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Truck modified to enable liquor smuggling seized
105 cartons recovered from false chamber; two held from Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
The UT Police today unearthed a liquor smuggling racket in which the accused adopted a unique way to escape the police eye. The accused liquor contractor modified his truck in a way that there was double flooring in the truck and an automatic hydraulic jack was installed to pull one part of the floor with all the liquor boxes hidden beneath the flooring.

The police has arrested two persons, identified as Naresh Kumar and Rajinder Singh, while two others, Azad Singh and his accomplice Bhandari, managed to flee. A total 105 liquor cartons were seized from the hidden floor in the truck, which has been impounded.

Police sources said the accused used bottling machine to change the liquor from one bottle to another and for this purpose, he was utilising electric supply through ‘kundi’ connections from government electric wires. The PCR team, which unearthed the racket, has written to the electricity department to take action against the accused for stealing electricity.

“The arrest shows that criminals are adopting new ways to smuggle liquor. Efforts are on to arrest the prime accused,” said DSP (PCR) Roshan Lal.

The police said Azad Singh, the prime accused, used to smuggle liquor from unauthorised liquor vend at Indira Colony in Mani Majra. The liquor vend was allotted to Azad during the liquor policy of 2010-11 and this year, during the auction in April, the vend was not allotted to him, but was still operating illegally, police said.

Azad Singh has a notorious past and has been arrested for liquor smuggling in the past too, said the police. The seized liquor was being smuggled to Uttarakhand, the police added.



Official sets up ‘mini-estate office’ at Lake Sports Club
Able to clear pending files, says Assistant Estate Officer; EO officials term it wrong precedent
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
A Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer, Rahul Gupta, currently posted as the UT Assistant Estate Officer, a public dealing post, seems to have devised a unique way to keep away from the public. Post-lunch, he shifts his office to the Sukhna Lake Sports Club as he also holds the charge of Director Sports in addition to six other posts.

Justifying his “arrangement”, he says that while sitting at the club’s office, he is able to clear the backlog of files without being disturbed.

Gupta also holds the charge as AIG (Prisons)-cum-Superintendent Jails, Director of Science and Technology and is also the Controller of Printer and Stationery.

“I have eight departments to look after. Till lunch, I remain at the Estate Office where I prefer to meet the public to hear their complaints and cases. In the afternoon, I come here at this office. Except looking after sports work, I also utilise my time to clear pending work of the EO and other departments,” said Gupta.

On the other hand, the arrangement has not found any favour with people visiting the Estate Office for property related work who point out that being posted on the public dealing post, he should be available on his seat in the Estate Office.

The practice of setting up a ‘mini-estate office’ at the Lake Sports Club has set a wrong precedent as taking files outside the office is not only wrong but it also increases the chances of files being misplaced, observe some officials in the Estate Office.

But Gupta says that he has no other option except taking the pending work of the EO at his other office at Sukhna Lake Club as he has to look after work of the sports department along with five other UT departments under him.

On the issue of being overburdened, Gupta says he has to sit for long hours everyday to handle the departments under him efficiently. “Though I enjoy my work, it certainly has started telling upon my family life,” he said.

It’s administrative convenience: DC

“The issue of taking files of an office outside the premises is very subjective. When a single officer has four or five departments under him, what option he has except taking files along him. I think it’s just ‘administrative convenience’ of the officer concerned,” said Brijendra Singh, the UT Deputy Commissioner, who has 14 departments to look after.



Govt colleges losing sheen
Only 3,500 prospectuses sold for 5,000-odd seats
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Are the UT Administration-run government colleges losing their sheen? Unlike in the past when government colleges were the first port of destination for students graduating from school, this year the scene appears to be different.

While private colleges like SD College in Sector 32 has sold 8,000 prospectuses for 3,500-odd seats and DAV College in Sector 10 5,000 prospectuses for 2,500 seats in various undergraduate streams of arts and sciences, government colleges have failed to elicit a similar response. Sources said the government college have only been able to sell 3,500 prospectuses for 5,000-odd seats in the undergraduate science and arts programmes, the admission for which will be held on July 11.

However, its not the number of applicants but the quality of applications which has left colleges perturbed. “Going by the trends witnessed in the last three years, the ‘cream’ or good scorers seem to have lost interest in our colleges. Statistics reveal that over 350 students have secured above 90 per cent in the CBSE class XII results this year but only 3 per cent of these students come to our colleges and that too for popular courses like biotech or BCA. It’s shocking to find that we don’t get many takers for our usual arts and science subjects despite best of faculty, infrastructure and same course modules,” said a local government college principal.

The reason, according to Mani Bedi, admission coordinator for government colleges, lies in the step-motherly treatment rendered to these colleges by the university. “Its not our fault. Our courses have not been revised for a decade and despite having all requisites in place, it takes years for us to get new courses private colleges manage the same in few months. I think it’s the increased number of vocational add-ons, which attract students to private colleges. I think its also the publicity factor while these colleges go out of the way to publicise their smallest assets there is very little awareness about the quality of infrastructure and education provided by us,” she said.



Now, auto dealers to register new vehicles
Registration number to be allotted on first-come-first-served basis
Tribune News Service

Mohali/Ropar, July 4
To save vehicle owners from the hassle of queuing up at the office of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), the Punjab Transport Department has introduced a new arrangement to allow vehicle dealers in Mohali district to register non-commercial vehicles. The new facility will be functional in the next 10 days.

The dealer will collect taxes and complete all other formalities at the time of the purchase of the vehicle and the registration document would by sent by courier to the vehicle owner. Introducing the facility to car dealers during a presentation at the Municipal Corporation Bhawan here, Punjab Transport Commissioner Anurag Aggarwal said initially each dealer would be allowed to register 25 vehicles of a particular series to discourage the practise of number jumping. After logging on to the Punjab transport website, the registration number would be allocated on the first-come-first-served basis.

Dealers sitting anywhere in Punjab can allocate a number out of their allocated quota. The payment of taxes will have to be done through the SBI internet banking.

“If any vehicle owner is not interested in getting the registration number allocated by a dealer, he can walk into the office of the District Transport Officer after completing all other formalities at the dealer’s office,” said the Commissioner, adding that for the desired number, the department would continue to hold auctions.

Over the next one month, the interested dealers would be trained to use the facility. The Commissioner said the dealers would be required to enter into an agreement with the department prior to the allocation of unique ID.

The Chandigarh Administration introduced the system in 1990s, but discontinued it following some problems. Under the recommended change for registration under Section 41 of the Motor Registration Act, a dealer would issue a certificate of registration in a form as prescribed by the Central government. The certificate would also specify the type of motor vehicle, its design, make and use.

Explaining procedure of preparing registration certificates of new vehicles to the private vehicle dealers during a special workshop at Ropar today, District Transport Officer Pushpinder Singh Kailey said that under the e-governance project, the entire work of the Punjab State Transport Department was being computerised. Under this, dealers will register private vehicles.

Earlier, the District Transport Officer and Sub-Divisional Magistrates were entrusted the work of registering vehicles. At times, vehicle owner had to spent over a month to procure the registration certificate. However, with the newly introduced system, procuring registration copies would become easier.

Though the dealers will issue vehicle registration numbers, the smart chip registration would be sent at the postal address of the vehicle owner by the transport department.

While the local buyers would get registration certificates through couriers, those buying vehicles from other districts would get the same through registered post within a week of buying the vehicle.

After completing the formalities, dealers will send the registration certificate to the transport officers from where it will be sent to the vehicle owners in the form of a smart chip.

Hassle-free system

  • All formalities of registration of vehicles to be completed at the vehicle sale outlets
  • Registration certificate to reach home of an applicant through courier
  • Taxes to be paid through the SBI Internet banking
  • Each dealer will be allocated 25 registration numbers of a particular series
  • Desired numbers other than the single-digit numbers to be allotted by dealers



On way back from disco, four girls eve-teased, harassed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Four girls in their early 20s, who were returning home in a cab from a disco in Sector 9, became a victim of eve-teasing when they were chased and harassed by four youths in an SUV late last night.

One of the youths allegedly tried to pull one of the girls out of the car while forcibly asking the cab driver to stop. The police has registered a case of eve-teasing and the rowdy youths are yet to be identified.

The incident took place at 2.30 am at the Sectors 17 and 18 intersection. The police said the girls, one of who is a resident of Mohali, were returning home from a disco and had hired a cab. An SUV (PB-46-A-0009) chased them and four of its occupants passed lewd remarks while following their car.

The SUV then overtook their cab and blocked its way following which the cab driver applied brakes. One of the youths then disembarked, pulled one of the girls out of the cab and asked her to accompany them, the police said.

The girls raised the alarm following which the youths fled. The girls then reached the Sector 17 police station and filed a complaint against the youths. The number of car has been traced. It is registered in Tarn Taran near Amritsar and efforts are on to identify the accused. The police is investigating whether the youths were in the disco where the girls were dancing earlier. The police is also verifying last night’s record of the youths who came to the disco to ascertain the identity of the accused. A case under Sections 341, 509 and 34 of the IPC (outraging modesty, wrongful restraint) has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.



Clean chit to PGI doc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
The PGI inquiry committee formed to look into the death of Ghinder Singh, a 55-year-old resident of Doraha in Ludhiana district, found nothing wrong with equipment as well as the working of the doctor attending the patient.

Ghinder was burnt on a stretcher when doctors were trying to revive him by giving him electric shocks on June 27.

In its report submitted to the director, the committee termed the incident as rare and unfortunate. It has recommended developing a protocol for taking permission of patient or relatives before giving electric shocks. Ghinder Singh suffered a cardiac arrest while he was in recovery room after his surgery on June 27. When the doctors were reviving him through a defibrillator (DC shock treatment), his dressing caught fire leading to burn injuries and later he was declared dead.

The family members alleged that the doctors were careless following which the PGI authorities constituted a fact-finding committee headed by Prof RK Sharma, head, department of plastic surgery, to probe the matter.


Park turns into dumping site, parking lot
Contractor engaged by municipal corporation raises sheds for workers
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
A private contractor engaged by the municipal corporation (MC) to carry out development work at Attawa village is costing the civic body dear. A park, developed at a cost of lakhs of rupees by the MC for residents of the area, is being used as a store and a site to dump construction material by the contractor.

The practice has been on for the past three months. The contractor has also raised temporary sheds for workers in the park, which is in Sector 42 near Attawa village.

MC Additional Commissioner II Lalit Siwach stated that pucca sheds could only be removed by the engineering wing of the corporation and enforcement department staff could only assist the MC officials.

During a visit by this reporter, residents of Attawa village stated that the work of laying sewerage pipeline had commenced about three months ago in the area. Since then the labourers were residing in the park and using illegal kundi connection for electricity.

Besides, the contractor stored raw material, including pipelines and cement, in the park.

Residents of the area revealed that after a number of requests, the corporation had installed iron railing and swings in the park.

They alleged that before the construction of these temporary sheds, rag pickers of the area encroached upon the park by storing and dumping their stuff there. Repeated pleas by residents, failed to evoke any positive response till date. As a result, residents avoided strolling or jogging in the park.

After a visit to another park near house numbers 1042/1064 it was found that residents living adjoining the park dried clothes there. Some residents complained that during night hours the park was used as a parking lot by auto-rickshaw drivers and rickshaw-pullers.

Area councillor Bupinder Singh Badheri said the corporation officials had assured him that by week-end, the contractor would clear the park and remove all temporary sheds and raw material from there.



Patil for transparency in Public Distribution System
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today asked the officials concerned to ensure transparency in the Public Distribution System. He said each and every consumer should get ration from fair price shops without any inconvenience.

This was announced at a public hearing session today, where the Governor gave a hearing to 11 grievances, out of which eight were redressed on the spot and the remaining were marked to the department concerned.

Responding to the grievance of Rajinder Kumar of Mani Majra, who said his land had been acquired by the municipal corporation in 2004, Patil asked him to submit complete details based on facts to the Deputy Commissioner so that it could be examined properly.

In another case, Maya Devi requested for the allotment of a booth in a rehri market, but the DC informed her that the case had been examined and rejected by the Screening Committee. She was not present on the day of the survey and also no member of the rehri market knew anything about her stall in the market.

Among others present on the occasion included Adviser to UT Administrator KK Sharma, Principal Secretary to Governor MP Singh, Home Secretary Ram Niwas, Finance Secretary VK Singh, chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board Satya Gopal, Commissioner of the municipal corporation Prerna Puri, Inspector General of Police PK Srivastava and director, information technology, Yogesh Kumar.

Problems heard

The Governor listened to 11 grievances, out of which eight were redressed on the spot and the remaining were marked to the department concerned



MC tows away 22 vehicles, five three-wheelers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
In a special anti-encroachment drive, the municipal corporation today lifted 22 cars, five three-wheelers, three Tata trucks, one recovery van and 17 dumped vehicles from the Phirni road of Burail village here today.

There were complaints regarding dumping of vehicles in the green belt and Phirni road by the market associations of the area.

The drive was carried out under the directions of Additional Commissioner II Lalit Siwach and supervised by enforcement inspector Kashmira Singh, along with supporting staff of the enforcement wing of the MC.

The Additional Commissioner said such drives would be carried out in future also.



Online retail industry evolving in India: Study
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
The online retail industry in India is likely to be worth Rs 7,000 crore by 2015 due to easy availability of broadband services and increasing Internet penetration across the country, apex industry body ASSOCHAM said here today.

In a study on trends in retail sector conducted across 10 cities, including Chandigarh and Ludhiana, ASSOCHAM found that buying-selling trends received from leading online shopping portals indicate the online retail market currently stands at Rs 2,000 crore and is growing at a steady annual rate of 35 per cent.

“A booming economy and rising disposable incomes have contributed to the evolution of online shopping,” said DS Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM, while releasing findings of a random survey conducted between January and June 2011, in which 5,000 shoppers were interviewed.

Earlier, most online shoppers used to evaluate options by gathering information on available products and prices or buy low value items like gift products but finally opted for final transactions at the traditional retail outlets. “But now the trend is changing fast. Leading companies have gauged the potential of online retail industry and are gearing up fast to cash in,” said Rawat.

The survey conducted by ASSOCHAM social development foundation (ASDF) involved interactions with 500 shoppers in the age group of 16 to 35 years each in 10 cities. About 40 per cent of those surveyed across the aforesaid cities said they preferred to shop online, considering convenience to shop anytime during 24 hours and one could collect detailed product information.



Electoral rolls draft confuses residents
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 4
The haphazard preparation of the draft electoral rolls (special revision) relating to the Phase XI area here has created confusion among residents. In many cases in the poll rolls, with the date of publication given as January 5, 2011, the numbers of houses and the names of members of the families concerned are scattered.

The lack of continuity and coherence in this respect in the lists has made it difficult for residents to locate their names.

For example, in Part 94 of the rolls house number 1301/1 figures at serial numbers 6 (Kartar Singh, son of Sant Singh), 11 (Nirmaljit Kaur, wife of Kartar Singh), 30 (Mandeep Kaur, daughter of Kartar Singh), 34 (Kamaljit Singh, son of Kartar Singh) and 40 (Lovleet Kaur, daughter of Kartar Singh). From the names, they seem to be members of one family.

In another case in the rolls (Part 94) house number 1303/1 is mentioned at serial numbers 100 (Ved Prakash, son of Balraj), 103 (Sudesh Rani, wife of Ved Prakash) and 137 (Vikas, son of Ved Prakash).

In yet another instance (Part 99 of the rolls) house number 1342/4 is mentioned at serial numbers 470 (Gurdev Kaur, wife of Gurnam Singh), 478 (Jarnail Singh, son of Gurnam Singh), 480 (Narinder Singh, son of Gurnam Singh), 483 (Sukhwinder Kaur, wife of Jarnail Singh), 485 (Kuldeep Kaur, wife of Narinder Singh), 501 (Satvir Singh, son of Jarnail Singh), 502 (Jatinder Singh, son of Narinder Singh) and 503 (Bhalwinder Singh, son of Narinder Singh). Again, these voters appear to be related to one another and residing in the same house.

Member of the now dissolved local Municipal Council SS Barnala said to add to the difficulties of residents of Phase XI, Part 95 of the electoral rolls mentions houses numbered 1322/3 to 1324/3 and, after skipping several houses, refers to house numbers 1402/4 to 1424/10. He said the house numbers missing from this part had in fact been mentioned in another part the rolls (Part 99).

Barnala said these were not mere errors, but blunders in the electoral work. He said he had brought the residents’ problems relating to the rolls to the notice of the election tehsildar.

Election tehsildar Yadvinder Singh told The Tribune that there had been a computer data problem. He said the polling booths would now be rationalised and the electoral rolls reprinted. On the completion of that process, problems such as those arising in the Phase XI area would be sorted out, he assured.


In many cases, the house numbers and the names of family members concerned are scattered. The lack of continuity and coherence in this respect in the lists has made it difficult for residents to locate their names



Newly set up traffic lights causing chaos at Zirakpur
Rajiv Bhatia

While the traffic lights near the zebra crossing show green light, the one across the road still has a stop sign at Zirakpur
While the traffic lights near the zebra crossing show green light, the one across the road still has a stop sign at Zirakpur. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Zirakpur, July 4
Newly erected traffic lights here, which are not working properly, have led to a chaotic situation in the area as commuters are facing confusion and a lot of inconvenience due to these lights.

Many incidents of minor accidents due to the traffic lights have also been reported in this area in the past few weeks.

Moreover, traffic cops are least bothered about this hitch and they let the motorists struggle with these malfunctioning traffic lights. Commuters complain that the traffic lights do not work in synchronisation. To make the matters worse when a light near the zebra crossing gets green, the one across the road would still show stop signal.

They allege that sometimes the traffic lights are non-functional, which leads to traffic jams, particularly during the peak hours.

Meanwhile, Zirakpur Traffic Police in charge Devinder Singh says the traffic lights are managed by the GMR -- the company undertaking the maintenance of the Zirakpur-Ambala highway. He says they have requested the official concerned many times to correct the snag, but nothing has been done so far.

He says the traffic police is already short of staff and it is difficult to post cops at all intersections. Vaibhav Sharma, a GMR official, said the matter of faulty traffic lights was not in his notice. He claimed that he would ask the department concerned to check the snag.



Authorities gear up to combat vector-borne diseases
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 4
In view of the ensuing monsoon, the health department has geared up to combat the spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and Japanese Encephalitis in the district.

Sources in the health department said regular monitoring and evaluation was being carried out and the situation was well under control. However, as precautionary measures they had decided to implement the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, in the coming days, sources added.

Sporadic cases of fever with symptoms like those of malaria and typhoid had been reported from Barwala, Raipur Rani, Mani Majra and Zirakpur and six cases of malaria were reported in the past one week.

Dr Anil Alavadhi, District Malaria Officer (DMO), said they had set up control rooms in each primary healthcare centre (PHC) of the district, including General Hospital, Sector 6, Kalka, Pinjore, Surajpur, Old Panchkula, Raipur Rani, government and voluntary dispensaries, community health centres and sub-health centres.

Extra stock of chlorine tablets and medicines to control vector-borne diseases were provided to the PHCs of Panchkula.



Automation of polyclinics for ex-servicemen underway
Vijay Mohan/TNS

Chandigarh, July 4
To streamline the management and facilitation of healthcare facilities to the Armed Forces veterans, polyclinics operating under the Ex-servicemen’s Contributory Heath Scheme (ECHS) are being automated.

The entire project involves over 400 clinics spread across the country becoming IT-enabled in the due course. At present, most of the administrative work in these clinics is manual. As a pilot project, six ECHS clinics located in the National Capital Region (NCR) were automated to validate the automation process, train staff and evaluate the hardware and software requirements.

The next phase, which is expected to be complete this year, involves automation of 100 “high-pressure” polyclinics that are primarily located in the large cities or areas having high concentration of ex-servicemen, said sources. Automation of the remaining 309 polyclinics would be completed in the 2012-13 fiscal. According to ECHS officials, automation would enable instant change of the polyclinic, to which the beneficiaries are attached, on their smart cards during change of the station.



Body donation picks up momentum
1,118 pledge their bodies at the PGI till date
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Medical research at the PGI is all set to get a boost with residents pledging to donate their bodies in large numbers. Till now, 1,118 persons have pledged their bodies for research in the PGI.

In fact, the changing profile of persons coming forward to donate their bodies seems to be an encouraging sign for the PGI authorities. “A majority of the people pledging their bodies includes elderly, who otherwise are considered orthodox and conservative. Now it seems people have started shedding their inhibitions and discarding myths in this regard to come forward for this noble cause,” said Prof Daisy Sahni, head, department of anatomy, PGI.

Till a few years back, body donation was considered to be a taboo, as is evident from the figures available. The number of body donations at the anatomy department was only 27 in 2006-07.

Those pledging their bodies now come forward from all sections of society, including old as well as young. Gurdit Singh, a resident of Sector 49, who donated his body in November 2010, was inspired by his 15-year-old granddaughter, Harmanpreet Kaur, who pledged her body before she died of thalassaemia.

The number of body donations has also shown a corresponding increase in the recent years. While 11 bodies have already been received by the department this year, the number was as high as 20 last year. In 2008-09, the PGI received only six bodies.

Interestingly, this is in contrast to 2004 when the PGI received its first cadaver in 20 years.

Want to donate body?

The body, along with a death certificate, declaration of death certificate can be transported within three-five hours of the person’s death to the department of anatomy, PGIMER, Chandigarh, or to any other nearby medical college or institute. Those wanting to pledge or donate their bodies can contact 0172-2755201, 2755202 (9 am to 5 pm); 0172-2706478/ 9914208202 after 5 pm; emergency reception: 0172-2746018, 2756565 (24 hours).



Janjagran padyatra by BJP activists
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
The BJP today organised a padyatra in Ward No. 17 to make the general public aware of corrupt means adopted and mal-administration of the Congress and its leaders.

Prominent party leaders present on the occasion included party president Sanjay Tandon, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan and former MP Satya Pal Jain. Tandon added that local MP and central parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was not paying any heed to problems of residents.

The residents of various colonies are suffering due to his negligent behaviour. Bansal should resign from his post as he had failed to keep the promises made to the residents during the parliamentary elections.



‘Support group can help celiac patients’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 4
“Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder that damages small intestine and requires children to follow strict, gluten free diet,” stated Dr Raj Setty, director, Childrens Hospital, Panchkula.

He said with no cure a patient’s life is considerably easier with the help of a local support group. Dr Setty said the hospital yesterday organised a session.

Dr Setty said the support group helped celiac patients interact with leading experts.



Chemist issued notice for selling Schedule H drug
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
A chemist of RK Medicose, Sector 23, was issued notice under the Drug and Cosmetics Act for selling capsules of spasmo proxyvon, listed as Schedule H drug. The sale of drug is allowed with prescription of a physician only.

The action was taken against the chemist in the presence of Additional Deputy Commissioner ML Sharma.There was information that the chemist has been selling the drug, a preference for drug addict. A decoy customer was sent to the shop and when the chemist gave spasmo proxyvon to the customer and accepted money, Sharma along with police personnel and drug controller Sunil Chaudhary reached the spot and issued notice to the chemist.



tricity scan

chandigarh SCAN

MC constitutes special teams

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation’s Medical Officer of Health has constituted special teams to check the outbreak of diseases in the city. Two mobile teams have been constituted to conduct inspections during evening hours. The teams will comprise area chief sanitary inspector, area sanitary inspector along with other staff. Spot memo will be prepared of the unfit material seized and destroyed. After constitution of special teams, drives were undertaken on Monday in markets of Sectors 20, 21, 18, 19, 45 and Apni Mandi of Sector 46. These directions were issued in order to comply with the notification under Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, issued by the Home Secretary-cum-Secretary UT Health to destroy food articles found unfit for human consumption in their respective areas.

Dogs vaccinated

Twenty-nine stray dogs were vaccinated and those suffering from skin diseases were given immediate treatment in a free anti-rabies vaccination camp organised by the Municipal Corporation in association with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Sector 8. In order to make the city rabies free and to implement the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, NGOs, including the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the People for Animals and the Municipal Corporation are jointly making efforts in this direction.

Park inaugurated

MC councillor of Hallomajra area Ram Lal on Monday inaugurated a newly developed green park at the village. The total area of the park is 1.5 acres. The park has ornamental trees, including bottle brush, chakrasia, legostonia and theorolisa, shrubs including jatropha, arcca palm, calendra, golden bottle brush, almanda and motia, benches, huts and footpath. Besides, various multi-play equipment and high mast lights are also provided in the park.

Office-bearers elected

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Income Tax and Sales Tax Bar Association: President: Prem Inder Rattan; senior vice-president: Jasjit Dhindsa; vice-presidents: Ranjiv Loomba and Deepak Jain; general secretary: Ajay Gupta; secretary: Paramjit S Jaswal; joint secretary: Ajay Kohli; and treasurer: Sanjeev Khurana.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Welfare Committee, Sector 27-D: Shikha Nijhawan: senior vice-president; Ashok Kumar Thukral: vice-president; HR Dhingra: general secretary; Ramesh Gautam: joint secretary; Parveen Diwan: cashier--SS Sahney; and Jaspal Singh: auditor.


Red Cross meeting

Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam directed the District Red Cross Society to register maximum number of members. He said there would be curiosity among residents to become the members of the society. The life members of the society were PS Virdi, Rattan Singh, Harvinder Singh, Jasjit Singh, Charan Singh and Manvinder Singh.

Govt pensioners meet

A meeting of the Punjab Government Pensioners Association was held at Phase V here under the chairmanship of its president Raghbir Singh Sidhu. During the meeting, the dilly-dally attitude of the state government regarding the demand of pensioners was criticized by the association. The association would hold a protest march at the Phase 3 B1 Rose Garden on July 7.

Paper presented

Quest Group of Institutions assistant professor Sandeep Singh Sandhu presented a paper in the 25th International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies (SMT) held at University West in Trollhättan, Sweden, organised in collaboration with Production Technology Centre, Sweden. In this conference of international repute, only two papers were selected from India. More than 50 eminent academicians and research scholars from 30 different countries, including USA, UK, Canada and Argentina, presented their research papers in this conference. Sandhu presented his paper on ‘Experimental investigations on Inconel-625 surfacing of austenitic stainless steel (AISI 304L) using SMAW process’. He has published 12 research papers in the national and international conferences. He is pursuing his Ph.D. from SLIET, Longowal under the guidance of Dr Amandeep Singh Shahi, associate professor, department of mechanical engineering SLIET, Longowal. DS Sekhon, chairman, Quest Group of Institutions, expressed happiness and said: “We are pleased to announce that our team at Quest is devoting time to research side by side and keeping themselves abreast with the latest developments to give the best to students.”

Teachers’ workshop

A two-day workshop for teachers concluded at St Soldier Int. Convent School Mohali here. The workshop refreshed the teachers after a long summer break. Nikita Jindal from Bulls Eye conducted a workshop on ‘Creative and Effective Management’. The presentation included tips on how to be an effective classroom manager. The one-hour workshop consisted of objectives of effective classroom management and classroom ambience. Stress was laid on how to engage and involve children with positive body language and positive energy levels. Pace of speech, expression, voice modulation and vocabulary were the various issues stressed upon.

Protest against price rise

To protest against the increase in petrol and LPG prices by the UPA government, the Akali Dal on Monday held a protest in Mohali. Leaders of Akali Dal went from one market to another forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters in support of their protest. However, the Akali leaders claimed the bandh was a success.



BJYM meeting

The youth wing of the Bhartiaya Janata Party (BJYM) would gherao Parliament on August 9 to expose the “anti-people” policies of the Congress-led UPA government. Addressing the media at the party office here on Monday, state president of the BJYM Mahipal Dhanda said that about nine lakh youth would be mobilised to participate in “Sansad Ghero Chalo Dilli” to gherao Parliament against the increasing corruption, black money and the failure of the democratic institutions in the country. He said over 10,000 youths from Haryana would participate in the protest.

Religious discourse

Religious preachers of all religions not only in the country, but across the world have hidden powers in them, which could be used for the welfare of the mankind. Addressing his devotees in the 295th Prabhu Kripa Smagam, Kumar Swamiji said millions of people across the globe have benefited from the Divya Path. He said this kind of power was beyond the physical boundaries thus medical science cannot evaluate it. He said he was also of scientific temperament at one time and did not believe in Divya Path but when he observed its astonishing experiences, he was also stunned. — TNS



Students fill in admission forms at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday
Students fill in admission forms at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo- Pradeep Tewari

forms submission
VC conducts surprise check at enquiry block
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
On the last day of submitting admission forms in various departments at Panjab University, a surprise check was conducted by the Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti at the enquiry block (Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall) today.

The VC ordered the administrative staff to strengthen the telephonic enquiry terminals and inspected the admission guidance process.

Heavy rush was witnessed at the enquiry counter.

Students were spotted running from pillar to post filling in details at the last moment. Help desks set up by student leaders were jam packed with applicants seeking admission to various courses, particularly in the arts departments.



Bcom admissions
PU denies admissions to local players
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Local sportspersons were a harried lot today during the ongoing BCom centralised admissions after they were denied admission against sports quota seats by the Panjab University authorities, instead of being in the merit list.

It was found that players from other states and cities were given preference over the local players, besides having the Chandigarh sports department gradation certificates.

The local players were left in the lurch even after securing good ranks in the merit list. Players alleged that players from Ludhiana were allotted seats in city colleges.

“It came as a shock that we were denied admission but what is more shocking is the fact that the players from Ludhiana were getting admissions in the city colleges,” said a weightlifter, who scored 28th rank in the merit list of sports quota and 137th rank in the general quota. He was not the only sufferer but there are many more like him.

However, the authorities claimed that the “blunder” was due to default setting in the computer.

“The whole admission process under sports quota is confusing, somehow the seats were allotted to the players of Ludhiana due to some default in the computer. But as the matter came to fore, the names of the players were withdrawn from the list,” said a senior official heading the technical team.

Later the players were ensured that they would get seats as per the merit list but in the second counselling.

However, the Vice-Chancellor and Dean University Instruction were not available for comments.



pu notes
Hitches in BCom admission
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
With an unexpected increase in the cut off for BCom in the centralised counselling being conducted by Panjab University this year, several applicants, who had filled in only two or three colleges in their forms are now facing a harrowing time. These students, who could not make it to the top two colleges, had not filled in any other option in forms.

As a result, students, who had a good overall percentile and were toppers, were left out in the process.

One such aggrieved student Sukhpreet said, “I was filling in an online form for the first time and did not know the process. I suffered and despite getting 92.8 per cent, I could not make it to the top two colleges, since the cut off was higher this time. Now, I will not get seats anywhere and only in second counselling I have a chance.”

Several other students, who had faced the similar problem, poured in on the PU campus today. Responding to such queries of students, coordinator of the BCom centralised counselling AK Vashisht said, “Students filled in a wrong choice and for a few of them, the admission process cannot change.”

Admission to MSc

DK Dhawan, coordinator, Centre for Nuclear Medicine, University Institute of Emerging Areas in Science and Technology (UIEAST), today stated that the interview for admission to MSc (nuclear medicine first year) for the session 2011-12 has been fixed on July 15, 2011, in the department of biophysics, PU.


Interviews for candidates, who have cleared Panjab University O-CET Test and have also deposited admission forms in the office of the department of English and cultural studies for regular admission to MA English (semester system) will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2011, from 10 am onwards in the department.



course affiliation
Protest by BA, BEd students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
More than 20 girls studying in BA-BEd integrated course at Panjab University today expressed resentment over the long-pending affiliation issue of their course. The girls demanded that the students, who had completed the course, be permitted enrolment in other courses at PU on the basis of this degree, which was currently being denied.

The girls, along with PUSU supporters, held the protest outside the VC’s office and blocked the gates through the day. Acceding to the demand, the PU authorities permitted the students to seek enrolment in any other course offered on the campus on the basis of on their current degree.

Dean, Student Welfare (DSW), Naval Kishore, along with the VC, addressed students and it was decided that they would not be barred from taking admission to any course or department.



Panel gives verdict in favour of students
Applicants could not register themselves for counselling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Acting on the complaint of over 70 applicants, who could not register themselves for counselling and whose parents had been protesting on the premises of PEC University of Technology for the past four days, the Joint Admission Committee (JAC), constituted by the UT administration, today gave a verdict in favour of students.

A meeting of heads of six engineering and architecture colleges of Chandigarh was held today at PEC. The deadline for the applicants now is July 6, 2011, up to 5pm. The results will be compiled on July 7, 2011, and uploaded on the website.

“The choice filling option for the remaining students will be available on July 8 and 9. This procedure has been extended for those applicants, who had deposited their fee by June 24, which was the deadline for the procedure,” said Prof Sanjeev Kumar, coordinator of the joint admissions.

Students can also send their receipts through email or fax provided on the website of joint counselling.

Nearly 9,500 applicants had successfully completed their registration process online, while nearly 495 faced certain problems. However, out of them, nearly 71 had lodged a complaint with the PEC authorities, who are conducting the joint counselling this year.

Supporters of the Students for Society (SFS), a youth organisation of PEC students, who had joined parents and students in their protest, said the protesting students and parents had yet again resumed dharna outside the administration block of PEC University today. They added that attempts were made to remove the agitating parents from the premises, but they continued their protest.

“When students are suffering even after paying the counselling fee, they must not be denied the right to attend AIEEE counselling,” said a supporter of the SFS.

The JAC designated officials at PEC will now handle the process manually for the remaining students who could not register themselves on time, but had deposited the fee before due date.



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