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Cops spoil Antidote party
Staff arrested for violating orders on closing hours

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
In a raid at Antidote, a discotheque in Sector 26, the police arrested seven persons, including the discotheque owner, in the wee hours today.

At 3 am, a joint team of the Sector 26 police station and the crime branch reached the discotheque following a complaint that a party was on there even after 2 am. At 2.30 am, when The Tribune team reached there, it saw bouncers allowing youngsters inside the discotheque even at that hour. A baseball stick and iron rods were confiscated from some of them. These were hidden under a dais. The bouncers tried to evade an answer when asked by the reporter from where they had obtained these.

Fear of the police was the last thing on the minds of these cocky bouncers. The scene was no different in Sector 9 outside two discotheques- Mission and Arizona-where tipsy youngsters were seen roaming around. Police personnel deployed there remained mere spectators. Inside Antidote, the party was in full swing when the cops appeared, much to the shock of revellers. The men in khaki invaded the dance floor. Suddenly, the music was off and the lights on. Panicky girls hurried to cover their faces as press photographers clicked away.

A girl was heard saying she was not aware of the law banning parties beyond 2 am. A youngster complained that he was manhandled by police personnel.

The police allowed the guests to go only after jotting down their names and addresses. The owner of the discotheque, Munish Kumar of Sector 10, Panchkula, along with six employees-cashier Sanjay Singh and waiters Rohit, Kanwar, Deeraj, Toni and Amit- were taken to the Sector 26 police station for violating prohibitory orders. A case under Section 188 of the IPC was registered against them.

They were produced before a local court today and let go on bail.

The Chandigarh Police has been organising special campaigns against drunken driving and drinking at public places. The raids on discotheques, on the orders of officiating SSP Dinesh Bhatt, are seen as part of the drive.

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Incandescent bulbs are passe
Households in UT to see new light
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Chandigarh administration has initiated the process to replace incandescent bulbs in the city with compact flouroscent lamps (CFLs). The development follows a communication from the union ministry after a decision at the meeting of ministers of power. The CFL uses less energy and releases negligible carbon dioxide.

In the first phase, 500 sample households will be chosen for installation of meters and overseeing CFL usage. The life of the CFL lamp is a minimum of five years. Under the scheme, bulbs costing Rs 90 will be available for Rs 15, courtesy a matching grant by the bureau of energy efficiency (BEE).

The engineering department will first compile a report on the approximate number of connections in the city and the cost of the project. The report will then be sent to the BEE, which will work out the matching grant.

A CFL manufacturer has agreed to participate in the scheme and is ready for its launch in Haryana and Andhra Pradesh. Other manufacturers have been consulted and they have given strong signals that they may also join in the efforts. Official sources said Chandigarh had initiated the process for the change.

Under the scheme, high quality CFLs will be available at Rs 10 to Rs 15 a rate comparable with the incandescent lamps used by most of the households in the country. S.K. Sandhu, finance secretary, and secretary of the engineering department, said a CFL lamp was priced at Rs 90. The BEE which is in charge of scheme implementation, would provide a matching grant.

A note from the Centre says:" It is expected that CFLs will effectively replace all incandescent lamps within five years".

Sources pointed out that CFLs contained a small quantity of mercury. This was a concern for landfills and incinerators. Harmful effects of mercury needed to be carefully studied and waste disposal planned accordingly.

The CFLs will reduce the energy demand by 20,000 MW and cut the release of carban dioxide by 240 million tonnes.

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Agonising wait: 4 hrs and no succour
Arun Sharma
TNS

Chandigarh, July 22
A woman in her sixties writhed in pain. She had cancer in one of her eyelids. Maggots in the other eye and her ear added to her agony. She sat at the reception of the Advance Eye Centre of the PGI for at least four hours before a doctor examined her.

Eyewitnesses said Reshma of Kaithal in Haryana reached the eye centre at 7 am but there was none to take care of her. Being Sunday, the OPD was closed and no doctor was available at the centre’s emergency ward. The paramedic staff put a dressing on her eye after a few hours.

It was past 11 am when the she was taken to the emergency ward and then to the operation theatre. Securitymen on duty stopped reporters from talking to the patient’s attendant. The paramedic staff present said the patient came to the hospital on Monday and was advised to come again on Thursday, but she did not do so. She had returned only this morning with maggots in one eye.

The PGI, denying any delay in treatment, said the patient was to undergo surgery on Saturday. But she did not turn up at the hospital. A spokesperson of the PGI said the surgery was delayed as the attendant of the patient could not arrange for turpentine oil required for it.

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Loot Continues
Plant ‘thieves’ at it again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Greed to possess expensive plants lured a number of persons to the razed Durga Nursery in Mani Majra for the second day today. Plant “thieves” and small-time sellers descended on the spot to “handpick” plants.

Similarly, at Kumhar Colony in Sector 25 slum-dwellers were seen selling bricks of the boundary wall brought down earlier. The jhuggis in the colony have been demolished and the occupants given alternative land.

In Mani Majra, the haphazard manner in which the demolition drive was carried out by the administration has virtually led to chaos at the site.

It is nothing less than a law and order problem as the people were plundering someone’s property.

Not a single case of trespass has been registered.

“It amounts to trespassing as the land was in possession of the municipal corporation. Not a single case of trespass has been registered by the administration. The police and officials watched as the people resorted to looting spree,” said Vikas Mahajan of Durga Nursery.

Alleging vindictive attitude of the administration in carrying out the demolition drive, he said they did not allow proper shifting of the decorative plants. No evaluation of the structure and other property was done by the administration and no compensation was accepted by the land owner.

For the second day, people aided by servants were busy in handpicking the plants. A number of expensive car were lined up along the Chandigarh-Panchkula road as the occupants were selecting the plants. The police was informed about the plundering of the plants.

A senior corporation official said since the land had been taken over by the corporation, entering the land amounts to trespassing.

Policemen, deputed on the spot after the administration took over possession of the land, watched as mute spectators. Few employees deputed by the nursery owners to keep a watch on their leftovers seemed helpless in keeping the “thieves” at bay. Till late in the night, there were reports of people picking up damaged plants from the nursery.

At Kumhar Colony the only difference was that instead of plants, slum-dwellers were busy in selling bricks taken out of the boundary wall.

Residents of the area said unscrupulous elements removed bricks from the boundary wall of the colony and selling it on half rates. Since there no government official on the spot, unscrupulous elements were having a field day in taking away the government property.

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In Basta
Despite clues, cops fail to crack murder case
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Even after four years, the file on the murder of city girl Simranjit Kaur of Sector 22 is gathering dust in the record room of the Sector 17 police station. Admitting failure in achieving a breakthrough into the case, the police had sought court approval to shut the clase as “ untraced.”

The much-published case was transferred to the crime branch, which too failed to crack the case, and recommended that it be treated as “untraced.” Despite the fact that the victim’s family provided some ‘vital clues” to the police, the investigating officials failed to make any headway. Simran (24) was found brutally done to death at her Sector 22-A residence on July 17, 2003. Her body was found lying in a pool of blood. It bore marks of stab injuries. The room was splattered with blood. The killing came to light when the victim’s mother, Prabhjot Kaur, returned home from school in the afternoon. There were no sign of forced entry into the house.

Simran, who scored 81 per cent marks in MSc (IT), was to go to the USA for higher education in computer application. The victim’s father, Balbir Singh, employed as a stenographer in the office of the drector, agriculture, Punjab, was celebrating his daughter’s achievement with his colleagues when the news of her death was broken to him that fateful day.

After the tragedy, the aggrieved parents shifted residence. The family approached the higher authorities in the Chandigarh administration, including the then Administrator ,Justice (Retired) O.P. Verma, but in vain.

The family had then expressed suspicion over the role of a youth who wanted to marry as the The youth had gone abroad a few daysbefore their daughter was done to death. The police said the youth in New Zealand was quizzed on the telephone by officials, but nothing substantial had come out against him during interrogation. However, the police did not summon him to the city for a thorough interrogation.

The family had given several clues to the police. It had said the murder took place at 10 am, after their maid had left the house on finishing work. The parents had handed over an anonymous letter purportedly written by a call girl and personal diaries of Simran. The Name of a Mundi Kharar-based youth also figured in the case at one stage.

The police was told that Simran had had a heated argument with her classmates a few days ago. A neighbour had reportedly heard cries coming from the house at around 10 am. The police conducted polygraphy tests on the maid , Kamlesh, and a youth, Jaswinder Singh, but the mystery remained uncovered. The police had announced a reward of Rs 25,000 to anyone giving information about the killers.

The SHO of the Sector 17 police station, inspector Kulwant Singh, said the court would call the complainants to ascertain if they were satisfied with the police investigation. Only then would the case be closed.

He said as per the police records, the parents had gone abroad and any further action would be taken only on their return.

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Misuse of emergency powers
MC chief hearing on August 1
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 22
Municipal council president Manveer Gill will appear for a personal hearing with regard to charges of alleged misuse of emergency powers in executing development works in the city.

Sources in the Urban Development Department said she had been called for a hearing on August 1 to know her side of the story even though the department had received her reply about the show-cause notice issued to her.

She had been served a show-cause notice by the department on June 30 asking her to explain why action should not be taken for misusing Article 35 of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973. The notice was served under Section 14 (A) and Section 22 (A) of the Municipal Act.

The issue of the alleged misuse of powers in executing development works without prior sanction has been raised by several bodies in the past. However, Gill maintains that nothing illegal has been done under Section 35, especially since she got these ratified by the house later on.

In her reply, she has not only emphasised the point but also mentioned that the works carried out under Section 35 cannot be challenged in a court. She also reasons that the House had passed all items and councillors could have withheld clearance to the items in case they had objections.

Sources in the department said after the personal hearing, the future course of action would be decided.

According to information, most of these works were not of urgent nature and could have been taken up after getting these passed at the House meeting, they said. However, a personal hearing has been organised to know at length the circumstances under which the development works were undertaken.

Officials also maintained that a similar case of alleged misuse of the emergency powers had come to light in Ambala city as well and they were looking into that as well. They added that the Act very clearly lays down the circumstances under which the powers can be used.

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Police slow in registering case, says NRI
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
An NRI, Sandeep Arora, Justice of the Peace, Australia, has accused Chandigarh police of dragging its feet to register a cheating case against Deepak Garg of Sector 44. Deepak is a real estate consultant, who duped Arora to the tune of over Rs 37 lakh.

He had lodged a complaint with the deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police on May 2, this year. Even after time lag of more than two months, his complaint was pending inquiry with the investigating officials, who had failed to proceed on it, as yet.

Interacting with Chandigarh Tribune on e-mail, Arora further alleged that he had been getting threat calls from Garg for which he would lodge a separate complaint with the Chandigarh police.

Inspector Rajinder Singh Dhani of the EOW, however, maintained that Arora had himself gave in writing to the police that he did not want to pursue the matter, when he was called after his complaint was marked to him. He added Arora told him that he only wanted his money back and needed police help in getting it.

Inspector Dhani pointed out that Arora had left for Australia soon after lodging the complaint and also asked the police not to pursue the matter. He usually comes after six months or a year from Australia and they had no communication with him.

In his complaint Arora mentioned in 1999-2000, he approached one Deepak Garg of Sector 44-B who introduced him as a managing director of M/s D.M. Associates Private Limited, Sector 44-C. Garg told him he was doing a business of real estate consultant and builders.

Later, he (Arora) dealt with Garg regarding a plot in Mohali, which was executed through Garg.

Arora further said Garg again approached him regarding a property (a 10 marla house) in Chandigarh, for which Rs eight lakh were paid through two cheques to Garg. The cheques were en-cashed on January 1, 2004. The deal did not materialise then and Arora left fro Australia. Garg got blank stamp papers from him on the pretext of recording deal in his favour. Next month Garg approached him demanding Rs eight lakh required for a deal, which was sent to him through a cheque.

As per Garg’s instructions the cheques were prepared in the name of Deepak. On coming back to India, Garg assured him that he would shortly buy property in his (Arora) name.

He then, demanded Rs one lakh from him, which was also paid through a cheque on January 10, 2005. Garg demanded Rs six lakh and Rs 1.40 lakh were paid to him on January 28 and April 29, in 2005.

In November 2005, Garg again contacted him for Rs 13 lakh for purchase of a house as sale deal was to be executed shortly. The cheque was cashed on November 11, 2005.

Arora blamed Garg that after taking Rs 37.40 from him, he had been delaying the matter on one pretext or other. He further alleged that Garg was only assuring him of sending agreement to sell property in his favour, but had nothing. In November he was asked by Garg to come to India to sign documents for property. Since then, Garg had become inaccessible to him and was putting off the matter. He alleged that Garg had been illegally withholding blank documents signed by him and also refused to refund the amount paid to him.

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Judokas say they had gone away at will
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Two local girl judokas, who returned last night after having gone missing for days, told the police here today they had been staying at the native village of one of the girls in Uttarakhand. They also claimed they had gone away at will.

Talking to mediapersons at the Sector 36 police station, Manisha of Sector 33 and Sapna of Sector 35, said they went with Shelja to Patiala and stayed at her relative’s place for the night. The following day when they came to the city, they were afraid to go home as they had lied to their parents.

They boarded a train for Ambala, from where they planned to go to Haridwar. On reaching Ambala, they were told that they could get a train for Haridwar from Patiala. So they went to Patiala and boarded a train there. Meanwhile, Manisha called her uncle in Ludhiana, telling him that they had spent all their money. He advised her to come back, but the girls decided to leave for Manisha’s native village in Uttarakhand.

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Armed Forces
Equipment procurement affected
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Deficiencies in the formulation of general staff qualitative requirements (GSQRs) have had an adverse impact on the process of procurement of equipment for the armed forces. Audit of 18 fresh contracts has revealed that there were frequent deviations in as many as 50 per cent of the cases after the issue of tender or request for proposals. This, according to audit reports, indicated that the GSQRs were not formulated correctly, thereby leading to delays and restricted competition.

Audit observed that the GSQRs were formulated by user directorates without gathering market intelligence, sometimes merely on the basis of a manufacturer’s brochure. Such a system for determining specifications may not only restrict the number of potential vendors, but also reduce the scope for tenderers to offer alternative innovative solutions, audit reports have remarked.

Among the deficiencies noted during the audit was that the QRs continued to be formulated “narrowly”, whereas the defence procurement procedure (DPP) stipulates that the QR should be laid down in terms of functional and performance parameters in order to make them broad-based so as to elicit a more competitive response.

Technical specifications were often given in terms of specific values which either did not match with the products available in the market or matched uniquely with a single product. Further, a large number of parameters were specified, which were unimportant, unverifiable and non-measurable. It was noticed that in 60 per cent of the cases, only a single vendor pre-qualified.

In some cases, specifications stipulated in the GSQR were later found to be inconsistent with the technology available in the global market, while in some cases the parameters laid down in the GSQR were unrealistic with respect to the actual requirements on the ground. In a large number of cases, parameters specified could not be tested during trial evaluation due to the lack of testing facilities.

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Drive for green cover
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 22
Minister for cooperation Capt Kanwaljit Singh participated in a vanamahotsava organised by Morinda MLA Ujagar Singh Badali at Majri Block here today.

Accompanied by Jasjit Singh Bunny, SSP R.S. Khatra, Ropar MP K.S. Libra, the minister began the campaign to plant over 25,000 saplings in the area.

These plants will be supplied by the forest department for the social forestry department to restore the green cover in Chandigarh’s periphery.

Over 100 sarpanches from various villages were present at the ceremony, where Badali and the minister distributed cheques for the various development works in villages.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh said farmers would have to adopt newer ways of making farming profitable. He suggested villagers to take up agro-forestry as an occupation.

Ilaka Sudhar Committee Ghaar chairman Kamal Kishore said humanity had an age-old relationship with the environment but the balance had ended now.

“We kept taking from the environment without giving back anything. It is time to re-establish the relationship,” he said.

Officials of the district administration and the forest department were also present.

Captain Kanwaljit Singh also planted saplings at Sector 70 as part of another campaign launched in association with municipal councillor Purkhlvi.

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Federation for need-based changes in houses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The executive meeting of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations was held here today.

Addressing the meeting, M.R. Lakhanpal, general secretary, said the federation had submitted a memorandum on need-based changes in the houses to the Administrator.

P.C. Sanghi, its chairman, gave detailed account of the meeting with the mayor and other officials of the municipal corporation regarding various problems being faced by residents.

The meeting expressed concern over the alleged assault on Sanghi by Shivi Jaiswal, president of the local unit of the Samajwadi Party.

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Welfare body celebrates silver jubilee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Sector 47-D resident welfare association, one of the oldest in the city, celebrated its silver jubilee, here today.

The event, which was presided over by councillor of the area Jatinder Bhatia, was inaugurated by MP Pawan Kumar Bansal.

A cultural show was organised on the occasion. The events included a karate programme, ghazals, a birthday celebration for senior citizens and a tree-plantation drive. Children from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47-D, gave an enchanting bhangra performance.

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Mohali Press Club team installed

Mohali, July 22
The new team of Mohali Press Club members was installed by Punjab minister for cooperation Capt Kanwaljit Singh here today.

The minister said media was the fourth estate of democracy and should work for the betterment of the masses.

He added that media should be critical of government’s functioning if it did something wrong but at the same time highlight the needs of the people to the government. The minister released a club souvenir.

Club president Anil Bhardwaj said the club would include journalists from the state as members. The minister also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the club. — TNS

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Snag hits power supply
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 22
Resident of Phase 3B2 here were a harassed lot as electricity played truant throughout the day today.

According to executive engineer, Mohali, the power failure was caused by a snag developed in the supply line.

The power supply had to be shut down on a number of occasions to locate the snag and fix it.

He added that such snags were difficult to locate as physical checking of each pole had to be carried out.

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32 motorists challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
In routine checks conducted here today, the Chandigarh Traffic Police booked 32 motorists for violating traffic rules.

The police challaned eight autorickshaw drivers for plying without fare meters, seven for allowing passengers to sit with the driver, five for wrong parking, two for jumping red lights, besides 10 other motorists for miscellaneous offences.

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Letters

Maintain the parks, please

The two parks of Municipal Corporation in Sector 38-A and B are not developed. This matter of poor conditions has been brought to the notice of Municipal Corporation and Chandigarh Administration.

The member of parliament Chandigarh and minister of state for finance, Government of India had taken up the matter and provided irrigation facility-MPLAD scheme of funds to the tune of about Rs 5.65 lakh and Rs 3.25 lakh to these parks respectively.

The work has already been completed. Though a period of more than five years has elapsed but no case has been taken by the horticulture department of for regular maintenance of plants, shrubs, levelling of these parks and required of malis/chowkidars for this purpose.

The residents of this Sector 38 have sent number of representations to the state Finance minister (HP Chandigarh) to the deputy commissioner, Chandigarh Administration with the request to take urgent necessary action for completion of these above works in the public interest.

Will the Chandigarh Administrator kindly visit these parks of Sector 38-B to get the needful done in the public interest without further loss of time and money for this purpose.

Surjit Singh Bakshi
Chandigarh

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Biz Clips

Chandigarh
LAUNCHED: Kangra Herb Pvt Ltd was launched here on Thursday. Twenty-five herbal products were also launched on the occasion. R.S. Guleria of the company stated that the products were made from organically cultivated Himalayan herbs. “These herbs are cultivated as per the norms of the WHO and the Vedas,” Guleria said.

Canara Bank: Canara Bank has launched Canara Gramin Vikas Vahini in order to create awareness about its products among rural and semi urban areas. It is a unique scheme to educate people living in semi urban areas and villages and to inform them about the various types of banking services at their door steps.

CAMPAIGN: Punjab National Bank has launched a current and saving accounts mobilisation campaign. The move official stated has been initiated to penetrate into the masses to expand its customer base. B.P. Chopra, general manager, Punjab National Bank, Haryana Zone stated that the campaign emphasis on opening more PNB vidyarthi zero balance accounts, accounts of senior citizens and also mobilisation of high value accounts during the campaign.

EXPANSION: Godrej Appliances is investing Rs 50 crore for the expansion of its refrigerator-manufacturing unit in Mohali. They are also planning to set up a multi-storied outlet at the same place. The project, which begins in September, is expected to generate a turnover of around Rs 5 crore annually. — TNS

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