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25 from city make it to IIMs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
At least 25 students from the city, many former students of Punjab Engineering College (PEC), have made it to various Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the institutes were declared today after being delayed for several days because of the government stand on OBC quota.

More than 35 students from the city had got a call for group discussions and interviews early this year. At least 20 students from the city have been selected in at least one of the six IIMs. The results of the IIMs in Ahmedabad and Bangalore are still trickling in.

The first results to be declared were by the IIM, Kolkata, followed by Kozhikode, Indore and Lucknow. More than 1.9 lakh students appeared in the CAT last year across India, out of them 11,000 from Chandigarh.

Riddhi Prasad, a former student of PEC working with Accenture, Mumbai, made it to the IIMs in Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore and Kozikode.

“Since I was working I could not put in more than a few hours each day for studies. But I did a lot of practice tests, identified my weak points and worked on them. Success is a combination of hard work and luck,” she said.

Vishal Gahlaut another former student of PEC has made it to the IIMs at Indore, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Kozhikode said: “I will be joining Ahmedabad,” said Vishal, who is working with Fidelity Investments at Gurgaon. “I took a lot of mock tests and kept company with friends who were serious in their preparation. This really helps,” he said.

Narender Thakur, a final year student of PEC, has made it to Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode. “I had been preparing for MBA slowly and steadily for the past one year, studying consistently for at least an hour a day. I was focused and determined from day one.”

Thakur’s brother Rajender Thakur, also a former student of PEC and now working with a software company in Chennai, has made it to four IIMs.

Ashish Gupta, pursuing first year of MBA at the University Business School, has made it to four IIMs while Pragya Gupta and Saurabh Goyal have made it to three IIMs. Others who have cleared admission in at least one IIM are Abhishek Daga, Ankush Jain, Anuj Mittal, Gaurav Garg, Himanshu Aggarwal, Kirti Jindal, Misha Pratap, Mohit Verma, Rahul Aggarwal, Rajan Goyal, Shaifali Goyal and Vijay Kumar. Aastha Sood, a final-year electronics student in PEC, has got admission in Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

Yashbir Singh has cleared the admission test for IIMs in Kozhikode and Indore.

Said Hirdesh Madan, Region Head, Bulls Eye. "The undue delay because of the quota controversy created havoc. Many students took admission in other institutes and paid hefty sums. " 



Sheds now in UT control
Sanjeev S. Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh administration has decided to shift the control of sheds in the Industrial Area from the hands of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation(CITCO) to the estate office with immediate effect.

What it means
* End to leasehold qualms under CITCO
* Higher loans from banks

Owners of more than 500 industrial sheds who had been shuttling between the estate office and CITCO for the past nearly three decades, can now heave a sigh of relief. There will be a definite authority for handling files for transfer of plots in their name.

While the administration will make money in lakhs, the transfer will be a relief for those in possession of plots through the general power of attorney, special power of attorney and wills. They can now have the property in their name. More than 50 per cent of the sheds are known to have shifted hands through the GPAs and other means.

The meeting that decided to transfer the sheds to the estate office was held under the chairmanship of Lalit Sharma, adviser to the UT Administrator Krishna Mohan, industries scretary S.K.Sandhu, finance secretary R.K.Rao, the Deputy Commissioner and CITCO chairman J.S.Bir.

Industrialists stand to gain in terms of getting higher loans for their ventures from banks. The banks were less forthcoming in giving loans because the property was not in the name of the industrialists.

"Even when loans were sanctioned, the amount was less. For example, in case an industrialist was eligible for getting Rs 40 lakh earlier, he could now expect Rs 2 crore," a senior industrialist said.



CBI court gives tough verdict

Cop gets 1-year RI for graft

Chandigarh, April 27
Sub-inspector of the Chandigarh police Jaswant Singh was sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment by special CBI judge Jagdeep Jain in a case of Prevention of Corruption Act today.

A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on the sub-inspector.

A CBI official said Rajesh Kumar had complained to the bureau that in July, 2005 the sub-inspector had demanded a bribe of Rs 2,000 after the complainant’s motor cycle was involved in an accident near the rotary of Sectors 3 and 10.

On the basis of the information, a trap was laid by the CBI on August 3, 2005.

After filing of the chargesheet in September, 2005, the sub-inspector was indicted on January 23, 2006. — TNS

Bail denied in murder case

Chandigarh, April 27
Additional District and Sessions Judge RS Baswana today rejected the bail application of Dr Ravdeep Kaur, an accused in the murder of Patiala labour court judge Vijay Singh.

The deceased was murdered on October 13, 2005. After the case was transferred to Chandigarh district from Patiala, the ADSJ framed charges against the accused, Dr Ravneet and Giani Manjit Singh.

While moving the bail application for the accused, the defence counsel argued that being in judicial custody, her health could deteriorate and there was no substantial evidence against her. The prosecution alleged that the accused was delaying case proceedings on one pretext or the other. — TNS



A Tribune Debate

The business of traffickers recruiting people, especially women and girls, attracted by the prospect of a well-paid job abroad, has become alarming. Recently, a large number of people, misled by travel agents, were deported from Dubai. What should be done to deal with this growing problem? Are our laws strong enough to tackle this menace? Readers are invited to send their views, in not more than 300 words, to:

Traffickers A Tribune Debate, c/o The Tribune,Sector 29, Chandigarh 160 030

or email at news@tribuneindia.com by May 10, 2007



Mohali MC gets serious about sanitation
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 27
The town has been divided into four zones by the local municipal council for sanitation work for which new tenders are being called next week. The work will be given on a contract of one year.

Deductions will be made from payments to the contractors if the work is not found to be satisfactory. 

Under the new agreement, sanitation contractors will have to clean the curb channels as well. The work of cleaning curb channels was earlier got done by the civic body by engaging another contractor.

While zone I will cover Phases I, II, IV, VI, Sector 57 and Mohali, Shahi Majra and Madanpura villages, zone II will have Phases III A , III B 1, III B 2, VII and VIII. Similarly, zone III will cover Phases IX to XI and parts of Sector 48, and Zone IV will comprise of Sectors 70, 71, Phase V and Matour village.

Efforts will be made by the civic body to have a separate contractor for each zone so that the work could be carried out in a satisfactory way. Even though the two contractors who are looking after sanitation work in the town at present have allegedly failed to provide satisfactory services, there is every possibility that they might again try to get the new contract.

According to the terms of the agreement, the contractors will be responsible for not only getting the roads swept but also will have to ensure that cleanliness is maintained in parks, on roads berms, near bus stops and in vacant spaces. The garbage collected from the town will have to be dumped at earmarked sites.

The contractors will also have to set up complaint offices in each zone where a register will have to be maintained and the complaints received from residents will have to be attended to within 16 hours. If the compliant is not attended to within the specified time, the contractor will be levied a fine of Rs 150 per day. In case he did not set up an office for registering complaints, he will be imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 per month. Fines will also be imposed if the employees of the contractors failed to produce identity cards during checking. These cards will have to be provided by the contractors.

Deductions will also be made from the payments due to the contractors if the work was not found to be satisfactory. If the contractors failed to improve sanitation work after notices being issued to them, the president and the executive officer of the civic body will have the right to cancel the contract and forfeit the earnest money.

At present, the town has been divided into only two zones and the work is being looked after by two contractors. However, it is alleged that the work of sanitation at present is in a state of neglect. 



Over 1,000 scientists quit DRDO in 5 years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
With better prospects and service conditions available in the private sector,over 1,000 scientists have resigned from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) over the past five years.

“During 2002-2006, as many as 1,007 scientists left their jobs from the DRDO due to increased opportunities available in the private sector,” according to a statement made by the defence minister in Parliament yesterday.“The rate of attrition is marginally higher compared to private sector industries,” the statement added.

The number of scientists leaving the DRDO has seen a spurt in the recent years. The number of scientists leaving the government establishment in the 5-year period preceding 2002 was just 400.

The defence ministry’s statement claims that there has been no substantial impact of such attrition on the completion of various DRDO projects.The deficiencies are made up through regular recruitments.The DRDO has a strength of about 7,000 scientists.

A comprehensive proposal of incentives to arrest the exodus of scientists has already been submitted by the DRDO and is under active consideration of the government.A proposal has also been submitted to the Sixth Central Pay Commission.

According to recent reports,the DRDO is seeking a four-fold increase in salaries for its staff, besides significant performance-based monetary incentives for scientists from the Sixth Pay Commission.

The organisation is also seeking an additional 30 per cent hike in basic salary for scientists as intellectual capital pay for generating intellectual property rights.

Several other incentives are like increased participation in international seminars outside the country to help keep them updated on technical developments, increase in study leave for scientists and additional grants for higher academic studies, also being sought for the DRDO personnel.

While it has some achievements to its credit, the DRDO has also drawn flak from Parliament’s standing committee on defence over its major projects being excessively delayed and running into heavy cost overruns.

To offset this, the defence ministry has decided to award certain research and development projects to the private industries which fulfil certain laid down requirements.The ministry will bear 80 per cent of the project cost.

The defence ministry is setting up a corpus to fund these projects and has already directed the Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff to identify 10 projects which can be awarded to the private sector.



Mohali-Dera Bassi commuters face hurdles
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, April 27
Commuting between Mohali and Dera Bassi is proving to be an uphill task. With no direct link between the district headquarters and the subdivisional town, thousands of commuters are at the receiving end of the official apathy.

In fact, the authorities concerned have failed to spare a thought for the hapless commuters, who find it difficult to commute between the two towns. The worst affected are the hundreds of employees of the industrial units in the Dera Bassi-Lalru belt, who commute for duty daily.

“Travelling daily between the two towns is nothing short of a nightmare,” says Parkash Chand Sharma, an employee. In fact, the passengers from Mohali to Dera Bassi have to first come to The Tribune chowk by an auto-rickshaw and then take the bus to Dera Bassi or the adjoining areas, Sharma said.

Since the passengers have hardly any choice, auto-rickshaw owners charge heavy fare, alleges Malkit Singh, a factory employee at Dera Bassi.

The ongoing construction of the Zirakpur flyover has compounded the problems of the commuters.

Sharma claimed that passengers’ difficulties could be lessened to a certain extent if the buses bound from Chandigarh to Dera Bassi could be diverted to Mohali from The Tribune chowk. Besides mitigating the problems being faced by the passengers, the move would increase the number of passengers for the state transport corporations, Sharma claimed.

Meanwhile, a senior functionary of the Punjab transport department asserted that the government was aware of the matter and appropriate action would be taken soon. Transport plans for the new district are likely to be re-drawn soon, he added.



Matter of faith
City gurdwara embellished with stained glass
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Sincerity of effort is best embodied in acts of faith and city-based artist and entrepreneur Ravi Chawla’s stained glass windows for the gurdwara in Sector 8 is a truly altruistic endeavour of her deep reverence.

The nine windows, just above the entrance to the holy sanctuary, greet the visitors in a burst of colour. Put up on Baisakhi this year, they are the first such windows to be installed at any gurdwara in the city.

It is an art largely synonymous with Christian iconography in churches, but Ravi has taken care to represent the Sikh art and symbols in these windows created by her.

“I went though several books on the Sikh art, especially in the context of placing it in a religious place. I have used the colours associated with the faith, like “kesar” (saffron) and blue. The red glass is only to break the repetition of colour,” she explains.

The windows use the “khanda chakkar-kirpan” symbol along with beautiful designs gathered from Persian art, references to which she found in the books she studied.

The gurdwara, she says, is precious to her family. Married to city-based industrialist M.P.S. Chawla, she has virtually seen this sacred place grow as her father-in-law, late Satnam Singh Chawla, was president of the gurdwara in his time.

“There are profound sentiments attached. All I wanted was to do my best and do it from the heart,” she explains.

Indeed, the work is detailed, the glass all imported from Italy and America and the work a labour of love because Ravi has done these windows herself.

“I spent a month making the first design, then spent another month drawing it to the same size, as it was meant to be and only after I was satisfied did I began to make it.”

It took her almost four months of cutting each piece of coloured glass, grinding it and soldering it before the designs finally emerged in one piece.

Their life, over 200 years, insists Ravi, for the material used is the very best.

“The satisfaction from doing something that comes from deep within is special,” says Ravi who specialises in this work at her Industrial Area workshop.

However, it is an art that is gaining popularity in gurdwaras the world over, says Canada-based advocate, writer and guide of website www.sikhchic.com T. Sher Singh.

“It began to be used in our holy places around 30 years ago in North America. Many of the gurdwaras then were older buildings but as the community began to establish itself and new structures started to come up, it became routine to use stained glass,” he explains.

He said a look at Harmandar Sahib revealed every kind of artistic endeavour from every religion and that was the splendour of Sikhism.

“It is a faith that stresses on integration,” he said, and in that sense it has a universality that cuts across the tangles that man makes out of faith.

Interesting facts

When Christ Church in Ashbrooke, England, was sold in 1999, its stained glass windows were removed and stored in a London warehouse. The former church was transformed into a gurdwara when it was taken over by the Sunderland Sikh Association, which spent over a year trying to complete the restoration of the building to its former glory.

The window with three panes depicting St Michael, St George or St David has been refitted into its original place during the restoration endeavour. A representative of the association said they wanted the place to return to its original state because the windows were for people of all faiths to enjoy and they wanted people to come and see them regardless of their religious faiths. Source: www.sikhchic.com <http://www.sikhchic.com>



Heavier fines for traffic offenders soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh police will soon increase the amount of fine for traffic violations. Announcing this at the launch of mobile public address system, Chandigarh police inspector general S.K. Jain said: “To discourage traffic violators, we will enhance the amount of fine besides installing closed-circuit cameras at sensitive points.”

He also flagged off six motor cycles, equipped with amplifiers, from Children’s Park, Sector 23, here this morning. Under the system, two officials, including woman officer, will alert public about traffic rules in their respective zones.

Talking to mediapersons, Jain said the number of accidents was very high in the city. “Last year, 143 persons lost their lives in accidents in the city and this year the number had already reached 45. Our primary concern is to minimise the number of the accidents,” said Jain.

Recognising motorists for responsible driving, the police also rewarded 30 drivers with gifts at the Press trafficlights, Aroma trafficlights and Kisan Bhavan chowk for following traffic safety rules.



Ammo scam
Documents created after probe: Defence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The defence in the general court martial trying a colonel for alleged misappropriation of ammunition in the Kargil sector today contended that since the court of inquiry (COI) did not blame the accused persons from the 4/8 Gorkha Rifles, documents were created after the COI was endorsed by the brigade commander to show anomalies in the ammunition.

Prosecution witness, Maj Shalabh Pun, stated in his cross-examination that the Presiding Officer of the COI, Lt-Col Rana Sinha, had informed him on November 4, 2005, that the battalion magazine had been sealed by him on August 27, 2005. After mid-September 5, Sikh Light Infantry was solely responsible for the security and safety of the ammunition and no soldier of the 4/8 GR could enter the magazine.In November, 2005, Lt-Col Sinha had found only 32,670 rounds of belted ammunition lying unaccounted there.The Brigade Commander, Brig A.K Rana, had endorsed his recommendations on the COI proceedings on November 22, 2005, he said.

Major Pun could not deny the suggestion of the defence counsel, Col S.K Aggarwal (retd), that after September 30, 2005, as per records, only a small quantity of belted ammunition was found on February 26, 27 and 28, 2006. This, the defence contended, was after five months of the last recovery made in September, 2005, and was a stage-managed show.

The witness stated before the court that as per his information, an Army vehicle loaded with ammunition had fallen in the river Indus in the year 1999 somewhere near the same area and subsequently the ammunition was written off.

He also informed the court that Col Sanjay Joshi, CO, 14 Mahar, wrote a letter to Brig M.S Koshal, Commander, 192 Mountain Brigade, on January 6, 2005 in which there was no mention of any handing over or taking over problems concerning the ammunition.

During further questioning by the defence counsel, Maj Pun said that on July 20, 2005, when Col K.J.M Roy, CO, 5 SLI, met the officiating brigade commander, Col P. P. S Deol in his presence, he did not point out any discrepancies or anomalies of ammunition observed during handing over or taking over of ammunition with Col Vishal Bhargav, CO 4/8 GR.



No decision on ‘blue-eyed’ officer
City gets three more DSPs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The city is all set to have three new deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) with the departmental promotion committee (DPC) clearing the names of nine for promotion at a meeting here today.

Jagbir Singh, B.S. Chadha and Ashwani Kumar will assume the charge after formal orders. The remaining officers will be promoted as and when the vacancies arise. Others on the list are Satbir, Prem Chauhan, Vijay Kumar, Bahadur Singh Negi and Kulwant Singh.

The DPC has kept the issue of creating a special post for DSP in the municipal corporation in abeyance. There was a strong pressure for the post for a "blue-eyed officer.”

Three DSPs have retired since January this year.



Kumedan: Govt buildings in city properties of Punjab, Haryana
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, April 27
An expert on territorial issues and river waters, Pritam Singh Kumedan, today said most of the government houses and buildings in the Union Territory were built when it was the capital of composite Punjab. Owner of these houses and buildings were Punjab and Haryana governments and the Chandigarh administration should have nothing to do with such properties.

He said the UT administration had ownership claim only on those buildings that were constructed to run the offices of the administration and its employees.

He said when Chandigarh was the capital of joint Punjab, a number of government houses and other buildings were constructed for employees, officers, ministers and others.

After the re-organisation of Punjab, these houses became the property of Punjab and Haryana.

He said all government residential houses and other buildings like civil secretariate and assembly were constructed for the erstwhile Punjab state and not for the city.

“The administration can only claim legally the ownership of those buildings that were created specifically to serve the city like deputy commissioner’s office.” He said it was unfortunate that the central government, which had administrative control over Chandigarh, had now started claiming the Punjab and Haryana’s property as its own and had established control over it.

He said the central government could not become the owner of the property belonging to Punjab and Haryana in Chandigarh, he added. He said the central government had illegally occupied Punjab’s land elsewhere also.

A cafeteria on the left bank of Bhakra dam was currently with the BBMB and similarly a BBMB colony in Delhi was a property of Punjab.

Under Section 48(1) of the Punjab Reorganisation Act 1996, Nangal township, Talwara township and Ganguwal and Kotla rest houses were properties of Punjab, he added.



In need of helping hand to get back on feet
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Destiny played a cruel joke with Faraz Ahmad, a 22-year-old youth of Saharanpur, when he learned that he had a recurrent giant cell tumour in the left leg.

To make the matters worse, his father died the next day, leaving the family of four with no source of income.

Also, to save the leg doctors at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, have asked him to arrange Rs 1 lakh for the treatment.

Faraz was pursing a degree in Unani medicines when he felt severe pain in his left leg. With no relief from the treatment that he received at Saharanpur, Faraz reached Chandigarh, where he was diagnosed with tumour in the leg on June 6.

The very next day, tragedy awaited him as his father, suffering from a heart ailment, died on his arrival at Saharanpur.

With the death of family’s sole breadwinner, the family could arrange only a few thousand rupees for the treatment of Faraz.

He was brought to a hospital in Panchkula on September 26 and surgery was perfomed on him. After six months of surgery, the disease relapsed and doctors at the GMCH advised excision and reconstruction using endoprosthesis costing Rs 1 lakh.

“We are three brothers and the eldest is working as a woodcarver in Saharanpur, who earns a little more Rs 2000 a month. I had to leave my computer course in between due to paucity of money,” said Shahbaz, the twin brother of Faraz accompanying him at the hospital.

“A generous helping hand only can save my leg,” pleaded Faraz.

Donors can send in their donations by cheque in the name of medical superintendent, GMCH, Chandigarh.



Bans on...

Carrying of firearms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The District Magistrate has prohibited the carrying firearms in the city.

The decision has been taken keeping in view that the carrying of small weapons tucked in waist belt by licence-holders may create panic among public.

The order will come into force with immediate effect and will be applicable till June 26. Breach of the order will be punishable under the provisions of the India Penal Code.

However, the order shall not apply to police or para-military or military personnel or other government servants who carry firearms in connection with their official duties.

Also, those who are specially permitted by a written order to carry a firearm are exempt from the order.

Hoarding of wheat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Traders in the city cannot stock up to 25 quintals of wheat grain and 10 quintals of pulses. The district administration has imposed a ban on the hoarding following the directions of the centre.

The ceiling on the stocking of wheat grain and pulses by traders will be applicable across the city. However, no control order has been imposed on paddy. While exercising the powers delegated under the Essential Commodities Act, the administration has decided to impose limit on stocking of food items.

The issue of control order was also discussed at the price monitoring committee meetings before being cleared by the director, food and supplies.



Eviction team gets brickbat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The team of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today faced residents’ ire at Indra Colony where they had gone for eviction of an illegal house.

The team was pelted with stones and had to return empty-handed after giving a three day’s notice to the erring party.

Official sources said Satvir had constructed a two-storey structure on a 8’x12’ area that was originally allotted to Babu Ram.

“Babu Ram never took possession of the land. The current occupant had been holding the area for the past one decade,” a senior official of the CHB said.



2 restaurants inspected
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 27
As many as two restaurants in Sector 5, here, came under the scanner of the health department today.

A team, led by city magistrate Yogesh Kumar, inspected Wah Dilli and Hotel Oscar for alleged violation of the Food Adulteration Act. Certain samples of food items were taken into possession by the team, sources said.

The alleged misuse of the domestic LPG cylinders for commercial use was also inspected, the sources added.



BSNL scheme

Chandigarh, April 27
The BSNL on Thursday announced a discount scheme for its ex-subscribers (those who had outstanding dues). In case of outstanding dues of upto two years old, no discount will be offered for a connection. — TNS



Veterans’ meet held

Mohali, April 27
The annual brisk walking competition for veterans was held by ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ residents association at Phase VII recently.

G.S. Boparai, Captain S.S. Gotra, Nasib Singh and Pradeep Dogra finished first in different categories of men’s section while Viran Wali, Prem Lata, Jasbir Kaur and Amrit Kaur remained toppers in the women’s section. — TNS



Tribune employee dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Kuldip Singh (52), senior proof messenger, The Tribune, died here today after a brief illness.

His cremation was largely attended by his colleagues and relatives at the Sector 25 cremation ground today.

He is survived by his wife and one daughter.



Bans don't work

Prohibition of intoxicants doesn't work. It did not succeed in Haryana in Bansi Lal's regime. It didn't work in the South as people switched to toddy.

Addicts are seen to use as cheaper alternatives like Iodex or cough syrups or whiteners if the price of liquor is increased.

The only solution is to educate the people and hope that works.

J.C. Sharma,

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



Violators fined under Tobacco Act

Chandigarh, April 27
The district administration today imposed a fine of Rs 200 each on individuals and educational institutions that were booked under the provisions of the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003.

The violators were fined by SDM (central) Ankur Garg during a special court held in the Chandigarh Housing Board, Sector 9, office.

The special drive was conducted under all police stations following complaints of smoking at public places as well as selling of cigarette and other tobacco products by sellers to minors in violation of provisions of the Act.

During the drive, the police also seized advertisement material being displayed by shopkeepers in violation of Section 13(1) (b) of the Act and challans were issued to the violators. — TNS



Child abuse: Responsive control system soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Aiming at creating a child-friendly society, the city will soon have a strong and responsive network, supported with legal, administrative and social measures, to deal more stringently with various forms of child abuse.

A resolution to this effect was made during a meeting chaired by Punjab Governor and UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), and attended by Jean Rodrigues, eminent social activists, philanthropists, presidents of various NGOs, psychologists, psychiatrists, medical professionals and senior officers of the administration.

In his opening remarks, General Rodrigues called for creating an umbrella organisation of all social groups engaged in child welfare, with chapters assigned specific tasks to tackle different issues relating to problems of child abuse, child labour and their exploitation in different ways in society.



Accountant attacked; Rs 16,000 robbed

Chandigarh, April 27
Sarwan Kumar, an accountant with a local liquor company, Wine Mart, was seriously injured after he was assaulted by two scooter-borne assailants near the CTU workshop last night.

The victim, who had been collecting daily collection from liquor vends of the company, was carrying around Rs 16,000 in cash when he was attacked by the two assailants near plot No. 71 of Industrial Area, Phase I. They took away the money after the attack.

According to the victim, he was going toward Mauli Jagran after collecting cash from Burail and Colony No. 4.

The victim, who was admitted to the GMCH with head injuries, was discharged this morning.

The police has registered a case under Sections 382 of the IPC at the police station, Industrial Area against the two. — TNS



Man booked for seeking dowry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The city police today booked Shalil Chadha on charges of seeking dowry from his wife.

A complaint in this regard was moved by his wife Priya Chadha, who alleged that her husband, a resident of Sector 10, Panchkula, had been harassing and maltreating her for seeking more dowry.

The case was registered under Sections 498 A and 31 of the Dowry Act.

The investigations of the case were handed over to the women and child support unit of the city police.

Vehicle stolen

Rohit Kwatra of Sector 36 today lodged a complaint with the city police alleging that his Tata Safari (CH 03 Z 0813) was stolen from outside his residence on the intervening night of April 25 and 26.

A case under Section 370 has been registered at the police station, Sector 36.


Kirpal Singh, a resident of Sector 45, received injuries when he was hit by a car near the Aroma trafficlights here today.

He was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 16.

The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC against the driver of the car (DL 3 AF 6657).



Biz Clips

Revised rates
: Tata Teleservices has introduced revised rates on calling cards that facilitate easy STD and ISD calls on all Tata Indicom mobiles and walky. The revised rates offer the benefit of making STD calls as low as Rs1.50 per minute available on calling cards worth Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 300 while only Re1 per minute is chargeable on cards purchased at Rs 500 onwards. At the same time, the offer promotes an increased validity period of 60 days on all calling cards above Rs 300, said Subhash Arya, circle operating officer, Tata Teleservices. — TNS

NEW FLIGHT: Low-cost carrier MDLR Airlines today started its operations between Delhi and Chandigarh. The inaugural flight from Delhi reached the city today evening. Gopal Goyal, chairman of MDLR airlines, said it was for the first time that they had introduced the luxurious RJ 70 jets in India, with an elaborate all vegetarian cuisine.

The 40-minute MDLR flight from Delhi to the city will arrive here at 6.40 pm. The flight from the city to Delhi will leave at 7.30 am in the morning. As an inaugural offer, the company is offering economy-class tickets at the rate of Rs 1,000 till May 2. — TNS 



BSNL halts broadband connections
Seeks fresh allocation of bandwidth
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh telecom district of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has exhausted the allocated bandwidth for releasing broadband connections. As a result, no new connections are being released by the telecom behemoth in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and Kharar.

The BSNL top brass has now moved the department of telecom, seeking fresh allocation of bandwidth and buying new channels from a vendor. It will take at least three months before the bandwidth is allocated and new connections released. At some places, where the bandwidth is still available, the modems are in short supply, so new connections are not being released.

The Chandigarh telecom district of BSNL has 13,788 broadband connections as of date. In fact, industry experts say the region has the highest number of broadband connections, north of Delhi. Principal general manager D R Paul said they had plans to increase the capacity to 34,000 ports (about 70,000 megabytes).

“We will get the equipment by mid-June and the implementation would be completed by July. As and when the capacity is increased, we will be in a position to release more connections,” he said.

For almost a month, BSNL has been unable to provide new broadband connections to applicants in the tricity and Kharar. As a result, the waiting list for applicants has been mounting by the day. Inquiries by TNS revealed that as of now there is a waiting list of 952 applicants for the broadband connections.

Because of the bandwidth capacity being used to its optimum, a number of existing broadband users have been complaining of slow speed connectivity. People complain that those who have opted for a speed of 1 mbps are able to connect only at a speed of 512 kbps. The BSNL authorities, however, deny the charge, and say that the customers are getting the speed they have opted for. 



Numero uno taken for Rs 4.8 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
City residents are not just crazy for buying latest cars models. They are equally obsessed with getting a VIP number, especially when one is up for grabs at an auction.

Past auctions
Series Sold for

CH 03 U 0001 Rs 5,05,000

CH 03 V 0001 Rs 3,05,000

CH 03 W 0001 Rs 53,000

CH 03 X 0001 Rs 2,00,000

CH 03 Y 0001 Rs 3,60,000

CH 03 Z 0001 Rs 85,000

Yesterday’s auction of VIP number ‘1’ fetched Rs 4.8 lakh, second highest after the auction of the number in a previous series (CH 03 U 0001) when it was sold for Rs 5.05 lakh.

However, the auction price for number in the last series (CH 03 Z) was Rs 85,000.

The auction of the new vehicle registration number series (CH 04) drew a large number of bidders. The new series will be allotted by the first week of May, said an official.

In the auction conducted by the registration and licensing authority (RLA), CH 04 0001 was bought by Santokh Singh, an NRI for his Mercedes car.

For CH 04 0002, a sum of Rs 75,000 was paid, while CH 04 0003 fetched Rs 41,000.

The other numbers that were sold were CH 04 0004 (Rs 95,000), CH 04 0005 (Rs 91,000), CH 04 0006 (Rs 1.2 lakh) and CH 04 0007 (Rs 1.75 lakh).

Number like 100 and 123 were sold for Rs 15,000 each. The auspicious number 0786 was sold for Rs 50,000.

A total of 28 numbers were auctioned and at a collective sum of Rs 16 lakh.

Numbers like 1000, 4444 and 9999 were sold for Rs 14,500, Rs 46,000 and Rs 33,000, respectively



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