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Gandhi’s People
Their life is waste
Garbage pickers have no gloves, masks or health checks
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
They don’t carry night-soil on their heads anymore. But, for Gandhi’s modern-day-Harijans, its drudgery anyway.

Nineteen-year-old Rejina starts her day at 7 am. Her task -- door-to-door garbage collection from 200 households in Sector 29, where her mother has been picking waste for five years.

Together, they go about their business with casual indifference, inheriting a legacy of dirt and disease as they sift through dirt with bare hands, braving infection lurking in the mindlessly disposed of waste.

“People never segregate waste. They throw wet kitchen waste along with blades and broken glass, even blood-stained cotton balls. We work in hazardous conditions, often sustaining injuries. Besides, we endure scorn. Had we a choice, we would never have been here,” says Salma, who travels from Colony No. 4 to Sector 29 to make a living.

Like the 500-odd waste pickers (each sector has about 10, by MC survey) of Chandigarh, she makes a pittance - Re 1 a day; sometimes less, as each household in the city with the highest per capita income in the country pays just Rs 10 to Rs 50 per month for waste disposal.

Unlike the West where people pay heavy taxes to civic bodies which then collect and dispose waste, the Indian system remains disorganised, exposing garbage pickers to grave health risks.

They remain “dangerously” employed. Last week, 25-year-old Ram Kumar, one of the first garbage pickers in Chandigarh, died of prolonged illness - a consequence of his occupation. “Waste pickers don’t have social security, protective gear or health check up. Even Sehaj Safai Kendras (SSKs) where they transport waste for segregation, stink. The one in the mayor’s sector - Sector 35 - is also filthy,” points out Pramod Sharma of Yuvsatta, which started door-to-door garbage collection in Chandigarh.

The system began with the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Rules 2000 requiring municipalities to start door-to-door garbage collection instead of secondary collection from common collection points on streets.

The rules offered MCs choices and these could have opted to institutionalise waste pickers within the system of solid waste management. But most MCs left the job to private hands. Dr G.C, Bansal of the MC says: “Waste pickers are not our employees. But we provide them free carts.”

And that’s about all the MC provides. Pritam Kumar, president, Bharatiya Safai Mazdur Kalyan Sangh, says: “In some sectors, contractors have employed waste pickers, which number in thousands. Here, the exploitation is absolute. We want a minimum wage of Rs 6,000 for every garbage picker and gum boots, masks and gloves. They are risking their lives for a job which the MC must execute.”

Right now, 360 tonnes of waste is collected from the city daily; of this, 69.67 per cent is organic waste, 10.49 per cent inert matter and 18.88 per cent inorganic waste. Contrary to the Supreme Court’s directions, the city has no system of waste segregation at source.

Raju, who collects garbage in Sector 25, says: “We collect waste from houses, take it to SSKs, sift it with bare hands to look for plastic and other saleable stuff. That’s how we make an extra Rs 10 to Rs 30 a day, at the risk of our health. In Rs 10 a month, which each household pays, how do you expect us to survive?”

At most SSKs the facility of toilets and drinking water is absent, so is regular fumigation. While MC spends lakhs on dengue and malaria control, it cares little to protect garbage collectors who work in filthy conditions where mosquitoes flourish. Most garbage collectors can’t even visit doctors as most OPDs are run in the morning when they are at work.



P’kula MC Chief
HC issues notice to DC on Chaudhary’s plea
Saurabh Malik/TNS

Chandigarh, October 1
Taking up a petition filed by Panchkula MC president Seema Chaudhary alleging violation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directions ordering her immediate reinstatement, Justice Hemant Gupta today issued a notice to Panchkula DC R.K. Kataria and another respondent, asking them to show why contempt proceedings not be initiated against them.

On April 12, almost two years after being appointed president of the Panchkula MC, Chaudhary was ousted from office following a no-confidence motion against her. But the motion was, subsequently, quashed by the High Court.

Seeking the initiation of contempt proceedings against the DC and three others, Chaudhary has alleged violation of the judgement dated September 19, whereby her immediate reinstatement was ordered.

Justice Gupta fixed October 15 as the next date of hearing. Chaudhary was elected in January 2003 for a term of five years, but was removed following a no-confidence motion. Taking up her petition against the action, Justice K.S.Garewal of the High Court had ruled that the motion against her by the general house stood quashed.

She had moved the court seeking quashing of the motion on the ground that the house meeting was called in violation of the provisions of the Haryana Municipal Act. Also, secrecy of the ballot was not maintained at the meeting.

According to the provisions of the Act, a minimum gap of six months is mandatory between two meetings of the house. However, the April 1 meeting was postponed to April 12 in the wake of the state mourning over the death of two senior Haryana Ministers, O.P. Jindal and Surender Singh, in an air-crash.

Even as 18 councillors owing allegiance to the Congress and three of the BJP met at hotel Red Bishop to discuss the strategy to remove the MC president, a team of MC officials arrived there and informed them that the meeting had been put off.



The Showman who won’t give up
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
At the age of 84, the evergreen Dev Anand is still looking for love and romance.

His autobiography "Romancing With Life" is aptly titled, considering his zest for life and constant endeavour to "make his dreams come true".

"I had dreams. Everybody must have dreams and realise them through hard work and perseverance," the young-at-heart actor said at the launch of his autobiography here today.

To a query, he said: "People kept me going" and every moment became an experience to be cherished.

"It is not fiction but the real story of a man who made it big in Bollywood after running away from home in Lahore in 1943," he said.

Going down the memory lane, Dev Anand, who was born in Gurdaspur, said: "I belong to Punjab....my roots are here".

Dev Anand created a political storm in 1975 by launching a political outfit and opposing emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi. The outfit was later disbanded as “I did not get support. Anyway my profession was film-making and not politics.”

The undisputed king of romance said he was not in favour of "remaking" classics and was always on a lookout for new scripts. His production house, Navketan, was open to new ideas and “anybody could approach me with a good script,” he said, adding two of his films "Charge Sheet" and "When Heartbeats are Same"(in English) would hit the floor soon.



What senior citizens deserve
A permanent geriatric clinic
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Even as city hospitals and dispensaries have taken a few steps to make the visit of elders less problematic, much more needs to be done.

As the PGI runs a geriatric clinic once a week, the Government Multispeciality Hospital provides every visitor above the age of 60 a separate colour card so that the staff can identify that they are dealing with a senior citizen who needs special attention.

The GMCH-32 in addition to providing separate windows for them runs a special clinic for them every day.

The PGI although has provided separate windows for the senior citizens on the registration windows and diagnosis samples collection centers the confusion always remain prevailing on theses counters leading to unsavory situations and harassment to the senior citizens.

Interestingly the staff on these counters has the instructions to treat a person above the age of 70 as senior citizen while the Chandigarh Administration considers the age f 60 to avail the facilities available for senior citizens.

“There is hardly any day passed when no complaint reach to the authorities from disappointed elders at he hospital because of this rule,” said a staff member.

Similarly there was no separate queue for the elders in the endocrinology OPD where huge rush is faced by the senior citizens.

The number of days of geriatric clinic being held once a week is needed to be extended as it is too little time for 40,000 senior citizens in the city. The GMCH running a geriatric clinic every day for the elders has already submitted a proposal to the government fro setting up a Geriatric department to treat the elders.



... More seats in buses
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Even as two seats are reserved for senior citizens in buses and there is 50 per cent discount on their fare, the elderly still face problems while travelling in CTU buses.

Sushil Gupta, a senior citizen and president of the Citizen Forum on Human Rights, said, “No one including conductors and other passengers care for senior citizens in local buses. We mostly found that the seats reserved for the elderly were occupied by the younger lot, which is least bothered about the elderly who are forced to stand. Even conductors don’t care much. The number of reserved seats should be increased to 10 to 12.”

Except the new low-floor buses, the steps of other buses are too high, he said.

Dharamvir Garg (80) of Sector 21 says that the 50 per cent discount on fare is restricted only to the UT. “If we want to go to Mohali or Panchkula, there is no discount. After Mani Majra or as we enter Mohali, we are asked to pay full fare.

“Our association, Lajpat Rai Bhawan Senior Citizen Centre, has written to the authorities about the problem, but no one is bothered,” he said.

Expressing disappointment over the CTU grid system, another senior citizen, Chander Mani of Sector 28, said, “I have to wait for more than half hour for a bus everyday. The CTU staff is not senior citizen-friendly. If any senior person forgets to carry his/her card, the conductors are rude. They should be given instructions to respect the elderly.”

“The elderly prefer to use the local bus service due to their inability to use their vehicles. So special care should be given to senior citizens,” Mani said. 



19 honoured at function for elderly
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
“The breakup of the joint family system has led to fall in values and respect for elders in the younger generations. It is because of this that senior citizens are feeling ignored and unwanted in the present day setup,” said deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria at Senior Citizens’ Day celebrations at the old age home in Sector 15, here today.

He added that the celebrations were held by the government to inspire the young to respect the elders and senior citizens.

Calling senior citizens “storehouses of experience”, he said those who failed to show respect to the elders remained derived of the knowledge they had.

“There was a time when the senior-most member in any household decided who the family members would vote for. Now, we give them a place in the house but no place in our hearts,” he remarked.

City magistrate Yogesh Kumar also spoke on the importance of the day. He said the government had set up homes for old people across the state. The homes were a shelter to those who were unwanted in their own homes.

Earlier, the deputy commissioner honoured 19 senior citizens, eight of whom were women.

Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme to entertain the elders.



Eating away into city’s law and order situation
Roadside eateries or mess of troubles?
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

The law says…

Chandigarh became the first smoke-free city of the country on July 15, with the implementation of the Central Tobacco Control Act. To make its implementation a success, the UT has constituted a Chandigarh Tobacco Control Cell to act as a focal point for all tobacco-related complaints

Chandigarh, October 1
The roadside eateries and ‘dhabas’ in the city continue to flourish under the not-so-watchful eye of the authorities. Though the UT Administration has fixed 11 pm as the closing time for all restaurants and eateries in the city, these road side ‘food joints’ continue to serve till early morning, more often than not right under the nose of the police personnel.

Most of these eateries have been in place for years now - they abound outside the ISBT, Sector 17; in the Sector 22 parking lot (in front of the ISBT); outside Government Multi-speciality Hospital, Sector 16, besides the numerous roadside tea and tobacco vendors scattered all over the city. These are especially active along the major bus routes, including on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway.

These vendors not only sell food, tea and other refreshments, but also stock tobacco products and also serve alcohol. Moreover, as these are the only vendors open late into the night, many youngsters are often found ‘hanging around’ to get their supply of tobacco products. Thus, the much-touted smoke free status goes up in smoke during the night hours with the men in khaki turning a blind eye toward these law violations.

The youngsters who visit these places are usually in an inebriated condition, which often leads to fights and brawls at these places.

Leading to further chaos is the fact that these youngsters do not follow traffic rules and don’t wear the safety helmet. Thus, these late night ‘jaunts’ usually lead to lawlessness.

Police sources said the vendors operate in connivance with the police officers of the area who take money from them.

UT SSP S.S. Srivastva said the law was the same for everybody and action would be taken against these roadside vendors. “I have directed the police officers of the areas concerned to take action against the violators from 7-8 pm and such action will continue in future to enforce the law,” he said.

He maintained that there is some ambiguity in the Sections 4 and 6 of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Act 2003. Once these are made cognizable, it would facilitate in enforcing the law in a better manner.



Garbage piles near lidless bins
Rajay Deep/TNS

Chandigarh, October 1
Uncovered garbage containers are a health hazard, but the health department of the MC is callous about it.

Four garbage containers without lids have been lying on the footpath in the parking of the Sector 20 market for a long time. Some people dump garbage in the open area near the containers. As a result, the area in front of the market has become a hunting ground for stray dogs and other animals.

The administration has pasted posters in the city, including bus shelters, to spread awareness on the precautions to be taken against dengue, malaria and chikungunya.

Manreet Singh Nagra of Sector 20 said, “These containers stink and nobody parks vehicles near these points. The containers are a threat to the health of shopkeepers and passersby.”

Rajiv Sharma, a shopkeeper, rued, “We have had quarrels with people who throw garbage outside the containers. This will go on until the containers are removed.”

“Have they no other place to keep these garbage containers?” Harsh Dhillon, a visitor to the market, asked.

B.K. Sharma, an OSD with the MC, said, “We have been finding a suitable place. As soon as it gets approved, the containers would be shifted.”



Councillors rally behind Arshad Khan
Ask home secretary to intervene
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
As many as 28 councillors of the Municipal Corporation today met the UT home secretary in support of nominated councillor Arshad Khan. They stated that the UT Administration had levelled serious charges against one of their fellow councillors, who was yet to receive a show-cause notice for the same. Stating that the attitude of the bureaucracy could be ‘suffocating’ at times, they requested the home secretary to look into the issue, which they stated had come to their notice through a section of the media. The councillors also expressed displeasure over being kept in the dark that such an enquiry was being held against one of their colleagues.

Earlier in the day, the councillors held a meeting, which was called by Mayor Harjinder Kaur, where Arshad Khan was asked to explain his stand on the issues raised by an enquiry report that was covered in a section of the press.

Talking to TNS, Khan stated that the allegations made against him were serious and it was his moral duty to explain to his colleagues his stand on the same. “I have tried to counter the allegations made in a section of the press by providing witnesses and other material evidence at my disposal in a manner that clearly absolves me of all these allegations.” The Mayor told TNS that it was unfortunate that such a big issue was being made out of this even before a show-cause notice had been served to Khan. “He is a victim before the verdict is out. All councillors wanted to know what the issue was all about and so a meeting was called today. Arshad has assured us that if found guilty, he will resign.”

She, however, clarified that she was unaware of any such enquiry being initiated against any councillor.

The MC employees’ union was also asked to explain their stand on the issue of being instigated by Arshad Khan. It has been learnt that they refuted all such charges in front of the MC councillors.

Meanwhile, in a signed statement, the Janata Party today demanded a CBI inquiry into the issue, citing that the allegations pertained to a function where union minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal was also present. While the minister refused to comment, Congress councillors, including Devinder Babla, openly supported the nominated councillor.



Rare antelope born at Chhatbir Zoo
Megha Mann/TNS

Chhatbir, October 1
A rare four-horned antelope, also known as chausingha, was born at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park - Chhatbir Zoo Sunday late evening. The antelope is an endangered animal listed under schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act.

It is the fifth creature of its kind at this zoological park. The field director of zoo Dharminder Sharma said a fawn of chausingha ( Tetracerus quadricornis) was born last year. “We have yet not seen the baby as it is the mother that takes care of it. We need to go near newborn only when it needs veterinary help, which can be ascertained by its behavioural changes. The zoo keepers have observed this fawn to be normal,” he said.

Four-horned antelopes were hunted by trophy-hunters because of their four horns and by some tribes for their meat. Because of hunting and also because of habitat loss, there are very few four-horned antelopes now left in India, Sharma said.

Sharma added that the animal has a high exchange value and that the zoos at Delhi and Mysore have been asking Chhatbir zoo authorities to give them at least one member of this antelope clan. “This shy animal is rarely found even in Indian zoos. Mainly found in desert areas, it is such a fragile animal that we do not go near newborn unless and until the mother allows us. If we do so forcefully, the mother may not feed child at all and abandon it,” he said.

The adult weighs 15 kgs, while new born is not more than a few kgs. Zoo authorities do not know about the gender of the fawn yet.



Mohali Mess
An area of neglect
Tribune News Service

A road in Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali, in disrepair
A road in Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali, in disrepair. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali, October 1
The Industrial Area here has been touted as the IT hub of the state. However, the area is one of the most ignored ones in the township.

The poor state of the roads here has been highlighted a number of times in newspapers but nothing seems to have moved the government in this regard.

The government has even failed to notice the wild overgrowth, which has not been removed for years, in the area. Ten-foot-tall congress grass is all that one can see by the roadside here.

The road opposite the Godrej factory in Phase VIII B is just one example of poor maintenance on part of the authorities concerned.

The road’s condition has been highlighted many a time but no action has been taken by the Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation (PSIEC), which is responsible for the maintenance of the Industrial Area.

Over Rs 200 crore was to be pumped in for the development of infrastructure here but not a penny seems to have been spent.

With the state trying to woo national players to the ‘IT hub’, it needs to put in place more effort to support its claims.



Resident digs NH to lay water pipe
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
Residents of the Housing Board Colony today alleged that a resident had cut through the national highway to lay a water pipeline from the mainline to his residence in Basant Vihar in Kalka.

Treasurer of the residents association Anuj Walia said one of the residents who had recently constructed a house in Vasant Vihar had sought a temporary water connection till the final approval came through.

“He was given a temporary supply line from Vasant Vihar. However, he punctured the mainline, dug the national highway and laid a pipe right across the road to his house overnight. In the morning, we were aghast to see the freshly laid supply line,” said M.L. Kashyap, a resident.

Colony residents got together and complained to SDM Saket Kumar about the irregularity committed by the “beneficiary”.

They also told him that the “beneficiary” had illegally opened two gates — one opening toward the housing colony and the other toward Vasant Vihar.

“This is illegal because a house cannot have two entry points,” Kashyap said.

Acting on the complaint of the colony residents, the SDM went for an inspection.

“I have been to the spot and am examining the matter. We will have to see if the resident had the permission of the national highway authority, who joined his pipeline to the mainline and other such issues. We will be able to determine if the resident is guilty only after investigating the case. If found guilty, we will register a case against the resident,” Saket Kumar said.



Maj Gen Charanjit takes charge of Command Hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Major General Charanjit Singh assumed charge as the Commandant of the Western Command Hospital at Chandimandir today. He took over from Maj Gen V.P. Pathania who has been posted as the Deputy Director Medical Services (DDMS) at Headquarters Western Command.

General Charanjit Singh joined the Army Medical Corps in 1972 and has held various professional and administrative appointments. He completed his M.D. (Medicine) in 1978 from the Pune University and in 1987 he did his D.M. (Cardiology) from the same university.

Having a teaching experience of over 25 years as a teacher and examiner of D.M. Cardiology in University of Pune, University of Mumbai and Rajiv Gandhi University, Bangalore, he also served as Professor of Cardiology at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune from 2001-2006. He has been the President of Cardiologist Society of India (Pune) from 2004-2006.

His prior appointments include Commandant, Military Hospital (CTC), Pune in 2005-2006 and DDMS, Headquarters 11 Corps, Jalandhar from June 2006 to September 2007. He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2005.



Fauji Beat
No comment on tenure, please

V.S. Jafa, a former secretary (Finance), Ministry of Defence, has written two identical articles in The Tribune (Edit page) on August 17 and September 18. His latter article, “The stressed Army jawan”, is almost a repeat of his former article, “Suicides in the Army”. His thrust point in these articles is that the Army should not be paid more. Now, when the Sixth Central Pay Commission is in session, no one can mistake Jafa’s intention of writing these articles.

Since we have already dealt with the issues raised in his first article in this column earlier, we will only discuss two variants contained in the second article, one each in this and the next piece.

Jafa says that a jawan should be sent home after five years of colour service. After that the system should help him to find a gainful occupation. Jafa’s view, ostensibly, is outright theoretical. When this was tried out earlier, it had miserably failed. For, after seven years of colour service and at the age of about 25 years when a jawan was sent home, he remained unemployed, as the “system” did not help him. It was for this reason that the jawan’s colour service was raised from seven to 17 years.

Why should a young man join the Army just for five years and then struggle to find a career for himself after he is shunted out from it? Rather than wasting five years in the Army why shouldn’t he find another vocation where he has some stability?

Crowded polyclinics

Most of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinics are overcrowded today and are handling three to four times more patients than what they are designed to cater to. The average waiting time at a polyclinic is two to three hours.

As per the instructions of the Central ECHS authorities, patients above 75 years of age should be given a priority at all three points i.e. at the registration counter, for consultation by the medical officer/specialist and at the medicines’ counter. Those polyclinics, which have not implemented these instructions, should do so now as the aged patients find it hard to go through a long-waiting period.

Since the number of ECHS members is growing by the day, a sizeable number of more polyclinics will have to be established and some of the current ones will have to be upgraded in the second phase soon after March 31, 2008. The planning for this should be done now.

IMA turns 75

The Indian Military Academy (IMA) has turned 75 on October 1. While its first Commandant was Brigadier L.P. Collins (a British officer), its first Indian Commandant was Brigadier Thakur Mahadeo Singh. The first course that commenced in 1932, had passed out in 1934. And the first passing out parade was commanded by Under Officer Smith Dun, who later rose to become the Army Chief of Burma.

Between December, 1934, and May, 1941, 524 gentlemen cadets were commissioned from the IMA. But during the World War-II, the duration of training was reduced to six months and even less for some courses. That was why 3,887 cadets, both Indian and British, passed out of the IMA from August 1941 and January 1946.

— Pritam Bhullar



Amritsar lathicharge: Forum moves PSHRC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Taking note of the police lathicharge on farmers near Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, the Human Right Protection Forum, through its director, S.S. Bawa, moved a petition in the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, today.

The petition stated that on September 27 there was a brutal lathicharge on farmers, who were agitating democratically against the policies of the government. It was further mentioned that the incident was termed as a murder of democracy by various news agencies.

The petition requested the Commission to take suo motu notice and conduct an enquiry into the episode.

Bawa said, “The farmers at Jallianwala Bagh were carrying out a peaceful procession on the birth centenary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. There was no need of a lathicharge as they were not harming anyone.”

He added: “The police needs to be trained on how to handle peaceful protests. Not taking notice of this issue means promoting unjustified act of the police.”



RLA debars habitual offender
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) debarred a habitual offender from holding a driving license for a period of two months following recommendations made by the traffic police.

The Chandigarh Traffic Police said Rahul Sharma of Sector 20-B had been issued eight challans from October 15, 2006 to July 4.

He had been disqualified from holding driving license for a period of two months from September 26 onwards.

Till date, the traffic police have recommended 208 cases to the RLA Chandigarh for suspension of driving licenses, and out of these, 155 habitual offenders have been awarded punishment.



Tribune AGM retires
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The Additional General Manager (AGM), The Tribune, O.P Arora, retired on September 30 after putting in 40 years of service. Arora had joined the newspaper in 1968 when it was printed from Ambala.

At the farewell function held today, Arora’s colleagues praised his relentless services to the newspaper. General Manager Sanjay Hazari described Arora as a “complete manager” with a quality of adaptability, so essential in the modern-day changing world.

He wished him peace and good health during his well-deserved post-retirement period. Arora, while speaking on the occasion, said that The Tribune was a unique organisation which took care of its employees.



Two DSPs retire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Three police officials, including two DSPs, retired from service yesterday.

They are DSP Devinder Thakur (police lines), DSP Mohall Lal Verma (operation) and inspector Ishwar Singh Mann, SHO of the Sector 36 police station.

DSP Thakur is one of the few police officers who had the longest tenure in service. A recipient of two President’s medal for meritorious service, he was the youngest police officer in his batch.

Inspector Mann served in all departments of the police. DSP Verma joined as an ASI in 1972.



Selection of anganwadi workers ‘unfair’

Chandigarh, October 1
The selection for the post of anganwadi worker in Colony No. 4 has come under cloud with candidates alleging irregularities in the selection process. In a representation, seven candidates alleged that no transparency was observed while selecting the candidate.

In an advertisement in local newspapers, the Chandigarh administration had advertised for seven posts of anganwadi worker. It was mentioned in the advertisement that local candidates would be selected. However, several experienced and qualified candidates were not selected, they alleged.

The candidates demanded that the selection process should be conducted again. — TNS




Honour the heroes

Moved by Shah Rukh Khan’s inspirational film ‘Chak De India’ and the glorious Asia Cup victory by the Indian Hockey team, O.P. Bhatt has announced an award of Rs 5 lakh each for all team members. It is a magnanimous gesture indeed. Bhatt is to be congratulated for such a step.

Keeping in view that Indian hockey has been in dumps for a long time, the glorious performance put in by the Indians in winning the Asia Cup is in no way less laudable than our cricket triumph in Twenty20 World Cup.

Being a retired officer from one of the petroleum companies, I wonder what has happened to the three majors - IndianOil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum.

There was a time when they used to sponsor awards for sportspersons. However, now I find them spending crores on advertising their products but nothing is being done for sports. They should take a cue from the State Bank people and start honouring sportspersons of the country. They have enough funds available for this noble cause.

D.B. Singh

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Brass scrap stolen from unit

Panchkula, October 1
Four men allegedly took away brass scrap from a unit in Industrial Area last night.

In a complaint to the police today, Naresh Kumar, watchman of the unit, said four unidentified persons came in a Maruti car to the unit late last night. While one of them got out, the three others stayed in the car. The man asked the watchman to open the gate on the pretext of making some query. The four forcibly entered the unit once the watchman opened the gate.

In his statement, he said the thieves beat him up, tied his hands and feet, and demanded the keys to the unit. They also enquired about the place where cash was kept.

On being told that the keys were with the owner, they searched around and found brass scrap. They filled the scrap into three bags and searched for access into the building of the unit.

As they were still searching, the driver of the owner, who was sleeping on the terrace of the unit, got up and noticed some movement on the premises. He raised the alarm, following which the men scurried into the car and drove off with brass scrap. A case has been registered.

Couple takes poison; man dies

Dera Bassi: A couple took poison in Dafarpur village this afternoon. Naib Singh (40) and his wife Karam Kaur (37) took poison over a marital dispute, the police said. Naib Singh died on way to hospital. Karam Kaur is admitted to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. — TNS



Man thrashed, robbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
A group of five persons thrashed a Rajpura resident before decamping with his bag containing clothes from Sector 45.

According to the police, Jai Pal of Rajpura reported to the police that a group of three-four persons assaulted him with sharp-edged weapons.

He told the police that he disembarked from a bus near the Sector 45 traffic light point and had a drink at a tavern. There he met a group of persons who offered 
him drinks.

Later, they entered into a heated discussion following which they assaulted him and took away his bag. After gaining consciousness, he went to the Sector 43 ISBT from where he called his relatives. He was taken to hospital, from where he was referred to the PGI.

After getting discharged, he reported the matter to the police.

A case has been registered under Sections 323, 324, 379 and 34 of the IPC at the Sector 34 police station.

Vehicle stolen

Gopi Chand of Sector 28-D has reported to the police that his Kinetic Honda (CH-01-P-5946) was stolen the Grain Market, Sector 26, on Sunday evening.

In another incident, Harshal of Sector 61 has reported that his motorcycle (CH-03-H-3663) was stolen from the Sukhna Lake parking on Sunday. A case of theft has been registered.


Savita Sharma of Sector 14, Panchkula, has reported that her bag containing two gold bangles, Rs 2,000 and some documents was stolen from a shop in NAC Manimajra on Sunday. A case has been registered.


Neel Singh of Sector 35 has lodged a complaint with the police that a motorcyclist snatched her purse containing Rs 1,500, gold ear-rings, a gold nosepin, two mobile phones and ATM cards, among other things, from near the Sector 17-18 traffic light point on Sunday night.

Snatchers held

Pardeep Rathor of Zirakpur has reported that two motorcycle-borne youths snatched his mobile phone from Sector 35 on Sunday night.

The accused have been arrested and identified as Binny Vashishat of Daria village and Mani Pal of Baltana village. A case has been registered.

Hit and run

A pedestrian, Naresh Kumar of Sector 44-C, was seriously injured after being hit by a car (HR-25-A-0737) near the Sector 43-44 rotary this morning.

The victim has been admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. A case has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.



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