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Sale of ODI tickets from Oct 1
Banks to set up counters
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
On October 8, city residents will see the ‘Men in Blue’ in action at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium after a gap of 14 years. The last time a match was played here was when the Indian team took on England on February 10, 1993, winning the ODI.

Organisers, including the Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) and the Chandigarh administration, which expect a packed house on October 8, are leaving no stone unturned to make the event a memorable one.


  • Student Block: Rs 75
  • General Block: Rs 250
  • VIP stands: Rs 2,500 & Rs 3,000
  • VIP stand: Rs 5,000
  • VVIP lounge: Rs 7,500

There will be no sale of tickets on the Internet

Ending the long wait by cricket buffs, an official of the HCA announced today that the sale of tickets will start on October 1. For the purpose, the HCA has roped in the Union Bank of India to set up sale counters at various places.

“All tickets will be sold through banks. Besides the Union bank, talks are on with more banks for more counters to avoid inconvenience to the public”, said an official.

Asked whether there would be any sale of tickets through the Internet for foreign cricket fans, the official replied in the negative.

“So far we have been asked to reserve 20 VVIP block tickets for an Australian delegation, which we have. We are in touch with Cricket Australia. The number of tickets they demand will be provided to them, but there will be no sale of tickets through the Net”, he explained.

The stadium, which has a capacity for 26,000 spectators, will be divided into six blocks.



Petrol station robbed
*60-year-old guard shot dead by three men wearing masks
*Injured salesman writhed in pain for hours before help came

Chitleen Sethi
Tribune News Service

Banur, September 20
Armed robbers today shot dead a security guard and seriously injured a salesman at a petrol station on the Banur-Tepla road, decamping with cash and the dead guard’s rifle.

The incident took place at 1.30 am when three men with their faces masked walked into Kohinoor Filling and Service Station at Basma Colony here. Wielding rifles, they fired at 60-year-old security guard Amar Singh and salesman Vikram Singh, the only two persons manning the station at that hour. Amar Singh was shot in the chest. He died on the spot. Vikram, who was hit on his right shoulder, collapsed unconscious.

The assailants collected the Rs 26,000 from an almirah, dragged a profusely bleeding Vikram into the office and locked the door from outside. They also took away Vikram’s mobile phone and the security guard’s .12 bore double-barrel gun before fleeing.

Writhing in pain, Vikram kept shouting for help through the night. Without any phone and unable to move, he could not calling anyone to his aid. His prayers were answered when at dawn at 6 am, a commuter came to the station for a refuel. He noticed the place abandoned and went to the office to look for someone. He heard cries for help from inside the office and informed a local resident who in turn called the police.

The police reached the spot at 7 am. The severely injured Vikram was rushed to AP Jain Civil Hospital in Rajpura. The doctors there referred him to Government Rajindra Hospital.

SHO of Banur Jagbir Singh said according the three assailants were Punjabis as they spoke in the local dialect. As evident from the shells recovered from the scene of the crime, the assailants had used a single-barrel and a double-barrel .12 bore rifle. The police believes that the three came on a vehicle parked at a short distance from the station.

The police has registered a case. Amar Singh belonged to nearby Shambhu village and Vikram is from Hamirpur.



Pradeep Mehra is UT adviser
Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
It is homecoming for Pradeep Mehra, a 1975 batch UT cadre officer, who has been appointed UT adviser. At present, he is chief secretary, Pondicherry. A senior official in the ministry of home affairs (MHA) confirmed the appointment.

What awaits Mehra

- Providing effective public transport system
- Check on influx of migrant population
- Traffic management
- Affordable housing
- Uninterrupted power and water supply

Talking to the Tribune on the phone, the officer said he had not received official orders.

Born and raised in the city before joining the IAS, this will be his second term as UT adviser having occupied the post earlier from 1995 to 1997. Before that he was chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board from 1993 to 1995.

Described by his friends as affable, Mehra has to his credit several initiatives during his earlier stint in the city. “He is the right person to head the administration as he knows the city and its issues well ”, said Dr P.L. Mehra, father of the officer.

Dr Mehra, a retired historian from Panjab University, lives in a sector 11 house with his wife. 

Recollecting his son’s schooldays at St John’s in sector 26, and college days at Government College, sector 11, Dr Mehra said his son was an accessible person and loved long walks. “We have two almirahs full of trophies won by him.

Pradeep has remained president of the St John’s Old Boys Association (SJOBA).

His lawyer friends describe him as a down-to-earth person who knows the city problems well.



Bar man who wouldn’t cash in on honesty
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 20
Fortyfive-year-old Ram Niwas, a bar man at Haryana Tourism’s Red Bishop here, showed exemplary honesty, returning Rs 91,000 to a customer who had left the cash behind and even declining a reward for it.

An SDO in the irrigation department, Balraj Chauhan, had gone to the hotel for a friend’s engagement ceremony. He was carrying Rs 91,000 in cash he had received by way of a housing loan from his parent department. After the ceremony, he went to the bar room where the cricket match between India and England was being screened.

With excitement all around. Chauhan placed his bag containing the money on his seat and forgot about it. “We were in a hurry to reach home for the post-interval batting by England and I forgot my money there,” he said.

Ram Niwas, who has been in service for the past 20 years, found the bag at the seat. He recalled that Chauhan, a regular at the hotel, was occupying the seat. In the morning, he traced the number of the official and called him up on his mobile.

“I got a call from Ram Niwas at 7.30 am. He said the bag was in his possession and he was handing it over to the manager. I was astounded, wondering if I was awake or dreaming,” an overwhelmed Chauhan said.

He got back his money and offered reward to Ram Niwas, but the latter declined the offer. “I am amazed at his honesty. I have no words to thank him. I called up the commissioner, tourism, Keshni Anand, to express my gratitude,” he said.

For an unaffected Ram Niwas, it was just another day at the bar today.



Poor cockpit design responsible for IAF crashes
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Poor cockpit ergonomics in combat aircraft have been responsible for a number of crashes in the Air Force, a recent study has revealed.

Inconvenient layout of instruments has caused confusion and incorrect selection of control switches.

The study published in an in-house IAF journal has revealed that the crash of a MiG-29 frontline fighter aircraft a few months ago was the result of poor cockpit design.

According to the study, the cockpit of a MiG 29 has a single gauge with two needles to display the revolution count of both engines instead of two separate gauges to display the count of each engine.

The needles in the gauges are marked as “1” and “2” for each engine. The study revealed that when one of the MiG 29’s engines flamed out and one of the needles started plummeting, the pilot, probably in confusion resulting from the display in a single gauge, switched-off his good engine, resulting in total loss of power and the subsequent crash.

The IAF lost three MiG 29 fighters within a span of about a year.

A two-seater trainer version was lost off the Gujarat coast in June last year, followed by a crash near Ambala in September.

Another MiG 29 was lost in May soon after take off from Adampur.

The study suggested that simple innovations can help overcome many disadvantages of poor ergonomics.

It is a little known fact that many MiG 21 accidents were caused due to improper placement of the flap control switches on the instrument panel.

Three flap control switches were located in such a manner that errors occurred in selecting the switch for setting the flaps at the correct angle for a particular flight configuration.

The problem was later solved simply by installing a locally fabricated cap over a particular switch. This prevented the switch from being operated unless the cap was first lifted.

Cockpit ergonomics are a major issue with helicopter pilots.

Backache is a significant problem in rotary wing aircrew and is mainly attributed to the poor sitting posture the pilots need to adopt to operate the cyclic and collective controls, IAF studies and research papers have revealed.

Other contributory factors include vibration and poor workspace design.

The general approach to this malady worldwide has been the use of lumbar support, new seat designs and improved cockpit ergonomics.

However, so far no such permanent measures have been implemented in Indian military helicopters and only some stop-gap measures have been resorted to locally.



Don’t let party affiliation affect development works: Minister
Tribune News Service

Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh presides over a meeting at PUDA Bhawan in Mohali on Thursday.
Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh presides over a meeting at PUDA Bhawan in Mohali on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, September 20
Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh today directed the Mohali Municipal Council to undertake development works without any bias and take along the municipal commissioner of the ward concerned into confidence before initiating the cleanliness drive. He was presiding over a meeting of officials of PUDA, MC Mohali and GMADA to review the development works in Mohali.

The minister said being affiliated to a party should not become a hindrance in way of development works and this affiliation should not become the basis while allocation of these works in different wards. He said development works should be undertaken without discrimination.

He directed the officials of MC, PUDA and GMADA to demarcate the areas of working among themselves so that works could be undertaken without any difficulty and people do not face harassment. He said in most of the cases, one agency passes the buck onto another, as a result of which people ultimately suffer.

He also directed that parks of the city be divided into zones and handed over to one assistant engineer each for maintenance. He said the policy for holding social functions in these parks should be decided, besides framing of rules for changing residential houses, colonies and complexes.

On the issue of allotment of shops to the landlords whose shops were gutted in a major fire in Phase 3B-1, the minister directed that after re-investigation, possession should be given only to genuine persons. Regarding the problem of ‘rehris’, he said licences should be issued to ‘rehri’ owners by the MC and it should also specify areas for their parking. Besides this, the MC should also come out with a permanent solution for animal menace.

The meeting was attended by Mohali deputy commissioner H.I.S. Grewal, ADC Jaspal Mittal, SDMs of Kharar, Derabassi, SAS Nagar, besides Jasjit Singh Bunny (in charge of Kharar assembly segment) and Rajbir Singh Padiala.



25 yrs gone, but MC just can’t fix this pipe
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

MC workers try to mend a leaking water line at the roundabout of Sectors 29, 30, 31 and 32.
MC workers try to mend a leaking water line at the roundabout of Sectors 29, 30, 31 and 32. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, September 20
A joint of a water supply line at the Sector 29-30-31-32 roundabout has been leaking for the past over 25 years.

Public money spent on repairing the joint could have been spent on laying an alternative line.

Every time there is a leakage, the authorities deploy some workers to dig up the joint and plug the leakage. However, after a few days, the joint starts leaking again.

“Rich” with experience after going on foreign tours to study aspects of city planning and management, the battery of engineers of the Chandigarh administration and the MC do not have the expertise to plug the leakage it seems.

Yesterday, a corner of the roundabout caved in after the end-joint of the supply line feeding the Sector 26 waterworks opened up. It was dug up by the MC and has been lying like that.

A few months ago also, the same problem had occurred. The MC authorities, like always, dug it up and put a “road closed” sign.

Engineers of the MC explain that because of heavy volume of traffic and vibrations, the joint does not last long. They have tried to solve the problem by providing a sand buffer around the joint after encompassing it with a brick wall but in vain. Bitumen and water don’t hold it together and the repair doen’t help.

Rajinder Singh, executive engineer, MC, said an alternative MS pipe was being laid and it would ease the pressure on the existing line. He said it was not possible to replace the entire pipeline due to the heavy traffic on the road.

Meanwhile, motorists face the danger of hitting another vehicle on the 
roundabout because the “road closed” sign is visible only when a vehicle comes very near it.



Revised DLF plans also rejected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The revised building plan of a multiplex being opened by the DLF in the IT park have not been approved by the Chandigarh administration.

Reason, the promoters have not been able to amend the revised building plans as per the requirement. The issue had come up for discussion during a meeting of the special project approval committee.

Recently, the union ministry of forest and environment had objected to the opening of the multiplex instead of a multy-utility block. The administration had allotted 12.5 acres to DLF for setting up built spaces for IT companies, including 20 per cent of the allotted area for setting up multi-utility services.

However, the revised plan was found deficit in many ways. Some of the facilities were provided in the basement against building bylaws and facilities for running water harvesting and solar heating system were not shown in the drawings. In connection with a multiplex proposed by the owners of KC theatre, an official said after reviewing the design, a committee of the administration had made suggestions which were conveyed to the owners by the chief architect.

Development works reviewed

The development works along Madhya Marg and sectors 7, 8, 9 and 26 were reviewed by the administrator. The works in sectors 8 and 9 would be allotted by the MC in the next three days and tenders for the remaining works are in the pipeline. In order to overcome the parking problems of these sectors, the administration will make additional parking space along Madhya Marg and behind the markets of the sectors.



A spring in their step

Chandigarh, September 20
Over 300 senior citizens participated in a brisk walk competition organised by the Chandigarh police in collaboration with the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association at Sukhna Lake this morning. The UT IGP, S.K. Jain, flagged off the competition which included five events for men and women.

The winners are:

Men: (60-65 years): 1 KC Bagga, 2 B.S. Sandhu, 3 Kashmira Singh Sidhu; (above 65-70 years): 1 Jagdish Tyagi, 2 P.L.Vadhera, 3 K.K. Sharma

Women: (60-65 years): 1B.K. Chanchal, 2 Sumita Pannu, 3 Dimple; (above 65-70 years): 1Usha Sharma, 2 Dr Nirmal Bhatia, 3 Rajinder Sodhi; Professional category: 1 G.S. Virdi, 2 M.L. Chitkara, 3 Gurdev Singh.

Consolation prize: Jatinder Marwaha.



Drama atop tower
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
High drama prevailed in Sector 10 here this afternoon when a Nepalese woman in her early 20s climbed the replica of Eiffel Tower near the Government Museum and Art Gallery.

The police said Sheetal looked mentally disturbed. A sky lift from the fire brigade was pressed into service to bring her down as she refused to do so herself.

She was taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital. She is 21 and had come to the city from Shimla alone yesterday.

The SHO of the Sector 3 police station, inspector Ram Gopal, said, “The woman appeared to be mentally upset. She was medically examined and we tried our best to know what prompted her to climb the tower, but she is not speaking properly. We even called a Nepalese for translation, but in vain.”

The police the sent her to Nari Niketan and recorded a daily diary report in this connection. The efforts were on to trace her family, the police said.



115 held for blocking demolition drive

Chandigarh, September 20
As many as 115 persons were arrested while trying to interrupt a demolition drive in Sector 56 here today.

The enforcement staff led by the SDM (south), Shurbir Singh, reached the spot after being informed that Ved Prakash, a leader, was reportedly encouraging jhuggi dwellers to encroach upon public land.

Since yesterday, the leader had allegedly facilitated 80 jhuggi dwellers to set up their jhuggis on acquired land. Soon after the drive started, the jhuggi dwellers started protesting against it. They were taken in custody. — TNS



Centralise the police force

It is good news that the SSP, Chandigarh, wants 3 months’ time to study Chandigarh and its police before he starts doing something for the welfare of Chandigarh and its people.

The position of law and order situation is going from bad to worse not only in Chandigarh but throughout the nation.

A simple solution to the problem is that a centralised authority should be introduced in the Indian police force on the lines of the national Army.

A chief should be entrusted with the complete charge of the entire force and he should be made responsible for the recruitment, appointment and promotion processes.

He should also be made responsible for deployment of police personnel in all states of India. All the state heads should be placed under him and made answerable to him.

This way, the monopoly of states will be eradicated and law and order situation will improve.

G. K. Chopra, Chandigarh

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A robbery cops find hard to believe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
A Sector 35 resident has alleged that an unidentified man forcibly entered his car after signalling him to stop in the wee hours today and drove his vehicle toward Khuda Lahora village, where he was pushed out of the vehicle.

The police said Udey Keshuv, an employee with the Sector 8-based UTI Bank, reported the incident to the police at around 5.30 am. He told the police that he came to Sector 19 to drop his friend after attending a late night party in a Sector 35 hotel at around 2 am in his Hyundai Verna.

When he reached near the Sector 20 mosque, four unidentified persons signalled him to stop. He stopped the car and one of them opened the door and asked him to go to the other seat. The man, who was in his mid-twenties, drove the car. Later, he was asked him to get down from the car.

Quoting Udey, the police said, he walked from the village and reported the incident to the police. He also said he could not take his mobile phone and wallet, which were in the car.

Expressing surprise over the entire episode, a police officer said the complaint was being verified. As per Udey’s statement the man was unarmed and he did not hurt him. They were of the same age and there was no resistance. Moreover, it was surprising why a person would stop the car for a stranger at the dead of night.

They also did not share a word during their journey which might have lasted more than 20 minutes.

The police has registered a case of wrongful restraint and robbing under Sections 341, 382 and 34 of the IPC.

When asked whether it was a case of kidnapping, the SHO of the Sector 19 police station, inspector Sukhdev Singh Bhullar, said as no force was used to take away Udey, no case of kidnapping was made out.



Delhi couple dupes man of Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
A Sector 8 resident has alleged that a Delhi-based couple duped him of Rs 50,000 on the pretext of selling him a house.

In another incident, an unidentified person withdrew over Rs 2.27 lakh from the bank account of an educational institute.

The police said Anil Kakria of Sector 8 lodged a complaint that Darshan Singh Gill of New Delhi and his wife entered into a deal with him to sell a house in Sector 33-B.

They took Rs 50,000 from him on June 27. However, he later came to know that the couple had sold the house to another party.

A case of cheating has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.


In another incident, Karan Sameer, branch manager of Centurion Bank of Punjab, reported to the police that an unidentified person had withdrawn Rs 2.27 lakh from the account of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Kender, Sector 28, by producing cheques bearing fake signatures.

The economic offences wing of the police has registered a case.

Motorcycle stolen

Bal Krishan of Sector 20-A has reported to the police that his motorcycle (CH-03-H-3138) was stolen from Sector 33 on September 16.

A case of theft has been registered.



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