C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Swine flu can turn more lethal in winter
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
As the number of swine flu cases in the city continue to mount, the UT health authorities are keeping their fingers crossed, for they apprehend a further rise in such cases as winters set in.

According to Prof Rajesh Kumar, head of the community medicine department at the PGI, cooler weather flares up flu and other respiratory diseases. “At the moment, it is difficult to predict how the virus will behave. But traditionally, common flu rises in autumn, spring and winters. Going by this logic, the H1N1 virus should get more active during winters,” he said.

Dr Rajesh’s fears find echo in the steep rise of swine flu cases in the recent past. Even, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that all African and Asian countries should be prepared for more widespread and devastating flu epidemic in the coming months as the swine flu virus can combine with local and seasonal strains during the winter months and can mutate in “unpredictable ways”.

To combat the virus, there is a need to break the chain of transmission, said Dr Rajesh after observing the current situation. He said, “It’s a highly infectious disease and has spread faster than any other flu in the past. But prompt use of public health measures combined with a sound strategy for case management can control and mitigate the impact on human health and economy, said Dr Rajesh.

Airing similar views, UT nodal officer for swine flu HC Gera said; “No one can predict what the winter has in store in terms the H1N1 virus. It could be severe, it could be mild and we just don't know.”

“In the absence of vaccines, one lesson that can be learnt from our ongoing battle with the H1N1 virus is that people with breathlessness and fever should seek immediate treatment, best within 48 hours after they fall ill,” added Gera.

So far, over 473 cases of swine flu had come to city hospitals, of which 104 were tested positive, including three fresh cases for H1N1reported today. Of the positive cases, over 20 were doctors and around 40 were students, including schoolchildren and college-going youth. Four deaths due to the virus have been reported in the region.

Concerned over the increase in the number of swine flu cases, the health department has increased its stock of Tamiflu medicine to 8,000 tablets. Till October, a stock of 5,000 tablets was being maintained. Gera said, “The virology department of the PGI has a facility for testing H1N1 virus.”

As most of the positive cases reported are of students, the health department has issued special instructions to all the educational institutions here to curb the further spread of the infection.

Directing the education department to be vigilant, home-cum-health secretary Ram Niwas asked school principals to follow safety guidelines, including instructing class teachers to actively screen each student and submit a report about their health to the principal within one hour after morning attendance. “Parents and school authorities have to take the responsibility and not allow students with symptoms to attend classes. Schools should not hold functions and gatherings. In most cases, the parents are sending ailing children to attend classes and to the school trips, which is against the guidelines,” said Gera.

3 more test positive

With three more students testing positive for swine flu in the city on Sunday, the total number of confirmed H1N1 cases has touched 104.

UT nodal officer for swine flu HC Gera said: “One student each from Punjab Engineering College, SD Model School, Sector 32, and St Xavier’s School tested positive on Sunday.”

The UT health authorities have decided to suspend class XII of SD Model School and class IX of St Xavier School, whose students have tested positive.

The victims, along with their family members, have been quarantined at home. Tamiflu has 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.



Village gets facelift, courtesy VVIP’s wedding reception
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Seonk (Mohali), November 15
One of the backward areas of Punjab, the Seonk-Perch belt, located in Chandigarh’s periphery, is suddenly witnessing development, thanks to a VVIP wedding reception. And when the wedding reception is that of Bikram Singh Majithia, the brother-in-law of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the official machinery has to be on its toes, laying roads and doing other sundry jobs.

For the past few days, the area is being given a facelift after the groom’s family chose a sprawling farmhouse of a senior bureaucrat to hold a big reception for the who's who of the region on November 25.

The existing link roads are being repaired and at least two new approach roads are being laid, courtesy the official machinery. “ I am happy that pot-holed roads are being repaired to give a smooth ride for the VIP vehicles. But we would also benefit from it after the reception,” remarked a villager.

“Since a number of VVIPs would come to attend the grand meal, elaborate arrangements are being made to accommodate the guests. Several parking spaces are being created around the venue of the reception. It’s nothing less than an official function for us,” said an official.

When The Tribune team visited the spot on Sunday, PWD workers were busy in earth filing on both sides of a link road connecting Seonk-Jayanti Majri villages. Two new approach roads, connecting the farmhouse to the main road, were being laid. Heavy machinery was being used to level uneven fields for parking of vehicles. At the farmhouse, workers were being giving final touches to a structure. “We are happy at least we are getting the basic amenities,” said Karam Singh, a resident of the area.

Since the invitees are expected to cross the 20,000-mark, the district administration and the police have been asked to make elaborate security arrangements.



Two lakh consumers to get CFLs
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
More than 2 lakh domestic consumers in the Union Territory will soon get at least four compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) each as part of the “Bachat Lamp Yojana” of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency.

Confirming the development, a UT secretary said: “We have initiated the programme and have already sought expression of interest from the developers, including the CFL manufacturers and traders.” These will be given at subsidised rates to the consumers.

The developer is sought to carry out the pre-project survey and also take care of distribution of the CFLs to the domestic consumers as well as the replacement of the fused ones. It has been clarified that the bidder will make the total investment and there will be no financial liability of the department in the entire exercise.

The electricity department of the UT will provide database of households in the project and assist in the selection of the project sample groups.

A majority of the CFLs are designed to fit in the existing place of the incandescent lamps.

CFLs are known to use lesser power and give same light. They are said to be slightly expensive than the normal bulbs.

The average life of a CFL is believed to be more than 10 times than that of an incandescent lamp. The CFLs are believed to use 20 to 33 per cent less power compared to a normal bulb. A very important issue related to the CFL lamps is the disposal aspect, which, too, will be catered by the developer.



40-yr-old hit by neighbour, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
A 40-year-old cook, identified as Partap, was killed in the wee hours of today following a brawl with his neighbour in Burail village.

The police has booked his neighbour, Rajesh Kumar alias Raju, on the charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

DSP (South) Jaswant Singh Khaira said the police received information at around 9.15 that a man was lying injured in his room in Saini Mohala in Burail village. The police party went to the spot and found the man dead. Blood was oozing out of his nose.

The police examined the spot and shifted the body to the to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.

Partap hailed from Uttarakhand and was living alone in Burail. The police said Partap woke up at around 4 am and went near Rajesh’s residence. Rajesh, who is said to be mentally upset, suspected that Partap was peeping inside his house. He came out and a heated argument ensued between them.

Partap’s friend Manoj alias Monga also reached there and saw Rajesh slapping Partap. The latter fell on road face down and was injured. Monga took Partap to his room and left him there. When he came back at around 8.30 am, he found Partap lying listless on the floor.

The DSP said the exact cause of death would only be ascertained in the post-mortem examinstion. The police has registered a case under Section 304 of the IPC against Rajesh.



Security gates installed at Mohali
Tribune News Service

A security gate installed in Mohali.
A security gate installed in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, November 15
The theft of vehicles from residential areas here may soon be a thing of the past. Security gates installed at all entry and exit points of each sector are aimed at enhancing security in this regard.

Though the work of installing the gates has been completed, the final exercise of convening a meeting with the residents welfare association to employ security guards to man the gates is being worked out. The DSP, City-II, Swarandeep Singh, said the gates should become functional by next month.

For the convenience of security guards, a guardroom has been provided near the gate. At the security gate, the house numbers of the respective residential pocket would be displayed, apart from a painted message of the civic body. A private company that has been engaged by the Mohali MC has also been allowed to put up an advertisement on the remaining part of the gate.

In some cases, the private company has already put up advertisements even before the gates have become operational. The work for the construction of the gates has been allotted to private parties after the local government turned own a request of the MC to install the gates from its own pocket at a cost of Rs 66 lakh. The private agency would pay licence fee to the MC.

To ensure the security of the residents, the police and the council had drawn up a plan to install the gates. The proposal was earlier presented at a meeting held on December 30, 2008, and was cleared by the House. However, the director, local government, asked the council to look for private parties that were ready to install the gates and construct cabins.

Shoddy job

In a classic example of a good initiative being implemented in a shoddy manner, the gates are being installed by a private company in a way that large space has been left on either side. To seal it, grills are being put up, but in some cases, the gates have been installed in the middle of a market and there is no way to seal the market. 



Scribes celebrate National Press Day
S D Sharma

Panchkula, November 15
Acclaimed media scholars shared their considered views while deliberating on the subject “The Changing Face of Indian Media” at a seminar organised by Zila Patarkar Parishad, Panchkula, on the eve of National Press Day, held at the Red Bishop complex here today.

Prolific author and Assistant Editor of The Tribune Roopinder Singh delved deep onto the subject, proposed by the Press Council of India for this year’s celebrations. He traced the evolution of journalism from its humble informative, educative and socially relevant role to its transformation to gigantic powerful medium, courtesy the advent of electronic media, Internet and FM. The unprecedented boom had brought the news sharing far closer but not without their contradictory attributes of posing challenges, especially in the investigative journalism. But because of its maintaining the ethical standards the print media has to stay in its invincibility.

With five decades in active journalism, Hindi poet and author Dr Chander Trikha talked of the deterioration of ethics in the reporting, language and accuracy affecting the desired credibility. Over the years, the media or newspapers is becoming a saleable commodity like the space therein which must be checked. “Jo dikhta hai voh bikta hai” like trends, especially the process in electronic TRP ratings as also by ABC and RNI must be made public.

Unit Head of The Daink Bhasker, Chandigarh, Kewal Sahni, however, exhorted the mediapersons to be fair in reporting without succumbing to any pressure. Media units or newspapers with positive attitude and right approach in selfless service of society will only stay and grow, he maintained citing many examples. Endorsing his view Ajaybir Sehgal and Parveen Setia, the guests of honour, said whenever the Press had taken the cause of a common man it had won the confidence of the masses.

Presiding over the function, city SP Amitabh Dhillon IPS observed that erosion of values and positive aspects went side by side and “we must propagate the right spirit.”

Chief guest Panchkula DC Pankaj Yadav hailed media as the powerful fourth estate, but at times concentrating more to serve the elite urban areas, the hub of news. “But relying on my experience the major rural community is being ignored as far as personal excess of reporters to these areas. As the soul of India with most population lies in villages, their socio-economic issues must find the attention and prominent place in media publications and broadcasts.

Earlier, parishad president PP Verma welcomed the guests and the audience while leading journalists presented mementos to dignitaries.



‘Udhri Hoyee Guddi’ depicts women’s dilemma
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, November 15
Vibrant new productions with innovative theatrical treatment remained the hallmark of the five-day annual theatre festival, which concluded with the staging of a poignant Punjabi play “Udhri Hoyee Guddi” at the Randhawa Auditorium here today.

“The concept of the fest, fourth in the series, organised by Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy, aimed at propagating the aesthetic capability and know-how of theatre artistes and groups by mutual sharing and interaction,” said Kamal Tewari, chairperson, CSNA.

The concluding but memorable play “Udhri Hoyee Guddi” depicts the dilemma of women subjected to heinous torture, disparity and subjugation in male dominated society. Based on a story by Rishpinder Rashim playwright Devinder Daman had successfully juxtaposed the belief that daughters are a curse for some parents, who extol their sons providing them best of upbringing and bounties, except the discipline and moral character. Using a raped doll of a female child as symbol both director actor Jaswant Daman and sensational child prodigy Roopam (portraying Simi) exposed the human psyche of gender inequality.

Both the prodigious child artistes, actor Roopam and singer Suman brought alive the pathos of Shiv Batalvi’s poetry and their mentor Jaswant Daman were given standing ovation. Mukesh Gautam honoured the artistes, while Kamal Arora conducted the festival on all days.



Punjab-Chd chapter of IIA adjudged best
Pradeep Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Adding another feather to its cap, the Chandigarh-Punjab chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) has bagged the “Best Chapter Award” of the IIA for professional excellence.

The award was given by national president of the IIA Vinay Parelkar at a conference at Nagpur recently. A team comprising Jit Kumar Gupta, national joint honorary secretary, Surinder Bahga, chairman of the Chandigarh-Punjab chapter, besides office-bearers Sanjay Goel, Ashok Juneja, Archana Chaudhary and Praveer Goel received the award at the function attended by around 1,000 architects from India and abroad.

The local chapter has won the award for the first time in the 92-year-old history of the institute. The chapter got runners-up trophy a few years ago. One chapter is given the award every year based on their performance to promote profession in India. Currently, India has 17 chapters and 41 centres.

Bahga termed the award as a reward for the hard work put in by chapter members, who, he said, worked relentlessly organising conferences, workshops and interaction programmes the whole year. The chapter had grown from strength to strength by launching a centre at Ludhiana and three sub-centres at Patiala, Amritsar and Jalandhar in order to coordinate activities of the chapter. Besides, the IIA had the rare distinction of taking initiative with the CPWD regarding abolition of earnest money deposit for empanelment of architects, Bahga added.

The campaign of the chapter demanding Bharat Ratna for architects like Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh’s creators, for their invaluable contribution to India’s modern architecture had been widely appreciated.

Speaking on the expansion plans of the chapter, he said a quarterly newsletter, IIA Times, had been launched. The membership had also gone up from 275 to around 400 over the past six months.The official website, www.iiachdpb.com, had also been launched, he added.

The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), whose origin dates back to 1917, is the highest professional body of architects and boasts of over 15,000 members. The institute is represented on various national and international committees connected with architecture, art and the building industry, including the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects (SAARCH).



Playing a spy

It was a hilarious site. The touts were very closely observing our movement, just as we were watching theirs. To distract them, when I started watching elsewhere for a while, the black-marketers pretended to do the same.

It was strange “mute” dialogue, where the peddlers knew they are about to be caught and we knew we would get hold of all evidences and of course them.

My fascination for my new spy camera coupled with the enthusiasm to catch the touts red-handed while purchasing the admission forms in the PU made the afternoon of November 10 more enthralling.

Having learnt important lessons, the last time these men were caught red-handed by our newspaper, this time they were more careful.

The best part was when the security was informed and they rushed in all directions to nab the touts. Our senior photojournalist, Pradeep Tewari, and me, proudly caught one tout each, who were trying to escape. Humbly though, I thought I had become smarter at such “operations” after an earlier experience similar to this. It was the case of drug peddlers openly selling schedule ‘H’ drugs on roads in industrial area a few of months back.

— Neha Miglani

Sanitation drive flops

The much touted sanitation drive by the Mohali district administration and Mohali MC has failed to make any impact on the sanitation in the town.

Barring cleaning of the sector-wise dumping sites, the drive has not been bale to achieve the desired results.

A round of the town reveals that in the inner sector markets, the sanitation staff has not bothered to clean up the respective area. Heaps of debris and garbage can be seen at the rear of Phases 3B2, VI and VII markets.

Instead of launching special drives, the sanitation should be monitored on regular basis to identify the weak points.

— Rajmeet Singh

Waiting for Administrator to go

If you thought that the exit of UT’s “His Highness” SF Rodrigues would affect the hi-fi stuff like administrative policies or the mega project controversy, you in for a surprise as it will also be a decisive factor in the city’s nursery admissions. At least the key players in the UT schools feel so.

“As usual, we are looking forward to bring about some change in our fee and fund structure. The administration seems to be in no mood to allow the hike, so we will wait till this governor goes. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the new one helps our cause and softens some policies,” a key player says.

— Sumedha Sharma

A dose of advice

One is generally advised by the near and dears ones to do extra work to shine out among others when promotion is nearing. However, this is not the way in police. Like the others things, the police personnel stands out among other servicemen as far as strategy to promotion is concerned.

This difference in approach was witnessed the other day when a senior was seen giving out “a dose of his well-earned experience” to his subordinates, who was a few days away from his milestone promotion.

“Now, go slow, don’t run after petty thieves, criminals, snatchers bad characters in yours area. Just let the time pass peacefully and come into action only after getting the long-awaited promotion. Any action may invite some undesirable controversy or trouble, as the bad elements in your area are also aware about your promotion and may go against you to the senior officials. Once you get the long-awaited stars, come in action and deal them with stern hand, but for now, treat yourself as sitting duck, but be sure not to caught napping,” said the senior cop. The subordinate saluted the superior in affirmative and the latter went on his way.

— Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Educationist feted

Chandigarh-based educationist and social activist Kulwant Singh has again brought laurels to the city. He has been awarded the “Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award-2009” for his outstanding services to the nation by the National Unity Conference.

Currently, the direction (education) with the Vishav Gurmat Roohani Mission Charitable Trust, Ratwara Sahib, near Chandigarh, Kulwant’s passion to serve the poor, particularly in the field of education, has won him acclaims in the education and social fields.

Providing free education and sports facilities to the poor has been the forte of the educationist.

— Pradeep Sharma


Even as a majority of police officials in district police have been leaving no stone unturned to expose the black sheep in the department, the officials with a “hazy” image also have no dearth of sympathisers in the system.

Superintendent of Police Amitabh Dhillon had an inkling of it recently when he was not supplied with clippings of certain newspapers.

These newspapers had published the news regarding alleged involvement of an SHO and a DSP in the nexus with forgers and smugglers. Whether any action was taken against the person who tried his best to help his SHO friend in his own way is yet to be seen, but the SP was amazed to know that his staff feel that he was dependent on these clippings to know the happenings his department.

— Arun



Flat Transfer Policy
Bansal urged to intervene
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
With the UT cooperative and the finance departments at loggerheads over the amendments in the transfer policy for the GPA holders of the cooperative group housing societies, the harassed GPA holders have urged the Union minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal to intervene.

“The intervention at your level could only help the harassed GPA holders and help formulate a hassle-free and transparent flat transfer policy,” a representation by the Chandigarh Social Welfare Council, an organisation committed to the cause of the GPA holders welfare, to the minister said.

Double whammy

Recently the estate office abruptly stopped issuing NOC (required at the time of sale/transfer of property) to the GPA holders in respect of properties held by them in the city. Fresh orders of the estate office require the GPA holders to apply for issuance of NOC in respect of the property held by them on GPA through their original allottees only. This exposes the GPA holders to financial exploitation by the original allottees.

Recently, the finance department had put its foot down on certain "people-friendly" proposals of the cooperative department to effect certain changes in the transfer policy.

The cooperative department had proposed that all transfer of share/membership in favour of the GPA holder or any other person by the original allottee member will be allowed without the precondition of clearance of his dues with the society or getting a 'no due certificate' from the society. In addition, the society would affect transfer without it taking the NDC from the Chandigarh Housing Board.

The proposal contained provision of transfer of flat in the names of more than one person as contained in the GPA, will and sub-GPA.

However, only the person whose names appear first on the share certificate was to be eligible to vote in the society affairs.

All these proposals, when implemented, would have made the property transactions simplified and were to remove all bottlenecks faced by the GPAs in the matter of the transfer of share/flat on his names, said Satish C Sharma, general secretary of the council. The proposals, after approval from the finance department and the UT administrator, would have mitigated the sufferings of the GPAs, he hoped.

Acting on the persistent demands, the Chandigarh administration had come out with a transfer policy for group housing flats on March 2. The recent proposals from the cooperative department to the finance department, which it rejected, were aimed at removing certain loopholes in the policy.



Woman accuses daughter of fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The police has booked a city doctor and her husband on the charges of allegedly duping her mother of several crores of rupees. The couple is reportedly at large for the past three days after the police registered a case against them.

Talking to mediapersons at her house today, 78-year-old Rajinder Ahluwalia today said the economic offences wing of the police had registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against her daughter, Dr Suneet Walia, and son-in-law, Dr Arun Tayal, after an inquiry into the matter.

She alleged that they had not only misappropriated her money (running into crores of rupees), but also took possession of her house in Sector 10. The doctor-duo are medical officers at the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital. Though they belong to the Punjab cadre, they have been on deputation to Chandigarh for over 20 years.

“I need to undergo an urgent operation for knee replacement, but I cannot afford medicare. They siphoned off the money left to me by my husband and even sent an eviction notice after fraudulently transferring the house in their name,” she alleged.

She said her husband died in 2006 and left the house in the name of his grandsons. The Tayals started visiting her frequently. Her other daughter lived in the US and a son, Satnam Singh, stays on the first floor of the house. “As I am old, I faced difficulty visiting the market and banks. Suneet told me to open a joint account so that she could look after it for me. I did not doubt her intentions and opened the account with the Bank of Rajasthan at Sector 17,” she said.

She said her daughter obtained her signatures on some documents and took her photographs on the pretext of opening the joint account. It was only later that she realised that a large sum of money was transferred from her account to that of her daughters. She was only left with a balance of Rs 2,023. She further said the Tayals asked her to transfer the house to Rajinder, to which she agreed in December 2007.

In June last year, they took her to the estate office and she came to know later that the house had been transferred fraudulently in the name of her daughter.

When her son and grandchildren came to know about it, they filed a civil suit to get the illegal transfer cancelled, she added.



Land Acquisition
Morcha wants action against Administrator, officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The Chandigarh Sanjha Morcha, in association with NGO Citizens’ Voice, today organised a “chintan baithak” here.

During the “baithak”, villagers and other citizens of Chandigarh deliberated about the “injustice” by the Chandigarh administration against the UT villagers and the low-income people. Naib Singh, panch of Makhan Majra, rued that despite assurance by the then Rural Development Minister during a meeting with Chandigarh farmers at Delhi, things had not improved and farmers were continuously divested of their property to satisfy the greed of the real estate sharks and big business associates.

Kuldeep Singh Kahlon, president of the morcha, alleged that the Chandigarh administration had ruined the city by unplanned and haphazard projects in the name of development. Due to the lackadaisical attitude of the administration, the city has started facing traffic jams, parking problems, law and order problems, drug menace and alcoholism.

“It is surprising that the Union government is not reacting to the voice of the people, as a result the corrupt officials and the political nominees continue to carry on with their nefarious designs despite promises by the government, including UPA chief Sonia Gandhi at the time of election. These corrupt officials should be removed and the Chief Commissioner should be appointed in place the Administrator,” added Kahlon.

Social activist Hemant Goswami criticised the “sluggish and tardy” action by the Union Home Ministry against those divesting the lawful owners of their lands.

Hemant said, “When the Home Ministry and the CVC are prima-facie satisfied that a serious fraud of such a big magnitude involving thousands of crores has taken place in Chandigarh, then there was no reason for the Union government to slow peddle the investigation. An FIR should immediately be registered and all people who are named in the complaints, including the Administrator and the bureaucrats, should be arrested. The investigation is also needed into the assets of the top bureaucrats including the Administrator.”

Harwant Singh, chief co-ordinator of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, echoed similar sentiments and said, “In Chandigarh, there is no governance, rather it is like typical jungle raj. It is deplorable that the Administrator is questioning the authority of the Home Ministry to initiate investigation against corrupt officials and corruption in Chandigarh.”

To highlight the “vindictive” nature of the bureaucracy, sarpanch of Darua village Gurpreet Singh Happy said when he entered into an argument with an official during an illegal demolition drive, the enforcement staff came to his village the next day and demolished his house and other buildings on his ancestral land.



Pet medical centre gets huge response
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 15
The Pet Animal Medical Centre-cum-Teaching Hospital, which was inaugurated by the Haryana Chief Minister two months ago at Devi Nagar village here, is all set to start its teaching work next month.

The hostel for dogs at the Pet Animal Medical Centre-cum-Teaching Hospital in Devi Nagar, Panchkula.
The hostel for dogs at the Pet Animal Medical Centre-cum-Teaching Hospital in Devi Nagar, Panchkula. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

There were a total of 20 seats for veterinarians to get training, said centre officer in charge Dr MR Singla. The centre has got a huge response, as hundreds of dogs along with cats, parrots and pigeons have already been treated since the OPD, indoor operation theatre, laboratory and hostel services have already been started in the centre.

The dog hostel, however, proved a boon for the pet owners, who usually found it difficult to leave their pets at home while going for holidays.

The pet owners had to pay Rs 100 for one day to admit their “small dogs”, which would be taken care of by staff with milk, readymade feed and chapattis, said Dr Singla.

The dog handlers have been trained to take the dog outside for morning and evening walks, he claimed. The owners of other breeds, however, have to shell a little more. Rs 150 and Rs 200 would be charged to take care of “large and extra large breeds”, he added.

Though the centre has already started providing training to the dogs at the doorstep, a parlour for the pets is going to be set up soon before its outsourced. The breeding of the Labradors, German Shepherds, Retrievers, Pugs and St Bernards would also be started at the centre soon, said Dr Singla, who had 20 years of experience in the dog treatment and wildlife.

The brainchild of financial commissioner health, Hardip Singh, and director-general animal husbandry, Dr KS Dangi, the centre in fact was being set on the international pattern and that is why the digital radiography system with a cost of Rs 70 lakh was set up in the hospital.

While an ambulance to ferry the injured or ill pet has already been inducted last week, the diagnostic centre equipped with X-ray, ultrasound and ECG services has also been started.



National Child Award for dance prodigy
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 15
Ingrained aesthetic potential, dedication and capacity of conscientious “riyaz” has enabled prodigious Urvi Manocha (11) to score a unique hat-trick of winning the prestigious national awards with her crowning as the National Child Award-2009 at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi here yesterday.

The honour was bestowed on whiz-kid Urvi Manocha by Krishna Tirath, minister of state for women and child development, at a ceremony held in New Delhi.

She was awarded for overall excellence and as a kathak dance prodigy. She had earlier won the coveted presidential honour of National Balshree- 2007 and was the youngest - aged nine at that time - among all contestants from India in her maiden attempt.

Another crowning achievement of winning national CCRT scholarship and Republic Day honours followed next year.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune from New Delhi, Urvi Manocha, an accomplished Jaipur gharana kathak danseuse and budding vocalist, gave credit to her guru Pandit Yashpaul Sharma of Agra gharana and kathak guru Yogesh Sharma, besides her teachers at Manav Mangal School -21, Chandigarh.

Her elated parents Arvind Manocha and Renu Bala said Urvi got an award in performing arts from Punjab and Bhavneet from Chandigarh in sports.

Urvi has a track record of performances from the age of four. She has performed at Shimla summer festival, Basant Utsav, DD Shimla and for Lions Club to raising funds.

Credited with over one dozen regional awards and a brilliant student, Urvi says the moment when she met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on June 10, 2008 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan still rejuvenated her.



Vector control strategies discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
“The global climate change is continuously changing the prevalence patterns of the parasitic diseases and therefore requires urgent attention as it is a public health problem,” said Prof Rajesh Kumar, head, School of Public Health, PGIMER, in the symposium on “Vector control strategies-coordination between basic researchers, health care professional and health ministry” held as a part of the ongoing 21st National Congress of Parasitology at the department of zoology, Panjab University.

HC Gera, nodal officer, IDSP, informed audience about vector control strategies in Chandigarh and coordination with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, for this purpose.

He dealt at length on the vector (insects which spread the disease) management issue in the context of community health and sensitisation of public through mass mobilisation, involvement of print and electronic media and rallies, so as to make the common man aware of the control measures, which they can practice personally. This he said was the reason behind Chandigarh reporting negligible incidences of chikungunya and dengue.

Dr J Mahanta, director, RMRC, Dibrugarh, and Dr Pawan Malhotra, scientist at ICGEB, New Delhi, spoke on various aspects of designing vaccines for parasitic diseases taking into consideration the immune response profile to these diseases.

Prof Neelima Gupta, MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, who is also the BN Singh Memorial Oration Awardee, presented a talk on the evolutionary aspects of parasitism.

Young scientist award presentations and oral presentations of various participants were also held during the day.



Conveyance Deed at Allotment Price
Joint action committee seeks extension of deadline
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 15
In connection with a recent notification issued by the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) allowing re-allottees to be considered at par with original allottees for the purpose of registration of conveyance deed at the allotment price, the Joint Action Committee of All Residents Welfare Association, Mohali, has urged the state government to extend the deadline from December 31 to March 31, 2010.

General Secretary of the association Baljeet Singh Kumbhra said if there was any confusion regarding the contents of the notification, the association would clarify the matter with the state government.

It may be mentioned that it had been highlighted in these columns that the notification had benefited limited allottees as the special waiver of allowing the conveyance deed at allotment price was applicable to the first buyer from the original allottee of the plot and not to subsequent buyers.

The first buyer has been allowed to make the full and final payment before going for the conveyance deed. President of the association Manoj Aggarwal said the state government was also being requested to give the waiver to all re-allottees and not the first buyer alone.

Another clause of setting the deadline on December 31 and in the same notification giving three months from the date of payment of the last regular instalments as per schedule of payment of such allotment had also created confusion. It was also being sorted out.



Exhibition on road safety held at Sukhna Lake
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
An NGO organised an exhibition on Road Safety to observe the United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims at Sukhna Lake here today.

The British Library, Chandigarh, collaborated with the NGO ArriveSAFE, CITCO and Indian Oil to hold a community event to mark this globally recognised day.

Harman Sishu, president of the NGO, said in order to spread the message on road safety they displayed an accidental car, organised an art competition on the theme of “road safety message to world leaders” and lit candles in the memories of road accidents’ victims in the city. The award-winning competition entries would be given an opportunity to have their message internationally voiced by displaying them at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety being held in Moscow on November 19 and 20. Sidhu would participate and represent the NGO in the conference.

The memorial events were held across the world on this day with communities coming together to draw attention to the road accidents and the tragic losses involved, said Sidhu. London-based artist and author Woodrow Phoenix was also present on the occasion and spoke on his book and illustrations on the road safety.



From Schools
Role of good friends highlighted
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 15
Good friends are the rarest of commodities and only the lucky ones have them, was the sublime message conveyed by students of Vivek High School, Sector 70, Mohali, through their play “Friends in Madagascar”, which was staged to mark the third Founder’s Day of the school.

The play, which was directed by Vandana Vashisht, highlighted the central role played by good friends in making life worthwhile. Students from Classes II to VI enacted the roles of Alex, Gloria, Marty and Melman with great élan. The melodious choir and foot-tapping dances enthralled audience. The sets brought to life the tropical forests of Madagascar. The dedicated efforts of over 140 students made the play a treat to watch and kept the audience mesmerised and nodding in friendly agreement.

Students invited to NASA

As a part of NASA Educational Programme, students of Dikshant International School have been invited to rediscover the remarkable accomplishment of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The event is part of the 40th year of celebration of the remarkable accomplishment of Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Starting from November 16 to 20, students will have a live interaction with NASA astronauts, who had a special connection with Apollo 11 through NASA Digital Learning Network and by means of live audio-video conferencing at the Media Centre on the school premises.

Children’s Day celebrated

To mark the birth anniversary of children's favourite Chacha Nehru, the Children's Day was celebrated in an interesting way at AKSIPS-65. Pre-primary teachers presented a beautiful dramatisation of the famous story “A cap seller and naughty monkeys". Teachers were dressed as monkeys and the cap seller. Later, the teacher, who was dressed as the cap seller distributed colourful caps, which had “Love you Chacha Nehru" written on them. Sweets were also distributed among students. A special assembly was conducted for all other classes, where teachers presented news, thought of the day and a speech on the life of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. Later, an inter-house antakshri competition was organised to entertain children.

Guru Nanak school: The Children’s Day was celebrated with fervour and gaiety at Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30-B, Chandigarh.

A skit on “Value of Education” was presented by students of Class IX. Tiny tots of primary wing recited poems. Students and teachers paid homage to Pt Jawaharlal Nehru.

Poster making and slogan writing competitions were organised. Events like kavita gayan pratiyogita, sulekh and nibandh lekhan pratiyogita in Hindi were also organised. Principal Ajit Kaur distributed prizes to winners.

Interactive session

EUREKA-the History Association of MCM DAV College for Women, organised an interactive session on the Children’s Day yesterday.

Presentations on Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indus Valley Civilisation, American Revolution, French Revolution, Renaissance, Indian Coinage were shown during the session. Principal of the college Dr Puneet Bedi spoke on the relevance of history.



Memorandum to Sibal against multiple, costly MBA forms
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
MBA aspirants in the city have pledged to fight against the exorbitant fee charged by B-schools across the country for admission forms. Around 100 students from various colleges in the city have jointly sent a memorandum to Human Resources and Development Minister Kapil Sibal in this regard.

Stating that the “premier” business institutes in the country have turned the admission process into a multi-crore business, these students have launched a signature campaign to bring the matter to the notice of the Union minister.

“Much is being done in the education sector and we are talking of right to education today. But a major problem being faced by students aspiring to get admission to B-schools goes unnoticed,” said Tarun Nanda, a third-year student of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

“The admission process has been converted into a multi-crore business. The admissions in the country are done through various examinations like CAT, XAT, MAT, SNAP, JMET etc. After appearing in the test, the candidate needs to apply to various colleges. The required forms are available for anything between Rs 800 and Rs 1,600, which makes these out of reach for most of the poor students, especially when they have already paid for the entrance test,” he added.

The students questioned the need to spend on admission forms of these colleges and on the entrance exam separately. They demanded that the entire process should be streamlined.

The students have also mentioned in the memorandum that MBA aspirants have to wait for their result for getting admission to the institute of their choice, while they are also forced to fill forms for other institutions.



Paper published
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Anupreet Kaur Arora and Sagneet Kaur of MCM DAV College for Women published a paper on “Issues and Challenges Related to Adolescence in Modern Era” in the Indian Journal of Psychology and Mental Health August 2009 V.3, No.5.

Students of the psychology department of the college probed the phase of adolescence and its problems and in a professional manner offered solutions for these challenges. Principal of the college Dr Puneet Bedi congratulated students on their academic achievement and called them the flag-bearers of MCM for strengthening the college’s stronghold at the national level.

Yoga camp

On the eve of diabetes day, a three-day yoga camp was organised by Government College of Yoga Education and Health, Sector 23. Yoga experts highlighted the management of diabetes with the help of various exercises. Nearly 100 persons attended the camp.



Art college
I was on leave: Teacher
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
In response to the story published on November 9 about lackadaisical attitude of the principal of Government College of Art, Sector 10, one of the faculty members, Sumangal Roy, whose name was mentioned in the story said, “I was on leave from November 7 to 9 and was not absent.”

However, the correspondent stands by her story and points out the fact that the Education Secretary gave the statement of his absence in front of the college faculty and students. The teacher was then summoned by Niwas. During their interaction with Niwas, students had requested him to give them another teacher in place of Roy.



Annual day

Chandigarh, November 15
The local Kangra Valley Welfare Association has given scholarships to 68 school-going children and two students pursuing higher technical education during 2008-09. It has also provided financial support to three destitute widows and an aged person to tide over financial difficulties in the evening of their lives, said Prof S. Bhatnagar, president of the association, at the annual day function here today.

The association honoured Dr Meenu Singh of the PGI, Chandigarh, and Dr Ashok Attri, Head , Department of Surgery at Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, on the occasion for their achievements in their respective fields. A colourful variety programme of songs, skits and dances - all depicting various aspects of the rich folklore of Kangra - marked the occasion, followed by community lunch. — TNS



Eli Lilly Asia Thesis Award for NIPER student
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 15
Sandeep Sundriyal, a PhD graduate from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), who is now working as the post doctoral research associate at the department of pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, the US, has been selected for the Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award, 2009, in the field of medicinal chemistry.

The award consists of a recognition plaque along with a monetary gift of US $ 1000. This award will be presented to him at a ceremony to be held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, on December 4.



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