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SI’s supporters block way, raise slogans
Chaos reigned in the district courts as Sanjeev Kumar was sent to judicial custody till November 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The high drama witnessed at the Sector 17 market yesterday following the arrest of SI Sanjeev Kumar by Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case repeated itself in the district courts today.

Anti-CBI slogans were raised and Sanjeev’s supporters even blocked the way of CBI vehicle for a while when he was taken back from the courts complex. The court sent Sanjeev to judicial custody till November 22.

The courtroom was jam-packed with Sanjeev’s supporters. The CBI officials didn’t allow anyone to talk to the accused. On the other hand, the lawyers objected the CBI officials sitting on the chairs in the courtroom as the chairs are meant for the lawyers. After a brief discussion with the lawyers, the CBI officials continued to sit on the chairs.

Talking to the mediapersons, Sanjeev said repeatedly, “I have not touched the currency notes at all.”

The defense lawyer requested the court to record the time when the accused was produced. However, the special public prosecutor (SPP) for the CBI Pawan Kumar Dogra said, “We had brought the accused to the courts complex at 3.15 pm, that is within 24 hours of the arrest. As per the documents, Sanjeev was arrested at 4.30 pm yesterday.”

CBI also submitted confidential documents in a sealed cover, that included the CD and case diary. The SPP further raised objections to the rush in the courtroom as the safety of the accused and decorum of the court was to be maintained. While the battery of lawyers and members of market associations argued that they were standing calmly.

Outside the courtroom, when the accused was being taken back after being produced before the court, the mob stopped the CBI vehicle for a while. After the CBI sleuths left, Sanjeev’s supporters blocked the road. They alleged that the investigating agency was working under some pressure. Talking to the TNS, Sandip Sethi, a shop owner in Sector 26 said, “We know Sanjeev when he was posted at the Sector 26 police station. He claimed that if Sanjeev was dishonest then all cops were dishonest.”



SI Arrest Case
A question of answers
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Several questions are being raised following the arrest of SI Sanjeev Kumar by the CBI in an alleged corruption case.

Incidentally, the CBI arrest came at a time when the UT police was already looking into the complaint filed by Arvind Kumar Pandey on whose complaint the CBI has initiated action.

The most pertinent question here is that whether Sanjeev Kumar could have intervened and got the property vacated as being claimed by Pandey when the building was under a “status quo” order from the court.

The orders of status quo were passed on November 3 and it was extended till November 7. Thereafter, the court extended the “status quo” till November 18. The case was filed by the tenant recently.

Another aspect that raises question in the case is the so-called compromise between Arvinder Pandey and Dina Nath on the behest of Sanjeev where it was decided that the keys of the booth number 14 in Sector 17 would remain with the president of the market association Subash Kataria.

Meanwhile SSP S.S. Srivastava said, “Pandey has made three to four complaints on different occasions on the landlord-tenant dispute and denied to comment on it further.”

On the status of the inquiry that was marked by him to the police station, Srivastava said the inquiry was pending and he could not comment on it.

Commenting on the status of the inquiry, ASP Central, Madhur Verma stated, “The inquiry is being conducted by the police post and nothing substantive has come out of the complaint as yet.”

According to the compromise that was signed on November 3, it was decided that the keys of the booth number 14 in Sector 17 would remain with the president of the market association Subash Kataria.

When the counsel for Pandey was contacted, he said, “There has been no compromise in our knowledge and the civil suit is still lying pending in the courts.”



Central Club in trouble again
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Admn orders

“It has been decided that the possession of the community centre, Sector 9, called as the Central Club, immediately be taken over following the due process of law and after taking possession, decision to hand it over to the management of the community centre be taken.”

Chandigarh, November 8
In yet another blow to the Sector 9 Central Club management, the Chandigarh administration is in the process of slapping a recovery notice on it to the tune of Rs 1.26 crore as due rent.

The move comes following the administration’s decision to take the possession of the club after taking cognisance of the alleged blatant misuse of the premises and violations of the allotment conditions.

In another move, the site will be handed over to the Municipal Corporation.

However, president of the Central Club Vinod Talwar denied receiving any formal communiqué in this regard. “We have not received any notice as yet,” he said.

The officials of the engineering department, CP division No. 3, said the club management is being issued notice for recovery of rent by taking cost of around Rs 16 lakh per annum.

The club was paying Rs 25,567 per month as rent from April 1998 and paid it till 2000. The administration had instructed the management to deposit Rs 1,31,947 per month along with the interest rate as per the existing rates.

The site, originally allotted as a community centre to the Plot Holders’ Association in 1961 for five years at a token rent of Rs 25 per annum, was leased out to the Central Club in March, 1975, for one year and thereafter, the lease was extended till 2004.

With around 1,100 members on its enrolment list, the place became a centre of attraction of card players of not only Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh, but also from Shimla, Patiala, Delhi, Ludhiana and Amritsar. The club has reportedly been associated with the South Delhi Club, New Delhi, Model Town Club, Ludhiana, and Services Club, Amritsar.

Consequently, it became a "nuisance" for residents living nearby and lodged their objections with the administration.

It is learnt that the lease of the building was cancelled in July, 2004. The Plot Owners’ Association has also filed an appeal with the commissioner, Municipal Corporation.

Chander Mukhi Sharma, area councillor, admitted that the move was to shift the Central Club site to the Municipal Corporation. “There is no community centre in Sector 9 and 10. So, the move is there to maintain its earlier status which will be controlled by the MC,” he confirmed.

The UT administration officials pointed out that the club management had also sublet a part of the premises of the canteen at a monthly rent of Rs 17,000.



Sodomy case
Fresh notice served on school
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Following the failure of DAV, Sector 8, authorities to furnish the inquiry report on the incident of alleged sodomy of a Class VI student, the UT education department has served a fresh notice to school, asking it to provide the same at the earliest.

DPI (S) Samwartak Singh had sought a detailed inquiry report from the school around twenty days back, taking the cognisance of the two-month-old alleged case of sodomy highlighted by The Tribune on October 19. While the principal reportedly did constitute an inquiry committee and recorded the statements, the panel failed to furnish the reports as yet.

“The matter is serious and we don’t want any thing of this sort to repeat. The department wishes to ensure a quality education to all and will take all necessary steps to ensure this. I have not received the report and have issued a notice to the school (in this regard), which it might have received today or will get it tomorrow, to send it at the earliest,” said the DPI (S).

According to some school officials, the report has already been submitted to the department and the assignment register of peons has an entry proving its departure from the school.

However, principal Vibha Ray was as usual in no mood to comment or verify the claims.

Meanwhile, hostel superintendent Vijay Jaiswal filed a petition in high court today. He also alleged a constant pressure from the management to join his duties in Jharkhand. One of them was also trying to lure him with the promise of his family’s security and continuation of his current official residence.



Insurance co comes out with ‘Unisurge’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The United India Insurance Company has come out with a project christened “Unisurge”. Initiated in consultation with the Boston Consultancy group, the project envisages a change in the method of operation, organisational structure and strengthening of finances.

G. Srinivasan, chairman-cum-managing director, United India Insurance Company, was in town recently and confirmed that during first half of the current fiscal year, United India next year would adhere to the international benchmarks by introducing core insurance solutions at all its offices.

As per a study conducted on non-life insurance industry, there is a wide scope for tapping personal life insurance like health, motor and household segments in urban,semi- urban areas. The non-life industry is poised to grow to Rs 1,00,000 crore by 2015.



No network, patients suffer
GH-16 computers out of order for the past 15 days

Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Patients and the staff of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, had a harrowing time as the computer network has been out of order for the past 15 days. Ironically, this is happening at the time when the authorities are spending crores of rupees on the hospital.

However, this is not the first time that the dysfunctional computers of hospital gave a harrowing time to patients, their attendants and hospital staff. They are used to face this problem from time to time for the past several months as the authorities were not serious to get the computer network of the registration, cash counter and medical record department restored.

"They do not realise the inconvenience that is being caused to the patients who have to stand in queues for a much longer period as the registration cards of all patients coming to the OPDs are being made by the staff manually," remarked staff members, who have to put in double efforts due to the non-functional computer network.

The staff at the counter says that apart from the patients they too are hassled as after the registration time is over, they have to go and feed the entire record through another computer in order to maintain record of all patients coming to the hospital. "Even though we take all precautions to ensure that no registration card is left unrecorded but with the non-functional computer system, the chances of error are always there," they admitted.

They added that despite bringing the matter to the notice of the authorities a number of times, nobody had "bothered" to get the snag in the computer network rectified. However, the medical superintendent, Dr Usha Bishnoi, said: “We have already informed CDAC people. All computers would be rectified soon.

According to Kulbir, who was under treatment at the hospital and had come all the way from Punjab, said: "I had come to the counter around 9 am. I need the entire medical record as I lost my bag but despite my efforts the old medical record could not be retrieved." According to the data entry operators, there was an error in the computer so could not locate the record.

According to sources, almost 400-500 patients come to the OPD at GMSH-16 everyday, excluding the old cases. With the entire registration work being done by the staff on duty by hand, it takes much longer to complete the entire process.


Illegal structures coming up, GMADA sleeps
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 8
Increasing land prices around Mohali have spurred illegal construction activity.

Right under the nose of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), unscrupulous elements have raised unauthorised structures in Balongi, Kharar, Zirakpur and Derabassi. Around 350 such colonies exist on the city’s periphery.

An official record reveals that around 100 such cases are still pending with the police for registration against colonisers in Mohali, Ropar and Patiala districts.

While GMADA officials claim that on detecting illegal construction, they immediately put the case before the police for criminal action. On the other hand, police officials claim that under the Periphery Act, the GMADA officials enjoy the powers of deputy commissioner to directly act against such violators and demolish the structures. In this situation, the colonisers conveniently raises structures and sells plots to genuine investors.

As the police and GMADA officials shift the responsibility for owning the responsibility, unauthorised construction continues. In one specific example in Balongi village, illegal structures have come up under a high-tension line passing through the area. Even the electricity department has failed to act against violators as the law bars construction under high-tension transmission lines.

Sources reveal that of the total 1, 36, 660 acres of land in the periphery control area, around 25,000 acres of land has already become part of the civic bodies of Zirakpur, SAS Nagar, Kharar, Dera Bassi and Nayagaon. By constituting civic bodies, the politicians have found a mechanism to circumvent the Periphery Act.

The duplicity of the enforcing agencies, the local government and GMADA has compounded the problems of the common man who is finding his hard-earned money blocked in illegal colonies.



Markets or bus stands
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, November 8
Market areas of Phases-II and III-A have virtually been turned into bus stands by operators of long-distance private buses, much to the annoyance of shopkeepers.

Repeated requests over the years to the authorities concerned have failed to yield any results. Private bus operators continue to use the parking areas in these two markets in violation of the norms even as the shopkeepers term this as a nuisance.

Two Indo-Canadian buses were found parked in the Phase-II market this afternoon even when the authorities concerned claimed that bus operators had been directed not to do so. Strangely, the violators do not seem to bother about the orders of the district chief. Two buses were parked in the market area despite a board, which had been put up there, stated, “No parking for heavy vehicles – by order deputy commissioner”.

Some shopkeepers of the Phase-II market said the area turned into a fish market when long-distance buses departed or reached back here as a number of autorickshaws and rickshaws crowded the area in a bid to carry passengers. The shopkeepers said they failed to understand why various officials over the years had failed to check illegal parking.

However, the bus operators said they paid lakhs of rupees as tax to the government each month and it was unfortunate that no site had been earmarked for private buses by the authorities concerned.

The deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari said he had directed the DTO to ensure that private buses were not parked in the market areas. The bus operators could pay “adda fees” and park their vehicles at the main bus stand of the town. Efforts were also being made to get a site earmarked for the operators of private buses.



Water tanks being cleaned after 20 years
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 8
The Punjab Public Health Department fails to learn lesson. After the recent outbreak of diarrhoea due to contaminated potable water in the Majri block, public health officials seem to be compromising with the quality of cleaning the sludge and dirt while cleaning the the underground water storage tanks in Phase X here.

Last month, the Citizens Welfare Council, Phase X, has pulled up the public health department for not regularly cleaning the tanks that were found to be containing lizards and insects. The residents claim that the tanks were cleaned after 20 years.

Though the officials claim that the layer of sludge was less than one feet thick, the residents, while pointing out the dried mark of sludge, said the thickness of the layer of sludge was nothing less than two feet. It would take another two days to make the tank operational.

To ascertain the cleaning work, a team of welfare council members led by its chairman Ripudaman Singh Roop today visited the Phase X water works site. It was found that after pumping out the water, labourer had been engaged to manually take out the sludge. Workers were busy in manually scrubbing the floor of the water storage tank.

“Instead of cost cutting by employing manual labour, mechanised removal technique like sludge removal with special pump, high pressure cleaning, vacuum cleaning and anti-bacterial spray and UR radiation should have been adopted”, said a member of the council.

Happy with the cleaning job, the residents sought that the tanks should be cleaned at regular intervals. A few weeks ago, the chief engineer of the water supply and sanitation wing of the public health department S. R. Aggarwal had directed the officials to clean the underground water storage tanks and also check the quality of water supplied to residents.



Acute staff crunch in IT dept
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The existing staff crunch in the income tax (IT) department of the Chandigarh region has further accentuated with six more middle-rank officials resigning in the recent past. The crunch is already showing its effect on the functioning of the department as follow-ups of raids are piling along with the cases of recoveries.

Officials claim that things could turn for the worse if this trend of resignations, mainly due to low pay structures, is not checked. “Most of the employees are disappointed by the 6th pay commission and are waiting for the recommendations of the committee formed to deal with the grievances of the income tax department. If they do not resolve the matter, we may see more resignations, said another official.

In addition to “low” salaries, work pressure is also forcing these officials to take premature retirement and look for greener pastures outside. Figures revealed by the IT department reveal that of the 142 sanctioned posts at the officer level (assistant and deputy commissioner level) 40 are lying vacant. This is in addition to 19 posts waiting to be filled at the joint commissioner level.

At the non-gazetted levels, 90 per cent posts of stenographers are lying vacant. A total of 1,380 sanctioned posts exist for the tax assistant cadre and 630 of them are unfilled. Even 20 per cent shortage exists in the inspector cadre, said the senior officials.

An official said efforts were on to fill the posts but delays were being caused due to the cumbersome process involved in the recruitment.

This shortage of the staff is in contrast with the rise in the number of the income tax payers in the Chandigarh region. In the last three years, the number of assesses have jumped 11 per cent from 26 lakh to 29 lakh. The direct tax collection has registered at a figure of 9,724 crore. What makes the problem more acute is the number of resignations at all levels.



17 mediation centres inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today created history of sorts by becoming the first in the country to inaugurate as many as 17 district mediation and conciliation centres across Punjab and Haryana almost simultaneously.

The centres in nine districts of Haryana and eight of Punjab were one after the other inaugurated by Justice S.B. Sinha of the Supreme Court from the Bar room in the high court premises.

With this, the centres will help resolve through mediation the differences between rival sides by bringing them face to face. Mediation is a voluntary and non-binding process that can be adopted at any stage. In it, an impartial and a neutral mediator assists the parties in reaching an agreement. The mediator essentially does not impose his own decision. But creates conducive environment for enabling the parties to resolve disputes.

Addressing the gathering at the occasion on “mediation and conciliation as means of alternate dispute redressal mechanism - vision 2025”, the Apex Court judge said the justice delivery system was overburdened and was crumbling under the weight of pending litigations. As such, the need of the hour was to take corrective measures.

Elaborating, Justice Sinha said steps were required to be taken for stopping the erosion of the system and to see “the past glory is restored to the judiciary”.

Quoting examples, he said the landlords were hiring goons to throw out the belongings of the tenants and people were forced to accept settlement thrust upon them by the police. That was not the way the rule of law could be established. Alternate dispute redressal mechanisms like mediation and conciliation, thus, have to be popularised, he added.

Sinha inaugurated the mediation and conciliation centres at Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rohtak, Sonipat, Jind, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Rewari and Hisar in Haryana, and in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Sangrur, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Ferozepore, Patiala and Moga in Punjab. He also inaugurated two lok adalats on the high court premises.

High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, in his address, said biggest challenge before the judiciary was backlog of cases. “There are three crore cases pending in courts across the country. Over 30 lakh were pending in the high courts. As many as 46,000 were before Supreme Court," he said.

Justice Thakur said increasing strength of judges was just one solution. Giving details, he stated: “In 1955, when the High Court shifted here from Shimla, the number of judges was eight and the pendency was 6,365. At that time, the high court was for joint Punjab and Delhi was under it. Now, the high court has 48 judges, but the pendency as on September 30 was 2,57,377,” he said, adding, “pendency would always be ahead of the number of judges”.

Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice K.S. Garewal also addressed the gathering.



Law terms made easy
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
If you have been referring to women high court judges as “my lords”, instead of “your ladyship”, or do not know the difference between “notice of motion” and “notice”, its time for you to pick up the “Lawyer’s Guide — Indian Laws, Courts, Tribunals and ADR”.

The handbook of information for “advocates, legal assistants, paralegals, litigants and common citizens” was released by Justice S.B. Sinha of the Supreme Court at a function in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and other judges were present at the function.

The book, priced at Rs 150, by advocate Ashwinie Kumar Bansal and Haryana assistant advocate-advocate general Deepak Jindal has some astounding facts and information. You may not know it till now, but women advocates can wear long skirts in white, black or any other mellow or subdued colour without any print or design. Even churidar kurtas with or without a dupatta is permissible in the courtrooms.

And if you have been wondering why the lawyers make it a point to prefix “learned” before the word “advocate”, “counsel” or friend, the book contains the answer: learned simply means “qualified as a lawyer”

Talking to The Tribune soon after the release of the book, Bansal says: Published by the Indian Arbitration Society, it will prove useful not only to the advocates, but also for every one approaching the courts for redressal of their grievances.

Giving details, he says it contains details like the methods for procuring copies of judgments and knowing the case status on the internet.

It also provides step by step information in a concise form on filing cases and formalities, along with documents, required before the filing process.

“Legal profession is a highly technical, complicated further by ever increasing and changing rules, along with amended laws,” says Jindal. “Thus, the book. Prior to this, there was no handbook like this, and people were left largely dependant on the lawyers and their clerks for even trivial information.”



Global meltdown momentary, says Pawan Bansal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The Indian banking system is very strong and immune to the global financial meltdown. Because of the stringent measures adopted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the asset-liability basket of banks, India’s economy is on the safe track.

This was stated by Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister of state for finance and parliamentary affairs, at a seminar on “Global Meltdown and India: Causes and Effects”, organised by Aryans Business School, at PHD Chamber here today. Rajiv Goyal, managing director, Surya Pharmaceuticals, was the guest of honour and Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group of Institutes (AGOI) presided over the seminar. Bansal said global meltdown was a cyclical phenomenon and would pass off in the next few months, but Indians should not lose faith in their economy. Speaking on the occasion, B.S.Ghuman, Dean, Faculty of Arts, PU, said banks had to strike a balance between the monetary and fiscal policy.



Dhonchak takes over as UT Legal Remembrancer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Haryana judicial officer M.M. Dhonchak is soon expected to take over as UT Legal Remembrancer. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has already cleared his name for appointment to the post.

Dhonchak is currently posted as additional district and sessions judge at Ambala. Available information suggests his name was cleared during the full-court meeting of the high court.

The other decisions taken during the full court include retirement of Punjab judicial officer Jag Nahar Singh.



Visually impaired children visit Air Force station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
As many as 50 visually impaired children and 10 staff members from the Institute of blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, visited the local Air Force station here today. They were taken inside various aircraft to give them an exposure to feel the flying machines in close proximity.

Before going inside the aircraft, the students were given exposure to various parts of the aircraft with the help of miniature models of each aircraft. They could actually feel the same with their hands and visualise the role and functions of the IAF's transport aircraft.

The children were given exposure to radio communication and navigational systems in the air traffic control tower where they could actually listen the radio communication between pilots and the controllers.

Headmaster of the institute, J.S. Jayara, expressed his gratitude to Air Officer Commanding of 12 Wing, Air Commodore S.R.K. Nair, for taking initiative to give the unique opportunity to visually impaired children to "see" and feel the real aircraft.



Poetry mother of all arts, says Muzaffar Ali
S.D. Sharma

Muzaffar Ali interacts with the audience during a lecture held at Government Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh
Muzaffar Ali interacts with the audience during a lecture held at Government Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh on Saturday. Photo: S. Chandan

Chandigarh, November 8
"Blessed by Almighty, Sufi sages and visionaries are the omniscient whose cultivated ideals have influenced the life of the people of different sects and faiths across the centuries", observed Muzaffar Ali, the acclaimed film maker, painter, scholar poet and proponent of Sufi mysticism. In the city on the invitation of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademy, Muzaffar Ali gave a lecture on the topic "Art Binds Us All" at the Government Museum Auditorium after his short film "Breathe into me" was screened.

Such was the response to the event that more number of inquisitive listeners kept standing than those glued to their seats even to the disbelif of the organisers. However, the programme commenced with an adulatory introduction of the renowned maestro Muzaffar Ali and a warm welcome of the chief guest Padmabhushan Dr BN Goswamy by akademy chairman Manna Dewan, an artist of international eminence.

Of all fine arts the "poetry" in all its manifestations is the most inspiring and mother of all arts, maintained Muzaffar Ali. The divine ideals of saint poets Jallaudin Rumi, Amir Khusro, Baba Farid, Bulleshah and all other Sufi mystics have expression in poetry which directly touch the soul even transcending the intellectual concept. Sharing his personal experiences based on his depth study, he said the Western world has shown more reverence to the Sufi saint Rumi by getting his philosophical works translated and propagated.

The ignoring of Persian and Urdu languages and the poets have distanced the general public from the rich Sufi treasures. However, in the Braj area, people grasp and follow the Hindu Sufi saints.

The chief guest, Dr BN Goswamy, complimented Muzaffar Ali for his endeavour of serving humanity through the medium of films, paining and other art forms. Akademy chairman Diwan Manna honoured Muzaffar Ali and his wife Meera Ali.



Expert stresses to plant high-yielding rice varieties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The second day of the national symposium on “New Biology in Agriculture” started with an informative talk by Prof. D.S. Brar from IRRI, Manila, Philippines. He talked about application of genomes in the production of designer crops.

He insisted on cultivating the advanced high yielding varieties of rice as the population was increasing and the area available for agriculture was declining. He urged the plant physiologists and plant biotechnologists to raise the harvest index from 0.5 to 0.6 for which the IRRI was working for the last so many years.

Prof. Shubhra Chakraborty from the National Institute for Plant Genome Research discussed the genomic and proteomic approaches towards gene prospecting and new generation crops. Prof. Ashok Dhawan of Haryana Agricultural University talked about the unique sucrose storage system present in sugarcane. Prof. R.C. Bhattacharaya from the National Research Centre for Plant Biotechnology talked about endogenous peptide signals in innate defence mechanism of plants. The valedictory proceedings were attended by about 80 delegates.



‘Ray Ban’ sunglasses for Rs 150!
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, November 8
“Sir, get this original sunglasses of “Ray Ban” for just Rs 150-200, which are worth over Rs 3,000 in any showroom.” This line was uttered by Raju (name changed), a youth in his mid-20s, to this correspondent in front of Neelam police post at Piazza, Sector 17, here.

To show the genuineness of the product, he claimed the pair was stolen from a big showroom, where the seller had been working.

With such statements, Raju has been successfully beguiling many people, as all the sunglasses were found duplicate.

Raju is not alone as a group of 10-12 youngsters are befooling many people by selling duplicate items, including shoes, ties, caps, CDs and DVDs.

After further enquiry, it was found that these swindlers purchase these products from Delhi, where these are easily available at the cost of Rs 15 to 25 per piece.

“We have to make such false statements to woo the customer,” confessed the seller.

But this is not the only group, which is selling the duplicate items carrying big names on them. Many rehri markets are being flooded with such products.

“Everybody can not afford to buy expensive branded products. So, despite knowing the fact, many people prefer to buy these products only to show off,” said Rajesh Arora, while purchasing a pair of “Ray Ban’ sunglasses for himself.

Interestingly, it is very difficult to differentiate between duplicate and original items.

Though police prefer to remain mute spectator towards this “illegal” business, the shopkeepers definitely show concerns over the issue.

“These persons are selling the duplicate items near the police post. But the police personnel are least bothered about it,” said another shopkeeper at Sector 17.



Get-together by veteran Rajputs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Veterans of the Rajput Regiment, one of the oldest regiments of the Army, held their annual get-together here today, with a large number of senior serving as well as retired officers joining the occasion.

Vice-Chief of the Army Staff, Lt-Gen M.L. Naidu, who is Colonel of the Rajput Regiment, General-Officer Commanding 11 Corps, Lt-Gen V.S. Tonk, president of the Rajput Officers Association, Lt-Gen R S Dyal (retd) were among those who were present on the occasion.

A few days ago, members of the Punjab and Chandigarh chapter of the association, their family members had undertaken a trip to Kolkata and Port Blair. At Kolkata, they interacted with serving and retired Rajput officers settled there and a social evening was hosted for them by the GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, Lt-Gen V K Singh, who is also from the same regiment.

The veterans were accorded a warm welcome at Port Blair and accommodated in the newly constructed annexe of Raj Niwas, courtesy the Lieutenant Governer of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lt-Gen Bhopinder Singh, a former Colonel of the Rajput Regiment.



Patients to get relief, discount increased
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The patients will get more relief as the PGI administration has decided to increase the 10-25 per cent discount on medicines and surgical items at chemist shops in the institute.

With the new conditions, chemists will offer 15 per cent discount on the MRP of branded medicines and 30 per cent discount on MRP of generic and branded generic, medicines along with consumable and surgical items. Earlier, only 5 per cent discount was admissible on the MRP of all the medical and surgical items.

As per information, PGI floated a tender for seven new shops with the revised condition of increased discount. “Patient can avail the discount facility only at four chemist shops- Consumer Medical hall, Nehru hospital, Sai Medicos, behind Oral Health Science block, Child Care Chemist at the basement of Advance Paediatric Centre (APC) and Delhi Drug Store, near shopping complex,” said official spokesperson, PGI, Manju Wadwalkar. The increased rate of discount will be available on other chemist shops too in the due course.



60 vehicles challaned in 2 days
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 8
As many as 60 vehicles were challaned in two days for violating the Motor Vehicle Act during a special drive launched by the DSP (traffic) Raka Ghirra, Mohali, and the traffic police, Zirakpur.

Traffic in-charge, Zirakpur, Sanjeev Kumar said nakas were set up from 4 pm to 7 pm at Zirakpur flyover. He said the drive was launched to check over speeding, drivers without helmet and drunken drivers.

The traffic police said speed radars were used to check vehicles and around 60 vehicles were challaned.

DSP (traffic) Raka Ghirra said on the directions of SSP, Mohali, they had conducted the drive to nab traffic violators and challaned them.

“We would organise such drives regularly to avoid road accidents,” she added. She also requested parents that they should not give vehicles to minor children.



Garbage Burning
Defaulters to face action
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 8
Going tough with the persons found indulged in burning the garbage and leaves in the town, the district administration has decided to penalise them. The administration is flooded with the complaints of air pollution in the town due to burning of the garbage in the localities by sweepers recently.

Now, residents can contact at telephone numbers 2585666 and 2585777 for complaint against the person found burning the garbage in the town.

The authoirities concerned moved, however, only when the deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria pointed out the problem and even caught some sweepers indulged in burning garbage on the streets of Sector 21 on Wednesday.

Now, anybody found involved in the practice would be penalised and departmental action would be taken, he added.



Job letters to 99 Ayurvedic docs
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 8
Health and family welfare minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla handed over the appointment letters to 99 Ayurvedic medical officers under the NRHM whose selection was duly verified by representatives of different departments.

In her address to the newly elected officers, the minister advised the doctors to serve mankind as they belonged to a noble profession.



‘Increase BPL cards time limit’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
A delegation of the BJP, Chandigarh, led by Kewal Krishan Addiwal, state vice-president, today met Prerna Puri, additional director of the food and supplies department.

In a press note issued here today, the BJP delegation apprised the additional director of the difficulties being faced by people living in various colonies.

“The supply of kerosene oil, which was earlier being supplied to residents of the colonies has been stopped, we asked the department to restore the scheme by issuing below poverty line (BPL) cards after conducting a fresh survey,” told Addiwal.



CME on radiography

Chandigarh, November 8
The Indian Association of Radiological Technologists, in collaboration with the department of radiodiagnosis, Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16, celebrated the World Radiography day today at district family welfare office, Sector 22, by organising a continuous medical education programme.

The topic of CME was “Current trends in Radiography”. — TNS



Clashes in PU
Way to tackle security
Need to evolve mechanism for conflict resolution
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
As Panjab University continues to be in the headlines because of repeated incidents of student clashes, questions are now being raised not only on the security mechanism that the university authorities have evolved to prevent such incidents, but also on the absence of an internal conflict management system to resolve vindictive attitudes of the warring factions.

Thursday’s incident of violence was a testimony to this wherein a student leader was attacked in front of the house of the vice-chancellor, Prof R C Sobti.

Also, there have been a handful of names, which have cropped up in these incidents again and again indicating that the police cases and preventive measure taken by the university authorities have failed to change their mindset and resolve their conflicts.

Perhaps, the university needs to learn from its global counterparts that have separate special cells to deal with students’ violence on the campus.

A recall of earlier incidents of violence that have occurred so far during the past one year on the campus reveal that there is something more to the incidents than the surface reality. Since then the university campus has become a battleground for settling personal scores and shockingly, the students involved in the bloody clashes are anything but ashamed.

For instance, the rivalry between Brinder Dhillon, Harpreet Multani and Simrandeep Singh Sadhu has been going on for more than a year. According to sources, the stabbing incident that took place in May in the examination hall of the UILS was the outcome of a previous incident.

Though Harpreet Multani is lodged in jail, nevertheless it has become a vicious circle with each one out to outdo each other in hitting. Dr B S Chavan, professor and head of psychiatry, GMCH 32, said these students had signs of immaturity. The authorities would teach them that they need to accept that everybody has an opinion and one should accept it.

“They need to be taught to live with each other and the university should identify such students and if need be counsel them that they should learn to control their anger”, he said.



Lecture on ‘perceptions of earth physics’ held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
A special lecture on “New perceptions in earth physics” by Prof J. N. Nanda, former director, DRDO, was organised today as part of a seven-day motivational contact programme for talented school students, being held at the department of physics, Panjab University. The lecture was presided over by Prof H.S Hans, emeritus professor, Panjab University. Prof Nanda outlined his model of the earth’s constitution and the heat radiated from the inner core per square meter on the surface of the earth. He also talked about planet growth and his perceptions.

Earlier, Prof S.K. Khanduja from the department of mathematics, PU, outlined various interesting facets of “Fermat’s last theorem”, “prime numbers” and “perfect numbers”. Prof. S.P. Puri described various aspects of lasers and its applications. Dr. S. Sahijpal in his characteristic style took the whole batch of participants for a voyage through the universe. Prof. Manmohan Gupta, chairman, spoke on philosophy of science and research methodology.



From Schools & Colleges
PTU youth fest concludes
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 8
The two-day PTU Zonal Youth Festival concluded at Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi.

Around 10 colleges affiliated to PTU participated in this event, which saw participation in events like bhangra, malwai giddha, one-act play, quiz, debate, clay modelling, classical vocal, light vocal, group song, mime, mimicry and semi-classical.

Prof Jaspal Singh from NSS coordination committee and cultural events of PTU was special guest on the occasion.

Gian Jyoti Institute of Engineering and Technology maintained the lead in rangoli, mime, elocution, one-act play and debate. The college team stood second in painting, collage making, Punjabi folk songs, western vocal solo, western group song, light vocal and mimicry.

The Indo Global College of Engineering and Technology stood first in western vocal solo, western group songs, and Indo Global College of Architecture bagged first position in collage making, poster making, cartooning and clay modelling. The RIET, Railmajra, stood first in painting and second in poster making. Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Technology won first prize in Punjabi folk songs, Indian group songs, mimicry, quiz, and stood second in skit and elocution. The PCET, Lalru, won first prize in Indian light vocal and ASBASJSH stood second in clay modelling.

Eye check-up camp: The Swami Vivekananda Group of Institutes (SVGOI), in association with State Bank of India (SBI), organised an eye check-up camp for the inmates of old age home, Sector 43. Ashok Gupta, GM, State Bank of India, Chandigarh, inaugurated the camp.

Workshop: Indo Global College conducted a three-day workshop on personality development for its management students. In the introductory interaction, basics of group discussion and interview were the focus areas of learning.

Placement: A placement drive was organised by a Singapore-based software company Phi Info Soft Pvt Ltd at Indo Global College here. The company picked up the final-year MBA students of the college.

Recruitment: The Oberoi Group and Timber Trail Heights has recruited 13 students currently pursuing their hotel management, and airlines tourism and hospitality management degrees. Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, said the future the students pursuing these courses was very prosperous as an international airport is coming up in Mohali.



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