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GMSH-16 cardiac monitors not in good health
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
In case of cardiac attack, do not waste time by rushing a patient to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. Chances are that the patient may not get adequate care and the patient may lose crucial time.

With the cardiac care unit of the multi-speciality hospital functioning at only half of its capacity, the claims of the administration of providing high-end healthcare in this hospital fall flat.

Three of the six cardiac care monitors are defunct for the past one week as their repair has been caught in official red tapism.

The equipments became defunct as the authority concerned did not renew annual maintenance contract of cardiac monitors, said P.S. Brar, who handles the equipment maintenance in the hospital.

He told Chandigarh Tribune: “I have received a call from the hospital administration regarding the repair of cardiac monitors which are lying non-functional for the past one week. But we did not send any engineer as they are not ready to pay the visiting charges”, he added.

One of the senior doctors said, “The administration has been lax in getting cardiac monitors repaired because half of these are functional. This is terrible. Repair of life-saving equipment is not a big deal as the hospital gets the adequate fund.”

According to a cardiologist, the first 90 minutes after the heart attack is golden hour for a patient. During this period, the chances of saving a life are high if patient gets proper medical care. Cardiac monitor plays the vital role for a patient in the critical condition. It performs ECGs and measurement of oxygen level in blood during this period.

"It is unbelievable that cardiac monitors are non-functional just due to official formalities as these are necessary equipment in CCU,” said Dr H.S. Bali, former cardiologist, PGI. “I suppose, a few monitors are functional so nobody is bothered,” he added.

Hospital medical superintendent Dr Usha Bishnoi admitted that a few cardiac monitors are non-functional due to some technical problem. She said, "The order of repair has been placed and soon they would be functional.” 



Bad Day For Mohali
n No student appears on merit list of Class VIII exam
n Navneet Kaur of Ropar tops in Punjab
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 22
It was a bad day for Mohali. Not a single student from the district, who appeared in the Class VIII examination of the Punjab School Education Board held in February, made it to the merit list released by the board here today.

This is an all time low as till last year the district had at least five to ten students who bagged some slots on the 500-position merit list.

Earlier, students of Shastri Model School, Gem Public School, Paragon Public School and Government Senior Secondary School had made it to the merit list, these schools find no mention on the list.

While the number of students from Patiala who made it to the merit list is higher than Ropar, students from Ropar have secured better ranks. A handful of students from Fatehgarh Sahib also figure on the merit list proving to be better than SAS Nagars.


Ropar students have proved to be achievers. While the state topper Navneet Kaur is from Himalaya Senior Secondary School here, her class fellow Amanjot Kaur is 6th in the state. Jaspreet Kaur, Sarabjit Kaur and Navneet Kaur are the other students of the school who are on the merit list.

The other students of the district who find a mention on the merit list include Sushil Bhatia, Sunil Arora and Sukhdeep Kaur of Swami Shivananda Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary School, Navpreet Kaur Gill and Birinder Kaur of Bhai Nand Lal Khalsa Public School, Morinda, private candidate Ravinder Kaur Saini, Priyanka Thakur of Fertiliser Senior Secondary School, Naya Nangal, Priyvanda of DAV Public Senior Secondary School and Navneet Kaur of New Modern High School.


Monica of DAV Public Senior Secondary School Kakrala has topped the district and is 37th in the state. Dev Darshandeep Singh is 82nd in the state and second in the district. Ranjana Sachdeva of Greenwood Public High School is 87th on the merit list and his class fellow Parneet Kaur is 107th on the merit list.

The other students include Hamninder, Simrandeep Kaur, Amanjot Kaur, Narinder Singh and Heena Puri of Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Binaheri, Ravneet Kaur and Jyoti Thakur of New Daffodils Public High School, Rahul Saggi, Nishtha Chopra, Jasleen Sethi, Manav Kathuria, Neha Walia, Harneet Kaur and Bhavna Dhiman of Playways High School.

Puja Luthra, Kanika and Radhika of SD Model School, Rajpura, Sahibjit Kaur and Tejinder Kaur of Modern Nabha Public School, Nabha, Sonia and Ishu of Mata Prem Lata Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Patran, Payal, Anjali Goel, Jassi Singla, Nancy and Himanshi of Lucky Modern High School, Simranjit Kaur and Amandep Kaur of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Public High School Samana, Manpreet Kaur, Kishan Singla, Harbir Kaur, Ravinder Singh, Mohit Kumar Singla, Satnam Singh, Atish Goel, Satvir Singh and Keshav Singla of DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Kakrala, Pallavi of Tagore Public School, Patra, Anjali Dhawan of Dayanand Model High School, Samana, Rashmeet Kaur of Malwa Public School, Nabha, Shilpi of Prem Dham Sarvhitkari Mandir, Manpreet Kaur Chahal of Secondary School Punjabi University and private candidate Monica Bansal are also on the list.

Fatehgarh Sahib

The topper here is Puja Raani of Government Middle School Turan followed by Arshdeep of Sant Isher Singh Public School, Ranwa, Kiranpreet Kaur of Baba Zorawar Singh Fateh Singh Public School and Prabhjot Kaur Punia of Guru Teg Bahadur High School Nandpur Kalor.



Torn between 2 families
Anuradha murder: Osean, Uday miss each other

Their mother dead and their father in jail, 10-year-old Osean and her 8-year-old brother Uday Pratap, are finding themselves in a midst of a tug of war between the respective families of Anuradha and Baljinder over the issue of their custody.

As if the tragedy was not enough, the two families, who do not trust each other, have now separated the children. Osean is staying with Anuradha’s sister in Sector 37 and Uday with his grandfather in the Sector 38 West house. “They will wreck the child’s life,” they accuse each other.

Yearning for each other’s company, the two don’t know what their fate will be. The Tribune attempted to find the truth and visited the two children. While Anuradha’s sister, Rekha, did not let Osean meet the correspondent on the plea that she was in a “trauma”, Uday seemed comfortable at the Sector 38 house and chatted without any apparent fear.

Anuradha’s sister, Rekha, alleged that Baljinder’s family was not allowing anyone to meet Uday. “Yesterday, I went along with some relatives to their house, but they didn’t let us meet the child. They didn’t even allow us to take Osean’s clothes,” she said alleging that they all were “pushed out” from there.

Rekha said, “it seems that Baljinder’s family is now bent upon ruining the lives of the children by separating them. I am willing to bring up both of them”. At the same time she expressed fears that “they” (Baljinder’s family) might try to take Osean away forcibly.

When asked about Osean, Rekha and her brother Harish, told this correspondent that she was “playing inside”. They, however, did not let her come out and speak to The Tribune team on the plea that she was in “trauma” and not in “proper frame of mind”.

They said Osean was not willing to go back to the house where her mother was killed. “She misses her brother terribly and can’t sleep without him but at the same time she doesn’t want to return to that house,” they claimed. While the entire family was non-committal about Baljinder’s alleged involvement in the crime, they did comment on his “wayward” lifestyle. “He was a party freak and loved to be out,” said Rekha.

Rekha confirmed that the police had recorded Osean’s statement last evening. “She corroborated Baljinder’s claim that he had called on Anuradha’s mobile and had asked her to open the door. Since the door was locked, she called up Nikku’s (the servant) mobile and he answered the phone by saying that Sunil was also dead and the work had been accomplished,” Rekha said.

However, cops were tightlipped about Osean’s statement.

Contrary to Rekha’s statement, The Tribune team met Uday at the Sector 38. “All these allegations against us are baseless. Uday is free to meet anyone,” said the child’s grandfather.

“You have come without any notice and are most welcome to talk to Uday,” he said, adding that they had nothing to hide. Talking to this correspondent, Uday said, “ I want to stay in this house”. Though, he admitted that he missed Osean and yearned to be with her, he was clear that “she should come here”.

Notwithstanding the serious allegations against Baljinder, his entire family, father and two sisters, are totally with him. “It’s not possible that he did it,” they said, adding that the couple had a “happy life”.

“He had 10 year US visa and if he had to planned the murder, he could have gone there and executed it,” they said. His father said, “Baljinder was out with his friends that night. He went for dinner and had a nice time. How can a person who knows about his wife’s impending murder be so carefree,”? he questioned.

While they refused to make any direct comment on Baljinder’s alleged extra-marital affairs, they tried to underplay it by saying that such things keep on happening nowadays. “Even 60-year-old men have affairs,” they said.

Confident that Baljinder will be ultimately proved innocent, they said they had full faith in the law of the land. They said they had not met Baljinder since his arrest.

Meanwhile, A S. Sukhija, the counsel of the accused, today moved an application in the court alleging that his client is being tortured and the police is not allowing him to meet Baljinder.

Great Ordeal

Separating the two in this traumatic phase of life can make the matters worse for the two and even push them to chronic depression — Experts on human behaviour



Law Silent

Neither the judiciary nor the police can intervene till their help is asked. The families will have to file a case to claim the guardianship of the children — Legal experts





Pinjore traffic snarls, a thing of past
Cops chip in and repair the road
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

A view of the road in Pinjore that was repaired by the police on Wednesday evening. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, May 22
The efforts of an enthusiastic young police officer proved a boon for the commuters of National Highway No.22 as well as the locals when Pinjore remained traffic jam-free after a long time near here today.

A team of around 50 police personnel led by assistant superintendent of police Maneesh Chaudhary repaired the road in the town yesterday night paving the smooth way for vehicles passing through the town.

Superintendent of police Sandip Khirwar, after receiving numerous complaints of traffic problems in the area, asked his subordinates to take the charge of the traffic facilities in the town last week only.

After officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) turned its blind eye towards the road damaged by it during an anti-encroachment drive in January, the town was facing traffic jams.

A resident of Kalka was allegedly died last week when his relatives could not shift him to a hospital in time because of long queues of vehicles stranded at Pinjore.

A baby was also born on way to hospital when the would-be mother was being shifted to the civil hospital of Panchkula a fortnight ago.

The police was not able to avoid the traffic chaos even after its best arrangements to regulate the traffic.

“In fact, a stretch of 200 metres on the road starting from the Yadavindra Gardens towards Kalka was full of potholes,” said the ASP. “The vehicles, including loaded trucks, from both sides on reaching this spot had to move at a very low speed resulting in long queues of vehicles as the road is only link between Panchkula and Baddi and Shimla” he said.

After waiting for four months when no work for the repair of road was taken up, the police decided to take up the work in its hands. The police personnel deputed at Pinjore along with 10 recruits and 12 labourers from municipal committee repaired the road temporarily.

The help from other quarters also poured in.

The police personnel started work at 10.30 pm when the traffic on the road reduced to a large extent. The locals were amazed to see the normal traffic flow after a long time on the main road of the town.

“However, if was a temporary arrangement and the police will keep on repairing it after every five days till the NHAI does not take up the work in its hands.,” said ASP.



Passenger safety goes for a toss
CTU gets nod to run 30 ‘condemned’ buses
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Is the Chandigarh transport department compromising with the safety of passengers?

Perhaps yes, if a recent order of the secretary, transport, is to be believed. In the wake of acute shortage of roadworthy buses with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), the transport department has allowed to run at least 30 buses that have outlived their life.

Some of the buses have been again issued road fitness certificates following the secretary’s order. While allowing the buses to run, the Central Government guidelines for the state-carriage vehicles -- the buses after completing eight years or five lakh km, whichever is later, have to be condemned --- have been overruled.

Interestingly, the finance department has accepted a proposal to condemn the buses for which the transport department has been given extension. Even the inspection board of the state transport authority had rejected passing of these vehicles after their physical inspection.

“While trying to ensure that passengers do not suffer due to shortage of buses, the administration has put the lives of the passengers at risk. Though the transport department claims that the buses were roadworthy, if any of the buses develops a snag, endangering passenger safety, who would be responsible for it?” questioned Gagandeep, who prefers CTU buses running between Chandigarh and Delhi.

The home department has claimed that there was no notification under Section 59 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and the guidelines being cited by the State Transport Authority (STA) were in fact a letter of the ministry of surface transport in the form of advice to the administration for following DTC norms for scrapping old vehicles.

The home department has claimed that the advice of the ministry had nothing to do with Section 59 of the Motor Vehicles Act. It is another thing that the administration had been abiding by the instructions in the past.

If the department failed to replace the buses in advance, accountability should be fixed. The process to procure new buses should have been completed in advance, said an official.



Sector 48 road a deathtrap
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
A stretch of road between elevated railway track and Sector 48 is nothing less than a deathtrap for motorists commuting on it, especially, during night hours.

The absence of streetlights coupled with potholes on the narrow dilapidated stretch of the road has made it a nightmare for the motorists. Among the road users, the two-wheeler riders are the worst affected as a large number of stray animals from nearby villages keep moving freely on the road.

In addition to this, liquor vends near the Sector 48-C motor market and several roadside vendors and kiosks, which have converted the stretch into a mini market, pose threat to commuters. A large number of vehicles parked on the road aggravate the problem.

Surprisingly, the lone PCR Gypsy, which regularly “patrols” the area or is deployed near vends, is just keeping an eye on the things.

One can witness hordes of buffalos, which the milkmen of nearby villages bring for grazing in the green belts of the area, during the night hours. The road is dotted with potholes some of which are more than two foot deep. The potholes remain filled with water. It seems that the department concerned is waiting for a tragedy to strike to shake it out of slumber.

Ravinder Singh Benipal of Sector 48 told The Tribune that every other day minor accidents took place on the stretch, but the callous authorities had failed to do anything to improve the condition. 



Plan to remake the area around Sukhna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
An elaborate plan for redevelopment of the area around the Sukhan lake was today presented before the UT Administrator by the Chandigarh College of Architecture.

In a power-point presentation, attended by senior officials of the Chandigarh administration, an effort was made to show the manner in which the user facilities could be upgraded to a world- class level. Right from redoing the lake front area to redesigning the seating arrangement, the students of the architecture college have suggested several measures.

An underpass and landscaping of the green area have been indicated in the plan. A walking trail behind the Sukhna Lake and beautifying the jungle area around the lake have been proposed. “A visit to the lake would be a refreshing experience and would go with the open concept of the lake. The island has been proposed to be linked with the main land with the help of an aerial bridge.

Already a new sentry post, fitted with glass, is being constructed at Sukhna Lake. The sentry post will have granite flooring and aluminum frames in which glass will be fitted. The post will be different from the police beat boxes, as it will accommodate three or four persons during the rain. It will have a proper door. Policemen will be able to have a view of all sides from the post. 



Separation means more trauma for them
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Tragedy has struck the lives of these two offsprings of Anuradha and Baljinder Singh Sandhu. After the setback of Anuradha, mother of Oseen and Uday Pratap Singh Sandhu, a rift has been created for the two siblings.

Commenting on the separation of the two children, city-based psychiatrists and psychologists give their views on it.

“Ideally, the children should be together at this point of time as they are of the same age and close to each other,” opined Dr Hardeep Singh, a senior consultant of department of psychiatry in Fortis Hospital.

He said at this moment, both could console each other rather than relatives. “As the children are living separately, both families must be tutoring the children. This will affect the children’s perception towards life. Both need love and care,” explained Dr Hardeep.

While Dr Adarsh Kohli, clinical psychologist at the PGI, said the two siblings should be together to support each other. “If the girl has all elders around, she has no one to share what’s going on in her mind. The kids need to talk to each other. They need to resolve their grief. If it goes unchecked, they might go into depression.”

Police detains chemist
The police today along with the servant Vijay Pal alias Nikku raided a couple of chemists shops in Dadu Majra and a flat in Sector 38. The police seized drugs and other sleeping tablets. The police also rounded up Ashwani Kumar, who was allegedly involved in providing the servant with the injection and other poisonous stuff. 



Mauli Jagran residents gherao police post
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The cops at the Mauli Jagran police post faced a tough time when residents of the area ‘gheraoed’ them this afternoon.

The agitated crowd, over 1000 in number, was demanding to register a case of murder instead of hit-and-run following the death of vegetable vendor Shiv Murat.

Thirtyeight-year-old Shiv Murat was found dead on Tuesday night near Raipur Kalan village. Whereas the police claimed that it was an accident case, the residents were insisting that Shiv had been murdered by someone. An injury on the right side of the head of the deceased was also found. Meanwhile, the body of Shiv was cremated at the Mani Majra creamtion ground. 



MC trucks dump garbage in front of shops
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Mohinder Singh (right), owner of a dhaba, showing to councillor Kamlesh the heap of garbage dumped in front of his eatery in Phase II, Industrial Area, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Vinay Malik 

Chandigarh, May 22
In a bizarre act, municipal corporation trucks dumped garbage in front of dhabas, sweet shops, liquor vends and furniture shops in Phase II, Industrial Area, here today.

Astonished by the act of the civic body that is supposed to maintain sanitation in the city, irate shopkeepers blocked roads and shouted slogans against the authorities concerned.

A visit to the area revealed that heaps of garbage and debris were offloaded in front of several shops. The shopkeepers said before they could react or ask why garbage was dumped in front of their shops, the truck drivers sped away after throwing the garbage.

Mohinder Singh, owner of Mani Dhaba, was the worst hit as a huge heap of filth was dumped where his men were cooking. He alleged that an officer accompanying the team threatened him that if he tried to remove the garbage, they would slap a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.

He further alleged that the truck drivers were so aggressive that a child escaped from being crushed under a truck offloading the filth. Besides, garbage was dumped before Delhi Sweets, Kesar Sweets, Singla Steel Furniture, MRF tyres showroom and a steel furniture shop in plot number 35 in the area.

Councillor Kamlesh reached there and condemned the action saying it set a wrong precedent if the civic body, meant for maintaining cleanliness, spread filth.

SK Bansal, chief engineer, MC, maintained that when he received the information, he sent his team to remove the garbage and also inquire into the matter.

Resham Chand Jakhu, chairman of the sanitation committee, held that a team of UT Estate office offloaded debris along the railway track and they would be asked to clear the place before 9:30 am tomorrow, otherwise they would be challaned. When confronted that the garbage was dumped before shops, he said he would send his team to investigate. 



Prof Bansal passes away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Panjab University fellow professor J.C. Bansal (72) passed away in the morning today following prolonged illness. The former professor from the department of chemical engineering and technology, PU suffered a heart attack during PU syndicate elections in December last year and subsequently fell to coma. The vice-chancellor prof. R.C. Sobti and other members of the senate and the syndicate condoled professor Bansal’s death.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. His cremation will take place tomorrow in Sector 25 at 2 pm. Ashok Goyal, a member of the senate, said it is great loss, especially to the university as it has lost one of its most glorious academicians.



DAYS GONE still counting ...
Cause for concern

The unprecedented delay in filling the post of home secretary is the cause for concern as the incumbent enjoys the status of the chief secretary. The lobbying for the post should be curbed. Some vested interests in the ministry of home affairs are conspiring to post a UT cadre IAS officer as home secretary, thus divesting Haryana’s legitimate right to the important post. Both Punjab and Haryana governments should jointly stop the effort to hijack the post by UT cadre officials.

— S.S. Beniwal, a retired official of Chandigarh Admn



Parents-children communication vital

With the results out for Class XII exams, both students and parents are under great stress. Those who have got very good marks get their share of kudos, but are under the pressure to get admission in institution and course of their choice. Parents are under tension because they have to accompany their wards and shell out lot of money for ad-hoc admissions and wait for another result. But the fate of those who get lesser marks or fail to pass remains uncertain. Such students are under much anxiety and some of them even go to the extent of ending up their lives.

This is where the parents have to step in. Apart from consultants and counselors it is parents who are responsible to create a sense of responsibility and confidence in their kids.

As such it is requested to all the parents that they should keep an eye on their children and hold regular discussions with them to help them overcome the stressful periods in result times.

Keshav, Chandigarh 

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PU prof to write on nanotech
Tribune News Service

Dr Tankeshwar Kumar
Dr Tankeshwar Kumar

Chandigarh, May 22
Dr Tankeshwar Kumar, director of the department of computer science and applications, PU, who has done research work on nano-technology, has been invited to contribute a chapter in a book entitled “Nanotechnology: Nano Fabrication, Patterning, and self-Assembly”.

The book is being co-authored by Frank Columbus, editor-in-chief of Nova Science Publishers of New York, USA. Dr Tankeshwar said it was a great honour for him to write with Prof Frank Columbus.

Dr Tankeshwar’s major contribution to the field of nanotechnology is to reveal anisotropic nature of properties of fluid confined to narrow tube (few 10-100 times of that of size of particles).

The published research work in UK by Tankeshwar and Srivastava has demonstrated that fluids collate and freeze near the walls if its density is greater than certain critical density. This provides an artificial wall, which further aggravates the chances of collating of fluids.

The research work has gathered direct application to the study of flow of blood in arteries /arterioles. He said thinning of blood was important to avoid heart attacks.

He further said his research work had many more applications, including the e-paper: a display technology, using which one would be able to fold the screen of laptop or mobile like devices. 



Relay fast just a humble beginning, says PUTA secretary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
On the 46th day of the relay fast for the central university status for PU, four teachers, A.S. Ahluwalia, chair sat on the fast while Vivek Chandel, research scholar from the department of botany, also joined the fast.

Prof A.S. Ahluwalia said never before in the history of PU such a large number of teachers and students have fought together for such a long time on the issue of saving academics.

Prof Ahluwalia disclosed that JAC leadership had already prepared the list of volunteers for the next one-month and many more were coming forward to sit on dharna during vacations.

“Relay fast is just a humble beginning of our struggle for the central status for PU. We have already succeeded in making clear that the future of PU is not secure if the budget of PU continues to dwindle at the present pace, thanks to the negative attitude of the Punjab government”, said Manjit Singh, secretary PUTA.

“We are all set to fight a decisive battle”, said Prof Singh. 



Ministry asks UGC to start hospitality courses
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service 

Chandigarh, May 22
India is finally waking up to the boom in hospitality and tourism sector. Under the 11th five-year plan, tourism has been positioned as one of the largest service industry in the country. Keeping this in mind, the ministry of tourism has sent a letter to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to introduce certificate-level hospitality programmes in universities and colleges under the UGC to meet the shortage of skilled manpower in the hospitality sector.

For this, the national council for hotel management and catering technology may provide all technical assistance in terms of curriculum and infrastructure know-how.As per the sources, the estimated demand for trained manpower for hotels and restaurants is approximately 2 lakh per year.

The letter states that it is all the more essential for the government to augment training capacities not only at existing institutes, but also open new institutes and explore alternative vocational training avenues.

Around 175 institutes are currently engaged in imparting hotel management education of which 50 are government sponsored while 125 are in the private sector. However, 30 to 40 per cent students do not join the hospitality industry and move on to join other emerging sectors.

Talking to TNS in this regard, Prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, PU said, “This sector had been ignored so far and this is just the right step in this direction. Imparting proper training and skills will definitely help to overcome the short rage of manpower. 

We haven’t received the communication from the UGC so far, but as soon we get it we will implement it. Moreover, the university is coming up with a new institution at Kaoni in Muktsar district, where we have already decided to offer similar programs.”



A car that delivers 250 kmpl
Tribune News Service

Students of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology pose with their creation
Students of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology pose with their creation. A Tribune photo

Chandigarh, May 22 
The phrase “to invent, you need good imagination, hard work and a pile of junk” stands appropriate for the students of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Railmajra, Ropar, who have designed a car which has the capacity to cover 250 kmpl with 92 CC engine.

A seven-member team of the sixth semester of mechanical engineering department of the institute have developed this car for participating at a competition in the World Super Mileage Competition scheduled to be held at Michigan, USA on June 5 and 6 this year.

While unveiling the car, Captain Gaurav Aggarwal told media persons that the car has been designed and prepared by the team in one year by working round the clock. He said this is the first attempt of the team to compete at an international level platform.

He added that the team would be second in Asia to participate in this prestigious 28-year-old contest, which attracts participation from 35 countries across the world in various categories. He said the UK, USA, Italy, Bahrain, Bahra and India are among major participants in the competition.

He further said the engine of the car has been modified as per rules approved by Briggs and Stratton. The car has a lightweight outer body shell made up of kelvar and fibre with highly aerodynamic structure.



Shaheed Udham Singh Bhawan
Admn says it’s not bound to complete it
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Chandigarh administration has virtually declined to complete a bhawan being constructed in the memory of Shaheed Udham Singh in Sector 44-C.

In a reply to a petition filed by advocate H.C. Arora for completion of the memorial, the administration has stated it “is not duty-bound to complete half-way left structure or to waive outstanding dues on account of premium, ground rent, interest etc."

The reply has also made it clear that "Article 51 of the Constitution does not cast any duty upon the state to construct or complete the memorial to martyrs".

It was handed over to the petitioner on Thursday during the resumed hearing on the petition by the Division Bench of Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice H.S. Bhalla here.

Chandigarh had allotted the plot on January 16, 2003, to the Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Society for Rs 75.22 lakh. As the financial crunch led to non-payment of dues, the society is facing resumption proceedings.

Arora pointed out that while the society was charged Rs 5,800 per sq yards, the administration allotted land to Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial for Rs 1,800 per sq yards. The case would now come up for further hearing on September 26.

Lawyers’ chambers

The work of construction on the proposed block of lawyers’ chambers near the district courts, Panchkula, would commence from July 1 and is scheduled to be completed latest by October 31, next year.

An assurance to this effect was given to Division Bench of Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice H.S.Bhalla during the resumed hearing on petitions for removing encroachments from public land in Panchkula, particularly near the district courts, and on the need to provide proper chambers to the lawyers’ community. Fixing the matter for July 8, the Bench directed the authorities to ensure against encroachments of public land. 



Protest against new taxes today
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Known for his outbursts against the Congress and the BJP, former union minister and BSP convener Harmohan Dhawan today trained his guns on the Chandigarh administration for "crippling" the municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) through "remote control".

The administration's commitment to the central government to impose property tax on residential property and hike water tariff in Chandigarh for getting grants under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM) was "dictatorial and highly autocratic", Dhawan said here today.

Instead of weakening the corporation, directly elected by the people, the administration should dissolve the civic body and take over the reins of the city in its hand, Dhawan said, announcing a demonstration against the new taxes outside the MCC building tomorrow.

In fact, there was no need for fresh taxes as Chandigarh was a revenue-surplus state contributing about Rs 500 crore to the consolidated fund of India last year, he said, adding that the per capita tax was highest in the city.

On the issue of alleged ill-treatment to the mayor in the run-up to the inauguration of the garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra, Dhawan asserted that it had certainly lowered the dignity of the mayor's office. While the bureaucracy's role was deplorable, mayor Pardeep Chhabra behaved as the "Congress mayor" failing to take all councillors along while announcing a boycott of the garbage- inauguration ceremony, Dhawan alleged.

Meanwhile, a 42-member executive of the minority morcha of the BSP under the chairmanship of Ahmed Ali Salmani has been constituted.



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