Haryana markets first because farm practices adopted here are followed else where.

Where have you established the capacity to manufacture these oils?

We have hired a vendor near Mumbai, who will manufacture the oils for us under strict quality standards maintained by our employees at this facility. For this year, we have set a target of manufacturing 4000 kilolitres of oil and hope to increase the capacity by 15 per cent next year.

How big is the tractor engine oil market in the country?

The tractor engine oil market in India is estimated to be about 93 million litres. We are aiming at capturing a sizeable portion of the market as we have a strong dealership and service station network, which will sell these oils.

— Ruchika M. Khanna

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Socio-economic policies should be people-oriented: Expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Stating that India today stands at the most important crossroads in history, Prof Randhir Singh, a former professor of political theory at Delhi University, cautioned that socio-economic development policies should be people-oriented to avoid restlessness and resentment among the masses.

He was here to deliver a lecture on Indian politics in the age of globalisation, at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development here.

He said globalisation, as it was being projected now, was nothing new and was just another facet of the capitalist system which had been in existence for a long time.

Globalisation started in the early 70s and it caught on after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Three notable aspects of globalisation, he said, were return of “normal” capitalism from the “welfare” capitalism which came on the scene post-World War-II, capitalism domination other countries through the exploitation of market forces rather than use of force or military power, and for the first time, capitalism becoming a universal phenomenon.

He was of the view that prior to 1947, Indian economy was globalised, being a part of the British empire. Post-Independence, he said, there was simply a transfer of power from the British to the Indians, but there was no economic or social revolution. Nor was there a change in the state structure.

The then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had a national project to build up the economy through self-reliance, but, he said, what emerged in the country was government sponsored capitalism and not socialism.

Capitalists then existing, he added, wanted government support but they lacked the ideology and legitimacy.

The Nehru model ran into serious difficulties in the mid-60s and finally collapsed in 1991, the evidence of which was all over the country.

This led to a shift from government supported capitalism to market supported capitalism and from the endeavour of self-reliance to dependence on foreign investment.

Prof Randhir Singh said his observations had been that the benefits of capitalism were not reaching the grassroots levels and that was precisely what capitalism was all about - benefits only for a specific class.

Pointing out that the ruling elite opted for globalisation, he said the system had to be socialism-oriented development in which the priorities and purposes must be clearly laid down.

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Road safety expert to give tips in BBC film
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Paralyses in a near fatal road accident set him in motion. For the safety of other commuters, he designed a website for the Chandigarh Traffic Police and now he is all set to go a step further in road safety. For, he has been approached by the BBC to shoot a documentary film highlighting the various aspects of traffic scenario in India and Brazil

A city resident and designer of the Chandigarh Traffic Police website, Mr Harman Sidhu, told TNS that he was approached by representatives of the BBC recently. They visited his website and then asked him to join hands with them to make a film on the traffic problems in Brazil and India. Quoting figures the BBC stated that in India 93,000 persons died and 4,35,100 injured in 2004 while 35,000 persons lost their lives and another 4, 39,000 people were injured in Brazil in 2003.

The film would feature how the driving licences are bought in these countries and Mr Sidhu would drive down the roads of Delhi and Sao Paulo to show the problems, including lack of a highway code, speeding, bad road planning and bad roads. He would travel as a passenger with a driver who has just bought his licence and who cannot properly read the road signs due to his bad English.

As per the programme, he would accompany the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE), on the road side as they monitor how strictly seat belts are used and helmets worn. Besides this, he would also meet families of road accident victims. He would also meet the Mayors of New Delhi and Sao Paulo to put forward important issues he comes across in the film and try to get some answers.

The BBC people quoting studies said the Brazilian mindset appeared to be the main culprit behind high rate of accidents, as they believe it is the fate whether you live or die on the roads of Sao Paulo.

A diploma holder in mechanical engineering, Mr Sidhu met with a road accident in October, 1996 near Nahan, when the car he was travelling in, fell in a gorge. Though he survived the accident, he remained bed-ridden for two years and paralysed down-neck for the rest of his life.

“It was then that my parents purchased me a computer for time pass. It was later the judicious use of the computer which turned me into a software designer. Now I am working to promote road safety and in touch with various agencies” asserted Mr Sidhu.

About the project, he said the BBC people told him that the film would be of 20 minutes duration and would be completed in about two weeks. The shooting would start at the end of this month. Giving a brief idea about the project, the officials from the BBC mentioned a study conducted by the World Health Organisation revealing that 1.2 million people are killed on roads every year and up to 50 million more are injured. Road deaths account for 2 per cent of all deaths in the world and if current trends continue, it could overtake HIV and tuberculosis to rank third in the causes of premature deaths and disability. 

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Paid parking to go, says BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, president, BJP Chandigarh, Bal Krishan Kapoor and Kewal Krishan Addiwal, both general secretaries, and Ms Kamla Sharma, ex-Mayor, have welcomed the support of the Congress with regard to some points in the BJP manifesto which was issued for the recent MC poll.

In a press statement issued today, BJP spokesperson Kehar Singh Koundel said that the BJP alliance would soon come up with a resolution in the MCC for abolishing paid parking. A resolution to review property tax would also be tabled as promised by the BJP in it selection manifesto.

The BJP leaders rejected the statement of Mr Pawan Bansal that a BJP councillor cross voted during the election of Deputy Mayor. They said that they had proof that some Congress councillors were involved in cross voting during the election of Mayor.

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Mayor promises better streets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
In her first public meeting after taking over as Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Ms Harjinder Kaur, visited the Mauli Jagran Complex today.

Stressing upon the need to repair broken streets, the Mayor assured the area residents that internal streets would have concrete flooring. She assured proper sanitation arrangements and cleaning of open drains in the complex.

Earlier a langar was organised by the market association of Sector 35 to celebrate the victory of the Mayor. 

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NRI consultants to help Haryana youth get jobs abroad
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 17
There’s an altogether new avenue for ITI-trained students of Haryana wanting to go abroad. The Overseas Placement Assistance Society of the Haryana Government is roping in consultants for identifying suitable skill-based jobs for the aspirants willing to go abroad.

With as many as 2,000 enquiries and over 1,000 registrations, the society is now roping in non-resident Indians (NRIs) consultants to facilitate the identification of jobs in foreign markets.

Haryana’s Finance, Labour and Employment Minister Birender Singh, after inaugurating the building for the society, admitted that the project had come in for a lot of criticism since it was announced last year.

“We had a target of sending 200 candidates in the first batch but the project is yet to take off because our embassies in foreign countries failed to even acknowledge out letter. So, we are now roping in NRI consultants to be able to compete with other travel agents, most of who are only interested in extracting money from interested candidates,” he said.

Now, the society has made available the facility of online registration and will also give a skill certification to the aspirants, besides guiding them about job opportunities abroad. “The skill certification will increase their chances of employment by 50 per cent. Also, we will impart training in English and local languages before they finally take off,” the minister said.

Stating that cases against travel agents have been registered in Kaithal, Karnal and Kurukshetra, Mr Birender Singh said the perception of the youth of the state had changed in the past five years and they were keen on going abroad.

Mr Birender Singh held that all employment exchanges would be involved in the exercise and would be directed to send the bio-data of the aspirants, besides bureau offices would also be set up in those cities having more industrial activities, including Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh, Yamunanagar and Panipat.

He said the bureau would also help in solving the passport, visa and other related problems. Besides Rs 5 lakh financial assistance would also be made available by Punjab National Bank to the youth for pursuing higher study and employment abroad.

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ms Sharda Rathore, said the main aim of the bureau was to provide maximum opportunities to the youth. She said the state had vast resources and efforts should be made to exploit employment opportunities for semi-skilled trained technicians, carpenters and electricians and lab technicians. She added that latest courses would be introduced in the technical institutes according to the requirements abroad.

The Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar Univeristy, Dr R.P. Vajpayee, suggested that the communication skills of the aspirants should be strengthened. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neerja Shekhar, hoped that the bureau would be helpful in mitigating the problems of the youth. The Financial Commissioner, Labour and Employment and Chairman of HOPAS, Mr Manik Sonawane, said the project would serve the purpose it had been formulated for. 

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Ameena’s body handed over to family

Chandigarh, January 17
The Chandigarh Police today handed over the body of Ameena to her relatives after postmortem.The DSP (East), Mr K.I.P. Singh, said he had submitted the report after conducting a preliminary inquiry into the matter. He said the police had collected the DNA samples of both bodies. It would help it establish the identity of both women.

He said the police would write to the PGI authorities about the identification of the women and get the postmortem reports rectified by changing names. The postmortem of Kamlesh was done on Monday and the body was cremated the same day. Her viscera had already been taken from which the DNA samples could be collected. TNS

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Justice R.P. Sethi dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Former Supreme Court of India Judge Justice R.P Sethi died here today. He was 70.

He had been shifted to PGI, Chandigarh, this afternoon from Jammu, where he remained admitted to the ICU of Government Medical College and Hospital for two days for treatment of acute breathing problem. But, he developed complications on his arrival here and passed away soon after.

Justice Sethi remained Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chief Justice, Karnataka High Court, and was finally elevated to the apex court.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs Raj Rani, two sons, Mr Anil Sethi and Mr Sunil Sethi, both advocates, and grandchildren. Sources close to the family disclosed that the body would be sent to Jammu tomorrow where it will be cremated in the afternoon.

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Farewell
A firm believer in ethics
Maneesh Chhibber

Former Supreme Court Judge Justice Ram Prakash Sethi (retd), who passed away on Wednesday will always be remembered for having made it big despite hurdles.

Born in 1937, he retired as Judge, Supreme Court of India on July 6, 2002. Later, he was appointed the first chairperson of the newly-constituted State Accountability Commission (SAC) by the Mufti Mohd. Sayeed-led Peoples Democratic Party-Congress Government of Jammu and Kashmir. He, however, resigned less than eight months after taking over but not before he had performed a commendable job.

Such was his performance in the SAC that on Tuesday members of the ruling Congress and the PDP and the opposition National Conference came together on the floor of the J&K Assembly to seek clarification from the government on the causes that forced him to resign.

Having started practice in 1961, Justice Sethi remained Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court as well as the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was later made Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court from where he later went to the apex court.

A firm believer in the adage that Judges must speak only through their judgment, Justice Sethi maintained a dignified silence despite repeated provocations.

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Congress infighting affecting development: BJP
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 17
The vice-president of the BJP, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, said the infighting in the Congress in the district was taking a toll on developmental works in the city. Addressing a press conference at the party office in Sector 2, Mr Gupta said all on-going works had come to a standstill because the Congressmen were not seeing eye to eye on any issue.

“The Congress is a divided house and we have had three presidents of the council in the past four years since it was formed. The councillors of the party and the president are all working at cross purposes with each other,” Mr Gupta said.

He added that the CBI inquiry had not been instituted to investigate charges of horse trading because of the involvement of big names in the matter. Mr Gupta stated that the Deputy Chief Minister kept talking of transforming the city into Paris but failed to provide even basic amenities. The frequent electricity cuts were taking a toll on the business in the district.

Welcoming the decision to rehabilitate slum dwellers of the city in new units to be constructed with government grant, Mr Gupta remarked that the proposed 7,500 units were not enough for the nearly 20,000 jhuggi dwellers of the state.

Meanwhile, Mr Devinder Dhawan, president of the Panchkula mandal, today announced the names of his executive. While Mr Deepak Sharma has been made the secretary-general, Ms Neelam Awasthi, Mr Ramanand Singh and Mr Vinay Pandey have been chosen as vice-presidents.

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Sector 23 resident killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Raman Kumar (35) of Sector 23 was killed in a road accident when a truck hit his scooter at the Sukhna Bridge near the CTU workshop on Tuesday evening.

The police said the accident took place around 7.45 pm and both vehicles were plying on the same side. The truck hit the scooter from rear and in the process the scooterist fell before the truck and was crushed under its rear tyres. He was dragged to some distance before the truck came to a halt.

He was seriously injured in the mishap and was rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where he was declared dead by doctors. A case has been registered in this regard. Joginder Singh, driver of the truck, has been arrested on the charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving. 

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Man attempts fatal fall
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
A waiter at the Chandigarh Club here, Anand Prakash, allegedly tried to end his life by jumping from the fourth floor of the PGI building here this morning.

The police said the reason behind his taking the extreme step was yet to be ascertained as doctors treating on him declared him unfit to record his statement.

Around 8 am, 31-year-old Anand Prakash jumped from the fourth floor of the Research Block B.

He came to there meet his acquaintance, Mr Khem Nath, a peon at the PGI.

He was critically injured in the fall, breaking both legs and suffering multiple injuries.

He was rushed to the emergency at the PGI.

The police said he was booked for attempt to suicide under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code.

Circumstantial evidence pointed out that he could not fall accidentally from the building.

The balcony had waist-high railing and it was unlikely that he fell over the railing by losing balance.

The police said things would be clear after Anand Parkash recorded his statement.

A father of two, he resided at Naya Gaon here.

Mr Khem Nath, his neighbour, was not in office when Anand Parkash came to meet him.

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35 mobile phones stolen from Sec 9 shop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Thieves decamped with 35 mobile phones after breaking into a booth in Sector 9 last night. Mr Rajinder Singh, owner of Elctro-9, reported that 35 mobile phones were stolen from his shop. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered.

Scooter stolen

Mr Manoj Kumar of Mani Majra reported that his LML Vespa scooter (CH-01-Q-9084) was stolen from Mani Majra on Monday night. A case of theft has been registered.

Snatching

Mr Naresh Kumar Rana of Sector 22-B reported that two unidentified youngsters riding on a motor cycle snatched his mobile phone in Sector 34 on Tuesday. A case has been registered. 

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'India a favoured destination for investment'
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The vibrant growth of the Indian economy places it on a fast growth trajectory. There is an abundance of emerging technology and life sciences companies in the southeastern part of the United States - from Virginia to Alabama - that have begun to consider India as a favoured destination for investment. This was stated by Mr Neil Bagchi, Associate and a key member of the India Advisory Board, Kennedy Covington Inc, while addressing the delegates at an interactive session on ‘Doing Business in US, organised by the CII (Northern Region) at Chandigarh yesterday.

Mr Neil Bagchi said India's economic and political emergence is seen as a natural process in view of the country's enormous resources and potential. The remarkable progress made by India is worthy of admiration and respect, and it warrants the best business ties as well.

Underlining the potential for further expansion and diversification of bilateral trade, Mr Bagchi stressed that technical capability and "Western" business culture with a focus on accessibility and timeliness deliverables are the key parameters for doing business in the US.

Mr Partap K. Aggarwal, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council, said given the comparative advantages of the two countries, there is a tremendous scope for further strengthening of the business ties between the two countries in the spheres of infrastructure, IT, telecom sector energy and other knowledge industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Mr Anuj Mahajan while concluding the session stressed on the fact that the beginning of a series of such interactions would go a long way in enhancing competitiveness.

Over 20 CEOs from diverse industries representing IT companies, manufacturing companies, legal firms from Chandigarh, Punjab and Delhi, including IDS Infotech Ltd, Netsolutions, Sonalika Tractors, Abacus Legal Group, eConnoisseur etc participated in the interactive session.

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