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Girl killed; mob goes on rampage
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 27
Residents of Raili and Raila villages adjoining Sector 12 went on the rampage here this evening, following a road accident. Ramrati, a 15-year-old girl, was hit by a Scorpio jeep. She died instantly. Two Gypsies were set on fire. No policeman dared to enter the area even after an hour of the accident.

The driver, who was reportedly drunk, fled. The people had begun to assemble at the spot when another Scorpio hit Rekha, driving a Honda Action, Manu Gaur, a scooterist, and S.C Niara, a pedestrian.

The girl lay on the road for more than an hour because no policeman dared to face the furious crowd.

The irate mob burnt two police Gypsies that reached after the accident. The police refused to give details of the vehicle involved in the accident in the “interest of fair investigations.”

“No one came more than an hour after the accident which occurred at 8.15 p.m.,” a protester alleged. “And when police officials did turn up, they were drunk.

The police tracked down two protesters and gave them a thrashing. Addressing mediapersons, SP Balbir Singh, said: “I can comment only after going into the details of the case.” He said the police would look into allegations of police personnel being drunk while on duty.

“We will take strict action against the guilty, even the policemen”, he added. The Chief Minister announced Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the family of Ramrati who died in the accident.

Student dead

Udayveer Singh (12), was crushed to death when a truck (HR 37 5081) hit him. Udayveer, was coming from school on the pillion of his friend’s cycle. The accident occurred at 3 pm on the Ghaggar bridge.



PEC director puts in papers

Chandigarh, July 27
Prof Vijay Gupta, Director of Punjab Engineering College, has tendered his resignation. He has submitted his papers to the home secretary, seeking to be relieved of the charge by August-end.

Professor Gupta announced that he was quitting during a faculty meeting here this evening, which lasted less than 10 minutes." It is time to move on. I have offers from at least two leading institutes of the country, about which I will not like to disclose at the moment," he said.

Professor Gupta did his B.Tech from the IIT in Delhi and PhD from the University of Minnesota. His areas of specialisation are education technology, aerospace engineering and fluid mechanics. He has written at least 10 books on engineering design methods, heat and mass transfer and bicycles.

He attempted a number of administrative and teaching reforms, some of which landed him in controversies during his brief two-year stint. The chairman of the PEC, Chandermohan, who is out of the country, will call a special meeting of the PEC board of governors to start the process of appointing a new director. — TNS



Viral Attack
Hospitals battle it out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh July 27
City residents are in the grip of viral fever these days. For, hundreds of patients have been visiting hospitals with viral attack.

Doctors say the fever erupts in the humid weather every year, but this year the cases are slightly on the higher side.

Government hospitals in Sectors 35 and 16 confirm the arrival of at least 50 cases of viral fever each day.

The Community Hospital, Sector 22, is registering at least 25 cases every day, says Dr Naresh Sharma.

A survey of private practitioners paints a similar picture, as a large number of patients have been visiting them with fever.

They are in addition to scores of others who visit chemists for dose of self-medication, confirm chemists.

“Till last week, around 25 new patients had reported at my clinic with complaints of fever. A majority of them were found suffering from viral fever,” says Dr Kailash Chowdhary, a private practitioner at Sector 30. However, the number of patients with fever has gone down in the past couple of days, adds Dr Chowdhary.

Same is the case at the clinic of Dr Anil in Sector 45. “I have seen an increase of at least 70 per cent in the number of patients visiting with fever in comparison to last month,” says Dr Anil.

Around 20 patients approach him for consultation every day, adds Dr Anil.

While cautioning against self-medication, Dr Ashish Bhalla, department of internal medicine, PGI, says those suffering from viral fever should avoid contact with others, as it is highly contagious.

Many diseases leading to fever, including vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue, remain prevalent during and immediately after rainy season, he adds.

Also, consumption of contaminated water and unhygienic foods provide favorable conditions for typhoid and cholera, says Dr Bhalla. Humid weather is favourable for the bacterial fever.

Unlike other diseases that are not contagious, viral fever spreads very rapidly when proper hygiene is not maintained, he says.

“The patient should use a cloth while sneezing and coughing. The patient usually gets better within a week and there is no need to take antibiotics after that. However, medicines prescribed by the physician for treating other complications accompanying fever like cough and cold are advisable,” he adds.

Avoiding sudden exposure after coming out from air-conditioned areas with increase in water intake can prove as a preventive measure against the fever, says Dr Anil.

However, the consumption of cold water must be avoided, he adds.



Ban on sale of non-ISI headgear

Chandigarh, July 27
The UT administration has prohibited the sale of non-ISI mark helmets in public interest.

The step has been taken as non-ISI mark headgear does not meet the standards laid down to protect riders from head injuries in the event of an accident.

Easy availability of non-ISI mark poor quality and weak helmets result in unsuspecting buyer falling into a deathtrap, thus negating the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act, mandating compulsory wearing of a protective headgear-ISI mark to save the life of the person riding a scooter/ motorcycle.

Any breach of the order will be punishable under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

This order will be remain into effect till September 27. — TNS



Avian flu: UT taking no chances
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
UT Administration has ruled out chances of an outbreak of avian flu in Chandigarh. While intensifying patrolling of the 60,000 strong poultry population in the city in the wake of an outbreak in a village in Manipur, the administration today categorically stated there was no reason to fear and that it was fully prepared to handle any emergency.

“We can set up control rooms within seconds,” said director, animal husbandry, Raji P. Shrivastava.

The department has, meanwhile, instructed owners of both commercial and backyard poultry farms to be extra vigilant and report abnormal deaths in the population immediately. Wildlife department, UT, has also instructed its forest guards to keep tabs on the domestic aquatic population in Sukhna Lake and look out for birds showing symptoms.

Meanwhile, sources in Animal Husbandry Department, while trying to allay fears of an outbreak in Chandigarh, said the states adjacent to Manipur were more vulnerable than those located far off. “In any case, the outbreak in Manipur, as confirmed now, happened in the backyard poultry farm population, which is less risky than the outbreak in commercial poultry population. The reason is that it is easy to manage and monitor locally-maintained poultry as in case of backyard farms. This poultry feeds local markets and can, therefore, be better managed. Commercial farms, however, send the poultry out to other areas, enhancing the possibility of outbreak in other areas,” said a senior technical hand.

In Chandigarh, 55,000 poultry is being maintained commercially; only 5,000 is part of the backyard poultry farms. Shrivastava said the department has been regularly monitoring the poultry population in the city. “We have been sampling chicks twice a month and have been sending monthly reports to Government of India. Moreover, we have rapid response teams in place to combat any emergency. We have also purchased the required protective gear for our trained personnel,” she said.

Over the last year, the administration has sent 550 blood samples from local poultry for testing at the regional diagnostic laboratory in Jalandhar. No sample has tested positive. Meanwhile, the instructions to technical hands and poultry owners is to look out for the following physical symptoms among poultry - drooping neck, eye secretions and isolated behaviour.



GMCH does a first in country
Cerebral palsy girl gets admission in MBBS course
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
A resident from the city has made it to the world of medical profession by getting admission in MBBS even after suffering from cerebral palsy.

The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh, has admitted Neha Bhutt on the concluding day of counselling for admissions after the medical board constituted at the institute to look in the matter delivered its decision in the favour of candidate here today.

This is the first case in the country that a candidate with cerebral palsy has got admission in the course, claimed the hospital authorities.

Neha, passed her matriculation exams with 92 per cent marks while in plus 2 she scored 75 per cent marks with science subjects from Ajit Karam Singh International Public School at Sector 41, Chandigarh., said her mother Bubbly who works at All India Radio, Chandigarh. RL Bhutt , Neha’s father, is an employee with the State Bank of India in the city.

We have not come across any other example like this in the country where a person suffering from this disease could get admission in MBBS, informed Dr Harsh Mohan, medical Superintendent, GMCH. Cerebral palsy occurs at the time of birth. It can affect the baby in various forms, including mental retardation, said Dr Harsh Mohan.

However, in this case the candidate is mentally sound and suffers from waggling, informed the medical superintendent.

The disease has not affected the brain of the girl and her academic record shows that she has been consistently performing well academically, said Dr Harsh. Now she has made it to the CET rank to get admission in the physically handicapped category, added the doctor.



35 years on, Army’s vehicle modernisation still incomplete
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
At a time when mobility on the battlefield is of essence, the Army’s transport fleet seems to be inadequate. Thirty-five years after it was launched, the Army’s vehicle modernisation and restructuring project remains incomplete.

Of the three classes of vintage vehicles planned to be replaced, 42 per cent of utility trucks (1-2.5 ton) and 24 per cent of jeeps and jongas are still to be replaced with new-generation vehicles

“A delay of three decades in the implementation of the restructuring decision resulted in the Army carrying on with vehicles that were not only fuel inefficient but also did not match the changed tactical concepts, and weapons and equipment profile,” the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) has observed in its latest report.

The CAG report has revealed that the Army was holding about 32,000 unservicable vehicles during 2003-06, resulting in unnecessary inventory carrying cost and loss of disposal value due to prolonged storage. Also, the Army continued to hold almost 21,000 old generation vehicles in its fleet.

Based upon an Army Headquarters study of 1971, the government had in 1972 accepted the need to restructure the Army’s transport fleet to match changing requirements. It took more than two decades for the Army to decide the modalities of its implementation. “Such abnormal delay affected the restructuring and modernisation of the fleet,” CAG observed. It was only in 1997 that the ministry approved detailed authorisation of vehicles for various units.

Elucidating the impact of delays in the induction of new vehicles, CAG observed that the Army did not have the required high mobility vehicles (HMV) during Operation Vijay in 1999. In the light of Op Vijay, the Army had assessed the requirement of 5,000 HMVs, which play a crucial role in providing mission oriented battlefield mobility in deserts and semi-desert terrain. It took 17 years for the Army to induct the required HMVs and the order for 490 vehicles was placed in March 2006.

Noting that casualty management in the first hour is crucial in saving lives and raising the morale of troops during operation, the CAG found that the Army had been trial-evaluating a suitable replacement for its vintage ambulances, but till date could not find a suitable ambulance.

One of the reasons for delay in the implementation of the modernisation policy was that Ordnance Factory Board’s Vehicle Factory at Jabalpur continued to produce old generation vehicles till 2000. When the decision to replace the old generation vehicles was taken in 1989, order until 1994-95 for these vehicles was pending with the factory. The factory, however, continued production till 2000, which, CAG observed, was injudicious.

Besides, the envisaged annual savings expected on introduction of new fuel efficient vehicles, which ran into several hundred crore rupees, could not be accrued and instead extra expenditure had to be incurred on fuel consumption.



Himalayan Eagles take trek in Ladakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
As part of the IAF’s platinum jubilee commemorations, personnel from 25 Squadron (Himalayan Eagles) based at Air Force Station, Chandigarh, are undertaking a trekking expedition from Padam to Lamayaru, situated near Leh in the Ladakh region.

The 12-member team will cover the route of 125 km in 12 days.

Their daredevilry in the air would be put to test on the ground as the trek would pass through the treacherous mountainous terrains wherein the personnel would negotiate rapids and passes up to a general elevation of 16,000 feet above sea level.

25 Squadron routinely flies in men and material in support of the Ladakh region with its IL-76 and AN-32 aircraft and this is the terrain that this unit flies over everyday.

Besides adventure, the objective of team is to educate the general population about various environmental issues such as global warming, water scarcity and the like.



Lawyers’ demands will be met: SAD leader
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 27
SAD leader Jasjit Singh today assured the protesting members of the District Bar Association that their demand for the provision of basic amenities at the court complex would be met at the earliest.

Jasjit Singh met the lawyers who have been on indefinite protest since Monday and said that he would take up their case with the government and make efforts to get the needful done in minimum possible time. He was accompanied by some municipal councillors.

Lawyers have been sitting on dharna in protest the failure of the district administration to provide basic facilities at the court complex in Phase III B-1 in the past one year.

Yesterday, Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu had given his support to the protesting lawyers. 



Dowry: Woman accuses city police of inaction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
A Sector-36 resident yesterday accused the Chandigarh police of dilly-dallying for the past four months over her dowry harassment complaint.

The victim, Shivani, alleged that the police had sent her complaint to Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh saying that the crime did not occur under its jurisdiction. Her husband, Ajaydeep Singh Mandyal, is a Supreme Court lawyer.

An assistant manager with a Nalagarh-based pharmaceutical company, Shivani told mediapersons at Press Club here that she had made efforts and got the case transferred back to the city proving that it was the duty of the local police to take action on her complaint.

She said the Mandi police told her that her complaint had been transferred back to Chandigarh, but the local police kept her in the dark about its status.

Shivani said she married Ajaydeep Singh Mandyal on February 26, 2006. She said within a few days of their marriage Ajaydeep started harassing her for dowry. She said she never disclosed the fact to her family.

She said on December 5, Mandyal called her to Rose Garden in Sector 16 to discuss something, where he later snatched her jewellery. A case was registered at the police station-17.

DSP, women and child support unit, Chandigarh police, P.K. Dhavan said the alleged crime did not occur under their jurisdiction.

“She was married in Mandi and stayed there with her husband before going to Delhi. In Delhi, their relationship got strained. We have nothing to do with the case,” said the DSP.



Rotary Club gets its 31st president
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Rotarians love their ceremonies and it was evident from the gathering at the 31st installation of Rotary Club Chandigarh Midtown, held at CII this evening.

In a two-hour session, the club’s past president V.J.S. Vohra handed over the mantle to businessman Sandeep Sandhu, a keen golfer.

Also in presence were MP Farooq Abdullah and Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune H.K. Dua, who made valid points in their short but crisp speeches.

But before they could speak, compere Moni Kahlon ensured that every Rotarian got his due. Names of several attending Rotarians and their spouses were announced, past office-bearers honoured and elaborate speeches made on the past and future plans of the club.

For Sandhu, who also served as captain of the golf course at Chandigarh Golf Club, lead project for 2007-2008 would be the provision of a mobile diagnostic centre for the mentally challenged.

“This will come up with the support of Rotary Club Taiwan and the Rotary foundation. I also promise to raise the club membership by 15 per cent besides committing a contribution of $ 100 per member towards the Rotary Foundation,” Sandhu said before district governor from Chandigarh Midtown Shaju Peter introduced him as his “find”. “About 12 years ago, I introduced Sandhu to the club. Today he has risen to be president,” Peter said.

After the rituals, it was time for Dua to take over the dais.

He speech attracted instant applause from the audience. Remembering his association with Dr Abdullah, chief guest for today, Dua made a pertinent observation: “If the nation had listened to what Dr Abdullah had to say, some of the problems would have long been over. But we don’t look ahead.” Lauding Rotary’s projects for the disabled and the marginalised, Dua exhorted them to do something for the enhancement of the green cover and empowerment of the girl child.

Abdullah, for his part, stressed the role of peace and friendship across borders. “Pakistan is on the boil. I worry how this might affect the peace process. It’s time they understood Kashmir can’t be a part of Pakistan and lived like friendly neighbours,” said Abdullah, calling upon the Rotarians to go to schools and make good citizens out of today’s children. He also dwelt on the “western” persecution of the Muslims and repeated an old truth: “Distortion of religion, not religion, is the root of evil.”



Domestic Help
Residents asked to furnish details
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The district magistrate has asked UT residents not to employ domestic servants or helpers without submitting their particulars to the station house officer concerned.

The district magistrate said the antecedents of domestic servant/helper/maid servant should be verified in the pubic interest.

This order will be applicable to all landlords, tenants and those running commercial establishment.

In another order, the district magistrate has asked persons seeking employment in modest non-formal trades or services like plying of rickshaw, rehries, auto-rickshaws, dhobi, cobblers, etc. or providing contract labour to provide their particulars along with their passport-size photographs to the local police to enable identification or verification.

Employees and residents of the city who engage contract labour or labourers on daily wage and landlords/owners and managers of paying guest accommodation have also been asked to provide the details of their labour and paying guests to the SHO concerned.

These orders will be effective up to September 27.



Smoke-Free City
Health dept seeks global expertise
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The health department has sought the consent to empanel international experts as honorary advisers to the Chandigarh administration in its smoke-free initiation.

This is aimed at understanding successful global trends and practices and replicating these according to the domestic condition of the city.

These experts, who are well versed in the subject, will be consulted as and when any query is raised by any citizen about smoking and its harmful effects.

Soon, the administration will host its website on smoke-free city wherein information regarding the Act, its provisions, rules and Chandigarh tobacco control cell, etc will be posted.

All head of departments of the UT have also been instructed on behalf of the secretary health not to accept any sponsorship or funding from any corporate or individual engaged in tobacco trade or commerce in any form.



Filling of vacancy in MC
Administrator’s nod must
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The MC commissioner will now have to take prior approval of the administrator before filling any vacant post in the municipal corporation.

He will also have to seek the approval of the administrator for creating any new post over a specific proposal.

This has been made mandatory through a letter issued by the secretary, local government.

Approving the budget estimates of for 2007-2008, the UT has stated that since the salary expenditure under non-plan estimate was already very high, the MC commissioner should take prior approval of the administrator.

Meanwhile, the UT administration has annulled the resolution passed by the corporation in the MC house on the issue of paid parking. The issue will be raised at the house meeting on Monday.

Citing Section 423 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act as extendible to Chandigarh, the UT stated in a letter issued to the MC commissioner that the UT gave an opportunity to the corporation to tell as to why the resolution passed by them should not be annulled as it was against the orders of the High Court.

As the corporation has failed to give a reply in 10 days justifying the abolition of surface paid parking in the city, the UT has annulled the resolution as it is in excess of the powers conferred on the corporation under the Act.

The corporation will also consider fixing reserved price of Rs 27 lakh for four dhaba sites situated in the truck parking, Sector 26.

The house will also dwell upon the augmentation of water supply at Hallo Majra village, which will cost around Rs 50 lakh.

Provisions of underground service reservoir of 70,000-gallon capacity, laying new and parallel pipelines at the village are on the agenda.

The MC house will also consider estimates for the replacement of old pumps and providing and fixing additional vacuum pumps at Kajauli.

Detailed estimate for augmentation of water supply system at Mani Majra town, rough cost estimate for constructing the third, fourth and fifth floors of MC building, creation of posts in the chief engineers office, waiving of development charges in old abadi area of Mani Majra will also be taken up.



Don’t file return at post offices: official
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Unlike last year, post offices have not been authorised to accept income tax returns this year, income tax officials said here today.

“The authorisation given to the post offices last year had been withdrawn and it was illegal on the part of post offices to accept income tax returns,” commissioner (income tax-I) Manoj Mishra said here today.

Claiming that the department was in a “taxpayer-friendly” mode, Mishra reiterated that July 31 was the deadline for the filing of unaudited returns and there would be no extension of the date as announced by finance minister P. Chidambaram.

Penal action under the provisions of the Income Tax Act would be taken against those filing late returns, he cautioned.

Calling upon the assessees to file returns well before the deadline to avoid last-minute rush, the commissioner said the department had made elaborate arrangements for accepting returns on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5.30 pm.

The official said while Mohali assessees could file the returns at the department counter at C-81, Industrial Area, Phase VI, the assessees could also file these at SCOs 45-46, Sector 17-A, and SCOs 73-74-75, Sector 17-D, near Hot Millions, in Sector 17, till July 31.

Mishra said the special counter at Rajasthan Bhavan in Sector 33, which would cater to assessees falling in the jurisdiction of the commissioner of income tax-II, would remain open Sunday for the convenience of taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the Income Tax Bar Association today demanded the extension of last date for filing of returns by at least two months on account of unavailability of forms.



Sec 35 residents power-less
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Residents of Sector 35-A have complained of unscheduled power cuts throughout the summer this year, particularly during the past fortnight.

A housewife, Neelima Sharma, said: "We have to make repeated calls to the complaint centre of the electricity office. Sometimes during the cuts there is no response at all. We are always told that there is a minor problem which will be sorted out soon."

An official at the complaint centre confirmed the frequent complaints by citizens.

"The frequent power tripping occurs because of overloading on the supply lines. Since, the situation arises suddenly we cannot make announcements in advance," he said.



Unions hail PF board decision

Chandigarh, July 27
The decision of the employees provident fund board to peg the interest rate on provident fund at 8.5 per cent for 2006-07 seems to have gone well with local trade unions.

Hailing the decision, Ram Pal Sharma, president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), said though the employees wanted the interest rate at 9.5 per cent, 8.5 per cent was a welcome step under the prevailing circumstances. Decision to lower the interest rate from 8.5 per cent would have been resented by the trade unions.

Vijay Sharma, secretary-general of the All-India EPF Staff Federation, said the government could not have offered a better deal to nearly four crore employees. Both union leaders were of the opinion that offering rate of interest over 8.5 per cent on the pattern of banks was not feasible for the central government. — TNS



NCC cadets pedal for cause
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, July 27
With an aim to spread awareness on AIDS, drugs and green revolution among the masses, 30 cadets of the junior division of the NCC naval wing participated in a cycle rally from Chandigarh to Morni hills in Panchkula today.

The rally, organised as part of adventure and sports activities of the NCC, was flagged of by Group Captain N.L. Khan, director, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC Directorate.

On the way, the cadets displayed banners and placards depicting various themes, including anti-tobacco campaign, AIDS awareness, tree plantation and traffic rules awareness.

The contingent comprised naval wing cadets from Government Model High School , Sector 20, and Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 23.

The rally terminated at the NCC group headquarters in Sector 26, where the participating cadets were presented with certificates and medals by Cdr D.V. Singh, Commanding Officer, No. 1, Chandigarh naval unit.

He complemented the cadets on the successful completion of rally and apprised them of the need to sensitise general public on these issues.

He called upon cadets to carry the message to their friends and neighbours for the common cause.



R.S. Dutta dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
R.S. Dutta, associated with The Tribune as a contributor for the past over four decades, has died. A former deputy secretary with the Punjab government, Dutta retired in 1969.

Dutta was a freelancer and contributed to several newspapers and magazines.

He also authored several plays and featured on talk shows aired by All-India Radio and Doordarshan.

He is survived by four sons and a daughter.



50 saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Lions Club Chandigarh Greater celebrated vanamahotsava by planting 50 saplings at Government High School, Karsan, yesterday.

Lion R. K. Sharma, zone chairperson of district 321-F, who was the chief guest, exhorted students to conserve water and electricity and plant more trees.



Harry Baweja pledges money for Rotary project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Bollywood is set to extend a helping hand to the Rotary Club (Chandigarh Midtown) in its social service ventures. Harry Baweja, producer of “Speed” and “Love Story 2050”, has promised to donate the proceeds of premiere of these films in the city to the club for its ambitious project of mobile diagnostic centre for mentally-challenged children.

To be started in association with the Rotary Club of Taiwan and Rotary Foundation, Rs 16 lakh-project is aimed at taking diagnostic tools to the homes of people with special needs, club president Sandeep Sandhu told reporters on the eve of the installation of his team yesterday.

The club will also host the Rotary district conference and international cultural event next years. Besides, a student exchange from Brazil and family exchange programme from the UK are also being planned in November, Sandhu said.

Prominent among those present were Dr V.J.S. Vohra, former president, Atul Grover, secretary and P.K. Verma, regional director of the PHDCCI.



When silence speaks
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
There is no stopping a mighty heart. So when Saurabh Saini, a differently abled passout from Government Art College, Sector 10, was confronted with the idea of mounting a solo art exhibition, he did not step back in hesitation. He structured the show in his mind before bringing it to the studio today.

The show, supported by Studio Partners, an advertising firm with which Saurabh works as a graphic artist, comes across as a labour of love. “That’s what it is,” gestures Saurabh, who can’t speak or hear. But he can sense and feel and dream, and that’s all he needs to create.

At college, he had a spotless record and a great reputation as a friend of those like him. Also, he was the first to enroll with the special diploma class of the college, meant for the disabled. “He would stay back after college every day to assist the other hearing impaired in work,” says JS Saini, Saurabh’s father, who has spent a lifetime conducting research on disability.

He’s naturally proud of his son, who substituted for sign language interpreters every college is supposed to have. And his works celebrate all these moments well spent, as he goes around Hyderabad and Bhopal and Jaipur, using the camera to capture the beauty of nature.

The show features a range of images - there’s the Char Minar, the ruined temple, the busy street, the silent coast and then the beautiful paintings with striking details of humdrum life. Together they fill the silences in Saurabh’s life.

Each frame, each canvas speaks, while their creator savours the impact in silence. The show - Silence Speaks - is open at SCO 316, Level II, Sector 38-D on weekdays till August 4.



Defamation suit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan has filed a criminal complaint alleging defamation against president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Dr Ram Prakash.

The complaint is before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chandigarh. Dr Ram Prakash had accused Chander Mohan of cross-voting during the current presidential poll.



5 arrested for running gambling operation
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 27
The police have arrested five persons on charge running a gambling operation in the garb of selling lottery tickets.

The arrests were made after police raided the premises of lottery sellers in Jagatpura village. As many as 13 computers were seized by the police who also recovered Rs 5,000 which was used for gambling.

The arrested persons were booked under various sections of the Indian penal Code and the Gambling Prevention Act.

The police said the persons allegedly issued hand-written slips to buyers and took money from them instead of giving them genuine lottery tickets. This way, they not only played tricks with those interested in buying lottery tickets but also made the government lose huge amounts of money. Raids were earlier conducted in phases I and VI also to stop gambling operations.

Meanwhile, four persons were arrested on charges of robbing cars and weapons from residents here were sent in three-day police remand by a court here today.

The police said three of the gang members, Amit, Rachan Kamboj and Sunil Kumar, belonged to Karnal and the fourth one, Satnam Singh alias Ticcu was a resident of Rajpura. They had allegedly robbed a Skoda car and a weapon in one incident while in another they attempted to take away a Zen car from a resident when he was returning to his village after dropping a relative at the Mohali bus stand.

They were booked under various sections of the IPC and the Arms Act. The police claim that many cases would get solved after questioning the accused.



Woman kills herself
Our Correspondent

Grief-stricken family members of Anuradha who killed herself in Mohali on Friday.
Grief-stricken family members of Anuradha who killed herself in Mohali on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, July 27
A married woman set herself on fire at her parents’ house in Phase XI, here, today.

According to the police, Anuradha had been staying with her parents for the past seven months. It is alleged that she was ill-treated by her in-laws and as such was depressed. She bolted the door when nobody was at home and poured kerosene on herself, before setting herself on fire.

The incident came to light when neighbours saw smoke coming out of the house. By the time anything could be done, Anuradha had sustained serious burn injuries and later died.

Anuradha had got married seven years ago and had two children. Relatives of the deceased alleged that Anuradha’s in-laws used to harass her for dowry. Every time she was harassed, Anuradha would come to her parents’ place. She always came without her kids as her in-laws refused to let them go.

The police has registered a case in this regard. 



Two held for theft at godown
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Chandigarh police today arrested two persons for theft at a godown of a distributor of Hindustan Liver at Burail village on the intervening night of July 25 and 26.

The two have been identified as Nilesh Kumar Parjapat of Burail village and Saminder Singh, alias Sonu, a resident of Sector 22.

Their two accomplices, Abhishek and Naveen of Kurali, were still at large.

In his complaint, distributor Mack Mittal of M/S Saraswati Traders had alleged that someone had stolen goods worth Rs 8 lakh from his godown.

According to police sources, the thieves replaced the locks of the godown around 10.30 pm on Wednesday. They returned around 3 am and started loading goods on to a mini truck.

Nilesh also fooled the watchman, who came there to enquire the goings-on, by posing himself as manager of the firm.

The police arrested Nilesh, who gave away the whereabouts of Saminder.

The police has recovered the stolen material from Nanu Majra village.

The police has been conducting raids to nab the other absconders, the sources added.

A case under Section 380, IPC, had been registered at the police station-34.

The arrested will be produced in the court tomorrow.



Three vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Yash Pal Singla of Sector 27 reported that his Maruti Alto car (CH 03 Z 6648) was stolen from his residence on Tuesday night. In another incident, Rakesh Kalra of Sector 27 lodged a complaint with the police, alleging his Scorpio (CH 03 Y 7273) was stolen from his residence on Tuesday night. In yet another case, Balbir Singh of Mohali reported that his scooter (CH 03 Q 5968) was stolen from Sector 35 on July 19. Three cases of theft have been registered.

Ganja seized

The local police arrested Ranbir Singh of Kajheri from Sector 52 with 1.1 kg ganja on Wednesday. A case under Section 20 NDPS Act has been registered.


The local police arrested Raj Kumar of Colony No. 5 on Wednesday on the allegation of abducting a minor girl from same colony on July 5. A case had been registered against him.


Rupinder Gill of Sector 8 reported that an air-conditioner was stolen from his shop on July 21. A case of theft has been registered.



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