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Hind Motors owners’ house to be auctioned
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
In a major decision, the Debts Recovery Tribunal, Chandigarh, has allowed the plea of the Central Bank of India to auction the house owned by the family of the owners of Hind Motors.

The family---Mr Ashish Mohan Gupta, his father, Mr Chandra Mohan Gupta, and others---allegedly owes over Rs 28 crore to banks in lieu of unpaid loans and interest on the same.

The market value of the house is pegged at over Rs 7.26 crore and the bank had requested that since the company and its owners, who also owned a now-liquidated company M/S/ Ashoka Alloys Steel Limited, had not repaid their outstanding loan and interest, their properties should be allowed to be auctioned.

In his order dated February 15, DRT Recovery Officer SS Kochar has ordered that the auction be held on April 2 after giving it vide publicity. He has also observed that he was of the opinion that the since the proposed reserve price of Rs 6 crore for the house was about 15 per cent less than the market price and since the auction in such cases always begins at a lower amount than the market price, the rights of the owners of the house would not be affected if the auction started at Rs 6 crore.

He has also ordered that the bidders would have to deposit Rs 3 lakh each as earnest money before start of the auction process.

The latest order follows protracted legal battle fought between the Gupta family and the bank, which even reached the Supreme Court of India, which had, on April 18 last year, directed the owners to deposit Rs 4 crore within six months. It had also directed the Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal to dispose all appeals in the matter expeditiously.



Flouting traffic rules conveniently, cops style
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
Even though the cops are "religiously" booking traffic rules violators, the policemen are above law, apparently. A survey on the Gypsies used by the Chandigarh Police provides a testimony to this effect.

Almost all vehicles are violating the MV Act by displacing the registration number from its apposite place allotted by the vehicle manufactures. In fact, the men in khaki have moved aside the number plate from the rear centre to use the spare tyre as a foot rest.

Legal experts say the action is not only resulting in illegal alteration of the vehicles, but it also hinders the visibility of the number plates. As per the manufacture's specifications, the spare tyre is to be fitted on the rear door of the vehicle.

Section 50 (3) of the MV Act, on the form and manner of displaying the registration marks on the motor vehicles, says the same has to be in the centre with illumination on the light motor vehicles.

Besides violating the Act, the alteration also results in poor visibility of the registration numbers at night as there is no provision of illumination on the door where the registration number is painted.

In some vehicle, the registration number plates are fixed on the bumper at the right side of the Gypsies. In such cases, the spare tyre, fitted in the middle of the vehicle, completely blocks the view of number plate from the left side.

A traffic police officer when asked about the violation admitted that the replacement of number plate is a violation of the rules. He adds that Gypsies do come under the category of light-motor vehicle. As such, the number plates have to be fixed in the rear centre.

Another cop adds that the spare tyre is used as the foot rest as its weight can cause damage to the vehicle if fitted on the door. Moreover, it also causes hindrance to persons sitting in the rear of the vehicle. To avoid it, they fit the spare tyre in the rear.

He admits that top officials including, politicians and bureaucrats, are also flouting rules by moving about in curtained cars. In an apparent attempt to frustrate the mandate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directing against the use of "black films" without permission, so many of them have rather devised a unique way to travel away from the eyes of general public in curtained cars.



AC buses to ply on city roads this summer
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

  • Initially, the buses will run on a no-profit no-loss basis and on selected routes.
  • The administration has been planning to target middle class as well as employees and workers, the fare of these buses will be quite reasonable, bringing it within reach of common man.
  • This will also help in reducing the rush of vehicles on the city roads.

Chandigarh, February 17
There is good news for city residents. This summers travelling by air-conditioned buses will be affordable proposition for those who prefer to travel in air-conditioned mode of public transport.

Encouraged by the success of the recently introduced low-floor buses and air-conditioned taxis, the UT’s Transport Department is all set to enter a new phase in the world of comfortable and affordable means of public transport.

From May this year, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is going to introduce low-floor AC buses in the city. Initially, the buses will be run on a no-profit no-loss basis and on selected routes. This will enable residents to travel in the city without burning holes in their pockets.

“The purpose is to provide maximum facilities to commuters. This will also be a new alternative for the people, who prefer private vehicles to the public transport here”, said a senior official of the Transport Department.

This will also help in reducing the rush of vehicles on the city roads. Many other new user-friendly features will also be added in the buses to facilitate the commuters.

As the administration has been planning to target middle class as well as employees and workers, the fare of these buses will be quite reasonable bringing it within reach of common man.

“We hope that with getting such facilities, the people, who normally use their own vehicles will start using these buses. If it happens so, it will be a great help to reduce the congestion on the city roads,” said Mr Krishna Mohan, Secretary, Transport, Chandigarh Administration.

“Initially, we start with two to four such buses on a trial basis. Gradually, the number can be increased by the government,” added Mr Mohan.

Earlier, the administration was planning to start mini air-conditioned buses within the city, but now there will be full-sized, low-floor AC buses. At present, the CTU has a fleet of 417 ordinary buses.



Woman killed in group clash
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Lalru, February 17
A 53-year-old woman was killed and four persons, including her husband, were injured in a group clash here today.

According to sources, deceased Gurdev Kaur and her family had a long-standing dispute with Manohar Singh, Kulwant Singh and Bikram Singh, all residents of Lalru.

A daughter of Gurdev Kaur was married to a relative of Manohar Singh and a divorce case was pending in the court.

The police said both parties clashed this morning in which Gurdev Kaur was seriously injured. However, she died on way to Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

Her husband, Mr Jarnail Singh, Jorawar Singh and Kulwant Singh were also injured in the clash.

Senior officials, including Mr Harbaz Singh, SP(D), and Mr Surinder Pal Singh, DSP, visited the site.

Meanwhile, the police has arrested Manohar Singh, Bikram Singh, Bhupinder Kaur, Amarjit Kaur and Kulwant Singh. A case has been registered against them.



Mayor misleading on paid parking issue: Congress
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
Congress Councillors of the municipal corporation have condemned Ms Harjinder Kaur, Mayor, for demanding central aid to abolish paid parking and property tax. The Congress councillors have alleged that the Mayor was misleading the citizens of the city. The councillors further stated that the parking fee and property tax was proposed during the earlier tenure of the BJP-SAD Alliance.

Mr Ravinder Singh Palli, Sr. Deputy Mayor, Mr Manjit Singh Chauhan, Dy Mayor, Mr Pardeep Chhabra, Mr. Kuldeep Singh, Mrs. Anu Chatrath, Mrs. Kamlesh, Mr. Devinder Singh Babbla, Mr. Jasjeet Singh Kang, Mr. Harphool Kalyan, Mrs. Anju Beniwala, Mrs. Rita Sharma and Mrs. Sheela Devi, all Congress councillors in a press statement, have stated that in case the BJP-SAD alliance was not in a position to fulfill its election promises, it should admit its mistake and not try to shift the liability to someone else.

The councillors have alleged that the statements of the Mayor were politically motivated. The councillors further stated that the after the present Mayor’s elections, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Minister of State for Finance, Govt. of India and Mr. B.B.Behl, President, Chandigarh Congress had assured support to the Mayor in abolishing paid parking and property tax. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal directly intervened in getting increased budgetary proposals for Rs 80 crore for the administration and Municipal Corporation at the time of mid-term review.

The issue of paid parking seems to have become a mud-slinging match between various parties. The Congress councillors in a statement today stated that the corporation was already cash-rich and it was the MC run by the Congress which brought an about turn in the MC finances.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Vikas Manch in a press statement today stated that, as part of their electoral commitments, the Chandigarh Vikas Manch will bring forward the issue of abolition of paid parking apart from others in the first meeting of the house of the corporation to be held later next week.

The press statement issued by Mr Harmohan Dhawan stated that besides parking fee the people had to suffer humiliation and harassment at the hands of illiterate people managing the parking lots. It was suggested that the parking lots in the city might be allocated to major corporate companies who will better manage and regulate the parking and in return corporation can earn lot of revenue from these companies. He further stated that the issue of property tax would also be taken up.

The people of Chandigarh are paying the highest per capita tax in the country in the form of income tax, central excise, central cales tax, service tax etc. Besides these central taxes, the city residents are also paying local taxes like sale tax, excise and lease etc. The people are being subjected to double taxation. It is highly unjustified that one has to pay not only the lease money, but the property tax as well on the same property. The property tax should therefore be withdrawn, he stated. Issuing of I-cards to road side workers and tackling the menace of stray cattle and dogs are other issues which will be discussed.



HC to decide entry points issue
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 17
The opening of the entry point between Sectors 7 and 8 may now turn out to be a small victory for the businessmen who have fought the battle out in the district courts. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Balbir Singh, said that the matter would be referred to the high court since the police was dead against the idea of opening these entry points.

Replying to a question, he said that officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority had been asked to refer the matter to the high court for a final decision. Stating that the closed entry points would not be opened immediately, he said that the issue would be kept pending till the High Court decides the matter.

"The city has become safer with the closure of these entry points. The number of accidents have come down significantly and it is in the interest of the residents. Let us see what the final outcome is," he stated.

It maybe recalled that Chief Judicial Magistrate Anshu Shukla, had ordered the removal of all barricades immediately all over the city following a writ petition by the businessmen led by the market president, Mr BB Kochhar.

While the market was initially fighting to save its business, maintaining that sales were down by nearly 60 per cent since the closure of dividers was undertaken, a number of markets associations across the city also joined their crusade against closure of entry points as did other resident welfare bodies.



When young meet the old
Valentine bash with senior citizens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
For over a month now, a group of spirited youngsters from the city has kept itself busy preparing something that will bring joy to the lives of senior citizens. The project is unique in every way; more so because it seeks to celebrate old age in style. No surprise then that this special production has been titled “Mohabbat ke Manzar” and all it showcases is the love life of elders. To say it straight - here’s a special Valentine bash for senior citizens of the city.

Ask Gurjot Shan, the convenor of Jajabors, a group that has committed itself to making elders happy, what the whole affairs is all about and she reasons: “We came together for a purpose. All our programmes centre on senior citizens. Their joy is our mandate. The latest production portrays love in the life of our elders. It follows their lives from the days they were children and then tracks them right through their youth when they fell in love, exchanged oaths of loyalty and tied the nuptials. We actually have an elderly couple featuring in a film that we have prepared.”

The show will run at two levels - in the form of a film featuring a senior citizen couple Mrs and Mr Pannu actout their life as it went. The other part of the presentation will feature the young members of Jajobars who will enact sequences from the couple’s life on stage. “We will have a fun-filled extravaganza, showing the couple’s college days, their romantic escapades and finally their marriage,” says Gurjot, who has conceptualized the show scheduled to be held at Tagore Theatre tomorrow.

The group (which literally means a group of gypsies) had organized its first cultural programme for the elderly way back in 2004. The occasion was Lohri. Since then it has come a long way making its functions more entertaining and less routine. The latest show is indeed a feather in Jajabars’ cap as it portrays different stages in the lives of the elderly and brings home the theme of love in their lives. The show has a racy format with loads of music, dance and humour, to let the audience experience how the old and the young can celebrate love together and how Valentine is a festival for all and not just for the love-struck.

The show has been made possible by both the young and the old. It has been directed by Aneet Shaan and choreographed by Jasmeet. Script and dialogue are by Dr Birinder Kaur Pannu, while music editing has been done by Hargonind Singh Shan.



Rose Festival to begin from Feb 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
The annual Rose Festival is being organised from February 23 to February 25. The events will be spread across the Zakir Rose Garden and the Leisure Valley.

A large number of activities have been planned to make the event impressive and unforgettable. Wide varieties of roses will be on display.

The UT Administrator, Gen S. F. Rodrigues (retired), will inaugurate the festival on February 24. On the same day, he will also inaugurate a park at the Sector 11, Chandigarh.

The attractions at the Rose Garden will include Morning Raga, photo exhibition, flower competition, brass and pipe band competition, folk performance, joy rides, tambola and eatables.

The rose prince and princess competition for the children will be held on February 24. Photography, rose quiz competitions will also be held on February 24.

On the spot painting competition, antakshri competition will be held on February 25. Prize distribution will be held on the concluding day at 3.30 pm.

At the Leisure valley there will be tourism pavilions of different states of North India, including Chandigarh Tourism, Haryana Tourism, Punjab Tourism, Himachal Tourism. There will be joy rides, fun, frolic, food and music. The Jan Marg will be specially decorated to give the event a festive look.

A gazal night will be organised during the festival, where many celebrated national singers will participate. There will be two mega entertainment evenings at the Leisure Valley. On February 24, there will be a bollywood night where top artists will perform. On February 25, the festival will conclude with a musical evening in which famous Punjabi artists will perform. There will be no road blockades. Jan Marg will be open to general public.



Wrong parking goes unchecked
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Services

Chandigarh, February 17
On-the-move Chandigarh police has allowed the problem to remain parked since long. It has simply failed to proceed against the motorists indulging in wrong parking of vehicles, not just in the Mehfil parking lot but also other areas across the city.

As a result, the traffic situation continues to be bad on the road dividing Sectors 34 and 35, Sectors 19 and 27, Sectors 18 and 19 and the one cutting in front of Mehfil restaurant in Sector 17. The menace is also evident in the Sector 34 business centre around the new Regional Passport Office building.

One finds vehicles parked on both sides of these roads from about 8 am to late in the evening.

The residents, putting up in the vicinity, confirm the fact that hardly any action has ever been initiated by the policemen to tackle the menace.

“Though the rehri markets in Sector 19 and 18 are just behind the shopping arcades with adequate parking space, the police has done little to encourage the residents to leave behind their vehicles in the lots there, instead of parking them along the roadside,” says a businessman and resident of Sector 19, Mr Rajiv Sharma.

Similarly, in Sector 17 policemen have just not initiated steps to tow away four-wheelers left behind in the Mehfil parking lot, even though it is strictly meant for two-wheelers. So blatant is the offence that the parking lot contractor is openly issuing slips to the motorists leaving behind the four-wheelers right under the noses of senior police officers.

Sources in the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh assert that the policemen, instead of challaning the erring drivers and proceeding against the contractor, have tried to shift the buck by asking them to tie chains all along the lot to prevent the misuse of the parking lot.



Instant money order services from March
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
The Department of Posts is all set to deliver a bagful of additional services. From March this year, you will be able to send and receive instant money orders to 800 locations across the country. Besides this, letters will be delivered at your doorstep faster than you expect with the introduction of “beat-wise” system of mail sorting.

In addition, the department has already set up four “mail business centers” in this part of the region for assisting the corporate houses in effectively communicating with internal and external publics. The feasibility of coming up with more such centres is under consideration.

The postal staff is not only delivering the mails from these centrs at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh, but is also undertaking pre-mail activity like “enveloping the letters”, making it easier for corporate houses to mail in bulk.

Giving details of the schemes soon after the inauguration of two-day district-level philatelic exhibition “Chandipex” at the Sandesh Bhawan in Sector 17, Chief Postmaster-General Manjula Parasher says as of now the city is linked to 60 locations under the instant money order service scheme. But before the end of the current financial year, people in this part of the region too will be able to send and receive money with the help of a 16-digit code from practically all over the country.

Elaborating on the system, she says the post-office provides the money-order sender the code which can be communicated through the telephone to the receiver. He, in turn, accepts the money by offering the code to the post office located in his vicinity.

She adds that mails will also be delivered faster to the residents as the letters will now be directly handed over to individual postmen after being sorted out at the Rail Mail Service (RMS) office. As of now, RMS hands over the mail to the postal authorities. From there, it is earmarked to specific postmen resulting in wastage of time.

To begin with, the postal department is introducing the scheme in Sector 17, 47 and 19. If successful in saving time, the scheme will be extended to other sectors in Chandigarh , along with several cities across the postal circle.

The department also plans to organise quiz competitions, banner and poster painting contests, along with district-level philatelic exhibitions for encouraging the more and more youngsters to take up the hobby of stamp collection.



Exhibition focuses on uncommon stamps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
For leaving a long-lasting stamp about environmental concerns, the Department of Posts has adopted bird's-eyeview of Sukhna Lake taken by The Tribune lensman Vinay Malik as cover illustration of an envelop released on the occasion of "Chandipex 2007" - a district-level philatelic exhibition.

The two-day exhibition, inaugurated at the Sandesh Bhawan in Sector 17 today, has some uncommon stamps on display, including the ones to commemorate first flight between Bombay and Geneva on June 8, 1949. A set of 12 stamps sent by erstwhile Russia for sale through the Indian post offices is also exhibited.

Elaborating on the reasons behind adopting the lake photograph, exhibition secretary Rakesh Walia says the snap depicts how Chandigarh has managed to set an example for other cities by preserving the greenery, and original Le Corbusier's design, despite urbanisation. It was released by Chief Commissioner. Income Tax, North-Western Region, Mr R.S. Mathoda.

Mr Walia adds that as the newspaper photograph evoked "strong sentiments" in him and for the next decade or so he plans to hold workshops in schools and other places for highlighting "save the environment" issue with the help of the snap.

The photograph was taken by Malik from the navigator's console of an Air Force IL-76 while returning from Thoise in Jammu and Kashmir during a Defence Ministry sponsored tour to the forward areas.

Soon after the envelop's release, Prof Ishwar Dayal from the Graphics-Trade department of Sector 10 Government Arts College took Malik's autographs on the cover. Describing it as collector's item, he said the photograph focused on the need for preserving the green cover for an healthy environment.



Speaking Out
‘More vends will encourage addiction’
Tribune News Service

Rajiv Duggal
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Jasminder Singh
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Mandeep Saini
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Chandigarh, February 17
An increase in the number of vends would defeat the purpose of discouraging drinking habits among city residents, feel a cross section of the city residents quizzed by the Chandigarh Tribune.

Reacting to the Excise Policy 2007-2008, residents urged the administration to keep in mind the cases of crime, increase in road accidents due to drunken driving and matrimonial disputes related to alcoholism.

“By removing the cap on the location and number of vends, the tipplers would be tempted to drink more often. There has been an increase in the number of court cases where alcoholism had devastated families”, said Mr Rajiv Duggal, Advocate, District Courts.

He opposed the presence of a number of vends on the borders with Panchkula and Mohali. “ When addiction and alcoholism has become a problem of the region, the number of vends should be reduced without keeping in mind”, said Mr Duggal.

For those who suffered an irreparable loss due to habit of drinking, the presence of a number of vends along the roads automatically creates an urge among the tipplers. Mr Satish Bhardwaj, a resident of Sector 7, was under the influence of liquor when he was attacked by miscreants.

“ I have completely given up drinking. I know that for an alcoholic the require dose is required, be it in the form hard drink or light drink”, said Mr Bhardwaj.

On the condition of anonymity, Mr Arjun ( not his real name), said liquor had taken away his father. “ After the death of my mother, my father lost his life to liquor, leaving behind me and my two sisters”.

Mr Jasminder Singh, convenor of the local unit of the Bajrang Dal, said being a moral state, the administration has the duty to think about the interest of the people. “ Earning money should not be the sole purpose of the administration. Presence of a number of vends has a bad effect on the school going children”.

A resident of Sector 15, Mr Mandeep Saini, Advocate, District Courts, was supportive of the liquor policy. Weaning away the resident from hard drinks to soft drinks was a healthy sign. He said checking drunken driving was the duty of the police.

He also welcomed the move by the administration to encourage dress code for salesmen and bar coding on bottles. Ahatas have been renamed as taverns.

Mr Ravi Sharma, a resident of Sector 2, Panchkula, said presence of a number of vends along the road side was often a source of nuisance for traffic moving on the Chandigarh-Panchkula Highway. After having drinks at the vend in Mani Majra, the tipplers speed up their vehicles leading to accidents during the late evening hours”.



Cancer patient needs help
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
Mrs Ranjit Kaur (30), a resident of Tarn Taran, who is undergoing treatment for uterus cancer at the PGI, has been struggling for life in want of money for the past over three months. While staying in Rotary Sarai in the PGI during her treatment, her four-and-a-half-years-old son also got his arm fractured after he met with an accident.

Poverty forced her husband Palwinder Singh, a driver, to sell his land to meet the treatment expenses. The family is under debt, and seeking help of relatives. Palwinder Singh is having two kids, including a daughter. Unable to bear the expenses on the treatment, Palwinder Singh has been running pillar to post for financial help.

The family is in a desperate need of financial assistance. Donors can contact Mr Palwinder Singh at 9855326386.



4-year-old injured in hit and run case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
In a hit and run case a four-year-old girl was injured in Sector 28 on Friday.

According to the police, Ms Sunita of Sector 28 reported to the police alleging that her daughter, Bishu, was seriously hurt after being hit by a speeding car (CH-03-H-6296) near the police beat box in Sector 28. The girl was admitted to the PGI. A case of causing hurt due to rash and negligent driving has been registered in the Sector 26 police station.

The police said efforts were on to trace the car driver.

2 held for black marketing

The local police today arrested two employees of a gas agency on the allegations of indulging into black marketing.

The police said, Mr Bharat Bhushan of Sector 23, reported to the police alleging that he had caught Anil Kumar and his namesake accomplice, the employees of the Bharat Gas Agency, Sector 22, were selling the LPG in black market. A case of cheating under Section 420 and under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act has been registered against them.

Water meter stolen

Mr P.K. Dutta of Sector 31 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that water meters had been stolen from four houses in his locality on Thursday night. A case has been registered in this regard at the Sector 31 police station.

2 Held for displaying fake number

The local police today arrested Upinder Singh of Sector 56 and Gaurav Dhawan of Sector 22, from Sector 45 on the allegation of riding a motorcycle with a fake registration number. A case has been registered against them.


The local police today arrested Ram Gopal of Ram Darbar from Phase II, Industrial Area, on the allegations of indulging in gambling at public place. The police recovered Rs 885 from his possession and registered a case.

LPG cylinder stolen

Mr Satish Kumar Sharma of Sector 45 reported to the police alleging that empty cylinder had been stolen form his residence this morning. A case of theft has been registered in this connection.

House burgled

Mr Tarsem Kumar of Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra lodged a complaint with the police alleging that cash and jewellery had been stolen form his residence between February 13 and 16. A case has been registered in this regard under Sections 380 and 457 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in this regard.

Motorcycle stolen

Mr Laljit Yadav of Bapu Dham Colony reported to the police alleging that his Bajaj Calibre Motorcycle (CH-03-H-1407) was stolen from near the Kerosene Pump in the same locality on Friday. A case has been registered in this connection in Sector 26 police station.



Love angle in case of theft in principal’s house
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 17
In a dramatic turn of events, an affair and a mobile has emerged the culprit in the theft reported from the house of Doon School Principal Sanjay Anand in Sector 12. Three teenagers, Abhishek, Jasbir Singh and Satinder, all students of Plus two from SD School, Chandigarh, have been arrested for the crime.

Addressing a press conference at the Sector 12 police post, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Balbir Singh, said that Abhishek, the son of a retired Army officer residing in Sector 2 and owner of a petrol pump, was close friends with Mr Anand's daughter.

"The two families, too, were known to each other and Abhishek would frequent the house of the Anands often. This led to an alleged affair between the boy and the girl. On finding out that the two were seeing each other, the girl's mother reprimanded them and told them to stay away from each other and disallowed any communication between them," the SP said.

However, Abhishek bought a mobile for the girl and gave it to her to facilitate communication. This was discovered by her mother who got angry and took away the mobile.

On the evening of the theft, after the family went to Chandigarh to celebrate the wedding anniversary of the Anands, the girl called up Abhishek and told him that the maids were alone at home and that he could go and pick up his mobile which was lying in a polythene in the cupboard.

At this, Abhishek called up his friends who met him outside, and the trio went over to the residence of Mr Anand. The boys arrived at the house around 8:30 pm, tied up the hands of the maids and took away the polythene packet which contained vaulables, besides Abhishek's mobile.

"The idea was not to take away the booty but to get back his mobile. After getting their mobile, the boys dumped the bag at Sukhna Lake. The girl again called up Abhishek to tell him that the polythene contained all the valuables and that they should return it because the police had been called in to investigate. It was then that the boys began returning the belongings one by one," the SP said. The boys, the police said, were acting on directions of Mr Anand's daughter and the dogs did not bark because Abhishek was a familar face in the house.

With the arrests, the police has also managed to recover practically everything, except whatever a small amount of money which was spent by the boys. Mr Balbir Singh said that they constituted a special team of six members under ASI Om Prakash to investigate the matter.

They said that the Abhishek angle had deliberately been withheld to ensure that investigation was not hampered. While the boys have been booked under Section 458 and 380 of the IPC, the SP said that they would leave it to the court to award punishment.

"They are minors not professionals and were not out to rob the family. That wasn't the motive of the crime. So, we don't plan to deal sternly with them. Let the court decide their punishment," the SP said.

Later, the boys were produced before CJM Anshu Shukla, who released them on bail.



Exquisite ‘Stitches of Love’ exhibition
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 17
Aparna, a spiritual service-oriented organisation which has trained more than 1,750 rural women in exquisite hand embroidery under the income-generation programme, is holding a “Stitches of Love” exhibition and sale in Sector 7.

The exhibition has beautifully embroidered table linen as also bed covers, towels and bedsheets. "We have something for every age group right from frocks for little girls to fancy bedcovers and cushion covers, hand-knitted sweaters and napkins, all made by women at our centre in Karnal," says Indu Dayal, accompanying the women who have brought their creations to the city.

While the exhibition is on in the Sector 7 market till tomorrow, its venue will shift to Hotel Aroma in Chandigarh from February 19. Aparna, located at Madhuban in Karnal, runs 13 centres withing a radius of 15 to 20 km. At the same centres the organisation has been imparting free education to the children through day-care centres

Arpana has 70 volunteers from diverse backgrounds, including professionals, in the fields of medicine, finance, computer technology, education, engineering, architecture and law.

In recognition of Arpana’s model slum projects, the Delhi Government has allotted land for the construction of a Delhi centre. With the opening of the Arpana community welfare centre in March, 2002, the organisation now has a hub for the planning, coordination and implementation of its wide-ranging activities in the Capital. One of the main activities is to look after the residents of Molar Bund, a DDA resettlement colony of about 30,000 persons that the government has entrusted the care to Aparna.



Residential project launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17
The Chandigarh Colonisers Private Limited yesterday launched Opera Towers, a multi-storeyed residential project on the National Highway 22 on the Chandigarh-Ambala road at Zirakpur.

Announcing the launch, Mr Ajay Vir Sehgal, CEO of the firm, claimed that besides unique floor plan, Opera Towers provided the benefits of living in a world class apartment at affordable cost.

"Opera Towers will have landscaped parks, jogging tracks, club house, broad band connectivity and car parking in stilts," he claimed. The project, to be completed in two years, has been designed by Mr Kulmeet Shangari of the ACPL, New Delhi.

With the completion of the Zirakpur flyover as part of the four-laning of the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, the connectivity of the project site to Chandigarh and Panchkula will improve further, Mr Sehgal claimed.

Located in the vicinity of Chandigarh airport, shopping malls and proposed golf course, the apartments in the project start from Rs 25.61 lakh onwards, another promoter, Mr F.S. Nagra, added.



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