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Four-laning: Clear NH-22 in 10 days, orders DC
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
The administration is gearing up for four-laning the Zirakpur-Parwanoo stretch of NH-22. Today, it began the process of identifying encroachments along the highway from Panchkula-Zirakpur and Kalka-Parwanoo.

DC Rajinder Kataria gave a deadline of 10 days to the PWD (B and R), Haryana, to zero in on encroachments along the highway and submit a report.

This done, the administration will serve the mandatory seven-day notice to violators under the National Highway Land and Traffic Act, 2002, to free the land before work starts on the project.

“We will begin the process of removal of encrochments by the first week of December,” DC Kataria said.

He surveyed the stretch with his team. “We need the highway for another three years before the bypass will become operational. During a spot visit, I found that shopkeepers, dhaba owners and others had encroached up to 5 metres on either side. This is a big margin because traffic jams are a regular feature on the Pinjore-Kalka road. If we can get this land back, it will bring relief to commuters and ease traffic as well,” he said.

The Rs 295-crore project, entailing the construction of the Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass was awarded to Jaiprakash and Associates on a built,operate and transfer (BOT) basis in September. The construction period is 30 months, sources said.

The project involves four-laning of the 28.69 km and six-lane structures, such as bridges, grade separators, flyovers and underpasses. Out of this, 11.250 km are on a new alignment for a combined bypass for congested towns of Pinjore and Kalka in Haryana and Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh.

The proposed bypass, which will reportedly take off from near Mallah, just before Yadvindra Gardens in Pinjore, will meet NH-22 near Parwanoo. However, besides cutting of trees, acquisition of land for the prestigious project may pose problems for the NHAI as the width of the four-laned road is 45 metres in urban areas and 60 metres in rural, meaning that a large number of encroachments on either side will have to be removed.

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Mid-Day Meal
Can of worms at GSSS-27
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The claim of the Chandigarh administration regarding arrangements for hygienic cooked food to students under the mid-day meal scheme, proved wrong today when worms were found in one of the dishes served to students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, here.

Neither the institute which prepared the meal or the school staff who served the meal, was ready to accept responsibility.

Admitting to loopholes in the scheme, the DPI (S) said: “We have tried every bit to make the system faultless, but there remain some loopholes, which need to be rectified. There is a remote possibility that the lapse could have occurred during transportation or the container may not have been washed properly. We are revamping the system.”

The meal was prepared at Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management in Sector 42, Chandigarh. The Principal of the institute, Naveen Kumar Nanchahal, said: “We cook in hygienic conditions and the children’s interest is our prime priority. There is no lapse on our part”.

On the other hand, the principal of the school, Kuldeep Singh, ruled out lapse on their part. “We have eight Class IV employees in our school and I personally ensure that the containers are washed properly.

“As soon as the teacher on duty spotted the worms in the dish, she reported the matter to me and I took the matter to the DPI (S) for further course of action,” he added.

Under the mid-day meal scheme, the administration provides cooked meals to 102 government schools, six aided schools and a madarsa, catering to 59,333 students of primary classes. 

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RTI Act
GMADA officer fined Rs 25,000
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 12
The state information commission has fined Paramjit Singh, information officer, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), Rs 25,000 for not giving satisfactory answers to queries by a Sector 70 resident.

Bipinjit Singh had appealed to the commission, alleging that GMADA had failed to give satisfactory answers to eight questions that he had posed to the authority.

Bipinjit wanted to know what rules the authority followed to ensure a safe distance between two buildings. The reply received by him reportedly contained vague answers.

The commission has fined the information officer Rs 25,000 calculating the delay at the rate of Rs 250 per day. The commission has ordered that the fine be deducted from the salary of the officer.

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School gets show-cause notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The Chandigarh education department today issued a show- cause notice to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here today.

According to officials of the department, Jaswant Singh, headmaster of the school, was directed to be relieved from his services as per the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which were delivered on September 7 last.

Taking serious note of the court order, the department had directed the school management to relieve Jaswant Singh, who was already retired, from his services.

The department had instructed the school committee not to retain Jaswant Singh as principal in any capacity after September 31. The department had also been asked to depute the second senior-most teacher to officiate as principal until further order of the court.

It has warned the school that its grant would be stopped as a last resort.

The management of the school, instead of relieving Jaswant Singh, had reportedly proposed to the education department to retain him on the same post on a contract basis.

Officials of the department denied receiving any permission to fill the post of headmaster on a regular basis. “No proposal of the sort was received from the school management. This amounts to disobedience and violation of official orders and an act of official misconduct by the management,” an official said.

The department has now proposed to appoint an official for managing the affairs of the school after dissolving the existing committee on account of misconduct and non-performance of official obligations.

S.K. Setia, DPI (S), said: “A 15-day notice has been served on them to clear their position with documentary evidence, failing which the managing committee would be dissolved and an educational official would be appointed to look after the affairs of the school.”

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Sarpanch sacked for sale of shamlat land
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 12
The sarpanch of Hoshairpur village here has been removed from his post following an inquiry regarding the allegedly illegal sale of shamlat land in the village.

Nachhatar Singh had been facing an inquiry following an observation of the former ADC (development) that the village common land had been sold and action should be taken against those responsible.

A notice was issued to the sarpanch following this but he did not respond. He was then asked to appear in person for an explanation for which he presented himself but failed to give an explanation in writing.

In the suspension orders, village development and panchayats director Gurdev Singh Sidhu has stated that out of the total 1,492 kanal land in the village, 1,420 kanal was under illegal occupation of various persons.

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Women counselled on reproductive health
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
An adolescent and reproductive health awareness camp was organised by the Youth Sports and Welfare Club and Teen Club, KhudaLahora, affiliated with the NYK (ministry of youth welfare and sports), here today.

The camp was organised under the adolescent development and empowerment project of the union government at Khuda Lahora village.

More than 100 women were counselled by Jasbir Kaur, a health worker. She clarified misconceptions related to reproductive track infections, STDs and sexual health.

Pritpal Singh, adolescent peer volunteer, spoke to students of Government Senior

Secondary School of the village on adolescence andHIV/AIDS related problems.

Dr Avnish Jolly, district adolescent resource person of Nehru Yuvak Kender, emphasised the role of the youth in promoting social harmony. He said in addition to holding meetings and camps to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS, Teen Clubs had adopted small groups in the neighbourhood to eradicateother social evils also.

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Booklet on child health released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The Chandigarh administration launched a booklet “janani shishu swasthya abhiyan karya marg darshika” here today.

The director, social welfare, Amandeep Kaur, launched the booklet prepared by the district family welfare bureau under the guidance of Manjit Singh Bains, mission director (NRHM)-cum-director health and family welfare, Chandigarh.

The booklet highlights tips for motivating beneficiaries for safe institutional delivery, breast feeding, action plan for workers, immunisation, national immunisation schedule for mother and child and nutritious recipes for infants, and management of malnourished children.

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WizKids set for Bangalore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Poornima Bansal, a Class VII student of Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, and Tanvi, of Class X, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, Chandigarh, have reached the Horlicks WizKids finals which are to be held in Bangalore from November 17 to 21.

Poornima, who wants to reform the administrative setup in the country, chose to work on the project ‘Forsaken Old Age People’.

“Everyday, we get news about old people being murdered or deserted for the sake of property by their children, which is a slur on our society.”

Aiming to be an IAS officer, Poornima, wants to eradicate corruption and stop female foeticide.

Tanvi, aspiring to be an astronaut, is working on "Ozone at Stake.. The Ailing Planet".

After attending special workshops and training sessions at Bangalore, the participants will take part in the main competition on November 21.

The final four national winners, out of a total of 54 students from all over the country, will represent India at the International event in Brazil this year.

"Horlicks WizKids is a platform that allows students to look beyond academics and explore their talent. It enhances each student's ability to stand tall, be sharp and be strong in all aspects of development," says the GM, marketing, Glaxo Smithline Consumer Health Care.

About the event, he says: “ This event provides an enjoyable and enriching platform to 2, 50,000 students from 1,650 schools across 27 cities.” 

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Training camps for BJP office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The BJP will organise training camps for its office-bearers and active workers to strengthen the party at the grassroots level, Balbir Punj, BJP in charge for Chandigarh and Punjab, said here today.

Addressing a meeting of party office-bearers, he directed the local unit to constitute the state executive immediately.

Punj also directed them to organise mahila and youth sammelan, besides mandal-level meetings.

Meanwhile, the president of the local unit, Kamla Sharma, has constituted four teams to help people get their names enrolled in electoral rolls.

November 16 has been fixed by the Chandigarh administration for filing objections to the draft electoral rolls.

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Lopsided policies hitting poor: AITUC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The “anti-people” policies of the central and state governments came in for criticism at a convention of AITUC, CITU and other labour organisations here today.

Addressing a convention, the president of the Punjab unit of AITUC, Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal, alleged that the poor section of society had been at the receiving end of the “lopsided” policies of successive governments.

The president of the Punjab unit of CITU, Vijay Mishra, called upon delegates to make the December 4 and 5 “satyagraha”, being organised by various trade and labour organisations, a success.

A resolution demanded an end to the policies of privatisation, liberalisation and globalisation which were “playing havoc with the lives of the working class”.

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MC Poll
Ward demarcation gets govt approval
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
The demarcation of wards for the forthcoming municipal council elections according to revised population statistics was given the nod at a meeting chaired by assistant director (election), urban local bodies, R.P. Makkar here today.

The revised electoral rolls put the total population of areas covered by the council at 1.92 lakh.

This population has been evenly divided among 31 wards formed in accordance with the delimitation of wards rule. Each ward has a population of around 6,000.

A draw of lots was held for reservation of wards for women. Ward Nos. 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 15, 19, 20, 24 and 25 have been reserved for women in general category, while ward No. 26 has been reserved for a woman belonging to the SC category.

While ward Nos. 6 and 7 have been reserved for men of the SC category, ward Nos. 9 and 27 have been reserved for the OBC category.

The reservation of the OBC wards has been made on the basis of the maximum number of OBCs in any ward.

The government will now issue a draft notification for the same. A 15-day period inviting objections will be given after which a hearing will be held. Later, a final notification will be issued by the government.

Today’s meeting was attended by SDM Varinder Dahiya, deputy commissioner’s representative, MC president Seema Chadhary, MC executive officer O.P. Sihag and four members of the ad-hoc committee - Tarun Bhandari, Manvir Gill, Om Prakash and Naresh Rawal.

The district administration had moved a case for fresh delimitation of wards, citing increase in population in a few pockets of the township as the reason.

The new wards according to proposed draft plan include following areas:

Sectors beyond level crossing in MDC towards Sector 4 - Ward No. 1
MDC-5, Swastik Vihar - Ward No. 2
Sector 1, 5 - Ward No. 25
Sector 2 - Ward Nos. 24 and 25
Sector 4 - Ward Nos. 22, 23, 24
Sector 6 - Ward No. 4
Sector 7 - Ward Nos. 3 and 4
Sector 8 - Ward No. 5
Sector 9 - Ward No. 11
Sector 10 - Ward No. 12
Sector 11 - Ward Nos. 18, 19 and 21
Sector 12, Raila village - Ward No. 20
Sector 12 A, Railly village - Ward No. 19
Sector 14 - Ward No. 18
Sector 15, Phase II, Ind Area - Ward Nos. 13, 14, 15
Sector 16 - Ward No. 10
Sector 17, 18 - Ward No. 6
Rajiv colony, Indira colony, Buddanpur - Ward Nos. 7, 8, 9
Sector 19 - Ward No. 16
Sector 20 - Ward Nos. 29 and 30
Sector 21 - Ward Nos. 28 and 29
Sectors 23 to 28 - Ward No. 31
Ind Area-I, Abheypur, Ambedkar colony - Ward No. 17
Majri, Devinagar - Ward No. 24
Kharagmagoli - Ward No. 26
Azad colony, adjoining colony - Ward No. 27

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BSNL languor puts telemedicine project on hold
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, November 12
The telemedicine project at the civil hospital here has failed to take off as the BSNL authorities have failed to provide connectivity for video conferencing.

Officials of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) had committed the Punjab government to start the project by Diwali.

A room had been furnished and equipped with telemedicine equipment at the hospital but the project was yet to take off.

The BSNL had given a broadband connection but failed to provide virtual private network (VPN), which is required for video conferencing.

C-DAC director J.S. Bhatia today said lack of initiative on part of the BSNL authorities was delaying the implementation of the project.

He said correspondence with the BSNL authorities for providing VPN connectivity had been going on from day one but to no avail.

He said the BSNL authorities in Bangalore had also been contacted but there was an apparent lack of coordination between local BSNL officials and those based there. The connectivity had to be provided from Bangalore.

“We have applied for the connection and they should provide it,” said the director.

He said once the VPN connection was provided, the hospital would be able to have video conferencing with doctors of the PGI, Chandigarh; the PGI, Rohtak; the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla; and the PGI, Lucknow.

Bhatia said around Rs 10 lakh had been spent on installing telemedicine equipment at the hospital. An additional amount was spent on providing software.

The hospital has been equipped with a video conferencing kit, which includes a voice sensitive camera, a digital microscope for transferring pathological images to other institutions for consultation, digital ECG to help in cardio consultation and a scanner to send X-rays, CT scan and MRI reports to other medical institutions for discussion.

The system can also be used for continuing medical education of doctors in Punjab. Also, lectures delivered at the PGI, Chandigarh, can be telecast live to all district level hospitals.

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Biker covers 3,227 km in 169 hours
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
He loves to scale lofty peaks and travel miles to enjoy breathtaking landscapes, verdant forests and spectacular lakes.

Nature lover-cum-adventurous biker Charan Kamal Singh, 27, has undertaken expeditions to various passes and peaks in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttrakhand.

After his recent expedition to Ladakh, his name has been entered in the Limca Book of Records.

The record says: “Charan Kamal Singh of Jagraon undertook a solo expedition from Chandigarh to the Hanle valley in the Changthang region on a 135cc motor cycle. He finished the expedition on July 8, 2007, covering a distance of 3,227 km in 169 hours.”

He said the expedition was a test of his endurance. He spent nights at roadside dhabas, religious places and homes of strangers.

“To be an adventurous biker, one needs to be aware of trekking routes, local dialect and local life. There is always an element of danger in undertaking such expeditions,” says Kamal.

“My seven-day expedition was full of thrill, adventure and excitement. But covering so much distance in a short duration on a light bike is a challenging job. For this, one needs patience, determination, alertness and quick reflexes,” he believes.

His road to success was full of difficulties. Low temperature and incessant rain failed to dampen his spirits. At the Nubra valley, which is a cold desert, he faced heavy rain, but continued with the expedition.

Of course, shortage of petrol troubled him a lot. During the journey, he carried extra fuel in cans. At times, he shelled out extra money to buy petrol on rough terrains.

The bumpy and uncomfortable drive from Rhonge to Hanle in Leh was quite challenging.

“The potholed road gave such a bumpy ride that it tested my driving skills. It took three hours to cover just 45 km,” he says. He also travelled across Pangong, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri Lakes.

The journey took him through some of the high passes, including Kunzum (4,551m), Baralacha (4,892m), Tanglangla (5,360m), Lachalangla (5,065m), Khardungla (5,602m) and Rohtang (3,980m). The road at Khardungla is the highest motorable road in the world.

Photography has always been one of his passions. During the expedition, he captured wild animals and birds, including the black-necked crane and the bar-headed geese.

“My aim is to depict the beauty of nature so that the common man, especially children, can understand its importance,” he asserts. 

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First Gorkha Rifles reunion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The First Gorkha Rifles (1GR) is holding a reunion of its serving and retired officers and men at its regimental centre at Subathu this week.

A reunion is held once in five years. Besides, a handful of British officers, who had served with the regiment in the pre-Independence era, a large number of personnel from Nepal are also expected to attend the reunion.

Several events are being organised to mark the occasion. These include a sainik sammelan, ceremonial parade, war memorial service and a pagal gymkhana. The Deputy Commandant, School of Infantry, Mhow, Maj Gen P.C.S. Khati, who is also the Colonel of 1GR, would be among those attending the reunion.

One of the oldest regiments of the Army, 1GR was raised on April 24, 1815, at Subathu from the remnants of General Amar Singh Thapa’s forces. The regiment has won 34 battle honours and three unit citations.

Meanwhile, the first battalion of the Fourth Gorkha Rifles (4GR) would be celebrating its 150th Raising Day at Chandi Mandir from November 26 to 28. The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen Tej Sapru, who is Colonel of 4 GR and had commanded 1/4GR, would also attend the celebrations.

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Crackdown on PDS dealers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The state food and supplies department has said it has cancelled the licences of 276 dealers for committing various irregularities in the public distribution system during the first four months of the current financial year.

A spokesperson for the department said yesterday that an intensive campaign to improve the functioning of fair price shops in the state had been undertaken in which the department had forfeited the security amount of 790 erring dealers, amounting to over Rs 5.55 lakh, during the period.

As many as 29 cases had been registered with the police against dealers for indulging in malpractices in the distribution of essential commodities and 16 persons had been arrested during the same period.

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50-yr-old searches for his challenged son
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
Fifty-year-old Sandal cycles 48 km everyday all the way from Ramgarh in Panchkula to Kharar in SAS Nagar, searching for his mentally challenged son who went missing on November 3.

For the Kharar police, it is just another “missing person” report. The routine reply is that the search for the boy is on.

Twenty-three year old Golu left home with friends to work for a day as a waiter in Kharar. After work, while the others boarded a bus for home, Golu got left behind and never came back.

“He used to work off and on, not for money but for his satisfaction. It’s been 10 days since my son went missing. My wife has barely eaten all this while...,” his voice fails as he fights back his tears.

A daily wage earner, he is in distress. He has skipped work to look for his son. It means no food for the family. The police seems to have washed its hands off the case. “They directed me to get his picture published in a newspaper, but I cannot afford that. Everybody has turned me away because I cannot pay. Accompanied by my two sons, I cycle down to Kharar daily in the hope that we may find him hiding in some corner,” he explains.

Concerned about his health, he says: “We took good care of him. He has a lot of self-respect. I am sure he will not beg for food. He stammers and comprehending him becomes difficult for strangers.”

“I have borrowed money to award anybody intimating us about Golu. We will given him Rs 1,000 and the bus fare, but please give us back our son.....” He leaves the sentence incomplete.

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Vigilance Week
Employees vow to fight corruption
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
On the first day of the vigilance awareness week, finance secretary S.K. Sandhu administered oath of integrity and transparency to UT employees at the secretariat here today.

During the commencement of the week, all officials and employees took a pledge to continuously strive to bring about transparency in all spheres of their activities. They also pledged to work toward the eradication of corruption in all walks of life. According to a press note today, all organisations falling under the purview of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) will be observing this week.

Efforts would be made to spread awareness among users of the services provided by the departments /organisations about the initiatives taken for the improvement of the system and procedures.

The complaint handling policy and avenues available for the redress of grievances would also be given priority.

The general manager of the BSNL, Naresh Sharma, administered the oath to the nigam employees. Meanwhile, A.K. Garg, general manager, SBI, Chandigarh circle, administered the pledge to the staff in the head office.

During the awareness week, the branches would conduct customer-oriented programmes at important centres. An anti-corruption pledge was also administered to officials of HUDCO by Jasbir Singh, deputy chief law. Interactive lecture sessions on various facets of vigilance and prevention of corruption, besides essay and slogan-writing competitions would be organised at the regional office of HUDCO in the city. 

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Making a mark on road
Satinder Pal Singh

“Stunting Souls”, a biker group of Patiala, is on a mission. For, its 250 members have chosen to generate passion for biking among people of the state in their own style.

With “We Play the Real Game” as their slogan, these bikers have even managed to draw sponsorships from two major companies, including Bajaj, to fund their sport.

When asked what inspired them to leave other activities behind and take to the sport, they said: “Our aim is to promote biking in Punjab. Doing stunts on bike is something special and we want to inspire youngsters who have talent in them try their hand at the sport.”

“Stunts are performed in a safe and disciplined manner on the outskirts of the town. Our riders follow safety procedures while performing stunts,” says team leader Aman Sarao.

The club has already done two shows outside of Patiala, i.e. one in Chitkara Engineering College and the other in RIMT, Institute of Management and Computer Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh.

Parminder Singh, another rider says, “I have been performing stunts on bicycle since childhood and now it has become my passion to do it on motorbike.”

“Performing stunts on motorbike is risky but once you get a hang of it, everything seems easy. It has become our lifestyle.”

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Fauji Beat
Why is Army apolitical?

Usman Memorial Hospital at Jhangar in J&K
Usman Memorial Hospital at Jhangar in J&K

THE imposition of emergency in Pakistan has stirred the minds of military thinkers in India.

There is a feeling in certain circles that Gen Musharraf might try military adventurism on Indian borders to prolong his rule. Though there is little possibility of this, the Army, as we know, is always prepared for all contingencies.

Though the military has intervened in over 55 countries in the world so far, Pakistan has been ruled by military dictators for the better part of last 60 years. The first military coup in Pakistan a few decades ago sent shock waves in Indian politicians’ minds. The result was that they developed an obsession that a strong Army will not auger well for them. The illogical consequence of this was that the Army is kept out of the policy-making councils of the government. Not only that, the Army ranks were dropped in the order of precedence so much over the years that they lost their importance in the public eye.

What was not realised by the political set-up in the country was that the Indian Army being multi-regional, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-ethnic could not go the way the Pakistan army had gone. For, any group of officers in such a large country could not carry the Army with it in its design of political intervention. And this has proved itself true in the last 60 years after Independence.

Ex-servicemen betrayed

With the price of land escalating beyond imaginable limits and a large number of builders having come into the market, it is becoming difficult for the defence personnel to buy houses. The only solution to this problem is that the government should allot land to the Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO) at reserve price for building affordable dwelling units.

A delegation of the All-India Defence Brotherhood (AIDB) met the then Chief Minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh in mid-2006, with the request that land should be allotted to the AWHO for a housing colony. Capt Amarinder Singh had promised to allot land for this project in Sectors 90 and 91, Mohali. But nothing flowed out from this promise. Yet again, a delegation of AIDB met the Chief Minister P.S. Badal as well as Minister for Defence Welfare Capt Kanwaljit Singh a few months ago to re-emphasise the need for allotment of land to the AWHO.

It is now learnt that the AWHO is buying land from M/s Ansals on Kharar-Banur road for this project. Will this be an affordable proposition for serving and retired defence personnel? Col A.S. Bhinder and Maj S. S. Dhillon, president and secretary general, respectively, of the AIDB express shock over this decision. They again request the Punjab government to reconsider the Defence Brotherhood’s demand.

Usman Memorial Hospital

You talk of Jhangar and you are reminded of Brigadier Mohd Usman who achieved martyrdom in Jhangar on July 3, 1948, after his brigade had re-captured it. The Jhangar Day is celebrated every year by the civilians and the Army units located at Jhangar on July 3.

The renovated Usman Memorial Hospital, which was inaugurated recently, caters to the medicare of the villagers around that area. This hospital will keep the memory of the great soldier of India, who refused to opt for Pakistan army at the time of Partition, alive forever.

— Pritam Bhullar

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Letters
Update website

The website of the Chandigarh administration is not updated regularly. The information regarding the appointment of the UT adviser has been updated, but that of the GMCH principal, who retired on October 31, is lagging behind. Names of some retired employees are also on the website. The administration should take care to update these sites regularly.

Also, a signboard on the road near the Tribune Chowk, towards the Industrial Area, is wrongly fixed. The signboard should have been placed between Sectors 30-32 on the Tribune road leading to Ambala.

R.K. Garg, Chandigarh

Readers are invited to write to us. Send your mail, in not more than 200 words, at news@tribuneindia.com or, write in, at: Letters, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh – 160 030

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Tipsy cop held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
The local police arrested a sub-inspector of the Haryana Armed Police (HAP) in an inebriated condition at the Sector 6 market here today.

According to the police, shopkeepers of the market had complained that a policeman had been creating ruckus in their market.

Following the information, SHO Balwant Rai reached the spot and got the accused, Gurvinder Singh, medically examined. The sub-inspector was found under the influence of liquor, said the police.

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Youths snatch gold chain, flee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain worn by 65-year-old Bhagwan Devi in Sector 46 this afternoon.

According to police sources, the woman was standing in front of her house when the two youths on the bike sped away after snatching 
her chain.

The police has registered a case under Section 352 of the IPC.

Rash driving

A Mohali resident, Gagandeep Kaur, has lodged a complaint to the police against the driver of a car (CH03-R-6523) for driving rashly.

She alleged that the driver hit her scooter at the Sector 17-18 light point this afternoon and sped away. The police has registered a case under Section 279, IPC, at the Sector 17 police station against him.

Car stolen

Davinder Singh has reported to the police that someone stole his Maruti car (CH01X-2395) from the Sector 17 parking on the night of November 9.

A case has been registered under Section 379 of the IPC. 

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