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Tanker comes down on pedestrians
14-year-old boy killed; three injured
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 16
One person was killed and three were injured when a tanker carrying molasses overturned at Majri Chowk in Sector 1 here today. The accident took place at 2 pm when the speeding tanker overturned while trying to negotiate a turn.

A 14-year-old boy died in the accident while Azad Colony residents Suresh, Mukesh and Amir Chand, walking along the road berm, received injuries. The boy’s body was extricated from under the tanker that was coming from Ramgarh and was headed towards Kalka. Suresh who hurt his right ankle, Mukesh whose right leg was fractured and Amir Chand whose right leg was severed, were rushed to hospital.

Admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Suresh, said: “Me, Amir Chand and my brother were on our way to Kalka to visit an uncle. We had to board a bus to Kalka. There was a boy walking behind us. We were crossing the road when we saw the tanker turning towards us. Before we knew it, the tanker was falling on us. All I could manage was to push my brother away. We were under the tanker for 45 minutes.”

While the two brothers admitted to GH-6 and the PGI, Chandigarh are doing fine, doctors at the PGI said Amir Chand was critical but stable.

Eyewitness Avtar Singh said: “From the manner in which the tanker driver negotiated the turn, I suspected it would overturn. I even called out to the pedestrians to move over, but they didn’t hear me and the tanker fell on them, taking them by surprise. The boy died instantly.”

In the confusion that ensued, the driver and the conductor of the tanker jumped out and fled. A crowd gathered at the spot after which cranes were called in and the police arrived at the scene.

The tanker was lifted to help extricate the trapped pedestrians with the help of locals. While the boy was already dead by the time he was taken out, three others were sent to GH-6 from where two of them were referred to the PGI.

Later, two more cranes and a recovery van were together pressed into service to lift the overturned tanker from which the molasses had begun dripping out on the road. Due to the weight of the molasses, the chains hooked to the tanker to lift it snapped twice before the four cranes finally managed to get it back on its tyres.

Right through the three hours of the exercise, the police had a hard time keeping the public out of the way as the cranes moved around on the narrow road. 

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Car dealer shot in Baltana
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 16
Fiftytwo-year-old second hand car dealer Inder Pal Sharma was shot dead when he came home at Harmilap Nagar, Baltana to look for his missing mobile phone.

He was coming to pick up his mobile from his car parked in front of his house when he was shot dead.

An unidentified group of assailants, who were reportedly chasing him, made him the target for reasons the family members and the police are still trying to figure out.

The murder took place shortly after 10 pm. It took place just outside the house of the victim. No eyewitness account was available as the profusely bleeding car dealer was taken to the Sector 6 Civil Hospital in Panchkula where he was pronounced dead.

The victim used to operate from Sector 7 in Chandigarh.

According to the police, Inderpal reached home around 9.30 in the evening. Since he had reportedly left his mobile phone behind in his Indica car parked outside his home, he came out looking for it.

It was reportedly during this period that the assailants targeted him and fired at him from close range.

The body was found lying in a pool of blood when the residents, on hearing gunshots, rushed out to find him sprawling on the ground and bleeding profusely from the head.

However, there was no eyewitness to the murder. The victim was apparently robbed as his gold chain and four rings were found missing, claimed family members of the deceased.

The body has been sent for a postmortem, which would be conducted at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, tomorrow, the police said.

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Injured man untracked
Shot fired at Sindhi Sweets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
A firing incident at the Sector 17 Sindhi Sweets late last night left an elderly man injured.The injured man disappeared along with his family members before the police could reach there.

The incident came to light at 10:15 pm when the bleeding man was seen limping out of the restaurant following a gunshot. As a birthday party was in progress, the gunshot was mistaken for bursting of balloons by the staff and guests. Taking advantage of the confusion, the man accompanied by an elderly woman, a young couple and children slipped out of the restaurant, said Neeraj Bajaj, owner of Sindhi Sweets.

SHO of the Sector 17 police station inspector Kulwant Singh Pannu said a case had been registered on the complaint of Chander Bajaj, manager of the restaurant. Efforts were on to trace the man. Police teams were visiting hospitals and clinics in and around to city to check whether the man had visited one of these for treatment.

While some staff members maintained that the elderly man was holding the weapon which went off accidentally, injuring his leg, others said the young man accompanying the elderly man was fiddling with the weapon when he was pushed by one of the children. This triggered the weapon.

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Jewellery workshops or tinderbox?
Pradeep Sharma/Rajay Deep
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
All that glitters is not gold. At least this is true of workshops of artisans and workers of jewellers in Sector 23 which are a virtual tinderbox.

Throwing norms, including fire safety norms and labour laws to the winds, workers are posing a safety hazard to themselves and those around them.

These workshops are operating from SCFs and make jewellery for leading city jewellers.

A visit to some of the workshops today revealed that these had dingy rooms, with about three artisans working in one room. Highly inflammable material, including LPG cylinders and chemicals, are freely used in the preparation of ornaments.

Fire safety norms are ignored with charcoal being used for melting raw ornaments. Various chemicals used for polishing the ornaments make the area fire prone, sources conceded.

There is hardly any space for movement in various “cabins” in the buildings.

In case of a fire, the area could turn into an inferno.

Since the area around the SCFs has a high concentration of population, serious security concerns have been expressed by the residents.

LPG cylinders have been stacked along stairs leading to the workshops, further reducing the scope for movement in case of an emergency.

Also, child labour laws are being violated as several boys below 14 years are engaged in the trade.

“The authorities, it seems, are waiting for a major tragedy to happen,” says R.K. Garg, a social activist.

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Smoking continues...
Tribune News Service

A vendor hides cigarettes under a blanket in Chandigarh on Monday.
A vendor hides cigarettes under a blanket in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Chandigarh, July 16
A total of 35 challans were issued for smoking at public places on the second day after the city was declared smoke-free. Vendors were the worst-hit as public visibility of hundreds of cigarette vendor has become low. A random survey, however, showed vendors in Sectors 16, 19 and 29, besides other places.

Roadside vendors could be seen selling cigarettes hidden under covers. “We have to sell the stock already with us as dealers are reluctant to take it back,” a vendor said.

The administration has failed to display anti-smoking banners at important public places, including bus queue shelters and a number of markets.

Smoking, however, continues unabated at a number of public places. Smokers could be seen near bus queue shelters and the GMCH, Sector 32. People sitting in groups with women and children at open spaces could also be seen smoking.

“Many visitors, including attendants, do not follow instructions despite repeated requests,” a security guard at the hospital said.

Only “legally established” shops can sell tobacco products as per the provisions of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Act. Even as enforcement agencies have been challaning violators, the authorities are yet to decide on the ways to recover the fine. They are silent on the issue of violators not turning up to deposit the penalty. 

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Ban on land sale in Peer Mashal
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 16
The Dera Bassi SDM has been directed by the government not to allow any sale or purchase of over 299 bighas of common land in Peer Mashal village, following a controversy over the ownership of the land.

The land is part of the village common land and is priced at over Rs 500 crore in the open market. The ownership of the land is claimed both by the Gram Panchayat and a set of residents of the village.

The matter was first decided in favour of the Gram Panchayat in 2005 by the then divisional deputy director -cum-collector. The 14 residents claiming ownership of the land filed a petition before the joint development commissioner (IRD) at Patiala, who decided the matter in favour of the petitioners in March 2007.

Meanwhile, the village falling in the Dera Bassi Block came under the jurisdiction of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, which was constituted in December 2005.

The SAS Nagar additional deputy commissioner (development) has now pointed out to the executive officer of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat that the village was under their jurisdiction when the case was being heard. However, the Nagar Panchayat was not made a party in the case nor was given an opportunity to be heard while the case was going on.

The Nagar Panchayat officials, too, did not bother to intervene in the case when it was being heard, stated the ADC in a communiqué to the EO. He also added that the Nagar Panchayat should immediately appeal against the decision taken in the case and highlight the fact that they had not been made a party in the case.

The ADC has also written to the Dera Bassi SDM to ensure that no change in the mutation registers were made till a final decision was taken in the matter. It is learnt that the Nagar Panchayat EO has also written to the Zirakpur tehsildar not to entertain any cases of sale and purchase of the land in question.

When contacted, SAS Nagar ADC (development) Ajoy Sharma confirmed the development, adding that the number of controversies regarding ownership of shamlat (village common land) in villages was on the rise. “The number of court cases going on in such matters is very large and increasing. There is an urgent need for the government to take a policy decision regarding ownership of shamlat land in villages across the state,” he said.

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Vidrohi launches offensive against Bishnoi
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 16
Harping on the development works being carried out in the Bhupinder Hooda regime, spokesperson of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Ved Prakash Vidrohi launched his offensive against Congress MP Kuldeep Bishnoi.

Addressing a press conference here today, Vidrohi said development works were in full swing all over the state and the Hooda-led government was very sensitive to the demands of the public.

Criticising Bishnoi for ‘unnecessarily’ raising non-issues, Vidrohi said if the Congress and its leadership were as corrupt as Bishnoi was making it out to be, he would have resigned and launched an independent party.

“He has realized that he cannot win an election without the Congress party tag. He has launched a tirade against the national and state leadership because he wants to be thrown out by the party. In that case, he will not lose his seat,” Vidrohi said.

Maintaining that Bishnoi has no mass support, Vidrohi said that “future Chief Minister” Bishnoi, as he was projecting himself to be, had very little chance of succeeding. “It is a matter of record that all those expressing solidarity with Bishnoi are essentially not active within the party. We gave them a notice, seeking a reply on whether they are with Bishnoi and have resigned or are still in the party. We did not get a single reply,” Vidrohi added.

On cross voting in the presidential election, Vidrohi said it was unlikely that anybody would dare to vote against the party candidate. “However, in case there is cross-voting, strict action will be initiated against the guilty,” he explained.

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APROs want demands met
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 16
The Punjab Assistant Public Relation Officers’ Association has urged information and public relation minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia to fill the posts of public relation officers (PRO) lying vacant in the public relation department.

Spokesperson of the association Jai Krishan Kashyap said no new recruitments had been made for the last several years and the department was now facing a shortage of staff.

The association stated that assistant public relation officers (APRO) should be promoted to fill the posts lying vacant. This would not put any extra burden on the state exchequer as the APRO's were already getting the same pay scale as that of the PRO's.

The association also demanded that there be a hike in the various allowances being given to the PROs and they be given cell phones.

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Kataria opposes Pratibha’s candidature
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 16
Senior BJP leader Rattan Lal Kataria unveiled the party’s ‘Presidential Election - 07’ agenda, here today.

During the press conference held at the BJP office in Sector 2, Kataria mainly focussed on the several scams that UPA nominee Pratibha Patil and her family members were allegedly involved in. When asked why BJP candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat should be made the next president, Kataria said Shekhawat had a very illustrious past, had lost no election till date and had secured the faith of the public.

“Our vice-president at the national level has carefully compiled all that has appeared about Patil in newspapers over the last few years. It clearly shows that she is not worth the office she dreams to hold,” Kataria said.

Senior leader of the Haryana BJP Ram Vilas Sharma said Patil’s nomination made a mockery of the democracy. He further added that the Congress always played politics with the people and did little in their interest.

“The Congress only knows how to turn the people against the state governments,” Sharma said.

Kataria said the dera issue had sprung up when Captain Amarinder Singh was out of power. Even in Rajasthan, the Congress pitted the Gujjars and the Meenas against each other in the name of reservation, when they could not find anything against the state government, he added.

Kataria also said the dispute within the district unit of the party had been amicably resolved. “It was an internal matter and we have resolved all differences. The unit will work together from now on,” he stated 

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Town invaded by congress grass
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 16
The town is in the grip of invasion of the congress grass with most open spaces covered by a thick growth of the plant.

Though the authorities concerned claim that efforts have been made to remove the grass, but not much is evident on the ground.

A round of various parts of the town showed the congress grass growing in abundance on roadsides and vacant plots, both in the residential as well as industrial area. Only road berms which were maintained by residents presented a neat look.

The grass and wild growth was also found growing on the premises of health centres, educational institutions and other places.

On a road berm along one of the C-roads leading to a unit of Ranbaxy Laboratories in the Phase III of the industrial area, the growth of the congress grass was found to be so thick that it would become difficult to locate a person if someone was to hide there. The congress grass could also be seen along the road dividing Phase IV and the mango garden. The condition was pathetic outside the unit of JCT Electronics Ltd, which is closed, in Phase VIII of the industrial area.

The condition of the open space near Sanjay Public School in Sector 70 and the road berm along the Regional Spinal Injury Centre in the same area was no better with harmful plant growing all over.

Phool Raj Singh, a municipal councillor living in Phase VII, said he had received complaints from residents about the congress grass, which was found all over. He had asked the municipal council to get the wild growth removed as it caused skin allergies to many, but nothing much was done in this regard.

The congress grass and other wild growth was also seen growing on the premises of the Primary Health Centre in Phase III B 1, Government Senior Secondary School in the same area and the community centre in Phase II.

The condition of sectors being looked after by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is no better.

Manjit Singh Narang, additional chief administrator, GMADA, admitted that his staff had failed to remove the congress grass in time. He said the work had now been undertaken on a war footing and the area under the GMADA would be cleared of the harmful plant in the next 10 days.

Executive officer of the municipal council J.S. Thind said the congress grass had once been removed from road berms. The work could not be continued as some estimates prepared for the work were stayed by the department of local government.

He said once again tenders had been called and work would soon start to remove the grass.

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No bus between Chandigarh-Rajpura
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Commuters travelling between Chandigarh and Rajpura are a harassed lot with no bus service connecting the two places.

They alleged that with all buses running between Chandigarh and Patiala avoiding Rajpura and taking the Rajpura bypass, the city residents were put to a lot of inconvenience.

This was despite the fact that Rajpura was a major industrial town of Punjab and hundreds of commuters travel between the two places.

However, the PRTC authorities seem to be unconcerned about the plight of the passengers, Dwarka Dass, a Rajpura resident, said.

In a representation to the Punjab Chief Minister, he demanded that the state transport corporation should be instructed to start buses passing through Rajpura.

If that was not possible, private transport operators should be allowed to run buses on these routes, he demanded.

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Protest by the blind
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
On a call by the National Federation of Blind, members of the federation hailing from Punjab and Haryana organised a protest march here today.

They blocked traffic and took out a march from the Sector 34 Social Welfare Department, Punjab, to the new secretariat, Haryana, Sector 17.

They are demanding the filling of vacant posts for the visually impaired in the Haryana education department, implementation of the Disability Act in Punjab and 1 per cent reservation for the physically challenged.

Rajesh Mohan, general secretary of the federation (Punjab), stated that the federation observed its foundation day today as the protest day. 

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An accident waiting to happen
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 16
The Mohali administration’s love for trees seems misplaced. The recently carved out slip road leading to the Phase I and Industrial Area dividing road ‘welcomes’ commuters with two full-grown eucalyptus trees bang in the middle. For the inattentive, the trees are no less than death traps and in the night, these trees are virtually invisible. There are no cat eye reflectors or sign boards to highlight the trees.

Moreover, the trees are so close to one another that they do not allow the passage of larger vehicles, thus rendering the slip road useless.

Bound by strict Forest Acts, the administration too seems to be helpless; but this is one site in Mohali where an accident is waiting to happen.

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Investors eye UT villages
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
UT villages appear to be the new investment destination for investors.

In wake of an ambiguous notification by the Administration, a number of investors spent crores in purchasing agricultural land assuming that change of land use was allowed as the land had been notified with the Municipal Corporation.

A perusal of land deals registered with the sub-registrar, Chandigarh, shows that around 70 land transactions took place between January and May, 2007. The maximum deals of agricultural land have been registered at Maloya village followed by Hallomajra.

In one specific land transaction, about 1.5 acres of land was registered at Rs 9 crore in Shahpur village, one of the highest land deal registered in UT villages. Several other transactions at lower rates took place in five UT villages, Maloya, Palsora, Kajehri, Daddu Majra and Hallo Majra, which have been transferred to the MC though a notification issued in September, 2006.

“If one analyses the land transaction record from October, 2006, till date, it would show there was increase in the number of land transactions. Many land deals were of agricultural land which is defined under the Periphery Act and change of land use is not allowed”, said a revenue official.

It was only after The Tribune highlighted the ambiguous notification leading to the investors looking towards villages that the administration admitted that the fault stating that superintendent rank official had failed to place on record the minutes of meeting held on September 17, 2006, by the Home Secretary. It was categorically stated that the proposed extended abadi be exempted from the provisions of the Periphery Act.

Sources confirmed that certain officials of the revenue department had facilitated land deals, assuring that change of land use was allowed under municipal bylaws of the villages.

As a result, unplanned constructions are coming up in the periphery with no government agency to regulate it. While the land acquisition office is unable to pursue cases under the Act, the corporation is restricting itself to check violations within the village phernis.

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Fire in SCO

Chandigarh, July 16
A tragedy was averted when fire broke out in a cabin on the first floor at Sector 17 this evening. Thick smoke was coming out of the cabin in SCO 94-95. The fire brigade was informed by a passerby. Two fire brigades from Sector 17 rushed to the spot. The fire was doused but it took a lot of time to control the smoke.

Officials said computers and furniture were destroyed. — TNS

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Blood donors honoured

Mohali, July 16
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) organised a special function to honour 120 blood donors, who had voluntarily participated in a camp organised on July 6.

Dr R.S. Khandpur, director general, Pushpa Gujral Science City, was the chief guest at the function. Certificates and gifts were given to all the donors.

The camp was held in collaboration with the PGI, Chandigarh. — TNS

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Fauji Beat
Restore lost glory to boost morale

“At 7.5 per cent per lakh, the suicide rate in the Army is way below the national average of 11.5 per cent per lakh. For every soldier who commits suicide, nearly four are killed on the battlefield,” said an Army spokesman the other day. The comparison made in this statement is totally inappropriate. How can you compare the Army personnel, who are selected after stern physical and medical examination, which also includes testing mental robustness, with the general population of the country?

Comparing the ratio of suicide cases with the battle casualties is even more odd. Rather than finding alibis for suicide cases, the Army should remove causes of this demoralising trend. This trend can be gauged from the fact that 120 soldiers committed suicide against 72 killed in counterinsurgency last year. It is highly alarming that in no other Army the number of suicides is as high as in the Indian Army.

The mere fact that there has been a 45 per cent increase in the number of troops being discharged from service on account of mental disorders in the past three years should be enough to prove that the Army suffers from low morale.

Several factors that contribute to this trend have been listed in the field manual produced by the Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR). But, the real answer to this malady lies in making the Army leadership more vibrant and by restoring the lost glory of the soldier by the government.

Welfare of soldiers

During the Civil and Military Liaison Conference held at Headquarters Western Command, Chandimandir, on July 12, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gave an assurance that the welfare of serving soldiers and ex-servicemen would be looked after in every possible manner.

What the serving soldiers urgently need today is that the civil administration should take care of all their problems at the home front. This can only be done if the district administration is made more responsive to the soldiers’ problems and answerable for them. What needs to be done for the ex-servicemen is to fill their reserved quota of 13 per cent vacancies in the government jobs. Besides, Punjab should take a cue from Haryana and utilise the services of ex-servicemen in the Punjab State Electricity Board for tasks such as meter reading, billing and cash collection and in several other jobs to provide them with a second career.

Army leadership

In September 2006, a Maj-Gen who was commanding a mountain division was court-martialled and sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for selling CSD canteen liquor in the market and misappropriating funds. Now, two brigadiers who were serving under this Major General are being court-martialled for diverting public funds to personal gains. That corruption has crept into the Army can be seen from a few such cases, which have come to notice in the past few years.

It is sad that in a country of over a billion strength, we cannot find suitable leaders for the armed forces who can set good examples for their juniors. This is because the Army has almost become the last choice of our youth today. The only way to get the right kind of leaders for the Army is to improve its status in the public eye and make it more lucrative not by soap operas but by taking concrete steps.

— Pritam Bhullar

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Tips for safe driving
Cross roads traffic

In a crossing like this, car B is going straight while cars A and C are turning. Car A should give way to both Cars B and C.

‘Are you at the correct distance from the car ahead’

Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J Sarma

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Letters
Foeticide is unfortunate

Recently, as reported in your newspaper, the city has witnessed several incidents of unfortunate children (mostly girls) been abandoned by their hard-hearted parents. The most pathetic job was done by the parents of a three-days-old girl. With girls outshining boys in almost every field, the treatment being meted out to this gender is not justified at all. The unwanted child did not come to this world out of her choice. It was her parents who copulated to give birth to this unlucky and un-welcomed member. Such parents are punishable for the act. Newly wed and those whose family plans have not yet culminated must take a note of this.

Laws should be stringent enough, and must be enforced in letter and spirit to deter the parents from committing the unpardonable sin. Girls are not curse for anybody. Political leaders (for a change) along with religious heads can play a constructive role by creating awareness among the people about the importance of women in the society. The results are disastrous when we play with the nature. It is veritably applicable in this case also. What if everybody starts opting for a boy child, thinking that he would carry their family forward? Certainly, it is not possible without a girl, for that matter.

Harbinder Singh Chandigarh

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Defence seeks stay on ammo scam GCM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The defence in the general court martial (GCM) trying a Colonel at Chandigarh for alleged misappropriation of ammunition has forwarded a petition to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, seeking a stay on further proceedings of the trial.

The defence had earlier raised a plea that the judge advocate in the case was giving incorrect legal advice and that the trial was not being conducted in accordance with military law, procedure and practice.

Transactions of the court were quoted where the advice of the judge advocate, according to the defence’s contentions, resulted in miscarriage of justice to the accused. Defence counsel, Col S.K. Aggarwal (retd), further alleged that the court had assumed the role of the prosecution counsel, which gave added advantage to the prosecution over the defence.

The court had rejected the plea of the defence without passing any reasoned or speaking order and advised the defence that it could petition the convening authority on the matter if it felt aggrieved.

During depositions today, the commanding officer of 4/8 Gorkha Rifles, Col Nautiyal, one of the witnesses, was questioned by the prosecution over entries in the ammunition ledger pertaining to 2003. The defence objected to the questions on the grounds that these were not relevant to the charges which pertained to the period January 2005 to July 2005. The court rejected the objection.

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Water management vital for development, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Linking greater economic growth to higher consumption of water, Professor Harbans Singh from the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies at Montclair State College, New Jersey, USA, said India needs to carefully harness its water resources because it has not been blessed with plentiful supply.

While it constitutes 17 per cent of the world’s population, it has only 1.6 per cent of the world’s water, he informed.

In city to deliver a lecture on “Managing water resources for economic development: A case of India”, at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, Professor Singh stressed that managing water was important for development. “Most models of water management have been developed in the USA and for humid regions where there is lot of rain. However, in India rainfall is seasonal.” Unfortunately, it was the US model that has permeated the thinking of the World Bank and, therefore, models that suit India (and include construction of big dams) are opposed by them.

What was essential was to work out a feasible programme that would provide water needs for a rapidly growing population and economy. “By 2050 the whole world will live largely in urban areas. In India, the figure of the population living in urban centres will go up from 29 to 50 per cent.”

According to Professor Singh, surface water was the only way to provide water to urban regions. “Groundwater is suitable for small villages and cities.”

A proponent of big dams, Professor Singh advocates them for three reasons. “They have the advantage of storing large quantity of water, have a lower rate of evaporation and the water does not heat up fast, making it richer in oxygen and thereby purer.”He attributed the demand for water not just to a growing population and higher level of urbanisation, but also to agricultural and industrial development. “Most of India’s water is in flood state, which needs to be tapped. Diverting canal water from irrigation to metros is not the solution. The alternative is to aggressively intervene in the hydrologic cycle to capture more flood water”.

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Jobless youth killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
A Panipat resident in his twenties was killed and six persons were injured in two accidents in different parts of the city in the past 24 hours.

Shakti Singh in his twenties had come to the city in search of a job and was staying with his friend for the past over a fortnight. He went to Sector 52 to visit his sister on a scooter (CH-01-M-8667). There, he picked 12-year-old Kala and Deepak of Dhanas village.

As soon as they reached T-point in Dhanas, an autorickshaw (PB-12-3527) collided with their scooter at 10:58 pm. The three, along with three passengers in the auto, were injured. They were rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, where Shakti was declared ‘brought dead’.

In another accident, a motorcyclist, Yogesh Saxena of Phase X, Mohali, was hurt after being hit by another motor cycle (MP-04-NE-5697) driven by Pankaj of Sector 47 near the Sector 46 and 47 traffic lights. The victim was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The police arrested Pankaj on allegations of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving.

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Mobike, scooter stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Two vehicles were stolen from different parts of the city during the past 48 hours.

Umang Sood of Sector 27 has reported to the police that his Hero Honda motorcycle was stolen from his house on July 14.

In another incident, Lakhwinder Singh of Pancham Society, Sector 68, Mohali, has lodged a complaint that his Kinetic Honda scooter was stolen from Sector 22 on Saturday. 

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Clash victim succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
A bloody clash that broke between two groups in Indira Colony on July 10 has claimed one life. Devi Dass of Indira Colony succumbed to his injuries at the PGI at 1 am today. He had suffered head injuries.

The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem. The police had arrested five persons -Gullu, Chickoo, Khalid, Dilshad and Kadir- earlier and the two remaining accused, Shahnawaz and Dilbagh, were arrested today.

Meanwhile, a group of residents from Indira colony came to the Mani Majra police station protesting against alleged police “inaction.” They claimed that the police had not registered a case and was trying to shield the guilty.

The police cited old feud as a reason behind the bloody clash. It was learnt that the clash occurred when one group harassed a girl from another group. On July 10, Kadir along with his accomplices armed with rods and swords came to Indira colony looking for Salman at 10:15 pm.

Salman was not at his house at that time. They found him at Devi’s meat shop. Salman alleged that they were attacked by the assailants without any provocation.

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