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Tricity cold to ICL event this time
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Empty stands at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium during the first ICL match being played between Ahmedabad Rockets and Chandigarh Lions at Panchkula on Sunday.
Empty stands at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium during the first ICL match being played between Ahmedabad Rockets and Chandigarh Lions at Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Panchkula, March 9
The Indian Cricket League’s (ICL) second season did not have a springy start today. It stood out in sharp contrast to the take-off last November when the Essel group head Subhash Chandra entered Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in stunning company of actors and politicians to see his brainchild take its first steps towards success.

Three months later, it seems the ICL does not require Chandra’s company to walk. It can also do without the dazzle of Kareena Kapoor and the political appeal of Lalu Prasad Yadav or Amar Singh. On its own today, the ICL’s Twenty20 tournament took off on a simpler, serener note, amidst lesser crowds and more cricket -- there was no show of political strength, no security guards hanging around, no VVIP enclosures, and only one star performer.

Neha Dhupia was, however, no match for Kareena Kapoor’s star appeal though she knew more about the game than her more successful Bollywood colleague. A sportsperson herself, Dhupia projected the ICL very well, harping on the “close associations” between cricket and stars and the fascinating chemistry, they sometimes share. About the ICL, she said nice things, including:”It’s about taking the game to another level; reinventing and finding new meaning within the spaces available…”

Earlier, Dhupia gave a live performance which was thankfully spared of somersaults. In the news for having had an intimate encounter with Virgin Mobile’s Richard Branson, who turned her upside down during a live promotional recently, Dhupia today brushed the issue under the carpet.

“He was very charming and humble. I think it was an absolutely natural reaction. There was nothing more to it. If I had no problems, why should anyone else have any?” said the starlet, who earlier ascended the ICL stage for performance. For a while, it seemed she had forgotten to ask the organisers to get her a new music track to dance on. The first two songs of her track - “Yeh mera dil” and “It’s Rocking” were also the first two songs of Kareena’s track last year. The third song on the list was thankfully from Dhupia’s own film; she’s doing some more interesting flicks in “Singh is King”, “Maharathi” and “I am 24”.

For, she was happy sweet-talking for the ICL, which was represented by Kiran More, member of the executive board. Kapil Dev also marked his absent on the start of the next season, indicating to a fair extent that there can only be one beginning. The rest has to be routine. And routine it was, with players enjoying their game, a bit of stardust lining the stadium. More surprises will come, the organisers say.



ICL organisers get notice
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
The mega event of ICL tournament has been mired with controversy as soon as it took off when the district administration served organisers with a notice for starting the tournament without obtaining the required permission here today.

The T20 tournament was started with much fanfare.

The Panchkula DC Rajinder Kataria said the organisers had been asked to file a reply within two days in this regard.

In fact, the organisers had applied for the permission to hold the tournament from March 10, stating that the first match was to be played on March 12. However, the tournament was started even as the organisers were yet to receive the permission from the stipulated date. So, the admistration decided to serve the notice to the organisers.

Panchkula city magistrate Yogesh Kumar said before issuing the permission, the district administration had to ask for no-objection certificates from the authorities, including superintendent of police, sub divisional magistrate, executive officer of the municipal committee, HUDA and Excise and Taxation Department.

As the request was made for permission from March 10, the application was under process and the administration was preparing to grant the permission tomorrow.

On the other hand, the ICL authorities, terming it a technical problem, said the situation arose becaue of the rescheduling of the 

“We decided to hold the first match on March 12 and accordingly applied for the permission. However, the schedule for matches was advanced to today on last Monday only for which they did not have sufficient time to get the required permission,” said Shariq Patel, senior vice-president (operation), ICL.



Empty stands mark Day 1
Akash Ghai

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
Empty stands of Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here today marked the opening of the third edition of the Indian Cricket League (ICL), which started with the Twenty20 match between the local outfit Chandigarh Lions and Ahmedabad Rockets under floodlights.

Despite being a Sunday, only handful of spectators were present to witness the much-hyped event, which started with the glittering fireworks that lasted for around five minutes before the teams took to the field.

The stadium, whose capacity has been increased by 25 per cent by the organisers, keeping in view the last year’s success, witnessed around 400 spectators enjoying the match.

Admitting that such a low turnout was not expected here, an ICL official said: “This is the exam time of the students. It might be the reason for low turnout today”.

At the entry gates, the police and private security guards seemed relaxed as no rush was there. The ticket sale counter at the entry gate no. 2 also wore deserted look.

“We are seeking free passes to enter the stadium. Spending Rs 200 or Rs 500 on one ticket does not go well with us. If nobody is inside, they (the ICL people) should allow us to go inside free of cost”, said teenagers Anup, Neha, Gauri and Rajesh at the entry gate.

Inside the stadium, the absence of foreign cheerleaders, which was one of the main attractions in the first edition, was also noticed. Definitely, we are missing the cheerful cheerleaders today”, said Narinder Singh, who came to see the match with his wife and five-year-old son. Talking to TNS, former Indian cricketer Ashok Malhotra, who is with Delhi team, said, “Twenty20 cricket is not only cricket but a complete package of entertainment, excitement and the game. You can’t take away anything from it. People demand much more than cricket in the shortest version of the game”.



Man bludgeoned to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
A scuffle over a trivial issue of giving way took an ugly turn and claimed the life of a Mauli Jagran resident here in the wee hours today. The victim, 30-year-old Papu, was hit with stones, rods and was hacked with sickle by a group of persons near his residence in the locality while his acquaintance was injured.

Badly injured, Papu succumbed to his injuries at the PGI during treatment at 8:15 a.m. Papu’s acquaintance, Satpal, was also assaulted and injured in the attack. Satpal raised an alarm and people gathered there. The assailants fled the spot and the police was informed about the incident at 2:30 am. A police control room vehicle reached there and shifted the victim to the hospital.

Papu was painter by profession and is survived by his wife and three minor children.

According to the police, the incident took place at around 1:30 am when Papu was assaulted by a group of persons, some of them were his neighbours, near his residence. The police found Papu lying severely injured in a pool of blood. He was profusely bleeding and sustained severe multiple head injuries.

The police said Satpal narrated the incident and on his statement, a case was registered. The doctors declared Papu unfit to record his statement as he was not in his senses.

Quoting Satpal, the police said, he had come to meet Papu at his residence as Papu’s wife and children were not at home. They were drinking and after taking dinner he went out to go home. In the street, Lakhan Muradabadi, Gunga and Papu, along with three-four other persons, were standing. They had blocked the way, on being asked to give way and they got annoyed and picked up an altercation which soon took an ugly turn. Thereafter, they began assaulting the duo with stones and rods following which he and Papu were injured. He suffered injuries on his waste, thighs and legs.

A case of attempt to murder and common intention was registered on his statement which was converted into murder following the death of Papu in the morning.

He told the police that he could recognise the other accused if produce before him. The police said efforts were on to trace the accused.



B.Tech student falls off second floor, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Pawan Chhabra, a B Tech student of a private college near Banur, died after falling from the second floor of his rented accommodation in Sector 21 here tonight. He was rushed to the Sector 32 hospital, where he was declared dead.

According to information, Chhabra, in his early twenties, had gone to terrace of the house at the second floor to attend a phone call. The police said he might have fallen from the floor of the house while listening to a mobile phone.

Deepak, one of his room mates, told TNS that they heard a thud at around 10 pm and soon there was commotion that Chhabra had fallen. They rushed to the ground to find him lying in a pool of blood. The police was informed about the incident, but before the police arrived, the people from the locality rushed Chhabra to the hospital, but he could not be saved.



Fake doctor is only IX passed: Cops
Arun Sharma

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
Fondness for high life among the rich and influential led the ninth class passed Sandip Sharma to start a hospital in Sector 20 here. He had never anticipated that the long arms of law would finally catch up with him.

Now, incarcerated in a police station, Sharma’s amazing story of fraud could well be similar to Munnabhai of Bollywood. He worked as a doctor at Karnal and Panchkula, interviewed many postgraduate doctors for employing them in his hospitals at Panchkula and Kurukshetra, and even swindled crores of rupees from banks in the name of his hospitals.

He was so well-connected and influential that a former SP of Panchkula even provided him security even as he was an accused in the bank dacoity at Allahabad Bank in Shahpur village near Ambala cantonment in 2004. How, he managed to receive the huge grants against holding the free medical camps was yet to be investigated, said sources in the police.

Sandip was arrested by a team of Haryana Crime Bureau from Chandigarh. The sources in the police said Sandip, who is very clever, kept on changing his hideouts frequently to dodge the police in cities, including Patiala, Kurukshetra, Delhi, Jaipur, and Chandigarh since January 30 when the police raided his hospital in Sector 20 at Panchkula on the complaint of a civil surgeon.

The investigations by the crime branch have revealed that Sandip had studied up to class nine in his village. He claimed to have passed the exams of 10+2 by open examination through an open school, however, there was nothing to verify it, said the police.

Though, he never attended a college, he even managed to work at a hospital in Madhuban at Karnal as a BAMS doctor. Meanwhile, he sold the family land at the village to become a shareholder of another hospital in Karnal and derived hefty returns from it before moving to Panchkula where in 2005 he came in contact with a property dealer and got 2 showrooms in Sector 20 on rent to open a hospital.

By this time, the people had started addressing him as doctor and this prompted him to flaunt the degree of doctor with his name openly. Later, he inserted an advertisement in the newspapers requiring doctors and he himself interviewed them, many of whom were postgraduate in their fields, said the sources.

Now, the police has written to the civil surgeon to constitute a board of doctors to evaluate the injury to the patients who lost the vision after Sandip conducted surgery on their eyes.

The con man held a free eye check up camp at Morni where 87 patients were operated. The “doctor’ was released a grant of Rs 600 for every patient from the government. Out of 25 patients operated upon by Sandip, sixteen lost the vision, said the sources.



Rally to honour Dhumal acquires political colour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Chandigarh unit of the BJP could well have termed its workers’ conference held here today as an election rally. Meant to honour Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal for ensuring party’s victory in the state and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for successfully completing one year in the office, the rally appeared like one especially crafted for the next Lok Sabha elections, indicating an early poll.

By the end of the day, one thing was clear - former MP Satya Pal Jain will again be BJP’s choice for contesting the lone Lok Sabha seat from Chandigarh; all top party leaders projected Jain as their “winning candidate” from the seat.

But the day was not just about Jain; it was actually meant to inspire party’s rank and file for the forthcoming elections. Be it BJP’s national secretary and in charge, Punjab and Chandigarh, Balbir Punj, Dhumal, Badal or Jain - all speakers lambasted the Congress-led UPA government for handing out a populist but “empty” Budget to the people.

Punj began by citing rise in prices of basic commodities within five days of the announcement of General Budget, which he termed as “iron camouflaged by gold.” Massive loan waivers had been announced but there was no arrangement for these in the Budget document, he said.

Dhumal said, “Alphabetically, G follows H and H follows I. We have won Gujarat and Himachal. Now it’s our time to win India.”

“India was exporting foodgrain and distributing surplus grain free of cost to the needy during the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Today, we are importing grains while our farmers are committing suicide,” he said.



Bread, chocolate to cost more
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
After a rise in wheat prices, it is now the turn of bread, a staple breakfast in most city homes, to become dearer. The price of bread have gone up by Rs 2 per packet.

This comes as a rude shock for most residents, who are already reeling under the impact of a drastic price rise in most dry kitchen ingredients.

Wheat flour, rice, edible oils, pulses and spices have already seen a 10-85 per cent increase in prices, with the maximum rise being witnessed in the price of rice (almost 83 per cent) and edible oils (almost 42 per cent). Traders in the city say that while Bonn bread had increased its price earlier, Britannia increased its price now. They anticipate that the price of biscuits, too, could go up in the coming days, in wake of the increase in wheat prices.

Other than bread, the price of chocolates, too, has witnessed a rise in prices. With an increase in price of milk and cereals used in the manufacturing of chocolates, the chocolate price (those manufactured by Cadburys) has gone up by Rs 2 for a 22 gm bar and by Rs 10 for a 165 gm. bar. Other than Five Star bar, price of all other Cadbury chocolates have been hiked.

Harish Kumar of Grover Confectionaries says that though the chocolate prices have gone up this week, it will not affect sales. “Children being the major consumers, they will continue to have chocolates, irrespective of the price,” he says. The only solace is that the price of eggs has gone down, thanks to the rising mercury. From Rs 26 a dozen a fortnight ago, the egg prices have gone down to Rs 24 a dozen now. The wholesale price of eggs has also gone down to Rs 16.80 per dozen, as against Rs 21.60 per dozen earlier.

Mrinal Singh, a resident of Sector 21, says, “Though the government had been trying to project itself as an aam aadmi ki sarkar, it has done little for the common man. Rather they have failed to rein in the rising prices, be it groceries or fuel. The common man is spending a major portion of his income on his and his family’s food requirement, leaving little money for entertainment. The inflation rate is over five per cent, but no steps are being taken to control prices,prices are rising but the salary remains the same except a negligible hike,” she says. 



Hotel job: Disability no ‘disqualification’
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Physical handicap is no disqualification for a job in glamour-stuck hospitality industry, says Ajay K. Bakaya, executive director of Sarovar Hotels, a leading chain that is coming up with a series of new projects in Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

“We took a conscious decision to employ every eligible physically handicapped person interested in a job in our hotels. In the past few months, all we could get were six eligible candidates. We have employed them in house-keeping and other jobs,” said Bakaya, holding that his group would continue to employ all eligible physically handicapped persons for its new hotels in Chandigarh, Mohali, Baddi and Amritsar.

“The industry does not insist that physically handicapped should be graduates or have diploma or degrees in hotel management or tourism and hospitality. Even if they are matriculates or have passed class XII and are cut out for hospitality and hotel industry, they are given jobs,” he said.

“The major problem facing the rapidly expanding hotel and hospitality industry is inadequacy of trained staff. The number of good and recognised institutes running various hotel and hospitality courses is very small,” he added.

“We are considering starting our own institute. As and when we start it, it will be one of the best,” claimed Bakaya.

Realising that good families did not want their girls to join the hotel industry as receptionists, some groups, including theirs, had re-designated them as guest relation officers.

His group is now working hard to get Park Plaza in Sector 17 in Chandigarh operational by July-end. It will be a premiere five-star hotel in the region with a swimming pool, coffee shop, Geoffrey Pub, Indian and exclusive oriental restaurants, besides a health club and a business centre. It will have 120 rooms.

Other property of the Sarovar group that will be coming up this year is Hometel in Phase I of the Industrial Area here.

In Mohali, the group is planning a multiplex, of which a Sarovar Portico five-star hotel will be a part. The Amritsar hotel will be Sarovar Premiere, which will be again a five-star property.



Fauji Beat
Good generalship, not honour code, will work

IT is doubtful if the training note issued by the Army Training Command, Shimla, recently, invoking Mahabharata and Vedas to check the sliding morality and ethics in the Army will have the desired effect on the officer cadre. No one would deny that sycophancy and manipulation are deadly diseases as stated in the note. But if the Army’s higher command fails to curb these ills, how can a piece of paper root them out?

The case studies quoted in the note are of a unit selling rations meant for the troops to civilians and of a Captain stealing ATM card of a colleague and withdrawing money from the bank. Admittedly, all wrong practices start from senior ranks and juniors only follow. As for sycophancy, it sounds like music to the ears of most seniors. Manipulation, too, has become a part of the game to succeed. These nefarious practices can only be curbed by an effective and persuasive leadership that can stamp them out by setting personal examples.

No honour code or training note will help to stem moral bankruptcy. What is essentially needed in the Army today to check sliding morality is a good and clean generalship.

Brigade of the Guards

Chief of the Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor has taken over as Honorary Colonel of Brigade of the Guards. The regiment was raised by the late Field Marshal (then General) K.M. Cariappa, the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army in 1949 by reforming the four oldest infantry battalions into the Guards. These were 1 Guards (2 Punjab), 2 Guards (1 Grenadiers), 3 Guards (1 Raj Rif) and 4 Guards (1 Rajput).

Taking a cue from the British Army, the Field Marshal requested the then President Dr Rajindra Prasad to accept the appointment of the Colonel-in-Chief of Brigade of the Guards. Dr Prasad acceded to his request and took over the appointment on January 26, 1950. This tradition continues with every President becoming the Colonel-in-Chief of this regiment.

It was also decided in 1951 that every Army Chief would become the Colonel of the Brigade of the Guards. Then General Cariappa became the first Colonel of the regiment. But when General J.N. Chaudhuri became the Army Chief, he suggested that Brigade of the Guards should have its own officer as Colonel of the regiment. Since then the serving Army Chief during his tenure becomes the Honorary Colonel of this regiment.

Welfare serving soldiers

Nothing puts a soldier under more stress than the problems of his family and property at the home front. During the British regime, these problems were well looked after by the civil administration. But now in most cases, the civil administration is least responsive to their problems. Defence minister A.K. Antony’s letter in early 2007 to the Chief Ministers of all states seems to have had little effect, if any. The only way to ameliorate the hardship of soldiers and defence widows is that they should be allowed to meet the ministers concerned and DCs and SSPs of their districts on their request without delay.

— Pritam Bhullar



Draw of lots for liquor vends held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
Draws for allotment of vends of country liquor and Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) in the district were held at Red Bishop here today. Panchkula deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria, deputy excise and taxation commissioner J.S. Chahal were present during the draw process.

As many as 50 vends of IMFL and 45 country-made liquor vends were allotted to contractors while allotment of 18 vends could not be materialised as there was no applicants for them. These include 14 vends of country-made liquor and four of IMFL.

Chahal said the applications for the remaining vends could be submitted from tomorrow for which the date of allotment would be fixed later. Total revenue of Rs 27 crore was earned by the department through the allotment of vends today, said Chahal.

Ambala: In Ambala also a draw of lots for allocation of liquor vends was held today. The liquor vends will be allocated for the financial year 2008-2009.

For country liquor vends of L-14A 935, 116 applications were received for a total of 146.

The draw was held in the presence of the deputy commissioner and officials of the excise and taxation department from Chandigarh.

Two draws were taken out, one for the winner and the other for a reserve candidate, who will be allotted the vend incase the winner does not take it.

The draw of lots for 30 country liquor vends and eight Indian-made foreign liquor vends will be held on March 15. An official informed that any contractor having a vend of more than Rs 10 lakh could open another vend in his area after paying an extra fee of Rs 25,000. If the vend is for more than Rs 10 lakh then the contractor would be required to pay Rs 50,000.

The official also stated that in villages where Indian-made foreign liquor vends did not exist, country liquor vends would be permitted to sell wine.



Direct train link to Jammu being mooted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Northern Railways is mooting the idea of starting a direct train between Chandigarh and Jammu. Since the track between Chandigarh and Ludhiana is not complete as yet, the train would be diverted through Ambala Railway officials said there was an increasing demand for a direct link to Jammu by pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. As of now passengers have to go all the way to Ambala to board a train for Jammu or travel by buses.

Sources said there is a possibility that the coaches of Kerala Sampark Kranti train — which arrives on Saturday and goes back on Monday — might be used for the purpose.

The officials added once the railway track from Chandigarh to Jammu via Una was complete, the train could also be diverted on the alternative track.

Meanwhile, the Garib Rath between Chandigarh and Jaipur is scheduled to start in the first week of April. It would comprise three-tier AC coaches that would run three days in a week. J.S. Bhogal, member of the Zonal Railway User Consultative Committee, said the train should be extended to Ajmer Sharif. He said the railways should focus on improving rail connectivity of Chandigarh with important cities in Punjab. The demand for extending the Chandigarh-Delhi Jan Shatabdi upto Una, increasing the frequency of Chandigarh-Kerala Jan Sampark Kranti Express and starting the Jan Shatabdi on Sunday as well are also on the agenda.



‘Malba’ dumped in Sec 33
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
It seems that the municipal corporation has made it a habit to dump garbage at any stretch of land that it finds unoccupied. Within days of the issue of dumping of ‘malba’ opposite the police station in Sector 34 was pointed out, another area in Sector 33 is now being used as a dumping ground.

A project for beautification of parks is being carried out within this sector and the ‘malba’ collected is being dumped in this stretch of empty land. Moreover, a number of buildings are being constructed here and that ‘malba’ is also being discarded at this place. Even private contractors are indulging in the same practice.

On the other hand MC officials are resorting to blame game. “Residents of the sector had already pointed out the problem a couple of times. The corporation is not dumping of ‘malba’, it is the private contractors who are doing it. The area would be cleaned the moment the MC provides the engineering wing with the JCB machine,” said an official of the engineering wing. Area councillor Rajesh Gupta said he was unaware of the problem. “I will inspect the area tomorrow and make sure that the problem is solved as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Sector 33 is not the lone example; there are a number of sectors which are plagued by the same problem.



PRTC to have 200 new buses
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 9
As many as 200 new buses will be added to the fleet of Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) even as a driving school is being set up at Mukatsar to provide required training to its drivers.

This was stated by Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal at a ‘meet the press’ organised by the Mohali Press Club.

He said 50 new air conditioned buses were also being run and various holy places would be linked through such buses. A ‘corpus fund’ was being set up under the Road Safety Council out of which the family of a person killed in road accident would be given a grant of Rs 2 lakh. A person seriously injured would get Rs 50,000 and with minor injuries would get a relief of Rs 15,000, he added.

The minister said 19 bus stands on modern lines were being constructed in the state which would be named after martyrs. One such bus stand was constructed at Rajpura which had been given the name of Shaheed Udham Singh. It would be inaugurated on March 27. In Mohali, too, a bus stand would be constructed on an eight-acre plot and work in this regard would start soon.



Plans to decongest city roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The UT urban planning department has proposed to widen the approaches to the busy traffic areas in the city.

After carrying out an elaborate survey, the urban planning department has suggested that the approaches should be widened so that the traffic converging on to a rotary could be regulated in a proper manner.

At some places construction of slip roads has also been suggested. A senior official in the engineering department said at some places the size of the big rotaries would be reduced so that slip roads could be carved in all the four directions.

Citing the example of the small rotary of Sector 34 and 35, which was ultimately closed, the official said due to little space left due to size of the rotary, the slip roads could not be created.



Spring Fest-2008 concludes
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
The 22nd Panchkula Spring Festival organised by the Haryana Urban Development Authority concluded amid the usual festivity at Town Park today.

Results: Healthy baby show (six months to one and a half years):Boys: Yashovarshan; Girls: 1 Aaina and Davisha, 2 Steffi and Vanya.

(One and a half years to three years): Boys: 1 Aryan Sood and 2 Arnav Malik; girls: Javeen Seth and Ada Singh.

(Three years to four years): Girls: Moon Bansal and Khushi Malhotra.

Solo dance: (below 10 years): 1 Ishwak Aggarwal, 2 Dhruv and Mansi Verma; (above 10 years): 1 Surbhi and Shruti, 2 Akshansh.

Mono acting: (below 10 years): 1 Harsh Vardhan and 2 Puja Malik; (above 10 years): 1 Amandeep and 2 Priya. 



No Mohali fest this year
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 9
Guldasta, the spring festival organised by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), Mohali, would again give the township a miss. The festival conceived as an annual feature of Mohali was organised only in 2004 and 2005.

There is no move by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (which took over Mohali’s reins from PUDA) to organise a spring festival this year also.

Sources say the authority is too busy earning money for the cash starved government through auction and spring festivals can wait.



Seminar on e-governance on March 15
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 9
Chandigarh Business School, Landran, will play host to national seminar on ‘e-governance good governance’ on March 15. Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh will inaugurate the seminar.

N.S.Kalsi, secretary, employment generation and technical education, Punjab, will deliver the keynote address. The seminar will see high-level delegates representing government, professionals from leading MNC’s and various states. Briefing the media today during a press conference chairman Satnam Singh Sandhu and president of Chandigarh Group of Colleges Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal said the seminar would include various steps to be taken by the government to empower people through applications of e-governance.



Admn turns a blind eye to kutcha road
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The administration seems to have turned a blind eye to the illegal kutcha road on the main road dividing Sector 44 and Sector 51.There is a slip road to get to a petrol station, but people are using the kutcha road as a short cut for the purpose. “Using the kutcha road saves time and is more convenient than the slip road,” a resident said.

The authorities, when contacted, had no knowledge about the road.

The authorities and the staff at the filling station denied they had anything to do with the kutcha road. The administration has also not taken any action so far.



BJP props up protesting farmers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has come in support of farmers from Manimajra, who have been protesting against land acquisition by the Chandigarh administration for the IT park.

A former member of parliament Satya Pal Jain while addressing a rally said the compensation of less than one per cent of the market price was a cruel joke. He assured that he would take up the matter with the Union government. Brig K.S. Kahlon (retd), vice-president of Manimajra Farmers Welfare and Environmental Protection Society, said acts of omission and commission of UT officials would not be not be tolerated.



Land marked for slaughter house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Construction on the Rs 9-crore bird slaughter house is set to start with the administration allotting land for the purpose in the Industrial Area. The slaughter house will have a capacity to handle nearly 40,000 birds.

Mayor Pradeep Chhabra said he had taken up the issue with the UT adviser at the coordination committee meeting held here sometime back.

The adviser had reportedly instructed the chief architect to earmark land for the purpose. The mayor said the chief architect’s letter on the earmarking of land had been received by the MC. The Centre would give 50 per cent grant for the project.



LJP to contest from city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) headed by minister Ram Vilas Paswan has now decided to contest the Chandigarh parliamentary seat. Subhash Sharma - a long-time confidante of Paswan - said the party will provide a third alternative in Chandigarh. With a burgeoning migrant population, the party aims to capture the base, said Sharma.

A person hailing from Chandigarh will be fielded, he added. The Lok Janshakti Party had also fielded candidates in the recently held elections in Himachal Pradesh.



Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Harsh Rai, father of Bhagawati Prasad, Income Tax Cell of the Tribune, expired on Saturday after a prolonged illness. He is survived by three sons and three daughters. Cremation will take place at Sector 25 cremation ground on March 10 at 11 am.



Roundtable at CRRID
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
A roundtable conference on “Building Bridges: The Role of the Indo-Cadanian Diaspora” is being organised at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here on March 10.

The conference is part of the activities under CRRID’s programme on the study of Indian diaspora with particular reference to Punjab.



Provide shed at Badheri bus stand

Hundreds of commuters commute daily by local buses from Badheri local bus stand. But there is no shed at the Badheri bus stop. Commuters have to face difficulty in summers and rainy season. The Welfare Association MIG-I Houses, Sector 40-C, has written many letters to concerned departments but nothing has been done so far.

The association was informed verbally that owing to the widening of dividing road of sector 40-41, the proposal to construct a local bus stand was deferred. But since the widening of road has already been completed, there should not be any further delay. I request the concerned authorities to think about senior citizens, students and others who board busses from Badheri bus stop and do the needful at the earliest.

S.K. Khosla, Chandigarh

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Admn plans pre-fabricated structures for govt schools
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Chandigarh administration, at last, has woken up from its deep slumber to refurbish the dilapidated infrastructure of the government schools located at the outskirts of City Beautiful.

Taking an immediate measure, the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Chandigarh wing, has initiated to construct pre-fabricated structures at schools located in Hallomajra, Colony No. 5, and Bapu Dham, Sector 26. The sources in the education department confirmed that the SSA opted constructing pre-fabricated structures only to cut short the delay in completion of the RCC structure.

This decision had been taken in a meeting held on March 5, after the assurance given by the engineering wing of the Chandigarh Housing Board that the proposed work would be completed within a period of one month.

The work had already been allotted to the Chandigarh Housing Board but despite assurance given by the chief engineer the work was never started, what to talk about it being completed.

The education officials told that the Chandigarh Housing Board had been asked to streamline the project because the next academic session is going to be started from the first week of April and the target set by the department to get the work done by March 31.

After the Tribune highlighted the pathetic condition of building and scarcity of space, which cater to around 1500 children at Government High School, Hallomajra, the education department had managed to procure additional rooms in the Patwarkhana Government Dispensary and doctor’s residence in the veterinary hospital, Hallomajra.

But according to the school authorities the permanent solution was to relocate the school to some other place as half of the school campus was occupied by an old mandir.

The education department officials admitted that this accommodation was not sufficient and the proposal has been made to upgrade the school to senior secondary level at a new location near veterinary hospital, Hallomajra. As a stopgap arrangement, the education department has proposed to construct eight additional rooms of pre-fabricated structure in Government High School, Hallomajra.

The sources disclosed that the funds to the tune of Rs 29,59,310 have been released by the SSA department. According to an estimate, the cost of one pre-fabricated room comes to around Rs 3,18,444 and the cost of constructing one toilet block would be around Rs 4,61,174. As per financial guidelines Rs 3,50,000 can be utilised against one classroom. 



Counsellors to help students get stress free
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Chandigarh education department has engaged the services of 20 counsellors to help the students of government schools to fight stress during the ongoing examinations.

The education officials told that these counsellors were engaged on contractual basis and would also approach the students personally at their schools in addition to providing help through telephones.

Sunil Bedi, consultant for the student telephonic helpline told that these counsellors would identify the students who become victim of stress due to studies.

“We have identified the students who suffered from examination fever. According to the data of these identified students, the counselors would approach them at their respective schools and motivate them to be at ease while attempting paper,” said Bedi.

The officials told that these counselors had also been asked to give their advice to the parents, if need be. “In the competitive era, the parents put extra load on their children for scoring more marks. Students get tensed with every passing day. This attitude makes the students nervous. They develop a sort of phobia in their mind and become helpless while attempting the paper. This causes nervousness and anxiety among students.”



From Schools & Colleges
Tiny tots act as RJs
Tribune News Service

Students of UKG from Vivek High School act as radio jockeys at their annual function in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Students of UKG from Vivek High School act as radio jockeys at their annual function in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, March 9
The tiny tots of nursery, LKG, UKG and Jagriti (a centre for children with special needs) of Vivek High School, Sector 38, here, enthralled audience during the song, rhyme and dance day held on the school premises, here today.

Seven ‘special children’ from Jagriti participated alongwith the normal children. Meanwhile, a play ‘The ginger bread man’ was staged by the students of LKG.

The students of UKG showcased their talent as RJs by presenting their item in a radio programme format.

Convocation: As many as 351 students were awarded degrees during the 30th annual convocation of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today. Simranjit Kaur, a student of BPEd was awarded the roll of honor and Rs 10,000 for her achievement of securing the first position in Panjab University.

Prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest of the occasion. Dr Harinderjit Kaur, principal, read out the annual report.



NIPER prof bags CDRI award
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 9
Professor Chinmoy Sankar Dey, head of the department of biotechnology has brought laurels to NIPER, SAS Nagar, by bagging the prestigious CDRI award for excellence in drug research for the year 2008.

This award has been established by Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, which is considered to be centre of excellence dedicated to drug research. Dr Dey is also a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award and National Bioscience award. He is also a fellow of various national academics of the country.

Dr Dey has been working at NIPER since 1994. He hails from West Bengal. He did his postgraduation from Calcutta University and Ph.D. from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Later, he did his post-doctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, California, and Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA.

Dr Dey initiated strong research programmes in insulin resistant diabetes and Leishmanial (pathogen responsible for kala-azar) drug resistance in understanding the molecular mechanism of the diseases, thereby developing novel screening model and drug target for new drug discovery.



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