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Dimpy Murder Case
Court finds loopholes in police inquiry
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Raising doubts on the inquiry conducted by the police in the sensational blind murder case of gangster Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi in his order said it was not clear if any of the accused persons had been arrested.

Pointing out the loopholes in the investigation, the order said: “Although the police found that the murder was committed by the accused as per a conspiracy hatched by four other accused, it is not clear as to whether any of the accused persons were arrested or not; why they were not arrested or whether any proceedings to declare them proclaimed offender were ever initiated, issued or whether the investigation is still pending.”

It was further pointed out that Section 173 of the CrPC was silent about the above facts along with the facts pertaining to the accused. The court has ordered that the copy of the order be sent to the SSP and the IG, UT police, so that the case could be taken to its logical end. The police had claimed to have solved the case after the recovery of a .45 bore US army pistol used in the crime from Jaswinder Singh Rocky in July.

Dimpy was shot near the Sukhna Lake in 2006 by two persons riding a motorcycle. The police said denial of distribution of ransom was the motive behind the murder. Rocky reportedly told the police that Dimpy had been denying them their share in the booty, though Rocky and his accomplices had done the job. Fed up with this, they parted ways and decided to take kill him.



Can’t wait till April, SP tells Chand
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 21
Former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister and MLA from Kalka, Chander Mohan, could be in trouble as the Mohali police today categorically told his representative(s) to ask him to send a reply in the next few days, failing which it would be compelled to proceed with its one-sided inquiry.

The reminder to the MLA was sent after he sent a fax message yesterday, seeking time till April to give his side of the version. It is learnt that police officials have conveyed to him to send his comments in the next two to three days so that they could proceed with the inquiry.

SP (City) Varinder Pal said they would not wait till April. The MLA had claimed that he was undergoing treatment in London.

Citing violation of human rights, the Global Human Rights Council had moved a petition before the Punjab Human Rights Commission, stating that the SSP had failed to act on the criminal complaint filed by Fiza, the estranged second wife of Chand Mohammed.

Keeping up the pressure, she told mediapersons today that she would not desist from moving the Punjab and Haryana High Court and even the Supreme Court if the police failed to perform its duty.

She said the claim of Chand Mohammad that he was ill was false and contradicted his own statement given a few days ago.

She alleged that the former Haryana CM, Bhajan Lal, and his son Kuldeep Bishnoi were instrumental in managing “safe exit” for Chand. “A few days ago, he was saying that he had lost everything and had no money. Now, he has money to go abroad and get treatment there,” she said.

It is reported that Chand’s representatives said they would file a reply by Monday.



Housing board yet to wake up to fire threat
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 21
Negligence on the part of Haryana Housing Board officials has not only rendered Rs 92 lakh spent by it 15 years ago on the fire-fighting system useless, but also endangered human life and property at its headquarters and colony.

The systems installed between 1995 and 1997 were never tested or refilled till date. Interestingly, the authorities had allotted the work to a Chandigarh-based company without inviting tender.

An audit report of the Comptroller Auditor-General, pointing out the lapse, has stated that work for providing fire-fighting systems in the Housing Board Colony, Sector 14, and Awas Bhawan, Sector 6, were allotted to Fire Guard Engineers in November 1994 without inviting any tender. The company completed the work at a cost of Rs 53.59 lakh and Rs 38.40 lakh in 1995 and 1997, respectively.

However, the Fire Officer of HUDA, during an inspection in 2002, said the fire extinguishers were never tested or refilled; delivery hose pipes had turned unserviceable; branch pipes had not been provided in the hose cabinet; surrounding area had not been cleared for the movement of fire vehicles; and pressure switches and gauge were out of order.

Till date, the systems are not functioning. Though the board prepared two estimates of Rs 26.75 lakh and Rs 1.55 lakh for the repairs of the systems seven years ago, the estimates could not be approved till March 2008, the report said.



Land Acquisition
Farmers take admn to task
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Farmers from the neighbouring villages of Chandigarh, under the banner of Chandigarh Sajha Morcha, today held a demonstration at Khuda Jassu village to lodge their protest against “unfair, illegal and unjust” policies of the Chandigarh administration.

The rally focused on “forcible” land acquisition by the administration. The farmers expressed their anger against the UT Administrator and demanded the position of Chief Commissioner be restored. They alleged that the Administrator himself was transferring the property to big companies in violation of the Periphery Control Act. “While inhabitants of rural area have been abiding by the Act for the last 50 years, the administration itself is violating the act while earning crores in connivance with the real state developers,” said Manpreet Sandhu, general secretary of the morcha.

Sarpanches of villages demanded a share in the lease money, which the administration receives out of the acquired land. “If the administration is charging the lease amount on the acquired land then why should the original owners not have a share in it?” Angrez Singh, a veteran farmer leader, questioned.

He said the farmers could lease out their land directly for any kind of developmental activity and there was no need for the forcible acquisition by the Chandigarh administration.

Going to courts against the administration was also not an easy wayout for the farmers. The exorbitant court fee does not allow them to pursue cases. “When a farmer goes to the court against land acquisition, he in a way has to pay all the compensation amount as the court fee which is unfair,” said Sadhu Singh, one of the protesters.

President of morcha, Brig K.S. Kahlon highlighted the importance of the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007, while mentioning that the policy does provide some relief to the farmers, but the Chandigarh administration was not following it.

The farmers demanded that lal dora should be extended keeping up with the growth of population of villages. They added that all construction outside and inside the ‘phirni’ should be regularised.

Brig Kahlon declared that if demands of the farmers were not accepted before the elections, a rapid action group would be formed and such groups would fight to protect their rights.


Zirakpur MC plans foot overbridges
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, February 21
The Zirakpur Municipal Council is planning to build foot overbridges at different places to provide free movement to pedestrians in Zirakpur. The proposal has been mooted after the Zirakpur Municipal Council realised that with the construction of Zirakpur flyover and under construction four-laning of the highway, little space was left for the movement of the pedestrians and number of accidents involving the pedestrians has been reportedly increased in the past few months.

The proposal had been sent for an NOC to the NHAI for clearance after which the next step would be taken, officials said.

However, officials stated that a private company was to be appointed to design and draw up the bridges, for which tender would be called after getting the NOC from the NHAI.

According to official sources, the move has been planned after the residents demanded for foot overbridge on some major roads where the traffic volume is high. After the officials of the areas conducted the survey where large number of pedestrians used to cross the road daily, the Zirakpur-Panchkula road was provisionally identified for putting up a foot overbridge. Among the other areas considered for putting up the similar bridges were near the Choice Resort road to cross the highway on the Chandigarh road, near Dashmesh Colony and AKS Colony on the Patiala road and one on the Ambala road with better location.

However, officials stated that the feasibility of putting up the structures in different parts of the city would be finally analysed by the consultant to be appointed. The consultant would assess the vehicular traffic volume in different parts of the city and the pedestrian rush to identify the requirements for the foot overbridges.



Prepare roster for promotions: CAT
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
In a decision affecting as may as 49 employees of the Income Tax Commissioner’s office, the Central Administrative Tribunal has directed the Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, to prepare a roster strictly according to the instructions of 1997 and verify the clearance of backlog of 49 posts of the Scheduled Caste (SC) category till August 9, 2007.

The applicant, Jarnail Singh, stated that he and other (belonging to the SC category) were working as inspectors in the Income Tax department. They said their names were not included in the eligibility list for promotion to the post of Income Tax Officer.

The applicant said as per the recruitment rules, a minimum of three years service in the feeder cadre and passing of departmental qualifying examination was required for promotion as an ITO.

The application stated they were eligible for consideration for promotion. As per the information in the Departmental Promotion Committees held from 1997 to December 2006, no candidate belonging to the SC category has been promoted under the rule of reservation, the application stated.

All the SC candidates who got promotion as a result of these proceedings were on the basis of their own merit-cum-seniority and not due to any reservation, it said.

The application further stated that after perusal of documents, it was found that out of 42 SC candidates, as many as 20 were promoted as ITO as per their own merit without any relaxation of standard or qualification or otherwise as they had passed the ITO examination with normal standard and similar is the position as regards other candidates, about whom the respondents have not supplied information to them.



Sukhbir to lay stone of city centre, hospital
Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 21
With an eye on elections, the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, is set to lay the foundation stone of the Sector 62 city centre which is yet to see any new building coming up there. He would also lay the stone of a cancer hospital.

The first-ever project of a five-star hotel-cum-convention centre, being handled by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), is still in the bidding process.

The PIDB has only approved the request for proposal (RFP) bid for the project and sent it to bidders. “With recession on, it may take some time (certainly after the elections) for the bids to be finalised as has been done in case of the bus terminus-cum-commercial tower in Sector 57 here. PUDA has been trying for long to auction the hotel site but in vain,” an official said.

The only visible work in the name of infrastructure has been the widening of roads around Sector 62 and that, too, is running behind schedule. The only worthwhile thing in the case of City Centre has been finalising the concept plan of “work-shop-play-live” in the commercial business district (CBD) being developed in the Sector 62 city centre here. A Singapore-based consultant has prepared the concept plan.

The Deputy CM would be laying the stone of the ultramodern 10-storeyed bus terminus-cum-commercial tower in Sector 57. The PIDB has approved a bid of Rs 57 crore for the project. Earlier, a bid of Rs 201 crore was attracted, but the bidder withdrew.

Stated to be the first of its kind in India, the project is coming up on 6.6 acres in Phase 1. The land is owned by GMADA and will be given to the company, which will plan, design, finance, construct, market and operate it in public-private partnership mode.

The air-conditioned bus terminal would be on the ground floor while the rest of the commercial mall complex would be atop the terminal.

A part of the vision for the bus terminal includes a shopping mall, a multiplex, food plazas, hotels and an entertainment office complex.



Lecture on contemporary Indian art
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 21
“In the best of times and in the worst, since the times immemorial, humanity has found solace in practicing and appreciating fine art in their diverse manifestations. Now with the advent of electronic medium and globalisation the approach to know, learn and imbibe the best of contemporary art trends is made easy, just a click away,” observed Delhi-based Dr Alka Pande, a celebrated art historian, connoisseur and author of international eminence at the Government Museum here yesterday.

In the city on an invitation of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademy she presented a captivating and highly informative lecture on contemporary Indian art with special emphasis on aesthetics, buying and collecting art.

After a welcome and introduction by akademy chairperson Diwan Manna, Dr Alka Pande delved deep drawing references of the cultivated traditional art of the Vedic era, which radiated spiritual bliss.

She offered analytical review of the works of HS Raza, Anjali Ela Menon, Satish Gujral, Manjit Bawa, Arpana Cour, Sujata Bajaj to illustrate their creativity with concept, form and treatment.

Dr Pande, a recipient of Chevalier Dans honour (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government) has sculpted over 10 books on art.

On the occasion her latest book “Indian Art, The New International Sensation; A collector’s Handbook” was released by thespian Neelam Man Singh.



F&CC Meet
Budget estimates approved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, in its 183rd meeting held here today, approved Budget Estimates of Rs 268.18 crore under plan head and Rs 394.32 crore, including provision of Rs 150 crore for revised pay scales to the employees of MC, under the non-plan head for the financial year 2009-10.

The MC House in its next meeting will discuss the budget estimates.

Mayor Kamlesh, Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria and other members of the committee, including Jatinder Bhatia, Anil Kumar Dubey, Anu Chatrath, Jagjit Singh Kang and P.K. Mukherjee, and other officers of the corporation were present during the meeting.

There is an array of major developmental schemes which have been provided under the plan head for the next financial year, including widening of V5 and V6 roads, setting up of mahila bhawans, multipurpose conventions centres, guest houses, community parking, guest house, laying of new pipes, etc.

In order to execute these schemes, the budgetary support in the shape of grant-in-aid to the tune of Rs 235.66 crore, including GIA in JNNURM, is anticipated from the Chandigarh Administration during 2009-10.

The Commissioner said the main focus of the MC during the coming financial year would be on developmental projects, including upgradation of facilities in Sector 17.



Rose Fest: Janjua, Sanober spell magic on Day 2
SD Sharma

Bollywood singer Labh Janjua enthrals audience at the Rose Fest in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, February 21
The Bollywood film music and dance numbers with Punjabi ‘tadka’ added melodic fragrance to the otherwise rosy evening at the Leisure Valley on the second day of the Rose Festival here today.

Punjabi pop and Bollywood playback singer, Labh Janjua, took the centre stage amidst lofty applause. He opened up with a song ‘ni tu hune huine’, which gave him International recognition. The audience danced in ecstasy in the next ‘chori chori dil ley gyi’ and ‘bhaape pyar kare ke’ before he doled out another hit song ‘sohni de nakhre’. As expected the most boisterous number ‘Ji karde’ drove the audience crazy. Never the less impressive was the Mumbai based dancing doll, Sanober Kabir with her electrifying dance spell of ‘meri beri ke ber’ and her intoxicating dance number ‘Patiala peg’, she made the audience to shake their leg in the next ‘move your body’ and many more. A veteran of over 300 live shows and a dazzling dancing and playback singing career, she displayed excellent footwork, body gestures and eloquent stage movements spelling magic.



Bhatti set to make you laugh again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
After a gap of many years, Jaspal Bhatti will make a new comedy serial ‘Thank You Jija Ji’. The 52-episode serial will be produced by Mad Arts, Jaspal Bhatti Film School, for Sony-Sab channel.

Written and directed by Bhatti himself, many new faces will be selected after thorough auditions in major cities of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal. Deserving students of Mad Arts will be given a chance.

“We can train the talent to our requirement as now we have our own school,” said Bhatti. The serial will be shot at Mad Arts Studio.

Bhatti had earlier produced hit serials like Flop Show, Full Tension and Ulta Pulta with a new cast in Chandigarh and around when all national serials were shot in Mumbai with national artistes only. “I enjoy working with fresh talent which could be moulded, although lot of effort goes into it,” Bhatti said.

The new serial is about family relationships and the official working of an IAS officer.

The auditions will be held at Mad Arts Film School in Mohali on February 24 from 11 am to 5 pm.



Allottees’ plea to Badal
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 21
Members of the Sector 76 to 80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee have urged the Punjab Chief Minister to pave the way for the allotment of plots to the remaining members of the committee.

The committee president, Sucha Singh Klor, and media in charge Paramdeep Singh Pabhat said the first right over these plots was that of allottees and they should get preference over other claimants.

They said they had given 25 per cent of the total cost of the plot to the authorities concerned almost eight years ago. “The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority should have allotted 200 sq yard and 500 sq yard plots during the allotment that took place on February 19. We will hold a meeting tomorrow to chalk out the next course of action,” they said.



Defence canteen body stages dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The members of the All India Defence Civilian Canteen Employees’ Union staged a dharna in front of Zila Sainik Board office in Sector 21 seeking pay parity with the employees working in CSD depots of the Defence Ministry.

NDA candidate from Chandigarh parliamentary constituency Satya Pal Jain visited them and supported for their demands.

The demands include payment of minimum basic pay scales for the employees and other similar allowances. The protesters also demanded implementation of the 6th Pay Commission, as been done in the case of other employees who are working in the CSD department.

Chander Parkash, state secretary of the association submitted a charter of demands to Jain.



Former NE of Tribune dead
Tribune News Service

JN Bumbroo

Panchkula, February 21
JN Bumbroo (80), former News Editor, The Tribune, died here today after a brief illness.

He is survived by a daughter and a son. His son Sanjay Bumbroo is working in The Tribune as a staff correspondent at Amritsar.

The funeral procession will start from his residence H.No. 644, Sector 11, Panchkula at 11 a.m. The cremation will take place at Mani Majra Crematoreum at 11.30 a.m. tomorrow.



Tribune man bereaved

CHANDIGARH: Mahinder Singh, brother of an employee of The Tribune, Mohan Singh, died on February 15 after a brief illness. ‘Kirtan’ and ‘antim ardas’ will be held on February 22 at Gurdwara Bachitter Singh Sahib, Maloya, from 12.30 to 2 pm. — TNS



Check dog menace

It is estimated that there are always about 10 to 15 stray dogs roaming in the streets of Sector 37-C. It is difficult for the residents to go out side, forget about night it has become difficult to go out even during the day.

Many people have had narrow escape several times. Senior citizens, ladies and children are afraid of this stray dog menace.

It is high time that dog squad of municipality may be deputed immediately to catch these dogs, other wise the cases of dog-bites can not be ruled out. An immediate action is thus requested.

GK Chopra, Chandigarh

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From Colleges
Cultural bonanza at Gian Jyoti Institute
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 21
"Pratibha-09," the annual cultural event to judge creative talent of students of different colleges was organised at Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase 2, here.

The event in which students of 26 colleges participated in different contests like public speaking, folk dances, management skills, software development, fine arts activity, collage making, traditional dances, and western dances. The festival was inaugurated by Prabhjot Singh Mand, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali.

Job fest

A two-day mega fest “UDAAN-2009” was organised at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, here. Representatives of about 50 companies held interviews.

The fest was inaugurated by Sachit Jain, executive director, Vardhman Industries. The chief guest said despite recession, the companies were looking for competent professionals. A number of events marked the management fest in which over 200 students from different B-schools participated. The CEC, Landran team was adjudged first in Parshnotri management B-quiz and team from Rayat-Bahara stood second in the event. Team from ITS, Ghaziabad, stood first in the presentation contest. A team from AIMT, Ambala, stood first in the business plan competition.

The GGS, Kharar, won vigyapan-the advertisement carnival contest and the team from CBS Landran won the debate competition.

Annual function

The annual function of the NSS unit of the Government College, Mohali, was organised here today. Roop Aulakh, principal of the college, distributed certificates and mementos to the volunteers who participated in the camp organised under the banner of “healthy youth for healthy India ” and “youth for community service.”

Senior volunteers, Ajay Bharti, Niranjan Singh, Rajpreet Ghutti, Gagandeep and Yadwinder were awarded best campers. In folk singing the winners were Rajbeer, Moni Singh, Sanjeet and Harjeet Singh; for essay competition the winners were Gurpreet Singh and Yaadwinder; for painting Udam Singh, Prithi Singh and Gurdeep Singh, for social work Pooja Banga, Sukhwinder Singh and Jaspreet Singh, for community service Raj Kumar, Sonam Singh and Jaspreet Kaur were given certificates.



St Stephen’s principal on a mission
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Dr Valson Thampu, principal of the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, was on a mission here today.

He had come to seek the help of old Stephenians in refurbishing the 128-year-old college, which, he said, had fallen far behind its contemporaries in infrastructure.

Addressing members of the Chandigarh chapter of St. Stephen Alumni Association, Thampu stressed the need for establishing an endowment fund to meet the 5 per cent share of the annual budget of the college. He said UGC gave only 95 per cent of the total expenses. The college share came to about Rs 40 lakh. But there was no provision for it. Last year the UGC reduced this amount to Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 28 lakh.

He suggested that each chapter of the association should sponsor specific projects, which would be duly acknowledged. He assured total transparency in the execution of the projects. However, he added that he did not want “distance funding”, rather old Stephenians should become partners in the projects. To ensure their partnership, he said the college had decided to nominate old Stephenians, who had excelled in various fields, as honorary professors, who would visit the college and share their experiences of life with students. Already Union Minister Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor had been made honorary professors.

Stressing that St. Stephen was “not a club, but a movement”, he said in the past also the principals had been reaching out to meritorious underprivileged students of the community to admit them.

The meeting was organised at the instance of Vijai Vardhan, an IAS officer of the Haryana cadre.



Datesheet on PU website
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
It is for the information of students concerned in particular and public in general that dates of BA/ BSc/ BCom/ BBA/ BCA 1st, 2nd and 3rd year examinations (Regular and compartment) are available on the university website www.puchd.ac.in .

In case, Parliament elections announced to be held during the course of examinations, the date sheets will be slide according to the Controller of Examinations, Panjab University.



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