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OT lights firm holds up GMCH block
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Verma for lease-and-operate system

To tide over situations where machines are lying under-utilised or out of order, the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), has asked the GMCH to avoid purchasing major machines but ask the manufacturer to install it on a lease-and-operate basis. This means the manufacturer will install a machine used for tests and collect user charges from patients. The Administration will fix the rates for the tests. Cross subsidy can be thought of as the Administration could pay a portion to the operator, thus making the tests within reach of the common man.

Chandigarh, November 26
As much as Rs 23 crore spent on developing the six-storeyed “C” block of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, stands wasted. The building is ready for the past four months, but cannot be utilised as special lights for the operation theatre have not been supplied by the company manufacturing them.

This has put the GMCH in a quandary regarding what is to be done even as its building is ready. Till a few days ago, the GMCH authorities were in a tizzy as the company itself could not be contacted for completing the order for the lights costing about Rs 1.30 crore.

An international firm which was to supply special lights for the operation theatres in the ‘C’ block has closed its operations in Germany and shifted to France while the GMCH authorities here do not have the new address of the firm, thus holding up the supply of lights. Instructions have been issued by senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration to the GMCH to try and contact the company through its website or Indian agent.

Sources said the the company had re-started its plant in France and could now supply the lights. In the meantime, the second highest bidder, again an international firm, has offered a discount. It is yet to be decided if the second company will be offered the contract.

Interestingly, the lights which are called integrated lights are made by only two firms in the world. They have a special camera fitted onto them to relay the operation directly on to a computer screen, enabling experts to intervene and give suggestions. The camera in the lights also facilitates recording the operation for research purposes and study at a latter stage. An order was placed to the firm in 2002 and the deadline for supply of lights has been extended three times, but with no luck.

Meanwhile, the Administrator has pointed out that the GMCH need not get into major purchases and use the latest system of outsourcing work by inviting companies to run machines for tests for diseases. 


PU warns private students of heavy fine
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Students of Panjab University, who wish to appear as private candidate this year, need to be extra cautious in submitting their examination forms in time, lest they might end up paying at least 13 times more than the original fee.

Private students, who fill their forms in time for the undergraduate classes(BA) are required to pay Rs 775. The students who pay after March 1, 2004 upto March 22, 2004, will have to be pay as high as Rs 9,985.

The university has extended the last date for the submission of examination forms for private candidates. One of the reasons has been the agitation against the fee hike in the local colleges, which concluded yesterday. Dr Sodhi Ram, Controller of Examination, confirmed the postponement of date.

Dr Sodhi Ram said one of the main reasons for heavy fines was the delay on the part of students to submit their forms in time. Fines should act as a deterrent. Satish Kumar, a student, said " the late fee was astronomical. There were chances that a private student faced certain problems, even financial, in the timely submission of the form and payment of fees. The university instead of helping them, was using the late fee as a tool for income generation."

The last date for the submission of forms without any late fee now is December 8. The date fixed earlier was November 24, 2003. The students, who submit their forms till December 15, will have to pay Rs 835; who submit till February 1, 2004, will have to pay Rs 2,505; and if submitted after March 1, 2004, they will have to pay Rs 4,995.

The students who are appearing in the paper of environment studies are required to pay Rs 50 extra along with the normal examination fees.

The fees for MA classes (full subjects, including failed, re-appear and compartment categories) is Rs 925; and fees for MA (education, fine arts, geography, music, psychology and public administration), is Rs 1,675. The university has by mistake added public administration and economics to the category of fee of Rs 1,675, whereas the fee should have been Rs 925 as these papers do not involve any practical subject, university sources say.

The students have been asked to consult the current syllabus. This instruction is more relevant for students who passed their earlier class from the university and wanted to improve.The instruction reads "candidates appearing in all university examinations for the purpose of improvement of previous marks or to re-appear or in compartment cases are allowed to appear in accordance with the syllabi in force at the time of appearing in the examination".

The university has "completely barred" students appearing as private candidates to take a subject, which includes practical classes. The private candidates are required to submit their forms in person and have been warned against the submission of forms through any "academies".


Indias leading animation expert comes calling
Lists Indian animation prospects at $ 1.5 billion by 2005
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
For over eight years now, Biju D has been into the business of energising the silver screen with effects too lightening to be explained. Recently awarded the Broadcast India award for his creative handling of the visual effects section in the Javed Jafferi-starrer “Jajantaram Mamantaram”, Biju D, incidentally, also happens to be the man behind that classic train sequence in “Ghulam”, where Aamir Khan sent the viewers’ adrenaline rushing by almost kissing death in his attempt to match the speed of a moving train.

There is an endless list of other blockbusters like Dushman, Dillagi and Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai in which Biju has offered his expertise at special effects. In the city on an official visit as the creative head of Maya Entertainment Limited, an animation production company promoted by director Ketan Mehta and actress Deepa Sahi, Biju surprised everyone by listing the rate at which the animation industry is expanding. The Indian domestic markets’ prospects for animation production are expected to go up from $ 0.6 billion in 2001 to $ 1.5 billion by 2005. The global animation market itself will generate revenues worth $ 50 to 70 billion by 2005.

The addiction for animation skills, Biju informed, was absolute and growing with every passing day. Maya, one of the leading animation studios in the country, is currently employing 100 animators and is on the threshold of inreasing the numbers significantly. Biju himself chose to put production design which he studied at IIT, Mumbai, on the hold the moment he came under the addictive influence of animation and special effects.

“I had a degree in electronics engineering, but as and when I shifted to animation and visual effects, I realised the amazing potential of the field. I progressed gradually to head the feature film section at the CMM Studios for two years. I have worked for over 23 films till date,” informed Biju, adding that so far India did not have the technology to provide Hollywood like quality. “India always had the desire and the market. With concerted efforts to train professional artistes, we are sure to even give Hollywood what it wants one day,” he said.

Citing some of the reasons behind the dearth of animation and visual effects capacity in the Indian market, Biju said, “Animation industry is not just about animation. It demands equally trained miniature making artistes, visual effect editors, robotics skills, pyro techniques and all that. We have a good digital capacity but we are lacking in animatrionics and pyro techniques. Also, we do not have many institutions offering these courses exclusively. The IITs and the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad offer courses that partially cover these areas.”

A strong supporter of academic support in refining the amination art sikills of aspirants, Biju mentioned how world’s most respected scientists have been part of some of the major animation productions. He particularly mentioned a Western scientist who has laid down the code for “spilling milk out of a can”. “Nothing refined can be achieved without the knowledge of technique. Innovation is just one part of our industry. The other part is academic grounding,” Biju said, referring with pride to the good old days of the Indian cinema which had directors trying out the most earthy of effects and presenting them in even more earthy ways.

Biju D is in Chandigarh to assess the working of the Chandigarh centre of Maya, besides supervising the entries for the national visual effects awards, contests for which will be held in December this year.


Fast helped me lose weight, says GCG -11 student leader
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
A day after her fast ended, student leader Annpurna Singh was back in her element today, indulging in what she likes the most—eating.

“When we started the indefinite fast, we thought the Administration would give in within a couple of days. They would think like parents and not like bureaucrats, but we were wrong. Initially, I used to miss food but with every passing day I became more determined to fight till the end. However, frankly, I didn’t believe initially that we could get our way, “ she admits.

Worried about having to quit mid-way on account of ill-health, Annpurna, the president of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, adds: “I kept on telling my friends to ensure that I was not taken to hospital.

The support of students acted as a tonic and the fast helped me lose weight.” She was the only one to begin her fast a day prior to the agitation and continued till the end.

“My father, an officer with the Border Security Force, was at the Punjab border and my mother was away to a wedding. During the fast, one of the teachers even called up my maternal uncle to say I was unwell and that a police case would be registered against me. My uncle said he was proud of me,” she informs.

Her mother, Ms Purnima Singh Bist, arrived last evening to check on her. “I wasn’t worried and I see nothing wrong in her going on fast as it was for the benefit of the student community. Her father, too, called her up and asked her to keep going, “ Ms Bist emphasises. She adds: “When I saw her yesterday, I was slightly concerned since she looked pale. But I knew she would be alright once the fast was over. After her fast ended, the first thing she demanded was chicken soup. Since she stays in a hostel, I wanted her to come to my brother’s place in Panchkula. She has come and has a whole lot planned for today and it begins and ends with eating good food.”

An IAS aspirant, Annpurna has a good academic record. From being a member of the Punjab Youth Red Cross, to heading the NSS, organising functions at colleges and being in the college basket ballteam, she is also active in the dramatics society, is a regular blood donor and hostel in charge.

“My defence background and frequent changing of schools on account of my father’s transfer has made me confident, she says.


Army officers complain of no mobile signal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
A number of Army officers residing in Chandimandir cantonment have complained of inadequate service from mobile telecom service provider, Reliance, with some of them are even moving the consumer courts in this regard.

The officers concerned have complained that the area of their residences as well as offices remained out of the reach of the signals even after several months of the purchase of Reliance mobiles.

One such petition filed against Reliance and a local marketing firm before the consumer court last week states that the complainant had written several letters to the service providers and had even visited the officials concerned personally, but the situation had not improved.

An officer posted at Chandimandir, when spoken to, maintained that there were a large number of instances where persons residing at Chandimandir had complained of inability to use their Reliance mobiles.

Officials of Reliance, however, were not available for comment. A high-level Reliance functionary at the local establishment, when spoken to on his mobile, said that officials concerned were busy in a conference and were unable to take calls.

The petition mentioned that the service providers initially maintained that the non-availability of signals in the area was due to delays by other telecom service providers in concluding inter-connect agreements and that the services would be fully functional by May 1. The officer had subscribed to the service in April. Incidentally, this was about the same time when Reliance had launched “Veer Jawan” mobile telephone connection scheme.

Later, the officials of the service provider became evasive. Even notices sent to them went unanswered, the petition claimed. This was despite the fact that the subscribers have deposited all requisite charges and have been paying their bills regularly. 


UK woos the talented
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
You do not have to get yourself enrolled with a troupe for settling abroad, illegally. If you are talented, qualified, and can contribute to the English economy in terms of skills and taxes, you can settle down in the United Kingdom (UK) — at least this is what city resident Ranjit Malhotra believes in.

He was the only Indian speaker and delegate at the two-day Global Business Immigration Conference, inaugurated on November 20, on the main Law Society premises at Chancery Lane in London.

The conference was organised by the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the International Bar Association Section on Legal Practice in conjunction with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association of London. International issues relating to business immigration were deliberated upon.

Mr Malhotra said after discussions it emerged that the UK, in the last couple of years, had introduced new categories for the talented and the qualified. The authorities, he added, were coming down heavily on illegal migrants and asylum seekers.

As far as the US was concerned, the US immigration lawyers, participating in the conference, were of the opinion that security interests should not affect the genuine applicants and result in unnecessary delays.

Quoting the UK Immigration Minister, Mr Malhotra asserted that the current immigration policy encouraged people to expand businesses. The emphasis of the government was on properly managed legal migration, to which high degree of priority was being attached.

The Minister, Mr Malhotra revealed, also duly acknowledged the skills of the legally settled migrants and their contribution to the UK taxes.

He added that international lawyers at the conference examined current business immigration policy in a global context. Delegates had the opportunity to update on the latest developments in the area of practice and interact with leading immigration practitioners and policy makers.

The plenary session dealt with global business immigration policy issues and comparative studies of business immigration policy and practice for investors, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, innovators and highly skilled professionals and employees in countries worldwide.

The working sessions used the recent case studies and internationally focused material available. It was presented by leading policy makers from the US, Canada, Australia and the European Commission, as well as the world’s leading business immigration lawyers.

The keynote speaker of the plenary session was Ms. Beverley Hughes, Member of British Parliament and the Minister of State for Citizenship Immigration and Community Cohesion, London. The conference was a huge success, with an attendance of two hundred corporate immigration lawyers from USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and select South Asian countries. 


Undertrials hatch conspiracies in jail
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, November 26
The Model Jail, Burail, appears to have become a major centre for carrying out criminal activities in the city and its surrounding areas. For some accused lodged there, it has even it turned out to be a better place to recruit new members among the undertrials for committing murders, dacoities and extortions, and drug smuggling.

This information was revealed to Chandigarh Tribune by the police, Intelligence sources and some accused who were recently released.

About 550 inmates, including 100 convicts are lodged in the jail. They were lodged in big barracks accommodating 50 to 100 inmates, giving the kingpin enough time and space to carry out various activities. The main suspect in the extortion racket busted by the UT police on November 24, Om Parkash Saini, is the kingpin of one of groups responsible for carrying out activities inside and outside the jail.

Saini is in jail for allegedly murdering the manager of Kiran and Jagat cinemas, Harjinder Singh, on November 20 last year.

Saini’s accomplice, Satpal, who was arrested by the police in the extortion case, had joined the group recently. He visited the jail a number of times to meet Saini, sources further added. However, his counsel has denied his involvement in any of the activities.

On condition of anonymity, a member of the group, who was recently released from jail said, “There are many groups operating from the jail. It is safe for the undertrials to be a part of a group. I had access to every facility. In return, I was asked to pass on the information to other members and participate in their criminal activities”. The Shimla girl rape conspiracy, the police claimed, was hatched in the jail.

The accused also has access to mobile phones of their friends and the landline there with the help of their relatives and friends.

The Superintendent of Model Jail, Burail, Mr D.S Rana, said as per the jail manual, the friend or relative of an accused can meet them during meeting time. Moreover, it is difficult to isolate a hardcore criminal from others lodged in jail. They have ample time in the jail to mingle with one another. 


Verma, Parmanand visit Jama Masjid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Id-ul-Fitr was celebrated with prayers in mosques all over the city and its surrounding areas. A large number of Muslims visited the Jama Masjid, Sector 20, the biggest mosque of the city. Maulana Ajmal Khan, Imam of the Jama Masjid, held the prayers this morning.

The devotees were served “sevian,” the traditional sweet dish prepared on the occasion of Id.

The Id-Milan at the mosque was equally well attended. Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today went to the Jama Masjid to wish people on the occasion. Coincidentally, the Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, also reached the Jama Masjid at the same time. Both Governors together went about meeting the people on the occasion.

Addressing the devotees Justice Verma said Id promoted compassion, love and brotherhood amongst all of us, ushering in an era of peace and prosperity in the country. Justice Verma listened to the problems being faced by Kashmiri Muslims. Both Governors also took “sevian”.

The Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, a former Member of Parliament, Mr Satya Pal Jain, the president of the local unit of the Congress, Mr B.B. Bahl, and the president of the local unit of the BJP, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, also congratulated the Muslim community. From the Chandigarh Administration, the Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Mr G.K. Marwaha, and the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Inderjit Singh Sandhu, participated in the Id -Milan.


Readers Write
Southern sectors given step-motherly treatment

On a recent occasion, I had to take a foreigner around Chandigarh. She was surprised to see that Chandigarh was a beautiful city, well laid, generally clean and had most facilities. However, the thing that struck her was the stark difference between the layout and upkeep of roads of the northern and southern sectors. Most of the southern sectors seemed to be step-children. The roads leading to Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 were bumpy and full of potholes so that the condition of patients deteriorated by the time they reached the hospital. Same was the condition of most other roads, including those leading to the CBSE office and GGDSD College in Sector 32. Similar was the condition of the adjoining roads giving an impression that it was merging with the nearby rural area of Punjab or was an extension of the same. It looked more like a better part of the slum area. What would their condition be after the rains, one could easily guess. The administration needs to take measures to improve the condition of at least such important sectors like Sector 32 which has one of the biggest medical institutes of the region, college, and school.

Sugandha Khanna, Panchkula

Fate of 134 sacked clerks

It is sad to know that the Punjab School Education Board has terminated the services of 134 clerks. A three-member panel, set up on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had recommended the quashing of these appointments made during the tenure of the former Education Minster, Mr Tota Singh.

What will be the fate of these sacked employees who have served eight to 10 years in the board on an ad hoc basis, daily basis and for the time being on a regular basis? A notification issued in 2001 said the employees who had worked for more than three years should be regularised. Why has the board not implemented this notification. The government has time and again issued notices to all boards and corporations for regularising the services of such employees keeping in view this notification.

The written test of these 134 employees was taken in 1998. After that in the year 2000, the result of the written test was out, following which a typing test was conducted. In 2001, these persons were given employment on a regular basis. The fate of these employees has been hanging fire since the high court was issued. If the procedure of selection is biased, what is the fault of these 134 clerks, many of whom might have been selected for their capability and efficiency.

On the one hand, the government is ensuring that the educated youth get employment while on the other they are making these employed youths unemployed. What will these persons do who had served for about 10 years in an institution. Most of them are over-age and will not be able to apply or get a job at other place. The future of these unemployed youths is in the dark. If these people were not capable enough, then why they were given the jobs. The fault lies with the authorities and the selection process for being biased for which these youths have to suffer. Those people should be punished who had selected these candidates by adopting wrong procedures.

I request the authorities to look into the matter sympathetically before taking any final decision.

Bhupinder Singh Happy, Mohali

District status for Mohali

Apropos of news item “MC adopts resolution on district status for Mohali”, the Municipal Council, Mohali, deserves felicitations for unanimously adopting a resolution demanding district status for the satellite town of Mohali. This has been a long-pending demand of the residents of this townfalling in the periphery of the City Beautiful. This decision of the MC Mohali will go a long way in solving various day-to-day problems of the residents of the town who have to rush to Ropar for works concerning the district administration. The Haryana Government has already taken a lead in this behalf in respect of Panchkula. Mohali in Punjab being the counterpart of Panchkula in Haryana deserves the status of a district as this town has the requisite infrastructure. The state government should, therefore, consider this proposal and do the needful by accepting this demand in the larger interests of the city as well as its residents.

Harbans Lal Mehmi, Chandigarh, Special Secretary/Revenue Minister, Punjab

Encroachments on PUDA land

I wish to draw attention towards the illegal encroachments made by some residents of Phase X (Sector 64), Mohali.

A doctor here has encroached upon the area straight up to the road and has even made a permanent lintel on the rain exhaust pipe. He has not built the boundary wall and encroached upon PUDA land on one side.

Some other houses have encroached upon the government land by fencing lawns on encroached land with steel wire. They have grown small trees like Ashoka (equlipous) so that authorities cannot remove the same under the Forest Act. Most of the residents of the area have encroached upon PUDA land.

The encroachments should be removed on a regular basis and responsibility of the JE or SDO concerned fixed and strict action taken against the offenders.

Karnail Singh, MohaliBack


Front pays homage to Major Vats
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 16
To pay homage to Major Navneet Vats of Gorkha Rifles, who was killed in a militant attack in Srinagar on Saturday, Dr Viresh Shandilya, National President of the Anti-Terrorist Front of India, today visited house of the martyr in Sector 4 and expressed his sympathy with the family.

He consoled Mr Neeraj Vats, father of the martyr, his wife Vichitra Vats saying that their son has brought name to the country as well as to the state by laying his life for the motherland.

Dr Shandilya has demanded that Shivani Vats, widow of Major Navneet Vats, be nominated as an HCS by the Chautala government. He was accompanied by his wife Ms Pankaj Shandilya, Mr Ashok Valmiki and Mr Deepak Sharma, speaker and vice-president of the Congress Panchayati Raj.


City to host first national visual effects awards contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), the famous training institute in animation and visual effects in the country has chosen Chandigarh as the venue for the finals of the first national level competition “24 fps Visual Effects Awards 2003”.

Making this announcement in the city today, Mr Biju D, who heads the creative section of Maya Entertainment Limited in Mumbai, informed that the contest of this level was being organised for the first time in India. “The aim is to give the budding animation and special effects artistes an impetus, which is so important in the filed. Also, we will place them in close contact with professionals of the highest order, so that the projects they submit for the contest are the best.”

24 fps is slated to be an annual event in which young animators from around the country will compete in a nine-week marathon exercise which will conclude with the creation of an animation film of one minute each. Informed the visiting expert, “We have short listed seven teams of five members each from all over the country. Each one of them has been given a music clipping which will be their only base for the one-minute film that they are supposed to submit as an entry for the contest. There are three basic conditions for the film — it must have one animated character, one real character and a virtual environment.”

The seven selected teams from all over India have already started working on their respective projects to develop a film on the audio clip allotted to them. Under the exercise, the participants have to use the latest animation and special effect softwares under the guidance of Biju D and his team of visualizers in Mumbai. Biju D will be in Chandigarh for some time to monitor the project of the Chandigarh MAAC team.

The event will culminate in Chandigarh with a seven-day camp where several professional animators, VFX supervisors and cinematographers from the celluloid world will be working closely with the teams to produce their final show, which will be presented at a special evening for special invitees from the field of films, entertainment and post-production industry.

Adding to the details, Mr Naveen Gupta, head, Chandigarh MAAC, said that Discreet, one of the world’s leading producers of animation and visual effects softwares and systems will be supporting the 24 fps event in Chandigarh. He added that Discreet will also train members of the winning team in the special FLAMES (a highly expensive compositing software used for animation) software.

Besides that, the event will also see the best professionals from the leading animation studios of India like Jadoo Works converging in Chandigarh to pick up the best available talent in the field.


Tribune in Education
The non-compliant child

Management of non-compliance:

  • Requests should be clear, direct and age appropriate.
  • Give ample time to the child to comply with the request.
  • Identify the most important rules and clearly communicate them to the child as well the consequences for breaking them.
  • Do not use corporal punishment.
  • Liberally praise the child for compliance.
  • Use consequences like removing privileges and extra chores for not complying.
  • Establish a positive relationship with the child through the use of praise and rewards.
  • All adult caregivers should be consistent and agree on basic, minimal rules for the child.
  • Issue only a few commands at a time.
  • Ignore minor transgressions.

Persistent child disobedience and non-compliance is a frequent troublesome problem for parents and is one of the most frequent reasons for referral to a child psychologist. Non-compliance refers to those instances or situations when a child either actively or passively, but knowingly, does not perform a behaviour that has been requested by an adult, particularly parents and teachers. Non-compliance also includes defiant behaviour wherein a child actively resists parental control and says "no" just for its own sake. It is important to recognise that all children are non-compliant sometimes and non-compliance only becomes a problem when it is persistent and severe in its intensity, frequency and duration. Moreover, the behavior should also cause a significant impairment in the child's academic, social and behavioural functioning.

Manifestation of non-compliance varies significantly as a function of the child's age. As children grow older parental expectations from them become more complex and children are expected not only to perform long sequences of behaviour to achieve compliance in cleaning room, helping in household chores, assuming responsibility for school work etc. but are also expected children to internalise the wishes of the parents and comply on their own without being told. Later, parents also start to expect that their adolescent child would comply with parental requests in situations where the parents are not even present. Most parents hate repeating routine requests and often complain that their child is not learning to be responsible.

Boys tend to be more non-compliant than girls. Young children also tend to be more non-compliant than older ones. However, it must be kept in mind that early manifestation of non-compliance increases the risk of the problem persisting into adolescence and being associated with more serious problems like anti-social behavior and substance abuse. Therefore, it is important to treat non-compliance when it is initially presented to the clinic.

Parents who issue too many instructions that are indirect, vague or aversive increase the chance of the child to non-comply. Disagreement between parents over how and when to discipline their child has also been linked to elevated levels of non-compliance. Very often parents use corporal punishment to gain compliance. Although corporal punishment may increase compliance in the short run, research suggests that in the long run it may actually lead to an increase in defiance and may even increase the risk for the child to develop more serious behaviour problems such as conduct problems, aggression and depressive symptoms. Harsh corporal punishment is strongly advised against.

A child who presents with non-compliance should be properly evaluated. Assessment should include exactly how the child is being non-compliant, the setting (home and/ or school) in which it occurs, strategies used by parents to achieve compliance, consequences and determining whether or not the child is non-compliant with all or specific adults. It is important also to understand whether parental expectations for their child are developmentally appropriate, realistic, and match the child's cognitive and physical abilities. One must also determine whether non-compliance is linked to a recent change in school, arrival of a new sibling, death of a relative or other life events. Finally, children who are persistently non-compliant and are older need a more detailed assessment and given the high risk for more severe future behavior problems a referral to a specialist.

Dr Prahbhjot Malhi, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics PGI


Sec 70 resident injured in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 26
A middle-aged resident of Sector 70 here was seriously injured when his car rammed into a stationary truck while trying to overtake an autorickshaw from the wrong side last night. The victim, who was earlier admitted to the PGI with serious injuries, was later shifted to a private hospital in Sector 34, Chandigarh.

According to the police, the victim, Mr Baljinder Singh Dhillon, was coming from Chandigarh towards Mohali when his car dashed into the truck near YPS Chowk while trying to overtake an autorickshaw from the left side. 


Demand to develop green belt
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 26
The House Owner Welfare Society in Phase V here has demanded the development of a green belt behind the Civil Dispensary in the area.

The general secretary of the society, Mr Albel Singh Shyan, said a letter to the Punjab Deputy Speaker that unhygienic conditions prevailed in the green belt, creating problems for residents living near it had been sent. Efforts had been made over the past three years to make the PUDA authorities to develop the belt but the pleas of the welfare society had been ignored.

The society demanded the provision of a zigzag footpath in the green belt, the construction of two concrete gates, fixing of a railing where needed and provision of proper lighting arrangements.


80 gms of smack seized
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 26
The police yesterday arrested Dinesh Thakur, a Mani Majra resident, and recovered 80 grams of smack from him. He was arrested from Mani Majra. He has been booked under Section 21 of the NDPS.


Two unidentified occupants of a motor cycle reportedly snatched a mobile phone from Ms Rupinder Kaur, working Sector 17-based Sakaar Foundation, near Kisan Bhavan, Sector 35, here yesterday.

Mr Swaran Singh, resident of Railway Colony, Mauli Jagran, reported that a colour TV, camera and an LPG cylinder were stolen from his residence on the night of November 24. A mobile phone and some cash was also reported to be stolen from the house of Mr Surinder Singh in Sector 15 on Friday.


The police has arrested Suresh, a resident of Hallomajra, from the village allegedly for gambling at a public place and also recovered Rs 1,780 from him.


Altercation lands customer, shopkeeper in jail
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, November 26
An altercation between a Sector 12 shopkeeper and a customer over a pending bill payment has landed them behind bars. The problem started when Sanjay, a stationery shop owner, demanded the payment of a pending bill of Rs 450 from Mr V. Mehta last evening and the latter allegedly refused to pay.

The police intervened following complaints from both parties.

Sources said on the complaint of the customer the police arrested Sanjay. Following the arrest of Sanjay other shopkeepers protested against the highhandedness of the police and put up the shutters of their shops for two hours. They also demanded the arrest of Mr Mehta. Mr Mehta was also arrested by the police in the evening. The sources said the investigating officer in the case had been pulled up by senior police officials for favouring one party.


Ford opens new dealership in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Ford India today inaugurated a new dealership, Bhagat Ford in the city. With this launch, Ford India now has seven dealer facilities in Punjab and Chandigarh.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr V. Sivaramakrishnan, General Manager, Sales, Ford India, said, “In the C segment, the Ford Ikon sales have shown a growth of 45 per cent last year over the previous year. The company had sold over 15,000 cars past year, and was hopeful to sell 20,000 cars this year.”

Mr Raj Naresh Singh, dealer principal of Bhagat Ford, said, “The company has currently dealer outlets at Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Bathinda in Punjab. With an annual turnover of Rs 150 crore, the company has grown from strength to strength recording outstanding growth.”


City entrepreneurs attract firms at IITF
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Entrepreneurs from the city, who are participating in the ongoing India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, are expected to generate trade to the tune of Rs 4 crore as some of the participants have already received orders from Indian and foreign firms.

A local notebook manufacturer, while talking to mediapersons in Delhi on Monday, said the orders were being confirmed. A phenol manufacturer has bagged an order worth Rs 80 lakh for South Africa.

This year about 25 local industrial units have displayed their products in IITF which began on November 14. The Chandigarh pavilion, which is remarkably better than before, is set up across 300 square metres in hall number 6 of Pragati Maidan. The units participating are mainly involved in manufacturing healthcare products, chemical detergents, paints, readymade garments, oil, honey, pickles, notebooks, shoes and pottery.

The IITF is an annual feature and has emerged as an important forum for the promotion of trade and industry, says Mr H.S. Kandhola, Director Industries, Chandigarh Administration. When asked why major exporters from the city had not participated in the fair, Mr Kandhola said they already had major export orders in hand and by coming here they could not meet the additional requirements.

Besides this fair, Chandigarh was a major attraction at the IT.com, a specialised fair for the IT industry which was organised at Bangalore earlier this month.

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