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Allotment rules flouted by CII 
Sanjeev Singh Bariana and Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is allegedly flouting allotment rules of the Chandgarh administration by misusing its complex for commercial activity. This, inspite of the fact that land allotment to the organisation has been made on "semi-educational basis".

…the CII is not a commercial organisation and cannot afford to buy land at exorbitant rates. It is a voluntary organisation set up to render service, primarily to educate industry by promoting and making use of knowledge of engineering, science and technology.

— Official records

Interestingly, more than the educational or industrial awareness activity, the convention halls in the CII have gained popularity as elite exhibition venues. Other than the exhibition-cum-sales organised by the CII, these halls are rented out to private organisers. The basement hall, generally used for these exhibition-cum-sales, is rented out for Rs 60,000 per day. Sometimes, half of the hall is rented out for Rs 30,000 a day.

However, till date the administration has failed to take cognizance of the commercial activities being undertaken by a semi-educational institute. Deputy Commissioner RK Rao, when contacted by TNS, said: "The matter is serious.We will look into it immediately and initiate necessary action".

The issue gains importance because the administration had issued notices to many bhavans, including Lajpat Rai Bhavan and Agrasen Bhavan, for organising exhibitions. These were said to be engaged in commercial activity which was against allotment rules. "I am sure the same also apply to the CII", a senior official said.

Official records say in a letter to the administration seeking land, (dated October 8, 1992), the CII had said “…the CII is not a commercial organisation and cannot afford to buy land at exorbitant rates it is being offered. It is a voluntary organisation set up to render service, primarily to educate industry by promoting and making 
use of knowledge of engineering, science and technology.”

The objectives have been clearly listed as - to educate and promote industry, maintain library, collect and tabulate data, organise seminars and enlist services of experts.

Interestingly, the CII has listed benefits of the organisation as “education, improving environment and reducing pollution levels and promoting energy conservation.” It may be mentioned that while the administration is charging extremely high rates for conversion of land use in the industrial area, it is allowing commercial activity in an area allocated for educational purposes, and without charging any fees.

Officials in the CII argued that organising exhibitions in the CII was part of its industrial awareness activity. Regional director of the CII Sujit Haridas, when contacted, said business development was a charter of the CII, and organising such exhibitions part of business development.

“A number of consumer goods manufacturers are members of the CII and as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), they have to reach out to consumers. Thus, we allow only special exhibitions to be held here,” he said.

Haridas pointed out that a number of industrial training programmes were organised by the CII each year as part of its education activity. “Each year, we organise 300-400 training camps on various aspects of industry,” he added. 



World Book Day
Kids on a book trip
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
As the world gets ready to blow out 443 candles on William Shakespeare’s birthday cake (a date much contested but celebrated nonetheless!), April 23 plays host to yet another cake and this one to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day.

How to interest child in books

* Have books around the child
* Encourage child to look up for information himself
* Read to him
* Work out projects based on books
* Get books that interest child
* Link books to what is shown on television like Noddy

The city made merry too with the British Library, Sector 8, holding its own festivities to encourage reading.

The two-day events aim at bringing home the “interactive” element that books afford with competitions for schoolchildren along with “Grow Your Book Tree” campaign till April 27.

With stage set for first event, “Dress as your favourite book character”, little ones between seven and 12 years of age came clad to the hilt.

While Cinderella and Snow White ruled the roost for younger children, the older ones ran the gamut from Red Riding Hood to Robin Hood!

Finding place in the melee was even a Tom Sawyer played to perfection by Prerna Sharma (Class VI) from Carmel Convent, with pail, brush, marbles and even a dead insect in hand.

Pocahontas circulated with a pretty-in-pink Alice In Wonderland “performed” by 10-year-old Nitkangshi Roy from Gyan Jyoti Public School (Mohali), who like Alice “loves adventures” and dreams of visiting Disneyland.

The second competition had older children (13 years to 16 years) speak for three minutes each on why they love to read. But what took the cake (figuratively of course!) was the “Book Tree”.

The library in association with STEPS has set up three “trees” at Sukhna Lake, library and Sector 17 where book lovers are invited to write about their favourite author or book or simply why they love to read.

The one at the library had already sprung many “leaves” as children and adults alike scribbled their thoughts down.

However, is reading falling prey to television and the Internet? “Not at all,” says Ajay Arora of a book store in Sector 17.

“Books allow you to enter your own world where you can create and visualise unlike television that visualises for you,” he says.

Pankaj P. Singh, chief executive of another bookstore in Sector 8, believes nothing will replace books because television “lacks depth and is noisy”, while the Internet is a “morass” of information.

“However, a book is all about the written word, it carries so much weight,” he smiles.



No-Trust Move
Cong woos nominated members
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
With the no-confidence motion against mayor Harjinder Kaur coming up for discussion tomorrow, different political outfits having a presence in the municipal corporation are set to slug it out in support of their views.

The joint alliance of the BJP, the SAD and the CVM, which successfully installed its mayor after the December election, maintained that it would be difficult for the Congress to topple the mayor.

In the mayoral poll, Harjinder Kaur had bagged 17 votes to become the 11th mayor of the city. Nominated councillors had played an important role in the election as also cross-voting in the Congress.

Sources in the corporation said the Congress, which has 12 members in the house, was trying to seek support of nominated councillors to topple the mayor. Political parties today remained busy holding meetings with their councillors, discussing strategies for the motion.

The no-confidence motion was moved by the Congress after Harjinder Kaur was quoted saying: “Chandigarh should be merged with Punjab” by a section of the media.

However, the mayor maintained: “The matter has to be decided at a much higher level and I am no one to comment on such an issue.”



HC notice to ex-MC chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to former president of the Municipal Council, Mohali, following a petition filed by Gurnam Bindra Singh, municipal councillor.

It may be recalled that Gurnam Bindra Singh had defeated former MC president Kulwant Singh by 52 votes in the last MC poll. Kulwant Singh had then moved the election tribunal, alleging that as many as 80 votes cast in his favour, had been rejected.

Meanwhile, the election tribunal ordered recounting, scheduled for tomorrow, which was challenged by Gurnam Bindra Singh in the high court.



When candidates were sitting ducks
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 23
The state selection board authorities came under fire for not making adequate arrangements for interviews of health workers here today. The 400-odd out-station candidates, who arrived at the office of the SSB in Sector 2, alleged that there was not enough seating space and no arrangement for water at the venue. They also alleged that they were harassed by the staff and the canteen manager who charged exorbitant rates from them.

The canteen contractor Xeroxed a copy for Rs 4. Also, all eatables were sold at nearly triple the rates

Since the candidates were mostly women, they were accompanied by children and male relatives. Bursting at its seams with the rush of people, nearly double the number expected, the carpets spread out on the floors seemed very inadequate to accommodate those present.

Mukesh Kumar, who was accompanying his wife to the office, said since morning they were being made to run from pillar to post.

“They did not mention that they required copies of our certificates in the call letter. Here, they asked us to get the copies of every certificate. We are new to the city and didn’t know where to go,” he said.

Another applicant’s father, Sujjan Singh, said, finally, the candidates managed to discover that the canteen contractor had a Xerox machine. “He Xeroxed a copy for Rs 4 each. Also, all eatables were sold at nearly triple the rates,” he added.

After the chairman of the board was apprised of the exorbitant rates being charged by the canteen contractor, he was asked to shut the machine since he was operating it illegally. However, the officials failed to admit that there was a lack of arrangement at the office.

“We had arranged carpets for the candidates and placed water coolers and pitchers at various points. We had made arrangements only for the limited number of aspirants called for the interview. We can’t be held responsible if the candidates come with family members,” an official said.

The interviews for the post of NPHW female heath workers have been on since April 17 and will continue till April 30. There are 329 posts, divided between the general and reserved categories.



Dimpy Murder
Suspects ‘unfit’ for narco test
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Police investigations into the murder of Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, who was gunned down near the Sukhna Lake in July 7 last year, have apparently come to a naught.

The cops had sought permission from the court for brain-mapping and to conduct narco tests on three suspects Harneev Kaur, Sandeep Bhau and Rocky. While two of them could not be subjected to the test due to “health reasons”, the third suspect, Rocky, could not be tracked by the police.

The role of Harneev came under suspicion as she had called Dimpy out of the Lake Club, where he was shot. He was sitting in her car, when he was fired at. Harneev was also injured in the shootout, but she drove the car to her residence. Her family took her to the Sector 16 General Hospital immediately; however, they left the Dimpy’s body in the car.

About Sandeep Bhau and Rocky, the police said they were in the Dimpy gang but later parted ways. Sources in the police said Harneev alone was taken to the Forensic Science Laboratory, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat, for the tests. She complained of sickness and was subjected to brain-mapping. The scientists declared her ‘not fit’ for the narco test as she complained of high blood pressure as she was suffering from ulcer.

Due to her sickness, even the brain-mapping took more time than usual. Sandeep Bhau, the police said, was reportedly termed ‘unfit’ for the tests. He had been taking treatment from Adarsh Institute of Medical Education ands Research, Bathinda.

Inspector Satbir Singh, in charge of the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police, told TNS that they would take Sandeep Bhau and Harneev to Gujarat for tests when declared fit  by doctors. They would seek new dates from the laboratory.



Rickshaw-puller commits suicide

Chandigarh, April 23
A rickshaw-puller allegedly hanged himself to death at his residence in Burail village this evening following a dispute with his wife. He was in his 30s. The police said the deceased, Kamlesh, a father of three minor children, was an alcoholic and used to quarrel with his wife.

Inquest proceedings had been initiated. — TNS



Fauji Beat
Role models of armed forces

WHEN one thinks of the role models of the Indian armed forces, one’s mind goes to the late Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh. Field Marshal Cariappa, who is also called “Father of the Indian Army”, became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Army on January 15, 1949. What the Army, especially senior officers, needs to do is to follow the high principles of soldiering that Field Marshal Cariappa not only preached but also practised.

Field Marshal (then General) Manekshaw brought credit to the country by winning the 1971 war, which gave birth to Bangladesh. He had the courage of conviction to persuade Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to delay the war till December 1971. Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh is rightly called a born flyer and the architect of the IAF. He had donated Rs 2 crore to the ex-servicemen of the Air Force and their families by opening a trust in 2004.

The government has recently announced an attractive salary package (from the date of holding of five star rank) and perks for Field Marshal Manekshaw and Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh for their contribution to the country. They will also be treated as state guests while travelling within the country. Marshal of the Air Force says that arrears of his salary will go to the welfare trust.

Patients prefer Fortis Hospital

To begin with, 12 hospitals, five diagnostic centres and one dental centre were empanelled for the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) members in this region in November 2004. Over the years, a few more have been added to them. Among the hospitals, Fortis Heart and Multi-Speciality Hospital, Mohali, gets the highest number of ECHS patients.

On an average, 400 to 450 ECHS patients get admitted for indoor treatment and 1500 to 2000 patients get OPD treatment in a month at Fortis Hospital. A majority of them come to this hospital for cardiac treatment, including angiography, angioplasty, bypaas surgery, fitting of pacemaker, cancer treatment, joints’ replacement, neurosurgery and gastro problems.

It was suggested by a number of ECHS members from Chandigarh last year that the Fortis Hospital City Centre in Sector 9, Chandigarh, should also be empanelled. Then, for OPD treatment, they could go to this centre, rather than going to Fortis Hospital, Mohali, they felt. This proposal needs to be accepted.

Canteen smart card

The introduction of the canteen smart card system has been considerably delayed in the Headquarters Western Command CSD canteens located in Chandimandir, Chandigarh and Mohali. This is causing great hardship to ex-servicemen and widows because they cannot procure stores from the canteens, which have introduced this system. For, unless the canteen that issues a smart card activates it, it cannot be used in the canteens, which have introduced this system.

“Earlier we could avail ourselves of the facilities of the Territorial Army (TA) Group Headquarters CSD canteen located in Sector 8, Chandigarh. But ever since this canteen has introduced the smart card system, we cannot draw stores from this canteen as our cards were issued by the Western Command CSD canteen located in Sector 21, Chandigarh,” say many ex-servicemen from the northern sectors. To remove this difficulty, Headquarters Western Command should hasten up the introduction of the smart card system in its canteens.

— Pritam Bhullar



Parking at ISBT disallowed
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Quarrels and arguments between the parking contractor at the ISBT in Sector 17 and commuters were witnessed as the main parking area has been closed for public for the past two days.

As the parking contract has come to an end at the start of the month, the contractor has not been allowing commuters to park their vehicles at the parking lot. CTU authorities have also deputed an official to stop persons from parking their vehicles. As a result, long queues of vehicles were seen along nearby roads.

Many commuters, who travel to outstations for work, come to the bus stand on their vehicles. They, then, park them here before boarding their respective buses.

After being turned away, commuters parked their vehicles wherever they got space. Many were seen arguing with employees.

The reason for the stalemate was that after the culmination of contract, the contractor could not charge any parking fee and thus was not responsible for any vehicle. But he was not allowed to vacate the place by CTU authorities as around 50 vehicles, parked a few days ago, have not been claimed by their owners. “As we have issued slips to the owners of these vehicles, we have no option but to wait for them to take away their vehicles,” said an employee of the contractor.

People were not satisfied with the reasoning. “The contractor as well the authorities knew very well that the contract was about to end. They should have made some arrangements for public convenience. The already parked vehicles can be separated by putting some chain around them and the remaining area should be used to accommodate other vehicles,” said Surinder Singh, who goes to Parwanoo by bus after parking his scooter here.

P.S. Shergill, director, CTU said, “We cannot allow the contractor to vacate the premises before handing over the already parked vehicles to their owners. The matter will be solved in a day or two.”



Parks need to be well-lit

More than 1,500 parks, besides green belts, are maintained by the municipal corporation of Chandigarh, but in most there is no provision for lights.

With the onset of monsoons, growth of unwanted shrubs and congress grass turn these parks into habitats for creatures like snakes, endangering the lives of citizens. This makes it difficult for the citizens of City Beautiful to make use of these parks effectively.

Anti-social elements loitering in the parks commit a crime and are able to escape under the cover of darkness.I request the MCC to make provision for lights in the parks. It is suggested that since light points are already installed in the lanes nearby, poles with floodlights may be erected.

S.K. Khosla, Chandigarh



30 needy kids get scholarships
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Annual function of Hamari Kaksha-a class apart was organised at Sector 8 Community Centre, here.

This novel project for personality development of underprivileged children was started by Dr Anuradha Sharma and Sarita Tewari.

In Hamari Kaksha, students and teachers volunteered to join hands to decrease the rate of school dropouts. This unique organisation follows a child-centred approach and believes strongly in responsive classroom methodology. The credo it has given to itself is ‘Potential Unlimited’.

Lady Governor Jean Rodrigues was the chief guest who awarded scholarships to 30 children. Apart from this, gifts were also distributed among over 80 children (mostly first generation learners) to motivate them to develop a desire for learning.

The DPI (S) S.K. Setia and other senior functionaries of the education department also graced the occasion.

Giving a fillip to the efforts of the organisation, the Chandigarh administration announced that it would make available the premises of a Government Nursery School, Sector 7, in the afternoon for the classes of Hamari Kaksha.



Negative thoughts ‘add’ to global warming
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 23
Negative thoughts of violence, ill-will, jealousy, revenge, deception, anger, etc are polluting the atmosphere, adversely affecting not only society, but the entire cosmos.

This was stated by Brahma Kumari Prem at a seminar organised in connection with the World Earth Day at Sukh Shanti Bhawan in Phase VII here last evening. She said global warming was more dangerous that terrorism as a number of species had lost their lives due to the rising temperature.

Dr Satnam Singh, senior scientific officer, department of science and technology, who was chief guest, said people had exploited, degraded and polluted the earth. If required steps were not taken, a severe water shortage would be faced. 



Religious Seminar

Chandigarh, April 23
The 39th annual Hari Naam Sammelan, a religious seminar, will begin at Baba Balak Nath temple, Sector 31, here from April 25. The five-day programme includes sermons on various topics. A ‘jagran’ and a ‘bhandara’ will be organised during the event. — TNS



From Milan to teach fashion mantra
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Sporting a poncho in the searing mid-afternoon sun and looking every inch the cool fashion consultant she is reputed to be, Stefania Gulina came primed with trends galore.

She is, after all, a fashion stylist from Milan.

In the city to conduct lectures on trends and forecasts for summer and winter and to teach draping techniques on mannequins to the students of a Sector-8 fashion design institute, her endeavour along with faculty of the institute is to bring students here on a par with international fashion trends.

This, through collaboration with renowned Milanese fashion institute IMB (Instituto di Moda Burgo) for which Stefania works.

However, before the training began, this pert lady shared her fashion notes, introducing Chandigarh to what the coming summer will bring.

“Bright colours and a melange of fabrics where different textiles bring everything, including stripes, flowers and checks together,” she elaborates.

What is big this year is the empire line or “Olympic line”, as she calls it, with crushed or crinkled skirts and fabrics with the elegance being derived from embroidered, delicate detailing.

She predicts that it will be like this right up to summer of 2009.

“There are committees that meet twice a year, 18 months in advance to the season they are working on. Teams travel all over the world taking inspiration from nature, art galleries, events, even buying small things to use in their plans,” explains Stefania.

Everything is an “influence”, be it social, political and economic events and these are worked out to determine yarn, fabrics, fibres, styles and colours for the world to play with.

“The interesting thing about forecasting is that, year on year it does not change significantly. The change can be tracked in five-year periods. So summer of 2009 is not really that different,” she smiles.

What has changed, though, is the detailing that includes pockets, drawstrings and colours and very long or very short skirts compared to summer of 2007.

Having said this how is one to adapt Europe’s fashion guiding techniques to countries around the world like India for instance? “Do not copy,” are Stefania’s words of caution.

“Attune them to trends, bodies and even religious beliefs where necessary to make clothes that are more defined to your method of style,” she avers.

Finally what of her personal style statement? “Classic” is this fashion interpreter’s mantra. So if you wish to go her way, indulge in accessories - shoes and bags, a good pair of trousers and jewellery, but classic pieces. If you wish to pander to junk go the Coco Chanel route — junk but spiffily done!



Club members seek elected body
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 23
Members of the Gymkhana Club today drafted a memorandum seeking an elected body to run the HUDA-managed club.

At a meeting of the general house of the club, which was held at Aggarwal Bhavan, Sector 16, here, it was decided that the memorandum be submitted to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The members, complaining of rising discontent among the club members, demanded that the powers of the board of patrons should only be limited to safeguarding the property of the club.

Stating that the executive committee of the club also needs to be recast, convener R.R. Bhardwaj said the club should be headed by the chief administrator, HUDA, or the deputy commissioner.



Residents stall sealing of gate
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 23
High drama was witnessed in the PWD colony at Sector 14, here today, when the staff of the department arrived to close an "illegal" gate at the premises of Naseeb Singh, a superintendent in the Haryana secretariat. His daughter Kiran alleged that the SDO of the PWD, who visited the spot, misbehaved with her.

Trouble began when labourers arrived at Naseeb Singh's house to brick the gate which is in violation of the bylaws.

Kiran reportedly told the staff that her father was away to work and her mother was out of station. She requested them to come again when her parents were home. At this, the SDO, Subhash Chaudhary, also present at the spot, allegedly tried to bully the girl and even attempted to slap her, Kiran claimed.

She raised an alarm after which neighbours gathered and prevented the labourers from carrying out the closure of the gate. They even demolished the partially-built brick wall that was put in place by the labourers.

The police was called to the spot after which the residents were placated and the labourers were sent packing. Kiran, however, alleged that she went to the police post to register her complaint against the SDO which was not entertained.

When contacted, Subhash Chaudhary said that he had gone to the colony for a routine inspection in the area when he found the labourers were sitting idle.

"The labourers was only carrying out the job assigned to them and the residents were stalling the work. I don't know who the girl is and I did not misbehave with anybody. Also, we were executing orders to check violations," he said. He added that the labourers had not entered the premises and were working outside which did not require permission in his opinion.



Their demands blocked, blind jam traffic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Members of the National Federation of the Blind, Haryana branch, today blocked traffic for over three hours at the press traffic lights point on Madhya Marg this afternoon.

As many as 11 agitators, including five women, courted arrest. The SDM released them later.

The protesters, who have been on dharna outside the new secretariat in Sector 17 since March 8, resorted to a roadblock after their meeting with the chief secretary remained inconclusive. The protest began at 3 pm and lasted till 6 pm. The protesters were demanding regularisation of the services of 135 employees of the Child Development Programme, besides enhancing their minimum wages from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,510.

Traffic was disrupted and hundreds of motorists were put to inconvenience.The situation got worse during office hours as employees from Sector 17 and nearby areas clogged the roads, leading to several traffic jams.

Jage Ram, general secretary of the federation, said they were forced to come on the roads due to the “indifferent” attitude of the state government to their demands. The authorities concerned had given an assurance at a meeting earlier that their grievances would be looked into, following which they had halted their march in Rohtak. But it seemed now that the government representatives had backtracked from their stand.

On today’s meeting with the chief secretary, he said it remained inconclusive as senior officials of the education department were not present. In case the state government did not budge from its stand, the federation members would intensify their stir and stage a protest outside Haryana Bhavan in New Delhi.

Eleven members of the federation would court arrest each day in support of their demands as part of the ongoing agitation, he warned.



Truck driver booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The local police yesterday booked and arrested a truck driver for allegedly damaging a vehicle and an electricity pole after ramming his vehicle into them.

The police said Charanjit Singh of Maloya village lodged a complaint alleging that the driver of a Swaraj Mazda (PB 11 U 1198), Randeep Rana of Ugala village, Ambala, hit a Tata 407 truck and an electricity pole in front of CRPF camp in Hallo Majra on Sunday. No one was injured in the mishap.

Vehicles and the pole were damaged in the incident.

A case of rash driving under Sections 279 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against the driver.

Randeep Rana was arrested and later released on bail.

Car stolen

Kesho Ram Mahajan of Sector 22 B reported to police alleging that his Tata Indica car (HR 99 A CHQ 7595 (T)) was stolen from his residence on Sunday. A case of theft has been registered.



Member of gang that duped NRI held
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 23
The police today arrested one member of a gang which had allegedly duped NRI Prabhjot Singh, who later died under mysterious circumstances.

According to a press note issued on behalf of SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra, the police has arrested Devinder Singh, alias, Raj Kumar. During questioning Devinder Singh told the police that he had been staying in Nayagaon for the past 15 years and worked as a mechanic.

The suspect said while in Nayagaon he met Bhag Singh, a resident of Karoran village, who worked as a property dealer. During 2003, Bhag Singh told him that as they were facing financial problems they should do something. He said Bhag Singh told him that an NRI had come from England who wanted to purchase land in Nayagaon.

Bhag Singh allegedly came up with a proposal that land which was available at Rs 2 lakh per kanal could be sold to Prabhjot Singh at Rs 4 lakh per kanal. For this, he asked Raj Kumar to strike a deal with the NRI, posing as Devinder Singh.

The earnest money received could be spent on purchasing land which could later be sold to Prabhjot Singh. He said he agreed to pose as Devinder Singh. Bhag Singh, Jasbir Singh and Kansal resident Beera took him to Prabhjot Singh’s house in Sector 40, Chandigarh, where the deal for the land was allegedly struck. Prabhjot Singh gave Rs 50,000 and bank drafts worth Rs 3.50 lakh as earnest money.

Later Bhag Singh took him to Sector 9, Chandigarh, where a bank account in the name of Devinder Singh was opened and the drafts deposited. Later, Rs 4 lakh was withdrawn from the bank out of which Bhag Singh gave him Rs 7,500. When the police registered a case against them, Bhag Singh, Jasbir Singh and Beera came to him and allegedly gave him Rs 20,000 more and asked him to flee as the police had his photograph.

He said he shifted to Burail and got a job for himself. After some time he returned to Nayagaon but was arrested. He alleged that out of Rs 4 lakh he was given a meagre Rs 27,500.

According to the police, Prabhjot Singh died in 2005 in Chandigarh under mysterious circumstances.

Mother of the deceased Prasin Kaur had complained to the police that Devinder Singh, Bhag Singh and Jasbir Singh had allegedly taken Rs 4 lakh from her son as earnest money for purchasing land.

She had alleged that no registry for the land was carried out.



IT growth banks on small, medium businesses: Expert
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The small and medium businesses (SMBs) are fuelling the growth for the information technology (IT) sector in the North. As the SMBs in the region adopt IT, they have become a major growth engine for the IT industry.

Cycle and cycle parts manufacturing units and hosiery and textile units in Ludhiana and sports goods manufacturers in Jalandhar, besides many cooperative banks in the region like Punjab State Cooperative Bank are now adopting IT solutions for their operations. These companies are slowly moving away from the customised solutions to packaged IT solutions.

Anup Verma, regional sales director, mid-market technology sales, Oracle India, expressed these views during an interaction with The Tribune here today.

Having launched their mid-market business a year ago, Oracle claims to have made significant inroads into this sector, especially in the North.

He said one of the challenges that the SMBs face revolves around security.

“Apart from protecting themselves from traditional threats, businesses need to now consider issues such as managing confidentiality of client information and compliance to legislative regulations.

Specifically for the SMBs, ensuring data and information security remains a key pillar to establish their credibility as an organisation to their clientele.

All these factors have made protecting data against unauthorised access a top priority for the SMBs.

A recent research by AMI Partners shows that the SMBs in India are expected to spend $ 161 million in this year for security,” he said.

Verma added that as Oracle expands in non-metros in India, a large chunk of their sales from these cities comes from the database section, wherein they also address the issue of security.

He said with the metros having reached a point of saturation for IT growth, the SMBs were a goldmine for the IT industry.



Market panel fee collection up

Chandigarh, April 23
The Market Committee of the Grain Market in Sector 26 here recorded an impressive increase in fee collection for the third consecutive month this year. After impressive performance in January and February, the collections in March registered an increase of 26.87 per cent over the corresponding collections in March 2006.

The month of January and February recorded an increase of 18.61 per cent and 14.36 per cent, respectively. In absolute terms, the market fee collection increased from Rs 13,97,000 in March 2006 to Rs 17,72,000 in March this year.

Chairman Agriculture Marketing Board-cum-Deputy Commissioner R. K. Rao said the higher collections would go into providing better facilities to the customers and the producers both. — TNS



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