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Remove kundis: UT
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Faced with a whopping Rs 25 crore outstanding power dues, the Chandigarh administration today ordered action. Separately, it ordered the removal of illegal connections (kundis) in the city to cut down on transmission and distribution losses.

Sources said 17,000 people have defaulted in paying their power bills over the past few years. These mainly include contractors who get bulk power supply, government departments, industrial and commercial users.They have now been given two weeks to pay up or else face action.

The biggest defaulters are bulk contractors who are supplied power for further transmission to slum colonies.They have to collectively pay about Rs 8 crore to the UT. Government departments of Punjab and Haryana have to pay up about Rs 3 crore for the power supplied to buildings either owned by the two states or taken on rent for their offices across the city.

Domestic and commercial users in the city have to collectively pay Rs 2.90 crore to the electricity department. Among the list of defaulters are established traders in leading markets of the city and big industrialists (Rs 9 crore).

Some industries were shut down after these ran into losses and their connections disconnected permanently. However, they are yet to clear their dues. Cases are pending in courts over disputes over billing and the mode of repayment.

Senior functionaries of the engineering department were given a briefing this afternoon on the kind of defaulters and the steps to be initiated.

The defaulters will be given an option to pay in installments, said an official.

In case of court cases, the administration wants that these be pursued with vigour and the dues recovered at the earliest. 



Power Theft
Judicial remand for Tehal Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
A day after Tehal Singh, the owner of a city’s well-known chicken eatery, was arrested by the police for alleged power theft, judicial magistrate Atul Marya today remanded him in judicial custody.

The police had sought police remand for the accused.

The UT police had arrested Tehal Singh for alleged involvement in a case of power theft in which his wife, Subh Lata, was booked earlier.

The police maintained: “He was arrested by the police on the statement of some residents who had accused him of abetting his wife Subh Lata in stealing electricity for Aadarsh Public School, situated in colony No. 5. Singh was aware of the theft of electricity, as he used to visit the school to collect rent and money for electricity from labourers residing in the school building.”

While pressing for police remand, public prosecutor argued: “Interrogation in custody was required to investigate into the nexus between the accused and UT electricity officials who had facilitated this crime along with recovery of wires and making an assessment of the loss incurred to the state exchequer due to the kundi connection.”

Defence counsel stated: “Tehal Singh has been falsely implicated in the case, as he had lodged a complaint against various UT administration officers.”

He maintained that the jhuggi residents whose statements were being used by the police against his client should also be booked in the case, as they were equally liable to prosecution for using kundi connections.

Tehal Singh and his wife have been booked by the police under Section 379, and 420, IPC, along with Section 135 of Electricity Act, 2003. Additional district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg, while deferring the orders on the anticipatory bail till December 15, 2007, stayed the arrest of Subh Lata.



Kalka: HC orders status quo demolitions
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered status quo while taking up a bunch of petitions filed in public interest against the proposed demolition of certain buildings at Gandhi Chowk in Kalka.

A Division Bench headed by Justice J.S. Khehar also issued notices for December 20 to the NHI, Haryana The orders were passed on three writ petitions filed by Shyam Sunder Jaswal and others seeking a stay against the demolition notices of November 30, 2007, issued under section 26 (2) of Control of National Highways (land and traffic) Act, 2002, whereby the petitioners had been told about the impending demolition of portion of their buildings considered an encroachment .



Nomination of three councillors challenged

Chandigarh, December 14
A Division Bench of the Punjab and High Court today issued notice of motion on a petition against the nomination of three councillors to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on the ground that they did not have the mandatory qualification under Section 12 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, as applicable to Chandigarh.

The petition filed against Neelam Malik, Amrit Bularia and Arshad Khan, besides the UT dministration and DC-cum-municipal commissioner seeks directions for quashing the impugned notification of December 21, 2006, as per which the administration had nominated these councillors.

Petitioner Ajay Jagga, president of the Janata Party’s Chandigarh unit, has also sought directions to restrain these councillors from participating in the coming elections for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor scheduled for January 1.

He has pleaded for recovery of penalty from these councillors as per the provisions in case they cast their vote for these elections.

The petition says these councillors do not even have a vote in Chandigarh or any ward in Chandigarh.This had been found on perusal of the 2007 voter list.

The basic qualification for a councillor is that the person should have his name registered as an elector in the electoral role for a ward, which not only applies to the elected councillors but also nominated ones.

The petiton added that directions be given to UT to recover various perks and advantages enjoyed by these councillors from the MC. A Bench comprising Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice Sham Sunder issued notice of motion for December 20.



CTU Strike
Bus users left on road
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Hundreds of commuters faced inconvenience as CTU buses went off the road for two hours today.

The CTU Worker’s Union had called for a ‘chakka jam’ on local and suburban routes from 11 am to 1 pm against the new transport policy of the administration which has proposed private air- conditioned buses for the city.

The drivers parked their buses on the road separating Sectors 22 and 17 in front of the bus stand. Though the agitating staff claimed that they chose the two-hour time when the rush of commuters was thin, hundreds of bus users were seen stranded at the bus stand as well as various bus stops in the city.

Neelam, Nisha, Anjali and Pooja, students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, said: “We came at the bus

stand after our exam at 11.45 am. We were in hurry to reach home to prepare for the next examination, but now we have to wait for more than an hour to catch a bus.”

Making most of the matters, rickshaw pullers and auto-rickshaws did brisk business, with many passengers complaining of “over-charging”. According to union members, 165 local buses (up to Ambala and Baddi) and suburban buses (up to Kurali) came to a halt during the two-hour strike. However, a senior CTU official claimed the strike had no effect on suburban routes.

Over 200 members of the union held a rally during the strike at the bus stand. Ranjit Singh, president, and Narian Singh, general secretary of the union, said: “Even the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed an appeal by private transporters for entry of their buses here in its decision on November 5, 2001.”



Suman, the other nightingale of India
Devinder Bir Kaur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
"Yunhi dil ne chaha tha, rona rulana, teri yaad to ban gayi ik bahana...", "Na tum hamen jaano, na hum tumhen jaane, magar lagta, hai kuchh aisa, mera humdum mil gaya...," "Mere mehboob na ja, aaj ki raat na jaa...," "Chand kanwal, mere chand kanwal, chup chaap so ja, yun na muchal...," "Sharabi, sharabi, ye sawan ka mausam, Khuda ki kasam khoobsurat na hota....".

Beautiful Lata Mangeshkar numbers ? Wrong, all these unforgetable songs have been sung by sweet-voiced Suman Kalyanpur.

Suman is in town to attend the annual Rafi Memorial Nite being organised by the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society at Bhargava Auditorium, PGI, here tomorrow. Looking graceful in a creamy white printed saree, Suman arrived at the airport by a flight that was three hours late. After a brief halt at the UT Guest House, Suman with her daughter and grandson shifted to Hotel Mountview where she will be staying for the next couple of days.

I ask the veteran singer the question she must have been asked thousands of times: How did she cope with the title of being "poor man's Lata"? She replies amicably: "Well, having a thin voice does not come in the way. Whatever songs suited my voice came to me".

So, was the voice similarity with that of the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, her undoing. Suman refuses to concede that. "Actually, I never had any burning ambition.I sang for the pleasure of singing," she states. She says she quit singing because the atmosphere had changed.

Suman does not remember the number of songs she has sung, as "it is inauspicious to count," but official records show that between 1953 and 1976 she has sung nearly 3,000 songs under the baton of almost all music directors of the period. Her last hit song was "Zindagi imtihan leti hai..." from "Naseeb" for Laxmikant - Pyarelal.

Suman was born Suman Hemmady in a musically inclined family. At 14 she joined a music class and even sang for All India Radio. Later, Suman recalls, how her 1953 film, which had her song, failed to take off. Then Mohammed Shafi signed her for "Mangu" in 1954 and made her sing four songs. But, as it happened, the film went to O.P. Nayyar who scraped her songs. But as destiny would have it, one of Suman's songs, which had been used repeatedly in several picturised sequences of the film, could not be scrapped. This lone song, "Koi pukare dheere se mujhe..." was enough to catch the attention of other music directors. The rest, as they say, is history.

Suman went on sing for almost all top music directors of the time. Naushad got her songs recorded for "Darwaza" the same year. One was a duet with Talat Mehmood "Ek dil do nain talabgar badi mushkil hai..." which became very popular.

Other big music directors began to take note. She sang six songs for Kalyanji-Anandji's "Satta Bazaar". Then came Roshan, Khayyam, Madan Mohan and later Ravi, Laxmikant - Pyarelal, S.D. Burman and Rajesh Roshan.

Suman remembers with gratitude music director Dattaram, long-time assistant to the reigning duo Shankar- Jaikishan. It was through Dattaram that she got as many as 50 films with Shankar- Jaikishen. She sang the title song "Dil ek mandir hai..." and "Juhi ki kali meri laadli, naazon mein pali meri laadli..." for the S-J- scored "Dil Ek Mandir" and their raga-based "Ajahuna aaye balma, sawan beeta jaaye..." from "Sanjh Aur Savera". She also sang "Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche har zaban par..." for "Brahmachari," "Mere sung ga , gunguna, koi geet suhana...." for "Janwar", "Hai na, bolo bolo..." for "Andaz", all composed by Shankar- Jaikishan.

The playback singer was at her best in duets. Her duets with Mohammed Rafi, in whose memory the present function is being held, were a rage. Some of them are : "Dil gham se jal raha hai jale, par dhuhan na ho..." ("Shama"), "Baad muddat ke ye ghadi aayi..." ("Jahan Aara"), "Parbaton ke pedon par, shaam ka basera hai..." ("Shagun") , "Itna hai tumse pyar mujhe, mere raazdar..." ("Suraj") , "Dil ne phir yaad kiya, barf si lehrayi hai..." ("Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya"), "Din ho ya raat , hum rahen tere saath, ye humari marzi..." ("Miss Bombay") , "Tujhe pyar karte hain, karte rahenge, ke dil banke dil mein dhadakte rahenge..." ("April Fool"), "Tumne pukara aur hum chale aaye..." ("Rajkumar:) , "Na na karte pyar tumhin se kar baithe..." (" Jab Jab Phool Khile"), "Ke jaan chali jaaye, jiya nahin jaaye..." ("Anjaana"), Tumse o haseena kabhi mohabbat na maine karni thi..." ("Farz") and "Raat suhani jaag rahi hai, dheere dheere chupke chupke..." ("Jigri Dost"). Sometime back she cut an album with T-Series appropriately named "Sunheri Yaaden". She also sang devotional songs for the company .



Chrysanthemum show opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Chrysanthemum Show at Terraced Garden, Sector 33, was inaugurated by Jeans Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues, today. The show will be open till December 16 and is being organised by the Chandigarh municipal corporation.

After releasing a brochure dedicated to the show, Jean went around the garden to see various flowers exhibited there.

Appreciating the endeavour of the municipal corporation for organising this annual event, Jean said, “The show seems to get better each year. The show has helped Chandigarh to acquire the international fame.” Gardeners and participants have made animals like camel, peacock, cow, giraffe and various birds using flowers. Chandigarh mayor Harjinder Kaur and deputy commissioner R.K. Rao were present. 



Programme on child development
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
After successfully establishing itself in Delhi and Gurgaon, Pallavan today announced the launch of its ‘Early Child Development’ programme in Chandigarh.

The programme is for children between two and five years. Pallavan will also provide daycare facilities for children upto 10 years at its location in Sector 3, Chandigarh.

According to Renu Kaul, director, Pallavan, “Children and parents are involved in the planning, implementation and assessment of the programme. Parents are encouraged to participate actively in the programme as often as possible by directly conducting the activities or by giving suggestions. The child-teacher ratio here is 1:8.”

The best part of the system is that the daily comments about each child are posted on the web site (www.pallavan.com) by the end of the day.



Senior citizens certified as computer savvy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
A month-long computer literacy programme for senior citizens concluded with a valedictory function at the conference hall of DAV College, Sector 10, here, today.

This was the eighth batch of the Senior Citizens Computer Literacy Programme initiated by the college. Principal S. Marriya said the computer training was being imparted to the senior citizens free of cost. Around 500 elderly persons have already been trained. Chandigarh SSP S.S. Srivastava gave away the certificates. 



Winged visitors at Dhanas Lake too
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The quiet environs at Patiala-ki-Rao are enlivened with the arrival of stilts -- long-legged, long-billed birds. It is for the first time that the forest lake near Dhanas has seen these guests, who are on a stopover call.

While the Sukhna Lake has attracted migratory birds every winter (and this year too), close to 500 migratory birds have been spotted at the Patiala-ki Rao lake by wildlife officials this winter.

Besides the stilts, three varieties of pochards-common, tufted and redchested-have made the Dhanas lake their temporary abode.

Other varieties include the cormorants, the fish-eater birds that have added to the beauty of the lake. Also seen floating on the waters are the coot birds characterised by their black body and white peak.

“Last year, when the lake was built, the water was not much but the rise in the water level has encouraged birds from various countries to take shelter here for the winter.

“The lake has been divided into two parts, and it’s the shallow water lake that has invited these winged guests. Its advisable to take along binoculars for a perfect visual treat,” says Ishwar Singh, chief wildlife warden-cum-director environment, Chandigarh administration.

Most birds come from Central China, Siberia, Afghanistan and Himalayan mountains after the harsh climate causes the lakes at these places to freeze. These birds flock to warmer climes in big groups as the cold gets more severe.

They are here till February-end and are spotted in maximum numbers during December 15 - 30. The regulatory end of the Sukhna Lake has already witnessed thousands of these migratory birds this winter, including rare varieties such as the shoveller, hill kingfisher, Brahmani duck, pintail and common teal.



Infant dies at Shishugrah
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 14
A two-and-a-half month old baby girl died at Shishugrah, Sector 15, for want of proper treatment here today.

The incident has brought under scanner, the conditions prevailing at government-run homes for destitutes.

According to sources in the police, the Shishugrah authotrities informed them that the baby died when they were taking her to the PGI after her condition deteriorated.

The baby was found at the Ambala railway station by GRP.

According to the Shishugrah authorities, the baby was frail since she was brought here, said the police.



Work on Hotel Mountview makeover begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The construction work to upgrade Hotel Mountview to a five star hotel began today. The first brick was laid by Khiali Ram, who has been working at the hotel for the past 26 years and is one of the oldest employees of CITCO.

Once the work is complete, the hotel will have 155 rooms.

CITCO managing director Jasbir Singh Bir said the upgrade included renovating the hotel exterior façade, reception/lobby area and coffee shop at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore.

The landscaped area outside the coffee shop with water body will enhance the ambience and beauty of the hotel.

With a view to safeguarding commercial interest of the hotel, students of College of Arts will beautify the temporary façade. It will enhance the environs of the hotel as well as camouflage the construction work being carried out, said the managing director.

CITCO also plans to provide state-of-the-art fitness facilities in the hotel. An architect from Mumbai has been hired as consultant for the upgrade/renovation of the health club.

To overcome the problem of inadequate parking space, a decision has been taken to construct a basement parking under the front lawn of the hotel.

The concept plans for basement parking and renovation of coffee shop, lobby and gym were displayed in the hotel lobby today.

The work is expected to be completed within the next year.

Recently, Hotel Mountview qualified for the International Standard Certification (ISO-9001)/ISO-14001.

Besides, major upgrade work relating to addition of another 66 rooms to budget accommodation has been undertaken in Hotel Parkview, which will make it the biggest hotel with 170 rooms in Chandigarh by 2008.

Upgrade of tourism-related infrastructure at Chef Lakeview is being broad-based with upgrade of its Mermaid restaurant and pub.

The boating section will have new hi-tech jetties along with boats at a cost of over Rs 50 lakh.

There is also a plan to build an apartment hotel in the space available with CITCO in the Industrial Business Park also.



Adviser lends ears to villagers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Adviser to UT administrator Pradip Mehra today visited Kishangarh village and listened to the grievances of villagers. The adviser also visited Sarangpur village.

He discussed issues put forth by villagers including exemption of constructed area, provision of basic amenities outside the ‘lal dora’ like pucca street, streetlights, water connections, individual electricity connections, etc.

They also highlighted the problem of paucity of potable water and unemployment at the village.



Residents told to furnish labourers’ antecedents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
To keep a tab on the activity of criminals and anti-social elements, the district magistrate has asked employers and other residents who engage contract labourers on daily wages for petty services to furnish the details of such people to the station house officer of the police station concerned.

The order has been issued to curb criminals and antisocial elements who are involved in trades and services like plying of rickshaws, rehris, auto-rickshaws or running business like pharri/dhobi/cobblers.

By engaging themselves in the economy of the city they manage to hide their identity and pose a threat to the peace and public tranquility.

The district administration has clarified that any breach of the order will invite action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

The order will be effective from December 15 to February 12.

Tenant info

The district magistrate has directed landlords/owners and managers of paying guest accommodation to inform their respective station house officer regarding the antecedents of paying guests staying in their accommodations.

This has been done to check anti-social elements from disguising as paying guests and causing harm to residents of the city.

The order issued under Section 144, CrPC, made it clear that the offenders will be liable to be prosecuted under Section 188, IPC. The order will come into force with effect from December 15 to February 12.



Debt-ridden tantrik found hanging
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
Slamudin, a tantrik, was found hanging from a ceiling fan hook at his house in Ram Darbar early yesterday morning. He had taken a loan of Rs 50,000, which he could not repay, the police said.

Terming it a suicide, the police has ruled out any foul play. Slamudin was found hanging by his next door neighbour around 4.30 am. The police was then informed about the incident.

Quoting neighbours, the police said Slamudin was an alcoholic and was living alone. His family was in Muzaffarnagar and he rarely visited them.



Mohali Airport
NOC issued for acquisition of 300 acres
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 14
SAS Nagar deputy commissioner H.I.S. Grewal today issued a no objection certificate (NOC) for the acquisition of 300 acres of land of Jheorheri village for the Mohali international airport.

However, the NOC issued by the DC mentions that a patch of over four kanals, which is being used as cremation ground, cannot be acquired till an alternative site is given to the village where this site can be shifted.

The land is to be acquired by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and it has been given six months to complete the process.

It is learnt that Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh is monitoring the process on a weekly basis.

“We have given the NOC in record time. The request for the certificate came to my 
office on December 12 and it was issued today,” said Grewal, talking to 
The Tribune.

On November 16, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) had formally 
approved the Mohali international airport.

According to the findings of the survey team, an area of 300 acre had been fixed as the land required for completing the total facility.

The plan will provide for operating standard international flight carriers. The plan also includes the construction of a parallel taxi track and extension of runway at the existing defence airbase. 



MC seeks Rs 130 cr for development works
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, December 14
The Zirakpur municipal council has sought Rs 130 crore under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission (JNURM) to carry out the much-needed development works in the township.

Sources said the council had pointed out to the government that the township residents were in dire need of civic amenities and these funds were immediately needed.

The council has asked for Rs 10 crore to provide water supply and Rs 25 crore for providing sewerage facilities to the entire township.

There is no existing means of storm water disposal in Zirakpur for which the council has asked for Rs 20 crore. It has also demanded Rs 18 crore for the installation of a sewerage treatment plant here. Another Rs 15 crore for the construction, widening and strengthening of roads has been asked for.

The town also lacks its own fire contingent. The Dera Bassi fire station caters to the needs of the people in Zirakpur. Also, Rs 5 crore has been demanded for setting up of a fire brigade here.

Another Rs 5 crore each has been sought for development of parks, providing compact florescent streetlights and construction of a multipurpose stadium.

The construction of Zirakpur bus stand will cost Rs 10 crore which is also on the list of demands put forth by the council.

The council also intends to provide rehabilitation housing for slum dwellers for which Rs 6 crore has been sought. Another Rs 3 crore will be spent on the development of a scientific landfill site here.

A separate project including the installation of a sewerage treatment plant, enhancement in drinking water supply and sewerage facilities has also been prepared by the council. An amount of Rs 75 crore has been sought from the Government of India under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns.

Zirakpur executive officer R.K. Mittal said the same projects had been included in both the schemes so that it was ensured that these projects took off. He added that only those works had been added to the list which needed to be implemented urgently.

Punjab minister for cooperation and MLA from the area is said to be actively involved in getting this part of the JNURM grant sanctioned for the desperately-needed enhancement of basic civic amenities here. Over Rs 300 crore has been approved by the centre under this scheme for SAS Nagar.

  • Rs 10 cr for water supply
  • Rs 25 cr for sewerage facilities
  • Rs 20 cr for water disposal
  • Rs 18 cr for sewerage plant
  • Rs 15 cr for road construction
  • Rs 5 cr for fire brigade
  • Rs 10 cr for bus stand
  • Rs 3 cr for scientific landfill



Auction: HUDA richer by Rs 111 crore
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 14
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) became richer by Rs 111 crore when it auctioned commercial sites here today.

Though the HUDA complex at Sector 6 could be seen swarmed by bidders since morning for auction of more than 100 sites and built up booths, just 30 sites could be sold by the closing of the auction late in the evening.

The site of shop-cum-office at Sector 9 fetched the highest price for the authority which was sold for Rs 13.55 crore against the reserve price of Rs 10.73 crore..

A total of 123 sites, including built-up booths were put on auction by HUDA.

The SCO corner site measuring 10.23 x 27.50 metre for three stories with basement in Sector 9 opposite city centre fetched Rs 13.55 crore while in Sector 14, a showroom sites measuring 11.00 x 29.20 metre were sold for anything between of Rs 8.5 crore and 9 crore. A total of 13 sites were up for sale in the sector. A double storeyed corner shop site in Sector 8 measuring 5.5x13.75 metre was auctioned for Rs 5 crore while same size shop in Sector 20 could get Rs 3 crore for HUDA.

Two corner booth sites without basement in Sector 6 were sold for Rs 56 lakh and Rs 57 lakh respectively. In Sector 2 small booth site with basement was auctioned for Rs 42 lakh.

A majority of the bidders consisted of property dealers, builders and colonisers.



Highway Row
Justice will be done: Hooda
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 14
The removal of encroachments from national highway 22 in the wake of four-laning of the Zirakpur-Parwanoo highway threatens to snowball into a major political controversy with the BJP today announcing that a public meeting will be held at Kalka on December 16.

Addressing a press conference here today, party leaders, including former MP Rattan Lal Kataria, president of the Panchkula unit Shyam Lal Sachdeva, party activist Nardev Sharma from Kalka, demanded the resignations of Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan and local MP and union minister of state for urban employment and poverty alleviation Selja for their alleged failure in protecting the interests of the residents and shopowners.

Alleging that the administration was not ready to listen to the public, Kataria said none of the two leaders raised their voice against the injustice meted out to the people at various forums.

Nardev Sharma said the administration should find alternatives to the problem and in case it wanted to uproot the people in order to widen the highway, it should acquire the land that belonged to the residents.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Kalka residents, including Ruby Bhagat, Mohinder Singh Bhasin and Ajay Singla, met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at New Delhi apprising him of the situation being faced by the shopkeepers after they were issued notices to demolish the encroachments. The Chief Minster assured them that no injustice would be done to the residents, said Singla, general secretary of Beopar Mandal, Kalka.



Punjab bandh fails to elicit response
Tribune News Service

Punjab police personnel stand guard outside Gurdwara Shri Singh Sabha Sahib during Punjab bandh in Patiala on Friday.
Punjab police personnel stand guard outside Gurdwara Shri Singh Sabha Sahib during Punjab bandh in Patiala on Friday. —Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Mohali, December 14
The ‘Fateh divas’ and Punjab bandh calls given by Shiv Sena (Hindustan) failed to elicit any response in the district.

The police, who was out on the roads in large numbers and posted outside gurdwaras, arrested three women to prevent them from disturbing peace in the township.

According to SAS Nagar SSP R.S. Khatra, Swaran Kaur, a worker of the Shiv Sena (Hindustan), was arrested from Balongi village this morning. She was allegedly trying to gather people from a local colony to help her get shops closed.

Surinder Kaur and Naveen Jyoti, both residents of Phase XI, were arrested in the afternoon. The two were sporting photographs of Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale around their necks and intended to join the proposed ‘fateh march’.

There was no response to the bandh call given by the Shiv Sena (Hindustan). Shops, offices and banks remained open throughout the day. The fateh divas call given by supporters of Simranjit Singh Mann also did not get any response in the township.

However, the township teemed with police presence throughout the day. Every gurudwara was converted into a virtual fortress with policemen posted outside. Khatra said the day passed off peacefully and there was no report of any aberration in peace from any where in the district.

Meanwhile, in Bassi Pathana also, the Punjab bandh call given by Shiv Sena and other Hindu organisations proved to be a flop show as none of the activist came out to support the bandh. Rather, outdoor life remained normal and the markets remained opened as usual. Similarly, the call given by SAD (A) to celebrate the installation of the photograph of Bhindranwale also failed to evoke any response from the public as none of the SAD (A) activist celebrated it publicly.

However, the administration had made elaborate security arrangements for the bandh.



MC to check haphazard construction
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 14
The municipal council here has been given powers to check haphazard construction in villages where, after the property boom, big buildings have come up as per the owner’s whims.

So far, neither GMADA nor the council had the powers to rein in the builders and the villages were turning into a jungle of concrete structures.

The recent notification of the Punjab department of local government of SAS Nagar has given the civic body the authority to implement the byelaws in the entire area within the jurisdiction of the council, including four villages. The byelaws can be extended to such other areas as the state government may extend by notification. These building byelaws shall come into force with immediate effect.

Executive officer of the council J.S. Thind said building plans were earlier cleared by GMADA but the latest notification had now empowered the civic body to carry out work in the area falling under its jurisdiction.

He said even though the notification had authorised the council to clear building plans, the no objection certificates for the building plans would still be given by GMADA.



Paint zebra lines

Today, while waiting at the Sector-9 lights, I heard a melodious voice announcing that all drivers should halt behind the zebra crossing while waiting for the green light.

To my utmost surprise, I found that there were no zebra lines painted on the road. Perhaps, the traffic cops had inserted a CD in the instrument without checking its contents. I request the zebra lines should be painted immediately or at least the CD should not be played.

Manjula Kiran, Chandigarh

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Thieves decamp with goods worth Rs 3 lakh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 14
Thieves decamped with electrical equipment worth Rs 3 lakh from a shop on the national highway here today.

The incident came to light this morning when the shopowner Ravinder Saini opened his shop and saw that it had been ransacked by thieves last night.

He informed the police who discovered a small hole in the upper part of a back wall of the shop that opened into the municipal park behind the shop. Saini claimed that equipment like copper wires etc worth at least Rs 3 lakh were missing from his shop.



Two held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The police arrested two persons from Burail on charges of indulging in gambling.

Amrish Singh of Burail was arrested near his shop for allegedly indulging in gambling at public place this afternoon. The police recovered Rs 15,100 from him.

Similarly, Amarjit Singh of Burail was arrested from the locality this afternoon for gambling. The police recovered Rs 12,200 from him.

Two cases under the Gambling Act have been registered.


The crime branch of the local police arrested Joginder Singh of Ludhiana on charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy. He is accused of duping a 
local car dealer by purchasing a vehicle from him on forged documents.

According to the sources in crime branch, Joginder purchased a Tata Safari and paid around Rs 58,000 and got the vehicle on forged delivery order.

Deepak Joshi, managing director Joshi Automobile, Phase II, Industrial Area, lodged a complaint alleging that Satnam Singh, Joginder Singh, Rajinder Singh of Ludhiana and Sumit Chaudhary, state head, HDFC car loan, Mall Road, Ludhiana, had cheated him by purchasing a Tata Safari worth Rs 6.75 lakh from him by producing fake documents.

When the car dealer confirmed the validity of delivery order telephonically, Sumit allegedly confirmed it, the police said.

However, the dealer lodged a complaint with the police that he came to know about the fraud when money was not released by the HDFC against the delivery order.

A case of cheating and criminal conspiracy has been registered in this regard.

Bike stolen

Rakesh Kumar of Sector 22-C reported that his Hero Honda Passion motor cycle (CH 03 S 1731) was stolen from his residence on December 9. A case of theft has been registered.

Stereo stolen

Janak Raj of Sector 32 reported that music system was stolen from his car (CH 03 V 0819) parked in front of his house on yesterday. A case has been registered.

House burgled

Poonam Kalsi of Sector 44-A reported that a gold set, two gold chains, six pairs of gold earrings, five gold rings and three gold pendants were stolen from her residence on December 12. A case has been registered.


H.L. Sobti of Sector 15, Panchkula, filed a complaint with the police alleging that a mobile phone, recharge coupons of various companies were stolen from his shop during the intervening night of December 12 and 13.

Similarly, Ranjit Singh of Sector 9 reported that two television sets were stolen from his shop Sector 17 last night.

Two cases have been registered.



Incense sticks exempt from VAT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 14
The administration has exempted incense sticks like agarbatti and dhupbatti from 4 per cent value added tax (VAT) in UT Chandigarh.

Amendments have been made to Schedule “A” and “B” of the Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005 (Punjab Act No. 8 of 2005).



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