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Weary BSNL
No luck with landlines yet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Despite round the clock repair work to restore the exchange, the BSNL was unable to restore landline phones, Internet and STD services, besides broad band services, which remained non-functional for the fourth day today.

None of the BSNL officials seemed to be clear about the progress with each giving a different version. Also claims of restoration of services in certain areas proved wrong.

Tall claims of the BSNL to restore the services by Monday evening has come under the scanner. People questioned BSNL’s lack of a back-up plan.

Officials, however, stated that it was not in their hands as the equipment and cables had suffered extensive damage and it would take time to repair them.

“There was delay in the restoration of services as various cables have to be either replaced or rejoined. Besides the equipment has suffered damage due to moisture after fire brigade personnel pumped in water to control the fire in the transmission room,” the principal general manager of BSNL, D.R. Paul, said.

The administration has formed a committee to go into the reasons for the fire in the BSNL exchange.



Fire brigade points out flaws
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
While BSNL employees are claiming that their equipment developed moisture due to the water pumped in to douse the fire in the transmission room, thus partially delaying repair, officials of the fire department said this would not have happened had the BSNL installed a CO2 flooding system in the office.

The fire department has yet to officially state if the fire could have been avoided had all norms been followed.

“A heat detector should have been installed. Also a sprinkler system and a carbon dioxide flooding system is a must in such offices which have so much wiring. However, neither of these were present,” a senior official stated.

The fire, which started in the locked transmission room, was also detected late as the room was locked. The keys were untraceable for a long time, thus delaying the process and leading to extensive damage. Sources state that the keys should have been available on sight as per the usual procedure followed at other places.

Though officials refused to comment on the loss, the fire is likely to cost the BSNL dear as many banks, important business hubs and senior officials are now considering alternative arrangements and back-up plans.



Fixing monsoon pinch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The engineering department of the Chandigarh administration has chalked out a plan to meet exigencies caused by the rains and redress complaints of the public. A central control room would be set up in the secretariat where operators shall remain on duty round the clock along with two vehicles.

A committee of officers on emergency duty is being constituted whose landline and mobile numbers shall be communicated to all concerned. The civil wing has been directed to clear malba on all roads. Officers have been asked to avoid excavation during monsoon and immediately fill up pits.

The public health wing has been directed to keep all drinking water pumping sets in perfect working condition. Also, road gullies and storm water drains will be cleaned

The electricity wing has been instructed to test the lightning arrester installed at major buildings immediately so that there is no damage to buildings or vital installations. All streetlights would be made operational soon. Pruning of trees will also be carried out to ensure uninterrupted power supply.



Trickle of a rain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Rising humidity levels continued to add to the unpleasantness of weather, with the mercury hovering below normal.

After a dry and sultry spell, the weather changed for the better this evening but the rain recorded in the city was just a trace.

Although the day temperature was just 34 degree, two degree below normal, there was high humidity. Although Met could not be contacted due to snag in BSNL lines, it is estimated that the maximum relative humidity levels must have easily touched 80 per cent today.

Minimum temperature for the day was a little higher, with the mercury settling at 28 degree --- three degree above the normal night temperature for this part of the season.

Indian metereological department’s forecast for Chandigarh is generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rainfall and thundershowers. One or two such thundershowers might be heavy in some areas, its website says. The northwestern region, on the whole, may, however, receive rain and thundershowers in many places, it adds.



Chain snatchers at it
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 3
Two incidents of chain snatching rocked the city this evening. In the first incident, the chain of Vijay Anand, a resident of Sector 15-A, was snatched by unidentified persons when she was on her way to the Raghunath Temple in the sector.

The second incident took place near the roundabout of Sectors 16 and 17.

Meena, a resident of Sector 11, was riding pillion on a scooter when two motorcycle-borne youths overtook the scooter and snatched her chain.

The incident took place when DSP Om Prakash was with Vijay Anand to inquire into the matter. Cases have been registered.



Freak accident triggers traffic jam

Chandigarh, July 3
In a freak accident, two buses and a car were involved in a pileup on the road separating Sectors 35 and 36 this evening, leading to a traffic jam. However, no one was injured in the accident.

The accident occurred around 5.45 pm when a motorcyclist skidded off the road after he lost control on a patch of road spilled with engine oil.

An HRTC bus (HP 68 0482) that was coming from behind the motor cycle jammed its brakes, following which other vehicles piled up behind it.

The accident led to a traffic jam on the stretch of the road, which lasted for a couple of hours, causing inconvenience to motorists at rush hour.

The police diverted the traffic to other roads and scattered sand on the patch.

The motorcyclist, Vikramjit Singh of Sector 15, told Chandigarh Tribune that he was on his way home when his motor cycle (CH 03 X 1143) skidded off the road due to the presence of engine oil.

He had a providential escape as the bus stopped just a few inches away from his motor cycle.

A Punjab Roadway bus (PB 12 H 5709) rammed into the rear of the HRTC bus.

Then a Maruti Zen car (CH 03 F 5450) crashed into the bus and got stuck under the bus. — TNS



Water shortage in Dera Bassi villages 
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 3
Residents of several villages in Dera Bassi sub-division have been facing acute shortage of water for the past several days.

In fact, it has been a "waterless" existence for the residents of Daffarpur, Mor Thikri and Kakrali villages since June 27. Despite repeated representations to the administration, nothing had been done so far, alleged Daffarpur sarpanch Gurmukh Singh.

Fresh water is available only twice or thrice a week and that too for only 10 to 30 minutes daily. What has made the situation worse is that there is only one tube well for the three villages, the sarpanch added.



Lost in mail!
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 3
There seems to be no end to the woes of Zirakpur residents. After being at the receiving end of the authorities for the lack of basic amenities, they have another thing to worry about. If allegations of Vinod Jaiswal, a retired Indian Air Force officer and resident of Silver City, are any indication, the postal department has been giving a raw deal to the residents.

In a complaint to the postmaster general, Punjab circle, Jaiswal has alleged that he has not been receiving ordinary mail since February 1.

“In spite of numerous representations to the local post office staff, I have been unable to get even a single ordinary letter, whereas, the staff has been delivering speed post and registered letters. I have lost all my ordinary mail, including dividend warrants, subscribed magazines and important documents,” Jaiswal alleged.



Licences for rehris sought
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 3
The Haryana Punjabi Mahasabha demanded that licenses be issued for 628 rehris by the municipal council.

Stating that there was confusion over whether HUDA or the municipal council would take action against those who violated the terms and conditions of the licences, president of the mahasabha Hemant Kinger said areas in the city would be identified for the rehris to be set up so that the public is spared inconvenience.



Sadbhavana Yatra flagged off

Chandigarh, July 3
Professor Rajinder Bhandari, president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, today flagged off the Sadbhavana Yatra being organised by the ministry of youth affairs and sports. Volunteers from eight states - Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh - are participating in the yatra. — TNS



305 more challaned

Chandigarh, July 3
The Chandigarh traffic police booked 305 motorists for violating rules. The police had set up seven nakas in various parts of the city.

Traffic personnel collected Rs 7,600 as fine on the spot. They police booked 94 motorists for overspeeding, 78 two-wheeler riders for not wearing helmets and three offenders for having black films on their vehicles. — TNS



Unfair treatment

This has reference to the letter ‘Teacher wronged’ published on June 27 in these columns.

I fully endorse the views expressed by Lt Col Bedi regarding the reversion of the Punjab-cadre teacher by the Chandigarh administration to her state without giving her a chance to explain her conduct. I will add further that reversion of the teacher is unjustified on the following grounds:

Although a teacher is responsible for good results to some extent, yet he/she should not be punished on the basis of the results of one year only. The results of the past four-five years should be taken into consideration before taking any action. This formula is applicable in case of promotions also.

Overall school result and recommendations of the school head should also be seen.

There are cases where one teacher has been provided by the department against the sanctioned strength of two to three teachers and the teacher concerned has to bear the entire burden.

The treatment is being meted out to the deputationists only, especially those from Punjab.

Any punishment/reversion is unjustified without giving the teacher a chance of explanation.

G.S. Boparai, Mohali

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Tips for safe driving
The roundabout

Your approach should be in the right hand lane, if there is more than one, signalling as usual before moving to this lane. Head directly for the innermost lane on the roundabout, next to the middle island, but give way to others already coming around — as you are required to do by basic rule. Keep your right indicator flashing all the time, including whilst you go round, right up to the point where you need to change it to the left one as you prepare to move off the roundabout. Transfer across to the exit road using exactly the same principals and care already described.

‘Give way to others already coming around at a roundabout’

A busy urban roundabout showing the intended route of each car.

Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J Sarma



2 hurt in group clash

Chandigarh, July 3
Two person suffered serious injuries following a clash between two groups in Kajheri village late last night.

The injured were admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16.

The police said old feud was cited to be the reason behind the clash. However, the victims told the police that the other group had attacked them.

Both victims - 24-year-old Deepak of Pandit Colony, Kajheri, and Jai Parkash of Nehru Colony - claimed that they were not known to each others. Jai Parkash maintained that he was passing by as the two groups fought. Members of the rival group mistook him for a member of the Deepak’s group and assaulted him.

Sources in the police station, Sector 36, said both groups were armed with sharp-edged weapons, including swords.

Deepak and Jai Parkash suffered multiple injuries on the arms. They told the police that they sustained the injuries while saving themselves from the attackers.

Deepak had been reportedly not been on good terms with Lucky of Kajheri village.

SHO of the police station, Sector 36, inspector Ishwar Singh Mann said a case of rioting and attempt to murder had been registered on a complaint lodged by Amit Kapoor of Pandit Colony. The accused have been identified as Lucky, Sattu, Rocky, Pavit and Mukhiya, all residents of Kajheri village. — TNS



Car, laptop stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
A car and a laptop were stolen while two houses were burgled in various parts of the city.

Raj Kumar Sethi of Sector 23 reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH 01 T 0790) was stolen from his residence on June 30. A case of theft has been registered.

Meanwhile, Sushil Jusht of Sector 17, Panchkula, lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that his laptop was stolen from his car parked near Government College, Sector 11, on Monday.

A case of theft has been registered.



Mahindra Renault unveils new Logan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Mahindra Renault today unveiled two new variants of Logan. The new models 1.6 GLX (petrol) and 1.5 dCi DLX (diesel) are priced at Rs 5.37 Lakh and Rs 6.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Chandigarh), respectively. These variants have been positioned in between the GLE/DLE and GLS/DLS variants of Logan.

Rajesh Jejurikar, managing director, Mahindra Renault, stated that the new variants were introduced on the basis of customer feedback. Additional features like rear head restraint, trunk room light, outside mirrors and manual adjustment, front and rear power windows and central locking systems will be available in the new variants.

Ten more locations have also been added to the dealer network in this phase of the launch, officials said. Mahindra also plans to start operations in Amritsar, Patiala and Jammu by this month-end.

Launched in April this year, Logan has till now sold about 5,000 units. The car was introduced with three engine options —1.4 and 1.6 petrol and 1.5 diesel. The petrol variants are priced ranging from Rs 4.35 lakh to Rs 5.76 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The diesel variants are priced at Rs 5.54 lakh and Rs 6.51 lakh, respectively (ex-showroom, New Delhi). 



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