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Strange Act: Cars in DAV-10 auditorium!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
The auditorium of one of the city’s premier colleges, DAV College, Sector 10, which has been the venue of convocations, academic functions and cultural events alike has been turned into a parking lot.

Two cars - an Innova and a Maruti Esteem - owned by the DAV management and used by former principal BC Josan have been parked right next to the stage inside the hall where incidentally student-members of the college dramatics club are currently practising for a forthcoming street play.

College officials say these cars, which were allotted to Josan, were parked in the auditorium on Sunday night on the directions of the office superintendent. Interestingly, the college authorities say the cars have been parked in the auditorium to “keep the cars safe” as one of them is not insured. There is no explanation as to how the educational institution allotted an uninsured car to its principal.

On being contacted, Josan said he had no clue about the cars having been parked inside the auditorium. Shashi Gupta, the current principal of the college, did not comment on the issue. A college official, pleading anonymity, however, said, “Had these cars been parked outside the auditorium, students would have raised objections since their cars have been banned from being parked inside the premises. There is nothing wrong in it.” 



DAV-8 students in uniform snatch chain, nabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandiagrh, August 8
Four students, two each of Class X and XI, studying in DAV Senior Secondary School in Sector 8, were today arrested for allegedly snatching a silver chain from a teenager.

The police registered a case on the complaint of Jatinder, a student of a private school in Kaimbwala and a resident of the same place.

The incident occurred near the Verka booth in Sector 8 where the four teenagers, aged around 16, had come after their full break. Jatinder had come to the Sector 8 market to purchase some medicines for his mother when he came near the booth. The four juveniles, all dressed in school uniform, first tried to rob the victim of his cell phone and cash. However, when Jatinder resisted, they snatched his silver chain and fled. All accused are residents of Indira Colony in Manimajra.

Two of the arrested juveniles are students of class X, while the remaining two are students of class XI in DAV Senior Secondary School.

As the accused fled, Jatinder raised an alarm, following which the police at the beat box chased them. The police control room also received a call and the accused were soon nabbed following a chase.

The accused, when confronted, told the police that they had snatched the chain as the victim had refused to lend them his mobile phone. The chain was recovered from their possession.

All accused were sent to a juvenile home. A case under Sections 379, 356, 411 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 3 police station.



Two PU students thrash guard
He denied them exam branch entry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
students of the Department of Laws of Panjab University (PU) allegedly thrashed KS Chib, a PU guard, for denying them entry into the PU’s examination branch today. The incident left department members furious who ended up stalling work for almost two hours and returned to work only after being assured that strict action would be taken against the accused.

In his complaint to the police, Chib said the students were trying to enter the examination branch, which is a restricted section for the students. When he asked them to show them the special passes authorising them entry, the students, he claimed, initially started arguing with him and then abusing him before eventually beating him up.

Significantly, sources claimed that the police, which was called, allowed the accused to leave, as members of a student party arrived on the scene. Members of the non-teaching union, who marched to the VC’s office demanding security of the employees, also joined the staff members.

“It’s Gunda Raaj here. Why should we bother to carry out our jobs or maintain discipline when the university gives a free hand to students to thrash us? We went to meet the higher authorities to tell them that today they have beaten a guard. Tomorrow it will be a teacher and in no time the VC will also bear the brunt,” said one of the staff members.

PU’s controller examination and registrar AK Bhandari said a complaint had been filed with the police and necessary measures had been taken in this regard.



UT Administration to act tough against commercial building violations
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
is bad news for thousands of violators of building bylaws in commercial buildings in the city. Cracking the whip against the violators, the UT Administration has decided to impose a hefty penalty of Rs 500 per square feet per month with a view to discouraging the misuse of commercial property.

The Rs 500-penalty clause, which has been inserted in the Chandigarh Estate (Amendment) Rules 2009, is the offshot of blatant building byelaws violations in commercial property, particularly in major commercial centres, including Sectors 17, 22, 34, 35 and Mani Majra, a senior official said today.

However, to give an opportunity to the building violators, the Estate Office would grant them a period of two months to either get the revised building plans sanctioned or themselves demolish the violations. In case the owners do not remove the illegal additions and alterations within a period of two months, the buildings would be sealed and penalty at the rate of Rs 500 per square per month would be imposed, sources said.

The sources said a fresh survey of the additional building violations would soon be conducted to enforce the new provision effectively to check violations, which could adversely affect the structural safety of old multi-storeyed buildings in major commercial centres in the city.

Meanwhile, the trading community is up in arms against the “anti-trader” and “anti-people” penal clause.

“The demand for modifications in the business premises by the big corporates and the MNCs has made additions and alterations necessary. The hefty penalty will go against the trading community and general business environment in the city,” alleged JPS Kalra, spokesman of the Chandigarh Business Council.

Echoling similar sentiments, Charanjiv Singh, chairman of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, termed the penalty clause as “anti-business” aimed at harming traders’ business interests.With a view to boosting trade and commerce, the UT Administration should evolve a consensus with the traders’ bodies on the issue, he demanded.

Economics of Rs 500 penalty

For violations in 600 square feet, the violators would have to shell Rs 3 lakh per month (Rs 36 lakh per year). In certain cases, the penalty could exceed the cost of the commercial property over the years having adverse impact on the trade and industry at a time when Chandigarh is witnessing retail revolution.

Over 30,000 commercial properties in city

There are at least 30,000 commercial properties in the city and a substantial number of them have illegal additions and alterations. At least 1,500 cases of violations were pending with the Estate Office. However, the actual number of violators could be much more than that.



Women beat men hollow in sterilisation
Fear of losing virility keeps Punjabi macho males away
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
If male sterilisation figures in the city are any indication, the macho Punjabi males, who seldom loses the opportunity to brag about their manhood, are apparently scared to lose their virility by undergoing vasectomy and have found an easier way to deal with the issue of birth control by pushing their women to the front instead.

Figures available with the directorate of the UT family welfare department are astonishing as these clearly indicate that while men have taken the back seat, women are virtually driving the family planning programme and their number far exceeds the males who undergo sterilisation. Compared to 1,947 women, a dismal 65 men underwent vasectomy in 2010-11.

The skewed figure was no better in the previous fiscal, as 45 men had undergone the procedure in 2009-10 compared to 1,201 women. And this is despite the fact that the male sterilisation process, vasectomy, is far simpler and a non-scalpel procedure that takes just a few minutes.

In contrast, tubectomy for female is a laparoscopic surgery that could lead to more post-operative complications. The other option of “open abdomen tubectomy” is usually done at the time of childbirth.

Experts say the steady decline in male sterilisation is mainly due to the misconception that vasectomy can lead to ‘‘lack of masculinity’’. What is worse is that there is a lack of institutional and targeted awareness programmes to reverse this notion, say experts.

A senior doctor said in vasectomy, the vas deferens of a man is cut and stitched and the process typically takes just a few minutes, as there is no need for entering the abdominal cavity. The process is easily reversible and much simpler than tubectomy, which involves sealing off of the fallopian tubes of the woman either laparoscopically or otherwise and its reversal is usually more complicated.

According to Dr Anju Huria, head of the gynaecological department at the GMCH-32, skewed sterilisation figures are a result of social conditions and nothing to do with emancipation of women. ‘‘Ours is a male-dominated society and there is this concept that vasectomy leads to reduction of desire or hampers male orgasm or simply leads to physical weakness. And interestingly it’s not only the males who shy away from it, women too actively discourage them from undergoing the procedure,”

she said, adding that at sterilisation camps it’s the women who line up and not the men. An official of the family welfare department said the incentives given for sterilisation are too low - Rs 1,100 for men and Rs 250 to 600 for women. To deal with this, the administration perhaps needs to take lessons from their Rajasthan counterparts where motorcycles and Nano cars were recently kept as a prize to attract volunteers for sterilisation.



Police inertia to fore
Registers auto theft case 25 days after complaint
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
It took three robberies by auto drivers in the city to wake the UT Police from its slumber and finally register an FIR relating to a case of a theft of a three-wheeler that occurred 25 days ago on July 14 The auto driver had lodged a complaint at the public window of the police headquarters stating that his vehicle had been stolen.

Interestingly, the FIR has been registered in the very police station (Sector 19 police station) in whose jurisdiction an attack by auto drivers had occurred only last Saturday. Radhe Shyam, who hails from a remote district in Uttar Pradesh, had lodged a complaint on July 14 that his auto-rickshaw had been stolen from Sector 21 the previous night. But for over three long weeks the police took no action to his complaint, depicting a shoddy and slow police action in the registering of FIRs.

In the wee hours of August 6, a city resident Pramod Kumar Shahi was robbed of his belongings by three occupants of an auto-rickshaw and then thrown out on the Sectors 20/33 dividing road. Another resident, Mohammad Feroz Khan, was also similarly attacked in Sector 18 the same night. Moreover, a PU girl student was also attacked by occupants of an auto-rickshaw on the morning of August 6.

With the police clueless in both cases, senior police officials directed all SHOs to investigate cases of auto-rickshaw thefts when it came to light that a complaint of auto theft was pending since July 14.

The inordinate delay comes in the wake of repeated claims by the police that it is always quick to register FIRs. Sources also said that similar complaints are pending in the Sector 11 police station and the Maloya police post. But the police had been trying its best to hush these complaints to save face.

The Sector 19 police station SHO Inspector Janak Rana said they were verifying the facts of the complaint.


Chandigarh scan
Award for PGI doc

Dr SV Rana, professor and chief of clinical biochemistry section of the department of gastroenterology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, was awarded an award for the research paper entitled “Low fibre diet for three days is required to avoid false positive test for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in Indian patients with irritable bowel syndrome”. The award has been given to her for her research work presented at plenary session of the “1st Biennial Meeting of Indian Motility and Functional Diseases Association” held at SGPGIMS, Lucknow.

‘Misdeeds’ highlighted

Over 600 medical representatives from the region organised a meeting here on Monday. The meeting was organised to highlight the issue of “misdeeds” of certain pharmaceutical companies, which were filing false cases against key trade union leaders to crush the trade union activities in the pharmaceutical sector. Former Chandigarh MP Satya Pal Jain, Ambala Cantonment MLA Anil Vij and BJP Chandigarh chief Sanjay Tandon were prominent among those who addressed the conference.

BSNL scheme

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Punjab circle, has launched recharge coupons of Rs 550 for all their pre-paid customers. Under this plan, a customer will get revised talk value of Rs 600 with revised validity of 180 days. According to information, this scheme will not be applicable for GSM PCO and will be available from August 7 to August 31.

‘Support Anna’

Extending their support to the fight against corruption being led by Anna Hazare, CITCO Workers’ Union has decided to go on fast on August 16. “I have appealed to all members to give their moral support to Hazare in his noble cause, therefore, our executive and members have been appealed to be on fast on August 16,” said Kashmir Chand, president of the union.

Rafi Awards Nite

The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society will organise Rafi Finals and Rafi Awards Nite at the Tagore Theatre on August 13. The event is organised to pay tributes to Mohd Rafi. Kuldeep Sharma, Speaker, Haryana Vidhan Sabha, will be the chief guest, while Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, will preside over the function.

Mohali scan
Vascular Day

Amputation is mainly because of diabetes; trauma and peripheral vascular disease (PVD), said Dr Ravul Jindal, vascular surgeon, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on the occasion of the Vascular Day. He added that the Vascular Society of India has dedicated this day for its education and prevention. Asking diabetics to remain cautious over any kind of foot lesion, Dr Jindal said different fissures, abscess, cellulites, ulcers, claw toes and Charcot's joints need to be watched carefully. Dr Jindal said by the turn of 2011, almost 7 per cent of people between the age group of 20 to 79 in India would be diabetic, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

Art workshop

An art workshop was organised in Government College for students of fine arts department. Renowned artist Shakti Singh shared his secrets with the students and inspired them towards art. Principal Kumkum Kohli welcomed Shakti Singh.

Orientation programme

The Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, Mohali, organised an orientation programme for the young and budding professionals of the new batch of MBA, MCA, BBA and BCA at its campus on Monday. During the orientation programme, newcomers were introduced to the institution profile, infrastructure, rich faculty experiment and the exciting world of management through audio-visual aids and presentations. JS Bedi, chairman, Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions, was the chief guest.

Medical camp

A free medical camp underway at Tanda village.
A free medical camp underway at Tanda village. A tribune photograph

Lt Gen BKN Chibber, former Governor of Punjab, has emphasised the need of imparting education to youth in Tanda village area. He was speaking at the free medical camp organised by the World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS). Chibber who was the chief guest said private institutes had an important role in taking such initiatives. He added that there was a need for a holistic development of the village, which could only be done with the government support. Dr Raina of Fortis Hospital in his address emphasised on need of good health and also urged all those who were present to make the best use of the medical camp.

Yellow day

Tiny tots of Shivalik Public School celebrated yellow day with great zeal and enthusiasm on Monday. They brought yellow food. Teachers helped the children to colour the sun yellow. To reciprocate their endeavours, teachers presented yellow smilies to each one.

Panchkula scan
Adieu to foreign interns

Interns, namely Alina, Becky, Hannah and Sybilla, representing Romania, England, Germany and Netherlands, respectively, were bid farewell at Holy Child School, Morni Road, here on Monday. They brought forth different global environmental issues. Environmental issues were highlighted through various innovative indoor and outdoor activities, said principal N Trehan.

Essay-writing contest

Vandana and Anureet of Class VII of DAV School, Sector 8, Panchkula, won first and third prizes in the junior category during the 5th inter-school essay and poem writing competition on the theme forgiveness. Sakshi Dhir of Class XII won the second prize in the senior category. Similarly, Tanya, Ishita and Dwij of Class VIII got the first, second and third prizes, respectively, in the paper reading competition. Avijeet got the consolation prize.

— Tribune Reporters



Facebook face of city’s Traffic police clicks
644 challans, Rs 14,700 fine in two months of launch
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
Within two months of it being launched, the Chandigarh Traffic police’s page on Facebook has emerged as a strong tool against those violating traffic in the city.
The police has so far issued 644 challans and realised Rs 14,700 in fine solely on the basis of feedback received on Facebook.

Interestingly, the figure includes 18 challans of violations by government vehicles, including traffic violations by police personnel.

Disclosing the figures of challans registered by the police, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Vijay Kumar said the traffic police’s Facebook page had so far attracted 2,956 ‘friends’ and had been ‘liked’ by 4,660 Facebook users.

The portal had received 1,049 suggestions to improve the traffic scenario in the city, following which, he claimed, the police had taken action on 1,034 suggestions.

“The official page of Facebook was launched on June 3 and within two months, the page has been immensely popular amongst city residents. We have largely been able to achieve our motive of deterring traffic violators,” said Vijay Kumar.

City residents have mostly posted images of those driving without helmet, using mobile phone while driving, parking vehicles in no parking space, faulty number plates, crossing zebra line, jumping the red light and taking a wrong turn.

No check on outstation vehicles

The traffic police has still not been able to challan outstation vehicles on the basis of Facebook, as it has no database of vehicles from other states. As a result, vehicles registered in Punjab and Haryana have a free run in Chandigarh, as the police is unable to challan them if someone posts pictures of traffic violations. Officials, however, say the police will soon start challaning vehicles registered in Panchkula and Mohali, as they are in the process of procuring the database of vehicles registered in these two districts.

Now, written test for licence

The Chandigarh traffic police will now conduct a written test for those applying for a driver’s licence. DSP (Traffic) Vijay Kumar says the step has been taken to ensure that only genuine and deserving applicants get a licence. Earlier, the traffic police used to conduct a practical driver’s test at the Chandigarh Traffic Park, Sector 23. Applicants will now have to first clear a written test to qualify for a practical test, before they get a licence.

Morphed pictures

Traffic police officials say some images posted on Facebook have been found to be morphed, following which no action can be taken.



200 challaned, encroachments removed in MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
At least 200 encroachers were challaned and one acre of open land was freed of encroachment by the enforcement department of the municipal corporation during an anti-encroachment drive carried out in Industrial Area, Phase II, today.

For the past few months, the corporation had been receiving regular complaints against habitual encroachers in the area. Notices were issued to the offenders to remove encroachment from government land.

But even after a number of reminders, the encroachers failed to vacated the land.

As a result, the corporation decided to conduct a special anti-encroachment drive to remove habitual violators from government land.

During a special drive today, the enforcement staff of the corporation removed cable and steel roles, furniture items, iron frames, industrial machines, mini chassis, gas drums and three cranes from road berms. During the drive, 10 tractor-trailers and seven truckloads of items were seized by the department.

The drive was carried out under the supervision of Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach and assisted by enforcement inspector Kashmira Singh.



Illegal constructions removed from house, restaurant
Tribune News Service

UT estate office employees carry out a demolition drive at a house in Sector 9, Chandigarh,
UT estate office employees carry out a demolition drive at a house in Sector 9, Chandigarh,on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Chandigarh, August 8
against violators of the building bylaws, a team of the UT estate office carried out a demolition drive at a house in Sector 9 and a restaurant in Sector 22 here today.
The team demolished two walls and a room constructed in the front yard of a four-kanal house (No. 217) in Sector 9, and removed a kitchen built illegally on the terrace of City Heights restaurant in Sector 22.

“The occupants of the house in Sector 9 had erected two walls to divide the house into three parts, besides constructing a room in front yard of the premises. After completing the legal proceedings, we demolished illegal constructions in the house and the restaurant in Sector 22,” said a member of the team.



MC eyeing mega projects on town’s outskirts
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 8
The cash-starved Mohali municipal corporation is eyeing mega-projects coming up on the outskirts of the town to increase its revenue by levying fee on constructed-related approval. Recently, the MC got Rs 6 crore as 50 per cent of the revenue earned by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for sanctioning building plans in sectors developed by it.

With the issue of increase in revenue, the MC proposed to include 82 villages falling under the assembly constituency.

As per the proposed inclusion, the area up to the Kharar-Landran-Banur road, excluding Zirakpur and Banur, would form a part of the MC. Once included in the MC, ownership of the land would vest with the civic body. As the civic body was a corporation, the Commissioner would have powers to issue licences for new mega-projects.

A particular lobby of builders was keen on the area being transferred to the MC as rules and regulations of the local bodies department were easier compared to those of the housing and urban planning department. “The proposal is presently with the local bodies department as the model code of conduct is in force,” said an official with the corporation.



Mohali MC in micron muddle
Confusion over usable polythene bag thickness
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 8
is the specified thickness of polythene bags that has been allowed for use by the government? Some confusion in this regard prevails at the office of the Mohali municipal corporation.

All this while the civic body has been informing shopkeepers and residents through the distribution of pamphlets, beating of the drum and other means that polythene bags having a thickness of less than 30 microns have been banned by the government.

When a raid was conducted at various markets on Saturday to check the quality of polythene bags being used by shopkeepers, officials of the corporation were told that no polythene bag having a thickness of less than 40 microns could be used.

The civic body had purchased a micrometer to check the thickness of polythene bags used in the town. A raid was conducted at Phases 2, 4, 5 and 7 on the directions of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).

It was there that an official of the PPCB told the corporation staff that no polythene bag having a thickness of less than 40 microns could be used.

The raiding team seized between 40 kg and 50 kg of polythene bags which did not have the thickness of even 30 microns.

Most of the bags seized had a thickness varying between 20 and 25 microns. Even the name of the manufacturer and the registration number of the firm were not mentioned on the bags, which was mandatory.

It was learnt that the Centre had fixed a limit of 40 microns for polythene bags while the limit in case of the Punjab government was 30 microns.

This created confusion in some circles, after which the secretary of the department concerned had taken up the matter with the higher authorities.

An amendment was reportedly carried out to follow the uniform limit of 40 microns. The civic body had not received any information in this regard yet.

After getting these directions, the civic body would publicise the specified limit once again to create awareness.



PUTA poll to be triangular contest
List of contestants declared
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
With Panjab University declaring the list of valid nomenclatures today, the forthcoming teachers association elections are going to be unprecedented as it is expected to be a triangular competition.

Contrary to yester years, when they had confined their role as allies, the Tankeshwar group has decided to contest independently with professor Tankeshwar Kumar contesting for the post of president.

The group says that it will not just prioritise issue on teacher welfare bur ensure them time-bound benefits.

“We don’t lack benefits but it is the time taken to deliver them that leaves us all perturbed. We will ensure that PU teachers get their rightful benefits in the stipulated time,” said a group member.

Prof Akshay of English department will be representing the Manjit Singh group. The group aims to stress on ‘regular’ issues like CAS but will also emphasise on getting the PU authorities to hire more teachers to help those burdened with assignments. Promila Pathak of Botany department will be representing the Jaspal Kang group. The last date of withdrawal of nomination is August 10.



Double whammy for Innova owner
Day after snatching vehicle, miscreants take away documents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
A day after an Innova car was snatched from its driver outside a hotel in Sector 22, the documents of the car were stolen by miscreants after smashing a windowpane of another car in the parking lot of the PGI here today.

Jaipur resident Suraj, the owner of the Innova car, had gone to meet the driver, to whom he had lent his car, undergoing treatment at the PGI.

Unidentified miscreants smashed a windowpane of his car and fled with a bag containing papers of the Innova car snatched yesterday and Rs 15,000 in cash.

Two assailants, one of them dressed in police uniform, had snatched Sohan Lal’s Innova car yesterday.

As the victim rushed inside the hotel in panic, his head banged against a glass door, causing multiple glass injuries on the face. He was admitted to the PGI.

Today, Sohan Lal’s friend Suraj, the owner of the Innova car, came from Jaipur to meet him at the PGI.

Suraj was inside the hospital when miscreants smashed a windowpane of his Maruti Swift car and fled with a bag containing the documents of the Innova car kept in a bag under the driver’s seat.

Suraj told the police that he had purchased the Innova car only a week ago.

The double strike by miscreants has baffled the police. A case of theft has been registered at the police station-11.

Visiting PGI

Jaipur resident Suraj, owner of the Innova car that was forcibly taken away from its driver yesterday, had come to the city to meet the driver admitted to the PGI. The documents of his Innova, lying in his Swift car, were taken away by miscreants by smashing a widowpane of the car parked at the PGI.



Miller leaves behind Rs 73 lakh for PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
In a rare and an unparalleled show of philanthropy, an Amritsar miller’s family fulfilled his wish by donating Rs 73 lakh to the PGI here today.
Purshotam Dass Galhotra of M/s Mohan Oil and Soap Mills from Amritsar, who died in 2008, had reportedly willed the amount, which he had saved in his PPF account in the State Bank of India, to the hospital.

His family members handed over the passbook to the hospital with a request that the money be utilised for carrying out philanthropic activities in the institute.

The committee members assured the family of utilising the money as per their wishes.

Sudershan Galhotra, his sister-in-law, and her eldest son-in-law, Pawan Mehra, besides other members of the Galhotra family were present at the time of donation.

According to PGI officials, they had never received such a huge amount in donation in the past.



Head constable suspended for seeking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
Senior police officials today suspended a head constable, Malkeet Singh, posted at the Sector-36 police station for allegedly demanding money from a complainant for lodging a DDR.

Harpreet Singh of Sector 30 had gone to the police station to lodge a complaint regarding his missing purse. Malkeet Singh refused to lodge the report and asked the complainant to wait.

After a wait of three hours, the head constable finally lodged the DDR and demanded Rs 300 from the complainant.

The complainant brought the matter to the notice of the police control room.

Inspector Kewal Krishan was assigned the task of verifying the facts, which were found true.

The errant cop has been transferred to the Police Lines and a departmental inquiry has been marked.



United India told to pay Rs 10,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed United Indian Insurance Co Ltd to pay Rs 10,000 in compensation for causing harassment to a 86-year-old retired Armyman, a resident of Sector 11.

The district forum-II, comprising its president Lakshman Sharma, and members Madhu Mutneja and Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, held that the respondents had not shown any clause in the cover note that the insurance policy would come into effect only after the permanent registration of the vehicle.

There was no clause in the policy to state that the insurance policy would stand automatically cancelled if the registration of the new vehicle was not done within the stipulated period of three months as provided under the Motor Vehicles Act.

As the insurance policy was well in force, non-settlement of claim on full insured declared value (IDV) clearly amounted to deficiency in service on the part of the respondents.

The forum also directed the respondents to pay the balance IDV of Rs 88,000, besides Rs 7,000 towards cost of litigation, to the complainant.

The complainant, Col Gurdip Singh (retd), submitted that he had purchased a Hyundai car for Rs 3.5 lakh and the same was stolen from the parking of Bougainvillaea Garden in Sector 3.

He lodged an FIR with the police station-3 the same day and informed the respondents on the telephone.

He submitted a letter of subrogation and power of attorney to the respondents as he was given to understand that the full IDV would be paid to him.

However, when he went to collect the cheque, he received only Rs 2.62 lakh. When the complainant protested, he was told that the claim would be disallowed if he did not accept the amount.

The counsel for the respondents took the preliminary objection that the complaint was not maintainable, as the complainant’s car was not permanently registered on the date of the theft.

As non-registration was a violation of Section 39 and 41 of the Motor Vehicles Act, the claim was not payable under the terms and conditions of the policy.

The respondents also took certain preliminary objections regarding the benefit of no-claim bonus, which had been taken by the complainant for his old vehicle before the policy was transferred to his new vehicle.



Rs 10,000 fine slapped on Hind Motors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Hind Motors to pay Rs 10,000 in compensation to a Mohali-based resident for causing mental agony and harassment due to delay in changing the body shell of a car.

The forum, comprising its president PD Goel, and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota, held that in view of the order issued on February 21, 2011 passed by the forum, the respondents had replaced the shell of the vehicle in question free of cost at their workshop after the due date — it was to be replaced within one month from the date of delivery of the vehicle.

The complainant handed over the vehicle on March 3, 2011 but the body shell was replaced on April 8. As there was a delay of some days, the complainant was entitled to compensation and litigation costs. They further directed the respondents to pay Rs 5,000 towards cost of litigation to the complainant.

Bhupinder Singh submitted that he had purchased an Indigo car from the respondents and brought to their notice a defect in the mounting.

He said the respondents repaired the part by welding, without seeking his consent or permission. The car started creating problems again.

The respondents retained the car with the promise that the necessary defect would be removed/rectified.

The complainant visited the opposite party and found that the defect had been removed by welding instead of changing the chassis.

He further alleged that the defect of mounting was a manufacturing one, which could not be fixed by welding. Therefore, the replacement of the chassis/car was necessary.

The counsel for the respondents, while denying the averment of the complainant, pleaded that they had written to the company for the replacement of chassis, but the company replied that it was not possible. Denying the material allegations of the complainant, they pleading that there had been no deficiency in service or unfair trade practice on their part.



Radial angioplasty ideal for elderly heart patients: Expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
“Heart attacks in elderly people can safely be treated by radial angioplasty, a technique that involves making a small incision in the wrist, widening the blocked artery and restoring blood flow,” said Dr HK Bali, director cardiology of a Mohali hospital, while addressing a medical seminar on “Cardiac problems among old age people” here yesterday.

Dr Bali said elderly people commonly suffered from diseases like hypertension and diabetes, which could ultimately lead to heart attacks and heart failure.

Most diseases were lifestyle related and occurred due to faulty lifestyle, lack of exercise and high levels of stress. However, early diagnosis could prevent the progression of heart diseases in them and carotid artery stenting could prevent paralytic strokes, he added.

He said heart attack could be silent and occurred with non-specific symptoms like sudden breathlessness, palpitation or loss of consciousness. It was important that such symptoms were not ignored by the aged.



Infant’s body found
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
A stillborn baby’s body was found abandoned near the Sarai building in Sector 32 here this morning.
The police said infant’s father Deepak, who works as a labourer, abandoned the body as he did not have money to bury it.

Passersby noticed the body of a male infant and informed the police.

The body was recognised on the basis of a tag of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where the delivery had taken place.

The police has registered a daily diary report into the incident.



Tributes paid to Major Shankla
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 8
Floral tributes were paid to Major Sandeep Shankla at his memorial here today. A contingent of the 18th Battalion of the Dogra Regiment presented the guard of honour and a two-minute silence was observed.

Jawans present a guard of honour to Major Sandeep Shankla at his memorial in Sector 2 of Panchkula on Monday.
Jawans present a guard of honour to Major Sandeep Shankla at his memorial in Sector 2 of Panchkula on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Local MLA DK Bansal, Brig RPS Maan, Brig Sanjeev Narayan, Brig (retd) Arun Ganguli, Brig (retd) Kiran Kumar, Col BNL Kaushal, Lt-Col (retd) HS Dhanoa, Air Vice-Marshal SPS Sidhu, Subdivisional Magistrate (Civil) KK Kalsan and DSP Ram Chandar Rathi paid floral tributes to the martyr.

Major Shankla was leading a search operation at Jafarkhani village in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on August 8, 1991, when he lost his life fighting terrorists.

The Government of India had honoured him with the Ashok Chakra posthumously. The Haryana government had built a memorial to him at Sector 2.



Silver lining at hospital after seven months
15 pharmacists interviewed, 3 selected
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, August 8
Fifteen pharmacists were interviewed by the authorities of the Civil Hospital here today to run the Jan Aushdhi store, lying closed for more the past more than seven months.

A merit list was prepared and the top three were selected to run the drug store on the premises of the Civil Hospital for the convenience of patients.

The candidates selected would be given appointment letters tomorrow and hopefully, the store would start functioning in about a week’s time if the pharmacists joined their duty. It would be run by the Rogi Kalyan Samiti.

Keeping his fingers crossed, the SMO in charge of the hospital, Dr Rajeev Bhalla, said pharmacists should join soon after getting the appointment 

He said interviews in this regard were held about a month ago, when 22 pharmacists had applied 
for the job, but none of them joined later.

He said applicants at that time were under the impression that the drug store was a part of the hospital, but when they got to know that it was only located on the hospital premises, they lost interest.

This time, it had been made clear to the applicants and it was hoped that they would be interested in taking up the job.

The Rogi Kalyan Samiti had offered a pay of Rs 6,500 per month the previous time. It had now been increased to Rs 7,500 per month.

Patients belonging to economically weaker sections were hit by the closure of the store. The closure was ordered by senior officials of the health department after patients complained of some irregularities in its functioning.

The round-the-clock store was inaugurated by Ram Vilas Paswan, the then Union Minister for Chemicals, Fertilisers and Steel, on February 23, 2009.

The prime objective of opening it was to promote the sale of quality generic drugs, available at low rates compared to branded medicines and consumables.



Reptilian scare for residents
Tribune News Service

The big lizard that entered a house at Badal Colony in Zirakpur on Monday.
The big lizard that entered a house at Badal Colony in Zirakpur on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur, August 8
The sight of a big lizard created panic among residents of Badal Colony here today. They called up the DFO (Wildlife) for assistance a number of times.

No one from the department came to the area for nearly six hours. An official with the forest department claimed that a forest guard from Nangal was rushed there to catch the animal.

Raj Kumar Phutela of Badal Colony stated that he noticed a huge lizard in the back of the house this morning. His family and neighbours closed all windows and doors, lest the reptile entered other rooms.

Members of his family alleged that they informed that matter to the Chhat Bir zoo authorities, but they replied that the area was not under their jurisdiction.

After that, they called up the DFO (Wildlife). Nobody turned up till 6 pm. The guard arrived late in the evening and caught the animal in a bag.



Power meter box in flames
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 8
A major tragedy was averted when a newly set up joint electricity meter box caught fire at Green City in Dhakoli here this morning. Residents immediately informed the electricity department.

They alleged that there were no safety measures near the meter box. They added that they had been demanding proper security measures for meter boxes.

The president of the colony said around 16 meters were damaged. An official of the electricity department claimed that the main reason for the fire could be overload.



‘Centre’ gives men in khaki the blues
Inauguration of ‘Saanjh’ first cancelled at last moment, then toned down
Tribune News Service

A police ‘suvidha’ centre inaugurated at the Phase-8 police station in Mohali on Monday.
A police ‘suvidha’ centre inaugurated at the Phase-8 police station in Mohali on Monday. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, August 8
inauguration of police ‘suvidha’ centres, named ‘Saanjh’, across the district witnessed high drama today as plans to formally inaugurate the facility was cancelled at the last moment.

Senior officials realised late that the inauguration could violate the model code of conduct, that was in force due to the forthcoming SGPC elections.

While station house officers of the respective centres kept saying these would be inaugurated formally, municipal corporation members of the areas concerned were called to start the facility.

For the past few months, the district police had been waiting to get the facility inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The centres were eventually opened without much fanfare. In the evening, the police said in a press note that the centres had been opened to the public.

In these newly constructed centres, the public could avail itself of facilities like passport varification, NOC for arms licence, copy of FIR and tentant verification.

These centres would be open from 9 am to 5 pm on all days, except Sunday, and the public-dealing time would be from 10 am to 4 pm.

These centres were located at Phases 1, 8 and 11, Mataur and Dera Bassi. Two centres were under construction, at Sohana and Kharar.



Rally to promote cultural heritage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
Flying Sikh Jeev Milkha Singh and international golfer Jeev Milkha Singh will flag off the first phase of the “Motorcycle ride across India” to promote e-Governance, environmental friendliness, freedom from drugs, culture and heritage from St John’s School, Sector 26, tomorrow.

The aim of the rally is to share the best practices of e-Governance for the municipal corporation and traffic police on Facebook and to villages to spread the message of freedom from drugs and to promote the cultural heritage of India.



Discrimination against women bared
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, August 8
The Sabrang theatre group staged a Hindi adaptation of Gurudev RN Tagore’s famous classic “Chitrangda” in the ongoing festival of his works at the Tagore theatre here today.

The mythological play depicting an episode of Mahabharta epic related to Arjuna’s exile and his encounter with Chitrangda, a brave but ugly looking princess of Manipur. She won his love later she was blessed and transformed into a paragon of beauty.

Adapted and scripted immaculately in rich vernacular with brilliant dialogues by eminent playwright writer director Keshav Bhrata, the play brings into focus Tagore’s concern for the prevalent secondary status and discrimination against women down the ages. The recorded dialogues though rendered adequately made the play look like a light and sound spectacle.

But acting spells by Sachin Sharma as Arjuna and portrayal of RN Tagore by KNS Sekhon, were the redeeming perspective. Mandeep Sharma, Neetu, Rajeev, Ramesh Bhardwaj, Mukesh formed the cast and poet Anwar Zaidi was the compeer of the show. The Hindi play, “ Kabuliwala”, will be staged tomorrow.



Students to buy uniforms themselves
To ensure uniformity in the outfit, the physical education department forms students’ committees
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
In a bid to avoid resentment among students for the money being charged for a common dress, the department of physical education at Post-graduate Government College, Sector 11, today formed students’ committees to ensure uniformity in the outfit for students enrolled in the B.PEd and M.PEd courses.

When the disparity was observed in the material of the uniforms being brought by the students individually, a system of collecting fund as a part of the course fee began for the bachelors and masters-level physical education courses in the college. The students’ uniforms were bought from a common outlet to avoid difference in shades of the dress.

However, following objection raised by certain students, the college has discontinued the past practice of collecting funds for the uniform.

A fresh circular was released today by the department of physical education stating, “On the request of the B.PEd and M.PEd first year students, students’ committees have been formed’. The names of the representatives of these committees were also released.

In the past, annually Rs 1,300 was being charged from students enrolled for the B.PED course and Rs 1,800 for the masters’ degree course. The material distributed to students included T shirts (maroon and white), track suits (multi-cloured), shorts, stocks, socks, trouser, sky blue shirt, tie with logo and kit bag, the market price of these items other wise exceeded Rs 3,000.

The college principal, Dr JS Raghu, said that the instructions had been given to return any such fund collected this year. He added that any such past practice would be discontinued.

“In all professional courses the uniform is a must and it is prevalent all over the country. These students are going to be teachers in the future. While some students were able to pay for the uniform, others were not. In order to bring them at par, the uniforms were being brought from a common place. But henceforth, students will buy the prescribed uniform by themselves and the teacher will only guide them.

The student committees will further look into the case of having common uniforms. No funds are being collected by the department,” said Dr RS Brar, associate professor and head, Department of Physical Education. 



CCA celebrates golden jubilee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
The Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) celebrated 50 years of inception on Monday with a car rally by students and an alumni meet later in the evening inside the college premises.

To create awareness among the student fraternity about the 50th anniversary celebration of the CCA this year, the rally was flagged off from the college premises and passed through sectors 17, 22, 35, 10 and Punjab University campus.

On the occasion, the college officials said, “The college was established on August 7 1961, in Sector 12,Chandigarh.The CCA was was a vision of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Jane Drew.

The city is visited by numerous tourists, architects, students and architecture enthusiasts from all over the world every year and the CCA still emanates the creative energy with which it was conceived.

Later in the evening, an alumni meet was also held to mark the celebrations.



RIMC entrance exam in Dec

Panchkula, August 8
The entrance examination for admission to the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) in Dehradun for the session commencing from July 2012 will be conducted at Government Girls College, Sector 14, here on December 1 and 2.

Giving this information, Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar said only boys were eligible. Candidates should be between 11 years-and-a-half and 13 years of age, as on July 1 next, she added. — TNS



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