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Wrong Blood Transfusion
Surgeon, 2 others indicted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
A UT Administration inquiry report has severely indicted staff members of the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), including the house surgeon, an intern and a laboratory technician of the gynaecology department for wrongful blood transfusion that led to the death of a patient’s baby while in the womb and also inflicting severe damage to her kidneys.

Significantly, in his inquiry report, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (South) Vinod P Kavle said the act was punishable under Section 304-A of the IPC (causing death by negligence) which was punishable up to two years of imprisonment.

The report said the three hospital staff members had thrown all fundamental protocols of blood transfusion and patient care to the wind on December 16. Suman, who was given wrong blood group while in an advanced stage of pregnancy, was rushed to the PGI when she lost her baby and suffered severe damage to her kidneys.

Kavle further recorded in his report that the three persons had committed gross medical negligence and damaged the patient’s kidneys.

Suman, a resident of Colony No 4, had been admitted at the GMSH’s gynaecology department in an advanced of pregnancy on December 16. In a case of mistaken identity (there were two Suman’s in a similar state of pregnancy), Suman was administered a unit of B-positive blood that was meant for the other Suman.

When it was detected that she had been transfused wrong blood group, it was too late. Her baby died and her kidneys were affected following which she was referred to the PGI the same day.Probe Officer has made the following suggestions:

All records pertaining to sample receipt, grouping, cross-matching, issuance and other related tests should be properly maintained and preserved. Blood bank staff should ensure that information on the requisition form as well as the sample vial is correct. If any discrepancy is found, the sample and requisition form should be returned to the doctor concerned.

After processing the samples, requisition forms should be preserved as per the guidelines. While issuing blood, relevant information should be written in a register after cross verifying the blood bag with the requisition form and issue slip.

Signature of thumb impression of the person receiving the blood should be ensured. Sample vials should have proper labels. Trained staff must at blood bank. The orders from a senior to a junior should be given clearly. Blood bank’s guidelines should be strictly adhered to.

Name and signature of the doctor, time and date of transfusion should be entered on the blood bag label by the doctor administering the blood.



Police botched case: Distraught parents
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Parents of Khushpreet (centre) during a press conference at YMCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Parents of Khushpreet (centre) during a press conference at YMCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, January 3
For the first time after the kidnapping of their son, Khushpreet, the parents today demanded action against the entire police team, handling the case, for their blunders that led to the search going weak.

“From the day my son was kidnapped, I found their (Chandigarh Police) approach non-serious. It was due to inefficiency of the police that they have not been able to trace our son, till date,” alleged Lakhbir Singh, father of Khuspreet, with tears in his eyes.

He also demanded action against the police team, which had accompanied them at the time of delivery of ransom money to the kidnappers on December 22, a day after the incident. “A team of 16 cops were with my brother when he delivered the money to the goons. Why didn’t they catch the kidnappers that day? The casual approach was evident from the fact that certain cops on duty, in the search, were not carrying their arms. Serious lapses in the entire episode need to be recorded and the guilty need to be brought to book”, demanded the father.

Lakhbir also held that all his family members were ready to join the investigations. “But the police is only quizzing us,” he alleged.

The five-year-old Khushpreeet, alias Khushi, was kidnapped on December 21. A fortnight after the incident, the police is still clueless.

Echoing his elder brother’s opinion, Sukhwinder Singh (Khushpreet’s uncle) too said that their family members were ready to join the police investigation provided the police stopped ‘insulting’ them.

Sukhwinder, who had delivered the ransom money (Rs 4 lakh) to the kidnappers on December 22, alleged that the cops were just few metres away when he met them (the kidnappers) but they (the cops) let them go with ease.

On being asked about the description of the kidnappers, Sukhwinder said that they had coveredtheir faces with ‘shawls’ and were speaking in Hindi.

“They were speaking in a dialect spoken around the Sharanpur area,” said Sukhwinder Singh.

On being asked as to why he didn’t ask them to make him talk to Khushpreet on the phone, Sukhwinder said, “Whenever I asked them to bring Khushi on phone, they disconnected the call.”



Narco test on 5 in Neha murder case
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service


Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh Police is all set to conduct the brain mapping and narco analysis of five suspects in the Neha murder case. Following an application seeking permission from the court for their narco analysis, the five agreed to get their brain mapping and narco analysis done in court today. The suspects include Neha’s boyfriend Bhitesh, his brother-in-law Sachin, Neha’s friends Sagar and Sanesh, alias Jittu, and Hitanshu, who stays near the taxi stand where her body was found.

The police had moved an application in the court of Judicial Magistrate Palwinderjeet Kaur seeking the brain mapping and narco test of these five to unearth more facts into the sensational murder case.

Bhitesh was on the phone with Neha from 8 pm to 8.30 pm near the taxi stand on July 30, 2010. Her murder reportedly took place between 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm.

Another suspect is Sachin, brother-in-law of Bhitesh. It was through Bhitesh’s sister that Neha got to know him. Bhitesh was the one who spotted Neha’a semi nude body after her family launched a hunt for her.

Hitanshu, son of an advocate, stays close to the taxi stand in Sector 38 (West) where she was found murdered. According to court sources, all five have expressed their willingness to get the narco test done.

Neha, a 22-year-old MBA student, was found murdered on the intervening night of July 30 and 31. Her body was found by her family members in the secluded area of Sector 38. She had gone for tuition in Sector 15 and failed to return home on the fateful day. Though the police had questioned around four dozen people, it has not been able to gather any vital lead.



Liquor vend cashier robbed of Rs 5 lakh, shot
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, January 3
Two masked motorcycle-borne youths shot dead a cashier at a liquor vend in Baltana while robbing him of ` 5 lakh in cash today morning. The incident took place near the bank square in Kalgidhar Enclave on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway when the victim, Mahavir Singla, 35, was on his way to a nearby branch of Kotak Mahindra Bank to deposit the vend’s sale proceeds. The bank branch is located only 300 metres from the vend.

Singla had a minor scuffle with the assailants before being shot in the temple at point blank range. Though the shooting occurred at about 11:50 am in one of the town’s busiest streets, the suspects managed to flee before the police could cordon off the area.

According to police officials investigating the incident, the youths not only had their faces covered to conceal their identity but were also using a motorbike without registration number.

Mohali senior superintendent of police GPS Bhullar said according to the varying accounts of eyewitnesses the assailants had a scuffle with the victim before the latter was shot dead. The cops feel the victim was killed because he had identified the suspects as otherwise there was no reason to shoot him. “Armed with a gun they could have walked off with the money”, said Bhullar.

“We are viewing the CCTV footage on a CCTV camera installed at a nearby shop which recorded the moments of the assailants escaping from the scene, and which would be helpful in solving the case,” he added.

The police recovered a 9mm pistol live cartridge and two empty shells from the crime scene. A case under sections 392, 302 & 34 of the IPC and the Arms Act was filed against the two suspects and investigations into the incident have begun.

According to some eyewitnesses, Singla struggled with the assailants for nearly 15 minutes and also attempted to catch hold of one of them who was riding pillion on the motorcycle. In the ensuing moments, one of the three shots fired by the second assailant proved fatal for the victim.

According to some area residents, Singla was overpowered by the assailants after grappling with them for over 15 minutes. They added the suspects abused the victim in Punjabi and managed to flee on their motorcycle towards Baltana.

Hearing the sound of gunshots, the residents immediately called up the police and informed the other employees of the liquor vend about the incident. They took the victim to Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where he later succumbed to the bullet injury.

Singla, who was working for a liquor contractor, Prabhu, for the past five years, was residing in Phase XI in Mohali and is survived by his wife and two children.

Senior police officials, including Bhullar, SP (detective) Pritam Singh and DSP(D) Satnam Singh as well as Zirakpur municipal council president NK Sharma visited the crime scene.



This time, a perfect 10 for Ganesh
Tribune News Service

Ganesh who secured 74 per cent in the class X examination.
Ganesh who secured 74 per cent in the class X examination. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, January 3
For those with grit and determination, failures cease to exist and it is only temporary setbacks that bolster their fighting spirit. This would hold true for a Sector 44 resident, Ganesh Sharma, a physically challenged boy, who beat all odds and went on to completed his matriculation despite being confined at his home for most of the time.

Suffering from hundred percent disability, Ganesh secured 74 per cent marks in the class X examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling after having got 78 per cent in the class 5 and 71 percent in class VIII exams.

He contracted an infection on his right hip when he was only two years old, leaving him immobile for the rest of his life.

Ganesh’s first encounter with books came at the age of 18 when his elder sister and father began teaching him. He completed class V and class VIII but his first setback came from the Punjab School Education Board.

“I requested board officials to allow me to appear for class 10 but they refused to help me. My struggle to continue with my education would have ended there had I not approached officials of the UT administration. They helped me out by providing special teachers at home and even facilitating the establishment of an examination centre,” he says.

It was in June 2007 that the UT education department came out with a novel way to help Ganesh as it made teaching arrangements at his house itself. He was allowed to take his class 8 exam at home under the supervision of a teacher.

Aspires for IAS

Ganesh credits his success to his mother who died in 2009. Aspiring to be an IAS officer, he says there are still miles to go before he accomplishes his goal. “My mother had dreamt I would overcome my disability and I’ve done that. I want to be an IAS officer and fight for numerous others like me who lose the battle midway because of the insensitive and uncooperative attitude of officials like those of Punjab School Education Board,” he avers.


Leaked CAT result leaves students confused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
|A link posted on a popular website for MBA aspirants today displayed an alleged “leaked CAT online test result” leading to confusion among city students who appeared for the test last year.Results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) are to be declared on January 12, 2011.

“I saw my result through a link posted on the website and also checked results of some of my friends. My percentile was 99.1,” said Sachin, an MBA aspirant.

Those who took the test and regional coordinators of CAT coaching centres in the city said minutes after this link was posted, it was removed by the website owners and moderators.

“Among other discussions, there was a discussion on the website today which said “CAT 2010 result leak”. Excitedly, I checked it and found my percentile. But there were students across the country who demanded that the link be removed. Later, a message from the website owners popped up saying students must consult CAT website on January 12 for authentic results,” added another student.

The online CAT test is the first step of the three-tier selection process under which students are selected for business schools and colleges.

Earlier during the day, there was a discussion among students that the results had been hacked. MBA aspirants had jammed the link to know their fate. Later, the link was de-activated and could no longer be accessed. Such incidents have happened in the past as well,” said head of a coaching centre.



Mid-day Meal
UT to hand over seven kitchens to CITCO, institutes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The UT will hand over seven newly constructed Mid-day Meal kitchens to Hotel Mountview (CITCO), CIHM and AIHM for preparing the meal for schoolchildren. The arrangement is bound to reduce the cost of transportation.

The decision was taken at a regular review meeting of Mid-day Meal Scheme under the chairmanship of UT Home and Education Secretary Ram Niwas, IAS.

In charges of Mid-day Meal kitchen at CIHM, Sector 42, AIHM, Sector 42, Hotel Shivalik View, Sector 17, and SSMI (NGO), Sector 47, were also present at the meeting.

It was decided that puri chana, along with kheer, will be served to students from the SSMI, Sector 47, while the menu of other kitchens will remain the same. 



Students educated about personal hygiene
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The UT education department and Yuvsatta, an NGO, inaugurated a “Total Sanitation” programme today.Supported by WAPCOS India Limited, Government of India, the initiative aims at mobilising schoolchildren and eventually the community, for adopting practices like hand washing, segregation of waste, personal hygiene, use of toilets and conservation of water. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, graced the occasion.

Applauding the initiative, DPI (Schools) PK Sharma said to create awareness about sanitation and strengthen the initiative, the education department would motivate its staff and students to promote healthy sanitary practices and conserve water. As water is precious, a casual approach would certainly bring the dooms day much closer, he added.

Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, said Chandigarh represented the most modern face of India and it’s the responsibility of each one us to make it a real model by generating awareness about cleanliness and promoting healthy lifestyle.



Skill development training for slum kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
In a bid to provide certified skill development training to under-privileged children of the tricity, the Educational Television Centre of National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR), Sector 26, today started a special one-month course.

Around 31 children from various slums and colonies around Chandigarh and Panchkula have been selected for the course.

NITTTR faculty has also designed curriculum for a programme on “lighting and camera” which is being launched under the National Mission on Skill Development of the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD).

“The MHRD has urged all Indian Institute’s of Technology (IIT’s), NITTTR’s and other technical institutes to develop courses for under-privileged students and prepare them for jobs. NITTTR-Chandigarh is the first institute to launch this programme,” said SS Pattnaik, head, Educational Television Centre.

“Besides the curriculum for this particular course, NITTTR has also designed curriculum for 33 other skill development certificate courses,” he added.

At the end of the course, students would be able to apply for jobs as camera persons and technicians in electronic media, said NITTTR officials. 



Oppn to file petition against Mayor’s election
Seeks Bansal’s resignation over cell phone issue

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
Opposition parties in the Chandigarh municipal corporation have demanded the resignation of union minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal for interfering in the poll procedure to elect the Mayor.

Bansal had allegedly overruled the instructions of not using camera cell phones in polling booths issued by presiding officer Brig Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri in the election held on January 1.

They are now planning to send memoranda to the President of India, the Vice-President, the Lok Sabha Speaker and 
various senior leaders in Parliament.

They alleged that Bansal’s attitude smacked of political “gundagardi” on the floor of the MC House by refusing to follow the instructions of the presiding officer.

They said he had no moral right to hold the post of the MP, going by 
his behaviour in the 
MC House.

Addressing mediapersons here today, former local MP and BJP leader Satpal Jain said the behaviour of Bansal on the floor of the House had hurt the sentiments of all parties. They had decided to file a petition against the election of the Mayor to the relevant authority — in this case UT Deputy Commissioner — by weekend.

Jain claimed that Bansal had lost the trust of his own party councillors. That is why he had asked them to prove their loyalty by clicking pictures of their ballot paper as a proof of their voting for the party candidate.

He claimed that if Congress councillors had not been asked to show their votes to the senior party leaders, the Congress would have mustered just eight votes.

Raising an objection to the recount of votes, after the announcement had been made by the presiding officer, Jain questioned the need for the exercise when nobody had requested for a recount.

RJD leader Ravinder Krishan alleged that the municipal corporation secretary had not played a fair role in the election and had acted in a biased manner, favouring Congress.



Cold wave here to stay
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The city remained in the grip of an intense cold wave for the second day today with the day temperature and chilly winds making life difficult for people. The city remained colder than Shimla at 13.2 degrees Celsius, 8 degrees below normal, for the second day. Shimla recorded 14.1 degrees C today.

Today morning was as cold as yesterday when the city had witnessed 11.1 degrees Celsius, the coldest day of the season so far. The minimum temperature yesterday was recorded at 8.2 degrees Celsius, a degree above normal, and today it recorded marginally above yesterday’s minimum of 8.7 degrees.

An almost overcast sky during the morning hours prevented the sun from offering any respite.

Not much is expected to improve over the next 24 hours. The Met department said the minimum and maximum temperatures were likely to be around 6 degrees and 15 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Severe cold wave also swept Punjab and Haryana as the maximum temperature dipped at many places, with Amritsar reeling at 9.9 degree Celsius while Ludhiana’s day temperature was recorded at 10.9 degrees.

As freezing cold gripped Ambala, the minimum temperature there dropped to near normal today, a Met official said. Ambala experienced a cold night at 7.3 degree Celsius.

Weather experts stated that the extreme conditions were likely to prevail as the western disturbances, which had earlier moved across the Himalayan region, had once again started moving towards the plains.

The cold conditions have hit life in the city. Business was also affected due to the chilly winds. Some markets which used to close around 9.30 pm wore a deserted look at 8 pm today.

The weatherman has predicted a cloudy sky with fog/mist in the morning with no respite from the chilly winds in the next couple of days.



Centre releases Rs 4.26-cr grant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
In a major boost to tourism in the city, the union ministry of tourism has released the sanctioned amount of Rs 4.26 crore as central financial assistance for the development of Japanese Garden in Sector 31.

The garden will have a unique Japanese style tourist reception centre, a tea house and pagoda huts with an outlay of Rs 80 lakh. In another unique feature, two greenbelts — sections “A” & “B” — of the garden will be connected through a tunnel with the other two greenbelts — sections “C” & “D” — in Sector 31.

The garden will have meandering walkways for visitors. Illumination will be done to facilitate tourists visiting the garden during the evening.

Meanwhile, the Home Secretary reviewed the ongoing progress of the tourism projects for which the ministry has already released a financial grant of Rs 23 crore.

The grant will be utilised for the upgrade of tourism infrastructure at Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, and Botanical Garden and development of new gardens in the southern sectors — Garden of Palms, Sector 42; Garden of Conifers, Sector 52; and Valley of Animals; Sector 49. 



Tips on road safety given

Chandigarh, January 3
In order to spread awareness on traffic among drivers of different category of vehicles, the Road Safety Day was observed at Community Centre, Industrial Area, Phase I, here today.

Instructors of driving schools, operators of pollution check centres, drivers and attendants of school buses, taxi drivers, auto-rickshaw drivers and drivers from the local industry participated in the programme on “Road safety is a mission, not intermission”. State Transport Authority Secretary Mahavir Kaushik dwelled on various issues related to road safety. He said the aim of the enforcement wing was not to generate high revenues but to spread awareness among people on driving safely. — TNS



Aerocity Draw of Lots
GMADA to have 2 more urban estates
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 3
Here is a good new for those who were unsuccessful in the draw of lots for the Aerocity. After the 1,500 acres IT City near Mohali and an urban estate at Mullanpur, the Greater Mohali Area Authority (GMADA) today decided to bring out two more urban estates, one near Siswan T junction on the Chandigarh-Baddi road and the second along the proposed Chandigarh-Kharar bypass in Sector 134.

The two projects were today approved at a meeting held in Chandigarh. Due to the overwhelming response to Aerocity that was billed as the largest housing project launched by any government agency in the past decade, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) would now be offering the urban estates in the next one year. About 20,000 free hold plots would be offered in four major housing projects in the Greater Mohali Region in Chandigarh Periphery.

Beginning with IT City spread over 1,500 acres (with at lest 60 per cent residential and commercial component) near the upcoming International Airport, the GMADA would be offering plots at two urban estates in the Mullanpur Local Planning Area, one near Mullanpur village and the second near Siswan T junction.

Another urban estate in Sector 123 has also been planned. The urban estate will come up along the proposed Kharar bypass and will have connectivity with the Chandigarh-Kharar National Highway. GMADA was also keen on reviving its project of an urban estate in Zirakpur.

GMADA’s chief administrator, VP Singh, said the authority was initially keen on offering the urban estate at IT City and the other at Mullanpur. To vacate the court stay at Mullanpur, GMADA had already filed its reply in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Considering the proposed road connectivity between the local planning areas of Mohali, Kharar, Mullanpur and Zirakpur, the urban estates will be carved out accordingly. According to sources, the road linkages between different local planning areas in greater Mohali area have already been approved.



Technical institutes to issue clearance certificates
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 3
To ensure that the applicants of learners or regular driving licences are well averse with basic traffic rules and safe-learning guidelines, the Punjab Transport department will authorise technical institutes to issue clearance certificates before the department issues their regular licences.

Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal announced this while addressing a function organised to celebrate the Traffic Safety Week in Phase VIII here today.

He further said instructions had been issued to truck and bus drivers to instal speed governors by March 31, failing which action would be initiated against them.

Giving figures of road accidents, the minister said every year 1.25 lakh persons die in road accidents in the country and out of these 4,000 die in Punjab alone. He said to avoid road accidents, people must respect road rules.

The chairman of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon also announced that the board would incorporate traffic rules in its syllabus. The Mohali District Transport officer Karan Singh also urged the participants to obey traffic rules.

Police still to use services of Mohali Traffic marshals: Almost 16 months after the police introduced the “traffic marshal scheme” in Mohali, senior police officials have not bothered to use their services.

When the scheme was introduced in August 2009, senior police officials had claimed of involving the marshals in different traffic related drives. After the initial hype, no official bothered to involve the marshals. Even the marshals are not clear about their duties.

Residents wonder whether they would be called only to assist the police in the special challan drives or the community police scheme would meet the same fate, as had been seen in the previous schemes.



Accused send to 10-day police remand
Tribune News Service

Swami Aseemanand
Swami Aseemanand

Panchkula, January 3
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has ordered for a 10-day police remand for Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case here today.

The blast occurred in Hyderabad in 2007. This was the second time when he was sent in police custody for 10 days since he was brought here from Hyderabad on December 22.

He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation from Haridwar on November 19.

He is a suspect in the Samjhauta Express blast case, on February 18, 2007, in which 68 persons were killed at Diwana village near Panipat.



Meeting of Sector Welfare Associations
Increasing thefts, snatchings worry members
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC) in its executive meeting yesterday expressed concern over the increasing cases of theft, burglary, snatching, robbery, kidnapping, rape, murder, drug trafficking and traffic violation in the city.

A communication has already been forwarded to Governor of Punjab Shiv Raj Patil in this regard.

It was pointed out that the issues needed multi-pronged strategies. “One of the solutions to the problem lies in making the posts of inspectors and DSPs as UT cadre posts transferable from one UT to another to avoid long stay of an officer at one station and thereby developing the pockets of influence.”

The FOSWAC, a representative body of 54 different resident welfare associations of the city, held a meeting under the chairmanship of PC Shanghi. Around 44 representatives of various welfare associations attended the meeting.

Two more resident welfare associations-Welfare Association, Sector 7-C, and Residents Welfare Forum, Sector 46, Chandigarh, joined the FOSWAC, raising its strength to 54.

The executive committee unanimously decided to approach the MCC to take up the increasing parking problems in residential areas, especially on V-6 roads, on a priority basis.

There was a consensus among the members that widening of V-6 roads was not required as the width of berms on these roads varied between six and eight feet, besides there was hindrance in the widening of these roads due to the existence of water supply lines, sewer lines, storm water drains, telephone lines and electric poles. Instead of spending money on the widening of V-6 roads, the existing berms should be levelled and paved to park cars in order to avoid congestion on roads.

PC Sanghi informed the members that a communication, along with a brief list of issues of public importance, was sent to the UT Administrator.

The issues to be discussed with the Administrator included launching of a centralised public grievance redress and monitoring system; setting up of a regional planning and development authority for Chandigarh on the NCR pattern, having a jurisdiction for Chandigarh and an area of 60 kms from its boundary; and appointing a Lokpal, starting fast track courts for deciding corruption cases, implementing“Anti-Corruption Bill” and “Right to Service Bill” on the pattern of Bihar State to check corruption.



Motorists grope in the dark
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
Residents of the southern sectors, especially those commuting on roads in Sectors 32, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, continue to drive in the dark due to non-functional streetlights.This despite the numerous representations and complaints made by the residents to the authorities concerned to get these fixed.

In the absence of light, drivers and pedestrians virtually grope in the dark, as most streetlights have been out of order for the past over a year, thereby increasing the chances of road accidents.

A survey of the southern sectors revealed that the majority of streetlights were non-functional 
in the absence of clear-cut demarcation of the maintenance of these lights between the municipal corporation, and the UT administration.

Driving has become risky for motorists during night as drivers have been forced to to use high beam due to complete darkness on the road.



Mayor plans to improve civic amenitiesin villages

Chandigarh, January 3
To improve civic amenities in villages, a plan will be chalked out by the authorities, at the first meeting convened by Municipal Corporation Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh (Pali) with MC officials today.

Pali directed that the need was to execute the development works undertaken by the corporation in a time-bound manner. He said that he hoped that the ongoing development works would be completed soon with the cooperation of councillors and officials of the corporation.

He said that maintenance of Green Belts and parks, sanitation of city and electricity were his main priorities. He invited the people to participate in beautifying of city parks and said that without their active involvement it was not possible to maintain them properly.

He stressed upon the need to ensure recruitment of vacant posts in the corporation in an organised manner so as to avoid the prolonged problems with contractors who provide manpower. — TNS



Education board calendar released
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 3
The Punjab School Education Board chairmanDr Dalbir Singh Dhillon today addresseda rally at board headquarters and released board calendar and diary for 2011.He gave a call to the officials and board employers to set up a goal of providing better services to the students and others, who visit the board headquarter regarding jobs.

Others present on the occasion were Dr Suresh Tandon, joint secretary Verender Kumar, board officers association chief and superintending engineer GS Bathh and Employees’ Union head GS Dhillon amongvarious officials and employees.



Girl commits suicide

Chandigarh, January 3
A 13-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at Dadu Majra Colony here today. The victim, Gulab Shah, was a student of class VII in a local school.

According to police sources, Gulab, who had been living with her maternal aunt, was alone at home when she allegedly took the step. Her aunt was away to the market. The matter came to light when her uncle came from his work around 6.30 pm. She was shifted to the GMSH, Sector 16, where she was declared brought dead, the sources said. — TNS



Fellowship for PU professor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
MS Johal of the zoology department, Panjab University, has been awarded professor emeritus fellowship for two years. He has worked on the fish biodiversity of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh and has also suggested strategies for conserving endangered fish species and biology of Indian, European and Egyptian freshwater fish species.



B-school to come up in Zirakpur
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, January 3
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is all set to come up with a world-class management institute “Dashmesh Business School” at Dhakoli village, Zirakpur.According to the SGPC officials, this upcoming institute will provide all modern facilities to students and classes will begin from 2012.

An SGPC official said tenders for the project were invited two months ago. Out of 17 contractors, five were shortlisted, and the final name would be announced after a high-level meeting on January 5.

The official said the SGPC had tied up with Cambridge University and 10-acre land had already been earmarked at Baoli Sahib Gurdwara, in Dhakoli, for the business school.

SGPC XEN Manpreet Singh said the school would be constructed in two phases. The norms related to the construction of building had been cleared by the authorities concerned, he claimed.

He said in Phase I four blocks would be constructed.

“The construction of two blocks will start in January after allotting the tenders and other two blocks will be constructed later. An amount of Rs 7 crore will be spent on the construction of two blocks. Funds for furniture, computers and other things will be provided by the SGPC later,” he added.

He said there would be an administration block, an information office, labs with modern techniques, classrooms with well-furnished furniture, canteen and parking would be provided in basement. A Patiala-based architect would design the building. The work would be completed by 2012.

He said in Phase II, boys and girls hostels, a library, a museum and a cafeteria would be constructed.

The total construction project cost would likely be ` 20 crore.

Sources added that the SGPC had been claiming to construct a business school, but due to 
financial loss, the Local Gurdwara Parbanthak Committee (LGPC) not only rejected the resolution, but also gave the proposed land on contract in December, 2010.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar had laid the foundation stone on February 6, 2009, and had promised to complete it within a year.

But after Capt Kanwaljit Singh passed away, the project failed to start and nobody came forward to initiate the project.

SGPC executive member Nirmail Singh Jollan Kalan said the matter was in his knowledge and would be resolved soon. He said the Local Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee had sent a letter to the higher authorities to reject the SGPC’s proposal.



Teachers training programme ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The 10 day in-service course for science teachers (TGTs) of Jammu, Delhi and Chandigarh concluded here yesterday.During the course, teachers prepared lessons on computer under eCTLT (Comprehensive Teaching Learning Tool), an innovative concept introduced by MS Chauhan, assistant commissioner, KVS, Chandigarh region.

An excursion to National Cactus and Succulents Garden (Panchkula) and famous Pinjore Garden was also organised.

Lectures were arranged on adolescent education, gardening, health and hygiene, stress management and use of interactive board.

Subject-related problem areas were also discussed and resolved. During the programme Chauhan and NK Bhardwaj, education officer, interacted with participants and sensitised them about the need and means of professional growth, innovations and team spirit.

The programme culminated with science exhibition presenting various models illustrating basic concepts of science. The whole programme was conducted by SK Bhatia, principal and course director.



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