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Suicide By Punam
Mob ransacks in-laws’ house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Family members and sympathisers of 25-year-old Punam, who committed suicide yesterday, ransacked the residence of Punam’s husband today. The police arrested more than 31 persons, including 20 women, for wrongful assembly and rioting.

Later in the evening, activists of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM), led by its president Harmohan Dhawan, gheraoed the Sector 3 police station, demanding release of those arrested and action against more family members of Punam’s in-laws. They left, saying they would return tomorrow if the police failed to act. 

Dhawan booked

According to police sources, Harmohan Dhawan and others have been booked for violating orders under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. They had raised slogans outside the police station.

Harmohan Dhawan said the police, working under “pressure”, was hesitant to move against the other suspects. “It was a peaceful protest and the police arrested these persons without provocation. It also distorted facts while registering a case to “shield” the accused.

High drama was witnessed throughout the day. A crowd led by Punam’s parents barged into the Sector 10 residence of her husband, Muneshwar Dutt. Punam’s mother reportedly assaulted Munishwar’s father, Girja Dutt Tiwari, and ransacked the house.The police was informed by some neighbours.

Tiwari who was injured, was taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH).The police had a tough time controlling the angry crowd and arrested 31 persons, including Bapu Dham councillor and CVM leader Sarita.

Scores of CVM supporters, including Dhawan, Vijay Rana, Raj Kumari Mishra and Jatinder Bhatia, all councillors, and BSP councillor Ram Sumer Morya, thronged the police station late in the evening. They raised slogans against the police and demanded the release of the arrested.

The SHO, denying allegations of inaction, said a case of abetment to suicide had been registered against Munishwar Dutt and his brother on a complaint by Punam’s brother Bhole Nath. Both were arrested and sent to judicial custody by a local court. As no other name was mentioned in the FIR, none else could be held.



Lack of Medicines
Saketri residents gherao health officials
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
Angry villagers of Saketri today gheraoed health officials, including the director of health services, to protest against lack of adequate medical facilities in the face of a diarrohea breakout. The were also agitated over the termination of water connections without prior notice or alternative arrangements.

The director general of health services, Dr Avinash Sharma, seemed surprised when angry women lodged their protest about poor medical arrangements in the area. They complained that the officials had distributed medicines and ORS packets but these were not enough. The medicines given yesterday had already been exhausted and none had come to see them today.

They said the health centre nearby, too, was ill-equipped to take the rush because of paucity of staff. Contrary to this, health officials claimed that a mobile dispensary had been sent to the area. CMO, Dr Kamla Singh directed Dr M.L. Garg to start a dispensary round-the-clock and station an ambulance till the situation improved.

Unable to find her way out of the crowd, the DGHS phoned SDM Saket Kumar who arrived at the spot with police personnel. The villagers were assured that water supply would be resumed through tankers though none had arrived till the filing of report. It was after repeated assurances by the SDM that the situation was brought under control.



Drunk or thief, they beat him to death
Tribune News Service

The sister of the deceased, Ravinder Kumar, wails bitterly outside their hutment in Indira Colony in Panchkula.
The sister of the deceased, Ravinder Kumar, wails bitterly outside their hutment in Indira Colony in Panchkula. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Panchkula, September 4
Ravinder Kumar (24), a resident of Indira Colony here, was beaten to death by neighbours after he “mistakenly” entered their house in an inebriated state late last night.

The deceased’s sister, Sunita, said he had gone to Chandigarh for Janamastami celebrations and returned drunk late in the night. He entered a neighbour’s house by mistake and was beaten to death. But Satish and his wife Kamlesh alleged that Ravinder had entered their house with the intention of stealing.

“My mother pleaded with them but in vain. Along with a few others, they beat up my brother mercilessly. They tied his hands and hit him with rods. Since he was drunk, he could not defend himself,” she said, crying bitterly.

Sunita said the couple then put him on a rehri and took him to the Mansa Devi police post to hand him over to the police. The cops asked the family members to take him to hospital.

He was rushed to Mani Majra from where he was referred to the General Hospital in Sector 16. But he died on the way.

Ravinder was married seven months ago.

The assailants, Satish and Kamlesh, have been arrested and a case registered against them.



Another traffic cop knocked down
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Less than a month after a police constable was hit and taken around on the bonnet of a car by an erring driver, another head constable Karanbir of the Chandigarh traffic police had a narrow escape today when hit by a jeep. He was dragged along to a quite a distance, injuring his arms and legs. He was rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital. The said he had a fracture on his leg.

The incident took place on the road dividing Sectors 40 and 55 at a traffic police naka this afternoon. Karanbir stopped a man driving a modified Mahindra Jeep (PJF-4131) and asked him to show documents. The man did not have any and was asked to come out of the vehicle, but he fled, knocking down the head constable.

The naka staff chased the driver and nabbed him. He was accompanied by another person. The accused has been identified as Jatinder Singh of Phase I, Mohali. He is said to be a mechanic. A case has been registered.



Sickness drives youth to suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Fed up with prolonged illness, a 25-year-old Gurdaspur resident today committed suicide by hanging himself at his rented accommodation in Sector 40.

Sukhjinder Singh, had written in his suicide note that no one should be held responsible for his extreme step. He mentioned that he was troubled by a chronic tongue ailment.

A doctor had recommended operation but there was no guarantee that he would recover.

The police informed Sukhjinder’s parents in Gurdaspur about the incident and they were on their way to the city.



Poor man kills himself; leaves kids to sarkar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Financial crisis allegedly forced a man to end his life by throwing himself in front of a train on Chandigarh-Mohali elevated track, in Phase I, Industrial Area, here this afternoon.

The police recovered a suicide note from the body. In the note the deceased, a father of three children, had written that no one should be held responsible for his action. Citing poverty as a reason behind his extreme step he further mentioned in the note that the government was responsible for taking care of his children.

The deceased has been identified as Karan (30), a resident of Ram Darbar. The incident took place at around 3 pm. The body was cut into two pieces after the impact. The police found the address deceased and informed his family. The body, however, kept on lying on the tracks for over three hours as the police waited for the victim’s wife to arrive there.

Karan, was working as a painter and found it hard to make both ends meet. He was living with his in-laws and his wife had gone out today to looking for a rented accommodation. Karan, hails from Muradabad district and had been under depression for the past few days, the victim’s cousin, Ram Pal told TNS.

The police said the body had been shifted to Sector 6, General Hospital, Panchkula, and a post-mortem would be conducted on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Lessons from Brussels
8 underpasses will ease congestion

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
UT officials are keen to replicate various features of a multi-model concept to provide integrated road transport, adopted by the Flemish Region Government, Belgium, to ease traffic congestion on the city roads.

The suggestion comes from a three-member committee of UT officials, comprising of S.K Sandhu, finance secretary, V.K.Bhardwaj, chief engineer and Sunita Monga, chief architect, who recently visited Brussels and Antwerp to study the conceptualisation, development and maintenance of underpasses.

In May this year, the UT officials had floated the concept of underpasses at busy traffic intersections to ease traffic congestion.

The officials have come up with certain suggestions like augmentation of cycle tracks on which the Administration has already spent lakhs of rupees.

The committee has recommended the engineering and architecture departments immediately start work on inviting Expression of Interest (EOI) to construct eight underpasses in the city at crowded junctures in a phased manner.

It has suggested setting up of control room for traffic which will indicate congestion, accidents or any other exigency warranting immediate help or rescue operations, including informing the commuters through public address system to follow another route. Introducing a central system to monitor the power supply and check the overloaded transformers, feeders and breakdowns.

Speaking about his visit, S.K Sandhu, secretary engineering, while talking to mediapersons said after analysing the public transport system in Brussels, it has been recommended that a multi-modal transport system needs to be introduced in the city encouraging the use of public transport and discouraging the use of private vehicles.

Key Suggestions

A new signage system in the city will be introduced on the pattern of European cities.

l Layout maps of city would be installed at suitable places.

l Facilities for pedestrians like more zebra crossings and cycle tracks for cyclists would be further augmented.

l A new concept of garden centres will be introduced in place of nurseries.

Drainage will be a problem

UT officials admit that drainage in the proposed underpasses of the City Beautiful could be a problem. “But technology has changed and now it is possible to check water logging”, said UT finance secretary, S.K Sandhu.

Flyover vs underpass

UT officials claim that the most significant advantages of tunnels/ underpasses over the flyovers/ over bridges was that the basic character and skyline of the city was maintained.

No noise pollution, no visible air pollution at ground level, convenient for pedestrians and use of space above the underpasses for parking and greenery are the advantages.

But the underpasses were expensive, admit the officials.



‘Eco safety audit of all chemical productions must’
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
Green chemistry attempts to provide solutions to remove or reduce ill effects of chemicals and chemical processes. This has become more relevant today because of global warming and the necessity to adhere to stringent environment laws.

This was stated by Dr T. Ramasami, secretary, ministry of science and technology, New Delhi, while inaugurating a two-day workshop on green chemistry at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Niper) here yesterday.

In his keynote address, Dr Ramasami said green chemistry was emerging as the choice and an alternative to several processes that were now recognised to be causing eco constraints. In some cases, the application of principles of green chemistry had become compelling.

“An eco safety audit on the chemical products industry at all stages of production would enable the quantification of environmental risks for specific chemical inputs,” he said.

Welcoming the delegates, Prof P. Rama Rao, director, Niper, gave a brief introduction of the institute and talked about green chemistry.

He said the global chemical production was expected to double every 25 years for the foreseeable future. Given the scale, pace, and burden of chemical production the toxicity and eco-toxicity of chemicals were of great public importance.

Prof S. Chandrasekaran, chairman of the department of science and technology task force on green chemistry, elaborated on the objectives of the task force. Dr R. Brakaspathy, coordinator of the task force, mentioned that the department of science and technology, had already organised six such workshops in other parts of the country.

Prof A.K. Chakraborti, convener of the workshop, said the green chemistry practices were very important for future chemical science.

About 150 participants from various research institutes, universities, colleges and chemical industries are attending the workshop. Eminent speakers like Prof. V.S. Parmar of Delhi University, Prof. B.C. Ranu of the Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, Prof P. Selvam, IIT, Chennai, Prof H.P.S. Chawla from URL, Ahmedabad, are the resource persons at the workshop.



Tagore Theatre Renovation
Confusion takes centre-stage
Postponed, says HS; Unclear, says engineering wing

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
There is no clarity in the UT Administration about the exact date of closing Tagore Theatre for renovation. Moreover, one arm of the administration is little interested in coordinating with the other.

Less than a month ago, home secretary Krishna Mohan, at one of the meetings, had approved of the advancement of closure date to February 2008. The decision was recorded in the minutes of the last meeting that the home secretary held with the chairpersons of Chandigarh art akademies. Needless to say, it was even welcomed by those engaged in culture promotion, this being the peak season.

And yet, the office of Chief Engineer, UT, in charge of letting out theatre for activities, has been refusing bookings beyond October 2 - an act that contradicts the Administration’s earlier decision.

Several theatre groups, which had sent their applications for bookings following the Administration’s decision to put off renovation work till February next year, are now a harried lot with booking confirmation uncertain. The Administration’s stand is still unclear and the resultant confusion is throwing the schedules of several cultural events haywire.

Zulfikar Khan, who has sent an application, said: “We planned the event following the Administration’s decision that the theatre will not be closed this year, owing to the rush. Now, if our applications are turned down, we will have nowhere to go.”

Director, Cultural Affairs, Vivek Atray, who had earlier confirmed the postponement of theatre’s renovation to February next year, said, “We have written to the chief engineer on this issue. A reply is expected.” Meanwhile, superintending engineer S.K. Jaitley, said the decision was pending as the chief engineer had just returned from his Brussels trip.

“The matter will be looked into and sorted out. As of now, bookings are not being confirmed beyond October 2,” he said.



Traditional fervour rules Janamashtami celebrations
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
The students of Genius Public School, Sector 69 here celebrated the day with great enthusiasm, devotion and religious fervour on Tuesday. Students dressed as Krishna and Radha performed rasleela and other scenes from the life of Krishna. Teachers spoke about the teachings of Lord Krishna.

Doon International School : Tiny tots of Doon International School celebrated the day with great fervour and religious spirit. The children were taken for a visit to the temple.

DAV Public Senior Secondary School: Traditional fervour marked the Janamashtami celebrations at the DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Phase X as it gave the students an opportunity to dress up like Lord Krishna on Tuesday. The principal, Jaya Bhardwaj, presided over the function. A fancy dress competition was also held besides a glittering display of rangoli to mark the occasion. The winners include: Priyanka, Jaskiran, Archit, Talwinder, Nimisha, Priyanshu, and Preeti.

Golden Bells Public School: Janamashtami was celebrated at Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali with great enthusiasm on Tuesday. The school was decorated with the pictures depicting the scenes from the life of Lord Krishna. A quiz related to the life of Lord Krishna was also organised. The director of the school, Col C.S. Bawa lit the auspicious jyoti and guided the students to the ‘palki’ of baby Krishna.

AKSIPS-65: Pre-primary section of AKSIPS-65 visited the Laxmi Narayan temple in Phase XI on Tuesday. The priest of the temple welcomed them with tilaks and told them about Lord Krishna. The tiny tots enjoyed listening to the escapades of little Krishna.

Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase 2: The school wore a merry look on the juncture of Krishana Janamashtami celebrations in the school on Tuesday. The place echoed with the tunes of traditional songs sung by the tiny tots. The principal, Ranjeet Bedi, appraised the efforts of the little ones as well as the teachers to welcome the festival.


GGDSD College Sector 32: Keeping up the glorious tradition, GGDSD College Sector 32 celebrated Shri Krishna Janamashtami with traditional gaiety and fervour in the college campus on Tuesday. Swami Kinkar Manas Maharaj Ji from Vrindavan was the chief guest on this occasion. In his edifying address, Swami Ji advised the students to inculcate and imbibe the teachings of Lord Krishna in their daily life. Speaking on the occasion, principal Dr A.C. Vaid exhorted the students to follow the path of karma as preached by Lord Krishna.



Little Krishnas, Radhas celebrate Janmasthmi
Tribune News Service

Children of the Highland Cooperative Society enact a scene from ‘raasleela’ at Baltana, Zirakpur, on Tuesday.
Children of the Highland Cooperative Society enact a scene from ‘raasleela’ at Baltana, Zirakpur, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, September 4
A colourful cultural programme was organised by the children of the Highland Cooperative Society at Baltana to celebrate Janamasthmi today. They dressed up like Radha and Krishna, danced with joy and enacted various scenes of ‘raasleela’. Nagar panchayat president N.K. Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion.

Ambala: Janmashtami was celebrated at Police DAV Public School, Ambala City, today. School principal Dr Vikas Kohli said the school complex was decorated and the students took out a ‘jhanki’ based on the life of Lord Krishna. Some of the children were dressed up like Lord Krishna, Radha and Sudama.

Janmashtami was celebrated in the Topekhana Bazar area with traditional fervour. Early in the morning, a ‘prabhat pheri’ was taken out. The local residents sang hymns.



CTU driver ‘assaults’ auto driver
Tribune News Service

Suraj Kumar shows his injury after being allegedly attacked by CTU driver at ISBT-17 on Tuesday.
Suraj Kumar shows his injury after being allegedly attacked by CTU driver at ISBT-17 on Tuesday.

Chandigarh, September 4
A volunteer of an NGO-Theatre Age-today fell prey to road rage when a CTU bus driver assaulted him with an iron rod following minor altercation at Sector 17, local bus stand.

The victim, Suraj Kumar, told TNS that he had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the driver of the bus (CH-01-G-5992) was driving rashly on road dividing Sector 24 and 25. The bus overtook his auto-rickshaw and the driver suddenly applied brakes right in front of the auto-rickshaw. He had a narrow escape as he barely managed to stop his vehicle from ramming into the bus.

Suraj, then chased the bus and managed to intercept the bus at the bus stand and had a heated argument with the driver.

Following this the driver pulled out a rod and hit him.

He suffered an injury on his right shoulder. The police was informed about the incident.

He was taken to the hospital and was discharged after first aid.

Despite giving a written complaint, no case was registered in this regard, alleged Suraj.



Foundation stone laid
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 4
Phul Singh Saini, a social worker, laid the foundation stone of a Shiv temple at the Punjab Modern Complex here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Saini assured all help for the construction of the temple. He also donated an amount of Rs 5,100 for the temple. Saini urged the authorities concerned to provide various civic amenities.



Denial of report
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
Hemant Kinger, president of the Haryana Punjabi Mahasabha, today clarified that he had nothing to do with the cockroach found in a soup during a press conference at Hotel Shiraz, Sector 10, recently.

Reacting to allegation by J.S. Shingari and Jitender Kumar Shingari, the owners of the hotel, he said they made a false allegation against him. He had initiated legal action against them for maligning his reputation. He said contrary to Shingaris’ allegations he had tried to pacify the mediapersons and had even tendered an apology on behalf of the hotel staff.



BJP delegation meets Rodrigues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
A delegation of the BJP today called on UT Administrator Gen S.F Rodrigues in support of the demands of residents of Shastri Nagar in Manimajra.

According to a press note, the delegation urged the Administrator to release the land in Shastri Nagar from acquisition on the pattern of Deep Complex, Hallomajra. Former MP Satya Pal Jain, local unit president Yash Pal Mahajan and leader of the opposition in the municipal corporation of Chandigarh Gurcharan Dass Kala were part of the delegation.

The delegation told the Administrator that residents of Shastri Nagar and Gobind Nagar belonged to the economically weaker sections of society. 



Kaimbwala to get gram sampark centre today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
A gram sampark centre will be inaugurated at Kaimbwala village tomorrow. The Chandigarh Administration has set up five new gram sampark centres at Kaimbwala, Raipur Khurd, Raipur Kalan, Makhan Majra and Bahlana villages.

All centres will be operational from tomorrow. Apart from this four new centres at Raipur Khurd, Raipur Kalan, Makhan Majra and Bahlana will also become operational.

Two gram sampark centres at Khuda Jassu and Dhanas villages are already operational. The Administration plans to set up gram sampark centres in all villages of Chandigarh .

Through the centres, the residents will be able to access information by using broadband connectivity. Information services in these centres are provided free of cost, on the lines of Jan Sampark Services. These centres also help the rural citizens in registering their grievances, apart from helping them fill their applications under the Right to Information Act.



Rodrigues to lay stone of EDC today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The UT Administrator will lay the foundation stone of the Entrepreneur Development Centre at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park tomorrow.

The Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP), to be set up over an area of 1.5 acre, would contain built up space for companies to take on rental basis and also modern plug and play facilities for research and development laboratories so that the companies can implement innovative technologies.

The plan for EDC is based on the concept that small and medium companies need space of small capacity on rental basis as they do not normally have the capacity to invest in their own campuses initially.



Tribune deputy manager dead
Tribune News Service

Ajay Kaushik Chandigarh, September 4
Ajay Kaushik (32), deputy manager in the marketing department of The Tribune, died of heart attack last night.

Ajay is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. His cremation at Buttana village in Karnal district was largely attended.



People’s opinion insignificant

For smooth functioning of government people’s participation is a must. Do all residents of city have say in various schemes launched by the government? For participation of the common man a dedicated help line and e-mail address of an officer or a 24-hour toll free service. All this will be a great boost to public participation and transparency leading to good governance.

The common man cal also use the RTI Act for public benefit which is a big power in the hands of people. The issue regarding cutting of trees for accommodating the traffic of the malls has been raised a number of times but shame fully the cutting of trees is till on.

All efforts of residents to save trees have fallen on deaf ears. Actually the controller of Government gives more importance to malls than trees. Interestingly, no opposition leader or environmentalist speaks anything on the falling of trees. City residents do not have any say in the continuous falling of trees.

R K Garg, Chandigarh

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Biz Clips

STORES: REI Agro Limited launched its retail chain called "6Ten" here on Tuesday. The company started its operations by opening five stores in the city, Mohali and Panchkula. In the city the 6Ten stores have been opened in Sector 38-D, Sector 40-D, Phase V and X in Mohali, and Sector 20 and 25 in Panchkula. The company also plans to launch four more of its retail chains in Sector 46, 44, Manimajra and Sector 16 in Panchkula. "6Ten" stores are specialty food stores.

MONEY Express: The Travel Mate Services, acquired by Anil Dhirubhai Ambani’s Reliance Group (ADAG) in November 2006, would now be called Reliance Money Express. The company is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Capital. Travel Mate Services, a part of Kuoni Group, has been in the money transfer services and full-fledged money changing business in the country since 1993. — TNS



Rural investors get awareness about savings schemes

Chandigarh, September 4
In order to create awareness among rural investors, the local office of the National Savings Institute (NSI) has started aggressive sales promotion campaigns in the rural areas of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

Two such campaigns were organised in Sohana and Mullanpur villages in Chandigarh's periphery last month.

Balvinder Singh and K.K Sharma, assistant directors, in collaboration with village panchayats and postal officials, made the participants aware of the national savings products like post office recurring deposit accounts, monthly income scheme and senior citizens’ savings scheme. — TNS



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