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Two labourers killed after wall caves in
UT orders inquiry; construction firm contractor booked
Tribune News Service

One of the labourers being taken to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. He later died at the hospital
One of the labourers being taken to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. He later died at the hospital. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, May 12
Two labourers working at a under-construction site in Phase 1, Industrial Area, were killed after a 20-foot mud wall caved in at the site here around noon. The incident took place when the foundation of the commercial complex was being laid. The UT administration ordered an inquiry into the incident and a report would be tabled within a fortnight.

The site was of an upcoming commercial complex, ‘Acropolis’(plot number 68), a venture of Mirage Infra Limited, owned by Vijay Singla, kin of Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Member of Parliament from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal.

The incident took place around noon at the plot near the CTU workshop. The construction of the complex was being done by Shiv Gahlot and Sons. At least 200 migrant labourers hailing from Bihar and Jharkhand were working at the site when the incident took place.

Around eight labourers were constructing a wall in the 40-foot-deep pit when the wall collapsed. As the wall started to crumble, six labourers had a narrow escape while the remaining two workers were trapped in the debris.

A team of the police as well as fire tenders of the fire brigade reached the spot and initiated rescue operations, which lasted for an hour.

Both labourers were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where they were declared brought dead. They were identified as 17-year-old Sanjay and 19-year-old Arun, who were cousins hailing from Bihar.

The police said a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC was registered against Shiv, contractor of the construction company.

Enraged after the death of the two workers, a mob of angry labourers ransacked the office of the construction company at the site. The police had to be pressed into service to control the mob. An amount of Rs 5 lakh was reportedly missing from the office after the labourers left, but the police could not confirm it.

Second incident in 45 days

On March 31, four labourers were killed and seven critically injured after a 20-foot wall at a mall under construction at Phase 1, Industrial Area, caved in. The incident occurred while the labourers were constructing a wall in the 40-foot-deep pit. The inquiry being conducted by Kamlesh, MC joint commissioner, was yet to be tabled. Officials said the report was expected later this week. An industrialist requesting anonymity said, “The administration needs to do a thorough check on the quality of soil before allowing any construction in the area. The loss could be bigger in case the building collapsed after completion because of weak soil.”

ADC to conduct inquiry

Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh said MN Sharna, Additional Deputy Commissioner, would conduct a thorough inquiry into the wall collapse and submit a report within a fortnight. The three parameters of the inquiry were causes of the wall collapse, fixing responsibility for the carelessness on the spot and ignoring of safety norms at the spot.

Inspection of new buildings

The Chandigarh administration has initiated a process to inspect the construction of all new buildings, particularly those with basements, to avoid another such incident.



A ‘dead body’ that never was
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
A prank played by an unidentified caller at the police control room (PCR), who ‘tipped’ the cops about a murder at a Sector-43 house, has left the occupants totally shocked. Even 18 hours after the trauma through which Hitesh Puri, an advocate by profession and general secretary of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations, was shaken by last night’s experience.

“The police came calling at my house at 1.30 am and began looking for a ‘dead body’. Over a dozen policemen cordoned off my Sector-43 residence, turned things upside down and loaded me and my family with all sorts of questions, only to return empty handed. The cops came to investigate a call at the PCR, informing them that a ‘murder’ had taken place at the house,” said the advocate.

While the caller played a prank, the police had, till now, made no attempt to identify the hoax caller, who caused plenty of harassment to a family for no fault of theirs.

The SHO of the Sector-36 police station, inspector Sukhbir Rana, said someone called up the PCR that a murder had taken place at house number 1127 in Sector 43 and the body was lying inside the house.

“I fully cooperated with the police and they began searching my house. They left in an hour after recording the statements of my family. They searched my tenant’s accommodation on the first floor, too. However, the police made no effort to identify the caller because of whom my family as well as the police were harassed,” said Puri.

“We are unable to identify the caller. He called up the PCR, saying a murder had been committed at a house. We could not have taken any chances,” said Rana.



Shots fired at house of Akali leader, none hurt
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 12
Unidentified carborne suspects fired three gunshots at the Sector 69 residence of a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader, Kiranbir Singh Kang, in the wee hours today. Kang, who was recently appointed the party’s vice-president and also a member of its political affairs committee, was asleep in his bedroom when the shots were fired at about 1.30 am. No one injured in the firing as the gunshots hit the front wall of his house.

Soon after the incident, senior police officials arrived at the scene to investigate. Residents in the locality also noticed police presence in the area early in the morning.

Reluctantly giving details about the shooting, Kang said his driver who was sleeping on the house’s top floor heard the gunshots.

“Though I don’t have any idea about who fired the shots, I have lodged a complaint with the police.” A case was later filed at the Phase-8 police station. After the incident the cops reportedly found two spent bullet casings from outside the house.

According to the police, the suspects, who sped away after the firing, had parked their car in front of the house.

Kang was being provided security by the Punjab police. No police official was ready to share details.



6 kids hurt as car hits van
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Six school students suffered minor injuries when an Innova car, being driven rashly by a woman, hit their school van at Sector 9 here this afternoon. The students belonged to the CRB Public School, Sector 7. The Innova car overturned as a result of the mishap and the woman had a narrow escape.

The incident took place around 2 pm when a van carrying 12 students of the school collided with the car at Sector 9. The police was informed and the children were rushed to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital at Sector 16.

Six children received minor bruises on their head and arms. Identified as Harshit, Raj, Jashan, Jatin, Vanshika and Vinu, they were given first-aid treatment. The police registered a daily report.



CTU bus crushes man to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
A 32-year-old carpenter died after he was hit by a CTU bus on the road separating Sectors 45 and 46 here today. The mishap occurred when one side of the road was closed due to repair work. The accident occurred at 6 pm when Shashi Sharma, a resident of Sector 56, was on a bike with his brother-in-law Manoj riding pillion.

A CTU bus coming from the opposite side collided with his bike due to which he lost his balance. Shashi’s head came under the front wheels of the bus and he was injured seriously.

He was declared brought dead by hospital authorities in Sector 32. Manoj, who sustained serious injuries is admitted to a hospital.

The police have arrested the bus driver Harnek Singh in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC.

Eyewitnesses said the road was congested and there was heavy traffic as engineers had closed one side of the road.



Blockade over police inaction
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 12
Enraged over police inaction after the death of a girl of Kahlon village, who succumbed to burn injuries today, residents of Kahlon village blocked the Mohali-Sohana-Kharar road here for over two hours.

The villagers lamented that the police had failed to arrest Goldy, the suspect behind the incident.

Police reinforcements had to be rushed to control the situation and lift the blockade.

The blockade was lifted after ASI Paramjit Singh of the Sohana police station, investigating the case, was suspended and the investigation transferred to the Phase-8 police station.

A few days ago, the girl, Sukhwinder, was admitted to the PGI with 50 per cent burn injuries, following which an attempt-to-murder case was registered against Goldy, who had allegedly demanded Rs 5,000 from her. She was later discharged from the PGI. Her condition suddenly deteriorated today and she died. Subsequently, the attempt-to-murder case was converted into a murder case. The police were conducting raids to arrest the suspect.



City lad 70th in civil services exam
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
An IRS officer of the 2008 batch and graduate from the PEC University of Technology, currently posted in Allahabad, city topper Harjinder Singh has scored an all-India 70th rank in the civil services exam this time.

Despite having completed 16 months of training in the IRS, Harjinder had continued preparations for the UPSC exam and finally entered the top 100 in his last attempt.

“Although I had joined the IRS, I felt that I was contributing indirectly to the country. Making it to the IAS meant expanding the horizon of serving the country and making a direct contribution in the administrative sphere,” he said. It was a pleasant surprise for Harjinder, who was expecting the results to be declared on May 10. “I got my present just a day late,” he added.

“In fact, I thought that since city aspirants had been scoring great in the past few years, my rank would be much lower. This is why I did not give any interview or talk to mediapersons much on yesterday,” he said.

An alumnus of Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, Harjinder’s result came as a surprise to his parents. “My mother, Gurdev Kaur, could not believe that I had managed a decent rank since she thought that I could make more effort in the written exam. My father, Chaman Lal, was relaxed and told me that I could make it to the top,” he said.

“The examination pattern was certainly different from past year. This is the reason several aspirants were apprehensive. A lot of situational questions were asked this time, which tested one’s decision-making power. For those who had been preparing diligently, there was a drastic change in the exam pattern this time,” he added.



North-South divide puts UT babus on backfoot
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Food for thought for UT babus

  • Lakhs spent on parking of yet-to-be-auctioned commercial sites at Sector 48-C goes down drain
  • Rampant encroachments by motor mechanics around Motor Market at Sector 48
  • Very few schools, dispensaries, bus queue shelters in southern sectors
  • Potholed roads, erratic power and water supplies
  • Bus connectivity still a major problem

Chandigarh, May 12
While the UT top brass today basked in the glory of its achievements during 2010-11, Chandigarh’s infamous North-South divide regarding development put senior officers on the backfoot.

The self-congratulatory mode of senior officers during an interaction with the Adviser to UT Administrator, KK Sharma, at the UT Guest House was disrupted when it was pointed out that Phase III sectors (Sector 48 onwards) virtually did not have any government schools, dispensaries and bus queue shelters and had erratic power and water supplies and potholed roads.

Sharma, who joined here only about three weeks back, apparently did not have backrground of the ‘stepmotherly’ treatment meted out to southern sectors. UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas and Finance Secretary VK Singh did some damage control for the UT administration.

Conceding that southern sectors had been neglected over the years, Ram Niwas claimed that efforts were being made to develop these sectors at a par with northern sectors. With that end in view, major gardens, including the Valley of Animals, the Garden of Palms and the Japanese Garden, besides the Beant Singh Memorial, were being developed on a war footing, he added. VK Singh stated that several new development projects, such as a state-of-the-art trauma centre, a 300-bed hospital, besides schools, dispensaries and bus queue shelters, were in the pipeline. Meanwhile, Sharma’s booklet ‘Chandigarh- making strides during 2010-11’ by the Department of Public Relations, largely focused on the administration’s achievements, including heritage preservation, sprucing up of the Sukhna Lake and upgrade of health and education sectors in the northern parts.


UT Adviser bats for development projects
Tribune News Service


  • UT seeks more financial powers from the Centre
  • Metro, dedicated bus lanes for UT planned
  • Integrated planning for city and its periphery
  • Action against booth scam accused after legal opinion
  • Master plan to take care of violations

Chandigarh, May 12
With major development projects underway in Chandigarh, the UT Administration today sought financial powers on par with other union territories. Raising this demand at an interaction with the media here today, Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma, said the demand was raised with the Union Home Secretary GK Pillai during his recent visit to the city.

“We will take up the matter with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) soon to accelerate the development works in the city,” he added.

Batting for Metro project, the Adviser said the administration was also looking at the feasibility of having dedicated bus lanes on some routes in the city to decongest the traffic and was planning to take help from Punjab Engineering College and IIT, Delhi. Sharma stressed that integrated planning was a must in Chandigarh’s peripheral areas. “It’s important that the administrations of Chandigarh and its satellite towns work together so that problems like congestion on roads can be solved,” he said.

Answering a question on the notices issued by the UT Administration to the violators, who constructed houses outside “lal dora” in the village, Sharma said the master plan for the city, which was being finalised would take care of the notices issued.

Home Secretary Ram Niwas said action against officials in the booth scam would be taken after a legal opinion from the UT. Top brass of the city were present during the meeting, including Home Secretary Ram Niwas, Finance Secretary VK Singh, Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh, Inspector General of Police PK Srivastava and Chandigarh SSP Naunihal Singh.

When asked about mushrooming of illegal paying guest accommodations (PGs) in the city, especially in the southern sectors, the Deputy Commissioner admitted that virtually negligible PGs have got themselves registered.

“We are trying to work out a policy. Some issues have come up regarding PGs and we will soon take action,” the DC said. Meanwhile, Suvidha, a handbook of procedures pertaining to the construction and usage of buildings in Chandigarh, compiled by Seema Handa, law officer, “Chandigarh-making rapid strides during 2010-11” was released by the Adviser.



Metro DPR chugs off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
The detailed project report (DPR) for the Chandigarh Metro is making progress. A meeting was held by VK Singh, UT finance secretary, Chandigarh Administration, with a team of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) executive director SD Sharma and representatives of the Punjab and Haryana and Punjab Engineering College (PEC) University.

Sarvjit Singh, chief administrator, GAMADA, deliberated upon finalising the route and terminal stations for both the corridors to be completed in the first phase. While the north-south corridor will run from a site close to the Capitol Complex near secretariat to Punjab and Haryana High Court, Rock Garden, UT Secretariat, Sector 9, Sector 17, Sector 22, Sector 35 and ISBT-43 to Aerocity in Mohali. The east-west corridor will start from Sector 21, Panchkula, and lead to Railway Station, Chandigarh, Sector 17 Plaza, PGI and Sarangpur and end at Mullanpur.

The construction of depots for both these routes requires 25 acres. Meanwhile, Haryana has communicated that it had the required land to be given to the Metro project at Sector 21 in Panchkula, whereas Punjab is also offering two sites for depots of both the routes one at Mullanpur and the other one at Aerocity. Now, detailed alignment has to be decided especially for the further expansion plan of the Chandigarh railway station in consultation with officers of Ambala Division.

According to a press note, nodal officers have to finalise the locations of proposed stations in their territory. Roughly the elevated portion will have stations at every one km and in the underground portion it will be at an average distance of 1.2 km. VK Singh said administration wanted the Metro project to be a reality soon. Sarvjit stressed upon the need to extend the east-west route up to Zirakpur from Sector 21, Panchkula.

DMRC and RITES officials were of the view that this would require more deliberation and examination. These alignments and station plan would have to be approved by respective governments. The DMRC promised that the DPR, along with the proposed financial model, will be submitted within six months.



Internet fraudsters target SBI online users
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Customers of State Bank of India who use online banking should beware of internet scamsters who have an eye on their accounts - a minor oversight could result in the loss of their hard earned money.

One may have heard of the “advance fee frauds” where gullible people are lured to pay hefty sums of money in the hope of bigger gains but the fraudsters - said to be Nigerians - are now circulating mails, apparently among SBI account holders, asking them to “verify” their internet banking login details in order to “activate” their “restricted accounts”.

An SBI customer, Bipasha, who has her account in the bank’s Sector 17 branch, received an email ostensibly informing her that her account had been “restricted” due to “nonactivity”. The mail, generated from onlinesbialert@sbi.com, said: “Your account has been placed on restricted status. Restricted accounts continue to receive payments, but they are limited in their ability to send or withdraw funds. To lift this restriction, you need to confirm your identity. All restricted accounts have their billing information unconfirmed. To initiate the confirmation process click here”.

The moment one clicks on the link, a page that is identical to the SBI Online login page, with even a virtual keypad (an added security feature on most bank websites), opens and ask the unsuspecting customer to fill in the details - username name, login password and transaction password. These three details are sufficient to conduct online transactions from the account.

Though it is still not certain whether this email has been circulated en mass or specifically among SBI account holders, the fact that an existing customer has received such a mail raises suspicions about the possibility of data theft by those having access to the bank’s backend process. In the backdrop of the ATM withdrawal frauds that hit SBI recently, the threat of data theft gets all the more worrisome, said a backend operations official on condition of anonymity.

However, Anil Agarwal, chief manager of internet banking, SBI, said the bank’s customers need not worry as such phishing (a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication) are quite common in the banking sector. However, he warned all customers not to not to give their profile name and password to any website. "The SBI website never asks for any password or personal details from their customers," he said.

Assuring “tight security systems” are in place, Agarwal said: “If anyone has fallen prey to these scams and given away their password they should immediately contact their bank branch or send an email to cminb.lhocha@sbi.co.in”.



Now, residents can access MC agenda online
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
City residents can now have access to the agenda of the Municipal Corporation (MC) General House before the scheduled meeting. From this month, authorities will put the agenda of the House on the official website of the MC one day before the meeting.

It has also been decided that all the members of the finance and contract committee (F&CC) will also get the agenda of the meeting on their official emails from this month.

Officials in the corporation said to check the response of the agenda on email, the department has started a pilot project of sending it to the members of F&CC on councillor’s email.

The department has not started the project of sending agenda to the councillors on email, as it’s a lengthy document, which can’t be downloaded in one go. In fact majority of the councillors are not Internet-friendly, so they would not be able to access the agenda online.

MC joint commissioner Kamlesh initially rather than emailing the agenda to all the 35 councillors it will be placed on the official website.

In March, councillors had pointed out at the House meeting that since authorities had issued laptop to all the councillors so the agendas should be sent on their emails, which will save paper used for printing the agenda. But some councillors objected that as they were not Internet savvy, it would be difficult for them to access the agenda.

However, MC Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh directed the officials that as a pilot project they should send agenda on email as well as a printed copy to the councillors for a few months.

Presently, the corporation is putting the minutes of the House meeting and F&CC agendas on official website.



New booking system of LPG cylinders
Consumers complain of inconvenience
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, May 12
Even as the Indian Oil Corporation has introduced booking of LPG cylinders through the interactive voice response system (IVRS), some consumers complained of inconvenience with the introduction of the new system.

The three Indian Oil LPG distributors in Mohali were asked to stop booking gas cylinders at their level and were directed to tell customers that the gas could now be booked only through IVRS.

Sources said the new system would be formally inaugurated next week, most probably by the Governor of Punjab. Trial run of the system is being carried out at present in Chandigarh and Mohali.

It is learnt that in compliance with the orders received from the higher authorities, the Indian Oil LPG distributors were not booking any gas at their own level here. The bookings were stopped around midday on May 10. The distributors have told customers that Indane gas cylinders could now be booked anytime by calling up 9781324365.

This sudden change over the past two days left some customers in a fit of rage when the distributors refused to book their gas when they went to their office in this regard. It became difficult for the staff of the distributors to convince customers in connection with the new system leading to even heated exchanges between them.

Residents earlier booked gas by either going to the office of the distributor or by ringing up at his office.

Sources said that persons who did not have any phone or were too old were finding it very difficult to book their gas. Such persons used to go to the office of the distributor to get the booking done. Moreover, only three bookings could be done from one phone after which the IVRS system rejected the request.

Chetan Patwari, Deputy Manager, LPG sales, said whenever a new system was introduced people faced some problems. “They will get used to the change in about two months time,” he added. He said the new system was introduced for the benefit of consumers.

“They could now book their gas anytime 24 hours a day throughout the year. Earlier, they had to book it through phone or by going to the distributor personally,” he said.

The phone line of the distributor remained busy most of time as a result of which consumers had to try again and again. Booking could not be done on Sundays or on other holidays as offices of distributors remained closed.

He further said that the consumer would now get an SMS that his gas had been booked and later another message that his cylinder had been delivered. This would help in checking diversion of gas cylinders as complaints in this regard were received earlier. Only three requests in connection with booking of gas could be entertained from one telephone to check black marketing.



Mohali City Bus Service
Panel proposes introduction of 30 low-floor buses
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Proposed fare

Up to 5 km: Rs 10

5 km to 10 km: Rs 15

Above 10 km: Rs 20

Mohali, May 12
The Mohali City Bus Service will run between Mohali and surrounding townships, including Kharar, Landran, Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Banur. The low-floor air-conditioned buses will also run on routes between Mohali and Chandigarh.

Expecting coverage of 6,000 km per month, a sub-committee of experts working on the viability of the buses operation has proposed introduction of 30 low-floor AC buses. The viability report has been prepared after studying the fare structure, operational areas and nature of service being provided by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU).

Officials feel that the satellite towns are emerging urban settlements where the flow of traffic towards Mohali and Chandigarh was the maximum. Since the state transport undertakings of Punjab and the CTU did not run any dedicated public transport system between these townships and Chandigarh, the proposed City Bus Service would be an instant success.

The project to start the bus service is already running behind schedule by two months. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is keen on starting the bus service. The Punjab Transport Corporation (PRTC) is also keen on tying up with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) under a unique Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) model to run the AC bus service.

PRTC managing director Manvesh Singh Sidhu and GMADA chief administrator Saravjit Singh have been holding discussions on the issue.

The sub-committee has worked out the total operational cost at Rs 58.20 per km. Under the SPV model, it had been proposed to run low-floor buses for local routes between Mohali and Chandigarh, semi-low-floor buses on routes between peripheral townships and Mohali and mini-buses to run on shorter routes and congested roads within Mohali.

The mini-buses would also run on routes between different sectors and important destinations such as the Mohali bus stand, Mohali district administrative complex and the Sector 43 inter-state bus terminus in Chandigarh. The buses will run from the East to the West edge of the horizontally planned town.

Under the model of revenue, the PRTC has projected revenue earnings from monthly passes, from advertisement rights on buses and fixed charges from GMADA for operating, maintaining and the upkeep of buses.



7 heads of cattle burnt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Veterinary staff give first-aid to injured cattle at Bishanpura village, Zirakpur, on Thursday
Veterinary staff give first-aid to injured cattle at Bishanpura village, Zirakpur, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Zirakpur, May 12
Two heads of buffaloes and five calves were burnt alive while 24 others were injured in a fire that broke out in a cattle shed at Bishanpura village here this afternoon. The animals belonged to Soma and Jasmair Singh who alleged that the fire erupted due to short-circuit from electricity wires near the shed.

However, a fire official said the cause of the fire was not yet known. He said after getting information, two fire tenders from Dera Bassi were pressed into service and it took more than one hour to control the flames.

According to information, Soma and Jasmair were jointly running the cattle shed with three dozen cattle.

Soma said the incident took place around 3.30 pm when he was standing near the cattle shed. He reportedly saw a short-circuit from the wires that were crossing close to the cattle shed. Within minutes, fire engulfed the shed and a huge portion of it fell down, he added.

He claimed two heads of buffaloes and five calves got burnt while two-and-a-half dozen cattle sustained burns, six of them seriously.

He said household items and feed were also burnt in the blaze. He said the exact loss was yet to be ascertained, but it might run into lakhs of rupees.

A team of veterinary doctors was rushed to the spot who gave the first aid to injured buffaloes. Nearby villagers also helped the victims to secure the cattle. A police team also reached the spot.

A police official said after getting the report from the veterinary doctors, a proposal would be sent to higher authorities for compensating the victims.



68-year-old man hit by train, dies
Tribune News Service

The mangled remains of the bikes that were hit by a train at Dhakoli village, Zirakpur, on Thursday
The mangled remains of the bikes that were hit by a train at Dhakoli village, Zirakpur, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur, May 12
A 68-year-old man was killed after a speeding passenger train hit him on the Dhakoli railway track here this morning. An unidentified person sustained minor injuries after he lost his balance on the motorcycle and fell down near the railway track at the same time.

The deceased was identified as Anokh Singh, a resident of Baari in Sohana police station. Meanwhile, a police team was trying to establish the identification of the injured person who left the spot with the help of some bystanders.

An official of the GRP said the incident took place around 10.45 am when Anokh Singh was crossing the track with his bike and was hit by train number 74992, which was on its way towards Ambala from Chandigarh. He died on the spot, the police official added.

According to eyewitnesses, a motorcyclist, along with his wife, was also trying to cross the closed railway crossing when he lost his balance on the bike. He fell down near the track, but acting swiftly his wife pulled him back, eyewitnesses said. The body of the deceased has been handed over to family after conducting the postmortem.



PGI casual about CVC guidelines
Arun Sharma/TNS

Chandigarh, May 12
It seems like PGI authorities don’t care much about the selection and appointment procedure for the Chief Vigilance Officers (CVO).

While the rules clearly state that the officer to be given additional charge of the post of CVO should not be the one whose normal duties involve dealing with matters sensitive from vigilance point of view (like recruitment, purchase, etc), but PGI chief vigilance officer Dr Surjeet Singh has to perform all this as a part of his job being deputy director (administration).

Dr Surjit Singh has to handle issues, including recruitment, bill approval and allotment of shops and tenders of PGI security.

His subordinate senior vigilance officer Shashi Thakur has been given an additional charge to deal with the commercial estate and tenders for security agencies.

However, PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar, said vigilance officers, including chief vigilance officer can’t take the final decision on any of the inquiries conducted by them. They work under rules and regulations.



55 shopkeepers challaned at Sec 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
A total of 55 shopkeepers were challaned for encroachments on Municipal Corporation (MC) land during a special anti-encroachment drive at Patel Market, Sector 15.

The drive was conducted under the supervision of MC Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach and assisted by inspector Kashmira Singh.

During the drive, enforcement staff cleared the passage and challaned shopkeepers, including Gas Bhatti, Deep Fridges, counters of ready-made garments, shoes etc displayed adjoining shops.

Temporary tents were removed from the dhaba sites adjoining the Community Centre, Sector 15. Besides, 45 challans were issued to the defaulters during anti-encroachment drives at Sectors 17 and 22.



Shopkeepers demand road repair

Zirakpur, May 12
Shopkeepers of Pabhat market have been demanding immediate repair of roads connecting Pabhat village. They complained that the Punjab sewerage department had dug up the road for laying of sewerage, but did not level the road.

Harbhajan Singh, Anil, Sonu, Vicky and other shopkeepers rued that it was difficult to run business as customers were avoiding the particular stretch to visit their shops.

A shopkeeper said the problem got worse during the night as no caution board had been put up by the department concerned. No official was available for comments. — TNS



PUSU Internal Tussle
Brar faction issues show-cause notice to rival chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Kicking off yet another row in the ongoing internal tussle between the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), Sukhjit Brar faction today announced a show-cause notice to Jajwinder Singh for his anti-party activities. Jajwinder is the president of the rival faction of PUSU headed by Simran Dhillon-Udey Wirring.

In a press conference held here today, PUSU members said a working body meeting was held to review the actions of members of the other faction. They added that in a wake of the student council election in the next four to five months, some stern action was required on individuals, who were not working according to the party guidelines.

The working body meeting, said students leaders, was held to decide the future course of action for the student council election.

PUSU president Brar said, “Jajwinder Singh has been given a show-cause notice for his anti-party activities. The party has asked him the reasons for not expelling him from primary membership of PUSU.”

Brar further added, “PUSU being a registered body has a constitutional set up and every nomination to any post is held accordingly to the rules and regulations and with the decision of the general body meeting. I was appointed as PUSU president by the general body meeting. Putting up posters on the campus without the consent of the party leadership is against the rules. In the wake of his activities in the past three months, Jajwinder was given a show-cause notice.”

Not only this, PUSU (Brar faction) also urged the PU authorities to intervene in the matter and resolve the rift. Brar added that the university would be responsible for any damage to the peace on the campus. “The dean student welfare must intervene and make efforts to resolve the situation,” he added.



IRS trainees crack civil services exam

Chandigarh, May 12
It was a celebration time today for outstation Civil Services toppers, who are currently in the city to receive their training at the income tax department. Amit Khatri (24) and K Menaka (29), who scored All-India ranks, 11 and 29, respectively, in the Civil Services exams this time, got into the IRS in their last attempt. They are currently undergoing training for IRS in the city.

Amit scored an all-India rank 269 last year, while Menaka grabbed rank 335 and both decided to join the IRS, which was being offered to them as per their ranks.

“I did not want to limit myself to one discipline or only to revenue or tax department. Getting in the IAS means one gets more opportunity to serve through various departments. This was my fifth attempt and I am glad I could make to the top few,” said Menaka, who is currently doing her PhD on civil society and development. She had done her masters in public management and MPhil (law and governance).

Amit, who hails from Sonepat, chose public administration and geography, as his subjects for the Civil Services main exam and managed rank 11 in his third attempt. “I have been receiving calls from home since the declaration of the result. By August end, we are likely to report for our training.”

Yet another trainee at the IT department, Devi Reddy Swapna, got rank 133 this year. She had also chosen to enter the IRS last year and continued to attempt for the exam after that. — TNS



Central State Library set for new look
Akash Ghai/TNS

Few Facts

  • The Central State Library in Sector 17, established in 1955, has as many as 38,327 enrolled members
  • Every year, the library witnesses the addition of on an average 1,000 new members
  • There are 2.28 lakh books in the library
  • The library purchases 160 magazines and 42 newspapers daily

Chandigarh, May 12
After 56 years of coming into existence, one of the city’s oldest structures, the TS Central State Library, is getting a facelift for the first time. The Chandigarh Administration has been spending around Rs 80 lakh on the cosmetic changes of the building to give better ambience to booklovers.

During the renovation, the main reading room, children section and assembly hall would be revamped mainly, apart from flooring, ceiling and lighting system of the building. “To attract children to the library, the children section is entirely being refurbished. With the step-wise flooring, attractive colour scheme, latest toys, Internet facility and a separate toddler section, we are trying to woo children to book reading,” said librarian Suraj P Nagpal.

Apart from that, the assembly hall would be converted into a mini theatre with the installation of projectors and LCDs. The new reading room would also be equipped with attractive lighting system and new furniture, said Nagpal, adding that the building would have new flooring and false ceiling to beautify the surroundings. A special section for physically challenged booklovers is also being constructed at the library. Half of the renovation job is already done and the rest expects to be completed within this year.



Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards
Aasisdeep, Mayank stand out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Aasisdeep Kaur, a student of Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, and Mayank Walia, a Class XII student of DAV Police School, Jalandhar, have done the region proud by making it to the list of 22 youth volunteers, who were awarded at the first annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. Around 500 applications were received.

Thirteen-year-old Aasisdeep Kaur, who is a talented singer, was awarded a certificate of merit and an engraved silver medallion for collecting and donating Rs 50,000 to charitable organisations working on diverse community service projects.

Similarly, Mayank Walia was honoured with a “Special Achievement Trophy” for his sustained, diligent efforts towards inventing products aimed at improving the lives of physically challenged.

The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme is an extension of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the largest youth recognition programme in the US, based exclusively on volunteer service.

“The Spirit of Community Awards was created to identify and recognise young volunteers and to encourage other young people to get involved in their communities. More than everything else, their genuine concern for others, commitment to making this world a better place and the impact they had on their communities is what sets them apart from the rest,” said Pavan Dhamija, managing director and CEO of DLF Pramerica Life Insurance (DPLI), PFI’s joint venture in India.



From Schools


MOHALI: A workshop on puppet making was held at Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, Mohali. Principal Ranjeet Bedi told such activities and workshops help a lot in the enhancement of creativity among students and hence polish their personality.

Mother’s Day

Swami Ram Tirtha Senior Secondary Smart School, Phase IV, Mohali, celebrated Mother’s Day with utmost enthusiasm. Mothers were greeted with handmade flowers. A mehndi workshop and tambola was also organised for them, along with special cookery class. School principal Kiran Bhandari said the Mother’s Day was a befitting tribute to one of the finest and most precious relationships that the mankind had ever witnessed.

Website launched

DPI (S) Sandeep Hans along with DEO Chanchal Singh and deputy DEO Suman Sharma visited GMSSS, MHC, Mani Majra, on Thursday to launch the school website highlighting school achievements and activities. Interestingly, the website has been prepared by a Class XII student, Himanshu.


CHANDIGARH: Four meritorious students of Government Model High School, Sector 36, Suman, Vishal Yadav, Neha and Poonam, all of Class X, were given books and stationery by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. Headmaster Rakesh Sood urged the students to work hard. — TNS



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