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Breach in pipe hits water supply
Road dividing Sectors 19 and 20 also damaged
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The main drinking water supply pipe from Sector 26 waterworks burst this morning causing severe disruption in the water supply to many northern sectors of the city. It also led to considerable damage of the V-3 road dividing Sectors 19 and 20 along the Udyog Path. The road repair work will start tomorrow after the damaged water supply pipe is restored.

Meanwhile, the water supply to Sectors 26 to 30 was hit hard this afternoon due to the breach in the water supply pipe. It was later restored by the public health wing of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, which had deputed a large workforce on the site to mend the damage in the shortest time possible. They could, however, not finish the task today.

The breach in the water supply pipe came to the notice of the public health staff around 6.30 am, when one of their patrolling members discovered a significant puncture along the road on the site close to the Sector 20 mosque.

“Our member found a 3-inch puncture on the road, which indicated that someone had tried to lay some kind of a service like cable on the site. This was confirmed by the fact that the road damage spread across a certain distance.

The huge water pressure on the other side of the road following pipe breach caused the road on the other side to cave in.

The damage was certainly not due to high water pressure. There is no pressure these days,” said R.S. Bedi, XEN, public health, MC, who added such breaches were common.

With the damage yet to be fixed, drinking water from the breached pipe continued to flood the area well past the evening. Earlier, during the day, the MC staff began the work by dewatering the area before assessing the damage.

The XEN, however, added that such things happened accidentally, when service laying activities were in progress on both sides of the road. On the other hand, UT engineering department officials said they had not given permission to lay cables in the area.



Tribune Impact
PU admission under scanner
Panel to submit report by February 5
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Two days after the Chandigarh Tribune blew the lid off the malfunctioning of the Panjab University Syndicate by wrongly approving the admission of a student in the Department of Computer Science and Applications, the vice-chancellor Prof R C Sobti today swung into action and formulated a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of G K Chatrath, senior syndic, to review the matter.The committee comprises syndics Ashok Goyal, Dharinder Tayal, Ravinder Kaur, Naval Kishore and senator A C Vaid. Deputy registrar (general) has been appointed as the convener of the committee, which will submit its report by February 5.

Commenting on the issue, Dharinder Tayal said although I am not able to recall how the decision was taken but this would definitely be taken up and deliberated upon at the next syndicate meeting.

Dr A C Vaid asserted that, “As a member of the committee, we would strictly go as per the rules and regulations. If the candidate has been rightly admitted, the admission would stay or else it will not be done.”

Voicing concern over the matter, Rabindernath, a senator said, “There seems to be lack of coordination in the functioning of the Syndicate.

The serious efforts should be made so that such lapses should not take place as it hits the very credibility of the highest organ of the university”.

Tarsem Bahia, another senator seconding his opinion, said, “Looking at the seriousness of the matter, there should be a complete inquiry done to review all special cases that have been approved in this manner”.



Two die of asphyxiation
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 2
Two friends were found dead under mysterious circumstances in a jhuggi at Kharak Mangoli gate No.4, a slum area, here today. The police suspects that it was a case of asphyxiation. The deceased were identified as Hira Singh(35) and Praveen (30) working as labourer.

This is the fourth such incident in the region during the past one month. Three members of a family were found dead, while another one in an unconscious condition, under mysterious circumstances at their Mauli Complex residence on January 3 at Mani Majra in Chandigarh. The fourth victim also died at PGI later. On January 6, a 25-year-old woman died while her seven-day-old daughter and mother were admitted to the PGI under same circumstances.

According to information, Pravin, a resident of Mani Majra, stayed at the house of Hira Singh yesterday night. The wife of Hira Singh was away to her parental home at Patiala at the time of incidence. The neighbours noticing the smoke erupting from the house in the morning opened the door of “jhuggi” and found both victims lying on the bed while their quilts had cought fire from an “angeethi” lying near the bed.

It was presumed that both died due to inhaling carbon monoxide emitted from the burning coal.

The police has sent the bodies for post-mortem after registering a case.



Scooterist run over by bus
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 2
Within 24 hours, the city roads witnessed two fatal accidents. A day after a youth on a motorcycle lost his life in a road mishap, another resident was crushed by a bus on the road dividing Sector 29 and Sector 31 this afternoon.

Paras Ram, a resident of Phase 2, Ram Darbar died on the spot when his scooter (CH 04 A 3 239) was hit by a Haryana Roadways bus. Police sources said the 58-year-old Paras’s head was crushed by the rear tyres of the bus (HR 56 4315) he was returning home when the incident occurred.

He worked as a painter in the UT Secretariat. Doctors at the Medical Hospital, Sector 32, pronounced him dead on arrival at the hospital.



Drinking water in Sec 68 full of mud
Mandeep Puri

Mohali, February 2
Residents of Sector 68 have been getting muddy water from taps for the past about 10 days. They alleged that complaints to the authorities concerned have fallen on deaf ears.

The contaminated water is affecting the health of the residents. Due to the mud and other particles present in the water, the water purifiers installed in the houses are being blocked.

Water being a necessity for the people, but for the residents of Sector 68, the water that is being supplied to them is not only impure for drinking but also not safe.

Manjit Kaur, a resident of Sector 68, said, “It is the mud that is being supplied to the people here. Every time I open the tap to store water for drinking, it is the mud being stored. Even my water purifier has been jammed because of this”.

“This is a regular problem that is being faced by the sector residents. Many a time, we buy filtered bottles. The fresh water that is supplied in the sector is even not fit for bathing”, said Lakhbir Singh.

“It’s been more than 10 days since the muddy water is being supplied within the sector. At times, we prefer to remain thirsty than drinking this water”, said a resident.

In spite of many complaints being made to the water works department, the situation remains the same. The water, which is not fit for bathing, is being supplied to the residents for drinking.



Industrial tenants up in arms
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The amendment in the conversion policy by the Chandigarh Administration has stirred a hornet's nest with the industrial tenants up in arms against the administration's bonanza to the industrialists.

Accusing the administration of colluding with big industrialists to "alter" the character of the industrial area, the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association today demanded the immediate withdrawal of the notification in public interest.

"The administration decision would give a boost to the setting up of shopping malls and multiplexes and hotels altering its basic character. Besides, it will deal a death knell to the tenants and small entrepreneurs, who had been responsible for the growth of the industrial area over the years," Bhupinder Singh Saini, association general secretary, alleged. The administration had yesterday amended the conversion policy doing away with the 15-year embargo for sale and transfer of property in the industrial area.The industrialists going in for sale of property before the mandatory 15 years were also exempted from the payment of the "unearned profit".

The tenants alleged that the decision would put the state exchequer to loss.



Maintenance Command chief inspects 3 BRD
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, arrived on a four-day inspection and review visit to the No.3 Base Repair Depot (3 BRD) here today.

Interacting with the officers of the depot, Air Marshal Nayyar stressed upon the need for modernisation of equipment and processes and also underlined the need for rapid indigenisation under the self-help approach. A possible collaboration between the private industry with in-house defence research laboratories could help achieve this objective, he added. During his visit, the AOC-in-C will inspect various ongoing projects at 3 BRD besides reviewing the production for the current year and setting up of targets for the next year, a statement issued here said.



Function for senior citizens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The Sector 37 Senior Citizens’ Brotherhood organised its annual day celebrations at the Community Centre in Sector 37-D today.

Pavitter Pal Kaur, secretary, Punjab School Education Board, was the chief guest on the occasion. Rita Sharma, councillor of the ward, was the guest of honour. J.R. Gupta, president of the association, welcomed the chief guest and the guest of honour.

The organisation held various sports events during the celebrations. These included participation by spouses of senior citizens and children in games like badminton and musical chairs.

Vice-president of the organisation M.L.Vohra proposed the vote of thanks.



Patient needs Rs 2 lakh for operation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Praveen Kumar (33), a resident of Rajpura, is battling for life at the PGI for want of money. Parveen, who is suffering from a complicated pancreas disorder, needs an amount of at least Rs 2 lakh for an immediate operation. The operation was postponed for want of money today, Anju Sehgal, the patient's sister informed. Those desirous of helping the patient can contact him at Room No 5, Recovery Room (third floor) of the PGI emergency. Anju can also be contacted at 98889-51020.



Sector 8 toilet block renovated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Mayor Pradeep Chhabra today inaugurated the newly built block of public conveniences in Sector 8. The block was renovated by the MC along with Traders Association, Sector 8. The market association members discussed various issues of market development and maintenance, provision of drinking water facility, parking lights and beautification of backside area of the market.




Order on encroachments, a welcome step

We are glad to note that the Governor has asked the authorities to remove encroachments from various areas in Chandigarh. These encroachments have taken place due to casual attitude of the administration and in some cases dishonesty of the officials concerned over a long period.

Unless responsibility is fixed, at least in a few cases, this malady would stay.

It is requested that the encroachments in and around the markets are tackled on priority.

Brig S.S. Chowdhary (Retd.)

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From Schools & Colleges
Primary classes to start from Feb 4
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
With an improvement in the weather condition from severe cold wave, the Education Department of Chandigarh Administration has decided to restart the primary classes from February 4 onwards, which were earlier closed due to severe cold wave conditions in the region. According to S.K. Setia DPI (S) the timings of all the Government and private schools from 1st to 12th class will be from 9 am to 2.30 pm till February 12, whereas the schedule for middle standard examinations commencing from February 4 will remain the same as per date-sheet and time circulated earlier.


In order to generate awareness among the college students about the importance of keeping wetlands healthy, the department of geography of Govt. College (Boys’), Sector-11, Chandigarh, conducted various events today. A newsletter on the theme ‘Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People’ was released by the principal of the college. A wall magazine, prepared by the students and teachers of Geography, was showcased. A poster making competition was also held on this theme.


A National Symposium on “Potential of Biological Sciences in making India a developed country” is being organised by Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on February 4, 2008. The UGC and Indian Association of Biology Teachers (Colleges) Patiala have jointly sponsored the symposium.



Ananya is brain bee champion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The brain bee neuroscience quiz for high school children was conducted by the Department of Neurology of the PGI, here today.

According to a press note issued here today, the quiz was organised with an objective to motivate the young minds to learn more about the brain and inspire them to pursue careers in the rapidly growing field of brain research. As many as seven schools participated in the quiz.

Ananya Ray from Carmel Convent High School, Sector 9, emerged as the Brain Bee champion followed by Simrandeep Gill from Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, as first runner up.

Parul Sarwal from Carmel Convent High School, Sector 9, was the second runner up.

Prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, Panjab University was the chief guest and Prof K.K. Talwar, director PGI.



4 acquitted in extortion case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
After 10 years, four accused were today acquitted in a corruption and extortion case. District and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg acquitted them due to lack of evidence.

The police had arrested Meenakshi, Surjit, Kuldeep Singh and Jivan in October, 1998. One of the four accused was a police personnel Kuldeep Singh.

According to the prosecution, the four were planning to extort money from Issar Singh, a resident of Sector 18. The police further stated that Kuldeep Singh had taken a bribe from Issar Singh. All accused were booked under Sections 384, 389, 120-B of the IPC. Kuldeep was also booked under Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Charges were framed on the accused in November 14, 2000.



8,000 traffic challans disposed of at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
More than 8,000 traffic challans were disposed of at the district courts today. The district and sessions judge, Kewal Krishan Garg, stated that a fine of Rs 4,39,350 was imposed in the challans.

The State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), UT, organised a special Lok Adalat for the disposal of traffic challans in the district courts today. The proceedings of the Lok Adalat were observed by Justice Pramod Kohli.

The member secretary, R.K. Sharma, said any person intending to get his dispute settled at the pre-litigative stage may approach the SLSA. He further added that anybody with an annual income less than Rs 50,000 was entitled to free legal aid. He explained that such Lok Adalats were held for settling disputes pertaining to outstanding dues of banks at the pre-litigative stage.

The next Lok Adalat will be held on February 16.



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