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UT’s ambitious IT project struggles to find feet
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
Almost six years after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technolony Park (RGCTP) to provide “world-class integrated infrastructure necessary for the setting up of facilities/campuses by leading technology companies and other IT/ITES/BPO companies for the first time in this region”, the UT Administration’s ambitious project is still struggling to find its feet as an IT hub.

In fact, the hosting of the two-day technology extravaganza e-Revolution from September 23 here should provide enough food for thought to the UT Administration to mull over the reasons of the IT Park going off the track. The event will focus on the growth of small and medium businesses (SMBs) and the IT-enabled Services (ITeS) and outsourcing market in the region.

While the promised jobs for thousands of youths have failed to come by, the investment, running into thousands of crores of rupees, was yet to materialise. The venue appears more an entertainment destination, with the DLF mall drawing the biggest crowd at the venue. Even the Ministry of Home Affairs has gone on record flaying the “non-IT activities” of the DLF at the IT, which has basically “an entertainment avenue”. Not only that, the UT Administration is in the process of cancelling the plots of major IT firms, including Wipro, Rolta and eSys Technologies, for allegedly violating terms and conditions of the allotment. The issue was that the firms were not shaping up as promised.

A state-of-the-art Entrepreneurs’ Development Centre (EDC), being set up by the UT Administration for providing incubation space to young entrepreneurs, is yet to see the light of the day. At least two dates were fixed earlier. The expected jobs have, naturally, not come.

To cash in on the IT boom, the UT Administration acquired 123 acres of land to develop the First Phase of IT Park as a Tier II city. Another 267 acres were acquired in 2004 for Phase II of the IT park.

The land acquisition became highly controversial, with the farmers whose land was acquired being paid peanuts and allegations of IT companies, allotted land, “being favoured”. The controversies took their toll with major investors shying away from investing in Chandigarh.

The end result was that out of 26 companies, which were allotted land for the setting up of the IT firms, only seven launched their ventures.Data revealed that of the companies allotted land, only Infosys, DLF Infocity Developers Limited, Tech Mahindra, Bharti Airtel, FCS Software Solutions, RT Outsourcing Services Limited and Karin Informatics Services Limited had started their operations from the IT Park.

Reasons for slow progress

n Controversies surrounding land acquisition

n IT firms’ general reluctance to set up business

n Region’s general non-conducive IT environment

n Bureaucratic redtape and inability to think out of box

IT exports

n According to the figures provided by the RGCTP authorities, the software export has crossed Rs 1606 crore in 2010-11 fiscal. The park holds much more potential in case more IT firms started functioning.

Procedural wrangling

n Procedural delays, including the sanction of the building and layout plans of the IT firms, were the major reasons for the failure of many firms coming up with projects at the IT Parks. However, recently the pace of work had picked up at the IT Park with a number of built-to-site spaces being taken up by small entrepreneurs.— VK Singh, Finance-cum-IT Secretary



GMCH 60 senior residents on mass casual leave today
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
Medical services, including emergency, are likely to be severely hit at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, tomorrow as over 60 senior residents (SRs), who are manning a majority of services at the hospital, have decided to go on a mass casual leave to protest against the administration's failure to fill up vacancies.

The doctors have also threatened to go on an indefinite strike from October 6 if their demand of filling up of vacancies is not met in 15 days. Interestingly, the mass casual leave by SRs comes barely two days after the UT administration cleared the file, albeit after a delay of over three months, for new appointments.

However, despite the clearance of the file, a majority of these 86 vacancies of SR, demonstrator and emergency medical officer are likely to remain vacant as most candidates selected have found placement elsewhere and have declined to join.

The Chandigarh Tribune has been continuously highlighting the problems being caused in the daily functioning of the hospital due to the shortage of SRs.

According to a senior resident, work will be hit in all departments, including emergency. He said the mass leave of 24-hour duration had been called to draw the attention of the administration and the higher authorities towards the shortage of SRs and junior residents (JRs) for the previous six months.

He said the shortage had not only compromised on work efficiency, but overburdened SRs both physically and mentally. This was leading to inability to provide quality patient care, he said.

Expressing surprise at the attitude of the administration, which kept sitting over the file of successful candidates for over three months, another SR said despite the deteriorating condition in the hospital’s working, nothing was being done to the end the crisis. He said the hospital authorities had been given a three-day notice for the mass casual leave.

He said the demands of SRs included immediate recruitment of SRs and JRs by conducting walk-in interviews for vacant posts within the next 15 days and interviews on a regular basis, depending on the shortage and need for SRs and JRs in the hospital, as was the practice at hospitals all over India, including the PGI and AIIMS.

The doctor said SRs also demanded that the total working hours of SRs and JRs not exceed 48 hours a week so that patient care was optimised. When contacted, the director-principal, Dr Raj Bahadur, said he was not aware of the mass casual leave.



GMSH -16
Ventilators lying unused
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
In yet another example of how scarce resources are squandered, thanks to official apathy and sheer lack of planning of those at the helm, two life-saving ventilators, which as such are always in short supply at the PGI, are lying unused and in a condemned state for the past many years in Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH-16).

Besides the fact that nearly Rs 14 lakh of public money has been literally wasted by not using the ventilators, many precious lives could have been saved by putting these to proper use.

The ventilators were reportedly bought in 2002 and were used only for two years have been dumped in the hospital’s general OT store. Though the hospital has a seven-bedded ICU-cum-CCU facility, critically sick patients, who require ventilators for their survival, are usually referred to the PGI. If insiders are to be believed, the GMSH refers almost six to seven patients everyday to the PGI and of them, at least one is critically ill and in need of a ventilator.

While senior functionaries of the hospital, including the Medical Superintendent (MS), refused to comment on this issue, sources claim that even during the two initial years when the ventilators were available in the ICU, they were hardly used, as the required expertise to operate these was never there.

A senior doctor said questions were raised even in 2002 on the need for purchasing ventilators for a secondary hospital. He said the ventilators were bought without hiring the requisite staff.

Authorities unmoved

n Hospital MS Rajiv Vadhera refused to comment on the issue despite being given a written query. In a typical bureaucratic response, at least unexpected from a professional doctor, he said, “Your query has been forwarded to the Director Health Services and after he responds, the same will be conveyed to you.” However, repeated calls to him later elicited no response.



Home Guard held for theft at police station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
A Home Guard volunteer with the Chandigarh Police, who is the son of a UT police Sub-Inspector, was today arrested for allegedly stealing a motorcycle belonging to his father’s colleague, also a Sub-Inspector, from the parking premises of a police station.

The police arrested Home Guard volunteer Vikram. The bike was stolen while it was parked opposite the Sector 36 police station in the parking lot a few days ago.

Sub-Inspector Gian Singh had lodged an FIR at the Sector 36 police station that his motorcycle (CH-04-B-4633) parked opposite the police station near the Sector 36 park was stolen somewhere between September 10 and 12. The police today nabbed Vikram, son of SI Baldev Singh, in a case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC.

The accused was posted in the PCR wing of the police and is a resident of the Sector 26 police lines.

SHO Sector 36 police station Inspector Sukhbir Rana said investigations brought to light that the accused was in the habit of committing thefts and more recoveries of stolen vehicles were expected from him. 



Duronto engine delinks from bogies
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
The engine of the Amritsar-Chandigarh Duronto Train (12242) detached from the bogies near Mohali here today, causing panic among the passengers.

No one was, however, injured in the incident. The engine separated and continued its journey, while the bogies were left stranded on the tracks. The train arrived 20 minutes after the scheduled time.

According to sources, the engine got separated as the coupling pin, which attaches engine with the rake, was damaged near Mohali. The two kept on moving separately, as the driver of the train, Rajinder Singh, had missed the detachment of bogies. When he realised the development after he entered the Chandigarh area, he applied brakes. It was found that the rake had been left in the Mohali Area. The driver reversed the engine and after removing the technical snag took the train to Chandigarh.

Station Superintendent Parveen Kumar said, “The engine got separated from the rake just 2 km from Mohali. The driver noticed the separation and stopped the train after travelling to some distance ahead of the rake. As per the requirements, the engine could not be stopped immediately which could have caused injuries to the passengers, as the rake could hit the engine with a thud from behind.

Meanwhile, a team of senior officials from the Ambala division arrived at the local railway station to inquire into the cause of the incident. The team also found the fault with the coupling pin, which was damaged due to vibrations, the sources added.



LCD TVs in Shatabdi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
The Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi train will become the first express train to provide passengers their favourite programmes live on television free of cost.

According to information, the Northern Railway has finalised a plan of fixing 8-inch LCD TV screens in front of all seats in the Executive Class and Chair Cars of the Shatabdi train originating from Kalka.

After the success of this trial run, LCD TV screens would be fitted in other five Shatabdi trains, including Amritsar Shatabdi, Lucknow Shatabdi, Bhopal Shatabdi, Ajmer Shatabdi and Dehradun Shatabdi, said a senior Northern Railway official.

The facility had been introduced keeping in view the stiff competition from Volvo buses and the aircraft carriers that were providing the same facility for the entertainment of the passengers. Live TV programmes would enable the passengers to catch up with the latest news and other entertainment, including cricket matches.

It is relevant to mention here that the Northern Railways had a trial run of the service in Kalka Shatabdi a few months ago and the service providers, who will be allowed to air advertisements and share a part of the advertisement revenue with the railways, will operationalise the TV service.

“The response was encouraging as many service providers have already shown keen interest to provide the service. While passengers will be catching up on news and entertainment free of cost, the private service provider will share the revenue earned from the programmes. However, the purpose behind launching the TV service is to provide value-added service and not to earn additional revenue,” said the official.



Kurali firing: Cops book victims, assailants
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 19
Apparently acting under political pressure of the ruling group, the Mohali police today slapped a case of attempt to murder and under the Arms Act against the victims who were injured in the yesterday’s firing incident at Kurali.

The police also registered a similar case against the assailants who had fired at the youths outside the office of Panthic Morcha candidate, Bhajan Singh Shergill.

Six youths, Guriqbal Singh, a nephew of Congress leader Rajbir Singh Padiala, Ravinder Singh Gill, Mandeep Singh Goldy, Gurpreet Singh, Amandeep Singh and Satnam Singh were injured in yesterday’s firing. The assailants are learnt to be closer to a senior Akali leader of the area.

Certain eye-witnesses told the police that some youths, who came in a Ford Endeavour SUV, got out of the vehicle and suddenly attacked those present in the office and later started firing at them. In the melee, the window glass pane of an ATM counter was also broken.

But the Mohali police claimed that following investigation, it had been found that two groups had clashed and persons on both sides had been injured. Superintending of Police ( Detective) Bhupinder Singh Virk said two of the injured youths, Ravinder Singh, a resident of Lakhnour, and Mandeep Singh Goldy, a resident of Jhingra, had fallen apart over some issue. Last night, the rear view mirror of the car owned by Ravinder Singh got damaged by the vehicle that was being driven by the other group.

Following this, the two groups clashed and fired gunshots at each other, said the SP. The police has recovered the Ford Endeavour car used in the attack. Meanwhile, the condition of two of the youths, who were admitted to the PGI, is said to be serious. 



Another Snehalaya inmate recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
One more child missing from Snehalaya was recovered by the UT police from New Delhi today. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (South) BS Negi, the child, identified as Raju, was recovered from Balgiri Ashram in old Delhi.

He was among the 12 children who had escaped from Snehalaya by scaling the boundary wall of the children’s home.

The police had found at least a dozen inmates of Snehalaya, a shelter for homeless children run by the UT administration, who had been reported missing during the past eight months.

Two of the six inmates reported to be missing recently were traced by the police in their home state of Bihar. 


UT yet to set up Consumer Protection Council
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
Even though Chandigarh is leading the country on the judicial front of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), with the highest average percentage disposal rate of 97 per cent yet on the administrative side, the city has failed to establish any Consumer Protection Council (CPC) even after 25 years of the enactment of the CPA in 1986.

Under Sections 6 to 8 in Chapter II of the CPA the setting up of the CPC is mandatory which provides for the establishment of the council at the Central and state levels for the avowed purpose of promoting and protecting the rights of the consumers.

Initially, the provisions were not compulsory, but the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act of 2002 made the creation of councils mandatory by incorporating Section 8A, which states that the state government (UT administration) shall establish for every district by notification, a council to be known as the District Consumer Protection Council (DCPC) with effect from such date as it may specify in such notification.

The DCPC would consist of members such as the Collector of the district who would be the chairman and such number of other official and non-official members representing such interests as may be prescribed by the state government.

The council would meet as and when necessary but not less than two meeting to be held every year and the members would meet at such a time and place within the district as the chairman may think fit and would observe such procedures in regard to the transaction of its business as may be prescribed.

Chandigarh, Consumer Courts Bar Association president Pankaj Chandgothia, said, "The amendment was made effective from March 15, 2003 (World Consumer Day), but even after more than 8 years of the amendment, the UT administration continues to ignore the legislative intent adversely affecting the consumer protection movement in this area”.

Recently, in a DO letter to the departments concerned, GN Sreekumaran, joint secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, New Delhi, has stressed upon the need for establishing the district and state councils, at the earliest.

Chandgothia further alleged that in the absence of these statutory councils, private consumer protection associations were mushrooming, some of which were exploiting the consumers on the pretext of guidance.



Dadu Majra begins protest against stink
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
Residents of Dadu Majra today began an indefinite protest against the lackadaisical attitude of officials of the municipal corporation (MC) near the dumping ground and garbage-processing plant here.

The residents alleged that as the plant was not lifting the entire garbage everyday, MC vehicles had been throwing it at the dumping ground, which emanated foul smell.

They said if claims of the authorities of only glass, stone, iron, silt and ‘malba’ being thrown at the dumping ground were to be believed, there should not be any foul smell.

During the protest, the residents did not allow the garbage-dumping vehicles to enter either the dumping ground or the garbage-processing plant.

Area councillor Kamlesh, who was among the protesters, complained that residents had been approaching the MC and UT administration authorities for the previous one month, but in vain.

MC sources said in view of the protest, a committee had been formed, which would monitor inert vehicles of the processing plant before throwing garbage at the dumping ground.



3 days to go — Ram Niwas’ parting gift?
 Convenes meeting on proposal to cut building misuse penalty
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
Just three days before he is scheduled to be relieved from duty and repatriated to Haryana, his parent state, UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas has convened a crucial meeting tomorrow to deliberate over a proposal to drastically reduce the penalty for misuse of buildings in Chandigarh.

The meeting is significant as a decision taken therein can, after being approved from the higher-ups, result in a major policy change having financial implications. The decision will affect a large number of city residents, particularly those associated with commercial property, who have been charged with violations and misuse.

The proposal, mooted by the Deputy Commissioner in the last week of August, envisions reducing the penalty from Rs 500 per square foot to just Rs 100. The Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board, the Special Secretary (Finance), the Chief Architect, the Estate Officer, Assistant Estate Officers and the Legal Remembrancer are among those scheduled to attend the meeting.

The rationale behind the proposed move to reduce the penalty, sources familiar with the issue say, is that violators are reluctant to pay the high penalty and invariably, go in for appeal and legal redressal, thereby lengthening the official procedure and increasing expenditure. The penalty, depending on the area, often runs into several lakhs and in some cases, is over Rs 1 crore.

On the other hand, a section of the establishment is of the view that stiff penalties serve as a deterrent against violations. Soft punishment, they fear, can encourage further misuse of premises. There are a large number of cases of misuse of premises in both residential and commercial areas.

The matter was placed before Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Shivraj Patil on March 7 during a public grievance meeting, following which he had constituted a committee comprising top functionaries of the Chandigarh administration to examine the issue.

Sources in the estate office said close to Rs 50 crore was still to be recovered from violators, who had been served notices since 2007. In any case, the alleged violators had appealed against the notices. The penalty was increased to Rs 500 per square foot in 2007 with a view to curb the growing instances of misuse.

Thi penalty was Rs 50 per square foot earlier in case of misuse of less than 25 per cent of the site and Rs 100 per square foot in case of misuse of more than 25 per cent of the site in residential areas. For commercial premises, it was Rs 20 per square foot for ground-floor violations, Rs 10 per square foot for other floors and Rs 40 per square foot for open area.



senior citizens’ annual event
‘Walk for Fun’ tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
The UT police will organise a ‘Walk for Fun’ for senior citizens at the Sukhna lake here on September 21. The walk will be a part of the month-long celebrations of Senior Citizens Day.

Inviting all senior citizens to participate in the walk, DIG Alok Kumar said the walk was a fun-filled exercise and there would be no competition or race.

The registration for senior citizens would commence at 6 am and completed within half an hour. The walk for 500m and 1,000m would start at 7:15 am in four batches.

“Senior citizens are advised to participate in the walk only if their health permits it. It is an event organised to show the strength of senior citizens and unite them on a common platform,” he said.

Brig Keshav Chandra (retd) of the Senior Citizens Association said more than 1 lakh senior citizens had been supportive towards them. The walk would be followed by interaction with UT Inspector-General of Police PK Srivastava.

The event was first organised by the police in 
association with the association in 2002. 



Anna’s team to get ‘vachan patra’ from councillors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
Ahead of the Municipal Corporation elections, social activist Anna Hazare’s team, India against Corruption (IAC), has also decided to start an awareness campaign among the voters of Chandigarh to vote for the right candidate.

The members of the IAC said that they would ask residents of Chandigarh to get a ‘vachan patra’ filled from the candidates contesting elections from their ward and that would fix the candidate’s accountability and even have a column that if the councillor failed to fulfil his or her promise then the ‘vachan patra’ should be considered as their resignations.

IAC local coordinator Rahul Bhartiya said that Anna had told the IAC team that in next 3 months, they would be holding referendums against or for taking vachan patras from, all the people who would be contesting the MC elections. Bhartiya said that the Chandigarh IAC team has started appointment of India Against Corruption Representatives in all the sectors of Chandigarh would be holding awareness programs in their respective sectors.

Bhartiya said that they would also ask the voters to get the vachan patras signed by the contestants seeking votes to fix their accountability. The IAC team claims that the vachan patras will include four clauses that if a contestant wins the MC elections, he will have to give a progress report of their particular ward every six-months, after one year they will have to disclose their development report along with the money allotted for development, where and how was the money spent, the elected councillor will have to hold a ‘Janmat’ as to whether they are satisfied with the councillors work or not and if the councillor fails to get more then 50 per cent votes then his vachan patra should be considered as his/ her resignation.

“If a councillor doesn’t hold a ‘Janmat’ ever year then also we will demand his resignation”, Bhartiya said.

The IAC members claimed that the teams would be going to colonies and slums every week and telling them about the Janlokpal Bill.



Inspector in dock for ruckus at disco
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
A former SHO of the Sector-17 police station, who is currently an inspector, is facing an inquiry for allegedly creating ruckus at a discotheque in Sector 8 on Saturday night.

Following a complaint against Jaswinder Singh at the Sector-3 police station, senior police officials marked a departmental inquiry into the matter.

DSP Kamaldeep Singh was entrusted with the inquiry. The incident took place on the night of September 17 at Scores, whree Jaswinder allegedly misbehaved with two girls.

The harassed girls approached bouncer in charge Surjit Singh and told him that the inspector was misbehaving with them. As the bouncer confronted the inspector, he allegedly abused and thrashed him.

Surjit submitted a complaint at the Sector-3 police station. As part of the inquiry, the police recorded the statements of Surjit and other staff members of the discotheque. The CCTV footage of the discotheque was being scrutinised.

The police also recorded the statements of the two girls concerned. It was also alleged by the owners of the discotheque that the PCR Gypsy came late after they called up the police control room.

The police did not conduct the medical examination of the inspector even two days after the incident. The police said they received the complaint after a delay of 14 hours and therefore, the medical examination could not be conducted.



sector watch
Life in Sec 25 a nightmare for residents
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 19
Bumpy roads, wild growth of weed and constant stink emanating from a garbage dumping ground has proved a nightmare for residents of Sector 25. HUDA seems to have forgotten about the basic amenities to be provided to the residents after setting up a habitation, says SS Gill, president of the House Owners’ Welfare Association.

The dumping ground adjoining Sector 23 not only lead to increase in number of diseases, thereby making life of residents a virtual hell but has also act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies, he said. As all efforts of the residents, including meetings with district and HUDA officials and protests, failed to make an impact on the authorities, the only option left is to knock the doors of the court to get justice, said Gill.

“We are planning to move the court as officials of every department have failed to perform their duties,” said Anil Pangotra, a resident. “The residents will file a case making the officials responsible for maintenance of roads and removal of wild growth of weed in the area as a party in the case,” said Pangotra.

(Above) Wild growth of grass on a vacant plot at Sector 25, Panchkula. (Below) Roads in a deplorable condition in Sector 25, Panchkula
(Above) Wild growth of grass on a vacant plot at Sector 25, Panchkula. (Below) Roads in a deplorable condition in Sector 25, Panchkula. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal



Cops oppose bail for rape accused
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 19
The Panchkula police on Saturday opposed the bail application filed by two accused in a rape case. The police, in its reply, stated that bail to thee accused would hamper the investigation.

The accused, Kuldeep Singh and Ajay Arya, in their bail application, had alleged had that events mentioned in the FIR were concocted and deliberately drafted by SHO Aman Kumar as he had good relations with the complainant.

The police and SHO Aman Kumar, in the reply, refuted the charges and stated that they had conducted a fair probe into the case and filed a charge sheet against the accused.

The police also informed the court that after an inquiry by a DSP-level officer, SP Maneesh Chaudhary had suspended assistant sub-inspector Mahmood Khan, additional SHO of the Sector-14 police station, for not conducting a fair probe.

On June 7, the police registered an FIR against Ajay Arya of Sector 21 in Chandigarh, Amarinder Singh of Mansa Devi Complex in Sector 5 of Panchkula and Kuldeep Singh of Sector 39 in Chandigarh under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The victim had stated that after her car broke down at Sector 14, the accused approached her and offered her a lift in their car. The victim had alleged that after she refused to take their help, they pushed her into their car and later raped her.



Acid attack
1 succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 19
In the 15-day-old incident of two motorcycle-borne youths throwing acid on three occupants of a car, Rakesh Reikhy, a proprietor of Rudraksh Immigration, Phase I, and two girls, Shivatika and Shifali, near the busy Daun petrol filling station, Kharar, one of the victims, Shivatika, has succumbed to her injuries at the PGI today.

Since the day of the incident, the deceased had been under treatment at the PGI. The Station House Officer (SHO) of the Balongi police station said following death of the girl, the case of attempt to murder has been converted into a case of murder. Two Kharar-based persons, Hardip Singh (34), alias Deepa, and Jagwant Singh Bantu (19), who have been arrested would now be tried under the charges of murder.

A few days ago, the suspects on being arrested by the police had revealed that the acid was thrown at Rakesh only and they had no grudges against the girls. One of the girls, Shivatika, had received serious burn injuries in the incident. One of the accused, Hardip Singh had a de-addiction centre, Disha Foundation, at Kurali.

One of the woman employees at Rudraksh Immigration, who used to visit the de-addiction centre for the treatment of her husband, developed relations with Hardip. During the course of meetings, Hardip presumed that Rakesh was harassing the woman. 



chandigarh theatre festival
‘Hadh Kar di Aapne’ a real entertainer
 Laced with incisive wit and humour
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, September 19
Entertainment unlimited with every dialogue laced with incisive wit and humour was ensured during the presentation of a Hindi comedy play “Hadh Kar di Aapne” on day three of the ongoing Chandigarh Theatre Festival at Tagore Theatre here today.

The play written by Meer Muneer directed by Om Katare depicts an unusual happening in a middle class family when, the wife of the head of the family, aged 52 announces a breaking news of her pregnancy much to the surprise of the family members, including her daughter Gauri (25), and son-in-law Bablu (30). At the very outset, the news comes as a matter of concern for Shukla to face the eventual criticism by relatives, friends and the people around, especially when their young daughter and husband who are living with them are issueless.

“At this age…?” that’s the reaction that came from one and all close to the family. This breaking news dramatically turns the attitude, lifestyle, inter-personnel chemistry within the house.

However, Bablu and Gauri’s parasitic living on the expenses of father-in-law Mohan Shukla remains an issue of constant infighting in the family. The sequences generate a chain reaction and conflicting views but all in sardonic humour

The actors maintained a pace adhering to perfect timings of a comic performance and kept the interest of the audience alive and at the same time maintaining suspense. Dialogues were brilliantly delivered and each character of the play gave immaculate performance. The background music and dances added glamour to the performance of Omkatare (Mohan Shukla), Damini Kanwal (Radha Shukla ), Deepshikha (Gauri ) and Aniruddha Nag( Bablu).

Chief Guest Urvashi Gulati , chief secretary, Haryana, honoured the artistes . Essay Communication, Mumbai, will stage a play “Lakeerein” directed by Salim Arif tomorrow.



Encash leaves of retirees: PUTA tells PU authorities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
Irked at the university’s denial of leave encashment of retired teachers, the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) has demanded inclusion of the issue in the agenda of the forthcoming syndicate scheduled on September 27.

PUTA president Akshay Kumar said the teachers were shell-shocked, as their right of encashment now stood at 240 days. He further said,” It is their right, as they have served the university for decades. Not only this, we want PU to revert to the old encashment policy of 300 days as in Guru Nanak Dev University. The demand was put forth at the executive meeting of the association where several other demands were also made. A charter of these demands was given to Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti when the members met him to take stock of the pace of CAS promotions.

“The VC once again assured us that more than 40 CAS interviews are scheduled, and by October-end the rest of the cases too will be taken care of. PUTA also took up the issue of giving two additional increments to those who joined as teachers with a M.Tech. and L.L.M”.

Other demands

n Preventing different research Chairs created in the name of eminent persons from being converted to open professorship arenas. A search panel should be constituted that will invite scholars in the area after consulting the department and the present practice of advertisement of the Chairs and holding interview should be done away with.

n A detailed academic calendar, including meetings of the Syndicate/ Senate and interview schedule under the Career Advancement Scheme of the UGC, should be prepared much before the beginning of the session.

n Status of occupancy and vacancy in the guesthouses and university hostels be made online without any delay.



Tricity Scan
BJP conference

The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), District II, organised a conference for party activists under the chairmanship of district president Santosh Mishra. The conference was addressed by state president Sanjay Tandon, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan, former MP Satya Pal Jain and party organization secretary Ratinder Tyagi. The sammelan was attended by district office-bearers, mandal and samiti presidents, district conveners of all morchas and cells. While addressing the party activists, Tandon said the recent hike in petrol prices was unnecessary and uncalled for, he blamed the Central Government for putting unnecessary burden on common man.

Free anti-rabies camp

The Municipal Corporation organised a free anti-rabies vaccination camp for dogs in association with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Sector 41 on Monday. As many as 52 stray dogs were vaccinated

Anti-encroachment drive

The Municipal Corporation on Monday carried out an anti-encroachment drive in Patel Market, Sector 15, and issued 50 challans to defaulters. Following the orders of Lalit Siwach, additional commissioner and enforcement inspector Kashmira Singh along with five other sub inspectors and supporting staff of the enforcement wing of the MC carried out the drive and seized 5-truck load of various items displayed in the passages of the market.

Decline in donations at PGI

PGI has reported a decline in donations for the Poor Patient Welfare Fund, recently. “We sincerely appeal to public to donate funds generously, so that we can serve the poor section of our society by giving them medical facilities. The donations are accepted at the Poor Patient Cell. The donations are accepted in the form of cash or cheque or bank draft. The cheque has to be in favour of the Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh. The receipt for the cash donation can be obtained immediately from the cell and for cheque after its realisation. The donors can avail tax rebate under sub clause iii (f) of Section 80G (2) of the Income Tax Act 1961.”, a press note said.

Fashion show

Aditya Verma from Chandigarh won the “Dudes and Diva” show organised by Rock n’ Roll Institute, Sector 35-D. Vinee from Himachal Pradesh was crowned Miss Diva.

Hindi month

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Panchkula, celebrated Hindi month on their premises. To celebrate Hindi month, BEL authorities organised five competitions. Vice-president (corporate communication) Dr Ashok Kumar said that the prize distribution function of these competitions would be held on September 30.

Grandparents day

Euro Kids International School, celebrated grandparents day with great enthusiasm here on monday. Students were full of energy and zest as they honoured their grandparents. The grandparents accompanied their kids at the given time, and were welcomed by the respective teachers. Speaking on the occasion, Hardil Sher Singh, regional manager, EuroKids, said, “We are happy to be able to give the kids an opportunity for fun and games at the same time inculcating important values in them.” —Tribune Reporters



Hostel allotment to go online next year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19
In a bid to lend transparency to its hostel allotment system, Panjab University, has decided to make its hostel admissions online from next year and is already working towards developing a new software.

At a meeting held in this regard, the key aims of the online process were chalked out and forwarded to the computer centre. Initially, the application will be submitted on pen and paper and later on will switch to online mode.

“We will graduate to online application slowly but for now the allotment list merit etc will be online to bring transparency. The details have been finalised today and the computer department has been asked to devise the software,” said Dean student Welfare AS Ahluwalia.

Going by the sources, the move aims to place the allotment details in public view and relieve the Dean student welfare office of dealing with the pressures from senators, senior government officials, politicians, bureaucrats and even student leaders.

“DSW office is always under immense pressure as every year the number of applicants increases by three times and everybody wishes to get in but it is not possible. The system will ensure that only meritorious students get into the hostels and possibility of a backdoor entry will also be done away with. The system will also come handy in dealing with illegal occupants,” added Ahluwalia.

PU currently has sixteen hostels - eight for men and eight for women on the campus and the seat to applicant ratio has risen to 1:5 this year. 

Curb on late-night entries

In addition to making allotment online, PU is also planning an online entry schedule for hostels. According to the plan, it will be accessible by the local guardians and parents of students. it will help curb menace of late-night entries or nigh outs.



Education notes
TV anchoring

Chandigarh: Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26,Chandigarh, in collaboration with the National school of Media (NSM), organized a workshop on TV anchoring and news reading on Monday. The students were apprised about the technical nut bolts with demonstrative use of high-end cameras, lights, chroma and trained crew members.

Second autumn school

The second autumn school on the theme “Hands-on-Exposure to Neuropharmacological & Molecular Biological Tools” is being organised from September 19 to 24 at UIPS under the UGC networking programme. The event was inaugurated on Monday in Golden Jubilee Hall of the Panjab University campus. The University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the first and only pharmacy institute in the country to be selected for creating UGC Networking Resource Centre by the MHRD to promote research in the field of pharmaceutical sciences.

Moot court contest

The final round of Surana and Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition- 2011 (India North) was conducted at the University Institute of Legal Studieson Monday.The final rounds were judged by Justice SK Mittal, Justice Rajiv Bhalla, Justice Surya Kant Justice RS Randhawa , all judges of Panjab Haryan High Court, in addition to G.K Chathrath, Senior Advocate and Dean Faculty of Law.Justice MM Kumar, Acting Chief Justice the Punjab and Haryana High Court presided over the valedictory function. GNLU, Gandhinangar, was adjudged the best team, NLU, Jodhpur, was the runnersup. The best memorial was given to team from NLU, Jodhpur, and second best memorial to the team from Dr. RMNLU, Lucknow. Satyam Thareja from NLU, Jodhpur, was adjudged the ‘Best Student Advocate’ and Kunal Chaturvedi from GNLU, Gandhinagar, adjudged the ‘Second Best Student Advocate’. And the team from UIL, PURC, Ludhiana, was awarded the ‘Spirit of Surana’ award.

Music demonstration

VChandershekhar (assistant manager in Radel Music Company), a famous flute artiste of karnatic music from Bangalore, gave lecture -cum-demonstration in the Department of Music, Panjab University on Monday. After his recital, a renowned vocalist, Dr. Arvind Sharma (specialised in north Indian music) gave lecture -cum-demonstration on South Indian compositions.

Joint placement programme

The Chandigarh Group of Colleges recently launched a joint placement programme. The programme aimed to aid college placement facilities from its own students to all students across northern India. Students from various colleges were asked to apply online with their CVs for various forthcoming placement drives.

Green run

The environment Society of India and students of Chitkara University, Punjab Campus, organised a “Green Run” on Monday. A group of approximately 40 students came dressed in green T-shirts to spread awareness on environment issues. The team also planted trees at Sukhna lake. — TNS



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