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Applicants have to wait
CHB fails to keep its promise for Devali to UT staff
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Despite repeated promises by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) on houses for successful applicants at Sectors 52, 53 and 56, UT employees will miss their date for a draw of lots for their houses this Devali.

Importantly, more than two years after the decision to have a list of successful applicants for flats and commencement of construction, the administration is not clear on the layout plan.

Peeved at the unclear picture and rising pressure from applicants, Mohanjit Singh, CHB chairman, in a scathing letter to the administration, has blamed the department of urban planning for the unnecessary delay.

The CHB chairman is learnt to have blamed the department for unnecessarily sitting over files and creating procedural hurdles in the implementation of the scheme.

Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar has said, “The matter was stuck up in local courts till recently. Now most hurdles are cleared and we are likely to have a draw before Devali. The biggest hurdle in clearing earlier plans was that adequate quarters had not been provided for Class III and Class IV employees.”

Not just Devali, there appear no chances on any draw in the near future, because basic layout plans have not been cleared yet. Leave aside building plans, the administration has not decided on the location of flats.

In the latest meeting, it is learnt that the department of urban planning has decided to house three-bedroom flats for senior IAS officers and judges at Sector 53.

It has also been decided to have one-bedroom and two-bedroom flats for Class III and Class IV employees at Sectors 52 and 56.

It has been learnt that no formal decision has been taken yet on the number of floors for the housing scheme. The matter lies pending with the architecture wing of the department.

When basic housing plans are not in ready, it is pointless to think of marking adequate parking space in basements or on rooftops. It has been learnt that a number of layout plans have been submitted to the department of urban planning, but none have been cleared on one pretext or the other.



CTU Exam
9 held for impersonation
Tribune News Service

Third case in 2 months

This is the third such incident in the past two months. The examination process came under the CBI scanner after the Punjab Engineering College admission scam and the PGI scam for admissions in September. Both of the earlier cases involved malpractices in educational institutes while the latest incident is about recruitment in the UT administration. Incidents of impersonation for recruitment in the Chandigarh police are not uncommon in the city with the cops registering several such cases in the past.

Chandigarh, October 3
The Central Bureau of Investigation and the local police today arrested nine suspects at 68 examination centres in the city on charges of impersonation and cheating by appearing in place of bona fide candidates in an exam conducted for the post of conductors by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. About 20,000 candidates appeared for the test scheduled today, sources said.

“We have received information that a group of over two dozen people was in the city to appear in the written examination for recruitment of CTU conductors in place of the original candidates”, said Mahesh Aggarwal, DIG CBI, Chandigarh zone.

He added the CBI shared the information with senior UT administration officials, requesting them to undertake stringent verification of the candidates. Special teams of CBI officials were deputed for checking the candidates at the exam centres from where they had received specific information about the presence of impersonators.

The CBI arrested four impersonators, a candidate and a mediator while the police apprehended three people - two from Sector 40 and one from Manimajra - on similar charges. A senior police officer said the cops had received information that a gang of impersonators comprising students of a Delhi-based institute had come to the city for appearing in the examination. The police learnt most of the students indulging in impersonation hailed from Bihar.

One of the impersonators held by the CBI is a first-year BA student of DAV College, Sector 10. Aggarwal, however, refused to divulge the names of those arrested, adding “more arrests are likely at the later stage of the investigation”.

DSP (south) Vijay Kumar said two men, identified as Ravinder Singh, a resident of Panipat, and Deepak Dahia, a resident of Sonepat, who was appearing in place of Singh, were arrested at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40B. A case of impersonation, cheating and forgery has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

However, it is yet to be ascertained how much money the impersonator had charged for appearing in the exam. The police said it appeared to be an individual matter, even as it was yet to properly investigate the case.

Similarly, the Manimajra police station arrested Pawan Kumar, a resident of Gohana, for allegedly appearing in place of his cousin, Sukhwinder Singh, who is still to be apprehended. The police has file a case against Pawan and sent a team to arrest Sukhwinder.

Sources close to the CBI said the investigators had also associated CTU officials in the checking. The invigilators detected three impersonators and handed them over to the CBI teams.

The CBI said two of the impersonators who were arrested had come all the way from Bihar to appear in the exam on behalf of other candidates. It appears a few more candidates have come from Bihar to impersonate for others. The other impersonators are from various areas in Haryana.

The investigative agency has asked the authorities to retain the admit cards for further probe into the case and has registered a case of forgery, cheating and impersonation against the suspects.



‘S’ factor draws huge crowd
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Sachin TendulkarMohali, October 3
ICC president Sharad Pawar’s surprise appearance seemed to have worked magic on the third day of the ongoing India-Australia cricket Test at the PCA stadium here. That as well as Sachin’s batting and the fact it was a Sunday — the so-called ‘S’ factor — managed to attract a respectable crowd. While the first two days of the match saw almost empty stands, today about 8,000 spectators came to cheer the ‘master blaster’.

The atmosphere inside the stadium became alive as soon as Sachin entered the field after the fall of the wicket of night watchman Ishant Sharma in the first hour of today’s game. The ace batsman was welcomed with ‘dhol’ (drum) beats, loud cheers and waving of Indian flags that a lot of enthusiasts were carrying. His each shot was welcomed with gusto. Fans were seen coming at the venue till afternoon to watch him in action.

“Watching Sachin in flesh and blood just thrills me. I’m a diehard fan of his so I just came to see him no matter what he did in the field,” said Sneha Kapoor, who arrived at the stadium with four friends just to see her favourite star.

Many children accompanying their parents were also seen enjoying the game of one of the world’s top batsmen. “It’s really wonderful that Sachin’s batting came on Sunday. I had decided to take leave along with my family just to see him batting. For us it’s a memorable experience,” said Ravi Kanth, who recently moved to the city from Saharanpur.

The entire stadium reverberated with chants of ‘chak de, chak de’ when Sachin hit two boundaries to reach the 90s. However, there was complete silence when he was out, being only two runs short in completing his 49th century.

  • Many Indian fans were left disappointed on the sudden collapse of the Indian batting lineup at the fag end of the day. “I’m sad for Sachin who couldn’t complete his 49th century today. But the fall of remaining wickets like a pack of cards is just disappointing. ‘Saara maza kharaab karr diya (they spoiled the enjoyment),” said Vijay, Rajji and Sunil
  • Those who had put up stalls inside the stadium were seen fleecing spectators by charging higher prices for eatables. Many students of rural schools, who had come to see the match today, were complaining they had to pay Rs 30 for a water bottle while one glass of “mineral” water was being sold for Rs 15. Packets of chips, popcorns and ‘samosas’ were also exorbitantly priced in comparison to their MRP
  • Contrary to their image Punjab police personnel put up a “people-friendly” face as they were seen helping youngsters and other spectators to enter the stadium to watch the proceedings. “The stadium remained empty for two days. So what if some fans go inside the stadium? I think we’re only helping in filling the stadium,” quipped a constable.



Hospitals dump biomed waste at garbage unit
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service


  • Human anatomical waste (tissues, organs, body parts)
  • Sharp-edged items
  • Solid waste (items contaminated with blood, body fluids including cotton, dressings, soiled plaster casts, lines, beddings, other material contaminated with blood)
  • Waste generated from disposable items such as tubings, catheters, intravenous sets etc


  • Incineration/deep burial
  • Chemical treatment, autoclaving, mutilation/shredding
  • Incineration, autoclaving, microwaving
  • Autoclaving, microwaving, mutilation/shredding

Chandigarh, October 3
Regulations on disposal of biomedical waste appear to have been thrown to the winds by the city’s government hospitals. A visit by a TNS team to the municipal corporation's garbage processing plant revealed used needles, syringes, containers full of blood and other discarded items are being dumped by the hospitals along with other refuse.

Waste material from PGI, the Government Multispecialty Hospital and the Government Medical College & Hospital reaches the garbage plant every day. Workers busy in segregating the refuse said the plant routinely receives over three tonnes of waste items from these hospitals.

According to medical experts biomedical waste is extremely harmful and infectious. Disposal of wastes like blood, placenta syringes and needles is very dangerous and it should be handled very carefully. That is because placenta contains blood cells and, if the patient whose placenta is disposed contains viruses like HIV, the infected person will contract AIDS.

Similar is the case with syringes and needles. If used for treating a from an HIV positive patient, their reuse is definitely harmful for others.

Among the heaps of garbage piled up at the plant hundreds of used needles, syringes, plastic containers with blood in it and lots of blood soaked cotton were visible today. When asked workers there said it was a routine there. “However, there is no technique at the plant to treat these materials, so they are dumped in the open area demarcated by the municipal corporation”, they added.

In order to control the indiscriminate disposal of hospital wastes the union environment & forests ministry has issued a notification on biomedical waste management under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. According to rules hospital waste should be buried deep at secured grounds for the purpose or autoclaved. Many of the articles have to be destroyed in incinerators, according to the norms.

While GMSH officials did not respond despite repeated efforts to contact them on phone, PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said: “The hospital’s system of disposal of such items is streamlined. Still, any loopholes will be looked into.”

GMCH director principal Raj Bahadur said the hospital’s incinerator had been defunct for quite some time, as the building housing it had been dismantled.


Riot victims not spared
Over 75 GMADA flats occupied forcibly
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 3
It is not only plots in Aerocity that are attracting investors. Vacant and disputed houses of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) are also being eyed by unscrupulous elements.

On Sunday, an attempt was made to forcibly enter a recently vacated house at Phase 1 (no. 151). Officials of the police control room rushed to the spot to control the situation.

GMADA’s additional chief administrator Balwinder Singh Multani said officials concerned at the estate office had been asked to ensure that the property was not illegally occupied.

A recent survey by GMADA officials revealed that of the 120 flats, over 75 had been forcibly occupied.

“By the time we come to know, the occupier moves in and pastes a copy of interim stay at the flat,” admitted an official.

Persons claiming to be riot victims had forcibly occupied flats earmarked for riot victims and claimed to be in possession of an interim stay order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Challenging the claim of the riot victims, GMADA had filed cases in the high court. GMADA had found that in some vacant flats that had forcibly occupied, genuine allottees had got their conveyance deeds registered.

Officials had found that in the last one year, several of its MIG flats at Phases 1, 9 and 10 and Sectors 66 and 70, earmarked for riot victims, had been illegally occupied. People claiming to be riot victims had forcibly moved into vacant flats.

GMADA had earmarked some flats for allotment to riot victims in the wake of the amended rehabilitation policy.

Earlier, GMADA had decided to auction the flats. However, now those would be allotted after PUDA and GMADA adopted the government policy on allotment of flats to riot victims.



I-T dept reshuffle irks officials
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Income Tax department has transferred four Additional Commissioners, including Ajay Sharma (Range IV), Sunil Verma (Range III), DS Kalyan (Panchkula) and Mamta Bansal (Yamunanagar).

While Ajay Sharma has been transferred to Panchkula, Garima Singh Naunihal has been posted in his place at Range IV. Suneel Verma of Range (III) has been transferred to the TDS section and Rajeshwar Yadav, Additional Commissioner, Range (I) will take the additional charge of his range.

DS Kalyan (Panchkula) has transferred to Gurgaon and Mamta Bansal has been shifted from Yamunanagar to Ludhiana.

While senior officials of the department are terming these transfers as “routine”, insiders say the entire exercise has been undertaken to “accommodate” the spouse of an influential police officer, who has been recently posted to Chandigarh. The exercise has led to heartburn in the department, as several officials are feeling slighted at the “unscheduled” and “premature” transfers.

Some of the officials who have been transferred had reportedly spent less than a year on their postings. Of the four officers who have been shifted in the reshuffle, two had joined their ranges just a year ago.

Insiders reveal that posting to Chandigarh is considered a “prime” one and pulls and pressures work for it. “When the mantra for a posting and undisturbed extended (or rather endless) tenures in Chandigarh is the officer’s connections, what can be better than being a spouse or a relative of an influential bureaucrat,” said an official.

If one has a close look at the family connections of I-T officials posted here, this charge isn’t out of place. Sample these - Prabhjot Kaur (Additional Commissioner) Range V is the wife of Punjab cadre IAS officer Vijay Kumar Janjua; Kalpana Kataria (Additional Commissioner) Range II is the daughter of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Phool Chand Mullana; Sonali Arora (CIT Appeal) is the wife of Punjab’s Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) Suresh Arora; Poonam Sidhu (Director Regional Institute) is the wife of Punjab Principal Secretary Finance, KBS Sidhu; Pawan Parmar (CIT II) is the wife of Joint Director Intelligence Bureau, Gurbachan Singh; and PK Srivastava (CIT computer operation) is the spouse of Raji P Srivastava, a Punjab cadre IAS officer.

The latest to join this bandwagon is Garima Singh Naunihal, wife of the newly appointed UT SSP, Naunihal Singh. She was earlier posted at Sangrur.



No end to traffic jams at Daria village
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Traffic problems near the railway yard at Daria village have multiplied over a period of time, with an increase in the number of trucks, coupled with the indifferent attitude of truck drivers and practically no control of the police over the situation.

The lack of proper parking slots and the haphazard parking of trucks and trailers on the busy main road to the railway station have led to traffic jams and accidents on many occasions.

A resident says it is difficult to find any motor vehicle in the city passing that area which had not met with an accident. The worst sufferers are those who have some urgency, particularly those who have to catch a train.

Traffic jams are mostly caused by heavy trucks, which mainly carry cement, steel bars and new vehicles. The parking of trucks, including Army trucks, and cars on these roads add to the chaos.

Stray animals and the lack of proper streetlights, apart from the callous attitude of road users, are among the factors which have led to an increase in the number of accidents.

The authorities concerned have done little to seriously tackle the traffic problem and residents feel it is time they take corrective measures.

Jai Ram, a resident of the area, says it is difficult to drive on this track at night as there are no signboards or reflectors to indicate the road leading to the railway yard or the adjoining market.

A large number of carriers that transport iron bars can be seen parked at any time of the day on both sides of a one-km stretch of the road connecting Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran and Daria.

“In the absence of the traffic police, truck drivers park their trucks as per their wish and most of the time, cause air pollution,” says a resident.

Truckers and trailer operators often park their vehicles near liquor shops, which are open round the clock. They defecate around the parking zone and resort to ugly postures, much to the horror of residents.

Truck drivers assert that they have been facing parking problems, but have no option but to park their trucks on the roadside.

The UT administration and its various wings look the other way while operators of private carriers subvert rules by converting a stretch on the Daria village road into a parking zone.

This has assumed the character of a public nuisance, not only for residents of adjoining areas, but also commuters. Local residents say the administration should look for a permanent solution.



Decks cleared for Knowledge City
SC dismisses civil appeals challenging land acquisition
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 3
Path has been cleared for the development of Knowledge City in Sector 81 here. The case had been earlier hampered due to a court stay. The development follows the dismissal of two separate civil appeals by the Supreme Court. The petitioners had challenged land acquisition for the project.

GMADA officials said while disposing of the over six-year-old litigation, a Bench comprising Justice RV Raveendran, Justice RM Lodha and Justice TS Thakur, ruled that the exemption of the land under acquisition from the provisions of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act (PRTPDA), 1995, did not suffer from any legal infirmity. The apex court has ruled that the absence of any rehabilitation measures does not render the acquisition in question legally bad.

Moreover, the SC Bench upheld the Cabinet decision of the Punjab Government to offer the benefit of land pooling scheme (LPS) with prospective effect and rejected the demand of landowners seeking the benefits with retrospective effect.

Senior Law Officer Harmel Singh said while Knowledge City had been freed from litigation, the litigations pending with regard to land acquisition for Sectors 76 to 80 were also likely to be disposed of in the light of this judgment as those pleas had also been filed on similar grounds.

GMADA would be moving application in the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding Sectors 76 to 80.

The Supreme Court said if the appellants made applications under Section 18 of the Land Acquisition Act for reference of their claims for higher compensation before the collector (land acquisition) concerned within a period of six weeks, the collector should make a reference to the competent civil court for determination of the compensation payable to the appellants.

Amarjit Singh, Mewa Singh and owners of around 20 acres land, of the total 417.39 acres acquired for Knowledge City, had filed the appeals. Since the disputed land was scattered around in small parcels, vast areas of Knowledge City were locked under litigation.



National Cerebral Palsy Day
‘Reduce bias against affected kids’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
More than 50 per cent of children with cerebral palsy have normal intelligence, can be educated in normal schools, can pursue a wide range of careers like any other person and can become contributory members of society in spite of mobility limitations, but this is possible only if societal discrimination, disparities and attitudinal barriers are minimised.

This was stated by experts during a function at Prayas by the department of paediatrics to observe the National Cerebral Palsy Day in an attempt to encourage children and their families here today.

Cerebral palsy was the most common childhood impairment, affecting approximately 2 or 3 out of every 1,000 live births in the country. A neuro-development disorder, it resulted from interference in the development of the brain during early months of pregnancy, during birth, soon after birth or in early childhood due to impaired blood supply, decreased oxygen, glucose or calcium supply, pre-term birth, infections or trauma.

The department of paediatrics at the PGI was actively involved in the care of children with the disease. It was the first academic department in the country to have a neuro-development unit.

Prayas was being run by the Indian Council for Child Welfare and the PGI provided collaboration in consultant inputs and investigative support.

Since it was a brain disorder, cerebral palsy affected all aspects of brain functions. Although it predominantly affected mobility, it could also impair vision, speech, sensation, hearing, learning, bladder control and behaviour.

Some children might additionally have fits, said Prof Pratibha Singhi. They might also develop progressive muscle and bone lesions due to abnormal biomechanics.

There were no curative solutions in the traditional health model, but early diagnosis and interventions by multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary professionals in medicine, therapy, psychology, special education, assistive technology and psycho-social sciences could lessen their limitations and improve their quality of life. They needed a system of healthcare for life.

All modalities of treatment depended on the ability of brain cells to increase their connectivity if the environment was enriched, resulting in optimal compensation in early years of life, when brain growth was maximum. They also needed inclusive policies at all levels of the government and societal action in all spheres of life, added Dr Singhi.

Realising paucity across the country, professionals from various medical and related rehabilitation fields had formed the Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy in December 2005 and were working together to improve academic as well as service expertise of its members.

To improve community awareness and to facilitate social advocacy, it had decided to observe October 3 as National Cerebral Palsy Day from this year in honour of their founder-president Dr Perin K Mullaferoze, who had pioneered multi-disciplinary care of cerebral palsy in the country.



Open House Response
Reward deserving players

Administration must announce perks and set examples for rewarding meritorious sportspersons and unless this is done it will be difficult for sportspersons to think big. The reward needs to give special weightage to the financial aspect. One reality in our country is that the youth is expected to support his family.

Incase the administration takes over the responsibility to nurture youngsters as soon they are out of school.

Except cricket, tennis and golf there is little money for an average sportsperson to make it big in other sports.

I feel Chandigarh has enough resources and infrastructure to build sports.

Hardeep Singh
Sector 36, Chandigarh

Rework the use of parks

What is the use of a park if children can’t even play? Senior citizens have a point in keeping out children from playing with hard balls or other obstructions, however, it’s unfair to keep all parks just for walks.

It was disappointing to read the recent Open House article by Sanjeev Bariana, where he has hinted at the Chandigarh Administration, which is considering to allow games to be played in selected parks. In sectors having more than one park, residents need to deliberate among themselves as to how they could solve the issue of playgrounds.

Elders always complain against children, who play in the park. Once or twice certain elders have also been hit. I have often witnessed parents indulging in heated arguments with elders.

Both elders and children have their point when they demand equal right for playgrounds. The authorities must try to find a solution. Separate grounds needed to be specified for both the groups.

Sunaina Mehta

Sports-specific grounds needed

If we really want to improve the standard of sports, there should be specified ground/stadium made for specific games/sports where equipments, training machines and other facilities should be provided.

Instead of allowing parks for generalised sports, administration should develop playgrounds with specific sports in mind. For example, small stadium at Sector 46 should be declared as athletics ground, every facility required for athletics should be provided.

Players should get world-class equipment for games and that, too, under one roof. This would create healthy competition among sportspersons.

Harmanjit Singh Jugait
Sector 39 B, Chandigarh

Parks not for dogs

Dogs can be spotted in almost all the parks in city. The administration or Municipal Corporation must ban the entry of dogs in parks.

Dog owners must be asked to remove filth or pay heavy fine. The grass needs to be trimmed, along with matching pruning. Residents must cooperate in keeping the entire system functional.

Gurmit Singh Saini

Mani Majra has no playgrounds

Mani Majra has remained neglected and underdeveloped since ages. The only new development here is the Modern Housing Complex, Rajeev Vihar (AWHO colony) and Uppal’s flats located opposite Kalagram.

The town has a population of approximately 20,000 inhabitants and surprisingly there is not even a single park in the entire complex.

A few years back, Chandigarh Administration had earned over Rs 105 crore for sale of five acres to Uppal builders, but no money was spent to improve the area.

There are about 4,000 senior citizens, who have no proper place to walk and about 4,000 children have no place to play.

There is enough vacant space available, which can be developed into playgrounds for both senior citizens and children. I had submitted proposals to the Chandigarh Administration about three years ago, but so far no action has been taken.

Brig Jogindar Singh (retd.)
Mani Majra



Remember this commercial space?

The Chandigarh administration seems to be suffering from selective amnesia. A case in point is the memory loss of the administration on auction of commercial space at Sector 48-C.

Though the administration has spent quite an amount on the development of parking and other infrastructure, the latest update on the auction of prime commercial property is anybody’s guess.

With the authorities concerned dragging their feet on the auction, car mechanics have been using the area for parking and repairing vehicles, damaging road berms in the process.

This is besides the inconvenience caused to residents of Sector 48-C, who have to commute at least 1 km to fetch items of daily use.

Will the authorities concerned wake up from their slumber and auction the commercial property, which will bring crores to the state exchequer?

Group help

Fortune favours the privileged. This has been more than evident in the draw of lots for plots in Aerocity.

Those who have formed groups or have applied for a large number of plots have been lucky to hit the jackpot, compared to individual applicants.

In fact, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority had invited people to apply for any number of plots, subject to the condition that such applicants would be entitled to a single plot.

There were several examples of individuals within a family or circle getting more than one plot.

All for attention

Student leaders on the Panjab University campus hardly leave a chance to grab some free media attention by doing really nothing.

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, a student organisation sent invitations for an event to be held in front of the Gandhi Bhawan.

While the leaders thought it to be a good opportunity to get some free and easy publicity, they could gather hardly a dozen students.

After calling volunteers of the by making frantic telephone calls from the spot, they managed a respectable number of students.

Monkey menace

Residents of northern sectors and villages in their vicinity have already been complaining of unabated monkey menace.

Residents of Raipur Kalan and Makhan Majra are the latest in the list. They are a peeved lot because the trouble has assumed unmanageable proportions.

They are complaining about monkeys waylaying them during their work in their fields in the morning hours and chasing them everyday.

Villagers have complained that two monkeys descend on residential compounds often during morning hours and devour eatables that are visible there.

Ajaib Singh of Raipur Kalan has complained of monkeys taking away clothes and smearing those with mud, with many getting torn. Monkeys enter houses and take out eatables from refrigerators.

Their problem does not seem big enough to those they have approached. No action has been taken to nab these simians responsible.

From the sarpanch to the municipal corporation and the police, nobody seems to have a clue about what should be done. Managing these simians, after all, is no monkey business.

Challan first

Despite repeated messages by senior officials to take care of traffic flow on roads instead of issuing challans to offenders, traffic cops on duty continue to take offenders head on at different places all over the city.

Balwinder Singh, engaged in checking underage driving, has fractured his leg. There have been more than half-a-dozen cases of serious injuries reported from different parts of the city in the recent past.

It has been felt that traffic cops should primarily be engaged in regulating traffic. In case of interference by offenders, a message should be passed on to the next group of cops on duty to nab them.

Asks Gurbhajan Singh, a senior citizen, “Why will a traffic cop, expecting a small amount of gratification, allow an offender to pass his ‘naka’ at all?”

Contributed by Pradeep Sharma, Rajmeet Singh, Neha Miglani, Anil Jerath and Ramanjit Singh Sidhu



Residents complain against apni mandis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Complaints against apni mandis continue to pour in from residents. In a representation, SK Khosla, secretary, Chetna Manch, said the concept of apni mandi had failed miserably, as in every mandi there are “mandis within mandis”.

A large number of non-farmers sell their products. Not only vegetables and fruits (as originally conceived) but from groceries to confectioneries to plastic goods to garments to electrical/electronics goods are being marketed here.

These unauthorised persons set up their shops in connivance with the officials concerned, he alleged.

Besides, there are several infirmities in the markets owing to which consumers are being cheated here.

Vendors do not allow buyers to do sorting of many vegetables like potatoes, onions, lady’s finger etc.

There is no proper board displaying the rates of various articles being sold in the market, as only a small board displaying the rates is fixed, which is not visible at night.

There should be a digital board to be displayed so that everybody entering the market may have a look at the day’s rates.

The Weights and Measures Department does not check the weights, as vendors sometimes do not have the proper weighing scales. The weighing scales should be checked regularly in the market, the representation added.



Food poisoning lands woman, kids in hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
A 35-year-old woman, along with her two children, landed at Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH-16) with a suspected case of poisoning late last night. The police, after recording the statements of the victims today, said that it was a case of food poisoning not a case of attempt to suicide, as was believed earlier.

The condition of the woman, Sushma Devi, a resident of Sector 22, and her 13-year-old daughter Shivani and 17-year-old son Prakashit was said to be stable.

The in charge of the Sector 22 police post, sub-inspector Jaspal Singh Bhullar, said Sushma told the police that her son had bought burgers and they had also consumed biscuits at the home. She was the first one who started vomiting.

Her husband Pawan Kumar was informed about her condition, who reached home. A littler while later both children also complained of uneasiness and were rushed to the hospital.



Land acquisition policy decried

Chandigarh, October 3
Ravinder Kishan, president of the Chandigarh unit of the Rashtriya Janta Dal, today decried the Land Acquisition Policy of the Chandigarh Administration. Speaking at a seminar “Amendment in the Land Acquisition Act - a burning issue” organised by eminent persons of the city, he said ever since the formation of the Union Territory, the villages had been ignored.

Criticising UT officials and political leaders, he said the government should not only acquire the land at market rates but should also give share out of the profit earned from the sale of the land. Others present on the occasion were Gurpartap Singh Riar, Gurnam Singh Sidhu, Pritam Singh and Sudhama Sharma, a former Himachal Pradesh Minister. — TNS



Fire at dhaba in Sec 46
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Fire broke out at Chawla Dhaba in the Sector 46 market here today. The fire was reported from the chimney in the kitchen of the eating joint. The fire station was called for help at 11:54 am.

Two fire brigades, one from the Sector 32 fire station and the other from the Industrial Area fire station, were called.

The fire was controlled within a short span of time. According to fire station employees, it was not a major incident and no major damage was reported.



Martyrs of Uttarakhand movement remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
A large number of people yesterday gathered at Garhwal Bhavan, Sector 29, to pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives in the Uttarakhand Movement in 1994. On the occasion, the Uttarakhand Yuva Manch, an NGO, organised a photo exhibition.

Also, a bhajan programme was held to mark the day. Singer Kamleshinder Singh created a patriotic fervour by singing some heart-touching patriotic songs and bhajans.

“It’s hard to forget the sacrifices made by the martyrs for the formation of Uttarakhand. We will always remain indebted to them,” said Bhagwati Prasad Kukshal, general secretary of the NGO. A two-minute silence was also observed.



Talk on selflessness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The First Friday Forum organised a talk on “Rasas: a way to selflessness” at the Government College of Art here yesterday. Ravinder Sharma, secretary of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, underscored the significance of this truism in everyday life.

“The ‘rasa’ and selflessness are like water and thirst. This selfless state of consciousness has been described by Guru Nanak as ‘sahaj’ or the fourth stage,” he added.

The first rung on the spiritual ladder was ‘tamas’, the second ‘rajas’, the third ‘sattva’ and the fourth ‘sahaj’, he explained.

SS Bhatti, forum’s founder, said the theory of nine ‘rasas’ was a wholesome aesthetic philosophy coming down from ancient India.



Cycle rally by UIET students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Students of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University, today organised a cycle rally for promoting its upcoming national event-SAE Efficycle, 2010. RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of the university, today flagged off the rally and Renu Vig, director, UIET, was present.

The event witnessed around 300 participations.

The event was organised with an aim to reduce the carbon footprint of vehicle emissions.

Students said the motive behind the rally was to create awareness among students and general public regarding the “Go Green” theme. The event SAE Efficycle is a competition for human-powered vehicles capable of travelling long distances with least effort and minimal fatigue. Around 18 teams have been shortlisted under a stringent selection criterion by Maruti, iCAT and NATRiP for their designs. These teams will bring their vehicles for various competitions to be held at UIET, Panjab University, on October 23 and 24, 2010.

The Rotaract Club, Chandigarh, also joined the UIET students.



From Schools


Chandigarh: A peace rally was held to mark Gandhi Jayanti at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula. Students sang songs and performed group dances. Students were dressed as Mahatma Gandhi. Principal Krit Serai said, “Father of the Nation inspired mass movements like Non-cooperation, Satyagraha and Civil Disobedience, which ultimately led to freedom of our country.”

Joy of Giving Week

The Joy of Giving Week kicked off at DAV School with the slogan-“The more we give, the more we get”. Students and teachers of the school collected stationary and gifted the items to Snehalaya, a children shelter home-cum-orphanage. Students of Class V thanked the staff of General Post Office, Sector 17, and BSNL office, Sector 17, by giving them greeting cards.

World Tourism Week

Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, organised a series of activities, including dances, songs and orchestra performances, to mark the World Tourism Week at Rock Garden today. Nek Chand graced the occasion as chief guest. A number of fun-filled games like tombola, recognising pulses and coin games were held. The main attraction of the event was the musical chair.

Stepping Stones

World Tourism Week celebrations started at Stepping Stones School on September 26 and concluded on October 1. The Sector 17 shopping complex was allotted to the school for “Rashriye Dharohar Ke Rakhwale” programme.


Kendriya Vidyalaya OCF, Sector 29, organised the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Regional-Level Science Exhibition under the theme “Science and Technology for Challenges in Life” with six sub-themes namely bio-diversity, green energy, transport and communication, community and health environment, mathematical modeling and agricultural technology. Students of 61 Kendriya Vidyalayas of Chandigarh region participated in the event. — TNS



NSS volunteers take to yoga

Chandigarh, October 3
The seven-day NSS camp at DEV Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, witnessed huge participation of cadets in a yoga session by trainer Vijay Kumar here this morning. He taught the students various “asanas” for tranquility of mind and soul especially deep breathing exercises and meditation rejuvenated the volunteers.

Next in line was a personality development session and a grooming session under the programme “Friends for Sure” by a multinational company. Topics like health, hygiene, time management and personality development were discussed. — TNS



42nd Raising Day of snow studies establishment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment (SASE) celebrated its 42nd Raising Day here yesterday. Social events were held to mark the day. SASE is a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, engaged in avalanche prediction and mitigation to ensure safe mobility of troops in mountainous regions.

Ashwagosha Ganju, director, SASE, extended a warm welcome to SASE fraternity and lauded the efforts put in by scientists, officials and staff. Those excelling in various fields and disciplines were also felicitated. A multimedia CD on the “Story of an Avalanche” was also shown.

Snow scientists and staff presented a colourful cultural evening “Himanjali-2010”, which included jugalbandi, kathak, skits, solos, western dance and performances by kids. The day concluded with a barakhana for all ranks.



Anujit Kaur appointed schools’ cultural secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Anujit Kaur, principal, GMSSS-16, has been appointed cultural secretary of the city schools. Inter-school dance and song competitions, cultural activities of schools will be taken care of by her.

She will also arrange the participation of school teams in various programmes organised by the UT administration.

Anujit Kaur has remained press secretary from 2007 to 2009 for centralised admission to Class XI and also for national school games held in Chandigarh.



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