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Court working hindered
Lawyers obstruct entry to the courtroom of Balwinder Kumar 
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
A section of lawyers at the Chandigarh District Courts today boycotted the court of judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Balwinder Kumar in protest against his reported remarks yesterday, barring the entry of those advocates whose cases had not been listed before him. The boycott was taken back late in the evening by the District Bar Association.

A group of 10 lawyers outside the courtroom of Balwinder Kumar stopped advocates from entering the courtroom during the day. The advocates took a break from work and relaxed outside the courtroom, obstructing work here from 10 am to 4 pm.

Questioned on the consequences of the boycott, one of the advocates said: “We are only following the orders of the District Bar Association.”

The lawyers piled up chairs at the entrance of the courtroom to block it. Though the court was boycotted, advocate S.P.S. Bhullar managed to get the bail orders of the three accused, all residents of Ram Darbar, who were arrested for thrashing a lawyer’s father. All lawyers who appeared in the courtroom today were marked present.

Meanwhile, District and Sessions Judge K.K. Garg granted anticipatory bail to advocate Ashok Kanwal, whose father was allegedly beaten up by the three accused. In the evening the police arrested Kanwal who then produced the bail orders and was allowed to go after a Rs 15,000 bail bond.

No action was taken by the police on the FIR registered yesterday on the complaint of two lawyers Vikas Bector and Surinder Kumar. The advocates had alleged that the accused had pushed and threatened them.

Talking to mediapersons, ASP Madhur Verma said: “We could have arrested Ashok Kanwal yesterday but preferred to verify facts and then arrest him.”

There were 83 cases that were to be tried at the boycotted courtroom today. In most cases, the lawyers didn’t turn up. The litigants appeared in person for their cases.



Protesters hold up traffic on highway
Say cops shielding lawyers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Irate residents of Ram Darbar held protests and blocked the Chandigarh-Ambala highway alleging biased role of the police and its failure to arrest the advocates who thrashed three accused in the District Courts yesterday.

People assembled at Ram Darbar in the morning and marched toward the highway, blocking it for over two hours.The police rounded up 62 persons, including 47 women and the councillor of ward no. 6 in Dadu Majra Colony for blocking the road and took them to the Sector 34 police station.

They were released late in the night.

The agitated residents raised slogans against the police and the advocates. They alleged that the police was trying to shield the guilty by not arresting them. They demanded immediate action against the advocates involved in thrashing Sohan Lal of Ram Darbar and his two sons Ghan Shyam and Tulsi.

The protesters asked the Chandigarh Bar Association to take stern action against the accused for taking law into their hands, that too in the courtroom. Area councillor Ram Lal said the colony residents would not give up till the police arrested the accused. He said the accused were moving scotfree, which was enough indication that they were being shielded by the police.

The protesters blocked the road leading to Ram Darbar near the elevated railway track for about an hour before moving to the highway in the afternoon. At 2 pm the protesters blocked one side of the highway in front of the PRTC workshop. The resulting traffic jam lasted for over two hours. The blockade was lifted after the police rounded up the protesters, who refused to budge.

Senior officials, including DSP (South) KIP Singh, DSP (crime branch) SS Randhawa and additional deputy commissioner IS Sandhu reached there and tried to placate the protesters. Motorists using one of the busiest roads in the city were put to a lot of inconvenience with the Tribune Chowk remaining clogged throughout the blockade. 



Players left out of National Games
Tickets not booked in time
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
As many as 30 table tennis and an equal number of judo players will not be able to participate in the forthcoming School National Games, scheduled in Aizwal, Mizoram, from December 10. Reason: Their tickets were not booked by the education department in time and hence could not be confirmed.

This is yet another case to strengthen the case that the games at the grassroots level are the last item on the agenda of the Chandigarh administration.

As many as 30 table tennis players, who were supposed to participate in the games in the U-14, Under- 17 and Under-19 categories, accompanied by their parents, showed their resentment against the education and sports authorities for their lacklustre approach. The players raised slogans against the authorities at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here, where it was the last day of their preparation camp for the forthcoming National Games Tournament.

These players were supposed to board Paschim Express for Delhi and to catch Brahmputra Mail (Train No 4056) to Lumding tomorrow. On receiving no information from the education or sports departments, the worried parents checked the status of their children’s ticket reservation on the Internet, only to find that their bookings have been cancelled for the scheduled date.

“We had been preparing for these games for the last two months and had to drop out of our terminal exams. Now, when we did not receive any information about the departure, my father checked the status from the Railways website which clearly stated that the tickets had been cancelled and I told it to other players here”, complained a player. The players are students of Classes X and 10+2, who suffered a double blow.

On the other hand, the education department officials have a ready justification for their ‘irresponsible’ attitude. They asserted that they had also approached the higher Railways authorities to arrange for a “special extra coach” but in vain.

“Actually, we had to wait for the final selected team after conducting trials. Before that, the tickets could not be booked. The very next day, we got the tickets booked but since there are very less trains for this particular destination, the tickets could not be confirmed. We could not take the risk of sending the children without confirmation. We intimated the parents in the morning,” said V. Tandon, sports official of education department.

The Tribune is in possession of the Railways’ PNR booking No. and the officials of the railway department said their tickets for the scheduled rate could not be confirmed because of late bookings. “Instead, the players are entitled for special tickets at concessional rates and these could have been bought much in advance. The other formalities could be completed afterwards”, said a Railway official. 



Restrain 9 councillors, from voting, HC urged
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
An application seeking directions to restrain all nine nominated members of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation from casting their vote in any of the corporation meetings, including the one scheduled for January 1, 2008, for the election of mayor, was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by advocate H.C. Arora today.

He has stated that the nominated councilors are neither eligible for nomination as councillors, nor entitled to vote under Article 243-R of the Constitution.

The applicant has further pointed out that respondents had been served with notices of the writ petition and a period of eight months had elapsed, but none had filed a written statement in this case so far.

“The election of the mayor is scheduled for January 1, 2008, and these nominated members will, as last year, cast their vote and thereby hijack the democratic mandate given by the electorate in favour of elected members of the MC,” he has said.



PEC Director
3 names on list; interviews on Dec 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The names of three distinguished professors have been shortlisted as possible candidates to be appointed as director of Punjab Engineering College, a deemed university.

The final interview has been fixed for December 17 here. The search committee has recommended the names of Manoj Datta of the Indian institute of technology (IIT), New Delhi, Subir.K. Satsangi from the IIT, Kharagpur, and Prasad Krishna, adviser to the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)

The search committee, also the interview committee, will include the adviser to the UT administrator, Pradip Mehra, the UT Home Secretary, Krishna Mohan, the UT Finance Secretary, S.K. Sandhu, the director of the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, and former Panjab University VC K.N. Pathak.

Manoj Datta is a doctorate and teaches civil engineering at the IIT in Delhi. He has special interest in geo-environment, landfills, ash ponds, ground improvement, slope stability, dams and offshore geo-technology. He has been dean for international affairs.

Subir K. Satsangi, also a doctorate, teaches ocean engineering and naval architecture. His areas of interest are oceans, rivers, atmosphere and land sciences development of computer code for ship routes using ship parameters and wave data.

Prasad Krishna, is advisor, quality assurance, AICTE. He obtained his doctoral in manufacturing from the University of Michigan, USA. He has more than 21 years experience in automobile manufacturing, precision machine tool design and development and space research.



First in State
Mohali to have IT incubation centre
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 5
The Punjab Information and Communications Technology Corporation (Punjab Infotech) will be opening the state’s first incubation facility for information technology and related industries in Mohali.

The corporation intends to use 2.5 acre of its land in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, for the purpose. The facility will help small and medium IT units to start their work before shifting to their own working space.

Such an incubation facility has been set up by the Chandigarh administration with the help of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

Corporation MD Rakesh Verma said the Punjab Government would be able to provide at least 60,000 sq feet of working space in this area. The Punjab IT incubation centre will also be supported by the STPI.

The IT and ITES companies, which are interested in setting up base here, can use the facility on rent for a short duration before moving into their own space.

Verma added that funds for the construction of the centre would be arranged from the Government of India as part of their ASIDE (Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities) scheme.

“A proposal to this affect recommended by the STPI, Mohali, had already been sent to the ministry of industries and commerce, Government of India, for consideration of providing funds for the project,” said Dr Sanjay Tyagi, director, STPI, Mohali.

“The ASIDE scheme is aimed at encouraging active involvement of the state governments for the development of export infrastructure through assistance linked to export performance. In this case, the state’s contribution to the scheme will be in terms of land. The project will cost at least Rs 10 crore”, said Dr Tyagi, adding that once the funds are granted, Punjab Infotech would decide how to go about the construction.

Sources added that the corporation had asked the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) to undertake construction of the centre. The Punjab IT incubation centre case has been listed on the agenda of the next meeting for grant of funds under ASIDE scheme.



PM to review IMA passing-out parade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh would be reviewing the passing-out parade at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, next week.

The parade would mark the Platinum Jubilee of the IMA, often referred to as the Army’s cradle of leadership.

Over 600 gentlemen cadets from the 121st regular, 104th technical graduate, 15th university entry, 19th specially commissioned and 10th technical entry courses would take the final step through its portals to take-up a new career as commissioned officers in the Army. Five foreign cadets -two from Kyrgyzstan and one each from Bhutan, Kazakhstan and Lesotho, would be among those passing-out.

The parade, scheduled to be held on December 10, would also feature the Academy’s new song, specially composed for it by noted lyricist Javed Akhtar. Earlier on such occasions, the National Anthem and the Army song were played. Now it would be the National Anthem and the IMA song.

A host of events were organised during the year to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee. These included release of a first day cover, adventure activities like skydiving, parasailing, white water rafting motorcycle expedition to Siachen and desert safari, tree plantation drive, blood donation, cultural programmes, horse show and run for fun.

The IMA came into existence on October 1, 1932 with a batch of 40 gentlemen cadets known as The Pioneers and Brig L P Collins as the first Commandant. The academy was inaugurated by Field Marshal Philip W. Chetwode, who gave the institution its famed credo - “The safety, honour and welfare of your country comes first, always and every time…” Post Independence, the command of the IMA passed to Brig Thakur Mahadeo Singh.

In the last 75 years, IMA has grown from strength to strength and from 40 cadets in 1932, it now trains 1,900 cadets at any given time. The academy has commissioned 46,613 cadets, including 1,131 foreign cadets from 28 countries. Its roll of honour includes six Param Vir Chakra, 15 Ashok Chakra, 84 Maha Vir Chakra and 40 Kirti Chakra, besides 783 officers, who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

Presently commanded by Lt Gen P.K. Rampal, the IMA has recently incorporated several changes and modifications to its training curriculum to meet future challenges that officers are envisioned to face.



‘City needs modern not commercial architecture’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
“The works of Le Corbusier during 1945-65 were the works of maturity”, said Jacques Sbriglio, the curator of the exhibition ‘Le Corbusier, From Marseille to Chandigarh, 1945-1965’, which will be put up at the Fine Arts Museum, Panjab University, tomorrow.

An architect himself, who spent some time in the city here way back in 1972, Jacques says Corbusier had two important periods in his life, the purist period during the 20s and the period that followed the World War II. “But it was during the second period that he became international after he got commissioned to many states and cities”, he remarked.

An avid Corbusier fan himself, for Jacques it was difficult being in curator’s shoes. So how does one begin curating and particularly Corbusier’s works?, we ask. “First things first”, he avers. “It starts with deciding on a theme then collecting his works around the chosen theme, planning and working out the details”.

Nonetheless, the most difficult and the most interesting part is selecting the works, he smiles. To this, adds Michel Richard, director of Le Corbusier, “He already has made the selection in his mind given the research he has done on his works”.

Checking if the works are available and if they are not too fragile to be taken for exhibits is another important aspect that goes in curating claims, Jacques.

“With two big exhibitions, one at Tokyo and another at Netherlands, this year and the foundation not permitting to hold the works for more than three months, it was indeed taxing”, laughs Richard.

Interestingly, the foundation has around 35,000 works and out of which 179, including nine photographs taken by Herve, a Hungarian architectural photographer having close ties with Corbusier, will be on display.

Coming to the foundation, which was interestingly founded by Corbusier himself, Richard says, the foundation had a lot to do in terms of diffusing Corbusier memories. “The process is not just about spreading art and architecture, it’s a programme of life”.

About his take on Corbusier, Jacques says, “He is a role model for architects around the globe. He is an artist, a leader, an author who wrote more than 45 books.

He had the vision for the future even though his contemporaries criticised him at that time for designing a modern city as Chandigarh. But today the architecture of that lineage has to continue”.

As for the city, well, he has some suggestions. “May be the area around the Capitol Complex should have been more densely populated but at the same time without modifying the original plan. The city needs to encourage modern architecture and not commercial architecture”.

“His works are a fragile heritage and if the foundation does not involve countries, states, the works will get modified with time and lose its charm and novelty”, remarked Richard on likelihood of Corbusier’s work entering the world heritage list by UNESCO.



CTU ill service irks commuters
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
It seems that the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking authorities are least bothered about the problems being faced by the commuters of southern sectors.

Errant staff to face action

CTU director P.S. Shergill said “It is unfortunate if the public has been facing problems because of irresponsible behaviour of my staff members. Though no such complaint came to my office, the matter would be looked into immediately.” 

The commuters of these sectors are a harassed lot due to the irregular bus service and high-handed behaviour of staff members of the transport.

In the crucial morning and evening hours, which is considered as peak time and requires more buses on the routes to cope up with the rush, missing of bus timings has become common.

The public transport users are up in arms, saying that despite several complaints to the authorities, no action has been taken so far.

“I have apprised the authorities of the situation many a time besides highlighting our problems in the newspapers columns, but all our pleas fell on deaf ears”, lamented Urmil Gupta, an employee of a private firm in Sector 26.

“To all the commuters of Madhya Marg, General Hospital, all colleges located in Sectors 10 and 11 and PGI, only one bus route (5A, 5C) suits. The buses on the route are scheduled to ply after every half an hour. So in the morning and evening, the buses run to full capacity.

Adding to the woes, it has become a regular practice with the drivers to miss the timings every now and then-even during the peak hours without bothering about the difficulties of the people. The practice should be checked immediately besides putting more buses on the route”, said Urmil.

CRRID employee Rajesh Aggarwal and Sector 29 resident Harshpal said, “The behaviour of the staff is also not up to the mark. Many a time, they do not even bother to stop the buses at many bus stops without realising that the passengers would get late for their jobs.”

Demanding to ply more buses on the route, especially during the peak hours, the commuters want that the CTU officials should solve the problem immediately.



Scholar to discuss role of watershed projects
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 5
Anjini Kochar, a Stanford University scholar, has undertaken a study on the watershed programme of the World Bank in Kandi areas of the state. In Mohali to discuss the importance of the integrated watershed development programme project with the administration, Kochar would be examining the role of community participation in the success of the project.

“The aim is to find out how the community and panchayats responded to the project,” she said, adding that the study would include both the waste management and watershed programmes that are run in some villages as part of the project.

Working in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, Kochar and her team would also be suggesting methods by which community participation can be improved for the implementation of such projects.

Last year Kochar, who is the India programme coordinator at Stanford, had in collaboration with the CRRID engaged in the study of the impact of a Central government scheme for SCs/STs.



Ammo worth Rs 800 cr lost to fires 
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Ammunition worth over Rs 800 crore has been destroyed in fires which broke out in various ammunition depots across the country in the past six years.

The Army lost 21,500 metric tonnes of ammunition in these accidents.

This does not include the loss suffered in the massive fire which broke out in the field ammunition depot near Kargil earlier this year. A huge quantity of ammunition was also lost in the incident and the quantum of damage is yet to be ascertained.

The highest damage since 2000 was suffered in the fire which broke out at the Ammunition Depot in Bharatpur on April 28, 2000, in which 12,969 metric tonnes of ammunition valued at Rs 387 crore was destroyed, according to information placed by Defence Minister A K Antony before Parliament today.

Another major fire broke out at a Field Ammunition Depot in the northern sector on May 24, 2001, in which the loss assessed was Rs 375 crore. Over 8,000 metric tonnes of ammunition was destroyed.

A fire at the 18 Field Ammunition Depot on April 29, 2001, and one at the Central Ammunition Depot, Phulgaon, on March 22, 2005, caused a loss of Rs 27 crore and Rs 22 crore, respectively. About 386 and 127 metric tonnes of ammunition went up in flames in the two depots, respectively.

Incidents of fire also occurred at the Ammunition Depot, Dappar, and at the Field Ammunition Depot, Jodhpur, on July 27, 2002, and August 2, 2002, respectively, but no loss was reported in these incidents. There was no instance of fire in an ammunition depot in 2006.

According to senior Army officers, most of the fire accidents are a result of improper storage of ammunition and carelessness of the depot staff. Lack of adequate storage facilities at depots, poor maintenance and inadequate safety and preventive measures makes depots prone to accidents.

Over the past few years the Defence Ministry has given an impetus to modernising ammunition depots to ensure proper handling and storage facilities. Projects worth several crore rupees have been initiated at various depots towards this end.



Phase IV market faces parking blues 
Tribune News Service
Vehicle parked haphazardly outside the rehri market in Phase IV, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Vehicle parked haphazardly outside the rehri market in Phase IV, Mohali, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali, December 5
Residents of Phase IV here could do with some parking space outside the Phase IV rehri market.

A popular market, which is visited by hundreds of residents from Phase IV and other places in Mohali, becomes a traffic bottleneck every evening in the absence of any proper parking space for the vehicles.

The market has rendered the B-road, that leads to the sector, very crowded for commuters and since the market had come up in an unauthorised manner, there is provision for a parking space for scooters, cycles and cars.

Other than this, residents of the area are up in arms against the complete lack of maintenance of the parks. Harinderjit Singh Linky, a resident of Phase IV, said the municipal council employees were ignoring the parks in the area. The garbage and dried grass that was collected from the park each day was burnt inside the park instead of being transported out to the garbage dump.



Bhindranwale issue raised to divert attention: Karimpuri
Tribune News Service

Kharar, December 5
The issue of installation of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale's portrait has been raised to divert the attention of the masses from the problems of the state.

State president of BSP Sukhdev Singh Karimpuri said this while talking to media persons at a private function today.

He added that both SAD-BJP have failed to provide a good leadership to Punjab. He said the state government had drawn ire from trader class due to entry tax, house tax on property in urban areas has added to the woes of common man, facility of free water and electricity bills was being withdrawn and octroi was on the verge of re-imposition.

"Amidst such chaos and instability, the SAD-BJP government has unnecessarily brought up the Bhindranwale issue," he added.

He said even Congress party had no right to raise a finger on the SAD-BJP alleging that it was the same party responsible for bringing Bhindranwale to power.

He alleged that BJP's pro-Hindu face had been exposed and if the party really considered itself to be a Hindu party, it should shun coalition with SAD in Punjab and form a new government.



Fauji Beat
Decline in Army’s status continues

DURING the British regime, the Commander-in-Chief was number two in the warrant of precedence. After Independence, his status continued to fall and today the service chiefs are at the 13th position and equivalent in status to the cabinet secretary. Even this downgraded status of the service chiefs is irking politicians and bureaucrats.

Recently, the parliamentary standing committee on defence had recommended that the defence secretary, who is one step lower than the service chiefs, should be upgraded to the rank of cabinet secretary so that he is no longer lower than the chiefs in the warrant of precedence. The political hierarchy also wants that the service chiefs should attend meetings convened by the defence secretary. It has also been recommended by the parliamentary committee that the defence secretary’s functional status should be raised to the level of “principal defence adviser”.

Since Partition of the country, status of the defence officers has kept on plummeting while the bureaucrats have been rising to the higher rungs in the precedence. This game is part of the ongoing exercise to reduce the “importance” of the Army, if any left.

Neglected war widows

A few decades ago, the Punjab government had taken a decision to allot 10 acres to widows/orphaned children of soldiers and parents of unmarried soldiers who were killed in wars against Pakistan and China. The provisions for an earlier letter on the subject for submission of applications for this were extended up to September 15, 1974.

Of the 800 affected cases, 229 widows were not allotted land as most of them being uneducated did not know about this provision. Their cases came to light only in 1987. The Director Sainik Welfare, Punjab, had submitted a district-wise list of these widows to the secretary, defence services welfare, Punjab, in May 1996.

Many widows out of this list are still waiting to get the promised land. There is another category of 23 widows who were fighting court cases because the possession of land allotted to them had not been given to them.

After a 15-year-long legal battle, Mohinder Kaur, a widow of 1962 war, won her case for the change of allotment of 10 acres from Patiala to Ropar district in 1987. Consequently, she was allotted only 30 kanals instead of 80 kanals in Kharar. The remaining 50 kanals has still not been allotted to her, despite her repeated requests to the tehsildar. Her case was brought to our notice by Lieut-Col S.S. Sohi (retd), president, ex-servicemen’s grievances cell, last week.

Mechanised infantry

The silver jubilee celebrations of the 18 Mechanised Infantry Battalion, Hisar, in November, took one’s mind back to the origin of the mechanised infantry in the Army.

It was felt during the 1965 war that the infantry battalions operating with the armour should have greater mobility. A decision was, therefore, taken in the late 60s to have mechanised infantry in the Army.

As a result, 200 Topaz (Czechoslovakian) armoured personnel carriers (APCs) were imported to equip six old infantry battalions with these.

Over the years, more infantry battalions were converted into mechanised infantry. It was in 1983 that the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre was raised at Ahmednagar.

— Pritam Bhullar



More sops to ex-servicemen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The administration today announced more concessions for the benefit of the ex-servicemen, their widows and their dependents.

Financial assistance of Rs 500 per month will be given to visually challenged ex-servicemen and their children, who are residents of Chandigarh. This assistance will also be given to mentally  challenged children of ex-servicemen living in Chandigarh.

Financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month will be given to ex-servicemen, who are undergoing paraplegic treatment. The administration has also decided to enhance one-time relief amount in emergency cases to ex-servicemen from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.



Hang rapists

This is with reference to the news report published in your newspaper under the heading ‘Father rapes his nine-year-old girl’.

There is not a single day when we do not hear/read about such shocking incidents. There has been an alarming rise in rape incidents as 86 cases of kidnapping and rape have been reported from January 1 to December 4 this year alone in Chandigarh.

No body seems to bother about this heinous crime. In my opinion, the culprits in such cases should be hanged till death publicly. Only this will act as a deterrent for others. One would think twice before indulging in such a heinous crime. I do not know as to in which direction our society is heading where fathers rape their own 

G.K. Chopra, Chandigarh 

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Giving a lift costs man car, cash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Two unidentified persons robbed a man of his car, mobile phone and cash at the knife point after taking lift from him from near Piccadilly Chowk.

According to the police, Vishal Angaara of Kendriya Vihar, Sector 48-B, alleged that he was on his way back home on Monday night in his Maruti car (CH-03-X-2629), when he reached near the Piccadilly Chowk around 11:30 pm, two unidentified persons signalled him, requesting for a lift. He took them in his car, but a few minutes later the persons pulled out a knife and took control of his car. They took him to Ambala and dropped him near railway station there.

A case of theft had been registered.


Shila Mittal of Sector 46-D reported to the police alleging that Kalawati of Sector 45-C had defrauded her of Rs 6 lakh which she had given to her. It was alleged that the accused had invested the money in committees. A case of misappropriation and criminal conspiracy has been registered in this regard.

Bike stolen

Gaurav Sharma of Sector 22-C reported to the police alleging that his TVS Centra motorcycle (PB-15-C-1448) was stolen from near NIC Academy, Sector 36. A case of theft has been registered.


A pedestrian Pamarjit Kaur of Sector 30 was hurt after being hit by a motorcycle (PB-12-H-1473) near Sector 29 and 30 traffic lights point on Tuesday. She was inured and admitted to the Sector 32 hospital. The police arrested the motorcyclist Nazar Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib on the charges of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving. 



Scooter recovered from Sec-15 man
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The police arrested a Sector 15 resident on the charges of theft and claimed to have recovered a stolen scooter from him.

The police said 34-year-old Sachin Kumar of Sector 15 was caught red-handed while stealing an inverter from a house in Sector 23 on Monday. The accused is said to be addicted to smack and as a scooter was stolen from Sector 22 on Sunday, the police suspected his involvement in the crime. He was produced before a local court, which remanded him to police custody for one day. During the interrogation, the police recovered the stolen Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-0221) from him.

The police said the accused had earlier confectionery shops in the city but he lost them due to losses in the business and took to crime.


Mohan Lal, senior assistant, Institute of Legal Study Department, Panjab University, reported that Rs 61,880 was stolen from his table’s drawer in the department last morning. A case has been registered in this regard.

Vehicle stolen

Dapinder Singh of Phase-X, Mohali reported that his Bullet motorcycle (HR-01 R-3236) was stolen form near Guru Nanak School, Sector 36, on November 29. Amit Sharma of Sector 41 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his motorcycle (CH-03-W-1252) was stolen from Sector 22 on Monday.

Two cases of thefts have been registered.


Rita Jain of Sector 44 has reported to the police alleging that Rs 6,000, an insurance card, an I-card, pass book and keys of locker were stolen from her car, which was parked near cremation ground on Monday.

A case of theft has been registered.



Rs 100-crore trade recorded during expo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Adviser to UT administrator Pradip Mehra was the chief guest at the valedictory and award distribution ceremony on the concluding day of the five-day International Trade Fair PHD ITEX-07 at Parade Ground, Sector 17.

Satish Bagrodia, vice-president, PHD Chamber, said the trade expo generated unprecedented business opportunities. While trading of more than Rs 100 crore was reported, trade enquiries to the tune of Rs 500 crore were generated during the expo.

Representative of GNA Auto stated that they alone had generated trade enquiries worth Rs 60 crore and they were sure that a large chunk of it would be converted into business.

Mehra, while appreciating the PHD endeavour to organise this expo, said if we were able to reflect the value of our products adequately, we would be able to generate manifold trade enquiries.

P.K. Verma, regional director, PHD Chamber, announced the decision of the working committee to make the expo an annual feature. Exhibitors of Malaysian Palm Oil, exhibiting on behalf of the Malaysian Government, were also very happy with the response.

The stall exhibiting furniture made by inmates at Jail Factory, Modern Jail, Sector 45, also did good business. “We have sold furniture worth Rs 1.5 lakh ,” stated superintendent of the factory Shamlal Sharma.



CAG report forwarded to govt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The report of the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) of India (commercial) dealing with the audit of accounts and transactions of the Haryana government public sector undertakings for 2006-07 has been forwarded to the state government for laying in the state legislature.

This information was given by senior audit officer (report-commercial), Office of the AG (Audit) Haryana in a press note here today.



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