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Law enforcers are also defaulters
Encroachments, kundi connections thrive
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
If ministers and bureaucrats do it, can the police be far behind? Cocking a snook at rules, law enforcers do not hesitate to encroach on public park or land near their houses for accommodating their security men or for that matter “stealing” power.

In the absence of any stringent measures, the Chandigarh administration has failed to put a cap on this violation.

At Punjab police officers’ apartments in Sector 42-C, not only have parks and open spaces been encroached upon by police personnel for security purposes, but cops have also been provided with illegal electricity connections to run coolers, fans and even televisions.

UT officiating chief engineer Surinder Pall, when apprised of this violation, said: “If it is so, then it needs to be checked because they might have overburdened the sanctioned load of the area. But since the land belongs to the municipal corporation, it is for them to take steps to get the land vacated,” he said.

MC commissioner Roshan Sankaria said he would take note of these encroachments soon.

However, the question arises that if police chiefs feel so insecure themselves, how can they ensure the safety of residents?

A recce of the area revealed that even after IG Rohit Chaudhary joined his new assignment in New Delhi on deputation, a pucca structure still exists on government land near his house in Sector 42.

This structure accommodates his gunmen and drivers. Two sets of temporary toilets and water coolers have also been installed. The nearest electricity pole provides the power backup.

Similar is the story of the security brigade of the Commandant, 4th Commando Battalion, AK Mittal, and AIG (intelligence) Punjab, Hardyal Singh Mann. A huge chunk of the area opposite the public park has been occupied by the securitymen of the officers. They even have a television set, besides fans and coolers. No points for guessing where do they get the electricity from!

SSP Arpit Shuka has been posted at Patiala, but his guards continue to live in tents (duly equipped with coolers and fans) near his house in Sector 42. The facilities are the same at the tents of the security guards of MK Tiwari, chairman of the Housing Corporation, and AIG Amita Brar. The security tent for AIG (litigation) V Chander Shekhar’s men was unmanned, but a good piece of land was under their “control”.

What do they say

MK Tiwari, chairman of Housing Corporation, Punjab: If this is a violation, I never got any notice from the MC or the Chandigarh administration. I have no idea about the quantum of power load we are using, but I will get it checked tomorrow.

AK Mittal, Commandant, 4th Commando Battalion: I will seek permission if there is any such provision with the MC. Electricity to the security tent is through my house supply and I am paying for it, but I have to check it with the electricity department if I am still on the wrong side of law.

Hardyal Singh Mann, AIG (intelligence): Who says there is TV or cooler in my security tent? I have provided them with only a fan and a bulb. What load it could possibly impose on the supply? I am sure it is within our sanctioned load. About encroaching on public land, no authority has ever objected to it.



Bus drivers block highway for over 3 hrs
Conductor assaulted at Dappar toll barrier
Tribune News Service

CCTV footage

Senior officials at the toll plaza claimed that the CCTV camera installed at the barrier shows the conductor slapping a toll employee first after the altercation

Dappar, July 7
Traffic on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway remained stranded for over three hours when drivers of Haryana Roadways buses blocked the highway after one of their colleagues was reportedly beaten up at the toll plaza here this morning.

An argument between a toll plaza employee and a roadways driver, Ram Kumar, took an ugly turn when the latter was bashed up by the toll staff. In retaliation, all Haryana Roadways buses passing through the toll plaza were stopped.

The jam not only caused inconvenience to passengers, but emergency services were also affected as several ambulances were caught in the jam. Police officials said around 200 vehicles were stuck in the jam. Later, the traffic was diverted via the Rajpura bypass and Dappar village.

On the basis of the statement of the driver, the police has registered a case under Sections 353, 186, 332 and 34, IPC, against Prem Parkash and Chhote Lal, toll employees.

The incident took place around 9.20 am when a Kurukshetra-bound bus coming from Chandigarh stopped at the toll barrier. Satbir, conductor of the bus, said a government truck was in front of the bus and took 20 minutes to pay the toll. Satbir asked the toll employees to hurry up, but they started abusing and assaulting him. He alleged one of the employees even hit him with a rod.

DSP (Dera Bassi) JS Khaira and SHO (Lalru) Sanjeev Kumar reached the spot with police force. Later, traffic manager Khub Ram reached the spot and intervened in the matter.

The chowki in charge of Nahar, ASI SS Bhullar, helped a car carrying a pregnant woman cross the blockade. He requested the drivers to let the car pass.

The Lalru SHO said a case had been registered against the toll plaza employees for assaulting the conductor. A case regarding the blocking of highway would also be registered against the roadways bus drivers after an inquiry.



Low turnout at police recruitment
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The low turnout of the number of candidates appearing for the physical efficiency test (PET) conducted by the Chandigarh Police for 675 posts of constable for Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) indicate that the police is not an interesting proposition for the youths of Haryana and Punjab.

Official supervising the recruitment drive at Police Lines in Sector 26 told approximately 25,000 applications had been received for 675 posts of constable for the IRB recruitment.

“The number of aspirants vying to join the Chandigarh Police are declining if one goes by the less number of applications received this time against 27,000 applications for the post of 150 constables during the recruitment conducted last month,” said a police officer.

Another police officer, however, pointed out that the ongoing recruitment drive in the Delhi Police had also taken its toll on the police.

Describing the trends after a perusal of two days of the recruitment drive, a police officer said one-third of the applicants were appearing for the PET. They call 2,200 candidates everyday but yesterday only around 700 candidates appeared against around 800 today. Adding to this, he said the pass percentage this time was higher as 139 candidates cleared the test yesterday while 181 cleared the test today.

“The youths from Haryana consider the Delhi Police a lucrative option over the Chandigarh Police for various factors. The strength of the Delhi Police is much higher than the Chandigarh Police, which mean lesser working hours. Delhi being the national capital has more exposure and better avenues for out-of-turn promotions, though the rules pertaining to promotions in the city are same. Moreover, the transpiration system and the proximity of Haryana to Delhi are other factors which attract Haryanavi youths to the Delhi Police.”

UT SP RS Ghuman (Operations Cell) is chairman of selection board comprising three DSPs of the Chandigarh Police, including Jagbir Singh, Prem Lal Chauhan and Roshan Lal.

Sources said the announcements were made before the PET warning the candidates not to indulge in any unfair means, besides informing them about the dos and don’ts of the recruitment process.

Ghuman said they were getting a good response, but he admitted that the parallel recruitment of 6,500 constables by the Delhi police was also a reason for the low turnout.



Cop beats up PSEB employees 
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 7
An ASI allegedly beat up two employees of the PSEB for detecting a kundi connection in his house.

Harminderpal Singh, a meter inspector with the PSEB, and his assistant Dhan Singh were checking meters in various houses near the Defence Baandh area, when they detected a direct wire in the house of ASI Paramjit Singh.

When they demanded electricity bill from the owner of the house, the cop started abusing them and also manhandled, they alleged, adding that he also locked them inside a room and beat them up. They managed to escape and entered the house of a neighbour, but soon after, the ASI came there with a pistol.

The SDO, JE and other senior officials reached the spot and informed the Sirhind police station, after which the SHO reached the spot. He was caught stealing power in May 2009 and a fine of Rs 36,296 was imposed on him, which he never paid, they said. 



More funds coming PGI’s way
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
After Panjab University, it’s the turn of the PGI to say “three cheers”to the Budget as there has been an increase of Rs 117 crore in the plan and non-plan outlay in the estimates announced by the finance minister yesterday.

As compared to its total outlay of Rs 268 crore last year, the institute has received a total of Rs 385 crore this time. While the enhancement in the non-plan Budget has been Rs 65 crore, the plan Budget, which would go a long way in strengthening the infrastructure at the PGI, has gone up by Rs 52 crore. Last year, the non-plan Budget of the institute was Rs 245 crore and the plan Budget Rs 23 crore.

While it is expected that most of the non-plan Budget would go toward the payment of enhanced salaries and arrears, the institute is set to get a boost in ongoing projects like trauma centre and advanced cardiac centre after the allocation of Rs 75 crore in plan outlay.

The deputy director administration of the PGI, AK Gupta, said besides ongoing projects, the second phase of multi-level parking would also start with an additional capacity of 300 cars and 200 scooters. 


VB takes files of market panel for scrutiny
23 employees caught coming late to office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The UT vigilance department found 23 employees of the Market Committee to be coming late during the early morning surprise checks. The sleuths took into their custody 17 files of the department to check the reasons behind pendency of the cases.

The police said DSP Parmod Kumar, OSD, Vigilance Bureau, along with his staff, conducted surprise checking in the office of the Market Committee, grain market and vegetable market, Sector 26 at 9 am. Out of the total 94 employees checked, including 12 security personnel, 23 were found latecomers while six persons were on leave.

However, out of the absentee staff 19 reported for duty were late by 10 to 15 minutes of their scheduled time of 9 am.

Four security personnel remained absent from duty. During inspection, 17 files of the Market Committee were randomly procured for thorough checking to detect the cause of pendency. Out of the 17 files, three files from the office of secretary, Market Committee, were pertaining to parking contract, renewal of security contract and payment of bill of legal advisory of the Market Committee.

Out of the rest of 14 files, four were relating to renewal of license to sell agriculture produce from the office of mandi supervisor, seven files from the office of section officer of the Market Committee pertaining to the medical bill of watchman, payment of advertisement in a newspaper and purchase of water coolers for sabzi mandi.

Besides notice of assessment of SCF No. 2, sabzi mandi, payment to Shri Vipin Gupta, advocate, for his professional charges for appearing before Commissioner, Income Tax, repair of auction platform, two files from the office of sanitary inspector regarding fuel bills of official vehicle and replacement of battery of the official van of the Market Committee and one file from the establishment branch relating to annual increment case of Jagdish Singh, sweeper of the Market Committee were procured for scrutiny.

A detailed report in this regard is being sent to the Chief Vigilance Officer separately.



Bansal textiles evades tax worth crores
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
In a major operation to uncover the undeclared wealth, officials of the income tax department today conducted raids on more than 10 premises, including educational institutes and residential premises, of a well-known businessman, Bansal textiles, Sector 17, and related group at several places in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Shahbad and Ambala.

Director, income tax (investigation), Pawan Parmar said the raids were part of a major operation conducted by the department at various places. According to sources, income tax officials have detected tax evasion worth several crores of rupees during the raid conducted at Bansal textiles and related group.

Several teams of the income tax department comprising of more than 20 officials and supporting staff conducted the raids under the supervision of Parmar.

The IT officials descended on the business premises of the groups in the morning and carried out a detailed inspection of account books, IT returns for the past few years, documents relating to sale and purchase and physical verification of stocks.

During the raids, which continued till the filing of this report, entry and exit from the premises were restricted and telephone calls barred.

While the officials refused to say anything about the details of raids, sources in the department revealed that these were initiated on the basis of specific information that these business groups were reportedly indulging in fudging of accounts and filing returns, which were grossly disproportionate to their sources of income.



Probe into functioning of MC
Local body yet to receive orders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
A day after the UT Administrator ordered a commission of inquiry into the functioning of the Municipal Corporation, the department of the local body is yet to get any orders from the Raj Bhawan.

The administrator, SF Rodrigues, has ordered the “Commission of inquiry about the functioning of the MC in respect of allegations and counter-allegations by the councillors of different opinion groups in the House meetings in the recent past regarding violations of rules of business, guidelines and set procedures under the Municipal Corporation Act” yesterday.



PGI honours staff on foundation day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) celebrated its foundation day, here today. Prof Samir K Brahmachari, director general, CSIR and secretary, Government of India, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, was the chief guest. The occasion was celebrated at Bhargava auditorium at the PGI.

In his address, Brahmachari talked about medicine of future through successful sequencing of human genome. He said in his human genome project, 1,00,000 human genomes would be calculated in the next decade. This would be immensely helpful in saving people from deadly diseases.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof KK Talwar, director of the PGI, discussed the new facilities like PET-Scan, latest 3.5 Tesla MRI technology and gamma knife, which had been established and were functional. Also, various departments had been strengthened with modern infrastructure so as to provide quality care to patients, he added.

He said the WHO had recognised the department of Pulmonary Medicine and Advanced Mycology Centre for training programme.

Prof Brahmachari inaugurated clinical pharmacology unit in the Nehru Hospital today. This unit will be involved in clinical research, especially on new drugs that are under the process of development.

PGI employees were honoured for their contribution to the institute. Those who were honoured were Dr Santosh Kumari, sister grade I, Arvinder Singh, stenographer in the department of biochemistry, Dharmesh Kumar, pharmacist- grade II, Maninder Kaul Gulati from the Department of Immunopathology, Ratthan Singh, clerk, training branch, Bal Krishan, UDC, the engineering department, Bant Singh, technician- grade III (whitewasher), Reshma, CCU Ward, Rita Kumari, clerk, accounts branch, Nirmal Singh, hospital attendant, the department of orthopaedics, Bhagwati Parsad, hospital attendant, the department of ENT, Pawan Kumar Sharma, hospital attendant, the department of radiodiagnosis, Kulwinder, hospital attendant, accounts branch, Sham Lal, work attendant - grade II, the engineering department, Mohinder Singh, driver, Mohinder Singh, assistant GI, CSSD, Gurnam Singh, Tech. grade III, manifold section.

Meanwhile, as part of the celebrations, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, organised an exhibition on influenza A (H1N1) at Zakir Hall, PGI. It was inaugurated by Dr KK Talwar, director, PGIMER. The chief guest also visited the exhibition with other major dignitaries. Besides, the resident doctors of the institute, students from Panjab University and the city schools also visited the exhibition.

The main objective was to create awareness among the general population and health professionals about influenza A (H1N1). People showed special interest in knowing the difference between various types of flu, fatality, modes of prevention and treatment of the disease.



Edu dept website negates secy’s claims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Contrary to the claims of the education secretary, Chandigarh, Ram Niwas, that the level of the written test for recruiting regular teachers would be of Class X, the guidelines issued by the education department on its website today stated that the “difficulty level of the questions will be up to essential qualifications prescribed for the post.”

In a press note issued by the administration in response to the contractual teacher’s strike, Ram Niwas said the written examination for recruiting teachers of the education department and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan under various categories would be of class X level.

In contrast to this, the guidelines mentioned a special “note” stating that ‘the level of test will be up to the essential qualifications prescribed for the posts’, which according to the directions of the department differs for different posts, with the minimum being graduate level.

Meanwhile, it has enraged the contractual teachers who had been sitting on a hunger strike, who said the administration had been making false claims in order to pacify them.

“The administration has been giving fake promises. Moreover, the guidelines issued on the website are creating a confusion amongst old and new applicants. The new teachers, who are applying for the first time, do not know what to study for the exam.” the president of the Association of Contractual Teachers.

The teachers said the test had always appeared of a higher level, in some subjects, it was of the graduate and postgraduate level.

However, the education secretary could not be contacted for comments.



Now, contractual teachers cry foul over written test
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Drawing cue from the hunger strike of contractual teachers of the education department, the contractual teachers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) are now crying foul over their non- eligibility in the forthcoming written test for posts of regular teachers due to criterion of increased minimum marks in B.Ed to 50 per cent.

In August, 2007, the education department had advertised for the posts of regular teachers stating minimum marks in B.Ed to be 50 per cent, following which the contractual teachers of SSA filed a representation to the administration quoting that minimum 45 per cent in B. Ed were required in the recruitments done in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

“We have an edge over others in terms of our experience. Why the administration is not considering us in the test, at least we should be allowed to sit in the examination, a contractual teacher said.

“In addition to this, age relaxation has been given to the contractual teachers of the department and not to the SSA teachers. It is injustice to hundreds of teachers like us in SSA,” he added.

Meanwhile, responding to the same, DPI(S) Samwartak Singh dismissed the issue and said, “There are many teachers waiting for posts of contractual teachers in SSA and the contract of teachers, who are raising objection, has been renewed in the past.”



Grant to PU
VC invites suggestions to utilise funds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Following the allocation of Rs 50-crore grant to Panjab University in the Union Budget, the university is all set to utilise it in the best possible way.

At a meeting called today by Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, which is attended by on-campus senators, the VC has invited suggestions on how to utilise the grant.

“Though all senators are not present at the meeting, still I have asked them to furnish their suggestions regarding the usage of funds so that we can reap the best out of it,” asserted Sobti.

According to the VC, the senators could send in their suggestions by July 12 after which they would be reviewed on their feasibility and utility and then necessary actions would be taken.

Though the departments’ chairman are yet to put across their views on the funds, many of them are planning to meet the VC in this regard.

“The VC had already asked us to chalk out some plans in lieu of the fore promised Rs 100-crore grant. Now we have got these grants we will approach him with the respective departments’ needs, as its we who know the ground necessities of the students,” said one of the chairmen.

Next in the league are students’ groups with the SOPU already having declared to present the demand chart to the VC.

“We being students know what we want. Yes, we want the university’s facet to change but benefits should not be lopsided so we will intimate the Vice-Chancellor about our necessities,” said Brinder Dhillon, president SOPU.



Another suspected case of swine flu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Another suspected case of swine flu was reported at GMCH-32 here today.

According to UT nodal officer for swine flu HC Gera, a resident of Sector 70, Mohali, who had visited Bangkok, had reported symptoms of swine flu on returning.

The 40-year-old man had been admitted to the isolation ward of the hospital. Gera said the throat swab sample report of the person, which had been sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi, for test, is awaited.

Meanwhile, the samples of the 22-year-old youth from Panchkula and the 3-year-old girl from Chandigarh, who were admitted to the hospital yesterday with swine flu-like symptoms, were found negative today.



Pregnant woman dies at hospital
Kin allege negligence, protest
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 7
Relatives of a 32-year-old woman, Indrajeet Walia, who died after delivering a child at Chakravarty Nursing Clinic, here on July 3, today staged a protest outside the hospital, blaming the doctors for her death.

According to the deceased’s husband, Gurpreet Singh Walia, Indrajeet was admitted to the clinic on July 2 and delivered a girl child the next day. Her condition, however, deteriorated after the delivery and on the insistence of doctors she was shifted to Silver Oaks hospital, Mohali, he added.

Gurpreet said at Silver Oaks, Indrajeet was declared dead on arrival. Accusing Dr Satish Chakravarty, the owner of the clinic, of causing her death due to negligence, Gurpreet said: “They could not handle the case and referred her to Silver Oaks.” He claimed that his wife was fine and had a normal delivery.

Gurpreet said Dr Chakarvarty’s wife is a qualified gynecologist and was treating his wife. When asked why he had taken four days to file a complaint, he said it was only after his aunt, Kiran Bedi, who arrived here from England and told them that such complications are not possible in a normal delivery.

Meanwhile, Kiran Bedi alleged that it was a case of negligence, as such life threatening complications do not occur in normal delivery cases.

Dr Satish, however, said after the delivery Indrajeet had gone into coma and when their efforts to revive her failed, they advised the family to take her to other hospital. He added, “We arranged for an ambulance and with the assistance of a resident doctor shifted her to the other hospital.”

Acknowledging that a complaint had been received, officials in Sector-5 police station claimed that they had recommended the case for an inquiry to the CMO. However, CMO Dr Kamla Singh, said the clinic had reported the death to them and they were looking into the matter.



SC Certificates
Guv writes to Chidambaram
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
In the backdrop of problems regarding the issuance of SC certificates, UT administrator SF Rodrigues has sought the intervention of union home minister P Chidambaram.

In a communication to Chidambaram, the administrator regretted that despite a revised draft scheme sent by the Chandigarh administration to the Central Government in 2006, no decision had been taken by the latter, resulting in difficulty to the SC population.

As per the Government of India instructions dated March 22, 1977, a person is eligible for the grant of the SC certificate if he is a permanent resident in the relevant state and UT on the date of presidential notification. In case of the UT, the date of notification is November 1, 1966.

The problem was that persons born after November 1, 1966, had not been issued SC certificates in terms of the presidential notification, Rodrigues claimed.

He urged Chidambaram to include the issue as part of the 100-day programme of the ministry.



Budget: UT has little to cheer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
A major portion of the enhanced outlay of Rs 486 crore in the non-plan outlay for Chandigarh in the Budget would go for “non-productive” areas.

With enhanced pay and arrears for the UT staff in the backdrop of the Sixth Pay Commission high on the agenda of the Chandigarh administration, a major chunk of the non-plan Budget is set to meet the UT’s financial commitment to its staff.

This would mean less money for development work and sundry expenses of the administration. This, coupled with a nominal increase of about Rs 19 crore in the plan from last year’s Rs 304.65 crore, spells trouble for the UT though finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had promised more Budget in the plan head.



Consumer Court
Finance company fined Rs 1 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked ICICI Home Finance to pay Rs 1 lakh to the complainant, as it had increased the rate of interest on a loan account without informing the complainant.

The complainant, Birbhan Goyal, a resident of Panchkula, had entered into an agreement with the company and was sanctioned a loan of Rs 37,00,000 having equated monthly installments (EMI) of Rs 33,776 for 15 years, which was 180 months commencing from March 1, 2005. He had regularly paid the installments. However, he received a paper along with the repayment schedule from the bank in August, 2008, as per which, they suo motu increased the number of EMIs from 180 to 502 months. He, then, approached the local branch of the bank and requested to cancel the payment, but they refused to listen to him.

Hence, the complainant moved the consumer forum.

In reply, the finance company accepted the facts with regard to sanction of the loan, but pleaded that the complainant opted for floating rate of interest. It also said due to the increased rate of interest, the company increased the tenure of repayment of the monthly installments to reduce the financial burden on the complainant.

The forum, headed by President Jagroop Singh Mahal, said: “The ICICI Home Finance Company is dishonest and is adopting an unfair trade policy. In the present case, the bank has not produced any such document to suggest if the increase in the rate of interest was ever intimated to the complainant.”



No water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Due to replacement of the damaged Non-Return Valve (NRV) of pumping machinery with a new valve at Phase III, water supply will be suspended to parts of Phases III and IV at Kajauli Waterworks from 1am to 2 pm tomorrow.

Spokesperson of the municipal corporation said the water pressure would be fast from 3 am to 9 am and low from 6 pm to 9 pm in the city.



Admn to hold cultural events
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Chandigarh Administration will be organising a series of cultural events from July 16.

RS Verma, director, Cultural Affairs, said July 16 would be devoted to the Mushaira lovers of Chandigarh. Poets like Bekal Utsahi, Gulzar Dehalvi, Wasim Barailwi, Malik Zada Manzoor Ahmed, Haq Kanpuri, Kalim Qaiser, Popular Meeruti, Nasreen Naqqash, Zia Taunki, Malik Zada Javed, KL Zakir, Shams Tabrezi and Malika Nasim would be performing at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10.

A hasya kavi sammelan featuring poets like Ashok Chakardhar, Yusuf Bhardawaj, Dinesh Raghuwansi, Rajender Rajan, Hooka Bijnori, Mahender Sharma, Deepak Saini and SK Punia would be organised at the Tagore Theatre on July 17.

Qawwals, including Janab Anwar Nizam from Delhi, and Firdos Shaba rom Mumbai would perform on July 18.



Power goes off for more than 8 hours
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 7
Life in Mohali once again came to a stand still with the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) imposing power cuts lasting more than eight hours here today.

The day began with a one-hour power cut early in the morning and before most people could complete their chores a power cut was again imposed at 7.30 am, which lasted for one hour.

Restoring power for three hours, the cut was imposed once again at 10.30 am, which continued till 1 pm.

Residents were unaware when another cut was imposed at 2.30 pm instead of 3 pm and power was restored only around 6.30 pm.

The power cuts are not only making life miserable for residents, even the business sector is adversely hit. The industrial sector, which is facing tough times due to recession, has also been badly hit by the poor power facility in the town.

Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu said today he wondered that when the state was facing power shortage from where could the government arrange uninterrupted power supply during elections?

He said when Lok Sabha elections were announced Punjab was given uninterrupted power supply with an assurance that cuts would not be imposed after the elections. But power cuts surfaced soon after the elections were over. The concerned authorities had ordered that no power cut would be imposed in the Banur Assembly constituency till August 3 where a byelection was being held even when residents in other areas were suffering due to long power cuts, he added.

Sidhu said he was busy with the Vidhan Sabha session but would chalk out an action plan against the PSEB if the situation remained the same.



Riot victims to get flats
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 7
After a gap of two years, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided to allot flats to the 1984 riot victims in Mohali.

At least 60 such low income and middle income flats have been identified in different sectors.

The allotment will be made on the basis of claim applications submitted to the Deputy Commissioner. But the allotment will be made on the current allotment price, varying between Rs 18 lakh and Rs 43 lakh, depending upon the respective category of flats.

“If the state government agrees to bear 50 per cent of the cost of the flats, the remaining will be charged from the allottee,” said sources.

As per the rates worked out in 2007, the price difference to be charged from the allottee for the low income and middle-income flats was Rs 33,000 and Rs 88,000, respectively.

The financial commissioner, revenue and rehabilitation in a recent communiqué to the GMADA informed the policy that allotment had been reviewed and it had been decided to dispose off pending applications. Such flats would be allotted in other towns of Punjab. The policy of the previous Congress Government to fix quota of plots had been done away with.

Sources said prior to the decision, the GMADA had decided to auction the flats. But now they would be allotted after PUDA and GMADA adopted the government policy on allotment of flats to riot victims.

VP Singh, chief administrator of the GMADA, said the allotment would be made as per the government policy. A public notice in this connection was likely to be issued by the deputy commissioner.

Besides, the GMADA was hopeful of getting Rs 82 crore from the department of finance. Though the amount was announced last year, it could not be sanctioned in the last budget for constructions of booths for the riot victims. At least 200 such booths have to be constructed in Mohali and 327 booths in Ludhiana.



Old man, beggar found dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
A man in his eighties died while travelling in a CTU bus in Sector 28 here. The police said the victim died of heart attack.

According to the police, Bindu Hasan (82) of Ambala had boarded a CTU bus from ISBT, Sector 17. He suffered a heart attack in Sector 28 and collapsed. He was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he was declared dead.

In another incident, a beggar was found dead in a park in Sector 36 here this evening. The police said the death came to light when children playing in the park noticed the listless body lying on a bench.

The police was informed around 7.30 pm. The residents said the man was lying on the bench since morning. The deceased was a handicapped and both his hands were amputated. No external visible injury mark was found on the body and the police ruled out any foul play behind the death.



Counselling for Class XI
14 schools close admissions in science
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
On the fifth day of the counselling for centralised admission to Class XI taking place at GMSSS-10, 829 students have being admitted in various schools across the city.

The students scoring 62 per cent and above have been called for the counselling today. In the science stream, more than 10 government schools have closed the admissions at the end of the fifth day.

Four other schools, namely Sector-23 GMSSS (cut off 67.6 per cent), Sector-22 GMSSS (cut off 67.4 per cent), Sector-8 GMSSS (cut of 66.6 per cent) and Dhanas GSSS (cut off 62.6 per cent) also closed the admissions in the science stream today and finally 2,626 seats, out of a total of 3,218 have been filled till date.

Meanwhile, commerce came a close second with six schools, namely GMSSS-22 (cut off 66.6 per cent), GMSSS-32 (cut off 66 per cent), GMSSS-18 (cut off 64.4 per cent), GMSSS-46 (cut off 62.6 per cent), GMSSS-21 (cut off 63.2 per cent) and GMSSS-23 (cut off 62.4 per cent) closing their admissions in the stream. In the commerce stream, 365 admissions were made today taking the total tally to 1,107 seats filled now.

The poor response in humanities and vocational streams continued today with a few students showing inclination in the streams. The seats in humanities are still lying vacant in the schools and in the humanities stream only 173 seats have been filled.



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