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Man dies in custody
* Residents vandalise police station, stone police bus
* Three mediapersons, cop hurt
* Inquiry ordered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
A 35-year-old man, Inderjit Singh of Ghora Colony, Colony No 4, died under mysterious circumstances while in the custody of the Industrial Area police here this evening. Following this the residents of the colony vandalised the police station and threw stones at police vehicles. In this melee three mediapersons and one commando were injured.

Though the police claim that the deceased, a horse cart driver, hanged himself to death in the police station, a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the case.

Angry residents besieged the police station late in the evening. A local leader of the colony also became victim of the agitators when he tried to placate them asking them to keep silence.

“We are treating it as a custodial death,” said UT SSP SS Srivastava, who reached the police station for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. However, he said Inderjit, who was picked up by the police at about 3 pm after his horse cart ran over and injured a pedestrian, had committed suicide by hanging himself from a window grill with his belt.

Srivastava said Inderjit was brought to the police station and the process for booking him under relevant charges for causing injuries was under way. He went to the women desk cabin and committed suicide. The SSP added that the spot would be examined by experts from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory soon and a magisterial inquiry had also been initiated.

Srivastva said the CCTV footage from the cameras installed in the police station would be helpful in dispelling the mystery over the circumstances leading to his death.

DSP (East) P.K. Dhavan said the incident came to light at about 6.30 pm when a sentry posted at the entry gate of the police station spotted a man hanging to a grill. The policeman tried resuscitate the victim, but in vain. He was then rushed to the Sector 16 hospital where he was declared brought dead.

A senior police officer said Inderjit was drunk and tried to flee the spot after the mishap. He was nabbed later and was brought to the police station. He committed suicide assuming that he had killed the pedestrian and would have to face serious punishment for the crime.

However, the police’s version had gaping holes in it since the women desk, with a transparent glass partition, is within the reception area that is always full of visitors and cops. How was he allowed to go to the women desk and how did he manage to hang himself without being noticed remains a mystery.

In addition to this, the inconsolable Chandra Devi, the victim’s mother, told mediapersons outside the industrial area police station that her son never wore belt.

Inderjit was unmarried and is survived by his brother and parents. His father, Sudama, and his brother Sunil Kumar reached the police station along with colony residents, who began raising slogans against the police and the SHO of the police station Jagir Singh, saying that the officer was acting in a despotic manner.

Sudama alleged that his son was killed by the police. Meanwhile, the SSP said a departmental inquiry had been ordered into the incident and further action would be taken against the guilty on the basis of the report.



Dimpy murder case cracked
Rocky, aide held with US army pistol

Tribune News Service


July 7, 2006: Dimpy gunned down by shooters

July 9: Vishvapreet Singh Cheema, former OSD to then Chief Minister Amrinder Singh quizzed

July 11: Balwinder Singh Brar alias Bera claimed he killed Dimpy, picked up and later released

July 12: Harveen Kaur, lone eyewitness in the case, quizzed

July 13: Gurmeet Singh Bawa, right hand and close aide of Dimpy, questioned

October 10: Dimpy’s wife and mother sought a CBI inquiry and alleged Sukhbir Badal’s involvement behind the killing

October 15: Dimpy’s family met Punjab Governor seeking speedy probe

April, 2007: Harneev taken to Gandhinagar for brain mapping and narco test

Chandigarh, July 28
The police today solved the sensational blind murder case of “gangster” Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy with the recovery of .45 bore US Army pistol used in the killing from Jaswinder Singh Rocky, a prime suspect in the case. Dimpy was gunned down outside the Sukhana Lake Club on July 7, 2006, by two unidentified shooters riding a motorcycle.

The police termed the denial of distribution of ransom money as the motive behind the murder. Rocky reportedly told the police that Dimpy had been denying them their share in the booty, though Rocky and his associates did the work. Fed up with this, they parted ways and later decided to take a revenge by eliminating him.

A team of the special crime investigation cell of the police nabbed 35-year-old Rocky of Fazilka and his friend, Amandeep Singh Toara of Azad Nagar, Ferozpore, along with two pistol magazines, seven cartridges of .45 bore and five cartridges of .25 bore, from Sector 11 on Sunday night following a secret information. The police has also impounded a Honda Civic car (CH-04-G-9406), which belonged to Rocky.

Describing Rocky, DSP (CID) Satbir Singh told mediapersons that he was involved in several cases of kidnapping, extortion and assault along with Dimpy. He was declared a proclaimed offender in an attempt to murder case registered against him at Fazilka where he shot at Mukesh Kumar during assembly elections and in another case under the Arms Act registered on his mother’s complaint.

About Amandeep, Satbir said he was running a gym in Fazilka. His father was retired as sub-inspector from the Punjab Police. He is also said to be involved in several cases of kidnapping, assault and attempt to murder. During the recent panchayat elections, he fired shots at a group of Valmikis following a conflict. A case was registered in this connection.

The police said Rocky and Dimpy were members of the UP-based Mukhtiar Ansari gang and carried out several kidnappings involving some of the big businessmen and charged huge amounts in ransom. Rocky parted ways from the Ansari gang and joined hands with Dhananjay, a UP-based politician.

The police is investigating the role of Dhananjay. Rocky told the police that he came in contact with another gangster, Ravinder Bhura, who had also left the Ansari gang. Bhura provided shooters to Rocky for killing Dimpy.

When asked about why Rocky kept the pistol with him and took it to Chandigarh, the DSP said these gangsters never leave weapons. He added that the pistol would be examined by experts and would be matched with the shells recovered from the crime scene. He added that Rocky had admitted that he was the mastermind behind the killing and gave his own weapon to the shooters.

Both accused were produced before a local court today, which remanded them to one day of police custody in the Arms Act case.



Rockey’s family has crime history
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Crime seems to run in the family of Rocky who was arrested in connection with the murder of Dimpy.

Sources in the police said in early 2006, Rocky’s brother, Yadwinder Singh alias Romanjit Singh, a drug-addict, had allegedly shot his father, Mahinder Singh, following an altercation. It was on Rocky’s complaint that a case of murder was registered against Yadwinder Singh.

According to DSP Fazilka Rashpal Singh, Mahinder Singh killed merely because he had objected to his son’s habit of taking drugs.

As Yadwinder was arrested on the basis of Rocky’s complaint, this was not to the liking of their mother, who was pained by the fact that the younger son would have to spend rest of his life in jail. She had urged Rocky several times to withdraw his statement.

Rocky’s repeated refusals had infuriated the mother who then decided to teach him a lesson and informed the police of a cache of arms kept by him at home. The Fazilka police registered a case under the provisions of the Arms Act on March 3, 2007, against Rocky.

When asked about his involvement in Dimpy murder case at the District Courts in Sector 17, Rocky tried to dodge the queries in his own style and questioned, “Who was Dimpy? Later he admitted that Dimpy was his friend and they were together in the Ansari gang. He later stated that Dimpy met him a few days before his murder and also visited him at his home during bhog of his father.



Yet another student loses life on road
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Three days after when a 14-year-old girl was killed in a road accident, another 19 year-old student was killed in a road accident while the pillion rider was seriously injured near Kishangarh, here this afternoon.

They were reportedly driving at a high speed, when the accident occurred.

According to the police, the victim has been identified as Sachin, a resident of Sector 7, Panchkula, who was a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19. Nitesh Chaudhary, the pillion rider, 15, was rushed to the PGI, where his condition is said to be critical.

The two were on their way to Chandigarh from IT Park when their speeding scooter hit an electric pole. Sachin reportedly died on the spot.

According to sources, Nitesh has suffered from intestinal injury and a fracture in the jaw. Sachin’s father runs a departmental store in Manimajra.

Principal, GMSSS-19, Sanjay Walia said, “Sachin and Nitesh were good friends.

Both students were good as I have never received any complaint against them.”

A teacher in GMSSS-19, Khushali Ram, said, “Sachin’s academic record was good but we were not aware of the activities of students after school hours.”



‘EU-India trade relations on high’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
A European business and technology centre will be established in New Delhi to take care of the market access issues pertaining to the European Union (EU) Market and give a fillip to bilateral trade.

This was stated by the Ambassador of EU to India, Danie`le Smadja, while addressing industrialists at the interactive session on “Indo-European Union Economic Cooperation” organised by PHD Chamber, here today. She said the EU-India trade relations had progressed tremendously over the past couple of years. “EU was India’s largest trading partner with a total volume of roughly 68 euros in 2007. The EU is also the biggest investor in India with 2.5 billion euros in 2006 and a combined volume of over 10 billion euros over the last eight years,” she added.

The bilateral trade stood at 200 million euros a day and more than a billion a week in goods and services. However, she said the trade and investment had better potential. “Since last year, the Free Trade Agreement negotiations have been going on to lower respective tariff barriers and boost trade in an impressive manner which would be beneficial for both India and the EU. Public procurement from India in Europe and vice versa would bring tremendous benefit to both the trading partners,” she said.

Acknowledging that India had emerged as an economic power to reckon with, the Ambassador said India had become indispensable on the negotiating table and that it had to play a key role in the WTO negotiations.

Satish Bagrodia, senior vice-president, PHD Chamber, said India’s trade with the EU was way ahead of its next trading partner- the USA. In the last financial year, the EU accounted for 22 per cent of India’s total exports as compared to 14 per cent for the USA. India imported 16 per cent of its total requirements from the EU, as compared to 6.3 per cent from the USA in year 2006-07. “India and the EU are also important investment partners. It is heartening to note that FDI inflow from the EU to India increased four folds last year and is understood to be $17 billion, surpassing EU investments in China,” he added.


Use of ‘unparliamentary’ language
Oppn walks out of MC meeting
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The opposition along with the nominated councillors staged a walkout from the municipal corporation House meeting today in protest against the "unparliamentary" language and "objectionable" references made by Congress councillor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali during the debate on the agenda. The councillors staged a dharna against Pali in front of the mayor’s office.

Trouble started when BJP councillor Ram Lal objected to the use of “unparliamentary” language by Pali against BSP councillor Anil Kumar Dubey at the previous meeting. Pali reportedly said about Dubey that “he belongs to a slum area”.

The opposition members led by Harjinder Kaur of Akali Dal joined the protest and demanded action against Pali. Ram Lal termed Pali as a “terrorist” as his behaviour was affecting the environment of the House.

However, Pali continued in the same vein and asked Kaur if she was so much concerned about the issue, she should meet him after the conclusion of today's House meeting. This infuriated the opposition and they all staged a walkout raising slogans against the Congress.

Later the opposition and nominated members staged a protest in front of the mayor’s office by raising slogans and demanded an inquiry against Pali for “misbehaviour” with councillors and officials of the corporation.

While talking to mediapersons, Kaur said it was surprising that no action had been taken against Pali even after a number of complaints. She said a complaint was also made to the Administrator regarding the behaviour of the councillor.

Referring to CBI cases, she said the mayor had been pressurising the employees to change their statements regarding inquiry of CBI cases.

However, Pali said he had not used any unparliamentary language in the House against Dubey. He said Kaur had a grudge against him, as during her tenure as a mayor he had not bowed to her wishes.

As the House reassembled, mayor Pardeep Chhabra categorically announced that if any member used unparliamentary language in the House in future, action would be taken against him.

Meanwhile, the House today observed two-minute silence in the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack at Bangalore and Ahmedabad.



Officials ‘mislead’ councillors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
It seems that officials of the municipal corporation are good at ‘achieving’ the targets of development works in their files rather than on the floor. A number of councillors raised the issue at the House meeting today.

On the one hand, the officials claim that the work has been completed whereas it may not have even commenced and on the other they may propose to undertake work which has already been completed three months ago.

When the agenda of temporary toilets in Rajiv and Shahpur colonies was tabled in the House, Congress councillor Kamlesh raised the objection that when these toilets were already constructed three months back, what was the need of again proposing their estimates in the House?

Congress councillor Manjeet Singh said a number of requests had been made by him to the officials to construct temporary toilets in Adasrh Nagar, but no action had been taken so far.

In another case, Anu Chatrath, Congress councillor, raised an objection that officials were misleading the councillors by supplying them false reports about completion of work. Referring to the report sent to her about the development work of construction of huts and three benches in a park, she said these were shown as completed whereas after a week she was sent another contradictory letter.

Besides, councillor Chander Mukhi of the Congress tabled his resignation in the House while objecting that officers were misleading the councillors and did not give proper replies to their queries.

The MC commissioner, Dr Roshan Sunkaria, replied that the corporation was not aware about the queries, but if this had happened, action would be taken against the officer concerned.



Admn gets panel for CITCO MD
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
In a development that may sound music to the ears of the "officer-starved" Chandigarh administration, the Punjab government today sent a panel of three officers for appointment as the managing director of the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism and Development Corporation (CITCO).

Acting swiftly on today's request of the administration, the government sent the panel comprising the selection grade officers--a mandatory requirement under the rules. While two officers--Vivek Partap Singh and DK Tiwari--are from the 1994 batch of the IAS, the other officer, Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, belongs to the 1997 batch, sources said here today.

Singh, who is currently posted as commissioner of the Ludhiana municipal corporation, has been DC Fatehgarh Sahib and managing director of Milkfed. Tiwari, too, has had stints as DC of Ferozepore and Hoshiarpur, secretary of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Patiala, and commissioner of the Bathinda municipal corporation. Currently, he holds the charge of special secretary finance.

A former secretary of the PSEB, Bhandari has worked as the DC Faridkot before her current posting as director, social security, women and children.

In fact, life has come full circle for the administration's top brass as JS Bir, a former managing director of CITCO, who was "hurriedly" repatriated to his parent state of Punjab despite reportedly being appointed UT chief electoral officer by the Election Commission, has finalised the panel in his capacity as the secretary of the department of personnel and general administration.

However, the sources said it would take some time before the name was finalised as the panel would go all the way to the ministry of home affairs, the ministry of personnel, public grievance and pensions before being finalised by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

The choice of Niharika Rai as the managing director has raised many an eyebrow. Some feel that Amit Talwar, a senior PCS officer and CITCO's chief general manager, could have been a natural choice for the managing director's post till a regular appointment was made.



UT buries move to up land rate
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Compensation rates

IT Park Manimajra (Phase Iand II) Rs 10 lakh an acre

IT park Manimajra (Phase III) Rs 18.88 lakh an acre

Mega projects, Sarangpur Rs 25 lakh

Institutional area, Khuda Lahora Rs 7.50 lakh

Chandigarh, July 28
UT farmers dream to turn crorepati overnight has been dashed to the ground by the administration. An ambitious proposal of the administration to enhance the land compensation rate up to the astronomical figure of Rs 1 crore has been given a silent burial by the UT’s top brass.

The guiding rule behind the proposal was that the collector rate for acquisition of agricultural land should be based on the market value of the land. In April, 2007, a committee constituted to rationalise the procedure for fixing the collector rate had recommended that there was a need to change the method of determining the collector rate and the UT should follow Punjab in deciding the land compensation rates.

While Punjab government went ahead to pay the realistic land compensation of Rs 1.5 crore for the land being acquired for the international airport, the UT is still sticking to the centuries old Land Acquisition Act and is further selling the land to private players at much higher rates. “Why should land owners suffer due to the whimsical attitude of the administration”, said Angrez Singh, chairman of the Pind Bachao Committee.

Sources reveal that the committee after edging out various issues had recommended to the finance department to amend Standing Order no.28 of the financial commissioner, revenue, as applicable to the UT. The order speaks about the methodology to calculate land compensation rates but does not allow a uniform rate of compensation for all UT villages.

“Though agricultural land was sold at much higher rates, if one goes by the land deals registered at the UT’s sub-registrar in the last few years. There have been registries for Rs 1.5 crore an acre and Rs 3 crore an acre in UT villages”, admitted a UT official

Committee observations

The committee had pointed out that due to delay in acquisition proceedings, there was great variation in the land prices. The time between issue of notification under Section 4 and under Section 6 should not be more than six months. It was also recommended that apart from taking in account actual market rates, an additional “no litigation premium” should be provided in case of compulsory acquisition. As a result, the landowners would not approach courts to claim further enhancement in compensation and avoid long-drawn litigation.



Weaker Sections
Bansal pulls up banks over low-credit flow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Union minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal today pulled up banks in the city for failing to provide adequate finance under the priority sector lending. Expressing concern over the low-credit flow to weaker sections of the city, he asked all bankers to achieve the national goal of 10 per cent of total advances to the weaker section.

While presiding over the district review committee of all the banks here today, he asked banks to step up efforts to alleviate poverty from Chandigarh by extending credit to 8,000 families living below the poverty line. He asked the banks to form at least one self-help group each for those engaged in embroidery work, and then provide them financial linkage before the next review committee meeting.

During the meeting it was stated that the ratio of weaker sector advances was 0.18 per cent of total advances as on March 31, 2008, in the city against a national goal of 10 per cent. The advances to weaker section of the city showed an increase of Rs 11 crore to Rs 40 crore in 2007-08 against Rs 29 crore as on March 2007. It was pointed out that absolute growth in weaker sector advances during the review period was much lower as compared to the growth in total advances.

It was stated that the total deposits of banks in the city had increased from Rs 24,192 crore in Mach 2007 to Rs 26,640 crore in March this year. Similarly the advances increased from Rs 19,506 crore to Rs 21,815 crore in the same period. Agriculture sector advances increased from Rs 3,091 crore to Rs 3,463 crore in one year, between March 2007 to March 2008.



e wild wild web
Beware of FraudulenT mails

Viral communication is not a communicable disease and has nothing to do with computer viruses. Computer users usually pass on (forward) messages to friends and acquaintances without caring whether the recipient is interested in it or not. Coupled with it is the viral marketing on the net.

Compared to the phenomenal growth of fraudulent mails, conning the gullible receivers who fail to check their temptation for the easy money and are easily lured to the bait in such mails, the viral communication and marketing seem to be nothing but prankish exercises by those who may enjoy the sadistic pleasure in doing so.

International Lottery Scam on the net: Beware of unsolicited email that informs you that you have won a large sum of money in an international lottery. This is an internet scam. There is no lottery and no prize. Those who respond to the lottery emails will eventually be asked for advanced fees to cover expenses associated with delivery of the supposed “winnings”. The victims may also fall prey to the identity theft.

Supposedly, your email address was collected online and attached to a random number that was subsequently entered in a draw for the lottery. In order to claim your prize, you are instructed to contact the official ‘agent’ in charge of your case. You are also advised to keep the win confidential for “security reasons”. This part of the scam is basically a random phishing expedition. If you respond in any way to the email, the scammers will send further messages or even contact you by phone in an attempt to draw you deeper into the scam.

You may be asked to provide banking details, a large amount of personal information, and copies of your driving licence and passport. Ostensibly, these requests are to prove your identity and facilitate the transfer of your winnings. However, if you comply with these requests, the scammers will have enough information to steal your identity.

Sooner or later, the scammers will request some sort of advance fee supposedly to cover administrative, legal and delivery charges. Victims who actually pay the requested fees will probably find that they receive continuing payment demands to cover ‘unexpected expenses’. The requests for money will continue till the victim realises what is happening or has no further money to send.

In some cases, the scammers give victims the option of opening an account at a particular bank as an alternative to paying upfront fees. However, this ‘bank’ which is completely bogus, will insist on an initial deposit of US $ 3000 as a requirement for account opening. The fake bank will have a legitimate looking website to reinforce the scam. In other cases, the victim is given the option of traveling to an overseas destination and paying a cash fee to facilitate the release of the funds. However, any ‘winnings’ released to the victim will be counterfeit and therefore worthless.

The details of the lottery scams may vary with regard to the name of the lottery itself, the country of origin, the sponsoring organization, the amount of the ‘prize’ and other particulars. The scammers try to add a semblance of legitimacy to their claims by mentioning real financial institutions, government departments or well-known companies. They may also provide links to slick looking, but fraudulent websites that are designed to back up information included in the scam details.

Nigerian, or ‘419’ Scams: In such emails, the messages generally claim that your help is needed to access a large sum of money, usually many millions of US dollars. In fact, money does not exist. The messages are an opening gambit designed to draw potential victims deeper into the scam. The modus operandi remains the same as in the international lottery scam.

In fact, the ‘Nigerian scam’ predates the Internet and email as it used to be operated via fax and surface mail. The scams are also known as ‘419 scams’ after the concerned section of the Nigerian criminal code. Hence the generic term ‘Nigerian scam” though the smart operator may hail from any country.

The scammers use a variety of stories to explain why they need your help to access the funds. For example

  • That political climate or legal issues preclude them from accessing funds in a foreign bank account
  • That your last name is the same as that of the deceased person who owned the account and suggest that you act as the Next of the Kin of this person in order to gain access to the funds.
  • That a rich businessman, who has a terminal illness, needs your help to distribute his wealth to charity. One should not respond to such mails in any way. Such emails should be deleted immediately. Moreover, the people who run these scams are criminals and can even resort to violence and intimidation to meet their aims.

Anil M is an Editor with Instablogs

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City not on terror radar: IG
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
If intelligence reports are to be believed, Chandigarhians can heave a sigh of relief as the city is still not on the radar of terrorists.

IGP Shanti Jain said today that as of now there was no intelligence reports suggesting Chandigarh to be a possible target. However, he said all precautionary measures were in place.

The IGP said apart from increasing the police bandobast, all chemical and cycle dealers in the city had been instructed to keep a list of people buying goods from them in higher quantities. He said even second-hand car dealers had been instructed to verify the antecedents of purchaser.

He said efforts were on to create awareness among the public and pamphlets were being distributed giving a list of dos and don’ts for the people to follow. Reiterating that public has a major role in fighting terrorism, Jain said, “A general vigil by the people can prevent a lot of mishaps”.

The IGP admitted that though it was not possible to have a policemen posted at every nook and corner of the city, the presence of the khaki on the streets had been increased with more patrolling duties, the network informers and intelligence was being strengthened.

He also claimed that cyber café owners had been issued strict instructions to keep records of all people using their services and not allowing anyone to access the systems without a valid id proof. Though these instructions are being by and large followed, there are still a few cyber café operators for whom money is more important that security. See story:

Meanwhile, the police today arrested 30 strangers during the search operation in Burail. Raids were also conducted at some local hotels and guesthouses.

Reports of unclaimed vehicles and luggage kept cops on their toes throughout the day. A Sector 16 shopkeeper informed the police that an unclaimed motorcycle bearing registration number UP-11-B-0368 was seen outside his shop since yesterday night. The police, including the bomb squad and the forensic team, reached the spot and later took the motorcycle into its possession. Another report of unclaimed Indica car was received by the PCR this afternoon from shopkeepers of Sector 23.



Terror attacks a ‘cowardly act’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Iqra Foundation for Minorities and the United Progressive Muslim Front today condemned the bomb blasts, perpetrated in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

A press note issued here said the blasts had caused loss of precious lives and urged the Karnataka and Gujarat governments to bring to the book the criminals perpetrating the crime as they had no religion or ideology. The foundation and the front conveyed heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones in these acts of terrorism and appealed to the Muslims to put up a united front to eliminate terrorism from the country.

"It is a cowardly act of terrorist elements. We pray to Allah to shower His blessings on the departed souls and grant patience to the bereaved families. We also pray for an early recovery of those injured in this dastardly act,” the press note said. "We urge the union home ministry to closely examine all these intelligence failures and plug loop-holes so that such acts do not occur at such alarming frequency."



Rules don’t matter for some cyber cafés
Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, July 28
While most of the cyber café owners in the city are complying with the police’s directive of not allowing access to their systems without a valid photo id card, there are a few operators for whom money still matters more than security.

A survey conducted by this correspondent in nearly 12 cyber cafes in various sectors of the city surprisingly revealed that two shop owners violated the rule. The cafes, which showed scant respect to the repeated directions of the police, were Sify-I-Way in Sector 34 (near the gurdwara) and Login_32 in Sector 32 D.

At both these cafes, this correspondent was able to use the computers without any problems. While the operator at Sector 34 café demanded an ID but didn’t insist on it, the other one never asked for it.

For record purposes, the reporter sent emails from the cafes to the UT police (police@chd.nic.in <mailto:police@chd.nic.in>) informing them of the violation.



State govt to spend Rs 20,000 cr on roads
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 28
A sum of Rs 20,000 crore will be spent by the SAD-BJP combine to improve the condition of roads in the state, said Parminder Singh Dhindsa, PWD minister, here today.

The announcement was made by the minister at “Meet the Press” programme organised by the Mohali Press Club in Phase IV here. He said another sum of Rs 4.25 crore would be spent on the repair and upgradation of link roads.

He said Mohali would be developed in every aspect with the help of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board and the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and would be brought on the international map. The town would have better facilities than both Chandigarh and Panchkula.

The two express highways planned by the government would give a boost to development of Mohali. One would connect Lalru to Baddi, through Kharar, and the second would link Mohali to Phagwara and both these highways would provide connectivity to the Mohali international airport, added Dhindsa.

He said 20 km of link roads in every Vidhan Sabha constituency of the state would be repaired and upgraded. The Congress government had only provided roads in a 30-km stretch of each constituency during the entire five-year term, he added.

Chairman of the Cooperative Bank Jasjit Singh, who was also present on the occasion, said that Mohali should be made a better town than Chandigarh and Panchkula as residents always went in for comparisons. All efforts would be made to make it a world-class city.

The minister announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the club.



Malba dump: Defaulters to pay the price
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 28
The Mohali municipal council is gearing up to give a cleaner look to the town and those dumping malba outside their houses after carrying out construction activity beware! They will now have to pay a price for getting it removed.

A proposal to this effect will be put up for discussion at the monthly meeting of the civic body scheduled for tomorrow. It has been pointed out that malba was dumped on roadsides outside houses after the owners carried out repairs or construction activity. Later, people started throwing garbage on the malba heaps which created sanitation problems in the area and adversely affected the beauty of the town.

Though efforts were made by the civic body to remove malba heaps, but it led to a financial burden on the council. As such it has been proposed that charges to the tune of Rs 1,000 per trailer should be levied for removing the malba, which was dumped outside their houses. It has been clarified that the entire amount would have to be paid by the resident even if the malba was less than one trailer.



GMADA sets up helpline for sanitation
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 28
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has set up a 24-hour helpline to attend to complaints linked with sanitation work.

According to a press release of the authority, the facility was started for the convenience of residents of Sectors 66 to 69 as sanitation work in these sectors was being taken care of by the GMADA. The helpline has been set up in Sector 68 and the contact number is 0172-6548322. Complaints were also registered at the residences of president and secretary of various resident welfare associations and were attended on a day-to-day basis.

The GMADA has also appealed to residents to help in making these four sectors ‘bin-free’ by availing free service of house-to-house garbage collection being provided by the authority.

The private agency, which had been entrusted the work of sanitation in these four sectors, was asked to collect garbage from every house free of cost and dump it in the dumping ground in covered vehicles.

The plan failed to take of due to resistance from private workers who collected garbage from houses.

The authority has asked residents to provide information if anybody threw garbage or malba at unauthorised places so that legal action could be taken in this regard.

It has been stated that sanitation had improved in these sectors after work was allotted to the Jaipur-based NGO.

The work being undertaken included sweeping of roads and road berms and cutting of vegetation from road berms. A mechanical sweeper having a capacity of sweeping 2 km road per hour was being used.



Kanwaria hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 28
The local police has arrested a truck driver fleeing from the spot after hitting a kanwaria, injuring him seriously near Ramgarh here today. The injured has been identified as Anil Kumar of Marrhanwala village near Pinjore.

According to information, the accused, Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Panipat, after hitting the kanwaria, who was returning from Hardwar, fled towards Panchkula. However, the local people chased him and the police was informed. The police party intercepted the accused near Sector 20.

Meanwhile, the injured was shifted to General Hospital from where he was discharged later on.




Lord’s prayer

The cartoon, under the caption ‘Janmarg’ (Chandigarh Tribune, July 18), was in bad taste. It makes a mockery of the Christian prayer. The prayer is of great importance to Christians as Lord Jesus Christ himself had taught this to His disciples. We strongly condemn this cartoon.

Rev Younas Massey, Presbyter In charge,

Christ Church (CNI) 300, Sector 18 A, Chandigarh

— If the cartoon has in any way hurt the religious sentiments of the readers, we deeply regret it.

— Editor

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4 PU students allege bias, protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Four students of Punjabi department, Panjab University, supported by student leaders, today protested inside the department’s re-evaluation branch against the biased attitude of the authorities.

The students who sought re-evaluation of answer books of MPhil (1st year) alleged that they had been victimised due to the internal tussle among the faculty members.

Denying all allegations, chairman of the department Prof Jagjit Singh called it baseless and maintained that no ulterior motives were there. “The students got what they deserved. Everything permissible under the rules and regulations of re-evaluation has been adopted.”

On the other hand, the students alleged that they got less marks due to departmental internal politics and the teachers had deliberately given them less marks.

Sukhjit Singh said," They have deliberately picked us four and gave us less marks intentionally.” Another student Gurjit threatened to commit suicide if not heard by the authorities. “They are playing with our careers and do not care about the trauma we are going through. I will kill myself if they do not pay any heed to our grievances,” he rued.



PU Notes
150 examined at heart check-up camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
A free heart check-up camp was organised on PU campus by Gianwati-O.P. Jain Memorial Trust, Chandigarh. The camp was held in collaboration with the department of chemical engineering and technology, Panjab University, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Northern Regional Centre, Chandigarh, and Rotary Club of Chandigarh for faculty members and their families in the department of chemical engineering and technology. Dr R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, Panjab University, inaugurated the camp. Dr Sanjay Mittal, senior consultant and director, Heart Failure Clinic, Global Health Medicity, New Delhi, delivered a talk on “Life Style Management and Stress Among Students”. In the camp around 150 patients were examined and provided with the services of free ECG and echocardiography along with consultations with cardiologists. The team, led by Dr Sanjay Mittal, included Dr Gagandeep Singh, Dr Sunil Sofat, Ram Gulam Singh (project officer), Rashmi, echo technologist along with Rajiv Mishra, chief manager, Global Health, Medicity.

Dispatched: Admit cards of eligible candidates who are to appear in PULEET entrance test-2008 to be conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh on August 3, have been dispatched by registered post. Those students who do not receive the admit cards by July 31, may get them from the university office (CET Cell, Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall, near post office) on August 1 and 2 after completing the pre-requirements as detailed in the prospectus.

Workshop: The Population Education Cell of the State Institute of Science Education, Punjab, in collaboration with Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Panjab University, organised a training-cum-orientation workshop for textbook writers, evaluators and faculty members of DIETs in Punjab. This workshop, being held at ICSSR hall No. 2, Panjab University campus, will continue till July 30. Sadhu Singh Randhawa, director, SCERT, Punjab, inaugurated the workshop. Dr Sween, director, adult continuing education and extension, Panjab University, elaborated on the problems of adolescents. Satinder Jeet Kaur, director, State Institute of Science Education, Punjab, welcomed the participants and highlighted the need to sensitise the masses through writing on sensitive issues such as population, AIDs, gender equality etc.

Result: PU declared the results of MA-II (Hindi), April 2008; LL.B. 3rd semester (three-year course), April 2008; MA-I (Indian theatre), April 2008; BE (telecommunication and information technology) 7th semester re-appear examination, May 2008 and MA-I Urdu, April 2008.

Last date: The last date for receipt of application for admission to certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses in Russian language for the session 2008-09 is July 31. Interview for admissions will be held on August 4 in the department of Russian, geology building.



Symposium on cancer stem cells concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
A symposium on cancer stem cells was concluded at PU here today. Five speakers from India and the US presented their work on different aspects of stem cells.

In the morning session, Prof D. Kaul from the department of experimental medicine and biotechnology, PGIMER, deliberated on siRNA approach for ‘Leukaemic Stem Cell: Seek to Destroy’. Dr Alok C. Bharti, scientist, ‘D’ Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICPO) spoke on role of stem cells in cervical cancer treatment. Dr Vidudala Prasad from the US deliberated upon role of ceramide in neuronal stem cells differentiation.

In the afternoon session, Dr Neelam Marwaha, head, department of transfusion, PGIMER, talked about the technical aspects of stem cells involving cry preservation and their sub-culturing.

Dr Vivekanand Jha, department of nephrology, discussed the application of stem cells in renal tissue disorders. The symposium concluded with valedictory remarks by Prof R.C. Sobti, VC, Panjab University. Prof Sobti stressed on total commitment on the part of students in any field of education.

Prof Awtar Krishan from Miami, Florida, US, suggested that joint workshops be organised to train the students and research scholars of Panjab University and surrounding areas about the cutting edge technologies and instruments like cytometric analysis mandatory for stem cell research. Later, Prof Krishan distributed certificates to the participants.



Course in disaster management
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Centre for Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has introduced a three-month executive course in disaster management and security.

The major thrust areas in the discipline of disaster management include emergency planning and management, risk assessment, health and safety, relief and developmental engineering, health management and rehabilitation.

Apart from this, there are many openings after the completion of this course.



7 teachers recommended for National Teachers’ Award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Chandigarh education department has recommended the names of teachers for the coveted National Teachers’ Award 2007.

Jasmine Preet, lecturer in English, GMSSS-33, Chandigarh, has been selected for the award under secondary teachers’ category whereas Dharampal Sharma, Sanskrit master, GMSSS-16, now at GMHS-37, has been selected under the primary teachers’ group.

The Government of India, ministry of human resource development, New Delhi, has allocated two national awards for Chandigarh. One meant for secondary school teachers’ (teachers teaching Classes from XI to XII) and one for elementary teachers (from Class I to VIII).

The director, State Institute of Education, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has recommended seven names for two awards in the capacity of district-level committee. The names were further scrutinised by the state-level committee having S.K. Setia, DPI (S) as its chairman. The other members were D.D. Yadav, NCERT, a government of India nominee and Dr Harsh Batra, principal, Training College, Government College of Education, Sector 20, Chandigarh.



HC’s sidetracking of main issue unjustified: SC
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Supreme Court is apparently not pleased with the way the Punjab and Haryana High Court has handled a rent matter.

A Division Bench has ruled that the high court, it appears, for reasons best known to it has sidetracked the main issue and disposed of the revision application, which was wholly unjustified.

The observations were made on an appeal filed in by the city-based landlord Punit Ahluwalia. Initially, a petition under Section 10 of the CPC was filed for stay of further proceedings before the rent controller. It was rejected on merits after due consideration. Thereafter, the tenant, instead of moving the higher court, again filed a petition for grant of stay before the rent controller. This time, it was labelled as petition under Section 151 of the CPC and was allowed by the rent controller.

Further proceedings before him were stayed till the disposal of the civil suit in the absence of any further material or fresh cause of action for filing the same.

Taking up the matter, the apex court Bench of Justice B.N. Agrawal and Justice G.S. Singhvi ruled the order had been unfortunately confirmed by the high court of Punjab and Haryana.

The Bench added the only question called for consideration of the high court and this court was as to whether, upon the second petition for grant of stay, prayer should have been granted or not.

It appears that the high court for reasons best known to it had sidetracked the main issue and disposed of the revision application, which was wholly unjustified, the Bench ruled.

The judges further ruled in their view the rent controller was not at all justified in entertaining the second petition for the grant of stay, and granting stay. The judges added in their considered view that the high court had failed to exercise jurisdiction vested in it in refusing to entertain the revision application, and interfere with the orders passed by the rent controller.

Before parting with the orders, the judges ruled the appeal was being allowed, and the impugned order passed by the high court as well as the rent controller were being set aside.

The rent controller has now been asked to dispose of the proceedings within six months from the date of receipt or production of the order’s copy.

After disposal of the case, matter must be reported back to this court, the judges directed, while making it clear that unnecessary adjournments would not be granted to any of the parties and all attempts made by the tenant to prolong the litigation shall be defeated.



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