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Defence varsity in Sec 92 of Mohali
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, October 22
The Indian National Defence University ( INDU) is likely to be set up in Sector 92 in Mohali on 231 acres. The Punjab government has decided to follow up the matter with the central government in this regard.

A team of officers from the Army headquarters had visited Mohali on August 10 and after an interaction with the government, it had identified three sites for setting up the defence university. These sites were located in Sectors 84, 92 and 92-A. The chairman of chiefs of the state committee informed subsequently that the site in Sector 92 was suitable for locating the headquarters of the INDU.

It was decided that the matter regarding the defence university may be followed up with the Government of India so that the final decision as to who would pay for land acquisition shall be taken. The department concerned of the Government of India was to convey its formal decision after securing the approval from the Union Cabinet regarding the project

The decision to follow up the university matter with the central government was taken up at the first meeting of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority ( GMADA) held under the chairmanship of Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, on October 4.

It was also decided at the meeting that the issue of the Mohali international airport be expeditiously followed up with the Government of India. The response from the central government was awaited as the matter was to be approved by the ministry of civil aviation. It was decided that in the meantime GMADA could take up the matter with the airport authorities and the Air Force so that the process of land acquisition could be started after identifying the land. In addition to 300 acres of land which was required for the airport, it was decided that an additional 200 acres be acquired by the authority for exploiting it commercially so that GMADA was able to finance the land acquisition of 300 acres.

It is learnt that GMADA would have 49 per cent share in the international airport to be set up in Mohali while the Airport Authority of India would have 51 per cent share. While GMADA would be purchasing the land for the project, the construction would be carried out by the airport authority.

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Human skeleton found
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
A human skeleton was found in the fields of Khudda Ali Sher village here this morning.

It was detected by servants of former DSP Balkar Singh who had gone to cut fodder in the morning. The land belongs to Ram Singh.

Shocked, the servant ran to inform his employer. Ram Singh called village sarpanch Gurdial Singh and thereafter the police was informed. A police team along with SHO Ramesh Chand reached the site.

The skull lay near a cream shirt. The arm bones stuck out of the shirt. A pair of blue trousers was found at some distance. After examining the bones, which had dried up, the police said it appeared the death might have occurred three or four months ago.

The fodder was sown about four months back. None had visited the field since. It was likely that wild animals from the nearby jungle area may have eaten up the flesh and scattered the bones. The investigating officials found a catheter from the spot. A piece of bandage and some tablet strips were found in the shirt pocket, indicating that the victim might have been a patient.

“No fracture or cut marks were found on the bones. It is too early to say anything,” said the SHO.

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ODI ticket sale from Nov 1
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 22
The stage is set for the much -awaited Indo-Pak ODI on November 8 at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here.

Beginning November 1, ticket sale counters will be set up at various places in the tricity. “ We have roped in the HDFC Bank,” said G.S. Walia, honorary treasurer of the PCA.

Sale counters will be set up at various branches of the bank at Mohali, Panchkula and Chandigarh. Another six counters tickets (Rs 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000), two counters will be installed at Gate No. 5 of the stadium and for the general block and students’ block, tickets will be sold at four counters.

Interestingly, 150 tickets for the air-conditioned lounge have been booked already.

For the 250 guests across the border, the PCA is making arrangements at the terrace block. The PCA claims it will provide spectators quality food from renowned caterers on discount. 

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For special kids, integration the new motto
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The Chandigarh administration is gearing up to implement the Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs (CWSN) programme that aims to lend a helping hand to children with multiple disabilities.

To achieve the target of eight years of quality education to all children in the age group of 6 to 14, the administration is designing the framework for these special children under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan.

“ We have designed the programme which would enable us to remove the stigma attached to special children by bringing them to the mainstream. These children will study in regular classes with other schoolchildren instead of separate institutes,” DPI (S) S.K. Setia explained.

As many as 34 challenged children have already been admitted to freGSSS-45, GPS-45, GHS-26, Bapu Dham, GHS-32, GSSS, Khudda Lahora etc. Apart from free education, uniform and study material up to Class X, a sum of Rs 250 as transport allowance has been proposed.

The administration is looking for special resource teachers who are expert in assessing hearing, visual or mental deficiencies. “We are focussing on teachers with diplomas in special education and early child care, besides regular teachers,” said Setia.

In order to train regular teachers, a 90-day training programme is underway at the GIMRC, Sector 32. During the current financial year, 110 teachers will be given training. As of now, there are four special resource centres with nine special teachers at GMSSS-8, GSSS-15, GSSS-38 (west) and GMHS-31. These centres would be equipped with material designed for special children enrolled in government schools such as steppers, shoulder wheel, CP Chair, audiometer, Braille watch and talking books.

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Rotary Club honours eight citizens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The Rotary Club of Chandigarh today honoured eight citizens with the annual Rotary vocational awards.

R.S. Parmar, past district governor of Rotary International District 3080, gave away the awards, decied in consultation with heads of their respective departments in recognition of their devotion to duty.

Head constable Sarat Ram of Chandigarh police, who without caring for his life tried to stop the erring driver of a Tata Safari, and Satpal, leading fireman, and Trilok Raj, fireman, at Manimajra Fire Station, who displayed great courage to save the lives of two girls of a call centre through a blazing office building, were among those honoured.

Arun Kapil, a veteran clinical photographer working in the ophthalmology department of PGI, was recognised for his dedication to his profession. Neetu Monga, instructor for food service and management at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, and Ritu Veer, lecturer in stenography at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, were also awarded.

Anup Kumar of Fortis Healthcare was recommended by the management "for bringing dignity and humility to his vocation".

S.N. Hans, train superintendent on the Kalka-Shatabadi Express, was awarded for going beyond the call of his duty. He recently returned a packet containing Rs 14,000 to its owner O.N. Nagi. He had earlier returned to its owner Rs 14 lakh on one occasion and Rs 20,000 on another.

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Congress man killed, 15 hurt in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
A district-level Congress leader from Naraingarh was killed while 15 others were injured in four separate road accidents in the past 24 hours in the city. The victims of the fatal accident were following an ambulance, which was carrying their relative, who was in a critical condition, to the PGI. Among the injured were two Army men a sub-inspector and a constable of the Chandigarh police.

Giving details about the fatal accident, sources in the Manimajra police station said the accident took place during midnight on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road near Kala Gram, when a speeding Maruti Zen collided with a Toyota Corolla car.

The Maruti was on its way to Chandigarh while the Corolla moved onto the main road from a slip road in front of Kala Gram and suddenly came in front of the Zen car leading to a high-speed crash. Both vehicles were badly damaged in the mishap.

The Congress leader, 40-year-old Balbir Kapoor of Naraingarh, who was travelling in the Maruti Zen car, died on the spot while his son, 23-year-old Konal Kapoor, and his brother, Kulbir Kapoor, were hurt seriously in the mishap. Besides, the driver of the Corolla car, Mohit Malhotra of Phase-VII, Mohali, was severely hurt, while his two women co-passengers sustained minor injuries.

A case has been registered.

In another accident which occurred at the traffic lights point near gate number 2 of Panjab University last night when a Skoda Octavia (PB-65-F-0049) hit four stationary two-wheelers injuring seven persons, including a woman and a child.

The injured were SI Kapil Dev of Sector 26, who was on a motorcycle along with a constable Deep Singh, a scooterist identified as Bhim Sen of Sector 24, a motorcyclist Mukesh of Gurdaspur and a family of three, including a child.

In a separate accident, a motorcyclist, Shakti Singh, and his pillion rider, Gautam, both Army personnel, were hurt after being hit by a Contessa car (PB-31-B-1711) near Shivalik Park, Manimajra, on Sunday afternoon. They were admitted to Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir.

Similarly, a motorcyclist, Upinder Singh of Sector 45, suffered serious injuries after being hit by an auto-rickshaw (PB-65-F-1218) near Palsora village this morning. He was admitted to the PGI. The police has arrested the auto-rickshaw driver Gurmit Singh of Kharar.

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225 acres for connectivity to mega projects
Land acquisition to be completed by April 30
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, October 22
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is in the process of acquiring 225 acres of land to provide connectivity and other infrastructure to mega developers in the town. GMADA will also be developing a golf course in Sector 91, here.

The land acquisition collector’s office has requested the state government and the deputy commissioner, through letters sent last week, to provide no-objection certificates for the acquisition of land as per the new government policy for the road network. The acquisition process will be completed by April 30.

As many as nine roads - six vertical and three horizontal - are to be constructed downwards in Sectors 76 to 80 and the network will go till Sector 104. While most of the roads dividing sectors will be 100 ft wide, one road, which will touch the Mohali airport, will be 200 ft wide.

The decision to start the land acquisition process immediately was taken at GMADA’s first meeting held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on October 4. It was also decided that the process to start the construction of roads be initiated simultaneously. For providing quality roads and other infrastructure, well-known contractors will be engaged. The chief administrator of GMADA was authorised to amend any regulation, if required, to achieve the objective.

At the meeting, it was pointed out that the state government had issued licences to some mega developers in Mohali. Some of these developers had deposited external development charges totalling Rs 101 crore and an amount to the tune of Rs 790 crore was due for recovery from them as per the new rates. This amount shall be recovered during the next three years as per the terms and conditions of the licences. As such, it was the GMADA’s responsibility to provide connectivity and other infrastructure to these developers.

It was also decided that GMADA should develop one golf course while the remaining two sites would be given to the private sector for development. Plan to include high-rise apartments and a five star hotel in the project was also discussed. The process of land acquisition will start immediately and farmers will be compensated adequately so that there is least resistance in the land acquisition process.

Development works in Sectors 76 to 80 was also discussed at the meeting. It was directed that development works in Sectors 77 and 78, which were stopped temporarily, be executed expeditiously.

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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
It’s going to rock at garden
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The city is all set for the diamond jubilee celebrations of Rock Garden beginning from November 7.

Created out of broken bric-a-brac, the garden was opened to public in 1976.

“The Rock Garden jubilee festival would see artistes from all around performing on one stage,” said Tony Rajer, a trustee of the Nek Chand Foundation, who arrived in the city today to organise the festival in collaboration with the Chandigarh administration and the Nek Chand Foundation.

As part of celebrations, a three-day international folk art conference would be organised from November 7 to 9 wherein more than 20 presenters from France, UK, Canada, Australia, Vietnam, India and Denmark are expected to participate, said at a press conference organised today in the garden.

“The idea is to reach out to everyone and give a message of communal harmony,” he added.

A two-day sculpture workshop would also be held during the celebrations. Nancey Seghetti, an artist/ designer from the USA, would conduct the workshop, which would be open for all.

A cultural extravaganza, wherein performers from all over India will take part, is scheduled for November 10-11.

Also on the cards is a competition for city artists, who would be asked to sketch their favourite spots in the garden.

The year-end also marks Nek Chand’s 83rd birthday and the celebrations would culminate with that day.

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2 city neurologists honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) at its 15th annual meeting in Mumbai last week has honoured two neurologists from the city, Emeritus professor PGI Dr J.S. Chopra and Dr S Prabhakar, professor and head, department of neurology, PGI.

This was the first time when 70 neurologists from Britain also participated in the IAN meet.

While Dr Chopra was awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution as service to the academy, Dr Prabhakar was honoured as longest service executive member.

Dr Chopra was the one who took initiative to form the IAN in 1991 so that the neurology could get due recognition in the medical field. Earlier Neurologists used to be enrolled with Neurological Society of India (NSI) along with neurosurgeons, neuropathologists, neurophysiologists and neuroanaesthists since 1950s when NSI was formed by four medicos.

NSI and IAN were not only instrumental in bringing out the epilepsy from the purview of the Lunatic Act of India (1908), these associations helped in creating awareness about many superstitions about the neurological diseases prevailing in society, informed Dr Chopra while talking to the Tribune here today.

The women were subjected to divorce on the issue of epilepsy earlier on the basis of this Act even as it was not a mental disorder, said Dr Chopra. In addition to it the neurologists were successful to some extent in creating awareness about the epileptic attack among the public that the disease in more than 85 per cent cases was fully controllable, said Dr Chopra.

There was a misconception among the people that the epileptic attack can be aborted by opening the clenching of teeth which happened during the attack.

In the process the people damage the teeth of patient, said Dr Chopra. However there is no relation between the recovery of patient from the attack and opening of clenching teeth and every epileptic attack is over within two minutes, informed Dr Chopra.

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Debris, dumps banned at public places
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The district magistrate today directed the general public to remove construction debris, dumps or unclaimed vehicles from public places, vacant plots, road berms and footpaths in the city by October 29.

If anybody claiming ownership of such construction debris, dumps or unclaimed vehicles failed to remove these, then the same will be confiscated and removed, official sources said here today.

In addition, proceedings for criminal action under relevant sections of the CrPC would be initiated if anybody is found to indulge in any of the activities mentioned above.

The dumping of such debris and garbage and unattended parking of unclaimed vehicles was not only a public nuisance but also a hazard to public safety and health. The unclaimed vehicles also pose a security threat as the same may be used by unscrupulous elements for anti-social or terror activities, they added.

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Chandigarh through French eyes
Exhibition begins tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
It is not just about edifices, structures and architecture. It is about the bond that people have with the space they live in. While most facets of this master architect have been explored, an exhibition titled, ‘Regards Croisés Franco-Indiens (Indo-French Glances)’ discovers how people live around the architecture in their city. What makes this endeavour distinctive is that the Corbusier’s body of work is being viewed from a mind’s eye.

The second largest architectural creation of Corbusier after Chandigarh was Firminy, a small town in Central France. This exhibition looks at Chandigarh through French eyes while Firminy is brought to another dimension through the eyes of an Indian, capturing what a local artist can overlook.

'Regards Croisés' was conceptualised in May 2006. The idea was to build an artistic link between the two cities which have in common some of Le Corbusier's best architectural accomplishments. The project involved city-based photographer Diwan Manna and a French photographer Michel Dieudonne. Diwan went to Firminy, where he was commissioned to click the people and architecture of Firminy for a photography exhibition and Michel captured city beautiful Chandigarh through his lens.

The exhibition was inaugurated in October 2006 to coincide with the completion of the Saint-Pierre Church at Firminy, designed by the architect but left incomplete after he passed away in 1965. The construction was revived after 40 years and was inaugurated along with this photography exhibition.

Starting October 24, it now comes to the city courtesy the Alliance Française de Chandigarh, Sector 36, and is being held in collaboration with the Chandigarh administration to promote modern cultural heritage.

The pictures, 30 in all, capture the architect’s passion-perhaps the real essence of his work-for heritage is built through people occupying time and space. 

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Parking contractors fleece visitors to hospitals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The visitors at the city hospitals, including Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, have to shell out more than the required parking fee as the authorities concerned contnue turning a blind eye to the malpractice by the contractors.

At the GMCH, out of the three parking lots, the authorities have not bothered to display the parking rates at two, leaving visitors at the mercy of the parking contractors. Disputes between the visitors and parking contractors are a daily sight. A resident of Sector 27 R K Garg even lodged a complaint with the authorities concerned. Rs 2 and Rs 5 were fixed for parking two-wheelers and cars respectively at the parking of GMCH.

The parking contractors have been charging Rs 5 for scooters and Rs 10 for cars, alleged Garg in his complaint. When he pointed it out, the contractors misbehaved with him, said Garg.

The PGI authorities have tackled the allegations of overcharging by the parking contractor by ignoring the extra burden on the visitors.

There were allegations against the parking contractor of multilevel car parking that he was issuing the passes of Rs 20 valid for frequent visits for one day to every visitor. However, the charges for one-time parking were Rs 10 at the parking.

The authorities instead of taking the action against the contractor withdrew the facility of day-long parking here.

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BSP rally not a show of strength says Dhawan

Chandigarh, October 22
Former union minister Harmohan Dhawan, who recently joined the BSP, today clarified that there were no differences with the Punjab unit of the party over Mayawati's October 28 rally in Chandigarh.

The rally is being organised to merge the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) with the BSP and it is not a show of strength, Dhawan said, adding that no organised effort was being made to bring the BSP supporters for the Chandigarh rally.

However, if the supporters wanted to attend the rally on their own they were welcome, he quipped putting at rest the reported differences with the Punjab unit to rest.

Several advocates today extended support to the BSP. Prominent among those were Thakur Kartar Singh, Hans Raj Trehan, Karnail Singh Baidwan, AS Sukhija and MS Narial. — TNS

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Ramlila stage set afire
But no one injured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
High drama prevailed at Bapu Dham Colony (BDC) in the wee hours today when some miscreants set afire a Ramlila stage. The residents of the colony resorted to slogan shouting and the situation was brought under control after the intervention of senior police officials.

According to the police, the incident took place at around 3 am when some workers of the Ramlila committee, who were sleeping in a tent on the stage, woke up after they felt heat. They were shocked to see the tent engulfed in flames and raised alarm. People gathered there and extinguished the flames. No one was reportedly hurt in the mishap and the police was called there.

Enraged over the lack of security arrangements, the residents of the colony resorted to slogan shouting against the UT administration. They alleged that there were two-three Ramlila committees in the colony and it was the handiwork of some rival committee.

The police has registered a case against unidentified persons under Section 435, IPC, in this connection on a complaint lodged by Raj Kishore of Phase I, of BDC, a worker of the Ramlila committee.

DSP (East) PK Dhavan reached the spot and placated the protesters assuring them of a fair investigation into the case. The police called the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory experts to examine the spot. A police officer said the fire might have been caused by a short circuit, but it was premature to say anything at this stage.

Meanwhile, the local unit of the BJP condemned the incident and demanded an inquiry into the matter to unearth the evil plot and the elements involved in it. 

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INLD wants ban on rice to go
Tribune News Service

INLD activists protest against the ban imposed on export of non-basmati rice at the district secretariat in Panchkula on Monday.
INLD activists protest against the ban imposed on export of non-basmati rice at the district secretariat in Panchkula on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, October 22
Senior Indian National Lok Dal leader Pradeep Chaudhary, accompanied by party activists today submitted a memorandum to DC Rajinder Kataria, seeking revocation of the ban imposed on export of non-basmati rice.

Demanding withdrawal of the ban, he said it was against the interests of farmers and rice traders.He said farmers were suffering losses as the prices of various fine varieties of paddy had fallen during the past one week and stocks of paddy had accumulated in different mandis of the state.

Maintaining that the rates had fallen between Rs 500 and Rs 1000, he said the Congress government at the Centre was anti-farmer and this ban had only exposed its ill-intentions.

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Tribune employee dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Dhani Ram (43), helper, The Tribune, died here yesterday after a brief illness. He served the institution for more than 16 years. His cremation was largely attended at the Manimajra crematorium by his colleagues and relatives today. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

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Hippo calf born at Chhat Bir

Chhat Bir, October 22
A hippopotamus calf was born at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park at Chhat Bir this morning.

The 25 kg calf was born at 7.30 am after a gestation period of 10 months. Field director Dharminder Sharma said the mother and baby were fine.

Hippo calves are delivered in water and the newborn start swimming within hours of birth. The zoo has four hippos, including one male and three females.

Hippos are found in tropical areas of Africa and is an exotic animal. It can easily breed in captivity, if provided with its natural habitat. — TNS

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Fire in factory
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 22
A fire broke out in a spices-manufacturing factory in Phase VIII, Industrial Area, here yesterday.

According to reports, the factory was closed for the day when the fire broke out. The owners, who lived in the first floor of the building, got to know about the incident when they saw smoke coming out of the building.

The fire brigade officials said the fire was caused by a short circuit. Furniture and spices were damaged in the fire.

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Nigerian detained
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 22
The local police today rounded up a foreigner for staying in the country without any valid documents.

The police received a tip off a few of days ago informing that Cyril Archivong from Lagos, Nigeria, who was residing in Sector 11, was a drug peddler and would soon receive a consignment. The police put the house under surveillance and raided the house today. The search, which took around two hours, yielded no drugs.

However, during questioning, the police found that Cyril had been living here without a passport and other necessary documents.

According to sources, Cyril has been staying here with a female friend since June 29. He was alone at the time of the raid, informed the police. Cyril had been arrested earlier also for possessing the drugs.

The police has begun investigations.

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Fauji Beat
Is infantryman unskilled labourer?

Infantrymen atop Tiger Hill after its capture in the Kargil war
Infantrymen atop Tiger Hill after its capture in the Kargil war

“IN the evergreen memory of brave soldiers of the Sikh Regiment who laid down their lives so that Kashmiris might live in freedom. They were the first Indian troops to come to their rescue on October 27, 1947. On this fateful hill was fought their first engagement”. This is what is written on a board near a forested hill, called Green Hill, 50 km from Srinagar and close to Baramula.

After landing at Srinagar airfield on October 27, Lieut-Col Ranjit Rai, CO 1 Sikh, set out with a company of his unit towards Baramula to block the road and prevent the enemy from advancing towards Srinagar. While he was deploying his men at the Green Hill, the enemy, which was already there, launched a fierce attack on our company. Colonel Rai was hit by a burst of automatic fire and fell. Most of his men fought heroically and fell around him. October 27, on which Independent India fought its first infantry battle, was rightly picked to be the Infantry Day.

In every war,it is the Infantry that bears the brunt and makes maximum sacrifices. Not only that, for the past several years, an infantryman is fighting a battle everyday in Jammu and Kashmir and in the North-East. Infantry has suffered more casualties in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989, than in all wars since Independence. Despite his sacrifices for the country, the infantryman’s rating as per the Fifth Pay Commission is the same as that of an unskilled labourer.

ECHS polyclinics

All 227 Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinics planned in the first phase up to March 31, 2008, have already come up across the country. Of these, 123 polyclinics in non-military stations have to have their own buildings as a permanent measure. Provision for the remaining 104 augmented armed forces polyclinics at military stations has to be made according to the requirement in each station.

Chandimandir polyclinic shifted to its newly-constructed building on the premises of the Command Hospital, Chandimandir, in September. The building for the Patiala polyclinic is nearing completion. New buildings for Shimla, Ropar and Sangrur polyclinics are under construction. The building for Fatehgarh Sahib polyclinic is awaiting sanction.

The Chandigarh polyclinic was to be constructed at the defence land in Sector 47. But the Chandigarh Administration has objected to the building plan. In any case, Chandigarh polyclinic should be located at a central place and not in Sector 47, which is in one corner of the city.

Relief for ‘Operation Parakram’

Be it a war or a counter-insurgency operation, it is the people in the border areas who suffer the maximum loss of life and property in it. Take the example of ‘Operation Parakram’ in which, 790 farmers whose land was occupied by the Army in the Ferozepur and Gurdaspur districts of Punjab and Jammu and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir have not been paid compensation for it so far.

It was only recently that the government had sanctioned Rs 2,96,93,230 as compensation to about 684 farmers in the districts of Ferozepur and Jammu. This amount is yet to be disbursed to the farmers concerned. For the remaining cases in the districts of Gurdaspur, Jammu and Poonch, the formalities of assessing or sanctioning of compensation are still in progress. — Pritam Bhullar

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Letters
Tricolour upside down

I have been reading The Tribune for the past 30 years. I congratulate you for the excellent news coverage. Through this letter, I wish to draw your attention towards a photograph published on page 6 of Chandigarh Tribune on October 9. In the photo No. 5 of the page, a little boy is seen holding the tricolour upside down i.e. green colour is on the top instead of saffron. In my opinion, parents should see that their kids do not show disrespect to the national symbols.

Davinder Singh, Ambala City

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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Motorcycle, scooter stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Two vehicles got stolen from the city and a laptop was stolen from Sector 15 here.

Amandeep of Sector 22-D reported that his Bullet motorcycle (PB-07-P-6805) was stolen from near Neelam Cinema, Sector 17, on Saturday. In another incident, Usha Jaidka of Sector 44-A lodged a complaint with the police alleging that her Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-03-F-1339) was stolen from her residence on October 13.

Two separate cases of thefts have been registered.

Snatching

Promila Sharma of Sector 40-C reported to the police that an unidentified pedestrian snatched her purse containing Rs 10,000, some documents and a locker’s key from Sector 40 on Saturday. A case has been registered in this regard.

Laptop stolen

Alok Kumar of Sector 15 reported that his laptop was stolen from his home on Sunday night. A case has been registered.

Theft

The police arrested a Sector 9 resident on charges of trespass and theft and recovered stolen property worth lakhs from him.

Kashmiri Lal Gupta of Sector 15, Panchkula, who owns an SCO in Sector 9, here, lodged a complaint last month alleging that Gurcharan Singh Bhatti of Sector 9 had robbed his shop. Bhatti was the building caretaker.

Gupta alleged that Bhatti had stolen a television, a teleprinter machine, cheque books and Rs 3.50 lakh in cash from his shop on September 26. The police arrested Bhatti and recovered the stolen property from him. He has been remanded to police custody for one day.

Pulsar stolen

Himanshu Jindal of Sector 48-A lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (CH-03-P-3985) was stolen from his residence on Saturday. A case has been registered.

Drunkard held

The local police on Saturday arrested Abdul Gani and Dashrath Prashad from Ram Darbar for having liquor in public. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against them.

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Biz Word
Bolero with power steering launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Mahindra and Mahindra today launched a new variant in the Bolero pick-up with power steering in the city today. The power steering has been launched keeping in mind the captive users’ needs in the four-wheeler cargo market.

Gaurav Saxena, zonal manager (north), said, “Bolero pick-up has been designed to meet the growing needs of our customers." The Bolero pick-up is priced at Rs 4.82 lakh (ex-showroom).

Some of its main features are power steering, improved interiors, roomy, a well-ventilated cabin, attractive IP with provision of AC and music system. Its other features include the LCRV (load-conscious regulatory valve), which makes this vehicle safer in its class on braking.

Mahindra and Mahindra are also planning to increase their market share by 5 per cent. “The current market share enjoyed by us in the pick-up category is 63 per cent as of March this year,” stated Saxena. As of now, the sales targets in Punjab are to reach 250 vehicles per month.

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Exhibition postponed

Chandigarh, October 22
"Chandikrit 2007", a three-day exhibition of industrial products, has been postponed to December 19. The exhibition will be held at Parade Ground in Sector 17.

The exhibition is exclusively for the small-scale entrepreneurs of Chandigarh. Interested entrepreneurs are required to enclose a bank draft of Rs 1,000 per stall in favour of general manager, District Industries Centre, Chandigarh, along with their applications. November 30 is the last date for receipt of applications. — TNS

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