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Nine more test positive for swine flu, 6 from PEC
College closed for a week; highest number of cases in single day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Swine flu continues to spread at an alarming rate in the city with nine more people including six students of Punjab Engineering College testing positive for the H1N1 virus today, the highest number of such cases being reported in a single day.

A day after a PEC student tested positive for H1N1, six more students from the same college and another student from DAV College, who had participated in the recently concluded PEC fest, developed flu symptoms and tested positive for the disease, said HC Gera, UT Nodal Officer for swine flu. However, he added all of them are stable and responding to treatment.

With the infection now spreading to other classes, the PEC authorities have decided to close the college for a week following instructions issued by UT health department officials.

Other positive cases were reported from St Anne's Convent School, Sector 32 and GMSSS, Sector 21. “A Class IV student of St Anne's School and a class XI student of GMSSS, Sector 21 reported positive today. The authorities of both schools have been officially directed to suspend classes for a week”, said Gera.

The disease has so far affected children the most with 24 kids from six schools including Bhavan Vidyalaya, DAV Public School, DPS and Model School-33 having been hit by swine flu.

The victims along with their family members have been “quarantined at home” by the UT health authorities. Tamiflu had been administered to all members of the family. A team of doctors and paramedics will conduct a daily home check on them and observe their condition.

Health officials expect the figure to rise further as screening increases. “As we are now able to detect more patients at an early stage, it has helped us to initiate early treatment and isolate them,” said Gera.

Of the total of 435 suspected swine flu cases that have been detected so far, 57 positive cases are from the UT and 16 each are from Punjab and Haryana. “All positive cases have been treated. They have been cured and are stable”, added Gera.



Finance dept again shoots down GPA transfer plan
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh,November 12
Yet another ‘people friendly’ proposal floated by the UT cooperative department to make the transfer of cooperative group housing society flats to general power of attorney (GPA) holders hassle-free has run into rough weather, courtesy the finance department. With the latter putting its foot down on certain amendments to the March 2, 2009 notification, transparent and speedy transfer of flats to hundreds of GPA holders has been further delayed.

It was in September this year that home-cum-cooperation secretary Ram Niwas had suggested that “all transfer of shares/membership in favour of a GPA holder or any other person by the original allottee member will be allowed without the precondition of clearing his dues with the society or getting a ‘no dues certificate’ (NDC) from the society, and without the society taking the NDC from the Chandigarh Housing Board”.

The GPA holders were to submit an affidavit to the society they would clear their dues on time, the cooperative department had proposed.

It was proposed that in the case of the GPA, will and sub-power of attorney (SPA) executed in the name of more than one person, they shall be considered for transfer in their name, subject to the condition that the share certificate shall be issued in their joint names, but the person whose name stands first in the share certificate shall alone will have the right to vote.

After the March 2 transfer policy, a large number of GPA holders had complained that the managements were circumventing the policy by demanding an “illegal fee” apart from the charges imposed by the UT administration. The latter had fixed Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 as transfer charges for category A, category B and category C flats.

However, the proposal did not find favour with the finance department on "technical grounds". Earlier, the finance department had rejected the proposal for the transfer fee for the transfer of flats to the GPA holders at least twice.

After meeting representatives of cooperative group housing societies here today, Ram Niwas asked the deputy commissioner to schedule a meeting at the level of the adviser to the UT administrator with a view to find an "amicable solution" to the grievances of the GPA holders.

DC gets RCS charge

The UT administration has designated Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh as the registrar of cooperative societies (RCS) for the union territory of Chandigarh 



Manu parole: UT police may find itself in a fix 
Didn’t verify facts before sending report to Delhi
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The report sent by the Chandigarh police that ultimately provided the basis for granting parole to Manu Sharma, convicted in the murder of model Jessica Lal, has come under the scanner. The police had apparently relied on information provided by the Manu’s family members and had forwarded the same to the home department in New Delhi without verifying the facts at length at its end.

Now, with the controversy over granting the parole despite the fact that the Delhi police had earlier raised objections to it on similar grounds, the local police may find themselves in a tight spot.

The incident has stirred a debate in the corridors of the police headquarters that the cops “succumbed” to the pressure of the “high and mighty” involved in the matter and did not “dare” to crosscheck the facts provided by Manu’s relatives. “Going by the convict’s past, his short temper and erratic behaviour, which led to the killing of Jessica Lal, the police should think twice before sending the report”, said a police officer.

Legal luminaries are of the opinion that though there are no provisions in the law for the police to doubt the report given by a government doctor, the police should go in for a second opinion going by the seriousness of the case.

Talking to TNS, UT SSP S.S. Srivastva said the home department in New Delhi had asked them specific queries into the matter, including performing of rituals of Manu’s grandmother, his mother’s health and his neglected business interests.

The SSP stated the family members informed the police about the schedule of rituals to be performed at Haridwar and in Chandigarh, submitted a report about the ailments of Manu’s mother, which was signed by government doctors, and furnished documents showing Manu’s involvement in their business. The same were verified and forwarded to the authorities concerned in New Delhi.

The family in the plea for parole had mentioned the business losses in their plea for parole and the police sent the report after examining his involvement in the business.

The SSP said it was a precondition in the parole that Manu would produce himself once a week at the Sector 3 police station and added he had been doing so. He last visited the police station on November 4 and the next due date was November 11.

The SSP maintained Manu had followed the conditions. He further made it clear the Chandigarh police had not recommended the parole but sent a fact-of-the-matter report. He added the police had no capacity to recommend the parole.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Chandigarh police had said in report that the presence of Manu Sharma in the city was no cause of concern for maintaining peace in the city. 



Burail Jailbreak
Two-year jail for Pak spy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
A local court has sentenced Abid Mehmood, a Pakistani spy, to two years rigorous imprisonment for helping in escape of Jagtar Singh Hawara, alleged assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, in the sensational Burail jailbreak case.

Abid was convicted under Sections 224 and 120-B of the IPC. Thus he was found guilty of conspiring a jailbreak with Hawara, who had even offered him an escape, during a reported meeting a week before Hawara and others escaped from the Burail Model jail.

Prior to this, Abid along with his associate, Abdul Wahid, was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment in march after being convicted under the Official Secret Acts, the Foreigners Act, criminal conspiracy and impersonating as Nihal Chauhan after forging voter identity card and sports certificates.

The Chandigarh police arrested Abid Mehmood, Abdul Wahid and Mohammad Arif, both Indian nationals, on February 23, 2003. The prosecution had stated that highly sensitive information pertaining to the military deployment and battle formations in the country was in Abid’s possession, besides orders of battle of the Western, Northern, Southern and the Eastern Commands.



A noble gesture brightens up three lives
Eyes of two accident victims donated by a Panchkula-based family help kids see the world better
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
Setting an example of nobility, a Panchkula family, reeling under a tragedy, ensured that three visually-impaired kids get a gift which would be cherished by them for a lifetime.

On November 1, Ashwani Aggarwal (45), his wife Puja (40) and son Dhruv (13), residents of Sector 17 here, were returning after attending a jagran when their car collided with a truck. Ashwani’s nephew Archit (15) was also accompanying the family. The occupants of the car along with the driver, Pawan of Mani Majra, were killed on the spot.

Despite the tragedy striking the family, its members decided to donate the eyes of both the children. “We decided to donate the eyes of both the boys. With the help of Balachaur police, we contacted a social organisation of Nawanshahr. They further helped us,” said Harish, elder brother of Ashwani Aggarwal.

While one of the eyes of Archit got damaged in the accident, the other one was transplanted into Raju who had lost vision due to some illness. Preeti, who lost one of her eyes in childhood from chickenpox, and Puja, who lost vision due to wrong medication, were the other two beneficiaries. “Now, my girl would be able to see the world better,” said Puja’s father Ranjit, a labourer in Machchiwara, who was present here to pay tributes to their benefactors. Raju and Preeti, both Ludhiana residents, and their family, also attended the kriya ceremony of the accident victims.

In India, there are 25 lakh cases of corneal blindness s and 25,000 new cases are added every year. But there is a huge shortage of donors and only 15,000 corneas are collected every year.

After quality assessment, 40 to 50 per cent of the donated eyes are used for transplantation. However, one lakh transplantation operations are required every year, for which around 2.7 lakh eyes are needed.


The Transplant of Human Organs Act, 1994, bans the sale of organs. Blood relatives or those “emotionally attached” can donate the patient’s organs. The relatives of patients, who have been declared brain dead can donate “solid” organs like heart, lung, liver and kidney. Eyes, however, can be donated after death.

Eye donation helpline:


Body donation helpline: 9914208201, 9914208202

Organ donation: 9814209642, 9914209213 



Rs 75 lakh sanitation scam
Cong councillor demands vigilance inquiry
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 12
The Congress-backed municipal councillor has demanded a vigilance inquiry into an alleged Rs 75 lakh scam in sanitation work in the town and resignation of municipal council president Rajinder Singh Rana.

Addressing a press conference here today, Kuljit Singh Bedi alleged that the terms of the agreement of the contract for the sanitation work given last year were repeatedly violated in order to gain financial benefits.

He said the civic body could have saved a sum of Rs 75 lakh if the authorities concerned had imposed penalties for violation of the terms and conditions of the agreement.

Bedi, who was accompanied by two other councillors, Gian Chand Aggarwal and Rajinder Sharma, said as per the information provided to him by the civic body under the Right to Information Act, the council president and the executive official (EO) did not deduct 20 per cent from the payments made to sanitation contractors even when the work was not satisfactory and deductions could be made as per one of the conditions of the agreement.

He said the councillors had been repeatedly pointing out at the monthly meetings that sanitation in the town was in a state of neglect but strangely the president and EO did not make 20 per cent deductions from the bills of the contractors because they found the work to be satisfactory.

He said the council had given the sanitation contract for Rs 1.50 crore last year and 20 per cent deductions could have saved Rs 30 lakh for the civic body. He said now the Mohali Deputy Commissioner had ordered to carry out a nine-day campaign to clean the town because the state of sanitation was poor.

Bedi said as per the terms of the agreement, the contractors were to open four complaint centres equipped with a telephone facility in each zone failing which a fine of Rs 5,000 per month would be imposed on the contractors.

He said the contractors did not set up the complaint centres and neither was fine imposed on them by the council authorities. No complaint centre existed at the addresses given by the civic body in the information provided to him.

He said safai karamcharis did not wear uniforms and nor did they carry identity cards in violations of the terms of the agreement but no fine was imposed. The contractors allegedly indulged in many other irregularities but no action was taken against them.

Rejecting the allegations, the council president said the civic body had been imposing penalties whenever the violations of the terms of the agreement came to his notice. Moreover, none of the council officials linked with the sanitation work had recommended deductions to such an extent.

He said Bedi had never given any written complaint to him regarding poor sanitation in his ward. He said when a meeting was held to work out stricter rules for the sanitation contractors, the councillors who were members of a committee formed in this regard did not turn up for giving their suggestions.


Top DRDO post for city scientist
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
A city scientist, Dr SK Vasudeva, settled in Delhi, has been appointed Additional Chief Controller (Research and Development) in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Earlier working as Director of the DRDO at Delhi, Dr Vasudeva spent 30 years at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) here. He shot to fame for many innovative contributions in design and development of indigenous, state-of-the-art armament systems.

A Rs 10-lakh award for “performance excellence” was conferred on Dr S K Vasudeva and his team. He received the honour, along with the award money, from the Prime Minister on the occasion of Technology Day.

In 2006, he was chosen to lead “programmes of national importance for defence preparedness”. In recognition of his achievements, he has already received several DRDO awards, including ones for his contribution to “Pokharan-I” experiments; “Path-breaking Research Awards” from the Union Ministry of Defence for contribution to “Pokharan-II” and “Shakti” experiments, along with “Scientist of the Year” award for 2002. Dr Vasudeva and his team of scientists from different DRDO laboratories developed special armament, leading the nation to achieve self-reliance in the field of special armament systems.

Dr Vasudeva and his team played a significant role in the operationalisation of these systems for the services.

Born at Garhshankar, Dr Vasudeva did his Masters in organic chemistry before obtaining doctorate from Punjabi University, Patiala. He took up a one-year course at the IAT, Pune, and joined the TBRL at Chandigarh in 1971 as Armament Scientist. In 1976, he was selected by the Union Ministry of Education for a national scholarship to study abroad and did his post-doctoral research in the area of explosive compounds at a technical university in Warsaw. In 1980, he was deputed to attend Warhead Technology Training Course in West Germany. He has also worked at Swedish Detonics Research Laboratory, Stockholm.



Sec 51 residents cry foul over muddy water 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Residents of the housing board society flats in Sector 51 say they have been "forced" to consume contaminated water these days thanks to the callous attitude of the municipal corporation, which they allege has failed to supply clean drinking water in the area.

Despite repeated requests by the residents, MC officials have not been able to find the cause or the source of the contaminated water till date.

The residents asserted nobody appeared to be bothered about their plight.

“There are a lot of senior citizens as well as small children in the locality, who have to consume the same water”, said one of them.

Another complained the residents were left with no other option but to boil the water.

However, this option is not viable for all as some residents cannot boil water every time for drinking purposes.

Though it is the government’s responsibility to provide clean water to all citizens, this appears to be on the bottom of the priorities as far as the residents of this area are concerned. 



Thought a reality check on life
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, November 12
Life is not a riddle to be solved but a miracle to be celebrated and sung about with its elemental experiences, its recurrent joys and woes, bounties and mysterious denials.

This remained the crux of the Hindi play with an English title “Thought” which was designed to recover the truth of life.

Written, directed and designed by young actor Chakresh for Alankar, the play was staged on the second day of the ongoing theatre fest organised annually by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy.

Protagonist Sanjay portrayed by Niresh Kumar initially hesitant but later on develops a passion for the column “Thought for today” in newspapers.

His belief gets stronger on noticing a few events coming true in his life landing him in a chakravyuh of orthodox world of false notions. After a series of sequences and encounters with reality, as he comes across common characters, the protagonist Sanjay feels that practically his personal experience in daily life is otherwise and he finally evolves his own thoughts and lifestyle to be more content in life.

The situational comedy arising out an altogether differently themed play keeps the audience in rapt attention.

While Baby Bandna excelled Niresh Kumar, Lalit Chandra, Vivek Sharma, Mohneesh Kalyan, Madhumita, Ashish, Rahul and Ishwar justified their roles.

Punjabi play “Rawaitan tonh paar” written and directed by Dr Sahib Singh will be staged tomorrow.



Mobile van for colony residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The Punjab Governor and administrator, UT, General (retd) Dr SF Rodrigues has asked the Social Welfare department to launch a mobile service van, equipped with staff and necessary documents, to take various social schemes to colony residents at their doorstep.

Administrator was at Government High School, Sector 25, today as part of the ongoing awareness camps programme, wherein he urged the department to go to colonies for filling up forms and completing other formalities for extending the benefit of various welfare schemes to the residents.

A month wise schedule of the visit of the team should be finalised and the residents be informed well in advance so that needy persons could get assistance at their doorsteps, he added.



Corporation repatriates SE
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today repatriated Superintending Engineer (B&R) Yogesh Gupta to his parent state, Punjab, with immediate effect. Gupta had joined the Chandigarh administration as an SDO, 18 years ago and during his stay here he had risen to the post of the superintending engineer.

Sources in the corporation revealed that as per a clause in the service rules, those officials who are promoted on deputation have to return to their parent states. But, Gupta since his tenure here had been promoted to the XEN and now he was handling the current duty charge of the SE (B&R).

The department had flouted the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) rules in the Gupta’s case, according to which no official who have been on deputation from other state could be on the post of the same rank for more than three years. Earlier, he was in the administration’s engineering wing and for the past three years he was handling the electrical, horticulture and B&R departments of the corporation.

When the CBI had inquired into the case of the installation of streetlight at Madhya Marg, it was found that the corporation had already given payment to the contractor concerned even before even the streetlights were installed at site.

Last year, the CBI had issued a warning to Gupta in this case and had cautioned him not to repeat it again. The CBI had also asked the authorities in the corporation to initiate a departmental inquiry in this case.

The sources in the administration stated that as the tenure of Gupta was over so he was retuning to his parent state.

When contacted the MC, Chief Engineer, SK Bansal said the corporation had not given the charge of the SE (B&R) to anyone so far. 



Adjustment of 62 employees
Aanganwari workers raise slogans against CM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The Aanganwari Workers Mulazim Union, CITU, today blocked the office of the Directorate of Social Security and Woman and Child Development, Punjab, in Sector 34 here, in protest against the adjustment of 62 employees of other department as supervisors.

The protesting members of the union led by their president Usha Rani caught the Chandigarh police as well as the officials of their department by surprise by assembling outside the office at around 10.30 am. The police came to know about the protest at around 12 noon.

Usha Rani told TNS that the authorities concerned had adjusted 62 surplus employees of the Punjab State Social Welfare Board against the posts lying vacant in their department. She alleged that the authorities had ignored their promotional quota of 75 per cent while adjusting the surplus employees and deprived them of their rights.

The agitating women raised slogans against the authorities and the Chief Minister of Punjab. They did not allow any one to cross the entry gate and those inside the office remained struck throughout the day. Director of the department, Dharam Datt Tarnach, had to use the back door to go out of the office.

The normal functioning of the department remained affected throughout the agitation, which ended by 5pm. The protest was lifted when the director assured the protestors that he had spoken to the minister concerned, who had fixed up a meeting for November 18 to resolve the issue.

On the other hand Usha Rani said if the authorities failed to resolve the issue on that day they would further intensify their agitation.

The police turned a blind eye to the issue due to dearth of women police officials and remained mute spectator throughout the agitation without making efforts to remove them. 



‘Healed hearts’ feel winds of change
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Ten-year-old Simranjit insisted the glass shutters of the bus window be opened so that he could experience the wind on his face while touring the sights in the City Beautiful today. He had been shielded from the wind ever since his parents discovered he had a hole in his heart when he was only six months old. Three months after he has undergone an operation, Simran has a robust heart and is no longer afraid that a cold will lead to pneumonia.

Simranjit is among the hundred children who have been operated by the PGI here and other hospitals for congenital and rheumatic heart diseases besides cancer under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Forty of these children were brought on a sightseeing trip to Chandigarh from various parts of the state by the Punjab Health Department.

The children, most of whom have been leading sheltered lives, were upbeat about their future. Sukhjinder Singh (17) says now he is confident he can pursue his studies away from home, which was literally impossible due to the precautions he had to his heart condition. Others who are younger say they yearn to play football.

The parents, many of whom are daily wagers, see the operations as life changing moments. “I see hope for me as well as my child now says Paramjit Kaur of Powat (Machhiwara) who is keen her son pursue his studies more seriously. “Earlier I was so worried about him I would not even scold him”, she adds.

Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, who had literally spearheaded the scheme, took the back seat today, saying the focus should be on the children as well as officers including Home Secretary AS Talwar and Health Secretary Satish Chandra who conceptualised the scheme.

Explaining how the scheme worked, Laxmi Kanta said all children studying in government or aided schools were eligible for it. She said parents only needed to take a certificate from the school to the respective civil surgeon of their area who recommended their case to the PGI here or the DMC, Ludhiana. She said other hospitals, including Oswal, Ludhiana, would initiate the scheme soon.

Satish Chandra disclosed that Rs 1.20 crore had been spent on operations under the scheme and that besides 100 heart related operations, 30 children had been treated for cancer. He said there was a proposal to start treatment of children with thalassaemia also. He said around 800 such children had been identified and that free treatment would be given to them at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore per annum.



GMCH 32: Clash between docs, Class IV staff 
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
High drama prevailed at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here this evening, after Class IV employees broke the windowpanes of the emergency gate in protest against the alleged thrashing of one of their colleagues by doctors.

The attendants of the patients, who were seating near the entrance gate, ran for shelter after at least 40 to 45 supporters of the Class IV employees arrived and started breaking the windowpanes of the main entrance.

A heavy posse of police personnel were deputed at the site to prevent any further clash between the two groups or damage to the hospital property. Negotiations were on to resolve the matter amicably between the agitating Class IV employees and doctors.

The SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Udaypal Singh, said statements of both groups were being recorded. However, no case has been registered against anyone till the filing of the report. Meer Chand (42), an employee of the hospital, said the trouble started when one of the Class IV employees Sonu, who had been admitted to the emergency ward, was allegedly pushed and abused by two doctors, one of whom had been identified as Jai Singh Cheema. This incident took place while he was trying to enter the lift.

And when one of his colleagues asked the doctors why the patient was being harassed and abused, he, too, was allegedly thrashed by them, he added

Chand said after this they went to the police post to lodge a complaint. There they saw seven to eight men in cars, one of them with beacon light. They, too, started hitting him and two of his colleagues with rods. Meanwhile, Dr Raj Bahadur, Director-Principal, GMCH 32, said they had lodged the complaint and necessary action would be taken against the guilty. 



Entrepreneur centre opened in IT Park 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
UT Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) added another milestone in the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park with the inauguration of an ambitious project of the entrepreneur development centre here today.

The main of this project is to provide a strong support system for the modernisation and for nurturing the brilliant ideas of our talented youths.

Addressing the function attended by eminent IT giants, professionals and technocrats, General Rodrigues said this project jointly funded by the Centre, ministry of commerce and the Chandigarh Administration with an aim to enhance the export of software from Chandigarh and to assist young professionals in setting up entrepreneurships and to develop their potential and capabilities in a state-of-the-art environment.

Emphasizing on the need for integrating the professional network and skilled development programmes with the upcoming education city, General Rodrigues said this would help in enhancing the knowledge and human experience.

The administrator honoured distinguished professionals and technocrats who had contributed in the speedy completion of the project. He also gave away awards to winners of the Business Plan Competition.

Manjit Brar, IT director, said the centre would be located in the state-of-the-art building where small and medium sized IT companies would occupy built-up space for software development, research and development and other high value services for the export purpose.

The building designed by Shiv Sharma is futuristic, service-oriented and has a global image. State of the art materials like reflective double insulating glass, energy-efficient and globe conscious icon have been used.

Chandigarh as IT hub

“Chandigarh is fast emerging as an ideal location for the IT companies and that is why we are moving our base from Mumbai to Chandigarh,” said Ankur Tripathi, leader of the winning team of the Chandigarh IT-TiE Business Plan Competition

“We are looking forward to moving into our new workplace at the centre in January 2010 and starting operations here,” stated Ankur, whose entire team is products of IIT, Mumbai. His sentiments were echoed by the members of the other five winning teams: Deepak Syal of Chandigarh (second prize), Pulkit Jain of Patiala (third prize) and the consolation prize winning teams of Shirish Chitre (Mumbai), Ritesh Ahuja (Chandigarh) and Avi Sidhu (Chandigarh). 



Promotional courses for cops begin 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The Chandigarh police started promotional courses for assistant sub-inspectors (ASI) and sub-inspectors (SI) at its Recruitment Training Centre in Police Lines, Sector 26, here today.

RS Ghumman, UT SP (Operations and Training), said as a part of upgradation of the center the first batch of the promotional courses (Upper School Course) for the ASIs to be promoted as SI and the Intermediate School Course for the head constables to be promoted as ASI had started. At least 50 ASIs and 43 head constables attended the 60-day course on the pattern of the Delhi Police.

Ghumman said the city police had been spending Rs 30,000 per trainee for the six month course conducted by the other states police training centres and academies like Phillaur, Delhi and Madhuban (Haryana). With the initiative the police would save around Rs 30 lakh.



Chemist shop owner’s remand extended 

Chandigarh, November 12
A local court today remanded the owner of Jindal Associates, Sector 24, in two days police custody. Navdeep was remanded in police custody for a day yesterday also but given to the police’s demand for further interrogation it was extended for two more days today. 

Navdeep was nabbed a day before along with Varinder, an employee of Kumar associates, for allegedly selling fake surgical items while the owner continues to be at large. The police had sort a remand contending that in depth interrogation was required to unearth the racket of fake medicines and surgical equipment. — TNS



Language divide

This refers to the news item "MNS MLAs attack Azmi in House" published in The Tribune on November 9.

Eager to prove that they meant business despite their insignificant strength in the Maharashtra Assembly, the 13 MLAs of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) marked the first day of the Assembly session by assaulting Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Abu Azmi inside the House.

It was a disappointing behaviour of the elected legislators of the MNS in Vidhan Bhavan to attack Abu Asim Azmi of the Samajwadi Party because he took oath in Hindi.

When Azmi completed the oath and was returning to his seat, the four MNS members, led by Shishir Shinde, kicked and slapped him.

The MNS credo of “Marathi manoos”, that proactively excludes other identities of Indianness, signifies a regression that is downright infantile.

Hindi is the national language and no one can be stopped from speaking it. Nor Azmi or anyone else is bound to follow Raj Thackeray's diktat that all oaths had to be taken in Marathi.

Dilbag Rai, Chandigarh



PU campus, joggers’ paradise
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Come winters and fitness freaks and walk-lovers on Panjab University campus have all reasons to cheer.

A proposal to construct a special “walking trail” on PU sports ground especially for the campus inhabitants and students is in the pipeline.

The executive committee of the sports department has passed the proposal and estimates of the expenses of the track are being worked out. The committee consisted of principals of the affiliated colleges, lecturers of physical education department, PU and deputy directors and assistant directors of the sports department.

The trail, which will circumference a distance of about 2 kms, will be constructed of interlocked tiles of double colour and will have border tiles.

There would be lights at every alternate corner, at a distance of 15metres of the trail to enable the walkers to use the track during early morning and late evening hours. Though the exact expense is yet to be worked out, initial speculations reveal that the track would cost around Rs 10 lakh.

“The work on the track will start just as the estimation is ready. There was a huge demand of this trail and not just the students, even faculty and staff members, residing on the campus are often spotted walking in the ground,” said CS Grewal, director, sports department.

Besides, the ground would also be fenced soon along the boundary wall to counter the challenge of multiple entries, thereby weakening the security, he added.

“There are multiple entries to the ground and even our own students face the problem when students from other colleges occupy the courts. When we try to send them out, they enter from some other point, hence causing a disturbance,” Grewal said.



Workshop on waste paper mgmt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, in collaboration with the Environment Society of India organised a workshop on waste paper management here today.

The Eco club heads of GHS, Sector 32, GMSSS, Sector 32, GHS, Sector 30 and GHS, Sector 46, and students attended the workshop, which was inaugurated by Dr Surinder Singh Dahiya, director, State Institute of Education, Sector 32.

Dr Dahiya emphasised upon the importance of recycling paper, calling it the need of the hour.

Cultural contest

Kendriya Vidyalaya, 3 BRD Air Force Station, won three titles in the inter-Kendriya Vidyalaya cluster level cultural competition held on its campus today.

Bijetri was the most acclaimed participant as she won the solo song title and then led her team to a truimph in the group song event.

Another title came the host school's way when Jeebasmitha won the solo dance Class I competition.

Kendriaya Vidyalaya, Sector 47, morning shift finished a close second winning two titles.

Annual day

Ambala: The annual function of Mind Tree Public School, Ambala city, was held last evening.

Students presented a colourful programme, including classical dance, qawwali and one-act play highlighting current issues.

The show commenced with Saraswati Vandana. The highlights of the programme were transformation of yogas and secularism, which mesmerised the audience.

A well-synchronised foot-tapping ballet left the audience spellbound. Thereafter dances rocked the auditorium on thrilling beats of “Jai Ho”.

Principal Sudha Mathur said on one hand such a type of programme inculcate feelings of tolerance, leadership, cooperation and discipline among children and on the other hand, help in the all-round development.



Emphasis on role of education
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
National Education Day was celebrated at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Chandimandir Cantt, to commemorate the birth anniversary of educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Principal Bhupinder Kaur garlanded the portrait of the first Education Minister of Independent India and emphasised upon his contribution to primary education. He was the first one to raise the issue of national system of education, which is today the bedrock of national policy of education 1986, subsequently updated from time to time. He believed that the wealth of the nation was not in the banks of the country but in the classrooms of primary schools, she added.

She highlighted that Maulana Azad was a great patriot, who struggled for undivided India, possessed multilingual proficiency and upheld righteousness, social justice and inclusive education granting right to education to all citizens without any disparity.

The students also spoke on the occasion.

Neeti of Class XI stressed on the role of education in the holistic development of a child. Aarti of Class IX and Jyoti of Class XI enlightened the students about the life and achievements of the scholar who had a modern outlook.



Play on friendship at Vivek school
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 12
Students of Vivek High School Sector 70, Mohali, will present a play “Friends in Madagascar” on the occasion of the 3rd Founder’s Day of the school.

The play will be staged at Vivek High Sector 38, Chandigarh, on November 15. The director of the play, Vandana Vashisht, is a graduate from National School of Drama, Delhi.

The script of the play has been improvised by students.

The focus is on friendship through thick and thin of life. Students from classes II and VI will be enacting, singing and dancing in the play to highlight the need of true friends in life.



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