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Luring through dollar dreams not walk in the park
 Two arrested; used details of rejected visa seekers’ namesakes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The special investigating team (SIT) of the Chandigarh Police, set up to crack down on illegal immigration firms operating in the city, has busted a well-organised racket of fraud by an immigration agency at Sector 32 here. Two fraudsters, in their early 30s, have been arrested.

What is interesting is the modus operandi of impersonation being employed by the agency, especially for clients rejected for UK tourist visa earlier.

The agency would assist them by locating local residents with similar names and then applying for visa by using the names and addresses of those residents.

These facts came to light following the arrest of two persons on November 18, who used to operate in the name of the Sector 32-based Atlantic Overseas Consultancy and charge between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 8 lakh each per tourist visa.

They were identified as Vikram Sharma of Chandigarh, and Vinay Chadha of Saini Vihar at Zirakpur.

Interestingly, Vikram, residing in rented accommodation at Sector 20, owned four houses, one each at Sector 22, Sector 32, Shivalik Housing Society at Sector 49 and Sector 8 at Panchkula.

DSP (CID) Anil Joshi, the head of the SIT, said the accused would accept applications from clients who were mainly from Punjab and Haryana and whose visa applications had already been rejected.

Such clients were promised to be sent to the UK on either tourist visa or student visa. “The accused would take their passports and make them sign blank papers,” he said.

The DSP further said the accused would then locate a local resident with the same name on the Internet and the voter list.

“The accused would procure bank statements, employer certificates and property documents in the name of the applicant by using the name and address of the actual resident,” Joshi said.

“These documents would then be attached to the visa applications. The police had identified around 15 local residents whose addresses were used to prepare fake documents,” the DSP added.

The police was also scanning the role of an HDFC bank employee, who was suspected of providing bank statements of the local namesake residents.

The police said Vikram, a postgraduate, had been the chairman of the Hoshiarpur Institute of Management of Technology at Bhagpur village in Hoshiarpur earlier.

It added that Vinay, a science graduate, had been finance secretary of the institute and had also worked with the Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, as laboratory technologist.

The police recovered a Tata Safari, a few passports, a scanner, some laptops, fake bank statements, a fake school certificate and fake statements of three industries, one in Mohali and two in Chandigarh, which were used to show that the applicant seeking visa worked therein.

These, too!

The racket was so well organised that the accused used to procure bank statements, income tax returns and residence proofs of residents and attach those with applications.

Well-to-do guys

n Vikram owned four houses, but lived in rented accommodation. He had been the chairman of the Hoshiarpur Institute of Management of Technology at Bhagpur village. Vinay had been the finance secretary of the institute.

n The police recovered an MUV, a few passports, a scanner, some laptops, fake bank statements, a fake school certificate and fake statements of three industries.

n The accused had over half a dozen mobile numbers, all registered in the name of innocent Chandigarh residents.



Five cases against Guru Kirpa proprietor
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Close on the heels of registering over 50 cases of cheating against Deepak Arora and Karandeep Singh, proprietors of Jet International Placement Services and Jet Point Immigration Consultancy Services, for duping hundreds of youths on the pretext of arranging work permit visas, the Mohali police has now slapped five similar cases on Neena Sharma, proprietor of Guru Kirpa Immigration.

The victims have alleged that she has duped them on the pretext of sending them abroad. In different cases, she is learnt to have duped hundreds of gullible visa seekers of over Rs 1 crore.

The station house officer of the Matour police station, Tarlochan Singh, said nine cases had been registered against her so far and raids were being conducted to nab her.

The office furniture and the computer system at the Phase-VII office of the immigration firm had already been seized, but she was absconding, he said.

Three of the victims, Hardeep Singh of SBS Nagar district in Punjab, Ashwani Kumar of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh and Kamaljeet Singh of Ambala, said each of them had paid Rs 1.30 lakh each to go abroad, but they neither could they go abroad, nor did they get the money back.

Modus operandi

First-hand accounts given by the victims revealed that the firm, in an effort to win the confidence of visa seekers, had not only issued advertisements on television channels and put those up on billboards, but also signed advisory service agreements with visa seekers on stamp papers. It used to accept around Rs 1 lakh as token money to process each case for work permit. Most victims had returned to seek refund after visas could not be arranged.




134 firms registered with cops
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
A total of 134 immigration firms have been registered with the Chandigarh Police, till date, during its campaign against illegal immigration firms operating in the city.

The police had planned to start a drive to locate unregistered immigration firms and initiate action against those.

DSP (CID) Anil Joshi said 134 agencies had provided complete antecedents and their names had been uploaded on the official website of the Chandigarh Police.

“We have sent the list of immigration firms operating in the city to all station house officers and asked them to check whether any other immigration firm is operating in their respective areas,” he said.

Joshi said the police had also decided to keep track of illegal firms luring gullible people through advertisements in newspapers.

“All immigration agencies placing advertisements in newspapers will be scrutinised. If those are found to be unregistered, cases will be registered. An advertisement will be enough evidence to lodge an FIR,” Joshi said.

In October, Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh had directed owners of immigration agencies to provide complete antecedents, in writing, to the Chandigarh Police at the public window of the Police Headquarters within seven days of starting consultancy business in the city.

The order, issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, made it clear that before establishing such business, it was mandatory for the owner of the firm to provide complete antecedents.

The offenders not following this order were liable to be prosecuted. This was done in view of some immigration firms running their offices in Chandigarh.

Police officials said they had collected all details and the past records of the immigration firms that had been registered with the police.

If any agency registered with the police indulged in any kind of immigration fraud, the police would catch the offender easily, said the police.



No water supply this morning
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, November 20
There will be no water supply to the entire city tomorrow afternoon and low pressure in the evening, according to a press note issued here today. The water supply will be shut from 3:30 am to 9:30 am.

The shutdown is being effected to carry out repairs of the 1,200-mm mainline for augmentation of supply. There is a leak in the mainline from the Kajauli waterworks to the Sector-39 waterworks at Maduli village, near Morinda.

Mohali: Parts of Mohali will get low water pressure on November 21 and 22 as the Chandigarh municipal corporation will carry out repairs in the mainline. According to a press note issued by the department of water supply and sanitation, Phases VIII to XI, Sectors 48-C, 70 and 71, Shahi Majra and Matour villages and Phases I to V of Industrial Area will not get water from around noon.


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Life is precious, drive slowly
On an average, 4,500 lives are lost in 11,000 mishaps in Haryana yearly
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
On an average in Haryana, around 4,500 persons lose their lives in 11,000 road accidents. Reports revealed that 40 per cent of the accident victims were not wearing a headgear while driving. Even a study by Arrive Safe, an NGO working for creating awareness about road safety, showed that educated people ignored things that could help avoid road accidents.
Haryana DGP Rajiv Dalal (wearing hat) inspects road-safety equipment at Sector 5 in Panchkula on Sunday.
Haryana DGP Rajiv Dalal (wearing hat) inspects road-safety equipment at Sector 5 in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

“As many as 65 car users do not bother to adjust real view mirrors while commuting on roads,” said Harman Sidhu, chairman of the NGO.

The statistics were shared with participants at a state-level function of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims held here today. During the event that had Haryana Director General of Police Ranjiv Dalal as its chief guest, a number of accident victims narrated their woes.

“Every year ignorance towards traffic rules, drunk driving and bad condition of roads lead to fatal accidents. Even passersby avoid rushing victims to hospitals. Over 1.25 lakh lives are lost in 5 lakh road accidents in the country every year,” he added.

“In addition, bad condition of roads in the country is taking a toll on commuters,” said Sidhu, who lost his legs when his car skidded off a damaged road.

Resenting the apathetic attitude of society towards such incidents, SK Yadav, a retired Army personnel, said he sustained serious injuries when a tractor-trailer hit his vehicle while taking sudden turn without giving any indication two years ago. He kept crying for help, but was shifted to a hospital only after a police party reached the spot, as the passersby did not come to his rescue, Yadav added.

Similar was the opinion of Mukesh Kumar, a Sector-15 resident of Panchkula. “I was with my 10-year-old son when the driver of a Tata Safari crushed my son’s foot. I noticed that the driver was under the influence of liquor. However, no one came to our help and the driver managed to flee from the spot and I had to take my son to a hospital myself, where he is undergoing treatment till now,” said Mukesh Dalal. He announced an award of Rs 5,00 for those who helped road accident victims.

“About 80 per cent of the accident victims are either under the influence of alcohol or riding a two-wheeler,” Karan Singh, driver of an ambulance deputed on the National Highway No. 8 near IFFCO chowk in Gurgaon. Karan, who was honoured on the occasion for saving the 500 lives, said reckless driving was one of the major reasons behind such mishaps. He added that drivers who did not get proper sleep often became a victim of mishaps. Timely help can save a majority

of lives, said Karan. “I try to reach the spot in two or three minutes,” he added. 



Motorcyclist killed in accident
9 of family, including 5 children, injured in another mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
A 33-year-old man was killed as his motorcycle rammed into a stationary car here today. The deceased was identified as Praveen Kumar of Mansa Devi Complex.

In another accident a little later, nine persons from Chandigarh, including five children, were injured when their car hit the Shakti Bhavan roundabout here.

Survived by two children, Praveen was a son of former municipal councillor Laxmi Devi. Praveen’s father Raj Kumar said his son left home around 1 pm for Sector 16 and went to meet a relative at Sector 10 on the way.

A Maruti Zen car hit his motorcycle, following which he lost balance and his two-wheeler rammed into a stationary car. He was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where doctors referred him to the PGI in Chandigarh, but he died on the way.

A little after this accident, the car in which Manoj, his wife Kanta and seven others of their family, including five children, hit the roundabout near the Shakti Bhavan. They were taken to a hospital and discharged after treatment.



106 plots to go under hammer
GMADA reduces reserve price for two-day auction, beginning today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
A total of 74 commercial and 32 residential plots are being put under the hammer for the two-day auction of freehold commercial and residential sites, beginning tomorrow.

This time, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has lowered the reserve price of residential and commercial plots. It is also for the first time that coloured brochures, detailing site maps, have been sold ahead of the auction.

“This will enable prospective investors to visit the site in advance that deciding about a site at the time of the auction,” said a senior GMADA official.

Earlier scheduled for November 14 and 15, the auction had been postponed due to a clause relating to the payment schedule.

Against the earlier rule of paying 25 per cent before allowing the transfer of ownership, GMADA had decided on full payment before permitting it. But later, it reverted to the earlier practice.

GMADA officials said it was for the first time that detailed colourful brochures were being provided to prospective bidders.

The officials said the reserve prices of property had been brought down by between 10 and 15 per cent, on an average, in all sectors where the sites were located.

Sources said the decision to change the formulae to calculate the reserve price of sites had been approved during a GMADA meeting the previous month.



Community centre or vegetable market?
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, November 20
A Community Centre at Dhakoli village is out of bounds for the local residents. The venue for holding functions and ceremonies has been allegedly encroached upon by a vegetable seller.
A vegetable vendor has put up ‘rehris’ in the community centre at Zirakpur.
A vegetable vendor has put up ‘rehris’ in the community centre at Zirakpur.  Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

This is not it, a post office and an aanganwadi centre are also functioning from the centre.

Residents lamented that there was no space for holding small functions in the area.

They said the council officials had turned a blind eye towards their plight. Despite bringing the matter to their notice, they did not do anything to check the menace. They have demanded that the council should take the matter seriously and tighten noose around the violators.

The centre is in a pitiable condition, with rehris put up by the vendor blocking the passage.

An aanganwadi worker said she had apprised the authorities of the poor condition of the place but the latter did not bother to pay a visit to the centre.

“As the centre no longer serves its purpose, we are forced to spend huge sums on getting the arrangements done at tents or marriage palaces,” said Robin, a resident of Dhakoli. He said the centre, which was constructed for organising functions, was out of bounds for residents.

When contacted, an MC official said, he was not aware of any such thing and he would ask the officials concerned to take action against the violators.



Fiza discharged of charges

Mohali, November 20
In the eight-month-old case of breach of peace by Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, the estranged wife of Chander Mohan, who allegedly threw paint in the courtyard of her neighbour Ram Krishan in Sector 48-C, the Mohali Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) has discharged her of the charges. The order were passed by the SDM after the investigating officer failed to appear before him.

On April 26, the police had registered a case against Fiza on the complaint of her neighbour, Ram Krishan.

Apart from lodging a case under Sections 107 and 150 of the CrPC, the police had also lodged a case under Section 427(damage to property) of the IPC. On getting the court orders, Fiza said she would sue her neighbour.

Residents oppose GMADA’s decision

The residents of Sector 69, living adjoining to Doon School today protested against a decision of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to provide an additional entry point to the school as it might lead to accidents.

In a representation to the Chief Administrator of GMADA, the residents said since the sector had already enough entry points, there was no need to give an entry point as would become a through fare for criminals. To solve the problem of parking at the existing entry point to the school, GMADA could construct a slip road along the boundary wall of the school and move it parallel to the main road separating Sectors 68 and 69 road.

Strike by LPG dealers affects consumers

Panchkula:With dealers observing a strike, more than 2,000 consumers did not get LPG supply today.

The dealers have been protesting the demolition of the boundary walls of two godowns by the Haryana Urban Development Authority in Sector 3 yesterday.

Manoj Nangia, secretary of the All-India LPG Distributor Federation, said,

“The dealers will be meeting Kumari Selja, local MP and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari tomorrow.” — TNS



PSEB employee seeks permission to end life
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Ram Singh, a physically challenged rusticated employee of the Punjab School Education Board, has appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to grant him permission to end his life as the state government had not fulfilled its promise to regularise the services of 134 clerks. In a representation to the CM, Ram Singh stated that he had been staging a dharna outside the office of the PSEB for long, but the state government chose to look the other way.

He said he even observed fasts, but nothing had happened. He stated that the state government had promised to regularise their services. Most of the agitating clerks were from poor background and needed employment, he added.



open house response
They made promises, but failed to deliver

Neatly drafted election manifestos by different political parties and candidates to catch the fancy of voters is a ritualistic exercise. These gather the dust soon after the election results are announced. It is really painful to see leaders making promises at the top of their voice and failing to deliver on those.

They don’t even bother to get non-functional streetlights repaired. Heaps of garbage are lying scattered in most of the places. To make things worse, even those in the opposition do not show their displeasure.

The North-South divide, in the city, persists to the disadvantage of a sizable population. Residents in the Southern sectors face power-cuts, non-operational streetlights and heaps of garbage. In Sector 50, for example, the MC has not developed even a single inch of green cover. The area also does not have any market.

I am of the view that the 'Right to Recall' will, definitely, compel the 
political parties to choose candidates who perform their duty.

Rakesh Chopra, press secretary, Joint Action Committee for development of Sectors 50, 51 and 63.

EVMs should have rejection button

‘Right to Recall’ is a concept that allows the recorded disapproval of a section of electorate to recall an elected candidate. This is most famously exercised by several cantons in Switzerland, even though the right does not exist at the federal level in that country. Some states in the United States also allow people to recall their governors.

I personally do not consider either of the ideas as particularly beneficial in the Indian context. Right to reject could be there, but right to recall is impractical. If we have a strong anti-corruption law, electoral reforms and police reforms, we don't need either of these. I appreciate the UPA government that a Public Delivery and Citizens Grievances Bill has been already readied by the Department of Personnel for the purpose.

Another Bill to put an end to corruption contemplates transparent bidding of all natural resources like mines and spectrum while yet another Bill to be introduced before the year-end is the public procurement bill to bring transparency and accountability and end corruption in the government purchases. Though no political party will agree to the people getting right to recall an MP or MLA before completion of his or her five-year term in case of the J&K MLAs, the government is putting the issue before all parties to show that such a law cannot be enacted by Parliament without a consensus in the entire political spectrum. Right to reject, however, may get the muster in the form of an Election Commission's proposal to put a button in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) for rejecting all candidates in the field.

I appreciate the Prime Minister for immediate actions and appropriate laws to be enacted by the end of the Budget Session to curb bureaucratic corruption and red-tape and usher in accountability and transparency that “will change face of India. Negative campaign by Anna Hazare will not put any impact on the civic body elections. Citizens of the City Beautiful are educated they know that the government does not have a magic stick that will remove corruption in one day.

Sachin Sharma, Chandigarh.

Right to recall, need of the hour

‘Right to Recall’ provides the electorate with the power to remove elected representatives who fail to perform their role in a satisfactory standard and who grossly neglect their duties. The exact process and form of a recall election varies from country to country and state to state. The threat of recall may act to focus the minds of elected representatives and encourage them to meet minimum standards of behaviour. There is also some concern that recall can be abused and used as a political tool with some marginal seats becoming the target of organised campaigns.

At present, there is no provision in the Constitution or in the Representation of People’s Act 1951 for the recall of a duly elected member. However, in India, provision for recall of legislators exists at the level of local bodies in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Since many countries have already made provisions in varying forms in their respective constitutions, In Canada, under the Recall and Initiative Act, 1995, the requirement is of more than 40 per cent of voters. In Philippines, the number required is at least 15 per cent of the registered voters of the last election.

The number varies in different states of the USA.

In Philippines, if the recall petition reaches the signature threshold of 25 per cent a single election is triggered. In India, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states have also been permitted to recall municipal councillors. Through this decision, the power is given directly to the electorate if two-thirds of the registered voters of a particular constituency sign a petition to the urban development department, the government can take steps for removal of the councillors. Madhya Pradesh amended the MP Municipal Corporation Act, 1956, and the MP Municipalities and Nagar Panchayats Act, 1961, to introduce the ‘Right to Recall’.

Presently, those who are elected once for five years, barring exceptions, do not turn to their constituencies. As a result, voters feel helpless and wait for another five years to make a change. Thus this is shear wastage of time and money, besides hampering the development in their respective constituencies. If the ‘Right to Recall’ is introduced at the state and national levels, these are the landmark reforms in our electoral system and would go a long way in strengthening one of the features of the direct democracy which is in peril in the country.

SK Khosla, Sector 40, Chandigarh.

Deserving candidate should be elected

The elected representatives should not be re-called as it will set bad precedent for the functioning of Indian democracy. They deserve our highest regard as we look up to them for help in times of need. The only appropriate thing is that judicious care is taken by the electorate that only those are voted to power who are honest, capable of delivering, dynamic and progressive enough to solve the local problems of the constituents, redress the genuine grievances and bring out improvement in every sphere of public interest. They can help the government in taking rounds of schools and hospitals to see that all functionaries are in attendance and doing their jobs honestly and, of course, efficiently. Although, it does not look nice to interfere in the work of the officials, yet, keeping in the present trend of large scale absenteeism and callous attitude towards the public, the off and on visits can improve situation to reasonable extent.

At present, there is no yardstick to measure the efficiency of an MLA or an MP and any provision to recall the so called inefficient or corrupt representative shall spoil the spirit of the Lok Pal Bill which is aimed at removing graft from the public offices and polity. Rather, it should also take private sector in its fold. Moreover, the election commission shall have to face a tizzy situation as holding mid-term elections will add to the burden on exchequer which should be avoided. In the event of non-performing representatives, they can be defeated in the next elections so that may have time to ponder over their inertia, mistakes and corrupt position as the case may be

In the previous term. Above all, the political parties should also avoid issuing tickets to those whose credentials are not bonafide: in a nut-shell, there should not be nepotism, or favouritism at the time of issuing tickets.

Gurmit Singh Saini, Mohali.

Corrupt politicians need to be taught a lesson

More than hundreds of scams have come to the light, but none of the corrupt official has ever been given any exemplary punishment. As a matter of fact, people are fed up and they do not see any hope. People now see in Anna Hazare a light that can pull the people out of this dilemma. And corrupt or irresponsible politicians also need to be taught a lesson and this can only happen if they are dragged back to their original place i.e. by ‘Right to Recall’. Today a majority of people want politicians with clean image, honest politicians with mass appeal and politicians with salt of patriotism. And Right to Recall is one of the remedies or step in the direction to bring corrupt or irresponsible politicians to book. It is a good idea and it should be implemented from the coming elections. Right to recall will definitely do wonders because in the first instance only a man with integrity will dare to stand in the arena of elections and corrupt or irresponsible one will hesitate. Crores of rupees are spent during elections (just to win) and dishonest or corrupt persons will not take risk of investing huge money in the elections. Political parties will also take note seriously and put up only right kind of candidate (with clean image) in the elections. Involvement of the people is must and it is only possible if they are educated about it. A column on the ballot paper should be printed with the word like 'I do not support any candidate'. As a matter of fact there is pressing/urgent need of this kind of laws because the whole atmosphere has become vitiated and there is immediate need for its treatment and this treatment is only possible if strict laws are not only framed but implemented.

Ujagar Singh, Sector 49, Chandigarh

Open House Question

Despite norms set by the Election Commission, the election process involves huge expenditure. Political rallies have already commenced as has the expenditure on posters and other poll material. Send your opinion on the wasteful expenditure that can be curtailed during elections along with possible alternatives to make campaigning more meaningful to the openhouse@tribunemail.com 



Experts dwell on critical care
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Peri-operative care and management of critical moments during surgery came up for a detailed discussion at the international symposium on peri-operative medicine and critical care organised by Inscol Hospital at the CII auditorium here today.

The peri-operative period is the period describing duration of a patient’s surgical procedure. This includes anaesthesia and recovery. Peri-operative generally refers to three phases of surgery: preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative.

Prof Erik Sloth, professor, cardiovascular anaesthesia, clinical and experimental ultrasound diagnostics, Aarhus University, Denmark, was the chief guest and inaugurated the symposium.

In his keynote address, Prof Erik said there was a need to learn the art and applications of ultrasound in emergency, trauma and critical care for early diagnosis and management.

Dr KK Gombar, medical director and director critical care and organising chairman, gave details of the subject. The symposium was attended by more than 200 delegates.



UT carries out 15-point programme for minorities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
To mark the ‘Communal Harmony Campaign Week’ from November 19 to 25, the UT Administration is implementing 15-point programme for the welfare of minority communities.

In this direction, the Chandigarh Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Minorities Financial and Development Corporation claimed to have sanctioned loans to 10 persons out of total 66 cases, belonging to the minority communities during this financial year while 64 persons have been imparted training in different trades to make them eligible to earn their livelihood.

“We are also implementing Centrally-sponsored schemes of pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means-based scholarship schemes for minority communities through the education department under which as many as 92 students from minority communities incurred scholarships,” said an official of the UT administration. The other schemes for the minority communities, which are underway, include the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme, Urban Self Employment Programme and vocational training.

The employees belonging to minority communities constitute 31 per cent of total employees in various departments of the UT Administration. 



Section 144 imposed in city till Nov 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
In an apprehension that certain groups of persons have been planning to organise rallies, dharnas and resorting to other agitational methods that might disturb public peace, the local district magistrate has imposed Section 144, CrPC in the city except on the Rally Ground, Sector 25, for a period of three days.

Under the order, there will be prohibition on taking out processions, making speeches, raising slogans, carrying of sticks and assembly of five or more persons here.

The orders will not apply to the police, paramilitary or military persons or any other government servant on official duties, the processions or meetings, weddings and funerals for which prior permission in writing of the District Magistrate/ Sub Divisional Magistrate has been obtained.

The order will be effective till November 23.



This elite ward cares less for a welfare body

In 2007, an area was earmarked by the authorities for the construction of an e-sampark centre for the residents of the Sector 7 but till date the work of the centre has not commenced. Even though assurances have been given to the residents a number of times, but till date no action has been taken on it.
(1) A park encroached upon by a washerman in Sector 7, Chandigarh. (2) A police beat box lying empty in Sector 7.(3) A heap of garbage lying in Sector 8. (4) Cars parked behind the Sector-9 market on Madhya Marg. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan
(1) A park encroached upon by a washerman in Sector 7, Chandigarh. (2) A police beat box lying empty in Sector 7. (3) A heap of garbage lying in Sector 8. (4) Cars parked behind the Sector-9 market on Madhya Marg. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Bus queue shelter

In Sector 7, the residents keep on complaining about the non-availability of a bus queue shelter in their sector but till date no decision has been taken, for its construction, by the authorities.

Beat box

Resident’s complain that the police might have inaugurated their beat box system with all pomp and show but the fact is that it remains another infrastructure with no facility. Most of the time, no policeman is available in the beat boxe. Even the name of their in-charge has not been pasted there. Unfortunately even after spending money on it, the residents are not able to avail that facility.

Market place

The absence of a market is a cause of concern for the residents of Sectors 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Apart from this, due to less population vendors avoid visiting these sectors as they feel that very few residents buy their goods.

Condition of internal parks

Internal parks maintenance have become another headache for the residents as majority of the parks which were developed in this area are in a bad state as the gardeners come to green belts at their will and take less interest in their upkeep. The residents complain that when the MC spends lakhs of rupees on these parks then why doesn’t it have enough man power to manage it.

Monkey menace

It has been more than five years that the residents of Sector 7 made complaints about the monkey menace in the area. A number of proposals were mooted to resolve this problem but till date no effective solution has come up with the authorities. Gardeners working in the gardens said that in the last six months 50 per cent of new plants had been damaged by the monkeys in the park. Even though a number of times langoors were requisitioned to the handle monkeys menace but to no avail as monkeys have become regular visitors in the park.

Parking problem

Parking problem in this ward is increasing in the commercial places. Even though the residents have made a number of complaints, about the difficulty, but all in vain, as no action has been taken by the authorities, till date.

Water pressure

For the past five years the problem of water shortage in Sector 7 exists and residents have staged dharnas too. But as and when residents approach the authorities they come up with excuse that the society is not under their preview so nothing can be done by them. 

MC Ward  Woes 
Ward No: 1

Ward number 1 which comprises Sector 1 to 11 is more or less a VVIP area which is different from other sectors in more ways than one way. Problems that plague in other sectors are unknown here. Interestingly, in this ward from Sector 1 to 6, residents do not have a residents’welfare association. As one of the residents pointed out that they never felt the need for such an association. This sector has one of the lowest density of population in the city and has adequate civic amenities.

Voter Population

Sector 1 to 11: 12,000

Councillor: Chander Mukhi Sharma

Party: Congress

Ward development fund?

Out of Rs 130 lakh allotted in the last five years, Rs 134.98 lakh has been spent till March 2011.

Tech know-how?

Residents post their problems on the face book and on the official e-mail separately. He has never responded to either of the two choices given to the public to voice their grievances.

Questions asked in House in 2010

He has tabled maximum questions in the general house meetings relating to the problems in the system of the Municipal Corporation.


* Interconnected pedestrian path in Sector 8 V-4, 5 and 6 road.

* Area which is used for garbage collection in Sector 11 is converted into green belt and maintained by the Green Park Association.

* Hi-tech community centre in Sector 8 and 11.

* Agreement between the MC and the Market Association of Sector 8 to maintain under ground parking in the market. This elite ward cares less for a welfare body

Chander Mukhi Sharma

Councilor speaks

"A majority of the ward problems have been sorted out with the active participation of the people. This ward has set an example for others to motivate the people to get their problems resolved at the earliest."— Chander Mukhi Sharma



‘Station’ marks conclusion of theatre fest
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, November 20
The Chandigarh Theatre Festival organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi concluded with the staging of a Hindi play “Station”, written and directed by NSD alumnus Asif Ali.

With station as the metaphor, Asif Ali brought into focus multiple dimensions of human relationships, unrequited love, mutual trust, natural calamities, merits and demerits of modernisation for the poor and apathy and justice for common man. Akademy chairperson Kamal Tewari welcomed acclaimed Bollywood actor Kiron Kher, who was the chief guest. Kiron lauded the efforts of the akademy and her batch mate, Kamal Tewari for promoting art, music and theatre in the region and dedicating the festival to the cherished memory of legendry thespian Gursharan Singh.



‘Laadli’ brings fore evil of female foeticide
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, November 20
Social evils, especially female foeticide, are deep rooted in the psyche of many of the orthodox people, who advocate for the traditional preference for a male child.

Shobha Koser performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday
Shobha Koser performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

The SG Chandra Foundation, Delhi, teamed up with Pracheen Kala Kendra to present a meaningful, informative and educative theme based cultural programme on the burning issue of female foeticide, which is ailing our society.

The programme commenced with a ballet “Laadli”, which is designed, directed and presented by Kathak guru Shobha Koser and 20 disciples with immaculate perfection.

Shobha enacted the roles of a demanding husband, a nagging and antipathetic mother-in-law, all conspiring against the fate of unborn baby girl. The chiaroscuro effects and soothing music by Guru Jwala Prasad augment the emotion in the dance performance.

After the technical presentation on this social evil by leading health expert Dr Kiran Sharma, Banaras thumri diva Dr Kumud Jha Diwan took the centrestage to mesmerise the city audience with her semi-classical vocal recital. She began her recital with a thumri on “Ladli vyakul maat ko dhaam” followed by couplets of Hazrat Amir Khusro.

She concluded her recital with “Vidai geet” of Amir Khusro amid repeated applause. She was accompanied by Pt Jaishankar Mishra on tabla while Koushik Dutta provided admirable support on harmonium.

Chief guest Urvashi Gulati, chief secretary, Haryana, opined that since centuries woman had been extolled as a goddess but sadly female foeticide is on the rise, which is alarming. She lauded the efforts of SG Foundation for creating awareness. The Laadli media award was presented to Dr Kushal Pal Singh, IG Prison, for excellence in creating awareness on female foeticide.



Wind turbine to meet power needs
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
With the increasing need of electricity and reducing resources, Ravi Raja, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi, has developed a cost-effective new type of wind turbine that would fulfill needs of electricity requirements of society.

Ravi Raja, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi, with his project at the PEC University of Technology in Chandigarh.
Ravi Raja, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi, with his project at the PEC University of Technology in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

The project aims to develop a wind turbine, which is as cost effective as the convectional windmill but produces more electricity, rotates more effectively and also rotates in low air breeze. The project that was displayed at IRIS event held at the PEC University of Technology was among nine projects that won a gold medal.

Ravi Raja said the wind turbine was developed on simple principles of air and rotation.

Explaining the technical details, Raja said the standard set up consisted triangular folding placed on a cylinder, which had a circular end, a shaft, which was used to put the cylinder on two towers, which held the cylinder.

“The triangular folds are placed on cylinder and shaft is used to put it on the towers. Both end of the shaft are connected to a separate electric generator, which produces electricity,” Raja said.

He further said the underlying principle was triangular folds, which were the best trapper of air.

They are placed on the cylinder in a continuous one direction, which further traps the air and this trapping of air creates a push on cylinder, which makes it to rotate.

“The cylinder has a rotational angle of zero so it rotates more freely. When the cylinder rotates, the connected shafts also rotate and this rotation is used by generators to produce electricity.

The turbine uses two generators to produce two times more electricity,” he said.

Talking about the market potential and competitive advantage, Raja said since no such efficient wind turbine was in use, such a useful and efficient wind turbine would surely create a market boom of electric power.

“It can be placed in states like Bihar, Assam, Dehradun, etc, whereas convectional wind turbines can only be placed in states like Gujarat and Rajasthan where wind blows at a high rate. Mass production can further reduce costs and can lead to a sustained profitable venture for manufacturer and fulfill the electricity shortage of different states,” he said.

The concept of the project is eco-friendly and can be easily customised as per the requirements.

The idea has been successfully tested on a low scale model and it can be done on a large scale.



Chandigarh Scan
Homoeopathic conference

A one-day national homoeopathic conference was organised by the Hahnemanian Education and Research Forum (HERF) here on Sunday. More than 300 doctors from all over the nation participated in the conference.

In sync

The pomp and show of the three-day annual function celebrations at Manav Mangal School, Panchkula, continued for the second day here on Sunday. The cultural programme commenced with a prayer dance, rending a mystical charm to the evening’s celebrations. “Sarhadein”, an emotional performance on the Indo-Pak relations, highlighted the need of friendly relation between the two neighbouring countries.
The pomp and show of the three-day annual function celebrations at Manav Mangal School, Panchkula, continued for the second day here on Sunday. The cultural programme commenced with a prayer dance, rending a mystical charm to the evening’s celebrations. “Sarhadein”, an emotional performance on the Indo-Pak relations, highlighted the need of friendly relation between the two neighbouring countries. A Tribune photograph


Anna IAC-CHD team on Sunday started “Vachan Patra” campaigning in Colony IV in the city. The campaigning started at 3 pm and continued till 5 pm.

‘Impart quality education’

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday called upon eminent educationists, academicians and scholars to make sincere efforts to impart quality education to students, especially in far flung rural and border areas, which had been deprived of their basic right to have access to purposeful education. He was addressing Sikh intellectuals and renowned educationists here during Panth Rattan Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Memorial Awards function organised by Sikh Educational Society (SES) in commemoration of its platinum jubilee celebrations at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women.

Sweaters given

Members of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik and their family members brought smiles on the faces of young students of a school at Chotti Perch village when they installed playing equipment on the school premises and distributed sweaters to students on Saturday.

e-journal launched

Jahnavi, the first-ever e-journal in Sanskrit, was launched on Saturday in the department of Sanskrit, PU, Chandigarh, by Prof Shankarji Jha, Sanskrit scholar and former chairperson of the department. While launching the e-journal, Prof Jha described various aspects of Sanskrit language and its relevance in the modern times. Dr Suman Dikshit is the editor of this e-journal.

Carnival from Nov 25

The Chandigarh Administration will be celebrating the Chandigarh Carnival, a mega tourism event, from November 25 to 27. The theme of the carnival is “Jaadunagiri-Explore the magical world”. The three-day event will have activities full of fun, cultural performances and magic shows. Film city on Kashmir Bollywood theme by ITFT, along with J&K government shall be the major attraction amongst cine lovers and youngsters to promote cinematic tourism. Amusement park, food court and stalls, displaying varied form of art and entertainment shall be a special feature of the Chandigarh Carnival. The tableaux and other display features in the parade will be based on the theme of the carnival.


An alumnus of St John’s School, Arjun Singh Brar, has been selected by the Singapore Airlines (SIA) for the Youth Scholarship 2012. The scholarship caters to expenditure during the two-year pre-university studies.

Spread the warmth’

To help the poor in combating cold this winter, Rotaract Chandigarh Midtown and “Help to Helpless” has taken an initiative, “Spread the warmth”, all across the tricity. The initiative will culminate by the first week of December. Students, in particular, have been asked to contact different organisations incase they wanted to come forward and contact different branches of “Ashiana”.

Fest held

IIPM organised Amaze- B-school fest at its Mohali campus at IIPM Tower. The theme of the two-day fest was SACK (students against corruption and kickbacks).

Hip replacement

“There is good news for younger patients, who need a hip replacement surgery either because of a congenital hip deformity or an accident,” stated Dr Manuj Wadhwa, director and head department of orthopaedics and joint replacement, Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Founder’s day

Vivek High School, Mohali, celebrated their founder’s day by paying tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

Book exhibition

A mobile book exhibition was organised by the National Book Trust of India, Delhi, at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, Mohali, with the cooperation of Manmohan Singh Daon, Shiromani literary writer. Around 5,000 books were displayed.

— Tribune Reporters



Colleges start new chapter in entrepreneurship sector
Ruchika M Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
In today’s era of large-scale unemployment and job cuts, entrepreneurship development and mentoring start-up ventures has started gaining ground in a number of engineering colleges across the region. With a number of venture capital funds making their presence felt, these start-up ventures are now finding it increasingly easy to get the much needed finance for making their business plans a reality.

At least 55 colleges in Punjab are now setting up entrepreneur development centres (EDC) on their campuses so as to train their students to become successful entrepreneurs, and provide them with infrastructure support during initial phase when their business takes off. With the help of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), these colleges are not just providing infrastructure for the new ventures, but will also provide regular mentoring to the budding entrepreneurs.

Talking to The Tribune here today, Puneet Vatsayan, president of the Chandigarh chapter of TiE, said the EDCs were in various stages of completion in over 50 engineering colleges, including six in the government sector, in Punjab. “We realised that there was a huge potential in the students of these colleges to start their own business ventures, so we decided to help these colleges set up EDCs. TiE began the exercise by first organising sensitisation programmes for owners/ managements of these colleges for creating EDCs, which was followed by organising programmes for faculty who would be running these EDCs. Wherever required, our members will be providing mentoring to these budding entrepreneurs,” he said.

He added that TiE is also starting a business plan competition for graduate-level students, which is aimed at fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship and to create “job givers”. This will be an intercollegiate competition, being organised in association with Rice University, with prizes totalling to $1.3 million.

Interestingly, the state government, too, has jumped onto the bandwagon and is now looking at expanding its own EDC in Mohali. Rakesh Verma, managing director of Punjab Infotech, said they were expanding their EDC “Incube” by another 6,000 square feet. “We already have nine start-up ventures operating from our centre and we are looking at more companies to make use of this facility. In order to promote entrepreneurship, we are also setting up a Rs 100 crore venture capital fund to finance sound business plans from the young businessmen from the state,” he added.

Preparing Job Givers

n 55 institutes setting up centres to nurture budding entrepreneurs

n The aim is to train students to become successful entrepreneurs so as to produce job givers

n Colleges are even giving them infrastructure support during the initial phase when their business takes off

n Apart from this, the colleges are also providing regular mentoring to budding entrepreneurs 



11 innovators to exhibit projects at ISEF
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Among 103 projects exhibited at the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) held at the PEC University of Technology, 11 innovators have been selected to represent India at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2012.

The winning projects and innovations were selected from a range of diverse disciplines, including computer science, mathematics, physics, behavioural science, botany, chemistry and environmental science.

A total of 103 projects were showcased at IRIS, including a range of solutions in the fields of physical and life sciences, mathematics, engineering and social sciences.

The scientific direction of IRIS was provided by various national labs and universities whose scientists judged the competition and selected the winners. The winners included Onkar Singh Gujral, Subham Goel, Yashendra Shukla, Ravi Raja, Raghavendra Ramachanderan, Gargi Pare, Sindura Saraswati, Nikhil Ravishank, Apurva Joshi, Saral Baweja and Nishi Paliwal.

“The next generation will need to face important global challenges and a solid grounding in mathematics and science - coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and digital literacy - are crucial for their success. The increase in innovative IRIS entries this year is a strong indication of the rich pool of talent that exists in our country and highlights the positive impact that youth can have on the world around us,” said Ashutosh Chadha, director Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia.



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