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Student attacked outside Sec-10 DAV College
Windowpanes of car shattered; assailants later fire gunshot in Sec-9 residential area, three receive splinter injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Student politics raised its ugly head once again as a 22-year-old student of DAV College was attacked with swords and baseball bats in front of the college gate at Sector 10 here today.

The accused, around eight in number, who were associated with the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), fled the scene after breaking the windowpanes of a Bolero car belonging to a Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) member.

The assailants allegedly fired a gunshot in a residential area at Sector 9, causing splinter injuries to three passersby, minutes after the attack outside the college. The police registered a case of attempted murder at the Sector-3 police station.

The assault at the college took place around 2 pm.Chetan Munjal, a BA-I student and SOPU supporter, was attacked near the help desk adjoining the college gate. The assailants came in a car. Prior enmity was said to be the reason behind the brawl. Police personnel were not present at the spot and the PCR vehicle stationed opposite the college was nowhere to be seen when the clash took place. After attacking Chetan, the assailants smashed the windowpanes of the Bolero car (PB67-0099).

Chetan was rushed to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. He suffered a deep sword injury on his arm and was administered multiple stitches.

He told the police that the PUSU president at the college, Ambar Singh, party chairman Gurry Brar and their supporter Jagga Singh, besides others, attacked him.

The accused then fired a gunshot in the air near the house of a SOPU supporter, close to the traffic lights opposite the Sector-9 market. Three persons, including a employee of a ‘dhaba’ at the market, sustained splinter injuries.

The injured were identified as Lakhwinder Singh, Sarabjit Singh and Umar Aslam. Lakhwinder and Sarabjit were riding a motorcycle when the gunshot was fired. A shell was recovered from the spot.

Eyewitnesses told the police that they saw a car opposite the Sector-9 market speeding away when the gunshot was fired. The number of the car could not be noted down.

“The college clash and the subsequent firing of a gunshot seem to be linked. We are investigating whether the accused who assaulted the student fired the gunshot,” said ASP (Central) Desraj Singh.

Three incidents of violence in one week

June 22: PUSU and SOPU supporters of DAV College, Sector 10, have a a violent brawl near the Burail jail, Sector 45, around midnight. The police arrive at the spot. A formal complaint is not lodged by either side.

June 26: A minor scuffle occurs at the Sector-41 market between PUSU and SOPU supporters of DAV College, Sector 10, late at night. A compromise is arrived at. A formal police complaint is not lodged.

June 28: Violence breaks out outside DAV College, Sector 10. Attempt-to-murder case is registered.



Student politics, outsiders, violence — DAV-10 has it all
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
One of the sought-after local colleges for admission, DAV College, Sector 10, has become a hotbed of violence among student groups. The college is home to outsiders from different areas in adjoining states, who are camping here in support of potential candidates for student elections, to be held in September.

In the past one week, three spats involving supporters of arch-rivals Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), have occurred, both on and outside the college campus.

Breaching all security norms today, certain SOPU and PUSU supporters of the college and outsiders, who had nothing to do with studies, were spotted stuffing weapons, including swords and sharp-edged knives, beneath their help desks.

These help desks were put up at the college entrance to guide students during admission. Minutes later, a violent brawl broke out, that came as a shocker to fresh applicants, who had come to buy admission forms.

“The fight began from inside the college and turned into a violent scuffle outside. Between 15 and 20 cars were racing outside the college and swords were being used to attack. It was a shocking sight for me as I have never seen such an incident before,” said Saryu, an eyewitness and BA-I applicant.

Interestingly, the college authorities were expecting the police to book the students and take care of violence while the police said it was basically the duty of the college to check discipline.

Later, when the Deputy Superintendent of Police arrived at the spot, attempts were made by the Chandigarh Police to hold a meeting of the hostel warden, teachers and students.

However, dejected at the situation, a group of parents said, “We are witnessing a tense atmosphere for the past several days. There is no police cover on the site.”

Gaurav, a member of the Students Organisation of India (SOI) and BCom third-year student of DAV College, said, “There is a need to have tighter security at the college. Students must not bring personal enmity to the college. It spoils the atmosphere here.”

“Such incidents occur because outsiders are freely entering the college, without any fear, and nobody checks them,” said another college student, who was practising for a cricket match at the time of the brawl.

An eyewitness and college student Preet Dhillon said, “Of the 40 to 50 persons involved in the fight, barely 10 belonged to the college. Others were outsiders and mostly hailed from hometowns of potential presidential candidates.”

College students pointed out that in the absence of a PCR and with barely two policemen present on the spot when the scuffle began, the situation could not be brought under control immediately. They added that there was a need to deploy more police personnel outside the college till student elections.

Additionally, students felt that issues needed to be resolved by the management to ensure discipline. “Hostel wardens must be strict. Personal enmity between student leaders starts from hostels and continues for the three-year stay,” said Dhillon.



Retail diesel sales plunge after price hike
Dealers say they are losing out to fuel stations in Panchkula, Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Sale of diesel at fuel stations in the city have fallen drastically following the recent hike in its price by Rs 3. Local fuel dealers claimed the dip was as high as 40 per cent.

Though the city was already losing out to Panchkula and Mohali in retail diesel sales due to the discrepancy of rates, now, with a further rise in the fuel’s prices, the situation has become graver. Where earlier diesel was cheaper in Panchkula by Rs 1.66 and in Mohali by Rs 1.59, now the difference is Rs 1.82 in both satellite towns. If the Haryana government lower value added tax by 4 per cent the price of diesel in that state will fall further by about Re 1.

With the UT administration charging 12.5 per cent VAT on diesel, its price in the city is now Rs 41.69 per litre whereas the fuel’s current retail price in Panchkula and Mohali is Rs 39.82 per litre.

“Thanks to the unconcerned attitude of the UT administration we’re losing business to the tune of crores of rupees every year to neighbouring states. When a consumer can save hundreds of bucks by going just a few kilometers away to get their vehicle tanks filled up, why would he bother coming here?” said Amanpreet Singh, owner of the Sukhna petrol pump in Sector 28, who is also general secretary of the Chandigarh Petrol Dealers Association.

He averred after the recent price hike, sale of diesel at his pump had plummeted by 8 kilolitres a day. “The situation at other fuel stations in the city isn’t different,” he said, adding many dealers were complaining of suffering a loss of over 50 per cent in diesel sales due to the increased rates.

Sandep Lahal, owner of Banveet Service Station in Manimajra, said sale of diesel at his petrol pump was only one-half that of a neighbouring pump, which is located a few yards away in the Mansa Devi complex in Haryana). “I’m selling around four kilolitres of diesel a day on an average whereas my competitor manages to sell over 8 kl every day. Now with the increase in difference of rates in Chandigarh and Panchkula, the diesel sales at my pump will decrease further”, he rued.

The UT administration has been charging 12.5 per cent VAT on diesel sales while in Punjab and Haryana the figure is 8.5 per cent and 8.68 per cent, respectively. The Himachal Pradesh government has also reduced VAT on diesel from 12.5 to 9 per cent.

Prior to the recent price hike the UT administration earned Rs 4.25 on every litre of diesel sold, but now that figure has gone up to Rs 4.64. In Chandigarh VAT on diesel is 12.5 per cent whereas in Haryana and Punjab, it is 9 per cent and 9.68 per cent, respectively. Besides VAT another 2 per cent central sales tax is levied on the fuel as Chandigarh gets its supply from Ambala.

Due to the price variation not only the common man but high-volume consumers including truck and bus operators and local industrialists prefer to purchase diesel from neighbouring states.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Parkash Singh Bhinder, a local transporter, said with every truck tank being refilled in Panchkula he saves around Rs 700. “I have 25 trucks and I use to save about Rs 4.25 lakh every year. With such a huge saving why should I go to any fuel station in Chandigarh?” he asked.

Similarly, Sukhbir Singh of Sector 28 has begun getting his car tank filled at fuel stations in Panchkula. “I use to go to Panchkula every now and then. By getting my car’s tank filled there I save around Rs 100,” he said.

About a couple of months earlier the Chandigarh Petrol Dealers’ Association had given a representation to the UT administration, demanding taxes be brought at par with those in neighbouring states to stop losing business to them.



Minor raped, two held
Accused knew victim’s brother
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 28
In a bizarre incident, a 15-year-old class X student of a private school here was allegedly kidnapped and raped by two youths. The victim’s elder brother knew the accused.

On the complaint of the victim’s father, the police arrested the accused, identified as Sahil Puri, a resident of Sector 2 and first-year mechanical engineering student of a Baddi-based private university, and Marshal Arora, a resident of NAC, Mani Majra, and a BA first-year student of a private college in Chandigarh.

A case was registered against the accused under Sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her into marriage) and 376-G (gangrape) at the Sector-5 police station.

The accused were produced in a local court this morning, which sent them to two-day police remand. The police impounded the Alto car (HR03J-0617), which was used in the crime.

The father of the victim said the accused were known to his son and used to visit their house often. He added that they went for some work on Sunday evening and when they returned, his daughter was not present in the house.

He said when they failed in the search, they informed the police. Soon after, the accused threw her near the gate and fled in the car, he stated. As the girl was in a semi-conscious state, they could not extract any information from her, he added.

He stated that his daughter narrated the incident to them on Monday, after which they lodged a complaint at the Sector-5 police station. In his complaint, he said the accused took advantage of their absence from the house and took her away.

In the complaint, he further stated that the accused forced her to consume liquor and when she was in a semi-conscious state, they raped her inside the car.

Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary said the medical examination of the victim was conducted at the General Hospital, Sector 6, which confirmed rape.

Samples of the two accused and the girl were sent to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory at Madhuban in Karnal for examination, he added.



All talk, no walk for MC committees
Panel members are vocal in House, but seldom hold meetings
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
It appears that representatives elected to the municipal corporation (MC), who have been vocal on the floor of the House in airing problems about civic amenities, do not believe in action on the ground.

This is particularly true in case of the slum colonies and villages development committee, the water supply and sewerage disposal committee and the women empowerment committee.

Two committees, the house assessment tax committee and the electricity committee, have held only a single meeting each.

Councillors who are members of the slum colonies and villages development committee have not convened a single meeting in the past six months.

It has been observed in every House meeting that during Question Hour, these councillors agitate and allege that officials are ignoring the civic problems of their respective wards.

Records of the MC show that this committee was constituted by the then Mayor Harjinder Kaur in 2007, when she was also the chairman of the committee.

Regular meetings were conducted by officials that year. In 2008, this committee met thrice under the chairmanship of Manjit Singh Chauhan. In 2009, only two meetings were held with Sheela Devi as its chairperson.

BJP councillor Ram Lal brought bottles containing muddy water with him to the recent House meeting to show the quality of water being supplied to the residents of Ram Darbar.

After the meeting, he alleged that even after making a number of complaints to the public health department regarding the supply of muddy water, no action had been taken. BSP councillor Ram Sumer Morya had been trying to raise the issue of unhygienic living conditions and lack of civic amenities in Colony No. 5 during every House meeting.

Congress councillor Kamlesh had been raising the issue of throwing of garbage at the dumping ground in Dadu Majra. She had been pleading for an alternative site as the existing dumping ground could not accommodate more garbage. BJP councillor Anil Kumar Dubey continued to raise the issues of poor sanitation, non-functional streetlights and supply of muddy water to his area.

Members of the water supply and sewerage disposal committee were sailing in the same boat. With the chairman on leave from June to August, his charge had not been given to anybody else.

During the monsoon, this committee played a crucial role in monitoring arrangements by the authorities. Councillors raised issues of construction of road gullies in their areas so that the work was completed before the onset of the monsoon.

Records of pending issues related to road gullies showed that the construction of road gullies at Sectors 35, 40 and 44 had been pending for the past two months.

The case of the women empowerment committee was no different. Only one meeting was convened in the past six months, in which no concrete decision was taken. This committee was more vocal in raising issues related to women empowerment instead of framing plans or programmes for welfare of women.

The MC had constituted the committee four years ago to provide a better platform to women in the city and formulate projects which could help in the enhancement of their power.

A perusal of the record of this committee for the past four years showed that it would get active near Lohri to decide the theme for the rest of the year. Other than this, only routine monthly meetings were convened by the chairman.

Going through the minutes of a few of the meetings held in the past three years, one could find that no special programme for the welfare or uplift of women had been proposed in the House by the committee.


Secretaries’ panel to have say in master plans of border states
Will keep a check on haphazard growth in Union Territory and periphery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
With a view to checking haphazard constructions in Chandigarh and its periphery, a committee comprising urban development secretaries of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana will make recommendations in the master plans of the respective states.

A decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of the inter-state regional plan committee held under the chairmanship of Union Urban Development Secretary Naveen Kumar here today.

Sources said the committee, which had been given August 15, 2011, as deadline to complete its task, will be assisted by the chief town planners of the two states and the Union Territory.

Besides checking the hapazard constructions in and around the city, particularly the fragile Sukhna Lake, the committee will make recommendations regarding coordinated development of the areas falling in Punjab, Haryana and bordering Chandigarh.

The issue of haphazard constructions in the areas falling in Punjab and Haryana and adjoining the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary had assumed importance with certain big realtors coming up with mega residential projects.

Recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had given time to the UT administration till September 2011 to formulate city’s master plan. While the earlier deadline for the preparation of the master plan was December 31, it was later extended to March 31, 2011.

Eco-sensitive zone status for Sukhna?

The UT is planning to accord eco-sensitive status to Sukhna Lake and its catchment area, including the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. In fact, this issue was discussed at the meeting of the inter-state regional plan here today. It was contended that the eco-sensitive status for the Sukhna area would take care of the haphazard constructions in Chandigarh and neighbouring areas falling in Punjab and Haryana.

Constructive development

Besides checking haphazard construction in and around the city, particularly in the fragile Sukhna Lake area, the committee will make recommendations regarding coordinated development of the areas falling in Punjab, Haryana and bordering Chandigarh. 



Burning of patient a freak accident: PGI
Kin dub it gross negligence on part of doctors, other staff members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Even as the PGI today termed the partial burn of Ghinder Singh, a patient, during treatment a freak accident, the incident has put a question mark over the preparedness of the PGI staff during such exigencies.

According to PGI authorities, Ghinder Singh, a chronic patient of alcoholic liver disease and cancer, was admitted to the PGI on May 20 and was critically ill. After a second major surgery, he developed complications and was being treated. He suffered a cardiac arrest yesterday and it was decided to resuscitate him. However, when the doctors were reviving him through a defibrillator (DC shock treatment), his dressing caught fire.

Ghinder Singh’s relatives, however, alleged that the doctors on duty, instead of dousing the flames, fled the scene and the family members had to rush to save the patient, who could not gain consciousness and was declared dead after the incident.

Ramneek Singh, a nephew of the victim, said soon after the fire broke out, the doctor treating him fled the room instead of saving the patient. Other staff members present in the room also disappeared, he said. Negligence on part of the doctors treating the patient is glaring, he added.

The doctors while giving electric shocks to the patient failed to foresee that the dressing given to the patient during the surgery might have contained some inflammable material in the shape of ointments. A fact-finding committee headed by Prof RK Sharma, head, department of plastic surgery, will have to look into various aspects of the incident, said a PGI spokesperson.

Ghinder Singh wished to donate ceiling fans to the PGI. He had made the wish after seeing no ceiling fan in the attendants’ waiting hall of the Emergency, said the nephew. As per his wish, the family would donate 10 fans to the PGI, he said.



Conference of IAF commanders ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
To review the ongoing training procedures in the IAF and evaluate emerging training concepts, a two-day conference of TETTRA school commanders concluded at the Air Force High Grounds near here today.
IAF officers at the training commanders conference at the Air Force High Grounds near Chandigarh on Tuesday.
IAF officers at the training commanders conference at the Air Force High Grounds near Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

TETTRA (technical type training) schools are responsible for training pilots, technicians and ground crew on the technical and engineering aspects of various aircraft and missile systems before they are posted to units operating a particular type of equipment.

The conference was inaugurated by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja. Air Vice Marshal P Kanakraj, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal DS Khajuria, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Western Air Command, Air Cmde Ravinder Sharma, Principal Director (Maintenance and Planning) Air Headquarters and commanding officers of all the TETTRA schools in the IAF attended the conference.

Air Vice Marshal Kanakraj discussed aspects of the categorisation of aeronautical engineering officers, while Sanjay Kumar Mandloi, Scientist ‘E’ from Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness, Nasik, gave a lecture on “Lifting Storage, Handling and Quality Control of Rubberised items”.

Wg Cdr JP Daniel gave a presentation on making online updates of course commencement and course reports pertaining to the technical officers in the IAF.



Indoor facility at Spinal Centre awaits inauguration
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, June 28
The Regional Spinal Injuries Centre (RSIC) at Sector 70, which is providing medical help only to outdoor patients, awaits inauguration to make the indoor facility functional for the critical patients.

According to information, the spinal centre has been providing medical help only to the outdoor patients. It is learnt that the facility would become functional soon after the centre is inaugurated. It is learnt that Minister for Women and Child Development Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla today held a meeting with senior officials and directed the officials concerned to finish the work at the centre so that inauguration could take place soon.

According to reports, Punjab CM will inaugurate the hospital most likely in July. Project director Dr Raj Bahadur here today said a well-equipped operation theatre was ready and all other facilities required for the same were also been made available at the centre. Staff, including nurses and physiotherapists, has been hired on contract.



Vocalist Pt Yashpaul casts spell
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 28
Undeniably the most prolific and versatile classical vocalist of Agra ghrana, Pandit Yashpaul enraptured the music lovers in a special music soiree organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association at Bal Bhawan here today.

He commenced the recital by explaining the structure and mood of raga Madhuwanti before delineating its melodic character through an elaborated alaap. Pandit Yashpaul rendered a slow paced composition “Mere piya bhaye” and “Chatur Sugad” in “drut lya” both set to “ek taal” with perfection.

He concluded the recital with two “chhota khyals” in raga Sohni. Earlier association president Brig. Keshav Chandra and DS Grewal welcomed the chief KK Sharma (IAS), adviser to Governor, who bestowed honour on Pandit Yashpaul and lauded him for his flamboyant and enviable voice quality. 



Over 1.14 lakh kids immunised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
At least 1,14,829 children were immunised during the three-day pulse polio drive that concluded here today.

The Director, Health Services, UT, along with the district family welfare officer had launched the campaign on Sunday. 



Two realty firms directed to pay Rs 7.5 lakh to client
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed Chandigarh Overseas Pvt Ltd and Green Field Sites Management to pay Rs 7.5 lakh jointly to a city resident under the “buyback option” offered to him for a unit in Fashion Technology Park.

Since the company was not able to provide the unit in the promised time, the forum ruled that instead of just retuning the deposited amount, the complainant was entitled to the buyback amount promised by the company. The forum also directed that the complainant be paid Rs 6,250 per month for the delay in starting the construction from March, 2009 till the actual payment and Rs 50,000 as compensation.

In his complaint, Anil Lekhi, a resident of Sector 45, stated that he made a payment of Rs 1.25 lakh for allotment of a unit design studio in Fashion Technology Park, Sector 90, Mohali, in August, 2006. He was given assurance of “buyback option” regarding security of investment as per clause 16 of information memorandum (first 500 units were entitled to a buyback option by the company at Rs 7.5 lakh per unit).

The complainant stated that he had made almost entire payment of Rs 4.75 lakh and only Rs 25,000 remained to be paid at the time of possession as the total cost of the unit was Rs 5 lakh. As per the clause, the tentative date of starting the construction work was second week of September, 2006, and was to be completed within 24 months i.e. by September, 2008. However, they could not execute the project as per the assurance given by them. Thus, the complainant exercised the buyback option but they did not respond.

In their reply, the respondents stated that they had never fixed the date of starting construction. Rather, the second week of September, 2006 was only a tentative date for the same. However, they admitted that the complainant made payment as per schedule.

They stated that the delay was caused by delay in getting clearance for construction from the ministry of environment and forests and the approval was received on April 10, 2007.

The forum comprising its president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill stated that as the promoters failed to deliver the possession on time, the complainant was entitled to “buyback option” and under clause 23 of annexure, if promoter was unable to complete the project on time and hand over the possession letter within 30 months, then Chandigarh Overseas Pvt Ltd will have to pay Rs 50 per sq feet per month. So, the complainant was entitled to Rs 6,250 per month from March, 2009 till the actual date of payment.



CHB told to refund excess payment, pay Rs 10,000 in compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to refund the excess amount charged from a city resident for the allotment of a plot in Sector 45 A on hire-purchase basis.

The forum also directed the CHB to pay Rs 10,000 in compensation and Rs 2,500 as cost of litigation, failing which they will be liable to pay the entire amount to her.

In her complaint, Poonam Singh stated that she was allotted flat No. 231, Sector 45 A, on hire-purchase basis in February, 1989. She was asked to make the payment in 144 monthly installments, including 29 installments of Rs 2,006 and 115 installments of Rs 2,053 each from May, 1989 to April, 2001.

Besides, she was also required to pay the ground rent of Rs 735 for the first 33 years.

After making the payment, the complainant had applied for “no dues certificate” from Chandigarh Housing Board in 2008 but she was informed that Rs 52,172 was yet to be recovered, including five annual and seven ground rent installments.

On protest, they reduced it to Rs 21,019 and also admitted that all monthly and ground rent installments stood cleared.

The CHB informed the complainant that the outstanding amount of Rs 21,019 was charged on account of penal interest as the complainant had failed to clear the outstanding amount.

The complainant alleged that the CHB charged Rs 42,395 as penalty on 83 installments, which were delayed by over three months @ 25 per cent by invoking the condition of the allotment letter.

The forum comprising observed that liquidated damages for the delayed payment should not exceed 10 per cent of the amount due. It was also clear that in case of default for more than three consecutive months in respect of any installments, the tenancy should be liable to be terminated.

However, in this case neither the tenancy had been terminated nor the complainant evicted from the dwelling unit. Therefore, CHB had right to claim the liquidated damages, which did not exceed 10 per cent of the amount due. The imposition of penalty @ 25 per cent on the installment amount was illegal and unjustified.

The forum directed the CHB to calculate the liquidated damages as per the observations and give the refund if received in excess from the complainant.

They were also directed to pay Rs 10,000 in compensation along with Rs 2,500 as cost of litigation.



HUDA told to ensure enough space for ‘anganwaris’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 28
Haryana financial commissioner and principal secretary of the women & and child development department Shakuntla Jakhu has instructed the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to provide adequate space for nine ‘anganwaris’ in Azad colony in dwelling units constructed under the first phase of the Ashiana housing scheme, where they are planned to be shifted, as well as ensure optimum facilities for children.

Presiding over a meeting of district officers to review implementation of various department schemes, held on Tuesday at the town’s mini secretariat, Jakhu said ‘anganwari’ centres should be constructed in all new sectors to be developed by the authority. “HUDA buildings lying vacant due to any reason could also be utilized for this purpose”, she added.

Speaking on the occasion, HUDA administrator Rajinder Kataria assured Jakhu “all out efforts” would be made to make provision for ‘anganwari’ centres in all HUDA sectors. “Apart from this, these centres would also be set up in dwelling units to be built in the second phase of the Ashiana scheme. A survey would also be conducted soon for constructing a working women’s hostel in Panchkula,” he added.

Deputy commissioner Ashima Brar demanded a vacant place to set up ‘anganwadi’ centres in Indira and Rajiv colonies. “Earlier an ‘anganwari’ centre was set up for a population of 1,500 children, which the number has now gone down to 800, with a view to provide quality services to children. The aim is to enroll all children below six years of age in ‘anganwadis’ to ensure their overall development”, she added.



Fortis is the best hospital, say patient, staff
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 28
Prem Suri (73), one of the most serious and longest staying patients at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, shared her personal experience during a special event organised by the hospital management, as a part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, here today.

Echoing the feeling of various patients about the quality of healthcare, she said after she remained in coma for a long period following an acute lung infection in 2005, she walked out of the hospital without a single bed sore. “Extra care and understanding on part of doctors and nursing staff saw me through the worst time,” she said.

As a gesture, the hospital management invited her as the chief guest for being one of the most serious and longest staying patients in the hospital.

Owing her life to the hospital staff, she said: “Had I been elsewhere bed sores could have become a source of infection. I suffered multi-organ infection, but still I survived.”

Doctors attending on her rated her recovery as a rare one in medical history.

In his address Shivinder Mohan Singh congratulated 75 Fortis staff members who received awards for completing 10 years with the company.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashish Bhatia, regional director, Fortis Healthcare, (India) said: “This is a proud moment for all of us in the organisation. The journey has been memorable and educative for us, as the facility grew from a flagship first into a noteworthy hub of medical excellence all over India and overseas too.”

Col Harinder S Chehal, zonal director (Punjab and Himachal Pradesh), Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd said: “Fortis Hospital, Mohali, that started as a cardiac super-speciality hospital is now a 29 multi-speciality tertiary care centre. We have optimised the existing space and are presently a 275-bed 



One killed, three critically hurt as truck hits tree
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 28
A man was killed and four other people were injured after a truck rammed into a tree near Naggal village in Bawala on NH-73 in the wee hours on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Somnath, 36, a resident of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. After a post mortem was conducted his body was handed over to his family members.

The injured include the truck driver, Jaspal, 21, the vehicle’s “cleaner”, Happy, and Naresh Kumar and Ravinder Sharma (both of whom were in the truck). The latter two were later referred from a local hospital to PGI, Chandigarh where their condition was stated to be serious.

The loaded Tata 407 truck (registration no: HP12C 6847) was reportedly coming from Noida in Uttar Pradesh and was on its way to Baddi. For a while the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and the vehicle hit a tree after he failed to negotiate a curve. Passersby immediately called up the police which, with the help of villagers, brought the injured out of the vehicle. They were rushed to the General Hospital in Sector 6 where one of them, Somnath, was declared dead on arrival.



Meeting reviews progress of grants to weaker sections

Chandigarh, June 28
A meeting of the board of directors of the Chandigarh Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Minorities Financial and Development Corporation Limited and the Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation of the Department of Social Welfare, UT, was held here today under the chairmanship of the Home Secretary-cum-Secretary (Social Welfare) Ram Niwas.

During the meeting, the progress for the grant of loan under various vocational training programmes was discussed. The conditions for the grant of loans were further relaxed. The matter regarding operationalisation of the protection centre for the runaway couples were also discussed.

The meeting was attended by Special Secretary (Finance), Director (Health Services), Director (Social Welfare) and other senior officials of the Chandigarh administration. In addition, the performance of the Old Age Home, Sector 15, was also reviewed. — TNS



Chandigarh SCAN
Jindal prize instituted

The Sitaram Jindal Foundation has instituted “Jindal Prize” and the award carries a cash amount of Rs 1 crore, which will be conferred annually. The prize shall be conferred on individuals or organisations, who have made exceptional and significant contributions for the welfare of the people of the country in different categories, including rural development and poverty alleviation; health; education with emphasis on moral upliftment; science, technology and environment; and peace, social harmony and development. The foundation has also instituted another prize “SR Jindal Prize” for crusading against corruption. This award carries a cash amount of Rs 10 lakh each and will be awarded to those who are relentlessly fighting against corruption with significant impact on society. The nomination forms and other related information can be downloaded from the website www.jindalprize.org. The last date for receipt of nominations for “Jindal Prize” is June 30 and the last date for receipt of nominations for “SR Jindal Prize” is July 30. The nominations may be addressed to the secretary general and be sent to Jindal Prize secretariat, 11, Green Avenue, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

Seminar on cost audits

The Chandigarh-Panchkula Chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWAI) in association with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a seminar on cost audits, compliance reports and cost records rules, 2011, at PHD House, Sector 31, on Tuesday. The seminar was based on recently issued notifications by the Cost Audit Branch, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, regarding notifications regulating the maintenance of cost records data by companies. The keynote speaker of the seminar was Dr Ashok Aggarwal, practicing cost accountant and expert on the subject from New Delhi. The guests of honour were Balwinder Singh, central council member of ICWAI, and Rakesh Bhalla, member northern region of ICWAI. Rakesh Bhalla, member northern region of ICWAI, said on one hand, this was a great opportunity for cost accountants and at the same time it was a big challenge for producing quality result and giving value added services to the industry. Balwinder Singh said the government had regularised the system of maintenance of cost records and cost audit with an objective to give regulatory push to make Indian industries cost competitive, attaining higher level of maturity in competitiveness and to strengthen corporate structure management.

Padyatra by BJP activists

The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday organised a padyatra in Mauli Complex, Vikas Nagar and Charan Singh Colony under the leadership of mandal president Rajinder Sharma and area councillor Anil Kumar Dubey. Party president Sanjay Tandon along with former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan, Vinod Aggarwal, Rajpal Dogar, Joginder, Kailash, Naresh, Mukesh Rai, Rakesh, Sugam Chand, Balaji, Ram Babu, Sudha, Rani, Chander Prakash Pandey, Sita Ram, Arvind Kumar, Sawan Lehri, Shakeel Ahmed, Mohd Iqbal were also present on the occasion. Party activists raised slogans against the Congress-led UPA government and its corrupt ministers and demanded disclosure of names of persons having accounts in foreign banks. BJP state president Tandon said Pawan Kumar Bansal was involved in corrupt practices. The BJP had given sufficient time to the administration to take appropriate action against the Congress minister and other corrupt Congress leaders. When nothing was done in the matter, the BJP decided to take the matter to the streets and started “Janjagran Abhiyan” to aware masses about the corrupt practices of the Congress and its leaders.

Health awareness camp

As a part of its public health mission and to mark the International Day against Drug De-addiction, the Youth United Group on Tuesday conducted a health awareness camp at Bhasker Colony, Sector 25. More than 150 patients were examined and provided medicines on the occasion.

Performance of folk songs

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration with Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi will be organising a performance of folk songs and dances of Punjab region on June 30 at Randhawa Auditorium. The show will feature folk orchestra “jhoomer”, “dhola”, “Malwai giddha”, and bhangra.


The following have been nominated as office-bearers of the Child Welfare Council, Punjab: chairperson - Punam Khaira; secretary - Pritam Sandhu; and treasurer - Prajakta.

Urdu classes

The language department of Punjab is organising classes in primary teaching of Urdu at GGDSD College, Sector 32, from July 1. Interested candidates from the tricity have been asked to apply with the assistant director (Punjabi and Hindi), mini secretariat, Sector 9.

Sanitation campaign

A sanitation campaign was launched on Tuesday in Burail village, Sector 45. This drive was launched in addition to regular sanitation by deploying additional safai karamcharies in small groups under the close supervision of senior sanitary inspector for getting public places and open spaces clean in order to maintain the aesthetic look of the area. Dumper placers, tractor-trolley and cycle rickshaw carts were deployed for sweeping and lifting roadside waste and garbage containers and horticulture waste.

Preparation of ‘jail bharo’ drive

Municipal Corporation Road Workers Union hold a gate meeting for the preparation of jail bharo, which is being held on the call given by the coordination committee of the UT Administration and MC workers. Federation president Bal Krishan address workers to discuss long pending demands of regularising daily wagers, filling vacant posts in various departments and non-implementation of central civil rules and central pay to UT employees.

Students win laurels

The space settlement team of 10 students of Dikshant International School, namely Subegh Singh, Deepanshu Singla, Mohit, Khushboo, Prachi, Shalu, Rasika, Konika, all of Class X, and Snigdha Chatley, Sanreetika Puri of Class IX, attended the National Space Settlement 30th Annual International Space Development Conference being organised by NASA in Huntsville, Alabama, recently. They presented their projects selected by NASA National Space Settlement Contest for 2011. A team of two students of Class X, Subegh Singh and Deepanshu Singla, presented their project “Lunar oxygen extraction pilot plant life support systems in space colonies” and won the first prize.

Attitude development

The Quest Group of Institutions is introducing the attitude development series for its MBA and BTech students. The programme would be packed with magnificent opportunities to help students take lead in their career. DS Sekhon, chairman Quest Group of Institutions, said, “We are simply responding to the needs of the industry, the high expectation and requirements of employers by introducing innovative add-ons to our already existing programmes. There has never been a more crucial time to ensure that education meets the future challenges faced by businesses, industries and economies.” We have taken this initiative to bridge the gap between academia and industry to ensure our students have the best opportunities to become leaders of the future.” With small initiatives it can make major difference in the caliber of students which will gradually grow stronger,” said Harinder Kanda, vice-chairman, Quest Group of Institutions.

Flooding in Industrial Area

Entrepreneurs in the Industrial Area, Phase V, have lamented that due to non-existing storm water drainage, there has been flooding following rains. Despite several representations to the Municipal Corporation, no action has been taken to lay storm water drainage in the area. Sukhpal Singh, owner of Baba Dairy, said the problem existed for the last many years and repeated representations have fallen on deaf ears.

Academic advisory board

The SAS Group of Institutions (SASGOI) has roped in leading entrepreneurs from the US on its academic advisory board. An academic alliance was signed here by Bobby Rekhi and Sandy Rekhi with SASGOI in the presence of Dr JS Dhaliwal, chairman; Gurbir Shergill, vice-chairperson; SS Shergill, general secretary, and Dr NK Maheshwari, campus director, SASGOI. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Dhaliwal informed that Bobby Rekhi was a well-known entrepreneur with 22 years of experience in software development and management. Dr NK Maheshwari said this alliance would prove to be a shot in the arm for SASGOI, as it would highly uplift the teaching pedagogy of the institute. This prestigious alliance will act as an integral part of the institute for it will not only provide international exposure to the students but experts will also help in developing entrepreneurial skills of the students which is need of the hour today, he added.

Non-functional streetlights

Irked over the non-functioning of 80 streetlights in Sector 10, a delegation of House Owners’ Welfare Association (HOWA) on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Ravinder Rawal, president Municipal Council. Bharat Hiteshi, general secretary HOWA, stated that it was not only causing inconvenience to sector residents but also spreading insecurity among them. He also lamented that all streetlights on the dividing road of Sector 9-10 are non-functional for the past one month. He demanded that all non-functional streetlights be repaired or replaced immediately. Hiteshi said the MC president has assured the association members that the non-functional lights would be made operational immediately. Besides Hiteshi, HOWA president NC Swami, secretary Sanjay Ahuja and treasurer Prem Lal Gupta were present at the meeting. — TNS



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