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Revision of architectural control
Building plan of Mahajan’s hotel withdrawn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
A senior BJP leader and a hotelier is at the receiving end, thanks to the “inconsistent” functioning of the Chandigarh administration.

Almost a year after approving his building plans for constructing a hotel on plot no 25/2, Industrial Area-Phase II, the chief architect has withdrawn the building plans in light of the revised architectural control of two kanal plots in the area.

Following the move by the office of the chief architect, the estate office today wrote to the owner of the property, Yash Pal Mahajan, the president of the local BJP, to maintain status quo. He has been asked not to proceed with the construction and get it approved as per the revised controls.

He has already invested crores and has planned its inauguration in October. Talking to The Tribune, he said he was not aware about the decision of the administration. “I have already applied for the completion as the building is ready. There is no problem and everything would be sorted out.”

Sources confirmed that the administration did commit an error while passing the building plan by ignoring the fact that the architectural control was applicable to two kanal plots. To cover up its act, the approved building plan has been withdrawn.

In March last, a committee had visited the area and it was decided that those having up to two kanals of plots will have to stick to the architectural control of having the same façade and sky line.

By relaxing the control regarding the façade, the architecture department was of the opinion that the sky line was being disturbed.

The decision would also apply to those who have got their building plans sanctioned. “There were a lot of problems regarding the architectural control. The architectural control do not allow changes as sought by stakeholders like parking, ventilation and light,” said a senior official.

However, the applicant would be allowed the choice of material while maintaining the façade.

But at the same time, the complete zoning control of the converted sites has been relaxed. Sources in the administration said after relaxing the zoning controls, the sites had been placed on a par with the converted sites in the Industrial Area, Phase I.

“Since our requirements are different, we should be allowed to change the façade as per our needs. The point was never clarified at the time the policy was made applicable to the plots of up to two kanals,” said a stakeholder.



Tribune Impact
Ambiguity in notification, admits admin

Chandigarh, June 21
A day after the Chandigarh Tribune highlighted that prime agricultural land in UT villages was being taken out of the purview of the periphery control Act, the Chandigarh administration today admitted ambiguity in the notification by virtue of which the land was denotified.

Taking serious note of the error, the home secretary today held a meeting with the finance secretary, deputy commissioner and land acquisition officer to find out the reasons behind the erroneous notification that led to a spurt in construction in the periphery of the villages.

It has been revealed that certain officials of the finance department did not put on record a letter---which had mentioned the khasra number of the extended abadi--- written by the deputy commissioner to the department. — TNS



Mentally ill man bludgeons father to death
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur Garibdass, June 21
Enraged over being chained by his family, a mentally challenged man bludgeoned his 56-year-old father Balbir Singh to death at Chahar Majra village, near here, last night.

Avtar Singh (35) repeatedly hit his farmer father on the head with a spade, killing him on the spot, the police said quoting his mother Paramjit Kaur. Avtar has been arrested under Section 302 of the IPC.

Avtar, who had been undergoing treatment at the PGI for the past several years, was reportedly enraged with his father for chaining him. Police sources said the family used to chain him for several days when his bevaviour became violent. He was freed when he behaved normally.

Paramjit Kaur told the police that Avtar hit her husband several times on the head till he collapsed.

The accused would be produced in court tomorrow.

For Balbir's family, it is a double tragedy. While Balbir's only son--Avtar--is likely to be behind bars for the murder of his father, for Avtar's family, comprising two children and wife, hard times seem to be ahead.



Land Acquisition
Reprieve for farmhouse owners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
The campaign of the Chandigarh administration against Mani Majra farmhouse owners has lost steam. Almost two weeks after the deputy commissioner wrote to the senior superintendent of police to register FIRs against 32 farmhouse owners under Section 12(1) of the Periphery Act, the SSP has written back to the former that no FIR can be registered against them.

The land owners have been protesting against the administration move to acquire their land for phase III of the IT Park.

Sources said in a communication to the DC, the SSP has reportedly mentioned that violation under Section 12 of the Act is a non-cognizable offence, punishable with imprisonment of two years.

He has advised that necessary case against the guilty should be filed in the court concerned.

While farmers in Chandigarh are raising their voice against the forced land acquisition and have proposed models of development where landowners benefit from the development of their land, the administration has initiated action when it is in the process of acquiring the same land.

A CBI inquiry against the administration has been demanded by farmer organisations in the city.



PGI Expansion
More ICUs, spacier parking
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
As part of a major expansion plan, the PGI is ready to set up three ICUs in different departments and add two more levels to its multilevel car parking. The standing estate committee has sanctioned the budget for the plan.

The committee headed by Raghubir Singh, additional secretary, ministry of heatlh, has provided Rs 5 crore to the PGI for setting up three ICUs at the departments of burn, hepatology and pulmonary medicine while Rs 4.5 crore has been sanctioned for the multilevel parking.

Patients of these departments required to be kept in the ICU had to be treated in the ICUs of emergency and those on the fourth floor of Nehru building, said Dr Y. Chawla, department of hepatology.

Now, the PGI will have space for 300 more cars.

The balance work at the new animal house would also be completed on time, the authorities said. The work is likely to be completed by December.



Tragic End
8-yr-old girl crushed to death
Tribune Reporters

Parwanoo, June 21
A sojourn in the hills for a family from Lucknow turned out to be a tragedy. It lost its 8-year-old girl in an accident at Koti on the Kalka-Shimla national highway this afternoon.

The driver of their taxi hired from Chandigarh was also killed.

Jagdish Gupta, the driver, and the girl Annaya were crossing the road when an Alto hit them. The car first hit the girl and then the driver. The little girl was tossed up into the air before landing on the fencing of a dhaba. The car then hit a tree and rolled down the hill.

The girl and the driver were rushed to the ESI hospital where they were declared brought dead. The driver hailed from Kalka.

Alok, his wife and their 7-year-old son, who were in the Alto, also sustained injuries. aAmbala: Two persons were killed and another was injured in two road accidents on the GT Road near Ambala city this morning. The deceased have been identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Ambala Cantt, and Sham Sundar of Jandli village.




Society donates Rs 26,500 for poor

Chandigarh, June 21
The Paediatric Medical Support Society, with 173 members, has handed over Rs 26,500 to the PGI authorities for the care of poor patients.

“After reading the plight of a poor child suffering from cancer I decided to help him and approached my friends and relatives to join hands for helping the child who needed financial help for the treatment. We pooled in Rs 25,000 and deposited it in the PGI poor patient fund,” said Vivek Kapoor, a Mohali businessman.

“We then decided to form a society and within three months, 173 persons came forward to become the member of the society. They contribute Rs 100 every month,” said Kapoor.

The society has contributed the money to the poor patient fund, said PGI authorities.

The society is trying to enroll at least 1,000 members, said Kapoor. 



Welfare body meets senior deputy mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Senior deputy mayor and ward No. 21 councillor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali met Ward no. 21 Social Welfare Association officer-bearers here yesterday.

According to association general secretary Jagdish Singh, he assured the delegation of setting up community centre and e-sampark centre at Sector 32. He also assured them of redressing the grievances of Sectors 32 and 46. 



Presidential Elections
Students want Kalam back
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 21
Backed by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), a handful of students took out a procession in support of a second term for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, here today. While local INLD leaders remained in the background, around 50 students carrying placards went to various sectors to “build” public opinion in his favour.

The procession began from Sector 4 and went through Sectors 2, 5, 9, 10 and 11 before culminating at the bus stand. The children said President Kalam had touched their hearts and he was the only leader after Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru who had won their love and admiration. 



Symposium on cyber security
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
A symposium on cyber security awareness is being organised by the Cyber Security Research Centre of Punjab Engineering College at Hotel Mountview under the aegis of the department of information technology and NASSCOM.

The centre has been established in the college in collaboration with the Chandigarh administration and NASSCOM.

The symposium will be inaugurated by UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues while Dr Prem Chand, vice-president, Tech Mahindra, will address the audience on the current status of India on cyber security in terms of resources and incidence handling.



Milk prices up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Haryana Dairy Development Federation Limited and Punjab Milkfed today increased prices of their respective milk brands Vita and Verka. The prices have been increased by Re 1 for every litre of milk. The prices of Vita milk have, however, been increased only in Chandigarh and Panchkula. Full cream milk, which was earlier priced at Rs 22, will now be available at Rs 23, standardised milk at Rs 21, double toned milk at Rs 17 while skimmed milk will be available at Rs 16. The prices are same for both brands.

Verka has also increased the price of cheese (200 gram) from Rs 24 to 26 , the price of curd (400 gram), however, remains the same at Rs 14. Consumers are not happy with the change in price. Shashi Sharma, a housewife, stated that the increase in price was too frequent and was uncalled for, especially for essential commodities like milk and cheese. Officials, however, stated that the prices had been increased due to increase in milk procurement prices.



Both claim to be genuine
Mohali has two gurdwara committees 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 21
Divisions within religious organisations have led to the creation of two Gurdwara Coordination Committees in the town.

While elections of one group were held under the supervision of Gurpartap Singh Riar, SGPC member from Chandigarh, elections of the second group were conducted by Hardeep Singh, SGPC member from the town. Both the groups claim that their body is the genuine one.

The committee which will function from the gurdwara in Phase II has unanimously elected Hardyal Singh Mann as its president. Similarly, the committee which has its head office in Gurdwara Amb Sahib, elected Mohinder Singh Thekedar as its president.



Tips for safe driving
“Expect the unexpected”

Concentrate on your driving. Avoid distractions such as listening to loud music (which can mask other sounds) and don’t try to do other things at the same time such as reading a map or using a mobile telephone.

Belt up before you drive. Safety belts have saved many a limb and life!

Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J Sarma



Simplify admission procedure

Admission days are on and students are running here and there to get copies of their certificates and photographs attested. The competition is so much that no one is sure of getting admission in the desired course and college. As a result, students are applying in almost all colleges of the city.

Colleges, on the other hand, are busy selling prospectuses and no one bothers about the counselling. Internet provides a lot of information, but things are not moving that fast. There should be one centralised prospectus for at least all government colleges and a counselling centre in each college should be made compulsory. Panjab University should review its statute book and try to simplify the system. The Chandigarh administration needs to be praised for efforts made by them in mitigating woes of admission seekers to some extent. They have joint prospectus for all government schools (each containing two forms) and attestation of certificates and photographs have also been done away with vide press releases dated February 7 and June 19, 2007 (after flouting of rules was reported in an English daily).

The provisions regarding acceptance of self-attested certificates and photographs should be made applicable in Punjab and Haryana colleges also. Red tape and lack of coordination between colleges and university should not be allowed 
to complicate the admission process.

R.K. Garg

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Egg seller held in chit-fund scam
Tribune News Service

Raju KumarChandigarh, June 21
A roadside vendor selling eggs was arrested by the police today on allegations of allegedly duping over 60 residents of Ram Darbar to the tune of lakhs of rupees.

He has been charged with cheating and misappropriation.

He had been running a chit-fund business for the past over nine years, the police said.

Earlier during the day, around 62 residents of Ram Darbar held a meeting with the accused, Raju Kumar of Phase II, Ram Darbar, at Shiv Temple in the locality.

The residents alleged that the accused had collected around Rs 3 crore from hundreds people in the locality over the years.

They gathered at the temple to get back their money, but the accused expressed his helplessness.

He told them that he had lost the money, as he had given it to someone on loan and the man had decamped with the money.

The people then called the police and took him to the police station, Sector 31.

Complainants stayed at the SHO’s office till late in the evening asking him to help them get back their money.

Later, a case under Sections 420 and 406 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the accused.

SHO Har Sahai Sharma said the case was registered on a complaint by Balbir Singh of Ram Darbar and others against Raju Kumar. He was arrested in this connection.

He added that he had asked residents to provide the lists of the victims and money paid by them.

He added that the amount ran into lakhs.

At the police station, Raju Kumar refused to elaborate on the issue but said: “Whatsoever people are saying is right.”



Two chemist shops raided
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 21
Officials of the health department today raided two chemist shops in Balongi and Daon villages and reportedly seized narcotics stored in violation of the norms.

Dr M.S. Toor, civil surgeon, said the team raided Punjab Medical Hall in Balongi and Bharat Medical Hall in Daon and seized 60 Fortwin injections, 15 bottles of cough syrup, 553 Proxyvon capsules and 208 tablets.

He alleged that the shopkeepers did not have proper documents for the purchase of the drugs. Action would be taken against the chemists.



Two hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Lalru, June 21
Two youths were seriously injured when their motorcycle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near here, last night.

The injured Nitin Chaudhary and Manpreet Singh have been admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The motorcycle was badly damaged.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against the driver of the tractor-trailer, who is absconding.



Three vehicles stolen in city

Chandigarh, June 21
A car and two motor cycles were stolen from the city during the past 24 hours.

Simarjit Bhullar of Sector 11 B reported to the police alleging that her Maruti car (CHK 0167) was stolen from the parking lot of the faculty department in the PGI today.

Similarly, Pankaj Kumar Malhotra of Sector 40 B lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Calibre motor cycle (HP 28 2401) was stolen from his residence last night.

In another incident, Rattan Singh of Sector 44 A filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Bullet motor cycle (CHR 3078) was stolen from his residence.

Three cases of theft have been registered in various police stations in the city.

Laptop stolen

Pratmesh Kumar of Hardwar reported to the police that his laptop and a mobile phone were stolen from Sector 25 D on the intervening night of June 17 and 18.

A case of theft has been registered at the police station, Sector 11.


Dr Nidhi Kumari of Sector 32 B reported to the police that two unidentified youngsters riding a motor cycle snatched her gold chain near her residence yesterday. A case has been registered. — TNS



Two arrested for robbery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
The local police today arrested Ramandeep Singh of Sector 44, who along with his accomplice allegedly robed a Dhanas resident of his wallet and a mobile phone in Shanti Kunj, Sector 16, last night.

The accused, posing as police personnel, stopped the victim on the pretext of searching and later robbed him.

The other accused, Sudhir Chaudhary, son of a former sub-inspector of the Chandigarh police, is at large, the police said.

The victim, Satish Kumar of Dhanas, had lodged a complaint with the police station, Sector 17, alleging that two youngsters posing as policemen had stopped him in Shanti Kunj last night.

They told him that they were looking for a snatcher, who resembled him. They forced him to take off his clothes and took away his mobile phone and wallet, containing Rs 750.

They then threatened him with a knife against reporting the matter to the police.

In charge of the crime branch inspector Satbir Singh said Ramandeep was arrested from the market in Sector 35 around 10.30 am following a tip-off.

The robbed mobile phone has been recovered from him. He was produced before a local court, which remanded him in two-day police custody.

A BA-II student, Ramandeep, a drug addict, has earlier been booked on three occasions - in two cases of vehicle theft by the Panchkula police and a case of mobile theft by the police station, Sector 34.

The cases have been pending trial in court.

Sudhir also has a notorious past and has been involved in several cases of robbery, thefts and snatchings.

They became friends due to their habit of taking drugs, said the police.



Three held as typists clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Three persons, including a woman, were arrested following a clash between typists during a drive to remove unauthorised typists from the rear of the estate office.

The Association of Authorised Typist Association had written to the deputy commissioner to remove unauthorised typists from the place. When the drive was under way, Vijay Kumar and his wife Seema Sharma entered into an argument with Dev Raj Dogra, a leader of the association.aThe police has booked the three persons under Sections 107 and 51 of the CrPC.



Ram Murder Case
Remand for murder accused
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 21
The two accused in the Ram Kumar murder case were produced in the district court today. While the main accused Jai Bhagwan was sent to two-day police remand, the former girl friend of the deceased, Suman Saini, was remanded in judicial custody.

They were arrested yesterday from Raipur Rani. 



Cheating Charges
Man held
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 21
The police today arrested one person on charges of cheating for practising medicine without having the required qualifications. aHarinderjit Singh, SP (HQ), said Baljit Singh, who belonged to Kasatta village in Karnal district, was allegedly practising in Mohali without having a medical degree. He was booked under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 15 of the Medical Council of India Act. 



Emerging growth centres survey
City tops, Ludhiana lags
High on realty, low on social infrastructure
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh June 21
City Beautiful has added yet another feather to its cap. It has been ranked number one in the emerging growth centres in India by Knight Frank, a UK-based global property consultancy.

While a recent study by the agency has ranked Chandigarh as number one, Nagpur has been ranked second with Goa and Kochi being ranked as third in the study in which 15 cities were surveyed.

Chandigarh is ranked highest in terms of real estate, physical infrastructure and business environment parameters and Nagpur due to people and physical infrastructure parameters.

Chandigarh, with an active state economy and a proactive administration, ranks highest on the business environment parameters and is followed by Visakapatinam which is ranked marginally lower on the investment front. Ludhiana and Guwahati shared the lowest ranks as the investment scenario is still to pick up in these cities.

In terms of physical infrastructure, Chandigarh and Nagpur have been ranked number one as both the cities enjoy good telecom, power, roads and air connectivity. These cities are closely followed by Jaipur, Goa and Visakapatinam.

However, Chandigarh has been ranked low on the social infrastructure parameters due to the paucity of star-grade hotels and entertainment avenues but it has been ranked well on the education front.

Owing to the excellent social infrastructure, quality human resource base, continuous green spaces, compact size and conducive government policies, Chandigarh has become an attractive IT and ITES destination. The commercial hierarchy in the city follows cluster shopping, neighbourhood centre, community centre, sub-city centre.

The establishment of Chandigarh Technology Park (CTP) in Manimajra, north-east of Chandigarh, and IT Park in Mohali has provided requisite space for the IT and ITES companies considering their expansion plans in Chandigarh. Corridor development is the latest buzz in Chandigarh region. Good connectivity at domestic and global level, lower operational cost and easy availability of skilled labour, higher disposable incomes and lavish lifestyle has put real estate on an upswing in the region with housing projects being launched in the periphery, the reports says.

The city offers ample opportunity for hospitality business as well. With more corporates establishing offices in the region, a significant demand of hotels is witnessed.

Besides Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Nagpur, Indore, Goa, Visakapatinam, Mysore, Coimbatore and Kochi were the other cities studied by Knight Frank.



Biz Clips

CAMP: UTI Bank will conduct a one-day camp for exchange of coins and currency notes of Rs 10 denomination on Thursday for general public at SCO 343, 344, Sector 35-B, from 10 am to 3.30 pm. — TNS



Form separate policy for agro industry: MIA
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 21
The Mohali Industries Association (MIA) has asked the government to frame a separate policy for agro processing industry on a par with the industrial policy giving liberal incentives to farmers.

A suitable package of incentives should be announced for the agro processing industry.

The central government was providing various incentives to food processing units but the agro industry needed some boost from the state government.

Representatives of the MIA who recently met Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal also asked the government departments to prefer making purchases from industrial units in the state.

They said almost all other state governments had opted to purchase the material required from within the state and some states were even offering incentives while making purchases.

Regarding freight subsidy announced by the government on goods sent to ports, the MIA lamented that no such subsidy had been released to exporters during the past four years even when they had filed claims.

A demand for special incentives has also been made to promote exports from the state.

The government had been announcing incentives to encourage industrial development but the purpose of these incentives got defeated if these were not made available on time to the units concerned.

The MIA representatives said the packages of incentives given by the central government to Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Jammu and Kashmir had made a dent in the industrial growth of the state.

“The state was land-locked and faced power shortage and as such needed some incentives to attract new investments. If it was not possible to provide economic package to the entire state then at least three border districts - Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Ferozepore - should be granted concessions.”

The association also wanted the state to be projected as a progressive state on websites instead of being dubbed a disturbed state.

Foreign investors hesitated to invest in the state because of the status shown on websites, as a result of which neighbouring states were getting all the attention.



New Endeavour by Ford
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Ford India launched its revamped premium Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), Ford Endeavour in the city today.

“The 4X2 wheel drive variant of the vehicle will be priced at Rs 14.72 lakh (ex-showroom) in Chandigarh while the 4X4 wheel drive variant will be priced at Rs 15.62 (ex-showroom),” Ford India’s president and managing director Arvind Mathew said.

Ford India will also launch a limited edition variant having additional features. It will be priced at Rs 15.52 lakh (ex-showroom). The new vehicle, he stated, was equipped with a more powerful engine, which would definitely attract more buyers. Ford would also launch a diesel variant of Ford Fusion by the third quarter of the current financial year, he disclosed.

The new Ford Endeavour would be available in three new colours — mystic wine, jeans blue and brush steel — apart from white and black, informed a Ford official. 



‘Kitchen & Beyond 2007’ today

Chandigarh, June 21
The CII's annual exhibition on kitchen equipments and accessories - Kitchen & Beyond 2007, will kick off on June 22 at Hotel Shivalikview.

The exhibition will showcase products from major brands like Black & Decker, Godrej, Philips, Gilma, Glen, IFB, Lumix, Sunflame, Faber, Nirlep, Eureka Forbes and Onida.

Major attractions at display would include Badhla ladders from Bangalore, plastic ware from Mumbai, decorative items from China, garden furniture from New Delhi, modular kitchens and electric chimneys, water purifiers, electric tandoors, solar cookers, kitchen accessories and kitchen appliances. The three-day fair will be on till June 24. — TNS



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