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Patient dies at PGI, burnt on stretcher
Doctors were giving shocks to revive him
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Relatives of the deceased protest outside the PGI emergency in Chandigarh on Monday night.
Relatives of the deceased protest outside the PGI emergency in Chandigarh on Monday night. Tribune photos: S chandan

Chandigarh, June 27
Ghinder Singh, a 55-year-old resident of Doraha in Ludhiana district, died in the Emergency ward of the PGI late in the evening today and was burnt on the stretcher when doctors were trying to revive him by giving him electric shocks.

Hospital sources said doctors rushed to see him after reports of him having collapsed around 11 pm. When there was no response, doctors tried electric shocks on him. The patient still did not respond. However, the cotton lying alongside the bed caught fire.

The family members were livid over the incident and did not believe what the doctors said. “He was perfectly all right and the doctors never told us anything. How do we believe that he died due to any other reason except fire? What kind of security does a patient have in the premier institute of the region when a man on a stretcher catches fire?” questioned one of the relatives of the victim.

The fire also burnt some skin near the heart the patient who had already died. Ghinder Singh was undergoing treatment for his damaged lever. He was hospitalised from the past more than one-and-a-half-month and was operated upon on Saturday.

ASP Desraj was making an on-the-spot evaluation of the incident till the filing of the report.

The agitated family members alleged that the doctors were careless. Jasdeep Singh, a nephew of the victim, said: “My uncle was being given shocks on his chest when the incident took place. His body was completely covered so we did not come to know about the incident.”

Varinder Singh, another nephew of the victim, alleged: “The doctors did not even care to keep us informed. To our knowledge, he was doing fine after his surgery. He died due to the fire.”



No room for 9.6 CGPA scorers
Science out of bounds for average students at model schools
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
Always an average student, Ramanjot Kaur (16) disappeared behind books the day she stepped into class X. Studying for 10 hours a day, she gave up television and outings with friends.

Her efforts bore fruit when she secured a decent cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 9.6 (indicative percentage of 91.3). Planning to take up science at GMSSS, Sector 16, she may not be able to join any of the top three model schools.

In an aftermath to the unprecedented excellent CBSE class X results, admission to science streams at model schools is out of bounds for the new fleet of good scorers.

Many of them will not be able to join schools of their choice while a majority will be left out, forced to switch their stream despite securing between 85 and 90 per cent.

In a clear deviation from the trends witnessed in the past five years, around 90 per cent of the students scoring a CGPA of 9.8 and 10 have opted for sciences at government schools in the city.

According to registration details uploaded by UT education department, 253 students with a CGPA of 10 have registered for admission while 227 of them have opted for sciences. 0f the 151 applicants with a CGPA of 9.8, 127 have opted for sciences.

“The response to government schools is overwhelming, but where is our education system headed? The CBSE claimed to end all academic divides, but this great-result-for-all policy will leave many students stranded. Where does an average student with 70 per cent go,” says a local principal.



Slap on face of higher education
Highly qualified aspirants for low-rung posts
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
From MBA graduates to BTech degree-holders, highly qualified applicants with professional degrees from private universities in Punjab and Haryana turned up for walk-in-interviews at Panjab University for positions ranging from peon and cleaner to clerk-cum-data entry operator, with salaries ranging from a meagre Rs 4,900 to a modest Rs 20,000.

Nearly 2,000 applicants turned up for the interviews, conducted yesterday and today, for a mere 28 posts, 12 for clerk and eight each for peon and cleaner, to be posted at PU’s newly set up rural constituent colleges, located in Moga, Muktsar, Nawanshahr and Ferozepur districts of Punjab.

“I do not mind working as data entry operator or clerk. I badly need a job to sustain my family. I had taken an education loan to study BTech from a newly set up private university in Punjab. I am in dire need of money now,” said 24-year-old Vikramjit, who had appeared for interview.

Pleading anonymity, another candidate, who had applied for the post of peon, said, “The salary being offered for the post of peon is between Rs 4,900 and Rs 10,680. I did not want to miss the chance. What do I do with my degrees when I cannot even procure a job?”

Echoing similar sentiments, a woman applicant for the post of clerk said candidates looking for job security were willing to work on any post, irrespective of qualification.

Blame it on the escalating unemployment or the mushrooming privately run higher education institutions, the educational profiles of these candidates came as a shocker for even university officials.

“We had not expected such a tremendous response for the posts. One feels dejected looking at the scenario wherein candidates with high qualifications such as MBA and MA turn up for these posts,” said PU Vice-Chancellor Ranbir Chander Sobti.

The posts were for PU-affiliated rural constituent colleges at Nihalsinghwala in Moga district, Balachaur in Nawanshahr district, Sikhwala in Muktsar district and Guru Har Sahay in Ferozepur district.



9 postgraduates among ASIs
Two pursuing PhD; 13 constables also make it
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
Nine postgraduates, one with three MA degrees, at least two PhD scholars and 13 constables are among the 20 candidates who have been selected for posts of assistant sub-inspector (ASI), for which the required qualification is a simple BA.

The results also mark the completion of recruitment for the posts, that have been hanging fire for the past four years (since 2007) owing to an earlier paper leak scam.

What is also interesting is that 13 of the 20 ASIs selected are police constables, who have successfully appeared in the exam earlier with the intention of improving their career prospects.

The recruitment effected in 2007 were cancelled following the revelation that the entrance test papers had been leaked.

Among those selected to the post of ASI this time is Chander Mukhi, a triple MA working as constable with the Chandigarh Police for the past 11 years.

She is done MA in political science from Panjab University, MA in human resources from Delhi University and MA in public administration from Kurukshetra University. She is pursuing a PhD.

“I have been associated with the police for the past 11 years. My experience of working with the police proved beneficial in my entrance exam. Policing is in my blood and am elated to make it to the post of ASI,” she said.

Another MA degree holder is Ravdeep Singh, who is also a national-level hockey player. The six-foot-three-inch sportsman has represented the city in under-19 national-level hockey tournaments many times.

He was a member of the team which bagged the gold medal in the inter-college tournament in the late 1990s. “Sports has always been my passion. I am looking forward to my tenure with the Chandigarh Police,” he said.

Another recruit, 38-year old Multan, is an LLB from Kurukshetra University. He has been serving as constable with the Chandigarh Police for the past nine years.

Mohit Singh, a Pinjore resident, is also pursuing a PhD. Another recruit, Surinder Singh, a constable who has made it to post of ASI, holds an MA degree from Kurukshetra University.



After LPG, vegetables get dearer, too
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
It is a double whammy for the homemakers. After a substantial hike of nearly Rs 50 in the rate of an LPG cylinder, skyrocketing prices of commonly used vegetables have hit kitchen budgets.

The prices of tomato, peas and potato have jumped by about 50 per cent compared to past week on account of lesser supply and rise in transporation cost due to hike in price of diesel.

If traders at the Sector-26 vegetable market are to be believed, prices of other vegetables will see a substantial increase in the coming days due to supply chain interruption during the monsoon.

A random survey of the Sector-26 vegetable market has revealed that ‘pahari’ potato, priced at Rs 12 a kg a couple of days back, was available for Rs 20 today. The sudden increase was due to a fall in arrivals in the market, traders said.

Retailers of tomato had been selling it for between Rs 20 and Rs 30 a kg. It was available for between Rs 10 and Rs 15 a few days ago.

Peas were being sold for Rs 70. The price quoted past week was Rs 40 per kg. The price of coriander had doubled from Rs 40 per kg past week to Rs 80 per kg today.

Prices of certain vegetables remained unaffected by the fluctuation. Prices of a kg of long gourd (Rs 20), pumpkin (Rs 10), beans (Rs 35-40), bitter gourd (Rs 20) and capsicum (Rs 35) remained stable.

The prices of these vegetables, supplied from neighbouring states, were bound to increase with the onset of the monsoon, said Harish, a vendor at the Sector-26 vegetable market. The prices at markets in other sectors were higher. “The rising prices of vegetables, coupled with a hike in rate of LPG, have upset the kitchen budget. To top it all, prices of cereals have also risen substantially,” remarked Anu, a housewife staying at Sector 28.


Dadu Majra dump stinks again
Residents stop MC vehicles from throwing unprocessed garbage
Tribune News Service

Residents stage a protest against MC authorities on Monday.
Residents stage a protest against MC authorities on Monday. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, June 27
Perturbed over the dumping of unprocessed garbage at the Dadu Majra dumping ground, area residents staged a protest today against the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and didn’t allow the MC vehicles to enter the dumping ground.

Residents alleged that the foul smell emanating from the unprocessed garbage had made it impossible to live in the area. Residents staged a dharna for over an hour and blocked the gates of the dumping ground and didn’t allow the vehicles of the MC to enter and dump the garbage there. Residents alleged that for the past few days, the MC vehicles were dumping garbage near their locality resulting in foul smell in the entire area.

MC Commissioner Prerna Puri held a meeting with Additional Commissioner-I Sunil Bhatia, area councillor Kamlesh and officials of medical health office today and decided that from tomorrow, garbage will not be dumped at the dumping ground. If anybody was found violating the order, strict action would be initiated against the official, she said. At the meeting, MC Commissioner directed the officials to fix the responsibility of those who allowed throwing of garbage in dumping ground even after the directions of the authorities that only inert would be disposed of in the dumping ground. The Commissioner also instructed the officials to ask from the company managing the processing plant why it was not using 10 acres of land allotted to it for the disposal of garbage.

Residents stated that for the last few days, they had been complaining to the authorities concerned about the foul smell emanating from the dumping ground, but to no avail.

Last year too, similar problem occurred, but till date no solution had been evolved. Referring to yesterday’s inauguration of fountains in the palm park by KK Khandelwal, residents said that even the chief guest was complaining of the foul smell in the area. He also inquired as to how the people were residing in such conditions.

RD Sharma, in charge of the garbage processing plant unit, clarified that the company was only sending inert to the dumping ground, which was allowed as per the memorandum of understanding. He said in the absence of the waste processing facility in the city, human health was at risk. He said the plant was processing 300 tonnes of garbage of the city everyday.



Another woman fined for drunk driving
10 offenders detained till rising of court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
A 26-year-old MBA student on Sunday became the second woman to be fined for driving under the influence in the last two months. Saru Mahajan, a resident of Sector 10, (Chandigarh) was issued a ‘challan’ (traffic fine) at a special barrier set up to check drunk driving at the Sector 18-19 traffic light intersection on Sunday night, the police said. Last month the traffic cops had issued a similar fine to another woman.

Deputy police superintendent (traffic) Vijay Kumar said the woman was driving a Maruti car and that the alcohol content in her blood was detected as 195 mg per 100 ml after she was subjected to an alcosensor test. The action taken is part of an ongoing drive by the local police against drunk driving.

Meanwhile, a special traffic court presided by Deepak Raj Garg detained ten more people “till the rising of court” for drunk driving. Those convicted were confined to the courtroom for eight hours and were let off in the evening after paying hefty fines. With this the total number of those convicted since the police began this initiative has touched 26.

Among those who were convicted included a truck driver from Uttar Pradesh, Suresh, who was fined Rs 4,500 by the court - three times higher than the standard fine of Rs 1,500 for the offence. He was ‘challaned’ at the Kalibari traffic light intersection on June 26 after he was found driving in an inebriated state and for not possessing valid vehicle documents.

Among others who were convicted on Monday was Parminder Singh, a resident of Saketri in Panchkula. Alcohol content in his blood was detected as 153 mg when he was ‘challaned’ and he was fined Rs 1,500 and imprisoned till the rising of the court. Besides, Mohit Kalsi, a resident of Sector 71 Mohali, Sanjay, a resident of Hallomajra, Pradeep, a resident of Sector 31, Kuldeep, a resident of Manimajra, Baldev, a resident of Daria village, Kulwant, a Kharar resident, Narinder, a resident of Sector 45 and Sumit Kumar, a resident of Manimajra were confined to the courtroom for the entire day.

All of them were issued fines by the traffic police over the last two days and alcohol content in their blood was detected at over 100 mg per 100 ml while the prescribed limit as per the Motor Vehicle Act is 30 mg per 100 ml. They were later let off after paying fines ranging from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500.



MC’s faulty planning to blame for the mess
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
Despite the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) having two garbage disposal plants, faulty planning and failure in the implementation of norms have added to the miseries of residents.

The MC authorities had made tall claims that after setting up of these two plants, the burden on the Dadu Majra dumping ground will be lessened. This fact has been exposed with the MC’s report revealing that the land of the dumping ground has been filled up due to which they require another 100 acres of land for the garbage disposal.

As per the MC plan to dispose of every type of garbage of the city, two plants were set up in the city. A bio-medical plant was set up in Industrial Area, Phase I, with a capacity of three tonnes of animal waste per day. Another garbage processing plant was set up at Dadu Majra for the disposal of domestic waste of the city. Both the plants were set up considering the MC would properly segregate the garbage at its level at the Sehaj Safai Kendras and then transport it to the plants for processing.

Before the setting up of the bio-medical plant at Industrial Area, Phase I, it was ensured that its capacity could be increased annually as per the requirement of the city. This plant, set up at a cost of Rs 44 lakh, was to handle the waste of slaughterhouses, hotels and meat markets. It was also proposed that electricity would be produced from the waste of slaughterhouses.

Despite setting up of the plant, no attention was paid to make arrangements of proper segregation of the waste of slaughterhouses, hotels and meat markets and it’s transportation to the plant. Most of the hotels and slaughterhouses are still sending their waste to the dumping ground at Dadu Majra.

The plant at Dadu Majra was set up to process domestic garbage only, but due to the failure to ensure segregation of garbage, the MC was sending the waste of hotels, vegetable markets, hospitals and slaughter houses there, which in the recent past had created problem of foul smell from that plant. 



Admn mulls action against errant plot holders
Many allottees have not finished construction within timeframe
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
The UT administration is contemplating to take punitive action against residential plot holders who have not completed construction work even after the extension granted to them for this purpose expired.

“We’re going to examine all these cases and seek clarifications on certain points from the higher authorities. After getting the clarifications the 
next course of action to be taken against defaulters would be decided”, deputy commissioner Brijendra Singh said.

A meeting to discuss the issue held here on Monday was attended by UT home secretary Ram Niwas, Brijendra and other senior administration officials.

According to sources there are several plot holders in the city who have not completed their construction work even after the expiry of not only the time period for construction, as mentioned in their respective allotment letters, but also that of the extension granted by the estate officer.

A policy to deal with such cases was framed in 2007 in which under the estate office rules residential plot holders were given three years to complete construction. If someone fails to complete the construction work and obtain the completion certificate in the stipulated period, there is provision of a five-year extension with attendant charges.

Notably, the administration had also given one final opportunity to all defaulters in 2009 to complete construction work and obtain occupation certificates within one year after publishing a public notice in this regard.

“At today’s meeting we sought clarifications on certain points before deciding on our next course of action,” said Brijendra.

Niwas has also asked the estate office to examine all such cases thoroughly before sending him a comprehensive proposal. 



City-Lucknow train to chug off from July 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
With new train timings being implemented from July 1, the daily Saharanpur-Lucknow train will be extended to Chandigarh. A day later on July 2, the Chandigarh-Jaipur train will be extended to Ajmer.

Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, GM Singh said: “We have received the notification and it will be applicable from July 1. The Chandigarh-Lucknow train will leave the Chandigarh railway station at 5:10 pm and reach Lucknow at 9:05 am. The city already has one train to Lucknow, Sadbhawna, which leaves the Chandigarh station at 8:50 pm and reaches Lucknow at 8:35 am.”

The Chandigarh-Jaipur Garib Rath will be extended to Ajmer from July 2. It will leave the city at 9.05 pm and will reach Ajmer at 9:55 am, he said.

However, online booking of these trains will not be possible immediately and certain changes need to be made in the IRCTC software. The halt time of the Chandigarh-Delhi Shatabdi is also being reduced by two minutes. Instead of eight minutes, the Shatabdi will stop at the Chandigarh railway station for six minutes. 



Caste census from July 18
Training for data entry operators on July 13, 14
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
The socio-economic and caste census in Chandigarh, which has been selected as the pilot union territory for the purpose, will begin on July 18.

The UT Administration today decided the date after receiving directions from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.

The first preliminary training will be imparted for the data entry operators by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on July 13 and 14. During the training, the staff will be facilitated to enter the requisite responses into a hand held device to be carried by each data entry operator.

Officials of the Chandigarh Administration from various departments will act as enumerators who will be assisted by the staff as data entry operators from the BEL. The training for enumerators will be held on July 15 and 16 where the requisite
questions required for canvassing related to the BPL survey will be provided for in different translated version for rural and urban areas.

Earlier, the Union Cabinet had put its seal of approval on the dovetailing of caste enumeration with the headcount of people living below the poverty line in rural and urban areas to enable the government to determine the social, economic and educational status of different castes for targeted implementation of its welfare schemes.

The census of the urban and rural poor would commence next month and the task would be finished by this year-end so that the results of this exercise can be utilised for the 12th Five-Year Plan currently under discussion. 



Panchkula admn bans parking on NH-73
Monsoon preparations in district get into full swing
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 27
Concerned over the increasing number of fatal road accidents on NH-73, the district administration on Monday imposed a ban on parking of vehicles on the highway. An order issued under section 144 of the CrPC by deputy commissioner Ashima Brar also prohibited feeding of monkeys and cattle on the road that connects Roorkee in Uttarakhand to Panchkula.

“The order will remain in force till August 9 and any person found guilty of contravening it will be liable for punishment under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)”, she stated.

A 32-year-old Indian Air Force serviceman, Satish Kumar, lost his life after his motorcycle hit tipper parked on the side of the highway near Sector 25. As it was almost pitch dark the victim could not see the parked vehicle, resulting in his death. Even though a passerby informed the police control room about the accident a PCR van arrived at the scene after about an hour.

The order further said a large number of people stop their vehicles at various places on NH-73 to feed monkeys and cattle and this “inappropriate” stoppage of vehicles on the roadside enhances the risk of traffic accidents. “It has also been observed that certain antisocial elements might use this situation to create panic among the public, thus endangering their security. Apart from this these activities may also endanger human life, health or safety or lead to disturbance of public tranquility and also cause hindrance in maintaining law and order in the district”, the order added.

Meanwhile, presiding over a meeting of officials of various district departments, Brar said a few areas in the district including Barwala, Kalka and Morni had been identified as “sensitive” from the rain perspective”. She instructed block development officers and ‘tehsildars’ to remain present at their respective stations so that they could provide the latest information about the rain. “According to weather forecasts the region will have heavy rainfall this monsoon season. Thus it’s necessary to streamline all arrangements before the monsoon is in full swing”, she added.

Brar also instructed the Morni ‘naib tehsildar’ to inform the control room of the district administration in case of heavy rain in the area so that timely arrangements for drainage of rainwater could be made. She also asked subdivisional magistrate (civil) KK Kalsan and Panchkula civil surgeon Dr VK Bansal to visit various residential colonies in the district and cut the water connection where the sewage water was mixing with potable water as this could result in severe infections among the residents.

Brar also instructed health department officials to ensure proper chlorination of water, especially in the district’s rural areas, to keep waterborne diseases at bay.



Fund crunch ails work on community centre
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Hanging fire Work on the construction of a community centre has been held up for the past two years at Sector 28, Panchkula.
Hanging fire Work on the construction of a community centre has been held up for the past two years at Sector 28, Panchkula. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, June 27
The construction of a community centre in Sector 28 across the Ghaggar has been in limbo for the couple of years due to paucity of funds.

The construction work on the community centre was started two and half years ago and the ground and first floors of the building had been completed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

The board providing information about the contractor and the total amount to be spent on the project was also missing from the site.

Even though the department had constructed the boundary wall around the building, there was no gate to protect the steel grills, which could become an easy target of miscreants. The complex was overrun by wild growth, including Congress grass.

According to sources, the work on the project was stopped after a senior official raised some objection on the design of the centre. The official wanted some major changes in the building which would have resulted in an increase in the total construction cost of the project, the sources added.

Area residents claimed that the work was abruptly stopped two years ago and the authorities were not forthcoming with the reasons behind the move.

In the absence of a community centre, area residents had been forced to look for alternatives to organise functions.

They said in the absence of a security guard, the area could easily become a haven of anti-social elements.

Several incidents of robberies have been reported in sectors located across the Ghaggar. Thieves have targeted locked houses and taken away cash and jewellery worth several lakhs in the past two years.

Residents’ Welfare Association president Vijay Arora said he had raised the issue with the HUDA authorities several times but nothing had been done in this regard so far.

He said the building would suffer damages if the work on the project was not started immediately.

Bhupinder Singh, executive engineer (division No. 3), HUDA, said construction work had been held up due to escalation in the price of the raw material.

He said the department had sought the approval from higher authorities for allocation of more funds to complete the community centre project.



Residents seek traffic lights near K-Area
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 27
Residents of Baltana, Dhakoli and surrounding areas have demanded the setting up of traffic lights near K-Area, as the stretch had become accident-prone especially with the opening of the railway overbridge on the Zirakpur-Panchkula Highway. In the absence of trafficlights, minor accidents have become commonplace and the traffic police has failed to handle the situation.

Residents complained that they had asked the authorities concerned several times to set up trafficlights but to no avail.

They have asked the authorities to deploy traffic police to regulate traffic.

Zirakpur traffic in-charge Devinder Singh said he had already written to senior officials of the MC on the issue.



Signature campaign by BJP rights wing
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 27
The human rights wing of the BJP today launched a signature campaign at the Sector 11-15 roundabout in protest against the murder of a Mumbai journalist, J Dey.

Inaugurating the campaign, Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna said the deteriorating law and order situation in the country was a cause for concern for all. He said the party was of the opinion that the countrymen, irrespective of their political allegiance, must get united to lodge their protest. This would enhance the confidence of fearless mediapersons like J Dey, who was active in exposing the fuel mafia in his state.

Human rights cell state convener RP Malhotra and leaders Devinder Dhawan, Shyam Lal Bansal and Rekha Sharma were also present.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Government today said the murder case had been cracked with the arrest of seven persons.



Tricity Scan

Talk on body donation
Dr Daisy Sahni, head, department of anatomy, PGI, delivered a talk on body donation to the local chapter of Navy Foundation on Monday where officials and their families had gathered for their annual meeting. Dr Sahni said brain dead donors could only do organ donation. Donated bodies are a principal tool for anatomists and medical educators. Also budding doctors can practice their innovations and techniques, which may bring advances in medical research. So body donation is a generous act for those who wish to be useful to the living after death. She further appealed to the people to not burn bodies if they are not willing to donate, as it takes around 300-400 kg of wood causing environmental degradation and deforestation, instead they should go for CNG and electric-based cremation, which is safer, less pollutant and cheaper.

‘Point lacunae in industrial policy’

The Industries Association of Chandigarh has asked industrialists to point out the lacunae in the current industrial policy. The letter signed by YK Mahajan said industrialists were facing problems because of obsolete definition of industry. The association has assured that it will take up the issue of a changed list required for industrial activities.

‘Raise BPL income criteria’

Satya Pal Jain, a former MP and national in charge of the legal and legislative cell of the BJP, has urged the Central government to raise the maximum income criteria for people in the below poverty line (BPL) category from the present amount of Rs 630 per month to at least Rs 3,000 per month, so that a large number of poor can get benefits under the schemes meant for the BPL category. He said this limit of Rs 21 per day was so unrealistic that with this income, a person cannot even feed himself for one day, what to talk of his family members and other expenses on clothes, accommodation, medicine etc, which are a must even for bare survival. Therefore, this limit needs to be suitably enhanced so that the facilities meant for the poor can reach all poor and not only to the poorest of the poor only.

RBI annual closing on July 1

The Reserve Bank of India will remain closed for public transactions on July 1 on account of annual closing of its accounts, said Amarnath, executing general manager.

Junior golf meet from today

Top amateur junior golfers of the country have converged on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the fifth Usha Chandigarh Junior Open Golf Championship, which gets underway tomorrow. To cut down on the big number of participants, the Indian Golf Union had to go through the pre-qualifying drill, which concluded today. Talking to mediapersons, a day before the big junior event, Chandigarh Golf Club president Malvinder Singh said it was his pleasure to host the IGU-certified tournament. He went on to add, “It is the goal of the club to promote golf at all levels, particularly junior golf.”

Essay contest

The department of atomic energy, Government of India, has invited students to participate in the 23rd all-India essay contest on nuclear science and technology to be written in any official Indian language or in English. The last date for the receipt of entries of the essays is August 8. Students pursuing graduation courses in any discipline in an Indian university or any institute deemed to be a university are eligible to participate. The essay should be submitted by a single author. Those who have won prizes, including consolation prize, in earlier contests are not eligible to participate. The topics for the contest are relevance of nuclear power for future energy needs of India, radioisotopes and radiation technology for improving the quality of life and role of power beams in enabling science and technology in the 21st century: contribution to healthcare, materials processing, environment and energy sectors. After initial screening and evaluation, 36 essays will be selected and their author will be invited to Mumbai in the last week of October for an oral presentation of the essays. The essay should be sent to the assistant administrative officer, public awareness division, department of atomic energy, Government of India, Anushakti Bhavan, CSM Marg, Mumbai-400 001.

182 donate blood

At least 182 employees of IT companies, operating out of DLF campus in the IT Park here, donated blood at a camp organised as a part of its CSR campaign on Monday. The camp was organised in association with the department of IT, Chandigarh, with medical assistance for the collection of blood samples being provided by the Chandigarh AIDS Control Society (CACS) through GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Names missing from survey lists

The colony cell of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee in a letter to Pawan Kumar Bansal, the minister for parliamentary affairs, has said due to negligence by the Chandigarh Administration authorities, residents were facing problems with regard to their names missing from the biometric survey reports. In several cases, they possessed all relevant records, however, their names were missing from the final list. Certain names included in the voters’ list of 2009 are now missing from the latest lists and in certain cases the names of the head of the families had gone missing from the lists.

‘Hike auto tariff’

Representatives of various auto rickshaws and taxi operators on Monday met UT Home-cum-Transport Secretary Ram Niwas and submitted a memorandum demanding a hike in the auto and taxi tariff in view of the hike in diesel prices. He assured them that the decision would be taken by the UT Administration on their representation.

Residents’ body

Baljinder Singh Bittu was elected as president of the Citizens' Association, Sector 21, on Monday. Bittu polled 605 votes, out of the 858 votes polled during the election. He defeated his nearest rival, Promila Dass, who polled only 242 votes and was supported by PC Sanghi, former president of the association and chairman FOSWAC. The third candidate, TC Mittal forfeited his security as he got only six votes.

Special meeting

The Punjab government and higher technical education colleges and universities held a special meeting at SAS Institute here on Sunday. Expressing his views, Dr JS Dhaliwal, head, Punjab Unaided Technical Institutes (PUTIA), condemned the Punjab government’s decision of levying taxes on educational institutes. Those present on the occasion included Dr Zora Singh, Surjit Singh, Dr Rohan Sachdeva, Hakam Singh Jawandha, Sukhwant Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Satnam Singh Sandhu and Anshu Kataria.

Awareness rally on drug abuse

An awareness rally was organised here on Monday by the District Youth Club coordination committee and District Red Cross Society in connection with the International Day against Drug Abuse. The rally was flagged off from the district administrative complex by the SDM. The participants carried placards like “Nashian nu je apnaoge, jeuonde ji mar jaoge”, “Tobacco hatao, zindgi bachao”, “Jago Jago, nashe tiago”. Coordination committee president Hardeep Singh Bathlana said the club would organise camps in villages to help people in staying away from drugs and addicts would be given counselling after which they would be provided treatment free of cost in de-addiction centres.

Effigy burnt

Members of the Cooperative Sugar Mills Workers’ Federation and Officers Welfare and Technical Association burnt an effigy of the chairman of SUGARFED here on Monday in protest against the failure of the authorities concerned in fulfilling their demands. The protesters, who were on hunger strike over the past 16 days, said recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission were not being implemented in the case of employees of cooperative sugar mills despite a written agreement even when other employees in the state were getting the benefit. — TNS



PU admissions
Perfect time for student bodies to mark presenceTribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
At the onset of admissions to various courses offered in arts departments at Panjab University, the university was today beaming with fresh applicants inquiring about the admission process and taking assistance from student leaders.

Representatives of various student organisations were today spotted guiding students outside the post office located on the PU campus. In a bid to become the first ones to guide students, supporters of student organisations, including Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), SOI, etc, had occupied areaway ahead of the help desks set up.

“This is a fantastic time for the party to make its presence felt on the campus. The prime target of any student party is freshers and the first impression they have about the party is what lasts even three months down the line. It makes the job easier during the student council poll,” said a supporter, who was guiding the students.

Yet another member of a prominent student organisation added that the “intention was to guide students”. “We sincerely wish to guide the students and this is no poll gimmick. Since PU cannot guide each and every student, it is our responsibility to guide them,” he said.



Online BEd admissions from July
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
The centralised online BEd admissions for the session 2011-2012 will be held by Panjab University for its affiliated colleges; Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Punjabi University, Patiala, and Lovely Professional University, Phagwara.

The admission for the colleges situated in Chandigarh will also be held simultaneously.

Detailed notice to this effect will be issued in the first week of July. First counselling will be held, tentatively, in the first week of August.

Candidates are advised to visit Panjab University website www.puchd.ac.in for more details.

Dr Nandita, chairperson, department of education, would be the coordinator for this joint admission process.



Lecture on lost Buddhist texts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
The department of Chinese and Tibetan languages organised a special lecture on “Lost Buddhist Texts and Their Relevance in Modern Research” on Panjab University campus here today. Dr Pramod Kumar, renowned philosopher and scholar from Patna, delivered the lecture.

He stressed upon the need to learn Tibetan language in order to carry research on the lost Buddhist texts. The lecture was attended by scholars and faculty of several departments of PU, including VK Singh, chairperson of the department of Chinese and Tibetan languages and VK Tiwar, dean, faculty of languages. 



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