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Student stabbed by classmate
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 20
A Class XI student of Kurali was stabbed and grievously injured by two youths outside the Munna Lal Puri Government Senior Secondary School in Mullanpur Garibdass this morning. One of the accused is a student of Class XI in the school. The incident took place barely 20 feet from the Mullanpur Garibdass police station.

According to SHO, the incident took place at 9 am this morning when the victim Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Bharonjian village, was brought to the gate of the school by the assailants on their motorcycle.

“The assailants, Charanjit Singh Channi, who is a student of the school, and his friend Gursevak Singh, are both residents of Majra village.

They met Sukhdev at a bus stop on the main road outside Bharonjian village and had a fight with him over a girl student of the school who also lived in Bharonjian,” said the SHO.

The three decided to resolve the matter and brought Sukhdev on their motor cycle to the school to “settle the issue.” The discussion led to a heated argument and suddenly the two boys took out a knife and stabbed Sukhdev in his stomach. They injured him grievously before fleeing the spot on the motorcycle,” said the SHO.

Sukhdev was rushed to the PGI where his condition is said to be critical. The police has booked Charanjit and Gursevak under section 307 of the IPC. No arrests have been made as yet. Parents of all three are farmers.

Sources added that these students had a fight over the same issue some days ago in the school but the matter had been resolved. The police added that Gursevak was a student of the school till Class VIII but he left the school to help his father in farming.

Residents of the village said the discipline in the school was on an all-time low. School principal Adarsh Kanta Bhagat said she was on leave for the past two days.



Hockey carnival rolls out
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
A substantial turnout of spectators to watch the inaugural tie of the Premier Hockey League match at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, today showed the love of the city residents for the national game.

The floodlit stadium received thousands of hockey lovers, who braved the evening chill to encourage the local Chandigarh Dynamos taking on Hyderabad Sultans.

Deafening applause on every good move, cat calls and high-volume suggestions to players said it all why the city was chosen for the fourth edition of the PHL by the organisers.

Earlier, in the inauguration ceremony, renowned Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann enthralled the crowd with his latest hit numbers. To add zing, four actresses, including Tanya Abrol, Seema Aazmi, Arya Menon and Sanya Furtado of latest blockbuster ‘Chak De India’, were also present in the stadium.

Many fans were seen taking autographs and clicking the actresses throughout the match.

“It is a life-time opportunity to see the singer and the actresses along with my favorite hockey players”, said Amitoj Singh, who came to enjoy the match with a group of his friends.

Meanwhile, the absence of big screen and non-functional electronic scoreboards did not go down well with the spectators.

“It is ridiculous that the organisers have not set up big screen here which is very essential feature of every big tournament.



CMC doc fined for negligence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed Dr N.S. Bamrah, serving in Chhuttani Medical Centre and Nursing Home to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation for medical negligence to Sector-46 resident Annu Sharma. He was also asked to pay Rs 2,100 as the costs of litigation.

Annu was suffering from abdominal pain in December, 2003. She was treated by Dr B.K. Sharma of CMC, but she didn’t get any relief from the pain despite the treatment. So, she was prescribed various pathological tests but no symptom of any malignancy was detected. She was then referred to Dr N.S. Bamrah. After conducting the necessary tests, the doctor removed her gall bladder in March, 2004. Thereafter, Annu took the medicines prescribed by the doctor regularly. However, the doctor observed signs of tuberculosis later, for which Annu was given treatment. She alleged that she had no sign, symptom or pathology of tuberculosis before the operation of gall bladder. She stated that the symptoms appeared after the operation because the equipment of the hospital was not sterilised which resulted into tuberculosis.

In reply, Dr Bamrah admitted that Annu was operated by him. However, he denied negligence on his part.

The forum, headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal stated that the treatment given to the complainant, prior to the confirmation of the disease, was not reasonable or responsible. There had been medical negligence on the part of Dr N.K. Bamrah as he had failed to use his skill in diagnosis and gave wrong treatment.”



Panchkula to have 24-storey hotel
Auction of 8-acre site on Jan 16

Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
The skyline of the tricity is in for a major change with Panchkula, often dubbed as the poor cousin to Chandigarh, set to get the 24-storey five star hotel in Sector 5 City Centre here. It will be the tallest building in the state.

To be spread over an area of about 8 acres, the hotel site will be auctioned on freehold basis on January 16 by HUDA at an auction here. With HUDA allowing a permissible height of 75 metres, developers can erect up to 24 floors in the hotel, sources told The Tribune here today.

Currently, Gurgaon reportedly has the tallest building in the state (18 storeys) with a permissible height of 60 metres.The decision to allow the extra 15 metres at Panchkula has been taken at the level of the Chief Minister, keeping in mind the tourist potential of the township, particularly in the wake of the recently-concluded Twenty20 tournament of the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

"Given the strategic location of Panchkula on the trijunction of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, besides being a gateway to hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, HUDA had decided to auction the 8-acre plots, arguably the largest chunk of land for a hotel," a senior government functionary said.

In fact, the HUDA has ambitious plans to develop the 250-acre city centre into a state-of-the-art happening place for IT professionals. With two shopping malls coming up in Sector 5, HUDA had also decided to auction 1.75 acre plot for the construction of multi-storey in the sector to tackle the parking problems in the wake of the coming up of the new projects.

Officials highlighted that with Chandigarh coming up with mega projects such as Film City, Education City and Medi City, besides other major projects in the periphery in the wake of the real estate boom in the region, the auction of the five-star hotel site will attract the major realtors to the township.

Meanwhile, analysts are already going overboard with the proposed coming up of the tallest building to the town. In the years to come, the tricity will emerge as real estate capital of the country with big realtors evincing keen interest here in the wake of the excellent infrastructure here, BK Sanghi,a Panchkula-based property analyst added.



Mortgage always redeemable: HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
In a significant judgement, a full Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that mortgage is always redeemable.

Pronouncing the orders on a regular second appeal, the full Bench comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh, Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Rajive Bhalla has held: “Once a mortgage, always a mortgage and is always redeemable.”

After referring to several judgements, the Bench ruled: “In case of “usufructuary” mortgage, where no time limit is fixed to seek redemption, the right to seek redemption would not arise on the date of mortgage, but would arise on the date when the mortgagor pays or tenders to the mortgagee or deposits in court the mortgage money or the balance thereof. Thus, it is held that once a mortgage, always a mortgage and is always redeemable.”

The 33-page ruling comes on the appeal filed by Ram Kishan and others. The appellants, mortgagees, had filed a suit for declaration to the effect that they had become the owners of 13 kanals-six marlas agricultural land by prescription.

The case set up was that one Ami Chand mortgaged agricultural land measuring 14 bighas for Rs 80 with Hardhan Singh on August 11, 1903. During consolidation operations, 13 kanals, six marlas was allotted in lieu of the original mortgaged land.

The plaintiff claimed that they were in the continuous possession of the suit land as mortgagees, whereas Munshi Ram, predecessor-in-interest of defendants, was recorded as mortgagor.

The mortgagees sought the declaration on the ground that the suit land had not been got redeemed for more than 60 years. Therefore, the defendants had lost all right, title and interest in it.

Though the defendant denied the factum of mortgage, the trial court returned a finding that it was a case of "usufructuary mortgage” and no period for the payment of mortgage amount was fixed.

It was observed that it was not the case of the plaintiff that they had made a demand for mortgage amount, which was refused by the defendant.

The trial court, thus, dismissed the suit holding that the plaintiffs had not become owners of the suit land.

The appeal against the judgement and decree passed by the learned trial court was also dismissed.

A Division Bench, while hearing the present appeal, along with other appeals, framed certain questions for opinion of the larger Bench.

The questions included: Whether the right to seek redemption would arise on the date of mortgage, itself in case of “usufructuary mortgage when no time limit is fixed to seek redemption?

And, whether there was any time limit in the case of a usufructuary mortgagor to get his property redeemed?

The judges concluded: “Having answered the questions of law, we do not find any merit in the present appeal filed by the mortgagees to seek declaration in respect of their title. The appeal is dismissed.”









Hi-tech water supply network for Mohali on anvil
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, December 20
With the ageing water supply system gradually failing to cater to the needs of an expanding town, a hi-tech system for providing improved services to consumers under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has been proposed.

The modern project, drawn up by the department of water supply and sanitation in response to a request by the local municipal council, involves upgradation of the town’s water supply infrastructure for proper monitoring and automation with remote computerised wireless surveillance supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. The Rs 260-crore project includes the laying of a 48” supply line from Kajauli waterworks to the town under Phase V and the sinking and automation of 33 new tube wells to meet the demand for drinking water in addition to canal water of 10 mgd.

The Government of India has selected Mohali out of three districts of Punjab for infrastructure and overall development under JNNURM for which an amount of Rs 360 crore has been allocated.

A .S. Kalsi, executive engineer, department of water supply and sanitation, told The Tribune that the SCADA system, if adopted, would improve the efficiency of water supply services to consumers, ensure that all tube wells, water works and pumping stations were operated as per schedule and sequences resulting in equitable water supply in all areas, reduce power consumption due to optimised pumping, 20 per cent additional water would be made available by increasing pumping hours and the total water generated and supplied would be precisely quantified.

The department brought to the notice of the civic body that there was a need to augment the water supply system as the machinery installed at the water treatment plant in Sector 56 was more than 20-years old and needed replacement. There was a need to implement SCADA system at the water treatment plants in Sectors 56 and 57 and at the pump house in Sector 64 to operate the machinery in a computerised way. The SCADA system was at present functioning at the Phase IV Kajauli waterworks.

The pumping machinery of the existing 39 tube wells was old and needed to be replaced. Water discharge of the tube wells had reduced as the machinery being used had been repaired time and again. The department has proposed sinking of 33 new tube wells in different areas of the town to meet the growing demand for water.

The department of water supply and sanitation was maintaining the services in residential Phases I to VII and IX to XI, Sectors 48-C, 70 and 71 and Industrial Phases I to V.

Kalsi said at present the town was getting 10 mgd of canal water while 3 mgd was being given by 39 tube wells. The town’s water demand at present stood at 20 mgd.



Anganwadi workers take to streets, block road
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The Chandigarh Police remained on its toes throughout the day with the angitating anganwadi workers and helpers insisting to march towards the Punjab Assembly. They not only breached the police cordon several times in Sector 17 but also resorted to a roadblock which lasted for half an hour.

The roadblock was lifted only after Punjab minister for social welfare Chaudhary Swarna Ram assured that a meeting of the representatives of the protesters would be convened with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday.

The protesters were demanding agreed increased state remuneration of Rs 1,000 for workers and Rs 500 for helpers and till the acceptance of the demand they should be paid honorarium of Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively. Besides, they insisted for Class III and IV grades for workers and helpers. Senior police officials and OSD of the CM were seen pleading with president of the Anganwadi Mulazim Union, Punjab (CITU), Usha Rani, requesting her not to march towards the Punjab Assembly. But she turned down the request. Members of the union, kept pouring in till late in the afternoon. The strength of the protestors went beyond expectation. When the police failed to convince the agitators, they began moving while the police tried to curtail them. Chaos prevailed there with the women pushing their way through the police cordon and the policemen and women pushing them back. Realising that they could not move forward, the agitators detoured towards the Neelam cinema. The police managed to control the mob near the petrol station behind the cinema. The police even called two water cannons suspecting that the situation could go out of control. Even the threats of arresting them failed to placate the protestors. She even alleged that the police conducted late night raids at the residences of the union leaders and threatened their families not to participate in the rally. Chaudhary Swarna Ram said as the CM had gone to Delhi to discuss various issues, including theirs, with the central government, he could not say anything at this stage.



Preservation of city’s heritage
Architects seek PM’s intervention
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, December 20
A group of senior architects, including former chief architects of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, have sought intervention of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to prevent further damage to City Beautiful, which is considered an architectural marvel.

In a representation to the Prime Minister, the architects have expressed deep concern at the city’s deterioration due to diminishing role of the architects in the decision making process.

Signatories Aditya Prakash, S.D. Sharma, S.N. Kohli, P.R. Luthra, S.K. Midha, Sarabjeet Singh Sandhu, Renu Sehgal and R.L. Goyal pointed out that it was unfortunate that the department of urban planning was not representing Chandigarh at the world forums. The trend of major decisions being taken by the Chandigarh administration without high-level technical participation was not positive.

“To save the city considered as Nehru’s legacy from further indiscriminatory acts, an expert committee is urgently needed to guide and ensure orderly growth of the Chandigarh Urban Complex. Any delay in the formation of the regulatory body will cause irreparable damage to one of the best cities of the world,” the representation reads.

The heritage status for the city would be of little consequence if the experience of the architects having knowledge of Le Corbusier’s ideology were given no role to play for the growth of the city and preserving its precious heritage.



Axing of trees continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Axing and loot of trees at Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP), Mani Majra, continued even today although the UT horticulture department got a case of theft of 350 trees registered yesterday.

Officials of the department watched helplessly as the unscrupulous elements axed the trees and took them away. They said hundreds of people from a nearby colony descended on the spot with axes and they could do little to check the theft as they were smaller in number. They claimed that the police did not bother to get hold of the unscrupulous elements.

The land, on which the trees were standing, has already been acquired by the administration and allotted to Airtel. The trees are now the property of the company. “The allottee has to seek permission from the UT adviser before axing the trees,” said an official.



Highway Row
DC to continue till encroachments were removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Taking up the highway widening and anti-encroachment case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that Panchkula’s deputy commissioner and highway administrator would continue to work at their present places of postings till the encroachments were removed.

The directions assume significance in the wake of unofficial reports on the move to remove the two officers during the pendency of the ongoing drive.

The Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, observed that persons aggrieved with alignment fixed by the authorities concerned could agitate the matter with them.

Speaking for the Bench while disposing of the petition, the Chief Justice observed if any person was aggrieved with the alignment as has been fixed by the respondents in pursuance of the record, he could agitate the issue with the respondent authorities. The case will now come up for further hearing on December 21.



BPL lists subject to revision: Mulana
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
The hue and cry created by the opposition over the BPL lists placed before Gram Sabhas was not justified as the lists were subject to revision after the objection were received by the people. This was stated by Phool Chand Mullana, president, Haryana Congress Committee, here today.

While interacting with media persons over the issue, he said the matter had been reviewed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and he had made it clear that the respective deputy commissioners would be responsible to ensure inclusion of all eligible families and deletion of in-eligible families from the BPL lists.

The state witnessed protests by the people over the non-inclusion of their names from the list of people below povery line (BPL).

Allegations were also leveled that people from well-to-do families were included in the lists.

The district-wise draft lists of BPL families, based on door-to-door census conducted in all villages by the Haryana Ex-services League, had been displayed at panchayat headquarters in the state last week.

Anybody can file an appeal before the SDM or tehsildar within a period of 30 days from the date of approval of the draft of BPL lists by the Gram Sabha, he said. Still, a second appeal can be filed before the deputy commissioner within 30 days in case one is not satisfied with the decision of the authorities, he added.



Residents of societies hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
Hundreds of house owners from the cooperative societies of Panchkula, protesting against the Apartment Ownership Act, staged a dharna in front of the HUDA office here today. The House Owners’ Welfare Association, Sector 20, had called for the protest. The shopkeepers of Sector 20 market also joined the protest by closing their shops.



Patwaris end stir
Tribune News Service

Patwaris hail the assurance of Bubby Badal before ending their strike in Mohali
Patwaris hail the assurance of Bubby Badal before ending their strike in Mohali on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali, December 20
The eight-day-old strike of patwaris of the district ended today following an assurance given by local Akali leader Bubby Badal.

“I told the patwaris that their genuine demands will be accepted,” Bubby said. The patwaris of the district had gone on strike on December 12 demanding that their seniority list be revised and they be given the increments due to them.




Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Ram Lok Sharma (82), father of Niranjan Pal Sharma and Joginder Pal Sharma, senior operator and operator, respectively, with The Tribune, died today at his native Mehandour village in Ropar district. He is survived by four daughters and three sons. His cremation will take place tomorrow.




Inadequate parking space

Everybody looks at Chandigarh as a planned city but when it comes to planning, I do not think our planners are as efficient as that of the 60's. For example the business center at Sector 34 has already started facing parking problems. The worst hit is area around the passport office. Planners never look at providing enough parking spaces but when it comes to take money from residents they are the first ones to introduce paid parking etc. Roads are too narrow and parking space seems as if it is provided for two wheelers. You enter a parking area by paying the parking fee and it is your duty to look for parking space and if you do not get one, contractor is not responsible. Can we have multi- storey car parking for all office goers and limit the current parking space for visitors?

Rakesh Sharma

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Two held with smack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The special investigation cell of the Chandigarh Police has arrested two persons from different parts of the city and recovered 105 grams of smack from their possession.

According to the police, Gobind Ram of Ramgarh, Panchkula, was arrested from Sector 38 (West) on Wednesday night with 40 grams of smack while Kuldeep Singh, also a resident of Ramgarh, was nabbed from the same area last night for carrying 65 grams of smack. Two separate cases have been registered in the Sector-39 police station.

Vehicles stolen

Mohan Lal of Sector 27 reported that his car (CH-03-R-7428) was stolen from his house last night. In another incident, Madan Gopal Abrol of Sector 22 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Discover motorcycle (CH-04-6890) was stolen from his residence on December 18. Two separate cases of thefts have been registered.



16-yr-old domestic help commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
Sangeeta (16), employed as a maid at a home in Sector 6, died after she consumed poison. The deceased was a native of West Bengal.

Sangeeta was admitted to the general hospital in a serious condition on Tuesday. She was referred to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, the same day where her condition deteriorated and she died today.

According to the police, Sangeeta, in her statement, said she was missing her parents when she consumed celphos tablets.

Meanwhile, a 53-year-old resident of Haripur village was also reported to have died after he fell form the stairs at his home.

According to the police, the deceased Suresh was going on the roof when he fell down and got injured. The doctors declared him brought dead at the hospital.



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