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PGI doctors to go on indefinite strike from today
* Enraged over the refusal of the assistant prof to apologise publicly
* Authorities in no mood to yield to protesters, threaten to invoke ESMA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The confrontation between the PGI administration and Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) escalated further today with the doctors announcing their decision to go on an indefinite strike from tomorrow and hospital authorities threatening strict action against them by evoking ESMA.

The decision of the doctors to pursue the course of agitation comes barely 24 hours after the truce announced by ARD following an assurance from the PGI administration that assistant professor, Santosh Kumar will issue an unconditional apology letter to Dr Sanand who was allegedly slapped by him. However, the former’s refusal to apologise enraged the association which announced the decision to go on strike. The decision was taken in an emergency general body meeting held late evening today.

“We tried resolving the issue amicably but Dr. Santosh’s adamant attitude has forced us to take this step. He not only slapped his junior over a trivial issue but his denial to apologise publicly is an insult to entire fraternity and organisation and will not be tolerated. We will ensure that Emergency and ICU services are not affected.” Said Dr. Prabhu Shankar, President ARD.

A close associate of Dr. Sanand, on the condition of anonymity, said: “The issue highlights the plight of juniors at the hands of seniors like Dr. Santosh. There has to be mutual respect and a junior doctor cannot be considered a private servant who can be bashed up any time. If he does not apologise, the administration will have to face the consequences of his attitude.”

However, the administration, already enraged by the paralysis of OPD services yesterday with around 800 resident doctors going on mass casual leave to mark their protest, is in no mood to let protesters have their way.

Speaking to TNS, AK Gupta, Deputy Director Administration, PGI clearly warned of a stern action. “They cannot cause disruption of public utility services. There are other ways of resolving issues as well. If they go on strike we will impose ESMA as part of requisite disciplinary action,” he said.



Another DAV student sodomised in hostel
School fails to take action; tries to hush up matter

G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, is in the news again for wrong reasons. Barely 10 days after the incident of a class VIII boy being allegedly sodomised by his roommate in the hostel, another student of class VI has levelled allegations of sodomy against two hostellers.

Nitin (name changed), a resident of Himachal Pradesh, has alleged that he was sodomised by two hostellers, including the one who was rusticated from the school in connection with the earlier incident. Though the incident took place around a month back, the victim is still traumatised and wants to get out of the hostel.

According to sources, the victim’s parents met principal Vibha Ray yesterday over the issue. However, the school authorities are making an attempt to resolve the issue amicably. It is learnt that the principal had called a meeting to investigate the matter in which the hostel in charge, Vinod Shastri, was also present.

When this correspondent contacted Shastri over phone posing as a friend of the victim’s family, he admitted that the incident had occurred over a month back. However, he expressed a surprise why the child had raked up the issue again even though he was kept away from those boys all this long. Principal Vibha Ray refused to comment on the issue.

One of the accused is the same student who was rusticated from the school on similar charges. The other accused, Arun (named changed), a resident of Hisar, is a class VI student.

Narrating the incident to this correspondent, the victim said: “I was not well that day and wanted to sleep.

Two boys asked me to sleep in their room, which I did. I was in sleep when they overpowered me. I could not resist because I was feeling drowsy due to fever.”

The victim could not tolerate the taunting remarks of his fellow students and approached the principal three days back, who told him to be careful and intimate her if it happened again.

“I do not want to continue my studies here, but the principal has asked me to complete the session. I cannot sleep as I am horrified after the incident. The principal did not say anything to the accused,” said the victim.



Schools, govt offices closed today

Chandigarh, October 19
All government offices and educational institutions, including private schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, will remain closed tomorrow to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Gurta Gaddi Diwas as per the directions of the Haryana and Punjab governments and UT administration.

According to R.S. Verma, director, public relations, UT: “All government institutions and schools, including private ones, will remain closed tomorrow. However, banks will function normally.”

Panjab University will also remain closed for all teaching and non-teaching staff, as would regional centres and affiliated colleges. Meetings and functions, however, will be held as per schedule. The public hearing session of UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues has also been called off. — TNS



Woman immolates herself, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Stung by constant nagging of her in-laws for being unable to conceive, a 25-year-old woman allegedly immolated herself at her Ram Darbar residence, late last night. The police arrested the victim’s husband, Pintu, on the charges of dowry death, following a complaint lodged by her father.

According to sources in the Sector 31 police station, the victim Rajni set herself afire after dousing herself with kerosene at her residence in Phase I, Ram Darbar, a little before midnight. She had gone to attend a function at her sister-in-law’s residence at Sector 29 with her husband Pintu. They came back home and had an altercation, following which the incident took place. She was rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, where the doctors said she sustained 100 per cent burns.

The police was informed about the incident and a police control room vehicle rushed her to the hospital. Pintu also accompanied the victim to the hospital, said the police.

The SHO of the Sector 31 police station inspector Bhupinder Singh said the magistrate was called to record the victim’s statement, however, the doctors treating her declared her unfit to record her statement. She succumbed to her injuries in this morning.

The SHO said the victim’s father, Braham Singh, told the police that his daughter married Pintu about an year ago. Pintu has a private job. The couple had no children from their marriage and her in-laws used to taunt her, calling her “infertile”. Pintu, along with his parents and relatives, had also been harassing Rajni by demanding dowry.

Braham Singh alleged that he had given a scooter to Pintu, however, the latter had demanded a motorcycle. Since he could not meet Pintu’s demands, he had begun harrassing Rajni.

A member of Rajni’s family alleged that Pintu had been forced Rajni to work and had demanded money from her parents on the pretext of getting her a job. Twice they had given him Rs 50,000, for this purpose. He also alleged that Pintu fled from hospital after “dumping” Rajni there.

The police denied allegation of inaction and said acting on the complaint a case of dowry death under Section 304-B of the Indian Penal Code had been registered. The SHGO said Pintu was later arrested today and action would be taken.


Transparency Move
Men from public to keep tab on traffic cops
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
In an attempt to bring transparency in its working, the Panchkula police has decided to engage volunteers from the public to observe the behaviour of traffic policemen at nakas. This will also help in bridging the gap between public and police, said Sandip Kalia, DSP, headquarters.

There were numerous complaints from the public against traffic police officals deputed at nakas regarding irregularities and corruption.

While it was a general opinion that the police personnel let the influential go even as they flout traffic rules, many others were let go when they grease the palm of some unscrupulous elements in the force.

Now, when the public will have its participation in the nakas these type of complaints will have no place in the working of the force, opined the DSP.

It would be an open invite to residents of the town to get enrolled as marshals as they would be called after their enrolment to be started on October 22 at the office of DSP, headqurters, at Mini Seretariat, in Sector 1, he added.

The marshals to be drawn from all sections of society would be briefed over their role in the scheme and the police department would take the responsibility of their transportation from their home to the spot where nake would be laid, said the DSP.



Women architects showcase their projects
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
In the backdrop of globalisation and liberalisation of the Indian economy, several male bastions are being stormed by women and the fascinating field of architecture seems to be one of them with women ruling the roost.

At least this was the inference from a symposium on women architects organised by the First Friday Forum (FFF) and the Saakaar Foundation here today where leading women architects showcased their projects in the field which had traditionally been “male-dominated”.

The ball was set rolling by Dr S.S. Bhatti, founder, FFF, who drew examples from Indian and Chinese tradition to show that ancient people had remarkable insight into the difference between male and female sensibilities.

“While in India we have the concept of “ardhanarishwar”, in China they have the the Yin and Yang (i.e. female and male) principle symbolised in the icons of circles within circles,” he said.

Women in this field had done exceptionally well as designers, editors, researchers and landscape architects. Discernible sensitivity and tenderness exist in the creations of women architects as against “male architecture” which is self-assertive, and uncompromising form of building design, he added.

In the technical session, the women architects took the centrestage. While Namita Singh’s presentation encompassed sheer variety, magnitude and prolific output, Archana Chaudhary’s presentation distinguished the design concepts of houses planned by women architects.

Punjab’s chief architect Balwinder Saini asserted that despite constraints for working in a government set-up, it was possible to leave the stamp of one’s creativity on the government projects.

Meanwhile, the First Friday Forum Awards for Creative Excellence were awared to seven professionals from different fields.They were Manju Bhalla, president of NGO Panaah, Manju Jaidka, chairperson of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, Sumit Kaur, UT chief architect, Geeta Wahi Dua, Delhi-based landscape architect, Rinku Kalia, noted singer and winner of Zee TV’s “Sa Re Ga Ma”, Harvinder Kaur and Jagtej Kaur Grewal.



Poompuhar-2008 concludes S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, October 19
A belief that folk music and dance can constitute a bond between people of different regions and cultures remained eloquently perceptible in the choreographic presentation “Lotus of creativity”, which provided a grand finale to the five-day Poompuhar-2008 festival in the city here. Conceived, designed and directed by acclaimed Bharatnatyam and Odissi dance icon, Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh, the choreographic spectacle involving over 250 accomplished artistes brought the diverse tribal folk culture of south and north India in a perfect harmonious blend on the stage. The five-day cultural bonanza, food festival of South Indian dishes, display of traditional and contemporary paintings, tourism potential, jointly organised by the NZCC, Patiala, the NSZCC, Chennai, and the Chandigarh administration, was a manifold delight for art lovers.

The programme got off to a grandiose start with the artistes displaying rhythmic patterns on the folk percussion instruments in their respective traditional styles followed by lead instruments and a classic fade out.

The city Bharatnatyam maestro Suchitra Mitra with disciples performing “Natesha Kautvam”, an invocatory dance in laudation of Lord Ganesha spelt a spiritual fervour, which later melted into the romance filled “Thillana”. Each dance form, be it Bharatnatyam, veernatyam, kummi kalotam thapttam, karangam, kavadi, porparai of South, Deepak and praat nrit of Himachal or bhangra, giddha and jindua of Punjab brought alive vitality and vigour of their respective regions with gusto.

The culmination of the event with all participating artistes converging on the stage was even more spectacular and rejuvenating as Bhartnatyam queen Sonal Mansingh was given a standing ovation for her choreographic excellence. She was assisted by Uma Vashisht and Sanjeev Bhattcharya.

Dr A.R. Kidwai, Governor, Haryana, Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor, Tamil Nadu, union minister of the state, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Punjab minister Capt. Kanawaljit Singh, Jagmohan Singh Raju, IAS, K.V. Giridhar, IAS-director, SZCC, sat through the programme.



77,488 get anti-polio drops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
As many as 77,488 children below the age of five years, including newborns, were administered polio drops at various centres spread across the city on the first day of Pulse Polio Immunization Campaign here today.

Lady Governer Jean Rodrigues inaugurated the campaign by administering drops of oral polio vaccine at a pulse polio booth located in Sheetla Mata Mandir in Bapu Dham Colony. Health secretary Ram Niwas, director, Health and Family Welfare, Dr M.S. Bains, and joint director health and family welfare, Dr Usha Bishnoi Kapoor and district family welfare officer Kavita Talwar also visited pulse polio booth.

Non-government organisations and municipal councillors of the UT also participated in the campaign. The teams also went to the high-risk areas and urged people to get their children vaccinated. According to Dr Bains, every care was taken to ensure that the maximum number of children below five years were given the oral polio vaccine.

The children who missed the dose today can have it on October 20 and 21 as the health department will continue the campaign on these days for immunising the children by going house to house in order to ensure more coverage.



P’kula hospital refuses to conduct autopsy
Says GMCH can perform post-mortem as accident victim died there

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
The relatives of a woman killed in a road mishap in Panchkula had to undergo a harrowing time for getting an autopsy conducted as local hospital refused it saying she died at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh.

Mumtaz was injured when a Balero jeep of the Haryana police hit an auto-rickshaw at traffic light crossing of Sectors 8, 9 and 5 on October 3. Abdul Sattar, husband of the victim, had died in an accident the same day. Three other relatives of the couple were also hurt in the mishap.

According to Mohammad Shakir, a relative of the deceased, Mumtaz, a resident of Indira Colony, suffered injuries on her face and chest. She was admitted to General Hospital, Sector 6, where her condition deteriorated and after one week of treatment, the doctors referred her to GMCH, Sector 32, on October 10.

Mumtaz, however, succumbed to her injuries on October 17.

The family reached Panchkula with the body yesterday night after which the body was kept in the mortuary.

They reached the hospital to get the post-mortem conducted and kept on sitting near the mortuary till afternoon when they were told by the hospital authorities that the post-mortem could not be conducted as the patient died at the GMCH.

Enraged over delay, the relatives said, “If they were not to conduct the post-mortem, they should have told us in the morning itself,” said one of the relatives.

The medical superintendent of General Hospital, Panchkula, when contacted, said the post-mortem was to be conducted at the GMCH as patent had died there.

Director principal, GMCH, Dr Raj Bahadur, on the other hand said it was the negligence on the part of the Panchkula hospital as they did not mention that it was a medico-legal case. Hence, the hospital did not ask the family to get the post-mortem conducted before they received the body.



City Scope
It's all just compromising!
Raveen Thukral

Sometimes I wonder, how will I react if a colleague, senior or junior, slaps me at my workplace? Will I complain to the higher authorities or will I get into a fist fight right then and there and settle score once and for all in a filmi manner ya tu nahin, ya main nahin?

Knowing myself, I presume (but no guarantees), I’ll go with the first option and approach authorities to take strict action against the gross indiscipline. The rationale behind the approach being that this, I believe, is the civilized way to settle matters and above all hitting someone is just not justifiable whatever the reason may be.

So far so good. But what if the authorities, rather than relying on the sound principles of law and justice decide to take a leaf from the experiences of either the Chandigarh administration’s education department handling of the MCM college row or the PGI that has referred the case of the slapping of a senior resident doctor by an Assistant Professor to the health ministry rather than deciding the issue themselves.

The mere thought of being either in Priyanka’s (MCM girl) or Sanand Kumar’s (the PGI doctor) shoes make me uncomfortable. However, I am certain that I wouldn’t follow the path taken by the resident doctors who decided to go on day’s mass casual leave. Again, the logic being that putting patients to inconvenience, for no fault of theirs, to get justice isn’t a civilized way to settle matters.

But having said that, I really don't blame either Priyanka or Sanand for attempting to garner support from their peers to get justice for themselves. They have reasons to feel let down by the stand taken by their respective decision making authorities and they have every right to protest against it. And if anyone is to be blamed for the situation, it's the authorities, who because of their ‘chalta-hai’ or ‘chahdo ji’ and 'please all’ attitude, hesitate to take the uncomfortable decision of calling spade a spade and taking action as deemed fit for such indiscipline.

These aren’t isolated cases as such incidents are common in our society, where rowdiness is becoming the order of the day with more and more people taking law in their own hands to assert themselves, rightly or otherwise. And sadly in many, if not all, such cases, those at the helm (even police) usually attempt to strike compromises between the accused and the victim rather than doing what is right. It’s equally unfortunate that most of us succumb to such pressures and fail to stand up for our rights. We seldom speak out and accept whatever is thrust upon us without a whimper.

And that’s not the end as unfortunately, those who choose to speak out are looked upon as trouble makers rather than those who are actually guilty.

Let's take the case of Priyanka, who finds herself in a similar position. She was allegedly beaten up and her clothes torn off by a group of co-students in full public view outside the MCM College gate about a month ago. The incident was fallout of the vitiated atmosphere that prevailed in the college then, owing to sharp divisions among students over the arbitrary nomination of a girl as the president of the students’ council by the principal.

She complained to the college authorities but instead of taking action, they washed their hands off their responsibility to resolve the matter on the bizarre plea that the incident had occurred outside the college gate. The poor girl had no option but to approach the police and when the media picked up the story, the authorities went on an overdrive for damage control by forming a committee, which tried to bring about compromise between the girls. When the college authorities failed to achieve any results, the UT’s higher education department stepped in and promised justice to the girl.

They sort a report and last week the department, after much deliberation, literally let off the accused girls by asking them to tender only a written apology to the victim. This punishment is unacceptable to Priyanka, who has now started garnering support from university unions for her cause. One doesn't know whether she'll succeed or not or if she’ll seek a migration from MCM as claimed by her, the entire episode is a poor reflection on how we handle such trivial issues and allow them to assume such proportions.

This entire controversy could have been altogether avoided had the college authorities acted swiftly rather than finding escape routes to wriggle out of the situation. And what is surprising is that while the education department acknowledges this failure in its detailed report on the incident, it has not held anyone accountable for it. Perhaps the reason being the ‘chahdo ji’ attitude of those at the helm.

Lack of accountability and least courage to enforce it, are the reasons for the growing indiscipline in our society and incidents that occurred at the MCM and PGI are merely a reflection. The only way to tackle this is to ensure that accountability doesn’t become a casualty of our attitudes.

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Ex-servicemen to go on hunger strike today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 19
In support of its demands, the ex-servicemen grievances cell has announced to go on a hunger strike tomorrow at YPS Chowk in Phase VIII, here. The ex-servicemen of the tricity have also decided to observe a black Diwali.

Col S.S. Sohi (retd), coordinator of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, Punjab, said the hunger strike was being started across the country, including 14 cities of Punjab, as the Centre has de-linked ex-servicemen pension increase in the sixth Pay Commission and retained the old scale of the fifth pay commission. Last three Central Pay Commissions had been neglecting the interests of the ex-servicemen, he added.

As per the government recommendations, the ex-servicemen were still unskilled workers as Naib Subedar got lesser pension than a civil peon. We deserved to have a separate pay commission for Defence Forces and ex-servicemen and widows, said Sohi.

Talking about the problems faced by defence personnel he said the soldiers were also deprived of voting right at their place of duty. Also, defence casualties/disabilities and widows got very less compensation in lieu of their sufferings.

The cell has also demanded that the Kendriya Sainik Boards and Rajya Sainik Boards must be quashed and reconstructed for the welfare of the ex-servicemen.



Insult To Tricolour
Police fails to take action
Tribune News Service

Held for trespass

The police arrested two youths — Nitin and Bhanu of Sector 25, Chandigarh, for allegedly trying to enter the PCA stadium by using tampered identity cards of two employees of the contractor engaged by the PCA.

Vendor booked

A vendor was found selling cold drinks at a higher price than permitted by the PCA. A case has been registered against the vendor.

Mohali, October 19
The Mohali police seems to have been dilly-dallying in taking action against officials of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), who were responsible for disrespecting the National Flag. The PCA officials did not bother to check that the National Flag was hoisted upside down on the north pavilion during the second Test between India and Australia. The flag continued to furl for over 45 minutes before an alert police officer on duty saw this and reported the matter to his seniors.

A police official said they had still to identify the official responsible for the act. Once the match was over, we would proceed against those responsible. “It is very strange that the police was taking it easy to act against those responsible for the serious act,” said an official. However, an FIR has been lodged.



Beware of con men: Police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Chandigarh police has advised residents of the city to watch out for con men stealing articles by distracting gullible person’ attention.

The police said a gang of con men mostly youngsters between 20 and 25 years of age was active in the city and had targeted three persons during the past week. The modus operandi of this group is to target people during festive season, marriage parties, markets and other busy places.

Raj Pal Sharma had become target of these con men on October 4. They first told him that his shirt was dirty. When Sharma was removing his shirt, the conmen grabbed his bag and fled away.

Similarly, Sunny Supehiya, another resident, told the police that the two youths approached him on the road dividing Sector 22 and Sector 23. They offered to replace his old mobile phone with a new one. When the latter opened the packet, he found a dummy mobile set. The incident had taken place on October 6.

In another incident, Nirmala Kumari reported to the police that the two persons came to her residence on the pretext of polishing brass metals.

Later, they asked her bring her jewellery in a pressure cooker for cleaning them. They told her to wait for 15 minutes before opening the pressure cooker and left. Later, on opening the cooker she found the jewellery missing.

The police has urged the city residents to inform about any suspicious person either on police control room No. 100 or on 0172-2749194.



Hungarian film fest opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
A five-day Hungarian film and cultural festival opened today with the inauguration of a photographic exhibition by Pradip Mehra, adviser to the administrator, Chandigarh, at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10. The festival is being organised by the Chandigarh Film Society in collaboration with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi, and STEPS.

Hungarian state folk ensemble, a traditional Hungarian folk music and dance performance, was also presented. Dance and music groups that have come from Hungary include Balogh Roland-Violinist, Head of the Ensemble, Ágnes Enyedi-Singer, Zoltán Dulai-Violan, András Pachert-Double Bass, Márta Tóth, Eszter Haránt Lukácsné, László Lukács and Béla Ónodi.

The movies to be screened during the festival include The Unburied Man (A Temetetlen Halott), a feature film directed by Marta Mészáros (2004), fateless (Sorstalansag), a feature film directed by Lajos Koltai (2005), The Porcelain Doll (A Porcelanbaba) a feature film directed by Péter Gárdos (2004).



MC mulls free water to blind institute
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The issue of allocating suitable site for the dog pond was taken up in the monthly coordination committee meeting of the municipal corporation following repeated requests by the Chandigarh administration. The meeting was held here under the chairmanship of adviser to UT administrator Pradeep Mehra.

The other issues taken up at the meeting were the notification regarding water supply to the religious places as domestic connections, free water supply to the blind institute, Kusht Ashram and Mother Teresa home and proposal for charging suitable rates instead of commercial rates for the land to be allotted to four religious places which were demolished recently at Dadumajra. Mayor Pradeep Chhabra also stressed the need for speeding up the planning process in Manimajra. He raised the issue of opening the dividing road in Sector 34 and Sector 35 and a light point be provided at that place. He also took up the issue for Muslim graveyard at Manimajra, martyr’s gallery at Shanti Kunj and provision of community centres in Dhanas.



Exhibition Ground Allotment
Mayor to sue BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Chandigarh Municipal Corporation mayor Pardeep Chhabra has said he would file a defamation case against the BJP for levelling allegation of taking undue favour from the Chandigarh administration for allocating an exhibition ground in Sector 34 at lower rates to his brother.

Addressing a press conference here today, the mayor clarified that his brother had applied for the exhibition ground and after fulfilling all the conditions and paying the fees, the administration had allotted him the ground. He said the BJP was trying to tarnish his image by levelling false allegations.

Chhabra said the records of the administration clearly show that a number of exhibitions were held at this ground with the permission of the administration and if his brother's company have got this permission, then what is the problem.



BSP supporters join Cong
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
As many as 350 people from the Valmiki community owing allegiance to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today joined the Congress at a function organised at Sector 28.

Ajit Singh Gill and his team of over 350 persons pledged to support the Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Present on the occasion were Pawan Kumar Bansal, B.B Behl, Pardeep Chhabra and H.S. Lucky.

Speaking on the occasion Ajit Singh Gill expressed discontent over the “autocratic” style of functioning of the BSP.

The Congress leaders welcomed their entry into the party.



One electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
One person was killed and another injured when the tipper they were repairing came into contact with high-tension wires at Toka village, near here, today.

The deceased has been identified as Munishwar, a resident of Kakrali village. The injured, Sunder, sustained burn injuries.

According to information, Munishwar, driver of the tipper was getting his vehicle repaired at Sunder’s shop. Sunder asked him to elevate the truck and when Munishwar tried to lift it upwards using jack, the truck came into contact with the high-tension wire passing over the area. The truck immediately caught fire killing Munishwar. The mechanic, who got injured, was rushed to a local hospital.



2 die in separate mishaps
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
An electrician was electrocuted while repairing street lights in Sector 15 here today.

The deceased has been identified as Lucky. According to information, Lucky came in contact with “live” electric wires while repairing a transformer in the area. Immediately after the incident, he was rushed to Sector 16 General Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

In yet another incident, a 52- year-old woman from Sector 4, was killed in a road accident near Barwala.

The deceased Surinder Kaur was going towards Raiwali village, while riding pillion seat on a scooter being driven by her husband Hem Raj Puri. According to eyewitnesses, a tipper hit their scooter and crushed her under the wheel of the vehicle, leaving her dead.



CIPA holds 'Bhoole Bisre Geet'
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 19
The Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA) organised a musical contest titled “Bhoole Bisre Geet” at Government Polytechnic College for Women here on Saturday.

While contestants vied for laurels belting out choicest film songs, the audience relished the magic of timeless melodies immortalised by Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar and others.

The contest was divided into three categories, 15-25 years and 26yrs onwards for male contestants and female category for all age groups. Following were declared the winners. Category A (15- 25 years male) Harjeet Singh (I) Satvir Singh (II) Akash Rana (III).

Category B- 26 years and above (male) Satish Kumar Madhok (I), Suresh Kumar (II) and Ravi Kumar (III).

Female segment - Preetika Bhasin (I), Kanchan Bhalla (II) and Ranjana (III).

Chief guest V.K Sood, municipal councillor, Panchkula, presented prizes to winners.




Police-mafia-politicians nexus needs to be checked


I agree with the views expressed in “Crime and punishment” by Raveen Thukral (October 13, Chandigarh Tribune). It’s true that corruption in India is increasing day by day in every department such as income tax, excise, the police, food and supplies, revenue, health and even the education department, etc. The government did not succeed to stop crimes like corruption, drugs, etc. The government should make or frame strict and hard rules to stop the corruption as well as drugs.

The government should punish corrupt officials and political leaders. They only fill their pockets instead of the government treasury by earned corruption. This is degradation of Indian value in the world. The suspension is not a sufficient action or punishment against the corrupt officials.

In the end, I want to say that the Central government as well as the state governments should make the strict rules to stop the corruption and drugs.

Sumesh Kumar Badhwar


The thrust of Thukral’s article is to curtail cop-criminals nexus. In fact, it is not only the police-criminals nexus, but it is the police-mafia-politicians nexus, which is the root cause of increasing the crime rate not only in Chandigarh but also across the country. Smuggling remains the major cause for the growing legitimate crisis faced by the citizens.

For the last over a decade, there has been a phenomenal increase in the drug trade in the tricity so as the number of drug addicts. Undoubtedly, the NDPS Act is very strict and almost a number of drug peddlers, including policemen and foreigners, are nabbed but hardly have we seen the punishment is inflicted on all of them.

I agree with Thukral that it would be unfair to paint the entire police force with the same brush, but the image of the police in our country is low and its actions are always doubted. There is a need for evolving an effective mechanism for coordinated regional planning with adjoining states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to ensure that these intoxicants do not enter into the city. There is also the need to ensure that our police forces and criminal justice systems are responsive, sensitive caring and human.

S.K. Khosla


Raveen Thukral is right in his approach that there is no denying to the fact that the most illegal activities go on the nexus between cops and criminals. It is very difficult to book the corrupt policemen when all is dependent on the police officers. But the Chandigarh police is quite satisfactory. The Punjab police and Haryana need to follow the Chandigarh police. The police department needs to be privatised.

Opinder Kaur Sekhon, Chandigarh


I concur with Raveen Thukral’s opinion “Crime and punishment, October 13” that the real cause of crime is the nexus between the police and criminals. Without this nexus, many crimes could not be committed, or if committed, would soon be exposed. True, the criminal connections offer police officers access to financial gains and other resources far beyond their source of income.

Top brass of the Chandigarh police has done a commendable job and shown the guts by suspending a large number of cops, who were hand-in-glove with drug traffickers.

These black sheep amid dedicated men in khaki should be tried under the NDPS Act and maximum punishment be awarded to them to work as deterrent.

Suresh Khosla, Panchkula


Raveen Thukral has rationally brought out the dismal presence of the police on the city streets, especially at night and other role of the UT police. It seems that it is low on its priority and restricted only to the nakas and traffic challans.

Needless to say, the police has its own constraints i.e. VIP duties, shortage of manpower, traffic control, etc. that too with limited personnel. However, the police cannot be unconcerned with increasing number of cases of thefts, riots, burglaries, snatching and car lifting during day and also at night.

Jagdish Chand

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Retired lecturer to get head’s salary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
In a decision that will have far reaching consequences, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the administration to give the pay scale of the higher post to the applicant, Kulmohan Singh, on which he retired.

The applicant, who had retired as lecturer of the electrical engineering from the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, had urged the tribunal to ask the administration to pay the salary of the officer in charge, head, electronics engineering department, of which he used to perform duties.

The applicant has retired on April 30, 2005. Thereafter he appealed to the CAT to fix his pension on the pay admissible to the post of head of the electrical engineering department. He was ordered to take over as the head of the department on April 5, 1999, by the then college principal. The applicant was asked to perform the duties of the head till March 7, 2003, wherein it was mentioned that he would look after the duties of the head of the electrical engineering in addition to his other duties.

Kulmohan stated that he continued to perform duties of higher post, which had a pay scale of Rs 12,000 to Rs 16,350, but for the period he worked on the post of the head but was provided the allowances admissible to the post of lecturer.

It was further added that the department of personnel issued an order dated August 12, 2003, to grant pay and allowances to the government servants holding higher posts and to grant them higher pay scale.

The forum stated: “In such circumstances as mentioned above the respondents will work out arrears that may be payable performed duties of the head that is April 5, 1999, up to the date he was given same or better pay scale on his own post. The arrears shall accordingly be calculated and paid to the applicant as directed.”



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