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PU student poll hits legal barrier
Plea in HC to hold elections in abeyance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council poll is apparently caught in a legal logjam. Though the rush of adrenalin among students is as high as ever, university counsel’s submission before the high court to hold elections in abeyance may dampen their spirits a bit.

Counsel for the university Anupam Gupta today submitted before a Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Mr Justice Mahesh Grover, that he had instructions from the university to submit that “the university shall keep the holding of elections in abeyance till the court had the opportunity to examine the writ petition”.

Gupta prayed for grant of two weeks’ time to file the reply to the writ petition, filed by the Burning Brains Society, an NGO. The next date of hearing is October 11.

Significantly, Gupta also averred that the university had decided to implement the apex court directions regarding the student elections. However, counsel for the petitioner H.C. Arora refuted Gupta’s contention and submitted that the university had violated various directions given by the apex court.

The NGO had averred in the petition that the university had approved a document, “Constitution of students’ organisations for the teaching departments of the university”, for holding elections to the students’ council.

The university had modified the directions, dated September 22, 2005, issued by the Supreme Court, thereby permitting the non-serious students (who didn’t have the minimum percentage of attendance as prescribed by the university or 75 per cent attendance, whichever was higher) to contest the poll.

Also, the petitioner said the university by so modifying the apex court directions, had permitted the professional leaders, fond of repeatedly contesting students’ poll, to contest the ensuing elections.

Another important submission by the petitioner was that the university had allowed students with criminal record, by allowing candidates who had not been “tried and convicted”, to contest. This was in flagrant violation of the apex court’s directions which had said the students having been “tried and/or convicted” should be barred from contesting the elections.

The apex court had asked the additional solicitor-general to communicate the directions to all states and union territories so that necessary steps could be taken to ensure compliance of its order.

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Tell poll date, demand students

Chandigarh, September 13
Student leaders and supporters of students’ organisations at Panjab University rallied right up to where the Syndicate was meeting in the administrative block, demanding to know when the elections to the PU Campus Student Council would be held.

This happened in the evening when the news spread on the campus regarding the hearing on the PIL filed in the high court with regard to the elections having been adjourned till October 11.

The students barged into the administrative block causing commotion as they went right up to where the Syndicate was meeting, amidst stiff resistance from security personnel.

Members of the INSO, PUSU, SOPU and the SOI surrounded the vice-chancellor and Syndicate members demanding to know when the elections would be held and asking them to take up the issue in the ongoing meeting. They stalled the meeting for a short while.

Student leaders, including INSO president Vikas Rathee, PUSU president Abhishek Puri, SOI president Pardeep Pal Singh and SOPU president Harpreet Multani, finally came into another room to discuss the matter further while the Syndicate meeting resumed.

Amidst several discussions, the vice-chancellor announced that the elections would be held provided they were in accordance with the Lyngdoh committee’s recommendations.

The vice-chancellor was still in discussion over the issue later at night when contacted and he said he would comment only tomorrow.

However, in lieu of the diamond jubilee celebrations at the beginning of the next month and the case adjourned to the next month as well, the elections still seem a while off.

However, members of SOPU and PUSU conducted a joint meeting in the committee room at Students Centre. Both submitted a joint memorandum to the vice-chancellor and the Syndicate, asking that the elections be held as per the constitution approved by the Senate.

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New bureaucratic culture in city
Rajmeet Singh
TNS

Chandigarh, September 13
The Administration is promoting a new type of bureaucratic culture.

The practice of not putting together a bureaucrat and his subordinate officer of the same state cadre is being discontinued.

Putting together of officers of different state cadres ensures transparency and results in better public administration, feel some bureaucrats from Punjab and Haryana, who have been on deputation with the Administration.

Today’s reshuffling of three officials, two PCS and one HCS, is indicative of the changing culture while appointing state cadre officers in the Administration.

Polarisation among officers is an unhealthy trend in case of the city which had a unique system of calling IAS and state cadre officers from Punjab and Haryana to run the administration with the top controlled by the administrator and the UT cadre adviser.

Not agreeing to the contention of polarisation, a senior official said at times the state cadre officers preferred to work under the bureaucrat of their parent state. There were, however, some exceptions where state cadre officers were working under a bureaucrat of other state.

An analysis of posting of HCS and PCS officers in the three major departments, Home , Finance and Estate Office, was also indicative of the trend.

Ashwani Kumar, an HCS officer, who has now been posted as assistant estate officer (AEO) will be the DC-cum-estate officer, a Haryana cadre IAS officer.

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VIP nos: BSNL gets Rs 9 lakh for 00005
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The VIP mobile numbers ending with zeroes and ones no longer fancy the cash-rich Punjabis.

In fact, the preferences for the VIP mobile numbers are changing, with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today auctioning 00005 number for the highest amount of Rs 9 lakh in the 94640 series, followed by 00018 which fetched Rs 8.5 lakh.

The number ending with 00001 in the series 94640 was relegated to the third spot and could manage a highest bid of Rs 7.5 lakh, with the same number in the series 94641 getting Rs 4.5 lakh.

The VIP mobile number ending with five zeroes in the series 94641, got Rs 3.5 lakh.

The Punjab circle of the BSNL had come out with a special scheme to auction VIP and vanity numbers of its two new mobile series - 94640 and 94641 - on September 6.

Introduced for the first time in the country, the scheme was apparently started to discourage the influential people from lobbying for the fancy mobile numbers, besides bringing money for the public sector undertaking.The private mobile companies already have a system in place under which they allot the VIP numbers to the highest bidders.

Considered to be auspicious, the number 94640-00786 could only muster a highest bid of only Rs 25,000, while the James Bond number (00007) in the 94641 series was auctioned for Rs 20,000.

Earlier, within a couple of days of its launch, the scheme had run into rough weather, with the BSNL receiving fake bid of Rs 10 crore for one of the numbers.

Acting swiftly, the nigam decided to verify the genuineness of those bidders who submitted bids over Rs 1 lakh.

To streamline the system of number allotment, it was also decided to shortlist three persons for a particular number, according to Rajendra Singh, chief general manager telecom, Punjab circle.

Meanwhile, the BSNL was keeping the identities of the bidders a closely guarded secret in a bid to avoid any complication at this stage.

The identities could be disclosed after the allotment of the VIP and vanity numbers,a senior official added.

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RTI Act
Need to use power judiciously, says CIC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
“The RTI Act will not give you any wonderful secret documents. The reputation of every politician and bureaucrat is known.”

“But is that the citizen is now the master and he has every right to know how the government is functioning,” said Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, Rajan Kashyap, during his keynote address at the inauguration of a two-day national seminar on ‘Right to Information Act 2005: Problems and Challenges’ organised by ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre at Panjab University.

He elaborated that the objectives of the Act were transparency, accountability and empowerment of the public and recounted an incident where an NGO had once asked that if people could take accounts from the sabziwala and doodhwala then why not the government?

Speaking of the challenges, he said there had been a reversal of roles. “While bureaucrats were referred to as public servants, they actually behaved like the masters, but the power, of information, is now back in the hands of the people,” he said.

He discussed at length the impact on the stakeholders, especially the bureaucracy, political executive, media, corporate sector, commissions and the public. “The inefficiencies of the government are so great that you need systematic reform to get information,” he added.

In fact, he spoke at length about the urgent need for systematisation in order to access information and emphasised on the four paradoxes that had arisen from the Act.

“While Indian grown IT has helped upgrade systems abroad, e-governance is yet to take root at home. Secondly, on paper RTI empowers the common man but he is not informed about his power so education is essential. Mindsets too need to be changed and not just of those who give the information but also of those who ask for it. Finally, RTI is the product of the reform process, but RTI itself is an instrument for accelerating reform. So a ‘virtuous’ circle of reforms can be initiated by RTI.

Delivering the presidential address right after, PU Fellow, Justice S.K Jain (retd) referred to the RTI Act as a mirror with respect to transparency, accountability and efficient working of the government.However, he highlighted the need to simplify the system of filing applications and said the Act was a double-edged sword because it needed political will to be successful.

He said this Act was one of a kind in the entire world it could become ineffective in the absence of proper enforcement methodology. He also spoke of streamlining systems laid down to make it effective by saying that while PIOs were targeted, higher ups got away.

Inaugurating the seminar, Vice-Chancellor Prof R.C Sobti focused on the significance of the RTI Act as important tool for empowering the citizens and ensuring citizen participation in reducing inefficiency and corruption at all levels. “But with power comes responsibility and information should be handled with care”, he cautioned.

The seminar was followed by three technical sessions chaired by Dr K.K Khandelwal (IAS), Prof P.K Vasudeva and Prof Veer Singh, respectively.

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Former auditor arrested

Chandigarh, September 13
The UT vigilance department arrested Kewal Krishan Dutta, a former employee of the registrar of companies, ministry of corporate affair, in a corruption case last night.

The vigilance said Dutta was arrested in continuation of a registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, cheating and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code on September 10. Earlier the sleuths had arrested Mohan Krishan Dutta in the same case.

Dutta had been working as senior auditor in the Registrar of Companies. He had also been working as liquidator in the office. Dutta was booked nine times in similar cases. A case had been registered against him following direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which is pending trial. — TNS

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Bus Stand Blast
10-year RI for KCF militant
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Charanjit Singh, a resident of Kapurthala, who has been convicted of the bomb blast at the bus stand in Sector 17 in 2005, was today sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 2,000 by a local court. He was convicted on September 10.

Additional district and sessions judge Raj Shekhar Attri has awarded the sentence to Charanjit Singh of the Khalistan Commando Force (Panjwar) under Section 3 (A) of the Explosives Substance Act and under Section 308 of the IPC.

Two suspects, Satnam Singh and Sukhwinder Singh were acquitted. The prosecution had maintained that Charanjit Singh assembled the crude bomb and planted it near the waiting room. Charanjit Singh, a trained explosives engineer, had procured galvanised iron pipes from Jalandhar. The prosecution had produced Nok Singh from whom he had procured the galvanised pipes.

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292 PG houses, says police
In admn records, only three
Aditi Tandon/Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
By the rule book, information on paying guests must be available on the UT administration’s official website. But this is, perhaps, expecting too much considering the administration is yet to complete the process of registration of paying guest houses (PGs). Security at these guest houses became a major issue recently when a hidden camera was found in the washroom of girls in a Sector 38 PG accommodation.

UT has registered just three PG accommodations since the notification came in September last. The police, however, says at least 3,600 paying guests (1,500 boys and 2,100 girls) are living in 292 accommodations.

But these accommodations are not registered. Assistant estate officer Amit Talwar admits: “We have registered three accommodations. Another 30 which were earlier served notices are being given a prescribed format as per the building bylaws. More applications are expected as we have accelerated the registration process.”

The issue would have remained in the backdrop had it not been for the alleged breach of privacy of two girls in Sector 38. The case exposed the administration’s sluggishness on the matter. The administration is supposed to not just register all PG accommodations, but inspect their premises and ensure compliance with norms.

The estate officer is empowered to inspect and order closure of PG facilities if need be. The official notification of September 6 last mandates several measures to ensure discipline. It demands that “the area of the house should not be less than seven and a half marla; no kitchen should be raised beyond the approved building plans; the owner must display the available and occupied accommodation and tariff plan; the owner should reside in the accommodation and maintain a register as a permanent record of PGs.

IGP Shanti Kumar Jain says he has told his men to step up vigil to ensure safety of PGs, especially girls. “We have beefed up security around PG facilities. We have had several complaints on breach of discipline from those residing near these facilities.”

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DC gets into action mode, surveys Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13
Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Rajinder Kataria got cracking and carried out a survey of the entire city today, directing officials of various departments to carry out road repairs, improve the state of sanitation and remove encroachments from markets and open spaces.

Accompanied by various department heads, the DC toured the city to assess the ground situation. Finding encroachments made by shopkeepers who had ‘usurped’ corridor space and slum dwellers who dotted every open space, the DC asked the officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to deal with all violations.

The shopkeepers were asked to clear the encroachments, failing which the items blocking the passages would be taken away. Haphazard parking also came under the scanner and the development authority officials were asked to prepare a parking plan for the markets.

He asked the MC officials to carry out a patchwork on the potholed roads in the city. He directed the city magistrate to collect samples of carpeting of roads and get these checked.

Kataria also asked SDM Saket Kumar and MC executive officer O.P. Sihag to hold a meeting of all residents’ welfare associations and seek their support in maintaining sanitation. The DC asked the officers to address the problem of non-functional street lights and take up beautification of parks and the city on priority.

In response, HUDA immediately pressed its enforcement wing into service and cleared encroachments in Sector 14. After giving ample time to the slum dwellers to collect their belongings, a JCB levelled the area.

In the evening, amidst heavy police deployment, market places in Sectors 7 and 11 were cleared of encroachments. Teams appointed by the DC checked the status in the evenings after the anti-encroachment squad had left.

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Laying of footpath stopped in Sec-16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
If residents of Sector 16 are to be believed, policy makers are setting a wrong example for city residents.

The worst part is that officials are wasting public money by wrong implementation of development projects. The work of laying the footpath was stopped today when found that it was being done on the other side of the road.

The bone of contention between the residents and the UT officials is laying of six-foot wide footpath along V-5 roads in Sector 16.

Instead of beginning the work along the road, running in front of the government houses (16-B and 16-C) occupied by IAS and IPS officers of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the work has been started along the road connecting private houses ( 16-C and D). The fact has, however, been denied by officials of the Municipal Corporation.

The residents point out that footpath was urgently required in front of the government houses as there was a lot of rush during public functions at Shanti Kunj and Rose Garden.

Rush was also expected during the coming one-day international match at the Sector-16 cricket stadium.

Terming the manner in which execution of the project was being handled as arbitrary, discriminatory and unfair, the residents have shot off a letter to the UT administrator.

Due to heavy traffic congestion on the road in front of house numbers 500 to 522 and 277 to 289, there is no place to walk or even stand on this road. Senior officials have developed gardens up to the road berms.

“The law makers of the administration, who live in the government houses, have exempted the application of law to themselves. H No. 288 is occupied by the municipal commissioner, Chandigarh, house no.516 is occupied by the finance secretary and house no. 514 is occupied by deputy commissioner”, reads the representation sent to the administrator.

However, the officials point out that residents of Sector 16 had approached the corporation for starting the footpath laying work.

Area councillor Pradeep Chhabra said he got a call from residents of 16-A regarding laying of footpath on the side of the road which had to be widened. The work has been stopped till the matter is sorted out, he said.

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Sector 17 showrooms grabbing corridor space
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Administration is adopting two sets of rules while dealing with architectural control sheet of commercial properties in the city.

While it has put it foot down while dealing with front elevation of the two kanal plots in Industrial Area, Phase II, here, it seems to be “ignoring” the architectural control sheet violations being done with impunity by the occupants of the prime commercial properties in Sector 17.

As one enters Sector 17-E from the side of Sector 18, the facade of showrooms has undergone change disturbing the uniformity of the front elevation. A number of shops opposite the Sahib Singh block have glazed the faced with glass.

The non-compliance of the architecture control sheet attracts provisions of the Punjab Capital (Development and Regulations) Buildings Rules, 1952. “The changes are in violation of the rules and notices to different violators at different stage of hearing”, said an official.

Without caring for the bylaws, one of the shop keepers has broken the parapet at the first floor to facilitate changes in the façade of the building.

A number of properties had been under litigation for many years. Taking advantage of the prolonged litigation, the shopkeepers undertake changes by manipulating the bylaws. The shopkeepers had rented out the properties at high rates, said sources.

Last year the estate officer had issued a public notice through which the owners/occupants of buildings in Sector 17 were asked not to paint/ whitewash or glaze the façade.

The occupants are required to get the façade of their buildings cleaned by way of silicon treatment or by other means.

Thirty days have been given to remove the violations, failing which the estate office would recover the costs of removing these from the violators.

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Allowing PGs in Mohali
Residents decry move, submit memo
Tribune News Service

Members of the Citizens’ Welfare Council, Phase X, meet GMADA chief administrator Krishan Kumar in Mohali
Members of the Citizens’ Welfare Council, Phase X, meet GMADA chief administrator Krishan Kumar in Mohali on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, September 13
The members of the Citizens’ Welfare Council, Phase X, met chief administrator of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) Krishan Kumar to condemn the move to allow paying guest accommodation in the township.

The delegation, led by Ripudaman Singh Roop, presented a memorandum, which was signed by more than 20 resident welfare associations, to Kumar.

The members informed the GMADA chief that running of PGs from residential areas was a commercial activity, and thus, in violation of the allotment conditions. This would also inconvenience the residents of the locality, the memo stated. They also pointed out that on one hand the development authority was issuing notices to various residents for running shops and other commercial establishments from their houses, and on the other, it was allowing residents to keep paying guests.

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BJP demands inquiry
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13
Haryana state BJP president Atam Prakash Manchanda condemned the yesterday’s lathicharge on BJP and VHP workers and demanded an inquiry into the matter today.

Manchanda, accompanied by senior BJP leaders Gian Chand Gupta, Harvilas Jindal, V.K. Sud among others, demanded an inquiry into the order to lathicharge the workers, who were demonstrating peacefully.

“There were 150-odd workers as per newspapers reports and there were over 250 cops at the venue. They could have physically lifted the workers and removed them from the tracks. However, they chose to use force. We will submit a memorandum in the matter,” Manchanda said.

He also stated that those arrested after yesterday’s lathicharge would be honoured by the party at a function and copies of the government’s reply to the Supreme Court, challenging the existence of Lord Rama, would be burnt. “The government has no business making such statements. It amounts to blasphemy and it will not be tolerated,” he added.

The BJP leaders condemned the district administration’s role in raining lathis on the party workers and said the guilty would be brought to book.

Earlier, all eight BJP leaders, who were arrested yesterday, were released on bail after they were brought to court. The protesters were arrested after they attempted to disrupt rail traffic.

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Troops told to rededicate themselves
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Western Command, which falls on September 15, The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, has called upon officers and men to re-dedicate themselves to work towards sustaining and building up the indomitable team and traditions of valour that are the hallmark of the Army.

Felicitating all ranks and civilian employees of the Command, General Daljeet, in his message, said that he was sure that should the Command be put to the acid test, there would be only one outcome, an unambiguous victory.

“The foundation of the Command rests on the sacrifices of our martyrs and veterans. Our veterans have set the course to where we are today. We pay tribute to their sacrifices and assure them that the path shown by them shall be the driving force in all our future ventures. We also reaffirm our commitment in providing all possible help to our veterans”, the message said.

Meanwhile, a Special AWWA meeting, a Kathak dance performance and the Diamond Jubilee dinner were held today.

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Minister assures roadways staff on demands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
A 12-member delegation of the Haryana Roadways Workers Union today met Mange Ram Gupta, state transport minister, to apprise him of their long-pending demands.

Giving details of the about a meeting, Sarbat Singh Punia, general secretary of the union, said the issue pertaining to dearth in the supply of tyres, shortage of staff, regularise the ad hoc employees, and restoration of ACP scale, which has been pending for the past three years. The minister assured to solve the issues at the earliest.

Besides this, the union sought appointment with the minister to discuss the memorandum and the demand for bonus. The leaders stated that the minister promised to discuss the issue soon.

Among others, Hari Narayan Sharma, president of the union, senior-vice president Jai Prakash Beniwal, cashier Dharamveer Hooda and state auditor Lal Chand Kasana were part of the delegations.

Punia said the 11th state-level meet would be held on November 27 and 28 in Kaithal. The union will also participate in a national level strike on October 30. In addition to this, they would participate in a protest march organise by J and K Roadways employees on September 24 in Delhi.

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‘Thikri pehras’ ordered
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 13
Deputy commissioner H.I.S. Garewal today ordered that ‘thikri pehras’ should be held by village youth to protect railway tracks, canals, bridges, public health works and oil pipelines.

The orders, which were issued under Section 3 (1) of the Village and Small Town Control Act, 1918, stated that youth had to take part in the night vigil while men above the age of 60 years had been exempted. Panchayats of the villages coming under SAS Nagar district would work out the duty chart in this regard.

It was suspected that some anti-social elements might indulge in thefts, resulting in damage to life and property. The orders will remain in force till November 8.

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ESIC result out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The result of the written test conducted by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) for the post of lower division clerk has been declared.

According to a press note, the result is available on website www.esicpunjab.org .

The second part of the examination, typewriting and skill test on computer, will be held on September 21 and 22.

The admit cards have been issued to all meritorious candidates. Those not receiving the admit cards by September 14, may contact the regional office of the ESIC, Sector 19-A, Chandigarh.

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12 Himachalis to be honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Himachal Sarv Kalyankari Parishad president Rajinder Rana said here today that 12 Himachalis would be honoured with Himachal Gaurav award at its annual function here on September 16. Nine students would also be honoured on occasion.

Those to be honoured were K.C.Kanwar (education), Surinder Awasthi, Jagwinder Patyal and Ramesh Chaudhary (journalism), Rajinder Singh and Subhash Verma (medical), Kamla Sharma (politics), Prag Raj Sharma (social work), Chhotu Sharma (IT), Ritesh Arya (geology), Shiv Kumar Sharma (Business) and B.R. Sharma (forensic science).

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Letters

Felling of tress condemnable

It is appreciable that the damage caused to plants and pathways at Shanti Kunj is being vociferously criticised.

However, apart from the media, nobody has really raised a finger against the felling of hundreds of trees at Industrial Area in the name of erecting two malls.

It seems that the UT Administration is free to do anything and that too, channelled through the officials of the Municipal Corporation.

As a reply to my RTI Application, Sanjay Arora (executive engineer-cum-CPIO, Horticulture Division, MC Chandigarh) has vide his memo no. 4412 dated 6.09.2007 has stated that that bids for cutting of trees in Industrial Area were called on August 3, 2007 on a request made by the Engineering Department of MC Chandigarh.

However, the cutting of trees at Industrial Area began on August 22, 2007 and the entire process of bidding, etc, was carried out hurriedly.

It simply means that money and power make the mare go and nobody is ready to listen to residents or elected representatives. This is indeed very strange.

R.K. Garg
Chandigarh

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Woman attempting suicide saved by onlookers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Accusing the Chandigarh police of shielding a head constable, who had sexually exploited her, a woman of Sector 28 yesterday attempted to set herself afire by pouring kerosene on her clothes in the Sector 9 market. She was saved by onlookers before she could light a match.

The incident took place at around 3.30 am. Mamta Sharma (28), a mother of two minor children, tried to immolate herself, alleging that despite the fact she had approached the top brass of the police for the past over two years, no action had been taken on her complaint.

Mamta has reportedly lodged numerous complaints against head constable Ashok Kumar, who is away at a training course for promotion to the rank assistant sub-inspector.

A case of attempt to suicide under Section 309 of the IPC has been registered against Mamta. She was sent for a medical examination at the Sector 16 government hospital.

Quoting Mamta, sources in the police said she had been living with Ashok Kumar, who deserted her. Mamta had divorced her husband in 2005.

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Woman hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
A woman was hurt after her scooter was knocked down by a car near Sector 31 and 32 traffic lights point, here this afternoon. The woman has been identified as 42-year-old Saroj Jindal of Sector 46. She received head injuries in the mishap and was rushed to the Sector 32 hospital.

The accident took place at around 12 noon when the victim, who was coming on her scooter (CH-03-P-5950), was hit from rear by a Maruti Alto car (PB-65-D-9304). The police has arrested the car driver Jasbir Kaur of Phase VII, Mohali, on the allegations of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving.

Vehicles stolen

Ram Bhadur of Bapu Dham Colony reported to the police alleging that his motorcycle was stolen from parking place in Sector 22 on Wednesday. The police registered a case of breach of trust under Section 406 of the Indian Penal Code in the Sector 17 police station.

In another incident, Gurdeep Saini of Sector 41-D lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Hero Honda motorcycle (PB-32-C-2329) was stolen from his residence. A case of theft has been registered in this connection.

Snatching

Sunny Kumar of Sector 29-A filed a complaint with the police alleging that two youngsters snatched his mobile phone on Wednesday. A case has been registered in this regard.

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Man held for hitting watchman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The police arrested Anirudh Jaiswal, accused of hitting an elderly watchman at his residence in Sector 35 on Tuesday, yesterday.

The police said the Anirudh was today presented before a local court which remanded him to judicial custody. The condition of the victim, 65-year-old Jeet Ram, was still said to be critical.

Meanwhile, Mohinder Kumar, president of the Sector 35 Market Association, gave Rs 12,000 to the victim’s family for his treatment, said a police officer. Aniurdh (25), in a fit of rage, hit Jeet Ram on his head with a baton over the “laxity” of the watchman to react to an emergency call on Tuesday night. The victim was admitted to the PGI in a critical condition, where he was declared unfit to record his statement by the doctors.

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