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Aerocity draw: 226 hit the jackpot
Reserved category applicants cry foul over eligibility criteria
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 25
Amidst heightened expectations and strong protests by applicants of certain reserved categories, the draw of lots for plots in Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA’s) Aerocity got underway here this morning.

(Left)A child takes out a slip from a box during the draw of lots for plots in Aerocity in Mohali on Saturday and (right) Applicants in the reserved category (freedom fighters) protest after their forms were not coidered in the draw of lots for the Aerocity. 

Held for the 500 sq yard (reserved category) and 400 sq yard (general and reserved categories), 226 applicants in both categories hit the jackpot, while the remaining walked away with tears. After every one plot, three applicants in all categories have been kept in the waiting list.

Since morning, a number of property dealers and real estate agents were seen seated on most of the chairs, but a few genuine plot-seekers could be spotted. Apart from setting up temporary shops right under the nose of the GMADA officials, real estate agents from different parts of Haryana could be seen moving around trying to negotiate deals with the successful applicants.

Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra was among the lucky ones to hit the jackpot in the 500 sq yard plots in the sportspersons category.

Rajesh Berwal, a real estate agent from Hisar, who was one of the successful applicants, said due to extensive publicity done by GMADA, a lot of investors from around the NCR region had invested money in the Aerocity. He said he was expecting more plots as he, along with other persons, had filled many applications.

There was a lucky couple, Karan Vinayak and Kiran Vinak, who got plots in the defence category.

A few hours after the draw of lots for the reserved categories in 500 sq yard began in the presence of special observers, SK Sandhu, Managing Director of Punjab Agro Industries Corporation and Anjali Bhawra, Secretary Medical Education and Research, a number of applicants in the reserved categories of freedom fighters disrupted the draw, raising slogans against GMADA officials after Additional Chief Administrator Balwinder Singh Multani clarified that in the light of the sufficient number of applicants in the self category, the applications of the sons and wards of freedom fighters could not be considered for draw.

The ACA said the applications from the sons and wards of freedom fighters had been sought, as the authorities apprehended that a few freedom fighters would themselves apply.

After this, applicants under the Gallantry Award winner category, led by SK Madan, president of the President’s Police Gallantry Awardee’s Association of India, protested against the order of precedence of medals adopted by GMADA. Arguing the case, he said GMADA, on its own, had tampered with the precedence of medals in violation of the orders of Government of India. GMADA officials, however, claimed that the state government had given the order of precedence. The protesting persons were asked to move court if they had any objection. In the latter half of the day, the draw of lots for 400 sq yard plot wound up in two hours.

“It would be mean a big fortune me. If I get a plot, I can dream of owning a house in Mohali. Buying a plot from the market is nearly impossible,” said Sanjay, an applicant in the 400 sq yard category. He would be among the 5,500 applicants who would test their luck for just 50 plots. 

NCR real estate agents swoop on Mohali

Anticipating a windfall, a number of real estate agents from around the NCR region descended on the venue of draw of lots to buy plots from the successful applicants on Saturday. While some of the enterprising real estate agents had spread out agents at the venue to look for the successful applicants, others had set up shops to woo the buyers and sellers. Compared to local real estate agents, the unregistered agents from Delhi and the NCR region offered higher rates

Celebrities who made it

n Abhinav Bindra: Sports category

n Brig Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri: Gallantry award winner



Admn welfare funds for poor remain unutilised
Smriti Sharma Vasudeva
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Ignorance, they say, is bliss. But not always!

What else can be the reason for funds worth lakhs of rupees under various welfare schemes for thousands of building and construction workers lying unutilised?

Sample this: Rs 2,500 for funeral assistance, interest-free loan for the purchase of cycle, scooter, motorcycle up to Rs 5,000, interest-free loan for medical treatment up to Rs 10,000. Funds under these and many more such schemes are lying unused, as there are no takers for them.

For the past many years, not even a single penny out of these funds for the “poor workers” has been spent.

Call it lack of awareness or blame it on the department of labour for not publicising these schemes properly, the fact that there are no takers remains unchanged.

Various schemes were recently approved by the Infrastructural Workers Welfare Board, UT Administration, for the benefit of thousands of building and other construction workers, including both male and female, registered with the Board.

Sources in the department of labour say while only those workers registered with the board can benefit from these schemes, there is actually a sizeable number of workers who are not registered with the board. This despite the fact, that once a worker becomes a member after paying a one time registration fee of Rs 25, his membership remains valid throughout the country even if he moves out to some other state.

Officials maintain that one of the biggest reasons for unregistered workers is the fact that contractors do not encourage their workers for the same. Their logic is simple. If they allow one worker to go for registering himself for an hour, the number of hours gets multiplied for all the workers and this way work suffers, said a senior official of the department.

At present, there are over 20,000 building and construction workers in the tri-city and another 10,000 workers, who are constantly moving due to government schemes under NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme). Other welfare schemes for construction workers available in city include maternity benefit up to Rs 2500, old-age pension of Rs 250 per month, accident benefit up to Rs 50,000 etc.



Double Murder Case
Juvenile put on probation period
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
The local juvenile court awarded three-year ‘punishment of probation period’ (meaning set free) to the key accused Robin Khan (name changed), one of the accused in the double murder of Vinod Mittal and his four-year-old son Yashan in February 2009.

Principal Magistrate Jaiveer Hooda of the Juvenile Justice Board pronounced the verdict in the case here today.

It is pertinent to mention that in the gruesome double murder of city-based financier Vinod Mittal and his four-year-old-son Yashan after they went missing on February 14, 2009, the district court, on May 8, had awarded life imprisonment to three accused, including Ashok Kumar, Sanjay Kumar and Sonu.

The court, in its orders, stated that the behaviour of the accused would be monitored during these three years. If any criminal case of similar nature will be registered against the accused, then he would have to serve his punishment otherwise there was no need for him to go behind the bars.

The police had arrested four accused on February 28, 2009, for murdering Vinod Mittal, a resident of Sector 16, and his four-year-old son Yashan.

The police had arrested the accused from Hanumangarh in Rajasthan. The police had produced forensic report before the court in which blood samples collected from Santo car matched with the samples taken from Vinod’s father Ved Prakash Mittal.



Nari Niketan Case
Crucial witness goes missing
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
A crucial witness in the Nari Niketan rape case, Rekha, has gone missing from the state-authorised shelter home, Missionaries of Charity.

It came to light after the shelter home moved an application today, as the Nari Niketan rape case was taken up in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge GC Garg today.

Moving the application, the counsel for the shelter home, Advocate Madhu P Singh said, “The prosecution witness, Rekha, is an inmate of a state-run home. In the Nari Niketan case, Rekha has been roped in as the witness by police personnel because prior to coming to our institute, she is living in Nari Niketan as per the court orders.”

It was further mentioned in the application that Rekha had been summoned several times by the court on various dates, but her evidence was never recorded. On August 12 this year, at around 8.30 pm Rekha ran away from the home.

It was stated in the application that despite the best efforts, the authorities at the home were unable to trace Rekha.

A daily diary report (DDR) in this regard was registered at the police post of Sector 22.

Meanwhile, a gynaecologist of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, deposed before the court and stated that the victim conceived the child on March 15.

The victim complained of abdominal pain, which ultimately led to the detection of the heinous crime.

During the trial, the victim had identified all accused, namely Bhupinder Singh, Jamuna Parsad, Kamla, Vijender and Maya of Nari Niketan and Naresh, Bhagwandeep, Davinder and Chotu of Aashreya. Importantly, the DNA of Chotu had matched that of the child delivered by the victim.


CGHS Dispensary Shifting
20,000 beneficiaries face uncertainty 
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Over 20,000 beneficiaries of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in the region could be deprived of health care facilities until and unless either the Union Health Ministry takes urgent steps to find an alternative place to shift its lone dispensary in Sector 45 or the UT administration shelves its plan to evict them from there.

The CGHS dispensary, the only one in the northern region (up Delhi), which caters to Central Government employees and retired personnel working or settled in Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, faces eviction notice from the Administration and is presently functioning on an extended deadline. The initial deadline expired in June and the Administration has given six additional months to the CGHS to make alternative arrangements.

However, nothing much has been done till date and if the things continue at the same pace and the Administration doesn’t extend the deadline, the CGHS beneficiaries could be heading for trouble, vis-a-vis their health care.

Confirming the Administration’s move, SC Anand, Additional Director, CGHS, Chandigarh, said, the UT administration had served an eviction notice for June, but after the intervention of some members of the coordination committee of the Central Government Pensioners Association, the deadline was extended till December.

He said the building where the dispensary was located was taken on rent from the Administration in 2002.

Anand said though they had identified some alternative sites for shifting the dispensary, the approval was yet to come from the Administration. “If any of the given sites is approved in time, the work can be started and the deadline met,” he said. Else they would face the dilemma of what to do post-December, he added.

On the other hand, UT health officials say they need the site for converting it into standalone “labour rooms” for encouraging institutional deliveries in and around Sector 45. Though the reason may sound plausible, a senior official could not explain why this particular site was required when the Administration has many alternatives with it.

Central Government employees and pensioners are obviously concerned about these developments and feel that rather than just indulging in “babugiri” of issuing notices, the Administration should offer alternatives. “If the lone wellness centre is closed, the elderly pensioners will be at loss,” said one of the members of the pensioners’ committee.

Interestingly, most of the Central Government pensioners registered at the CGHS dispensary in Sector 45 are from Chandigarh and are not covered by any other health care scheme. In case the dispensary goes non-functional, they will be deprived of medical facilities, maintains another member of the coordination committee.



Leukaemia within realm of curable disorders: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Largely untreatable hitherto, acute leukaemia is now well within the realm of curable disorders and a proper diagnosis and treatment with regular follow-up can save the lives of a majority of such patients. Medical experts deliberated on various aspects of leukaemia treatment at a conference of the north-west chapter of the Indian Society of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, here today.

More than 200 delegates and faculty from various medical colleges, hospitals and private practitioners participated in the conference hosted by the Department of Haematology, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The conference touched upon advances in the diagnosis, both clinical and laboratory, and the management of the disease. Dr Deepak Bansal from the Department of Paediatrics, PGIMER, Chandigarh, set the ball rolling by describing various ways in which patients reported to doctors.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, commonly found in children, was generally treated with chemotherapy and the results were enthusiastic, said Dr Neeal Varma, Head of the Department of Haematology, PGI. However, only a very few, who did not respond to this treatment had to go through radio therapy or bone marrow transplantation, she said. The treatment for children could cost up to Rs 2 lakh, she said. There were many children who attained adulthood while undergoing treatment at the PGI and had been living normal life, she added.

Acute mycloblastic was another type of leukaemia that commonly affected adults and its treatment cost up to Rs 6 lakh, she said.

Laboratory diagnoses were outlined by Dr Anita Tahlan, who described the microscopic features of common leukaemia and the baseline testing available at a routine pathology laboratory. She also highlighted the use of simple stains to differentiate between various types of acute leukaemia.

Professor Renu Saxena, Head of Haematology Department, AIIMS, elaborated on refinements in laboratory diagnosis over the past few decades, with special emphasis on how these could be applied to Indian laboratories.

Ds Joseph John and Pankaj Malhotra discussed the treatment of ALL and AML leukaemias. They spoke on therapy phases, common complications and expected problems. Haematology quiz was a lively interactive session with active participation by pathology, medicine and paediatrics postgraduates.



Newborn’s Death
Family alleges docs’ negligence
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
A newborn, discharged from the PGI with remarks “normal new born”, died within a day, as doctors allegedly failed to notice that the baby was not able to pass stool due to “anorectoal malformation”.

The parents of the baby alleged that doctors in the labour room did not heed their requests to examine the baby on September 14, who did not pass stool and urine since his birth on September 13.

PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said the complaint of Nitish Sharma, father of the baby, was being looked into and all departments concerned had been asked to send their reply in this regard.

Nitish Sharma, a resident of Sector 8, Chandigarh, in his complaint to the hospital medical superintendent, said his wife Meenu had been attending the gynaecology OPD of the PGI during pregnancy regularly and the baby was born on September 13. The mother and the baby were discharged in the evening next day.

However, during their stay in the hospital after the birth of the baby, it did not pass stool and urine. The mother and grandmother of the baby brought this to the notice of the doctors present there many a time whenever they made a visit to the labour room, he said.

Even at the time of discharging on September 14, Meenu conveyed this to doctors, he claimed. However, doctors told her that everything was fine with the baby, alleged Nitish in his complaint.

Next day in the morning, when the condition of the baby started deteriorating, we took him to the Advanced Paediatric Centre, PGI, where doctors found that the passage for stool was blocked and baby was not showing any activity. They were told that the baby was getting problems in kidney and heart as well, he said.

Doctors said it was not possible to perform any surgery that time on the baby. Following this, the family decided to take the child to a private hospital, where the baby died in the evening, said Nitish.

He demanded an inquiry and necessary action into the matter.



Use of mobiles by staff banned

Chandigarh, September 25
In its efforts to improve services after the death of the newborn due to alleged medical negligence, Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, has put a ban on the use of mobile phones by its staff. The staff members, however, can use their mobile phones when they leave their place of work. The authorities, however, were receiving several complaints. The complainants have brought to the notice of authorities that staff members remain busy attending phone calls leaving the patients un attended. — TNS



World Heart Day
Is your heart healthy?
Avoid junk food, sweets, says Talwar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
“Exercise and a controlled diet can keep one’s heart healthy,” said cardiologist and PGI director Prof KK Talwar on the occasion of World Heart Day.

“A balanced diet, including seasonal fruits and vegetables, with controlled consumption of oils and physical activity in routine, can help in a big way to keep the heart healthy,” he said.

Life style changes are a must and vegetarians, too, need to take care of their heart. A lot of calories and fats are present in sugar, milk and sweets. Excessive intake of sugar can lead to health complications.

He said a number of healthy people could be seen using elevators.

“They prefer driving vehicles over walking,” said the cardiologist.

“Earlier, people avoided sweets, but now they love to binge on chocolates and junk food, which is the reason why more and more people are falling prey to obesity,” said Dr Talwar. 

Contrary to the earlier belief that only rich and affluent suffered from various heart ailments, it has been found that such ailments have gripped all sections of society. Even youngsters have complained of heart problems. Around 45 million patients are suffering from coronary artery diseases in India and with a roller-coaster lifestyle, the future looks more grim. By 2020, heart diseases will account for one-third of all deaths. — Dr Talwar

A study done by the community medicine department of the PGI revealed that people in rural areas, too, suffered from heart ailments.

The study revealed that about 14.4 per cent of people in rural areas of Chandigarh were suffering from hypertension, whereas in urban areas, the number of such cases was found to be 14.2 per cent. In Panchkula, a total of 16.2 per cent cases were reported from the urban sector, while 8.2 per cent cases were reported from rural areas.



Camp at Press Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
A heart check-up camp was organised at the Chandigarh Press Club here today. Dr UP Singh, managing director, Prime Heart Institute, said more and more people were complaining about heart problems.

Naveen Garewal, president of the Chandigarh Press Club, said journalists were more prone to heart diseases.

Dr UP Singh said by 2030 about 18 million lives would be lost due to heart diseases.

Dr Puneet Verma said Indians should exercise more, reduce their waste size, follow a strict regime of regular exercise, and quit or at least reduce the intake of alcohol and smoking.



Thumbs down for Metro

Chandigarh, September 25
A former Chief Architect and an associate of Le Corbuiser, MN Sharma, yesterday criticised Metro rail. In a strongly worded letter to the UT Administrator and other senior functionaries, Sharma has stated that bringing Metro here will be in total contrast to views expressed by experts as none of the criteria justifying the adoption of Metro is applicable to the entire region of Chandigarh. A committee under the chairmanship of KC Sivaramakrishnan, is its final report submitted in December 2007, recommended surface transport as the preferred MRTS alternative, as against monorail or Metro. — TNS



Khaki loses sheen, as crime continues to rise
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
Call it a paucity of manpower, shortage of funds or ill-equipped force, residents of the city are bearing the burnt of frequent burglaries, kidnappings, dacoities, murders, and other petty crimes.

Coupled with lack of willpower on part of the police, the porous border with Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh is acting as a catalyst in rise of the crime graph.

There is no headway in kidnapping of realtor Deepak Rai Sagar and recent burglaries in Army flats at Sector 20. Even though the police has arrested a nine-member gang of robbers, including eight Bangladeshis involved in the dacoity at a house in Sector 10, the police has only been able to recover Rs 1.5 lakh from them, out of Rs 10 lakh taken away by them in July 16 last.

The faith of the public in the police has dipped so low that various residents’ welfare associations had recently met Director General of Police Ranjeev S Dalal demanding more police force to protect them. However, there has been considerable decrease in chain snatchings.

Last year, the situation was no different. With three armed robberies, the town reported various cases of thefts and snatchings.

However, Manish Chaudhary, Superintendent of Police, said despite the fact that district police was scarce of resources police personnel tried their level best to secure life and property.

He said he had increased the number of PCR vans to 29 from 18 and every SHO in the city had been assigned the task of making surveillance in the city to check anti-social elements especially during the dark.

Efforts were being made to strengthen the available force of 1,000 security personnel by equipping them with modern technology, he said.

The district with a population of around six lakh and having two national highways and sharing border with two states and Union Territory of Chandigarh is, in fact, a soft target for such criminals, Chaudhary said. Criminals, find it hard to commit robberies in Chandigarh due to tight security, they prefer Panchkula, which has a meager presence of police, he said adding that various escape routes prove handy for these criminals to sneak into other areas immediately after the crime.

However, the police have strengthened the nakas on all the entry and exit points of the city, which had helped in restricting the activities of the criminals in the area.

Chaudhary said they were also co-ordinating with the neighbouring police to check anti-social elements. He said district administration and the police had asked various residents’ welfare associations in the city to instal security gates, which would help in restricting the movement of the miscreants.

He said the HUDA and EO Municipal Corporation had already given approval to various RWS, including Sectors 6, 10, 11 and parts of 7 and 17.

Public participation was mandatory and installing gates and deputing security guards in localities could make a sea change in the situation, he added.

However, suggestions of the Superintendent of Police didn’t go down well with the residents.

All these suggestions were only an attempt to hide police’s failure, feel public representatives.

SK Nayyar, president of the Citizen’s Welfare Association, said the suggestion of the police to the residents to make their own security arrangements was not easy. Though the gates could be installed with one-time investment and with the help of advertisement agencies, manning of these gates would always remain a headache for the residents’ associations, added Nayyar.

BB Singhal, former vice-president of the municipal council said: “The police has to tell how it plans to provide security to the residents.”



Residents seek traffic lights on Zirakpur-Kalka highway
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, September 25
In the absence of traffic lights and traffic police on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway near Baltana link road, heavy traffic has become a nightmare for residents of adjoining areas.

Residents of Baltana, Dhakoli and surrounding areas have demanded to set up traffic lights near Baltana link road on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway.

It is learnt that in the recent Municipal Council meeting, the issue was raised by the area councillor.

He urged the MC president NK Sharma to take up the matter with local administration.

However, MC president asked the MC inspector to instal “yellow light” at the particular section, but nothing has been done so far.

Residents said a large number of children going to school on autorickshaws and bicycles on this stretch were not safe, as there was nothing to check the flow of traffic.

Sources said minor accidents were routine affair on this stretch. Last week, two youths sustained injuries after their motorcycle rammed into a rickshaw.

A visit to the area revealed that trucks, tractor-trolleys loaded with construction material parked along the highway caused inconvenience to commuters. Residents also demanded that tractor- trolleys should be shifted to another place.

Amanjot Singh, a resident of Dhakoli said: “Traffic jam is a routine affair on this stretch”. The situation is during peak traffic hours. Administration should ask the authorities concerned to instal traffic lights.

Sunny Oberoi, a resident of Baltana, alleges: “Police personnel are mostly busy challaning two-wheeler riders instead of managing the traffic.”

He added that traffic police should be deployed for the smooth flow of traffic. Zirakpur traffic in charge, Devinder Singh, said he had already written to senior officials about installation of traffic lights. “We will deploy traffic police during the peak time to control the traffic,” he added.



No takers for fish market again
Aarti Kapur/TNS

Chandigarh, September 25
The first-air-conditioned fish market of the city at Sector 41 has again failed to find any takers as only one tender was submitted for auction of booths in the market, forcing the MC authorities to cancel the auction.

In April, too, the MC had held the auction of booths in which only five bidders had turned up. Out of them, only two deposited their bids. After the poor response, the MC had cancelled the auction.

During the last auction, bidders had urged the authorities that as the quoted reserve price are high, provision should be made for them to avail loans for the same. However, ignoring the plea, the MC again tried to auction the booths without making any change in the rates and terms and condition.

When contacted, MC Additional Commissioner TPS Phoolka said the authorities were hopeful that this time more retailers and wholesale fish sellers would participate in the auction and the issue would be tabled in the next meeting.

Official sources said the money invested for constructing the market has gone down the drain. One of the fish retailers Salem Shah said it was not possible for the retailers and shopkeepers to invest such a huge amount for shops. He said most of the retailers who owned shops in various parts of the city used to pay rent between Rs 5,000 and Rs 6,000 per month.

There are 12 booths of three different categories and a chill room in the market. The authorities have fixed the reserve price for two small booths at Rs 37.5 lakh, for eight big booths Rs 41.5 lakh and for two wholesale booths at Rs 77.5 lakh annually. The reserve price of the chill room has been fixed at Rs 16,666 per month.

MC records show that the Chandigarh administration had incurred Rs 90 lakh on setting up infrastructure in the market, including machines. The market was handed over to the MC in 2009. 



TTEs to locate train berths with hand-held devices
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
In order to minimise paper wastage while preparing reservation charts as well as to speed up the process of providing on-the-spot tickets to passengers, Indian Railways has decided to introduce a new device called handheld terminal (HHT) on trains. In the first phase of the exercise the devices are being installed at major stations, including Jammu and Amritsar from where important trains begin their journey.

A railway official said the system would be made available to travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) of all mail and express trains. “However, initially the project will begin with the Rajdhani Express trains running on various routes in the country”, he added.

While observing the procedure to prepare reservation charts showing the seating arrangement at all stations was very tedious, the official said the device would help in saving paper. “With its introduction the charts would be prepared only at the main station while the rest of the stations would be connected with the server. The HHT will display on its screen the number of occupied and vacant berths in the bogies”, he added.

GM Singh, senior commercial manager, Northern Railway (Ambala division), told The Tribune: “Hundreds of thousands of passengers travel every day in trains and tonnes of papers are used for printouts of reservation charts. The new system will save wastage of paper as well as railway revenues. It will also help in allotting berths to passengers, who will know the current position of each reserved bogie”.

Sources in Northern Railway said the system would also help in maintaining full transparency in allotment of berths by train ticket examiners on running trains. Besides, TTEs need not carry sheaves of paper related to reservation charts.

According to the present practice they had to refer to reservation charts several times while allotting berths or checking tickets of passengers. Under the new HHT system, TTEs would have to switch on the new device to know the latest position of each bogie.



Stress on importance of consumer rights

Chandigarh, September 25
An open house session for consumer awareness was organised by BSNL Chandigarh telecom district in the telephone exchange building, Sector 34, here today.

General manager telecom, Naresh Sharma addressed the customers and gave details about the customer grievance redressal mechanisms in BSNL. The consumers were also briefed about the achievements and developments in the telecom sector by BSNL, Chandigarh. The consumers were also informed that WI-Max services would be launched shortly.

Surinder Verma, president, Citizens Awareness Group, also attended the session and addressed the participants. He highlighted the importance of consumers’ rights and dealt on various grievance redressal mechanisms.

He said TRAI had issued directions for holding such educational workshops for the benefit of the customers. — TNS



Corbusier’s paintings found at craftsman’s house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
In a significant development, officials of the UT Administration have recovered 17 paintings of the Le Corbusier’s time from the residence of Jaswinder Singh, son of Giani Rattan Singh in Sector 27, who was one of the craftsmen of Le Corbusier.

The raid was conducted by SDM (East) Abhishek Dev, who has recently finished a probe into the alleged auction of wooden carvings and furniture designed by famous architect, Le Corbusier on late Thursday evening.

It must be mentioned that in March this year, Artcurial, a Paris-based auction house, had informed the UT Administration about the objects, which were auctioned in February, were acquired from Giani and his son many years back.

The UT Administration had even made efforts to stall similar auctions but they proved futile.

Now the officials are mulling investigating as to how these paintings landed at the residence of Jaswinder Singh.



Mushaira enthrals audience
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, September 25
Impassioned verses with rich and varied thought content recited by acclaimed poets enthralled audience in the “Kul Hind Urdu Mushaira” at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

The event organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, known for propagation of classical arts, was dedicated to memory of its founder, late ML Koser, a noted dance maestro and choreographer.

The poets touched all moods and passions, joys, distress, ecstasy and grief. If Meeruti excelled with wit and humour, super cop poet Rajbir Deswal Aamil turned romantic with “Aaj gustaakh huyi jaati hai kyon vaade naseem kya kisi shokh ki zulphon se lipat aayi hai..” Another Haryana Sahitya Akademy awardee poet Madhav Kaushik disclosed “Kya jaane kisi raat ke seene mein chhipi hai, sooraj ki treaj ham bhi sehar dhoond rhe hain..”

With his ornate poetry, Padma Bhushan Dr Sardar Anjum took the lead, while Balraj Bakshi Haq Kanpuri, Shams Tabrezi, Ved Deevana, Ateeq Zia, Anis Ahmad Khan, Javed Anwar, Namita Rakesh, Nayeem Rasheed, Pritpal Singh Betab, Rukhsaar Balrampuri, SL Dhawan Kamal, Savita Aseem, Sabeeha Naaz, Anjum Barabanakavi, Krishan Kumar Toor, Madhav Kaushik and Rajbir Deswal Aamil recited soothing couplets from their vast literary works receiving thunderous applause.

Their recitations reflected the contemporary sensibilities about the prevailing socio-political scenario in the country.

Poet Shamas Tabrezi conducted the mushaira with commendable competence. Kendra secretary Sajal Koser welcomed Justice Virender Singh, Justice Parmod Kohli, Justice Sunil Hali, Justice Ajay Tewari.



‘Proposal’ has audience in splits
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 25
The Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA) presented a Hindi comedy play “Proposal” in collaboration with NZCC at the Kalagram here yesterday to a sizable audience comprising senior citizens.

Based on Anton Chekhov’s comedy farce “The Proposal”, playwright director Shyama Juneja had adapted it in Hindi with certain changes to suit the Indian milieu. The play unfolds with layers of situational comedy.

The well-rehearsed play generated genial laughter through every dialogue.



Filling of vacant posts against varsity rules
PU VC denies allegations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti today denied all allegations levelled by RTI activist RK Singla against him that three posts have been filled against the university rules. Sobti today quoted Section 2 (E) of the PU calendar and said the recruitment against three posts of station manager (PU community radio station), training-cum-placement officer (UIAMS) and public relation officer (PRO) (against DPR-cum-editor, PU News) were all done as per the rules and regulations.

“The Sections of the calendar stated by the RTI activist are not applicable and have been totally misquoted. An advertisement was duly published and a selection panel was formed which selected the PRO. Upgrading a post is not in the purview of the VC, but lowering it is surely in the purview. The PRO has been appointed after a proper procedure and the post was also advertised,” said the VC.

Rumours are rife on the campus that pressure is being exerted on the authorities ahead of the selection for a permanent associate dean, college development council (ADCDC) on September 29. While a lobby of college principals has been demanding removal of incumbent ADCDC, Keshav Malhotra, who has been assigned an additional charge, the latter’s lobby is being accused of having proximity with RTI activist Singla.



Ronki wins PU Senate byelection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Winning by a margin of eight votes, Ronki Ram, former president of Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) and head of political science department, today defeated Manjit Singh in the Senate byelection.

Manjit received 50 votes and although the winning margin was expected to be higher for Ronki (58 votes), uncertainty prevailed over votes in certain quarters at the onset of election.

Out of 127 voters of the arts constituency, including Senate members, chairpersons and professors of the faculty of arts, 110 members turned out at the Senate Hall to cast their votes today and two votes were declared invalid. The voting process began at 9 am and the result was declared in nearly two hours. It is not for the first that Ronki and Manjit have confronted each other for a poll. Two years ago, Ronki defeated Manjit during the election for PUTA president by a huge margin of more than 140 votes.

The mood in the pro-Vice-Chancellor lobby today was jubilant after the declaration of the result. A tea party was also hosted for the members at the university guesthouse by the winning lobby.

Sources reveal that heated arguments preceded the election on Friday night in certain quarters of the Senate. The alleged third front of the Senate held a meeting last night, where certain members of the quarter raised objection on the selection of Ronki as a candidate.



Student council vice-president enters into argument
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
An argument between Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) vice-president Vibha and students of the department of botany was reported during the freshers’ party held at the geology department auditorium today.

The student council vice-president called the university security at the spot, but later refused to file any complaint. The argument in the freshers’ party took a political turn when Vibha and representative of the botany department, a member of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) entered into a heated argument.

Vibha contested the election from the Indian National Student Organisation (INSO), which had entered into alliance with Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), which is considered arc rivals of SOPU.



From Schools & Colleges


CHANDIGARH: GGDSD College, Sector 32, honoured all prize winners of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival. The college bagged more than 28 prizes in various categories at the youth festival held recently at the Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11. Principal AC Vaid congratulated the prize winners and Dr Anil Parti, dean, cultural activities of the college, for putting up praiseworthy performance at this prestigious annual event.

Papers presented

Several renowned international scholars presented invigorating papers on the second day of the UGC-sponsored international seminar on “Scholars in Shakespeare: A Postmodern Scrutiny” organised by the department of English of MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, in collaboration with The Shakespeare Association (India). The day was divided into three sessions with around 24 papers presented in parallel sessions. The first session was chaired by Prof RS White from the University of Western Australia. Prof Stuart Sillars, the department of foreign languages, University of Bergen, Norway, presented his stimulating paper on “Shakespeare and the ambiguities of knowledge” in which he observed uncertain significations in the works of Shakespeare. Professor RW Desai, retired professor, University of Delhi, presented his paper “From scholasticism to humanism in Love’s Labours Lost, As You Like It and Hamlet” analysing simultaneous depictions of scholasticism and humanism in the selected works of Shakespeare.


A team of six students led by Prof Charanjit Singh and Prof Amanjot Kaur participated in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, organised by the Economics Association. Manvi Ahuja, a college student, secured the first position in SUDOKU event in “Bliss Point 2010- Annual International Students’ Summit”. It was an international event in which students from Pakistan and Sri Lanka also participated.

Grandparents’ day

Sri Aurobindo Old Students’ Association (SAOSA) organised the grandparents’ day with great zeal on Saturday. It was a gala day for the grandparents, who enjoyed the cultural extravaganza organised by tiny tots. Principal Amrita Vatsyayan welcomed the grandparents emphasising the unconditional love between the grandparents and grandchildren, which never fades away with the passage of time. The children presented various items like Hindi and English poems, dance, skit, which reflected the beautiful relationship between the grandparents and grandchildren.


A workshop on “Best out of waste” was conducted at Postgraduate Government College, Sector 46, under the supervision of Dr Simmi Arora, head, fine arts department. Special skills on dry and fresh flower arrangements were taught to the students. Dr JS Raghu, principal, inaugurated the workshop. He appreciated the aesthetic sense and value of the theme incorporated on the lines of a larger concept, which can be seen in the shape of Rock Garden created by Shri Nek Chand. Twenty students participated in the workshop and were made aware of the essential design principles of proportion, balance, contrast and harmony.

Founder’s day

Students and staff of St Xavier’ Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, celebrated their founder’s day with great vehemence. Principal Mervin West welcomed all dignitaries present on the occasion emphasising the importance of co-scholastic activities viz a viz academics. Andrew J Gosain, chairman, St Xavier’s Group of Schools, cut the cake to mark the celebrations. The tiny tots of nursery and KG dressed as professional footballers refreshed the memories of Soccer World Cup, as they danced to the tunes of “Waka Waka”. A Punjabi skit written by Ritu Rag, a student of class IX, on drug abuse was enacted by the students of classes IX and X. — TNS



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