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Reprieve for flat owners in housing societies
CHB can’t restrict right to property: SC
S S Negi
Legal Correspondent

The important parameter to be met for prohibiting a person from applying for another house is that the other society with which he is registered has got land through government or semi-government body on a concessional rate.

New Delhi, April 1
In an order that might provide relief to flat owners in housing societies which did not get land through specified government agencies in the Union Territory of Chandigarh and adjoining townships of Mohali and Panchkula, the Supreme Court has said that the rules framed by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) imposing restrictions in this regard would not have general application.

While holding that the right to acquire property was a fundamental right, a Bench of Mr Justice S B Sinha and Mr Justice Markandey Katju decided an important question whether a person having a house in another society was disqualified for applying in another housing scheme.

The issue was brought before the apex court in an appeal by Maj-Gen (Retd) Devinder SIngh, who had applied for a flat in the Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, in 1993 after his application was rejected by the CHB on the ground that he had registered himself for the allotment of a house jointly with his wife in the Army Welfare Housing Organistion (AWHO) in Delhi.

The court ruled that the prohibition under the Chandigarh Housing Board’s clause 6 rule would not apply in a case where the land had not been granted for a housing society strictly under specified government agencies and as such the officer’s case did not fall within its definition.

The court said the imporant parameter to be fulfiled for prohibiting a person from applying for another house was that the other society where he had got himself registered, must have got the land through government, semi-government body, municipality or an improvement trust. But the necessary condition attached was that such acquisition of land should be at concessional rate, fixed for such allotments by the government.

The court said under clause 6 of the CHB rules, the house or dwelling unit shall be allotted only to such person who either himself or his wife or dependent children did not have any other house or plot allotted in the UT of Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula or anywhere in India through a government agency on concessional rates.

The court said the rules would apply only when the conditions to allotment were required to be complied with. It did not prohibit any future acquisition. “We are of the opinion that the condition of eligibility in question must be construed literally,” the Bench observed.

It said the application by the General for a housing plot in Mani Majra would not be impaired, merely on the ground that he had a house in AWHO jointly with his wife.

AWHO though was allotted land in Delhi by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, it could not be construed to be made through a government agency inthe stricter sense as mentioned in the rules of the CHB, which was set up as per the provisions of the Haryana Housing Board Act, 1971.

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Knowledge City
26 companies shortlisted in round one

Chitleen Sethi
Tribune News Service

Competition will be very tough for these institutes and a lot will depend on the profile of the company... The campuses here will offer the latest courses in upcoming fields like retail management, hospital administration and fashion.

Chandigarh, April 1
The city is poised to be a key education destination of the country. Some top educational institutions in India and abroad, vying with one another for space in the “knowledge city” here, will be offering the latest courses in management, engineering, IT, medical, design and arts.

The “knowledge city” spread over 75 acres in Sarangpur will house eight campuses in phase I. Out of the 69 applications that the Chandigarh administration received during the pre-qualification bids, 26 companies have been shortlisted for the next round of selections.

These companies were selected on the basis of their annual budget and experience in the field of education. Also. it was mandatory for these companies to prove their ability to tie up with industrial houses.

Sources in the administration said these include reputed houses like Fortis, Amity, DAV Managing Committee and IMT, Ghaziabad . The University of Fraser Valley and Institute of Design, Milan, too has qualified for the final round of selections. However, foreign institutes will have to abide by the latest set of regulations laid down by the Government of India regarding the operation of foreign universities in the country.

Members of the knowledge pool, who met to review the progress of the project, were informed that these 26 organisations would make presentations during the coming months. Less than 10 companies out of these will be selected and the whole process will be completed by May 2007, following which land will be allotted in the “knowledge city.”

Sources said competition will be very tough for these institutes and a lot will depend on the profile of the company and the courses they intend to offer. “We are not looking at the routine arts, management and engineering courses. The campuses here will offer the latest courses in upcoming fields like retail management, hospital administration, and fashion,” said an official.

“The establishment of the knowledge city is aimed at making Chandigarh a major knowledge hub in North India. Chandigarh has already come up as a major centre for health and related research. But there is a lot of potential for giving the students of the city and neighbouring states opportunities to pursue the best and latest course in other fields,” said Krishan Mohan, home secretary Chandigarh Administration.

The administration will also provide central facilities to the campuses for common use. “These could include a large auditorium, a common playing grounds, gymnasium halls and a cafeteria,” said an official.

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Rural Tourism
Punjab eyes UT farmhouse

Sanjeev Singh Bariana/Tribune News Service

The site has been identified as a potential camping site for tourists from Pakistan and NRIs.

Chandigarh, April 1
Even as the initiative of the Chandigarh administration to promote rural tourism has failed miserably, the Punjab Government has sought permission from the UT to empanel a farmhouse in its Mauli Jagran village on the list of state tourism spots for promoting rural tourism.

The Punjab Tourism Development Corporation(PTDC), in a formal communication to the administration, has sought permission for empanellment of The Roots, a farmhouse owned by Amanbir Singh. The site has been identified as a potential camping site for tourists from Punjab, Pakistan and non-resident Indians.

It has been pointed out that Chandigarh witnesses a heavy rush of tourists, particularly NRIs. A senior official said "besides the architectural and scenic beauty of the place, the city houses major offices of the Punjab government, which attracts visitors. The NRIs, in particularly, have certain official reasons to visit the city.”

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Liquor goes cheap, cheers!
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The new financial year has brought cheer to bacchus lovers. As announced in the new excise policy 2007-2008, the minimum retail price of some popular brands of IMFL and country liquor have fallen by Rs 10 per bottle.

However, there is no change in the price of popular brands in the premium category like Peter Scot, RC, Teacher’s Cream and Black Dog. Low profit margins has prohibited the traders from lowering their prices. But the price of beer is expected to increase by Rs 4 per bottle, if the new rate at which the licencees were today asked to lift consignment of a popular brand is any indication.

Though excise officials maintain that a hike of up to Rs 2 per bottle was acceptable, a popular brand was sold to the licencees at Rs 350 per carton, instead of the previous price of Rs 300 per carton. “No bill has been issued. Due to intense competition we are not increasing the rate,” said a contractor.

New brands of beer are expected to hit the market in the peak season and the excise department has little control in fixing their prices.

The new excise policy is expected to lead to intense competition among liquor traders operating in the periphery and slum areas of the city. This is the outcome of the removal of cap on the location and the grant of new licences in the commercial areas of residential sectors, industrial area and rehabilitation colonies.

More applicants have shown interest in country liquor vends as compared to IMFL vends. “We are expecting a revenue of around Rs 113 crore ”, said an official.

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The ‘bright’, dark side of city roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Babus of the city don’t travel on city roads after dark, so it seems. Or, comfortable in their official vehicles, they don’t look out to realise the problems that the common man has to face every night.

Only this can explain why one road is in complete darkness, while another is well lit.

Ironically, the road that is closed to traffic remains well lit during nights, while the one that handles double the traffic due to the former’s closure is in pitch darkness.

The concrete road separating Sectors 31 and 32, which is now closed to traffic, as the administration is carrying out construction, has fully functional lights.

While the road separating Sectors 32 and 33, which handles extra traffic due to the closure, has been in pitch darkness due to unfunctional streetlights for the past one week.

The motorists have been forced to take this detour due to the closure.

Officials stated they were checking the streetlights on the concrete stretch, hence these were being kept on throughout the night.

Interestingly, no work is being undertaken on the stretch at night.

With a complete blackout, the Sector 32-33 road has become a dangerous stretch for commuters, with the threat of accident looming large.

The municipal corporation is responsible for the functioning of streetlights on the Sector 32-33 road. No official was, however, available for comments.

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GMCH residential quarters in a shambles
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Houses built by the engineering department of the Chandigarh administration last year surrounded by wild grass and vegetation
Houses built by the engineering department of the Chandigarh administration last year surrounded by wild grass and vegetation at the residential complex of Government College and Hospital, Sector 48. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, April 1
Residents of the type II quarters built at the residential complex of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH, Sector-32) at Sector 48 are forced to live in miserable conditions. There are no streetlights and the complex is situated in a desolate locality on the Chandigarh-Mohali border.

The complex is also surrounded by wild grass infested with reptiles and potholes, posing danger to the lives of residents.

In view of the prevailing conditions, GMCH authorities had refused to take possession of the houses built last year for doctors by the engineering department of the Chandigarh administration. However, 48 families of employees of other departments had shifted to the quarters in June last year. Sixty-four quarters and a guesthouse were still under construction.

The matter had been taken up with the authorities of the engineering department umpteen times but to no avail. Director-principal of GMCH Dr H.M. Swami, who visited the site two months ago, decided not to take possession of the quarters meant for doctors till the conditions were improved, informed sources at GMCH.

Sand to level the ground was not provided even though the hospital authorities paid Rs 21 lakh for it long ago, added the sources.

The security of the complex was also compromised with as the gate of the complex was not in working condition, forcing security personnel to keep it open.

“Keeping in view the location of the complex, substantial security arrangements are needed,” said another resident, adding that “the lone security personnel deputed is left to face weather’s fury, as there is no glass on the windows of the security picket. Moreover, in the absence of a toilet, the sentry has to leave the gate unattended to answer the nature’s call”.

The sufferings of the residents do not end here. Labourers involved in the construction work live in jhuggis at the complex. They go out into the open on either sides of the quarters to take bath or defecate. The area has also become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, as it is surrounded by ponds formed by rainwater.

“Telephonic as well as written requests to the authorities concerned to fumigate the area to control the mosquito menace has fallen on deaf ears,” rued a woman standing in front of her house in the complex.

One the other hand, officials of the engineering department claim that the possession of the quarters meant for doctors of the hospital has not been handed over to the hospital authorities, as they have not been allotted to anybody. Hence, the fittings, which are to be carried out by the public health and electricity department, have not been made to avoid theft.

V.K. Bhardwaj, chief engineer, Chandigarh administration, said everything had been sorted out and work at the site would be taken up in the next few days.

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Judiciary leads fight against female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The efforts of Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Kumar Jain and his fellow judges to play an aggressive out-of-court part in checking the problem of female foeticide are bearing fruit.

While the state governments of Punjab and Haryana continue to treat the problem casually, despite the gravity of the issue, Chief Justice Jain and his brother-judges seem to be striking the right chord with the public.

Ever since he assumed the office in November last, the Chief Justice is still to spend a single week-end in Chandigarh, opting instead to reach out to the common public through rallies and events like the recent kisan mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

At the mela, over 20,000 farmers were educated about the problem of female foeticide by the Chief Justice, who told them to consider the long-term ramifications if the girl child or female foetus is not allowed to grow and enter the world.

If the number of requests being made to the Chief Justice to attend rallies and address the public on the issue of female foeticide are any indication, the message seems to be percolating down loud and clear. Even village-level committees are now approaching the High Court authorities with requests for Chief Justice Jain to make it to anti-female foeticide functions being organised by them.

Says Chief Justice Jain, “There are limits to what the law can achieve.

For every law that is made, there are people ready to break that law. Problems like female foeticide are more of social in nature and can’t be effectively tackled if the common masses don’t share your viewpoint on the issue.

What we have done is to ask all members of the subordinate judiciary, including lawyers, not to let go of any opportunity to sensitise the public against the menace.

High Court officials say wherever the Chief Justice can’t go due to paucity of time, he requests senior judges to represent him.

Consider this: at Ferozepore on March 25, over 200 doctors took an oath to check female foeticide in the presence of over 20 High Court judges and Punjab advocate-general H.S. Mattewal.

Says Mattewal, “What the Chief Justice and other judges are doing is commendable. Their word has impact on the common man.

The government, particularly Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has already offered all-out support to the judiciary in this noble mission.”Punjab and Haryana, it may be recalled, are among the states with highest disparity in sex ratio.

In Haryana, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has himself attended many rallies and functions held in this regard.

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Kidnapping of girl
Colony No. 4 residents gherao police station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Residents of Colony No. 4 staged a protest outside the Industrial Area police station, alleging police inaction in a case of kidnapping of a minor girl.

They alleged that the police was not making “enough efforts” to trace the accused and the girl.

They added that brother-in-law of the accused, Vishavnath, had not been interrogated by the police about his role in the disappearance of the girl.

Around 70 persons gheraoed the police station and remained there for around two hours.

They also tried to block the way of the SHO of the police station, who later assured the protesters of taking prompt action.

The victim’s father told the TNS that his 13-year-old daughter had gone missing on March 13, after she failed to return home from school.

The police recorded a daily diary report in this connection. Later, the family learned that Ramesh Kumar of the colony had kidnapped the girl.

A case of kidnapping was registered on March 16 and the police arrested Ramesh’s brother, Harikesh, on March 17.

He was remanded in police custody for three days and later sent to jail.

He alleged that the police was not interrogating Vishavnath in this case, who was making efforts to release Ramesh on bail.

He used to frequent the colony before the incident and had stopped visiting there after the incident.

The SHO said they would question Vishavnath, as the victim’s father had raised suspicion on his role.

He added that the complainant had not named Vishavnath as a co-accused before. “We had sent police teams to various places, including the native village of the accused, but nothing came out of it.”

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Govt should make laws to check piracy: Malkit
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
It’s yet another Punjabi film, with a plot, that takes the audience to a foreign land and promises a twist in the tale by the end of the story.

“The story revolves around a landlord’s son, who is married in India and goes to Australia after some troubles breaks in Punjab and there in order to get a legal status marries an Australian girl without his family’s knowledge,” says producer and director of the film Harbux Latta.

The cast of the film ‘Babal Da Vehra’, including Yograj Singh, Malkit Singh, Sarbjit Mangat etc, arrived in the city yesterday. Yograj Singh will be playing grandfather of the protagonist after a long gap. On being asked about the reason for his temporary withdrawal from the movies, he said, “Like in cricket, its my second innings now. I recently turned 50 and hopefully this will mark a new beginning,” he chuckles. Very soon he will don a police uniform as he plays a police inspector in his upcoming comedy film.

The ‘golden star’, Malkit Singh plays the landlord’s son in the film. Interestingly, both Yograj and Malkit shared the screen space in 1992 in Malkit’s debut movie ‘Mehndi Shagana Di’.

Infuriated over increasing piracy in music, Malkit says, ‘Piracy is literally taking the industry down’. Suggesting ways to tackle the problem, he said the government should take a serious note of the increasing menace and should make laws and acts on the lines of the UK to curb the same. On his acting prowess, he feels not every singer can act. ‘Only a few who are god gifted can do justice with the characters they play’. Coming back to his singing, he rues that these days ‘gayaki’ has become a costlier affair, even for established singers as for cutting one album one needs lakhs of rupees.

Sarabjeet Mangat, a renowned folk singer, actor and columnist, who plays Malkit’s wife in the film says, “The film is going to be a new leaf in the history of the Punjabi cinema with its positive and clean approach. Every Punjabi family can relate to the story,” she avers.

The film, based on the novel ‘Rin Pitran Da’ written by Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana, will also see Giordian Rana from Australia along with Avtar Gill, Arpita Singh, Suhana Singh and young Gauri Thukral in the pivotal roles.

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Health official accused of seeking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
A former parking contractor at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, has complained to home secretary-cum-health secretary and director (health Services), UT, alleging that an official at the hospital had sought bribe from him against refunding his security and earnest money lying with the health department.

An official spokesperson for the administration said the complaint would be inquired into before taking any action.

Contractor Rajinder Prasad Jain on Friday alleged that superintendent, administration, health services, Ramesh Kumar Gupta had demanded one per cent of the total amount as bribe when he had gone to meet him to enquire about the status of his refund. Jain had failed to get the contract for parking this year.

“The health department owes me Rs 5,01,600 as security, as I was the parking contractor with the hospital till February 2”, claimed Jain, adding that “my earnest money of Rs 10,000 against this year’s tender for parking was also lying with the department”.

However, Gupta denied the allegations. He said he had asked Jain to meet the medical superintendent, since his file was lying with her, when he lost temper and started accusing him.

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Family seeks help for ailing son
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Dhirender, a labourer from a Jharkhand, at the Rotary serai, PGI, Chandigarh
Dhirender, a labourer from a Jharkhand, at the Rotary serai, PGI, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 1
The family of Dhirender (23), a labourer from a village in Jharkhand, has lost all hopes of saving his life in spite of selling a small landholding there.

For, the meager amount obtained from selling the piece of land is not enough to meet the staggering cost of operation, which he needs to undergo to treat renal failure.

Dhirender came to the city along with his wife and eight-month-old son three months ago when he was told by doctors at Ranchi that his kidneys had been damaged.

After learning that the treatment of Dhirender required lakhs of rupees, the family returned to their village, losing all hopes of saving him, said Dhirender’s mother Sita Devi, who wants to donate one of her kidneys to save her son.

“We are a poor family from Balvalla village of Girdih district, Jharkhand, and my husband is jobless, as he is suffering from gout,” said Sita Devi, adding that “people from the village helped us by collecting Rs 10,000 to take Dhirender to Ranchi when his condition deteriorated in December”.

“We work in the fields during the paddy season and move to cities in search of labour, just to earn Rs 50 as daily wage”, said Anil, cousin of the patient who is staying with them.

“We decided to sell our remaining half-acre land when, on our return to the village, a neighbour told us that treatment was cheaper in Chandigarh,” said Sita Devi.

The other half of the land owned by family has already been sold to meet the household expenses and treatment of Dhirender’s father.

But the Rs 40,000 that the family received after selling the piece of land now has been spent on medicines and dialysis of Dhirender during last three months.

The doctor has asked them to arrange Rs 2 lakh for the kidney transplant operation.

“We are just awaiting a miracle to happen, as it is not possible for us to arrange such a big amount,” said the hapless mother.

Donors can contact room No. 6, bed No. 47-48, first floor, Rotary serai, PGI.

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Harmilap Nagar
A tale of endless woes
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 1
The rising mercury brings its own set of problems for the residents of the Harmilap Nagar, bordering Sector 19 of Panchkula.

In fact, water and electricity, two basic necessities of life, trouble the residents the most during the summer season. With the demand for water rising in summer, the residents are heading for water shortage as there is no storage tank for the locality.

The erratic power supply will only make the situation worse in the coming months as the colony gets its water supply through the tubewell.

Besides the poor water supply, the erratic electricity supply will test the patience of the residents of the area, alleges Raj Singh.

The roads give a bumpy ride to the motorists and two-wheeler drivers, complains Krishan Lal Gulati, adding that repeated representations to the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat had fallen on deaf ears.

The residents had demanded the completion of the ongoing sewerage work before the rains so that the people were not inconvenienced.

Meanwhile, official sources conceded that the water and electricity supplies were a cause of concern not only in Zirakpur but in the whole of Punjab. However, efforts were being made to provide other amenities such as roads, sewerage system and streetlights within the resources available with the civic body.

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Poser on Nehru’s freedom fighter status

Chandigarh, April 1
A former municipal corporation councillor and an advocate has sought information from the ministry of home affairs on if “Pt Jawaharlal Nehru was a freedom fighter and what role did he play in the freedom struggle” under the Right to Information Act.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, she said: “My questions are aimed at the credibility of the Congress government. Questions are being raised over the role of Subhas Chandra Bose and Veer Savarkar in the freedom struggle. The Congress had suggested that anyone who did not toe their line was not a freedom fighter, which was absurd”. The questionnaire also asks “whether the Indian National Congress was a political party before Independence; whether the soldiers of the India National Army fell in the category of freedom fighters as per policy guidelines framed by the government; and whether the Indian National Congress supported the fight by the INA against the British”? — TNS

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Sham Singh welfare body chief
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 1
The election of the Residents Welfare Association of Sector 12 was held at the community centre here today. Col Sham Singh was unanimously elected president of the association and authorised to select the governing body.

President of the Municipal Council Manvir Gill, while felicitating the president, assured the association of all possible help to carry out development in the sector. Col Sham Singh had been president of the association for three consecutive terms.

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Discourse on Bhagvad Geeta

Chandigarh, April 1
Nothing should be accepted blindly. The power of thoughts should be developed in association with a bona fide spiritual master.

This was stated by H. H. Vedvyas Priya Swami Ji Maharaj, a disciple of founder spiritual master of ISKCON, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Sril Prabhupad, during a discourse at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, today. He was delivering a discourse on Srimad Bhagvad Geeta. — TNS

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Letters

Insensitive system

Apropos the news item “Disabled students await results” in the March 31 edition of Chandigarh Tribune, kudos to the reporter for championing the cause of the disabled students. It is a fact that our society requires to be sensitised to the needs of those on the precincts of society. What is disturbing is the fact that the education authorities too do not treat the disabled on a par with other students, as is evident from your report.

— Kavita Khanna, Chandigarh

Readers are invited to write to us. Send your mail, in not more than 200 words, at news@tribuneindia.com  or, write in, at: Letters, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh – 160 030

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Dowry Death
Father’s quest for justice
Pradeep Sharma/Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 1
Joginder Lal, a resident of Dashmesh Colony here, is a harassed man. For the past almost one month, the 63-year-old has been running from pillar to post to get the five co-accused in the alleged dowry death of his daughter, a practising advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, arrested.

However, with the local police allegedly dragging its feet on the investigation, the father’s quest for justice is getting longer with the each passing day. ”I am tired of making rounds of the police station seeking action against the co-accused,” a harried Joginder alleged.

His daughter Renu consumed poison on March 7 allegedly after being harassed for not bringing enough dowry by his husband Deepak Chadha and his family. Renu, who died at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, on March 8, had blamed her husband and his certain relatives for her extreme step in her suicide note.

Acting on a complaint of her father, the local police had booked Deepak, Shukla Chadha, Renu, Sunil Kumar, Gulshan and Anu, under Section 304-B of the IPC. However, only Deepak Chadha, who is in judicial custody, was arrested by the police. The rest of the accused, including, mother Shukla Chadha, seems to have been let off by the police, Joginder alleged.

“We only want the law to take its own course”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, of which Renu was a member, has urged the Punjab police to take a strict action against the other accused.

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Newborn’s body found in bin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The body of newborn male baby was found in a garbage bin at Kajheri village, here, this morning.

Sources in the police station, Sector 36, said some ragpickers noticed the body in the bin.

They brought it to the notice of people in the scooter market. The police reached the spot around 9 am.

The newborn was apparently a couple of days old and without any clothes.

The body was shifted to the General Hospital, Sector 16.

A case of concealment of birth by disposing of the body under Section 318 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in this regard.

Theft

Mehfooz Ahmed of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, reported to the police that Sarwan Singh of Charan Singh Colony was caught red-handed while stealing two mobile phones from his residence this afternoon.

A case has been registered.

Motor cycle stolen

Ashutosh Seth of Aman Colony, Dhanas, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his motor cycle (UP 62 E 2695) was stolen from Industrial Area, Phase I, on Friday.

A case of theft has been registered.

Goods stolen

Rajbir Singh of Sector 46 reported to the police that six brass taps, electric cable, and some sanitary equipment were stolen from his house in Sector 52 on Saturday night.

A case of theft has been registered.

Arrested

The local police arrested a man on the charge of stealing a DVD player.

The police said Amit Kumar of Mori Gate, Mani Majra, reported to the police that Parveen of Shanti Nagar had stolen a DVD player from his residence on Saturday.

The accused was arrested from Shanti Nagar and the stolen property recovered from his possession.

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Murdered over rehri in alley
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
A minor altercation over the parking of a rehri in a alley took a serious turn, when a 50-year-old vegetable vendor suffered serious head injuries after being hit by two youngsters living in in Bapu Dham Colony on Saturday night.

The victim, Gopali, was rushed to the Sector 16 General Hospital this morning, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The police has registered a case of murder.

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Indus Airways grounded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Barely three months after starting its operations from the city, Indus Airways has suspended its business throughout the country.

Sources state that the airline has been grounded for at least two months.

It was the only one operating direct flights from the city to Mumbai, which had come as a relief to many frequent travellers.

The airline had been launched amidst much fanfare from the city in December. The launch, too, had to be delayed initially due to hiccups in clearance by the director general, civil aviation, and the Airport Authority of India.

Sources say the operations of the airline have been suspended due to some friction. Airline officials, however, deny this and state that they need to “replace the existing aircraft”.

“The operation cost of the existing aircraft is very high. We will replace the aircraft as soon as possible,” states a senior official.

Flights from Amritsar, too, have been cancelled, officials say.

Meanwhile, according to sources at the airport the airline staff has been informed to go on a two-month leave.

The airline is also refunding tickets already purchased by passengers. Officials claim that they have refunded up to 80 per cent of the tickets so far.

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Biz Clips

BSNL offers

The Punjab circle of the BSNL has introduced new offers for its pre-paid customers. A pre-paid SIM of Rs 100 is available with full talk time of Rs 100 and seven days validity and a recharge coupon of Rs 300 is available with full talk time of Rs 300 and 30 days validity. Similarly, Rs 500 recharge coupon will give a talk time of RS 500 and Rs 2000 recharge coupon will give a talk time of Rs 2000. — TNS

SBoP ATMs

State Bank of Patiala has started two new ATMs in Chandigarh. These ATMs were inaugurated at the Punjab and Haryana High Court and at Sector 35-D on Sunday. — TNS

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