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Strike adds to patients’ pain at Panchkula Civil HospitalLong queues of patients outside the registration counters at the Civil Hospital in Panchkula on Monday. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL

Strike adds to patients’ pain at Panchkula Civil Hospital

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

PANCHKULA: A strike by contractual Class IV workers at the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, resulted in long queues at the OPD registration counters due to which patients had to suffer.

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Ishrat S Banwait

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 16

A strike by contractual Class IV workers at the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, resulted in long queues at the OPD registration counters due to which patients had to suffer. The OPD starts at 8 am in the hospital and by 10 am the queues were so long that the whole room was full and patients had to wait for hours to get their cards made.

The protesters said they had not been paid their arrears and provident fund for over two years and the contractor was not paying them their full salaries. Contractor Sanjay Gupta’s advocate said the protesters were blackmailing them and they had already paid most of their dues and had asked them to wait a little more till the government cleared their dues.

Earlier, the workers had protested nearly a month ago and the contractor had then given in writing that he would soon clear their dues. The protesters said he failed to do so and this led to the protest. They added that some of their co-workers had been fired for unjust reasons and demanded that they be re-employed. The Civil Surgeon, Panchkula, Dr VK Bansal, said, “A show-cause notice has been issued to the contractor and normalcy will hopefully be restored tomorrow.”

While 206 workers work under contractor Sanjay Gupta, around 100 more, who work under a different contractor, had joined the protest to show support to them. However, not all of them joined the protest. This also led to a verbal quarrel between the protesters and the police after the police objected to the protesters going inside the hospital to call other employees.

The police argued that they should not disturb the functioning of the hospital. The protesters maintained that the job of the police was to ensure peace in the hospital and they had done nothing to disturb it. The protesters said the strike would continue till their demands were met.

To check mishaps, act tough with traffic violators: Badnore

To check mishaps, act tough with traffic violators: Badnore

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: Close on the heels of a series carried by Chandigarh Tribune on killer roads claiming innocent lives, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore today called for stricter punishment for traffic violations to curb road accidents.

SSP (Traffic) violates UT red beacon norm

SSP (Traffic) violates UT red beacon norm

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: While the red beacon has been removed from the official vehicles of senior bureaucrats and UT police officers, including the new DIG, the SSP (Traffic) is yet to consider the recent notification of the Administration restricting the use of the red beacon on vehicles.

MC plans smart LED street lights with distress button

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: If the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has its way, the city will soon have smart LED street lights with a distress button, which can be pressed by anyone in trouble to protect himself or herself from robbers, snatchers and eve-teasers.

Chhatbir’s  Rocky won't roar anymore

Chhatbir’s Rocky won't roar anymore

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

ZIRAKPUR: The oldest lion of Mahendra Chaudhry Zoological Park died yesterday.

Air India launches Pune, Mumbai flights

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: Air India today launched direct flights from Chandigarh to Pune and Mumbai.

2 women lose earrings to snatchers

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: Two more women fell prey to snatchers in the city today.

Drunken driving claims life

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: Drunken driving claimed the life of a 40-year-old scooterist while two others, who were riding pillion without helmets, were injured after the scooter skidded and hit an electricity pole near the waterworks at Maloya this evening.

City’s warmest night in January

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17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: The UT Administration has started releasing water from seven tubewells to Sukhna Lake from today.

CAT extends stay till January 20

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today further extended the stay on the application challenging repatriation orders of Gurnam Singh, Deputy Director, Directorate of Enforcement (ED) in Chandigarh, to January 20.

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17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: Stray cattle disturb visitors who come to the Garden of Silence for meditation.

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GMCH-32 nursing staff hold protest over pending demands

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CHANDIGARH: As many as 550 members of the nursing staff of the GMCH-32 today held a protest rally on the hospital premises for over two hours and even burnt an effigy of the hospital management.

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Man commits suicide in Sec 49

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CCPCR to ask police to inspect accident-prone spot

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) will ask the Chandigarh police to find out reasons of an accident-prone spot near gurdwara in Sector 38 where recently a bus of Chitkara International School met with an accident.

ART & CULTURE

Kesro, a revolt against orthodoxy, a fight for dignity

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CHANDIGARH: Yet another socially relevant Punjabi play “Kesro”, which revolved around the plight of illiterate, marginalised and subjugated rural women of Punjab.

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Rain plays havoc at Sector 26 grain market

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: The rain has once again brought bad experience for the people who came to buy vegetable and fruits at the Sector 26 Fruit and Vegetable market today.

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17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

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PA of Mohali DC under scanner

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

MOHALI: The personal assistant (PA) of the Mohali Deputy Commissioner is under the scanner after Congress candidate from Mohali Balbir Singh Sidhu accused her of misusing her position by participating in the election campaign of SAD-BJP candidate Capt TPS Sidhu.

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17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: For failing to pay Rs 27.17 lakh awarded by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) to the grieving families of two bike riders, who died after being hit by a PEPSU Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus in 2012, a local court here has served a show-cause notice on its Managing Director (MD). The court has asked him to file a reply on February 22 for the non-compliance of order.

Maloya man convicted of raping minor

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Additional District and Sessions Judge convicted a Maloya resident of raping an eight-year-old girl.

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ENTRY-LEVEL CLASSES

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17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: It’s that time of the year again when tension, stress, anxiety and sleepless nights become constant companions of parents seeking admission for their wards to city schools.

Revenue generation: PU student council presents suggestions

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: The 15-point suggestions on revenue generation was given by the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) to Panjab University Vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover today after hefty fee hike was proposed for the next academic session.

Parent, school spar over ‘corporal’ punishment

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR), headed by chairperson Devi Sirohi, today held a hearing of the complaint made by a parent about corporal punishment to their child in Vivek High School.

FROM SCHOOLS

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ANTI-DRUG OPERATION

EC wants 40 dogs to man inter-state nakas ahead of poll

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

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FROM CAMPUS

Faculty development programme

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PATIALA: The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala, organised UGC-sponsored seven-day Faculty Development Programme, under the theme of ''Academic Writing: From critical appreciation to publication'' from January 9 to January 16.

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STATE GAMES

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CHANDIGARH:Defending champions Headquarters (HQ) and East Zone won their opening league matches of the 46th All India Food Corporation of India (FCI) Inter-Zonal T20 Tournament here today.

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17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

PANCHKULA:An all-round performance by Gitank Niranjan helped Narinder Walia Cricket Academy (NWCA) beat Sarvhitkari Cricket Academy by nine runs and clinch the Junior Cricket Tournament title at St. Soldier''s School here today.

LWCC beat St. Xavier’s by 119 runs

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Sehaj guides Carmel to victory

17 Jan 2017 | 2:33 AM

CHANDIGARH:Sehaj Singh cracked an unbeaten half-century to help Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, beat St. Soldier''s School, Sector 28, by 11 runs and book a berth in St. Joseph''s Sub Junior Challenger Trophy final, here today.

Mohali FC emerge winners

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