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Fire at rubber recycling unit
Worker suffers 65 pc burns, taken to hospital an hour later
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
A factory worker suffered 65 per cent burn injuries in a fire that broke out at a waste rubber recycling unit in Industrial Area, Phase II, here today.

The victim, Ramesh, remained lying in the factory for over an hour before he could be taken to the PGI, Chandigarh, after being referred from General Hospital, Sector 6, here.

The victim’s condition deteriorated due to the delay on part of the factory employees in shifting him to the hospital. In fact, factory employees present at the scene neither shifted Ramesh to the hospital nor inform the fire brigade officials about the casualty after they had arrived at the scene to extinguish the fire.

The fire broke out at Colour Udyog on plot No. 220 of Industrial Area, Phase II, around 2 pm and the fire brigade was informed.

“We got a call at 2.14 pm and a fire tender was pressed into service. After the fire was quelled, some outsiders told us that a worker with severe burn injures was lying on the first floor of the building. We immediately took him to the hospital,” said a fire brigade official.

“It’s sheer callousness on part of the victim’s colleagues, as they failed to inform us about the casualty. He could have otherwise been shifted to the hospital much earlier,” said another fire brigade official.

As it was lunch time in the factory, a majority of staff were not working. Otherwise, it could have been disastrous.

The factory owner, Ashwani Jindal, said he had set up new technology — Parolysis Rotary Vessel — just two months ago. The vessel is used to recycle waste rubber. With temperatures reaching 300 degree in the vessel, tyre parolysis oil is collected by decomposing rubber in the absence of oxygen. It is then used in manufacturing hard rubber products like hose pipe and mats.

While burning tyres through this technology, the metal wires get isolated. Ramesh was recovering these wires from the vessel when the carbon from the hot vessel fell on him, which set off the fire, said Jindal.

“I was not there at the time of the incident. However, my brother Ravinder Jindal was at the scene and he had asked the injured worker to take rest in a room on the first floor. The victim had claimed that he was fine and did not need immediate medical attention,” he added.

Burning issues

n While the SDM said Ramesh suffered 65 per cent burns in the incident, a doctor at the General Hospital, Sector 6, claimed that the victim got 95 per cent burns

n Eyewitnesses said blasts were heard before the fire broke out in the factory

n After the first fire tender returned, panic button was pressed again as the smoke started coming out from tyres lying on the premises around 3.34 pm. Two more fire tenders were later pressed into service.

n District administration officials, including SDM Sharnjeet Kaur Brar, reached the scene 2 hours after the incident i.e. at 4 pm. However, a press release of the administration claimed that the officials had reached the scene soon after the incident.

Past fire in brother’s unit

n On August 21, 2008, a major fire had broken out in a neighbouring chemical industry owned by Ashwani Jindal’s brother. It had taken 11 fire tenders six hours to douse the blaze then.




booth  scam
Action, finally 
40 allottees to get notices
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The UT Administration, which has been sitting on the infamous booth allotment scam inquiry report for the past eight months, is now finally going to issue notices to the 40 booth allottees whose affidavits were found to be incorrect. These affidavits had been submitted by the allottees to the estate office and, during initial checking, were found to be false.

Sources revealed that along with these allottees, the UT Administration was also planning to call officials of the estate office, whose names figured in the report prepared by former UT Additional Deputy Commissioner PS Shergill.

Until now, officials who were named in the report had not been given any opportunity to say anything. The UT Administration would now give them the opportunity to explain.

In his approximately 1,000-page report, which rocked the city in March this year, Shergill had pointed to the involvement of top politicians and senior officials, including city MP and Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, former UT Adviser Pradip Mehra, former Deputy Commissioner RK Rao and former Mayor Pardeep Chhabra, among others.

The report had stated that the financial dimensions of the fraudulent allotment ran into crores, including money paid to politicians, police officials and officers of the estate office.

The estate office, further strengthening the claims of illegal allottees, had done several bogus surveys and inspections, the report had stated.



change of land use
Officials’ laxity, Admn’s loss
Fee realisation by estate office Rs 5.07 crore short
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
‘Inefficiency’ or ‘carelessness’ by officials with the UT estate office of the UT Administration has resulted in the loss of Rs 5.07 crore while charging conversion fee for change of land use in certain cases.

The loss has been pointed out in an audit and inspection report prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the accounts of the UT estate office for the period from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011.

The department, the report points out, had not adhered to the proper directions while calculating conversion fee in the cases in question.

The audit report has gone on to point out that no reply for less charging of fee has been furnished by the officials concerned so far.

In a case related to an industrial plot owner, the audit report has pointed to a short realisation of fee amounting to Rs 4,95,68,220.

In this case, which relates to plot 51 (2,394.6 square yard area) at Phase I of the Industrial Area for conversion of the plot into a commercial site, the audit report has pointed to the department’s folly in fixing the rate of conversion fee, resulting in short realisation. The report clearly states that the department did not comply with the terms of the ‘Chandigarh conversion of land use of industrial sites into commercial activities/services in Industrial Area Phases I and II, Chandigarh Scheme, 2005’.

The department had fixed the rates of conversion fee as Rs 29,713 per square yard. As per rules, the actual fee was Rs 50,413 per square yard.

This meant that the department had charged Rs 20,700 per square yard less than its actual rate.

The application was received after December 18, 2007, and the permission granted during the fiscal year 2010-11.

Similarly, the estate office charged less fee, amounting to Rs 12.2 lakh, in the case of conversion of 10 plots meant for animals into residential use under the Chandigarh Milk Colony Allotment of Sites Rules, 1975.

The report states that the estate office had allowed eight plots meant for animals for conversion into residential use on a payment of Rs 1,600 per square yard up to October 14, 2010, and Rs 2,500 per square yard with effect from October 15, 2010.

The collector rate was Rs 2,080 per square yard up to October 14, 2010, and Rs 3,228 per square yard during 2010-11. This had resulted in a revenue loss of Rs 6,85,446 to the UT Administration.

For the other two plots, which were 328.42 square yards in size, the department had accepted conversion applications, with fee at Rs 1,600 per square yard, along with a bank draft in 2010 while the conversion was allowed in 2011. By that time, the collector rate had been revised to Rs 3,228 per square yard.

The report observed that had the department demanded the conversion fee after clearance of all objections, it could have earned Rs 5,34,667 more.

Rules for conversion

n The conversion fee to be paid by the applicant will be 50 per cent of the average price of commercial sites fetched in the auctions held in the past three years. The fee will be further reduced by 50 per cent in view of location disadvantages of the sites in Industrial Area, Phases I and II. In case of applications received on or after December 18, 2007, the conversion fee applicable shall be calculated by taking into consideration all auctions of the past three years. The years in which no auction took place are not to be counted while calculating these three years.

n For conversion of area meant for animals into residential use, it shall be converted on a payment of Rs 1,000 per square yard or the collector rates, whichever is higher, as conversion fee.

Blissfully ignorant

I am not aware of the audit report. I have to check it before commenting on the issue.— Rahul Gupta, Assistant Estate Officer



With not enough time, Mayor a rubber stamp
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The city’s first citizen continues to be a mere rubber stamp on decisions of the municipal corporation (MC) as all Mayors during the 15-year duration of the corporation have complained that the period is not sufficient to come to terms with the official rigmarole of handling the corporation.

A number of senior officers in the Administration and all top political heads concede that the administration needs to look into the suggestion of extending the tenure of the Mayor. In the immediate neighbourhood, Himachal Pradesh offers a tenure of two years and-a-half to the Mayor and Punjab has five years, with executive powers vested with the Mayor. Records show that not a single Mayor in the past 15 years has come up with a project cleared and implemented in the same year. Resultantly, there are three major projects that have been hanging fire for the past more than 10 years. Seven small projects have been delayed for more than five years. These have been waiting approval from the Administration.

Mani Majra master plan

In 2001, the master plan of Man Mmajra was formulated, wherein 500 acres was lying vacant for the past 10 years. It was submitted to the UT Administration for according sanction, but it had failed to give approval till date.

According to the plan, the MC planned to construct a primary school, a sports complex, a hospital, a college and rehabilitation projects for oustees.

Extension of MC building

In 2004, the MC submitted drawings of extension plans of its own building, but till date, nothing had been done by the Chief Architect’s department.

In fact, the water harvesting project was hanging fire since long because till the building plan was approved and completed, the MC authorities could not instal it.

Multi-level parking

In 2005, drawings of six proposed multi-level parking projects were submitted to the Administration and till date, only a single parking plan had been approved by it.

In fact, the pilot project of multi-level parking had been scrapped by the MC as the UT Administration took a long time in granting approval to it and the contractor to whom the work had been allotted denied to construct it as the cost of the project had hiked by then.

Circus ground project

A project of Rs 60 lakh for converting the circus ground into an exhibition ground for proper maintenance of the space had been lying pending for the past more than three years.

Panel’s proposal

For adopting new norms on the pattern of Vidhan Sabhas, a legal committee was constituted under the chairmanship of former nominated councillor KS Raju to study the extension of the Mayor’s tenure from one year to two years and-a-half. It submitted a proposal that the MC could follow the Shimla model, where each mayoral candidate enjoyed a tenure of two years and-a-half.

Kamlesh, former Mayor and Congress candidate"Besides increasing the tenure of the Mayor, there is need that executive powers be bestowed on the Mayor so as to keep a check on the functioning of the bureaucracy by the civic body chief. People’s representatives are responsible to the public for every action of the authorities, but it is sad they have no control on the system, run by the bureaucracy."

Kamlesh, former Mayor and Congress candidate

Kamla Sharma, first Mayor and BJP candidate"A proposal was sent by the MC General House in 1996 that the tenure of the Mayor should be increased, but the UT Administration ignored it and did not take any action on it. For the betterment and planned development of the city, there is a need to increase the time limit of the tenure of the Mayor so that the projects mooted by the Mayor are completed in his or her tenure only."

Kamla Sharma, first Mayor and BJP candidate

Harjinder Kaur, former Mayor and SAD candidate"There is a need to increase the time limit of the Mayor’s tenure from one year to at least two years and-a-half, for which a proposal was sent to the Union Home Ministry during my tenure, but nothing had matured till date. There is need to have good governance to get projects approved from the UT Administration, rather than a lengthy tenure."

Harjinder Kaur, former Mayor and SAD candidate



They exemplify winning spirit
 Fought cancer bravely to live and inspire others

Former British Prime Minister and statesman Winston Churchill, who is considered one of the greatest orators of the 20th century, once said, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference". He also said, "Never, never, never give up". And these two quotes perhaps best describe the indomitable spirit of hundreds and thousands of cancer patients who have bravely fought the disease to live and become a source of inspiration to other patients. As we celebrate yet another Cancer Awareness Day, it is time to salute the ever-winning spirit of our own very Terry Foxes, who have won their personal battles with the disease, but continue to fight the war against cancer by making people aware of the advantages of its early detection and treatment. Anuja Jaiswal meets four such bravehearts.


Renu Sehgal (63)

Renu SehgalRenu Sehgal, former UT Chief Architect, has seen through all the suffering and pain. She has undergone denial and depression.

Her war has not ended as she sits at a counter at the PGI, counselling patients. From designing buildings to counselling has been a long journey. She says cancer has made her "brave".

As president of the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Centre at Sector 15, which was started in 1997 by her sister, Neelu Tuli, who died of cancer in 2006, Renu said the NGO was engaged in creating awareness among patients that cancer was not the end of the world.

"It was in 1996 that was diagnosed with the disease. The initial reaction was of denial. This was followed by days of depression. I thought my life was finished. Even when doctors and my husband said I would be fine, I was not convinced,” Renu said.

“When I finished my treatment, I thought of the others who would also have the same desire. I also realised that early detection is important,” she added.

Sandeep Mahil (37)

Sandeep Mahil (37)The year 2008 was a bad one for Sundeep. His separation with his wife was followed by detection chronic leukaemia. “I was working in Delhi when I started feeling weak and suffered from low-grade fever,” he said.

“I came back to Chandigarh to get it checked and discovered that I was suffering from cancer. I left my job as my doctor said I had only three months to live. I was completely shattered, but Sahayta’s president helped me a lot,” he added.

It was then that he decided to get associated with this organisation. Sandeep was now working as volunteer with Sahayta and now counselled cancer patients at the PGI.

He said his outlook had changed. “I live my life with fun and pursue my hobbies as a part-time job. I participated as intervention marshal in the F1 race,” he stated.

“I used to clean the track of debris and oil spills and oversaw convoy movement in case a safety car was called out,” he added.

Shobha Koser (65)

Shobha KoserKathak danseuse Shobha Koser faced several pauses in her life, but every time she came out stronger. From gangrene to cervical cancer, nothing could dampen her love for dance.

Shobha was diagnosed with cervical cancer when she was 54. She said, “My instant reaction was what would happen to my dance as my life was finished.”

Talking about her trauma, she said, “I started crying. My doctor told me that as it had been detected at an early stage and therefore, it was curable. Then I feel little better. I told myself that I have to fight the disease.”

“I started going for radiation therapy, but did not stop dancing. Everyday I practised dance and went to Sahayta for performance and met other cancer survivors for counselling,” she said.

After all, life was all about having fun. She said awareness, early detection, prompt treatment, positive attitude and the love of family and friends were indispensable to “survive, thrive, contribute and give back”.

Anita (47)

Anita (47)“It was a bad phase when I was detected with breast cancer. I got support from my family and colleagues,” said Anita, a teacher with Saupin’s School, Sector 32. She said, “I never thought that a small lump would be cancer. A PGI doctor removed lymph nodes and cyst without removing my breast.”

“During chemotherapy, my hair started falling and I felt bad to go to school, but my colleagues supported me. They told me not to worry as I would be alright very soon. I am not on medication, but regularly visit the PGI for check-up. My sister formed the Chandigarh Breast Cancer Trust after detection,” she added.

“I go there, meet people and convey the message through this trust that nothing is impossible. Always think positive and fight,” said Anita, who had two sons.

She said cancer was like any other chronic disease for its patients and could be fought with will. “My message to people is change lifestyle and avoid junk food. It is all in the mind. We need to have the will,” she added.


Exhibition at CII
Spy watches, spy pens catch fancy of visitors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Spy watches, spy pens, blackbox and a wide range of CCTV cameras caught the attention of visitors at an exhibition on security gadgets, Securecity-2011, at the CII in Sector 31 on the first day. The event is being held to mark the Chandigarh Police Week.
A man explains the working of a security gadget to senior citizens at the CII in Chandigarh on Monday.
A man explains the working of a security gadget to senior citizens at the CII in Chandigarh on Monday.

As senior police officials pressed on the increased need for installing these gadgets at homes for security, the wide variety of CCTV cameras available at prices ranging from Rs 4,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh were the main attractions. The spy watch is available at a price of Rs 8,000 and has an 8 mega pixel camera.

Based on the GPRS technology, the blackbox keeps a check on the live location of a vehicle and sends info straight to one’s computer screen or mobile phone in micro seconds. This surely brings a great relief to all transport companies and corporates for whom it was virtually impossible to keep an eye on its fleet and unscrupulous drivers.

“At a cost of Rs 12,000, the device not only acts as a deterrent to drivers, but also gives a valuable insight to an owner to reduce cost and improve efficiency,” said Santveer Singh Bawa, regional manager, Blackbox. He added that the company besides having a good clientele in India was also exporting goods to various places like Nigeria, Bangladesh and Thailand.

The exposition on “Safety & Security”, organised by the CII, displayed advanced technological solutions in the form of latest safety, security & surveillance gadgets & equipment for personal, commercial, industrial, residential and infrastructural security & safety.

In the residential security domain, products and services on display ranged from CCTV & DVR, electronic sirens, spy cameras, pen/watches and other accessories, portable emergency lighting, gas detection systems, portable fire extinguishers to door video recorders.

Companies displaying their gadgets included Abrol Enterprises, Advance Technology, Aska Equipments Ltd, Godrej and Boyce, Grand IJS, Hitech Point Technologies Pvt Ltd, Krishna Security & Automation Systems, LG Electronics, Magic Eye Securities, Minitec Systems, Prism Gas D P Ltd, Real Eye, Safety Circle Pvt Ltd, Security Defence Systems, Turbo Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd and ZeeTen Cybernetics Security Systems Pvt Ltd.

The exposition is on till November 8 at the CII headquarters, along with focused sessions with senior citizens, market and resident welfare associations.



Parade marks opening ceremony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The opening ceremony of Chandigarh Police Week was marked by a parade at the police lines in Sector 26 this morning. UT Administrator Shivraj Patil inspected the parade of the police and took salute.

Highlighting the need for strong and credible police to safeguard interest of the public, Patil lauded the Chandigarh Police for undertaking an ambitious plan of modernisation in order to have an cutting edge technology for combating criminals. He said, “Celebrating such weeks go a long way in raising the morale of the force and improving the image of police force in society.”

Chandigarh IGP PK Srivastava said the Chandigarh Police resolved to give people an effective, responsive and law abiding enforcement machinery by equipping them with latest technology. 



Talk on gender sensitisation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
A gender sensitisation programme was conducted by the Gender Equity Society at Post Graduate Government Girls College, Sector 11. Rajesh Jaiswal, an English lecturer, was the key speaker on the occasion.

Quoting text from Indian literature, Jaiswal spoke on the ill treatment of women in all walks of life.

Gender bias always alludes to bias against femininity, he remarked. College principal Dr Rraghu said Indian society is aware of the fact that there can be no home without a woman. Men, all by themselves can never turn a house in to a home. 



Queries on traffic dominate interactive session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Grievances related to traffic ruled the roost during an interactive session between the police and senior citizens on the first day of Chandigarh Police Week today.

While the interaction was meant to discuss issues related to security of houses and the increased need to install security gadgets, a majority of questions by senior citizens were related to the deteriorating traffic situation in the city.
An elderly person asks a question from police officials during interaction.
An elderly person asks a question from police officials during interaction. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan
(From right) Chandigarh IG PK Srivastava, DIG Alok Kumar and SSP Naunihal Singh answer queries of senior citizens.
(From right) Chandigarh IG PK Srivastava, DIG Alok Kumar and SSP Naunihal Singh answer queries of senior citizens.

“Traffic police pays no heed to the violations by rickshaw-pullers and cyclists. They never stop at a red signal and are never challaned. Only if there is some curb on them, accidents will reduce,” said a senior citizen.

Other issues that cropped up during the interaction were the rising number of crimes by juveniles, unsafe roads, short-staffed police in colonies, smoking at public places and absence of CCTV cameras at crime-prone areas.

Another issue that was raised by senior citizens was the need to form stricter rules to curb menace of drunk driving.

DIG Alok Kumar, who is holding the charge of SP (traffic) said they would conduct a separate workshop for traffic-related issues and residents should come up with issues of security around houses.

When the police was asked if Taj authorities were perturbed over the restrictions on traffic around Hotel Taj in Sector 17, Vinod Vermani, a Sector 15 resident, ended up asking the Inspector General of Police whether the hotel authorities were relatives of the police.

“Kya Taj Wale apke rishtedaar hain? Are Hotel Taj authorities your relatives?” asked a woman.

“Every other day you impose traffic restrictions around Hotel Taj making it difficult to commute freely in Sector 17. Why is it that the police imposes so much of security around Taj?” asked the woman.

The IG replied that international cricket teams stayed in the hotel and since their security was the responsibility of the UT police, traffic restrictions were necessary to impose. To which the woman asked as to why traffic signals with timers functioned even at late night hours when the traffic was minimal.

“My car was stolen a few days ago and then recovered by the police. I am in a peculiar situation as no insurance company is willing to provide insurance to my vehicle since it was once stolen. The police will challan me if my vehicle is not insured, but it’s because of the police that it is not getting insured. Please provide a solution,” she said. The IG responded by saying she should submit a complaint and the issue would be taken care of.



PGI’s dismissal order upheld
Appellant was thrown out for outraging modesty of patient
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Upholding the order of the PGI, the Punjab and Haryana High has refused to entertain Rameshwar Kumar, who was thrown out of service for outraging the modesty of a patient admitted to the intensive care unit, saying employee bringing disrepute to the institution he was serving could not be spared.

In reply to the appeal filed by Rameshwar Kumar, the High Court made it clear that employees in medical institutes, bringing disrepute by indulging in acts of outraging the modesty of patients, did not deserve to remain in service.

He was thrown out of service after an inquiry into the incident indicted him for the act. To make matters worse for him, Rameshwar Kumar had failed to receive any sympathy from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The stern ruling by a Division Bench came on an appeal filed by Rameshwar Kumar against the PGI director and another respondent.

In his appeal placed before the Division Bench of acting Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Rajiv Narain Raina, Rameshwar Kumar had challenged the judgement of the single judge, dated July 19 the previous year. The judge, vide the order, had dismissed his writ petition. At the time of the incident, Rameshwar Kumar was working as technician in the operation theatre.

Taking up the appeal, the Bench referred to the inquiry report to say: “There are categorical findings recorded in the inquiry report that the appellant has outraged the modesty of a patient, who was admitted to the intensive care unit, and also made derogatory sexual comment, while she was tracheostomised (surgery on wind pipe).”

In its detailed order, the Bench added: “The conduct of the appellant depicts depravity, having molested the young girl. The appellant had been working in the operation theatre. His statutory appeal has been dismissed and even the writ petition has failed with various remarks by the single judge.”

Before parting with the order, the Bench asserted: “Having heard the counsel, we are of the considered view that such an incident and conduct of a technician, operation theatre assistant, Grade III, in bringing the institution to disrepute, and working to the detriment of the confidence reposed in such high institution, the punishment of dismissal would be the only punishment. Accordingly, the appeal fails and the same is dismissed.”



Fervour marks Eid-ul-Zuha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Eid-ul-Zuha, which commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to kill his first-born son Ismail for God, was celebrated with solemnity and religious fervour at various parts of the city today.

Mohammed Mohiuddin, a muezzin at Jama Masjid in Sector 20, said Eid-ul-Azha or Bakra (Goat) Eid, as called in the sub-continent, was celebrated on the 10th day of Zul-Hijja, the last month of the lunar Islamic calendar, and also marked the end of Haj.

“The festival of sacrifice, also known as the Greater Eid, is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar after Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan. Muslims in large numbers offered special Eid prayers in various mosques,” he said.

The purpose of doing so was to sacrifice the evil spirit within oneself.



It is time to feast on mutton
Prices range between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000
tribune news service

Chandigarh, November 7
On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha, hundreds of goats and other animals were sacrificed across the tricity. The prices of goats this time went as high as Rs 50,000, depending on the breed. The range of goats that were sold ranged between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000.

A goat-seller who had come from Pinjore said there were various factors that determined the price of a goat. “If the animals bears Allah’s symbol, is black in colour, is of good breed and has Eid moon, a star on skin, then the rate is definitely expected to go high. Such animals are more in demand and the ones named after the stars are also sold at a higher price,” he said.

Nasim Ahmed, who went to purchase a goat at Mani Majra, said a healthy animal was available from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000. The pairs of goats were also available for sacrifice and a healthy pair of goats was available for Rs 40,000.

Mohammed Mohiuddin, a muezzin at Jama Masjid at Sector 20, said according to rituals, one needed to the sacrificial goat should be nurtured one year before being sacrificed and the animal should be loved and cared like a son. “One is supposed to make a sacrifice of a loved one. It is preferred to nurture the animal for one year before sacrificing it,” he said.

Mohiuddin further said after the sacrifice was made, the animal was divided in three parts. “One portion is kept for self, the second part divided among friends and family and the third distributed among the poor,” Mohiuddin said.

The sacrifice was not compulsion for all Muslims. One needed to be earning and free from any debt to sacrifice an animal.

The rates of animals also depended on demand and supply. The traders from the periphery of the tricity came to Chandigarh to strike a better deal.



Differently abled end protest with memo to Badal’s OSD
Tribune News Service

Members of the Physically Handicapped Association of Punjab and Chandigarh stage a protest rally at Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Monday.
Members of the Physically Handicapped Association of Punjab and Chandigarh stage a protest rally at Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photo

Mohali, November 7
Members of the Physically Handicapped Association of Punjab and Chandigarh today took out a protest rally against the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their demands. The rally culminated at the Sector 25 rally ground in Chandigarh. The association has been demanding implementation of the Persons With Disability Act.

After starting their three-day protest march from Khatkar Kalan, the native village of martyr Bhagat Singh, the association members went through different towns before heading towards Chandigarh. Riding on wheelchairs and tricycles, the union leaders submitted their memorandum to the Officer on Special duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister NS Sangha. He extended an assurance on behalf of the CM that all the genuine demands of the association would be taken up with the respective departments. The association said the Department of Social Security has been apathetic towards the welfare of the physically challenged.



ward no. 3
This ward has two different faces
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, November 7
Ward No. 3 presents two contrasting pictures. One side of the ward is developed and the other is yet to catch the attention of authorities. Residents alleged that a pick-and-choose policy was being adopted by the civic body while implementing development plans in the area.
Garbage dumped along a road at Ward No. 3 in Zirakpur. tribune photos: nitin mittal
Garbage dumped along a road at Ward No. 3 in Zirakpur. tribune photos: nitin mittal
A road that needs to be re-laid
A road that needs to be re-laid.
A well-maintained road exposes the bias of the authorities
A well-maintained road exposes the bias of the authorities

On visiting the area it was found that the development was far from uniform.

On the one hand, one could see well-maintained roads and spruced up parks.

Garbage was not found lying along roads and the area was cleaned up on a regular basis.

On the other hand, potholed roads, ill-maintained parks could be seen in other parts of the ward. Despite the fact that 15 housing societies are coming up in the area, the authorities have done little to improve the situation.

Heaps of garbage lying near Basant Vihar, Adarsh Enclave, Shalimar Enclave, Ganesh Vihar bare indifferent attitude of the authorities towards cleanliness. Unhygienic conditions prevailed along roads in most of the residential colonies.

Roads in peermuchalla, where more than 15 high-rise apartments have been established, are in a bad shape. Builders lamented that though they paid taxes on time, the area remained neglected. Despite repeated requests, nothing had been taken so far, they added. 

Residents Speak

It is difficult to commute on roads in the area. I don’t understand why the authorities have failed to get these repaired. We feel neglected. — Gautam, local resident.

Problems such as non-functional streetlights, no security gates, wild growth in vacant plots and low water pressure are haunting area residents. We have never seen a safai karamchari in the area.— Ricki walia, local resident. 

Cuncillor Speak

Most of the roads in the Ward No. 3 have been re-carpeted and the remaining ones will be repaired within a few months. The area has seen more development than any other ward in Zirakpur. Ajaib Singh, area councillor.— Ajaib singh, area councillor. 



‘Nearly 8 lakh people are diagnosed with cancer every year’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The department of radiotherapy in collaboration with the department of community medicine and Regional Cancer Centre, PGI, organised a cancer awareness and early detection camp at Indira Colony, Mani Majra, today. An exhibition-cum-poster presentation was also organised.

The camp and exhibition were inaugurated by PGI director Prof Yogesh Chawla. While addressing a gathering, Dr Chawla said the burden of cancer in India was increasing and nearly 8 lakh new cancer cases were diagnosed each year.

“Nearly 6,000 new cancer cases are seen every year in the PGI alone. The rise can be attributed to the changes in our lifestyle and diet,” he added.

He said one should stop consuming tobacco, as almost 48 per cent of cancers were caused due to smoking and chewing tobacco in India.

The three common cancers that occur in India are head and neck cancer, breast cancer and cervix cancer. There is a need for creating cancer awareness in the community.

Nearly 600 people visited the camp and exhibition and about 300 people were examined by the faculty and residents of the PGI. Charts were put up to educate the public regarding the early signs of cancer and the importance of early detection. Short films were also screened to make people aware of the ill-effects of tobacco.

Prof SC Sharma, head of the radiotherapy department, PGI, said the response of the camp was very good and he thanked the health workers of the community for mobilising and informing people. He hoped that people would understand the importance of early detection.



Power dept penalised
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 7
The Mohali Consumer Disputes Forum has directed the Punjab State Power Corporation to delete an amount of Rs 23,910 claimed as arrears from a bill charged from a subscriber.

The forum headed by BS Mehandiratta, president, while holding the power corporation responsible for deficiency in service, the forum directed it to pay a compensation of Rs 2,000 as litigation costs.

Jay Singh, a resident of Master Colony, Kurali, alleged that he had purchased house No. 250, Ward No.7, Master Colony, Kurali, Tehsil Kharar, from one Kamaljit Singh on December 29, 1995, where domestic electricity connection bearing account No. R65CK360951L was installed in the name of Varinder Singh. Since 1995, the complainant had been consuming electricity from this connection and had been paying consumption bills regularly, he added.

However, after the purchase of the house, he started staying in Delhi. He cane back to Kurali a few days ago. He received a bill in which sundry charges of Rs.15,837/- were claimed by the corporation. He approached the corporation and sought clarification about the impugned sundry charges.

The corporation stated that the meter reader inspected the connection in question and found that the complainant was running the provisional (provision) shop from his house and using electricity for that shop from his residential (DS) connection. 



Prosecution dept reels under staff crunch

Chandigarh: The UT administration has failed to fill vacant posts in the law and prosecution department as against the 23 sanctioned posts, the administration is working with only 14 people, which is affecting the work of prosecution in the district courts. — TNS



Social activists form human chain formed in Sec 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Various NGOs and city residents launched a “Right to Live Movement”. People from different walks formed a human chain in Sector 17.

The residents participating in the movement said the movement started from New York on September 17 with a slogan “Occupy Wall Street”, while adding that it was a movement of all those who were suffering on earth due to the corporate greed.

“Our government is inviting them by offering concessions in the form of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), whereas the poor are being taxed in the form of rise in prices of essential goods such as milk, vegetables, cereals and even fuel. During the last 10 years, there has been a steep rise in the GDP and share market prices,” said SP Singh convener, Tricity Social Organisations Federation.

Singh said they had gathered to support those who had stood up to resist corporate greed. Our protest is a link to “Occupy Wall Street”, a leaderless resistance movement, with people of many colours and political persuasions. “As a gesture of solidarity with billions of people fighting oligarchy of the rich globally and to integrate our voice with them we have named our movement as “Right to Life Movement”. 



Pruning trees need of the hour 

In this age of global warming, we talk of planting trees to save our environment for healthy living.

But callousness on the part of the authorities can lead to a negative aspect of this green message when excessive growth of trees on roadsides and close to residential houses threaten people’s lives.

As pruning of trees to required height is not done on a regular basis, the foliage of many trees cover traffic lights, hitting the smooth flow of traffic and posing a risk to the lives of commuters.

Moreover, many of these are so close to residential houses that these can fall, damaging property and taking precious human lives during the time of a storm or heavy rain.

The authorities concerned are requested to look into this problem before it takes toll on innocent lives.

Amrik Singh,
Phase 3A, Mohali



Chandigarh Scan
OPDs closed on Nov 10

OPDs in the PGI will remain closed on November 10 on account of Gurpurb, a gazetted holiday. Emergency services will function as usual.

Poster-making contest

Government Post Graduate College, Sector 46, in collaboration with the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes will be organising a poster-making competition on environment related issues tomorrow.

Vocational training

A three-day vocational training for teachers of the city on “Extraction technology of natural dye, aroma therapy and cultivation value addition of medicinal plants” was conducted by the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The training was organised by the UT department of forests in collaboration with the department of education. The training was attended by 15 school teachers led by Om Parkash, coordinator-cum-overall in charge of Eco Clubs. The idea of organising the training for school teachers was to train them in medicinal plant related subjects, so that they can conduct vocational training for school students of classes XI and XII.

Flag day

The Scout and Guide Flag Day was celebrated on Monday at Government Model High School, Sector 41, with great enthusiasm. Scoutmaster Gian Chand and guide captain Dalwinder Kaur led the rally organised by 32 guides and 32 scouts on AIDS and drug abuse awareness. After flag hosting, flag song and scout guide prayer was sung and pledge was taken by the scouts and guides.

Sports day

The pre-primary wing of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, celebrated their annual sports day and a cultural show was also organised on the school premises with great fervour and enthusiasm. Taking pride in exhibiting their talents, tiny tots held audience spellbound by their performance. Special children from “Ashadeep” under the aegis of Institute for Mentally Retarded Children also participated in the event. Their inclusion made the occasion more special and important.

Mock AIEEE on Nov 20

Students of the PEC University of Technology will host a mock AIEEE/AIPMT on November 20. The convener of the test, Piyush Bhargava, a second-year student of mechanical engineering, informed that a team of approximately 50 coordinators from first and second year are involved in the conduct of the examination.


A review of the implications of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs making it mandatory to file balance sheet/profit and loss account, along with director and auditors report from the year 2010-11 onwards through XBRL was conducted during a seminar on “An overview on XBRL” by the Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the ICWAI at the PHD House on Monday. SK Jain, director EMBEE Group, was the keynote speaker.

‘Super visa’

Parents of Canadian immigrants now have a reason to smile, as they will be able to reunite and live with their kids without having to wait for a long time. Canada has decided to introduce “Super Visa”, which will permit the parents and grandparents of the immigrants to stay in Canada for a long time without leaving Canada. This new visa category will come into effect on December 1, 2011. The “Super Visa” will be valid for up to 10 years. Also, the multiple-entry visa will allow an applicant to stay in Canada for up to 24 months at a time without having to renew their status, said Lt Col BS Sandhu (retd), CMD, WWICS Group.

Curriculum evaluation

Canadian School students, British Columbia Academy, will appear in social studies and English provincial exam. The provincial exams are conducted online with the British Columbia Canada’s Ministry of Education being involved at every stage of the exam, said Renee Gallant, principal, British Columbia Academy. These exams are written simultaneously across continents by students enrolled in BC offshore schools. The school is inspected annually by a team from the British Columbia Canada’s Ministry of Education to evaluate the curriculum being taught and to ensure that all aspects of the Province of British Columbia Canada’s educational outcome are being met.


The Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, Mohali, is organising the 4th HR Summit on November 12 at CII, Sector 31, Chandigarh, on the theme “Sustainable people development- Best HR practices”. It aims at bringing HR and management progression, researchers and academicians and corporate at a common consensus. HR Summit is an annual feature of the GJ-IMT, Mohali, with a purpose of sharing and building a strong HR networking and to encourage corporate-academia participation, said JS Bedi, chairman, Gian Jyoti Group of Intuitions.

Students win laurels

Golden Bell School, Sector 77, won first and second positions in the district-level quiz “Bharat Ko Jano” competition, organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. The winners included junior group: 1st: Shivam Chaudhry (VIII), Tarandeep Singh (VIII); senior group- 2nd Ishita Vasudeva (X), Ekjot Kaur (X).

Guest lecture

The department of electronics and communication engineering in association with the University Institute of Instrumentation and Microelectronics, Panjab University, organised a guest lecture at the Quest Group of Institutes on the emerging topics of biosensors and smart sensors. Dr Manoj Bali, associate director, engineering, welcomed the guests. The students of third and fifth semester of electronics and communication engineering actively participated. Nikhil Bhandari, a research scholar, delivered a lecture on biosensors and DAQ. He said, “Biosensors find a great deal of application in the development of biometrics and biomedical instrumentations.”

Vivek Express

Students of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, Pinjore, junior wing visited Vivek Express, a mobile exhibition train, at the Kalka railway station on Monday. It is run by the Indian Railways to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It depicts his magnanimous teachings, broader vision and ideals towards life through a large collection of inspirational writings and king-size pictures. The unique train consisting of six bogies defines his life, works and philosophy, also its application for the upliftment of masses.

Effigy burnt

A protest was organised by the BJP against the recent hike in petrol prices. A large number of party workers raised slogans against the UPA government and its policies. An effigy of the UPA government was also burnt.

— Tribune Reporters



DAV-10: BC Josan in trouble again
Accused of charging fee in name of add-on courses, which were never held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
An RTI activist, RK Singla has accused BC Josan, the suspended principal of DAV College, Sector 10, for charging fee from students in the name of add-on courses, which were never conducted.

Information sought by him under the RTI Act from PU stated that as per the university records, no affiliation was granted to the college for such courses for the sessions 2008 to 2010.

Singla claimed that Josan charged the students in the name of add-on courses, however, no such courses conducted by the college. “The information sought from the deputy registrar disclosed that as per the university records, no affiliation was granted to the said college for such courses for the sessions 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11,” said Singla. Through three separate RTI applications filed in February 2011, Singla sought information from Josan on the add-on courses conducted during his tenure with details on timetable, staff who taught students, fee charged and total amount gathered, grants received from the UGC for these courses, etc. Singla said on receiving no response from Dr Josan to any of these RTI applications, he filed first appeal before the director higher education-cum-appellate authority Ajoy Sharma.

“In his comments to Ajoy, Dr Josan pleaded that due to some urgent official assignments and preoccupation in his court case, he was unable to supply the information within the prescribed time limit. Ajoy disposed of the appeal on June 1, 2011 directing Dr Josan to supply the information within seven days with the simple observation that it was not a good practice.” Singla said even then Dr Josan did not disclose any information with the justification that the amount charged for add-on courses during the session 2010-11 had been refunded, as no classes were held. The notice was issued on December 9, 2011. “It’s strange and unbelievable that a notice of December 9, 2011, a date which the world calendar is yet to see, was fabricated by Dr Josan as early as on June 7, 2011 and supplied in original to the RTI activist,” Singla said. Singla said he demanded that the affiliating PU or UT Administration should take an action against the principal.



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