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Mohali readies for Khalsa march
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 8
The Amb Sahib Gurdwara in Phase VIII here will turn into a virtual fortress tomorrow with over a thousand policemen on duty for the gathering of Sikhs .

Elaborate arrangements are in place for the Khalsa march organised by the Khalsa Action Committee, which will begin from the gurdwara. At least 2,000 persons are expected to gather at the gurdwara.

The gathering is bound to inconvenience residents. A spillover of vehicles onto the roads outside the gurdwara is inevitable. Since there is no parking space outside the gurdwara, commuters can expect traffic jams early morning when these vehicles arrive and at the time when the gathering disperses.

.Commuters are requested not to use this part of the road outside the gurdwara in Phase VIII will be closed to traffic and will be diverted. “No traffic will be allowed on the road from 10 am till the time the crowd disperses in the evening. Barricades have been put up at the Phase VII-VIII dividing lights point on the one side and the Fortis Hospital-PUDA lights point. Commuters are requested not to use this stretch of the road tomorrow,” said DSP Arun Saini.

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Mohali boy dies saving friend in Canada
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 8
Manteshwar Singh, 19-year-old son of Harbans Singh Sidhu, chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, lost his life while rescuing his friend from drowning in Canada last night.

Manteshwar had gone to Toronto on May 30 for higher studies at Barrie Georgian College of Applied Art and Technology, a three-hour drive from Toronto.

According to the Barrie police website, he was playing football with five others on the Johnson beach when the ball went into the water. One of his friends tried to retrieve it. He fell into the lake and shouted for help. With Manteshwar leading the rest, they formed a chain to save him. Though the boy was saved, Manteshwar had by that time submerged in the water and could not be traced.

People on the beach who knew swimming spotted him and brought him ashore. The police was called and he was rushed to Royal Victoria Hospital. He was later pronounced dead. The incident took place at 9 pm yesterday (Canada’s local time).

The friend whom he saved is a resident of Phase X here and. The two had gone to Canada together. Sidhu’s daughter, who is also studying in Toronto, gave the news to her parents this evening. A large number of mourners gathered at their residence in the PSEB residential colony in Sector 68 today.

Family friends said Manteshwar did a diploma in automobile engineering from the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS) here before leaving for Canada. He had topped the class at the CIIS.

His friend in Canada, Gopi Krishan, said: “Arrangements are being made by the students to rent a car and take his body to his sister.”

Vice-president of the Association of Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools Ram Lal Sewak said member schools would remain closed tomorrow.

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Energy Park for city approved
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
The Chandigarh Administration has approved an energy park in a corner of the Botanical Garden to promote the use of non-conventional sources of energy for public as well as private use. The department of science and technology has received Rs 88 lakh from the centre for the same.

The park will have a SRV power plant, solar streetlights, solar passive component for buildings, battery-operated three-wheelers, power-generating drums, solar cars for children and various exhibits of water power. Work on the park will be completed within this financial year, reliable sources said.

The park in the Botanical Garden will hold special attraction for children, solar toy trains and solar battery-operated cars, scooters and motorcycles.The concept for the park has been prepared and approved by the administration.

Solar energy is the major alternative to the increasing burden on conventional sources of energy, including electricity, gas and petroleum products.The administration has made certain efforts, some which produced the desired results and certain others which did not take off.

Traffic points at certain places in the city have worked successfully, using solar energy gadgets. Additions are to be made shortly. An ambitious project of a 25 KW power plant with a view to managing lighting to the UT secretariat has failed to take off more than two years after Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) had agreed to commission one.

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Pay more for renewing driver’s licence
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
Getting a driver’s licence renewed will cost you Rs 50 more. The Chandigarh administration has notified a hike in the fee charged by the registering and licensing authority.

Though certain clarification regarding the amount to be charged for the cost of the smart card and the computerised chip is being sought, Rs 50 ( the existing fee is Rs 200) more would be charged from the applicants, said an official of the transport department.

This is in line with the directions issued by the ministry of shipping, road transport and highways under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. The increase has been notified by the ministry after suggestions from the public to draft rules issued last year.

On June 26, the home department has directed the registering and licensing authority to implement the orders. “Issues like the commission amount to be paid to SPIC for smart card, computerised chip and the commission to be paid to the Red Cross for sale of the driving licence have to be worked out”, said sources.

In May 2007, the ministry had sent a reminder to all states and UTs, asking them to implement the amendments in the Central Motor Vehicle (Amendment) rules, 2007.

For those applying for renewal of licence, now Rs 250 ( including the cost of the smart card) would be charged against the existing fee of Rs 200. For those applying for renewal after the grace period, an additional fee of Rs 50 for a period of one year in addition to Rs 200 for the cost of smart card would have to be paid.

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11-yr-old boy run over by truck
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
An 11-year-old boy of Indira Colony was crushed to death by a truck on the Khudda Ali Sher-Sketrai road here this morning. The victim, Sooraj, was on his cycle.

According to eyewitnesses, Sooraj was cycling on the road along with his friend. He lost balance and fell. Before he could get up, a speeding truck (HR-68-2845) loaded with gravel crushed him under its rear wheels. The victim sustained severe head injuries and died on the spot.

The victim’s father Chet Ram is a rickshaw-puller.The truck was coming from Chandi Mandir and was on its way to Nayagaon.Truck driver Mohinder Singh of Banur was arrested on allegations of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

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In Basta
Even after 14 months of murder, cops in a blind alley

Chandigarh, July 8
Fourteen months after a man in his mid-twenties was found brutally murdered in the forest area near Bapu Dham Colony here, the Chandigarh Police is yet to make a breakthrough. The case is confined to the record room at the Sector 9 headquarters as “untraced.” The police has even failed to establish the identity of the victim.

Unless the identity of a victim is established, it is impossible to ascertain the motive behind the crime.The murder came to light on October 28, 2005, when one Darshan Singh of Bapu Dham Colony noticed the body lying in a pool of blood in the jungle area near Sukhna Choe. The victim’s face was bludgeoned beyond recognition. He was wearing black trousers. His underwear was pulled down to his knees. He was wearing a T-shirt on top of another one, giving the impression that he was hill man. In all probability, the fair-complexioned victim of medium height and slim built was either a trucker or a helper, the police had said then.

The victim’s wallet and other belongings, which could help in establishing his identity, were missing, indicating robbery, sources said.The trampled grass at the spot and scratches on the body showed he had put up a struggle. The body was taken to nearby slums and the grain market. It was also shown to a large number of Kashmiri migrants in an attempt to identify it.

SHO of the Sector 26 police station inspector Mani Ram Kadiyan said the police did everything possible to establish the identity of the victim. Handouts carrying the victim’s photo were circulated and advertisements were given in newspapers, but in vain.

He said the case had been marked as “untraced” on January 31 this year. The case file had been closed. The police would keep the record for five years only.

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Mauled by Malls - II
Reality belies builder’s claims
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
The builder is unwilling to accept any unmanageable traffic problems at their City Emporio Mall in Phase I of Industrial Area. However, the ground reality indicates to chaos on roads once the mall is functional.

Measuring around two acres, City Emporio, to come up later this year, will be among the biggest malls in the city.

The project brochure prepared by the builder says the project will have twin parking for at least 500 vehicles.

In contradiction to this claim, a project manager of the builder puts the figure at around 350 vehicles. H.S. Brar, another project handler, said around 430 vehicles could be parked at the mall.

A senior industrialist pointed out that the number of cars could be better calculated in terms of the division of the functional area at the mall.

The venue has a four-screen multiplex. Each can house around 150 viewers. One floor will be dedicated exclusively to dining and entertainment, which is expected to draw a large number of visitors.

At least three floors will house commercial outlets with over 100 businesses.

A sizeable portion of the staff will travel on the their personal vehicles. On a busy day, the picture will be frightening in case no additional arrangements are made.

The driver of a car parked under a mango plantation opposite the site said: “Dozens of cars are parked here on a normal working day. No one has ever objected to it.

“We had heard that the administration had at one point thought of building a parking lot in the basement at this site.”

It was pointed out that the proposal for parking had been scrapped, however, the administration had identified three parking spots in the area.

“It is nice that the administration was making additional parking space, however, the builders are supposed to provide adequate parking independently, which also needs to be followed up,” he said.

A project manager said: “We have studied the market carefully and are sure that we have enough parking to manage the rush. The administration also took six months to clear the proposal. So a detailed study has already been done.”

However, the picture of the proposed mall on the brochure of the builders shows a big open space and pavement in front of the mall, which is unlikely to happen when it comes up.

“The construction needs to be matched with the corresponding infrastructure development to which roads and parking will be paramount,” he said.

The administration is learnt to have identified at least three sites for additional parking in Industrial Area.

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Brother Kyle of St John’s dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
Brother William Eugene Kyle, the superior of brothers at St John’s, Sector 26, and the school’s revered manager, breathed his last at a hospital in Mohali last night, where he had been admitted 10 days ago. Already suffering from a damaged heart on account of myocardial infarction, Brother Kyle died of irregular beating of the heart, a condition called cardiac arrhythmia.

But he seemed quite alive this evening, as if enjoying the love of hundreds who had gathered in the auditorium of St John’s to pay their last respect to the man who made India his home in October 1949. He was the last of the brothers to have migrated from Northern Ireland to India. Most of the Irish brothers serving in India under the aegis of Christian Brothers Society are from the south of Ireland.

For Brother Kyle, however, India was a place of permanent belonging. Born on April 10, 1931, in England, he gave his life to the service of the Lord and entered the Christian Brothers Society in Ledsham, England, thus taking the vow of celibacy, poverty and service. His 62-year-long baptised life ended on a truly holy day, as pointed out by his close friends Brother Finn from New Delhi.

“Seven is a holy number. According to the Bible it is the number of completeness and boldness. It can’t be by chance alone that Kyle died in the 77th year of his life on the seventh day of the seventh month of 2007, and that we put his mortal remains to rest on the seventh day of week. His wanderings have finally come to an end. He rests in peace,” said Brother Finn, at the requiem mass held at St John’s.

There was indeed a holy design in Brother Kyle’s death, for he lived by the rules of Holiness all his life.

After serving his society in different capacities as a missionary and teacher across India, he landed in Chandigarh 13 years ago. Here, he made St John’s his home - a place he nurtured with care, as was evident from the gathering of teachers and students at the mass. Leading them was principal Kavita Das, visibly shaken by the loss.

“Brother was always concerned about the good of the school and the students. For us, this is a huge loss,” she said.

At school, Brother Kyle was devoted to both teaching and management. He was a master of mathematics, English and value education. “His vocabulary would put Winston Churchill to shame.” said Harold Carver, Brother Kyle’s old associate and friend. In him, the community today lost the cornerstone of the school of old values, a friend of one and all.

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St John’s mourns its mentor
Tribune News Service

Nuns pay their last respects to St John’s Brother William Eugene Kyle at the requiem mass held on the school campus on Sunday evening.
Nuns pay their last respects to St John’s Brother William Eugene Kyle at the requiem mass held on the school campus on Sunday evening. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 8
Old students had tears in their eyes, as their favourite teacher and guide Brother William Eugene Kyle of St John’s, rested in his coffin.

Present for Brother Kyle’s requiem mass held on the school campus this evening were school teachers, a large number of present and old students and sisters from Sacred Heart Convent and other Christian schools.

The mass started with a reading from the “Book of Wisdom” by one of the 12 priests from the Catholic Church, Sector 19, who conducted the ritual.

For Brother Kyle, fondly called Jackie Kyle by some (after Jackie, the great Rugby player from Northern Ireland), it was an apt farewell, full of references from the Bible, the most significant being: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Anyone who comes to me will never die.”

School closed today

St John’s principal Kavita Das said the school would remain closed tomorrow, as a mark of respect to Brother Kyle and in mourning of his death. She said the unit tests, which were to start from tomorrow, will now stat from July 10 and conclude on July 16. School buses will also not run tomorrow.

Quoting this, Father Sebastian from the church, went ahead with his warm introduction of Brother Kyle who, he said, was imbued with a spirit of prayer and piety. Brother Kyle had died at a Mohali hospital last night, after a month-long illness. He was 77.

“Kyle would never miss the 6.25 am mass at the Sacred Heart convent. I remember him as a man with tremendous dedication to religion, a man with a heart for all. So devoted he was to the vow of poverty that he refused to move into an air-conditioned room, despite being ill. He said he could not do so, when there were millions without a roof overhead,” said Father Sebastian.

The fondest of tributes came from Harold Carver, principal of St Stephen’s School, who knew Brother Kyle, St John’s manager and Brother Superior, personally and for long.

“It was a task to get him to go to the hospital. Even till the last day, he did not want to visit the doctor. He had a dangerously low blood pressure and a past history of cardiac problem. I did not know how he was surviving. His heart was 35 per cent damaged already,” said Carver, referring to Brother Kyle as an encyclopedia of words.

“Platitudes of eulogies I could give would fill pages but nothing that can be said is enough for this man. He was a walking dictionary, a master of mathematics and a great friend,” Carver said, just before Brother Kyle’s body was moved to the cemetery for last rites.

Another touching tribute came from Brother Finn, a close associate of Brother Kyle from his early days at the Christian Brothers Society. “All his life, Jackie Kyle lived in the quest of home. He came from a broken family in Northern Ireland, where he returned, but once. His mother had died very early and his father had remarried, leaving Kyle to be raised by his grandmother. He came to India as a young man and then to Chandigarh in 1994. Here in St John’s, he finally found home.”

Among old students at the mass was Anil Malhotra, eminent city-based lawyer, who recalled Brother Kyle for his warmth and incredible smile. “I would often stop by to see him. His parting remark would invariably be - God bless you and your family. He was a man of few words, but one with great love for all,” said Malhotra, who was touched enough to pen a tribute to his favourite teacher and brother.

M.L. Sarin, another famous advocate and former student, had an equally touching remark to make: “Brother Kyle was very precise. He was an incredible human being. We feel the loss greatly.”

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Kidney patient hanging by thread
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
Jaswinder is back in the hospital, this time in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the PGI, even as he was operated upon for a kidney transplant on April 20.

In fact, 19-year-old Jaswinder had been fighting for life when he was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on July 2, 2006, after he complained of stomachache.

Unable to meet the expenses of the treatment, his father Sohan Singh, a vegetable vendor, brought him back home and put him on self-medication.

He had to stop attending his school where he had been studying in class XII.

However, as his health deteriorated, Jaswinder was admitted to the PGI in January and subsequently with the help of donors his family was able to meet the expenses of his kidney transplant surgery.

His mother donated the kidney to save the life of her son.

“All our savings and the money that came in donations have been exhausted and I find it impossible to purchase costly medicines my son needed after the surgery,” lamented Sohan Singh.

“I needed Rs 30,000 for three months of postoperative treatment of my son. As I could not arrange for the money, I decided to cut down on some of the medicines, putting the life of my son in danger,” rued Sohan Singh.

But there is no other alternative, said the hapless father while sitting near the ICU.

“I am feeling guilty, as I cannot give proper treatment to my ailing son. Now, only donations can help save the life of my son,” he added.

The donors can contact the family at # 2041, Ram Darbar, Phase 2, or phone No. 9872865146.

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Entries invited for photography contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
To promote photography among women residents of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, the Chandigarh administration has decided to organise a photography competition on "Chandigarh in the monsoons".

The last date for submitting entries is July 31.

Being organised by the department of tourism, the first, second and third prize winners will get Rs 10,000, Rs 7,500 and Rs 5,000, respectively.

Two consolation prizes of Rs 2,000 each will also be given.

Applicants need to submit five photographs of 6x8 size and a CD at the office of principal, College of Architecture, Sector 12. Photographs submitted will be utilised by the department for promotion of Chandigarh tourism.

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Pratibha not imposed by Left, says CPM leader
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
A senior CPM leader today lamented the fact that the mud slinging in this presidential election had reduced to it to the level of a general election by the BJP-led NDA government. He categorically stated Congress-Left presidential candidate Pratibha Patil was not a ‘Left-imposed’ candidate.

Terming the reports that the Left had virtually ‘blackmailed’ the UPA to nominate Patil as the presidential candidate as other Congress nominees were not acceptable to it, Nilotpal Basu, CPM leader in Rajya Sabha, rubbished these allegations as “canards”.

“We had many suitable candidates yet we refrained from suggesting any names,” Basu claimed in a brief chat with The Tribune on the sidelines of a function organised to mark the 30th anniversary of the Left rule in West Bengal.

During various meetings in the run-up to the finalisation of Patil's name, the Left parties had only given certain suggestions, which included among other things, that the presidential candidate should have a political background, commitment to secularism and a fair idea of constitutional provisions and Patil fitted that bill, he asserted.

Squarely blaming the BJP for ‘degenerating’ the election to highest office in the country to that of ordinary general elections, the Central Committee member alleged that the NDA had projected Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat as the candidate several months before the poll knowing fully well that the alliance was short by over two lakh votes. Consensus should have replaced confrontation for the election, he added.

Terming the saffron party as ‘opportunist’, Basu alleged that the party had jumped at the prospects of a second term for President APJ Abdul Kalam when the Third Front had suggested Dr Kalam’s name dumping even its own nominee Shekhawat in the process.

Saying that the Left would continue to oppose the ‘anti-people’ policies of the Congress-led UPA government, Basu said the Left had no alternative except to support the Congress to form the government to keep the communal forces out of power. Any other government at that time would have been even worse, he added.

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Left rule in West Bengal
CPM celebrates 30th anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
The Punjab and Haryana units of the CPM celebrated the 30th anniversary of Left rule in West Bengal here today.

CPM central committee member Nilotpal Basu cautioned party cadre against complacency, saying that they should be on the guard to thwart the designs of capitalist forces that were bent upon destabilising Left governments.

Listing the achievements of Left governments, particularly in West Bengal, Basu said the landless and the working class had been the ultimate beneficiaries of the government’s welfare schemes.

Prominent among those who spoke were Balwant Singh and Inderjit Singh, secretaries of the Punjab and Haryana units of the party, respectively.

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Separate counters for elderly, women at passport office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
Senior citizens visiting the regional passport office will not be inconvenienced anymore as a separate counter will be set up for them at the regional passport office here from tomorrow, said regional passport officer Vitul Kumar.

“Very few apply in this category, we would like to assist them and make them spend less time at the office,” he stated.

The counter will also entertain online applicants. In an online application applicants can fill in all details on the Internet. The applicants are given a date and time they need to come to the office along with a printout of their application. “Though the processing time is the same.”

Also now woman will have an exclusively separate counter, while two counters have been streamlined for the men.

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Deep Complex
Bansal assurance to residents

Chandigarh, July 8
Member of Parliament and minister of state for finance Pawan Kumar Bansal today assured the residents of Deep Complex, Hallo Majra, that the administration was working out an arrangement to regularise the structures. The minister was addressing a rally at the village.

The residents have been demanding the regularisation of structures. — TNS

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Armed Forces on mission green
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
As part of the nationwide “Greening India” mission launched by the armed forces today, all major defence establishments of the city witnessed enthusiastic response from defence personnel and their families who came out in large numbers to plant saplings in and around the military and Air Force stations.

With 100 days to go for the 4th World Military Games, scheduled to be held at Hyderabad later this year, the launch of the mission reiterates the commitment of the armed forces towards the protection of environment and underlines their contribution towards nation building.

The day is also being utilised to unveil the official medals of the games at Hyderabad, a statement issued here said.

Around 4,500 saplings were planted by officers, JCOs and other ranks along with their families at Chandi Mandir military station.

Emphasis was laid on plantation of fruit trees such as jamun, guava, litchi, ber, amla and chikoo.

Besides, saplings of gulmohar, bottle brush and Ashoka were also planted.

The Panchkula forest department provided 1,400 free saplings.

A water conservation project was also inaugurated by station commander Brig P.S. Rathee.

The project involves creation of a water pond by harnessing water from natural streams and plantation of trees, which will be a boon for the flora and fauna of the area.

At No.3 Base Repair Depot, Air Commodore R.K. Srivastava, Air Officer Commanding (AOC), along with a large number of other air warriors planted saplings of gulmohar tress.

The station plans to plant nearly 10,000 plants of different varieties over a sustained drive in the coming week in the technical and domestic area of the campus. The saplings have been procured from the Patiala forest department.

At 12 Wing, Group Capt J. Chandrashekar, station commander, was joined by senior Air Force officers of the station and a large number of schoolchildren from the Air Force and central schools in the tree plantation drive launched in the public park opposite Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 47.

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Mobile towers under scanner
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 8
Mushrooming mobile towers across the city have become an eyesore, dotting all commercial areas and even finding their way into residential areas. To make matters worse, none of the 60-odd mobile towers have paid a single penny as licence fee to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

The only permission granted was for a tower in Sector 6, way back in August 2004. Since then, none of the telecommunication companies have paid for propping up towers in commercial areas.

Not only are they operating illegally, but are also robbing the state of the Rs 1.25 lakh tower fee.

However, the estate office, HUDA, has finally woken up to the growing number of towers. Estate officer S.P. Arora said a fresh survey of all existing towers had been ordered. “We will study the applications received and will remove all illegal towers,” Arora stated.

Commenting on the growing menace, the president of the Punjabi Mahasabha said most of these companies were not following the required safety guidelines.

He demanded an enquiry be conducted to find out how many mobile towers were operational in the city and how much loss the government had suffered.

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Land Acquisition
Sohana residents hail SC decision
Tribune News Service

Karnail Kaur shows a copy of the Supreme Court decision in Mohali on Sunday.
Karnail Kaur shows a copy of the Supreme Court decision in Mohali on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, July 8
Sohana residents today hailed the decision of the Supreme Court against acquisition of land by the Punjab Government. More than 40 residents of the village are protesting against the acquisition of their land by the government for carving out Sectors 76 to 80 in Mohali.

Karnail Kaur, one of the first petitioners of the case, said in a press conference today that the Supreme Court decision came as a major relief to all those who did not want to part with their land.

“The government acquires land from us for peanuts and then sells it to developers for crores of rupees. This is unfair and we are against this system of acquisition,” said her son Gurmeet Singh.

Karnail Kaur and 40 others are fighting a legal battle against the acquisition of over 250 acres of land in villages Sohana and Mouli by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA).

The Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the acquisition in 2001, against which PUDA filed an SLP in the Supreme Court. “Now the fight is back in the High Court here and the next date of hearing is August 8,” said Gurmeet.

He further alleged that despite the stay, construction had begun in the area. “We have filed a contempt case against the Dera Beas centre for having blocked entry to our land. Another contempt case is also pending against the judges’ cooperative society,” added Gurmeet.

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Bansal installs Rotary team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
Minister of state for finance and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal installed the new team of Rotary Chandigarh Central during a function at Kalagram, Mani Majra, last night.

Rajneesh Gupta, a local industrialist, was installed as president of the club. The others installed were: secretary - Anil Sharma; joint secretary - H.S. Nanda; treasurer - Jagdish Bansal; and directors - R.S. Cheema, K.K. Walia, Kamal Minocha, J.S. Walia and H.S. Saggu.

Gupta said the club was running a dispensary at Kishangarh village apart from computer centre, stitching and embroidery centre.

The club was also associated with in the sarv siksha abhiyan and immunisation centre at the GMCH, Sector 32.

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Man found dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
The body of a 50-year-old resident of Modern Housing Complex was found at his house here today.

The deceased has been identified as Madan Lal Rana.

According to the police, the body of Rana was noticed by his son yesterday around 9 pm when he returned his home after two days.

The deceased was an employee of the provident fund department, Punjab, at Sector 17 office as senior clerk, and used to live with son.

The SHO, Mani Majra, said the body has been sent to the Government MultiSpeciality Hospital, Sector 16, for a post-mortem examination.

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‘Run for Fun’
Tribune News Service

People run to raise money for needy children in Mohali on Sunday.
People run to raise money for needy children in Mohali on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali, July 8
Canada Day celebrations were organised by World Wide Immigration and Consultancy Services Ltd., here today. The celebrations included a cricket match, followed by Run for Fun, an event organised to raise funds for needy children. Thousands of sports enthusiasts and fitness freaks from all over the tricity converged at the Asian headquarters of WWICS to participate in the event.

Lt Col B.S. Sandhu (retd), CMD, WWICS, said the event was held to raise funds for the education of needy children. The run started from the WWICS headquarters and took course towards the Verka Milk Plant in Phase 6, Mohali, before taking a turn back to the headquarters.

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Brahmin bodies thank Mayawati
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 8
A meeting of various Brahmin organisations was held to express gratitude to UP Chief Minister Mayawati for giving representation to the community in various wings of the government and party setup here yesterday.

Addressing the meeting, BSP national general secretary Mann Singh Manheda said the party would field a Brahmin candidate from the Kalka assembly constituency in the next elections in Haryana.

Prominent among those present were R.N. Sharma, Suresh Kaushal, Jagdish Sharma, Major Dharmani and Ashutosh Rajan.

A large number of representatives of the Jagrit Brahmin Sabha, the HMT Brahmin Sabha and the Kashmiri Pandit Sabha attended the meeting.

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Tips given on self-defence

Chandigarh, July 8
The month-long free self-defence camps organised by the sports wing of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front concluded here today.

The front organised the self-defence camps for the fifth consecutive year in the city. The camps aimed at teaching techniques, especially to women and youngsters.

Self-defence training enhanced self-confidence, mind power, fitness and the capacity to handle unsafe situations. The training encompassed stretching exercises, self-defence techniques using karate, tae kwon do and hapkido and self-defence tips.

Literature on self-defence tips was also circulated among the trainees. The participants learned various techniques from basic learning like blocks, punches and kicks to advanced learning like kata, using swords, nanchuk and sai and breaking burning tiles. — TNS

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Letters

Make registration procedure transparent

The Chandigarh administration has recently taken positive steps to simplify the procedures for obtaining licences and registration of personal vehicles. Still, there are some grey areas like registration of commercial vehicles and buses, which need the immediate attention. The procedure regarding registration of commercial vehicles is not known to Chandigarh residents. Most of such vehicles are purchased either by institutions or companies and due to the cumbersome procedure, the owners seldom want to come to the registration windows. Here comes the role of so-called agents, who can do anything they want in connivance with the STA and RLA staff. The administration should come out with a transparent method for the registration of commercial vehicles. Like other projects, outsourcing or the public-private participation can also be worked out for setting up of a foolproof system.

R.K. Garg, Chandigarh

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Tips for safe driving

Correct position in a lane

The correct position on a road with only one lane each way is Car A. Car B position is wrong because of risk of colliding with oncoming traffic. Car C risks accidents and damage to tyres because of being too close to the edge at junctions, and from bumping the kerb. Car C also increases chances of punctures from debris in gutter.

‘Are you maintaining control speed in traffic?’

Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J Sarma

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31 held for drinking at public place
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
In its special campaign against drinking in the open and at public places, the Chandigarh police on Friday nabbed 31 persons in raids conducted by various station house officers of the eastern area.

Five persons were booked from areas falling under the Sector 26 police station whereas 14 persons were arrested by officials of the Mani Majra police station. Another five were arrested from the area under the Sector 19 police station and seven from the area under the Industrial Area police station.

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2 Mohali residents held for snatching
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
The local police today arrested two Mohali residents accused of snatching a mobile phone from a Sector-39 resident.

The police said Kamal Kumar of Sector 39 lodged a complaint alleging that Lalit Sharma and Parminder Singh, both residents of Phase IX, Mohali, had snatched his mobile phone after beating him up in Sector 39 two days ago.

He had suffered head injuries in the assault.

Acting on the complaint, the police arrested the accused and recovered the mobile phone from them.

A case under Sections 379, 411, 323 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the police station, Sector 39.

Car stolen

Amit Gupta of Sector 40 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Santro car (CH 23 (T) 1667) was stolen from his residence last night.

A case of theft has been registered at the police station, Sector 39.

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CSIO ties up with chemical co.
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh, (CSIO), signed a memorandum of understanding with Chemo-Electronic Laboratory, a unit of M/s United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), Vapi, Valsad district, Gujarat, here on Friday.

The memorandum was signed between UPL chairman and managing director Rajju Shroff, and CSIO director Dr Pawan Kapur.

UPL vice-president Dr R.C. Naik, and ISTAD, CSIR, New Delhi, joint adviser Dr U.S. Tandon were also present.

Both organisations have decided to work towards collaborative research and development (R&D) activities in areas of mutual interest, including agri-instrumentation, sensors development for various gases, mechatronics and robotics, HRD and energy instrumentation.

The UPL is the largest producer and exporter of agro-chemicals from India, having very strong R&D base in various fields.

In addition to R&D in chemicals and pesticides, the company has a strong hold in environmental protection systems and associated scientific instruments for detection of various toxic gases.

It was felt that both organisations had common objectives and overlapping scope now for transfer of technology, new R&D programmes particularly on new devices and systems.

The scope of the memorandum include sharing of expertise, domain knowledge and available facilities in selected areas.

They will cooperate with each other in the development of instruments for monitoring various industrial gases and instrumentation for agro-based applications, including energy monitoring and management devices.

Interaction among scientists and researchers will be promoted by exchange visits and organising sessions to identify and pursue research programme in areas of mutual interest.

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Wine lovers get a taste of good life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
City residents got a taste of wine at Indage Mega Wine Fest organised by Chateau Indage as part of its silver jubilee celebrations at the Chandigarh Club last night.The organisers ensured that the guests had a taste of the good life that comes with wine.

The revellers saw exciting activities like wine massages. They were introduced to wine ‘golgappas’ and more. The guests were served various snacks with wine, breaking the myth that wine could not be had with the Indian cuisine. “Wine consumption is an art and it’s important to educate the consumer on its various aspects. We want the consumer to realise there is a lot more they can do with wine.”

“We have yet not thought of merchandising,” said an official. “But yes if things work out, we might have wine candels and massages in the future.”

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Biz Clips

Revised interest rates: HDFC Bank has revised its interest rates on its NRE deposits with effect from July 1, 2007. Deposits of three to five years maturity will now earn an interest rate of 5.45 per cent as against 5.29 per cent earlier. While those of two to less than three years maturity will earn 5.43 per cent as against 5.31 per cent earlier. The rates of interest on deposits of maturity between one and two years would be 5.42 per cent as against 5.39 per cent. The NRE rates were last revised a month ago, on June 1, 200.

UTI SCHEME: UTI Mutual fund on Friday launched the UTI India Lifestyle fund. The new fund offer (NFO) opened on July 2 and will close on July 25. Purchase of units will be available only during the NFO period. The plan is open to resident individuals, institutions as well as to NRIs and FIIs. The face value of units is Rs 10 and the duration of the scheme is three years from the date of allotment. The minimum investment is Rs 5,000.

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