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Army men, MES staff square off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Ramlila celebrations at Chandi Mandir cantonment were cut short tonight following ugly scenes between the military police and MES civilian employees.

The incident occurred around 10 pm, when the military police allegedly prevented the vehicle of the chief guest to Ramlila from entering the cantonment.

According to MES employees, the military police stationed at the entrance to the cantonment on the Madhumati Marg along the national highway prevented the chief guest’s vehicle from passing through. This led to a fracas between them.

MES employees claimed that two of their colleagues were seriously injured after being beaten up by the military police. MES workers alleged that the army personnel did not allow them to take the injured to the hospital.

Also, two children — Amit and Vineet — are missing from the scene, they claimed. The Panchkula police was reportedly not allowed to enter the cantonment. An army officer said the incident had been reported to the authorities.



Asian Rowing Championship
City lads bag silver, bronze
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Two Chandigarh rowers brought laurels to the city by making their presence felt during the Junior and Senior Asian Rowing Championship held in Korea recently.

Kanav Dosajh, a student of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh won bronze medal in the event of Coxless Fours (JM4-) for India during the 13th Junior Asian Rowing Championship held at Chung Ju, Korea, from October 14 to 19.

Another local boy, Manjit Singh, won a silver medal in the Open Coxed Eights (M8+) and one bronze medal in the event of Coxless Pairs (M2-) in the 12th Asian Senior Rowing Championships, also held at the same time.

Amar Patil, Rohit Kumar Swain and Anil Kumar Mohanty from other parts of the country were the other three rowers who paired with Kanav in this event. As many as 19 countries had participated in various rowing events.

According to Pramod Kumar Singla, secretary, Chandigarh Rowing Association, the junior and senior rowers have been training intensively at Hussainsagar Lake in Hyderabad since the past eight months and rowed India to victory at the 13th Asian Junior and 12th Asian Senior Rowing Championships bagging a total of two golds, two silver and four bronze medals.



Kamla Sharma is city BJP chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The BJP high command has replicated the Punjab model in appointing Kamla Sharma, first mayor of the municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), as president of the party’s local unit for three years (2007-2010).

In fact, the appointment of the former Mahila BJP chief, who was apparently the candidate with least resistance within the party, has not surprised political pundits.

Now, the election process for the Union Territory will be completed to pave the way for the “unanimous” election of Sharma.

The BJP had followed a similar practice in first appointing Rajinder Bhandari as the Punjab unit chief and later electing him “unopposed”.

Observers see her as a “non-controversial” figure in party circles. Her appointment will mean that she will lead the party in the next 2009 Lok Sabha election or a mid-term election if held in the near future.

It is a win-win situation for former local MP Satya Pal Jain, who has managed to fill the executive committee with a majority of his loyalists.

Sanjay Tandon, son of senior Punjab politician Balramji Dass Tandon and a greenhorn in the local politics, has been given the important post of general secretary.

While the elevation of the veteran leader may give reason to celebrate party’s commitment to 33 per cent reservation for women, another frontrunner for the post, PD Mongia, has to content with the post of treasurer.



Encroachment dominates MC meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Encroachments and recent drives to remove them by the municipal corporation occupied the centre stage at the meeting of house of the corporation, here today, with most councillors opposing their removal.

With recent anti-encroachment drives in Bapu Dham and Dadu Majra as the focus, union minister of state for finance and local MP Pawan Bansal was of the opinion that encroachment on government land should be dealt with firmly.

However, he said violations by way of construction of more than one storey in one-room tenaments allotted to people should not be targeted.

“Since we are demanding to regularise need-based changes in marla houses all over the city, these violations also fall in the same category and should, instead, be regularized,” he remarked.

Bansal added that people were allotted one-room tenements because they did not have the paying capacity at that time and the administration did not have the budget to construct more than one storey.

He also recommended their case of allowing shops to run from the one-room tenements since most of them were unemployed and there were no alternative employment opportunities available as of now.

Councillors agreed to this in principle and said a draft item be prepared to incorporate the fact that people should be given a chance to remove violations in constructions voluntarily before the MC and administration could get cracking.

The councillors even maintained that the suggestions of the local MP be included in the proposal, which should be passed by the house and sent to the administration for approval.

BJP councillor Anil Dubey said encroachments were mushrooming in the city under the Congress leadership at the Centre, which led to furore among the Congress councillors. Congress councillors Chandermukhi Sharma and Kamlesh said their questions had not been included in the agenda.

Sharma said he had postponed discussion on his question at the last meeting because the commissioner was not present.

“I got an answer to my question after nearly three months. However, at this meeting, the question has been left out and clearly reflects the dictatorial attitude of the chair,” he alleged.

The mayor assured him of taking up the questions at the next meeting.

Among the issues that got the nod of the house are the creation of new posts for fire and emergency services besides other administrative posts, estimates for augmentation of water supply in Kajheri and Dadu Majra, widening of V-5 roads in Sector 27 and other issues pertaining to fixing of footpath tiles, providing outfall storm water drainage.

The house also applauded the awards for water supply and sewerage given to the corporation for its outstanding work by the ministry of urban development, Delhi, and that councillor Kamlesh had successfully urged public to remove violations in her ward.



Women lead breast cancer awareness drive
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Neena Singh (63) smiles at the memory of the day when she insisted upon visiting a cancer detection centre in Delhi to find out if all was well with her. She never regretted the decision, life-saving as it proved.

“It all started quite casually when one day I felt a strange lump in my breast. We visited two medical experts in Chandigarh. Both said there was no cause for concern. But I was not convinced. In Delhi, I was detected with breast cancer. I lived because I managed an early detection,” says Singh, one of the survivors of breast cancer, whose incidence is second only to cancer of the cervix among women in India.

Today, Singh and a group of five other breast cancer survivors, including Ranjana Tulsi, Indira Narula, Gurpreet Khaira and Gulashan Gawri, are leading from the front the campaign for ‘Pink October’ in the region. With support from UT administration, they are making efforts to spread awareness regarding the urgency of self-examination of breasts in a situation where every one woman after 30 is being detected with breast cancer in India.

“In the USA, this cancer is being detected in one after every eight women. We have a long way to go, but we are happy that about 91 per cent of women, detected with breast cancer, are now actually surviving. Early detection is doing wonders, so is ‘Pink October’, which is celebrated worldwide to spread awareness regarding breast cancer,” said Renu Saighal, a senior volunteer of the Sahayta Cancer Kendra, which is celebrating ‘Pink October’ this year.

A major part of awareness campaign in Chandigarh and adjoining areas is visits to schools and colleges, where students and staff need to be familiarised with the needs of self-examination of breasts. Heartening it is that in 95 per cent cases, breast cancer has actually been detected by women themselves.

“I am a living example. And there are many others,” says Neena Singh, referring to the international cosmetic giant Estee Lauder, which has dedicated itself to breast cancer awareness in a big way. Estee Lauder, which launched the Global Elimination of Breast Cancer Initiative in 2000, celebrates ‘Pink October’ on a huge scale.

The group distributes pink ribbons and holds slide shows for instructing women on self- examination. Sahayta’s slides are being shown at the Fun Republic. The next major awareness activity for breast cancer will happen on October 29 and 30 at HSBC, Sector 9, where Sahayta will put up stalls to sell awareness material, including souvenirs and greeting cards.

Money collected from the campaign goes for the treatment of the ailing and for cancer research.



VIP squadron to celebrate 60th anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The IAF’s Communication Squadron, tasked with providing air transport facilities to VVIPs, is observing its 60th anniversary.

The squadron was raised on November 1, 1947, and has been based at the Air Force Station, Palam in New Delhi, since its inception. Several functions have been planned over the next two weeks to commemorate this event.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal F.H. Major, who had served with the squadron in his earlier days, will release a First Day Cover on October 24. A reunion of all present and ex-squadron officers is stated to be held on November 2. Several serving and retired air marshals who also served with the squadron are expected to join in. Other functions include a barakhana for all personnel, a cricket match and a rum punch with the squadron’s air warriors.

Commencing its operation with the Oxford aeroplane, the squadron has operated the Harvard, Dakota, Devon, IL-14, Viscount, Vampire and HS-748 Avro. It entered the jet age in 1966 with the arrival of the TU-124 and thereafter inducted the Boeing 737 in 1981.



Chandigarh Punjabi Tribune launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
The Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Group, H.K. Dua, today released a four-page colour pullout of Chandigarh Punjabi Tribune at a function here today.

Addressing the gathering, he hoped that the pullout would prove to be a harbinger of change and help in the further expansion of Punjabi Tribune. G.S. Sidhu Damdami, Editor, Punjabi Tribune, also spoke.



Close shave for scooterist
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
A scooterist had a miraculous escape after his scooter rammed into a truck on the rear after the truck suddenly came to a halt at the Housing Board traffic lights this afternoon.

The scooter got stuck under the truck and caught fire as it was carrying thinner and paint. The scooter was badly damaged in the fire. The truck driver fled the scene.

A fire tender later put out the fire before it could get out of hand.

According to eyewitnesses, the truck (HP 12 A 5287) was on its way to Kalka. The scooter was tailing the truck when it came to a grinding halt after the traffic lights turned red.

The scooter slid under the truck after the rider lost control of his vehicle.

The scooterist, later identified as Shanker of Indira Colony, was quick to move out of harm’s way, as the scooter soon caught fire.

It took firemen 20 minutes to extinguish the fire even as traffic remained disrupted on the stretch.

The police was informed about the matter.



Parking on V-6 roads to ease

Chandigarh, October 20
Parking of vehicles on V-6 roads in the city’s residential areas will be regulated. Faced with the problem of increasing number of vehicles in each household, the Chandigarh administration has decided to allow parking only on one side of the road.

The V-6 roads are also being widened. Multiple family units and relaxations of building bylaws and increase in the floor area ratio are causing parking problems.

“After increasing the width of the road by 5 ft, vehicles can be parked on one side of the road,” an official said.

In some cases, common parking areas have been planned but these are exceptions. The UT finance secretary, S.K. Sandhu, said it had been decided that some space on one side of the roads, particularly V-6 roads, would be marked with yellow lines. — TNS



Sec-33 Apni Mandi cancelled

Chandigarh, October 20
Apni Mandi in Sector 33 will not be orgnised on Sunday on account of Dussehra festival, according to a press note issued here today. — TNS




Save the girl child

The festive season is here and the entire nation is busy worshipping various deities as part of the Navratra celebrations. People are fasting, some even for eight days at a stretch, and on the final day, that is, the ninth Navratra, people feed and worship young girls. But sadly, this is the only day in the entire year when the girl child is actually ‘wanted’. What an irony! On one hand we worship our goddesses and on the other, we don’t allow our daughters to be born. If at all the girl child is born, she is thrown away in bushes or bins. It is high time that we realise the importance of girls and save them. It will do us a world of good and save mankind from extinction.

Manjula Kiran

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SSP’s orders brushed aside
No arrest in property dispute case yet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
Gaurav Deep Goel, managing director of Radhey Sham Sarees Private Limited (Sector 18), today alleged that despite the fact that UT SSP Dinesh Bhatt had ordered the SHO of the Sector 17 police station on August 9 to arrest the accused involved in a property dispute and submit an action taken report within 10 days, no arrest had been made.

He told mediapersons at a press conference that two cases had been registered against the partners of the firm for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and other offences, but the officials concerned had not bothered to proceed against the accused.

He alleged that “encouraged by the biased attitude of the police”, the accused, accompanied by about 80 persons, broke open the locks of the showroom of the company on October 3 and took goods away.

The SHO of the Sector 17 police station, along with the in charge of the Sector 22 police post and other police officials, who were present there, did not take any action against the accused, he said.

He claimed he had been assured by the SSP that no one would be allowed to break into the shop.

The case was later transferred to the economic offences wing of the police.

When contacted, the DSP (EOW), Arjun Singh Jaggi, said the cases were registered following court orders. It was a property dispute and the investigating officials were probing the matter and could not arrest anyone until they had strong evidence against the accused.

He said if the complainants had doubts, they could get the probe transferred to any other wing of the police.

About defying SSP orders, he said he could not say anything in this regard as the case was probed by the SHO of the Sector 17 police station then.

Despite repeated attempts, the SHO was not available for comments.



Driver decamps with Tata Sumo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
An Industrial Area-based employer has alleged that his driver decamped with his Tata Sumo.

Promod Goyal of Phase 1, Industrial Area, reported to the police that his driver, Roop Chand, took away the Tata Sumo on October 16 and did not come back. A case under Section 406 of the IPC has been registered.

Held for theft

Munish Sanghi of Sector 38-C has reported to the police that his scooter (CH-03-V-5817) was stolen from his house last night.

Acting on the complaint, the police arrested Surjit Singh of Sector 36 along with the scooter from the Sector 37-38 rotary this afternoon. A case has been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Gautam Basia of Sector 37-A has reported to the police that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (PB-05-L-3127) was stolen from his house this morning.

In another incident, Madhu Bhandari of Sector 36 has reported to the police that his Kinetic Honda (CH-01-F-9433), which was parked in Sector 22, was stolen on Sunday.

Similarly, Gian Inder Singh of Sector 15 has reported to the police that his LML Vespa scooter (CH-01-R-7749) was stolen from Sector 15 on October 3.

Three cases of theft have been registered.


Honey Lamba of Sector 43-B has reported to the police that Sarabjit Gupta, Arjun Partap Singh, Zorawar, Makul, Aklesh and Nitish allegedly assaulted and threatened him in front of his house on Friday night.

A case of criminal intimidation has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.

Meter stolen

Charanjit Singh of Sector 47 has reported to the police that a water meter was stolen from his house last night.

A case has been registered in this connection.



Mason falls to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
A 25-year old mason was killed when he fell from the scaffolding of a house in Kajheri village, here today.

He was rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

The victim has been identified as Ajay Kumar. He is survived by his wife and two children.

According to investigating officer Kirpal Singh, the incident took place at around 4 pm when the wooden planks of the scaffolding he was standing on gave in after the ropes with which they were tied snapped. Ajay fell on his back and sustained severe head injuries.

He died on the way to the hospital.

Contractor Panna Lal had employed Ajay to construct a cantilever in a house belonging to one Narinder Singh. Narinder told the police that although he warned Lal that the ropes were loose and could cause a mishap, his words went unheeded.

The police has registered a case of causing death due to negligence against the contractor and efforts are on to nab him.

The postmortem will be conducted on Sunday.



Man found dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 20
A 35-year-old man was found dead at his residence in Bhaskar Colony, here, this morning. The police has ruled out the possibility of foul play as no visible injury marks were found on the body.

The deceased had been identified as Pirthipal Singh from Uttar Pradesh. Pirthipal was living alone and his wife was in Delhi. The couple has three children.

The death came to light when Pirthipal Singh’s neighbours found him lying dead on his bed and informed the police. They told the police that Pirthipal was an alcoholic who had quit his job at the office of PU’s executive engineer. The body has been shifted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-speciality Hospital and inquest proceedings have been initiated.

The deceased’s family has been informed about the incident. They are expected to reach the city tomorrow.



Petrol pump looted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 20
Two unidentified youths looted a petrol pump in Toka village near Ramgarh here today. The accused fled with Rs 6,000 cash which one of the employees working at the petrol station was carrying.

Police sources said the incident took place around 8 pm. The two youths came to the petrol station and demanded cash from the employees. While one of the petrol pump employees jumped in an adjoining ditch to escape, the accused took away the cash from the other and locked him in a room at the petrol station. SP Sandeep Khirwar and DSP Dr Abhey S. Rao visited the spot. Investigation are on in the case.



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