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SOPU-SOI alliance PREVAILS in pu
Victory margin of 1,000 highest in decade; most peaceful polls ever
Sumedha Sharma
tribune news service

Chandigarh, September 2
Creating history, the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) in alliance with the Student Organisation of India (SOI) floored their archrivals Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) and its allies the ABVP and INSO with a record margin of over 1,000 votes, making Pushpinder Sharma president of the Panjab University Campus Student Council here today.

Pushpinder Sharma, with 3,730 votes, defeated his nearest opponent Sumit Goklaney (PUSU) who polled 2,529 votes. Simarpal Kaur Jauhal was elected vice-president, Harmeet Singh Bodhe secretary and Guarav Kumar joint secretary.

Interestingly, despite an extended weekend with many boarders taking off for a break, the polling percentage was 56 per cent, the same as last year. The results left even the victors surprised.

“We knew we would win. But we never expected to create history with such a margin. We have proven that genuine work defeats all tall claims and bribes. Students have chosen us for our commitment and we will serve them,” said Pushpinder Sharma.

The campus, which saw a lukewarm start with heavy checking today, burst into festivity as reports of SOPU taking lead in many departments started to pour in.

Supporters initially gathered in the party camp and outside the departments concerned and later moved in a joyous procession to the student centre to celebrate.

The centre, which had borne a deserted look for days, erupted with celebrations following the official announcement of the results as PUSU supporters made a quick exit.

The rain added to the excitement as students danced for hours. In an exhibition of a meticulously executed action plan, SOPU leaders accepted that they had plugged all loopholes, which they claimed had been the cause behind their defeat by a narrow margin of only 171 votes last year.

“We had discovered that the issues of a new girls’ hostel and evaluation of teachers was appreciated by students. Instead of major announcements, we carried out a sustained campaign on very limited issues. We conveyed a definite action plan instead of general announcements,” the new president said.

Citing differences among various groups of PUSU and the poor performance of last year’s coalition council as reasons, he said they lost on account of the loss of confidence of the students in them. “They (PUSU members) seemed to be doing everything right by making a dramatic last-minute alliance and even ferrying students for outings. However, students are not fools to be lured by freebies. It was the conviction, commitment and truth which made SOPU victorious along with the SOI,” said SOPU president Vicky Midukhera.

Parminder Jaswal, a former council president, said on behalf of PUSU: “The party has borne the brunt of internal tussles. The split became public when the members carried their fight to the council last year.”

Extraordinary election

  • 56% voting on a par with last year
  • UIET registers highest voting
  • SOI makes strong entry to PU political scene
  • Two students booked under Section 188, IPC
  • PUSU bears brunt of internal tussles



SOPU supporters break into a frenzy
sumedha sharma
tribune news service

Chandigarh, September 2
The Panjab University Student Council Poll-2011 were unprecedented in many a ways. Rallies, spats, flashy cars and enthusiasm: anything that conventionally described the elections was surely absent this year. The parties came down from their cars and jeeps and walked to campaign. There was no ‘ho hallah’ and to many it was the most peaceful, but boring elections. However, the celebrations following the record victory of SOPU allied with SOI made up for a low-key campaigning season.

Led by Robin Brar and Vicky Midukhera, the two young boys who were left to look after the party after the arrest of Brinder Dhillon, not just managed the affairs and campaign, but even created history by getting the party its most memorable win. Even as the SOPU supporters sat confidently in the party tent this morning the enthusiasm started to build up around 11 am as the reports of SOPU being in lead started pouring in. Within half-an-hour, speculation swooped the university that the margin was going to be unprecedented. Delighted with this, the boys got out of their cars, which were absent from campaigning, wrapped party flag around their chests and drove through the university. Many of them thronged the law department and danced to the beats of dhol. Girls, boys and everybody seemed to be celebrating their efforts and moved around the university.

In addition to SOPU members, a clan, which was thoroughly rejoiced, was the members of SOI. The party being considered as a small fish proved to be a winning ally.

The campus, which had been lying low despite elections, reverberated with festivity. As the time for final declaration of results neared, student from all across the campus started to march towards the student centre where they danced and raised slogans. Even the police officials who had been playing a‘spoilsport’ for the past many days, were at ease as students danced their way to victory.

Even before the fervour could die, it started to rain raising the spirits of party workers who refused to take shelter. PUSU members, meanwhile made a quick exit.

The celebrations of this history, however, had something special to it: A sense of responsibility to make the campus violence free.

The Fantastic Four

Bubbling with energy and enthusiasm, these four students, who are in their early twenties, are out to represent the demands, aspirations and views of over 13,000 PU students.

While many blame it on the rigid Lyngdoh recommendations and an increased number of undergraduate courses, it’s the young brigade which is out to define the students representation.

Where is the constitution

Low-key campaigning, tall promises, election celebrations and PU gets its new council, but what next? Why is the Panjab University council, which is yet to have its own constitution, a big deal for PU students? Powers of president, his duties and conditions of removal are yet to be decided. Even though the university has a number of times mulled over preparing a council constitution like the PU calendar, the project failed to take off leaving the council president with nothing much to do other than submitting memorandums, batting for hostel rooms and organising trips.



‘Mission PU’ accomplished
sumedha sharma
tribune news service

Cops deployed on the campus
Cops deployed on the campus. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, September 2
They gave a dressing down to notorious troublemakers, conducted 20 raids in various districts of Panjab, counselled student leaders, tapped their vehicles and after three months of labour, the UT police gifted Panjab University its first violence free elections as aimed under Mission PU.

Following the free for all last year at polling day and various spats after that the UT police decided to step in to prevent PU from being taken to ransom by a bunch of student leaders who may eventually be prospective gangsters. Even while to many they seemed to be just checking vehicles and hostels, the UT police in collaboration with the intelligence unit went to places like Abohar, Bathinda, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Mansa, Barnala, Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Ludhiana. The police sources said their raids were based on vital information related to their local hideouts, hang outs, vehicles owned by them and a detailed analysis of various complaints which otherwise lay forgotten in files.

Following which, the arrests were made, three notorious students were barred from entering the campus over 24 were booked under preventive measures. Over 350 policemen patrolled the campus; conducted raids , even pulled up PU officials and achieved what seemed impossible.



Those who made it to the top
Tribune News Service

Davinderjit Kaur, who was elected president of Guru Gobind Singh College for Girls, Sector 26, Chandigarh, celebrate with friends
Davinderjit Kaur, who was elected president of Guru Gobind Singh College for Girls, Sector 26, Chandigarh, celebrate with friends. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan and Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, September 2
The student elections in city colleges came to a peaceful end on Friday. The Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and its alliance managed to make a clean sweep in GGDSD College and PGGC-11. Meanwhile, the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) managed to register a win in DAV College.

SOPU-SOI- INSO alliance managed to grab all four seats in Post Graduate Government College for Men, Sector 11. Rakesh Kumar won the presidential seat by securing 1,281 votes, Deepika Dahiya became the vice-president with 1,351 votes, Kirti Sharma of SOPU alliance became the general secretary with 1,330 votes, while Alka Rani became the joint secretary with 1,332 votes. SOPU made its dominance felt at GGDSD College, Sector 32. Rattan Deep, who contested for the post of president, got 616 votes, while Ankit Taneja of SD College Union and SD Hostel Union managed to bag 418 votes. Aditi Mohan of SOPU was elected general secretary with 625 votes after defeating Arjun Arora, who managed to bag 411 votes. PUSU in alliance with YAI and SOI managed to bag two seats in DAV College, Sector 10.

Hardeep Singh was elected president with 679 votes after defeating Ajay Kumar of ABVP and INSO alliance, who managed to bag 522 votes, while Karanbir Singh of SOPU managed to gather only 25 votes. Shushank Sharma was elected vice president of the college student council with 618 votes. The Chandigarh Students Union (CSU) clinched three seats of the student council with a very low margin. Dilbag Singh Brar of CSU became the president with 807 votes, while his close competitor Jaskaran Singh from KCSU, YAI and INSO alliance managed to bag 752 votes. CSU’s Rohit Jindal was given a tough fight by the candidate of KCSU alliance for the post of vice-president. While Rohit was elected vice-president with 753 votes, his close competitor Sandeep Kumar bagged 739 votes. Ankita Amrohi bagged the post of general secretary with 768 votes. Meanwhile, KCSU and its alliance managed to secure the post of joint secretary, with Ravneet Singh Aulkah bagging 744 votes.

The SOI-ABVP alliance made a clean sweep in Government College for Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42. Manpreet Singh Bhatti was elected the college president with 219 votes, while Harleen Singh of SOPU managed to bag 132 votes only. Arshdeep Bhatia became vice-president with 251 votes after defeating his competitor Sakhsi with a margin of 127 votes. Rahul Verma and Payal Arora were elected general secretary and joint secretary, respectively. At PGGCG-42, Reena Sandhu was elected the president with 981 votes, Ritika Sembi was elected the vice-president with 968 votes. Meanwhile, Honey Jain and Sonal Garg were elected general secretary and joint secretary with 973 and 946 votes, respectively.

(Extreme left) Manpreet Singh Bhatti of the SOI-ABVP in a cheerful mood after being elected president of Government College for Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu; and (Right) Clockwise from top supporters of INSO and its alliance celebrate the victory of Rakesh Kumar Chaudhary, who was elected president of Postgraduate College, Sector 11, Chandigarh; Dilbag Brar of CSU celebrate his victory with supporters at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, Chandigarh; and Reena Sandhu, who contested the elections as an independent candidate, celebrate with her friends at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Friday
(Extreme left) Manpreet Singh Bhatti of the SOI-ABVP in a cheerful mood after being elected president of Government College for Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu; and (Right) Clockwise from top supporters of INSO and its alliance celebrate the victory of Rakesh Kumar Chaudhary, who was elected president of Postgraduate College, Sector 11, Chandigarh; Dilbag Brar of CSU celebrate his victory with supporters at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, Chandigarh; and Reena Sandhu, who contested the elections as an independent candidate, celebrate with her friends at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu,Parvesh Chauhan and Manoj Mahajan

Allegations levelled

  • PUSU-SFI supporters at PGGC-11 levelled allegations against their rivals for buying votes outside the college during poll. The students alleged that voters were offered money by the opposition to cast vote in their favour.
  • Heavy rain in the city after the election results were declared, ruined the victory celebrations of wining parties. It also helped cops disperse crowds outside colleges.



Pre-poll roundup

Contrary to yesteryears, rather than usual excitement and lawlessness, Panjab University seemed to epitomise perfect discipline early this morning. With the campus being converted into a fortress, students’ ID cards were checked, an exercise that even got VC RC Sobti involved in it. The police checked vehicles thoroughly and all students made their entry to departments by 10 am. Unlike last few years, there was hardly any argument over students being denied entry and parties trying to get more students forced into department after being locked. 



Holidays dent voter enthusiasm
Colleges record 38.37% turnout
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
As anticipated the long weekend due to holidays falling on the two days before the student elections played spoilsport with polling in colleges with only 38.37 per cent voting recorded together in all the city colleges. In perhaps what was the lowest turnout at DAV College, Sector 10, only 22.61 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot, with the turnout recorded at only 30 per cent in two of the colleges and about 52 per cent in the other two colleges.

With August 31 being a public holiday followed by a single working day just before the student polls most of the outstation students went to their hometowns for the weekend, further affecting the voter turnout in most of the colleges where polling was conducted.
Supporters celebrate the party’s victory by dancing to the tune of rocking numbers and driving swanky cars on the campus
Supporters celebrate the party’s victory by dancing to the tune of rocking numbers and driving swanky cars on the campus. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

The students of DAV College gave the worst show with only 1244 voters casting their votes out of total 5500 voters. Student leaders of DAV College said most hostellers went home as after the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday there was only one working day preceding the day of elections and two more holidays. “Students clubbed all the days together and preferred to miss the polls by staying at home”, said one of the student leaders.

The colleges that saw the lowest voter turnout included Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42 where only 30.45 per cent of students cast their vote. Of the total 3,300 students of the college only 1,005 came to the campus to vote.

The situation at SD College, Sector-32 was similar with only 30.41 per cent of votes cast, with only 1,034 of the 3,400 students exercising their right to vote.

The voter turnout at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Men, Sector-26 was much higher than at the other colleges with almost 53 per cent (1,613) of the 3,052 students casting their vote.

The turnout at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11 was the second highest among the six-colleges where polls were held on Friday with 59 per cent (2,277) of the 3,900students casting their vote. The highest voting turnout recorded was at Government College for Commerce & Business Administration with 72% (380) of the 528 students casting their ballot.



Downpour jams city roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The city came to a virtual standstill with massive traffic snarls on the streets after heavy rain on Friday afternoon. All major intersections were choked with thousands of commuters desperately honking horns to move ahead.

The intensity of the chaos could be gauged by the fact that even scooters and motorcycles had a tough time to negotiate the gridlock. It eventually took over an hour for commuters to get out of the jams.

The hour-long downpour also led to waterlogging on the streets, forcing vehicles to move at a snail’s pace. People who were waiting for the rain to stop came on to the streets at the same time when offices got closed, aggravating the chaos.

Ashish Dogra, a commuter stuck in a traffic jam, said the rain coupled with the traffic police’s mismanagement played havoc on the streets. “The police failed to control the traffic leading to commuters stuck in seemingly endless traffic jams. It took me almost half an hour to reach the roundabout near the Sector 17 ISBT from the Sector 16 stadium roundabout, which is hardly a kilometer away”, he said.

Met officials said 22.2 mm of rain was recorded in the city. “Heavy rain often occurs at the fag end of the monsoon and the region is expected to receive more showers at small intervals till the middle of this month”, said meteorological department director Surender Paul.

Interestingly, all city roads witnessed a huge rush of vehicles leaving commuters with no option but to move on to parallel streets in a bid to escape the traffic jams. Said Mansimran Dhanoa, a local resident: “I decided to drive towards Madhya Marg from Sector 22 to reach Sector 29, but this attempt to save time landed me in a much bigger traffic jam.

From Sector 22 I drove towards Sector 18 and then towards the Sector 17 lights on Madhya Marg.

However, it took me about 15 minutes to get there, only to realise I made a bigger mistake by opting for Madhya Marg as it was choked with vehicles”.

“The traffic lights didn’t work and the cops regulating the traffic made commuters moving in one direction to wait for over 10 minutes that stretched the long queue of vehicles to the adjoining sectors”, said Ishita Sharma, a Panjab University student.

It took about two hours for the traffic to get back to normal.



4 get jail term in 18-yr old fraud case
tribune news service

Chandigarh, September 2
Nearly 18 years after a forgery case, the Chandigarh district court sentenced four persons to imprisonment. The district court awarded two-year imprisonment to Om Prakash, one-year jail term to Manpreet Singh, and three-month imprisonment each to Pawan Kumar and Kalu Ram.

The accused were involved in the manufacture and supply of fake soaps. A case was registered following a complaint of Hindustan Lever company. Om Prakash and Manpreet Singh were involved in the manufacture and supply of the soaps while Pawan and Kalu Ram had kept these soaps in their stores in Manimajra. An FIR pertaining to the case was registered on October 26, 1993, under Sections 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).


New hospital’s gate to open on NH-21
Direct access from highway not possible, says NHAI
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 2
Getting direct access from the National Highway no.21 for Max Super Specialty Hospital, a pet project of the SAD government, is set to become a bone of contention between the National Highways Authority of India and the state government.

While the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) does not allow direct access to the projects coming along the national highways, the hospital authorities are opening the main access on the national highway after assurance from the state government that necessary clearances would be sought. A gate has already been erected but some trees are coming in the way.

National highway executive engineer, Karnail Singh, said no direct access could be allowed and no such permission had been sought from the NHAI. A similar permission had been denied to the multi-storeyed bus stand coming along the national highway on way to Kharar. A number of commercial establishments that had opened access on the national highway have been given notices.

The access to the facility can be through a slip road as was being implemented in Zirakpur on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

A spokesman of the hospital said they had been interacting with the health secretary as the project was in a public-private partnership. “Keeping in mind direct access for emergency cases, we had requested the health secretary to facilitate the permissions. It is for the state to seek permission”, said the spokesman. Regarding the trees, the spokesman claimed that the trees would not be cut. There was enough space for movement of an ambulance.



Three-week trial run begins
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 2
Max Super Speciality Hospital began its three-week trial run here today. The 200-beded hospital, being built at a cost of Rs 100 crore, is scheduled to commence operations on September 29.

Talking to mediapersons, Dr Dilpreet Brar, executive director, said super specialisation in all major disciplines, especially cancer, cardiac, and trauma is planned at the hospital being built over 3.20 acres of land within the Civil Hospital Complex. The trial run has to let the doctors and employees get used to the computers and the way of the functioning of the facility. The emergency area will become functional in about 10 days time.

On being questioned about the main entry to the hospital, she said that at present there were three access points but a decision about the entry and exit points was still to be taken. The main entry, however, would be from the main road, she said. When asked whether the hospital would be extending the facilities to poor as well, Brar said that the facility had been provided on a public - private partnership. The land for the hospital was provided by the Punjab Government, whereas, the infrastructure and equipment-related support was being provided by Max Health care. Five per cent of the revenue earned from the facility would be given to the government. This amount could be “ploughed back” to the hospital for providing medical help to the poor. An insurance cover for the economically weaker sections was, however, being planned by the government.



Only 11% rise in road accidents in 21 yrs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
In the past 21 years, city roads witnessed an increase of just 11 per cent in fatal accidents despite 275 per cent increase in the number of vehicles registered in the city.

The city witnessed 118 fatal accidents in 1989 when the numbers of vehicles were 1.86 lakh. In 2010, the city recorded 132 fatal accidents even as the number of vehicles rose to more than seven lakh.

Interestingly, the figure of 132 fatal accidents on city roads is just 0.1 per cent of total road accidents and total persons killed
in road accidents in the country. The country witnessed about 1.25 lakh accidents in a year.

The figures were revealed during a workshop on “Road accident data”, organised by the Chandigarh Traffic Police in association with a team of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MRTH), Government of India at the Conference Hall, Sector 9 here today. The team from the MRTH, comprising NK Sharma, statistical officer, Nimmi Balana, KS Rathore and Lalit Kumar, all junior investigators, were all praise for the local police for its better traffic management.

“The city has good roads. Besides emphasizing on following traffic rules, we also check the accident-prone areas on routine basis. Our advanced system helps in controlling the fatal accidents,” said Vijay Kumar, DSP (Traffic).

The city police was also praised for supplying of speedy and accurate data (related to traffic and road accidents) to the ministry.

“Though we are doing well, there is no scope for complacency. The number of fatal accidents on the city roads should be further reduced by improving the road behaviour,” said Vijay Kumar.



No firing took place: Police
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The alleged shooting incident in Sector 32 in which Sourav Malik, a supporter of the Hindustan Students Association, was injured, took a new turn when the police denied that no such incident had taken place in Sector 32.

“In fact, Malik had an altercation with the accused at the Sectors 42-43 roundabout where the accused had opened fire. Two shots were fired and the police has recovered two shells from the spot,” claimed sources.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Kirpal Singh, station house officer of the Sector 34 police station, said no shooting incident had taken place in Sector 32 last night.

Last night, Malik, who was admitted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 after being hit by a bullet in his left arm, gave statement that some members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University had opened fire at him and his friends on the road separating Sectors 32 and 33. However, he was changing his statements, added sources.

With the latest findings, the case has reportedly been shifted from the Sector 34 police station to the Sector 36 police station. Earlier, the police has registered a case under Section 307 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25/27/54/59 of the Arms Act against three youths, including Vikramjit Singh, alias Vikra, Amandeep Singh Brar and Rimpi, at the Sector 34 police station. While Vikra is said to be a student of Panjab University, Brar and Rimpi are reportedly studying in the Sector 32 SD College.

Malik, a last year’s pass out of DAV College, Sector 10, had an altercation with the accused. Presently, he is a student of IIPM, New Delhi, and had come to the city in connection with the student elections.

When contacted, DSP (South) BS Negi refused to comment. He, however, admitted that the incident did not take place in Sector 32 as claimed by the victim and his friends last night. “We are verifying the facts on the basis of statements given by the complainant,” said Negi.

Sources said the police was also contemplating of registering a case against the complainant in case he was found lying.

No arrest has been so far in the case.



Parsvanath developers told to refund Rs 10.42 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The Chandigarh District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked Parsvanath Developers Limited to refund Rs 10.42 lakh deposited by a complainant as earnest money for allotment of a flat in the controversial Prideasia project.Delivering directions on the application of a Jaipur resident, the forum comprising president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota also directed the developer to pay 15 per cent interest per annum on the amount along with Rs 25,000 towards the
litigation cost.

“It’s a classic case where a consumer is being duped from all angles. The developer had been enjoying the benefit of the amount deposited by the complainant. They are not paying him any interest on the said amount and are not raising construction over the site. The developers are not in a position to handover the possession of the flat to him and when he asked for the refund of the amount, they are deducting half of the amount. The entire episode took place due to the unfair trade practice adopted by the developer in collecting the money, without getting any clearance from the authorities and without ascertaining the title to the land. The developers, therefore, cannot be permitted to take the benefit of their own wrongs and get richer at the expense of the buyers,” observed the forum.

The complainant, Ajay Kumar, a resident of Jaipur, applied for a residential flat with Parsvanath Developers Limited and deposited Rs 10.42 lakh as earnest money along with the application form. However, the developer failed to make any development at the site and the complainant sought cancellation of the allotment and refund of the earnest money along with interest.

Parsvanath Developers Limited, however, pleaded that if the complainant wanted the refund, he had to apply for the cancellation of the allotment and in that eventuality Rs 5,90,750, the five per cent of the basic price of the flat would be forfeited.



BJP seeks removal of MC secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
A deputation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by local unit president Sanjay Tandon and accompanied by Gurcharan Dass Kala, Anil Dubey, Ram Lal, Surinder Jagota, Rajesh Gupta, Sarita Sharma, Raj Kumari Mishra, Jagjit Kang and Harjinder Kaur, all MC councillors, met Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil and submitted a memorandum demanding removal of MC Secretary Lalit Siwach.

The deputation brought it to the notice of the Administrator that Siwach was continuously “misbehaving” and having biased attitude towards the councillors of the opposition parties. Since the Mayoral election held on January 1, 2011, the conduct of Siwach was not fair with the councillors of the opposite parties and BJP brought it to the notice of the Secretary, Local Bodies, and other senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration several times, but in vain.



Gp Capt Dargar is TETTRA School chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The Air Force’s No.1 TETTRA School saw a change of command with Group Captain Sanjeev Dargar taking over as the Commanding Officer from Gp Capt S Padegaonkar today.

Gp Capt Dargar holds a BTech degree in computers and electronics from Kurukshetra University and subsequently did his MTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

He is trained on MiG-27 aircraft and has served at Hindon, High Grounds, Kalaikunda and Gwalior. Prior to this posting, he was serving at the Directorate of Maintenance and Planning at Air Headquarters.



sgpc elections
‘SAD getting bogus voters registered’
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 2
On the last day when papers were submitted to get voters registered for the forthcoming SGPC elections, independent candidates in fray today alleged that the ruling SAD was getting bogus voters registered.

On Friday, Arvinder Bedi, the officer in charge of Hardeep Singh, an independent candidate, claimed that aanganwadi workers had been engaged to submit papers to register voters. The entire drama continued at the district administrative complex (DAC) before Arvinder Bedi, who also brought it to the notice of Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam, raised an objection.

Today, 1,127 forms were submitted and there was just one person to accept the forms from 10 am to 4 pm. There was hardly any time to verify each form.

Only few days ago the independent candidates had alleged that the administration was hand-in-glove with the ruling group to register voters in bulk without their physical presence.



acid attack
Assailants still at large
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 2
A day after the incident of two unidentified youths throwing acid on occupants of a car at Daun Petrol Filling Station near Kharar, the Mohali Police remained clueless about the whereabouts of the assailants.

The driver of the car, Rakesh and two girls, Swatika and Shefali, suffered serious injuries when acid was thrown on them. Swatika’s condition, who was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, continues to be critical.

Though the police has named one of the suspect as Bhupesh, it has not been able to arrest any one. The Mohali SSP said the police was raiding different places to arrest the suspects. A case of attempt to murder has been registered against the suspects.



Delegates given live cadaveric demonstration of surgical techniques
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Prof SBS Mann, former head of the otolaryngology, head and neck surgery department of the institute today inaugurated the ENT surgical workshop at the PGI.

The surgical workshop began with live cadaveric demonstration by Prof Ashok Gupta, head of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery department (Unit II), PGI, and the organising chairman of the event. He spoke about the importance of having a thorough knowledge of basic anatomy along with a proficiency in the latest advancements in the field in order to excel.

Dr Gupta said this was the first time in the history of the institute that an image-guided navigation system was used for cadaveric dissection. “The Image guided system is the advanced innovation in the field of endoscopic surgery which provides intra-operative correlation with preoperative radiologic images thereby improving the precision in skull base surgeries,” said Dr Gupta.

Image guided system was used in all types of surgeries like endoscopic dacrocystorhinostomy, powered adenoidectomy, functional endoscopic sinus surgery and thyroplasty.

The live surgery session started in the afternoon. The whole session was live and interactive with full participation of the audience in the intra and postoperative question answer session. The sessions were enriched with knowledge and experience and were evident by the active participation of the delegates.



Workshop on childhood disability
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
A pre-conference workshop of annual national childhood disability conference was inaugurated here today by Dr JP Singh, member secretary of the RCI.

The Conference is being co-hosted by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics and Regional Institute for Mentally Handicapped (RIMH) at Government Medical College and hospital, Sector 32. Dr Singh emphasised the need for integrated services for children with disabilities. He also highlighted the need for preventive measures at early stages.

Prof BS Chavan, joint director of RIMH, addressed the meet. In his address, he focused on the needs of preventive medical care to the children at earlier stage so that disability can be prevented.

He also highlighted the activities being carried out at the RIMH at different fronts, which includes medical care, therapeutic interventions, and special education.



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