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Corruption is a problem, admits IG
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
“Corruption is an inherent problem of the police department,” admits Inspector-General S.K Jain holding that steps “are being taken to rid the city police of this malaise”.

“I have decided to address the force before the end of this month,” says the top cop, who is peeved at the arrest of four cops in less than 24 hours under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Ironically, some of the cops were caught while accepting bribes within the police stations.

Eleven police personnel, including Inspectors, SIs and ASIs have landed in the CBI net during the past few months. This has beaten all previous records of corruption cases registered against city policemen.

The IGP is apparently upset not only at the adverse publicity that the department is getting after every trap case but also at the demoralising impact such cases may have on the functioning of the men in uniform who are supposed to work as guardians of law and order in the UT.

“It is really a matter of shame for the department. The fact is that there are still many black sheep in the department who are not ashamed to demand money from the public. These unscrupulous characters bring a bad name to the whole department, which is otherwise doing well”, he said

About the steps being taken by him to stem the rot, Jain said, “I have instructed all senior officials, including the SSP and DSPs, to intensify surprise checks at all police stations and remain there for the maximum time to discourage the corrupt elements.

They will interact with the persons visiting the police stations, including complainants, and listen to their problems in connection with the behaviour of cops. Any person harassed by any police official can approach a senior officer any time. ”

“A warning has been issued to all staff members that any one found indulging in illegal activities would face dismissal. Apart from legal action, the department would initiate its own action,” said Jain.

When asked what steps have been taken by the police in view of the incident of slapping of a college girl and assault on a cop outside two different colleges of the city, the IG held that the police had taken these matters very seriously.

“All SHOs have been directed to intensify the patrolling outside all colleges of the city besides beefing up the security during college hours. Regular search operations in the colleges and university hostels will also be held to check the movement of the students as well as outsiders”, said Jain.

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Assault: GCG students block traffic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
A day after a student of BA (III) of the fine arts department of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, was reportedly slapped by an unidentified youth, more than a hundred students, expressing solidarity with the victim, today blocked traffic at the road in front of the college. They sought strict action against the culprits.

“Incidents like these are an everyday occurrence with girls commuting by bus,” said one of the students. There has never been a day when boys from the college next door have not bullied us,” complained another student.

The students were dispersed on the intervention of principal Promila Kaushal who assured them that she would ensure justice for the girl assaulted. She met SSP Dinesh Bhatt on the issue today. “The SSP has assured me that cops would travel in mufti in the buses for the safety of students. Patrolling on the road stretch will also be intensified.”

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Honoured on I-Day, NRI held for forgery
Two passports seized

Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 24
An NRI who was honoured on the Independence Day function in Phase VI here was arrested by the police on charges of cheating and forgery.
Police sources said Amarjit Singh Virk was arrested on August 19. Two passports were seized from him.

Virk had lodged a compliant with the police against Jeevan Singh who had allegedly entered into an agreement with him for the sale of a plot in Phase VII, industrial area, for Rs 45 lakh. Virk alleged that Jeevan Singh again entered into an agreement with him for selling the same plot for Rs 67 lakh.

Yet again Jeevan Singh entered into another agreement with a resident of Banur for selling the plot for Rs 87 lakh and took Rs 2 lakh as token money Virk was made a witness in the case.

Jeevan Singh for the fourth time entered into an agreement to sell the plot to a resident of Chandigarh and Virk again was made witness.

The sources said Jeevan Singh and his son, Harpreet Singh, were called by the police in connection with the investigations. They said they had entered into a sale agreement with none.

Specimen signatures of both parties were taken in the presence of the executive magistrate and sent to the forensic science laboratory for verification.

In the report in this regard it was stated that the documents did not bear the signatures of Jeevan Singh or Harpreet Singh and these had been forged.

The police then registered a case against Virk and arrested him.

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Kidnapped boy freed from father’s business partners
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 24
The police claims to have rescued a six-year-old child within hours of his kidnapping from Sector 69 here last evening. A ransom of Rs 50 lakh was demanded by the alleged kidnappers.

Bikram Singh and Bhinder Singh allegedly kidnapped Paramvir Singh from a house in Sector 69 where he was staying with his aunt and grandmother. On getting to know that the child had been kidnapped, Harvinder Kaur, an aunt of Paramvir, informed the police at night. A hunt was launched and the child was recovered from Lakhnour village.

SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra said in a press note today that Baljinder Singh, father of Paramvir Singh, had business in Mumbai. Bikram Singh, a resident of Lakhnour village, and Bhinder Singh, a resident of Ghumandgarh village, were his business partners there.

Bikram Singh rang up Harvinder Kaur last evening and said he and Bhinder Singh wanted to meet her mother. Both came to her house. They said they were taking the child away so that he could meet his father.

They took Paramvir away in a car. Around 10.30 pm Harvinder Kaur got a phone call from her brother in Mumbai who told her that the duo had kidnapped the child and were demanding a ransom of Rs 50 lakh for Paramvir’s release. Harvinder Kaur then informed the police.

A party headed by Sawarndeep Singh, DSP ( City), raided the house of Bikram Singh. On seeing the police, both Bikram Singh and Bhinder Singh fled in a car. Gurcharan Singh, father of Bikram Singh, made an attempt to run away with the child but was overpowered.

A case under Section 364-A and 34 of the IPC had been registered in this regard.

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Liquor Scam
Four Brigadiers in dock
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Four brigadiers are in the dock for alleged misappropriation of funds in a liquor related scam. The charges against them include diverting funds meant for gathering intelligence and unauthorised borrowings.

While the Army has ordered revision of the findings of a general court martial (GCM) which tried two of the officers, Brig D S Grewal and Brig G Illangovan, a GCM has been ordered to try another brigadier. Administrative action has been initiated against the fourth brigadier.

A GCM presided by Maj Gen V. Verma, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 21 Division had held Brigadier Grewal guilty of one of the two charges of corruption faced by him and had acquitted Brigadier Illangovan. They had faced charges under Section 52 of the Army Act for misappropriation of funds and intent to defraud.

The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command, however, did not agree with the findings of the GCM when the proceedings were sent to him for confirmation and earlier this month ordered that the court reconsider its findings. The GCM is scheduled to reassemble on August 28. The two brigadiers along with Brigadier R. Divakar and Brig R S Rana were brigade commanders under the aegis of 6 Mountain Division, whose former GOC, Maj Gen G I Singh, was tried and convicted by a GCM for allegedly siphoning off large quantities of canteen liquor and selling it in the civilian market.

During his trial it was brought out that he used to issue cheques to his brigade commanders on the pretext of utilising the funds for certain projects or for cultivating sources and gathering intelligence. Three commanders used to return cash to him and the transactions ran into several lakhs of rupees. This money was allegedly used to run the liquor scam. There have also been instances where money was “borrowed” by one of the brigade commanders from the unit baniya (trader), which violated laid down regulations.

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30 pledge to donate eyes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Faculty members and students of Masters in social work, Centre for emerging areas in social sciences, Panjab University took a pledge on Friday to donate their eyes. This was done to mark the National Eye Donation Fortnight Programme, which is held every year from August 25 to September 8.

On this occasion Professor M.K. Teja, course coordinator along with Professor Rajesh Gill, Gaurav Gaur and Vishal Saini motivated the students to come forward and take up such issues. She said 70 lakh corneas are needed at present in India and cornea transplant surgery which was started in 1961 has resulted in approximately 549,889 corneas being successfully transplanted since then. Gaurav Gaur and Vishal Saini apprised the students of the eye donation card IDs that would be issued by the Eye Bank Society, PGI to the 30 faculty members and students who had pledged their eyes on Friday. Gaur said that this was the first time that a pledge like this had been taken at Panjab University.

Discussion

Kadam, a registered NGO and forum for social justice comprising professionals belonging to the fields of academic, journalism, medicine, engineering and social work will hold a panel discussion on "Punjab’s lost pride: What should be done?" at ICSSR Auditorium on August 27 at 10.30 am. The vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Dr Manjit Singh Kang, will speak on "Revamping agricultural research and education in Punjab". The vice-chancellor of Panjab University will talk on what is wrong with the education system while Punjab finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal will speak on what the government can do to make quality education available.

Workshop

The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University in association with ‘Surana and Surana International Attorney’ Chennai is organising a workshop. The workshop is on “Comparative study of French and Indian Corporate Laws” on Saturday at the Golden Jubilee Hall.

Concluded

The department of statistics organised a workshop on Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) for three days. The workshop was for senior teachers and research scholars which concluded on Wednesday. Dr Suresh K Sharma, chairman of the department and organiser of this workshop emphasised on the utility of this package in industries, marketing research, banks, insurance companies, government agencies and health care organisations. The applications of SPSS, which provide a wide range of specialised tools can be used to easily access data from any source, perform data management, carry out rigorous statistical analysis and then present the finding in a variety of reports and graphs. The workshop on SPSS will open up new areas of research and will further uplift the research activities of the department according to him.

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Stamp duty exemption sought on land deal within family
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 24
The Panchkula Residents Welfare Federation in a letter to the Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has asked for exemption from stamp duty on the sale/purchase of land/property to and from a real family member as has been done by the Punjab government.

They have also asked that the employees of public undertakings, boards, corporations, autonomous bodies be treated on a par with the employees of government departments for the purpose of registration fee upon a mortgage deed executed by them for securing an advance from their employer for the purpose of constructing or purchasing a dwelling unit for their own. The letter also requests for reduction in the stamp duty to 5 per cent and has asked for withdrawal of the order on the enhancement in collector rates given recently by the collector of Panchkula. The government should review the decision regarding the exemption of stamp duty for the sale and purchase of land under ‘SEZ’.

The letter states that while the decision to enhance the collector rates by the deputy commissioner, Panchkula, “seems to have been done to increase the revenue of the government, various associations of property dealers have raised their voice against this enhancement and also demanded that the rate of stamp duty be brought down to 5 per cent from the present rate.”

With regard to the exemption of stamp duty on the sale and purchase of land under SEZ, it states that “recently the defence ministry has also warned to be careful regarding the aspect of country’s security while considering and according approval for the proposals of SEZ.”

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Centre for promoting Urdu proposed
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, August 24
A three-day national seminar on the legendary poet, Padmabhushan Jigar Moradabadi, organised by the Haryana Urdu Akademy in collaboration with National

Council for Promotion of Urdu concluded at the ICSSR complex here today.

With an insight into the profound depths of his poetry over thirty Urdu and Hindi scholars presented exhaustive research papers and held discussions to trace the evolution of Firaq 's poetic genius and the intensity and ardour of his poetry of love and beauty.

The valedictory session, presided over by Prof. Latif Ur Rehman concluded with the following agreed resolutions. That all the papers read in the seminar will be published and circulated. Secondly the National Council for Promotion Of Urdu, Government of India will open a regional centre in Haryana for which Haryana CM has been approached for allotment of a plot. Thirdly the mazar of the great poet, Altaf Hussain Hali at Panipat will be renovated and maintained as a 'Yaadgar' for the art lovers. Fourthly the three-language formula may be implemented making a provision for teaching Urdu from Primary school level, disclosed Zakir. During their deliberations in the five long sessions they also analysed and evaluated the perspectives, which eluded the grasp of his contemporary writers and thus making Firaq a class apart. Besides this the literary critics here discussed his pioneering contributions by Firaq and his contemporaries like Prem Chand, Hasart Mohani and others, disclosed Padmashri K.L. Zakir, the academy secretary.

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‘Powerless’ in Sec 17
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Heavy downpour early this morning brought no cheer for the shopkeepers, shoppers and government employees in Sector 17, the main commercial centre of the city. In fact a 14-hour unscheduled power cut tested the patience of thousands of persons in the sector besides crippling business and government work.

The disruption in power supply in Sector 17 (C and D), which started around 11 pm last night put the shopkeepers and shoppers to a lot of inconvenience especially as bright sun chased away the dark clouds in the afternoon making the weather sultry. The shopkeepers, shoppers and hundreds of government employees sweated it out today. While work in various government offices was affected, business came to a virtual standstill as alternative arrangements fell short of the requirements.

"In fact, unannounced power cuts have become a routine affair with the authorities turning a blind eye to the problem," alleged J.P.S Kalra, general secretary of the Traders Association, Sector 17. The shopkeepers got restive and made repeated complaints at the electricity department. The supply of power could only be restored by around 1.30 pm.

Poor maintenance and staff shortage usually lead to the "power crisis" in the sub-sectors (C and D). Since most of the transmission lines and poles have outlived their utility, the supply gets disrupted frequently, another shopkeeper complained. Along with this the shortage of staff delays repair work.

This, coupled with a virtual ban by the municipal corporation of Chandigarh to carry out digging work for repair in the area covered with tiles has sent the shopkeepers in tizzy.

An official of the department conceded that the transmission lines needed to be replaced immediately in order to insure uninterrupted power supply.

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Computerisation of MC office delayed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 24
Computerisation has got delayed in the local Municipal Council as the director, local government, has failed to inaugurate the scheme. It is reported that the required computers had been installed and the staff had also been given the necessary training.

The proposal to go in for computerisation was cleared at the monthly meeting of the civic body held on July 25. The director was to come to the office of the civic body on July 27 when the authorities were planning to get the e-governance programme inaugurated .

The council was chosen as the pilot location to introduce a software of the Microsoft being provided free of cost to the civic body.

Under the e-governance programme the director had said the work in local bodies should be computerised. Microsoft had prepared a programme for the working of civic bodies by preparing 15 modules.

These modules were to cover the work carried out by different branches of the civic bodies like water supply and sewerage, accounts, licences, birth and death registration, cash collection, etc.

The director had issued orders that all modules should be made functional and the required number of computers and printers could be purchased. The office earlier had only three computers and two printers, which were used for work relating to the salaries of the staff, water bills and typing.

The office of the director then sent five computers and four printers and material related to networking. The civic body had to pay Rs 3.50 lakh to the directorate for the material supplied. More computers were purchased for the engineering wing to run GIS software prepared for this branch. 

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Now, file taxes under one roof
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Now, you can file customs, excise and income tax under one roof. Buoyed by the success of its one such centre in Bangalore, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has decided to open more centres in other metros and cities in the country, board member PC Jha said here today.

Addressing delegates at a workshop on service tax organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), Jha underlined the department’s strategy to curb the “inspector raj”.

He directed the lower-level officials that the defaulters should be issued summons only as a last resort. Letters, reminders and telephones should be used to inform the assessees before issuing them summons, he asserted.

Regretting tendency among the assessees of not approaching senior officials, Jha urged the general public to approach any of the 23 chief commissioner-level officials for the redressal of their grievances.

Since the three taxes, excise, customs and service, contributed over Rs 3.09 lakh crore annually to the government exchequer, the department had taken certain “pro-assessee” decisions, including the setting up of the “large tax payer units”.

The department had set a tax collection target of Rs 50,200 crore, including Rs 910 crore worth of taxes for the Chandigarh zone, for 2007-08, the member said, adding that the full potential of the tax collection was yet to be tapped.

Chief commissioner of the Chandigarh zone D.S. Sra reiterated the resolve of the department to help the assessees in every possible manner. Underling the theme of the workshop, regional director of the PHDCCI P.K. Verma said it had been organised as an interface between the department and the industry.

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Fighting handicap, she showed courage under fire
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Seven surgeries notwithstanding, 12-year-old Mithali is a picture of hope and affirmation. Smiling infectiously, she is ready to resume school as well as get back to dance and painting after the near-death experience a year ago.

Her left arm is her only functional limb and she sure knows how to put it to good use - she paints all the pretty pictures and has also secured 86 per cent marks in the exams that she wrote with her left hand while recovering from the mishap.

On October 5, Mithali, a resident of Nagpur, got electrocuted after coming in contact with a high tension 11 KVA wire on the terrace of her house. The electrocution left her crippled from the right arm and left leg - both of which have been refashioned for her at Chandigarh’s Nevedac Prosthetic Centre, where she and her family have been camping since August 11.

A good dancer, Mithali also excelled in painting; but it seemed that the girl had no choice other than sit at home and wait for the treatment. However, fighting the handicap, she not only passed her Class VI exams from St Joseph Convent English High School, Kamptee, she is now looking forward to take the dance floor as soon as the doctors give the go-ahead.

“Though I am feeling comfortable with my artificial limbs, it will take some time to get used to them before I begin my dance practise,” says Mithali.

“The girl lost her right arm from the shoulder, her left leg below the knee and her right foot partially. Her recovery has involved painful,” said director, Nevedac Prosthetic Centre, Lt Col K J Vohra (retd). It was a difficult task to manufacture an artificial arm for Mithali as there was no stump left on her shoulder after the amputation, says Vohra.

“However, her confidence and fighter spirit made the task easier,” he adds.

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Getting FIR lodged no child’s play
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
After much hue and cry and knocking at the doors of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), finally an FIR was registered on a complaint of Rajinder Kumar Manchanda, a resident of Baltana, yesterday.

He was facing problems in getting an FIR registered at the police station against those who allegedly assaulted him. Manchanda had filed a complaint under the Protection of Human Rights Act and Article 21 of the Constitution seeking action against the UT IG, the SSP, the DSP (east), the SHO and a sub-inspector of the Sector 26 police station.

Owner of an electronic goods shop, Manchanda alleged that on August 9, Manish Kumar came to his shop in Bapu Dham Colony and enquired about the rates of mobile phones. Later, he tried to take out money from his back pocket. Narrating the whole incident he said, “Manish snatched Rs 10,000 from me along with my gold ring. When I resisted, he hit me with a brick, resulting in five stitches on my head.”

Angry with the attitude of the UT police, Manchanda approached the NHRC. A case has been registered under Sections 323, 379, 506 and 511 of the IPC.

In another case, jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh was stolen from the shop of Moti Lal in Bapu Dham Colony on April 11. However, a DDR of “goods misplaced” was registered at the police station in Sector 26, alleged Moti. Despite a complaint, no action was taken by the police, alleged Moti. After much running around and meeting the then SSP Gaurav Yadav, Moti was assured that action would be taken, but nothing has been done so far. Arvind Thakur, counsel for both complainants, said he would file a case for Moti Lal also.

Officiating SSP Dinesh Bhatt, when asked to comment, said, “Persons who have faced problems in getting an FIR lodged or any other problem should come to us. Immediate action will be taken,” he assured.

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No report sent to NHRC on SDM Garg
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The Chandigarh Administration has failed to submit a report to the National Human Rights Commission on the conduct of SDM Ankur Garg.

Taking cognizance of a complaint filed by the Global Human Rights Council against the alleged brutal beating of residents of Janta Colony, Naya Gaon, by the UT police and administration officials including Garg, the NHRC has sought a report from the UT home secretary.

The Home Secretary was supposed to submit the report within four weeks, pointed out Arvind Thakur, chairman of the council. Thakur along with Seema Devi of Janta Colony, had filed a complaint, seeking action against the erring officials.

The complaint was placed before the commission on June 26 which directed the home secretary to file a report within four weeks of receiving a notice from the commission. The home secretary, Krishna Mohan, SDM, Ankur Garg, DSP (central) S.S Randhawa, inspector Puran Chand and SI P.S. Dalal, were made respondents.

The complaint stated that on May 3, the PGI authorities were trying to raise a wall in the residential area of Janta Colony. The residents of the colony protested against this in a peaceful manner but all of a sudden, the administration and police officials lost their cool and brutally assaulted the residents.

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Manjot Case
Amritsar cops seek addresses of students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The Amritsar police has started investigations into the circumstances under which Manjot, a student of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH), committed suicide on August 5 at his home in Amritsar. The family of Manjot allege that he committed suicide after he was subjected to ragging in the college.

According to sources, the police has asked the college authorities to provide addresses of a few students.

The college authorities in its inquiry report into the incident released to the press on August 16 had claimed that no ragging was held on the college or hostel premises. However, the authorities expelled 19 students from the hostel for breach of discipline and fined all II-year students.

Dr H.M. Swami, director principal, GMCH, when contacted , confirmed that Amritsar police had contacted them in this regard.

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Commendation certificate sans date
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The commendation certificate issued by the IGP to Baldev Singh, a whistleblower in the sensational Kajheri triple murder case, without bearing the date on it has left everyone surprised.

The Chandigarh police called up Baldev Singh to reward him for his help in the Sucha Singh murder case. On the ‘dateless’ certificate signed by the IGP and presented to him, Baldev said: “It is pleasure to get the certificate. I do not know why the date is missing, and without the date, it looks incomplete.”

A function was organised to give him a reward of Rs 50,000, but officials decided not to hand over the amount on the spot and instead give it in the form of cheque/demand draft and to be sent through post.

Baldev, a member of Special Auxiliary Police in Bihar, made a request to the IGP to give him an opportunity to serve in the Chandigarh police.

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Army team to scale Kinnaur peak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
To commemorate the diamond jubilee of the Western Command, which completes 60 years of its raising on September 15, the Army has launched a mountaineering expedition to scale Mount Leo Pargial. The peak lies in Kinnaur district and is 6,673 metres in height.

The expedition was flagged off by Commander, Sugar Sector, Pooh. The team, led by Maj Anil Manhas of Dogra Scouts, comprises three officers and 23 men.

It will commence climbing from Nako village, which lies at 13,000 feet at the base of the peak. The team is scheduled to summit the peak on September 1.

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City gets 28 mm rainfall
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, August 24
The city woke up to heavy rainfall this morning and by the end of the day it had recorded 28 mm. Although not the heaviest rainfall of the season, 28 mm, Met says, will help the city reduce its rain deficit.

As of today, the deficit stands at 113.3 mm. Even last year, the situation was not as good.

The total monsoon rainfall in the city last year was 541.5 mm, a little below the normal rainfall for the season.

Met said the normal rainfall for this season was 670.9 mm, whereas the city had yet recorded only 557.4 mm, leaving a deficit of 113.3 mm, which is easy to overcome.

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Letters
Can we afford?

The present plan of de-silting of the Sukhna Lake is too costly. The lake is proposed to be de-silting through dredging Rs 52 crore. To know about the cost comparison, I looked for places where similar works were done. It was found out that Algeria under took a prototype study on one of its lake to remove silt. Findings are put below.

So a prototype research study was undertaken on the Fevgug reservoir in September 1989. During period of 18 months about 7 million cubic metres of silt was removed and the cost per cubic metre worked out to be 1\2 $ Dollar (Rs 20 of 50).

It was concluded that removal of silt through dredging is costly for a developing country.

It is for the readers to judge if we can afford the price nearly six times the above figure.

Dr G.S. Dhillon, Chandigarh

Readers are invited to write to us. Send your mail, in not more than 200 words, at news@tribuneindia.com or, write in, at: Letters, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh – 160 030

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Purse containing jewellery stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Vikas Kumar Sharma of Sector 11 has reported to the police that his wife’s purse containing Rs 1,200 and gold jewellery worth Rs 25,000 was stolen from his residence on Wednesday night. The police has registered a case.

Assault cases

Manvir Singh, a resident of Sector 71, Mohali, lodged a complaint against three unknown occupants of a car (CH 03 S 1047) who allegedly thrashed him today. In his complaint, he alleged that the accused also threatened him near the sectors 36-42 crossing and sped away. The police has registered a case.

In another incident, Jeet Singh of Salamatpur in Ropar district lodged a complaint of assault against Sanjay, whose address is not known. Jeet alleged that Sanjay assaulted him near Panch Peer Mazaar, located on the road dividing sectors 25 and 38 this morning.

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IndianOil offers CITCO its station
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The IndianOil Corporation (IOC) has offered its gas station located in Sector 56 to the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) with a view to having a more professionally-managed outlet.

The IOC will provide the entire infrastructure, which will include a facelift to the entire facade. Certain special facilities will be created at the venue for travellers’ convenience. CITCO will take up the matter with the administration and the venue will likely have an eating joint to cater to the needs of hundreds of daily passengers en route to Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

The gas station will have electronic dispensing machines to ensure accuracy of oil measurements.

Known for its customer care, particularly with regard to correct measurement for the product provided to customers, the existing CITCO pump has regular surprise checks by different agencies and the records are always maintained for open public scrutiny. “Purity and surety of the oil” is the prized catchline of CITCO, a senior officer said.

The gas station bordering Mohali will be the second venture of CITCO, in addition to the existing petrol pump in Sector 9. The existing gas station on Madhya Marg is among the top gas stations in the city, not merely with regard to number of customers but also the quality of service.

Confirming the development, J.S. Bir, managing director of CITCO, said, “We have received a communication with regard to the offer; however, a final decision will be taken after working out the economics of the venture. The location and the customer data is of immense importance in working out the project details of the pump.”

A senior officer said, “The pump in Sector 56 is an important stop en route to the adjoining states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The customer satisfaction and availability of services will be the topmost priority.”

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