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Suicide note found scribbled on woman’s body
Cops seize photos of injury marks on deceased
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
At the instance of the deceased’s family members, the police has recovered photographs purportedly showing injury marks on the body of the woman who had allegedly committed suicide at her Sector 41 home here on February 18.

The family claimed the deceased, Aruna, had told them before she took her own life that she had taken pictures of the injuries she said her husband, Shubash Srivastva, had inflicted on her and had concealed them somewhere in her house.

The police believe Aruna was apprehensive of her husband’s intentions and suspected he would destroy evidence to conceal his role behind her death. The couple reportedly had a strained relationship in the past though both had reached a compromise. Srivastva is employed as an assistant audit officer in the Punjab accountant general’s office in Sector 17.

The police contacted Aruna’s parents who alleged their son-in-law was regularly beating up their daughter and had said they had also reported the matter to the cops.

Sector 39 police station SHO inspector Janak Rana said the police had seized the photographs and would find out where they had been developed to ascertain their authenticity.

Sources said at this stage the investigators could not say anything for sure on whether the legs bearing injury marks shown in the picture were of those of Aruna’s as had been claimed by her parents.

Aruna was found hanging by her 11-year-old son Ujjwal when he returned from school. He cut the ‘dupatta’ with which his mother was hanging to lower her apparently lifeless body and even sprinkled water to revive her.

The cops initially did not find any suicide note during a search in the house. They were, however, in for a surprise when the doctors conducting a postmortem on Aruna’s body informed them yesterday about a suicide note that the deceased had scribbled on her thigh. The recovery of the note and the way she had concealed it raised suspicions among the investigating officials.

In her suicide note Aruna stated Srivastva was having a relationship with a woman named Babita of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. She held her husband as well as Babita and the latter’s two brothers, Anil and Pappu, responsible for her death.

Acting on the suicide note and the statements recorded by Aruna’s family members, the police registered a case of abetment to suicide under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code against the four people named in the note. The cops had arrested Srivastva yesterday while efforts were on to nab the other three suspects. Srivastva, who was reportedly out of town on the fateful day, had told initially the police Aruna had committed suicide after suffering from severe depression.



GMADA to reduce reserve price of residential plots
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 21
After failing to sell residential plots at a reserved price of Rs 50,000 per sq yard, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has now decided to reduce the reserve price of the residential plots.

“To decrease the price, the authority has to hold another auction of residential plots so as to reduce the reserve price by 10 per cent. It’s a rule which has to be followed, said a GMADA official.

In the last auction of residential plots held on February 16, there were no takers of seven residential one kanal plots in Sector 70. Though the estate officer has proposed a reserve price of Rs 37,500 per sq yard, the authority is unlikely to accept. The reason given was that the reduced reserve price would attract higher bids.

During the last auction held at Chandigarh in January last, the average reserved price of residential plot was recorded at Rs 74,000 per sq yard. But given the lack of basic amenities in Mohali, when compared to Chandigarh, there is difference in prices.

The reserved price of residential plots has a direct bearing on the sale and purchase of plots in the developed and developing sectors. The auction rates would also have a bearing on the urban estates being planned in the local planning areas of Mohali and Mullapur.

For allotment of plots (other than auction), last year GMADA had increased the rate from Rs 10,000 per sq yard to Rs 12,000 per sq yard for plots sized 100 sq yard and above. For plots sized less than 100 sq yard, the rates have been increased from Rs 5,000 per sq yard to Rs 6,000 per sq yard. The decision was taken at recent GMADA meeting.

In 2008, the rates were Rs 7,950 per sq yard and Rs 3,150 per sq yard, respectively. These rates are revised for the allotment of plots through auction. “Since the urban estates, of residential plots along the airport road is expected to be floated soon, the revised rates will have a bearing on the reserved price of plots put under the hammer,” said an official.

Sources said through a draw of lots by GMADA in the proposed urban estate around the upcoming international airport will no longer be a “lottery” for applicants, as the new land allotment rates would be similar to market rates.

In the proposed urban estate, around 2,000 residential and commercial sites have been carved out for mix land use, at least 50 per cent of this would be exhausted if landowners went in for land pooling. The allotment would be done by way of draw. The town-planning department had proposed a 30-metre green buffer between the road and the commercial belt along the main road. The residential area would be behind the commercial belt, as is in the existing urban estate. The money collected from the applications would be used to pay land compensation.



Widow held for abducting 3-yr-old boy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
In a desperate attempt to ensure support in her old age, a widow, said to be a vagabond, allegedly kidnapped a three-year-old boy from Manimajra this afternoon. The police arrested the woman, who had lost her only son, soon after the missing child’s family raised an alarm.

Manimajra police station SHO Partap Singh said a man identified as Sukhpal Singh, who crushed stones near Nadha village, had gone along with his wife and three-children to the Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula. After visiting the temple the family, who had to board a train for Uttar Pradesh in the evening, went to the ‘rehri’ market in Manimajra for shopping.

There was a rush in the market and the suspect, finding an opportunity, picked up the child and slipped away. Unable to trace the child for a while the latter’s family members raised a hue and cry when someone told them a woman of medium height wearing black clothes had taken away the child. The cops were immediately informed.

Police teams arrived at the scene and were sent to various places along with the family members to find the child. One of the teams which spotted a woman carrying a child near Suraj cinema in Panchkula intercepted her. The family identified the child following which the cops took the woman into custody.

The SHO said the woman, who had identified herself as Geeta, told the police she lived in the hutments near Suraj Cinema.

She stated her husband and her only son had died some time back at the Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32 following a prolonged illness and that she had no one in her life to take care of her in her old age. A case has been registered against the woman under section 365 of the Indian Penal Code.



PU forms panel on UGC college schemes
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
A general lack of awareness about incentives and beneficial schemes floated by the University Grants Commission for college for college students has led Panjab University officials to set up an eight-member ‘action review’ committee to facilitate adoption of such schemes.

Most students are in the dark about proposals like special coaching classes for the NET exam inside college premises, which are monetarily supported by the UGC.

The review committee will now focus on recommending these new UGC schemes under the eleventh plan (2007-2012) and facilitate their adoption by the city’s colleges. The panel first meeting is scheduled for February 24.

Apart from academics the university is now encouraging affiliated colleges to approach the UGC for availing the maximum benefits of these schemes.

Schemes under the current plan also consist of a special “merged category”. This time the UGC has demarcated the schemes under three broad categories - undergraduate college development, postgraduate college development and merged schemes.

Colleges falling in the category of ‘old’, ‘young’ as well as ‘remote’ are also being encouraged by the UGC to come forward, as separate schemes have been floated for them. For instance, the scheme of remedial classes for students weak in English is one such plan that very few colleges in the region hardly are adopting.

In addition to this, there is a special plan for the ‘scheduled caste/tribe’ category in which those college students who cannot afford books and other materials are given stipends every month.

In yet another beneficial scheme for working mothers who teach in colleges, the UGC has recommended opening of childcare centres inside college premises and with grant financial assistance for them. Government College for Girls, Sector 42 will soon be among the first colleges in the city to set up such centres.

The college has already applied for ten of the 14 schemes available under the ‘merged’ category.

The UGC also grants Rs 500 per month as conveyance charges to every student residing in an area 15 km or more from the college besides an additional Rs 600 for study materials.

(To be continued)



PEC mess workers to go on strike tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The Mess Workers Union of the PEC University of Technology, comprising nearly 150 workers, has decided to go off work on February 23 in protest against nonpayment of minimum wages. While the workers say they are being underpaid PEC officials have asserted they are being paid wages according to the UT administration guidelines.

The mess workers declared today they would not be serving food to students in PEC hostels on Tuesday in the wake of the hearing of their case in the labour court.

However, confusion regarding the case prevailed on the PEC campus today when the authorities called the union’s president and general secretary to discuss the issue.

Both union office bearers were engaged in talks with PEC officials when the mess workers gathered and alleged they had been “locked” in the room by the authorities. The meeting of all wardens and the dean of students welfare with union members began at 11 am and continued till 3 pm. The authorities, on the other hand, have denied all allegations levied by the union.

According to the mess workers, PEC officials have been putting pressure on them to not go to the labour court, although the union has already planned 150 workers would go to the court on the date of hearing, to which the PEC authorities will also send their representatives.

The union had earlier moved the labour court on February 5, protesting against minimum wages not being paid to them, according to the union’s general secretary. “The college authorities have been trying to pressurise us to not to go in a group. However, we have to show our resentment outside the court and we have the right to do so,” said Satish, an office bearer of the union.

“We have been suffering for a long time because of our minimum wage salaries and we’ll not stay quiet this time,” said Ashwini Kumar, general secretary of the union.

“The union had given us a list of their demands, which they have given to us also. We’ve agreed to their demands as per law and are paying them wages as per the norms prescribed by the UT administration. They made an unreasonable demand of grating houses in the campus, which is not possible for us,” said PEC dean of students welfare ML Gupta.



Open House Response
Garbage collection from sectors misses MC watch

Disposal of garbage is a problem of the Municipal Corporation, which at the moment, is not getting the adequate attention of the authorities concerned.

In a small example, I will like to narrate a recent experience that residents of our lane faced for more than a week when the usual collector was absent, without information. There was no alternate arrangement in place, either, during his absence. He got Rs 40 as monthly charges from each residence in the lane. Absence of the worker left us with scattered garbage and stench.

Chandigarh Tribune will like to have your opinion on garbage collection agencies at work, in your area and your satisfaction level. Write your experience and suggestions for a better functioning to the Open House, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh or openhouse@tribunemail.com

I found that the garbage collection center in sub Sector-37-C is not superintended by any one of the Municipal Corporation employee. The contract garbage collectors are the only persons available for cleaning the areas and there is no second line of communication for us in case of an emergency.

We were forced to contribute Rs 150, per residence, to get our garbage cleared during the time period under question.

We expect our corporation to have a more diligent mechanism in place for addressing problems of the residents in a situation like ours. We hear residents of many other areas having faced similar problems on a number of occasions.

The supervisory role of the corporation officials needs to be put in place and seniors need to maintain an updated record on checks for the garbage cleaning in the entire city.

Gurdeep Singh Wahle

'Garbage disposal first and mega projects later'

In his article, "UT needs a vision on garbage processing", Sanjeev Singh Bariana has taken up a definite problem facing the future of the city, ramifications of which may attain gigantic proportions if not tackled in time by the authorities concerned.

The City Beautiful should be spared of the pipeline projects like amusement park and film city to preserve its ecological balance. Instead, it needs to open its eyes to the problem of garbage disposal which is looking straight into face of the city.

When it is difficult to shift the dumping sites as the UT has no scope of expansion of its existing geographical limits on any side, it would be better advised to take up the matter with Punjab and Haryana for earmarking some space for disposing of the garbage of the city. This should be possible because the City is the capital of both the states and is bearing the burden of their employees.

It is really disturbing that huge quantity of bio-medical waste reaches the garbage disposal site every day despite the fact that it is a punishable offence. It shows authorities' scant respect for implementing the law.

The authorities should also gear up the resources and devise suitable plans to meet the threat of out of use IT hardware which are also non-biodegradable and if dumped underground are sure to contaminate soil and ground-water.

Lajpat Rai Garg, Panchkula

Segregate waste at source in UT

The present state of garbage disposal in the city looks dismal as rightly pointed out by Sanjeev Singh in 'Open House'. It should be made mandatory for all to segregate waste at source. The citizens and other agencies need to be educated about separating biodegradable waste, recyclable waste and hazardous waste.

The biodegradable waste is mainly the kitchen and garden waste which people should be encouraged to dispose off in composting pits which will result in useful manure. Recyclable waste like paper, glass and metal products can be given to the local 'raddiwala' or rag pickers. An E- waste collection centre should be set up for the safe disposal of electronic items. It is shocking that for the entire city there is only one incinerator, functioning. All the hospitals should have working incinerators. Other nursing homes and clinics should also be tied up with these hospitals for proper disposal of bio-medical waste. The system of collection and transportation should be more efficient so that the garbage does not rot. It can then be effectively used for making pellet fuel.

Automated garbage trucks like those used abroad can be employed for hygienic collection and transportation of garbage.

Chennai is the first city in India to contract out municipal solid waste management services to a foreign private agency- Onyx, a Singapore based company. It very efficiently handling about 1100 metric tonnes of waste daily from three zones in the city.

Chandigarh , the most successful example of urban planning in our country can surely show the way by adopting something similar for the whole city.

Navita B Singh

Give top priority to garbage disposal

The disposal of all kind of garbage in the UT is far from satisfactory. The administration is proactive to install big projects, malls, Medicity, Five Star Hotels, IT complexes, Education city, Film city and so on but never bothered to upgrade the disposal of garbage management. Hotels, restaurants and other commercial establishments are day by producing tons of garbage without having any inbuilt mechanism to dispose off their waste, adequately.

Hospital garbage which is of high risk to the residents of the city is being dumped in open without any processing. The incinerators are redundant; e-waste is not done properly which shall pose a serious problem in future. The present disposal of garbage system of the UT is faulty, because the garbage is not segregated as Wet garbage, Solid garbage and Paper garbage, till the segregation is done in this manner, no disposal of garbage mechanism can be a success. Besides, there has to be a recycling of garbage of turning the metal, glass, paper and card board in to pallets and pieces for recycling. The wet garbage can is used in Land Fills to produce eco-friendly biogas to produce power and so on. The UT administration must introduce the segregation of garbage at all levels, a Red bin for metal and solid garbage, Blue for wet garbage and Green for paper and card board. The garbage should be collected in different bins so that it becomes easy to recycle it. The medical and e-waste must be processed by the hospitals and IT companies by establishing their own processing units so that this toxic garbage should have no harmful effects on the residents and environment. Solid waste of metal, plastic and of glass must be recycled. The wet garbage can be gainfully utilised in the Land Fills projects to produce power, the slurry of this is a fine quality of organic compost which helps to reduce pollution and rejuvenate the soil.

In Chandigarh and Mohali, the administration have made many enclosures to dump garbage, they so filthy and stinking that you have to cover your nose to cross these dumping enclosures, stray cattle, dogs and flies are scrambled there and its is a big health hazard and nuisance. Therefore, the UT administration must have a clear vision to tackle this menace and enforce a strict compliance to segregate the garbage in to three separate bins and dispose off accordingly.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Environmentalist

Garbage a permanent problem

Garbage is slowly, but definitely, emerging a permanent problem on the map of the City Beautiful and the UT administration needs to puts a plan of action, for future, in place, at the earliest. Garbage is affecting the environment, permanently in a negative direction and is having a direct impact on the human lives as well as that of animal and bird population.

The administration claims to be fully aware about the problem, however, no remedial measures seem to be in place. There are certain areas where the pictures of utter municipal neglect in waste management are highlighted, repeatedly, by different forms of mass media; however, no one seems bothered.

Whenever we cross the road linking to Nehru Park in Sector 22, the venue is always stinking. The garbage dump lies scattered and a proper cleaning up never seems to be done even when the garbage dump is cleared, in routine. This spot is not the only ugly blot on the face of the City beautiful because a casual trip around the city will reveal several more areas under the same category.

Administration should take some important steps and to plan out to fight through this problem by installing more garbage box and to make people more aware about its bad affect.

Moreover, administration should hold certain education programmes, including seminars, to make people aware about proper garbage disposal. Furthermore, being the citizen of the country it's the duty of an individual to help administration to come out of this problem by not throwing garbage on the roads and help other people to become more aware about this major problem. Help administration to help yourself!!

Vaneet Malhotra MBA, USQ University, Australia



J&K as safe as any other place: Minister
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani has said the state was as safe as another state in the country resulting in tourists returning to the three regions (Jammu, Kashmir and Ladhak) of the state. “Since things are absolutely normal and much has been done to boost tourism, the state government has declared 2010 as a Visit J&K Year,” he announced.

The minister, who is in town to show case the Jammu & Kashmir at the ‘India Travel Mart’ being held in the city, said: “Jammu and Kashmir is a favourite destination for tourist, both domestic and foreigners.”

He said the security scenario in the state has improved as the number of incidents has substantially reduced. The state government has geared up security setup for supporting the otherwise peaceful atmosphere.

Wani also revealed that there had been a tremendous growth in the arrival of the tourists suggesting good signs for the industry. There has been increase in the number of tourists - both domestic and foreign - from 6.51 lakh in 2008 to 6.8 lakh in 2009.

Further, as many as 3.73 lakh pilgrims visited Kashmir in 2009 while 82.5 lakh pilgrims visited Jammu. The tourist friendly offers by the state government and its participation in domestic and international marts (like ATM Dubai, WTM London, ITB Berlin, Singapore) are also helping the state to feature on international tourist map.

In 2009, the state of Jammu & Kashmir had organised a national-level winter games at Gulmarg, international and national white water rafting championships at Sonamarg, Himalayan Car Safari, Alpine Trekking, Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Indian Mountaineering Federation, various national-level golf tournaments, mystic music festivals, regional fairs and festivals.

Wani also mentioned that the state was emphasising on Bollywood to offer attractive package for their shooting locale. Village tourism is also scaling new heights. The state government in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Tourism has started renovation of Hazrat Bal Dargah, Jamia Masjid, Baba Rishi, Mubarak Mandi. Gulmarg has also been given a facelift to make it as an international golf destination.



City to face less power cuts
Restructured power programme of Centre to be implemented
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
In a bid to bring respite to the city residents from frequent power cuts and fluctuations, the UT administration has decided to implement the restructured accelerated power development and reforms programme of the Central government.

According to a press note issued here today, it aims at equipping the transmission and distribution network in Chandigarh, cutting down on transmission losses and phasing out the load factor, with active assistance of information technology (IT).

A quadripartite agreement will be signed shortly by the Government of India, Power Finance Corporation, State Power Utility (Electricity Wing of UT administration) and the UT administration to implement the programme.

Sanjay Kumar, UT Power-cum-Finance Secretary, said the IT consultant for the project had already been finalised. Tenders for the purpose had been floated by the administration, in which three bidders from the list, empanelled by the Nodal Agency, participated. North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has been shortlisted for the job.

The initiative aims at putting in place baseline data, fixation of accountability and reduction of AT and C losses by strengthening and upgrading the sub-transmission and distribution network, along with adoption of the IT, in the 11th Five-Year Plan.

The project has been divided into two parts. Part A will cover compilation of baseline data and IT application for energy accounting, auditing and consumer services, automatic data logging and meter reading, feeder segregation and ring fencing. Part B will include renovation, modernisation and strengthening of 11 KV level sub-stations, transformers and centres, re-conducting of lines at 11 KV level and below, load bifurcation and load balancing, installation of capacitor banks and mobile service centres and strengthening of 33 KV of 66 KV sub-stations.

The Government of India will provide 100 per cent loan for the implementation of project’s Part A, including the IT application, and 25 per cent for Part B. The counterpart funding will be done by the Power Finance Corporation (PFC)/REC to the extent of 75 per cent. The power utility has to ensure that the balance funds for Part B of the project are fully tied up within two months.

“Within a stipulated time-frame and duly verified by the third party independent evaluation agency, the entire amount of loan for Part A and up to 50 per cent for Part B, shall be converted into grant progressively on achievement of AT and C loss reduction targets by the steering committee of the Union Ministry of Power,” disclosed Surinder Pal, Chief Engineer, UT administration.

The third party independent evaluation agency would act to establish baseline data and verify yearly loss levels against the benchmark parameters to assess claims for conversion of loan into grant for Part A and Part B. It would also submit periodic reports to the Nodal Agency, the Chief Engineer added.



Attracting clients with smart slogans

Travelling towards Siswan this weekend, I was amazed to find big display boards of ‘Chandigarh Extension’ at different points, on either side of the road.

On enquiry from some locals, I discovered that the ‘Chandigarh Extension’ was a phrase coined by a private company offering luxury apartments, right next to Mullanpur.

Sarwan Singh, a senior citizen, said: “The expression is not shocking. There has been a spurt in the real estate business in the area, recently, which is only a few kilometres from the PGI. The expression was a smart marketing technique to attract investors.”

A casual look at other signboards along the road stretch shows more than a dozen property dealers “who have come overnight” to cash in on a definite “gold mine” in the area. The otherwise lesser travelled road is full of prospective buyers, particularly on weekends.

Use of slow tracks demanded

A section of local residents continue to feel unhappy over no full use of slow-moving tracks throughout the city. Johny Pasricha, a resident of Industrial Area, Phase-I, points out that hardly any effort is made to divert slow-moving traffic onto these tracks anywhere else in the city. At several places the tracks have been encroached upon and even used as parking lots. He has asked the traffic police authorities to depute home guards at the entrance of every slow-moving track and help ease traffic congestion on the road.

Captain J.S. Johl, a resident of Sector 33, says that if no remedial measures are taken soon to streamline the flow of traffic in the city, the problem of traffic congestion will only aggravate, raising the chances of road accidents.

Beggary a problem for cops

Beggary has become a menace not only for the public, but also for the UT Police, which finds it difficult to curb it.

Being pulled up by the media for its failure to curb the menace, the Chandigarh Police has no option but to remove the offenders time and again. The act is considered a futile exercise among cops. Whenever a cop arrests a beggar, he or she becomes a laughing stock for others. The other day a cop was seen entering a police station with a man in tattered clothes in his custody. The sentry inquired about him and got to know that the man in custody was a beggar and he remarked jokingly: “What a great achievement you have made by arresting a beggar at a time when our police station is already full of them.”

Press Club politics

Media is showing its political leanings explicitly and politicians are pleasing certain groups gladly, hoping for a space enlisting their “achievements”. Mohali, which has two press clubs, now has a third one fighting for its place on the “top”. Without much argument, anyone can make a conclusion about the different parties seeking separate benefits.

The latest entrant is expecting a land site from the ruling party and “if all goes well, we will soon have large premises”. As some political boss said “the game of politics has changed with time. The leanings based on personal convictions are a story of the bygone era. A relative change has occurred in the world of media as well. Changed times have changed ethics”.

Contributed by Sanjeev Singh Bariana, Anil Jerath, Ramanjit Singh Sidhu and Rajmeet Singh



Govt to spend Rs 400 cr for biotech park
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 21
The department of biotechnology, ministry of science and technology, would spend Rs 400 crore to set up a biotechnology park on 150 acres in Knowledge City, Sector 81, here. The facility would prepare value added products based on agriculture and undertake new researches related to agriculture.

Dr MK Bhan, secretary, department of biotechnology, ministry of science and technology, stated this during the initiating ceremony of the National Agri Food Biotechnology Institute at its interim facility in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here on Thursday.

He further said due to global warming, the need of science in protecting crops from rising temperature was becoming important. Research would also be conducted on protecting crops from overdose of pesticides. Since Punjab had agriculture-based economy, use of science in agriculture was all the more important.

The facility would become India’s first National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI). Dr Rakesh Tuli, former director, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, has been appointed as the founder executive director of NABI.

An initiative of the union department of biotechnology under the ministry of science and technology, India’s first agri-food cluster will comprise an Agri-Food Biotech Park (ABP) and a Bioprocess Unit (BPU), besides NABI.

The facility would also offer PhD programmes in biotechnology of crops, food and nutrition, admissions for the first batch of which would begin in July.

Of the total allocated 130 acres for the cluster, NABI’s permanent campus would be built on 35 acres while the biotech park and bioprocess unit would come up on 80 acres and 15 acres, respectively. 



Car rally to protest misuse of Dowry Harassment Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Members of the Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) today organised a 96-km car rally in the tri-city. The car rally was taken out to highlight the plight of families, who have been implicated in false cases, due to the misuse of the Dowry Harassment Act.

The rally aimed at creating awareness among residents about the problems cropping up due to misuse of the law, which is heavily loaded in favour of women.

The foundation has doctors, engineers, lawyers and people from different walks of lives as its members. They said new laws should be formed in order to deal with issues like domestic violence and dowry harassment.

Members of the foundation carried placards and distributed pamphlets.

The foundation demanded abolition of the women police cells, scrapping of “anti-men” parts of the Indian Penal Code and the Domestic Violence Act.

The rally started from Phase VI gurdwara, passed through various parts of Chandigarh and Panchkula. It was culminated at Leisure Valley, Sector 10.

Coordinator of the organisation Vikas Kapur said stern action should be taken against those, who filed false complaints under these acts. Gaurav Saini, secretary of the foundation, stated that if the government could not scrap the anti-men law at this stage, it should at least make some provisions for men so that they could raise their voices against domestic violence.



Accreditation for lab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Chandigarh Clinical Laboratories (CCL) has become the first laboratory in the region to get an accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL) for medical testing in six major disciplines.

Talking to mediapersons here, CCL’s managing director RR Khanna said: “The accreditation will enhance people's confidence and satisfaction in testing reports, besides, helping medical experts in deciding the line of treatment.”

“We have received accreditation for clinical biochemistry, clinical pathology, hematology and immune hematology, microbiology and serology, histopathology and cytopathology,” he added.

CCL’s quality manager Dr Taruna Khanna said: “Lab accreditation provides formal recognition of competent laboratories providing means for customers to find reliable testing in order to meet their demands.”

NABL is a signatory to International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation arrangement based on peer evaluation by a multi-disciplinary team from Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC).

CCL has become the first private medical enterprise in the tricity to conduct clinical trials on new and emerging drugs to combat diseases, Khanna added.



International course on pet practices soon
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 21
The Pet Animals Health Society, Haryana, organised a free health check-up camp at the Pet Animal Medical Centre-cum-Teaching Hospital here today. “An international course on pet practices will be started at the centre from next month,” said Dr KS Dangi, director-general of animal husbandry and dairying, Haryana.

Dr Dangi said the first batch of veterinarians after passing out from Lala Lajpat Rai Veterinary University, Hisar, was expected to join the teaching hospital very soon.

The Pet Animal Medical Centre-cum-Teaching Hospital, which was inaugurated in August last year, is the only centre in the country to have an OPD, indoor operation theatre, laboratory, breeding facility, training of pets, grooming parlour and hostel services for pets, along with training courses for veterinarians.

While breeding of dogs would be started shortly at the centre, negotiations with the Army to train four master dog trainers were on, said Dr Dangi.

Round-the-clock emergency services would be made available for pets at the centre, he added.

More than 100 pet owners got their pets examined at the camp.

Anti-rabies vaccination, clinical lab tests, tick bath, grooming, pedicure, eye and ear cleaning were done free of cost during the camp.



Bollywood music soiree enraptures audience
SD Sharma

Panchkula, February 21
The compelling charm of Hindi film music kept audience in rapt attention, as 31 amateur artistes rendered 35 evergreen filmy hit songs immortalised by legendary Bollywood playback singers in a special programme “Sada Bahar Geet” held under the direction of Manmohan Lakhera at the Inderdhanush Auditorium here today.

The musical evening organised by Paranav Entertainers had many surprises for the audience. As many as four reputed doctors and a senior bureaucrat and chief guest IAS Roshan Lal, FCPS to Government of Haryana agriculture department, won a louder claim.

Endowed with a masculine and full-throated voice, Roshan Lal gave his best while bringing alive the emotional content of “O mere dil ke chaen”.

The audience clapped and sung along Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj and Priyanka Singh in the best duet song “Jai jai shivshanker…”.

So enrapturing were Dr Anil Sharma, Dr Hament Kumar and Dr Arun Kant, who also directed the music arrangement. As usual Ram Tirath got standing ovation for all songs he presented. Besides Divya Bhatt, Jaspinder Jassal, Ramesh Dhiman, Vinil Malik Ridhima, Suresh Kumar and others presented old melodies.

IPS Rajbir Deswal graced the occasion, while JK Singh of AIR anchored the soiree.



156 examined at dental camp

Panchkula, February 21
As many as 156 patients were examined at a free dental check-up camp organised by the Punjabi Sabha, Pinjore, near here today.

The camp was organised in collaboration with BRS Dental College and Hospital, Barwala.

A free bus service is also provided by the hospital for those patients who have been suggested to visit the hospital.

The bus will start from Sita Ram Mandir, Pinjore, at 9 am on Tuesday. — TNS



Accident-prone area

The road dividing Sectors 53 and 54, where the furniture market is situated, is a traffic bottleneck. As the shopkeepers keep their articles up to the kerb, visitors get little parking space for their vehicles.

Moreover, vehicles of shopkeepers and customers are parked on the road and elsewhere, as there is no parking space in the market. Mini-trucks are seen parked on the road for loading/unloading furniture items. The stretch has become a highly accident-prone area due to traffic congestion.

An ample parking space in the area is the need of the hour. Also, the road needs to be widened immediately to ensure a smooth and risk-free drive.


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St Xavier’s students get prizes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
St Xavier`s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, organised annual prize distribution function to felicitate the meritorious students here today. The programme began with a vandana and one-minute silence was observed for the departed soul of Kartik, as student of Class III, who died of blood cancer.

Chairman Andrew J Gosain and principal Mervin congratulated the parents and also the teachers who contributed.

A dance by hostel girls marked the end of the function and the westernised version of Hindi song “Le ke pehla pehla payaar, jaadu nagri se ayaa hai koi jaadugar” was the show stealer.

The winners of the event include- Rishab, Noor Pratap, Amritjot, Prabhpreet, Saurabh, Alisha and Kashish of Class VIII. Jimmy, Tanvi, Baljit and Taranpreet stood first in their respective sections of Class IX.

Sukrita and Jasika stood first in Science and Commerce stream, respectively for Class XI.

Deepak Goyal and Himanshu were awarded for scoring good marks in Class 10. From Class 12 Greg Alphonse and Adelein Mary Gosain stood first in commerce stream.

Report sought

Admitya Grover, a student of Class VII of St John’s School has sought an intervention of the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after a report on degradation in the forest reserve area at Khol Hai Rattan village in Panchkula by felling trees appeared in The Tribune. On Sunday, Admitya planted trees in Arya Samaj, Chandigarh, with the help of members of Arya Samaj, along with the president of Arya Samaj Dr BC Josan, principal of DAV College, Sector 10.



Farewell to Class X students
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 21
Students of Holy Child School bid a farewell to Class X students with a grand and solemn ceremony. The flag handing over and investiture ceremony for the new house and school appointments was also conducted.

The outgoing appointments transfer the responsibilities to the new cabinet with the flag handing over ceremony. The new appointments accepted the flag with honour and pride, as principal Neena Trehan handed over their badges and administered the oath.

The students of Class X were presented with mementoes.

Mr and Ms Holy Child titles were bagged by Aditya Vinayak and Arunjeet Gosal.

The new office-bearers appointed were Shubam Chandran, school captain, Arzoo Arora, vice-captain, Aditya Bansal (Altair House captain), Pooja Kanwar (Sirius House captain), Rajan Sharma (Spica House captain), Gazal Jaglan (Vega House captain), Gul Walia (school sports captain) and Ikshit Singh (school discipline captain).

Annual function

Woodlands House School, Sector 8, celebrated its annual function at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh. All six sections of nursery had presented beautiful dances and songs. “Dharohar Desh Ki” presented by pre-nursery students presented states of the country. Sham-e-Awadh, Vaadiyan Kashmir and Goan rendezvous were applauded by parents and other guests present on the occasion.



IT fest at GCG-42
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The annual IT fest of Government College for Girls (GCG-42), Sector 42, “OSMIUM”, was organised here today. Chief guest Partap Aggarwal, MD, IDS Infotech Limited, Mohali, while talking to budding corporate stars said core strength, communication skills, supporting skills and emotional stability were the key words to success. He encouraged the students to start their own ventures in the IT sector, as it is going to stay long.

Twelve events i.e. debate, ad-mad show, extempore, IT quiz, dumb sharades, dance, cartooning, poster presentation, website development, jig-saw puzzle, debugging and software development were held to test the technical and extra-curricular skills of the students.

Many colleges from in and around Chandigarh participated in the fest. Principal Mani Bedi gave away the prizes to the winners at the valedictory function. The fest was jointly coordinated and organised by Dr Poonam Aggarwal and Neeru Sehgal.



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