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PUSU panel voted in
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Post of joint secy with oppn * Polling 52 pc 
Smriti Sharma
TNS

Chandigarh, November 5
The PUSU-INSO panel today swept the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council elections, bagging three of the four main seats.
The joint front of Panjab University Student Union and Indian National Students Organisation swept the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council elections winning three seats out of four
The joint front of Panjab University Student Union and Indian National Students Organisation swept the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council elections winning three seats out of four on Monday. (Garlanded from left): Sunny Bharadwaj (general secretary), Gagandeep Kaur (vice-president) and Parminder Jaswal (president). — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

 Sukrant Bhatia.

It was almost a reversal of 2006 results. The president of SOPU had then won with a margin of 581 votes against the PUSU candidate. This time the difference was of 443 votes.

Similarly, the vice-president of SOPU had defeated her PUSU rival by 698 votes. This time the difference was 502 votes. Also, the joint secretary last elections was the odd man out. Winning against popular trend, he was elected from the opposition camp, PUSU. This time too the post remains with the opposition, SOPU

The trends were clear since morning. Though the results were declared at 2.30pm, celebrations begun much before. Hundreds of supporters of PUSU and INSO were seen distributing ‘ladoos’ and dancing to the beats of the ‘dhol’. It was revelry all the way, but sans the girl supporters. The girls were missing at the celebrations and the victory precession both with most hostel inmates having left for the Diwali holidays.

Enthusiasts danced for hours till the official announcement. The winners were garlanded and the winning panel first went to the girls’ hostels to thank them for support.
Students of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, celebrate the victory of their candidate
Students of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, celebrate the victory of their candidate. 
— Tribune photo by  Pradeep Tewari

The celebrations were marred with an unsavoury incident. An empty beer bottle aimed at PUSU supporters missed the target and hit a policeman on the head. A brick was also hurled at the policeman.The miscreants fled. A photographer of a language paper was attacked by the same group, which attempted to snatch his camera. Soonafter the polling had ended, an ugly fight erupted at Kasturba Hostel between PUSU and SOPU supporters. It was free for all, with the girls slapping and clawing one another. Abuses were used too. It was on the intervention of the warden and the dean that the warring groups were segregated and the matter resolved.

A modest 51.8 per cent polling was recorded with 4,603 votes out of the total 8,880 cast. Last year the polling percentage was 63 per cent.

“With the implementation of Lyndgoh Committee recommendations, the elections could be held peacefully this time,” said the dean, student welfare. As many as 87 department representatives were also elected, out of which 61 were elected unopposed. Five members were elected to the executive committee.

Meanwhile, the photocopy shops located in the vicinity of the university did brisk business, thanks to the Lyngdoh panel code.With printed material banned, the student groups relied on xerox copies of leaflets and posters for campaigning. “ Our business went up by 50 per cent in the past five days,” said a shop owner.

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Mixed fortunes in colleges
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Elections to students’ council in six colleges affliated to Panjab University went off peacefully with the SOI winning in three colleges.

The SOI alliance won in DAV College, Sector 10, with Mohit Gupta elected as president. At Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, the SOI-CSU alliance was victorious. At Government College, Sector 46, the PUSU-ABVP alliance won the seats of president and vice-president and the posts of secretary and joint secretary were bagged by the SOI.

Many students in the colleges could not cast their vote as they were not carrying their identity cards.

Results: DAV College, Sector 10: President - Mohit Gupta SGGSingh College, Sector 26: President Amandeep Kaur; general secretary-Aniket Dasgupta Government College, Sector 46: President- Ripudaman Singh; vice-president- Deepak; general secretary- Manjinder Dev Samaj College for Women; President-Preeti Passi; vice-president-Deep Shikha; general secretary- Saricha SGGS College for Women: President-Jyoti Sharma; vice-president-Renu; general secretary- Amanpreet Kaur; GCGirls, Sector 42: President-Richa Sharma; vice-president-Monika Verma; general secretary-Surbhi Singla.

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Pak returns 106 tickets
Land row: PCA to appear in court today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 5
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today returned to the Punjab Cricket Association 106 tickets for the Indo-Pak ODI here.

The PCA had sent 250 tickets of the terrace block (Rs 5,000 each) for Pakistani fans. Now 144 fans from Pakistan, besides PCA’s official guests, will cross the Wagah.

PCA president I.S. Bindra said: “The PCB officials told us that they had given the tickets only to those who had confirmed accommodation/ booking in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. As only 144 persons could do so, the PCB has returned the remaining 106 tickets to us”.

The tickets will be now on sale at the PCA stadium tomorrow.

Meanwhile, just days before the Indo-Pak ODI, the PCA will face the Punjab State Sports Council (PSSC) at the SDM’s court here tomorrow.

The council last year initiated proceedings against the PCA under the Punjab Public Premises and Land (Eviction and Rent Recovery) Act, 1973, seeking possession of 15.35 acres.

The council’s contention is that the land on which the PCA Stadium stands belongs to it. It says the land has been transferred to the PCA, flouting rules and regulations.

The PCA had earlier argued that the case was not maintainable in the collector’s court. After the rejection of its plea, the PCA moved the DC’s court. But the appeal was turned down there too.

“The case is fixed for evidence and will come up before the SDM’s court tomorrow,” said Surya Parkash, council’s counsel .

The council is also seeking recovery of Rs 150 crore as use and occupation charges since 1992, Rs 50 crore as damages and an interest of 18 per cent per annum from the date of filing the application.

The hearing date in this case is November 23.

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Digging poses risk to residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Alleged careless digging by a private telecom operator for laying the optical fibre cables has spelled trouble for Sector 7 residents here.

Even as inconvenience in the wake of dug-up trenches for days together was not enough, a sewerage pipe burst in the house no 902 in the sector exposing residents to serious health hazard. Despite repeated complaints to the officials concerned, nothing had been done so far, alleged a resident.

Since this particular house was at the corner of the sector, a large amount of sewerage flowed to this house. With the administration and the private company virtually working at cross purposes, no help seem to be in sight for harassed residents.

To make the matters worse, the company dumped construction material, including sand and concrete, restricting residents' movement. They complained that the company had been digging large trenches and had left them open for several days turning them into "death traps".

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Past 80, she’s got an ear for business
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
At 83, she might be the most experienced businesswoman of the world.

Anna Maria Holland
Anna Maria Holland

She heads the world’s biggest company dealing in hearing aids with 3,000 outlets in different countries. But when it comes to travelling, this octogenarian has the energy of a much younger person with having made 10 visits to India during the last 27 years.

The charm of India was so much for her that Anna Maria Holland, the president of Milan-based company Amplifon, has taken several excursions to the country since 1980.

“I feel warmth in the company of people here and a visit to the monasteries of Ladakh is sufficient to make you want to come here time and again,” says Anna who is here accompanying the Danish Ambassador on the inauguration of Widex corporate head office.

Anna says though she has visited many countries she makes it a point to visit India.

She says that during her next visit she wants to visit Shimla and Gangotri.

Anna has already visited Karnataka, Kerala, Mumbai, Agra, and Haridwar.

Her company is a leader in many countries, including USA, UK, Holland, France, Switzerland, Egypt, Hungary and Italy, with revenue of 613 millon euros last year, which is expected to touch 700 million euros during the current fiscal, says the octogenarian head of company.

“Though I was involved in the company founded by my husband Algernon Charles Holland, a British man, who decided to settle in Italy, I had to take up all the responsibilities when he stopped going to the office 20 years ago due to health reasons,” she says.

Talking about the company’s plans for India, she says they are looking at the potential for starting a joint venture here.

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Upcoming malls face parking woes
Malls 1 km from parking lot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Facilitating additional parking for the stakeholders in the conversion policy is proving to an expensive proposition for the Chandigarh Administration.

While the land rate in Industrial Area has touched Rs 28,000 per sq yard, the administration is converting three big chunk of land into temporary parking for the upcoming multiplexes-cum-malls.

At an estimated cost of Rs 64 lakh, the Municipal Corporation has been entrusted with the job of providing the parking. Sources in the administration reveal that the auction of the vacant plots could have easily fetched the Estate Office a few crore rupees. No auction of industrial plots has been held in the recent past by the Estate Office.

“There was no need to spend the money to be earned from the stakeholders on providing parking for the stakeholders. As per the norms, the owners of the malls should provide parking within their complex”, observed an official.

The financial loss to the administration apart, the selection of the parking lot at wrong sites has raised many an eyebrow. The parking lots are being developed at spots where there are no malls.

One particular spot is one in front of the Central Poultry Breeding Farm, adjoining the Chandigarh-Zirakpur highway.

At least two malls — the Central Mall and City Emporia — are at least 1 km away from the parking lot. “This means the administration wants the visitors to walk for over a kilometre to reach the malls,” observed an industrialist. The two other parking lots too would serve little purpose, observed an official undertaking development work at the spot.

Sources in the administration said work on the three temporary lots identified by the empowered committee was yet to start. Besides, these were located at some distance from the two malls.

On the other hand, the parking lots have not been identified in Industrial Area, Phase II, where 12 applications for conversion have been approved and a car showroom has already started working. Lakhs of rupees have already been paid by the applicants in Industrial Area, Phase II. But the work on the parking lots has not started yet.

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Replacement of BSF by CRPF in Jammu delayed
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Border Security Force (BSF) personnel deployed on counter-insurgency duties in Jammu region would have to stay put for at least another year or so.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which was supposed to replace the BSF, has expressed its inability to spare battalions for counter-insurgency duties in J&K.

Senior BSF officers said that the Jammu region is the only area in the state where the BSF is still deployed on counter-insurgency duties. Four BSF battalions are engaged in counter-terrorist operations in Riasi, Ramban and Udhampur districts. In other parts of the state, including the Kashmir Valley, the CRPF has replaced the BSF. “The CRPF was to have replaced BSF in Jammu region in 2006, but the scheduled was revised to September this year. Now again the programme has been extended by about a year,” a senior BSF officer said. “Apparently the CRPF has additional commitments in Chhattisgarh and its battalions earmarked for Kashmir are deployed there,” he added.

The BSF was involved in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir since 1991. Following a central government decision in 2004 the CRPF started replacing the BSF for counter-insurgency duties in the state. All BSF battalions were to be reverted to their primary role of guarding the international border.

The transition was ordered on the basis of the recommendations of the Group of Ministers set up after Kargil intrusions to suggest measures to strengthen the country's security system. The Group had suggested that each force be deployed for the duties it had been created for. The nodal force for internal security is the CRPF.

The BSF battalions in the counter-insurgency role are not deployed along the international border, but in the hinterland. Their task is to sanitize the area through which infiltrators from Samba and Rajouri sectors move on to Doda and the Kashmir valley. A number of anti-terrorist operations have been undertaken in this area by the BSF recently as several elements providing guides and shelter to terrorists are based there. Joint operations with the Rashtriya Rifles are also undertaken.

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Shimla hotel wins World Travel Award
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
It’s a complete break from the traditional Indian tourist circuit of forts, temples and beaches. Instead, Wildflower Hall, Shimla, is all about the scent of the earth, the fragrance of pines, feeling the wind in your hair and unwinding in nature’s lap. This and more makes Wildflower Hall a much-favoured destination with tourists looking for a streak of adventure in the miles of unspoilt quietude of the countryside.

And, standing testimony to this growing popularity of the hotel are the World Travel Awards which have placed Wildflower Hall at the top of the charts from among India’s best spa resorts for the third-year running.

Buoyed after this achievement, general manager of Wildflower Hall, David Mathews, says what makes his hotel different is that it’s not just another spa resort but a “wellness getaway” for tired souls.

“The award has brought with it the challenge of improving ourselves further because we realise that we are no longer in competition with the others but with ourselves,” he said here today.

Providing tourists a break from their structured lives, the hotel works on the mantra of “options galore sans compulsions” with activities ranging from river rafting on the surging Sutlej to horse riding to bicycling through picturesque pathways or walking forest trails. From just chilling out at the hotel to exploring the spa pavilions for revitalising the body and soul, the hotel has it all.

“However, unlike other resorts, we don’t tie down our clients in set packages. Our effort is to make tailor-made bouquets for each family depending on their interests. We choose to be more indicative than absolute in our package offers,” Mathews suggests.

Maintaining that Shimla does not exist in the “collective consciousness” of the tourist who takes to the hills as a last destination to end a vacation, he adds that their underlying mission, thus, becomes to market the state and bring in more tourists.

“We have seen the popularity grow in the last few years. From just about 3 per cent tourists in 2002, we have an occupancy rate of 30 per cent by foreign tourists at present. Interestingly, a growing number of Indian tourists are now coming, looking for adventure,” he says.

At the hotel, children below 12 years are an absolute “no-no”. “We have activity charts planned for the 12 years and above category, leaving no space for tiny-tots. So, our clientele is essentially adult and takes keenly to the activities on offer,” Mathews explains. 

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Motorists sensitised on safety steps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The police today launched “Courtesy Driving Week” and set up special nakas across the city not to book the violators, but to educate and sensitise them to obey traffic rules and regulations.

SP Traffic A.S. Ahlawat inaugurated the week at a function organised at the Sector 23 Children Traffic Park (CTP). The police said an awareness workshop for CTU bus drivers would be held at CTP on Tuesday.

Ahlawat said the theme of this drive was to sensitise the public about road safety and discipline. After the inauguration, the traffic police personnel, along with students and traffic marshals, were deputed on different roundabouts and intersections where road safety banners and placards were displayed and road safety literatures were distributed among road users.

Besides this, special nakas were organised for overspeeding and miscellaneous traffic offences where no challans were issued, but the violators were educated not to repeat the offences.

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Tension over demolition of burial ground wall
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 5
Tension prevailed at a burial ground in Mataur village today following the alleged demolition of a boundary wall by miscreants last night.

The Mohali police had stopped some villagers from constructing a boundary wall at the site yesterday following objection from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

GMADA officials had insisted that the boundary wall be constructed only after the area belonging to the burial ground was properly demarcated by GMADA.

However, the situation took a different turn this morning when members of these villages found the semi-constructed wall demolished. Undeterred, they began construction again but soon tension spread and the villagers gathered at the spot objecting to the construction of the wall.

The two groups resorted to stone pelting though there was no report of anyone being injured. The police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

According to Matour SHO Harsimran Singh Bal, a group of villagers was objecting to the construction of the wall, as it would block their direct link to the main road. On the other hand, the other group claimed ownership of that part of the land.

The issue was finally resolved following the constitution of a five-member committee each, of both the groups. The police asked the committees to find a solution to the problem by November 20. Till then, the situation at the site will remain as it is.

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House tax: Rebate for those who pay early
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
House tax bills will seem less burdensome this year with a 15 per cent rebate incentive awaiting the early birds.

Though it is pay up time for city residents with the municipal council having begun the process of sending house tax bills, residents paying within a month of the receipt of bills can avail themselves of a 15 per cent discount on the total.

There’s a flip side to this as well. For, those exceeding the one-month time period to pay up not only lose the opportunity of availing themselves of the discount offered but will also be required to cough up more than the bill.

“Those paying after a month of the receipt of the bill will be required to pay 10 per cent surcharge in addition to 12 per cent rate of interest. So, overall, they stand to lose over 25 per cent by forgoing the discount and paying an additional surcharge,” MC secretary O.P. Sihag said.

The council has already dispatched 25 per cent of the total bills for the period from April 1, 2007, to March 31, 2008, and the rest are in the pipeline.

While the council earns Rs 2.75 crore of the total Rs 4.5 crore from the tax on the 25,000-odd residential units, the rest comes from tax on commercial property.

“This will be the last payment we receive by way of house tax from owners of residential property. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has already announced that after March 31, 2008, no tax will be levied from owners of residential property,” Sihag added.

According to plan, the council will dispatch all bills by December-end to give enough time to the residents to make payments before the financial year ends. Widows with one residential unit without tenants, allreligious places and ex-servicemen are already exempted from house tax.

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Environmental Degradation
CJ asks corporates to set standards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Expressing serious concern over environmental degradation, Justice Vijender Jain, chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today underlined the need for corporate social responsibility to reduce the harmful effects of pollution on society.

Addressing a seminar on ‘Endangered Environment and Humanity’ organised by the Punjab Eco-friendly Association (PEFA) here today, Justice Jain claimed that the major cause of the environmental degradation was the lack of effective enforcement of various laws.

The companies should create a set of environmental principles and standards and must have environmental audit, he added.

Vice chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) M.S. Kang said though the production had gone up, yet it had been achieved at the cost of depleting water table, soil degradation and farmer suicides.

Punjab Advocate General H.S. Mattewal pleaded for the amicable solution to the water disputes in the national interest.

Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, a noted environmentalist, called for making the environmental protection a mass movement.

PEFA president Parambir Singh Bal said primary purpose of the association was to create awareness about the protection of environment among the general public.

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SSP comes to rescue of accident victim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Living up to it slogan, “We care for you”, it was none other than the UT SSP S.S. Srivastva himself, who today rushed an accident victim to the hospital in his official car this morning.

Sources in the police said the mishap took place at around 10 am on the road dividing Sectors 31 and 32 when a driver of Tata Indica car suffered a fit while driving and lost control over his vehicle. The car hit against the footpath.

The SSP was travelling in his car which was coming behind the Indica car. The SSP asked his men to stop the car and take care of the victim.

The victim, 30-year-old Amit of Sector 46, was travelling in his car along with his wife and child. He was hurt in the mishap and the SSP took him to the hospital in his car and instructed the escort vehicle to take care of the victim’s car.

The victim’s wife told the police that her husband was suffering from some ailment and it was the timely help, which saved his life.

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Rock Show
Forbidden Village, SS bands in final

Chandigarh, November 5
The fourth edition of the Hero Honda Motorola Campus Rock Idols for the regional selections of amateur bands was held at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, yesterday.

Over 30 bands participated in the Chandigarh regional selections and the shortlisted bands performed their way to victory. The two finalists, who will slug it out in the north zonal final with other regional finalist bands from Jaipur and Delhi, are SS and Forbidden Village.

Other participating bands were Heaven In Violence, Torsion, The Metamorphix, GOD, Shell Shocked, Silence, Scraphim and Harmonic Friction. — TNS

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Letters
Check rude behaviour of PGI staff

Some clerks of the PGI, posted at the OPD counters and at other public dealing points, behave rudely and don't cooperate with patients. They forget that it is a part of their duty to help patients.

Similarly, nurses also behave badly with the indoor patients. Poor and illiterate patients at the PGI should be attended/guided politely and if they do not understand once, nurses/clerks should not hesitate to explain the things again.

Such things should be checked sincerely. In my opinion, feedback on hospitality and behaviour of the staff should be taken from the patients while discharging them and measures should be adopted to put things in place. Training should be imparted to the staff in public dealing. Action against complaints and suggestions should be taken immediately. Employees’ ACRs should have mention of their behaviour.

Medical superintendent/ deputy medical superintendent should check the staff regularly. A suggestion box should be installed near the enquiry office.

Raheim Bakash, Mohali 

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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Two bikes, laptop stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Two motor cycles and a laptop were stolen from different parts of the city.

Ajay Sinha of Sector 21 reported to the police alleging that his motorcycle (HR-26-AF-0714) was stolen from his residence on October 26. In another incident, Sushil Kumar of Sector 47-A lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that his Hero Honda motor cycle (UP-78-AK-6827) was stolen from his residence on Sunday. Two separate cases of theft have been registered.

Amit Chaudhary of Sector 35 reported to the police alleging that his laptop was stolen from Sector 17, Parade Ground on Sunday. A case of theft has been registered.

Abduction

A resident of Shahpur Colony, Sector 38-West lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Rajiv Kumar of the locality had abducted his daughter from his residence on Saturday. A case has been registered.

Injured

A motorcyclist, Dinesh Bahadur of Sector 29-C, suffered injuries after being hit by a truck near Kalibari Traffic Lights Point on Saturday. The victim was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The police has arrested the truck driver, Swaran Singh of Ropar in this connection.

In another incident, a scooterist Gagandeep Kaur of Phase I, Mohali, sustained injuries after being knocked down by a car near S D Mandir, Sector 37. She was admitted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital. The police arrested car driver Satish Kumar of Sector 43 on the charges of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving.

Cheating

Chander Prabha Batra of Sector 35-B reported to the police alleging that D K Aggarwal, director, Laxmi Vatika Limited, Sector 22-B, had taken Rs 10,000 from her for buying a plot in Sector 70, Mohali. However, he neither he got the deal executed nor returned her money. A case of cheating has been registered.

In another incident, Kosha Jain of Sector 36 reported to the police alleging that Sudeep Singh Sabarwal, director Nector Co-Operative House Building Society, Sector 34, had taken Rs 2, 26,000 from the complainant for buying her plot in Baddi. He neither executed the deal nor returned her money. A case has been registered.

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Cyber Crime
Cheating case registered
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
Internet shoppers attracted to offers of “cheap branded products” need to be wary of cheats.

The local police today registered a case of fraud against cheats operating on e-bay (website) illegally. The case has been registered on the complaint of e-bay’s security expert Krishan Mohan, who said a person or a group of persons were defrauding the public by offering heavy discounts on branded electronics.

Explaining the modus operandi of the cheats, SP Sandeep Khirwar said they had received a complaint that somebody had registered himself as a seller on the e-bay site. He offered laptops of Sony’s Vaio at very low rates. Perspective buyers interested in the offer placed their orders and deposited the money in a bank account in Panchkula.

However, on not receiving their items, they contacted e-bay and informed the police. On investigation, it was found that there were no registered sellers of e-bay by the names mentioned by the complainants, thus, exposing the racket. The police is investigating the matter though a case has been registered against Ashok Mehta, Sanjiv Bansal and Viruram Bansal. It is still unknown if one person is operating under different names or a gang is responsible for this fraud.

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374 cases of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

CIA staff and the district police team inspect the liquor recovered from a truck at  Dera Bassi
CIA staff and the district police team inspect the liquor recovered from a truck at  Dera Bassi. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, November 5
The CIA staff, in collaboration with the district police, recovered 374 cases of IMF liquor from a truck at Dera Bassi.

DSP (D) Balwinder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, inspector, CIA staff, Mohali, SI Surjit arrested truck driver Surjit Singh of Jammu.

The cases were hidden under bags filled with ash and were being taken from Chandigarh to Rajasthan.

A penalty of Rs 1 lakh was imposed under Section 61A of the Excise Act and the liquor was confiscated.

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Food inspector held

Chandigarh, November 5
The police has arrested a food inspector allegedly for storing kerosene in his house illegally. The accused has been identified Gian Chand, a resident of Sector 48.

According to the police, the house of Gian Chand was raided on a specific information and 150 litre of kerosene was seized from his house. A case has been registered under the Essential Commodities Act. — TNS

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Denmark bullish on India
To invest in wind energy, food processing, agriculture
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Danish companies are interesting in investing more in India after focusing on China during the last decade as the economy of the country has been libaralised during the past few years. This was stated by Ole Lonsmann Poulsen, ambassador of Denmark to India, here today.

Poulsen, who took over the charge of Danish Embassy last year, was here to inaugurate the corporate head office of Widex, a hearing aids manufacturing Danish company.

“In the previous decade, we witnessed the flood of foreign investments flowing into China, we now see a significant interest n the India as well,” said Poulsen, adding that, “the major area of investment can be the wind energy, food processing, and agriculture”.

The negotiations for Danish investments in West Bengal were already on and it held a vast potential in other regions also, said Poulsen.

A Danish business booklet - Denmark in India 2007-2008- is being brought out for the first time and it is expected that the trade between both countries will increase more than 10 per cent, added the diplomat.

Earlier, T. S. Anand, managing director, Widex India, which occupies more than 60 per cent market share in the digital hearing aids segment in India, said the company was also looking for space in Chandigarh to set up an institute “Widex Institute for Speech & Hearing” to train audiologist in Chandigarh and would offer B.Sc and M.Sc degree to them after getting affiliation from Panjab or Manipal University.

Widex is planning to increase its market share and set up a manufacturing facility for computer-aided shells for hearing aids, which will begin its operations from May, 2008, said Anand.

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