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No FIR, No Treatment
Clash victim awaits help for hrs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
A man injured in a clash lay outside the emergency of Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16 for seven hours without treatment as the doctors demanded a copy of the FIR. It was only after the police from the Sector 3 police station reached there that the patient was attended to.

Aman (28), who has a renal problem, was allegedly attacked by unidentified persons at his shop in Sector 9 this morning. Family members of Aman rushed him to the hospital with injuries over his body but the doctors refused to treat him.

Aman said the attackers, accompanied by two policemen, asked him about the whereabouts of his brother, Raman who was not in the shop.

“I went to the police station in Sector 3 to get a case registered, but the police officials there asked me to wait at the hospital, but nobody turned up,” said an evidently shaken Kanta Devi, mother of the injured. Perhaps the involvement of the Punjab Police was the reason for the delay.

SHO Ram Gopal said the policemen had been asked to record the statement of Aman and he could not comment before the inquiry was complete.

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Bhagat Singh being politicised: Kuldip Nayar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The inaugural address set the tone for the seminar and the emphasis was on a socialist patriot instead of a revolutionary one. But “Bhagat Singh is being politicised and he hated all these things,” declared veteran journalist, MP and scholar Kuldip Nayar.

This was at the opening lecture of a three-day seminar, ‘Bhagat Singh and His Times’ organised by the Institute of Punjab Studies, Chandigarh, and the Indian Council for Historical Research, New Delhi, at Panjab University today.

Nayar, recalling those tumultuous days, said he was a child when Bhagat Singh was hanged, “But I remember the protest that resounded through the country and even in a little place like Sialkot where I used to live. The sympathetic outpouring even amazed London,” he stated.

Nayar’s lecture, interestingly, did not just dwell on the historical aspects of the time. He went further and reinterpreted what we as a nation needs to take from Bhagat Singh’s life. “This was an inevitable phase of revolution but he did not favour terrorism. The revolutionary acts stemmed from defiance not of violence,” he stated. Bhagat Singh represented the common man. Together they struggled and suffered for the cause but what made him special was his tryst with martyrdom, explained Nayar. “Bhagat Singh did not agree with Gandhi’s views. It was the goal that mattered and if people recovered freedom by force, it justified the actions. Violence was a catharsis for the oppressed. However, armed struggle cannot establish an egalitarian society. Defy, do not surrender to what is wrong, mobilise people towards a welfare state but revolution is not bombs and noise,” he argued.

According to him, Bhagat Singh wanted to create a society where there would be freedom from oppression and exploitation. “Everywhere that I have travelled in the country I have found statues of Bhagat Singh. Even in Kerala he is an inspiration for young people. He died because he wanted to make the cause for freedom stronger,” he said.

Eminent historian Prof V.N. Datta’s keynote address, ‘Gandhi and Bhagat Singh’ while unravelling the controversy surrounding Gandhi’s role in the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh in its social, political and historical milieu, stressed on the need for “icy objectivity, reserve and caution” while analysing Bhagat Singh’s role in the national movement. He said not only should the ICHR compile all the works of this revolutionary, which should be analysed in greater detail but also that history should also be written by non-professionals to give a larger dimension that is curbed when one minutely starts to list sources. “Militant nationalism requires deeper understanding of a man in whom rational impulses also emanated,” he said.

According to Prof Datta, Bhagat Singh was as much a victim of the British imperial rule as was the non-violent movement. “I have no reason to doubt that Gandhi admired his patriotism and sacrifice and would have loved many more Bhagat Singhs to live and die for the freedom of India. But this has to be viewed as constructive destruction and this is how the cycle of history moves on,” he concluded.

While Dr G.S. Gosal, honorary chairperson of the Institute of Punjab Studies, summed up the inaugural addresses, the morning began with the director of the institute, Dr J.S. Grewal, introducing the seminar said of all the contemporary revolutionaries Bhagat Singh had probably the best grasp of the rationale and implications of a revolution as a means of social construction. He said while a lot of work had been done on Bhagat Singh, a theoretical possibility of a better understanding of Bhagat Singh was being created through new material and new interpretations. The present seminar is a part of this process.

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Speedy redressal just a click away
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
There is light at the end of the tunnel for the harassed subscribers of the telecom companies.

The Chandigarh Telephone Subscribers Association (CTSA) has created separate e-mails for the speedy redressal of the subscriber complaints.

Under an innovation first-of-its-kind initiative, the harassed subscribers can register their complaints at the e-mails.The CTSA would forward complaints of the individuals in bunches to the nodal agencies, including the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for the redressal every Saturday, association president Randhir Verma said.

The association plans to come out with a yearly report listing the “good” and “worse” telecom operators.

It is high time to save the consumers from the clutches of those operators who do not bother to care about the complaints of the subscribers. The BSNL subscribers can lodge complaints at complaintagainst_bsnl@yahoo.co.in, while the Vodafone subscribers can contact at complaintagainst_vodafone@yahoo.co.in .

The Airtel users can complain at complaint against_airtelmobile@yahoo.co.in and the Spice phone users can complain at complaintagainst_spice@yahoo.co.in. For the Tata Indicom subscribers the e-mail address is complaintagainst_tataindicom@yahoo.co.in. Subscribers having problems with Reliance phone can contact at complaintagainst_reliancetelecom@yahoo.co.in and Idea subscribers will register complaints at complaintagainst_idea@yahoo.co.in.

Similarly, the Escotel subscribers at complaint against_escotel@yahoo.co.in and the Aircel users will can contact complaintagainst_aircel@yahoo.co.in.

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Revisited - Guru Nanak’s creative mysticism
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

S.S. Bhatti with his new book. Chandigarh, September 27
Guru Nanak’s thought has influenced a string of literary and religious works but none as “bold” and off-track as S.S. Bhatti’s book on the subject.

True to his style, Bhatti, former principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, has returned to question the long-held perceptions and laid down something entirely new.

 

“Guru Nanak was a fragment of the divine on the earth. He never sought to preach or to prove a point. He simply revealed the divine truth using shabds, ” says Bhatti, who has studied Gurbani from the architectural parameters and has called Guru Nanak the most creative mystic.

This and much more forms part of his latest, yet-to-be-released book titled, “Guru Nanak’s Bani: Revelation, Mysticism, Creativity”, published by Harman Publishing House, New Delhi.

The study follows a clear line of thought, with the author, through, Gurbani, seeking to show how Guru Nanak’s “bani” is pure revelation and no mythology, mysticism, muse or metaphysics.

“I have incorporated in my book a comparative study of world religions to show that the Sikh faith, as delineated in Guru Nanak's Bani, is neither of the four. It’s not mysticism because it’s close to everyday life and not elitist. It’s not metaphysics because it’s not based on any assumption. Poetry is, often, imagined. From that yardstick, it’s not even poetry nor is it mythology. Guru Nanak’s “bani” is the speech of God and the Guru has authenticated his revelations when he speaks to Bhai Lalo, and communicates what God (khasam or the divine spouse) makes him see,” says Bhatti, who hopes to release the book at the upcoming diamond jubilee celebrations of the establishment of Panjab University.

Interesting is the new nomenclature Bhatti has coined to describe Guru Nanak’s revelations. “Architecturally speaking, Gurbani is creative mysticism of the Guru. The Guru transforms something as esoteric and unfathomable as the divine truth into something as simple and mundane as Gurbani,” says Bhatti, as he lays bare how Guru Nanak's creative mysticism initiates, invigorates, and sustains a live-wire trilogue among the three human faculties of reason, emotion, and imagination --- all consummated in intuition which, according to Guru Nanak, is indispensable to the leading of a holistic life.

Ask Bhatti what made him dabble in a subject so new and he says, “Mysticism, called the religion of the elite, is so esoteric as to be out of reach of the common man. Few mystics have the ability to convey the meaning and beauty of mystical experience. But he who succeeds in doing so is abundantly creative. Though the creative element is inherent in mystical experience, it has remained unattended so far by the researchers of the subject. I have made an humble attempt. I have studied Gurbani through the architectural principles of space, time, beauty and form.”

Bhatti has earned his second PhD for this work in which he has formulated a refreshing approach to the study of Guru Nanak's Bani, more specifically, his Japuji.

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FDI needed for infrastructural growth: CJ
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Stressing that foreign direct investment (FDI) is the mantra of self-reliance and self-sustaining economy, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain said yesterday that such investment was also needed so that infrastructure could be developed at a fast pace.

The Chief Justice, speaking at a seminar on “International law on foreign trade” held at the CII headquarters here, highlighted the fact that India was still having a deficit of $20 billion in its current account with a trade deficit of $50-60 billion. This was the scenario despite the remittances to the tune of $24 billion.

“I feel that when we allow FDI investment, we can not act as a protectionist. But sovereign nation has to take into consideration the interest of the people who are going to be affected by the FDI. If it adversely affects the recipients then that areas should be left for domestic regulation. There are certain issues which we as judges and lawyers have to answer,” the Chief Justice said.

Pravin H. Parekh, honorary organising secretary, ILA (Indian Branch), said: “There is a need to re-examine the current standard legal agreements that define the bilateral investment treaties.”

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Nayar: Parties cashing in on Bhagat Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar today rued the fact that political parties were dividing Bhagat Singh amongst them. “If he is shown wearing a hat, the Jan Sangh and the RSS claim him to be theirs and if shown wearing a turban, the Akalis and the Congress step in.”

Delivering the inaugural address at a seminar on the martyr here today, he also assailed those teaching history to youngsters.

“The NCERT is a political body and keeps changing the notions of history,” Politicians, he said, had no place in books and an autonomous body needed to be formed to look at history with impartiality.

Eminent historian Prof V.N. Datta dwelled on Mahatma Gandhi’s perspective on Bhagat Singh’s revolutionary ideology. “Gandhi saw Bhagat Singh’s ways as a threat to his own beliefs. That is why he elevated Jawaharlal Nehru, insisting he adopt a more moderate approach.”

He added that Gandhi had admiration for Bhagat Singh’s patriotism but that was separate from his beliefs.

During the technical sessions, city-based political scientist Prof Harish K. Puri spoke on “Exploring the Legend of Bhagat Singh” wherein he underlined that among the martyrs of the freedom struggle, Bhagat Singh’s popularity was “amazing”.

His paper attempted to explore the reasons and causes that could provide an explanation for that and “by the time he came to be hanged with his two comrades, the tempo of fear or apprehension in the public had reached a high pitch. The Congress had owned him emotionally and politically as a beloved hero. So did most other organisations. He died at the pinnacle of his glory and as a symbol of the spirit of revolt in the country”.

In her paper on “Reason, revolution, romanticism: Bhagat Singh and the making of an icon”, Prof Shashi Joshi pointed out that in his own words, Bhagat Singh began life as “a romantic idealist revolutionary”.

“However, it was the emotion and urge to martyrdom that remained constant in his psychological make up. Woven into the spirit of self-sacrifice there is invariably a sense of ‘hurt honour’ that was perhaps shared by the mass of the people.”

Earlier, Kuldip Nayar interacted with students of the department of mass communication at Panjab University. An alumnus of the department, he spoke of his experience in the field in the years following the Partition.

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Cycle rally, photo exhibition mark World Tourism Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Cycle rally, inauguration of a photo exhibition and a ‘run for tourism’ marked the World Tourism Day celebrations in the city today.

Students of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, greeted visitors at the Chandigarh railway station and at the airport with flowers.

The CITCO and STEPS organised colourful activities for senior citizens, visitors and tourists to mark the day.

Foreign visitors enjoyed sight seeing on top of “Hop on, hop off” bus.

The day started with a cycle rally from the Fragrance Garden, Sector 36, to the Sector 22 market.

The “run for tourism’, organised by the Chandigarh Tourism Department, was flagged off by mayor Harjinder Kaur at Sukhna Lake. As many as 1,500 students participated in the run.

A unique medical tourism event was also organised as part of the celebrations. An eye check-up and eye care education conclave for visiting foreigners was conducted at Dr R. Kumar’s Eye Centre in Sector 16-A in collaboration with the administration. A cultural event at the Sector 17 Plaza set the evening mood.

The ITFT group organised a function to focus on the role of police in tourism promotion and making the city a centre of education.

At Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, the Administrator, Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, inaugurated the photo exhibition by 42 women photographers.

In his inaugural address, General Rodrigues called upon the women to act as catalysts of change and to take a leadership role in different fields of endeavour.

He presented awards to winners in the photography competition. Madhu Pandit bagged the first prize, while Parul and Manmeet Kaur got second and third prizes, respectively. Kanika Chauhan, Darshpreet Kaur and Ekta Sharma got consolation prizes.

The UT Education Department and UT Tourism Department along with Yuvsatta (city-based NGO) organised a bicycle rally today.

Led by DPI (schools) S.K. Setia, around 1,000 students, teachers and principals pedalled from the Parade Ground to Sukhna Lake.

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Area under police station-36 most accident prone: Survey
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
In an attempt to identify accident-prone areas in the city, the Chandigarh traffic police has carried out a survey of fatal and non-fatal accidents occurred under each of its 11 police station.

Sources in the accident cell of the traffic police said the Sector 36 police station has reported highest number of accidents in the city, with as many as 54 accidents reported so far. Out of these, 15 have been fatal.

On the other hand, the Sector 19 police station received least number of accident cases, 17, out of which seven were fatal.

A total of 382 accidents have been reported to the Chandigarh police so far, out of which 97 have been fatal.

Talking to TNS, UT SSP (traffic) A.S. Ahlawat said the studies were carried out to pinpoint the reasons behind the accidents and take measures to bring down the number of fatal accidents.

The steps had given positive results as the number of fatal accidents had gone down by 14 this year against the corresponding period of last year.

Citing figures, he said 97 persons had lost their lives on city roads so far, against 111 persons killed last year.

Sources said the accident cell carried out survey of the time of the accidents, as well as the age of drivers and the vehicles involved.

Acting on the reports, the police set up barricades near colony No. 5 and Hallo Majra village, where a large number of pedestrian and cyclists were involved in accidents.

The step has helped reduce the speed of motorised vehicles, which has resulted in bringing down the rate of accidents on these stretches.

Accidents reported (this year)
Police Station Fatal Non-Fatal Total

Sector 3 7 20 27
Sector 11 7 12 19
Sector 17 6 38 44
Sector 19 7 10 17
Sector 26 11 19 30

Mani Majra 10 41 51
Industrial Area 7 30 37
Sector 31 12 26 38
Sector 34 10 28 38
Sector 36 15 39 54
Sector 39 5 21 26

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Unemployed teachers face water cannons
Union president among two hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Agitating members of the Unemployed PTI Teachers Union faced water cannons of the police at the Sector 25 rally venue here this afternoon when they tried to breach barricades.

Six protesters suffered minor injuries, while two fell unconscious and were taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital. The injured included the president of the union, Rakesh Kumar. He was discharged after first aid.

Giving an ultimatum to the government to fulfil their demands within 10 days, Rakesh Kumar threatened that they would be forced to disturb Chief Minister’s sangat darshans and other government functions to air their woes. They also threatened to gherao the residence of the education minister. Their demands included recruitment of teachers against 260 posts.

Earlier, the protesters took out a rally from the DPI (Secondary) office, Sector 17, to the rally venue. They shouted slogans against the indifferent attitude of the government towards their demands.

SHO of the Sector 11 police station Ramesh Chander said they used low-water pressure cannons to disperse the protesters and no other force was used.

Meanwhile, their dharna in front of the DPI office today entered 118th day.

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Contractual staff of Sector 16 hospital stage protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Hundreds of contractual employees staged a demonstration against non-payment of salaries at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, here today.

The employees who included security guards, nurses, ward attendants and sweepers alleged that they had not been paid the salary for August.

Over 200 employees assembled near the office of medical superintendent in the hospital at 7 am and raised slogans against the hospital administration and the contractor.

They further alleged that the contractor had not informed them about the status of their provident fund even as the amount was being deducted from their salaries every month.

Also, ESI facility was not being provided to them in spite of deduction of charges from their salaries, the employees alleged.

“A majority of employees have been working here for the past five years but not a single salary hike had been effected during this period,” a ward attendant said.

Medical superintendent Usha Bishnoi said there had been some error in the checking of bills submitted by the contractor to the hospital.

“The hospital cannot make the payment to the contractor due to rechecking of bills,” she said. 

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Jobless woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 27
Preeti Mahajan (24) committed suicide today by hanging from the ceiling fan at her residence in Sector 12-A here. Back from Kolkata after finishing a post-graduation course in fine arts, she had been depressed for some time since she wasn’t able to find a suitable job. She committed suicide while her family members wre away at work. A relative, Gaurav, discovered her hanging after he was asked to find out what she was doing at home by Preeti’s father. Her father, Dinesh Mahajan, a tailor in Chandigarh. Gaurav immediately called the police and her father. However, she had died by the time the family discovered her. A post-mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow. 

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Sidhu’s Charges
Oppposition councillors defend Capt Kanwaljit
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 27
Twelve municipal councillors belonging to the opposition group have alleged that instead of looking after development in his constituency the Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu was merely acting as the president of the local Municipal Council.

Addressing a press conference here today, the councillors alleged that Sidhu was not bothered to get the local Civil Hospital upgraded, a work for which lot of effort had been put forth by the former Congress MLA Bir Devinder Singh.

They said the MLA was not bothered to get the government schools in Phases VII and XI and Mataur village upgraded where five additional rooms in each school were constructed for the purpose. They said Sidhu also did not approach the government for the construction of a mini-secretariat in the town.

Phoolraj Singh said the MLA was unnecessarily criticising cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh by alleging that he was interfering in Kharar constituency. He said Capt Kanwaljit Singh was the only minister linked with the Mohali district as he represented a part of the area. As such it was his responsibility to take care of the development of the district and the MLA had no right to question the authority of the minister.

He said Jasjit Singh was distributing grants in the Kharar constituency because he was the general secretary of the youth wing of SAD and was made incharge of the area. As such he was ensuring proper development in the constituency on behalf of the SAD-BJP government. The MLA was unnecessarily criticising Jasjit Singh when he had himself distributed grants from Shamsher Singh Dullo’s funds when Bir Devinder Singh was the MLA of the Kharar constituency, he said.

When asked why opposition councillors kept saying no development was taking place in the town when they themselves were getting estimates for development works worth crores stayed by officials of the Local Government Department, Amrik Singh said they had not asked officials to stay the estimates but only to check why the opposition councillors were being discriminated against.

S.S. Barnala said he failed to understand why estimates for development works worth Rs 4 crore were put up for approval at one meeting when the House met once every month. He said estimates worth not more than Rs 2 crore should be put up for approval at one meeting. He said the council was wasting funds on the construction of footpaths as these needed to be broken when roads were widened.

Other councillors who have criticised the MLA are Bharat Bhushan Maini, Gurmukh Singh Sohal, Harmanpreet Singh, Harvinder Kaur Lang, Mohan Bir Singh Shergill, Paramjit Singh Kahlon, Harpal Singh Channa, Kuljit Singh Bedi and Kuldeep Kaur Kang. 

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Bhagat Singh remembered
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 27
An event ‘Parnaam Shaheedaan Nu’ was organised at the Gyan Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology on the eve of the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Students paid homage to Bhagat Singh with songs dedicated to the legacy of sacrifice bestowed by the legendary martyr. A theme-based play ‘Aaj Da Naujawaan’ was performed. The event concluded with an address by Chairman, GJIMT, J.S. Bedi, who called upon youth to reinvent and redefine themselves. “Let us be proud of our nation and be worthy of Shaheed Bhagat Singh's sacrifice,” said Bedi.

Lecture delivered

Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Mohali, organised a lecture-cum-participatory discussion on the eve of birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at its campus today. More than 300 students of different vocational courses participated. The objective was to make the students familiar with the revolutionary values for which Bhagat Singh fought.

Initiating the discussion the director of the institute, Dildar Khan, said Bhagat Singh throughout his life fought against exploitation. 

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VVIP preoccupied; Pinjore fest put off
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 27
“Lightning” struck the Pinjore Heritage Festival with the state tourism department deciding to postpone it in view of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s rally at Jhajjar on October 7.

The second heritage festival at the Yadavindra Gardens was slated to be held from October 5 to 7.

Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was to inaugurate the festival which was “designed” to be a cultural extravaganza complete with anarkali bazaars, food courts, et al.

However, with Sonia Gandhi’s programme announced later, none of the political bosses were available to attend the function because of which the three-day festival has been postponed. It will now be held around the first week of December.

A senior officer of the tourism department admitted that due to the non-availability of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as also tourism minister Kiran Chaudhary in view of the visit, the festival had been postponed.

“It will certainly be held because we have finalised the entire programme and even booked artistes. Though there is no monetary loss since we had made no payments so far, there is no question of cancellation of the function,” the officer said.

Before her rally, Sonia Gandhi will lay the foundation stone of the National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Kundli in Sonepat district and the foundation stone of 1,500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project at Jhajjar.

“Everybody will be busy with the preparations for the function. Also, Lalu Prasad expressed his non-availability at the inaugural since a UPA meeting is happening in New Delhi on the same day. So, we decided to just postpone it to another day,” the officer added.

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Missing crew: Helpless kin turn to media
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Families of two members of the crew of a vessel owned by a Dubai-based shipping company are undergoing hell- they have no clue about the whereabouts of their sons, who went missing under mysterious circumstances three months ago.

The distraught family of one of these boys, on failing to get a response from the foreign ministry, today hold a press conference. Beant Singh of Bathinda said his son, Veerdevinder Singh, along with his friend, Prabsher Singh of Patiala, had gone for training with Zambezi Shipping Agency and were on the 'MV Reef Azania' cargo ship.

The ship while on its way to Seychelles from Dubai on June 18 lost contact with the company on June 24. There was no information whether the ship had been hijacked, had capsized or the crew kidnapped.

Beant Singh said his son had applied for the job after seeing an advertisement in a newspaper on June 14, 2006. The boy took training from a Ludhiana-based institute. He was to undergo a training of 18 months before being commissioned as an officer.

He alleged that the agency made "very bleak efforts" in helping them. “A communication was received from the agency on August 30 that there was little chance of finding anyone alive aboard the ship with 12 other crew members," he said. Beant Singh said his son had told him that the ship was old and in poor condition.

Meanwhile, the Indian Consulate reportedly told news agencies in Dubai that the vessel's owner had contacted them and was working on the compensation to be given to the crewmen.The company has told the consulate that an inquiry into the incident had been completed.

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Train exhibition to visit city

Chandigarh, September 27
As part of 150 years of the First War of Independence and 60 years of India’s Independence celebrations, the directorate of advertising and visual publicity (DAVP) will organise a mobile train exhibition.

During the course of its journey, the train will halt at the Chandigarh railway station for three days from October 7 to 9. — TNS

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Training of NGOs ends

Chandigarh, September 27
A two-day training programme organised by the regional centre of the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology as part of Grameen Vikas Andalon concluded at the Commonwealth Asia Centre, Sector 12, here today.

The programme was inaugurated in a novel way by villagers for whom Grameen Vikas Andolan is being implemented.

During the programme, members of 15 NGOs were trained, said Anupam Kashyap, member convener, CAPART. — TNS

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Letters
Improving civic sense

The UT Administration deserves a pat on the back for banning cigarette smoking at public places. Along the same lines, the government of Himachal Pradesh also deserves accolades for putting a ban on the use of plastic bags. Last month I happened to visit Dagshai and Kasauli and it came as a pleasant surprise that all the shop owners now insist on using paper bags. It is efforts like these by the common man that are worthy of mention and should be encouraged by the authorities. In fact, if only such civic sense could be inculcated in the citizens throughout the country, India would be able to avert the fast-approaching ecological destruction and impending imbalance. All the NGOs and educators, especially school teachers, should try and instill environmental-friendly habits in the minds of young students. Media and personalities like Amitabh Bachchan have already understood the need of the hour. No doubt, the messages conveyed through meaningful ads (audio and visual) go a long way in making people ecologically aware.

Anita Kataria, Patiala

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

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Pharmacist held on molestation charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The police today arrested a pharmacist of Sector 19 anti-rabies dispensary on a charge of attempting to molest a patient.

The police said the victim, a resident of Panchkula, came to the dispensary for treatment. Pharmacist Rohit Yadav allegedly tried to molest her. A case was registered in this regard. 

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DPI employee held for graft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The UT Vigilance Department today arrested a senior assistant in the office of the Director Public Instruction (Colleges), Punjab, on charges of corruption.

The department said Charanjit Singh of Model Town, Ludhiana, had lodged a complaint that Rakesh Kumar, a senior assistant, had demanded money for issuing a verification report.

Acting on the complaint, the accused was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 500. 

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Youth assaulted in market; 2 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
A group of youngsters armed with rods and other weapons assaulted a BTech student of a Lalru-based private engineering college in Sector 44 market, here, this afternoon.

The assailants also smashed the victim’s car before fleeing.

The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Luvdeep Mennon of Sunrise Colony, Zirakpur.

The police cited old feud as the reason behind the assault. Both groups had had an altercation in the Sector 44 market on Wednesday.

Mennon was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, with head injuries.

Taking cognizance of the incident, the police arrested Sukhwinder, alias Sukhi, an employee of a Sector 44-based bank, and Viveet Saini of Sector 44 after registering a case of rioting, causing injuries, damaging property and criminal intimidation.

Efforts were on to trace the remaining accused, said the SHO of the Sector 34 police station.

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