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Fount of discord
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Bureaucracy in the Chandigarh administration seems always eager to adopt concepts from other cities, often forgetting that the city has a unique heritage, which is why it has made it to the list of UNESCO’s world heritage cities.

Now, the Sukhna Lake, symbolic of symbol of peace and tranquility, has caught the attention of babudom. The administration plans to install a fountain in the middle of the lake. The move come as a surprise to senior architects, town planners and walkers.

They think it is a bizarre idea and no one should be allowed to tamper with the character of the water body.

Its natural setting and obstacle-free view should not be tampered with. Instead, the bureaucrats should focus on de-silting the lake and sorting out the parking chaos there,” says architect Surinder Bagha.

There was a plan to set up a platform in the water body for a laser show, but it did not find favour with city residents. Now the engineering department is contemplating a platform on the island.

A frequent visitor to the lake, Priya Ojha feels that the lake should be left untouched. Respect should be shown to the creators of the water body. “Fountains even in other parts of the city are non-functional. These will be an eyesore at the lake,” she feels.

A former chairman of the Chandigarh and Punjab chapter of the Institute of Town Planners, Jit Gupta, said a clear view of the lake and its backdrop should be maintained. The structures, created by the planners, are as such that they do not block the view of the lake. The administration should reopen the observation tower and re-start the police band there.

He said there was no need for further noise pollution. To promote tourism, the administration should focus on beautification of the floating platform used to step in and out of boats.

Aditya Prakash, a former principal of the Chandigarh College of Architect, said the character of the lake, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, should not be disturbed.

Another frequent visitor at the lake, Rakesh Singh, said the jungle area beyond the lake should be developed.

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UT engg wing delaying works, says MC
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The UT engineering department is reportedly creating hurdles in the completion of projects assigned by the administration to the Chandigarh MC.

Giving permission to lay water supply lines and electricity cables for streetlight poles, the department has been accused of holding back requests repeatedly made by the municipal corporation in this connection.

“ This is happening due to lack of coordination between the two wings of the administration”, said an official. In one specific case, the corporation has pointed out that due to delay in shifting overhead transmission lines in Industrial Area, Phase 1, work on the widening of three periphery roads has almost come to a halt. Officials in the corporation have committed to the UT Administrator to complete the work by December 31, 2007.

Sources say with growing instances of the department holding back permission, the MC has officially lodged a protest with the adviser. The lack of coordination between the two wings of the administration was discussed at a meeting yesterday.

Among the list of delayed works are replacement of streetlights on the Madhya Marg, Dakshin Marg and Jan Marg. The corporation is erecting new poles, laying underground cables and installing fittings on the central verge of these roads. The work, allotted to a contractor by the corporation, has been disrupted by the engineering department. It was to be completed by December 31 this year.

The UT electricity department has been accused of not replacing faulty power metres installed to read consumption by streetlights across the city. The bills are being raised on an average basis.

Similarly, permission for road cuts in Dadu Majra and the grain market for laying of tertiary water supply line has been held back.

The sources said this was on account of recarpeting of roads by the engineering department. The MC, on the other hand, is accused of planning out works in isolation without taking the ngineering department in to confidence.

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Carnival ends on creative note
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Leisure Valley in Sector 10 woke up to the carnival spirit this morning, as a heavy rush of visitors thronged the venue to add life to the Chandigarh’s annual ritual. There was heavy rush all-day long which touched its zenith at night when Harbhajan Mann arrived to wrap up the celebrations. Sunday sentiments ensured that leisure was topmost on everyone’s mind. Earlier during the day, stall managers also reacted with equal enthusiasm to accommodate the guests, who were most attracted by the floats designed by students of Chandigarh Art College.

Harbhajan at his best

The Mann of Punjab was at his melodious best tonight. A day after Gurpurb, he was still in a religious mood and sought to start his concert with a religious offering. Then, there was no looking back for Harbhajan and his 1000-strong fans, who had gathered for the concert. Needless to say, the UT Police had a tough time controlling the crowds. But the singer was clear that the audiences must enjoy. He warned the cops: “Even South Indians dance to our tunes. Why are you binding the Punjabis? Let them dance. They know their limits.”

Art College dominates

Day 2 was a show of creativity with artists stealing the show. The most enterprising were Art College students, whose floats fetched tremendous business. Joyrides on rickshaws decorated with floats brought college students a business of about Rs 5,000. They also earned from tattoo-making. These students are behind the beautiful entrance gate and the Canadian Beaver float which led the carnival parade yesterday.

Taj Mahal photo-op

A replica of the monument of love, stationed close to the entrance of Leisure Valley, offered a perfect setting for a photo shoot. Every visitor passing by Taj Mahal stopped to get a picture. Agra is too far, said Harish Kumar, a shopowner. It’s good that we have a replica here and can get a memory for no cost at all.

Up and running at 78

Mundri Lal, 78, has been performing at the carnival for as long as he can remember. A loyalist of the ektara, he starts preparing for the show at least a month in advance. His presentation was arranged today by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, which highlighted folk nuances of Punjab.

Rock Garden on sale

The highlight of the Lalit Kala Akademi stall was an exhibition of artworks created with Rock Garden as the theme. Painted during a recent competition, the Akademi had organised as part of the Rock Garden golden jubilee celebrations, the works fetched artists good money. The akademi showcased all award winning works.

Madhubani beckons

At another corner, Madhubani works of two artists from Bengal - Kamlesh Kumari and Pradyumana - were on display. The couple was earlier here to take part in the Rock Garden’s diamond jubilee celebrations. They have left, but their works are here. About 100 enquiries were made today by buyers eager to collect Madhubani.

CITCO’s rustic ambience

One wondered why the best corner in the carnival did not have carpets for its ground. It took the managers regular rounds of drizzling on the ground to keep the dust under control. But the vehra was the most frequented stall of the carnival, with makki di roti taking the cake. Visitors said they came here for the joy of rustic ambience. Where else can you find charpais these days?” said a tourist from Gujarat.

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Bus, container collision holds up traffic
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, November 25
At least six persons were injured in a headon collision between a Haryana Roadways bus and a container carrying a truck on the Ghaggar bridge on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway here this evening.

The bus carrying over 60 passengers was on its way to Delhi. The bus driver, Jasbir Singh, was critically injured and rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigah. Five passengers who were injured are admitted to the Dera Bassi civil hospital.

The accident led to a major traffic jam on the bridge. A crane was pressed into service.

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Kangana spell on school principal
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Teachers of a local school have been forced into following a dress code, all for Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut, who is expected to make an appearance at the school function tomorrow.

Ranaut, an alumnus of the school, has been invited to DAV Public School, Sector 15. The invitation card carries a pin-up of the actress. Principal Rakesh Sachdeva has forced the teachers to shell out Rs 1,500 each for a particular colour sari to be worn by them on the occasion.

The teachers are not happy with the idea. “When we told the principal that we would purchase the saris on our own, she said the company making theses could be approached for sponsorship later, but for now the amount had to be deposited with her,” said a teacher.

“It appears if we are sales girls, not teachers.”

Students said the principal was so star-struck that she had announced her wish to see every girl student become a Kangana Ranaut.

“When her movie Gangster was released, we were compelled to buy the movie tickets,” complained a teacher. This is not enough. “Every time a photograph or news about her appears in a magazine or newspaper, its cutting is pasted on the notice board.

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LIG Housing
Selja promises incentives to pvt players
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation Selja today advocated a public-private partnership in the social housing sector.

Addressing a conference on housing organised by the Saakaar Foundation, she claimed that the government would provide some incentives to private players undertaking the construction of EWS and LIG housing projects.

Underlining initiatives being taken by the central government to address problems of the urban poor, she said the states and the local bodies had been directed to earmark 20-25 per cent of the developed land in all housing projects for people belonging to EWS.

Architect-planner Jit Kumar Gupta lauded the initiative of the foundation to create awareness among people regarding an issue of national importance.

S.S. Bhatti, a former principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, said any scheme for housing required an elaborate plan for designing, building and providing for houses for mass use. It also had to be conceived and developed by a local civic authority.

Anne Dupraz and Nadia Carlevaro, architects from Switzerland, gave an audio-visual presentation on the research work undertaken by them in a slum area of Delhi.

Engineer and recipient of Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Himanshu Parikh, discussed problems and solutions of the housing for the urban poor in the Indian context.

Surinder Bahga, chief architect of the foundation, urged the ministry of housing to identify and promote professional activities which created awareness among the public.

R.K. Ranga, commissioner and secretary, department of housing, Haryana, spoke on the initiatives being taken by the government to address the problems of urban slum dwellers.

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Infant chokes on toffee aboard IA flight
Staff’s quick response saves golfer Kahlon’s son
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Aval Kahlon, the one-year-old son of famous city golfer Harmeet Kahlon, choked on a toffee as soon as he had boarded the Indian Airlines flight from Chandigarh to Delhi yesterday. Slated for take off at 3.15 pm, the flight was delayed, as airport staff joined hands to avert a crisis they described as “rare”.

It all happened when Shalini Kahlon, Aval’s mother, was settling down with the infant after boarding the plane. “Just a while ago, Priyanka Chopra had helped me with the stroller. I was touched by her gesture and asked her to autograph my baby’s book,” Shalini told The Tribune from Kolkata today. The autograph taken, she moved to her seat and began to settle down. At that time, she picked up a toffee but forgot to slip it into her mouth.

It was not long before she realized that the toffee was gone. “Aval had consumed it and was choking on it,” recalls Shalini. The child’s face turned red. There was panic as the IA staff realised the emergency.

“We were ready for take off but the doors were yet to be shut when airport manager M.C. Negi took over the situation. Two doctors on board failed to restore Aval, whose condition kept worsening. Negi called for an Air Force ambulance that was allowed to pass though security areas to transport us to Fortis,” Shalini said. It was at the hospital emergency that Aval finally turned normal, the toffee having dissolved.

For Shalini, it was a moment of great stress - one because she was travelling alone; two because her husband was away to Vietnam. “ I couldn’t have handled this alone. But the IA staff and my co-passengers ensured that I was taken care of,” said Shalini.

She and Aval today flew to Kolkata on the same flight, which yesterday stopped short of turning into a nightmare.

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Rise in matrimonial disputes
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
It was a dream come true for them. After Rajinder and Kiran (names changed) tied the knot in 2002 after being in a relationship for five years while studying at a medical college, life looked promising. Both were doctors and had a decent accommodation.

Now, the couple, after making several rounds of the women and child support unit (WCSU) of the Chandigarh police, has filed for a divorce. The husband has been arrested on charges of alleged harassment, torture and dowry demand. Their two-year-old son is being brought up by grandparents.

In this case, the woman was more educated than her husband as she was an MD. She felt her career was taking a backseat and fights followed, with both of them slapping harassment cases against each other.

This is not an isolated case. The WCSU is witnessing an influx of such cases where couples, mostly belonging to the same profession and with the women being more educated, are heading for a divorce. Until recently, the cell was mostly dealing with people from lower income groups, but now it is witnessing an increase in complaints from affluent people.

“20 per cent of complaints come from the upper class,” a police official said.

The increase in complaints indicates a rise in matrimonial disputes. This year alone, 1,050 complaints have been received so far as compared to 1,022 in 2006 and 897 in 2005.

“It’s an age of women empowerment. As divorce is no longer a social stigma, there is an increased awareness among women regarding their rights. Incompatibility and marriage in haste are some other reasons for the rising cases,” Dinesh Bhatt, SSP (operations) and in charge of the cell, said.

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Gen: Transition of society has major ramifications
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Stating that India was passing through a major transition phase, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt-Gen H.S. Lidder said that the society, moving from a socialist economy to a market-driven economy, has major ramifications for the country and it requires a total change in mindset.

The changes, he said, are creating market forces which demand its components to be far more efficient than what they were if they are to survive. Efficiency, he added, has to be brought onto the country’s centrestage.

He was speaking at a seminar on “Changing Dimensions of International Security: Implications for India”, at Panjab University here.

He said the country was fortunate in having a large youth population. On them depends the society’s move towards positive change or regression.

Earlier, he gave a talk on “Shifting Geopolitical, Economic and Strategic Spectrum”, where he said that with the advent of globalisation and spread of information technology, security has shifted from defence forces to the individuals.

Delivering the valedictory address, Maj-Gen Ravi Kheterpal from Western Command headquarters said that in the changing world order, non-military threats have multiplied and have transcended national borders.

Depletion of fossil fuel reserves and the rising population graph are areas of serious concern, he said. He also talked of the paradigm shift in security and emergence of non-state actors and its impact on national security.

Dr Vijay Khare from the University of Pune spoke on “Internal Security Challenges to India” with special focus to Mumbai bomb blasts, where he also highlighted the flip side of globalisation.

Dr Leena Parmar gave a presentation on the Interface between Society and Defence Mechanisms : Role of Military Sociology, in which she brought out the factors leading to loss of motivation amongst defence personnel. Dr S.S. Dalal spoke on globalisation and its impact on India’s internal security.

Three books, “Bangladesh : A silent security threat” and “Bharat ke Purvoutra Mein Uggarwad”, written by Dr S.K. Mishra from Government College, Hisar, and “Funding for Defence and Development” by Dr Pratibha Devendra from the P.G. College for Women, Hisar, were also released on the occasion.

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‘Persian is the language of Indian culture’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Koorosh Safavi is among the few academic experts who do not believe in being politically correct.

Soon as you get into a conversation with him about Jalaludin Rumi, Safavi says: “Rumi belongs to the educated people. In Iran where I come from, Rumi is not a subject of common knowledge. People are more acquainted with other Sufi saints and would rather keep their interest in them only.”

When asked why Rumi’s popularity was restricted in Iran, Safavi turned the discussion to a philosophical side: “Rumi is relevant in places where anguish and tensions dominate. In the US, his texts have become emotional anchors for people who do not know where to look for relief. Elsewhere across the world too Rumi’s popularity abounds in war-struck, strife-prone areas like the west which has a lot to deal with.”

Personally, Safavi remains a lover of Hafiz, another Sufi poet whose message of more direct and plain. But that does not mean Safavi does not rate Rumi among his favourites. “I consider Rumi a giant of world history - someone whom everyone wants to possess. Rumi is an Indian in India, in Iranian in Iran, an American in America. His philosophy is so universal that his reach is unrestricted,” said Safavi, an expert in linguistics from the Allameh Tabatai University, Tehran.

Having written 65 books and translated 55, Safavi still treats himself a learner. He is, however, a master of German and French and says this when asked why translations are important: “It’s about introducing rich texts that carry important messages for humanity. Translations have their own charm and I love handling them,” he says, adding that Rumi is a prototype. “But we need to study him in fresh light so that we know what the stylistic markers of his poetry are. We need to work on Rumi’s distinct characteristics - which set him apart from the rest and make him a phenomenon.”

In India these days for his studies, Saffavi says Persian is a language of Indian civilisation. “Anyone who wants to read and understand Indian culture and civilisation must know Persian. He has no alternative. And I am very happy to know that there are as many as 45 seats of Persian learning in the universities across India. The Iran Culture House is planning to add more. This only shows a growing interest for the language,” Safavi says.

About Hindi, though, he does not speak with such conviction. “I never felt the need to learn Hindi because you don’t have to know Hindi to be functional in India. English is as good,” says the linguist, here for a two-day seminar on Jalaludin Rumi, hosted by the Haryana Urdu Akademi.

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No need to relocate slums: Expert
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
There is no need to relocate slums from the urban areas. On the other hand, the authorities should upgrade the basic amenities in the slum areas to provide a decent standard of living to the urban poor with slum dwellers as the stake holders.

This was stated by Himanshu Parikh, engineer-planner from Ahmedabad who is credited with the rehabilitation of over 10 lakh slum dwellers in Gujarat, while releasing a blueprint for providing better living conditions to the urban poor on the sidelines of a conference on urban poor organised by the Saakaar Foundation here today.

Contrary to several of the urban planning experts and policy-makers, Parikh advocated minimal government role in the execution of projects for the slum dwellers."No project for their rehabilitation could be successful until they were involved as the capital partners," Parikh told The Tribune. "Upgradtion of the civic amenities, including sewerage, roads and water supply, was the need of the hour for better living conditions of the slum dwellers," he said while disfavouring the re-location of slum from the urban areas.

Local taxes from the slum dwellers were the only guarantee that the infrastructure lasted for a longer time. The infrastructure created with financial contribution from the local community in collaboration with civic bodies would have better chance of taking care of the needs of the population, he asserted.

Parikh, who bagged the prestigious Aga Khan award for architecture, opined that about one-third of the population of the urban areas was living in slums and until their living conditions were improved, no development could be harmonious.

Aid from international development agencies and government grants for the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers would be of no avail till the slum dwellers were actually involved in the projects.

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‘Use media to create disease awareness’
Tribune News Service

Chadigarh, November 25
Noted physician, Dr Ajit S Puri,who is presently working as senior consultant in medicine at the Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Ludhiana, has requested Dr Karan Singh, president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, to launch a cultural campaign to create awareness about warning signals and symptoms of diseases like cancer.

Puri, who handed over a set of his three books including “How to Prevent Common Disease” said cancer was a such disease the incidence of which was going up in states like Punjab and other parts of the region. People should be educated by highlighting the signals and symptoms through print and electronic media. Posters should be put up at common places and culture groups should visit various parts of the country to educate people with regard to deadly diseases.

Puri and his son Jaswant Singh Puti are involved in a global mission of disease prevention. Puri has authored books in a simple language to educate masses with regard to preventive measures required to save themselves from these diseases.

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Bhagat Singh’s nephew seeks UPSC apology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Taking umbrage at the reference made to Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a “revolutionary terrorist’ in the civil services examination, a nephew of the freedom fighter has asked that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) should apologise.

Abhey Singh Sandhu, son of Kulbir Singh Sandhu, who is the younger brother of Bhagat Singh, in a letter to the UPSC, has asked that a public apology would be appropriate keeping in mind the status of the martyr.

Sandhu demanded that a suitable screening mechanism be instituted to screen the question papers in a sensitive subject like Indian history and a deterrent punishment be handed to the person found guilty.

Sandhu said on one hand the nation was celebrating the birth centenary of the martyr while on the other a question in the civil services examination referred him as a “revolutionary terrorist”.

Terrorism as per its ordinary-literal meaning implies the systematic and organised use of violence and intimidation to force a government and community, said Sandhu. However, the case is far from being applicable to Bhagat Singh and his comrades. He quoted an order of the Lahore High Court of 1929, which while rejecting the appeal of Bhagat Singh had observed: “ Bhagat Singh is a sincere revolutionary I have no doubt….”

While the judicial authorities of that time, which were governed by the colonial masters, had taken care to portray the martyr aptly, an august institution of a free India calls him otherwise. These days terrorism denotes senseless indiscriminate killing of anyone, including women and children.

A copy of the letter has also been sent to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said Sandhu, who e-mailed copies of the letter to newspaper offices.

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In Basta
Probe into murder case hits roadblock
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The police failed to achieve any breakthrough in the murder of an unidentified man whose highly decomposed body was recovered from near a government tubewell at Daria village, near here, on August 26 this year.

Even after three months, it has not been able to identify the victim, who had apparently been strangled.

Investigating officials said they had flashed his description but to no avail. Even the reports of samples collected from the crime scene and the postmortem report were awaited.

The police found long strands of hair and a part of jaw from the spot, which was examined by forensic and CSFL experts.

Besides employees, the tubewell was visited by several others, including migrant labourers of nearby places who came to bathe there.

The police cited his identification as a main hurdle in the investigations hitting a roadblock.

The SHO of the Industrial Area police station, inspector Jagir Singh, said: “Despite efforts, the victim’s identity could not be established. We have constituted police teams and will send them to Punjab, Haryana and Himachal with the victim’s description. Letters have also been dispatched to the DGP of these states.” He said the postmortem had been conducted five days after the body was recovered.

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Transport secys invited to panel meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Transport secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have been invited to participate in a meeting of the special committee to recommend the best possible mass rapid transport system for the region.

The committee, constituted by the ministry of urban development, is scheduled to meet here on November 27.

Committee chairman K.C. Sivaramakrishnan, who is also chairperson of the centre for policy research, New Delhi, said inputs and related data from various experts had been collected and these would discussed among members.

Without stating the outcome of discussions among members of the committee so far, he said the decision had to be futuristic. No decision on the public transport system had been taken yet.

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BSNL staff find exam tough, walk out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
A large number of candidates opted not to take the exam conducted by the BSNL scheduled to be held at Shishu Niketan School here today.

Over 1,000 aspirants, already in service, came to take the telecom technical assistant examination, but after finding it tough, decided not to appear for the second shift of the exam.

The exam would have helped them to get a promotion. “We have been working with the BSNL for the past 20 years. Why don’t the authorities assess us on our work experience. What is the need to take theoretical exams?” they asked.

A large number of candidates complained that when other competitive exams could be based on objective type questions, why not this. “The paper setters have changed the pattern this time and made it more theoretical, which we could not attempt,” they said.

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Letters

Educate through carnival

It’s just fun and frolic at Chandigarh Carnival as usual. The traffic police, in liaison with the RLA office, should have organised classes for guiding people about the procedures of getting licences and registering vehicles. The municipal corporation should also have put up a stall. A civic book on the lines of the Delhi MC could be distributed among the visitors. Though Chandigarh residents are literate, but most of them are not aware of the rules and regulations. The administration, particularly the MC and traffic police, should use this kind of opportunity for making the city residents aware.

Manjula Kiran
Panchkula

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Employee decamps with cash, articles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
An employee allegedly decamped with articles from his employer’s shop in Attawa.

The police said Jagat Ram of Kajheri village reported to the police that Hira Lal of Uttar Pradesh had allegedly decamped with a courier packet containing Rs 11,000, a bangle set and other articles from his shop on November 16.

The police has registered a case under Section 408 of the IPC.

No arrests has been made so far.

Thefts

Ramesh Sikka of Sector 20 has lodged a complaint with the police that readymade clothes worth Rs 15,000 were stolen from his shop at Mori Gate in Mani Majra last night.

In another incident, Mukesh Saini of Sector 33-A filed a complaint with the police that his bag containing a necklace, an ear-ring and some clothes was stolen from Sector 29 yesterday.

Two cases of theft have been registered in this regard.

Assault

Gurnam Singh of Mohali has reported to the police that Jaspreet, alias Bhola, of iron market in Sector 29 allegedly assaulted and threatened him at his shop yesterday.

A case has been registered.

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Man cremates wife’s body without informing police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Mystery shrouds the death of a 22-year-old married woman, Seema, who was found hanging by her husband at their Maloya Colony house here this morning.

The police said the victim’s husband cremated the body without informing it.

Police sources said Seema was married to Prabh Dial about five years ago. The couple had two children and their eight-month-old son was not keeping good health.

Prabh Dial told the police that when he came home this morning, he found his wife hanging. He rushed her to a private doctor in the colony, who declared her brought dead. He took her home and later cremated her. The police came to know about the incident later.

A police officer said as their marriage was less than seven years old, the police had to investigate if there was a matrimonial dispute leading to the victim’s death.

The police has informed the victim’s parents who live in Karnal. The police said action would only be taken after recording the statement of the victim’s parents.

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45-yr-old man found dead in house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
A 45-year-old man was found dead in his one-room accommodation in Sector 22 here this morning.

Ruling out foul play, the police said no visible injury marks were found on the semi-clad body, which was about two days old.

The police said the deceased had been identified as Jatinder Singh. He was living alone and was unmarried. The house was a joint property and his siblings had sold their part of the house to Narang Kumar.

The body was lying on the floor and there were cobwebs and things were lying scattered. The death came to light when Narang’s family did not notice any movement in Jatinder’s room. Narang told the police that they paid rent to Jatinder on a daily basis as he was not mentally sound.

For the past two days when he did not come to collect the money, they knocked on his door, but there was no response. They then informed the police.

The police broke open the door and shifted the body to the Sector 16 GMSH.

The in charge of the Sector 22 police post said efforts were on to trace the siblings of the deceased.

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Accused arrested within hours of assault
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Hours after a youth was robbed and attacked by a miscreant near the choe at Bapu Dham Colony this afternoon, the police succeeded in nabbing the accused.

According to SI Maninder Singh, Sikander Thakur, who works in a factory in the Industrial Area, was robbed of Rs 2,000 and other articles after he was hit with stones by a man around 2 pm.

Thakur told the police that he was on his way back hone along with his two friends, when a group of persons waylaid them near the choe.

When they told them that they did not have anything with them, they began to thrash them. His friends managed to escape, but he was overpowered.

He reported the matter to the police. The police launched a search opposition and in the evening, managed to arrest the accused, Amar Singh.

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Unauthorised body found

Zirakpur, November 25
The police here recovered an unidentified body hanging from a tree in a park here on Saturday. The victim in his thirties seemed to be a migrant laborer and according to the police the possibility of his having committed suicide could not be ruled out. The victim was found hanging from a green dupatta by employees of a marriage palace in Dhakoli. They informed the police. The police has sent the body for a post mortem examination to the Dera Bassi civil hospital. — TNS

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CM launches Milkfed’s new products
2 panjiri making plants to supply nutrition to women
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 25
Punjab Chief Minister launched Milkfed’s latest products-Verka probiotic dahi, pro-biotic lassi, long shelf life curd and Gulab Jamun during the valedictory here recently.

MD Milkfed V.K. Singh said the products launched today would be available for the consumers within fifteen days. He added that independent tests and surveys conducted by various agencies have reported that Verka products are comparable to the best milk products available in the world.

He said in order to boost the quality of raw milk, a specific programme ‘clean milk production’ was being launched among the cooperative milk societies under which 152 bulk milk coolers have been installed in the societies to instantly chill raw milk while it is in the village.

Giving details of the Verka product performance, V.K. Singh said the sales turnover was Rs 757 crore in 2006-2007 while it was Rs 682.41 crore last year.

He said two panjiri making plants had been set up at Jalandhar and Bathinda to supply panjiri as nutrition to women through the department of women and child development.

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Khadi exhibition begins
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 25
Union minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation Selja today inaugurated an exhibition of khadi products at the Huda grounds in sector 5 here.

Addressing the function, the minister said khadi was Gandhiji’s tool to make people self-reliant. People should adopt khadi products in a big way as it was also a major employment provider in the rural areas.

A former chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Luxmi Dass informed that seven states from the north India were participating in the month-long exhibition.

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Dev Anand’s autobiography ‘registered record sale’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
“Dev Anand’s autobiography ‘Romancing with Life’ has become an international bestseller and Penguin’s biggest grosser, registering a record sale of 18,500 copies in two months’ time,” claimed Naveen Sharma, an ardent fan of Dev Anand who accompanied him to his Indian and foreign trips for the launch of the book.

Addressing mediapersons at the Press Club, Sector 27, here today, Naveen said out of 18,500 copies, around 4,000 had been sold outside India. Priced at Rs 695, this book has been divided into 88 chapters elaborated in 438 pages. Another order of 10,000 copies has been placed from America for the next year.

Besides India, Naveen accompanied Dev Anand to Stockholm, Frankfurt, London, New York, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Jersey. “Hillary Clinton released the book in New York while the Governor of New Jersey Jon S. Corzine released it in New Jersey,” added Naveen.

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