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Two youths drown
Had gone to Kaushalya Khud, near Parwanoo
Our Correspondent

Solan, August 12
Two students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, today drowned in the Kaushlaya Khud, near Parwanoo, where they came for a picnic. Manish Kumar (21) and Yashwant Kumar (19) died while two others, Avneet Saini and Anurag, survived and were safe, said the police.

While Manish was a resident of Sector 47, Chandigarh, Yashwant hailed from Kalka. When contacted in the evening, the college principal and teachers had no clue about the incident. Sources said the two youngsters who survived also hailed from Chandigarh.

The students told the police that the incident took place when Yashwant went inside the khud, which was nearly 35 feet deep, to bathe. He later called Manish to join him. Both were caught in the deep waters and could not survive the strong waves.

Though Anurag went to their rescue, he failed to save them. The bodies were fished out with the help of some workers and a tractor was also used. Yashwant died at the spot and Manish died while he was being taken to a hospital at Parwanoo.



Councillors have no time for city heroes
Only 13 of the 36 show up for inauguration of Martyrs’ Pillar at Terraced Garden
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
It seems that councillors of the municipal corporation (MC) are too busy to spare time to pay homage to martyrs’ from the city. Only 13 or of the 36 councillors turned up for the inaugural function of the Martyrs’ Pillar at the Terraced Garden in Sector 33 here today.

The monument saw the light of the day after four long years. Four preceding Mayors, who otherwise kept taking credit for initiating this project, were conspicuous by their absence. The MC had made special seating arrangements for the former Mayors.

A total of 23, or one-third, of the councillors declined to pay homage to martyrs at the function. Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Shivraj Patil inaugurated the Martyrs’ Pillar. Families of 20 of the 33 martyrs attended the function.

The Martyrs’ Pillar is a 17’3”-high three-faced pillar, with a hexagonal star-shaped base made of black granite. It bear the names of 33 martyrs belonging to Chandigarh. In 2007, nominated councillor Brig Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri proposed the construction of the pillar.

It was suggested that photographs and service details of martyrs be displayed at prominent libraries and community centres to honour them, but the proposal was rejected by the House.

It was decided the previous year that the pillar would be erected at the Terraced Garden in Sector 33. On August 14, the then Mayor Anu Chatrath laid the foundation stone of the project.

The then MC Commissioner Roshan Sunkaria announced that work
on the construction of the pillar would be completed before the chrysanthemum show, which was held in December 2010.

Avoiding Patil?

y The MC’s entire official machinery was present at the inauguration, with 23 councillors missing. Observers did not rule out the possibility of some councillors deliberately staying away from the event due to the presence of Shivraj Patil, considering that he had recently advised them to resign if they could not get their works done from MC officials.

Details incomplete

}The Ministry of Defence does not have complete details about soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. Due to non-availability of this data, the authorities are clueless about the status of such families~

— Shivraj Patil, Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator



No spark left in their lives
Tragedy strikes a day before Raksha Bandhan
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Deepika will not be fortunate enough to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with her brother tomorrow as Manish Kumar lost his life while enjoying a swim with friends in the Kaushalya Khud, near Parwanoo. Having travelled from Shimla to the city to tie ‘rakhi’, Deepika was shaken by the news of Manish’s death.

The inconsolable sister said, “He was a very bright kid and a very studious one. I was taken aback when I heard the news of his death. I still cannot believe what happened. I am just making myself believe that all the news is a mere drama. His mother is inconsolable.”

Asked if Manish had informed his parents at home about his plans to the adventure with his friends, she said, “There was no such plan, but like many youngsters would do, he probably went from college with his friends towards Parwanoo for the trip.”

Manish’s mother, who was being supported by relatives and neighbours at their residence in Sector 47 tonight, was too traumatised to speak. Yashwant’s sister, who was present at the police station under the jurisdiction of which the accident spot was, called up Manish’s residence tonight.

Although not related to her by blood, Manish used to get a ‘rakhi’ tied from Deepika for the past 15 years. Now the news of the death of Manish, a student of BCA (final year) at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, had shaken the family and even neighbours.

Present at Manish’s residence to console his family, Anup Singh, father of Manish’s friend Anurag, who accompanied Manish to the trip, said Manish was a very gentle and studious child. “We were surprised to hear the news because Manish and Anurag did not know how to swim.”

Manish’s father, a railway engineer posted in Rajasthan, was on his way back to Chandigarh after hearing the news of his son’s death. Manish’s elder brother Prakshit, along with Deepika’s father, went to Parwanoo tonight to take his body.



Central Club gets eviction notice
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
One of the oldest clubs in the city, Central Club at Sector 9, is on the way out, with the estate office today issuing an eviction notice to the club. The notice was issued for default in lease money payment since 2000 and misuse of premises, including subletting to private parties.

The club, boasting of around 1,100 members, a majority of them senior citizens, owed over Rs 1.25 crore to the administration, besides interest, official sources said. It had paid Rs 25,567 per month as rent from April 1998 to 2000.

The rent (licence fee) was later revised to Rs 1,31,947 per month, along with interest. The rent was calculated by taking the cost of land under building norms at a rate of Rs 4,000 per square yard, the officials added.

The club management and the UT administration had been on loggerheads on renewing the lease and calculation of lease money of the building. Since there was no consensus on the lease amount, the lease was eventually cancelled in July 2004.

Besides non-payment of lease money, the club management had allegedly sublet a part of the premises of the canteen at a monthly rent of Rs 17,000. Located in Sector 9, the club had allegedly become a card players’ paradise, with complaints of gambling by residents nearby.

Club president Vinod Talwar termed the action as arbitrary and discriminatory. He alleged that the calculation of lease money arrears at a rate of 1.31 lakh per month defied logic as the Golf Club and the Chandigarh Club, which had scores of acres, were charged far less.

He said the club would file an appeal with senior administration officials, including the Home Secretary and the Adviser to the Administrator, to revoke the order.


Site history

The site for the Central Club was originally allotted as a community centre to the Plot Holders’ Association in 1961 for five years with a token rent of Rs 25 per annum. The site was leased to the Central Club in 1975 and the lease was extended till 2004, after which efforts were made to restore it as a community centre.



Man misfires, injures brother
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 12
The Panchkula police registered an attempt-to-murder case against the owner of a tours and travel company for firing a shot at a 23-year-old Mumbai resident, which ultimately hit the brother of the accused.

Navjot Singh of Mumbai came to Panchkula yesterday. He went to the house of Sunil Jaglan, who running a tours and travel company, at Sector 20 the previous night and started arguing with him.

Sources said there was some old rivalry between Navjot and Sunil. As the heated arguments were exchanged between them, Sunil took out his licensed revolver. Seeing a revolver in Sunil’s hands, Navjot ran towards the stairs to save his life.

Sunil ran after Navjot and fired, but instead of hitting Navjot, the bullet hits at Sunil’s younger brother Vikram, who was standing near the stairs. The bullet hit him after going through the main door.

The police said it had registered a case under Sections 307 (attempt-to-murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act against Sunil.

Sunil’s brother Vikram was admitted to the Alchemist Hospital at Sector 21, where he was stated to be out of danger. The police was conducting raids to arrest Sunil.


ISBT swarmed with passengers ahead of Rakhi, long weekend
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Heavy rush of passengers was witnessed at the Sector 43 Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) today with people visiting their hometown ahead of Rakhi and a long weekend.

Commuters had to wait for hours to catch buses to their destinations even as the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) pressed into service additional buses for the neighbouring states.

Since morning, the ISBT was chock-a-block with travellers. Ishani Sharma, a college student, who had to visit Nahan for Rakhi, managed to catch a bus after waiting for over three hours.

People were forced to travel in overcrowded buses without getting seats. The rush continued throughout the day forcing many to postpone their programme for the next day.

Ashish Dogra, a native of Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, who failed to catch a bus even after two-and-half-hours, decided to travel on Saturday morning. “It is expected that there would be less rush in the morning hours following which I decided to reschedule my visit,” he said.

CTU general manager SP Parmar said that in a bid to meet the demand, they have increased the frequency of busses to station witnessing huge rush of passengers.

“We pressed into service over 20 buses for the neighbouring and town, including Una, Talwada, Jawalamukhi, Kangra, Shimla, Patiala, Delhi and to various parts of Haryana,” Parmar said.

CTU officials said that more buses on the busy routes would be pressed into service on Saturday to deal with the huge rush of travellers.



Consumer courts witness 20 pc dip in complaints
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The city beautiful, which has the distinction of having the highest per-capita filing of consumer complaints, has witnessed a decline of about 20 per cent in the annual filing of consumer complaints.

An analyses of the official figures released by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum recently, only 1,003 complaints have been received by the Chandigarh Consumer Fora in the first half year that ended on June 30, as against the average annual filing of 2,500 complaints till last year.

Further analysis of the figures since the inception of consumer courts in the city reveals that the telecom sector had been the third highest litigation category with insurance and banking sectors taking the first and second spot, respectively. With telecom taking the backseat, housing has emerged as the prime litigation category.

Pankaj Chandgothia, president of the Consumer Courts’ Bar Association, said the decline was neither due to the higher consumer satisfaction nor due to any inertia on the part of the consumer. He said the scope of consumer jurisdiction has been recently restricted due to a national commission judgment in 2010, which has excluded telecom, mobile billing disputes out of its ambit.

The National Commission judgment relied on the order of the Supreme Court in “General Manager, Telecom , Vs. M Krishnan & Another”, in an appeal No 7687 of 2004 filed by the BSNL, wherein it was held that the Indian Telegraph Act was a special law and its provisions would prevail over a general law like the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), 1986.

"It is a settled law that general law must yield to special law,” observed the bench and noted that there was a remedy prescribed under section 7- of the Telegraph Act for resolution of all the disputes regarding telecom through arbitration. The bench said since there was a specific remedy prescribed, it would oust the jurisdiction of consumer courts.

Chandgothia is, however, hopeful that this anomalous situation may soon be corrected with consumer associations likely to seek a review of the judgment on the ground that entire facts and law had not been placed before the Apex Court in the said case. District Forum, Ferozepur, has meticulously distinguished the judgment of the Apex Court by referring to various new enactments in the field of telecom.

“It is clear that the telephone services and to be more particular, cellular mobile telephone services, have been specifically covered under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, and the provisions of the said Act are in addition to the previous Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. From perusal of Section 14 (b), it is clear that even when a consumer approaches the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, then the provisions of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, or the jurisdiction of the Appellate Tribunals established under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, ceases, rather the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act get precedence over the powers vested with the Appellate Tribunals established under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997,” says the judgment rendered by Sanjay Garg, President of District Forum, Ferozepur.

A hassled mobile consumer, who has been receiving inflated mobile bills, lamented that the CPA was specifically enacted for speedy and easy redressal of such petty disputes and it will be a sad day in consumer empowerment if mobile consumers are forever excluded from the benefits of CPA.



Bharat Sevak Samaj turns 59
Special language enhancement programme to benefit underprivileged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The Bharat Sevak Samaj turned 59 today. To mark the founder’s day celebrations, the Chandigarh chapter of the samaj announced a timely initiative that will benefit underprivileged and disadvantaged groups of society through a special language enhancement programme that will run on the Sector 24 premises of the samaj in Chandigarh.

According to its working chairman, Atul Khanna, “Often during our work in slum colonies, crèches, day cares and induction of economically weaker children in mainstream schools, we have found that mastery over spoken and written English is a major issue of concern with children and young adults.”

He explained that language classes, which would cover English at the elementary, basic and advanced levels through an ongoing regular session would run five days a week for a full academic term.

The faculty would carry out the programme on the premises, which has classrooms and access to all educational tools and aids. The teaching methodology would be interactive and activity based keeping in mind the comprehension and learning levels of the students. The first batch commenced today with 15 children. The average age group of students in this group is about 10 years and all of them are going to government schools.

The students will be awarded certificates at the end of the term. Importantly, they would be guided to speak, understand and write in English. The teacher would also help the students to undertake their home assignments and engage them in conversations around general awareness, literature, leadership and personality development. Motivational videos and special CDs on pronunciation, diction and vocabulary strengthening will also be a part of the programme.

The Bharat Sevak Samaj also runs a number of social projects like crèches and tailoring and embroidery classes in the labour colonies of Kaimbwala, Dhanas, Dadu Majra, Hallo Majra and Nayagaon.



Tricity scan

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp organised by the Sri Shiv Kanwar Mahasangh, Mahadevpur, Saketri, in collaboration with the Chandigarh branch of Shiv Shakti Sewa Mandal, Budhala, was held at Sri Shiv Manas Mandir, Industrial Area, Phase II, Ram Darbar on Friday. The camp was inaugurated by BN Sharma, president, Sri Shiv Shakti Sewa Mandal.

National Library Day

The Divisional Library (South), Sector 34, celebrated the National Library Day by organising a one-day conference on “Information technology applications in libraries” in collaboration with the Confederation of Librarians Associations of Northern India. Ajoy Sharma, special secretary finance and director higher education, inaugurated the conference in which 110 librarians working in various colleges and university in the region gathered to deliberate on emerging trends in information technology application in the libraries. He stressed upon the libraries to integrate the Internet technologies to reach users to provide the information services.

Signature campaign

The Centre for Social Work, Panjab University, celebrated the International Youth Day at the student centre here on Friday. The students from various departments were asked to pen down their thoughts, write slogans, short captions, messages, signature campaigns, etc, in order to create awareness about this day and also to get the message across in the youth.

Breastfeeding month

“There is a need to inform young mothers about multiple benefits of breastfeeding for their baby as well as them.” According to Dr Swapna Misra, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology department of Fortis, “Paalna”, breastfeeding helps mother lose 500 calories per day and protect the newborn baby from bronchitis, ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhoea and urinary tract infections, besides boosting IQ of the baby. She was addressing about 80 to 100 women at a local aanganwari centre in Kajheri village here at a function organised on the occasion of the world breastfeeding month.

Greetings extended

The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil on Friday extended his greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Patil said it also reminded us of the need to develop a sense of protection not only for sisters but also for society.

AIDS awareness

The International Youth Day was observed by the Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society by organising various activities in the city. The activities began on Wednesday with the broadcast of a story-based phone-in programme on youth and HIV/AIDS on the All-India Radio. This was done with an aim to sensitise the youth on AIDS and start a debate. Inter-college competitions on essay writing, slogan writing and rangoli was organised on Thursday in GCG-11 auditorium.

OPDs closed on I-Day

All OPDs in the PGI will remain closed on August 15 on account of the Independence Day, a gazetted holiday. Emergency services will function as usual.

World University Games

Roopmeet Mann, a student of five-year law course at Panjab University, is representing India in the World University Games at Shenzen in China. The games will conclude on August 24. She is participating in 10m air rifle category.

Solo dance contest

An inter-school Sudha Chandran solo dance competition was organised by Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, Mohali. Students from 20 schools of the tricity took part in the event. Principal Nirmla Sharma welcomed chief guest Kulwant Kaur Shergill, president Paragon Educational Society, and all participants.

300 donate blood

A blood donation camp was organised by Connect and Videocon Mobile Services (VMS) in association with the PGI, Chandigarh. As many as 300 persons donated blood during the camp.

Teachers’ protest

Teachers of Government College, SAS Nagar, observed a strike from 11 am to 1 pm. This sit-in protest was observed against a call given by the Punjab Government College Teachers’ Association in favour of their demands and against the callous attitude of the Punjab government for not paying arrears for 43 months.

Tribune Reporters



‘Aarakshan’ screened peacefully in city
Tribune News Service

speaking out

Chandigarh, August 12
Even as Prakash Jha’s “Aarakshan” faced protests in some states, its screening went off peacefully in the city on the opening day today.

The film is about reservation in educational institutes on the basis of caste.

Contrary to the expectations of a houseful on the first-day-first-show, there was not much response to the movie in the city with one of the theatres selling just 125 tickets for the morning show though later the figures went up.

Although the movie’s release was banned in Punjab, anticipating that the dialogues in the movie might hurt sentiments of a section of the society, the atmosphere outside the multiplexes screening the movie was normal. The response to the movie for the first show was pretty low. However, the response in the shows later improved.

Though the movie was anticipated to focus on reservation, it turned out to be more about education.

The people, especially youth, who watched the movie termed it to be film with a non-controversial storyline.



Traffic diversions on Independence Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
In view of the Independence Day function at the Parade Ground Sector 17 and ‘At Home’ function at Punjab Raj Bhawan, the Chandigarh Police has decided to impose traffic restrictions and diversions on August 15. The road users are advised to make use of alternative routes during the timings given below.

Around parade ground, Sector 17

  • The road stretch from the roundabout of Sectors 16-17-22 and 23 up to small rotary near Gurdial Singh petrol pump, Sector 22-A on Udyog Path, from crossing at Sectors 16-17 up to roundabout of Sectors 16-17-22 and 23 on Jan Marg and from light point near Lyon’s Restaurant, Sector 17, up to Parade Ground, will remain closed to general public with vehicles from 7 am onwards till the function at parade Ground is over.
  • No parking will be allowed in the parking area in front of shops in the Sector 22-A market from 7 am onwards till the function is over.
  • The VIPs and senior officers with authorised car parking labels on their vehicles will be allowed entry from the roundabout of Sectors 16-17-22 and 23 on Udyog Path and they can park their vehicles in the parking area in front of the Sector 22-A market.
  • The general public can park their vehicles in the parking area of Sector 22-B adjacent to Blood Disease Hospital, Sector 23-B, on the rear side of Neelam Cinema, Sector 17, in the parking of Football Stadium and in the Circus Ground, Sector 17.
  • All the buses coming from Haryana, Punjab, HP and other places to the Sector 17 ISBT will be diverted towards the ISBT Chowk from Bajwara Chowk and Piccadilly Chowk via Himalya Marg and will enter ISBT, Sector 17, from the small chowk (near Gurdial Singh Petrol Pump).

Around Punjab Raj Bhawan

  • Road stretch from the roundabout of Sectors 5-6-7 and 8 up to T-Point near the Golf Club and from T-Point near the Punjab Raj Bhawan onwards towards the residence of the Adviser to the Administrator, will remain closed to general public from 2 pm onwards on August 15.
  • Invitees to ‘At Home’ function with pink car parking labels will park their vehicles in the parking area on the rear side of Adviser’s residence and parking area towards the reception of the Punjab Raj Bhawan.
  • Invitees with green car parking labels will turn their vehicles from Sectors 7 and 8 onwards for parking their vehicles in the parking area adjacent to Adviser’s residence Sector 7.
  • Members of the Golf Club are requested to use the road from SGGS College side for coming to the Golf Club from 2 pm onwards.



City not to be stopover destination anymore
Tourist circle planned, major attractions to be interlinked to hold tourists for more than a day
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
Le Corbusier’s architectural wonder Chandigarh is set to shed its image of a stopover destination for the tourists bound for Himachal Pradesh and other states.

In a development that would go a long way in developing the city as a tourist hub, the Union Ministry of Tourism has proposed a tourist circuit for the city interlinking major tourist attractions to hold the tourists for more than one day.

Under the ambitious project, the interlinking of the major tourist attractions, including the Rock Garden, the Sukhna Lake, the Kala Gram, the Nehru Centre of Performing Arts in Sector 34 and major theme gardens in the southern sectors is planned. The interlinking of major tourist spots with night tourism through a visit to the Capitol Complex and setting up of the Theme-cum-Amusement Park is also being explored, sources told The Tribune here today.

Representatives of the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Service (I L&FS), which has been appointed as the consultant by the Tourism Ministry for the creation and upgrade of tourism infrastructure in the country, held a meeting with senior UT Administration officials yesterday with a view to chalk out a comprehensive plan for tourism upgrade in the city in the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

Confirming that the concept of tourist circuit was discussed with the IL&LS, Home-cum-Tourism Secretary Ram Niwas said under the special scheme of the Tourism Ministry, Rs 250 crore could be sanctioned to upgrade the tourism infrastructure in the states and union territories.

Currently, India received only 0.6 of the total world tourists. Under the ambitious plan of creating the tourist circuits, the Tourism Ministry wants the figure to go up by 1 per cent by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). Gujarat has reportedly created 40 tourist circuits and availed the special grant.

Amusement Park on revival track?

The scrapped Theme-cum-Amusement Park in Chandigarh seems to be on a revival track though in a new avatar. The issue of setting up of a theme park under the PPP model was taken up during the meeting between administration officials and IL& FS officials on Wednesday. In 2006, the UT Administration had decided to set up Theme-cum-Amusement Park over an area of 73.65 acres in Sarangpur village in Chandigarh. However, an inquiry by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) reportedly revealed irregularities in the award of the project to Unitech Limited. The project was later scrapped when it came under the scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigation.



Lack of supervision by MC leads to poor sanitation
Kulwinder Sangha

HS Sangha, president, Residents Welfare Association, Phase IIIB1
HS Sangha, president, Residents Welfare Association, Phase IIIB1
Jeet Singh, Mohali village resident
Jeet Singh, Mohali village resident
Kuljit Singh Bedi, former municipal councillor
Kuljit Singh Bedi, former municipal councillor

Mohali, August 12
Lack of proper supervision by the Mohali Municipal Corporation and inadequate number of safai sewaks deployed by the contractor are leading to poor sanitation and drawing flak from residents of the area.

A number of “safai abhiyans” conducted by Deputy Commissioners and civic body authorities from time to time have failed to satisfy residents who often allege that sanitation contractors are hand-in-glove with council employees concerned and as such fail to work according to the terms of the agreement.

Heaps of garbage, dry leaves and garden waste are a common sight in the town. Even the footpaths along the main roads can be seen strewn with filth and polythene bags.

HS Sangha, president of the Residents Welfare Association, Phase IIIB1, said the state of sanitation was far from being satisfactory. He said he had sought information under the RTI Act in connection with the sanitation contract. As per the agreement, sweeping had to be done on a daily basis, but safai sewaks came to clean the area not more than two days in a week. Road gullies and curb channels were in a state of neglect. Neither the contractor nor any supervisor was ever seen in the area.

A resident of Mohali village, Jeet Singh, said that position of sanitation in the village was not that bad, but nobody was taking care of Sector 57. Safai sewaks were rarely seen in the area. The concrete garbage dumping point was demolished after the main road was widened. No container had been provided by the civic body where residents could dump garbage despite repeated requests. As a result residents kept throwing garbage in vacant areas, creating unhygienic conditions.

Heaps of garbage kept lying on roads which later led to blocking of road gullies, said former municipal councillor Kuljit Singh Bedi. He said he had brought the problem to the notice of the sanitary inspector yesterday. The number of safai sewaks deployed was also less than specified in the terms of the agreement.

The work of sanitation, which was divided into two parts for bringing about an improvement, has been allotted to three contractors at a cost of Rs 2.27 crore. While part one of the contract comprises cleaning the town, including the curb channels, the second is related to lifting of garbage from collection points.

Executive officer of the civic body Vijay Kumar Gupta said yesterday he had called all four sanitary inspectors and warned them that the dumping points should be cleaned failing which he would make a complaint against them to the commissioner of the corporation.

The town has been divided in four zones for cleaning purposes. Zone one consists of Phases I, II, III, IV and VI, zone two of Phases III-A , IIIB1, IIIB2, VII and VIII, zone three has Phases IX to XI, Sector 48-C and the Industrial Area, Phase IX. Sectors 70, 71, Phase V and the Industrial Area Phases VII and VIII fall in zone four.



sgpc elections
Names struck off list, voters cry foul
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 12
In a major faux pas, the names of two women voters — Krishan Devi and Tarlochan Kaur — living in a block of houses in Phase 7 have been deleted from the electoral rolls prepared for the forthcoming SGPC elections in the Mohali constituency on the plea that they have died. However, both women are alive and living at the same address.

Similarly, in a complaint to the returning officer, residents registered with booth No. 108, Phase 7, have complained that during the door-to-door verification, their names
were struck off the rolls on the plea that they had moved out.

Rajinder Singh, a resident of house No. 1784, Phase 7, said though he had been residing at the house for the the past 20 years, the records of the election office showed that he had shifted out.

Also, the names of 37 other residents have been deleted from the electoral rolls.

Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu said he would take up the issue with the Election Commission.



Meeting of MC House cancelled
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 12
Following the Supreme Court’s interim order of converting the Panchkula municipal council into a corporation, the forthcoming House meeting of the civic body on August 19 has now been cancelled as elected members cannot exercise their powers during the pendency of the special leave petition in the Supreme Court.

MC executive officer KK Jain said the civic body was functioning normally and they were reporting MC matters to the Deputy Commissioner.

He added that there would not be a meeting and issues listed for the meeting would now be discussed with the Deputy Commissioner.



District forum slaps fine of Rs 10,000 on Hyundai Motors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on Hyundai Motor India Ltd. for its refusal to pay exchange bonus to a Sector 27 resident.

The district forum comprising its presiding member Madhu Mutneja and member Jaswinder Singh Sidhu held that the complainant sold off his old car and the registration certificate (RC) was transferred in the name of new owner on January 22, 2009. The intervening time period is well within 120 days and the complainant has submitted the documents well before the stipulated time. Hence, the exchange bonus is definitely payable to the complainant, the forum observed.

The complainant, Parveen Kumar, had submitted that he had purchased a Hyundai Santro GLS car from the respondents on October 3, 2008, and an exchange discount/bonus of Rs 15,000 was offered to him at the time of the sale. The amount was payable to the complainant after he had sold off his old car and furnished a copy of the RC transferred in the name of the new owner. The complainant sold off his old car and the RC was transferred in the name of new owner on January 22, 2009. He then applied for the payment of the exchange discount/bonus but his claim was rejected citing the reason “Trf RC after 105 days”.

The counsel for the Hyundai Motor India Ltd averred that all allegations were false and the complaint was completely devoid of merit. The exchange bonus was a sales promotional scheme launched for the benefit of prospective purchaser of cars who were looking for funding the new car by sale of existing old car. The exchange bonus was subject to terms and conditions, which were not complied with by the complainant. The exchange claim was valid only if all documents were received by respondents within 120 days of sale and also the transfer of old car was to be effected 30 days prior or till 105 days after new car purchased.

Hyundai car dealer Charisma Goldwheels Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh, had averred that they were only agents the car company and hence could not be made liable in the present case as the exchange bonus was to be paid by the manufacturer only. They had also alleged that documents were not submitted by the complainant within the stipulated time, hence the relief claim by him was not permissible.

Allowing the complaint, the forum ordered that the respondents should jointly pay the amount Rs 15,000 as exchange bonus, besides Rs 10,000 to the complainant towards compensation as well as the cost of litigation
failing which respondents would be liable to pay Rs 25,000 along with interest of 12 per cent per annum from the date of order till the date of actual payment.



Punjab, Haryana urged to allow only low-rise buildings

Chandigarh, August 12
With a view to maintain the unique character of the city, the UT Administration has urged the Punjab and Haryana governments to allow only low-rise buildings in Chandigarh’s periphery.

The demand was raised at a meeting of senior officials of the Punjab and Haryana governments and the administration, which presided over by Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma.

The meeting stressed the need to evolve a consensus on the issue of the haphazard construction in the areas in the two states neighbouring Chandigarh.

While Chandigarh has strict height restrictions for the new buildings, the neighbouring states follow a comparatively less strict procedure on the height control.

The UT Administration and the governments of Punjab and Haryana on June 29 had constituted a high-level committee to study the issues relating to the Chandigarh master plan. — TNS



Tagore fest ends with satire on education
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, August 12
The festival of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s works concluded with the dramatisation of “Tota Kahani” in Hindi by the Theatre Age group at the Tagore Theatre here today.

A powerful and meaningful satire on the system of education in India, it held relevance even today. Thespian and SNA awardee Dr Mahendra Kumar sculpted the story for dramatisation and designed the production.

It flourished under the direction of Zulfiqar Khan to bare the predicament of the modern-day educational system through the metaphor of parrot, made to learn big epics to the designed motifs of a few affluent ministers of a foolish king.

Over 50 enthusiastic slum-children, aged between five and 16 years, in elegant costumes displayed natural aesthetic potential and filled the stage with immaculate acting spells and striking actions, making the play an entertainment capsule. Playing the parrot, Arvind excelled, as did Feroze, Sahil and danseuse Rachna.

Chief guest Ram Niwas disclosed that the 11-day theatre bonanza had been held in the city for the first time and a festival of five comedy plays would be held from September 17 to 21.



Traffic updates for six paise
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
With the Chandigarh Traffic Police all set to start its SMS service later this month, city residents will benefit from it by paying a paltry sum of ‘six paise’. Once subscribed, mobile users will get daily updates on the city’s traffic situation on their mobiles.

Information regarding initiatives being undertaken by the traffic police, roads which are congested and routes to avoid will also be provided through this service round the clock, the police said.

The Chandigarh Police tied up with a social messaging service ‘SMS Gupshup’ for sending the SMSes. Once the service is launched, the police will announce a number and users will subscribe to the service by sending an SMS, following which ‘six paise’ will be charged to the user.

DIG Alok Kumar said the SMS service was as good as free for city residents as it required a one-time payment to subscribe to the service and there would be a number of benefits of the service.

“We plan to start this service by the end of the month and are expecting a huge response. The traffic page on Facebook has been immensely popular and we expect the same from this service,” he said.

The link will also be posted on the Facebook page once the service comes into affect. The police had already started updating the Facebook page with information of special drives and the number of challans issued on a daily basis.



Panel to redress grievances of landowners
Acquisition in Saketri village
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
The State of Haryana today agreed to constitute a high-powered committee to redress grievances of landowners who had challenged the acquisition of 200 acres of land in Saketri village. Following the stand of the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bench, comprising Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Augustine George Masih, today disposed of the bunch of 35 petitions challenging the acquisition process.

The court had earlier stayed the acquisition after members of societies had thrown a challenging to the acquisition. As the case came up for hearing, the State apprised the court that it was ready to constitute a high-powered committee for redressal of grievances. The status quo, however, shall remain operative till the final decision. The petitioners have been given the liberty to approach the court in case they are not contented with the decision of the committee.



High drama prevails outside DAV-10
Student enters into argument with constable over challan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
High drama prevailed outside DAV College, Sector 10, today when a final-year student entered into an argument with a constable deputed outside the college on the issue of challan.

Nabbing a final-year student, Hitesh, with black film on his car windowpanes, the deputed UT policeman asked him to produce his licence for challan. Hitesh argued that he was “well connected” and instead called up a relative, who then cautioned the police over phone against challaning him.

The relative added that there was no rule of challaning outside the college premises. The beat constable then called up the Sector 3 police station SHO, Poonam Dilwari, who arrived at the spot.

The boy was then fined for breaching traffic violation norms. “Unless we maintain strictness and vigilance, the situation would worsen. The student elections are round the corner and if the situation is not brought under control now, it would be terrible later,” said Poonam.



Ranviyay Awards
Ajit adjudged nicest boy by schoolmates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12
“Relations are like flowers, nurture them with compassion and love and you will reap the fruits,” Ajit’s father, who is a gardener, had always taught him this and now Ajit has finally got the fruit.

A Class VIII student of St John’s School, Sector 26, was awarded as the nicest boy by his schoolmates at Ranvijay awards ceremony held yesterday. While Ajit got lauded for his compassionate nature, Vardaan Arora of Class X got this award for his happy-go-lucky attitude. Known as a stress buster for his friends, Vardaan has always been there to cheer them up.

These awards, which are given in five categories have been instituted under the aegis of SJOBA Foundation by Sandeep Goyal, chairman, Dentsu India, in memory of his classmate, Ranvijay Singh who died at an early age. Ranvijay was a cheerful person, known for his sunny nature and his extremely helpful attitude towards his fellow students.

The two awardees, Ajit and Vardaan, were jointly awarded Rs 25,000. Vardaan also received a cheque for Rs 10,000 for being the best all-rounder. The best sportsman awardee, Gitin Oberoi, is an international chess player with a FIDE rating of 1,645 and has played over 20 international and national chess championships and innumerable state-level tournaments.



Education Notes

Campaign to promote social causes

The Gender Equity Society of Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11, organised a campaign promoting social causes like women empowerment and female foeticide. The campaign commenced from the college campus with five-committee members and 50 volunteer students. Kanta Singhania, coordinator of the society, told a similar campaign would be organised in Khuda Alisher in the last week of August and another in Dhanas in September.

Freshers’ party

A freshers’ party was organised at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, on Friday to welcome first year students. The event included modelling by new college entrants. The event concluded with crowning of Jasmine of BCom-I as Miss Fresher, Kriti Chawla of BCom-I as the first runner-up and Monica of BCA-I as the second runner-up. Principal, Dr Charanjeet Kaur Sohi crowned Navroop as Miss Charming and Deepali as Miss Expressive Eyes. — TNS



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