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Drug Racket
ATS report names DSP, journalist
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Investigations by the Maharashtra Police’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) into the alleged drug trafficking racket run by the former NCB Zonal Director, Saji Mohan, is likely to turn the heat on a DSP of Chandigarh Police and a local journalist.

According to highly placed police sources, the ATS had yesterday sent a “brief” report, exposing questionable links of a DSP and a journalist of an English daily, to their counterparts here.

Confirming the development, a senior police official, on condition of anonymity, said the report categorically mentioned the names of a DSP and a journalist, which were disclosed by Saji Mohan to the ATS during interrogation.

The officer, however, was quick to add that the information was yet to be cross-checked.

The sources claimed that the report revealed that Saji Mohan had used the DSP and the journalist to settle personal scores with some officers of the Chandigarh Police. This had led to the suspension of six police personnel, including sub-inspector Harinder Singh Sekhon, for their alleged nexus with local drug traffickers.

Sources claimed that the ATS had suggested to the local police to examine the role of the police officer as well as the journalist in this regard. It had sent part of the interrogation report of Saji Mohan following a communication sent by the IGP, Chandigarh, to share the contents of the interrogation pertaining to the Chandigarh Police.

Unconfirmed reports about the involvement of a senior police officer and individuals with Saji Mohan were doing the rounds in police circles some days after he was arrested with 12 kg of heroin.

Speculation was rife that something sensational pertaining to the Chandigarh Police would come out during his interrogation.

The Chandigarh Police had suspended six police officers following a report by Saji Mohan, accusing the policemen of having links with drug peddlers.

The police had initiated an inquiry against the policemen, however, the NCB had failed to provide its investigation officers to record their statements before the police until a few days ago. It is learnt that NCB officials could not furnish corroborative evidence against the policemen during their statements. They told the police that they did not have any scientific evidence like mobile call details against the accused policemen to establish their involvement.

Sources in the police said an NCB officer said the report was given at a premature stage and the agency could not gather sufficient evidence. Moreover, the NCB usually takes two-three years and keeps suspects under surveillance.



Models ‘confined’ for 6 hrs at resort
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, February 6
Five Delhi-based models were allegedly detained for over six hours at Bristol Resorts, Zirakpur, after their show got cancelled this evening.

The models — Aakshi, Neetu, Reema, Ekta and Sanjna — alleged that they were hired for a fashion show by a Sector 17-based private event management company.

“We reached here last night and were called to come to the office in Sector 17 this morning. The officials there told us to wait. After waiting for around four hours, they took us to the resort. The did not even offer us any food,” alleged Reema.

When The Tribune team visited the resort, security personnel denied any such incident and did not allow it to go inside.

However after insistence, they released the models in two Innova cars and allegedly told them to tell mediapersons that they were here for a family function. The models stopped their vehicles by the roadside and narrated the incident to the TNS.

The security personnel even tried to manhandle a Tribune lensman and deleted some pictures. They further chased the car of the team and tried to hit it. An official of the resort, Rajeev, said: “No model had been detained and only their luggage had been kept at the resort.”

“Sunil Bansal, an official of the resort, misbehaved with us and was in an inebriated condition. He also used foul language,” alleged Aakshi, a model. A bouncer accompanying the models alleged that they tried calling a senior official of the Punjab Police but failed to get any response.

A senior police official of the Chandigarh police and another of the Punjab police have their interest in the resort.

The models alleged that the organisers didn’t pay them even a single penny. Besides the five, some local models were also allegedly detained at the resort. They, however, remained tight-lipped on the matter.

When the Delhi-based models contacted UT SSP SS Srivastava, he said: “I am conveying the message to the Mohali police, which will look into the matter.” After a few minutes, a team of the Mohali police reached the scene.

Mubarakpur DSP JS Khaira said: “A police party has been asked to look into the matter.”

No case had been registered till the filing of the report. The police later took Sunil Bansal for a medical examination.

Officials of the resort were not available for comments.



Prideasia Woes
Now, Mahila Congress vice-chief wants refund
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Parsvnath Developers’ Prideasia, an ultra luxury mega housing project at the IT park, here continues to be in the news for the wrong reasons.

Close on the heels of New Delhi resident Rajiv Malhotra moving the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi, for the refund of about Rs 25.71 lakh last month, another high-profile allottee is complaining about the tardy pace of construction at the site and demanding a refund.

Paramjit Kaur, vice-president of the All-India Mahila Congress, has sought the help of senior administration functionaries, including UT administrator SF Rodrigues and his adviser Pradip Mehra, in getting the refund amounting to Rs 70 lakh. Paramjit Kaur had reportedly booked two apartments.

In her representation, she reportedly urged the administrator and adviser to intervene in the matter as the project is being executed in collaboration with the Chandigarh Housing Board.

Paramjit Kaur’s demand for the refund, following the freezing of Parsvnath’s escrow account by the CHB, is likely to come as a shot in the arm for other investors seeking withdrawal from the project given the slow pace of work and uncertainty hovering over the project.

Earlier, Malhotra had claimed that he was in touch with several investors in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UK, who had expressed their desire to file criminal cases against the CHB and Parsvnath for breach of trust.

The housing project has been mired in controversy from the beginning. While Parsvnath Developers had defaulted on an amount of over Rs 300 crore to the CHB, the realtor had alleged that the administration had failed to provide encumbrance-free site and delayed the layout plan.

The project, whose first phase is to start later this year, is already running behind schedule, sending investors who had invested lakhs of rupees, in a tizzy.

Parsvnath Developers had bagged the 123-acre prime residential-cum-commercial site for Rs 821 crore and the total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 4,100 crore.



District courts not safe either
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Due to inadequate fire safety measures, the district courts complex may become a virtual death trap in case of a major fire.

No fire extinguisher, sand bucket or water hydrant system is available in and around the courtrooms. According to sources, gadgets to fight fire were installed outside courtrooms in corridors three years ago, but no fire extinguisher was there now. At present, there is a fire extinguisher in the canteen and one in the administrative block.

The president of the District Bar Association, NK Nanda, said: “The fire-fighting facilities here are not up to the mark. The authorities concerned should upgrade the facilities. There are a few fire extinguishers, but these are not maintained.”

There are 19 courts in two buildings and hundreds of chambers and hundreds of litigants visit the court every day.

Though many public interest litigation petitions had been filed to strengthen fire services in the UT, the equipment has not been upgraded yet.

There had been minor fire incidents due to a short-circuit in the courts complex last year, but the electricity department and the fire brigade seems to be taking it lightly.

A devastating fire broke out in the record room of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1999 and a large number of valuable documents were destroyed. But the authorities don’t seem to have learnt a lesson.

There are only two entrance and exit gates in each building and the stairs are so narrow that only one person can move through it at a time.

Undertrials are also not safe as the makeshift jail in the basement does not have any fire-fighting equipment.



Girl ends her life for not scoring high enough
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Preeti, a Class IX student, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in the Police Lines in Sector 26 here this afternoon.

The police said the otherwise brilliant girl might have taken the extreme step under momentary depression over securing less marks in an internal examination.

According to the SHO of the Sector 26 police station, inspector Raghbir Singh, said the girl was alone at home when she committed suicide. Her father Onkar Singh, a head constable, was on duty at the time of the incident.

The incident came to light at around 1.30 pm when her mother, who had gone to market, came back home and found the door locked.

After she did not get a response to her knocks, she peeped through a window and saw Preeti hanging. Shocked at the sight, she raised the alarm. The victim was rushed to hospital, where doctors declared her dead on arrival.

A student of New Public School in Sector 18, Preeti was said to be a brilliant student. She had passed with good marks. Quoting her family, the police said Preeti was depressed over her performance in an internal examination. She was sensitive and seemingly depressed for not scoring high enough.

Principal RD Singh said: “She was an above average student who was active in sports and extra-curricular activities. The school is yet to come to terms with the tragedy.”


CBI indicts 5 bank officials, 9 others
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charge-sheeted five bank officials, two lawyers and five others besides two prime accused for embezzling funds running into several crores.

The accused today deposed before the CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain, who denied bail to two of them.

The charge-sheet names branch manager, Cooperation Bank, Sector 8, S Ramachandran and Panchkula resident Sandeep Sharma among the 14 accused.

The case was registered on the complaint of Corporation Bank deputy general manager M. Gokul Das Kamath on June 26, 2008.

The police had registered a separate case against Sandeep Sharma as he was accused of possessing a fake doctor’s degree.

The officials of Punjab National Bank (PNB) who have been indicted were chief manager SN Mahajan, senior manager RK Chaba, manager Shashi Bhushan Gupta. Cooperation Bank branch manager M Nageswara Rao has also been included in the charge-sheet.

The PNB bank had sanctioned a loan of over Rs 2 crore to Sandeep Sharma without verifying documents.

It was alleged that between August, 2006 and March, 2007 the bank had provided four different credit facilities to Shubham Hospital and Diagnostic Centre and its partners Sandeep Sharma and Ranjana Sharma. The loan amount released to them was Rs 146.15 lakh.

Investigation conducted by the CBI revealed that Sandeep and Ranjana had submitted an application on August 17, 2006 to the bank.

Thereafter, the bank had rendered credit facilities under different schemes like term loan, mortgage loan and home loan in favour of Shubham Hospital and Diagnostic Centre.

The bank had also sanctioned housing loans during December, 2006 to March, 2007 to 12 different individuals totalling Rs 138.85 lakh for the purchase of flats from Sandeep Sharma situated in Bishanpura Cooperative House Building Society.

It was further specified that verification of the documents submitted by Sandeep Sharma was not carried out by M Nageswara Rao, the then branch manager, and M. Ramachandran.

Also, proper appraisal and verification was not done by S Ramachandran as the net worth statement of the borrowers - Sandeep and Ranjana - was not obtained in the prescribed format and was not certified by a charter accountant.

The charge-sheet added that the main disbursement of loan amount of Rs 50 lakh was to be disbursed to unsecured creditors directly against valid receipt after checking the genuineness of the transactions. However, it came to light that the terms and conditions were not adhered to.



Bank guard in dock for ATM fraud
Ruchika M Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
A private security guard at the Sector 15 branch of the Central Bank of India allegedly stole ATM cards of some customers before these could be dispatched to them and withdrew over Rs 75,000 from their accounts. Sources in the bank said they noticed the fraud only after two customers complained that money had been withdrawn from their accounts, though they had not affected any transactions. The bank later found that the money was withdrawn using ATM cards even as the customers complained that they had not been issued the cards.

Though the bank is still trying to ascertain how the accused managed to get hold of the cards and later the PIN, they learnt that he had tried to affect transactions through at least four ATM cards. However, money was withdrawn from only two accounts as he remained unsuccessful in using the other two cards.

The accused withdrew Rs 60,000 from one account through at least three transactions and Rs 15,300 from a separate account.

The accused, who was employed with a private security agency, had recently been shifted to a different place. Bank officials suspect that he began using the cards and withdrawing money only after he was shifted. He was reportedly using these ATM cards in the Sector 37 ATM of the Bank of Baroda.

“We found out the time through the central control room of the Bank of Baroda during which the transactions had been affected. When we asked the security guard posted outside this ATM, he said one of his colleagues had used the ATM. We have forwarded the complaint to the police,” a senior bank official said.



Hospital Fire
2 more infants at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The PGI relived the Rajendra hospital tragedy with the arrival of two more fire victims, 10 day-old boy and seven-day-old girl, here yesterday.

The infants were admitted to the Nehru Hospital Nursery after being referred by the Rajendra hospital doctors. They were burnt during the incident while undergoing phototherapy treatment on January 31.

The incident had left 10-day-old boy injured with almost 20 per cent burns. However, seven-day-old infant also got injured but due to pneumonia, she could not recover, a doctor at PGI said. The father of seven-day-old girl, Raju, said: “We are expecting speedy recovery here, as this is the region’s premiere institute.” Doctors at PGI said, “ The infants are under observation. However, the boy’s condition is critical due to 20 per cent burns.”



Gurdwara Case
Admn, police scrutinise video footage
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The Chandigarh administration and the UT police are scrutinising the video footage of the stone pelting incident at Santsar Gurdwara in Sector 38 (West) on January 30 to identify the other miscreants involved in the incident.

Sources in the police said the investigators were also trying to establish whether miscreants fired shots from the gurdwara premises or not.

Sources said video footage was being scrutinised by the UT Home Department, Deputy Commissioner and the Chandigarh police.

The administration has been verifying the details of the record of the land encroached by the gurdwara. The police is also trying to establish the role Baba Sarup Singh, the tubewell operator placed under suspension, in the episode.

Sources said the police was also verifying whether some miscreants had fired shots in the air or not. The footage shows a man holding a firearm, but the picture is of poor quality. The police is yet to establish the identity of the men involved in the incident.

The police had arrested seven persons on several charges, including attempt to murder and rioting, besides registering a under the provisions of the Arms Act.

The footage shows ADC Inderjit Singh Sandhu and enforcement staff officials arguing with the management of the gurdwara.

When the enforcement staff failed to convince the gurdwara people to open the gate for them, the authorities ordered a labourer to scale the gate.

When the labourer scaled the gate, the miscreants inside the gurdwara began throwing stones. People inside the gurdwara raised slogans and rained stones at the enforcement staff.

During the melee, ADC Sandhu was injured. He was rescued by Vijay Midda, inspector in the enforcement wing.

The authorities had sent ADC Sandhu to the scene when the enforcement staff officials failed to convince gurdwara authorities to remove the encroachment on their own.

UT SSP SS Srivastva told the TNS that he had seen the footage and they were scrutinising its contents to establish the role of the persons involved in the incident.

He added that action would be taken after ascertaining the role of the miscreants.



Admn to go strict on encroachments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Taking note of the increasing encroachments on the public land, the city administration today decided to make the field officials accountable for these encroachments in their respective areas.

It was also decided to set up a control room and appoint nodal officers from the Municipal Corporation (MC), the estate office and the housing board. This was decided in a meeting of the senior officials of the administration, presided over by the UT Home Secretary, Ram Niwas.

It was also decided to maintain a daily report system so that unauthorised constructions could be sorted out at initial stage. For this, five nodal officers will be appointed to assess the entire situation. Designated inspectors will be deployed under them, who will make report in writing to the nodal officers on daily basis. It was felt that land encroachment was a major challenge for the administration and strict action against people involved in it would be taken. 



MC gives sops ahead of polls
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The Congress dominated Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, is all set to offer sops to squatters ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Though sources claimed the decision had not gone down too well with the other councillors and officials, nevertheless, the freebies were surely going to help in adding up to the vote bank of the candidate.

According to the sources, in a meeting held yesterday, the mayor had reportedly asked the MC officials to regularise all connections in wherever they were, be it colonies and slums. This would include even those water connections, which were not legal.

The sources said this had drawn the ire of many councillors and even officials. One of the officials said while on one hand, the

UT administration was making efforts to stop encroachments in the city by creating a joint cell, on the other hand, this move would only encourage people to indulge in illegalities.

The sources further claimed the move was being passed on the plea that when the UT could regularise the electricity connections, why the water connections could not be legalised too.

Jatinder Bhatia, BSP councillor, said the illegal connections should not be regularised. But at the same time, those who were willing to pay the price, they should be allowed to do so.

PK Mukherjee, nominated councillor, said though the actual water consumption in slums and colonies was quite less, the malpractice of giving sops right ahead of elections should be stopped.

The issues pertaining to illegal water and electricity connections are big and affect a large number of taxpayers and should be dealt seriously.

It must be mentioned here that recently the corporation has issued notices to all defaulters to pay their bills within the next 15 days or the corporation would initiate the process of disconnecting water supply.

The list of the defaulters include government offices, private agencies as well as individuals and they owe crores to the as water bills to the corporation, which has been pending for years.



Chandigarh girl bags National Child Award
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 6
Chandigarh girl, Pragati Trikha, has bagged the National Child Award for exceptional achievement. At a function held here yesterday, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury awarded her a cash prize of Rs 10,000, a silver medal, a certificate and a citation.

A student of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, Pragati has acted as a child artiste in several Bollywood movies and has acted alongwith Rani Mukherjee, Priety Zinta, Katrina Kaif, Juhi Chawla and Shreya Saran among others.

She has worked in several movies like ‘Veer Zaara’, ‘Dosti’, ‘Nalayak Heaven-on-Earth’, ‘Sadiyaan’, ‘Kushboo’, ‘Ek-One the Power’ and ‘Mummy ji’, with lead actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Bobby Deol, Akshay Kumar and Vivek Shauque.

She has also acted in TV serials like “Naqoosh Dorian”, “Apne Paraye” and “Kaun Banega Star and Sarparast” on Doordarshan and Star Plus. The Chandigarh Administration has commended her as an outstanding and youngest artiste for acting in films and serials.

Besides acting, she is also good in studies. She was among the top-high scoring student of class VIII.



Mohali to have working women’s hostel
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, February 6
There is good news for the ever-increasing number of working women and the elderly here. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has drawn up plans to set up a working women’s hostel and a veterans’ enclave at a central location in the town.

The multi-storeyed facilities will be built up on a two-acre plot campus, along with a Red Cross Bhawan at Sector 68.

The campus will also have a much-needed blood bank. There is no blood bank in the civil hospital here and patients have to depend on Kharar or government hospitals in Chandigarh for the purpose. The town also lacks a hostel for working women and an old age home.

The plans have been okayed by the Punjab government and the state Red Cross. These are now being forwarded to the Regional Planning and Design Committee for clearance.

The plans to provide the facilities were worked out after the Punjab Governor suggested the state government that some land should be earmarked for social activities in the area.

The Red Cross Bhawan, which will be a four-storeyed building, will be constructed adjacent to the working women’s hostel. The bhawan will have a disaster management cell, a 24-hour medicine store, an emergency wing, a blood bank, senior citizens’ room, a crčche, training rooms and conferencing facility.

The veterans’ enclave will house 25 persons, while the working women’s hostel will provide accommodation to 100 persons. This block will be a five-storeyed building.

The old age home has been given the name of veterans’ enclave as senior citizens felt that some stigma was attached to the earlier name. Working women will prefer to stay in a hostel meant especially for them rather than in paying guest accommodations. This was particularly true in the case of women from a rural background as people in villages tend to look down such accommodations.



Transfer of Plots
GMADA prepares report on procedure
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 6
A report on procedure adopted by the HUDA and Chandigarh Administration to allow transfer of ownership of plots in event of death of an allottee has been prepared by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to finalise its procedure in such cases.

Recently the Tribune had highlighted that due to delay in adopting the procedure, hundreds of files pertaining to the transfer of ownership of plots after the death of the allottee were piling up in the estate office of the GMADA.

GMADA’s chief administrator VP Singh had directed officiating estate officer Subash Rana to study the procedure being adopted in Chandigarh and Panchkula in death case.

Though the contents of the findings could not be known, it is learnt that an affidavit from the surviving legal heirs and third party indemnity bond was being adopted.

For the past few months, the estate office stopped transferring the property after the elected councillors of the Mohali Municipal Council stopped issuing succession certificates. Prior to the MC’s decision, the Deputy Commissioner used to issue the certificate but was discontinued on the plea that the estate office could not dictate the DC to issue certificate of surviving legal heirs.

As per the provisions of The Transfer of Property Act and the Hindu Succession Act, the property can be transferred in the name of legal heirs in equal shares when there was no will.

To check any fraudulent transfer, the estate office normally asks for an affidavit and a third party indemnity bond from the transferee.



Hockey stick gifted by Hitler on display
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
At a very tender age, Gurdev Singh, might have taken a hockey stick just as another ordinary stick from his maternal grandfather, Puran Singh. But as he grew older he realised the magical stick was given to his grandfather by the legendary hockey player, Dhyan Chand, who was awarded the stick by the German dictator Adolf Hitler, after India won the final of the 11th Olympic Games in 1936 against Germany.

The historic stick was exhibited today at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium during a match between Germany and India. The stick bears the signature of all the Indian hockey players who won the 1936 Olympic final against Germany. This was certainly a moment to remember for hockey aficionados and especially to the players of the teams. “I had to throw many tantrums to get the stick from my grandfather and he said it is very costly,” revealed Gurdev, who had come from Jalandhar for exhibiting the stick.

“I have my feelings attached to the stick and whenever this stick is exhibited in such functions, I feel honoured,” added Gurdev.



Panel for safai workers meets MC officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis headed by chairman Swarup Chand Rajan along with Raju Sharsar, a member, visited Chandigarh to conduct a study on existing sanitation system and problems of the safai karamcharies in Chandigarh.

The delegation met MC mayor, officials, Dr G Dewan, medical officer of health, and union representatives of the safai karamcharis headed by Zilley Singh today.

The commission after receiving representation from the representatives concluded that the services being rendered to safai karamcharis were in consonance with the commission guidelines.

They further desired that a “Thrift and credit society” for all group D employees be constituted so that the safai karamcharis and other group D employees could seek loan out of the funds on nominal rates and a cooperative house building society be made so that the safai karamcharis could have their own houses in the city.



National folk dance fest kicks off
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 6
It seemes as if a mini-India came alive at the three-day National Folk Dance Festival 2009 ‘Loktaramh’, which began in Phase 8, here today.

While the Union Tourism Minister, Ambika Soni, and Union Minister of State for Finance, Pawan Kumar Bansal, were present to inaugurate the festival, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and top brass of the Akali government were conspicuous by their absence.

“The festival is of national importance and was being held for the first time outside Delhi. The politicians should look beyond politics and stand for the united India”, an official said.

Politics apart, the viewers enjoyed the performance of about 400 artists drawn from various states. Right from bhangra to community dance by the Jabrio community of Ladakh, the artists kept the viewers glued to their seats.

Saila, a popular dance of the Gonds and Baiga tribals of Dindori district in Madhya Pradesh and Jhijhia, a popular dance from Bihar regaled the audience.

The event is showcasing the varied and vibrant folk dances of 28 states and Union Territories. Around 31 items will be presented, including tribal and martial dances. Later, in the evening, a parade was taken out by the artists starting from Shivalik Public School, Phase 6, here.



Cong undecided over Anandpur Sahib seat
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 6
While the Akalis have taken a clear lead by announcing the name Daljit Singh Cheema for the Anandpur Sahib seat, the Congress continues to dither and is still weighing the pro and cons of the potential candidates.

If Congress supporters in the district had thought that Union Minister for Tourism Ambika Soni’s visit to the city today, in connection with the inauguration of National Folk Dance festival, would clear the air of uncertainty, they were left disappointed. Soni, Rana Gurjit and Bir Devinder are the three serious contenders for the party ticket.

Talking to mediapersons, the Union Minister tried to clear the speculations about the name of the candidate from the Anandpur Sahib seat by saying that the decision would be taken after the meeting of the Central election committee of the party scheduled between February 12 and February 26. AICC president Sonia Gandhi wants the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the meeting before the name was cleared.

Not denying her intention to contest from the seat, as she pointed to her connection with the Hoshiarpur area since 1976, Soni said her name surfaces in every election. However, she said that her being a Rajya Sabha member could be a problem. “The party would loose the seat in the by-election. It is difficult to say what would be the outcome of the Central election committee meeting,” she added.

Though the subtle momentum gained her supporters and her repeated visits in the area are indicative of her strong intentions to contest from the Anandpur Sahib area, she said the party adopts a democratic system to finalise the name and she would abide by the decision.

The view of the elected nominee of the voters, from top to bottom, is being taken into consideration and the winning candidate stands a chance.

Attacking the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, for using the state machinery and funds to garner votes, she said it was unethical to distribute state funds just before elections. “It is people’s money and has to be spent on development,” she said while adding that she would take up the matter with the CM.

The poor supply of power, moving out of industry and poor infrastructure were the main issues on which the Akali government has failed miserably, she said.

Panchkula: Lauding the policies of the Congress in the state as well as in the country, Union Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja said the party would form a government after winning the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The member Parliament of Ambala, who addressed a meeting of the Youth Congress workers here, said the youth should work towards the development of the nation as well as strengthen the party.



Essence of ‘Japuji Sahib’ discussed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 6
A treatise on religion had deeply inspired architect Prem Chand Kansil to sculpt a book “Japuji Sahib - As I understand it”, which was discussed at a function organised by the First Friday Forum at Punjab Kala Bhavan, here today. Eminent architect, art critic author and former principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture, Dr SS Bhatti, delivered a talk on the concept and content of the book.

Dr Bhatti claimed the book was the result of an enormous metamorphosis that began in the author’s psyche. It was not merely on literary achievements.

Elaborating his views on the subject, Dr Bhatti said Kansil had unravelled new dimensions of Guru Nanak’s Japu Ji Sahib by putting it in the holistic perspective of India’s spiritual tradition, humbly declaring the outcome to be “As I Understand It”.

The freshness of Kansil’s exegesis gently urges one to contemplating Gurbani’s perennial beauty for making a grand success of human life. Coming from a non-Sikh, this book is a spiritual exhortation to approach Guru Nanak’s revelatory pronouncements with open-minded receptivity to earn God’s grace for the selfless service of the humankind.



Workshop on new mgmt systems
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The British Standards Institute, a leading provider of management systems, certification and training, organised a business partners’ meet here today.

According to a press note issued here, the workshop was organised for the benefit of companies in and around Chandigarh to make them aware of the latest information about new quality management systems ISO 9001:2008.

Speaking on the occasion, Venkataram Arabolu, managing director, BSI Management Systems, India, said the Indian industries had benefitted immensely by using the quality management systems and had been recognised globally.



Dog show tomorrow
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 6
The circus ground, Sector 17, will be the hub of dog lover's on February 8. The Chandigarh Kennel Club, which is affiliated to the Kennel Club of India, Chennai, held a press conference today for the upcoming dog show. The club has been organising the dog sho w since 28 years now.

This year, the club has registered 350 entries so far and more than 30 different breeds are expected to take part. Col MGS Khurana of the Chandigarh Kennel Club said, "The main emphasis of this dog show is making dog lovers aware of everything related to their pets. There is a provision of anti-rabies vaccine and dog accessories will be available. Also there is no entry fee for the visitors."

The judges for the show are Keven Harris from Australia and N Raghuraj from Bangalore. There will be a special prize for lady dog handlers and the new breeds such as Standard Poodle, Maltese, and others, which have not been exhibited earlier. The show will be inaugurated by the Mayor, Chandigarh.



Tribune journalist bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Sampuran Singh, father of Devinder Bir Kaur, Deputy News Editor, The Tribune, passed away on February 3 here after a brief illness. He was 90. He retired from the Air Force and led an active life till three years ago, when he had a brain stroke.

The bhog for the akhand path in his memory will be held at House No 3372, Sector 35-D, here, on February 11 from 11am to 12.30 p.m.



Delay in draw of lots

The Patiala Improvement Trust invited applications for residential plots in Maharaja Narinder Enclave on April 11, 2008 and a majority of people of Patiala applied but till date nothing has been done in this regard.

Crores of rupees have been received by the said trust as the application money is yielding a big chunk of interest and the trust is unduly being fattened.

The chairperson is incompetent and is not at all bothered about the hardships public is facing. In a nutshell he is just dilly-dallying the draw, making the public lose more interest on their deposit money.

HP Singh, Patiala

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Arts students to pay 10 pc more
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Panjab University authorities have hiked the examination fee of the arts stream by 10 per cent without any prior information to the students. Interestingly, in the last three months, the authorities hiked the examination fee from Rs 100 to Rs 120.

One of the students, who went to deposit his examination fee today, told The Tribune that earlier their examination fee was Rs 870, but in December, they were asked to pay Rs 900. Further, today, when the students of public administration department went to deposit their annual examination fee, they were told to pay Rs 990. When the students enquired from the examination office, they were informed that the fee had been increased by Rs 90 from now.

Sunil Thakur of the ABVP said when the representatives of their party had met the controller of examination, they had been told that it had been a routine hike. He said it was strange that fee had been increased secretly as the VC had assured them that there would be no fee hike.



Lecture on Marxism, literature
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The University School of Open Learning (earlier known as the department of correspondence studies), Panjab University, organised first-of-its-kind special lecture on Marxism and literature today.

Prof Anil Raina, chairperson, the department of English, delivered the lecture on Marxism in general and its application to literature. While focusing on Marxism, he pointed out that it is not restricted to the contribution made by Karl Marx but is inclusive of interpretations of Marx given by Marxist scholars.

Giving a lucid account of Marxism he began by elaborating his views on dialectic materialism, modes of production. He categorically said Marx was not against capitalism but condemned the ill effects of capitalism.



Simrandeep is PUSU chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
The general body meeting of PUSU was held today in which the members of the party took unanimous decision that Simrandeep Singh Sandhu, student of UILS department, is nominated as the chairman of PUSU party. Sandhu after being appointed as the chairman of the party assured the party workers and members for his commitment to the party welfare.

The meeting was attended by various senior members of PUSU, including the former chairman of PUSU Varinder Gill (Vicky), PUSU president Tejpal Singh Cheema, and Kamaljeet Singh Sidhu.



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