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Murder at supper
Sentry shoots colleague
Security breach in Sector-39 VIP area
Ramanjit Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
A sentry of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) of the Punjab police was allegedly shot dead by his colleague at the entrance of the high security residential zone of the Punjab Government in Sector 39, here tonight.

The suspect, constable Bagga Singh, has fled the spot along with the self-loading rifle (SLR) with which he fired a round at his colleague killing him on the spot, said eyewitnesses. The incident took place in Punjab Circuit House, Sector 39.

The victim has been identified as constable Ranbir Singh, said to be in his early thirties. The police said what led to the killing was yet to be ascertained.

Supervisor of the battalion Joginderpal told the police that the incident took place at around 9:15 pm when constable Ranbir Singh came to their makeshift tent to have his supper. He was sitting taking his meals when Bagga Singh came there with his SLR and fired a shot at Ranbir Singh, which pierced through his chest from the left side. Bagga Singh came from flat number 951, where he was deployed, at the time of the incident. Ranbir Singh was deployed at the sentry post.

He further added that Bagga was coming out of the tent yelling that he would kill all of them.

The police reached the spot within minutes. The Sector 39 police station is only 200 metres away from the Circuit House. The police shifted the body to the Sector 16 General Hospital.

Deputy superintendent of the police (south) K.I.P. Singh told mediapersons that both the victim and the accused belonged to Ludhiana and some old enmity could be a reason behind the killing.

A case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal code has been registered.

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Hindi teacher, girls found in Uttarakhand
Sunil Kumar arrested along with servant
Raju William/Ramanjit Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/ Dehra Dun, March 12
Two schoolgirls missing from the city since the past week have been found living in rented accommodation in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand, allegedly with their school teacher Sunil Kumar

The Uttarakhand police yesterday arrested Sunil, Hindi teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here. Son of an IAS officer, he faces charges for abducting the two girls of his school. The girls are on their way back home .The police has arrested Sunil Kumar’s servant and his wife.

According to the Uttarakhand police, Chamandeep of Chandigarh’s Sector 23 and Nisha of Nayagaon, had told them that they had ‘ran away’ from their homes in protest against the “atrocities’ of their parents.

Chamandeep reportedly told the police that her father wanted to send her to the USA against her wishes to earn money for the family. Nisha alleged that her mother used to beat her up. She said she could not bear her mother calling, blaming her a bad omen, blaming her for her failing health.

Sunil Kumar was arrested from Tehsil Road in Bageshwar. He was seen moving about in a suspicious manner and caught at 10 pm last night. His servant Satish Singh Bisht had also been arrested, said SHO Bachan Singh Rana.

Sunil Kumar was staying with the girls in a two-room accommodation on rent at Kafal Khath area on the city outskirts since March 6. During investigation, he told the police officials that he had come here in connection with his PhD study.

Inspector Satbir Singh said the SHO of Bageshwar police station contacted him on the phone last night, informing him about the arrest. A joint police team had been sent to Bageshwar.

Girls blame parents

According to the Uttarakhand police, Chamandeep and Nisha told them that they had run away from their homes in protest against the “atrocities” of their parents.

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Construction on forest land will not get the nod
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, March 12
In a blow to those who have started constructions in Nayagaon, Nada, Perch and 19 other villages, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided not to regularise such constructions as these fall in the forest area.

About 750 applications out of a total of 3,000 received by the body for regularisation of unauthorised constructions have been rejected as these relate to areas in which constructions are prohibited under law.

The applications that have been rejected were received from persons mainly in Nayagaon- Karoran-Choti Karoran (all three from one revenue circle), Nada, Dulwan, Sultanpur, Perch, Siswan, Parol, Majra and Seonk villages.

The entire area in these villages is covered under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, and as such any construction cannot be regularised. Letters are being sent to the applicants by the authorities concerned in this regard. Clearance from the Union Government is necessary for regularising constructions in such areas.

However, only some part of the remaining villages- Mullanpur, Landran, Thuska, Pir Sohana, Bharojian, Sainimajra, Majatri, Baliyali, Lakhnour, Dhakor Kalan, Hoshiarpur and Pabhat- come under the purview of the forest law. As such constructions carried out in some parts of these villages will be regularised.

had invited applications from persons who had carried out constructions in the periphery control area in violation of the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, 1952, for regularising such constructions. The cutoff date fixed in this regard was November 27, 2005. The authorities concerned had verified all 3,000 applications received by constituting teams for different villages.

As per the policy, the GMADA authorities were to get clearance from the Forest Department and others before regularising constructions. During the process, it was pointed out by the Divisional Forest Officer, Ropar, that land in 22 villages fell under the purview of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.

According to sources, the decision to reject applications for regularising constructions of some villages was taken in accordance with the government notification dated January 20, 2006.

The notification stated that regularisations should not be permitted in areas prohibited for development by virtue of being covered under the Indian Forest Act, 1927 , the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, or the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900, or in areas where construction is not permitted under any other law.

A meeting to regularise illegal constructions was held in the PUDA Bhawan on November 13 last year which was presided over by the Principal Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab. It was decided that constructions which had a covered area of 150 square yards or less will be regularised without any charges.

However, in the case of plots having an area between 150 square yards and 500 square yards had to pay 25 per of the cost of the land and that of the structure as regularisation charges. For plots above 500 square yards, the compounding fee was to be 100 per cent.

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HC directs govt to file affidavit on Maj-Gen’s whereabouts
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Following variations in contents of an affidavit submitted before the court by a major general heading the Army’s legal wing and statements made by a representative of Army Headquarters, a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court today directed the central government to file an affidavit listing the service and posting details of the major general.

In a case where a petition had alleged that the law degree of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), Maj Gen Nilendra Kumar, was invalid because he was posted at a different place when he was supposed to be undergoing the course at Lucknow and hence could not have fulfilled the mandatory requirement of attending lectures, the respondent had claimed that he was posted in Lucknow during the said period. He also contended that there was no requirement for attending 66 per cent lectures.

An officer from the Military Secretary’s (MS) Branch at Army Headquarters today stated before the court that the general had been admitted to a military hospital for four months from January 1978. He added that there were no records with the MS Branch which corroborated his claims of being posted or attached at Lucknow during the said period.

In response to a question by the court whether he had sought written permission from the Army authorities to attend classes, as required under regulations, the respondent answered in the negative. He is being represented in court by the additional solicitor-general and a standing central government counsel.

Meanwhile, in another case pertaining to a lieutenant colonel of the same department and concerning similar questions of law, counsel for the petitioner, Maj K Ramesh (retd), contended that once a candidate gets an admit card to sit for an examination, appears for the tests and the results are declared, he is deemed to have been eligible.

Relying on a Supreme Court judgement in the case of Sri Krishna vs Kurukshetra University, Maj Ramesh contended that it was the responsibility of the university authorities to ensure that the candidate fulfils the conditions before issuing an admit card.

The petitioner in this case, Lt Col Mukul Dev, has alleged that in spite of being fully qualified and a clear cut sanction order of the President for his transfer to the JAG Department and availability of vacancies, the MS branch has posted him back to the Artillery.

Major Ramesh told The Tribune that the MS Branch claimed that the officer’s law degree was invalid as he was not posted at the place where he was enrolled and hence could not have attended lectures. This, he added, has resulted in the Army taking two different stances on the same issue in the same court.

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Aman’s family to drop case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 12
The death of six-year-old Aman Luthra is a closed chapter. Eight days after her death, her father, Parminder Singh, has reached a compromise in writing with Sarthak Government School here, which says he no longer wants to pursue the case.

After Aman's bhog ceremony yesterday, the family members and elders from their native village decided "not to pursue the case anymore". Maintaining that his business had come to a halt since the fire incident in which Aman sustained serious burns, he said they were of the collective opinion that no amount of punishment to the "negligent staff" would bring back their child.

"While our daughter will not come back, pursuing the case would mean endless rounds of courts and entail a lot of expenditure. So, it's a no-win situation for us. We are the losers whatever the outcome," Parminder Singh said.

Adding that the girl's mother, Simmi, too, was "not interested" in the case, he said that two teachers had been suspended and two others chargesheeted by the education department.

"This is action enough as far as we are concerned. We are heartbroken but pursuing the case is unlikely to ease our pain. So, we went to the police station in Sector 20 and gave in writing our unwillingness to pursue the case. It's all over as far as we are concerned.”

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Defence offsets to help private firms, government, says joint secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
“Offsets would be applicable in all defence acquisition cases with an indicative cost of Rs 300 crore. The Indian Defence industry is capable of absorbing the full value of offsets, which would roughly amount to Rs 5,000 crore per year.”

This was stated by Dr Kiran Chadha, joint secretary (exports), Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, and chairperson, Defence Offset Facilitation Agency (DOFA), while speaking at a session on offset policy organised by the CII (Chandigarh council) at CII Northern Region Headquarters here today.

She said the foreign vendor would find the policy simple to implement in practice and the Ministry of Defence would find it easy to monitor compliance.

Discussing defence offsets, Dr Chadha said: “The defence offsets would help private sector in two ways - provide bargaining power for domestic government/ firms in international agreements; and technology transfer from private suppliers to buyers,” she added.

“The defence production industry in India has traversed a long path from being reserved entirely for the public sector to moving towards greater participation from the private sector. To ensure indigenous research, design, development and production of capabilities sought by the Armed Forces in prescribed time frame, while optimally utilising the potential of Indian industry, the guidelines incorporated in Defence Procurement Procedure, 2006 for evaluation of commercial offers help in neutralising the impact of taxes on Indian industry and making it a level playing field,” she said.

Dr Chadha added that the vision for the Indian industry was to be globally competitive, while ensuring self-reliance in key areas of defence production.

R.M. Khanna, former chairman, CII, said it had always been CII’s endeavour to create linkage between private industry and the Defence industry to realise the objectives of self-reliance.

The session was attended by 35 delegates representing 17 companies from North India. The session was a step further in the direction of acclimatising industry in the region to Defence production. 

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Media key to educating grass roots: experts
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
It was a distinguished body of think tank - academics and bureaucrats - that came together for the opening day of a two-day seminar on “The media and foreign policy in a globalised world” at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Sector 19, today.

Apart from the observable endeavour to make the city “more vibrant in international relations”, CRRID director general Dr Rashpal Malhotra and seminar convener Paramjit S. Sahai, former Ambassador to Sweden, reiterated the need for “starting a process with the twin purpose of bringing not only an international outlook to regional centres but also of conveying a regional viewpoint to Delhi for proper perspective”.

The seminar opened with a keynote address by Prem Shankar Jha, writer and author, on “Corruption of the international media”.

This, with a view to linking academia, journalists and policy-makers with the ministry of external affairs and by bringing foreign policy issues to the grass roots in association with the Association of Indian Diplomats (AID) and the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi.

Jha, referring to the international media in the age of globalisation as a “tool for manufacturing consent” gave examples of the “off-centre” coverage of international crises like the US invasion of Iraq among others where the international media seemed to have been “co-opted” by American policy-makers.

This laid the ground for addresses by Rajiv Sikri, former secretary, MEA, who spoke from the ministry’s perspective.

“Since diplomacy is now a constant affair, foreign offices now have to reach out to the media to keep up-to-date. However, the media cannot be fully informed. While some do act as intermediaries and are well-informed, the challenge is how to satisfy the needs of the media to access information without compromising confidentiality.”

The essence of the dilemma, he explained, was to garner media support for foreign policy posturing and to keep public informed, while balancing how much information actually got out in order to prevent the enemy from using it against the country.

Mahendra Ved, writer and columnist with New Straits Times, Malaysia, followed it up with his take from the point of view of a foreign affairs correspondent in India, stressing the need for an “Indian perspective” while reporting.

It was Tirlochan Singh, former secretary, agriculture, Government of India, whose talk touched upon “Regional press bringing foreign policy to the grass roots”.

“It is not correct that the grass roots need not concern themselves with foreign policy. Citizens speak through the regional media and this needs to be heard in Delhi. After all, national interest is the basis of foreign policy.”

The proceedings ended with an address by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), who spoke about the need for action and a concerted plan to bring the opportunities facing India down to the grass roots.

Prem Shankar Jha concluded it with his parting line: “The truth you are trying to put forward is more important than who you are.”

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More houses for UT employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
To provide accommodation to UT employees, construction of different categories of houses is at an advanced stage across the city.

The administration plans to construct more than 4,000 new houses. It has already approved a proposal to convert certain old single-storeyed government houses into three-storeyed buildings.

Sources in the engineering department revealed that 128 houses of different categories were being constructed in Sectors 39 and 46. Similarly, 90 houses were being constructed in Sector 43 and 183 in Sectors 7,19, 24, 42, 43 and 46. In the current financial year, Rs 10 crore had been sanctioned for the construction of houses.

Due to shortage of government accommodation in the Union Territory, the Class III and IV employees have to wait for 15 to 20 years before they get the official accommodation. The administration plans to bring down the waiting period for its employees up to five years.

The city, at the moment, has nearly 13,033 houses of different categories in the general pool. More than 75,000 government employees of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh administration and the Punjab and Haryana High Court working in Mohali, Panchkula and the city are eligible for allotment.

The administration also plans to make additional rooms to the existing accommodation in categories VIII and IX and re-categorise the houses as VIII-A and IX-A. Alterations are also being made in certain other old categories.

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Driven by passion for road safety
Local mishap survivor in UN documentary
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
While the Planning Commission put the social cost of road accidents at a whopping Rs 55,000 crore for 1999-2000, constituting about 3 per cent of the GDP of the year, a little was done to bring down the rate of accidents.

Poor road engineering, insensitive licensing authorities, poor knowledge of drivers and menace of drunk driving are some of the causes of high incidents of road accidents and fatalities.

Those who drive in developed countries know that traffic management is a fine art. But even the basic principles of such management are seldom passed on or adhered to in developing countries - well over three quarters of all road accidents globally happen in the third world or developing countries.

All too often, countries like India accept road mishaps as a fact of life, maintain experts, who recently carried out studies for a documentary produced by the Television Trust for the Environment (tve.org).

A city resident, Harman Singh Sidhu, who anchored the documentary produced on behalf of the BBC, has been selected as protagonist for the UN Global Road Safety Week starting on April 23.

The documentary will be telecast in 34 countries on their national channels.

A diploma-holder in mechanical engineering, Sidhu met with a road accident in October, 1996 near Nahan, when the car he was travelling in fell into a gorge.

Though he survived the accident, he remained bed-ridden for two years and was paralysed neck-down for the rest of his life.

For this documentary, Sidhu spent 15 days in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and New Delhi, meeting officials and prominent persons related to road safety or those working in departments such as public health, education and enforcement, road engineering, etc.

He also travelled with drivers to have a firsthand account of the traffic management of both these countries, which lose a substantial part of their GDP in road accidents.

The study reveals that India suffered more losses than Brazil in road mishaps. Brazil has developed a world-class road infrastructure, while India is still in the process of doing it in patches.

It also feels that the licensing system in India needs to be improved with officials and public largely blaming poor knowledge of drivers as a major reason for road accidents.

The study focuses on the need for evolving and implementing a national traffic code in India. Brazil implemented the code in 1998, which helped them reduce road accidents.

Drunk driving is cited as a major cause for road accidents in both countries. Even though the government talks of curbing the menace in India, liquor vends are being brought closer to roads, encouraging drivers to drink and drive.

The study emphasises the formulation of a separate road safety department or ministry to coordinate with various agencies related to road safety.

Sidhu, president of ArriveSafe, an NGO on road safety, interacted with office-bearers of NGOs promoting road safety in Brazil. They decided to work in close coordination to spread the message of road safety in both countries.

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MC team goes beehive hunting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
A team of officials of the municipal corporation’s pest control department has started treating beehives to control the bee menace in the city.

Seventeen locations in Sectors 26, 27, 28, 8, 23, 20, 24, 15, which were suspected to have beehives were treated with pyrethrum today.

During the exercise, the staff used a hydraulic ladder to reach inaccessible beehives, said a spokesperson.

The spokesperson further added that the exercise to check the menace would continue after the weather improves. The corporation, meanwhile, has set up public help line numbers where general public can call up and alert the staff about beehives.

The numbers are: Om Parkash Arora (ADO)-0172-5039526, B.K. Sharma (OSD)-9872511261 and Randhir Singh (sanitary inspector)- 9988213211.

What to do?

Local doctors have a few precautions and remedies that residents can follow in case of a bee attack. According to Dr Ashish Bhalla, assistant professor, tropical medicines, PGI, self-medication should be avoided in case of a bee sting.

“On being stung, the person should avoid taking the sting out, as it can result in the embedding of the sting even further into the skin. Contact a doctor and avoid following superstitions like rubbing toothpaste, metal bracelet, etc. To minimise swelling, apply ice,” states Dr Bhalla. Multiple stings can be harmful as these can affect kidney, heart and even brain. Doctors also advise intake of water after a bee sting. In case the passage of urine is less than normal, it must be brought to the notice of doctors.

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7 mm rainfall, mercury dips
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Cold returned to the region as rains continued to lash the city. As weather conditions continued to change, Chandigarh recorded 7 mm of rain today. Met department said the unseasonal rains might continue for some days.

It rained throughout the day today, starting early in the morning and continuing till late in the night. Although the sun returned for a short spell towards the afternoon, rains made a comeback soon after. In the evening, the showers were even stronger.

The day and night temperature recorded today was 19.2 degree and 14 degree respectively. Thanks to the rains today, the high variation between day and night temperature which was about 15 degree yesterday came down to just about five percent today.

Drop in the night temperature was the maximum in Shimla which recorded a low night temperature of 3 degree and a maximum temperature of 8 degree today. Sundernagar followed closely with the day and night temperature of 12 and 9.7 degrees respectively. Closer home, Amritsar recorded 19.5 and 10.4 degree maximum and minimum temperature, respectively.

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Follow-up
Cops working on Agnihotri case: Jain
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
In response to a news item ‘Murder; son casts doubts over probe’ carried in the columns of the Chandigarh Tribune on February 26, inspector-general of police (IGP) S.K. Jain today said the investigating officer had been directed to keep Col R.K. Agnihotri, the victim’s son, informed of the progress in the case and also to consult him on regularly regarding the line of investigation.

The UT administrator and home secretary had already been apprised of the status of the case. In an attempt to clear doubts raised by Colonel, the police held that the examination of the plastic strip with which the victim was strangled could not yield any results. No record of incoming or outgoing phone calls of the landline telephone installed at the victim’s residence was available. The fingerprints lifted from the crime spot and hair samples did not match with that of the suspects.

The victim’s missing mobile phone could not be traced. The police also maintained that the suspects, Yaqub and Prakash Lakra, were subjected to sustained interrogation and put to a lie detector test but in vain. Besides the duo, the police had interrogated more than 55 persons, including a plumber, Pramod, carpet seller Ishitiaq, kitty party caterers Dalip and Rakesh, and electricians Joginder and Bhola.

About Manmari, the maidservant, and her son, the police said they could not be traced so far. She had worked in the victim’s house about four years back. 

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IMA pleads for Deep Nursing Home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The Chandigarh state branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged the inspector-general of police (IGP), Chandigarh, to withdraw the case that stands registered against the owners of Deep Nursing Home, Sector 21, for medical negligence leading to the death of a patient and her child.

The Chandigarh police had registered a case against Dr Kanwarjit Kochhar and her husband Dr Gurdeep Singh Kochhar, both owners of the nursing home, for negligently causing the death of the person and fabricating false evidence in judicial proceedings.

The FIR was registered around two months after the Chandigarh State Consumer Commission slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh on the owners of the nursing home for medical negligence.

According to a press note issued here, a delegation of the IMA, led by Dr A.K. Kaushal, president, met the IGP and brought to his notice that the death of the two occurred in December, 2005 but no case was registered then.

They claimed that the medical board constituted by the Chandigarh administration had not found any negligence on part of the two doctors.

Alleging that the case had apparently been registered at this juncture at the behest of the new government in Punjab, the IMA delegation requested the IGP to withdraw the FIR as the same was against the law laid down by the Supreme Court.

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In pain, she discovered psychic healing powers
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Legendary couple Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh made a rare public appearance at the Strawberry Fields World School (SFWS) here. They appeared at home with children, eager to exchange words, hugs and smiles. It was as if they had found lost innocence….

The spirit behind the show was of Vivek Singh, their son, whose death altered the course of their lives. And as the couple awarded the children for sporting excellence, Vivek seemed to watch over his parents from the backdrop, with his handsome portraits.

Chitra Singh, in an interview today spoke with unusual candour about her life after Vivek’s death, her “unhappy” divorce from singing and her powers for psychic healing that she turned to in her hour of crisis.

Vivek’s death came as a jolt, robbing the couple of their sparkling chemistry.

The pain still lingers but now it brings them strength.

“I live with the tragedy. It gives me strength and I feel hundred times more empowered than I did when I first suffered the loss,” Chitra said.

One of the escape routes took her to England where she visited the Psychic College.

“I was standing with other students when the healer pulled me out and asked me to help him. I was told that I am made to heal people. That’s what I have been doing all these years,” she said.

But in the meantime she has not stopped missing singing.

“It is not the limelight that I miss. It is my singing. Not that I did not try to get back but it just did not happen. Actually I had given my voice a longer rest than it could afford.

It got rusted and here I am.” But she knows that the way to cope with memories is through prayer.

And she is herself a firm believer. “The purpose of prayer is to unite our thoughts. If you pray with positive thoughts in mind, you can make things turn around for yourself.”

As a healer, Chitra practices the art of harnessing energies of nature’s forces and then synchronising these with those that emerge from within.

“A healer is meant to transmit energy and provide relief from pain. That’s what I do.”

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Public Grievances
Panchkula roads say it all
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 12
Since the time they were recarpeted, they have begun to peel off. Roads in the city are as bad as they can get with potholes dotting all internal sector roads. Though the Municipal Council has spent a fortune on the recarpeting of the city roads and the bridges and roads section of the PWD, too, has pitched in by carpeting its share, the ground reality is that roads are in urgent need of repair.

The Rs 12-crore spent on repair and carpeting of roads has literally gone down the drain with the first downpour washing away the tall claims of “works done” by the department. The first rain has undone it all and the subsequent rains have only worsened the situation.

If the roads in Sector 19 and Industrial Area are a roller-coaster ride, the roads in Sector 6, considered the best sector of the city, are the pits with peeled off bitumen acting as rumble strips. The road dividing Sectors 16 and 17, the internal roads of Sector 8, the roads in Sector 15 and those in Sector 10 are all crying for attention.

While residents are sore with the “ill-health” of the road network in the city which has never fallen to such levels, it has earned the ire of certain welfare organisations, which have submitted a memorandum to the district administration.

Consequently, two independent inquiries, one by the police and another by the additional deputy commissioner, are on to ascertain the quality of material used to carpet the roads. The organisations had maintained that substandard material had been used to recarpet the roads and had sought action against MC chief Manvir Gill.

Gill, however, insists that while the work has not been substandard, water-logging is to blame for the poor condition of the roads. “I have already spoken to the road engineers of the Haryana Urban Development Authority and asked them to set their water drainage system in order. Till we get a clearance on that front, we will not recarpet the roads because seeping water is the main cause of all the road problems,” she says.

Also, in view of the bitumen peeling off, the MC has served notices to the contractors and asked them to carry out “repairs” at all trouble spots. Repairs are also on in Sector 6 and elsewhere in the city.

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Defacement of Mohali
Poll over, it’s time to pay
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 12
Candidates who had contested the Punjab Assembly elections from the Kharar constituency have been imposed fines for putting up posters and banners at unauthorised places.

The expenditure incurred on the removal of these banners and posters has to be borne by the candidates.

It is learnt that the maximum amount Rs 50,006 has to be paid by SAD-BJP candidate Jasjit Singh. Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu has been asked to deposit Rs 41,431.

Jaswinder Singh of the BSP has been imposed a fine of Rs 4,296, Tarlochan Singh Mann, Independent, Rs 9,276, Anil Kumar of the Bhartiya Jan Shakti Party Rs 1,485, Bhajan Singh Shergill Rs 715 and Nacchtar Singh Rs 810.

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Youths attack father, daughter
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 12
Naib Singh and his daughter Mandeep Kaur were injured after they were allegedly attacked by two youths at their residence in Raipur Rani, near here, today. They were admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where doctors referred them to the PGI.

Police sources said the attackers fired in the air before attacking Naib Singh and his daughter. They were in an inebriated state. A marriage ceremony that took place last night is stated to be the cause behind the attack.

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PDCs not to take ‘uncalled for’ queries
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 12
Representatives of the park development committee (PDC), constituted by the Municipal Council, today met deputy commissioner Neerja Shekhar to lodge their protest against the “uncalled for” queries on development issues by welfare bodies.

Led by MC president Manvir Gill, they said some “elements”, in the name of public welfare, were in the habit of raking up trouble even where there is no scope.

Thirtytwo representatives drawn from various PDCs said the committee mainly comprised residents living around the parks and senior citizens. “They doubt everybody’s integrity but doubting the commitment we senior citizens have towards our work is just not acceptable. They have to draw the line somewhere,” M.L. Sachdeva, representative of Sector 7 committee said.

After meeting the DC, they met deputy chief minister Chander Mohan and urged him to check the tendency of getting unnecessary inquiries marked by publicity-hungry organisations.

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Employee crushed under lift
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 12
An employee of a local industrial unit today died after a lift fell on him.

According to the police, Ajay Gupta, a resident of Balongi village, who worked in a cable factory in the Industrial Area, Phase VII, died after being seriously injured in the mishap.

The police has booked supervisor of the unit Manoj Kumar under Section 304 A of the IPC. It is alleged that the supervisor had not taken the required safety measures.

In another incident, a 29-year-old woman succumbed to her burns at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Poonam, a resident of Kambali village, had suffered burns on Holi after the stove burst in her house.

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Three vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Three vehicles, including a car and a jeep, were stolen from the city on Saturday. Balraj Krishan of Sector 22 reported to the police that his Maruti (CHK-3988) was stolen from his residence on the night of February 10. In another incident, Avtar Singh of Pinjore lodged a complaint that his Mahindra jeep (CH-23-(T)-4627) was stolen from his residence. Rakesh Ahuja of Sector 48-A also filed a complaint that his motorcycle (CH-23-(T)-4442) was stolen from his residence. Three cases of thefts have been registered.

Four houses burgled

Dr H.S. Bajwa of Panjab University reported to the police alleging that two watches, two gold chains and Rs 3,000 were stolen from his residence this morning. Anita Kumar of Sector 52 lodged a complaint that a gold chain, a pair of tops and Rs 15,000 were stolen from her residence on Sunday night.

While Sanjiv Kumar of Mani Majra said a TV, four blankets and other articles were stolen from his residence on Saturday night, Kuldeep Singh of Mani Majra lodged a complaint saying Rs 5,000, a TV and two mobile phones were stolen from his residence on Sunday. Four cases have been registered.

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CGM trophies awarded

Chandigarh, March 12
Hemant Contractor, chief general manager, SBI, Chandigarh Circle, today awarded CGM’s trophies for the year 2005-06 to branches, modules and STCs who excelled in the field of community services banking. The prizes were awarded to region-1 (Haryana), M.I. Chandigarh branch, region-2 (Ludhiana), region-3 (Shimla), M.M. Sector 7, Nahan branch, Shimla module, Ludhiana module and SBLC Panchkula. — TNS

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Biz Clip

Certification: Homegrown IT major, smartData, has been certified as a Gold-Certified partner by Microsoft; a formal acknowledgement of smartData’s commitment to client satisfaction, its robust attitude and innovative extensions. smartData CEO Ajay Tewari says the company has reached the highest level in custom software development and data management solutions as a result of its success in working with Microsoft and delivering Microsoft-based solutions to clients. — TNS

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