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Post-Poll Violence
Four SOPU leaders booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Despite elaborate security arrangements, post-elections violence erupted on Panjab University campus past midnight last night. Hooligans damaged cars and vandalised the vice-chancellor’s residence. This went on for over three hours on the campus and the police failed to react, alleged VC Prof R.C. Sobti.

There were 50 armed police personnel on the campus on night patrol. Three police control room vehicles were also deployed.

Miscreants smashed the windows of two cars parked outside Hostel No. 6 and damaged two other cars outside Hostel No 7. The cars belonged to supporters of PUSU who went to the VC’s residence to report the matter.When the VC failed to turn up, the protesters turned violent and vandalised his residence.

The protesters smashed a glasswindow, broke flower pots and tore off the VC’s nameplate in the presence of police personnel, who chose to remain mere spectators. The miscreants also thrashed security guards Bhupinder and Varinder deployed outside the residence.

Meanwhile, it was allegations and counter-allegations throughout the day today with representatives of both parti6

es giving different versions of the story. “Students and supporters of PUSU and INSO were celebrating victory at Hostel No. 6 when three cars carrying SOPU supporters arrived there. The SOPU activists started smashing cars of PUSU supporters. They were armed with with swords and lathis.

Vikas Rathi, president of INSO, said all this happened in presence of the policemen deployed in the university. “We feared for our lives and the VC was not available. His indifference provoked our supporters and the situation turned violent ”.

Harpreet Multani of SOPU had an entirely different tale to tell. He claimed that four SOPU supporter were bashed up in Hostel No. 6 and when they ran to save themselves, members of PUSU pelted stones at them which hit their cars.

“In order to save their skin, they lodged a false complaint with the police against us,” he said. He claimed he was away in Kishangarh when the incident took place.

The police has registered a case of rioting, damaging property, obstructing a government servant from discharging duty and criminal intimidation against Harpreet Multani, Varinder Dhillon, Navin Chahal and Uday Bhan on a complaint by PUSU activist Bhupinder Singh.



‘Rawalpindi Express’ draws loudest cheers
G. S. Paul\TNS

Chandigarh, November 6
India and Pakistan teams arrived at hotel Taj GVK, Sector 17, here this evening. The teams will play their second ODI at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on November 8.

The teams arrived at the hotel four hours behind schedule. It seemed an endless wait for mediapersons and hundreds of fans who had gathered outside Taj since 4.30 pm. Sources said the teams got late because they tried their hand at a shooting range at Guwahati this morning.

Hotel Taj has turned into a fortress. It has been sealed.

Yuvraj’s sparkling yellow BMW parked at the hotel porch drew attention. Hotel sources said the local lad has arrived earlier and was taking rest in his room. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s wife Dr Anjali was spotted with daughter Sarah and son Arjun.

Yuvraj made a brief appearance in the lobby and waved at his fans. Then, at 7.40 pm walked in the Shoaib Malik-led Pakistan team.

Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar received the loudest applause from the gathering. Clearly, he has bowled them over already.The Pindi boy has lent glamour to the Pakistan team. After the Pakistan team came Sourav Ganguly and team members. Both teams were greeted by an army of fans amid heavy security arrangements.

Without giving the waiting media personnel an opportunity to interact, the teams scurried out of the lobby through a side exit and went to their hotel rooms. It was a disappointing wait for dozens of reporters and television crew members as the players steered clear of pleasantries with them.

The teams will sweat it out at the Mohali nets tomorrow- the Pakistan team at 10 am and Team India will 3 pm.



India-Pak ODI
Residents moan under heavy security
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 6
Residents of the town were unnecessarily inconvenienced today with the Mohali police going overboard in controlling the traffic flow on the road opposite the PCA Stadium. The outer barricading of the road, which is generally done on the day of the match, was done today itself — two days prior to the match.

Worst affected were those who live and work near the stadium besides the regular commuters.

No vehicle was allowed to go near the stadium other than of those on duty at the venue of the India-Pak tie. Cars were diverted to parallel roads and the police stopped even cyclists and school students on foot.

This newspaper office was flooded with calls from residents alleging misbehaviour by the police. “I live opposite the Phase IX market. The police has barricaded entry to the lone link point to our cluster of 80 houses from both the sides. When I came out of the house, the police stopped me. I had to argue with them for almost half-an-hour to allow me to go. The entire unsavoury experience was repeated on my return,” said Tarun, a resident of Phase IX.

“I can understand this kind of barricading on the day of the match but here the whole city is being held to ransom for a match,” said a Punjab School Education Board employee.

During a match, the police generally follows a three-ring security system. The first two security rings are in place three days prior to the match and the outermost security ring, which is the most tiresome for residents, is put in place only on the day of the match. But this time, the outermost barricading has been put in place two days before the match.

Almost the entire police force of the district was present at the stadium today. While the SSP, Mohali, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, some policemen on duty pointed out that the security had been tightened due to the arrival of the Pakistan cricket team. The team, however, arrived only after 7.30 pm, even as the city residents fretted and fumed through the day trying to find a way to go around the stadium.



Flight Cancellation
Spicejet told to pay Rs 55,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today directed Spicejet airlines to pay a compensation of Rs 55,000 to a city resident and his family for cancelling flight and not refunding the ticket money. Gulati Travel Services were fined Rs 5, 000 in the same case.

The forum said: “Spicejet and all other airlines are directed through this general order to refund the ticket amount to passengers to allow them to travel by another airlines if they choose to do so.”

Further, Spicejet and Gulati Travel Services were directed to pay Rs 51,000 as litigation cost to Dr Bhagat Singh Sherawat, a resident of Sector 19 here.

Sherawat had got four tickets of Spicejet booked on Septamber 28, 2006 for a nine-day family tour. The flight was to leave on December 23, 2006 to Banglore from Delhi. He purchased the return tickets of Indian Airlines, which were non-refundable.

On reaching Delhi, Sherawat was told the flight had been cancelled as the previous flights were running late due to fog. The IA flights that were scheduled from Delhi to Banglore were leaving on schedule.

The customer care centre of the airlines advised Sherawat to purchase the tickets of the next available flight on December 26 via Pune. Subsequently, he asked the authorities for a refund. The request was refused.

Sherawat had to stay at Faridabad for three days. During this period he claimed to have spent about Rs 15,000 on account of hotel, conveyance and other charges.



VB surveys Chimney Heights

Mohali, November 6
A team of the vigilance bureau carried out property assessment of Chimney Heights, a marriage resort owned by former Punjab DGP S.S.Virk.

The team led by DSP Parminder Khaira remained at the resort through the day and carried out a thorough search. The team was accompanied by a technical experts, including architects, revenue officials and engineers. The resort, spread over several acres, is worth crores and is run by a restaurant owner following a lease agreement with the Virks. — TNS



Diwali Mela
Bedazzle with beads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Come Diwali and driving on Chandigarh roads becomes a race in which chances are that the pedestrian will win. Specially the roads leading to the Diwali Shopping Mela and Kids Carnival, Sector 34, and the fair in Sector 17.

And why not? After all, it’s the time to buy gifts for your near and dear ones and where else, in one place, can you find a choice of dazzling fare that suits all pockets and tastes?

At a stall in Sector 34 that no lady misses sits D. R. Yadav amidst his colourful precious and semi-precious stones strung together to form alluring neck pieces, danglers and bracelets. Nina, a connoisseur of stones with a Ph.D in geology, gushes, “Yadavji’s necklaces of precious stones like rubies, diamonds and sapphires are genuine and competitively priced.”

Among the semi-precious variety are the beautiful purple amethyst, green and red jade, maroon garnet, quartz, clear crystal, yellow-brown tiger’s eye, indigo lapis lazuli and blue aquamarine.

Welcoming all customers with a ready smile, Yadav says he has been regularly coming to Chandigarh exhibitions for the past one and a half years with new designs and stones as well as the regular classic strings.

“Chandigarh women are very style conscious and they like to accessorise their clothing with colourful stones. I do good business here since my range starts from Rs 10 for an earring pair or a bracelet that most college-going girls pick to a couple of thousand for the Victorian design sets studded with emeralds and rubies,” he adds.

Attractive knick-knacks

Another stall that a customer with a discerning eye cannot miss is Gurjeet Kaur’s collection. It’s a virtual haven of small, but useful, knick-knacks that everyone needs to transform a house into a warm home. Very few can resist the charm of a touch of a striking curtain or an embellished cushion or a rug, a beaded coaster or perfumed candle. If bags are your weakness, the handmade printed ones with embroidery are sure to catch your eye even as the belts and stoles with mirror-work dangle tantalisingly.

“It is gratifying to see customers value my products that I have painstakingly collected from wherever I heard good things were available,” smiles the pretty Gurjeet.

Charity with business

Happy with the response of the residents, the Mittal brothers of Mittal and Company, the organisers say that the traders are delighted as they have done good business. The cooperation from the Chandigarh Administration and MC in controlling traffic has gone a long way in the mela’s success.

Having put together such melas for eight years, they say that they have offered discounts to some needy traders, like one suffering from cancer, and the khadi stall to promote cottage industry. This time the cup-jhoola ride for children and their 250-foot gate are some of the main attractions.



Beware! Your mithai may be adulterated
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Dry fruits and sweets are a rage with the city residents during the festive season
Dry fruits and sweets are a rage with the city residents during the festive season. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, November 6
For the past few days, the columns have been agog with reports of adulterated milk and khoya being seized in the region. With the onset of festive season, the demand of milk and milk products has increased. Reports estimate that million litres of adulterated milk is produced daily in Uttar Pradesh and consumed in the nearby states. Even its adulterated by-products like khoya and paneer are sold in different states.

What is surprising is that nobody bothered to check the quality of such an important item of daily consumption, may be because there is no coordination between health departments of the states and shortage of trained staff to detect adulteration. There is also lack of awareness at all levels.

Tests to detect adulteration

  • If milk is adulterated only with water, it can be easily detected by putting a drop of it on a smooth glass. Pure milk flows slowly leaving a whitish trail, whereas diluted milk will run down quickly leaving no mark
  • If milk, khoya and paneer are adulterated with starch or other thickening agent it can be detected by adding a few drops of iodine. If the milk turns blue, it proves the presence of starch
  • Silver paper used on sweets is often substituted with polished aluminium foil. On ignition, silver paper will burn away completely, leaving a shining white ball of the same mass, while aluminium sheet leaves a blackish-grey ash behind

Diwali happens to be the top most festival for the halwais as the sales of sweets pick up.

Investigations by The Tribune reveal that on every Diwali at least 8 lakh sweet boxes (1 kg each) are being sold in Chandigarh. Besides, some shopkeepers procure sweets like dhodha and rasgulla from nearby states.

As the demand for dairy products increases, the unscrupulous elements start procuring adulterated foodstuff from nearby states.

The city has nearly 150-odd sweetmeat shops. With such a big market of sweets, the halwais start procuring dairy products well in advance. In the process, the quality of the sweets often gets compromised.

The modus operandi of preparing adulterated milk is simple. Milkmen churn the cream from the milk and convert it into ghee. The skimmed milk is then treated with a mixture of refined oil and fat to give it the required thickness.

A senior official in the health department maintains the administration has neither the will nor the time to check the sale of adulterated milk. The sampling of milk is not done before 7 am and after 5 pm during the period when the milkmen supply milk to the residents.

Most of the vendors use their connections to prevent sampling. Even milkmen have formed unions to put pressure on the administration.

As per the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, there has to be a food inspector for a population of every 50,000. Most of the posts of food inspector in the city are lying vacant.

Inquiries reveal that the health department has no record of number of vehicles entering the city daily carrying foodstuff like panner, khoya, etc.

Most of the food inspectors have been in the field for a number of years now and they have developed their “vested” interests.

Most of the shopkeepers even use their “right connections” to stop sampling. Some of the traders are close to the councillors and the officials. Thus pressure from all sides mounts if the department collects samples.

Doctors warn that the adulterated milk and khoya can affect the human body’s immune system. They say the presence of certain chemicals has carcinogenic effects.

“Adulterated milk is a slow poison and children get poisoned from the very first day,” they say.

As a conscious consumer, you have the right to complain to the health officer against any adulteration. Adulteration of food is a punishable offence under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.

Remember, indifference encourages adulteration and can even cause serious harm to you and to your family.



Dua: Lack of political will hinders growth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Stressing on the need for better transparency, accountability and equal sharing of power for making democracy a success in the country, academicians and intelligentsia, attending a seminar on “Democracy, Development and Judiciary” at CRRID in Sector 19 today called for an all-out effort to protect the rule of law.

The day-long seminar was attended by Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj, Panjab University’s former Vice-Chancellor R.P. Bambah, The Tribune’s Editor-in-Chief H.K. Dua, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Vijender Jain and Punjab’s Advocate-General Hardev Singh Mattewal.

Addressing a select gathering, the speakers said the entire system was failing with corruption prevailing in almost all fields. They added that the executive, legislature and judiciary had to work together to make democracy all the more productive. They also laid stress on introspection to identify the faults within the system and a solution to the existing problems.

Dua said judiciary and democratic society had to work together for ensuring development. Elaborating, he asserted that the judiciary was protecting the initiatives taken in interest of the people by safeguarding against arbitrariness. Judicary, he said, was strong and had withstood the test of time. He added that lack of political will was the only impediment to development.

Agreeing, Mattewal said though judiciary had come up to the people’s expectations, all was not entirely well. The need of the hour was better transparency and accountability besides having people of integrity at the helm of affairs.

Chief Justice Jain said democracy had not changed the lives of millions of ordinary people in the country, who were still unable to read, write, drink clean water, or earn a decent living. “In democracies, elections are necessary to legitimise the state; but there is a life beyond elections, which must be ensured,” the Chief Justice said.

He added that the moral foundations of the Indian state had been eroded by electoral fraud, money politics, steady criminalisation of the political system, and increasing corruption in public life. “This has to stop, if democracy has to succeed,” he asserted. The Chief Justice concluded by saying: There needs to be a fundamental re-examination of the approaches that we have adopted to enforce the rule of law. There is need to critically examine the effectiveness of the Indian democracy, given the fact that corruption is institutionalised in all the spheres of governance.



Rent Act Imbroglio
Beopar mandal turns to politicians for bailout
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Servic

Chandigarh, November 6
The Chandigarh administration's recent decision to send the controversial rent Act notification to Parliament for approval is set to generate political heat in the coming weeks.

The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM), representative body of city traders, decided to convene an all-party meeting at a general body meeting yesterday on the issue to evolve a consensus for the framing of a balanced rent Act to "protect" the interests of the traders and commercial tenants.

We fail to understand why the notification, which was struck down by the Supreme Court recently, was sent to the central government without any consultation with the traders, CBM president Charanjiv Singh told The Tribune.

With mid-term poll a distinct possibility in the wake of the stand-off between the Congress and the Left, the local traders obviously want to put up a united front before the political parties. A general view among the traders is that given the political clout prominent traders wielded in the local political arena, the CBM could "force" the political parties to toe the traders' line.

"Anyway we are demanding a just and balanced rent Act taking care of the needs of both the landlords and the tenants," said Diwakar Sahoonja, CBM general secretary and spokesman.

Charanjiv Singh reiterated the mandal's commitment to give representation to every market and trade association of Chandigarh to put up a united front in the wake of the entry of major corporates in the retail sector.

Meanwhile, president of the Asian Education Society Ashwani Luthra delivered a talk on excelling in retail and marketing and importance of bringing professionalism in the retail business.



SAFMA condemns arrest of Pak chapter’s chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) has expressed shock over the detention of its founding secretary-general Imtiaz Alam in Lahore on November 5.

Terming the detention as “sudden and illegal”, the presidents of all national SAFMA chapters in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have condemned the Pakistani authorities in keeping Alam in habius corpus for over 36 hours without furnishing any charges and keeping him in incommunicado without giving access to his legal attorney and his family.

In a statement issued here, SAFMA has also noted with “concern” the general adverse conditions for the Pakistani mass media under the enforcement of emergency rule. It has urged the government of Pakistan to refrain from attempting to muzzle or otherwise constrain the media of Pakistan and thereby deprive the citizens of their due right to information and facility of expression.

Calling upon the Pakistani government to respect international standards of freedom of expression and rights of the media, SAFMA has also expressed concern that the current enforcement of emergency in Pakistan is resulting in the widespread violation of human rights through the mass arrests of lawyers, rights and political activists, journalists and other professionals.

Stating that SAFMA does not feel that the suppression of political activity and the abuse of human rights and democratic norms will genuinely help attain the goal of eliminating terror, the statement also claimed that the police had “kidnapped”, Imtiaz Alam during the morning hours and kept him shifting from one police station to another.

Before his arrest Imtiaz Alam had condemned the proclamation of emergency.



A reformed drug addict turns saviour
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Tejinder Walia, a former drug addict, who created hell for his family for over 23 years, is on a unique mission to help the drug addicts come out of the deadly dragnet of drugs.

In fact, an Amritsar-based businessman’s wisdom group has been spearheading a silent revolution against the drug abuse in the holy city by making the scores of former drug addicts sober ‘one day at a time’.

Tejinder’s who started with beer to get that kick in early 1970s is heart-rending. “From beer and whisky I soon graduated to the drugs and became their slave,” Tejinder told The Tribune on the sidelines of the screening of Reema Anand’s documentary on drug abuse —‘Punjab: The enemy within’ here recently.

Before Tejinder could realise the gravity of dual use problem — drugs and alcohol- it was too late. Loss in the business and reputation could not deter him. “With shortage of money staring me in the face, I once even thought of selling my daughter to get my stuff for the daily kick,” he said with a choked voice.

“I mentally raped my family for 23 years. Daily torture forced my wife to pray for my death. I wanted to leave the drugs but there seemed to be no way out,” he said.

However, a stint at a drug addiction centre changed his life for better. Now clean for over eight years, Tejinder’s only aim is to help the still-suffering drug addicts and enjoys every moment of life.

Acknowledging the role of his wife in his sobriety, Tejinder is now preparing for his daughter’s marriage. It is God’s grace and my wife’s rock solid support, which saw me through in those turbulent days, a grateful Tejinder added.



Admn bullies cracker vendors
Forces them to pay for fund to get licence
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 6
The district administration, ahead of Diwali, “bullied” cracker vendors to cough up “hefty” donations in the name of child welfare fund, here today, to get their licences for setting up cracker stalls.

While the number of stalls were rationed and cut down to 50 instead of the usual 100 plus stalls set up in Sectors 14 and 5, the district administration, further, restricted their area of operation to Sector 5 only.

Ruing the new process of issuing of licences, the vendors said they were in a catch-22 situation wherein they were forced to given in to the “bullying and blackmailing” tactics of the district administration since they had already bought their stock of crackers.

“Under normal circumstances, we pick up the stock only after getting licences for selling crackers. However, this time, after applying for the licence, we bought our stocks because the administration told us that they would be able to give our licence only by November 7. With only two days to go for Diwali after that and sales peaking, we bought our stock in advance,” explained Jatinder Kumar.

Another vendor, Roshan, said they usually take their stock on loan and make the payments after the sales are over. “Now, we are saddled with the stock of crackers because selling it has become a compulsion. We have to make payments to the wholesalers and can do so only if we sell our stock. This arrangement of forced contributions has been thrust upon us,” he added.

Vendors stated since they have already invested Rs 20,000-40,000 in the crackers, they have to sell these even at a loss because after Diwali they are worth nothing. “Till last year, we used to get the licences on payment of a fee of Rs 150 only. Suddenly, without provocation, the district administration has come up with this forced contribution. They should have announced the same well in time so that we were saved the trouble of investing in the stocks,” they said.

SDM Varinder Dahiya who “auctioned” the stalls, gave away the front row stalls to those who paid Rs 10,000 per stall towards the child welfare fund while 40 others were given second row stalls for a donation of Rs 5,000.

Vendors said this was the first time that the district administration had changed all rules much to their shock and without any prior notice. They were also critical of the fact that stalls had been disallowed in the Sector 16 and 14 markets.

Meanwhile, SDM, when contacted, claimed that the decision to auction the fire cracker stalls was taken as there were over 200 applications and 50-60 stalls were to be allotted for the festival season.

The money collected through the auction of the stalls would be deposited in the child welfare fund, he added.



Fauji Beat
Withdraw Army from internal security duties: Panel

THE parliamentary committee on defence has recommended to the government that the Army should be withdrawn from the internal security (IS) duties and this responsibility should be handed over to the paramilitary and state police forces.

In a similar recommendation last year, the committee had said there should be a separate specialised force to handle IS operations, including terrorism.

Since the paramilitary forces are not trained and equipped to deal with well-trained terrorists, ex-servicemen should be inducted into the paramilitary and police forces, says the committee’s report. It also says that by adopting this measure, the government will save a lot of money that is being spent on training paramilitary and state police forces as well as on pension that is paid to ex-servicemen.

The point has been put across to the government several times but every time it has met with rejection. The reason is that the government wants the paramilitary forces to have a separate entity. This is because of the inherent bias of the government that a strong Army will not augur well for it. The Army, in all probability, will continue to be committed on counterinsurgency operations.

OTA Chennai

Located at St Thomas Mount in the suburbs of Chennai, the Officers Training Academy (OTA) was established as the Officers Training School (OTS) in 1962 to train emergency commissioned officers. In 1965, it started training short service commissioned officers. And in January 1988, the OTS was re-christened as OTA. The campus of the OTA sprawls over about 650 acres and its buildings are of 1815 to 1952 vintage. The Madras Presidency Army of the British was located here once. Some new buildings have been constructed recently.

The OTA trains both gentlemen cadets (GCs) and lady cadets (LCs) together for 49 weeks in each course for the short service commission. It was for the first time in the history of the Indian Army that women officers’ training was started at the OTA in September 1992, for their induction into the administrative services. But their training period was extended from 26 weeks to 49 weeks only from the last course that started in October.

Mohali polyclinic

On an average, 275 patients come to the ECHS polyclinic in Chandigarh daily. Of them, over 50 per cent are from Mohali. Having realised more than a year ago that Mohali should have its own polyclinic, efforts were made by the higher authorities to get the Solan polyclinic shifted to Mohali. The case got stuck at the ministry of defence a few months ago. The factor that worked against this move was that the Solan polyclinic was the only one between the Shimla polyclinic and the Chandimandir one.

Mohali will have to go without a polyclinic till at least April 2008. — Pritam Bhullar




Railway station in a mess

The Chandigarh railway station is in a dilapidated condition. Its parking area is a sheer picture of neglect. However, even those who come to drop passengers at the station are charged for parking.

Platform No.1 looks like a marketplace with a large number of advertisement boards, which eclipse the signboards carrying important information. Even the tourist guide counter has been removed and enquiry counters provide little help to the passengers.

Manjula Kiran

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Woman ‘hypnotised’, duped of ornaments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
An unidentified man and a woman duped an elderly woman of her ornaments worth about Rs 60,000 after allegedly “hypnotising” her near Hotel South End rotary in Sector 35 here this morning.

The victim, Raj Rani of Sector 43, alleged that she was coming from Mansa Devi Temple and had alighted from an auto-rickshaw, which she took from Sector 17 ISBT near the Hotel South End rotary at 10:30 am. She started walking towards her home and on the way, a man apparently in his mid-twenties inquired about some place. She told him the way and also told him to take an auto-rickshaw. Thereafter, she began feeling giddy. At the same time, a woman who looked to be in her forties, approached her and handed over to her a kerchief containing bangles, which she accepted.

Unable to make out what was happening with her, Raj Rani kept on walking and the woman also accompanied her. The woman started removing her bangles, a diamond ring and a gold ring. One of the rings, which was stuck tightly on her finger, when removed caused bruises. Even then, she could not react to the incident and when she did try to raise the alarm, she could not utter anything.

It was after five minutes of the incident that Raj Rani regained consciousness and raised the alarm. A scooterist stopped for her help and informed the police. The police swung into action and rounded up several persons, but the woman could not identify the accused. Meanwhile, a case has been registered.



Thief leaves behind stolen cells
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
It was a rare case, in which the thief did not flee with stolen articles even after breaking into a shop.

According to the police, Sanjay Kumar, a Sector 22-based shopkeeper, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that mobile phones were stolen from his shop. He found his shop ransacked this morning and called the police. The police found that the lock of the main entry door was opened by using a key.

The police later recovered six mobile phones from near the shop and suspected that it was the handiwork of some insider, who wanted to project that the theft was committed by an outsider. Later he failed to act according to his design and changed his mind.

A case has been registered.


Rumi Ram of Housing Board Colony, Dhanas, reported to the police alleging that his wallet containing Rs 25,000 was stolen from his residence on November 5. In another incident, Nand Ji Sharma of Daria village lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a gold tikka, a gold nose pin, a gold earring, a silver kangan, a ‘pajaib’ were stolen from his home on November 5. Cases, in both instances, have been registered.

Theft at shop

Jasbir Singh of NAC, Manimajra, reported that an electric meter was stolen from his shop in NAC Manimajra on Monday. In another incident, Baldev Raj of Sector 19-D here filed a complaint with the police alleging that electronic material was stolen from his house in Sector 9 on October 26 by breaking the bolt.

Cases have been registered in both instances.

Car stolen

Sham Lal Jairath of Sector 19-B here reported that his Maruti Alto car (CH-03-Z-9609) was stolen from his residence on November 3. A case has been registered.



Ex-serviceman commits suicide

Dera Bassi, November 6
A 52-year-old ex-serviceman allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison. According to the police, Ramji Lal, a resident of Mukandpur, was facing allegations of harassment.

Jasbir Singh of the same village had given a complaint to the police on November 3 that Ramji Lal, worked as a bank guard in Lalru, was harassing him. Ramji Lal was reportedly disturbed due to the charges levelled against him.

The victim was rushed to the GMCH in Sector 32 where he was declared “brought dead.” On way to the hospital, he told his brother that the allegations against him were false and he could no longer suffer the humiliation. Hence, he had decided to take poison.

The police said Jasbir and Ramji Lal belonged to rival groups in the village. The police has started inquest proceedings. — TNS



Denmark has investment potential: Envoy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Ole Lonsmann Poulsen, Ambassador of Denmark, addressed a session on “Bilateral Trade between India and Denmark-Opportunities and Prospects for Growth” held at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry this evening.

Addressing a gathering of prominent industrialists, the ambassador stated that Denmark offered vast opportunities for investment. “Reliance has already set up a textile and polyster unit there, which employs 50 people. Similarly many other Indian companies are also finding investment opportunities in Denmark, which is growing.”

“I see investment opportunities in five main areas,” he said. The first is maritime co-operation. It is already the largest area of co-operation between India and Denmark. Renewable energy is another area one can explore. We are already the world leaders in wind energy and have 40 per cent of the world market share in it. Life sciences, creative sector and information and communication technology are some of the others developing areas of investment.

Hoping that both the countries could profit from their respective expertise and experience, he hoped to return to the city soon.



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