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Woman, child found dead in Sukhna
Kaimbwala resident was ‘mentally disturbed’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
In a heart-rending incident, the bodies of a woman with her two-year-old son, squeezed tightly in her arms, were retrieved from the Sukhna Lake here this morning. The bodies were stuck in a marshy growth near the regulator end of the lake, suggesting that the woman jumped to her death with the child.

The two were later identified as Parvati and her son Aklesh, residents of Kaimbwala village.

The victim’s family identified the bodies later in evening and told the police that the woman was mentally disturbed and was suffering from depression.

Though the family members have denied any dispute between the woman and her husband or her in-laws, the police suspects that a feud may be the reason behind her extreme step.

The matter came to light around 8 am, when rowers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), taking part in their regular rowing session, approached the regulator end of the lake and noticed the two bodies stuck in the bushes near the forest end of the water body and informed the police control room. Two motorboats were pressed into service to retrieve the bodies.

It took the rescue team over an hour to reach the scene and return to the police-post end of the lake with the bodies.

The woman’s body was clad in orange-coloured salwar-kameez, while the child was wearing a red-coloured shirt and had blood clots in the mouth

Both bodies were shifted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where they were kept in the mortuary.

“The woman apparently came from the forest area and went towards the regulator end from the Saketri side. A pair of slippers was found on the bank close to the bodies,” said lifeguard Ravinder, who retrieved the bodies from the lake.

A purse containing Rs 1,050 was also found on the body.

Ruling out foul play, Sub-Inspector Hari Om, in-charge, lake police post, said they had examined the body and there were no injury or struggle marks.

“The woman’s relatives have also claimed that there was no dispute between the woman and her husband or her in-laws. The reason behind the extreme step is still a mystery. The family members broke down on seeing the bodies as they had been searching for them since yesterday,” he said.

Shock for visitors

Visitors assembled in large numbers at the police-post side of the Sukhna Lake as the bodies were brought there in a motorboat. A policeman held the child’s body for over 10 minutes, hoping for someone from the crowd to recognise him. A visibly shocked visitor said: “How could a mother take such an extreme step and kill her child?”



Dengue claims its first victim in city
11-year-old student of St Peter’s School dies at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The deadly dengue fever claimed first life in the city today with 11-year-old Abhinav, a resident of Dhanas, falling prey to the disease following complications arising out of it. Though a doctor at the paediatrics department of the PGI confirmed it to be a “dengue” death, UT health officials claimed that they had no information in this regard.

According to doctors at the PGI, Abhinav, a class-VI student of St Peter’s School, Sector 37, was admitted to the paediatrics department on Thursday evening and was shifted to the ICU last evening after his condition deteriorated. “He reportedly died at 7 am, 48 hours after being admitted to the hospital,” said a doctor on the condition of anonymity.

The doctor said Abhinav’s medical history revealed that he had been to another hospital before being brought to the PGI in a serious condition. His platelet count at the time of admission was 30,000, much below the normal count, and despite being given platelet transfusion, his condition did not improve. The doctor claimed that though the laboratory report was awaited, all symptoms confirmed dengue.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the victim’s aunt, Suman Rana, said Abhinav had not been keeping well since Tuesday and a private doctor, who had been treating him, had referred him to the PGI on Thursday.

Meanwhile, one more positive case of dengue was reported today, taking the total number of such cases to 61 this season.

What is a platelet?

Platelet is a component of blood that prevents bleeding and helps in clot formation. Normal platelet count in a human body is up to 4 lakh. In dengue patients, it drops below 1 lakh. Regular monitoring is needed if the platelet count goes below 50,000. Platelet transfusion is necessary when platelet count goes below 50,000.



MC Ticket Tussle
Battle of sexes at Cong meeting
Chander Mukhi Sharma, Anu Chatrath slug it out
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh Chandigarh, November 5
Serious differences emerged between two senior Congress leaders and municipal corporation (MC) ticket aspirants, in the presence of Union minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, during a secret meeting of the party here today.

Chander Mukhi Sharma, councillor from Ward 1, and Anu Chatrath, councillor from Ward 2, were keen on contesting MC elections from Ward 2. The reason was that Ward 1 had been reserved for women, but Chatrath was reportedly reluctant to contest from there as it was a new challenge for her.

Party sources revealed that the meeting was convened by Bansal to mediate on allotment of MC wards. The sources said Chatrath clearly stated during the meeting that she would not contest the elections if the party did not allot her the ticket from Ward 2.

The sources said Bansal had not yet revealed his stand on the issue. After mediating between them for about three hours, he directed both to resolve it among themselves, lest they would have to go by the party’s decision.

In another meeting, Bansal directed office-bearers to recommend three candidates from each ward so that the core committee could finalise the list of candidates. Taking lessons from past experiences, it was decided that the party would preferably field local candidates this time.

Mayor opts out

Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh has not sought nomination from any ward for the forthcoming MC elections. His constituency, Ward 21, has been reserved for women this time round. Other Mayors and Congress councillors have applied for nomination from one ward or the other.

Core committee

The Congress has constituted a three-membered core committee to scrutinise applications for the 26 wards and finalise candidates. The committee has Pawan Kumar Bansal, local Congress president BB Behl and Chandigarh unit vice-president Ram Pal Sharma as its members.



Railway Bonanza
Goa special for revellers this New Year’s Eve
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
In a New Year bonanza for city residents, especially revellers, the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) today announced a special train to Goa after Christmas in December this year. The train will enable city revellers to be in Goa on the New Year’s Eve.

Each passenger will be charged Rs 5,000, which will cover expenses for travel, food and stay at hotels during night halts at Mumbai and Goa.

Chief Regional Manager (North) RK Sondh said the dates to run the train were being finalised.

He said the train would halt for a night at Mumbai and reach Goa in the morning of the New Year’s Eve. After a two-day halt at Goa i.e. on December 31 and January 1, the train will return to Chandigarh.

Sondh said the tour would offer passengers free meals, accommodation and a horde of other facilities during the trip. The passengers would also be covered under the insurance scheme, he added.

Under the IRCTC’s Bharat Darshan Programme, 12 special trains were planned to be launched next year, which included eight to various destinations in South India, including Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Tirupati.

He said two trains would leave for Somnath via Rajasthan. The train would pass through Jaipur, Ajmer Sharif, Udaipur, Mount Abu and Dwarika.

They were also planning to launch a special train to seven Jyotirlingas, besides a special hill chartered luxury train on the Kalka-Shimla section to target foreign tourists visiting the hill station throughout the year.

The Chief Regional Manager said a special train would also be launched from New Delhi to Vaishno Devi and Srinagar. The train would reach Amritsar in the morning and after taking the passengers for sightseeing to Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh Memorial and Attari-Wagah international border, it would leave for the Vaishno Devi shrine. A similar train would be launched from New Delhi to Srinagar.

Rs 5,000 per ticket

Each passenger will be charged Rs 5,000, which will cover expenses for food and stay at hotels during night halts at Mumbai and Goa


Modal Solar City
Admn redrafts ambitious plan
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
After facing objections twice on its master plan to develop Chandigarh as the modal solar city, the UT Administration has redrafted its ambitious plan, hoping that this time it would get nod of the Central government.

“The master plan, on which the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had marked some objections for the second time, was again ready after making necessary corrections. It would be sent to the Central government after getting it cleared by the UT Adviser,” said Santosh Kumar, director, UT science and technology department.

Only two cities, Chandigarh and Nagpur, have been selected by the Government of India to develop as the modal solar city in the country.

“This time the objection of the union ministry was that we have not included the proposed projects in the master plan. As we have done the needful, so we hope that this time our ambitious plan would be approved,” said Santosh Kumar.

Even though the UT’s master plan is yet to be approved, the Central government has already announced a grant of Rs 18 crore to the city’s solar projects but the funds would only be released after the nod of the Union government.

When asked whether the deadlines of completing some short-term targets- 10 per cent reduction in present energy consumption in residential, commercial and municipal (street lighting) sectors till 2012- would be achieved, Santosh Kumar added that the deadlines would be shifted.

“These deadlines have to be completed within three years after the approval of the master plan,” he said.

The UT Administration had appointed the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), New Delhi, as its consultant for preparing the master plan, while the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society under the aegis of department of science and technology has been given the mandate to achieve the set targets.

So far, the UT Administration has already got solar power plants in the Judicial Academy, Sector 43; Punjab Energy Development Agency building, Sector 33; Punjab mini-secretariat, Sector 9, besides the lights of Rose Garden have been put on solar system.

The detailed project report for installation of solar power plants have been submitted to MNRE by the UT Administration, included model central jail, Burail, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, and judges’ houses in Sector 19 with the cost of Rs 4.4 crore.

The other two proposed solar projects worth Rs 10 crore are installation of 272 KW solar plants at the Police Lines, Sector 26, and 400 KW plant at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



MC rules? No bother!
Part of Sector-30A park encroached upon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
In blatant violation of municipal corporation (MC) rules, a resident of Sector 30-A has encroached upon a portion of a public park located opposite his house through a carpenter who has been engaged to make furniture for of his house.

During a visit to the park, it was found that at a corner of the park near his house, the carpenter, along with his appliances and accompanied by his helpers, were busy making furniture. The raw material was lying on the roadside berm outside the house.

Accepting the fact, Vijay Phawa, occupant of the house, said he was using the public place to carry out woodwork. He said he had taken permission from the MC earlier to temporarily dump ‘malba’ in front of his house for renovation. He claimed that the carpenter was using MC land for a short period and he did not take permission from the authorities as they had no policy on it. MC city beautification committee chairman Pardeep Chhabra said it was strange that residents were using the internal parks for personal purposes. He said the General House had recently approved horticulture bylaws, which are pending with the UT Administration for notification, under which provisions for hefty fines had been fixed for the misuse of green space in the city.

MC enforcement inspector Kashmira Singh said developed green space was not allowed to be used for any other purpose by residents, except as a garden. He said it was a clear case of encroachment on the MC land and action would be taken against the defaulter.

There is no provision in the Municipal Corporation Act under which a resident can be permitted to use MC land for making furniture for domestic or commercial use. I have not taken any permission from the authorities to use government land for this purpose

— Vijay Phawa, Sector 30-A resident

Illegal activity is being carried out on MC land. Nobody is allowed to use internal parks for private purposes.

— Kashmira Singh, enforcement inspector, municipal corporation



Haryana to resend panel, but with ACRs
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The Haryana government will send the same panel of three IPS officers to the Chandigarh administration that were recently sent back by the UT administration for the post of SP (Traffic).

While sending back the panel, the UT administration had told the Haryana government to send a fresh panel or submit the annual confidential reports (ACRs) of these three officers.

Sources said the Haryana government had decided to resend the panel, but this time with their ACRs. The sources added that as the process of deciding the names for a fresh panel would take time, the government decided to complete the ACRs of the three officers.

The Haryana government had sent the panel of Maneesh Chaudhary (Deputy Commissioner of Police, Panchkula), Hemant Kalson (SP Vigilance) and Rajender Kumar (SP Crime).

Of these, one has already submitted the copies of his ACR till 2010 to the state government, while the others are expected to submit theirs in a day or two.

Initially, the UT administration had raised objections to the panel of three IPS officers — Sibhash Kabiraj, Saurabh Singh and Rajender Kumar. Thereafter, the Haryana government had sent a fresh panel.

The government had sent the panel to replace earlier SP (Traffic) Hardeep Singh Doon, who had joined the Chandigarh Police as SP (Traffic) on July 30, 2008, and got promoted to SSP in February, this year. His tenure ended on July 30. Currently, DIG Alok Kumar holds the charge of SP (Traffic).

City SP (Traffic) Post

UT’s objection

While returning the panel of three police officers recommended by the Haryana government, the UT administration had told it to either send a fresh panel or submit the annual confidential reports (ACRs) of these three officers



Global conference to mark TBRL’s golden jubilee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Delegates of over 13 countries will participating in High-Energy Materials Conference and Exhibit (HEMCE) 2011 being organised here by the Chandigarh-Delhi Chapter of the High Energy Materials Society of India (HEMSI) from November 10-12 to commemorate the golden jubilee year of Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL).

Dr Manjit Singh, director, TBRL, said the theme of the conference would be on the development and characterisation of high-energy materials for insensitive munitions and advances made in detonics to provide scientists an in-depth understanding of various aspects of high-energy materials. Dr Srikumar Banerjee, chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, and secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, would be the guest of honor at the event where representatives from the DRDO, ISRO, DAE, academic institutions and the industry would be present.

The emerging world of nano energetic, green explosives, detection and disposal of IEDs would be the thrust areas of the conference and this would open new avenues for application of these materials in defence, space and the civilian sector. An exhibition of industrial products like processing and evaluation equipments, instruments and software for energetic material research would also be held, he added.



No appointment letters disappoint candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Candidates, who had cleared the test conducted to recruit assistant project coordinators for various streams by the Sarv Shikhsa Abhiyaan, has expressed their concern for appointment letters not being issued.

The government had advertised 80 posts in December last year. There were 20 posts of Assistant Project Coordinator (Finance) and 20 posts of accounts officers. “We cleared the test and then also appeared for counselling in May this year”, said one of the candidates. “However, the authorities concerned have not issued the appointment letters yet”, he added.



Mohali woman mom at 65!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
After 40 years of married life, 68-year-old Hakim Singh and his wife Jaspal Kaur finally had a baby at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana about 10 days back.

Confirming the report, hospital’s gynaecology department head Dr Promila Jindal said, “Jaspal Kaur is 65 years old. She delivered a baby boy through caesarian about 10 days ago and was discharged on Thursday.”

Hailing from Rampur village in Mohali, the couple had been trying to have a child, until she had menopause.

The couple underwent infertility treatment at a local clinic. She had conceived with the help of a donor egg and became pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation.



Advani Yatra to enter city on Nov 17
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
Jan Chetna Yatra of BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishan Advani will enter the district on November 17. The state BJP leaders including Krishan Pal Gujjar, Ram Bilas Paswan, and Rattan Lal Katria would be present to welcome Advani, said Gian Chand Gupta, party treasurer, Haryana, while talking to media, here today.

The yatra will enter Chandigarh and after halting at roundabouts of Sector 7, 8, 17 and 18, it will proceed towards Nariangarh, Kala Amb before reaching New Delhi through Uttar Pradesh, he added.



Panic as body goes missing
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 5
Panic prevailed at General Hospital, Sector 6, today when a body of baby went missing. The body was kept on a stretcher and was to be taken for post mortem examination when doctors found it missing. The police was informed and it was revealed that victim’s uncle had taken the body without informing the authorities.

Sources said it was at 11am that Vinay, the victim, was playing at his home when he fell in an under construction water tank. His uncle rushed him to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.






The hospital infection control committee of the PGI organised a CME on “Best practices and quality control in sterilisation” on Saturday. The director of PGI, Prof Yogesh Chawla inaugurated the event. The objective of organising the CME was to educate resident and nursing officials of the PGI about best practices and quality control in sterilisation techniques in order to reduce the hospital-acquired infection.

BSNL connections snapped

Over 1,000 BSNL landline connections in Sectors 28, 29 and 30 were snapped after cables were stolen from duct near the Tribune chowk. BSNL maintenance staff is working to restore the services, which are likely to be restored within two or three days.

Student wins laurels

Rajat Sain from GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has won first prize in the “Freeze out photography” competition in Soch-2011 being organised at Panjab University. The theme was “Guts Glitter and Glamour (3G)”.


Awareness week

The Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, Mohali, observed the vigilance awareness week from October 31 to November 5. Lectures, seminars, debates and essay competitions on corruption were held on Saturday.

Cultural extravaganza

Small Wonders School, Phase VII, Mohali, celebrated its annual function “A Blast from the past” on Saturday. Director Sandeep Singh and principal Herdip Nama were present on the occasion. The highlight of the programme was a semi-classical dance performance by students in the age group of 2-4 years on the song “Mohe panghat pe nandlal ched gayo re”. The showstopper of the event was a bhangra performance wherein enthusiasm and zeal of Punjabis was depicted in a beautiful manner.

Global conference

Sixty papers on diverse aspects such as engineering, technology and management were presented at the International Conference on Recent Advancements in Technology and Management held at the Continental Group of Institutes, Jalvehra. The conference was attended by about 200 delegates from different institutes and universities. Dr Gurnek Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Granth Sahib University, Fatehgarh Sahib, was the chief guest and Dr KS Ghuman was the guest of honour.


Foundation year

Vedic hymns and recitals created a pious ambience at Hansraj Public School, as Swami Devvrat was the chief guest on the occasion of the 14th Foundation Year of Arya Samaj, Panchkula, here on Saturday. He enlightened audience about the principles and works of Swami Dayanand Saraswati and Arya Samaj. Dr Puneet Bedi, regional director was the guest of honour. — Tribune Reporters



dav college
Management to re-probe Josan case
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Dr BC Josan Chandigarh, November 5
In a complete U-turn of the event, the DAV management committee at a meeting held in Delhi today decided to conduct re-inquiry against Dr BC Josan, suspended principal of DAV College, Sector 10.

The management at a meeting held in October had accepted the inquiry report that had found Josan guilty of various charges.

Highly placed sources said the management had decided to hold re-inquiry in Josan’s case. Although the management is yet to decide over the panel that would be holding the inquiry again.

During a meeting held on October 17, the inquiry report was tabled before the management committee, in which Josan was found guilty of few of the charges, out of 15 charges framed against him.

The management had given him 10-day time to reply, following which a final decision with regard to his status as the college head was to be taken.

The case had earlier featured in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, following which the Panjab University Registrar had revoked the suspension of Josan. The management committee was asked to initiate an inquiry and take action. Following the university orders, Josan had started coming to the college recently and had placed his table in front of the college principal’s office to carry out his “command”.



Another gizmo by PEC students
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Students of the PEC University of Technology have developed an automatic robot to solve the problem of industrial automation. This team presented their robot at the IIT Madras annual technical fest “Shaastra” this year and came second among the teams participating from all over the country.

The six-member team comprised Anshul Bansal, Abhinav Sharma, Abhishek Mehta, Naman Kumar and Bikramjot Singh.

Anshul Bansal, one of the team members, said it took two months and a lot of hard work for the team to complete the robot. “The robot moves blocks from one position to another depending upon the colour of the blocks. The robot has a camera fixed to its head to detect the colour of the blocks and decide the destination accordingly,” Bansal said.

Specifying the details about the robot further, Bansal said the robot had been developed in a way that it identified the objects with similar colour and placed them together in various destinations. “The model can be developed and introduced in industries to reduce the labour cost and increase the efficiency,” he said.

Abhinav Sharma, another team member, added that it was difficult for the robot to detect colours and alphabets, as they change appearances depending upon environmental light. “The team had to test their robot in different lighting conditions to achieve the final working robot,” Sharma said.

The students said they launched their quest to build a robot that was different from other robots prepared by the students from across the country that were presented at the technical fest held at IIT Madras earlier this year.

Bansal said this robot was different from others, as it was completely autonomous and had the capability to detect the types of blocks and take them to various destinations accordingly.

“This provides a good prototype to solve industrial automation problems. The scope is good and actual real life models can be developed based on this model,” he added.

  • The robot won second prize at the IIT Madras annual technical fest “Shaastra” held this year where various teams from across the country participated.
  • The robot is unique from others, as it is completely autonomous and has the capability to detect types of blocks and take them to various destinations accordingly.



Degrees conferred on engg student
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
The 41st annual convocation of the PEC University of Technology was held today and a total of 370 students completed BE in various disciplines and 23 graduated with honours.

A total of 169 ME students also completed their degree and two students completed their PhD. This was for the first time that the degrees were conferred on PhD candidates.

Addressing students at the convocation, chief guest Shivraj V Patil, UT Administrator, emphasised on the new education policy, launched in 80’s, which targeted the importance towards science and technology, awareness and spirituality.



Plantation drive to mark environment campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
“Saristhi”, the Environment Society of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, organised the save environment awareness programme in collaboration with the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes on the college premises.

A rangoli competition on environment related issues was organised for college students. A plantation drive was also held in which saplings of amla, jamun and arjun were planted. Saplings of medicinal plants were also distributed among students and faculty members.

The programme was organised to spread awareness among masses about issues like global warming, conservation of forest and water, recycling of waste, renewable sources of energy, checking of air pollution, restricting the use of polythene and plastic and disposing the garbage at proper place.



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