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World-class facelift for P’kula stadium
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 14
Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Sector 3 here is set for a facelift with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) spending around Rs 4 crore for the Twenty20 tournament scheduled for November 25.

By next month, the stadium will have world-class facilities, including floodlights, air-conditioned dressing rooms, a media box, a VIP lounge, boxes for the third umpire and an electronic scoreboard.

Yesterday Essel Sports Private Limited and Dev Musco, the company which is to install the floodlights, visited the venue. “We have marked the spots and in a day or two, we will start work,” said an official of the Dev Musco which is owned by ICL chairman and renowned cricketer Kapil Dev.

He said six poles, 35 metres high, would be raised around the stadium and before November 10, the floodlights would be ready.The stadium will be ready for the Twenty20 tornament by mid-November, sources said.

The ICL has been given the cricket stadium on a 10-year lease by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The ground will be made available to the league for 50 days in a year at a monthly rent of Rs 6.75 lakh.

The stadium, inaugurated on February 5, 2003, has a capacity for 20,000. The cricket field is spread over 15 acres. 

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Two youths on mobike killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Two residents of Colony No 5, both in their twenties, were killed in a road accident after their motorcycle was knocked down by an unidentified vehicle near the Housing Board Chowk in the wee hours today. The third person, who was riding on the same motorcycle, had a providential escape.

In another accident, a 10-year-old boy was killed in the city.

The youths on the motorcycle were on their way to Mansa Devi Temple to pay obeisance when the accident took place at around 1.30 am. The victims were lying on the road writhing in pain. A police vehicle on night patrol reached there and they were shifted to the hospital.

The victims have been identified as Radhey Shyam and Rajesh Kumar. A case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving has been registered on a complaint by the brother of Radhey Shyam.

Rajesh Kumar was declared “brought dead” by doctors at the Sector 16 Government Multi- Speciality Hospital. Radhey Shyam succumbed to his injuries during treatment at 3.15 am. Ghan Shyam, who fell unconscious during the mishap, regained consciousness later in the day. He was discharged in the afternoon.

Ramesh Kumar, investigating officer, told TNS that Ghan Shyam had failed to give details about the accident.

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Traffic lights to remain on till midnight

Chandigarh, October 14
To check the incidence of rash driving, the Chandigarh administration has decided to keep the traffic lights operational till 12 midnight. At present, the traffic light are operational till 10 pm. Around 94 fatal and non-fatal accidents have taken place at the traffic junctions in the city.

The issue was discussed at a meeting chaired by the UT adviser.The IGP has been directed to get the decision implemented.

The administration has also decided to mark separate lanes for fast-moving cars, bigger vehicles and two-wheelers. Now, only the yellow line on the left of the road indicates slow traffic. There is no marking for different category of vehicles. — TNS

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In Basta
Man killed at public place, yet no witness found
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
A 27-month-long investigation and questioning of several persons failed to give yield results in the brutal murder case of 40-year-old Raj Kumar, a sweeper with the UT health department. He succumbed to his injuries in the PGI on January 31, 2005, a day after he was found seriously injured in an unconscious state near the public health centre in Mani Majra.

Despite the fact that he was assaulted at a public place, the police failed to trace any eyewitness to the incident. The police questioned a few persons who were seen with him till 7 pm, but failed to achieve a breakthrough.

The victim sustained severe injuries on his head and face. Raj Kumar was found lying in a pool of blood. A broken bottle of liquor was recovered fromthe site. The victim died before his statement could be recorded by
doctors.

The investigating officer SI Narinder Singh said the victim’s family did not suspect anybody and that they had enmity with none. After preliminary investigation, it was believed that the victim was attacked by more than one person. The police first registered a case of attempt to murder and common intension under Sections 307 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, which was later converted into a case of murder.

Raj Kumar, a father of two, lived with his parents in India Colony. He had strained relationships with his wife, who was living separately from him. He was a regular visitor to the liquor shop. Sources in the police said the investigation of the case was handed over to the crime branch, which rounded up several persons, but in vain. The police explored if the victim’s strained relationship with his wife or a property dispute was behind the murder. The victim had also not been on good terms with his brother.

The police faced protests by colony residents after several persons of the colony were picked up in connection with the case. In the end, the case was consigned to the ever-swelling record of untraced cases on June 1, 2007.

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Water pipeline can’t be laid
Land under encroachment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
The laying of a major water pipeline along a V-3 road in Sector 30 has hit a roadblock because of encroachment on public land. The high-capacity supply line is to be laid at a cost of Rs 5 crore to interconnect the Sector 26 water works with those in Sector 32.

The municipal corporation has written to the deputy commissioner to get the encroachments cleared. The area falls under the Chandigarh administration.

Officials in the MC say work may come to a standstill if the encroachments by occupants of EWS houses are not removed in a week. It has already been over a month since the corporation officials took up the matter with the administration.

Area councillor Davinder Babla, too, seemed unaware if the matter. He said he had not been taken into confidence by the MC officials or else the encroachers could have been convinced by now to vacate the land.

An official of the MC said no land was available across the Sector 30 V-3 road. Other services like the sewer and electricity and telephone cables also passed through the same area.

The official said there had been instances, like in Bapu Dham, Ram Darbar and Dadu Majra, where the residents had been convinced to vacate the encroached land.

Sources say over the years, the administration has been ignoring encroachments. Despite instructions to the MC that no development projects should be undertaken in encroached areas, the administration itself is flouting the guidelines.

Occupants of houses in Sector 30-B (see the picture) have opened doors on the rear. Due to road widening, the road berms have come close to the unauthorised boundaries. This can lead to accidents since the residents park their vehicles on the road.

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Turning 126, PU stresses on humanism
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
The first meeting of the Panjab University Senate was held at Barnes Court, Shimla on October 14, 1882.

Honoured

Some distinguished alumni and prominent persons of the city were also honoured on the occasion. They included eminent lawyer H L Sibal, one of the oldest alumni of the university. Mr H K Dua, Professor G S Gosal, Dr I B S Passi, Paramjit S Sahai, V K Bhardwaj, Prof S V S Kesar, Prof Moolchand Sharma, Prof H Y Mohan Ram, Ramesh Inder Singh, Prof G S Bhalla, Prof B N Goswamy and Dr D V S Jain.

Today, in commemoration of that day, an academic celebration marked the 126th year of establishment of the university at Lahore, then known as University College.

It was an august gathering that assembled at the law auditorium today comprising eminent academicians and scholars.

The inaugural address by Dr Mool Chand Sharma, vice-chairman, UGC, fittingly referred to these 126 years as ‘historical’ for the university.

In his speech, however, he stressed not only on a quantitative and skill-oriented approach to education but also on a need for the university to be accountable to the past as well as to the future. “The university is a community of thinkers, idea-makers and history-makers. So, it has to be responsible for the future because its role is to produce philosophers and scientists.”

“While it is important to nurture professionals, technocrats and skilled manpower, all this will be meaningless if we do not encourage thinkers or humanists who have the sensitivity to use knowledge correctly. This is because the true meaning of a university is humanism, tolerance and the search for truth,” he said.

The series of academic lectures that followed may not have strictly followed the theme ‘Reinventing Heritage: Continuity and Change’, but they did dwell on the necessity to make education inclusive and humanistic in approach.

Emeritus Professor, JNU, New Delhi, G S Bhalla’s lecture, ‘Higher Education in India-is it a sick child?’ provided a wake-up call on all that ails higher education today. Supporting his talk with statistics, he spoke at length about challenges like access and inclusion facing higher education. Punjab in particular, he added, has the dubious distinction of having the lowest number of colleges in proportion to its population. “Educational institutions do not have an obligation only to the rich. There has to be a system which is responsive to all,” he underlined.

He stressed that while new initiatives had been launched, the heart of the problem and its solution lay in the teaching staff, in training them and ensuring accountability.

Echoing the same theme of the earlier two speakers, equally and forcefully but sans the figures, was eminent art historian and critic Dr B N Goswamy’s talk on the quality of students and the devaluation of education today. He said while he could not imagine a life without science it had to be accompanied with humanities and art. He appealed to the repositories of education not to submit or yield to a collective political pressure.

The other eminent people who also spoke on the occasion included Dr H Y Mohan Ram, Professor Emeritus INSA, whose lecture on reinventing heritage by studying how to use plants from our vicinity in modern ways reflected the theme succinctly. He used the turmeric plant as an example.

These were followed by short addresses by Mr H K Dua, Editor-in-Chief, the Tribune Group of Newspapers and chief secretary, Punjab and Ramesh Inder Singh.

Earlier in the day, the vice-chancellor Prof R C Sobti traced the history of the university from Lahore to the present and spoke eloquently about the university’s vision for the future, one that emphasised on equality, quality, relevance and value-based education towards creating an enlightened, liberal and rational society. 

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2 decades after orders, MoD fails to register arms agents
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Almost two decades after the Ministry of Finance issued instructions for appointment of authorised representatives of foreign suppliers, not a single such agent has been registered by the Defence Ministry.

In January 1989, the Finance Ministry had issued directions relating to Indian agents of foreign suppliers for all ministries and departments. Based upon this, the Defence Ministry, had in April 1989, issued guidelines to regulate authorised Indian representatives. These guidelines were again issued in November 2001.

The Defence Ministry, in a communiqué to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence, has categorically stated that so far no authorised Indian representative or agent has been registered by the ministry.

The instructions provide for the regulation of representational arrangements through a system of registration, categorical and open declaration by the foreign supplier of the services to be rendered by their authorised agent and the remuneration payable to them by way of fees, commission or any other method.

In its report released about two months ago, the Committee has taken serious note of the defence ministry’s failure to abide by the finance ministry’s directives.

The committee was of the view that such representatives could play a useful role in after-sales service and sorting out problems during the warranty period.

The committee had also felt that registration of agents should be encouraged so that allegations of kickbacks might be minimised and these agents might also facilitate better coordination between the defence ministry and the supplier during evaluation and trials.

This would also help in reducing time and cost overruns.

It may be pertinent to mention here that during the past decade, there have been several allegations of irregularities in defence deals such as the Scorpene submarine contract and procurement of ammunition from Denel in South Africa.

Then there was the infamous Tehelka expose where senior officers were caught on tape while allegedly demanding and accepting bribes from purported arms agents.

Taking the ministry to task for not giving any reason for failing to register authorised representatives, the committee was of the opinion that there could be some regulations which were deterring authorised Indian representatives to get themselves registered with the ministry.

The committee has also called for a more effective role by defence attaches posted in embassies abroad in the procurement process and has expressed concern that the services of defence attaches in the identification of foreign vendors has not been duly reflected in the defence procurement procedure.

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‘Ravana’ and kin  donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Ramleela artistes joined the voluntary blood donation movement when Ravana (Sunil Sharma), Meghnath (Ashwani Sharma) and Kumbhakaran (Mahesh Kumar) of the Sector 17 Parade Ground Ramleela donated blood at a blood donation camp held at Agrasen Bhavan, here, today.

“While Ramleela sends out a very powerful message of the triumph of the good over evil, we felt that it was also a good opportunity and platform to spread other important messages like voluntary blood donation,” said Sunil Sharma Sunil who has donated blood 39 times till now.

“Our artistes are, in any case, regular blood donors. We hope that this will enthuse other people also to join the voluntary blood movement,” informed Suresh Bakshi, director of Ramleela.

Established in 1953, the Sri Ramleela Committee has been organising Ramleela at the Parade Ground, Sector 17, for the last few decades.

“This year, the citizens of Chandigarh are audience to a hi-tech, fast-paced, well-synchronised Ramleela which is being staged daily till October 22,” added Bakshi. 

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Failure inspires student to pen book
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
For Vikram Verma, a CA student, failures are the stepping stones to success.

A failure in the management information and control system (MICS) paper of the CA exam has prompted him to write a book on the same subject.

In fact, his hard work has paid off and he has come out with flying colours in this year’s exam scoring 65 per cent marks. Not only that, mocking at his financial difficulties, Vikram has penned a book, “MICS Unleashed”.“After I secured just 28 
marks in the MICS paper, I was heart broken. Since I could not see my answer sheet to review my performance, I decided to put in a lot of hard work and the result was excellent marks and this book,” said Vikram.

He said, “Bringing out the book was a herculean task as my father, a bus conductor, could not finance it. For funding the studies, I had to take tuition, he said. And income from two projects of training a batch of 25 employees of a computer institute and guiding the employees of an international call centre helped me to bear the expenses of the book.”

Vikram claimed that the book had certain unique features such as special chapters and unique numbering of pages introduced for the first time, enhancing speedy access and planning.

The book has been reasonably priced at Rs 130 so that it was within the reach of the common students.

Vikram, who wants to be a CA and consultant, said his dream was to bring the world-class management information system in India for those industries which cannot afford costly software.

His future projects include a book on tally and MS excel, software named as folder locker and unique Indian internet.

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Durga Puja
Bengali soiree set to begin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
It’s time for the otherwise-reticent Bengalis to display their indulgent streak. And they are doing so in abundance 6 pm onwards, every day, at Banga Bhavan, where they are preparing to welcome the Devi.

Her arrival, which marks the beginning of a five-day festive frenzy, is not too far away. Come October 17, and the stage will be set for Durga Puja celebrations that have become synonymous with the Bengalis, who bring such zest to it. In Chandigarh, the Bangiya Sanskritik Sammilani, with its 1000-strong membership, leads the celebrations from the front.

A slice of festivity can be anybody’s to savour, for there’s no bar on who joins in and from what community.

The oldest member of the Sammilini, S.R. De, puts it humbly: “Right through the runup to Durga Puja till the final day, we serve community lunch at our Sector 35 bhavan. Everyone is welcome.”

At 84 years, De has zeal enough to drive the community. As president of the association, which will be celebrating its 45th puja this year, he is literally the grand-old man, with a young, exuberant heart.

He gets support from Chandan Banerjee, association’s general secretary, who handles the most difficult part of the celebrations — the funding.

“It’s always difficult to arrange money. But we manage for the sake of tradition,” says Banerjee.

The pride is evident in every face you see at the bhavan these days. And reasons are not far to seek — it was in 1962 that a handful of Bengali families assembled in the city to hold the puja, the first beyond Shimla and Ambala.

Organised from private spaces at that time, puja celebrations, in 1988, shifted to Banga Bhavan, which the administration allotted to the community. That day and this, the custom has been honoured religiously.

“This year we will have a special cultural presentation in the form of a human puppet show by a group from Kolkata. There will be no strings. Men will emulate puppets,” says S.K. Sanyal, cultural organiser of the association.

On October 17 — the day of Durga’s “Aagomani” (arrival) —there will be a Rabindra dance presentation by children and married women.

For years, the community has used musical scores of Punkuj Mullick for this occasion. “We alter nothing. Everything is original and reminiscent of our roots. The songs are especially composed for the occasion, which mark the victory of good over evil,” Sanyal says.

Aagomani is also the day when the Bengali head priest H.D. Bhattacharya will install the five idols of Durga and her children — Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartike and Ganesha.

With the installation begins a five-day-long cultural rhapsody, marked by music, drama and dance with authentic Bengali flavour, which comes from the use of instruments like dhak, khol and kasha.

This year, as earlier, the association has invited Subhash Ghose and Suchitra Mitra for an instrumental and Bharatnatyam recital, respectively.

At another end, kids, women and men have been preparing for the other presentations, to be staged every evening from October 17 to 21, the last day of festivity when the five idols will be immersed to signify the immersion of enmities.

After immersing the idols on October 21, the community members will return to Banga Bhavan with the holy water, which the head priest will then sprinkle on them. Embraces will follow, and then the last bit of cultural extravaganza.

The celebrations will end with a community dinner on October 21.

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CHB to develop housing at Hallo Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Following its decision to create low-income housing for those working at Technology Park, the Chandigarh administration has decided to develop housing and infrastructure facilities at Hallo Majra village.

Around 36.32 acres of land is being given to the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to create infrastructure within 18 months.

The CHB has plans to construct around 2,400 dwelling units that will cater to the middle and low-income groups of city.

The planned construction comprises 1,500 units of two bedrooms, 525 units of three bedrooms and 375 units of one bedroom. Besides adequate shopping, commercial and recreational facilities will also be provided. Under the commercial zone, main shopping and sub-sector shopping along with construction of an entertainment complex are proposed to be developed. The project will be developed as a self-sustaining habitat.

R&R policy

The Chandigarh Sanjha Morcha (CSM) has welcomed the announcement of the R&R policy for farmers by the central government. The morcha said farmland owners in the city were not against development but were against the manner in which their land was being acquired forcibly by the administration.

CSM spokesperson and secretary Jyotii Subramanian said the morcha would continue its efforts and wait for the administration take steps according to the government policy.

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Insects in beer bottle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 45, has complained that a bottle of a popular brand of beer bought from a liquor vend in Sector 37 had insects in it.

He said he was sold the bottle of Kingfisher beer by the salesman of the vend.

Liquor contractor Kamaljeet told Chandigarh Tribune that he had merely supplied the product delivered by the company to the customer and had written to the company about it.

Company official Hemant, when contacted, said he could comment only after seeing the bottle.

An official of the UT excise department said action could be initiated only after analysing the sample of the beer.

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Labourer’s body found hanging

Chandigarh, October 14
Shiv Kumar, a 31-year-old labourer, was found hanging at his home in Colony No. 4 here yesterday. Though no suicide note was recovered, the police termed the incident a suicide. According to the police, Shiv Kumar was found hanging in his room by his neighbours around 7.30 am.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings. — TNS

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Bhatti plans 10-minute ‘Filmi Thugs’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Savita Bhatti, chief executive officer of Jaspal Bhatti’s film school Madarts today accompanied the institute’s students on a horse-riding session at Royal Horse Riding School in Sohana.

Not such a great horse rider, the actor-satirist, who has been an equal partner in her husband’s growth and fame, was determined nevertheless, to make a statement in confidence. And after a couple of rounds, she got the hang of the horse she was riding. The students gave her good company.

On the occasion, Savita also talked about a new 10-minute film “Filmi Thugs” which the institute is making to warn gullible youths of the wily ways of the world.

The film exposes fake film producers, who lure wannabe stars by promising them their share in the sunshine. “But sunshine is a farce. The real motive is extraction of money. The film will also be dubbed in Punjabi for telecast on Doordarshan and other regional Punjabi channels,” Savita said, taking a break from horse riding.

Besides releasing the film, the institute is also set to invite ace filmmaker Kundan Shah of ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ fame to town on October 17. He will hold a comedy workshop for the students of Madarts. 

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Allottees of Sector 76-80 celebrate with laddoos
Tribune News Service

Photo caption: Allottees of plots celebrating in Rose Garden, Phase 3 B-I, Mohali.
Photo caption: Allottees of plots celebrating in Rose Garden, Phase 3 B-I, Mohali. —Photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali, october 14
The allottees of plots of sector 76-80 today held celebrations in view of the possession of their plots at Rose Garden in Phase 3 B-I.

The rejoiced allottees exchanged laddoos and were ecstatic. The GMADA recently held draw of 1542 plots in area out of total 3950 plots. The members of the Plot Allotment Sanghasrh Committee addressed the gathering.

The president of the committee Sucha Singh, chief adviser Raghubir Singh Sandhu, vice-president Malkit Singh and general secretary Ranjeet Singh said committee will continue its efforts till all the allottees get possession of their plots. They said impetus will now be on developing the areas around these plots and fighting for those who have yet not got their right.

They added that the committee would contest cases filed pertaining to these issues in Supreme Court and Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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Kids ‘wake up’ authorities

Mohali, October 14
The ‘lungs’ of the city were lying in a neglected state for long, till the children pressurised the administration to take steps for their beautification. Today, the children of Phase 10 here are helping the GMADA authorities to undertake a unique project of sprucing up two parks.

It all started in July this year, when a delegation of children, led by Ritu Raag Kaur (11), met GMADA chief administrator, Krishan Kumar, in connection with the demand for the beautification of their parks. In the wake of the pressure mounted by children, the authorities concerned started the work in front of the house no. 2191 and 2360 in September.

Under the supervision of the horticulture department, the works such as laying of concrete paths, replacement of the broken merry-rounds, fixing of grills, installation of all-weather shelter, new lighting system and planting of shrubs and flowers had been undertaken.

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Id celebrated with fervour

Chandigarh, October 14
Muslims across the city celebrated Id-ul-Fitr with religious fervour and gaiety today.

Thousands of worshippers gathered at the Jama Masjid in Sector 20 this morning to attend special congregational prayers.

Prayers were also held in Sector 26, Mani Majra and Dhanas and Muslims in large numbers greeted each other.

Security arrangements were made at the mosque on the occasion. Prominent among those who attended the prayers at the Sector 20 mosque included Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai. — TNS

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Safai workers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Members of the Safai Karamchari Union burnt the effigy of the UT administration in Sector 25 today.

Over 100 workers from Kaimbwala, Kishangarh, Sarangpur, Darua, Behlana, Raipur Khurd and Dhanas villages and MOH employees transferred from UT panchayats took part in the protest.

The protesters the regularisation of daily wage employees. The union members also demanded parity in the wages of daily wage workers in accordance with the salaries of employees working under panchayats and department of rural development.

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Doctor presents book to Ansari

Chandigarh, October 14
Dr Ajit S. Puri, a resident of Patiala and a consultant in the department of medicine, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Ludhiana, presented his book “Speaking of how to prevent common diseases” to Vice-President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari at New Delhi on the eve of Id ul Fitr yesterday.

The book seeks to guide readers to detect diseases at an early stage by regular diagnostic tests. — TNS

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Letters
Develop Morni

Aprops the news in ‘The Tribune’ dated Oct 10 regarding the inauguration of the first-ever adventure camp at Tikkar Tal, Morni Hills, by Haryana tourism minister Kiran Chaudhry.

I want to thank Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the sport events at Morni Hills and for uplifting the state.

I also want to draw the attention of Mr. Hooda towards the slow pace of development of Panchkula.

The CM should take keen interest himself and look over the progress of Panchkula, particularly that of Morni Hills.

The area, especially the lake, can be developed in a such a way that it can be a paradise on Earth. I suggest that all the left out sectors of Panchkula around Morni Hills be developed speedily by allotting plots to registered societies and private parties.

This way, Morni Hills can soon find its way to the international map. Moreover, the Haryana government can earn a lot of money by converting the area into a sports centre and a tourist spot.

G.K. Chopra, Chandigarh

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

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RBI Theft
Police gets vital leads

Chandigarh, October 14
The local police has apparently obtained some vital clues to the theft of Rs 2.82 lakh from Reserve Bank of India office in Sector 17.

According to the sources, the investigating officials were zeroing in on persons from its list of suspects.

The officials had so far interrogated 28 persons in this connection.

The officials were also scrutinising the CCTV recordings. Though senior officers refused to confirm anything at this stage, saying “it would adversely affect the ongoing probe”, they sounded confident that they would soon track down the culprits. — TNS

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Man succumbs to burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Ghan Shyam, who was admitted to the hospital after he allegedly set himself afire at his residence in Kishangarh village, near here, succumbed to his injuries in the PGI this morning.

The police said Ghan Shyam had an altercation with his wife and set himself afire.

He was admitted in a critical condition to the PGI. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Caught stealing

Jai Singh of Sector 23 reported to the police that Sunil Kumar of the same sector was nabbed while stealing a mobile phone form his residence on Saturday.

A case has been registered in the Sector 17 police station.

Vehicle stolen

Sanjay Kumar of Sector 34 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his motor cycle (PB 58 B 9633) had been stolen from Sector 34.

Also, Gurjeet Singh of Dasmesh Colony, Mohali district, reported to the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (PB 27 8872) was stolen from Sector 34 on September 28. Two cases of theft have been registered at different police stations in this regard.

Arson

Ajay Kumar of Sector 52 reported to the police that his car (CH 03 A 6278), which was parked outside his residence, was set afire by unidentified person(s) in the wee hours of 
Saturday.

A case has been registered in this connection.

Liquor seized

The local police arrested Udhey Bhan and Kanta Singh, both residents of Colony No. 4 from Phase I, Industrial Area, yesterday while allegedly carrying 30 bottles of country-made liquor.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered in this connection.

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Biz Word

Chandigarh: Ad Guru Alyque Padamsee has joined ‘LeagueOne’ as its brand, strategy and communications advisor. The LeagueOne marketing services private limited has recently launched its operations in India. Rajiv Gupta, managing director of the marketing company, said they would currently focus on retail outlets in the telecom, lifestyle pharmacy, modern departmental stores, IT and optical sectors. The company has announced to set up 5,000 networked retail outlets across the country by the end of this year. The company plans to cover 34 cities including all four metros and 30 secondary cities in the first year of operations, said the managing director. — TNS

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