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Panjab university
Exam system needs overhaul
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Tall claims made by Panjab University (PU) of having an effective examination system have fallen flat.

Despite repeated efforts and a fairly large number of committees to make suggestions on improving the system, various question papers of the university exams continue to have glaring mistakes.

The university has not been able to mobilise all teachers on examination invigilation duty, leading to non-teaching staff taking their place for this duty. A sizable number of teachers, too, are not part of the evaluation process.

The issue gains greater relevance in the context that students have been saying their entire academic worth was judged on the basis of their academic results. "The university makes big promises but promises are never kept."

Even various reforms adopted by the university have failed to strengthen the examination system, with major blunders and hitches faced by university at various steps during the examination.

Delay in declaring results, Ph.d students evaluating the answer scripts, answers printed on question paper, out-of-syllabus question papers etc have become common at the PU. Various committees formed to revamp the system have also failed to help the university.

The university every time fails to declare results on time. This year, the results which were supposed to be declared on January 30, were declared late by over one and half months. A major problem which the university is continuously suffering from is the teachers' shortage for evaluating under-graduate answer sheets. Due to this reason, the university enrolls research scholars with no experience for evaluating the answer sheets.

What could be worse is that teachers even take answer sheets to their home and don't return these on time, which further leads to delay in declaring results.

The PU Vice-Chancellor, during last Senate meeting, had quoted one such instance when the Controller of Examinations had to go to a teacher's house to get back the answer sheets.

The instances of carelessness in the varsity exams can be judged from the errors witnessed during the ongoing exams at affiliated colleges and in the PU. The university recently made a blunder in the BSc-I botany examination. All colleges were surprised to find the answers to a 10-mark fill-in-the-blank question printed in the question book. A question paper of BA-III Hindi exam that was supposed to be of 90 marks turned out to be of 84 marks only. In one of the history exams, the university forgot to provide the world maps along with question paper.

Recently, two questions of 15 marks each in the fourth semester law exam of Information Technology Act and RTI Act were out of syllabus. On May 1, the second semester students complained that a 15-mark question was out of syllabus in the examination of Family Law and two questions that appeared in Unit III were from Unit IV. The list of errors made by the PU in examination papers is growing bigger as the exams are progressing.

Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti said a high-power committee had been formed to suggest reform measures to curb such errors. Sobti said there were over 4,700 question papers set during one session and errors are found in a few examinations.

Some grey areas

n Repeated blunders in question papers

n Due to teachers' shortage, research scholars evaluate answer sheets of undergraduate courses

n The university, in the recent past, has failed to declare results on time, leading to delay of over one-and-a-half-months in the declaration of results



Panchkula police plan to hire security agency
Verification of tenants, PGs and servants in district
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
Keeping in view the increasing looting incidents and other petty crimes here, the police is likely to hire the services of a security agency for the verification of the tenants, paying guests and servants in the district.

A senior police department officer said the department would soon invite expression of interest from private security agencies regarding this and the work would be allotted to a common agency both for Panchkula and Ambala districts. He said earlier the plan was for Panchkula district only. However, after the upgradation of the local police to commissionerate, Ambala district had also been included under the scheme.

The authorities in neighbouring Mohali district in Punjab had launched a drive against the illegal paying guests (PGs) operating in the town and legal action was taken against the owners who had failed to get their PGs registered with the administration.

Now the Haryana police has also decided to plan a survey in the district to control the crime in the two districts so as to safeguard the life and property of the people. Sources said at present, two security agencies had shown interest in this regard and the final decision would only be taken after floating the tenders.

Additional Director General of Police AK Dhull, who is also holding the additional charge as Commissioner of Police Ambala Commissionerate, could not be contacted to get his views over the issue.

Sources said the hired agency would be responsible for getting the complete details about the family members, tenants and servants, besides collecting their background data so as to keep a tab on anti-social elements. In the absence of any record, the police finds it difficult to nab the criminals who flee after committing a crime.

The sources further said that the agency would also charge a nominal fee from each household in these districts. Even though the amount would only be fixed after the tenders would be finalised, according to rough estimates Rs 150 would be charged from each household.



PCR constable beaten up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
In the fifth incident in less than 15 days of a UT policeman being beaten up by the public, a police control room (PCR) constable, who had gone to a house in Manimajra to solve a matrimonial dispute, was beaten up today.

The police has arrested the accused Akash Kumar, a resident of Manimajra, in this regard. According to the police, after getting information regarding a quarrel between a couple, PCR constable Sandeep Kumar, along with two women constables, went to the spot in old NAC, Manimajra.

On reaching the spot, the constable found the couple quarreling, on which he tried to pacify the couple. However, Akash objected to it. The policeman then tried to take him away, but in a fit of anger, he hit the constable and also threatened him.

The police stated that Akash was a habitual drinker and they had received a complaint that he was beating his wife. Meanwhile, Akash has been booked.

Past Incidents

May 8: PCR Assistant Sub-Inspector got injured after being hit by a jeep when he signalled a jeep driver to stop for paper checking

May 7: A Chandigarh traffic police constable was hit by a

sports utility vehicle at anti-black filming naka at the Sector 24/25 light point

May 4: A UT police home guard volunteer was abused and threatened in Sector 36 after he intercepted car-borne men who were teasing girls

May 4: A city police Home Guard volunteer got injured after allegedly being beaten by six persons in Sector 52



3 accused not nabbed yet
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 13
The Mohali police is yet to lay its hands on three accused in the kidney scam. The police has arrested Sachin, Manju Pandey and her son Abhishek Anand Pandey.

A local court sent them to judicial remand for 14 days today. Amitabh Pandey, also Manju Pandey's son, Vikas and Shakeel were at large.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, a police official claimed that they were close to arresting the other accused. “Raids are on. We will nab them any time,” the official said.

Amitabh and Vikas were said to be in Maharashtra and Shakeel in Uttar Pradesh. They were students at a college in Pune. All except Sachin were agents who lured the poor. 



Uncertainty looms over 23 liquor vends
Being run from pre-fabricated structures along roadside
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A month after the UT Excise and Taxation Department auctioned vends at an increased licence fee and excise duty, uncertainty prevails over nearly two dozen liquor vends that are being run from pre-fabricated structures along roadside.

After the issue of pre-fabricated liquor vends alongside the roads reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the excise department has identified 29 such sites. While 23 such vends were auctioned at a high premium on April 20, the department withdrew the forthcoming auction of six more such sites that had not been disposed earlier.

Some of the sites, along Vikas Marg, on roads leading from Sector 48 to Sector 39 and running parallel to Colony No. 5 and the Sector 43 ISBT, and the road leading from Zirakpur to Tribune Chowk, had been identified that were falling on the land reserved for expansion and maintenance of road. The land for the vends has been given on lease by the UT engineering department. To clarify the status of the land, the excise department has sought clarification from the UT engineering department.

Sources said before filing its reply before the high court on the next date of hearing, the UT excise department was clarifying various issues related to the case.

The sites running from pre-fabricated vends were among the highest revenue-generating outlets for the excise department. In the auction held on April 20, a pre-fabricated vend located in Sector 52 (opposite Sector 43 bus stand) attracted a bid of Rs 4.25 crore against the reserved price of Rs 3.30 crore and another one located at Behlana went for Rs 4.25 crore against the reserved price of Rs 3.01 crore.

It may be mentioned that on the last date of hearing, the high court gave a week's time to the Chandigarh Administration to reconsider its policy for the allotment of land and licences for the pre-fabricated liquor vends. The court had desired to know whether the land on which pre-fabricated liquor vends had come up were reserved for the expansion and maintenance of the road.


The Tribune painting competition-2012
Creative at heart, they give colour to imagination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Showcasing their talent and armed with sketch pens, crayons, water paints and, most importantly, their imagination, over 300 schoolchildren displayed their creativity through their paintings on the theme “My Family” at an on-the-spot painting competition organised by The Tribune here today.

The hall at the Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28, was well attended with the enthusiastic young participants who were motivated by the President of the Tribune Trust, Justice (retd) SS Sodhi and his wife Bonny Sodhi.

Within an hour, the students turned blank canvas into colourful and mesmerising paintings, which were judged by Ravinder Kumar and Anita Gupta, both faculty members at the Government College of Arts, Sector 10. College principal DS Kapoor later distributed the prizes.

The function was also attended by The Tribune General Manager, Mr Sanjay Hazari and his wife Seema Hazari. The painting competition was sponsored by PC Jewellers.

It turned out to be a tough task for the judges to select the five best paintings and 10 other top paintings for the consolation prize.

Kapoor said the talent and creativity of children needs to be polished and enhanced by practice and training and, most importantly, through such competitions where the child is given a topic on the spot, which also helps in developing their imagination. “This is the right age to groom talent among the children,” Kapoor added.

Asked about how they felt about the competition, Jasmeet Kaur, a student of class VI of KV-DAV School, who won the competition by clinching first position, said it was the perfect gift for her mother who was accompanying her at the competition on the Mother’s Day.

Jasmeet had painted a family enjoying their afternoon near a waterfall with children playing with water while their parents watched them play. “I wanted to make it a colourful painting, which speaks itself,” said Jasmeet Kaur.

The second prize was won by Pranav Guglani, while the third prize went to Vanshaj Sharma. The fourth and fifth prizes went to Arushi Singla and Inupreet Kaur, respectively.

Sharing his experience, Mohit, one of the participants, said, “I feel great to be a part of this mega event. I would like to come here again next year to show my talent to other children and judges,” he said.

Apart from selecting the five best paintings, 10 consolation prizes were awarded to Shubham Parihar, Urmi Sood, Jassmn Brar, Simran Yadav, Jatin Yadav, Arshdeep Kaur, Shrishti, Mudit, Samridhi Jain and Keerthana Menon.

Participants give final touches to their artistic creations during an on-the-spot painting competition organised by The Tribune Group of Publications in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Participants give final touches to their artistic creations during an on-the-spot painting competition organised by The Tribune Group of Publications in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan
Jasmeet Kaur, winner of the on-the-spot painting competition organised by The Tribune, at the Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Government College of Art principal DS Kapoor (extreme right) presents her the winning certificate.
Jasmeet Kaur, winner of the on-the-spot painting competition organised by The Tribune, at the Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Government College of Art principal DS Kapoor (extreme right) presents her the winning certificate. Tribune photos: S Chandan
The Tribune Trust President Justice (retd) SS Sodhi flanked by The Tribune General Manager, Mr Sanjay Hazari (right) the Additional General Manager, Mr Vinay Verma (left), proud participants in a joyous mood display their certificates
Mrs Bonny Sodhi admires the shaping up of an artistic beauty  by a young painter during the contest in Chandigarh on Sunday.
(Clockwise) The Tribune Trust President Justice (retd) SS Sodhi flanked by The Tribune General Manager, Mr Sanjay Hazari (right) and the Additional General Manager, Mr Vinay Verma (left), proud participants in a joyous mood display their certificates, winners of the on-the-spot painting competition; and Mrs Bonny Sodhi admires the shaping up of an artistic beauty by a young painter during the contest in Chandigarh on Sunday. 



SCOs on Estate Office radar
Major bylaw violations found at Sub-City Centre buildings in Sec 34
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The UT Estate Office has found major violations in the commercial building at Sub-City Centre in Sector 34 here.

Right from using the basements for non-designated purposes to making alterations, a survey conducted by the estate office has revealed major violations of the building bylaws. The structures where violations have been found include some of the buildings that have been rented out to government offices.

The building branch of the Chandigarh estate office has detected around 100 such cases so far. The Sub-City Centre is the second major commercial hub after Sector 17 that has been surveyed by the estate office to ascertain the number of violations of building bylaws.

The estate office has also detected violations in the commercial property that has been auctioned by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB).

Several notices under the Chandigarh Estate Rules 2007 (revised in 2009) had been issued to the owners of the properties. In some of the buildings, restaurants were being run. While listing each of the violations, the violators have been issued show-caused notices under Chandigarh Estate Rules 2007 (revised in 2009) to explain why action should not be initiated against them. Sources said the notices were being served on violators in phases.

The sources said it had been noticed that certain coaching institutes and medical centres had made changes in the buildings without getting approvals from the estate office. The balconies on the first and second floors have been glazed. 



Open House Response
Door-to-door garbage collection scheme a flop show

Despite having a page on the social networking site, Facebook, to address public grievances for poor sanitation conditions in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) is struggling to keep the city clean. In a House meeting, councillors also highlighted that the municipal corporation medial officer of the health wing had failed to maintain sanitation in the city.

MCC Mayor Raj Bala Malik had introduced a pilot project of door-to-door garbage collection scheme and auto-tippers by showing a green flag. But the scheme has been a complete flop show and ended with protests and agitation. The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh should have formed a standing committee to adopt the scheme for improvement of garbage removal system in the city by giving the go-ahead for implementation of the door-to-door garbage collection project announced by the corporation instead of rollback on the scheme.

The Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs) have not been taken into confidence before finally implementing the PPP system of garbage removal from the houses. The Commissioner of the MC must ensure that all PPP agreements for the collection of garbage must be displayed on the MC website. But the corporation has failed when it comes to garbage collection, garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra and cleaning of back lanes, besides related projects.

Chandigarh wakes up to over 5,000 tonnes of solid waste everyday. Overflowing garbage dumps are a common sight across the city. This waste is a significant issue for the average Chandigarh voter. Under the new proposal, biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage should have been segregated at the sehaj safai kendras and should be carried in trucks with separate units for two types of waste as proposed by a member of Parliament from the city, but nobody can win against the lethargic attitude of the corporation officials. The level of sanitation in the once green and clean city has continued to deteriorate due of various factors, including official inefficiency and secretive working of the corporation.

Though citizens will definitely blame the authorities for the dirty state of the city, people, too, are responsible for proper dumping of garbage in public spaces unless the corporation invites public to assist them to reach their initiatives to the masses. The Mayor should also listen to the problems related to garbage of the citizens, aired regularly on FM channels. The most important point was recruiting and orienting officials on the front of healthy environment and its needs.

Sachin Sharma President, Youth Innovative Society

‘Keep check on safai sewaks’

There used to be a time when the city was actually known as the City Beautiful. Since the formation of the municipal corporation in the city in 1996, it was the primary duty of the corporation to make the city clean. But the cleanliness of the city has been deteriorating day by day and residents, especially of southern sectors, slums and villagers are the worst affected. People who have been living in the city since 80s or even before would be aware that pesticides were used frequently to keep the house flies and mosquitoes away. But things have altogether been changed. Now everywhere heaps of garbage is lying in abandon.

Under various schemes, the corporation has initiated measures such as setting up of sehaj safai kendras in some of the sectors, which in the absence of proper cleanliness emanate foul smell in the area. In the name of making competition, the administration has permitted the gross violation of the Contractor Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970, by the private and public sector. The Act prohibits employments of contractual workers in jobs of perennial nature, but in practice this is what happing and has become wide spread.

Now the pilot project has started in Sector 22 by the MC to transport garbage directly from houses to the garbage processing plant on a contractual basis. Though the project was good, lack of vision compelled the corporation to scrap it. The door-to-door collectors’ association vehemently opposed this move, especially for hiring staff on contract for garbage collection. Earlier Dadu Majra garbage plant, which has been installed through a private company mired in controversy for years together and there has been a foul smell in this area, especially because of the non-functioning of this plant properly. The door-to-door collectors apprehended with the coming up of this pilot project and spreading it into other sectors would certainly lose their jobs or be heavily underpaid. It is not only that the door-to-door collectors have the fear to lose their jobs, but the residents had been at the receiving end during the strike, as they had to dispose garbage themselves. Garbage had been littered all around the dustbins placed at different places in sectors, leaving the areas stinking.

To tackle the problem, first of all if the proposal like pilot project is to be started, it should be started by the corporation by its own staff not through the contractors. If it is not possible, it should be started by engaging the services of the door-to-door collectors. If more employees are needed, recruitment should be made according to fixed norms already laid down. If the project is successful, the entire area in the city may be covered gradually. Though the project has been scrapped by the corporation, if we want that the city should be neat and clean and restore its original glory, all vacant posts of safai sewaks should be filled by the corporation, as there seems to be hundreds of posts have been lying vacant. There need to be an effective check on their work. The corporation should not abdicate its primary responsibility by giving every work to the contractors. The policy framers should not frame their policies while sitting in air-conditioned rooms rather they should frequently visit the vulnerable areas so that money of the taxpayers is utilised judiciously and purposefully. There is a greater need to have consultations with various NGOs, RWAs and ward committee members, so that we all make efforts to refurbish the lost glory and make this city actually a City Beautiful.

SK Khosla, Sector 40-C, Chandigarh

Segregation of waste a must

The MC’s proposal to launch pilot project to collect garbage from door to door is totally unwelcome. The MC has most of the times miserably failed to come up to the expectations of the city residents. The current system of door-to-door garbage collection is satisfactory and the private collectors are doing their job well. Just a little bit of awareness among people regarding segregation of waste by means of seminars and paper bills can be of great help. The segregation of garbage into wet and dry should be done at the household level. All wet waste can be dumped in the lawns and use it as a manure. Disposal of garbage in drains, parks, plots, manholes and road dividers should be prohibited and violators should be penalised heavily. Also, waste can be reduced by buying items with minimal packing, avoid taking plastic bags and start carrying own shopping bags. The industrial units must follow pollution control and waste disposal laws and be subjected to frequent inspection with heavy penalties for violators.

Vineet Kapoor, Panchkula

Mixed response to pilot project

The proposal of pilot garbage collection project has evoked mixed reactions in the city. Some residents recall that back in the 70s, the garbage collection was carried out efficiently by municipal corporation staff, although not on daily basis. Others caution that the MC has not shown the ability to discipline its contractors in other projects and fear that garbage collection will become a now-and-then affair if the MC handles it. Some welcome the MC’s initiative and some see it as a threat to their daily bread. The door-to-door collection of garbage by private collectors has been quite satisfactory and by replacing individual private garbage collectors with contractors, scores of individual garbage collectors will be deprived of their income.

To make things easier, segregation is the key. Garbage collection, transportation and dumping are tedious tasks. The waste of each area can be handled within the area instead of carrying it to other places. The segregation of garbage into wet and dry should be done at the household level.

Dr Shruti K Chawla, Sector 38-C. Chandigarh

Residents heave a sigh of relief

The problem of garbage collection from houses in the city has really taken an ugly turn. With the introduction of the municipal corporation’s (MC) garbage collection project in Sector 22 on experimental basis, private safai karamcharies, who have been doing the job effectively, were agitating against such move. It was a relief to know that the MC has finally given up its project of garbage collection. Since they sat on a dharna for about a week, the citizens have been facing problem with piling garbage and household waste that also emitted foul smell.

The people heaved a sigh of relief when the garbage collectors came back after the MC gave up its project. But this is not fair on the part of the civic body, as it is their duty to collect and dispose the house-to-house garbage. People are paying a sum of Rs 40 per month to the private sweepers for taking garbage from their homes. This is unfair on the part of the MC. The MC should bear the cost of the same and the residents must not pay for such services. When we are in the US for almost half a year, we collect the household garbage in tightly sealed plastic bags and place it in front of the road or the prescribed garbage bin and MC truck comes daily in morning hours and takes away all waste on regular basis. No one has to pay for it. The same method must be applied here too. To end the logjam, the present private garbage collectors must be accommodated by the MC on daily wages or at the DC’s rates, so that the residents should not pay for this job.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Let RWAs decide on issue

The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MC) started door-to-door garbage collection pilot project in Sector 22 with much fanfare on the directions of the High Court, but subsequent nightmare, which the residents faced for about a week due to strike by private sweepers or garbage collection bodies, cannot be forgotten and ignored. Open spaces and roadsides were converted into dumping grounds. These garbage collection bodies went on strike against the contractual system, which the MC was going to implement, fearing that they would lose the means of their livelihood. Dumping of garbage in front of the house of senior Deputy Mayor and even threatening other senior officials for similar action by safai karamcharies is not appreciable.

The contractual system against which these bodies raised their voice may not find favour from the residents, as they doubt that the satisfactory services would be provided by them to the residents. The residents will be made to shell more amount with less compatible services as the private garbage collectors are providing satisfactory services with reasonable charges fixed by the RWAs. There may be some problem or differences in some sectors but that can be sorted out by the residents’ bodies with mutual understanding. This issue was also taken up in the apex body of the residents i.e. FOSWAC in its meeting, wherein most of the RWAs did not favour the contractual system and the matter had to be deferred due to lack of consensus. Let RWAs be their own masters in this matter and fix the fee and other terms with the garbage collectors at their level. Now it has been proposed while settling the matter with the garbage collector bodies that the garbage will be put in the MC trolleys on V-5 roads by them in their respective areas. It is doubtful whether this system would work. When the corporation has earmarked some designated places where dustbins have been placed, besides constructing sahej safai kendras in most of the sectors. What will happen to those on which a lot of funds have already been spent? Why not to put them to proper use? While finalising such important and sensitive issues, the MC ought to discuss with the RWAs and seek public opinion.

JC Verma, Sector 40-C, Chandigarh

MC should reconsider proposal

The agitation by garbage collection workers have prolonged and should have been redressed expeditiously by the municipal corporation. In the summer season, the MC is waiting for some epidemic to spread, resulting in inconvenience to residents and extra work for the health department. The system of garbage collection by ragpickers was working well and the problem arose because of location of sehaj safai kendras. These kendras should have been located away from residential and commercial areas. Rehabilitation of ragpickers by the Chandigarh Administration has resulted in influx of such people to the city and they need some work to meet both ends meet. The scheme of outsourcing sweepers by the MC has failed, resulting in poor sanitation of the city and the proposed project of garbage collection will meet the same fate. The MC may reconsider the proposal and continue the present system and involve local councillors in monitoring such projects.

SL Soni Sector 32-A, Chandigarh



Residents of Hallo Majra protest erratic water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The residents of Hallo Majra and Nehru Colony protested against poor supply of potable water here today.

They were led by local BJP leaders. Former BJP councillor Anil Kumar Dubey and District General Secretary Ateet Kakkar, along with the other protesters, had blocked the road separating Nehru Colony and C Block for over 30 minutes. The protesters were carrying empty buckets and raised slogans against local MP Pawan kumar Bansal and Senior Deputy Mayor (also councillor from ward no11) Darshan Garg. There was no supply of water to the colony for the past three or four days and the people were forced to walk to Mohali or Kajheri village to fetch water.

No water tankers have been put to service in the area by the administration, they said.

At Hallo Majra, BJP leaders Gurpreet Singh Dhllon, district president, said there had been low pressure of water supply at Hallo Majra and Ram Darbar for the past many days and the upper floors do not get a drop of water.

Nehru Colony area councillor Darshan Garg said there was low pressure of water supply throughout the city yesterday. He has discussed the problem with the officials concerned and it would improve in a few days, he said.



Senior citizen makes rounds of CHB
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A senior citizen residing in Sector 40-A is running from pillar to post to seek action against her neighbour who is allegedly undertaking some construction without seeking permission from the CHB authorities.

In a representation to the Chairman of the CHB, Saraswati Thakur, has stated that the house no. 829/1 had been completely demolished thereby posing a danger to her dwelling located at the ground floor. She stated that for the last three months she had been complaining to the CHB officials but no action had been taken yet.

During the course of demolition, the structure at the ground floor has suffered damage but there was no one to listen to her. “The roofs and walls of my ground floor dwelling have started leaking," she said.

I am living in the house on the ground floor of the dwelling unit for the last 35 years and I am a widow and senior citizen. But the CHB officials are not ready to listen to me,” she complains.



Aspirants risk lives travelling on train steps
Tribune News Service

Aspirants who appeared for the railway board exam return home, at Chandigarh on Sunday.
Aspirants who appeared for the railway board exam return home, at Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal 

Chandigarh, May 13
Hundreds of aspirants, who visited the city today to appear for various exams conducted by the railway recruitment board, could be seen risking their lives while travelling on the steps of the coaches.

One of the aspirants, Ajay Kumar, a native of Karnal, said this was for the third time he had come to the city to appear for the examination conducted by the board. He said as there was no reservation available, they were unable to get a berth in the train and had to travel standing on the stairs of the coach.

Another aspirant, Rajeev, a native of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, demanded that whenever such exams were conducted the railways should run a special train. He claimed that as he could not get his seat reserved he had to travel without seat for about seven hours.



Meditation camp for jail inmates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Meditate India, a nationwide meditation camp, was today organised at the Model Jail, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Art of Living, an NGO.

More than 500 inmates along with staff of the Model Jail experienced the profound effects of deep meditation. Teachers of Art of Living, Dr Naveen Kataria and Manisha Gupta, conducting the camp and explained the overall healing effects of meditation on the body, mind and spirit to the prisoners and staff.

Model Jail DSP Amandeep Singh also participated and appreciated the good work being done by the organisation in promoting a peaceful and healthy environment conducive to individual growth and reform of the prisoners. Singh further said the organisation was working well towards achieving its founder’s vision of creating a stress-free mind and violence-free society throughout the world.



Musical soiree to pay tributes to Batalvi
SD Sharma

Artistes perform in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Artistes perform in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, May 13
The Pracheen Kala Kendra organised a musical soiree to commemorate the 39th death anniversary of legendry Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi at the Koser Auditorium here today.

The programme titled “Yeh Mera Geet Kisay Nagana” commenced as kenda registrar Shobha Koser welcomed chief guest Rakesh Kumar Aggarwal, regional passport officer, Chandigarh, who lighted the lamp.

Acclaimed ghazal singers, RD Kailey from Delhi and Dr Kamal Chugh from Patiala, presented songs of Shiv Batalvi. The artistes brought alive the pathos and anguish of Shiv’s songs and ghazals. RD Kailey also presented ghazals by other poets like Nida Fazli, S Faqir, Sham Singh and Ved Diwana. Poet Sham Singh conducted the programme and introduced the poet.

HPSA director Sukhchain Singh Bhandari graced the function.



Multispecially hospital surgeon does pioneering work in hernia treatment
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Dr Sarabjit SinghChandigarh, May 13
Few will be knowing that the doctors at the local Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, which had remained in the news for all wrong reasons in the recent past, have been doing pioneering work in surgical procedures.

Dr Sarabjit Singh, Surgeon with the Department of Surgery at the GMSH, who claims to be the first specialist to have used dynamic implants in hernia repair in India, has done maximum follow-ups post operations. Recently, he was invited as speaker at the international congress of the Asia Pacific Hernia Society held at Thailand for his innovative and new method of treatment of hernia. Last month, he was awarded India top doctors award 2012 by Medgate Today.

Dr Singh has used 3D dynamic implant in repair of 10 ventral hernia cases and 12 inguinal hernia cases. In all these cases implants were deployed and no sutures were used. There were good results after a follow-up of up to one year. And that also without extra cost compared to static-implant procedure.

Hernia is a common surgical condition and surgery for hernia is the most commonly performed operations. Still the problems of recurrence and chronic pain post operation affects the quality of patients' lives.

As of now, the techniques being used for hernia repair cover the inguinal area which is one of the most mobile areas in the human body with static meshes. The meshes are flat and these are fixed with sutures, which leads to stiffness and shrinkage of the implant. This is a cause of discomfort and chronic pain.

Polypropylene mesh induces inflammation and fibrosis leading to formation of scar-like tissues with the involvement of vas, vessels of the spermatic chord and nerves in the inguinal canal are, becoming a cause of concern as these can lead to complications, including abnormal fertility, said Dr Singh.

The 3D dynamic implants, however, used in hernia repairs promote the regrowth of healthy tissues in the area of the hernia opening, establishing a condition similar to normal abdominal wall structures. The dynamic implants do not require any sutures fixation. This does not shrink, hence no discomfort and it causes a lower post-operation pain, he added.



Mohali to have animation institute
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 13
Offering a major opportunity to those seeking a career in animation technology, Mohali will soon have a state-of-the-art institute of the national centre of excellence for animation, gaming and visual effects.

This will be one of the four institutes which the Centre has planned to set up in the country. The state government has allocated 12 acres free for the project.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Balbir Sidhu, local MLA, said the committee on information, communication and entertainment recommended the project for Mohali.

“The institute will help in tapping the huge potential in the field and generate employment for the professionally unemployed youth,” said Sidhu, adding that there was a big scope.

Under the scheme, the centre would have to be run on public-private partnership mode as the government would not be able to directly manage or run it on account of huge recurring liabilities and the dynamic nature of the sector, which demanded that curriculum be constantly reviewed or updated, he added.

The society form had been recommended and it would be governed by a governing council, headed by the Secretary (I&B), with equal representation from government, industry and private partners, he said.

Sidhu said land and initial cost would be borne by the government, along with Rs 5 crore as revolving credit in the initial year.

As per the implementation schedule given in the detailed project report, the centre would become operational from 2014-15, he stated.



Mango prices come down
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The prices of different varieties of mango have witnessed a major change during last week. The safeda variety was sold at a price between Rs 40 and 50 a kg in the vegetable and fruit market of Sector 26. The sindoori variety, which was being sold for Rs 80 a kg the previous week, was available for Rs 60 at many shops. The price of parry mango got slashed to Rs 70 from Rs 140 a fortnight ago.

The alphonso variety was available for Rs 200 a kg and above.

A few of the green vegetables also witnessed a little fall in their prices due to a boost in their supply. The prices of most of the vegetables, however, remained static.



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