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PGI nurses on strike, patients suffer
Tribune News Service

Rukhsana of Bijnore lies beside her husband at the PGI in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Rukhsana of Bijnore lies beside her husband at the PGI in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Chandigarh, April 25
Services in wards, intensive care units and operation theatres were hit following the one-day strike by the nursing staff at PGI today. Of the 1,600 nurses, over 1,000 went on strike on a call of the PGI Nurses Welfare Association. At least 200 major surgeries were being conducted at the PGI every day.

Surgeries were affected at the 20 main operation theatres at the Nehru Hospital, nine operation theatres at the emergency ward and the gynaecology department, besides the advance paediatric and eye centres.

At 8 am, the nursing staff gathered near the Bhargava Auditorium. They raised slogans against the PGI administration and left for the Sector-25 rally ground, where CPI(U) and AICTU leaders addressed the gathering.

Unions from the GMCH at Sector 32 and the GMSH at Sector 16 supported the agitation of nurses at the PGI, said Vijay Kumar, president of the GMCH Nurses Welfare Association.

Back at the hospital, patients and their relatives were at the receiving end. While many surgical procedures had been postponed, others had been asked to wait.

Swarn Kaur, a cancer patient from Sector 14, was taken to the operation theatre at 8 am. Her relatives were not sure of getting the procedure done today.

“The patient was admitted yesterday and her surgery was scheduled today,” said her daughter-in-law at the waiting area. It was afternoon and they were told that the surgery could be postponed due to the strike, she said.

Requesting anonymity, an attendant said, “The only problem with operations being postponed is that we do not know when they will get the next chance. A majority of the patients are coming from outside the city. They may have to travel back to their hometowns and initiate the process for appointments again.”

Many others had already been sent to their wards. Ajay was scdeduled to be operated upon for a fracture in his leg. He was told that it would be rescheduled and sent back.

The case with Roshan of Jagadhri was the same. He was to be operated upon for abdominal pain. It was unfortunate that employees went on strike, said Baljeet, accompanying Roshan.

The stories of Mohammad Naseem, who had fainted at home in Saharanpur last week, Basanti of Nepal, suffering from asthma, and Rukhsana of Bijnore, having a stomach ailment, were no different.

A PGI spokesperson claimed that patient-care services were normal. Approximately 5,900 patients in OPDs were attended to and 46 major surgeries performed with help of nurses willing to work today and students of the National Institute of Nursing Education, the spokesperson said.

Major demands of nurses’ association

These include childcare leave and the appointment of woman hairdressers. Rule 43-C of the Central Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, has been unlawfully amended by the PGI administration to deprive woman nurses of childcare leave, the association has alleged. Another demand is that the designation be changed from sister to nursing officer as it is embarrassing to men in this profession.



Construction cess
Labour dept has no MC building plan data, losing crores
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The UT labour department is losing construction cess worth crores for the last more than two years due to the lackadaisical attitude of the municipal corporation (MC) in providing data of building plans approved by it.

Records of the labour department revealed that since 2010, the department has been writing to the MC for providing the data on approved building plans and issuing of completion certificates at villages so that the labour department can recover the construction cess of 1 per cent on it.

Till date, no action has been taken by the MC. An official with the labour department said they could not recover construction cess from huge construction, especially at villages, which were under the purview of the MC.

Two days ago, the labour department had sent a reminder to the MC that it should not issue building plans or completion certificates to those who did not provide no-objection certificates (NOCs) for construction cess from the UT labour department.

A senior official with the MC said the issue would be tabled in the next General House, scheduled for April 30.

He added that it would assess whether the MC should hold applications for building plans and completion certificates of those who did not provide NOCs from the labour department.

As per the communication of the labour department, the MC authorities had been asked to issue the completion certificate and the building plan after the owner provided them the NOC from the labour department about clearance of construction cess.

In a recent letter to the MC, the labour department had referred the example of the estate office building branch, which had been providing it for the last more than a year.

The labour department revealed that as the MC was not providing the necessary data of villages, the department was unable to recover the cess since 2010.

The department expressed surprise at the dual policy of the MC as it was providing details of government buildings, but not of private buildings.

Last year, labour department officials had taken up the matter during a meeting with the then MC Commissioner. They were assured that the MC would provide them data, but no action was taken.

Administration’s notification

In 2009, the UT Administration had notified that the labour department would charge 1 per cent construction cess on the total cost of construction for issuing the completion certificate.



Uzbek widow gets case registered
Two local residents booked on charges of assault and misbehaviour
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 25
After running from pillar to post for the last three days, a young widow from Uzbekistan has finally managed to get a case of assault and misbehaviour registered against two local residents.

Though Ghazalmajyeova, the 28-year-old victim, alleged that she was sexually assaulted, the police registered a case under Sections 343, 323, 308-C, 506, 34 and 379 of the IPC for wrongful confinement, causing hurt and criminal intimidation against Tarun Goyal and Aman, alias Shilpi.

Area DSP Anil Kumar said they had started investigations after registering a case. “We received a written complaint in this regard today,” he said.

“We had also registered a case against Goyal under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act about 20 days ago for his alleged involvement in a flesh trade racket”, said Tarlochan Singh, station house officer of the local police station.

Speaking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Ghazalmajyeova claimed that she had come in contact with the duo through her friends in Delhi last month. She arrived in India on February 10.

“In her statement to the police, the victim alleged that the duo brought her to Zirakpur on March 15, and she was put up at a hotel,” claimed a police source.

“As they used to beat her up, the hotel management had asked them to leave after three or four days. Following this, she was taken to a flat at the Panta Home Colony. After that, she was shifted to a flat at Sector 20 in Panchkula,” the source added.

The victim alleged that the accused had kept her in captivity after taking away her passport and about Rs 2 lakh that she was carrying.

She said she managed to escape from their clutches last week. She claimed that she first approached the Delhi Police for registering a case, but was sent back to Zirakpur. The victim said she reached the Zirakpur police station from Delhi on Sunday evening.

“But here, nobody entertained my complaint. I was told to go to the Panchkula police station. From there, I was sent to the Mohali SSP’s office,” Ghazalmajyeova said.

“I went to the office of the Chandigarh SSP today, following which a DDR was lodged at the Sector-3 police station and the case referred to the Zirakpur police station,” she added.

Ghazalmajyeova had two children back home in Uzbekistan. She claimed that she was visiting India as a tourist.

Her visa was valid up to March 7, the police said. She said she could not return within the stipulated period as she had been kept captive.

Charge against police personnel

Ghazalmajyeova also alleged that some police personnel at Zirakpur misbehaved with her. “They kept touching me and made suggestive and obscene gestures,” she said. Zirakpur SHO Tarlochan Singh refuted the charge, saying a sub-inspector managed a room for her at a local hotel on his guarantee so that she could stay here safely.



MBA student commits suicide

Chandigarh, April 25
A 21-year-old MBA student allegedly committed suicide at her Sector-51 residence here this evening. Ramanpreet Kaur was a student of the Landran College of Engineering at Mohali.

She was survived by her parents and a younger sister. She left a suicide note that she had failed to become a good daughter.

Her sister told the police that Ramanpreet told her to bring her a pizza. She later returned and found her sister hanging, she added.

Her father worked with the food and civil supplies department at Sector 17. Her mother worked with the UT electricity department at Sector 18.

The police shifted the body to the GMSH at Sector 16 and initiated inquest proceedings. — TNS



Admn to have 4 new officers
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The UT Administration is all set to have four new officers from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.

Their names have been approved either by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) or the Administration. The latter is awaiting panels for three more officers from both states.

Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer Rajiv Gupta joined the Administration on Tuesday. It had selected him from the panel recently sent by the Punjab government. The Administration would soon decide on his posting.

The other two names in the panel were Upkar Singh and Hargunjit Kaur. The latter had opted out, citing personal reasons.

Punjab had sent the panel to replace Joint Secretary (Finance) SS Khara, who was set to go back to his parent cadre.

The Administration had already accepted his request. He had requested repatriation as he was to retire this year-end and wanted to retire from his parent state.

For the post of Special Secretary (Finance), the Administration had sent the name of Bhavna Garg to the MHA from the panel.

Special Secretary (Finance) Ajoy Sharma’s three-year term was complete recently and he was on six-month leave outside India. Bhavna was Ajoy’s wife.

The MHA had already cleared the name of 2002-batch IAS officer Mohammad Shayin for the post of Deputy Commissioner (DC).

The MHA had already agreed to the repatriation of DC Brijendra Singh, who had sought repatriation to Haryana, his parent state.

The name of Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police Maneesh Chaudhary had already been cleared by the Centre for the post of SP (Traffic). He would soon join the UT police.

The Administration was still awaiting panels from Haryana for two HCS officers. The former had also invited a panel from Punjab for the post of the CITCO Managing Director (MD).

At present, Punjab-cadre IAS officer DK Tewari was posted as CITCO MD. His tenure was recently extended by six months.



Vodka effect: Three schoolgirls pass out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Plans to watch a movie and hang out with friends turned awry for three Class-XII schoolgirls, who were found in an unconscious state at the Leisure Valley in Sector 10 here this morning.

The girls, accompanied by two boys, consumed a heavy quantity of vodka at a bar before going for the movie when they felt dizzy. The boys did not consume vodka.

The girls started vomiting when passersby called the police. The police rushed the girls to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital at Sector 16 in an unconscious state.

The girls were all set for a coaching centre at Sector 33 in the morning, following which they planned to see a movie. They stopped at a Sector-10 bar, where the girls consumed vodka.

Unable to digest the drink, they walked to the Leisure Valley, where they started vomiting and then fell unconscious.

Seeing them lose consciousness, one of the boys with them ran away, while the other boy stood there. A park guard who saw the girls vomit informed the police.

A PCR van rushed the girls to the hospital, where they were given treatment and discharged in the evening. The police said the staff at the bar would be questioned about serving liquor to minors.

The police summoned the parents of the five school students to the police station at Sector 3, where they were questioned. While the police initially suspected that the drink could have been laced, nothing of the sort was found. It was revealed that the girls were only overly drunk.



Gmada’s apartments scheme
Thousands of brochures go waste
Poor response to project; only 12,000 applications received
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 25
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has failed to anticipate the expected response to the Purab Premium Apartments Scheme and went all out to get 1.25 lakh brochures printed for the project and received less than 12,000 applications.

Sources in GMADA said as the demand of brochures for the scheme did not reach the desired level, more than 50,000 of the brochures kept lying in the press.

It is learnt that banks have now been asked to return the unsold brochures to GMADA and recover the deposits made by them in this regard. But GMADA will be deducting the printing price of each brochure (Rs 36.25) from the payment to be made to various banks. As many as 15 banks, including 10 nationalised banks, were involved to promote the scheme. The State Bank of India was the nodal bank for the project.

The sources added that in an office order issued in the last week of March, it was pointed out that GMADA had spent Rs 45,31,250 on getting the brochures printed. Each brochure was sold to the applicants for Rs 200. Out of the 1.25 lakh brochures printed for the Purab Premium Apartments Scheme, only 69,500 were issued to banks. GMADA could collect only Rs 37 lakh from the sale of brochures as banks were able to sell only 18,500. However, the development authority would be able to collect another Rs 18.40 lakh by recovering the price of printing of unsold brochures from banks.

An estimated 1,500 applicants have sought withdrawal from the scheme. The number of successful applicants asking for refund is almost double the number of applicants placed on the waiting list. Apart from those who had sought refund, there were other successful applicants who were not submitting the required documents to GMADA because they wanted to withdraw from the scheme, the sources added.

GMADA had launched its 4,500 multi-storeyed flats scheme in Sector 88. Priced between Rs 37 lakh and Rs 69 lakh, the 15-storeyed flats were categorised into one bedroom, two bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. A total of 11,987 applications were received by GMADA for the three categories of flats.

Officials of GMADA were of the view that the scheme on the whole had not attracted a good response as it was not investor-friendly.



UT Industrial Area the pits
Despite plush hotels coming up, UT Admn, MC have failed to upgrade basic infrastructure

Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Despite more than six hotels, including two five-stars, number of malls and shopping complexes coming up in the Industrial Area, the UT Administration and Municipal Corporation (MC) have failed to upgrade the basic infrastructure here.

Industrialists complained that the bitumen-layer of a majority of internal roads has been peeled off and wild growth has virtually taken over the parks with garbage scattered all around. A majority of streetlights have been lying defunct and almost every dustbin, placed by the authorities at various places, has garbage spilling over. There are potholes on the roads, which often get converted into cesspools even after light showers.

There is also no coordination between the MC and the UT Administration which can be gauged from the fact that the designer streetlights, which were installed after spending lakhs of rupees, are lying non-functional because the road and electricity department are passing the buck to each other that which department will pay for the damaged underground cables.

Designer lights sans maintenance

The Chandigarh Industrial Association (CIA) president MPS Chawla, who is also constructing the Altius Hotel in the Industrial Area said that as a number of malls, hotels were coming up in the area it would certainly give boost to the commercial ventures there. But he added that just because it was an industrial area, the administration and the civic body had turned a blind eye to the development in the area. He further added that the UT Administration had passed the new name Chandigarh Industrial and Business Park, for the Industrial Area but the name had not been changed so far. New name would certainly help the hoteliers and mall owners in their business but so far, no signboards were installed, he added.

Chander Verma, chairman of the Converted Plot Owners Association, said that more than 125 plot owners had opted for conversion of their plots from industrial to commercial activity after payment of over Rs 1,000 crore to the administration but they failed to provide basis infrastructure in the Industrial Area. He added that poor infrastructure left bad impression on the representatives of the multi-national companies who wanted to tie up with local businessmen. This affected their business, he said. The authorities had agreed to installation of entrance gates, beautification, parks, well maintained roads but till now they had failed to provide the same.

It is not only the industrialists, but city residents are also not happy with the conditions prevailing in the Industrial area. Narinder Singh, assistant restaurant manager with a local restaurant, said that it was good that these hotels, malls and shopping complexes were coming up in the area, but along with these projects the authorities should also provide good infrastructure. Presently, it was difficult to drive on the potholed roads and during the night in the absence of proper streetlights it was risky to drive in the area, he added.

Rajni Thakur, a personality development trainer, said that beautification of the Industrial Area was a must to attract customers. Besides, there was no proper parking facility where the hotels and malls were coming up.

Vishal Thakur, a chartered accountant, said that earlier he had opened his office in the Industrial Area, Phase II, but as the infrastructure was poor in the areait was affecting my business. Last year, I decided to shift my office to Sector 34.

When contacted SS Bidda, Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation, said that the work to repair the roads in the Industrial Area was already allotted, but as the supply of sand and gravel from Punjab was limited, the work had been delayed.

Areas of concern

Parking: The existing malls in the area show inadequate arrangements, leading to vehicles parked on roads and pavements

Roads: Existing roads are narrow and inadequate to handle the expected rush in the wake of new hotels and shopping malls

Water: The existing water pipelines are far below the capacity required in the wake of big construction

Electricity: The UT Administration will have to make adequate arrangements for power supply to hotels and malls

Major hospitality projects coming up

Sheraton: The proposed five-star hotel, located near the airport and not far from the local railway station, has an outlay of 177 spacious guest rooms and suites.

Hyatt: It is coming up as part of the 27-acre Larsen and Toubro Mall at Phase I. The project report shows 200 rooms, a banquet area, multiple meeting rooms, health club and nightclub.

Hometel: Located in Phase I, the hotel will offer 114 spacious rooms.The 8,200-square-foot banquet area will be the largest in the city, with a capacity to agjust 600 guest.

Pelican: The hotel proposes 27 air-conditioned rooms, conference hall, coffee shop, kitty hall, restaurant, lounge, bar and banquet hall, spread over 18,000 square feet. A jungle home and a rooftop restaurant are the highlights of the project.

Fern: Located merely three km from the airport, about five km from the railway station and just eight km from the bus stand, Fern Residency, the three-star hotel is well-connected by all means of transport. It offers wi-fi connectivity, mini-bar and writing desk, besides regular services.



Extension to liquor vend bugs residents of Panchkula
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 25
Residents and shopkeepers of Maheshpur village, Sector 21, today protested against the extension given to a liquor vend in the village on the National Highway-22. In a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Ashima Brar, the residents alleged that even though they were forced to demolish some portion of the houses and shops in the village on the highway, nothing had been done against the owner of the liquor vend who continued to run his business in the area.

Office-bearers of the market committee, Sandeep Sarwal, Krishan Almati, Bharat Bhushan Arora and Manoj Kumar claimed that after the acquisition of the land, NHAI had demolished the front portion of their shops but nothing had been done against the liquor vend. The residents demanded that the liquor vend should be shifted to some other area as it was within 200-m radius of a religious place, failing which they would be forced to launch an agitation against the Administration and NHAI authorities.

They alleged that the liquor vend did not have a sewerage connection due to which sewage got accumulated in the basement. They claimed that the moisture had also entered the walls of houses close to the liquor vend.

Additional Commissioner of the Excise and Taxation Madhu Bala said vends were allotted to liquor contractors after inviting tenders. She added that the department only floated the tenders while HUDA provided the land for opening the vend.

NHAI director Anil Dahiya expressed concern over the shifting of the liquor vend and added that they had sent the valuation report to the PWD department. He said the site had already been got marked from the patwari and the vend would be shifted after getting clearance from the PWD department. He added that they would seek the status report from the department tomorrow.

Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar said they would take up the matter with the excise and taxation department.



Finance and Contract Committee
Falling short of quorum, Mayor puts off meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
High drama was witnessed today on the cancellation of the Finance and Contract committee (F&CC) meeting chaired by Mayor Raj Bala Malik on a plea that the quorum was not complete for conducting the proceedings.

After waiting for an hour for the absentee members, the Mayor commenced the meeting and told the two opposition councilors, including Harjinder Kaur and Rajesh Gupta, and the officials who were present at the meeting that as the quorum of the committee was not complete so she would convene the meeting later on.

Sources said that next F&CC meeting would be called by the Mayor in the first week of May after the general house meeting.

Objecting to it, the opposition members stated that the Mayor was misleading them because as per the MC Act, four members were required to fulfil the quorum of the committee, which was completed with the presence of the MC Commissioner, who is the ex-officio member of it. Arguing on the decision of the Mayor, SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur said that due to lack of coordination among the Congress councillors, the working of the corporation was being adversely affected.

Criticising the Mayor’s recent interaction with the media, Harjinder Kaur said that she had not formulated a single fresh project in the city and those which were approved by the UT chief architect department were ongoing projects of the corporation.

Harjinder Kaur alleged that in past four months the Mayor had not called even a single all-party meeting. She suggested that the Mayor should call pre-F&CC meeting, if not the pre house of all party councillors.

BJP councillor Rajesh Gupta objected to the cancellation of the meeting and complained to the Mayor that when the city residents were not getting basic civic amenities, including water supply and sanitation services, then what was the utility of starting big projects.

Expressing resentment on the cancellation of the meeting, Gupta said that there were important policy matters of various departments, which were to be discussed and approved at the meeting. Referring to the terms and conditions of parking lots, which were to be tabled today, Gupta said that as these were not approved by the committee, the authorities would not be able to allot the four parking lots, which were lying vacant for the past four months due to which, the MC was suffering a loss of more than one crore rupees.

Nominated councillor Sat Paul Bansal said that he had sent a communication to the Mayor that he would not able to attend the meeting. Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said that he could not attend the meeting due to some personnel engagements.



Sukhna lake
Experts set to demarcate catchment area
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Experts are all set to put their heads together to demarcate Sukhna lake’s catchment area.As the save Sukhna case came up for hearing before the Punjab and Haryana High Court this morning, the Chandigarh Administration said the committee of experts on preserving Sukhna Lake were scheduled to meet on May 7.

An assertion to this effect came from UT senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal before the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Alok Singh. Fixing the case for May 14, the Bench asked the UT to produce the minutes of the committee's meeting.

The experts’ committee comprises senior advocates ML Sarin and Rajeev Atma Ram, along with Sanjay Kaushal and advocate Tanu Bedi. The officials of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, along with other experts, if required, will also attend the meeting.

In what was being seen as a watershed in Save Sukhna campaign, the High Court had earlier directed an inter-state committee - comprising experts and advocates - to decide the issue of demarcating the lake’s catchment area.

Going into the background of the controversy, the Bench asserted that the issue had been debated since long. The state of Punjab has been claiming the catchment area stood demarcated by an official notification dated March 15, 1963. On the other hand, amicus curiae or the court’s friend Tanu Bedi has been arguing on the necessity of demarcating the area as “nobody was clear as to what the true catchment area is”.

The Bench added a map prepared by the Survey of India was also on record. The Bench asserted another committee, comprising nine members, had also been constituted, headed by UT Conservator of Forests, with Superintending Engineer, Circle-II, as member convener. The other members were UT deputy forest officer, along with the representatives of Punjab and Haryana governments. The Bench had observed in the open court that the progress in the matter was “very slow and tardy”; and asked Sanjay Kaushal to take up the issue with the Conservator of Forests for ensuring frequent convening of meetings.



Pakistan spy case
Former SDM deposes in CJM’s court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Prerna Puri, former SDM (South), today deposed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate where she was cross examined by the defence counsel in connection with the Pakistan spy case.

Public prosecutor JP Singh said the former SDM was recovery witness when confidential documents pertaining to the Army were recovered from the possession of the spy.

Presently holding the charge of Secretary, information technology, she had accompanied the police party in Sector 44 when alleged Pakistan spy Kashif Ali was arrested in July, 2010.

“The former SDM was summoned to the spot on the request of the investigating officer in the case, Inspector Amanjot Singh. On disclosure of accused Kashif Ali, the police had recovered confidential documents which were shown to the SDM,” he said.

While deposing in thecourt, the former SDM had identified Indian military documents and photographs seized from the residence of the 24-year-old accused, who was then living in rented accommodation on the identity of Pawan Kumar.

JP Singh further added that the statements of the then SDM was crucial evidence in the case. The crime branch had arrested the Pakistan-trained spy, who had been passing information on national security to his handlers in Pakistan. The police had recovered sensitive information pertaining to national security from his possession.

The accused actually belonged to the Zulfiqar Colony at Faisalabad in Pakistan and had been monitoring defence installations.



Dance theatre performance “Jalam” lights up heritage festival
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, April 25
A scintillating choreographic spectacle “Jalam” presented by the Samudra Performing Arts of Kerala gave a majestic start to the much-awaited fourth edition of the Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival at the Tagore Theatre here today.

“Jalam” was a very complex and highly innovative show. Eulogizing the water, as elixir of life, “Jalam” was a contemporary take on water and its many forms of energies, its uses and misuses. Performed to perfection by acclaimed artist duo Madhu Gopinath and Vakkom Sanjeev who are trained Bharatnatyamdancers.

The act depicted many moods and emotions through powerful dance movements relating to water as the main theme. The artistes had attempted to define and illustrate the various manifestations of water from the life saving to devastation.

The innovative dance form “Samudranatanam,” which is a combination of Bharatnatyam, pole and rope mallakhamb, was a rarity in the region and delighted the audience.

This was followed by three short choreographies like Surya with its seven horses representing the energy source, Shiv Tandav and Shivharahar. All the nine accomplished dancers including two females displayed geometrical precision in footwork, electrifying body movements while maintaining perfect synchronization.

Inaugurating the festival the chief guest KK Sharma IAS lauded the efforts of three academies of Chandigarh, city artists and officials for making the fest a grand success. He made special mention of Padmabhushan Dr BN Goswami, Neelam Man Singh and Kamal Tewari for bringing Jalam to city. Earlier Dr BN Goswami who conceptualized the festival theme “Nature, Prakriti and Qudrat” defined the significant difference of all three words though etymologically mean the same thing.



Residents of Sector 44 consuming muddy water for last one week
Tribune News Service

A resident shows muddy water. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 25
Residents of Sector 44 have been "forced" to consume contaminated water for the past one week - thanks to the callous attitude of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation- which has failed to supply clean drinking water in the area.

Despite repeated requests by area residents, corporation officials have not been able to find the cause or the source of contaminated water till date.

A resident, Geetika, brought a bottle of water purported to have been collected from the supply line to show the colour of the water. A large number of residents had collected the water in buckets to show the MC officials the quality of water. The residents said that unsuccessful attempts were made to contact officials of the Municipal Corporation.

Alleging that nobody had bothered to call on the residents or visit the area to verify the compliant, the residents said that the locality had old citizens as well as small children, who consumed the same water. They were left with no other option but to boil the water. A visit to the area confirmed the complaint from different places in the sector.

But this option is not viable for all. Some residents cannot afford to boil water every time they drink. It is the duty of the government to provide safe water to all citizens, but health safety of the residents here is at stake.



Pension scheme for workers of unorganised sectors approved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil has approved the implementation of a pension scheme, Swavalamban Yojna Scheme, for the workers of unorganised sectors in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

This is a Government of India’s co-contributory scheme open to all persons working in unorganised sectors; who are not in regular employment of Central/state governments or any autonomous body/PSU and are not a part of any other pension scheme from any other source, and can include rickshaw-pullers, daily wagers, labourers, milkmen, domestic helps, dhaba workers, rehri walas, aanganwadi workers, weavers and roadside vendors.

The objective of the scheme is to provide an old age income security to the weaker and economically disadvantaged sections of society. Any person with income less than Rs 15,000 per month and in the age group of 18-50 can enrol himself or herself in the scheme for which the subscriber contribution shall be at least Rs 1,000 per annum with a maximum of Rs 12,000 per annum.

In a meeting held by the Home Secretary and Finance Secretary with all officials concerned, to fine tune the implementation of the scheme, it was decided to appoint director, social welfare, as a nodal officer.



Good news for tourists
Single-window system introduced for visitors to Capitol Complex
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The tourism department of the UT Administration has introduced a single-window system for the convenience of foreign and local tourists visiting the city to see and study the work of Le Corbusier at the Capitol Complex, Sector 1, Chandigarh.

Earlier, the tourists had to visit either the office of Chandigarh Tourism at the Additional Deluxe Building, Sector 9, Chandigarh, or Chandigarh College of Architecture, Sector 12, Chandigarh, to obtain the introductory letter for visiting the Capitol Complex.

Now, the procedure has been made much easier. In addition to the above two offices, the tourists can now obtain the introductory letter for visiting the Capitol Complex from any of the nearest tourist information centres like Tourist Information Centre, Plaza, Sector 17, Chandigarh, Tourist Information Centre, Sukhna Lake and Le Corbusier Centre, Sector19, by producing their original passport and visa, in case of foreign tourists, or identity card, in case of local tourists. Officials deputed at the above centres shall verify the details and then grant the introductory letter required to visit the Capitol Complex in only 5 to 10 minutes.



74 lives snuffed out in road mishaps
Mohali district witnesses 73 accidents in first three months of this year

Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

A file photo

Mohali, April 25
At least 74 lives were snuffed out in 73 fatal accidents that took place in Mohali district in the first three months of this year. In 2011, the district had witnessed 61 fatal accidents that had claimed about 66 lives.

Despite identifying the ‘black spots’, where about 75 per cent of the accidents had occurred, as per record, the police failed to take precautionary measures at these locations.

The police has already identified about a dozen ‘back spots’ in and around the town which included Desu Mmajra T-point, Mundi Kharar turning point, Khanpur bridge, some small crossings on the Balongi-Kharar stretch, Spice Chowk, Chawla light point, Kumbran light point, Quark City crossing, Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan crossing and the PCA light point.

Most of these spots do not have traffic lights, proper markings and reflectors.

“Caution boards should be put up at such points and PCRs should also be stationed there,” said HS Lamba, a resident of Phase II.

Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said it was not possible to deploy policemen at each and every such point. “Residents should follow traffic rules.”

“The work of putting up caution signboards is under way,” he added.



Shivraj Patil shares knowledge of technology with management body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Administrator UT Chandigarh, Shivraj V Patil, presided over Chandigarh Management Association’s management day function here today. He said technology can be of three kinds: One which is relevant to the needs of the areas and people; two which can be useful to all in all parts of the world, but not very advanced and three which can be of advanced and of futuristic nature. Patil said the first category of technology has to be produced by those who need them, and to whom they are relevant.

The second category of technology can be produced by and can be made available to any country. But it cannot continuously be imported.

He said it should be improved upon by the users and that too, locally. The third kind of technology and new knowledge may not be available to the users and needy countries.

These are needed to be produced by countries, at least in the initial periods. Later on when these technologies becomes old, they can be made available to the users on a smaller or larger scale, he added.

Patil said the producers of technology and new knowledge should be aware of these realties and should plan to develop and generate them.

Patil further said the producers and users should meet more often than they are doing now.



Chandigarh scan
Prize distribution ceremony

The excellence achieved by the gifted, determined and committed students of junior wing in academics, sports and co-curricular activities was celebrated. Due recognition was given to them during the annual prize distribution ceremony held in the Delhi Public School’s auditorium. Brijendra Singh, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest during the occasion. He encouraged the children.

Centre of Excellence inaugurated

The adviser to the UT administrator, KK Sharma, inaugurated the newly renovated Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Information Technology/BPO Sector, at the Government Industrial Training Institute for Women, here on Wednesday. Sharma said, "Such endeavours are an achievement in itself. We must now aim at the diversification, re-orientation and integration of the vocational training courses.” The new Centre of Excellence costing about Rs 1 crore, has five computer labs, three lecture rooms, one seminar-cum-conference room, one Placement and Career Unit and one canteen.

Anniversary celebrated

Adidas celebrated 15th anniversary of its flagship store in the city with cricketer Kieron Pollard on Wednesday. The aggressive all-rounder graced the occasion with his fans at the Adidas store at Sector 17.

Office bearers

The new office bearers of Arya Samaj Mandir, Sector 22-A: President-Vijay Uppal; Vice president- Prithvi Singh; Secretary-Kamal Krishan Mahajan; and Treasurer-Bunny Singh.

DM prohibition order

The District Magistrate has prohibited the public in general and any member thereof from forming an assembly of five or more persons, taking out processions, making speeches, raising slogans, carrying of Lathis in the whole city except at Rally Ground, Sector-25, Chandigarh, for a period of one day . Keeping in view that certain groups are planning to organise rallies, dharnas or choosing ways that may cause obstruction, annoyance or injury people, property or disrupt public peace or cause riots.

Mohali scan

World Malaria Day: “Chandigarh is one of the top 15 cities of the country as far as the prevalence of urban malaria is concerned. Mohali and Panchkula are equally at risk,” said Dr Parvinder Chawla, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mohali. She was speaking to around 100 staff members of Mahindra and Mahindra-Swaraj Division at the factory premises in Mohali on the occasion of World Malaria Day. Talking about the enormity of the problem, Dr Chawla said only 18 per cent of the Indian population was living in ‘malaria free’ regions. Fifty-six per cent of the Indian population was living in low transmission areas while 26 per cent in high transmission areas.

— Tribune Reporters



DC tells officials to take immediate steps
Pollution caused by scrap dealers at Khokhra village near Pinjore

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 25
Taking a strong view of pollution caused by scrap dealers in Khokhra village near Pinjore, the Deputy Commissioner today directed the officials concerned to deal with the situation immediately.

While presiding over a public grievances committee meeting held at the Mini Secretariat, the DC asked the officials what steps had been taken in this direction. To which the officials replied that about 270 challans had been issued and several cases had been registered against violators

The residents of Kundi village demanded an inquiry into bogus ration cards being made by the depot holder. They said irregularities by the depot holder in the distribution of kerosene and other items needed to be probed. Officials of the food and supplies department said the licence of the 
depot holder had been cancelled.

Local MLA DK Bansal while raising the issue of corruption by the employees of the electricity department at Dhandardu village said he had received a complaint that one of the employees had taken bribe from a village resident, Roopchand. To which the official concerned replied that the the employee had been transferred to Morni.

Brar said the problems of residents should be solved on a priority basis and if they failed to do so at their own level, they should be ready with answers during such meetings.



Dharna by shopkeepers

Zirakpur, April 25
About 100 shopkeepers and local leaders staged a dharna in front of the MC’s office this morning. They were protesting against the civic body’s decision of demolishing about 90 shops located on the Zirakpur-Patiala road. — TNS



PU bows to students’ demand
Now, last date to submit forms for common entrance test is May 5

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Bowing down to the Panjab University Student Union’s protest, PU authorities have decided to open the registration for Common Entrance Test (CET) once again for the students who have missed the deadline.

PU officials, after seeking a legal opinion on the matter, said they have decided to extend the last date to register for CET. Sukhjit Singh Brar, president of PUSU, said now May 3 is the last date for depositing fees online and the deadline for online submission of forms is May 5.

Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) President Pushpinder Sharma, who was one of the committee members that took the decision, said the university would also be releasing an advertisement to inform the applicants about the extension of dates.

The Panjab University Student Union along with the applicants who missed the last prescribed deadline staged a protest and were sitting on an indefinite hunger-strike. They demanded extension of the submission dates.

The protesting students said many students were not aware of the introduction of online system and therefore failed to submit their forms. They also alleged that PU’s server was down on the last day.

PUSU leader Sumit Goklaney said the last date for submission of forms was April 23; however, the PU’s server was not working following which the students could not submit their forms online.

Interestingly, the representatives of a coaching institute were also protesting for the extension of dates outside the university.

The PU officials said with the last date being extended the university would have to scrutinise all the fresh applications before approving them and even have to deal with the students’ queries.

Latest development

Earlier, April 23 was the last date for CET form submission. Now, May 3 is the last date for depositing fees online and the deadline for online submission of forms is May 5.



Online form submission gaining popularity
More than 10,000 students have gone for it so far
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The recently introduced online registration for Common Entrance Test (CET) held by Panjab University has received a great response.

Over 10, 000 students have already filed their application online, which is around 2,000 more than usual. The registration process will continue till May 5 as decided by the PU authorities.

The online registration has also attracted students applying from different parts of the country who usually avoid coming to the city for filling form.

Tankeshwar Kumar, director of Computer Centre, said the online registration system was introduced for the first time and the number of applications has already crossed the average number of applications received by the university earlier.

“Usually we receive around 8, 000 application for CET. But the number has increased this time. Students from distant areas are taking advantage of online registration,” he said.

Kumar said PU’s server was not down on the last day of form submission as claimed by the applicants. He said over 1,200 students had registered on that day. The date has now been extended.

PU conducts Common Entrance Test for courses, including MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS, BPharma, five-year law, Hotel Management and various other courses.

University officials said they have received around 8, 000 applications for Other Common Entrance Test (OCET) and the registrations are going-on.

“The introduction of online registration has streamlined the admission process and even helped university in saving huge quantity of papers,” he said.

Other Common Entrance Test University officials said they have received around 8, 000 applications for Other Common Entrance Test (OCET) and the registrations are going-on.

Usually we receive around 8, 000 application for CET. But the number has increased this time. Students from distant areas are taking advantage of online registration. he introduction of online registration has streamlined the admission process and even helped university in saving huge quantity of papers~

— Tankeshwar Kumar, director of Computer Centre



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