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UT abolishes 66 posts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
The Screening Committee of the Chandigarh Administration has decided to abolish 66 posts lying vacant in different departments. The Administration has decided to fill 83 of the 149 vacancies.

A decision in this regard was taken by the committee which met under the chairmanship of Mr Krishna Mohan, Home Secretary, recently.

Members included Mr A. Ganguly from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Bhupinder Singh, Joint Secretary (Home), and Ms Raji P. Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Finance).

The development follows an order of the Centre to fill only one-third of the vacancies in all departments and surrender the rest.

"In spite of the best efforts of the Screening Committee to fill only one-third of the vacant posts by direct recruitment, the committee is constrained to restrict filling only 83 vacancies of the 149 vacancies and thereby surrendering 66 vacancies, which stand abolished", the decision of the Screening Committee read.

The committee has given only five posts of the 15 at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32; only 16 of the 38 vacancies in the Engineering Department; two of the seven in the Sports Department; and only three of the eight in the Public Instructions Department. The Government College of Art did not get any post.

The Chandigarh Administration Secretariat, Animal Husbandry, research officers in the statistical cell, the Zila Sainik Welfare Board and the State Transport Authority got a nod for all vacant seats.

Bigger gains in getting due posts were made by offices of the Director, Technical Education, the Director, Health Services, Government Museum and Art Gallery and the Director of Food and Supplies, besides others.

Interestingly, while refusing more posts in Government Medical College, it has been pointed out that "the said institute is already facing shortage of staff and work is being managed by internal adjustments within the existing strength"

While filling 14 of the 17 posts in health services, it has been pointed out that "the Indian Nursing Council recommends one nurse for every three patients, but in the General Hospital here one nurse attends to 40 patients. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has exempted the authorities from the ban on direct recruitment ."



Poll rage: Assaulted Dalit seeks justice
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
On the evening of December 4 another tale of atrocities on Dalits unfolded on the streets of Chandigarh. On the receiving end was Dalip Chouhan, a Valmiki suffering 40 per cent disability, who paid the price for asserting his right to vote for a candidate of his choice.

It started when supporters of a BJP candidate from Ward No 4 objected to the presence of a BSP flag on Chouhan’s ‘rehri’. Incensed over the display of the flag, one of the BJP supporters, Deep Chand Arora, allegedly abused Chouhan, made derogatory remarks regarding his caste and told him to support the party candidate in the elections.

When Chouhan objected to Arora’s behaviour, the latter allegedly called for sluggers and iron rods and hit Chouhan causing multiple injuries.

Chouhan sustained three fractures in his right arm after the assault.

Since December 4 he has not been able to earn a single penny due to the injuries and his widow mother is going around begging to collect enough money for his treatment. Strangely, the police has not arranged for proper treatment of the victim.

As always, the case also ended in a compromise as far as the police is concerned.

But if Chouhan is to be believed, the truth is different. He says the police forced him into a compromise, did not let him meet anybody for legal aid and covered his fractured arm with a blanket so that the SDM (central) could not see his condition.

Chouhan has now given a representation to the Chandigarh SSP with the following requests— registration of a case under appropriate Sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, treatment for his injuries, action against the doctor who did not provide treatment in spite of knowing about his condition.

Chouhan, who is being supported by several Dalit organisations, made a formal representation to the SSP yesterday.

In his complaint, he has recounted the sequence of events which raise questions about the role played by the UT police in the case.

Chouhan told Chandigarh Tribune: ‘‘That evening, I was selling groundnuts as usual when the procession of BJP supporters passed from the place.

Arora objected to the flag on my rehri and he was even more enraged when I said I would vote as per my will. Soon after, they started hitting me with rods and sluggers. I almost lost consciousness.

The next thing I remember is that Giarsi Lal, ASI from police post, Sector 24 was inquiring into the matter.

He took us for medical examination but while Arora refused to get examined, I was examined.’’

Giarsi Lal said he had no knowledge about Chouhan’s fractures as the doctor had reserved his report. ‘‘We followed procedures and took the parties to SDM (Central) where they agreed to compromise. Chouhan even signed the compromise papers. And he did not return to me after that day.’’

But according to Chouhan he was forced to sign blank papers and was not given a hearing. ‘‘They passed off a serious case as one under 7/51 CrPC so that no big deal was made out. But I want a case to be registered against the accused.’’



MC Poll
Candidates add steam to campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Door-to-door campaigning for the forthcoming elections to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has picked up. Today, candidates also held rallies within their wards. Mr B.B. Bahl, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, joined the campaign of Mr Ravinder Pal Singh, alias Paali, Congress candidate from ward No. 21.

A large number of party workers and office-bearers of local resident welfare associations were also present on the occasion.

The SAD and BJP candidate from ward No.15, Mrs Harjinder Kaur, held a rally in Sector 34 and was received by the Market Welfare Association president, Mr Hazara Singh.

Mrs Kaur was also welcomed by the Sector 44-C Market Association. The Congress candidate from ward No. 9, Mr Jagjit Singh Kang, took out a rally in Sector 39-D and Sector 40.

Mr Mukesh Bassi, Congress candidate from ward No.24, listened to the grievances of residents of Railway Colony, Charan Colony and Sahid Colony.

Another councillor, Mr Jatinder Bhatia, visited the Super Cooperative Society-47, Sector 48 and the Industrial Area, Phase II.

Mr Satya Pal Jain, former MP from Chandigarh, today addressed a rally of the party candidate from ward No. 9, Mr Davesh Moudgil. The candidates of the Bharatiya Jan Shakti from ward No. 13 and ward No. 24, Mr Bharat Singh Rathore and Mr Uma Shankar, had Mr Vishwanath, national general secretary of the party, to campaign for them.

Mrs Ravinder Kaur Gujral, Congress candidate from ward No. 15, went from door to door in Sector 35 seeking votes. She assured the voters of all-round development in the ward.

The Congress candidate from ward No. 17, Ms Anju Benniwala, opened her election office in Sector 21.



Power play: Kabhi on kabhi off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Residents of Mani Majra, particularly, of Modern Housing Complex, are facing frequent power cuts for the past several days. The problem has aggravated since the last 15 days. Besides, frequent instances of no supply for over 15 minutes due to ‘‘tripping’’ throughout the day, residents have witnessed more than two hours of power cut on at least three occasions.

There are also complaints about unannounced cuts throughout the day. ‘‘It is not a problem with the cuts. The weather is pretty decent. We are bothered about the frequency of unannounced cuts. There looks to be a major fault in the supply to the area which needs immediate attention’’, Mr Gurbax Singh, a retired Professor of Panjab University said.

‘‘I am staying in the Modern Housing Complex for the past 12 years, however, there have never been so frequent cases of tripping. My family members complain of frequent unannounced cuts that cause inconvenience’’, Mr Manjit Sahdev, a resident said.

Mr S.K Bansal, senior vice-president of the Beopar Mandal, said, ‘‘We have taken up the issue with senior officers of the Electricity Department. We were assured that the electricity connections of the market will be checked on a closed day (likely Sunday). But there has been no action on ground and there are similar complaints from residents of the adjoining housing complex too.’’

Ms Bhupinder Kaur, a retired school teacher, said ‘‘there are certain electricity appliances like washing machines which work better in case of uninterrupted power supply. Incase we have an announcement of the cuts, the work can be planned accordingly. We expect the department to announce the time of cuts or find a permanent solution to the problem’’.

The XEN, Mr S.C Saini, said, ‘‘there should be no problem in electricity supply to the area except a six-hour cut a few days back because of an insulator problem. There are small breaks when the lines are changed which should not be taken as cuts’’. The Mayor, Mr Surinder Singh, said, ‘‘I am unaware of any problem of tripping in the area. There may be some cases in selected pockets because of some local problem.’’



5-yr-old crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 8
A five-year-old girl was crushed to death and two others were injured in a road accident here today.

The accident occurred when the moped being driven by Rajesh, a resident of Budhanpur village was hit by a Swaraj Mazda. Rajesh, along with his daughters five-year-old Rajni and three-year-old Chanchal, was on way to Sector 9 from Budhanpur.

Rajni died and Rajesh and Chanchal sustained injuries in the accident.



Chrysanthemum charisma unfolds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
“Chrysanthemum (guldaudi) show is a great feast for the eyes, as a wide variety of beautiful, lovely and unusual colours of flowers are artistically displayed by the organisers and participants,” said Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of UT Administrator Gen S F. Rodrigues (retd), while inaugurating the Chrysanthemum Show 2006, today.

As many as 9,000 pots comprising more than 238 varieties of chrysanthemum were on 'display'.

The SDE, Horticulture, Mr Arun Kansal said, “More than 25 categories have been added to the show this year and all varieties have been identified to increase public awareness.



Passing Through

Which game do you specialise in?

I know the basics of almost all games and have been officiating for long time. Otherwise, I have played two national kabaddi tournaments besides, inter-district tournaments in senior hockey and basketball during 1965-66.

What changes do you find in today’s hockey?

Because of Astroturf, the game has become more powerful and speedy. Now the players are technically sound. Unlike earlier times, when we used to play on grass, we had to face lot of hardships on uneven surface which used to be very injury prone.

What was the reason that the results were amazing earlier despite poor infrastructure?

It’s not that there is dearth of talent among today’s lot. It is lack of commitment towards the game, which is responsible for the dismal performance in hockey. In our times, winning hockey match was like winning a war and we used to think as if nation’s honour is at stake. This feel is absent in today’s younger lot, I suppose.

— G. S. Paul



He needs money for renal transplant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Hailing from Jharkhand, Mohammad Minsar Alam, a 38-year-old vegetable vendor, and his family have been running from pillar to post to get financial assistance for a renal transplant at the PGI for the past over three months.

Being the sole earning member of the family, Mohammad Alam developed swelling in the lower part of his body and was diagnosed for renal failure at a hospital in Jharkhand.

He was later referred to the PGI for renal transplant.

Undergoing treatment in the Department of Nephrology, PGI, Alam's agony was compounded when he caught infection in the throat while putting up in Rotary Serai of the hospital following which he was forced to shift to his brother's rented accommodation in Khudda Lahora village.

The disease dragged the family under debt. His three school-going children had to leave their studies and were compelled to stay with their maternal grandparents.

The patient is also an asthmatic for the past six years. Doctors at the PGI have asked the family to arrange Rs 2 lakh for the renal transplant, besides other expenses. Alam's sister Mahzabin Khatoon has decided to donate her kidney to save her brother.

The family is in desperate need of financial assistance and persons interested can contact his brother Mohammad Sabbir Alam on 09356447926.

Donation can also be made to Minsar Alam through a crossed cheque in favour of the Director, PGI, Chandigarh, with the patient's name on its backside to the Public Relations Officer, PGI.



‘Bal Kahani’ workshop to review gender portrayal
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
SAARC Day of the Girl Child (which falls today) passes by without a flutter every year. But this time, India Alliance for Child Rights, North Zone, is all set to address the culture of gender discrimination, which finds expression in the images of the girl child in literature.

Seeking change, eminent Punjabi writers will gather here tomorrow for a two-day workshop to discuss their writings and view these in the emerging socio-cultural reality. On December 10, the World Human Rights Day, 20 children from slum and semi-urban areas will be invited to react and comment on the stories being discussed.

The deliberations will result in the publication of an anthology of 20 stories selected by children. Among visiting writers will be Jasbir Bhullar , Kanna Singh , Dr Baljit Kaur Balli , Dr Charanjit Singh, Harnaik Singh Klaer , Sarabjit Singh Bedi and Dr Rama Rattan.

Tomorrow’s exercise will be significant considering that the Government of India is working on the modalities of the 11th Five-Year-Plan and ways to improve the state of the girl child.

Reasons Dr Jyoti Seth, who is part of many forums aiding the government on girl child policy, “The health component for most girls in state programmes concentrates on reproductive health alone. We hear slogans like “today’s daughter is tomorrow’s mother”. Even vocational training for girls involves sewing, cooking, beauty culture and efficient house-keeping as if girls cannot learn anything else.”



Parents ignorance costs infant life
Akash Ghai

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Ignorance on the part of parents today led to a tragedy that could have been averted.

Working as daily wage earners, they took their year-old daughter Anjali to a dentist though she was suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting. She died this afternoon.

To make matters worse, the parents planted their thumb impression on a paper stating that they had no intentions of proceeding against anyone in the matter.

Sources in the local police assert that Sector 25 Janata Colony resident Ramsharan took his daughter to a doctor in Sector 23, who administered an injection, besides giving her some medicines.

Ten minutes after reaching home, she fell unconscious and she was taken to the doctor again. The doctor had, however, left his clinic. After making repeated calls by the anxious parents, he reportedly told the parents that he was going out of the city.

After getting information, the police took the girl to the General Hospital, Sector 16, by a PCR van where doctors declared the child dead.

At the hospital, a Sector 24 shopkeeper, describing himself as Ramsharan's employer, took thumb impressions of both parents on a statement.

The sources said as per the statement the parents had no intentions of initiating action against anyone as illness was the cause of their daughter's death.

Surprisingly, the role of the police also came under scanner as it handed over the body without conducting a post-mortem examination. Anjali was the youngest daughter of her parents.



2 ‘Special’ city lads awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
It was a special occasion for two 'special' city lads —Prabhjot and Varun. They were among the privileged few who were awarded with cash prizes by the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retired), organised by the Chandigarh Sports Council in a function held at the Lake Sports Complex two days back.

Prabhjot and Varun, both 26 years old, were awarded Rs 10,000 and Rs 3,000, respectively, for their achievements in Special Olympics World Summer Games held at Dublin in June 2003. Prabhjot excelled in badminton, while Varun was awarded for roller skating.

“Today, I am richer by another Rs 10,000. I have a lot of money in my post office account”, said elated Prabhjot in his broken language

Prabhjot brought home two gold medals in badminton. His achievement was recognised by the Government of India and it was for the very first time that a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh was awarded to someone.

Praising his protégé, Rajiv Tuli, badminton coach, who was a part of the Indian contingent that visited Dublin for Special Olympics feels proud to be associated with special children.

The young duo might not be learned enough to understand what is right and what is wrong for them but they take pride in being self -reliant. Prabhjot is learning weaving, sewing and block printing at Udit Vocational Centre, Sector 11, Chandigarh. He lives with his mother and an elder sister.

For a living, he runs a cosmetics shop, ‘Get Gorgeous’, at Mohali.

Varun helps in his family's construction business at Panchkula. “I love to be involved in my family business and try to learn from other business associates the nitty gritty of business,” said Varun.



Social life discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Dr John V. George, Additional Director-General of Police, Haryana, on Wednesday said democracy could not take firm roots in the Indian value system unless individual human dignity and multicultural ethos of Indian society were recognised.

Dr George was speaking at the inauguration of the three-day national seminar, organised by the Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, here on “Foundations of social life in India: Cultural, aesthetic and religious aspects.”

He said the society was at the crossroads with the nation facing challenges of globalisation on the one hand and on the other hand the paradox of democracy emerging from issues related with fundamentalism, communalism and terrorism.

Prof Bhuvan Chandel, member-secretary, Centre for Studies in Civilisations, New Delhi, and former Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, articulating the different philosophical systems of Indian culture, said India had been projected as a homogeneous country, but it had always been heterogeneous and plural in character.

Dr V.T. Sebastian, Chairperson of the department, spelled out the theme of the seminar and said Indian ideas had always been a subject matter of academic interest from the ages, but there was a need to understand the foundation aspects of India as a nation.



Happy days for bacchus lovers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Customer is the king in the city’s under the new liquor policy, says the Chandigarh Wine Merchants’ Association.

Gone are the days when the vend owners or the employees handling customers at the counter were rude and indifferent towards the customers. Now, rude behaviour or selling adulterated liquor could spell trouble for a vend owner if the USP (unique selling proposition) of the Wine Merchants’ Association is to be believed.

The association wants its members to do the role of shopkeepers. Any customer who has any complaint against any vend can call at given numbers and lodge his grievance. Addressing a press conference, Mr Satpal Choujar, president of the association, said the newly-elected association had decided to be more consumer friendly.

He said if any vend owner was found negligent, the association would write to the Excise Department to recommend action against the erring vend owner.

About the association members forming a syndicate to increase the liquor rates, Mr Choujar said under the new excise policy it was not possible for the vend owners to increase the rates.



Cyber cafe owners ‘netted’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Owners of cyber cafes in the city will now have to maintain a proper record of those using the facility. Acting upon the advice of the Chandigarh Police, the district administration is going to make it mandatory for the owners of cyber cafes to satisfy themselves about the credentials of Net surfers.

A senior official said it had been revealed that certain anti-social elements and terrorists were using the facility to mislead the security and investigating agencies and create panic in the mind of the public and endanger the security of VIPs and government institutions. The owners of the cyber cafes would have to maintain a register of the visitor, make an entry, ask for identity proof and preserve the activity server log.

The orders in this regard are expected to be issued soon.



Bijli nigam to hold exhibition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam is organising an exhibition and seminar on National Energy Conservation Day, at Panchkula tomorrow. Mr Ashok Lavasa, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Power) will inaugurate the celebrations.

Experts of various departments would highlight the need of energy conservation in household sector.

The nigam has also decided to arrange competitions on slogan writing, poster making and declamation contest of school students on the subject. The prizes would be given to the best three performing students for each competition.



Tribune employee dead
Tribune News Service

Mahendra LalChandigarh, December 8
Mahendra Lal, a foreman in the Bromide Paster section of The Tribune Trust, died here today. He was injured in a road accident near Zirakpur about ten days ago, and was struggling for life at a private hospital. He served The Tribune for 28 years. He is survived by two sons, a daughter and a wife. His last rites will be performed tomorrow.



153 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
As many as 153 persons donated blood in a camp organized by Airtel, in collaboration with the Rotary and Blood Bank Resource Centre (Chandigarh), in Mohali, today.

Ms Niti Sarin, general secretary of the society thanked the donors for participating in the noble cause. Mr Rajiv Jaitely, CEO (Punjab Circle) of the company, was present on the occasion.

A blood donation camp, organised by Airtel in collaboration with the Rotary and Blood Bank Resource Centre (Chandigarh), under way in Mohali on Friday.
A blood donation camp, organised by Airtel in collaboration with the Rotary and Blood Bank Resource Centre (Chandigarh), under way in Mohali on Friday. — A Tribune photograph



New office-bearers

Chandigarh, December 6
Mr J.S. Jogi and Mr Arun Kumar Aggarwal have been elected chairman and general secretary, respectively, of the Federation of Welfare Associations, Sector 47, at its general body meeting held the other day. The other office-bearers are Mr D.R. Anand, vice-chairman, Mr K.S. Chawla, joint secretary, Mr Daljit Arora, organising secretary, Mr Hardev Singh Saini, finance secretary and Mr Sunil Minocha, PRO secretary. — TNS



LIC staff hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8.
Employees of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), held a demonstration in front of their main office at Sector 17, here, today. The demonstration was led by Mr Brij Lal Sharma and Mr A. Sawhney, General Secretary of CITU, Chandigarh. The employees were demanding an increase in private investments, as well as all vacant posts be filled at the earliest.



2 cars stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
Ms Harminder Kaur, a resident of Phase I, Mohali, has reported that her Maruti car (DL-6C-B-4305) was stolen from outside the Punjab Mini Secretariat on Thursday. Another car (CH-01-A-0163) belonging to Mr Saha Deen Lauwalia, a resident of Sector 24, was stolen from outside his residence last night. In both instances, cases under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

Scooter stolen: Ms Bharti, a resident of Sector 23, has alleged that her Kinetic Honda scooter (Ch-03-6742) was stolen from Mata Gujri Hostel, Panjab University, on Thursday. A case under Section 379 has been registered at Sector 11 police station.

Booked: The police has booked two direct sales agents of ICICI Bank — Deepak Sharma and Ajay — on the charge of defrauding Jaspal Singh Rana, on the pretext of collecting processing fee for a bank over draft, and failing to deposit the same with the bank. Mr Rana, a resident of Ambala, had given the two Rs 26,938, as processing fee, which they failed to deposit with the bank and forging bank documents. A case under Sections 406, 420 and 120- B of the IPC has been registered against them.



3 booked for duping advocate

Chandigarh, December 8
The Chandigarh Police today booked N.S. Ravi Kumar, Premjit Kaur and Parshant on a complaint of Mr A.K. Kanwar, an advocate and resident of Sector 49.

Mr Kanwar reported that N.S. Ravi Kumar, and Premjit Kaur and Prashant, residents of Greater Kailash, New Delhi, had taken Rs 4,25,000 from him on the pretext of sending him to the US. They neither sent him to the US, nor returned the money. The case is been investigated. TNS



Man held for threatening enforcement staff
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 8
The police has booked a resident of Kumbra village on the charge of threatening to commit suicide, criminal intimidation and obstructing a public servant from performing his duty.

Baljit Singh had threatened the staff of the enforcement wing of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority who had gone to carry out demolitions in the village with a gun. He had stated that if his enclosure was demolished he would kill himself and members of his family.

The police has registered a case on the complaint of Mr Tara Singh , SDO, Buildings. Baljit Singh was also booked under the Arms Act. Demolition work is being carried out on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Mobiles to be 'crack-proof', says Nokia official
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
In another effort to revolutionise mobile technology, cellphone manufacturing companies may soon come up with highly-secure handsets that can be operated only by authorised users.

Once the technology comes into existence, users who are always on the move, will be able to leave behind their cell phones without fear of it being misused or stolen.

Mr Sunil Dutt, Director (Sales), Nokia India, says the company has been constantly striving to make phones safe and secure.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune soon after the inauguration of the region's first Nokia Concept Store in Sector 17 here, Mr Dutt said the "crack-proof" pin code will render the mobiles useless to unauthorised persons.

This development is significant as so many people are not permitted to take their mobile sets with them in high-security zones, such as the civil secretariat, the courts and even the cricket stadium. Though they leave their sets with the security guards, the apprehension of it being lost or stolen accompanies them throughout.

There are over 40 million mobile phone subscribers across the country. On an average, somewhere between 5.5 and 6 million subscribers are added to the customer base every year.

Mr Dutt, an alumni of University Business School (UBS) here, adds that mobile technology is fast changing and the company is now focusing more on the aspect of security.

Elaborating on the rational of opening a concept store here, he says, "Chandigarh is an obvious choice as it is one of the fastest growing metros in the country. The city has style and a huge technology-savvy consumer base".

He adds that the company offers a full range of products and allows consumers to get first-hand experience before making a purchase ."At other places you simply go and pick up the mobile phone without examining it," he says.

As of now, the company has set up five such stores across the country.



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