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Admn messes up on college prospectuses
Fails to get required number printed on first day of sale
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Despite its tall claims of having “streamlined” the admission process in government colleges in the city, the UT higher education department was left embarrassed on the very first day of sale of the combined prospectus of the colleges, leading to chaos and inconvenience for prospective students and their parents.

Reason: The UT administration could muster only 500 prospectuses for sale against an anticipated requirement of 2,000 on the first day reportedly due to a power failure in a privately owned printing press.

Though the department had anticipated a minimum sale of 2,000 prospectuses in six government colleges, only a hundred odd were distributed for sale at the two Post Graduate Government Colleges in Sectors 11 and those in Sectors 42 and 46 along with the Regional Institute of Education in Sector 32. The Government College of Commerce & Business Administration in Sector 42 was simply left out.

Education department officials were quick to pass the buck by blaming it on the printing press located in Ram Darbar, which they said had failed to deliver the prospectuses in the morning citing power outage as the reason.

UT higher education director Ajoy Sharma declined to respond to repeated phone calls and messages. However, a senior official remarked the goofup was the outcome of the department’s “ambition to compete” with privately run colleges.

“The government press had refused to print the prospectus. Even this private printer made it clear it would be impossible to finish the work by June 15. However, many officials wanted to keep pace with private colleges in releasing the prospectus, so they advertised the date of their sale. Admissions to government colleges are due on July 11 so why couldn’t we have waited when we knew we weren’t prepared?” asked an official on condition of anonymity.

Whatever be the reason, it was the applicants who were left harried. “It’s very surprising a union territory with the eighth highest literacy rate in the country gets its prospectuses printed from a privately run printing press at the eleventh hour. I reached here at about 12:30 pm today only to learn the prospectuses had been sold out well before 11 am. I’ll now have to come here again on Wednesday to get hold of a copy. If they weren’t ready then why couldn’t they wait?” asked Ramanjot Kaur, a resident of Sangrur who had came to collect a prospectus from the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 11.

“I came here from Muktsar but was told the prospectuses were sold out within an hour. When I called a helpline number I was asked to return n Wednesday to get a copy. I’ve decided to check into a hotel today to ensure I arrive here early tomorrow and collect the prospectus. But I can’t travel to the city again and again just to get hold of it,” said Maheep Singh, who had come to get a prospectus for his daughter.



Boat riders’ safety a casualty at Sukhna
CITCO has been unable to get new lifejackets for 9 months
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) does not seem to be concerned about the safety of the people taking a boat ride in the Sukhna Lake.

Most of the approximately 150 lifejackets are unfit for use as these have been found to be torn, dirty and giving out a foul smell. Rats and cockroaches wantonly scurry in the stock boxes where these lifejackets are stored.

Shockingly, CITCO, which earns around Rs 70 lakh per annum from renting boats to tourists, has been unable to get new lifejackets for the past nine months. A lifejacket costs Rs 600 on an average.

Sources said the department had floated tenders four times so far this year but no company had responded. Senior CITCO authorities have repeatedly been apprised of the need to replace these 150 lifejackets due to their pathetic condition. Yet action is awaited. The last purchase of the lifejackets from a city-based manufacturer was made around nine months ago. “This is not something for which you bank upon a tender system for procurement, considering that a lifejacket is directly linked to safety. Tourists have to spend Rs 50 for 30 minutes and Rs 100 for an hour for boating in the lake. If nobody responds to the tender calls, the department should purchase lifejackets directly from some manufacturer,” said an official of the department.

The UT sports department, which operates the sports club on the lake premises, also buy lifejackets from the same manufacturer, which had directly supplied CITCO its last consignment last year. “We can buy items worth up to Rs 10,000 without going through the tender system. Hence, we have been making direct purchases for lifejackets,” said Rajiv Tuli, general manager of the Lake Club.

“Seeing the condition of these lifejackets, who would want to wear them,” asked an indignant Narinder Soni, a tourist from Jaipur. He, along with his wife and two children, was in a dilemma whether or not these ‘appalling’ lifejackets should be worn before he set off on his pedal boat.

Manjit Singh, another tourist, was upset that his expensive shirt had got smudged after wearing a dirty jacket.

Due to the pathetic condition of the lifejackets, many people throw these into boats immediately after pedalling a few yards in the lake, admitted an official at the lake.

Meanwhile, wearing of lifejackets during boating is necessary and a fine of Rs 1,000 is imposed if one is found boating without a lifejacket. Amandeep Kaur, chief general manager, CITCO, said the department had been trying to get the lifejackets for the past few months. “We will procure them as early as possible,” she said.

On an average, around 2,500 people enjoy boating everyday at Sukhna Lake, where around 90 boats, including three ‘shikaras’, have been put into service.


  • 150 lifejackets need urgent replacement
  • There is no lifejacket at the lake for children, who are forced to wear the oversized jackets for boating, which, in turn, will not serve any purpose in case of an emergency.
  • CITCO, which put around 90 boats including three ‘shikaras’ into service at the lake, earns Rs 70 lakh per annum from boating alone.
  • On an average, 2,500 persons boat at the lake every day.
  • A lifejacket costs about Rs 600 per piece.



Mohali residential allotment rates hiked by almost 300%
Move triggered by property boom around Chandigarh
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 14
Anyone intending to purchase residential property in the town will now have to be prepared to pay almost thrice the prevailing market price. Taking note of the property boom in Chandigarh’s periphery, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority has raised the allotment price of a residential plot from Rs 12,500 to Rs 35,000 per square yard, a threefold jump in land allotment rates.

Confirming the new rates, GMADA chief administrator Sarvjit Singh said: “The revised rates are a benchmark for allotment of residential plots in certain special cases or allotment of land to government institutions”.

According to the new price structure, the urban estate has been divided into three categories. For allotment of plots in Phases I to XI and Sectors 66 to 71, the new price is Rs 35,000 per sq yard; for Sectors 76 to 80 the price is Rs 30,000 per sq yard and for developing sectors (81 onwards) the price is Rs 25,000 per sq yard. The last time an allotment price of Rs 12,500 per sq yard was approved in April 2010.

Though GMADA officials denied the revised rates would also have a bearing on the urban estates being planned in Mullanpur and IT City, sources said they would matter while deciding on the rates at which plots in the forthcoming housing projects are to be offered to applicants.

The sources said the new rates would also affect the allotment price of plots to be offered under a housing scheme to PUDA (Punjab Urban Planning & Development Authority) and state government employees posted at the Punjab civil secretariat.

New allotment price structure (per sq yd)

Phases I to XI: Rs 35,000

Sectors 66 to 71: Rs 35,000

Sectors 76 to 80: Rs 30,000

Sector 81 onwards: Rs 25,000

Collector rates may go up again

Two months after collector rates were revised yet another revision is expected in the wake of the steep hike in allotment rates for plots by GMADA. In April the collector rate for residential property was increased from Rs 14,000 to Rs 20,000 per square yard, depending on the sector



FIR registered against house surgeon, technician
‘Wrong’ blood transfusion to Suman at GMSH-16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The police today registered an FIR against a lab technician, an intern and a house surgeon of Government Multi Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 for their negligence in the Suman case.

The three have been accused of causing wrong blood transfusion to a pregnant woman, Suman, that had led to the death of the foetus and had damaged the kidney of the woman.

The case has been registered against Kirti Sood, lab technician, Dr Navdeep, an intern, and Dr Manpreet, house surgeon. The FIR was registered following the recommendation of a magisterial probe, which was conducted by SDM Kavle V Parashuram.

On December 16, last year, 28-year-old Suman Devi admitted to the gynecology ward of the hospital and was administered wrong blood that led to acute renal failure (kidney failure). She was referred to the PGI but the doctors could not save her foetus.

A criminal case has been registered under Section 304A (causing death due to negligence) and 201 for destroying evidence of the IPC. Inspector Ranjodh Singh, SHO, Sector 17 police station, said notices would be issued to the accused to join the investigation.

The magisterial report has concluded lab technician Kirti had issued the blood bag without cross-checking the requisite important details of the patient and more particularly the blood group and later on she concealed the facts and tampered with the samples.

The report further mentioned that Dr Navdeep initiated the transfusion of the patient without checking and re-checking the requisite details of the patient and started the transfusion on the presumption that the blood bag lying beside the patient was meant for the patient only, violating all the fundamental blood transfusion protocols.

The report further states that without even checking the details on the blood bag Dr Manpreet passed on the responsibility of the transfusion to her amateur junior colleague and she also failed to follow up and monitor the patient.



Man gets 3-yr RI for assaulting traffic cop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The court of additional district & sessions judge Surinder Singh Sahni sentenced Manpreet Singh, 24, a Sector 71 Mohali resident and presently working as computer engineer in Noida to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for assaulting a traffic constable on duty. The court also imposed a Rs 5,000 fine on him.

According to the prosecution, the incident occurred in January 2008 when the traffic police had laid a special barrier to fine traffic violators near the city’s Colony No 5. The Tata Indica car (registration no: PB65 C5071) that Manpreet was driving was coming from the direction of Mohali when traffic constable Parveen Kumar signalled to him to stop as he was talking on his cellphone while driving. Manpreet refused to stop and his vehicle hit Parveen, carrying him on the car hood to a distance.

The driver then drove toward Sector 51 carrying the cop on the hood, injuring him. The suspect was later booked for attempted murder under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier, in January 2010 a court had sentenced Gaurav Kumar, 22, a resident of Muktsar, town to four years rigorous imprisonment in a similar case after convicting him (attempt to commit culpable homicide) under section 308 of the Indian Penal Code.



2 PCR constables suspended for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Senior police officials today suspended two constables posted in the motorcycle wing of the police control room (PCR) after an inquiry found them guilty of taking bribe. Acting on the complaint of an Ambala resident, Rajesh, UT SSP HS Doon suspended constables Naresh Kumar and Karam Chand for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 2,000.

Rajesh informed the police that the two constables took Rs 2000 from him at the Mullanpur barrier. A dealer in garments, Rajesh had come to the city in his Swift car loaded with clothes when the two constables stopped him for routine checking at the barrier. They then told him that it was illegal to carry the load of garments in the vehicle and demanded money from him.

Rajesh informed the police control room and an inquiry was marked into the matter after that.

Based on the inquiry report today, senior police officials suspended the two constables. “It has been found that the act of both these alleged constables is highly objectionable, which defame the image of the Chandigarh Police in the eyes of the general public,” a press statement issued by the police read.


Unavailability of data holds up delimitation process
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Unavailability of the official Census 2011 data, particularly relating to the Scheduled Caste (SC) population in the city, is holding up the delimitation of wards for the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) elections later this year.

An informal meeting of the top brass of the UT Administration, including Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma, Home Secretary Ram Niwas and officiating MCC Commissioner Prerna Puri Wasu, today failed to reach a consensus on the vexed issue of the delimitation of wards for the November 2011 civic body poll.

Earlier, a proposal had been mooted to increase the wards from the existing 26 to 32 in the wake of the increase of around 1.54 lakh population in the 2011 Census as compared to the 2001 Census.

Official sources informed The Tribune that a decision on the delimitation of wards would not be possible without the official census figures, including the SC population. “We are waiting for the UT Directorate of Census Operations to officially release the census data to arrive at any decision regarding the delimitation of the MC wards,” sources added.

Currently, out of the 26 wards, nine wards are reserved for women, including two for the SC community. These two wards are carved out of the five seats reserved for the SC community.

It is learnt that the State Election Commission for Delhi and Chandigarh has asked the UT Administration to decide on the matter soon so that necessary poll arrangements can be made. The commission had a massive task of conducting elections for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which are scheduled to be held early next year.

Recently, Chandigarh Member of Parliament and Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Pawan Bansal had reportedly asked the UT officials to take a decision on the issue immediately to avoid any uncertainty at a later stage.

mc poll
November most favourable for MC poll

The first week of November is emerging as the most-appropriate time for the conduct of the MC elections. Since all major festivals, including Diwali and Dusehra, fall in October, November will be the obvious choice for the MC elections, sources said adding that this would give the election commission enough time to prepare for the MCD poll.



Mayor inaugurates fountain at Sec 48
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh today inaugurated a fountain costing Rs 21.80 lakh at Sector 48 A. SE public health said fountains in the city were provided to add to the beauty of the city. Already, more than 20 fountains are in operation in the city and 12 fountains are in the pipeline to be installed in various green belts/parks of the city.

The Mayor, while addressing the gathering, talked about various developmental works undergoing in the city and congratulated the MC officials for their efforts to provide such features that adds to the beauty of the city.

Jatinder Bhatia said more such projects were in the pipeline. Jatinder Bhatia, area councillor, RK Goyal, SE public health, other councillors, officials of MC and others were all present.



Squall disrupts power supply in Zirakpur

Zirakpur, June 14
Due to the squall this evening, power supply in various parts of Zirakpur was disrupted for more than 7 hours. The power supply was yet to be restored till filing of the report.

A Powercom official stated that the power supply was affected in parts of Zirakpur, Pabhat and Baltana due to technical snag in the line coming from Dera Bassi to Banur A special team was called up from Ropar to carry out repair works.

He said the power supply would be restored soon. On Sunday, two 66 kV power supply towers located between Rajpura and Banur were uprooted. — TNS





Blood donors felicitated

The department of transfusion medicine, PGIMER, celebrated the World Blood Donor Day on Tuesday by felicitating 15 centurion blood donors. Donors like Arun Aggarwal (198 donations), Charanjeet Singh (180 donations), Prag Raj Sharma (177 donations), Harish Sharma (171 donations), Rajinder Garg (150 donations), Sat Paul Bansal (144 donations), Advocate Shiv Malhotra (139 donations), Parveen Moudgil (130 donations), Amar Vivek (118 donations), Ashwani Kumar Munjal (114 donations), Ajay Malhotra (113 donations), Avinder Kumar Khanna (112 donations), Dr Mohinder Singhal (111 donations), MP Singh (110 donations) and Saheb Saran Setia (110 donations) were honoured by emeritus professor JG Jolly.

As many as 80 donors donated blood in a camp organised by Government Medical Specialty Hospital in association with Chandigarh AIDS Control Society here on Tuesday. The donors who have donated more than 20 times at the blood bank, GMSH-16, were also honoured. As many as 75 donated blood in a camp in GMCH, Sector 32.

As a part of the all-India mega blood donation drive, Ind Swift Group on Tuesday organised a blood donation camp in association with the Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association and Rotary Blood Bank Society at its Dera Bassi unit to mark the World Blood Donor Day. A total of 150 units of blood were donated. While inaugurating the camp, NR Munjal, vice-chairman-cum-managing director of Ind-Swift Laboratories Limited, stressed the importance of mobilising employees towards the noble cause of blood donation.

Awareness campaign

The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to start “Janjagran Abhiyan” against corruption, price rise, black money and Congress misrule. Media spokesperson Shakti Prakash Devshali said the abhiyan would start from tomorrow. He said the Congress was looting the hard-earned money of common man through corruption. The BJP has decided to start the awareness campaign and during the abhiyan, the public would be made aware of all scams and scandals as well as anti-people policies of the Congress-led Central government and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Physiotherapy centre

Gurdwara Akal Garh, Guru Nanak Durbar, Sector 35, is commencing physiotherapy services in the gurdwara complex from tomorrow, a press release said. The centre will be providing services free of cost.


FIIT JEE, an institution for training in IIT-JEE examination, on Tuesday conducted a training session and a seminar on “science of success” at Tagore Theatre.

Training programme

A three-day regional training conference on the round of socio-economic survey to be taken by the field operation division of the national sample survey office will start from tomorrow. The survey is earmarked for “household consumer expenditure and employment”. Harbinder Singh, deputy director-general (labour bureau), has underlined the need of collecting reliable and accurate data for proper results.

Survey report

Arunesh Shakar, minister of medical education, forest and labour, Punjab, released the survey report of HelpAge India on abuse of elders on the occasion of World Elders Abuse Awareness Day here on Tuesday.


The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Association of Retired Officers/Supervisory Staff, Punjab Roadways: chairman - Charanjit Singh; president - Jarnail Singh; general secretary - Rajpal; secretary - Ajmer Singh; and cashier - Gurdip Singh.

Bravery awards

The Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW), New Delhi, has invited applications for bravery awards for 2011. Children in the age group of 6 to 18 years, who have shown exemplary courage or have some meritorious deed to their credit between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, can apply to the Child Welfare Council president Karuna Sadan, third floor, Sector 11.


House burgled

Burglars broke into a house in Sector 70 and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh. The owner of the house, Gurpreet Singh, in a complaint to the police, stated that he suspected the role of someone known to the family as burglars had taken away the jewellery without breaking the almirah. However, the police have not registered a case so far.

Blood donation camp

There was a need to turn blood donation into people’s movement. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner while inaugurating a blood donation camp organised by the District Red Cross Society, health department, Baba Sheikh Farid Blood Donors Council and National Social Welfare Society at Phase VI Civil Hospital here on Tuesday.

Adieu to ADC

Employees at the district administrative complex, Mohali, on Tuesday gave a warm send off to Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) MS Kainth, who has been posted as Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur. Senior officials in the administration, Navjot Kaur, ADC; Amit Talwar, SDM; and other employees were present at the get together.

Computer coaching centre

The Punjab Police Families Welfare Association has set up an office in the Commando Complex, Phase XI, Mohali, under the chairmanship of Jas Gill, wife of PS Gill, DGO Punjab Police. The association at its first meeting in March had decided to establish a computer coaching centre and a beauty clinic in the complex. Rakesh Kaushal, Commandant 4th Commando Battalion, and Inderjit Singh Randhawa, Commandant 3rd Commando Battalion, who were entrusted with the task have already set up the facilities. Jawed Habib, a renowned beauty expert, came from Mumbai to inaugurate the centre here.


The NSS unit, staff and volunteers of the Rotaract unit of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology organised a seminar on World Blood Donors Day. The seminar under the theme “more blood, more life” was presided over by JS Bedi, chairman, Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions. The main motive was to make the students aware of blood donation. — TNS



UGC NET results delayed by over 2 months
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
With barely 13 days to go for the next University Grants Commission (UGC) - National Eligibility Test (NET) examination, the delay in results of December, 2010, examination came as a disappointment for NET aspirants here.

Despite the declaration of these results on Monday evening, experts in the field of NET claimed that for the first time NET results had been delayed by more than two months.

Each year, the NET examination is held twice- in June and December. “Although I am delighted at cracking the NET and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) exam, I was in a dilemma whether to prepare for the next NET examination or wait for the results of last exam. It was a harrowing time for NET aspirants,” said Jyoti, who cracked the NET exam in English.

She added that as compared to other competitive exams like CAT, MAT, CET, etc, not much importance is given to teaching profession.

Another student Manjinder Kaur, who cleared her NET examination in sociology, added that it was a psychological pressure to wait for the results for so long.

“One can’t expect to prepare all over again for an examination in just 13 days. The information on the website says that the results should have been out by April, but this year the results were extremely late,” said Ritima, a student of PU, who cracked NET examination in commerce.

Experts, who prepare students for NET examination said: “We approached the UGC, but there was no specific reason given by them for the delay. A lot of students didn’t even apply for the June examination because they were expecting good results in the last NET examination,” said RK Mahajan, director of AAA-Bright Academy.

City students at the top

Despite the overall pass percentage of students qualifying NET examination in India being close to three per cent, city students fared good results with 5.53 per cent students passing the examination. 109 students from the UT cleared the NET examination in Punjabi, while 125 cleared the commerce, 80 in education and 42 city students cleared the management examination. Only 11 students in the city cleared the UGC-NET English examination, while seven cleared JRF in English.

Dec, 2010, result

Total students appeared from city  12,000
Students qualified from city           664
Pass percentage of UT students     5.53%
JRF qualified students from city      174
NET qualified students from city     490



Mechanic’s daughter does him proud
Scores 64th rank in Class X PSEB examination
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, June 14
Fighting against all odds, Navneet Kaur, daughter of a mechanic, has made it to the top by scoring 64th rank in the merit list of the Class Xth Punjab State Education Board examinations, the results of which were declared today.

Navneet, a student of GS Memorial, Zirakpur, has secured 93.85 per cent marks.

Aiming high, she now wants to prepare for civil services. To begin with, she plans to take admission in non-medical (BTech mechanical courses). “I used to study for three to four hours every day after the school,” Navneet said.

“I owe my success to my principal Paramjit Kaur Sodhi, parents and to the God,” she smiles.

Her father Raghubir Singh said: “I was confident that my daughter will pass Class X with flying colours and it’s a dream come true for my family.”

School principal Paramjit Kaur Sodhi said: “Naveent is a brilliant student and we are proud of her. We will also provide financial support to Navneet.”



Help desks at PU

Chandigarh, June 14
Representatives of the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) today expressed resentment on the delay in PU’s response to set up help desks for students. Each year, student organisations set up help desk to assist students seeking admission in various departments to fill up forms.

SOPU president Vikramjit Singh said: “Students who come from different parts of the country for admission often face this problem. But this year, no communication from PU authorities has been received.” — TNS



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