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TDI City project courts controversy
Buyers being ‘forced’ to accept allotment letters of sites measuring 120 sq yards instead of 204 sq yards
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 9
Another mega real estate project in Chandigarh’s periphery is in controversy.

On Monday, the buyers of commercial sites in the upcoming TDI City, located on the Chandigarh-Kharar road, alleged that the promoters of the mega township project was forcing them to accept the allotment letters of commercial sites, measuring 120 sq yards, whereas they had already paid 30 per cent of the total price for commercial sites measuring 204 sq yards.
Members of the TDI Aggrieved Commercial Consumers’ Association address a press conference in Mohali
Members of the TDI Aggrieved Commercial Consumers’ Association address a press conference in Mohali on Monday. A Tribune photograph 

“In all correspondence with the allottee, the promoters had been mentioning the size of plots as 204 sq yards and the allotment price was being charged accordingly. Now, the company is asking us to pay the same price of smaller plots,” said R.S. Bal, one of the buyers.

The aggrieved buyers have now formed the TDI Mohali Aggrieved Commercial Consumers’ Association to contest their case. A senior official in the Chandigarh office of the TDI refused to comment on the issue. “Our management in Delhi will reply to the allegation within five days,” he added.

Showing documents, the buyers, addressing a press conference, claimed that they had been taken for a ride as they bought the proposed sites at a premium during the last two years. The buyers were in for a shock when queries sought from the Chief Town Planner, Punjab, and GMADA revealed (under the RTI Act) revealed that the developers had never applied for 204 sq yards plots. They claimed that as the company had filed to reply to their query in ten days, they would now take legal recourse by knocking at the door of consumer court.

A senior GMADA official said that it was between the developer and the buyers. The buyers should have verified the facts before investing the money, he said.

Another official of the Town Planning Department said the developer could not sell plots in the market openly before getting the approvals.

“Now, the road to the proposed international airport was passing near the TDI city, the land of the developer had become prized,” said Bal. The total number of commercial units sold to the buyers is 160, of which 110 have reportedly accepted the allotment letters after threats from the company, he claimed while quoting the allotment letter that reads: “We request you to take the allotment letter of your plot immediately from our office else we will consider that you are no longer interested. This registration will be deemed cancelled and the registration amount shall be forfeited.” The developer has enough land that had been kept reserved. 

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GMADA denies CLU to housing society 
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 9
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has declined the request of the Madanpur Cooperative House Building Society, Chapparchiri Kalan, for change of land use (CLU).

For the last few years, members of the society, under the aegis of the 1984 Manadpur Riot Affected Persons Charitable Society, has been seeking change of land use after it had bought 94 acres of land in Chapparchiri Kalan village. In the Mohali master plan, the area has been reserved as institutional area in Sectors 91 and 92.

While declining the request handing down the orders, the Chief Administrator of the GMADA said granting the CLd was a prerogative of the housing and urban development and GMADA had no jurisdiction to grant the permission. After grant of CLU, the role of GMADA was to issue letter of intent (LOI) and then charge external development charges (EDC).

The GMADA has passed the orders after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the GMADA to decide upon the application of the society.

The House Building Cooperative Society was formed to provide land to the victims of 1984 riots and as many as 1,155 persons were enrolled as members. A chunk of land measuring 94-acre land at Chapparchiri village was registered in the name of the society and plots were allotted to the members in 1987.

A section of the members have been alleging that a group of people had been managing the affairs of the society and other members were not informed about the status of the land. Since the land has come under the master plan of Mohali, the change of land use was required to undertake the designated type of development. Since the cost of land had gone up manifold, the management of the society was keeping the members in dark, allege the members.

The location of the land owned by the society was prime and a part of it was coming in proposed golf course in sector 91, located along the Kharar-Landhran-Banur highway.

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Kalka Encroachments 
SC asks state to file reply 
Adjourns case till Feb 16
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 9
Hearing the writ petition challenging the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders to remove encroachments along the national highway in Kalka, the Supreme Court today asked the Haryana government to file a reply within a week.

The court has adjourned the case to February 16 and has ordered status quo till the next hearing.

On February 2, a bench comprising Justice S.H. Kapadia and Justice Aftab Alam had ordered a status quo on the petition of the Kalka residents against the order of Punjab and Haryana High Court and had fixed the date of hearing on the petition for February 9.

Chairman of the Kalka Bachao Sangharsh Samiti Bhagat Singh said that the NHAI counsel did not appear in the court today.

A total of 39 Kalka residents had moved the Supreme Court when the High Court, in its orders on January 31, had asked the NHAI to demolish all encroachments on both sides of national highway passing through the town in case the residents failed to remove them before the midnight of February 1.

However, the NHAI had issued notices to 242 residents to remove encroachments along the highway.

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Man donates body of brain-dead wife
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
In a noble gesture, a man donated the body of his wife who was declared brain dead at the PGI here today.

Doctors at the PGI said they were examining the patient before her organs could be declared fit for transplantation.

Kanta (50), who suffered brain haemmorhage at her residence in Sri Ganga Nagar, Rajasthan, on Januray 23, was shifted to the PGI on February 3. The condition of the patient, however, kept deteriorating gradually, and today doctors declared her brain dead at around 1.30 pm.

Dina Nath Chalana, a manager with the Bank of Rajasthan at Sri Ganga Nagar, followed the advice of a relative Bharat Hitaishi and decided to donate the body of his wife.

In case, the organs of the patient are preserved before she is declared dead, at least two people suffering from renal failure would be able to get a lease of life with kindney transplants, said Dr Ashish, a senior resident at PGI.

Similarly two blind persons would be able to see the world, he said.

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DIG manhandled
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 9
Two persons in a Honda city car, allegedly under the influence of liquor, hit the car of a DIG of Punjab Police. When the DIG got down from the car, they allegedly manhandled him.

According to sources, DIG BK Garg, posted at the Phillaur Police Training Centre, was going to Chandigarh in his Skoda car when a speeding Honda city hit his car from the rear on the road dividing sectors 5 and 10 near the bus stand late tonight. He had no bodyguards at the time of incident. When Garg got down from his car, the two accused abused and manhandled him.

However, the police reached the spot and sent them for medical examination at Sector 6 hospital. 

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So what’s your day?
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
“Every day is a new day”, time can never be better than today to realise the true meaning of this long used phrase. With consumerism being at the forefront of everything, the list of special days around the year has stretched indefinitely with almost everyday dedicated to something special.

The journey that seems to have started in India with dedication of birth anniversaries of some great men and women to the values they upheld like Teacher’s Day or Children’s Day took a revolutionary turn when young Indians got introduced to St Valentine’s Day.

“The day of love” brought with it a strong wave of commercialisation and for the first time introduced Indian market to the mantra "Never let a day escape your attention..." unleashing an era of absurd dedications.

Specials in the field of medical and science fraternity like World Heart Day, Cancer Day, Energy Resources Day, etc. aim to create awareness and share latest research developments among a niche group.

“The special days in the field of medicine are quite important. If we have dedicated a day to some specific disease it helps to create awareness among masses about it through media. These days also bring professionals together to share their contribution making services more fruitful,” said Dr Purshottam Lal.

Moving on from this category one enters into an arena of special days mostly aimed to persuade people to splurge make merry or be compassionate, to gain media glare and worse enough to forward hordes of mails and messages.

Valentine’s Day itself is preceded by an entire week comprising Propose Day/Slap Day, Rose Day, Chocolate Day, Kiss Day, etc. These days might help in strengthening love ties or not, but for sure are a boon for marketeers.

“The month of February is best for us. While people hardly buy stuff like cards on regular birthdays but during this season we sell hordes of flowers, chocolates, jewellery, perfumes at a promising price.

I have been running this business for quite some time now and believe me things have changed in the last five years since the companies realised the potential in dedicating days to a special cause,” reveals a Sector 11-based gift gallery owner.

While one can still buy these reasons but dedications by enterprises of all sorts from NGOs to schools to boutiques, etc. just to gain the media glare is truly disturbing.

“These dedications are perfect opportunity for many to get the media coverage and even the media get an opportunity to yield special pages or episodes and what not. It is symbiotic and good for both,” commented a city-based media professional.

Amongst these profit-driven dedicators there is selfless bunch too who seek nothing but communication through messages or mails by creating their own special days like Miss You Day, First Crush Day.

These days rejoice some and annoy others but violent opposition or protest against anyone of these by our moral police is surely unjustified because we all are born to chose our day.

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‘Youngsters can act as agents of change’
Amit Khanna

Chandigarh, February 9
Despite terror alert after the 26/11, India is chosen as the venue for this year"s Asia Regional Workshop on Youth and Peace Building. With a passion in their eyes and age on their side young students from Sri Lanka are an ambitious lot.

“There is so much of hatred and violence all around which makes the role of the youth more important. The technological advantage which was not there earlier makes today’s youth a potent resource which needs to be tapped for the eradication of suffering” says Mahishi, one of the three students from the island nation who are in the city to attend the workshop.

Thusitha, whose role model is their President Mahinda Rajapakse, interrupts to add, “The youth that has been led astray should be brought back into the mainstream. We as cultural ambassadors want to play our role in this direction. In our country, we have 8,500 youth clubs which are working towards that end with the help of government.”

“The world is facing a cultural threat today and India and Sri Lanka, with their experiences in handling conflict situations, can play an important role in the South Asian region. Commonwealth member countries must come together for the common cause. The initiative to engage the youth bestows a huge responsibility on our shoulders” adds Prageeth.

Lauding the efforts and seriousness of the Commonwealth by bringing a diverse group of students together they chorus “the convergence of various social and ideological viewpoints will make our understand each other better and there is so much to learn and unlearn as we go along” as they get ready for another round of interview.

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Challans for crossing invisible stop lines
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, February 9
A majority of the traffic light points in the city are without stop lines and zebra crossings, exposing the motorists and four-wheeler riders for challaning.

Though these markings are mandatory at all traffic light points under the Motor Vehicles’ Act, but it seems that the traffic police is not much concerned about their absence. The situation leads to arguments between city residents and cops, who issue challans for crossing the “missing” stop lines.

A survey conducted by this correspondent revealed that a large number of stop lines and zebra crossings either had not been painted or are faded. The absence of markings at the press lights point, Aroma lights point, the road dividing Sectors 14 and 15 and at lights point of the ISBT, Sector 17, bared the truth.

Chief traffic marshall, Gurnam Singh, said: “These road markings are essential to regulate the traffic and helpful for pedestrians to cross the road easily. But these are missing from large number of roads, resulting in accidents. The matter is serious and senior police officials should look into the matter.”

Sushil Saharan, a local resident, alleged that he had been challaned wrongly for crossing the stop line, which was not visible. “The traffic cops should issue a challan for jumping the stop line, only when there is a stop line,” he said.

Gauravjit Singh, an advocate, said: “The police must first get the proper infrastructure and only then issue challans to the people for violating traffic rules.”

UT SP (traffic and security) HS Doon said: “I am aware about the absence of markings and have written to the engineering wing of the Municipal Corporation to paint stop lines and zebra crossings at all required roads.” Even this time, they were planning to mix a special chemical in the paint, which would last longer, he added.

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Coin-dispensing machine at ISBT-43
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 9
The Canara Bank and the State Bank of India (SBI) installed coin-dispensing machines at Sector 34 Canara Bank branch and ISBT-43, respectively, here today.

Union Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal, regional director, Reserve Bank of India, J. Sadakkadulla and Director, Canara Bank, Sushil Gupta were present on the occasion.

While inaugurating the machine at ISBT-43, Regional Director, RBI, Sadakkadulla said, “Basically, the machine will help the conductors and the passengers, as earlier there was a big problem to get the change.”

An official of the bank said that machine would accept currency notes of denomination of Rs 10, 50 and 100 and will deliver the coins of Re 1 and Rs 2. Sadakkadulla said that a machine was already working at ISBT-17.

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IT Dept website giving ‘stale’ info
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Almost a year after the Chandigarh Administration revised the RTI fee from Rs 10 to Rs 50 per application, the official website of the Department of Information Technology continues to feed "stale" information to the general public.

RK Garg, RTI activist, alleged here yesterday that perhaps the UT administration was fighting shy of sharing information about the "unwarranted" increase in the application fee to be submitted at the e-sampark and Jan Sampark centres.

In February, 2008, the administration had effected a five-fold increase in the RTI fee. In fact, the timing of the revision at a time when "startling facts" about the foreign jaunts of certain senior officers came to light had raised several questions about the intentions of the administration.

The revision had raised a hue and cry with RTI activists and social activists claiming that the UT administration's decision was the offshoot of its alleged attempts to block information about its controversial mega projects here. However, that failed to deter the determined RTI activists who blew the lid off alleged irregularities in the mega projects, including the theme-cum-amusement park and the film city.

Meanwhile, the official website said "all such applications will be received and the same will be delivered to the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the department the same day. The applications will be received at the sampark centres with the prescribed fee of Rs 10 per application in the form of DD or IPO in the name of the department from which the information has been sought, and the application along with the fee will be forwarded to the CPIO of the department and it will be his duty to reply directly to the citizen along with the desired information required by him as per the RTI Act."

The sampark centre will only be providing the facilitation services for the receipt of RTI applications so that the common man does not need to visit each and every office."The responsibility of submitting the information sought by the applicant will be of the CPIO of the department who will ensure that the information is supplied to the applicant as per the provisions of the act," the website added.

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ITBP officer faces court martial for ‘rescuing’ fellow doc
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
An ITBP veterinary surgeon, who had intervened to “rescue” a fellow officer allegedly being manhandled and detained by ITBP personnel, is now himself facing disciplinary action on charges of violation of good order and disobedience of lawful command.

ITBP sources said while the trial of Assistant Commandant VN Thakur by a General Force Court (GFC) is expected to commence at Ramgarh near here in the next few days, the officer has moved the High Court against the proceedings.

According to the petition, the vet surgeon was attending his duties in October 2007 at ITBP’s Basic Training Centre at Bhanu, when he was told that one of his colleagues, Dr Amitabh Kumar, a senior medical officer, was being manhandled and forcefully dragged by jawans into an ambulance. He contended that it was only upon watching the public derogation of a responsible and respectable officer that he intervened to rescue him.

His role in the entire incident was merely to help the medical officer but surprisingly he was charge sheeted two days later. On the basis of the said charge sheet, an officer was ordered to prepare record of evidence against him.

Seeking quashing of the charge sheet against him and his subsequent suspension, Thakur has questioned whether ITBP authorities were justified in continuing the disciplinary proceedings against him where his Commanding Officer had not even heard the case against him, as was mandatory under rules.

He has also questioned the legal sustainability of the suspension order and his continued suspension without commencement of the disciplinary proceedings.

The trial was initially stated to be held in Uttarakhand, but consequent to orders of the High Court, the trial venue was shifted to the vicinity of Chandigarh.

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Woman jumps into Sukhna, rescued
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Alert policemen rescued a woman, in her early twenties, at Sukhna Lake here this evening when she jumped into the waters.

According to the SHO of the Sector 3 police station Har Sahai Sharma, the police control room received a call from a mobile phone from Navtej Singh of Sector 68, Mohali, at 5:02 pm informing that his sister had threatened to jump into the lake after having a dispute at their residence. Soon after receiving the call, the control room alerted the staff posted at the Sukhna Lake giving them details about the woman.

The SHO said Navtej told the police that his sister, Anureet Kaur, was wearing a yellow suit and was in early twenties. The staff at the lake swung into action under the supervision of sub-inspector Rajpal. The policemen took a round of the lake on their bicycles and electronic car. They spotted a woman wearing a yellow suit near the regulatory end, but before they could reach near her she jumped into the waters.

The policemen jumped after her and pulled her before it was too late. The police gave her medical assistance on the spot and found she was breathing. She was immediately shifted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialist Hospital. The doctors treating her termed her condition as stable, however, she was not declared fit to record her statement.

The SHO said they would record the statement of the woman and would take further action after that. He said, along with Rajpal, head constable Balram and constables Hari Om and Anil were involved in the rescue operation. 

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73 toddlers participate in baby show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
As many as 73 toddlers participated in a healthy baby show organised as part of the India Trade Promotion Organisation’s (ITPO) approved International Health Expo organised at the Exhibition grounds in Sector 34 on Sunday.

In the one to one-and-half-year category, Shivam Girdhar was declared first, Smera stood second and Azaan Siddiqui was adjudged third.

While the kids in the age group of zero to three years were judged on the basis of their general health, hygiene and attitude. Mothers were quizzed about the last vaccination and diet schedule of their little ones.

In six months to one-year category, Dhairya Singh was first and Yorick and Anmol Jannat Sarwal were second and third, respectively. Maanya, Monal Verma and Ayushman Sharma bagged the first three positions, respectively, in the one-and-half-year to two-year category.

In two to three years category, Adda Singh was declared first and Sahajdeep Singh and Arpit Singh Sidhu came second.

A blood donation camp and “Meet the expert” programme was also organised on the third day of the health expo, which is supported by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

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Musical soiree enchants audience
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, February 9
A cohesive melody comprising of mutually embracing musical notes reverberated all through the fusion music concert organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Law Bhavan auditorium here today.

It was indeed a rare confluence of Indian and German musicians where East met West with satvik veena maestro Salil Bhatt and German guitarist Matthias Muller enchanting audience.

Artistes in a scintillating jugalbandi mainly presented compositions from their latest album titled “Mumbai to Munich”, which they have dedicated to victims of the Mumbai blasts.

The duo opened the soiree delineating serene character of raga “Basant mukhari” interspersed with influences of Carnatic classical style. A tranquil environment pervaded as the accomplished musicians made their stringed instruments to exude contemplation in the next offering veritably titled “Peace”.

The duo performed “Ahimsa”, a master piece composed by Mutthias Muller and dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Another composition “Jhinjhoti” brought alive the love and romance. “Kirwani hichki”, a popular Rajasthani folk melody based on raga kirwani, played to perfection by Salil and Matthias showing their perfect matching of imagination. Salil apparently taking the lead on his satvik veena, Matthias Muller's notes on the Spanish guitar merged so well, one couldn't really shift them apart. The concluding presentation was “Jog Blues”, based on raga jog, a very intense, serious and meditative melody.

Articulating the melody metre on tabla, the Benaras gharana maestro Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra won tremendous applause and emerged as the real hero of the concert. The fusion concert was a perfect blend of classical folk with western music flavours.

Earlier kendra registrar Shobha Koser welcomed the chief guest SK Monga, an IAS, who lighted the inaugural lamp and honoured the artistes.

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Old wine in new bottle likely
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The 2009-10 excise policy of the UT is set to be old wine in new bottle. Though the administration is mulling minor changes in the new excise policy, yet the broad guidelines of the existing policy are likely to be continued into the next financial year.

In fact, this will be the fourth successive year when the UT will follow the model excise policy circulated by the Central government for the UTs/states in 2006. The administration had switched over from the system of grant/disposal of retail sale licences of liquor from auction system to grant of licences on application from April 1, 2006.

Sources said a major reason for the retention of the old policy was that it had achieved its major objectives of dismantling the cartel and bringing down the retail liquor prices.

A senior official said the issue of the hike in the VAT rate from 4 per cent was under deliberation and a final decision on it would be taken keeping in mind UT's interests.

With liquor comparatively cheaper in Chandigarh, the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal had repeatedly been demanding a hike in the VAT rates as there was large scale "smuggling" from Chandigarh to these states. In fact, Punjab, which levies 12.5 per cent VAT on liquor, had been on the forefront of demanding a hike in VAT in the Union Territory as cheaper rates "adversely" affected the liquor trade in the state.

In the last year's policy, the administration had categorised liquor into six categories - cheap brand, economy brand, medium brand, premium brand, semi-deluxe brand and deluxe brand.

The sources said cheap availability of liquor and making tipplers switch over from hard liquor to light alcoholic drinks, including wine and beer, were high on the agenda of the administration.

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NCP to go it alone 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The local unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has unanimously decided to make an alliance with any party other than the Congress and the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

This announcement was made during the party meeting held under the chairmanship of the party president principal Gurbachan Singh, here, today. “The decisions of the working committee meeting would be forwarded to the NCP national president and Union Minister of Agriculture, Food and Consumer affairs, Sharad Pawar.

Sham Lal Kanoujia, GC Dadhwal, general secretaries, Vishav Bandhu Sharma, vice-president, Parvinder Kaur, secretary and Mary Stella George of Nationalist Mahila Congress were present on the occasion.

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ewild wild web
Domain name hijacking
Anil Maheshwari

Domain names are becoming a hot property. More and more companies find they cannot get their trademarked names as a domain name because a few good names are left.

However, sometimes it’s outright extortion as when a company name is reserved by someone that has no intention of developing a site under the domain but simply “parks” it somewhere and offers it for sale and waits to be contacted by the big boys to purchase the name for astronomical fees.

A more lucrative market for domain names exists in short, memorable generic names like Loans.com or Homes.com which can apply to an entire industry and the prices being paid for them is outrageous. Certain domains, especially those related to business, gambling, pornography, and other commercially lucrative fields of digital world trade have become very much in demand to corporations and entrepreneurs due to their importance in attracting clients.

The business of resale of previously registered domain names is known as the "domain aftermarket".

The most expensive public sale of an Internet domain name to date, according to the DN Journal is porn.com which was sold in 2007 for $9.5 million. There are disputes about the high values of domain names claimed and the actual cash prices of many sales such as Business.com. Another high-priced domain name, sex.com, was stolen from its rightful owner by means of a forged transfer instruction via fax.

During the height of the dotcom era, the domain was earning millions of dollars per month in advertising revenue from the large influx of visitors that arrived daily.

The main purpose of a domain name is to provide symbolic representations, i.e., recognisable names. The following example illustrates the difference between an URL <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Resource_Locator> (Uniform Resource Locator) and a domain name:

URL: http://www.example.net/index.html

Domain name: www.example.net

Registered domain name: example.net.

A journalist friend in Chandigarh, who obviously was much ahead of his time, booked a sizeable number of domain name when the Internet was in the infancy. A domain name can be booked for a few bucks. He invested a lot of money by booking several hundred domain names. Every year he got them renewed. But his patience was short-lived and in the want of buyers, he abandoned the practice. Luck was not smiling on him. Soon the Web 2.0 was on ascendant and the domain market became hot.

The Press Club of India wanted to develop its website. It found that pressclubofindia.com was not available. It had to contend with having only domain names pressclubofindia.org; .net and .in. It has only two alternatives, either to buy the pressclubofindia.com from its owner at the negotiated price or move court to claim that the owner of the pressclubofindia.com had a malafide intention and the Press Club of India, a registered body for the half a century should have the legitimate right over this domain name.

Therefore, one of the lesser known and more frustrating issues is when a small business name or new product domain name is reserved by someone hoping to make a buck or two. Here’s a general question faced by small business owners getting started online.

“I’ve trademarked a name, but the domain name is taken, it was reserved by another company right after I registered my trademark. Do I have a legal right to the domain name?”

The following link is to a page titled “Domain Names, A Trademark Owner’s Nightmare” <http://www.mdweblaw.com/home/domainnames.html>

It discusses legal issues and cites two cases that have been taken to court over domain name hijacking.

People who do this may be doing it intentionally or innocently, but generally, one doesn’t have a case unless one has got a long established use of the trademarked name and can prove that the registrant was intending to extort excessive fees from one in the hopes one would buy the name back from them.

One can take it to court if one like, but it’s not likely to do one any good unless one can prove that the registrant had the intent to squat on the name and not use it, hoping that one would be willing to pay excessively to get it back.

Still, the case may cost one more than it’s worth.

Mike Banks Valentine who operates the WebSite101 Domain Name Tutorial as well as the Small Business Ecommerce Tutorial and blogs his SEO Commentary at RealitySEO.com opines that this is an unresolved battle with more and more companies. Until laws are passed there will be no way to protect a domain name other than being the first one to reserve it. One may have a case if they are harming one’s business in some way by the inappropriate use of that name. But if they are simply using for another purpose, one might consider selling them the trademark instead.

Contact the registrant of www.your-trademark.com to see who it is, there’s a way to find the registered owner by going to this address and typing in the domain name.

It will return a registrant name, host name and the name servers. One might consider contacting them and simply explaining one trademark situation, One’s desire to own the name and then simply ask if they would consider a reasonable solution. Possibly something as simple as a suggestion that one would like to avoid a court battle and make it worth their time to sell it to one by offering twice what they paid for it.

If they have not spent large sums developing a branding strategy for the name, they may be willing to give it up. If it’s only few months old it may be possible that they haven’t begun to develop their site or their strategy yet. One may be assuming the worst but then be confronted with a friendly and accommodating person willing to look for an equitable solution.

Anilm is an editor with Instablogs.

anilm@instablogs.com

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Impact of climate change discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Panjab University, department of botany and centre of environment, in collaboration with eco-transformation centre, New Delhi, organised a seminar on ‘climate change science impact and future’ at the university today.

Dr Subodh Sharma, adviser, Ministry of Environment and Forest, New Delhi, inaugurated the seminar.

Subodh stated that the need of the hour is to focus on the effects of climatic imbalance in future. Referring to the research on the climate, Subodh said, we have to understand the science behind this change.

Prof AK Bhatnagar, former chairman department of botany, New Delhi, disclosed that in future the quality of the wheat is going to effect so much that it would only be used for making bread as it would not be suitable for preparing chapattis. He said the reason behind low quality of wheat is that there would be decline in protein and starch.

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Farewell given to class X students
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 9
Students of class 9th of Saupin’s School bid a farewell to the students of class 10th here today.

They presented a vibrant and rocking dancing performance which was a medley of popular dance numbers.

Fun-filled games were organised and apt titles were bestowed on the seniors. Mr and Miss Saupin’s were also declared. Principal of the school Upasna Babuta and the students of class 9th wished all students of class 10th good luck for their forthcoming examination.

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