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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 LtiHBRIDGE November 13, 1974 Political turmoil flares over a marriage in India By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) A mar- riage has plunged India's northern state of Himachal into political turmoil When 68-year-old Yaswant Parmar, chief minister of the state, married Satyawati Dang, his long-time political associate, he expected only congratulatory messages. Fifty-two-year-old Mrs Dang has been a widow for many years. She is the daughter of an American convert to Hinduism who settled in India at the be- ginning of the century and brought about an "apple revolution" in the Himalayan mountain area. Parmar's critics say that "he has handed over the reins of the state to a woman Mrs Dang has been a prominent member of the local ruling Congress Party. Male politicians now fee! that with the chief minister as her husband, she will dominate Himachal's politics even more Chief Minister Parmar is also being blamed by Hindu right-wing elements for "'not observing self-restraint even at the age of 68 According to the Himachal correspondent of the influen- tial New Delhi Hindustan Times, ''many senior politicians, including members of the ruling party, feel that Mr. Parmar should resign after this most shock- ing action.'' But the Parmars do not lack enthusiastic supporters. Six ruling party legislators have hailed their wedding as "an act of great courage." What the legislators ob- viously mean is that by marrying Mrs. Dang the chief minister has defied the traditional Hindu taboo on remarriage of widows. Opposition parties are hop- ing to exploit the marriage in the coming election Their line will be that Parmar has no business to indulge in a "romance" at a time when Himachal is going through a serious economic crisis and that he has virtually handed over the government to the strong-willed and wealthy woman. But aides close to Mrs. Par- mar say that her marriage has the support of a majority of Himachal's women voters. Indeed, many Himacha! women are hoping that it will not be long before Mrs Par- mar takes over the chief mmistership. "The federal government has already been captured by a woman (Mrs. Indira The eastern state of Onssa now has a woman chief minister. Himachal will be the next male citadel to says Mrs. Nirmal Sharma, a Congress party member Community calendar The Anne Campbell Singers will present the Singing Tree Dec 8 at the Yates. Guest ar- tist at their sixth annual production will be Patty O'Connell. Performances will be held at 2.30 and p.m. The Southern Alberta Equestrian Council will be holding a seminar on the organization and management of horse clubs, beginning at 9 am. Saturday on the mezzanine floor of the exhibi- tion building. The new hours for the Women's Place at 605 10th St. S are from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays. All women interested in women's status or volunteer work are welcome to drop into the centre. The regular monthly meeting of the 1914-1918 War Veterans will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Legion Memorial Hall. There will be a memorial service, followed by a social hour. Consumers beware by LYNNE GORDON Choose tires carefully You will soon wake up to find your familiar safe route a hazardous course, covered with snow or sleet, greasy wetness or even ice your driving habits will have to change radically. Have you made the change to winter tires or are you still struggling with the decision? Mention the subject of tires and most men and women tend to shrug their shoulders in- differently. Of all consumer topics, this probably rates the lowest in interest. Yet, it's a subject you'll wish you knew more about if you are faced with an emergency manoeuvre. Then it may be too late. The proper selection of tires is vital to your safety as well as your mobility. To drive with tires that have inch, or less, of tread depth, is inviting disaster. When you go to buy tires, you are faced with a confusing jungle of terms such as: plies, belted-bias, radials, nylon, polyester, fiberglass, steel, 80 series, 78 series, 70 series, 60 series. Add to that the manufacturers' brand name and descrip- tions like DELUXE, Premium, First Line and Custom and you have a pretty impossible task sorting out the proper tire for you needs. When you finally wade through this mind boggling jargon, it all boils down to three basic types, the bias, the belted-bias and the radial. And there are many combinations of materials, widths and designs in each type. The trick is to match the tires to your car, the load you carry and to your driving habits and expectations If you drive primarily in the suburbs, between home, school and the shopp- ing centre, you may get away with the cheapest tire, the bias ply For a lot of city driving and a moderate amount on the highway, step up to the next price bracket and consider a belted- bias-tire. But for hard driving and high speed on the highway, the radial is the best and most expensive. It is long wearing, has the best handling characteristics and is virtually puncture proof. Just one tip, radial tires have relatively weak but flexible sidewalls which give them their excellent characteristics. But because of this, if you are the kind of driver who bangs into the curb a lot when parking, they will blow out faster. For best all around performance, its best to use the same tires on all four wheel positions and in the case of radials, mix- ing is DEFINITELY OUT. As with conventional tires, it is essential to select winter tires which fit your particular driving needs The same advice goes about mixing. If you have belted-bias, put two belted bias on the rear wheels. If you have radials. two radials on the back. Before buying, look at the tread pattern. Don't just look at the surface Take your car key and poke it into the grooves to make sure they cut deeply. Tread patterns vary considerably in this respect Some tires will lose most of their gripping power before they are half worn. If you drive in heavy snow most of the year, think about four snow tires After all, about 70 per cent of your braking and 100 per cent of your steering is done by the front tires. The only time you should consider re-treads, is if you do a moderate amount of driving in the suburbs For long mileage and snow- covered roads, your steel belted radials are still the best. For driving on ice, studs are ideal, it they are allowed in your province For correct size and inflation pressure, read the label usual- ly found on the glove compartment door or check the manufac- turers car manual. The correct tire pressure is vital to your safety. Under-inflated tires buckle in the middle Only the outer edges of the tread are in effective contact with the road. This tends to reduce traction It is particularly unwise to let air out of tires, during the winter, in the mistaken notion that soft tires will improve trac- tion. This is untrue and DANGEROUS. Also, an over inflated tire will reduce, traction surface and cause the tire to bounce and lose contact with the road Guarantees and warranties must be checked carefully. Some tires may not carry any. others carry one based on time or on mileage, or a combination of both. Make sure you unders- tand the warranty of the tires you buy. Copyright 1974, Toronto Sun Syndicate AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE 3rd Ave. North 3 Cento Money OOUM.IO Weekly Soonsore? Sv The Moose No Children Under 16 MemU to Welcome LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North REGULAR WED. NIOHT BINOO 0 P.M. 25 GAMES DOUBLE MONEY CARDS MANY EXTRAS This week's Jackpot in 52 numbers. 5 CARDS S1 CARDS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PRIZE Disputes with moving companies occur daily VANCOUVER (CP) An Ottawa family lost all their belongings including treas- ured wedding photos and had to give up a new start in Brit- ish Columbia because of a moving company. The family we'll call them the back in Ottawa now and the mover, one of the biggest in the business, plans to auction their belongings to pay a 000 moving bill. The Ottawa agent for the move gave the family an esti- mate of but when the truck arrived at their new apartment in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby the price had more than doubled to 10. The moving crew demanded payment in full on delivery by cash or certified cheque and when the Wrights couldn't pay, the crew slammed the doors of the van and put the family's belongings in stor- age. They wouldn't even let the family have diapers for their baby The company said the Wrights showed their estima- tor only 26 pieces but there were 62 pieces shipped. The Wrights denied the charge Unable to raise in a strange city, the Wrights re- turned to Ottawa "Even though it means los- ing everything we ever had, I had to tell the moving com- pany to keep our goods in lieu of said Mr Wright. He asked a consumer or- ganization to try to retrieve their wedding album, birth certificates and wedding cer- tificate but the company re- fused. Disputes with moving com- panies arrive daily on the desks of the Consumers' Asso- ciation of Canada the Better Business Bureau and government agencies. "The industry gets a black eye time and again and I can't say it's all said George Williams, head of Williams Moving and Storage of Burnaby, a major moving company. "We have formed a profes- sional movers' group- in B.C. to upgrade standards and hopefully this professionalism will be picked up by the Ca- nadian Association of Movers in Ottawa. One technique of dishonest movers is giving low esti- mates. "We had an example the other day when we quoted peo- ple for a move to Cranbrook (in eastern B.C.) and another company quoted They went with the low estimate and when the goods arrived found the bill had jumped to Estimates on long-distance moves are based on tariffs set by the Canadian Movers' As- sociation but the rates aren't hard and fast. They fluctuate on the basis of mileage and weight Vince Forbes, manager of the Vancouver branch of the Better Business Bureau, said if a company is found to be deliberately setting estimates low it can be charged under the Trade Practices Act. Mr. Forbes said he wonders how many times a delivery is made on an evening or a Sat- urday when the customer has no access to further cash. "In such cases, the goods are simply sent to the ware- house where they incur a storage he said. CAC manager David Hinks objects to the payment on de- livery because it means cus- tomers have to hand over their money before inspecting their goods. One way to avoid distress is to pay in advance but it doesn't always work. CAC is handling a case in which a woman paid in advance for a move to Vancouver from Toronto. When the goods arrived the mover demanded his cheque and wouldn't be- lieve the woman had already paid He hauled the shipment off to a warehouse and after a week the woman owed an- other for storage. The agent in Toronto hadn't told the agent here the woman had paid. If something is lost, stolen or broken, the company's lia- bility is limited to 30 cents a pound for each package The liability wouldn't begin to cover a broken stereo com- ponent, crystal or china Mr Hinks said one of the problems is the people who are hired to do the work. "The drivers do OK but the loaders don't It's not a high- status job and you're not go- ing to attract many con- scientious people." He said if a customer goes to the courts he risks losing his case and paying thousands of dollars in legal fees to thi moving company. Mr. Hinks said people plan- ning to move should check with the Better Business Bu- reau, get the complete nami and address of the carrier am the destination agent anc make sure there is money a the other end. He also advised that pack ing and loading should be su- pervised. The customer should write "subject to hid- den damage" on the in- ventory, having first notec any visible damage or loss in the sheet in writing. Wee Whimsy Shjron Lyni.t W'jU h will be sent the original an for her quote Send youf child s quotation to ihii, paper SEW SAVE ON THESE SPECIALS! DOUBLE KNITS Plain diagonal weave Rib weave Tweec! Plaid or Check patterned oolyester double knits at great savings' All IP latest Fall 8 Winter colors Black Wine Navy. DarK Green Red. etc About 60' wide Reg Value to 4 95 yd SPECIAL 3.88 Printed Interlock Of Trilobal polyester imoorted from France Comes in novelty leaf pat tern Lovely for dresses nan's Abou 56 wide SPECIAL 2.59 id. Silko Una 320 7th St. S. Lethbridge, Aita. For those evenings at home something from our outstanding collection is sure to delight So perfpct for lounging or gifting all the Dottiest colours and fabrics Full range Centre Village A "The that has it all" "CHARITY BAZAAR" THURS.. FRI.. 14th-15th-16th 27 CHARITY GROUPS and CHURCHES Hundreds of hand-made Bake Sales Sizes 506 4th Ava. S. Phone 328-2653 College Mail Phone 328-7011 ;