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Peoplewatch
Gotcha, office latecomers!
*Chandigarh Tribune team carried out a survey of offices in the morning hours and found rampant absenteeism.

Varsity
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The surprise visits by Panjab University Vice-Chancellor to the administration block seem to have had some positive impact on the attendance of employees, but when it comes to reaching the office on time, university employees leave much to be desired.

Empty chairs welcomed the Chandigarh Tribune team at the administration block at 9 am today. Other than a handful of persons, most employees tricked into office only around 10 am. Senior officials like deputy registrar (DR) colleges and deputy registrar finance had not reached there till 10.15 am.

The DR (unfair means cases) arrived at 9.45 am, while DR (general branch) was on leave.

DR (examination) was one of the first to arrive, around 9 am, followed by DR (establishment).

Among senior officers, the first one to arrive was registrar S.S. Bari.

Controller of examination Sodhi Ram was the next to arrive at 9.15 am, followed by director public relations Sanjiv Tewari and dean (college development council) B.D. Budhiraja.

By 9.30 am, the examinations branch had maximum attendance, while the conduct branch had least attendance. Many employees working in the general branch and the accounts section arrived after 9.30 am. Most of the assistant registrars (ARs) also arrived at 10 am.

The enquiry section opened at its scheduled time of 10.30 am. Out of the two persons on duty, one was present while the other was late by 10 minutes.

Interestingly, most employees reaching the office at 10 am marked their attendance.

Health
Women staff main offenders
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Senior officials, including department heads, were the culprits at the UT Health Department, as most of them turned up late, around 9.45 am, for work.

Interestingly, women employees were the biggest violators, setting a poor example on the World Women’s Day.

A visit to the administration branch of the UT health department in the General Hospital, Sector 16, revealed that 90 per cent of the regular employees reached after 9.30 am. Contractual staff on the other hand were bang on time.

Even, planning officer D.P. Gupta, who also heads the branch, reached 40 minutes late. The superintendent of the branch arrived at 9.45 am.

Interestingly, Mr Gupta questioned the presence of the correspondent at his office when visitors were only allowed after 2.30 pm.

“Visitors are only allowed between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm,” he said.

Hearing the conversation, certain employees assembled and indulged into an argument with the correspondent. Mr Gupta said his seniors should be contacted for comments on the issue.

UT health director also reached late, around 9.40 am.

Enquiries revealed that employees of all branches often left around 12.30 pm (half an hour before lunch break) and returned much after the break. They also left for the day around 4.30 pm.

Some employees were seen playing cards near the hospital morgue. Clerks at the registration counter of the hospital remained engaged in gossip.

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It’s murder, say kin of accident victim
Tribune News Service

Prabhjot
Prabhjot

Chandigarh, March 8
Families of the two persons allegedly killed in a hit-and-run case in December 2005, have accused the Chandigarh Police of shielding the accused.

Fourtyeight-year-old NRI Prabhjot Singh of Sector 40 and his friend Jaswinder Singh, a Sub-Inspector in the Municipal Corporation, were killed after their motor cycle was allegedly hit by a car from rear on the road dividing Sectors 11 and 12.

The police had registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving against Hardeep Singh Dhillon in this connection.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Prasann Kaur, a former municipal councillor and mother of Prabhjot Singh, her daughter Vikramjit Kaur, Jaswinder Singh’s father Ujagar Singh and wife Rajinder Kaur alleged that Prabhjot and Jaswinder were eliminated by some property dealers of Nayagaon and surrounding villages as a part of larger conspiracy.

The accused wanted to grab the properties purchased by Prabhjot Singh and had defrauded. Vikramjit Kaur said that Jasbir Singh, a milkman of Kansal village, had helped Prabhjot Singh in executing some property deals in that village through Som Nath, Balbir Chand and Rajinderpal.

Prabhjot Singh had purchased a 640-marla plot for which he had paid Rs 4 lakh as earnest money. The sister alleged that the accused had opened an account in a Sector 8 bank with forged documents and withdrawn the money. On that fateful night Prabhjot Singh and Jaswinder had gone to attend the marriage of Som Nath’s brother. They were returning from the party when the “mishap” took place.

They said the accused wanted to eliminate Prabhjot Singh to cover up the fraud. They hit the motorcycle he was riding from the rear that resulted in his death.

Demanding narco-analysis tests of the accused, reconstruction of the scene of the accident and dummy tests, they alleged that the investigating officers had turned a deaf ear to their pleas. They had been running from pillar to post for justice for almost a year, but in vain. They also said they may approach the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Inspector Satbir Singh, in charge of the crime branch, said no apparent evidence of murder was established during the course of investigation. The suspects had been interrogated. “ However, we will seek permission from court for a ploygraphy test of all four persons named by the families.”

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Transfer policy for teachers in place
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The Chandigarh administration has finalised the transfer policy for school principals, headmasters, lecturers, masters, JBT teachers and nursery teachers for the academic session 2007-08.

The Education Department would shortly invite applications for transfers from eligible teachers as per the policy.

As per the policy, the teachers would be transferred after the completion of eight years' stay at one place. The lecturers, masters, C and V teachers, JBT teachers and other category teachers can be transferred after putting in 10 years of service in a school.

However, the teachers who have put in more than three years of service in one school can be shifted on request, for which their results will be taken into consideration.

While transferring heads of schools or teachers on administrative grounds, the genuineness of the request will be considered and where the results of the teachers are extremely poor, the period of stay will not be applicable.

For transferring school teachers from villages on request, they should have completed two years’ stay and those who have not served in schools of rural areas will be transferred in their place. A teacher can give as many options as he/she wants in the order of priority for place of transfer purpose.

However, no mid-term transfer will be made except on administrative grounds. Teachers retiring within a year or less will not be disturbed.

In case there are surplus posts in a school, senior- most teachers in the respective cadres will be transferred without taking into consideration the period of stay. Mutual transfers will be allowed and on extreme compassionate grounds, the period of stay will not form part of the criteria.

Every fresh appointee, either by direct recruitment or by transfer, on deputation will initially be posted in rural area and would have to put in at least two years of service there before being posted in urban area schools. 

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Transport cos face estate office heat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The estate office today started issuing notices to transport companies running offices from industrial plots in Industrial Area, Phases I and II, here. The decision was part of a beautification plan for Industrial Area under the Conversion Policy.

Already, over 200 units in the area are facing resumption proceedings for altering the use of industrial plots without permission and not paying the conversion charges.

At a meeting chaired by the home secretary, it was also decided to check illegal parking of trucks.

It was pointed out that transport companies had started parking their trucks on government land at a number of places.

Another decision was taken to remove the scrap dealers who were encroaching upon the government land.

M.P.S. Chawla, an industrialist of the area, said the decision would go a long way in promoting the conversion policy.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Industrial Sheds Welfare Association was told by the home secretary that no green belt would be converted into parking.

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Doctor loses guard, patient his sight
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
For the past many months, it has been a miserable existence for 80-year-old Narinder Singh, a victim of gross medical negligence.

Instead of operating upon the right eye for a corneal correction, the doctor operated upon his left eye. As he was already blind in the right eye, the error left the Jalandhar-based patient totally blind.

Even the announcement of a compensation of around Rs1 lakh by the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has failed to bring a smile to his face. For the senior citizen, who used to run a grocery shop, the world is now restricted to his house in Jalandhar.

Shattered, he told the Chandigarh Tribune that he was now dependent on a servant for day-to-day needs.

He said the commission headed by Justice KC Gupta (Retd)penalised the doctor when approached by him. Holding Dr Ashok Sharma of Cornea Centre, Sector 22, responsible for negligence, it directed the doctor to refund Rs 38,500 charged from the complainant.

In his application to the commission, Narinder Singh averred that on August 17, 2006, he approached Dr Ashok Sharma for getting his right eye treated. After being examined, he was told that after an operation, his right eye would be normal and he would be able to see with glasses.

On subsequent check-ups, a number of tests were conducted at Medicos Centre and Mirchia Laser Eye Clinic. On August 25, the doctors informed the son of the victim that he had been operated upon the wrong eye. He was then assured that after some days, the right eye would be operated upon. In the meantime the wrongly operated left eye developed an infection.

The left eye had to be removed and the victim became visually impaired.

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Periphery Control Act
Unmasked: Plaint makes money out of land sale
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 8
The family of Hardayal Singh Johl, which owns large chunk of land in Kishangarh area, has been fighting a legal battle with the Chandigarh administration over the issue of acquisition of land. It has also challenged the legality of the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act.

In their petition filed in July 2006, Hardayal Singh Johl and others have stated that despite repeatedly applying to the administration for allowing them a small farmhouse for agriculture purposes, their requests have yielded no results.

They have also stated that acquisitions and construction in the area, especially in the light of the fact that the land is “very close to the Sukhna Lake and adjacent to the Sukhna choe and has been declared reserved forest,” would degrade the habitat and disturb thousands of migratory birds that visit Sukhna every year.

But, it now transpires that the petitioners have themselves entered into an agreement to sell their land measuring 54 kanals and 10 marlas to a leading coloniser for development. For this, the family reportedly received an amount of Rs 1.05 cr as advance payment on July 12, 2006. The total amount that the family will receive is Rs 68.12 crore.

According to available information, the company with which the memorandum of understanding has been signed in Silver City Housing and Infrastructure Ltd.

The company has already submitted a proposal to the UT Administration to invest over Rs 100 crore for setting up Silver City IT Park on 6.94 acres.

Incidentally, the company has also moved the High Court challenging the decision of the administration to acquire the land owned by the Johl family.

Interestingly, in their petition, the Johl family, while laying down the grounds for opposing the Periphery Act, had asserted that the “entire area is environmentally fragile, ecologically sensitive and deserves to be protected in its present condition”.

They had also stated that in case high-rise buildings are allowed in the area, these would affect the flight route of thousands of migratory birds that visit the Sukhna every year.

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Succeeding in a man’s world
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 8
In a world of crumbling male bastions, they have no qualms about admitting it is still a man's world and they are less equal than their male counterparts. That, however, is no deterrent for gutsy women, committed to forging ahead despite the odds staked against them.

To celebrate this undefatiguable spirit of the fairer sex and in recognition of their abilities, the first-ever state function to honour 127 outstanding women was organised by the Haryana's Women and Child Development Department at Indradhanush Auditorium, Sector 6, on International Women's Day, here today.

Women with brains and those with "muscle-power", women in purdah from back-of-beyond villages and others from "happening" cities of Haryana, applauded achievements of the "chosen few" while pledging to push ahead the cause of women empowerment.

If Geeta Rani, the first Dalit woman sarpanch of Tigaon village, Faridabad, was honoured for executing development works in her village despite all attempts by the men panches to fail her, Gurgaon's Deepa Yadav received her award for being the first lady pilot to fly 777 aircraft for a private airline.

Hidden behind her dupatta, Husseni, an icon of financial empowerment in her village in Mewat, says members of Insaaf Sawayam Sahatya not only loan funds to the villagers but also run an autorickshaw and grows vegetables to add to their income.

Hisar's Kripa Devi, the first woman of her village to be educated upto matric level, National and International awardee actress Meeta Vashisth, space scientist Meghna Sharma, Kailasho, president of a self-help group of Kaithal, Rama Saini, winner of the gold at the Indian Powerlifting Federation, together shared the spotlight.

Ecstatic over the recognition being showered upon them, they were unanimous in their view that though the mindset of society was changing gradually towards them, they said that they needed to work twice as much to prove their worth.

Faridabad's Shivani Gupta and Rohtak's Sunita Malhan, however, had a different story.

Shivani, confined to the wheelchair due to an accident, says being a handicapped woman is double disability. "Everything from getting rented accommodation to getting anywhere in the city is a challenge. I aspire to empower the disabled," she quips.

Malhan, who lost both her arms in a train accident, says she almost gave up on life after the accident. "The nurses infused a lot of courage into me which prompted me to complete my MA and I went on to do my M Phil.

Now, as a teacher, I am a source of inspiration to many. It's very satisfying," she says.

Chief Minister Hooda, all smiles as he gave away awards comprising a memento, a shawl and a commendation certificate, to "women of substance", admitted that behind every successful man, there is a woman.

He expressed concern over the issue of female foeticide and gave a clarion call to launch a mass movement to check this menace.

Announcing a monthly pension of Rs 500 to those who were 45 years of age and have two daughters, the Chief Minister also announced the setting up of "mahila chaupals" in each village to provide them a place for holding meetings besides giving priority to women in employment.

Mr Hooda said the decision to implement the scheme was taken so that people did not consider their daughters as burden for them.

He also announced that jobs would be given to women on the basis of priority. The health minister, Kartar Devi, Commissioner of Women and Child Development, Anuradha Gupta, were among the others who spoke at the function.

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Abduction of students: Police clueless
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The local police is clueless about the whereabouts of Haryana IAS officer’s son Sunil Kumar, accused of abducting two students of his school.

Sources in the sector 17 police station said all efforts of the investigating officials to trace the missing girls and their abductors have yielded no results so far.

The police today issued a hue-and-cry notice and released the accused’s photograph.

The officers have alerted all district headquarters in the neighbouring states, but have not got any breakthrough.

Sources added that the Contessa car used by Sunil belonged to his son-in-law.

The police has questioned Sunil’s brother-in-law and other relatives and acquaintances in this connection.

Sunil, a Hindi teacher of sector 22, Government Senior Secondary School, is accused of abducting two Class X students of his school on Monday.

Sector 23 based family of one of the missing girls lodged a complaint with the UT police on Tuesday.

After the news appeared in newspapers, parents of another girl, a resident of Naya Gaon, lodged a complaint against Sunil on Wednesday, alleging that their daughter was also abducted by the accused.

They have also mentioned an unidentified person accompanying Sunil in their complaint.

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Sushma felicitates girls on Women’s Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Clad in an ivory white saree complete with a phulkari dupatta, veteran actress Sushma Seth looked like a social worker, her new found role in life. In the city on International Woman’s Day and the obvious query to be asked is what does the day signify for her? “Though we are celebrating this day but the fact remains that an average Indian woman still remains deprived of her rights. We first need to put our words in practice to uplift the status of woman”, replied Sushma.

Perhaps one of the most flippant ‘dadi’ or ‘nani’ on screen and playing some of the most memorable roles in ‘Humlog’, ‘Dekh Bhai Dekh’ and essaying character roles in more than a hundred feature films, Sushma is now associated with ‘Arpan’, an NGO involved in addressing the problems of the residents of a resettled slum colony, teaching and empowering slum children and women.

Currently busy fulfilling her social obligations, its ‘yogasan’, ‘pranayam’ and eating healthy vegetarian food is what keeps her going even at the prime of her age. Nevertheless as a woman she feels it’s her confidence to make a difference in lives of other women, which is her eternal strength.

Seth was in the city today to felicitate the students of Dev Samaj College of Education, sector 36, where she addressed a jam-packed auditorium of girls sitting with bated breath to listen to her on this day.

As far as her acting career goes, “ I haven’t been getting meatier roles of late. Moreover I am deriving utmost satisfaction by helping the underprivileged and have no qualms whatsoever” she signs off.

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Safety at workplace sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Concerns over safety of women at workplace dominated the speeches that marked the Women’s Day celebrations organised by the Federation of UT Employees and Workers here today. The gathering on the occasion was impressive, with women employees coming from different departments, including electricity, water supply, Indian Council for Child Welfare and UT Secretariat. At the end of the function, women passed a resolution demanding their rights.

Earlier during the day, Chander Shekhar, general secretary, Centre of Trade Unions of Punjab and Haryana, inaugurated the function. In his inaugural address he spoke about the history of Women’s Day and rued that real emancipation of women was not yet a reality.

“Instead of implementing solid programmes the governments indulge in sloganeering. The result is women are being marginalised with every passing day. In the name of globalisation, they are being projected as products. And despite assurances, women don’t have equal rights in property or equal status in economic and social system,” he said.

The speakers said it was important for women to take part in union activities. Bhagmal Rana, general secretary of UT Employees and Workers Association, said women were not safe at workplaces. He stressed the need to build separate rest rooms for them, besides extending facilities to those on night shifts. Also present on the occasion was Anita Sharma from Suchetak Rang Manch, Mohali, who spoke about dowry, sexual harassment at workplaces and other usual problems confronting women.

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Financial independence advocated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
International Women’s Day was celebrated in Government College, Sector 11, here today. The celebrations started with a book exhibition. A.N.Garg, principal, delivered the welcome address and introduced the guests, including K.K.Mankothia, who briefly outlined the historical importance of the day.

Simi Waria, psychiatrist, discussed various problems like abortion and stressed on the need for the enhancement of self-esteem and advocated financial independence for women.

Prativa Garg gave away certificates to the students who participated in a foundation course of human rights.

The International Women’s Day was also celebrated at the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42. The celebrations included demonstration of mocktails, snacks and bakery items to the teachers and principals of schools and colleges in the city.

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‘Schemes for women fail to deliver’

Chandigarh, March 8
The women cell of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation today organised a function in connection with the International Women’s Day.

Speaking on the occasion, Oshima Rikhi, secretary of the Aruna Asaf Ali Trust, said despite efforts to uplift women, over 80 per cent women failed to avail the benefits of women upliftment programmes.

President of the All-Indian SBOP Employees Federation Davinder Singh said that the trade unions were fighting for the rights of the women. SP Kaur and Geeta Mohan also spoke on the occasion. — OC

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Events mark International Women’s Day
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, March 8
The Shivalik Institute of Education and Research, Phase VI, celebrated the International Women’s Day with fervour here today.

Satwant Kaur Bedi, who was the guest of honour, was honoured by institute principal Satpal Kaur Grewal.

The programme included skits, poem recitation, speeches and songs. Jennie and Parminder from the National Safety Council gave a demonstration on first-aid skills.

Students and staff of the Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School celebrated the occasion by honouring Promila Chandramohan, CEO of the Society for Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged.

Celebrations at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology was marked by a host of events organised by the NSS wing of the institute.

The day began with the play “Sirjana”. Other events included poem recitation and short lectures by MBA and BCA students. A skit by Jaffer, Davinder and Jagpreet was a great hit.

Gian Jyoti Public School principal Ranjeet Bedi stressed upon the need to realise the gravity of the problem of female foeticide.

The Jan Shikshan Sansthan also celebrated the occasion. At least 400 students of various vocational courses participated.

AMBALA: The International Women’s Day was observed here on Thursday.

A panel discussion was held at the MDSD Girls College, Ambala City, on women’s issues.

The panelists stated that there was a need to empower women and discussed the contribution of working women.

College principal Kiran Angra emphasised the need for every woman to be self-dependent, which would lead to women’s liberation.

A blood donation camp was organised by the public health department along with the district Red Cross society.

An extension lecture was held at the Government College, Ambala Cantonment, on legal rights of women by Namrata Gaur.

She said free legal advice was available for women and female foeticide was a crime, besides speaking against dowry.

PATIALA: On the eve of the International Women’s Day, a blood donation camp, a women empowerment function and a “rangoli” competition were organised by the NSS unit of the University College of Engineering of the Punjabi University on Thursday.

A total of 285 NSS volunteers donated blood. Youth welfare director Sunita Dhir distributed prizes among winners and certificates among blood donors.

A poster exhibition and a cultural function were also organised to mark the occasion.

ROPAR: Students and teachers of the IET Bhaddal donated 194 units of blood during a blood donation camp organised here on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on Thursday.

HRPTL associate vice-president Amar Deepika said men and women were two wings of a bird and unless they were equal and balanced, the bird could not fly.

Zirakpur: Joy and jubilation marked International Women’s Day celebrations at the KV high grounds here on Thursday.

The programme commenced with poem recital by Kanta Sikri on womanhood.

Vice-principal Amita Sharma delivered a talk on woes of working women, who paradoxically were empowered.

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Sarthak: No proof found at accident site
Cops were called too late, says report
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 8
Unable to recover any inflammable material from the scene of the crime at the Sarthak Government School, Sector 12-A, the forensic department’s only hope of unravelling the mystery behind the fire lies in sample pieces of Aman’s burnt sari and pieces of carpet sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Madhuban for examination.

In its report submitted to the superintendent of police and the SHO concerned yesterday, the department said there had been delay on the part of the school in informing the police about the incident.

While Aman received the burn injuries at about 1:30 pm, the police was told of the same only after 6 pm.

The staff had left the school precincts by then. Only a peon was available at the spot for questioning.

Maintaining that there were no wires, no wax, no match sticks and no candle at the spot, the team added that the accident scene appeared disturbed. It did not mention whether the same was intentional or not.

This was significant because the school authorities could be booked under section 201 of the IPC for attempting a cover-up.

The report also said the department could not judge the nature of injuries since they had had no access to the victim, admitted to the ICU at the PGI in Chandigarh.

Father tries to meet CM

The father of the deceased, Parminder Singh, today tried to meet Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at a function here. He was unable to meet Hooda due to the tight security cordon around him.

He said he wanted to convey his displeasure over the handling of the Aman case by the police. He stated that the police had said in the FIR that he had constantly received financial help from the school, which was not true.

He said, “I see this as an attempt to weaken our case. The case will get a quiet burial, given the casual approach of the police. I will now go to the residence of the Chief Minister to apprise him of the case and the inaction by the police.”

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Without help, she is inching towards death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Suffering with renal failure, 25-year-old Rita, is in a desperate need of help. With no source of income at hand, the girl, lodged at the PGI sarai for the past 10 months, has lost all hopes of survival. The meager help, which the family was getting from family sources has also stopped.

“Both her kidneys had failed by the time we brought her here from Shimla in May last year. Within the family we could not even arrange a donor,” said Surinder Kaur, Rita’s mother. Doctors attending to the girl have recommended dialysis at least thrice a week, but the family, with no ready source of income, is finding it extremely difficult to help Rita.

Earlier, they got support from a nursing home in sector 15, which did not charge them anything for four dialyses, each costing Rs 950. Rita’s mother said, “We were lucky to get help. But now the owner of the nursing home has started expressing his helplessness in the matter. He says he can’t offer more help. Meanwhile, my daughter is inching towards death. Her legs have started showing signs of swelling. She can’t walk and she has to be dragged around. We are in dire need of money.”

Incidentally, even the chemist has now refused to oblige the family. We already owe him Rs 2000, Surinder Kaur said. The woes of the family started some years ago when Dev Raj, Rita’s father lost his job due to his alcoholism. “My husband was posted at Nagaland when he was sent home because of his drinking problem. After that, my son had to quit school. We needed him around to help Rita and run errands,” said Surinder Kaur who says she does not know what job her husband was doing in the Army.

With no help from her husband, Surinder Kaur started working as a domestic help to make both ends meet. Her husband’s pension of Rs 2000 a month brought little respite.

Donors can contact the family at Room no. 2, first floor, Janta Sarai or contact the PGI PRO at phone number 2756003.

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Giving information about tenants, servants a must
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 8
Keeping in view the rise in number of cases of crime in the district, deputy commissioner Tejveer Singh yesterday ordered residents living within municipal and nagar panchayat limits to provide full information about their tenants and servants to the police.

He said the orders had been passed to check cases of crime in the district.

Persons from other states and districts had come here for jobs and lived in rented accommodation.

When a migrant left the district after committing crime, it became difficult to trace him.

He said orders would remain in force till April 29.

Tejveer also ordered the youth living in villages to take part in “thikri pehra” to protect railway tracks, canals, bridges, water and oil pipelines.

He said panchayats had to ensure that persons concerned were performing their duties.

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Property consultants want back old property transfer system 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The Property Consultants Association of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali have demanded the restoration of the previous system of transferring a property’s ownership. The system provided for the transfer of ownership in the beneficiary’s favour on the basis of registered will without inviting objections.

In a letter to the UT finance secretary, the association members have asserted that the estate office, by inviting objections is simply encouraging litigations between the heirs, defeating the purpose behind execution of the will.

Going into the background of the matter, chairman Mahavir Sharma, president Tirlok Singh and general secretary Sanjeev Kumar have added that until recently the estate office was transferring the property’s ownership on the basis of both registered and unregistered wills. However, in case of unregistered will, the property was transferred after inviting objections through the publication of public notices. In case of registered will, the property was transferred on the basis of application forwarded by the beneficiary, along with prescribed affidavit and indemnity bond.

But the distinction between the registered and the unregistered will has now been “demolished” without even the issuance of a notification. Objections are now being invited through public notices in both the cases. The decision is erroneous as will is a confidential and a personal document. Otherwise also, registered will is the last wish of a person before he dies. It loses all its sanctity when objections are invited. The members have also demanded the fixation of rates of the rented property for levy of stamp duty. 

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Conversion policy — problems aplenty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Stakeholders of the much-hyped conversion policy for Industrial Area are at their wits end for they are finding it hard to get various announcements made by the Chandigarh Administration implemented.

“After investing a huge sum of money, we have been running from one office to another to get things done. Different departments of the administration are working in isolation,” allege applicants.

Benefits of most of the announcements made by the administration have not reached the stakeholders. Pointing out the shortcomings, some of the applicants said building plans were being delayed in spite of the existence of single-window committee.

Intervention by the UT administrator had not helped much.

The issue of transfer of lease-hold rights to their names in case of GPA holders had not been implemented so far.

Though a notification had been issued, not a single case had been approved.

The transfer of lease-hold rights should be given even if installments of the conversion fee are to be paid, as it will enable the applicants to take loans from financial institutions.

“The matter on charging of stamp duty on transfer of lease-hold rights is still pending,” said an applicant.

In a separate representation to the adviser to the administrator, the Chandigarh Industries Association has sought a model for parking requirements depending upon the size of the plot.

Touching the issue of completion certificates, the association has said the issuance of completion certificate should be time-bound.

The document was vital as applicants were not able to commence operations, causing them heavy losses.

Demands had been raised for the issuance of electricity load on priority basis, date of charging the conversion fee from the date of issuance of conversion letter and speeding up of work to upgrade the basic amenities in Industrial Area.

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Power commission building inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 8
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today inaugurated the newly constructed building of the office of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission and laid the foundation stone of the office building of the Haryana Agro Industries Corporation Limited in sector 4 here today.

The building of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission had been constructed over an area of 1079 square metres at an estimated cost of Rs 3.08 crore.

The construction of the building of the office of Haryana Agro Industries Corporation Limited would be done over an area of 1628.04 square metres and would cost around Rs 4 crore.

The building would be constructed by the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board within one year.

Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board chairman Shadi Lal Batra and senior officers of the board were also present.

Later the Chief Minister released a book titled “Dr Sarup Singh and His Times”, written by Dr Bhim Singh Dahiya, former vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University.

Those present on the occasion included deputy chief minister Chander Mohan, education minister Phool Chand Mullana and Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee working president Ram Parkash.

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Woman, paramour attacked by husband
Man dead, woman survives
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 8
In a fit of anger, Lakhan Singh attacked his wife Bhuria and her paramour Jagdish late last night after finding them together at his house in old Panchkula.

Jagdish died on way to hospital while Bhuria survived the attack and was discharged from hospital.

Police sources said Lakhan, an ice-cream vendor, suspected that Bhuria and Jagdish had illicit relations and hit them with a sharp-edged weapon on finding them together.

Suspecting that both died following the attack, he surrendered before the police.

When the police team visited the scene of the crime, it found that both victims were still breathing.

The police took them to the General Hospital, sector 6, from where they were referred to the PGI in Chandigarh.

While Bhuria survived, Jagdish died on the way to hospital.

The police arrested Lakhan while his wife was discharged from hospital.

Bandaged, she returned to her house to look after her three children.

Man dies of heart attack

Rajpal Singh, a resident of Ambala and an employee of the Dairy Development Federation, died after suffering a heart attack at the Indradhanush auditorium, sector 6, while an International Women’s Day function was in progress.

Other employees at the stall said he had been specially deputed at the stall for the function, though he was posted in Ambala.

They said he was carrying a carton full of ghee packets upstairs towards the hall where the products were on display.

On the way, he collapsed due to heart attack and died on the spot.

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2 booked for kidnapping minor girl
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 8
The police has booked two residents of Chandigarh on charges of kidnapping a minor girl and inducing her into marriage.

Keshav Rao, a resident of Nayagaon, complained that Sunil Kumar, a resident of sector 19, Chandigarh, and his friend had kidnapped his daughter by enticing her.

The police registered a case under sections 363 and 366 of the IPC.

Three booked

The police booked three persons on charges of theft.

Harish Kumar, a security guard working with Spice, had complained that one of the three persons had scaled the office boundary wall and was caught by the security staff.

On questioning, Inderjit Singh, a resident of Balongi, admitted that he used to steal batteries from the office premises along with Rajinder Sharma and Patara.

The police registered a case under sections 380 and 411 of the IPC against the trio.

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