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CBSE ushers in grade system
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
With a focus on testing higher order thinking skills (HOTS), the CBSE has introduced changes in the examination system and curriculum for Classes X and XII for the academic session 2008.

The new format will focus on subjects, including mathematics, social science and science and technology for Class X and accountancy, economics, business studies, chemistry, biology and mathematics for Class XII.

The examination pattern for Classes X and XII is set to change from this year and will be easier. The new pattern has more very short answer type questions to test the conceptual understanding.

Ashok Ganguly, CBSE chairman, who was in town to attend the CBSE Sahodaya meeting, told The Tribune that the focus had been diverted to the overall development and skills of students.

“The true ability of the child cannot be assessed on academic grounds only. Hence, from this session it would be more of comprehensive evaluation where the assessment would be based on determining multiple skills,” he said.

Lengthy answers will give way to short answer type questions with multiple choice.

“We have reduced the number of high marks questions to minimise subjectivity and increased short answer type questions. Similarly, the number of sub-parts in a question have been reduced, but more internal choice has been introduced,” he said.

Internal evaluation of the students would be re-introduced, under which 20 per cent assessment would be added with 80 per cent external assessment. “This assessment requires credibility on the part of teachers. We have already introduced it in subjects like social studies, maths and science and if we are successful, its quotient could be enhanced up to 50 per cent,” he said.

Instead of the pass or fail criteria, the board has also introduced the grading system. There would be five-point grading system at the primary level (Classes I to V); seven-point system at the upper primary level (Classes VI to VIII); and soon a nine-point system would be introduced for Classes IX and X.

To impart job-oriented knowledge to students of Classes XI-XII, vocational subjects like financial market system, in collaboration with the National Stock Exchange, fashion designing (with NIFT), IT (Nasscom) and health-related courses in collaboration with Fortis, government hospitals and state health associations would be introduced.

Students would be awarded joint certification signed by the board and the organisation concerned, he added.

Meanwhile, taking serious note of a different pass percentage criterion adopted by some private schools in the city, the CBSE chairman said the pass percentage of all schools affiliated to the board was 33 per cent and no students could be declared fail or refrained from appearing in the board examination who had got 33 per cent in the house examination. If any school violated the percentage norm, action would be taken.

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PU Polls
List of candidates out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
After the initial dull electioneering on the university campus, campaigning has now gained momentum with supporters of both key players, PUSU-INSO and SOPU-NSUI-HSA, coming out in large numbers to extend their patronage.

With only two days to go for the students’ elections, the campus came alive with an array of publicity activities throughout the day.

It was girl power on the SOPU-NSUI front as girls held a rally on foot to garner votes.

Campaigners went to various classes and briefed students about their agenda and issues.

By evening, the final list of candidates was displayed. For the post of president there is a triangular contest between Uday Bhan Singh of SOPU-NSUI alliance, Dinesh Chauhan of ABVP and Parminder Jaswal of PUSU-INSO.

For the post of vice-president, Isha Gupta of SOPU-NSUI and Gagandeep Kaur of PUSU-INSO are in the fray.

There are four candidates in the race for the post of general secretary. They are Dalvir Singh (ABVP), Manmohan (SOI), Naveen (SOPU-NSUI) and Sunny Bharadwaj (INSO-PUSU).

Jasdeep Singh of SOPU-NSUI and Sukrant are in the fray for the post of joint secretary.

Meanwhile, both parties briefed the press regarding their manifesto.

Meanwhile, an effigy of former president, Dalvir Singh Goldy, was burnt by inmates of Sarojini extension girls’ hostel.

The girls alleged that he used foul language against them yesterday while campaigning. Led by Gagandeep Kaur, vice-presidential candidate of PUSU-INSO, they demanded that his entry be banned on the campus. Goldy, however, denied the charges.

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80 drums of ‘synthetic’ khoya seized

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 2
The Rajpura police has seized 80 drums of “khoya” and nine drums of “dahi”, believed to be synthetic, from a cold storage unit here today.

According to police sources, the city SHO received a tip-off that several sweet owners in the town had procured “khoya” and curd from Muzaffarnagar (UP) ahead of Diwali.

The police said these drums had been brought here on October 9 and had been lying in the cold storage. They said health officials collected samples.

Officials said it would take at least 40 days before the chemical examination report was made available. — TNS

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Underweight Pouch 
Milkfed fined Rs 5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Punjab Milkfed (Verka) to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation for selling underweight milk pouch and deficiency in services.

The commission has ordered Milkfed to pay Rs 50,000 to Dr Rajinder K. Singla, a resident of The Tribune Colony, Sector 29D, Chandigarh, as compensation for mental harassment and deposit the rest of the amount — Rs 4.5 lakh — with the State Legal Aid Authority, Chandigarh.

Dr Singla had approached the consumer forum alleging deficiency in services by Milkfed. He claimed that in October, 2003 he purchased a pouch of milk of 500 ml of Verka Shakti brand from the Attawa market.

Suspecting it to be underweight, he got the pouch weighed from the market and found it to be 140 ml lighter. He contacted Milkfed, however, officials did not cooperate, he alleged.

Later, he approached the controller Weights and Measures, Chandigarh, which also found the pouch underweight.

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Making candles to light up their lives
Aditi Tandon
TNS

Chandigarh: At the community centre in Manimajra, hundreds of working slum children are scripting a new story of empowerment. At the heart of this story is a little gel and lots of light. The results are bright and feisty - in line with the festival season.

It is another matter that the lives of these children are not bright as the gel candles they are making these days. Engaged in a range of tough jobs - from fixing nets and blots, picking rags to working as domestics - they are desperate for value addition to their skills. This, they feel, will enhance their income and bring some joy to their lives this Diwali.

Powering the exercise on the children's behalf are the managers of Youth Technical Training Society's (YTTS) working children's project. They are running a few vocational training courses in cookery, beauty culture, embroidery and stitching for these children. As many as 90 per cent of the working children covered by the project are girls; hence courses that suit girls better.

"But we were keen to raise the level of vocational courses. Old courses are good but not good enough to imbue these children with confidence. So we decided to hold a workshop of gel candle making. We got an expert manufacturer from Yamunanagar and arranged the logistics. Close to 50 children got trained and they are now ready with beautiful candles which will be put up for sale ahead of Diwali," Col Ravi Bedi (retd) of the YTTS told The Tribune.

The candles prepared are beautiful; they mirror the hidden talents of children and reflect their aspirations.

The children, too, are excited. Come Monday and the products designed by them will for the first time find commercial display. "We are writing to the MC and Chandigarh Administration to allow us to use the space of our shelter home — Vineet — in Sector 17 to organise a fair powered by these children. During the fair these candles will be displayed. Children are very eager to know how much money their labour will fetch," says Bedi.

The nature of the task may be routine, but the spirit involved in it makes it special. As Kamlesh says, "People may think what is big about candle making. But when they come and meet the makers, they will realise what's so big."

The children are also ready for their big day, light on their faces; stars in their eyes. And they don't forget to mention: "The prices are not high. Please come."

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Arty way to teach slow learners
Chitleen K. Sethi
TNS

Mohali: On the face of it, it looks like a creative arts class for children. Some of the young kids are dancing and swaying to gentle music, some are just listening attentively to every note of music and many others are painting. It’s hard to believe that these children are undergoing serious therapy for learning disabilities.

“LifeSteps”, a newly opened training centre for children with special needs has integrated creative arts to help slow learners improve. Run by an NGO the center has been started in Mohali and catering to the special needs of such children. “We are imparting education to the underprivileged children of society with special emphasis on slow learners,” said Raksha Rametra the coordinator of the centre.

“Music and dance are food for the soul, a feast for the ear and eyes but above all a wonderful means to regain emotional balance. The psychotherapeutic use of music notes and dance movement therapy is a medium to develop a bond between self and environments thus improving communication and coping skills,” said Raksha.

Other than art therapy, music and dance therapy the children are also taught through mind games and brain gymnastics. “We offer simple metal work out techniques to improve concentration, emotional stability and above all effective leaning systems,” added Raksha.

Debates, group discussions, breathing and relaxation exercises and cognitive retraining are some of the other methods that are used to help such children.

We want to reach out all those parents/guardians, teachers, social organisations as well as NGO’s who are engaged in the upliftment of special children in one way or the other, she said.

It is not just children with learning problems who would benefit from the opening of this center. The center also provides basic education to students from economically weaker sections.

“We aim at providing functional as well as formal education to these children in collaboration with Jan Shiksha Sansthan, Chandigarh. We already have 35 students enrolled at the centre” she said.

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Zirakpur wakes up to aroma of coffee
Pradeep Sharma
TNS

Zirakpur, township of apartments and shopping malls, has woken up the fine taste of coffee. One of the coffee chains - Cafe Coffee Day - has set up a fast food joint in Zirakpur.

Strategically located on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at the ONS complex outside the Silver City, one of the major townships in Punjab, the food joint’s location would prove to be its USP. In fact, its location just outside the under-construction flyover at Zirakpur would prove to be a major advantage for the thousands of motorists passing through the highway.

“With major realtors coming up with state-of-the-art residential and commercial projects in Zirakpur and Dera Bassi, a world-class food joint was the need of the hour,” says Sunil Bandha, a builder.

In fact, the four-laning of the Zirakpur-Ambala highway, which is slated to be completed by next year, would add to the charm of dinning experience at the food joint. Currently, a large number of motorists avoided the Chandigarh-Ambala highway in the wake of the large-scale construction activity in the township.

Rajiv Bhasin, another builder, says that earlier he had to entertain the guests at Chandigarh as Zirakpur had no good quality food joints. However, with this coffee joint opening its branch in the township, we can save our time,” he adds.

In fact many other players are also tthinking of setting shop here to cash in on the growing commercialisation in the area, say sources in the hospitality sectors.

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IPS conference at NIPER

Mohali:“There is a great scope and opportunity for the Indian pharma industry to grow and surmount the pharma world. India is the second largest and the fastest growing nation in pharma industry. India has talented young scientific brains, technical manpower to drive the country’s economy to its best,” said Dr. A.R. Kidwai, governor of Haryana while inaugurating the 40th Annual Conference of the Indian Pharmacological Society being hosted by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here.

Prof. P. Rama Rao, director, NIPER and organizing secretary of the conference, Prof. C. Adithan, president IPS, Dr P.V. Diwan, general secretary of the society also spoke.

Kidwai presented the oration awards, prizes and medals to the scientists, Prof. Govind Achari Oration award to Dr. K.K. Sharma, Col. R.N. Chopra Oration award to Dr. Vedasiromani, S.C. Lahiri Oration award to Dr. V.N. Puri, Saket Pandey Oration to Dr. Rakesh Shukla, CDRI Oration to Dr. B Dinesh Kumar, and N.S. Dhalla Oration to Dr. J.B. Gupta.

P.P. Suryakumari Prize to Dr. J.B. Majithiya and Dr. R. Balaraman, N.N. Dutta prize to Dr. R. Bhattacharaya, R. K. Tulsawani and R. Vijayraghavan, Uvnas prize to Biswadeep Das and Chanya Shakar, Dr. B. Mukherjee prize to B.S. Shylesh, S. Ajitkumaran Nair and S. Subramaniam, Dr. Lalita Kameswaran Gold medal endowment prize to Dr. Mitali Chatterjee. The society awarded fellowships to Dr. Chandishwar Nath, Lucknow, Dr. Arunabh Ray, New Delhi and Dr. Chandra Kant Katiyar, Gurgaon.

Over a thousand pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacologists, academicians, and scientists from India and abroad are participating in the three day conference.—TNS

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Overwhelming response to GMADA flats

Mohali: The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has received an overwhelming number of applications for the allotment of LIG flats in Phase XI here. The scheme closed on October 31.

For mere 144 houses, the authority has received over 23,000 applications, said Balwinder Singh, additional chief administrator GMADA.

The scheme was advertised on September 22 and the last date for submitting the applications was October 25. However the last date was extended till October 31.

“The draw of the lots is expected next month,” said Balwinder Singh adding that the flats are constructed and the possession would be given immediately.

The authority had offered three types of flats on various floors. The prices range from Rs 7.65 lakh for a flat on the second floor and Rs 8.5 lakh for a flat on the first floor both of which are sized at 525 square feet of covered area. A flat on the ground floor is priced at Rs 9.35 lakh and sized 490 square feet. The applicants had to pay Rs 93,500 as earnest money along with the application.

The scheme though launched for providing affordable houses for the lower income group (LIG) seems to have attracted numerous applications from investors who can effort to submit multiple applications. The authority had not laid down any economic criteria for the receipt of the applications and even the advertisement issued by the authority was more with a view to attract investors who want an “asset that will be rewarding forever”. —TNS

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Survival measures at Chhatbir & ... hounded at Corbett
A man-eating tiger is a tiger that has been compelled, through stress of circumstances beyond its control, to adopt a diet alien to it. 
Vishal Gulati/TNS

Chandigarh: Veterinarians of Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary in Tripura are working overtime to establish the compatibility of the Chhatbir-zoo bred pair of majestic royal Bengal tigers. The pair was given to the Sepahijala sanctuary last year as part of the exchange programme between the two zoos.

In the exchange, the Chhatbir zoo got two pairs of leopard cats, one pair of pig-tailed macaques and one pair of Himalayan palm civets from the Sepahijala zoo.

Talking to The Tribune on the phone, Rajat Das, veterinary officer, Sepahijala sanctuary, said it would take another six to seven months to establish their compatibility.

“Though it’s challenging, we are working to get the desired results,” he said.

So far no Royal Bengal tigress has given birth in captivity in Tripura and if the authorities succeeded it will make a history.

The sanctuary is home to 46 species of wild animals. It’s famous for the spectacled langur, found only in Tripura and in parts of Mizoram and southern Assam. It is an endangered species but its numbers have been increasing in the sanctuary.

Though the zoo has only one pair of the Royal Bengal tiger, it is home to a good population of the leopard cat, the jungle cat, the leopard, the lion and the clouded leopard.

Dharminder Sharma, field director, Chhatbir, said sometimes the instinct to select mate takes time.

“The captive breeding among the animals of the cat family is quite easy. The middle-age pair will soon accept each other,” he said.

However, in the Chhatbir zoo the leopard cat delivered two cubs in February – one was stillborn and the second died after two days.

Under the exchange programme, the Chhatbir zoo got the Indian bison (one male and two females) from the Chamrajendra Zoological Park, Mysore. Now, their number increased to four.

More than half a century after Jim Corbett’s death, another part of his legacy is being recognised as being of far greater importance, as the tigers he hunted and loved face their most pressing battle for survival against the unprecedented encroachment of mankind.

Indeed, Jim Corbett National Park, which the hunter-turned-conservationist helped establish in what is now the Indian state of Uttaranchal, is home to one of only two genetically viable tiger populations in the entire country.

“We have managed to keep it that way,” said Brijendra Singh, honorary warden of the reserve and a member of India’s National Board of Wildlife, which is meeting today in Delhi to discuss the fate of India’s tigers. “The main challenge we face is the encroach of population and the loss of habitat. We can deal with the poaching, but there have to be places (set aside) for tigers.”

“A man-eating tiger is a tiger that has been compelled, through stress of circumstances beyond its control, to adopt a diet alien to it. The stress of circumstances is, in nine cases out of 10, wounds, and, in the 10th case, old age,” he wrote in the preface to Man-Eaters of Kumaon.

“Human beings are not the natural prey of tigers, and it is only when tigers have been incapacitated through wounds or old age that, in order to survive, they are compelled to take to a diet of human flesh.” Singh said. “In the 1920s and 1930s the shooting of tigers was a big sport, but it was done with bait tied for the tiger. It was not really sport. The tigers were getting decimated by all these sportsmen. Corbett realised that they would not survive.” Corbett sought to spread the word about the threat to the tigers by establishing both a magazine and two organisations - the Association for the Preservation of Game in what is now Uttar Pradesh and the All-India Conference for the Preservation of Wild Life. The magazine was only to run to three issues but around the same time Corbett was asked to help establish a park in which tigers and wildlife would be preserved. That reserve n first named the Hailey National Park n was established in the area where Corbett had earned his fame.

In addition to Corbett’s estimated 80 tigers, the only other genetically viable population is contained within the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. Many experts believe that for all the efforts India has made, it will require a miracle for the tiger to avoid extinction.

“If you read just one of his books you will see that it was not a bunch of stories about hunting tigers; it is about compassion and love towards the great cats and he called the tiger ‘a large hearted gentleman with boundless courage’,” said Jerry Jaleel, director of the Jim Corbett Foundation, a Canadian-based non-profit group .

But if Corbett’s real concern was about the future of the tiger, then it is the park in Uttaranchal, located close to the foothills were he grew up, that is his truly lasting contribution. As India struggles to find a way to save its last remaining tigers, the Corbett National Park is a rare place of refuge for these remarkable animals. — The Independent

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Mukesh gifts wife jet on birthday

India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has bought his wife a luxury jet with entertainment cabins, a sky bar and fancy showers for her birthday, a newspaper said on Friday.

Ambani, who owns the country’s biggest private company, Reliance Industries Ltd, gifted the $60 million Airbus plane to wife Neeta on her 44th birthday on Thursday, the Mumbai Mirror newspaper said.

The jet is custom-fitted with an office and a cabin with game consoles, music systems, satellite television and wireless communication, the report said. It also has a master bedroom, a bathroom with a range of showers and a bar with mood lighting. The newspaper said Airbus sources had confirmed the sale and the jet had arrived at New Delhi’s airport and would be brought to Mumbai soon.

A spokesman for Reliance, estimated to have a market capitalisation of nearly $100 billion, told Reuters, “We are neither denying nor confirming the report”.

With business interests ranging from oil to retail and biotechnology, Ambani is not known to shy away from conspicuous consumption.

He is building a $1-billion home in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, considered to be one of the world’s most expensive houses, local media reports have said.

The 27-storey home—for a family of six—with a helipad, health club and six floors for car parking and 600 staff, has awed India’s rich.

But it has also drawn criticism as an edifice to vulgarity in a country where hundreds of millions live in crushing poverty. — Reuters

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CTU staff stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking Worker’s Union today staged a dharna at the ISBT, Sector 17, against the oppressive policies of Chandigarh administration.

The employees were protesting against the administration’s policy of allowing private air-conditioned buses in the city.

Union leaders also criticised the administration for dismissing some drivers under Section 304 A.

Union president Ranjit Singh warned the administration of lodging a protest by holding black flags at the ISBT, Sector 17, if the administration failed to release DA and bonus before Diwali.

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Vigilance week from Nov 12

Chandigarh, November 2
The Chandigarh administration will observe “vigilance awareness week” from November 12 to 16. All organisations falling under the purview of the central vigilance commission (CVC) will observe the week. During the week, efforts will be made to raise awareness among users of services provided by the departments/ organisations about initiatives taken for improving systems and procedures. — TNS

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Fire at Tribune godown
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 2
A fire broke out at the godown of The Tribune, Industrial Area here this evening.

Some newsprint roll was gutted in the fire. No damage to life was caused.

Four fire-tenders from the Panchkula fire station were pressed into service to control the blaze.

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Fauji Beat
Indian Army’s first challenge

One cannot recall another event from military history where an Army was caught so unawares as the (still being formed) new Indian Army in October 1947. This event was the creation of Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, who after dilly-dallying for two months, signed the Instrument of Accession to India on October 26, thus opening the door for the entry of Indian troops into Kashmir to push out the tribals, backed by the Pakistani army, who were advancing towards Srinagar.

Though I Sikh was hurriedly airlifted from Delhi to Srinagar on October 27, to save the Srinagar airfield, one of its companies had to be formed with Sikh gunners from 13 Field Regiment and 2 Field Regiment (self propelled). This was the first occasion when artillery fought as infantry after the Independence. The 3.7inch Howitzers of Patiala State followed thereafter, but without dial sights and they had to fire through open sights.

After two crucial battles of Green Hill and Badgam, threat to Srinagar airfield receded. By then, reinforcements started arriving and by November 7, Srinagar had been secured. This was the first time that an offensive was led by the Indian officers at the battalion commanders’ level.

This was also the first time that armoured cars had operated at a height of 3,529 mts at the Zojila Pass and the aircraft had landed at a height of 3,353 mts at the Leh. Officers though lacked in experience at higher command level led the troops credibly.

Global peace through sports

The idea that clearly emerged from the Fourth Military World Games held recently at Hyderabad was that these games should be made an instrument of global peace. This gave birth to a new theme, “Sport: A Concrete Fundamental Tool to Promote Peace”. A forum on “Sport for Peace” was attended by the representatives from more than 100 CISM member nations, the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, International Sports Federations and various other organizations at Hyderabad on October 16.

The forum considered ways and means of promoting friendship, peace and understanding through sports. It urged the international political and sports institutions to formally adopt the resolutions proposed by the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Truce Foundation. It also recommended to all the nations that sports should be integrated into the programmes, activities and initiatives of the peace keeping contingents of their armies.

The President of the International Council for Military Sports, CISM, according to its French name, Brig Gen Gianni Gola was all praise for India for raising the profile of the games.

GREF officers

The officers of the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) have often come up with the point that since they serve side by side with the Army, they should be treated on par with the Army officers.

The GREF is an integral part of the armed forces only for the purpose of the Article 33 of the Constitution of India.GREF personnel are treated as civilians and come under the Army Act 1950 and Army Rules 1954 only for discipline. Since the terms and conditions of service, criteria for promotion and rank structure of Army officers are different from the GREF officers, the latter are not paid the same remuneration as the Army officers. This information was given by the Defence Minister, A.K. Antony, in the Rajya Sabha the other day.

— Pritam Bhullar 

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Postal staff donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
A blood donation camp was organised by the Chandigarh Postal Division in association with the Department of Transfusion Medicine at GPO Complex here today.

Chief postmaster, general Punjab circle, Manjula Prashar and postal services director Sukhwinder Kaur gave away certificates and gifts to blood donors.

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Shiv Batalvi remembered

Chandigarh, November 2
Tributes were paid to legendary Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi at a programme ‘Shiv ke geet, sabh ke meet’ at Kalagram here today.

The audience was treated to vibrating dances on the evergreen songs of the legend, including ‘Ik meri akh kaashni’, ‘Meenu heere-heere askhe’ and ‘Kee puchdeo hall faqueera daa’. The programme was organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre and Shri Sai Arts.

Swati Ghai, Vipin Gaur, Deepika Thakur, Vibhu Gaur, Sangeeta Negi, Raji Rawat and Chandni Malhotra put up spirited performances. Jatinder Kinra directed the show anchored by Purva Kaushik. Regional director of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations was the chief guest. — TNS

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Letters
Check unfair banking

Banks have recently started charging hefty fee for different services. Some of the charges are totally unjustifiable, like fee charged for non-maintenance of minimum balance. If the banks desire to keep away non-serious account holders, the fee should not be more than Rs 10 per quarter. Also, the minimum balance amount should not be more than Rs 250.

This practice was first started by private banks but now even the public sector banks are also following suit. Since the launch of the much-advertised Core Banking Solutions, the officials of the banks do not even know or perhaps do not want to tell the criteria for charging such fees. If someone asks them, they simply refuse to divulge the details.

Such hidden charges are not even displayed anywhere on the bank premises.

Unjust practices must be brought under the MRTP Act and strict action must be taken against banks indulging in such practices.

Pawan Bansal, 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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Husband, in-laws booked for dowry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
Geeta Goel, a resident of Sector 40, lodged a complaint against her husband and in-laws at the police station-39 here alleging harassment and maltreatment for dowry at their hands.

A case under Sections 406 and 498-A, IPC, has been registered at the police station.

Vehicle theft

In a complaint to the police, Rajesh Verma of Sector 56 alleged that his Scorpio car (CH 03 X 0410), which was parked in Sector 35, was stolen on Sunday. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the police station-36.

Also, Balwinder Singh of Sector 44 reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH 01 P 2904) was stolen on Wednesday night. The vehicle was parked at his residence. A case of theft has been registered at the police station-34.

Injured

Shambhu of Muzaffarpur was injured when a CTU bus (CH 01 G 5223) hit him near the ISBT, Sector 43, on Tuesday. The victim has been admitted to the PGI.

A case of causing injuries has been registered at the police station-36.

Fraud

Sher Singh of Kurukshetra has lodged a complaint of fraud against Raj Garg of Chandigarh. He alleged that the accused took Rs 20 lakh in cash from him on the pretext of sending him abroad. However, he neither sent him abroad nor return the money.

A case under Sections 420 and 120-B, IPC, and Section 24, Immigration Act, has been registered in the police station-34.

Snatching

Lata of Sector 27 reported to the police that two unidentified persons riding a motor cycle snatched her purse near her residence yesterday. A case under Sections 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-26.

2 held for assault

Two Mani Majra residents were arrested on charges of assaulting a policeman, who had gone to arrest an accused.

According to the police, the incident took place on Wednesday when sub-inspector Bashir Ahmed had gone in Mani Majra to arrest Barinder Singh, alias Babal, at his residence. Babal accompanied by Sukhwinder Singh Kamal and Harpinderjit Singh, alias Goldy, assaulted and intimidated the policeman.

Bashir Ahmed suffered injuries on the leg and other parts of the body and called for additional force. A police team later arrested the accused and registered a case against them for assaulting public servant and causing obstruction in his job in this connection.

Motor cycle stolen

Soni Kapoor of Sector 22-B reported that his Hero Honda motor cycle (HR 03 E 4284) was stolen from Sector 22 on Wednesday. A case has been registered.

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NRI’s murder: No arrest so far
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 2
The police has not made any arrests in the alleged murder of 24-year-old NRI Yadvinder Singh.

The postmortem report of the victim is also yet to be made public. The viscera of the deceased has been sent for further investigations to Patiala.

Meanwhile, a cousin of the deceased living in the USA, who contacted The Tribune through the internet, has sent photographs of Yadvinder and Baldish, the girl he reportedly wanted to marry.

Baldish, her brother and her parents have been booked by the police for Yadvinder’s murder.

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Market welfare assn chief held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
Acting on a five-month-old complaint, the police arrested Arvind Jain, president of the Market Welfare Association, Sector 22-D, today.

Vandana Disodia, controller, weight and measure department, had made the complaint against Arvind on May 18. According to police sources, the controller had gone to conduct raids on some shops, but Arvind interrupted her from performing her duty.

“Arvind had opposed the officials on the pretext that they should come after informing traders,” said Kulwant Singh, SHO of the Sector 17 police station.

Arvind had also complained against the controller to the top brass of the city and wanted to get a case registered, but to no avail. The police produced him in court and he was later bailed out.

On being asked about the reason for the late action, the SHO said those days they were busy with the Dera Sacha Sauda case.

No one from the market came out against his arrest.

Meanwhile, Arvind Jain and Manoj Jain were acquitted in another such case today. He had prevented municipal corporation employees from removing flowers in the Sector 22 market on October 13, 2004, as they did not have a written order. They were acquitted in the court of chief judicial magistrate Y.S. Rathor. 

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New Hyundai i10 launched

Chandigarh, November 2
Hyundai Motor India Ltd launched its new compact car i10 at a function held here today. The i10 is the first car from Hyundai, which made its world debut in India, which will be the sole production and export hub for the car. — TNS

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