C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S

ICL carnival: 1 day to go
Players to be tested for dope
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The Indian Cricket League (ICL) will put its players to a dope test and has set up an anti-corruption cell to prevent match fixing during the league starting from November 30 at Tau Devi Lal Cricket stadium in Panchkula.

Ashish Kaul, vice-president, Essel Group, said all arrangements were in place to check any illegal activity. The group has tied up with Ranbaxy Labs, which would arrange for a dope test on the players at random.

The anti-corruption cell would monitor the pavilion area for a watch on the conduct of the players during the matches.

Terming these measures as essential requirements for international sporting events, Kaul said: “We are trying to ensure the highest standards of professionalism in sports as we all know that betting and doping are common in sports events. Hence, these measures to check the menace.”

Kaul said their endeavour was to take domestic cricket to international standards. Asked what action would be taken if any player was found guilty, he said the rules would be similar to those of the ICC. “The contract of the guilty player could be nullified,” he added. 



In P’kula, it’s Lara’s theme
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 28
Brian Lara is to the ICL what the ‘brahamastra’ was to the warriors in the Mahabharata. The Lara craze was evident from the excitement of his fans, who gathered in numbers for his glimpse at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, here.

As soon as the Mumbai Champs skipper arrived with his team at 3.45 pm, there was a lot of hustle-bustle at the venue. There were no police arrangements, except for a handful of private security guards.

The fans could be seen clicking Lara with their cell phone cameras. Lara and his teammates headed for the newly laid pitches before taking to the nets. It is like a dream come true to see the legend,” said a youngster.

Efforts by mediapersons to get quotes were in vain as the cricketer, with the highest Test score, refusing to say anything except ‘No’. 



UT gets Rs 51 crore for Industrial Area
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The union finance ministry has sanctioned Rs 51.19 crore for the Industrial Area. A communiqué from the ministry informing about the sanction has been received by the administration, sources said today.

This is part of the plan to develop the Industrial Area (Phase I and Phase II) as an economic hub of North India.

The money was important. This is for the first time that the ministry has allowed the administration to get a share out of the revenue deposited by the administration in the consolidated fund of India.

The money had been collected from the conversion fee and its sanction will result in development of the Industrial Area.

As per the plan, landscape on the V2 road from the Tribune Chowk to Hallo Majra Chowk will be undertaken. Prominent entry points to the area will be highlighted with landscape features- water bodies, plantations and subtle illumination at night.

There will be temporary parking in Phase I, which will cater to the requirements of persons who visit multiplexes and shopping malls. Various important projects of widening and strengthening existing roads and public health works, such as storm water drainage and sewerage network, will also be taken up.

Under normal course, this conversion fee would have gone to the Government of India. Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd) took up the matter with the union finance minister, who suggested that a separate fund be created.

The Chandigarh housing board was asked to deposit the receipts in the government account on a monthly basis. Based on the revenue collected, the estate officer submitted the requisite proposal. 



1-year-jail for IIT college head
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The Consumer Disputes Forum-I today sentenced the chairperson of the IIT College of engineering, Mani Majra, to a year’s imprisonment for not complying with the orders of the forum. The forum also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.

The order was pronounced on May 21 this year. The forum directed the engineering college to pay a compensation of Rs 90,000 for not refunding the security amount of students. The college was also asked to pay Rs 2,100 as litigation cost within 30 days.

The complainant moved an execution application for punishing the engineering college for not complying with the order of the forum.

Two students of the college, Kunal Kapoor from Delhi and Ajay of Mohali, had taken admission under the reserved category in IIT College of Engineering, Kala Amb, in 1999.

The college is located in Kala Amb in Himachal Pradesh while its administrative branch is in Mani Majra, UT.

During admission, the students had deposited a security of Rs 90,000 which was to be refunded within six months from the date of completion of course. Kapoor stated that this fact was mentioned in the receipt. He completed the course in 2004 and a provisional degree was issued by Himachal Pradesh University.

He alleged that after the course was completed, the fee was not refunded though he met the authorities concerned several times. He said on May 8, 2004, he wrote to the college to refund the fee but nothing was done.



Showrooms of Jains raided
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Prominent ready-made garment dealers of Sector 17, Jains, came under the income tax scanner with IT sleuths raiding their premises today.

Acting on specific information, a team of the investigating wing of the IT department raided Meena Bazar, showrooms of Jains in Sector 17 and the notified area committee in Mani Majra.

Another showroom on Madhya Marg -- Jain Furnishings -- was also raided.

The residential premises of the Jains in Sectors 15 and 9 of the city and in Panchkula were also raided. The palatial house in Sector 9 had recently been purchased by the Jains.

Documents pertaining to the possibility of tax evasion were seized.



DAV-8 ‘denies’ info on sports centre
School not under RTI: Principal
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
A local government aided school has apparently flouted provisions of the Right to Information Act (RTI) by denying information about its sports center.

City resident Satpal Kherwal submitted an application to the DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 (DAV SSS-8), seeking details of the school hostel and the cricket-coaching center being run by the school.

He alleged that his son who plays cricket, was discriminately been ignored for growing in the game, despite his best performance, as I tried to raise voice against the system.

In her reply to the application, the principal, Dr Vibha Ray said the school does not come under the purview of the RTI Act and hence the information sought, cannot be supplied.

According to RTI provisions, any authority or body or non-government institution which is being substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the administration, comes under the purview of this Act and is therefore bound to abide by the RTI rules and regulations.

DAV SSS-8 is an aided school and 95 per cent of the teachers’ salaries are paid by the Chandigarh Administration.

The school principal, when contacted, said she had already written to the DAV managing committee at Delhi to proceed further. “I have written to the DAV committee at Delhi to seek guidelines in this matter. As soon as I get any communication from their side, I will pursue accordingly.”

Kherwal alleged that he had noticed some serious bunglings in the cricket academy accounts in connivance with hostel warden-cum-coach, Sukhwinder Bawa, who despite being posted at Hisar had been occupying the accommodation within the school premises.

“I wanted to seek information regarding the salary given during the period 1999 to 2007, especially the house rent allowance given to the coach, which could have brought out the misappropriations,” he said. “Further, the school authorities started the DAV School Cricket Clinic Centre and Rs 10,000 per child was taken. What happened to that center and the money, no one knows”, he further alleged.

Despite repeated attempts, when Kherwal could not get the required information, he approached the Chandigarh Education Department, but it took the official concerned 29 days, only to tell Kherwal, that he would have to file an appeal against it with the DEO office. “The registrar A.L. Nanda spoke harshly every time I approached him about my submission. On the last day of 30 days’ lapse period, he only told me that I should file an appeal with the DEO office, which I did on October 17. The stipulated time period for appeal too have been lapsed still, there is no hearing from any side”, he rued.



Loss of Crop
No compensation so far, complain land owners
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 28
More than 50 land owners of Mouli Baidwan and Raipur villages here have alleged that they have not got any compensation for the loss of crop due to the laying of underground pipes for sewerage treatment plant.

One of the land owners, Pawan Sood, said the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) was to give them compensation for the land rendered useless for cultivation but all requests and representations have fallen on deaf ears. He added that the land belongs to at least 10 families who were awaiting compensation.

Underground pipelines are being laid by the GMADA for sewerage treatment plant and some part of this land has also been acquired for the purpose. “But the acquired land was never used for the purpose. Instead, fresh plans were made. However, these plans, too, were not followed and now the lines are being laid at a fresh site on our land,” he said.

He added that only 80 per cent of the land acquired in 2004 had been given to them but the rest was still pending. “The award is still to be announced,” he said.

The sewerage pipe is laid in an area of 75 feet but the land rendered useless for cultivation is over 200 feet. “There is water logging around the site due to which nothing can be planted here,” he said adding that compensation amount should be not just for the 75 feet of land but for the entire 200 feet.



Green run on December 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The MC has planned a run for environment on December 25 for various age groups to commemorate Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s supreme sacrifice.

According to an MC spokesman, the event planned for December 2 has been rescheduled due to examinations in schools and colleges.

He said boys and girls under 15 years, 18 years and above 18 years will run a distance of approximately 3 km, 5 km and 16 km, respectively.

Senior citizens could run 1.5 km. Men who are 60 years old and above and women who are 55 years of age and above could take part in this category.

Participants have to be either residents of the UT or studying in schools and colleges of the city. 



It’s not land grab, says chargesheeted MLA Ripjit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Ripjit Singh Brar, Congress MLA from Kotkapura, who was charge-sheeted under Section 11 of the Public Premises Act in the district courts yesterday, claims that it is not a case of land grab.

Section 11 of the Public Premises Act states: “If any person who has been evicted from any public premises under this Act again occupies the premises without authority for such occupation, he shall (on conviction by an executive magistrate; in Punjab only) be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to Rs 1, 000 or with both."



Poor children given gifts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Jean Rodrigues, president of the Indian Council for Child Welfare, today presented gifts to anganwadi workers and underprivileged children at a function in Mani Majra.

She also inaugurated a blood donation camp in which volunteers donated 100 units of blood. The camp was organised in association with the Rotary and the Blood Bank Society.

She said such events should be encouraged as they enabled empowerment of underprivileged children.



Fire engine charges likely to be hiked
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The MC is planning to enhance call charges of fire engines deployed during private functions and also those called out to receive emergency calls from the Governments of Punjab and Haryana.

As of now, the MC charges only Rs 100 per hour for a fire engine deployed to cover private functions like exhibitions, fairs, matches and social and religious events and also for those requisitioned by officers of the Governments of Punjab and Haryana.

It has been proposed to increase the charges to 
Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, respectively.

A crew of one leading fireman, four firemen and a driver is deputed on every engine. The computed salary of one crew for an eight-hour duty comes to Rs 1,722 while the computed salary for an hour is Rs 215. The MC argues that besides the payment of salaries, it has to bear cost of diesel and other consumable items.

The issue has been discussed and approved at a meeting of the fire and emergency services committee on October 29.

The committee has also recommended that fire engines should be provided to the Chandimandir cantonment, Chandigarh Air Force station and Chandigarh Airport free of cost as fire engines from these establishments often assist the Chandigarh fire and emergency services free of cost when the need arises.

The issue will be further discussed at a meeting of the MC house on November 30.



‘Mahabharat Mein Sankhaya Darshan’ released
‘Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 28
Professor R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, Punjab University, released a book titled ‘Mahabharat Mein Sankhaya Darshan’, at a simple ceremony on the PU campus, held under the aegis of Swami Ram Tirath Educational and Cultural Society here today. Then maiden book written by Dr Meera Modi, a senior lecturer, Dev Samaj College for Women-45, is an exhaustive philosophical study recovering explosive truths to support the concept of existence of god, the subject to which divergent views had been ascribed from time to time. Sankhaya Darshan at one time permeated the entire Indian philosophy but when it came to Mahabharta period, it changed its entire course of thinking and reestablished its faith in existence and omnipresence of God.

Noted literary personalities expressed their views on the philosophical stand point of 'Sankhaya Darshan' and the arguments propounded by Dr Mira, Prof Naval Kishore, Dean, Satyawati, Dr Dharam Swaroop, Dr Neerja Sood, Dr Vikram Viveki, Dr Mahendra Kumar, Dr Upadhya and others graced the occasion.



Carelessness on roads

ROAD Mishaps are very common on the main road, V-4 of Sector 15, Chandigarh. Innocent people have been hit by high speed, brake free vehicles, particularly motorcycles on this road. It has become very risky for pedestrians to cross it.

Rashly driven buses have added to the vows of the locality. Traffic police deployed for a few hours perform duty sincerely, but are helpless to control these law breakers who have no regard for traffic rules.

B.L. Luthra,  Chandigarh

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Police raids GMSH blood bank
Lab technician arrested for illegal sale of blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The illegal sale of blood at government blood banks has come to light with the police raiding a blood bank of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and finding irregularities in its stock and records.

The police has arrested a senior laboratory technician for selling blood illegally.

According to the police, two relatives of a patient lodged a complaint against Bachan Singh that he allegedly charged Rs 600 from them to issue two units of blood but issued no receipt.

Kulwant Singh, SHO of the Sector 17 police station, said Balwinder Singh and Malkit Singh, a master card holder blood donor, needed blood for their relative who is a kidney patient.

When they purchased the blood from the bank, they were not issued any receipt, the SHO said. Moreover, when the police reached the spot it found that two units of blood was short in the stock.

The money received by the lab technician had also been recovered, the SHO added.

The hospital authorities could not be contacted despite repeated efforts.



11 booked for illegal possession of houses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The police has registered cases against 11 persons, including five women, for allegedly taking the possession of the houses of two NRIs illegally.

NRI Sukhjinder Singh Dhaliwal alleged that his tenant Kanta, who lived in one room of his house, had taken possession of his property.

She had also allegedly sublet two rooms of the house to Gurpreet Singh and Harjeet Singh, who had stolen some household items.

In a similar case, another NRI Sawtantar Singh filed a complaint that the in-laws of his son had allegedly taken possession of the upper portion of his house illegally.

He said after leaving for Canada with his son, the accused took possession of his house after breaking the locks.

He also alleged that the accused had stolen Rs 70,000, and 9,500 Canadian dollars, besides jewellery from the house.


A case has been registered on the complaint of Anbi Walia, a resident of Nepal, against Anant Ram of Sector 28. Anbi alleged that Anant hit him with his Innova car (Ch-03 S- 3703) on November 28.

The accused was arrested and later released on bail.

Bike stolen

Sakhinder Pal Singh of Mohali has reported that someone had stolen his Bullet motorcycle (PB- 12 G-m 0957) from Panjab University on the night intervening November 25 and 26.

A case has been registered.



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