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EC puts PU promotions on hold
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
While the model code of conduct bans ad-hoc appointments till the general elections are over, the Election Commission of India has gone a step ahead and suspended routine promotions on the campus as well till the general elections are over.

In a communication to the Vice Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, who had sought clarification on holding of interviews and effecting promotion under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS), the EC has barred the university authorities from issuing “appointment letters”. However, conducting interviews has been allowed by the Commission.

Interpreted in the language of the university, it means that the result of the 50-odd interviews held under the CAS for faculty members of over 25 departments would be withheld till the election process is over.

The last date for receiving applications under CAS was fixed for April 30, 2003. The interviews were subsequently held in January this year for promoting faculty members of the university. These were to be brought to the Syndicate meeting slated for March 13 but were withdrawn at the last minute on grounds that the EC had refused permission.

Prof Pathak confirmed the withdrawal of the item. “I have the orders of the EC which mention that we cannot issue appointment letters. This means the item cannot be taken to the Syndicate or Senate since it would amount to disclosing the result. Issuing of an appointment letter is just a formality. Instead, I will table the letter of the EC in the two meetings,” he said.

Interestingly, the code of conduct issued by the Election Commission only bans “ad-hoc appointment in government, public undertakings which may have the effect of influencing the voters in favour of the party in power”.

Prof Pathak reasons, “The code of conduct issued by the EC is for government agencies alone. The university does not come in the category of the government sector. For this reason, I especially asked the EC to clarify lest we violate the code.”

However, this has not gone down well with the teaching fraternity on the campus. The president of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA), Dr Harjinder Singh Laltoo, said that the appointments on the campus certainly did not interfere with the code of conduct issued by the EC.

“The promotions are long overdue. Some faculty members have been waiting since 1998. When the interviews have taken place, the code of conduct is standing between them and their result. If the university authorities hurts the best in the university, the teaching faculty will be unable to deliver. This is not about giving benefits of promotion alone but about getting the benefit of the experience of these teachers,” he adds.

A Fellow, representing the lecturer and readers constituency of PU, Dr Keshav Malhotra, says, “With clear cut instructions on the model code of conduct issued by the EC, there was no need for any clarification over and above the instructions.

The ban on disclosure of interview results is completely absurd. It could lead to frustration in the faculty. Given the circumstances, it would not surprise me if the university chose to declare results of examinations after the approval of the EC.”

Under CAS, a lecturer moves through senior lecturer and then to the selection scale lecturer/reader grade within a specified number of years as per qualifications. The readers are promoted to professors within a given time frame depending on the publications to their credit.



MC works hit too
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The work of the municipal corporation has been severely affected following the declaration of the parliamentary elections. The affect can be seen especially in the road and the health wings. The horticulture and the electricity wings have also been hit to an extent, particularly in the execution of new works.

Mr M.P. Tyagi, Commissioner of the corporation, and Mrs Kamlesh, Mayor, in separate communications to the UT Electoral Officer have sought clarification regarding the work manual in view of the code of conduct.

Approval has been sought for the execution of works that were in progress or had been approved in the past but not yet started. They have also asked if fresh work that falls under essential services, like water supply, can be undertaken or not.

Mr Pradeep Chhabra, Senior Deputy Mayor, said the issue needed to be clarified at the earliest. The administration had approved finances for more than 10 projects out of the MP local area development (MPLAD) fund. However, no work was likely to commence because of the uncertainty, he added.

The schemes under the MPLAD category, for which 75 per cent of the finances, had been approved included tile pavement in Sector 18-D, flooring in sector 16-A, Sector 8-B and 20-A, “paver” blocks in Sector 22-D and other flooring works in sectors 20-A, 19-A, 16-A, 7-C, 19-C, 21-A and 21-B.

One of the queries in Mr Tyagi’s letter to the Chief Election Officer pertains to the works under the MPLAD fund that have been approved by the administration and money for which has been deposited with the MC. He has asked if the tendering can be initiated and in the cases where tenders have been already received, can those be allotted. Also, in the cases where allotments were made before the code came into effect, can the work begin?

The corporation has also sought clarification whether public-interest works like carpeting of roads, new streetlights, and the installation of tubewells and boosters can be carried out.



Cop held in disproportionate assets case
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 10
The Vigilance Bureau here has arrested a Punjab police Inspector posted at Khanna on charges of accumulating assets disproportionate to his source of income. Policeman Harbans Singh was booked and arrested today by a flying squad of the Vigilance Bureau at its Mohali police station.

Harbans Singh, a resident of Phase 3A here, had been facing a vigilance inquiry following which he was arrested from Khanna today. Harbans Singh had also been posted as the Reader of former DGP, Mr O.P. Sharma, sources informed.

He will be presented before a magistrate tomorrow. Mr Niranjan Singh, DSP, Vigilance who is handling the case could not be contacted.

Mr Pramod Jain, SSP, Khanna, however confirmed that an inspector from Khanna had been booked by the vigilance.



Accused of theft, student commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
A Class XII student facing allegations of theft of money from fellow students committed suicide today.

According to police sources, Ravi Sharma, a native of Kulu, Himachal Pradesh, and student of the non-medical stream, hanged himself from the ceiling fan of room No. 10, Himachal Hostel-II on the college campus.

The suicide came to light when Sharma didn’t answer his roommate’s several knocks on the door. Students entered the room after breaking window panes at the rear of the room.

A hostler had reported that a sum of Rs 2,500 had been stolen a day before Holi. The other students at the hostel started suspecting Ravi.

The police said Ravi had stolen Rs 1,000 and few books of a fellow hostler some time ago. However, he had returned the money and books later.

Ravi kept denying that he had not stolen Rs 2,500, but no one believed him.

He bolted the room at 2.30 pm.

In his suicide note he has admitted that he had stolen Rs 1,000 on an earlier occasion, but not Rs 2,500.

His body is currently lying at the General Hospital, Sector 16, where an autopsy would be performed tomorrow. His parents have been informed. The police has started proceedings under Section 174 of the Cr.P.C.



286 students awarded certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
As many as 286 meritorious students were awarded certificates for their achievements in academics, co-curricular activities and sports at the 22nd annual prize distribution function of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, here today.

The Finance Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Karan A. Singh, gave away prizes to the students. Jaswinder, Deepika, Paramjit, Renu and Nisha were the five girls who were awarded Roll of Honour.

Jaswinder Kaur was the member of the Panjab University Basketball team, which was placed second in the All-India Inter-varsity championship and the North-East inter-varsity championship, held at Bilaspur.

Similarly Deepika, Paramjit and Renu were awarded for their performances in weight and power lifting. Nisha got the prize for securing positions at various city and state level cartoon-making competitions.

While speaking on the occasion, Mr Karan Singh said girl students were definitely heading towards advancement and exhorted them to play a crucial role in curbing social evils such as female foeticide and dowry. He asked them to get together at every forum to address these problems.

He said everybody had a hidden talent which needed to be developed and college period was the best time to determine the future course of action. He complimented the winners for bringing laurels to the college.

Earlier, the Principal of the college, Mrs. Shashi Kanta, gave a detailed account of various activities undertaken by the college during last year. She said that endeavour of the college was not only to concentrate on academics but also to encourage the students to participate in sports and extra-curricular activities for the overall development of their personalities.

She said during last year the college had organised various activities, which included seminars, workshops and camps. The NAAC Peer Team, which had visited the College on February 19-20 this year, lauded the college for multifarious activities undertaken by it.

The Principal said the college had prepared a proposal for introducing B.Sc in bio-technology from the forthcoming academic session. The Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, had already given its consent to this proposal. An amount of Rs. 10.75 lakh had been sanctioned by the UGC for various developmental schemes of the college, she informed.



Pawan Bansal gets Congress ticket
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
As expected, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal has been given the ticket by the All India Congress Committee to contest the forthcoming parliamentary elections from the lone seat in the city.

Mr Bansal has been a member of Parliament on three occasions earlier. During 1984-1990 he was a member of the Rajya Sabha. He won the Lok Sabha elections in 1991 and 1999.

Mr B.B. Bahl, president of the local unit, said Mr Bansal’s name figures in the first list of candidates declared by the party. Mrs Kamlesh, the Mayor, Mrs Lalit Joshi, a former Mayor and Mr H.S. Lucky, president of the local unit of the Youth Congress, have welcomed the announcement.

Mr Bansal said “ I can only thank Mrs Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President, for reposing faith in me. I am very clear about my agenda for public welfare. A number of activities started during my last tenure will be carried forward”.

Mr Bansal did his LLB from the Department of Laws, Panjab University. He did his schooling at Yadvindra Public School, Patiala, and his B Sc at Government College, Sector 11. He is an advocate.

As a member of the Lok Sabha he has served on Ethics, IT, Home Affairs and Broadcasting, Commerce and Rules committees. He has also served on a number of committees in the Rajya Sabha.



Wait for affidavit may prove fatal for kidney patient
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
If allegations in an application filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court are to be believed, then the husband of a kidney patient had to run from “pillar to post” for getting an affidavit attested in connection with a transplant operation.

The authorities, including an Executive Magistrate, expressed their unwillingness to attest the affidavit “on the pretext” that a writ petition regarding the alleged kidney scam was pending before the court,” the applicant claimed.

He asserted that the affidavit was attested after great difficulty. “It proved to be a job of three days and the patient had to remain confined in an ambulance during the period.

Mr Nath claimed that his wife had been “on dialysis since November, 2002, and admitted to Kakkar Hospital since October 8, 2003. She had undergone about 150 dialysis. As of now, her veins could not be traced for further dialysis. Her bones had become brittle as continuous dialysis had made her frail. She was also unable to walk”.

He further submitted that fear caused by the petition was evident from the fact that the doctors and hospital authorities, instead of acting on humanitarian grounds, preferred to “escape” so as to avoid controversy. “Negation of duty to avoid controversy has become the hall mark of every citizen,” he insisted.

Going into the background of the case, the petitioner submitted that his wife was initially operated upon in August, 1995. However, the kidney failed and she was left with no option, but to go in for another transplant. Subsequently, her mother donated kidney. But that too stopped functioning in November, 2002. Application for a third transplant was submitted before the Authorisation Committee on March 2.

He added that Dr P.K. Sareen, who had earlier conducted two operations, was a competent surgeon to operate his wife. But Dr Sareen too had refused as he was already an accused in a case.


30 notifications to accommodate Quark
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 10
With the proverbial carrot worth Rs 3500 crore dangling before the Punjab Government, every major department in the government has been asked to ‘bend over backwards’ and facilitate IT company Quark to set up its mega project in the state. An indicative list of notifications prepared by Quark and duly approved by the Punjab government, points to over 30 notifications that will be issued by more than 10 departments to accommodate the Company.

A review of the current status of these notifications by various departments was undertaken by the Chief Secretary, Punjab, during a special meeting held on March 5. While some notifications dealt with Phase I of the Quark project in Mohali, majority have been listed to facilitate Quark’s acquisition of 5000 acres of land in the Punjab in Chandigarh’s periphery as Phase II of the project. Quark is expected to invest Rs 450 crore in Phase I and another Rs 3000 crore in Phase II.

According to this list of notifications reviewed by the Chief Secretary, Quark will be allotted 46 acres of land in Mohali by the PSIEC after which change in land use will be facilitated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Quark will also be allowed to sub lease, transfer, rent and sell any part of this land at any rate determined by Quark. The Industries Department will notify that Quark be allowed to set up educational institutions, guest houses, multiplexes and malls on this land. Quark will be allowed to construct high rise buildings beyond 45 metres subject to compliance of air safety norms.

For Phase II of the project, Quark will be specially allowed to buy agricultural land beyond the permissible limit under provisions of the Punjab Reforms act 1972 and shall be exempted from filing any declarations required under any law pertaining to surplus agriculture holdings. Other than facilitating the land use change that is required for the 5000 acre land under consideration, Quark will be exempted from payment of conversion charges by PUDA which will also exempt the project from any restrictions laid down by the Punjab New Capital Periphery Control Act 1952. Quark will also be allowed to sub-lease, transfer, rent or sell any portion of the infrastructure in any stage to third parties.

The Local Bodies department will by way of notification acknowledge the area as an industrial township, as a result of which Quark will at its discretion be entitled to fix rates and levy user charges, service charges, and tolls in the project area in respect of basic facilities like roads, health care, public health, sanitation etc.

Quark will be exempted from the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulations Act 1995 and also payment of electricity duty for a period of five years from the date of release of connection by the Punjab State Electricity Board. The Excise and Taxation Department will ensure that the sales tax and work contract on all construction material required for the projects will be charged at the minimum floor rate. The Revenue Department will not impose any land or building tax covering the project area for a period of 10 years from the date of completion of respective units.

The local bodies will not charge any entry tax on the building material brought for the purpose of implementation in the project and will not be included in the octroi limits of the local bodies.



Court upholds plea of firm director
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
If a summoned accused files an application for discharge claiming that prima facie offence had not been committed by him on the basis of averments made in the complaint and the documents annexed with it, the court at that stage can recall the summoning order and discharge the accused — the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled.

The judgement is significant as in some cases the courts were dismissing applications for discharge on the ground that the same were premature particularly when the stage of leading evidence by the accused had not arrived.

The orders were pronounced by Mr Justice S.K. Mittal of the high court on a petition filed by a director of a firm. He had challenged the orders passed by Sirsa’s Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) dismissing his application for recalling the summoning order and discharging him. Directions were also sought for quashing the proceedings with regard to him on the basis of complaint under the Insecticide Act following the alleged failure of a sample.

The petitioner had submitted that the complaint, at its face value, did not disclose any offence against him. Moreover, he was just a director in the company and had nothing to do with the day-to-day functioning. Moreover, the sample could not be termed misbranded as the alleged variation in the percentage of ingredients was within the permissible limits.

After going through the documents and hearing the arguments in the case, the Judge allowed the petition. The Judge also ordered the setting aside of the impugned order passed by the courts below with regard to the petitioner.

Consequently, the proceedings pending in the CJM’s court against the petitioner were also quashed. The Judge, however, clarified that the complaint and proceedings with regard to other accused would continue.

In his detailed order, the Judge added that in the instant case the courts below dismissed the application for discharge filed by the petitioner only on the ground that it was premature to consider the petitioner’s plea particularly when the stage of leading the evidence by him was yet to come.

The Judge concluded that the petitioner in the case in hand could not be described as person responsible for the conduct of the company’s business. In the absence of material connecting the petitioner with the provisions of the Insecticide Act, his summoning order to face the trial was an abuse of the court process.



2 killed, 3 hurt as car, bus collide
Our Correspondent

Kharar, March 10
Two youths were killed and three seriously injured when a car collided with a bus while overtaking a truck near Khanpur village this evening. The deceased and the seriously injured, who were travelling in a white Maruti 800 car, were in their early twenties. The injured youths were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

One of the deceased was D.S. Dhillon (20) of Mohali while the other had not been identified till the filing of this report. The seriously injured were Kailash (21). Four victims were residents of Sector 29, Chandigarh. A few others sustained minor injuries.

Traffic remained disrupted on the road for more than an hour. Traffic on the busy Ludhiana-Chandigarh road resumed after the vehicles were moved to one side.

Witnesses said the accident took place when the car coming from the Ludhiana tried to overtake the truck and collided with a Punjab Roadways bus coming from the opposite direction. The driver of the truck, too, lost control over his vehicle, which collided with the bus. The car was badly smashed, and the front portion of the bus, too, was damaged.

Glass splinters lay strewn all over the road near Kharar town. The driver of the bus, Mr Gurnam Singh, told Chandigarh Tribune that his vehicle had nearly 60 passengers, but no one was seriously injured.

Witnesses said the truck was transporting buffaloes. Hospital sources said Kailash and Manpreet Singh were conscious while Ravi had sustained a serious head injury and was unconscious. Kailash gave personal details of the victims.

Witnesses said police personnel and others extricated the victims from the badly damaged car by cutting through the metal. The police said a case under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) had been registered.



Firebirds completes 50 years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Firebirds, the first helicopter unit to be formed by the Air Force, completed 50 years today. Presently operating attack helicopters in Western Sector, a number of events, including a display of the IAF’s Surya Kiran aerobatic team, para-jumping by the Akash Ganga team and a motorcycle rally are among events organised to commemorate the event.

Raised as 104 Helicopter Flight at Palam by Flt-Lt Neal Todd in March, 1954, which goes by its popular name of Firebirds, it has a chequered history. Starting with simple communication, logistics, reccee, VIP transport and mercy missions during war and peace, the `One-O-Four’ has evolved into a frontline and formidable attack helicopter squadron. Changes over the years saw it altering its operational philosophy from that of “Apatsu Mitram” (friend of others) to an offensive — “Stalk, Strike and Survive”. The unit has operated seven types of helicopters which include S-55, S-62, Bell 47G3, Mi-4, Chetak and the present Mi-25/Mi-35.

In the sixties, Soviet Mi-8 and French Allouttee-IIIs too were inducted into the squadron. In 1961 it set a world record, with Sqdn Ldr V K Sahgal along with a French test pilot, Mr M. Boulet, landing an Allouttee at an altitude of 19,500 feet. In 1977, the Firebirds assumed the role of an anti-tank attack squadron and its Chetak helicopters were modified to carry guided missiles. It received the coveted President’s Colours in 1988.

In August, 1990, came in the deadly Mi-35 attack helicopters. During the Kargil conflict, its gunships were involved in the sanitisation of Srinagar and Awantipur airfields. During Operation Parakram, it flew over 200 air support missions. A detachment from the squadron has also served with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Seirra Leone.



Tibetans observe uprising day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Members of the Regional Tibet Youth Congress and the Tibetan Freedom Movement observed their 45th national uprising day in the city today.

The rally, which started from the Panjab University campus, was joined by a large number of students from local colleges and other educational institutions. The march which was also supported by foreign students passed through Sectors 15, 16, 22 and 23 and concluded at the Sector 17 plaza.

Mohammad Abdi, president of the Foreign Students Association, stressed the need for ending colonisation. He targeted the United Nations Organisation for not finding any way to curb colonisation. Mr Arvind Thakur of the Lawyers for Human Rights International also expressed concern over human rights violations in Tibet.

At the conclusion of the session, at least 60 Tibetan students observed a 12-hour token strike. In the evening, Mr H.S. Lucky, president of the local unit of the Youth Congress, offered juice to the students who observed a relay fast.



Baba Thakur Singh recovering
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 10
Sant Baba Thakur Singh Ji of Nav Nagar, Baddi, who was operated upon for a heart problem by Dr Achintya Moulick, Chairman of the Cardio Vascular Sciences at Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital, is recovering. Babaji was brought to the hospital on February 4, and operated upon on March 1.

Talking about the contribution of Fortis, Dr Moulick said, “It has been our constant endeavour to contribute to the community. This effort is an extension of our philosophy to benefit the people of our region and raise their health standards. We are committed to undertaking such initiatives in future as well.”

Dr B.P. Panigrahi, Head of Anesthesiology, said that the Baba had shown speedy recovery.



Publication on pollution released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma today released a publication, “Capturing Progress in Implementing Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Indian Environmental Structure in Pollution Control”, at UT Secretariat today.

The publication, authored by R.S. Saini, Rajvinder Singh Bains and Sanjiv Shukla, is based on a study undertaken by the Idma Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Indian Council of Social Welfare’s Chandigarh chapter.

According to a press note issued by the Indian Council of Social Welfare’s honorary general secretary Sharestha Mehta, the publication has summarised how well the government was upholding the commitment it made during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit regarding environment.



Chandigarh Club functioning questioned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Ten members of the Chandigarh Club have in a joint letter asked the president and executive members of the club to come clean on a number of alleged irregularities and undue favours shown to interested persons in recent times.

The letter seeks clarifications with regard to the procedure adopted for the enrolment of new members, including dependent members, government official membership and honorary membership, purchases for the bar, employment of staff, gardening repair, staff salaries, restaurant and catering and granting of permission for use of lawns for various functions.



Sant Prabhudass coming
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Sant Prabhudass Maharaj of Dudhadhari Ashram, Hardwar, will be available at Dudhadhari Barfani Ashram, Maloya (opposite barrier) from March 12 to March 15. He will entertain queries from devotees at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. A big bhandara will also be organised at the ashram on March 14, said Mr S.P. Gupta, President of the Dudhadhari Barfani Ashram, Maloya, today.



Liquor trader’s plea to Sonia
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
A local liquor trader, Mr Satyapal, has sent a letter to Mrs Sonia Gandhi, saying the Punjab Congress had overlooked the interests of the state. The trader, in the letter, says he is a supporter of the Congress and alleges that the recently conducted auction of liquor vends was wrong and particular wine trader from Uttar Pradesh had been favoured. The system adopted by the Punjab Congress will lead to monopoly and this was bad for the trade, said Mr Satyapal while demanding fresh liquor vend auctions.



Six underweight cylinders seized
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
A team of the local Food and Civil Supplies Department raided a place in Colony No 5 here today in connection with the sale of underweight LPG cylinders. The team seized 11 cylinders of Indane, including six underweight cylinders. However, two persons indulging in the activity managed to escape.

Sources in the department alleged that the two persons, one of whom has been identified as Ram Raj, escaped because the police did not reach the spot in time. The allegation has been denied by the police.

A doctored weighing machine and three instruments used to fill cylinders with gas were also seized, the sources said.

Cars stolen
Mr Mohamed Yousuf, a resident of Sector 11, reported to the police that his Maruti car (PB-13-E-0064) was stolen from a parking lot at the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday. A Maruti Zen car (CH-03-N—6211) of Sector 23 resident, Mr Bimla Tehlan, was reported stolen from his residence on the night of March 8. Two cases of theft under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

Hurt in mishap
Mr Har Dayal Singh Dhillon, a resident of Sector 27, was injured after his scooter was allegedly hit by a car near Haryana Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday. He was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where his condition was said to be stable. A case against the car driver has been registered.

Held for storing crackers
The police tonight arrested a Sector 20 resident, Pritpal Singh, on the change of illegally storing firecrackers in his house. He has been booked under various sections of the Explosives Act.

On a tip-off a team of the Sector 19 police raided the house of Pritpal and seized about 100kg of crackers stacked in the house. He will be produced before a local court tomorrow.



Deposit advance tax sincerely, industry asked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The Chamber of Chandigarh Industries (CCI) has appealed to the industrial units in the UT to “sincerely and faithfully” deposit the enhanced amount of advance income tax with the income tax authorities by March 15.

The appeal by the CCI was made after its members had a meeting with Mrs Manju Lakhanpal, Commissioner, Income Tax. During the meeting, the Commissioner expressed concern over the negative growth of income tax revenue for the Chandigarh region, especially from the industrial areas of the city. This was stated by Mr Vinod Mittal and Mr A.L. Aggarwal, president and general secretary of the CCI.

They brought to her notice the problems being faced by the small-scale units of Chandigarh, especially those dealing in iron and steel products. It was pointed out that this industry was passing through a critical phase because of the recent series of price hikes.

Chemists’ plea

The Chandigarh Chemists Association has urged Dr C.P. Bansal, Director, Health-cum-Drugs Controller, UT, to ensure that private nursing homes do not stock medicines in huge quantities, which leads to unfair competition for them on the one hand and the fleecing of patients on the other.

At a meeting with Dr Bansal, the association emphasised that private nursing homes should stock medicines only in small quantities to meet emergencies. Mr Vijay Anand, general secretary of the association, said it was also demanded that big hospitals and institutions should have five or 10 chemists shops located in their commercial complexes. The shops should be allotted to reputed chemists and not auctioned, as is the practice.

The association also assured Dr Bansal that its members did not indulge in the sale of narcotic drugs and other habit-forming medicines. Such medicines were being imported into Chandigarh from neighbouring states. It said a number of chemist shops had mushroomed on the periphery of Chandigarh in recent years, which were largely responsible for the sale of narcotic drugs and other habit-forming medicines in the city. They asked the Drug Controller to check this menace.



Pratapgarh samiti has best stall
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The Pushpanjali Gramodyog Sewa Samiti of Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, was adjudged the best stall in the village industries category as the 10-day North and North-East Khadi Gramodyog Expo 2004 concluded here this evening.

Global Micronic of Haripur, Panchkula, was second while Anchalik Gram Parishad of Junia in Barpeta, Assam, got the third place. In the khadi section, the Nagaland Khadi and Village Sangh, Dimapur, got the first position, the Manipur Foundation, Imphal, second and the Khadi Gramodyog Karyakarta Sangh, Dera Bassi, Punjab, third.

In the painting competition, Arushie of Vivek High School got the first prize, while the second and the third prizes went to Prahleen Kaur of AKSIP School, Chandigarh, and Gaurav of St Hills Public School, Bartana. In the 9-11 age group, Amanjot Kaur, Kohima Goel and Heena Chauhan stood first, second and third, respectively. The top three in the 12-14 years category were Inderjot Kaur, Shruti Sawhney and Pragati.


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