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15-yr-old killed in accident
Residents block road, hold admn responsible
Tribune News Service

Residents of Sector 38-West protest against the UT administration following the death of a boy in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Residents of Sector 38-West protest against the UT administration following the death of a boy in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 17
Ashish Kumar (15) of Sector 39 was killed in an accident here today. He was on his way to a tuition class in Sector 38-West when a Tata 207 mini truck knocked down his scooter.

The speeding truck collided with such force that the victim was flung into the air. He suffered severe head injuries.

He was studying in Class XI at Stepping Stones.

The accident led to a protest by residents who blocked the Sector 38 road against the UT administration which had failed to respond to their repeated pleas of installing traffic lights on the road.

Vikas, an eyewitness, said he tried to call the police control room nearly four times, but failed to get an answer. He stopped a car for help and the victim was taken to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead.

A lot of precious time was lost as the profusely bleeding victim kept lying on the road. The police reached there after over 20 minutes.

An eyewitness said the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Ashish’s father, Mam Chand, is a technician in IMTECH.

Holding the administration responsible for Ashish’s death, the residents said despite the fact that they had submitted repeated pleas to the authorities to install traffic lights or construct a speed-breaker on the particular stretch, nothing had been done.

Chatranjan Singh, president of the joint action committee of residents, Sector 38-West, said the blockade was lifted after the SHO of the Sector 39 police station assured them that until the administration came out with a permanent solution, the police would place drums on the crossing.

He said a case had been registered.

‘100’ did not respond

Vikas, an eyewitness, said he tried to call the police control room four times, but failed to get an answer. He stopped a car for help and the victim was taken to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead. A lot of time was lost as the profusely bleeding victim lay on the road. The police reached after over 20 minutes.



Charitable institutes to go commercial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
The UT administration has revised its policy regarding the ban on commercial activity on premises allotted to institutions and religious bodies.

The administration has allowed the exhibition/sale of books, handicrafts, handloom material and similar items, provided that the event is organised by a central/state government department or undertaking; and conduct of competitive examinations by the UPSC, banks, PSUs, and other government/semi-government organisations.

Usually some of the sites are used for social and marriage functions or commercial activities as these institutions or societies do not have a regular source of income to maintain such places.

The new policy would help charitable/religious institutions to use funds generated from such activities for the upkeep of the buildings.



ICL will benefit young players: Chris Cairns
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 17
“The advent of the Indian Cricket League is a bold concept in India which would help in the promotion of the game,” Chris Cairns, former New Zealand all rounder, said during the practice session at Tau Devi Lal Complex here today.

He will represent the Chandigarh Lions team during the much awaited ICL Twenty20 series scheduled to begin from November 30.

“Twenty20 is a good format. It’s more of a power play and is interesting to watch as you get instant results,” he said. About the ICL, he said for the younger generation, it was a good platform. It would be a good learning experience as they would get a chance to play with experienced players worldwide. In a sense, their talent would not go waste with the advent of such a league which was free from politics, he said.

Impressed with the Chandigarh side, he said the team seemed to have a good set of players. “I have only watched them during the practice session and I think we are a good younger side. I know very few of them like Dinesh Mongia. I would get to know others gradually. It would be good cricket here with the weather being pleasant. I have come here earlier also, but never went around the city. With this series, I would get a chance to see Chandigarh more,” he said.

Son of former cricketer Lance Cairns, Chris has been the author of New Zealand’s most memorable innings, including his unbeaten 102 to win the final of the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy (now Champions Trophy) against Indian in Kenya.

He also holds the world record of most sixes in Tests (87) and shares the New Zealand’s record for fastest century in ODIs (75 balls).

As a bowler, he is one of the seven players to have reached the all rounders’ double of 200 wickets and 3,000 runs. His finest performance as a bowler was 27/27 against West Indies in a Test in 1998, and he is New Zealand’s third highest wicket taker in Tests. A Twenty20 match against West Indies on February 16, 2006, was his last game for New Zealand.



Boy killed, 2 brothers hurt in armed attack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
A group of armed men barged into a house in Colony No. 4 here tonight and stabbed to death a 17-year-old boy and seriously injured his two brothers. The victims were admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Reacting to the incident, residents of the colony blocked the road and raised slogans against the Chandigarh police.

An old feud is being cited as the reason behind the killing. Both parties had a tiff on Diwali night following which they had not been on good terms. Residents of the colony said the assailants were nabbed by people and later handed over to the police. The police arrested Guddu, Shanker and Panwasi in this connection.

The deceased has been identified as Jawahar. According to colony residents, the assailants barged into the house and attacked the three brothers with sharp-edged weapons. The incident took place around 9.30 pm. The killers attacked Jawahar in the belly and on the head. Jawahar’s brothers, Panna Lal and Survesh, were also badly injured in the assault.

On June 18, a resident of the colony, Kamlesh, was killed following a rivalry. The police had failed to arrest some of the accused involved in his killing, as a result of which residents had protested then.

Shahsi Shanker Tiwari, president of the local unit of the BJP, and ward councillor Hari Shanker Mishra alleged that the colony had become a hub of anti-social elements.

Drugs and other intoxicants were freely available in the locality, they alleged.

They further alleged that the police had turned a blind eye to the menace, which had resulted in breeding of crime there. They levelled serious allegations against SHO of the Industrial Area police station Jagir Singh.



Molestation Case
Reinstate lecturer: CAT
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has told the Government College of Art to reinstate Sanjeev Kumar, a lecturer with the college, within a month. It also told the college to pay him suspension allowance.

Sanjeev Kumar was suspended for allegedly misbehaving with a third year student. He was suspended after he was found of violating Rule 3 of the Government Employee (Conduct) Rules, 1968.

The college formed a sexual harassment committee to conduct an inquiry into the case. A chargesheet was served on him by the committee on August 8, 2005. In the meantime, he filed a petition in the CAT.

In the case of misbehaving with a student, the CAT allowed him to challenge the chargesheet during the course of the inquiry. It observed there were no grounds to interfere with the chargesheet during the course of the inquiry.

It stated that he was under the impression that his suspension order was premature and had challenged it.



Dress bank for needy
To store blankets, uniforms for kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
The Chandigarh education department has decided to establish a dress bank in coordination with schools, NGOs and senior citizens.

This bank will store recycled products like blankets, stationery, books and uniform for the poor and needy students.

DPI (S) S.K. Setia said, “We have innovated this idea to help the needy students as winters are setting in. I make an appeal to everybody to donate any surplus winter clothing to help these children.”

Other goods like cycles, toys, stationery, clothes, woollens, footwear, furniture articles and so forth would also be collected from the donors. The department would mend the articles before passing them onto the needy ones.

For creating awareness among the city residents, the department is printing 1 lakh pamphlets to be distributed in every sector.

Those who want to donate can contact Promod Sharma of the Yuvsatta at 9888212838, Anuradha of Hamari Kaksha at 9888369389 and Zulfiqar at 9815145453.

Meanwhile, to make the optimum utilisation of the government infrastructure, the department has come up with an idea of involving NGOs, university students, resident associations for running career-oriented courses and organising cultural activities.

For this, the department will allow the use of infrastructure at the government schools after school hours. Hamari Kaksha is already running a school on the same lines.

“Students pursuing ETT at the State Institute of Education have also been asked to adopt schools,” said Setia.

This will help students gain experience besides earning Rs 1,500 per month as honorarium," he added. 



Sec-16 coop housing society
Members cry foul over panel working
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
Members of the Chandigarh Sector 16 Coop Housing Building (First) Society Limited, Sector 50 C, are up in arms against the working of the management committee.

Four years after the construction of the multi-storeyed flats was started, members are still awaiting the possession of their apartments. This, despite the fact that full cost of construction and land cost had been deposited by members.

The members claimed that the initial cost of each flat in categories “A” and “B” was Rs 11.85 lakh and Rs 8.77 lakh, respectively. Besides, an amount of Rs 6.75 lakh and Rs 4.75 lakh was paid by each member as cost of land — the amount that was to be deposited with the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB).

Enhancement at the rate of Rs 3.48 lakh and Rs 2.97 lakh had already been deposited by allottees of both categories. The members alleged that the management committee had again demanded more enhancement money from the allottees.



Woman’s Murder
Police yet to establish identity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
Mystery continues to shroud the murder of a woman 24 hours after her body was recovered from a wooded area behind Kalagram on Friday with the local police unable to establish her identity.

The police said only three persons from Panchkula district had approached the police in this regard.

Mani Majra police station SHO Hari Kumar said none of the missing persons reports lodged at the 11 police station of the township matched the description of the victim.

Information regarding the victim was flashed to police stations in the adjoining area, including Mohali.

While no information came from Mohali, a few persons approached the police from Panchkula enquiring about some missing women, but they could not ascertain her identity.

The police said the body would be kept in a mortuary for around five days to see if someone stepped forward to identify her.

The victim’s naked body was found with a black brassier tightly tied around the neck.

The body’s condition indicated that she was killed in the wee hours. The police did not rule out the possibility of the victim, who was in her mid-twenties, being raped before being put to death.



HC full-court reference for Sandhawalia
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
A full court reference will be held in the courtroom of Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice on Monday at 10 am to condole the demise of former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-ex-Governor of both the states Justice Surjit Singh Sandhawalia.

High Court’s senior advocate R.S Cheema said, “He was a unique blend of substance, style as also sophistication. He set standards which seem difficult to emulate”.

Punjab’s Advocate-General Hardev Singh Mattewal said the vacuum left by Justice Sandhawalia’s demise would never be filled.

Among those who attended his cremation at the Sector 25 grounds on Friday were CJ of the Bombay HC Justice Swatanter Kumar, ex-CJI M.M Punchhi, CJ of the Punjab and Haryana HC Justice Vijender Jain and others.



Nepotism hurting politics, says Bajpayee
S.D. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
“Indian civilization is known as a melting pot of diverse cultural traditions of over 4,600 communities with a plurality of equally different languages” opined the eminent litterateur and former UP minister, Ashok Bajpayee here at the Randhawa auditorium.

He was delivering the All India Radio and Doordrashan annual Dr Rajindera Prasad Lecture, 2007 to the elite city audience on the subject ‘Hindi Ka Sanskritik Ashya’ (Cultural Objective of Hindi Language).

The programme was organised by AIR Jalandhar in association with AIR Delhi and Chandigarh. He said language was man’s prime asset as it enabled him to express and articulate emotions, which in turn gave humans superiority over the other living beings.

Credited with over two dozen literary works including poetry, prose and art criticism Bajpayee is a multi-faceted intellectual. The poet-politician and a former minister in the UP government while talking to The Tribune lamented the changing ethics in politics drifting it away from its basic ideals.

Today it has lost the concept of social transformation and has acquired the definition of the management. “You must be an efficient manager to handle the workers of your party” he remarked jokingly. He also said like the traditional ‘gharanas’ for music and dance, now the political ‘gharanas’ were flourishing under the patronage of big leaders of all the parties.

Commenting on his own liking for politics he maintained that political adventurism had enriched his experience and increased his understanding of the common man.

Earlier, B S Lalli chief executive officer and director-general Prasar Bharti honoured Bajpayee. 



Judicial magistrate among 150 challaned
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 17
Continuing with its drive to check traffic violations, the district police today issued 150-odd challans during a naka put up at the road dividing Sectors 8 and 16.

The driver of the official vehicle of a senior official of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, a judicial magistrate from Punjab and an army officer were among those challaned by the police. The drive lasted for over two hours.

The driver of the senior HUDA official was issued a challan for not wearing his seatbelt while driving. ASP Maneesh Chaudhary said the official was supportive of the move to challan his driver since he had violated the rules.

However, Punjab’s judicial magistrate Sandeep Mittal was challaned for using a blue light atop his private vehicle without number plate. He tried to reason with the cops that he was permitted to use the light. The police, not convinced by his arguments, challaned him.

An army officer posted at Chandimandir, in uniform and not wearing his seatbelt, told the cops that men in uniform could not be challaned. Chaudhary, however, explained to him that no rules provided for the same. After much “reasoning”, he, too, was challaned by the police.

A number of residents urged the cops to spare them once and pledged to abide by the rules in future. However, all violators were issued fined.

Chaudhary said while they were issuing 50-60 challans a day when they had begun the drive, now over 150 challans were being issued daily and the drive had been intensified to ensure that residents learn to adhere to the rules.



Chandigarh Day celebrated at trade fair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
The Chandigarh State Day was celebrated by organising a cultural programmee at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, the venue of the India International Trade Fair-2007, yesterday. Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans regaled the audience with his songs.

Director of industries, Chandigarh, Vandana Disodia presided over the function.

The Chandigarh administration though industries department has set up its pavilion in hall No. 5.



Workshop on behavioural problems in children
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
There is a dire need of focusing on a child’s formative years at school as students in different age groups have different behavioral patterns and emotional needs. This was stated by Dr Samir Paikh, psychiatrist, chief of department of mental health and behavioural sciences, Max Health Care, New Delhi, here yesterday.

Dr Parikh was here to conduct a workshop involving school principals on problems being faced by teachers and parents while dealing with physical, psychological, socail and emotional changes in the children.

Considering the rise in teenage suicides, increase in anger, hostility, aggression, exam-related anxiety, depressive phases amongst other problems, the doctor stressed on the need of trained experts in schools.



Painting human emotions
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
Canvas is the ultimate medium for him to preserve his thoughts. And that explains artist Vivek Sood’s free-spirited artworks on exhibit at Alliance De Francaise, Sector 36. Painting since the age of nine, this artist from Himachal Pradesh has had no formal training in art but that seems no deterrent given his illustrious career, which includes two scholarships, four awards and four solo exhibitions.

On display are 28 paintings on subjects ranging from human behaviour to body language and figures represented through black and white and other dark hues. A native of beautiful hills, this English lecturer from Government College, Dharamsala, has influences of famous Kangra art evident in his works as also the valleys, landscapes and the people of the state.

The paintings capture moods varying from sombre to the cheerful, depicting an array of human emotions. No wonder the paintings are given apt titles- ‘Out in a winter night’, ‘The flight’, ‘Face thy own face’, ‘Effort’, ‘The pious one’, ‘Full moon’, ‘Am I not beautiful’ et al.

A feminist in some of his works, Vivek explains his affinity. “After working on Anita Desai’s works, feminism is something which comes naturally to me”, he smiles. The exhibition is on at the institute till November 26.



Cong seeks plots for dairy owners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) today condemned the decision of the Chandigarh municipal corporation regarding the shifting of dairies from certain UT villages.

CTCC general secretary Bhupinder Singh Badheri demanded alternative plots for dairy farmers before they were asked to move out.aThe corporation has directed dairy farmers of Hallo Majra, Dadu Majra, Kajheri and Palsora to remove their dairies, as the areas had been included in the municipal limits.



Stop discrimination

The PGI is a pioneer research institute. Although the institute takes the credit for the work done by the research fellows, they seldom get fair treatment from the PGI authorities as far as facilities are concerned.

To quote an example, they are not treated on a par with the other staff members when it comes to the question of medical facility.

However, the research scholars and their dependents at AIIMS are provided with medical facilities on a par with the other staff members. Both institutes - AIIMS and PGI - have been established by the central law and both are governed by a body headed by the union health minister. Then why is there discrimination at the PGI? The authorities need to look into the matter at the earliest.

R. K. Garg, Chandigarh

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Foetus found from drain in Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
A seven-month-old female foetus was found in a drain near Mori Gate in Mani Majra, here this evening.

According to the police, some passersby spotted the foetus around 4.30 pm and called the police.

The police reached the scene and recovered the foetus. It was later sent to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16.

The police said a case has been registered under Section 318 of the IPC.

The police will check records of nursing homes to get details of pregnant women and of those who had got their pregnancy terminated. DNA samples of the foetus will also be taken to match these at a later stage of investigation if the police manages to trace the suspect.

Vehicles stolen

G.S. Sohal of Sector 51 reported to the police that his Tata Safari (CH 18 T 9375) was stolen from his residence on Thursday night.

In another incident, Navjeet Singh of Pushpak Complex, Sector 49, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Hyundai Accent car (CH 03 W 7823) was stolen from Phase I, Industrial Area.Two cases of theft have been registered in this connection.


Sangita Bansal of New Delhi reported to the police alleging that two unidentified motorcyclists snatched her purse containing Rs 10,000 in cash, a gold chain and some documents from Sector 20-A on Friday. A case has been registered.



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