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Online lotteries, netbanking frauds find men in khaki wanting
As they grope in the dark, seven cases have been marked untraced; citing non-jurisdiction, policemen reach dead-end
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
There has been no headway in cases of online lottery fraud and netbanking fraud registered by the UT police in the past four years. The cyber crime cell of the police has filed untraced reports in seven such cases of fraud in the recent past and failed to crack the cases in which complainants have been duped of lakhs as they fell prey to e-mails, assuring them that they had won huge sums in lotteries.

In almost all such cases, the bank accounts of the accused in which money was transferred by complainants was opened on fake addresses and police teams returned empty handed. Moreover, the police failed to take any action against those banks for opening fake accounts, citing non-jurisdiction as the reason, making investigations reach a dead-end.

As per statistics available with the cyber crime cell of the UT police, cops had registered around 10 such cases of lottery and netbanking fraud in the past four years. The police had managed to solve only one case, with the arrest of a Nigerian named Bright in 2008, and was groping in the dark in the rest of the cases.

Chandigarh Tribune tracks down seven such cases of online fraud, which have either been closed by the UT police or the investigation of which is heading nowhere.

Spanish lottery (PEC ex-principal defrauded)

The case of the online lottery fraud, in which former PEC principal Sagar Sehgal was duped of Rs 23 lakh, was registered in May, 2010. The police filed an untraced report in the case this year. Sehgal had received an e-mail in December, 2009, stating that he had won a Spanish lottery of Rs 56 crore and was asked to deposit Rs 23 lakh. He transferred the money to nine different bank accounts. The police raided the addresses of all nine bank accounts in Siliguri and Mumbai, but all the addresses of account holders were found to be fake.

UK lottery fraud

In June, 2008, Saravanan of Sector 47 received an e-mail, stating that he had won £45,000 in a random lottery in the UK. To take delivery of the amount, he was asked to pay Rs 41,200. In this case as well, the money was traced to an ICICI Bank account in Mumbai, but no further lead could be made.

Netbanking fraud (two cases)

Local resident Vijay Rana found that Rs 2.65 lakh had been transferred from his ICICI Bank account through mobile banking without his knowledge in November, 2008. Interestingly, Rana had never activated mobile banking. The complainant had been compensated by ICICI Bank and the police was all set to file a untraced report in the case.

In another case, Wing Commander Atin Kapoor, son of a retired Wing Commander, had moved a complaint with the cyber crime cell of the police in November, 2007, alleging that Rs 85,500 had been transferred to three other bank accounts using netbanking services. He had an account with ICICI Bank and received an SMS alert of the transfer. He checked it, only to find that he had been duped. While his netbanking password was hacked, the money was siphoned from his account without his knowledge. The case had been marked untraced and the bank had compensated him.

Car lottery fraud

Ajay Kumar, a local resident, alleged he received an e-mail, regarding the winning of a BMW car promo lottery worth £500,000. He was asked to deposit Rs 38,500 with an SBI account in the name of Kheshele Sumi. He was asked again to deposit Rs 2.5 lakh. He got suspicious and reported the matter to the police. The amount, as deposited, was to be verified from Nagaland, but the address furnished was found to be fake. The case was registered in January, 2011, and was still unsolved.

Online job offer

Surinder Chauhan of Sector 32 lost Rs 50,000 after he responded to a fraudulent e-mail. A case was registered on January 16, 2008. The sender lured him by asking him to send his resume for a lucrative job with Mela International, a hotel in the UK. Later, he received a reply that he had been selected and was asked to deposit Rs 15,000. After he transferred it, a caller from the UK asked him to deposit another Rs 35,000. The case had been marked untraced.

Yahoo lottery

DS Gupta of Sector 40 reported that Dr Phillip Bata, director, Yahoo Lotteries, and Simon, ambassador, Yahoo Lotteries, cheated him to the tune of Rs 3.15 lakh on the pretext of his winning a Yahoo lottery worth $500 million. The police managed to identify the accused as a Nigerian as he submitted his photograph with the telecom company. But his actual address was never known. A police party was yet to be dispatched to Mumbai for further investigation. The case was registered in May, 2011.

“People should avoid falling prey”

The best efforts were made by the police. Our hands are tied when the addresses of the account holders of the accused are found to be fake. The accused grab the amount and flee as soon as the money is transferred. Residents should not respond to any SMS or e-mail that they have won a lottery. Never share your e-banking password with anyone.~

Inspector Neeraj Sarna, in charge, cyber crime investigation cell 



Brace for power bill shock twice
Arrears from April 1 to July 15 to be recovered
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
It is official now. About 2.5 lakh domestic and commercial electricity consumers in Chandigarh will have to shell out more, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand, to the UT electricity department in the coming days.

The decision to recover arrears from April 1 to July 15 comes in the wake of the rejection of the review petition filed by the UT Administration before the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the body constituted to decide on power tariff in the union territories. The arrears will be recoverd in the next two electricity bills.

Following the directions of the JERC, the UT Administration announced a steep hike in electricity tariff, ranging between 27 and 31 per cent for domestic consumers and 22 per cent for commercial users, on August 3, with effect from July 16.

While the JERC had recommended the power tariff hike from April 1, the UT Administration had announced the implementation of the new power tariff from July 16, with a decision on the period from April 1 to July 15 kept pending. In the meantime, the UT Administration had filed a review petition before the JERC for deciding on the three months and-a-half.

According to the new power tariff, domestic consumers using up to 100 units of power would pay Rs 1.70 per unit, against the existing rate of Rs 1.65 per unit, up to 150 units. The revised rate for consumption from 101 units to 400 units was fixed at Rs 3.45 per unit.

The rate for users consuming above 150 units of power was Rs 2.90 per unit earlier. The rate for consumption of more than 400 units would be Rs 3.60 per unit now. The rate for commercial supply was fixed at Rs 3.36 per unit.


Arrears to reduce Rs 351-crore deficit

Sources said the arrears, the exact amount of which was yet to be worked out, would reduce the Rs 351-crore deficit of the UT electricity department. With no power generation, Chandigarh buys electricity at a reported average price of Rs 5.42 per unit. The average selling cost comes to around Rs 3.36 per unit. The UT Administration is expected to spend Rs 838.77 crore in the current fiscal year, with earnings being Rs 487.11 crore, a deficit of ~351.66 crore.




Youth bludgeoned to death, 3 of family held
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, October 30
A 19-year-old youth was bludgeoned to death in Ram Darbar last night. The police has arrested three members of a family for allegedly killing the youth to avenge a prior attack arising out of old enmity. Two of the accused in the case are absconding. The prime accused, Jaspal, is a class IV employee with a bank.

The victim, Lakhwinder Singh, alias Makhan Singh, was killed near his house at around 9.30 pm last night. The accused have been identified as Jaspal, his son Vijay, alias Monty, son-in-law Manish and nephews Rahul and Amit. The victim was employed as a driver and had come out on bail recently in a case of brawl.

The accused attacked Lakhwinder and allegedly smashed his head with bricks and stones. They then fled leaving the victim in a pool of blood on the road. The victim was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, by the police, but he succumbed to his injuries.

The police said Lakhwinder had a violent brawl with the accused on September 14 this year when he along with his family members had attacked Jaspal Singh. The police had arrested Lakhwinder then and he was sent to judicial custody.

He got out on bail recently. It was then that Jaspal and the others planned to avenge the earlier attack and kill him. The police said the accused had threatened to kill Lakhwinder before the wedding of his sister scheduled for November 5. A case has been registered in the Sector 31 police station.

The police has arrested Jaspal Singh, Vijay Kumar and Munish while Amit and Rahul are at large. 



GMADA set to go vertical
To change skyline; plans 12-storeyed high-end flats
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 30
Stepping into the shoes of private realtors, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is all set to go vertical, with the construction of high-rise residential towers in upcoming sectors of Mohali, especially new projects like Aerocity and IT City.

Otherwise, the already developed sectors of Mohali are known for low-rise buildings and tree-lined roads. The move to go in for as high as 12-storeyed high-end flats, a major shift in GMADA’s present policy of allotting individual plots, is aimed at ending speculation in the light of the over-subscription to Mullanpur Eco City.

Sources said the high-rise towers would not only generate more revenue, but also tackle the problem of land in the wake of high land acquisition costs and give a fillip to upcoming projects of private realtors. The sources said the issue was being taken in the meeting of the GMADA board tomorrow.

NK Sharma, chairman of the District Planning Committee, said between 5,000 and 10,000 flats in the EWS category would be offered in the high-end category.

Known private agencies would be entrusted with the job of providing basic amenities. The flats would be offered in a new scheme on 800 acres, being acquired in Sectors 88, 89 and 90.

Officials said the move to go vertical was consequential to Punjab’s Department of Housing and Urban Development allowing high-rise commercial and residential towers in Mohali’s periphery, as per the new master plan.

While the height restriction in the old sectors was 45 metres, the department had allowed 30-storeyed buildings, up to 100 metres, or twice the earlier permissible limit, in the new sectors.

Although there were height norms, these had been relaxed in areas located away from the landing and takeoff path of the runway at the Chandigarh airport. With special permission from the Air Force, up to 27-storeyed towers had been allowed in Sectors 74, 75 and 91.

The sources said covered area proposed for high-end flats varied between 750 sq ft and 1,600 sq ft. The cost was still being worked out.


Height unlimited

High-rise buildings under construction in the periphery of Mohali

25-storeyed Quark City coming up at Sector 74

Three 13-storeyed residential towers coming up at Sectors 90 and 91

20-storeyed bus stand-cum-commercial complex coming up at Sector 57



Sharjah flight awaits go-ahead
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The flight from the city to Sharjah will be delayed as international airliner Air Arabia is yet to get the green signal from the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), New Delhi. The flights were scheduled to take off from the local airport in the first week of November.

The operation of more international flights from the city has also been delayed as the Ministry of Environment and Forests is yet to give its nod to the setting up of an international airport, for which the Punjab government has already acquired 603 acres on the Mohali side.

According to sources, Air Arabia was planning to launch its maiden Chandigarh-Sharjah flight in the first week of November. But as the file submitted by the international airliner to the DGCA was still awaiting clearance, the airliner would not be able to start its operations by November 15. A senior official of Air Arabia said they had already submitted documents relating to operations from the city and if they got the nod within the next few days, they would be able to start the flight by the second week of November.

Airport director HS Toor said customs had already initiated steps for setting up immigration facilities at the airport and the Chandigarh Police and customs had been asked to handle immigration at the airport.

He said they had already requested the Ministry of Defence to increase the timings of ATC facility so that more flights could operate from the city.

He said once they got clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, work on construction of the terminal building and the car parking would be started immediately.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Ministry of Environment and Forests visited the site of the international airport at Mohali after the local airport authorities sought clearance from the ministry for the construction of the terminal and other facilities. The officials listened to the grievances of local residents.


On paper for a long time, cycle tracks cry for maintenance
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

A damaged cycle track on the road separating Sectors 28 and 29.
A damaged cycle track on the road separating Sectors 28 and 29. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, October 30
Launched with much fanfare, the over-hyped project of cycle tracks in the Union Territory are crying for attention like an abandoned child. Chandigarh administration spent crores of rupees for constructing the tracks. It was marked with ostentation when launched more than eight years ago. A casual perusing of the track by a Tribune team fetched poor results.

The issue has once again caught the attention of the Municipal Corporation (MC) when a detailed report on the status of the cycle tracks was tabled in the corporation, recently. The report was specific to the condition of the cycle tracks located along V-3 roads in Sectors 27, 28, 29, 30, 52 and 61. The report has specified that the administration had shifted the upkeep and maintenance of the cycle tracks, under study, to the MC. The tracks, last re-carpeted in 2006, are worn out in several places and are full of pot holes. The report has, urgently, sought an action plan for the care of the neglected tracks. MC records confirm that as many as 25 cycle tracks had been assigned the care of the MC which is actively pursuing its plan to install street lights on the tracks for cyclists in the dark. Not just for the cyclists but also due to snatchings in different parts of the city, a former Mayor said. A random survey by the Tribune team revealed a number of residential quarters had raised the height of their walls, along the cycle tracks particularly in Sectors 18 and 19. Residents have erected barbed fences as incidents of theft have been reported in the past. Mohinder Singh, a senior citizen in Sector 18, said “The walls were low making open invitation to intruders that the cycle tracks have accentuated. We know many of these erections are in clear violation of the city bye-laws, however, we cannot let the thieves to walk in casually on our premises and make hay.”

Rajesh Singh a research scholar said, “The track is full of potholes at different places. The issue is not very big because the administration had done an excellent job by providing separate cycle tracks. It is just that a little extra care was needed for the maintenance. At places, these tracks are being used by all sorts of vehicles defying the very purpose for which they were built.”

He said, “The cycle tracks are also being used for jumping the red lights and skirting busy traffic lanes. Many fast moving vehicles make a diversion on the cycle tracks to zoom past stagnant traffic.” Gurpal Singh, a resident of Sector 35, commented though the cycle tracks have been laid in most parts of the city, the authorities have failed to popularise them among the cyclists or to make them ‘user-friendly’. The administration needs to include resident forums to popularise cycling. Youngsters, in particular, need to be motivated, she added. MC Chief Engineer SS Bidda said "We are working on certain schemes to repair all the worn out cycle tracks, at the earliest. Inbox Cycle track was a prominent feature of the original master-plan of the Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier for Chandigarh. The original plan marked 106 kms of cycle tracks on the city roads. The issue laid buried in the papers till early 2004 when the UT Administrator OP Verma took up the issue and the administration cleared a plan for cycle tracks on V-2 and V-3 roads in two phases at an approximate cost of Rs 6.69 crores. 


Cycling improves strength and shape of the body muscles.

Cycling exercise is same as aerobic and supplies oxygen to heart and other body parts.

Regular cycling helps to build body stamina.

It also helps to reduce weight.

Cycling is an enjoyable physical activity.

It helps to reduce the stress and depression.



Fire breaks out at Sector-8 spa
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
A major fire broke out at a beauty spa and wellness clinic in Sector 8 here on Sunday. Sources said the fire department received a call at 8.20 am following which two fire engines were pressed into service to control the fire. It took over an hour for the firefighters to douse the flames.

Officials from the fire department said although the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, short circuit seems to be reason behind the fire.

“The fire broke out on the first floor. A fire engine each from Sector 17 and the Industrial Area fire station was rushed to the scene,” an official said.

The spa was completely charred and the air-conditioners were gutted.

However, the loss of property is yet to be calculated.



open house response
Admn should ensure quality of life to all

There is nothing surprising about living conditions in the so-called slum area of the city. They are expected to be the same all over the world. If we conceded a basic fact, there was little or no place for this category of workers in the master plan of the city. There were places for quarters of Class IV employees, however, there was no place for housemaids, daily labourers, dhobis and cobblers, besides certain others. In the absence of any living quarters, these residential areas have come up as encroachments, so one could not expect any symmetry of constructions like planned sectors elsewhere.

The administration did not interfere when these were coming up. Soon the numbers have increased to the point when they have become deciding factor in the political scenario of the city. It is the voter strength in this particular area, which had the biggest bearing on the result of the elections in the city. The original sectors are poorly populated.

The administration has made certain special residential quarters for this category of the city population, however, the living conditions there, too, need to be looked into because they have a direct impact on the health of the city.

Adarh Rishi, Sector 48, Chandigarh

Living conditions in slums hellish

I agree that the “serving class population comprising of domestic servants, labourers, drivers, vendors, cobblers, tailors, janitors, waiters, chefs, plumbers and electricians”, live in hellish conditions in slums and colonies around the city.

A majority of the population in this category is migrant. They are largely from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. This is because politicians in those states have not paid any attention for the uplift of their living standards. They have failed in educating masses and providing job opportunities to them. So these people leave their homes to seek greener pastures in places where they have to live in hellish conditions without proper housing, sanitation and education. They work in the finest living conditions in Chandigarh but live in poorest conditions which are unfit for human beings.

This is their helplessness. Had their states given them proper education and jobs, they would not have ventured in other states for finding a living for their survival. Now if they are staying here and this category of population has become a permanent part of the cityscape, it is the responsibility of the administration to ensure their quality of life on the standards comparable with other sectors.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Need of education on sanitation

Just like north Indians, particularly Punjabis, look for greener pastures in foreign lands, a section of workers mainly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for decades looked to this part of the country, as the possible destination for employment. Things are different in the rural setting of the adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana, however, in cities like Chandigarh and Ludhiana encroachments pose a big challenge on the working of the administration in terms of dealing with their illegal living habitat. Besides employment, a sizable number of migrant labourers have stayed back.

Without getting into the debate of these settlements being illegal and seeking an impractical action of getting them removed using the state force, I think the administration needs to make special plans about the living conditions there. A special care needs to be taken about their health and sanitation in the area. These maids are serving in our homes, so education on sanitation should be an integral part of the administrative plans for these areas.

Maj (retd) RN Singh, Chandigarh

North-south sector divide

At the outset, I must congratulate the Chandigarh Tribune, which has highlighted the plight of population living in the other side of the city under the heading “All that glitters is not gold”.

A disturbing feature of the city administration is the ever-widening north-south divide, giving an impression, as if these were two cities. The southern sectors are treated as poor cousins, which reflect an elite bias while providing civic amenities. It is not only one aspect where services like electricity, health, sanitation, etc, are not provided, but people living under miserable conditions there.

The condition of roads in these areas is deplorable. They are uneven, bumpy with innumerable potholes. The V-6 roads have been dug about a year back on the pretext of widening and then carpeting has put the burden on the taxpayers unnecessarily. There are roads in this section, where even a cycle is hardly seen to be driven, but has been taken into account to widen. This is the vision of our planners. The electricity supply in many pockets in the southern sectors is always erratic for want of requisite upgradation of transformers, obsolete cable and breakers. There are scheduled and unscheduled power cuts in this part of the city is a routine matter.

Encroachments have crept in on the main roads. Tea vendors, barbers, fruit settlers and panwalas are mushrooming. They are not only eyesores, but also render the area accident-prone. This all happens exactly under the nose of the administrative set up. Greenbelts, which are being inaugurated by bigwigs of the city with much fanfare, remain as belts only in the absence of maintenance, as stray animals instead of persons roaming freely. In certain cases, these have become parking place.

It would be worth to mention that the medical examination conducted at a medical camp organised in wake of the Chandigarh Tribune’s report revealed that as many as 500 people examined were either suffering from respiratory disorders or skin allergies. The figures are quite surprising, as 213 persons were diagnosed with respiratory problems and 160 with skin allergies.

It is unfortunate that the city was showing a discriminatory attitude in its dealing with the habitation and living conditions in the slums. The residents have to take a proactive role in voicing their concerns and taking up the issue with the right quarters in the administration.

SK Khosla, Sector 40-C, Chandigarh

Concentrate on quality of health facilities

Leave apart politicians promising heaven to slum dwellers, the matter of the fact is that these dwellings cannot be compared with normal habitat anywhere in the world. A majority of these are illegal houses catering to migrant population. Since they do not have a permanent house, so we cannot expect maintenance at par with normal houses.

At the same time, this section of population is a big reality in towns all over. I think the administration needs to concentrate on the quality of health facilities in the areas and education for their children. A change in approach towards handling the issues in these areas by top officials can make a huge difference on the attitude of workers on ground.

Rajni Yadav, Chandigarh



GGDSD told to refund fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharam College (GGDSD), Sector 32, for its failure to refund fee.

The district forum comprising president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota, also directed principal of the college to refund an amount of Rs 26,132 paid by the complainant at the time of admission after deducting Rs 1,000 as administration charges as per UGC guidelines and proportionate fee for one day.

The complainant, Isha, stated that she took admission in BSc (non-medical) for the session 2010-2011, by depositing Rs 26,132. She attended classes for only one day on July 15, 2010, and in the interest of best future opportunities, she sought admission to Swami Devi Dayal Global Institute of Engineering Golpura (Barwala), Haryana. She informed the college authorities about her quitting the seat on July 17 along with the request for refund of the entire fee which the college authorities flatly refused, she alleged.

GGDSD principal in a written statement, however, denied that the complainant had ever informed about leaving the college. He said there were 15 seats in BSc (non-medical) and out of these, only nine could be filled and the remaining six seats were lying vacant.

The forum observed that in the absence of any documentary evidence, the self-serving affidavit of Meena Prabhakar, principal of the college, was not sufficient. Therefore, it was presumed that the college filled the seat vacated by the complainant by giving admission to some other candidate.

The forum directed the principal to pay Rs 2,000 as costs of litigation.



Discussion on drug addiction among women
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The three-day national conference of the Federation of Indian NGOs for Drug Abuse Prevention (FINGODAP) held at Panjab University concluded on Sunday.
Issues related to drug addiction among women and children were discussed in detail. Capacity building of NGOs working in the area of drug treatment and rehabilitation was also emphasised in order to ensure the quality of service delivery to the target population.

Dr Rawal, senior doctor from Kullu, shared his experience on drug addiction and emphasised on the need of family support to address the issue.

Prof Anju Dhawan from AIIMS said substance abuse was a major concern among adolescents. “Alcohol and drug use is one of the major factors leading to accidents, suicide cases and various physical problems among adolescents and youths,” professor said.

She further added that most of the time, the adolescents indulge in drug use due to peer pressure and ignorance of the family. “It is important to initiate child-friendly treatment services, so that the treatment needs of the adolescents could be addressed. The need is also to strengthen the primary prevention programmes at the school and college level in order to delay the initiation of drug use among youth,” Prof Dhawan said.

TR Sarangal, principal secretary, department of social security, Punjab government, discussed at length the problem of drug use in Punjab. He shared the study done in the bordering districts of Punjab on drug addiction.

Dr Zeenat said it was important to mainstream drug and alcohol issues in the programme of relevant ministries, as this will help in addressing the issues in holistic manner.



Staff crunch at science department hits UT’s projects
It neither has a project director, nor a scientist
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
Though the Chandigarh Administration strives hard to promote non-conventional energy programmes, but at the same time, the UT science and technology department, which has to implement these schemes and projects, is virtually handicap in the absence of the required staff strength. 

The department has no project director, no junior engineer and even no scientist, the key posts to achieve the objectives, for which it was established in 1991-92. While the post of project director has been lying vacant since September 2010, the department’s single junior engineer has gone on long leave. There is no post of scientist, which is said to be necessary for the department dealing with various projects and schemes related to science and non-conventional energy programmes. “Without a junior engineer, who is authorised to conduct surveys and other required field work, no scheme or project can move ahead. The department has only one junior engineer and he has also gone on long leave, which is resulting in pendency of various projects and schemes,” said an official on the condition of anonymity. 

“We have also asked the authorities to provide more junior engineers, but to no avail,” said the official. 

The department has been also waiting to fill the post of the project director for the last one year. 

Talking on the issue, Santosh Kumar, who has additional charge of director of the department, admitted that they were facing problems due to shortage of staff. “We have invited officials from Punjab and Haryana to fill the post of project director, but nobody showed any willingness to come here,” said Santosh Kumar. 

Except for the director and additional director, at present, the department is being run by one senior assistant, two clerks and a peon.

What the dept does

The main objective of the department is to make the most of in-house scientific and technical institutional infrastructure in the UT to prepare science and technology plans relevant to the development of subjects. The work of non-conventional energy sources is also entrusted to the department, which has three cells — science and technology, non-conventional energy sources and integrated rural energy planning.


Dismal picture

While the post of project director has been lying vacant in the department since September 2010, the lone junior engineer has gone on long leave. There is no post of scientist, which is said to be necessary for the department dealing with various projects and schemes relating to science and non-conventional energy programmes.



csio foundation day
Science and technology can improve quality of life: Ramasami
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
Technological development cannot be possible without advancement in the physical sciences and it also demands good synergy amongst academics, research and development and the industrial sectors. Stating this while delivering the foundation day lecture at the Central Scientifics Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Dr T Ramasami, secretary, department of science and technology. He stressed it was only science and technology which can improve the quality of life.

Dr Ramasami also highlighted the significant growth in the area of publications and patents in India and called for a positive alignment between all the scientific forces for effective innovations in the country. Elaborating on the strong correlation between scientific investment and the GDP, he said India is leading in the sphere. He stressed upon the need for affordable innovations so that their benefits could reach the masses.

Suresh N, general manager, Bharat Electronics Limited, Panchkula and member, Research Council, CSIO, emphasised upon the active collaboration between various agencies to convert emerging technology into a marketable product that can be effectively used by society. He further remarked that there is a need to give impetus to development.

Dr Pawan Kapur, director, CSIO highlighted the aims and goals of the laboratory and its contribution in the field of science and technology. While presenting an overview of the on-going projects and future plans of the laboratory, he gave a glimpse of eleventh five-year plan R&D outcomes in terms of innovative technological achievements by research groups of the laboratory.



fake bail bonds
Third accused arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 30
The crime branch of the city police today arrested the third member of the gang involved in furnishing bail bonds for undertrials on the basis of forged documents.
The police has arrested Amit Kumar who used to furnish bail bonds on the basis of fake documents. A fake identity card and salary slip of the Punjab Government was also recovered from his possession. The gang was busted following the arrested of the first accused, Sachin, of Burail here on October 25.

Inspector Amanjot Singh, in charge of the crime branch, said Amit was arrested following the interrogation of the second accused, Manoj Kumar. Earlier in June, the crime branch had busted a similar gang which was involved in the preparation of bogus bail bonds.



Six weeks on, see any difference?
Kulwinder Sangha

A view of encroachment at Phase IIIB2 in Mohali.
A view of encroachment at Phase IIIB2 in Mohali. Tribune photos: vicky gharu

Mohali, October 30
Complaints regarding improper sanitation, traffic hazards and stray animals are still made by residents of Phases IIIB1 and IIIB2 (Sector 60) of the town as the authorities concerned have failed to take any action in this regard.

The poor state of civic amenities was highlighted in these columns about six weeks ago. Residents were of the view that the authorities concerned had become insensitive to the problems faced by the people.

HS Sangha, president of the Residents Welfare Association, Phase IIIB1, said total anarchy prevailed in the town. Residents had been facing traffic hazards near the Janta Market and the court complex, but nothing was done to ease the situation.

Haphazard parking at the Phase IIIB1 market in Mohali.
Haphazard parking at the Phase IIIB1 market in Mohali.

Even police personnel on patrol duty failed to act in this regard. The state of sanitation was poor. Burnt crackers and empty boxes were still lying on roads as nobody had come to clean the area four days after Diwali was celebrated.

The area on the rear of houses on sector-dividing roads had been totally neglected. Stray animals, especially dogs, moving about was a common sight.

Broken swings at a park in Phase IIIB1 of Mohali.
Broken swings at a park in Phase IIIB1 of Mohali.

Former municipal councillor KS Bedi said the contractor concerned was not employing an adequate number of ‘safai sewaks’, because of which sanitation had remained in a state of neglect.

The garbage collection point at the Phase IIIB2 market was not being maintained properly, as a result of which garbage remained scattered, causing anger among those going to the market.

He said that nothing had been done by employees of the mandi board to clean the area after the ‘apni mandi’ at Phase IIIB2. This had created problems for residents.

Not only did one stretch of the road get blocked for traffic in the evening due to a large number of vehicles parked there, but the area was left in a state of filth.



Vidushi regales music lovers
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, October 30
youthful freshness and energy in her voice, veteran Vidushi Sulochana Brahaspati, the foremost doyenne of Rampur Sadarang music tradition, regaled the city music lovers on the second day of the ongoing Brahaspati Sangeet Smaroh at the Law Bhavan auditorium here today.

She commenced her recital with the delineation of raga puriya kaliyan, establishing the raga form through an alaap before resorting to a slow paced (vilambit lya) composition “Aakul nain morre piya Ke” in ek taal, which melted into madhya lya bandish “Tin phall payoya” set to teen taal of 16 beats cycle.

After a brief avachar, Sulochana presented an invocatory “Ganga ghat chanderghat” in laudation of Lord Shiva before delving into the birha and divine love in “Tu hi toh nayan”.

She concluded the recital of bhajan “Soi ratna jo hari dhyaave” amidst applause. Rashmi of AIR, Lucknow, gave vocal support to the maestro. Earlier a child prodigy, Shradha, yet to enter her teens, spelt magic with perfect in swar lya and tal



Giving lessons in kathak perfection, with finesse
SD Sharma

Jayant Kastuar strikes a pose during his performance at the Randhawa auditorium in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Jayant Kastuar strikes a pose during his performance at the Randhawa auditorium in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: pradeep tewari

Chandigarh, October 30
City art lovers were treated to a rare animated session of kathak recital by Delhi-based kathak doyen Jayant Kastuar at a special programme organised by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

Sporting the blooming innocence on his face, revelling in the glory of Lord Ganesha, Kastuar commenced the recital with an invocatory ‘Gayiye ganpati jagbandan’.

Displaying the delicacy of the technique, he delineated the salient features of kathak through immaculately nimble footwork in his ‘torahs’, as also the facial and body gestures in the ‘gaths’.

The maestro defined and explained the intricate patterns of ‘uthan’, ‘parans’ and ‘tatkar’ with consummate ease to the receptive audience, with whom he established an instant rapport.

He was at his best in the ‘abhinaya’ portion of many items, immortalised by his revered guru, Pandit Durga Lal.

Kastuar brought alive the lyrical intent of the compositions, be it the ‘thumri’ ‘Sab ke mann bhave’, ‘Zara thehro raat bahut padi’ or ‘Rasik bharre torre nayan’.

Supported brilliantly by Yogesh Gangani on the pedant and the tabla, Amjad Khan on vocal and others, he floated across the stage.

Also secretary of the national Sangeet Natak Akademi, the maestro, employing his 50 years of experience, danced straight into the hearts of the audience.



‘Two blood separators to come up soon’

Panchkula, October 30
In 36th annual conference of “Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology” organised here today, Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, “Haryana government is all set to provide safe and adequate blood to every needy patient. An integrated and comprehensive strategy covering all aspects needs to be developed to achieve the object.

” He said two new blood separators would soon be set up in Yamunanagar and Faridabad for the effective utilisation of blood. With the move, one unit of blood could be used for more than one patient, each having different kind of requirement; packed red blood cells, platelets, plasma among others. Such separators have already been operational in Rohtak and Karnal.

He said collection of blood from a safe donor, quality screening to prevent transmission of infections, were some of the key issues that were needed to be addressed. — TNS



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Students perform bhangra in memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at Khuda Ali Sher in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Students perform bhangra in memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at Khuda Ali Sher in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Dr Ashok Kumar Jena, assistant professor, unit of orthodontics, Oral Health Sciences Centre, PGIMER, was conferred the status of diplomat, Indian Board of Orthodontics, at the 46th Indian Orthodontic Society Conference, Khajuraho. He was also awarded with the best-treated case award in the board certificate examination. Dr Sudhir Bhandari, assistant professor, unit of prosthodontics, Oral Health Sciences Centre, won the best paper presentation in the faculty category at the 18th National Conference of the Indian Society of Oral Implantologists held at Hyderabad. He presented a case of rare fracture of healing abutment and successful retrieval of the fractured fragment from within the dental implant body by using an ultrasonic scaler tip.

Result declared

The result of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya selection test 2011 held on July 10 for JNV-Chandigarh has been declared. At least 2,500 students appeared in the test, out of which 80 students have been selected for the admission in Class VI for the session 2011-12. Principal Pawan Kumar Sharma said the result was being dispatched by post. It can also be obtained from Vidyalaya office on all working days.

Uniforms given

The Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee, Shahpur, Sector 38, Chandigarh, has distributed free uniforms to 89 boy and girl students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35. Committee president Jathedar Tara Singh and eminent social worker Parmdeep Singh Bhabat (state awardee) asked students to keep themselves away from drugs.


The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital Association: president- Sanjeev Walia; secretary- Dr DS Gupt; vice-president- Dr BS Arora; joint secretary- Dr PK Jain; and treasurer- Ravi Prakash.

Dance contest

The S-4 Trust and Gurukul Vidyapeeth on Sunday organised the final of the “Dancer of 2011” as a part of the cultural extravaganza “Sur Wid Taal-Talent Hunt 2011” at the Punjab Kala Bhavan to provide platform to budding artistes. Over 40 participants battled it out by dancing to the tunes of Bollywood and folk numbers to walk away with honours. “The cultural extravaganza, which would culminate into a mega nite coinciding with the birthday celebrations of melody queen Lata Mangeshkar in December this year, will comprise four talent sub-contests, ‘Voice of 2011’, ‘Dancer of 2011’, ‘the Great Laughter Champion-2011’, and ‘Cultural Olympiad for Special Children-2011’,” said Rinku Kalia.


Wg Cdr Navin Bhatia has brought laurels to the city, as he was awarded commendation by the Chief of Air Staff recently for his utmost sincerity, dedication and devotion to duty and high professionalism. Besides his professional acumen, Bhatia is an outstanding sportsman, too, as he is currently the Central Air Command squash champion and was instrumental in winning the Air Force team championship trophy. Commissioned in the Air Force in 1997, Bhatia completed his graduation from DAV College, Chandigarh.

Walkathon ends

The three-day Walkathon organised by the Rani Breast Cancer Trust (RBCT) concluded at the Sector 17 Plaza here on Sunday with a Pink Walk, which was joined by a large number of people. Besides shoppers, volunteers of Fortis Hospital, Mohali; GMN College, Ambala; Gian Sagar Institute, Rajpura; GMCH-32, Chandigarh; HDFC Bank and Panjab University Campus joined the Pink Walk - all holding banners and balloons. The Walkathon has been organised for the second year in succession to spread awareness about breast cancer and motivate women to undertake a mammogram test.


With substantial share of industry and services sector in the GDP coming from the rural domain and the lines that once divided rural and urban sectors distinctly blurring fast, the entire paradigm of rural development is set to undergo a huge change as the Indian economy expands at a rate never experienced before, management and economic experts seemed to agree at the 2nd National Conference on Rural Marketing organised by the Chandigarh Business School of Chandigarh Group of Colleges here on Sunday. GS Bajwa, regional head of ICICI Bank, underlined that the rural sector was contributing substantial share to the GDP in agriculture, industry as well as services sectors. CBS director, Dr Karminder Ghuman’s view that traditional understanding of the rural-urban schism has to be discarded in view of the dynamic new realities.

Chess meet

The three day Inter-College Chess Competition was inaugurated at the Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions. JS Bedi, chairman, Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions, inaugurated the event. This competition is the first ever inter-college chess competition to be organised by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. More than 25 colleges and 100 students are participating in this tournament. JS Bedi welcomed the students for taking part in this sports activity and encouraged them to make it a part of their habit, along with their regular studies in their life.

Punjab CM criticised

MLA Kharar constituency, Balbir Singh Sidhu criticised Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for inviting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of projects
in Punjab on moral and ethical grounds.

Congress rally

President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and former Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh will hold a rally on November 13 in Mohali. Women leader and a member of the election committee of Punjab Congress, Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, on Sunday stated that Congress workers would explore the false claims of the present Akali-BJP government. Meanwhile, former OSD to PPCC president Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha said Captain Amrinder would begin his rally on November 1 from Damdma Sahib. On November 13, he would address rallies in Mohali, Kharar and Dera Bassi.

Cultural extravaganza

Grand finale of the month-long celebrations of the Mohali Senior Citizens’ Association (MSCA) was held at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, Mohali, here on Sunday. JC Sabharwal, estate official, GMADA, was the chief guest. MSCA president HS Mand welcomed the chief guest and thanked him for rendering substantial financial help to the MSCA. MSCA chairman, Dr AS Khehra highlighted the achievements of the association during the past four years.

— Tribune Reporters



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