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Section 506: Police, Legal Dept at loggerheads
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Differences have surfaced between the UT’s Legal Department and the Chandigarh Police over notifying Section 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC as a bailable offence.

While the Legal Department is for making the offence bailable citing alleged law and order problem, the police officials are strongly opposing it.

As a result, the Home Department of the Chandigarh Administration has not been able to extend the term of the notification which expired on February 2. “The decision would be taken soon at the appropriate level,” said a senior official.

Pointing out that an amendment made by the Administration by exercising its powers under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to declare the offence as non-bailable instead of it being a bailable offence was wrong, the Bar Association has urged the UT Administrator to withdraw the amendment.

“As a result, the notification was being openly “misused” by the police to book persons. A number of innocent persons are booked by the police under Section 506. Though the notification has expired on February 2, the police was still booking persons under the provision,” said Mr K.S. Lamba, Secretary of the District Bar Association. The Bar would take to legal recourse if the administration extended the notification.

A few days back, a meeting of officials of the Chandigarh Administration and the Police Department was held to decide on the issue. Various judgments and amendments made by different state governments were quoted by the police in support of its demand to extend the notification for the non-bailable offence for another year.

A few months back, members of the Bar Association had sent a letter to the UT Administrator stating that the Home Secretary, Chandigarh, has wrongly interpreted the provisions of Section 10 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1932. The Act allows the state government to make amendment by issuing a notification under the Criminal Procedure Code of 1898, and not the Criminal Procedure Code of 1973.

A judgment of the Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court was also quoted. The amendment carried out under Sub-Section (1) and (2) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1973, was illegal as the Act had been passed by Parliament. For amending the Act, the assent of the President had to be taken, said the Bar Association. 

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‘Men in khaki’ dupe woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Two unidentified men posing as police officials duped a Sector 19-based housewife of Rs 3,200 and some gold jewellery on the pretext of not booking her son in a case of road accident.

According to Inspector Sukhdev Singh Bhullar, SHO of the Sector 19 police station, Mr August Kumar, an SDO with the Irrigation Department, has lodged a complaint alleging that two unidentified turbaned men wearing police uniform came to his house in Sector 19 around 4.30 pm. His wife was alone at home at that time.

They said they had come from the Phase I police station in Mohali and that her son, Himanshu, had rammed his motorcycle into a car belonging to a colonel in Mohali. They said as her son had seriously hurt the driver of the other vehicle, he could be booked under Section 307 of the IPC.

The shocked woman asked them to solve the matter. They demanded money for the same. She told them that she had only Rs 3,200 with her at that time, which she gave to them. After taking the money, they said the amount was not enough to sort out such a serious issue and demanded more money for doing so. She went inside and brought a gold chain, a gold kara, earrings and a ring. After taking the jewellery, they left the house saying they would now solve the matter. Both of them were in their mid-twenties.

Mr Kumar said when he reached home, he saw two youths coming out in a hurried manner. It made him suspicious. He went inside to check as to what had happened and was quick to realise that his wife had been duped. Before he could do any thing, both of them had fled. The matter was reported to the police and a case registered.

The police said it had been confirmed by the Mohali police that no official from the Phase I police station was involved in the case.

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Maid commits suicide in Sector 45
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
A 20-year-old maidservant allegedly hanged herself to death at her employer’s residence in Sector 45 this morning.

The police ruled out any foul pay behind the death, saying that the victim, Deepa of Gurdaspur, might have taken the extreme step after being ditched in an affair. The SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Inspector Prem Kumar Chauhan, said they recovered a register from near the body in which it was written, “Gurmukh, will you remember me after marrying another woman? ”.Her parents have been informed about her death and further action would be taken after recording their statements. Deepa was staying with her employer and was working as domestic help.

Quoting her employer, Ms Pawandeep Kaur, a staff nurse in Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the police said Pawandeep Kaur returned home at around 8:30 am after her night shift. The door was opened by Deepa. Pawandeep Kaur went to sleep and Deepa went back to her work.

The death came to light at around 10:45 am when Pawandeep Kaur woke up as the telephone bell kept on ringing continuously. She went to pick up the phone to another room and found Deepa hanging from the 
ceiling fan.

Shocked at the sight, Pawandeep Kaur called her neighbour. They lowered Deepa from the ceiling fan hook and called a private doctor, who declared the victim dead. The police was informed about the incident.

Meanwhile, the body has been shifted to the GMCH and a postmortem would be conducted on Wednesday after her parents arrived. The inquest proceedings have been initiated under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code in this connection, said the police.

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Reshuffle in UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
In a reshuffle, the Chandigarh Administration today posted Mr Kamlesh Kumar, HCS, as Secretary, Chandigarh Housing Board. Mr SK Setia, HCS, will be Director Technical Education and Director, Hospitality and Joint Director, Technical Education.

Mr Vanandana Disodia, has been made Secretary, State Transport Authority and Director, Industries. Mr Daljeet Singh, PCS, has been posted as Chief General Manager of CITCO.

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Shower soothes city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Traces of morning rain brought the day temperature down but only marginally. As soon as the showers stopped, the sun returned to upset the pleasant change in weather. And by the time it was noon, the moisture content in the air had risen to a level that made life quite difficult.

As for the night temperature, it continued an upward movement, registering a 2.2 degree rise as compared to yesterday. Today, the minimum temperature was 14.2 degrees as against 12 degrees yesterday. Significantly, the night temperature has been on a consistent rise since the past week. On February 2, it was 10 degrees. 

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Chandigarh Calling

Photo by Vinay Malik There is a reason why Sukhna Lake is losing its beauty. The other day, two teenagers were busy in littering the area, while a display board in the backdrop read: “Littering the lake is punishable. The offender would be fined Rs 500”. The overconfident youngsters would simply have escaped had it not been for an agile elderly woman, who spotted them immersing ashes into the lake and throwing polythene bags in the staircase area. She stopped them and started questioning them. Caught red-handed, the girls panicked, but the woman did not squander the opportunity to tell them what their action could do to the surroundings of the lake. Soon as she finished lecturing them, the humbled girls were seen picking up polythene bags scattered around. A lecture had achieved what a fine could not.

Thanks, Mr Prime Minister

One feels indebted to the Prime Minister for his visit to the City Beautiful. For, it has helped in the sprucing up of the city surroundings. In fact, the officials concerned were seen supervising the work aimed at impressing the PM. Almost all roads falling on the route to be taken by him were thoroughly cleaned and the roundabouts and the road berms given a fresh coat of paint. Vendors were also removed from the roadside. No wonder, the residents feel that more and more dignitaries should visit the city so that it can regain its lost glory, even if momentarily.

Contributed by Aditi Tandon and Rajiv Bhatia

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COMMUNITY

CBSE angry with Ryan school, will find a way out
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The aggrieved parents of class X students of Ryan International School, Sector 49, today got some relief from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi, with regard to accommodating students.

A five-member parents’ delegation led by Mr Avnish Khosla, today went to meet higher officials of the CBSE, New Delhi. Though they could not meet Chairman Ashok Ganguly as he had gone abroad, they handed over their representation to Secretary Vineet Joshi.

Conveying this news over telephone from New Delhi, Mr Khosla said, “As Mr Ganguly has gone abroad, we met Mr Joshi, who heard us attentively. His approach was very positive. He seemed to be quite concerned about the future of the students. We submitted two copies of our representation, one to Mr Joshi and another to the Chairman.”

Mr Khosla said, “The CBSE officials were quite infuriated with the Ryan School management for their lacklustre approach in initiating the proceedings for the affiliation process.”

The parents said the officials had indicated that a way out would be find out so that the students could be allowed to sit under “special permission” through an affiliated branch of the school or some other affiliated school in Chandigarh.”

“Mr Joshi told us that he would talk to Mr Ganguly, who would be back by Monday and assured us that they (CBSE) would definitely find some solution, for they also want that the students should not suffer,” Mr Khosla stated.

He further said the representation signed by 40 parents stated that the authorities, including the CBSE, knew for more than a year that classes IX and X were being run illegally by the school. Neither the CBSE nor Chandigarh Administration showed any concern for their cause.

It has also been mentioned in the representation that the school had conducted pre-board examination from January 8 to 19 and the question papers didn’t mention the name of the board.

The CBSE had also inspected the school a year back. However, CBSE officials could not be contacted.

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Arts panel will hit development: Mandal
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The proposed Urban Arts Commission by the Chandigarh Administration seems to be having a hotline to controversy. After opposition from various quarters, the move yesterday came in for severe criticism from the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal.

At its meeting here, prominent members of the mandal apprehend that the commission will unnecessarily delay the progress of the city with regards to the huge investment coming in for various projects. Moreover, the formation of the commission was against the spirit of decentralisation of powers.

Mr J.P.S. Kalra, mandal general secretary, said the Union Government proposals needed careful consideration as it could result in multiplicity of committees for monitoring future projects. Moreover, the Administration was already working within the framework of strict building rules and regulations.

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Decomposed body found in Dhanas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
A decomposed body of a 27-year-old woman of Chaman Colony in Dhanas was found floating under mysterious circumstances in a nullah near Dhanas, this evening. The police said no visible injury marks were found on the body.

The SHO of the Sector 11 Police Station, Inspector Puran Chand, said Monika Cheema was living in a rented accommodation in Dhanas and was working as sales executive in a Delhi based Gurukul Company dealing with sliming equipments. She was a mother of two minor girls, who are living with her parents in Delhi. She had joined the company about three months ago.

The police said that the death came to light when passers-by noticed the submerged body with its hands outside the water. The police pulled out the body after being informed. The police initially faced difficulty in identifying the deceased as no document was found on the body. The woman was wearing a white shirt, black trousers and a necktie, on seeing this, a resident of the colony said that he had seen her in the Gurukul company office in Dhanas.

Foul smell was emitting from the body indicating that the death might have occurred about a day or two ago. However, the police was surprised as to how the body came there. They said that the exact cause of death would only be ascertained after the post-mortem.

The police contacted the branch manager of the company, Jeevan Thakur, who told the police that Monica had gone from the office to Kharar on February 2. Since then she had not reported to the office and they also contacted her brother to know about her whereabouts. He also said that he had no information about her and when asked about reporting the matter to the police he said to wait for a few days.

The police said that she had reportedly met her brother-in-law on February 2. But no one had any information about her since then. 

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Car crash: Victim’s father blames it on roundabout
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
A day after his son died in a high-speed car crash, Mr J.S. Sekhon, father of Karam Singh Sekhon of Sector 8, today blamed it on the “faulty” design of the roundabout.

He said the faulty design of the roundabout coupled with absence of cat eyes and other indicators to warn the motorists about the roundabout claimed lives of three talented youths. He said the intersection was not even properly illuminated.

He also blamed the PGI of not providing immediate medical attention to the victims of the accident. Mr Ikroop Singh Sekhon, younger brother of Karam Singh, said the doctors at the PGI did not attend to his brother for two hours. He said his brother had survived the crash, but lost his life due to callous attitude of the doctors.

Members of the family said they were planning to file a public interest litigation (PIL) against those responsible the deaths.

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Cops not doing enough to check accidents on city roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
City roads continue to lead to disaster following the failure of the Chandigarh Police to arrest violators. Though the deadly issue of accidents on the roads meandering their way through hazards was brought to the foreground in these columns over two months back, nothing much has so far done by the men-in-white to prevent mishaps.

In fact accidents due to overspeeding and high-beam driving remain common in the absence of regular checks by cops, especially in the evenings and the mornings---the worse being the one that occurred in the wee hours of Monday.

Three persons were killed in the accidents that sent shock waves in the city. The bodies of Gurjesh Singh Virk and Arjun Bhardwaj were handed over to their parents today after a postmortem examination was conducted. Arjun was driving the vehicle when the accident took place and he was, subsequently, booked by the police in the matter.

The sources in the police headquarters admit the mishap is not an isolated one. Quoting figures they assert that so far this year 14 persons have been killed and 29 injured. Only last week, five were killed. In 2006 as many as 142 lost their lives to mishaps, while another 525 were injured.

As far as the reasons behind the failure are concerned, the sources insist that the police has apparently failed to generate "proper awareness", especially among the youngsters, the heavy vehicle drivers and rickshawpullers.

It's true that men-in-white can be seen deployed on different roads even in the evenings and mornings. But their position is more or less predictable. "So all you have to do is to be a little more cautious on the roads and intersections where the cops are supposed to be perpetually present," says college student Harmeet Singh.

A visit to the city is, otherwise also, enough to reveal that triple riding is a common feature on the road cutting through the "institutional area" in Sector 26 and other parts of the city, including the stretch between the Chandigarh Club and Sukhna Lake.

The fear of the cops is the last thing on their minds as three youngsters on a single bike or a scooter zip down these roads. Even the presence of school children on the road is no deterrent as they negotiate the turns at high speeds.

The long story of violations does not end here. You have youngsters claiming proudly that they do not believe in the practice of wearing safety helmets while riding bikes. Then there are others who believe in mixing chatting with driving.

They are apparently not aware of a recent research conducted at the Johns Hopkins University. It clearly says that the brain cannot handle sights and sounds simultaneously. Neurologists and cops deployed with the traffic wing of the Chandigarh Police agree.

A senior officer admits that driving requires good control. Even a minor error can lead to an accident. It doesn't happen every time, but the possibility cannot be ruled out. Yet the cops have done little to teach the youngsters a lesson or two.

The officer claims the holding of "nakas" in front of the college at other sensitive spots on the road from time to time but admits that challaning is seldom carried out by the police on a regular basis.

He adds that though a number of killer roads have been identified by the traffic wing of the Chandigarh Police, including the one in front of the grain market, effective steps have not been taken to check the number of mishaps.

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Demolitions carried out in Ambedkar Colony
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 6
The enforcement staff of the Estate Office, Haryana Urban Development Authority, today demolished new constructions in Ambedkar Colony here. The staff accompanied by police personnel arrived at the colony and began demolishing the constructions carried out recently.

Expecting trouble from the colony dwellers, the staff gave them enough time to take out their belongings before the JCBs and staff moved in. The colony residents cried themselves hoarse, maintaining that they had a stay from court and HUDA was not authorised to pull down their houses.

A delegation even went and met HUDA officials in this regard and were given an assurance in this regard. However, when they returned they found that their houses had been pulled down. 

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Truck gutted, tragedy averted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
A truck carrying furnace oil caught fire in a chemical factory on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road this afternoon.

However, driver’s presence of mind helped avert a major tragedy as he drove away the truck out of the factory premises. No loss of life was reported. There were around 25 employees in the factory at that time. The exact loss was being worked out, sources said.

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained immediately. Fire engines from Dera Bassi, Mohali and Chandigarh were pressed into action to douse the fire. It took several hours to put out the blaze.

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Arrest rape accused, demands forum
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 6
The Human Rights Protection Forum has urged the SSP, Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon, to direct the SHO, Kharar, to arrest an STD booth owner, who had allegedly raped his neighbour some days ago.

In a press note issued here today, Ms Pushpa Salaria, chairman of the forum, said that the victim, a 29-year-old neighbour of the suspect, Rajesh Kumar, was in a state of depression after the incident. She said that the police was not taking any action as the victim belonged to a poor family.

She further said that the victim’s family did not have a telephone and as such they used to collect messages delivered by their relatives to the STD booth owner. But on February 1, the victim was called to the STD booth on the pretext that her parents had rung her up and wanted to talk to her. But when she reached the booth, the telephone line had got disconnected. When the victim started inquiring about the phone call she was allegedly caught by the suspect and later raped. It is alleged that he had even threatened her with dire consequences in case she disclosed the matter to anyone.

The victim’s husband complained to the police in this regard. A case was registered by the police but no arrest had been made so far, she added.

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A clarification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Reacting to a news-item “3 Army men hurt in clash with shopkeepers”, published on February 4, the Army has denied that a large number of troops reached the spot of altercation and caused damages to property.

A statement issued by Headquarters, Western Command, said only an officer was detailed to go to the site of the incident, following which the injured jawans were taken to the police station for lodging a complaint.

The statement also denied the personnel concerned had indulged in teasing some girls, the reported cause of the altercation, and added that it was an incorrect and concocted story.

The statement said that there was a minor altercation between the jawans and local shopkeepers, which resulted in the brutal manhandling of the jawans by a mob in which one of them sustained stab injuries while the other two sustained head and face injuries.

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Navy mission Antarctica sets four records
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
First military team in the world to ski to the South Pole….first Everester to the South Pole….first Submariner in the world to the South Pole and first Indian ski expedition to the South Pole. At 2 a.m. on December 28, while the rest of the nation slept, an Indian Navy team, after having traversed the Frozen Continent, unfurled the Tricolour on the South Pole, establishing a string of records.

“It was awesome. Sheer exhilaration and absolute joy prevailed when we reached the South Pole,” leader of Mission Dakshin Dhruv 2006-07, Cdr Satyabrata Dam told The Tribune. “For my companions and me it was also a moment of extreme pride to fly the national flag and the naval ensign on the world’s southern tip,” he added.

Facing extreme weather conditions, the 10-member team skied 220 km over 14 days, walking 10-12 hours a day and pulling sleds weighing 120 kg under the blazing mid-day sun - there were no nights on extremes of the southern hemisphere - to touch its objective. Reaching the Patriot Hill, the start-off point of the trek, involved a flying time of 72 hours from Delhi via Santiago and Punta Arenas in Chile.

The Geographic South Pole is marked by a metallic pole embedded into the ice, surrounded by the flags of 12 countries. There is also a plaque bearing the name of Roald Anundsen Scott, the first explorer to reach the South Pole in 1911. A few hundred metres away is a brown-coloured structure of an American scientific base and some distance away are telescopes and the set up of a drilling expedition. There are also a lot of scientific structures coming up. “These provided some smattering of colour on an otherwise vast, bland and white expanse of ice,” Commander Dam said.

The drilling expedition is digging for ice samples lying 2.5 km below the surface, which are millions of years old and the analysis of which would yield highly valuable scientific data. The team’s most difficult moment came when, four days after the trek had commenced, one of the members fell seriously ill and had to be evacuated. “It was a tricky situation where speed was of essence, but fortunately the aircraft came in time,” he said.

The terrain in Antarctica is flat with a very little gradient and virtually no landmarks. The real adversary is the weather. “The warmest weather we faced was minus 30 degree Celsius and the coldest dipped to minus 68 degrees, with winds exceeding 80 nautical miles per hour,” Commander Dam said. “There were times when heavy storms forced us to stop skiing,” he added.

“The team displayed utmost courage, strength, will power and team work. They have done the country and the Navy proud. The members have now joined an exclusive club that has less than 300 members who have skied to the South Pole,” a signal from Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, felicitating the team, said.

Some members of the team were also part of the Navy’s expedition to Mount Everest earlier. Before embarking on the Antarctica expedition, the team had undertaken a 38-day long training stint in Arctic Circle region of Greenland, where they set three national records .

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Widows also entitled to seek pay panel arrears
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Widows of armed forces personnel can also move court to seek arrears arising out of anomalies in revising pay scales consequent to the implementation of the Fourth Pay Commission (FPC).

Stating that widows of officers who could have been eligible to seek arrears had they been alive are also legally entitled to seek similar benefits, Lt- Col S.L. Sharma (retd), president of the Armed Forces ex-Officers’ Bar Association, said in their capacity as next of kin, they should receive consequent benefits awarded to other claimants.

As established by the Kerela High court ruling in the case of Major A.K. Dalapalan, the revised pay was fixed lower that what should have been fixed according to the recommendations of the FPC accepted by the government. This affected a large number of officers post-January 1, 1986, the date from which the FPC was applicable.

Besides other allowances the fixation of the pay also had an affect on the pension and gratuity of officers and consequently, the family pension applicable to widows and dependants. Widows of officers who died in harness are also affected, Colonel Sharma added

Though the high court extended benefits to Major Dalapalan, the government extend such benefits across the board to other similarly placed officers and instead decided to contest their claims in courts of law.

There are thousands of serving as well as retired officers affected by the FPC “anomaly” and already a large number have moved various high courts across the country.

Following Army officers, about 200 of whom have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a number of locally based Air Force officers have taken to legal recourse to get the benefits. The High Court has issued notice of motion to the government on a petition filed collectively by six Air Force officers. Another petition filed by 10 Air Force officers is expected to come up for hearing this week.

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“Create awareness on AIDS”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai yesterday called upon the youth to create awareness among the people regarding dreadful disease of HIV/AIDS which was ruining the lives of millions of people around the world.

Inaugurating the regional workshop of Commonwealth youth ambassadors for positive living of eight Commonwealth countries of Asia here, he stated that the youth had the onerous responsibility in fighting against these diseases not only for their own sake but for the sake of humanity.

The Governor remarked that talented and skilled youth of today could reach the zenith of glory globally by utilizing great opportunities available on the basis of qualification and experience.

The Regional Director of Commonwealth Youth Programme, Mr Raj K. Mishra, stressed the need for involving youth in the planning and implementation of the welfare schemes in the Asian countries for putting them on the path to progress.

Others present on the occasion included Ms Saraswathy Rajagopal, Mr Hassan Shifai and Dr Sonia Trikha.

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Workshop discusses sex ratio
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
A workshop on missing girl child was organised by the Voluntary Health Association of Punjab in collaboration with the Population Foundation of India and Sutra here today.

The objective of the meeting was to share the state-level status and progress made towards improving sex ratio and the emerging models and strategies being adopted to deal with this issue.

Haryana Principal Secretary for Women and Child Development Anuradha Gupta presented two models - village level monitoring committee and the SMS - being followed by the Haryana Government with regard to the issues.

The presentation of the representative from the Punjab Government highlighted the new strategies for implementing the PNDT Act.

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Cops learn to counter white-collar crime
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
ICICI Bank in association with the Chandigarh police on Sunday jointly organised a workshop on economic offences and its prevention. Aiming to keep the law enforcing agency abreast with new techniques and expertise to curb the white-collar crime, the workshop was attended by police officers ranging from the top brass of the police to the rank of Sub-Inspectors.

The workshop was inaugurated by the UT Inspector-General of Police, Mr S.K. Jain. Experts from the bank discussed various issues pertaining to the white-collar crime like scope of frauds under various loan schemes, misuse of credit cards, debit cards, ATMs. They also shared their expertise on methods of investigating such crimes.

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Architect awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Sangeet Sharma, a practising architect from Chandigarh, has been awarded the doctorate by the University of Berkley, USA. The thesis which fetched him the doctorate was based on the articles on “Architectural Aesthetics” which also culminated into a book by the same name last year. The study delves into aspects of architecture comparing its relation with other allied fields like art, painting, poetry, music, metaphysics, spirituality, human emotions and primarily understanding of life through architecture.

The study was also supplemented with information on sustainable development, a subject on which Sharma has been accorded his Masters.

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CRIME

2 PU students held on assault charge

Chandigarh, February 6
The local police arrested three youngsters, including two Panjab University students, on the charge of picking up a brawl and injuring students of the Pharmacy Department on the campus this afternoon. The police said Amit Malik of Pharmacy Department, Sahil Kumar and Deep Malik have been arrested as a preventive measure under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC.

The accused had allegedly picked up a brawl with Aditya and other students of the department over bunking classes. He along with 15 students assaulted the students. They hurled bricks and chairs on students, resulting in head injuries to Gaurav while three others sustained minor injuries. They were taken to the Sector 16 government hospital and were discharged after administering first-aid.

The students of the Pharmacy Department said Amit Malik of Panchkula had an altercation with Aditya over bunking of classes. They had agreed to bunk classes, but later Amit attended the class, leading to a dispute. The matter was resolved after the intervention of other students yesterday, but Amit today came and assaulted the students, they alleged. — TNS

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Patwari caught taking bribe

Panchkula, February 6
The Vigilance Department today nabbed Sohan Pal, a patwari of Tharwa village, while accepting bribe from a resident of the village. According to sources, Sohan Lal asked for bribe for a land mutation deal from Jagtal Singh. On a tiff-off Vigilance Inspector Balbir Singh and Tehsildar Satish Kumar caught the accused red-handed. — TNS

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3 held for cruelty to animals
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 6
The local police today arrested three people and confiscated a canter transporting eight buffaloes for cruelty to animals, here today. According to police sources, the canter was stopped by the Mansa Devi Police for routine checking.

Inside the canter they found that five buffaloes and three calves had been stuffed inside in limited space. The driver, Satish, the cleaner Sanjeev, and Irshad, the owner, have all been arrested.

While the police is still investigating whether the buffaloes were being sent to the slaughter house or were being genuinely transported. The driver and owner have given conflicting statements leading to serious doubts about where the cattle was headed. 

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Two vehicles stolen in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Two vehicles have been stolen from the city in the past 48 hours. Mr Manoj Aggarwal of Sector 50 here has reported to the police that his Maruti car (HR-51-6128) was stolen from Sector 17 yesterday. Mr Puneet Thakur of Panjab University has also lodged a complaint that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (PB-04-F-7198) was stolen on February 4. Two cases have been registered in this connection.

Meanwhile, Mr Baljinder Singh of Sector 7, Panchkula, has reported to the police that Rs 5,000, two bags, some documents and a driving licence have been stolen from his car parked at the cremation ground in Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Monday. A case has been registered.

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BUSINESS

Plan to check fee evasion at Sec 26 grain market
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
To check evasion of the market fee at the Sector 26 grain market, the Administration plans to put up barricades at all entry and exit points.

After seeking necessary approval from the authorities concerned, four barricades will be put at the entry point while the number will be three at the exit point.

Sources in the Administration said in the absence of checkposts, the evasion of market fee was on the higher side. An official said the barricades would also help in checking the entry of unauthorised rehri and pheriwalas into the market.

“A former Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, had tried to check fee evasion by putting up barricades. He had to give up the move due to political pressure,” said a trader in the market.

The Administration will carry out an anti-encroachment drive in the market tomorrow so that the corridors in front of the shops can be got cleared. Additional parking space has been created in front of the Police Lines and the rehriwalas who have been allotted booths are being asked to move to their new places. Those who do not have any allotment will be removed from the mandi.

A long-pending demand of the traders for cleanliness and maintenance of roads is also being addressed. The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is being given the work of re-laying the internal roads in the market.

Some of the encroachments in front of the shops have been already removed by the owners themselves. The open spaces in front of the shops are meant for loading and unloading of goods. However, the shopkeepers had been using the area for storing goods. Certain shopkeepers had even put up tin sheds to keep their goods covered.

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Admn priorities misplaced: FSSI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The much-publicised claims of the Chandigarh Administration for the promotion of the local industry fell flat with the Federation of Small Scale Industries (FSSI) training its guns on the administration for ignoring its genuine demands for years together.

Miffed at the apathetic attitude of the administration, the executive committee of the federation at its meeting here questioned the priorities of the administration regarding industrial development in the city which it alleged were "misplaced".

"We have never asked for any financial benefits but basic issues, including the transfer of industrial plots, ownership rights to CITCO shed holders, permission for vertical growth, linking of the Phases I and II of the Industrial Area and the revival of IDFC, had been hanging fire for the years together," alleged Mr Rajiv Gupta, federation general secretary.

However, when it comes to the conversion policy the decisions are taken and implemented in days. However, the same haste is not exhibited by the bureaucracy in connection with the other industry-related issues forcing the industry to fend for itself, the meeting felt.

Mr Gupta alleged that certain self-styled leaders, who are not the actual representatives of the entire industry, were painting a wrong picture of the requirements of the industry before the Chandigarh Administration. And the administration, in its own wisdom, had failed to reach the true representatives of the industry, he alleged.

There are four industrial associations in the city and these had been ignored by the administration while giving representation in various bodies of the Chandigarh Administration. Even the Industrial Advisory Committee and the Single Window Committee have ceased to function.

The chairman of the federation, Mr MR Mittal, urged the administration to call a meeting of the all industrial associations to have discussion on industry's needs.

The attitude of CITCO also came for criticism from the members, who alleged that despite huge profits from its sales depots, not much amount was spent on the promotion of the local industry.

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Hoteliers unhappy with liquor policy

Panchkula, February 6
The President of the Panchkula Hotels and Restaurants Association, Mr J.S. Sangari, in a statement issued yesterday said the Haryana Government was charging exorbitant bar licence fee from hoteliers.

Maintaining that the new liquor policy of the Haryana Government was contrary to its claims of being competitive with the price/sales norms of neighbouring states, he said that the hotel industry was forced to pay a bar licence fee of Rs 6 lakh a year while Chandigarh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh were charging Rs 2 lakh for the same. — TNS

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