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Murder, he said; Daughter says no
Tribune News Service
The couple’s daughters at their Sector 47 residence
The couple’s daughters at their Sector 47 residence

Chandigarh, September 6
The police arrested a woman for allegedly killing her husband by setting him on fire at their Sector 47 residence here today. The victim, Vikram Kumar, alias Vicky, a Class IV Air Force employee, in his dying declaration before Judicial Magistrate Balwinder Kumar, stated that his wife poured petrol on him and set him an fire on Tuesday.

He said his father-in-law had poisoned his wife against him. He succumbed to his injuries at the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) late last night.

However, the victim’s eight-year-old daughter, Ishita, maintains that her mother was not at home when her father set himself on fire. Ishita pinpointed the place outside her residence where her father set himself afire.

“My Mother was sitting at our neighbour’s residence next door. I was at home when I saw my father rushing out, crying for help. He was in flames. My mother and the neighbours came out and so did some others. People put a blanket around my father to douse the flames.”

Burnt leaves, a blanket and a pair of trousers were found lying on the grass outside the victim’s house.

The police said the incident took place on September 4 at around 8 pm. They received a call about a quarrel between the couple. When SI Nirmal Singh reached there, he found Vikram engulfed in flames outside his residence and his neighbours trying to save him by wrapping a blanket around him. He was rushed to the GMCH, where the doctors said he suffered 90 per cent burns.

SHO Har Sahai Sharma said Vikram told the investigating officials that his wife, Ritu, had poured petrol on him and set him on fire. The duty magistrate was informed. The statement was recorded yesterday following which a case of attempt to murder was registered against Ritu. Thereafter, Vikram succumbed to his injuries in the hospital at 10.30 pm.

Talking to TNS, Ritu said following an argument with her husband, she went to her neighbour’s house. Though Vikarm kept calling her back, she refused. Then all of a sudden, she heard him crying for help outside their house. Everyone rushed out to save him.

Vikram would reportedly beat her up and squandered whatever he earned. She started working in a private company to support her family. She said Vikram had reached a compromise with her after he ran away with a woman at the Sector 31 police station about two years ago, promising to “improve himself.”

Madhu, the victim’s aunt, alleged that the couple had had strained ties. The situation turned worse after Ritu got a job recently. Vikram was a suspicious husband. Interference by Madhu’s parents strained the relationship further.

Vikram had lodged a complaint against his brother-in-laws in Shimla, but the matter ended with a compromise. Both families are in a shock and it is yet to be decided as to who will look after the two minor daughters of the couple.

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Man booked for wife’s death
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 6
A 27-year-old married woman died today at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, after battling for life for a week. She allegedly consumed poison following differences with her husband and in-laws. The victim, Deepmala, was fighting for life at since last Thursday when she reportedly consumed pesticide at her father’s house here.

According to the police, the victim’s father, Premchand, who is a resident of Saini Vihar here, told it that Deepmala was married to Manoj in Shahbad Markanda in December 2006. But she left her in-laws’ house three months ago. She was staying at her father’s place here ever since.

Premchand told the police that Deepmala had a long conversation with her husband on the phone on September 4, following which she was depressed and she took the extreme step.

The police has booked Manoj and four of his relatives under Sections 406 and 120 B of the IPC. 

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Take a deep breath, even hotel bars can keep you out
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The next time you check into a bar at a hotel or a restaurant to have one more for the road, the hospitality staff there can simply refuse to entertain you.

Reason, the excise department of the Chandigarh administration in an advisory to hotels, restaurants and club bar licencees has asked the latter to ensure that sozzled visitors are not served liquor.

This would reduce the number of road accidents due to drunken driving, feel the officials who, recalling the provisions of the Intoxicants, Licence and Sale Order, 1956, have asked the licencees not to entertain any sozzled customer.

Additional excise and taxation commissioner I.S. Sandhu said the guidelines were more in the nature of advice. “ In due course of time, we would enforce the guidelines”. He added.

To ensure that intoxicated customers are checked without being alerted, the officials have advised the use of breath analyser. Those hospitality staff has to use to the apparatus smartly so that the visitors are not offended. Incidents of brawl by inebriated persons after being denied more drinks have been reported in the past.

Meanwhile, officials at a meeting chaired by advisor Lalit Sharma has decided that the remaining quota of country liquor vends would be added to the quota of IMFL vends. The decision can also be reversed.

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Medicity on its way
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Chandigarh administration is all set to invite expression of interest for the proposed medicity in the UT.

The committee headed by the finance secretary has been set up to finalise the lease details, the process of allotment and a draft MoU.

The project with public-private partnership to be set up on 45 acres at Raipur Kalan village likely would have at least two hospitals, a medical college as well as a dental hospital-cum-college in addition to a nursing college.

Administrator Gen(Retd) S.F. Rodrigues has asked the planners to ensure that the medicity consists of one charitable hospital to take care of the poor. The administrator has instructed that it may be incorporated in the MoU that 600 female nurses be trained at the nursing college free of cost every year to empower the girlchild.

It will be assured that trained nurses are recruited for hospitals in Europe and America through strategic tie-ups, informed Raji P. Srivastva, project director.

A superspeciality hospital-cum-recuperatory centre at the medicity would offer a wide spectrum of medical treatment, including cardiology and oncology. A recuperatory centre attached to the hospital would give a boost to overseas patients as foreigners and NRIs could undergo surgery or treatment at the hospital.

Facilities like helicopter evacuation, tele-diagnosis and telemedicine may also be part of the facilities provided at the hospital.

Moreover for research in thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia, a research centre is envisaged along with a holistic medicine research centre aimed at harmonising medical knowledge in various streams like the ayurveda, homoeopathy, yoga and naturopathy.

A terminal care centre/hospice is also proposed for the terminally ill.

The land will be offered on a long-term lease basis to a selected partner who will be free to employ innovative concepts like medical tourism.

Ideas and suggestions have been solicited from the citizens of Chandigarh in this regard by September 20 at e-mail medicity_chdut@yahoo.co.in or at the office of the project director.

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GOC’s family rebuffs misconduct allegations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Terming the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against the General Officer Commanding, 3 Infantry Division, Maj-Gen A.K. Lal, as “incorrect and motivated”, the daughter and sister of the general today claimed that the allegations were a result of the general reprimanding the complainant officer for her objectionable behaviour.

Addressing a press conference here today, the GOC’s daughter, Shilpi Lal, and the sister, Archana Sharma, claimed that General Lal had reprimanded the complainant, Capt Neha Rawat, after she had come to his house in an inebriated state to attend a meditation session along with other officers.

Captain Rawat, a Signals officer with about three years of service, had complained of misdemeanor on part of General Lal at Leh, following which he was attached to Headquarters 15 Corps in Srinagar. The Army had ordered a court of inquiry into the matter.

Shipli claimed that the “delinquent behaviour and shoddy conduct” of Captain Rawat was well documented in official reports on June 14 and August 18.

Further, her father had appraised his superior commanders about the complainant’s conduct on August 29 and 30.

The complaint against her father, she added, was a manifest of action taken against Captain Rawat.

She further claimed that during her previous posting in Patiala, Captain Rawat had been placed under surveillance by Army authorities on account of her conduct. The officer had also been issued several warnings.

Speaking to mediapersons over the telephone from Srinagar, General Lal’s wife, Akanksha Lal, said the complainant was trying to implicate
her husband.

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Fresh action against Lt-Gen in ration scam
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Army has initiated fresh action against a Lieutenant-General for his alleged involvement in irregularities in the procurement of ration, it is learnt.

He has been recalled from retirement and attached with Headquarters 11 Corps, Jalandhar, for further action.

Last year, a court of inquiry (CoI) had held former Director-General Supplies and Transport, Lt-Gen S. K. Sahini, along with several others, blameworthy for their acts of omission and commission while procuring supplies for the Army.

Acting upon the CoI, the GOC-in-C, Western Command, had directed disciplinary action against General Sahni and five other officers.

Disciplinary action entails possible trial by general court martial. Administrative action was recommended against four officers.

This was perhaps for the first time that the Army had initiated court martial proceedings against an officer of the rank of Lieutenant-General. The CoI had found that about 1,000 metric tonnes of pulses procured through the ASC was unfit for consumption.

It also found flaws in the procurement process and had recommended a periodic review of specifications, quality control mechanisms and the tendering procedure to check unscrupulous elements and adulteration of items.

General Sahni was attached to Headquarters 2 Corps, Ambala, for disciplinary proceedings. Thereafter, he moved the Delhi High Court. A Division Bench had set aside the CoI proceedings.

General Sahni had contended that there were irregularities in the conduct of the CoI and Army Rule 180, which was the right to cross examine witnesses, was not complied with.

General Sahni had also contended that he was being implicated in the matter and that no case was made out against him.

Though the CoI was quashed, the court gave liberty to the Army to give notice to the petitioner and continue with the proceedings under Rule 180, or in the alternative, to take recourse to the provisions of Rule 22.

The court also directed that the Army could exercise any other power available to it under the Army Act, in so far as it did not rely upon the proceedings of the aforesaid CoI.

General Sahni had retired in September last year. Under the Army Act, a retired person can be tried by a court martial within three years of retirement.

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Domestic abuse forces women to kill
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Inderjeet, a graduate from Chandigarh, was last week sentenced to life for killing her mother.

A little later, a Patiala man was allegedly done to death by his wife. And today, another woman from Chandigarh allegedly set her husband ablaze.

Stories of women involved in violent crimes are pouring like never before, although women worldwide still commit only 17 per cent of all homicides.

In most cases, they have been driven to brutal crimes like murder due to domestic abuse. Research shows that the fear, rage and entrapment with abuse leads women to strike out against the assailant for sheer survival.

Dr Kakli Gupta, a leading clinical psychologist from the region, said that research on violent crimes by women applies to all social settings, although violence in India would be less compared to the US, where research is more focused.

Two recent studies of homicides involving women who had killed their partners in Missourie, showed that 75 per cent and 44 per cent of them had been physically abused by the victims before the incident.

“Unfortunately, killing is often the woman’s safest alternative, and her last resort. I occasionally get such cases and I feel the transition in society is adding to the problem. People are now spending less time with one another and lesser time validating their feelings,” said Dr Gupta, referring to today’s incident in Chandigarh.

All clinical psychologists admit to a relationship between domestic abuse and violence.

Dr Adarsh Kohli from the PGI said that most women with aggressive behaviour are likely to have a history of domestic violence which they can’t endure anymore. That is when they snap, she says.

In 1992, the American Medical Association reported that 1 in 3 women will be assaulted by a domestic partner in her lifetime - 4 million a year, forcing counsellors to look at the problem afresh.

Worldwide research also shows that the vast majority kills family members, usually men who have battered them for years.

As many as 90 per cent women in jails for killing men had been battered by those men.

Within motive categories, females form the vast majority of offenders in the category of self defence (83 per cent).

“This shows that women kill as the last resort, as the escape from domestic abuse,” says Dr Gupta, although Santosh Singh, chairperson, Family Counselling Centre, Women and Child Support Unit, Sector 17, in her research on women criminals in Punjab, found that women killed with full intent.

“Except in three cases out of 100, women had indulged in premeditated murders. The problem is that women are now aware of their rights but delivery of justice is slow. The frustration is manifesting through violence,” she said, adding that she now meets more and more women, who are clear about what they want and about how they would get it.

Dr Gupta, meanwhile, also mentioned the link between substance abuse and violence.

Research shows that being intoxicated on alcohol and other drugs increases aggressive behaviour.

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Low vision no deterrent to this music lecturer
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Rajesh MohanChandigarh, September 6
Rajesh Mohan, a visually impaired music lecturer at Government College, Dera Bassi, has added another feather to his cap. In a rare achievement, Mohan is set to feature in two special programmes “Khab jajerre” (Islamabad) and “Kalam aapke intikhab hamare” (Lahore) - on Pakistan radio.

In fact, mocking at his handicap of low vision, the gutsy poet-musician is now on a unique mission to popularise the Indian classical music in Punjab in general and the Malwa region in particular. For that, his organisation Sur Aagan has been doing a yeoman’s job in popularising the music among the general public, especially the schoolchildren.

A multi-dimensional personality, Mohan, as the general secretary of the National Federation of the Blind, was instrumental in forcing the Punjab government to declare 1 per cent quota for the visually-challenged in the nineties. However, his penchant for taking good poetry and music to grassroots level has made him a household in the state.

A gold medallist from the department of music of Panjab University, Chandigarh, Mohan’s forte is Urdu and Punjabi poetry. “To be popular the poetry must be written in common man’s language and currently my effort was to write in Hindustani so that it reaches the target audience,” Mohan says.

And that is what his book “Khab likh raha hoon”, a ghazal collection, and the upcoming book “Ek bemanzil safar” have done. Already creating a stir in the literary circles, these books were intended to take quality literature to the people, he says.

Mohan, who is a prominent composer and vocalist in his own right, regrets that the state government was not doing enough to popularise good literature and music. The government agencies, the NGOs and general public should come forward to promote good literature and music, he adds.

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Dadumajra pond to house fish
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is all set to convert the pond in Dadumajra into a fish pond. The MC will float tenders for it tomorrow.

According to MC officials, a proposal had been mooted to fill up the pond with earth and convert it into a playground. However, area councillor Kamlesh opposed the move and demanded that the pond should be maintained.

The pond is spread across 2 acres and according to the MC proposal, iron railings will be installed around the pond. It has also been proposed to develop a park around the pond.

Kamlesh said she had given Rs 14 lakh from her ward development fund for the purpose. “The pond will be lighted and also a cement track will be made around it.”

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New SSP to join next week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Sudhanshu S. Srivastava, a 1994 IPS officer, is likely to join as UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) on Monday.

Confirming the development to TNS, Srivastava said he had received information that his name had been cleared by the Prime Minister’s office, but he was yet to receive formal orders. He, however, said he would join the Chandigarh police on Monday.

At present, he is posted as assistant inspector-general of police, Punjab (CID unit, Chandigarh).

Meanwhile, according to a spokesperson for the Chandigarh police, Madhur Gupta, a 2005 batch IPS officer, has joined the UT police as assistant superintendent of police. 

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Renovation
Tagore Theatre to be shut from Sept 15
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Ignoring popular demand, the UT administration today decided to close Tagore Theatre from September 15. The theatre will remain shut for three months for renovation work, whose tender has been allotted.

The move has sent the city’s cultural calendar awry, with organisers clueless about how to hold functions and where. The city is hardly equipped to host cultural events, the only other auditoriums being PGI’s Bhargava Auditorium, where the rent is Rs 20,000 a day.

Even the recently built auditorium at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16 is not very functional. It hardly affords easy entry and exit of artistes, let alone big theatre troupes. Then there is Indradhanush Auditorium, the new, aesthetically built space. But it is hardly convenient due to its Panchkula location. Net result - a messy cultural season ahead.

The only good thing today’s decision has done is cleared the confusion on the matter. The confusion began a month ago when the administration had decided to postpone the renovation work till February 2008, in the wake of huge rush for bookings for the current season which, needless to say, is peak season.

The decision was formalised at a meeting of Chandigarh art akademies, chaired by secretary (culture) Krishna Mohan. It was, however, revised today, given the eagerness of the administration to finish the job. UT chief engineer V.K. Bhardwaj confirmed to TNS that renovation at the Tagore Theatre was a priority and would be executed as early as possible. The decision, most likely, has followed the UT administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues’s public commitment to ready the all-new theatre for shows by early next year.

While wrapping up the evening of August 12, when Delhi Symphony Orchestra performed at PGI’s Bhargava Auditorium because Tagore Theatre was closed, General Rodrigues had said, “I promise to invite you for another concert at the brand new Tagore Theatre, which will be ready by next year.” The postponement of renovation could not have been a possibility after the administrator’s public statement to fix Tagore Theatre by 2008. Seen in this backdrop, Bhardwaj’s statement - “We understand there is a problem but work, also, has to be done” - makes sense.

That, however, does not take away from the issue its urgency. Artistes are already crying hoarse over the closure of the theatre. The Haryana cultural affairs department’s much-awaited annual theatre festival has barely managed to fit in. It will start tomorrow and safely end on September 13, just two days before Tagore Theatre’s closure. But other organisers have not been so lucky.

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Book released at seminar

Chandigarh, September 6
The Academy of National Literature and Culture, Mohali, a literary organisation organised a seminar and a poetic symposium at the Uttam complex here today.

Former bureaucrat and litterateur N.S. Rattan and Dr Darshan Singh eminent scholar chaired the special function as the academy chairperson Dr L.R. Parwana welcomed the guests and poets.

The programme commenced with the felicitation ceremony where literary luminaries including Ranjit Singh Rana, chief editor of Birmingham based magazine ‘Sahib’ and renowned poet Dr Tara Singh Alam were honoured.

Punjabi book titled ‘Zindagi di Taash’ written by Ranjit Singh Rana was also released. The book comprises of articles already published and largely circulated in the US and UK, disclosed Parwna. The occasion was special for Rana as the monthly International magazine ‘ Sahib’ with vast readership abroad enters its sixth year today. — OC

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Ten-day book fair inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
A ten-day book fair on religious books was organised by Gayatri Pariwar, Chandigarh and Mahila Mandal Sahitya Vistar Patal, Mohali. It was inaugurated by Dr Pranav Pandya, director of Brahmavarchas Research Institute, Haridwar, at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15 here today.

Addressing the visitors, Dr Pandya said religious books had great relevance in the life of a human being.

At the fair, a number of books written by Pandit Sri Ram Sharma Achrya are also on display.

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After 6 years, draw of lot
Sectors 76 to 80
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 6
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will hold the draw of lots for the allotment of plots to allottees in Sectors 76 to 80 on October 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The dates for the draw of lots were fixed by the chief administrator, GMADA, Krishan Kumar, here this evening. The news is bound to bring cheer to thousands of persons holding letters of intent, who have been waiting for over six years now for getting the possession of their plots.

The authority will in the first phase of the draw of lots allot only 1,542 plots in Sectors 79 and 80 during these four days. “These are the plots the possession of which can be given immediately to the allottees. Another thousand plots in Sectors 77 and 78 will be ready for the next phase of the draw of lots by the end of this year,” said the GMADA chief.

The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) issued letters of intent to 3,931 persons when the residential scheme was floated in 2001. However, during the acquisition of land for the purpose some landowners, opposing the move, had approached courts. Out of the total area of about 1,400 acres that falls in these sectors around 102 acres are currently under litigation and courts have stayed all activity on these patches of land.

The partial draw of lots has been made possible after GMADA recommended to the government that the areas, which are free of litigation, can be developed and feasible plots be handed over to the allotees.

As many as 2,577 plots in Sectors 77, 78, 79 and 80 were found to be feasible. However, since development works in Sectors 79 and 80 only are complete the first phase of draw of lots will include only 1,542 sites.

“On these four days, these plots will be allotted through a draw of lots. What the allottees have to do will be notified through a public advertisement. Other than the 3,931 letter of intent holders who will be participating in the draw of lots, the 396 oustees of these lands who had been included in the scheme will also be trying their luck in the first phase of allotment,” said the GMADA chief.

PUDA has collected 10 per cent of the cost price of each plot from the letter of intent holders and also spent over Rs 30 crore on the development of these sectors. The letter of intent holders were, however, allowed to sell the letters and over the years the letters had changed many hands.

The move to hold a partial draw of lots got the nod of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal recently. 

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Water Crisis
Non-functional tubewells to run again
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 6
Non-functional tubewells and generator sets will be made to run to solve the acute water crisis that the town will be facing next month when the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) will be closing the main line for repair works. The rationing of water will be done to tide over the shortage.

Even though officials of the department of public health are claiming that all efforts will be made to make a reasonable quantity of water available, residents are likely to face a tough time as a major part of the water supply for the town is comes from the Kajauli water works.

Mohali is at present getting 10 mgd of water from Kajauli waterworks and the discharge from 37 functional tubewells is only 4 mgd against a demand of 20 mgd.

Executive engineer Avtar Singh Kalsi said plans were being drawn up to get all non-functional tubewells repaired so that more water was made available during the time of crisis. Even old generator sets would be got repaired to run tubewells whenever there were power failures.

Kalsi said he had even met the superintending engineer of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to discuss the matter. He said at present nothing could be said how much water would be available in the bed after the BBMB closes the main line. But efforts would be made to pump water from the bed and this work would be done by the Chandigarh civic body.

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Complainant backtracks
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
In a twist to the lizard-in-burger case, Suresh Kumar, the complainant, today backtracked on his earlier statement even as railway officials maintained that he was a blackmailer and had committed a similar fraud at Kalka.

The railway officials led by station master R.K. Dutta, who reached the General Hospital, Sector 6, where Suresh is admitted, said they read the story of a lizard in a burger this morning and came to check on the complainant.

The catering manager from Kalka, A.K. Jain, said a couple of years back a passenger had reported a similar case and had maintained that he had bought the burger from the railway station. “He was admitted to a hospital in Kalka. He took cash as compensation and walked away absolutely fine. On reading the newspapers today, we wanted to investigate how a repeat of the incident could take place. To our utter surprise, we found the same man behind the ‘complaint’ the second time. “He is a blackmailer and wants to make a quick money through these tactics,” he claimed.

The railway authorities added that Suresh gave them a signed statement saying he bought the burger from outside the station and the incident was in no way related to the catering service at the railway station.

Suresh Kumar admitted that he had given in writing that he did not buy the burger from the railway station like he had alleged yesterday. “However, I did so under pressure from the railway authorities,” he said. During the day, he changed his statement several times. He also maintained that he was feeling unwell and had eaten anything. He also said he was not being allowed to leave the city despite the fact that he urgently needed to reach Kalka.

The doctors at the General Hospital said he was doing fine and had not shown any sign of being poisoned. He was moving around in the hospital on his own and there seemed no medical trouble. The case had been handed over to the GRP and the RPF for investigation.

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‘Mass leave decision an arm-twisting tactic’
Tribune News Service

The decision of going on mass casual leave by the PGI Medical Technologists Association is motivated by vested interests as its general secretary Ashwani Munjal was facing charges of indiscipline and the management was in the process of serving a chargesheet to him. This was alleged by R.K Khainchi, a former president of the Medical Technologists Association.

Members of the association have threatened to go on mass casual leave on September 10 in support of their demands.

“As the general secretary was aware of the fact that the administration was going to serve a chargesheet upon him, he adopted arm-twisting tactics; otherwise nothing can be achieved by agitations like going on mass casual leave except for creating problems for the general public visiting the hospital,” said Khainchi.

Munjal was chargesheeted by the PGI authorities for misbehaving with his superior. The chargesheet mentioned that Munjal used derogatory remarks for head of department, biochemistry, K.K. Kohli.

PGI deputy director (administration) Anil Kumar Gupta said Munjal had been facing many inquiries and this time he was chargesheeted on September 1 for misbehaving with his superior on duty in October last.

On the other hand, refuting all allegations, Munjal said Khainchi had nothing to do with the affairs of the association as he himself was involved in litigation with the association. And the chargesheet was served upon him to harass him as he used to highlight mismanagement in hospital affairs on the part of the administration, said Munjal. 

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Tibetian dance mark Teacher’s Day
Tribune News Service

Colourful and spirited celebrations were organised by the students of Government College of Education, Sector 20. The programme was marked by great festivity, in which a variety of items, such as poems, speeches and dances, were presented by the students of the new session. The Tibetan students presented a folk dance. A speech highlighting the life and philosophy of Dr Radhakrishnan was a highlight of the programme.

Mohali
St Soldiers School: Laughter, fun and gaiety marked the Teachers’ Day celebrations at St Soldiers International Convent School, Phase 7, here on Wednesday. The management showed their appreciation towards teachers’ awarding them ‘Teacher of the Year’, ‘Most Innovative Teacher’, ‘Most Regular Teacher’, ‘Best CBSE Result Awards’, ‘Best House Warden’ and ‘Award of Honour for Overall Contribution’. The principal of the school, V Tiwana, in her speech mentioned “we teachers, as a community, have an onerous task to mould and shape the future.”

Golden Bells Public School: At Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, students highlighted the importance of the teachers day on Wednesday. They presented a colourful fiesta, which provided a wholesome entertainment with blend of items. Students of senior classes participated in teaching competition. Karishma and Parminder Kaur were adjudged best "student-teachers".

Swami Ram Tiratha School: Teacher’s day was celebrated with a difference at the Swami Ram Tiratha School on Wednesday. The day started with a warm welcome by the director Sujata Sharma and principal, Kiran Bhandari. The students expressed their feelings and gratitude by putting up a cultural programme.

Yadavindra Public School: The school celebrated Teachers’ Day on Wednesday. The students put up a special show to express their gratitude and deep appreciation for their teachers.

Panchkula
Chamanlal DAV Senior Public School: The students of Chamanlal DAV Senior Public School, Sector-11 celebrated Teachers’ Day with a special morning assembly where they recited poems, songs, presented skits and wrote down messages for their favourite teachers. In the second half of the day, a motivational presentation for teachers acquainted them with new teaching techniques. The senior-most teacher of the school, Sarita Kaushal was also honoured for completing 25 years in the school. The activities of the day were sponsored by Bank of Maharashtra, Sector 11. 

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25 Squadron for joint Indo-Russian exercise

Chandigarh, September 6
The IAF’s Chandigarh-based 25 Squadron, popularly known as the Himalayan Eagles, will participate in the joint Indo-Russian airborne exercise, Indra-07, scheduled to be held in Russia from September 11 to 20.

An IL-76 strategic freighter, captained by Wg Cdr Vineet Goyal from 25 Squadron, will for the first time in an airborne exercise, airdrop paratroopers in simultaneous "4-flows". Tactically, this is considered the most challenging airborne assault mission.

The anti-terrorism exercises will involve low-level tactical flying for rapid deployment of Indian para-commandos along with their Russian counterparts. As a run up to the exercise abroad, intense para-trooping exercises were undertaken by the IL-76 crew at Dropping Zones in Rajasthan and Agra. — TNS

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Letters
Alcohol menace

On one side Chandigarh Administration is trying to curb the menace of smoking by declaring Chandigarh smoke free city while on the other side it has opened liquor shops and taverns in every nook and corner of the city.

Most of the liquor shops and taverns have come up on the crossroads. In the evening these taverns become a source of nuisance for the passerby’s especially ladies. Those who love alcohol, park their vehicles on the roadside. After drinking the alcohol these boozers come out on the road in a reckless manner ignoring the traffic rules thus endangering the lives of others on the road. The concerned authorities should take serious note of the problem.

Sukhdev Singh Minhas, Mohali

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Thieves decamp with jewellery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Thieves decamped with jewellery and other articles after breaking into a house while two vehicles have been stolen from different parts of the city.

Laxman of Sector 52 reported that 10 suits, three pairs of gold earrings and a set of silver ornaments were stolen from his residence on Tuesday night. A case has been registered in this regard.

Vehicles stolen

Jatinder Kumar of Sector 56 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his white Maruti car (CH 01 D 4623) was stolen from Sector 9 on Wednesday.

In another incident, Gobind Kumar of Sector 27-D reported to the police alleging that his motorcycle (HR 26 S 5854) was stolen from his residence August 25.

Cases have been registered in this regard.

Man missing

Kamlesh of Hoshiarpur reported to the police that her husband, 40-year-old Mukesh Kumar, had gone missing from Sector 32 on September 1.

An accident victim, Mukesh, who suffered severe head injuries causing damage to his memory about two months ago, 
had come to the city for treatment.

He reportedly boarded a bus without informing anyone and has gone missing since then.

He was of medium height and was wearing light brown trousers and a skyblue shirt. A daily diary report has been registered at the Sector 34 police station in this regard.

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2 habitual traffic offenders penalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) debarred two habitual offenders from holding a driving licence for a period of three months following recommendations made by the traffic police.

The traffic police said Satbir Singh of Dhanas had been booked by it eight times while Sahil Walia of Sector 22-A had been challaned seven times between November 25, 2005, and May 9 this year. They were disqualified from holding a driving licence for a period of three months from August 24.

Till date, the traffic police has recommended 205 cases to the RLA for suspension of driving licences of which 148 habitual offenders have been awarded punishment.

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