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FCI manager in CBI net for corruption
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The CBI has booked Des Raj Arora, manager with the FCI at Ludhiana, under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act for amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

It is learnt that Arora’s name cropped up during the course of investigation into the multi-crore FCI scam pertaining to supply of substandard rice to deficit states in January 2006. Now, the investigating agency has gathered “strong evidence” against Arora.

DIG B.L. Soni, CBI, Chandigarh, said the case was separate one from the multi-crore FCI scam though Arora’s name had surfaced in that case too.

Simultaneous raids were conducted at three places in Chandigarh. The investigating officials reportedly found “incriminating documents” pertaining to several properties in Sector 33 and Sector 34 and in Panchkula. Arora has a petrol station in Jalalabad, besides several “benami” properties and an SCF in Panchkula.

Arora, who was suspended from service, was reinstated a few months ago. The raiding team seized documents and records of bank accounts and lockers belonging to Arora. He was taken to Sector 33 branch of the Punjab National Bank and his accounts and lockers checked.

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Trouble for 5 EO officials too
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Five officials of the UT estate office are in CBI net for wrongfully sanctioning building plans of the Progressive Cooperative House Building Society in Sector 50 here.

After months of probe, the central investigating agency has registered an FIR against five officials, including former SDO (building) T.P. Singh and assistant engineer Brij Mohan. Both were earlier posted in the building branch of the estate office.

In February this year, the agency had registered a case against them for criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged irregularities committed in the construction of Fun Republic in Mani Majra.

The case is under investigation and the CBI is expected to file a challan in the case in the next few months.

Sources in the CBI said the officials had misused position in ignoring building violations while approving the building plans. Office-bearers of the society also involved in the same have been named in the FIR.

The Chandigarh administration has been intimated about the registration of the case. The violations are: changes in the kitchen and extension of balcony by another three feet. The other officials named in the case are Bipin Kumar, Ram Kumar and Rakesh, all the JEs.

In the past, allegations on use of substandard material in wooden work, marble and Kota stone laying and electrical fittings in the society had attracted criticism of occupants. It is also alleged that the construction cost has been shown hiked by the contractor in connivance with the consultant engineer.

A few months back, the occupants had alleged that cracks had appeared in certain flats. Wide cracks had surfaced in the terrace wall and the ceiling.

The occupants had extended their courtyards had attracted notice under Section 15 of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act, 1952.

It could not be confirmed if the issue of use of substandard material was part of the CBI investigation.

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Mullanpur NAC on anvil
Move will benefit several VIPs
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 7
Punjab has mooted a notified area committee comprising villages in the UT periphery. The proposed NAC would include 29 villages in the jurisdiction of the Majri block of SAS Nagar district would be called Mullanpur Garibdass NAC.

Sources said the proposal for the same was sent by the MLA of Morinda, Ujagar Singh Badali, to the Chief Minister. It was forwarded to the department of local bodies for consideration which has now asked the Nayagaon NAC executive officer to carry out a preliminary survey of the area.

The NAC status to these villages is expected to free the area from various provisions of the Punjab Capital Periphery Control Act, 1950, but the provisions of the Punjab Land Preservation Act-1900 would continue to apply.

Said MLA Badali: “ These villages are located close to an already developed modern town and it is only fair that the residents of these villages also get the facilities that are available to town dwellers.” The main town of the proposed NAC is Mullanpur Garibdass, barely 5km from the PGI, Chandigarh.

The move will benefit a large number of politicians, IAS and IPS officers, who have bought vast tracts of land in the area. Sources said the setting up of the NAC would also check the sale of the village common land (shamlat). Once these villages are included in the NAC, the control over shamlat land would be vested in the NAC, which would have more means to hold on to the property than individual panchayats.

The villages included in the proposed NAC are: Bahalpur, Bamsepur, Bhagat Majra, Bharanjian, Boothgarh, Chahar Majra, Devi Nagar, Dhanauran, Dhude Majra, Ferozepur Banga, Ghauduli, Hoshairpur, Kansala, Kartarpur, Majra, Majri, Malikpur, Maliku, Mullapnpur, Paintpur, Polheri, Parol, Rajgarh, Ranai Majra, Rasulpur, Ratwara, emanpur, Saini Majra, Sulamatpur, Sangolin, Shangariwala, Shaimipur, Sultanpur, Takkipur, Tira and Tanga.

The Congress-led government had last year notified Nayagaon as NAC. The Nayagaon NAC included villages Chhoti Karoran, Badi Karoran, Kansal and Nadah.

However the executive officer here has no real powers as the area is bound by the provisions of the Periphery Act and the PLPA.

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No apology: Sr deputy mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Senior deputy mayor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali today refused to tender an apology for yesterday’s clash with an MC official and stated that he would rather resign than apologise. This would amount to legalising red-tapism and corruption in the MC.

“I have been elected by the people and will ensure time-bound and corruption-free administration. I will also ensure that NOCs are issued at e-Sampark centres.” He stated that the demand of the MC employees’ union for an apology was unjustified.

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Crusade Against AIDS
Target groups sans medicines for 4 mths
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
This World AIDS Day, UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd) had called for a “crusade against AIDS”. How that is to be done is the question: certainly not without medicines.

A survey of eight HIV/AIDS targeted intervention (TI) projects in Chandigarh, reveals that these projects have for the past four months not received any supply of medicines for the groups they are targeting.

Medicines are supposed to be procured by the UT State AIDS Control Society (SACS), which only recently called for tenders. The process is likely to take time although the society today despatched a month’s stock of anti-retroviral (ART) drugs to the PGI, where about 1600 HIV positive persons are on treatment. ART drugs were in shortage here.

Meanwhile, core target groups covered by TI projects continue to go without medicines. These groups include commercial sex workers, men having sex with men and drug users - the three sections classified as high risk by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), which has been stressing on intensive care for their protection.

Strange, it is has been more than four months now and people facing the highest risk of HIV have not received medicines for treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reproductive tract infections (RTIs).

Core group members in Chandigarh feel reluctant to attend STI clinics as they have to pay for medicines from their own pocket. “These medicines are supposed to be supplied free of cost. But we have been urging people to buy medicines to protect their health. Also, we have been writing to SACS for early procurement. Medicines are yet to arrive,” said P.S. Soni, secretary, Servants of the People Society, handling two TI projects. Managers of other projects, including Voice, working with BPOs, admitted to the lapse.

A meeting of SACS functionaries was today held to discuss medicine procurement issue. It is learnt that SACS has bought some medicines from the emergency fund and will distribute these to TI projects by Monday. Regular procurement may take time though tenders have been invited.

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Mere 50 pc cast vote for Bar Council elections
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
It was a war of posters, pamphlets and banners at the District Courts and the High Court today where elections to the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council were held.

Though pasting posters on the walls is not allowed under the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1976, but this was ignored in the election fever.

Supporters of contestants stood in queues at the entrance to greet all those entering the courts. For the first time a screen was erected at the courts to monitor voting.

Some senior advocates not carrying identity cards faced problems. They were not allowed to vote. The returning officer, however, allowed them to vote later.

The voting was peaceful other than two bogus votes at the District Courts. One Shalini Kumari who came to vote complained that someone had already cast vote against her name. Surinder, an oath commissioner, was equally surprised to find that his vote had already been cast.

Both gave a written complaint to the returning officer, who then allowed them to cast their vote. The retuning officer of the High Court, Rajiv Duggal, said: “It is for the first time that only 50 per cent of the total voters cast their vote.”

Elaborating, he said the voting had been strict and the finger of those who came to cast their vote marked with permanent ink.

There was a war of words between A.S. Chahal, president, District Bar Association, and another advocate on fake voting. Chahal said: “A lawyer was about to enter the polling booth. I suspected him of voting in place of one Birjot Singh Grewal, who is out of the country.”

A DDR was registered in the case.

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371 cartons of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The crime branch of the Chandigarh police arrested a Ludhiana resident for allegedly carrying 371 cartons of liquor from near the CTU traffic lights here. A second person managed to flee.

Acting on a tipoff, a team of the crime branch and traffic police officials stopped an oil tanker (HP-21-0917).

The search of the vehicle led to recovery of 371 cartons of various brands of countrymade and Indian-made foreign liquor.

The truck driver, Rajan Thakur of Ludhiana, told the police that the name of the contractor, who fled, was Sarabjit Singh. The tanker was modified for smuggling. A case has been registered.

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Sea change in Himachal, claims Anand Sharma
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
“The Congress enjoys a slight advantage over the BJP in what looks like a tough and close battle for electoral supremacy in Himachal Pradesh,” says Union Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma, maintaining that it is traditional Congress base which may prove a clincher.

“I do not think that outcome of the Himachal and Gujarat elections alone would influence timing of the general elections in the country,” he says, holding that some other states, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, will also go to polls before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

For him, the BJP is a “rudderless” party where the present leadership, because of age factor, was losing control to the second rung, which in turn had been witnessing severe infighting.

Compared to the BJP, there was perfect cordiality and harmonious relationship between UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The UPA leadership has not only accelerated economic development and growth of the country but also made the country and its states flush with financial resources.

India has been the fourth largest and fastest growing economy of the world. Besides, it has been asserting its position as the new economic and political power at almost every international forum.

For Anand Sharma, huge investments in education, healthcare, infrastructure development and reconstruction and revival of rural credit system have earned the UPA in general and the Congress in particular a positive feedback from masses in the country.

“There has been a sea change in infrastructure development in Himachal Pradesh which got huge special packages from the UPA government. I was in Una today where bridges and roads, especially in cho areas, have come up so well to facilitate smoother moment of vehicular traffic.

“It is not only the good work of the UPA government at the Centre but also the performance of the Congress government in the state which has almost negated the incumbency factor this time. Various employment schemes, including guaranteed rural employment scheme being extended to all districts of the country at the instance of Rahul Gandhi, has started showing positive results.

“Further, the Congress has always enjoyed an advantage in traditional support bank among Himachalis. Unlike previous elections, there are no adverse factors at work this time,” he said.

Schemes like supply of subsidised ‘atta, dal and namak’ to poor people was working very well in Himachal. Employment generation has improved tremendously and working of healthcare and educational institutions improved and streamlined during the past five years. The results are all before everyone to see.

Anand Sharma, who will be travelling extensively to campaign for party candidates, is overwhelmed at the response he got at rallies in Una and other places today. Tomorrow he will be travelling to Paonta Sahib and Solan.

Whatever Sharma may have to say but the fact remains that the Congress still fears the BJP in Hamirpur, Kangra and Una districts which are either traditionally BJP or erstwhile Jan Sangh strongholds or the ruling party has not been able to put up “winning candidates”.

Though “corruption” may not be as serious an issue as it was during the last elections when the BJP government headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal was targeted more by the then Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh than Congress leadership of the hill state, yet the divide over fruit growing areas vs plain areas may still prove to be the crucial factor in the December 19 elections.

Old Himachal vs new Himachal issue refuses to die down, admit leaders of both the Congress and the BJP, maintaining that this time the Bahujan Samaj party led by Vijay Singh Mankotia may play a decisive role on some of the seats. Rebels and dissidents, as usual, will have their limited role in deciding the future composition of the state assembly.

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Woman activists shed more light on Nandigram
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The women bore the brunt of the recent stand-off in Nandigram with CPM goons, backed by the state machinery, raping and torturing them, Deboleena, an activist of the Matangini Mahila Samiti, West Bengal, alleged here today.

Deboleena, who is part of a team that had come from Nandigram to apprise the people about the ground realities in Nandigram, said it was the state repression versus people's movement against imperialist economic policy in Nandigram.

Terming the happenings at Nandigram as state terrorism, Raja Sarkhel of the People’s Democratic Front of India (PDFI) said the people's movement in Nandigram had opposed the imperialist economic policy and had put a question mark on the model of development being imposed on the country.

The CPM government in West Bengal is scared of the mass upsurge in Nandigram and the support it had earned in West Bengal and country, Gauranga Mondal of the Bhumi Uchhed Pratorodh Committee, said.

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Blue baby needs financial aid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Vikas, a three-year-old child, has not been able to get treatment for a heart ailment for the last one year as his family of labourers could not arrange Rs 75,000.

The doctors at PGI said Vikas was a blue baby. He was suffering from TOF (tetrology of fallot). The children suffering from the disease may fail to gain weight, face retarded growth and physical development, including other complications, said the doctors.

“I work as a labourer and carry sand from the Yamuna just to earn Rs 80 every day,” said Ishwar, father of Vikas, who is a resident of Fatehpur village in Saharanpur district.

Though the disease was diagnosed at a hospital in Saharanpur last year, we found it hard to get treatment for Vikas as neither we nor any of our relatives was able to meet the expenses, said Angoori, mother of the child. Donors can contact the family through the PRO office of PGI at phone no. 0172-2756006. 

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UT holidays notified
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The administration has notified the holidays for the next year. On these days the offices of the Administration will be closed.

Apart from all Sundays and Saturdays the following days will be closed days: birthday of Guru Gobind Singh - January 5; Muharram - January 19; Republic Day - January 26; Guru Ravidas birthday - February-21; Mahashivaratri - March 6; Good Friday / Milad-Un-Nabi (birthday of Prophet Mohd) -- March 21; Holi -- March 22; Ram Navami/ birthday of B.R.Ambedkar -- April 14; Mahavir Jayanti -- April 18

Independence Day -August 15; Gandhi Jaynati -- October-2; Dussehra -October 9; Maharishi Valmiki's birthday -- October-14; Diwali - October 28; Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev -- November 13, Id-ul Zuha Bakr-id; December 9: and Christmas --December 25.

The festivals and occasions which fall on closed days have been excluded from the above list. These are Baisakhi and Janamashtmi falling on Sundays that is on April 13, 2008 and August 24, 2008, respectively.

Out of these holidays, the following will be closed days under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. These are all Sundays, birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, Muharram, Republic Day, Guru Ravidas birthday, Mahashivratri, Good Friday, Birthday of Prophet Mohd, Holi, annual closing of bank accounts-- April 1, Ram Navami/ birthday of B.R.Ambedkar, Independence Day, Half yearly closing of bank accounts -- September 30, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti/ Id ul Fitr, Dussehra, Maharishi Valmiki's birthday, Diwali, Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev and Christmas.

The employees will also be allowed any two holidays to be chosen out of the following restricted holidays -- New Year's Day - January 1; Makara Sakaranti - January 14; Basant Panchami - February 11; Holika Dahan Dolyatra - March 21; Parshuram Jayanti -- May 8; Budh Purnima -- May 20; martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev - June 16; Saheed Udham Singh's martyrdom day - July 31; Raksha Bandhan - August 16; Karvachauth -- October 17, Goverdhan Pooja - October 29; Bhai Duj - October 30; martyrdom day Guru Teg Bahadur - November 24; Jor Mela Fatehgarh Sahib December 26, 27 and 28.

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GMCH-32 not keen on rotational headship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The implementation of rotational headship introduced by the adminstration at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, is unlikely to be implemented. The newly appointed director principal Dr Raj Bahadur said the introduction of the system had led to create the acrimony among the heads of departments and other staff members and he would try to remove the misunderstandings and apprehensions emerged before or after the administration passed the orders to introduce the system.

The introduction of rotational headship system in the GMCH on November 13 created a flutter in the faculty of medical college as a majority of the heads of departments would have to abdicate the charge and hand it over to their juniors. However, many in the queue for holding the post of head arguing in favour of the system said the long tenure of one on the post make them behaving like dictators and they were at the mercy on one person as he or she was empowered to maintain their Annual Confidential Report (ACR).

They also argued that they were equally qualified and requried exposure to managing the department. “It will be my priority to get both the departmental heads as well as others sit together and hammer out their differences,” said the director principal, adding that “the departmtnal heads will be asked to see into the problems and grievances being aired by their subordinates and it will also been ensured that the seniors in the institution gets their due”.

However, this step would help in assuaging the feelings of the those seniors also who had moved to the Central Administrative Tribunal against the appointment of director principal on deputation.

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Maximum fatal accidents involve the young
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Promising lives have been cut short, dreams shattered and families wrecked for life. Youngsters have increasingly been losing their lives to road fatalities with the numbers spiralling with each passing year. A grim reality, the roads of City Beautiful have been turning into killer roads with the maximum number of youth falling prey to them.

The latest figures available with the Chandigarh traffic police speak for themselves. Out of the 140 fatalities on roads this year, as many as 33 fell in the age group of 26 to 40 years. While 31 deaths fell in the age group of 19 to 25 years, a total of 19 fell in the age group of 41 to 60.

Five of the deaths involved children below the age of five years, while seven fell in the age group of 17 to 18 years. As many as 14 deaths on the city roads were of senior citizens, while in 30 deaths, the age could not be ascertained as the victim was unknown.

The statistics were no different in the year 2006 when a total of 32 deaths belonged to the age group of 19 to 25 years while an alarming 51 fell between the age group of 26 to 40 years. In 2005, too, as many as 45 deaths on the city’s roads belonged to youth alone. In more than 70 per cent of the deaths, the drivers were on two- wheelers.

The memory of the death of two youngsters working in a fast-food joint in Sector 8 after being rammed by a rashly driven car is still sharp in the memory of people, so is the death of a resident of Sector 38 youth, a roller skating player, last month. In this case, the youth were not wearing a helmet.

Burgeoning city traffic, recklessness of the youth, their carefree attitude and failure to comply with traffic safety rules are the basic reasons, traffic police officials believe, most responsible for the high number of youth succumbing to road accidents.

Parents, too, are many a time responsible for letting their wards take to the roads before the permissible age of driving and end up repenting their act, rue traffic police officials.

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Former IG Dhaliwal dead
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 7
Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, a retired IPS officer and former police chief, Himachal Pradesh, passed away here today. He was being taken to PGI when he breathed his last. He was 81 and is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Commissioned as ASP in 1947, he served in PEPSU, Punjab, and after bifurcation, was allotted to HP from where he retired in 1987. He was suffering from a kidney ailment. He was awarded with president police service medal for his services and was one of the most decorated IPS officers.

The cremation will take place tomorrow at 11 am at Sector 25 crematorium.

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Patwaris continue stir
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 7
The indefinite strike by patwaris of the district entered its second day today with the members of the Revenue Patwar Union, Mohali, staging a protest outside the DC office.

The patwar khanas across the district remained closed through the day. The patwaris stated that the government had not issued their seniority list and had also not given them their increment and they would continue with their strike till their demands were met.

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Implement Anand Marriage Act: SGPC member
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
A Mohali-based member of the SGPC demanded yesterday that the pre-Independence Anand Marriage Act, 1909, should be adopted during the winter session of Parliament. Hardeep Singh said the Act that was in force during British times, gave the Sikhs a separate identity.

However, after Independence, the Sikhs were clubbed under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, for registration of marriages.

He said in the light of the directive of the Supreme Court to ensure registration of all marriages, the time now was right to adopt the Anand Marriage Act after defining the term Sikh, procedure of Anand Karaj, way to register a marriage under the Act and prescribe conditions for divorce.

Hardeep Singh asked the Punjab Government to prevail upon the Union Government to get the Anand Marriage Act adopted and implemented.

He further appealed to all Sikh members of Parliament to rise above politics and press for the adoption of the Act in both Houses of Parliament.

Criticising the SGPC for not brining a resolution on the Anand Marriage Act in its general house held on November 23, he asked the executive committee to pass a resolution on this at its meeting scheduled for tomorrow and send the resolution to the Punjab government, asking it to take up the matter with the Union Government.

Hardeep Singh was supported by several representatives of Sikh bodies.

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Demo on hi-tech, future classrooms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Unveiling its exclusive and ultramodern technologies for imparting education, Globus Infocom Limited, a company that is into providing hi-tech interactive communication systems, today organised a live demo of future classrooms at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17, here today.

Fitted with ultramodern electronic gadgets like plasma display panels, integrated podiums, digital slide presenters, quad views, video walls, fingerprint access controls, video conferencing and LED walls, the latest classrooms, supported by technology, were witnessed by DPI (S) SK Setia, school teachers and officials of the education department at a media briefing here.

Ashish Dham, managing director, Globus Infocom, said these interactive black boards, notepads, overhead projectors and centrally aligned computers with each of the students in such an interactive classroom will make learning an entirely new experience.

The students will be able to store and add things to these interactive blackboards. Further, the overhead projectors will help in displaying certain other things while students can write on their interactive notepads normally which will be automatically encrypted and stored by their computers through Bluetooth technology attached to these interactive notebooks.

Alex Daniel, director, marketing, Globus Infocom, explained that students, through interactive classrooms, will now be able to access information, reference material and library information at the touch of a button attached to their PCs on their seats. 

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Govt text book presses to be privatised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The Central Government has decided to privatise the Government of India text book presses at Chandigarh, Mysore and Bhubaneswar.

This was stated by Ajay Maken, union minister of state for urban development, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, according to a press note received here.

It was stated that the government in its review decision of February 1, 2006, had decided to privatise the presses. These presses were established for printing of text books of the state governments.

As the state governments were not able to provide adequate jobs to these presses, the government has taken a decision to privatise them, the press note added.

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Lok adalat on traffic violation cases today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
A special lok adalat will be held on December 8 to dispose of the traffic violation cases. Any person, who has been challaned or whose case is pending in court and whether violators have received summons or not, they can come and get their challans cleared.

The cases whether pending in the Chandigarh courts or before the traffic authorities concerned is scheduled to be heard on December 8 between 10 am and 4 pm in the District Courts Complex, Sector 17. Lok Adalats, the prime function of the State Legal Services Authorities, UT, Chandigarh, helps ensuring that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity.

The special lok adalat will be supervised by the justice J.S. Khehar, executive chairman, State Legal Services Authority, UT.

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Letters
Check underage drivers

Recently, I went to Chaman Lal DAV Senior Secondary School-11, Panchkula, for depositing my son's fee. It was heartening to see that principal of the school Anjali Marriya was standing outside the main gate to check the students coming on two-wheelers. She was asking them to produce their driving licences and wear helmets.

If all schools sincerely check their students, driving by underaged children will be curtailed. These efforts should be supplemented by the traffic police. Random checking by the traffic cops at the entrance and exit points of the schools will also help in curbing the menace.

I request all school authorities to follow suit.

D.R. Reghu, Panchkula

Readers are invited to write to us. Send your mail, in not more than 200 words, at news@tribuneindia.com or, write in, at: Letters, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh – 160 030

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Woman’s ill health drives her & daughter to suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Unable to overcome the trauma of her medical complication, Sarita, a 50-year-old woman, and Jasmine, her 20-year-old daughter, today allegedly hanged themselves to death at their Sector 22 home, here this evening.

Quoting the suicide note, reportedly written and signed by Sarita, the police said she cited her medical complication as the reason that drove her to take the extreme step. She mentioned that ever since her uterus was removed in an operation about two and a half years ago, she could not come to terms with it. She had not slept for a single night and her daughter was also traumatised because of her condition. She held no one responsible for their death and apologised to her husband and son.

The in charge of the Sector 22 police post, sub-inspector Charanjit Singh Virk, told The Tribune that the incident came to light at around 5:30 pm when Sarita’s husband Rajinder Singh, a Punjab police head constable posted at the Sector 9 Punjab Police Headquarters, returned to his first floor home. He found the house locked from inside and peeped through a window of the kitchen. To his horror, he found his wife and daughter hanging from a single hook in the kitchen. He raised the alarm following which his brother’s family living on the ground floor of the house and neighbours rushed to his help. His brother, Surinder Singh, also reached there hearing his screams.

They lowered the bodies and called the police. Before the police reached there, people took Sarita’s body to the Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital, where she was declared brought dead. The body of jasmine was shifted to the hospital later. Police officials examined the spot and took pictures.

Rajinder Singh told the police that his wife was under depression after the operation. Her daughter, a BA II year student of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, was so much attached to her mother that she never left her alone. She also did not like going to college leaving her mother alone in trauma at home. Rajinder further said that his son, 24-year-old Ajit Singh, who works with a Mohali-based call centre, left for his job at around 2:30 pm. He told him that he did not notice anything amiss with his mother or sister. A neighbour also told him that he had seen Sarita standing in the balcony of the house at around 4 pm.

The police suspected that the mother and the daughter had taken the extreme step between 4:40 pm to 5 pm. The police also found a pesticide from the kitchen and believed that the duo may have consumed it before hanging themselves.

These things would get clear in the post-mortem examination, said a police officer.

Meanwhile, the police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this regard.

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2 Delhiites booked for bank fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Two Delhi residents were booked on the charges of fraud for allegedly duping a bank of over Rs 17,000 by submitting a fake bank draft.

Harsha Kumar, general manager, Punjab State Forest Co-operative Limited, Sector 34, reported to the police alleging that Akshay Jaswal and Anil Aggarwal of Dilshad Garden, New Delhi, had cheated the bank by giving a fake draft for Rs 17,600 drawn on the State Bank of Patiala, Sector 35. A case of cheating and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.

Held

Mohan Lal Aggarwal of Sector 7, Panchkula, reported to the police alleging that Sham Sunder of Almora in Uttarakhand had stolen his Maruti car (HR-03-D-6426) from Motor Market, Manimajra, on Thursday evening. The accused was later arrested and the stolen car was recovered from him. A case has been registered in this regard in Manimajra police station.

Vehicles stolen

Avtar Singh of Naya Gaon reported that his Bullet motorcycle (CH-03-D-6450) was stolen from Sector 41, on December 5. In another incident, Pritam Kaur of Dhanas lodged a complaint with the police alleging that her Mahindra Bolero (CH-03-R-9422) was stolen from her residence during the Wednesday night. A case has been registered.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Krishan Lal of Dadu Majra Colony from the same locality on Thursday and reportedly seized 48 quarters of countrymade liquor from him. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Arson

Dhuda Nath of Colony Number 4, Phase I, Industrial Area reported to the police alleging that some unidentified persons set a jhugi on fire in the locality. 

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4 Kashmiris held for trespass bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The police today arrested four Kashmiri residents on the charges of attempt to trespass and take forcible possession of two houses in Sector 29, here.

According to the police, Pawan Bhatti, assistant welfare officer for labour, Jammu and Kashmir, reported to the police alleging that Mohammad Iqbal, Mohammad Afzal, Mustaq Ahmed and Mohammad Rafiq, all working as porters in Sector 26, tried to take forcible possession of two houses 1028 and 1029 in Sector 29, this afternoon. They also threatened him of dire consequences. Both houses belonged to the department and were given to Kashmiri migrants.

Bhatti told the police that the houses were vacated by the BSF personnel two days ago and he was given possession of the houses.

The police registered a case under Sections 448, 506, 511 and 34 of the IPC and arrested the accused.

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BSNL call rates cut
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Making telephone calls from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) PCO will cost less as the nigam today reduced the tariff for the calls.

According to a press note issued here today, the new rate will be Re 1 for 90 seconds up to 50 km distance with the BSNL network and Rs 1 for 60 seconds above 50 km for calls within the Punjab circle.

And for calls outside Punjab, the tariff has been reduced to Re 1 for 30 seconds anywhere in the country. The decision has been taken to give a boost to the PCO holders and subscribers making calls from the PCO booths, Naresh Sharma, general manager, telecom, Chandigarh, added.

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