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HC officer raids Sector 39 police station
Issues notice to SSP, SHO on illegal detention

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Acting on a habeas corpus petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a warrant officer raided the Sector 39 police station and found a man kept in illegal detention there. The officer issued a notice to the Chandigarh police on the matter.

When the warrant officer raided the police station at 5 pm, he reportedly found Varinder Singh, who runs an agency in Sector 38, there. A petition was filed by Varinder’s family in the HC, securing his release. The warrant officer issued a notice to the UT SSP, the SHO and the munshi of the Sector 39 police station. They are to appear in court on October 29.

SHO Rajesh Shukla said one Avtar Singh of Gurdaspur had lodged a complaint against Balraj Singh, his brother Varinder Singh and their partner Surinder Singh, alleging that the trio had taken Rs 8 lakh from him to get his son admission in a medical college, but this did not happen. They trio, he alleged, had advertised in newspapers in this regard.

The SHO claimed that both parties agreed to come to the police station today to resolve the issue. Only Varinder turned up and immediately after, the raiding team from the court also entered the police station.

He said the police had earlier received a complaint against the trio regarding fraud.

The CCTV footage at the police station would help provide evidence if Varinder was in police detention.



Inflated bills for some, deflated for others
Consumers in bill shock
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 23
Seventy-year-old Prakash Singh, a resident of Sector 15, was “shocked” when he received an electricity bill of over Rs 19,000 for his three-room accomodation. In Mansa Devi Complex, Kundan, a resident of GH-3, was equally appalled to get a bill of a mere Rs 281 against the usual bill of around Rs 5,000.

Today, many affected residents, wearing a frown on their faces, descended at the office of the electricity department, complaining of faulty billing for the mid-July to mid-September cycle by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam.

The Haryana Ex-servicemen League goofed up on meter reading. The erring supervisor has been sacked.

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"The nigam has rectified most bills, launching a special campaign and deputing two teams of employees

As many as 2,500 residents of Mansa Devi Complex and another 2,500 of Rajiv Colony, Sectors 10 and 17, have received wrong bills owing to a faux pas by the agency hired to take meter reading.

The Haryana Ex-servicemen League (HESL), hired for the job, goofed up in recording the readings in the first phase of the billing cycle, after which their contract was terminated.

Now, the bill collection centre in the Industrial Area is facing the public ire. It has especially posted an official outside the billing office to rectify the mistake and issue fresh bills.

A spokesperson of the department said the nigam had rectified most bills by launching a special campaign and deputing two special teams of employees on October 21 and 22.

Further, instructions had been issued to the SDO to rectify the bills at once whenever a request for the same was made to him.

The authorities said said today that the person responsible for the wrong meter-reading as well as a supervisor of the HESL had been removed from the job.

It is for the second time that city residents have got wrong bills. The first time, the goof-up had occurred on account of on-the spot billing by the Department. The billing period had to be extended from one month to three months in the absence of enough hands to take down meter reading.



Car thief’s cell does him in
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Acing promptly, the Chandigarh police arrested a Mohali resident in less than 24 hours after he stole a car from the Sector 15 market here on Monday afternoon. The accused is said to be involved in several criminal cases, said the police.

Giving details about the sequence of events leading to the arrest of accused, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Madur Verma said it was the accused’s mobile phone which established his identification and later led to his arrest. He had displayed a fake registration (CH-23-T-3893) number on the car, which he had stolen. The accused has been identified as Kulwinder Singh Gir, alias Kala, of Shampur village in Mohali district.

The police said Dr Rajiv Mirchiya reported on Monday that his driver Amarjit Singh had gone to drop his daughter for tuition near Old Age Home in Sector 15 at around 4:30 pm in his Ford Fiesta car (HR-51-C-0099). He left the keys in the car and started wiping its window panes. At the same time, the accused slipped into the car and tried to move away. Startled at it, Amarjit Singh caught hold of the car. Instead of stopping the vehicle, the accused speeded up dragging Amarjit Singh along. Amarjit lost his grip over the vehicle and fell. In the process the mobile phone of the accused fell.

ASP Verma further said that Amarjit Singh handed over the mobile phone to the police and the police checked its call details. Meanwhile, the accused made a call to his mobile phone from a public call office in Naya Gaon. The police traced his address and acquaintances, which led to his arrest from Mohali.



Dengue Threat
Nangal MC hires fogging machine
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 23
A resident of Giani Zail Singh Nagar here, Gurcharan Singh, was today admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in Ludhiana with dengue.

The health department today collected 21 blood samples for screening and distributed chlorine tablets among residents of dengue-hit localities.

The municipal council claims to have hired a fogging machine from the Nangal Municipal Council on October 19.

Sources, however, said the machine could not be put in the absence of an operator. While MC officials claimed the machine was put to use to fog Giani Zail Singh Nagar, area residents denied the same.

Sanitary inspector Sanjeev said the machine would be sent back to Nangal tomorrow. The Ropar MC had bought its own machine, which was expected to arrive soon.



Vendors thrash MC staff

Chandigarh, October 23
The police tonight arrested four roadside vendors for allegedly assaulting a team of the municipal corporation enforcement wing in Manimajra. The team had reportedly gone to the area to remove encroachments.

According to the police, the incident took place at around 8 pm in Shanti Nagar, when four rehriwalas, who were roadside hawkers, entered into a heated debate with the enforcement wing and thrashed them. The team was issuing challans to the violators which provoked the rehriwalas.

Acting on a complaint lodged by inspector Avtar Singh of the enforcement wing the police arrested Gupta Ram, Ram Singh, Yogesh and Sukh Lal after registering a case. — TNS



PEC director: 5 shortlisted

Chandigarh, October 23
The process to appoint a new director at Punjab Engineering College here is in the final stages. The administration, at a meeting chaired by UT adviser Pradip Mehra today, shortlisted five candidates for the post.

As many as 22 applications were received, out of which the names of only those from the IITs have been cleared. None of the local candidates figure in the list of probables, say sources. — TNS



MC Decides
Bill collection not to be handed over to board
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 23
The proposal to hand over the work related to the collection of water supply bills and sewerage to the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) was unanimously rejected by the house at the monthly meeting of the municipal council, held here today. Nevertheless, green light was given for the purchase of two fire engines and a jeep at the cost of Rs 40.87 lakh.

The department of local government, Punjab, had asked the civic body to hand over the work relating to the collection of water supply and sewerage bills to the PWSSB, but the house rejected the proposal saying that when water supply was the responsibility of the council why should it hand over the income earned from this head to another organisation. The civic body collected water and sewerage bills for the services being provided to the industrial area, while bills from the residential areas were collected by the department of public health. Councillors argued that even the work of bill collection from the residential areas should be handed over to the council since it was providing the services and public health was working on behalf of the civic body.

Assistant divisional fire officer Lakhwinder Singh had stated that it was necessary to purchase vehicles for the fire brigade as two fire engines and a jeep were more than 10 years old and did not prove to be of much help. One fire engine and a jeep were of 1983 model while another fire engine was of 1994 model.

The councillors demanded that there was a need to check the menace of stray dogs in the town. Kuljit Singh Bedi said in certain areas, stray dogs had created a scare and children were reluctant to move out of their houses. He said effective steps should be taken to check the problem.

The issue of sanitation was also discussed at the meeting. Councillors complained that sanitary inspectors never approached any councillor to know the state of sanitation in his ward. In fact, they even failed to supervise the work themselves, the councillors added.



Corbusier brings 2 lensmen together
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
It is a shared common backdrop of two singular cities shaped by Le Corbusier’s architecture, Chandigarh in India and Firminy in Central France. While people make cities, their relationship with their space, forms part of an exhibition aptly titled ‘regards croises franco-indiens’ (Indo-French glances) inaugurating tomorrow at the Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh, Sector 36. Interestingly, the photographs do not necessarily have people in them.

A unique artist-in-residence programme took city-based photographer Diwan Manna to Firminy and brought trained architect-turned photographer Michel Dieudonne to this city for an extraordinary ‘mission’ last year.

It all began in the city of Firminy, which after Chandigarh is the second largest architectural accomplishment of the master architect Corbusier. A complex built by the master architect in Firminy comprises a stadium, a swimming pool, a cultural centre and “Unite d’habitation”. The work of another building, the Saint-Pierre Church designed by the architect was left incomplete after he passed away in 1965. The construction was revived after 40 years and was inaugurated in October 2006 along with this photography exhibition.

The exhibition travelling from Firminy opens in India in Chandigarh tomorrow where 30 works of both artist-photographers will be displayed. While the original exhibition comprised 58 photographs, the works here showcase Diwan’s creative splurges with the rebuilt church as focus at Firminy, while Michel’s photographs of the Capitol Complex, lend new dimensions to oft viewed structures especially for 
the people here.

Works of the two compliment each other in uncommon ways. While Diwan’s is an “artistic, observer’s viewpoint”, Michel’s brings ‘movement’ in lifeless buildings through objects and people around it. “I wanted to show pictures of real architecture not just impressions,” he says.

This amalgamation of two characteristic styles, in essence, is what makes the exhibition unique.

“I learnt about how people looked at architecture, the city, its planning and how resident’s respond to it. Does a building change the mood of the city? It does, playing on the environment, psyche of people and even the landscape of a city,” says Diwan.

“The impression of uniformity in the layout of the city changed to subtle differences that start to get noticed once I started to click. The important thing is that these buildings are part of people’s everyday lives,” says Michel.

However, with each city holding its own ‘monuments’ it would be “pretentious” says Michel, to believe that they know it all.

These are vignettes of architecture built by the passion of one man, but holding so many different mysteries. But one fact stands. “Light plays an almost symphonic role in Corbusier’s work,” says Michel.



Chandigarh to compete for best global policing practices
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
With a view to making police stations responsive to community needs and accountable to rule of law, Altus Global Alliance, based in The Hague, is organising a visit of eminent personalities to various police stations across the globe to judge the working of the police stations on various parameters.

Chandigarh would be one of the five places in India that would compete globally for best policing practices.

The second edition of the Police Station Visitors Week (PSVW) is being held globally from October 22 to 28. It is being undertaken with the active involvement of the civil society in partnership with the police in countries, including Albania, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ghana, India, Latvia, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea and the United States. In South-East Asia, the event would be coordinated by the Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), based in Chandigarh.

In India, five states and Union Territory of Chandigarh are participating in the event. The PSVW is being organised by the Altus Global Alliance and in South-East Asia it is being coordinated by the Institute for Development and Communication (IDC).

Interestingly in 2006, the global winner of the PSVW as the best police station was Shipra Path in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It could surpass police stations in Los Angeles, Russia and Santiago, largely because of its extensively developed and innovative community-police relations and a police station organised around people-oriented needs. Last year’s visits also reflected consideration for women through initiatives in the sphere of transparency and accountability. Another prize was won by a police station in Samrala.

Prof Chris Stone, chairman of Altus Global Alliance believes that the PSVW is an opportunity for the public to assess and become acquainted with service delivery in police stations. In turn, the police would benefits from the visits, as they sought ways to further improve their service, while learning from the results of the Police Station Visitors globally.

This is a crucial step forward towards police reforms, observed Dr Pramod Kumar, one of the Directors of Altus Global Alliance.



Violation of President’s orders
Contempt case against Army
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
An artillery Army officer has moved the Delhi High Court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the central government and the Army for their failure to follow the High Court’s directions to implement a Presidential order for his conversion to the legal branch.

The officer, Lt Col Mukul Dev, has also alleged perjury on the part of four officers of the Military Secretary’s Branch at Army Headquarters for allegedly giving incorrect information in the counter-affidavit filed on behalf of the respondents in the officer’s case.

While a Division Bench comprising Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice S.L. Bhayana today directed the Army to implement the President’s order within 15 days unless it is able to obtain a stay order from the Apex Court, it has issued notices on the perjury matter for November 26.

The Bench had, on August 16, taken the Army to task for violating the President’s order sanctioning the transfer of the officer to the Judge Advocate General’s Department. It had directed the Army Chief to implement the Supreme Commander’s order forthwith.

“The President is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces. It is indeed extraordinary that the respondents (Army) have flagrantly failed to honour the decision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army,” a Bench had observed.

Counsel for the petitioner, Maj K Ramesh (retd), told The Tribune that rather than following the court’s orders, the Army sent him a signal intimating him that he would be considered by a selection board for promotion to the next rank, scheduled for November 2007, as an artillery officer.

This, the counsel contended, implied that neither the explicit orders of the President nor the High Court’s directions to transfer the petitioner to JAG Department has caused any concern to the Army authorities.

Counsel for the respondents had stated before the court today that the petitioner’s conversion to the JAG department was not done as the Army was considering filing an SLP before the Supreme Court in this matter.



63 booked for jumping red light
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
The Chandigarh traffic police has booked 63 motorists for jumping red light signals during a late night drive yesterday at seven locations across the city.

The traffic police said nakas were set up from 9 pm to 12 am at Piccadily Chowk, Aroma light point, Press light point, Transport light point, Railway light point, Housing Board light point and Dhillon light point to check the violation of the red light signal during late nights.

The police expressed amazement at such a high number of violations during the late night hours. It recently extended the time of traffic signals till midnight following a rise in the number of accidents at traffic light points during the late night hours. The city residents were complaining that the extended time failed to serve its purpose for lack of any concerted enforcement drives.

The traffic police said it would organise such nakas regularly to prevent road accidents during the late nigh hours at traffic light points.



Surprise visit by Mayor

Chandigarh, October 23
The parking committee of the municipal corporation during surprise checks at the parking lots of sectors 17, 22, 34 and 35 found that the parking contractors were not adhering to the guidelines issued by the corporation.

The committee, comprising of the mayor and councillors, Pradeep Chabra and MPS Chawla, found the contractor not issuing tokens and employees were without uniform. The contractor at the sector 35 parking lot had engaged an under age boy for issuing receipts. The MC would penalise the erring contractors. — TNS



Towering woes

The installation of mobile towers in residential areas is not permitted, either by the administration or the state government. According to a report published in a newspaper, even if the administration or state government approved the installation of such towers, these could not be installed on top of buildings. However, these may be permitted in open grounds.

One such tower (Reliance) is coming up in the residential area of Kansal village behind the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The tower is being installed on the roof of Janak Chakki, which is exactly opposite Gugga Marhi.

Protesting against the installation, residents of the area went to the PUDA office in Mohali and met the chief administrator. They also met the SDM of the Kharar division from where they were referred to the MC office at Nayagaon, where they met the executive engineer. All the officers they met assured them that no such tower would be allowed. In spite of these assurances, the work of installing the tower is being carried out at night.

Gurpreet S. Malhotra, Kansal

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Revolver, cartridges stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Thieves decamped with a briefcase containing a .32 bore revolver, 15 cartridges and other articles after breaking in in a car belonging to Dera Bassi-based tehsildar. The car was parked in Sector 17 here this morning.

The police said the complainant, Tarsem Singh of Sector 20, Panchkula, lodged a complaint alleging that his briefcase containing a .32 bore revolver, 15 cartridges, licence of the revolver, a Pan and ATM cards and some documents was stolen from his car (PB-73-0073), which was parked in Sector 17. A case of theft has been registered.

Bag stolen

Harwinder Kaur of Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, in a complaint to the police alleged that her handbag containing a mobile phone, Rs 500 and some other articles was stolen form her car (HR-03G-3843), which was parked in Sector 22, this morning. A case of theft has been registered.


Pardeep Shukla of Sector 40-A reported to the police alleging that two unidentified occupants of a black Discover motorcycle snatched his wife’s purse containing Rs 2,000, a gold set and a gold ring from near Sector 31, 32, 46 and 47 rotary this afternoon. A case has been registered.



Migrant killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
An unidentified migrant labourer was killed while a motorcyclist was injured in two separate road accidents in the city during the past 24 hours.

Giving details about the hit-and-run fatal accident, investigating officer Satbir Singh said the unidentified man was knocked down by an unknown vehicle on the road dividing Sectors 49 and 50 at around 9:30 pm last night, while he was crossing the road.

A case has been registered.



Biz Word
Amartex opens 2nd store

Chandigarh, October 23
Amartex Industries added another store to its chain of stores across the tricity. This is the second store in the city and was inaugurated by its managing director, Arun Grover.The inauguration attracted huge crowds on the first day.


Syndicate Bank, Sector 17, launched a facility for online submission of requests for credit facilities by small and medium enterprises, and students, for higher education, through the bank’s website www.syndicatebank.com

Founder’s day

Vijaya Bank, Sector 9, celebrated its 76th founder’s day here today. The bank was founded in 1931 by Sri Attavar Krishna Shetty and 11 others. The regional manager, BS Rai, addressed the customers and the staff on the occasion. — TNS



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