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SC nod to land acquisition in Mohali
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi/Chandigarh, October 26
In a major relief to the Punjab Government, the Supreme Court today permitted it to grant exemption in the land use plan relating to the 1,264 acres area acquired from farmers for providing housing facilities to Mohali.

A Bench comprising Justice H.K. Sema and Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta allowed the exemption under Section 178(2) of the Punjab Regions and Town Planning Act after it was informed that 90 per cent of the land had already been allocated to prospective allottees.

Senior advocate K.K. Venugopal, appearing for Punjab with additional advocate general Jaishree Anand, submitted that out of the 1,264 acres acquired land, 1,168 acres had already been allocated by the Punjab Urban Development Authority to the allottees.

They said framers from whom the land was acquired had been paid Rs 100 crore as compensation and only Rs 13 crore remained to be disbursed , which the government proposed to pay soon.

They said the government had acquired the huge chunk of land keeping public interest in mind as Mohali, during the past two decades, owing to its proximity to the state capital of Chandigarh, had witnessed nearly a 54 per cent increase in its population, putting tremendous pressure on infrastructure.

Keeping in mind the ever-increasing housing demand in the city, where an international airport had been approved by the Centre, the government had made certain changes in the master plan, exempting land use under the Punjab Regions and Town Planning Act.

Punjab government lawyers also pointed out that the government had made the exemption because several illegal constructions were coming up in the area, causing a major hurdle in sanitation and planned development.

Accepting the contentions of the state government, the court disposed of a petition by a farmer, Jasmer Singh, who had challenged acquisition of his six acres of land, claiming that he had not been provided adequate compensation.

Senior Advocate J.L. Gupta, who appeared for him, questioned the government proposal to change the land use plan by giving exemption under the Act and also sought enhanced compensation for his client.

The court, asking the government to disburse the remaining compensation, disposed of the case approving the change in the land use.

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HP Polls
Can’t count us out, city Himachalis tell netas
Their population in city 9.4 %

Pankaj Vasudeva
Tribune News Service

Wishlist

  Serais for patients 
 
Jobs in Baddi
 
Separate housing
 
Fund for pupils
 
Better transport to home

Chandigarh is home to a multitude of people, with over 60 per cent of its population putting down their roots here from nighbouring states. Himachal Pradesh also contributes significantly to this number, accounting for over 9 per cent of the total city population.

A major chunk comprises workers, young professionals, students, officers and businessmen. With the election bells in Himachal Pradesh ringing, the stage is set for people to make their call.

Himachalis living here have an agenda too. They have their own set of problems which they look to resolve through their leadership.

Employment is the single largest factor contributing to their exodus to the city. “According to the 2001 census, at least 3.4 per cent Himachalis who migrated to the city came in search of job,” says Purshotam Ohri of the Directorate of Census Operations, Chandigarh.

O.P. Singh, who hails form Mandi and runs a coaching institute here, feels: “Government jobs have dried up in the state. Unemployed youth come looking for greener pastures here. This has accentuated housing problem in the city.”

“Overhead expenses like board and lodging often stretch them to their limits. The state government must set up dharamshalas to help them get on their feet.”

“With real estate booming, it has become increasingly difficult for people like us to find shelter here,” says Ram Kumar, who hails from Una and works at a petrol station in Sector 28.

“Leaders back home have cronies, who during elections lure us with lucrative job offers at Baddi in lieu of votes. Once elections are over, they arrange low-paying jobs there, This forces us to head towards Chandigarh.”

A section feels that the HP government should pursue the issue of 7 per cent stake in the UT and separate housing schemes for Himachalis.

“Hundreds of students who get into Panjab University or colleges struggle to find accommodation outside of hostels. With little help coming, they have to fend for themselves,” says Preeti Sharma from Dharamsala pursuing a postgraduate degree.

Poor patients and their attendants visiting the PGI face similar blues, says Dr Sandeep Rana, who hails from Kangra.

“The Himachal Sarai Bhavan in Sector 24 has few rooms and most of these remain occupied. ” For those stopping over in the city, Himachal Bhavan in Sector 28 is not an option. “Who wants to spend over Rs 1,000 on a room for just one night,” says Ashish Negi, a businessman from Kulu.

Dr R.S. Verma, director, Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Sector 36, who hails from Kangra, feels poor students are often deprived of quality education here.

“Many promising students who want to study here fail to get higher education for want of funds. The government must initiate schemes for such students.”

Also, due to lack of awareness students end up getting ripped off by private institutes, he adds. Naresh Bhardwaj, also from Kangra, who runs the Society for Social Health, advocates greater awareness among the working class. “People from remote villages are unaware of the facilities.”

Also, the government must evolve rehabilitation schemes for those who have spent their lifetime in the city and plan to move back, he says.

Jeewan Kumar from Mandi, a sales executive at a fast food joint in Sector 28, wants better transport facilities, especially during the festival season. “Special buses should be started during festivals for those going home.”

Amid this, organisations like the Himachal Maha Sabha, the Himachal Sarvhitkari Sabha and the Himachal Maha Sangh have been taking up the cudgels on behalf of their people.

Philanthropists like Bhardwaj and Singh have done a yeoman’s service. “I have imparted free education to over 200 students from the state. We are doing our bit. Now it is the government’s turn to do so” says Singh.

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A gold crown awaits Maya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
For two days, it will be “fluttering” elephants in the city. Blue flags and bunting have sprung up all over to welcome BSP supremo Mayawati to the city.

Party workers have pulled all stops to make her visit a “crowd-puller.” A senior BSP leader said hundreds of party workers and supporters would queue up along the roads to cheer the cavalcade of the party leader.

Sources in the party said the BSP supremo would fly to Chandigarh in a private jet and land at the Chandigarh airport at 1 pm and head of Hotel Taj.

The venue of her two-day stay was changed to Hotel Taj from Hotel Mount View reportedly due to security reasons. She would be escorted by NSG commandos.

She would meet the press at the Chandigarh Press Club at 3 pm and meet party leaders from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh to discuss the political issues. Insiders say her focus would be the elections in Himachal Pradesh. On Sunday, she will address a rally at the Circus Ground.

For local BSP leader Harmohan Dhawan, it will be a show of strength to ensure a ticket for himself in the next parliamentary elections.

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Medical Reimbursement
HC ruling to benefit UT employees
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
In a judgement that will benefit UT employees seeking medical reimbursement, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that rates fixed by the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), as applicable on the date of surgery, have to be reimbursed, irrespective of the fact whether a circular on revised charges has been adopted by the administration or not.

The ruling by Mr Justice Hemant Gupta follows a petition filed against the administration and other respondents by Mehraj Hussain.

Working as a bookbinder with the high court, Hussain had claimed that he was entitled to the reimbursement for medical expenses incurred during the treatment of his son, who eventually died on March 6, 2005.

Though the final bill was of Rs 1.50 lakh, the administration cleared only Rs 48,385. The petitioner had contended that he was entitled to reimbursement in terms of charges fixed by AIIMS and the amount cleared was not in accordance.

After going through the records and hearing rival contentions, Mr Justice Gupta observed: “It may be noticed that the respondents have calculated the charges of Rs 48,000 on the basis of a circular issued in year 2000. AIIMS revised its charges on January 13, 2004. The fact is not disputed by the respondents, but it’s asserted that the circular dated January 13, 2004, has not been adopted by the Chandigarh administration. Therefore, the reimbursement for medical expenses is to be made on the basis of the circular issued by the institute in 2000.”

The judge further ruled: “The fact that medical reimbursement has to be made to the employees in terms of the rates fixed by AIIMS is not disputed. Once the fact is not disputed, the rates fixed by AIIMS, as applicable on the date of surgery, have to be reimbursed, irrespective of the fact whether such circular has been adopted by the administration or not.”

In the order, the judge added: “The adoption of circular may be a ministerial act required to be performed by the administration, but that will not affect the rights of the petitioner to claim reimbursement in terms of the policy decision of the administration.

“The action of the respondents, restricting Rs 48,000 as reimbursement charges for the treatment of the son of the petitioner is set aside… The present writ petition is allowed with direction to the respondents to reimburse medical expenses for Rs 55,000 towards VSD closure and Rs 65,000 towards conduit repair with other permissible charges due to the petitioner. He is also entitled to costs assessed at Rs 5,000.”

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No buyer for Yuvi’s car

Chandigarh, October 26
Yuvraj Singh’s exploits on the cricket field may have attracted scores of fans but the star batsman has failed to find the desired price for his six-year-old car in an auction aimed at generating funds for charity.

The bidding for his 2001-make Honda City car ended last night on the website of world’s biggest online auction player eBay. As many as 88 bids were received with the highest bid coming at Rs 4.46 lakh.

Even though the highest bid was more than double the current market price for a used car of the same make, it was below the “reserve price” set by the NGO that had been authorised to sell the car and collect the proceeds.

According to eBay, a reserve price is the minimum price a seller is willing to accept for the item and the seller is not obligated to sell the item if the reserve price is not met.

Once the reserve price is met, the item is sold to the highest bidder.

It was immediately not known whether the seller would initiate another auction to sell the car. The bidding continued for 10 days, starting October 16.

It was a charity auction and proceeds was supposed to go to Bharmour Development Agency, an NGO working towards the development of agriculture and local tribals in the Bharmour region of Himachal Pradesh.

The car, which Yuvi had purchased in 2001 presumably with his first cricket income, attracted a bid of as high as Rs 49 lakh on October 22, but the bid was retracted later with the bidder saying the amount was entered wrongly.

In India, eBay has raised over Rs 1.64 crore for NGOs through celebrity and high-profile listings as well as direct donations.

Earlier last year, it organised “a day on the sets with Priyanka Chopra” auction, which received bids from around the world and collected over Rs 2 lakh for NGO Nanhi Kali that works for education of the girl child.

However, the charity star auctions in India is in sharp contrast to numerous celebrity auctions in the USA and Europe, where items like Timberlake’s half-eaten breakfast was sold for $1,025, a dog food can culled from Hilton’s garbage fetched $305. — PTI

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COMMUNITY

Fire in Sector 19-D coaching institute due to short-circuit
70 students rescued; no casualties

Tribune News service

Chandigarh, October 25
It was a harrowing experience for about 70 students of a coaching academy in Sector 19-D this afternoon after they were trapped in their institute due to dense smoke caused by a short-circuit in the main electricity junction meter.

The incident, which occurred at about 1 pm, spread panic among the shopkeepers as they saw dense smoke coming out of the building.

The fire, which occurred at about 1: 15 pm saw the fire department receiving many frantic calls from onlookers and shopkeepers of the area. On the ground and second floor is situated the Hair Raiserz saloon, while on the third floor is the Shalindera Sachan mathematics coaching centre and Anju Gupta Chemistry institute. The fire occurred at the foot of the stairs on the ground floor. Heavy smoke engulfed the second and third floors before anyone could escape, said a fire official, who later put up ladders to bring down the students and a few of the staff members.

One of the teachers, Shalinder, called up the fire brigade in time and that prevented the fire from spreading. Due to the fire, about 70 students were left in the smoky tuition room that scared them. One of the students, Nakul Kaushal, a student of DAV, Sector 15, who was sitting there, said, "We were attending our mathematics tuition when electricity supply started fluctuating, after the electricity meter caught fire. Our teacher called the fire brigade which took us out."

Quick thinking by a woman customer saved the people trapped on the second floor from suffocation as she broke the windowpane of the parlour to let the smoke out. However, the students who could not react due to the smoke were saved in time before suffocating.

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Conference to discuss livelihood security from October 29
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The agro-chemical-based agriculture and the rice-wheat cycle have played havoc with soil health and resulted in gradual decrease in productivity in Punjab and Haryana - the food bowl of India.

The average per capita water availability has declined by almost 70 per cent from 1947 to 2002. If the water resource is not managed efficiently, it is going to become scarcer, causing social and political tensions in the country, in general, and northern region, in particular.

To address these issues, a three-day regional conference on environmental and livelihood security through resource management in northern India is being organised from October 29 at Panjab Kala Kendra, Sector 16 here.

The conference is being organised by the Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists, Dehradun, in collaboration with the Department of Soil and Water Conservation, Government of Punjab, and the Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute.

The Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Dehradun, with its eight regional centres has developed successful models of eco-restoration, rainwater management and wasteland development through participatory watershed approach. Sukhomajri, Fakot, Relmajra, Bunga, Sahastradhara projects are a few examples in northern India.

The conference aims at bringing together about 200 delegates, including scientists, policy-makers, planners, administrators, NGOs and stakeholders from the region to share and discuss their experiences in the North India and to frame policy guidelines for improving the efficiency and efficacy of resource conservation programmes for the region.

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Bonanza for CITCO staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
This year, employees of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) will get a bonus of Rs 11,500 as a Diwali gift in recognition of their services. The incentive is the highest given by CITCO ever since its inception in 1974.

The announcement was made at a meeting of board of directors of CITCO held here yesterday. The board also approved dividend of over Rs 45 lakh, which is also the highest ever paid by CITCO to the Chandigarh administration.

However, the supplementary agenda of giving service benefit to N.K. Dureja, chief liaison officer in New Delhi, was not taken up during the meeting. The CITCO Workers Union had opposed the agenda.

The financial performance of the corporation showed a record profit of Rs 16.6 crore, surpassing all previous performance parameters with an increase in the turnover to Rs 290 crore instead of Rs 273 crore in the pervious financial year 2005-2006.

Jasbir Singh Bir, managing director, CITCO, said Hotel Mountview had generated a cash profit of over Rs 10 crore over a turnover of Rs 22.28 crore and Hotel Shivalikview had increased its turnover to Rs 13.41 crore against Rs 11.60 crore last year.

“The performance of Chef Lakeview continues to show an upward trend and the turnover increased to Rs 3.46 crore with a record profit of Rs 1.50 crore,” he said.

It is learnt that CITCO has taken a major initiative to upgrade the infrastructure in all its hotels. There is a major upgradation in the infrastructure at Hotel Parkview where construction work is in progress for adding another 66 rooms for budget accommodation to meet the requirements of domestic and budget tourists. The total number of rooms will go up to 170.

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Pak girls also wanna have fun
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Why should boys have all the fun, the old English number aptly depicted the expression on the faces of Pakistani girls as they were left mesmerised at the sight of the girls zooming past in the city on their motorbikes.

Students and faculty of Frobel’s International School, Islamabad, who were in city to participate in the 3rd Inter-School Youth Festival (Fusion- 2007) at B.C.M Arya Model Senior Secondary School, wanted to drive the two wheelers as they were not privileged enough to do so as their male counterparts back home.

Qudsia Sufi, a literature teacher in Frobel’s school, who is on her maiden visit to India, said she was amazed to see not only young girls but elderly women also driving their own vehicles. ‘‘On entering India through Wagah check point we did not witness much of a difference between the two cultures but once we entered the city we were amazed to see women driving two wheelers. Our schoolgirls and even I never had a chance to ride a two wheeler.”

Another student said the girls here had got more freedom of expression as compared to those in Pakistan. However, there are no such restriction imposed on them and they got freedom of whatever they want to do.

For Shafiqyer- Rehman, an art teacher, said, “Though things like the terrain, the people, the surrounding and to certain extent the culture are same, but on entering Amritsar I felt a change worth noticing, which I related to the freedom of fairer sex”. He is quite enchanted to see the girls riding scooters. “We give due respect and freedom to women but, girls riding scooter and motorbikes we have not seen it so far in Pakistan and it is beyond our imagination. I am quite excited to see girls riding scooter. It exhibits a beautiful picture of civilized society.”

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Newborn girl’s death at PGI
Parents, nurse reach compromise

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The family of the newborn girl, who died of burn injuries at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre (APC), PGI, here reached a compromise with the paramedical staff at a police station here today.

Earlier, the father of the girl, Sunil Seth, alleged in his complaint to the police that his three-day-old daughter died yesterday after her left side was burnt in a heat chamber due to negligence of the paramedical staff of the institution.

According to sources, today the police found the nurse who put the baby in the chamber. Sunil alleged that the nurse forgot to turn off the heat chamber resulting in the death of the baby, who was kept under observation after an operation.

On inquiry, the nurse admitted her fault and asked for forgiveness from the family. Accepting her apology, Yamunanagar resident Sunil reached a compromise with the nurse, who is newly wed and is pregnant. Meanwhile, the police handed over the body of the girl to the family after a postmortem.

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100 donate blood on Balmiki Jayanti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Festivity, community kitchens and a blood donation camp marked Balmiki Jayanti celebrations in the city today.

As many as 100 persons donated blood at a camp organised by Peer Lakh Data Seva Samiti Dal at Gujarat Bhawan. At a function held by the Maharishi Valmik Bhawan Committee, B.B.Bahl, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, and local MP Pawan Kaumar Bansal were key speakers. The Balmiki temple in Sector 24 was decorated with flowers and lights.

K.S. Raju, a former nominated councillor, talked on the Ramayana and urged the central government to declare a gazetted holiday every year on the eve of Balmiki Jayanti.

MP Bansal hoisted a flag at the temple and urged the participants to educate their children for upliftment of the community. Hakam Sarhadi, president of the Maharishi Valmik Bhawan Committee, urged the central/state government to implement the 85th amendment w.e.f. January 1996 instead of January 1, 2006. A big mela was also organised.

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Natural dyes are eco-friendly: Expert

The Punjab Agricultural University has started laying emphasis on eco-friendly technologies not only in agriculture but in home science as well. Dr Neelam Grewal, head of department of clothing and textiles, PAU, said the clothes dyed with natural colours are better accepted in the international market over the traditional chemical dyes.

She said the recently developed samples of naturally dyed clothes were exhibited by the Fashion Technology Park, Mohali, in the trade fairs held in China, Korea and India.

The main reasons for the decline in the use of natural dyes was the ease of availability of synthetic dyes in standard form and a shorter, simplified and easier process of dyeing, she added.

The use of synthetic dyes led to environmental pollution as well as health hazards to consumers. Most of the synthetic dyes are derivatives of coal tar and are made from chemical compounds. Moreover, the effluent released from the dyeing of the synthetic dyes are toxic and cause environmental pollution and harmful to health. Therefore, an attempt is now being made to revive the process of dyeing with natural dyes.

Another home scientist, Dr Sandeep Bains said by the early part of this century, only a small percentage of textile dyes were extracted from plants. Lately, the interest in natural dyes has increased as the consumers have become aware of ecological and environmental problems related to the use of synthetic dyes. Use of natural dyes cuts down significantly on the amount of toxic effluent resulting from the synthetic dye process, she added. — TNS

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Now, paid parking in three more sectors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The finance and contract committee of the municipal corporation yesterday cleared the proposal for paid parking in all commercial sectors along Madhya Marg. The parking lots in Sectors 7, 9 and 26 will soon be auctioned. The parking in Sector 8 is already a paid parking lot.

Paid parking will also be introduced near Kiran cinema and Batra cinema. The committee also approved the name of consultant for the multi-level parking to be built in Sector 9 and 34.

Meanwhile, the Central government has cleared the visit of councillors to Bangkok and Singapore.

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Role of IT in pharma sector emphasised

Chandigarh, October 26
Marg Compusoft, a software solution provider to pharmaceutical industries, organised a seminar on the importance and advantages of using IT tools in the pharma industry today.

Anup Singh, managing director of Marg Compusoft, highlighted the need of deploying enterprise resource planning (ERP) softwares by the pharma industry. “Our objective is to sensitise the pharma industry to take the benefit of the IT for its various operations,” said Sudhir Singh, director of the company. About the cost of software, Sudhir Singh said, “The initial price starts from Rs 80,000 and goes upto 5 lakh if online networking is asked for.”

Several delegates especially from the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh areas of Himachal Pradesh attended the seminar. — TNS

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Letters
Honour Milkha Singh

The Sector 17 library is called the T.S. Central State Library after bureaucrat Tarlok Singh. If a public place can be named after a bureaucrat, why can’t the athletics-cum sports’ club of Sector 7 be named after ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh? Milkha made the country proud by clinching two gold medals at the Asiad that took place at Tokyo in 1958. He is also the only Indian athlete to have who a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. Even late Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru was so thrilled by his performance that he sent him a personal congratulatory message and even went to the airport to receive him. Therefore, the UT administration should name the sports’ club after Milkha and boost the spirit of sports in the city.

Narinder Singh International 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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CRIME
 

Three vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Vinod Kumar of Sector 38 (west) has complained to the police that his Hero Honda motorcycle (PBV-9796) was stolen from his residence on October 23.

Kamleshwar Nath of Sector 45-D has reported that his LML Vespa scooter (CH-03-4672) was stolen from his residence. Satan of Sector 25 has lodged a complaint that his motorcycle (CH-03-L-1124) was stolen from his residence on Tuesday.

Houses burgled

Manoj Kumar of Mauli Complex has reported to the police that household items were stolen from his residence on Tuesday. A case has been registered.

In another incident, Jaswant Rai Garg of Sector 27-D has reported to the police that gold ornaments and cash were stolen from his residence on Wednesday.

Snatching

Rajinder Singh of Kanpur has lodged a complaint that three persons snatched cash from him in Phase I, Ram Darbar, on Wednesday. A case has been registered.

Meter stolen

Hari Kishan of Sector 47 has reported that the water meter was stolen from his residence on Wednesday.

Assaulted

Santosh of Colony Number 4 has lodged a complaint that Panna Lal of the same locality allegedly assaulted her near her residence on Wednesday.

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Love-struck car thief arrested, remanded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
A local court on Wednesday remanded Kulwinder Singh Gir, alias Kala, arrested on the charges of stealing a car from Sector 15 to judicial custody.

Sources in the police said Kala’s was a tragic love story, which had gone awry. His family disowned him, and the parents of the girl he loved were against their marriage and his business. Kala was running a property dealing business, and owned a ford Fiesta car, before he landed himself into trouble by running away with the girl. Her parents got a case of kidnapping registered against him following which, he was arrested and, his misfortune commenced. He had spent a huge amount to contest his case in the court.

He got a second case registered against him after he ran away from the police custody on October 11. Two days ago he stole a ford Fiesta car from Sector 15 and displayed a fake registration number on it. However, his run was cut shot by the UT police on Tuesday after hew as arrested from Mohali. He told the investigating officials that he stole the car only to and to elope with his beloved.

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Speeding van rams into house

Chandigarh, October 26
In a bizarre incident, a speeding Maruti van rammed into a house in Sector 27 here resulting in breaking its front wall this afternoon.

The impact of the hit was so strong that around six-feet portion of the wall along with one front-gate pillar not only got displaced but the whole wall developed cracks at many places.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident, which occurred in the afternoon.

Sikandar Singh, owner of the house, said, “Anything could have happened as my 12-year-old grandson Gurpreet Singh was standing behind the wall at the time of the accident. Fortunately, he escaped unhurt. Luckily no one was on the road, which makes ‘T’ junction in front of the house”, said Sikandar Singh. A case has been registered. — TNS

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MC officials assaulted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The police arrested four roadside vendors for allegedly assaulting a team of the Municipal Corporation enforcement wing in Manimajra on Tuesday. The team had reportedly gone to the area to remove encroachments.

According to the police, the incident took place at 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 instigated the rehriwalas.

Acting on a complaint lodged by the inspector Avtar Singh of the enforcement wing, the police arrested Gupta Ram, Ram Singh, Yogesh and Sukh Lal after registering a case under sections 332 and 353 IPC in this regard.

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Car, motorcycle stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Tirlok Nath of Sector 7 here reported to the police that his car (HP-15-5011), parked in Sector 7, was stolen on Wednesday. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.

In another incident, Baljit Singh, a resident of Sector 37, complained to the police that his motorcycle (CH-03-U-4071) was stolen on the night of October 24 from outside his residence.

A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

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Man killed as car hits scooter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
A scooter rider Sohan Lal, a resident of Morinda, died in an accident near the Sectors 31,32 light point here around 7 am.

The local police arrested Sector 7 resident Ajay Kumar Rana in this regard on the complaint of constable Vajinder Singh.

Vajinder alleged that Ajay, who was driving a Tavera car (CH02-2084), hit a scooter (CH01T-7844) being driven by Sohan Lal near Sectors 31, 32 light point. Sohan Lal, who was taken to GMCH, Sector 32, was declared brought dead there.

A case has been registered. Ajay was bailed out later.

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BUSINESS
 

Biz Word
Designer tiles in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Floor Square, a showroom for exotic and international range of floor coverings and carpeting solutions, was inaugurated in Sector 17 here recently.

It was inaugurated by Renu Kathuria, managing director, Carl F. India Private Limited.

Aimed at promoting the concept of unusual floors, the outlet, managed by Paradise Decorator Private Limited, aims to provide the easy-to-maintain, fast-to-install and widest variety of floorings.

“The range of brands comprises Belgium’s Derry Floors with natural wood structures, UK’s Bonare Floors and Flotex flooring textiles with PVC backing,” said Umesh Ghai, managing director of the store.

Real estate portal

After making its mark in Online Matrimony, Social Networking, Mobile VAS, Anupam Mittal-led People Group now ventures into the real estate market with the launch of an online real estate portal.

Anupam Mittal, chief managing director, People Group, said: “Considering the potential of the industry and the kind of investments that are going into it, we anticipate the online real estate market size to touch Rs 1,500 crore by 2015.”

Tata scheme

Tata Teleservices Ltd, telecom service provider, on Thursday announced the launch of its ‘20 Million Celebration’ offer for new customers.

The company is kicking off a month-long consumer promotion focused on acquiring new customers in both pre-paid and post-paid segments, allowing customers the opportunity to win a wide range of gifts via the ‘Scratch ‘n Win’ mega offer.

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City’s entrepreneur gets award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
City’s entrepreneur Anupama Arya, director, Mobera Systems, has bagged the All-India Special Award for Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur for the year 2006-07.

Union minister for communication and information technology A. Raja gave away the award to Arya at a function held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The award, by the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council, recognises individual firms and especially women entrepreneurs who have taken initiatives in developing export of products and services in electronics and computer software sectors.

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Jet Lite to fly from city soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
City residents will soon have a more convenient option of getting connected to major cities of the country with Jet Lite starting its operations from the city next week.

According to sources, the flight will leave from Chandigarh at 5:20 pm to arrive in Delhi at 6: 20 pm. Passengers will have connecting flights to Jaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bengaluru and Chennai. Jet Lite is expected to operate a 70-seater air craft. The fare will start from Rs 2,000.

Talking to TNS, a spokesperson of Jet Lite stated that the passengers would have to change flights at Delhi for these destinations. “The flights are, however, so timed that they conveniently coincide with the onward flights to these destinations.”

According to officials, the Jet Airways staff would be handling the ground details here. Meanwhile, an employee of the Jetlite would take care of the reservations here.

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