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3 of family killed in Barwala accident
Their car hit a truck being driven on the wrong side
Tribune News Service

D.C. Mannan
D.C. Mannan

Panchkula, October 5
Dyal Chand Mannan (60), his wife Madhu (55) and their son Saurabh (18), died in an accident near Alipur village near Barwala late last night when their car collided head on with a truck.

The truck was on the wrong side of the road. The three were on their way to the ITBP centre in Bhanu where Madhu had been recently transferred.

Maman was a retired DSP of the ITBP, and Madhu a serving ITBP inspector. Saurabh was studying at Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh.

They were coming from Mussorrie where Madhu was transferred three months back. Since she had a house in Dhakoli, she had sought a transfer back to Bhanu.

It took three hours to extricate the bodies of the victims for which the mangled remains of the car had to be ripped apart. The car hit the truck which suddenly came on to the road from a kuchha road.

The Mannan’s are survived by a daughter who is studies in Bangalore.

Relatives who gathered at the mortuary said cash and ornaments worn by the victims were missing. A Re 1 note was found in Mannan’s wallet and nothing in Madhu’s wallet.

Vijay Lakshmi, who claimed to be Dyal Chand’s first wife, said Mannan arranged the marriage of his elder daughter last year.

“Our younger daughter, a sub-inspector in the ITBP is posted in Shimla. I live with her. He wanted an equally lavish wedding for his second daughter,” she said.

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Youth killed in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali , October 5
One person was killed and four were injured in an accident involving five vehicles at Kumbra Chowk here this evening.

Dilshad Ahmed (28 ), a resident of Industrial Area, Chandigarh, was killed on the spot when his head was crushed under the rear tyre of a Swaraj tractor. The police arranged for a crane to lift the tractor and retrieve the body.

The police said Dilshad repaired and fitted aluminium doors. He was on his way to attend a complaint in Mohali on his accident when the accident occured. Irshad , who was riding pillion, sustained injuries.

The accident took place when the driver of the tractor, Babu Singh, allegedly jumped red light. As the tractor, coming from the PCL chowk, was being driven at high speed, Babu Singh lost control and the vehicle ran over one motor cycle and hit another and a scooter. The tractor was pulling a trailer loaded with sand. A private bus bound for Jalandhar was also damaged in the accident . The tractor driver was injured and hospitalised.

Karnail Singh , a resident of Raipur , and Manjeet Sidhu received minor injuries.

The police has registered a case.

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Day 2
From bad to worse
2 given info leaflets for tickets
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Unprecedented

  • Former captains of Team India are sent invitation cards for every international match played in any part of the country, but not this time
  • No dignitaries or sports personalities, either from the city or outside, invited
  • Haryana Chief Minister has been sent an invitation but no invitation for Punjab Chief Minister Parkash so far
  • Electronic media not to be allowed to carry cameras prior to the match, but arrangements for still cameramen
  • National Insurance Company (Faridabad branch) has insured the ODI for Rs 4 crore 75 lakh.

Despite 30 branches of the Punjab and Sind Bank and 20 of the SBI in the city, the Haryana Cricket Association has chosen two branches each of the Union Bank of India (Sectors 35 and 7) and the Chandigarh State Cooperative Bank (Sectors 22 and 17), which have limited infrastructure, for the sale of tickets.

On the second day today, it was total chaos at these bank branches once again.

So much so that Nisha and Shweta were given information leaflet instead of tickets at Sector 35.

Sources said the association has its accounts in these two banks and are now taking their services free of cost. If they hire the services of other banks, they to have either deposit a certain amount or have part with commission on the ticket sale.

A driver of a bank branch was spotted selling general block ticket worth Rs 250 for Rs 2,000. Fans allege that unscrupulous elements queue up early in the morning and buy tickets in bulk. They sell these later on the black market. This is especially true of lower denomination tickets. Even student tickets are being sold for Rs 2,000 to 2,500.

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Die-hard won’t leave sans ticket
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
Cricket enthusiasts are bitter over the mismanagement at the ticket counters for the ODI between India and Australia on October 8.

The worst sufferers are fans from far-flung places. Many are forced to spend their nights either in small hotels or outside banks with sales counters.

In the day, these young enthusiasts bear the brunt of the policemen.

“I am forced to stay in the city as I haven’t got tickets so far. I reached the city on October 3. I thought everything would be in order in the planned city, but my hopes have been shattered,” said Murai from Hisar.

“I can’t go back without the tickets. I have to purchase four tickets, one for myself and three for my friends, who shared expenses for my city trip.

I have spent nights in the open outside the Cooperative Bank in Sector 22,” Murari said.

Manoj Tewari of Agra, said: “The bank people are fleecing the public.

They do not distribute the tickets in a fair manner.

How can more than 500 tickets be sold in just half an hour?

Local shopkeepers have been making the most of the situation, overcharging for food items from people like us.

“Yesterday, a shopkeeper charged us Rs 15 for a soft drink and Rs 50 for a vegetarian ‘thali’ which otherwise costs not more than Rs 30.”

Parvin from Rohtak and Sanjay from Hisar also expressed disappointment with the arrangements.“They (authorities) should have increased the ticket counters,” they said.

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Councillors’ tour put off

Chandigarh, October 5
The study tour of MC councillors has been postponed. The decision was taken late this evening after the councillors failed to get the nod from the ministry of external affairs (MEA).

The councillors were scheduled to leave for a 10-day study tour tomorrow. It is learnt that no letter on proposed meetings with Singapore officials was attached with the study tour proposal. The MC officials were informed by the Singapore embassy that an official communication would be given only once the MEA cleared the tour.

The councillors are still hopeful of clearance tomorrow morning. — TNS

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Adviser seeks details of vacant, unauctioned sites
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
UT Adviser Pradip Mehra has taken up the issue of vacant and yet-to-be auctioned properties in the city.

A sizeable number of unsold commercial and residential properties worth crore are lying with different wings of the Chandigarh administration.

Details of such property have now been sought from the Chandigarh municipal corporation, Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and the UT estate office.

As the properties were not auctioned at regular intervals due to a variety of reasons, the officials could find it hard to explain the reasons for delay in holding the auctions.

Sources said different departments were in the process of compiling the data and the proposed schedule to dispose of the property.

Over the years, a number of commercial properties were transferred to the CHB and the MC to enable the bodies to spend money on development works after earning money through auction of such properties.

In case of cash-rich CHB, over 120 commercial and residential constructed properties are yet to be auctioned.

Over the past 15 years, SCFs and booths were raised on the sites handed over to the CHB by the administration.

A number of booths constructed in Sector 61 in late 90s are lying in disuse, forcing residents of the area to go to distant markets to meet their basic needs.

In Sectors like 38 (west), 49 B, 51 and 61, the commercial area was also handed over to the CHB for auctioning the same.

Councillor Jatinder Bhatia said the commercial area adjoining the CHB dwelling units should be developed along with the residential area.

Residents have to go to other markets to buy things of daily use.

He demanded that all such neglected areas should be developed and vacant shops be auctioned.

The MC had around 130 sites and the UT estate office around 150 residential and commercial sites that were yet to be auctioned.

Enquiries revealed that auctions were often held when budget of the department concerned fell short and the administration kept on holding the sites, expecting a high premium with each passing year.

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Former MC chief’s outburst mars function
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 5
High drama unfolded at the function of the foundation laying ceremony of the Yopjan Bhawan in Sector 4, here today, where former Municipal Council president Manvir Gill and the president of Punjabi Mahasabha Hemant Kinger had a war of words on the ill-maintained roads in Panchkula. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laid the foundation stone.

In response to a question during the press conference on the poor condition of roads in the city, the CM said that funds were not a problem for the council. He said the government had provided sufficient funds for the development of Panchkula. He said that Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission scheme had also been launched in Panchkula under which the Government of India would make sufficient funds available for the development of city.

Before the CM left the venue, somebody from the public again raised the issue of bad roads following which he called for the president of the MC who was not present at the occasion.

Then, Manvir Gill told the questioner about how she had planned the development of the city. At this Hemant Kinger said that there had been a lot of corruption during her term as president.

The CM directed deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria that the roads of Panchkula be repaired within next two months and left the venue. Then, Gill and Kinger entered into an argument.

Gill said he was unnecessarily trying to malign her reputation. “Our family has made a huge contribution to the area in the last 50 years and he has the audacity to malign us. He has no standing and has been himself involved in a number of controversies,” she said to the DC while Kinger said that he was a public person and had every right to tell the CM how public money had been squandered.

He later met the DC and said that Gill along with her husband had used abusive language and he had received an anonymous call threatening him with dire consequences.

The DC assured him security and asked him to lodge a complaint with the police.

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Mohali Mess
Roads like lunar surface
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 5
The residents of the township’s newly developed sectors have been facing inconvenience due to the non-availability of basic civil amenities.

Residents of Sectors 68 and 69 have been demanding quality roads for years now but the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has been taking its own time to repair the internal roads. The road dividing Sectors 68 and 69 is in the worst possible condition. At night, the potholes make it difficult for the commuters to travel and often lead to accidents.

Similarly, a space marked for a public park has still not been converted. “The park was designed to have in-built convenience shops, but these too have not been auctioned,” said a resident of Sector 68.

At many other places, the newly constructed roads are already showing signs of wear and tear. The slip roads in Phase 3B1 and Phase 3A, which were laid just time ago, are now unuseable.

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PNB staff stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
Office-bearers of the Officers’ Association of Punjab National Bank staged a day-long dharna in front of the PNB’s regional office, Sector 17, today.

The association is protesting against the uncongenial HRD policy, and sudden decisions of PNB CMD K.C. Chakrabarty and top management of the bank.

The office-bearers alleged that the decisions were being taken without consulting the association, which has been the tradition of the bank.

The association members stated that the CMD, after taking over the office in June, had been making abrupt decisions.

The association also protested against the CMD’s decision of unilateral withdrawal of facilities/benefits settled bilaterally and amendments to the transfer/promotion policy among others.

The association demanded that the matter should be discussed with them before any decision was made.

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Workshop on organic farming
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
A two-day workshop on organic agriculture, aimed at discussing opportunities and options for small farmers in organic farming, began here today.

The workshop provided an insight into the dimensions and requirements of the export and domestic organic culture, latest knowledge on organic agricultural practices besides adoption of quality.

It also talked about certification standards and functions of various agencies in promoting organic culture in India.

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Garbage disposal ‘stinks’

Chandigarh, October 5
Residents of Sector 19-C have petitioned to the adviser against improper handling of the garbage disposal system in the sector by the municipal corporation. The mismanagement has resulted in piling of garbage near government houses. The residents have further complained that solid waste collected from the sector is being dumped near house No. 2225. The residents have also sought pruning of trees. — TNS

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Letters

Check dog menace

The stray dog menace has reached alarming proportions in the city. The pack of these are found at every turning, park and other public places.

The complacence of the authorities concerned is evident from the dogs’ ever increasing population. Despite the claims of sterilisation, the dogs are multiplying by the day. No wonder there are so many cases of dog-bites.

Why can’t the canines be caught and pounded if not be killed. Have human lives become cheaper than the canines’?

Will Maneka Gandhi and her clan have mercy on us humans and devise some effective way out if they are so sensitive about stray dogs’ killing?

Some other problems requiring immediate attention of the administration are: AC’s in the verandahs of markets, throwing hot air and dripping water on public; uneven levels of verandahs in front of the shops; verandahs occupied by fast-food vending restaurants and sweet shops; non-clearance of congress grass in open spaces; inefficient garbage disposal system.

The government would do good to fix up these problems as early as possible and give some relief to the common man.

Bhagwant Singh
Chandigarh

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10 held for drug abuse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The local police today arrested 10 drug addicts near Palsora village here.

According to SHO of Sector 39 police station Rajesh Shukla: “The 10 men — Baldev Singh, Ajay Kumar, Bittu, Sarabjeet Singh, Sohan Singh, Anup Sharma, Sanjay, Swaran Singh, Ajit Singh and Major Singh — were arrested from the forest area near the village. All, who are in the age group of 22 to 40, were under the influence of drugs when arrested. We also found some empty injections from them.”

According to the addicts, a man from Ambala had supplied them with the injections for Rs 20 per injection, the MRP of which is Rs 7.

Sarabjeet Singh is a mechanical engineer whereas Baldev Singh and Anup Sharma are graduates, added the SHO.

A case has been registered against those arrested at the police station-39. Later, they were bailed out in the SDM’s court after filing personal bonds.

“A special drive is on to check drug abuse. It has been found that drug addicts are often involved in criminal activities. We are checking their backgrounds to ascertain their involvement in crime in the past. They will also be sent to rehabilitation centre for the treatment”, said Shukla.

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Rs 45,000, jewellery stolen

Chandigarh, October 5
Jahid, a resident of Mani Majra, has complained to the police that Rs 45,000 in cash, two silver sets and two nose pins were stolen from his residence last night. A case under Sections 380 and 457, IPC, has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Vehicle theft

Harbhajan Singh of Sector 70, Mohali, reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH 03 F 5130), parked near Nirman Cinema in Sector 32, was stolen on Wednesday around 11.30 am. A case has been registered. Similarly, Ravinder Singh lodged a complaint with the police that his Yamaha motor cycle, parked at his Mani Majra residence, was stolen on the intervening night of October 3 and 4. A case has been registered.

Burglary

Hardware goods worth Rs 50,000 were stolen from the Janta Housing Cooperative Society, Sector 51, on Friday. R.K. Thukral of Sector 51 B complained to the police that the stolen goods included brass screws and bathroom fittings.

A case under Sections 380 and 457, IPC, has been registered at the police station, Sector 34. — TNS

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Juvenile booked for rape

Chandigarh, October 5
A juvenile along with three others was booked on charge of rape today. The juvenile has been sent to a juvenile home. The victim, who was allegedly eight months pregnant, had lodged a complaint with the Crime Against Women Cell. — TNS

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