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UT counsel quits on orders
He was in forefront of lawyers’ stir
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Anupam Gupta, Senior standing counsel, UT, resigned today. He was asked to do so by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd) for participating in a demonstration against the orders of High Court judge.

Anupam Gupta has been in the news ever since his submissions before a Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice of the High Court, questioning the court’s jurisdiction in entertaining a writ petition on the Dera Sacha Sauda issue

In his resignation letter, Gupta stated: “My commitment to the Chandigarh administration must necessarily yield place to my larger moral convictions as member of the legal profession, a profession whose dignity, freedom and safety is a necessary guarantee not only of the rule of law but, as the experience of Pakistan shows, also of the independence of the judiciary.”

“However successful it might be, the path adopted by those who have no convictions, or who subordinate these to the lure of office or the oppression of power, has never been my path.”

Gupta has been in the forefront of the lawyers’ agitation against the orders of Justice Uma Nath Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who had declared lawyer Tahar Singh “mentally unsound” and ordered the CBI to take him to the mental asylum at Agra.

The orders had caused a furore, with lawyers taking to the streets and demanding transfer of the judge. Members of the Bar have boycotted the judge.

Gupta has been in the news ever since his submissions before a Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice of the High Court, Justice Vijender Jain, questioning the court’s jurisdiction to entertain a writ petition on the Dera Sacha Sauda issue.

Days later, a Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat had declined to intervene in the dera matter.

Observing that Gupta’s submissions bordered on contempt, the High Court directed him to submit an affidavit in this regard. Not satisfied with his personal affidavit, the Bench headed by the Chief Justice insisted that the Administrator and home secretary pinpoint on whose instructions Gupta had made the submissions in the court.

The UT has decided to move a special leave petition before the Supreme Court against the orders.

Sources said General Rodrigues was under pressure from the home ministry to remove Gupta. It is learnt that a top-ranked officer of the Punjab government had approached General Rodrigues, recommending another lawyer to the post of senior standing counsel.The General reportedly supported Gupta all through, till the lawyers’ agitation.

When contacted, Adviser Lalit Sharma said Gupta had resigned this afternoon following a “discussion” last evening. He said no one has been appointed in his place so far.



Licence:Tests too many
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Two departments - the Chandigarh Police and the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA)- are conducting separate tests to examine the road sense of those applying for a learner’s licence.

When we are equipped to train and teach the applicants, where is the need to create an additional facility at the RLA? We have moved a proposal for a computer-based test and a driving school at the
traffic park

While the RLA has started a screen-test aid module, the traffic police conducts a written test at the Sector 23 traffic park.This has led to confusion.There are cases of an applicant having had cleared the test conducted by the police and failing in the computer-aided test held by the RLA.

Police officials at the traffic park claim that the test is conducted according to guidelines. “After showing slides to the applicants, they are asked to appear in the written test. At least 30 applicants appear for the test daily.”

“ When we are equipped to train and teach the applicants, there is no need to create an additional facility at the RLA. We have moved a proposal for a computer-based test and a driving school at the traffic park,” said an official.

Deputy Commissioner R.K. Rao said the matter was being taken up with the police authorities.

Confusion apart, the new facility started at the RLA is going down well with the applicants. Aided with technology, the applicants are able to get their learner’s licence.

“It just takes a few minutes, following which a learner’s licence is issued to the successful candidates on the spot,” said an official supervising the facility created in the basement of RLA office.

Of the total 250 applicants, 50 per cent have cleared the test so far. Each applicant is given three chances before being debarred for six months.



Death at Centra Mall
Businessman falls into lift shaft; Cops do not rule out foul play
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Yogesh Dutt, Director of a Bangalore-based multi-crore glass company, died when he fell five storeys at Centra Mall in the industrial area here today. He was 34.

At 5 pm yesterday, Dutt came to inspect the Mall and fell into a lift shaft. He suffered multiple injuries on his head and legs. A badly injured Dutt was rushed to a Sector 34-based hospital by workers, from where he was referred to Fortis Hospital. He reportedly succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours today.

While the cause of his fall remains shrouded in mystery, the Chandigarh Police has booked the mall owner, the construction company and its employees for causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC on a complaint by a passer-by, Mohinder Singh of Behlana village.

Not ruling out foul play, the police said until the site was examined by experts, it was hard to tell. The police said Fortis, not the mall owners, informed them about the incident.

Dutt had reportedly come to meet the owner of the mall, Maneesh Uppal, at the site. According to his wife, Bindesh Dutt, their company,ESIE- Impact, was doing the glass façade for the mall. “He had to collect the first lot of payment of Rs 1.8 crore from Uppal before leaving for Finland today,” said Yogesh’s father R.K. Dutt.

The family alleged that representatives of the company waiting for them at the hospital this morning insisted that they signed papers, ruling out foul play.“We were in a state of shock and refused to sign the papers,” said Bindesh.

Dutt said they had a Rs 5-crore contract with the company

SHO Jagir Singh said they would get the spot inspected by experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory tomorrow. 



Day 3: Experts discuss web of patriarchy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The ‘agencies’ of power that work in conjunction with patriarchy was the principal theme for discussion today on the third day of the workshop on ‘Gender Sensitisation’, being conducted at Government College, Sector 46.

Those who have control have power, stated resource person for the day Jaya Shrivastava. Jaya is an activist and campaigner for rights of women, children, displaced and marginalised peoples’. It was her seemingly simple statement that brought out the complex definition of power.

The emphasis was on clarifying the notion of power through powerlessness, the manifestations and images associated with it. Female teachers spoke of the necessity to wear uncomfortable saris to work as an example of power through hypocrisy. Benudhar Patra, History teacher at GC, Sector 11, spoke expressively of an ingrained belief in existing systems that bind in helplessness. “Concepts such as poverty, fear of being targeted, parochialism and even in one instance, the feeling of helplessness that comes with being the mother of a girl-child, are some of the aspects that perpetuate this vulnerability,” he said.

However, Jaya did not let the dialogue dwell on the negative aspects. “Just as power can be oppressive, it can be creative as well. All of us are ‘artists’. If we have to counter oppression and injustice, we need power to do that. When power operates in a negative fashion, then exposing challenging and creating newer idioms and alternatives to generate that power becomes necessary,” she explained.

Equating the sense of helplessness with mental engineering, she said the didactics of power were such that those factors that give power could also render a person powerless. “Think for instance of children manipulating their mothers, women manoeuvring around the facial expressions of their husbands for a favourable response. Here, the powerless are deriving their source of power,” explained Jaya.

The crux, she said, lay in choice. “Look at the concept of sacrifice. It is a giving power. Sacrifice gives you the status of a ‘devi’. Women often derive their power from this concept of martyrdom or sacrifice.”

However, she said power had to be understood in the context of patriarchy which operated through power. If this status-quo is disturbed, then the result is violence; mental, physical, social and even economic. “Women have their own pressures to deal with. If she remains good, she gets the respect of the family, if she rebels or takes a stand, she fears losing her family, children, her standing. Feminism is not modern, nor is it western; however the complex webs of patriarchy that keep women quiet needs to be acknowledged in this fight to understand gender,” she maintained.



All set for tech-savvy MC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 25
The Mohali municipal council is set to go in for computerisation as the house unanimously cleared a proposal to purchase more computers and other related material at a cost of Rs 5 lakh at the monthly meeting held here today.

The council has been chosen as the pilot location to introduce a software of the Microsoft, being provided free of cost.

The software has 15 modules to deal with the work of different branches like water supply and sewerage, accounts, licences, registration of births and deaths, cash collection, etc.

The director, local government, had given instructions that all modules be made functional and more computers and printers be purchased, depending upon the requirement.

The office currently has only three computers and two printers. The office of the director of the local government has sent five computers, four printers and networking material to the civic body office here.

Four more computers are to be purchased to run the remaining modules.

Executive officer J.S. Thind said the director would visit the council office on July 27 to review the progress and it was expected that the office would become fully computerised within 15 days.

Reacting to the proposal of purchasing a fully equipped fire engine to fight fire in high-rise buildings at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore, Kuljeet Singh Bedi said though the machinery was necessary to protect the lives and property of residents, the council would not be in a position to purchase it at its own level because of fund crunch.

It has thus been decided to ask the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority or the industries department to provide the required funds as both agencies had huge earnings through sale of plots.

The issue of sanitation was again keenly debated on at the meeting. While councillor Mohan Bir Singh complained that the sanitation campaign launched in the town bypassed his ward, another one, Prabhjot Kaur Sodhi, claimed the sanitary inspector of the area had not even met her once during the past year.

She claimed that when she contacted him on the phone and asked him to come and see the state of affairs, he said he had no time.

The house demanded that sanitary inspectors should be made answerable to councillors.



Oppn seeks more schools
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 25
Municipal councillors belonging to the opposition have demanded better education and health facilities for residents of the town. A deputation of 13 councillors met the Chief Minister, cooperation minister and education minister and demanded the opening of a government senior secondary school and a government model senior secondary school in every sector.

They also sought a government college for girls, a medical college, a mini secretariat and a hospital on the pattern of the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, in the town.



Jain is poll representative

Chandigarh, July 25
A former local MP, Satya Pal Jain, has been appointed as election representative of Najma Heptullah, the NDA candidate for the post of vice-president.

The communication about his appointment was handed over to Yogendra Narain, returning officer for the vice-presidential election, a press note said. — TNS



I never approached court, says Tahar’s wife 
FIR reveals grave allegations against lawyer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Tahar Singh’s wife Sujata Sharma, whose complaint against her husband had led to a series of volatile events, today asserted that she never approached the court and did not want her husband to suffer unnecessarily.

I have gone without sleep for years. His conduct has caused so much depression to my children that they have taken sleeping pills

She also hammered out the fact that her husband was temperamental but he had never intended to kill her as the contents of the FIR might suggest.Blaming her husband’s volatile nature, she told The Tribune that she was seeking divorce as she was apprehensive about her and her children’s security.

She also emphasised that her husband was an educated man who was sensitive to social issues and not insane.

She said her complaint primarily was on domestic violence and should be dealt on merits and the process of law should take its own course. Sending him to mental asylum was not all desirable and needed. Her current softened stand apart, the complaint filed by her on April 30 with the UT police throws up really serious allegations.

In fact, Justice Uma Nath Singh’s order had somewhat adverse observation against the UT police for going soft on the allegations.

A bare perusal of the FIR no 160, registered at Sector 26 police station, shows that Sujata Sharma, wife of Tahar Singh, is unambiguous about the relentless torture, depression and mental agony she and her children had to bear because of Tahar’s allegedly temperamental attitude.

Sujata alleges in the FIR that her husband had been threatening to kill her, her children and her relatives and often used to hit her. Importantly, the allegation which stands out for its gravity is that “Tahar, in what seemed to be clear attempt to kill me, had pushing me into the river midstream and whirlpools, asking me to swim back. This despite the protests by me and in presence of my children, mother and my sister’s family”.

It was only when someone pulled her out of the strong currents of water that she could be saved.

Tahar just stood by as a mute spectator without even moving a bit to help Sujata, the FIR further states.

Despite this clear allegation, the police never registered a case for attempt to murder. The FIR further alleged that Tahar used to accuse Sujata of adultery and indecent behaviour. His temper was extremely volatile marked by threatening postures and foam coming out of his mouth.

“I have gone without sleep for years. His conduct has caused so much depression to my children that they have taken sleeping pills at separate times and had to be hospitalised. In fact, he did not take her daughter to hospital for a long time saying that she would die in his lap,” the FIR states.

As if this is not enough, Sujata alleged further that her husband had started a dangerous game of provoking her son to a pitch and then handing him over an axe or a dumbbell, asking him to kill him.

Sujata expressed fear that her son, a young boy of 18, suffering from acute depression might get provoked and did some damage. Giving a vivid account of Tahar’s extremely fickle temper, she alleged that her husband used to break household appliances right from the beginning. Radio, TV or computer nothing was spared.

Though Tahar had been living separately in Mohali, he used to visit her house to impress upon her that she was still in his clutches, she alleged. Sujata then prayed for restraining Tahar to visit her house and give him punishment according to the law.

Now, the Division Bench has asked the UT police to file a status report and it remains to be seen what final charges will be retained. 



Repeal food safety Act: Milkman union 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Members of the Periphery Milkman Union Chandigarh-Mohali today flayed the “anti-poor” policies of the central and state governments.

The convention, organised at the Sector 44 Sood Bhavan, was attended by representatives of small retailers dealing in milk, dairy products and confectioners. They stated that the authorities concerned were bent upon crushing the lower strata of society following the guidelines laid down by the World Trade Organisation.

General secretary of the union Baljinder Singh Bhagomajra said the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006, would affect the earning of three lakh families in Punjab and Chandigarh.

The union demanded the Act should be abolished. Under the Act, a vendor, whose samples failed in quality tests would be fined between Rs 2 lakh and 10 lakh besides imprisonment up to 10 years. 



Transfer of houses
CHB simplifies procedure
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided to further simplify the procedure of documentation in transfer cases of dwelling units. The decision was taken at a meeting of the CHB held here yesterday.

The meeting was chaired by chairman Mohanjeet Singh. Chief executive officer Amar Nath, chief architect Sunita Monga, Maj-Gen Amarjit Singh Kahlon (retd), O.P. Datta, secretary, Kamlesh Kumar, chief engineer, S.K. Jain and other senior officers were present at the meeting.

The board has adopted the decision of the Chandigarh administration regarding self-attestation and simplification of procedures. Earlier, the applicants were required to furnish the photographs and other documents such as copy of allotment letter, physical possession, etc, duly attested from the gazetted officer/notary public. Now it has been decided that the applicant may submit the self-attested photographs and documents.

Similarly, the applicant was required to submit an affidavit declaring information therein duly attested from the Class I executive magistrate, causing a lot of inconvenience to the applicants. Now it has been decided to do away the affidavit. Now only an undertaking along with the application will suffice.

Earlier, the applicant was asked to get the indemnity bond attested from the executive magistrate/notary public. Now it has been decided not to get the bond attested but it should be signed by one surety only instead of two.

The board also approved the tender for the construction of a vocational centre for street children at a cost of Rs 7 crore at Maloya for the rehabilitation of 900 children.

It also approved the tenders for the construction of 688 EWS flats in Sector 38 (W) and Sector 49.



Reliving apathy of freedom fighters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
“This history should nourish us, but it lies forgotten in the pages of history. The Cellular Jail demolished at one time now stands as a memorial to the memories of those brave forgotten heroes who fought so hard for the independence for which they were imprisoned. Here is the dichotomy of history.”

It is with these words spoken by English lecturer at G.C.G.-11, Neel Kamal Puri that the talk on ‘The significance of the Cellular Jail in India’s Freedom Movement’ was delivered by Justice S.N. Aggarwal, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court at the college today.

Justice Aggarwal was appointed as law secretary at Port Blair in 1990 which is when the questions that had remained unanswered on all he had heard of ‘Kala Pani’ as a child, resolved.

The outcome was a book, ‘The Heroes of Cellular Jail’ that recounts the courageous struggle for independence mounted by freedom fighters even in the face of debilitating adversity.

Quoting liberally from the writings of those imprisoned at the Cellular Jail, Andamans, Justice Aggarwal, spoke of the “real nature of this prison” being revealed to one of the freedom fighter who is quoted as saying “there was no hope.” This in essence was the history of the jail where through their unswerving nerve, the freedom fighters rewrote history.

The Cellular Jail built between 1896 and 1906 had seven wings and 690 cells. While four wings were destroyed in an earthquake in 1941 and subsequently pulled down, wings 1, 6, and 7 along with the central tower stand as a memorial and museum to those who died here. 



The pits of apathy

Mohali, July 25
The indifference of the Mohali administration has left a pond-size pit in the Dasehra ground, Phase VIII.

A circus, which recently came to the town, had pitched its tents on the ground. The circus left but not before leaving behind a gaping pit. It continues to be left unattended by the administration.

A picture of the pit, which has rendered the ground useless for holding another function, was carried in these columns some time ago but it failed to move the administration.

Now with rainy season under way already, the pit has turned into a virtual pond, where street children continue to play, posing a serious threat to their well-being.

The administration is still unmoved and apparently awaiting for an accident to happen before it acts. — TNS



Attack on journalists: CPUJ seeks probe

Chandigarh, July 25
The Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) has demanded an inquiry into the incident in which Umesh Gupta and Irshad Khan, reporter and cameraman, respectively, of Janmat News Channel were beaten up by miscreants in New Delhi.

A deputation of the union, led by its president Vinod Kohli, today handed over a memorandum to the Punjab Governor for its further submission to the President of India. The CPUJ has demanded that the culprits should be arrested soon and legal proceedings should be initiated against them.— TNS



NCC cadets lend a helping hand to traffic cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The Chandigarh traffic police today deputed 20 NCC cadets on Madhya Marg to assist the policemen in diverting slow-moving traffic towards the cycle tracks to avoid traffic congestion on the main road.

SP (Traffic) A.S. Ahlawat said later these cadets would be deputed in the city, especially nearby clubs, hotels, bars and drinking places, to notice persons driving vehicles under the influence of liquor during night hours. The cadets would inform the traffic police control room on its landline number 2641542 and toll free number 1073 about such motorists. On receiving the information the vehicles would be intercepted at next point and its driver would be booked for offence.

The police had requested the deputy director-general, NCC, to provide 50 NCC cadets of the senior wing for assisting the police. The cadets took one-day training in this connection at the Sector 23 Children Traffic Park.



Top cops’ UT connection
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
What the outgoing and incoming commissioners of the Delhi Police have in common? Both have Chandigarh connection.

While the outgoing commissioner, K.K. Paul, belongs to Chandigarh, his successor, Y.S. Dadwal, had a stint as IGP here.

K.K. Paul of the 1970 batch is due for super-annuation in February next. He, has never had a posting in Chandigarh. His father, Dr R.C. Paul, has been vice-chancellor of Panjab University. Dadwal’s elevation has upset the country’s first woman IPS officer and his senior, Dr Kiran Bedi.

Dadwal belongs to the 1974 batch of the IPS while Kiran Bedi is the seniormost woman police officer in the country, having joined the country’s premier police service in 1972.

Kiran Bedi and Dadwal joined the IPS at the age of 23 and both were in Chandigarh as heads of the Chandigarh Police. While Dadwal had a full term, Kiran Bedi’s term was cut short by an unsavoury controversy in a woman-dominated administration with Vinita Rai as adviser to the Administrator and Anuradha Gupta of Haryana home secretary.

Dadwal, like Kiran Bedi, belongs to Punjab. While Kiran Bedi comes from Amritsar, YS Dadwal belongs to Hoshiarpur. Kiran did her law after post graduation while Dadwal is M.A. in History from Panjab University.

Interestingly, while KK Paul is the senior most officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union territories cadre, Kiran Bedi is next to him and Dadwal is now placed at number three. All other officers of the 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973 batches have already retired.



Conclave to showcase IT capabilities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Cooperation, not competition, is the mantra for the development of information technology (IT) in this region, said Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Minister for IT, Punjab.

The minister was addressing a press meet organised to announce a two-day mega IT event, e-Revolution 2007, beginning on August 2 at Taj Hotel here. The state governments of Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) are major partners in the conclave.

Manjit Brar, director IT, Chandigarh, said that e-revolution had emerged as an important annual mega event for the IT industry in the country. It not only helped showcase the IT capabilities of the tricity but also provided opportunity to local entrepreneurs to network with the industry leaders.

The IT conclave this year would address the theme of "Achieving excellence through a 360 degree approach" on the first day under the aegis of Nasscom, while on the second day the theme of "Entrepreneur: Innovation is the future" shall be spearheaded by the Band of Angels.

The event shall provide a platform to the companies in the region to discuss issues of performance management, share best practices, develop strategies for ensuring performance excellence.

This is a unique platform for all the three governments to address the common agenda - creating value in the business eco-system for IT-ITES industry as well as discuss the challenges that the governments face in their e-governance initiatives, said S.K. Sandhu, secretary IT and Finance, Chandigarh Administration.

V.S. Kundu, director IT Haryana and managing director, Hartron, informed that Haryana continues to be the third largest exporter of software in the country, and major infrastructural developments have been planned to graduate to the 'Leader in IT' from the current status of 'aspiring leader'. He said a major thrust was on upgrading the education system in the state through satellite, and enhancement of soft skills, besides facilitating growth of the IT sector in Panchkula.

R.K. Verma, director IT, Punjab and managing director, Panjab Infotech, informed that much headway has been achieved to develop the entire Mohali district as IT hub, and the state has already shown promising growth in the software exports.

Dr Sanjay Tyagi, additional director STPI, Mohali, disclosed that the last financial year had seen the growth of SMEs in the region with exports touching Rs 594 crore in 2005-06, recording a 40 per cent growth in exports.

There are 260 software companies exporting from this region, he said, which include 37 companies exporting between Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 crore, 44 having exports to the tune of less than Rs 1 crore, and four companies with more than Rs 10 crore in exports.

The STPI Mohali today announced the exports awards from the region for the year 2006-07. 



Neelam to stage friendship play in Japan 
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Neelam Mansingh’s theatre continues to speak to the world. At once indigenous and global, it beautifully illustrates the value of universality in theatre -- something that lends Neelam’s creations their delicious distinctness.

A part of that flavour would be there for the Japanese to savour when Neelam takes her most splendid production, “Nagamandala”, to Japan for participation in the Indo-Japan Friendship Year celebrations. She’s the only theatre practitioner from India to have been invited for the show, inspired by the need to bring a scattered South-East Asia together.

“For all of us in South-East Asia, the tools of theatrical training have come from the West. The proscenium is from the West, so are the practitioners we grew up admiring, be it Ibson or Shakespeare. But there’s hardly a Japanese or Sri Lankan playwright that we know. The Japan Foundation recognised the need to establish connects between these culturally-alienated nations, that share so much history,” said Neelam, delineating the goal of the festival.

Personally, Neelam is not unnerved at the prospect of performing in Japan as she has earlier travelled to the country for Japan Festival of the Arts in 2003. At that time she presented “Kitchen Katha”, another of her celebrated productions, that fused source material with a performance style grounded in Punjabi aesthetics. “We had Japanese subtitles. The dialogue between performers and viewers was complete,” said Neelam.

This time around, “Nagamandala” (a Punjabi play) will also be subtitled in Japanese to aid the process of comprehension. The choice of production was intriguing, admits Neelam, for whom the play has special significance. This was the play that catapulted her on the national theatre scene. She first did it in 1989, and later restructured it in 1995, on the insistence of Girish Karnad.

Even today, something about the play fascinates the creator in her. “The play has a typically local setting. Even the snake myth is such a local metaphor for the world of desire and knowledge that I wonder how it will get across at a cross-cultural level.”

“Last week, I was in Japan for a press conference in the wake of the festival. The idea was to offer an insight into the production that I was getting,” said Neelam, chosen for the Japanese event by an independent impresario, Junko Hamachan, who earlier saw her “Kitchen Katha”.

The impression lasted, so much so that Junko came down last year to Chandigarh to witness “Nagamandala” when Neelam presented it in November. “She responded to the play. That’s how it’s now travelling to Japan. I am excited about the show because it’s a play that has never failed to engage my passion,” said Neelam, whose performance will be supported by the Japan Foundation and the Indian Embassy in Japan.

The play, written by Girish Karnad, translated into Punjabi by Surjit Patar and set to music by the legendary B.V. Karanth, will be staged in Tokyo on August 4 and 5.



Work half done at park

THE park of Municipal Corporation in Sector 45-A in front of flats 101 to 113 and 201 is not developed properly. This matter of poor conditions has been brought to the notice of authority and Chandigarh Administration through memorandum by residents of the Sector.

The member of parliament, Chandigarh and state minister of finance, Government of India had taken the matter and provided funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh to develop this park under MPLAD scheme.

The work of fencing iron railing around the park and laying under ground pipe system for irrigation has been completed. Five years have passed but no further development has been made.

The Chandigarh administration is requested to get the needful done without further loss of time and money for this purpose.

S.M. Bhatti, Chandigarh

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Jobless, man hangs himself to death

Chandigarh, July 25
A 26-year old resident of Phase 3B2 allegedly hanged himself to death. The victim, Sanjeev Mehta, was living with his wife in rented accommodation. Out of job, Sanjeev is said to have been in depression. Sanjeev’s wife, Simran, who works at the Dell customer care centre here, was on night shift and came back home at 5.30 am. She rang the bell but after no response, she called her husband on his mobile in vain. She looked inside through another door and saw her husband hanging from the fan.Sanjeev had left a job in call centre. — TNS



HC employee killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Sanjeev Khanna, a 37-year-old employee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, died here this morning when his scooter was hit by a car. Sanjeev, a resident of Phase IV here, was returning home after leaving his wife, a schoolteacher, at the Phase VI barrier. She was to board a bus there.

According to the police, the Indica was coming on the wrong side. It hit Sanjeev’s scooter head on. It seemed the driver was asleep. Sanjeev reportedly died on the spot.

His wife, Ritu, who had reached he school in Kharar by the time was called and informed about the death. Sanjeev was working on a clerical post. He is survived by his parents, besides his wife and two schoolgoing daughters.



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