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Now FR on wrong side of pollution law
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
Even as the Chandigarh administration’s conversion policy to allow multiplexes is under sharp criticism, Fun Republic, the multiplex at Mani Majra, is contravening provisions of the Prevention of Water Pollution Act.

Hundreds of litres of untreated water from the multiplex is being disposed of into a drain without being treated since it was opened in 2004. On weekends, the number of visitors at the multiplex runs into thousands, resulting in discharge of hundreds of kilolitres of waste water.

The Pollution Control Committee, Chandigarh, has in a notice to the management of the multiplex sought information on the sewerage treatment plant (STP) which was to be installed there. Earlier too a notice was issued to the management.

The member secretary of the committee, P.J.S. Dhadwal, said the multiplex had been asked to submit a status report on the STP.

A senior vice-President of the multiplex said they were in the process of installing the STP. “Since it is mandatory under the law, we are installing it in another two to three months. When the multiplex was opened, there were no such norms.”

The pollution norms say any establishment undertaking commercial activity has to be install an STP. The level of the biological oxygen demand (BOD) goes up when waste water is not treated at source.

SR Aggarwal, superintending engineer, said he would have to see whether the multiplex was allowed to discharge untreated water into the drain. The waste water generated from the multiplex goes into the main sewer line. The corporation chargs sewerage cess from the multiplex.

An official in the finance department said the allottee had applied for conversion of the cinema site into a multiplex in November 2000 under the “ Setting up of Multiplex Theatre and Conversion of Existing Cinema into Multiplex Theatre, 2000” scheme. The allottee had applied for revised building plans in 2003 and the same had been approved in 2004.

Throwing untreated laundry water into the storm water drain could lead to unrepairable consequences, say experts.



Testing times
CA aspirants a bewildered lot
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
Panic gripped those appearing for the chartered accountancy entrance exam in the city, following reports of paper leak in New Delhi. The exam has now been postponed.

For the 680 students appearing for the test at SD College here, it was a day of anxiety and anger.

The exam is bifurcated into two parts-the first consists of accounts and law and the second statistics and economics.

For Nikita, Ishaan and Mani, the incident was a severe blow. “ The moto of chartered accountancy is ‘Alphabets of Trust.’ Those responsible for this unpardonable crime should be given severe punishment. If tests to professional courses are being conducted in such a manner, it is a blot on our system”, they rued.

Gulsheen and Karan were unable to concentrate on the second part of the test after they learnt about the incident. “We came to know about the incident during the break. We kept thinking whether the exam would be cancelled. We have fared well in the exam and have put in a lot of effort.”

“Why should all be punished because of the misdeeds of a few? Since the question paper was leaked in Delhi, how could it have affected the students in Chandigarh," the parents argued.

“What is the credibility of such tests,” asked another student.

Said Manoj Kohli, a former chairman of the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants in India: “Leaking the paper at this initial stage will not benefit any student. Only intelligent and hard working students are able to clear the intermediate and final levels,” he explained.



Violators to land in tobacco cell
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
Smokers, it seems, now have nowhere to hide. The Chandigarh administration is getting more pairs of eyes to track them. Henceforth, violators of anti-smoking rules will have to not only watch out for police personnel and food inspectors, but also members of the Tobacco Control Cell.

The cell stands empowered to act in case of breach of rules. Anyone can make a complaint to the cell, which then can take notice without having to depend on a second agency.

The decision was long pending as it was meant to be part of the initial plan to make the city smoke-free. It was deferred due to some law points. The nod came two days ago and the administration is likely to issue a notification tomorrow. Powers to the cell have been granted under Section 25 of the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003.

The move guarantees autonomy to the cell, set up on the directions of the Centre. “The cell will entertain complaints directly, report these and keep a watch on hotels, restaurants and people.

The cell can issue direct notices to violators, ask them to appear before it and refer them to the compounding authority - the police and food inspectors,” said a source.

Hemant Goswami, one of the five non-official members of the cell which has eight official members, said: “The administration’s decision will add strength to the cell.”

The cell will also coordinate, superintend and direct all tobacco control-related activities in Chandigarh on a day-to-day basis.

Soon, it will have its own office at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.



In Basta
Face reconstruction is all that the cops have
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The murder case of a man in his twenties, whose charred body was found in the jungle in Sector 52 last year, remains unsolved. The police has failed to identify the victim.

The body was found in a plastic drum, partially wrapped in a polythene sheet. The area where the body was found is used by junk dealers to segregate waste material, who remain there till late in the night. The police then believed that the body was dumped in the wee hours and the murder was committed elsewhere. It was burnt to conceal the victim’s identity.

Investigation into the case has come to a standstill with the failure of the police to identify the victim. SHO of the Sector 36 police station inspector Ishwar Singh Mann said no breakthrough had been achieved in the case even though the police had distributed 2,000 pamphlets in and around the city, including the railway station and bus stands, in an effort to get a clue on the identity of the deceased.

If the police failed to get any clue, it would be forced to label it “untraced” after a year.

Soon after the murder came to light last year, senior superintendent of police Gaurav Yadav and other senior police officials along with experts from the Central Forensic Laboratory (CFSL) had rushed to the crime site. A case under Section 302 (murder) and 201(disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code was registered.

The body was found charred beyond recognition. The plastic sheet had melted into the skin, leaving no identification mark. A foreign brand shirt in a plastic bag was found near the body.

A facial reconstruction of the victim from CFSL experts was got readied. The victim was 6 ft tall. He was fair. Viscera and DNA samples were taken for possible clues and reports sent to the police in March this year. But the efforts failed top yield any conclusive results.

The reports established that the victim had consumed liquor and the body was burnt with kerosene oil.



Racket to siphon off CSD supplies busted
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The Military Intelligence (MI) has unearthed a racket to siphon off supplies meant for CSD canteens and selling them in the civilian markets. An MI outfit under the Western Command intercepted a utility vehicle near Faridkot yesterday and caught goods and liquor worth about Rs 1.5 lakh, it is learnt.

The NCO in-charge of the CSD canteen of a medium artillery regiment, from where the goods was reportedly being siphoned off and a civilian were in the vehicle when it was intercepted.

Sources in the Intelligence reveal that the same vehicle was detained in Punjab earlier under similar circumstances.

A court of inquiry (COI) has been ordered into the incident by Headquarters 33 Armoured Division and the South Western Command, under whose operational jurisdiction the regiment concerned falls, has been apprised of the matter. Lieut-Col I.S. Ghuman from an artillery regiment under the same brigade has been detailed as the COI’s presiding officer, sources said.

Sources said authorities were also looking at the quantum of sales and canteen profits generated by the unit and determining whether these were commensurate with the posted personnel strength of the unit.

This will held determine the scale of pilferage and for how long the racket was going on. It is suspected that goods worth lakhs have been siphoned-off.

Sources said the unit and activities of some of the suspects had been under surveillance by the MI for the past few months.

The possible role and connivance of other people involved is also being looked into. Questions have also been raised how an NCO was able to move out such large quantities of goods and liquor out of his unit premises.

There have been several cases in the recent past where military personnel have been caught diverting CSD supplies into the open market.

Goods, particularly liquor available in the CSD is cheaper than that in the civilian markets on account of waiver of excise and certain taxes as a concession to armed forces personnel.



Plot owners get another year to build
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The Chandigarh administration has decided to give a year’s extension (till March 2008) to owners who have not built on their plots within the stipulated period from the date of allotment. The last extension ended on March 2007.

For leasehold properties, the stipulated period is three years, and for freehold, five years. The extension would be subject to payment of Rs 500 per sq metre for residential, institutional and other buildings and Rs 1,000 per sq metre for commercial and industrial buildings.

All allottees will be given a period of three years (for leasehold properties) and five years (for freehold properties) from the date of allotment for completion of the building, whether residential, commercial or institutional.



Boy dies in mishap

Chandigarh, August 5
Ashish (3) of Faidan village was killed in a road accident in the village today. The police said the child was coming on his cycle when a tractor trailer hit him. At the time of mishap, the driver was reversing the tractor. The child’s head banged on the trailer. He was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. — TNS



Even generosity didn’t help them
Three kids held for stealing Rs 1.8 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
It was three days of “affluent” life for three minor boys of Burail village, who allegedly stole Rs 1.80 lakh from a scooter in their locality on August 1, before the police arrested them yesterday. However, two members of the group are still absconding.

SHO of the Sector 34 police station Prem Chauhan said the trio were sent to juvenile home. The police recovered Rs 24,910 from their possession.

During preliminary interrogation, they said after stealing the money they went to Sector 17. From there they boarded an auto-rickshaw for Mani Majra, where they purchased shoes and clothes. After that, they went to the Mansa Devi temple to pay obeisance and gave alms to beggars before leaving for Ambala.

In Ambala they purchased liquor and dined before boarding a bus for New Delhi.

In Delhi, the bus conductor saw them inhaling correction fluid and started questioning them. Realising that they had money, the conductor along with the driver allegedly snatched money from them and dropped them at a secluded place. They kept on roaming in Delhi for two days before coming to the city.

About the amount recovered from them, the children told the police that they had hidden some of the money in their socks.

Inspector Chauhan said raids were being conducted to arrest two more accused. A police party had been sent to Ambala to identity the bus conductor and driver who snatched money from them.



5 injured as cars collide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
At least five persons were injured when two cars collided on a road separating Sectors 15 and 16 here tonight.

According to eyewitnesses, the accident took place when a Tata Indica car (CH 18 T 8522), which was coming from the Yatri Niwas chowk, collided head-on with a Maruti Esteem car (PB 08 AA 0184) at around 9.15pm. Both cars were badly damaged.

The investigating officer of the case, Jai Bhagwan, said the injured were shifted to the PGI and Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital.

He said the Maruti car was coming from the wrong side, as it had crossed the dividing line while overtaking.



‘Conserve’ office of Le Corbusier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues yesterday visited the building in Sector 19 here which housed the office of Le Corbusier.

After going around the building, the administrator asked senior officers to renovate and conserve the historic building.



Mohali lad for IAEA
Tribune News Service

Mohanpal Singh
Mohanpal Singh

Mohali, August 5
A Mohali lad has been selected to test the software used in energy system analysis and planning at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna.

Mohanpal Singh Randhawa (27) has been entrusted the job of testing the software and updating it for new versions. Having worked as a software engineer with Quark Softwares for a year and as lead engineer with HCL, Mohanpal is updating the software that is being used by over 100 member states of the agency.

While talking to The Tribune from Vienna Mohanpal said, "The office here is as big as a city. With very few Indians around, especially no turbaned person, I enjoy being the center of attraction. It's a brilliant experience working here."

Mohanpal has a Bachelor in Computer Application degree from Punjabi University, Patiala, and has done his MSc in information technology from SGGS College, Chandigarh. He has worked for clients like Hewitt, ASTRA ZENECA and Sun Micro Systems during his stint with the HCL.

Mohanpal is full of gratitude for his uncle M.P.S. Sidhu, who has always been his guide.



No headway in trespass case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 5
Five days after the trespass case in the Army flats, Mansa Devi Complex, the police investigations have met with little success. Atul Nibber, the Chandigarh-based businessman, also the main accused in the case, is still absconding and the police has been unable to identify Nibber’s accomplice in the case and the house where the two had come visiting is locked.

Police sources said Nibber is not at his Sector 16 residence and police parties are conducting raids at various locations to arrest him. “So far we have no clue where he vanished after he was named in the FIR. His family, too, doesn’t seem to know his whereabouts,” an official said. Nibber’s bail application comes up for hearing on August 7.

Meanwhile, with Mani Majra resident Joginder Sharma claiming to be Nibber’s accomplice has also applied for anticipatory bail in the case. Sources said the accused claimed that he along with Sharma had gone to meet a friend in the society and got involved in a scuffle with the guards.

However, the police, clear about its stance, says that they will not go by Sharma’s word on the matter. “Anybody can say anything. Only after our investigations are complete and Sharma is proved to be the second man involved, we will track him down. As of now, his statement is inconsequential and he does not even figure in our line of investigation. It is up to him to apply for bail. We will also have to check the entry in the register at the society which says that Sector 8 resident Chandermohan visited the place that same night,” he said. At the Army flats, the house where the incident reportedly took place lies locked since that day. 



CM’s Friendship Day gesture

Mohali, August 5
In his Friendship Day gesture, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called on his close friend Zora Singh Mann, Ferozepore MP, at his residence here.

He came to enquire on the health of Mann, who has not been keeping well for some time.

He had visited his friend of over two decades last month as well. Badal reached his residence around 6.15 pm and spent over 45 minutes there. — TNS



Kidney patient awaits help
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
Subhash (37), who was suffering from failure of both the kidneys for years, got his kidney transplant done at the PGI on June 26 with the help of donors and relatives. Though his sister (the kidney donor) is willing to help him in managing his finances, he requires money to continue his post transplant treatment. The doctors estimated the post transplant treatment to be around Rs 20,000 every month.

He has two school going children who are being looked after by his sister. Subash is the only bread earner of the family.

It has been a year since Subhash left his job due to weakness and the family is now dependent on his sister’s family. Interested donors can contact the family at 9463390955.



Help in fight against obesity at hand
Formal launch of NGO on August 8
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 5
The Association for Study of Obesity (ASO) has invited memberships from all obese persons willing to seek help to rid themselves of obesity.

This was decided during a meeting of the governing body and the founder members of the association held at the WWICS complex here today. The registration of obese patients will begin on the day of the formal launch scheduled for August 8 at the Press Club, Sector 27, Chandigarh.

All obese persons registering with ASO would be provided technical advice and support for control of obesity and those registering on the launching day between 12.30 pm to 4 pm, would be evaluated for obesity with Blood Sugar and Lipid profile analysis free of cost.

The visitors will also benefit from an exhibition on obesity marking the beginning of the activities of the NGO.

“An obese person does not necessarily has to be visibly obese or fat. Obesity is determined calculating BMI (Body Mass index) - a calculation made on the basis of height and weight. Persons having a BMI of 25 or more are considered overweight. However, the term obesity is applied when the BMI is above 29.9. We often come across relatively leaner looking persons having abdominal obesity suffering from coronary artery disease,” explained Dr N.C. Raina, convenor, ASO.

For obese patients, assessment of obesity would include weight and height measurements, BMI and waist hip ratio (WHR) calculations. Experts will also be available at the venue to address to any special issues relating to obesity.

Obesity and diabetes having a long-standing relationship. Most obese persons have associated dyslipidemia (raised cholesterol / triglycerides) and diabetes as part of metabolic syndrome which forms an ideal ground for progression to killer complications such as coronary heart disease and brain stroke.

Stating that there had been a significant rise in obesity among males and children particularly in North India in the last decade or so, Dr Raina pointed out that there has been a nearly 400 per cent increase in joint replacements in the city alone in past five years due to excess tissue weight on weakened bones.

He rued that there was no formal programme on obesity awareness and control in India so far and no formal study has been conducted to assess the growing prevalence among various segments of society.

“Surprisingly isolated studies have suggested increasing prevalence of obesity among the urban poor,” he said. The NGO will also release some interesting data about obesity during a press conference scheduled on the day of the launch.

Among the prominent persons who attended the meeting were Dr G.R. Verma, prof of surgery, PGI, Dr A.K. Attri, prof and head, Surgery GMCH, Dr K.P. Singh, endocrinologist, Fortis Hospital, Dr K.M. Kapoor, plastic surgeorn, Fortis Hospital, Dr K.K. Bhutani, dean, NIPER, Dr Jagmohan, geneticist, IMTECH, Col B.S. Sandhu of WWICS, Balbir Singh, B.S. Anand and Anurag from the Mohali Industries Association. 



Unravelling mysteries behind artworks
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
We often take our heritage for granted, unmindful of the painstaking processes that go into ensuring its survival. But here’s a chance to unravel the mysteries behind artworks’ timeless appeal. Government Museum, Chandigarh, has just fashioned a mobile exhibition around the theme.

The display, titled “Care and preservation of the paper paintings, manuscripts and books”, details the history, documentation and conservation of “illustrated” heritage. The demonstration is unique as it bares the stages an artwork has to go through in its lifetime, and explains why different works need different treatments.

On display are colour prints of the museum’s best collections, including the 300-year-old Jain manuscript the “Kalpasutra”, being conserved using the dry chemical method. Another rare work whose preservation has been explained in the exhibition is the 17th century Buddhist manuscript - the Panchraksha. Curators of the show, conceived by museum director V.N. Singh, have ensured that manuscripts of every religion get their due. Also on display are photocopies from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Janam Sakhis.

One of the rare “birs” the museum is conserving features original signature of Guru Teg Bahadur. “Such heritage needs special care and we are doing our best to preserve it. Although open to all, the exhibition is specifically meant for schoolchildren who can learn from it ways of protecting their writing materials and books,” Singh said.

Mounted in the museum’s mobile van, the exhibition has five sections, starting with the history and nature of writing materials. It’s a one-stop shop for those seeking information on writing materials - the making process (hand and machine), the inks (lead and chemical based), and writing pencils.

In the conservation section, chemical conservationist of the museum, D.K. Ghavri, has delineated the deteriorating factors of papers and then shown how precious papers can be protected from micro-organisms like yeast, fungi, bacteria and foxing. “Everyone wants to know what chemicals to use to prevent damages to their books and collections,” Ghavri said. The exhibition has a separate section on the chemicals used for conservation.

Interestingly, it tells of how excessive light causes the paper to pale, heat causes it to tear and moisture loosens it. The best way to protect materials is to coat them to fight UV rays, have insect repellants in their vicinity and add paravinyl acetate coatings for double protection.

The most useful section of the display pertains to actual conservation process. Here, the curators have shown how materials have to be first examined to ascertain the extent of damage, ink type, nature of paints used on paper and acidity levels.

The best way to conserve papers and books is to keep calcium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate at home, and learn how to use them for protection. For more information on the process, catch the van on the move every day except Sunday and Monday. It can be spotted in schools from 10 am to 1 pm and in the museum complex from 2 pm to 5 pm.



City-Hardwar train sought

Chandigarh, August 5
Joginder Singh Bhogal, a member of the Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, has urged the Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala, to introduce a direct train between Chandigarh and Hardwar. Since the train between Chandigarh and Amritsar has been discontinued, the rakes from the train could be spared for running a train between Chandigarh and Hardwar. — TNS



Mobile woes

I want to bring to notice of all readers that mobile companies in India have adopted a new and dirty way. As per the new provision called - Do not disturb scheme started by the mobile companies, all those who don not want to be disturbed by the promotional calls of the mobile companies can get registered to it. I got myself registered with the mobile company under the above-mentioned scheme. The company started giving me calls for a second or two. After receiving about four five such missed calls I called back on that number to know who is disturbing me? I was astonished to know that the company in question started giving such short rings. There is no end to the disturbance of the mobile users especially old man like me.

G.K. Chopra, Chandigarh

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Tips for safe driving

  • Check for vehicles twice before pulling onto the main road.
  • Look behind you before backing out of a parking place.
  • watch for cars rushing through intersections at the end of a red light.
  • Look both right and left when making a left hand turn.
  • When changing lanes always turn your head and physically check for a clear lane.
  • Be very careful when you are close to trucks and buses for it is most likely that the driver cannot see you.
  • Watch carefully for children, pets and vehicles exiting from sidelanes when driving through a residential area

‘Safe driving is not just knowledge of road rules..... It is an attitude’

Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J Sarma



Scribes assaulted, three held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
A group of youngsters allegedly assaulted two staffers of an English daily outside a discotheque in Sector 8 in the wee hours today. A digital camera was also damaged during the commotion.

The incident took place when Gurpreet Singh Chhina, staff correspondent of the daily, reached there after getting information about a scuffle outside the discotheque at around 2 am.

Sanjay Ghildiyal, lensman of the paper, was already in the discotheque to cover the event. When he started taking pictures of the quarreling youths, they allegedly assaulted him and snatched his camera.

Chhina reportedly tried to negotiate with youths, but they allegedly thrashed him also. Meanwhile, the police has arrested two of the accused, Gurkaran Cheema and Manpreet Singh Sarao. Cheema is a son of Supinder Kalkat, who contested the assembly elections from Tanda on the Congress ticket. One of their accomplices, Sunny Pannu of Sector 44 was also arrested.



Dowry death: Husband held

Zirakpur, August 5
The police today arrested Mohinder Singh, husband of 26-year-old Hardeep Kaur who had died of alleged poisoning on Friday. Hardeep Kaur was taken by her brothers from her husband’s residence in a semi-conscious state on August 1 to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where she died.

According to SHO G.P. Singh, Hardeep was married in February last year. Mohinder Singh worked as a mechanic here.

Victim’s brother Rajinder Singh alleged that Mohinder along with Hardeep’s father-in-law and sister-in-law used to harass her for dowry. However, matters worsened when Hardeep gave birth to a daughter in December. Relatives of the victim alleged that the police was not arresting the rest of the accused, including Hardeep’s father-in-law, her sister-in-law. — TNS



Three held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The police today arrested three persons for allegedly indulging in gambling. The police recovered Rs 55,000 from them.

Jaswinder Kaur, in charge, Palsora police post, said Gurdial Singh and Tejpal, both residents of Sector 56, and Vikas Garg of Sector 37 were arrested from Sector 56.

Gurdial Singh is a property dealer, while Tejpal has a provisional store and Vikas Garg is a supplier of grocery items.

Held for stealing

Nand Lal reported to the police that a mobile phone and cash were stolen from his shop in Sector 44-D on Saturday. Later he came to know that Rohit, a resident of Sector 44, had committed the theft. Acting on his complaint, the police on Sunday arrested the accused and recovered the mobile phone from him.

Minor abducted

Mohammad Irshad of Burail reported to the police that his neighbour Surinder Kumar allegedly abducted his minor daughter from his residence on August 3. A case was registered in this regard.



Study Chinese model, city traders told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The policies of Chinese entrepreneurs were explained in detail at a seminar organised by the Chandigarh Management Association, here today.

The speakers said budding entrepreneurs should study the mindset of those Chinese businesspersons who had been successful in their endeavours.

“Chinese businessmen do not believe in competition. They kill competition before it is born and come up with unique products,” said Raghu Nandan, founding director of Specialised Projects International (UK) Ltd. Raghu was the keynote speaker at the seminar.

“Businessmen from China believe in networking with like-minded entrepreneurs, rather than horizontal or vertical integration of their companies,” he further added.



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