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Road blockade over operation cleanup
Balmikis, BSP men lead protest against MC staff
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Action by the enforcement staff of the local Municipal Corporation led to a strong protest by residents at Sector 45 here today.

A crowd of over 300 blocked the Burail village road in front of the police post for more than two hours. They were protesting against the lifting of about 25 quintals of iron bars and three rehris belonging to old Maharishi Balmiki Temple in Burail village by the MC officials.

The Balmiki Sabha of the village was using the material to construct another temple nearby. Members of the sabha and the Bahujan Samaj Party gathered at the site and blocked the road for more than two hours. They also deflated the tyres of the official vehicle of the enforcement staff. They threatened to put the vehicle on fire if the goods were not returned immediately.

Police officials, including DSP S S Randhawa, DSP Arjun Singh Jaggi and SHO Prem Chauhan reached the spot. Police reinforcement was summoned from the Police Lines to avoid any untoward incident. The officials along with the area councillor V.J. Rana assured the agitated crowd that the matter would be resolved amicably, following which the blockade was lifted.

The material, lifted by the MC officials was also returned.

Talking to TNS, Sonu Shah, a member of the 11-member committee of the temple and vice- president of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch, said: “Without notice, the corporation staff came at 11 am and took away our material, saying the President of the local unit of the BSP MC Suman also joined the protest with party members.

Additional Commissioner O. P. Popli said: “We started an anti -encroachment exercise in the village two days ago and today’s action was a routine exercise”.

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DC eyes MC kothi
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 6
While the SAS Nagar deputy commissioner is eying the two-kanal house of the Municipal Council for residential purposes, the council staff are not inclined to yield to the wishes of the district chief.

Deputy Commissioner Harjit Inder Singh Garewal is at present staying in a rented accommodation in Sector 70, which is owned by an IAS officer. He wants to shift to the spacious house located in the municipal complex in Phase V, which is occupied by the former executive officer of the civic body, Amarjit Singh Sekhon.

Interestingly, the president of the civic body, Rajinder Singh Rana, and executive officer J.S.Thind are also interested in moving to the 2 kanal house. Rana said today that the house was meant for the president of the council and as such he was interested in moving to that accommodation.

According to sources, a letter was sent to the office of the civic body by the office of the deputy commissioner in which it was stated that the house occupied by the former executive officer be got vacated as the deputy commissioner had to occupy it .

It is learnt that officials of the engineering branch held a meeting with the council president yesterday, which was also attended by the executive officer and the accountant.

The staff also discussed the desire of the deputy commissioner to move to the house in the municipal complex. It was pointed out that the house should be got vacated and given to the executive officer who was staying in a temporary accommodation. After the executive officer moved to the house meant for him, the president of the civic body could move to the two-kanal house.

It is learnt that the staff of the civic body does not want the deputy commissioner to shift to the municipal complex premises. Certain staff members argue that the residential complex for the civic body was constructed out of municipal funds and the government had nothing to do with it.

The council will also lose rent for the building as the deputy commissioners and SDMs are provided rent-free accommodation.

Moreover, according to orders of the secretary, local government, issued more than 10 years ago, the municipal council property cannot be requisitioned by the government.

Employees further argued that the house meant for the executive officer was in the possession of other government officials for the past many years. At present, the house was occupied by former SDM of Mohali Sandeep Hans.

The audit wing of the council had been raising objections in this regard as no rent was being paid for the accommodation.

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Mayor to face no-confidence

Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee at a meeting here today decided to move a no-confidence motion against Mayor Harjinder Kaur. Party councillors will meet the Commissioner on Monday, calling for a special house of the corporation.

The no-confidence motion, to be moved for the first time in the local corporation, is being done against the Mayor for supporting the statement of the Governor earlier this year that Chandigarh was a part of Punjab.

"Chandigarh is a union territory and we will resist any move for its merger with Punjab. We will also speak against the performance of the corporation in three months," a councillor said.

The motion requires a two-third majority of the 36-member house to ouster the Mayor.The Congress has 14 councillors, BJP six, Chandigarh Vikas Manch four and the Shiromani Akali Dal two. Nine are nominated members.

The no-confidence motion is not likely to be an easy affair. The Mayor has the support of a sizeable number of nominated councillors and the opposition. — TNS

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Class X exam
Priyanka tops district
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 6
Priyanka Gupta, a student of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, has stood first in the district in the Class X examination conducted by the Haryana School Education Board, scoring 91.33 per cent marks. Sonika Saini of MG High School, Raipur Rani, bagged the second position with 89.17 per cent. Komal of New India School came third with 88.5 per cent.

In the government schools category, Akshay Garg of the school at Mallah (Pinjore) topped in the district with 86.83 per cent. This year girls have bagged the first four positions in the district. There are no schools with zero per cent results.

Two schools, Sarthak Government School, Sector 12-A, and Noble High School, Pinjore, have shown a cent per cent result.

Government High School at Baldwala in Morni block has the lowest pass percentage i.e. 20 per cent. The school at Khetpurali (Barwala block) has a pass percentage of 23.80. In Panchkula, of the seven government schools, the result of Sector 17 is the poorest at 32.43 per cent.

In the four blocks, Pinjore, which includes Panchkula, tops the charts with a pass percentage of 66.52, with Raipur Rani placed second at 65.09 per cent. While Morni has a pass percentage of 54.43, Barwala has a pass percentage of 54.33.

Owing to the semester system, the results of the schools have shown considerable improvement. The pass percentage of government schools in the district was 42.98 for the session 2005-2006. The pass percentage of Barwala, Morni, Raipur Rani and Pinjore blocks was 40.06, 20.11, 31.43 and 36.49 per cent, respectively.

No less achievers

Determination knows no deterrents and there is no better way to excel than to fight against the odds and come out with flying colours. Gaurav, Kapil and Raj Sharma are some such students who have made it to the top coming from humble backgrounds. Ecstatic with his result, Gaurav, son of a tube-well operator Mani Ram in Sector 11, says topping in his school was never on his mind. “My father had instilled the desire to excel in me. I am happy that I have made him proud,” he says. Another student Pawan, son of a daily wager, has scored 74 per cent.

Kapil and Raj Sharma, sons of a driver with the education department, have also brought laurels for their family. “My father would keep telling us that because he was illiterate, he spent his lifetime driving people around. He wanted us to do well. We worked with the mission to help him realise his dreams,” they said. While Kapil is second in Government School, Sector 7, with 79.5 per cent in the Class VIII examination, his brother, Raj, is fourth in his school.

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Mid-day Meal
More schools under plan
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh administration has extended the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE), also called the mid-day meal scheme, to 21 schools of the city from this week onwards. Now, around 8,220 more students would be served cooked food.

The scheme aims to cover all students in Classes (I to V) in government, aided and local body schools.

In the senior secondary schools category, cooked food will be given to GMSSS10, GMSSS 16, GMSSS 20-D, GMSSS 22-A, GMSSS 23, GMSSS 33, GMSSS 35 and GMSSS 46.

The high schools shortlisted are GMHS- 20 D, GMHS-26 (police), GMHS-28-D, GMHS-29A, GMHS-Sarangpur, GMHS-Mani Majra, besides, SD High School-24, Vedic Girls High School, Mani Majra, Guru Nanak Khalsa High School-30, Sri Guru Gobind Singh High School-35, IS Dev Samaj School-21 and Society for the Care of Blind. Mr Krishan Mohan, Home Secretary-cum-Education Secretary, said: “ he objective of the programme is to give a boost to universaliation of primary education by increasing enrolment, attendance and retention, simultaneously having an impact on nutritional status of children in primary classes. I am happy that the Chandigarh Education Department is efficiently implementing the scheme in schools.” With the introduction of ready-to-eat food under the mid-day meal scheme, cooked meal including chapatti would cost Rs 8.

Earlier, the administration was providing two mathis to each child per day. The mathis were being provided to 102 government schools, six aided schools and a madarsa, covering approximately 47,333 students in primary classes.

According to an official spokesperson of the education department, the administration was spending Rs 2.30 crore annually for providing mathis to the kids. After cooked meals were introduced, the administration had raised the budget allocation to Rs 5.50 crore and with extension of the scheme it was likely to be revised to Rs 8.50 crore.

The meals are being prepared by CITCO at Hotel Shivalik View, the Food Crafts Institute, Sector 42, and the Hotel Management Institute, Sector 42. The mathis are provided by the Social Welfare Department. These institutes boast of qualified cooking staff thereby ensuring hygiene and nutrition. 

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Jaitley predicts mid-term poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Claiming that the BJP was at the centrestage of Indian politics, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley today predicted a mid-term poll, saying the Congress was a "sinking ship" as it had lost a number of assembly elections recently.

Congress defeats in Bihar, Uttarakhand and Punjab in the recent past might hasten the general election, scheduled to be held in 2009. In fact, given the current political scenario, the mid-term poll could be expected within a year, Jaitley said at a function organised by the Chandigarh unit of the BJP to celebrate the party's foundation day.

Saying that there was no ideological meeting ground between the BJP and the SP, the leader said "in the forthcoming elections in states like Uttar Pradesh and Goa, the Congress will be completely wiped out."

The BJP was the only party which had elected its leaders on competence and merit, Jailtey asserted, alleging the Congress had been electing its leaders on the basis of family. There were parties which were ruled by the family culture."Earlier, it was political groups that used to churn out leaders, but now it is the leader or leaders that make party which portended ill for the Indian democracy ," Jaitley said.

Such outfits ultimately weakened the democratic institutions, he said, adding the BJP's contribution to the Indian democracy was laudable as it had given some of the tallest leaders to the country like Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

On the inflammatory CD controversy, the BJP leader tried to play it down claiming the party had nothing to do with it and it was never used for electioneering.

Answering a question on the appointment of parliamentary secretaries in Punjab when senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain had fought a case against their appointments, Jaitley said the constitutional provisions would be taken care of in this regard.

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Need to introspect, says Jaitley

Chandigarh, April 6
The BJP has redefined the concept of secularism which is considered to be majority-bashing and minority-appeasement, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said here today.

He was addressing a function organised in connection with the foundation day celebrations of the party at the BJP office here.

“There was a need to introspect to review the party’s policies and programmes to keep pace with the changing times,” he added.

Former member of parliament Satya Pal Jain claimed that merit alone was the criterion for leadership in the BJP, as opposed to other parties, which banked upon family and caste considerations. — TNS

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COMMUNITY

War Widow Case
Ex-servicemen demand CBI probe
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 6
The ex-servicemen wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded a CBI probe into the land fraud involving a senior government official who allegedly deprived a war widow of the land which was given to her by the state government. A security cover has also been demanded for the family which was allegedly being threatened.

Secretary general of the wing Col Partap Inder Singh Phulka (retd.) said at a press conference here today that Mohinder Kaur, widow of sepoy Amar Singh, was allotted 30 kanal of land in Swara village but has still not been given possession of the same. The land had been grabbed by certain persons, including a senior government official.

He said sepoy Amar Singh had joined the Army in 1953. He, however, got killed in action in November 1962, during the Indo-China war.

Col Phulka said under Section 10 of the Punjab Package Deal Property (Disposal) Act 1976, the war widow was allotted 30 kanal of land at Swara village for which a conveyance deed (3822) was made in the presence of sub-registrar Rupinder Singh Bal and other revenue officials. In the conveyance deed, the Governor of the state had been shown as the seller of the land and Mohinder Kaur as the buyer. The land was allotted to her in 2005 on a condition that she could not sell it for 10 years.

If this condition was violated, the land could be taken back by the government. She was yet to be allotted another 50 kanal of land.

Mohinder Kaur told mediapersons that that she was allegedly made to sign on blank papers by some members of the land mafia and now she was allegedly being threatened with dire consequences.

Col Phulka said a CBI inquiry should be conducted into the case so that the war widow could get justice.

He added that a separate commission should also be set up to find out if the benefits provided to the kin of those killed in action had been passed on to the beneficiaries by the authorities concerned. He said in 70 per cent cases, kin of martyrs were not given the land.

Citing an example, he said sepoy Bakhtawar Singh of Missriwala village was also killed in the 1962 war. His kin was to be given 10 acres of land by the government but the family was deprived of it.

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Airtel snaps 20,000 connections; not fair say consumers
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , April 6
Airtel today set alarm bells ringing in the city by reportedly disconnecting approximately 20,000 pre-paid connections due to want of proper documentation. In all, approximately 70,000 connections are expected to be disconnected in the next couple of days.

Sources in the mobile company said the decision was taken after it was reportedly found that these subscribers had not furnished complete documentation, including identity proof.

A senior officer in Airtel said the decision was in sync with the guidelines issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Quoting the same, he said the TRAI had made it mandatory for the mobile companies to verify the identity proof and other documents submitted by the subscribers while accepting the connections. For the purpose, it had set March 31 as the deadline.

The officer said the subscribers, on the basis of the TRAI directions, were intimated through the short message service. He said action was being initiated only against defaulters. Their connections were being disconnected permanently.

Following the decision, a large number of subscribers rushed to their nearest dealers with complaints. A heavy rush was witnessed in shops dealing with mobile phone connections in Sector 22, 35 and 45.

The subscribers claimed that the action was being initiated without following the due procedure.

They complained that they were caught unawares and adequate notices were not issued to them. A subscriber said intimation through SMS was “not enough” as most people did not read the same. Seeking immediate restoration of connections, the subscribers said they had submitted all documents, including identity proof, while seeking the connections.

The same were, in all probability, misplaced by the dealers and they were being forced to pay a price for the same. 

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Devotees offer prayers on Good Friday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Good Friday, marking the crucifixtion of Jesus Christ, was observed in the city and surrounding area today. Special services were held in the churches and hundreds.

UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd), in a message, called upon the people to dedicate their lives to the welfare of mankind, following the path of love and compassion as preached by Christ.

Devotees offered prayers at the Sector 19 Catholic Church and at Christ the King Church, Naya Goan.

A community kitchen was organised at Naya Goan for the devotees.

Prayers were also held at Anglican Church of India. Sermons were given on the words spoken by Christ on the cross.

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Probe building work at PGI: employees’ body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Demanding a probe by the central vigilance commission and the CBI, the PGI Employees Union (group B, C and D employees) today alleged substandard work during the construction of five buildings at the PGI that had been inaugurated by dignitaries during the past two years.

Due to the poor construction job, none of these had been thrown open to public so far.

The union alleged this in a letter to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The union has also written to Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard.

In the letters, union president Sunil Dutt Sharma alleged that in an effort to get the buildings ready in haste for inauguration, sloppy work was carried out, resulting in leakages, electrical faults and blockages in sewerage.

Citing an example, the union president said the OPD and administrative works of ophthalmology were shifted to the advanced eye care centre in September last, while wards, operation theatres, ICU, laboratory were yet to be shifted because of incomplete construction.

Similarly, work on access to the basement was still incomplete even though the building was inaugurated in March last year by Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT.

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Parking woes at DC office
Unused lots to handle staff vehicles
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
An end to parking woes for those visiting the office of deputy commissioner in Sector 17 and other public offices in its vicinity seems in sight.

Two underground parking lots, one for four-wheelers, below the office of the SDO (building) and another one for two-wheelers will now be used for parking of vehicles belonging to the employees of the Chandigarh administration.

At least 200 vehicles will be accommodated in the two parking areas.

For the past many years, these parking lots were being used either for dumping of election material or were just lying unused.

The Chandigarh Tribune has been repeatedly highlighting the manner in which haphazard parking has been resulting in chaos in parking areas outside the deputy commissioner’s office and other government offices located in the town hall building and town hall extension.

At times, the access to the DC’s office was blocked by haphazard parking of vehicle on both sides of the road.

Taking cognizance of the parking woes, deputy commissioner R.K. Rao along with additional deputy commissioner I.S. Sandhu took a round of the closed underground parking.

A portion of the two-wheeler parking houses a generator set and a rest room, while the other half is being used as a store.

The entry to both parking lots has been locked by officials concerned.

The engineering department has been asked to carry out repairs so that the two parking lots can be utilised.

“Officials in the UT offices will be asked to park their vehicles in the underground parking”, said Rao.

It has also been decided to level a vacant plot along a corridor, connecting the town hall building and town hall extension building and use it for parking of official vehicles.

After the underground parking becomes functional, a parking lot presently being used for two-wheelers will be used for parking of four-wheelers. Creating more space in paid parking lots was also being contemplated.

An official said the problem could be solved if private vehicles brought by UT employees were parked in the basement.

This would create additional space for visitors to park their vehicles. 

Ground reality

Around 1,000 vehicles are parked daily in the paid parking lots in the vicinity of the estate office. Due to shortage of space, two to three vehicles are parked in a row by private contractors in complete disregard to ‘no parking’ board put up by the traffic police. The situation is equally bad in the paid parking lot in front of the 30 bay building.

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Encroachment: Record challans issued
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
The enforcement wing of the municipal corporation has set a record by issuing 3,473 challans for encroachment last month.

This is the highest number of challans issued by the corporation since its establishment 10 years ago.

Briefing on the corporation’s anti-encroachment drives, a spokesperson for the corporation said these were carried out under the supervision of corporation secretary P.K. Sharma and corporation tehsildar Satish Chandra.

He said surprise drives were carried out in different Sectors, including Mani Majra.

Under a special initiative, corporation inspectors and police personnel ensured that auto mechanics in Sectors 21, 27 and 28 did not repair vehicles, etc. from municipal/public places.

To restrain phariwalas in Sectors 17, 19 and 22, a truck along with enforcement staff in each Sector was deployed on standing duty.

Besides, special anti-encroachment drives were carried out last week in Burail village, in which 80 challans were issued and 11 truckloads of articles were confiscated from junk dealers, pitch sellers and tandoors, etc.

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Taxi operators meet mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
A delegation of the Taxi Worker Union yesterday called on Chandigarh municipal corporation mayor demanding the extension of lease period of taxi stands for current financial year i.e. 2007-08.

The taxi operators had deposited cheques for the entire year, which were returned on the plea that lease money was to be accepted every month.

The delegation claimed that by accepting lease money every month, the MCC was violating its own terms and conditions.

They said they had already been paying various levies like permit fee, taxi stand fee and road taxes.

The mayor assured the delegation of taking up their case with officials concerned of the corporation, a press note claimed. 

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Govt house alterations for disabled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh administration has invited applications from government employees in possession of government accommodation allotted by secretary, house allotment committee, Chandigarh, having not less than 40 per cent disability of self or dependent family member.

Necessary modifications will be made to make their houses barrier-free under the provision of Section 46 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

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11 blind men on march to Delhi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Eleven visually impaired activists of Haryana today set off on foot for Delhi to highlight their problems to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

General secretary of the Haryana unit of the National Federation of blind Jage Ram said the marchers would present a memoranda to the deputy commissioners of Panchkula, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat districts en route to Delhi.

He added that the main demands of the visually impaired included filling of state government vacancies meant for people with visual disability and regularisation in service of visually impaired people hired by the government.

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Vedic mantras replete with mystical powers: Govil
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 6
Eulogising the pristine purity of Vedic hymns, the noted lead actor of over 70 films and the epic Ramayana, Arun Govil, claimed with authenticity that the Vedic mantras were replete with mystical powers besides the virtues of munificence and moral ethics as also other religious scriptures and granths.

Chairperson of the organising committee of the Laxmi Narayan Dham Trust at present, Arun Govil is in the city for a Vedic congregation to be held here under the aegis of the trust. Sharing his views with mediapersons at the Chandigarh Press Club, Govil maintained that his belief and contention had been firmly based on the personal experience he gained after a surrender to Maharishi Shri Kumar Swami ji, the visionary sage, religious philosopher and proponent of Vedic civilization, the spiritual and cultural heritage of India. The saint scholar would hold the 103rd samagam on April 7 and 8 at Exhibition Grounds in Sector 34, here, from 5 pm onwards.

Earlier, talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the Meerut born science graduate disclosed that after working in over 70 films in Hindi and other languages, including many jubilee hits, I remained submerged in the spiritual bliss while playing Lord Rama in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayana. But a chance meeting with Maharishi Kumar Swami just two years ago had completely transformed my life. Under his blessed tutelage I found myself in communion with the divine and his philosophical approach based on rationality and humanism had inspired me for the complete surrender. We must strike a balance in securing all bounties of life clearly distinguishing between the sacred and the profane. We must be proud of the rich Indian cultural heritage and contribute to the welfare of humanity. Our trust is setting up two 'Shakti Peeth' centres at Kurukshetra and Haridwar for propagating the awakening about the mystical powers of Vedic mantras which his guru had proved to the West.

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World War veteran dead

Chandigarh, April 6
Eminent soldier and World War II veteran Brig Hardit Singh (retd) passed away this week. He was 88.

He was commissioned into the Royal Indian Army in 1941 and saw action during the Burma campaign with 2/14 Punjab.

During the 19747-48 Kashmir operations, he was Mentioned-in-Despatches for bravery. He also took part in the 1962 India-China conflict and the 1965 Indo-Pak war before retiring in 1968. — TNS

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Veteran scribe dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Veteran journalist Pt Tirath Ram Sharma died here today. He was 80.

Pandit Sharma had worked as freelancer with a host of newspapers, including Janyug, New Delhi, Bharat Prabha and Navan Zamana.

He had been keeping ill for some time and died of kidney failure at a city hospital.

The cremation will take place at 1.30 tomorrow at cremation grounds, Sector 25.

Chandigarh Press Club president and general secretary have expressed deep sorrow at the demise of the senior member of the club and said a prayer meeting would be held on the club premises at 11 am on Sunday.

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Weakening filial bond taking a toll
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
The rise in number of suicide and attempt to suicide cases in the city this year is a reflection of how modern-day stress is taking its toll on people, according to experts.

Furthermore, the worst affected people are between the age group of 30 and 40, in addition to school and college-going students of the city.

Aasha, a helpline involved in counselling people with depression, and other psychological and psychiatric problems, said 1,594 persons had contacted the helpline in 2004. The next year, the number of people calling went down by almost 50 per cent, apparently due to counselling sessions conducted by its volunteers.

However, the numbers again saw an upward trend, going up to 952 in 2006 in comparison to 884 in 2005.

Similarly, attempt-to-suicide cases kept increasing during these years. Against 11 persons who reported to the NGO after trying to kill themselves in 2004, the number of cases for counselling increased to 18 in 2005 and it went up to 19 in 2006.

“October and November often see increased levels of depression among people, while April witnesses increased effects of mania (hyperactive) as well as depression,” said Amita, a counsellor at Aasha, while terming these seasonal affective disorder and bipolar disorder, respectively.

According a survey conducted by the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, 27 per cent students had psychological problems due to stress, while 1.62 per cent were suffering from dyslexia (a problem where child’s ability to learn to read is impaired).

Moreover, 1 per cent students attempted suicide or harboured the thoughts of suicide, said the survey report.

Communication gap between family members was resulting in lack of concern for others, said Dr Adarsh Kohli, additional professor, clinical psychology, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The lack of emotional bond between children and parents was affecting families of working couple more, as there was little scope of interaction within the family, which affected inter-personal relations, opined Dr Kohli.

“Diet with less vitamins and sedentary lifestyle had increased stress,” felt Dr S.B. Chavan, head of department, psychiatry, GMCH.

Contract system in the prevailing privatisation era with no pension benefits, creating insecurity about job as well as life after retirement, had caused anxiety in the service class, added Dr Chavan.

Heightened competition among companies resulted in higher stress levels among officials and most of them found it hard to cope with it, he said.

Assistant manager of nationalised bank Parminder Singh said employees in nationalised banks were waiting for the reintroduction of voluntary retirement scheme because many of them were finding difficulties in adapting to the new technology and methods introduced by the banks.

In a new trend witnessed in the recent past, married as well as unmarried women were seeking counselling due to emotional trauma, said Amita. 

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Sabha celebrations

Chandigarh, April 6
The Garhwal Sabha, Chandigarh, will organise religious and cultural programmes throughout the year to mark its golden jubilee. This was stated by sabha president Sabbal Singh yesterday. Three committees have been constituted to conduct the programmes. Besides cultural programmes, sports events will be organised. — TNS

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Fire in school
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 6
A fire broke out in Cosmopolitan School in Sector 14, here today. No casualty was reported as it was a holiday.

The fire was noticed this morning by two girls residing in the society where the school is situated. Two fire brigades were pressed into service to douse the flames which broke out after the inverter installed at the school premises developed a snag.

The fire destroyed desks and chairs in the classrooms although the exact loss is still unclear. The firemen brought the fire under control within half-an-hour. The school principal, Sudha Lamba, refused to comment though the school authorities misbehaved with camerapersons trying to take pictures of the spot.

Cosmopolitan School has been in the news for the wrong reasons with the residents wanting it to move out of the complex while the owner refuses to close it down.

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Raid on Tawa Chowk eateries
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 6
Officers of the food and supplies department here today raided ‘tawa chowk’ eateries to check misuse of domestic cylinders.

The officers found most of these commercial establishments were using domestic cylinders instead of commercial cylinders. The raid was carried out in the presence of the police. A case has been registered.

Dowry case

A dowry case was registered against five persons belonging to Hissar and Fatehabad districts here on the complaint of Vijay Pal Singh, a resident of Sector 7. He alleged that his daughter was being harassed by her in laws for dowry. While her husband and in-laws are away in USA, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law have been booked.

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CRIME

Youth held for assault on nurse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
The local police arrested Harpreet Singh, a resident of Zirakpur, on the charge of assaulting a nurse at the General Hospital, Sector 16, Kulwant Kaur, yesterday night.

According to sources, Harpreet tried to forcibly enter the trauma ward of the hospital around 11.30 pm yesterday.

Kulwant Kaur, who was on duty, tried to stop him from entering the ward, following which both entered into heated arguments.

In her complaint, Kulwant Kaur alleged that Harpreet caught her by the arms and assaulted her during the course of the argument.

The hospital staff called the police, which arrested the accused.

A case under Sections 332 and 353, IPC, has been registered against the accused at the police station, Sector 17.

Harpreet claimed that he was looking for his missing father.

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Car stolen from Sec 38
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Ritu Arora of Sector 38 lodged a complaint with the police station, Sector 39, alleging that her WagonR car (PB 03 P 7360) was stolen from her house last night.

The police has registered a case under Section 379, IPC.

Arrested

The local police today arrested Jai Singh of Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, and seized six bottles of country wine from his possession.

He was later bailed out. 

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BUSINESS

Come summer, ‘Coolex 2007’ begins at CII
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Air conditioners that promise more than just cool breeze, refrigerators you would love to freeze for your kitchen, and cooling solutions to help you chill in the comfort of your house - all this and much more are on display at CII’s exposition -Coolex 2007.

The exposition, inaugurated at the CII Convention Centre in Sector 31 A today, will be open to visitors from 10 am to 8 pm till April 9.

On display is an array of air conditioners with silver nano technology for pumping out air that’s free from bacteria and foul odour. Also on display is a fresh range of window air conditioners.

There is enough to choose from. From diverse models of wall-mounted, split, silent airconditioners to sleek three-door refrigerators, suiting the needs of small houses, all are up for grab.

The exhibition was inaugurated by home secretary Krishna Mohan. He was accompanied by chairman of the CII, Chandigarh council, Partap Aggarwal and other senior members.

A press note issued here today said the CII had been organising Coolex annually since 1998.

The exposition offered a platform to companies to showcase the latest products and helped local industry to gear up for competition.

It saved the consumers the effort of going from one showroom to another in search of the latest in technology, design and style.

Hitachi is sponsoring the exposition, while Godrej, Lloyds and Voltas are the co-sponsors. The Tribune is the media partner for the event.

Majors like LG, Electrolux, Onida, Samsung, Whirlpool, Daikin Shriram Air conditioning (P) Ltd, Daenyx, Symphony, Carrier, Fedders International, ETA General, Sidwal Refrigeration, Luminous, Haier and Celsius are participating in the exposition.

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