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‘Naya andaaz’ a draw on Day 1
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
The ‘naya andaaz’ of the Indian Cricket League seems to have clicked with the crowds. Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium here was packed to capacity on the augural day.

From The Sidelines

* The audiences wondered why flag marchers were six in number when the cheerleaders were 15. There were to be 12 flag marchers, all girls, but the numbers had to be struck down as the organisers lost T-shirts bearing the logo of one of the contesting teams.

* Whereas the VVIP block had terraced seating to facilitate match viewing, many VIP blocks had seats arranged on one level. As a result, most backbencher had to stand to see cricket. Stands sure were better.

* Beer free of cost in the VIP enclosure was an attraction for many. Police personnel were seen making a beeline for the beer mugs.

* To save spectators from big hits, the organisers distributed safety helmets free of cost after the start of the match. But it seems a stunt as soon the stock was exhausted.

* Union minister for railways Laloo Prasad Yadav, Amar Singh, Essel Group supremo Subhash Chandra and TV anchor Mandira Bedi were the celebrities at the occasion.

With a turnout of over 6,500 on the occasion, it is certainly a new beginning for domestic cricket. Interestingly, many cricket fans were seen waiting outside the stadium to gain entry, even after the culmination of the first innings of the local favourite Chandigarh Lions team, which played against the Delhi Jets in the opening match.

“Seeing so many fans waiting outside the stadium, one would think that this was an international match. Undoubtedly, the turnout is a good sign for domestic cricket. But one cannot ignore the Kareena factor,” said Neelam Kumari, who came with her family to see the match.

In sharp contrast, few turn up for Ranji matches or other first-class ties, even if big guns like Sachin, Saurav or VVS Laxman come to play.

The organisers claim they sold 5,500 tickets before the start of the match, maintaining that tickets for the next three matches had also been exhausted. Equally excited seemed the Panchkula administration with the top brasses coming with their families to watch the sports carnival. The presence of police personnel in hundreds went on to show that the tourney was no less than any international event.

Was it Kareena’s rocking performance or the people’s curiousity about the new face of domestic cricket that got them to the stadium will be clear in the coming days.

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Stars & Spangles
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Indian Cricket League’s (ICL) Twenty20 tournament turned out quite sumptuous for a starter. Little wonder the house was full even when the rocking Kareena Kapoor was gone. They missed her but not quite, quickly getting back to the game that looked beautiful from the well-lit stands.

Enhancing the beauty was the brilliance of lights both on ground and the performance space, where action equal to cricket was on. It was from here that an incredibly lean Kareena wooed cricket lovers in her enchanting ways.

Dressed in silver and pearls, she looked every bit a performer she is, and doled out dance sequences on big hits like “Yeh mera dil”, “Maujan hi maujan” and “It’s rocking”. She looked happy and proud as she moved about VIP stands, keeping her promise with the ICL.

Once she set the ambience on fire, there was no looking back. The stage remained alive with presentations from “Band of Boys” and Surjit Khan, the first singer of the day. Interspersed with the presentations was a cracker show that kept the ground above Tau Devi Lal stadium glittering through the night. The crowds seemed ecstatic.

They cheered the contestants, so did the flag marchers, roped in from a local flying training institute, and cheer leaders straight from the West. The latter generated interest the most amid a predominantly Haryanavi crowd.

The crowds seemed equally amused with two robot-like men dressed as a lion and a jet. They were gleaning support for the Chandigarh Lions and the Delhi Jets.

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Forcible Recovery
Forum tells ICICI to pay Rs 4 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Taking serious note of illegal means used by the ICICI Bank to recover money, the District Consumer Forum has directed it to pay Rs 4 lakh as compensation to a Mohali resident.

The petitioner, Neelam Puri, had taken a loan of Rs 5,38,000 for purchasing a Tata Qualis from the bank for which a monthly instalment of Rs 11,148 was fixed.

She claimed she could not pay the instalments for the months of October and November as the vehicle was involved in an accident on October 4, 2006.

On December 18, 2006, she received a call from the bank. Neelam’s husband visited the bank in Mohali where he saw bank employees in the company of anti-social elements. Neelam’s husband alleged that the bank staff misbehaved with him and used filthy language.

The staff forcibly took away his vehicle after a heated discussion. The petitioner took the matter to the SSP and the Transport Authority in Chandigarh. Neelam prepared a demand draft for Rs 22,296 for the months of October and November. Another draft was prepared for the month of December and submitted to the bank but the bank didn’t accept it.

The bank said Neelam was informed about the default in payment of dues and the vehicle was not taken away illegally and forcibly; rather the same was surrendered.

It stated that as per the terms of the agreement, it was assured that in case the total dues were paid by the petitioner within seven days, the bank would give back the vehicle. However, the same was not done.

The forum headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal observed that the principal amount paid by the complainant was Rs 1,60,856. Out of a loan of Rs 5,38,000 if Rs 1,60,856 was deducted, a sum of Rs 3,77,144 was left which was to be paid by Neelam.

After seizing the vehicle worth Rs 5,64,484 and selling it, the bank had earned Rs 1,87,340.

The forum directed the bank to return the amount along with an interest of 8 per cent per annum from December 18, 2006.

The bank was also asked to refund the amount of Rs 1,87,340 with interest.

The forum stated: “The nefarious activities of the bank are now widely known in this part of the country.

Daily we are hearing of stories in newspapers and the media about the misdeeds committed by the opposite parties (bank) and the goondas hired by them.”

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Corruption a moral issue: Ansari 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Stating that corruption in public life had implications that were wide-ranging and multi-dimensional, Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari said the challenge was to comprehend and confront the issue in its totality.

“Corruption is as much moral as a development issue,” he said while delivering the P.N. Haksar Memorial Lecture at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development here. “It tends to distort the decision-making processes on investment projects and other commercial transactions,” he added.

Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks where he said that public corruption was a source of concern for all those interested in building a new India, Ansari said such a statement was indicative of how serious the problem was.

He said corruption increased injustice and disregard for the rule of law and as such, it had to be viewed as a symptom of fundamental weaknesses in institutions concerned. The correctives therefore, he added, needed to focus on a set of fundamental institutional determinants.

Citing the first report of the Ethics Committee of the Rajya Sabha, Ansari said views were being expressed over the general decline in moral and ethical standards in public life. He said while quoting the report: “In such a situation, the representatives of the people have to set high standards of behaviour in public life. They not only have to represent the society but also have to lead,” he added.

CPI general secretary, A.B. Bardhan said people had forgotten values and there was turmoil all around. Bardhan said the Left wanted friendship with the US, but not at the cost of being subservient to the latter’s interests.

Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai, Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Punjab Finance minister Manpreet Badal were also present on the occasion.

 

Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari (second from left) along with Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai (left), Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (right) after releasing the Fourth Volume of the Haksar Memorial Lecture in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

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BSNL to employ rural youth
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Living up to its social commitment, the largest public sector undertaking in India, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has started providing a helping hand to the government agencies in combating unemployment, particularly in the rural areas.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the telecom giant has started a unique scheme to enrol rural youth as the direct selling agents (DSAs) for its various products with a view to provide them extra income.

“The scheme was part of the social objective of the BSNL to help reduce unemployment among the youth all over the country,” said chief general manager of the Punjab circle SR Aggarwal, the brain behind the scheme.

Officials informed that under the scheme matriculate youths could apply to the nigam for enrolment as DSAs.

They would work on a commission basis to sell various products such as recharge coupons, SIM cards, India telephone cards, broadband connections, landline connections and mobile phones.

With the urban telecom market saturated, the rural areas hold good potential for new landline and mobile connections besides other products, an official said. Since the government-controlled telecom giant has a large presence in the rural areas, it holds an edge over other players.

In this scenario, the recruitment drive would go a long way in expanding BSNL’s reach and provide employment opportunities to the youth.

In fact, the BSNL is toying with the idea of expanding the role of DSAs by training them to handle repairs and collect telephone bills, the officials highlighted. 

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MC rejects dept proposal for renting out building
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 30
The municipal council has rejected the proposal of the district employment generation and training department for giving a part of the office building on rent to it even as the Kharar MLA appealed to the Punjab chief minister to get the stay on work-related estimates vacated so that development could be carried out in Mohali.

The proposal was rejected at the monthly meeting of the municipal council held here today. Councillors argued that the building was constructed by the civic body for its own use and not for renting it out to any other department.

The department director had asked the council to make available 2,000 sq ft carpeted area on an upper floor of the building for office use for which rent would be paid as fixed by the department of public works.

As Mohali had become a district, it was decided to shift the office of the employment exchange from Chandigarh to the council office building in Sector 68 here.

The house also declined to pay 18 per cent interest to the director, local government department, on pension amount totalling Rs 12,61,876, which was deposited nearly four years after the due date.

The pension scheme was introduced in July, 1994, and the contribution amount of 400 employees was deposited in April, 1998, even when it had to be deposited in July 1994.The house questioned the reason why the council should be made to pay the interest on such a big amount when the fault lay with officials who failed to make timely payments at that time. They said responsibility should be fixed in this regard.

A proposal related to the cleaning of carpets and sofa sets in the offices of the council president, executive officer, municipal engineer and the meeting hall and also cleaning of curtains at the municipal library in Silvi Park at a cost of Rs 35,000 was kept pending.

Councillors said the amount should be spent on development works and the cleaning could be held up for sometime.

The council cleared the proposal of levying fee on persons who came for shooting of films, serials and filming of songs in parks owned by the civic body. The council would charge Rs 5,000 per day for the use of big parks, while Rs 2,000 would be charged for small parks.

MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu told mediapersons after the meeting that he welcomed the statement of SAD acting president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who said there would be no shortage of funds for the development of the district. Sidhu appealed to him to intervene and get the stay on development estimates worth Rs 7 crore vacated so that residents could be given better infrastructure.

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High drama over reinstallation of meter
Tribune News Service

Panchkula,November 30
The electricity department today allegedly tried to re-install the power connection at the house of Joginder Singh Sahi, an NRI and former doctor with the Indian hockey team, at his house in Sector 8 without his permission.

In fact, high drama was witnessed when a team of the department allegedly tried to re-install the electricity meter apparently in a bid to "oblige" Bhuma Kuthiala, who is occupying the first floor of the house.

"The power connection was disconnected yesterday following our written request to the department. However, the re-connection bid today surprised us,” Sahi claimed.

The re-connection bid was opposed by Sahi vehemently following which the department staff beat a hasty retreat.

Bhuma had recently moved a local court demanding permanent injunction against dispossessing her from the house. While declining permanent injunction, the court fixed December 7 as the next date of hearing.

The SDO concerned Anil Nagar could not be contacted for his comments.

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Mohali gets Reliance Fresh outlet
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 30
Mohali’s first Reliance Fresh outlet opened at Phase V today. This is the 22nd outlet of the multicrore company in Punjab. The company already has outlets in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh.
Reliance Fresh outlet that opened in Phase V in Mohali
Reliance Fresh outlet that opened in Phase V in Mohali on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Unlike Indore, Bhubneshwar, Ranchi and New Delhi, where Reliance Fresh outlets have invited the wrath of vegetable vendors and petty traders, the company’s retail expansion in Punjab has been rather smooth.

Company sources said the outlets in Punjab and Chandigarh were running well and the company had not faced any problems from either the vendors or traders.

The company has five outlets in Amritsar, eight in Jalandhar, six in Ludhiana and two in Chandigarh. The company will also open two more outlets in Mohali in Phase VII and Phase X by early next year.

The outlet had no formal opening and following the company policy, no VIP inaugurated the outlet. “Our first customer was the one to inaugurate the store,” said a company source. The outlet here is about 5,000 sq feet in area and will be stocked with fruits, vegetables, grocery, bakery, dairy and poultry products.

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Scintillating ballet marks founders’ day
S.D. Sharma

Panchkula, November 30
A majestic presentation of an elaborate musical ballet "The Seasons", by over 600 students marked the sixth founders’ day celebrations of the Dikshant International School at the Indradhanush auditorium here yesterday.

The marathon ballet, based on the theme of environment preservation and pollution

control, was evolved by school teachers under the direction of noted thespian Kapil Mishra, an alumnus of National School of Drama.

Employing mythological characters, the musical play brought alive the causes and consequences of the menace of pollution.

The dancers portrayed the beauty and fury of changing seasons. Various dance forms like classical Ganesh Vandana, holy dance, dandiya, salsa, hip-hop and Goan rain dance were also presented.

Guest of honour Anurag Kashyap, director of Black Friday and No Smoking, addressed the students. He delved deep into the changing life-styles affecting the growth of children. He cited references from his student life at Sindhia School, Gwalior, where he used to spend most of the time in the library. He rued children's growing love for television and emphasised the need to cultivate their imagination.

Well-known educationist A.N. Dar, was also the guest of honour and demonstrated a quiz. Earlier, school director Mitul highlighted the achievements of the students and announced the opening of smart classrooms and expansions of seven new schools during the year.

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Plant utility trees: Maneka
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, Nov 30
“Chandigarh needs more utility trees like Peepal, Jamun, Bargad which have vanished over the past few years from the city in place of ornamental trees”, said Maneka Gandhi, MP from Pilibhit and chairperson of the People for Animals (PFA).

Known for her compassion and dedication towards animals cause, it comes as no surprise when Maneka Gandhi advocated that lizards and snakes needed to be saved for people’s safety. In the city to deliver a lecture at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Maneka left no stone unturned in emphasising the importance of animals in daily life. Dwelling upon the pre-Aryan relationship of man with snakes, she said, “If there won’t be any snakes, there will be an over population of rats. Already, India loses 25 per cent of foodgrains to rats every year. Alarmed by the situation, the authorities have now taken up to rebreeding snakes”.

A writer, social worker, former minister and an excellent orator, Maneka had for one everybody glued to their seats throughout her lecture. Quoting many real life instances of environment awareness, she recalled how around eight years back, Surat was engulfed with plague after the entire population of stray dogs was killed which in turn gave a chance to rats, grow in huge numbers. Explaining the concept of food chain in the eco-system and how every species contributes to it, she said Bharatpur in Rajasthan had now become a place without trees as there were no birds left in the Bharatpur sanctuary.

Visibly upset over the declining green cover in our country, Maneka said “in our country only 8 per cent of land is the green cover whereas any developed country has at least 25 per cent green cover. In Punjab, the green cover is less than 1 per cent”, she stated.

Praising the administration for tackling the best the problem of stray dogs, she, however, chose not to comment when asked on how owner-friendly the dog bylaws enforced by the municipal corporation are.

She also apprised everyone that how the leather industry is polluting the environment and the largest consumers are the schoolchildren who had to buy shoes as part of their uniform.

At this, the DPI (Schools), S K Setia, who was also present at the occasion, announced that he would be sending a circular to all schools, stating that the leather shoes to be replaced by canvas shoes.

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MC meet adjourns without discussing agenda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The house meeting of the Municipal Corporation was adjourned today without discussing a single agenda item. It is being slated to be one of the only house meetings in the history of the MC to have been adjourned even without confirming the minutes of the previous meeting.

Congress councillors protested that the brochures and pamphlets printed for the upcoming mayors conference did not have the photographs of MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and the senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor. It was pointed out that while mayors of various cities had been invited, the hosts had not been represented.

It was demanded that the brochures should be re-printed. In further protest, the senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor also returned their laptops in the house, stating that it was creating a rift among the rest of the councillors as they had also been promised the same, which they had not been given as yet.

The issue of colonies was raised by the BJP-BSP councillors, in support of the issue, the mayor supported the walk out of the BSP-BJP councillors and adjourned the meeting, much to the surprise of everyone.

She also stated that the meeting could not be conducted as the commissioner was not present. Protests that meetings have been held in the past in the commissioner’s absence fell on deaf years.

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Union contests ad seeking ex-linemen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The Punjab Unemployed Linemen Union has challenged an advertisement issued in September by the Punjab State Electricity Board, Patiala, inviting applications from retired linemen for re-employment.

In a public interest litigation, the union through its president Tarlochan Singh of Ferozepore district has sought directions for quashing the advertisement.

The petitioners have contended that it was gross injustice to them in view of their technical proficiency and training.

The PIL also termed the board advertisement to re-employ retired persons as violation of the petitioners' fundamental rights.

A long list of unemployed linemen too has been annexed with the PIL.

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Power dept cries for staff, transport
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The city’s power infrastructure seems to be caught in time warp. Dwindling staff, lack of modern transport for the field staff and the bias against the “southern sectors” coupled by an unresponsive attitude of a “distant” Government of India is adding to the woes.

Even in this age of speedy communication, the linemen and assistant line men, who actually repair the faults, have to more or less travel on bi-cycles whereas the revenue surplus administration can easily provide them with scooters or motorcycles to bring about some urgency. And, as if to rub salt, the linemen get a sum of Rs 300 per month by way of conveyance allowance. This will buy only six litres of fuel in a two wheeler in case the field staff uses his own vehicle.

Four-wheeled mini trucks have been provided to transport the staff. One each has been provided in a subdivision but there are no drivers to drive these vehicles on a regular basis.

During the peak season, summer and monsoon, the administration had hired drivers on contract but not now. Even during the peak season, if more than one fault occurs in an area, the linemen have to use bicycles.

The administration is crying hoarse to get more staff. In 2000, the union ministry of finance sent a team to study and tell the number of employees required for Chandigarh’s electricity operations. The team suggested that 1,765 employees from the superintending engineer to down below are required.

Even that was not approved and today the department has no more than 1,300 employees even as the number of power connections have risen by about 40,000 since then and gone beyond the 2 lakh mark.

The administration has asked the Government to delink the electricity department from the purview of the screening committee that okays every appointment and tells which vacant posts will not be filled. This committee has the home secretary of Chandigarh and a nominee of the government. Hospitals and the police were exempt, the government has not paid heed, said an official, while adding that it was becoming a major task in managing the faults as the “remote control in the hands of persons sitting in Delhi”.

At the local level, the bias against the southern sectors is evident. The city is divided in 10 subdivisions. Out this, five are dedicated just to the northern sectors that are north of the Dakshin Marg to manage about 70,000 power connections in Sectors 1 to 30. There are a total 2.10 lakh connections in the city. One subdivision is for the Mani Majra area that has 23,000 connections. As per regulations there should not be more than 10,000 connections in a subdivision.

There are only four subdivisions for the entire industrial area Phase I and II, besides all other sectors of the city that have more than 1.10 lakh connections.

At present, there are no more than 150 line men whereas about 540 are needed to manage 2.10 lakh power connections. There are no more than 350 assistant linemen whereas the need is of 850 of them. 

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BJP cell for flyover at level crossing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The colony cell of the BJP today demanded the construction of a flyover at level crossing No. 125 near the Industrial Area here.

A delegation of the cell met the railway station superintendent in this regard.

Residents of the areas comprising Raipur Kalan, Behlana, Mauli Jagran, Panchkula, Charan Singh Colony, Darua and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony have to use the level crossing every day.

Since the level crossing remains closed for a substantial part of the day, people have to go through a lot of inconvenience.

The station superintendent assured the delegation of taking the matter up with the higher authorities.

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Scale, proportion, integral to Corbusier work: Expert
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, November 30
The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademy organised a lecture-cum-slide show on “Modular man and the proportion” by architect and artist Aditya Prakash at Government College of Arts hall here today.

The audience largely comprised arts and architecture students. Drawing references from his close association and working relationship with legendary Le Corbusier, he maintained that scale and proportion had been an integral part of Le Corbusier’s planning of architecture.

Corbusier based his modern architecture on a study of the ancient architectural perceptions but explored new horizons in the realm.

Prakash claimed that in the primitive and medieval times, woman limbs like hand or arm had been used as units of measurement and proportion as mentioned in old epics like “Vishnu Dharmotram Puran” wherein fingers (Angul) were treated as the smallest unit of proportion and measurement.

Under the ‘modular man concept’, similar to the basic musical notes “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa”, the ratio and proportions were the basic values in providing dimensions to any kind of form in architecture or painting.

Prakash also saw the possibility of painting using these scales. Any form taken in dimension became natural, clearer and fruitful.

“Being endowed with the sensibility of an artist, man is always trying to explore new forms in varied dimensions, however the proportion remains constant.”

Akademy secretary Ravinder Sharma asserted that it was a fruitful endeavour of the akademy to harmonise art and architecture.

Aesthetic perceptions are the souls and the creative artist finds new bodies to these souls, he added, while proposing the vote of thanks.

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Chandigarh, November 30
Two employees of The Tribune publication retired today. Assistant manager, Amarpal Singh Sodhi, who retired after putting in 41 years of service, was given a warm farewell by his office colleagues here today. G.B. Yadav, a head havildar (Accounts), who retired after putting in 27 years, was also given a farewell. — TNS
Amarpal Singh Sodhi G.B. Yadav

Amarpal Singh Sodhi

G.B. Yadav

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Letters
Unwarranted security to SGPC members

The announcement of the Punjab Chief Minister that the state government would provide every SGPC member with two official gunmen besides allowing them the use of red beacon on their vehicles is highly unwarranted.

The CM’s announcement is nothing more than a tactic to allure the SGPC members and an attempt to keep his flock together. This is a blatant misuse of the hard earned money of the taxpayers.

The higher judiciary has already taken a serious view of the unnecessary security provided to politicians and bureaucrats. If today, they are provided with security covers, tomorrow, they will be provided with government vehicles as some of them may not even own vehicles and houses big enough to accommodate two security guards.

There is no threat perception to warrant such a privilege. Government security can be provided to those who are vulnerable targets but not on wholesome basis.

S.K. Khosla, Chandigarh

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Sec 38 doctor booked for bid to rape maid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A Sector 38-based medical practitioner was today booked on charges of attempt to rape on a complaint lodged by his maid. The victim, who is in her early twenties, alleged that she and 65-year-old Dr V.D. Chugh were alone at home when Dr Chugh attempted to rape her.

According to sources, the maid was employed about a month back. The police has booked him under Sections 376 and 511 of IPC. However, the doctor is still at large and the victim would be taken for a medical examination at Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16.

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Probe reopened against Punjab former DPI(S)
Charged with procuring job under the SC quota by furnishing fake certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The SSP ordered an inquiry into the cancellation of a case in which a former director, Public Instructions (DPI) (Schools), Punjab, was booked on the charges of cheating and forgery for allegedly procuring a job under the Scheduled Caste quota by furnishing fake certificates.

The inquiry was marked to the crime branch of the police earlier this month after Kidar Nath of Zirakpur, the complainant in the case, lodged a complaint with the SSP accusing that the investigating official was shielding the accused. He alleged that the official during the course of the investigation ignored certain facts.

The police had booked Yadwinder Singh, a resident of Ram Bagh Colony, Lila Bhavan, Patiala, for cheating and forgery on October 25, last year. The police had reportedly prepared the cancellation report of the case in April this year and filed it in a local court in September this year.

Pointing towards the lapses committed during the investigation, Kidar Nath alleged that in the FIR it was mentioned that the service book and record of accused Yadwinder Singh mentioned him a Scheduled Caste whereas service book of his son, a Punjab Police officials, showed that he did not belong to the caste. Besides this, the police ignored the chargesheet reports prepared by the senior officers of the education department.

He further alleged that the police did not take notice of the fact why the accused had taken pre-mature retirement. The police even did not bother to verify the family record and their voter identity cards to ascertain the status of the accused.

Blaming investigating officials of knowingly ignoring the facts, Kidar Nath sought the dismissal of the investigating officer of the case on November 20.

A senior police official admitted that lapses were committed during the investigation and the matter was recommended for reinvestigation.

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CBI nabs labour inspector with bribe money
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Sleuths of the CBI reportedly caught a labour inspector of the UT administration red-handed while taking a bribe from a consultancy firm in Sector 22 here this evening.

Sources said labour inspector V.S. Bhargava was caught accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe which he demanded for issuing a licence to the firm. The raid was conducted after Preeti Bansal of Zirakpur, a representative of the Sector 22-based RS Financial Consultants, lodged a complaint with the CBI against the official.

Preeti told mediapersons that the firm provided consultancy for manpower to gulf countries. The firm had applied for licence from the department concerned on November 27 and Bhargava was to give his inspection report. He was demanded money to give the report.

He had come to the office to collect the money when he was nabbed by the CBI.

Sources said raids would be conducted at the office and residence of the accused. A case under the provision of the Prevention of the Corruption Act has been registered.

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New industrial policy soon: Capt Kanwaljit
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh today said the Punjab Government would soon announce its new investor-friendly industrial policy to promote industrialisation in the state in a big way.

He was addressing the inaugural session of the 30th national convention of Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) on the theme of supply chain management organised here. He informed that due to cordial industry-labour relations and uninterrupted and affordable power supply, Punjab was a most favoured destination for investment.

The minister revealed that now when the country was passing through a crucial phase of transformation and the growth rate in manufacturing and tertiary industry had touched an all-time high, the situation of growth in agri-sector was not encouraging. He lamented that the share of agriculture sector was only 5 per cent of the union budget.

He urged the centre and captains of the industry to introduce and implement common man centric policies to instill spirit of enthusiasm amongst them by increasing their carry home income. Earlier, S.K. Sharma, president of the IIMM, welcomed the chief guest.

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