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PCR complaints in city’s south go north
Southern division reported 12,400 of the 26,000 calls in first half of year
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Complaints made to the Chandigarh police control room (PCR) have touched an all-time high, with the police receiving more than 26,000 calls from distressed city residents in the first six months of the year alone, which is the highest number ever.

The maximum number of complaint calls, 12,400, were received from the southern division (Sectors 30 to 63) of the city. On an average, the PCR overall receives 150 calls daily. This does not include complaints filed directly at police stations.

A detailed report prepared by the Chandigarh Police related to calls to the PCR reveals that while calls related to quarrels top the list, with the control room having received around 9,500 such calls from January to June, calls related to accidents (5,600) follow next.

Interestingly, a large chunk (1,330) of calls were made to complain about noise pollution. Residents made 1,200 calls relating to theft while, interestingly, 473 calls were made by residents after they themselves had caught thieves red-handed.

The statistics depict that the thickly populated southern sectors of the city have emerged as the hub of considerable activity related to law and order and public nuisance.

Over 3,700 of the total 12,400 calls made from the southern sectors to the control room were from residents who belonged to the jurisdiction of a solitary police station, the Sector-39 police station, which catered to the villages of Palsora, Maloya and Dadu Majra and Sectors 37 to 41 and Sectors 55 and 56.

Another 3,500 calls were from the area under the jurisdiction of the Sector-34 police station, catering to residents of Sectors 32, 33, 34, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, Colony No. 5 and Burail village.

The list of statistics also reveal that 3,373 miscellaneous calls were made from southern sectors alone, which was higher than Chandigarh (Central) and Chandigarh (East), from where 2.042 and 2,228 calls, respectively, were recorded.

The miscellaneous category comprises a wide range of offences, ranging from the relatively minor crimes like breaking windowpanes to the more heinous crimes like murder, kidnapping, rioting and burglary.

Police sources said that the number of calls from the southern division were more in number due to the presence of colonies and slums in these sectors, where incidents of crime were more.

Police officials said the introduction of the feedback mechanism, in which police returned every call made to the control room, had evoked a good response, following which the faith of the public in dialling the number ‘100’ was on the rise.

Besides, the 24-hour tow-away service of the police had also yielded positive results, whereby the police had been towing away vehicle that had broken down to the nearest repair shop.



Wee-Hour horror: 50-year-old guard stoned to death
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 1
In a bizarre incident, a 50-year-old security guard posted on an entry gate to Phase 3B2 here was brutally killed with stones by two inebriated youths, including a son of a retired Lieut-Colonel, who flew into a rage on finding the gate closed at 2.15 am in the wee hours today.

Taranvir Singh Sahota and Amandeep Singh Virk, accused of the murder of Chhote Lal (inset) in Mohali on Friday.The police arrested the assailants within a few hours of the incident and a case under Sections 302, 109 and 34 of the IPC (murder and abetment) was registered against them at the Matour police station.

The victim, Chotte Lal, was one of the 27 ‘unarmed’ guards deployed by the local administration across the town to man different security gates set up at the entry and exit points of different residential sectors. The police said Chotte Lal was alone at the time of the incident, that occurred near Katani Sweets.

The police said Taranvir Singh Sahota, one of the accused, who was returning from a late-night party at his friend Amardeep Singh Virk’s house, also located in Phase 3B2, confessed to have begun abusing and bashing up the guard on finding all three entry gates to the sector closed.

Incensed, he then took Amardeep with him to the spot and both of them again began bashing up Chotte Lal. Finally, Amardeep repeatedly hit the victim with a stone and killed him, before escaping from the spot.

As the assailants were hitting Chotte Lal, a rickshaw-puller, Rohit, tried to intervene, but was also hit. Using his presence of mind, Rohit wrote down the registration number of the Tata Safari (PB65F-0200) before he rushed to call a police control room vehicle, parked in a market nearby. Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said based on the information, a police party comprising SP (City) Harpreet Singh, SHO Tarlochan Singh and PCR in charge Ram Darshan raided the Phase 5 residence of Taranvir. They found that Taranvir lived at Shivalik Enclave, Kharar. Amardeep was later arrested and the vehicle impounded. Unconfirmed reports suggested that there was weapon in the vehicle. Sources said the accused, along with some shopkeepers of Phase 5, had often been seen loitering around.

Security beefed up

The Mohali Deputy Commissioner convened a meeting with representatives of the private firm that was engaged in posting security guards at 60 gates across the town. The company was told to provide walkie-talkies to the guards and deploy younger guards, at least two each, on each gate. The SP (City) was asked to increase the patrol of PCR vehicles at the gates. Bishwadeep Dutta, representative of Cell One, the security company, said as per the contract, the guards were supposed to note down the vehicle registration numbers and ask the destination from visitors. As a security measure, two of the three security gates in each of the sector were locked and one was manned from 10 pm.

Cooperation sought

The Mohali police appealed to residents to cooperate in manning security gates. “The gates are for the security of residents. The guards have been deployed to keep a check on the movement of anti-social elements,” said the Mohali SSP. 



Postgraduate result delay gives students a tough time
Those who have cleared NET worst affected
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
An unwarranted delay in the declaration of results by Panjab University (PU) for postgraduate courses (MA/MSc/M.Com) has led to a tormenting time for outgoing students, who need to appear for job interviews or apply for further studies in other universities. For most postgraduate courses, it has almost been a month since the exams got over.

The most affected students due to this hold-up are those postgraduates who have qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET), conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC), and need to apply for post of lecturer in various colleges.

UGC guidelines mandate that it is compulsory to clear NET in order to procure a job in any college or university. However, an obvious prerequisite for possessing a valid NET certificate is passing the final-year postgraduate examination.

Two such NET-qualified candidates, who were spotted enquiring about the tentative date of results at the university’s enquiry counter and administrative block, narrated their experiences. “I have cleared my UGC-NET examination and am eligible to become lecturer at a college. I have already applied in two colleges and the interview is within this week. There are certain other private colleges that demand all documents at the time of interview or selection,” said a MA-II student on the condition of anonymity.

Another MSc student stated, “Why will the college, which needs teachers, wait for our results? They have applicants waiting in queue who have all documents ready and have also cleared the UGC-CSIR examination, like us. The UGC-NET score holds valid only if I score 55 per cent in MSc.”

Flouting the decision taken by the PU Senate in December 2009, according to which every teacher was required to check a minimum of 250 answer sheets, only a handful of teachers turned up for evaluation of examination papers.

Rescheduling of competitive exams

The dearth of evaluators and parallel dates of competitive examinations and other graduate and postgraduate examinations at PU has compelled the authorities to consider a revision in the schedule of competitive examinations like the Other Common Entrance Examination for admission to the departments of laws, mass communication, English etc. “We will take feedback from all department chairpersons and consider a rescheduling of examinations. The schedule of all examinations is clogged at the same time and evaluation of all papers at the same time gets tough,” said PU Vice-Chancellor Ranbir Chander Sobti.



Police file charge sheet
Assault on constable
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
More than 45 days after a Chandigarh Police constable posted as naib court in the UT district courts was assaulted in a courtroom by a group of lawyers, the police filed a detailed charge sheet against 14 advocates in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMIC) SK Sharma today. The court issued notices to the advocates to appear in person on July 16.

The incident occurred on May 14 when constable Ram Karan, who was posted in the court of JMIC Parinder Singh Gill as naib court, was attacked by a group of advocates and then dragged outside, with the police choosing to remain a mute spectator.

The advocates assaulted the naib court to avenge an earlier assault by him on an advocate.

Though an FIR was registered, the police had failed to arrest a single advocate so far.

The charge sheet was filed under various sections of the IPC for rioting, causing hurt, obstructing public servant from performing official duty and criminal intimidation.

Eleven of the 14 advocates charge-sheeted were identified as Parminder Singh, Gaurav Kathuria, Malkit Jandiala, Vipin Negi, Baljit Singh, alias Balli, Gaggan Aggarwal, Ashok Chauhan, Harinder Thakur, Satinder Passia, Manish Chaudhary and Ajay Sood.

The charge sheet included the medical report of the constable as well as statements of witnesses.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had also ordered a fact-finding inquiry into the incident and the Registrar (Vigilance) had indicted the advocates.

On May 23, the high court issued criminal contempt-of-court notices against all 14 advocates. 



Radio taxi, auto fares to go up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The fares of radio taxis and radio auto-rickshaws are set to go up in the city by 20-25 per cent. 
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held here under the chairmanship of KK Sharma, Adviser to UT Administrator, here today.

It was highlighted that there had been a hike of around 35 per cent in the prices of petrol and diesel since the last hike in the fares in 2009.

The current fare for the AC radio taxi is Rs 15 per km, while for the radio auto it is Rs 8 per km.

The hike will be applicable for both petrol/diesel and LPG-run taxis and auto-rickshaws, official sources said. The hike will be effected from the date of notification, which will be issued soon, the sources added. 


MC’s ambitious plan awaits government nod
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, July 1
The MC’s ambitious plan to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras all across the town for security purposes has run into rough weather.Sources in the MC stated that the council had sent a proposal for installing CCTVs for approval to the higher authorities, but the council did not get any reply from the government. An amount of Rs 9 lakh would be spent on the project.

Recently, windowpanes of three cars were smashed by unidentified miscreants in various parts of the town. Cops had failed to nab the accused. A police official claimed that patrolling had been intensified in front of banks in the township.

Meanwhile, residents of the area have been living under constant fear and have demanded security. In January, the MC officials and police officials held a meeting. It was decided that CCTV cameras, equipped with latest technology, would be installed at more than 20 sensitive points in the town. Sources said a private company would be outsourced the work and a control room would be set up at the Zirakpur police station.

Sources added that coverage of various traffic intersections and other points were to be based on an Internet protocol (IP) network.

The cameras would be installed at the Zirakpur-Kalka chowk, Zirakpur-Patiala chowk, Pabhat road, godown area, Dhillon factory point, flyover take-off point from Chandigarh side, near Kohinoor dhaba, VIP road, Baltana chowk, Gulmohar Trends, MS Enclave, near K-Area, Comfort Marriage Palace T-point, Sigma city, VIP road, Baltana chowk, Saini Vihar, Yamuna enclave, flyover take off point from Dera Bassi side, T-point of Swami Enclave, opposite Whispering Willows, Lohgarh turn on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway, level crossing, Harmilap Nagar, and Baltana turn near Kalgidhar market.

An MC official stated that the work would be started only after the government’s nod.



Doctors’ ethical standards eroding: PGI dean
Now competing with shopkeepers and other businessmen
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
There has been an erosion in the ethical standards and consequently the credibility of doctors in the present scenario, says Dr Amod Gupta, dean, PGI, while talking to the TNS on Doctors’ Day.

The doctors were now competing with shopkeepers and other businessmen, forgetting that they deal with human beings, he said.

Dr Gupta, one of the frontrunners for the post of PGI director, said the doctors who had been enjoying a place next to God in society needed to introspect themselves over the reasons behind the present scenario. “Things can change for better if we realise that we deal with human beings and not machines,” he added.

Expressing similar sentiments, Government Multi-Specialty Hospital medical superintendent Rajiv Wadhera said like other professions the medical profession had also embroiled in the game of money. Earlier, work of the doctor was his identity, but now it was his financial status in society, he added.

Not a cakewalk

At the hospitals in public sector, however, it was another day full of patient load and long duty hours for doctors. Working as a medico, especially in public hospitals, is not a cakewalk.

At the PGI, while a consultant devotes nearly 12 hours every day to his profession, senior residents as well as junior residents have to perform even longer duties. This duty is in addition to their textbook study.

A consultant, starting his day with taking a class in the morning, attends OPDs or conduct surgeries along with having ward rounds and attending laboratory works.

In addition to these primary duties they are supposed to handle research work, handling departmental committees, projects of WHO as well as the government’s.

Above all they are always on call duty. The senior residents and junior residents in addition to their study, have to handle emergency duties, clinical work and surgical work under the supervision of consultants.

Some professionals differ

nDr Raj Bahadur, one of the country’s renowned spine surgeon, director principal of GMCH, in addition to his administrative duties conducts at least one surgery every morning before he reaches his office at 11 am. Bahadur, who attends his OPD regularly on Wednesday, examines patients whenever someone pours into his office with such requests and it can go on till late evening.

nDr Vinay Sakhuja, officiating director, PGI, and a renowned nephrologist has preferred his work in nephrology over the post of the PGI director. Dr Sakhuja, the senior most professor in the PGI, chose not to go through the interviews for the post of the PGI director recently as he felt that the gigantic administrative work load would affect his work on patient care in nephrology.



Burj Kotian on health dept radar
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 1
Burj Kotian, a slum near Surajpur, has been on the radar of the health authorities here, as more than 5 per cent annual parasite incidence (API) has been reported from the area in the past few years.

Migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who work as labourers at various stone crushers in the area, suffered from malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

The health authorities have started the breeding of Gambusia affinis, also known as “mosquito fish” at a pond in Cactus Garden, Sector 5. Gambusia fish can eat about 100 to 200 larvae per day. Gambusia is a surface feeder and is suitable for controlling both anophelines and culicines.

Dr VK Bansal, Civil Surgeon, General Hospital, Sector 6, said these would later be shifted to 71 natural water bodies located in various parts of the district, including the slums. He said surveys were also being conducted in various slum areas, including Budhanpur, Rajeev Colony and Madrasi Colony, to check leakage in water pipes or the merging of sewerage into drinking water.

He said people were being asked to check accumulation of rainwater in the vicinities of their houses and to make sure that pits in their surroundings were covered with mud.

Dr Bansal said chlorine tablets were being distributed free of cost among the residents of slum areas. He said people had been asked to put one chlorine tablet into 20 litres of water to make it safe.

He said public health centres in rural areas, including Raipur Rani, Barwala, Kalka and Pinjore had been directed to stay alert.



Tricity Scan

Effect of mantras on human body

Positive thinking helps the smooth flow of energy while negative thinking gives rise to many problems-physical, emotional, and psychological. Using familiar situations and apt metaphors, OP Sachdeva, professor of physics, explained the finer points of breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation in his engrossing talk on “effect of mantras on human body”. He was speaking at the First Friday Forum, a monthly interaction programme, at Government College of Art here. He came up with an interesting equation: yantra (body) + mantra (incantation) = tantra (ritual leading to meditation). He stressed the basic fact that the mantra chanted correctly at the right time and the right place had definite effect on the human body so much so that it could be kept in perfect health without medication. The audience consisting of doctors, artists, engineers, litterateurs responded with great enthusiasm to generate an enriching interaction with the learned speaker. Forum founder Dr SS Bhatti introduced the speaker.

New bank branch

Deepti Sahai, general manager, State Bank of India(SBI), Chandigarh Circle, on Friday inaugurated the new branch premises of the SBI Mullanpur Garibdas. After the inauguration, Sahai interacted with the local people.

160 donate blood

As part of State Bank day, the State Bank of India(SBI),organised a blood donation camp here on Friday. As many as 160 persons donated blood at the camp which was inaugurated by the SBI chief general manager SK Sehgal.

CAs function

Small and medium practitioner and CA firms can now create their own websites as per the norms laid down by the Institute of Chartered Accountant in India (ICAI) so that they are able to upload the details of their firms on website i.e. icai.org.in, Kapil Sabharwal, chairman, Chandigarh Chapter, said while addressing a gathering of chartered accountants of tricity to mark the CA Day on Friday. Sabharwal said this portal would also contain video streaming of seminars and lectures.

Gift for blind

The RotaryClub, Chandigarh, Shivalik, on Friday handed over two sound-proof recording rooms to the School For The Blind, Sector 26. The founder-president of the club Harsharan Singh Sandhu inaugurated the recording rooms, while Maj-GenRajendra Nath (Retd.) was the chief guest.

LIC function

The Panchkula LIC unit of Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association Friday celebrated 60th Anniversary of All India Insurance Employees Association at LIC Sector 2 here. Besides Haryana Union (Karnal Division) auditor Amar Jit Kumar, vice-president Madhu Garg, secretary Anil Kumar and joint secretary Veena Bhasin were among those who addressed the meeting.

Tree plantation

The Rotary Club of Panchkula here on Friday started its new year by heeding to the call given by the deputy commissioner Ashima Brar to plant trees. All the members gathered at the Rotary House in Sector 12 A, Institutional Area, Panchkula, and planted fruit trees and took a vow to rear them as their "babies". Later in the evening, the new team of office-bearers led by its president Rtn. Sarvjit Rai took over and presented its calendar of activities. The spokesman of the club, Pankaj Chandgothia, said that a weekly bulletin Vatika would be distributed to spread the message and motto of "Join the Revolution to Stop Pollution" .Chandgothia further said that the installation ceremony was done in the most simple manner to avoid extravagant expenditure on dining and save the funds to be used for social purposes. The club would soon launch a "Free Legal Aid Clinic" and "Rotaract Club" to spread the social message amongst the youth, he added.

Doctors Day

Doctor’s day was celebrated at General Hospital, Panchkula, to acknowledge the contributions made by doctors in the society. To spread the message of “Service With Smile” amongst doctors, a talk on oral health and hygiene was delivered by Dr Surinder Verma. Dr. Sanjeev Trehan highlighted the achievement of the hospital doctors in various flagship programmes launched by the health department, Haryana. He said every year the number of patients increased by 30 per cent and about 1,600 patients visited the OPD daily. Dr. Rajiv Trehan, psychiatrist and Anukampa, AIDS counsellor, who jointly spearheaded the companion of the Anti Drug Abuse spoke on importance of awareness amongst drug users and general public about illicit drug trafficking and spread of HIV/AIDS due to needle sharing. Civil Surgeon Dr VK Bansal gave away the prizes to winners and honoured the speakers of the day.

Placement drive

The Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET), Dera Bassi organised a mega campus placement drive on the SSIET Campus. The placement drive was open for the students of B.Tech (ECE, IT, EE, CSE) and MCA students. In the placement drive, reputed company Impact Informatics visited the campus for recruitment. Principal Dr. GN Verma along with Munish Tonk from Training and Placement Department were present on the spot.

Canada Day

World-Wide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) on Friday celebrated Canada day in a unique manner.As many as 116 staff and management members donated blood marking the occasion in collaboration with Baba Sheikh Farid Blood Donors Council, Mohali. Former Governor Punjab Lt Gen BKN Chibber inaugurated the camp. The guest of honour, Dr Raj Bahadur, Director, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, said “To give someone blood is very important,” said,” Dr. Raj Bahadur said, while attending the event. Lt. Col. BS Sandhu (retired.), chairman and managing director,WWICS, said that blood donation not only saved life of a needy, but also braught feeling of joy and contentment to the donor.


Mohammed Tayab today took over as the new additional deputy commissioner (G) of Mohali district. After joining he appealed to the employees to work for the welfare of residents. 



Flood preparedness — drained resources

With monsoon on, blocked road gullies pose a risk of flooding (clockwise from top left) on the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 18 and 19; behind government houses in Sector 30; near temple in Sector 19; near government press in Sector 18.
With monsoon on, blocked road gullies pose a risk of flooding (clockwise from top left) on the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 18 and 19; behind government houses in Sector 30; near temple in Sector 19; near government press in Sector 18. Tribune photos: S Chandan



AIEEE joint counselling: Protest by parents at PEC enters day 2
Police called to control parents n PEC clarifies its stand says, no disruption of admission process
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The deadlock over the formal complaint of nearly 70 applicants, who failed to complete the online registration process for admission to six engineering and architecture colleges in the city due to various reasons, persisted for the second day today.

PEC University of Technology officials today also called the police to control the protesting parents and students on its campus.

Contrary to the parents’ claim that registration process could not be completed due to the software glitch, the PEC authorities today clarified that the premier institutes NITs have been using the same software for the five years now and no errors have been reported.

“According to the formal complaints made by certain applicants, there is no one specific problem of software. Last year, when we had partial manual and partial online system, even then several students filled up wrong columns and incorrect details. Since the deadline for online registration process is over, disturbing the admission schedule because of certain complaints will jeopardise the whole process for hundreds of students,” PEC director Manoj Dutta said.

The online joint counselling for the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) is being done by a joint admission committee(JAC), comprising directors of colleges, including Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET), PEC, Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) and PU’s regional centre at Hoshiarpur. This year, PEC University has been assigned the task of conducting the joint admission process.As many as 9,500 applications have been received online.

The parents, on the other hand, who are arriving on the PEC campus every day from various states, including Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and remote districts in Punjab, claim that they have already paid Rs 1,050 as online counselling fee. However, they alleged that due to some technical glitch, the code that they were provided by the bank after paying the fee, was not being accepted by the admission website.

The PEC director today also clarified that a meeting of JAC hadalready taken place on the issue two days ago and the issue was discussed in detail. “The admission process would not be disrupted. Only if there is feasibility that something can be worked out without disrupting or disturbing the admission process, we will look into the matter,” said Dutta.



50 pc concession in fee for those availing ‘special chance’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Panjab University has allowed 50 per cent concession in the fee to those availing ‘special chance’ for the examination of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, to take examination in re- appear or compartment category in the September or December 2011. The new fee structure will be applicable to scheduled castes, schedules tribes, physical handicapped, blind students and those living below poverty line.

However, the examination fee of Rs.10,000 and Rs. 800 per additional paper will be charged from all other students. The last date for submission of examination forms will be same as per the schedule approved by the university for September or December 2011 examinations. The PU Dean Student Welfare said that the students could also visit the university website: www.puchd.ac.in for detailed information. 



‘Reduce fee for special chance’ 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Supporters of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) today submitted a memorandum to the Panjab University authorities highlighting the need to reduce the fee for ‘special chance’ of taking exam to certain special categories.

The members of NSUI said that the fee for the schedule caste, schedule tribe, handicapped and the economically weaker section must not be as high as Rs 10,000. The fee has now been reduced to Rs 5,000 by the PU authorities.

“We have urged the PU authorities to consider our request of reducing the fee for the general category from Rs 10,000 to Rs 8,000 as done earlier. However, the university has not decided on the matter,” said NSUI vice-president Sunny Mehta. 



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