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40 barge into lawyer’s Sec 8 house
Four booked for trespass
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
In an alleged attempt at "forcible possession" of a portion of a Sector 8 residence of a Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate, at least "40 persons" led by a “human rights” activist today reportedly barged into the house and broke open the locks on the first floor. The possession was restored after the police intervened.

Acting on a complaint by advocate Anand Chhibbar, a case of trespass, criminal intimidation, conspiracy and other offences was registered at the Sector 3 police station this evening under Sections 448, 452, 511, 506 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.

Four persons named in the complaint - S.K. Bakshi and his wife Rani Bakshi, along with their son Aseem Bakshi and his wife Shymoli Bakshi - were arrested by the police. S.K. Bakshi is the elder brother of Chhibbar's father, senior advocate R.K. Chhibbar. Court cases for deciding the ownership and possession of the first floor of the house No.721, Sector 8-B, filed by them, are "pending" before the court.

Chhibbar alleged that the group first came into the living room at 9.45 am and then re-entered the house from the service lane. After break opening the bolts of the first floor, the group occupied the portion on the pretext that the area belonged to them. No court orders in this regard were shown by them at that point of time. He and his family were threatened with empty cold drink bottles and the mother was pushed at the staircase.

As soon as the police was informed, ASP Madhur Verma reached the spot. He called both parties to his office in the Sector 17 police station with the court orders. The district attorney was also present. After going through the documents, the ASP reportedly ordered registration of a case and restoration of possession.

Chhibbar said even then two women refused to vacate the area and locked themselves in. The police tried to talk them into coming out. But, they refused. The cops had to force open the door. The entire operation, carried in the ASP's presence, was video-graphed. The statements of immediate neighbours were recorded.

Chhibbar said he and his family had been residing on the first floor for the past several years “according to the authority granted to me by my uncle Raj Bakshi, who resides in Germany”.

He said Raj Bakshi had also sent a fax stating that the Chhibbars were authorised to stay on the first floor. A copy of the fax was given to the police along with the complaint. The orders of the trial court and the additional district judge were also given to the police. 



UT’s no to ICL drained public money: PIL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Taking up a petition filed in public interest for declaring illegal the UT administration's decision not to allow ICL to conduct Twenty20 matches in the Sector 16 stadium, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion.

The petition filed by city advocate Mashwinder Singh says the decision has deprived the administration of huge gains in terms of money and comes as a setback to promoting sports in the city.

Stating that the decision not to provide the stadium to the ICL had resulted in loss of public money spent in sprucing up the stadium recently, the petition said the same should be declared “illegal and arbitrary.” 



More houses for HC judges
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
More houses will be constructed for the judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Sector 19 here. Ten kanals of land has been identified for the purpose.

With the increase in the strength of judges, the Chandigarh administration has decided to construct more houses for them. At present there are 33 houses for judges and the requirement is for 53.

Sources said earlier the judges’ houses were to be constructed in Sector 10 in place of type-13 houses, occupied by government employees. But the decision was rolled back after the administration decided on multi-storey houses for the employee at the site.

During a meeting of the committee (residences and building), senior officials of the administration tabled two proposals: One was to construct six houses in Sector 24 and the other to construct houses on 10 kanals in Sector 19. Efforts are afoot to identify another site in the northern sectors.

The sources said the strength of the judges now was 42 and the same was likely to increase. Apart from the increase in the requirement of houses, additional space was needed for new courtrooms in the High Court premises.

As the sanctioned strength of judges is 53, the court requires 53 functional courtrooms. Owing to shortage of space, relevant records pertaining to the record room, lok adalat, recruitment cell, copy branch and liquidation branch are being housed in temporary premises. 



Black coats decide to take on SHO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Advocates today signed a resolution to take on the SHO Kulwant Singh posted at Sector 17 for registering “false” FIRs against advocates. It also alleged the SHO misbehaved with the advocates.

The issue will be discussed at the general house meeting of the District Bar Association tomorrow. The secretary of the District Bar Association Kailash Chander said: "I have not received any resolution so far. We will call the meeting as soon as I get it."

On December 4, three accused were beaten up by a group of advocates in the District Courts after which an FIR against the advocates was registered.

Meanwhile, advocate Arvind Thakur filed a petition today regarding poor security at the courts. He said the lapse in security was evident from the December 4 incident.



Siti Channel reporter takes poison
Admitted to PGI in critical condition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Rekha Punia, 34, a reporter with Siti Channel, allegedly attempted suicide at her Sector 35 residence here this morning by consuming poison. She is battling for life at the PGI, where the doctors termed her condition as “critical”.

The police found a suicide note scribbled on a greeting card in her house in which she had said that none should be held responsible for her decision to end life. The note said that she loved her 12-year-old-son, Bishu, and wanted that he be brought up with care and affection. “I wanted to live and enjoy life, but that was not to be,” the note said.

The incident came to light at 10 am when Rekha called up her office informing them that she had consumed poison.The staff rushed to her house and found her lying on bed with her son in her arms. Her husband, Chunni Lal, an employee with the accountant-general of defence services, Simla, was not at home at that time.

She was taken to her family doctor at Mohali from where she was shifted to a private hospital in Kharar. The doctor there referred her to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). She was taken to the PGI instead. The doctors there put her on a ventilator, saying her condition was critical.

Rekha’s colleagues said on way to hospital, she kept saying: “ I do not want to die.” SHO of the Sector 36 police station Devinder Sharma said Rekha suffered from fits. She had been in depression ever since her brother’s death last year that had sent her into irreparable grief.



Indian Idols to perform at Leisure Valley
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Amit Paul, Emon Chatterjee, Ankita Mishra and Puja Chatterjee of the “Indian Idols-3” fame will be visiting the city to give live performances at the Leisure Valley on December 15.

Amit Paul, 23, born in Sweden., conducted the Vienna symphonic orchestra every yearfor the TV on New Years day. He is blessed with a “golden voice”.

Emon Chatterjee a voice that resembles that of Sonu Nigam.

Puja Chatterjee has been learning classical singing for the last nine years. She has had training in Indian classical, Western classical and instrumental music.



BSF sets up region’s first officers’ institute
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Border Security Force (BSF) has set up an Officers’ Institute at its campus in Lakhnour near Mohali to cater to the requirements of serving as well as retired BSF officers.

This is the first such BSF institute in this region.

BSF sources said the institute became functional this month and top officers from the Punjab and Haryana police forces have also visited it. The institute is attached to the officers’ mess of the BSF establishment at Lakhnour.

The institute would provide entertainment and recreational facilities, including hosting of social get-togethers and parties. Sports facilities and guest rooms would also be available.

A few such BSF institutes are already functional in other parts of the country.

The Director General BSF would be the institute’s chief patron and the Additional Director General (West) would be its patron. A management committee, which would be headed by an officer of the rank of DIG, would be responsible for its functioning. The management committee will include a retired BSF officer as an executive member.

There are four types of membership for the institute - permanent membership for all serving and ex-BSF officers, honorary membership for certain distinguished citizens, associate membership for widows of BSF officers and transit membership for officers arriving here for short stays, temporary duty or training.



CJ to speak on environment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice, Justice Vijender Jain, will air his views on "PIL and the role of courts" at a forum in Beijing on December 15.

The three-day forum on "Public participation in environmental compliance and enforcement in Asia" is scheduled to commence on December 13.

It is being organised by the State Environmental Protection Administration of the People's Republic of China and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN).

Founder-cum-executive member of AECEN, the Chief Justice will also speak on the role of judiciary and environmental adjudication at a dinner repetition on December 14. It is being hosted by the National Judges College of China, the American Bar Association - Asia and the Natural Resources Defence Council.

AECEN is a regional network of national and sub-national agencies from Asian countries committed to improve environmental compliance and enforcement in Asia. AECEN's mission is to promote improved compliance with environmental policies, laws and regulations through the exchange of innovative policies and practices.

The network objectives include promotion and implementation of improved environmental policies, laws and regulations.



‘Create awareness on disability in kids’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
A sensitisation programme for panches and sarpanches was organised at the Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32, here on Monday. Dr B.S. Chavan, head of the department of psychiatry, GMCH-32, discussed disabilities and their prevention and facilities like pension, loan and transport to the mentally challenged.

Dr Vijay Nagpal, reader in the department of laws, Panjab University, stressed on the need awareness on disabilities in rural areas. C.B. Pahuja also spoke.



Experts discuss limitations in education system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
To modernise the secondary education system and make it more practical, a symposium was held at the CII here today.

Initiated by the president of CIIS Educational Society, Col B.S. Sandhu (retd), the discussion dwelt on the human resources potential of India which was underutilised because of the limitations of the educational system to cater to the modern day needs of the industry at large.

Dr Daljit Cheema, adviser to CM, Punjab, Dr S.K. Sharma, director, CORDI University Sanghol, Abhijeet Mukherjee, vice-chancellor and director, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, Dr M.S. Garewal, institute director, CIIS, John Aslin, coordinating director, Thompson River University, and Prof Roelof K. Brouwer, University of British Columbia, were among those present.

Dr Cheema said the mismatch and pseudo human resources potential should be rationalised and upgraded if the country had to progress.

Prof Brouwer stressed the need to include the latest technologies like artificial intelligence as part of the modern curriculum. He said artificial intelligence was the future for all computer languages.

However, the curriculum of most engineering institutes evaded this crucial future technology as it required state-of-the-art facilities, infrastructure and highly specialised faculty.

Abhijit Mukherjee said it was for the nation to recognise the trainable lot and impart education which was not only academic, but also utilitarian and consequential from the professional point of view.

Dr M.S. Grewal enumerated the efforts being undertaken by the CIIS in bringing reforms pertaining to global education to Indian students.

Lt Gen K.S. Mann (retd), adviser, CIIS, said strategic tie-ups with British, Canadian and New Zealand-based colleges and institutes had benefited Indian students.



Encroachers gobble up prime land near Baheri village
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Already short of land for urbanisation, the Chandigarh administration has failed to protect its prime land from encroachments.

As a result, commercial establishments and houses have come up on a large chunk of acquired land on the outskirts of Buterla and Baheri village here.

The UT administrator has announced to turn Badheri village into a model village.

The encroached land was acquired by the administration around 30 years ago as part of capital outlay and handed over to the engineering department.

Sources in the administration said deputy commissioner R.K. Rao recently wrote to the UT engineering department to get the land vacated for planned use. But no action was taken, it was learnt.

While the land of the two villages has been transferred to the municipal corporation, that on theouter periphery of the villagesis with the UT engineering department.

A UT official said houses and shops had come up on a strip of land in Butrela village. Private structures have come up right up to the road facing AG Colony of Sector 41, adjoining Shivalik Public School.

With the authorities least interested, encroachers have even raised a construction on a sewer line.



Human Rights Day Harwinder best in slogan-writing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
International Human Rights Day was celebrated at the Law Bhavan auditorium, Sector 37, today. The function was presided over by Justice Mongia, chairperson, Punjab Human Rights Commission.

Justice Mongia enumerated the redressal system available to the gathering of more than 500 human rights activists.

Chairman of the Universal Human Rights of Organisation (UHRO) Ashok Bector advised all human rights activists to work for underprivileged and fight against female foeticide, drugs, AIDS and child labour.

Celebrating Human Rights Day, Doaba College of Education, Mohali, organised various competitions for students. A number of competitions namely slogan-writing, paper-reading and poster-making were held in the college. In the slogan-writing competition, Harwinder Kaur won the first prize while Sunita bagged the second position. Priyanka and Mandeep bagged the first and second positions, respectively, in the paper-reading contest. Amandeep won the first prize in the poster-making competition.



Intel Training 50 teachers get certificates 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
As many as 35 government and 15 volunteer teachers from the Alternate Innovative Education Centres (AIECs) were given certificates for the successful completion of the staff training and implementation of Intel Learn Program at GMSSS, Sector 19, here today.

Intel Learn Program is designed to encourage the innovative 21st century thinking and technology skills through community education. In collaboration with the office of state project director-cum-director public instructions (S), the programme is helping youths between 8 and 16 years from the rural areas of Chandigarh to develop their skills with a focus on digital literacy, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration.

DPI (S) S.K. Setia said these 35 government teachers had imparted Intel training to around 1,140 learners in the year 2006-07 and all 15 volunteer teachers from nine schools had taught to approximately 750 learners in the year 2007-08.

About the Intel programme, Setia said, “Intel Learn Program is preparing the students to acquire thinking skills of higher order.

The teachers have enhanced their teaching-learning skills.”



Zirakpur-Parwanoo Highway
Removal of encroachments
Kalka traders go on strike
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 10
The four-laning of the Zirakpur-Pawanoo highway faced its first major hurdle today when shopkeepers at Kalka expressed resentment against the removal of alleged encroachments by the roadside.

At a meeting with DC Rajinder Kataria at the municipal committee office, shopkeepers sought more time to contest their case. They wanted 60 days’ time instead of the 72-hour deadline to remove encroachments.

Kataria was in Kalka and Pinjore to listen to the grievances of residents after they were served notice for removing encroachments.

Having identified encroachments along the national highway, the district administration is in full swing to clear the highway to facilitate the beginning of the four-laning process.

Beopar Mandal general secretary Ajay Singhla said the shopkeepers today decided to go on an indefinite strike to protest against the indifferent attitude of the administration.

The demolitions were not being carried out according to the revenue records, he alleged.

Recently, the central government had awarded the contract for the four-laning of the road. The Rs 295-crore project, entailing the construction of the Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass as part of the four-laning, was awarded to Jaiprakash and Associates on a built-operate-and-transfer (BOT) basis in September. It will have a concession period of 20 years, including a construction period of 30 months, sources said.

The project involves four-laning of 28.69 km and construction of six-lane structures like bridges, grade separators, flyovers and underpasses. Of this, 11.250 km are on a new alignment for a combined bypass for highly congested towns of Pinjore and Kalka in Haryana and Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh.

The proposed bypass, which will reportedly take off from near Mallah, just before Yadvindra Gardens in Pinjore, will meet the NH-22 near Parwanoo.

There are over 400 alleged encroachments on both sides of the road in Kalka and Pinjore.

There is a long-standing dispute between the administration and the alleged encroachers, including shopkeepers, over maps showing the land as part of the government land.

Over the year, the encroachers have allegedly occupied the prime government land substantially reducing the width of the road.

Under the NHAI Act, the width of a national highway has to be 45 metres in the urban areas and 60 metres in the rural areas.



Fauji Beat
It’s an insult to bravery

4 Jat memorial at Asafwala
4 Jat memorial at Asafwala

“I am sad that I fought for the country”, says Honorary Captain Bana Singh who was awarded Param Vir Chakra (PVC) for capturing a Pakistani post (now called Bana Post) at the Siachen glacier about two decades ago.

His lament stems from the measly honorarium of Rs 166 per month that the J&K Government is paying him for his bravery.

The widow of the highest decorated soldier of the country Naib-Subedar Nand Singh who won the Victoria Cross (VC) in 1944, in World War II, and Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) posthumously, in the 1947 war in J&K, told this writer in the late 1980s that she was getting less than Rs 150 as monthly pension. Same was the fate of the widow of Subedar Joginder Singh who won PVC (Posthumously) in the 1962 war.

Over the years, things have improved in the other northern states such as Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh where the gallantry award winners and war widows are getting befitting monthly cash awards.

But in J&K where the bulk of the Army is deployed, the cash awards are woefully low. Is this the way a state should treat the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives for its security almost every day?

They saved Fazilka

Fazilka, a border town in Ferozepore district wrote itself into history in the 1971 war because of the fierce fighting that it witnessed in which, the Indian Army’s casualties were 200 killed and 450 wounded.

When the enemy infiltrated into the Indian territory and captured Beriwala bridge near the border, 4 Jat commanded by the late Maj-Gen (then Lieut-Col) Suri, launched two attacks, one each on the nights of December 4 and 5, to dislodge the enemy from the bridge. The unit suffered heavy casualties in his battle. One of the Company commanders of 4 Jat, who was seriously wounded, was carried away by the enemy and his body was returned only on December 18, after the ceasefire.

An Asafwala stands a beautiful memorial at the site where on December 18, 1971, the bodies of 64 war heroes of 4 Jat, who fell fighting to save Fazilka, were cremated. The memorial was raised jointly by the Army and the residents of Fazilka in 1972, on the land donated by the latter. The Shaheed Samarak Society looks after the upkeep of the memorial. The residents of Fazilka commemorate the event at the memorial every year.

Signing of life certificate

“When I discovered a few days ago that my pension for the month of November was not credited to my account, I asked my bankers the reason for this. I was told that I had not signed the life certificate in November to say that I was alive”, says an 84-year old defence pensioner. He is not alone. A sizeable number of pensioners did not get their pension for the monh of November because they had forgotten to sign the yearly life certificate.

Why can’t the banks display a notice in the month of November every year to remind the pensioners about this mandatory requirement? Still better would be to remind the pensioners through the medium of newspapers as is done in case of Income Tax returns. If this certificate is signed in the beginning of the financial year the pensioners are likely to remember it.

Pritam Bhullar



Drive to check misuse of domestic LPG
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Rampant misuse of domestic LPG for the commercial purposes during the ongoing marriage season has prompted oil companies to get tough with unscrupulous consumers.

In fact, oil companies are set to launch a campaign against the diversion of domestic supply for commercial purposes by marriage palaces, resorts and hotels, Jagdeep Kumar Rana, senior area manager of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), told The Tribune.

Since the campaign cannot succeed without the active support of the administration, the oil companies will write to the DC, who is also director, food supply and consumer affairs, to help curb the misuse of LPG cylinders meant for domestic use, Rana informed.

The misuse of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose is widespread in the region in the wake of the huge price difference between them. As the domestic cylinder cost Rs 303 as against Rs 1,021 for the commercial cylinder, a majority of the marriage palaces and hotels used domestic cylinders.

And during the marriage season, this menace assumed alarming proportions creating artificial shortage of LPG in the region. Repeated raids by the oil companies to curtail the misuse have failed to yield positive results allegedly on account of the lukewarm attitude of the local administration and the police.

The oil companies, Rana said, would suggest a strategy to the administration whereby the administration would ask the commercial establishments, including hotels and marriage palaces, to disclose their consumption pattern. A data base would be created to check the misuse of domestic gas supply by the commercial establishments, Rana added.

Recently, the oil companies had started the process to block domestic multiple gas connections in a bid to curb the misuse of the LPG cylinders under the "one family, one connection" policy of the Central Government. Officials observed that the misuse of the domestic supply for running automobiles and for commercial purposes was routine affair.

Strict implementation of the "one family, one connection" policy and support from the administration and the police could go a long way in curbing the diversion of domestic supply for commercial activities, the officials hoped.



Book on road safety for children out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The UT administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), emphasised the need to restructure the Sector 23 Children Traffic Park to educate people about road safety. He said this while releasing a handbook titled “Your Child’s Road Safety”, here today.

The 100-page book has colourful sketches and is authored by Harman Singh Sidhu, designer of the traffic police website and president of ArriveSafe, a road safety society.

Sidhu is confined to a wheelchair following an accident after which he has devoted his life to educate people about road safety.

The administrator said Sidhu should undertake more ventures in areas of children’s interests to help them move forward with a positive approach.

Rodrigues said the DPI (schools) and some school principals would be associated with a child-friendly traffic plan.

Meanwhile, Sidhu today participated in the week-long “International Course on Transportation Planning and Safety- 2007” at the IIT, New Delhi.

The transportation research and injury prevention programme (TRIPP) at the IIT, in collaboration with the French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research, France, and St Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi, have organised the course.

Participants have been selected on the basis of their involvement in transportation planning and road safety research, involvement in policy making and implementation of safety measures.

Organisers of the course said by the end of the course, the participants should know about the latest findings in methodologies for traffic planning, prevention of traffic accident and injuries and current advances in vehicle crashworthiness and restraint systems.

The course is being sponsored by the ministry of shipping, road transport and highways, TRIPP, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, NIRETS, Tata Motors and the WHO.



Politicking delays MC poll
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, December 10
Democratic rights are being crushed with the authorities failing to hold MC elections to the posts of senior vice-president and vice-president even after four months of expiry of the terms of previous incumbents.

Sources say the role of ruling party politicians, who wish to see their own men occupy the two posts, for the inordinate delay cannot be ruled out. Certain SAD leaders are reported to have been making efforts to win over councillors backing the council chief to their side to capture 
the posts.

Rishiv Jain and Harmanpreet Singh were elected senior vice-president and vice-president, respectively, soon after the council elections were held on July 30, 2006. Their term expired on August 17 this year.

Sources said the deputy commissioner had forwarded a letter to SDM Raghbir Kaur Khaira in which he had appointed her convener for the elections and asked her to get these held at the earliest.

When contacted today, Khaira said she had received the letter from Garewal about two months ago but could not get the elections held as various time-bound works like the atta-dal scheme had to be completed.

She, however, denied that there was pressure on her from SAD leaders to get the elections delayed.

President of the council Rajinder Singh Rana alleged that elections were being delayed due to political intervention. He said various tactics were being allegedly adopted by members of the SAD to win over councillors of his group.

He said a police case was registered against Rishiv Jain and Gurmeet Singh Walia to “pressurise” them into joining the group of councillors owing allegiance to Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab minister. But both councillors of the ruling group had a firm stand and as such the efforts to win them over turned futile.

According to sources, 12 members of the Opposition group owe allegiance to Capt Kanwaljit Singh while the 13th member belongs to the Congress. These 12 members had met Capt Kanwaljit Singh last week in connection with the elections.

Efforts are being made by the Opposition group to win over four members of the 19-member ruling group so that the post of senior vice-president of the council was won by it.

There are 31 councillors in the Mohali civic body. The MLA, an ex-officio member, also has a 
voting right.



54-yr-old woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 10
A 54-year-old woman committed suicide at her Sector 11 residence here last night. According to the police, the woman was suffering from multiple diseases.

According to the police, Prem Lata hanged herself from the grill of ventilator in the house.

She was living with her husband, while her three sons were in the armed forces.

Her husband Brij Lal Sharma, who has retired from Himachal government, said he went to his bedroom after his wife told him that it would take her some time to wind up household chore.

He woke up around midnight was surprised not to find his wife in the bedroom. He found her hanging with her dupatta from the grill in the room, he said.

The police has registered a case under Section 174, CrPC after sending the body for a post-mortem examination.



Admn not giving transfers a thought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Though various activities, including the enforcement work of the State Transport Authority (STA) have come to a standstill, the administration continues to post officials in the office on deputation from Punjab and Haryana.

Today, an employment officer with the Chandigarh Employment Exchange, Anil Sharma, who is on deputation from Haryana, was posted against a non-sanctioned post of additional secretary, STA.

He has been posted in place of Meenakshi Goyal (from Punjab), who has been transferred to the employment exchange. Both officials are drawing their salaries from the employment office.



Nickel sheets stolen from factory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Thieves decamped with nickel sheets and copper wire worth over Rs 1 lakh after breaking into a factory in Phase II, Industrial Area, last night.

The owner of the factory, Ram Pal Bansal, claimed that it was the second theft in his factory in less than a month.

He told the police that the theft came to light when his employees came to the factory at 9.30 am. They found the premises ransacked and informed him.

The thieves gained entry by breaking open the tin roof and stole nickel sheets weighing around 80 kg and copper wire weighing about 15 kg.

He said in November, articles worth Rs 45,000 were stolen from his factory. He had lodged a complaint with the police, but nothing came out of it.

The SHO of the Sector 31 police station, inspector Har Sahai Sharma, said a case of theft had been registered on Bansal’s complaint and the spot was examined by experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

Denying allegation of police inaction, he maintained that he had not received any complaint about the theft that took place in November.



MLA welcomes schemes for Dalits
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 10
Former minister and local MLA Venod Sharma today hailed the announcement of schemes worth Rs 1,000 crore for the Dalits by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

He said amenities like water, power and pucca streets would be provided to colonies housing members of the SC community and plots measuring 100 yards would be allotted free of cost to those belonging to the community and below poverty line. A scheme to provide shelter to the poor in the urban areas had also been announced, he added.

He said the Mahatma Gandhi Swaraj scheme would provide for Rs 50 lakh each to village having over 50 people belonging to the community during the next year for accelerating the pace of development.

The grant under the Ambedkar Medhavi Chhatra Yojna to outstanding students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Backward Class had also been enhanced, he added. 



101 plots not allotted since ’90
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (colony cell) has brought to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner and the chief executive officer of the Chandigarh Housing Board that 101 plots had not been allotted in Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran. The plots have been lying vacant since 1990.

Since the administration had failed to allot these plots, encroachers were having a field day. The sites should be allotted to homeless people, the committee said.



Dog menace

Last night, I was robbed of sleep due to a dogfight in my lane. It was like a territorial battle, a fight for supremacy and control in which the dogs kept barking, howling and chasing each other for hours. I could not get a wink of sleep. I am sure others in the locality must also have lost their sleep due to the dogfight.

These stray dogs have become a nuisance with their ever increasing number. Will Maneka Gandhi living in her mansion and her band of animal lovers spare some thought for the common man?

Rama Kashyap, Chandigarh

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Attawa resident held for rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The police today arrested an Attawa resident on the charges of allegedly raping a girl after kidnapping her.

The police said 23-year-old Rajesh Kumar, a painter, was today produced before a local court, which remanded him in police custody.

The police said Rajesh and the victim lived in the same locality. The victim’s mother lodged a complaint yesterday that she went to the district courts on November 20 along with her daughter. She went to the court leaving her daughter behind and when she came back she found her missing.

On December 7, her daughter came back and told her mother that Rajesh had kidnapped her. The police got the victim medically examined, which confirmed rape. A case has been registered.



Man thrashed, robbed of Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Three persons robbed a man after assaulting him on the Dadu Majra-Maloya road last night.

Ram Pal Yadav of Maloya Colony reported to the police that he was waylaid by three youths last night. The miscreants thrashed him and robbed him of his mobile phone and his wallet containing Rs 5,000.

He informed the police about the incident and was taken to hospital for medical examination.

A case of robbery has been registered. The police said one of the accused had been identified and efforts were on to nab him.


Dharam Pal of Sector 40 has reported that some motorcyclists snatched his mobile phone last night. A case has been registered.

Vehicle stolen

Madhu Gurung of Sector 35-C has filed a complaint with the police that his Toyota Qualis (HP-58-1248) was stolen from his house yesterday.

In another incident, Sunesh Kumar of Hallo Majra village has reported to the police that his motorcycle (CH-03-K-6523) was stolen from his house during the intervening night of December 5 and 6.

Two cases of theft have been registered.


Krishan Kumar of Phase I, Ram Darbar, has reported to the police that he was beaten up by Kaku and some others in Dadu Majra yesterday.

He suffered injuries and has been admitted to the GMCH-32. A case has been registered.

Ganja seized

The police yesterday arrested Jaya Ram of Bihar on the charges of allegedly carrying 5.5 kg of ganja. A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.


The police today arrested Shan Mohammad and Rajpal, both residents of Bapu Dham Colony, for gambling. The police recovered Rs 3,255 from their possession.

In another incident, Jai Singh Bahadur of Burail village was arrested yesterday for gambling at a public place.

Three cases have been registered under the Gambling Act. 



Air hostess academy plans expansion
Tribune News Service

Sapna Gupta, CEO, AHA
Sapna Gupta, CEO, AHA

Chandigarh, December 10
“The Air Hostess Academy (AHA) will be expanding operations in the city,” said Sapna Gupta, CEO, AHA, on a visit to the city today. Talking to The Tribune, she stated that the flagship company, started in 1997, was the first institute in the country that began offering a well-designed and comprehensive training curriculum for the entire service sector, especially the aviation and hospitality sectors, even when there were no sign of the boom in the sector.

“We have centres in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Chandigarh. We will soon be opening 10 more institutes in India,” stated Gupta. At present, AHA has 35 centers across India.

AHA also plans to expand its operations at its Sector-34 centre in the city. “We will be adding more courses and facilities and also increasing the campus area,” stated Gupta.

AHA offers a one-year diploma in aviation and hospitality management and a two-year diploma in global aviation and hospitality management validated by University of Cambridge, International Examinations, UK.

Commenting on the mushrooming of such training centres across the country, she stated, “I would advise the students to check the credentials of an institute before enroll themselves there. They should also check the certification of such cources.”



Loan scheme for doctors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The State Bank of India, Chandigarh main branch, organised a doctors’ meet which was presided over by the general manager of the bank, S.W. Tanksale.

The deputy general manager, V.K. Sabharwal, was the guest of honour. Leading doctors of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali participated.

A.K. Palit, deputy GM of the main branch, presented a special loan scheme for doctors at concessional rates.

The chief manager (SME) highlighted the salient features of various schemes and facilities being offered by the bank.



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