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Nurseries in Mani Majra removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
In a daylong drive, bulldozers of the Chandigarh administration today razed permanent structures in five private nurseries along the Chandigarh-Panchkula highway.

Around 20 acres of land was cleared of encroachments.The drive was carried out following the recent Supreme Court order, approving the acquisition of chunks of land in Mani Majra.

Qner of Durga nursery said they were not given prior notice. As a result, plants worth lakhs had been damaged in the drive. He claimed they had appealed against the orders. “The administration should have waited for some days,” said Vikram, owner of the nursery.

The area under Shivalik Nursery, Defence Nursery, Shalimar Nursery and Phulkari, three saw mills and a lime kiln was also cleared by the demolition squad of the estate office, municipal corporation and land acquisition office.

The drive was supervised by assistant estate officer Amit Talwar, LAO Hargunjit Kaur and MC assistant commissioner Parminder Singh.

During the drive, a number of expensive plants in the nurseries were damaged as the machines brought down the greenhouse. Officials said notice had been given to the nursery owners.

The land vacated will be handed over to the Chandigarh MC. For the last over 17 years, acquisition of the land had been held up because of prolonged litigation.

The process to acquire the land (from pocket no. 1 to 6 and from pocket no. 9 to 11) on behalf of the MC for development purposes was initiated in 1989. The affected persons, including shopkeepers, had moved the apex court after their contention plea was dismissed by the Punjab and Haryana High.

Officials said administration was yet to make up its mind on the representation by the nursery owners to the Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd), seeking rehabilitation.

At least 1,000 jhuggis were demolished in Kumar Colony, Sector 25. The owners have been given alternative sites. The land vacated is to be handed over to Panjab University following a court order. 



Potter sends cash tills ringing
Gayatri Rajwade/Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
He is back with a bang! It’s been two years since ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ was released and Potter fans are bursting at the seams to lay their hands on the seventh and final volume of this grandiose saga.

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, which releases at midnight, has set a new record of being the fastest-selling book in the shortest possible time.

What is interesting is that Harry Potter has broken his own record. The distinction earlier was held by book six - ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’.

Bookstores in the city have also notched up unheard-of numbers in just the bookings. Capital Book Depot, Sector 17, already has 265 bookings and is still counting. So is Browser Library and Bookstore in Sector 8 with bookings over 180. English Book Shop, Sector 17, also hopes to hit 200 bookings by the time the sale begins.

To attract customers, bookstores are putting up several schemes. While Capital Book Depot is offering a daylong discounted sale of all books (except Harry Potters) on Sunday, Browser will give customers freshly baked cookies with every book they buy. Not to be left behind, English Book Shop will give its customers tuition bags. Bookshops here will open their shutters to the eager beavers at around 6 am.

The anticipation is tangible. Author J.K. Rowling will mark the release at midnight with “a mammoth signing through the night”, along with reading to children from ‘Deathly Hallows’ at the Natural History Museum in London.

Ankita Chawla (16) of Sector 44 is planning to stand outside her favourite bookstore at 5.45 am. “I will not miss the moment. I want the book in my hand at the same time that others around the world hold it,” she says.

There are others also who plan to read the book through the weekend. “I will not log on to the internet nor will I switch the television on. I want to finish reading the book before I get back to work on Monday,” says Puneet Bedi, a copywriter for a web-portal.

While the anticipation over the fate of Harry Potter may have already sold the book, it is important to remember that the pleasure lies in reading, not in hyperventilating over Harry’s end.



Court relief for PU Reader

Chandigarh, July 20
In a relief to N.K. Sehgal, Reader, department of evening studies,Panjab University, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal today pronounced that further disciplinary proceedings against him by the university could be kept in abeyance. A notice to the university was issued for August 17.

The judge pronounced:“Further disciplinary proceedings on the basis of charge sheet can be kept in abeyance.Directions are given to the Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Chandigarh, conducting the petitioner’s (Sehgal) trial, to make every effort to conclude the trial expeditiously, preferably within two months from today.”

A copy of the order was sent to the court concerned through the Sessions Judge.

The charge sheet was prepared against the petitioner in departmental proceedings initiated against him.It contained two charges-one relating to outraging the modesty of a minor girl and the second regarding tuitions by the petitioner without the sanction of the authorities.

Importantly, the petitioner is facing criminal trial in FIR no 228, dated September 5,2006, under Section 354, IPC.The FIR had been registered at the police station in Sector 11, Chandigarh.

The petitioner had sought directions to the respondents, Panjab University and the inquiry officer, to produce the record of disciplinary proceedings initiated against him. He also sought that respondents be directed not to proceed with disciplinary proceedings till the conclusion of the criminal trial. — TNS



Oops! You just slipped on zamoa pulp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh police control room (PCR) remained busy this afternoon on an unusual task. It received distress calls from several drivers of two-wheeler passing through Zamoa Avenue (road separating Sectors 10 and 11) as well as the Sectors 18, 19, 20 and 21 intersection.

The reason-both Zamoa Avenue and the intersection had been rendered unsafe because of a thick deposit of the pulp of zamoa, a small purple fruit. Swinging into action over the unusual complaints by commuters, the police had a tough time regulating traffic on the stretch, besides getting the affected portions of the road cleaned. A fire engine was also pressed into service to wash off the slush from the road.

Scores of scooterists and mobike riders were asked to take alternative routes or move slow on the road. The police used concrete slabs to divert the traffic. According to the police, there were a few instances of two-wheelers skidding on the road. Timely intervention by the police and the fire brigade prevented any major accident on the road.

Driver Yogesh Tiwari said the fruit pulp got stuck to his car tyres like glue and was hard to get rid of. Despite the water pressure, it remained obstinate.



Rent defaulters set to lose homes
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, July 19
As many as 84 allottees of one-room dwelling units in Sector 56, rehabilitated from the “Madrasi” colony in November 2006 under the small flats scheme of 2006, will be ousted from their homes because they figure on a list of payment defaulters compiled by the Chandigarh Housing Board.

They have not paid their monthly rent of Rs 800 for the past more than three months. A total of 653 dwelling units were allotted under the scheme.

Amar Nath, chief executive officer of the board, said: “We have identified the regular defaulters and compiled a list. The occupants of the houses under question will be issued notices and if they do not make the payments within a fixed time frame, the allotments will be cancelled.”

The department is also studying the case of 18 allottees who are said to have sold ownership rights and made profits. A senior officer said: “We have got a representation with regard to subletting or selling of property rights through fraudulent measures, however, no confirmation has been made yet. We are looking into the case. We first need to study how could a person make financial gains on a property which was not even in his name.”

“During a preliminary survey, we found certain houses locked. We were told that the owners had gone to their native land on a holiday,” the officer said.

The allotment of the flats was done on the names of the applicants in a bio-metric survey conducted in March 2006.

Lalit Sharma, adviser, had said the dwelling units would not be allotted on the basis of ownership but on the licence fee. This would help in checking the practice of selling the site or allotted unit in the market and then going back to the slums. The adviser had also said “for ensuring that only genuine allottee under the scheme are provided property rights, the option of ownership on the payment of balance amount will be given to the beneficiaries after 20 years.”

The administration has identified 11 locations for the construction of units for slum dwellers. 



Press site encroachments cleared
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The deputy commissioner-cum-estate officer, UT, today filed a status report before the high court that nearly 700 jhuggis existing on the press sites, Industrial Area, Phase I, had been removed.

The report filed by R.K. Rao, DC, stated that after removing the encroachments, the possession of the site had been handed over to the engineering department.

The Chandigarh Housing Board, the nodal agency to shift and resettle jhuggi dwellers, had already completed 1,400 prefab structures and the possession had been given to slum dwellers.

It was futher stated that basic facilities had also been provided as per the information provided by the chief executive officer of the housing board.

As many as 1,014 allotment letters had been handed over to the slum dwellers of Janata and Kumhar Colony so far. There are nearly 2,900 jhuggis in the two colonies as per a survey in 2006.

Bare sites for jhuggi dwellers

The administration has decided that due to paucity of time, prefab structures for all jhuggi dwellers may not be completed. Therefore, bare sites shall be allocated to them for immediate shifting. The CEO, Chandigarh Housing Board, has been asked to make available possession of these sites to the remaining 700 jhuggi dwellers of Kumhar Colony.



The Vedic way to prevent AIDS
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The relevance is in believing in one’s roots and Dr Pankaj Mala Sharma is certain of it.

In a paper she authored with two other experts, Dr Sharma, reader, department of music, and dean, faculty of design and fine art at Panjab University, has explained the significance of the Vedas in the prevention of AIDS.

The study, ‘Principles of Marriage and Reproductive Health during the Vedic Period: Relevance to Prevention of AIDS’, has been accepted as a poster presentation at the 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) to be held at Colombo in August.

“The concepts described in the Vedas have a scientific foundation and the interpretations make it methodically applicable in the prevention of HIV/AIDS,” explains Dr Sharma.

The study refers to the status of women, reproductive health and marital life in the context of prevention of the disease. It also talks about the protection and health of women as integral features.

However, when questioned about the relevance of all this in today’s world, Dr Sharma admitted that while it was not easy to put these principles into practice, “the remedy lies in following it, even if just part of it”.

Further elaborating its relevance, Dr Sharma says that while researching the Sama Veda for her doctoral thesis, she came across several mantras for curing the disease.

Having authored a book on Sama Gaan and having contributed to various literary publications and international Vedic conferences, Dr Sharma firmly believes religion in its rational form holds the key to prevention.

Dr Sharma has worked extensively in the field of public health and was a member of the Social Welfare Advisory Board for three years from 2000.

What is interesting is that Dr Sharma’s poster presentation will be displayed under the ‘Divine Intervention’ segment of the conference. Issues such as human sexuality, contraception, premarital sex, commercial sex, homosexuality and HIV/AIDS will be tackled in a symposium titled “Religion and HIV/AIDS”.

The aim is not only to make religious groups play a more positive role, but also to understand if there is scope for inter-religious initiatives to respond to the challenges raised by the epidemic in the region. 



Library to reopen after 3 weeks
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 20
The municipal library will start functioning from Silvi Park in Phase X from July 23 after three weeks.

The municipal council has taken over charge of the library from Browser, which ran it for the last more than two years. A sum of Rs 2 lakh had been set aside by the civic body for making necessary purchases.

To begin with, only magazines and newspapers would be made available at the library. Books will be added at later.

Executive officer J.S. Thind said the council planned to have a lower membership fee as compared to Browser, which was charging between Rs 300 to Rs 2,000.

The decision to run the library was taken by the council at a meeting held on June 27 after Browser refused to give free membership to municipal councillors and the staff of the civic body.QBrowser was running the library since October 2004. The civic body had provided the required infrastructure for the same. 



Power saving: PSEB sets example for others
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service
The solar water heater atop the PSEB chairman’s office in Mohali.
The solar water heater atop the PSEB chairman’s office in Mohali.—Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu  

Mohali, July 20
Save electricity. Most people just talk about it. Guess who has gone ahead and actually done it. The Punjab State Electricity Board itself.

The newly opened office of the PSEB chairman here uses at least 30 per cent less electricity than most other office buildings. The specially designed building depends mostly on natural light for lighting each room. A solar panel atop the roof to heat water makes sure that there is no need for geysers anywhere. Artificial light sources wherever used are the ones which consume least amount of electricity.

“Other than setting an example for others to follow, we genuinely want people to understand that importance of saving electricity,” said deputy chief engineer, SAS Nagar, H S Bains.

While chairman Y S Ratra quietly moved into this brand new office here almost last month, the building itself also speaks of simplicity and quiet grandeur. “In the design, we have made sure that the maximum natural light is tapped. And since the office timing is 9am to 5 pm, there is no need to put on a light,” he said.

On an average geysers and air conditioners installed in a building consume the largest amount of electricity. There are only two air conditioners in the building.

“In winters, the building will need no geysers. We encourage every one to use a similar system as it costs less and the electricity bill is slashed by 10 to 15 per cent,” added Bains.



Five youths injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Five youngsters were injured when their speeding Scorpio collided with a Maruti Alto car at a rotary near Chandigarh Club tonight. The Scorpio went out of control and did a somersault thrice before coming to a halt. The occupant of the other vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

The injured, two of them seriously, were rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital.

According to eyewitnesses, the Scorpio (PB-05-M-0014) coming from the Sukhna Lake side at high speed collided with the Maruti Alto car (DL-9C-J-8346), damaging its front portion.

The occupants of Scorpio have been identified as Harpreet Singh of Moga and Harpreet Singh of Ferozpore, both students of Khalsa College here, Nachhatar Singh, Baljit Singh and Sukhchain Singh. A case of causing injury due ton rash and negligent driving has been registered against the driver of the Scorpio on a complaint by alto driver,Anil Arora of Sector 40.

Meanwhile, Bagicha Singh of Sector 41 reported to the police that his Maruti (HP-11-0044) was stolen from his residence On July 16. in another incident, Ranbir Singh Parmar of Vikas Deep Enclave, Zirakpur, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his his Splendour motor cycle (CH-03-9966) was stolen from Fragrance Garden, Sector 36.



C’wealth workshop on leadership
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
A five-day capacity and leadership development workshop for youth representatives of the commonwealth countries of Asia will be held at the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), Asia Centre, here from July 23.

The main aim of the workshop would be to ensure the involvement of youth in governance and to make them equal partners in decision-making and development, stated regional director of the centre Raj K. Mishra here today.

The workshop will be inaugurated by S.K. Arora, secretary in the ministry of youth affairs and sports. Representatives from Bangladesh, Darussalam, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and India would participate in the workshop, Mishra added.



A day of protests in colleges
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
It was a day of protests today in the city colleges. There have been numerous instances of strikes breaking in every now and then in all the colleges. The teaching and non-teaching staff of DAV College, Sector 10, today staged a dharna in front of the principal’s office in support of their demands for implementation of provident fund on total salary and encashment of earned leave.

The agitated staff has been demanding for their statutory dues from the past six months along with the teaching and non-teaching staff of MCM DAV College, Sector 36.

There has been a strike going for one or two lectures in the college since the new session has begun. The protestors alleged that the management has been ignoring all requests of the employees as well as of the Panjab University and the DPI (C) in this connection. “The Panjab University is on the verge of imposing penalties on the two colleges. These penalties would cripple the functioning of the two colleges as far as matters concerning approval of new appointments, affiliation of courses and approval of grants are concerned.” On the other hand, the UT Administration is seeking explanation from the colleges for non-payment of leave encashment by sending reminder after reminder,” alleged the agitators.

The principal of the college, S Marriya chose to stay away from the college while the protest was going on and he came only after the two hour long protest got over. When contacted, Marriya said, “DAV College, Abohar has filed a case for relief in the same matter. Once the matter is decided in their favour it will be implemented in all the DAV managed institutions.”

As regards the provident fund, he said the PF is a part of the grant that the college receives from the DPI (C) and the final call will be theirs.

There was another protest by the students at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26 this morning. The students raised anti principal slogans in protest of the denial of admission to the presidential candidate, Jaswinder Singh. Jaswinder Singh, who received a roll of honour last year for sports activities, fulfilled all the conditions for admission to MA (I) Punjabi but was yet denied admission by the principal on the pretext of his election related activities. However the matter was later resolved and Jaswinder was admitted to the college.

In yet another protest, the hostel inmates of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, today protested against the acute water shortage in the hostel. It has been reported that there is no water supply from the past three days in the hostel due to a rupture in the main supply pipeline. When contacted the principal, Shashi Bala Jain said she had informed the water supply department. In fact the college had to call water tankers for the students. Expressing her helplessness she said the water department has assured them that the water supply will be restored by tomorrow morning.



39 attend orientation programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The eight-week orientation programme for the management trainees of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in aeronautics with the help of expertise in the Department of aeronautical engineering, Punjab Engineering College, got over today.

Air Marshal, K.S. Bhatia (retd) delivered the valedictory address. Earlier Dr Vijay Gupta, director of PEC introduced Air Marshal Bhatia to the management trainees and the audience.

Dr S.C. Sharma, programme coordinator and head of Department of Aeronautical Engineering presented a report on the course, which was formulated by the department from June 28 to July 20. The 39 management trainees were from different disciplines and were given orientation in aeronautics and lecture series in TQM. 



Oustees seek rehab draft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The welfare society of authorised originals of 50 UT villages has demanded that a draft for the rehabilitation of oustees should be made.

It has been pointed out that officers entrusted with the job of issuing oustee certificates do not recognise oustees prior to 1966. The society has identified 5000 affected family members. If independent housing was not possible, land could be allotted for cooperative group housing scheme, it added.



Mauled By Malls
Civic amenities don’t matchup
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
While work on three multiplexes-cum-malls has been progressing on a war footing, little is being done to upgrade basic civic amenities in the Industrial Area here.

The new shopping-cum-entertainment centre is set to develop into an agglomerate of concrete and glass. Since the public inflow into the area is expected to grow many times over, pressure on the basic civic support services like water supply, transportation, drainage/ sewerage and garbage collection is expected to multiply manifold.

As of now, six conversions of units have been approved so far by the single window committee of the administration. Thirtyone more applications are pending.

There are around 3,300 water connections in the Industrial Area, Phases I and II. The MC claims that it ensures 13-hour water supply to these connections. This excludes the water requirement of the approved multiplexes.

Though the administration has been claiming that the water supply to the area would be augmented and would be raised to18 hours a day by the end of the year, a visit to the area does not show any work being undertaken in this regard. Not a single penny has been spent on the much-touted upgradation of the infrastructure in the commercial complex spread over 1,475 acres.

The national standards require that for every 1,000 persons, 10 kilolitres to 40 kiloliters of water (depending upon the nature of activity) should be made available. The requirement of water goes up for additional services like toilets, washing and gardening, besides food courts.

Though the MC claims to be working on strengthening stormwater drainage and sewerage, sources reveal that the existing systems were designed for an industrial area where only industrial workers and employers had been making use of skeletal services. The increased public load would require immediate expansion and restructuring of the basic services.

An analysis of the approved building plans of the six converted sites reveals that against the earlier 20-odd water closure connections, 200 such connections have been approved. It is doubtful whether the system is equipped to take this increased load of discharge. Officials admit this seems impossible.

Experts feel that an environment assessment/management plan of the Industrial Area should have been prepared instead of taking a decision in “isolation”.



Experts link river project to diseases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The river linking project (RLP) in the country proposes to link 14 Himalayan rivers in the north and 16 peninsular rivers in the south but public health implications of such projects should be considered and control measures should be taken in the beginning only. These were the views of experts assembled here from different departments for a discussion on the prevention and control of vector borne diseases here yesterday.

The directorate of national vector borne diseases, Chandigarh, organised the discussion.

Deputy conservator of forest-cum-chief wildlife, Chandigarh, Ishwar Singh, said though the absence of a proper baseline data and exact health impacts due to the RLP could not be ascertained, the vector as well as water borne diseases were likely to increase due to waterlogging.

Anti-malaria officer H.C. Gera said a large number of dams would be required for river linking, resulting in waterlogging and providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The Indira Gandhi canal in Rajasthan alone was responsible for thousands of cerebral malaria cases every year from a region where malaria was unheard of before the canal was constructed, said Gera.

Prof Rajesh Kumar, department of medicines, PGI, said society should come forward to tackle the situation.

Dr J.S. Thakur, assistant professor, department of community medicine, PGI, laid stress on creating awareness about common risk factors.

The presence of diseases in different parts of the country was a failure on the part of various agencies, Dr Rajinder Kumar Sharma, assistant director, health (malaria), said.



Portrait gallery gets its “taj”

Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh administration has decided to permanently display a “taj” (a cap made of cloth and tila) at the National Gallery of Portraits, Sector 17. The “taj” was presented by Bal Gangadhar Tilak to Sardar Ajit Singh in 1907 at the Surat session of the Congress to acknowledge his patriotism.

It was later gifted to Indira Gandhi in 1975 and she gifted it to the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh. — TNS



Stolen cars found in Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The crime branch of the Chandigarh police has brought six Maruti cars from Ludhiana which were stolen from various parts of the city.

Inspector Satbir Singh said the cars, which were lying abandoned at a parking lot near Ghanta Ghar, were recovered by the Ludhiana police recently. On learning that cars were stolen from Chandigarh, informed the city police.

The cars were handed over to the police stations concerned. The police said the court had issued orders to hand over the cars to the owners. 



Non-AC buses to go
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The local state transport authority has decided to phase out all non-AC buses and replace them with AC ones. To provide better public transportation facilities and make people shift from personal vehicles to public transport, the Chandigarh administration has been planning to provide more transport options.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting, under the chairmanship of UT home secretary, Krishna Mohan, today.

The administration has also decided to increase the all-India tourist permits for AC buses to 50 permits from the existing 25. The applications would be invited through an advertisement.

It was also decided to waive the composite fee on all-India tourist vehicles coming from outside. 



Mother of two dies of burns
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 20
Anita Rani (23), a mother of two, was accidentally burnt to death, early this morning. The victim suffered burns while heating milk. “Rani accidentally hit the kerosene can lying near the stove. I tried my best to save her, but the fire spread very quickly,” said Surinder Kumar, the victim’s husband, who also suffered 35 per cent burn injuries. He is currently admitted to Government Hospital, Sector 6.

The victim is survived by a one-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. Both Anita and her husband were labourers, residing in Rajiv Colony, Sector 16. 



Sec 17 will be rid of illegal vendors

Chandigarh, July 20
The MC will not permit illegal vendors in Sector 17. A decision to this effect was taken at the finance and contract committee meeting yesterday. Councillor M.P.S. Chawla stated that it was a table agenda that had been brought in during the meeting. “We would start removing illegal vendors soon,” he said. A proposal to organise weekend cultural shows on Saturdays at Sector 17 in association with the MC and Chandigarh tourism was also approved.

Meanwhile, the committee accorded approval to various agenda items, including rough cost estimate for construction/extension of night shelter in the transport area, Sector 26 and RCE of Rs 12.40 lakh for the computerisation/digitisation of records of the Manimajra area.Other important items which got approval were shifting and construction of new road gullies due to the widening of V-5 roads, providing SWD in defence colony, re-allotting the cancelled site for a Verka booth and fixing Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 4.5 lakh as reserve price of Circus Ground, Sector 17, and exhibition ground, Sector 34, respectively. — TNS



Labourer ends his life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
A 30-year-old labourer was found hanging from a tree in the Industrial Area early this morning. Ruling out the possibility of foul play behind his death, the police said it was a case of suicide.

The police said Sarag Tudo of Bengal was mentally unstable. The body was seen hanging from a tree near the Verka milk plant at around 6 am.

Tudo had come to the city along with his relatives on Thursday. The body has been shifted to the Sector 16 Government Hospital and a postmortem would be conducted tomorrow.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings.



Spreading peace on wheels
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 20
Continuing his endeavour to skate across India for peace and harmony, ace roller skater and social worker Prakash Phand was welcomed by students of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, here today.

This 23-year-old lad from Mumbai interacted with the students of the school and also gave them coaching tips.

About his aim to spread the message of peace and love, he says it is the only way to bring about social reform. “When touring the countryside, I talk to people about other issues like AIDS, family planning and maintaining good health as well, ” he said.

Prakash performed a variety of acrobatic stunts and provided tips to the delight of his audience besides spreading message of peace and brotherhood.

Accepting the challenge put forward by an American citizen, who holds the present record for skating the longest distance, Prakash has already traversed through 20 states and has covered a distance of 1,00,007 km. He aims to travel a total distance over 1,22,407 km.

Prakash started his journey, which was flagged off by the then DGP-Mumbai, Pasricha, from Mumbai on November 14. He covers a distance of around 200 to 300 km everyday, achieving an average speed of 30 km and the maximum of 60 km per hour.

Prakash would commence his journey to Shimla on Sunday. Director of Dikshant International School and president of the Mohali District Roller Skating Association Mitul Dikshit, who has sponsored his stay at Panchkula, will flag off the journey.



Tips for safe driving
overtaking - 3

Before starting to overtake ensure right indicator is on. After overtaking, get back to left lane after changing indicators




Observing IT park

Perhaps things at foundation stone of IT Park have never been looked into. Few days back, I wanted to see the text on the foundation stone laid by the PM.

The security man on duty resisted my entry to the foundation stone. I read the wording on the stone and withdrew, as I never wanted to argue with the security man on duty.

One thing, I came to know that the security personnel were being paid Rs 3,500 per month. When asked IT department of UT administration informed that the security set-up have been outsourced by way of a contract for security.

A rough estimate is arrived at an expenditure of Rs 2 lakh per year. May be a small thing for an administration but any company based in IT park will lap the place and maintain it free of cost instead they will better maintain and pay a few lakh to MC/administration. May be a small issue but administration or MC will save Rs 5 lakh. Can’t we get rid of park cess of Rs 15 per house this way? Small things or drop in ocean will also make a difference is not it?

R.K. Garg

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Woman held with smack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The special investigation cell of the Chandigarh police has arrested a woman for allegedly carrying 10 gm of smack.

The police said Maya of Sector 38-D was arrested from the market in Sector 38-C yesterday and 10 gm of smack was seized from her possession.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Tarun Kumar of Sector 37-C has reported to the police that his Hero Honda Passion motorcycle (PB-05-H-0971) was stolen from his house on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Ritu Sharma of Sector 18, Panchkula, has lodged a complaint that her scooter (HR-03-E-3419) was stolen from the road separating Sectors 49 and 50 on July 14.

Cases have been registered.


In a hit-and-run mishap, Subhash Chand of Behlana village suffered injuries when his autorickshaw was hit by a Qualis near the rotary of Sectors 36, 37, 41 and 42 on Thursday. He has been admitted to hospital. A case has been registered.


Amandeep Kaur of Sector 11-B has reported to the police that a motorcycle (CH-03-Q-3116) driven by Gurwinder Singh hit her Maruti in the Sector 10 market on Thursday. A case has been registered.

Caught stealing

Kalpna Sharma of Bar Majra, Mohali, has alleged that Malkit Singh of Dadu Majra Colony was caught while stealing her bag at the PGI on Thursday. The police has arrested the accused, who was later sent to judicial custody. A case has been registered.


Amandeep Kaur of Mohali has filed a complaint, alleging that her bag containing two mobiles phone, a credit card, an ATM card and Rs 800 were stolen from her car parked in front of DAV School, Sector 15, on Wednesday.

In another incident, Gurkiran Singh of Sector 15 has reported that his wallet containing Rs 6,000, an ATM card and two mobiles phones were stolen from his house last night.

Car theft

Harmeet Singh of Sector 46 had reported to the police that Kunal Batra of Progressive Society, Sector 49, had stolen his car from his house this afternoon.

Later, the accused was arrested with the stolen car. A case has been registered. 



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