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Study Tour
Councillors all set for foreign junket
Reason: They have seen most Indian cities
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Chandigarh municipal councillors are all set for their first-ever study trip abroad. They will be going for about 10 days to Bangkok and Singapore.

It is learnt that the councillors had earlier proposed to go to Malaysia, but due to Ramzan, they decided to give it a skip.

Not many are, however, even aware of the agenda of the trip, or for that matter, the itinerary. Many of them cannot speak English and are not aware of the currency.

About the visit next year, a councillor says it will be Dubai. There are only limited destinations as budget for study tours is limited.

Some councillors are of the opinion that such study tours are only in the name and precious money is being wasted under the name of such tours. “The same (information) can be learnt through the Internet,” they say.

Up until now, the councillors had been visiting various cities of the country every year. They would learn new concepts incorporated by various municipal corporations. At times, the tours were divided into two groups of councillors. At the end of the tour, the councillors have to give a presentation.

Last year also there was a proposal for the councillors to go for a tour abroad. However, it had not materialised as the MC elections were round the corner. The issue was politicised and it was alleged that the councillors were keen to go abroad before their term ended.

This year, they have been successful in their endeavour and will be leaving this weekend. Some of them will be bearing the expenses incurred on the tickets of their spouses.

A budget of Rs 15 lakh has been kept aside for the tours and around Rs 35,000 is for each councillor.

The argument given by the councillors is that the cost of these trips is the same as going anywhere in South India. Besides, they have more or less seen all the cities in the country and Chandigarh being a model city, can actually teach other MCs.

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The Gandhi in him lives on
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Growing up at Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram in Wardha, Kanubhai Ramdas Gandhi learnt the best lessons of life. “Eat frugally, read voraciously and love everyone,” was the crux of daily instruction Gandhi used to give to Kanu, the only one of his grandchildren to have grown up at Sevagram.

“Those were precious times. I would accompany Bapu to all his meetings and walks. I still remember how he used to savour his small meal and how he cared for Ba (Kasturba) when she was ailing,” said Kanubhai, in an exclusive interview to The Tribune during his recent visit to the city. He was here to visit the ancestral home of a friend from Boston, where Kanubhai works with the US department of defence.

A specialist from the MIT in mathematical modelling technique, he is rated among the top US defence scientists and has won the department’s award for developing light-weight artillery.

He is now helping to prepare a computer code to predict aircraft failures. Yet, he remains a satyagrahi at heart, waking up to “Vaishnav jana…” every morning; Gandhi’s “My Experiments with Truth” by his side.

About to publish the letters Gandhi wrote to him, he said, “It’s sad that people don’t understand the point behind Bapu’s bold experiments in self control. They were all about self conquest and pure love. He loved Ba dearly and Ba loved him back, without questioning his decision of celibacy. She supported it whole-heartedly.”

Kanubhai himself leads a celibate life in one sense of the word. He confesses, “I and my wife live like siblings, but we are very much in love.”

For him, Gandhian philosophy is a matter of practise and he does it with pride.

“Bapu had never forced anyone to follow him,” said Kanu, showing a letter Bapu wrote to him: “He wanted me to study Islamic culture. Also, he was very keen that people (me included) develop a good handwriting.

After his death, I was literally orphaned as I had never stayed with my parents,” said Kanubhai, who was lucky to have Nehru sponsor him for a place in the MIT.

“At Wardha, the focus was on spiritual upbringing,” he said, adding “Bapu taught me Vedic arya dharma and Upanishads. And suddenly I was at the MIT, working under the legendary Francis Hilderbrand. My studies were being funded by the US department of army. I was being paid a handsome salary.”

His Gandhian upbringing has kept him rooted. He travels the world, wearing Gandhism on his sleeves; sharing it with anyone who cares.

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Gandhigiri: Residents remove encroachents on their own
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Gandhigiri is the latest buzzword in the Chandigarh administration when it comes to removing encroachments on public land.

Putting it in practice, the administration has convinced residents of Bapu Dham rehabilitation colony to voluntarily remove the encroachments in front of their houses. “Though the land was required for laying basic amenities and upgrading the infrastructure, it took long to convince the residents that it was for development,” an official said.

In the colony established in the early 70s, most residents had covered a wide area of public land. Efforts to remove the encroachments in the past had resulted in violent protests from the encroachers. Also, there was a problem of addiction among the colony youths and filth dotted public parks.

It all started about a month ago when MC officials and the administration tried to persuade the residents to remove the encroachments.

A visit to the colony today revealed that the idea of “encroachment versus development” has caught the fancy of the residents who have started removing the additional portions of their houses.

Officials engaged in the dialogue with the representatives of the residents reveal that open spaces covered with filth were cleaned and beautified around the colony. Seeing this, the residents started responding.

“We believe that the administration is serious about development. We are also removing the encroachments as a demolition drive would cause irreparable damage to our dwelling units,”Chaman Lal, who demolished a shop constructed on public land, said.

Last month, a major demolition drive was stalled after the residents led by Sarita Devi, the area councillor, gave an undertaking to the administration and the MC to voluntarily remove the encroachments.

To widen roads passing through the colony, the corporation had decided to remove the encroachments. A 6-foot area on either side of the road has to be cleared of the encroachments that run into thousands.

Apart from development, a de-addiction drive among the youths has been undertaken.

A playground has also been developed in Government School, Sector 26. 

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Panchkula to get Rs 275 cr for development
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
Residents of the city can hope for improved services and facilities with the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs giving its approval for including Panchkula in the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.

For, with its approval, the city can hope to get nearly Rs 275 crore for improving water supply, sewerage, drainage system, solid waste management, a well-conceived transport system and all such basic facilities needed in a modern city.

Sources in the Urban Local Bodies Department, Haryana, said that in the proposal drafted by them they had provided for all the facilities, which needed strengthening. Elated with the approval, the officers said that the city could hope for rapid urban development.

Maintaining that the there was a shortfall of 8 MGD water supply and there was 22 MGD available with HUDA for distribution to residential and commercial areas, an official said that they had proposed boring of 40 more tubewells besides the construction of a dam on the Ghaggar river, adding that a total amount of Rs 45 crore would be required to improve water supply to the town.

While another sewerage treatment plant with 35 MLD capacity had been sought, the proposal had highlighted the urgent need to revive the old Singnallah choe passing through the city and entering Zirakpur to improve the drainage system in the city.

Stating that at present solid waste was being dumped in a low lying open area around the city, the department had sought Rs 30 crore for construction of a solid waste management plant and scientific landfill site.

The department has sited strengthening and widening of all major roads maintained by the MC and the construction of a railway over bridge as another major need.

Taking the plea that there are only two outlets from Panchkula to Chandigarh, the department had stated that another road going from Sector 17 to Industrial Area, crossing the railway line needs to be laid urgently for which a sum of Rs 20 crore is required.

Development of the 300-odd parks and its maintenance involving a cost of Rs 15 crore, maintenance of 3,000 sodium points and 11,000 tubelight points and modernising the street-lighting and construction of multi-storied parking to deal with paucity of parking space and establishment of a modern transport system are on the cards with this approval.

The Deputy Chief Minister and local MLA, Chander Mohan, welcomed the move of the Union government to include Panchkula in JNNURM.

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Age wins him free lunch at Taj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Age is not always a disadvantage. If you are over 100 years old, it can fetch you a free lunch and a gift from the Taj at Chandigarh.

A pleasant surprise was in store for Jamna Dass (104), who went for a special lunch at the hotel. As part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, the hotel had organised lunch for senior citizens at a discount equal to their age.

Even as several senior citizens enjoyed the lunch at a heavy discount, the hotel staff was at their wits' end about the bill to be paid by Jamna Dass. After the free lunch, he was given a small gift by the hotel management.

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Cyber crime: Rs 46 lakh fraud at bank

Panchkula, October 2
In a case of cyber crime, the State Bank of Patiala was defrauded of Rs 46 lakh by a software engineer who diverted the money to his own account over the past two years. On the complaint of the bank administration, the police have registered a case under Section 406 and 420 IPC against Baljeet, a software engineer with a computer company, who is absconding.

The assistant general manager of the SBP in Sector 8, V.K. Gupta said the bank had hired the services of the engineer, Baljeet, a resident of Palam Vihar in Ambala, a couple of years back. He was asked to provide technical assistance and redress problems and queries that cropped up during the course of work.

Gradually, as his frequency of visiting the bank increased, he installed software in the main machine to get vital information of the bank accounts and the officers managing the expenditure in day-to-day running. — TNS

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Medical aid for elderly on doorstep
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A good news for senior citizens with mobility and dependence problems in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula! For, the Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, run by retired senior citizens, today initiated a scheme under which senior citizens will be provided with homoeo medical care on their doorstep.

Union minister of state for finance Pawan Kumar Bansal launched this specially designed fully-equipped ambulance-cum-mobile dispensary from the college premises.

The college has opened registration for senior citizens wanting to avail of the facility at a nominal fee of Rs 100 per annum.

Registered members can avail of a home visit by paying a consultancy fee of Rs 20 per visit.

The medicines given will be charged at Rs 3 per day’s dose.

A team of doctors will visit the patient’s residence on call, diagnose the ailment and provide medical advice and medicines on the spot.

A medical profile of the members will be prepared for future reference.

Registrations can be made on the campus of the medical college or any of its peripheral dispensaries — Sood Bhavan in Sector 10, Panchkula, Sood Bhavan, Sector 44-A, Chandigarh, Prachin Shiv Mandir, Sector 8, Chandigarh, and Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Phase IV, Mohali.

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PU dons pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The second day of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Panjab University began with remembering Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti here today.

Prof R. C. Sobti, VC read out the pledge and was joined by the guests and audience to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti. He welcomed the guests and speakers to open the academic session on ‘Education in Global World’ chaired by Prof Pawan Kumar Bansal, union minister for state for finance, along with three eminent speakers, including Prof Abid Hussain, Prof emeritus, IIFT, Prof N. K. Ganguly, director general, ICMR and Prof Naresh Kumar, head, R & D, CSIR.

Prof Hussain said, “While institutions of higher education will continue producing highly skilled experts and academicians, what education must do is to emancipate and recreate the minds so that the enormous studies in the fields of science and technology do not remain direction less”.

“Education, in real sense, is an insatiable urge to find truth which is endless, infinite. Our universities must be the places where young minds are not guided by prejudices, but are trained to express and find the path to knowledge”, he added. Prof Ganguly made suggestions for synthesising all faculties to achieve true and relevant knowledge. While Prof Kumar spoke on ‘Technology Centric India Needs a Triple Helex Model’.

Prof Bansal emphasised upon the challenging role of the universities in the globalised world today. He highlighted the significance of education, particularly primary education and the role of technology in the promotion of education in the global context.

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‘Gandhian philosophy is panacea for society’
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Even as other ideologies take a backseat in the wake of the liberalisation and globalisation, the Gandhian philosophy of self-reliance, truth and non-violence was the panacea for all ills afflicting the Indian society, prominent Gandhians said on Gandhi Jayanti today.

“Khadi, Gandhi’s symbol of self-reliance, was the most-effective tool to provide employment opportunities to the millions of unemployed youths. As unemployment was major cause of violence all over the country, the setting up of tiny units aimed at generating mass employment would go a long way in making the country self-reliant, Shubhendra Singh Goindi, a noted Gandhian, said.

The mechanised large-scale production was a colonial concept best-suited for the developed world having less population. For India, which has surplus manpower, Khadi was the second largest employer after agriculture, Goindi, who was born on January 1, 1921, the day Mahatma Gandhi launched the non-cooperation movement, claimed at Mohali, near here.

Gandhian philosophy was not a theoretical concept. In fact, Gandhi’s 18-point holistic programme takes care of the needs and aspirations of all sections of society, Goindi’s brother and noted naturopath S. S. Goindi asserted.

Goindi, who has pioneered the concept of ‘let food by thy medicine’ along with his wife G. Goindi, said the concept of naturopathy was very dear to Bapu, who believed that only healthy minds could make a healthy nation.

Descendants of the famous Gandhian Bhagwan Singh Goindi, the Goindis said there was a need to rededicate ourself to the ideal of the father of the nation.

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Raids to enforce dry day

Chandigarh, October 2
The UT excise department today carried out surprise check of liquor vends and general stores to enforce the orders of dry day on Gandhi Jayanti.

Though no case was registered against any vend owner, sources said persons were found in possession of liquor at two different places in the city. The police had been informed about the recovery.

While in one of the cases, an FIR has been registered, in the other case the person possessing illegal liquor escaped on seeing the police party.

Excise officials said no store was found selling liquor. — TNS

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Adviser visits project sites
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Adviser Pardip Mehra visited various development projects of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and municipal corporation today.

During his visit to Sector 52, the idea of common mobile toilets did not appeal to the adviser, as he directed officials to include toilets in the pre-fabricated structures established.

Around Rs 70,000 has been spent on each of the pre-fabricated structures. While, a permanent structure costs around Rs 60,000.

The adviser also visited renovated public toilets in Sector 16. Out of 133 toilets being upgraded, work on 43 had been completed while that on remaining toilets will be completed within this year.

At the garbage processing plant in Dadu Majra, the adviser set November 15 as deadline for its completion. He also visited five MGD sewerage treatment plants at Raipur Kalan and Shivalik Garden at Mani Majra.

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Act promptly on complaints: SSP to staff

Chandigarh, October 2
SSP S.S. Srivastava today instructed police staff to act immediately on receiving a complaint or call within the response time fixed by officers.

The SSP was speaking at a meeting of police staff at traffic auditorium, Sector 29. It was attended by SDPOs, DSP/PCR, DSP/CID, SHOs and inspectors/PCR and around 500 personnel (NGOs/Ors) of the PCR.

Taking a serious view of prevailing corruption in staff, the SSP warned of severe action against officials found indulging in illegal activities.

He also directed officers to set up checkpoints to check snatching incidents. — TNS

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Emergency commission officers seek medical benefits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Members of the All-India Released Defence Officers Welfare Association have appealed to the Prime Minister to ensure that emergency commission officers are extended medical facilities in military hospitals.

In a representation forwarded to the PM as well as the defence minister, the members have most of the emergency commission officers, who fought in the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars, are now quite old and require medical attention.

The representation states that though ex-emergency commission officers and short service commission officers, who do not draw any kind of pension from the defence establishments, were extended medical facilities at military hospitals. This category was left out during enrolment for the Ex-servicemen’s Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS). It was only last year that the Supreme Court directed that such benefits be extended to them.

The members have urged the PM to look into the matter and pass suitable amendments to have the ECHS scheme amended so that emergency commission officers and their dependent family members can avail medical treatment under the scheme.

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RTI Act
Welfare society grapples to elicit info
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
All is not well with the implementation of the right to information (RTI) Act here. It has been over a year since New Generation Residents Welfare Society general secretary Ramesh Chander Bawa tried to get information under the Act from various officers, but has so far not been able to elicit a satisfactory response.

A resident of the Zirakpur society, Bawa said: “When the flats where we live were being sold, we were shown the layout till phase 3 of the site. There was supposed to be a community hall at one side of the area, which has now been replaced by flats.”

Bawa doubted if the society plan had been sanctioned by the town planner.

To clarify this, Bawa sent queries under the Act to the chief town planner of Punjab, executive officer, nagar panchayat, Zirakpur, and principal secretary, Punjab.

He had initially sought information from the executive officer, in February last year.

When the information was not provided, he approached the principal secretary in March this year but was not satisfied with the information given.

In his request he had sought a copy of original notification bearing signatures of the principal secretary. A copy of the layout plan of the building and a copy of the scheduled clauses mentioned in the notification were sent.

Though he was given the information, it was not established if it was the original plan. He then wrote to the state information commission, Punjab.

Taking a serious note of incomplete information being provided, the commission wrote to the department concerned in which it was stated: “Those representing from the respondent department have not only failed to provide the information in question but also tried to mislead the commission by making wrong statements.”

They further asked the principal secretary to take action against those who mislead the commission.

The case is still pending with the three departments from where the information was sought.

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Functions, rally mark Gandhi Jayanti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A oath-taking ceremony, led by UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues was held at the UT Secretariat where senior officers pledged to work for the upliftment of the underprivileged of the society. In his message, Rodrigues said we owe a great debt to Mahatma Gandhi, who worked for the country’s freedom through non-violence.

Meanwhile, different organisations held a protest outside the Congress Bhavan here today in protest against the alleged non-fulfilment of various demands of the Dalit community.

The Jan Shikshan Sansthan, in collaboration with the Press Information Bureau, organised a workshop for the below poverty line (BPL) families to create awareness regarding Gandhi’s ideals and vision for India.

On the occasion, the Chandigarh Leprosy Society of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Leprosy Eradication Program celebrated Mahatma Gandhi's birthday by holding a rally of school children at Colony No. 4, Industrial Area Phase 1, here, today.

More than 150 school children of Government High School of Colony No. 4 participated in the rally which was flagged off by Dr M.S. Bains, director, health service, Chandigarh.

The students, carrying the key messages passed through the streets of Colony No. 4 and Industrial Area Phase 1. Dr Swami Dass Mehta, district leprosy officer and dermatologist at GMSH-16, Dr Lt. Col. Uma Vasudeva, medical officer, leprosy, and Ramesh Kumar, headmaster of the school, were also present on the occasion. 

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Land oustees threaten dharna

Chandigarh, October 2
Land owners of UT villages who became oustees prior to 1966 have threatened to stage a dharna against the indifferent attitude of the Chandigarh administration in redressing their demand of rehabilitation.

The association has threatened to take legal recourse if their demand was not acceded to. After holding a meeting, members of the association said the recent oustee policy announced by the administration should be in consonance with the PM’s national policy of rehabilitation. — TNS

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Safeguards in notification sought

Chandigarh, October 2
The Property Owners’ Welfare Association has sought certain safeguards in the rent Act notification to assure out-of-court eviction in certain cases.

Association general secretary R.P. Malhotra said tenants’ only problem was the fear of losing decade-old protection of rent Act umbrella.

The property owners should have assured out-of-court eviction in case of non-payment of regular rent, and addition and alterations to the premises without the written permission of the owner. — TNS

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No two ways about this unsafe road
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 2
Despite the phenomenal growth that Mohali has witnessed in the past decade very little has been done to augment and adjust the infrastructure accordingly.

The main road of the township that runs perpendicular to the various roads that come from Chandigarh was designed to be a single-lane road with two-way traffic.

But with the increase in population and the number of vehicles on the roads, this road is now a death trap. There is an immediate need to put a divider in it’s middle so that the chances of collisions between vehicles coming from opposite directions are minimised.

The road opens to residential areas of phases IV, V, III B-1, III B-2, VII, IX, X and XI and the markets of these sectors. Three of the biggest public parks of the township are also located by this road.

Moreover, the number of people using the road on foot is also high and its is a common sight as old persons wait on the sides waiting for the traffic to let up even for a few seconds so that they can cross over to the other side.

At least one or two accidents take place on this road every day.

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Farmers hold dharna against HC ruling
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 2
The Kissan Hit Bachao Committee held a dharna here today against a decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which they claimed was against the interests of farmers.

The protesters lit candles and resolved to fight against the alleged injustice being meted out to them. They even appealed to the state and central governments to intervene so that farmers were not exploited.

B.S. Baidwan, general secretary of the committee, said farmers had been peacefully protesting against the forcible acquisition of land by the government for the past 1,233 days. But they were being compelled to intensify the protest as a court judgement regarding land acquisition in Sectors 76 to 80 had allegedly declared farmers as a minority group and who were allegedly denied justice. 

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Mahajan assn celebrates 4th anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Kangra Valley Mahajan Association, Chandigarh, celebrated its fourth birth anniversary here today.

Partap Chand Gupta, general secretary of the association said the association had awarded scholarships to 41 school children. Monetary help was also given to two poor widows. The association had also given a grant of Rs 10,000 to a Viklang Ashram of Nagrota Bagwan.

The celebrations comprised a colourful cultural programme depicting of Kangra folklore. 

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Thieves strike at temple
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 2
Cash, silver, and gold were stolen from Hari Narain Mandir in Phase V here on Sunday.

Thieves took away cash from donation boxes, six “chhattars” made of silver and one of gold. Temple pujari Shankar Shastri claimed that the loss was of Rs 80,000.

He said the thieves broke the small gate of the temple to gain entry to the premises. They tried to remove an exhaust fan, but failed. They then broke open the wooden door and decamped with valuables.

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Khatta Singh forms body

Chandigarh, October 2
Khatta Singh, a prime witness of CBI in the case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, formed an organisation — Sach Bachao Sangharash Samiti — here today to remove the baba from the top chair of the dera. The committee will coordinate with NGOs and religious organisations to ensure the rehabilitation of sadhivis and those who have left the dera, stated the convener. — TNS

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Speaking Out

Gandhi Jayanti was just another holiday for our boisterous GeNext till Sanjay Dutt a.k.a. Munna Bhai embraced “Gandhigiri”. Today, the Father of the Nation is more than a “character” in history books. Tribune staffer Smriti Sharma talked to youngsters on the relevance of his ideology today

‘Thanks to Munna Bhai, Bapu is back to life’

I have seen in plays that Gandhi did a lot for India’s independence. Still if somebody slaps me I wouldn’t offer my cheek for another one and neither can we restrain ourselves from telling lies, its practically impossible. Yes, people had forgotten him and thanks to Munna Bhai, Bapu is back to life.
— Aastha, PU
Gandhigiri has become very popular now. But to follow his path of non-violence and truthful living is very difficult. Look at our leaders, all of them are corrupt, if chosen ones are not honest, how can such a strict way of life be followed by the common man.
— Paran Duggal, DAV School
It’s good that we celebrate this day, considering Bapu’s contribution in the freedom struggle. But I feel what he preached was relevant at that time but not now. He sacrificed his entire life for the sake of others but there is a limit of how much one can help others considering the limited resources today.
— Jaskaran Kaur, PU
Gandhigiri is only good to listen to. In this materialistic world, where everyone is selfish and is running for self-purposes, it is not possible to follow his principles. In fact, it is just a stunt even for those who claim to live by his ideology. Everyone is far off from Gandhi’s ideals and path of truth.
Gianchand, PU

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Letters
Give PU a facelift

Seventy-five years have passed since the Punjab University came into existence but the facilities here are not up-to-the-mark.

The building, labs, infact, the basic infrastructure that was built 75 years back, all need to be upgraded.

Labs, hostels, administration block, classrooms, canteens, all require a facelift.

The university ranks among the top educational institutions of India but unfortunately same could not be said of the facilities it provides to its students.

The authorities are spending so much on the diamond jubilee celebrations. The same money could have well been spent on improving the university infrastructure.

In the absence of proper guidance and infrastructure, the university would soon lose its grading from the top institutions’ list.

The students’ bodies have been working tirelessly for the welfare of the fellow students but in the absence of help from the authorities, no amount of work undertaken by them would make much of a difference.

In order to maintain and improve the standards, it has now become essential to upgrade the university at the earliest and only the authorities can make a difference.

Mandeep Puri, Chandigarh

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Goods worth Rs 2 lakh stolen from house
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
Cash and jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh were reportedly stolen from a house in Sector 4, here today, while the occupants were asleep. Resident of the house, Meenu Puri, said that cash to the tune of Rs 50,000 and jewellery including a diamond ring were missing from the safe. She said after closing all doors, she along with her children slept on the first floor while their great grandmother was asleep on the ground floor and her tenants were in their accommodation.

The thieves entered through a French window near the main entrance of the house. They removed the glass and broke open the iron grill to gain entry. She said the thieves ate and drank in the house. The grandmother woke up and saw the thieves but went to sleep scared. Meenu said she got up around 6 am and found that her adjoining room had been ransacked and there had been a theft. A case has been registered.

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2 held for bootlegging
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The police has arrested Anil Kumar and Jai Bhawan, both residents of Sector 25, for bootlegging.

Twelve boxes of whisky, eight boxes of halves and 12 boxes of quarters were seized from their auto-rickshaw (CH 19 T 0689) near Batra Chowk last night.

A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

Rider booked

Sunil Kumar of Sector 15 lodged a complaint against the rider of a scooter (CH 03 H 9372) alleging that the latter sped away after hitting his scooter near the Sector 15-24 turn yesterday.

The victim has been admitted to the Government Hospital, Sector 16. A case has been registered under Sections 279 and 337, IPC, at the Sector 11 police station.

Theft

Ravi Dutt of Sector 19-B reported to the police that his jewellery and cash were stolen from his residence on Monday.

A case under Sections 454 and 380, IPC, has been registered at the Sector 19 police station.

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