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Tenderness is all they want
Inmates of old age home in Sec 15 fear return of ‘insensitive’ bureaucratic hold
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Inmates of the old age home in Sector 15 have little to cheer on Senior Citizens Day tomorrow. The stand-off between the Chandigarh administration and the Lions Club (Chandigarh central) has put a question mark over the functioning of the home, much to the despair of its inmates.

Miffed at the lack of support by the administration, which has halted grant to the club, it decided to stop managing the home from tomorrow.

Office-bearers of the club have been running the home since April, 1999. Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at a function organised by the club. The fear of an uncertain future evidently weighed on the minds of the inmates, mostly in their seventies and eighties.

They said they feared that once again “ the old, insensitive bureaucratic control may return to govern their lives.”

"For the past several years, it has been home away from home for me and other inmates. The club office-bearers were like our sons and daughters, serving us in difficult times ," a sobbing 84-year- old Janki Devi said.

An distraught Sunkuntla(87) said all that the inmates wanted was tenderness- love and respect- which they got aplenty from the club members.

Vinod Chowdhary and B.S. Aggarwal, president and chairman of the managing committee of the club, said when in 1999 they took over, the club was in a shabby state. However, the Chandigarh administration and donors together had helped the club improve the functioning of the home and the lot of the inmates.

The "forced" entry of beggars into the club in the wake of the "certified institution" status to the home seemed to have precipitated matters between the club and the administration last year.

The situation came to such a pass that the administration stopped the grants-in-aids on January 1,2007, forcing the club to depend totally on donors.

The matter ended up in the Punjab and Haryana High Court where the club promised to vacate the premises. The administration, on its part, promised to recognise the services and pay the dues of the club.



In Basta
Widow’s killers remain untraced; case closed
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Even after over three-and-a-half years of investigations and shuffling of probe to various police officials, the Chandigarh police has failed to achieve breakthrough in the sensational murder of 60-year-old widow, Sheila Khanna, at her Sector 47 house on September 1, 2002.

Sheila Khanna was living alone in her first-floor flat and was last seen by her two daughters and a nephew less than two hours before the gruesome killing came to light on that fateful day.

The victim’s relatives had lunch with her and left the house about half-hour before the suspected time of murder.

She was found lying in a pool of blood by her neighbours who informed the police. A police control room vehicle rushed the victim to the GMCH-32 where she was declared brought dead.

There were signs of struggle in the front room of the flat where the body was found. An impression of a blood-smeared hand, suspected to be that of the assailant, was found on a wall of the room. A broken flower pot and a pair of scissors were lying near the body.

The crime scene indicated that the victim was first hit in the face and head with the flower pot and then her throat was stabbed repeatedly with the scissors. Excessive bleeding led to her death.

Three empty cups of tea were also found, indicating that there were two assailants. A box of sweets was lying open in the kitchen, suggesting the possibility of the assailants being known to her.

Before leaving, they had washed their hands in a washbasin in the bathroom and had ransacked the house. Blood was found on a black bag containing documents of three properties owned by the victim.

The police was told the victim never opened door to strangers as she was very concerned about her security.

During preliminary investigation, the police had learnt that one of the victim’s neighbours had noticed two strangers near the house at about 5.30 pm.

A police official said a neighbour had also heard a shriek. However, no such sound was heard by her immediate neighbours.

The police had sought help from the CFSL to pick up clues. The police record revealed that the police investigated the property dispute angle, besides probing other leads, but failed to achieve any breakthrough.

The case was transferred to the crime branch the next day. After groping in the dark for over three years, the investigating officials recommended the closure of the case and it was marked as untraced on March 22, 2006.



Mehra takes over as UT adviser
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
For the new UT Adviser, Pradip Mehra, a 1975 batch IAS officer, who took over today, upgradation of city’s infrastructure as specified by the union government will be his top priority. He hinted at the need for continuity in developmental policies as pursued by his predecessor.

After taking over charge from the outgoing adviser, Lalit Sharma, the new incumbent said due to unforeseen expansion of the city, planning of Le Corbusier

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While interacting with mediapersons, Pradip Mehra said it was a privilege to work for the people of Chandigarh. “I was looking forward to working here and am happy to be back in my city. I have just joined and will stock of the situation with the officers of the administration,” he said.

Being educated and brought up in the city, he said he was well aware of the city’s problems. He completed his schooling from St John’s High School, Sector 26, went to Government College, Sector 11, for graduation and did his MA in English from Panjab University.

Explaining the need to upgrade infrastructure, he said during his previous tenure as adviser, he was told that roads could not be widened. There was a need to widen the roads as these were not capable of taking the load.

On affordable housing, he said it was not only the duty of government agencies to build housing infrastructure, private builders had to chip in too and this was in line with the thinking of the centre.

On development issue, he said with a superfast train between Chandigarh and Delhi, Chandigarh would be like a suburb of the national capital.



PU law student dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Two women were killed while a man was hurt in three road accidents in various parts of the city.

In the first accident that occurred at around 10.30 am near the railway light point, 24-year-old Nisha, a law student of Panjab University, was killed after her scooter was hit by a truck from behind.

In another accident, Gyanti (22) who was riding pillion on a motorcycle driven by her husband, was killed as her husband was reportedly under the influence of liquor and lost control of the motorcycle.

The police said Nisha, who was staying in a hostel, was on her way to meet her father, Lt Col R.S. Rai, a physician at Command Hospital. The accident occurred when she lost balance of her Scooty, which collided with a vehicle. She fell on the road and a truck (HP-12-9325) ran over her. She was rushed to the PGI where she was declared brought dead.

The police has arrested the truck driver, as also Vijay Kumar, husband of Gyanti.

In the third incident, a pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a speeding car (CH-03-V-1875) near the railway light point this morning. 



CHB pays Rs 5 lakh to woo private developers
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
It seems the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) does not have the expertise to construct houses.

After getting over 45,000 houses and around 15,000 single-room tenements constructed across the city over the years, it is looking for big players in the construction line to execute its project of around Rs 126 crore to construct one-room tenements.

A sum of around Rs 5 lakh is being spent to attract private builders for the project. Sources confirm that after receiving a single tender for the project, it is organising a pre-bid conference in Delhi to market its scheme.

A semi-government agency, Construction Industry Development Council, has been paid Rs 5 lakh to woo private builders for the “Chandigarh small flats scheme - 2006”.

The tender has been split into 10 parts - two big and eight small.

The one-room tenements are to be constructed in Mauli Jagran and Maloya. “The CHB has a large fleet of engineers headed by a chief engineer and it has been successfully executing development projects ahead of schedule,” sources in the board said.

After the CHB engaged Parsavnath to construct housing in the IT habitat, the cost of flats have gone up from lakhs to crores. Lakhs of rupees are already spent before a work is executed.

“It is because private parties involved in preparing tenders and other overhead expenditure shoot up the prices,” sources in the industry believe.



Army to provide artificial limbs to disabled Lebanese soldiers
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
The Indian Army contingent deployed in Lebanon is organising a special camp to provide artificial limbs to Lebanese army personnel who were disabled in the recent conflict at Nahr-Al-Bared.

The project is being assisted by Ali Oserain, member of the Lebanese Parliament from Saida. The Fransa Bank of Lebanon has pledged a support of $13,000 for the project, as a result of which victims of mines and cluster bombs would be provided artificial limbs free of cost.

The camp, being executed by 15 Punjab, is scheduled to be held in October. The battalion is deployed in strife-torn southern Lebanon under a United Nations mandate to maintain peace.

This would be the third such camp to be organised by the Indian Army in Lebanon which has been contributing troops for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon for the past about 10 years.

The idea of conducting an artificial limb camp in Lebanon was conceived by the Indian Army contingent that had been deployed there in 2005. A survey was conducted by the battalion which confirmed the need for providing artificial limbs to numerous amputees afflicted by mines and cluster bombs. However, it could not accomplish the task of conducting the camp.

Thereafter, a Sikh battalion, to be deployed next in Lebanon, continued with the extensive groundwork and the first camp was held in June 2006, where 22 patients were provided with artificial limbs known as the Jaipur foot. Seeing the overwhelming response from the population, the unit had planned to conduct the second phase of the camp. However, due to the Summer War in July-August 2006, it could not be held.

The Jaipur foot was developed in 1968 by the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahatya Samiti and is low cost, durable, waterproof and a highly reliable prosthetic limb. It can be easily fitted, it is cosmetically and functionally very close to a human limb and it allows the wearer to carry on with all day-to-day activities like running, sitting, swimming, cycling and even climbing trees. Over the past 30 years, this artificial limb has been fitted on over three lakh patients in 19 countries all over the world.

In April this year, 15 Punjab had organised another camp, in which 123 disabled persons were provided artificial limbs free of cost. The project was assisted by the Arab Finance House, which provided $17,000. A team of doctors was specially flown in from India for the camp.



Is there a plan for farmers yet, ask experts
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Should farmers continue to be treated only as instruments of production? Or, is there any programme to make their occupation viable to tackle the bad times being faced by most of the farming community across the country?

These were some of the hard hitting questions put to the Members of Planning Commission including Abhijit Sen and B.N. Yugandher, who were here to discuss the agricultural policy frame work a workshop.

However, there was no adequate response to these questions.

Objective of the workshop was to educate planners at the state level with regard to the framing of the district agricultural plans to launch a food security mission for which Rs 25,000 crore has been earmarked by the Union Government. Money will not be released to the states till the formation of district agricultural plans.

Raising the most significant question that perhaps concerns the entire small and marginal farm community, the BKU leader, Balbir Singh Rajewal, asked Sen what was the agenda of the Union government with regard to making the farm sector that employs about 60 per cent populace of the country.

The government’s all stress was to enhance the production. But it had come out with any proposal to make the agriculture viable.

While government is talking about increasing the production, it has no plan to give remunerative price of food grains produced by them. He said farmers were using seeds, which were developed about 10 years ago.

There was no focus on evolving new high yielding and disease resistant varieties of various crops. Water table was going down and down. No one was paying attention towards it. Health of soil had deteriorated to the extent that it was unable to produce any thing without the dose of nutrients in form of various chemicals.

Punjab, which has been the backbone of national food security for the past four decades, is now facing problem of several new diseases to crops.

These diseases have been caused by high level of humidity during the paddy season. He said diseases like foot rot, brown leave spot, falses smut, leaf blight, leaf curl and many like these were never heard or seen in Punjab. But such diseases invariably hit crops and farmers had to resort to heavy doses of sprays to deal with them, he added.

Temperature in Punjab is rising. Since 1970, there was an increase of 1 degree celsius in temperature in the state, he added. “I am speaking from the official data available with me”, he added. Because of rise in temperature production had started falling in the state, he added. Yield level was going down of paddy and wheat.

Quality education, which is required at the village level for wards of farmers, was no existent, he added. By providing quality education to wards of farmers, they could be employable in modern job market. Additional income from such jobs would help farmers in improving their agriculture yield, he added.

He told Sen till the planning commission does not address basic issues bothering farmers, no one should expect big jump in the growth of agriculture sector. Rajewal said soon he would be meeting Sharad Pawar to submit him a detailed note with regard to the problems faced by the farming sector. “I will ask Pawar to first come out with a blue print to make farm sector viable”, he said.

Rajewal said theoreticians engaged in planning of agriculture must stay in villages for some days in a year to have a real feel of the agriculture sector.



Senior Citizens’ Day at Tender Heart
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
The Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association, Greater Chandigarh, celebrated Senior Citizens’ Day at Tender Heart School, Sector 33-B, here, today.

Brig (retd) Ramesh Chander, president of the association, highlighted the need to work for the welfare of the aged persons belonging to the weaker sections of the society. He promised to work for their upliftment, especially in the field of health and medical treatment, which, in many cases, is beyond the reach of the common man.

The two eldest members of the association Sucha Singh and S.N. Jerath were honoured on the occasion.

Earlier, the members unanimously elected their governing body for the next session, the result of which are as follows: president - Brig (retd) Ramnesh Chander, AVSM; vice-president - J.K. Sama; secretary general - Wg Cdr K.D.S. Bali; director, finance - R.G.Jolly, director, public relations and administration - Dr Deepti; director, communication and distribution - I.J. Singh, director, medical - Col Dr N.K. Bhatia; director, media - Sushil Gupta; director, organising - S.K. Madan; director, welfare - Anjali Kapur. 



Mind your language, councillors
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Chandigarh is considered to be a model city, boasting the highest per capita income and infrastructure, but the city councillors are still trying to fight the issue of language problems.

The current house consists of 26 elected and nine nominated councillors from all walks of life. It has held nine meetings this year. Each time a councillor has wanted to present his case in English, he has been asked to do so in Hindi. Some councillors say this never happened in their last tenure. “We had councillors who could not speak English, but they never had any problems in understanding it,” a senior councillor said on condition of anonymity.

Some others, however, feel that some kind of basic training should be given when councillors are elected. “Language can be a barrier with regard to technicalities that the post brings,” former senior deputy mayor Pardeep Chabbra said.

“There should be a seminar and training sessions. There is a lot of technical and paper work that needs to be done and such training can be helpful,” he added.

The issue is gaining so much momentum that councillor Gurcharan Das Kala intends to bring in an agenda to make it compulsory for all work to be done in Hindi. “I will bring an agenda that everything should be done in Hindi. We never understand what officers say to us at meetings,” he said.

He, however, does not find it to be a barrier in his public dealings. “I have fought many elections and I have never faced any problem,” he said.

Interestingly, the councillors are all set to go on a study tour to Bangkok and Singapore in a few days. The fact that Hindi will not be spoken there poses no problem for the Hindi-speaking councillors. “The officials accompanying us will do the translation,” Kala added.



Sidhu releases book on terrorism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today released a book titled “Bahadur Banda Bairagi” at a function held here today. The book, written by Prof Netrapal Singh, explores the dynamics of terrorism with special reference to India.

Sidhu said terrorism was a universal problem, but India was particularly affected by it. “Terrorism is rooted in religion and several Muslim nations are grappling with it. They are, however, not firm in their opposition of radicals, who are fanning religious fundamentalism for their personal ends,” he said.

Prof Netrapal Singh has been a reader in the English department at Lucknow University.

The Punjab health minister, Laxmi Kanta Chawla, presided over the function.



Sector 51-A: The area administration forgot
Vishal Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
In the USA there is Area 51, which is believed to be the US air force base where the government of that country keeps top-secret alien UFOs. It is highly protected and civilians are sometimes arrested just for going too near it.

In Chandigarh there is Sector 51-A, where the residents are trying to find the secret behind why the administration does not provide them with basic amenities. And in this case people are not being punished for going near the sector but for residing in it.

The condition in Sector 51-A is so bad that it has forced the people to contemplate hunger strikes and mass demonstrations.

One such example of seething public anger was on display during an “emergency” meeting of the Chandigarh Housing Board Complex (Category-II) Sector 51-A Residents’ Welfare Association. The meeting was held recently under the chairmanship of a lawyer, R.S. Chouhan.

With their sector sans a community centre, a medical centre and a proper shopping complex, the emergency was apparently justified. The residents huffed and puffed over step-motherly treatment being meted out to them and vowed to fight it our with hunger strikes and protests.

Just to explain the degree of neglect accorded to the sector, it must be mentioned that there are only three shops in the entire complex, boasting of as many as 500 houses, even as the housing board sits over the auction of remaining shops. Most of the market exists on paper only.

Another significant grouse of the residents is that there is no security apparatus in place for the complex. Despite burgeoning incidents of theft and trespassing being brought to the notice of the police, nothing concrete has come out so far.

“The situation is really alarming as often there is an aged person or a housewife alone in the house. The risk to their lives is palpable,” says R.S. Chouhan.

Even as the residents rue the lack of facilities, the housing board is adding to their woes by issuing notices at the drop of the hat. The residents feel it is a ploy to harass them as, the complex being a newly built one and no space left in it for further development, practically there is no possibility of encroaching upon the public land.

The notices have come on such non-issues like erection of grills on the rear side of the balcony by the residents, which is apparently a security measure and in no way alters the design the building. An improperly located Vita booth too was creating a parking problem in the complex, the residents alleged.



Chandigarh Club supervisor arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Parvinder Singh, supervisor of Chandigarh Club, was arrested yesterday over allegations of “breach of peace” levelled against him by a member of the club.

Sewa Singh had gone to the club with his son and brother for dinner. Parvinder Singh allegedly entered into a verbal duel with him followed by a minor scuffle.

Some articles of Sewa Singh also went missing. He alleged that those had been snatched by the staff of the club.

The police has regitered a case and is probing the veracity of theft charges.



Over 1,200 traffic violators challaned

Chandigarh, September 30
The traffic police has booked 1,274 offenders, including 584 for driving on high beam, during a week-long drive.

Special nakas were set up at important points across the city and staff from the police stations of the respective areas was also engaged in the drive.

The traffic police issued challans for triple riding, riding without helmet and other violations.

It also set up “anti-snatching nakas” in view of the rising number of incidents of snatching. The SSP, S.S. Srivastva, supervised the nakas.

The crime branch of the Chandigarh police conducted checks at pubs and bars between 2 am and 3 am, but all were closed. — TNS



Tarlochan Singh felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
Punjab Intellectia, a Washington-based think tank on Punjab, felicitated Tarlochan Singh, MP and former chairman, National Commission for Minorities, at its meeting attended by prominent economists and retired and working Sikh officers of The World Bank, in Washington yesterday.

The inellectia members expressed concerns on the fiscal conditions of Punjab. Harbhajan Singh, the coordinator of Punjab Intellectia, said that the sectors needing urgent response were education, infrastructure and health. It was felt by the group that foreign investment to jump start Punjab’s economy was not the problem, the political will and bipartisan agreements was the need of the hour.

The meeting was followed by dinner hosted by Taranjit Kaur, of The World Bank.Later Congressman Elliot Engel of New York joined the group at dinner and had informal discussions with Tarlochan Singh on relations with India.

Among those who attended the meeting were Harbhajan Singh, Prem Garg of the World Bank, and Surjit Singh Sidhu of the Federal Reserve Board, Dr U.S. Bawa, Dr Surinder Singh Gill, Tejbir Singh Phool, Miran K. Phool of Kaur foundation and Manjit Singh of SALDEF.

In July Tarlochan Singh had given a talk at the World Bank on Minorities issues. He cleared many misconceptions of the role of the minorities and the government on the issues of minorities in India.

Later officials having roots in Punjab hosted a lunch in his honour at the bank. He was personally briefed on the issues and possible solutions on the Punjab economic situation.



3 million units of blood short
National Voluntary Blood Donors Day today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
There are 6 million units of blood available in the country against the demand of 9 million units every year and to the worst of it half of the available blood comes from the professional donors, said Dr Neelam Marwaha, Head of Department, PGI, Chandigarh, her today.

Dr Marwah was talking with The Tribune as the country is observing the National Voluntary Blood Donors Day on Monday.

In fact there is a dire need of a public movement roping in the youth and school children and spreading the awareness regarding importance of blood donation at the village level where majority of the population with a substantial number of healthy people resides, said Dr Marwaha.

As of now there were just 20 per cent of voluntary blood donation is being reported in many of the states while in addition to Union Territory of Chandigarh the states of Mahrashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu were able to procure upto 80 per cent of there needs through voluntary donors.

The country has a difficult task before it to arrange six lakh units of blood from voluntary donors to fulfil its requirements with replacing the blood donated by professionals as well, said Dr marwaha.

“One blood donor can prove helpful in saving three lives by donating one unit as it contains four components, including red cells, plasma, platelets, and cryopercipitates,” informed Dr Marwaha.

Red cells are required in the treatment of patients of Thelesemia, plasma for suffering from liver diseases and other blood problems, platelets for dengue patients, cancer patients, and those who need bone marrow transplantation, said Dr Marwaha. Similarly cryopercipitates containing factor 8 helpful in clotting of blood is required for patients of hemophilia, added Dr Marwaha.

Dr Ravneet Kaur, Senior Doctor and acting head of department of immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion, Government Medical College and Hospital, said there was a dire need of regular registered blood donors in the country of all blood groups as the shelf life of platelets was between 3 and 5 days. 



Increasing lifestyle diseases get olives to India
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 30
The country having an emerging economy with an increase in number of patients suffering from lifestyle diseases has caught the fancy of International Olive Council.

The council expecting a substantial increase in the import of olive oil in the country in near future due to its efficacy in preventing the lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and a few types of cancer has started assessing the potential of growing the fruit in some pockets of Rajasthan.

In fact the preparation of getting itself to reckon with the four top economies of the world by year 2020 India has been facing the threat of becoming the hub of lifestyle diseases.

The country with a number of 20 million adult diabetes cases at present is expected to be the house of 57 million adult diabetics by 2020. And in the same year we would be bearing the largest cardiovascular diseases burden in the world with the reason behind one third of deaths because of this disease. Obesity the main cause behind these diseases is observed even in 32 per cent of middle class males with 50 per cent of females in the same category.

Concentrating on these factors, however, and expecting a good demand by the emerging rich class of the country in the near future, the International Olive Council (IOC) has started campaigning to create awareness about the qualities of table olive and olive oil citing its health related benefits.

Interestingly the steep rise in the purchasing power of Indians has reflected in the import of olive oil growth also. The country which uses olive oil mainly for the cosmetic purposes has suddenly witnessed an increase in imports of olive oil between 30 and 40 forty per cent during last couple of years.

“We expect that the import of olive oil in the country can go up to 5, 000 tonnes in the near future while it was 2, 000 tonnes last year, says Franco Oliva, Deputy Director and Head of Promotions, IOC, adding that “this trend is expected to continue similarly on the pattern of USA where the consumption of olive oil increased to 2, 50, 000 tonnes since 1980 when it was just 25,000 tonnes.”

The IOC with its headquarters in Madrid, Spain an inter-governmental, non profit organisation set up in 1959 under the auspices of United Nations with the aim of ensuring the development of olive products is responsible for administering the succession of international agreements on olive oil and table olives.

In fact the IOC with highlighting the nutritious and protective effects of olives and its oil against certain diseases was hopeful of increase in popularity of olives and olive oil in the country.

The olive oil is the oil obtained from the fruit of the olive tree and marketed under various designations including virgin olive oils, refined olive oil, olive oil, and olive-pomace oil. However the virgin olive oils are further graded according to their organoleptic and chemical characteristics in the categories namely extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil and ordinary virgin olive oil. While Extra virgin olive oil with a free acidity, expresses as oleic acid, of not more than 0.8 gm per 100 gm virgin olive oil and ordinary olive oil are available with 2 gm and 3.3 gm per 100 gm respectively.

Refined olive oil is obtained from virgin olive oil by refining methods and olive oil is a blend of refined oil and virgin olive oil fit for consumption.

The olive-pomace oil is obtained by treating olive pomace with solvents or other physical treatments, to the exclusion of oils obtained by re-esterification processes and of any mixture with other kind of oils.

However, depending upon the studies over the benefits of consuming olives and olive oil the IOC is expecting that people in the country with the adapting nature of other cultures are ready to incorporate the olive oil in their eating habits to protect themselves.

The studies observed that there were populations in the Mediterranean region which had a lower cardiovascular mortality rate although they consumed the same amount of fat as people in northern European countries. And the main distinguished feature of the Mediterranean diet was that it contained olive oil and plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Olive oil being effective in preventing the formation of blood clots helps in avoiding excessive blood coagulation. And the olive-oil-rich diets attenuating the effect of food with excessive fats which encourage blood clot formation contribute to low incidence of heart failure, finds the studies, said Dr Gaurav Sharma, a practicing professional fitness medical doctor and owner of Reebok Fitness Club, Delhi.

Olive oil diet help in lowering the levels of total blood cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol and tiglycerides) and at the same time it does not alter the level of HDL- cholesterol reducing the risk of heart diseases.

It has also been observed that by preventing insulin resistance and its implications by raising HDL-cholesterol, lowering LDL- cholesterol ensuring better blood sugar level control and lower blood pressure the use of olive oil may also help in preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes, informed Dr Sharma.

The olive oil use can reduce the risks of cancer as the studies suggest that it exerts a protective effect against certain malignant tumours, informed the doctor. Still the olive oil would remain out of reach of common man for edible purpose because of its high prices, said Franco Oliva.



‘Illegal’ occupants move out of Police Lines
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 30
With the deadline for vacating houses in the Police Lines expiring today, “unauthorised” occupants of houses there packed their bags and left during the day amidst chaos.

Tractor-trailers were seen carrying the belongings of police personnel out of the Police Lines. The houses were vacated in compliance with the orders of SP Sandeep Khirwar, who had given them a fortnight to look for alternative accommodation.

Harried by the orders, some policemen, on the condition of anonymity, said they had shifted into the houses following a nod given by the previous SP, Balbir Singh.

However, the new SP had termed the occupation of the houses illegal and threatened to register cases against those who failed to vacate the accommodation by the end of the month.

Even as tractor-trailers carrying the belongings of the evictees continued to ply all through the day, some families, with no arrangements, decided to spend the night out in the open.

“The rent is very high in Panchkula and we have not been able to arrange for any accommodation so far. However, under the orders, we have vacated our house and will have to pitch a tent here for the night,” said an evictee. There were others who said they had written to their office declining house rent when they moved to these houses in consultation with Balbir Singh.

“Neither are we getting house rent nor do we have a house with us now. It will become difficult to make both ends meet with meager salary,” said a policeman.

Another evictee said one of the women fainted while the family was shifting out. “The policeman and his wife wanted to shift to Ramgarh where rents are low. However, their children insisted on staying in Panchkula. This led to tension and the woman fainted,” a neighbour said. A handful of families still residing at the Police Lines are likely to vacate their houses by tomorrow morning.



Walk for Heart
Milkha Singh leads the way
Tribune Reporters
MY HEART IS RIGHT: Risha Sharma (33), whose heart is on the right side of chest, holds a sign of heart to mark the World Heart Day in Patiala on Sunday.
MY HEART IS RIGHT: Risha Sharma (33), whose heart is on the right side of chest, holds a sign of heart to mark the World Heart Day in Patiala on Sunday.— A Tribune photo

Mohali, September 30
Padmashree Milkha Singh flagged off “Prime Heart Walk-07” to mark the World Heard Day here today. Around 300 persons under various age groups took part in the walk.

The walk started from Shivalik Hospital, Sector 69, and culminated at the same venue after covering a distance of around 3 km.

Milkha Singh highlighted the importance of walking to keep healthy. He said even at the age of 80 he ensured that he went out for a walk regularly.

Recalling his triumph in the 1968 Commonwealth Games and the subsequent presentation of a gold medal by the Queen of England, he expressed his desire to see another Indian get a gold medal in Olympics during his lifetime.

Dr U.P.Singh, CEO of the Prime Heart Institute, which organised the walk, said one must ensure 45 minutes of brisk walk every day to stay fit. He said the aim was to encourage people to take care of their heart by bringing about changes in their lifestyle and eating habits.

The institute had organised a two-day free heart check-up camp on September 28 and 29.

The walk had joint participation of the Lions Club of Mohali and Saffola Life as event partners.

Panchkula: A cardiac diagnostic centre in Sector 6 also organised a “Walk for Heart” this morning.

The walk began from Wah Dilli in Sector 5 and concluded at Heartline clinic in Sector 6. Balloons were released in the air to promote the idea of keeping a healthy heart. This was followed by an interactive session for public with experts in various fields. The experts included Dr Aditya Rattan, Dr S.K. Mathur and Dr S. Jassal.

Dr Rattan talked about the role of stress in aggravating heart diseases, while Dr Mathur gave information on ways to keeping healthy despite diabetes. Dr Jassal delivered a talk on diet and oil consumption in daily life.

Patiala: A free heart check-up camp was organised on the World Heart Day at Patiala Heart Institute here today.

Over 200 patients from different parts of the state were examined by a team of doctors led by senior physician Dr Parmod Jaiswal. He also educated them on prevention of heart diseases.

Cardiologist Dr Gurpreet Singh Sidhu delivered a lecture on healthy diet and lifestyle modification. Dr S.P.S. Bagga chaired the session.

A team of doctors performed around 200 ECG, echo-cardiography, angiography and blood tests.

Literature pertaining to awareness on heart diseases was also distributed.



China’s National Day celebrated

Mohali, September 30
A function was organised at Paragon Senior Secondary School , Sector 71, here today on the eve of China’s 59th National Day here today.

Delivering the keynote address, renowned scholar H.S. Mehta spoke on the necessity of bringing India and China close to take on the imperialist forces and evolve a strategy to eradicate poverty - a major problem being faced by both the nations.

A message of goodwill by Xie Fie, cultural counsellor of the embassy of the People’s Republic of China, was also read on the occasion.

Sidhu Damdami , editor of Punjabi Tribune, was the chief guest of the function which was presided over by Jasjit Singh , general secretary of the youth wing of SAD. — OC



Mohali Mess
In the lap of garbage
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 30
One thing that sticks out like a sore thumb in the township is garbage. Almost every phase here is littered with some. No wonder why the town has witnessed repeated outbreaks of diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and dengue!

An outbreak of diarrhoea at Mohali village recently saw the town’s politicians rush to the place, only to get themselves photographed. They left but not without an assurance to carry out a cleanliness drive at the village. However, nothing has changed there.

A similar sight welcomes the residents of Phase 3B2. The garbage collection point here is never cleaned. As a result, the place has become a source of flies and stench.

The municipal council is responsible for maintaining cleanliness in the town but has failed the town’s residents.



Give a thought to sports

The city supplement of your newspaper is doing a good job of making Chandigarh a better place everyday by bringing to light, important issues and latest happenings.

I feel that it is high time to bring to the notice of the public and administration, the neglected state of sports in the city.

Often, children and young boys are seen playing football, cricket etc. in parks in nearly every area, in the absence of proper sports centres in Chandigarh. This can prove to be harmful for other people and the players too.

My suggestion is that the administration and media should get together to educate the public not to use parks for playing and secondly, proper sport facilities should be made available to children and sportspersons.

School and community centre grounds or the barren land often found in many sectors, should be developed into sports centres so that city children as well as morning/evening walkers and joggers can both have a place meant exclusively for them.

Hargeen Chandigarh

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Lawyer held in land grab case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 30
The local police today arrested lawyer Ajay Sangroha for his alleged involvement in grabbing the land of an NRI from Kurkshetra.

With this, three of the nine accused of forging papers for transfer of property of the NRI in Sector 21 are in police custody.

While Alvin John was arrested soon after the case was registered in November, 2006, another accused Raj Bala was arrested a few days ago.

Acting on the complaint of NRI Ramesh Chander, the police had booked property dealer Alvin John, Sector-15 resident Manoj Kumar, lawyer Sanjeev Kumar, Nada Sahib resident Satnam, lawyer Ajay Sangroha, Rohtak resident Jeewan Kumar, notary (public) Sanjeev Gupta, Raj Bala and stamp vendor Bani Singh Yadav and a district clerk for their alleged involvement in the case.

In his complaint to the police, Ramesh Chander said before leaving for Canada, where he is permanently settled, he decided to rent out his 10-marla three-storeyed house in Sector 21 for which he placed an advertisement in a newspaper.

Alvin John contacted him and visited him with a couple of clients. “We finalised the deal with Bangalore-based Interface, which wanted to run a guest house from the premises. Company manager Manoj Kumar came to me and a deal for Rs 6,000 per month as rent was decided after which they demanded a rent deed for guest house,” he said.

The NRI was told that personnel manager Jeewan would stay at the guest house. They even got his signature on the rent deed and his picture was clicked at the tehsil office.

They deposited rent for the first eight months and then asked for the first floor of the house, which he wanted to rent out.

Later, he was asked if he wanted to sell the accommodation. Alarmed at the proposal, he wrote a letter to the Haryana Urban Development Authority saying that forged papers of his property were being circulated and its ownership should not be changed.

HUDA replied that the property ownership had been changed in consonance with his general power of attorney (GPA). It was then that Ramesh Chander realised that he had been defrauded of his property and returned to India to pursue the case and register a case with the police.

He maintained that while the accused had prepared the rent deed, they also prepared a GPA and submitted it to the office concerned.

The police has booked those involved in the plan under Sections 419, 420, 465, 466, 467, 468, 471, 120 B of the IPC.



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