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PU student polls on Nov 5
Canvassing on; Lyngdoh code keeps out veterans
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
Speculation regarding the date for the Panjab University students’ council elections came to an end this evening with VC Prof R.C. Sobti declaring these would be held on November 5 in the university as well as affiliated colleges as per the Lyngdoh committee recommendations.

The announcement brought alive the campus. Immediately after, party workers launched arrangements for canvassing in hostels and putting up tents.

With the university’s decision to follow the Lyngdoh code, presidential candidates of the two prominent student bodies are out of the race. Abhishek Puri, presidential candidate of PUSU, and Harpreet Singh Multani of SOPU will have to watch the action from the sidelines.

Undeterred Puri said: “At least elections are being conducted, and that’s great. We will announce our panel tomorrow.” SOPU was quick to announce Udhay Bhan as the presidential candidate, who is a research scholar in the department of botany. Thanks to the Lyngdoh recommendations, for the first time, PU research scholars will be able to contest the elections.

Use of heavy vehicles for campaigning is banned and for election rallies with a crowd of more than 500, the authorities will have to be informed. Arms have been banned. The elections would be conducted on a shoestring budget of Rs 5,000 per candidate.

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Yet another cop nabbed with dirty money
He was taking “monthly” from dhabawala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The Chandigarh Police seems helpless in curbing corruption in its ranks. This is evident with the CBI arresting yet another policeman on charges of corruption today.

CBI sleuths today allegedly caught head constable Baldev Singh while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,200 from a dhaba owner in Sector 31.

Baldev Singh was on beat box duty in the Sector 31 market. He was allegedly taking a Rs 500 per month from Amit Aggarwal of Sector 39-B for allowing him to do business from an unauthorised place.This month he enhanced the “monthly charges” to Rs 2,000, which Aggarwal was unable to pay. Yesterday, he decided to report the matter to the CBI.

The CBI laid a trap and caught the policeman with marked currency notes near Aggarwal’s dhaba adjacent to Kendriya Vidyalaya. Aggarwal said he started his dhaba on June 1 this year, for which paid Baldev Singh Rs 500 per month. The policeman allegedly told him that another person was willing to pay him Rs 2,000 per month to run the dhaba at the same site. He told him to either pay him Rs 2,000 per month or pack up.

Baldev Singh was detained in a Maruti car by the CBI . Curious onlookers assembled at the place and watched the proceedings. A case has been registered.

The incident shows that certain policemen encourage encroachments. The market in front of the Sector 17 ISBT, the small rotary in Attawa village and hawkers in front of the Kiran Cinema in Sector 22 are said to be running business in connivance with the police and enforcement staff of the administration and the municipal corporation. Till date this year, 14 police personnel have been arrested by the CBI on corruption charges.

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Rice Pilferage
Food inspector suspended
Rajmeet Singh/TNS

Chandigarh, October 30
A food and supplies inspector allegedly involved in the pilferage of rice has been suspended and charge-sheeted. Verification of a month’s stock by the department showed a difference of 2,400 kilos of rice in the FCI consignment meant for fair price shops.

Director R.K. Rao confirmed inspector Sushil Kumar Gupta had been suspended and further investigations were on. The irregularity was noticed during a surprise check by the additional director of the department at the Industrial Area FCI godown.

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Scant thought for little champs
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
Chaos reigned at the Inter-School Boxing Tournament at the Sector 42 multipurpose hall here today. No technical official from either the education department or the Chandigarh sports department, except a boxing coach, was present to monitor the event.

An official said the referee conducting the event was a former School National Games silver medallist. “No official from either of the two departments have deputed a referee. We managed to engage this former silver medallist who is rendering services free of cost,” he said.

There were no adequate arrangements for medical aid to participating children. No doctor was present to deal with any emergency. When this was brought to the notice of teacher Harbans Kaur, representing the host school GMHS-42, she was quick to explain. “The doctor was present since morning and left only a moment ago.”

She did not know the name of the doctor. “This doctor is from Sector 21,” was her reply. “We have tied up with the Medical Centre in Sector 42 in case of an emergency,” she said. Interestingly, a medical lab attendant at the school, Gurmej Singh, was representing the principal of the Sector-32 GMSSS, Anil Sharma, who is the secretary, sports, education department. “I have been asked to accompany the students. I have no sports background. I do not know why a sports teacher has not been put on duty,” said Gurmej.

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MC gives nod to 52 proposals
Says no to paid parking
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 30
At a meeting which passed 52 agenda items pertaining to the sanction of funds for various development works in the city, the municipal council today turned down the proposal to implement paid parking in the city.

Though not on agenda, the issue was raised by councilor R.K. Kakkar who said the administration was toying with the idea of implementing paid parking in the commercial areas of the city. All 26 members present in the House rejected the idea while council president Seema Chaudhary said it was not in the interest of the residents. “We are already levying house tax and implementing paid parking in the markets would be another way to tax the residents. The administration should think of asking the market associations to employ a security guard to streamline parking instead of introducing paid parking as a solution,” she said.

Meanwhile, at the meeting, councillors gave a nod to sanction Rs 3 lakh for purchase of conductors to make street lights functional in Industrial Area, Phase I and II, sanction of funds for completion of development works initiated earlier. Patchwork of roads, beautification of sector entry points, open spaces and the central verge were also given the nod at the first meeting held under the chairmanship of reinstated president of the MC Seema Chaudhary.

The councillors sanctioned Rs 2 lakh for the renovation of the MC House, Rs 3 lakh for petty works within the wards, upgradation of the fire station among others.

All agenda items were passed unanimously.

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Indigenous fire control systems for naval ships
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
New warships being inducted by the Indian Navy would be equipped with indigenous fire control systems (FCS), developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Director of DRDO’s Dehradun-based Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), Prof S.S. Sundaram, told The Tribune that a production order has been placed on Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for supply of six such systems. The order was placed two months ago. He was here to deliver a talk on Military Applications of electro-optical devices at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) on its Foundation Day. IRDE is engaged in research, design and development of sophisticated optical and electro-optical instrumentation. It had earlier developed FCS for combat vehicles and special sights for firearms.

The order will be executed in two phases of three systems each. In the first phase, the FCS will be installed in the Project 17 series of guided-missile frigates being constructed indigenously. Three Project 17 frigates (Shivalik Class) have been launched and are undergoing sea trails before being commissioned. Another seven ships in the series, called Project 17-A having more advanced features are on the drawing boards.

Each indigenous FCS is priced at approximately Rs 5.5 crore, while equivalent imported systems come in the price range of Rs 30-40 crore, Prof Sundaram said, “The time frame involved in the development was about eight years, which included three years of trials under varied conditions on the shore as well on sea.”

The FCS combines the use of electro-optic sensors and surveillance capabilities used for night vision with other applications. Modern warfare, he said, depends heavily upon situational awareness and soldiers in the air, at sea and on ground need to understand the environment around them and identify threats as early as possible.

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2 labourers injured as wall caves in
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 30
Two labourers were injured when a mud wall at the under construction Shalimar Mall in Sector 5, caved in and buried them waist down. The labourers were laying a sewerage pipe and were in the 8-10 feet deep trench when the accident took place.

Ahmed, a labourer and eyewitness, said the labourers Mangla and Dwarika, in their late 30s, were digging the trench to lay the pipeline. They were handing out the dug up earth to the four labourers working outside the trench.

“It was about 4:30 pm when the earth around them and along the side of the trench suddenly loosened and fell on them. The two were inside the trench and became panicky. We immediately informed the fire brigade and police to carry out the rescue operations,” says Ahmed.

However, by the time the cops and fire brigade arrived, the labourers had managed to partially pull out the injured from the trench. They were immediately rushed to hospital. “In a state of shock, both of them were exhausted and semi-conscious by the time we pulled them out. Mangla escaped with minor injuries while Dwarika ended up in hospital with a fractured leg. It took us nearly half-an-hour to rescue them but they are fine now,” Ahmed stated, while adding that they had been working at the mall for the last three months.

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Acquisition
Bansal to blame for notification: BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The BJP today held union minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal responsible for getting the notification with regard to the acquisition of 314 acres in five villages issued from the Chandigarh administration.

In a statement here today, Ramvir Bhatti, general secretary, Mam Chand Rana, president of the kisan morcha, Bhajan Singh Maru, chairman of the zila parishad, and Shingara Singh, convener of the panchayati raj cell, alleged that the administration after acquiring the land of villagers at cheap rates was selling it at exorbitant prices.

They demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore per acre for farmers whose land was acquired by the administration.

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Central govt staff strike work
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
Central government employees organisations observed a one-day strike in support of their demands here today.

Under the banner of the coordination committee of the central government employees and workers, Chandigarh, the associations of the office of the accountant general (A and E), department of posts, central ground water board and department of income tax and central excise observed strike.

Besides, the Punjab state industrial development corporation, survey of India and various defence organisations organised lunch-hour rallies outside their offices.

Their main demands included the grant of interim relief of at least Rs 1,000 to all central government employees, implementation of the recommendations of the sixth pay commission with effect from January 1, 2006, implementation of pending 16 awards of the board of arbitration, removal of quantum ceiling on bonus, lifting of ban on recruitment, scrapping of the PFRDA Bill and setting up of the judicial commission for the gramin dak sewaks.

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Devise strategy to curb snatching, IG tells cops

Chandigarh, October 30
The UT inspector-general of police (IG) today directed his force to devise a strategy to curb cases of snatching and vehicle theft, at a quarterly crime meeting held at the police headquarters in Sector 9 here.

The IG told Chandigarh Tribune that the crime graph of the city was discussed at the meeting and officials were given instructions to improve their functioning.

Besides, they were asked to gear up for the Panjab University Campus Student’s Council election on November 5 and make prior arrangements for the festival season. The IG also reportedly pulled up certain station house officers of the force for their failure to dispose of complaints promptly.

Aiming to improve the basic functioning of the police, the IG asked his men to lay emphasis on improving the beat box system and police patrolling.

He said beat system and police patrolling were essential components of policing, as policemen on duty were direct in contact with public and sources of information. — TNS

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Quarterly meetings to review crime
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The Chandigarh administration has decided to hold quarterly meetings to review the crime situation in the city.

The meeting would be chaired by the home secretary, Krishna Mohan. The meeting would take into account factors such as crime, traffic, training administration, police-public interface modernisation and housing.

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Cops’ driving skills tested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The Chandigarh traffic police today organised a workshop for drivers of the police department in liaison with the Motor Sport Association (a member of the traffic advisory committee) at the Children Traffic Park, Sector 23.

The eyesight of drivers was checked by doctors from Guru Harkrishan Sahib Eye Hospital Trust, Sohana. They were also given medicine free of cost.

A written driving test was taken with the help of an LCD projector.

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Marla house owners, traders meet adviser
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, headed by its president Charanjiv Singh, today met Pradip Mehra, UT adviser.

The delegation submitted a memorandum of demands of the trading community, a press note said here today.

Mehra sought suggestions, especially for reforms in the obsolete building bylaws and rent legislation. He told the delegation that beautification of markets would be given top priority.

Meanwhile, solution to the demands of marla house owners for need-based changes may be in sight.

The UT adviser, Pradip Mehra, today held a meeting with various organisations of residents to ascertain the demands of the residents.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of the administration.

Representatives of the Federation of Sector Welfare Association and the Chandigarh Marla/Flats Houses Resident Welfare Association told him that while major relaxations in new sectors had been allowed, the old sectors which had the maximum number of marla houses, were denied these.

The general secretary of the sector welfare association said removal of architectural control guidelines for one kanal houses and stopping of demolition notices were among the main demands.

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Diwali stall coupons from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The MC has decided to issue prepaid coupons to those who want to set up temporary stalls on Diwali.

The coupons will be issued at the MC office and sub-office, Mani Majra, from tomorrow until November 6.

For Mani Majra and Mauli Jagran, the coupons will be issued at the sub-office, Mani Majra. For Sector 17, the coupons will be issued to original shopkeepers of the sector on November 2 and November 5.

For the convenience of public, eight stalls shall be put up at the MC office and one at the NAC, Mani Majra, for the purpose.

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Mani Majra Fort to be spruced up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The Chandigarh administration has finalised a plan to promote Mani Majra Fort as a tourist attraction.

The fort would be improved in two phases. In the first phase, the green space adjacent to the fort and its entry points would be beautified by the MC and CITCO would set up a cafe.

In the second phase, the development of the fort would be undertaken.

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BSNL nos. under hammer

Chandigarh, October 30
The Punjab circle of the BSNL has began the auction of VIP numbers of its new mobile series 9464. The details of the scheme can be accessed at www.punjab.bsnl.co.in.

The auction, which got under way on October 28, will continue till November 4.

Meanwhile, the waiting list of broadband connections in Sectors 4, 7, 34, 37 and 49, Phase II of the Industrial Area (Chandigarh), and Phases IV and X in Mohali and Kharar exchanges will be cleared in 15 days. — TNS

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Letters

Sukhna silt no obstruction

The UT Government has been desilting some portions of Sukhna Lake just before the onset of monsoons for the past many years. However, these portions again get silted up during the monsoons. This situation can be prevented by constructing a foolproof silt excluder, costing less than Rs 1 crore, on its month. But this simple remedy is not being adopted by the government.

Sukhna is a recreational lake and hence its silt is not a problem.

On the contrary, the silt in the lake is a boon as at times of low water supply, it makes the depth greater at some areas for shikaras and boats to function.

In the coming winter, the government is planning to start a mega project, costing more than Rs 50 crore, for desilting the entire lake. In light of the foregoing, it will be a blunder to do any desilting unless it is obstructing the functioning of the lake.

S.P. Malhotra
Panchkula

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TN resident booked on theft charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
A Tamil Nadu resident was allegedly caught while stealing a wallet from a car in Sector 7.

Gurdev Singh of Ropar has reported to the police that M. Ramesh had stolen his wallet containing Rs 1,000, a voter card and a PAN card from his car last evening. The car was parked in Sector 7. A case has been registered.

Theft cases

Atul Garg of Sector 40-A has lodged a complaint with the police that his Indica car (CH-04-A-7290), parked in front of his house, was stolen last night.

In another incident, Ajay Sharma of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, reported that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-03-C-4849) was stolen from Sector 22 on October 27.

Two cases of theft have been registered.

Cylinder stolen

Amit Sahai of PGI Colony has reported that a gas cylinder was stolen from his Maruti car (CH-01-Y-2186) that was parked in front of his house yesterday. A case has been registered.

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Minor gang-raped

Mohali, October 30
A 15-year-old-girl of Janta Colony in Naya Gaon was allegedly gang-raped last night. The minor girl told the police that she knew two of the four accused.

According to Naya Gaon SHO Gurjeet Singh, the incident took place at 10 pm when the girl was called out to a secluded place by one of the youths who knew her.

She told the police that some other persons were present at the scene when she reached there. She was then allegedly raped by two youths.

She told the police that she knew two of the accused - Sanjay and Sunil, both residents of Janta Colony.

The SHO said a medical report of the girl had confirmed rape. The police has registered a case. TNS

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Youth found dead in Mohali was US resident
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 30
The youth found dead in Phase VII here last night has been identified as Yadvinder Singh, a resident of USA. He had come to India some days ago and was living with his cousin, a head constable with the Chandigarh Police in Sector 26.

His cousin, after reading newspapers this morning, contacted the Mohali police. He identified the victim as 24-year-old Yadvinder. He said, Yadvinder left home yesterday morning in his car and there was no word from him the whole day. His car was reportedly found in Sector 5, Chandigarh. It was unlocked.

Yadvinder was supposed to return to the USA on November 4. Matour SHO Joginderpal Singh said the boy did not know anyone in Mohali and had no reason to be here. The post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow.

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Youths snatch woman’s purse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
In yet another case of snatching in the city, two identified youths riding a motor cycle took away a purse from a woman from Mani Majra this evening.

According to the police, the incident took place around 6 pm when Babli, a clerk at the booking window at the railway station, was on her way home to Railway Colony in Mauli Complex.

Two unidentified motorcyclists approached her from behind and snatched her purse. A case has been registered.

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