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CISF seeks ‘little’ space at Capitol Complex
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is trying to get a "little" space at Capitol Complex of the City Beautiful to create quarters for its jawans. The force has been looking for an additional place to house its personnel posted at the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat, near Capitol Project, but the administration wants to save the surroundings near the mural created by Le Corbusier, the architect of the city.

The administration is wary of the CISF "permanently encroaching" on the prestigious complex and has refused its request for more space for temporary structures.

The prestigious project, located in middle of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat, is one of the very few creations personally executed by Corbusier.

The Chandigarh administration is wary of the CISF "permanently encroaching" on the prestigious complex and has disapproved the CISF’s request for more space to put up temporary structures as it would ruin the beauty of the complex.

“We were told by the security force that they were facing problems, particularly in housing the sepoys on duty during rest hours. They needed more open space. The structures they were demanding were not permanent. Since security was a long-term issue, there was very less likelihood of the tents or other structures being removed, at least in the near future," an official said.

"The administration has asked the force to apply for land in the UT. We have told the CISF the force should go in for permanent campus with residential and office premises instead of temporary structures which are lesser capable to handle the extreme variations in the city temperatures during summers and winters. I think a permanent camp, like the one of CRPF in Hallo Majra, was definitely a better option," the official said.

However, a CISF official said, "The administration should realise the problems being faced by the security personnel on job. We are for the service of public. The administration should make proper arrangements for us, even if at some other place."

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Malayalee panel chief, wife die in accident
Tribune News Service

Lalru,April 20
In an accident involving a car and a gas tanker on NH-22 near here, four persons, including three of a family from Kerala, were killed early this morning.

The Tata Indica(PB-65-7599) in which the family was travelling collided head-on with the gas tanker(HR-38-8373) near Rana Polycot Factory on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. The family was living in Sector 49.

A deputy general manager with Chandigarh Distilleries, Banur, Murlidharan Nair (50),his wife Shobha Murli(45), and driver Sarban Singh died on the spot. The car was reduced to mangles.

Shobha's mother Tangam Menon, in her sixties, succumbed to her injuries at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

The couple is survived by a son and a daughter. The children are reported to be with his friend Asokan, a resident of Sector 48, in Chandigarh.

The family had flown from Kerala to New Delhi and was on its way to Chandigarh. The gas tanker was empty. Investigating officer Balwan Singh said a case under Sections 279,337,304-A and 427 of the IPC had been registered against the driver of the tanker, who has absconded.

Dr John V. George, ADGP, Haryana, in a condolence message described Murlidharan a socially committed person who, as president of the Panchkula Malayalee Association, provided inspiring leadership to those from Kerala living in the city.

Work on the four-laning of the Chandigarh-Ambala highway is on. Digging on both sides has shrunk the road width, leading to a rise in accidents.

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Drug inspector jumps to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
A suspended drug inspector of Haryana, Y.K. Gupta, who had been facing a vigilance case, allegedly jumped to death from the third floor of the Haryana mini secretariat, Sector 17, this afternoon.

Gupta was posted at Kurukshetra when he was booked in a corruption case eight months ago, following which he was suspended

The police said the reason behind the step was yet to be ascertained as no suicide note was found on him.

Sources in the police station, Sector 17, said Gupta who lived in Sector 10 and was in his mid-40s, jumped to death at 3.30 pm.

The police suspected that he had come to the building to commit suicide, as he was frustrated over the cases of corruption he had been facing.

The police said Gupta suffered serious head injuries and broke both legs in the fall. He was breathing when he was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 16, where he died later. A pair of new sandals was found near the body.

The staff members told the police that Gupta was posted at Kurukshetra when he was booked by the vigilance department in the corruption case eight months ago, following which he was placed under suspension.

Earlier also, he was booked in a similar case, but was later acquitted.

The police said the post-mortem examination on the body would be conducted on Saturday.

Meanwhile, inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code have been initiated at the police station, Sector 17.

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Trauma unit in 18 months

Arecipient of the Padma Bhushan last year, Dr K.K. Talwar, renowned cardiologist, who has been the Director of the PGIMER, Chandigarh, for three years now, talked to our reporter Arun Sharma on the changes he has brought about in the institute.

Q: The OPDs face a plethora of problems. How are you tackling these?

A: The staff strength has not increased in proportion to the number of patients visiting the PGI during the last two decades. Now 400 posts in different categories have been sanctioned. In the last one decade, a new OPD wing has been started. Advanced Paediatric Centre, Advance Eye Centre and Drug De-addiction Treatment Centre have also started functioning. Still, the facilities fall short of the requirement.

We are in dialogue with governments of neighboring states asking them how we can help them in providing better health facilities there, so that patients do not rush here. Telemedicine facility had also been expanded. We are connected to the medical colleges at Rohtak and Shimla and SGPGIMS, Lucknow.

Q: Five senior faculty members left the institute last year. Any reasons?

A: The PGI is a world-class research institute. It was rated as the second best hospital and also the second best Institute in postgraduate medical education in India by The Week magazine last year. Those interested in academic work think twice before leaving the PGI. However, opportunities in private sector to earn more money has its attraction.

Q: Is not the long sojourns by doctors a factor behind long queus in the OPDs?

A: Doctors need long leave for higher studies abroad and it is a continuous process. We have appropriate arrangements to make sure that work does not suffer.

Q: What has been the contribution of PGI in medical research?

A: Dr Chetna Vaishnavi has got patented a test kit for gastrointestinal infection. Three patents have been filed by the Department of Ophthalmology after Dr Vaishali Gupta completed her project on infectious posterior uveitis in Indian population.

The PGI has collaborated with the IIT, Delhi, for research in tissue engineering. An application was moved for permission on experimentation on human beings for tnanotechnology in the drug delivery system. The application is pending before the Drug Controller General of India.

Q: Proposed projects take too much time, like the trauma unit. It was proposed decades back and is yet to come up.Why?

A: The trauma unit will be operational in the next 18 months.There is a dire need to generate resources at the local level. A negligible increase in fee for diagnostic tests can change things for the better.

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Media Overkill 
Abhi-Ash wedding jamboree
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
The wedding bells in Mumbai left many residents fretting and fuming in Chandigarh today. Even those married to the cinema for once decided to part ways with TV channels as these monotonously beamed the dull glitter of systemised wedding of Ash and Abishek.

They did want to see Abiskek mount Bollywood’s favourite horse Chandani decked up by artistes all the way from Jaipur. They also wanted to see all-made-up Ash reach the Bachchan house in a limousine.

And then, the reason behind not inviting Rani Mukherjee to the marriage was important to them, along with Jaya’s attitude towards other guests. But the focus on irrelevant aspects, and repeat of the same, was too much even for the movie enthusiasts christened Sunny and Preity after the actors.

“This was not the first wedding between two stars in Bollywood. And it will not be the last.

That’s for sure. Otherwise too, high-profile weddings have taken place abroad. But the way the channels played the wedding drama outside the Bachchan home was nauseating,” said Arun Malhotra, a businessman in Sector 45.

“Nothing exceeds like excess. And this wedding was a classic example. The channels started building up the hype early and the same continued throughout the day, pushing all other important developments into the background. The over-dosage only led to purgation of any feelings people had for the young couple”.

Agreeing, another resident advocate Raman Sharma said: “ The Live telecast of the wedding cermony would have been enough with one or two special programmes earlier during the day. But the channels woke the residents up with news about an artiste claiming herself to be Abishek’s beloved and continued even after the Indian team for the next cricket series was announced.

“Let’s hope the marriage lasts. Otherwise they will come up with special programmes on problems between star couples,” he concluded

“This was not the first wedding between two stars in Bollywood. And it will not be the last. But the way the channels played the wedding drama outside the Bachchan home was nauseating.

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Rs 2,000 crore increase in tax collections in region
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
Cashing in on the economic boom in the region,the Income Tax Department has registered an increase of almost Rs 2,000 crore in the tax collections in the north-western region in the last financial year as compared to 2005-06 with Haryana accounting for a lion's share in the total collections.

In fact,the unprecedented increase in the tax collections has brought smile on the face of the taxman as the tax collections have gone up from Rs 4,980 crore to over Rs 6,900 crore in the region comprising Punjab, Haryana,Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh, registering a growth of about 38 per cent.The growth for Haryana has even been better with the tax collections up by over 44 per cent,sources told The Tribune here today.

The growth had been all the more creditable as the region does not have any big industry and most of the growth had been accounted for medium and small industry and the individual tax payers, the sources said.

Data revealed that Haryana commissionerate had accounted for tax collections of Rs 3,120 crore till March 31 this year as against Rs 2,160 crore during the corresponding period last year.The figures for the Amritsar commissionerate,comprising also the state of Jammu and Kashmir, have increased from Rs 500 crore to Rs 660 crore.

Officials highlighted that the Ludhiana commissionerate had reported figures of Rs 1,240 crore compared to Rs 940 crore in 2005-06.The collections for the Chandigarh and Shimla commissionerates have gone up to Rs 1,840 from Rs 1,370 crore, officials added.

"The increase in the number of assessees could be the main reason for a substantial jump in the tax collections," Prem Inder Rattan,general secretary of the Chandigarh Income Tax Bar Association, said.Besides, awareness in the wake of the intensive public campaign for the payment of the taxes launched by the Centre goverment could be the contributory factor for a substantial jump in the tax revenue.

It may be noted that there were over 29 lakh income tax assessees by the end by March 31,2007,an increase of about 1.5 lakh income tax assessees from 27.5 lakh last year.

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Nod to cover for poor
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
Bringing weaker sections of society as also rural poor under insurance cover, the Chandigarh administration has approved the comprehensive micro-insurance scheme ‘Saath-Saath’.

Saath-Saath
Provides insurance in cases of natural death, accidental death, total disability, partial disability to weaker sections of society and rural poor.

The scheme covers insurance against natural death, accidental death, total disability, partial disability under LIC’s Janshree Bima Yojna and Universal Health Insurance Scheme, and Hut and Content Insurance by Oriental Insurance Company Ltd.

The scheme, focussing on the socially and economically backward sections of the unorganised sectors in Chandigarh, envisages contribution from the administration, the intended beneficiary and the Government of India (as subsidy through the LIC and OIC Ltd).

The scheme is renewable on yearly basis and the office of the SDM (east), UT, will be the primary nodal agency for the purpose.

The department of rural development, department of social welfare, municipal corporation, state transport authority, labour department, engineering department, forest department, etc. who are associated with the people like milk producers, rickshaw pullers, auto-rickshaw drivers, construction workers, farm labourers, farmers, ragpickers, etc. will be involved as secondary nodal agencies for the purpose.

Under the Janashree Bima Yojna, working members of BPL families or marginally above BPL families in the age group of 18 to 59 years will have to deposit a premium of Rs 50 for one year, while Rs 100 and Rs 50 will be contributed by the Central Government and Chandigarh administration, respectively.

In case of natural death, the insurance cover to member is Rs 30,000, while that in case of accidental death and total disability is Rs 75,000.

In case of partial disability, the member is entitled to receiving Rs 37,500.

Under the Universal Health Insurance Scheme for people up to 65 years, policy provided reimbursement of hospitalisation expenses up to Rs 30,000 to an individual. The member will have to pay just Rs 50 for the premium of the insurance cover of a family of seven members, including dependent parents.

The rest of the amount against the premium will be borne by the centre and Chandigarh administration.

Similarly, the Hut and Contents Insurance assures a sum of Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,000, respectively, against a premium of Rs 30 every year.

Around 20,000 beneficiaries are likely to be covered, including 7,514 identified BPL families.

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23 agents awarded on Women Savings Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
The National Savings Institute and the Directorate of Small Savings, Chandigarh, jointly celebrated the “Women Savings Day” here on Wednesday by honouring women agents and awarding those who had exceeded the targets.

SDM and registering and licensing authority, Chandigarh, Swati Sharma was the chief guest.

Addressing the agents, Rajiv Sagar, regional director, National Savings Institute, highlighted the significance of the day.

He said the Mahila Pradahan Kshetriya Bachat Yojana Agency system was started in 1972 by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who wanted women to be gainfully employed and become independent.

“The response to the scheme in North India has been encouraging and we have 12,500 agents in this region. Chandigarh alone has 210 agents,” he said.

The chief guest exhorted agents to encourage small savings among people. She exhorted the youth to take it up as a career option.

Later, prizes were awarded to 23 agents for achieving the targets set for the small savings. Soni won the first prize among agents for generating Rs 1.07 crore towards small savings.

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Promotions: Grad engineers allege raw deal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
Members of the Graduate Engineers Association, Punjab State Tubewell Corporation, today alleged that rules were being ignored by authorities during promotions in the corporation.

The association asked the state government to direct the management to refrain from carrying out such promotions and giving any charge without government’s approval.

General secretary of the association K.K. Jaitley in a press note said rules were being ignored by the management in promoting one-and-half-year draftsman certificate holders as executive engineers.

He alleged that on an earlier occasion also, the department had promoted junior engineers to the rank of sub-divisional magistrate on the basis of fake degrees submitted by applicants.

At a meeting, the members of association condemned the decision of the management in which a certificate-holder was promoted to the rank of executive engineer and made in charge of the hydro-geological wing, while the basic qualification for the post was MSc hydrology with eight years of experience.

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Circus — survival getting tough
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 20
The first dazzling show of Asiad’s Russian Circus was inaugurated by deputy commissioner H.I.S.Garewal in the Dasehra ground in Phase VIII, here, today. The circus will have three shows daily from tomorrow.

Circus is a dying art these days and the governments are not doing much to keep it alive. It was badly hit after a ban was imposed on the use of animals in the shows. 

While addressing a press conference, Satish Dutt Sharma, one of the partners in the circus, said there would be performances by Russian artistes for the first time. There were four Russian artistes, five Chinese and a few Nepalese besides 100 Indian artistes in the circus.

One of the biggest attractions of the show was the death globe in which four artistes would be driving motor cycles at the same time. It was a very risky performance as a slip of a second could lead to an accident, he disclosed. Students coming to see the circus would be given concession. They could purchase tickets for the lower stall and sit in the next higher one, he added.

He lamented that circus was a dying art these days and the governments were not doing much to keep it alive. It was badly hit after a ban was imposed on the use of animals in the shows. Although they had been exempted from paying the entertainment tax, still they had to pay exorbitant power and water bills and charges for using the land even when it was lying vacant. Daily expense for running the circus was about Rs 45,000.

He said he had started the circus in 1979 and was still going on with it even when the income had come down by nearly 70 per cent. He had no choice as he was unable to find buyers for the stuff with which he managed to run the circus. 

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Passport issuance up despite staff shortage

Chandigarh, April 20
Even with dwindling staff numbers, the regional passport office has seen a gradual increase in the number of passports issued every year.

According to official statistics, over 2.44 lakh passports were issued last year, compared to 2.11 lakh in 2005. The office issued 1.84 lakh passports in 2004 and the number was 1.66 lakh in 2003.

Though the office had 96 employees in 2003, the number came down to 87 in 2007.

Regional passport officer Vitul Kumar said the office had issued over 72,000 passports in the first three months of the year.— TNS

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Mayor briefed on plight of Ward No. 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
A delegation of representatives of ward No. 3 led BJP leader Vijay Uppal called upon municipal corporation mayor Harjinder Kaur and apprised her of the various problems being faced by people of the ward on Wednesday. In a statement, the leader stated the delegation presented a charter of demands to the mayor.

Uppal said the internal roads of Sector 22 were in bad shape and were full of potholes. Rains made the matters worse for those using these roads, he added.

He urged the corporation to carry out immediate recarpeting of these roads to mitigate the inconvenience caused to commuters. He added that garbage collected from houses was being piled up near the Sector-22 petrol pump, which was not removed regularly by sanitary employees of the corporation.

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Canter rams into truck
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 20
A Canter (HR-37B-2330) rammed into a truck near Ramgarh last night. The accident occurred around 1.30 am.

Sources said: “The Canter was following a truck from a very long distance. Probably, while trying to avoid collision with a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, the Canter driver crashed the vehicle into the truck”.

Venod Prasad and Rudra Verma, driver and conductor of Canter, respectively, suffered injuries. They were taken to the PGI, Chandigarh.

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Religious sites lucrative for beggars
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
The fear of law is no deterrent for hundreds of beggars seeking alms outside religious places in the city.The police, deployed outside these shrines, never acts against them.

A beggar outside a religious place in Sector 27 said he had been begging there for the past 15 years. He was arrested by the police only once or twice.

“Every time I was picked up by the police, I was let off after a day or so.”

Urchins become financially independent by the age of eight, after mastering the art of begging. Pregnant woman, carrying infants, invoked pity in the devotees to get alms.

Fortune-tellers and those with cows and elephants seeking money in the name of religion can also be booked under the Haryana Prevention of Beggary Act. Street performers, mendicants and vendors who may solicit alms “indirectly” are liable to action under the Act, say experts.

Beggars target their victims well. They know it is difficult for a rich man coming out of a temple to refuse alms to a “hungry” man. It is this mindset that the beggars capitalise on. And what has helped this practice to sustain is the common belief that by giving alms a person does “punya” and receives blessings from the divine.

For many with amputated limbs, begging could be the last resort. But, for the able-bodied, begging is just an easy way to earn money. With generation after generation adopting the same means to earn a livelihood, it has almost become a family tradition with some. One beggar said as much.

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Ours are Mumbai’s very, very poor cousins

Should you be shopping or dining at one of the upmarket shopping malls or high-end retro bars and restaurants at the Lokhandwala Complex in suburban Mumbai's Andheri any evening, there is a good chance that you could meet Massu.

Barefoot, squint-eyed, somewhat emaciated and wearing filthy clothes, Massu begs for alms. His working hours start at 8 in the evening and he calls it a day in the wee hours of the morning after the last diners have headed home.

His takings average between Rs.1,000 and Rs.1,500 on a good business night.

Yes, Massu is one of the many "millionaire" beggars in India's financial and entertainment capital.

Dressed in spotless white clothes, 60-year-old Malana Khan, Massu to his acquaintances, takes an auto-rickshaw from his one-bedroom-hall-kitchen (BHK) flat in middle-class Andheri West in western suburban Mumbai and heads towards upmarket Lokhandwala complex every evening.

He changes into his "begging attire" in a lane near Adlabs and is ready for the night.

Calling it a day at around 3 a.m., Massu takes an auto-rickshaw back home.

He stops near Yashraj Studios close to his home for a change of clothes.

And Massu holds total sway over the area he is operating in the evenings, say local restaurateurs.

"Massu simply lords over the area like a king. You will never find any other beggar in his vicinity. But you must give him credit, for he is polite to the core. He never raises his voice at anyone," said a manager of a high-end restaurant in Lokhandwala.

Besides his BHK flat at Amboli in Andheri West, Massu also owns a similar flat in neighbouring Andheri East.

Massu humbly brushes aside his sway over the area with a weary smile. "I have been operating in the area for over a decade-and-half. And people (read fellow beggars) know me and respect me," Mannu told IANS.

"Begging for me is a full-time carrier option like any other job. On a good night I take home Rs.1,500. You see, TV actors, film stars and other well-heeled Mumbaikars frequent the joints where I beg. So the taking is usually good."

Although very guarded about his "assets" accumulated over the years, he is proud to admit that he lives with his wife and two married sons at his Amboli flat and has rented out the other flat for Rs.8,000 a month.

Though unwilling to reveal details, conservative estimates put his property assets alone at over Rs.300 million.

"I have money saved in a couple of bank accounts, beside the two flats that I own," was all the soft-spoken beggar was willing to divulge.

But Massu is not the only millionaire beggar in Mumbai.

Meet 45-year-old Bharat Bhagat, who operates around Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and the adjacent Azad Maidan in south Mumbai.

Bhagat begs during the morning and evening rush hours.

His assets: two adjacent BHK flats in central Mumbai's Parel where his family - who deal in school stationery and other study materials - stays.

A school dropout, Bhagat refuses to give up begging and join the family business.

"I just don't have the knack for business. Begging fetches me a steady income. I have been able to set up my father and brother in business and have purchased two flats where my entire joint family stays. So why give up this 'profession'?" asks Bhagat. — IANS

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Chandigarh ‘highly developed city’

Chandigarh, April 20
The time series data compiled by the department of statistics, Chandigarh administration, has rated Chandigarh as a highly developed city going by its gross state domestic product.

The service sector here is emerging as a predominant contributed to the gross state domestic product.

Not only has the contribution of the service sector increased at total percentage points, the growth rate at constant prices has also been impressive.

The time series data shows that the contribution of services sector in the gross state domestic product has increased from 79.89 per cent to 84.28 per cent at constant prices.

A reverse trend is visible in the development of secondary sector (industry) and contribution of primary sector.

“There is a decline in the contribution of secondary sector (industry) in the same period from 17.69 per cent to 14.76 per cent. The contribution of primary sector to the total gross state domestic product, which was 1.33 per cent in 1999-2000, is now 0.71 per cent in 2005-06 at constant prices.” The data reveals that the city is emerging as a regional hub for service sector. — TNS

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Lot numbers on boxes, ammo shells different, says witness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
The prime prosecution witness in the general court martial (GCM), trying Col Vishal Bhargav for alleged misappropriation of ammunition in the Kargil sector today stated before the court that the lot numbers printed on the ammunition boxes were different from the lot numbers stamped on the ammunition shells inside the boxes.

Deposing before the court,Col Anil Nautiyal, Commanding Officer, 5 Sikh Light Infantry,also stated that the place where the ammunition was found lying alongside the Indus had a steep gradient and the water was muddy.Further, he stated that in August, 2005, the water level in the river was higher than it was during April-June.

On the request of the defence,the court also directed the prosecution to make available copies of reports of ammunition inspection carried out in the 3/8 Gorkha Rifles (GR) Battalion by experts in August, 2005, and April, 2006.

The defence had contended that the annual ammunition inspection was carried out in 4/8 GR by experts from 81 Ammunition Point in June,2005, and a report in this regard was submitted to the authorities concerned. Thereafter, another report was prepared in August, 2005, in which the actual lot numbers of the ammunition were neglected.

The defence also sought the entire documents pertaining to the censure awarded to Colonel Nautiyal for not reporting discrepancies in ammunition. He said a show cause notice was issued to him in this regard by the General Officer Commanding,8 Mountain Division, to which he had submitted his reply.

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Two of gang held after robbery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
The local police today arrested two members of an inter-state gang from Mohali, minutes after they robbed a man in Sector 23 at knife point in broad daylight.

The police said the accused belonged to the notorious Muradabadi gang, involved in several cases of robberies.

SHO of the police station, Sector 17, Jagbir Singh said Ramesh Kumar of Sector 24 reported to the police that two unidentified persons riding a scooter (CH 01 Y 5715) had robbed him of Rs 3,800 on knife point near Bal Bhavan in Sector 23 around 1 pm.

The police swung into action and dispatched units in various parts of the city. The scooter’s registration number was flashed.

After some time, a police party spotted the miscreants hanging around a bank in Phase VII, Mohali, and swooped down upon them.

They were identified as 35-year-old Ravinder Singh and 26-year-old Tejveer Singh of Muradabad district in Uttar Pradesh, said the police.

During preliminary interrogation, Ravinder told investigating officials that he was involved in several cases of robberies, snatchings and excise Act, while Tejveer had earlier been arrested in nine cases in various parts of the country.

The SHO said the accused admitted to having robbed Ramesh Kumar. Four of them had come to the city last night. While two members did the reconnaissance, the other two robbed the targets.

The two members riding another scooter (PB 27 A 7466) sped away. They had been identified as Rajinder Kumar and Hari.

The accused added that two more members of their gang were in Pinjore.

A police party was dispatched there to nab them. But by the time the police could reach the hideout, they made good their escape.

The police in Sector 17 had arrested members of the gang for robbing a man in the Sector on an earlier occasion too.

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Death in Quarrel
Police accused of tampering

Chandigarh, April 20
The family of 60-year-old Lal Chand Gupta, who reportedly died following a quarrel with the president of Sector 34 market on April 12, today alleged that officials at the police station, Sector 34, had tempered with records and removed certain statements from the record to shield the accused.

In a letter to the UT senior superintendent of police, victim’s son Neeraj Gupta alleged that he had met with crime branch officials on April 17 and learned that complete file had not been sent by the police station.

The file did not contain original complaint lodged on April 12, he claimed. He further alleged that the file did not contain the statements of Rajwant Singh. — TNS

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2 die in road accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
Two persons lost their lives in two road accidents in the past 24 hours.

A cyclist, Bishan Bahadur of Colony No. 4, was killed after he was hit by a crane in Industrial Area on Thursday night.

He was seriously injured in the accident and was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 16, where he was declared brought dead.

In another incident, a motorcyclist, Mykandar of Zirakpur, suffered serious injuries after his motor cycle rammed into an electricity pole on the road separating Sectors 52 and 53 on Thursday.

He was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead.

Two cases have been registered.

Cases of fraud

Sources in the economic offences wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police said Amarjit Singh Bal of Industrial Area, Phase I, lodged a complaint alleging that Paramjit Mishra, Vinash, Santu, Sat Prakash and V. Mishra, all employees of a private company in Bhubaneshwar, defrauded him of Rs 13,80,990 by forging documents.

A case under of forgery, cheating and breach of trust has been registered.

In another incident, joint director of AGNN, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, reported to the police alleging that employees of Kamaljit Singh, director, Prehari Security and Detective Service Private Limited, Kapurthala, fraudulently withdrew Rs 1 lakh from his account in the hospital. A case has been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Monika Verma of Sector 40-B reported to the police alleging that her Maruti car (CH 01 S 1462) was stolen from Sector 8 this afternoon.

In another incident, Arovindo Vidiarthi of Panjab University reported to the police alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle (HP 39 6257) was stolen from the university campus between April 16 and 20.

Similarly, Tarun Kumar of Sector 40 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle (CH 03 Y 3341) was stolen from Sector 34 on Thursday.

Three cases of theft have been registered.

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Tourism dept on nugget trail
Chitleen Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
Did you know that Chandigarh is the only city in the country that has a cyclorama? What is a cyclorama, some may ask. It is a form of museum where the displays surround the visitor all around. But where is this in the city?

Did you know that the city also houses a bird sanctuary? Or that Le Corbusier could read and write in English? And who gave the city its most used name “City Beautiful”?

Not many know, not even the city’s architect students, that the PGI has an air causeway connecting two buildings.

And here is another fact you did not know about the city you have probably lived in for decades: Pierre Jenerrette, Le Corbusier’s cousin who collaborated with him in the making of Chandigarh, had wished that his ashes be immersed in the Sukhna lake. And that it was done.

If all this intrigues you, wait for a department of tourism publication of the Chandigarh administration for a complete low-down on the lesser-known facts about the city you live in.

The administration has asked city residents or anyone connected with the origin and development of Chandigarh to send them titbits of interesting information about the city, which most people don’t not know about.

“These fact will be collected and put together as a publication brought out by the department of tourism,” said Vivek Atray, director tourism, UT.

And its not just anecdotes and stories that the administration is looking for. Anyone who cares to share artifacts, maps or other articles that give a peek into the city’s history is welcome to contact the administration.

“The volume will include pictures and images in the volume and every contribution will be acknowledged,” added Atray.

The information sent by the contributors will however be corroborated by a panel of experts before these find a place in the volume. The panel of experts will include historians, architects and some of the earliest residents of the city.

Officials in the administration added that even though there were around five books on the city, hundreds of its residents especially those who saw the city grow around them know certain facts about the development of the city that have still not been placed on record.

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Utilisation of resources
Industry, research facilities must join hands: expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
Industry and research facilities should synergise their efforts towards making optimum utilisation of resources available through various schemes available for innovation and technology development, said Dr Mahindra Pal, scientist, technology development board, department of science and technology, Government of India.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of a seminar on “Technology and innovation funding” organised by the CII, Chandigarh council, at the CII, northern region, here today.

He added that considering innovation as critical enabler for industrial development, the government was determined to facilitate all such activities that yielded benefit to society.

Dr Pal through a presentation highlighted the various schemes of department of science and technology.

During the seminar, presentations were made by Dr K.K. Bhutani, dean, NIPER; Dr Dinesh Goyal, executive director, Science and Technology Entrepreneur’s Park, Thapar University; and Dr A.K. Lall, dean research and planning, Punjab Engineering College.

They inferred that though India produced a large number of technical professionals and a large amount of money was spent on research and development, there had been a lack of results flowing out of the system for the benefit of the industry and society.

The bottlenecks for the lack of research and innovation, resulting in implemental and profitable technologies, were dearth of mechanisms supporting industry-institute collaborations, bureaucratic work-environment of public-funded laboratories and academic institutions, no incentives for innovation anywhere in the system and a culture where failure was seen with disregard.

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