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Diwali turns sour for many
Over 150 reach hospitals with eye, burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The night of Diwali turned into dark for many as more than 150 persons reached different hospitals of the city with eye and burn injuries. Four of the injured, including three children, has lost one of their eyes, said doctors.

Those who lost their vision in their one eye include Mohit (12) from Guhla Cheeka, Kaithal, Munish (11) from Gharaunda, Babbu Singh (18) from Bathinda and Ashok Narang (50) from Saharanpur.

While 26 patients were admitted to the Advance Eye Centre of the PGI, two others were treated for burn injuries. Similarly, 100 people reached Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, (GMSH), Sector 16, and 32 others were treated at Government Medial College and Hospital, (GMCH), Sector 32.

It seemed that the rallies and programmes held by schools in and around the city to sensitise the children regarding the risks involved in cracker bursting as well as the air pollution had negligible effect as the number of injured reaching hospitals this year was 50 per cent high than the last year. A total of 107 persons had wheeled in the city hospitals for the treatment of injuries caused by crackers last year.

Madhu Vanshi (8), a student of Government High School, Sector 24, got injuries on his eye when she tried to burst bomb without the knowledge of his parents. “I tried to burst it when it exploded before I could get away”, informed the child.

Other children, who got serious injuries in their eyes included Gaurav (13) of Sector 44, Karan (13) of Sector 8, Sohab (3) of Kajheri village, Chandigarh, Ajay (10), Happy (7), from Samrala, Mohit (12) from Guhla Cheeka and Munish (11) from Ghraunda.

Though all elders admitted to the PGI from different parts of the region incluidng Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh were spectators or passersby.

Ashok (50), a resident of Saharanpur, was hit by a rocket in his eye when he was watching the Diwali celebrations from the balcony of the first floor of his house. Similarly, Naresh (52) from Khanna got injured, witnessing the cracker bursting on the roads near his home. However, Gurmit (42) from Bade Chhlian near Ropar fell the victim of crakers while escorting his children when they were bursting the crackers at home.

A housewife Poonam (35) was injured when she was collecting the clothes lying outside her home at Dera Bassi.

Four of the injured had already lost their vision and 11 others admitted had injuries in their eyes, said Dr Sushmita, assistant professor, Department of Ophthalmology, PGI. The remaining patients were suffered with minor injuries, informed the ophthalmologist.

Among 100 patients reported at GMSH with injuries due to crackers last night, 23 had suffered eye injuries. Five of them were referred to the PGI while others with minor burn injuries had been treated at the hospital.

At GMCH, a 32-year-old resident of Sumaki village near Kurukshetra was admitted with 35 per cent burn injuries on her face, neck and hands. Babli was injured when her clothes caught fire by crackers being burst near her home.

Other 31 patients from the tricity, including 13 patients with eye injuries and 18 with burns reached the hospital were discharged immediately after providing treatment, said Dr Harsh Mohan, medical superintendent, GMCH.



Hospitality charms ‘Men in Green’
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
After exhibiting a splendid game on the PCA pitch, both “Men in Blue and Green”, today left the city for third ODI at Kanpur , which is scheduled for November 11.
Sachin Tendulkar leaves Hotel Taj to board a bus for the airport in Chandigarh
Sachin Tendulkar leaves Hotel Taj to board a bus for the airport in Chandigarh on Saturday. — ribune photo by Vinay Malik

After scripting an ardent win over Team India, the elated Pakistan team members, especially Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar, were highly impressed with the Punjabi hospitality and the whole set-up for this high-profile match. The players also celebrated Diwali and enjoyed movie here.

Shoaib Malik said, “It is almost the same as it is in Lahore. The people here are very warm and hospitable”. Afridi was impressed with the architectural splendour of the city. “ It is for the fourth time I am visiting the city. It is always excited to be in the really well-planned and neat and clean city.”

Younis Khan expressed that he would remember this place, especially this time for stroking the all-important century here. “I think my century will remain in peoples’ heart for some time”, said Younis.

However, some Indian cricketers, including Zaheer, Harbhajan, Sreesanth, R.P. Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag left the city yesterday. Yuvraj stayed at his home in Panchkula and joined the team at the Chandigarh airport only.

Hundreds of fans were disappointed for not been able to get autographs of their favourites except a privileged few like a physically challenged fan Naveen. Pakistan players obliged this 15-year-old fan with autographs and photographs too.

The masterblaster Sachin Tendulkar and Irfan Pathan got the loudest cheers from the crowd. However, amid the tight security, they just chose to whisked away towards the bus without talking to anyone.

Another fan Dharamvir was privileged enough to get the white ball he brought autographed by Akhtar.

“Earlier, he was reluctant to sign on the ball but when I show him my rare collection of autographed miniature bats and letters, he got impressed and signed the ball”, said Dharamvir.

The police personnel were seen quite relieved after the teams reached the airport. DSP Baljit S. Chadha said.

It’s movie time

Team India players M.S. Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan and Sachin Tendulkar, along with wife Anjali and kids Arjun and Sarah, yesterday watched the afternoon show of “Om Shanti Om”, at Fun Republic. Later in the evening, the burst crackers and enjoyed a poolside party at Hotel Taj.

Meanwhile, Saurab Ganguly was cheerful to have the company of his wife Dona Ganguly and daughter, who came in just yesterday to celebrate Diwali with him.

Pakistani team members Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Umar Gul went to watch the evening show of “Om Shanti Om”. Misbah-ul Haq and Yasir Hamid with their team manager Mohammad A Mohammad went to Dr Robinder Singh’s , a former doctor of Team India, residence at Mohali. The three players had gone to his house on his invitation to Pakistan players.

They also celebrated Diwali there. Earlier, they went to to Sector 17 for shopping.



They make hay after Diwali
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
When the festival-struck city was done with its blast last night, some 50 children emerged from their slum dwellings to wipe it clean. For them, Diwali is less a festival of colours and more a festival of waste - the source of their livelihood. Among them, they compete to hit the road which is the worst littered post-festive frenzy.

“Larger quantity of waste paper means more money,” says Sunny, about 14-year-old, who was busy collecting waste paper from Sector 34 and 44 at 10 pm yesterday. It will be foolish to sit on this golden chance, he says. “We make maximum money during Diwali. The waste we collect on the Diwali night is four times what we collect in six months. For us, Diwali means business; nothing more, nothing less,” he says, before quickly returning to work.

Interestingly, these children operate in small gangs. The powerful gang dominates the rest and gets to collect Diwali waste from posh sectors where more crackers have been burst. Most of these children come from Dadumajra and Colony number 4, where a large population of waste pickers resides.

Sushil, 12, is Sunny’s friend and on Diwali night, he is normally in charge of Sectors 8, 9, and 10. This year, it’s no different. “There are five of us in different sectors. We leave home around 9 pm and spread all over the city by 10 pm to collect the festival waste and leftovers. We can’t wait till tomorrow morning because we will not be allowed into these sectors by the garbage pickers, employed by the respective resident welfare associations. So we pre-empt their move,” he says, happy with his overflowing garbage cart, which the MC gives free of cost to every garbage picker.

Accompanying the duo is nine-year-old Muskan, a waste picker, who usually works in Sector 22 on other days. But today she has been asked to look after Sector 36 and 37. Sunny says, “Muskan is my sister and I have sent her with my friend so that no one troubles her. Once they are done with collections, we will go back home and wait for the morning to sell the waste we have collected. We hope to make Rs 200 each in one go.”

Ask them how they will use the profits, and they roar in joy: “We normally drink Pepsi and juice from the leftover cans we collect from people’s houses. But with this money, we will eat in the best dhaba in town and drink fresh Pepsi. We will also save some money for our parents. Actually, our Diwali falls a day after yours,” says Sushil, in anticipation of his quick buck.



Bansal in election mode
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
With uncertainty over mid-term poll looming large over the country in the wake of the stand-off between the Congress and the Left on nuclear deal, the local political scene has started hotting up.

Close on the heels of UP chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati announcing the candidature of former union minister Harmohan Dhawan from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, union minister of state for finance and local MP Pawan Bansal today called a meeting of party councillors and office-bearers in an apparent bid to mobilise the party organisation for the mid-term poll or the 2009 general election.

The minister called upon the elected representatives and party leaders to impress upon the electorate to check their names in the draft photo electoral rolls and remove various objections for inclusion of their names in the final electoral lists.

Acting on directions of the Election Commission (EC), the election department of UT Chandigarh had recently issued advertisements asking residents to examine the draft electoral rolls at the respective polling stations till November 16.

The commission had ordered the summary revision of the photo electoral rolls for the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency with reference to January 1, 2008 as the qualifying date.

Sources said names of thousands of the eligible voters in Chandigarh did not figure in the photo electoral rolls due to a variety of reasons.

The commission had directed that the photographs of voters should be on the electoral rolls.

Bansal’s plea to party leaders to launch an awareness campaign among voters, particularly from villages and slums, to get their names checked from draft electoral rolls assumes importance as these areas play a deciding role in elections.

Meanwhile, general secretary of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) Bhupinder Badheri has called upon voters to check their names in the draft electoral rolls so that they are not denied the right to vote in the next elections.



Rock Garden epitomises village culture
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Academic interest in the Rock Garden is still alive, as was clear from the 22 presentations made by international delegates here to celebrate its diamond jubilee. Where most of the presentations detailed the birth of similar structures around the world and ways in which heritage sites could be preserved, some viewed Rock Garden in fresh light. One such projection came from architect Surinder Bahga, who brought Rock Garden’s folk nuances to life.

“Folk art is traditionally a collective production. But with the transformation of society, it became individual. As the emphasis shifted, the aesthetics of art form also changed. But the originality did not die; rather it showed remarkable resilience - the kind we see very vividly in Rock Garden,” Bahga told The Tribune.

His research uses Rock Garden to explain how folk art can transform itself for urban audiences. Located in the heart of a region whose antiquity goes back to the Harappan and Sindh Ghati civilizations, the Garden is the best specimen of folk art’s resurgence in the world. “Its purpose is harmony with nature. Its non-intrusive and self sustaining structure represents the confluence of time and space on the one hand and form and content on the other,” Bahga said.

In many ways, Rock Garden is a critique of modern expansive and intrusive architecture. The substances used for its creation are waste materials and Nek Chand by recycling them has proved that the concept of worth or worthlessness exists only in the human mind.

And that has been possible due to Nek Chand’s proximity to the villages, says Bahga. That also explains why folk art dominates his Garden. It is like an Indian village, rich in folk architecture as it demonstrated in the unity between its landscape and architecture. The site has been treated with such sensitivity that the garden seems to grow out of the landscape. The dramatic enfoldment of architectural experience in the garden, by a change of space from narrow lanes to wide squares, is similar to what one frequently finds in villages, says Bahga, pointing to the use of “deoris” in the Garden at strategic points to enhance vistas and screens to build up a scene of anticipation.

Like villages, the Garden is further characterised by its organic plan, sculptured forms and a sense of urban planning. Even its art is rural in nature. The wall paintings in the Garden are reminiscent of those that decorate the humble village homes.

Nek Chand has made many of these paintings with his index finger. “A finger is much better than a brush because it gives finer and more confident strokes,” says Nek Chand. Nek Chand also preserved most of the original trees that stood at the site of the garden.

A large number of trees planted by him support his point as these trees have a rural background. Kaner and Safeda have also been planted on the periphery of chambers much in the manner of plantation raised for fencing the fields in the villages.

No wonder the Rock Garden, with all its rural spaces, attracts global visitors lusting for peace. There’s something about village settings which cities just can’t match.



Rock Garden Fest
Foreign visitors ride to exhilaration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The diamond jubilee celebrations at Rock Garden touched a new high today with the international and national delegates participating in a huge procession from Rock garden to different landmarks across the city.
A city-based artist with her painting during a workshop at Phase III of Rock Garden in Chandigarh
A city-based artist with her painting during a workshop at Phase III of Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

The procession, marked by Rock Garden’s own tableaux, camels, about 20 trucks full of folk artists and school students, passed through the heart of the city. It started from the main gate of the garden, crossed Jan Marg via MLA Hostel, Matka Chowk and the Sector 16 stadium and reached the Sector 22 heritage market and Kiran theatre. It returned to Rock Garden from the Aroma light points.

Throughout its passage, the parade amused passersby. For them as well as for the foreign delegates dressed in Indian finery and turbans, it was a perfect Kodak moment. All international delegates were comfortably seated on camel backs.

For the visitors, it was an exhilarating experience - one they could had only in India. “It is a perfect setting for the celebration of this historic event and we are proud to be a part of it. We wish the zeal translates into action,” said Tony Rajer, head of the international delegation, which has been seeking time-bound and comprehensive conservation strategy for Rock Garden.

The garden, like most other self-sustaining structures, was vulnerable and needed urgent and serious preservation, said Iain Jackson from Liverpool School of Architecture. He has been profiling Rock Garden with particular focus on the architectural and landscaping works.  “I have used media tools like QuickTime to record the garden’s spaces. The idea is to create an academic and quantitative study to aid the process of conservation. Most such visionary gardens suffer from lack of research on their well being,” he said, enjoying every moment of today’s cultural parade in which NZCC artists, model school band, local artistes and bhangra, giddha teams participated. While the procession was in progress, several city-based artists were busy creating artworks in the beautiful spaces of Rock Garden.

A book on Nek Chand was also released today. Later during the evening, Wadali brothers presented a Sufi recital at the garden. Tomorrow, Sabar Koti will perform at 7 pm.



Wadalis rock garden fest 
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, November 10
Wadali brothers cast a mesmerising Sufiana spell today during the four-day Rock Garden festival organised by the Nek Chand Saini Foundation and Chandigarh administration.

Despite this being their second performance in the city during this week, a sizable crowd thronged the venue affirming their popularity and the peculiar ‘Wadali magic’, with which they have enraptured the Sufiana and folk music lovers the world over.

The city elite, including Nek Chand, Harjinder Kaur, Vivek Atrey, Dr V.N. Singh and foreign delegates, graced the occasion and relished the captivating music.

Maestros Puran Chand Wadali and Pyare Lal Wadali commenced the recital with their favourite composition ‘Tujhe takya toh lga mujhe aisa, jaise meri Id ho gayi’ by Sharanjit Fida. The opening spell was embellished with couplets of Sufi saints and Urdu poets. Hit numbers like 'Tere ishaq nachya’, ‘Ishaq ni darda’, ‘Tu maane ya na maane dildara’ followed as the musical soiree continued till late evening.

They embellished their renditions with suitable couplets of Baba Bulleh Shah, Farid and Shah Hussain besides poetic references from the slumbering love legends of Punjab, including Heer-Ranjha, Sohni-Mahiwal and Laila-Majnu.



Parking Blues
Contractor fleecing visitors to GMCH
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Taking advantage of the callous attitude of the Government Medical College and Hospital, (GMCH), Sector 32, authorities, the parking contractor there has been fleecing visitors by overcharging them for parking their vehicles there.

Visitors alleged that the contractor of the parking lot near block “C” had been charging more than double the prescribed amount even after a complaint was lodged with the hospital authorities.

Of the three public parking lots at the hospital, parking rates are displayed at only one — situated in front of the emergency ward only.

The rates of parking a car and a two-wheeler are fixed at Rs 5 and Rs 2, respectively.

“The parking staff near block ‘C’ asked me to pay Rs 10 even as the parking fee is Rs 5,” alleged Vishnu Parshad, an employee of the TTTI, Chandigarh.

“On resenting the malpractice, the staff deputed there misbehaved with me,” he alleged.

“I had lodged the complaint against the malpractice with the authorities but the fleecing of visitors was unabated,” said a Sector 27 resident, R.K. Garg.

However, the hospital authorities said the contract of the contractor had been terminated after they received complaints from public.

Additional director, administration, GMCH, R.S. Verma said it was a stopgap arrangement.

Till a new contractor is given the job, the staff of the old contractor continue to charge bloated fee from visitors.



Housefed for new housing scheme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
To meet the growing need for affordable housing, the Chandigarh State Federation of Cooperative House Building Societies (Housefed) has urged the registrar cooperative societies to float new housing scheme in the city. No new scheme has been floated since the cooperative housing scheme-1991.

While the housing being provided by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) or private builders was not in reach of the salaried class, the cooperative housing was comparatively affordable, said Housefed chairman Jai Dev Sharma.

Housefed has also suggested that dwelling units for slum-dwellers could be raised at lower costs through multipurpose cooperatives than making the CHB construct these.

The registrar has also been urged to finalise the policy for executing the conveyance deed and the procedure for transfer of house in respect of the cooperative housing scheme-1991.

Since the societies had paid the entire cost of land, including interest, to the CHB, the issue needs to be finalised at the earliest.

The period of completion of construction of housing projects from the date of actual possession of sites and not from the date of allotment of land needs to be amended.

The condition of time fixed from the date of allotment was unrealistic as in a number of cases, physical possession of sites was handed over after getting unauthorised occupation cleared from jhuggi dwellers. Individual flat-wise water connection has also been sought.

Housefed has also sought housing scheme for gallantry awardees of Army and mediapersons.



47 injured during festivities
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 10
Diwali was celebrated with traditional fervour as residents lit up the sky with crackers in the region on Friday night.

However, festivities turned sour for as many as 47 persons as they sustained injuries.

In Panchkula, bursting of crackers began with full gusto after 7 pm, it continued well past the 10 pm deadline set by the district administration.

In the absence of any checks and with everybody caught up in the festivities, checking was the last thing on anybody’s mind, much to the delight of children and elders alike.

Bursting of crackers continued till midnight and resumed today morning even as houses bedecked with colourful Chinese lights twinkled in the night.

Temples and gurdwaras were decked up with colourful lights and residents in large numbers visited these to offer prayers and light candles. Sweetmeats were offered as parshad and special langars were organised at the gurdwaras of the city.

At Nada Sahib, as many as 28,000 devotees offered prayers on the occasion of Diwali and were treated to a “special” langar and kheer to mark the festival of lights.

The markets, too, were choc-a-block with traffic and revellers who shopped till late in the evening. Though shopkeepers in all markets were sore about the fact that business was lower by at least 40 to 60 per cent due to delay in permission for setting up stalls in open areas, Diwali evening came as a surprise with residents pouring into the markets in the evening.

Celebrations in the city went off peacefully with no major fires or injuries reported while festivities were at their peak.

22 casualties in Panchkula

As many as 22 separate cases of minor eye and burn injuries were reported from different parts of the city, eight cases of fire were also reported.

Most of the injured were in the age group of 3 years to 10 years, a handful of those in the age group of 26 to 30 years also reached the general hospital, Sector 6, for treatment.

Doctors on duty said most came with minor burn injuries on different parts of the body, caused by sudden cracker bursts. They were administered first aid and discharged from hospital. A two-year-old was the youngest patient who reported at hospital last night with a burnt finger.

The fire station received nine calls, out of which one was a hoax. Small fires were reported from the city while two jhuggis were completed gutted after crackers ignited a fire in Devinagar village. The two families claimed to have lost all their earnings in the fire.

A small fire was also reported from an under construction house in Sector 7, the roof of water-works in Sector 8, a temporary vegetable shed in Sector 4 besides other places.

12 sustain burns

Mohali: As many as 12 persons sustained burn injuries during Diwali even as two minor fires were reported from the town.

While eight persons went to the civil hospital for treatment, four reached Cheema Hospital in Phase IV. However, as no one had suffered serious injuries, they were not admitted.

Dr H.S. Sarang, SMO in charge of the hospital, said one out of the eight persons who reached the civil hospital was a three-year-old child Nikhil, resident of Phase I.

The child got burn injuries on the chest from a burning sparkler. Another nine-year-old child Vishavdeep Singh from Phase IX and 30-year-old Balraj Kaur from Phase VII sustained burn injuries on their faces from crackers. He said four persons got burn injuries on their hands while another complained of minor problem in the eyes. These five persons came from Sectors 56, 70 and Phase I while one of them reached the hospital from Sector 39-C, Chandigarh.

Sarang said yesterday the hospital received three patients who got injured in different incidents, two cases of food poisoning while three persons complained of uneasiness due to pollution caused by smoke from crackers.

He said three doctors were on duty at the hospital on Diwali evening to attend to the persons coming with burn injuries and other cases. Ample stock of medicines was arranged.

Only two minor fires were reported from the town. Wild growth got burnt at two places.

11 injured as stalls catch fire

Kharar: Five persons got injured in a fire that broke out at a market in Mullapur Garibdass on Friday.The incident took place at around 4:30 pm. The fire gutted all five makeshift shops selling crackers. A gift gallery and some sweet shops nearby also suffered losses. One of the injured Rajeev Kumar Kaushal, a resident of Mullapur, sustained serious burns and was admitted to the PGI at Chandigarh. His wife Rajni, too, sustained minor burns and was discharged from the PGI after requisite medication. Rakesh Kumar, Sandeep, Pankaj Puri, Gursharan Singh, Sanjeev, Yogesh Chhabra, Achhan Bhalla, Mohan Shah and Ramesh Kumar also sustained injuries. Mullapur SHO Kashmir Singh said the cause of fire was still unknown. "We don't know whether the fire broke out due to short circuit or perhaps a burning cracker fell," he added. One fire tender each from Mohali station and air-force fire station was pressed into service. It took 15 to 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. Sources said the makeshift shops had been illegally installed and the owners had not sought any permission from the district administration. Meanwhile, area MLA Ujagar Singh Badali visited the area today. The area shopkeepers demanded that the government should compensate for the losses incurred by them in the fire.

2 teenagers hurt

Ambala: Two teenagers sustained minor burn injuries while minor fire incidents were reported on Diwali night.

Ravi, resident of Jain College road in Ambala City sustained burns on his hand while Vivek, resident of Ram Das Nagar, sustained burns on his face while bursting crackers.

In Ambala City, minor fire broke out at Manakpur village, Ghas Mandi and Subzi Mandi. In Manakpur, husk caught fire after a firecracker landed on it. In Ambala Cantonment, a fire cracker led to furniture catching fire at a house in Mahesh Nagar.



Gaiety marks Vishwakarma Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Religious fervour and gaiety marked the Vishwakarma Day celebrations here today.

Workers worshiped Lord Vishwakarma and their tools on the occasion and prayed for the peace and property of the working class.

Addressing a function organised by the Construction Workers Labour Union at Sector 44 here, former MP Satya Pal Jain held the Congress-led UPA government responsible for a steep hike in the prices of all essential commodities with their “anti-poor” and “anti-people” policies.

He appealed to workers to unite to fight the unfair policies of the government to safeguard the interest of the common man.

BJP chief Kamla Sharma, and union president and BJP councillor Ram Lal also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, All-India Vishwakarma-Ramgarhia Federation president Gurucharan Singh Giani has regretted that despite their contributions to society, the community has not been given representation in 
various elected bodies in the country.



Furniture of jail workshop in demand
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
While inmates at Model Jail, Burail, are working hard to complete furniture orders worth crores, the jail authorities have planned to revamp the place of work of these inmates.

Additional IG, Prisons, Navjot Randhawa says: “A proposal for modernisation of the jail workshop has come up and it has been approved by IG Prisons Dinesh Bhatt.”

A sum of Rs 5 lakh will be invested for revamping the workshop. A team has already been sent to purchase an automatic chiseller.

The jail workshop has recently got an order from DPI Schools S.K. Setia. Setia. He says: “We have asked them to give us as many tables and chairs as they can till March. Our budget has been fixed at Rs 3 crore.”

Though the furniture built on the lines of Le Corbusiers’ original designs was an eye-catcher, Setia has asked for the ordinary furniture for the schools. On the list of order, the DPI has placed an order for 1,000 lecture stands, 1,000 benches and tables each.

The stall erected by the jail workshop that displayed jail furniture at the CII Fair turned out to be a major draw.

The inmates have been busy since then in completing the orders.

Talking on the demand of the jail furniture in particular, Randhawa says: “Furniture is very expensive in the market. Here the cost of labour is very low. So, the mantra that has led to the popularity of jail furniture is - ‘Good quality at low cost’.”

The difference in the cost of furniture constructed at the jail and available in shops is whopping. If a peg table is priced at a furniture mall for Rs 1,200, it costs just Rs 400 at the workshop, clarifies Randhawa.



Particles found in juice pack

Chandigarh, November 10
Simrat Singh Siyan, a resident of Sector 44, has found some foreign particles in a tetra pack of mango juice “Shots mango” of Leh Berry.

While taking out juice from the pack, he noticed the foreign particles. By that time, his family members had already taken the juice from two other similar packs. Official of the company could not be contacted for comments. — TNS



Use Hindi to promote tourism

The tourism departments of various state governments bring out publicity material regarding tourist places in their states in national language Hindi besides many regional languages.

The UP Tourism Department Information Centre, located at the ISBT, Sector 17, Chandigarh, gives brochures on Haridwar, Ayodhya etc in Hindi. It also gives brochures carrying information regarding the places visited by Sikh Gurus in Punjabi.

However, the tourist information centre of the Chandigarh tourism department, located at the ISBT, does not provide literature on tourism even in Hindi, what to talk of Punjabi.

I appeal to administrator of UT Chandigarh Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) to give directions to the tourism director to bring out publicity material in Hindi and Punjabi. This would help in promotion of tourism besides being a step towards public convenience.

Narinder Singh, Chandigarh

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Tantrik dupes boy of cash, jewellery
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 10
Naresh Munjal, a resident of Sector 11, was duped of jewellery worth lakhs and cash to the tune of Rs 15,000 by a man posing as a tantrik, here today.

The tantrik met Munjal’s son outside a bank and accompanied him to the former’s house in Sector 11 from where he took the jewellery and cash and fled away.

Police sources said 15-year-old Mohit went to deposit his fee of Rs 1,400 at a nearby bank in the marketplace of the same sector. On his way out, after he had deposited the sum, he was approached by a tantrik who claimed to be a Lord Hanuman devotee.

He told the boy that his stars were unfavourable and that he could counter the ill luck of the stars by carrying out certain “upayas”. Taken in, the boy asked the tantrik to accompany him to his house.

Outside Munjal’s house, the tantrik asked the boy to bring all the cash and jewellery to him. The boy brought out the cash and jewellery from his house and handed it over to the tantrik. On the pretext of performing a puja, he asked the boy to get salt from his house. As soon as the boy went inside, he fled.

The incident came to light this evening when the Munjals reported the matter to the police. A case of cheating against was registered.



Man beaten up by migrants
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 10
A resident of Sector 69 complained to the police that his brother was seriously injured after he was allegedly attacked by migrants here last evening.

Sherry Sareen said two migrants allegedly tried to pick the pocket of his brother and also snatch his mobile phone when he had taken his mother to a chowk in the area to light a “diya” during Diwali. His brother managed to catch the person who allegedly tried to snatch his mobile phone. But soon more migrants reached the spot and allegedly attacked him with wooden planks injuring him seriously.

He was taken to the Civil Hospital from where he was referred to General Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh. He alleged that the police had failed to take any prompt action when a complaint was made in this regard.

Sareen said his brother had identified the two migrants. One worked as a tea vendor while the other was employed as a chowkidar in the area.

SHO of the Phase VIII police station Deepinder Singh, however, said he had visited the area to look into the complaint. He was told that the doctor had allegedly beaten up a migrant who lived in a house under construction. He said water used to collect on the road near his house due to some leakage from the house under construction which was objected to by the doctor.

As no remedy was found for the problem this irritated the doctor who beat up one of the migrants. He said he was investigating the matter to find out how the doctor had beem injured. Action would be taken after investigations were completed.



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