C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Building Bylaws
Aerrizona closed

G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The activities at the popular discotheque Aerrizona in Sector 9, here, will be temporarily stalled. For, the management has today consented to stop the activities in the discotheque till they remove the building violations being pointed out by the Chandigarh Administration.

Objecting to the "habitable use" in the basement of the discotheque building, the administration has issued them a notice to stop the activities being carried out in the basement and to seal the premises.

The matter was today heard in the court of chief administrator Sanjay Kumar. Representatives of Aerrizona voluntarily consented to suspend the activities of the discotheque in the basement till they meet the mandatory conditions of building norms.

Sanjay Kumar had issued a notice to Aerrizona discotheque for violating the building norms.

The officials of the administration also disclosed that other discotheques in Sector 8 and 9, which are running identical type of commercial activities in the basement are also on the hit list. “The process is on to issue similar notices to these discotheques running in Sector 8 and 9”, said UT Estate officials.

The administration has objected that the basement of these buildings do not have alternative escape route to meet any emergency circumstances. A majority of the discotheques in the city are having dance floors in the basement of the building, the approach of which is only through one staircase.

“It is a mandatory to have another stairway which should lead to the main public varandah so that alternative escape route should be there in case of emergency”, said officials of Estate Office.

Nevertheless, officials of the administration also maintained that it was somewhat ambiguous clause in the revised building bylaws which didn’t let the administration deal sternly with such discotheques.

Meanwhile, the owner of Aerrizona discotheque Surinder Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.



Expansion of Chandigarh Airport put on hold
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 5
UT’s loss could well turn out to be Punjab’s gain. After deciding to “literally” give up the expansion of the facilities at the Chandigarh Airport, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is keen to go full steam on the work of the Chandigarh International Airport here. In a commnique to the Punjab Government and Chandigarh Administration, the AAI has categorically mentioned its inability carry on the expansion work in view of the continued resistance from the Army and the Air Force authorities to hand over around seven acres of land required for the purpose. Left with no choice, the AAI is planning to focus all its energies on the construction of the new International airport for which the land has already been acquired by the Punjab government.

The AAI had been regularly pursuing with the defence establishments to initiate the process for taking possession of the land for expansion of the bay area (for operating flights) and car park facility outside the terminal building.

This means that international air operations cannot begin unless the bay area (apron) was not expanded. The existing capacity of the apron could allow parking of two Airbus 320 and one ATR-72 aircraft. The AAI wants that the apron area be expanded so as to accommodate a minimum of four Airbus (AB-321) aircraft. Disturbed over the rigid stand of the Army authorities, the AAI now wants to focus on the International Airport at Mohali. A senior AAI official said already 300 acres of land had been acquired at a cost of Rs 460 crore by the Punjab Government. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) after taking over possession of the land has written to the AAI to make the boundary wall at the site.

Though Price Water House Cooper firm has been appointed as consultant for the project equity, a joint venture company between the three partners-Punjab, Haryana and AAI has to be formed.

Sources in the AAI said though the terminal building would be fully renovated, the air traffic from the terminal could be increased due to space limitations for parking of aircraft. Due to less space for car parking, the parking lot could not be expanded. To make the access road to the airport wider, a limited patch was required from the Army. The UT has now been requested only to get possession of the land required for the road widening.

It may be mentioned that the Army had agreed to hand over the land in lieu of an alternative piece of land in Hallo Majra. But it was keen to know the price of the land it had to surrender and also the rate of the alternative land being offered by the Chandigarh administration. While the Army was not interested in getting land contiguous to the transit camp in Hallo Majra, the UT was keen to give away the land.



Victory in US, celebrations in Panchkula
Raj Goyale re-elected to the US House of Representatives from Kansas

Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
As the results for the US Presidential elections were declared, US cardiologist Dr Krishan Goyale waited with baited breath to know the outcome of the Kansas State House. It was a pleasant re-affirmation of his faith in the US democracy as his son, Raj Goyale, was re-elected to the US House of Representatives by getting an astounding 71 per cent of votes.

Dr Goyale was here to attend a family function. “I am ecstatic. As the entire family celebrates the wedding of my grand niece, Raj’s victory has further charged the atmosphere,” he told TNS, while humbly accepting congratulations from the family and friends at his nephew Jawahar Goyal’s house in Sector 7, here.

Raj has won the elections from the 87th District for Kansas State for the second consecutive term. He trounced his opponent Fred Pinnaire by gaining 71 per cent of the total votes.

The 87th district is in east Wichita.

Dr Goyale said, “The whole family was confident of Raj’s win at the hustings. He has done a great job by promoting healthcare and education in his constituency after he won the elections in 2006. This earned him a lot of appreciation and support”.

Dr Goyale is also confident that with the win of Barack Obama as US President, the bilateral relations between the two countries - India and the USA - would develop further. “Democrats have always fostered better ties with India. I hope that now we (India and US) will come closer as Obama has already supported the N-deal with India”, Dr Goyale opined.

Terming Raj a people-person, Dr Goyale said Raj had natural ability to lead from the childhood.

“His passion to do something big for community led him to politics”, said Dr Goyale.

Thirty-three-year-old Raj Goyale is a law graduate from Harvard University and his wife Monica Goyale is a practising lawyer there.

Raj and his wife used to fight court cases of downtrodden people free of cost”, said his father.

The family is planning to celebrate the occasion by throwing a big bash.

“Raj has made all of us and the country (India) proud”, say Ashok Goyal, Kamal Goyal and Kiran Goyal, all cousins of Raj.

Dr Goyale, who belongs to Raman Mande of Bathinda district in Punjab, shifted to America in 1971 after doing his MD in medicines. Raj was born and brought up in the States.

In 2006, Goyale trounced three-term Representative Bonnie Huy by securing 56.36 per cent of the vote.



Accused denied bail
Arun Sharma
Tribune News service

Panchkula, November 5
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jindal today denied bail to Jitesh, accused in a gangrape case.

Jitesh was arrested by the police on the basis of phone numbers provided by the victim through which he used to threaten her. One of the accused in the case, Aman Ahuja, arrested by police was, however, granted bail by the same court last week. The victim, a 17-year-old student of a local school, lodged a complaint with the police on September 17 stating that she was kidnapped and raped on September 16 evening. She named one Jatin and a girl, Chhavi, in her complaint stating that three other boys were also involved in the crime though she failed to tell their names and addresses. She also alleged that the accused used to blackmail her as they had filmed an obscene CD with her after giving her sedatives.

Later, the police arrested Aman Ahuja, a resident of Sector 10, in the case on September 20 followed by the arrest of Jitesh.

The public prosecutor, N.K. Goel, argued that Jitesh used to threaten the victim on phone saying that if she refused to come as per his wish, he will make the CD public.

After investigation, the mobile number was traced to be owned by one Bhardwaj, who in his statement said that the sim card was in his name and he handed over this number to her daughter, contended the public prosecutor. His daughter made the statement that she had given the sim card to her friend Jitesh.

The prosecution obtained the call detail from the agency concerned by which it was proved that the accused Jitesh used to threaten the prosecutrix through his own mobile set in various ways and call her at his wishes and use her.

The prosecution produced all the scientific records in this regard, including IMEI number of the mobile set of the accused used in the crime before the court and the mobile set recovered from Jitesh by the police after his arrest.

However, the victim’s family has decided to move the High Court for the cancellation of the bail granted to the other accused, Aman Ahuja. Alleging that police did not represent the case before the court the family members said they would also file an application in the high court demanding the investigation in the case from an independent agency.

The police manipulated the facts before the court to help the accused get early bail, alleged the mother of victim.

The court of Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jindal, while granting the bail to Aman, observed that as per the police report the accused, along with co-accused Jatin and another boy, had forcibly made physical relations with the prosecutrix on the evening of September 16, 2008.

On the contrary, the FIR dated September 18 and statements of the complainant under Section 164 Cr PC before Judicial magistrate on September 20 clearly shows that the complainant had not named Aman anywhere, therein with respect to his presence or participation in the incident which occurred on September 16.

The complainant knew Aman very well as both of them signed on a document of a compromise on September 9, observed the judge, adding that under these circumstances, if the prosecutrix in her complaint said that Jatin along with two boys whom she did not know had committed rape on her the possibility of the accused Aman.

However, the victim has another story to tell.

“I never claimed that Aman was one of the boys present along with other accused on the evening of September 16,” she said adding: “Had it been the case I would have named him in my statement before Judicial Magistrate also as one of the accused of September 16.”



Punjab IG’son challaned again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Punjab IG Mohammad Mustafa’s son again found at the wrong side of law.

Today, traffic cops intercepted Akeel Akhtar Mustafa for violating the traffic rules and issued him a challan.

According to the police, he was driving his Tata Safari bearing registration number CH-04 4335 having black film on the windowpanes of the vehicle. “He was stopped near Leisure Valley, Sector 10, as the windowpanes of the vehicle have dark film. During checking, it was also found that Akeel was also not having driving licence. We immediately issued challan to him for violating the rules”, said JS Cheema, DSP (Traffic).

The youngster, who had created a ruckus in June while being stopped by the cops, cooperated with the police this time and even apologised for violating the traffic rules, a cop said.

That time, he harassed the police for around two hours by sitting on the bonnet of the vehicle.



Railways staffer bludgeoned to death
He tried to stop drunk labourers from creating ruckus at rly complex

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
A minor altercation took an ugly turn when four labourers allegedly bludgeoned to death a 52-year-old railway employee at the railway station here late last night. The victim had reportedly objected the drunk labourers to create ruckus in the railway complex, said the police.

The victim, Parshotam Chand, a second grade technician in the carriage and wagons department, was succumbed to his injuries at the PGI in the wee hours today. He is survived by his wife and a son. His family lives at a in Kangra district while he was staying at a rented accommodation in Phase II, Ram Darbar, along with his younger brother.

According to the victim’s colleague Pawan Kumar, who was accompanying Parshotam at the time of the incident, they were taking a round of the railway complex near the railway station at 11 pm. They saw some labourers were creating ruckus under the influence of liquor. The labourers were playing cards in the complex.

Parshotam asked them to behave properly, but the labourers refused to budge. They began arguing with him. The argument took an ugly turn when the labourers pounced upon Parshotam and attacked him with wooden logs and planks lying there. They hit Parshotam on head repeatedly.

Pawan told TNS that the laboures attacked him also and hurt his shoulder. However, he managed to flee and informed his superiors, who reached there after some time. They saw Parshotam lying in a pool of blood and rushed him to Sector 6 General Hospital in Panchkula. The doctors referred him to the PGI after administering first-aid.

The victim’s brother, Karam Chand, said he received information about the incident and reached the PGI. The doctors told him that Parshotam’s brain was seriously damaged in the assault and he was in a critical condition. Later at 2:10 am, Parshotam was declared dead.

The railway employees at the PGI said the labourers belonged to a private contractor, who was constructing a coach lane at the complex. The labourers have been identified as Tota Ram and his three brother-in-laws, Basant, Vinod and Dharam Pal. They fled the spot after the incident.

Meanwhile, investigating officer inspector Tirath Ram of the Government Railway Police said a case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered and efforts were on to nab the accused. However, he refused to give names of the accused saying it would hamper their investigation.


Ban on sale of non-ISI mark helmets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The Chandigarh Administration has prohibited the sale of non-ISI mark helmets in the city. The district magistrate, R.K. Rao has asked for immediate check on the sale of non-ISI mark poor quality helmets in order to ward off danger to human life and to prevent the gullible from buying a cheap/poor non-ISI headgear.

Any breach of this order will be punishable under the provision of the Indian Penal Code. The order will come into force with effect from the zero hour on November 6, 2008 and would be effective up to January 4, 2009.

The district magistrate has prohibited the sale of correction fluids to the minor children in the UT for a period of 60 days starting from November 6, 2008 to January 4, 2009.

These orders have been issued as a measure of emergency under Section 144 of CrPC.

The Chandigarh Administration has also ordered an emergency measure that no landlord and owner or manager of commercial establishment would rent out any accommodation to any person unless and until he has furnished the particulars of the said tenants to the station house officer concerned.

Meanwhile, the district magistrate has prohibited commercial operations in the business of restaurants, discos, clubs and vendors sitting by the roadsides and on the public places operating till late in the night.

The magistrate ordered that running of such activities on roadsides and the public places between 1.00 am and 4.30 am in the UT would be prohibited for a period of 60 days, i.e. from November 6, 2008 till January 4, 2009.

However, the above order would not apply to the coffee shops in hotels, hospitals, chemist's shops and petrol pumps. The restaurants, discos and clubs have been allowed to be opened up to 2.00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. The cyber cafes would be allowed to be opened up to 2.00 am on all days.



Hope for patients with heart ailments
Tribune News Service

Ambulance a call away

Next time you face a medical emergency in any district of Punjab, call 108. An ambulance will rush to the spot and take the patient to the nearest hospital of his choice.

Health minister, Punjab, Laxmi Kanta Chawla, announced this emergency response service. It is a statewide toll-free number that can be called from any phone be it landline or mobile without prefixing with STD codes.

Grant for PGI

The Punjab minister of health and family welfare Laxmi Kanta Chawla today announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for PGI patients. The PGI administration has decided to utilise this money for the emergency patients. Director PGI, K.K. Talwar, said the emergency would procure a “platelet counter” machine costing Rs 6 lakh

Chandigarh, November 5
Until a few months ago, Kuldeep Singh, a businessman of Keeratpur near Ropar district, had little hope of seeing his son cured of his heart ailment. He had spent a few years at various hospitals in pursuit of a cure.

But all that is set to change today after the launch of the Punjab rheumatic and congenital heart disease programme in the presence of Punjab minister of health and family welfare Laxmi Kanta Chawla at PGI.

Under which, Kuldeep’s son, an eight-year-old Bhupinder, will get a free heart surgery. Like him, more than 1,700 children will also get the benefit under the scheme.

According to PGI doctors, the treatment of all these children will be done at the PGI and all expenses will be borne by the National Rural Health Mission Programme, the department of health and family welfare, Punjab.

A visibly happy Kuldeep said he had almost given up the hopes until the Punjab government launched the scheme of the free heart surgery. "I never thought my child would get the free heart surgery. It usually costs over Rs 1 lakh. We are now happy because our son's ailment will soon be cured," said Kuldeep.

After conducting school surveys in Mohali and Ropar, a team of PGI doctors found that the cases of rheumatic and congenital heart disease occur in one out of 1,000 children. In which, 10 per cent cases of rheumatic heart disease and 50 per cent cases of congenital heart disease need surgery, which will be conducted at PGI.

Earlier the scheme was applicable to two districts Mohali and Ropar only but the Punjab government has approved to upscale the scheme to the whole of Punjab.



Man seeks Re 1 damages from admn
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
After going through nine years of mental agony following an income tax raid in 1997, R.K. Sharma, retired senior barrack and stores officer from the MES, has filed a recovery suit seeking a compensation of Re 1 from the UT administration.

Sharma claimed that he didn’t want to subject his country to unnecessary monetary burden and has sought a written apology to restore his self-respect.

The matter surfaced when a team of income tax department under the leadership of additional CIT Range, Sector 17, conducted a raid at the Sector 21 house of the plaintiff on November 20, 1997.

During the search, the raiding party found only Rs 5,000 from the bedroom of the plaintiff, which was not seized and no proper ‘panchnama’ was prepared.

However, the raiding party seized some documents relating to the property of the plaintiff as well as the national savings certificates. A year after the raid, Sharma demanded the original documents seized during the raid and also gave a detailed explanation and information regarding his property and savings certificate, but to no avail. The seized documents were finally released after Sharma filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Subsequently, the assessing officer stated that the undisclosed income of the plaintiff was between Rs 11,25,317 to Rs 65,883 that was challenged by Sharma in CIT (appeals).

He challenged the assessed undisclosed income after he received information under the RTI Act according to which the income tax officers didn’t have the warrant of authorisation to conduct the raid, following which he filed a suit seeking damages.

Eighty-eight-year-old Sharma still remembers the sequence of events after the IT raid was conducted at his residence. “My younger son Suresh used to work with the director general of supplies and disposal as liaison officer. The officials from the IT department had raid warrants in my son’s name who stayed on first floor, but besides me they also searched my elder son’s and my daughter-in-laws belongings,” he said.

To prove his innocence, Sharma even took a copy of the letter by the additional commissioner of income tax written to the commissioner income tax wherein it was stated that R.K. Sharma’s residence was raided pertaining to K.K. Jerath’s corruption case, the then chief engineer of the UT. It was also mentioned that no search warrant was issued in Sharma’s name.”



Experts discuss trends in explosives technology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
A two-day national symposium on “Trends in Explosives Technology” (TEXT) began at the Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL) range at Ramgarh, near here today, with a host of experts from the Defence Research and Development Organisations (DRDO), ISRO, scientific institutions and academic establishments congregating to discuss technological advances in the field.

In his inaugural address, Chief Controller, DRDO, Dr Sivathanu Pillai, presented a panoramic view of the work being carried out in DRDO in general and in Armament cluster of laboratories in particular. He laid emphasis on the development of new high-energy materials leading to development of more powerful explosives and warheads like thermobaric explosives, fuel-air explosives, amiable warheads, and bunker-busters.

He suggested collaborative work between DRDO, ISRO and DAE for tapping the Helium available in abundance in the moon and Mars and for using it for energy generation. He also said a centre for excellence in Detonics would be set up in an academic institute in this region, which will work in collaboration with the TBRL.

In his address Dr Satish Kumar, director, TBRL, highlighted the state-of-the-art test and evaluation facilities available in TBRL for armament research, outlined the achievements of the laboratory in delivering products like bund blasting devices, multi-mode hand grenade and warhead and exploder for torpedoes to the armed forces.

The symposium is being organised by the Chandigarh chapter of High Energy Materials Society of India as part of DRDO’s golden jubilee celebrations About 100 technical papers dealing with important aspects of the subject are expected to be presented during the proceedings.

Dr S. Banerjee, director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), spoke about the collaborative research being done by TBRL and BARC in the field of high explosive systems and high pressure physics. He said research was being carried out in collaboration with TBRL in the field of shock physics, high strain rate material behaviour, and high explosives systems being used by BARC for the development of the energy enhancement systems.

Dr Manoj Dutta, director, Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, stressed upon the need for greater interaction between the academia and the research institutions for the development of state-of-the-art defence technologies.

An exhibition on the industrial products for explosives research like process equipments, instrumentation, chemicals and software was also organised.



Ban on smoking only in name
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, November 5
The effort of making the city smoke-free, which was on top of the agenda of the UT administration, has failed to since its implementation last year. Only 1,272 challans have been issued in past 16 months. Another view is that since the ban on smoking was not implemented sternly in the neighboring Panchkula and Mohali, its implementation ended in a dismal note.

The administration has given the powers of issuing the challans to the sub-inspectors. It must be noted that the city was publically announced smoke-free in July 2007, and till now, they have achieved only one or two per cent success, which is the egg on the face of authorities.

The Centre Government imposed a ban on smoking in public places last month in the whole country. Anybody found smoking would have to pay a fine of Rs 200, which was payable on the spot. But less number of challans shows the fact that cops are not bothered to stop the violation.

“Smoking is strictly prohibited in the area,” the boards say, but the implementation is nothing. A random survey conducted by this correspondent revealed the fact that people were making violation everywhere in the city, especially at plaza 17, lake, ISBT, colleges and university, and most of the violators are students.

Harish, a chain smoker, who resides in Sector 15, said: “Administration’s decision of banning the smoking at public places and the boards being placed in this regard. But the implementation is pitiable, no official can be seen while issuing the challan.”

Denying the allegations, Madhur Verma, assistant superintendent of the Chandigarh police, said when somebody informed the police, the personnel immediately went there. He said the police conducted a special drive to stop the violations. “Now, most of the people are aware of the ban. It is a positive effect and some NGOs are also working,” Verma said.



Sukhna Tragedy
Ranjan died due to drowning: Report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The police today said the post-mortem of Ranjan, who drowned at Sukhna Lake on Monday, confirmed that the death was caused due to asphyxia by drowning.

Sources in the police said the viscera sample of the victim had been taken and would be sent for chemical examination. The police today handed over the body to the victim’s family.

The sources added that the probe so far indicated that there was no foul play behind the death and it was an accident.

ASP (central) Madur Verma said the inquiry was under process and they were looking into all aspects of the matter. He added that Ranjan and Yaman were good friends and Ranjan had called Yaman to meet him.

The police said a perusal of the circumstantial evidence also suggested that there was nothing incriminating behind the death. However, the police was procuring mobile call details exchanged between Ranjan and Yaman to clear doubts over the death.

Ranjan’s father in a complaint lodged to the UT SSP on Tuesday had alleged that Yaman had killed his son due to professional rivalry following which an inquiry was marked to Madur Verma.



Woman dies of bee stings
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 5
Gurpreet Kaur (23), a resident of Badali village, died of bee stings today.

Gurpreet Kaur was married to Lakhvir Singh around eight months ago. She was six-month pregnant. At around 10 am, Gurpreet was working outside her home storing cow dung cakes, when a swarm of bees attacked her. She tried to run for cover, but it was too late.

A few minutes later, she started feeling uncomfortable and was rushed to the Kharar civil hospital, where she died.

Her father Sucha Singh, a resident of Sanet Majra village, refused to lodge any complaint terming it as an accident. The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Play on M.F. Husain mesmerises audience
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, November 5
Adored as the heart of cultural life of the city beautiful, the Tagore Theatre today brimmed with exuberance after a gap of over one year as the Mumbai-based Ekjute Theatre group staged their prestigious play “Pencil sey brush tak” here today. The organisers, the Chandigarh administration and the NZCC, teamed up to make the historic gala opening a memorable event. There was a double delight of the curious audience to marvel at the architectural excellence of innovations made in the theatre and equally relish the theatrical spectacle created by the master thespian Nadira Zaheer Babbar, undeniably a pioneer among the women theatre practitioners of India.

The play is a lively and realistic portrayal of the life of the living legend Maqbool Fida Husain, a maestro of the painting art. Sculpted by playwright Varun Gautam, the play flourished under the adroit direction of Nadira. She had employed her theatrical potential and filmy expertise to glorify the success story of a novice painter from a sleepy village of Pandharpur in Maharashtra to the pinnacles of popularity among art aficionados of the world.

The play supplements the conceptualised plot through depiction of his childhood, struggling youth and the old-aged MF Husain resting on his laurels. Nadira had deployed three accomplished actors of Bollywood, Pawan Uttam, Anup Soni and Tom Alter, to portray three stages of his life. As expected, the youth period though struggling, yet filled with romance and excitement was the best ever and talented cine actor Juhi Babbar teamed up with Anup Soni to light up the scenes to rejuvenation. However, the long-drawn sequences sometimes spilling genial laughter were relishing but these diluted the intent and concept of the play. However, the play attained climax as the adolescent, young and old Husains stage a comeback with a lively and intrusive introspection of their life transforming from the poor Maqbool to MF Husain, hailed as the legend.

The art loving audience gave a deserving standing ovation to the artist which Nadira reciprocated with an affectionate note of thanks.

The city elite, including HK Dua, Editor in Chief of Tribune group of Newspapers, Uttam Singh, Ramendra Jakhu, IAS, Shakuntla Jakhu IAS, Usha R Sharma, RS Verma, Kamal Tewari sat through the programme. The chief guest MP Singh honoured the artistes.



Residents' dharna against GMADA
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 5
Members of the Joint Action Committee of all residents welfare associations staged a dharna outside the office of the DC here today against the decision of the district authorities and GMADA to get conveyance deeds of their plots done at the prevailing collector rates instead of the allotment price.

The protesters raised slogans against GMADA and demanded that the notification issued by the government in this regard should be immediately withdrawn failing which they would intensify their stir and gherao the GMADA office on November 26 and also hold a protest march to the deputy commissioner's office.

They said a memorandum had already been given to the Punjab Chief Minister, cooperation minister, revenue minister, GMADA, and the deputy commissioner but no action had been taken so far.



Conference on vascular diseases from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
A four-day conference, which is to be organised by the Vascular Society of India, will begin tomorrow. The focus of the conference will be on the need to increase awareness about the field of vascular diseases and discuss latest advances worldwide.

Announcing this at a press conference here today, Dr Ravul Jindal, coordinator of the conference, said the theme of the conference, to be organised at Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, here, will be “Bridging the gap--open and endo-vascular procedures”.

Addressing the media, Dr Jindal added that the conference would enlighten the experts and young doctors in the area of medical science. He said the four-day brainstorming session, starting on November 6, will witness rounds of discussions after technical and scientific presentations by renowned vascular physicians from across the nation.

Experts will participate from all over India. Renowned vascular experts, like Dr Narsimhan, Dr Parekh, Dr Attri and Dr Suresh, will also share their informed concepts.



Rally against drug menace
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
An anti-drug rally was organised by the Handicap Welfare Association with the collaboration of the Socio-Educational Club at Sector 56, here today.

The rally was flagged off by chairman of the association Bahadur Singh, along with other members of association. Students of 100 engineers program project at Sector 56 and Maloya participated in the rally along with the handicap children and residents of the area. The students were carrying the written mottos, raising slogans against the drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

Addressing the rally, chairman of the association said the rally was to spread the message against drug abuse among the schoolgoing children and also appealing the Chandigarh administration to decrease the wine shops in Chandigarh to the minimum.



Medical camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The State Bank of India (SBI) organised a medical check-up camp for the pensioners at the local head office of the bank here today.

As many as 125 pensioners were examined at the camp, which was inaugurated by Ashok Gupta, general manager of the bank. A team of doctors from Alchemist Hospital, Panchkula, conducted the examination.



Harjit given charge of info officer

Chandigarh, November 5
The Chandigarh administration has designated the charge of central public information officer to the office superintendent (hospital administration-II), Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Harjit Singh, in place of additional director (administration) R. S. Verma. — TNS



Members divided on Central status issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) has formed a new Joint Action Committee (JAC) to start the struggle for the Central status for the university once again. This was decided at the general body meeting of the PUTA held today, which was once again dominated by personal allegations and counter allegations.

The new JAC includes members of students’ council, PUTA members, new members of the PUTA and non-teaching staff.

In fact it seems the PUTA members have only the Central status of Panjab University issue to discuss. A section of PUTA members alleged that Prof Raunki Ram, president, the PUTA, is not doing anything for achieving the goal.

It all started with Prof Raunki Ram’s statement that even a centrally-funded institution status for Panjab University would do if the university does not get the Central status.

According to inside sources, a group of teachers, including Lallan Bagehel, Deepak Singh, Janki and others, alleged that Prof Raunki has not done much after being elected.

President Raunki said, “We all want the Central university status but there are many issues related to the same. We also want the non-teaching staff to join us therefore we are looking for a path that is acceptable to all”.



DAVS-8 charging Rs 2,000 extra?
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

They have to justify every single penny that they charge. I have already sought a report from all aided schools and if even a rupee is being charged extra, I will take action.
— DPI(S)

I fail to understand the reason why do we pay counselling fund while my child has never been counselled. What is this Arya Vidya Sabha Fund?
— An agitated parent

Chandigarh, November 5
While the UT administration promises to check the unregulated fees of various private institutions, DAV School, Sector 8, is allegedly charging an extra around Rs 2,000 from students not approved by the UT administration.

Going by the fee structure of the school, while a student of class 9 of English medium has to pay Rs 289 as fee, including all monthly and annual charges, he has to cough up an extra Rs 1,830 for unexplained funds like the Arya Vidya Sabha Fund, Academic Excellence Fund, Arya Kumar Sabha Fund, etc.

“They have to justify every single penny that they charge. I have already sought a report from all aided schools and if even a rupee is being charged extra, I will take action,” said Samwartak Singh, DPI(S), UT.

While Principal refused to comment, many parents await a detailed explanation of these funds.

“They charge an annual maintenance fund while we already pay building fund along with the fees. I fail to understand the reason why do we pay counselling fund while my child has never been counselled. What is this Arya Vidya Sabha Fund?” said an agitated parent.

“We put our kids in these schools for minimum fees but these unexplained funds are an extra burden on students. They are not providing any facility like private schools. Where does the money go?” complained another.

Not only parents but the school staff too alleges foul play in it. One of them revealed, “When PTA funds were discontinued, the school authorities renamed it as academic excellence funds. While a student already pays magazine fund they are further charging news fund despite the fact that enough money is saved for annual newsletter from magazine fund itself. And what are these miscellaneous funds?”

If sources are to be believed these funds are being used to fund the expenses of certain ‘high-ups’ in the school.



PU Notes
Seminar on agriculture from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Panjab University is organising a two-day national symposium on “New Biology in Agriculture” on November 7-8 at the Mathematics Auditorium, PU Campus. The sessions and discussion would focus on the themes in relation to agriculture, transgenic crops-current status and perspectives.

Prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor is the chairman of the conference. About 150 delegates are expected to participate in the symposium. Prof. V.L. Chopra, member planning commission, would be the chief guest.

Prof Prem Nath lectures

The proceedings of “Prof Prem Nath Memorial Lectures” 2008 started with the lightening of the lamp. Prof V.T. Sebastian, chairperson of the department of Philosophy delivered the welcome address and highlighted the academic achievements of the Philosophy Department in the past 50 years. Prof R.C. Sobti, inaugurated the function and also spoke about the year-long events and celebrations of the department, which is going to complete its 50 years. He also acknowledged the contributions of the late Prof Prem Nath in the making of the department as a founder faculty of the department.

Prof Mirinal Miri released a book entitled, “Foundations of Indian Social Life” edited by Prof V.T. Sebastian and Prof Geeta Manaktala. Prof Mrinal Miri, former vice-chancellor, NEHU and former director, IIAS, Shimla delivered the lecture on “Education, Value and the Art” in Gandhi Bhawan, Panjab University Campus. Prof Miri, philosopher and educationist, expanded and elaborated the concept of values in the present educational system. Professor S.K. Kuklkarni, former Dean of University Instruction, Panjab University, presided over.

Contact programme

The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology has identified Science popularisation as one of its thrust areas so as to improve Science Education and build scientific temper among the students. In this context, the council in collaboration with the department of Physics, PU, is organising a 7-day motivational contact program for talented school students from November 5-11.

The 7-day program involves lectures by experts and face-to-face interaction sessions with eminent scientists, visit to various laboratories in the PU campus and the city and demonstration and hands on experiments, besides observing the night sky with 11” Schmidt - Cassegrain Telescope. The program was inaugurated by Prof S. S. Bari, registrar, today. Prof. Ashok Sahni, department of Geology, Prof R.K. Kohli, CEVS and Prof S.K. Kulkarni, UIPS gave lectures.


Prof Nirmal Singh has been awarded Emeritus Scientist of Council of Science and Industrial Research, New Delhi, to pursue research on nuclear structure at high angular momentum in A 100-130 nuclear in 2007. After he got super-annuation from the University w.e.f Oct 31, he has joined as CSIR Emeritus Scientist in Physics department, Panjab University.



School buses told to install speed governors by December 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The Chandigarh administration has fixed December 1 as the deadline for installing speed governors in the school buses to prevent accidents.

It has been directed that the speed governors will be installed in such a way that the vehicle is incapable of being driven at a speed of 40 km per hour under Section 112 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

The passing of school buses will be considered only when they are presented before the board of inspection after installing of the speed governors.



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Letters | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |