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Cop knocked down by underage biker, hurt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Underage drivers continued to wreak havoc on city roads today, leaving 65-year-old traffic police marshal Gurnam Singh, who tried to stop a teenaged motorcyclist without a helmet, with a fractured leg. The mishap occurred at about 6.30 am outside Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, where the police has set up a checkpoint during its
ongoing special drive to check underage driving.

In a bid to avoid the traffic cops the boy, who was riding a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, as was his younger brother who was on the pillion, knocked over Gurnam with his vehicle. The latter’s left leg was fractured and he sustained injuries on his forehead. He lay unconscious for a while before being rushed to the Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32.

“Seeing the two youngsters violating rules the traffic cops signaled them to stop. The motorcyclist first slowed down his vehicle and then tried to dodge the cops . I stepped forward to stop them but the motorcyclist knocked me down and in the process we fell down on the road”, Gurnam told TNS.

The police arrested the 17-year-old offender who did not have a licence to drive. He is a resident of Mohali and a street hawker by profession. He had come to drop his younger brother in school. A case of causing grievous injuries due to rash and negligent driving has been registered against him.

Gurnam was later discharged from hospital after doctors put a plaster on his fractured leg and stitches on his wounds.

Car hits another vehicle, overturns
Tribune News Service

A Hyundai i10 car, reportedly driven by youngsters, overturned after it collided with a Honda City car on the road separating Industrial Area and Sector 29 in Chandigarh on Saturday.
A Hyundai i10 car, reportedly driven by youngsters, overturned after it collided with a Honda City car on the road separating Industrial Area and Sector 29 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, August 28
In another incident today five youngsters had a miraculous escape when their car overturned after hitting another vehicle on the road dividing the Industrial Area and Sector 29 this evening.

The youngsters, who were travelling in a Hyundai I10 car (registration no: CH04 C8245), were coming from Transport traffic lights while the other car, a Honda City, was coming from the road dividing Sectors 28 and 29. Onlookers said the mishap occurred when the Honda took a turn and came on the road dividing the Industrial Area and Sector 29 and the Hyundai rammed into it and overturned. However, its driver Ayuesh along with his co-passengers escaped with minor injuries.

The police allowed the drivers of both vehicles to go without bothering to check the driver’s license of the youth driving the Hyundai car. The cops did not even take any action against either driver for reckless driving.

ASI Balbir Singh, the investigating officer in the case, said as the drivers struck a compromise the police did not take any action. “There was no need to check their driver’s licences as the matter was amicably resolved”, he added.

135 booked for traffic offences

Meanwhile, the traffic police booked 135 offenders and impounded three vehicles during its special drive against underage driving outside government run schools in various parts of the city. In the morning (from 6:30 to 8:30 am) 43 motorists were booked for underage driving and riding motorbikes or scooters without wearing helmets and six for not wearing seat belts. 28 schoolbus drivers were booked for not wearing uniforms with one for using a cellphone while driving. During the afternoon drive (from 12:30 to 1.30 pm) five underage drivers were booked, 18 motorists were issued traffic tickets for not wearing seat belts and 24 for riding motorbikes or scooters without wearing helmets. Rs 2,400 in fines were collected on the spot.

Parents blamed

Gurnam Singh, traffic marshal who was injured today, said in most of the cases he had come across he saw parents of underage drivers coming in defence of their wards when the latter were caught for traffic violations. “This practice is dangerous and is proving to be disastrous on the city’s roads. It has to be stopped”, he added.



Admn websites sitting ducks for hackers
Smriti Sharma Vasudeva/Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Cases of hacking into websites of the UT administration departments are becoming more frequent and sophisticated.

At a time when the world is connected through Internet, websites of different departments of the UT administration are a user’s nightmare. Chandigarh, which boasts of winning laurels at the national level in e-governance, seems to have done little to safeguard its websites. As a result, people have to come down to the departments even for their minor queries and other related matters, which could otherwise be just a click away. This despite the fact that almost all the departments have separate IT cells and have separate officials who are responsible to maintain the websites.

Sample this: About two months back, the official website of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) was hacked by a Pakistani national. The website displayed the national flag of our neighbouring state.

When the website was hacked in June this year, its homepage was replaced with <http://www.pakhaxors.com/>. It displayed the Pakistan national flag and objectionable language for the Chandigarh administration. Soon, the authorities closed down the website and put it under maintenance. The cyber crime cell of the UT Police was even investigating the matter after a complaint was forwarded to it by the CHB.

Crucial details regarding the ongoing projects, tenders and future plans of the CHB were removed from the website. The website was hacked after a month of digitising of records. The CHB also started digitising the property records in Chandigarh.

Since then, the static information related to the projects had been posted at a link in the main website of the UT administration but there is no mention of the financial part, which includes bids for various construction projects.

Similarly, the official website of the UT Estate Office was also corrupted about a year back and the data was transferred to the official website of the UT administration. However, the link on the UT administration’s official website provides very basic information without much details.

Moreover, the official website of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation hardly displays any helpful information. The reason being the delay in computerisation of records which is in progress for last three years.

The website hardly facilitates people in resolving their day-to-day problems. In the website, the authorities have included a long list of officials to whom one could approach for the redressal of grievances, but there is no provision through which one could download forms for getting water and sewerage connections or booking of community centres.

NIC speak

Sources in the National Informatics Centre say they have been asked to create all the websites which were earlier on private servers. However, the NIC is only responsible for creating websites which are later maintained by the staff of respective departments. Still, there are teams of the NIC that constantly monitor websites created by them. In case of any disruption, the NIC immediately sends alerts to the respective departments.

MC blooper

If one goes by the official website of the MC, Amrit Bolaria and Neelam Man Singh, who are nominated councillors, have no mention on the list of the nominated councillors. On the contrary, the list of nominated councillors mentions BJP councillor Rajesh Gupta as a nominated councillor. 



Divorces on the rise
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Cases involving martial discord are steadily increasing in the city. The recent amendment in the matrimonial laws to add “irretrievable breakdown of marriage” or mutual consent to get a divorce has only added a new dimension and may lead to an increase in the number of couples parting ways as it is expected to further simplify the divorce process.

During the past six months, there has been a surge in the number of divorce cases filed under the Hindu Marriage Act. The number of cases pending in the district courts has risen from 641 in March this year to 695 in July. No less than 50 cases are filed every month in the district courts here.

There has also been a spurt in the number of cases of couples seeking divorce on grounds of non-compatibility and husbands accusing wives of “mental cruelty”.

In one such case, after a marriage lasting two years, the husband sought divorce in 2005 on grounds of mental cruelty. The wife was a well-placed government employee and was allegedly harassed by her husband at her place of work. The couple finally got divorced in 2009 and the wife declined alimony.

In another case, the wife had sought divorce from her husband in 2004 on charges of bigamy. However, the husband accused his wife of torturing him mentally. The couple finally parted in 2009.

Another woman, Rekha (named changed), was forced to enter into illicit relations with other men by her husband. When it became unbearable for her she filed for divorce, which her husband granted after much persuasion in 2007. 



PU bans student excursion trips till poll
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
In a bid to prevent student leaders from misusing “excursion” trips to influence students to vote for their groups in the upcoming elections, Panjab University officials have prohibited such trips till September 5. The move follows an incident on Friday night in which PU officials forcibly stopped a bus on the campus carrying 60 students of the chemistry department from departing on such a trip.

With the code of conduct already enforced before election time, the authorities are trying to avert any untoward incident on the campus during the polls.

“We’ve decided not to permit any excursion trips till the elections are over. The vice chancellor has issued a circular on the ban to all departments,” said dean of students welfare Naval Kishore.

Often found to be an election gimmick by student leaders, excursion trips, movies and outings at discotheques have become an integral part of the election strategy by student organizations, although it is usually kept under wraps.

“As any kind of a mishap could take place during such trips during election time. This could result in a blame game with student parties accusing each other of using these trips to lure students. It would also unnecessarily spoil the atmosphere on the campus,” said SOPU leader Amit Bhatia.

“PU officials have needlessly created an issue out of the trip organised by chemistry department students. Students will continue to go even if there is a ban in place. Most of them don’t have any affiliation with any student organisation and go in their personal capacity. There have been such trips during the past when no permission was required,” said PUSU leader Simrandeep Dhillon. 



Interest in student election waning in colleges
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
With the number of those voting having dipped by almost 20 per cent in the past three years, student elections have failed to generate much enthusiasm among college students. In the absence of any major issues, the so-called “democratic exercise” aimed at giving students a voice is increasingly being used as a tool to gather sidekicks for university leaders.

“If we analyse the voting data submitted by various colleges for the last three years, we find the number of voters is declining year after year. The ratio is skewed as compared to the university. It’s only the college principals who can analyse and decide the viability of elections,” said higher education director Ajoy Sharma.

College principals ascribe the declining interest in elections to the failure of student leaders in addressing key issues.

“The so called elected leaders never bother to come to us to deal with any problem faced by students or to take up any initiative. However, they may come for seeking individual hostel allotments or other such motives. When students see no utility of their leaders elections become meaningless for them”, said AC Vaid, principal of SD College, Sector 32.

For BC Josan, on the other hand, student elections are nothing more than sheer nuisance. “They fight, disrupt discipline and what does a student get after the polls? They don’t address any issues facing students but are busy settling scores with each other. If you ask me student elections hold no meaning in colleges and they should be done away with,” he says.

College officials blamed

“Even we feel that college students have lost interest in student elections. The major reason is the attitude of college administrations that take every step to put down student representatives. No college has allotted a council office where students can come and approach their representatives. Every time an issue is highlighted college principals threaten students, who thus choose to remain quiet,”said senior SOPU leader Brinder Dhillon



Garbage mounts, MC sleeps
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Garbage strewn around the motor market at Mani Majra, Chandigarh, on Saturday
Garbage strewn around the motor market at Mani Majra, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, August 28
While infectious diseases like swine flu and dengue are spreading their wings in the city, heaps of garbage could be seen intact today at Motor Market, Mani Majra, where Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Sector 36, who died at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on Thursday, ran a shop of motor spare parts. He had been ill since August14.

It seems that Gurmeet’s death has failed to wake up the municipal authorities from deep slumber.

Strangely, no one from the Health Department as well as the civic authorities bothered to enquire from the neighbours of Gurmeet in the motor market about their health.

Though the family and neighbours of the deceased in Sector 36 were given Tamiflu, no one bothered to notice that Gurmeet was in touch with the neighbouring shopkeepers and his workers before he stopped coming to his shop a fortnight ago, BS Makol, the general secretary of the Mani Majra Market Association, said.

“I used to meet him every day and he was like my son. We all were shocked to hear about his death”, he added.

In fact the civic authorities have turned a blind eye towards the civic conditions in the market.

During a recent house meeting of the Municipal Corporation, former Mayor Kamlesh had also raised the issue stating that an epidemic could break in the area any time but to no avail.

“We have written dozens of letters to the Municipal Corporation to clear the area of the garbage but no body is willing to listen to us,” KK Palta, president of the market association, said.

Not only this, the people who remained in contact with Gurmeet should be examined and given medicines as precautionary measures, he said.

City Mayor Anu Chatrath, when contacted said that she had no idea about the civic condition of the motor market.

“However, I will direct officials concerned to visit the area and take remedial measures, she said.

Similarly, another resident of Sector 48, Chandigarh, is found to be positive for dengue.

Two more test positive for swine flu

Meanwhile, a 56-year-old senior official in the state government department and a resident of Sector 4 has been tested positive for swine flu. The office of the patient admitted at Fortis, Mohali, is located in Sector 17, Chandigarh. District Health Officer, Dr Jagmal Singh, said that the patient was admitted at Fortis Hospital in Mohali on Monday last with heart ailments. However, the patient complained of symptoms of swine flu and a test confirmed it. 


PU Poll
Outsiders won’t be allowed, say authorities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Having received complaints of outsiders participating in the massive rally held on the Panjab University south campus on Friday, the authorities today cautioned student leaders and informed them about the punishment laid down by the Lyngdoh Committee through a letter.

In the letter, PU authorities mentioned that student organisations must ensure that during election no outsider should be permitted to take part in the election process in any capacity. Any person, candidate, or member of the student organisation, violating this Lyngdoh guideline, should be subjected to disciplinary proceedings, in addition to stripping of the candidature. They must carry with them their identity cards for verification. Vehicles without university sticker thereon, will not be allowed to enter the university.”

The PU authorities have advised students to use only handmade election material not the printed one.

It was mentioned that photostat handmade material should not be used 
as well.

To check outsiders on the campus, a special drive has been launched. Students will be frisked at all entry gates. Sound systems at all three gates are being provided,” said a PU official. Gate number 1 (opposite PGI) will remain open between 8 am and 9.30 am. 

Election Round Up
Student bodies exceed cash limit

Expenses borne by the student organisations during election time have visibly exceeded Rs 5,000, the stipulated amount laid down as per the Lyngdoh recommendations. With most student parties having set up their election campaign desk at the PU campus now, the expense over a single help desk and tents is expected to go beyond the restricted amount. In addition to these, the trend of renting expensive cars for canvassing and then driving them around the campus could cost the student parties dearly.

No outsiders in hostels: VC

In a meeting of PU hostel wardens and senior administrative functionaries, hostel staff members were given directions to prevent entry of outsiders in the hostels during the peak election season. Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti today announced imposition of a hefty fine of Rs 1 lakh on mess contractors, who are found permitting outsiders to have lunch and dinner in the hostel mess or canteen. The VC added that regular inspections would be conducted in different hostels till election is over.

Shun printed poll material

PU Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Naval Kishore today issued a circular to all student organisations asking them to shun printed election material. Members of various student organisations were spotted preparing handmade stickers for cars and shirts at their election desks. With this, the handmade material has replaced most printed banners on campus today. Meanwhile, two speeding cars, a Lancer and a Scorpio, were spotted on the campus with flags of student parties, SOPU and PUSU, respectively.

Punjabi song for campaigning

Panjab University student leaders have chosen a new way of adding colours to the student council poll this year. After the preparation of a song exclusively prepared for the election time by Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), the rival party today prepared a Punjabi song for election campaigning.



Amendment in Enemy Property Act sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Seeking amendment in the Enemy Property Act, Ranjana Sahi, a member of national executive committee of the BJP, today said before the Union government transferred properties in India in the name of Pakistani nationals, who had to leave them due to partition, we must first ensure the property rights of those Indians, who had to leave their properties in Pakistan due to partition.

She said presently there are around 2,186 such cases of properties in India, which belonged to Pakistani nationals, who were residing there. Sahi said when the amendment in the bill came before Parliament, the BJP’s stand would be clear.

“First they should ensure the custody of properties in Pakistan belonging to Indians and the Indian government should allow them their property rights,” she said during a press conference organised at her place.



Student ‘thrown out’ of Barwala college hostel
Had already deposited Rs 18,000 as hostel fee besides ` 3,500 as security
Tribune News Service

Aaliya, a student of Swami Devi Dayal Institute of Engineering (SDDIE), Barwala, shows the receipt of the hostel fee and security deposit to the media in Panchkula on Saturday.
Aaliya, a student of Swami Devi Dayal Institute of Engineering (SDDIE), Barwala, shows the receipt of the hostel fee and security deposit to the media in Panchkula on Saturday. A Tribune photograph 

Panchkula, August 28
The infighting between two engineering institutes in Barwala is causing problems to the students who come from far-flung areas like Jammu and Kashmir to these institutes for studies.

One of the students of Swami Devi Dayal Institute of Engineering (SDDIE), Aaliya Tabassum, who had arrived from Jammu and Kashmir this morning along with her elder brother, was today thrown out from the hostel of Swami Devi Dayal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SDDIET). Many other students of the SDDIE have also complained against the behaviour of the hostel warden and other staff of the hostel.

According to information, there is an agreement between the SDDIE, owned by Rohan Lal Jindal, and SDDIET, owned by Moti Lal Jindal, to accommodate 100 students in the latter’s hostel. However, only 13 girl students of the SDDIE have been accommodated so far and Aaliya was the 14th one to be accommodated. Aaliya had already deposited Rs 18,000 as hostel fee besides Rs 3,500 as security.

When contacted Moti Lal Jindal said about 300 students are lodged in the hostel rooms of the college. He said he had no such information about the student of other college thrown out of the hostel and if a warden had thrown out any student from the hostel strict action would be taken against her. Meanwhile, Rohan Lal Jindal said this was their internal matter and he would resolve the issue with Moti Lal.

Suman, a teacher from SDDIE, escorted Aaliya to room number 51 of hostel number 2 where another student Sunita Dhar was staying. However, when the hostel warden came to know about this in the afternoon she asked Aaliya to leave the hostel. Aaliya, an MBA student, was given shelter by a social worker, Manjit Kaur.

Talking to the media, she said she had dropped Aaliya in the hostel room safely and did not know when the hostel warden had asked her (Aaliya) to leave the hostel. She said even the warden had not informed about this to the SDDIE management.


Moti Lal Jindal, chairman of SDDIE, says he has no such information about the student of other college thrown out of the hostel and if a warden has thrown out any student from the hostel strict action will be taken against her



Personal hearing sought in Rathore parole plea
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 28
Madhu Parkash, who had been at the forefront in fighting the Ruchika molestation case against former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, today urged the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner for personal hearing before taking any decision on the parole application filed by the former DGP.

In a fax message sent to DC Ashima Garg, Madhu Parkash has urged the DC to allow her and the Girhotra family to present their case before she takes any decision on the matter. She said as Rathore had sought bail in his revision petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High court citing old age and ill health as the main reasons, how can he cultivate or look after the agriculture land? The DC was not available for comments despite repeated attempts. Rathore, who is serving two-year term in Burail jail in the Ruchika molestation case, had applied for parole for cultivating his agriculture land.

Madhu Parkash also urged the DC to provide a copy of the report in case the district administration gives its approval for releasing Rathore on parole so that they could take up the matter in the court.



Sofat fails to appear before Panchkula police
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 28
Ludhiana-based doctor Sumit Sofat, accused in an attempted murder case, has failed to appear before the Panchkula police to join investigation.Dr Sofat, while seeking bail, had assured the Punjab and Haryana High Court that he would join the investigations before the Chandimandir police.

The SHO, Chandimandir Police Station, Jangsher Singh said Dr Sofat had not joined the investigations today and added that they would submit their report to the high court in case Dr Sofat failed to join the investigations.

It is worth mentioning here that the Punjab and Haryana Court had directed Dr Sofat, accused in an attempted murder case, to appear before the Panchkula police to join investigation on two days ie August 28 and 29.

The police had registered an FIR against Sofat after he lodged a false complaint against Ramesh Pashan and his sons, all residents of Ludhiana, in July, 2009, stating that they had robbed him of Rs 33 lakh at Morni hills.

He had further alleged that Pashans had fired gunshots at his driver Nelson as well. In this incident, Nelson had suffered two bullet injuries in his chest.

Sofat had alleged that Ramesh Pashan and his sons — Vinayak and Abhinav —with the help of their driver Ranjit and two other unidentified persons, had attacked him and injured his driver. He claimed that the accused also snatched Rs 33 lakh lying in his Tata Safari.

The Pashan family produced evidence before the police to establish their innocence in the case after summoned by the local police. The police, during investigation, found that Sofat had a dispute with Pashans over land since 2005 and had allegedly cooked up the story to frame them in a criminal case.

The Pashan family had reportedly presented as evidence their photographs and a CD containing video recording showing them present at the ring ceremony of Vinayak at Nirvana Club at the time of the incident.



Musical tributes paid to Mukesh
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, August 28
The larger-than-life-image of legendary Bollywood playback singer Mukesh swelled up in the minds of intrusive audience, as artistes of Legendary Mukesh Musical Arts and Cultural Society (LEMACS) paid musical tributes to the celebrated doyen of the filmy music at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Chief guest Anandji Shah remained the star attraction, as he doled out old hits like “Badi duur se aaye hain” and “Mera jeevan kora kagaz..”.

As many as 27 film songs depicting diverse moods and immortalised by Mukesh and Lataji were presented by over a dozen artistes with the best orchestral support under the direction of composer Vevel Sharma, which was also commended by Anandji. While female artistes, including Veenu Kautish, Uma Patial, Poorvi, Suman Rani and others, excelled, almost all male artistes failed to capture the emotional expression, melodic appeal.

Appreciable performances came from guest artistes, including IPS Sanjeev Kalra with a solo “Kahin duur jab” and Richa Singla in “Aaaja re ab..”, in which she eclipsed her duet partner and father-in-law ML Singla.

Rajesh Kaushal, Sachin Parkhi (11) Naresjh Jacob, Nirmal Marwah, Param Chandel, Jagan Choudhry, Swami Bhagwan and Pammi Hanspal presented solo and duet songs. Anandji specially complimented composer Vevel Sharma and his team for an immaculate orchestration, oldest participant Nirmal Marwah, Suman Rani and compeer Jainendera Singh of AIR amidst lofty applause.



Students get tips on flight safety
Tribune News Service

School students at the Air Force station, Chandigarh, during a campaign on flight safety on Saturday.
School students at the Air Force station, Chandigarh, during a campaign on flight safety on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, August 28
Roping in schoolchildren to spread awareness about flight safety, the Indian Air Force held a campaign at the Air Force station here today, in which over 1,000 students from local schools participated.

Addressing the students, Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing, Air Cmde Rajeev Sachdeva said disposal of garbage and food items in the open attracted birds, which caused accidents involving aircraft. He added that in the process of becoming responsible citizens, they should not only concentrate on their studies but should also actively take part in spreading such social messages, which will benefit the country.

The campaign was the outcome of Air Field Environment Committee meeting held quarterly with sarpanches of 13 villages surrounding the Air Force station.

The students also took part in a drawing competition and were awarded prizes. They were also presented notebooks, pencils, caps and pamphlets depicted with flight safety messages. Later they were shown IL-76, AN-32 and MI-26 aircraft based here. They were also briefed on career options in the Air Force.



‘Squint in eyes can be treated in childhood’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The treatment of squint in the eyes is possible at any age but it is always better if it is treated during childhood. However, many parents keep on delaying the treatment, which reduces the chances of optimum recovery.

Dr RK Bansal, Government Medical College and Hospital stated this, here today.

The Chandigarh Ophthalmological Society organised a two-day XXIII Annual Conference at GMCH. At the conference there was a live surgery session in which eminent surgeons as Professor Amar Agarwal of Agarwal Group of Hospitals, Chennai, Dr Mahipal Sachdev of Centre for Sight, New Delhi, Professor Jagat Ram, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Bansal shared their surgical skills with the delegates.

Professor Amar Agarwal, who was first to implant a glued intraocular lens in India, operated on an aphakic patient and implanted an intraocular lens using a special glue. Sachdev implanted a new accommodative intraocular lens from Bausch and Lomb, Crystalens. Tomorrow the conference will have a free paper session, a session on video assisted skill transfer and a pot pourri session.

In fact when a person having a squint undergoes surgery before attaining the age of six there is greater chances that anatomical success is achieved and even binocular functioning is regained.

There are two types of squint cases - esotropia ie. when the squint is inward looking or exotropia ie, when the squint is inward looking . Such problems can be treated in childhood, said Bansal.



Residents block road for two hours
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 28
Residents of Krishna Enclave today blocked the Dhakoli Road in protest of the lack of basic amenities, including power, water and poor condition of roads. More than 100 residents of the colony raised slogans against Powercom and state government. The road was blocked for two hours. The residents stated that the protest would continue until an official from the department assured them of a solution.

The residents of the colony further alleged that the electricity department employees had installed an old transformer in the area. They said that there was no water supply in the colony for the last two days. There was no electricity in the area today. More than 100 vehicles were stuck in the jam. While no official of the electricity department came, the police was present at the spot. 



Encroachers in a tight spot
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 28
Encroachers in illegal meat market of Phase VI, who often force the enforcement staff of Mohali to beat a hasty retreat, today got in a tight situation when they found themselves sandwiched between the Mohali police and the Chandigarh police.

The situation arose when the Phase VI area councillor of Mohali, RP Sharma, had sought from the Mohali police to remove encroachers who had been squatting on public land.

The moment the Mohali police reached the scene, the encroachers shifted to the Chandigarh side. Immediately, the area councillor of the Chandigarh municipal corporation, Manjeet Singh Chauhan, was contacted to round up the encroachers.

The Chandigarh councillor responded and sent a police team to round up the encroachers. Seeing surrounded on both sides, the encroachers ran away from the spot.



Shivalik manch to stage dharna on Sept 6
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 28
The Shivalik Vikas Manch will stage a dharna outside the office of Haryana State Staff Selection Commission on September 6.The manch is protesting against the state government for not providing jobs to youths belonging to backward Shivalik areas.

Vijay Bansal, patron, Shivalik Vikas Manch, said more than 60,000 youths were given jobs in the state, but youths belonging to economically backward Shivalik areas, including Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar, were ignored. He said the state government had failed to set up institutions for higher studies in these districts. Around 12 such institutions were set up in the state, out of which, five had been set up in Rohtak district alone.

Bansal alleged that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had not announced any development scheme for these areas. 



Race on Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The National Sports Day would be organised by the Chandigarh sports department tomorrow to mark the birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand.About 500 sportspersons would take part in the race to be organised by the department.

Sports director ML Sharma will flag off the race, which would start from the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium at 7.30 am.



DAV-10 principal cancels open house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Striving hard to avoid any unwanted incident in this election season, DAV College, Sector 10, principal BC Josan today cancelled the scheduled open house as a part of disciplinary measures.

Taking lessons from last year when a verbal spat between two student groups during the open house led to a mass violence, the principal evaded the “ritual” to keep things in control.

“They have no major issue to discuss and the forum is misused for accusations and verbal war. This verbal spat leads to violence. In order to maintain decorum, the open house has been cancelled as a disciplinary measure. The students have also been discouraged from organising any support rally in the campus. No outsider is being allowed inside and campaigning is being kept under watch,” claimed Josan.

The move has aroused resentment amongst student leaders, as one of them claims, “As it is we have got very less time for campaigning and cancellation of the open house is a big setback. It is a forum where different parties discuss their stand on specific issue and make each other answerable in front of voters.”

Josan, however, dismisses the argument saying, “I have asked them to enlist issues but I am yet to get any reply. Individual case discussion and accusation cannot be made a part of such open forum. We have seen the outcome of verbal spat last year and will not take any chance this time.”

Interestingly, the principal has not only mooted a proposal for cancellation of election but has even brought all parties to one table to discuss selection of college president unanimously, though no decision has been taken so far.

“I met all student leaders once again today but they need some time to agree upon selecting one candidate unanimously. Things will be clear by Monday,” says Josan.



NCC sailing expedition flagged off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
To inculcate team spirit and generate interest in the water-borne sports and adventure activities, the NCC is undertaking a sailing expedition that was flagged-off from Sukhna Lake here yesterday.

The expedition will culminate on September 7 at Gobind Sagar, near Una in Himachal Pradesh.

A contingent of 66 personnel comprising 35 boys, 15 girl cadets and 16 staff members from No.1 Chandigarh NCC Naval Unit are participating in this 12-day long expedition. 

Sacred Heart off on Monday

Chandigarh, August 28
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, would remain close on Monday due to demise of Ipshita Jain, a student of Class VI of the school, today from blood cancer. — TNS



SD College student gets fellowship
Tribune News Service

Vikas Garg
Vikas Garg

Chandigarh, August 28
Vikas Garg, a student of BSc at GGDSD College, Sector 32 C, Chandigarh, has been awarded a fellowship under the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna (KVPY) funded by the department of science and technology, Government of India.

The fellowship has been in recognition of his contribution to his domain of knowledge. Under the prestigious summer research fellowship programme of the science education panel, Indian Academy of Sciences, Vikas has now been invited to engage in active research from September 1 to October 30 at the Polymer Science Unit, Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata.

Earlier, Vikas had also been selected for the annual summer research programme, 2010, at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. From May 20 to June 26, he worked on a project entitled “Over Expression and Purification of Serine Acetyltransferase from Leishmania donovani ” at the School of Life Sciences at JNU.

Dr Manohar Lal
Dr Manohar Lal

Meanwhile, Dr Manohar Lal, associate professor in the department of physics at GGDSD College, has been honoured by the International Biographical Centre (IBC), Cambridge, England, in recognition of his excellent contribution. The Research and Editorial Departments and Awards Board of the IBC have listed Dr Lal on the IBC list of the leading scientists of the world.

Dr Lal would be honoured with the distinguished and limited leading scientists of the world medal and distinguished illuminated certificate. Last session, Dr Manohar Lal had also been granted a major research project entitled “Dielectric studies of chalcogenide glasses for electronic devices” by the UGC), New Delhi.



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