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Drug peddling fallout
Two SHOs, 3 constables suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
In a major move to salvage its image tarnished by the alleged involvement of five of its personnel in a narcotics peddling case and curb the crime, the UT police today suspended five more men, including two SHOs, for their failure to arrest the distribution of the contraband in their areas.

Those suspended are Rajesh Shukla (SHO-39), Davinder Sharma (SHO-36), head constable Sanjeev Kumar and constables Kuldeep Singh and Sewa Singh (all from police station-39).

The shady five

n SHO Rajesh Shukla

n SHO Davinder Sharma

n Head constable Sanjeev Kumar

nn Constable Kuldeep Singh

nn Constable Sewa Singh

Though the policemen were not involved directly in peddling drugs, their failure to check the drug menace in their area was the reason behind the suspension.

“Sector-39 SHO Rajesh Shukla failed to prevent the sale of drugs under his jurisdiction. Drugs are being sold openly in Dadu Majra and he along with his men could not prevent it,” said IG S.K. Jain while justifying the suspension.

While Davinder Sharma was suspended for covering up the involvement of head constable Baljit Singh in drug peddling.

“Baljit was found at the house of drug peddler Raju at the time of raid by a team of Punjab Police at his Sector-52 residence. Sharma knew the fact but did not apprise his seniors of the development,” said the IG.

Baljit Singh is already placed under suspension. “Those found involved in any kind drug-related cases will not be spared,” asserted Jain.

Meanwhile, a regular departmental inquiry has been initiated against six suspended personnel - Harinder Singh Sekhon (SI), Sukhjinder Singh, Bachitter Singh, Baljit Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Mohan Singh (all head constables). Mohan Singh was suspended yesterday for the same reason.

In the preliminary inquiry, the involvement of other five was established in drug peddling racket.



Terror Threat
Illegal B’desh migrants on police radar
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
In the backdrop of intelligence reports, indicating possibilities of a terrorist strike in the city and fresh inputs of potential involvement of “illegal migrants” in such acts, the UT police has launched a massive operation to identify illegal Bangladesh migrants settled in the slums.

According to sources, SSP S.S. Srivastava has sought a detailed report from various field officers on the number of such migrants in the city. With intelligence reports also indicating a sudden increase in the influx of such illegal migrants, the exercise is being taken on a “war footing”.

Sources said various sub-divisional police officers (SDPOs) had been asked to submit their reports within three days.

“The task is enormous and they might not be able to stick to the time frame”, said an officer on condition of anonymity.

Though the police has no specific information, a general alert has been sounded by the intelligence agencies that “such elements” (read illegal migrants) could be a threat to the security in the ensuing festival season. “They are known to be sympathisers of certain fundamentalist groups, so a watch is being kept on their activities,” said an officer.

Though Srivastava claimed that there was no reason to get alarmed by such reports, he said threat was being taken “seriously”.

“We are on alert and have started a verification of migrants, especially in slums. Prompt action will be initiated if anything suspicious comes out”, said the SSP.

The city unit of the BJP had recently taken up the issue of terror threat to the city with the administration.

Talking to the TNS, former BJP MP Satya Pal Jain said the threat shouldn’t be taken lightly. “These are unwanted, unauthorised and anti-social elements who can pose a threat to the security of the city any time,” he said.

“Due to its geographical setup, it is very easy for any outsider to settle down here,” he said while maintaining that a BJP delegation had apprised the union home ministry of the vulnerability of the city.

Meanwhile, the SSP has reiterated the importance of servant verification and has appealed to the residents to follow it.



Dimpy Murder
Bullets fired from seized weapon: CFSL report
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, October 8
The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) report in the murder case of notorious gangster Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, who was shot dead in an inter-gang shootout on July 7, 2006, near the Lake Club, has confirmed that the bullets used in the crime match with the weapon seized by the police from Jaswinder Singh, alias Rockey, when he was arrested along with Amandeep Singh on July 28 this year.

Two guns and live cartridges were recovered from their possession. The police claimed that during investigations, Rockey had admitted that he had hired two sharp shooters from Uttar Pradesh who murdered Dimpy with the same weapon. However, the police failed to get any clue about the shooters.

According to sources, Rockey only gave the names of the shooters but did not furnish any further details. “With the outcome of the report, it has been established that the bullets were fired from the same weapon, but who murdered Dimpy is still a mystery,” sources said.

Dimpy, a known hitman of leading gangs operating in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, was involved in many contract killings and kidnapping cases. He belonged to a well-off family of Kot Kapura town but took to crime over two decades ago.

Dimpy was a popular political person in his area and had contested elections in 1991 to Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Some politicians in Bathinda and Kot Kapura areas of Punjab were close to him. 



Rape victim’s real father surfaces
Wants girl’s custody
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The case of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather and is now six months pregnant has taken a new turn with the sudden advent of her biological father.

Lodged in the Nari Niketan, the girl so far has no clue of her real father, Dharampal, surfacing out of the blue. Deserted by him 11 years ago, the victim has only known the accused, Chander Paul, as her father, who had been “tormenting” her for the last four years.

According to sources, Dharampal, who had deserted the girl after the death of his wife, Sarita, in 1997, tried to meet the victim at the Nari Niketan in Sector 26 last night. However, he was not allowed. It is learnt that Dharampal had been advised by the police to approach the court for claiming the girl’s custody, if he desires so.

When contacted, advocate for the victim Madhu P. Singh said she had doubts about the antecedents of Dharampal. Expressing surprise at his sudden arrival, she said, “In case he moves an application for her custody before the sub-divisional magistrate, I will strongly oppose it as the child needs help.”

With blank eyes and insecurity, the victim is trying to build new relations and has entered a new world at the Nari Niketan. An illiterate, the victim has been living with her stepfather since she was three-year-old. Narrating the painful tales, she said: “My father used to beat me up whenever I objected to his advances. Once he hit me with a hot tawa.” 



100 of wedding party taken ill after lunch at city hotel
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 8
In a suspected case of food poisoning, over 100 people of a wedding party, including the bridegroom and the bride, were taken ill after allegedly consuming contaminated food at a hotel in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Sunday.

Harmeetpal Singh, a resident of Sirhind, married Avinash Kaur of Pinjore at Sector 34 gurdwara on Sunday morning. After the ceremony, the newly weds, along with the guests, had a lunch at the hotel.

After having food, some people started complaining of severe stomach ache, said Harmeetpal. When the wedding party reached Sirhind at around 8 p.m., they asked the driver, who also complained of stomach ache, to turn the bus towards a hospital.

Jaspal Kaur, Harmeetpal’s aunt, said that two of their relatives were undergoing treatment at PGI, Chandigarh. The doctors said that it would take at least a week for them to recover completely. “We had even complained about the smell emanating from the food served by the hotel staff,” said Darshan Singh, one of the relatives.

Some of the relatives, including Kamaljit Kaur, Sukhwant Singh, Raman Kaur, Laddi, Rinku, Harshwinder, three servants and two drivers are undergoing treatment at a Sirhind hospital.

The bride, Avinash Kaur, who is also undergoing treatment, also went under depression after the relatives started complaining about the food served at the hotel.

“There is no one who could lodge a complaint with the police as all are admitted to hospital. We will approach the police against the hotel for serving stale food to the wedding party,” said Avinash, another relative.

The doctors at the Sirhind hospital said that tests were being conducted and added that it seemed to be a case of food poisoning.

Fatehgarh Sahib SHO Gurmeet Singh said a case could not be registered as it was under their jurisdiction. “The victims have to lodged a complaint in Chandigarh,” he added.

When contacted, hotel manager Narottam Singh denied the allegations. He said no one from the wedding party had complained to the hotel about the quality of food or anyone being taken ill. “We are into this business since long and provide quality food to the customers,” he added.


‘Officer crunch’ may worsen
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Top positions in the UT administration seem to be jinxed. Even as the Chandigarh administration awaits Union Government's nod for the post of the managing director of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) and replacement for special secretary finance and DPI (colleges) Raji P Srivastava, the "officer crunch" is likely to aggravate in the days to come.

With director of tourism and director of public relations Vivek Atray joining consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) during a three-year sabbatical, the UT will have a tough task manning important public-dealing departments.

In fact, Srivastava and Atray are holding important departments in the administration besides coordinating certain mega projects aimed at turning the city into a tourist hub. While Srivastava is the project officer for the ambitious medicity project aimed at making the city a centre for medical tourism, Atray is the project director for the education city and theme park project in the Sarangpur institutional area besides being in charge of major tourism initiatives.

Sources said the shortage of officers at the disposal of administration would seriously affect the functioning of key departments. Concerted efforts are being made to seek panels and speed up appointments against these crucial posts so that the routine functioning doesn’t get affected, the sources added.

Currently, the post of CITCO MD, otherwise a secretary-level post, is manned by a comparatively junior SDM-level officer Niharika Rai. Though the administration has reportedly proposed the name of DK Tiwari for the post of CITCO MD, the Centre is yet to clear his name.

Getting panels from Punjab and Haryana is a tiresome and time-consuming job and the selection process takes a long time as the appointments of IAS officers are finally cleared by the Prime Minister's Office. The additional charges with the officers pose another set of problems with officers taking time in getting "comfortable" with the new departments.



More Cops
UT tries its luck again
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Close on the heels of the rejection of its ambitious proposal to modernise the police by inducting 3,080 police personnel, the Chandigarh Police is again trying its luck at the ministry of finance.

Smarting under the recent rejection of its proposal, which caused a lot of embarrassment to the local unit of the Congress as local MP Pawan Bansal is a minister of state in the finance ministry, the administration has again submitted a proposal seeking additional 3,080 police personnel, besides sophisticated equipment for the city.

Chandigarh Police maange more

The proposal wants one SP, five DSPs, 29 inspectors and 449 SIs/ASIs for the Chandigarh police. Besides, a full-fledged IRB unit having 985 personnel, including, one commandant, three assistant commandants and seven DSPs and inspectors, is being sought.

Keeping in view the recent bombs blasts across the country and peculiar security requirements of the city in the wake of it being the capital of Punjab and Haryana, the proposal is being sent again to tide over the shortage of staff, official sources said here today.

In fact, the administration was requestioning officials at all levels, including one SP, five DSPs, 29 inspectors and 449 SIs/ASIs. Besides, a full-fledged Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) with one commandant, three assistant commandants, and seven inspectors, was being sought by the administration.

The official sources said the policing requirements of a city like Chandigarh were different from other cities as, besides routine duties, the police personnel had to perform VIP duties. With Chandigarh bursting at seams with a population over 12 lakh, the police requirements have undergone a sea change.

A senior police official said a large floating population, mostly from UP and Bihar, virtually kept the police on toes. In fact, the development of the phase III sectors (Sector 48 onwards) and the mushrooming of the rehabilitation colonies in the southern sectors have underlined the need for deployment of more police personnel, he said, justifying the need for more police force.

Recently, the ministry had turned down the administration's proposal. The rejection of the proposal was widely seen as an offshoot of the tussle between minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal and UT administrator SF Rodrigues though the minister had reportedly denied his role in the rejection.

Observers said the current proposal could put Bansal in a Catch 22 situation as he could not overlook the "genuine demands" of the local police. The rejection of the proposal by his ministry could be exploited by his political rivals in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.



Setback to Congress
Zila parishad chief defects to INLD
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 8
Plagued with factionalism, the ruling Congress suffered a setback when zila parishad chairman Umesh Sood shifted his loyalty by joining the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) here today.

Sood, however, managed to save his seat of chairman for the time being. Party leaders in the district have been gunning for him after friction surfaced between him and the local administration last month.

Nine members of the parishad had reportedly gone to the mini secretariat to submit a no-confidence motion against Sood yesterday. As deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria was not in his office, the programme was postponed to today.

Today’s development can prove detrimental to the prospects of the party in the forthcoming general election in this constituency — represented by deputy chief minister Chander Mohan in the assembly and Kumari Selja in Parliament — as the party had recently lost the post of MC vice-president to the BJP.

Addressing mediapersons at a local hotel here today, Sood alleged threat to his life from Kataria and additional deputy commissioner Parvin Kumar. He claimed that he had been compelled to leave the party after the deputy commissioner and the additional deputy commissioner started interfering in his working and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda failed to take notice of the situation in spite of repeated requests made to him in this regard.

Prominent INLD leaders present on the occasion included former state president Sher Singh Barsami, district president Pardeep Chaudhary, city president Manoj Aggarwal and general secretary (Panchkula) Amardeep Chaudhary.

Sood had had a tiff with deputy commissioner and additional deputy commissioner during a meeting last month after which the matter was brought to the notice of the chief minister who was on a visit of town that day.

“Both officials are relatives of high-profile politicians in the state and when I raised objection to their interference in the working of the zila parishad, they started threatening me openly,” alleged Sood.

Blaming Hooda for the circumstances that forced him to leave the party, Sood said bureaucracy was dominating in the present regime and the voice of public representatives was not being heeded to.



Staff threaten to burn Rodrigues’ effigy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The coordination committee of the Chandigarh administration and the municipal corporation employees today threatened to burn the effigy of UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues in Sector 17 on October 10 if he failed to give them time to meet.

Addressing the media coordination committee, convener Rakesh Kumar said the committee had submitted memorandums of their demand to the administration a number of times but had not received any reply from the authority.

He said the committee opposed the attitude of the administration towards employees and demanded regularisation of daily wagers and work charge employees, bonus to UT employees, removal of five per cent ceiling on employment on compassionate ground and central service conditions for MC employees.



Traffic awareness camp begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Chandigarh Traffic Police is organising traffic awareness camps at various sectors. “Drive safely to save others” is the motive of the camp, said Superintendent of Police (Traffic), H.S. Doon.

Senior police officials of traffic wing alerted the public during the awareness camp at the Community Centre, Sector 15, on Wednesday.

Addressing the public, DSP Traffic J.S. Cheema said that the duty of the police is beyond issuing ‘challans’, even spreading awareness about traffic rules is also a part of our duty.

Davesh Moudgil, president of Yuva Sankalap Foundation (YSF), was also present at the awareness camp, organised jointly by the Chandigarh Traffic Police and YSF.



Lizards, insects found in water tank 
Not cleaned for the past 20 yrs, says Mohali citizens’ council
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 8
The Citizens’ Welfare Council, Phase X, Mohali, alleged that a team of the council had inspected a water storage tank in the area, having a capacity of 30 lakh gallons, and found lizards and insects in it. However, the authorities concerned have denied the allegations.

Press secretary of the council Ranjivan Singh said that after receiving complaints of low pressure and contaminated water being supplied to the area, a team of the council led by Ripudaman Singh Roop checked the underground water storage tank, which caters to the need of Phases IX, X and XI, and found lizards and insects in the water. He alleged that the water tank had not been cleaned for the last over 20 years. The public health officials, however, claimed that the tank constructed by PUDA could not be cleaned due to improper design.

Ranjivan said the machinery at the water works in Phase VI and Sector 57 had become obsolete with the passage of time and could not treat adequate quantity of water. A number of tubewells in Phases IX to XI were also not functioning leading to shortage of water. The authorities concerned also demanded funds for making the tubewells functional, but to no avail, he added.

Even though the Municipal Council had approved Rs 39.8 lakh for installing a booster pump to increase water pressure in Phases IX and X, the proposal had not been implemented as yet, he said.

When contacted, executive engineer Avtar Singh Kalsi, however, said that lizards and insects could not enter the tank as it was covered. “The water cannot be contaminated as it is pumped out daily and fresh water is filled. Such tanks are designed for in such a way that nothing settles down at the base, so there is no need to clean it,” he said. 



Spiritual fervour permeates Durga Puja celebrations
S.D. Sharma

Panchkula, October 8
“Ya devi sarv bhu teshu…” the chants invoking the bliss of goddess Mahakali, melted into spell of ecstatic dances and musical renditions at the Durga Puja celebrations, by ICON, Panchkula, in Sector 20 here today.

The cultural programme commenced with a devotional themed Bharatnatyam dance performance by an ensemble of accomplished dancers. The audience evinced keen interest in the rare musical fusion performance by the acclaimed Sarasvani maestro, Subhash Ghosh and noted surgeon Dr Roopak Das.

Subhash bared the melody of “raga puriya kalian” and later “raga kirwani” through a brief alaap, jhalla amidst the soulful chants “Om” by his disciples.

The recital attained climax with noted urology surgeon, Dr Das, joining for instrumental music “fusion” on his Spanish guitar. Earlier ICON president, P.K. Ray, welcomed Padmashri Nek Chand who inaugurated the festival.

Cultural programmes by classical vocalist, Rekha Ray, and disciples, a special puppet show by Navodya School, spot painting competition, a free medical camp and many more items were also held.

In another “Durga Puja” celebrations organised by Bangiya Parishad, in Sector 5, national award winner, Piyusha Mitra, gave a grandiose start to the cultural evening with a Bengali song “Maa Durga Agomoni”.

The highlight of the evening remained a rare display of Human puppet show titled “Shree Rama Krishna Paramhans” presented by Rangtal Theatre group of Kolkatta. Parishad Secretary, Mohanto Ghosh, announced that “Shindur Khala” would be performed tomorrow.



Security beefed up for Dussehra
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, October 8
The Chandigarh Police has beefed up security in view of Dussehra celebrations in the city. Leaving no stone unturned, on the eve of Dussehra, the police carried out flag march in the city yesterday, which started from lake and Sector 19, at 5 pm and made a round to the market places and other important places, said Sudhanshu Srivastva, SSP UT Chandigarh.

The police said high alert was sounded in the city following which cops in the civil dress and quick reaction teams had been deployed in the city to keep an eye on suspicious.

Stepping up the late night vigil, the police has also installed special checkpoints and intensified patrolling throughout the city. The police along with fire and health officials would be on its toes from today evening till the functions conclude, SSP said.



Rodrigues greets people
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra today.

In his message, Rodrigues said the festival of Dussehra, which commemorated the defeat of the evil forces of Ravana by Lord Rama, was being celebrated in the country from the time immemorial.

It reflected the firm belief in truthfulness and righteousness, the cardinal principles of virtuous and purposeful living, the message added.



Book on Maharaja Duleep Singh’s life out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
A novel based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, authored by Navtej Sarna, former spokesman of the ministry of external affairs, was released in the city today.

The novel titled “The Exile” presents a sordid tale of intrigue, treachery and cold-blooded murders that greeted the end of the Sikh kingdom and the exile of the last Maharaja, Duleep Singh, to England. Sarna has told the unusual story of the last Maharaja of Punjab. Soon after the British had annexed his kingdom, Duleep Singh was separated from his mother and his people, taken under British guardianship and converted into Christianity.

“At 16, he was taken to England to live the life of a country squire, an exile that he had been schooled to seek himself. But disillusionment with the treatment meted out to him and a late realization of his lost legacy turned him into a rebel,” said the author.

Though Navtej said that writing about history is comparatively easier, he found the novel equally harder to write. “It is always easier to put flesh if you have the skeleton. In fiction, one has to weave the story, but history has its own story. It is harder in the sense that the facts and stories cannot be distorted as per author’s convenience,” he said.



Air Force marks 76th anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The 76th Anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was celebrated with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm in all Air Force units located in Chandigarh. An oath-taking ceremony, with the air warriors reaffirming their dedication to duty, and a bara khana, marked the day.

Chandigarh is a prime air force center, with 12 Wing, the sensitive transport base providing logistic support to the northern sector, No.3 Base Repair Deport (BRD), the country’s largest helicopter repair establishment and the MiG27/29 TERRTA School, providing technical training to IAF pilots, engineers and technicians on combat aircraft and weapons being located here.

A cultural evening, blood donation camp, healthy baby show, SNCO’s “at home” in the officers' mess and mini marathon were other major functions organised as part of the celebrations. A social evening for serving as well as retired air force officers and civilian dignitaries is also scheduled this week.

The past year has been eventful for the air warriors based here. Aircraft from 12 Wing were deployed to provide disaster relief to earthquake victims of China and bomb attack victims at the Indian embassy in Kabul. This base also accomplished the challenging task of carrying out the first landing by a twin-engine aircraft at Daulat Beg Oldie, the world’s highest airfield, in May.

No. 3 BRD prepared IAF helicopters for UN Missions at Congo and Sudan and also for the Antartica expedition. 



Make cities child-friendly, say experts 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
In continuation with the earlier international conference held in February this year, another conference on “Child Friendly Cities” was held today at the Panjab University, which was jointly organised by the Canadian Studies Centre and department of public administration, Panjab University in collaboration with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Prof B.S. Ghuman, coordinator, Canadian Studies Centre and dean, faculty of arts, said that recognition of children as equal citizens was important from public-policy perspective in India.

Prof Cherie Enns, department of geography and child-friendly cities expert from UFV shared the outcomes of the workshops held at Chandigarh in which students attached highest value to religious symbols, green spaces/nature, transportation, play and houses.

Baldeep Toor, a student intern from UFV, presented examples, including children's parliament in Rajasthan and street smart, Ahmedabad, providing platform to children to exhibit their creative activities. 



SMO, docs found absent
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 8
The SMO of the Civil Hospital, some doctors and members of the paramedical staff were found absent during a surprise check conducted by senior officials of the Health Department here today.

According to sources, the surprise check was conducted by Dr Rakesh Gupta, deputy director, Department of Health, who was accompanied by Dr Avtar Singh, civil surgeon.

The team reached the hospital around 8.05 a.m. and found Dr H.S.Sarang, SMO in charge of the Civil Hospital, absent. An attendance was marked by the raiding team around 8.15 a.m. and it was found that five other doctors and a number of paramedical staff were also absent. The team left the hospital around 8.30 a.m. and took away the attendance register.

It is reported that the check was conducted on the directions of the health minister Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla. She had asked the director to check the attendance of the staff. The director had then assigned the task to the deputy director.

The director was not available for comments.

Dr Sarang, however, said it was a routine visit by the senior officials of the department. He said he had reached the hospital when the team was about to leave. He had not come to the hospital because he had to go the office of the director, Health. It did not matter much if the doctors came a few minutes late. He said he had again marked the attendance of the staff at the hospital.



Man run over by truck
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 8
A 55-year-old resident of Alipur village was crushed to death by a speeding truck on the Panchkula-Barwala road here today. Three persons were killed near the spot in an accident yesterday also when a truck hit an overloaded autorickshaw.

According to information, the deceased identified as Chhote Lal, along with his wife and three children, had left his home to pay the obeisance at Mata Mansa Devi temple on the occasion of Navami of the Navratris.

The family was going to Mattanwala village to board a bus for Panchkula when a speeding truck coming from Barwala side hit him. He died on the spot.

The driver of the truck, however, fled the spot leaving the truck on the spot. The police has impounded the truck after registering a case and sent the body for post-mortem.



Snarl-up on Yadvindra Bridge
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, October 8
Thousands of motorists were stranded in a traffic jam on Yadvindra Bridge on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway for over two hours this evening.

According to sources, the traffic jam began at about 7.30 pm when a JCB machine was out of order on the bridge due to some technical fault at Yadvindra Bridge in Zirakpur. The traffic coming from the Chandigarh side to the Panchkula was blocked.

Zirakpur traffic in charge Sanjeev Kumar said the cause of the traffic jam was a JCB machine, which stopped due to some technical fault. After removing the JCB machine by another JCB machine the jam cleared. He added that some traffic was diverted to Choice Resort link road via Baltana, he added.



Building bylaws for theatres notified 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Chandigarh administration today notified building bylaws for the conversion of cinemas halls into shopping malls-cum-multiplexes.

According to the new rule, any cinema owner can apply for the conversion of theatres into multiplexes. Earlier, the administration had allowed the conversion of Dhillon cinema, Jagat cinema and KC theatre.



Symposium on plastering techniques
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , October 8
The North Zone Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA), along with the Department of Orthopedics, PGIMER, organised a one-day symposium on plastering techniques called "Plastercon 2008" in the PGI here.

It was presided by Prof. S.S.Gill and Prof M.K.Mam from Ludhiana.

The workshop started with lamp-lightning ceremony by Prof. S.S.Gill, Prof. M.S.Dhillon, Prof. M.K.Mam and Dr. R.K.Kanojia, organising secretary of the conference. It was attended by about 200 delegates from different parts of the country.

Various topics of orthopaedics interests were discussed by about 20 faculty members. About 20 research papers and video demonstrations were included in the programme.

Prof. Raj Bahadur, Prof. Sudhir Chahal from GMCH and Prof. Shishir Rastogi from AIIMS and other dignitaries shared their thoughts on the orthopaedics in symposium.



Auto-truck collision: Death toll mounts to 4
Tribune News service

Panchkula, October 8
Two more persons succumbed to their injuries received in yesterday’s accident involving a truck and an auto rickshaw that took place on the Ramgarh Road in Panchkula, raising the toll of dead persons to four.

Both, Ravi and Ramesh, had received serious injuries in the accident yesterday and were admitted to the PGI. They, however, succumbed to their injuries today.



Preserve real heritage

The Chandigarh administration is making lots of efforts preserve the city’s heritage. Furniture used by Le Corbusier and buildings designed by him are being identified and a special centre is being set up. Recently, an exhibition and sale of the furniture was also held which drew large crowds. In short, a lot is being done in the name of heritage, but the real heritage has totally been forgotten. Gandhi and Nehru must be weeping in their graves to see that people have forgotten their real founders and heritage and instead are running after contemporary heritage which is not even ours.

The city was named after famous Chandi Mandir situated nearby and its foundation stone was laid by our first Prime Minister. But nobody bothers to pay a visit to the temple what to talk of development there. People are more worried about a paid French engineer who had no connection to our roots.

R.K. Garg, Chandigarh

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NAAC team to visit PU campus on Oct 20
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
An eight-member team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) will visit Panjab University on October 20. The team will also inspect other city colleges during its three-day visit.

Earlier, in 2003, NAAC had given five stars to Panjab University. This year, it stands as a challenge for PU to retain the status. The inspection team will assess various aspects, including curricular that carries 15 per cent weightage, teaching-learning and evaluation 25 per cent, research, consultancy and extension 20 per cent, infrastructure and learning resources 10 per cent, student support and progression 10 per cent, governance and leadership 15 per cent, innovative practices 5 per cent. Other things that will be covered under curricular aspect are its design and development, academic flexibility, feedback and update.

However, unlike last year, this time the grading system has been changed from granting stars to grades.

According to the new methodology, the institutions will be graded for each key aspect under four categories - A, B, C and D - denoting very good, good, satisfactory and unsatisfactory levels, respectively.

Owing to the financial crunch and minimum grants from various relevant agencies, Panjab University is facing an acute shortage of faculty in various departments. This year, the university started 22 courses, but could not recruit adequate faculty. One of the reasons for the same is also unavailability of the faculty as per the requirements.

Nevertheless, the progress done by the university in the recent times cannot be undermined due to this. Panjab University has done well in various areas like consultancy, research and infrastructure. In the area of co sultancy, departments like chemical engineering and technology and Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Programme have generated crores of rupees. Among new courses, the university has started University Institute of Applied Sciences, offering four new specialised MBA courses, both on campus and off campus.

The university will be first assessed on the basis of a self-assessment report, which will be submitted to NAAC. The report will be based on the criteria laid down by the council. In addition to this, the team will judge the university’s performance on the basis of independent observations. The peer team will also take feedback from students and teachers.



City students celebrate Dussehra with zeal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Dussehra was celebrated with fervour across the city schools. The Gurukul, Mani Majra, celebrated the day with children of Bapu Dham slums, emphasising the need to spread happiness among not-so-fortunate ones. Advocate General of Punjab H.S. Mattewal presided over the festivities and inspired the students to fight against the evil inside them.

Students of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, dressed up as Rama, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman, made masks, crowns, puppets etc.

In schools like AKSIPS, Sector 45, huge effigies of Ravana were burnt to mark the victory of good over evil. Teachers spoke on the significance of the festival and children took a pledge to fight evil and uphold righteousness. Students of New Public School jotted down their bad habits and burnt the same.

Celebrated: Students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35-B, here celebrated “Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas” by taking part in poster-making and handwriting competitions on environmental issues. The students who bagged the first and second positions were given prizes.



Education City
3 cos sign MoUs with admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Decks have been cleared for setting up Education City in the Sarangpur institution area with parties concerned signing MoUs with the Chandigarh administration here today.

The three corporate-sector companies, whose representatives signed MoUs with home-cum-education secretary Ram Niwas included Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Chitkara Education Trust, Chandigarh, and Indian Express Newspaper (Mumbai) Limited.

Addressing educationists and academics before the signing of MoUs, UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues said the project had been conceived to create a world-class educational infrastructure with focus on empowering children and sharpening their skills to make them professionally competent and confident individuals so that they could contribute to the growth and development of the nation.



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