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City gears up to take on swine flu threat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Swine flu deaths in other parts of the country triggered an increase in the number of people lining up at different hospitals here for diagnostic tests today.

However, the city, till date, has had only seven confirmed and 45 suspect cases in different hospitals today. Seven families have so far been quarantined.

As a result of the guidelines issued by the Chandigarh Administration and fears 40 students of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, were sent back to their homes when they were found to be suffering from cold and fever.

People, numbering between 10 and 12, reached Government Multispeciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, suffering from cold and fever, apprehending that they had caught swine flu even as they did not come in contact with any person infected with the disease or who had returned from abroad, said Dr NK Arora, Medical Superintendent, GMSH.

According to Dr Vipin Kaushal, Medical Superintendent, Government Medical College and Hospital, (GMCH), Sector 32, the number of people seeking tests for swine flu had increased to 15 per cent in the hospital.

Two suspects admitted to the GMSH and GMCH, each with symptoms of the flu, were a 50-year-old from Zirakpur and a 21-year-old girl from Sector 44 of Chandigarh. The girl was a student of engineering college at Noida.

The administration, meanwhile, gearing up its preparations to tackle thr flu, roped in two private hospitals to set up isolation wards.

Three such wards have already been constituted, one each in PGI, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16.

It was decided that more hospitals would be identified to admit suspected cases having swine flu-like symptoms.

Secretary, Health, Ram Niiwas, at a meeting of officials held today, desired to involve two private hospitals.

He directed the officials concerned to explore the possibility for setting up isolation wards facilities in private hospitals.

The identified hospitals from the private sector will be provided with requisite stock of anti-viral drugs and masks.

Regarding collection of samples from private identified samples, it was decided that the State Surveillance Unit will manage to collect the samples and send the same to the designated laboratory at National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi. The testing facility will be available within a week or 10 days at PGI also.

In view of the coming festival seasons, it was decided that arrangements for creating awareness about the do’s and don’ts should be widely publicised in the local dailies, advising people not to go to the crowded places like places of festival, theatre, malls and other places where there is a huge gathering.

Under the revised guidelines, in case the patient opts for home isolation and treatment, the patient would be provided detailed safety measures to be strictly adhered to and the household and social contacts would be provided with the preventive treatment.

However, notwithstanding the above guidelines, the decision of the doctor of the notified hospital about admitting the patient would be final.

Meanwhile the Health Department, Chandigarh, has already invoked the Epidemic Disease Act, authorising the health officials to take all necessary steps to ensure that all such persons were admitted in government hospitals and wherever necessary with the assistance of police.

Meanwhile, at Panhckula samples of three suspects suffering from the flu have been sent to the laboratory. The three patients with symptoms of the flu reached the hospital from Sectors 4, 7 and 9 today.

They were quarantined and sent to their homes following the samples being taken, said Medcial Superintendent VK Bansal.



40 DPS students with cold sent back
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Gearing up to combat swine flu, city private schools have now swung into action following the guidelines issued by the UT Heath Department to allow suspected students to stay home for 7-10 days without insistence of medical certificate.

As many as 40 students of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, were sent home today after the school authorities found that they were suffering from severe cold.

A staff member of the school confirmed that the parents of the suspected students were called up immediately and directed to keep the students at home for a week.

According to guidelines of department, any student or staff member, showing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough or running nose, should be allowed to stay at home for 7 to 10 days and they will not insist on production of medical certificate.

Educational institutions have been asked to monitor the health status of such students and staff members that may come in contact with a suspected patient of H1N1 to see whether they develop symptoms.

It is also suggested that schools should discourage excursions of the students to the affected countries.

Meanwhile, the school authorities said they had devised ways to help students cover up their syllabus during this time.

“We have sent out circulars to the parents, alerting them about flu and symptoms. Though many private schools have done the same, others have been suggested to follow suit,” said HS Mamik, chairperson, Independent Schools Association.

“The schools can also doubly ensure disinfection in building and keep a tab on the hygiene conditions in the school,” he added.

However, given the current magnitude of spread of H1N1, the health department has said, “The closure of educational institutions on account of any student or staff member falling ill with flu-like symptoms is not recommended.”



PU mein bandar bhi peeta hai ...!
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Monkeys bathe and drink water from tanks at PU boys hostel number 6.
Monkeys bathe and drink water from tanks at PU boys hostel number 6.
Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, August 10
Shattering Panjab University’s tall claims of remarkable hygiene at its hostels, monkeys continue to have a gala time on the campus, drinking and bathing in the water being used by hostel residents, like in boys hostel number 6.

A round of the place revealed that measures like a fence around the water tanks was well in place, but it were missing or broken lids that give away water bounty to the simians, who enjoy it to the fullest, much to the disgust of the hostel inmates.

“It happens everyday. These monkeys are on the tanks all the time and we drink and use the same water for all purposes. It’s not that we have never brought this matter to the notice of the authorities , but they are not ready to act. It feels so repelling, as they might be carrying so many infections,” said one of the inmates.

“They have a full-fledged staff for the upkeep of amenities who continue to ignore such things that directly affect our health. This is an everyday affair. Hume panni mile ya na mile, har bandar yahin aake pita hai. It’s high time they pull up those responsible,” added another student.

According to members of various student groups, though they might have taken up this issue several times, the authorities hardly take them seriously.

“It’s not just the monkeys. Due to missing or broken lids, we have all sorts of stuff like polythene etc flowing in the water. At times, we ourselves see monkeys enjoying a dip, and during our protests, we do bring up these issues, but this is of no use, as no concrete solutions are devised or taken for it. The problem is whenever we take such issues, these are dismissed as publicity stunts for upcoming elections,” said Brinder Dhillon, president SOPU.

“We have staged several protests against this, and everytime get an assurance that the matter will be dealt within a day or two, but of no use. When we try to reinforce the matter, they don’t take us seriously,” added Simranjit Dillon, president, PUSU.

The authorities continue to ignore the matter even as the health of hostel residents is being put to a grave risk on this “dream” campus.



NK Sharma Mohali plan panel chief
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur/Mohali, August 10
It was not only the day of coronation of Sukhbir Badal as Deputy Chief Minister. His loyalist and Zirakpur MC president Narinder Kumar Sharma got his share of power when he was nominated chairman of the Mohali District Level Planning Committee.

NK Sharma will enjoy the status of a minister. Considered to be a bete noire of the late Capt Kanwaljit Singh, the MC president, on the insistence of Parkash Singh Badal, had ready to support SAD candidate from Banur Jasjit Singh Bunny. The public posture of the reconciliation by NK Sharma, who is also the vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal, was in tune with his political aims as far the Dera Bassi constituency was concerned.

“While Jasjit Singh Bunny has not got any portfolio, by nominating NK Sharma as the chairman, the Badals have shown their preference and put the state funds at his disposal. He can easily nurture the constituency with funds at his disposal”, observed a senior Akali leader.

Political analysts believe that the junior Badal had been grooming NK Sharma against the former Cooperation Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh. Due to the political compulsions and sympathy wave for the Akali stalwart, his son was given the ticket.

Thanking the Badals, Narinder Kumar Sharma, said, “Our prime focus is to elevate Mohali to the top district of the state”.


‘Tuk-tuk’ a call away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The much-awaited pink-coloured day and night LPG driven Tuk-tuk service (autos) was launched by UT Administrator SF Rodrigues on the State Transport Authority office in Sector 18.

Apart from this, cheques were also given for ordinary LPG-driven autos too. A customer can call a Tuk-tuk at his doorsteps by dialing 4242424.

This vehicle can be hired on the road too. A Tuk-tuk will charge Rs 10 for first km and Rs 8 for subsequent km and the concept will be implemented in phased manner.

While distributing cheques to the loanees for ordinary autos, Rodrigues said it was part of the multi-dimensional empowerment programme for the below poverty line persons, Scheduled Castes, physically challenged, women and members of the minority communities.

He said the process of the Mass Rapid Transport System in the tricity was on the fast track and Sector 17 ISBT location would be its nodal point.

Appreciating the contribution of the Delhi Finance Corporation (DFC) in giving loans on easy term, the administration has launched a partnership initiative programme and asked the LPG Auto Operator Union to be active partners in this endeavour.

Ram Niwas, Home Secretary, UT, in his welcome address, said as already agreed, there would be no diesel/petrol autorickshaw after August 31.

Vandana Disodia, Secretary, State Transport Authority, said the DFC would extend financial assistance to 500 LPG auto operators in Chandigarh on easy terms.



Yuvraj among top taxpayers
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Yuvraj SinghChandigarh, August 10
Recession? Not at least in the city if one goes by the increase in the number of crorepati taxpayers.

For the first time in the several years, all the top five taxpayers (CIT-I) from the city, including cricketer Yuvraj Singh, have paid taxes running into eight figures.

While Vijay Passi, owner of Krishna Automobile, tops the list of highest taxpayer with a return of Rs 3.48 crore on an income of Rs 10.08 crore.

Yuvraj Singh, with his earning as the Captain of Punjab Kings XI at the IPL and other endorsements, is third on the list with a tax payment of Rs 2.42 crore. The hard hitter Yuvi notched an income of Rs 7.13 crore.

KS Sarkaria, a resident of Sector 16, is number two on the list with a payment of Rs 2.52 crore. The fourth and the fifth positions have been taken by Gurmeet Singh, a Ropar-based contractor, with a return of 2.23 crore and Rajesh Khosla of Sector 16 with a return of Rs 1.40 crore.

Interestingly, while this year there are five people who have paid taxes running in eight figures, last year there it was only one, a woman, who had paid a tax of Rs 1.45 crore, notching the top position.

Vijay Passi, who was the highest taxpayer in 2001-02 with a tax payment of Rs 62 lakh and then again in 2006-07 with a payment of Rs 2.2 crore, told The Tribune that his aim in life is to expand his business.

“I am an honest taxpayer,” he said. Gurmeet Singh, who studied only till Class VIII but he has been on the top taxpayers list for quite some time. Gurmeet had also been on the second slot of the highest taxpayers list in 2001-02 and 2006-07.

While Gurmeet himself was not available for comments, his associate, Sudhir said: “He has a fancy for new cars and he changes them every two years”. Gurmeet was awarded “Rashtriya Samman” by central board of direct taxes (I-T department) in 2002 for being one of the highest income tax payees during the assessment year 1995-96 to 1999-2000 in the northern region.

The other highest taxpayers were also not available for comments. Manager of Yuvraj’s residence at Mani Majra, RK Kapoor, however, confirmed that his boss had indeed paid taxes in crores.



Mayor pulls up JP employees
Dumping garbage at corporation site
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
In a surprise visit to the dumping ground of the Municipal Corporation at Dadu Majra, Mayor Kamlesh caught red-handed three trolleys of JP Company while dumping garbage at corporation site.

She pulled up staff of the company for misusing the site of corporation. She was accompanied by medical officer (health) (MOH) Dr G Dewan and sanitation committee chairman Chander Mukhi Sharma at the site.

As a sequel to this incident, she called a special meeting of the MC Commissioner, the MOH and representatives of JP Company and directed officials to take appropriate action against the company.

In a meeting, the Mayor asked the officials that why the authorities were not taking action against the company which was not making plant functional even after one and half year?

She said how the company was using corporation land to dump the garbage when separate land had already been allocated to it under an MOU signed between authorities and the company?

Referring to Gujarat tour, she further asked officials that such plant was also running in Gujarat where there was no problem of garbage disposal then why the corporation plant was not working properly?

Kamlesh asked Dr Roshan Sunkaria to call explanation of the staff deployed at the dumping site that why they were not informing authorities that JP Company was using their site for dumping garbage.



‘Ladies special’ on the road
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking intitiated to start a “ladies special” bus service from today.

Specially focusing the girl students, the exclusive bus service would be run during the college hours.

According to officials, the routes on trial basis have been scheduled from Sector 47 to Sector 17 ISBT and another route from Sector 17 to the PGI so that almost all girls’ colleges must cover.

At present, only three buses have been put on this route, but officials said in future, more buses could be added.



Shree Krishan Leela, a feast for soul
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 10
The spiritual fervour pervaded at the packed Tagore Theatre as the Samvad Theatre group staged “Shree Krishan Leela” to the blissful delight of the devout audience here today.

Backed with immaculately designed and shot audiovisuals, the actors brought alive various legends contextual to the life of Lord Krishna.

The light sound and theatrical spectacle could only cover the episodes from the birth of Lord Krishna to the killing of king Kans.

The director Jai Parkash Bhatt attempted to stage even minute details of the events without leaving something to the curiosity but the audience remained submerged in devotion through out.

However, the lavish production could convincingly depict the Lord, as mischievous prankster, endearing divine lover embodying the heroic super human in courage conviction and divinely wisdom.

The episodes of Krishna’s upbringing among cowherds, gopikas and divine consort Radha enamoured at his winsome persona, killing of the venom-bearing serpent Kalia and more. The musical score, dances and costumes augmented the production level.



Air Vice-Marshal inspects IAF station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Air Vice-Marshal Satish Pal Singh, Senior Officer-in-Charge (Administration), Training Command, inspected the Air Force Station, High Ground, here today.

During the visit, he was briefed by Station Commander Gp Capt RKS Shera about the training being conducted for maintenance aircrew on Russian fighter aircraft.

He was also appraised about various innovations and training aids developed in house for MiG-27 and MiG-29 aircraft.

Appreciating the efforts put in by the school, Air Vice-Marshal Singh urged the instructors to strive for professional excellence. He also interacted with the personnel of the station.

Commissioned on June 1, 1974, Air Vice-Marshal Singh has commanded two transport squadrons, including one at Chandigarh.

He has also served as the Chief Flying Instructor at Flying Instructor School, Joint Director Operations (Transport and Helicopter) at Air Headquarters and as Air Officer Commanding of a premier flying station. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry during the 199 Kargil Operations.



Experts: Right treatment must for varicose veins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Lack of knowledge among medicos about varicose veins often leads to aggravation of problem as the appropriate treatment is delayed and the patient is rendered to suffer pain with swollen feet and infected skin.

This was stated by experts, including Professor AK Attri, Head, surgery, GMCH, Dr Ravul Jindal, vascular surgeon, Fortis, Professor Ted King, National Medical Director Vein clinics, Chicago, and Professor Jean-Francois UHL Vasculor surgeon, Anatomy, University Paris, while interacting with mediapersons following the conclusion of 2-day symposium on innovative treatment of varicose veins her today.

Varicose veins is caused when the valves in veins stop functioning properly and disrupt blood supply to heart. They cause accumulation of blood in veins leading to enlargement of veins, swelling and severe pain in the legs.

More than 200 doctors from different parts of the region attended the seminar while a session was organised for students of GMCH.

The problem sometimes is considered as cosmetic while it is a disease which needs to be treated as soon as it is diagnosed, said Dr Jindal, who has already performed over 400 such laser surgeries to cure the problem in England.

The reason of the diseases, though cannot be ascertained, it is found that more than 80 per cent of patients belong to families with history of diseases, he said.

In addition to it the increasing age, obesity, pregnancy and long durations of sitting and standing also leads to the disease, said Dr Jindal.

Though the diseases in early stage can be controlled through medicines and in some cases compression stockings are prescribed to the patient. But patients have to undergo surgery ultimately to get completely cured, he added.

The patients with early symptoms, however, are delayed right treatment due to wrong advice following which many of patients turn up in hospitals with skin infections after their first visit complicating the case, Jindal said. The disease, however, prevails in all age groups.

In USA, the disease is found in equal numbers of male and females, however the number of patients reaching hospitals to seek treatment include 85 per cent of women due to cosmetic worries, Ted King said.

Treatment through laser involves puncture of vein under ultrasound guidance and burning it using diode laser. Patients can return home on the same day as compared to conventional surgery where they are hospitalised,” revealed King.



Nanotechnology for drug delivery
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 10
The fusion of nano science with drug delivery system could create wonders in history of science.

Professor Emeritus and a former Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, KN Pathak stated this during the inaugural session of five-day summer school on ‘Nano Technology in advanced drug delivery’, which started at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here today.

Delivering a lecture on “Nano science/ Nano technology and Molecular biology/Drug delivery”, Pathak said nano particles were so small that they were 50 thousand times thinner than a human hair. The nano particles are measured in Nanoscale.

Talking about salient features of nano particles, he said all the opaque materials when transformed to nano materials become transparent; stable material becomes combustible; solid becomes liquid and insulator becomes conductor.

NIPER director Prof. P. Ramarao said nano-technology had emerged as an unique technology for the versatile application and delivery of drug molecules to site of action by mechanisms, otherwise not feasible by conventional delivery systems.

He exhorted the participants and said this summer school would provide excellent networking opportunities within the participants, pharma industry, faculty of the school and NIPER.

The major objective of the programme had been to encourage and motivate the young talent of this country.

Sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, this second summer school organised by the Centre for Nanotechnology, Dept of Pharmaceutics, NIPER and 4th such type of school in a row would focus on the synergy developing between nanotechnology and healthcare.

Forty participants in student category and five participants from leading pharma industry have been selected from all over the country for the school. They would also be given chance to make an oral presentation on their research work.

This workshop would serve to demonstrate the intrinsic ability of nano-technology to drive new paradigm shifts in healthcare. The NIPER director would give Budding-Nanotechnologist Award to one young talent.

The assessment would be made based on the work and presentation evaluated by a team of experts from India and abroad.



Ward No 10 seat goes to Cong
Badheri wins by just 33 votes
Tribune News Service

Bhupinder Singh Badheri, Ward No 10 Congress candidate, with family members after victory at Sector 41 Chandigarh.
Bhupinder Singh Badheri, Ward No 10 Congress candidate, with family members after victory at Sector 41 Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, August 10
Congress candidate Bhupinder Singh Badheri won the byelection in ward no 10 of the Municipal Corporation with a thin margin of 33 votes here today.

However, it was not a cakewalk for the ruling party with the BJP-Akali alliance giving it a tough competition. The Congress wrested traditional BJP-Akali seat by defeating Malkit Singh.

Supporters of the Congress took out a procession in ward no 10 with the winning candidate. The winning candidate polled 4,091 votes whereas trailing candidate Malkit Singh polled 4,058 votes, whereas three independents polled 1,100 votes.

The local unit of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) colony cell congratulated the voters of the ward for supporting them.

S S Tewari, chairman, colony cell, stated that the BJP-Akali alliance did not take any interest in development of the city, so the people had taught them a lesson.

Meanwhile, the local unit of Shirmani Akali Dal held an emergency meeting under the presidentship of N S Minhas and it was unanimously resolved to demand the checking of the electronic machines used in this byelection by a panel of experts.

Meanwhile, in panch elections of Gram Panchayat in Behlana, Rajni won the women category seat and in Sarangpur, the SC seat was won by Balwinder Kaur. Whereas, panches of Raipur Kalan and Kaimbwala were elected unopposed.



Reliance co told to pay Rs 2.8 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The District Consumer Redressal Forum has directed Reliance General Insurance Company to pay Rs 2.8 lakh as insurance claim towards theft of a car.

The forum has also directed the company to get the vehicle transferred in its own name as is provided under the Motor Vehicles Act.

The complainant, NC Thakur, a resident of Mohali, had purchased a second-hand Maruti Wagon R from Sandeep Abrol in July 2007 through a dealer. The said car had been duly insured with the Reliance General Insurance Company.

After purchasing the car, the complainant approached the company to transfer the insurance policy in his name, whereupon he was advised to first get the car registered in his name.

It was averred that because of late delivery of requisite papers of the said car by the dealer, it got transferred in his name only on February 26, 2008.

Thereafter, the complainant again visited the insurance company for transferring the insurance policy in his name, but he was asked to first produce the Registration Certificate of the vehicle, which was not received by that time from DTO, Mansa. During that period, his car was stolen and an FIR in this effect was registered.

He then lodged a claim with the insurance company, but it was repudiated on the ground that since the vehicle had been insured in the name of original owner, so the complainant had no insurable interest, whereas the said vehicle had been duly transferred in the name of complainant as on February 26, 2008.

In its reply, the insurance company said the vehicle had got stolen because of complainant’s own negligence as he left the keys in the car and as such failed to take reasonable care of his car.

It was further replied that after the purchase of the car by the complainant, they were never informed about the said transfer in view of the terms and conditions of the policy and the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.



Ration depot holders go on strike
Protest govt move to cut kerosene quota to APL card holders
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 10
Ration depot holders in two districts of Punjab, Mohali and Ropar, today went on strike to protest against a move of the Punjab Food and Supplies Department to drastically cut the quota of kerosene given to the APL card holders.

The depot holders have threatened to discontinue the “atta dal” scheme of the Akali government. Those possessing blue ration cards under the “atta dal” scheme are being given 7 kg of wheat and 1 kg of cereals per member of family.

Depot holders in five districts have already gone on strike against the department’s move. After holding a hurriedly called meeting of its members, the depot holders association decided to go on strike.

President of the association Ramesh Kant said they would be on strike unless the department does not clear confusion about the cancellation of the APL cards by the department. The District Food and Supplies Officer, Mohali, Harjeet Kaur, denied that any ration card had been called.

She said the supply of kerosene would be discontinued to those who had LPG connections. This would be done after proper verification by the department. The verification forms were being given to the depot holders, she added.

The ration depot holders claimed that the department had distributed a limited forms for verification. Against 7 litre given presently, the department has announced to give 5 litre to the eligible APL cardholders.

“The Food and Supplies Department should verify each and every ration card, be it APL or the “atta dal” scheme ration cards so that the truth was revealed,” sought another depot holder.



Rural areas too reel under power cuts
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 10
It is not only the urban consumers who are reeling under the power cuts, resentment is brewing among the rural consumers over long power cuts.

Though the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is claiming to have supplied power for eight hours for irrigation purposes, the domestic supply has disappointed them.

The consumers in peripheral area of Mohali, Kharar, Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Lalru are complaining about no power supply.

Balhiar Singh, a resident of Amlala village and state secretary of the Khet Mazdoor Kisan Congress, Punjab, alleged that power situation had worsened from the past couple of days. “The government should have arranged the power supply in advance,” he added.

Harbans, a resident of Chatt village, said power supply remained suspended from 6 am to 12 pm and again from 2 am to 6 pm. “We have to call private water tankers to meet our demand for water,” he added.

The worst affected has been the public health water supply to the villages in the district. Since the water supply is dependent on electricity, power failure was resulting in erratic water supply.

Ajit Pal Singh, a resident of Bhankarpur village, said the main source of water supply in the village was from overhead tank.



3 dispensaries to function 24 hrs
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 10
In order to cope up with the huge rush at the emergency ward of the General Hospital, the health authorities have decided to keep three dispensaries open round the clock from tomorrow onwards.

According to medical superintendent VK Bansal, a doctor, along with paramedic staff, would remain present in dispensaries of Sectors 7, 12-A and 21 during night hours also.

While it will benefit the residents as they need not go to Sector 6 in case of minor ailments requiring immediate treatment during nights, it will also help in reducing the rush at the General Hospital emergency, he said.



Housing body members meet Home Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Alleging mass misappropriation in the Labour Bureau Employees Cooperative House Building Society, Sector 49, a delegation of the society’s General Power of Attorney (GPA) holders went to meet the UT Home Secretary today.

The members rued that due to the “autocratic attitude” of the management of the society, they had been deprived of their legitimate right to get their flats’ transfer in their names.

The administration’s notification regarding the GPA transfer policy is no more than a piece of paper for our society’s officer-bearers, they said.

Home Secretary Ram Niwas has asked the UT Deputy Commissioner to inquire into the matter and submit a report.

The GPA members alleged that it was a nexus between the society management and the officials of Registrar, Cooperative Department, that was responsible for their misery, and only they were being harassed in the matter of the collection of maintenance charges.

“Earlier, when we lodged a complaint against the management, an Administrator was appointed by the Registrar, Cooperative Department, but these orders, too, were withdrawn without taking us into confidence,” the members said.



Award for Sardana
Tribune News Service

Sanjay Sardana
Sanjay Sardana

Chandigarh, August 10
Sanjay Sardana, principal of Manav Mangal High School Sector 21-C, Chandigarh, has been nominated for the CBSE National Award 2008.

This award has been conferred upon him by the CBSE in recognition of his contribution in the field of education.

He will be honoured on September 4 at a function to be organised at India International Centre, New Delhi.

In 2005 he received the International Academy Award. The award was given to him by the Lions Clubs International in Hong Kong in recognition of community service.



CityScope Letters-II
Allow ‘paid protection’

This refers to the City Scope, “The khaas aadmi”, by Raveen Thukral on August 3. He has vividly explained harassment of the aam aadmi. In fact, years of militancy in Punjab has metamorphosed the ruling class into modern Mughals.

The Bapu drove out the foreign rulers with his lathi of truth but the proverbial “Bhains” have been grabbed by the butchers of quality and fraternity. The have turned the largest democracy into a sham.

Even Army officers in the war zone do not have bodyguards. On the other hand, our politicians, police officials and bureaucrats enjoy this facility at the cost of tax-payers’ money. Sadly, they are least concerned about pot-holed roads, crumbling public utility buildings like schools, hospitals, jails, courts and outdated canal network. The solution has to be found.

By taking the personal security provided in 1980 as the yardstick, the additional security provided be considered as “paid protection” and the salaries of additional security staff may be recovered from the protectees.

The khaas aadmi can get the services of private security agencies or obtain arms licences for their own guards.

SS Beniwal

Keep unsocial trends at bay

What is going on at present is totally against the wishes of the freedom fighters and martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. They died so that we could live.

The role of the Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues, bureaucracy, police and heads of various organisations, including religious ones, can contribute largely to curb this menace which is eating into the vitals of the principles held dear by our fore-fathers. First, the VVIPs would have to practise so that others may emulate them. Unless this unethical and unsocial trend is kept at bay, there are fears of the system getting deteriorated day by day and the competent players must play efficiently, diligently and with devotion.

In the contemporary situation can’t we see Dr Manmohan Singh as our role model as his life is totally transparent and statesmanship adorable worth following and who has been successful in leading India to the pinnacle of glory in his dogged pursuit to elevate it from developing to the developed one ?

Iqbal Kaur Saini, Mohali

Degeneration has crept into system

Mr Thukral has rightly said that being a VIP in our country is like a blank cheque, encashable anywhere. It’s unfortunate that VIPs, especially those who are supposed to uphold the law, end up making a mockery of it by breaking them with impunity. India’s founding fathers ushered in a democracy, which sought to empower every citizen, a unique achievement in its long and chequered history.

Our founding fathers like Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Rajendra Prasad, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, to name a few, were all committed to India and to the welfare of its people. They established the rule of law in the country. But now, the rule of law is applicable in statues. Over the years, a degeneration has crept into the system.

The so-called VIPs/VVIPs have the nexus of politicians-bureaucrats and capitalists and plundering the wealth of the country particularly the hard-earned money of the honest taxpayers and got the undue immunity.

The budget is tilted towards khass aadmi at the cost of aam-aadmi comprising 77 per cent of the population earning below Rs 20 a day. While direct tax collection from khaas aadmi is revenue-neutral, the aam aadmi is being asked to contribute Rs. 2000 crore more as indirect taxes.

Though right now, it is not possible how we should move people to love for our motherland, yet hope sustains. It is time those at the helm of affairs today looked back and learnt lessons from some of the stark realities of history that have pulled India down in the past.

It is time we got rid of coteries and extra-constitutional centers of power that influence the system. The nation has to guard itself against the politics of deals and corruption in the administration. All that is needed to set things right is political will.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Reward the honest

These days these so-called VIPs are nothing but selfish persons and get themselves encashed like ATM or credit cards according to the situation and circumstances and then get scot-free. For them society has no meaning except to so see it.

They will shamelessly break the rules with impunity and then challenge the society openly believing in the mantra that we will do it, you so see it.

A VIP traffic violator can be arrested or challaned in the USA or Canada or in Europe, according to the rules because there rule of the law governs the society whereas it is not possible here in our country as rule bends to suit the khaas aadmi because here khaas aadmi makes the society, rest all are as to “so-see-it(ey)”.

The well known traffic rule violation episode of first lady police officer Kiran Bedi and President House vehicle of the then President of India Giani Zail Singh’s kin was an exception but the consequences of that are also an open secret.

Not to speak of arresting the VIP’s, it is a rare occasion even to stop pseudo VIP’s with VIP vehicle numbers. Instead cops salute them, when in reality these numbers are auctioned and these moneywallas become the laalbattiwallas.

So it is clear that the government too faltered on this issue because the purpose of important numbers is defeated and thus a baraat of unscrupulous and pseudo persons is created as the so called VIP’s.

The honest and upright persons in public life and in government service should be rewarded in stead of punishment postings so that the rule of the law govern the society in the larger interest of the country and countrymen. Let no one be above the law.

Here the role of the two very important pillars of viable and working democracy- the judiciary and the media - is very important and they should work as role model watchdogs to safe the interests of the people.

When there is nothing to hide then what is the hassle. It is heartening that the present team of judges is upright, a few years ago there were security tenements adjoining judges’ houses in sector 24 opposite Batra theatre where now a few new houses for the judges are coming up. Let law be same for all and no one should feel indispensable.

Harbans Singh Chopra, S.A.S Nagar

Musclemen rule the roost

Raveen Thukral, in his nerve-raking write-up, has gone pessimistic over the deplorable position of public life in which only the musclemen rule the roost leaving the less privileged at the mercy of the circumstances.

Might is right is the rule of the land. The stunning reforms are needed which
must start from the bigwigs so that people also begin to change their outlook
in the wider horizons.

Only strong and unwavering determination is required to put things in array for restoring the rule of law and ensuring justice to one and all irrespective of their social status. May all join together in this noble task and contribute our mite for the just cause for the state and the nation

Charan Singh Saini, Mohali

Double standards

Chandigarh is full of double standards as far as difference between Aam Admi and Khas Admi are concerned.The writer in discussing the khas admi this week has salted wounds of Aam Admi. Chandigarh is a perfect example of Double standards. A city where IAS/VIPs are a power unto themselves (without any accountability to peaople)and they continue to have not only wield powers but al sorts of benefits even after they leave Chandigarh.

The Tribune has done a good job in pointing out the tents of power that be. But Administration itself continues to encroach a main road, in full public view, In front of Additional Deluxe Building ( a seat of power) in the name of security. This end of road has become a place for a sorts of wrong parking,a petty shopkeeper and tea stall,where as lot off other encroachments are being pointed out.

A hotel of CITCO Has encroached upon a large piece of land worth crores of rupees. Chandigarh is smoke free city but see administration parking and corridors of administration building is always full of smoke (thanks to drivers and other employees). Last year when rains spoiled the life of a VIP (residents of high court judges) sector the MC Commissioner himself kept himself locked in a camp stationed in that sector ( thanks to stern action from High Court) and over one crores were spend for repairs where as others still continue to suffer for want of better rain water disposal system.

On Chandigarh railway station there is a free VIP enclosure. In a city Where a VIP can have almost 500 guests at Govt Expense for his oath taking ceremony. We have never heard any shortage of electricity in a VIP house. MC is having a full fledged Basement where lot of employees sit.

District courts have full basement for use of advocates, where as all others are panelized for having basements. Where lot of projects has been shelved and all development work is stopped and delayed because two khas admi Mayor and Commissioner are fighting each other.

In a city where VIPS are free to use and utilise the laws to their benefit but other are issued notices as and when desired.The talks of writer about Canada seem like a distant dream.

Keshav, Chandigarh

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Regional identities in PU
Himachali students a force to reckon with
Jyoti Rai

Himachali students’ group at Panjab University.
Himachali students’ group at Panjab University. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, August 10
In an attempt to explore the diverse regional identities in Panjab University today, we walk you through one of the most successful illustrations of a regional student association at Panjab University. So much so that its strength is considered almost analogous to influential Punjab and Haryana student associations.

The reference is being made to the Himachal Pradesh Student Union (HPSU) at Panjab University. In place, for long now, the association gives face to almost from 2,500 to 2,700 Himachali students.

HPSU campus president Raman said, “The association provides us with an opportunity to celebrate our culture and ethnic background. Moreover, it strengthens our identity in the university. Our presence is felt when people talk about the top student associations.”

The HPSU is a perfect example of deep and successful affirmation of a particular regional identity in the city’s “shuffled” culture.

Its success, failure, functioning and problems have become the “prime” business of each and every Himachali student in the university.

To sort out any admission issues, stability problems at the PU hostels, “pangas”, fights or elections, association comes to the rescue no matter what.

The association survives in the university with a strong political accordance with the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and enjoys wide help from the Himachal alumna of the university.

“We have friends in other organisations as well and we support them, in whatever way we can, in the time of need. In return, we expect the same from them,” commented a member of the HPSU.

The HPSU conducts association meetings every three to four months’ time at the most common hang-outs at the university, mainly, English Hut and the Student Centre. It organises four main events throughout the year in the university, including a blood donation camp, sports meet, yearly trip and an annual function.

“The blood donation camp is one of the most successful HPSU events. Our strength is judged from the fact that almost from 700 to 800 units of donated blood are lying in the PGI right now and are being used by any Himachali admitted there and of course for others as well,” added Raman.

The annual function showcasing Himachali folklore at its best is another important event when the association even invites the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister as the guest of honour.

Interestingly, within the HPSU banner, there are divisions. There are two major associations that exist separately, namely, Lahaul Spiti Students’ Association (LSSA) and All Kinnaur Students’ Association (AKSA).

This upper and lower Himachal divide is evident in the university illustrates how prominent is regionalism in the university.

When asked the reason for this division, a student said, “Not just the geography, but language, dressing, culture and habits are also different in upper and lower Himachal. So evidently, students opt respectively.”

Student associations, like the HPSU, spell out “easy survival” for the people belonging from a particular identity. That “walking the extra mile” for “your own” has strengthened the Himachali students in the university and empowered them to safeguard their interests safely.



Class X compartment result out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
As per the information received from the regional officer, CBSE, the result of Class X compartment exam held from July 18 to 25 has been declared today.

The result is available on www.cbse.nic.in <http://www.cbse.nic.in>. The CBSE has requested all students in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali to collect their result and marksheets from the regional office, Sector 5, Panchkula.

Marksheet and result of the school located outside Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali will be dispatched by speed post.



From Schools
Bhavan Vidyalaya students bring laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Two students Jitesh Bansal and Divyaleen Kochhar of Class XII of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, won the preliminary round of “Technothalon - National School Championship” organised by the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.

The preliminary round was conducted on July 19 in 70 cities. As many as two lakh students participated. The objective was to test the aptitude and analytical skills of the students.

This is the only team selected from the city for the next round to be held at IIT, Guwahati, from September 3 to 6.

Parkash utsav

The Parkash utsav of Sri Guru Harksihan Sahib was celebrated with religious fervour at Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 40-C.

S Hira Singh Gabria, Minister for Jails, Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Government of Punjab, was present.

The programme commenced with the bhog of Sehaj Path, Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji followed by the recitation of shabad kirtan by the school students. Bhai Jagir Singh ji with his melodious kirtan had the sangat spell bound.

The school principal Bindu Diljit Singh read out the school report and highlighted the achievements of the school.

Cash awards were presented to students who scored above 85 per cent marks in the CBSE examination.

The school also awarded 34 scholarships to the students who had excelled in various academic and co-curricular activities.



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